Kiss my brass! Say bye bye to brassy blonde

Hair care can be an arduous task and to be honest most time I’m too lazy to (hair) care. (;
So, when my normal routine can do all the work for me, I’m probably a little bit too excited.

I like to keep my hair low maintenance, so why I decided to ‘go blonde’ is beyond me. Any brunette to blonde will tell you, its an expensive rode to walk down to hair that is undeniably going to turn to straw if you don’t care for it. That, or just snap off…

So when I had my first round of bleaching I knew I had to get in on some hair care ASAP! thank goodness for Priceline, their hair care sale was just a few days after my appointment so I picked up some products that I’m going to share with you because, as luck would have it the Priceline hair care sale is happening this week: Thursday the 12th and Friday the 13th (oooohhh) of October.

The first products I added into my hair care regime were the ‘Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Tone-Correcting shampoo and conditioner by John Frieda. As you can see by the less than pristine packaging I used them all up! I really enjoyed this product and in fact I went to re purchase it but it was sold out of either the shampoo or the conditioner and I like using them as a set so I picked up something else instead.

Brass be gone: I found it knocked back the brassy tones that were showing through. I used this shampoo and conditioner 1 to 2 times a week and it kept my hair looking yellow blonde instead of orange blonde which I really liked.

Price: $17.99 each per 250ml – full price

Smell: Not that many will care, but this shampoo and conditioner smell so nice and leave the hair smelling so for at least two days afterwards.

Aftermath: The conditioner does a really nice job at eliminating breakages AND detangling. Because my hair is naturally fine, long and curly/wavy tangles are a constant which mean hair breakage and split ends are a daily struggle. This conditioner once massaged into the lengths of my hair made it easy to brush out. Hair felt silky and smooth for days.

When I went in to purchase the John Frieda again and saw that one was sold out, I came across the Fudge version. It’s the Fudge Clean Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo and Conditioner. Clean blonde… is that a play on words of dirty blonde? I don’t know, but it’s clever. It was slightly more expensive than the John Frieda, but there is more product so I thought, “eh, why not. People have recommended Fudge products in the past.. I’ll give it a go”. I’ll say it now. I really like this duo. 

Brass be gone: Wow, this sometimes works too well! I have almost white blonde ends and if I use too much of this I feel like they go grey/silver/purple. I don’t hate it but just be warned. A little goes a long way. Apply it to hands and work through the lengths of your hair don’t apply straight to hair. 

Price: $21.99 each per 300ml – full price

Smell: It smells sweet, like confectionary. Almost like lolly bananas? Totally odd but not at all unpleasant. It has a powdery sweet linger to the hair. 

Aftermath: Apart from the possible purple ends, this duo does a great job at keeping the brass at bay. My hair tends to get a little bit fluffy if I leave it to air dry after washing, but my hair does feel very soft. I think it would work well on thicker hair that doesn’t tend to fly around like my fine hair does. 

A word of caution. As you will see in a photo below, the shampoo is quite purple. I found once I’d finished in the shower there were purple toned water drops everywhere and I was worried it’d staid the grout in the tiles. (Raise your hand if you’re pedantic about tile grout 🙋🏻) it does however wash away easily. 

Another note about staining, my fingernails are a violet colour. Especially around the cuticles. For a week I didn’t know how it had t washed off and then I realised it must have stained the roots / my scalp because every time I’d run my fingers through my roots or scratch my head my nails would be purple again so make sure you wash this product out super well. I’ve never had an issue with any other violet shampoo before. Just this one. 

Once every one to two weeks I like to treat myself to a hair mask. My hair is naturally quite fine and dry and b cause of that, prone to breakage so I like to give it a boost every now and then. I’ve been using the Masque brand for a while and I’ve tried out 3 of their other masks and really enjoy them. Out of a packet this size I get at least 6 treatments.

Because I use purple shampoo and conditioner intermittently with my regular shampoo and conditioner I sometimes like to let this mask soak in and act as a deep conditioning toner treatment and I find it works quite well. 

Brass be gone: I feel like it’s at the same level as the John Frieda. But because I can leave this on longer. It varies. Sometimes I mix in a tiny amount of the Fudge shampoo for a bigger kick. 

Price: $9.99 for 100ml – full price. 

Smell: AMAZING! Lord give me strength this is one of my favourite hair product smells ever. It smells fruity and dark and leaves the hair smelling amazing. 

Aftermath: No staining so that’s a plus. Hair is hydrated and smooth and has a decent amount of the brass kicked back. Hair smells nice and is super soft. 

Here you can see the different variations of purple. In my mind the darker the colour the stronger the affect. Left to right is John Frieda, Fudge and Masque. This is only the shampoo (obviously the Masque is just the Masque) the conditioner of both are much more pale in colour. 

You can see that the J/F is much more runny than the other two, and also the lightest. That being said I’d still use it again. The other two are quite thick. These swatches were on my hand for 5 mins maximum and the middle one (Fudge) did stain slightly.  

After all is said and done, I’d still use any of these products again and I recommend you try them if you’re in the market from some purple shampoo. Just pay close attention when using the Fudge! 

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Priceline Picks! 40% off Cosmetics Haul

I went in with high hopes and came out with low funds. Priceline, you’ve done it again!

