My Haircare Routine

My hair used to be dry as fuck – and that was before I dyed it. It got to a point that I was at a hairdressers getting a trim and she was genuinely surprised at how long it was as “it is so dry, how is it still growing?”. Talk about embarrassing, I swear the old lady next to me was giggling through her dentures.

Anyway, I decided right then and there that I was going to a) dye it. Counter-intuitive, I know. I figured though that if it was already dry and unhealthy, bleach couldn’t make it much worse and I was always scared of making my hair unhealthy by dyeing it. And hey, I was right. In fact, because I was so scared of bleaching it, it really made me reevaluate how I looked after my hair.

I was using heat on it a couple of times a week, and washing it pretty regularly. Now – I’d be lucky to wash it twice a week, and it’s healthy and getting wavier, growing healthier and all round shining. You may not think it from the photos, but to me this is a HUGE improvement and I’m loving the way my hair is looking these days.

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Let me tell you though, this is no ‘do-it-once’ type of situation. I have been trying to get my hair from fried to somewhat presentable for almost three months now, and it’s only recently I’ve started seeing an improvement. Patience is key here. So, without further rambling, let’s get into my step-by-step haircare routine.

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I tend to use whatever is cheapest as my shampoo and conditioner. I know, I know, so bad for me, ruining the planet etc etc, but buying a $50 conditioner really isn’t in my budget right now. Forgive me, but I’d rather be fed. Just saying.

Anyway, I only wash my hair once a week, maybe twice if it’s getting all gross from the gym. I wash my scalp with shampoo, really massaging it in, and then use conditioner on my ends and leave it for a couple of minutes before rinsing. Then, I always follow with a mask. May seem a bit extreme, but I do wash my hair so rarely I can get away with it. I’ll use any mask, but leave it in for a solid five minutes and then rinse out with cold water.

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2. In Between Washes

I brush my hair every morning and put in some dry shampoo if I feel like I need it. I then, usually morning and night, put an oil through my hair. I have become addicted to hair oil – it’s becoming concerning. I find the best one that doesn’t leave my hair looking greasy is the Argan Oil one, but really I’ll go depending on whatever I want to smell like that day/whatever is in arm’s reach at 5.30am.

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*Batiste is good, don’t get me wrong. I like the coconut one. But I also think the Pantene and VO5 ones are just as good and A LOT cheaper. Just a tip.

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Clockwise:
NUXE Huile Prodigieuse
Kmart Coconut Oil Conditioning Spray
Body Shop Shea beautifying oil
Kmart Argan Oil Treatment oil
Argan Oil

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I also only use a tangle teaser (this is a kmart dupe) when I brush my hair, and try to only brush it when it’s dry.

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Hope you learnt something!

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Three Christmas Hairstyles β€’ Blogmas

Welcome to my Blogmas! I love Christmas so much, and the best way to celebrate is with Christmas related posts every day at 5pm WordPress time until the 25th! Hope you enjoy!

Today I am sharing my three favourite hairstyles for the holiday season, to wear to Christmas parties, out with friends on Christmas Eve, to church or family events, or on Christmas Day. One of my favourite ways to wear my hair is simply curled with a Santa hat on, but here are some other ideas to make your outfit and makeup pop!

Curls and Crown Braid

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This look is probably the simplest of the three. Start by curling your hair with a wide barrelled curler (I use NUME’s second largest wand from their 5-barrel Lustrum Set) in three layers so that there are more curls that last longer. Don’t forget to use a heat protectant before you start! After you have finished curling, grab some hair from the front, whatever frames your face the best, and section into three parts. Use a simple plait or braid that hair to the back of your head. Repeat the process on the other side, and secure with pins. Pull some of the hair out of the braids to make the plaits sit more flat, finish off with some hair oil to make the curls shine.Β You’re done!

 

Fishtail Braid

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A fishtail braid is a classic hairstyle that looks really chic and intricate. However, it is quite simple. Start by pinning your hair to one side, then dividing into two sections. Starting from the back of the right section, bring a small piece over top to the left section. Repeat the process with the left, then the right again, continuing to the bottom. Make sure the pieces of hair you are bringing from one side to the other are always from the back, and brought over to lay on the top. Secure the braid when done, then pull out the edges to make it more relaxed. I also curled my hair that was left out to make it look more boho.

