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posted by on Aurelia Probiotic Skincare, Skin Care, Space NK

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What could be better than a cleansing balm? A cleansing balm with bits. Work with me here as I tell you about a new skincare saviour I’ve been using for a few weeks. It’s cruelty-free and it’s British.

Founded by dermatology expert Claire Vero in 2013, Aurelia is a scientifically-proven, natural, evidence-based skincare line which works by helping to manage the level of inflammation within the skin, the main cause of skin ageing.

Amongst its range is the Refine & Polish Miracle Balm, a cleansing balm that gently polishes the skin, transforming dull, rough, congested and lacklustre complexions into glowing visages. It also doubles up as an enzyme mask to deeply exfoliate.

The balm contains camomile, rosemary, bergamot and also eucalyptus which strongly stands out in the scent.  You apply it to dry skin, using your fingers to massage and dislodge dry skin cells before adding a few drops of water to emulsify the balm which releases the skin-brightening BioOrganic oils (these turn the balm into a milk when it comes into contact with water). You then rinse it off though I prefer to wipe off the excess with a warm flannel.

It is safe enough to use once a day, either in the morning or evening and suitable for all skin types including sensitive. As a mask it can be used up to 3-4 times a week, leaving it on for 5 minutes. I’ve tried both methods and definitely prefer it as a daily exfoliator. I noticed my face looked radiant immediately after one use and felt so soft to touch.

The balm is luxurious, both as a product and by price. A 75ml tube will set you back by £57 so we are talking high-end skincare here.  Now I have tried some expensive skincare products which have disappointed me greatly and aren’t worth the price they retail for. This one isn’t as ridiculously priced when you pay attention to the fact it’s made in England (which makes a nice change!). Realistically it’s not a product I can bring myself to buy regularly because it costs nearly £60 and to me that is somewhat excessive for a facial exfoliator. It’s more of a treat to indulge in occasionally and use sparingly.

I’ve also been using a trial size of Aurelia Probiotic Skincare’s Revitalise & Glow Serum, which is nothing short of divine. It’s a lightweight, anti-ageing serum that easily absorbs into the skin, fusing Aurelia Probiotic Skincare’s technology with BioOrganic plant and flower essences to revitalise the skin with a delicate blend of Jasmine, Plumeria, Tuberose and Mandarin. I won’t go into detail with all the probiotics, peptides and antioxidants it contains because like most people, it doesn’t matter greatly so long as it works.

A 30ml bottle costs £47, which funnily enough is the price point I expect a decent serum to cost. Of course there are other serums that command a much higher fee which is why £47 strikes me as pretty reasonable.

So there we have it – a luxurious British skincare that gives results but at a pretty heft price. Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Refine & Polish Miracle Balm and the Revitalise & Glow Serum are available from Space NK online and in stores and Harrods’ Urban Retreat.

posted by on Eyeshadows, Make-Up, NARS, Space NK

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I don’t like Mondays but this Monday gone put a smile on my face when I dropped into NARS’ EYEconic Pop-Up Studio at Space NK’s boutique on Broadwick Street for the launch of the new Dual Intensity Eyeshadow*.

There are 12 flattering shades to reel you in and the ‘dual’ purpose comes from a new dual-application formula that you can apply dry for a sheer, airbrush-like finish with a luminous sheen or wet with a dampened brush for high-impact and intense opaque colour. 

The texture is cream yet they dry to a powdery finish and by adding a drop of H2O it intensifies the colours even more. They’re pigmented enough when dry so imagine how insane they are when wet plus the product is blendable when damp too. And one more thing…no eyeshadow primer needed.

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The Dual Intensity eyeshadows are so easy to work with and hardly need any pressure to pack the colours on the lids, as I discovered when a NARS make-up artist demonstrated the product on me.

Normally I’ve found cream-to-powder eyeshadows’ pay out to be pretty meek but NARS’ Dual Intensity eyeshadows really do live up to the name and you can achieve a dramatic, smokey look just with dry application.

The complete range of shades are:

♥ Andromeda (alabaster)
♥ Europa (gossamer pink peach)
♥ Dione (metallic champagne beige)
♥ Cassiopeia (iridescent electric pink)
♥ Callisto (icy pink silver)
♥ Desdemona (rich shimmering burgundy)
♥ Himalia (shimmering topaz)
♥ Lysithea (shark grey)
♥ Sycorax (black)
♥ Phoebe (deep shimmering amethyst)
♥ Giove (navy)
♥ Subra (black orchid)

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The packaging is solid, secure and sexy but then again this is nothing new with NARS because the packaging is always the bomb. The difference with these babies are they contain a magnet within to shut the lids down firmly so you needn’t worry about them accidentally opening up in your make-up bag.

It adds a nice touch when the product looks and feels good to touch but unlike some big named brands, NARS (in my experience) has never compromised on product quality. I just know these are going to a hit.

The eyeshadows (£21) with a special Wet/Dry Eyeshadow Brush designed for use with these (£23) are exclusive to Space NK now and until 8th July the NARS’ Artistry Team will be hosting a series of events and demonstrations on Broadwick Street. If you would like to try the new shadows, you can book an appointment at the NARS EYEconic Pop-Up Studio on 020 7734 3734.

From 1st August these Dual Intensity Eyeshadows will be available nationwide and also from www.narscosmetics.co.uk.

If you want to see how these look, I’ll be post the results very soon. Make sure you’re following me on Twitter, Bloglovin’ or Pippet so you don’t miss it!