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!

Magic Multi-Purpose Oil; Goe Oil 85g |secondblonde

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I’ve completely fallen in love with Goe Oil by Jao Brand. It’s a 100% natural semi-solid all over body oil that turns to a liquid when slightly warmed between your hands, it smells gorgeous as it is lightly scented with Monoi Tiare from Tahiti.

What’s in it? It contains 28 plant, fruit, flower oils & butters as follows…

Jojoba Butter, Sunflower Oil, Jojoba Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Avocado Butter, Grape Seed Butter, Grape Seed Oil, Cocoa Butter, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Rose Hip Oil, Soy Lecithin, Pumpkin Seed Butter, Mango Butter, Cupuacu Butter, Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Hemp Seed Oil, Kukuinut Oil, Chamomile Oil, Beeswax, Calendula Oil, Essential Oils, Tocopherol, Vitamin E, Acetate, Rosemary Extra

It’s a multi-tasking product you can use from head to toe, their tagline on their packaging is “HANDS. HAIR. BODY & SOUL” which couldn’t be more true.

Verdict It keeps my skin soft and hydrated all day and is also great for spot applying on dry patches. Some use it as an intensive hair mask which I think will suit very course/curly or frizzy hair which soaks up moisture like a sponge. I tend to use a very tiny amount on dry hair to tame my fly-aways.

* Watch my YouTube review of Goe Oil here

Summary I love this product and already have my second tube ready to go. It costs £35 so it’s not cheap however well worth every penny and a very little goes a long long way, you can buy your here

A customer I recommended it to at work came back two weeks later to personally thank me as she had received so many compliments on the overall look of her skin and being asked “what are you wearing” due to the soft scent. She also has long luscious ringlet naturally curly hair and this has defined her curls making her hair look healthier and shiny. This feedback made my day!

Jao Brand have been kind enough to send me their lip-balm and skin cream to try out what a lucky girl I am! keep posted for my review of them soon.

Thank you for reading, let me know if you’ve tried this oil or any similar as I’d love to hear from you.

Secondblonde x

 

Beauty Picks That Have Got Me Through A Busy Work Week! secondblonde


Watch my vlog HERE (3 minutes)

Hi everyone, welcome back to my YouTube Channel SECONDBLONDE I’ve had a few busy weeks and some great work news – I’ve been promoted and really excited about that.  

We’ve also launched our new look beauty hall at work so there’s been lots of running around so thought I’d share with you the beauty products (listed below with links) that have helped me through as it’s also been very hot and sticky with overcast muggy days in London. 

If you have any beauty questions or want any further info on products I’ve mentioned please do ask in the comments below. Don’t forget to like, share and subscribe. Enjoy the vlog lovely people and I will see you soon!

ADUNA Baobab Superfruit Powder 80g on offer 25% off buy here

MITCHUM Advanced Woman 48hr Protection with Aloe Vera in Powder Fresh on offer for £2.00 at Boots buy here

DIPTYQUE – L’EAU DE TAROCCO EAU DE COLOGNE 100ML with Bulgarian rose, cinnamon, saffron, sweet Italian Tarocco orange, so uplifting. Go try it yourself at our Perfumery at Liberty buy here 

JAO BRAND – Goe Oil 100% natural butters and plant oils, beautiful multi-tasking product. Pop into our Liberty Beauty Hall to try it out, it’s part of our Must Haves Beauty Edit! buy here

Love 

secondblonde x

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

secondblonde x

Heaven in a Jar! Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Soufflé Body Crème

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IMG_8833.PNGThis is most definitely heaven in a jar! On first look/smell I thought it was going to be overpowering and sickly, but I was so wrong!

The Promise:
Inspired by the comforting scent of almond and coconut, this ultra-whipped scented soufflé body crème provides luxurious all-day moisture protection without being too heavy or greasy. Vitamins A, C and E are included for nourishment and Shea Butter for moisturising. This Laura Mercier Crème gives the skin optimum moisture levels.

The Science Bit:
Grape Seed and Rice Bran Oil condition the skin while Vanilla Extract and Honey offer soothing benefits. Sweet Almond and Hydrolyzed Rice Proteins, along with Pro-Vitamin B-5 provide moisture balance and protection. For skin that deserves the ultimate luxury, indulge in this luscious Body Crème.

My Verdict:
I love the packaging, the glass jar looks great on show in my bathroom. The consistency is whipped and thick , easy to apply and absorbs into the skin really well without any heaviness or greasiness leaving my skin perfectly moisturised for the whole day.

The smell is delicious and apparently inspired by that of a French Patisserie, the sweet aroma almond and coconut are warming and lifting, it really calms my senses and puts me in a “feel good” mood.

My skin is nourished and moisturised and give it a smooth luxurious feel. The perfume isn’t overpowering in my opinion however when I’ve applied this Crème I skip my spritz of perfume to avoid a clash!

Some save their best creams for moisturising just arms and legs and use a budget option for the rest of the body but I just can’t help applying it all over as it feels and smells so good.

Summary:
I’ve fallen in love with this ridiculously luxurious little pot Body Crème. The only downside is the price tag, it’s quite an indulgent luxury but so worth every penny!

This 150ml is part of a box set, you can purchase an individual 300ml jar at £45 purchase yours here

secondblonde x

Vanilla & Bergamot Body Butter

This utterly delicious Vanilla & Bergamot body butter is almost good enough to eat!
Without a sickly sweet smell it will turn the scaliest skin smooth. Containing coconut oil and vitamin E it deeply nourishes and leaves skin highly moisturised with out a greasy feel. The scent is not over powering and lasts all day and makes you feel all warm inside. An all te favourite of mine and a cult beauty product. I slather it on after showering with the Vanilla & Bergamot Soapy Suds.

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