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Posted by on Sep 9, 2017 in Bath & Body, Haircare, Makeup, Nails & Nail Art, Random, Skincare | 11 comments

£10 OFF your first order at Feel Unique

£10 OFF your first order at Feel Unique

We all love getting something for nothing don’t we. So I’m going to tell you how you can get a huge £10 OFF your first order at Feel Unique! Who are Feel Unique? If you’ve never heard of Feel Unique it’s Europe’s largest online beauty retailer, offering over 500 brands – many of them household names but there are some new emerging brands too. It’s a one stop shop for make-up, skincare, haircare, healthy living, beauty electricals and gifts, and it caters for both women and men. I’ve been buying make-up and skincare from Feel Unique for years, I love that their standard delivery is FREE with order over £15 and they’ve always got offers and discounts on which means I can buy more for my money. Their brands include Illamasqua, Benefit, Clinique, theBalm, Fake Bake, Lancome, Sleek, Ciate and Zoella Beauty to name just a few. How to claim It’s simple. As a valued Feel Unique customer and beauty blogger I’ve been given this discount to share with...

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Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in Skincare | 0 comments

Get the lowdown now on emerging organic skincare brand

Get the lowdown now on emerging organic skincare brand

A few weeks ago I was contacted by new skincare brand Sapphire Organic Skincare asking if I’d try out their products. I’m such an advocate of independent natural & organic skincare brands, I don’t like using products that contain nasty chemicals – including parabens, mineral oil, sodium laureth sulphate (SLS) – these are all ingredients that I try to avoid where I can. The branding has a bit of a way to go I think. The name Sapphire doesn’t stand out,  and there are no directions on the labels explaining how to use the products. The printing on the labels smudges when you touch them with product on your hands too. What I do like though is that the ingredients are really clearly listed, and every one is natural and 100% organic. Rose Garden Soft Face Balm I love using natural moisturisers and this Rose Garden Soft Face Balm was the first Sapphire product I tried. Shea Butter is the main ingredient, plus it also contains Rosehip Oil which...

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Posted by on Aug 4, 2017 in Skincare | 12 comments

Looking for an outstanding organic moisturiser with SPF?

Looking for an outstanding organic moisturiser with SPF?

Over the past year or so I’ve been trying to replace all of my everyday skincare and bodycare products with those that are more natural, choosing organic where I can. One area where I’ve struggled a bit is with moisturiser that contains an SPF, I always try to wear an SPF on my face, even in Winter. I have feint dark pigment marks around my eyes (these got worse when I was pregnant but have thankfully calmed down a lot now) and these get much darker when I’ve been in natural daylight. My old favourite moisturiser was Clarins HydraQuench Lotion which I reviewed back in 2013 and as much as it really suited my combination skin I felt it was time to look for something a bit more natural. It took quite a bit of searching to find something that I felt I was happy to try out, as there doesn’t seem to be a lot of natural moisturisers with SPF out there to choose from. Enter Green People Day...

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Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Bath & Body, Random, Skincare | 0 comments

What I got up to at the LUSH York reopening event

What I got up to at the LUSH York reopening event

LUSH is one of those brands that I’ve dabbled with but never really fully immersed myself in. I have to admit that I’m sometimes put off going into the stores by the strong scent that comes wafting out of the doors, and I’m not really a bath bomb fan either, which is kind of LUSH’s big thing. However I have read great reviews of loads of their products and they have great ethics when it comes to animal testing and using natural products – last year I reviewed a LUSH fresh facemask, Cosmetic Warrior, and it’s innovations like this that are totally different and where LUSH really stands out from its competitors. A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the big reopening event of the LUSH store in York. The store had been closed for a few weeks while it was being refurbished and I was very excited to see the result. We were welcomed to the store with drinks and a welcome speech from the store manager....

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Posted by on Jun 9, 2017 in Skincare | 0 comments

A facelift in a jar from Temple Spa

A facelift in a jar from Temple Spa

I’ve shared my feelings about Temple Spa before in my review of Repose Aromatherapy Resting Cream. Basically, my first experience was a very pushy salesperson at a wedding fair several years ago which really put me off the brand, and it took me a while to try their products again. But when I did I was really impressed, and I can honestly say that nothing I’ve reviewed since has disappointed me! Today I’m reviewing Temple Spa Trufflesque, an Ultra  Hydration & Radiance Masque for the face. Trufflesque aims to give hydration and radiance to the skin, and plumps to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s a luxury mask suitable for all skin types, particularly dry or dull skin, and it helps to rejuvenate tired skin too. The impressive list of ingredients includes black truffles, gold and silk peptides, but unfortunately these expensive additives contribute to Trufflesque’s slightly expensive price tag. The first thing that strikes me about this product is the amazing packaging. All Temple Spa products have...

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Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Bath & Body, Skincare | 0 comments

What’s new from The Body Shop this Valentines Day?

What’s new from The Body Shop this Valentines Day?

You may have seen that a couple of weeks ago I featured the brand new Bowhanti perfume from The Body Shop® as my Perfume of The Day. Well today I’ve got a whole host of more brand news products from The Body Shop® to show you, and I think you’ll be impressed! First up is the new Almond Milk & Honey bodycare collection, newly released on Valentines Day! With almond milk from Spain and Community Trade honey from Ethiopia, this range is perfect if you suffer from sensitive or dry skin. Almond oil helps to nourish whilst honey soothes, and they both smell fantastic too! I’ve been trying out four different products from the range: Almond Milk & Honey Soothing & Caring Shower Cream is perfect for sensitive skin, it’s really light and much thinner and runnier than a shower gel. It has a texture similar to that of pouring cream, and it smells divine (in fact all these products smell amazing!). The scent is warm and comforting like...

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Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Skincare | 0 comments

Organic anti-ageing skincare from EKIA

Organic anti-ageing skincare from EKIA

Regular readers of Beauty Best Friend will know that I’m a real advocate of natural and organic skincare. It’s so important that we know exactly what we’re putting on our skin, and the majority of the high street skincare brands display ingredient lists so long that they struggle to fit them on the packaging. Many of the preservatives and emulsifiers in skincare and make-up can actually have a negative effect on our skin and I’ve seen a definite improvement in my troubled complexion since I made the move to natural skincare. Natural skincare doesn’t mean all homemade yogurt masks and essential oils, you’re never going to find me in the kitchen whipping up a yogurt and avocado mask to smear on my face! There are a lot of established but little-known brands out there just waiting to be discovered, and I have been trying out three products from one of them. EKIA (not to be confused with the Swedish home furniture giant) is a French organic skincare brand that...

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Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Skincare | 1 comment

Moogoo – Oil Cleansing Method

Moogoo – Oil Cleansing Method

Apologies again that it’s been a while since I last posted. You may recall that I’d been helping out a local charity with their website? Well that is all completed now but I’ve had some other family stuff going on and with looking after my baby daughter spare time for blogging is pretty scarce at the moment. I haven’t lost my enthusiasm though and am busy planning all sorts of new posts for the future, so watch this space! Today I wanted to tell you all about a fantastic natural brand, Moogoo. Regular readers of Beauty Best Friend may recall that I reviewed their Full Cream Moisturiser last year, but having received this Oil Cleansing Method* cleanser in a goody bag from a blogger event a couple of months ago it fired up my love for them all over again! MooGoo is an Australian natural skincare brand that was first created when the founder adapted a cream used in dairy farms to help a family member with a skin...

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