Space NK has released its holiday catalog for 2013, and it's a veritable feast for the eyes of beauty-lovers. The best of the best of Space NK's offerings are all tucked away here, and we want it all. But since that isn't exactly attainable, we've pared our list down to 10 of our favorites from Space NK. Keep clicking to see what we picked!
Beginning on July 8, Space NK founder Nicky Kinnaird will participate with Women For Women International in the March of Peace, a three-day, 75-mile walk in remembrance of the victims of the 1995 Bosnian genocide. WFWI's mission is to support female refugees of war. And each Summer, the organization takes part in the March of Peace to commemorate the path taken by refugees from battle-stricken Srebrenica. Along the way, Kinnaird will also meet and lecture women in the WFWI mentorship program.
Want to help her cause? You can purchase the Space NK In Peace fragrance ($75), and 10 percent of net profits will be given back to help fund women entrepreneurs worldwide. You can also donate directly to Kinnaird's journey and follow her progress through her Twitter updates.
Eat, drink, and be merry. It seems like that's the mantra on everyone's mind these days.
So, when I met up with Space NK founder Nicky Kinnaird at her store within a store at the SF Bloomie's, I asked her which festively spirited products are on her radar. Here are three of her wintery wonderland suggestions:
- Overdid it at the after-work happy hour party? Detox with Natura Bissé Oxygen Finishing Mask (approximately $33 at most department stores), which clarifies and purifies the skin. Kinnaird also recommends products from Space NK's Seaweed Collection. Try Spa Seaweed Body Polish ($32), which helps stimulate the lymphatic system.
- Looking for a people-stop-and-ask kind of fragrance? Kinnaird is all about Champaca Eau de Toilette ($30 to $70), "an amazing, super indulgent fragrance," she says. A feminine floral with cardamom, spices, myrrh, woods, vanilla musk, and amber crystals, this blend is the perfect winter aroma.
- No fireplace? No problem. These creative, warm, and toasty Candles by Dayna Decker ($32) have a wooden wick that crackles when lit. How very cozy.
Maybe you've noticed I've been a tad obsessed with red lipstick lately? So, when I told Space NK founder Nicky Kinnaird I was writing a series of posts on the hot shade, she took me directly to Poppy King's Lipstick Queen shades for inspiration.
"For someone who wants to wear red but doesn't feel as confident about it, you've got Saint Red ($18) with 10% pigment level so you can have the red without feeling as though your lips are walking in before you do," she said. "For someone who loves red lipstick, Red Sinner ($18) is your perfect color red — a 90% pigment level that says in place," she added.
This got me to thinking, even if you think you would never wear red — and by the way, what's stopping you? — are you naughty or are you nice when it comes to this bold shade?
A few weeks ago, I met up with Space NK founder Nicky Kinnaird for a tour of the company's new store within a store at the San Francisco Bloomingdale's. Seeing that Kinnaird has been in the biz since the early 1990s, you could say she's in the know.
So, when it comes to this anemic economy, I asked the product expert where to splurge and where to save when it comes to shopping beauty.
When to splurge:
"Spend the money on buying the best possible moisturizer you can," she said. "Not on foundation?" I asked. "Foundation is a natural extension of skin care," she added. "If you take care of your skin, very often you can get away with a tinted moisturizer — you want your skin to shine through."
Where to save:
"People love the idea of going to the day spa," Kinnaird said. And while a trip to the day spa would be nice, it's not always affordable. Take a little time off for yourself by recreating the spa at home. "Head to the bathtub," she recommends. It's a lot cheaper, and you'll still reap the therapeutic benefits. Kinnaird suggests products from Aromatherapy Associates, a top blender of essential oils.
If you haven't heard about Space NK yet, you probably soon will. The British retailer of all things beauty launched its first US store in New York City last year, and most recently they've added stores within stores at various Bloomingdale's. Look for Space NK to launch in all Bloomie's locations by 2010.
Last week at the San Francisco store, I had the pleasure of meeting up with the company's founder, Nicky Kinnaird (hence the "NK"), and I asked her what kinds of beauty products she could recommend for the holiday season. Her suggestions? Party glam all the way:
- Sexy eye duo — Go for a smoky eye with the multitasking Jemma Kidd Crushed Jewel Creme Duo in Black Diamond ($36). One side is a pot of eyeliner and the other allows you to intensify your look with glitter and sparkle. "You can make it classic and simple as you want or you can really build it with glamour," Kinnaird said. Note: Space NK currently doesn't ship Jemma Kidd products to the US, but you can find them at Bloomingdale's or other stores. Prices may vary.
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British investment banker Sarah Vorbach was in search of products she could use to teach her two daughters about skincare. Her criteria were that the products look good, smell good, feel good, do good (for the environment) and work... well. Unable to find what she was looking for, Sarah founded Face Boutique in October 2007.
Available exclusively through Space.NK (which are about to be in Bloomingdale's stores), the line uses plant-derived ingredients like geranoil and clove oil (and does not use sulfates, parabens, or petrochemicals). If you have specific skin problems, you might want to turn to some bigger guns (or a dermatologist) on the skincare front, but for gentle products that fit into any regimen, Face Boutique is great. And the products have amazing, subtle scents — kind of like fancy herbal teas. How perfectly British.
I love it when companies choose clever and uplifting product names to put a smile on your face. The theme of these items is laughter, and I think they make great gifts or pick-me-ups for yourself.
Space NK Laughter Body Wash ($28) is a gentle liquid and moisturizing body wash made from fruit extracts, rosemary, lime, ginger, juniper, and rosemary. No wonder you'll want to marinate in it while you're taking a shower.
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