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

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My Favorite Night Balm – C.O Bigelow 8 hour overnight recovery lip treatment | secondblonde

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This overnight treatment by C.O Bigelow NY is my lips new best friend and my favourite lip balm. I discovered this amazing lip balm a few months ago and recommend it to anyone looking for a new lip balm or anyone that suffers from dry lips. It’s a non-sticky lip treatment that stays put on your lips for 8 hours…yes it really does!

It contains shea butter and has a very slight vanilla scent, the texture is nice and thick but never gloopy. I normally apply it to my lips before bed and wake up to nourished smooth plumped lips. What I really love about it is that even after 8 hours it is still fresh on your lips as if you’ve just applied it. I also find that my lipstick goes on better and stays put longer after using this balm.

If you are looking for a new lip balm you must try this one or any of the other C.O Bigelow balms available at Liberty Beauty Hall. I also have the Mentha Lip Shine/Breath Freshener that contains 100% natural mint and the Mentha Lip Balm Stick that’s a matte finish with an spf  all of which I use on different occasions because they do what they say they will do…honest | genuine | trustworthy Apothecaries.

C.O. Bigelow was established in New York in 1838 providing healing remedies. As the oldest surviving apothecary in America, today the brand fuses a wealth of experience with the best in modern technology to create authentic herbal skin care, lip balms, hair care, body and bath products.  

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Glam it up! with GLAMGLOW® YOUTHMUD Tinglexfoliate Treatment

I tested this back in the summer and absolutely loved the results of this high performance mud mask.

20140108-155914.jpgStraight out of Hollywood this youthmud treatment was created for Hollywood stars as an instant pick me up prior to filming. The results are noticeable immediately and last for 3 days.

20140108-160325.jpgThe impressive ingredients is different to other mud masks, thus enables the mud to treat your skin and deal with it! In other words it won’t pull everything out and leave it on the surface for you to deal with looking spotty or red and inflamed, instead you are left with smooth glowing calm youthful and pimple free skin!

Here are a few of the key ingredients:

French sea clay
Volcanic rock
Green tea leaf
Chamomile

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Apply to clean dry skin using enough for full coverage. Leave on for up to 10mins while the mud gets to work, the more your skin needs it the longer it will take for the mud to dry. The tingle is instant (that’s the mud removing all the nasty dead skin cells) The more your skin needs the bigger the tingle!

20140108-161744.jpgIt’s dark green when first applied and you can see the green tea leaves.

20140108-161917.jpgThen after 10mins of relaxation it turns to a pale green colour and has completely dried, but surprisingly doesn’t feel tight or dry and smells so clean and healthy and natural. (Ha, look at my sleepy eyes, so relaxed)

To remove you gentle massage in some water using circular movements, this product now doubles up as a gentle exfoliator! GENIUS wipe away any bits you’ve missed with a soft flannel and Ta Daa! You’ve now got smooth, glowing, fresh baby like skin that’s firmer and brighter.

20140108-162529.jpg It’s hard to justify the £49.99 price tag for the 50ml jar of mud but I think it is worth it. You will get a minimum of 7 applications from one jar, so that’s just over £7 per treatment which ain’t bad for the HOLLYWOOD Sexy Mud treatment!

*TOP TIP* Use just before a special occasion for an instant lift!

Kelly’s Beauty Picks This Week

20130908-120251.jpg1. GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD £44.99
a detoxifying mask straight out of Hollywood it’s all the buzz right now as it actually works! Use as 17 full face or 1000 spot treatments. It de-clogs and minimises pores.

2. WELLA SP LUXEOIL KERATIN RESTORE MASK £20.50
a restorative mask that reconstructs the hair fibre. Contains iconic Argan oil, almond oil and jojoba oil, rich with fatty acids and omegas.

3. VASELINE LIP THERAPY £1.99
a little versatile tin of protection from the elements with soothing properties. An all time cult favourite.

4. BARIELLE NAIL SHADES $8.00
a late summer shade in Ocean Breeze, look out for the new Fall Shades 2013 I’ve got my eye on Edgy,Dinner at 8 and No not now!

5. No 7 PERFECT BLEND TRIO £9.50
a very affordable trio of concealers to cover blemishes, hide dark circles or blend uneven skin tones…ta dah!