My Favorite Night Balm – C.O Bigelow 8 hour overnight recovery lip treatment | secondblonde

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This overnight treatment by C.O Bigelow NY is my lips new best friend and my favourite lip balm. I discovered this amazing lip balm a few months ago and recommend it to anyone looking for a new lip balm or anyone that suffers from dry lips. It’s a non-sticky lip treatment that stays put on your lips for 8 hours…yes it really does!

It contains shea butter and has a very slight vanilla scent, the texture is nice and thick but never gloopy. I normally apply it to my lips before bed and wake up to nourished smooth plumped lips. What I really love about it is that even after 8 hours it is still fresh on your lips as if you’ve just applied it. I also find that my lipstick goes on better and stays put longer after using this balm.

If you are looking for a new lip balm you must try this one or any of the other C.O Bigelow balms available at Liberty Beauty Hall. I also have the Mentha Lip Shine/Breath Freshener that contains 100% natural mint and the Mentha Lip Balm Stick that’s a matte finish with an spf  all of which I use on different occasions because they do what they say they will do…honest | genuine | trustworthy Apothecaries.

C.O. Bigelow was established in New York in 1838 providing healing remedies. As the oldest surviving apothecary in America, today the brand fuses a wealth of experience with the best in modern technology to create authentic herbal skin care, lip balms, hair care, body and bath products.  

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I’m Cheating on MAC Ruby Woo with NARS Mysterious Red | secondblonde

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If you know me or read my posts you know I wear a matte red lip on a daily basis and have been wearing Ruby Woo by Mac for at least 5 years, it’s kinda become my signature colour. The beauty hall I work in is full of fabulous brands so recently I decided it was time to explore new alternatives to my beloved Ruby Woo. With my loyalty voucher to redeem my first stop is the NARS counter…I decided to go for one of their new (well new to me) Velvet Matte Lip Pencil’s.

The Promise The idea of this product is that you still get the application of a lipstick but with the convenience of a pencil in a jumbo crayon design. The colour is very pigmented, the texture is a  velvety matte finish. It’s formula promises a creamy texture as it has unique silicones which ensure long lasting colour and it’s enriched with vitamin E.

Results I’ve been wearing this lip colour for about four weeks, I love the colour it’s a retro kind of red just how I like it. The fact it’s a jumbo pencil is really easy to use, I do still use a lip liner otherwise I find it bleeds a little (but hey that may just be my age) The colour is really intense and stays put all day with a top after eating. The creamy texture feels great on my lips and they certainly look more hydrated while being matte. The only downside in my opinion is that I think this will not last as long as a traditional lipstick as I need to sharpen it quite often.

Summary I’m definitely a convert…sorry Ruby Woo! I will be re-purchasing. Check out NARS here £20

What NARS lip products have you tried? would love to hear your experiences.

Secondblonde x

 

Votary Cleansing Oil – Rose Geranium and Apricot 100ml | secondblonde

FullSizeRender (31)If you haven’t already heard of this brand they launched September 2015. Votary is a skin care brand using plant oils and active ingredients. The products are all 100% natural suitable for all skin types including very sensitive. The range consists of cleansing oils, facial oils, toning serums and a box set of cotton face cloths.

Arabella Preston a former make-up artist founded the brand after experimenting in her kitchen mixing oils not only for her own skin but also for her clients. Most of which are interested in nutrition and concerned these days about what they are putting on their skin too. Skin guru Caroline Hirons is also a big fan read here her review last year. She also included it in her Most Used Products of 2015.

It’s avaiable exclusively at Libery London so if you missed it here’s a little post I wrote about the first time I met Arabella read here.

