I love how the days are getting longer now in Melbourne. Last Sunday afternoon was warm, sunny, and light until 7:30. P and I took advantage of the gorgeous weather and paid a visit to Brighton beach (a stone’s throw from where we live) for the first time.
After living in inland Orange, NSW, over 4 hrs drive away from the beach, it’s a nice change living so close to the water and now that it’s warming up I think I want to start jogging along the beach.
Brighton beach is remarkable for it’s 82 colourful Victorian era timber bathing boxes, which is a Melbourne cultural icon. Back in the day they were used as change rooms and as an escape from the sun and wind. Nowadays they are padlocked and god knows what they are actually used for but I read somewhere that they have been sold for upwards of $200,000 (only available to Brighton ratepayers).
Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Oct 30th, 2012 in lifestyle and health, Miscellaneous | 55510 comments. Weekend+diary%3A+Brighton%2C+Melbourne.2012-10-30+13%3A25%3A42myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D5551
It’s not often that I splurge on a hair treatment product, but every so often I come across something that is worth it’s weight in gold.
My hair has been bleached at each colour appointment at Oscar Oscar salon, so there is a great deal of damage to treat- in fact, the top of my hair which has had the most repeat bleaching, was starting to look like straw. The colour was fading like crazy at the top too, but that is a saga for another post.
I picked up this Kerastase masque about a month ago at a salon near my work after one of the hairdressers recommended it for my dry, colour treated hair and gave me a sample (it was love at first blowdry). Each time I use it, my hair feels amazing afterwards- shiny, incredibly soft, great body, and no hint of the oiliness or heaviness I often get with using very rich hair treatments. I’m uncertain whether heat makes the product perform better or not on my hair, but I do appreciate the fact that this masque provides thermal protection with heat styling.
Availability: selected salons
Price: varies from $50- 90 a jar. I got mine from Kings at Melbourne Central for $50 (surprisingly this is $16 cheaper than the StrawberryNet price!)
4 agents activated with the addition of heat which enhances the nourishing power.
Gluco-Active Dosage 3: a combination of essential ingredients (carbohydrates, proteins, lipids) for complete nutrition of the hair fibre from root to tip.
A thermo-reactive polymer that treats the fibre: replenishes the lipidic layer and captures the nutritive ingredients at the heart of the hair fibre.
A ceramic Boron Nitride: a thermal insulator that maintains heat inside the hair fibre in order to achieve long-lasting nourishment.
Xylose: a sugar that protects the fibre from the harmful effects of excessive heat and protects the fibre from drying out, enhancing softness and shine.
[ from Kerastase.com.au]
Ingredients | Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Amodimethicone, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Esters, Trideceth-5, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Caprylyl Glycol, Trideceth-10, Trideceth-6, Benzoic Acid, Glyceryl Linoleate, Boron Nitride, Cetrimonium Chloride, Linalool, Glyceryl Oleate, Hydroxycitronellal, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Coumarin, Xylose, Safflower Glucoside, Glyceryl Linelenate, Parfum, C39415/1.Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Oct 29th, 2012 in Hair, Reviews | 55050 comments. Splurge+worthy%3A+Kerastase+Nutri-Thermique+Intensive+Nutrition+Masque2012-10-29+02%3A01%3A13myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D5505
I drafted this post a few weeks ago when I had a rare few hours free to play with some of my new Aveda hair products. I was going for a pony tail with a messy quiff, and with some tips taken from Aveda backstage at NYFW (See my NYFW backstage hairstyle coverage here), I’ve somehow managed to make it work!
There have been many failed quiff attempts in the past, and I think what I’ve been doing wrong all along is not teasing the hair at the crown (I used to just shape it and pin), and using products that weighed the hair down too much and gave a greasy look. I’ve found that a combination of the Aveda Volumising Tonic, the Pure Abundance Potion, and the Pure Abundance Hair Spray gives me the big volume and matte texture that I want for this look.
1. Mist the ‘Aveda Volumising Tonic’ all over hair and scrunch with hands to give it texture and fullness.
2. Section the area of hair at the crown that you want to be your ‘quiff’ and clip it out of the way
3. The remaining hair on the sides and nape secure into a tight ponytail- you can make it a high pony tail or a low one. I did a low ponytail.
