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Confirmed: The Glossier London store IS returning to Covent Garden – permanently



…But not in the same place.

News just in! The Glossier London store is returning to Covent Garden. The most successful of the global Glossier pop-ups, the permanent London store will be opening in a new spot – just a few yards from its previous location in Floral Street.

Scheduled for a December opening, the new Glossier Covent Garden store will be located at the much-more-visible 43 King Street – aka the oldest building in Covent Garden (below). It’s right next door to the Apple store and alongside the Covent Garden piazza, thus much better for footfall. [UPDATE: It will open on Thursday 9th December at 10am.]

Glossier London King Street

Covent Garden has long been considered London’s ‘beauty quarter’, with Chanel, Dior and Charlotte Tilbury boutiques all contributing to the buzz of this retail destination. As I mentioned last week, the big tourist cities are slowly opening up post-Covid, so we should expect to see plenty more exciting retail activity in the world’s city centres.

(This post has been updated.)

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Glossier; exterior of 43 King Street/Emily Weiss
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On my Radar: 19/99 Beauty



19/99 Beauty

While everyone else has gone nuts for Y2K style, I’m more than happy sticking to my failsafe 90s beauty classics. New in at Cult Beauty* is this very cool brand, 19/99 Beauty, which to me embodies the glamorous minimalism of 90s Helmut Lang and Jil Sander.

Billed as unprescribed beauty essentials that narrow the generational beauty gap, the product range is edited but versatile. (more…)



Business of beauty: who will be the next make-up mogul?



Violette beauty line

With a couple of recent beauty brand launches, it’s interesting to speculate who will be the next make-up-artist-turned-make-up-mogul after Pat McGrath and Charlotte Tilbury. I’m currently enjoying watching the rise of Gucci Westman and Westman Atelier, but next in the running we have Violette Serrat and Lisa Eldridge.

Violette rose quickly from freelance MUA to Estee Lauder Global Beauty Director after growing a dedicated following of her beautifully shot (and very ‘French girl style’) YouTube videos. Her aspirational but relatable style now translates to Violette_FR, a capsule beauty line that includes Boum Boum Milk spray serum, liquid eye shadows and – already! – a unisex musk oil perfume (above). (more…)



Old and new spring beauty



Olverum Pure Radiance Facial Oil

After the longest winter ever, we’re finally seeing glimmers of brighter days ahead. The one thing that’s kept me going beauty-wise has been products that engage the senses. Much as I appreciate purely functional products, I’m far more likely to use things if they look, smell and feel nice.


SKINCARE.
Apart from the odd central heating-induced breakout, my skin’s been surprisingly well behaved this year. My morning routine is fairly simple – oil or balm cleanser, followed by hydrating serum, moisturiser and facial oil. Shiseido’s Vital Protection Radiance Serum* (£106 below) has been a joy to use. Even though it’s a creamy texture, it’s quite ‘wet’, so it gives a good amount of slip for morning facial massage (I use my knuckles but you can also use a gua sha stone). While it’s pitched as anti-ageing (for fading dark spots and firming the jawline), I just use it as an extra boost of hydration. (more…)