Here’s my Space NK Essentials Gift with Purchase review. In case you’re looking for some shopping inspiration at Space NK US or you are fond of trying out new summer skincare products and makeup, I have reviews of the very best products from Sunday Riley, Goldfaden MD and MILA MOURSI for you here.

This year Space NK Essentials gift contains 18 samples and a cosmetics bag, worth over $330. See what’s in the Space NK goody bag here. Plus, this year they offers a step-up gift from DR. BARBARA STURM (worth $78) – only at!

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My first impressions

I fell in love with the skincare curation! Eighteen of the most distinguished brands and an awesome selection to represent Space NK as a destination for high-end skincare. Twelve samples are Summer/Fall 2019 skincare items. Four samples are from the hair department. Next up is one makeup and one fragrance gift. The soft weave black Space NK cosmetic bag feels luxurious. I like that they didn’t try to make it too summery, I do love classic. My mom really liked the bag when she saw it. It’s stunning, with its crisp chic gold material, and a large wide compartment.

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What’s in Space NK Essentials Gift Bag 2019?

Space NK Essentials Gift Bag includes:

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*Sample contents may vary from those pictured and listed.

Space NK Essentials Gift Bag Review

ILIA Limitless Lash Mascara Review (in After Midnightt) | Full size $28

A buildable & flake-free, 99% natural mascara that lifts, lengthens, and curls for more voluminous lashes. Organic shea butter and Arginine (Keratin) fortifies to enhance, nourish and boost lash condition. Organic beeswax coats and lengthens lashes with soft flexibility and hold.

IcanGWP review: The ultra gentle formula is designed for sensitive eyes and contains 99% natural ingredients (25% of which are organic). Carnauba waxes from organic bee will also both condition your lashes and add dramatic results. It’s guaranteed with Glamour Awards Winner 2019 best mascara. This mascara has sold out at several UK sites. The wand has two different set of bristles: the volume bristles and lengthening bristles.

The formula is quite wet but the wand perfectly holds just the right amount. The puffy side (in the bottom) enhances the look of your natural lashes instead of clumping them together. I can really build volume. Teeny-tiny fibers beautifully coat lashes. Then, I switch to the comb side of the dual-wand (top). It combs through lashes from roots to tips to really smooth out, spread and lengthen our lashes. It lifts and locks each fiber into place while I can feel my lashes pretty soft and so real! The color is super black – won’t weigh my lash down day long.

I’m so impressed to find a natural mascara that works and won’t smudge or remove with warm water. It’s one of the best non-toxic mascaras I have tried. Several reviewers with sensitive eyes reported no irritations. Perfect if you are looking for ditching unnecessary chemicals around delicate eyes.

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Goldfaden MD Needle-less Line Smoothing Concentrate Review | Full size $115

100% pure Hyaluronic Acid and advanced Hexapeptides make skin feel plump and tight and diminish the appearance of fine lines and deep creases. Nutrient-rich Seaweed Extract promotes a long-term, youthful-looking glow. With continued use, your skin will reap the benefits of looking younger, smoother, and more radiant. Ideal for all skin types.

Ingredients: Seaweed Extract, Distilled Water, Hyaluronic Acid, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglyverin, Red Tea Extract.

IcanGWP Review: Can you see the magnificent 7 ingredients of this product?! We normally get only a tiny bit of Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 that is well-known to be highly related to doctor’s BotoxTM procedure. It is thought to ease the appearance of wrinkles that occur from repeated movements.

According to futurederm, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3  is a shortened syntactic peptide sequence of BotoxTM that is able to be used over-the-counter. It is working as a muscle relaxer similar to BotoxTM. The result is that our muscle can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften. The result is temporary because it only blocks the neurotransmitters but doesn’t break them down like BotoxTM. Like less than 8 hours for a very high dose.  A research paper in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science demonstrated a 10% concentration of topically-applied acetyl hexapeptide-3 reduces wrinkles by 30% over a 30-day period. The only way to know if it will work for you is to try. Because some people do not have any results.  It is possible Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 may diffuse through thinner skin (older skin), and not work so well on thicker skin.

