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

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

Empties July 2016|secondblonde

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Watch my vlog here to find out what I’ve been loving so much that they are empty! In this vlog I mention the following hair and skin care:

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Cherry 200ml £2.99 here

Davines Melu Hair Shield Heat Spray 250ml £22.80 here

Dr Sebagh High Maintenance Cream 65ml £95 here

Ren ROSA CENTIFOLIA 3-IN-1 CLEANSING WATER 200ML£13 here

Hope you enjoyed this vlog, if you have any questions or wish to share your experiences or tips I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Have a great evenig and I will see you in my next vlog!
Kelly x

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

Travel Mini’s That Make It Into My Overnight Bag

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I don’t know about you but I always want to take all my beauty potions with me just for one night, then my husband’s face (when we are packing a rucksack for the motorbike he explains we can’t take extra weight which makes me realise I only need a few essentials) That’s when I dig around my stash for all my little travel/sample sizes I have knocking around, these are the best ones that make it into my bag…

HAIR: Pureology Strength Cure Fabulous Lengths – a leave-in cream that protects long hair from breakage and leaves your hair feeling velvety soft making it easy to style. Buy here

BODY: This Works Deep Calm Bath & Shower Gel – leaves my skin feeling moisturised, soft and lightly fragranced. Also great to use at night before bed to promote a good nights sleep. Buy here

Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil – the perfect “wake me up” with refreshing and indulging powers of pink grapefruit, rosemary and juniper berries for a fantastic and reviving start to the day. Buy here

Nivea Creme – enriched with eucerit a special moisturiser ingredient, a budget multi-functional cream we all trust. Buy here

FACE: Ren 3-in-1 Cleansing Water – I opt for a micellar water as a quick and effective cleanser to remove make-up and refresh my skin. A one product does it all for convenience (doesn’t hurt for 1 night) it cleanses my skin without dryness feeling revived and toned without tightness. Buy here

Dr Sebagh Serum Repair –  an intensive collagen hyaluronic acid for tightening, brightening, plumping and hydration – a mini facial on the go! Buy here

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer – a light and effective lotion with vitamin E and A. Buy here

Dr. Perricone No Foundation Foundation – gives effortless dewy finish, leaves skin glowing, radiant and youthful. A mineral based make-up formula with SPF 30. Buy here

Cotton Buds – handy for correcting any eye make-up hick-ups or use as applicators.

Face Flannel – I prefer to use my own!

What do you pack in your overnight bag when you are travelling light and cannot take full sized products with you? Love to hear your recommendations and ticks.

Secondblonde x

 

 

 

6 Ways to Keep Your Collagen & Skin Young

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Collagen is a protein that our skin cells produce to “hold” our skin together keeping it’s firmness and elasticity. Young skin is plump and smooth because it constantly naturally re-generates itself. As we age our collagen production slows down, from 25yrs collagen slowly decreases and by 45yrs it’s 30% less meaning your skin can get damaged due to sun exposure or bad habits and result in wrinkles and sagging skin.

Sun damage made simple – UVB Rays are the rays that burn our skin, UVA Rays are the rays that age our skin. So UVA Rays break down fibres and elasticity in our skin creating wrinkles. So here’s what you can do to help boost your collagen preventing ageing skin:

1.Up Your Vitamin C Intake Vitamin C is crucial to the formulation of collagen and it’s difficult for our bodies to restore vitamin C so the more you can get the better. Also add Vitamin C to your daily skin care routine like these Pure Vitamin C Powder Cream from Dr Sebagh available at Liberty Beauty Hall to reactivate your collagen levels.

 

 

2.Cut Down Your Sugar Habits Eating too many sugary foods can be a beauty disaster! It causes premature ageing by a process called glycation (the cellular level of the skins structure resulting in wrinkling and loss of elasticity)

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3.Use an SPF SPF’s protect our skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Use an SPF 15 – 30, there are lot’s of skin creams and tinted moisturisers with added SPF’s. Add a shield of protection under your make-up like this Dermalogica product available at Liberty Beauty HallIMG_3457

 

4.Exfoliate This seems like an obvious one but I’m always surprised how many people skip this part of their weekly routine relying purely on their magic lotions and potions to do the trick. I advise both! Removing the top layer of dead skin helps speed up the natural process of skin and collagen renewal. You can also use Acid Peels or Glycolic Overnight Peels in addition to a good old fashioned exfoliation – use gentle products that aren’t too harsh for the face. I like to use just a face flannel to gently exfoliate my skin with after cleansing.

