Herbal Essences Giveaway

To finish up our week of hair themed posts, The Belle Lumiere has teamed up with Herbal Essences to offer an amazing prize pack to three lucky readers.

Each prize pack contains the following –

‘Drama Clean’ Shampoo
‘Drama Clean’ Conditioner
‘None Of Your Frizzness’ Shampoo
‘None Of Your Frizzness’ Conditioner
‘Tousle Me Softly’ Mousse
‘Tousle Me Softly’ Tousling Spray Gel
‘Tousle Me Softly’ Flexible Style Hair Spray
‘Smooth Lovin’ None Of Your Frizzness Serum
Super Sized ‘Set Me Up’ Hairspray

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post and let me know what your favourite Herbal Essences product is. Mention this giveaway on twitter or your blog (and leave a link or your twitter handle in the comments) for a second chance to win. Entries will close on June 12, 2012 and please note that this giveaway is open to Australian residents only. Good luck!

Current Hair Wish List

Kevin.Murphy Powder Puff Do you suffer from pancake hair? I do. Watch this video by the beautiful Slavisa and see if you’re not instantly sold on this product. I saw a TV ad for the Schwarzkopf version of this which also looks quite promising and for $8.99 it’s definitely the cheaper version. I would be interested to try both out and see how they compare.

Kerastase Resistance Ciment ThermiqueI received about 10 sample packets of this in one of the Australian luxury subscription boxes last year (I can’t remember which one, sorry) and I’ve only just started to try it out. I love this stuff. I use it prior to blow drying my hair and it helps to seal the ends of my hair and make my hair soft & shiny. I will hopefully be purchasing a full sized bottle of this sometime in the future.

O&M Queenie Firm Hold HairsprayFinding a decent hairspray is the bane of my hair styling existence so I’ve got my hopes set on this pretty little number from one of my favourite hair care brands, O&M. I’m really curious to see what this smells like too, as O&M products always smell amazing.

evo Love Touch Shine SprayI am halfway through my Moroccanoil Shimmer Spray but I’ll be looking to try something different when I’m finished the bottle, and at the top of my ‘shine serums to try’ list is this product. I love everything that I’ve ever tried from the evo range, so I have high hopes for this.

Top 5 Hair Products for Autumn/Winter

Wella Hydrate Finish – I tend to use a lot of conditioning products in the cooler months to help my hair battle against the dry winter air, and this is my favourite leave in conditioner of the moment. It’s lightweight but moisturising and I don’t feel like it leaves too much product residue in my hair. It also smells delicious.

Wella Flowing Form Smoothing Balm – I heat style my hair a lot more in the cold months of the year, and I’ve been using this in my hair prior to blow drying to help minimize frizz and to help retain any shape that I’m trying to get my hair to hold. It’s also not too heavy and doesn’t weigh down my already fine hair.

Carol’s Daughter Rosemary Mint Clarifying Shampoo/Conditioner – This is my favourite shampoo & conditioner duo at the moment. As I mentioned above, I tend to use more styling products in my hair in autumn/winter so these are perfect to use as the clarifying element helps to prevent too much product build up in my hair. Despite being sulfate free, the shampoo lathers up nicely without leaving my hair feeling too tangled, which is an added bonus.

O&M Seven Day Miracle Masque – I am absolutely loving this hair mask at the moment. I’ve been using it once or twice a week as a regular treatment in place of my normal conditioner and also every night when I condition on the ends of my hair. It smells absolutely amazing, as with all O&M hair products (yes, I realise that I mention this every single time I reference O&M products) and it leaves my hair feeling soft & silky after every use.

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)