Nicky Kinnaird Q&A

What began as a London-based apothecary located inside a former banana warehouse in ‘93, has bloomed into the international beauty hub, Space NK. We chat up Space NK Founder Nicky Kinnaird who is in South Florida visiting her Bloomingdales shop-within-shops in both Boca Raton and Aventura.

Why the name, Space NK? When I first opened the store, I wanted to create a space where people could come to explore the best of the best in beauty from around the world. More than just a retail store, customers can sample products, ask questions and hopefully discover something new. When we were finalizing design of the first boutique in Covent Garden, it was actually the architect who suggested incorporating my initials into the name.

What do you like most bout Miami? I love spending time here because Miami truly offers the best of both worlds. Great weather and gorgeous beaches to explore on my morning run, but still a vibrant cosmopolitan city with fantastic restaurants, boutiques and an amazing Design District to explore.

What are the biggest beauty trends for Summer? This summer it’s all about color on lips and nails.

What should every woman have in her makeup bag? I can’t live without By Terry’s Touche Veloutee Highlighting Concealer Brush. It instantly sweeps away any signs of fatigue, redness and minor imperfections. Perfect skin at the sweep of a brush, who could ask for more?

What brands are setting the bar for beauty industry trends? Dr. Marko Lens of Zelens skincare and Terry de Gunzburg of By Terry are two that are really upping the ante in terms of research and innovation.

What is your idea of perfection? Eight-day weeks with three-day weekends that allow greater time for exploration, exercise and relaxation. What puts you in a creative mood? Travel inspires me — I love to immerse myself in other cultures.

What is something about you that nobody would guess? I am terrified of spiders!

Favorite indulgence? I am obsessed with Japanese onsens — traditional outdoor hot springs where you bathe in natural rock pools surrounded by nothing but the sounds of nature. One of my favorites is at Gora Kadan, a former Imperial Summer Palace in the Hakone region.

Which single piece of makeup do you wish you’d created? World-renowned facialist Eve Lom’s signature Treatment Cleanser. A veritable miracle in a jar that complete with its muslin cloth acts as your makeup remover, cleanser, toner, mild exfoliant, skin re-texturizer and brightener. It’s no wonder it’s our best-selling item in all our US and UK stores.

Secret junk food vice? Fiori di latte gelato — it’s best I don’t live in Italy!

Favorite city in the US? A hybrid of New York and Miami would be perfect.

Best beauty tip? Treat the inside out as well as the outside in. Good nutrition, hydration, exercise and sleep make all the difference. Without these you are fighting a losing battle.


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