Back to black – still time to save 15% on beauty products

I’m not really big into this black Friday malarky – but I am big into saving money on a purchase you already planned to buy.

Use this special Discount Code HERE for Feel Unique valid until 28th Nov 2016. Go’on treat yourself to that beauty product on your wish list that everyone’s been raving about!

Happy Cyber Weekend!

Secondblonde x

 

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm | secondblonde

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This award-winning cleansing balm is a firm favourite of mine and it’s worth all the hype! If you haven’t indulged in it yet I can assure you that you will not be disappointed.

Emma Hardie is a leading UK therapist (Emma used to attend to client’s based in MichaelJohn salon Mayfair, my husband used to work there) Her products are all made in England and she is a pioneer in natural healing and skin rejuvenation.

I use this cleansing balm for both morning and night. As you massage in the balm melts turning into a lovely oil that feels amazing on your skin, you only need a pea size as a little goes a long way. It breaks down all makeup including mascara and the smell (you know how much I like smells) well let’s just say it’s amazing! The Essential oils of Orange, Neroli and Mandarin are so beautiful and calming.

To remove I always use a clean warm damp flannel. The balm comes with a cleansing cloth which is like a microfibre texture and helps remove dirt from pores. My skin is always very clean and hydrated and very soft after using it.

  • Moringa Cleansing Balm is a balanced daily cleanser that thoroughly cleanse deep in the pores, moisturises and calms all skin types
  • Grape Seed Oil and Sweet Almond Oil rich in essential fatty acids help to plump and soften
  • Moringa seed extract, Wild Sea Fennel and Vitamin E balance, purify and help to minimise the appearance of open pores
  • Essential oils of Orange, Neroli and Mandarin rejuvenate and revitalise the skin whilst calming the senses
  • Jasmine and Rose help to recondition dull, dry, dehydrated and mature skins
  • Removes all traces of face and eye make-up 

This cleansing balm delivers on every promise, my skin is always nourished, plump and the appearance of my pores have improved and my skin is much calmer.

What I also really like about this product is that it is muli-use it is so pure it doubles as a soothing and hydrating mask if left on the skin for ten minutes, or you can apply a thin layer to clean skin before bed as an overnight treatment. It also works as a spot treatment as the moringa is a natural antibacterial.

I’m looking forward to using the Brilliance Face Oil sample and the other samples I have to try out. I’ve just discovered that she does a candle too if it’a the same signature smell then I want one!

My Favorite Night Balm – C.O Bigelow 8 hour overnight recovery lip treatment | secondblonde

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This overnight treatment by C.O Bigelow NY is my lips new best friend and my favourite lip balm. I discovered this amazing lip balm a few months ago and recommend it to anyone looking for a new lip balm or anyone that suffers from dry lips. It’s a non-sticky lip treatment that stays put on your lips for 8 hours…yes it really does!

It contains shea butter and has a very slight vanilla scent, the texture is nice and thick but never gloopy. I normally apply it to my lips before bed and wake up to nourished smooth plumped lips. What I really love about it is that even after 8 hours it is still fresh on your lips as if you’ve just applied it. I also find that my lipstick goes on better and stays put longer after using this balm.

If you are looking for a new lip balm you must try this one or any of the other C.O Bigelow balms available at Liberty Beauty Hall. I also have the Mentha Lip Shine/Breath Freshener that contains 100% natural mint and the Mentha Lip Balm Stick that’s a matte finish with an spf  all of which I use on different occasions because they do what they say they will do…honest | genuine | trustworthy Apothecaries.

C.O. Bigelow was established in New York in 1838 providing healing remedies. As the oldest surviving apothecary in America, today the brand fuses a wealth of experience with the best in modern technology to create authentic herbal skin care, lip balms, hair care, body and bath products.  

Secondblonde x

NEW: Recovery Treatment Oil – Malin+Goetz | secondblonde

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I was so lucky to have been given this beautiful face oil treatment to try out which recently launched. One sniff and I couldn’t wait to get it home and on my face!

New to the Malin+Goetz face range this luxurious skin treatment not only smells absolutely gorgeous it combines nine natural oils which help protect, repair and renew damaged skin.

The packaging and bottle is what you’d expect sleek, minimal and pharmaceutical like design. I love the blue protective glass which is in their brand colour for skin care…it makes a refredhing change to dark coloured glass in brown/green.

The Combined Oils and their Properties:

  • Evening primrose, argan, jojoba oils to help soften lines and strengthen moisture barrier.
  • Grapeseed and rosehip oils to  improve elasticity and protect against free radical damage.
  • Geranium and borage oils to reduce inflammation and normalize oil production.
  • Avocado and camellia oils to condition and soften.

 The first time I used this oil I massaged it into my skin after cleansing, it was a Sunday and I wasn’t going out anywhere special but having a relaxing day. This oil gave my skin a suprisingly nice glow and seemed to even out my skin tone! If you know me you will know I rarely leave the house to even go to the local shops without tinted moisturiser however on this day I did!