4. Tease hair at the top of head with a teasing comb. (leaving strands closest to forehead unteased)
5. Shape your quiff, using some of the unteased hair to create a smooth top, and secure with bobby pins. If necessary, use another elastic band to add this section to the bottom ponytail.
6. Tease out a few strands here and there on the side of the head to create a laid back texturised messy look.
7. Mist the Aveda Pure Abundance Volumising Hairspray over hair to lock style into place.
I hope that all made sense- I’m very new to hair tutorials. Holler at me if you have any questions!
note: Aveda products were provided to me by PR for consideration.Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Oct 26th, 2012 in Hair | 53480 comments. Hurrr+post%3A+how+to+style+a+messy+quiff+ponytail2012-10-26+03%3A39%3A20myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D5348
Last weekend I planned a (semi) surprise weekend away for P’s birthday. We spent the weekend away from Melbourne exploring the Great Ocean Road between Geelong and Warrnambool.
We drove to Geelong after work, about 1hr from Melbourne CBD, and arrived in time for dinner at a restaurant I booked for us called Ripples. The restaurant itself was nothing to write home about, but we had a nice night.
We even got to see some local nocturnal fauna out and about that night, chatting up the bouncers and showing remarkable gross motor skills on their 7 inch heels given their blood alcohol level.
After breakfasting in Geelong, P and I started our drive towards Torquay, which is the start of the Great Ocean Road. Unfortunately for us, the weather left much to be desired, with rain and fog enveloping the majority of the drive between Geelong and Port Campbell.
Apollo bay is a gorgeous little sea side town along the Great Ocean Road, and the only place outside of Tasmania where I’ve managed to find a SCALLOP PIE. I’ve said this many times and I’ll say it again: If you have not had a scallop pie- you have not lived.
We took a detour through Cape Otway National Park to see the famous Cape Otway Lighthouse, and halfway down the dirt road, we noticed a group of excited tourists pointing to the trees and taking photos. Turned out that the trees in the area were populated by KOALAS.
I’ve lived in Australia all my life, and I have NEVER seen koalas out in the wild before this.
I was there for what must have been half an hour, taking photos with the other tourists on the road, pointing and squealing like a schoolgirl.
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Oct 21st, 2012 in lifestyle and health, Miscellaneous | 53920 comments. MFV+Travel+Diary%3A+a+Great+Ocean+Road+weekend2012-10-21+09%3A20%3A02myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D5392
Hope you’ve all had a good start to the week. I’ve just gotten back from an amazing weekend away exploring the Great Ocean Road and Warrnambool with my boyfriend, and currently daydreaming about putting a deposit on a waterfront property somewhere along there. A gal can dream, right?
Before I left, I put together a FOTD inspired by the beauty looks on Versace Spring Summer runways during Milan Fashion Week. I love a great smoky eye, and this one updates the classic smoky eye with a little bit of gold making it a great look for both day and night.
- Two faced shadow insurance to prime.
- Illamasqua ‘Wolf’ eyeshadow from the Neutral Palette (swatched and reviewed here) on the mobile lid.
- Inglot eyeshadow Matte 329 (matte dark charcoal brown reviewed and swatched here) in crease, layering for intensity in the outer V. I’ve also smudged this under the lower lashline and blended a little further down.
- MAC ‘Soba’ eyeshadow blended around the edges to soften the Inglot dark brown, and also give it a golden ‘halo’ type effect.
- Inglot eyeshadow Shine 39 (bright cool toned gold reviewed and swatched here) on the very centre of the mobile lid on top of ‘Wolf’
- Bobbi Brown Shimmer Eyeshadow in ‘Champagne’ blended in the inner corner as a highlight.
- The black and dark brown eyeliner from the Physicians formula Shimmer Strip Eyeliner trio for brown eyes (swatched and reviewed here) smudged along upper lashline and bottom lashline.
- Bobbi Brown Espresso Ink gel eyeliner to line lower waterline.
- Katy Perry falsies from Eyelure.
- Illamasqua Powder blush in ‘Naked Rose’ (reviewed and swatched here as part of the Naked Strangers collection)
- NARS Pure Matte lipstick in Bangkok (swatched and reviewed here)
Keep reading after the jump!Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Oct 16th, 2012 in FOTD, Illamasqua, Inglot, Runway | 53550 comments. Antique+Gold+Smoky+eye+FOTD+inspired+by+Versace+S%2FS2012-10-16+03%3A33%3A47myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D5355
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