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Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Makeup | 4 comments

Clarins – Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Toffee Pink Shimmer

Clarins – Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Toffee Pink Shimmer

OK so a couple of years ago I reviewed a pair of lip glosses from Clarins that I have used SO MUCH since… they were Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors in Nude Shimmer and Rosewood Shimmer. I wear them on their own, over nude lipstick, over pink lipstick, pretty much with anything and everything. So imagine how excited I was when I heard that Clarins have recently launched a new Toffee Pink Shimmer shade of Natural Lip Perfector*! Now if you’re a regular reader of Beauty Best Friend then you’ll know that pink is pretty much my favourite colour for lips and that I’m on a mission to find the perfect shade of pink lipstick (you can read a couple of my posts about my search here and here). So a pink version of my favourite lip gloss is very exciting! Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors are a sheer lip gel with a subtle colour and a super-sweet vanilla flavour. The ingredients include Shea Butter and Mango which soften the lips...

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Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Makeup | 0 comments

Limited edition Summer 2015 products from Clarins

Limited edition Summer 2015 products from Clarins

I love a limited edition product, they always seem to have such a buzz around them and these two offerings from Clarins are no exception. They are Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in Apricot* and Summer Bronzing Compact*, both part of the Clarins Aquatic Treasures Summer Make-Up Collection which was launched in May 2015. Aquatic Treasures is all about capturing the textures and shades of the ocean and all of the products within the limited edition collection aim to illuminate the skin and help give a glowing complexion. Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base in Apricot – I’ve actually reviewed this product before but in a different shade – Rose – you can read my review of that here. It’s quite a luxury product that you can use to add a bit of colour or shimmer to your complexion. This Apricot shade is a limited edition and can be used to give your skin a healthy warm glow and it also contains Clarins’ anti-pollution complex to help protect skin from...

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Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Bath & Body | 7 comments

St. Moriz – Instant Self Tanning Mist

St. Moriz – Instant Self Tanning Mist

I actually had a bit of a self tanning fail whilst using this St. Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mist, but through no fault of the product, just my own stupidity! I’m a big fan of spray-on fake tans, my favourite is Garnier Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer (which I’ll be reviewing soon) as you don’t even need to rub it in – just spray, leave to dry a few minutes, then go. I like anything that is easy and quick and can’t always be bothered with all the scrubbing and buffing that is associated with fake tanning. So I assumed that this product would be a similar type of self tan spray, where you quickly spray the skin then let the tan develop…. however it’s not! It sprays a dark brown liquid onto your skin that then needs spreading and applying with a mitt like regular self tans… so after spraying it onto one leg I quickly had to sprint into the bathroom and find my fake tan mitt...

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Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Makeup | 1 comment

Clarins – Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base

Clarins – Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base

Another Clarins review for you today, and this one’s a bit of a luxury. It’s a recent addition to their Instant Light range, called Radiance Boosting Complexion Base*, aimed at illuminating and correcting the skin prior to applying your foundation. It comes in 3 shades and I’ve been testing out the Rose shade, which has been developed for all skin shades to help brighten the complexion. Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base is a lightweight cream with a floral rose scent and comes in a pump tube so it’s really easy and non-messy to dispense. It can be applied directly to the skin before applying foundation, or it can also be mixed with a liquid or cream foundation to add a shimmer and lightness to the base product. You can also apply it to the skin on its own, on non-make-up days, to just give the skin some brightness and lift, and it feels cool and freshening on the skin when you first apply it. I’ve been using this...

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Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Makeup | 4 comments

Clarins – Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors

Clarins – Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors

I was so excited when I was sent these Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors* from Clarins – I’m a big fan of Clarins products, plus I love any lip product that’s sheer and creamy, and I’d read such good things about these when they first came out in January. As with all Clarins products Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors come in the bright crimson boxes: Despite their name Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors are more like a lip tint than a lip balm, they have the texture of a hydrating balm but quite a highly pigmented coloured tint that gives the lips a hit of colour. I was sent 2 shades to try, Orange and My Pink. Orange is… well… an obvious orange shade! But My Pink is almost magic, it’s a pale pink shade and the sensitive pigments react to the pH level of your lips creating a bespoke pink colour that’s personal to you! It works in a similar way to Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm...

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Posted by on Sep 13, 2014 in Makeup | 0 comments

Clarins – Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base

Clarins – Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base

Regular readers of Beauty Best Friend will know that Clarins is one of my favourite brands for both skincare and make-up, and today I am reviewing their new Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base*. The Clarins Instant Light range is one aimed at adding radiance to the skin and perfecting the skintone, and this eye base is enriched with oat sugar extracts which help to smooth, brighten and give radiance to eyelids while improving eyeshadow hold. The product itself, which comes in one shade, is a bit like a thick creamy foundation in consistency and is a pale tan shade. I have been applying it to my eyelids using the pad of my ring finger and gently dotting it on to make sure it’s smoothly applied – you only need a tiny amount and it quickly dries with a matt finish. You can wear it on its own to even out the skintone on your eyelids, or underneath eyeshadow. It’s really easy to squirt out just the right amount of...

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Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Skincare | 1 comment

Lancome – Bi-Facil Make-Up Remover

Lancome – Bi-Facil Make-Up Remover

Today I wanted to share one of my favourite eye make-up remover products with you. Unfortunately I don’t currently have a full-sized bottle to photograph, so the image above is of a sample-sized bottle that I received in last year’s Selfridge’s Beauty Advent Calendar. I have included a stock image below of the full-sized product though so you can see what it looks like. Lancome Bi-Facil Make-Up Remover is a bi-phase liquid, this means that the liquid is split into 2 layers – a pale turquoise layer at the bottom and a darker blue layer on top. You need to shake the bottle before use, and the 2 layers merge into one shimmery pale blue layer. You can see the bi-phase 2 layers clearly in the stock image below… The bottle of the Bi-Facil Make-Up Remover says that it is non-oily but I actually disagree, I do feel that it has a slightly oily texture but this is why I like it. It has a pleasant fragrance and glides...

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Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Makeup | 0 comments

Clarins – Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors

Clarins – Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors

Yes, it’s another Clarins review for you today. I know I have reviewed quite a few Clarins products lately but they’ve got so many great make-up products and they’re such good quality, and these Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors* are perfect for the party season (they’d make lovely stocking fillers for friends too). Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors come packaged in Clarins’ signature red boxes. They are a softly textured lip gloss with a lovely vanilla fragrance, and make lips look naturally soft, shiny and plump. The colours are sheer and can be worn alone or to give a bit of shine to another lip shade. I have been testing out 2 shades – Nude Shimmer and Rosewood Shimmer. Nude Shimmer is a pale creamy beige colour, and Rosewood Shimmer is a slightly darker brown colour, but both are extremely sheer and look much darker when you squeeze them out of the nozzle than when they have been applied on the lips. You can see from the swatch image...

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