Why We Love London -- the Best British Beauty and Fashion Trends

It's no secret. London is HUGE this year, and for good reason. The 2012 London Olympics are right around the corner. Everyone and their mother is obsessed with "Downton Abbey." And of course, Kate Middleton and her sister Pippa make headlines every time they step out of the house.

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After sorting through these and a bazillion other reasons why we can't get enough of London (Adele, Harry Potter, the ability to sound instantly intellectual just because of your accent), we've come up with a list of what we love about this country. Not surprisingly, it was the British beauty and fashion trends that appeared most often. Scroll down to check out the first five or click here for the full list.

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Butter London's Olympic Collection

Butter London is paying homage to its hometown by releasing a special "Olympic Heavy Metal collection." Gold is the goal for an athlete, but in this case the bronze, silver, and gold colors are all equally shiny and pretty. And remember, you can always mix metallics, so there's nothing wrong with wearing 'em all at once.

Burberry Lip Cover

Burberry's timeless style makes it the ultimate luxury British brand. A new Burberry trench coat would wipe out my bank account, but the Burberry Lip Cover lipstick is much more affordable at only $30. The hydrating formula goes on silky smooth and it comes in 30 pretty shades.

Soap and Glory Facial Scrub

Cheeky and fun, the Soap and Glory brand embodies the British sense of humor. This exfoliator is titled, "The Greatest Scrub of All," $18, which sounds a tad presumptuous, but it does leave you squeaky clean and so we think it lives up to its grand name.

Elaborate Hats

Other than the Kentucky Derby or Cinco de Mayo, we don't wear hats that often in the U.S. But the British have mastered the art of elaborate hat wearing. Ribbons, feathers, flowers, birds' nests ... really anything goes.

Alexander McQueen Skull Clutch

Typically skulls scare me. But somehow, when they are adorned in crystals atop an Alexander McQueen clutch, they're not so frightening.

Want to see our entire list of the best beauty and fashion trends to come out of the Britain? Click here.

Now you tell me: What British fashion and/or beauty product do you love? Leave your comment in the box below.

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