Perfect Pins! Get your Legs Ready For Summer 2015

IMG_9311.PNGI’ve always been a little envious of women with lovely legs. The moment the sun comes out so do long tanned limbs wearing high hemlines and heels looking gorgeous and feminine. While there’s me with my much shorter, paler legs still hibernating under black 60 denier tights!

Every year getting my legs out is always a bit of a thing, but sooner or later it eventually has to happen. Thank goodness there’s an abundance of beauty products to help make the most of what you’ve got.

Hair Removal
I opt for shaving with good quality disposable razors like Gillette. It’s quick cheap and fuss free, waxing is a longer lasting option which also has the advantage of softening the hairs. Gillette 4 pack £3.99

Exfoliation
If anything like me your legs are still recovering from winter and a little dry and patchy. Exfoliating a few times a week keeps unsightly scaly legs at bay. I love using Soap and Glory’s Sugar Crush Body Scrub. Sugar Crush £8.00

Moisturise
This is a must all year round to keep your skin hydrated and silky smooth. Pre-tanning add a generous amount to your knees and ankles to prevent un-even tanning. I have quite a few brands I like and use, amongst my favourites in my bathroom are Bliss, Laura Mercier and Soap and Glory.

Tanning
I’m not a “fake tan” kinda girl but in the summer months I like to use a gradual tan to add a healthy glow to even out my skin tone improving the overall appearance of my legs. My favourites are Dove Summer Glow, St Tropez Gradual Tan and James Read Gradual Tan. James is the King of fake tans with a celebrity clientele and an ever developing line of self tanning face/body gorgeous products that are truly amazing! Gradual Tan £24

Feet
That’s a whole other blog post right there, just a quick mention to moisturise your heels/feet. There’s nothing worse than dry heels peeking out of sling backs or flip flops! And of-course finish with a pretty nail colour on your toenails. Heel Genius £5.50

Ta dah! You are ready to step out in your leg-barring minis. If you’ve any tips share them in the comments below.

Secondblonde x

Fresh n’ Foamy Body Polish

Bliss® Blood Orange + White Pepper Sugar Scrub is a fresh vibrantly scented body scrub that lathers up for a gentle sudsy, smoothing, softening skin cleansing and exfoliating experience.

20130826-155516.jpgBenefits:
Sugar granules gentle exfoliate and smooth skin, that dissolve easily after rinsing.
Vitamins A, C and E to protect your skin.
Sunflower Oil to keep skin soft and supple.
Orange and Pepper deliver a warm, clean and invigorating scent.

20130826-155842.jpgUse on damp skin in the shower in circular motions to buff away full skin to reveal energized and polished supple skin.

The smell is subtle citrus with warm undertones, the texture is just to my liking, not scratchy but rounded and enjoyable. The foamy part is a nice surprise which makes it feel like a luxurious experience.

20130826-160007.jpgMy skins feels smooth, supple and moisturised and polished, I don’t even require moisturiser really but still apply.

At £28.60 340ml It’s a little pricey compared to my all time favorite “Soap and Glory Sugar Crush” £8 300ml (another of Marcia Kilgores fabulous beauty lines)

Overall this product looks pretty, is high quality, no fuss, does exactly what it claims and feels luxurious, so I’m gonna give it the thumbs up for a great pre/post summer body scrub!

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bliss® triple oxygen instant energizing eye gel

This cooling, hydrating gel formula breathes new life into eyes to deflate puff instantly and fade the appearance of fine lines with spherical soft focus powders.

20130818-213410.jpg I apply it in the mornings patting it around my eye area under my tinted moisturiser. It’s gel formula is easily absorbed and cooling which I like, especially on mornings I am suffering with puffiness due to hay fever. It doesn’t have any perfume which is good. It de-puffs and softens my fine lines, instantly looking like I’ve had 10 hours sleep!

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20130818-214208.jpgSo here comes the science bit:

Caffeine: Detoxifies tissue, reducing the appearance of fat deposits and excess fluid that contributes to puffy eyes.

Soft Focus Powders: Blurs skin imperfections by filling in wrinkles and fine lines. Leaves a subtle glow.

Oat Kernel Extract: Immediately firms undereye area and adheres to the skin to continually tense and smooth skin.

Beech Shoot: Preserves elasticity of the skin, hydrates and improves tissue oxygenation and helps prevent wrinkles.

Vitamin C: Fights the aging process by brightening skin discolorations and stimulating collagen.

Regenerative Soy Plant Actives: Boosts oxygen levels to skin, nourishes skin with mineral salts, amino acids and peptides to support natural cell metabolism.

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The 15ml bottle costs £42 and should last 3 months or more. It’s not cheap but it does wake up tired eyes!
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Vanilla & Bergamot Body Butter

This utterly delicious Vanilla & Bergamot body butter is almost good enough to eat!
Without a sickly sweet smell it will turn the scaliest skin smooth. Containing coconut oil and vitamin E it deeply nourishes and leaves skin highly moisturised with out a greasy feel. The scent is not over powering and lasts all day and makes you feel all warm inside. An all te favourite of mine and a cult beauty product. I slather it on after showering with the Vanilla & Bergamot Soapy Suds.

20130428-153836.jpgBliss World Uk £20.50

bliss triple oxygen + c energizing cream

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This light weight gel moisturiser inject’s life into my “London” underground commuting, traffic polluted skin! Use morning and night and simply massage in for 30 seconds. Mornings I layer with my usual tinted moisturiser. It’ makes a great base as it’s light weight.

20130317-143634.jpgIt’s quite pricey at £46 so watch out as it is easy to use too much due to it’s runny consistency, but worth the fresh glowy out if the shower result!
Oh and it has a subtle orange aroma while you gently work it into your skin.
Available on line at Bliss Spa

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