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.  

Secondblonde x

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

 

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

 
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Thank you for watching.

Secondblonde x

Sexy Mother Pucker™ Lip Shine Lacquer by Soap and Glory

This lip gloss arrived in my “The Next Big Thing” bumper Soap & Glory box set. If you know me you will know that I don’t do lip gloss, I haven’t worn it for yonks! I’m a matte red retro MAC Ruby Woo kinda gal. So I hesitantly tried this lip gloss and was quite surprised….

2015/01/img_3013.jpgHere’s the science bit….
SPECIAL VEGGIE ESTERS which leave a soft, filmy, glass-like shine over lips for enhanced colour adherence

Ultra-moisturising and repairing COLOURBURST™ CRYSTALS with MICRONISED FRESHWATER PEARL POWDER, aragonite crystals, protein complex amino acids and moisturising polysaccharides

3-D PLUMP™
COLLAGEN MESH™
ENCAPSULATED HYALURONIC ACID & CHONDROITIN SULFATE
in a 3-dimensional network that firms, sculpts and stimulates collagen synthesis.

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On first application I didn’t like it at all as it was far from my dramatic red hue and it felt gloppy, it felt like I wanted to rub it off and I was concerned that it made my teeth look yellow!

I decided to give it a decent trial and tried it out for a week and actually really love it! The colour is quite dense which means even when the high shine has dulled down your lips after a few hours of wear you still have an even coat of colour. The “gloopy” texture I’ve gotten used to and doesn’t bother me, it feels quite moisturising.

I don’t find it to be very plumping which doesn’t bother me, though because of its clever ingredients (listed above) it does give the illusion of fullness and your lips look smooth and moisturised.

The colour “charm offensive” is a pretty rose hue which is quite flattering for most skin tones. It’s a nice alternative to my matte red lip days and quite girly. I’m glad I didn’t throw it aside after one application, I’m definitely a lip gloss convert now, I’m reaching into my make-up bag right as I type to slap on a coat before I set off to work.

Get your Soap and Glory Sexy Mother™ Pucker Lip Shin Lacquer here £7 available in 6 wearable/pretty shades.

Have you tried any of the other shades?

Union Jack Nails

These nails were painted last summer on Chanel by one of Sophy Robson’s girls at Hari’s Kings Road. The theme is Rollings Stones and the union jacks and the stones trademark lip logo are all hand painted. Better than any foil wrap I’ve ever seen!

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