Since Christmas, I've had a Space NK voucher burning a hole in my back pocket. Every day I check the new-in section of the site, bookmarking potential products into a "maybe" folder, fighting with myself over which of my favourite products deserve restocking. But I'm still yet to press "buy."
Frustrated by my own indecision, this week I called in for backup. "What are the best Space NK products?" I punched into the Byrdie UK Slack channel, and wow, I unleashed a monster. What ensued was a full-on debate between Amy, our editorial director; our associate social media editor, Alyss; and myself as we weighed in on makeup items and analysed skincare formulas right down to the last ingredient.
Some products had us totally aligned—here's looking at you, Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel Pads (£15)—while others led to let's just say "minor" disagreements. But what definitely became clear was that there are just so many great brands and cult products on that site worth buying.
So I set the team a challenge: If you had £200 to spend at Space NK, what would you buy? And below, you'll find their answers, or in other words, an edit of the most reliable, loveable and repurchasable (not a word, but you get what I'm saying) products the store has to offer—the ultimate beauty shopping list, if you will. You can thank us later.
Amy Lawrenson, Byrdie UK Editorial Director
Anyone who knows me knows I love a liquid peel. This one by Sarah Chapman contains the perfect combination of acids and peptides to slough away dulling dead skin cells and leave my complexion glowing. I've lost count of how many bottles of this stuff I've worked my way through.
This sonic facial brush lifts away makeup and dirt, while the nodules and vibrations give the skin a good massage. What I love about this is that it doesn't need recharging every five minutes—there are no detachable parts that need replacing, and it's both gentle and effective.
An old colleague of mine had the best complexion I've ever seen in real life. Impossibly dewy and flawless. Her secret? This little pot of highlighter with coconut oil and beeswax—it leaves skin super glowy.
If I was going to blow my £200 budget, I would add these to my basket too (life's too short—although not sure my bank manager would agree). One bottle is good for two baths, and each one will scent your whole bathroom, leaving your skin soft and supple too. Oh, and they really do what they say on the bottle: De-Stress Mind is my absolute go-to after a stressful day.
Shannon Peter, Byrdie UK's deputy editor
Total spend: £197
I'm not usually much of a tanner, but this grim weather has me pining for my post Isla Holbox glow of last summer. These drops, which you can add to your regular body lotion, leave a tan as realistic as they come. Rather than 'dyeing' the skin, the oil formula seems to meld into it, making for really nourished, healthy colour. Dreamy.
Vitamin C is my lifeblood, mainly because nothing can lift my skin from a dreary, dull funk quite like it. My favourite is this serum by Sunday Riley which smells like Sunny D and makes my skin look like someone just turned the light on inside it.
I get through brow pencils like there's no tomorrow, and definitely need a new one right now. This is the only pencil I ever repurchase, mainly because it creates wispy, super fine fake hairs for brows that look naturally major.
Every evening I make sure I set aside at least five minutes to apply a face oil and really massage it in with my jade roller. It's my form of mindfulness practice. This one contains lavender, patchouli, camomile and neroli to peel away the day's stresses and knead physical tension into oblivion. Just thinking about it makes me feel super zen.
Finally (and leaving me with £3 to spare) I'd pick up a pot of this lip balm. It was recently recommended to me over on our Facebook community (The British Beauty Line) when I put an open call out for something that could heal my central heating-induced split lip. I'm promised it's tingly and works wonders so let's put it through its paces.
Alyss Bowen, Byrdie UK Associate Social Media Editor
Whenever I'm feeling fancy, I like to treat myself to Aesop hand wash. I don't care if anyone thinks it's extravagant spending £27 on a soap—washing my hands with those tiny pumice stones brings me so much joy.
I've never owned a Byredo perfume, but sitting next to Shannon day in, day out means now my nose only wants to smell what they have to offer. And why go for the 50-millilitre size when you can get 100? I'm all over this bottle for its pine needle scent. Dreamy.
I'd finish off my £200 with a couple of packs of these little wonder pads. They're drenched with glycolic acid and antioxidants, and they quite literally leave your skin glowing. They're not cheap, but they're so worth it.