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SPACE.NK | Autumn Beauty Edit: The Essentials Collection

Space NK Autumn Beauty Edit opener


SPACE.NK – the repository of some of the most amazing (and exclusive) products in the beauty world, is having their ‘Autumn Beauty Edit’ event take place tomorrow, September 12th. As part of this amazing one-day-only shopping event (both in-store throughout their 23 US locations, as well as online), customers who spend $250 or more, will receive a limited edition SPACE.NK cosmetics bag filled with a selection of must-have products (valued at well over US $400.00). This gift with purchase comprises 33 deluxe, travel & full-sized items from featured brands and let me warn you right now: it sells out lighting fast.

As part of the ‘Timeless Beauty FW15’ campaign, SPACE.NK will also be presenting the latest in Fall trends and looks, and guests can meet with experts from some of their finest brands for makeovers, beauty advice, or tips. Note that event times, featured experts, and services vary by location, so it’s suggested to call ahead in order to reserve an appointment (and avoid disappointment). It bears repeating though, this exclusive GWP sells out quickly in-store, but is also available to online shoppers for this one day (US only & while supplies last naturally).

SPACE.NK kindly send over this exclusive [beauty swag] bag, and I cannot wait to test drive so many brands that I’ve only heard/read about – what a great way to try out such a broad range of products … and the oversized transparent makeup bag (which measures: 12″ x 8.5″) makes the perfect travel companion as well.

I’m so happy to share this fabulous beauty news with you – let me know if you indulge!

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SPACE.NK.apothecary | Autumn Beauty Edit 2015

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SPACE.NK.apothecary | Autumn Beauty Edit 2015 (zipper pull detail)

Space NK Autumn Beauty Edit skincare

SPACE.NK.apothecary | Autumn Beauty Edit 2015 (Skincare)

  • Roloxin Lift Revitalizing Facial Treatment (0.07 oz X 2)
  • Miriam Quevedo Extreme Caviar Restructuring Luxe Serum (50 ml)
  • Kat Burki Rose Hip Intense Recovery Eye Serum (7 ml)
  • Darphin Stimulskin Plus Reshaping Divine Serum (3 ml)
  • Rodial Pink Diamond Instant Lifting Serum (5 ml)
  • Radical Skincare Eye Revive Crème (5 ml)
  • Lancer Intensive Night Treatment (7.5 ml)
  • Mila Moursi Cryo Serum Ice Cube Infusion (5 ml)
  • Natura Bissé Tensolift Neck Cream (5 ml)
  • Malin + Goetz Vitamin E Facial Moisturizer (30 ml)
  • Ren Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial (10 ml)
  • Goldfaden MD Fresh A Peel (5 ml)
  • Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser (15 ml)
  • *Eve Lom Cleanser (20 ml + muslin cloth)

*Not shown: Eve Lom Cleanser (20 ml) – cloth shown only, as product was received after this shipment came in.

Space NK Autumn Beauty Edit hand & bodycare

SPACE.NK.apothecary | Autumn Beauty Edit 2015 (Bodycare)

  • Leif Kakadu Plum and Macadamia Nut Hand Balm (75 ml)
  • Juara Candlenut Body Crème (44 ml)
  • Mio The Activist Firming Active Body Oil (30 ml)
  • James Read Tan Accelerator (25 ml)
  • Hampton Sun Continuous Mist Hydrating Aloe (30 ml)

Space NK Autumn Beauty Edit haircare

SPACE.NK.apothecary | Autumn Beauty Edit 2015 (Haircare)

  • Original Mineral Atonic Thickening Spritz (50 ml)
  • R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo (2.25 oz)
  • Philip B. Nordic Wood Hair & Body Shampoo (15 ml)
  • Bumble & Bumble Repair Blow Dry (15 ml)
  • Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream (15 ml)

Space NK Autumn Beauty Edit cosmetics & fragrance

SPACE.NK.apothecary | Autumn Beauty Edit 2015 (Cosmetics & Fragrance)

