Wednesday, 27 April 2016
I HAD to dye my hair for 2 reasons. 1. Cosplay and 2. It looked like orange straw. My hair often frustrates me because it is coarse and naturally dry which means that it lightens very easily. Not a drop of bleach has touched my lengths since I chopped it off up to my shoulders in November 2014, but I did have highlights put in early 2015 (again no bleach, just colour!). Because my hair is porous, it takes to colour very well. This plus the natural lightening from the Australian sun and sea lightened my hair drastically and its condition deteriorated rapidly!
I was shocked when I took these pictures of my hair in the sunlight. I honestly did not realise how orange and dry the top layers of my hair were! You can see that the shafts look almost hollow and are begging to absorb some darker colour. The inner parts of hair that do not see the sun are strong and dark though.
Contacts: Ellen Panda Blue.
I've mentioned several times that I went no-poo with my hair around 10 months ago. Nothing has changed although I use the occasional Apple cider vinegar rinse after scrubbing my scalp with water. Thus, I did not want to taint my hair with chemicals, so after reading many rave reviews online I decided to purchase a henna block from LUSH! From all the reviews I read, I got 2 main negative points:
1. It's messy and 2. It stinks!
The 4 available Caca (literally means poop) blocks are:
I was not in the slightest bit interested in anything red toned so I was tossing up between Caca Brun and Noir for the longest time. The lovely sales assistant recommended the Brun and said if I wasn't happy with the result, I could come back and they would give me the Noir for free!
"The subtle coffee-coloured one. Caca Brun is made with indigo and red hennas, plus ground coffee for a deep brown shade. It makes your hair smell like a fresh espresso for a few days. Clove bud oil adds to its spicy scent and we use powdered nettle and seaweed for extra shine and softness. Caca Brun gives your hair a magnificent shine. We recommend it for people with a mousy, undecided hair colour."
The ingredients are ALL natural and coco butter is the number 1 ingredient which sounds so lush and nourishing!
The bricks are much bigger than I expected! They are around the length of my hand!
I used 4 blocks to dye my entire head, leaving 1/4 of the length out the roots because my hair is already black there. The first thing I did was stick my 4 blocks into a zip lock bag and smash the crap out of them with a rolling pin.
I remember thinking 'hmmm green'.
I wanted to 'cook' my henna for a stronger result, so I put my bowl over a pot of boiling water as I added boiling water to cover.
Keep mixing until the consistency is relatively even! I still had some chunks of henna left that would not dissolve after around 10 minutes of stirring. The consistency of the end mixture is quite gritty.
Here is where most people complain of the smell. The smell is indeed very strong and herbal, but I think regular chemical hair dyes stink even worse! I would take the more natural smelling scent over harmful chemicals any day.
Next I divided up my hair into 2 ponytails- an upper pony and a lower pony.
Using the supplied gloves (thanks LUSH!), I simply scooped out the henna with my hands and rubbed it into my upper ponytail first. Because all my hair was condensed together in the ponytail, I really needed to pull it apart and work the mixture into the inner strands to make sure everything was evenly coated.
This is the point in the process where bloggers complain of the mess. I saw some girls cover their entire floor with newspaper! Honestly, I thought the level of mess was extremely low and I'm a noob with hair in general. There were blobs of fallen henna mostly over the sink and some on the floor, but I simply wiped it up with a warm tea towel and everything washed down the drain in 2 minutes. I came to the conclusion that it must create much more mess if you dye your whole head.
I then twisted my hair into 2 buns and pinned them to my head with bobby pins. Some people wrap their head with glad wrap for a redder colour, but I left mine to oxidise because I wanted it to be darker. I left the henna in for the recommended 3 hours before washing it out.
Another complaint point. Some girls reported that the henna took ONE HOUR to wash out, and many recommended using bucket loads of conditioner to help the grit slide out. I'm not sure what I did differently, but my henna washed out within 5 minutes just rinsing it under the shower :S.
I applied a dab of coconut oil to my damp hair, waited for it to dry and then lightly curled it using an iron. I was shocked at how shiny my hair looked! It looked so healthy, happy and darker with a definite red tinge. The photo above shows it in half sunlight, half shade. Look at dat shine <3.
In the shade my whole head looked very dark with some peekaboo strands of brown thrown in. I was really happy with the result and was ready to write another rave review!
The result barely lasted a week! 1 week after dying my hair, this is what it looks like, unstyled in the sunlight:
And this is the comparison. Yes my hair quality looks slightly better, but the colour faded so quickly now it basically looks the same as before.
I went back to LUSH today and exchanged my two remaining cubes for a block of Caca Noir and it is currently sitting in my hair right now. I'm praying it turns out dark and that it lasts. Sigh, I was super impressed at first, but the colour did not last the test of 1 week. All in all, I'm very disappointed in Caca Brun and am hoping that Caca Noir gives me the results I am looking for.
