Wednesday, 29 January 2014

LUSH REVIEW: H'SUAN WEN HUA HAIR TREATMENT

 My fine, wavy/curly hair is always really thirsty. Years of chemically treating it have sucked the life out of it and left me with hair that's often a little uncontrollable, frizzy and not particularly appealing to look at.

I do try not to heat style it, and as you guys know from reading my blog, I no longer use chemical dyes, instead choosing to use henna on my locks for extra conditioning goodness with my colour.

In addition to the henna treatments, I do find that my hair needs some TLC, and so I have discovered Lush's amazing, chai-scented treatment and hair moisturiser, H'suan Wen Hua. It translates roughly to God of hair, and I can totally get behind anything that might make my hair remotely goddess-like.

In this first picture is my hair's "before". You can see it's quite flyaway, frizzy and in generally yukky condition.

The way to use H'suan Wen Hua is to plaster it onto your dry hair, clip it up and leave it for 20 minutes, then shampoo it out, use conditioner if you need to.

So that's what I did. I really slathered it on and made it a bit of a luxury bath for my hair, then clipped it up and wandered off to watch one of my favourite TV shows for half an hour, then I washed it out, using my usual tiny speck of conditioner.

One of the things I noticed immediately about it is that the chai scent stays with your hair for days afterwards, even if you use a scented shampoo and conditioner. That's something that I love about it, but definitely something to consider if Chai isn't really on your "love" list of scents.

As for the effect on my hair, I absolutely love it. My hair is soft, shiny, more manageable, and generally looks much nicer, even if I don't do anything to it. It's definitely a product that I'll buy over and over again.

At just under 20 dollars, I don't feel like it's a massive investment. Even with the amount that I used on my head the first time, there will be enough or 4 or 5 more treatments (let's call it 5 and say that it's $4 a go) and I would be paying at least 3 times that amount in a salon for a treatment that is, in my opinion, less effective.


Make sure you ask for a sample of H'suan Wen Hua next time you're at Lush, and I almost guarantee you'll want to buy it immediately. It's one of those "wow" products that is truly amazing.

Available from Lush stores worldwide, and www.lush.com

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

OPI BRAZIL AND GWEN STEFANI SNEAK PEEKS

I always love it when OPI make new releases, and the latest 2 collections have me particularly excited.


Gwen Stefani (from No Doubt) has lent her name and style to a gorgeous collection full of awesome textures and standout colours, whilst the Brazil collection showcases the brilliant colours of Carnivale.

Check out some swatches and my thoughts in the video below!

Saturday, 25 January 2014

BY REQUEST: DAISO PRODUCTS REVIEW!

You asked, and so here it is, a short video with some thoughts about the products that I bought in my last Daiso haul!


WEEKEND TUTORIAL - EVERYDAY BEAUTY

This week, I filmed a few videos ahead of time for you, so I have a couple of different things coming out over the next few days.

Today's video is a really simple and basic look, using primarily products from boe beauty's range of $2 cosmetics (because you guys asked for it!).

Check out the video below and don't forget to click through and subscribe at the end. It's free! Also, it will keep you up to date with my videos as they go live.


Friday, 24 January 2014

MY STRANGE ADDICTION - SOAP COLLECTION

First, let me start this off with the same disclaimer most bloggers/vloggers need to issue at the beginning of any collection post. This post is not intended for bragging purposes. The contents of my soap collection were amassed over a period of time and either made myself, bought with my own money or gifted to me by family members for Christmas.

I have a strange (or not so strange, you let me know in the comments) addiction. I love to collect soap and bath products, and I thought it might be fun to show you my collection of soaps, just for shits and giggles.

So if you feel like checking out the different kinds of soap that I've collected and where I get it from, just watch the video below!

Thursday, 23 January 2014

BETTER THAN NYX? BOE BEAUTY MATTE LIP CREAM REVIEW

 I mentioned these in my Boe Beauty brand spotlight, and I really felt like they needed a post all of their own, because they are my favourite Boe product.

So what are they? Well, like the title suggests, they are a matte lip cream, so they apply with a doe foot applicator like a gloss, but they act like a matte lipstick.

The best part about them is that they are enriched with Vitamin E, so they don't dry your lips out like a matte lipstick often can. They feel really comfortable on the lips and they stay on for hours and hours.
 This picture was taken in the morning, right after I'd applied my makeup. You can see how brightly pigmented the colour is. The one I'm wearing is "shock pink". It's a gorgeous matte shade, which goes with anything!

With my red hair, I usually have to be careful about what shades I choose, but I really felt that this one added an awesome pop of colour without making me look silly.


