Sunday, 26 July 2015

Hair&Me Review :: Hair Rejuvenation Treatment :: Killing Frizz Softly

Winter has finally made an appearance in "sunny North Queensland" and that means fuzzy hair for days!   I have been on leave from work for the past three weeks so I took the opportunity to have fun hair, and dyed my hair bright purple.  With the winter climate, frequent trips in the car with the windows down, and the purple dye, my hair wasn't exactly thanking me for what I had put it through. I get major frizz in winter, which means this gauche gal has been wandering around town looking a little like Myrtle Snow from American Horror Story: Coven.

Hair of Myrtle Snow - American Horror Story Coven
You'll have to agree, not a look everyone could carry off!

Thankfully a solution was in sight, as Australian brand, Hair&Me recently gave me their Hair Rejuvenation Treatment to try.


A little about Hair&Me and their products


Hair&Me is run by Jessica and Tom, a husband-and-wife team, who started their business when Jessica went on maternity leave from her hairdressing career and created their own hair care range. Their flagship product is the Hair Rejuvenation Treatment, which is a 100% certified organic oil-based pre-shampoo.  The other products in the range include a Strength Shampoo,  Strength Conditioner, and detangling brush.  I'm also happy to report that all of Hair&Me's products are vegan friendly and cruelty free.

Hair&Me Hair Rejuvenation Treatment packaging with bonus lobster clip
My lobster hair clip was the closest thing to a coconut crab I had
Back of packaging

Hair&Me's Hair Rejuvenation Treatment


As I said before, this treatment is made from 100% certified organic ingredients, is vegan friendly and not tested on animals (unless you count this purple-haired frizzy muppet!).  It is oil-based pre-shampoo treatment, with coconut, macadamia, almond and jojoba oils.  The frangrance from the oils was quite light, and reminded me of coconut macaroons.  In fact, I spent most of the time that I had the treatment in looking at coconut macaroon photos on Instagram because I had a major craving!

The information available on the product claims that it strengthens and hydrates the hair, as well as helping with dandruff, dry skin conditions, and maintaining a healthy scalp.  Well, I certainly had a head full of problems ready to test out those claims!  Hair&Me also say that this treatment cuts down blow-drying time by 30% to 50%.  As I don't currently blow-dry my hair more than once a month, I decided not to try this out and instead tested what difference the product made to my naturally dried hair.

This is going to be a bit of a long post as I took quite a few photos of the product, the Myrtle (aka "the before") and the after.  

The Myrtle (aka Normal Wash and Dry) 


My hair currently has quite heavily bleached ends, permanent dye, then from memory I also put some streaks in there (old school DIY streaking cap variety), and then I a semi-permanent purple dye over all of that. I also have some mild scalp psoriasis thrown in there for good measure (thanks Grandma!).  I usually get half of a "good hair day" from each wash, with the first day leaving me fuzzy, frizzy and frightening, and the second day with great ends but starting to get oily at the roots.  If I leave my hair a third day, it's oily and lank and my scalp starts to get irritated.

To get a base line for how effective the Hair Rejuvenation Treatment is or not, I washed my hair normally, lightly towel dried it then left it to dry naturally.  I brushed it through when it was just damp, then let it continue to dry.  Then I waited an hour before I took the photos.  As you can see, fuzzypalooza.  I have a halo of soft wispy hairs all over, and the ends just look raggedy. Like I'm overdue for a trim - which of course, I am.  I then waited for 2 days before using the treatment, as this is my usual hair washing regime.

Gauche Gal - Before Hair&Me, freshly washed, dried and brushed, full side view
Freshly washed, dried naturally and brushed

Gauche Gal - Before Hair&Me, freshly washed, dried and brushed, left side

and that's brushed with no knots!!!

On to the Treatment itself!


The Hair Rejuvenation Treatment is fairly easy to use, and as I'm in "not really winter" land, I needed to pop my treatment in the fridge to get it to a creamy consistency.  I got a little sidetracked around this point, and left it in the fridge a bit too long, but it softened up quickly after leaving it out for a a few minutes.  I squished some out into a container so I knew what I was dealing with, and to share with you all how it looks.