1. Not as messy or smelly as everyone says.
2. Looks great at first, but fades quickly.
I will update on my experience with Caca Noir next week.
Have you dyed your hair with any kind of henna product? Tell me about your experience!
You can get LUSH's Caca henna blocks for $25.95 AUD here.
*I paid for this product with my own money.
Monday, 25 April 2016
We moved house and the backyard is basically an oasis, so be prepared for lots of product photos making full use of it! Honestly I was getting a bit sick of the whole stark white background theme and I feel like these photos turned out so bright and happy! On another note, other than being sick for the first time in years, I am very excited for my upcoming x-23 cosplay shoot. To see more updates on non-beauty related things like Kim Kine on Facebook and add 'Kimmimod' on Snapchat.
I received the Ellen panda blue and Ellen panda violet lens to review from the bestselling Ellen series. Don't forget to enter code 'KINE KSGK1SV1' for 10% off all lenses from Klenspop!
I also have to mention here first... Both lenses are on sale now for a measly $7!
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Woohoo! I went to the library so I could use the internet and decided it is finally time to do the Beauty Lover Tag. Thank you to Hao from Haodoyoungo for tagging me, hers was actually the first blog I accessed after my long break from wi-fi.
1. If you could have anyone in the world do your makeup, who would it be?
I've had several makeup artists work on me before and have hated the result every single time. I've literally gone to the bathroom afterwards and fixed up everything to my liking! I know my face the best and always have a clear idea in my head of the creative or every day look I want to achieve, so how could I ever be happy with someone else's vision for me?
But as a joke, I'd like for my friend Micky to do my makeup. He's tall, blonde, Norwegian and as natural as the sun (see Micky in this post). He would have no idea and it would be absolutely hilarious.
2. What's your top makeup tip?
If you have specific dark spots or acne you want to conceal, apply your regular base and concealer. Then take a small, fluffy brush and swirl in a pressed powder one shade lighter than your skin tone. Pat the brush over the blemish from all angles to really set the concealer whilst adding another layer of coverage. Then use a large fluffy brush to set your entire face with pressed powder the same shade as your skin tone! This process has been an absolute life saver for me, allowing me to cover up almost everything for all the photoshoots I've been doing lately!
3. What one makeup item could you not live without?
Definitely concealer! I have problem skin and it's one of my biggest insecurities! Concealer can be used all over the face or directly over spots to triple my confidence. My favourite concealer is the Face Shop Dual Veil which has a stick and liquid all in one.
4. What one skincare item could you not live without?
The most important step in skincare is cleansing and my hands down favourite, 3 times repurchased product is Philosophy's Purity cleanser. It's gentle, removes all my makeup when used together with my Olay cleansing brush and smells beautiful. I can't see myself using another cleanser within the next year.
5. What are you worst at when it comes to applying makeup?
False eyelashes on my lower lash line! Granted I only attempt this around once a year for costume makeup, but it's so darn difficult! The whole strip of lashes always ends up pasted directly on to my under eyes, instead of poking out a little bit like natural lashes.
6. What's your biggest pet peeve when it comes to beauty?
Cakey base makeup. When I see these girls, I just want to copiously mist their faces with my aloe spray and blend everything out with a stippling brush. And then give them their own aloe spray to keep.
7. What's your favorite makeup era?
I love the 1940's and 1950's pin up makeup! All the women looked so put together, yet sexy. Unfortunately I don't think my Asian features work well with this style of makeup as I end up looking a bit manly whenever I attempt it.
8. What's your guilty pleasure product?
The promise of perfect skin always taps into my skin insecurities and lures me into buying foundations and BB creams. I'm proud to say that I haven't splurged on any really expensive foundations, but have bought and tried many bases in my time. I really should review some of them!
9. What's your underdog product?
Most definitely my Born Pretty brush set which is basically a Real Techniques dupe at a fraction of the price. I use the flat top brushes daily and they have replaced my Sigma brushes. My base makeup takes 30 seconds to apply and always turns out so flawless and even. I also use the same brushes to blend out my concealer.
10. What's your favorite makeup product of 2015?
The original MeMe box X Pony Shine Easy Glam eyeshadow palette. I use every single shade on a weekly basis and have hit pan on 3 of the shades. This one is a definite repurchase and I use it every single day I wear makeup. Because of this palette I feel as though I don't need to buy any more eyeshadows! If I did, I would choose Pony's other palettes as the texture and payoff is so easy to blend.
& now for those I'm going to tag!
Laven from Berries in the Snow
Sharlynn from the Blackmentos
Sunday, 10 April 2016
Hey guys! The reason I haven't been updating my blog is mostly because we moved house last weekend and have no Wi-Fi until this coming Friday. It's amazing how much I depend on the internet. I have also had some fairly major and somewhat devastating life changes all happen at the same time.
