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Kérastase Discipline Collection: shampoo, conditioner, treatment mask

Kérastase Discipline Collection: shampoo, conditioner, treatment mask

Kérastase launched their Discipline Smoothing In-Salon Treatment as well as their at home Discipline line in August this year. It was designed as a new keratin strengthening treatment to replace/reduce the need for salon chemical straightening and to keep your hair frizz free for longer between blow drying.

The treatment combines Morpho-Keratine and wheat proteins that strengthens the hair fibres from the inside out, and also a moisturising ‘top coat’ of polymers to keep frizz at bay. The at-home products are supposed to provide the anti-humidity and anti-frizz effects for 72 hours.

I adore Kérastase hair treatments (Nutri-Thermique masque is still my favourite of all time), so I was looking forward to trying out the Discipline Collection on my dry, colour-damaged hair.

Kérastase Discipline Collection: shampoo, conditioner, treatment mask


Kérastase Discipline Fondant Fluidealiste ($48 rrp/250mL) is a lightweight every day conditioning product for unruly hair, Kérastase says that it is best for fine, sensitised hair. My hair is probably on the thicker side,  so I think I would need something with a bit more horse power to detangle on bad hair days- on good hair days it works fine and generally leaves my hair in quite good condition after drying.


The Kérastase Discipline Maskertine ($60/200mL) is truly gorgeous, as I suspected it would be. It leaves my hair feeling amazingly supple, reduces blow drying time, and imparts a nice sheen to my hair. It is a pleasure to use in the shower- it has an ‘expensive’, indulgent fragrance that I always notice with Kérastase products, and it detangles like nobody’s business (less breakage in shower= win).

There are two shampoo products in the Kérastase Discipline collection- the Kérastase Discipline Fluidealiste ($48/250mL) and the Kérastase Discipline Fluidealiste  Sulphate Free ($42/250mL). I was sent the sulphate formulation- which is a shame because my sensitive scalp doesn’t do well with them so I wasn’t able to give this a good run. From my short experience of 2-3 washes it feels like it washes well without being overly harsh. Smells lovely too.

Prima ballerina Diana Vishneva was chosen as the face of the new collection- she represents beautiful, grace, and discipline.

 note: these products were sent by PR for review. See editorial policy in PR tab for more details.

Posted by on Sep 15th, 2014 in Hair, Reviews | 1 comment

EVO The Great Hydrator Moisture Mask: Review

EVO The Great Hydrator Moisture Mask: Review


EVO is an  Australian salon exclusive line that I discovered last year while I was staying at the wonderful De Russie Suites in Orange, NSW. They had mini bottles of EVO  ‘The Therapist’ shampoo, conditioner, and ‘Soap Dodger’ body wash- I was immediately hooked on ‘The Therapist’ conditioner.

I loved their humorous descriptions and names on their products, their no-fuss but uber cool packaging design, and the fact that Evo products are formulated without sulphates, parabens, dea, tea, and propylene glycol.

I was given the opportunity to try their Great Hydrator Moisture Mask, which is a treatment mask for dry, damaged hair. I have been using this about twice a week for the past 2 months- applying it semi-towel dried hair after shampooing, and leaving it in for 3-5 minutes before rinsing off. Incredible stuff! My hair feels deeply hydrated, and looks healthier after using this- almost like turning back the clock to a time before I bleached the sh*t out of it. Definitely something that I repurchase and that I would recommend for hair that needs some resuscitation.


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EVO The Great Hydrator Moisture Mask: Review   EVO The Great Hydrator Moisture Mask: Review


Key ingredients:

cyclomethicone and amodimethicone – improves combability and shine

behentrimonium chloride – conditions and moisturises

glycerin – a humectant that conditions hair and attracts moisture to the hair

argania spinosa kernel oil – smooths and softens.



note: this product was provided by PR for review. See editorial policy in PR tab for more details.

Posted by on Aug 2nd, 2014 in Hair | 1 comment

Original Mineral Hydrate & Conquer Shampoo and Conditioner + Power Base Review

Original Mineral Hydrate & Conquer Shampoo and Conditioner + Power Base

O &M  Hydrate & Conquer Shampoo and Conditioner + Power Base

The Original & Mineral Hydrate & Conquer range has been formulated for dry, damaged hair- that’s me!  O & M says that it uses nutrient-rich Tasmanian Sea Kelp, containing Vitamins A, B, C, & E and 13 amino acids to strengthen hair and stimulate growth. Sweet almond and macadamia oil is included for their moisturising properties, and the conditioner also has built in UV  protection to protect coloured and natural hair.

