Sunday, August 30, 2015

Review: Hair & Me Hair Rejuvination Treatment (ft Movie Rant)

Fantastic 4 hit the big screens a few weeks ago and was literally trampled by viewers and critics. The amount of negative criticism was overwhelming, I entered the cinema expecting rubbish. However, deep down, I knew it cannot get worse than DC's Green Lantern and I quite disliked the previous Fantastic Four movies with Jessica Alba etc


[SOMEWHAT MINOR SPOILER ALERT]

I personally felt that the reboot wasn't THAT bad, yes, it was bad, but I was still able to sit through it. The acting was poor and there were plot holes, but I preferred the plot to this re-boot than the original storyline. There was a lot of public outrage as the film made some significant deviations from the original comic - but I like the idea that the 4 teleported to an alternate universe and obtained their "powers" rather than powers gained from explosive outer-space cosmic rays in the previous movie. There were countless complaints about Dr Doom, I personally don't have any beef with his appearance, as long as his in a green cape and his face is all mangled with metal, it's fine. The characters were quite detached and not exactly lovable... this movie wasn't great but I still preferred this to the previous Fantastic Four movies. The reviews were so bad that they pulled out from making a sequel reboot. All Marvel movie fans know that you gotta sit through the credits for a preview... well, there were none for this movie.. which is probably a good thing..


Ok.. now onto hair


Product Claim

- 100% oil based pre shampoo treatment
- Repair, moisturises and strengthens hair and scalp
- Encourage hair growth
- Decrease blow drying time
- Controls frizziness

Price: $19.95


Method:
1. Damp your hair
2. Apply the product and massage it into your hair and scalp
3. Leave the content in your hair for at least 45 minutes
4. Hop into the shower and shampoo x2 + condition

Ingredients and ethics



My Verdict

I'll start off by saying that I am not a hair person, I wash my hair every 2nd or third day and recently gotten over my laziness and started to conditioning. I will brag, my is naturally healthy and low maintenance so I don't use a lot of hair treatment or products. However, my fly away has always been an issue.

Shower time is precious, doing a full body scrub, exfoliating my face, shampoo and conditioning takes a long time, and I do not wish to add additional unnecessary time in the shower. I've put off using Hair & Me so many times because of the procedure that I was required to follow.
 
It's still cold... and I can't stand in front of the heater for 45 minutes.. and shampoo twice!? Nooooooo

But I decided to finally put the product to test last weekend, I thought to myself... it better do amazing things to my hair.

AND IT DID

My fly aways no longer flew and was reduced by at least 60%. My hair felt nice and silky, dry scalp was no more and most flakes were gone. I was shocked, this product is living up to it's reputation.
However, this will be a special occasion product for me, my weekly schedule is pretty crazy and I dislike having damp hair! If I have a special event to attend (i.e., birthdays, weddings etc) I will definitely use this product the day before to put my best hair forward.


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*This product was provided for my consideration, all opinions are my own


Have you tried this? What's your favourite hair product?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Get Ready with Veet: Hairy Solutions

During winter, I liked to ensure to keep warm at all times, whether it means to wear more clothes, drink more hot chocolate or grow my hair out like a woolly mammoth. We finally caught some generous glimpse of sun in the past few weeks, so it's time to shed the fur!

My partner were I are due for a day out on the weekend, we thought we'd frock up as we plan to exit our caveman/woman dungeon to face civilisation. Thankfully Veet prepped us well!



 
Luckily, I don't have much to wax on my face and would usually just pluck a few stray eye brows here and there. My partner on the other hand, requires great attention to his brows.

Since it's still relatively chilly, we realised that rubbing the wax strips between our hands is inadequate, instead, we placed the strip an arm's length away from our little heater to help prep the wax. Application was simple and all the unwanted hair came out with ease.
For brow shaping, you can cut the strips into even smaller pieces. Once all the unwanted hair was out, the perfect finish wipes assisted with ridding any left over sticky residual and calmed the skin.




The last time I waxed my legs, I was a wee teenager at my friend's house, she thought it would be entertaining to wax my legs. I am not sure what she did, but I ended up with bruises all over my legs. I've been a shaver and a cream user ever since. This was 10 years ago. Last weekend, I decided it was finally time to face my fear.

These wax strips definitely had a good grip of all the hairs on my legs, I was overly enthusiastic and decided to cover my leg with wax strips, it was all fun and games until it was time to rip the strips off. 

