If I said Covent Garden to you there’s likely you would think one of two things (most probably based on living in London at some point or not) you might think amazing hub of buzzing London filled with cute shops and street performances or the more cynical of you might think crowded tourist trap. But slowly but surely over the past few months or so Covent Garden has transformed into something I would have never predicted – but it is now quite the little hub for a beauty junkie to do some shopping. If I was to pinpoint the moment it all began to happen it would have to be when the Burberry Beauty Box opened – a dedicated beauty store (with a few accessories too) all for Burberry. There’s not another store like it. Then there’s Chanel and Dior right alongside. All dedicated to beauty. Am I already in beauty spree nirvana?! Maybe. But there’s more.
Most recently the Bobbi Brown and Clinique stores have opened over on the side of the square near the Opera House. Plus Urban Decay’s first UK dedicated store on the other side of the square (on the road you could take if heading back towards Leicester Square). I had a good explore of this just last week and it’s fab – make sure you visit the basement part if you stop by. There’s a fab photo booth to capture your UD make-over in.
I also recently took part in this amazing event held in Covent Garden called Beauty Live (or #TheBeautyQuarter on Twitter) where I went along to the square to talk about a few of my must-buys from the area for a sleepy Sunday of pampering. All together, with a combination of my picks, plus those of the amazing Pixiwoo and lovely Katie Snooks these created the Covet List. Plus selections from make-up artist Justine Jenkins, and WAH Nails founder Sharmadean Reid. Basically a combined ‘super wish list’ of the beauty lovers involved in the event. As a heads up, mine included the Miller Harris Feuilles De Tabac candle (dreamy and currently burning on my desk as I type) and L’Occitane Almond Delicious Paste for a lovely nourishing body scrub. Make sure you check out the Covent Garden site for the chance to WIN the full Covet List plus check out what the other choices on there are. You can take a look at the gorgeously illustrated list below…
I’ve always been a bit of a sucker for Covent Garden. The crowds and the buzz are all part of the fun and it reminds me of my first ever trips to London when I was younger when I would get far to excited to head to the market stalls to spend my pocket money. Only difference now is I’m spending a little more than I used to on beauty bits…still just as excited though!
I actually also wrote a piece about beauty shopping in Covent Garden for Groupon where you can read a bit about some of my top picks for the stores. There are so many to choose from (and I’m just talking beauty, don’t even get me started on other stores). It’s hard to narrow down! L’Occitane has always been a weakness of mine – it’s worth visiting the store and heading downstairs as they have little hand massage stations and treatment rooms in the back. Plus there’s just so many products to shop that can be easily missed if you stay street level! Penhaligons is also a must-visit. It’s got a really quirky vintage feel to it and so many fragrances to sniff. The gin and tonic one is a favourite of mine.
Tell me, are you a fan of Covent Garden as a beauty shopping destination or even just to visit in general! If you’re heading there for last moment Christmas shopping or over the festive break have a fab time. Let me know which shops you check out!
Post & participation in Beauty Live sponsored by Covent Garden.