Lets talk Lip Gloss by FLOSS | secondblonde

I’m not a big fan of lip gloss in fact I’ve not worn lip gloss since 2005! For lot’s of reasons as makeup trends evolve and change but mainly as I hate the stickiness of it, hair getting stuck to your lips of it, and not forgetting the constantly having to re-apply it!

And then I tried “My New Favourite Gloss” by Floss. It is not glittery, not sticky! It’s hydrating, long-lasting, smooth and surprisingly comfortable to wear.

I normally use it alone for a semi-sheer wash of color that enhances my lip colour during the day. You can layer on top of a matte lipstick for added shine and va va voom!

What I’m really happy with is that I don’t need to keep topping it up. It lasts for most of the day. Plus it smells good enough to eat like vanilla ice-cream. All in all I’m impressed with this little tube of lip gloss it’s definitely converted me! A big thumbs up – it’s the perfect nude pink shade and I also love the packaging.

The biggest bonus of all is that your hair doesn’t get stuck to your lips even in the wind!

Check it out here (no affiliate links)

Secondblonde x

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

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.

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

 

 

 

7 Overnight Luxury Mini Essentials | SECONDBLONDE

FullSizeRender (25)When it comes to packing an overnight bag size and weight are always a priority however I do always like to take a little luxury with me. That’s when I delve through my mini shopping basket (from Flying Tiger Stores) which houses all the samples I’ve collected. Sadly most are un-used due to some of the iconic products looking too damn cute to use! (well that’s just me being silly)

On a recent trip to the coast to see my parents these are what I choose to take along in addition to my usual make-up bag and face cleanser – bath & hair products all supplied by mum. In no particular order here’s an overview of what’s in my bag:

Aurelia Botanical Cream Deodorant – A natural cream to powder formula that’s fragrance is Tea Tree, Peppermint, Lavender, Eucalyptus. I’m not totally sold but like the idea of a totally natural alternative. It smells fantastic fresh and feels dry.

Aromatherapy Associates Inner Strength Recovery Moisturiser – A soothing and calming light cream perfect for sensitive skin and great under tinted moisturiser. It smells like you’ve just walked into a relaxing spa.

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint – Perfect tinted moisturiser that has great coverage and keeps me shine free all day! And it has an SPF 30

Benefit High Beam – An oldie but a goldie, my go-to luminescent complex enhancer that I dot on my high check bones and blend up and outwards. Also great to blend a dot on either side of the bridge of your nose in the inner corner of your eye to brighten and look less tired.

Dr Sebagh Rose de Vie – You know how much I love Dr Sebagh serums/creams. This is perfect before bed, it’s very calming and smells devine. It’s like giving yourself a mini facial. I always wake up with replenished plumped up looking skin after using this.

Aurelia Aromatic Repair & Brighten Hand Cream – You may already know how much I love this luxury anti-ageing hand cream. If you missed it you can read my write up on it here.

Plum by Mary Greenwell – This perfume has recently been discontinued which is such a shame. Hence why I decided to purchase a couple of full size bottles which were delivered with a few samples – very handy. It’s a classic chypre with a modern twist, uncomplicated chic, sensual and warm. Perfect from day to evening.

There you go my 7 little luxuries that made it into my overnight bag.

Secondblonde x

Review | Magnitone London Barefaced! Vibra-Sonic Daily Cleansing Brush

Facial cleansing brushes seem to get good and bad press. This will be the first I’ve tried so I don’t have a comparison. I guess they are a bit like marmite, you either love them or hate them. One brand that seems to get a lot of attention in the beauty blogging world is MAGN!TONE LONDON will I be a barefaced Vibra-Sonic cleansing convert? Here’s my review of the Limited Edition “Precious Collection” brush in glittery gold.

The instructions upon opening the box are very easy to follow and clearly labeled on the packaging of what does what. Inside the box you receive:

  • Magnitone Barefaced Vibra-Sonic Face Brush
  • Active Clean Brush Head
  • Wireless USB Charger (clever magnetic charger looks like a pebble)
  • Splash Proof Travel Bag
  • 12-month Warranty
  • MyMagnitone Membership Card

It’s 100% waterproof so I can use in the shower which is really convenient. I use it with a wash off cleanser (you can use an oil however it’s then harder to clean the brush after use) You wet the brush, apply your cleanser to your face or brush – I prefer applying to my face. Press the button once for a daily cleanse, press twice for PulseLift toning.

This clever device times 1 minute so you will not use for longer than your skin requires. All you need to do is gently glide the brush over your face with no pressure and let the brush do all the work. The PulseLift is like a mini workout leaving your skin plumped like you’ve had a facial massage. Then rinse dry your face as usual.

My skin feels super clean, looks brighter and a little plumper after using this brush, my pores even look less visible after a few uses. so it does deliver on its promises. Although you can use daily I prefer to use a few times a week. My skin can be sensitive in particular in winter months. This brush is however super soft and not scratchy at all and feels really nice on my skin, you can buy additional brushes they do do a sensitive one too which I may need to invest in.

All in all, I think that this is a nice addition to my cleansing routine and would recommend this brand to anyone considering purchasing a facial cleansing brush.

So the answer is yes! I am a barefaced Vibra-Sonic daily cleansing brush convert.

Secondblonde x

Best 9 Instagram posts of 2016 | Secondblonde

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As 2016 has come to an end here according to you guy’s are my BEST NINE post’s with the most likes. Thank you so much for your continued support. In fact, 39,825 likes across 644 posts…roll on 2017!

Secondblonde x

Happy 6th Birthday to my blog | secondblonde

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Happy 6th Birthday to my little beauty blog! It’s been a fantastic year for my blog which continues to grow in hits and followers. I also launched my secondblonde channel on youtube back in April which I hope to grow next year.

My claim to fame of the beauty world this year was being introduced to Caroline Hirons by Gloria (Liberty Beauty) and Caroline giving me a big warm hug.

A huge thank you to my readers for your support, it often feels like it’s just my Mum that reads my post’s until people tell me in “real life” how much they like my blog or strangers approaching me when I worked in Liberty London as they recognised me from my instagram posts! … Here’s to a fabulous 2017!

Secondblonde x