I can wax my arm pits with no issues and minor pain because I did it so often, my legs on the other hand, were quite sensitive due to a lack of hair being waxed in the past 10 years. I have to admit it was relatively painful for us non-frequent waxers.

However, once all the wax strips were off, my legs were silky smooth... the type of silky smooth that lasted for days and unable to be achieved from shaving. I will definitely turn to wax strips for quick and fault free hair removal.
 
 

After my waxing expedition, I felt that cream may suit me better until I become more accustom to the process of waxing. Waxing is definitely a faster and more time efficient solution. If I were going to an event the following day and had adequate amount of time to dance to the radio, cream would be an excellent option. It's gentle and washes off with ease.
 
Below is a short clip of the wax strips in action, I muted the sound and added the intro to Boys of Summer due to unnecessary screaming on my part. Having said that.. I'm still in awe as to how smooth my legs feel after 5 days! Sorry about the film quality... but you can see the colour difference when the wax strip was removed from my leg :)
 
video
 * These products were provided for our consideration, all opinions are our own


What's your preferred hair removal method?

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Beaute Boutique Australia - Eye of Horus Offers

The Beaute Boutique is a growing online retailer embracing brands from all around the world, they are about to launch one of my favourite Australian brands, Eye of Horus - who's products are elegant and of quality. The Beaute Boutique is providing some generous offers to celebrate the launch so it's the perfect time to stock up! Keen? Keep reading!
 

  • Pre-launch offer: From now until August 31st, purchase any Eye of Horus product to enjoy free shipping for all Domestic and International orders. You will also receive a free Eye of Horus Necklace (you can check out the beauty below!)
  • Launch offer: From August 31st - September 13th, enjoy free shipping on all orders over $30 plus a complimentary sharpener and an Eye of Horus necklace.
Tempted? Here's how you can secure your order
  • Online store lauches on August 31st, pre-orders can be sent to beaute_boutique_aust@hotmail.com
  • Check out Beaute Boutique Australia on Facebook and Instagram to keep updated with all upcoming offers. If you want to find out more about the talented guru behind The Beaute Boutique (or need a sneaky makeover) head over to www.leighmakeup.com
 



Separate reviews for Eye of Horus products coming soon, so stay tuned! Same bat-time, same bat-channel.


Have you tried products from Eye of Horus?

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Classic Neutral Eye Look with 3 Rimmel Products

I recently saw Ex Machina at the Govindas Cinema, it seemed to be a fairly underground and low key flick, I haven't seen any promotions nor has it been shown at mainstream cinemas.. which is a shame. "Deus Ex Machina" means "god from the machine" in latin, pronounced "ex-mack-ena". I made the mistake of yapping around telling everyone that I was going to see "Ex Machine-na" until I was kindly corrected.

If you enjoy a combination of sci-fi, thriller and artificial intelligence, then this movie is for you. [SPOILER ALERT] This movie explored themes such as morality, trust, creation, control and ethics among artificial intelligence, there's been a some criticism around it's compatibility with modern robotics - however, in order to enjoy the movie and experience what may potentially be a footprint of future robotics I'd suggest you to look past this. If this is what we are expecting in the next 30 or so years, the future is dark and eerie. With reproduction set a side... how different are we from robots who can generate their own thoughts anyway.

The female characters in Ex Machina had minimal makeup (yet remained absolutely gorgeous). So I thought I'd play around and came up with this very basic look with 3 products from my favourite Priceline brand.


The eyeliner and eyeshadow stick are both waterproof, it doesn't crease and it won't leave traces all over your lids.




I used Rimmel's Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick in 002 Bulletproof Beige all over my lids, it's smooth and easy to apply. A relatively bold wing with Rimmel's Exaggerate Eye Definer in 212 Rich Brown, this liner has a built in sponge smudger, I use the left over product on the smudger under my lower lash line. Once that's done, I curled my lahses and applied a generous coat of Rimmel's Wake Me Up Mascara (it smells like cucumbers!!!)

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What's your favourite robot movie (if you have one)?

