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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 Dec 19, 2016 in Makeup | 7 comments

Chase the glitter rainbow with Moondust from Urban Decay

Chase the glitter rainbow with Moondust from Urban Decay

For a long time now I’ve been searching for a seriously glittery eyeshadow. Not just one that shimmers and shines, but one that actually glitters, containing tiny particles of glitter that give serious twinkle when they hit the light. I’ve experimented with actual cosmetic glitter like the fabulous budget range of cosmetic glitters from Stargazer. and had fantastic results using Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliners but I had struggled to find an actual eyeshadow that fitted the bill….. that is until now! This is the stunning Moondust eyeshadow palette from Urban Decay. Urban Decay do palettes so well, and I’d lusted after this one as soon as it was released but sadly it was sold out for ages (as is usual with so many of Urban Decay’s new releases). I finally got my hands on it last month and the wait was worth it! Firstly can we just take a moment to take in the sheer beauty of the Moondust palette…….. The hard case with mirrored word ‘moondust’ on the lid...

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Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in Makeup | 4 comments

Is this the best budget highlighter ever?

Is this the best budget highlighter ever?

Highlighters have been my favourite product of 2016, and if there’s one product that I’ve wanted to try over all the rest it’s Vivid Baked Highlighter from Makeup Revolution. Makeup Revolution is the budget beauty brand that really made a splash when it was introduced a couple of years ago, and I’ve read so many amazing reviews of their pressed powder highlighter that costs just £3 that I couldn’t resist trying it. This is a real beauty bloggers favourite product, I haven’t met anyone that hasn’t liked it! There are 4 shades in the Vivid Baked Highlighter range, I opted for Golden Lights. It’s a multi-use baked highlighting powder in white lustre with a golden shimmer. Of course you can use it to light up the cheekbones, but it’s also great for using as an eyeshadow (just smudge a tad under the brow arch using the ring finger), highlighting collarbones or shoulders in Summer, dusting over the décolleté area or using sparingly for contouring to highlight temples, cheekbones, the tip...

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Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Makeup | 4 comments

So Eco vs EcoTools make-up brushes

So Eco vs EcoTools make-up brushes

Make-up brushes are big business at the moment with many brands jostling to take over the market. There are cheap brushes, expensive brushes, coloured brushes, mini brushes… the list goes on. But the niche that I’m going to be looking at today is natural eco-friendly brushes. Made from natural renewable materials, cruelty free bristles and with recyclable packaging these socially responsible brands target those of us with a conscience when it comes to our make-up brushes and applicators. I’ve been trying out two brushes – Skin Perfecting Brush* from EcoTools and Blush Brush* from So Eco. Both of these brands produce eco-friendly make-up brushes (hence their names both have ‘eco’ in them) and whilst you might have already seen EcoTools brushes for sale online and in Boots stores the So Eco brand may be one that is new to you. EcoTools Skin Perfecting Brush – this brush has short squat bristles which makes it excellent for pressing cream products into the skin, a bit like a stippling brush but...

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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 Jan 26, 2016 in Makeup | 0 comments

Which Marilyn Monroe red lipstick suits you?

Which Marilyn Monroe red lipstick suits you?

Max Factor have recently launched a brand new collection of red lipsticks inspired by none other than Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn was seldom seem without her iconic red lips after Max Factor transformed her from plain old Norma Jean into the idol that we know today, and red lips have always been seen as extra-glamorous. Personally I usually shy away from a red lipstick unless I’m feeling ultra-confident, but I do usually receive compliments when I wear it. There are four shades in the new Marilyn Monroe lipstick collection, each one created to suit a different skintone: 1 Ruby Red – this was Marilyn’s original red shade and personally I think a bright crimson red will suit anyone. You do need to have the confidence to carry it off, but worn with a minimal eye (think just a smudge of black liner and lashings of mascara) it looks great. I’m on the search for a good bright red lip liner pencil to compliment this Ruby Red shade – do you...

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