New Monday + New Week = New Goals | secondblonde

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I try to start each week with new goals and I don’t mean bigger picture life changing goals I just mean I try and start each week with a fresh focus no matter how big or small the goal is. Although working in retail your days/weeks can get a bit jumbled I still stick to Monday as the best day to set myself a personal or professional target.

The target could be a mundane one such as a household task like clearing out/tidying up an area of the house you’ve been putting off, which when it’s done is satisfyingly rewarding. It may be a personal  goal like setting more time aside for yourself or to start a new hobby or catch up with family or a friend you’ve been meaning to make time for. Or it could be dealing with your finances and searching for better deals saving you money annually that can go towards another goal! You get the picture. Whatever you decide to do set yourself a realistic goal. Plan it, write it down and stick to it! It doesn’t have to be complicated just a simple list will do and tick it off as you achieve it…seeing the results can be quite rewarding and give a sense if achievement with a positive impact to do more.

This week my focus is my beauty blog and social media platforms I manage- I’ve been so busy with “life” I’ve somehow neglected my passion but now I’ve set myself some goals my blogging mojo is back!

What are your personal goals this week?

Secondblonde x

Color Wow Kale Cocktail bionic tonic 200ml | secondblonde

I was so happy to have been sent these new Color Wow products thanks to Imagination PR which I’ve been playing around with and finally got round to share my thoughts with you guys. These new hair cocktails are such a fun way to apply a “bond reinforcing” product to your hair.

You may have already watched me talk about these fantastic new colour wow products on my YouTube Channel

The whole range of cocktails are leave-in bond building supplements formulated for colour treated hair. Depending on which one you use they either strengthen, thicken, renew elasticity, retain suppleness, protect and prevent further damage. You can even mix them together like you would a cocktail for what your hair needs. I’ve been using the Kale Cocktail for my processed fine/prone to breakage hair for a few weeks and I absolutely LOVE it!

The Proudct The Kale cocktail is a bionic tonic which contains sulphur rich sea kale known to help reinforce hair vital bonds. It also contains protein building amino acid and vitamin B which works in one single application. The Kale cocktail can be mixed with the coconut or the carb cocktail for when your hair may need an extra hydrating or body building boost! You must shake before use and for best results the product is accelerated and enhanced when heat is applied.

The Promise The kale Cocktail promises to reinforce hair bonds and strengthen each strand. Detangle hair, help reduce further breakage and help guard against UV ray’s.

My Verdict I’ve been applying a small amount (of shaken not stirred product) to towel dried hair mid lengths to ends combed through then styled as normal with my hair dryer. On work day’s I do apply hair irons too to smooth out my crash helmet kinks. The consistency is light and milky and easy to apply, it’s not sticky and smells really fresh and pleasant to use. When my hair is dry/styled it doesn’t feel like I have any product in it (which is a good thing) however there is a noticeable difference in how my hair hairs/looks/feels. It instantly looks healthier, feels stronger and is soft and smooth to touch without being fluffy.

Summary I love this product so much and have already recommended it to a few friends. My husband who’s a hair colourist – you can check him out here has also started using it on some of his clients post colouring services. I will definitely re-purchase this product however in the meantime I will experiment with the coconut and carb cocktails too!

You can pick them up at a John Frieda hair salon or online here £22 Have you tried these or any other products from the Color Wow range?

Secondblonde x

Power of The Baobab: My Review of Aduna Baobab Superfruit Powder| secondblonde

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You may of heard me raving about this superfruit powder on my YouTube Channel I’m not really one for jumping on the band wagon of the latest health foods. A few of my friends at work were already taking it regular and said it was really good so I took the plunge and gave it a go.

The Product The baobab fruit is the only fruit that dries naturally on the branch. Aduna work with small scale producers in rural Africa to harvest, remove seeds and sieve to produce a raw wholefood powder. It’s rich in Vitamin C (single dose provides 33% of your daily requirement and 50% fibre) Baobab fruit contains the highest antioxidant level. It’s 100% natural and organic so therefore absorbs into your body with no preservatives or additives, Suitable for vegetarians and vegans and is kosher certified.

