A few of my Summer Favourites 2018 | secondblonde

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Happy Sunday Everyone! it’s been another scorcher today and is currently 26 degrees while I type away in my garden at 19:44. For a small garden we have a lot of wildlife action. At the moment a pigeon is eating berries from one tree and a parakeet is pecking at a pear from another. It’s like feeding time at the Zoo.

Here’s a few of my summer favourites and why I like them…

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Warm Pale Yellow £40 – This brand probably doesn’t need any intro, it’s the gold standard in highlighting powders. So soft, light, blurring, natural without turning you into metal mickey (gotta be a kid of the 80’s to know what I’m talking about)

Diptyque Do Son Eua de Parfum £115 – Another brand that probably doesn’t need any intro. The tuberose is enduring. It’s scent brings to mind the sundown hour, when the white flowers stand out in the darkness of the wooden pagoda. I’ve been told it really suits me, perfect for a summer’s night.

Figs & Rouge Soft Focus Primer £35 – A goody that arrived via my Glossybox subscription. A UK brand that’s new to me. It’s a weightless, matte Serum helps minimise the appearance of pores & create a sheer complexion. HD+ complex, diminishes shine & delivers a micro-fine, soft focus effect.

Ciate London Nail Seas The Day Gelology mini  £6 – Another that arrived via my monthly Glossybox subscription. a full-coverage bold turquoise that screams tropical islands and will make a statement on the dreariest of days. I get so many compliments if I wear this. The longevity and shine is impressive and as a bonus it’s also paraben free and vegan friendly.

Steve Laurant Beauty Precision Tip Liner $24 – This eyeliner has a very thin nib which works well if you want a very thin line or wing and is completely smudge proof – so if precision is your thing than this is perfect for summer.

Laqa & Co Cloud Lips in Daydream £13 – A matte Lipstick delivers full coverage colour for a pillow-soft pout. Formulated to last all day without feeling stiff thanks to avocado oil. This colour is very pretty and wearable perfect for summer daytime and a welcomed change to my bold signature red.

Evil Eye London Hamsa Hand Bracelet £18 – A dainty bracelet that’s rose gold plated on top of sterling silver, the hand is lined with real turquoise stones. It’s so pretty that people always compliment it. Evil Eye London is a small start-up that imports hand picked pieces direct from a family run jewellers in Instanbul Turkey. Check out their shop on Instagram here

So that’s my little Summer Favourites round up, hope you enjoyed it.

P.s the pigeon and parakeet have now flown off and it’s just me and Tan chilling in the garden tapping away on our laptops (i’m sipping wine of course lol)

Secondblonde x

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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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

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 

Golden Rose Paris Nail Lacquer in Neon Pink

It’s day1 inTürkiye at “Azda”our local supermarket while loading our trolley full of wholesome foods and naughty delights I came across a bargain bucket of beauty finds near the tills. What caught my eye were little bottles of bright pops of coloured nail varnish, a brand unknown to me but looked appealing all the same.

And I’m on holiday the rules are different aren’t they?

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I couldn’t resist and dropped a neon pink into my trolley knowing it will compliment my tan (once I got one which I intended on asap)

20140723-180212-64932649.jpgGolden Rose nail lacquer cost only 2 Turkish lira (about 57 pence!!!!)

It glided on smooth and even, two coats for the perfect colour. The bottle is a nice shape with the applicator easy to hold/use. The brush is slim and doesn’t overload with polish. It dried quickly with a gloss and I liked the fact it’s slightly sheer. I didn’t have a topcoat with me so am impressed with it’s staying power.

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Day 9 and no sign of chipping or fading and that’s with a few chores around our villa and of course days out/nights out/shopping trips and swimming in our pool plus a few long days at the beach! It’s only just started to wear off the tips.

The colour looks even better now my hands are a shade of golden brown. I think I will re-apply when I get back home as my summer hue, this time with a topcoat for extra gloss. My toes have one of my old favourites Essie’s bachelorette bash, but I’m thinking about changing them to my new love for pink neon pronto!

20140723-180908-65348793.jpgI wish I went back for more colours, there was an appealing jade green and a cool cornflower blue…oh well there’s always next time!

