Monday, 29 December 2014

SEVEN WONDERS MOROCCAN ARGAN OIL DRY SHAMPOO



Dry shampoos have been flooding the market the last few years and have become hugely popular for keeping your hair fresh in between washes and to give the hair a refreshed look for us time poor souls.

So when a new product hits the market, I want to be one of the first to try as I am a dry shampoo die hard fan, I use it regularly like I use deodorant. I'm extremely time poor with working full-time, blogging part-time and raising a family, washing my hair seems more like a chore than relaxing therapy. Don't get me wrong I don't walk around showerless and stinky, the only time I seem to have for a shower is at night when my son is in bed, school lunch made, and the house looking in some kind of normal order. So going to bed with damp hair will result in extreme frizz fright in the morning!

So dry shampoo has been my best friend for a few years now. Some brands are hit and miss.

Seven Wonders recently released the Moroccan Argan Oil Dry Shampoo, which I was excited to try because this one is a little different to all the other dry shampoos I have tried. It is aluminium free and paraben free which is great to be able to use a product with a natural alternative. 

Seven Wonders Moroccan Argan Oil Dry Shampoo is used simply by spraying your roots, leave to do its magic and then brush out.

The result is great. My feels soft and shiny due to the Argan Oil. The scent is pleasant and subtle. My hair does not go flat and was easy to style.

The difference between this dry shampoo and the others on the market is that it will not leave your hair powdery white and dry.  It moisturises and nourishes your hair as well as absorbing excess oil.

Normally I try to get away with using dry shampoo two days in a row before washing my hair. With Seven Wonders I attempted this and my hair didn't look great on the second day. I think it may be due to the conditioning properties of the Argan Oil, but I do have oily roots so that also plays a role.

Good news is Seven Wonders Moroccan Argan Oil Dry Shampoo is available at leading pharmacies such as Terry White, Chemist Warehouse, and online at the Seven Wonders website.

It retail price for $12.95 for 150ml. 

Do you have a favourite Dry Shampoo? I would like to know what you think of this product.

This product was kindly provide for a review

Thursday, 11 December 2014

OMO ULTIMATE & JIF EASY LIFT GIVEAWAY

Long, long ago, in a far away planet, I used to love cleaning. I never liked cooking though. I found cleaning therapeutic and got great satisfaction when my house was sparkling clean and my clothes smelt amazing. Ironing. I even loved that! Then I moved to earth and had a child and all the things I loved I now loathed.

The constant soaking and cleaning, argghh. Food and crayons off the wall and floor, stains on the clothes that just would not come off. I then had to review what I had in my cleaning cupboard and realised I did not have have the right products that I needed for my family home.

I have come to realise that if you have the right cleaning products, cleaning is so much easier.

A while ago I attended a Bloggers Brunch and I was given some goodies from the good people at OMO/Jif.  You can read about my day at the Bloggers Brunch here.

As I am already an OMO user, so I was excited to receive some of their products to trial. OMO Ultimate actively treats stains up to 48 hours old! Yeah that's what I'm talking about baby. As a parent you would understand how horrible quality school polo shirts fabric are with stains, if you don't wash immediately the stain make its home permanently in the fibres. I found with OMO Ultimate, I can confidently wash clothes every other day. So I can honestly say, this is the best product on the market at the moment.

Another great product that makes my life easier, giving me more time for the important things in life, Jif Easy Lift for Bathrooms removes all soap scum from shower screens and tiles in a jiffy, no elbow grease needed!

As Christmas is approaching super fast, Omo/Jif would like to give you the opportunity to win some products.

One reader will win the following:

• 1 x Jif EasyLift Bathroom 750ml Spray - $6.46
• 1 x Omo Ultimate 1L - $12.99 (choice top or front loader)

Total= $19.48

To win this prize all you have to do is follow these easy steps;
1. You must follow or subscribe to my blog by clicking  one of the options on the right of my page.
2. Leave a comment below and tell me your worst cleaning story, be creative!
3. Please leave your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner, if you prefer to email me your details instead, click here.

Competition closes 30 December 2014 at 11.59pm. Winner will be announced on this page

Conditions of Entry
Entry is open Australia wide only. Answer to question must be provided in the comment below with email address provided. If you do not want your email address public, please send me an email with your contact details so I can contact you if you are a winner. You must be subscribed to my blog. Otherwise you forfeit the prize. A winner will be chosen based on their answer. You will have 7 days to respond to my email to claim prize otherwise I will redraw another winner.



Jif and OMO cleaning products lighten the load for mums dealing with the toughest dirt. With its amazing stain removal first time, OMO helps to remove hassle by taking care of the laundry so that you can get back your precious quality time. Thanks to its advanced Lift-Action formula of the Jif EasyLift Spray range, it quickly softens and detaches dirt requiring less wiping, making it easier to get a streak free shine! Click here for more information.

