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KMart Shopping Haul

So.. I rarely shop from Kmart but I heard a little birdie whisper that they sell affordable clothes..  and it was extremely affordable when I was looking around the clearance aisle.  I’ve been looking for a few light jumpers lately and a new cardigan to replace my old one (which now has a hole from being used too often).

Well, let’s get started.. with the “big” ticket items..

Black Cardigan
Black Cardigan 100% cotton – AUD$6
Peach Striped Scarf 100% cotton - AUD$7
Peach Striped Scarf 100% cotton – AUD$7

Now, the clearance items…

Purple Sweat Top - Polyester/Cotton AUD$4
Purple Sweat Top – Polyester/Cotton AUD$4
Purple Zip Jacket - Polyester/Cotton AUD$4
Purple Zip Jacket – Polyester/Cotton AUD$4
Maroon/Magenta Sweat Top - Polyester/Viscose AUD$4
Maroon/Magenta Sweat Top – Polyester/Viscose AUD$4
Peachy Orange T-Shirt - Cotton AUD$3
Peachy Orange T-Shirt – Cotton AUD$3

Total spend = AUD$28.  What do you think? Have you bought something recently?

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

Babyliss Pro Ceramic Curling Iron 19mm

Hello there!

Hair curler review today!  Every girl needs something to fancy up their hair!  There are countless of hairstyles that you can do with a hair curler or even a hair straightener.

Today, the review will be on the Babyliss Pro Ceramic Curling Iron 19mm (3/4 inch).  I heard that Babyliss Pro is one of the best hair curlers out there.  Unfortunately, I do not have another hair curler so I can’t actually compare this but on it’s own, I am loving this hair curler, so far.  I bought this from My HairCare.

This curling iron has a clip, which allows you to create ribbon curls (see picture below!)  The clip part of the curling iron also heats up.  This means that you can wind your hair around the curling iron for more relaxed curls.  This curling iron comes with a few heat settings (25 different temperatures, to be exact).  The instruction pamphlet that comes with the iron states that temp settings 1-8 (low) is for delicate, thin, easy to curl hair; temp settings 9-17 (medium) is for normal to treated hair; temp settings 18-25 (high) is for thick or wavy hair.  Since the barrel of the iron can get quite hot, it’s very advisable to ensure you’re careful with it (don’t touch it with your fingers, accidentally touch your face or ears or even drop it on yourself).  The barrel of the iron also heats up quite quickly (within a minute to a minute and a half).

The handle has got a slightly rubbery grip and a cord does not tangle as it swivels 360 degrees around the base of the handle (great when you are curling your hair, round and round and round).  The clip is extremely easy to open and close as it is in easy reach.  However, the on and off button is slightly annoying because it’s just a push button.  Since I am not used to the curling iron, I tend to press the on and off button by accident.  By the time I know it, the curling iron is no longer hot!  You’ll get used to the iron and the position of it’s buttons the longer you use it.  The iron comes with a built-in stand.  I wish they provided a heat resistant mat instead as the stand can heat up easily if it’s touching the barrel or it can get tangled in your hair when you’re curling it.

Now, the well awaited pictures!

Babyliss ProBabyliss Pro Ceramic Curling Iron 19mm

Babyliss Pro Ceramic Curling Iron 19mm

Babyliss Pro Ceramic Curling Iron 19mm

Babyliss Pro Ceramic Curling Iron 19mm

Babyliss Pro Ceramic Curling Iron 19mm

Babyliss Pro Ceramic Curling Iron 19mm

Ribbon curls from my curling iron

Conclusion:

I love this new curling iron.  It heats up quickly and I love the variable heat settings, which means I won’t burn my already damaged hair.  It also curls my hair very quickly (I only let my hair touch the heated iron for about 10 seconds).

Price:

Prices vary from hair shop to online stores.  Range from AUD$65 – AUD$90 (yes, that’s a big range)

Where to buy:

Hairdresser shops, online.  I got mine from My Haircare

Will you be getting one?

