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Posted by on Mar 18, 2017 in Bath & Body | 2 comments

Protect skin this Spring!

Protect skin this Spring!

So I know it’s still a long way off Summer but we’ve had a few bright days over the last week that suggest Spring is just around the corner. It doesn’t have to be the height of Summer for you to get sunburn, sometimes you can get caught when you’re least expecting it like on a breezy Spring day. We had a weekend away in the Peak District with family recently and I took ERiiS for Sun Latte Solare Sun Protection Milk with me to try it out. With one baby, one toddler and one dog we had lots of walking planned, and the weather was bright and sunny but cool – the sort of weather when you can easily get caught by the sun when you’re not prepared. ERiiS for Sun is an Italian brand, free from parabens and the active ingredients include carrot extract, a rich source of beta carotene that helps to repair skin tissue. Available in SPF 15, 30 and 50 there’s a protection to...

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Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in Bath & Body | 2 comments

Crabtree & Evelyn – Citron Moisturising Hand Therapy

Crabtree & Evelyn – Citron Moisturising Hand Therapy

Just a really quick review today of Citron Moisturising Hand Therapy from Crabtree & Evelyn. Last Spring I attended a Garden Celebration blogger event at my local Crabtree & Evelyn store in York. I was pleasantly surprised with their products and have since tried out a few, including this rich hand cream. Crabtree & Evelyn Moisturising Hand Therapy is free of parabens, lauryl sulfates, mineral oil, and propylene glycol and it improves the skin’s barrier function to help reduce moisture loss. Fragranced with vibrant lemon, fresh coriander and a touch of sweet honey it has a fresh Spring-like scent. I’ve been using this for a couple of months now and it’s perfect to protect the hands during cold weather. It’s amazing on cuticles too – just massage a tiny smudge into the nails after a manicure. Crabtree & Evelyn’s Citron fragrance is also available in loads of other products too, including body mist, soap and shower gel. I’ve also tried the Citron Hand Wash at a friend’s house and I couldn’t...

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Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Skincare | 0 comments

Docteur Renaud – Carrot Discovery Kit

Docteur Renaud – Carrot Discovery Kit

Earlier this year I reviewed the fabulous Carrot Scrub Detox from Docteur Renaud here on Beauty Best Friend blog. Docteur Renaud is a French natural cosmetology brand founded in 1947 and is now part of the Nuxe Group. The products all contain active ingredients taken from fruits, vegetables and flowers – some of which include raspberries, apricots, coconut and carrots. As I loved it so much I was recently sent this cute Carrot Discovery Kit* to try out as it contains two carrot moisturisers as well as the Carrot Scrub Detox. The kit, called ‘My Glowing Complexion Programme’, contains a 20ml tube of the Carrot Scrub Detox and mini 5ml samples of both Carrot Radiance Boost Day Cream and Carrot Renewing Night Cream, all nestled together inside a cardboard box decorated with carrots! I won’t go into full detail again about the Carrot Scrub Detox as you can read my full review here. I do have to say though that it’s a great exfoliator and it feels quite luxurious...

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Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Bath & Body | 0 comments

Christmas treats from Roger & Gallet

Christmas treats from Roger & Gallet

Well, it’s December so we’re officially allowed to think about Christmas! And when we think about Christmas we have to talk about one of the brands that does gifts so well – Roger & Gallet. I’ve reviewed several of their products in the past, in particular their fragrances and hand creams, and they all make perfect gifts as their packaging is so beautiful. Today I’m reviewing two items from the Bois d’Orange fragrance collection: Bois d’Orange Eau Fraiche Parfumee* – I’d expected this Fragrant Water to smell really fruity and orangey but it doesn’t. The scent is supposed to encompass the leaves, flowers and wood of the orange tree as well as the fruit, so it’s more woody and musky than just an orange fragrance. I think it smells quite classic and traditional. The scent is quite light as this is a fragrant water rather than a perfume, and it’s unisex so suitable for both men and women. The smooth glass bottle with its yellow and gold label doesn’t...

