One of the more often asked questions I get on Twitter is ‘I’m going to Space NK soon, what should I buy?’. My ambiguous answer would be ‘my whole blog reads as a potential shopping list for that shop’, but I thought as a more helpful post idea I’d give some Â concentrate answers. Let’s imagine a scenario here. Say you get a Â£50 gift card or that amount set aside to go wild in Space NK, then here are some suggestions for you.Â Lessons learnt from researching this feature: 1) Trying to calculate a basket that comes to Â£50 on the dot in Space NK is basically impossible, 2) Â£50 really doesn’t get you that far in the luxe world of beauty. However there are some crackers in here, so if you’re planning to hit up the shops post-Christms Day or you end up in possession of a Space gift card (lucky you) then you may want to listen up.
Option 1 – The Lip Edit – By Terry Baume de Rose Â£35 + NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Â£17.50 = Â£52.50. Arguably two of my favourite lip products ever. The By Terry nourishes the lips like no other with a rich formula that gives a tint of nude sheen and a texture that just keeps ramping up the hydration. It’s completely contrasted by the matte, shine-free finish of the NARS pencils that deposit a rich, thick hit of colour that doesn’t budge. Colours to check out: Damned (picture), Red Square, Cruella and Dragon Girl.
Option 2 – The ‘Hard to Finds’ – Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder Â£35 + Rococo Nail Apparel Â£12 = Â£47. These two may not be the most related of products but they both come from brands that are a little hard to find else wear. The Contour Powder goes without saying – it’s easily one of the best products that I’ve discovered this year. Heck, it even manages to carve out some kind of cheekbone in my football-headed face. The Rococo Polishes don’t get much recognition but last well, apply without streaking and come in a great range of ‘want to wear them all’ shades. Brocade is a good winter colour or Pony Club (pictured above).
Option 3 – The Tools and Tamers – Tangleteezer Compact Styler Â£16 + NARS Kabuki Artisan Yachiyo Brush Â£37.50 = Â£53.50. Two tools that make two particular jobs very easy. The Tangleteezer makes brushing my hair a much easier task; it used to make me cry and wail in pain as I combed out all the knots. I particularly like this one as it comes with a cover that protects it in your bag and acts as a polisher. The NARS Brush on the other hand is the perfect blush applicator, hugging the apples and dusting colour just where you need it while lightly blending it out. Foolproof.
Option 4 – The Eye Kit – NARS Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eye Base Â£19 + NARS Single Eyeshadow Â£18 + Laura Mercier Long Wear Eye Pencil Â£16.50 = Â£53.50. Mascara-aside this edit has everything you need for an everyday eye. The NARS is the best eye primer I’ve tried, making anything layered over the top of it indestructible. Their shadows are also stunning and offered up in a vast shade range with a hefty amount of finishes. My favourite is Ondine. Then you can finish things off with the Laura Mercier Eye Pencil that starts off with a creamy finish and sets into a rub-resistant liner.
If you’ve been good this year who knows what Father Christmas will bring? But if it turns out to be a Space NK gift card *crosses fingers* then you’ll have your shopping list ready and raring to go…