Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser | secondblonde

There has been a lot of hype around Glossier since it’s launch about 5 years ago and with good reason. I really like this brand here’s a little overview;

Glossier is a back-to-basics, digitally native beauty brand that has built a cult following, particularly among millennials. With a narrow product range of about 40 SKUs primarily focused on skincare, with colour cosmetics and fragrance rounding out the line, Glossier celebrates its customers’ natural beauty, not the artificial, painted-on kind. Its tagline is, “Beauty products inspired by real life.”

The Glossier beauty company grew out of its millennial founder Emily Weiss’s beauty blog called “Into the Gloss.” Starting her career at Teen Vogue, then moving around other slots at Condé Nast, Weiss left in 2010 to launch her blog to share beauty tips and tricks with her online friends.

Weiss’ early engagement with other beauty aficionados revealed where traditional beauty brands were letting her and her fans down. So she created solutions with the launch in 2014 of Glossier’s initial collection of four products, including a cleanser, priming moisturiser, lip balm and a misting spray. The rest is history..

Quite a few of their products have become make-up bag staples amongst bloggers, such as Boy Brow (brow grooming pomade) Stretch concealer (undetectable flexible cover) Balm Dotcom (do everything tinted skin balm) and of course the Milky Jelly Cleanser. 

What is Milky Jelly Cleanser – It’s a gentle effective creamy gel texture face cleanser that’s suitable for all skin types. It includes skin conditioners that leave your skin feeling clean, calm and fresh without any tightness. It’s safe to use on eyes as the cleansing agents used are what are found in contact lens solution. 

When I Use It – I like to use it as a morning freshen up cleanse. It can remove makeup but due to it’s consistency and performance I prefer it as a morning or second cleanse to clean my skin – not to remove make up.

Why I Love It – I love the branding and simple packaging. The pump dispenser is perfect it pumps out little droplets of the opaque gel. I use between 3-5 pumps depending on what I need. It’s great as you never use too much or waste any product. The smell is fresh and clean (it’s un-fragranced) can’t really describe it any better than that but I love it. 

How I Use It – I can easily and evenly cleanse my whole face including my eyes with it, it stay’s the same texture so you can control it while it’s on your skin. It can be used on dry skin for a really good first cleanse (when removing makeup/dirt) or it can be used on damp skin as a lighter second cleanse or morning freshen up. 

I use it in the mornings on damp skin, it does just rinse off however I always flannel off as I like to use flannels to give my skin a light exfoliation (not a hard rub – never rub your flannel hard on your skin just light sweeping movements)

It leaves my skin clean and fresh and kinda bouncy ready to take on my active serums – always a hyaluronic as a first step.  

Would I Re-Purchase – Hell yeah! I love it and will always keep it on rotation in my little cleansing emporium. Mine was a 60ml £8 it also comes in 177ml £15

 

NEW Beauty LAUNCH: Karl Lagerfeld+ModelCo Baked Blush – in light beige | secondblonde

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I’m absolutely in love with this new Highlighter. A new collaboration between cult award winning Australian beauty brand ModelCo and (the) KARL LAGERFELD…one of the world’s most renowned and iconic names in design.  It arrived in my April GLOSSYBOX beauty subscription.

The range will include a fun collectible collection combing high-quality formulas and innovative, packaged with KARL LAGERFELD’s unmistakable artistic aesthetic that’s sophisticated, modern and cool. It will channel the theme of “Illuminated Beauty” with smart, modern, iconic beauty products. I can’t wait to see more of this range as I’m so impressed with this little pot.

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The packaging is adorable, it’s the perfect size to carry around in your makeup bag as it’s about the same size as a single eye shadow and it’s very lightweight. I love the iconic Karl silhouette printed on the clear lid.

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The colour I have (light beige) is perfect for my skin tone it also comes in another shade. I’ve layered it up on my hand so you can see it in the photo. For my face I sweep a fine layer (or two) with a brush onto high points of my face, such as cheekbones and brow bones. I kinda do a letter C around from my outer brown to my check bone. It can also be applied on top of blushes for a metallic finish or on your eyelids which I quite like.