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

Deep Cleaning your hair brush

Hello Hello!!

I decided to clean some of my junk recently and came across my hair brush, hidden somewhere…

OMG!!!!  I used this hair brush????

OMG Dirty hair brush!

So after all the “Ewws” and photo taking..here’s how I cleaned it.

1. I first took the back part of my rat-tail comb to loosen the hair from the comb and pull out the tangled hair.

Rat tail comb to loosen the hair

2. I then used the comb to rake out most of the stuff stuck between the bristles of my hair brush.

Combing out the junk

3. Here comes the cheap toothbrush from the dollar store (I got mine for 25cents!) with some baby shampoo to scrub out any leftovers left in the comb.  I used warm/hot water with this.

Brushing the leftovers

4. TA-DA!!!  Squeaky clean and looking all brand new!

ALL CLEAN!!

It only took me about 15 minutes to clean it and I didn’t have to throw it out!

Let me leave you with a lovely picture.. DUST BUNNY GALORE!!!  All this from my hair brush!!!!

Dust bunny from my hair brush!

Did you ever let your hair brush become this dirty??  I promise you, I’m not that disgusting..

Stay beautiful!!

xx Sam

Graftobian Lip Liners

Hello Hello!

Why do you need a lip liner?  A lip liner helps your lipstick stay within the lips, meaning it won’t the lipstick “bleed” from your lips to the fine lines leading out of the lips.  This is especially obvious if you have a darker/vibrant colour, like red.  If you noticed, there was one scene in Moulin Rouge (where her boss, Zidler, found out that Satine was secretly seeing Christian.  Sorry, I can’t seem to find that scene online) where there was a close up of Nicole Kidman singing.  Her red lips were “bleeding” in that scene.  Another reason for a lip liner is to help shape your lips.  You can use a lip liner to make your lips thinner or thicker.  Lip Liners also help your lipstick stay on longer!  Oh, one more thing.. Lip Liners can help change the colour your lipstick (I might do a short post about it, if you’re interested?)

I bought several Lip Liners from Camera Ready Cosmetics recently.  I misread the description on the website and thought that all the liners were Lip Liners.  Anyway, I bought all 7 colours on the website: 2 of them are actually eye-liners.  The lip liners from the Graftobian range is Tawny, Plum, Coral, Bronze and Pink.  This pencil has a see-through plastic cap to protect the pencil tip. To date, I have only tested the colour Coral.  I must say, I am very pleased with how it turned out.  The formula of this Lip Liner is creamy and pigmented.  The product transferred very easily from the pencil to the lips.  The wear time for this was about 8 hours (includes, dinner, drinks and snack). I only had to re-apply my lipstick after dinner and once more during drinks.  The only down-side to this lip liner, just a small thing that I personally don’t mind, is that it has a very distinct wood/pencil smell.

Picture time!

Graftobian LipLiners

Graftobian LipLiners

Graftobian LipLiners

Graftobian LipLiners

Colours (L to R):

Pink – a blue-based pink colour

Tawny – a reddish-brown colour

Bronze – a bronze-brown colour with slight shimmer

Coral – a peachy-orange colour

Plum – a darker red colour (blue-based)

Conclusion:

The colour payoff is great, the creamy texture and the product is easily transferable from pencil to lips.  Also, this lip liner stayed on my lips for hours, even after eating.  Did I forget to mention the price??? I really love these lip liners!

Price:

USD$3.32 per pencil on the website below

Where to buy:

Camera Ready Cosmetics

You can probably buy them from other places in Australia but I have not found one.

Do you use a lip liner?

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

VS Sassoon Classic Salon Setter VS3060A

Hello there!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  Wishing you all the best for the coming 2013!

