3 Favourite Hand Creams For 3 Occasions | secondblonde

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It’s approaching that time of year when the air outside is cooler and the heating is on inside and my hands start to suffer, not to mention our obsession with frequently washing our hands or using anti-bacterial gels.

Here’s 3 of my favourite hand creams which all have different qualities which I use for different reasons, some I use plentiful and some sparingly but that’s just based on cost, the more expensive hand creams I tend to use as “treatments” as they include luxury ingredients and are quite pricey.

Dr Sebagh – High Maintenance Anti-ageing care – prevents the first sign of ageing. Leaves my hands with a matte finish which look and feel soft, feels like I am wearing a glove. I keep this one on my dressing table as a “as I leave the house” and “before bed” hand cream. Read my review of High Maintenance here

Soap and Glory – Hand Dream A 5-in-1 hand cream encourages cell renewal which contains ultra nourishing oils. It’s highly fragranced with the original S&G scent, it absorbs quickly. This is my “throw in my hand bag” and apply during the day if I remember hand cream. I’m not sure how effective it is as a treatment but it certainly softens my hands after a hand wash.

Aurelia – Aromatic Repair & Brighten Perfect for pigmentation and highly moisturising. does not contain any synthetic ingredients with key ingredients such as Sea Daffodile, Baobab and Red Algae. This is my “hand treatment” treat kind of cream when I have time for an experience – the essential oils are very calming. Read my review of Aromatic Repair & Brighten here

So there you have it, my 3 rotating hand creams…what are you favourites?

Second blonde x

Review: QMS Medicosmetics – Hand Care

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This hand cream is one of the best I’ve ever tried. If you haven’t heard of this brand they have 600 spa locations worldwide, originating in Germany. London locations include the iconic Liberty London store and the luxury lifestyle club Grace Belgravia in Knightsbridge.

The founder Dr. Schulte pioneered a new generation of skincare (founded in 1986) he combines his passion for science with his experience whilst working as a surgeon in the fields of trauma like burns and cosmetic surgery to develope a skin care range that is highly effective.

This hand care cream is anti-ageing and so highly moisturising you need to try it to believe it!! It’s non-greasy leaving an invisible protective barrier which even lasts through a few hand washes (originally created for surgeons)

This product is unique and does exactly what it say’s it does, I love it…it does cost a pretty penny but worth the splurge QMS Medicosmetics £20

What moisturising hand cream(s) do you have on your wish list for winter?

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Nailing it with Jessica “Sexy Siren”

So this is the first time I’m trying a Jessica polish…I know right! I was given a mini sized bottle in a good bag last winter and it’s been knocking around at the back of my nail polish drawer. Time to give it a whirl…jessica nail polish 1

(excuse the paint job, i’m no pro! just enjoy painting my nails and sharing with you)

The brush size is perfect for applying even strokes, the colour glided on effortlessly. Two coats gave a lovely colour appearing slightly lighter than the liquid in the bottle. It’s got a raspberry hue to it which I quite like for a change. (normally I go for a darker shade)

jessica nail polish 2I prepared my nails with one coat of Essie’s Fill the Gap, to fill in a few fine lines I have on some of my nails. Followed by two coats of Jessica Sexy Siren, I do one stroke down the centre of my nail and two strokes either side.

*Top Tip* get as close to the sides as possible for a professional looking paint job!

I brushed on a generous lick of Intensae Crystalline Top Coat. To finish I sweep Barielle Advanced Pro Cuticle Oil over my dry cuticles giving the appearance of healthy nourished nails.

Secondblonde x

Winter Superfood’s – Immune Boosting Ingredients

It’s that time of year when our immune system is at it lowest, perhaps eating a different diet consisting of comfort foods and not seeing as much daylight traveling to and from work in the dark.

Instead of reaching for a big bowl of carbs to keep up energy levels opt to add these ingredients to your meals to keep you warm, boost energy and immune system and enhance your mood and memory!

Raw Cocoa

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Contains vitamins and essential fats to keep you warm, completely natural antioxidants perfect for the sweet tooth.
Health Benefits:
Health boosting flavonoids, antihistamine, antibacterial, mood enhancing and memory enhancing.

Goji Berries

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An antioxidant that keeps nasty bugs at bay.
Health Benefits:
Immune boosting antioxidants and minerals: iron Vitamins: A B1 B2 B6 and Vitamin C and E.

Coconut Oil

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A jar of organic solid which can be melted or softened to cook with or add as a dressing to salads.
Health Benefits:
Weight loss boost, an aid to digestion, immune system boost, plus a potent mix of fatty acids.

Manuka Honey

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Mānuka honey is a monofloral honey produced in New Zealand and Australia from the nectar of the mānuka tree.
Health Benefits:
Boost immune system, antibacterial properties, energy booster and a skin soother.

My AW12 Flowers

Summer is at a near end, time for the summer flowering bedding plants to be replaced with autumn winter offerings. On a small budget i’ve managed to transform my front garden ready for Autumn/winter. Once mature they will give the winter garden a helping of “on trend” muted purples. With a flash of bright yellow for an unexpected contrast!
What do you think so far?

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