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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 Sep 12, 2015 in Makeup | 5 comments

Stila – All Over Shimmer Duo in Kitten

Stila – All Over Shimmer Duo in Kitten

I’d been looking for a good shimmery highlighter powder for ages, so when I saw this All Over Shimmer Duo in Kitten from Stila I was smitten (plus I managed to get 20% OFF it from M&S on Bank Holiday weekend)! I love Stila as a make-up brand, their products are always good quality (if a little pricey) and their packaging is simple, pretty and sturdy all at the same time. This little pocket-sized compact is no exception, the pearlised lid has cute little embossed stars on it. All Over Shimmer Powder is marketed as a multi-use make-up item, it can be used as eyeshadow, cheek colour or highlighter – I love anything that can multi-task! Plus the mirror inside the lid means you can use it on-the-go. The two shades in the compact complement each other nicely – the paler shade is a champagne cream and has just the right amount of shimmer, the darker shade is a gentle bronze. Both of the powders are micro-fine and apply smoothly...

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Posted by on Jul 4, 2015 in Bath & Body | 0 comments

Clarins – After Sun Shimmer Oil

Clarins – After Sun Shimmer Oil

I hadn’t planned on publishing this review of Clarins After Sun Shimmer Oil* until next week, but given that I’ve been using it so much over the last few days of sunny weather I thought I’d get it written and live now! I’ve been spending lots of time sat out in the garden (carefully protecting my skin of course) and then applying this beautiful limited edition After Sun Shimmer Oil in an evening to soothe and nourish my skin. It’s a lightweight oil that contains Hazelnut Oil, Vitamin E and essential oils of Mandarin, Grapefruit and Ylang Ylang. It helps to rehydrate and nourish the skin but doesn’t leave it feeling sticky or oily. Contained within the oil are fine flecks of golden iridescent shimmer – these settle to the bottom of the glass bottle when it has been left and you need to give it a good shake to evenly distribute the shimmer before applying: I actually prefer using an oil aftersun to a cream product as I...

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Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Bath & Body | 6 comments

Nip + Fab – Shimmer Leg Fix

Nip + Fab – Shimmer Leg Fix

  Where did our lovely sunny weather go? I’ve really missed it this past week, I needed it to try out this Shimmer Leg Fix* from Nip + Fab! I’ve never tried anything like this before, it’s like a cross between make-up for the legs and a temporary fake tan. The product itself is a slightly translucent pale golden gel with millions of tiny golden particles that shimmer when they catch the light. It has a pretty floral rose fragrance too, not overpowering, which makes it really pleasant to apply. You apply Shimmer Leg Fix to the legs (funnily enough) to give them a gentle golden glow, just apply a little to the hands then gently massage into the legs and feet. You don’t need to use a tanning mitt as it will just wash straight off the hands really easily. The effect is only really subtle, and rather difficult to catch on camera! I’ve swatched a little on my arm in the image above and haven’t rubbed it...

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Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Makeup | 0 comments

Stila – Lip Glaze in Gleam

Stila – Lip Glaze in Gleam

I’ve had this Stila Lip Glaze since before Christmas, when it arrived as part of my Glow & Behold Makeup Set, but only got round to trying it recently. I’d wanted to try a Stila Lip Glaze for ages, they always look so tempting on the shelves in the shops with their candy colours. Lip Glaze is available in 36 different shades, mine is Gleam, a natural shimmery nude that can be worn on its own or over most other lipstick colours. I like to wear it on its own to give my lips a really glossy finish, the glaze contains tiny particles of iridescent shimmery glitter that really shines when it catches the light. It has a pleasant sweet taste/scent, a bit like burnt vanilla caramel, although it’s not as sweet as the taste of some other lip glosses. It’s really easy to apply using the brush too, you just twist the opposite end to make the Lip Glaze squirt out inside the brush (although the first time...

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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 Oct 25, 2014 in Makeup | 5 comments

The Body Shop – Shimmer Cube Palette in Green & Smudger Brush

The Body Shop – Shimmer Cube Palette in Green & Smudger Brush

A duo from The Body Shop for you today, it’s Shimmer Cube Palette in Green* and the Smudger Brush*. Shimmer Cube Palette in Green – I used to have one of these Shimmer Cubes in a browny/gold shade years ago and found that it was a bit crumbly, but The Body Shop have definitely improved the formula of these since then. Available in 7 shades, the Shimmer Cube Palette contains 4 little cube blocks of eyeshadow – each one in it’s own removable lidded perspex box so you can take them out of the palette, rearrange them, or take them out with you. Three of the green shades are iridescent and shimmery, perfect for highlighting the whole of the eye area or smudging into the crease of the eye socket. The darkest jade green shade has more of a matt finish which makes it great for contouring the outer corner of the eye for a dark, smokey look. The shadows are pretty much crease resistant, just don’t apply too...

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Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Makeup | 5 comments

Bellapierre – Shimmer Powder in Celebration

Bellapierre – Shimmer Powder in Celebration

I’ve had this Bellapierre Shimmer Powder in coppery Celebration for months now, but it’s taken me until now to get round to writing about it. Bellapierre is a UK brand who produce 100% natural mineral cosmetics. Firstly – what is mineral make-up? It is make-up made from naturally occuring minerals that are found in the earth. These minerals are ground up into fine particles and used to make powders, foundations and other products. These minerals provide coloured pigments, and also sun prote­ction and anti-inflammatory effects. All of Bellapierre’s products are based on natural ingredients and are paraben-free. These Shimmer Powders have multiple uses – I have been using this one as eyeshadow and eyeliner, but they can also be sprinkled on wet nail varnish to give the nails some sparkle, mixed with lip gloss or lipstick to make a lip colour or dabbed on the ends of lashes straight after applying mascara to add some colour to the lashes. This Celebration shade would also look great added to body lotion to create a...

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