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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 Mar 3, 2017 in Makeup | 1 comment

Introducing JK Mineral Make-Up

Introducing JK Mineral Make-Up

I adore mineral make-up. I like knowing that my make-up doesn’t contain lots of nasty chemicals, I like the feel of it on my skin, I like that it doesn’t clog my pores. So when I heard about a new brand of mineral make-up I was very much looking forward to trying it out. If you haven’t heard of mineral make-up before it’s made up of natural minerals such as zinc, talc and iron oxides, elements that occur naturally within the world. These minerals are ground down into tiny particles to create powder make-up, and they don’t require any nasty preservatives, perfumes or dyes. Mineral make-up is very quickly growing in popularity and it’s thought to be very good for acne and sensitive skin as it doesn’t clog the pores like regular make-up can. JK Mineral Makeup is a new make-up range developed in the UK by Jody Knight, an elite permanent make-up artist. Jody uses permanent cosmetic treatments such as medical tattooing to help mask scars and create new...

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Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in Makeup | 0 comments

KOREAN BEAUTY Chosungah 22 – Bounce Up Pact Ultra

KOREAN BEAUTY Chosungah 22 – Bounce Up Pact Ultra

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 3CE Duo Cover Crayon. This is the Bounce Up Pact Ultra* from Chosungah 22 which is a Korean brand I’d never heard of before I was sent this product to try out. Chosungah is the name of the first professional make-up artist in Korea and her brand of make-up offers products ‘with a twist, allowing women all over the world to enjoy make-up as a form of play’. This is basically a thick powder foundation product but it gets its name from the fact that it’s made of a mixture of oil...

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Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Makeup | 0 comments

KOREAN BEAUTY 3CE – Stylenanda Duo Cover Crayon

KOREAN BEAUTY 3CE – Stylenanda Duo Cover Crayon

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 Vely Vely Lipstick in Red Rouge. This is the Stylenanda Duo Cover Crayon* from 3CE, this one is shade #04 which has been created to highlight and contour. I have to admit I find something comforting and satisfying about a crayon I think it’s because they’re chunkier than a pencil and feel sturdy in the hand. This crayon is dual-purpose and has a product at either end. One is a dark beige concealer ideal for covering small blemishes or the under-eye area, or for contouring small areas, as you can apply it straight...

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Posted by on Mar 11, 2016 in Makeup, Random, Skincare | 0 comments

Best Friend Bargains!

Best Friend Bargains!

I’ve been thinking a lot about my blog name Beauty Best Friend recently. I chose the name as I wanted to be someone my readers could trust and confide in. I wanted to share my beauty tips and recommendations with my readers like I would with my best friends. So in my role as your new (Beauty) Best Friend each weekend I will be sharing a small selection of special beauty offers with my Facebook and Twitter followers, and calling them my Best Friend Bargains! I carried out a trial last weekend, sharing four fantastic make-up deals from Escentual. The offers were mainly half price make-up discounts and got lots of interest, particularly on Twitter. So keep an eye out on my Beauty Best Friend Facebook and Twitter pages over the coming weekends for some not-to-be-missed special offers. Sometimes the Best Friend Bargains will be all from one shop, sometimes I’ll mix it up a bit and they’ll be from different suppliers. I’ll promote a mixture of skincare, make-up, haircare products,...

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Posted by on Feb 28, 2016 in Makeup | 0 comments

Asian beauty products from Beauteque

Asian beauty products from Beauteque

The playful nature and kitsch packaging of Asian beauty products have always appealed to me and I’ve reviewed quite a few make-up and skincare products from Korean brands such as Tony Moly and Etude House before. However it’s not always easy to get hold of these products here in the UK, I often resort to eBay or Amazon to get hold of them. But now there’s Beauteque – a new one-stop online shop for all things Asian beauty. Started in Summer 2015 by a young entrepreneur, Beauteque offers an ever expanding range of skincare, make-up, haircare and bodycare all from Asian brands. Whilst the website is based in the USA they ship all over the world and I was very excited to see that they stock some of my favourite brands. Beauteque offers two shopping experiences – you can either purchase from the regular online store or they also provide two monthly subscriptions services – the BB Bag which holds 6-8 make-up and skincare products, or the Mask Maven with 9-11...

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Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in Makeup | 6 comments

Charlotte Tilbury – Luxury Palette and K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury – Luxury Palette and K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick

So welcome to the next big thing in luxury make-up…. it’s Charlotte Tilbury! Products that have been designed to look as good in your handbag as they do on your face, you’ll never be ashamed to get these out in public for a quick make-up touch-up! I treated myself to this Luxury Palette and K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick with some money that I received for Christmas and I haven’t been disappointed. Read on to find out what I think… Luxury Palette in The Uptown Girl – in each Luxury Palette there are 4 co-ordinating eyeshadows that can take you from desk, through to dusk and on to the disco! There’s a short video on the Charlotte Tilbury website that shows how to apply the eyeshadows to create three different looks – a subtle one for daytime, a slightly smokier look for evening and then a full-on sparkle-fest for the nightclub. To be honest I’m a sucker for sparkle so I usually go for this last one no matter what time of day it...

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Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Makeup | 0 comments

Max Factor – Velvet Volume False Lash Effect Mascara

Max Factor – Velvet Volume False Lash Effect Mascara

Max Factor is one of my go-to brands for mascara, for years I wore their 2000 Calorie Mascara before discovering False Lash Effect Mascara which then became my favourite. Max Factor mascaras are so simple and un-fancy, they do what they’re supposed to with a minimum of fuss, and this new Velvet Volume False Lash Effect Mascara* is no different. Velvet Volume is different because it’s an anti-brittle mousse formula containing natural beeswax so it doesn’t leave lashes feeling brittle and stiff. The wand has very short plastic bristles that are quite widely spaced and has been designed to catch every lash, no matter how short or fine. I’ve been using new Velvet Volume Mascara for a couple of weeks now and I really like it. It’s very black and I find it easy to coat all of my lashes using the plastic bristles. I do find however that I need to add a couple of coats in order to get the dense dramatic coverage that I like, otherwise my...

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