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5.Add Antioxidants To Your Routine Adding antioxidants to your skincare and your diet can do wonders for your skin keeping you looking young. Sip on green tea (I do struggle with green tea so opt for a green tea infused with peppermint to hide the taste) Also use creams and active serums containing antioxidants like this Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Hydrator available at Liberty Beauty Hall 

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6.Massage Your Skin Massaging your face daily will help boost the production  of collagen giving skin a plump appearance for smoother younger looking skin. Massage also stimulates the lymph glands to promote clearer skin, massage with a collagen boosting face oil. I massage my skin for a minute in the morning while applying face serum before my moisturiser. (when you have more time and not rushing out the door you should massage your face for at least 5 mins)

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Oh one last thing, always treat your skin to a face mask once a week, choose a day and stick to it so you get into a routine. The best day is on a Sunday or on your day off so you’ve got at least 15mins to relax and for the mask to do it’s job well.

What anti-ageing skin care advice do you have? I’d love to hear your tips and ticks.

Secondblonde x

Dr Sebagh Signature Facial with Super Facialist Tine Hagelquist at Liberty London

The title is a bit of a mouthful but had to get it all in! Not only did I experience a “red carpet skin ready” facial I was lucky to have their top facialist Tine Hagelquist in a private room at the iconic Liberty store…what more can a girl want!IMG_0066

I was out shopping in town when I unexpectedly bumped into Vivian and Tine from Dr Sebagh at Liberty. They mentioned that they have a facial event in store and had just had a last minute cancellation I could fill. Of course I take it, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect, I had a few hours to kill prior to an evening hair event and what could be better than to show up with beautiful radiant skin…winning!

The Facial of all facials: Tine met me in the beauty hall and walked me to a private room, it’s located on the first floor with a window looking out over Carnaby Street (of course there’s a window blind) The room is fresh, clean and bright with the delicate aroma of ylang ylang, there’s no noise – it’s magical. Tine dim’s the light’s a little, ask’s me to remove my top and bra straps and lay on the bed under the silky sheet and soft red blanket, it’s so cosy I’m totally relaxed. I have had the pleasure of working with Tine before however that said she is so friendly and kind she immediately puts you at ease, she’s extremely knowledgeable with 3 decades of experience! (I know she doesn’t look old enough) she is so passionate about her work which shine’s out of her face like little sunbeams. She has good energy.

Tine start’s with a consultation asking me key questions about my skin routine and diet then get’s to work on my face. She gently removes my make-up and cleansed my skin using the Foaming Cleanser and a soft warm towel. Then applied the Deep Exfoliating Mask for 5 mins, this really gets to work on your skin it does feel very tingly and is almost like a facial peel. Next for the masks, for treating my skin type she applied the Skin Perfecting Mask on my t-zone area and Rose de Vie Hydration Mask on my cheeks for 20 mins.

While the masks do their thing on my face Tine offers a neck, shoulders, arms and hand massage using the Supreme Maintenance Body Cream. It is absolute bliss all my stress and worries are floating away as her magic hands massage me and I forget I’m in the middle of busy London.

It’s time to remove the masks with warm soft flannels then Tine performs Lymphatic Drainage using Rose de Vie Serum on my face, neck and decollete. Lymphatic Drainage is about removing waste through your lymph nodes and eyes look less puffy too.

Next is a “Facial Workout” using the Supreme Maintenance Serum, Tine’s technique is the best I’ve had, she’s brilliant! Now for my eye area Tine works on my pressure points and performs lymphatic drainage in this area using Supreme Eye Serum, the product has a ball on the end where it dispenses onto your skin and feels so cooling and refreshing.

To tighten and brighten my complexion Tine applies Serum Repair mixed with Pure Vitamin C Powder Cream, then gently applies High Maintenance Cream and Sun-City SPF 30 Protection (very important) and finishes with Supreme Neck Lift on my neck and decollete.

And the results? Oh wow my skin is radiant, healthy looking and plumped up taking a few years off me…I’m all set now to get dressed and do my hair and make-up for the hair event. By the way my make-up went on like a dream.

During the treatment Tine gently talks through each step and gives you lots of beauty tips and advice and also talks about nutrition and how  to look after the gut and eat food from the “Rainbow Diet” sharing a few quick, simple delicious recipes. She also talks about being positive and happy.

Tine has travelled the world teaching her techniques for Dr Perricone, Nubo and Ole Henriksen to name a few and has worked in the most luxurious locations and has a few celebrity client’s too (she never reveals their names) she will kill me for mentioning!!! lol

I highly recommend the Dr Sebagh Signature Facial, if you are a regular reader you will already know I’m a big fan and use Dr Sebagh products in my daily routine. You can book at Liberty London here event days are £50 redeemable against two products. Here’s a quick look at the effective products that were used in my facial:

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Have you tried any of the Dr Sebagh products or had a facial with them, I’d love to hear your experiences?