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Posted by on Nov 28, 2015 in Bath & Body | 0 comments

Sweet treats from Patisserie De Bain

Sweet treats from Patisserie De Bain

How tempting does this selection of sweet treats from Patisserie de Bain look!? Patisserie de Bain (translated from French as ‘confectionery for the bath’) is a new brand from Rose & Co – a traditional British apothecary in the Yorkshire village of Haworth. Each piece is lovingly handmade in the UK from ingredients such as shea butter and almond oil and finished off with traditional English floral fragrances. I was lucky enough to receive this hamper full of pretty Patisserie de Bain bath goodies* to try out, plus a selection of scented handcreams which I’ll talk about later in the post. The first thing to strike me was the packaging, the pale pastel colours and doily decorations really make the products look like something you’d find in a sweet shop. Plus the products themselves look good enough to eat! Particularly this Cranberries & Cream Cupcake Soap, I think it looks like a real cake and with a warm berry fragrance it’s perfect for Winter. Actually this might be too pretty to...

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Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Skincare | 0 comments

KOREAN BEAUTY – BRTC Jasmine Skincare

KOREAN BEAUTY – BRTC Jasmine Skincare

I am currently taking part in an initiative working with BNT News International, a global beauty/fashion/lifestyle and entertainment source based in Seoul, South Korea. I am helping BNT to promote a selection of new and exciting Korean beauty products to a UK audience, these are products that you probably won’t have seen before and some of them are really different and unique. You may have already seen some of my previous Korean beauty reviews, such as this post about Nature Republic Ginseng Royal Silk Watery Cream that I published last week. Today I’m reviewing a duo of skincare products from BRTC – this is a premium Korean skincare brand that I’d not heard of before receiving these products. Both packaged in purple boxes the products are from BRTC’s Jasmine Moist System collection. Jasmine Waterful Sleeping Pack* – this is an overnight face mask that you apply before bed then wash off in the morning. Overnight masks are a relatively new phenomenon here in the UK but over in Asia they’re a...

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Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Skincare | 0 comments

The Body Shop launch Oils Of Life

The Body Shop launch Oils Of Life

This week The Body Shop® have launched the new Oils Of Life range, a collection of skincare products that all contain a blend of three natural oils – black cumin seed oil, rosehip seed oil and camellia seed oil – known for their supreme revitalising and repairing properties on skin. I’ve been lucky enough to try out a selection of the Oils Of Life products, using them for the past week, and I’ve been pretty impressed so far. Here’s what I think… The Body Shop® Oils Of Life Intensely Revitalising Essence Lotion – this is a bi-phase lotion which means that it contains both oil and water which separate out when it has been left to stand. I think the proportion of oil to water is fairly small though as the oil only takes up a centimetre or so of space at the top of the bottle. This lotion should be used a bit like a toner, you use it on a cotton wool pad after cleansing to remove the last...

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Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Makeup | 2 comments

Bourjois – Cream Blush in Nude Velvet

Bourjois – Cream Blush in Nude Velvet

I’ve had this Cream Blush from Bourjois in my list of products to review for absolutely ages, but just never got round to it. I think it’s because I tend to shy away from cream products, preferring powder options as I find them easier to apply. Anyway, I thought it was about time I bit the bullet and got my review written up… The Cream Blush comes in one of Bourjois’ iconic ‘Little Round Pots’ which are instantly distinguishable. There’s a mirror inside the lid too which is small but does the job. Bourjois Cream Blush is available in six shades, I’ve been testing out Nude Velvet (shade 01) which is a peachy shade perfect for paler skintones. The texture of the Cream Blush is a cream-to-powder formula, it feels creamy in the pot but once you apply it to your skin it feels much drier, almost like a powder consistency. I quite like this as I don’t like applying anything too wet over the top of my foundation and powder....

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