I like that it is very shimmery but not too glittery and the fact that you can go for a barely there subtle look to a you can see me from space look if that’s your thing! I prefer to keep mine natural looking creating a warm glow to brighten and highlight my complexion.

The formula contains clever micronized colour pigments, so combined with the luxurious pressed powder it delivers a sheer, natural radiance that really does last all day.

I’ve been wearing mine daily for a week now, the first day I wore it I got so many compliments about how well I looked! This one is defo a keeper – well done Glossybox it’s a great find.

Secondblonde x

Glossybox into Spring – March Glossybox 2018 Reveal | secondblonde

IMG_5479March is almost coming to an end – Spring has finally sprung so it’s a good excuse to change up your skin care and make way for new. The clocks have gone forward so it feels like a gloriously wonderful long day coming out of the winter months with the sun not setting until 7pm.

Onto the box, it’s had very mixed reviews on social media. I am very happy with my little pink box. I do get it when subscribers moan about receiving similar products to previous boxes or some items being quite small. They are of course forgetting the whole point of this brilliant little edit of beauty goodies each month…a little treat and a taster of new products from New and established luxury brands. That’s also amazing value for money.

I haven’t used any of this months products yet but on first look and a few swatches and sniffs I’m very excited to try the Sleep Repair Mask, the Soft Focus Pore Perfect HD Matte Veil and the Secret Flush blusher/lip cream. Here’s a full description list of this month’s goodies:

Mudmasky – Sleep Repair Renewal Nourishing Mask (sample size) £61 full size. An overnight mask using  fresh, raw, all natural ingredients to hydrate, soothe and smooth your skin. Scented with natural rose water which help to induce a more restful sleep after a long day. Ahhh sounds like I really need this one!

Caudalie – Moisturizing Sorbet Sensitive Skin Saviour (sample size) £23 full size. Their best-selling Moisturising Sorbet instantly cools, refreshes and hydrate the surface with it’s lightweight texture. Reduces redness and helps soothe, hydrate and strengthen the skin.

Oryza Beauty – Warm Nude Lipstick £15.95. The Velvet Ribbon range is a weightless semi-matte and satin finish. The colour looks too nude for my skin tone so I think will re-gift this one one. The quality of the formula and colour intensity looked great when I swatched it on the back of my hand.

Figs & Rouge – Soft Focus Pore Perfect HD+ £35. A weightless matte Serum to minimise the appearance of pores. Also diminishes shine and delivers a micro-fine soft focus effect. Who needs an Instagram filter?

Universal Beauty – Secret Flush £14.50. In shade 04 Nectar. A soothing cream blusher and lip stain duo which glides on like silk (it really did when I swiped it across my hand) and blends effortlessly. On first look the colour looks very wearable, it’s that kinda peachy pink. It has a subtle shimmer and in the bullet smells like sherbert.

So that’s my little round up of this month’s glossybox. Look out for single reviews once I start using these products properly.

Secondblonde x

HAPPY 5th BIRTHDAY TO MY BLOG! 

My little ol’ beauty blog turns 5 today! 2015 has been a good year for my blog, I hit my highest views per hour seeing a steady rise of followers. It’s your continued support that motivates me to write posts sharing my beauty experiences with you.

I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I enjoy creating them!

secondblonde x

Review: Davines NouNou Shampoo and Hair Mask

IMG_1206Davines (pronounced da va ness) is a family run company in Italy founded 20 years ago. I was first introduced to some of the products in this brand about 10 years ago when I worked at Realhair Chelsea. The products have since evolved and the packaging has become much more eco-friendly, I’ve fallen in love with them all over again.

I was lucky to be sent this set to try out (thanks Peter) specifically targeted to my hair type. When I opened the box the inside of the lid has the inscription “we are so thrilled to be in your hands! Nice to meet you!” I thought it was a nice touch, I’ve not seen that before.

