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!

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Christmas Beauty Stocking Fillers 2016 | secondblonde

Christmas is just around the corner with only 6 shopping days left to grab those last minute stocking fillers, so here’s just a few of my picks that won’t break the bank…

img_9296C.O Bigelow is always a winner – based in NY the oldest apothecary in America, this brand has a no-nonsense approach with quality ingredients who pride themselves on being honest, genuine and trustworthy since 1838. I’ve opted for some of their new skincare, perfect for the man who doesn’t have a skincare routine I have boxed together this Deluxe Facial Moisturizer $28 here and Sugar Crystal Face Polish $32 here or available in-store at Liberty London Beauty Hall.

img_9309Cowshed products are plant based luxury products, developed from the original Cowshed Spa at Babington House. The brand has a loyal following, and if you stay at any of the Soho House group’s your bathroom is filled with Cowshed bath & body products. I’ve selected the Cowshed Wreath Cracker which is excellent value and lot’s of fun containing a Cow Slip Hand Cream and a Lippy Cow Lip Balm £10 here

fullsizerender-43Maybelline – Merry Little Mani the perfect trio of seasonal colours from their Color Show collection including: Downtown Red, Watery Waste and Black Magic. Pick it up at any drugstore, I got this one from boots £7.50 here the colours are all really wearable, I’d opt to paint mine all in the dark red and do one nail in the metal or glitter colour.

img_9316Stop The water While Using Me!  An eco friendly brand which encourage people to save water, with a range of bathroom products – just remember to STOP THE WATER WHILE USING ME! Perfect gift for those who like natural luxury products and are mindful of our environment, recycling and waste. I’ve selected the fresh All Natural Cucumber Lime Soap (liquid) £20 and All Natural Cucumber Lime Hand Balm £15 here

So there you have it, my beauty stocking filler picks, hope I’ve inspired you to dd some beauty to your gift list!

Secondblonde x

Review: QMS Medicosmetics – Hand Care

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This hand cream is one of the best I’ve ever tried. If you haven’t heard of this brand they have 600 spa locations worldwide, originating in Germany. London locations include the iconic Liberty London store and the luxury lifestyle club Grace Belgravia in Knightsbridge.

The founder Dr. Schulte pioneered a new generation of skincare (founded in 1986) he combines his passion for science with his experience whilst working as a surgeon in the fields of trauma like burns and cosmetic surgery to develope a skin care range that is highly effective.

This hand care cream is anti-ageing and so highly moisturising you need to try it to believe it!! It’s non-greasy leaving an invisible protective barrier which even lasts through a few hand washes (originally created for surgeons)

This product is unique and does exactly what it say’s it does, I love it…it does cost a pretty penny but worth the splurge QMS Medicosmetics £20

What moisturising hand cream(s) do you have on your wish list for winter?

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The Ultimate Bronze For Champions!

BENEFIT’s The Bronze Of Champions Kit. The little box of magic contains some of Benefit’s best-selling products for your eyes, lips and cheeks, this beautiful box will give you summer-ready skin in an instant. It was a Christmas gift from my very sweet niece’s Danielle 4yrs, Charlotte 3yrs – what good taste they have already 🙂
 

Watt’s Up

Is a Soft Focus Highlighter for the face. It has a cream-to-powder finish, this soft focus highlighter will give your complexion a luminous sheen which is very flattering and not cheap n glittery! It’s easy to apply and blends well. It will give your face a gorgeous glow. It’s my new found “can’t live without” product

Creaseless Cream Shadow in Bikini-Tini

This creamy eye shadow glides on effortlessly, I love the fact it in indeed crease-proof as it makes it idiot proof and easy to blend in a hurry. It also has staying power and really won’t budge the whole day! 

 Long-wear Powder Shadow in Thanks A Latte

It’s Silky and soft and such a beautiful shade that suits all skin tones/eye colour.  It looks so pretty when applied and will stay from morning til night.

Hoola Bronzing Powder

Ok so this is “The”best-selling bronzer in the UK! A delicate powder that gives you a natural looking tan all year round. It doesn’t contain any glitzy glitter or shimmer but a healthy radiant complexion all year round. I have two friends who swear by it and use it all year round, Martina first introduced me to it and Jayne told me the other day it’s great for contouring.
 
Powder Brush
A mini version of the full size but still made from natural bristles, this soft brush allows for easy application of the Hoola Bronzing Powder. 
Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in Hoola
A non sticky but glossy lip formula which moisture drenches your lips. Great for summer nights to compliment a radiant glow.

They’re Real! Beyond Mascara

Last but certainly not least! Another best-selling Benefit product. I’ve blogged about this mascara before. A fantastic multi-tasker it curls, volumises, lifts and separates your lashes, what more do you want? It also has a little bobble on the end if the wand which is great for building up the inner or outer lashes in the tricky places. It always looks like I’ve got falsies on when I’m wearing this glamorous mascara.
And of course all this comes complete with a mirror built on the lid of the box under the instructions/tips in true Benefit style with an illustrated step by step guide.

 

Go get one, you won’t  regret it , it’s a great way  to try them all out first. 

Secondblonde x