Showing posts with label Space NK. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Space NK. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Space NK Autumn Beauty Edit - September 2016


September is a big month for beauty events and Space NK's Autumn Beauty Edit is happening this week online and in stores. With any $250+ purchase, Space NK is giving away a gift bag filled with 29 beauty fragrance, skincare and makeup minis. If you're one of the N.Dulge members you can shop the event early September 7-8th. There is an online code for N.Dulge members in case you can't make it to the store, simply enter ESSENTIALS16 at checkout. The gift will be open to the public on September 9th in stores and online, while supplies last.

A peek at what's inside this season's gift bag. This is not your typical ordinary gift with purchase. In past seasons sometimes I've seen a number of repeats. While it's nice to sample classics, I'm always looking to try new items. This year they have quite a few new items.


Space NK Limited Edition Cosmetic Bag containing:
  • 111SKIN Space Anti Age Day Cream NAC Y2 (15ml) 
  • Aquareveal Satin Bright Soft Water Peel for Face (15ml) 
  • By Terry Baume de Rose Crystalline (2.3g) 
  • Derm Institute Anti-Oxidant Hydration Gel Masque (2 x 3ml) 
  • Diptyque Eau De Toilette (10ml, assorted scents) 
  • Diptyque Le Redouté Scented Candle (35g) 
  • Dermarché Labs FullFill (2g) 
  • Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum (0.16oz) 
  • Eve Lom Morning Time Cleanser (50ml) 
  • Goldfaden MD Brightening Elixir (5ml) 
  • Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon (1g) 
  • Juara Candlenut Body Crème (1.5oz) 
  • Kat Burki complete b Bio-Correcting Face Crème (5ml) 
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Mascara (4g) 
  • Lipstick Queen Medieval Lipstick (1.5g) 
  • Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer (1oz) 
  • MD Solar Sciences Mineral Tinted Crème SPF 30 (0.25oz) 
  • Mila Moursi Lifting Serum (4ml) 
  • Miriam Quevedo Platinum & Diamond Serum (50ml) 
  • Natura Bissé The Cure Cream (5ml) 
  • Omorovicza Deep Cleansing Mask (5ml) 
  • Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo (15ml) 
  • Ouai Finishing Crème (0.5oz) 
  • Philip B. Light-Weight Deep Conditioning Crème Rinse (2oz) or Maui Wowie Volumizing & Thickening Beach Mist (2oz) 
  • R+Co Dallas Thickening Spray (1.7oz) 
  • Ren Flash Hydro Boost (10ml) 
  • Rodial Bee Venom Moisturizer (5ml) 
  • Smith & Cult Lip Gloss in Life in Photographs (0.08ml) 
  • Sunday Riley Good Genes (10ml)
There's plenty to browse and shop in all categories for makeup, fragrance, hair care and skincare. This post from my summer NY visit might help give you a visual on brand selection. They just started carrying Surratt Beauty. There's a new Face Oil and Lip Balm from Diptyque and the By Terry Rouge-Expert Click Sticks launched as well (although I have not yet tried them).

To recap on dates, N.Dulge Members can shop early today Sept 7 to 8. Promotion is open to public on September 9. Available online at spacenk.com (US only) and in stores, while supplies last.

Are you checking out the Space NK Autumn Beauty Edit event this year? Or are you shopping other events? Let me know if you have any recommendations for skincare that you've been loving.

Many thanks to Space NK for sending over a preview of the gift!


Monday, August 1, 2016

Summer Hair Care Rotation - Shampoo and Conditioners


Many of you have asked for an update on my current hair care routine along with favorites. I have a two part post planned. Part 1 goes live today with a roundup of shampoo and conditioners. Part 2 will go live next week with a list of what I use for styling and treatments. I did an hair care loves roundup earlier this year and have done a few review posts but some of you prefer routine types of posts. For hair care, I wash my hair daily most of the time. There are occasions where I skip 1 day in between washes but those are rare, especially in the summer. On days I work out, I wash my hair twice in the same day. I have thick hair prone to frizz, I heat treat with a blow dryer or flat iron frequently, it's never been dyed. When it comes to shampoos and conditioners, I love trying new formulas and brands - smell is probably the most important factor for me. If it doesn't pass the smell test then I won't even try it (no matter how many raves it has).

For shampoos and conditioners, I like to rotate frequently and often times I have more than 2 sets in the shower which drives my husband nuts because of the space it takes up. He has his 1 go to, often times it's a 2 in 1 kind of product for hair and body (his favorite is Jack Black Turbo Wash). I on the other hand find that I do need different kinds. There's the everyday kind of wash, the weekly cleansing or clarifying wash and then the wash for days you need extra moisture. Not to mention the masks or leave in products. (Please tell me I am not the only one who is high maintenance with their hair.)