  • Diptyque Eau Duelle Eau de Parfum (assorted, 12 ml)
  • *Sunday Riley Good Genes (10 ml)
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil in Bloodroses (0.68 g)
  • Lipstick Queen Chase Glossy Pencil (assorted, 3.1 g)
  • Chantecaille Faux Cils Mascara in Black (4 g)
  • By Terry Mascara Terribly in Black Parti-Pris (4 g)
  • Hourglass Femme Rouge Lipstick in Icon (0.85 g)

*Note that the Sunday Riley Good Genes sample was accidentally added here but should really be with the skincare grouping #bloggerblooper


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Laboratoires Filorga Paris


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Recently I was invited to preview the upcoming North American launch of a skincare brand that while unfamiliar to me, has a strong European following; introducing Laboratories Filorga Paris, founded in 1978 by Dr. Michel Tordjman – the man who ‘developed hyaluronic acid-based injectible products for the medical profession before Botox took off‘, as well as the creator of NCTC, an anti-aging mesotherapy product that subsequently went on to become the brand’s best-selling NCTF® product.

For over 40 years now, Filorga has been a leading provider of skincare products, both for the medical profession and consumer markets, creating cutting-edge non-surgical anti-ageing solutions that include line fillers, polyrevitalizing injections (NCTF®), peeling and photo-stimulation (LED). As skincare has become something of an obsession with me, I was excited to put this brand through its paces; after a brief consultation, PR sent me a curated selection of products to try based on my skin type and needs.

Testing period: 4 complete weeks (both day & night)



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Laboratoires Filorga Paris


Filorga Foam Cleanser 1

Foam Cleanser (CAN $35.00) | A clear liquid facial cleanser that transforms into a foam as it emerges from the pump nozzle dispenser. Made with no artifical scents, there is a still a distinct fragrance from the white lily in the formula, a clean fresh floral that while initially obvious, seems to dissipate rather quickly.

Key ingredients include:

  • high molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid
  • caprylyl capryl glucoside
  • white lily


  • hydrating
  • soft surfactant
  • soothing

This 4-in-one product (cleanses, removes makeup, moisturizes, tones) is the first cleanser to include Hyaluronic Acid, which has the benefit of leaving skin feeling both clean as well as moisturized. Totally non-greasy, 2 pumps are all that are needed to cleanse the entire face and neck (in the mornings I use only 1 pump of foam – no need for overkill) with the product rinsing off easily, and no tight-skin feeling left behind – just a fresh, soft & clean sensation. This product has now become one of my favourite cleansers in my skincare rotation, as I am not only happy with how well it removes the day’s makeup, but for how my skin feels after … definitely something I intend to continue using. Suitable for sensitive skin as well.

Filorga Foam Cleanser nozzle

Laboratoires Filorga Paris | Foam Cleanser


Filorga Skin Structure serum

Skin Structure Firmness Redefinition Serum (CAN $95.00) | A milky-white facial serum of light/medium density with a quick penetrating texture that melts into the skin with a water-like consistency (leaving no sticky or greasy residue behind), coming with a dropper applicator. The scent seems to be a slightly mellower version than that of the cleanser – a fresh & pleasant white floral that while noticeable, dissipates once the product is absorbed into the skin.

Key ingredients include:

  • Chronospheres of Hyaluronic Acid and NCTF
  • Voluform
  • Collaxyl
  • Dynalift


  • anti-aging
  • cellular stimulation
  • restores face volume
  • boosts skin density
  • skin-lifting

The next important step after thoroughly cleansing, is application of a serum; I absolute love serums for the way they feel as well as how effective they are in augmenting the beneficial properties of other skincare subsequently applied on top. With Skin Structure, I used 2 drops only (both morning and night) that I rubbed between my palms then pressed onto my face (ears and neck included) and lightly massaged that all in – working quickly, as this texture literally disappears into the skin lightning fast. As I don’t have access to complicated scientific equipment to accurately measure results, I let my eyes & mirror be the judge, and after just 2 weeks of using this serum on a consistent basis, my skin felt softer to the touch and also appeared noticeably more even toned.


