REVIEW: Marc Anthony Argan Oil of Morocco Products*

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Argan Oil has definitely been a buzz beauty product during the last few years, and with good reason too – it does wonders for dull, dry hair.

According to the Marc Anthony Website:

Argan Oil – the foundation for the Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco collection. This powerful Moroccan oil, with an added boost of strengthening Keratin, has been infused into each product to create a full system for high moisture and unbeatable strength. It starts with your wash to rid hair of impurities while gently moisturizing; then to your condition for super hydration, shine and restoration. Finally a daily lightweight oil treatment to impart strength, add shine and control frizz.”

I was fortunate to be sent two products from Marc Anthony’s Argan Oil range to try – the Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Dry Styling Oil and a sachet of the Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Deep Hydrating Treatment.

I love dry oils like the Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Dry Styling Oil because it is very lightweight and not greasy. I like using it on my hair straight after a wash for a little bit of extra T.L.C and when my hair is dry, it’s great for keeping frizz at bay. It has a classic argan oil scent – slightly nutty and slightly floral – and it leaves my hair feeling super soft. A light spray of this product goes a long way and the regular retail price is $18.99 in Australia.

First of all, I love how big a sachet of Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Deep Hydrating Treatment is! I have long, thick hair and hair treatment sachets don’t usually contain enough product, but the Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Deep Hydrating Treatment contains 5o millilitres which is more than enough for me! I acknowledge that this might be way too much product for people with shorter and/or finer hair, so a resealable sachet might be a better design for this treatment. This product is a super creamy, dense treatment and it left my hair feeling super soft. After blowdrying my hair, it had a lovely shine to it, which was nice. Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Deep Hydrating Treatment retails for $6.99 per sachet in Australia.

You can find Marc Anthony products at Australian Target and Priceline stores. For international retailers, check out the Marc Anthony website. 

Have you ever tried Argan Oil products? What did you think? 

*These products were provided for my review.  This has not influenced my views in any way.  Please read my PR & Disclosure Policy for more information.

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Salon Melbourne 2015: Recap and Haul

Glamour on the Main Stage.As I mentioned in my last post, Salon Melbourne is the most renowned hair and beauty expo in Victoria.  An annual event since 2010, Salon Melbourne is a must on the calendars of many beauty industry professionals and students.

I was very fortunate to attend Salon Melbourne on Sunday 1st March as a Media Representative and I was absolutely blown away by the sheer volume of amazing deals, exciting new retailers and amazing talent on display.

Crowds flocked to grab a bargain at Scotty's Make-up & Beauty.

Crowds flocked to grab a bargain at Scotty’s Make-up & Beauty.

Salon Melbourne is any shopper’s dream, almost every store offered discounts for buying multiple products and everything was at trade prices.  If beauty is your business, stocking-up at Salon Melbourne could result in massive savings.

Party bags for grown-ups at the Orly stand.

Party bags for grown-ups at the Orly stand.

Many exhibitors offered the chance to try before you buy, which I think is very important.  It was also nice to see beauty professionals who usually pamper others every day, treating themselves to a manicure or a mini makeover at some stalls (as pictured below.)

Manicures at the BioSculpture stand.

Manicures at the BioSculpture stand.

Makeovers at the Young Blood cosmetics stand.

Makeovers at the Young Blood cosmetics stand.

Throughout the day there were demonstrations and style shows on the Main and Launchpad stages.  Both areas were set-up beautifully and the audience seating areas were stylish, yet comfortable.  I watched in awe as beauty professionals showcased their creative and intricate work.

Educational demonstrations at the Launchpad Stage.

Educational demonstrations at the Launchpad Stage.

Andrea Taylor from Mediterranean Tan and Gina Liano.

Andrea Taylor from Mediterranean Tan and Gina Liano on the Main Stage.

As a shameless reality TV fan, one of the Main Stage highlights for me was an appearance by Gina Liano, star of The Real Housewives of Melbourne.  Liano spoke as part of the ‘Nothing Less Than Glamorous – Learn How to Build a Glamorous Life’ session, hosted by Andrea Taylor (CEO of Mediterranean Tan.)  When she’s not sharing her social life on Real Housewives of Melbourne, Liano works as a barrister and she is not afraid to bring a little glamour into the courtroom.

“You’ve been a girl longer than you’ve been anything else so never lose your femininity,” Liano said.

Liano also explained the importance of beauty professionals protecting themselves legally and warning your clients of any risks associated with treatments.

“If you hold up yourself as a professional, make sure you are,” Liano advised.

Myself with Gina Liano after her presentation.

Myself with Gina Liano after her presentation.

I didn’t plan to purchase much at Salon Melbourne, but with all the special offers available, I just couldn’t help myself!  I splurged a little on make-up, nail polishes and beauty tools.  Many of these products are difficult to find in stores, so having all brands in the one place was very convenient.

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Limecrime lipsticks: Countessa Flourescent, D’Lilac and Great Pink Planet.