Today I have a roundup of 7 brands of shampoo and conditioner I've put to the test with thoughts on each one. I will say up front that when it comes to shampoo I'm the type who will keep one around even if it's not mind blowing or amazing. As long as it smells ok, cleans the hair well and doesn't make it fall out or dry, I just can't bring myself to throw out a partially used bottle.

My all time favorite that I can use daily is the Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo and Conditioner. I stock up on this during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale because they either have larger sizes or value sets. (This year's set shown in this haul post.) This formula lathers well, moisturizes, strengthens, cleans the scalp well and leaves the hair shiny and healthy. Full ingredients list of the shampoo here and conditioner here. A huge part of me wants to try out all the shampoos from the brand but as some say, when you find something you love, you stick with it. In this case I've stuck with this formula.


Next best everyday is the Kerastase Cristalliste line which is designed for those with long hair. There have been a few formulas for fine or thick hair, I've tried the one for fine hair and it worked perfectly for my thick hair. It's a great everyday option and I use both the shampoo and conditioner together. It cleanses the hair and and gets the roots clean too. It's got a lightweight feel that leaves the hair feeling clean and bouncy with a super soft feel. I gave a few partially used bottles to a friend with long fine hair because she was curious about it but didn't want to splurge without trying. She loved it too.


One line I had high hopes for is Ouai created by Jen Atkin. I started out testing a few styling products from Birchbox which included the Ouai Dry Shampoo and Wave Spray. I adore both and think they are worth trying out. More on both of these in my upcoming styling post. Since I had such a great experience with a couple of the styling products, I bought the Treatment Masque (pack of 8), Volume Shampoo and Volume Conditioner from Space NK. The Treatment Mask is great but the packaging isn't the easiest to use. Both the Volume Shampoo and Conditioner were just ok for me - perhaps my expectations were just too high. They are both described as containing "Smart technology" to replenish moisture and lift strands. I found neither added volume. That being said I have yet to find a volumizing shampoo that will actually add volume to my thick hair (I've tried formulas from Living Proof, Phyto, Drybar - all lines I like, but the volumizing shampoos just don't work for me). I've read a lot of reviews that this does work for those with fine hair. For me the Volume formula does a good job at cleansing daily - I do need to use both the shampoo + conditioner because the shampoo alone can be a bit drying on my hair type. I won't be repurchasing but it's one I can't bring myself to throw out. (If you have any Ouai on your list there are still a few more days of the SpaceNK Explore Online Promotion, enter code BEAUTYNOW at checkout to save $20 off orders $100 or more until Aug 2nd.)


Bumble and Bumble is a line I'm always keen on trying out. Some of the shampoos and conditioners are heavily fragranced though and too strong so I've often tried minis or sets, used them up, but never repurchase. Two that I started using are the Surf Foam Wash Shampoo and Creme Rinse Conditioner and WOW these get a huge thumbs up from me. Based on what I've read from other reviews it seemed to be best suited for those with thicker hair. I have thick hair and love this. It doesn't necessarily add volume but it gives my hair that smooth fluffy beachy look. The scent is mild enough that I don't notice it after rinsing. I can air dry my hair after using this duo and it gives a natural slightly beachy look.


Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo in the Gentle Radiance formula for Normal Hair and Scalp. I previously reviewed the Shampoo and tried it by itself. The shampoo by itself is good once in a while as a clarifying shampoo, but for everyday I found it a bit drying. I used up a few bottles entirely and since I didn't use it daily, they lasted a long time. I was just sent a sample of the Cleansing Oil Conditioner which is another rinse out product and was completely blown away with the combination of the two. The Shampoo by itself was good but not great. Add the Conditioner to the mix and my hair and scalp are left super smooth, tangle free, naturally shiny and also gives it the ability to air dry without any frizz. Most of the time I have to blow dry or add some kind of oil or cream to tame the frizz. I don't use conditioners everyday even if I do wash the hair daily - I find most of the time I just don't feel like I need it. This Cleansing Oil Conditioner is really a good one. I will definitely be repurchasing it once it's used up.


Oribe Cleansing Creme for Moisture and Control is a favorite I've repurchased multiple times. Unfortunately it's sold out online at Space NK so you can't buy it to take advantage of the promo going on right now, but you can find it at places like Birchbox or Neiman Marcus. It could almost go into the treatment category for me, I don't use it daily because I just don't need that much added moisture, but it helps rebalance and rehydrate the hair and scalp. It tames frizz, adds shine and leaves hair feeling super soft.


