If there's anything my rather eye watering bank statements have taught me, it's not to go shopping during any sort of emotional crisis and more importantly to avoid Space NK during such a time at all costs. However, after a particularly frustrating day last week I was drawn like a moth to a flame into the warm embrace of beauty junkie heaven and decided to treat myself to a few bits that had been on my mind for a while. Cosmetics are my therapy.

A browse of the NARS counter was first priority and despite the recent launch of their new Audacious Lipsticks I found myself taken by the sheer peachy tones of Barbarella, a lipstick that's truly been around forever and one I'm sure all firm NARS lovers have owned at least once. One of the main reasons I'm often seen sporting a bold lip is the never ending search to find the right 'your lips but better' colour. Favourites may come and go but I've never settled on one perfect combination of shade, formula and texture that I'm happy to wear on an everyday basis, however that may all be about to change as Barbarella is possibly the most flattering nude I've found yet.

I've been struggling with a mild case of dehydrated skin since the colder weather hit (although reaching for a bottle of water instead of that second coffee in the afternoon would probably do the trick) and needed a new morning cleanser after running out of my favourite from Radical Skincare. As hydrating as it is I wanted something with a richer texture and picked up the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel as it's replacement. Misleading name aside this is actually more of an oily balm with a host of skin loving vitamins, fruit enzymes and cooling agents to hydrate, sooth and perk up tired skin. After only a weeks use it's become a stand out favourite in my skincare routine - so much so I've even been using it in the evenings too. Who'd have though I'd become a one cleanser kind of girl?

Deciding to cover all bases I also headed over to the look at the Oribe goodies (is there a more beautiful packaged hair care brand out there?) where the Après Beach Spray caught my eye after learning that it can be used on both wet and dry hair. Is it a salt spray, a texturiser? I'm still not sure, but this really is the answer to volume after a blow dry without having to use a thick, sticky mousse. It's weightless and invisible but adds so much workability and texture there's really no need to use any other products after a few sprays through the lengths and roots. I fear my little can won't be lasting too long..

Have you been naughty in Space NK recently?

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NARS Audacious Lipsticks
NARS Lipstick in Barbarella

Radical Skincare Hydrating Cleanser
Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel

Oribe Après Beach Spray