The City Guide | London

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Once September arrives, I'll be beginning to get accustomed to everything that London has to offer me. Travel, university, socialising.. (and mandatory cocktails) to name but a few. I've already began writing down various rooftop bars on my list to visit, lets call it my version of tourism. So I thought I'd round together a few of my favourite hotspots in the City, and why I especially love them.

Covent Garden - The haven for all Beauty-Boutique-lovers and the like. Chanel, Dior, Bobbi Brown and Burberry are just a few of the luxury cosmetic houses the main plaza has to offer. Covent Garden also happens to house THE best cocktails at Maxwells (take my word for it, happy hour is a definite advantage), sugary sweet goodness at Laduree, and for all your makeup artistry needs - Charles Fox / Kryolan. Just take the lift up to the street level when you're on the tube, and avoid the 193 steps!

Oxford Street - The Mecca for every shopping enthusiast. Topshop flagship store, Selfridges, Debenhams, Forever 21, and the plethora of cafes/souvenir stores just add to the tourist-friendly atmosphere of London. Just off Oxford Street is the wondrous New Bond Street; home of the luxurious Chanel Boutique, Michael Kors, Burberry and of course Victoria's Secret (a firm favourite).

Camden - The hipster/kitsch/anything goes paradise - with several markets, shops, food stalls and an overwhelming cultural atmosphere. Whatever you're looking for, it can surely be found here. Camden Lock is a picturesque spot for a cocktail or two outside in the Summer too.

Chelsea - If the hit E4 show makes you want to visit the London borough of Chelsea, I couldn't recommend it more. (With the bonus of maybe bumping into Mark-Francis, obvs). Everything is so quaint and scenic, and the abundance of quality restaurants and cafes are an added perk. My favourite pick is No. 11 Pimlico Road, a few friends and I went for a New Years Eve dinner there and it was incredible! Next on the list is the infamous Bluebird cafe.

Where are your favourite London hotspots?

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The Luxury Beauty Wishlist

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One of my favourite past-times is scouring the Selfridges and Harrods websites for their latest 'new-in' and exclusive collection Beauty picks, adding them all to my shopping basket and then trying to make the total price seem acceptably reasonable. Then I click the 'x' and my beauty dreams are shattered. Just me..?

YSL Palette Collector Lumiette de Jour - The prettiest make-up goes to YSL, always. I mean just look at the sequin-encrusted packaging.. divine.

Clarisonic Mia 2 - Always one to try out new skincare, I'm a little late on the Clarisonic hype (I think it's the price tag that means I haven't made the purchase sooner!) But having heard so many good reviews - I may have to cave in and see if it lives up to the high expectations. 

YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer - I don't necessarily need a new primer, but it was the sparkle-infused formula of this that first enticed me. As long as it doesn't make your face look 'Edward Cullen discoball-glittery-esque', then I may have to try it! 

NARS Creamy Concealer - Dark circles aren't my best friend, and unfortunately I'm stuck with the worst of them. I rely on an orange based colour corrector to counteract them on a daily basis, but this NARS Concealer claims to be the highest of the high coverage, and with 'creamy' in the name, this might just be the answer to my undereye prayers.

YSL Touche Eclat Blur Perfector - Pink. Gold. YSL. Love. Need I say more?

Tom Ford Lipstick 'Spanish Pink' - If I had to splurge on a luxury lipstick, it would no question be this beauty by Tom Ford. 

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir Perfume - Another to add to the ever-growing dressing table collection, I love the feminine illustration on the front of the glass bottle. The combination of sparkling bergamot and raspberry make the scent sound like a dream.

Dior Lip Glow - A product I don't usually use in summer, but a lot in winter! Lip primers/balms; just another quick step to add to your makeup routine, and ensures your lips are soft, supple and lipstick ready. This Dior product would definitely be my luxury brand pick.

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