I love that it is 100% non-comedogenic. Fragrance-free, silicone free, love… it. I should have applied it to trouble spots but I did the entire face. This Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 treatment from Goldfaden MD works! My skin is so healthy, brightened, firm and fine lines look visibly less. For my combination skin, the expression wrinkles in the oilier areas respond way better than the dryer areas. The Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Hyaluronic Acid, Seaweed Extract and Red Tea Extract’s special and works wonder for me! This is my all time favorite skincare item from Goldfaden MD.

Let us know what is your fave Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 product in the comment below!!

Malin+Goetz Brightening Enzyme Mask | Full size $55

Sunday Riley A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum Review | Full size $85

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One of the most bio-available non-prescription forms of vitamin A products on the market, A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum is a pro-strength formula for those who want serious results without the unwanted side effects of traditional retinol formulations (reduced appearance of side effects like flaking, redness, and irritation compared to high-strength retinol and retinoid products is visible after one use). Combining 5% retinoid ester blend, 1% liposomal-encapsulated retinol blend, and 0.5% blue-green algae with natural, retinoid-alternative activity, this serum fights the signs of aging and improves the look of congested and UV damaged skin.

Still on the fence? In addition to reducing signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles, A+ features encapsulated CoQ10 to help improve the appearance of ageing or damaged skin, while Hawaiian white honey, bisabolol, cactus extract and ginger balance and soothe the skin for the appearance of a calmer, more even-toned complexion.

IcanGWP Review: I’m really excited to try this. It has regular Retinol and a new form of Retinol called HPR. The one in the US is made with a whopping 6.5% Retinol blend. I was wowing when I saw she put 113 goodies in this bottle and it’s only $85. The yellow-tinted fluid has an unpleasant scent but is not bothersome.

I am using this Sunday Riley retinol at night 3 times per week. My skin is tremendously turned over. I didn’t have any bad reactions – no dryness, flaking, redness, sensitivity or soreness. The fine lines of a woman in her 30s like me look reduced. Micro acne redness is rapidly healed but not the larger ones. Clogged pores are calmed and I have a much clearer T-Zone.

This New Sunday Riley retinol cream outperformed several Retinol products and gave me a new hope! I’ll probably purchase the full size because Retinol does need a month to kick in. Please please don’t overdo it, just a pea-size dollop, a couple of nights a week (3 times per week as published in this paper). Skin can only slowly build a tolerance to the ingredients and yield better long term results.

If you have sensitive skin, do a patch test or do triple layers: cream, retinol and another cream. This technique shouldn’t weaken the retinol components but provide you a great buffer, more tolerance.   I don’t recommend this if you are pregnant, nursing, not using sunscreen or just had some exfoliation or peel.

Mila Moursi Triple Actif Anti-Wrinkle Cream Review | Full size $195

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The specially chosen ingredients are designed to focus on problem areas and produce results. Progeline peptides help to lift and tighten sagging skin and reduce lines, hyaluronic acid hydrates and improves the skin’s texture, and matrixyl 3000 boosts the production of collagen.

IcanGWP Review: Mila Moursi products can be found at a variety of up-scale retail locations, including Space NK and Barneys New York. All the coveted Mila Moursi products are French-made. Her approach, that catches a lot of A-listers, follows more natural and preventative skin care overall – there’s no quick fix.

This particular cream deserves your attention if you have dry mature skin. This cream’s formula is extraordinary – so beautiful (tears of joy a bit). Aside from Progeline peptides, hyaluronic acid and Matrixyl 3000, a deluxe blend is also loaded with amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamins, Resveratrol, collagen and excellent oils. This superior anti-aging cream has a lightweight texture. It absorbs and immediately softens the skin. It does not have any odor.

I am testing Sunday Riley Retinoid Serum some nights, Goldfaden MD treatment most days and select night + this Mila Moursi some nights and days on dryer areas. They  tighten, lift and smooth my skin. It really glows! Fine lines may be less noticeable. I only tried it for a few days so I cannot report long term results yet. The ingredients tell everything, they are known for their nourishing youthful effects on dry skin. You’ll love the firmness and elasticity.