New to me is Gloss Moderne which I've seen at Space NK quite a few times. In terms of shine shampoos, I find a lot are great as a 1 to 2x per week use kind of product otherwise they get heavy-feeling and weigh down my hair. The R+Co Moonshine Shampoo and Conditioner were both at the top of my list in terms of scent, shine and performance. I've used up a few bottles of both but haven't repurchased for a while. The Gloss Moderne High-Gloss Shampoo and High-Gloss Conditioner have a similar effect but they both have a lush vanilla scent. I have to say that I had low expectations on this one before trying because the reviews are so mixed. I was beyond impressed with how this performed on my long thick hair - it restored shine and left the hair looking healthy and super glossy. Even though my hair is not color treated, the summer sun and heat has turned it into a reddish color about 2-3 shades lighter than it normally is. The heat from the sun also leaves the ends of my hair looking dry so they need a little something extra to get it back to it's normal state. I really liked how the High-Gloss Shampoo and Conditioner added shine without weighing it down. I was able to use it three days in a row without it feeling heavy or without giving the hair the weighed down look. I will use these up to the end and I do really like these. Although for the shine and gloss effect, I think a styling product could provide the same result.


A few of you have asked for a full list of every shampoo and conditioner I've ever tried - to recall all the ones I've bought and used up would be a monumental task as I've tried a lot. There are very few that stand out to me as ones I loved and repurchased multiple times, so I can list those: Drybar Happy Hour Shampoo, Drybar Happy Hour Conditioner, Phyto Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Shampoo. In addition to those, other favorites include the Moroccanoil Moisture Repair, Kerastase Cristalliste and Oribe Cleansing Creme.

In terms of new discoveries for me, I'm beyond impressed with the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Conditioner and Bumble Surf Collection - both work extremely well for my thick hair.

If you're looking for a good shine/gloss finish shampoo, I don't think you'll be disappointed with the Gloss Moderne Shampoo and Conditioners - some may feel they are overpriced but I do think they are solid performers. I've totally been in that place where I really like a product but don't repurchase because of the price. It doesn't mean something is bad - just that there are other alternatives I'd rather spend my money on. I hope this won't deter you though - the Gloss Moderne line is really quite good.

If you're looking for good travel-sized or trial-sized sets, I find that some brands will occasionally have a good travel set to try items out. Birchbox has sets of minis by product type with a mix of brands for you to test out multiple formulas which is nice. They're $18-$28 each, some options include the Frizz Fighters Kit, Wavy Curly Hair Kit, Coily Curly Hair Kit and Beachy Keen Hair Kit.

In terms of finding a good volumizing shampoo and conditioner for my thick hair, I'm still looking for one that has that wow factor. I think many work well for fine hair but hair type does make a huge difference in performance. Some may feel that if you have thick hair you don't really need a volume boost, I sometimes do need it and that's where styling products come into play.

Don't forget there are still a few more days for the Space NK Explore Promotion (US online only). Details in this post here but you can enter code BEAUTYNOW at checkout to save $20 off orders $100 or more. A few of you mentioned the code did not work for you - the issues have been fixed and it should work as long as you have non-sale items in your cart. The Space NK team did tell me if it still does not work you should be able to call their customer service and they will be able to help you. Brands they carry featured in this post include Oribe, Ouai, Bumble and Bumble, Gloss Moderne.

What are your favorite shampoos and conditioners for the summer? Do you change things up when the seasons change or do you stick to your go-tos year round?

Press samples featured include items from the Ouai (styling products only), Shu Uemura Art of Hair, and Gloss Moderne.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Space NK Explore Promotion - Early Access for Beauty Look Book Readers 7/17 to 8/2


Space NK is hosting their Summer Explore Promotion again and they're offering Beauty Look Book readers early access a week before the offer starts for everyone else. For those new to Space NK's Explore Offer, every season they offer either a gift with purchase or savings deal to explore something new. This round you can save $20 off orders $100 or more at spacenk.com/us with code BEAUTYNOW at checkout. The code is valid now through 8/2/2016. Offer valid online only.

Several of you asked for a detail of what I hauled during my recent New York trip. You can find a full recap of their Prince Street store here in this post. There was a lot to explore from a wide range of brands. I was particularly impressed with the haircare selection in the store and picked up a couple things from Ouai and R+Co. I made a mental note of what I wanted to try so I could order when I got back home (I didn't want to carry a lot of liquids back home with me, however I did end up shipping a big box home).

First a quick look at their amazing haircare selection. It's literally Oribe heaven. Travel sized minis galore of multiple brands and formulas too.


