UK Beauty Shopping List

As I type away a UK-purchased brimming box of beauty bits is winging its way to US shores and into the hands of my mate Elle. Along with her requests, I’ve thrown in the best of bunch that she’s unable to source from drugstores over there, or so I like to think. So I thought I’d would share a handful of favourites that previously haven’t had much of a spotlight shone on them at VDM. Elle look away now, and those beauty buffs from faraway lands heading to the UK this summer get your notepad out…

Bourjois is a good starting point; available from both Superdrug and Boots, though some of the range does trickle through to American counters it seems like the whole kaboodle doesn’t make it overseas. Highlights include their 1 Second Magic Nail Polish Remover which does exactly what it says on the tin and their new-in Cream Blush in 01 Nude Velvet, a good ol’ cream to powder blush compact in a suits all shade. Obvious nods go to the 1 Second Nail Enamels (as raved about here) and the Colour Boost Lip Crayons too.

Talking of lips I’m a little bit in lurve with Soap & Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stock in Nudist. I spoke about this aaaages ago but have found a new lease of love for it. Glossy, with a light wash of pigment; the colour range is small but perfectly formed. Other things to check at out Boots housed S&G counter; their bronzer, highlight and blush offerings. If there’s one thing their makeup line pulls off, it’s powder.

Another one I’ve picked up on my beauty radar before are the Barry M Gelly Nail Paints – now these were on Elle’s ‘to-pick-up’ list and since I last dabbed in the range early this year so many new colours have appeared. I may have added a few of the hardy formulated, glass-like  finish polishes in the basket for myself too. If eyeshadows are more your thing then it’s worth heading to Superdrug to peruse the Sleek and MUA stands; with palettes that are never over a tenner and good quality packed powders, your peepers will be happy. There may have been another double purchase of this MUA Heaven and Earth one. Opps.

Now of course there’s way more bits and bobs to add to this list, but I thought I’d keep it short and sweet and to a five true gems listing today. And for those heading to London town I’d recommend a visit to the Boots branch in Westfields White City (it’s the place where drugstore makeup dreams are made) and the Superdrug on Marble Arch – they’re both the best. Don’t expect to leave empty handed.


  • Cynthy Holiday

    I have all these products too and am grateful I live in London and its so accessible with such a friendly price tag!

  • Anna Blush

    These products all sound amazing, next time I’m in the UK I’ll definitely be checking them out x

  • agree on the barrym jelly nail polishes!! They’re so worth the hype that has been going around youtube and blogs! x

  • yourdailybreak

    I wish I was into blogs and youtube videos when I was in the UK 5 years ago, and up to date with the good beauty bits. Definitely would have bought a lot more things! xo

    Your Daily Break

  • Amy

    I wish we had the Barry M polishes here in Australia! 🙁 So jealous!

  • Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt

    There are a lot of great budget buys available – nice selection. Personally I prefer the 1st MUA Undressed palette

  • Great idea x

  • Abby

    Love the MUA heaven and earth palette and Barry M! Need to get one of the bourjois cream blushes. So handy living in London!
    Abby xo

  • Those Barry M Gelly polishes are beautiful! I also have the Greenberry one; perfect summer shade!

  • Jodie

    This is the perfect selection! Definitely the products I’d want to try if I wasn’t in the UK

    Jodie Marie | à la Jode

  • Shaun Nolan

    These choices are honestly perfect! X

  • Alissia

    One to pick up while in the UK is most definitly the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, too! x

  • Maddy Cane

    Perfect choices, I would love to see these kinds of posts done from American bloggers too! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • Emma Computergirl

    Good choices! Lucky girl! 🙂


    great choice 🙂 I own all but the cream blush xx

  • covetingnow

    i wishhh one dayy i can go travel to the UK :)) i’ll def pick up bourjois and barry m !!!! they r on my want listt !!

  • Holly

    MUA eye shadows are amazing!
    Great post!


  • Ellis

    I actually would pick my MUA palette over my sleek one, it’s just amazing! I’ve used all of my favourite shade up though, “Lavish” the matte brown is also perfect for brows.

  • Síona

    Thanks so much for this! I’m heading to London in a few weeks, and this was EXACTLY what I needed! You never fail me Anna!

  • Martyna

    great picks, I would also pick the MUA palette! xx

    Martyna | NEON MIZZLE

  • Lydia

    LOVE the Barry M Gelly paints, gorgeous colours! I may have to pick up a few more after seeing your new purchases ha! x

  • Tanya

    I can’t wait to visit England one day so I can lay my hands on these British products! Great blogpost!

    Tanya |

  • Shruti

    These are pretty much exactly the things that I picked up when in UK 🙂 YAY!


  • Carrie Ward

    I love the MUA heaven and earth, it is currently sitting unloved in my make up drawer but I need to start using this again. Barry M nail Jelly polishes are the best polishes I have ever tried. I can wear for a week without any chips

  • Allie Smith

    Perfect choices, cannot go wrong with Barry M Gelly Nails!

