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Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Random | 0 comments

A personal post – why I’ve been AWOL

A personal post – why I’ve been AWOL

So regular readers of Beauty Best Friend will know that I don’t really do personal blog posts…. but you might have also noticed that my posts and reviews have been rather few and far between during the past couple of months. So I wanted to give a quick update on what’s currently happening with my life, why I’ve been rather absent and what the future holds for my blog: After a busy Summer of blogging in September 2015 I gave birth to a beautiful baby daughter. My husband and I were very well prepared and organised for her arrival but what I wasn’t prepared for was just how much time a young child takes up. In the early days I was able to write blog posts while she slept (which wasn’t very much during the day, but she did sleep well at night) but as she’s got older I’ve found it more and more difficult to find the time to write blog posts and more specifically to take the...

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Posted by on Sep 6, 2015 in Nails & Nail Art | 3 comments

White & Glitter Nails

White & Glitter Nails

I purchased Barry M’s Matt White Nail Paint ages ago but thought it looked a bit stark worn on its own (it looks a little bit like you’ve painted your nails in Tipp-Ex if you don’t do it really neatly!). So I decided to pair it up with a glitter polish to create a vivid sparkly effect. I decided to use Diamond Arcade from Nails Inc, one of the most vibrant and sparkly glitter polishes that I’ve tried. Nails Inc called it a ‘Nail Jewellery Top Coat’ and when the light catches the glitter particles it really can look like you’re wearing jewellery on your nails! First I painted 2 coats of the Barry M Matt White Nail Paint over my nails and left to dry. It very opaque and works really well as a base colour – it would also work well as part of a French manicure or to create white accents in a nail art design. Then I painted a coat of the Nails Inc Diamond Arcade...

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Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Random | 4 comments

Dream of Silver – Handcrafted Silver Jewellery

Dream of Silver – Handcrafted Silver Jewellery

When I’m not writing my Beauty Best Friend blog my other job is designing and making handcrafted silver jewellery, and running my business Dream of Silver. Today I thought I would tell you a little bit about what that entails, and show you some of the pretty silver jewellery that I make…. I’ve been making jewellery ever since I was a little girl, but I started creating jewellery with silver around 6 years ago after I attended an evening class at Leeds College of Art & Design. Two years later I left my corporate job in financial marketing to run Dream of Silver full time. Every day is different for me – some days I’m designing new products, some days I’m making up orders and some days I’m doing paperwork or updating my Dream of Silver website. My ideas for new products often spring into my mind when I’m least expecting it, usually when I’m trying to get to sleep and then I have to spring up and make...

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Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Random | 3 comments

Darccy – Vintage Inspired Clothing & Accessories

Darccy – Vintage Inspired Clothing & Accessories

As regular readers of Beauty Best Friend will know I like to write the occasional feature on fashion brands, and I couldn’t resist telling my readers about new vintage inspired online fashion boutique Darccy. Darccy Boutique was born in the world renowned Portobello Road, Notting Hill, and has become one of the most popular indie fashion destinations for the local Londoners and international visitors…. and now they are online. With a beautiful range of vintage inspired dresses, jackets, separates and jewellery I really can’t browse the Darccy website without writing up a wishlist worth £1,000s! My favourite items have to be the dresses, this pretty ‘New Birthday Dress’ below is available in 3 colours (pink, blue or ivory) but I just love the pink. The romantic all over lace dress ties with a ribbon belt, and there is currently a huge £20 off this style. They’d make really pretty bridesmaid dresses too if you’re planning a vintage style wedding. Lace and ribbon is a theme running right across Darccy’s...

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