Monday, 31 March 2014

Indola Innova Wonder Blow-Dry Spray

My hair can become a huge mess if I don't take good care of it. My hair is quite thick, long and sadly, damaged and dry due to the constant use of hair styling tools and a hairdryer. Those days of having wondrous naturally wavy and silky hair is no more... Methods to retain the moisture and lustre in my hair include using a conditioner after applying shampoo and also a hair treatment product applied every 3-4 days. When heat-styling my hair I always opt for my GHD Heat Protect Spray (reviewed here) to ensure my hair doesn't go frizzy and dry. Each of these methods help to maintain the goodness in my hair, however, it wasn't until a product by Indola Innova called Wonder Blow-Dry (A$17.95/200ml) that came along and left me completed amazed! Indola Innova Wonder Blow-Dry is a multipurpose spray which you spritz and then comb into freshly washed hair before blow drying to accelerate the time it takes to dry your hair. Just a few sprays to the mid-lengths of the hair and away you go with your hairdryer! Indola Innova Wonder Blow-Dry Spray offers 10 benefits in one bottle:

1) Instantly faster blow-drying
2) Smoothes & de-tangles
3) Vital heat protection
4) Maintains essential moisture
5) Boosts body & bounce
6) Intensifies shine
7) Banishes frizz
8) Lighter hold
9) No residues
10) Results that last

Frankly speaking, this Wonder Blow-Dry spray actually does speed up the drying process of my thick and long hair which is amazing! However, I suspect this is due to the alcohol component in this spray, which is the second major ingredient in this spray after Aqua (water). The alcohol component seems quite prominent in this spray, because I could sense the smell of alcohol after spritzing my hair. Despite this, I was surprised that it didn't strip away the moisture in my hair. It usually takes 20 minutes (on low speed) to blow-dry my hair, however, after spritzing Wonder Blow-Dry onto my hair, it only takes around 12 minutes to reach the same results. My hair felt lightweight and there was no frizz visible! I'm quite happy with the results as this Wonder Blow-Dry spray does speed up drying and leaves my hair looking naturally dry and feeling silky soft.

Indola Innova Wonder Blow-Dry is available online at the My Haircare website here

Have you tried any hair products which reduces the time required to dry your hair?

xx Rose
Product was provided for consideration only. This review is 100% based on my own thoughts and opinions. I am not affiliated with Indola Innova and did not receive remuneration to post this product review. 

Saturday, 22 March 2014

NEW Beyoncé RISE EDP fragrance + GIVEAWAY!

Beyoncé recently launched her fabulously luxurious new fragrance called RISE Eau de Parfum (A$49/50ml, A$69/100ml), which is a seductive and captivating scent that encapsulates her rising achievement as an iconic singer!

Beyoncé - “The spirit of RISE encourages women to be all that we are.”

In partnership with film director Jake Nava, Beyoncé appears as a stunning and sexy woman to represent her new fragrance with an inspiring message.

The fragrance RISE is housed in a sophisticated glass bottle with a luxe gold topper which symbolise the 'rise' of Beyoncé's career and girl power! The scent RISE is a concoction of woody, musk and floral notes. RISE contains top notes of Apricot, Basil and Bergamot, middle notes of Freesia, Jasmine Sambac and Orchid, and base notes of Vetiver extract, Woodsy Notes, Musk and Cashmere Wood. The combination of these luxurious extracts brings out the scent of Orchids which is quite prominent with distinct scents of the woody notes. RISE is a pleasant feminine, sensual, warm and enveloping fragrance which isn't overpowering as I had anticipated. The scent is quite light, however, sufficient to last a few hours and to become noticeable during the day. The longevity is around 3 hours and sillage is quite moderate.

Thanks to Coty PR, I have 1 bottle of Beyoncé's RISE EDP to give away to one lucky reader! If you would like to win your very own bottle of RISE of even win a bottle for your Mum for Mother's Day, please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Good luck!!

Are you a fan of Beyoncé's line up of fragrances? 
What do you think of the fragrance RISE

xx Rose

Products were provided for consideration only. This review is 100% based on my own thoughts and opinions. I am not affiliated with Coty PR/ Beyoncé fragrances and  did not receive remuneration to post these product reviews. 

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

NEW Gwen Stefani for OPI Rock Starlets Mini Nail Lacquer Set

Gwen Stefani for OPI Rock Starlets mini nail lacquer set
 Once I heard news about the new collaboration between Gwen Stefani and OPI, I felt super super SUPER excited!! The gorgeous fashion and music icon Gwen Stefani alongside OPI released a set of limited edition OPI shades that I have fallen in love with!!

