Giveaway: Wella ‘Flowing Form’ Smoothing Balm

To celebrate hair week, I’m giving away one of my top 5 hair products for autumn/winter – a bottle of Wella’s ‘Flowing Form’ Smoothing Balm. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling me what your favourite hair product for autumn/winter is. Be sure to include your email address so that I can contact you if you’re the lucky winner and please note that this giveaway is open to Australian residents only. Entries will close on June 21, 2012. Good luck!

Product Review: Organix Keratin Therapy Shampoo & Conditioner

After all these years, I am still yet to settle on a shampoo and conditioner combination that I feel really work well with my hair. I was sent some of the Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy range a little while ago, and I was excited to try out the shampoo and conditioner after hearing Michele1218 rave about them in a few of her videos. After trialling them for a few weeks I’ve come to the conclusion that unfortunately I just don’t love these products as much as Michele does. The shampoo does a good job of cleaning my hair, but it also strips it to the point of being tangled and knotted. Following it with the conditioner is not enough to release the knots, so I am forced to follow with a detangling spray every time I use this shampoo. While I feel like the combination of these two products does do a decent job of cleaning my hair, I don’t feel like they do anything to nourish or moisturise my hair in any way. I also find the packaging of the conditioner to be quite bothersome, as the plastic container is hard to squeeze properly so once you’ve used up about 1/4 of the conditioner you’ve got to sit the bottle upside down, which it is not designed for (mine is currently balanced precariously upside down in my shower caddy). I do however like the smell of both the shampoo & conditioner, they have a warm caramel scent that makes these products really pleasant to use now that the weather is cooling down. Honestly, I will finish these bottles up but I don’t think I would bother repurchasing them in the future. The Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy Shampoo & Conditioner retail for $19.99 AUD each and can be purchased from supermarkets and pharmacies Australia wide. (note: I was sent this product for consideration for review)

Hair Week / Hair Inspiration

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I’ve decided that for the next week, The Belle Lumiere is going to be all about hair. For no particular reason other than the fact that I thought it would be fun to do a themed post week. To start, I’ve decided to post one of my favourite hair styles at the moment. It’s a simple twist and pin style that can add a little oomph to an otherwise simple outfit. It’s incredibly easy to do, and I first saw this sort of hair style over at the lovely Hair Romance’s youtube channel. Her video shows you how to recreate this style in minutes!

‘Lust Have It’ May 2012

Another month down, another subscription box arriving at my door. I was quite pleased with what was in the Lust Have It box this month, as there are a few products that I know I’ll be getting a lot of use out of. The products for the month of May were: ModelCo Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Strip Tease $22 average (I believe there were a variety of lip products sent out, so box to box will differ – I am really happy with the colour I was sent and I know I will get a lot of wear out of this), evo The Therapist Calming Shampoo & Conditioner $29.95 for 300ml (I am a huge fan of evo products, so I’m really excited to try these out), Bioderma Crealine H20 Makeup Remover $39.95 for 250ml (I am super excited to finally try this cult favourite), Calvin Klein Sheer Beauty Perfume $80 for 50ml, LUSH Dirty Soap $6.95 for 100g (the other option was the ‘Lust’ soap, I guess they alternated the two in different boxes), Caron Laboratories Bump eRaiser Medi Paste $16.95 for 30ml and Nicole by OPI Nail Polish $14.95 for 15ml (colours must have varied between boxes, and I am really happy with the colour that I got). All in all I am pleased with the contents of this month’s box, and it is definitely value for money considering that the ModelCo gloss alone is worth $22. What do you think? Were you happy with this month’s box, or would this be enough to entice you to subscribe?

Project 50 Pan (part 7)

Soon I’m going to start to include sample products into my pan, with 10 sample sized products equating to one full sized product in my tally. This is mainly because the landfill that is the sample product drawer in my bathroom is just about ready to overflow. I’ve finished up a few holy grail items this time around, and it’s really beginning to feel like Project 50 Pan will stretch out to Project 100 Pan.

36: Nivea Daily Essentials Fragrance Free Facial Cleansing Wipes – Out of all of the different types of makeup remover wipes I’ve tried over the years, these are my favourite. I know a lot of people don’t like these because they’re slightly dry compared to other brands, but I prefer them. These are the only facial wipes that I’ve tried that don’t leave my skin red and feeling irritated after using them. I will repurchase these in the future.

37: Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory – I’m sure you’re all sick of hearing me harp on about this foundation, but it is my holy grail and I will continue to repurchase it until the day that I die (or until they discontinue it).

38: Philosophy ‘The Supernatural’ Blotting Papers – I quite like these blotting papers, and did consider them my favourite until I tried the Boscia papers that I started using once I’d finishing these up. I did enjoy using the Philosophy papers but I don’t think I will repurchase them purely because I prefer the Boscia brand ones now.

39: Skindanavia No More Shine Makeup Finish – I am still in two minds about how I feel about this product. I don’t feel like it does anything at all to control the shine on my face, but I do think that it helps to keep my makeup on for the whole day. I’ve repurchased this since finishing up this bottle, so hopefully I’ll be able to decide how I really feel about this product soon.

40: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Fair – This product has trumped Benefit’s Erase Paste and is now my favourite concealer. I prefer the consistency of the Maybelline concealer, and the colour match is pretty much perfect on my skin. The only thing I don’t like about this concealer is the packaging. The sponge tip applicator feels kind of unhygienic and gross after a week or so of using the product, and it can get quite messy. Despite that, I really enjoyed this product and would definitely repurchase it in the future.