Another look at more brands to choose from including Sachajuan, Gloss Moderne, Malin + Goetz and more (you can click to view a larger image):


Featured in the top picture are a few staples along with a couple new items I've tried in case you need recommendations or thoughts:
  • Diptyque Baies is not a haircare item, but it's one of my favorite home scents, since Diptyque rarely goes on sale, these savings promotions are always a nice time to splurge on something and save a little.
  • Oribe Cleansing Cream (repurchased) is one of my favorite weekly shampoos to help restore moisture and cleanse at the same time
  • R+Co Park Ave Blow Out Balm is a product you work through damp hair before you use a blow dryer, I'm always eager to try new products like these because I heat dry my hair most of the time, this smells light and fresh and did give my hair a better look after blow drying, hair was left thicker, fuller and frizz-free and very smooth, the ends still needed a touch up, but for the rest, I really like how this works
  • Ouai Finishing Creme is described as a lightweight lotion for your hair that you can use as a heat protectant from styling, smoothing cream for dry ends or to add texture, I found it has a strong floral scent with a slightly thick texture, it gives the ends a more polished look with a tiny bit of shine but definitely helps add texture to the hair, by comparison the Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream has a thinner texture and adds weightless shine to the ends with a more glossy looking finish
  • Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray is a favorite, even though the full size is a better buy, I always end up repurchasing the travel size because it's easier for me to store or carry with me
  • Ouai Treatment Masque comes in a pack of 8 individually sealed packets, it has a rich perfumed kind of scent, I used it as a mask, left it on for about 10 minutes then rinsed it out, it left the hair feeling super soft and shiny (after drying), I'm not the biggest fan of the packets for packaging, but it's perfect to take one with you for travel or to the gym vs a huge tube, the product is a thumbs up, would love if this came in a large jar or squeeze tube

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‘Explore Something New’ offer comprises $20 to spend on any product on the website www.spacenk.com/us. Your order must total $100 on full price/non-sale products before delivery has been added. Promo code BEAUTYNOW must be entered in the promo code box on the shopping bag page, before checkout, for the offer to apply. One use per customer and promotional codes cannot be applied retrospectively. The $20 discount will be applied at checkout where the order total equals $100 or more. This offer can be used in conjunction with our free shipping over $50. This offer is only available online between 12am Sunday July 17th, 2016 to 11:59pm Tuesday August 2nd, 2016 EST. This offer applies online only on the us.spacenk.com site, not the UK site and is not available in-store. We reserve the right to end it early or extend it without notice. Please note that all sale items, gift card purchases and promotional items are excluded from this promotion. The offer is not refundable and there is no cash value/alternative. The offer cannot be exchanged in-store or online for another product. This offer applies online only and is not available in-store. The offer is restricted to one per customer.

Many thanks to Space NK for extending this to Beauty Look Book readers. If you have anything on your radar whether it's new haircare, skincare, beauty, fragrance from Space NK - let me know! I'm always eager to try new haircare products to help tame my naturally frizzy hair. I'm looking for a good wave spray, the Oribe Apres Beach Spray has been a good one that I just used up, debating whether to repurchase or try something new. Any recs greatly appreciated!

Update: Code now works! Sorry for the delay!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Space NK Boutique - 31 Prince Street in Nolita


Last week I stopped by a few of my favorite beauty shops in NYC. Living in Southern California I am lucky to have access to most brands but often times don't have a free standing boutique near me for some stores to get the full experience. I was beyond thrilled to stop by Space NK's newest New York Boutique on 31 Prince Street in Nolita. This was my first time inside a free standing store and it is a beauty lover's dream come true. Between Space NK and Birchbox Soho - you literally have all your beauty and grooming (for men) needs covered. Both stock a wide variety of mid to high end beauty brands and from the looks of it, they have everything one could need and in travel sizes too. As I was oohing and aaahing at all the shelves in Space NK, by I thought to myself I should have skipped the stress of trying to hoard minis and pack all my liquids into a quart size bag (since I travel carry-on style) and made this store my first stop in once I arrived in the city.

The store is located on the corner of Prince and Mott - it's one of the most charming beauty spaces I've been inside. There's a lot stocked in the store covering skincare, hair care, cosmetics and more - at the same time it's very spacious with a wide open feeling that gives it a luxurious feel. Walking inside is pretty amazing - I could not help but wish that I had a space like this in my home. Displays are organized by brand and product type. Skincare is split into different walls for the natural brands, more techy brands etc. I had just missed a Dr. Lancer appearance and book signing which happened at the store a few days prior. There are decicated areas for Lancer Skincare.


Wall of skincare featuring By Terry, Chantecaille, Sunday Riley, Eve Lom, Tata Harper:


So much love for By Terry, can I have one of everything please?


The Hourglass display complete with Ambient Lighting Powders, Foundations, Brushes and more:



Eve Lom foundations and powders to the left, Smith & Cult to the right:


More beauty from Kevyn Aucoin and Lord and Berry:







Wall of heaven stocked with Oribe minis, Ouai, Sachajuan, Gloss Moderne and more: 



Brow kiosk and Lipstick Queen:


Close up of Oribe heaven, full size wall and then stocked travel size minis:



Overall a must-stop if you visit New York City. There are quite a few Space NK stores located through the city, I was glad I stopped by this one as it's in a cute neighborhood and Diptyque is just around the corner. It has a similar vibe and feel to the dedicated Space NK sections you may see inside a Bloomingdale's (which I also love) but being able to visit a separate store is really a must if you can.

