Get Ready With Me – My Everyday Quick Hair & Makeup Routine | secondblonde

This is what I do in the mornings daily (when tight for time) and after I’ve double cleansed and face and flanneled off in the shower. My routine takes me under 10 mins and thought you might like to see what products/tools I use.

Of course these aren’t the only products I use but pretty much what I am loving right now. I’ve included a time lapse clip of a live un-edited routine which I think turned out quite good seeing as I didn’t have a mirror and only the screen to see what I was doing!

Products used and how I use them listed in order below. I’ve added links to each brand if you want more in depth info or prices. If you do have any questions you know where to find me.

1. @tangleteezer Compact Styler – I use this to detangle my wet clean hair and brush into place, then I spritz some  @philip_kingsley Prep Perfecting Spray from mid-lengths to ends and brush through and leave to air dry for a few minutes while I do my face.

2. @nivea_uk Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover – I use this to ensure all my mascara has gone.

3. @garnieruk Micellar Cleansing Water – I gently wipe this over my whole face with a cotton wool pad but then pat my face dry as to not leave the product on my skin.

4. @omorovicza Reviving Eye Cream – I use one pump and divide between my middle finger tips and pat under each eye all around my eye socket.

5. @espaskincare Tri-Active™️Advanced Instant Facial – I use two pumps which I massage into my cheeks, nose, forehead, chin and down my neck.

6. @frezydermuk Moisturising Rich Cream – I layer this over my serum as it keeps my skin bouncy and hydrated all day.

7. @nivea_uk Tinted Moisturising Cream in Natural spf 15 – this is my final stage to add a little colour and even out my skin tone. I’m not a fan of heavy coverage I really like to see my skin.

8. @cobigelow My Favourite Night Balm – I add a thin layer to my lips to prep them for lipstick while I get to work on my hair. By the way this balm is the BEST EVER! It’s non-sticky or gloopy – it moisturises your lips for 8 hours and some. It is a night balm but I do like to use in the morning during winter months.

9. @denmanbrush to wrap dry my hair – my good old trusty Denman flat brush for a straight blow dry with a title lift at the roots and beveled under ends. I start tilting my head forwards and moving my hair in different directions around my ahead with my brush. Then I give a blast at the roots with my head upside down and then swish my head back to normal position and smooth done in 3 or 4 sections. *Top tip do not over dry your hair otherwise it will go static.

10. @barrymcosmetics Brow Kit in medium to dark – I brush my brows first then use the wax and powder to create a shape and fill in my brows. I use two different sized brush applicators (a thinner one to create the outer shape) I don’t bother with different shades however I build the colour up darker towards my nose until the arch.

11. @barrymcosmetics Take a Brow brow gel – Once I’m happy with my brow shape I comb clear brow gel through to keep unruly brows in place and set the powder. This step is worth the effort as it makes such a big difference.

12. @esteelauderuk Sumptuous Extreme Mascara (one coat for daytime) I love a volume mascara. I use one coat for daytime and build up with two if I really want a false eyelash look. I’m lucky that my lashes are naturally long.

13. @barrymcosmetics Strobe Cream in Iced Bronze – I glide this over the highest point of my cheekbones and corner of eye like a big letter C then blend with a brush. Then with the remainder on the brush I swipe it down my nose and on my chin. Give me a little natural glow.

14. @rimmellondonuk Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Peach Glow – I always use a pressed powder to set everything and keep the areas of my face that I like to have matte. I leave out the area’s I’ve just highlighted.

15. @bourjois_uk Rouge Velvet The Lipstick in 03 Hyppink Chic – I blot off the lip balm (only as this is a matte finish) and then apply this lipstick straight out of the bullet without a lip liner. Then use my finger to blot it and almost smudge the outline giving my lips a modern daytime look and the illusion of plumper lips!

Ta dah! There you have it my perfect everyday skin care and hair & makeup look in under 10 minutes!

secondblonde x

FrezyDerm Moisturizing Rich Cream | secondblonde

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I've fallen in love with the FrezyDerm brand lately, after loving the velvet technology second skin sun screen I couldn't wait to try one of the face creams. This is moisturiser is age specific for over 45's (i'm not quite there yet) or for very dry or dehydrated skin.

The packaging is the same as the sun screen I reviewed read it here if you missed it. I really like it. I use the cream in the morning, you can use it morning and night however I prefer to use face oils at night. I've been applying this cream in the morning after cleansing and applying my face serum but before my tinted moisturiser.

I only need a couple of pumps, it'a a pump dispenser which is lockable by twisting the lid. The cream is white and of a medium texture. It smells really nice – like a traditional face cream (takes me back to smelling the lotions/potions my glamorous Nanny Gladys would apply) It moves around my face with ease and is very quickly absorbed. My skin is instantly hydrated without looking or feeling greasy.

