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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Mask of the Month: Neutrogena HydroBoost Sheet mask

Time for a new mask! I’m surprised my skin is still in such good condition! After last weeks debacle my skin is need of some nutrients and a little bit of TLC so this month I’ll be focussing on the Neutrogena Hydro Boost – Sheet Masks!

The lowdown:

  • Price: $19.99 Priceline, Woolworths, $15.99 at Chemist Warehouse, $22.00 Coles ($14.00 sale price). Pack contains 5 masks – approx $4.00 per mask.
  • Target/Aim: ‘… to provide long lasting moisture to help skin look hydrated, radiant and glowing’
  • Skin Type: Suited for Dry Skin but aimed at any skin that needs moisture.
  • Smell: The smell is somewhat like cherry medicine scent – like the rest of the Hydro Boost range. It doesn’t linger nor do I find it unpleasant.
  • Texture: Each is a stretchy cloth mask that feels slippery and like gel.
  • Colour: White and the gel is clear.
  • Directions: “To use, remove mask and unfold gently stretching the fabric cloth to cover your entire face, press lightly with finger tips to set in place and relax for 15 minute allowing the essence nourish your skin. Ideal for use at night, once the fabric mask is removed the concentrated formula works beneath the skin to continuously hydrate whilst you sleep.”

What the packaging says:

Use after cleansing, open pack, take out mask and unfold.
Gently stretch the mask leftwards and rightward to cover your entire face.
Press lightly with fingertips to set in place over face. Relax for 15mins and remove mask. Manage remaining maskhydrating essence on face. There is no need to rinse off the essence. Discard the sheet after use. Ideal for use at night.

Pre Thoughts:

I’m really excited to try this! I’ve been super keen to try a sheet mask. I’m looking forward to using a product aimed at moisture as I do have quite dry skin. I hope this will be a no mess mask as the others have been a little messy.

Have you ever used a sheet mask? I can’t wait! Let me know how you went!

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Mask of the Month: SWISSE Manuka Honey Full Review

Mask one is DONE! It feels like I’ve been using this mask for years, but at least I know that I should  be able to give a pretty thorough review / know what my thoughts are for this product because I’ve been using it for so long! So lets get into the final review! First up with be my weekly review and then my overall thoughts!

  • Price: $17.99 at Priceline  $14.99 at Chemist Warehouse
  • Target/Aim: To detoxify and purify skin leaving it feeling smooth and hydrated
  • Skin type: Combination Skin – Well suited for congested and blemish prone skin
  • Smell: It has a cherry/medicin scent like a faint smell of red starburst
  • Texture: Smooth can feel a little gritty once it starts to dry
  • Colour: Dark grey
  • Directions: “Apply to clean, dry skin. Leave on for 10 minutes, or until the mask feels firm and dry, then rinse off with warm water. Follow with your favourite Swisse natural oil and moisturiser. Recommended for use once to twice per week”.
  • Application: For this week I used the foundation brush technique and it is by far my favourite mode of application. I find I get an even coat of product and don’t have messy hands to transfer product all over my bathroom!
  • Dry Time: Anywhere from 5 – 20 mins.
  • 5 mins in: Mask is setting quick – I assume its because of the even coating and its quite thin.
  • 10 mins in: Mask is almost all set, still the same deal with my pores being a darker colour.
  • Just before removal: Face is fully dry, same areas are ‘dark’.
  • Removal process: I’ve been really liking the ‘soak a flannel in warm water and sit it on my face then gently wipe’ technique. I went out and bought some inexpensive ones from kmart that are a dark grey colour so they don’t stain my white towels. I defiantly suggest doing this!
  • Instant results: No negative reactions. Face is smooth and clear.
  • 10 mins after: Face is smooth, no irritation or redness. Skin is clear and bright.
  • Next morning: No breakouts this week like last week so that’s a plus. Skin feels soft still and smooth. Pores seem clear.
  • Visible change: Same as previous weeks.

Final Thoughts:

I think this mask is great if you like face masks. I feel like it is something that you’d add to your permanent beauty regime instead of it being a once off ‘fix all’ product. I feel like yes it did keep my pores clean after I’d used it and it did help draw out imperfections so I feel like if I was to continue using this product it might have a permanent positive reaction for my skin.

In my experience it did keep pores clear, my skin felt soft and smooth, it isn’t a hard or lengthy process to do twice or even three times a week, it is quite relaxing.

My final opinion is that if you were to use this mask twice to three times a week it would keep skin in a good condition I don’t feel like it is something you’ll use once and all of your problems will be fixed. Keep in mind that all skin is different and you will have to try it for yourself.

The mask does feel nice and I think it’d be a cool thing to get your girl friends over, have some wine and slap this all over your faces – using the foundation brush is a must! Removing this with a damp cloth is also the easiest way of removal (except for showering).