On to the product It comes in a box with a cotton face flannel which I think is a nice touch. My first thoughts about using an oil to cleanse with was that I may not like the feeling on my skin, or maybe it will leave an uncomfortable residue…HOW WRONG COULD I BE! This cleansing oil is such a delight to use, the whole experience is lovely and it delivers on what it promises –

a fantastic way to cleanse your face and remove make-up. It leaves your skin feeling clean, soft and plumped” 

I’ve been using it at night as my first cleanse and in the morning as my only cleanse. For a make-up removal cleanse I need 4/5 pumps which I spread between my palms then press into my skin. I do a quick massage all over and do my eyes last as it lifts off even the most stubborn mascara so you obviously don’t want that all over your face. Then I use a hot wringed out flannel place it over my face to breathe in and enjoy the aroma of the oils. This is a really nice moment and worth doing. Then I take it off with the flannel doing a light exfoliation as I go and then pat dry with a towel.

For a morning cleanse I do the same as above but with less product, I normally only need 2/3 pumps.

Results What I really noticed immediately was how clean my face was and how nourished it felt without any oily residue…I didn’t feel like my skin desparartely needed moisture. After a few weeks I started getting comments like “oh but you’ve got lovely skin” 

Summary I definitely think this is an amazing cleanser which I will continue to use. It is luxurious therefore it’s price reflects the quality of the ingredients so at £45 100ml it’s more of an investment purchase however in my opinion it’s worth every penny and it also lasts a long time as a little goes a long way.

You can buy yours at Liberty Beauty Hall

What cleansing oils have you tried? I’d love to hear about them.

Secondblonde x

Review: Diptyque Eau des Sens Sample

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It’s always very exciting when Diptyque launch a new perfume…introducing Eau des Sens. I am really lucky, working in beauty I do get to spritz myself with a different Diptyque perfume every day. I’ve been old by a few people that Do Son Eau De Toilette (tuberose, orange leaves and musk) really suits me, so I’m guessing that this new Eau Des Sens Sample (orange blossom, juniper, patchouli) will be a good choice.

So when I first sprayed this sample on I notice the bitter orange citrus which is fresh and punchy mixed with juniper berries to give it a kick! Then there’s a bit of a woodiness coming through, oh I’m liking it so far. After a few hours I really notice the patchouli coming into it’s own which then lingers on my skin for a good 6-8 hours…

I’m really enjoying the diversity of this magical scent, Diptyque just when I think you’ve done it all you go and surprise me! Go get your’s from Frederica and her fabulous team at Liberty Beauty Hall Diptyque Boutique next to the Chocolate shop (oh don’t get me started on the chocolates)

Secondblonde x

Review: Kiehl’s Centella Skin-Calming Facial Cleanser

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I was on the hunt for a new gentle cleanser as in the colder months my skin is prone to feeling sensitive with the occasional itchy red flare up. After my shift at work I pop to the Kiehl’s counter in our Beauty Hall to get some expert advice.

Following an informal skin consultation with a very knowledgeable cool looking dude (great hair) I was recommended to use the Centella Skin-Calming Facial Cleanser. So straight to the till I go with my £5 beauty loyalty voucher excited to try it out later that night.

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It’s very light weight and free of all nasties and of course soap free/alcohol-free, it’s perfect for sensitive skin as it’s comforting and gentle leaving your skin moisturised.

The formula contains:  Aloe Vera – to soften and smooth.  Chamomile to comfort and soothe.  Centella Asiatica (Tiger Herb) for antibacterial and anti-psoriatic effects. *In the wild tigers with wounds rub against this plant for it’s healing properties.

After just one use my skin feels calm, moisturised and very clean without feeling tight. (I use this as my first step in a double cleanse) The formula is that of a creamy translucent gel with no scent, you can use on dry skin and cotton off or damp skin and flannel off. I always flannel off to double up as a gentle exfoliation. It’s non-sticky and non-foaming so my skin absolutely loves it, I am happy to say that this is my perfect winter facial cleanser, so the guy (who I must go back and thank) on the Kiehl’s counter was spot on! You can get yours from Liberty here.

Have you tried any of Kiehl’s facial cleansers? I would love to hear about them.

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