Monday, 16 February 2015

A Space NK Makeover, Expert Tips and a Goodie Bag To Boot

Popping along to Space NK’s latest gift with purchase event last week was a given. For a £100 spend (often it’s £150) you got a stunning Mercy Delta makeup bag, filled with cult products, plus a free in-store makeover.

I’ve never previously taken up a makeover option, but something stirred inside this time around, and I just felt up for it – perhaps it was the thought of Spring fast approaching that made me want to freshen things up a bit.

Plus when I went to book, Raquel Le Bron, manager of my local Space NK in Tunbridge Wells and someone I’ve got to know well over the years, offered me a triple makeover - skincare, makeup and nails – with a glass of Prosecco on the side. That sealed the deal!

The beauty of an in-store makeover is that you always pick up great tips and ideas. Plus you get to try out products and brands you undoubtedly don’t have at home, as well as experience the hand of artists skilled at recreating the latest runway looks – Space NK’s had just returned from training on the looks hitting  LFW this month. 

Skincare Makeover – Aurelia Probiotic Skincare

Samples I'll shortly be testing

One brand fairly new to Space NK stores and one that has previously fallen under my radar is Aurelia Probiotic Skincare. It’s a UK-based premium bio-organic range focused on treating inflammation, a major cause of skin ageing. 

I chose to sample the cleansing balm (rich and gorgeously scented), both the eye serum and cream (because I’m greedy! No seriously, because the dryness of the skin around my eyes drives me insane), followed by the revitalising serum and day moisturiser. If you like richly textured and beautifully scented natural formulations, this is definitely a brand to explore.

Make-Up Makeover – Becca, By Terry, Chantecaille, Hourglass and Zelens

I’m not particularly adventurous when it comes to make-up. I haven’t worn that much of it in recent years (not since the kids came along). But the blog has reignited my passion for it and I love seeing my face in technicolour again!

Saying that, as I’m older now, I’m going for a more wearable natural look. That’s fortunate – nudes and naturals are a big trend for 2015. And I’m happy to embrace the 70s vibe that has also been seen on the catwalks of late – clearly there’s still a kid in me somewhere!

Make-Up artist Amy-Alice Thomas created a LFW-inspired natural look for me. Eye lids were lightly shaded with some subtle depth in the crease, and she applied a most beautiful shade of teal in the waterline (the 70s accent).

Here’s the look illustrated…

And here it is on ‘the model’...

(confession: after shot taken at home – too shy for such close up snaps in public - and sadly it hasn't picked up the teal in the waterline)

Here’s what Amy-Alice used:

Face - By Terry CC Brightening Serum No 3, By Terry CC Cream No 3, By Terry Densiliss Concealer No3, Becca Beach Tint in Watermelon, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Power in Radiant Light
Eyes – Chantecaille ‘s The Glacier Eye Shadow Trio, Chantecaille 24 Hour Waterproof Eye Liner in Teal, Zelens Flirt Mascara
Lips – Chantecaille Hydra Chic Lipstick in Artic Rose 

Expert tip: Apply concealer in a V shape from the inner eye corner. You want to put as little product on the smile lines as possible to avoid product settling into them and making them look deeper.

Nails Makeover


Back to Raquel for my final treat -  though it wasn’t just about the nails! First she exfoliated my hands (Green & Spring Indulging Exfoliating Body Balm) and then gave me an invigorating hand massage. Finally, nails were filed, and polished in Rococo Jaded Crème. She used NARS to top and bottom coat – Raquel swears by the NARS top coat.

Expert tip: Apply a little nail oil after top coating – it will help protect the polish from smudging should you knock your nail

I spent a fabulous two hours at the makeover. A big thank you to the Tunbridge Wells team, who definitely left me wanting more!

My Space NK Shop

The Goodie Bag

All products featured, available at Space NK.


  1. Lovely make up and nail colours and how nice that you got prosecco as well!

  2. ooh looks lovely, and I love the nail colour too!

  3. I never normally opt for an in-store make over either but the makeup looks lovely on you. And I love that nail colour x

  4. Oh I love a goodie bag!! My nail.lady gave mw the same tip about nail oil - it works. Thanks for this post, Space NK isn't a brand I've tried before so it's very interesting x

  5. The goody bag looked fantastic! I love aurelia skincare esp the cleanser. I've had quite a few make up looks done at the Armani counter x

    1. I've used all the samples now and the cleanser is my favourite, with the oil coming a close second. This was my first makeover, but it's def given me a taste for wanting more! Tx

  6. Love that nail polish colour, very Spring like!

    Helen - #ukbloggers

  7. Oh wow- your skin looks flawless! Super healthy and glowy! What a great idea to have a skincare makeover! Look at your long hair- wow! And I love those bangs- they suit you very well. Almost everybody thinks that I married an American- I guess everybody assumes it cause that is usually the way to get a greencard lol. But we won actually in the Greencard lottery! ;-) So I did not had to hunt for an American to marry lmao! Kisses sweet Tracey! xoxo Sissi

    1. Thank you Sissi. Lovely comments! :) Yep, had the bangs cut back in. I think they make me look younger, lol!

  8. Your makeover looks gorgeous, your skin is flawless. The goodie bag looks great too x

    1. Thank you Karen. That's very sweet of you! :) Tx

  9. I love the nail colour and the goody bag looks amazing! It sounds like a brilliant in store makeover and topped off with a glass of prosecco aswell! Alice xx


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