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Saturday, 13 June 2015

BEAUTY || A Londoner's Beauty Hotspots.

As a student living in Southampton, it's a city I've come to know and love. It's a lot smaller than my hometown of London, yes, but it's got that same historical feel as well as plenty of modern developments. I'm honestly so happy there that I'm quite frightened by how quickly my first year flew by. My only problem? The lack of beauty halls. Of course there's John Lewis in West Quay which houses your expected brands but it doesn't quite get my heart racing like my beloved London hotspots.

Selfridges

This may be an obvious choice but that doesn't make it any less valid! The Selfridges beauty hall is like no other - it's a never-ending haven of brands beloved and obscure. And correct me if I'm wrong, but it's the only place you can buy MAC and Charlotte Tilbury under one roof. Plus, they have a killer Nails Inc concession. There's also something so glam about perusing the isles of this iconic department store. But like any London attraction it requires being able to push and shove your way through with the best of them. If you're a tourist then Selfridges is a must on the itinerary anyway, but if you're into makeup then this beauty hall is Mecca. 

Fenwick Bond Street

Slightly hidden from the madness of Oxford Street (yet also situated next door to the tourist frenzy that is Victoria's Secret), the Fenwick beauty hall is the definition of serenity. No pushy sales assistants, just you and the make-up... and the jewellery, and the shoes. To be honest, I find it really hard not to wander into the departments while I'm there. I slip into a beauty coma. The Charlotte Tilbury counter has recently been given a makeover - I'm not sure what else they could have done, it was already perfect - and I've been meaning to give it a visit. Who knows, maybe it'll trumph Selfridges?

Liberty

One of the first posts I ever wrote on LydiaLulu was my cringeworthy 'Liberty Sale Haul' - I definitely liked to ramble back in the day! Although a hell of a lot has changed in the past year, my love of Liberty prevails. I have a feeling it's going to be a life-long affair. Like Selfridges it hosts some of the more weird and wacky brands alongside my foolproof favourites. I'll never forget testing a Japanese foam foundation and making an embarrassing mess of it in the middle of the beauty hall. I also have a strawberry scented nail topcoat from Nancy's Nails which never fails to remind me of my childhood. Oh and did I mention the wall of Essie nail varnishes? Yeah, a wall of Essie. Enough said.

Space NK

Okay, so this one may be cheating a little bit. There are Space NKs up and down the country but as of yet, none in Southampton. I can't lie, it's bittersweet living within ten minutes of a store - the temptation can sometimes get a bit overwhelming. I've been home for a week and already stocked up on my NARS foundation but that involved making a beeline for the checkout to avoid the Eve Lom products calling my name. Space NK stores are like Fenwick on a smaller, more everyday scale. And that's what makes them dangerous!

Now that I'm home for three months you'll know where to find me...
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