You get a decent amount in the tub as well. I thought there would be hardly any, but doing these posts I’ve used it at least 8 times and there is still plenty in the tub. I feel like for the price you could easily get 20 uses out of it making it approx <$1 per use. That’s pretty affordable in my book!

Final word: I recommend you trying it and seeing if it helps your skin. It kept my pores clear but didn’t really do much in the way of minimising them. I noticed a small difference nothing to write home about though!

So there you have it! My final review on the SWISSE Manuka Honey Mask! I’m excited to move on to the next mask. I hope you’re enjoying these posts as much as I am enjoying making them!

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Dry Skin Saviours!

Neutrogena: Hydro Boost.

Like I need another reason to go into Priceline, right? I picked up these two moisturisers that I’ve been eyeing off for a while. I saw the ‘Hydroboost’ range when they first came into Priceline but told myself I had to wait until my bank account was ready. (Yay discipline) I picked up a day cream and a night cream. Those are my favourite products to use as they’re low maintenance! However, there are two other products in the Hydroboost range that were sold out when I was shopping that I’m quite interested in getting. ANYWAY! Lets get to the product and why I like it!

Back Story: I have dry skin. I suffer from the occasional breakout (hormonal or bad food etc, but not a great deal) and some redness but other than that my skin is ok. Its just super dry. I combat this with moisturisers and they’ve been working in the past but I noticed that a lot of my skincare is actually by Neutrogena and I thought why not go pokemon on this and catch them all? So I decided to pick up these!

I love packaging of skin care! Its so cute, but chic and classy. The jars are simple and are really pretty shades of blue. They look lovely on my bathroom vanity. Inside each jar is a plastic cap/protector which I think is nice, it has a little ‘handle’ so you can easily remove it.

Water Gel: This is what I’m using as a ‘daily moisturiser’.

“With innovative Progressive Release System, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel continuously releases moisture for a full 24 hours. Its light-weight gel cream formula with Hyaluronic acid and Olive extract doubles your moisture levels in just 1 hour, for soft supple skin with a healthy looking radiant glow.”

So basically there are a lot of long words in that little passage but that is whats written on the box, but I gotta tell ya, they’re on to something. It also says to ‘apply generously and evenly over the face and neck daily after cleansing.’ So thats what I do. I cleanse my face etc in the morning and then slap a good amount of this on. It soaks into the skin so nicely. It doesn’t feel like there is a film on your face and it doesn’t go sticky or tacky either. I honestly think it does double the moisture in the skin within the first hour and keeps working for a full 24 hours. It brings life back to the skin with a natural, healthy looking ‘glow from within’ vibe.

Night Concentrate: This is what I put on my face right before bed!

“As skin cells renew at night, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Night Concentrate is specially formulated with Progressive Release System to continuously release intense moisture as you sleep. Vitamin E enriched beads combined with Hyraluronic Acid, Olive Extract and Iconic Mineral complex help to enhance skin texture and visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines, so you wake up to amazingly hydrated, soft and supple skin.”

Much like the day gel/cream this has a lot of big words and claims to do a lot. I don’t really have ‘fine lines’ (that I’m aware of, if you see some, don’t point them out, ignorance is bliss) but I do believe this would help with them! Once I put this on of a night time (this also says to apply nightly after cleansing) my skin soaks it up and loves it! It doesn’t feel sticky or anything and it doesn’t wipe off or transfer on to my pillows or anything which I’m happy about. The thing I care about the most is that when I wake up my skin feels so soft, smooth and plump? if thats a good adjective.

The product itself is really nice. The Water Gel (day cream/gel) has a blue look to it but it applies clear. It feels so nice so apply to the face. It feels cooling in a way, I can’t wait until its summer to feel how refreshing this is.

The Night Concentrate is more creamy than the Water Gel, but the feel equally as smooth and nourishing to the skin. The small blue beads in the Night cream aren’t hard at all, (like you’d find in some exfoliators) they melt into the skin without leaving any blue residue.

There is a smell to this product, it smells like faux cherry… like the medicine you had as a child or cherry starburst (thats what I think anyway) but it doesn’t linger for long and I don’t mind it so its not even an issue for me.

Both of these are: Dermatologist tested Allergy tested, Oil-free and Non-Comedogenic.

Final Thoughts: I’ve been using these for about a two months now and I’m loving them. I’ve had no reactions, my skin looks radiant, even under makeup – oh and makeup applies so beautifully over the top of the daily gel. The main problem area I had for makeup was my nose and my foundation applies so nicely over the top now. It feels nice to have a ‘dewy/glowy’ look to my skin when usually it was just dry and almost flakey. I think I might even start using ‘Matte Foundations’ and see how my skin looks/feels using the Hydroboost before application!

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