The Ultimate Bronze For Champions!

BENEFIT’s The Bronze Of Champions Kit. The little box of magic contains some of Benefit’s best-selling products for your eyes, lips and cheeks, this beautiful box will give you summer-ready skin in an instant. It was a Christmas gift from my very sweet niece’s Danielle 4yrs, Charlotte 3yrs – what good taste they have already 🙂
 

Watt’s Up

Is a Soft Focus Highlighter for the face. It has a cream-to-powder finish, this soft focus highlighter will give your complexion a luminous sheen which is very flattering and not cheap n glittery! It’s easy to apply and blends well. It will give your face a gorgeous glow. It’s my new found “can’t live without” product

Creaseless Cream Shadow in Bikini-Tini

This creamy eye shadow glides on effortlessly, I love the fact it in indeed crease-proof as it makes it idiot proof and easy to blend in a hurry. It also has staying power and really won’t budge the whole day! 

 Long-wear Powder Shadow in Thanks A Latte

It’s Silky and soft and such a beautiful shade that suits all skin tones/eye colour.  It looks so pretty when applied and will stay from morning til night.

Hoola Bronzing Powder

Ok so this is “The”best-selling bronzer in the UK! A delicate powder that gives you a natural looking tan all year round. It doesn’t contain any glitzy glitter or shimmer but a healthy radiant complexion all year round. I have two friends who swear by it and use it all year round, Martina first introduced me to it and Jayne told me the other day it’s great for contouring.
 
Powder Brush
A mini version of the full size but still made from natural bristles, this soft brush allows for easy application of the Hoola Bronzing Powder. 
Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in Hoola
A non sticky but glossy lip formula which moisture drenches your lips. Great for summer nights to compliment a radiant glow.

They’re Real! Beyond Mascara

Last but certainly not least! Another best-selling Benefit product. I’ve blogged about this mascara before. A fantastic multi-tasker it curls, volumises, lifts and separates your lashes, what more do you want? It also has a little bobble on the end if the wand which is great for building up the inner or outer lashes in the tricky places. It always looks like I’ve got falsies on when I’m wearing this glamorous mascara.
And of course all this comes complete with a mirror built on the lid of the box under the instructions/tips in true Benefit style with an illustrated step by step guide.

 

Go get one, you won’t  regret it , it’s a great way  to try them all out first. 

Secondblonde x

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.

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Summer in a Bottle

20130629-174317.jpgBarielle’s story began 30 years ago when husband and wife duo devised a breakthrough formulation to condition the hooves of their million-dollar thoroughbred racehorses. A few weeks went by when they had realised that they had discovered that they had also created a million-dollar product for nails—one that would quickly become an integral element in the modern manicure and pedicure. The cream, which strengthened their horses’ hooves to resist splits and cracks, had the same effect on the nails of the jockeys that applied it. Reformulated for women and men, the miracle product “Nail Strengthener Cream” was born and Barielle was founded.

20130629-175036.jpgStaying true to their origins while remaining on the forefront of cutting-edge formulations and industry trends,
renowned for their nail, hand, foot and skin care BARIELLE released their nail shades range in 2005 with over 75 shades and over 20 cute nail sets with fashion forward hues added each season using cutting edge formula’s to keep up to speed with new trends.

20130629-175830.jpg I’m using “Ocean Breeze” from my Popsicle Summer Fun pack, the colours are so nice it’s hard to choose one. This set contains:
Ocean Breeze
Berry Go Round
Mint Ice Cream Cone
Peach Popsicle
Pink Flip-Flops

20130629-180611.jpg The bottle is the perfect size to handle, the brush is long, the lacquer glides on with even coverage with no streaks even with one coat! I’ve painted 2 Coates and applied seche vite top coat and CND solar oil to my cuticles.

20130629-180938.jpg What do you think of the results? I’m really in love with this colour, it looks great against my skin tone and looks good against my rose gold watch.

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Have a look at BARIELLE here

Money Savers – Summer in the City

Got my summer sun courtesy of ELLE magazine this month. St Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Body Moisturiser 75ml