Squish

So, with hot pink sachet in hand, I wandered to the bathroom.  I quickly wet my hair and applied the treatment, wrapping my hair up in a shopping bag, shoulders wrapped in a towel and kicked back to relax while I waited for the treatment time.  The only problem I had with application was how much to use.  I re-read the packaging, product listing on the store and social media but I couldn't find out how much I should put on.  As I couldn't find any information to the contrary, I applied the whole sachet which ended up being overkill for my hair.

It wasn't until after I had finished the treatment that I found the FAQ section of the Hair&Me website which said I was meant to use a golf-ball sized amount.  The sachet is meant to last 2 to 4 treatments, depending on the length and thickness of your hair, and I think this amount would be easy to manage in terms of keeping the product on your hair and not coating yourself with it.

Since my hair is neither long or thick, I had applied around three times the amount necessary.  I was a drippy, oily, coconut macaroon craving mess, but as it wasn't irritating my eyes or face, and was not sticky, I let it do it's thing and treated every single hair from the waist up, as well as my skin so it didn't go to waste.

The After


I found the treatment very easy to wash off my hair (and the rest of me), and I didn't need to use more shampoo than usual.  My shower floor wasn't slippery, and the amount of hair shed during washing was minimal.  I was really pleased with the results, and my hair felt much smoother with less tangles than I normally have after towel drying.  I followed the same procedure as I outlined in the before section, and as you can see there was a definite improvement.

Please take no notice of the actual colour change in the before and after shots.  Unfortunately I lost the natural light due to the weather and had to use the flash on the camera.

The main differences I noted after using the treatment was that my ends were smooth and no longer angry at me for abusing them, and a major reduction on the frizz.  Myrtle was no where to be seen, and I had a smooth natural wave showing instead, and no halo of wispy hairs.  The biggest positive result for me however was the cut down on oily rooots, and the relief in symptoms of my scalp condition.




I spliced together the before and after shots for easy comparison.  The lighter side is the after because of the camera flash, not because colour was stripped from my hair.



All in all, the Hair Rejuvenation Treatment worked well for me with my hair looking and behaving better, and were a lot less oily than usual after the second day.  Less oil also means less irritation to my scalp condition, so I was able to last longer between washes.

Hair&Me's Hair Rejuvenation Treatment is available internationally from their online store, and at the time of posting this, a 90ml re-sealable satchet was AUD$19.95.  

This review was originally posted on my new website, Gauchegal.com.  Please swing by and check it out!

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Sunday, 12 July 2015

Golly Gosh! Or is that Gauche? Where has the time gone?

It seems like forever since I have had enough spare time to write on my blog, but I have just been so run off my feet!  July is always a busy month, with heaps of family birthdays, and it is usually the time of year I am able to secure annual leave.  I was hoping to have more time to work on my blogs during my annual leave, but of course everyone is conspiring against me!!  Would you believe in the last 10 days I have had one day free of errands.  One!  Today is the second one, and as I received some nailmail yesterday, it's time again to put head down and bum up, and finish a little something I have planned.  As its almost time, I guess I can let you in on a little secret!

I love sideshow alley clowns.  


They remind me of the local show, and my Great Uncle Les who always took me along when I was a kid.  If you have no idea what I'm talking about, they were the main feature of one of the grifty side-show alley games, with the head of a clown with a wide open mouth swinging left to right.  To play the game, you dropped your balls one by one into the clown's mouth.  From there, the ball drops down a tube into a chute which also swings left to right in time with the head.  From the ball chute, it drops into a sectioned score board, and the higher the points, the better the prize.  


A photo posted by Relle C (@gauche_gal) on

I found the money box above at a local homewares store, and my Sis-in-law saw it on one of my social media feeds, and bought it for me for my birthday!  I'm now the proud owner of a sideshow clown money box!