It contains 2 types of hyaluronic acid | Normal moisturizing factors (NMF) | Fish collagen: Prolonged hydration Tetrapeptide – 9 | Isoflavones: Anti-ageing treatment | Improvement of post-menopausal skin Avocado oil | Crambe Abyssinica Oil |  Emollient esters: Enhancement of the hydrolipid film

It's recommended as best for dry and dehydrated skin/mature skin 45+/post-menopause skin. Although I'm 42 I think my skin needs are dry/dehydrated.

I am really happy with this moisturiser, my skin really likes it and it's great under my make up as it is non-greasy so makes for a nice base. It also keeps mys skin hydrated and plump all day long, It promises over time to increase firmness and density, skin repairing, anti-wrinkle effect and I have no doubt that it will deliver on all of these promises.

It's reasonably priced at £19.99 for 50ml for more details go here I will definitely re-purchase this face cream, it's a great edition to my skin care routine.

Secondblonde x

NEW | Espa Tri-Active Advanced Instant Facial


I’m always up for trying out a new facial serum and this Espa Instant Facial ticks all the boxes of what my skin needs…

It’s a 3-in-1 treatment that promises to leave skin instantly replenished, smooth and luminous, then with continual use  will be firmer and brighter.

For anyone unsure of when to apply an active serum, always on cleansed dry skin to the areas you wish to treat – I always apply to my cheeks, nose and then massage in spreading up to my forehead and tapping around my under eye area. (eye creams really aren’t necessary) Then once absorbed apply your moisturiser/facial oil as usual.

*Top Tip – never wipe off any excess from your fingers – instead use it for your neck up to your jawline using upwards stroking movements. 

The Key Ingredients | Macroalgae Cell Extract | Winged Kelp Extract | White Truffle Extract | Vitamin C Encapsulated Oils |

My Verdict I’ve used this a few times, the first time I applied it I wasn’t expecting the product to have a slight fishy smell….I know, I know this shouldn’t matter whatsoever as it’s all about the ingredients and the results – I just wasn’t ready for it as the smell from the bottle is a pleasant orange kind of smell, probably didn’t help that I had massaged it in around my nose and pretty much up my nostrils!! NOT DOING THAT AGAIN!

The packaging is nice, it’s a glass frosted bottle and the pump works well dispensing a good amount of the cream textured serum. You only need 1 or 2 pumps as it seems to go a long way.

My skin did look instantly smooth and really fresh and hydrated and my tinted moisturiser went on really nicely and I’m now used to the smell which does disappear. My skin also felt nourished which is perfect for the winter months as I’m prone to dry patches.

It is a great skin booster and I’m looking forward to seeing the full effects after longer use.

Check it out here Espa £58

Secondblonde x

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm | secondblonde

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This award-winning cleansing balm is a firm favourite of mine and it’s worth all the hype! If you haven’t indulged in it yet I can assure you that you will not be disappointed.

Emma Hardie is a leading UK therapist (Emma used to attend to client’s based in MichaelJohn salon Mayfair, my husband used to work there) Her products are all made in England and she is a pioneer in natural healing and skin rejuvenation.

I use this cleansing balm for both morning and night. As you massage in the balm melts turning into a lovely oil that feels amazing on your skin, you only need a pea size as a little goes a long way. It breaks down all makeup including mascara and the smell (you know how much I like smells) well let’s just say it’s amazing! The Essential oils of Orange, Neroli and Mandarin are so beautiful and calming.

To remove I always use a clean warm damp flannel. The balm comes with a cleansing cloth which is like a microfibre texture and helps remove dirt from pores. My skin is always very clean and hydrated and very soft after using it.

  • Moringa Cleansing Balm is a balanced daily cleanser that thoroughly cleanse deep in the pores, moisturises and calms all skin types
  • Grape Seed Oil and Sweet Almond Oil rich in essential fatty acids help to plump and soften
  • Moringa seed extract, Wild Sea Fennel and Vitamin E balance, purify and help to minimise the appearance of open pores
  • Essential oils of Orange, Neroli and Mandarin rejuvenate and revitalise the skin whilst calming the senses
  • Jasmine and Rose help to recondition dull, dry, dehydrated and mature skins
  • Removes all traces of face and eye make-up 

This cleansing balm delivers on every promise, my skin is always nourished, plump and the appearance of my pores have improved and my skin is much calmer.

What I also really like about this product is that it is muli-use it is so pure it doubles as a soothing and hydrating mask if left on the skin for ten minutes, or you can apply a thin layer to clean skin before bed as an overnight treatment. It also works as a spot treatment as the moringa is a natural antibacterial.