Many thanks to Space NK for allowing me to take photos inside their beautiful store. Next time I'm in New York I won't be packing a lot of items, I know now that I can simply stop by here and purchase what I need as they carry my favorite brands.

Have you been inside a Space NK store before? I know they are all over the US but this is my first time visiting a dedicated store. Hope you enjoyed this peek into their space! Snippets on their social too @spacenkusa - something I live vicariously through since I don't have a store near me. It's nice to see snapshots of their stores around the country and new launch sneak peeks.

P.S. There's a summer sale going on right now, some items are marked up to 50% off :)


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Look at the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder, Pure Powder Glow + Celestial Powder


I've been slowly getting more into items from the Kevyn Aucoin beauty line. I've been a huge fan of the Celestial Powder in Starlight and the Lip Gloss in Starlight (reviewed here and here). The Pure Powder Glow Blushes are something that have been on my radar for ages and I was really excited to finally play with a few of the shades. As mentioned in a few previous posts I had high hopes for the Sculpting Powder in Medium as it's one of the most raved about contouring/sculpting powders in the beauty market. It did not work for my skintone but there have been two color additions to the formula in Light and Deep. Light works perfectly for my medium-olive toned skin.

I have a quick look at six shades from Kevyn Aucoin in the Sculpting Powder, Pure Powder Glow + Celestial Powder. If you're shopping online for any of these, don't forget to take advantage of the special promo code Space NK US created for Beauty Look Book readers. Use code BEAUTYLB16 at checkout to save $20 off online orders of $100 or more (through May 1st). All the details in this post here.


The Celestial Powders ($44 each) are finely milled ultra smooth highlighters. Candlelight is one of those products that has reached cult-status and is extremely popular. I think I'm one of the few people who find it turns white on my face - it looks amazing in the pan, swatched on the arm or applied on the eyes. On my cheeks it almost looks chalky but note that I am in the minority with this one. My preference is for Starlight which is a soft champagne pink. I find Starlight to be more shimmery than Candlelight, but it's not too shimmery. The pink/peach undertones make it much softer on my olive skin. If you prefer liquids, they have these colors in the Celestial Liquid formula, both swatched in this post here.

The Sculpting Powders ($44 each) are matte shaping/sculpting/contour powders. Medium was the first shade launched and for many years it was the only option. It's a soft cool-toned matte that didn't work on my skin because it was too cool-toned and slightly too dark creating a muddy look on me. Light and Deep are the newest additions. I tried out Light which in the swatch above is similar in undertone but the slight variation and lightness of color works so much better on my skintone. It creates a more natural looking shadow on areas I want to add depth whether it's the eyes, nose or cheeks. If you need contouring powders with warmth I would recommend skipping any in the Kevyn Aucoin line as they are all very cool-toned.

The Pure Powder Glow ($37 each) is a powder blush. The formula is very soft in texture which makes it easy to apply, blend and build. There are shimmers and mattes, both formulas look incredibly natural and meld with the skin beautifully so it doesn't look powdery. I've been so impressed with the three that I've tried. Ariana is the perfect neutral coral that adds natural warmth. Shadore is a powder pink that brightens the face. Natural is a really great neutral pinky-brown that won't look muddy or darken on the skin. They look very simple in the pan and if you swatch them with your fingers I have to admit they look pretty standard - you can probably find dupes in other lines like MAC, Bobbi Brown or even Urban Decay, so color-wise I wouldn't say that I find them unique. That being said the formula works really well and doesn't irritate my sensitive skin. (I found that some blushes like Bobbi Brown cause tiny little bumps to form on my cheeks.) If you're looking for a good everyday kind of color that's easy to use and requires little thinking on how to coordinate, you can't go wrong with any of the ones swatched above.


There are quite a few options on the market for all three types of powders. I think the ones from Kevyn Aucoin are great everyday shades that are very wearable for the conservative makeup-wearer who wants no-fuss kind of makeup. They apply on the skin smoothly, don't oxidize on the face and they last all day without budging. A few thoughts on other ones I've tested and how they compare to other brands/formulas.

Celestial Powders

Sculpting Powders

Pure Powder Glow
  • If you like matte blushes that won't darken, I think the ones from Kevyn Aucoin are really among the best I've tried.
  • If you want more unique and interesting colors that are still natural, opt for the Urban Decay UD x Gwen Blush Palette.
  • If you want contour + blush in a single palette for convenience, go for the By Terry Sun Designer Palettes.
  • If you want similar colors to the ones featured but want them at a cheaper price, MAC Pink Swoon will give you a similar look to Shadore, MAC Prism will give you a similar look to Natura (but without the shimmer), Ariana is quite unique compared to what I have, MAC Peaches is the closest one I have but the MAC is slightly brighter.
I hope you found this review helpful if you were wondering about the Kevyn Aucoin face powders. They do come with a fairly steep price tag but the quality is on point and I think they are products anyone will get regular use out of. Have you tried any blushes, highlighters or contour powders from Kevyn Aucoin yet? If so which ones? If you have recommendations for anything else in the line please share in the comments!

