The Only Detangling Hairbrush You Need | secondblonde

image1 (9)I can’t be without my trusty tangle teezer, I own two (original stylers) and have them dotted around the house in my bathroom and bedroom. In addition to these I have two travel sized ones (compact styler) that I throw in my handbag and take away with me. I first wrote about my love for this clever detangling brush in 2013 in a post titled “Tangles Be Gone” read here to find out why I love these brushes so much.

So you can imagine how excited I am that they’ve just launched some cute new limited edition brushes such as this candy coloured “Lemon Sherbet” pictured above in the original styler size. For all the pug dog lovers there’s a fun compact styler called “Pug Love” plus one for the starry eyed disco divas called “Star Bright”.

If you still haven’t got one yet, what are you waiting for? Nadine Baggott (TV Presenter/Beauty Journalist) is a big fan take a look at her vlog including her Tangle Teezer Thick & Curly as one of her all time hair hero’s watch here

The lovely people at Tangle Teezer have a brush to suit your hair type from straight/fine hair to thick/afro hair, 7 types in all. They are still designed and made in Great Britian and give back by supporting three charities.

Go check them out here Tangle Teezer from £10.60

Secondblonde x

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WHIPPED CLEAN Shower gel and Body Butter all in one – smells good enough to eat! 

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This Whipped Clean Luxe Cream Wash and Shower Butter all in one does not disappoint. A shower butter that’s so thick and creamy it feels luxurious on your skin and smells oh so good!

With 25% moisture oils and butters it’s so moisturising leaving your skin hydrated and smooth with no residue but fresh clean soft skin. I do not feel the need to moisturise after cleansing with this product, it’s a great time saver for early mornings before work.

The vital ingredients include cocoa, shea butters, grapeseed, sweet almond oil, macadamia oil, oh and the added scent of pistachio, almond and sweet vanilla which is why it smells good enough to eat!

It arrived in my Soap and Glory Hattie Stewart designed Christmas Gift Box, I’ve only just gotten round to using it. A little product on a bath sponge goes a long way, it’s great value at  £8 250ml I would repurchase it, take a look here soap and glory. I do love a bit of S&G pampering, how about you?

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Matchy Matchy…Oribe hair care meets Barielle nail polish!

 Luxury hair care Oribe’s hottest NEW range is their Bright Blonde product range, read more about luscious Oribe here. I was lusting over the beautiful packaging so much that I decided to paint my nails in a hue to match, it’s the new thing didn’t you know!

 Diving into my nail polish drawer which is bursting full of polishes in a rainbow of colours I found a Barielle colour I’ve not worn in a while, it’s called Berry go Round. If you aren’t familiar with this brand I’ve posted about them before Read here. A quick file, base coat, 2 coats of Colour and a top coat finishing with cuticle oil and ta dah! Nails like you’ve just stepped out of a salon. 

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ORANGEASM™ Every Morning! With Soap and Glory

IMG_8033.JPGAs you may already know I’m a huge Soap and Glory fan. I know, I know it’s all pink and girly but I just can’t help it, they manage to reel me in every time!
I love the fact they have an affordable line of up of up-to-the minute beauty with fun packaging and punchy tag lines, but above all some really nice good quality products that tick all the boxes!

I’ve been using this Orangeasm Body Wash in place of the original Clean On Me™shower gel. I really like the zesty refreshing scent (it contains green mandarin, Sicilian lemon and sweet lemon) it helps to wake me up in the mornings! It’s not over powering citrus or plastic smelling it’s more of a pleasant orange peel smell.

As most S&G products a little goes a long way, I find 3 pumps of this is plenty and lathers up well when used with my natural sea sponge.

My skin is clean, fresh and revitalised.
I think this is a great product for only £6.50 for 500ml and S&G are usually included in 3 for 2 deals at boots, get yours here

What Soap and Glory products are you into lately?

Secondblonde x

The 10 minute express mani at home!

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IMG_8844-2.JPGTarting up your nails before a night out doesn’t need to take long and will make the world of difference to your look.

1. Even out ridges with a 4 way buffer, this makes for a speedy application and evens out nails for smooth results.

2. Skip the base coat (just for speed) paint your first coat of polish, I start in the middle with a long downward stroke and then the sides (going as close as possible to the edges)

3. Paint the second coat of polish taking care not go over the edges using the same technique as before. *TIP don’t overload the brush, wipe excess off on the bottle neck, otherwise you risk an uneven finish*

4. Finish with a generous coat of good quality top coat, this speeds up drying time, prevents chips and gives the nail a glossy finish.

5. Last but not least! Massage cuticle oil in your cuticles for a professional finish, no paint job will ever look good with dry cuticles!

Shopping List:
Nail Polish – Only Fingers and Toes in Aphrodite. Buy here

Top Coat – Intensae base and top coat. buy here

Cuticle Oil – Advanced Cuticle Oil PRO buy here

4 Way Nail Buffer – Models Own or boots brand buy here

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?

Holiday Arm Candy

I’m always partial to a beachwear style bracelet while on holiday in Turkey. The beach side shops are always awash with trinkets swaying in the breeze and leather bracelets available in every colour and style.

This summer I opted for pretty candy shades of baby pink and powder blue twists of so leather as it compliments my turkish eye bracelet.
Of course it cost next to nothing! (Under £1)

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These bracelets look great teamed with a chunky rose gold bracelet watch, oh and perfect with a tan!

What are your favourite summer time accessories?

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Berry go Round

Barielle’s Berry go Round is a perfect shade of coral for hazy summer days.

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A quick file and shape to tidy up, I prefer my nail shape to be natural. Paint two coats and apply a top coat and cuticle oil for the perfect DIY mani.

20130810-133258.jpg Read my full review on Barielle polishes Here