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This hair noob gets perfect voluminous waves with Aveda

Voluminous curls  on medium length hair with GHD and Aveda

 

Ok so maybe ‘perfect’ may be an exaggeration- but certainly these curls are a pretty decent effort for a home job at Casa Del Jen.

Getting smooth waves has been getting to be a real struggle lately. Since colouring my hair, it’s not as smooth as it once was, which meant that my GHD would catch on rough bits and refuse to glide over the strands to produce waves. So instead of curls, I get random kinks and frizz.

One night about a week ago, I tried curling my hair with the GHD as I normally would- and ended up with pretty arse-y looking frizzy kinks. I decided to break out my new Aveda products, so I applied the Aveda Smooth Infusion Style Prep Smoother to my dry hair, gave it a minute to dry, brushed my hair, then used the GHD. The GHD glided over my strands so smoothly it was incredible- producing the best curl I have seen.

 

To get silky, voluminous curls that LAST:

1. Apply two pumps of Aveda Smooth Infusion Style Prep Smoother through hair from crown of the head to the ends, taking care to distribute product evenly.

2. Blow dry hair straight with a round bristle brush.

3. Curl sections of hair with a GHD as per usual.

4. Mist over curls with Aveda Pure Abundance Volumising Hair Spray and tousle curls with fingers to loosen. 

5. (optional)  Give yourself your best duck face in the mirror and tweet the photo to @Jfunnyvalentine 

 

Curls with volume on medium hair: GHD and Aveda

Curls with volume on medium length hair: GHD and Aveda

 

The Aveda Volumizing Hair Spray is a bit unusual in that it’s not in a pressurised aerosol can- it’s a pump bottle. I love the product itself but I found the packaging could sometimes be a pain in the behind- the nozzle gets gummed up if it’s been awhile since you’ve used it and if you try to spray it like this, the product comes out in squirts rather than a mist. What you need to do is run the nozzle under hot water, give it a few sprays, then use it on your hair.

It’s totally worth the little bit of extra faffing around though because this hair spray is really something amazing. It gives medium to strong hold that lasts (my curls will often drop within a couple of hours of using my GHD, but not with this product). At the same time your hair still looks completely natural- moves well, and doesn’t have the clumpy shiny look that often comes with hair spray. I had pretty decent curls the next morning too.

Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Hair Spray and Aveda Smooth Infusion Style Prep Smoother

Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Hair Spray and Aveda Smooth Infusion Style Prep Smoother

 

note: these products were provided free of charge from PR for consideration.

Posted by on Oct 1st, 2012 in Hair | 1 comment

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Aveda at NYFW: How to achieve hairstyles from Tibi and Behnaz Sarafpour

 THE TOOL BOX

A selection of Aveda products used at NYFW shows

A selection of Aveda products used at NYFW shows

When it comes to hair, I’m a hopeless noob. When I want to do anything outside of my very restricted comfort zone, I feel like 18yr old me trying to tackle liquid eyeliners for the first time.

I am slowly trying to learn a thing or two though, and fashion week styles are always a good place for inspiration.

One things I’ve realised recently is how important pre-styling products are to get to the style you want. For example, a little bit of volume enhancer like Aveda Pure Abundance Style-Prep before blow drying is magic for adding body, especially in addition to any other root lifting products you normally use during the styling process.

I’ve drafted upcoming posts on how the products work on specific styles on my own hair, so watch this space.

Aveda at Tibi

 

Tibi NYFW: image taken from Style.com

Tibi NYFW: image taken from Style.com

 

 

1) Create a straight, clean center part.

2) Spray a cocktail of Aveda Pure Abundance Style Prep and Aveda Volumizing Tonic from root to mid-length, coating the hair.

3) Blowdry straight, from roots to ends, using a round brush. Use a flat iron to smooth out kinks or waves, if necessary. Hair should be flat to the head.

4) Tuck hair behind ears and part in the back, bringing hair forward over each shoulder.

5) Finish with Aveda Air Control Hair Spray to smooth flyaways.

 

Aveda at TIBI NYFW

Aveda at TIBI NYFW

 

Aveda at TIBI NYFW

Aveda at TIBI NYFW

 

 

Aveda at Behnaz Sarafpour

 

Aveda at Behnaz Sarafpour

Aveda at Behnaz Sarafpour: image taken from Style.com

 

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Posted by on Sep 27th, 2012 in Hair, Runway | 1 comment

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My top 4 lippies for redheads

Hi everyone!

Since going red, I’ve noticed that  some of the lipstick shades that I routinely wore  suddenly looked less flattering on me. When I went a more vivid shade of red a couple of months ago this problem became more obvious.

For example, most berry and burgundy lipstick shades looks odd on me now- with the red hair, these lipstick colours give me a distinctly late 80s/early 90s look that reminds me of my primary school teachers. Not necessary a bad thing, but not really a look I like on me. My choices in nudes, pinks, and reds have also changed.

I thought it might be useful for those with red hair and prospective redheads to list a few lippies that do seem to look right on me. This is in no way an exhaustive list, just the ones that I’ve been liking recently.

Chantecaille Zinnia Lip Chic

 

Lipstick for redheads: Chantecaille Zinnia Lip Chic

Lipstick for redheads: Chantecaille Zinnia Lip Chic

 

Here is my review  done back in mid 2011

Illamasqua Ignite lipstick

 

 

I reviewed this a long time ago- one of my very first lipstick reviews when My Funny Valentine was in it’s infancy- you can see it here as long as you promise not to pass judgement on my earlier efforts.