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Review: Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Foundation

I won  2 tickets to see Love & Mercy a couple of weeks ago, after seeing a few ads on TV my partner and I decided to hit Dendys. To be honest, I didn't know too much about Brian Wilson or The Beach Boys prior to seeing this movie. I'd often associate The Beach Boys with Cadbury or The Good Guys - very very guilty.[MINOR SPOILER ALERT] Let me just say that after seeing the movie, I appreciate The Beach Boys a LOT more, the movie provided a lot of insight into Brian Wilson's private life, he was a sheer musical genius with a very dark life. The story telling was captivating and provided synchronicity between Brian's experience as a young adult (music and early onsets of Schizophrenia) and how his mental illness with surrounding factors impacted his mid adult life. Elizabeth Banks stole the movie, I've only ever seen her play minor roles in Pitch Perfect and The Hunger Games, she sure did show off her talent in this movie.

If you're going to see a movie this week, I highly recommend Love & Mercy... now onto the foundation review!

Price: $85 (from Myer and David Jones)
Shade: BD 40 Golden Beige (Great for light olive skin - this is too light for me during summer)
Weight: 25ml


Product Claim

- 24 hrs soft matte, first YSL foundation that provides all day wear and comfort with hybrid technology for feather light texture and concealing features.
- Provides total symbiosis with your skin as ultra smooth texture glides on effortlessly, melts into your skin for an even, matte complexion
- First YSL foundation applicator of it's kind, provides the idea dosage of foundation to apply directly onto your face.
- SPF 18
- Available in 21 shades


Application:
1. Shake
2. Swipe with applicator wand
3. Blend with fingers or brush



Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 3%
Inactive Ingredients: Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Isododecane, Alcohol Denat, Vinyl Dimenthicone/Methicone, Silsequioxane, Crosspolymer, Phenyl, Trimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Water, Propylene Carbonate, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Silica Silyate, Fragrance, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Aluminum Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides


My Verdict

- The packaging of the foundation is slender, classy and overall luxurious, instead of your usual plastic bottle, you get a nice heavy glass bottle.
- I really liked the application wand, the amount of foundation on the wand will cover your whole face, the product spreads and blends exceptionally well. In fact, not much blending is required, definitely fits their slogan "fine as ink" - not that I know what fine ink feels like on my face. IMHO - it glides like elemental mercury (not that you should be using mercury on your skin).
- It provides medium to high coverage, concealer is a thing of the past with this foundation, my blemishes, under eye bags and scars were gone while most of my pores were very well covered.
- Not sure about the 24hr wear, I don't think I've ever worn a foundation for that long, but it definitely lasted at least 7 hours (a night out - long night).
- Not recommended for dry skin, it really brought out the little flakes on my nose, I can't use this product on or around my nose during winter. It will look flawless on normal/oily skin.
- Not recommended for flash photography, I looked really washed out.
- This foundation is 5ml less than the standard 30ml foundation, yet the price-tag is exponential compared to my usual foundations. The most expensive foundation I have are approximately $40-$50 from Shiseido/Clinique - and I thought they were pretty good. Never have I had the luxury of putting on a whooping $85 foundation. This foundation is expensive.



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*This product was kindly provided by BeautyHeaven, all opinions are my own

What's your favourite high end foundation?


Sunday, July 5, 2015

Review: Rimmel London | Oh My Gloss!

A few weeks back, I went to see Jurassic World on the weekend of it's release, the line was out the door, at least 25% were children between the age of 6-15. With the last Jurassic Park movie hitting the cinemas circa 2001, this movie was highly anticipated. [SPOILER ALERT] Unfortunately, it was a little bit of a let down for me, I enjoyed Chris pratt until his bromance with the raptors excelled without reason - and I love bromance. The fact that Claire was running around in 6 inch heels throughout a dinosaur movie was ridiculous. Quite a few plot holes, the T-Rex would've killed the raptor + the main characters towards the end, I mean why stop after the hybrid? That defeats the whole nature of the T-Rex... and eventually, they'll have to contain the Rex (Didn't the whole park go to shits because of the T in the first movie?). Rant over.

I'm a bit of a movie buff, so bare with me as I learn to incorporate movie rants at the beginning of beauty posts.



