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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 Feb 27, 2014 in Makeup | 0 comments

Living Nature – Luminous Pressed Powder in Light

Living Nature – Luminous Pressed Powder in Light

If you’re a regular read of Beauty Best Friend then you’ll know that I’ve reviewed a few products from Living Nature over the past year. It started with their Summer Bronze Pressed Powder that I fell in love with last Summer (you can read that review here). Living Nature was launched in 1987 in New Zealand. Their products contain no synthetics, use only 100% natural ingredients, preservatives and fragrances and are never tested on animals. Today I am reviewing Luminous Pressed Powder from Living Nature, it is available in three shades and I have the Light one. The pressed powder contains a range of natural minerals that combine to make this powder reflective and aim to add a soft luminous glow to your complexion. I loved the sound of this as I find a lot of pressed powders can be very matt and make your skin look dull and dry. I like Living Nature’s packaging, the black palettes are classy and simple, and I love that Living Nature’s circular...

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Posted by on Jan 19, 2014 in Makeup | 2 comments

MUA – Pressed Powder in Shade 1

MUA – Pressed Powder in Shade 1

A quick review today of one of my new favourite products from MUA. I have used loose translucent powder to set my foundation for as long as I can remember, but I wanted a pressed powder that I could take with me in my handbag for touch ups. I was looking for a budget option, so I chose this Pressed Powder in Shade 1 from MUA (MUA stands for Make Up Academy, and it’s Superdrug’s own budget make-up brand). I’ve already reviewed a few products from MUA and found that they usually give great results despite their very reasonable prices. At just £1 this really is a budget product! I love the ‘MUA’ that has been imprinted into the powder, it reminds me of Cargo eyeshadow and powder products. The transparent palette doesn’t really match MUA’s other make-up products though, I think it would have looked better in black. I started off keeping this Pressed Powder palette in my handbag for touch-ups on the go. However it has now...

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Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Makeup | 0 comments

Collection – Work The Colour Solo Eyeshadow in Rosy Gold

Collection – Work The Colour Solo Eyeshadow in Rosy Gold

I picked up this Work The Colour Solo Eyeshadow from my local supermarket when I was doing my weekly shop as I thought it looked a lovely natural shimmery colour. I wasn’t able to swatch it in the store to check the colour on my skin, but at £2.19 you can afford to buy without trying. Collection (formally Collection 2000) are a budget make-up brand available in supermarkets and Superdrug. I previously tested out their Work The Colour Trio Eyeshadow in Poison Ivy and was impressed with the quality given that it cost so little money (you can read that review here). The eyeshadow is a nice soft powder with a creamy texture, extremely easy to apply with a brush or a sponge applicator. Rosy Gold is a pale shimmery peachy colour but in certain lights it has a golden glow. I haven’t had chance to take a photo of this eyeshadow actually being worn, but you can see the lovely shimmer you get from Rosy Gold on the...

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Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in Makeup | 0 comments

Seventeen – Mirror Shine Lipstick in Camisole

Seventeen – Mirror Shine Lipstick in Camisole

Today I am reviewing another of Seventeen’s Mirror Shine Lipsticks, this one is the super-pale Camisole. When I was a teenager I used to love Boots Seventeen products (or 17 as it used to be known) as they were great value and perfect for the occasional pocket money splurge. Mirror Shine Lipsticks are really soft and sheer with a nice gloss-like shine – hence the name ‘Mirror Shine’! I just love the almost-lipgloss-like sheer consistency of these lipsticks, and I chose this one in Camisole as I felt it had a 1960s pale feel to it. The square-shaped black bullet tube has a nifty little pull out mirror hidden inside the lid which is a really nice touch, perfect for applying your lippy when you’re out and about. I love products with surprising little ‘added extras’ and this doesn’t disappoint. Camisole is very pale creamy peach colour, as you can see from the swatch image below it applies much sheerer than it appears in the tube, and gives only...

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Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in Makeup | 0 comments

Mirenesse – Lip Lift Moisture Shine in Pale Rose

Mirenesse – Lip Lift Moisture Shine in Pale Rose

Mirenesse pride themselves on being Australia’s Number 1 online beauty brand, and today I am reviewing their Lip Lift Moisture Shine in Pale Rose that I recently received in my Latest In Beauty Editor’s Picks collection box. Lip Lift Moisture Shine is a plumping lip gloss that contains Vitamin E and Collagen, the Collagen microspheres swell on contact with the lips to plump the lips within 5 minutes. I quite like the packaging with the shaped silver top, although I do think it looks a little bit old fashioned. The silver top screws off to reveal a fairly average applicator that can be used to apply the gloss to the lips. This lip gloss is a lovely dusky rose pink colour, a fairly natural shade, and it is lovely and thick and glossy as you can see from the swatch image below. There is very little scent or taste to it which is good, and it is a creamy colour with no shimmer. Although I love the colour of...

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Posted by on Aug 25, 2013 in Nails & Nail Art | 2 comments

MUA – Nail Polish in Natural Days

MUA – Nail Polish in Natural Days

My current favourite nail polish is this pale baby pink colour from MUA called Natural Days, it looks great on both fingers and toes! I bought it in my MUA haul a few weeks ago, and have been wearing it pretty much ever since! It dries with a fairly good shine too, although you could apply a clear shiny top coat over the top if you wanted your nails to look extra shiny. The brush is fairly small but not too difficult to use, and I like to apply my coats of nail polish fairly thickly to give a good coverage. I just love the colour, it’s such a pretty pale pastel pink and I think it would make a great base colour for nail art too. For the photo above I applied 2 thickish coats of Natural Days and you can see the great shine even though there is no clear top coat applied. It also lasts for quite a few days as long as you are fairly careful...

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Posted by on Jun 11, 2013 in Nails & Nail Art | 0 comments

Silver Bow Nail Art Tutorial

Silver Bow Nail Art Tutorial

Here is my simple step-by-step guide to creating this pretty Silver Bow Nail Art. Here is the kit that you will need: A pale coloured nail polish – I used MUA Nail Polish in Natural Days A black coloured striping nail polish – I used Orly Instant Artist Colour in Jet Black A clear top coat nail polish – I used Chanel Extreme Shine Nail Lacquer A pack of silver bow nail stickers First, paint all of your nails with the pale coloured polish and allow the nails to dry thoroughly. Once the polish on your nails is completely dry create a stripe over the end of each nail using the striping nail polish (this takes a very steady hand) and leave to dry. The Orly Instant Artist striping polish that I used is water based, so you can wash the stripes away if you don’t get them quite right first time…. but don’t get your hands wet while your perfect stripes are drying or they will just wash off! I think this...

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