Space NK Lust List

There was some serious excitement in the beautysphere recently with the grand opening of Ireland’s first standalone Space NK store. If you’re a beauty nerd or follow any beauty blogs at all, you’ll already be aware of the importance of this big news, but for those of you who are not, I’ll briefly explain:

Space NK isn’t just any old make up store; it’s an emporium and home to some of the most luxurious beauty brands in the world. It’s British, has stores in London and New York, and was founded by Nicky Kinnaird (hence the NK) just over 20 years ago.

The store (apothecary – ‘scuse me!) features make-up, skincare and hair care brands, some of which we’ve never really had the pleasure of sampling on the back of our hands before. Some of the tempting brands to lust over include Sunday Riley (a major beauty go-to on runways around the world), Eve Lom, By Terry, Lipstick Queen, Hourglass, Sarah Chapman and Oribe.

It took an overwhelming amount of willpower not to blow all my life savings on a spree on my first visit and indulged instead on simply exploring all the brands and making a lust list instead…

 

 

Ambient Lightning Blush by Hourglass
I’m familiar with the brand only because of what I’ve read on other blogs and can’t wait to try Hourglass. I particularly love the look of this lightweight blusher which comes in six shades. This one here is ‘Diffused Heat’.

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Cell Revitalise Day Moisturiser by Aurelia
I didn’t know this brand at all before Space NK arrived but I did receive a sample of this moisturiser and absolutely love it. Hence its place on my lust list! The luxurious cream is whipped, with a mousse-type texture to it, and it gives skin a gorgeous glow while hydrating dull skin.

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Cheek to Cheek by By Terry
So this one is for the days when I’m not in the mood for a powder blush. I’m a big fan of cream blush as it is, but I’m dying to try Cheek by Cheek. It’s a brand new syrup blusher that’s made from 100% water. It gives baby soft pink cheeks and a subtle satin finish. Want!

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Anti-feathering lip pencil by Laura Mercier
I’ve been meaning to get a nude-coloured lip pencil for a while and love the look of this lip pencil in ‘Naked’ by Laura Mercier. Designed to outline and enhance the natural shape of your lip, the nude-coloured pencil is ideal for wearing everyday, and can be used simply with a lipgloss.

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Skinny Liquid Eyeliner by Eyeko
Eyeliner is one of those cult beauty products I know I will never live without and I’ve heard great things about this particular one by Eyeko. It is designed with an easy-to-control pen and a preservative-free formula and it promises a long lasting finish. I can’t wait to add this one to my make-up kit!

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What I did buy:

It’s not the type of place where you can easily leave empty handed, there’s just too much that I want. So I did treat myself to one particular product I’ve been eyeing up; eye do by eyeko. Eyeko is a brand that is fronted by Alexa Chung, so you know it’s cool. This isn’t just a mascara, but a treatment for your lashes too. It’s water resistant (but easily removed with eye make-up remover) and contains lash-enhancing botanicals too.
It features an over-sized mascara brush which creates clump-free volume and the carbon black colour adds depth and long-lasting colour.
It also has a unique tube-style packaging, which means less wastage.
It’s my new favourite mascara and for €25, a purchase that won’t break the bank!

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Visit http://uk.spacenk.com/ for more information on the brands available. Space NK is located opposite BT2 on Dublin’s Grafton Street. You’ll come out with an empty wallet but I promise it will be worth it. And you’ll look amazing too.

 

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Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1

People seem to be getting all hyped up about the arrival of autumn and the impending months of winter and while I am happily making a list of all the beauty staples I’m hoping I can afford to buy for the season, it still takes me a few weeks to catch up and adapt to the changes. So hold up!

Just a few weeks ago I was dressing my face for the summer and it was easy. There was a dollop of BB cream here, and a dash of blush there. I abandoned the eyeliner instead opting for a small splash of mascara and a slick of gloss on the lips.

Somehow when the sun is shining, it doesn’t take much to make yourself look fresh and glowing and I don’t even mind the odd freckle peeping through!

Winter faces however are a whole other story. Suddenly my summer makeup look just isn’t up to scratch and I’m looking more deathly low than healthy glow. So it’s time to swap the tinted moisturiser for a more weather-friendly foundation and a shelf full of powerful skincare to help your skin combat the rain, hale and snowy season ahead. But my biggest facial weakness is during the colder months? My chapped lips. It’s the one thing that kicks up the most fuss. Having the lip staples such as Vaseline or carmex in your make up bag are great, and while on your lips, they do the job. But one cappuccino later and you’re back to square one. There is one saving grace however, a lip balm I discovered a number of years back and one that – although expensive to buy (approximately €10.50 per tube) – is one particular beauty product I make sure to invest in each September.

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Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 Mango

For all the hype that Kiehl’s lip balm #1 has received, its had some knock backs too, with people saying it doesn’t work very well and the packaging is boring. But I’m a fan. I like its simple, no-frills packaging, it’s a nice change, and it’s the one balm that really makes my lips super smooth. While the original balm is non-flavoured, I picked up the Mango flavoured one this time and love it.

The Science: It’s packed with Wheat Germ Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and Vitamins A and E to help heal chapped lips and also has an SPF 4 in it helping to protect further damage.

Hint: It advises you to apply liberally and let the excess balm be absorbed. Try it at night when you get the real benefits and wake up to softer lips. Works a treat!