    Allie x

  • Cynthia

    Soap & Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker in Nudist is my current obsession. I can’t leave the house without it now! <3

  • Georgina Walsh

    Love that you’re into affordable make-up and not just the really upmarket stuff 🙂


  • This post is my everything. London will be my new home in six short weeks, and it sounds like I’ve got quite a lot of shopping to catch up on! I’m probably too excited to finally own some Barry M nail polishes, but then that’s us beauty bloggers!

    • BooBooNinja

      Good luck with the move, Amelia! London is fantastic — I was on holidays there last week.

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  • April Woodcock

    In love with the barry M gellys 🙂

  • Katie Allen

    I wish we could get all of those products in the states- especially more of the S&g line!

  • Parisian To Be

    Oh – I so wish we could just dump Boots over here in the US, brands and all. I can’t wait to hear from Elle about what she gets sent. You’re such a lovely lad!

    xo Lillian from ‘Parisian To Be’

  • anya

    Really helpful post, I’ll definitely keep those boots and superseding recommendations in mind!

  • Emily

    I keep meaning to pick up some of those Barry M nail polishes!! Also so much love for MUA 🙂

  • Sarah Mcmaster

    I didn’t realise we could send nail polish overseas?

  • Danielle

    Great post! I really want to try a Barry M nail polish! I love Sleek, especially their Blush by 3!

  • Beautyandtheb

    I think you’ve picked some really great bits, Barry M and Soap and glory are great starting points for anyone visiting the UK!

    B xx

  • Want everything you’ve mentioned, need to wait fir the 3 for 2 offers to come back! xxx

    Heels Forever

  • Laurecca Jones

    the MUA palette is gorgeous and amazing value!

  • Devon Twitchen

    I love my mua palette although i don’t think i use it as much as my others. And i much prefer the jelly hishine nail polishes compared to the original formula.

  • Shades of Berry M nail polished are amazing, I especially love the mint/turquoise one, I also really want to try this Bourjois blush. Actually I want to try everything you just mentioned! xx

    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

  • Bev

    Hopefully someone is taking these for you as normal posting has more restrictions now Royal Mail (longer list than this)
    Prohibited item* Flammable liquids – perfumes and aftershaves, varnishes and enamels including nail varnish

  • Becky Alyssa

    Great picks 🙂 pretty much every makeup-loving American I know is after the C2000 Lasting Perfection concealer too!

    Also, how are you sending the nail polish? Due to Royal Mail’s slightly baffling new regulations, they’re now scanning parcels sent abroad from the UK and destroying any nail polish (true story).

  • fibee

    Fairly sure you can’t ship nail polish…

  • Celina

    The Barry M Gelly Nail Paints look so lovely and I’m dying to get my hands on them. It’s too bad that nail polishes can’t be shipped. 🙁

    Celina | The Celution

  • I’ve been so badly wanting to try the Bourjois cream blush… I hope Elle likes them!

  • Emily Allen

    Was looking at the MUA palette the other day and didnt buy cause I didnt think it would be that good, but I will return now and buy it thanks Anna xx Emmi

  • Lauren B

    I love love love the MUA palettes! especially Undress Mee Too 🙂


  • roshkud

    Lovee the sexy mother pucker lip crayons, they taste SO good!

  • Oresiri teru

    I NEED that MUA palette, is it special edition ?

    Love Oresiri 🙂

    • tanya doodle

      no, its not special edition 🙂

  • Allison

    Such a good idea, I’m curious what elle will send to you! please do this again next summer as I will finally be heading overseas!!

  • Taggz

    When my friend visited London earlier this year I had her pick me up some Soap & Glory travel things which we can only get in full size here for about double the price. Also asked her to get me a few topshop lipsticks which I love. Kinda regretting taking MUA palettes and Barry M polish off my list now though haha..

  • I keep meaning to try the Borjois cream blusher but haven’t yet – any good? I might have to try the cream bronzer too, hoping it could be a dupe for the Chanel bronzer?

    Shel x

  • Sara Leslie

    i am desperate to try mua’s heaven & earth palette! everyone seems to love it!

    sara x

  • Katie xo

    Good choices, I really want to try the soap and glory glossy sticks!

    Katie xo

  • Harriet

    I have that MUA eye palette, love it! I use it most days now. I like the Barry M Gelly polish but I never wear a basecoat so I find it comes off really quickly.


  • BooBooNinja

    I came back from London yesterday. 🙂 Great city and great country!
    I brought back a couple of the Barry M Gelly Nail Paints (in Greenberry and Passion Fruit), the Bourjois Bronzing Primer, and a MUA Cream Blush. I’m happy with all of them though I have yet to try Passion Fruit.

    Just a question to the Barry M NP fans — my bottle of Greenberry is goopy and applies patchily. Did I get a bad bottle, or is typical of the line? I’ve added NP thinner to mine in hopes it’ll apply better. I love the colour, though.

    • Jealous you got the bronzing primer! i really want to try that

      • BooBooNinja

        I could send you some in a sample pot if you want. Say the word. 🙂 Good to hear from you — I’ve missed chatting with you!