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Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Bath & Body, Makeup, Skincare | 0 comments

The Body Shop Summer Blogger Event, York

The Body Shop Summer Blogger Event, York

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to The Body Shop Summer Blog Event at my local store in Coppergate, York. This was the second The Body Shop blogger event I have been to and I have to say that they’re so enjoyable and really well planned. This event had been organised to showcase some of the new products that The Body Shop have launched for Summer – mainly the Drops of Light skincare range and the tropical new Pinita Colada range of bodycare. Sadly my photos from the event are really lacking as my camera battery is faulty and despite charging it up before I went it went flat just fifteen minutes into the evening – so many apologies! Firstly, after enjoying a glass of fizz, we watched a facial demonstration using the new Drops of Light skincare range, the main active ingredients being Vitamin C and red algae. There are four products – Cleansing Foam, Essence Lotion, Day Cream and Serum –...

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Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Makeup | 4 comments

Clarins – Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Toffee Pink Shimmer

Clarins – Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Toffee Pink Shimmer

OK so a couple of years ago I reviewed a pair of lip glosses from Clarins that I have used SO MUCH since… they were Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors in Nude Shimmer and Rosewood Shimmer. I wear them on their own, over nude lipstick, over pink lipstick, pretty much with anything and everything. So imagine how excited I was when I heard that Clarins have recently launched a new Toffee Pink Shimmer shade of Natural Lip Perfector*! Now if you’re a regular reader of Beauty Best Friend then you’ll know that pink is pretty much my favourite colour for lips and that I’m on a mission to find the perfect shade of pink lipstick (you can read a couple of my posts about my search here and here). So a pink version of my favourite lip gloss is very exciting! Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors are a sheer lip gel with a subtle colour and a super-sweet vanilla flavour. The ingredients include Shea Butter and Mango which soften the lips...

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Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Makeup | 0 comments

Limited edition Summer 2015 products from Clarins

Limited edition Summer 2015 products from Clarins

I love a limited edition product, they always seem to have such a buzz around them and these two offerings from Clarins are no exception. They are Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in Apricot* and Summer Bronzing Compact*, both part of the Clarins Aquatic Treasures Summer Make-Up Collection which was launched in May 2015. Aquatic Treasures is all about capturing the textures and shades of the ocean and all of the products within the limited edition collection aim to illuminate the skin and help give a glowing complexion. Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in Apricot – I’ve actually reviewed this product before but in a different shade – Rose – you can read my review of that here. It’s quite a luxury product that you can use to add a bit of colour or shimmer to your complexion. This Apricot shade is a limited edition and can be used to give your skin a healthy warm glow and it also contains Clarins’ anti-pollution complex to help protect skin from...

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Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Makeup | 1 comment

Clarins – Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base

Clarins – Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base

Another Clarins review for you today, and this one’s a bit of a luxury. It’s a recent addition to their Instant Light range, called Radiance Boosting Complexion Base*, aimed at illuminating and correcting the skin prior to applying your foundation. It comes in 3 shades and I’ve been testing out the Rose shade, which has been developed for all skin shades to help brighten the complexion. Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base is a lightweight cream with a floral rose scent and comes in a pump tube so it’s really easy and non-messy to dispense. It can be applied directly to the skin before applying foundation, or it can also be mixed with a liquid or cream foundation to add a shimmer and lightness to the base product. You can also apply it to the skin on its own, on non-make-up days, to just give the skin some brightness and lift, and it feels cool and freshening on the skin when you first apply it. I’ve been using this...

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Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Makeup | 4 comments

Clarins – Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors

Clarins – Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors

I was so excited when I was sent these Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors* from Clarins – I’m a big fan of Clarins products, plus I love any lip product that’s sheer and creamy, and I’d read such good things about these when they first came out in January. As with all Clarins products Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors come in the bright crimson boxes: Despite their name Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors are more like a lip tint than a lip balm, they have the texture of a hydrating balm but quite a highly pigmented coloured tint that gives the lips a hit of colour. I was sent 2 shades to try, Orange and My Pink. Orange is… well… an obvious orange shade! But My Pink is almost magic, it’s a pale pink shade and the sensitive pigments react to the pH level of your lips creating a bespoke pink colour that’s personal to you! It works in a similar way to Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm...

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Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Skincare | 0 comments

Pure & Light Organic – Essential Floral Toner Review

Pure & Light Organic – Essential Floral Toner Review

I hadn’t heard of Pure & Light Organic before I tried this product, so I’ve done a bit of research. The brand was set up by Agnes Donazy over a decade ago when she started to develop extreme skin sensitivity due to reactions to chemicals, so she decided to set up her own natural skincare brand. Pure & Light Organic products are 100% natural and non-toxic, and never contain unnecessary ingredients. I have been testing out Essential Floral Toner*, it’s a natural liquid toner that contains orange blossom, geranium and rosemary. Essential Floral Toner is packaged in a tall, thin silver tube with a spray nozzle. I quite like the packaging it looks quite premium, and the box comes packaged inside a white branded cardboard box. Essential Floral Toner is suitable for most skin types, and it aims to promote skin moisture retention and calm and soothe the effects of irritation. I have been using it at night after cleansing my skin with Soap & Glory Peaches And Clean Cleanser,...

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Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Makeup | 4 comments

The Body Shop – Brush On Sunlight

The Body Shop – Brush On Sunlight

I just love these little shimmery highlighter beads from The Body Shop! I used to have the bronzing equivalent back when The Body Shop make-up was called ‘Colourings’ and I used them every day, there’s just something quite luxurious about using a highlighter or bronzer powder in pearl format. Brush On Sunlight* from The Body Shop is a highlighter described as an ‘apricot bronze’ shade. I’m not sure I agree, I can’t see much bronze in there, but there is lots of apricot and pale peach iridescent shimmer and it’s perfect for those with pale skin. The pot contains three different shades of powder pearls – apricot, rose gold and peachy-pink. This product is best used as a highlighter, applied with a very soft brush (I use the Bobbi Brown Blender Brush) – just lightly sweep the brush over the pearls to pick up the colour then sweep it over the parts of your face where you want a gentle iridescent shimmer. I have been applying it over my...

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Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Makeup | 7 comments

REN – Satin Perfection BB Cream

REN – Satin Perfection BB Cream

I received this mini sample of REN Satin Perfection BB Cream in the Latest In Beauty British Beauty Blogger Dream Box that I purchased a few months ago. REN is a brand that I admire very much – their products contain only 100% plant and mineral derived actives and are free from synthetic ingredients – and my favourite skincare product of 2013 was REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask. I still can’t really make my mind up about BB Creams, I find a lot of them give a shiny plasticky finish to the skin, plus as I have combination skin my nose and chin often find them too oily. However this REN Satin Perfection BB Cream gives a nice satin finish which I was really pleased about – my skin doesn’t look shiny at all – and then I finish it with a dusting of Clinique Blended Face Powder. The product itself is a thick creamy foundation-like base and it slides onto the skin really easily. I’ve been applying it...

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