Ariana, Natura, Shadore and Light provided courtesy of Space NK for the Explore Promotion. Starlight, Candlelight and Medium purchased by me.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Space NK x The Beauty Look Book Explore Promotion


Today I'm thrilled to share a special offer for my readers. Space NK has brought back their explore savings event for spring and Beauty Look Book readers get early access to shop and save before anyone else! Use code BEAUTYLB16 at checkout to save $20 off online orders of $100 or more. The promo code will be valid starting today April 14th and run through May 1st - valid online only at www.spacenk.com/us. I have some reviews and swatches coming up on Kevyn Aucoin, Eve Lom and By Terry items I've been testing out - so stay tuned. Also many of you have been asking me to rank my top Diptyque picks so by popular request I'm working on a favorites round up which I will have up on the blog soon.

In the meantime a quick rundown of some beauty items that I'm loving right now:
  • Diptyque Baies is my favorite home scent of the moment for spring which is a blackcurrant and rose. I love it in all forms including the Large Black Colored version (c/o), Mini Candle, and especially the Room Spray. Diptyque is one of those brands that I've never seen go on sale so these promos are the perfect time to try something out and save a little.
  • Diptyque Eau de Sens (c/o) is new for spring. I tested a sample and fell head over heels in love with it. Orange blossom is hard for me to wear - I think it often smells so good as a room fragrance, but strong citrus doesn't always work well with my skin chemistry. This one is very good.
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Lip Gloss in Starlight and Candlelight are pretty layering glosses for spring. Review and swatches of both shades here (Starlight is a must).
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Pure Powder Glow blushes have been on my radar for a long time and they do not disappoint for a very natural glow. Shadore is the most perfect powdery pink I think I've ever tried.
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder (c/o) in Light is a new shade of the sculpting powder that works better on my skin compared to the Medium option which I found too cool-toned on me. Original review + thoughts on Medium here, swatches of Light to follow soon.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush (c/o) in Incandescent Electra is one of the prettiest soft iridescent peachy colors I've ever tried. It was originally exclusive to the limited-edition blush palette trio but a little over a year ago they launched it separately and I'm really happy they did.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Strobe Powder in Euphoric Strobe Light is my favorite option out of all the new strobe powders. Swatches of all 4 shades from Hourglass in this post here.
  • Hourglass Extreme Sheen Lipgloss in Lush (c/o) is a really pretty golden peach shimmer perfect for warmer months.
  • By Terry Terrybly Mascara in Black is quite the splurge but I tried a mini tube and loved it so much I bought several tubes of the full size. It thickens and volumizes lashes. It doesn't clump or smudge. I really love it.
  • By Terry Sun Designer Palettes are probably the most beautiful palettes I've ever owned. each one is simply stunning. I splurged on both about a month ago and even though I was not happy about the high price tag I have no regrets and adore both. Review and swatches to follow soon but they are wonderfully pigmented and blend smoothly on the skin to give the face life.
  • Eve Lom Daily Protection SPF 50 (c/o) is a new to me sunscreen that dries to a velvety matte finish. It's suitable for my super sensitive skin and layers really nicely over moisturizer. It does not feel heavy or greasy and foundation looks good on top of it. I love the pump packaging. Full review soon.
You can click the icons on each image below to shop the post through Space NK:

To recap, you can save $20 off online orders of $100 or more by using code BEAUTYLB16 online at Space NK at checkout. Code is valid on the US site only, starts April 14 and runs through May 1, 2016. Terms and conditions apply disclosed here (there are some exclusions such as gift cards and sale items). 

Every time I try something from Eve Lom I'm always impressed. If you have any recs from the line please let me know. Or if you have any other favorites you see online at Space NK you think I should try I'm all ears!

Happy shopping (or saving that is)!

This post is not sponsored but many thanks to the Space NK team for providing this exclusive offer to Beauty Look Book readers. Press samples featured include items with a (c/o).

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Space NK Explore Promotion for Spring, March 3 - 9, 2016

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The Space NK Explore Promotion starts today where you can save $20 off orders $100 or more online with code EXPLORE16 at checkout. If you've had any pricey items on your wishlist from Diptyque, Oribe, By Terry etc. now is a good time to save as they are brands that rarely ever go on sale.

