This post has been a while in the works- because I have sooooo many beauty products and like to switch around what I use, it takes me forever to use things. However, I have finally used up enough things to warrant a post. I like reading empties posts because if someone has used an entire product they must have a really clear idea of how it worked, and what they thought of it – much more in depth than a first impressions post. I have 6 products to review today, so let’s get to it! MAC Face and Body N2 – $60NZD I bought this just as I was getting into makeup – it was a nice way to start getting used to applying a full face of foundation. It’s not a very heavy coverage, but when combined with some spot concealer – usually MAC Pro Longwear concealer it was great for me. I usually applied it with a basic foundation brush, it’s a bit too runny to use just with your fingers. I only ever wore it on my face, not my body, but you have the option to, apparently! I don’t have any high quality photos of me […]

Treat your hair with coconut oil

To continue on my series of posts about oils, I’ve got a how-to post of coconut oil hair treatments. I like to use coconut oil treatments on my hair every few weeks, or just whenever I feel like it, to make it silky smooth. There are multitudes of recipes for them on pinterest and the like, but the way I do it is very simple. There are a lot of different varieties of coconut oil, different levels of purity and the like, but for the purpose of using it in your hair I don’t think it’s particularly important what kind you use. I use Olivado Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, purely because it’s what I found at my local supermarket, and it was around $10. I put some coconut oil in a mug – a couple of tablespoons because I have a lot of hair, but scale it up or down depending on the length/thickness of your hair. Then pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds or so – wattage may vary. You might need to do this a couple of times, but you want it to be runny and warm, but not hot. If it gets too hot, wait for […]

What’s really in your hair oil?

Using oil in your hair is something that is becoming much more mainstream. Lots of brands have been releasing hair oils, and I’ve even bought some of them. However, they aren’t all exactly what they seem. The thing that you need to watch out for is that most of them are not pure oils, but silicone-based products with a small amount of oil in them. I was fooled by this and bought an Organix Macadamia oil that turned out to be mostly silicone, which I was not happy about.  What silicone does is smooth hair, but it can also really weigh down the hair. It coats the hair, as opposed to actually adding moisture to it, and this coating isn’t easily washed out. Silicone can make it difficult for hair colour to adhere to the hair, so I try to avoid using it in my hair unless I really need to smooth it out, and definitely avoid using it in the weeks leading up to a hair colour appointment . It’s not terrible to use, but it’s important to be aware that you’re using it, as opposed to pure oil. Probably the most popular, or at least the most talked about, […]

Easy braided hairstyles

Like many other women with long hair, I find myself wearing my hair in a plain bun or ponytail all too often. While they are both easy and practical hairstyles, they are also quite boring. I’ve been experimenting with some different styles lately, and in this post I’ll be showing some of them. They aren’t quite at the level of intricate waterfall braids that you see all over pinterest, but rather reasonably simple variations on plaits, buns and ponytails. I don’t want to spend forever on my hair before work, but I still want it to look nicely styled, and out of my face. For all of these styles, the equipment needed is very minimal – a brush or comb, some hair ties and bobby/spin pins, and a hair donut. If you don’t have a hair donut, you can make one out of a sock using this tutorial. If you don’t know how to plait, there are a multitude of tutorials on pinterest and youtube. I can’t recommend any in particular, as I learned how to plait hair at school in the dark ages before youtube. I use ‘normal’ plaiting, French plaiting and fishtail plaiting in these videos. Braided bun. To […]