Filorga Skin Structure serum applicator

Laboratoires Filorga Paris | Skin Structure Firmness Redefinition Serum

Filorga Nutri-Filler


Nutri-Filler Nutri-Replenishing Cream (CAN $95.00) | A dense white facial cream moisturizer with a soft & buttery-like texture, bearing the strongest scent level of the same fresh white floral fragrance as the rest of this range (even though naturally derived, it’s still worth noting for those with sensitivities). Extremely hydrating and suitable for all skin types – even the driest – this cream is meant to not only soothe and add suppleness, but help firm and tone facial contours as well (think of it as Botox, without the painful injections).

Key ingredients include:

  • Chromospheres of Hyaluronic Acid and NCTF
  • Shea Butter
  • Argan Oil
  • plant extracts
  • red seaweed


  • deeply nourishes and replenishes skin
  • redefines facial contours

When I began testing this cream, I initially felt that it would be much too rich for my skin type (which runs normal to combination, with oil issues along the t-zone area) as I’m used to less emollient moisturizers. Interestingly though, I began seeing how the serious hydration found with Nutri-Filler began benefitting my skin — which for some reason seemed to need more moisture than ever before (I’m guessing the previous harsh Winter coupled with the present hardcore hot Summer, might have something to do with my skin’s current situation). Fine lines and pores appeared diminished, and this after only 1 week of use; that being said, I did find that it took longer than I’m used to for the product to become absorbed into my skin (and never fully, for that matter), although it did make applying foundation on top that much easier , as long as I waited a good 1o-15 minutes before adding any makeup.

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Laboratoires Filorga Paris | Nutri-Filler Nutri-Replenishing Cream

Filorga Nutri-Filler macro

Laboratoires Filorga Paris | Nutri-Filler Nutri-Replenishing Cream

Filorga Time-Filler eyes

Time-Filler Eyes Absolute Eye Correction Cream (CAN $75.00) | A milky white eye cream in a silky texture that melts rapidly into skin, and which bears a more subtle version of the same signature scent. Upon application, there is a light initial cooling sensation and once fully absorbed, skin also feels slightly more taut.

Key ingredients include:

  • Chronospheres of Hyaluronic Acid and NCTF
  • Synake
  • sea funnel
  • Hyaluspheres
  • sea extract + plant complex rich in Albizia Julibrissin
  • Matricide with Provitamin B5 (panthenol)


  • anti-aging
  • cellular stimulation
  • helps smooth contraction wrinkles
  • micro-filling of dehydration wrinkles
  • treats dark circles
  • promotes and strengthens eyelash growth

The skin around the eyes is thinner and more sensitive than that of the rest of the face, so it makes sense to use a separate eye cream designed specifically for that delicate area. Applying Time-Filler Eyes twice daily to both the under-eye area (which includes crow’s feet & laugh lines — all the way to the temples, in fact) as well as my upper lid, I really liked how easily this product spread and how quickly it was subsequently absorbed into my skin. It wasn’t until the second week of use that I actually noticed changes: fine lines appeared somewhat plumper and there was even a new – albeit slight – firmness I could both feel and see around the orbital area. As I’ve never suffered from dark circles, I can’t state how well this cream works in the capacity of eliminating them and while the hollows under my eyes (thank you, diminishing collagen) haven’t filled up, I can still see some improvement in that area as well. Bonus: no irritation or stinging sensation, even when applied twice daily.

Filorga Time-Filler Eyes sealed

Laboratoires Filorga Paris | Time-Filler Eyes Absolute Eye Correction Cream

Filorga Time-Filler Eyes macro

Laboratoires Filorga Paris | Time-Filler Eyes Absolute Eye Correction Cream


Filorga Skin-Absolute 1


Skin-Absolute Night Ultimate Anti-Aging Care (CAN $195.00) | The ‘star’ ingredient (figuratively AND literally) of this premium night cream is meteorite extract (yes, you read that right) and aims to help your skin regenerate while you sleep. Bearing a sharper but still quite pleasant version of the same signature scent, the first thing you notice is the colour: charcoal, followed by the unique texture which is almost jelly-like in consistency and bears suspended shimmery particles. Slower to fully absorb than the day cream, and may leave behind a slight tackiness.