To find out more about Omo visit their website www.omo.com.au or www.facebook.com/OMOAustralia

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

SO...? SUPERSTAR & KISS ME BODY FRAGRANCE SPRAYS

This UK based company is rated number one for teen fragrance around the world. It was the No.1 must haves in our school bags back in the day and it still is.

Recently, I was reacquainted with So...? Body Fragrances, so long ago since my school years and it was great to know that the only thing had change was the range of fragrances. It brought back memories.

I was quite surprised how nice So...? Superstar and So...? Kiss Me smelt.  Every few years my preferences change in what I look for in a fragrance, whether it be eau de parfum, eau de toilette or a body spray.  

I carried around So...? Kiss Me for several weeks in my handbag and used it on a daily basis.  I even used it when a smelly person hopped on a train and left, spraying and encasing myself in a more sweet smelling aroma and mask out the urine infested undies smell. The best thing is I'm saving money on my more expensive fragrances, using them more when I go out, not at work.

I like how the body sprays out in a fine even mist. No wet spots are left on the body or clothing.  I've even spray it over my head so the fragrance subtly settles on my hair.  As with all body sprays, top-ups are required as it doesn't last all day like perfumes do.

So....? Kiss Me contains sugary notes of blackcurrant and citrusy real layers of kissably sweet vanilla with a floral heart rounded by musk. The vanilla notes definitely dominates the scent but it's not overpowering or sickly. 

So...? Superstar contains wondrous mix of pomegranate, fresh oranges and passion fruit, certainly fruit and perfect for summer!

I'm no longer a teenager, far from it but body sprays are definitely suitable for all ages. There are currently available in six delicious scents - Kiss Me, SuperStar, Eternal, Sinful, Sexy and Sensual.

I would love to know what's your favourite body spray?


So...? What are you waiting for?  Check out which tickles your fancy. To find out more about So...? body sprays and fragrances visit www.uk.sowithattitude.com.


ARDELL MAGIC LASH GROWTH ENHANCER & INDIVIDUAL LASH HOW-TO VIDEO

Ardell Magic Lash Growth Enhancer features multi-proteins that stimulate new growth, repair weak thinning lashes, help prevent lash loss and give lashes a healthier, fuller appearance. The multi-proteins immediately work to repair weak, thinning lashes and stimulate new growth so that they appear healthier and fuller. while preventing future loss. Conditioners are also added to nourish lashes to protect against future damage. The pen-style delivery system allows for precise application on the lash line where it is needed most; at the root. When used daily, results can be seen in as little as 3-5 weeks.

When I was younger my lashes were super long, thick and black and were annoying. I used to get asked whether they were false because they were so long. In my 20s I started to wear glasses and my lashes used to hit the lenses and feel uncomfortable, so my glasses used to sit further down on my nose. Several years later I decided to swap the glasses for contacts because of how uncomfortable glasses were for me. I was surprised and shocked at how short my lashes had become after only 5 years of wearing glasses, the damage they had done to my luscious lashes. 

At the time I was sort of glad and for the first time I was able to use mascara. They never grew back like they once were, if anything my lashes have thinned out and shortened even more, maybe because I never cleaned the mascara off them as well as I should of or it's an age thing.

As I have gotten older I noticed when I'm not using mascara, I don't look as fresh and young as I do with thicker looking and dark lashes. Eyebrows and lashes do frame the face.  Mascara has become my daily ritual and I always use Ardell's individual lashes when I go out for that extra impact.
I applied this product on clean dry lashes every night for two weeks. What I have noticed in two weeks is that fewer lashes are falling out and that there is some new growth (shorter hairs are seen). I am still waiting to see the long-term results and it's looking promising!  Unfortunately I did not take before photos when I started the trial but wish that did so you could see the difference.






Here is a photo of my favourite lash pack. I find these are easier to apply than a full set.



As you can see you can barely tell I have the individual lashes on.





I had added an easy how-to video on how to apply Ardell's individual lashes.  Its simple, for further how-to videos visit Ardell's website.




Video taken from Ardell's website

Monday, 8 December 2014

INDEED LABORATORIES & TRANSFORMULAS - PRICE OF BEAUTY LUSCIOUS LIPS AND TAUT SKIN ARE WE HAPPY IN THE SKIN WE'RE IN?

We are so spoilt for choice today with so many amazing products on the market.  Rewind five years ago and we only had 1/5 of what is on the market today.  With some brands being around for decades, whilst some disappear and others entering the beauty market with a bang.