So, Christmas has come and gone and here is one of the presents I got for Christmas: VS Sassoon Classic Salon Setter VS3060A.  I haven’t really got anything fancy when it comes to hair styling tools.  I used to have a curling iron I bought from Japan about 7 years ago and then I moved on to my trusty GHD Straightening Iron.  This is my 3rd hair styling tool.

I’ve used this item twice since I got it.  For the price of this product, I did not expect much out of it but was surprised at how well my curls turned out.  This styling tool is an affordable piece of equipment if you would like to have define curls.  It comes with 20 multi-sized rollers – 6 large, 5 medium and 9 small.  On both occasions I have used this, I did not use all the rollers.  This item also comes with 10 big plastic clips and 20 metal clips (6 large, 5 medium and 9 small).  The big plastic clips are of very poor quality but it does the job.  As for the metal clips, it does need some getting used to.  As it was my first time using such a tool, it did take me a few tries before being able to get it right.  If it’s your first time, I recommend you try it when the rollers are not heated. The key is to point the metal clips upwards when you clip it onto the rollers (the clips are shaped as a U), this means that the curved part of the metal clip is on the bottom of the roller and the straight ends will be resting against your scalp, pointing upwards.  If the rollers are facing vertical to the floor, have the straight part of the metal clips against your head.

The rollers have ridges which makes it easier to roll your hair into it.  Personally, I found this quite convenient.  Although so, the barrels of the rollers are of smooth plastic, which makes it just a tad bit harder to roll your hair into place as the hair slips and slides.  The rollers are meant to have cool ends.  They certainly are not cool ends.  The ends can get quite hot (not warm).  I have a very low tolerance of heat, so I had trouble holding onto the rollers when I was trying to roll my hair into place.  After placing all my hair in the rollers, my fingers were slightly painful and swollen from holding the ends of the hot rollers.

This item does takes awhile to warm up, so you will have to switch it on and do something else for about 15 minutes.  There’s a middle roller with a tiny indicator.  I have paid no attention to it because I actually can’t remember the colour it’s meant to be when it’s heated up.   The first time I was using the rollers, it took me about an hour to put all the rollers in my hair.  On the 2nd time, it took me a better 45 minutes.  You know what they say, practice makes perfect!  It should take me faster the next time I use it, as I get used to using rollers.  The switch for this is actually on the inside of the cover where the hot rollers heat up.  This is a bit of a question mark for me as once I’m done with the rollers, the switch has been heated up as well!   There are also compartments on the inside of the cover for you to keep the metal clips (make sure you remove all the clips before you switch on the item).

Once all the rollers were in my hair, it took about 15 to 20 minutes before the rollers cooled and I could take them off.  I was pleasantly surprised at the curl definition I got.  It was certainly very curly, as expected of any heated roller.  The curls were definitely more defined when compared to using my GHD.  The look from this styling tool is very different.

okay, picture time!

VS Sassoon hot rollers

VS Sassoon Classic Salon Setter VS3060A

VS Sassoon Classic Salon Setter VS3060A

VS Sassoon Classic Salon Setter VS3060A

VS Sassoon Classic Salon Setter VS3060A

VS Sassoon Hot rollers

VS Sassoon Hot rollers

Hot rollers with metal clips

Plastic clips

Plastic clips

Container I got from the dollar store

Above pic: got this handy container from the dollar store

Conclusion:

This styling tool is very affordable and great for those starting out/experimenting with hair curlers.  I would only use this when I have the time to use it as the heat up time is so much longer than my other styling tool; or when I want to create a specific look.  The very hot ends of the rollers are a big let-down for me as my fingers suffer at the end of using this item.

Price:

AUD$39.95 (VS Sassoon website)

AUD$31.00 (Bing Lee – products from this store may be negotiated)

Prices vary from store to store, so probably best to shop around!

Where to buy:

VS Sassoon website, BingLee, (Most hair shops have this product)

Have you used hot rollers before?  Lookout for some hairstyles I will be doing using this styling tool! 😉

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam