Forest & Shore 100% Organic Vegan Friendly Hair Oil |secondblonde

IMG_4309I was really happy to receive a new hair product to try out and review. Forest & Shore are new kids on the block with a very special 100% certified organic and vegan friendly hair oil. Who doesn’t love a new hair oil…

Hallelujah Hair Oil: On first impressions the packaging is minimal and looks great on my shelf. It comes in a box with a design of simple sketches of pretty botanicals. I love the glass bottle the oil is in and the pipette applicator. I’m a fan of the pharmaceutical style packaging and it reminds me of skin care the way you drop he oil into your palm before applying to your hair.

I used it on clean towel dried hair before I styled my hair. I used about 5 drops, warmed in my palms then applied to my mid-lengths and ends coating the hair evenly (less is more here) The smell is gorgeous I feel like I’m having a mini spa experience. I noticed that the drying time was quicker and my hair looked and felt glossy and nourished without any heaviness or oily residue. It also hung nicer (I’ve got fine flyaway prone hair) and this oil made it all swishy!

It’s a beautiful product that does what it say’s it will do. It contains a blend of coconut, sesame, olive, sunflower & arnica and is scented with rosemary & lavender. Forest & Shore never test on animals, all products are vegan friendly & free from all harsh chemicals including synthetic fragrances, synthetic colours, parabens, sulphates, silicones, EDTA, & mineral oils.

The Hallelujah Hair Oil has become part of my daily haircare routine. I’m looking forward to also using it as a Intense Hair Reboot by massaging the oil into your scalp and throughout your hair from tips to ends then sleep in it and shampoo out in the morning.

You can purchase via amazon here £15.99

Kelly x

*PR sample (no affiliate links)

Get Ready With Me – My Everyday Quick Hair & Makeup Routine | secondblonde

This is what I do in the mornings daily (when tight for time) and after I’ve double cleansed and face and flanneled off in the shower. My routine takes me under 10 mins and thought you might like to see what products/tools I use.

Of course these aren’t the only products I use but pretty much what I am loving right now. I’ve included a time lapse clip of a live un-edited routine which I think turned out quite good seeing as I didn’t have a mirror and only the screen to see what I was doing!

Products used and how I use them listed in order below. I’ve added links to each brand if you want more in depth info or prices. If you do have any questions you know where to find me.

1. @tangleteezer Compact Styler – I use this to detangle my wet clean hair and brush into place, then I spritz some  @philip_kingsley Prep Perfecting Spray from mid-lengths to ends and brush through and leave to air dry for a few minutes while I do my face.

2. @nivea_uk Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover – I use this to ensure all my mascara has gone.

3. @garnieruk Micellar Cleansing Water – I gently wipe this over my whole face with a cotton wool pad but then pat my face dry as to not leave the product on my skin.

4. @omorovicza Reviving Eye Cream – I use one pump and divide between my middle finger tips and pat under each eye all around my eye socket.

5. @espaskincare Tri-Active™️Advanced Instant Facial – I use two pumps which I massage into my cheeks, nose, forehead, chin and down my neck.

6. @frezydermuk Moisturising Rich Cream – I layer this over my serum as it keeps my skin bouncy and hydrated all day.

7. @nivea_uk Tinted Moisturising Cream in Natural spf 15 – this is my final stage to add a little colour and even out my skin tone. I’m not a fan of heavy coverage I really like to see my skin.

8. @cobigelow My Favourite Night Balm – I add a thin layer to my lips to prep them for lipstick while I get to work on my hair. By the way this balm is the BEST EVER! It’s non-sticky or gloopy – it moisturises your lips for 8 hours and some. It is a night balm but I do like to use in the morning during winter months.

9. @denmanbrush to wrap dry my hair – my good old trusty Denman flat brush for a straight blow dry with a title lift at the roots and beveled under ends. I start tilting my head forwards and moving my hair in different directions around my ahead with my brush. Then I give a blast at the roots with my head upside down and then swish my head back to normal position and smooth done in 3 or 4 sections. *Top tip do not over dry your hair otherwise it will go static.

10. @barrymcosmetics Brow Kit in medium to dark – I brush my brows first then use the wax and powder to create a shape and fill in my brows. I use two different sized brush applicators (a thinner one to create the outer shape) I don’t bother with different shades however I build the colour up darker towards my nose until the arch.

11. @barrymcosmetics Take a Brow brow gel – Once I’m happy with my brow shape I comb clear brow gel through to keep unruly brows in place and set the powder. This step is worth the effort as it makes such a big difference.

12. @esteelauderuk Sumptuous Extreme Mascara (one coat for daytime) I love a volume mascara. I use one coat for daytime and build up with two if I really want a false eyelash look. I’m lucky that my lashes are naturally long.

13. @barrymcosmetics Strobe Cream in Iced Bronze – I glide this over the highest point of my cheekbones and corner of eye like a big letter C then blend with a brush. Then with the remainder on the brush I swipe it down my nose and on my chin. Give me a little natural glow.

14. @rimmellondonuk Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Peach Glow – I always use a pressed powder to set everything and keep the areas of my face that I like to have matte. I leave out the area’s I’ve just highlighted.

15. @bourjois_uk Rouge Velvet The Lipstick in 03 Hyppink Chic – I blot off the lip balm (only as this is a matte finish) and then apply this lipstick straight out of the bullet without a lip liner. Then use my finger to blot it and almost smudge the outline giving my lips a modern daytime look and the illusion of plumper lips!

Ta dah! There you have it my perfect everyday skin care and hair & makeup look in under 10 minutes!

secondblonde x

My Best 9 Beauty Products of 2017 | secondblonde

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As 2017 comes to a close I’m looking back of some of the products which had become firm favourites of mine throughout the year. None of which are new (except the lipsticks were a new launch in 2017) they are just what I’ve been enjoying and seeing great results with using pretty much on a daily basis.

Some of these products were sent to me, some were gifted to me and some I purchased. I’ve previously reviewed most of these so have added links if you fancy a read. So without further ado and in no particular order here are my faves…

  1. Bourjois Rouge Velvet – The Lipstick – insanely pigmented matte lipsticks in 12 shades with impressive staying power. Review Here
  2. Sarah Chapman – Skinesis Overnight Facial – Transforming night-time serum/oil for lifting and firming – wake up to plumper, smoother rejuvenated skin. Review Here
  3. Malin + Goetz Dark Rum Eau de Parfum – A modern and dynamic fragrance, the mild sweetness of rum with the rich warm undertones makes for a unique and unexpected fragrance that’s long-lasting.
  4. Skinfix Hand Repair Cream – Eczema friendly little tube of hand cream that’s fragrance free with oils and butter plus oat kernel oil to highly moisturise and restore the skin barrier.
  5. NIOD Low Viscosity Cleaning Ester – A skin cleaning system that respects dermal barriers and sebum production, cleaning the skin and removing makeup in a single step. Review Here
  6. L’oreal Extraordinary Oil Facial Cleansing Oil – It leaves my skin clean, eye makeup free, feeling fresh and nourished and not screaming out for moisturiser immediately. – Review Here
  7. Frezyderm Moisturizing Rich Cream – It’s a great moisturiser under my make up as it is non-greasy so makes for a nice base. It also keeps mys skin hydrated and plump all day long. Review Here
  8. Omorovicza Reviving Eye Cream – A very light eye cream that hydrates my eye area for the whole day and creates a nice base for my tinted moisturiser. This keeps my eye’s looking youthful and fresh as it plumps up my fine lines. I also haven’t looked in the mirror lately and noticed any dark circles – so it must be working! Review Here
  9. NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex – This clever little NIOD serum intensely hydrates my skin and stimulates the production of collagen. It absorbs quickly and helps to combat imperfections and visible signs of ageing.

So there you have it, my top 9 beauty products of 2017. What were your beauty finds you couldn’t live without?

Secondblonde x

Happy 7th Birthday to my blog | secondblonde

Happy 7th Birthday to my little beauty blog.

I still enjoy every aspect of it and feel just as passionate about it now as I did from day dot. I love writing product reviews and taking images for it – especially flat lays. It’s my creative outlet and I thank you for taking the time to read my posts and respond so positively.

I always think that no-one ever actually reads my blog posts until it pops up in conversation (as it did a day ago) and someone announces “I love your blog I get so much info and tips from it” that makes me very happy.

Thank you for your continued support!

Secondblonde x

My Best 9 Instagram Posts of 2017 | secondblonde

Wow, where did 2017 go! Here’s a look back at my best nine Instagram posts. (It’s a free app you can download which chooses your most popular posts) It’s just a bit of fun and not to be taken too seriously however I think mine is pretty accurate with all my favourite things…

Family, beauty, blogging, music (blondie), work and coffee!

