Archive | May, 2012

A ‘Sheike’ Event for Brisbane Fashionistas

31 May

Two weeks back I was invited to attend the official opening night for the first SHEIKE Flagship Boutique in Queensland. Already well established in New South Wales, now it was Brisbane’s turn to fall in love with SHEIKE’s razor sharp tailoring, strong silhouettes and bold prints.

Fall I did. HARD. I’m still nursing a bump to my head… call it a fashion fatality, but whatever it was, I’m glad it happened. The clothes screamed “me” and the way that the clothing and accessories fell into both ‘work’ and ‘play’ – I just knew that I didn’t want to shop anywhere else for a long time. It was as if ASOS and Netaporter had a baby – and it’s name was SHEIKE.

With 17 retail stores already well established in NSW, SHEIKE Managing Director George Lazaridis decided that Brisbane’s new Wintergarden precinct was the ideal “next big move” for SHEIKE. Thank You George!! Brisbane fashionistas far and wide thank you. Not only is every single piece in-store sophisticated and bang-on-trend… they’re affordable too.

I didn’t even get to look at EVERY.SINGLE.PIECE on the shelves, there was just THAT much stuff. Luckily, there was a fashion parade on the night showcasing SHEIKE’s current collection. I want everything!

We were also spoilt with excellent service (thank you Karah! I know you will probably read this), great food (a massive cheese platter that would have easily occupied me for an hour or so, except I was too busy trying on the entire store) and a surprise performance by Paulini, who was amazing and also so down to earth.

Myself (left), Annica from Haute and Stylish (centre) and Yolanda from Shopping Intervention (right)

But wait! There’s more good news… SHEIKE will bolster its presence in Queensland with another new store set to open in August at Westfield Carindale and further sites soon to be announced (I have a sneaking suspicion it will be Westfield Chermside… You heard it here first hautees!!)

I of course picked up a few pieces on the night and I will do a post on my purchases for you all soon. I am already planning my next visit.

Check out the new store at Shop G04 Wintergarden Shopping Centre, Queen Street Mall Brisbane, QLD.

You can also shop online at http://www.sheike.com.au

[Images: courtesy of RedPR, Brisbane News and my own, please do not reproduce without permission]

Time Saving Hair Products for a Time Poor Girl

19 May

As my previous posts have indicated, I have recently become very time poor due to work. Lucky for a handful of genius hair products, my hair hasn’t had to suffer. Truthfully, I am very lacklustre with my hair routine anyway… so I really shouldn’t be blaming time constraints for my lack of interest in hair. Hair sadly falls down the bottom of my beauty pyramid.

So enough dribble, let me get on to the good stuff – the hair products that I use on a daily/weekly basis because they’re damn good and save me a LOT of time. I mean… what girl wouldn’t want to cut down time spent preening in front of the mirror each morning?

1. MOROCCANOIL FRIZZ CONTROL SPRAY*

Moroccanoil Frizz Control is formulated to protect against extreme weather and control frizz and static. Suitable for all hair types and styling regimens, the lightweight formula tames and relaxes hair prior to styling. Moroccanoil Frizz Control is best applied to clean, towel-dried hair and sprayed 25cm from hair and combed through, followed by heat styling i.e. blow drying.

The reason I love this spray over the Moroccanoil Treatment Oil is that:

  • it’s a spray for one, so it’s SUPER easy and quick to use, saving time on application. Just spray 1 – 3 pumps on fine hair and 2 – 5 pumps on thick hair and comb through.
  • it’s perfect pre-blow dry because it relaxes the hair and prevents frizz and flyways (reducing the need to use a straightening air and therefore reducing time spent on hair).
  • it’s a lightweight formula so your hair isn’t left feeling oily or weighed down.
  • regular use helps protect hair from humidity, excessive brushing/combing, chemical processing and excessive heat–styling.

Moroccanoil Frizz Control, 100ml, RRP AU $49.95 available from salons nationwide.

2. CEDEL DRY SHAMPOO FOR DARK HAIR

Cedel Dry Shampoo is a waterless shampoo spray that instantly refreshes dull, greasy and lifeless hair between washes. The special formulation for dark hair removes dirt and excess oil leaving your hair looking, feeling and smelling fresh. Cedel Dry Shampoo banishes oily roots and adds volume and texture.

Perfect for use on the go,  second/third/fourth day hair, after a day in the office to spruce up your blow dry, travelling, or after the gym. It sprays like a hair spray and is tinted a dark colour for all the dark haired lasses.

