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Celebrating the games, part 2: British invasion

Between the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics, to say that 2012 is a big year for London would be an understatement.  Beauty companies were quick to capitalize on these important events by releasing a plethora of British-themed products (in addition to Stila's Lovely in London palette, which we saw previously).

Some companies used the beautiful London skyline and buildings in their packaging.

  1. Jo Malone fragrance gift boxes
  2. Benefit "That Gal" special edition primer
  3. Bond No. 9 Diamond Jubilee perfume
  4. Paperself London Skyline eye lashes

But the overwhelming majority of products incorporated the iconic Union Jack. 

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  1. Estée Lauder Jewelled Flag of Britain solid perfume compact
  2. Rimmel London Glam Eyes HD eye shadow in True Union Jack
  3. 17 Instant Glow Union Jack Bronzer
  4. Union Jack Chapstick
  5. Yves Saint Laurent Swarovski Union Jack palette
  6. Union Jack Vaseline pouch
  7. Provoke Cosmetics Pro Pan eye shadow palette (via British Beauty Blogger)
  8. Pop Beauty Brit Pop eye shadow palette    

While all of these 2012 releases would certainly quench anyone's thirst for London-inspired products, I think my favorite is still Chanel's London Madness palette from 2009.  (I'm now beginning to wonder where the hell I was in the spring of 2009 - first I missed Guerlain's shell bronzer and just realized I missed this Chanel palette!)  Not sure why, I just feel as though it made the best use of the Union Jack.

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So from this dizzying array of items devoted to London, which one is your favorite?

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