This range is a bit of a cult hit amongst bloggers, and I can see why. The packaging is gorgeous, the brand philosophy is great (their aim is to formulate without harsh chemicals including sulphates), and the product is luxurious to use. If you love gourmand scents in your bath and beauty products then you need to try these.

The Hydrate and Conquer Conditioner  ($29.95) is unbelievably good. In several minutes it seems to just as good a job of hydrating and softening my hair as a good hair treatment or masque – it even comes close to my favourite hair treatment, the rather exxy Kerastase Nutri-Thermique Intensive Nurition Masque ($50- $90 a jar). I also love that it doesn’t weigh the hair down- AND, that it smells like vanilla cake batter. Definitely a repurchase for me.

I was excited about trying the Hydrate and Conquer shampoo because I’m always on the lookout for sulphate free shampoos and cleansers, and because so many people I’ve spoken to love it. Unfortunately for me, The Hydrate & Conquer Shampoo ($29.95) doesn’t get on well with my my scalp. I’m not sure which ingredient/combination of ingredients I’m reacting to, but I get a very itchy scalp after I use this for a few days. When I switch back to my regular Moogoo Milk Shampoo, the itchiness goes away. As far as I know, my partner and I are the only people that have had this issue (I’ve consulted the twitterverse and everyone else does very well with this formulation).

Power Base  ($31.95) is a decent strengthening treatment for damaged hair formulated with wheat proteins and apricot kernel oil. I didn’t notice any change after my first or second use, but after persisting I’ve noticed less breakages, frizziness and other assorted bad behaviour from my hair. It doesn’t seem to add any softness or silkiness on my hair-I find I still need a conditioner for that- this strengthens the hair.  I use it once a week.


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Posted by on Nov 28th, 2013 in Hair | 8comments


Super Easy Hair Ideas: Messy Wavy Cuffed Ponytail



Hello all!

I’m at Sydney airport having a very slow lunch before my flight back to Melbourne (I had a steak sandwich, with a huge serving of chips. Instant regret).  I’ve just had my Ocular Therapeutics oral exam, and am heading back to Melbourne to do a shite load of packing/cleaning before I move out of my apartment and embark on my 3 month working holiday around Australia. Yikes.

I have two hours to kill, so I’m sorting through my backlog of blog drafts. This hair post is basically an offshoot of my Red Lipstick for Antipodean Beauties makeup challenge post.

This messy cuffed ponytail has been a hair style I’ve been quite fond of for a easy going night out look. It looks really good on ombre hair,  it’s great for both freshly washed and 2nd day hair, and it is a FABULOUS way to recover from a shitty job curling your hair with the GHD.

How- to:

1. Curl dry hair with straightener or curling wand. Feel free to completely screw the back section up, but try and be neat with the front if you want to have do the curly wispy fringe thing.

2. Tap some texturising/volumising powder (I used the David Babaii Instant Miracle powder) to the roots around the crown  and top and scrunch hair.

3. Tease the hair at the back to create volume, spray with hairspray to hold. (I used Toni and Guy Hair Meets Wardrobe Firm Hold Hairspray)

4. Secure hair into a ponytail with an elastic

5. Attach the hair cuff (I used the Lady Jayne gold mini cuff, reviewed here)

6. Tease little wisps of hair out from ponytail to frame front of face if desired.


Posted by on Oct 31st, 2013 in Hair | 0 comments.

Spring Racing Hairstyle Inspiration: Toni and Guy Georges Event



Last week I attended a media event at Toni and Guy Georges, where we heard all about the hair and makeup trends for the upcoming Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Salon owner and Style Director Jo Smith talked through the Spring/Summer trends in hair; and the team from Napoleon showcased the makeup tricks of the trade for the races.  The 10 media attendees were treated to a blow wave and a Napoleon makeover (instagram pics below) to demonstrate how the trends would work on each person.

Here are some images I took on the evening, and a breakdown from Jo Smith on how to achieve each look. Enjoy!



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