Hmm, no.  That was not the secret I was going to tell you.  I wonder why some words in my post are in bold.  Am I trying to hint at something?

You may want to keep your eyes on my new blog, Gauche Gal.  I'm pretty sure it will all be explained over there pretty soon.

Happy polishing!
xo Relle

P.S.  Before I finished posting this, I remembered that I have to run into town to pick up mediation the Manbeast left at my parent's house.  Still no errand free day for me!  :(

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Born Pretty Store Review :: Phoenix Metallic Water Decals

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Being as time poor as I have been lately, super quick nail art is the way to go.  Today I am sharing with you some gorgeous metallic gold water decals that I received from Born Pretty Store for Review.

These Metallic Water Slide Decals are available in silver or gold, and in your choice of phoenix birds or tiger heads, and the quality of the packaging and decal are very high.

Phoenix Gold Metal Water Slide Decals



I selected the gold toned phoenix water decals, as I wanted to try them over one of the autumnal polishes released by Shades of Phoenix.  As I mentioned above, the quality of this water decal was fantastic.  The decals themselves are a bright, shiny metallic gold, and you receive four images in the pack.  The packaging is sturdy, well made and the cardboard backing is a glossy bright white.



I won't bore you with an explanation of how to use water decals, but I will tell you that this was the easiest application of water decals I have had to date.  The back of the packet has illustrated instructions which are fairly easy to understand if you haven't used water decals before.


After trimming down the decals, I soaked them in a little bowl of water for about 15 seconds, and they released perfectly from the backing paper.  They were not flimsy, and were very flexible and molded to the curve of my nail perfectly.  They sat flush against the nail and were quite easy to position before they dry.  I applied one coat of topcoat, and I was done.  The decals lasted for my whole mani, which I removed after 1 week.


I loved how shiny the decal was, but boy oh boy was it hard to take a proper photo of!  I applied the phoenix water decal over Ginny's Locks from the Shades of Potter collection by Shades of Phoenix.



And for those of you who would like to see Ginny's Locks flying solo without the water decal, you might like to check out my new blog, Gauche Gal.


The Phoenix and Tiger water decals are available in a packet of 4 and 6 images respectively, and are currently US$1.99 per packet.

I also have a 10% off code for you all, so feel free to plug in my code LL10K31 at checkout (this doesn't apply to already discounted items though!).


Store link:  Born Pretty Store
Product link:  Phoenix Gold Tiger Nail Art Water Decals Metal Transfer Stickers

Happy Polishing!!
xo Relle

This product was provided to me for review by Born Pretty Store
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Monday, 15 June 2015

Quickie Nail Art Tutorials :: Rockabilly Theme

I totally forgot I did some quickie nail art tutorials from some of the nails from my Rockabilly nail art mani using the Shades of Phoenix Mystery Mani-Fest.  (By the way, next month's pack is still open but only for a couple of more days!)


Below are the picture tutorials on how to recreate the anchor, hearts & stripes, as well as a two tone look with a bit of bling.  There's more information available on my new blog, which I am in the process of transitioning to.

Anchor


Stripes & Heart

 

Easy Two Tone


You are welcome to repost these tutorials as long as you credit me at Gauchegal.com

Happy Polishing!
xo Relle

Monday, 8 June 2015

Born Pretty Store Review :: Blooming Flower Lacy 3D stickers #17468

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I took advantage of this week's long weekend and got stuck into trying out some new products that Born Pretty Store sent me for review.  The first of which I am sharing with you today.



There's no doubt about it, this is a huge pack of nail stickers.  There are 9 distinct designs of 12 stickers each, and they are available in four metallic colours, red, black, navy blue, and rose red (which is more of a hot pink/fuchsia).  The metallic designs are 3D, but they are encased in a smooth clear sticker, so are smooth to the touch.  I went with the red colour as I don't often use red and I wanted to try something new.  

