By Jess Beech
With weather this dreary, who can blame us for finding a little sunny solace in the shiny new buys dropping into Space NK this month?
Whether you’re a make-up lover or skincare obsessive, there’s something for every beauty fan to get excited about here. Here are 7 brand spanking new products to add to your Space NK basket.
1. Ameliorate Intensive Skin Therapy, £15
SHOP NOW: Ameliorate Intensive Skin Therapy, £15
You might already be familiar with the chicken-skin busting talents of the original Ameliorate cream, and this new launch is even more potent for extremely dry skin. A multi-purpose balm (use it anywhere that needs extra hydration) it uses high levels of lactic acid to exfoliate away dead and dry skin cells as well as nourishing shea butter and lanolin to leave skin soft and smooth. What’s more it’s non-greasy, and unlike petroleum based balms won’t block your pores. For best results apply twice a day for the first week, and then as often as needed after that.
2. Sol de Janeiro Biggie Biggie Bum Bum, £72
Bringing the party to your bathroom thanks to their colourful packaging, Sol de Janeiro’s Bum Bum cream has quickly become a cult hit. Now, just in time for Christmas, they’ve doubled the size of everyone’s favourite body-toning moisturiser with a 500ml tub instead of their usual 240ml. Working a bit like real life airbrushing, this rich, subtly shimmering cream is packed with caffeine to boost the circulation to your posterior (or anywhere in need of firming!) and even comes with a surf-board shaped applicator. Toned, silky-smooth legs, here we come…
3. Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eyes Palette, £60
No one does glitz and glamour quite like Charlotte Tilbury, this limited edition palette is enough to get even the Scroogiest folk among us excited for Christmas party season. Packed with twelve matte and shimmer shadows split into four different eye looks, this is grown-up glitter at it’s very best.
4. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Illuminating, £35
Technically this launched last month but it’s so brilliant we still want to shout about it. Laura Mercier’s best-selling Tinted Moisturiser has been reformulated to with increased SPF (now 30 vs the original 20) and is now available in 5 more inclusive shades. They’ve upped the amount of skin-boosting oils and antioxidants squeezed into the tube too. Our top pick, their illuminating version, has been blended with finely pilled pearls, giving the kind of lit-from-within glow our dreary winter complexions need.
5. Eve Lom Cleansing Oil Capsules, £55
SHOP NOW: Eve Lom Cleansing Oil Capsules, £55
As with all Eve Lom products, these cleansing capsules not only look gorgeous on your bathroom shelf but are a real treat to use. Taking the faff out of washing your face (and ensuring no product is wasted) each biodegradable capsule holds just enough oil for one cleanse. Massage into dry skin to dissolve make-up, dirt and daily grime before rinsing with warm water. Because it has been formulated with a beautiful range of botanical oils, skin feels nourished after use and stays hydrated for up to 12 hours. It's easy to pop a couple in a bag for a weekend away too.
6. Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm, £42
SHOP NOW: Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm, £42
Feeling somewhere between a liquid and a powder, this balm is a serious step-up from the mousse foundations of the early 00s. Best used with the included brush, swirl onto skin starting from the centre of the face and working outwards. It’s matte without being heavy, giving just enough coverage to blur imperfections.
7. Oribe Dry Styling Collection, £65
SHOP NOW: Oribe Dry Styling Collection, £65
Because it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas, Oribe’s newly launched Dry Styling Collection has jumped straight to the top of our wish list. Containing both handbag friendly and full-size versions of their Dry Texturising Spray as well as the volume-boosting Finishing Spray, it’s brilliant for helping you create a long-lasting party look. The mini sizes are great for keeping in your desk or using on the go.
Jess Beech is an experienced fashion and beauty editor, with more than eight years experience in the publishing industry. She has written for woman&home, GoodtoKnow, Now, Woman, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own and Chat, and is currently Deputy Fashion & Beauty Editor at Future PLC.
She caught the magazine bug during a stint as Fashion Editor of her university newspaper alongside her English degree, and hasn’t looked back since. As for the fashion bug, that came as part and parcel of growing up in the 90s, but the less said about that the better!
Jess’ average day in the office is spent researching the latest fashion trends, chatting to industry tastemakers and scouring the internet to bring you this season’s must-buy pieces - as well as advice on how to wear them. Weekends are equally fashion-focused, and Jess has been known to visit no less than five Zara stores in a single day in search of the perfect occasion dress.
The only thing that comes close to a buzz of finally tracking down that much-coveted dress is the joy of discovering a new beauty wonder product or hero ingredient. A beauty obsessive, Jess has tried everything from cryotherapy to chemical peels (minus the Samantha in Sex and The City-worthy redness) and interviewed experts including Jo Malone and Trinny Woodall.
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