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Jen Riley

Jen Riley

A Beauty Junkie in London

Jen is the writer behind the London-based beauty blog, A Beauty Junkie in London. The blog was started back in 2009 and is exactly what it says - all about a beauty junkie who can't get enough of all things girly...and lives and works in London. Jen is equally as enthusiastic about many other things in life - including macaroni cheese, her two house rabbits, finding the perfect striped top or pair of ankle boots...and other slightly less shallow pursuits. Jen can also be found on Twitter and Instagram @beautyjunkieldn where she mainly shares insightful tweets or photos about lipgloss or what she had for lunch.


Latest articles by Jen Riley


Covent Garden Beauty Shopping Destination

Covent Garden Beauty Shopping Destination

12.10.2014

The list of beauty brands in Covent Garden has grown so much over the years that it is now without a doubt the number one place in London for beauty lovers to shop. With a ton more character than the average department store - plus the added bonus of all the food and entertainment offerings in the area - Covent Garden is my number choice for beauty shopping.


Why I Love Ministry of Waxing London

Why I Love Ministry of Waxing London

10.29.2014

Waxing is up there with washing the dishes or filing a tax return on the list of things I don’t really want to do, but sort of have to. So with that in mind, a place that makes something that’s frankly unpleasant a quick and relatively pain free experience is what I need. The Ministry of Waxing London makes the nasty side of beauty far more bearable.


Review of the Four Seasons Spa London

Review of the Four Seasons Spa London

9.25.2014

I’ve been lucky enough to go to The Spa at the Four Seasons a couple of times and enjoy the facilities and treatments. This London spa is a patch of paradise and here’s why I love it:


Why I Love Selfridges Beauty Workshop and Beauty Hall

Why I Love Selfridges Beauty Workshop and Beauty Hall

9.9.2014

When it comes to beauty shopping, you really can’t beat Selfridges. With it’s main beauty hall and it’s beauty workshop you can get pretty much anything your heart desires. The beauty hall is filled with the usual beauty hall brands of Chanel, Dior, Clarins, Clinique - plus a fantastic MAC stand, and the newest thing to hit beauty blogger’s radars: Charlotte Tilbury. A collection by make-up artists to the stars (and best mate to Kate Moss) contains some really covetable products - the Dolce Vita eye shadow palette being top of many a shopping list.


Speed Beauty: 3 Salons for When You're Running on London Time

Speed Beauty: 3 Salons for When You're Running on London Time

8.19.2014

Fast and efficient is sometimes just what you need when it comes to some of the more routine beauty treatments. You want somewhere where you just pop in when it suits and get seen to quickly, leaving without a massive hole in your wallet. As nice as it is to be pampered, sometimes you just don’t have enough hours in the day and need to get in and out as fast as possible.


Best Places to go for a Pedicure in London

Best Places to go for a Pedicure in London

8.11.2014

Why is it that the warmer weather seems to creep up on you and arrive when you’re least ready for it? With the changeable British weather being as it is, we seem to be able to go from rainy and grey to warm sunshine and back again in a single day. When the sun comes out, so do the feet so here’s a little run down of three best places to head to to get your feet in tip top condition so that when the sun shows its face - you’re ready to go.


Review of the Elemis Day Spa

Review of the Elemis Day Spa

7.28.2014

There’s not much out there that’s more relaxing than escaping to a spa and easing the stresses of daily life away with a lovely massage or facial...


Review of Aveda Institute, London

Review of Aveda Institute, London

7.22.2014

The Aveda Institute is a mega-salon in the heart of London but somehow it still feels a bit like an undiscovered gem. Whilst it’s a big building, emblazoned with the Aveda logo and based right in the centre between Tottenham Court Road, Holborn and Covent Garden Stations, it still feels like something special when you get to go there - a bit like y


Review of Re:SPA in Canary Wharf

Review of Re:SPA in Canary Wharf

7.14.2014

Beauty blogger Jen Riley experienced Re:SPA in Canary Wharf. Read her review of this London spa...


My Experience of Laser Hair Removal

My Experience of Laser Hair Removal

7.4.2014

Every time spring rolls around there’s a few things that cross my mind - one, regretting that extra portion of macaroni cheese or whatever else fattening (but delicious) food I’ve overindulged in over the colder months and two, hair removal. The approach of the warmer months means showing some skin is on the cards. This year I decided to take the p


Shave, Wax, Cream or Laser? Which Hair Removal Routine is Best?

Shave, Wax, Cream or Laser? Which Hair Removal Routine is Best?

