It is so, so rare that I get an actual child-free day to myself that when the Bank Holiday came around and I knew that I was going to be unusually child-free, I took full advantage by doing something out of the ordinary. So The Boy and I found ourselves in Liverpool for the day. The sole purpose for my visit to Liverpool was to visit the Urban Decay store that had opened a while ago. I’m a huge Urban Decay fan and obviously needed to browse and make a few purchases. Despite going almost everywhere else in the world, The Boy had never been to Liverpool before and wanted to visit Albert Docks, so it made sense to combine our visits into one day! Plus lunch was on him.
I am usually the person who insists on driving everywhere. I hate getting on public transport, but this time it didn’t make sense. It’s so easy to jump on the train from Wolverhampton to Liverpool. With a journey time of around 80 minutes, the train was quick and direct. Plus it was inexpensive as because I had booked my journey in advance, I managed to get my return train ticket for only £19 by booking in advance with London Midland. This was a complete bargain which meant that my money-saving public transport solution left me more time and money for shopping. Liverpool Lime Street station is also really close to the city centre so it was easy to walk into town and find lots to look at and do. As this was the first time in a long time that I’d not driven to Liverpool, knowing that everything was close by helped me to plan my day.
Liverpool has lots to offer a beauty addict. In the Metquarter, which is a mini shopping centre not far from the train station, I spent a good while in MAC and Illamasqua browsing and shopping. Both stores were quite big so had a large range of products in which made a change from the tiny MAC counter that we have in Wolverhampton and Illamasqua is non-existent in the Black Country. The staff in both stores were lovely and as the new Illamasqua collection looked amazing, I parted with quite a lot of my cash in that store (and if I’m completely honest, some of The Boy’s cash too.)
As I’ve already said, the whole purpose of my 100 mile trip was to visit the Urban Decay store. It didn’t disappoint, I was so impressed with the huge range on display and again, we don’t have Urban Decay near me. If I hadn’t had already spent a small fortune in MAC and Illamasqua, I could have easily gone mad in here so a return visit is needed.
I also ventured over to the Beauty Bazaar at Harvey Nichols in Liverpool One. The Hourglass counter and the Beauty Bazaar had me drooling and even more convinced that I need the Ambient Lights palette in my life. It is so beautiful, so much so that I forgot to take pictures of my swatches. I am easily distracted by a bit of shimmer and in Liverpool, you will find lots of it.
At the other end of the makeup scale, all of the usual high-street makeup stores can be easily found in Liverpool One. I had a wander into Superdrug and picked up a Makeup Revolution palette being a huge fan of theirs, I just couldn’t resist 32 shadows for £8. There is also a huge Primark which has the largest Ps… makeup section that I have ever seen, far bigger than my local Primark. So, of course I spent some time there and picked up a couple of things. I’m not going to lie, I’m excited about trying the £4 glitter palette as soon as I can.
Royal Albert Docks
The docks are literally minutes from the city centre and can be accessed by walking through Liverpool One. I was lucky that the day that of my visit to Liverpool the weather was lovely, sunny and warm. So after a morning of shopping, I needed a change of scene and I really enjoyed my stroll around the docks as it was just so beautiful and calm. I almost felt like I was on holiday. The vintage looking ice cream vans alongside the unseasonably warm weather helped to give me that glorious holiday feeling.
Around the Docks were a lot of different museums, including the Tate Liverpool and International Slavery Museum. If I was staying for a longer day, I would’ve loved to have had a walk around these too but I was trying to pack so much into one day. I was child-free so obviously I needed cocktails and a nice fancy lunch too! Missing out on the museums during this trip, does however give me another reason to visit Liverpool soon.
There was a huge range of places to eat in Liverpool, so I found it hard to decide what I wanted to eat. After looking at the menus of nearly every restaurant by Albert Docks and Liverpool One, we settled on Gourmet Burger Kitchen. The Boy typically had the biggest burger I’d ever seen and I was treated to a bean burger, skinny fries washed down by the most amazing salted caramel milkshake that I have ever had. We sat outside on the terrace and it was lovely to eat my lunch leisurely in the sunshine instead of shovelling it down at my desk for a change.
After lunch, we wondered around to find somewhere for cocktails, but got a little bit lost. By the time we found our bearings again, it was after 5pm and all of the office workers were filling up the beer gardens. There quite a few interesting and pretty cocktail bars that I wanted to try, but in the end we settled for Revolution as it was a bit out of the way so much quieter than others we’d walked past. Sipping on my delicious Peach and Raspberry Cobbler cocktail confirmed that I had made the right decision to travel by train! I would’ve missed out if I had chosen to drive and the Peach and Raspberry Cobbler was too nice to miss out on.
Overall, I had a really great day. Even though I’ve been to Liverpool a few times before, it was lovely to experience a day out with someone who hadn’t even been before. I felt like such a tourist! I still think that there is so much more that I would like to see and do there in Liverpool so I am most definitely planning to revisit. It feels like I missed out on so many sights – especially about The Beatles – but I just couldn’t fit everything in. A return visit is definitely required!
Lots of things in Liverpool are unsurprisingly dedicated to The Beatles and whilst I’ve been to The Cavern before, as a huge Beatles fan, I would’ve liked to have spent a bit more time looking around. However, I had a rare whole day to walk around somewhere new at an adult pace, with no nappies and baby wipes weighing down my handbag so wasn’t all bad! I really enjoyed my day. It was nice to be to me instead of just mummy and happy mummy means a happy baby.
Have you ever been to visit Liverpool? What are your thoughts? Is there anywhere you’d recommend that I visit next time? Let me know in the comments.