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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 May 26, 2017 in Makeup | 4 comments

The best value make-up brushes around?

The best value make-up brushes around?

I’m a sucker for make-up brushes, I have jars full of them on my dressing table and still I can’t resist more! Particularly when they’re cruelty free, vegan friendly, handcrafted from 100% ethically sourced materials and OH so soft like this Face Brush Kit from So Eco. You may have seen the comparison I wrote last year between So Eco Blush Brush and another similar brush, and ever since I’ve been hooked on So Eco brushes. They really are so amazingly soft and beautiful and I think that the bamboo handles look so natural and pretty. The Face Brush Kit contains four brushes, from left to right in the photo above they are: Round Foundation Brush A smallish face brush with a highly domed head, personally I use this brush to contour rather than to apply my foundation. This brush reminds me very much of the Sigma F35 Tapered Highlighter brush which has something of a cult following, and it gets into any nooks and crannies, like the corners of the...

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Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Skincare | 0 comments

KOREAN BEAUTY – BRTC Jasmine Skincare

KOREAN BEAUTY – BRTC Jasmine Skincare

I am currently taking part in an initiative working with BNT News International, a global beauty/fashion/lifestyle and entertainment source based in Seoul, South Korea. I am helping BNT to promote a selection of new and exciting Korean beauty products to a UK audience, these are products that you probably won’t have seen before and some of them are really different and unique. You may have already seen some of my previous Korean beauty reviews, such as this post about Nature Republic Ginseng Royal Silk Watery Cream that I published last week. Today I’m reviewing a duo of skincare products from BRTC – this is a premium Korean skincare brand that I’d not heard of before receiving these products. Both packaged in purple boxes the products are from BRTC’s Jasmine Moist System collection. Jasmine Waterful Sleeping Pack* – this is an overnight face mask that you apply before bed then wash off in the morning. Overnight masks are a relatively new phenomenon here in the UK but over in Asia they’re a...

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Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Skincare | 3 comments

Embryolisse – Lait-Creme Concentre

Embryolisse – Lait-Creme Concentre

So who doesn’t love a multi-tasking beauty product? I certainly do and Lait-Creme Concentre from Embryolisse is one of those products with multiple uses. Actually it’s a bit of a cult product with a celebrity following – Emma Willis, Ariana Grande and Scarlett Johansen are all said to use this multi-tasking moisturising cream, and one is sold every 60 seconds! Unfortunately the ingredients include Paraffinum Liquidum which is sometimes known as Mineral Oil, and is a by-product of paraffin production present in a lot of moisturising products. I try to avoid this ingredient where I can and I’d love to see Embryolisse replace this with a more natural oil ingredient. Lait-Creme Concentre is a white cream and it has a traditional scent that reminds me of old-fashioned cold cream. The tube is metallic and you have to pierce the foil seal with the spike inside the end of the lid, the same as you do with Savlon and other medicated creams and gels. I quite like this touch, it...

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Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Bath & Body, Skincare | 0 comments

Salcura Bioskin cleansers for sensitive or eczema-prone skin

Salcura Bioskin cleansers for sensitive or eczema-prone skin

If you’re a regular reader of Beauty Best Friend then you may have read my previous reviews of some of Salcura’s skincare products for sensitive or problem skins. Their Antiac range is one of my favourite collections of products for acne-prone skin, and today I am going to be reviewing their new Bioskin range of cleansers for sensitive or eczema-prone skin. One of the main reasons that I love Salcura is that all of their products are made from natural ingredients and contain no SLS (sodium laureth sulphate), synthetic fragrances, parabens, paraffin, phthalates or lanolin. These ingredients are known to cause irritation or discomfort to some skins (I can’t use SLS on my scalp as it makes it itchy and sore) and this is why Salcura uses natural alternatives. Bioskin Body Cleanser* – this is a body cleanser aimed at those with dry and sensitive skin although I would recommend it to anyone. The ingredients are 97% natural, including nourishing Sea Buckthorn for skin healing and repair, Starflower to nourish and hydrate...

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Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Skincare | 0 comments

Is Sebamed Clear Face skincare the answer for acne?

Is Sebamed Clear Face skincare the answer for acne?

I’d never heard of Sebamed when I was approached by them to see if I would try out some of their products. Their Clear Face collection is a range of products developed for acne prone skin, it reminds me of the sort of thing I would have used back when I was a teenager when there seemed to be loads of this sort of thing around (anyone remember Biactol!?). I was sent a Sebamed Clear Face 3-step skincare regime to try, consisting of Cleansing Bar, Deep Cleansing Facial Toner and Care Gel and I was asked to use them for a month to see what effect they had on my skin. I have combination skin with an oily chin and nose, and I am very prone to spots particularly on my chin, along my jawline and just under my cheekbones. The Clear Face range has been developed to restore skin’s pH level to 5.5 – that of a healthy skin. Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Bar – I just LOVE a...

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Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Skincare | 6 comments

Lush – Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask

Lush – Cosmetic Warrior Fresh Face Mask

I’ve got a confession to make… until a couple of weeks ago I’d never ever tried a Lush product. I’d always been put off by the overpowering smell coming out of the shops and thought they were a bit of a gimmick until my sister forced me to go in with her one day (their bath bombs are one of her favourite ever things!). I was really surprised to see all the different products that they had available, to find out that they don’t test their products or ingredients on animals and that a lot of their items are made from natural ingredients. Lush also do a lot of campaigning for cruelty free – they remind me a bit of The Body Shop in the 1980s when they weren’t afraid to stand out from the rest and stood up for what they believed in. I’m a bit advocate of beauty products that use natural ingredients and that don’t use nasty chemical preservatives, colourings, etc. However I’ve never really had...

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Posted by on Apr 7, 2015 in Skincare | 2 comments

Temple Spa – The Big Reveal & The Contourist

Temple Spa – The Big Reveal & The Contourist

A few weeks ago I reviewed Repose Aromatherapy Resting Cream and explained why my opinion of Temple Spa had been changed for the better. Since then I was lucky enough to receive this Temple Spa skincare duo that I have been trying out for the past few weeks. Temple Spa’s philosophy is all about treating your body like a temple, using relaxing and comforting methods like you would receive in a spa, and their products are designed to treat mind, body and soul. Read on to find out how I got on with the skincare duo… The Big Reveal is a glycolic resurfacing peel for your skin, it works in a flash to lift away dead skin cells and debris and leave the skin looking clear and radiant. It’s a clear gel with a bit of a jelly-like consistency and a very strong acidic smell, the active ingredient here is glycolic acid which lifts those dead skin cells. You apply the gel to your face just like you would a...

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