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Woah. How far has hair dying technology come since we all first started dying our hair? I think I started in about yr 7, which is… in the year 2000.
Since I can remember, I’ve watched my mum dye her hair endlessly – maybe every few months – with Henna, with burgundys, with reds, with blacks… I knew when I was “old enough”, I would definitely have to follow her footsteps.
When I hit the age of 13, I remember starting with “Sun In” – it was one of my favourite products because it caused no mess, but would allow your hair to slowly lighten. Then I realized how dry my hair got after a few applications, so I resorted to using box hair dyes… and I’ve come a long way from there.
Testing professional DIY hair colours, to foam hair dyes, to semi-permanents, to Fudge hair colour… I’ve tried everything.
In the end, they all resulted with dry split ends.
At age 24 (which is really only a few months ago, hehe), I decided to STOP dying my hair to grow out all of my dry split ends and chop them off.
BUT.. this all changed.. when Garnier introduced their Garnier Olia range. “Garnier Olia is the 1st home hair colour powered by oil” – INSTEAD of ammonia. The formula uses ODS technology by using four flower oils – camellia, sunflower, passionflower and limnanthes alba to propel colour deep into the hair fibre!
NO MORE DRY ENDS!
I will be putting this to the test really soon and I want you guys to follow my first hair dying session in a long, long time!
So what you should do now.
1. See more on Garnier Olia here
2. Visit their colour chart
3. Enter my Garnier Olia giveaway!
4. Come back to see the results soon!
Okay, so to the section you’ve been waiting for!
GARNIER OLIA GIVEAWAY DETAILS (Australian Residents only)
One lucky reader will be gifted a Garnier Olia prize pack!
The prize pack includes:
- 1 x Garnier Olia hair colour
- 1 x Garnier Colour Last Shampoo & Conditioner
- 1 x Garnier Fructis Style Blow Dry Balm
To enter, please leave a comment in the comment section before the AEST 11th June 2013 5pm and answer this question.
“What difference would Garnier Olia make to your home hair dye routine?“
The winners will be the entries deemed most creative by the judges. Chance plays no part in determining the identity of the winners. Please remember to leave your contact details in your entry so that we are able to contact you for your prize.
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June 3, 2013 | 6 comments so far - join the discussion!
Okay, so in my last blog post, a lot of you seemed to have gotten very angry over what I shared. There.. may have been some sort of misunderstanding, but I still think it was quite rude for you to attack me as such. But that’s okay, because we are all entitled to judgement.
So these are my comments in my defense. I was not “against” the girl in the last but just “disagreed” with how she had layered on make up after having such a break out.
I believe that there could have been many ways to go out – such as wearing a face mask and glasses or a cap or even taking some time off work/school to treat the condition (which I believe she had already). I understand that it’s DIFFICULT to feel confident to go out and it must have been a hard time for her, but in no way am I trying to give her a hard time – but rather just saying that I disagree with the fact that she had put on “non-organic/mineral” makeup, which could have CAUSED her to break out further. Actually in fact, I only advised my readers to “ensure” they look at the products they are using are organic or mineral to prevent further irritations and break outs.
I also have had bad skin (refer to previous post) and I can relate to how painful it is inside and out.
HOWEVER, through experience, I think I am confident to say that I disagree with covering acne with more make up. I would much rather have people stare at me on the streets whilst wearing a face mask, big glasses and a cap than create more break outs with wearing more makeup which could possibly inflame my acne and in the worst case scenario cause scarring. But of course, that is ME and my PERSONAL OPINION. You do not have to agree.
I have recently read a blog post on another beauty blogger who has also had a really bad break out. You can refer to this article or click on the image below.
Although this girl has had such a bad experience, she focused on treating it day by day – rather than hiding it behind heavy foundation and concealer. She also gave her friend’s wedding a miss because she did not want to wear heavy makeup for the event. I proud of her for that.
Having bad skin can really stress you out and you can really start to see the world in a different light but like every problem in life, the most important solution is to “fix it”/”treat it”.
Of course I do hope that both girls will or have healed from their skin condition, but my argument is just simply that I do not agree with putting on make up during a break out so if you do not agree, then feel free to continue using products to irritate your skin, but I hope the rest of you will understand my side of the argument and realise that my blog post had nothing to do with “hating” on that girl.