NouNou is a nourishing shampoo and hair mask for highly processed (coloured) and brittle hair just like my fine hair is. The packaging of the individual products are simple and effective without unnecessary packaging such as boxes/plastic wrappings. The brand boasts zero impact products which of course are all paraben free. What’s really good is the “no fuss” little pot the mask comes in can be up-cycled as a plant pot, succulents look really cool in them! (well they do on the shelves in the window of Liberty Beauty Hall)

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The smell of this shampoo and mask remind me of the smell of the Glamglow Youth Mud Face Mask which is a good thing, I LOVE that smell.I can’t really describe the smell you will just have to try it!

The shampoo lathers up well and rinses out easy, my hair feels smooth when wet before applying conditioner. It leaves my hair feeling very clean yet moisturised (not sqeaky) without weighing my fine hair down.

The mask unlike most deep conditioners has a very satisfying texture much like that of a really good quality body butter. It makes it easy to scoop out just the right amount without over-loading your hair. It glides through my hair with ease. After 10 mins you rinse it out and voila…beautifully nourished hair that’s easy to manage.

I love these products and happy I’ve been re-introduced to them they are absolutely perfect for my hair the result is shiny healthy looking hair with ends that look like they’ve been freshly trimmed (horray as I’m dodging a cut to grow it a little)

Davines is only available at Davines approved hair salons or retailers, I of course will be repurchasing mine at Liberty of London Beauty Hall Next to try is my Melu Hair Shield to protect my hair from the heat of the hairdryer and hair irons…review coming soon.

You can read more about Davines here

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Have you tried any of the Davines hair products?  I’d love to hear about them.

secondblonde x

Review: Kiehl’s Centella Skin-Calming Facial Cleanser

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I was on the hunt for a new gentle cleanser as in the colder months my skin is prone to feeling sensitive with the occasional itchy red flare up. After my shift at work I pop to the Kiehl’s counter in our Beauty Hall to get some expert advice.

Following an informal skin consultation with a very knowledgeable cool looking dude (great hair) I was recommended to use the Centella Skin-Calming Facial Cleanser. So straight to the till I go with my £5 beauty loyalty voucher excited to try it out later that night.

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It’s very light weight and free of all nasties and of course soap free/alcohol-free, it’s perfect for sensitive skin as it’s comforting and gentle leaving your skin moisturised.

The formula contains:  Aloe Vera – to soften and smooth.  Chamomile to comfort and soothe.  Centella Asiatica (Tiger Herb) for antibacterial and anti-psoriatic effects. *In the wild tigers with wounds rub against this plant for it’s healing properties.

After just one use my skin feels calm, moisturised and very clean without feeling tight. (I use this as my first step in a double cleanse) The formula is that of a creamy translucent gel with no scent, you can use on dry skin and cotton off or damp skin and flannel off. I always flannel off to double up as a gentle exfoliation. It’s non-sticky and non-foaming so my skin absolutely loves it, I am happy to say that this is my perfect winter facial cleanser, so the guy (who I must go back and thank) on the Kiehl’s counter was spot on! You can get yours from Liberty here.

Have you tried any of Kiehl’s facial cleansers? I would love to hear about them.

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Pay Day Wish List at Liberty Beauty Hall November 2015

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The Liberty Beauty Buying Team are always on top of their game selecting special products for their beautiful Beauty Hall and Bath House Edit’s. Here are a few of my favourite picks to add to my November pay day wish list.

All of these products are available to buy in store at Liberty (free gift wrapping) or purchase online where you can use your Liberty Loyalty Card to gain valuable points that turn into reward vouchers. I’ve included links to each product so you can read about them in detail, I’d love to hear from you if you already love these products or if they are on your beauty wish list too!

  1. AESOP REVERENCE AROMATIQUE HAND BALM 75ML £19 view here
  2. JIN SOON TULLE NAIL POLISH £15 view here
  3. HOURGLASS AMBIENT LIGHTING EDIT PALETTE £65 view here
  4. KORRES ALMOND AND LINSEED SHAMPOO 250ML £10 view here
  5. EMMA HARDIE AMAZING FACE CLEANSING BALM 100ML £38 view here
  6. DE MAMIEL ROSEY LIP BALM 10ML £13 view here

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