I have her Lifting Serum reviewed here and also Refining Lotion reviewed here. From what I have tried, if I could only use one Mila Moursi product for the rest of my life, it would be this cream.

FYI – I noticed there are two versions of this cream with two totally distinct ingredients. The version I reviewed is from Space NK US which comes in the black jar not the white jar from other retailers (I am not that into the ingredients of the white one).

Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It Review | Full size $31

Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It is perfect for when there just isn’t enough time for blow drying, or hair needs to take a break from heat treatment. It works well on medium to fine hair, delivering a hint of texture without clogging tresses with product. Simply work a little into towel dried hair, then twist, tousle and squeeze into shape.

IcanGWP review: Interesting product isn’t it? The white fluid has a nice non-chemical fruity scent. It’s suitable for fine hair like me. Unfortunately, I only had one chance to try it before making a post and I did use the hair dryer. The results were great. I skipped the normal heat protection product and Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It added significant volume to my stubborn flat hair. It doesn’t last all day but is absolutely wonderful. The best feature of this product is that it doesn’t weigh your hair down. Reviewers with fine curly hair really like this product.

OMOROVICZA Cleansing Foam | Full size $80

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel Review | Full Size $50

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Beginning as a rich pink balm, this unique cleanser melts into the skin and turns milky when mixed with water, then rinses cleanly away, along with any daily grime and makeup. Its gentle formula is perfect for repairing and soothing sun damaged and dry skin, while fortified bio-available vitamins and fruit enzymes remove dead skin cells and enhance collagen production. Refreshing rose and chamomile fragrance soothe the senses, while skin is left soft and supple, feeling revived and fresh.

How to Apply: Massage onto dry skin until melted. Add a little water to emulsify into a white milk and remove with warm water or damp muslin cloth.

IcanGWP review: I’m curious to tested out award-winning British brand Oskia. I’m sure that if you follow some of the British bloggers like Caroline, you may have heard of this. This gentle brand has excellent reviews on so many products including this cleanser. It’s jammed with Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamins B, C and E, Fermented Pumpkin Enzymes, Starflower Oil, and more. Quite ambitious for a cleanser.

The light grapefruit pink cleansing gel-balm has a fresh scent without being overwhelming. If you are a fan of cleansing oil or balm, you will probably enjoy this unique non-foaming gel-to-emulsion formula. I enjoy massaging the product, it’s good for lymphatic purposes since it’s quite slippery and felt more like oil. It will start to emulsify with water. It melts on to the face and removed all my makeup. It’s okay to remove some mascara but not waterproof products. It won’t strip your skin, I feel that it leaves my combo skin with some glycerin film. I prefer it as a first cleanser. Honestly, it’s dry skins best friend, not for my combo.

Kat Burki Bio-Correcting Face Crème | Full Size $390

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask Review | Full size $36

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IcanGWP review: If you are looking for sulfate-free, silicone-free, gluten-free or cruelty free hair care that is not too mild and actually works, Briogeo is a wonderful 6-free brand to consider. I massage it in after shampoo and left it on as they recommended. Some reviewers leave it on overnight. My hair feels beautiful. Soft, frizz free, bouncy and silky smooth. I can tell you that this formula is not a weak one like most natural formulations. Every time I washed my hair, I have less and less fall out hair. It helps strengthen my hair tremendously.

My scalp peeled so bad from my previous trip and I won’t put anything harsh on it while it’s weak. The dandruff products with zinc pyrithione don’t help either. It’s only after I used this Briogeo mask for 10 minutes that my sun burn has finally stopped. Quite a miracle. The mask really is good to the roots and scalp. You can see my DIY steam mask review here.

Eve Lom Moisture Cream | Full Size $150

Rodial Vit C Brightening Cleanser Review | Full size $49

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Designed to brighten skin when it needs a pick-me-up, this gel-based cleanser can be used as part of a daily skincare routine and is formulated with radiance-boosting vitamin C and refreshing blood orange water as well as fruit AHAs that help to exfoliate and renew the skin while reducing the appearance of pores.

