Hair care favourites 2014: thrifty to luxe

I’ve tried quite a number of hair care products in the past year, and there have been a few products that have stood out for me.

MooGoo Milk Shampoo and Clear Scalp Therapy Conditioner: favourite cheap hair care


Clear Scalp And Hair Total Nourishing Care Conditioner $5.99

I picked up this drugstore wonder when I ran out of conditioner while travelling- and it surprised me by outperforming many of the more expensive conditioners I’ve tried. Very nice on dry, colour damaged hair. Not sure about the claims re. scalp care because I personally never use conditioner on my scalp.

I’ve tried the hair mask in their range- and I still prefer the regular daily conditioner.

Moogoo Milk Shampoo $17.50

A staple all year round for years. Scalp’s best friend.

EVO The Therapist Shampoo and Conditioner, EVO The Great Hydrator Moisture Mask


Mid range:

EVO The Great Hydrator mask  $29.95

I reviewed this earlier in the year- it’s a great mask that worked really well to keep my hair strong, frizz-free, and manageable over the super dry Canberra winter.

EVO The Therapist Calming Conditioner  $29.95

This is a great everyday conditioner for dry hair that hydrates and detangles without weighing the hair down. Like all EVO hair care products- it smells gorgeous.

EVO The Therapist Calming Shampoo  $29.95

A decent sulphate free shampoo for when I want a change from my usual MooGoo. Gentle and effective.

Kerastase Discipline Maskeratine Treatment Mask: favourite luxe hair product



Kerastase Discipline Maskeratine $60

Another hair product that I reviewed earlier- this hair mask should be accompanied by the sound of angels singing. My favourite 2014 Kerastase product in the last couple of years by far (and I’ve tried quite a few from them- not all Kerastase products can justify their high end price tag, but this one does).

note: EVO and Kerastase products were sent by PR for trial purposes. See PR tab for editorial policy.

Posted by on Dec 7th, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments.

Straight No Chaser Travel Diary: Chiang Mai Cooking School

When we first arrived in Chiang Mai I was a little bit disillusioned by the way that tourism has taken over the city- there seemed to be more foreigners than Thais in downtown Chiang Mai, their ‘Night Bazaar’ was a very large collection of stands selling plasticky souvenirs to tourists, and every second thing on wheels- tuk tuk or Songthaew (red passenger truck) had ‘Tiger Kingdom’ or ‘Elephant Camp’ on the side. Who wants a ticket to hug a sedated tiger? How about a sedated tiger cub? Any takers? Clearly there are enough to make a very profitable industry out of it.

I felt like we weren’t doing so well at getting to know the real Chiang Mai, and even though we walked for hours on foot I felt that it was a lot harder to get a sense of how the locals lived than it was in Bangkok.  Phil booked a Thai cooking class on the next morning that we spent in Chiang Mai, and I was thrilled with how brilliant it turned out to be.

Thai cooking class-3




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Posted by on Dec 3rd, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments.

Nuxe Rêve de Miel lip balm and Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse: Review


Nuxe Rêve de Miel lip balm and Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse: Review

Nuxe Rêve de Miel lip balm and Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse: Review

I was given the opportunity to try two best sellers from french skincare line Nuxe.

I was particularly looking forward to trying their lip balm because I am constantly on a lookout for a lip balm that will keep my super dry lips happy (and compatible with my matte lipstick fetish). I’ve heard so many people rave about this product and it’s reached cult status amongst the beauty blogging community. They say that a pot of Nuxe Rêve de Miel sells every 28 seconds.

Nuxe Rêve de Miel ($19.95) is a beeswax based balm featuring honey, sweet almond oil, shea butter, and grapefruit extract. It also uses silicones in it’s formula, which gives it a matte velvety finish, and makes it a rather excellent lip primer. Because it is matte, it can be used past the lip line, which is great for people with dry skin or dermatitis around the lips. The consistency is unusual- it is very thick and a little waxy- but applies smooth once on the lips.

On my lips it’s better than the average lip balm, but not as good as my favourites for hydrating chapped lips (Jack Black and People for Plants balms). Given how well it works for the vast majority of lips, you probably have a good chance that it performs more impressively as a balm on you than it does on me. The stand out feature for me, however, is the way that Rêve de Miel doubles as a lip primer- if you apply a small amount on the lips and just past the lip line, it works very well in keeping your lipstick looking fresh and preventing your lip colour from bleeding. OCC Lip Tars are the worst when it comes to bleeding past the lip line, and I’ve always had to run the edge of a tissue along my lip line through the day when wearing these- until now!

Nuxe Rêve de Miel lip balm and Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse: Review

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse ($39.95) is a multipurpose ‘dry’ oil for face, body, and hair. It is a lightweight oil that you mist onto your skin or hair, and leaves a subtle sheen and fragrance.  I like using this as a skin ‘finishing spray’ before heading out to give my skin a bit of dewiness, and it since it’s so lightweight it works in summer too. I love how easy it is to apply, and how quickly it absorbs- I can mist harder to reach areas like in between my shoulder blades, and not have to work to rub it in.  For me it isn’t rich enough to replace a regular body moisturiser after the shower, so it’s an extra step that I typically will only do if I’m going out.

The fragrance of Huile Prodigieuse is fairly prominent, and tends to stick around for awhile after applying so this might be an awesome perk if you like the scent. I would advise giving this a sniff before purchasing just in case you don’t.

Huile Prodigeuse is petrolatum free and does not use propylene glycol- it does contain silicones though, so if you are sensitive to ‘cones on your face you might want to keep to using this on your body and hair. [EDIT: I've been advised that I've looked at the wrong ingredient list, and there are NO SILICONES in the Huile Prodigeuse. I've amended my list. Apologies!] 

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Posted by on Dec 1st, 2014 in Lip balm, Petrolatum Detox, Reviews | 0 comments.

Straight No Chaser: Chop Shop, Braddon

Just when you thought that Lonsdale St couldn’t get any more hipster, they crowded funded an arts and music space in an abandoned warehouse called the Chop Shop.






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Posted by on Nov 10th, 2014 in Food and Drink, Photo Diary | 0 comments.

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