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Posted by on Jun 1, 2018 in Makeup | 0 comments

Unbeatable coral lipsticks for Summer from MAC

Unbeatable coral lipsticks for Summer from MAC

So I’ve not posted in a while, I’ve been so busy with other things and not had much time to dedicate to my blog. But rest assured I’m still here and I’ve been trying out lots of new make-up and skincare and today I’m going to tell you all about two of my new favourite MAC lipsticks. I’ve been tempted by coral and orange lipsticks before as I read that they compliment blue eyes, but the ones I’ve tried have always been far too bright and I’ve not felt comfortable wearing them. As a devoted pink-lipstick-lover even a hint of orange on my lips makes me feel quite self conscious. So with Summer on the way I felt it was time once and for all to find a coral lipstick that suited me and that I felt comfortable with. So I headed to my local MAC counter which happens to be in Fenwicks in York. I love the fact that MAC have so many shades and finishes available and...

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Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 in Makeup, Skincare | 2 comments

Is Arbonne skincare really all that?

Is Arbonne skincare really all that?

So recently I was sent loads of samples of Arbonne products, a brand that I’ve been reading a lot about recently and I was very curious to know if it is really as great as people have been making out. Arbonne is a natural skincare and make-up brand from the US, their products are cruelty-free, vegan, and made using many natural ingredients. I was sent the skincare and make-up samples by Arbonne consultant Kate Mansell, who was keen to find out what I thought of the products. The samples were only tiny so I wasn’t able to use them for very long, but it has given me a great insight into the brand and their products. So, I’m sure you’re keen to know if Arbonne skincare really is all that! Read on to find out… First up I tried out a selection of skincare products from the Arbonne Calm range for sensitive skin and allergy sufferers:   Arbonne Calm Gentle Daily Cleanser This is a colourless clear light gel...

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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 Nov 9, 2017 in Bath & Body, Makeup, Skincare | 2 comments

The Body Shop Autumn Blogger Event 2017

The Body Shop Autumn Blogger Event 2017

So a couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to The Body Shop® blogger event at my local store in Coppergate, York. It had been organised by blogger Indigo Rosee, in collaboration with the store. The evening had been set up to showcase the new limited edition Christmas make-up collection and also promote the huge sale that the store had on. There were some amazing deals! We were welcomed with prosecco and nibbles and then had a few minutes to browse the store and take some photos. I received a great demonstration of the new make-up products which includes a funky black eyeliner pen with a star stamp on one end which EVERYONE tried out! I always really love The Body Shop® Christmas make-up collections, and I think it’s a shame that it’s a brand that is sometimes forgotten when it comes to make-up. Then everyone was treated to a hand spa and massage using some of the Spa Of The World products. They’re truly luxurious,...

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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 28, 2017 in Skincare | 0 comments

Get the lowdown now on emerging organic skincare brand

Get the lowdown now on emerging organic skincare brand

A few weeks ago I was contacted by new skincare brand Sapphire Organic Skincare asking if I’d try out their products. I’m such an advocate of independent natural & organic skincare brands, I don’t like using products that contain nasty chemicals – including parabens, mineral oil, sodium laureth sulphate (SLS) – these are all ingredients that I try to avoid where I can. The branding has a bit of a way to go I think. The name Sapphire doesn’t stand out,  and there are no directions on the labels explaining how to use the products. The printing on the labels smudges when you touch them with product on your hands too. What I do like though is that the ingredients are really clearly listed, and every one is natural and 100% organic. Rose Garden Soft Face Balm I love using natural moisturisers and this Rose Garden Soft Face Balm was the first Sapphire product I tried. Shea Butter is the main ingredient, plus it also contains Rosehip Oil which...

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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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