Price: $11.69 (from Chemist Warehouse)
Shades: Pin Up (left) Purrr...Glossy Cat (right)

Product Claim

- Up to 6 hours of colour, shine comfort and moisture
- Infused with Argan Oil and Vitamin E
- Featuring "Gloss-lock" technology; providing long-lasting 3 dimensional shine
- Non sticky light weight and comfortable to wear
- Available in 8 shades

Swatches

Pin Up (top) Purrr...Glossy Cat (bottom)
 
 
My Verdict
  • It was definitely glossy - but most of my other glosses are glossy too, I don't think I'm really seeing the  "Gloss Lock Technology", what is that anyway...
  • I hate wearing glosses during winter or windy days, my hair just can't keep itself away from my glossy lips. While these weren't too sticky, I'd still recommend you to avoid using if you are as terrified of the hair in gloss situation during windy days.
  • My lips did feel moist to begin with, but with most glosses it tends to dry my lips out a little after an hour of wear. It was comfortable to wear and relatively light.
  • There's a weird perfumey, soapy, sickly sublte but sweet scent. I'm not a big fan (back story: I've developed an odd senstivity to smell a couple of years back during my university placement in outpatient rehabilitation where I had to be around a lot of used commode chairs).
  • It's accessible and affordable, the range of shades (or lack thereof) was a little bit of a let down, no corals, no purples and no darker shades.
  • This is definitely not my favourite gloss, I'd probably give it a 3/5. 


Purrr...Glossy Cat 

Pin up

*These products were provided for my consideration, all opinions are my own

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Review: Dolly Wink Volume Mascara







This review is long over due, I purchased this mascara during my trip to Japan, I was buzzing up and down the make up isle trying to figure out which mascara I should buy. I picked up this Dolly Wink mascara, purely because it's got the word "Volume" written on it, and it's the only word on the shelves of mascaras that I understood.

I can't remember how much I purchased this for, but it was around $21 AUD, and it was in a duo eyeliner pack. I  believe it's retailing around random sydney stores for approximately $26.


Before and After

Natural lashes - No mascara


Curled lashes - No mascara

With Dolly Wink Volume Mascara 1 coat to top and bottom lashes
My Verdict
  • My lashes are naturally straight and most mascaras make my lashes droop, even after curling. So far, I've found Shiseido's waterproof mascara to be effective in holding my curl, and Benefit They're Real mascara to do a relatively decent job. This mascara tops the lot with a cherry on top. It's ultra-light formula allows my lashes to remain curled and stay curled. It lengthens, creates volume and won't smudge.
  • The brush has small bristles to coat all the difficult to reach lashes, I usually go over my lashes with one generous coat, otherwise you might see clumps.
  • The formula is fast drying... and did I mention that it'll last all day? My eyeliner and eye shadow would've creased into a muddle, but my lashes would remain in pristine condition.
  • This mascara is waterproof, but it's easily removable with make up remover - personally, I feel that it's much easier to remove than Benefit's They're Real mascara.
  • Accessibility is an issue. Quite a few Japanese/Korean make up shops in Sydney stores this mascara, otherwise, I've seen Dolly Wink products on Ebay and Yesstyle.
  • This is a mascara that every uncurlable-straight-lashed girl should have in their stash. Definitely my HG mascara.
Also note that there is a similar mascara with a silver cap, the reviewed mascara has a gold cap.


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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Event: Glamour Affair Sydney 2015

Glamour Affair was one of my most anticipated Beauty Blogger/Youtuber event of the year. The event was put together by the lovely Melissa Bubbles and Three Bees Blog. It was so good to get together and meet all the bloggers/youtubers, I also had the pleasure of meeting Temporary Princess - whom I felt like I have known for years!


Getting to the event was a bit of a trek with trackwork, together with a train, a bus and a ferry, it took me over 2 hours to get to Daniel San Beachside Dojo, but it was well worth it. I was prepared do whatever it takes to get to this event.

I have never been to an event like this and always dreamed about being a part of a real life beauty community since I started blogging. Well, this dream came true :)

The day was packed with make up talks/demos from Shella Martin, demos from Lush, a Q&A with Boe, networking, activities and prizes. This is definitely one of the most memorable events of the year!

Shella Martin doing her magic

Co-Founder of Boe and beauty guru Jordy

A beautifully asethetic and fragrant demo from Lush

Sarah from Ms Billy (left)
Leah from Temporary Princess (left)


Group pic!

Here's a shot of most of the products we received from Glamour Affair - this includes the Innoxa prize I was lucky enough to go home with. I gave a few items to my partner already. I knew there was going to be a lot of products, but I honestly did not expect THIS MUCh. It was overwhelming. Damn guys, you really know how to top things off!

I had to get my partner to wait for me at Circular Quay wharf because I had no idea how else I would've carried all this home. Then, I spent 2 hours in total doing show and tell to my partner and then to my mother. Mum's got dibs on half of the lot.


A huge thanks Melissa Bubbles and Three Bees Blog for putting this incredible even together, you guys are amazing ^_____^
 
 
 
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