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Heading to the UK, any beauty products to look for?

Old Aug 6, 14, 3:15 am
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Heading to the UK, any beauty products to look for?

Ladies,

I'll be going to the UK (Cambridge) for work in a few weeks. I was wondering if any of you had any favorite, love it products that can usually only be found there (OK, mine is ice cream but that won't travel well, nor is it exactly a beauty product). Actually any suggestions would be welcome.

I'm very excited about this trip. I joined Flyertalk after I returned from my last one, under the impression that it was going to be the first of many. Well, that turned out not to be true. But I have learned so much over the past year thanks to the forums (especially this one) and am looking forward to putting it all to use. My packing is streamlined even more and my 3-1-1 even makes more sense now . Maybe I'll start a "things I learned from Flyertalk" thread when I get back .
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Old Aug 6, 14, 5:10 pm
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I have found that most things can be found here cheaper than in the UK (there was actually a news article about it today - the same Boots items are cheaper at Walgreens here in the US than at Boots in the UK). With that having been said, I like Bourjois cosmetics, and they aren't available here in the US, so I would probably target things like that that you can't get here.
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Old Aug 6, 14, 8:35 pm
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I love Nivea a couple of the Nivea deodorants that come in the old-style glass bottle. They used to be available only in certain Asian countries but I found then at Boots earlier this summer!

I also like Soap & Glory's two pot concealer - also found at Boots.
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Old Aug 7, 14, 2:58 pm
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techgirl, wasn't there a thread in this forum where FTers posted things they liked to get in different countries? I could swear I remembered that & you, lalala, l'etoile & others contributing to it but I can't find it via search.

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Boots Serum 7 is the best. Stock up if you can.
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Old Aug 7, 14, 6:25 pm
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Originally Posted by SkiAdcock View Post
techgirl, wasn't there a thread in this forum where FTers posted things they liked to get in different countries? I could swear I remembered that & you, lalala, l'etoile & others contributing to it but I can't find it via search.
I know I've read various recommendations but I'm only remembering specific items, not locations. Hmm....

Seems like "French Pharmacies" get all the love - I've been trying to see if there's anything I should look for in Germany when I go in December and am not seeing any blog lists like you easily find for France.

The US/UK exchange rate would dissuade me at the moment, unless there is something I must have that I cannot get in the US.

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Old Aug 7, 14, 10:44 pm
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I'm not from the US, but I look out for these items whenever i go to UK...

Drugstore Cosmetics - Boots and Superdrug. Do comparisons as one drugstore may have better deals than the other.
Bourjois (I love the Healthy Mix foundations)
Sleek Cosmetics (cheap and good eyeshadow and blushes)
Soap and Glory (UK equivalent of Benefit)
Collection Cosmetics (the concealor is amazing)
Barry M (my bestie loves the nail polish collection)

Departmental Store Brands
Illamasqua
Jo Malone
Penhaligons
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Old Aug 9, 14, 4:53 pm
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Originally Posted by SQ319 View Post
I'm not from the US, but I look out for these items whenever i go to UK...

Drugstore Cosmetics - Boots and Superdrug. Do comparisons as one drugstore may have better deals than the other.
Bourjois (I love the Healthy Mix foundations)
Sleek Cosmetics (cheap and good eyeshadow and blushes)
Soap and Glory (UK equivalent of Benefit)
Collection Cosmetics (the concealor is amazing)
Barry M (my bestie loves the nail polish collection)

Departmental Store Brands
Illamasqua
Jo Malone
Penhaligons
Actually Jo Malone was bought by Lancome, the only one that is a true one is the one on Sloan Steet in London.
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Old Aug 9, 14, 11:16 pm
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Actually Jo Malone was bought by Lancome, the only one that is a true one is the one on Sloan Steet in London.
I buy it in London because it is much cheaper than buying it in my home country. I will mention it anyway regardless of parent company since TS mention the brands to look for in Uk, hence it is worth a mention, whether it is unique to UK or whether it is cheaper.
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Old Aug 10, 14, 4:58 am
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obviously some UK brands

might also be more availability of organic id imagine
(for those who buy it - real organic gets expensive)
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Just heard that Walgreens is buying a substantial part of Boots. I hope the products remain the same. Target sells Boots. Can't wait till I get to the UK and France!
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Heading to the UK, any beauty products to look for?

I love the Vaseline rose and aloe Vera tins of lip balm. Super cheap and useful. I also use the simple brand of make up remover wipes.

I have bought Jo Malone at heathrow, but it's just not the same now that it's part of a big corp.
I like sanex deodorant as well. Have a blast!
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I love Penhaligon's Querqus. I think the housekeeping department at Grosvenor House in London is confused by how much I use as they need to restock the shampoos, conditioners, body lotion, soaps each day

Penhaligon's is London perfumers founded in 1870. They have a variety of fragrances. They're not cheap though. They have dif shops in the UK

http://www.penhaligons.com/page/storelocator/

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Old Aug 12, 14, 8:33 pm
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On a trip to England 20 or so years ago, I had a great time spending $20-30 at Boots. I said, "I love Boots!", and my English friend said, rather cynically, "and Boots loves you!" I didn't care; those half a dozen or so items lasted me for years and I enjoyed the novelty of them whenever I used them. Small price to pay for souvenirs of a lovely trip.
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Old Aug 14, 14, 8:42 am
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Thank you all. Thanks to the internet so many regional things are now available globally but I knew there had to be some "only available in the UK" type things that I should keep an eye out for.
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