Day: 18th November 2019

Good Stuff 04. / Best

When I stumbled upon Best on Instagram, I was instantly captivated by the beautiful imagery and graphics. But what drew me in even more was the brand’s focus on emphasising the fact that a woman doesn’t need jewellery to be more beautiful – she already has everything she needs.  This stuck with me – so many brands nowadays profit off our insecurities and to see a brand go against that notion is so refreshing. Founded by Rebecca Scher, Best has a range of understated, elegant earrings and rings that are simple enough for everyday wear, yet still feel luxurious. The range consists of pieces of varying shape and size, so everyone’s preferences are catered for. Here’s what Rebecca had to say about the brand.

What inspired you to start the brand?

There are two main reasons why I started Best. The first reason stems from a more personal story of growing up and trying to “fit in”. The person I wanted to be was different from the person I thought the world needed me to be – a phenomenon not unfamiliar to many of us! I ended up judging myself, what I was doing, where I was going, what I was wearing – all together exacerbating the self-conscious woman inside of me. Upon leaving high school, I then went on a mission to practice more self-love and felt immense power in being able to take my mask off, be vulnerable and say “this is me”.

The second reason stems from trying to understand why we put up these “masks” in the first place. There is an interesting social reality that we face in the world today. It has never been easier to show ourselves to the world. Yet at the same time, because we have so many platforms and opportunities to show ourselves, we choose to “curate” ourselves into these unrealistic images of what it means to be human. And for far too long, brands have told us stories about how we’re not good enough. This leads to a lack of self-love and unnecessary comparisons with the world around us.

I created Best with the vision to change the role of brands in our society and to step up socially and change the narrative of what it means to truly “show” yourself. I want to see a world where women can feel comfortable sharing an image of their face post an acne breakout or sharing the moment where they felt unhappy or perhaps in their assessment, not beautiful. By sharing, we can work toward influencing the way women feel about themselves, for the better.

What three words would you use to describe Best?

Authentic, inclusive and encouraging 

What are your hopes for the future of your brand and business?

I want to be able to create a global community of women who come together, support each other and celebrate all that makes us feel our Best.

Find Best online here, here and here. Here’s to another female-owned business doing pretty amazing things.

Nabeela x

Some skin things

I haven’t chatted about my skincare routine for a while, so here’s a little update. First things first, my routine is no longer 100% natural. I’ve been trying out a variety of skincare products for about 2 years now, and have found that my skin is happiest when I use a combination of products. After using only natural products for a while, I was breaking out and my skin just wasn’t where I want it to be. So, I’ve made some changes and tried my best to still use products that have good, clean ingredients. Another thing that’s become a big factor when it comes to picking my skincare products is fragrance. The more research I do, the more evident it becomes that fragrance in skincare is bad news. So, here are the products I’ve been using lately…

Cleanser 

I’ve been using the Eucerin DermatoClean refreshing cleansing gel. I’ve been happy with it so far. It leaves my skin feeling clean, but not tight or dried out.

Moisturizer

I have two on the go at the moment. For daytime use, the Eucerin Aquaporin Active. Its worked okay, but I’m not sure I’d repurchase it. The texture feels too much like sunscreen for my liking. At night, I’ve been using the Aloe Unique Essential Night Cream. It’s quite thick, so it’s been working well for me. I think when these two are done, I’ll go back to a product I can use in the morning and at night.

Sunscreen

I apply SPF to my face every day after my morning skincare. I use the Nivea Sun 50 Shine Control. I’m on my third bottle I think, simply because it works well and it is the most affordable option I can find. I may give the Avene one or even a k-beauty brand one a shot next time.

Toner

I’ve been using the Cosrx AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner and I’ve enjoyed it. I was hesitant to use a product with acids originally, but it has proven to be quite gentle. I also use micellar water to remove make-up. Usually, I switch between the Garnier one and the Bioderma one.

Exfoliator

I have used Ocean Salt from Lush for a while, as it feels like the only one that actually works for me. However it can be quite harsh, so I use it only once a week or so, and quite gently.

And that’s that. If you have any recommendations for toners (or anything else), please leave a comment! I’ve always looking out for new brands and possibly more affordable options.

Nabeela x

 

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