4 May 2015 51 comments

A London Beauty Haul.


No trip to London is complete without a splurge or two, and I seem to have taken this to the next level. I had some time to kill in the city last week, so I decided to treat myself…

The first stop was & Other Stories, with the intention to pick up some more of their Fig Fiction goodness! If you haven’t already experienced the incredible scent of this range, I highly recommend you get involved. I ended up choosing the & Other Stories Fig Fiction Hand Soap (£4) and the Hand Lotion (£5). I have these sitting on my sink at the moment and I’m obsessed with my hand washing routine – they are that good. I love having a soap & lotion double act, before my hands would get so dry but since it’s right there, I can’t not slather on some hand lotion.

I had such a hard time trying to choose from all the dreamy scents, and I didn’t want to buy loads because I would have to carry them home (the only thing that stopped me buying the lot!) but it was hard to pass up as they’re just so affordable. In the end I went with a Body Scrub (£7) in the scent ‘Belleville Bakery’ – if you try one thing from the brand, let it be their body scrubs! This is my second or third tub, although I always choose a different fragrance each time, and I’m obsessed. I’ve never tried any scrub like it!
I wish I had got more from the Belleville Bakery range as it smells so damn delicious, vanilla and citrus mmm.

I also stopped off at the Aesop stand in Selfridges, mainly because I had packed very light for my trip and felt like my skin needed some TLC. Lovely Luce was on hand for some giggles, and she helped me choose a couple of picks – the Aesop Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste (£35) being one of them. This stuff has been on my ‘to try’ list for a while now, and I’m so glad I picked it up! It’s a lovely face polish that gently buffs away impurities, lightly exfoliating the skin so the complexion glows after application. I have seen a difference already, and it’s quickly become one of my staple treatments.
I also picked up the Aesop Fabulous Face Oil (£40), I haven’t used a face oil in a while and I’ve really missed it from my routine. I use this most evenings now, on it’s own as my skin prefers not to be overloaded with lots of products. Luce said this clears up blemishes like no other, and I have to agree – it leaves my skin super supple, glowing and really clear.

A bit of a naughty haul, but definitely worth it! Have you tried any of these?

  • Haven’t tried ANY of these but I’ll definitely be looking into some soon! I have really wanted to try the Aesop range for some time now- so recommendations are always welcome here! Lovely post, lovely haul, enjoy! ambermariemarie.com

  • Next time I am in London I am definitely going to go visit & Other Stories and have a look round. I love the sound of the Body Scrub in ‘Belleville Bakery’.

    Beth x

  • Ellie C

    That scrub looks and sounds amazing! x

  • The Fig wash sounds gorgeous, and I wish I’d bought Aesop in store as their store layout always looks gorgeous!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • The scrubs are soooo good! I actually recently reviewed the Fig Fiction Body Wash, and will be reviewing a couple more purchases soon! It’s so dangerous living near that shop haha x

    Here’s my post if you want to have a read: https://thelittleyellowbutterflies.wordpress.com/2015/04/19/fig-fiction-body-wash-from-other-stories/

  • Ah Aesop, I love them as a brand I hope you enjoy their products. The exfoliant paste sounds lovely.

    Sarah xo | PolkaDotLemon

  • I have been wanting to try some things from Aesop for so long. Might have to pick some up! x


  • Emily Knott

    Aesop is a brand that I have been wanting to venture into for a while now. I love the sound of so many of their products.




  • I had no idea &otherstories sold skincare/beauty products! Must check them out.


  • I absolutely adore the Aesop exfoliant paste, it’s a beautiful product and so nice on my skin! Some people have issues with Aesop facial products, but I 100% swear by them, they keep my skin so clear!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • Eleri Roberts

    I had no idea the & Other Stories scrubs were so good? Are they really the best you’ve tried? I’m yet to sniff the fig fiction range too, I’ll have to jump to it! Plus, I love the Aesop facial oils, the parsley seed serum is also amazing if you’re ever in the market for one.

    E x

    Eleri Roberts

    • I think so, and I’ve tried many! It’s hard to explain, but they’re kind of gooey and so there’s less mess and they melt in to the skin and sort of lather up. SO softening and just lovely in general.
      Ooh next on my list, thank you! Tried the mask and loved it! x

  • amanda beautie

    I haven’t tried any of these brands, but they sound amazing! You picked up some lovely products, do tell us how you get on with them! xx

    Beauty Girl

  • I really want to try some Aesop bits, they sound so good!

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  • Great products! I’ve never used Aesop before but this sounds good!


