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Posted by on Nov 15, 2018 in Bath & Body, Makeup, Random | 0 comments

Etsy beauty Christmas gift guide

Etsy beauty Christmas gift guide

So Christmas is only a few weeks away now and if you’re anything like me you’ll be starting to think about buying gifts. It might only be November but the shops are already playing Christmas music and festive light switch-ons are upon us! I’m sure you put a lot of thought into what gifts to buy for your nearest and dearest, but how much thought do you put into WHERE you buy them from? When you buy from a large high street store or a big online retailer you are lining the pockets of nameless individuals who already have more than enough money and paying for the upkeep of their premises/stores. Plus, many of their products are produced overseas and importing them can contribute to world pollution. However when you buy from small independent makers and retailers not only could your gift be better quality and possibly cheaper, but you’re also helping to keep a small business going, contributing to the UK economy and reducing your carbon footprint. This...

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Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Random | 20 comments

How to set up a beauty blog with Totally Blogging

How to set up a beauty blog with Totally Blogging

In today’s blog post I want to tell you all about a new free blogging resource that has been created by a friend of mine. If you’re interested in make-up, skincare and all things beauty and you’d love to start your own blog then you’ll want to know all of the basics before starting. That’s why you need to take a look at Totally Blogging to help get you started! Totally Blogging is a completely free online resource that takes you step-by-step through the basics of setting up your very own blog. Starting a beauty blog can be pretty tricky because there are several things that you need to think about before you press publish. That’s why you are going to need all the help you can get to make sure that your blog stands out from the crowd and helps get you noticed. This is another way that Totally Blogging can help you out. Setting up your Blog First of all, once you’ve decided that you want to...

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Posted by on Feb 7, 2018 in Makeup, Random, Skincare | 2 comments

5 of the best… Beauty Books

5 of the best… Beauty Books

So this is the second in the series of my new feature called ‘5 of the best…’ where I do a quick review of my 5 favourite items in a specific category and explain why I like them and who each one would suit. My first review in the ‘5 of the best’ series was Hot Cloth Cleansers, did you read it? Today I’m going to be looking at books about beauty, I’m a bit of a bookworm and I love reading about all things beauty, especially books about natural beauty products or those with step-by-step guides and tutorials. I’ve read so many over the years so I’m going to narrow it down to my top 5.   5 of the best… Beauty Books     Easy On The Eyes by Lisa Potter-Dixon Easy On The Eyes is a fabulous book released a couple of years ago, written by Benefit Head Make-up & Trend Artist and all-round beauty guru Lisa Potter-Dixon. It is an eye make-up manual that shows...

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Posted by on Sep 9, 2017 in Bath & Body, Haircare, Makeup, Nails & Nail Art, Random, Skincare | 11 comments

£10 OFF your first order at Feel Unique

£10 OFF your first order at Feel Unique

We all love getting something for nothing don’t we. So I’m going to tell you how you can get a huge £10 OFF your first order at Feel Unique! Who are Feel Unique? If you’ve never heard of Feel Unique it’s Europe’s largest online beauty retailer, offering over 500 brands – many of them household names but there are some new emerging brands too. It’s a one stop shop for make-up, skincare, haircare, healthy living, beauty electricals and gifts, and it caters for both women and men. I’ve been buying make-up and skincare from Feel Unique for years, I love that their standard delivery is FREE with order over £15 and they’ve always got offers and discounts on which means I can buy more for my money. Their brands include Illamasqua, Benefit, Clinique, theBalm, Fake Bake, Lancome, Sleek, Ciate and Zoella Beauty to name just a few. How to claim It’s simple. As a valued Feel Unique customer and beauty blogger I’ve been given this discount to share with...

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Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Random | 14 comments

Why it’s time for change at Beauty Best Friend

Why it’s time for change at Beauty Best Friend

Change is in the air here at Beauty Best Friend HQ. Since having my daughter almost 2 years ago my blog has had to take a bit of a back seat while I learned how to be a mummy. I’ve been busy changing nappies, reading Peppa Pig and pureeing vegetables, and whilst it’s been enjoyable most of the time I’m looking forward to getting back to work when my little one starts pre-school in a couple of weeks. I’ve recently completed the Turn Your Dreams Into Money blog course from Emma Drew, which has been fantastically motivating. I think I’d lost sight of where I wanted Beauty Best Friend to go and was just plodding on writing the occasional product review, but the course has given me some direction and I’ve got lots of new things planned over the coming months. One thing I would like to know is what YOU, my readers, want from Beauty Best Friend? I’d love to hear from you to find out how often...

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Posted by on Aug 6, 2017 in Random | 38 comments

How to earn £100,000 from your blog

How to earn £100,000 from your blog

It may look like things have been pretty quiet here at Beauty Best Friend for the past few weeks, but actually big things are afoot! I’ve been taking Emma Drew’s Turn Your Dreams Into Money blogging course, and I have to say it’s really changed the way I look at blogging. I’ve been blogging for over 4 years now and whilst I know a little bit about lots of aspects of blogging I really wanted my blog to work a lot harder for me and…. well…. start earning me a bit of money. It sounds wrong to say it out loud. Ultimately I started writing Beauty Best Friend because I enjoy talking about make-up, but given all the time and effort that I put into it I thought it would be nice to start earning some real money from it. I’ve used affiliate links and Google AdSense for a good while now but never really put much thought into it and I’d only earned a few pounds here and...

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Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Random | 2 comments

Get inspired with Beauty Best Friend on Pinterest!

Get inspired with Beauty Best Friend on Pinterest!

So I’ve been an avid Pinterest user for quite a few years now, mainly bookmarking quirky craft projects, pretty tattoo designs, party ideas and the occasional cute cat photo (obvs). But since I started Beauty Best Friend I’ve also used it as inspiration for nail art, eye make-up, essential oil blends and lots more beauty and wellbeing uses. There are literally millions of amazing images and useful articles out there on Pinterest just waiting to be found and I find that mindblowing! How often have I thought ‘Oh I’ll just spend 5 minutes on Pinterest looking for xyz’ and then an hour later I’ve gone off at a tangent and found all sorts of weird and wonderful images and articles that I’ve bookmarked for later? Over the past few months I’ve pinned lots of my favourite Beauty Best Friend blog posts onto categorised Pinterest boards including My Best Make-up Blog Posts and My Best Bodycare Blog Posts. It’s a great way of seeing all of the content I’ve created...

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Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Bath & Body, Random, Skincare | 0 comments

What I got up to at the LUSH York reopening event

What I got up to at the LUSH York reopening event

LUSH is one of those brands that I’ve dabbled with but never really fully immersed myself in. I have to admit that I’m sometimes put off going into the stores by the strong scent that comes wafting out of the doors, and I’m not really a bath bomb fan either, which is kind of LUSH’s big thing. However I have read great reviews of loads of their products and they have great ethics when it comes to animal testing and using natural products – last year I reviewed a LUSH fresh facemask, Cosmetic Warrior, and it’s innovations like this that are totally different and where LUSH really stands out from its competitors. A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the big reopening event of the LUSH store in York. The store had been closed for a few weeks while it was being refurbished and I was very excited to see the result. We were welcomed to the store with drinks and a welcome speech from the store manager....

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