Haul | A Trip To Space NK & Love Me Beauty Edit

Friday, October 14, 2016

space nk skincare haul and review



Spicy street food, rustic salted caramel brownies and getting caught in a random spell of rain aren't the only highlights from my day in Central London. My sister and I finally enjoyed a day of shopping together after what seems like a century. We popped into Space NK as she's been wanting to get a NARS foundation for a long time and so we decided to spoil ourselves with some goodies. I also received my October Love Me Beauty Edit which is filled with so many amazing things I thought I'd share the whole lot in a haul post.


SPACE NK HAUL


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REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask | £32

I actually wanted to buy Kiehl's Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask but they didn't have it in the Space NK store we went to and because I don't know when I'll next be going into Central London I didn't opt to have it ordered in. Instead I bought a full size of this mask, which I'd fallen in love with after trying a sample. It's an exfoliating mask that leaves my face brighter and smoother instantly. It contains a whole host of natural fruit acids and I love using it before getting ready for a special occasion when I want my skin looking and feeling its best. If you have dull skin and your face is in need of some refreshing radiance, then this is the mask for you.


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This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up | £30

I've been using a deluxe sample tube of this for a while now which I received in a Feel Unique Beauty Box and every time I use it, I love it. It's a moisturiser, mask and primer in one and when I use this as a primer, it always makes my makeup sit better on my skin, makes everything look flawless and my makeup lasts all day. I think because it's so moisturising it helps keep the face looking and feeling better so of course that translates through to the way the makeup looks and feels too. It contains a mix of hyaluronic acid, argan oil, starflower oil and caffiene and smells very refreshing and clean. Even though it doesn't claim to mattify the skin, it doesn't leave a greasy film or a shiny look about the skin. It's just an amazing product that I'm so happy to have a full size of now.

Although it can be slathered on as a hydrating mask, I think it performs far too well as a primer to waste the product like that and I have so many other hydrating masks for that job instead. I've also happily used this as a moisturiser on my combination skin and my skin has thanked me. I think I will be reaching for this a lot in the winter months. If you're looking for a moisturising primer that doesn't necessarily give a dewy finish, then this could be the answer.


BeautyBlender & Solid Cleanser Kit | £18

After years of hearing the hype behind this makeup sponge, I finally picked it up just to see if it really is a cut above the rest. There is a plethora of cheaper versions to choose from and I've tried a couple of them without many complaints so I'm really curious to see what this offers that I've been missing out on without realising. I've yet to try it but it already seems squishier (as much as I love the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, I feel like my original one was a lot more bouncy than the newer ones I've bought which seem more solid when squeezed!) and for me that's a huge plus already. I feel like if the sponge is able to squash right down when bouncing it on the face it helps to apply the makeup more flawlessly. This comes with a mini of the solid brush cleanser which I didn't like when I tried it last time but I'll reserve it just for this and see if it fares better. 


Tweezerman Slant Tweezers | £21

Finally I picked up another tool that people claim is the best of its kind. I've been using cheapo generic tweezers, a pair of tweezers from elf cosmetics and some random branded ones for years now but recently I've noticed that the tweezers just don't pick the hairs (I'm all about charming you guys!) I want accurately enough or worse, cut the hairs without plucking them out. I'm hoping the hype of these will turn out to be completely deserved because that's a steep price for tweezers in my opinion, but will be made worth it if they perform exceptionally well and last a lifetime.


LoveMeBeauty | £10 per month (+ £3.95 shipping)

I'm not one for monthly subscription boxes but I finally signed up to Love Me Beauty last month because I liked that I get to choose which products I want from the selection and that I can cancel the subscription at any time. This month's selection was so great I'm glad I had signed up and used a code at the sign-up last month to get extra credit. If you'd like to sign up then feel free to use my code: which will give you extra spending credits next month :) SYEDA0065924


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Everyone loves Benefit minis and I'm still enjoying using the freebie Goof Proof Brow Pencil I got in a magazine a while back but the shade is a tad light for me so I chose the same thing in a darker shade. This pencil is great for creating a defined tail and filling in sparse areas quickly without looking over-drawn. I also really love Roller Lash, which is similar to my favourite Maybelline Lash Sensational, but I'm not willing to pay that much for it so any chance to have a mini of it is a good opportunity for me. 

I was excited to see some Makeup Forever products in the line up too and decided on the Aqua XL Matte Black Liner which promises to be super black and long lasting and I adore eye pencils as much as I like coffee in the morning. I also chose to try the Excessive Lash Mascara which is a proper decent sample and I know I'll get a lot of use out of it. I don't pass up on mascara samples as they're always good to have for emergency situations or for travelling. 

Finally I chose two skincare bits. I already mentioned how much I'm enjoying trying Merumaya Cleansing Balm recently and I wanted to get this tube for my travel kit. It's a beautifully scented silky balm that melts off makeup and leaves skin feeling soft. And I got Nuxe Reve De Miel Cleansing Gel because I've wanted to try this for a while but didn't want to get a full size just to find out I hate it. Already I can tell the scent is very strong and it could be a deal breaker for me...but I'll give it a go before I decide. 

What have you treated yourself with recently? Are you saving up for a special treat? Are you subscribed to any monthly beauty boxes? Let me know...