Key ingredients include:

  • Chromospheres of Hyaluronic Acid and NCTF
  • meteorite extract
  • brown seaweed
  • collagen peptide
  • bran extract
  • Vitamin C


  • potent anti-aging treatment to target visible signs of aging while you sleep
  • helps fade dark spots
  • boosts skin’s radiance
  • wrinkles appear smoother
  • improves evenness of complexion

I confess to being the most excited about this product, because, well….METEORITE (need I say more?). The charcoal/black colour (which looks light grey at some angles, deep black at others – as seen in the photos below) was another surprise and while it does apply with a grey translucency, no traces of the colour are left behind once the product becomes fully massaged into the skin. The texture is almost like whipped jelly and a little goes a long way; after cleansing then applying the serum and eye cream, I didn’t need much to cover my entire face & neck (thankfully, as this product is on the steeper end of the price spectrum) but I did have to wait a good 15 minutes before I could say it felt more or less absorbed into the skin. After about only a week of consistent use, I woke up to softer, more even toned skin, with a healthy radiance to my face that even my family remarked upon. I did notice an odd slippery feel to my face upon my morning wash, but nothing that lingered.

NOTE: Skin-Absolute is exclusive to Holt Renfrew at both the Bloor St. and Yorkdale locations.


Filorga Skin-Absolute sealed

Laboratoires Filorga Paris | Skin-Absolute Night Ultimate Anti-Aging Care

Filorga Skin-Absolute

Laboratoires Filorga Paris | Skin-Absolute Night Ultimate Anti-Aging Care


Filorga Skin-Absolute macro

Laboratoires Filorga Paris | Skin-Absolute Night Ultimate Anti-Aging Care (detail)


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Laboratoires Filorga Paris | Skin-Absolute Night Ultimate Anti-Aging Care


I’m so happy to see that skincare is becoming more and more mainstream, and not just something associated with an older demographic – a concept I wish had been popular when I was younger … but I digress. Skin care itself has come a long way, with what seems like daily innovations and newly discovered ingredients, all at a wide range of price points; what makes Filorga extremely interesting, is the decades of science behind the products as well as the good results I personally obtained after 4 weeks of consistent testing – and I stress consistent, because for any benefits to be both seen and felt, you need to apply your chosen skin care regimen religiously. Admittedly, this range veers on the higher end of the price scale, but after 4 weeks of testing, I’ve only managed to finish half of the contents – which means you can break down the cost per item over approximately 8 weeks of use each. After going over the products available through the brand’s website, there are several I have my eye on and I definitely intend to give them a try in the near future.

Filorga products are available in Canada at Murale, select Shopper’s Drug Mart/Pharmaprix store, Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom. Find more information on the brand via


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Press samples kindly provided for my unbiased consideration

Benefit | Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer

Benefit Air Patrol opener


There’s a new player on the primer playing field, and it’s a whopper; introducing Air Patrol from Benefit, the beauty world’s first BB Cream Eyelid Primer that is meant to ‘lock on eyeshadow, protect, hydrate, and colour-correct‘ the delicate skin of your peepers. Created with an exclusive EnviroDefend Complex which includes SPF 20 in the formula, Air Patrol is your first layer of protection to guard against environmental stressors while keeping your eye makeup locked down. As an added bonus, the Cushion Calm™ tip, inspired by gel foam mattresses & pillows, makes messy finger-applications a thing of the past and is said to be even ‘softer than your pinkie‘ (it is). All that, and in a slim portable tube … gives new meaning to the Mile High Club.