I’m looking forward to using the Brilliance Face Oil sample and the other samples I have to try out. I’ve just discovered that she does a candle too if it’a the same signature smell then I want one!

3 Favourite Hand Creams For 3 Occasions | secondblonde

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It’s approaching that time of year when the air outside is cooler and the heating is on inside and my hands start to suffer, not to mention our obsession with frequently washing our hands or using anti-bacterial gels.

Here’s 3 of my favourite hand creams which all have different qualities which I use for different reasons, some I use plentiful and some sparingly but that’s just based on cost, the more expensive hand creams I tend to use as “treatments” as they include luxury ingredients and are quite pricey.

Dr Sebagh – High Maintenance Anti-ageing care – prevents the first sign of ageing. Leaves my hands with a matte finish which look and feel soft, feels like I am wearing a glove. I keep this one on my dressing table as a “as I leave the house” and “before bed” hand cream. Read my review of High Maintenance here

Soap and Glory – Hand Dream A 5-in-1 hand cream encourages cell renewal which contains ultra nourishing oils. It’s highly fragranced with the original S&G scent, it absorbs quickly. This is my “throw in my hand bag” and apply during the day if I remember hand cream. I’m not sure how effective it is as a treatment but it certainly softens my hands after a hand wash.

Aurelia – Aromatic Repair & Brighten Perfect for pigmentation and highly moisturising. does not contain any synthetic ingredients with key ingredients such as Sea Daffodile, Baobab and Red Algae. This is my “hand treatment” treat kind of cream when I have time for an experience – the essential oils are very calming. Read my review of Aromatic Repair & Brighten here

So there you have it, my 3 rotating hand creams…what are you favourites?

Second blonde x

New Monday + New Week = New Goals | secondblonde

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I try to start each week with new goals and I don’t mean bigger picture life changing goals I just mean I try and start each week with a fresh focus no matter how big or small the goal is. Although working in retail your days/weeks can get a bit jumbled I still stick to Monday as the best day to set myself a personal or professional target.

The target could be a mundane one such as a household task like clearing out/tidying up an area of the house you’ve been putting off, which when it’s done is satisfyingly rewarding. It may be a personal  goal like setting more time aside for yourself or to start a new hobby or catch up with family or a friend you’ve been meaning to make time for. Or it could be dealing with your finances and searching for better deals saving you money annually that can go towards another goal! You get the picture. Whatever you decide to do set yourself a realistic goal. Plan it, write it down and stick to it! It doesn’t have to be complicated just a simple list will do and tick it off as you achieve it…seeing the results can be quite rewarding and give a sense if achievement with a positive impact to do more.

This week my focus is my beauty blog and social media platforms I manage- I’ve been so busy with “life” I’ve somehow neglected my passion but now I’ve set myself some goals my blogging mojo is back!

What are your personal goals this week?

Secondblonde x

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

Ren Instant Firming Beauty Shot 30ml | secondblonde

I finally got round to trying this serum out after getting it last spring as part of the “Be Well” box by hip and healthy x Liberty. Ren have a vast range of skin and body care, lots of people seem to know them for their products suitable for sensitive skin.

The Promise As part of the Keep Young and Beautiful range it promises to instantly firm and plump skin for dramatically tighter/smoother youthful skin and firm/remodel elastin over a period of time.

On To The Product I really like the pipette as it makes it easier to use correct amount. The serum is a gel like texture and I really love the scent. It’s a soft rose smell (contains rose flower water and rose flower oil) I know not everyone likes rose however it’s very subtle and goes away as soon as it dries.

I’ve been using it daily in the mornings for about two weeks. I apply 3 drops to cleansed skin under my moisturiser. I pat it in gently allowing it to fully obsorb before applying a moisturiser. I did notice that my skin appeared to be smoother and hydrated but didn’t really notice a dramatic instant difference in firmness as it promises. It does contain a matrix of hyaluronans which encourages your elastin to firm and re-model over time.

My Verdict I think that this is an anti-ageing product is perfect for those in their late twenties starting to think about preventing fine lines and keeping young skin youthful. I don’t think it is suitable for the needs of forty somethings like me that quite frankly need all the help we can get!

It did keep my skin hydrated and my makeup sat nicely all day. 

Summary I probably wouldn’t re-purchase this product only because I think it’s not suitable for my age-group. I do think it’s perfect for skin in the twenties and thirties. I will continue to use it but on days when my skin needs a little extra hydration and not a big lift! 

You can take a look at it here £36 and check out what else Ren has to offer in this Keep Young And Beautiful range.

Have you tried any other skincare products from Ren? I’d love to hear about 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

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