With 62 stores in the UK and Ireland along with their solid online business, Space NK are in a unique position to pick and choose from the best of the never ending flow of new and existing beauty brands. Therefore, when Space NK introduces four new brands to their shelves it’s worth finding why they were special enough to get selected above all the others.
Le Mētier De Beauté
This is the new brand into Space NK that I’m most excited about and beauty doesn’t get more luxurious than this. It does come with a high price point but the packaging and the products themselves are premium quality. I’ve tried out the Precision Liquid Eyeliner (£40) and it’s the best liquid liner I’ve used. It’s incredibly easy to apply and I can get a line tight against my lashes without error in a flash. It doesn’t drag, the ‘ink’ flows evenly and the pigment is strong. It also lasts and lasts.
The other product I’ve tried is Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe (£117). This is a skincare/makeup hybrid that combines potent anti-ageing ingredients such as retinol with the ability to make skin look pretty darn flawless. It provides coverage and evens out tone but the only giveaway that you’re wearing make up is that if gives skin such a great glow. The shade in the swatch below is 02 and though it looks dark for my skin tone it’s actually perfect on my face so it’s worth testing in person to get the right colour match. I’m seriously impressed with this product and wish I had an everlasting bottle of it.
Björk & Berries
This a Swedish skincare and perfume house that falls neatly into the ecoluxury beauty bracket. They tap into the best that Swedish nature has to offer in terms of wild herbs, plants and berries and work with dermatologists, chemists, botanists and perfumers to produce products that are effective and a pleasure to use. I’ve been trying out the Dark Rain Hand Wash (£18) and Hand Cream (£22) and find the scent quite addictive. It’s a unisex blend that’s herby and a little bit smoky but not heady in the least. I’ve also found the two products work brilliantly to keep hands soft and smooth.
These products also have a botanical theme but this holistic line has alpine origins. The most interesting products are the bath oils that have little pieces of plants suspended in them. I’ve tried the Oil Bath For The Senses which is also part of this gift-worthy collection of smaller bottles (£15). The scent comes from ylang yang, patchouli and lavender and is perfect for creating a bath time treat to melt away the stresses of the day.
Christophe Robin has been on my radar for quite a while as his products are frequently mentioned as favourites by beauty editors. He’s a Parisan hair colourist with a world wide reputation and plenty of celebrity clients. He’s developed his range for hair that’s been colour treated and there’s a particularly emphasis on masks. He has products that I’ve not seen any where else. I’ve tried the Cleansing Purifying Scrum With Sea Salt (£39) which was my first experience of using a hair scrub. It’s for hair that’s oily, has recently been coloured or just in need of detoxing and it rebalances the scalp. It’s applied to a damp head and massaged in. Then you add more water and it foams up making it easy to work through the rest of the hair. It rinses away without leaving any salty residue and left my head and hair feeling cleaner than it had in ages but without drying it out.
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