L-R: Hey Baby, I Sing in Color, Love.Angel.Music.Baby and 4 In the Morning.

The Gwen Stefani for OPI Rock Starlets mini nail lacquer set (A$24.95) includes two creme gloss and two semi-matte satin finish nail lacquers that are limited edition OPI shades.

Hey Baby - a vibrant and fun Barbie pink shade with creme gloss finish. Hey Baby is a dupable pink shade, though it sure does fit in very well as being a part of Gwen Stefani's hot nail lacquer shades! The formula is incredibly creamy, silky smooth and highly pigmented. I applied two coats to achieve a completely opaque finish.

1 Coat of 'I Sing in Color'
2 Coats of 'I Sing in Color'
I Sing in Color - a seductive and deep blackberry shade. The creme gloss finish gives an overall look of perfection to the nails! The plummy red hue is noticeable around the edges of the nails and you could tell the difference in opacity between 1 and 2 coats.

Love.Angel.Music.Baby. - OMG! This shade completely blew my mind away! Love.Angel.Music.Baby. features a luscious gold semi-matte satin finish. This. is. an. unbelievably. stunning. shade! The micro shimmers give my nails a glamorous and luxurious look that would definitely turn heads! The semi-matte finish looks beautiful and unique!

Wet finish look before the formula starts to dry
After a few seconds the formula dries to a beautiful matte finish.
4 In the Morning - an incredibly dramatic and unique shade of charcoal with silver micro-shimmers. I'm not a huge fan of dark nail colours, however, this shade is no exception!! No top coat is required after applying 4 In the Morning, because this shade dries within a few seconds to reveal a beautiful semi-matte satin finish.
Gwen Stefani for OPI Rock Starlets mini nail lacquer set is definitely a true hit! I absolutely love the unique creme gloss and semi-matte satin formulas of these nail lacquers! I would highly recommend trying out these shades for yourself as the quality is just as good as the finish and shades of nail lacquers in this set! Gwen Stefani, YOU ROCK!!

What do you think of the new Gwen Stefani for OPI nail collection?

xx Rose

Products were provided for consideration only. This review is 100% based on my own thoughts and opinions. I am not affiliated with OPI and  did not receive remuneration to post these product reviews. 

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Marc Jacobs Honey

I love Marc Jacobs fragrances as the designs of his line of fragrances can create a beautiful and colourful garden of florals and friendly bugs! One of the latest fragrances by Marc Jacobs is Honey (A$75/30ml, A$120/50ml, A$160/100ml), which is housed in the cutest bottle ever!! I absolutely adore the butterfly/bee pearl design and the cute white spots across the entire bottle! I anticipated a dominating sweet honey scent, however, I was completely wrong! The top notes of Honey includes Pear, Punch and Mandarin Orange, with middle notes of Peach, Orange Blossom and honeysuckle and base notes of Vanilla, Honey and Woodsy Notes. Honey is lovely light floral scent with very minimal notes of fruits and sweet scents, which makes the overall scent quite misleading considering the fragrance is named Honey. Even though the longevity and sillage is a little below average, this feminine and youthful scent won't stop me from spritzing a couple of times during the day!

 Are you a fan of Marc Jacobs fragrances?
Which bottles of Marc Jacobs perfumes do you love most?

xx Rose

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Peace, Love & Juicy Couture

The bohemian and hippy design of Peace, Love & Juicy Couture (A$99/50ml, A$145/100ml) says it all! Peace, Love & Juicy Couture is housed in a bulky heavy glass flacon with a cute turquoise beaded bracelet (with 3 pink tassels, a gold 'J' and silver heart with a peace sign pendent) embracing the neck of the flacon. The bracelet is just gorgeous and I guess most people would instantly recognise the origin of this fashion accessory once they lay eyes on it! Peace, Love & Juicy Couture is quite a youthful scent with top notes of Hyacinth, Amalfi Lemon, Cassis and Red Apple, middle notes of Jasmine, Honeysuckle, Lime Blossom, Magnolia and Red Poppy, and base notes of Patchouli, Orris Root and Musk. The scent of Hyacinth and Cassis are quite dominant with subtle hints of musk. I found that the floral, green and earthy composition of this scent is a tad too strong for my weak olfactory senses. Despite this, the lasting power and sillage are quite average as the scent does dissipate a short while after spritzing once or twice onto my neck. To me, Peace, Love & Juicy Couture is an acquired scent as the initial aroma after spritzing does jump off as being quite strong, but then after reaching out for this scent a few times down the track I've developed a liking for this unique earthy scent! 

Do you love Juicy Couture fragrances?

xx Rose