I tend to apply this when I have a day at home or before bed if my skin looks or feels partically dyhdrated or lack lusture. It’s easy to use, a little goes a long way and the smell…well you just have to try it out for yourself. Pop in to Liberty Beauty Hall and meet Arti, Malin + Goetz skin ambassador she’s knowledgable, honest, friendly and she’s got great skin!

secondblonde x

Find Out Why Davines Aftersun SU/Hair Mask will see me into the winter months | secondblonde

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Summer may be well and truly over. British Summer Time has officially come to an end with the clocks going back yesterday giving us an extra hour in bed! However this SU/Hair Mask by Davines just keeps on giving…

It’s an aftersun mask that doubles up as an anti-ageing treatment for all hair types, win win. It replaces moisture and leaves your hair soft and shiny. The smell is a floral, fruity, woody fragrance which is very lovely – to me it smells like sweets. Apply to your hair after shampooing, it’s light enough to use from roots to tips if you wish. It will do it’s stuff between 5-15 minutes depending on your hair needs. I pretty much use mine on a regular basis and only need to leave it on 5 mins in the shower while I cleanse my face and wash my body.

SU/hair mask contain natural active ingredients: Chinotto (from Savona) anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory action and Shea Butter for a nourishing effect.

You may be wondering what anti-ageing has got to do with hair care? Well when your hair is longer it means it’s older hair, so most of us that have medium or long hair have hair that’s a few years old – therefore it needs a lot more nourishment to keep it manageable and healthy looking just like skin does.

Summary I love this mask as it’s quick and easy to use in the toothpaste style packaging, it’s very nourishing but also very light so it  doesn’t weigh down my fine hair yet moisturising enough to prevent my hair getting static and flyaway. I started using it at the end of August and still have loads left. It’s a great product that will probably see me through to the end of the year and really good value at £19.30 for 150ml here

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post.

Secondblonde x

 

 

Bamford Botanic Nurture Balm | secondblonde

 

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Whenever my skin needs a little TLC I reach for my little pot of Botanic Nurture Balm. If you aren’t familiar with this brand read my review here of their body wash/cream which includes a quick background on this English heritage brand.

This beautiful pot of botanical balm is a nourishing Shea Butter containing healing arnica with omega-rich rosehip oil. It’s a nutrient – intense balm great for dry skin/patches. It’s ingredients is 100% organic and is scented with notes of chamomile, lavender (not strong) and tea tree oil.  Key Ingredients Shea butter . sunflower oil . jojoba oil . rosehip oil . olive oil . lavender oil . geranium oil . chamomile oil . tea tree oil . arnica Montana extract.

Summary I tend to use mine in the winter months when my skin plays up due to colder air outside and central heating inside. I like to apply it to spot area’s such as my heels/ankles, elbows, knees and any other small rough patches.

The texture is much what you’d expect from a solid balm, once warmed in your palms it softens and sinks into your skin quickly. It does leave a balmy residue as expected however it’s not overly greasy. The smell is wonderfully delicate as it’s all natural and organic.

I can really smell the geranium and chamomile above all the other ingredients and find it really soothing and moisturising  on my skin and also really calming and relaxing for my mind. It’s a little moment of calm while you are massaging it in. I like to massage it into my cuticles then cup my hands over my nose and breathe in for a few seconds to inhale the aromas…..ah bliss! I also use mine to heal and calm skin problems like little patches of eczema.

*Top Tip it’s also great for your hair to calm flyaway’s  – after use  on your skin smooth the remains on your palms over your hair, particularly the ends.

This is certainly a luxury product at £22  for 60ml however as a little goes a long way, mine seems to be lasting forever.

Secondblonde x

The Konjac Sponge Co-100% Vegetable Fibre Face Sponge | secondblonde

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The Konjac Sponge Co produce 100% biodegradable vegetable fibre sponge’s with a unique net-like structure. This gently massages the skin to stimulate blood flow and cell turnover and removes all traces of dirt and make-up with or without any cleanser. There are different options available depending on your skin type/needs. I’m trying out the Pink Clay enriched one which is best for dry and mature skin.

What is Konjac? Made from Konjac Potato or Konnyaku, first discovered in the Indochinese region that has been used for 1,500 years as a medicinal, food, dieting and beauty product. Naturally alkaline and pH neutral it leaves skin perfectly balanced for radiant skin. Gentle enough for sensitive skins and babies, the pure Konjac Sponges are the ultimate in natural, effective skin care. 

How To Use It Rinse your Konjac Sponge in warm water, squeeze it out and gently cleanse your skin. (when it’s dry it shrinks and feels hard with an uneven surface, when hydrated it expands to a smooth round dome shape that feels soft on your skin) I like using circular movements, the sponge fits nicely into the palm of your hand. You don’t need to use a cleanser but can add a small amount if desired.

After use rinse your sponge well, and allow to dry in an airy place between uses. It has a handy little string loop to hang it up, I hang mine in my shower. It will last for about 3 months and then you need to replace it. You can add it to your garden compost after use.

