Use It Or Lose It Project 2015-2016

I’ve decided that it’s time for me to start using up all of my beauty products, and sticking to the things I know I love. I’m turning it into a project, because that makes it more fun for me. Selfish? Maybe. Effective? Definitely. I’m starting with hair care, because I have a lot of excess products that I already know I won’t bother repurchasing once I’ve finished them up. I’ll post updates as I progress, and let you know what I’ve managed to finish up, and if I repurchase anything. Here’s what I’m working with at the moment:

Shampoo
Alterna Caviar Volume Shampoo
Batiste Dry Shampoo
Batiste Dry Shampoo
Batiste Dry Shampoo
Evo Normal Persons Shampoo
Head & Shoulders Apple Fresh Shampoo
Kerastase Cristalliste Shampoo
Loreal Evestrong Reconstruct Shampoo
Lush BIG Shampoo
Sunsilk Addictive Brilliant Shine Shampoo
Sunsilk Addictive Brilliant Shine Shampoo
Sunsilk Addictive Brilliant Shine Shampoo
Tresemme Instant Refresh Cleansing Shampoo
Tresemme Instant Refresh Cleansing Shampoo

Conditioner
Alterna Caviar Volume Conditioner
Loreal Everstrong Reconstruct Conditioner
Sunsilk Addictive Brilliant Shine Conditioner
Sunsilk Addictive Brilliant Shine Conditioner
Sunsilk Addictive Brilliant Shine Conditioner
Terax Crema Conditioner
Tresemme Platinum Strength Deep Conditioning Treatment

Hair Spray
Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Hair Spray
O&M Queenie Hair Spray
Toni&Guy Flexible Hold Hair Spray
Tresemme Salon Finish Freeze Hold Hair Spray
Tresemme Salon Finish Fast Drying Hair Spray

Styling Products
Charles Worthington All Over Gloss Spray
Charles Worthington Instant Root Concealer
Clairol Professional Shine Spray
David Babaii Blow Out Rapid Blow Dry Spray
De Lorenzo Sea Salt Styling Spray
Dove Pure Care Dry Oil
Garnier Thermo-Active Spray
Kerastase Nectar Thermique
Kerastase Oleo-Relax
Kerastase Volumactive
Kevin Murphy Powder Puff
Moroccanoil
Moroccanoil (Spray)
O&M Rootalicious
O&M Atonic Thickening Spritz
O&M No Knott Conditioning Detangler
Pantene Intense Smoothening Crème
Tigi Bed Head Glaze Haze
Toni&Guy Sea Salt Texturising Spray
Toni&Guy Smoothing Lotion
Tresemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection

Product Review: Tresemme Cleansing Dry Shampoo

I’ve always been a “wash my hair every day unless I don’t need to leave the house or see anyone who doesn’t already love me a lot” kinda gal. Lately however, I’ve become time-poor in the mornings (cold weather = me not wanting to leave the bed) and it’s thrown a spanner into my daily hair washing routine. I’ve been forced to become an every-other-day washer. I know, right? Who even am I. Anyway, not washing my hair every day has left me with a flat and oily hair situation. I work in a professional environment, and I can’t afford to look completely disgusting when I rock up to the office. Which is a pretty accurate description of how I look when I don’t wash my hair. Enter DRY SHAMPOO. I’ve tried quite a few dry shampoos in my time, but honestly this is the best I’ve come across so far. It smells nice, it helps (to a point) control oiliness, and it adds a decent amount of much needed texture to help battle the flatness of my annoyingly fine hair. Another plus is that when you spray it into your hair and rub it into your roots, it doesn’t leave you looking like you’ve got a bad case of dandruff. It’s also budget friendly, which for me at the moment is hugely important. The Tresemme Instant Refresh Cleansing Dry Shampoo retails for $10.99 and is available for purchase from Priceline (please note: product was supplied for consideration for review).

Product Review: Charles Worthington Instant Root Concealer

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that colouring my hair is one of my biggest burdens in life. I realise that if this is one of the biggest burdens in my life I’m doing alright, but grey hair is something I’ve been dealing with since I was 17, and it’s a real pain in the you know what. When I heard about the Charles Worthington Instant Root Concealer I knew I had to try it out, because it could be a real game changer. And guess what? It is.