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Todays post will be a rant because I just saw a video which made me.. angry. Actually, I saw it about a week ago and posted it on my facebook page, but this is for those who didn’t see it!
I’ll say “angry” because it upsets me that girls.. I don’t want to generalise, so “some women” cannot take care of their skin properly.
I’ll let you watch this video before I proceed with my thoughts.
First of all, I want to stress the importance of taking care of your skin. It makes me cringe at the sight of women tugging onto their lower eyelids or rubbing their face with a harsh towel!!!
Back in November last year, I broke out quite badly. I started to stress about my skin and I made the mistake of caking on more concealer and foundation to cover up the flaws. As a consequence, I ended up breaking out even more than I had. And ofcourse because of this, I started to stress even more, and my skin had just turned into chaos.
This is a photo at the time it was the worst! I’m not afraid to put it up because I felt the need to tell others out there I don’t have perfect skin either!
I had cling wrap over my face because I was about to do “fraxel lite” – which will be covered in another blog post.
After seeing a dermatologist, I was recommended to use “less” rather than “more”. The use of “natural” products was also really important to ensure you do not clog up your pores, or infect the already existing acne. I listened to every word my dermatologist had told me, and now.. months later, my skin looks like… this.
Both photos are taken with the Iphone camera and yes, in the second photo I had some form of make up on, but it was only BB cream – which gives very little coverage. There is obviously still scarring but you can see that the surface of the flaws is quite flat compared to before.
I will blog more on my “acne break out” skin care routine and what I did to make it better in just a couple of months.
In the meantime, TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN.
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Which girl’s eyes don’t sparkle at the sight of glitter? Since I was 5, I’ve been a collector of glitter nail polish. But I can still remember all the nights I’ve spent trying to file and rub off the glitter with acetone. Not fun.
When Face of Australia introduced their Limited Edition line, Glitteri, I knew I couldn’t resist.
To be honest, I’m pretty anal about my glitter polishes. After owning so many, from cheapo brands to Butter Londons and OPIs, I’ve realised that there really is a huge amount of difference in quality! But it’s really a hit or a miss. I’ve also learnt to analyse the bottle of polish carefully and inspect the size of the glitters prior to purchasing!
The reason why I’m so over the moon with this new line of Face of Australia polishes is because it is just the perfect size of glitter.
My favourite.. is Disco Inferno.
With large specks of purple, red and blue glitters of different shapes and sizes, Disco Inferno is best topped over a darker polish! The pictures below really do not justify how much the glitter really shines!
I personally love it the most. Which one is your favourite from the collection?
April 2, 2013 | 9 comments so far - join the discussion!
I’m finally back. I’m actually a little embarrassed that I haven’t blogged for such a long time. I want to have the perfect reason, but I don’t.. so I have come back with a Do-it-Yourself tutorial!!
Since purchasing hundreds of false lashes from Taiwan, I’ve realised that most of the ones I purchased are quite natural! I’m not a big fan of “thick thick” lashes because I feel like it drops my eyes down or looks really “fake”, but on occasions where you want to bring a little more attention to your eyes, the typical natural lash just isn’t enough.
This technique will also work for volumising your old false lashes which you’ve probably worn for about a week or two, and really need some freshening up!
It’s really a simple idea really, and I’ve definitely talked about it in my videos or posts before. The “doubling” technique.
By using this technique, you can upgrade the most simplest lashes to look more perky.
Lots of us spend hundreds on our favourite “style” of eyelashes, but we do not realise that these could be easily made ourselves with the hundreds of lashes we do not use.
Let me show you what I mean.
I’m taking the below two types of lashes.
The first box is a box I purchased from Taiwan. These lashes are extremely nice as they are long and really bring out the eyes, but after a few wears, I realised they didn’t have any volume in them. It was just long. I wanted to make a pair of lashes that would help my eyes stand out with miminal eyeliner and eyeshadow.
The second box is a box I purchased from Ebay. I’ve had a few of these sets of lashes for a long time. They were cheap but the band is stiff and really hard to wear. They would keep poking my eyes and I really did not find much use for them.