Terms and Conditions apply, sale items and gift cards are excluded, but it looks like everything else qualifies. From Space NK:

'Explore Something New' offer is $20 to spend on any product on the website as we would like you to try some of our other carefully selected products. Your order must total $100 or more on full price/non-sale products before delivery has been added and the promotional code EXPLORE16 must also be entered in the promo code box on the shopping bag page, before checkout. One use per customer. The $20 discount will be applied at checkout where the order total equals $100 or more. This offer can be used in conjunction with our free shipping over $50. This offer applies online only on the us.spacenk.com site, not the UK site and is not available in-store. This offer is only available online between 12:00am EST Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 through 11:59pm PST Wednesday, March 9th 2016 and we reserve the right to end it early or extend it without notice. Please note that all items from the sale and all gift card purchases are excluded from this promotion. The offer is not refundable and there is no cash value/alternative. The offer cannot be exchanged in stores or online for another product.

Let me know if you end up ordering anything! Be sure to enter the code at checkout EXPLORE16.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Space NK Spring Beauty Edit Gift With Purchase Event - February 11th, 2016


It's that time of year again for the Space NK Spring Beauty Edit! On February 11th for one day only, Space NK is hosting their spring gift with purchase event. Exclusively for the event, and while supplies last, with any purchase of $250 or more you will receive a gift of minis from Space NK's curated must-haves list. There are items from 25 of Space NK's featured brands. Items include a mix of deluxe, travel and full-size items. For the first time, they've opened up early access to loyal N.Dulge Members on February 9-10 before the offer opens up to the public on February 11th. This gift with purchase will sell out in stores early, but will also be available to online shoppers at www.us.spacenk.com on February 11th (US only). 

The gift contents are valued at over $400 and contains:
  • Space NK Limited Edition Cosmetic Bag 
  • 111SKIN Space Defence Bright Eye Lift Gel NAC Y2 (5ml) 
  • Bumble & bumble Straight Blow Dry (15ml) 
  • By Terry Mascara Terrybly in Black Parti-Pris (4g) 
  • Chantecaille Bio Lifting Cream+ (5ml) 
  • Diptyque Candle (assorted scents, 35g) 
  • Eve Lom Cleanser (20ml plus muslin cloth) 
  • Goldfaden MD Plant Profusion Regenerative Night Cream (7ml) 
  • Juara Candlenut Hydrating Shower Gel (59ml) 
  • Kat Burki Complete B Eye Crème Concentrate (5ml) 
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Eye Pencil Primatif in Defining Navy (0.024oz) 
  • Lancer The Method: Polish (0.5oz) 
  • Lilah B Divine Duo Lip & Cheek trio in b.real, b.fearless, & b.sassy (0.6g x3) 
  • Lipstick Queen Vesuvius Liquid Lipstick in Vesuvian Candy (full-size) 
  • Lord & Berry 20100 Crayon Lipstick in Intimacy (0.06oz) 
  • Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser (15ml) MD 
  • Solar Sciences Mineral Crème SPF50 (.25oz) 
  • Mila Moursi Revitalizing & Beautifying Oil (8ml) 
  • Mio Workout Wonder (30 ml) 
  • Natura Bissé The Cure Sheer Cream (3ml) 
  • Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream (15ml) 
  • Philip B. Light-Weight Deep Conditioner (0.5 fl oz) 
  • Radical Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum (8ml) 
  • Ren Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot (10ml) 
  • Rodial Bee Venom Cleansing Balm (20ml) 
  • Sunday Riley Good Genes (10ml) 
If you're looking to stock up on skincare, haircare or had some items on your wishlist, you might want to take advantage of this tomorrow. If you're shopping in store - call your nearest Space NK as soon as possible to see if they can pre-sell anything. They run out of these gifts every year. A few ideas and suggestions just in case:


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Will you be shopping the event tomorrow? If yes, what's on your list? If you've seen the new By Terry lip balms, what did you think? You can shop the event tomorrow in stores and online at Space NK, while supplies last. Do note the gifts sell out very very fast each year - due to the limited quantities I wanted to give you a heads up!

Preview of Space NK Spring Gift With Purchase kindly gifted by the Space NK team.

Friday, October 23, 2015

5 Brands to Check Out at Space NK


There are two more days left of the Space NK Explore Promotion where you can save $25 off any online order of $100 or more with promo code EXPLORE15 at checkout (ends Sunday Oct 25th at midnight, terms and conditions here). If you're looking for something new to treat yourself but want something that's going to be a classic staple, I have a roundup of products from five brands I've been loving. The bonus is that that you can find these at Space NK and save a little with their promo.

Nudestix is a fun line filled with wearable neutrals with products in pencil form. My favorite item from the line is the Magnetic Eye Color Pencils ($24 each). These are creamy pencils that double as shadow sticks. They blend beautifully on the eyes and layer nicely together. Once they dry, they stay put all day long (pretty much budge-proof on me). I received 3 colors as press samples and I loved them so much I bought the rest of the colors (and accidentally bought one twice). Here are the colors. Left to right: Moon, Lilith, Gilt, Twilight, Angel, Spirit, Immortal and Night.



