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Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Random | 2 comments

Animal Napa Ankle Strap Sandals

Animal Napa Ankle Strap Sandals

I’ve got another fashion review for you today, just in time for the lovely Summer weather. The flipflop reviews that I did last Summer were really popular, so I was lucky enough to be sent this pair of Animal Napa Ankle Strap Sandals* to review for you. I’m not usually one to wear flip flops as I sometimes find that the toe post rubs between my toes, so I chose the Napa Ankle Strap Sandal as it has ankle straps also so there’s not as much pressure between the toes. The Animal Napa Ankle Strap Sandals are a flat flip flop with a beige upper sole and two soft black leather straps – one regular flipflop style strap that covers the front of the foot and passes between the toes, and another at the back that cross over around the ankle and fastens with a buckle, plus a thick strip of leather that covers the heel a bit more like you get with a regular sandal. There is a bronze...

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Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Random | 4 comments

Dream of Silver – Handcrafted Silver Jewellery

Dream of Silver – Handcrafted Silver Jewellery

When I’m not writing my Beauty Best Friend blog my other job is designing and making handcrafted silver jewellery, and running my business Dream of Silver. Today I thought I would tell you a little bit about what that entails, and show you some of the pretty silver jewellery that I make…. I’ve been making jewellery ever since I was a little girl, but I started creating jewellery with silver around 6 years ago after I attended an evening class at Leeds College of Art & Design. Two years later I left my corporate job in financial marketing to run Dream of Silver full time. Every day is different for me – some days I’m designing new products, some days I’m making up orders and some days I’m doing paperwork or updating my Dream of Silver website. My ideas for new products often spring into my mind when I’m least expecting it, usually when I’m trying to get to sleep and then I have to spring up and make...

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Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Bath & Body, Makeup, Random, Skincare | 2 comments

Cruelty Free Beauty

Cruelty Free Beauty

Back in the 1980s there were very few well-known cosmetic brands that didn’t test their products or ingredients on animals in some way. Fast forward to the 2000s and things had come a long way… awareness about cruelty free cosmetic was high, many high street brands had become cruelty free, many other brands professed to be cruelty free (even if sometimes their parent companies did still test ingredients on animals) and lots of small independent brands had sprung up offering natural, organic and cruelty free products. On 11th March 2013 a European Union (EU) ban on animal testing for cosmetics products and ingredients came into force. This means that companies are not able to animal test new cosmetic products and ingredients that will be on sale in the EU, however they can still sell products in the EU that have been tested on animals in the past. Companies can also still animal test cosmetics that are sold outside the EU (and the animal testing must be done outside the...

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