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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The Posh Girl’s Body Scrub – Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Scrub 150g

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You may of read my review of almond coconut milk soufflé body creme which I absolutely fell in love with referring to it as heaven in a jar, read full review here

So here’s my review of the body scrub which came in the same set.

The Promise
Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Scrub is a polishing scrub with sugar granules and exfoliating beads to gently sloughs skin as well as clarify and tone. The Creamy texture removes dead skin cells from the skin’s surface leaving skin soft and silky.

The Science Bit
Macadamia Nut and Sweet Almond Oils moisturize, Vitamin A&E protect and soothe. Can be used every other day, but mild enough for every day usage. Almond Coconut Milk is a warm, rich fragrance with powdered sugar, vanilla extract and a hint of cinnamon. Includes notes of vanilla mousse as well as vanilla meringue.

My Verdict
I love the luxury look of having a body scrub in a glass jar, looks great in my bathroom. The almond Coconut Milk is a seductive, warm and comforting which is a rich and alluring experience. The texture is quite different to what I normally experience with body scrubs. It contains exfoliating beads and sugar in large chunky pieces, the cream is quite gooey, almost like a thick creamed rice pudding!

At first I wasn’t sure if I would like this kind of gooey texture on my skin in the shower…well all I can say is that it is “different” I’m not in love with it but it certainly does leave my skin feeling polished and silky smooth as it promises and a delicate aroma lingers on my skin.

I personally prefer body scrubs with a paste like texture and rounded small exfoliates rather than big chunky rectangular shapes.

Summary
The quality of ingredients of this scrub is good however I find it too sticky and therefore wouldn’t re-purchase. That said it does give a lovely result. Purchase yours here

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Lola by Marc Jacobs

My first bottle was passed to me in 2009 as a gift from a work colleague who’d created hair for NY shows for Marc Jacobs. This perfume was described as Daisy’s vampy older sister!

20130620-230105.jpgUnsure at first but after a few tries I fell for it’s rose, floral, sweet, fresh, vanilla, creamy musk.

20130620-230319.jpgIt opens with pink pepper, pear, ruby red grapefruit with a punch, then mellows to the heart of the scent with peony, rose, geranium, vanilla, creamy musk.

20130620-230654.jpgCreated by Calice Becker and Yann Vasnier and with Karlie Kloss as the face of, it was bound to be a winner.

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I’m on my forth bottle now so I guess it’s kinda become my signature scent by accident. It’s not to everyone’s taste neither is the design but I love the changes this perfume has as you wear it and think it looks quite pretty on my dressing table.

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The French Riviera in a Bottle

Divine Oil by Caudalie £27

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I have been using this luxury multi tasking oil on and off for the past 3 months. I use for the body fresh from the shower to lock in moisture and almost create a barrier against the winter elements.

Divine Oil can be used on Hair, body and nails, and can be spritzed in your bath.
It’s a dry oil so it will not overload or feel heavy.

This precious oil is organic and contains Argan oil, sesame oil and hibiscus oil.
It does not contain any parabens (chemicals) or mineral oil and is also silicone free.

As for the scent it is a musky woody perfume which you will LOVE or hate, I love the smell it’s like the French Riviera in a bottle, it’s a Divine blend of two roses, cedar, vanilla, pink pepper with a hint of grapefruit.

During the year of 2012 every bottles purchased = 1 planted tree in the amazon Forrest, estimating a goal of 1500 trees in total so well done Caudalie for supporting a good cause.

Go buy this oil to add a little luxury to your daily routine, you won’t be disappointed it will last for months!

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