Do we take more pride in our well being and appearance than we did years ago?  Or is it because it has become easier and cheaper to look effortlessly glam thanks to a number of brands that release non-invasive easy-to-use in your own home products to assist us in areas we want to improve.

Take Indeed Laboratories for example.  A company that believes in pushing the boundaries of science and challenging the status quo of current beauty standards. They have a range of products under their belt that you may have either heard of or currently use like exfoliator™ , hydraluron, nanoblur, eysilix, snoxin just to name a few and are affordable.

I'm currently trialling exfoliator™ and snoxin™. In previous posts I've mentioned that I'm not a fan of invasive procedures to assist in ageing so any new products that hit the market to assist, I'm first in line.


Exfoliator™ is a granuled powder, a highly concentrated powder exfoliant activated by simply adding water and safe to use daily.

Designed to immediately brighten skin and restore its natural radiance, this enzyme micro-powder creates a creamy foam when mixed with water, gently exfoliating to deliver superior skin resurfacing of the face, neck and chest to reveal a softer, smoother and more polished skin texture without the use of harsh abrasives. 

The innovative micro-powder is packed with 5 key actives, including bamboo extract, rice bran powder, okinawa red algae, hyaluronic acid and bromelain. 

Exfoliator™ is suitable for all skin types.  After cleansing, dispense two shakes and mix with as much or as little water as desired to create a foamy consistency. Massage onto wet face using circular motions for one minute, avoiding the eye area. then rinse thoroughly. 

The result? My skin had a glow, feeling and looking refreshed with my skin feeling like it was breathing. 

As with every product I try, I get nervous as I never know what products my skin likes or dislikes. Fortunately I did not experience any reactions or skin irritations which is fab as some products do irritate my skin due to certain active ingredient.


Snoxin™ is a concentrated multi-peptide facial serum designed to help combat the appearance of skin ageing. an unconventional name that does not relate to the product but it does roll of the tongue Snoxin Serum! 

While most skin care serums contain just one main ingredient to target signs of ageing, snoxin™ incorporates multiple peptides to help reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. snoxin™ is clinically proven to provide visible results in just 14 days.

I used snoxin™ twice daily after cleansing, followed by my moisturiser. snoxin™ has a cloudy white gel with a thicker than normal consistency fo a serum.  There is a faint scent which is pleasant.

After using Snoxin for around three weeks, I noticed subtle changes to lines on my forehead and sleep lines around my mouth.  I sleep on my belly and squish my face on the pillow, waking up with creases on my face, over the years that have become more prominent so I have changed my sleeping ways and sleep on my side.  It took a lot of convincing and adjusting to get a good nights sleep. I know my skin will thank me for it!

I didn't notice huge changes but maybe with long term I will see the benefit. The brand does state that results are seen as early as 10 days. As results always vary person to person, it can take longer for some.  Personally, I would pick this treatment over botox any day!



Transformulas is another innovative brand that gives you an alternative to invasive fillers and botox. 

Transformulas is an award-winning brand specialising in premium yet affordable anti-ageing and lifestyle treatments for the face and body.











I trialled two products from their range EyeLifting Gel and LipVolume. The first thing I noticed are the words 'Beauty WITHOUT Surgery'.  I find it encouraging to read these words as I believe we can achieve same results as surgery, the only difference, with non-invasive products its a constant maintenance as were surgery is permanent.

The products come in a discreet lipgloss style tube.  The products are clear and watery gel consistency similar to a lipgloss except for the stickiness.

The EyeLifting Gel has a neutral scent.  Best way to apply is to dab under the eye area and then pat it in with your finger to blend; rather than smearing under the eye like a lipgloss.

It has a slight cooling affect when first applied making it pleasant to use. At first it is a bit sticky but this eventually dries.

The top ingredients this gel contains are Beech Tree Bud (this gives the skin more elasticity to help reduces lines), Kigelia Africana Extract (offers antibacterial properties for healing, firming and hydrating the skin) and 25% Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin. 

After two applications I found that that the effects were instantly seen and felt. My under eye area was instantly tight, firm and smooth.  I applied concealer and foundation and found that it went on smoother leaving a nicer surface to apply makeup on. 

EyeLifting Gel is compact and discreet and can be carried around in your handbag.  I highly recommend this product I love it!

LipVolume increases the appearance of your lip size.  No, you will not get fish lips like Courtney Love, instead you will have lips that look luscious and juicy without the injectables all natural!
How does it work? LipVolume locks in moisture stimulating lips and boosting the natural collagen for bigger more beautiful lips. With a unique formulation that works quickly to plump up and rehydrate your lips. 
When I first applied the product on my lips, my lips began to tingle slightly.  The texture is thin and slippery not at all like lipgloss.  It has a peppermint smell.
Transformulas LipVolume claims to increase lip size by up to 40% The active lipopeptides stimulates the regeneration of tissue and works as a lip plumper helping to increase the collagen in your lips! This cosmeseutical gel, with its biotechnological formulation, delivers a kind, refreshingly cool, tingling sensation to the lips instead of the painful,aggressive, burning and stinging sensation more normally associated with traditional lip plumpers.

