A Space NK Haul

Rarely do I go into a Space NK store and walk out empty-handed.  It’s the perfect beauty boutique housing carefully sourced haircare, skincare and beauty brands that you don’t ordinarily find elsewhere – in fact it’s where I’ve made many brand discoveries over the years – Oskia, Nars, Hourglass, Diptyque and Cane & Austin are just a few of my brand loves which I found in Space NK.  Having some Space NK finds to report back should be a regular thing for me but something I haven’t done in a while so here’s a round-up and mini review of some of my recent purchases

Something I have wanted to try for ages is the Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist.  This facial mist can be used throughout the day as a pick me up or as a post cleanse toner and is infused with orange blossom and rose and sage waters which tone and purify the skin whilst apple pectin restores hydration.   To call this luxurious would be an understatement since the formula is based on a 14th Century recipe for the Queen of Hungary – hence the name of course and how cool is that?!

What I love about this facial spray is that the mist is so fine and it settles very gently on to the skin.  Luckily this does not interfere with my makeup and leaves a beautiful and natural lit from within glow.  It’s the perfect companion in summer and I’m definitely gonna be going spray happy with this.  This comes in at £48 but there is also a travel size available for £15 which is a bit more affordable and a great way to test it out which you can buy here.

Next up is the Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection Anti-Glycation Primer.  Ok, so warning here, at £78 this is not for the faint hearted and it certainly took me several visits to the store before I finally caved in and bought this.  What sold it for me was that it has SPF 45 plus it doubles up as a primer and skin care item too.  This product is oil-free and vegan friendly and key ingredients are Carnosine which helps to smooth, tone and firm the skin whilst Cherry Blossom, Lemon Balm and White Tea Extract soothe and act as anti-oxidants.  The question is, how does it fare……?

This has a gloopy milky type texture and I always have to make sure I shake well before each application as it does separate.  Although oil-free, it feels greasy at first and dries to a satin rather than matte finish.  I can imagine if you have very dry skin this would be perfect but for me I could do with a slightly more matte finish.

That said, it leaves a nice healthy glow and does not interfere with my makeup application but if I wanted to know that my makeup was going to last all day, I would use another primer.   As a sunscreen it does the job and the high SPF gives me the comfort of being protected.  Overall, for the price it hasn’t lived up to my expectations but I can see why some people may love this product as the finish it leaves on the skin really is beautiful and healthy looking.

Next up is the Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Mosituriser.  I’m not actually a tinted moisturiser person however I felt an urge to try something lighter for those “no makeup, makeup days” so I thought I would give this a whirl.  I bought the colour St Moritz which is a tad darker than my skin tone but because this is a light base I can get away with it – if anything it makes me look healthier.  With an SPF of 30 I don’t need to wear a separate sunscreen underneath so it’s a great one to take on holiday too.

For a tinted moisturiser this actually has very good coverage and it definitely leaves a radiant glow but since I still prefer to add a bit of concealer on top and matte it down with powder, I find I could just as well use my favourite foundation but less of it.   Also, at £30 it’s about the same price as my favourite Nars Sheer Glow, which in my opinion leaves a better finish with natural medium coverage, although granted it does not have SPF.  If you are into tinted moisturisers though I think this is a good one to check out, it’s just not generally a base I tend to go for.

Lastly is the By Terry Stylo Blackstar in Bronze Green.  I’ve mentioned my love for the By Terry Ombre Blackstar before, see my post on this here, and this a similar eye shadow stick but with its pointy nib this is better as an eyeliner as well as shading and contouring the eyes.  This product comes with its own set of unique colours and I settled on Bronze Green…just look at the swatch below, need I say anymore?  The formula is waterproof and is very creamy so its great for that smoky look too plus there’s a subtle shimmer running through it which I adore.

So have you tried any of these before?  What’s your favorite from Space NK?  I’d love to know. x

From top to bottom, Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser in St Moritz, Chantecaille Anti Glycation Primer & By Terry Stylo Blackstar in Bronze Green

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