This product will not replace having to dye your hair (at least not if you have as much grey hair as I do), but I’ve found that it can stretch out the time between colouring for an extra couple of weeks. I use the shade ‘Brown’, which could be slightly too dark for my hair by the time it’s ready to be coloured (it tends to fade quite a bit), but I can still get away with it. The Root Concealer also comes in the shades Light Blonde, Dark, Blonde, and Dark Brown. To use, you simply shake the can, hold it 20-25cm away from the hair, and spray slowly and steadily to cover the grey areas and roots. Because my grey areas are quite small, this was a bit tricky for me – especially as a lot of the area is close to my forehead. The spray itself is not as precise as I would have liked for this particular area of my face, but it’s easy to remove any ‘spillage’ on the skin with a face wipe or a bit of makeup remover on a cotton pad. Because I need to spray it so close to my forehead I shield my face with my hand, which usually end up looking like this afterwards (which is fine because it washes right off with soap):

I use the spray after drying and styling my hair for the day, and on weeks where I don’t wash my hair daily, it stays in place for a full two days. Just don’t scratch your head, because your nails will come away brown. Yummy. The Charles Worthington Instant Root Concealer retails for $17.99 AUD and is available for purchase from Priceline (please note: product was supplied for consideration for review).

How To Achieve the ‘Playfully Wavy’ style from Watson X Watson

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Fashion week hair and makeup can often seem quite, well… unwearable. One of the more wearable hair style options I saw at Fashion Week 2015 was featured at Watson x Watson. This playfully wavy hair is easy to recreate, and Schwarzkopf’s National Technical Educator Grant Withnell is here to tell us how. Simply follow these steps:

1. Start with clean hair, shampoo and condition your hair and towel-dry. Apply a treatment or oil to help detangle and smooth the hair surface – go for one that will also help protect against heat damage.

2. If you have naturally wavy or curly hair, spritz with a sea salt spray or spray gel to help set your natural curls.

3. For straight or fine hair, comb a large dollop of volumising mousse through wet hair.

4. Remove any excess moisture with a blow dryer before you start the styling process. To get more volume, flip your head upside down and scrunch with your hands.

5. Once excess moisture is removed, use a small round brush, blow dry sections of hair and roll the brush away from your face. If your hair is long, first divide it into four sections from ear to ear and straight down the centre, securing each section with a clip. Then complete the blow dry one section at a time. Tip: start at the nape or underneath section of your hair and direct the nozzle of your hairdryer directly down the hair shaft so the air is blowing along the mesh of hair. This will make the cuticle layer sit flat and reduce fly-aways.

6. Now use a curling iron, the size of the curl/wave will depend on the width of the curling iron. Wrap 1-2 inch sections of hair from mid-shafts to ends only (leave the roots straight). Curl random sections of hair in different directions to create a more haphazard, rough texture.

7. Gently tousle your hair with your hands or a paddle brush to break up the curls.

8. Finally, finish with a spritz of lightweight hairspray all over your hair to hold it in place all day.

Not sure what to use to achieve this look? Grant recommends these six products from Schwarzkopf:

Be sure to let me know if you try out these steps to achieve the playfully wavy look. I’d love to know how it worked out for you! I might just have to try them out for a very special event I’m attending on Saturday night…

December Giveaway #2 – Clear

It’s time for the second December giveaway! Who’s excited? I know I am. One of my favourite hair care discoveries in 2014 was the Hair Therapy Intense Hydration range from Clear, and what better way to celebrate this new discovery than to share it with you? This week I’m teaming up with Clear to give you the chance to win one of five Clear Hair Therapy Intense Hydration shampoo and conditioner packs. All you need to do to enter is simply leave a comment below telling me what your favourite hair care discovery of 2014 was. For an additional entry, feel free to share the giveaway on social media (just be sure to link me to your post once you’re done). Please note that this giveaway is open to Australian residents only. Entries close at midnight on January 7 2014, and the winners will be announced on January 8, 2015. (PS: if you haven’t already entered our Natural Supply Co. giveaway, you can do so here) Good luck!