Our first step is to take the cheap ebay lashes and snip it in 3. I use a nail clipper because I find that it’s easier to cut. Ofcourse you can choose to use anything from a pair of kitchen scissors to a pair of nose hair clippers. ^O^
The step is to choose your piece. I like more volume in the centre because I feel like that creates more of a dolly (larger looking) eye. I know many of you may like more volume on the outer corner to create more of a sultry (sexy looking) eye so feel free to use the outer third of the lash.
I chose the middle piece.
Although this is a very simple technique, many people do not actually remember to “bend” the two lashes together. This will help to blend the lashes to help the lashes look more realistic and less “chunky”. It is almost to do so whilst it’s drying because once the lashes are dry, they will be stuck and will be hard to alter.
The result is subtle, but definitely noticable. I’ll let you judge. Excuse my eyes as I am not wearing contacts. I’ve cut down on wearing contacts now. :)
If you analyse the two lashes below, you can see exactly where I stuck the extra piece of lash. Be creative, you can add smaller pieces to different areas of the lash. Experiment with it and you will find which style of lashes suit you best!
Stop wasting money on purchasing lashes which do not suit you! Utilise what you’ve got. ;)
If you’ve also done this, show me your creations!
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Taipei is renown for its beauty industry- other countries being Korea and Japan! It’s one of the countries in Asia where beauty plays such a large role in their city. From plastic surgerys, to facial masks, to false eyelashes.. you will be able to find hundreds of these stalls in every street of Guangfu Road.
During my trip, I made several trips to purchase beauty products, and many of the products I had already opened up to use, but for the ones I have not..
I purchased 2 x Skin79 Pink Super BB Cream! I’ve had it before and I know I used to love it! There was a sale at Watsons for buy one get one for $1, so I purchased two as a backup or to gift. Below that, you can see false plastic nails. I purchased these for special events or to stick on for advertorials. I’m quite dedicated to my blog in that way. hehehe ^O^ *selfcompliment*
In Sasa, I found gel pencil liners (I’m pretty sure that’s what it was called) by Jealousness. They were also on Buy one get one free (BOGOF) so I got two of them as well – smoked black and sparkling brown.
How can I not have bulk bought facial masks!! They were incredibly cheap in Taiwan! I think each box only cost me about 300 Taiwanese dollars which is equivalent to about AU$10! Some were cheaper and some were more expensive of course. I actually walked around the Sasa store with a lady assistant who picked up every box of masks I looked at and helped me store it behind the counter. Poor lady ended up carrying about 5-6 boxes at a time in the end.
One thing I did notice about the taiwanese is that they say “harlo harlo!” alot. Everytime she tried to get my attention, they would “harlo” me. I didn’t know how to react much so I just nodded or shook my head so tell her whether I was interested or not.
I purchased quite a few brands so I can’t name them all, but Sasatinnie, My Beauty Diary, Lioele to list a few.
Here is the bigger picture from before. I purchased some liquid eyeliners, some drugstore mascaras (which are really cheap btw. About AU$10 when it’s about AU$20 in Sydney). I also got a Cyber Colors eyelash curler because the shop assistant wouldn’t stop showing me how amazing her eyelashes looked with this eyelash curler… and some eyelid tape – which I haven’t really had much of a chance to try yet!
Okay okay okay.. so now it comes to my favourite part of my shopping haul!!!! I possibly spent way too much on false eyelashes, but I do not regret it one little bit!!!
Every corner you walk to, each shop you pretty much step into, will sell false eyelashes! I never thought it could be physically possible to find so many different styles of false eyelashes!!! It almost shocked me! Here is a part of my haul.. and I’m saying this because I gave tonnes of these away to family and friends!!!!
I think each box was about 199 or 300 taiwanese dollars – which is equivalent to about AU$6-10!!!
That’s about all from my haul. If you love beauty products, I highly recommend you take a trip to Taiwan – but remember to save up lots of money or you might find yourself a couple of hundreds of dollars below your intended spend!!!!
And just a quick plug pic of myself in black hair!! I’m really loving the colour now because it’s somewhat faded to a “less fake-black” colour. Definitely need to make a video soon to show y’all, but for now….
Until next time!