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Braided Bun

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A classic braided bun is a perfect festive look. Start with textured hair, either achieved by curls, dry shampoo or texturizing spray. Braid or plait your hair as the crown braid part, then pull all your hair into a ponytail, tucking half up into a bun. Then, go to town on bobby pins to pin down the bun the way you like it, and twisting the excess hair around it and pinning in place. This stays all night! Pull out some hair at the front and you’re done! This would look extra cute with a Santa hat I think!

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I hope this gave you some hair inspiration! Which look was your favourite?

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Three Christmas Hairstyles β€’ Blogmas

Travel Outfit, Makeup & Hair

I’m heading over to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in a week as a graduation gift to myself. So, I thought I’d share a great outfit with makeup and hair to wear while travelling internationally!

Outfit

I like to keep it really simple when flying – leggings, a comfy t-shirt, a cardigan and sneakers are a must. I also wear a sports bra as it’s just way more comfortable. Bringing extra socks for the cold plane is also a really good idea.

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Hair

For me, I hate having my hair in the way when I’m moving around so much at the airport and then trying to sleep on the plane. Braids are my go-to, as they keep your hair relatively fresh and completely out of the way. Bonus is when you take them out at your destination and your hair is nice and wavy!

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Makeup

I don’t wear makeup on planes as I like to wipe my face off with a baby wipe every now and then. However, if the plane trip isn’t that long and you have somewhere to be when you get there, a little bit of BB Cream, mascara, lipgloss and some blush can make you look a lot more put together than you feel.

>Chi Chi Super CC Cream, Benefit Roller Lash, Elf Blush in Candidly Coral, Tanya Burr LipGloss in Daydream

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Another Photoshoot

Earlier this year, a good friend of mine and I did a photoshoot, so we thought it was time for round two! If you’d like to see the other photoshoot, click here and here πŸ™‚

For the first part of this photoshoot, click here!

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Check out the photographer’s page!

 

 

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Concert Makeup & Hair

Last week I was lucky enough to see one of my favourite bands -Ball Park Music – for the second time. I decided it was only right to show you my makeup and hairstyle, as it’s festival season here in Aus!

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For my base, I smoothed my skin out with Maybelline Baby Skin and Stila One Step Correct primer, before mixing on a beauty blender some NYX dewy finish spray and my NARS sheer glow foundation. I set all this down with hourglass dim light powder under my eyes and the elf tone correcting powder on the rest of my face.

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I filled in my eyebrows with the NYX eyebrow gel, then primed my eyes with Too Faced shadow insurance and some Hawaiin Sand Moonshot cream shadow. I used Milk Chocolate, Semi-Sweet and Salted Caramel all over my lid, finishing off with some Haute Chocolate. I did a winf with my Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper and used a Savvy nude eyeliner in the waterline.

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I rarely wear false lashes, so I thought why not? I used Benefit Roller lash, and then popped on xo beauty Wanderlust lashes with Ardell Lash Grip.

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I contoured with NARS Laguna Bronzer, and topped off with Mac bronzer. I used Elf Blush in candidly coral, and moonstone by Becca to highlight.

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I went for a nude glossy lip with Topshop lipstick in Fawn and some models prefer gloss in clearly addictive.

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For the hair, I had curled it previously, so I decided to chuck it up in some space buns.

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Hope you enjoyed!

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NUME Lustrum Set Review

I bet if you watch YouTube, you’ve heard of the NUME hair styling tools. I was lucky enough to receive the Lustrum set for Christmas last year, and have been meaning to do this review for ages! I wanted to let you all know if NUME is really worth the attention they get online with all those sponsored videos.

First of all, they always have extreme discounts with youtuber promo codes, and so I got my Lustrum set for $100. It also came with an adaptor from US to Aus so I didn’t have to worry about that.

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The set itself comes with the tool, and then five different barrels. They all lock easily into place and heat up very quickly. The pack comes also with a glove (use it! This heats up to 230C and I’ve burnt the crap out of myself) and a leather roll to store all the barrels safely.

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I would definitely recommend getting some sectioning clips and heat protectant (I use either Nak or a cheap Protane one) as the barrels get super hot and you need to protect your hair.

The barrels include a wide one, a medium, a tight, a bumpy one (it created beach-like waves) and a tapered barrel. They’re all really good and work really well. I can create a tonne of different looks very quickly with the kit.

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I only have one complaint with the kit, and that is that the curls don’t last super long. Admittedly, this could be my hair, but I don’t find that the curls last for days like the youtubers tell you they do. Other than that, I really like the way it all works, and that I have such a variety of looks to create with all the different barrels.

I hope this helped! If anyone has any questions about the set leave them below πŸ™‚

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