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RCMA No Colour Translucent powder and Ben Nye Concealer Wheel from Scotty’s Make-up & Beauty.

Brush cleaning glove and make-up sponges from Girlee Cosmetics.

Brush cleaning glove and make-up sponges from Girlee Cosmetics.

Orly Base and Top-Coat Nail Polish.

Orly Topcoat and Basecoat Nail Polish.

Free samples that were handed out at various stores: Snob Girls Hair Multivitamin, two sachets of Embryolisse Laboratories Hydrating Cream and Poni Cosmetics clear lipgloss.

Free samples that were handed out at various stalls: Snob Girls Hair Multivitamin, two sachets of Embryolisse Laboratories Hydrating Cream and Poni Cosmetics clear lipgloss.

In conclusion, I had a wonderful time at Salon Melbourne and I would definitely love to attend again in 2016.  If you’re in the beauty industry and you’re interested in attending or exhibiting at the next Salon Melbourne visit http://www.salonmelbourne.com.au, for more information.

Casual Curl* Review

Deep down, I think I secretly want to be a hair dresser.  I LOVE playing with hair, whether it be a friend’s or my own, and trying out new hair styles.  I also absolutely love trying out the clever-styling tools that make the process easier.  The one thing that I refuse to do at home is a proper blow wave.  Why, you ask?  Well, I have an irrational fear of round brushes because I have only tried to use one at home twice in my life and both times I managed to get it stuck in my hair!  It’s such a shame that I am too scared to use a round brush at home, considering how popular the flicked-out/loose curl look is nowadays.  Not to mention that regular salon blow waves are expensive!

I was delighted to try out the new Casual Curl roller, but was a little scared too because it resembles a round brush.  So I recruited my lovely blogger friend Melissa from ‘Melissa Bubbles Beauty, Fashion & Life!’ to teach me how to use the Casual Curl and put my mind at ease!

What is Casual Curl?

“Casual Curl is an innovative styling roller that allows you to style your hair into ‘the Kate look’. Relaxed, smooth, casual curls are created in just minutes – and you don’t have to be a professional to master the technique.

Endorsed by multi-award winning hair stylist and Australian hairdresser of the year Brad Ngata, Casual Curl is set to become the next essential tool for every salon and home styling kit.” – From the Casual Curl website 

How to use it? 

Luckily, using the Casual Curl is much easier then battling a blowdryer and round brush!  Here are the instructions according to the Casual Curl website:

1.  Prepare your hair with a setting lotion or spray and blow dry hair.

2.  Take a section of hair as wide as the Casual Curl roller and roll the hair around the roller. Apply a setting spray for more hold.

3.  Attach the CasualCurl roller to your blow dryer.

4.  Turn on the blow dryer, heat the Casual Curl for 30 seconds. Turn the dryer off and let the roller cool.

5.  When cool, unwind the hair to release a perfect, casual curl. Spray to hold in place.

6.  Repeat process for desired Casual Curl style.

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My Results (Keep reading after the pics) 

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My Thoughts

I think the Casual Curl is a very innovative hair styling tool and definitely makes it possible to achieve the loosely curled, salon fresh look at home.  For long, thick hair like mine, I think it is definitely necessary to use multiple rollers because there is a lot of waiting time involved while the roller curls down, and with multiple rollers I could use the cooling time to start the next section.  Much more user-friendly than a round brush, I would definitely (calmly) use the Casual Curler again without Melissa’s supervision!  I hope they bring out wider versions of the Casual Curl soon because it was too narrow to attach to my GHD Air hairdryer and I had to use Melissa’s narrower VS hairdryer instead.  I would recommend wearing a heatproof glove (like the velvet ones that come with some curling wands) if you are sensitive to heat because the Casual Curl heats up fast.

For more information, or to purchase a Casual Curl roller for yourself, check out www.casualcurl.com.au.  Casual Curl are currently offering a great special where you save 20% when you buy two rollers.

Have you used the Casual Curl?  I’d love to know what you thought of it.

*I was provided with one Casual Curl roller for my consideration and review in accordance with my PR & Disclosure Policy.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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Claire xx

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The Hair Necessities

Sing it with me now, Those hair necessities/those simple hair necessities/forget about your worry and your strife! Unfortunately, treating and taming one’s tresses is very rarely simple and the preparation required to walk out the door with a presentable mane can be very stressful! Just as everyone’s hair is different, every hair product, of the thousands on the market, is different and sometimes they just don’t do what they claim on the label! Not to mention that hair is extremely tempremental, and what might work for your hair one day, might just not get the job done a week later. Like a good Girl Scout, my extensive hair care collection ensures that I am always prepared. No matter what drama my temperamental, more-hormonal-than-a-teenager hair throws at me, I am armed with the perfect product. Today I am going to share with you my simple hair necessities (sorry if the song is stuck in your head again.)

