Bamford Botanic Nurture Balm | secondblonde

 

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Whenever my skin needs a little TLC I reach for my little pot of Botanic Nurture Balm. If you aren’t familiar with this brand read my review here of their body wash/cream which includes a quick background on this English heritage brand.

This beautiful pot of botanical balm is a nourishing Shea Butter containing healing arnica with omega-rich rosehip oil. It’s a nutrient – intense balm great for dry skin/patches. It’s ingredients is 100% organic and is scented with notes of chamomile, lavender (not strong) and tea tree oil.  Key Ingredients Shea butter . sunflower oil . jojoba oil . rosehip oil . olive oil . lavender oil . geranium oil . chamomile oil . tea tree oil . arnica Montana extract.

Summary I tend to use mine in the winter months when my skin plays up due to colder air outside and central heating inside. I like to apply it to spot area’s such as my heels/ankles, elbows, knees and any other small rough patches.

The texture is much what you’d expect from a solid balm, once warmed in your palms it softens and sinks into your skin quickly. It does leave a balmy residue as expected however it’s not overly greasy. The smell is wonderfully delicate as it’s all natural and organic.

I can really smell the geranium and chamomile above all the other ingredients and find it really soothing and moisturising  on my skin and also really calming and relaxing for my mind. It’s a little moment of calm while you are massaging it in. I like to massage it into my cuticles then cup my hands over my nose and breathe in for a few seconds to inhale the aromas…..ah bliss! I also use mine to heal and calm skin problems like little patches of eczema.

*Top Tip it’s also great for your hair to calm flyaway’s  – after use  on your skin smooth the remains on your palms over your hair, particularly the ends.

This is certainly a luxury product at £22  for 60ml however as a little goes a long way, mine seems to be lasting forever.

Secondblonde x

The Konjac Sponge Co-100% Vegetable Fibre Face Sponge | secondblonde

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The Konjac Sponge Co produce 100% biodegradable vegetable fibre sponge’s with a unique net-like structure. This gently massages the skin to stimulate blood flow and cell turnover and removes all traces of dirt and make-up with or without any cleanser. There are different options available depending on your skin type/needs. I’m trying out the Pink Clay enriched one which is best for dry and mature skin.

What is Konjac? Made from Konjac Potato or Konnyaku, first discovered in the Indochinese region that has been used for 1,500 years as a medicinal, food, dieting and beauty product. Naturally alkaline and pH neutral it leaves skin perfectly balanced for radiant skin. Gentle enough for sensitive skins and babies, the pure Konjac Sponges are the ultimate in natural, effective skin care. 

How To Use It Rinse your Konjac Sponge in warm water, squeeze it out and gently cleanse your skin. (when it’s dry it shrinks and feels hard with an uneven surface, when hydrated it expands to a smooth round dome shape that feels soft on your skin) I like using circular movements, the sponge fits nicely into the palm of your hand. You don’t need to use a cleanser but can add a small amount if desired.

After use rinse your sponge well, and allow to dry in an airy place between uses. It has a handy little string loop to hang it up, I hang mine in my shower. It will last for about 3 months and then you need to replace it. You can add it to your garden compost after use.

Summary I really love using this natural sponge, I tend to use it in the mornings when I don’t have any make-up to remove. I use it without cleanser to give my face a nice gentle exfoliation and massage – feels so good. Then I use a cleanser which I remove in my usual way with a warm face flannel. I’m quite sure my skin is looking brighter since using it.

I will definitely re-purchase this sponge and try out some of the other types, in fact my husband tried it and loved it so I’ve got one for him too! Check them out here

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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

Beauty on a Budget

It’s that time of year when we all over spent at Christmas and New Year and feeling the pinch awaiting the very long 5 week payday! So when my usual facial wash by Soap and Glory £9 needed replacing I thought I would choose a cheaper option!

Scouring the shelves in boots for something under a a fiver…bingo there it is and for only £3.65 150ml.

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NIVEA Visage Gentle Cleansing Cream Wash (from the daily essentials range)

Packaging is appealing the tube has a Matt feel and the pink shade is feminine and inviting, not medical looking like some high street brands.

It feels creamy and luxurious with tiny gentle rounded beads. The smell is what you expect from Nivea, just a really nice cream smell, if you know what I mean! It applies with ease and rinses off well, leaving your skin feeling clean yet moisturised. If you like the squeaky clean shiny face result then this is not for you!

My skin feels like I do not need to apply moisturiser and after 4 uses it’s sorted out my dry patches from winter skin.

Benefits:
It purifies and smoothes for a soft skin feeling with Almond & Calendula Oil.
Helps skin stay soft and supple all day.

Conclusion:
I will definitely recommend this product and re-purchase. It’s also going to go in my “best beauty under a fiver” edit.

Secondblonde x

Butter me up!

A good all round Body Butter, a bit if an old classic that really works. Palmers Cocoa Butter Formular has been around since the middle of the 19th century but under its current ownership since 1971, we all seem to have memories of this cocoa Formular mainly down to it’s rich cocoa smell.

20130707-145707.jpg This concentrated Formular derived from the cocoa bean also contains Vitamin E.

20130707-145950.jpg The cream is satisfyingly thick and creamy with a rich chocolatey aroma you either Love or hate.

20130707-150214.jpg It’s easily applied and obsorbes really well with no sticky residue. Even though the level of moisture is high the finish is matt (there are glossy versions available) personally I love the smell and do not find it over powering, more comforting. If you dislike the smell Palmers have a fragrance free version and also a line of olive oil based products, a coconut oil line and a Shea butter line.

20130707-151025.jpg This handy 60g tube is great on the go in your handbag and it’s a really good after sun moisturiser, or perfect in winter for dry elbows/knees.

20130707-151325.jpg All in all I do like a bit of Palmers Cocoa Butter from time to time but have to say if I was to use it daily I fear I would get sick of the smell. I use it occasionally or use it on my knees elbows ankles and between my fingers before I apply a gradual tanning product.

Palmers have a very wide range of skin care from basic moisturisation to glistening glosses to gradual tans, and it doesn’t stop there they have a whole facial skin care range too.

Palmers are also PARABEN FREE and against Animal Testing.

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