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Pantene Beautiful Lengths Hair Donation 12

I can feel summer is so close that I can almost touch it. It is exciting but we have had a particularly warm Spring so far and I feel like we are in for some extreme heat over the next few months. It is at this time of year I get an itch to cut off all my locks. A dramatic change that will be less work during the hot, sweaty days. Perhaps it was just my recent experience with a fabulous short style that has me itching. However, I have learnt my lesson from years gone past that there are some things to consider before getting a massive style change.

If you are in the same boat as me, and thinking about a style change, you may want to get some expert advice. I chatted with Alan Buki, Co-Founder of Original & Mineral, Owner of Original A and Co-Founder of O&M.nyc to get the tips we need to know.  Continue Reading

Original Mineral nyc Salon Front Doors

Finding a hairdresser to entrust with your hair can be stressful and scary. Well, it is for me. I have never had “my own” hairdresser. I have always jumped between places and I didn’t even have a method to choosing where I would go. I would end up going somewhere that is nearby to home or work, or I would pick a place based on how it looked, or I would just go somewhere that stocked products I liked. I could count on one hand the number of hairdressers I have actually returned to more than once, and that frustrates me some what. As I get older I want to find someone that knows my hair and that I can just sit down and trust they will do what looks best.

My recent hair makeover at Original A Salon has me thinking that this could potentially be that place. However, I am a commitment phobe so I thought I would ask Alan Buki, owner of Original A Salon, what I should be looking for when choosing a hairdresser. I hope his expert tips help you too.  Continue Reading

Underlights Before After Hairstyle

The last time I had anything done to my hair was when I chopped it all off for Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths 2012. I had the honour of the fabulous Barney Martin doing the cut, but with such a huge amount being chopped off I wasn’t in the mood for anything else at the time. Cut to me 12 months later and I was practically bursting for a new hair-do. I felt bored and tired of my natural hair colour, and the cut Barney did had well grown out (and no, I didn’t have a trim since, eeep!).

When I heard that the fabulous Original & Mineral founders had just revamped their salon I thought it would be the perfect time to take a visit. I was first introduced to the O&M products at Cosmoprof in 2011 and had used them at home since, but I had never seen them in a salon environment. Seeing as though the products were actually created for salon use I thought it was time to see how they performed under pressure …. and hey, I needed a new hairdo after all. I was happy to see anyone from the salon but I was extremely lucky to find the head honchos had some time to do my hair.

Colour

Up first was the colouring and I was delighted that Wayne Lewis, Colour Director at Original A salon and Technical Director for Original & Mineral, would give me the hottest colour trick of the moment – Underlights!. What the hell is that? Don’t worry, that was my response too. Let me explain …  Continue Reading

VS Sassoon Big Hair Styler Before Front

Everyone thinks their own hair is the worst, but in my opinion you don’t know suffering until you have thin, fine hair. My wispy hair sticks to my head, makes me look bald if I tie it back too tight and gets oily within 24 hours of washing it. On the plus side, it does dry quickly and heat styling only takes a few minutes … but with that comes some concerning bad points. Fine hair is fragile and gets damaged quite easily. To all the fine haired girls out there, I know your pain.

If you have fine hair it is important to keep it in good shape. I spoke with Alan Buki, Co-Founder of Original & Mineral, Owner of Original A and Co-Founder of O&M.nyc to get the facts about managing fine hair.

  1. It is important to still condition hair even though it is fine because conditioner can add nourishment without adding weight. Try O&M’s Fine Intellect which conditions the hair but is weightless as it uses camomile.
  2. If hair has flyaways make sure that you use a natural bristle brush not synthetic as this can sometimes cause static.  Continue Reading

Best New Beauty October blog post

You’d think October would be exclusively reserved for Halloween themed beauty but nope, Christmas is wiggling it’s way in. The best new beauty October products are mostly dominated with Holiday collections but I’ve tried sticking to just the solo new products that really thrilled me. I will be posting separate gift guides a little later on for all those cool Holiday collections.

For now, discover the best of the best with my Best New Beauty October round-up. Continue Reading

Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway

Want to win the gorgeous new Tarte LIMITED EDITION Buried Treasure Eyeshadow Palette? Read on to enter and find out how you could win 35 other beauty prizes in this MEGA Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway! Continue Reading

Best Vegan Skincare Brands

Everyone has their own opinion on what skincare should do and be, but for me it’s all about aiming for perfection. I don’t want skincare that does the bare minimum and let’s me age gracefully. I only want to use skincare that WORKS – constantly improving my skin and getting it to function at it’s very best. That’s why I’m sharing with you the best vegan skincare brands.

People often confuse my choice to be vegan as somehow meaning I don’t care about my aesthetics any more. They couldn’t be more wrong! My strict standards for top performing skincare isn’t lessened by my cruelty-free choices. If anything, it makes my standards even higher.

There’s a misconception that cruelty-free and vegan skincare is unable subpar; that they’re less effective than animal-based skincare formulations. While this may have been the case decades ago when vegan skincare exclusively meant “natural” products with little to no scientific basis, skincare development has come a long way since then. Don’t get me wrong, there are still hundreds of natural skincare brands out there that do exactly what I don’t want – they don’t improve your skin, they just make it feel and smell nice – and there is a market for those. Not everyone is deathly afraid of aging like me. However, if you strive for clear, healthy and progressively improving skin despite the years passing us by, than I have exactly what you need.

My list of top performing skincare brands will introduce you to the changemakers. The hard-working, highly efficient skincare that allows you to take charge of your own aging appearance. And it just so happens they’re also the best vegan skincare brands too!  Continue Reading

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