St James Eau de Nil China Teacup & Saucer
St James Eau de Nil China Teacup & Saucer

If you’ve ever visited London as a tourist, chances are  you will have stopped by at Fortnum & Mason. The ground floor is always absolutely heaving with people because it’s where all the sweet treats, teas, coffees and delicious things are! I had one of the biggest frights of my life in Fortums in the basement where the proper food is – I’m a little bit squeamish about shell fish (any fish to be honest) and for no good reason decided to test myself by looking closely at a lobster. Needless to say, the poor thing was alive, did a massive clack of its claws and I screamed the place down. I’m not proud.. but it happened! But that’s completely by the by really, but one of my favourite nail polish ranges, Kure Bazaar has done a neat little lacquer collaboration with Fortums in the icon eau de nil shade. They’ve called it Nile.

Kure Bazaar Fortnum & Mason Colour
Kure Bazaar Fortnum & Mason Colour

Actually, I think it’s pretty cool that the classic shade has been turned into a polish – if you want a memento of a visit and you don’t fancy tea or coffee or singing biscuit tins (or to venture down to where the lobsters roam) then it’s the perfect thing for a beauty lover. It’s funny, but I loved this shade before I knew it was the Fortums colour and now when I look at my mani, all I can think of is Fortnums!

Kure Bazaar Fortnum & Mason Colour
Kure Bazaar Fortnum & Mason Colour

I know that the store is trying hard to up their game beauty wise, but they’ve still a long way to go before anyone would consider them a beauty destination, I think. To my knowledge, they do absolutely zero blogger outreach which is a shame because the Fortnum’s beauty floor is really a treat in luxury beauty  (I don’t even know if they have a PR – the Kure story has come from the Kure PR). It’s a whole other thing to the bustle of Selfridges or John Lewis and full of brands we know and brands we don’t. Definitely worth an explore (especially for niche fragrances). Nile launches on Monday and Fortumns is one of the few places you can readily get Kure – I love this brand for gloss, longevity, colour range and the fact that it’s 85% natural, made from potato, cotton and wood pulp. You would never, ever know that what you’re wearing on your tips was formerly potato! Anyway, the Kure Bazaar range has 60 shades and each one is £15. There is a small collection of Kure on their on-line site HERE.

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