Then there’s the retro-kitchy packaging that Benefit has become synonymous for – how can anyone resist that? By the way, I have to say that this brand sends along some of the most unique and innovative press packages; just take a look at the military-inspired flap bag (and ridiculously cute button-pins) that Air Patrol came with!


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Amelia Earhart, first female aviator (and total bad-ass) to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean (credit)

Benefit Air Patrol

Benefit | Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer

Benifit Air Patrol applicator


Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer (CAN $38.00) | The slim tube with its ‘winged’ cap (seriously, though – nice touch, Benefit) has a clicking mechanism at the bottom to force the contents up & out, bearing a transparent squishy pink Cushion Calm™ tip at the top for effortless application. Unscented, this comes in one shade only – a light apricot tint – which seems to be universally flattering, although I would be curious to know if darker complexions would be able to wear this as easily.

Breakdown: To get things started you’ll need to give the tube several clicks (I estimate about 8) before the appearance of any product, but after that, anywhere between 1-2 clicks will bring up more than enough to cover both eyelids. The formula leans on the thin, but not runny, side and spreads out effortlessly along the skin.

At first glance, I was a little thrown by the colour of Air Patrol, assuming it to be much too yellow/peach tinted for my skin tone, but the formula is thin enough to melt into the skin without leaving any visible traces behind — AND provides a smooth and even-toned look to eyelids. It’s sorcery, I tell you. Now for the learning curve part; once I had brought up a bead of product (to be honest, it may have been more than that after my slightly over-vigorous clicking), I went ahead and applied Air Patrol to both eyelids and attempted to spread it out using the applicator — which resulted in a bit of a hot mess, so I then went in and smoothed things out with my finger. I assumed that the tip was just a gimmick and left it at that; after all, it’s about the results of the product, right? Still, I needed to try the tip again and see if I could make it work. Perseverance pays, because the tip is NOT a gimmick and yes, it does feel softer than my pinkie. Even better? It works. The trick is to bring up one bead and work one eyelid at a time; I begin by spreading the product all over, then using light patting motions I dab/rub everything in until it has disappeared into my skin and the tip feels almost dry (free of visible product). Of course, this take a little longer than using a finger would, but it’s fun and the slanted tip makes getting into inner eye corners – or the arch of one’s brow — easy and more effective than fingers can.

There’s an initial slight cooling sensation felt along the skin upon first application, but that quickly dissipates. With regards to the claims of Air Patrol feeling ‘calming & soothing while relieving dryness‘, I couldn’t say as I don’t have dry eyelids to begin with. Just the opposite, in fact; my eyelids are oily and absolutely need primer for any eye makeup to last. I also tested Air Patrol out using both cream and powder eye shadow formulas, and I’m so happy to report that not only does it work beautifully in the long-lasting primer category, but it does so without causing any creasing, flaking, or fading of eye makeup applied on top. Another bonus is how easily it colour-corrects eyelid tone (such as any fine but visible veins) and when worn alone, gives a refreshed look to eyes, needing nothing more than a swipe of mascara for an effortless daytime (or anytime) look. Just to sweeten the deal even further, Benefit has added SPF 20 to the formula and let’s face it, we never apply sunscreen to our eyelids, even though that area probably needs it more than anywhere else, being so thin & delicate. Never fear, Benefit has us covered.

NOTE: make sure that the applicator is clean and free of product after use, as it may dry and curst upon the tip’s surface.


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Benefit | Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer (primer detail)

Benefit Air Patrol ingredients

Benefit | Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer (ingredients list)


Benefit Air Patrol swatches

Benefit | Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer swatches


The verdict? This is one AMAZING primer. The pros are many: disappears into the skin, but still manages to colour-correct and even out your tone, can work alone, act as a base to build colour on, or ensure eye makeup stays put, offers skincare benefits as well as SPF protection. The only con, is the slightly steep price tag (why are Benefit products marked up so high here in Canada, anyway?) but after looking at all that Air Patrol provides, I say it’s still worth investing in – anything that works this well to keep my makeup in place? Must have.

Available September 2015 at Sephora locations and Find more information via

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