 

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Posted by on Sep 18th, 2012 in Ellis Faas, Hair, Illamasqua, Lipstick, MAC | 0 comments.


Red, red wine: new hair by Oscar Oscar

burgundy hair by Oscar Oscar salon

burgundy hair by Oscar Oscar salon

Hello!

One of the first orders of business after moving to Melbourne for me was to do something about the skanky roots and touch up my colour.

I took myself to Oscar Oscar salon in Chadstone a few weeks ago for my colourist appointment. I loved my previous colour, which was a dark red mahogany, but this time I wanted to amp up the colour a notch.

I was surprised and impressed that before I said a thing, my colourist (the lovely Gabby), and the salon partner (Jackie) already knew all about my previous hair history at Oscar Oscar. So they knew that my natural hair colour was not going to lift very much  with the permanent dye and I was going to need a bleach cleanse.

This kind of service is not easy to come by.

burgundy hair by Oscar Oscar salon

burgundy hair by Oscar Oscar salon

 

And the COLOUR. Oh my goodness I love the colour.

I find that I need to rethink some of my makeup and outfit choices with the new hair colour, as many new red head have before me, but I don’t mind.

The total cost came to around $300 (I got a small VIP discount) , which is a lot for me to spend on my hair; but with a colour like this I would prefer a really good colourist to handle. Also, I guess the next touchups won’t require root to tip treatment so it should be significantly cheaper.

 

Posted by on Jul 31st, 2012 in Hair | 1 comment

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Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Grapefruit and Sugar Beet Shampoo and Conditioner

Hi everyone!

[note: this post was languishing in my drafts folder for the past 3 weeks and I thought I may as well publish it now rather than deleting it. Late is better than never]

It’s been too long since my last post and things are still crazy at Casa Del Jen. It was probably not a wise idea to commit to working full time right up until the move,  rehearsing for a musical theatre production, and packing up a house all by myself – but I guess I can catch up on sleep next week.

Today is my last day of full time work here in Orange, and then after the weekend I’ll be moving out of the house that has been a home to me for the last 3 and a half years. I don’t know whether I’m more excited or sad- probably excited.

You can probably understand why I’m a little tardy with my reviews, and this one is about a month overdue. Sam from ry.com.au kindly sent me the Burt’s Bees Super Shiny Grapefruit and Sugar Beet Shampoo and matching conditioner to review since they will be stocking the Burt’s Bees range on their website soon. I’m a big fan of Burt’s Bees products and their approach to skin/hair care, so I was quite excited to try these.

 

Super Shiny Grapefruit and Sugar Beet Shampoo

 

 

Burt’s Bees say…Experience the sweet smell of beautiful hair. This sulfate-free shampoo is loaded with essential citrus oils blended with gentle plant-based cleansing complex to create a richly foaming shampoo. Betaine, made from sugar beets, penetrates to help repair damage for hair that feels healthier and looks shinier, naturally. Turn up your shine with a treat of tart and sweet.

I love how there is an ever increasing range of sulphate free shampoos available- my sensitive scalp will never need to tolerate harsh surfactants stripping the crap out of my hair/scalp ever again.

This Grapefruit and Sugar Beet Shampoo is a lovely product.  It smells zingy, citrus-y and refreshing; does a good job of leaving my hair clean, and is gentle on the scalp.

 

Ingredients: aqua (water, eau), decyl glucoside, sucrose laurate, betaine, coco-glucoside, glycerin, glyceryl oleate, sodium cocoyl hydrolyzed soy protein, coco-betaine, lauryl glucoside, parfum (fragrance), citrus grandis (grapefruit) seed oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (sweet orange) peel oil, citrus nobilis (tangerine) oil, citrus medica limonum (lemon) oil, citrus aurantium amara (petitgrain) oil, hydroxypropyltrimonium honey, glucose, citric acid, xanthan gum, sodium chloride, glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase, limonene
 
 

Super Shiny Grapefruit and Sugar Beet Conditioner

 

 

Burt’s Bees say…

Experience the sweet smell of beautiful hair. Essential natural oils from citrus fruits like grapefruit, orange and lemon are blended with sugar beet extract and penetrating marula oil to replenish, condition, soften and improve your hair’s manageability. Turn up your shine with a treat of tart and sweet

My hair didn’t get on as well with this conditioner as well as the shampoo. It just didn’t seem to be rich enough for my colour treated hair- even with a generous palmful of this product I still had knots in my hair that I couldn’t run my fingers through. I normally use super rich conditioners like the Sebastien Penetraitt conditioner.

I suppose the Super Shiny Grapefruit and Sugar Beet conditioner would suit normal to oily hair types better than dry/colour treated hair. It’s certainly very light and doesn’t weigh the hair down.

Ingredients: aqua (water, eau), cetearyl alcohol, betaine, glycerin, cetrimonium bromide, sucrose polystearate, sucrose stearate, citrus grandis (grapefruit) seed oil, citrus aurantium dulcis (sweet orange) peel oil, citrus nobilis (tangerine) oil, citrus medica limonum (lemon) oil, citrus aurantium amara (petitgrain) oil, sclerocarya birrea oil, glucose, polysorbate 60, hydroxypropyltrimonium honey, parfum (fragrance), sodium chloride, glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase, limonene

 

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