Sal xxx

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34 comments

  1. i love the sound of the REN mask you picked up, i am into anything that promises to bring some radiance to my skin so it sounds right up my street! i have been using the real techniques sponge for so long and want to pick up the beauty blender so badly to see how they compare!
    m0llylouise.com

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    1. The mask is one of those instantly amazing results products...highly recommend ;) xxx

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  2. Such an amazing haul! I have recently got the Beauty Blender and love it. I need to try more from MUFE, only ever tried two of their foundations.

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    1. Well, I've never tried any of their foundations so I am very far behind...as usual hahah! xxx

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  3. Loving this simple yet very essential haul! I tried MUFE liner on store and God, they're so black! I'm not eye-liner person but if I am, I'd probably get it regarldless the price.

    Selene Addicted

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    1. Yes! Exactly...very essential...I was very sensible. The liner is incredibly black...I love it xxx

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  4. Great haul! I love the instant results that the REN mask gives & I really like the sound of that This Works product. The box seems like great value! xx

    Beautylymin| Kat Von D Contour Palette & brush Giveaway

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    1. I think you will really like the In Transit Camera Close-Up....it just performs so well on the skin xxx

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  5. Great haul! I've never tried any REN products but this mask sounds wonderful. The beautyblender is my fav, as well as the cleanser. I hope you like it this time around! I was the same with tweezers but the tweezerman ones were life changing for me! I hope you enjoy your haul :)

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

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    1. I am so happy I got the tweezers now...everyone has only the best things to say about them! The REN mask is incredible...highly recommend xxx

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  6. Ooh the This Works product sounds lovely! I think I saw it as a freebie in a magazine this month, must pick it up! Tweezerman tweezers are the best!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. You have to try it...I'm pretty sure you'll be buying the full size like me soon ;) xxx

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  7. Amazing review! I really like the black beauty blender compared to the pink one. Great haul! :)

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    1. Ooh I wonder what the difference is...does it apply foundation differently? xxx

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  8. I've only been to London once and desperately want to go back! I didn't have time to visit Space NK, but I'm definitely stopping there next time I visit :)

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    Nida | Caked To The Nines

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    1. Awwww you must visit a store next time...though I shop online most of the time anyway ;) xxx

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  9. Amazing haul. I love the look of everything you bought, and your photos are just beautiful! I'm such a big fan of the Goof Proof Pencil xx

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    1. Aww thank you so much Gemma. That's so lovely of you. The pencil is so great xxx

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  10. I also signed up for Love Me Beauty as it seems like they have great samples every month :)
    The REN face mask is one of my favourite as well, but I always buy the travel size as it's cheaper in one go and it means I get to use it up quicker, haha!
    Beauty Blender is my favourite makeup tool, I can't be without it and somehow nothing really compares although the RT sponge is a close dupe :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. I'm so happy to finally have the Beauty Blender to try it out...yeh the mask is pretty pricey, I might look at getting a smaller version next time because I know I will deffo repurchase it xxx

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  11. I love the REN mask, its amazing! I really like the sound of the This Works primer, I will have to check that out. The Beauty Blender is way better than RT Sponge. I used to really like the RT one but the beauty blender blends everything so much quicker! I was trying to sign up to love me beauty box the other day, but it kept crashing. I need to retry it!

    LPage Beauty

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    1. Oh no! Retry or message them about it...this month's selection is really quite good. See if you can get a sample of the primer first...I clearly can't get enough of it haha! xxx

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  12. I love me a good haul and I totally adore all you picked up. I am a huge fan of the Beauty Blender and the one I have is my second one!! It really is the best compared to the few others I have tried. I am beginning to think I need to get this "This Works Primer" as I have heard many good things about it and I regret not getting a freebie sample from a magazine recently!! Thanks for sharing your haul with us my lovely Twinnie...xx

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    1. Aww Liv, you always make me smile whenever you stop by my blog :) Wow...you're on your second blender...you must use it a lot! If the magazine is still around, deffo try a sample xxx

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  13. I LOVE this REN mask and Roller Lash is a lovely everyday mascara :)

    Jasmine xx

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    1. I could never bring myself to pay full price for the full size of the mascara though lol! xxxx

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  14. Nice haul! Love the bag. I'm currently having a Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment giveaway and will have a new giveaway every Friday with products from UD, Too Faced, Fresh, Hourglass, Buxom and more. You should come check it out!
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    1. The bag is so cute isn't it...thanks for letting me know hun xxx

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  15. Such a god haul as I love to see what others buy! Its like looking in other peoples shopping trollies in supermarkets! LOL I love the REN mask, Tweezerman, Beauty Blender ... and well all of it basically! Kelly xx
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    1. All of it basically ;) hahahah! Thanks for reading hun xxx

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  16. Ren skincare products are absolutely my kryptonite! Gorgeous haul, so much loveliness, your photography is stunning, Sal, amazing post. Hope you'll visit my blog if you get some time xxx

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    1. Aww thank you so much hun. That's so sweet of you. You know I will be stopping by soon ;) xx

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  17. The beauty blender is a staple in my collection. I would be able to apply foundatui without it.
    Great post and lovely pictures!!

    Vanessa
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  18. Such a great haul. i like it. thanks for sharing it.
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