The reason I love Dry Shampoo is that:

  • it is tinted for darker hair to avoid the white powdery residue the normal formulas leave.
  • it soaks up oil AND adds volume! Awesome for fine haired people like myself.
  • you can add texture to hair for up dos, and the dry shampoo extends hair styles by days.

Shake the can, spray evenly in the roots from about 20cms away, focusing on the roots. Leave it to soak up oiliness for a minute or two and then brush your hair.

The only thing I don’t like about dry shampoos (of any brand) is that it leaves a powdery substance in your brush from brushing it out.

Cedel Dry Shampoo for Darker Hair, 70g/110ml, RRP AU $7.99 available from Supermarkets, Priceline, Big W, Kmart, Target and selected pharmacies.

3. NEW CEDEL DRY CONDITIONER*

A NEW revolution in hair care, Cedel Dry Conditioner is a waterless leave-in no-rinse conditioning foam that instantly revitalises and hydrates hair without the use of water – saving precious time! With the addition of Vitamin E to nourish hair, this moisturising foam reduces dryness, controls frizz, and helps to protect hair from the effects of the sun.

Suitable for all hair types, Cedel Dry Conditioner is perfect for use on the go, after a day in the office, travelling, after the gym, or if you are not able to shower. Ideal for use with Cedel Dry Shampoo.

I like the dry conditioner because:

  • it’s the perfect companion to the dry shampoo, replacing moisture to the middle and ends of your hair.
  • it gives your hair a refresh
  • it smells good
  • it’s a non-greasy conditioning foam
  • it controls frizz and protects hair from the drying effects of the sun
  • I use it on frizzled ends (after being twisted up in a top knot) to reset the hair, give it a boost of moisture and add some shine!
It is a mousse formula, so make sure to shake can well and only use a small amount of foam, working your way from the ends up to the mid-lengths. I don’t use this on my roots.

Cedel Dry Conditioner,  70g/110ml, RRP AU $9.99 available from Priceline and selected pharmacies from May 2012.

4. LARGE HAIR DONUT

The hair donut is a genius tool to create a full, quick up style in no time. This is my go-to for when I have dirty hair and have no time to wash my hair before going out. It creates a flawless ballerina bun or a perfectly-messy “fairy floss” bun. See the two styles as done on my own hair…

ballerina bun using hair donut

messy “fairy floss” bun with hair donut and lots of teasing

The hair donut helps gives the illusion of fullness, which I need with my fine and short hair. It’s so easy to use, I don’t know how I lived without it. Both styles above took me 5 mins max to create. I used dry shampoo, hair spray, a teasing comb (for the fairy floss/ricki lee style bun), hair tie and a few bobby pins.

I bought mine from Pricecutters salon for about $11. But I know you can get them at Price Attack, Hairhouse Warehouse and other selected retailers.

So tell me hautees, do you have any brilliant time-saving tips in the hair department?

Who else skimps on time and tender loving care when it comes to their hair? Please tell me it’s not just me!

Products marked with a * were kindly sent these products for consideration, as per my disclosure statement, this did not influence my opinion in any way and all reviews are of my own honest opinion.

The Real Beauty in Life

4 May

This isn’t a beauty post per say, but I thought that I should share this with you all, so that you could all savour the “real beauty” in life… and that is family, friends and unconditional love. Please take a moment to appreciate what you have in life. As it could be all over in a second. I want you all to take the time to stop what you are doing and tell your closest family and friends just how much you love them.

I have my Mum to thank for this little burst of sappiness. I am running in the Mother’s Day Classic Fun Run this Mother’s Day and I urge you all to check it out and help out or even participate if you can. It’s a great cause and I love how it celebrates not only Women, but Mums in particular. I have my Mum to thank for a lot in my life. So Mum…. I LOVE YOU! Thanks for being you. And to all my dear family and friends, I love you too.

Here’s an email my Mum sent out yesterday that really brought a tear to my eye… I hope you don’t mind me sharing Mummy.

……………..

“To my dear friends

I am running the 8km event in the Mother’s Day Classic Fun Run… as a tribute to a wonderful friend who lost her battle with breast cancer – her bravery was amazing – her attitude was astonishing in the face of pain and suffering. If you feel inclined to support a worthy cause please follow this link 

Miss Sarah Cook and I will be running together this year; it is a proud moment for me to have my eldest daughter entering this event to be with her mum. I would rather she run with me and than “for me”…

I hope you all have a wonderful mother’s day – whether you are a mum or have a beautiful mother that you cherish. Every special person in your life will enjoy the gift of being together as a family on Mother’s day.

PS attached is a story I wrote about the loss of my friend”

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