|Above: A few gems from Space.NK.|
In light of my unabashed adoration for niche and independent beauty lines, I have long been an ardent fan of Space.NK. The boutique (oft found within Bloomingdale's in the US) carries a spectrum of carefully-curated beauty and skincare treasures, sure to delight even the most descriminating purveyor. Here is a spotlight on some of my latest Space.NK discoveries...from high-performance Vitamin C serum to a vampy (yet entirely wearable) fall lip, this boutique is brimming with eclectic good taste!
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|Above: A bit of this and a bit of that for a glowing, shaded and flushed canvas.|
As aforementioned, this post focuses on a balanced mixture of skincare and cosmetics...first up, some brilliant cleansing products.
|Above: The Daily Fix Japanese Washcloth + African Botanics Pure Marula Cleansing Oil for a marvelous face washing experience.|
The African Botanics line (also reviewed HERE) harnesses the power of the sweetly fragrant South African Marula Fruit to expertly cleanse and care for the face and body. The Cleansing Oil also contains Fruit Acids derived from Bilberry, Pink Grapefruit, Sugar Maple, Sugar Cane and Lemon to gently cleanse the face of all dirt and impurities without stripping it of valuable moisture.
I like to further the cleansing process with the Daily Fix Japanese Washcloth; crafted of a luxurious textured nylon, this bathtime indulgence effectively removes dead cells while still being friendly to sensitive skin (like mine). Although one may want to excerise caution when using it near delicate facial skin, it works so well on the body to slough off the remains of the day...my skin is rendered smooth, radiant and incredibly touchable.
|Above: A focus on cleansing and priming with African Botanics, Daily Fix + Bakel|
Upon cleansing, I have been working with the Bakel Thio C Revitalizing Glowing Face Serum. This streamline box of vials looks like the world's most glamourous science experiment and my inner nerd lept for joy at the prospect of mixing said vials to create an active serum. Designed to combat signs of aging (fine lines and discoloration) and add an illuminating glow to the visage, actual Vitamin C powder is kept sequestered from the liquid suspension until it is released and agitated.
Once prepared, each vial stays viable for up to three days. I've been using it day and night as a weightless layer/first base and am beyond pleased with my smoother, brighter, tighter skin...can't wait to monitor the longer-term results!
- Virginiana (Witch Hazel)Water...soothing/antioxidant
- Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)...antioxidant/glowing
- Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate HCl...emmolient
|Above: The vial and flexible tip dispenser + additional details.|
Ingredients: Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Ascorbic Acid, Glycerin, Glutathione, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Ethyl Lauroyl Arginate HCl.
|Above: The top must be depressed to release the Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) powder.|
|Above: Once shaken, the serum is completely prepared and ready for application...smooth glowing skin ahead!|
For the eyes, I am beyond impressed with the NUDESTIX Magnetic Eye Color in Immortal (reviewed HERE). This gorgeous, minimalist line has made quite an impression on the beauty market and one spin with the Magnetic Eye Color Pencil completely explains its accolades. The creamy, pigmented formula gildes onto the skin with ease and Immortal's lush bronzy brown is one of those rare, universally flattering shades that is sure to be beautiful for every eye color. With a slightly satin finish and immense lasting power (this. does. not. budge), I cannot wait to pick up a few more! No creasing, no migrating and no flaking--just a creamy, colorfast wash of color--oh, and need I mention that each NUDESTIX comes equipped with a sharpener in its own matte black mirrored tin? Perfection, indeed.
|Above: Lipstick Queen Silver Screen Lipstick in Made It is a dark, vampy, blackberry wine shade...so chic for fall.|
I have already sung the praises of the intensely chic Lipstick Queen Silver Screen Lipstick (full review HERE) but hadn't spent a lot of time with the shade Made It, since it is, by all accounts, completely out of my comfort zone. That being said, my most recent experiment with it has changed my perspective on this dark, vampy, blackberry wine shade. Although it took my eyes a minute or two to adjust to the deep hue on my otherwise pinky nude lips, I eventually acclimated and grew to love the bold hue, probably because it reminded me of some of my favorite Silent Film Era stars. Because it is a statement on its own, Made It should be paired with minimal eye and cheek products for a maximum impact that is still apropos for everyday life. I love it with swath of NUDESTIX Immortal (discussed above) for a subdued, smoky effect. The cool tone of this lip color enhances the whiteness of one's teeth and the luxe, hydrating formula keeps lips healthy and moisturized.
|Above: A swatch of Made It in direct sunlight.|
|Above: NUDESTIX Lolly is a delicate, creamy, semi-sheer peachy pink.|
The NUDESTIX Lip Pen in Lolly is a delightful surprise. Although this particular shade is deemed a "sheer," I find that it offers just the right amount of gleaming opacity. Lolly is a lovely, creamy peachy pink with a translucent, yet pigmented finish and I adore wearing it on its own for an innocent flush or over other lip color (as demonstated in the images that follow) for additional shine and dimension. It stays in place (without being overly sticky) and my lips stay hydrated and comfortable for hours!
|Above: A swatch of NUDESTIX Lolly in direct sunlight.|
The images below reflect the products in action...
|Above: Mixed outdoor lighting with a flash.|
- Skin cleansed with African Botanics Pure Marula Cleansing Oil + Daily Fix Japanese Washcloth and moisturized/prepped with Bakel Thio-C
- By Terry Densiliss Foundation in #7 (reviewed HERE)
- Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette (reviewed HERE) for contour and highlighting
- NUDESTIX Magnetic Eye Color Pencil in Immortal (reviewed HERE) on upper lid and lower lash line...blended for a soft, smoky effect
- Hourglass 1.5 MM Mechanical Gel Eyeliner on lower waterline (reviewed HERE)
- Lipstick Queen Silver Screen Lipstick in Made It (reviewed HERE)
- NUDESTIX Lip Pen in Lolly (reviewed HERE and HERE) in center of lower lip to add shine and dimension
|Above: In direct sunlight.|
|Above: In outdoor shade with a flash.|
|Above: In direct sunlight.|
|Above: Lipstick Queen Silver Screen in Made It, with a touch of the NUDESTIX Lip Pen in Lolly on the lower lip.|
|Above: NUDESTIX Magnetic Eye Color Pencil in Immortal, smudged top and bottom.|
|Above: I took this image after having worn Immortal for five hours...no creasing, even on my hooded lids!|
|Above: In outdoor shade.|
|Above: In direct sunlight with a flash.|
|Above: Last look...|
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this overview of some of my latest Space.NK discoveries...there truly is no other retailer in the world to carry such a collection of high-end, diverse and eclectic products. Everytime I visit online or in person, I always chance upon something new!
What are some of YOUR favorite Space.NK discoveries? Please do share in the comments section!
Good things ahead...xx,
--The Beauty Professor
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