  • A brush that means business

Purchasing the most basic Haircare tool in any gal’s kit, can be a tricky task because there are just so many options out there! I think everyone has their personal preference when it comes to size of brush, shape of brush, number and type of bristles etc, but, as a general rule, I believe that brushing your hair shouldn’t hurt and if it’s constantly getting stuck in your hair and you’re loosing more hair in your brush than what is normal got for you, it’s probably time for an upgrade. It also doesn’t hurt if your hair brush is a convincing microphone for bathroom performances of Katy Perry songs.  I love my Cricket Ultra Smooth Detangling Brush (from $12.95 AUD), the plastic is infused with argan and olive oil as well as keratin proteins for detangling and softening. I’ve noticed that using this, brushing is much less painful and less hair is gets pulled out in the process! This brush works fabulously on dry or wet hair.

  • Shampoo and conditioner that treats your hair woes

With a shampoo and conditioner for every ailment in existence, there is no excuse to use the wrong shampoo for you. Shop around and find a shampoo and conditioner that is going to get your hair into the best possible shape. I recommend investing in salon quality products with as little chemical nasties as possible, because you deserve it! A quality shampoo and/or conditioner should last you a few months so it’s worth the larger price tag. Ask your hair dresser or a sales assistant at a Haircare store for advice if the large range overwhelms you. Hair is clever and gets used to products very quickly, which is why it’s a good idea to alternate types of shampoo and conditioner to keep it on its toes.  Some of my favourites are: Chi Organics Olive Nutrient Therapy Shampoo & Conditioner ($29.95 AUD each), John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Multi-tone Revealing Shampoo & Conditioner* ($15.99 AUD each) and, for extra care,  Tony & Guy Prep Leave-In Conditioner ($15.99 AUD)

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  • Dry Shampoo t0 keep your hair fresh and a deep clean shampoo for later 

I certainly don’t have time to wash my hair every day and if you’re the same, don’t feel guilty, it’s better for your hair to get a little dirty (reow!) and allow your natural oils to do their thing.  Not to mention that non-super-clean hair is much easier to style and will hold its shape for longer.  If you need a little freshening-up between washes, dry shampoo will be your BFF.  Try L’orèal Professional Paris Fresh Dust Dry Shampoo (around $20.00 AUD)* or bargain buy Target Girlz Only Dry Shampoo ($2.00 AUD.)  Only catch to frequent use of Dry Shampoo is the protect build-up on your scalp an locks, so it’s best to use a clarifying shampoo like CHI Clean Start Clarifying Shampoo (around $35.00 AUD) weekly or fortnightly for a fresh start.

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  • Products to banish frizz and add some shine

Every gal needs to be prepared for a frizz freakout or lacklustre hair day, so it’s a good idea to have a frizz reducing and shine product on standby. One of my current favourite frizz busters is John Frieda Frizz-Ease Hair Serum ($7.00 AUD)* which I use daily on dry hair before styling.  I knew Frizz-Ease was good, but I didn’t realise it was GREAT until I forgot to use it one day a few weeks ago because I slept-in (oops) and, by my morning break, my hair was a total frizz-fest!  I won’t be making that mistake again! Kèrastase Paris Olèo-Relax Fluide (about $40.00 AUD) is also a fabulous frizz reducer and a bottle last me nearly six months.  Whenever my hair starts to look a bit dull, I reach for John Frieda Liquid Shine Perfecting Glosser ($16.99 AUD)* which contains light-reflecting particles that you can actually see in the product (unlike some products that claim to add shine but look pretty clear) and is fabulous on dry hair for extra glow.  I also love La Biosthetique Shine on Crazy ($28.50 AUD) which adds lots of shine with a quick spritz and it smells like sherbet and who doesn’t love yummy smelling hair?

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  • Styling Tools for any look

Don’t be afraid to have fun with your hair and create different looks!  My hair is naturally wavy so sometimes I keep things simple by scrunching through Tony & Guy Prep Volume Plumping Mousse ($15.99 AUD) and sometimes I create a sleek look with my GHD IV Hair Straightener ($239.00 AUD.)  When I want a glamorous look I use my beloved Muk Curl stick ($99.00 AUD.)  I rarely blow-dry my hair, but when I do, I use my GHD Air Hair Dryer ($199.00 AU.)  Whenever I heat style my hair I use GHD Style Heat Protect Spray ($24.00 AUD.)  I lock in my style and banish any extra static frizz with a great hairspray like Goldwell Super Firm Hair Lacquer ($11.96 AUD) or Schwarzkoph Extra Care Strong Styling Hairspray ($8.99.)   I hope this post gave you some ideas of great hair products to try!  Have I left out any of your favourites? *All products marked with an asterisks (*) were provided in accordance with my PR & Disclosure policy, this has not influenced my opinion in any way, I fell in love with them and they are now hair necessities for me!

‘Till next time,
Claire
Ms This n That xx