7.4.2014

With so many ways to remove hair from your body, sometimes it’s hard to know which method to use. So here’s a very speedy run down of the pros and cons of hair removal methods.Shaving:Pros: it’s quick and easy; leaves skin feeling silky smooth.Cons: regrowth is stubbly and can be fast, depending on how fast your hair grows; threat of ingrown hairs.


Shopping in London: Best Places to Shop on Carnaby St

A Local's Guide to Shoe Shopping in London

A Local's Guide to Shoe Shopping in London

6.15.2014

London really is one of the best places to shop in the world, but along with having the biggest selection, comes the biggest confusion over where to find that certain item you’re looking for. So this post is a whistle-stop guide to shopping for shoes in the big smoke.


Review of So SPA at Sofitel Hotel, St James

Review of So SPA at Sofitel Hotel, St James

6.9.2014

If you're looking for something relaxing to do in London, So SPA at The Softiel Hotel, St James is located right in the heart of London. It's just a short distance away from the hubs of both Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, but once you're inside, you immediately escape in to a world of relaxation and tranquility.


Oxford Street's Best Kept Beauty Secrets

Oxford Street's Best Kept Beauty Secrets

6.2.2014

Oxford Street is a shopper’s paradise, there’s no denying that. From Tottenham Court Road to Marble Arch, the whole street is lined with shop after shop selling anything from cheesy tourist souvenirs to one of a kind vintage dresses and everything in between.


Top Five Hair and Beauty Salons in London

Top Five Hair and Beauty Salons in London

5.26.2014

In London, when it comes to keeping groomed and glossy, it’s pretty easy to spend half the month’s rent as quickly as you can yelp from a hot wax strip being whipped off. But in the interest of looking (and feeling) good - but not spending a fortune, I have five salons that are all worth checking out.


St Christopher’s Place Shopping Guide

St Christopher’s Place Shopping Guide

5.18.2014

If you’re walking along Oxford Street, towards Marble Arch you may have noticed a purple clock and a sign close to Bond Street tube station, next to H&M. If you look to your right you’ll see a small passage that maybe doesn’t look like anything special, but if you look up you will see a silver globe, topped with a sparkly man, welcoming you to the the lesser-known boutique shopping area of St Christopher’s Place.


Review of Guild Hairdressing and Beauty Salon

Review of Guild Hairdressing and Beauty Salon

5.6.2014

King’s Road, Chelsea has had a little injection of Parisian style recently with the opening of Guild Hairdressing. Located on King’s Road, it’s the first for London, but second in the Guild Family, following the success of the Paris branch located in the heart of the city.


A Local's Guide to Shopping on Regent Street

A Local's Guide to Shopping on Regent Street

4.18.2014

When it comes to shopping in London, it’s easy to migrate towards the obvious - Oxford Street. Of course there is nothing wrong with Oxford Street - it has pretty much all the heart could desire in terms of shopping. However, Oxford Street can sometimes lack the ‘wow’ factor - it’s a great shopping street, but that’s about it.


Kiko Milano Store Opens on Regent Street

Kiko Milano Store Opens on Regent Street

4.18.2014

London is a tough city to beat when it comes to shopping - with so many shopping destinations it’s hard to know where to start when wanting to splash some cash. On the beauty front (my favourite shopping category) it’s a tough call between mooching around the multiple department stores with their expansive beauty halls – which have really upped their game recently – or sticking with the reliable options of Boots or Superdrug. Recently there’s been a few new additions to the London make up offering in the shape of stand-alone brand stores. The latest to pop up is KIKO Make Up Milano which recently opened on Regent Street.


Getting Party Prepped: At Home and in the Salon

Getting Party Prepped: At Home and in the Salon

4.18.2014

When it comes to getting ready for a party there are two options – do it yourself or turn to the professionals. DIY or professional glam squad - either way, here’s my favourite products for getting party prepped.


Vintage Shopping Across London

Vintage Shopping Across London

4.18.2014

Vintage is one of those things that is regularly mentioned when it comes to London style. It seems that Londoners have an ability to pick up something old in a second hand store, pair it with something new from a high street store like Topshop, and really make it work. For me, vintage is all about finding something that’s unique and timeless - something old that can be worn now. There are many treasure troves of vintage garms to be explored across London and these are a few of my favourites.


Homeware Heaven - A Photo Tour of London's West Elm Store

Homeware Heaven - A Photo Tour of London's West Elm Store

2.28.2014

For as long as I can remember, Tottenham Court Road has been a bit of a hub for homeware and furniture stores. The latest addition to the street's interiors offering is West Elm - a store that was founded in Brooklyn, New York and is hugely popular across the pond. I for one, have been extremely excited to see it hit our shores as it’s packed with stylish, expensive-looking but reasonably priced, home-design products.