Friday, 5 December 2014

BRAND FOCUS: PURETOPIA HAIRCARE + SKINCARE - A NATURAL ALTERNATIVE

Puretopia have been around for three and half years and have an impressive range of products, all created, designed & manufactured in Australia under stringent quality standards.  As well as being an Australian brand it is also made from natural ingredients with no nasties.

I like to think I take really good care of my skin, hair and body so it is important to be selective on products that you use regularly.  As I love to swim a lot, the chlorine affects the condition of my hair and dries out my skin.  In my swim bag the products pictured below are used on myself and my son.

HAIRCARE RANGE




At home I have my own regime for skin, hair and body but at the pools I use a range of different products to help take out the nasties that the chlorine puts in. I like using sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner and finish off with hair mask.  By the time I get home my hair has dried naturally and feels amazing.  The only thing I need to do is straighten it and style.


BODY RANGE



I love using the body polish, it rids of chlorine on the skin without drying the skin. Its gentle yet effective.

The mist contains Aloe, Witch Hazel, Vitamin C, Mandarin, Orange & Lime which smells divine and is so good for the skin. It can be used everyday especially in an air conditioned office without it affecting your makeup or like me on crowded public transport when your feeling hot and bothered.

The face mist is perfect to sooth any irritations and dryness caused by the chlorine. It refreshes my skin and tones it. I do not moisture until I get home though.


SKINCARE




I love the Purify & Revive Deep Cleansing Clay Mask. It is of medium consistency and feels moisturising, not like your typical clay mask.

Clay mask is best used in the evening as it stimulates the skin and can make you look a little flush. This is what I experienced when using the clay mask. By the morning my skin is soft, supple and feels really clean without the dry feeling. I use this twice a week to rid of any impurities on the skin. 

It contains Rosehip, Shea and Niacinamide to help smooth, firm and clear out congestion from the skin. Niacinamide has anti-inflammatory properties which combined with the moisturising nature of Rosehip Oil and Shea Butter helps leave skin feeling fresh. There is a subtle scent of Geranium, Rose and Lavender which smells divine.

I like the Whisk Away Creamy Face Cleanser. it has a thick white cream consistency. It lathers nicely without being foamy. I find this product perfect in winter when my skin is a little more drier than normal but found it not as effective as a gel or foaming cleanser. I like my skin to feel squeaky clean. This product is suitable for all skin types especially if you are more on the drier side.

The Smooth & Renew Gentle Exfoliating Face Scrub is a cloudy clear gel like with super-fine granules. The scent is light, citrusy and quite subtle.

While my skin felt very smooth after using this scrub, it did feel just a little bit dry.

I wouldn’t use this daily, except perhaps when my t-zone is extremely oily, but 2-4 times a week is just right for my skin. If you have oilier skin you can probably get away with using this more often, but if you have drier skin I’d recommend using it twice a week at most.

All these products are perfect for any hair and skin type and can be used whenever you want.



Andrea and Puretopia are widely available at all major pharmacies like Priceline and Chemist warehouse.  Check out Andrea and Puretopia's website for stockists in your area.

REVIEW: ANDREA HAIR REMOVAL FOR THE FACE

For over 30 years, Andrea has created effective hair removal products using professional formula's to suit every need, allowing you to remove unwanted hair in the comfort and privacy of your own home.


Back in my day, Andrea's range of bleaches and depilatory creams was extremely popular amongst school kids for many reasons. The bleaches were used on our arm hairs to make them blonde and almost invisible and on our fringe, to dye it blonde, well sort of blonde but a yellower kind, which back then it was the in thing, and finally the depilatory creams, which we used on our legs instead of shaving.



Fast forward to today, Andrea has come a long way as a brand, improving formula's and adding to their expanding range. With products now available in gentler formula's for the face and body plus higher strength for extra stubborn hair areas such as the bikini area. The product range includes Waxes, Bleaches and Depilatories designed especially for various face and body areas. Making hair removal safe, smooth, simple and affordable.


Bleach for the face is also ideal for upper lip, side burns and chin.  All these areas are hormonal and affect people differently.  


Why not laser you ask.?  
Lasering hair in hormonal areas may not always be effective.  Even though laser can reduce the facial hair, but the heat from the laser can stimulate hair growth on other parts of your face.  It is a risk a lot of women take or are unaware of, giving you further hairy problems you didn't expect to get.