If you’re still recovering from the madness that is the Priceline 40% off Cosmetics Sale, I don’t blame you, my girls and I (Sarah & Zoe) did a little pub-crawl style shopping spree. I hit up 4 stores to pick up a bargain and I am pretty happy with what I came out with. I’d made a list and I stuck to it. If I couldn’t get something I didn’t try and spend my money on something else in store. (I spend it on ice cream like an adult).

This is what I picked up in the sale!

After making my list on what I was aiming to get I hit up foundations first!

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L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Light Infusing Foundation – Shade: N1 Pure Pearl
$34.95 / $20.97

I’ve used this foundation and even though it looks darker than the rest it actually matches me perfectly! (which is strange) Those yellow undertones though… I’m not sure if this made me oily though (ALSO STRANGE BECAUSE MY FACE IS LIKE A DESERT) but I used a lot of cream products and didn’t really set my foundation with powder as much as I usually would so I’ll have to play around. From the one time I’ve used it, apart from those minor issues I really liked it!

Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Long Wear Foundation – Shade: 05 Light Beige
$24.95 / 14.97
I’ve not used this yet, but I have used Maybelline foundations in the past and really like them – so I’m keen to give this a go!

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25  hr Full Cover Foundation – Shade 101 Light
$18.95 / $11.37
I picked up this foundation because it is my daily – go to foundation. It is a little on the lighter side because the next shade up is just too dark for me, but it mixes really well with other foundations if I need to lighten them and the coverage is great!

Next stop was concealers! I don’t wear a lot of concealer and it is something that I want to start branching out and using. Here’s the ones I picked up:

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Rimmel London Match Perfection Concealer – Shade: 101 Ivory
$13.95 / $8.37
This is one of my go to concealers. I don’t have a favourite concealer but this one seems to work really well when I use it!

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser – Shade Fair
$18.95 / $11.37
I’ve heard really good things about this concealer from friends who use it and I’ve always been wanting to try it but whenever I go to get it its always sold out – that must mean its good, right? I’ve used this once already and really like it! I can’t wait to keep using it to see if it continues to impress me.

I only bought two items that I don’t classify as ‘base’ products and these are the new Revlon Ultra HD Lip Colours. I only got two shades – I know I’ll wear these. They’re not on the Priceline website so I can’t remember what the original price is so I’ll estimate it based on the 40% discount.

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Revlon Ultra HD Lip Colour – Shade: 610 Addiction (berry) Shade: 635 Passion (red)
$23.00 (approx) / $14.37
These were a little bit pricier than I thought, so I’m glad I only got too. From swatching them the formula looks really nice and wearable. I haven’t tried them on the lips yet so I’m yet to have a decent review. I’m pretty keen to try them though!

The last thing I picked up is the cream version of a powder highlight trio I already own. The creams are lighter than the powders and I’m curious as to how good their staying power is.

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Models Prefer Radience/Collection Ultimate Illuminating Palette – Type: Cream
$12.99 / $7.99
I’m really into the whole ‘strobing’ trend lately. I like having glowy skin and I really hope I can make this product work.

Thats it! I had the best day shopping with my friends, we went out for lunch, shopped our little legs off and then went out for ice cream because we deserved it! Did you get anything in the Priceline sale? If so link it below I’d love to check it out!

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Priceline 40% off Cosmetics Wishlist

It’s time for another one of Priceline’s 40% off sales! This sale will be on the 6th and 7th of April its time for COSMETICS! A lot of people look forward to this sale – myself included. Today’s post is going to be a list of somethings I hope to get my hands on!

Foundation: I want to get some refills and also try a few more. If I walk out of Priceline with 5 different foundations – don’t judge me. The 40% off sales is where I like to try a heap of different products that might be a bit more expensive. I’d prefer to hate something that I got on sale than hate something I paid full price for.. #amIright?

Pictured: Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 hr. L’Oreal True Match. L’Oral Lumi Magique. Australis Oh 2 Glow. L’Oreal Cushion Liquid Foundation.

 

Concealers: I’ve been trying to expand my concealer collection. I don’t use it a lot (shocking, I know). But, I want to just play with them and see what works!

Pictured: Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer. Face of Australia Eye Lights, Rimmel London Match Perfection.
I have used the Match Perfection before and quite liked it. I’ve heard good things about the Wake Me Up too!

 

Models Prefer Radiance Illumination Collection – Cream: I have this product in powder form, but being a dry skinned damsel, I’d like to experiment with the cream too! The shades are also lighter than the powders which will be nice.

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Cream Contours: Again, I just want to play around, I’ve seen some by Savvy, and Models Prefer so if I can get my hands on some that will suit me I will, if not I might have to walk out with the australis cream contour kit and try and make it work. I think creams are much more forgiving than powders so, we’ll see how we go!

Pictured: Australis Cream Contour Kit and Models Prefer Cream Contour Stick.

 

Colour Corrector – Innoxa: 

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I’ve really been getting into the whole ‘Colour Correcting’ gig, so I kinda wanna give it a go. If it means having to apply less foundation and concealer I’m all for that. I want to start putting in more effort to my makeup to make it look really good.

Revlon Ultra HD Liquid Lipstick

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These are a new release in Aus and I’m curious to try them. Because they’re new they might all be sold out, but I hope I can get my hands on some!

There are probably a million more things I want to try but if I stick to this list as a guide line I shouldn’t be too broke by the end of it! What are you wanting to get in the sale? Do you think I need anything else? LET ME KNOW! Your recommendations will be much appreciated! ❤

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