I wonder what your best nine will be? try it for fun. Just type “best nine” in the search box of your App Store and you will find one to use. I used Top Nine – best of 2017.

Beauty Christmas Gifts Ideas 2017 | secondblonde

Christmas is just weeks away so time to start thinking about gifts. Luxury beauty gifts are always a good idea. Here’s my top 4 picks for skincare, body care, hair care and perfume and candles ranging from £6 – £105 to suit every budget.

FullSizeRender (43)Sarah Chapman Skinesis Multi Award wining products. Sarah is an A list celebrity facialist with her state of art chic clinic based in Pavilion Road Chelsea. OVERNIGHT FACIAL 15ml £49.00 Transforming night-time serum/oil for lifting and firming – wake up to plumper, smoother rejuvenated skin. INTENSE HYDRATING BOOSTER 30ml £59 Lightweight silky formula comforts dehydrated, stressed, parched unbalanced skin. Say hello to dewy refreshed cushioned skin with fewer fine lines. Shop here

FullSizeRender (44)Charles Worthington EVERYDAY GENTLE MICELLAR SHAMPOO 250ml £5.99 & WEIGHTLESS CONDITIONER 250ml £5.99 Perfect for fine hair for everyday washing without stripping or causing colour fade. Contains a micellar cleansing system fragranceLock technology for long-lasting all day fragrance, not to mention silicone & sulphate free. Shop here

FullSizeRender (41)Sanctuary Spa BODY WASH 250ml £6.00 Awaken your senses with a burst of sumptuously aromatic cleansing. Infused with essential oils and jojoba beads (microbead free) Leaves your skin feeling moisturised. WET SKIN MIRACLE 200ml £8.00 A unique and time saving way to moisturise applied to wet skin to lock in hydration. Ultra light and non-greasy infused with apricot and avocado oil. Keeps you moisturised all day. Both products have long-lasting fragrance technology and are Vegan Friendly. Shop here

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Diptyque Anything form this French perfume house established in 1961 is a winner! TUBEREUSE SCENTED CANDLE 70g £24.00 Creates a sensual luscious fragrance with white flower and tubereuse. Burns evenly, you can up cycle the beautiful glass jar. DO SON EAU de PARFUM 75ml £105 It’s Divinely mysterious unveils it’s powers of seduction – Tuberose, orange leaves, pink peppercorns and musk. Shop here

So that’s it my Beauty Christmas Gift Idea’s for 2017 indulgence for your face, body, hair and seductive perfume for your senses. Happy Shopping everyone! 

*all images are my own – no affiliate links included – some products are PR samples.

Kawaii Enterprise Brush Cleansing Egg | Secondblonde

This little silicone egg shaped brush cleaning tool is the most exciting product in this month’s Glossy box subscription. It’s a first for me and yes I admit I’m terrible at remembering to wash my makeup brushes so I can’t wait to give this a go as it looks like fun! Here’s how…

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Pop the silicone egg over two fingers with the nodules facing you, it’s snug but comfortable.

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Rinse the makeup brush you wish to cleanse with warm water.

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Add a squirt of liquid soap (I use fairy liquid) you can add it directly to your brush – I find it easier to add it to the egg.

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Start swirling your makeup brush over the small nodules at the top to create a lather.

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The product build-up is removed so quick and easy – you can see it all coming out (and in your sink-yuck)

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Finally rinse the foam away, then brush your bristles down the straight deeper groves which will also reshape your brush hairs without causing an damage.

Summary – I absolutely LOVE this nifty little tool, I would never of bothered to try this out had it not been in my beauty box and am so pleased to have it in my life! Who knew brush cleaning could be so quick, easy and fun.

Check it out here £7.99

Secondblonde x

 

Eylure Dybrow Dye Kit | secondblonde

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I’ve started tinting my brows on a regular basis. Lately I’ve noticed some white hairs creeping through – seeing as my brows are already sparse instead of plucking them out I opted to start dying them and I haven’t looked back, here’s why…

It’s so quick, easy and most importantly mess free as this kit doesn’t stain your skin. The kit contains a litte plastic tray to mix up in, an applicator, mascara wand, 5ml tube of colour cream and 10ml liquid activator.

