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Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Makeup | 0 comments

Lip Pencils: MAC Patent Polish vs NARS Velvet Matte

Lip Pencils: MAC Patent Polish vs NARS Velvet Matte

The popularity of lip pencils and crayons is soaring, I suspect it’s because they’re just so easy to use. I’ve been trying out two new ones to see which I prefer. In the red corner we have MAC Patent Polish Lip Pencil and in the blue corner we have NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. So let’s get ready to rumble while I put them through their paces…. Although the packaging of these two is quite similar the formulation and finish of the lip colours are very different – MAC Patent Polish is a light gloss and NARS Velvet Matte has a stark matte finish. So whether you prefer your lips sheer and glossy or pigmented and matte there should be something for everyone here. MAC Patent Polish Lip Pencil – this is the first lip pencil that I’ve tried from MAC (apart from lip liner) and I’m really impressed with it. As the name suggests the finish is a very shiny gloss that gives an almost patent shine, it has the...

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Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Makeup | 2 comments

New Autumn 2015 make-up from Clarins

New Autumn 2015 make-up from Clarins

I can’t believe we’re talking about Autumn already! This year is just flying by, before we know it it’ll be Christmas! Clarins have recently launched their new Autumn 2015 make-up range, a seductive collection focusing on the eyes. The new products allow you to easily transform from soft beige and fresh pink daytime shades to sultry evening looks with purples and carbon blacks. I’ve been lucky enough to try out three of their new products: Clarins Ombre Matte Eyeshadows* – these two eyeshadows have a unique cream-to-powder formula, so they apply smoothly like a cream but then have the hold of a powder. One of the ingredients is Bamboo Powder and this helps to give the shadows a matte and even finish. The shades are called Carbon and Heather – Carbon is a dark shade, almost black, and should be used sparingly or smudged to give a sultry look, whereas Heather is a smoky purple shade and can be used all over the eyelid or stippled into the crease of the eye. Unfortunately...

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Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Makeup | 2 comments

W7 – Captain Matte Foundation in Rich Tan

W7 – Captain Matte Foundation in Rich Tan

Regular readers of Beauty Best Friend may remember that I reviewed Captain Matte Foundation from budget make-up brand W7 last Summer. I really liked the coverage and the texture but the True Beige shade was far too dark for my pale skin and I’ve been tracking down a paler shade ever since. I finally managed to find a shop in York that stocks Captain Matte so that I could try out the testers and work out which was the palest shade, and ironically it’s a shade called Rich Tan! I’ve swatched it in the image below and not blended it so you can see the shade, it’s not a porcelain shade but it is quite pale with a very light tan. Captain Matte Foundation gives a perfect velvety matte finish and covers blemishes and uneven skintone without being too thick – if you have fairly clear skin you don’t really need to use a concealer with this foundation. I’ve been applying it using my fingers but it applies just as...

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Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in Makeup | 2 comments

W7 – Captain Matte Foundation & The Fixer Face Spray

W7 – Captain Matte Foundation & The Fixer Face Spray

I’ve got another review of products from budget beauty specialists W7 for you today, it’s Captain Matte Foundation* and The Fixer Face Spray*. W7 was created in 2002 and now boasts over 500 products, unfortunately they’re not very often readily available on the high street and you may sometimes need to resort to Ebay or Amazon to track them down. I recently created a Neon Chevron French Mani look for Summer using two of W7’s nail polishes, and I was quite impressed with the products. Captain Matte Foundation – despite the cheesy name this is a rather good matte finish foundation. I was sent the True Beige shade which is far too dark for my pale skin, but in the interests of beauty blogging I did try it out and I loved it! It gives a perfect velvety matte finish and covers blemishes and uneven skintone without being too thick. I applied it using my Bobbi Brown Foundation Brush but I think it would also apply well using a...

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Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Makeup | 8 comments

The hunt for the perfect pink lipstick #6

The hunt for the perfect pink lipstick #6

Welcome to the sixth episode of ‘The hunt for the perfect pink lipstick’! I am on the hunt… the hunt for the perfect pink lipstick that is ‘MLBB’ or ‘my lips but better’. You know, the sort of colour that looks from a distance like you’re not wearing lipstick, like you just have naturally pink, plump perfect lips. The sort of colour you can just slick on from the tube and doesn’t need painstaking application with liner and lipbrush. The sort of colour that looks like ‘my lips, but better’. Today I am reviewing Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick by Kate Moss in Shade 101 from Rimmel London. I’ve not actually used a lot of Rimmel products recently despite them being one of my favourite brands when I was a teenager. The red bullet tube is simple and has Kate Moss’ signature printed in black on the lid. I don’t really feel that Rimmel products look very premium, but I do find that the packaging is well made and sturdy...

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Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in Nails & Nail Art | 0 comments

Next – Disco Nights Matte Glitter Nail Polish

Next – Disco Nights Matte Glitter Nail Polish

I’m a bit of a sucker for a sparkly nail polish, so when I saw this by the counter in Next I couldn’t resist it. It’s called Disco Nights and described as  having a Matte Glitter finish. I love the fact that there are lots of different colours of glitter in there – pink, blue, yellow, green and silver glitter particles in different sizes. From looking at the bottle it looks like the actual polish is a whitish colour but it paints on rather clear which is fine, but I do think it would look nice painted over another colour. On the image above I had applied 2 coats of Disco Nights, plus a clear shiny top coat. Without the top coat the glitter does have a very rough texture and a dull appearance, hence it being described as Matte Glitter, but I do think I prefer it looking shiny. The polish dries fairly quickly which is great if you’re in a hurry, and I didn’t find it too...

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Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in Skincare | 0 comments

Clarins – Pure And Radiant Mask

Clarins – Pure And Radiant Mask

The New Year is traditionally a time when people detox and try different ways to re-energise and rejuvenate their bodies after a busy and excessive Christmas period, and it’s no different for our skin. So when the lovely people at Clarins asked me if I would like to review one of their products in the New Year I said I would like to review a skincare product that would be perfect for tired and dehydrated skin, and they sent me this Pure And Radiant Mask from their Truly Matte range. Pure And Radiant is a deep-purifying mask that contains refreshing Pink Clay. It aims to clean and tighten the skin whilst refining pores, leaving a fresh matte result. It also helps to  comfort red or irritated skin which is perfect for this time of year. The mask has a soft creamy texture, is very pale peach (almost white) in colour and has a gentle divine scent. In fact when I think about it I love the smell of most...

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