Eve Lom is a skincare line that I absolutely adore. The price points of the items are on the high side so I've rationed samples and minis, but I've been really happy with everything I've tried. The Hand Cream is one of the most gentle fragrance-free hand creams I've bought that still hydrate the skin well. The Brightening Cream ($110, c/o) is my favorite gentle moisturizer, I'm almost out of mine and it does brighten the skin and hydrates gently without feeling too heavy. I have high hopes for the Eye Lift Eye Cream ($75, c/o) which has really high ratings. I just started using it and am really eager to see how it works. Be sure to check out the gift set options for Eve Lom, there is a price break if you buy the sets versus individual items.


By Terry products are always a luxurious treat to have. These are extremely pricey but I've never been disappointed with anything I've tried. It's hard for me to take the jump and splurge on her items but I end up loving the items I buy. The Baume de Rose ($60) is the most luxurious rose scented lip treatment. There are a lot of other cheaper alternatives, but none have the same lush texture as the By Terry. She also introduced tinted versions of her lip balm called Baume de Rose Nutri-Couleur ($56). Lip balm is really just lip balm, but the ones I have from By Terry are really quite lovely. I can't call them a must-have due to the high price point, but they are a luxurious splurge. (Lip swatches here and here.)

For lips, her Velvet Rouge ($46.50) in #1 Lady Bare is one of the prettiest velvet lip colors I've tried. It's the perfect peachy nude. It feels like it has a slightly whipped texture. If you have dry lips this might not be the best option for you, but I adore the color.

For eyes the Ombre Blackstar ($43.50) is also on the pricey side. The colors are mostly metallic or shimmery but aren't over the top glittery. I like them layered together or as a base for powder eyeshadow. Swatches of Bronze Moon here. Misty Rock, Frozen Quartz and Ombre Mercure swatched here. The best part of these sticks is that the formula is creamy but sets. So many shadow sticks end up drying out in the container before I can use it up. These haven't dried up for me.



R+Co is a relatively new hair care line to me. I'm obsessed with the Moon Shine Shampoo ($24) and Conditioner ($25). Both have an amazing scent and make my hair super glossy and healthy looking. I wouldn't recommend it as a daily shampoo but I use it 2-3x per week. Two other items I've been living are the Death Valley Dry Shampoo ($17 to $29) because it doesn't leave any white residue on the hair and doesn't make it look matte and dusty like many other dry shampoos do. I wash my hair daily on a regular basis. On the rare occasion that I am rushed and don't have time to wash my hair, I like to use this to refresh the roots. The Rockaway Salt Spray ($25, c/o) gives textured beachy waves. The key to using this is to use it very sparingly. I hold it about 2 feet away from my hair, give it two very loose spritzes then run my fingers through the hair quickly distribute. It gives texture and smells incredible. I think it would be easier to use if the mister/dispenser sprayed out a finer mist though.

Last but not least, Smith & Cult is a fun cosmetic line to check out. The line was created by Hard Candy founder Dineh Mohajer. Her Nailed Lacquers ($18) are 5-free without Dibutyl, Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor.


Swatches below of Nail Polishes in three colors. So far the shades have a mix of pigment. Some are sheer but they are smooth jelly sheers (like Ghost Edit). Pillow Pie was easy to layer for full coverage. Dark Like Me is a jelly color, I was able to get full coverage with two coats but some of the nail still shows through. I tested two of the lighter shades on separate occasions. Both lasted around 4 days before I saw any tip wear. No chipping occured.

Ghost Edit (sheer peach nude, two coats)
Pillow Pie (pastel pink, three coats applied)
Dark Like Me (c/o, vampy plum, two coats)


The Shining Lip Lacquers ($22 each) have a lush glossy shine to them. They are pretty smooth on the lips. I bought several colors sight unseen. The formula is pretty sheer on the ones I ended up with.
  • Life in Photographs is a clear sheer pink
  • Flesh Riot is a sheer golden pink shimmer, also sheer (c/o)
  • One Word Chorus is a newer color with better pigment and coverage, it's a medium rose with silver shimmer
  • Fade the Sun is an iridescent peach
  • Her Name is Bubbles is a sheer medium pinky peach cream



Have you ordered anything yet from Space NK for their Explore Promotion? I'm getting ready to place an order tonight to restock on some shampoo and conditioner from R+Co. I'm debating whether to re-order the Shine items or try something new. If you ordered anything let me know! I'm always looking for ideas of what to check out at Space NK.

Be sure to enter promo code EXPLORE15 online at checkout Space NK Explore Promotion to save $25 off any online order of $100 or more (ends Sunday Oct 25th at midnight, terms and conditions here, note this is for US only).

 Select items featured are press samples that were sent for review consideration. Items marked with the note c/o beside them. All others purchased by me.


 

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