6 Beauty Tips For Summer Ready Skin 2016 | secondblonde

Oh how we all long for those long summer days and nights but what about prepping your skin so it looks it’s best when you bare all after being wrapped up in winter clothes and boots. Here are my straight talking no fuss simple tips:

1) DRINK WATER yes I know you’ve heard it a million times, water keeps your skin hydrated and also helps transport necessary nutrients keeping you healthy and energised. *if like me you find it difficult to drink lots of water you will love my tip #4


2) TAKE SUPPLEMENTS in the form of organic 100% natural healthy powders. Life is busy and sometimes we aren’t eating a balanced diet, I know I don’t most of the time. These powders such as baobab, morninga and spirulina can be added to prorridge, yoghurt and smoothies. I’ve started taking a baobab powder and I instantly feel energised and don’t have a mid morning slump anymore!

3) REVAMP your make-up bag. Start with a big de-clutter, take out any impulse buys you aren’t using and keep your staples. Add a few summer essentials such as a new lip shade and a bronzer.

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4) WATERMELON if you find it difficult to drink plenty of water like I do try snaking on watermelon in the summer months to up your water intake.


5) GET SCRUBBING wake up your skin with a salt scrub to soften skin and rid of dry patches such as elbows, knees and feet. When the sun is out and so are you limbs your skin will look healthy and glowy.

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6) TREAT YOUR FEET do a DIY treatment before bed. Remove thickened skin with a foot file, apply a rich foot cream or dry oil, cover in a plastic wrap then put cotton socks on. In the morning you will have baby soft feet ready to paint your toenails. Continue this at least once a week if you can for happy sandal worthy feet!

So that’s it folks! my 6 easy beauty tips getting your skin summer ready. What do you do to prepare for summer or a beach holiday?

Secondblonde x 

Perfect Pins! Get your Legs Ready For Summer 2015

IMG_9311.PNGI’ve always been a little envious of women with lovely legs. The moment the sun comes out so do long tanned limbs wearing high hemlines and heels looking gorgeous and feminine. While there’s me with my much shorter, paler legs still hibernating under black 60 denier tights!

Every year getting my legs out is always a bit of a thing, but sooner or later it eventually has to happen. Thank goodness there’s an abundance of beauty products to help make the most of what you’ve got.

Hair Removal
I opt for shaving with good quality disposable razors like Gillette. It’s quick cheap and fuss free, waxing is a longer lasting option which also has the advantage of softening the hairs. Gillette 4 pack £3.99

Exfoliation
If anything like me your legs are still recovering from winter and a little dry and patchy. Exfoliating a few times a week keeps unsightly scaly legs at bay. I love using Soap and Glory’s Sugar Crush Body Scrub. Sugar Crush £8.00

Moisturise
This is a must all year round to keep your skin hydrated and silky smooth. Pre-tanning add a generous amount to your knees and ankles to prevent un-even tanning. I have quite a few brands I like and use, amongst my favourites in my bathroom are Bliss, Laura Mercier and Soap and Glory.

Tanning
I’m not a “fake tan” kinda girl but in the summer months I like to use a gradual tan to add a healthy glow to even out my skin tone improving the overall appearance of my legs. My favourites are Dove Summer Glow, St Tropez Gradual Tan and James Read Gradual Tan. James is the King of fake tans with a celebrity clientele and an ever developing line of self tanning face/body gorgeous products that are truly amazing! Gradual Tan £24

Feet
That’s a whole other blog post right there, just a quick mention to moisturise your heels/feet. There’s nothing worse than dry heels peeking out of sling backs or flip flops! And of-course finish with a pretty nail colour on your toenails. Heel Genius £5.50

Ta dah! You are ready to step out in your leg-barring minis. If you’ve any tips share them in the comments below.

Secondblonde x