Our next destination was the heart of the city so we ventured to Tower Bridge and took a stroll down to London Bridge and then towards St. Pauls. This route is perfect if you’re visiting London or even if you live in London for a day out. In just a short walk you can tick off a number of London’s greatest sightseeing spots off of your list.
We started off our journey at the Tower of London to visit and pay our respects at the “Blood-Swept Lands and Seas of Red” installation in the moat of the tower. The 888,246 ceramic poppies represent the British and Commonwealth soldiers who died during World War One. It was a magnificent sight and was breathtaking to see in person, it’s a shame the instalment could not have been kept in place for longer.
We then headed across Tower Bridge which is a great experience in itself, especially if you take the newly-opened glass walkway across. Once on the other side we walked up past The Scoop – this is an outdoor stage that hosts events all year round – then past HMS Belfast (which is worth a visit too) up to London Bridge. We then crossed the river again and headed into the heart of the city.
The view of Tower Bridge from here was amazing as the sun set. Even more beautiful was the sight of St. Pauls Cathedral lit up in the early evening twilight. The Cathedral is a great place to visit, you can even challenge yourself to climb it’s 528 steps to the Golden Gallery right at the top.
While in the St. Pauls area, we got to style spotting! The bubbly Laura caught our attention with her cool and cute, cape cardigan. She explained that she loved the colour and has noticed it has been really popular this season.
Laura admitted she can be lazy when it comes to makeup so for this reason she usually just goes for a lipstick and blusher combo. She added that wearing a bold colour, like the shade she was rocking when we met her, really brightens everything and is easy on the go. For a winning pair, we think satin finish Lipstick in Virgin works well with Cream Blusher in Dixie. If you prefer to travel light then this combination is for you: you could even just take the blusher and double it up as a lip and cheek product.
Back to fashion trends, Laura said she’s noticed a lot of all black or all white with sharp pops of colour in the form of a lipstick or an accessory such as a bag. Talking of pops of colour, besides her lips Laura was wearing a jazzy skirt with red nails to match. Not only did these details go together well, they definitely brightened her neutral ensemble.
Go ahead and follow Laura on Instagram here.
We also met the lovely Diana who is a makeup artist and has had experience with using Illamasqua products before. What Diana loves most about makeup is that: “it’s endless what you can do with it”.
By the looks of things on Instagram, eyebrows are big and not just in the literal sense! To a lot of you, your brow products are very important and it seems Diana is no different. She revealed that she couldn’t bear to part with her eyebrow pencil. We too are brow enthusiasts here at Illamasqua and offer a Brow Gel in Strike as well as a range of shades in our Brow Cake line. All you need is an Angled Brush (and some water or Sealing Gel to activate the Brow Cakes) and you’ll be well on your way to brow perfection.
Diana has noticed the dark, vampy trend in makeup lately that suits an Autumnal look. When we met her, Diana was rocking a dark red shade on her lips that complemented her beautiful scarf perfectly. If you want to try out the vampy trend too but don’t feel black or purple is for you, go for a deep red shade like Diana did; we’d suggest Lipstick in Vampette for this. If you’re feeling daring and want to try black then Pristine is for you but if you’d prefer a purple then why not give Kontrol a go?
You can follow Diana on Instagram here.
We hope you enjoyed this week’s post. Did you get a chance to see the poppies? What’s your favourite sight to see in London? Check back in next week to find out where we headed next on our adventures.