Summary I really love using this natural sponge, I tend to use it in the mornings when I don’t have any make-up to remove. I use it without cleanser to give my face a nice gentle exfoliation and massage – feels so good. Then I use a cleanser which I remove in my usual way with a warm face flannel. I’m quite sure my skin is looking brighter since using it.

I will definitely re-purchase this sponge and try out some of the other types, in fact my husband tried it and loved it so I’ve got one for him too! Check them out here

Secondblonde x

Eco-Friendly Tote’s of Fun | secondblonde

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I’m totes in love with this cute eco-friendly heavy duty canvas tote. I’ve been using it all summer for when I pop to the local shops. It’s the perfect size for picking up a few food essentials. I also throw it in my rucksack (im on a motorbike) on my way to work so during my lunch break  I can decant and carry just what I need like my purse/make-up/hairbrush etc which is very handy.

The black and white stripes are timeless and the neon pink heart is a bit of fun. I got mine in a sample sale. Check them out on ban.do here they also come in different styles/slogans.

Secondblonde x

Hero Products My Skin Loves Me For | secondblonde

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“You don’t look your age” or “you’ve got nice skin” is what I hear often, well good skin doesn’t just happen overnight! You need a routine. I’m no expert I just like sharing with you what I find beneficial and shows results. Here are some of my favourite products which happen to also be hero products within their brands. Most importantly they work for me.

Double Cleansing I like to double cleanse and ever since I started this practice I’ve noticed a huge difference in the appearance of my skin. I love using cleansing oils and cleansing balms leaving my skin feeling clean, hydrated and nourished. I’m using Votary Cleansing Oil (Super seed) and Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm.

Acid Toning I don’t do this step as much as I could/should however when I do remember to sweep over my face before bedtime I do notice my skin looks much fresher in the morning. I’m using Pixi Glow Tonic.

Treating I try to do a face mask at least once a week and tend to choose a day I’m not working so I have time to relax while it does it’s thing. I like masks that don’t break you out after. I’m using Dr Sebagh Skin Perfecting Mask.

Active Serum I like to use a good quality hyaluronic acid daily to boost collagen levels, plump and retain moisture – it’s like a big drink for the skin! I always use Dr Sebagh Serum Repair.

Moisturise I started experimenting with face oils to moisturise however I still like to use a nice face cream that’s highly hydrating, anti-ageing and non pore blocking and not heavy. I like Dr Sebagh High Maintenance Cream.

Skin Supplement OK hands up I often forget to take these regular however the benefits of a high grade pure omega 3 fish oil for your skin health are worth the time and investment. It’s good for all skin conditions and not just helping combat wrinkles,  but also aids acne, eczema and psoriasis. I like Bare Biology Pure Omega 3 Fish Oil.

So these are what I’m using right now and what my skin loves me for, what are you using?

If you want further info  on the products I’ve mentioned I’ve added some links so you can read up on them. Yes they are links to Liberty Beauty…sorry I’m of course a bit biased as I love my work place. I’m really passionate about my work and the products I use that we also have as part of our offering in our fabulous beauty hall.

Votary Cleansing Oil (Super seed) here  Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm here

Pixi Glow Tonic here Dr Sebagh Skin Perfecting Mask here Dr Sebagh Serum Repair here

Dr Sebagh High Maintenance Cream here Bare Biology Pure Omega 3 Fish Oil here

Secondblonde x

3 Favourite Hand Creams For 3 Occasions | secondblonde

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It’s approaching that time of year when the air outside is cooler and the heating is on inside and my hands start to suffer, not to mention our obsession with frequently washing our hands or using anti-bacterial gels.

Here’s 3 of my favourite hand creams which all have different qualities which I use for different reasons, some I use plentiful and some sparingly but that’s just based on cost, the more expensive hand creams I tend to use as “treatments” as they include luxury ingredients and are quite pricey.

Dr Sebagh – High Maintenance Anti-ageing care – prevents the first sign of ageing. Leaves my hands with a matte finish which look and feel soft, feels like I am wearing a glove. I keep this one on my dressing table as a “as I leave the house” and “before bed” hand cream. Read my review of High Maintenance here

Soap and Glory – Hand Dream A 5-in-1 hand cream encourages cell renewal which contains ultra nourishing oils. It’s highly fragranced with the original S&G scent, it absorbs quickly. This is my “throw in my hand bag” and apply during the day if I remember hand cream. I’m not sure how effective it is as a treatment but it certainly softens my hands after a hand wash.

Aurelia – Aromatic Repair & Brighten Perfect for pigmentation and highly moisturising. does not contain any synthetic ingredients with key ingredients such as Sea Daffodile, Baobab and Red Algae. This is my “hand treatment” treat kind of cream when I have time for an experience – the essential oils are very calming. Read my review of Aromatic Repair & Brighten here

So there you have it, my 3 rotating hand creams…what are you favourites?

Second blonde x