My car broke and I can't afford to get a new one, so I have downgraded to a bicycle. I still haven't quite adjusted to riding it yet and my butt hurts, however I am loving the fact that I am forced to do cardio! #brightside
I lost my job in the cosmetic industry. I won't go into detail, but I was devastated when I was let go because my whole plan for the year was thrown off, and suddenly I was under intense financial pressure. It's faded into slight anger now, and I am now searching for a full time job. I'm slowly reigniting my passion for my profession after observing some great Chiropractors and I'm looking forward to healing people in need (please may the right opportunity come!).
Those two are the main events taking up my time and energy, as well as moving house and working a part time job. On top of that, my personal life is really hectic too with so many new changes and experiences every day! I've felt lost, angry, depressed and anxious as well as joy, relief and at peace within the space of 2 weeks. Right smack bang in the middle of all of this I also had my first kicking, screaming, crying, all-hell-breaking-loose panic attack. I think all my life experiences have come at once!
Really, the last thing I feel like doing is blogging about beauty products. My friends, new and old have really been my saving grace at this time in my life. I was persistent enough to rope two of my best friends into a group Gangsta cosplay at Oz Comic con last weekend!
The series revolves around two "Handymen" who take on jobs for both the mob and the police force that no one else can handle. The two, named Worick Arcangelo and Nicolas Brown, work in the town of Ergastulum, which is full of mafia, hoodlums, prostitutes, and dirty cops.
The anime is very dirty and bloody which I love. I'm totally not into cutesy anime at all.
*SPOILER ALERTS BELOW*
Wednesday, 30 March 2016
These days, most of my shopping for clothes, beauty products and health supplements is done online. It's just cheaper and much more convenient, plus the thrill of the mailman coming in the morning is such a treat! As a new graduate who does not have a full-time job yet (because my last one in the beauty industry fell through, noooo), money is extremely tight. But here's a simple, but overlooked answer.
Coupon codes. Every dollar saved is a win!
I live in Australia, so I have to check Australia specific coupon sites, to get the best deals. The site is super easy to navigate- you can simply scroll down to the bottom and see the most popular stores listed. Here are some of the stores I have personally bought from using coupon codes: A Nourished Life, Costumes.com.au, Beginning Boutique and Hotels.com.
When you click on a site, it not only shows you all the coupon codes available, but also any sales. For example, Beginning Boutique is having a 20% off sale on all playsuits at the moment. Beginning Boutique is a super popular Australian clothing store for good reason! I love scrolling through the website because the photography is so clear. In fact, here are some pieces I want in my wardrobe (I think I went a bit too far with my minimalist kick to the point where I almost have no clothes left!). I adore shift dresses because they transition from Summer to Winter effortlessly- just add a jacket and scarf in Winter!
Monday, 28 March 2016
Wow, 2 rave reviews in the space of two weeks! Madness! I received the Physician's Formula Super CC cream over a year ago and did not start using it until around 6 weeks ago and boy am I impressed. I'll say right now that I would definitely repurchase this product and that it is better than the PF Argan oil BB cream I favourably reviewed (read that here) previously.
Here is the long list of claims: 1st Ever Color-Correction + Care Cream. Color-Correcting Pigments + Anti-Aging. Visibly Corrects: Age Spots, Dark Circles, Blemishes, Dullness, Uneven Skin Tone, Redness, Dark Shadows, Discoloration, Fine Lines, Wrinkles, Signs of Fatigue. Replaces Anti-Aging Treatment, Moisturizer, Foundation and SPF.
Hypoallergenic. Oil Free. Paraben Free. Gluten Free. Fragrance Free. Non-Comedogenic. Dermatologist approved.
I find the packaging to be rather ugly and tacky. Just sayin'.
Tuesday, 22 March 2016
Thank you to Wishtrend for letting me try out the newest product from COSRX! At the moment I am diligently using two COSRX products in my skincare routine- the famous blackhead power liquid (review here) and the AHA/BHA toner. I really like both products and this oil-free moisturiser is a great addition to treat my dry, acne prone skin.
I had not heard about the skincare benefits of birch sap before so I did some research. Birch sap is most commonly ingested as a drink where it is touted to decrease cavities, improve liver and kidney health and even reduce cellulite! However, has recently been integrated into skincare products where the sap can be used as a wash to improve skin texture and relieve skin problems such as eczema and acne, according to NYR Natural News:
"Birch juice not only rejuvenates but also protects skin cells from oxidative stress, including Ultra Violet rays, environmental pollution, and consequences caused by inflammation," read researcher Dr. Janis Ancans’ recent study. (source here)