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Giveaway time! MyHAIRCARE $50 voucher



Hi everyone!

It’s giveaway time again at My Funny Valentine and this time we’re collaborating with an Aussie hair and beauty online store MyHAIRCARE to give one lucky reader a $50 voucher towards any online purchase. MyHAIRCARE stocks a large range of hair, makeup, and nail products-

Brands include….

Hair: Redken, GHD, Kevin Murphy, Cloud Nine, Moroccan Oil, Sebastien, NAK.

Makeup: Kryolan, Nude by Nature, BeautyPro.

Nails: Butter London, OPI


Kevin.Murphy is one of the hair care brands available, and I was kindly sent the Kevin.Murphy Sticky Business styling product by MyHAIRCARE. It retails on the website for $35.95 so the winner of the $50 voucher can pick this up and still have $$ left for more 🙂







How to enter:

1. For one entry, ‘Like’ My Funny Valentine on Facebook and leave a comment below with your email (so I can contact the lucky winner) AND  facebook name. If you prefer, you can email those details to me instead

(if you already like My Funny Valentine on Facebook, enter by leaving a comment with your facebook name, or email it to me if you prefer)

2. For one extra entry tweet about this giveaway (using the tweet button at the end of this post), and tag me @Jfunnyvalentine. Make sure you let me know in the comments that you’ve tweeted 🙂


The competition is open to Australian residents and will run until midnight 10th March 2013 Sydney time. I will draw the two winners using a random number generator and email the winners by the 11th of March. 

Posted by on Feb 18th, 2013 in Hair | 99comments


DIY Hair Colour Update: Balayage correction part 1

Hi everyone!

Just a quick hair update. On friday, I decided that I wanted to do something about my hair colour, and (since I had somewhat of a shocking salon colorist experience recently), I wanted to try my hand at doing it myself at home. .

I had a snoop around Hairhouse Warehouse during my lunch break, and with some help from the instore colorist, I picked up some professional grade hair dye and developer (what they use in their own salon). I think it turned out to be just over $20 in total, and would last me 4-6 applications for my purposes.

DISCLAIMER: I’m not at all experienced in hair coloring, I’m just completely reckless and willing to take risks with my hair. If you are more risk-averse I suggest you go to a GOOD colorist instead of attempting this at home.

At my previous colour appointment I wanted to go dark brown, with a subtle balayage that started from the ear line. Instead my hair was over processed, over bleached, and I got blonde green patches starting from the eyebrow height. I got it corrected somewhat, but I was still a lot more blonde than I liked, and I just kept getting blonder as the brown pigment at the top faded. At the same time, the very bottom of my hair was darker than my midlengths- to me that is a failed balayage. 

I was going to make an appointment to get the top darkened down to my ear line, but I couldn’t get a week day appointment that suited so I though- TO HELL WITH IT. I’LL DO IT MYSELF.

On thursday night I did a test strand- it went well, so last night I went ahead and did the entire process.  It urned out pretty much how I wanted. Not a huge change, but now I’m more balayaged brunette (as I had originally wanted) rather than blonde with roots 😛




I basically just mixed half developer and half dye. Applied it with gloves to dry hair taking care to start at the top and slowly drag the colour down over about 20mins so that the colour transition is smooth.

Then I washed it and applied a colour locking conditioner in.

In the last few weeks since, my blonde at the bottom started getting a little bit brassy so I might get a blue toner to combat the orange tones. I might even consider lightening the bottom a little to make the balayage more dramatic.


Posted by on Jan 19th, 2013 in Hair | 697comments

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Review: Ghd V Gold Series Rich Ruby Styler vs ghd IV

Ghd V Gold Series Rich Ruby Styler


I’ve had my beloved ghd IV Styler for over 4 years now, and it comes with me everywhere.

I use it for both curling and straightening, and ever since I got it I ditched my old curling wand because (once I figured out how to use it properly), I found that the ghd did a better job of creating curls that lasted for days.

Recently I was given the opportunity to review the ‘Rich Ruby’ Styler from the ghd limited edition metallic collection (which is a ghd Gold Series Classic Styler in a limited edition colour).I expected it to perform exactly the same as my own ghd IV styler, and was a little taken aback by how much smoother it glided over my hair and how much better my curls looked. I found my curls lasted longer too (day 3 and still going).

