There a precious few who live close enough to a brick and mortar SpaceNK shop (or Bloomies with a SpaceNK counter), but a lucky few we are. The British export offers a beautifully curated collection of international and independent makeup and skin care brands – like EVE LOM, Kevyn Aucoin and Zelens – many of which were once near impossible to find in the US. Thankfully, SpaceNK have a wonderful online retail site, which is worth a visit just to view their many how-to and trend videos and blog posts from SpaceNK founder, Nicky Kinnaird (Nicky’s blog tagline is, “Our shelves don’t tell the whole story, this page does”). And, they offer one of the most epic, epic gift with purchases you will ever see, for both in-store and online purchases.
So, you can imagine my excitement when I received the SpaceNK 2013 Holiday Catalog this weekend. Though this is about the time my wallet starts sounding the alarms and the red lights start flashing, I sat down with a cup of coffee and pen in hand to peruse the seasonal offerings.
The Holiday catalog offers a number of wonderful limited release sets, as well as old standards, which are great for gifting to others or to yourself if you’re looking for a brand introduction. To speak from experience, there are a number of brands represented that were new-to-me before I learned of SpaceNK and are now staples in my beauty regimen. Despite my best efforts, there are still a number of brands I have yet to explore. So, if you are looking for something unique, or perhaps just a little something to treat yourself, here are a few ideas:
Aromatherapy Associates Ultimate Bath and Shower Collection Aromatherapy Associates is a new brand for me, but I fall hard for bath oils and this set looks like the perfect gift for the frazzled holiday hostess with options to Revive and De-stress. Uppers and Downers for the bathing beauty. $85
By Terry Baume de Rose Yes, Chap-stick will do. But Baume de Rose is the ultimate in luxurious stocking stuffers for beauty-lovers. Created by the genius behind the YSL Touche Eclat, this balm smells heavenly and imparts needed moisture without feeling thick or sticky. Consider it the cherry on top of your beauty ritual. $59
Diptyque 50 Years of Creation Diptyque candles are the olfactory equivalent of a Laduree macaron; complex, delicious and very French. This set offers some of Diptyque’s most classic fragrances, in The, Baies (a favorite), Jasmin, Figuier and Ambre. If you’re looking for something more seasonal, consider the Diptyque Ecorce de Pin (Pine Bark) candle. I had the chance to give it a whiff on a recent visit and it is heavenly; winter in a jar. $75
Malin+Goetz Detox Face Mask It was the novelty of this product that first won me over; the thick, white gel quickly foams when applied and breaks down oils and make-up without much agitation. This is my go-to “cleanser” on days when I’m so tired, I can’t even be bothered to move my arms long enough to wash my face. Consider this the perfect gift for those with little time and less sleep. $40
Oribe Purse Size Collection Oribe’s products are so extortionately expensive but so, so good. This set is a wonderful opportunity to try before you pay full-size prices. The Dry Texturizing Spray is one of the most innovative products I have ever used and, while it’s an awful dry shampoo, gives hair incredible volume and a little Bardot bed head. The Superfine Hairspray is a phenomenal working hairspray and is a favorite for a great, light hold after a blowout. And, the Cote d’Azur Hair Refresher, with the signature Oribe scent, is nice for refreshing hair on the second (or third) day. The Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray is still on my list to try, so I’m considering snagging this set just to have travel sizes of some of my favorite styling products. $65
REN Luxury Rose Gift Set Ren’s Moroccan Rose oil has one of the most beautiful, true rose scents and imparts a beautiful glow to the skin. Their entire range is wonderful, but this is a fabulous starter. The kit includes a body polish, body wash and body oil, which can be used in or out of the shower. $78
So, happy exploring! If you make your way to the SpaceNK website, be sure to check out some of their other products. The iconic Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder was recently repackaged and is the perfect contour for fair-skinned gals. Just saying…