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Shades of Phoenix Mystery Mani-Fest :: Rockabilly Pin Up Nail Art

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What's buzzin, cuzzin? I've got a groovy new mystery box from Shades of Phoenix to share with you today.

The Mystery Mani-Fest pack is a themed "manicure in a box", available monthly from Shades of Phoenix.  The box contains two midi sized bottles of never before seen polish, together with plenty of nail art goodies to match the theme; more than enough to create a nail art loaded mani with something different on each nail.


May's Mystery Mani-Fest pack was themed Rockabilly Pin-up, and came with a gorgeous glittery holo blue, Back Seat Bingo and a shimmery glittered red jelly, Classy Chassis.  There was also a half size orange cuticle stick (which can also double as a dotting tool!), striping tape, and two ziplock baggies filled with a variety of acrylic bows (with bling and no bling), silver and gold studs in a variety of shapes, fimo slices of roses and winged hearts, and a generous amount of heart, bow/butterfly and skull and crossbones glitters.


Time for a closer look at the polishes, Back Seat Bingo and Classy Chassis.


In the bottle, I thought that Classy Chassis was going to be my favourite from this pack as what was not to love?  It's a shimmery glittery red jelly and with a little bit of spice with a peppering of black glitters.  I was done for however, when I put on Back Seat Bingo.  It's a gorgeous bright blue full of holo, plus some sneaky micro glitter additions which give this polish a gorgeous sparkle indoors as well as in the sun.  You could get away with using two coats of both of these polishes, which is what I did on my right hand (see full sun plain swatches below).  For my swatch hand that received nail art however, I did three coats.  Below are swatches of three coats of the two shades, without topcoat.





On to the Nail Art!

I pulled out a trusty white polish from my collection, but everything else came from the pack.  On my index finger I used the striping tape to create crisp lines, and popped some heart glitters on the blue lines.  My middle finger I painted an anchor, and my ring finger was sporting a diamonte bow and studs.  My little pinky received a couple of skull and crossbone glitters, and a pink fimo rose slice.




And last but not least, we have a couple of photos in full sun!  



The theme for June's Mystery Mani-Fest is Things of Who, and is available now for pre-order until 13 June.  I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the next box.

Happy polishing!!
xo Relle

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Saturday, 23 May 2015

Life Gets In The Road :: Blog / Destash Nailpolish Sale

As we approach the home stretch of the month of May, I realise that for the most part, life has stolen me away from my hobbies.  I've had a fairly constant stream of errands, appointments and also managed to get infected with a severe case of Running-around-like-a-headless-chook-itis this past week, including losing a night to the laundromat.  Our community bore has run out of water due to lack of rains, and it certainly isn't helping that the inconsiderate dingleberries living across the road are still watering their lawns while the rest of us are conserving water for essential use only.

Thankfully my "busy times" are coming to an end and I'm looking forward to getting stuck into blogging again. Of course, to make things harder on myself I have been seriously thinking about branching out into things other than nail polish.  It will be a lot of work, and I'm not sure if I want to put in that amount of effort at this point in time, but I've done some research, and it may be a better fit for me as I'll still be able to blog even when I don't have time to hit that acetone.  

Image from BeingMelody.com

Funnily enough, while I have had little time to devote to my nails, they have been growing on strong without me.  I have the longest natural nails I've ever had, and both hands match!  The only thing different that I have been doing is making sure that I have at least a coat of base coat on at all times.  No showering naked, and definitely no washing my hair naked!! Naked nails that is.  Rather interesting that I'm complaining about a water shortage (with the bore running dry), and at the same time doing a happy dance because water hasn't weakened and broken my nails...

So, onto the Nail Polish Clearance Sale!  The reason is a simple one.  I have a severe lack of storage.  I simply don't have the room for the amount of polish I currently own.  My main set of drawers is in the process of self-destructing as it wasn't made for such a heavy load, and I can't just nip down to the local Ikea to pick up a Helmer because my 'local' is 2 solid days of driving away.  So, as depressing as it has been, I've had to get my destash list ready.  I love every single polish I am selling, but I have to be realistic.  I'm am still keeping quite a stash of Aussie Indies, and there are some on the list that I am hoping won't sell so I will have an excuse to keep them.

