We're beauty-product junkies--what woman isn't?--but visiting cosmetics chains or department stores can be a frustrating exercise in product overload and poor service.
Now, the British-based beauty boutique Space NK has come to the rescue with its new store in the Brentwood Country Mart. The shop carries everything from color cosmetics to cuticle nippers, but it's the exclusive skin-care brands and attentive, well-trained staff that make us devotees.
Dr. Sebagh is a London dermatologist's brand that targets perimenopausal skin. The Serum Repair ($140) combines collagen and hyaluronic acid for an instant plumping effect. Breakout Cream ($130) comes with anti-bacterial ampoules--a method Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh uses to keep active ingredients dry and prevent degrading (the downfall of many pre-mixed formulas).
We're also fans of Euro esthetician Eve Lom's cult facial cleanser ($75), which comes with a muslin cloth to use in its three-part washing ritual. And finally, the store's must-buy is Baume de Rose ($58) from French brand By Terry. This lip balm and cuticle cream is nourishing and simply addictive.
Space NK, 225 26th St., Brentwood; 310-451-7284 or spacenk.com