Product Review: Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner

This is my new obsession. I’ve been a big fan of Pantene 3 Minute Miracle for many years now, so when I stumbled across this large tube at my local Coles I did a double take. What was this glorious gold tube? Was it my old school favourite, maximized? No… it’s a brand new favourite. A big ol’ tube of 3 minute miracle that you can use every single day. First things first, this smells AMAZING. Like, want-to-eat-it-but-don’t-because-poison amazing. Secondly, this really works. And it’s a much different experience from the original 3 minute miracle in that it’s far more lightweight and gentle on the hair. Which makes a world of difference if you have fine hair like myself. If you were a fan of the original, or if you’re just in the market for a new conditioner – pick this up ASAP. The Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner retails for $7.99 AUD and is available for purchase from Priceline.

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

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…

Giveaway: Nice ‘n Easy Summer Style Packs

One of my best friends recently told me that she was going grey. I could sympathise with her, because I myself have been colouring my hair since my teenager years in an attempt to cover up hereditary greyness (thankfully I didn’t have a boyfriend spouting endless ’50 Shades Of Grey’ jokes at me like she currently does). Needless to say, I am an at-home hair dyer from way back and I’m always tempted to change up my hair colour to something different in spring and summer. If you’re the same and feeling like you want to change up your look, Nice ‘n Easy are offering you to chance to win one of three summer style packs including a Wella pro series colour shampoo and conditioner and a Nice ‘n Easy hair colour of your choice. To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment at the bottom of this post letting me know which of the Nice ‘n Easy shades you would choose if you were to win! The three winners will be drawn on 14th November 2012 (please note that this giveaway is open to Australian residents only), good luck!

Product Review: O&M Rootalicious

Where to start with O&M’s Rootalicious… First things first – best product name ever. Secondly, I am really growing to love O&M’s packaging. All of their products look amazing sitting on the shelf which means I’m always more than happy to have them on display and Rootalicious is no exception. One thing that Rootalicious doesn’t seem to have going for it as much as other O&M products I’ve used in the past is the fragrance. It has no real scent that I can pick up on, so I was slightly disappointed by that. Getting past that small factor, this product works miracles on my flat hair. To use, you can apply the foam just to the root area to give added lift, or comb it through your hair to add volume in all areas. The directions don’t actually state whether or not you’re supposed to apply the product to dry or damp hair, so I tried both and definitely think that damp hair (prior to blow drying) is the way to go. The results were nothing crazy, but obvious. My hair looked fuller and definitely had more body and lift in the root area. O&M Rootalicious retails for $29.95 AUD and can be purchased online from Australian beauty retailer Adore Beauty. (note: I was sent this product for consideration for review)