I’ve since found out that the Gold Series Stylers used better plate technology, and a more premium surface quality compared with the ghd IV stylers (more details further down). This is why there is a price difference between the two, and if I had to choose I would probably invest in the Gold Series Styler.


Ghd V Gold Series Rich Ruby Styler

Ghd V Gold Series Rich Ruby Styler vs ghd IV

Keep reading after the jump!


Posted by on Jan 14th, 2013 in Hair, Reviews | 1,621comments


Hair Romance 30 Braids in 30 Days E-book Giveaway x 2

It’s a new year, and the perfect time to start thinking about revamping your look. Unlike new designer threads, updating your hair wardrobe won’t cost you a kidney (which is great if you’ve already sold the other one for new Louboutins) and as Christina from Hair Romance always says, your hair is your best accessory.

Hair Romance and My Funny Valentine have your locks in mind with this giveaway which is open internationally: 30 Braids in 30 Days is chock full of hair-spiration, tips, and tutorials so you can get enough braid ideas to last all year.

Keep reading for a chance to win one of TWO e-books!



What’s in the ebook?

  • Over 75 pages of hairstyle ideas and tips to get over bad hair days
  • Tutorials for all styles of braids, starting at the beginner to advanced
  • Step-by-step photo tutorials and written instructions for the 30 braided hairstyles featured in the 30 Braids in 30 Days challenge
  • Styling advice on how to prepare your hair for braiding
  • Tips for braiding curly hair
  • Advice for braiding fine hair
  • Product and styling tips and tricks
  • Braid troubleshooting guide

How to enter:

1. For one entry, ‘Like’ My Funny Valentine on Facebook and leave a comment below with your email (so I can contact the 2 lucky winners) AND  facebook name. If you prefer, you can email those details to me instead

2. For one extra entry and tweet about this giveaway (using the tweet button at the end of this post), and tag me @Jfunnyvalentine.

3. For another extra entry, subscribe to Hair Romance email newsletter through this form



The competition is open internationally and will run until midnight 20th January 2012 Sydney time. I will draw the two winners using a random number generator and email the winners by the 22nd of January. 



Posted by on Jan 7th, 2013 in Hair | 173comments


Fake It Till You Make It: Healthy Shiny Looking Hair


If you follow my tweets and instagram you might remember me foaming at the mouth at how my hair was totally destroyed at the last colour appointment. Note to self: when you feel the foil getting burning hot and you can smell your hair, it’s probably time to grab your colourist and remind them that you’ve still got bleach in your hair.

I was almost in tears on the way home from the appointment because I had patches of grey/ashy blonde in the middle of my strands, and my hair felt like straw. I had the colour darkened and somewhat corrected since then but the damage is irreversable.

Thankfully, I had some products from the Toni and Guy Hair Meets Wardrobe collection in my bathroom cabinet that works wonders on making shitty hair look polished. I followed the fantastic tutorial from the Hair Meets Wardrobe website  for getting a super shiny sleek look. If you haven’t seen their tutorials, I highly recommend taking a look.



Sleek straight hair with side part how- to :

1. Deep condition the hell out of your hair. I used my Kerastase Nutri-Thermique mask (best investment ever, I reviewed it here)

2. Towel dry and apply the Toni & Guy Leave In conditioner from midlength to ends.

3. Mist hair with Toni & Guy Heat Protection Mist.

4. Blow dry with a bristle brush working in small sections at a time ( I used my new Mason Pearson pure bristle brush, which makes a surprising amount of difference to the final result. Review to come)

5. I used my GHD in some areas of my hair to get it as sleek as possible. (not the best thing for damaged hair but oh well!)

6. Applied Toni & Guy High Gloss Serum from midlength to ends. I used a small squirt, distributed evenly on my palms at a time – around 3 squirts in total because my hair is so straw like.

note: makeup look is the same as the one covered in this FOTD post.


Toni & Guy Heat Protection Mist, High Gloss serum, Leave In COnditioner, Mason Pearson Bristle Brush


Note: Toni & Guy products were sent to me by PR for consideration. 


Posted by on Dec 29th, 2012 in Hair | 2comments

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