  • Gillian Lamb

    I love the &other stories rose petal hand cream – dreamy 🙂


  • I feel as though these brands aren’t too popular (or even available) here in Canada but I could just be missing them at stores! I have heard so many things about Aesop (their parsley mask?) I really want to try it out! My skin needs some TLC!

    Nabihah | thesundaywardrobe.blogspot.com

  • Thank you so much for sharing! This really reminds me that I need to pick up an new hand wash and lotion (something preferably with amazing packaging!). I wish we had & Other Stories here in Australia!


  • Maggie

    I need to try some of the Aesop stuff!! It all seems so wonderful!


  • ninegrandstudent

    That face oil sounds divine – shame it’s way out of my price range right now! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

  • I really need to try Other Stories, I keep ogling their clothes, but forget completely about the beauty stuff!

    Lyon Notes

  • SamanthaSeries

    I really like aesops apothecary-style packaging. All of these products sound so nice 🙂

    Samantha Series

  • I love Aesop products, they have the most gorgeous fresh and floral scents, I love the hand wash especially : )

  • I really need to try some more Aesop things! Lovely!
    xoxo Mollie

  • Amy Paternoster

    I am going into London on my next pay day and can’t wait to have a massive haul on all my beauty favourites. The Aesop paste looks really interesting and I think I’m going to give it a go myself.

    Amy @ Blonde Amy Blog x

  • The Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste is seriously amazing. Nothing keeps my skin clear like this does. I even use it mixed in with one of their masks every so often and it keeps my skin so soft and balanced! I cant wait to hear what you say about it. 🙂


  • HushHush

    Haven’t tried any of these. I want to try Aesop products 🙂


  • Ohhh that scrub looks amazing!

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  • I love love love the Moroccan tea range from & other stories, I always buy the shower gel and lately I tried Floral Momento which is stunning, too!
    And that Aesop Oil sounds nice! I’m all for products that keep my skin clear 😉

    Marie x

  • I have always wanted to try Aesop products. They look so nice!! 🙂


  • Emma Kirk

    Gotta try that face oil… Side note, I love your photography! It’s always so pretty and the backgrounds are always on point! What camera do you use? I’m still using my iphone 4 heh..


    • Thank you! I use a Canon 600D, but sometimes I use my iPhone too so it’s not impossible 🙂

      • Emma

        Thanks for the reply :). To be honest it doesn’t matter what camera I use I need to have the knack for photography which i’m not sure i have lol! You obviously don’t have that problem!

  • I really want to try some Aesop products, everyone raves about them!


  • I need to get up to speed with & other stories beauty range, just so I can shout ‘getting figgy with it!’ x

  • Romy Van Haecke

    I’m so curious to try the &OtherStories beauty products, thanks for the reviews. I’m defenitely buying the scrub on my next stop there! Enjoy your products! xo Romy

  • Emma and Emily

    Didn’t realise that the and other stories soap and hand cream were so cheap! I’ll be picking them up next time I’m in central 🙂

    Emily x

  • Trying to choose products in & Other Stories is a near impossible task, I just want it all! The Aesop oil sounds lovely x

    Josie’s Journal

  • Izzy

    I really want to try some Aesop stuff their packaging always looks so lovely x


  • That facial oil sounds like just what my dire skin needs at the moment!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  • the shot is beautiful! Your blog is always so pretty to look at 🙂


  • Though I absolutely LOVE Fig-scented, well – everything, I didn’t really like the smell of the &Other Stories fig-products.. maybe I was expecting too much and something in the style of Dyptiques Figuier, but I think the scent is quite sickening 🙁 Maybe I’m just too sensitive! I do still keep them in the bathroom though as I find it looks really nice and everyone else who have been over for a visit loves it! 🙂

    xx Gabriella from || http://www.plazamagazine.se/willowjolie/

  • I’ll definitely try the & Other Stories hand lotion if I spot it somewhere!

    Gloss and Magic

  • I’ve been wanting to try some Aesop products for the longest time x


  • Hi Kate, not tried Aesop yet but keep looking at a couple of products telling myself ‘I must get some’. Fab to have a sound out on something new too!
    Heidi x

  • Another wonderful post that makes me wish I was born in a different country :/
    Maybe one day & Other Stories will come stumbling in my country too 🙂

    -L | thenerdymelife.com

  • I love love LOVE the beauty stuff from & other stories. My favorite scent is Tangier tales and I highly recommend their hand soap as well, it is positively dreamy!

    Axelle | Style playground

  • & Other Stories seem to have such beautiful products! I love the simplistic packaging too.

    Cass | CassandraMyee