The Promise To bring out your natural vibrancy making you look good and feel good by promoting good skin health and giving energy release and support immune functions.

My Verdict The first time I tried this I added two teaspoons to my porridge with almond milk before popping it in the microwave. It did give my porridge a slightly bitter taste but it was still enjoyable. I was on an early shift at work so was up at the crack of dawn. Normally by 11:30/12:00ish I have a bit of a slump feeling tired, sluggish and a bit blah! Basically like I need a coffee or food. However…after taking this “magic” powder I had so much energy and was literally dancing around the room! I felt really energised the whole day and ready to face anything.

As not to change the taste of my breakfast I sometimes put 2 teaspoons in a cup, add a little water to mix into a paste – then add two tablespoons of natural yoghurt and stir until blended. Then eat it on it’s own, I prefer the taste this way. It’s kind of like a sour citrus. I don’t love it but it’s ok. Aduna have won “great taste awards”.

To see the skin benefits by supporting collagen formation to get the baobab glow you need to take daily, I haven’t been taking it daily yet and only been taking on days I feel I need it.

Summary This is a fantastic food supplement what does exactly what it promises to do and I really like the ethos of the brand. Aduna have other health powders and energy bars in their range. I will definitely re-purchase the Baobab Superfruit Powder when mine is finished. Maybe I should start taking daily and come back to you with results of my skin.

Take a look at the Baobab Superfruit Powder here £14 170g

Let me know if you’ve tried any superfood supplements that you got results from, I’d love to hear your recommendations.

Secondblonde x

Ren Instant Firming Beauty Shot 30ml | secondblonde

I finally got round to trying this serum out after getting it last spring as part of the “Be Well” box by hip and healthy x Liberty. Ren have a vast range of skin and body care, lots of people seem to know them for their products suitable for sensitive skin.

The Promise As part of the Keep Young and Beautiful range it promises to instantly firm and plump skin for dramatically tighter/smoother youthful skin and firm/remodel elastin over a period of time.

On To The Product I really like the pipette as it makes it easier to use correct amount. The serum is a gel like texture and I really love the scent. It’s a soft rose smell (contains rose flower water and rose flower oil) I know not everyone likes rose however it’s very subtle and goes away as soon as it dries.

I’ve been using it daily in the mornings for about two weeks. I apply 3 drops to cleansed skin under my moisturiser. I pat it in gently allowing it to fully obsorb before applying a moisturiser. I did notice that my skin appeared to be smoother and hydrated but didn’t really notice a dramatic instant difference in firmness as it promises. It does contain a matrix of hyaluronans which encourages your elastin to firm and re-model over time.

My Verdict I think that this is an anti-ageing product is perfect for those in their late twenties starting to think about preventing fine lines and keeping young skin youthful. I don’t think it is suitable for the needs of forty somethings like me that quite frankly need all the help we can get!

It did keep my skin hydrated and my makeup sat nicely all day. 

Summary I probably wouldn’t re-purchase this product only because I think it’s not suitable for my age-group. I do think it’s perfect for skin in the twenties and thirties. I will continue to use it but on days when my skin needs a little extra hydration and not a big lift! 

You can take a look at it here £36 and check out what else Ren has to offer in this Keep Young And Beautiful range.

Have you tried any other skincare products from Ren? I’d love to hear about your experiences.

Secondblonde x

The Only Detangling Hairbrush You Need | secondblonde

image1 (9)I can’t be without my trusty tangle teezer, I own two (original stylers) and have them dotted around the house in my bathroom and bedroom. In addition to these I have two travel sized ones (compact styler) that I throw in my handbag and take away with me. I first wrote about my love for this clever detangling brush in 2013 in a post titled “Tangles Be Gone” read here to find out why I love these brushes so much.

So you can imagine how excited I am that they’ve just launched some cute new limited edition brushes such as this candy coloured “Lemon Sherbet” pictured above in the original styler size. For all the pug dog lovers there’s a fun compact styler called “Pug Love” plus one for the starry eyed disco divas called “Star Bright”.

