Thursday, 10 March 2016

Westfield Stratford City

Today I was in London for work placement so I decided to commute into London earlier than usual and meet my boyfriend for breakfast at Westfield shopping centre, Stratford.

We ended up eating in Giraffe,  where I chose the Spicy Breakfast Hash which was absolutely delicious. I'm quite a fussy eater but as I get older I really want to like nicer foods, so I'm more open to trying new things. This dish included butternut squash, which I have tried only once before, so I had my reservations, but it was lovely. I also ordered half a pint of black coffee because I had been up at 5 AM,  so as you can imagine, as I am typing this I am pretty tired, but I'm sat in front of the television with a large glass of Prosecco so now is as good a time as any.

After breakfast we headed to the shops for a little while and I went into Primark there, as I had recently been seeing more and more people I know wearing lovely items which when I asked why they had gotten them they replied Primark. When I was in my early teenage years I absolutely loved Primark. I thought there was nothing better than going out on a weekend with my friends and £20 in my pocket, and coming home with loads of new things for my wardrobe. I was super intrigued to see what I would find in store today.

As I entered the store I kept seeing lots of fun, on trend key basic items for reasonable prices but nothing that really grabbed my attention. However I did spot a blue bandanna print summer dress. I had had a very similar one last year, but I ended up getting rid of because I just could not fit my boobs into it! So I had always only worn it with cropped jumper over the top.

When I looked at the price tag, I had to pick my jaw up off of the floor! It was only £5, I was thrilled, and although I know it won't last me any more than a couple of years, for £5 I couldn't really say no! Other Primark purchases include a multipack of black tights because they're always necessary, a pair of pyjamas and a couple of pairs of knickers.

Now, I have something to admit. I am absolutely obsessed with unicorns. Anything unicorn related and I will buy it. I've got phone cases, pyjamas, cushions, lipsticks, mugs, hot water bottles, socks, fairy lights – you name it and I have it. So when I approached the pyjama section I saw they had several different types of unicorn pyjamas, I knew I had to get some. As summer is fast approaching I decided to go for a shorts and vest set, and it was only £4!

I also ended up getting a pair of boys short style knickers with the unicorn prints all over them, and I have no regrets.

Next on my hit list was Kiko, where I had gone in search of a hydrating and affordable I primer but ended up buying a new liquid eyeliner, that was such a dark black, with subtle shimmers throughout. I can't wait to try it out and tell you guys what I think!

After Kiko, I headed to The Body Shop, as I use quite a lot of their skin care products and wanted to talk to them, as I've been having a bit of trouble with my skin lately and needed some advice. Whilst there I had my face cleansed, toned and moisturised and I purchased a few products I was impressed with:

Drops of Youth Essence Lotion

Vitamin E Hydrating Toner

And I grabbed some samples to try out at home too:

Drops of Youth Concentrate

Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet

I had been shown how well the latter two products work whilst in store, but had opted for samples of them for two reasons. Firstly, I already have a stockpile of the original Vitamin E Moisturiser at home, so even if I decided I wanted to invest in a full size version of the Vitamin E Aqua Sorbet, I'd want to use up my other pots from home first. Secondly, I found the Youth Concentrate to be very similar to the Youth Essence Lotion, but a lot more expensive, and for a far smaller amount. I was assured a little would go a long way, and I would be happy to invest in some if I knew it would work its magic on my skin, but I would be happier knowing how well it would be for my skin over a longer period of time than just whilst I was sat in store first.

So I am excited to see if these products help some of my newly emerging problems, which are increasing blackheads on my nose and lots of under the skin / white heads on my forehead.

After my great experience in The Body Shop, I was feeling happy with the products I'd bought but at the same time, I knew I was excited to get to LUSH and explore some more options. I spoke to one of the members of staff about my newly emerging skin problems and she was so helpful. She demonstrated to me the different products that were recommended for my skin issues and I ended up purchasing my favourites:

Angels on Bare Skin

Mint Julips

I was also interested in the Eau Roma Water, but as I had just bought a toner and lotion from The Body Shop, I didn't want to double up on similar products before I had the chance to give them a real chance, so I just went for the Angels on Bare Skin, which really impressed me and the Mint Julips which I had been dying to get my hands on for a while now.

I also picked up some samples whilst in store that I was eager to try:

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Soap

Bouncy Bunny Shower Jelly

Dream Cream Body Moisturiser

My sample choices were based on what I wanted to try and what was new in store. I've been wanting to try Dream Cream for a while now, but as with all things Lush, I haven't had a chance as there are no stores near the places I live, and I don't want to order full sizes products online, just to find they're not for me and to not be able to return them.

I have heard nothing but good things about Dream Cream, and I suffer with large patches of dry skin on my arms, so I thought this product would be great to try on them.

I spoke to the cashier when making my purchases and she suggested the Bouncy Bunny Shower Jelly, and the Somewhere Over the Rainbow soap to me as they were both new in stores and I said I was eager to try any new products they had available .

To finish off my shopping spree I headed towards John Lewis as I knew that's where all the high end brand cosmetics counters would be. Apart from knowing that I needed a new eye primer, I just wanted to have a look around and see if there was anything that really caught my attention.

Some products on the Laura Mercier stand were quite tempting but I knew if I started purchasing things from there, I would never leave the shop. I did, however, shortly find myself at the Clinique counter having my foundation colour checked. I then made my first ever Clinique purchase in the form of their Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer. I really liked how smoothly it went on and how it gave me a warm natural glow without making me look orange, or have my face a different colour to my neck, unlike the last foundation I tried.

When I made my purchase with Clinique I was also given a free sample of their Universal Super Primer which I can't wait to try as I love primer, and I am always keen to see what different brands do for my face.

I can't wait to start using all of the products I picked up, and I will be sure to let you guys know what I think, and how good they are. I have particularly high hopes for the Lush Angels on Bare Skin, so keep an eye out if you want to hear about it!

-Holly xx

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