 This pic was taken 12 hours later. During the day we had done things like eating hotdogs and drinking from cans, which can be devastating to the serious lipstick wearer, but this lip cream really stood up to the abuse. I had a definite pink still on my lips at the end of the day with no touchups, and that makes me happy.

For a more in-depth review and swatches, check out my video below. Boe Beauty products are available at BigW and they are all just $2 each!



Saturday, 18 January 2014

THE BEST QUALITY-FOR-PRICE MAKEUP AROUND - BOE BEAUTY!



I've covered this brand before, but I wanted to revisit them, because they've expanded their range, and I'm absolutely loving some of these awesome things.

Boe Beauty's fantastic line is sold at BigW stores nationally, with every item in the range sold for only $2!

Here I've shown you some of the items I have (some sent to me by the awesome people at Boe Beauty, and some bought with my own money.)



The two large pans above are St Tropez Bronzer and Pink Goddess Blush, both really pretty on the skin, with a slight shimmer to them. The texture is really velvety and soft.

Next, I have some of their gorgeous eyeshadow duos, in gold/charcoal, Uptown Girl, Evening Glamour And Natural Beauty. I'll do some tutorials using these during the week on my Youtube channel, so stay tuned for that.
These shadows are all nicely pigmented and softly textured, they apply really nicely and blend out beautifully.

I like to use the lighter colour of the duo under the brow and across the lid, while using the darker colour in my crease to create depth.
 Boe have a range of different eye products. Their liquid liner is a felt tip applicator style, which goes on like a dream, and their curling mascara is a really great everyday mascara. They also have a range of eyeliner pencils, which are awesome for fine detail work, although they don't have the creaminess that I prefer in an eye pencil.
 Boe's collection of nailpolishes are gorgeous, too. They have a bunch of standard colours, and a new range of cute glitters, perfect for Australia day parties!

There are a couple of downsides to these polishes, and I only have these two to go by, so it could just be these colours, but they are very sheer. You'll need 3 coats to get it opaque. Also, if you're a person who doesn't cope well with chemical smells, these might be a problem for you. They are quite whiffy, which isn't a problem for me.

Last of all, we have some lip products. Along with their Lipsticks and lip lacquers, they also have a gorgeous range of lipglosses.

They are sheer, glittery, beautiful glosses, which look awesome alone, or over the top of a lipstick.

 They look especially amazing over the top of their range of Matte lip creams, which come in 4 different colours. These lip creams are so great, I've decided to give them their very own review post later in the week with swatches and a video for you to see.

They definitely are a must-have item in any makeup kit.

 As I said before, Boe Beauty are available exclusively at BigW, and every item is only $2!

I definitely recommend you get out to your local store and check them out. You'll usually find them on the end of an aisle in the makeup section, with lots of items all in containers together, which is half the fun. Digging through to find the colour I'm after is one of my favourite parts, along with the part where I take all of my items to the register and find that I have a facefull of makeup for less than $20!


Friday, 10 January 2014

MY HENNA EXPERIENCE - FEATURING LUSH CACA ROUGE!

 For the past few weeks, I've been researching and deciding whether to colour my hair with henna, after seeing the blocks in my local Lush store.
After carefully weighing up the pro's and con's, I decided that I'd give it a go, and Lush were amazing in helping me to get it happening by sending me some of their caca rouge to try!

I've been dyeing my hair a copper (what I call "proper ginger") colour using chemical dyes for quite some time, and I wanted to stick with that sort of colour, so caca rouge is definitely the colour for me. Lush henna comes in 4 different colours, starting with Rouge, which will give a vibrant coppery red; Marron, which will give more of a wine-coloured red; Brun, which is a rich, warm brown colour; and Noir, which gives the silkiest of blacks.
The henna comes from Lush in a block, pre-mixed with cocoa butter, rosemary powder and lemon juice to activate the henna, so that all you have to do is mix it into a muddy paste with hot water.

My application method is one that seemed the least messy when I watched youtube videos about it. Starting at the crown, I worked in small sections, winding my hair up into a muddy bun, with the hairline being the last sections added. You can see how I did it in my video below.

I left the caca rouge on my hair for 3 hours, and the rinsed it off, which was the most difficult part of the process. I needed 2 shampoos and 2 lots of conditioner to get all of the gritty mud out of my hair, but once that was done (and I'd given my shower a really good scrub), I was done. I had read that blowdrying your hair on a hot setting helps to intensify your colour, so I did that, and blew it straight so that it would look decent for the next day, as I was avoiding shampoo for the next 2 days.
I think the results speak for themselves...I'm so, SO happy with the colour, my hair feels and looks so much healthier and happier, and I feel really good about the fact that I've achieved an ideal colour with no chemicals!