Simply add approx 2cm cream and 5 drops of activator to the plastic dish and mix together well, I use the applicator to do this. Make sure you have cleansed your brow area without any greasy residue. You can use the mascara wand to apply the cream to your brows I prefer to apply with a cotton bud. No need to be too neat as I mentioned earlier it does not stain your skin.Leave on for a min of 2 minutes – I go up to 5 minutes to cover those pesky white ones! Then clean off with a damp cot on wool pad, that’s it you are good to go!

What I love about tinting my brows is that it picks up every single little hair, even ones I didn’t know existed which makes my brows much fuller. It also shows up strays that I hadn’t noticed pre-colouring that need to be removed.

I go for the shade Dark Brown, my brows last  about 5 weeks and there’s at least 12 applications in the box, so at £7.49 (and nearly always on a deal at Superdrug or Boots) it’s cheap as chips but does the best job for DIY groomed glossy looking brows! I finish off with filling in spaces with a wax/powder kit and then brush through a clear brow gel to keep them in place. Ta dah! The result is a much better/stronger brow to frame your features and be less ageing.

FrezyDerm Moisturizing Rich Cream | secondblonde

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I've fallen in love with the FrezyDerm brand lately, after loving the velvet technology second skin sun screen I couldn't wait to try one of the face creams. This is moisturiser is age specific for over 45's (i'm not quite there yet) or for very dry or dehydrated skin.

The packaging is the same as the sun screen I reviewed read it here if you missed it. I really like it. I use the cream in the morning, you can use it morning and night however I prefer to use face oils at night. I've been applying this cream in the morning after cleansing and applying my face serum but before my tinted moisturiser.

I only need a couple of pumps, it'a a pump dispenser which is lockable by twisting the lid. The cream is white and of a medium texture. It smells really nice – like a traditional face cream (takes me back to smelling the lotions/potions my glamorous Nanny Gladys would apply) It moves around my face with ease and is very quickly absorbed. My skin is instantly hydrated without looking or feeling greasy.

It contains 2 types of hyaluronic acid | Normal moisturizing factors (NMF) | Fish collagen: Prolonged hydration Tetrapeptide – 9 | Isoflavones: Anti-ageing treatment | Improvement of post-menopausal skin Avocado oil | Crambe Abyssinica Oil |  Emollient esters: Enhancement of the hydrolipid film

It's recommended as best for dry and dehydrated skin/mature skin 45+/post-menopause skin. Although I'm 42 I think my skin needs are dry/dehydrated.

I am really happy with this moisturiser, my skin really likes it and it's great under my make up as it is non-greasy so makes for a nice base. It also keeps mys skin hydrated and plump all day long, It promises over time to increase firmness and density, skin repairing, anti-wrinkle effect and I have no doubt that it will deliver on all of these promises.

It's reasonably priced at £19.99 for 50ml for more details go here I will definitely re-purchase this face cream, it's a great edition to my skin care routine.

Secondblonde x

Ciaté London Creme Nail Polish in shade Fade to Greige | secondblonde

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Fade to Greige by Ciaté London is a colour that I wouldn’t normally go for, it arrived in my September Glossy Box. That’s one of the reasons I love a beauty box as it introduces me to new colours/ways of beauty – seeing as I’m a creature of habit it’s easy for me to stay in my comfort zone.

Ciaté London is a luxury make-up brand that’s won an impressive 24 awards, I best know them for their pretty looking polishes however this is the first time I’ve tried one.

The bottle is a flat shape which is really comfortable to hold (or if like me hold between your knees on your lap while painting your nails in from of the TV) It’s also very pretty looking with their trademark black bow. I love that it’s really instagramable and practical at the same time. The lid is nice and long providing a great tool for effortless easy strokes every time. The brush bristles are flat which I found very easy to use and hands down the quickest application ever! I’m very impressed!!

The formula is a great consistency gliding on evenly it’s so pigmented I was almost tempted to do just one coat. I ended up doing two for perfection. The colour is hard to capture in a photo as it looks so different in different lighting. The best way to describe it is a violet greyish/brown nude. It’s very flattering on my skin tone I should imagine it will suit all. It’s long wearing as it lasted for 6 full days without wearing off or chipping, only on day 7 it started to wear off the tips.

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Ok my paint job isn’t the best I know but I’m giving this polish a big thumbs up and the colour is a great addition to my nail polish collection. You can check out Ciaté London here this full size nail polish is £9 from the creme collection.

Secondblonde x