Personal accessories, London
I found this interesting shop in the Victoria Train Station. It sells handmade soaps and potions. Everything from bath soap to bath bubbles to facials have a special name and quirky description. Everything is scented. It may not be such a good place for those allergic to perfumes and colognes.
What to buy: So far I recommend the solid shampoo/conditioner. It looks like a rounded hockey puck and smells like black licorice. I haven't tried it yet, but I will soon. At the time they were advertising buy 2, get the travel container free.
What to pay: Most things are about $10 USD, but the soap is sold by weight and has been broken into different sized pieces.
This Japanese make-up store has a great selection of cosmetics, and the staff are usually happy to help you pick out something suitable.
What to buy: My personal favourite in this shop is their lipstick, but have a browse - what I love is their variety.
What to pay: Not the cheapest shop, although not too bad for London.
This Beauty Salon/ Hairdressers is 2 doors away from the station. I do not remember the name right now, but as you come out of the station you turn left and its right there. There is a man on the side of the entrance selling phones or something and then there is a flight of stairs that leads up to the beauty place.
Places like Harrods charge £15 for eyebrow threading. Here they charge just £2.50, so even if you have to buy a travel card for the day it's worth it rather than booking weeks in advance for harrods or some other snooty salon and then paying daylight robbery prices.
What to buy: They also do other hair removal stuff with both threading and waxing, plus massage and hair.
FYI It is WOMEN only.
What to pay: £2.50 for the eyebrows.
£15 for a half hour massage
What to buy: There are various stands set up throughout the city selling souvenirs, but as a huge fan of the show "Friends", I got really excited when I saw hats similar to the one Joey bought when an episode was filmed here. This one was even being sold as "Joey's Hat"!
Mmm... these shops, located throughout London, hold the key to enjoying one of life's simple pleasures: a hot bath. Try one of there bath bombs for a fizzy bath, or a bath melt for soft skin, or a bubble bar for a returnt o your youth, or or or... I could go on for days here. I love everything.
What to buy: OK, if you had to restrict yourself to just a few items (but by all means, this is NOT the place!!!) try the Ceridwen's Cauldron Bath Melt, the Titsy Totsy Ballistic, and the avobath. Don't worry: the bright colored water won't stain your tub! But it will lift your spirit! Now, the good news is, you can order your favorites on-line in the US now, but the fun is going into the shops and picking things out yourself.
What to pay: For me, as much as I can afford.
This tourist shop was also selling funny hats.
Like these funny Union Jack hats.
There were also the plastic Bobby helmets
And even a Scottish hat with a red wig included.
What to pay: 1,5 pound for a helmet
The James Smith and Sons Umbrella Shop was founded in 1830 and is still owned and run as a family business.
The store is a real gem in between the more modern appereance of the others around.
If you like colourful soaps and other fresh cosmetic products, you should visit the shop called LUSH.
What to buy: Soaps, bath products, other cosmetics