I am making slow but steady progress on this goal, and can now tick yet another concert off of the list. This time it was Caribou & Four Tet playing together at the Perth International Arts Festival this past weekend. The concert was epic and I really enjoyed myself, I did not however enjoy the subsequent hangover that lasted the entire next day. (note to self: sitting down at a concert while drinking is a bad idea as it’s easy to lose track of how much you’ve consumed until you stand up to dance…) I don’t have any concerts planned now until November (Kings of Leon had to reschedule their Australian tour) so hopefully something will crop up mid-year that I can attend! Have you attended any concerts lately? What has been your favourite this year?
Benefit recently released 4 new shades within their Ultra Shines Lip Shine collection, and I was lucky enough to receive one of the glosses (in the shade ‘so frisk me’) to trial and review. The other shades in the collection are ‘nudie-tude’ (goldspun twist), ‘nookie nookie’ (opal glaze) and ‘patootie’ (oyster pink). Despite my longstanding love for the Benefit brand this was the first lip product from their range that I’ve ever tried, but it is a safe bet that after using this gloss I will be buying more in the future.
In the tube the colour looks to be quite dark but on application to the lips it’s a gorgeous semi-opaque berry colour that contains a lot of shimmer. It’s not too sparkly though, I can still wear it to work without feeling to overdone. The shimmer looks incredible in the sunlight and I’ve received quite a few comments on this gloss while standing outside, if that is anything to go by. The longevity of the product is quite good, with the gloss lasting 2-3 on average for me. I absolutely love the scent of the gloss, it’s a really summery fruity sort of smell that reminds me of skittles. The Ultra Shine Lip Shine range retails for $34 AUD and is available for purchase online from Adore Beauty. (note: I was sent this product for consideration for review)
I managed to cross another one of my goals off of my list this past week, to take my grandmother to the movies. Because I had some time off of work I was able to book us in to a day time ‘Gold Class’ screening of The King’s Speech – which, by the way was an incredible film. I had a great time, and I think my grandmother did too. Hopefully we’ll be able to do it again soon and not just because it’s on my list of things to do…
Continuing the trend of creating products that smell so good I want to eat them while also doing a really awesome job, the O&M Power Base Protein Treatment is fast becoming one of my new favourite haircare products. To get the scent business out of the way, the product smells like a banana and vanilla milkshake. It smells delicious, though is probably deadly if consumed so it’s best to avoid that if possible. The Power Base basically acts as a lifesaver for the hair of those like me who put their hair through a lot of heat-based stress. It helps to restore the inner strength of hair from within using wheat protein and moisturises the exterior of the hair with apricot oil and shea butter. I tend to use the protein treatment 1-2 times a week, or as I feel my hair needs it. To use, you simply apply the product to your hair after shampooing, leave it for 3 minutes, rinse and then condition as usual. (Note: you could also try leaving the treatment in for a longer period of time for a deeper conditioning effect) For me, the results are thicker more nourished feeling hair that definite shows signs of repair from heat stress. This has been a saviour for the ends of my hair lately. My only complaint is that the fragrance of the product itself doesn’t seem to linger for very long in my hair. Personally I would actually really love for my head to smell like a banana flavoured paddle pop. The O&M product range is not tested on animals, and contains no Parabens, Phthalates or Sulphates. It retails for $31.95 AUD and can be purchased online from Adore Beauty. For further stockist information, you can email O&M for details. (note: I was sent this product for consideration for review)