Secondblonde x

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6 Minute Daily Face 


Your morning face routine should be just that, a routine like brushing your teeth! We all tend to think “I don’t have time” well make the time. I’m talking about 6 mins of fuss free care that will make a BIG difference to your skins appearance and feel now and long term.

1. Cleanse with a “non-foaming” cleanser. Any good quality cleanser will do the job. The crucial part is using the hot cloth method (not cotton wool) Use an old fashioned face flannel drenched in warm/hot water. Use circular movements to remove your cleanser, the flannel will also give you a light exfoliation. 

2. Apply a facial serum, preferably one with hyaluronic acid if you can. *I love Dr Sebagh Serum Repair, get your from Liberty Beauty Hall London here £69

3. Moisturise with a CC or BB cream in your exact skin tone or slightly darker it must have an SPF, the tint will even your skin and illuminate for a glow. *I love Nivea BB 5 in 1 Beautifying Moisturiser Light get yours from Boots here £5.99

4. If needed dot on concealer under eyes and on any blemishes.

5. Finish with a nice even glossy coat of black mascara on your lashes, fill in sparse areas of your brows with gel/powder and complete with your favourite lipstick or lipgloss. 

Ta dah! You’re good to go! 

Secondblonde x 

Dr Sebagh Magic Soothing Rose de Vie Serum Délicat 30ml

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IMG_9329.PNGThe Promise:
A silky serum which leaves a protective film to restore the skins suppleness, contains organic rose hip oil, anti ageing and anti oxident ingredients to reduce redness, protect and smooth the skin.

My Verdict:
Ok I get it that’s it’s a very luxurious product which comes in a glass bottle with a pipette applicator which I really love and looks great on my dressing table but what’s with all the packaging? It’s comes in a pretty soft pink cardboard sleeve over the top of a two part sturdy glossy white box. It all looks beautiful but so unnecessary as it’s going straight in my recycle box.

On to the product, this light non-greasy serum is truly magical it’s no wonder it has gained a few celebrity fans and is a hit amongst the beauty journalists. It’s really really good at calming and moisturising irritable skin. I often have little flare ups of red itchy skin, when I massage in a few drops of this amazing potion my skin is immediately calm and hydrated like magic!

It can be applied morning and night however I tend to use it for emergency skin flare up’s due to the fact it’s quite pricey, although you do get what you pay for and in this case it delivers on all expectations.

It’s so light it can be applied under your moisturiser and make-up without any oily residue, actually it helps your make-up look fresher and stay put for longer. The smell….oh my it’s sooooo lovely, soft and pretty it reminds me of real traditional rose Turkish delight, it’s very delicate and calming. Those who aren’t fans of “rose” smelling products I’m pretty sure your’ll fall in love with this one. My skin is calm with no inflammations or itchy patches and very supple. It also works well when you add a few drops to your moisturiser.

It is a splurge at £129 here but I will say it’s worth every penny! Mine will last a year as I only use when I feel my skin needs it, I simply love it!

Have you tried any of Dr Sebagh’s award winning products? Would love to hear about them.

Secondblonde x

Dr Sebagh High Maintenance Hand Made Crème 75ml

This high performance luxury hand cream is the best hand cream I’ve ever tried.

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IMG_9066-0.PNGThe Promise:
Advanced anti-Ageing Care. A quickly absorbed non greasy intensively moisturising hand cream. Provides an invisible silken glove of protection and long term hydration. Expect immediate beauty to the appearance of your hands and be confident of long lasting results.

The Science Bit:
An exciting breakthrough in anti-ageing hand care. This Hand Made Crème prevents the 1st signs of ageing.

My Verdict:
Wow! this has just pushed my all time favourite hand cream off of the top spot! This hand cream delivers on ALL of it’s promises. It’s so highly moisturising my hands feel hydrated for hours on end. It is non-greasy but leaves a satisfying film like glove all over without feeling greasy or sticky. The texture is thick and creamy, the smell is gorgeous – reminds me of really nice smelling soap, a clean feminine kinda scent. The packaging is really cool, it’s like a giant toothpaste tube with it’s metallic silver and white/red branding and flip top lid. There isn’t anything not to love about this amazing hand cream!

Summary:
The results speak for themselves, this cream leaves my hands with a nice matte finish yet look and feel soft and silky as if I am wearing a glove. My skin looks healthier, much smoother and a few years younger! I keep this one on my dressing table to apply in the morning before I leave home and last thing at night. It’s a little pricey at £35 but matches it’s performance and high tech ingredients. I will be buying another tube of this hand magic when this one finishes.

Purchase your tube of High Maintenance Hand Made Crème here

secondblonde x