If you still haven’t got one yet, what are you waiting for? Nadine Baggott (TV Presenter/Beauty Journalist) is a big fan take a look at her vlog including her Tangle Teezer Thick & Curly as one of her all time hair hero’s watch here

The lovely people at Tangle Teezer have a brush to suit your hair type from straight/fine hair to thick/afro hair, 7 types in all. They are still designed and made in Great Britian and give back by supporting three charities.

Go check them out here Tangle Teezer from £10.60

Secondblonde x

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3 Beauty Products I’m Using Right Now | secondblonde

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Watch my Vlog here to find out what I am using right now!

Hi Everyone welcome back to my YouTube Channel secondblonde, hope you are all having a nice week so far. Today I’m sharing with you some beauty products that I’m using on a daily basis right now. Hope you enjoy it and thanks for coming back, don’t forget to like, share and subscribe.

If you have any questions or feedback please add them to the comments, I love hearing from you it gives me the confidence to carry on. Anyway here are the links of where to buy and further info on the products I’ve mentioned in the vlog:

Color Wow Kale Cocktail £22 here

Dr Sebagh Luminous Glow Cream £72 here

C.O Bigelow Mentha Lip Balm Stick with SPF 15 £8.50 here

 
You can also find me:
Instagram: @secondblonde
Twitter: @secondblonde
Facebook: /secondblonde

Thank you for watching.

Secondblonde x

Magic Multi-Purpose Oil; Goe Oil 85g |secondblonde

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I’ve completely fallen in love with Goe Oil by Jao Brand. It’s a 100% natural semi-solid all over body oil that turns to a liquid when slightly warmed between your hands, it smells gorgeous as it is lightly scented with Monoi Tiare from Tahiti.

What’s in it? It contains 28 plant, fruit, flower oils & butters as follows…

Jojoba Butter, Sunflower Oil, Jojoba Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Avocado Butter, Grape Seed Butter, Grape Seed Oil, Cocoa Butter, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Rose Hip Oil, Soy Lecithin, Pumpkin Seed Butter, Mango Butter, Cupuacu Butter, Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Hemp Seed Oil, Kukuinut Oil, Chamomile Oil, Beeswax, Calendula Oil, Essential Oils, Tocopherol, Vitamin E, Acetate, Rosemary Extra

It’s a multi-tasking product you can use from head to toe, their tagline on their packaging is “HANDS. HAIR. BODY & SOUL” which couldn’t be more true.

Verdict It keeps my skin soft and hydrated all day and is also great for spot applying on dry patches. Some use it as an intensive hair mask which I think will suit very course/curly or frizzy hair which soaks up moisture like a sponge. I tend to use a very tiny amount on dry hair to tame my fly-aways.

* Watch my YouTube review of Goe Oil here

Summary I love this product and already have my second tube ready to go. It costs £35 so it’s not cheap however well worth every penny and a very little goes a long long way, you can buy your here

A customer I recommended it to at work came back two weeks later to personally thank me as she had received so many compliments on the overall look of her skin and being asked “what are you wearing” due to the soft scent. She also has long luscious ringlet naturally curly hair and this has defined her curls making her hair look healthier and shiny. This feedback made my day!

Jao Brand have been kind enough to send me their lip-balm and skin cream to try out what a lucky girl I am! keep posted for my review of them soon.

Thank you for reading, let me know if you’ve tried this oil or any similar as I’d love to hear from you.

Secondblonde x

 

Review:Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Toner 200ml

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I won this product in the Beauty Lottery that Liberty Beauty Hall hold’s annually. If you don’t already know the brand Aesop it’s a beautiful and practical hybrid of old school and new tech disciplines. The brown bottles which are unmistakably Aesop are blown glass that protects the product from UV rays enabling them to use fewer preservatives.

I find this toner to be quite calming on my skin and the lavender stem and blue chamomile is quite a comforting smell, for those expecting it to smell of actual parsley it doesn’t. It is for all skin types and includes botanical extracts to calm, balance and even out skin tone.

I choose to sweep this across my skin after cleansing on a cotton pad however you can use it as a splash if preferred. At first there is a slight stickiness that goes away as soon as it’s absorbed leaving my skin feeling fresh, calm and smooth ready for my face serum.

