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Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Makeup | 1 comment

NEW Brow Collection from Benefit

NEW Brow Collection from Benefit

Did you know… – we each spend £200 on average a year on products to groom our brows – there were 1.1 million brow products sold in the UK throughout 2015 – the two leading brow products are from Benefit – Benefit now run 1,100 brow bars across 46 different countries These were just some of the facts that I learned at the Leeds blogger launch of Benefit’s new brow range. I mean, I knew that brows were big business but I had no idea that brow products were selling on this scale. And that is the reason that Benefit have re-vamped and re-launched their brow range, offering a brow product for every one of us no matter what our colour or what sort of impact we want our brows to have. First up I want to tell you a little bit about the event. Benefit know how to throw a party, and they had invited around fifty Yorkshire bloggers to the White Cloth Gallery in Leeds. When we arrived we listened...

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Posted by on Nov 15, 2015 in Bath & Body | 6 comments

The Body Shop Christmas 2015 Collection

The Body Shop Christmas 2015 Collection

I love The Body Shop® at Christmas as they have such amazing products and this year is no exception. I was lucky enough to be sent a selection of new products to try out, and I can honestly say that I love each and every one! I really think that The Body Shop® has stepped up its game over the last few years, they now have some fantastic make-up and their Christmas fragrances are second to none – plus it’s so affordable! This is my first of a two-part review of The Body Shop® Christmas range, as I attended a special blogger evening at my local store in York on Friday evening – so keep an eye out for my second post later this week to find out what we got up to! Glazed Apple Shimmer Mist* – Shimmer Mist is a completely new product for Christmas 2015 and apparently it’s selling like hot cakes – so if you want one you’ll need to get in quick! Available in all three...

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Posted by on Oct 25, 2015 in Makeup | 2 comments

Christmas 2015 Makeup Collection from Paul & Joe Beaute

Christmas 2015 Makeup Collection from Paul & Joe Beaute

Cats and make-up are two of my favourite things and Paul & Joe Beaute manage to effortlessly combine these two elements to create some stunningly different and quirky limited edition make-up collections every year. I was sent the new Christmas 2015 Masked Ball* makeup collection to try out and it’s a good one! The collection consists of four make-up items housed inside a cute satin pouch, with a mysterious and seductive masked ball theme. Of course the mask is cat’s eye shaped! The zip-up satin make-up pouch features a cat woman on the front and has an extra pocket inside plus a slot inside the back. It’s a good size to keep inside a handbag or desk drawer. Nestled inside the pouch are two eye products, one cheek product and one multi-tasking bodycare product: Creamy Cheek Color – this is a little tube of cream blush and it’s so cute, the tube is decorated with little masks and cat faces. The shade is a mid pinky brown, the sort of...

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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 Mar 15, 2015 in Makeup | 1 comment

Collection – Volume Sensation Lipstick in Satin Bow

Collection – Volume Sensation Lipstick in Satin Bow

Whilst I was doing the weekly shop in Tesco a couple of weeks ago I picked up this Volume Sensation Lipstick from budget make-up experts Collection (formerly Collection 2000). The Volume Sensation range contains plumping ingredients which are supposed to make your lips look fuller. First, let me start with the packaging. I’m not actually too keen on the reddy-pink tube as I think it looks a bit cheap, but it certainly does look different to all of the other budget lipsticks that are out there, most of which have black tubes. The tube is quite thick and chunky and doesn’t feel flimsy at all, it’s good and strong and the twist function works well. I was looking for something creamy and nude so I went for the Satin Bow shade. It’s a peachy nude shade, with a warm tone – perfect for Spring. It’s quite sheer and it has the most amazing taste and scent of vanilla. The texture feels creamy on the lips, it feels much more...

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Posted by on Aug 2, 2014 in Makeup | 0 comments

Collection – Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Liner in ‘Hustle’

Collection – Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Liner in ‘Hustle’

I love a glittery eye liner… in fact I love anything glittery! I’ve been a long time user of Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliners (you can read my review of their Baked shade  here) but I’ve recently been looking into some budget alternatives and this was the best I’ve come across – Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Liner in Hustle from Collection (formerly Collection 2000). I love to wear a silver glitter eyeliner with a smokey eye in Winter, or in Summer it looks great with a fairly neutral eye topped off with lots of black mascara. The swatch image above shows the grungy gunmetal coloured glitter with an iridescent shine and fairly large glitter flakes. The image above shows the brush, the lid is quite long which makes it a little bit difficult to apply but I like the very fine brush which you can gently drift along the lashline of your top lid. I really like this glitter eyeliner, you can see from the image below that...

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Posted by on Jun 29, 2014 in Nails & Nail Art | 12 comments

Zoya – Pixie Dust Nail Polish in Arlo

Zoya – Pixie Dust Nail Polish in Arlo

Another nail polish review for you today, this one is Pixie Dust glitter nail polish in Arlo*, from Zoya. Zoya offers a huge range of toxin-free nail polishes (there are over 300 shades to choose from) free of the top 5 toxins usually found in nail polishes – formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl phthalate and camphor – that are thought to cause cancer and birth defects. Pixie Dust is Zoya’s range of glitter nail polishes, and Arlo is a slightly translucent pinky mauve shade. It contains silver holographic glitter flecks in 3 sizes, and I really think it could be the glitteriest sparkliest nail varnish that I have tried. The glitter is really dense and almost covers the whole of the nail after just a couple of coats, the only downside is that it makes the nail feel extremely rough, although you could add a top coat of two of clear varnish over the top which might help a little bit. I thought that this nail polish might not...

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Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Makeup | 1 comment

Look Fantastic – Latest products & offers

Look Fantastic – Latest products & offers

This morning Beauty Best Friend reached 1,000 followers on Bloglovin *does a little dance*. So to celebrate I have decided to start an occasional series of posts looking at all the fab beauty products that are out there and particularly those that are on offer – who doesn’t love a discount?! This post is focusing on fab online British beauty boutique Look Fantastic – the main reason I love them (apart from the huge range of brands they offer) is that they offer FREE worldwide delivery, so no matter whether you just want one item or a whole haul, it won’t cost you any extra to have your beauty products delivered. Save 50% off this St. Tropez Ultimate Self Tan Kit, containing everything you need you need to achieve a beautiful, streak-free tan all year round. This great kit contains Self Tan Bronzing Mousse (120ml), Powder Bronzer (12g) and a Tan Applicator Mitt. Originally priced at £44 this St. Tropez Ultimate Self Tan Kit has 50% off and is...

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