22 posts tagged "Space NK"
Jin Soon Choi’s name is synonymous with world-class manicures. The nail guru trusted by some of the industry’s biggest names—Steven Meisel, Prabal Gurung, and Derek Lam, to name a few—launched her own line of lacquers dedicated to “high fashion” last summer, focusing on classic shades of burgundy, crimson, and pink, as well as more daring navy, gray and hunter-green varnishes that manage to make a statement without ever looking vulgar. It’s Choi’s acute sense of color that attracted Space NK founder Nicky Kinnaird, who enlisted her to create a limited-edition, two-piece polish collection exclusively for the retail outlet. Voile is a creamy violet, and Gossamer offers a sheer coat of opalescent shimmer with flecks of pink and purple sparkles. Get them while the getting’s good.
Beauty Nostalgia is a new, weekly column on Beauty Counter in which we ask influencers, tastemakers, and some of our favorite industry experts to wax poetic on the sticks, salves, and sprays that helped shape who they are today.
The Pro: Nicky Kinnaird, founder of Space NK apothecaries
The Product: “When I was growing up, my parents had a second home in the Valencia region of Spain that was filled with citrus groves and golden beaches. We spent three months of the year immersed in Spanish culture, surrounded by the beautiful aroma of lemon and orange blossoms. Mornings were spent on the tennis courts and afternoons at the beach. After a long day, you showered and misted on a local citrus cologne. It was almost like baby cologne and had the most refreshing aroma—it smelled of the Mediterranean and happy times. You would pass by friends in the early evening and you’d get this gorgeous waft of bergamot, lime, neroli, and orange blossom.
When Christopher Sheldrake created the first fragrance for Space NK, Laughter, it was inspired by my childhood memories and the herbal earthiness of those Spanish days. We worked on creating citrus top notes with an herbal heart of rosemary and coriander. The dry-down had to give a hint of that sun-kissed skin underneath, which is a combination of musk, warm creamy amber, and spicy ginger. I still go back to this area of Spain. I think it’s beautiful when you can find some part of the Mediterranean that hasn’t been touched by tourism and still has this beautiful, natural coastline. The whole orange and lemon industry is based around there so you have the most fabulous fragrant air. They have a heritage of making that cologne that probably goes back over a hundred years. But I have my little piece of it with my Laughter eau de toilette and parfum, which are with me at all times.”
Avon’s stock may have been recently downgraded to sell, but its celebrity cred is looking up. The direct seller just signed Milla Jovovich as the new face of its City Rush for Her fragrance. [Daily Mail]
Fact: Men are big into products these days, and it’s evident at more than just the beauty counter. Grooming ad sales are up at magazines like Details and Men’s Health, new men’s magazine launches are in the works—including Fairchild Fashion’s recent announcement of the resurrection of M and Men’s Health‘s resurrection of its publication Best Life—and Details has just announced plans to join forces with Space NK on a new retail partnership. Ladies, mind your skincare arsenal. [WWD]
Finally, some answers about Tom Brady’s questionable faux hawk at this year’s Met gala. “To tell you the truth, I was actually shampooing my hair in the shower one day and I thought ‘I might do that. That might be cool,” the New England Patriots quarterback says. “As long as my wife liked it and my mother liked it I’m cool with it.” Fair enough. [Boston Herald]
The new ads for Madonna’s debut signature scent, Truth or Dare, have hit the Web, and they are surprisingly tame, as far as the Material Girl goes. Just a topless Madge, face to face with her own reflection. Nothing you haven’t seen before. [Just Jared]
Also premiering today: Emma Stone’s first campaign shots as the face of Revlon’s new Lip Butters. The red-again starlet looks ravishing in a coral pout and matching sheath dress. [Racked]
According to Space NK founder Nicky Kinnaird, Botoxing and plastic-surgery abuse will peter out over the next few years. “For me, the grail is healthy, radiant skin. There’ll always be extreme cases who don’t want a single line, but there are so many bad practitioners of Botox, it’s putting many women off. In the next year or two, we’re going to see more and more women embracing a natural-looking face,” says Kinnaird, while plugging a few Space NK best-sellers for better skin, including Zelens Eye Cream and Eve Lom Cleanser. [Telegraph]
Still stuck on what to buy for everyone on your list? Our favorite insiders share their picks for the best beauty gifts of the season. Ready, set, online shop.
Who: Nonie Creme, the nail art phenom who plays creative director for hip
lacquer brand Butter London.
What: “For my best girlfriends: Sephora makeup. Each girl gets a Champagne flute filled with a selection of beauty goodies and a baby bottle of Champagne that I then wrap in colorful cellophane with a bow. This year I bought gift sets of lip gloss and eye pencils at Sephora, then divided them up. My numero uno hubby is getting a Clarisonic—a manly, graphite one, with a corresponding face wash from Jack Black because frankly, I’m sick of watching him grind my pretty pink Mia into his beard stubble (ew).”
Sephora Ultra Shine Mini Lip Gloss Set, $22, and Sephora Nano Eyeliner Set,
$20, www.sephora.com; Clarisonic Skin Care Brush, $195, and Jack Black Daily
Facial Cleanser, $18, www.nordstrom.com.
Who: Kilian Hennessy, the always impeccably groomed and outfitted perfumer behind the eponymous By Kilian luxury fragrance line.
What: “By Kilian solid perfumes come in every scent of the L’Oeuvre Noire collection, so they are a great gift for anyone. I will give it to my two sisters for when they are out and about in Paris. The compact doesn’t scratch and is small enough to fit in their purses; plus it has a gorgeous mirror for touch-ups. For my business partner, Elisabeth Jones, I’m getting Fresh Brown Sugar—she is crazy about it! It offers her a luxurious way to wake up in the morning and I love the sweet smell all day. Who knows, maybe Santa will bring her the Brown Sugar Affair gift set.”