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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Doll Eyes and Whimsical Hearts

We all know we’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover. Yet even despite that yonks-old lesson, I sometimes can’t help but be distracted by fancy packaging. Especially when it comes to make up. And my main weakness? Mascara. I love a good mascara. It’s one of those must-have items I’d take with me in a desert-island scenario. So when I was making a bee-line for the exit of a particular department store recently, I did a proper double-take when I walked by Lancôme’s newest collaboration.

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The make-up brand has just launched a super-glam collection with Alber Elbaz, the creative director at Lanvin. It’s the first time for the fashion house designer to take on the world of make-up and Lancôme was making sure it was one that was certainly eye-catching. Feminine and fun, the packaging is definitely appealing, with hand-drawn scrawls and bold free-style doodles. The ‘Lancôme Hypnôse’ collection is divided into four different themes; Dèfinicilis, Doll, Drama and Star, and consists of eye shadow palettes, dramatic mascaras and a few pairs of fake lashes.

Always looking for length and the ‘fake lash’ effect without ever worrying about glue (a bad combination when you’re a contact lens wearer) I decided to try out the ‘Hypnôse Doll’ mascara, which is priced at approximately €28. Decorated with whimsical heart scribbles, the mascara brush is double-sided and cone-shaped, making for easy application. Even after a few uses, it still hadn’t clumped, and as an extra little bonus? The mascara is scented, making it an even sweeter treat when applying!

The mascara helped lengthen my lashes in an under-stated way so if you’re looking for the natural long lash effect, Hypnôse Doll could be the perfect choice. If it’s volume you’re looking for, check out the other themes in the collection.

While it didn’t make a dramatic difference to my eyes, I’ll admit that I’m still drawn to the collection – even if it is only because the fancy packaging makes me happy and my make-up bag even happier. Plus, it smells really good!