Thank you so much, Lush, for providing me with the product to try. I have enough caca rouge left for at least 2 root touch-ups, or another full head application, and I'll definitely be heading back to my local store to buy more after that is gone. I'd definitely recommend henna, and the Lush Cacas in particular, to anyone wanting to cut chemical dye use on their hair, and even to people who want a beautiful warm colour, and are considering chemical dyes. This is a wonderful alternative.



A couple of things to think about(AKA my pro's and con's list):

Henna will not lighten your hair. If you are naturally brunette, for example, you won't get the same results as I have with this henna. Blondes can expect a vibrant colour, as can people with a lot of grey. Choose a henna to compliment your natural awesomness, and you'll find the results are beautiful. You can use henna over bleached hair, but that kind of defeats the purpose. The only reason I got such a vibrant colour this time is because I'd been bleaching with chemicals before. You can see in my video that my roots are a darker version of this awesome red, and I expect it to grow out to a gorgeous ombre look, whilst maintaining the same tonal colouring with henna touchups as I go.

Henna is awesome, but once it's in your hair, it's not going anywhere. Most chemical dyes suggest not using them over hair which has been treated with henna. Henna is a big commitment, and you should be absolutely sure about it before you do it.

Henna is messy. It stains everything it comes into contact with if you don't clean it immediately. That includes your skin, clothes, countertops and shower.

Henna is time consuming. It takes at least 4 hours from start to finish, so make sure you have the time to sit around with mud on your head before you start. The upside of it is that you don't have to reapply as often, because the colour stays vibrant and doesn't fade like chemical dyes, so the time spent probably works out the same, especially if you usually spend 2+hours in the salon.

Henna is very inexpensive. For Lush's cacas, you can expect to pay less than $25, and generally there will be enough for your initial application plus one or more root touchups (depending on the length and type of hair that you have).

Henna stinks. It smells like mud with hay in it. Your head is going to smell like that for up to a week after you use it.

Henna is compatible with most other natural dyes (Cassia, Indigo, etc), and can be mixed with any of them to make custom hair colours.

Henna is natural and won't take anything OUT of your hair. All it does is deposit colour (stain) onto the hair shaft.

Neutral henna has been used as a deep conditioning hair treatment for hundreds of years. What better reason to use it on your hair as a colourant? Conditioning while it stains? Awesome.

Lush hennas are available form Lush stores worldwide, and from www.lush.com





Saturday, 4 January 2014

HOW TO: MAKE BATH BOMBS

 This week, I've learned a new skill! You guys know I always like to share my awesome new skills with you, so I've made a bit of a tutorial video for you!

It's quite a long video, so make sure you've got 15 minutes to sit down and watch it. I am considering selling these little beauties on ebay, so keep an eye out for that in the future. If you wanted me to make some for you, you can always email me at katysbeautysecrets@gmail.com and we can work something out.

The recipe is:

2 parts bicarb soda
1 part citric acid
1 part epsom salts
1 part cornstarch/cornflour
food colouring/fragrant oils/confetti as you like it
water - watch it and see if you need it, as I say in the video, it all depends on how much oil and colouring you use.

You really need to watch the video to get the method down, but I figured I'd give you all the required ingredients so that you can make sure you have them before you make bath bombs with me!
I do mention in the video that the sugar confetti will be left behind after the bath, and that just means that you'll have to clean them off your bath, because they won't dissolve quickly enough to go out with the bath water. They are super easy to clean off the bath with a cloth, though, and dissolve in hot water.

Silicone cake or chocolate molds are the best thing to use, don't forget to leave them untouched in the molds for at least 24 hours, longer if it's a wetter mix or if it's a humid day.



Friday, 3 January 2014

EXCITING NEWS! NEW FITNESS CHANNEL!

This is me...3 months ago, on the day that I broke my ankle.

Since then I've gained back most of the weight that I lost in the 7 months before it, and I'm feeling extra crappy about it.

Well...no more. It's time to get back to training, and it's hard.

So I've made a little Youtube Channel called Katy's Fitness Pals, where you guys can see me lose weight and get fit in real time, with weekly journals and extra videos, including tips and tricks for fat training, and what you need to know about walking long distances as a means to lose weight and get fit!

Come take a walk with me. Every new subscriber is so greatly appreciated, and I hope that you guys will get something out of my experiences. You can click on either of the boxes at the end of either video to go to my channel and subscribe!