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

 

 

 

Review: Nivea 3-1 sensitive caring micellar water

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If you read my post’s or follow me on instagram you will already know I love to use Nivea essentials alongside my higher end beauty products. Sometimes you don’t need to spend a small fortune to get good quality and great results. I’d just finished a bottle of Micellar water so thought I’d try our Nivea’s latest edition to their sensitive caring range.

The packaging is the new taller bottle with an easy to to open flip lid which is great when you are rushing preventing spills. The label on the front has been updated with cute air bubbles drawn on which must be a reaction to the instagram culture and our obsession to photograph everything!

The product: It’s a 3-1 cleanser for face and eyes for sensitive skin containing dexpanthenol and grape seed oil. Use on cotton wool to remove make-up and dirt without rubbing and moisturises and helps to reduce the signs of sensitive skin: redness, tightness, dryness.

Summary: My skin had been feeling super sensitive with red/dry itchy patches but on first application of this cleansing water I cannot believe the positive effect it’s had on my skin! It’s looking calm, a lot less itchy and no where need as red and angry. I do still double cleanse in the morning using a creamy cleanser which I flannel off, then sweep over with this as my second cleanse. At night I’m a little lazy so rely on this doing he full job which I do twice.

Verdict: This is brilliant stuff! I haven’t tried it on stubborn waterproof mascara yet (i’m a big fan of Nivea Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover read here) but it’s great for removing my daily work wear make-up. I am really pleased with it’s performance and will definitely re-purchase and at only £3.69 it’s a bargin.

Buy your’s from Boots

What have you tried from the Nivea Sensitive Caring range?

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My Make-Up Bag Staples

Being a bit of beauty junkie I like to try out new products however, there’s a few products that live in my make-up bag all year round that I use on a daily basis that have become my staples.


1. Lipstick: Mac Ruby Woo Matte

2. Mascara: Eyeko Fat Brush or Benefit They’re Real

3. Powder: No 7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder in medium

4. Brows: Barry m brow kit or Benefit Brow Zings

5. Tinted Moisturiser: Nivea BB cream in light

6. High Lighter: Benefit Girl Meets Pearl

7. Cuticle Care: OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil To Go

What are your “go to” products? I’d love to hear about them.

Secondblonde x 

  

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 

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

Nivea Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover

This budget eye make-up remover is the BEST i’ve ever used!

20130606-232704.jpgShake well and apply. onto cotton wool, wipe gently across your eye form inner to outer. No need for rubbing, removes waterproof mascara or the most stubborn of eyeliners with ease and is eye contact user friendly.

20130606-233541.jpgMixing the two liquids together never tires (yes I know..little things)
It doesn’t leave an oily residue. I normally follow with a dab of Rose Water, which I use as a natural skin tonic.

20130606-234507.jpg£3.59 for 125ml you can’t really go wrong. Buy here