So far so good, I’m really enjoying the results on my skin from this toner as I continue to use it I will update you on my skin tone. I also love how it looks so cool on my shelf. You can buy it here or check out other products in the range.

Have you used any of the facial products from Aesop? I’d love to hear about them.

Secondblonde x

Review: Diptyque Eau des Sens Sample

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It’s always very exciting when Diptyque launch a new perfume…introducing Eau des Sens. I am really lucky, working in beauty I do get to spritz myself with a different Diptyque perfume every day. I’ve been old by a few people that Do Son Eau De Toilette (tuberose, orange leaves and musk) really suits me, so I’m guessing that this new Eau Des Sens Sample (orange blossom, juniper, patchouli) will be a good choice.

So when I first sprayed this sample on I notice the bitter orange citrus which is fresh and punchy mixed with juniper berries to give it a kick! Then there’s a bit of a woodiness coming through, oh I’m liking it so far. After a few hours I really notice the patchouli coming into it’s own which then lingers on my skin for a good 6-8 hours…

I’m really enjoying the diversity of this magical scent, Diptyque just when I think you’ve done it all you go and surprise me! Go get your’s from Frederica and her fabulous team at Liberty Beauty Hall Diptyque Boutique next to the Chocolate shop (oh don’t get me started on the chocolates)

Secondblonde x

Review: Noble Isle Willow Song Bath & Shower Gel

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I discovered Noble Isle as it’s one of our luxurious bath and body brands we house at work. It’s a new brand established in 2011 made in the UK. They are still adding to their already amazing offering from hand wash, bath & shower gel, body lotion, hand lotion, room diffusers and candles.

The scents (think there’s 8 in total) are all inspired by the British Isle’s the logo is very endearing with a bath tub full of flowers representing each place: Rose-Wales, Daffodil-England, Thistle-Scotland and the Four Leaf Clover-Ireland.

I love the idea of having bath products and room scents all in the same fragrance, it’s feels so pampering and luxurious – perfect for some me time.

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Bath & Shower Gel in Willow Song 

The design is sleek and modern and on first glance if I’m totally honest looks a little basic, but how wrong you can be!! Once you pick up this product and look at it properly you notice the amazing attention to detail and thought which has gone into the design and the high quality. The more you look the prettier they become, the clear bottles with the delicately coloured liquids all look like precious jewels on the shelf, it’s so hard to choose just one!

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The shape of the bottle is easy to use in the shower and is very solid and not flimsy. The pump dispenser is matte black which looks quite chic on your shelf and appeals to both men and women so will make great gifts. It has the logo embossed on the top of the pump and around the top of the bottle near the neck is embossed “Noble Isle EST. 2011

On to the product… I’ve been using this shower gel for just over a week and I’m really enjoying using it. The scent is so refreshing and calming it’s a smell I’ve not experienced before, my husband is enjoying using it too! (poor thing normally has to put up with really girly pink kinda shower gels/creams)

My skin feels clean and hydrated, the scent makes me feel fresh and positive in a romantic kind of way and what’s really nice is that the scent lingers on your skin for a few hours after.

It’s not cheap at £20 available at Liberty London but Noble Isle Shower Gels will now be firmly on my wish list when someone wants an idea of a gift. Here’s the description on the back of the bottle:

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Next I will be reviewing the Willow Song Candle and trying out the Rhubarb Rhubarb Hand Wash which is  big hit with lot’s of fans already including a few beauty journalist’s.

One last note… here’s the inspiration behind the beautiful Willow Song Scent:

Britain in a Bottle Noble Isle sources water lily and willow from the medieval town of Lavenham: willow bark from the Lavenham Woodland Project, a planting initiative located by the famous Lavenham Walk, a two-mile promenade through green and pleasant English countryside; and water lilies plucked from the 600-year-old spring-fed lake at Lavenham Hall, which has been given new life as the focal point of Kate Denton’s Sculpture Garden.

Have you tried any Noble Isle products or room scent’s I’d love to hear about them?