There are mainstream Australian and International polishes, as well as Australian and US Indie polishes.  A lot of What's In-Die Box exclusive polishes, as well as some from the Indie Extravaganza boxes 2 and 3.  I have Glam Polish, Femme Fatale Cosmetics, Pretty Serious, Celstial Cosmetics, Powder Perfect, Two Birds, Franken Frosting, Jindie Nails, Serum No. 5, Smudged Nail Polish, Emily de Molly, Gloss n Sparkle, Miss Ashleigh and much more.  My poor indie babies, I wish I could keep the lot of you.

If you would like to check out my destash list, it can be found here:  Relle's Destash

Please note:  If you are outside Australia - I am happy to post to an Aussie mule for you, however I will not be posting overseas.


Monday, 4 May 2015

May the Fourth Be With You, Wedge Antilles :: Star Wars Nail Art

May the Fourth be with you!!  Just a quickie post with some photo spam, as I was running out of time to get this done today.

To celebrate this year's Star Wars day, I paid homage to Wedge Antilles.  Wedge was what some would say the best pilot in the universe, and I thought he could do with a little bit of love in the sea of storm troopers, chewy and Artoos today.  

My thumb was a rather South Park-esque looking Wedge head, with my index finger sporting his flight suit.  The middle finger is a design from the side of his helmet, and I finished off with some holo glitter stars over black, and the local neighbourhood Death Star.







Products used were from OPI, Sinful Colors, MUD, Orly, Ulta3, and You.  If you want to find out more about Wedge Antilles, check out the link below.

Image from Starwars.com

Happy Polishing!!

xo Relle

Friday, 1 May 2015

Born Pretty Store Review :: Stamping Plate BP-55 and My First Reverse Stamping Attempt

I reviewed some stamping products from Born Pretty Store at the start of last month, and it's time for a closer look at the Born Pretty Stamping Plate BP-55.


There are three quarter plate patterns, and one quarter containing a mix of unusual images on the Born Pretty Plate BP-55, being a curved tribal print, a detailed floral which reminds me of a sunflower, an art nouveau pattern, and a jumble of mountains, weather, peas in a pod, flowers and borders in the random mix panel.  While I don't think most of the random image quarter of the plate will be useful to me, the images on the remaining quarters are great enough to make up for it.

As with the previous plate, only very light scraping is needed when using this plate as it is easy to over scrape and not have enough polish to pick up with the stamper.


Still excited from my second successful stamping mani, I decided to try out a different technique on this plate, and did Reverse Stamping.  If you're not familiar with what Reverse stamping is, instead of the traditional "pick up the image, put on nail", you pick up the image, and colour in the image while it is still on your stamper.  Let it dry and then put on a coat of quick dry top coat.  After that has dried, you can easily peel of the stamped "decal", trim and pop it on a nail with freshly applied topcoat.  After cleaning up the edges, another coat of topcoat seals it in and it looks extra fancy.

Unfortunately my photos of the first step in the process, the stamper with the image only, didn't turn out.  The next images show how I went from coloured in image to glossy, shimmery awesomeness.

All coloured in and topcoated.  Dry, polish, dry!


All peeled off and places to be

Roughly trimmed down, and ready to go

Decal placed on nail with wet topcoat, pressed in lightly

After clean up and topcoat
I'm definitely going to use this technique again, but I think first I will need to pick up a few more of the Born Pretty stampers so I can do a few at a time!

If you'd like to check out my first post, where I reviewed the stamper, click here.

I also have a 10% off code for you all, so feel free to plug in my code LL10K31 at checkout (doesn't apply to already discounted items though!).


My apologies for the delay in revisiting this plate.  I've had some personal things come up the past few weeks and family will always come first.

Happy Polishing!!
xo Relle

This stamping plate was provided to me for review by Born Pretty Store.
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