IcanGWP Review: I like the mild citrus scent. The gel cleanser works well and I always like Vitamin C products. It may be too drying for dry skin because it contains alcohol.

Oribe Flash Form Finishing Spray Wax | Full Size $42

By Terry Baume de Rose Hand Cream Review  | Full size $50

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IcanGWP Review: The rich pink butter is luxurious. If you love all things Baume de Rose, the iconic product is now interpreted in a hand cream formula! I am falling for its intoxicating rose aroma, so light and so pure. It keeps my hands soft while not being greasy, it’s great for the car, or to use with cell phone or electronic devices. The product and its rosy aroma lasts. The scent lasts even when you wash your hands! As you can see from the ingredients list, this product surpasses several rich facial creams in the premium beauty market in terms of quality. It’s a perfect timeless gift that’s worth the splurge if you’re looking for a bit of luxury for your hands.

Next up, these are five more beauty samples in the bag!

Chantecaille Blue Light Protection Hyaluronic Serum | Full size $150

Chantecaille Anti-Pollution Mattifying Cream | Full size $98

Diptyque Do Son Eau de Toilette | Full size $135

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Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt | Full size $53

Coola Organic Gradual Sunless Tan Firming Lotion | Full Size $46

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Quick Take:

Fellow luxury beauty-obsessed readers, this Space NK beauty sample bag is truly worth it! I am blasting with joy from these high performance skincare gifts. The minimum purchase is right (not $275 like the bi-annual Space NK beauty edit gifts) and the samples are better than previous years. If you desire the dramatic pampered, it’s time. I recommend you take advantage of this if you can. I don’t think you can be disappointed.

Head over to Space NK Apothecary USA to indulge the new Space NK Summer Sample Bag 2019! Here’s this year goody bag.

my Space NK Essentials Gift with Purchase review by icangwp blog

How: Yours for $175. Worth $336.


Contents: Featuring Oskia, Rodial, Sunday Riley & more.

Dates: Tuesday August 6, 2019 Online and in stores and while supplies last

Step-up gift: For an additional $30 spend, receive a step-up gift from DR. BARBARA STURM  (worth $78)

Top Beauty Brands at Space NK USA

111SKIN | African Botanics | Aquis | Aurelia Probiotic Skincare | Artis | Briogeo | Bumble and Bumble |  By Terry | Chantecaille | Christophe Robin | Clark’s Botanicals | Coola | Diptyque | DR. BARBARA STURM | Dr Dennis Gross | EVE LOM | Goldfaden MD| HOURGLASS | Joanna Vargas | Kevyn Aucoin |  Ilia | Lipstick Queen | Malin + Goetz | MARA | MD SOLAR SCIENCES | MILA MOURSI | MAULI | Natura Bisse | Odacite | Olaplex | Omorovicza | Oribe | Oskia | R+Co | Rahua | REN Skincare | Revive | Rodial | Saint Jane | Space NK Beauty Box | Surratt | Sunday Riley | Space NK | Tula | UMA Oil | Vertly | VINTNERS DAUGHTER | Virtue |  Votary | ZIIP |

See Skincare | Haircare | New In| fragrance | Highlighter | Bronzer | Suncare | makeup | Space NK exclusives.

Space NK birthday gift and Space NK Sale.

Choose 3 free samples at checkout. Free shipping on any $50 purchase. Remember, you will receive $5 points every $100. Make sure you enroll to a free membership program NDulge. Sign up for free here. Free shipping with ShopRunner.

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Space NK – The N.dulge birthday gift has had a makeover! During your birthday month, you will receive a new and exclusive gift: a trio of mini bestsellers.

See how to redeem your Space NK birthday gift + review in my post here.

If you are looking for Space NK UK offers, please see new gift with purchase offers here. Nice gift bags from Laura Mercier and Tata Harper plus double points event starts today — receive 5 GBP points every 50 GBP!

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