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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 | 2comments


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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Posted by on Oct 2nd, 2013 in Hair | 0 comments.


Hair bling: Lady Jayne Metal Hair Cuffs

Hair bling: Lady Jayne Metal Hair Cuffs


After metallic hair cuffs made an appearance at Dries Van Noten a couple of years ago, I’ve been dying to get my hands on one.I was pretty excited whenLady Jayne brought out their Metal Ponytail Cuffs because up until now I hadn’t been able to find any in stores.

I’m loving these! They are so easy to use, and adds instant chic to a simple ponytail.

The Lady Jayne Metal Collection includes 3 styles- full cuff, semi cuff, and bows in gold, rose gold, or silver.

Price: $9.99 for both cuff styles.

Availability: Priceline and selected pharmacies.

Hair bling: Lady Jayne Metal Hair Cuffs


Lady Jayne Metal Ponytail Cuff

This full cuff is best worn in a high to low slung ponytail. Keep it low and texture or high and sleek for a modern look. To use, secure the ponytail with the attached elastic. Then open the cuff and position it around the base of your ponytail.


Hair bling: Lady Jayne Metal Hair Cuffs


Lady Jayne Metal Ponytail Semi Cuff

Similar to the full cuff, the semi ponytail cuff looks best in a high or low slung ponytail. However it is best for longer, thicker hair, as it doesn’t wrap around the full width of the pony. To use, secure the ponytail with the attached elastic. Then slide the cuff over the top of the pony to your desired position.


Lady Jayne has teamed up with celebrity hair and make-up stylist Max May, to create a series of how-to videos featuring the hottest looks for hair this season.

The first of 4 videos is the Ponytail cuff from Lady Jayne’s Metal Collection


note: these products were sent to me by PR for consideration only. See disclosure policy in PR tab for more info.

Posted by on Aug 21st, 2013 in Hair, Reviews | 0 comments.

Mermaid Blue: Graphic Blue Eyeliner FOTD

turquoise graphic blue eyeliner makeup look

Turquoise/ Azure blue was always a colour that I considered just out of my makeup comfort zone. Whenever I think of bright blue eyeshadow, images of Malibu Barbie and the mother from Bewitched come to mind and scares me off.

A few weekends ago, I tried using the new Face Of Australia Budgeproof eyeshadow as a bold graphic liner- and I quite like how it turned out. No hint of barbie- just a simple, updated take on the cat’s eye.


FOTD: Illamasqua Naked Rose blush, Time Balm, NARS Bangkok, NARS Tzigane lipstick, Face Of Australia Budge Proof Eyeshadow, David Babaii Boho Beach Spray


FOTD makeup breakdown:


Too Faced Shadow Insurance to prime

Face Of Australia Budge Proof Eyeshadow in Mermaid Blue* applied with a stiff brush in a thick line across the upper lid and flicked outwards. I used about 3 layers to get this level of intensity.

- MAC Blacktrack Fluidline pushed into the upper lashline and between lashes.


Illamasqua Naked Rose blush on apples


NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Bangkok

NARS Tzigane lipstick applied above Bangkok.


David Babaii Boho Beach Spray* through mid lengths to ends and scrunched through for volume and texture. This stuff smells like summer in a bottle.


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