Monday, 5 May 2014

New Exclusive Space NK Brands Break The Mould – Reviews

Whoa! Space NK has just welcomed the above new and exclusive mould breaking brands in to its product portfolio. I got a preview of the complete line-up last week and have since sampled some of the products. Here’s the low down:



R+Co Haircare 

An incredibly striking new line of luxury haircare products, brought to us by a collective of top hairstylists: Howard McLaren (former artistic director Bumble&Bumble), and celebrated Manhattan stylists Thom Priano and Garren.

These stylist-centric formulas - even the shampoo and conditioners are considered styling products -  comprise 23 products including 5 sets of shampoos/conditioners, 3 creams, 2 waxes, 2 mousses, 2 aerosols, 3 sprays and 1 oil. The packaging, scents and product names are fabulous and all take equal billing here. Take the Death Valley Dry Shampoo – a clever name, stunning location photography on the tin and a gorgeous smell inside it (thank goodness - so many dry shampoos smell vile!).

The line is free of parabens, sulphates, gluten and petroleum, and also offers UV protection. Pricing TBC but per product expected to be in the region of £20-30. The range will be available from 2 June. More info here.

R+Co Bel Air Smoothing Shampoo & Conditioner - Review

These are rich and creamy formulas, with the shampoo also having a lovely pearly shimmer running through it. The fragrance is cheeky and fruity, and of a quality that means you can still smell it once hair is dry (the collective collaborated with top perfumers). With key ingredients including hibiscus extract and rice extract to soften, smooth and add shine, I was hopeful this duo would tame my thick, frizz prone mane. It didn’t disappoint.


Sam Farmer –   “Bodywashing not Brainwashing”



A unisex personal care range for adolescents, created to offer an alternative to the current fare of gender stereotyping products – case in point, my 13 year-old son’s Lynx deodorant is in a macho gun metal grey can and called ‘Attract’!

The Sam Farmer range features simple, no-nonsense packaging and pared back formulas designed to gently but effectively clean and soothe young skin. There are 6 products in total: a shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, facewash, moisturiser and deodorant. Prices start at £4 for the deodorant, and go up to £8 for the facewash - fab price points in my view! You can buy the range now here, and in selected stores from June.

Sam Farmer Deodorant - Review

A roll-on with a delicate citrus smell. It feels instantly cooling on the skin and dries quickly without leaving any nasty sticky residue. Fresh, simple and very pleasant. My son’s thoughts: “Yeah it’s nice” – I did say he was 13 didn’t I!


Nudestix




A touch ‘n’ go makeup collection inspired by sisters and aspiring models Ally & Taylor Frankel, who are also the daughters of company founder and beauty industry veteran Jenny Frankel. Nudestix are 28 crayons for skin, eyes, lips and cheeks and all are nudes with just a hint of colour – “we’re all born with our own unique look, so why cover it up with tons of makeup?” say the sisters.

There are skincare ingredients here too, including vitamins, anti-oxidants and hydratants. The mascara crayon also contains eyelash growing peptides. The products cost £24 each and come with their own carrying tin and sharpener. Available to pre-order now here with stock expected 22 May.

 

Nudestix Concealer Stix (Light 2) - Review

I’m an avid user of By Terry’s Touch-Expert Advanced, a brush applied liquid concealer. However, I’m always up for trying something new. The crayon was easy to apply and the colour match perfect, but I found the texture too dry for my skin. As an under eye concealer this didn’t work for me but as a blemish spot cover up it did just the job.

Nudestix Update: Nudestix founder Jenny Frankel kindly left me a comment (see below), suggesting that I try putting a moisturiser underneath the concealer as I have dry skin. I gave it go (I used an eye cream) and it worked - the concealer crayon was much easier to apply. You may want to try the same if you too have skin that is on the dry side.   
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17 comments

  1. Oooooooo pretty! I really like the look of the NudeStix, they look fab!

    Em

    www.emsmixedbag.com

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    1. They are quite stylish, yes. I think these will sell well. So quick and easy to use. Tx

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  2. Love the look of the NudeStix! x

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    1. Grab them and go. That's so appealing, plus they multi-task and fit inside a lovely black tin complete with mirror. Tx

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  3. I've never been into a Space NK before but some of these products look amazing so I may need to soon. Eek - hide my purse!!!

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

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    1. Oh you must pop in the next time you're near a store. I'm such a fan of Space NK. They are constantly refreshing their product lines, so there's usually something new to discover there.

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  4. love the NudeStix colours. I may have to investigate those

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    1. I love the nude colours too. Barely there makeup for a very natural look. Tx

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  5. Oh, goodness, where do you get so many products from!? I would like to try those shampoos, although they seem to be rather expensive..

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    1. The shampoo/conditioner really tamed my hair and added shine. The only other hair wash duo that I have had similarly great results with is Living Proof. That costs about the same as this R+Co, so yeah both treat products.

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    2. I struggled with my hair before, I could never find the right products, but now it's all a bit easier. I have written down the brand name as there is always some room for improvement.

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  7. Too bad the nudestix didn't work out. The haircare line sounds interesting! I adore the name of the dry shampoo, too--very clever indeed! :) T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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    1. All the R+Co products have such inventive names. I love that flair of creativity in beauty :) Tx

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  8. Hi its Jenny from Nudestix (Ally & Taylor's mom)! I'm glad the Concealer Pencil colour was just perfect for your skin…the pencil was designed for all skin types, so feel free to use a moisturizer under the concealer if you are dry (thats what Taylor and I do) because the concealer will still cover and stay put! Hopefully this helps x

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    1. Hi Jenny! Thank you so much for the tip. I have really quite dry skin. I followed your advice this morning and used a rich eye cream as a base. It worked a treat. The crayon had perfect slip :) Tx

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