Secondblonde’s Homemade Sugar Lip Scrub

IMG_8970.PNGAs a matte lipstick fan my lips tend to dry out and get all yucky and flaky, not a good look! I don’t normally invest in lip scrubs and usually gently wipe my lips with a wet flannel or brush with a soft toothbrush when I remember to.

With a kitchen full of skin care worthy ingredients I decide to make a quick lip scrub. Manuka Honey for it’s natural humectant properties drawing moisture to the skin and of course healing properties. Sweet Almond Oil to create a protective barrier and sugar as an abrasive exfoliant.

Method:
# Get a ramekin or small dish and add 1 teaspoon of honey, I use Manuka Honey 12+.

# Stir in 1 teaspoon of Sweet Almond Oil (you can use olive oil if that’s all you have)

# Add 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar, I used white as it’s more refined and gentle on your lips.

# Combine together to make a thick paste.

# Add in 2 drops of edible flavoured oil, I used almond oil you can choose mango, lemon or lime if preferred.

# Decant into a small pot with a lid, the scrub will fill a 7.5g pot perfectly, I used an old eye gel pot washed out.

Ta dah! It’s ready to use!

The texture is satisfyingly thick and the sugar granules perfect for the level of exfoliating my lips need. The colour is rich and the smell is so yummy I just wanna eat it!!! Seriously it’s taken me ages to write this post as I keep opening the lid and taking a whiff every few minutes.

IMG_8971.PNGWhen applied to damp lips it’s gloppy enough to stay put but easy to move around and massage in circular movements.

Technically this is completely edible with a pleasant sweet taste so feel free to lick some off! Personally I like to rinse off with warm water and pat my lips dry and finish with a layer of balm.

I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out and will start using it a couple of times a week to keep my lips soft and smooth.

Have you got any homemade kitchen beauty product recipes that really work?

Secondblonde x

Beauty on a Budget

It’s that time of year when we all over spent at Christmas and New Year and feeling the pinch awaiting the very long 5 week payday! So when my usual facial wash by Soap and Glory £9 needed replacing I thought I would choose a cheaper option!

Scouring the shelves in boots for something under a a fiver…bingo there it is and for only £3.65 150ml.

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NIVEA Visage Gentle Cleansing Cream Wash (from the daily essentials range)

Packaging is appealing the tube has a Matt feel and the pink shade is feminine and inviting, not medical looking like some high street brands.

It feels creamy and luxurious with tiny gentle rounded beads. The smell is what you expect from Nivea, just a really nice cream smell, if you know what I mean! It applies with ease and rinses off well, leaving your skin feeling clean yet moisturised. If you like the squeaky clean shiny face result then this is not for you!

My skin feels like I do not need to apply moisturiser and after 4 uses it’s sorted out my dry patches from winter skin.

Benefits:
It purifies and smoothes for a soft skin feeling with Almond & Calendula Oil.
Helps skin stay soft and supple all day.

Conclusion:
I will definitely recommend this product and re-purchase. It’s also going to go in my “best beauty under a fiver” edit.

Secondblonde x

Lip Therapy

The original Vaseline® petroleum jelly has been around for 140, we are all familiar with this skin heeling/beauty regime multi-use product. Famously Marilyn Monroe used to layer it on her face to keep wrinkles at bay, today makeup artists use it for a dewy look under makeup. My Nan Gladys was a very glamorous lady and used it in a number of ways in her beauty regime, but one that I remember was her advice of rubbing in some vaseline on my new school shoes to stop them cracking, it worked!

These days these little trusty tins for lips are always knocking around in my make-up drawer.

20130803-133739.jpg They come in original, aloe Vera, rose, cocoa butter, SPF 15 not to mention the limited addition’s. Over the years i think I’ve tried them all. I’m not too mad about the limited editions but with their inviting flavors and designs I often can’t resist as they look good enough to eat!

20130803-134426.jpg I really like the rosy lips for my lips on a non-lipstick day as it has a subtle tint that gives a big of life to my natural lip colour.

20130803-134742.jpg The rose and almond oil is also subtle and not over powering.
20130803-135550.jpgThe creme brûlée is a little too perfumed and synthetic for my liking so I tend to use this for small skin areas like cuticles or dry patches on my and or arms. It’s great for pre-tanning by applying a thin layer to your ankles, knees, elbows, between your fingers!

These little pots won’t rehydrate or cure chapped skin/lips but they are soothing and help prevention particularly against the elements.

LOVE LiPS – homemade lip balms

LOVE LiPS
Having given this a trial run a few years back I thought I would give it another shot. I decided to use natural bees wax, shea butter and coco butter with
  sweet almond oil and vitamin E.
This highly moisturising and protective balm will have your lips softened and healed
 in no time.
Here’s how I created them:
Secondblonde x