Kerastase Paris Thermique Primers


Let’s face it, all our social calendar are quickly filling up to the weeks leading to Christmas. Now that the weather is warming up, presumably people are washing their hair more often which equates to blow drying and the need for blow drying protection.

When it comes to thermal protection, I rely on no other than Kerastase because they’ve been in the industry long enough (Hello, happy 50th anniversary!) to keep upgrading and perfecting their formula since the Thermiques were first introduced back in 2006. The Thermiques were the 1st thermo-activated protective primers to market and has since gone on to be best sellers around the globe. Impressive huh?

Pss, I even blogged about it back in 2008 here.


Anyway, fast forward to 2014 we say hello to the new generation of Thermique Primers – Ciment Thermique (my fav – for weakened hair!), Nectar Thermique (for dry hair) and the NEW Keratine Thermique (for undisciplined hair).

Designed to deliver mirror-like shine and heat protection to hair for the ultimate smooth finish regardless of your hair type. If you blow dry, use a flat iron or curling tong, you’ll know that the foundation to good hair is to prime just like make up! To not prime is a crime and you are committing more damage to your hair then you realise.

It only takes 2 minutes to massage a dollop of Thermique Primer to the ends of your freshly shampooed hair, leave in and blow dry to make all the difference. I love how despite the upgraded formula, my long time favourite Ciment Thermique scent smells exactly the same I remembered it to be. <3

RRP AUD$48 each 
All products are available exclusively from Kerastase Paris Consultant Salons or call 1300 365 552


Aveda Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme


During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Aveda Australia will donate AUD$4 from the purchase price of their limited edition BCA Hand Relief Mositurizing Creme to The National Breast Cancer Foundation. This October, pop by Aveda stores to pick up this limited edition hand cream.

Their goal is to raise $309,000 globally in support of cruelty-free breast cancer research to help find a cure for the most common form of cancer in women; current statistics indicate that 1 out of 9 women will develop breast cancer in a life time.


The hand cream features shampure aroma, to calm the senses. The shampure aroma is comprised of an intricate blend of 25 pure flower and plant essences, including handpicked organic lavender from Bulgaria and handpicked organic ylang ylang from Madagascar.

Aveda Hand Relief also contain hydrating plant extracts, vitamins and exfoliating fruit acids to seriously sooth and smooth dry, rough hands. These include: Andiroba and Meadowfoam Seed oil, vitamin E, lactic acid, and glycerin. All work to protect, moisturise and defend hands from drying and developing rough matches.

You’ll be happy to know that the tube is made from a minimum of 45% post-consumer recycled HDPE plastic and is a special, larger size than our original version so you’ll get more bang for your buck.

 RRP AUD$44.95 (150 ml)
Available in Aveda Experience Centre retail stores, participating Aveda salons and spa



ponikuta top pick

Make up: 

  1. Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in #Fuchsia Fever – Love a bright fuchsia lipstick!
  2. Lanolips Banana Balm – Even with the driest of dry lips, this lip balm cures it all and best of all it is banana scented.
  3. Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara – HG brow mascara right here.
  4. Dior Fall Nail Polish #Rose Tutu – Also another HG discovery, this is my go-to nail polish colour now. Obsessed with it.
  5. Chanel Le Vernis #Mirabella – If you are after a grown up adult orangey nail polish, try this out.
  6. Dior Fall 2014 Eyeshadow Pallette in #796 Cuir Cannage – For a neutral eye shadow palette, this one is pretty much perfect.

ponikuta skincare tips

Skin/Body/ Hair care: 

  1. Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm – You all know how much I love cleansing balm and Elemis does deliver a pretty good one.
  2. Kerastase Densifique Bodifying Shampoo & Masque – For volumnising yet nourishing shampoo, this is a great option.
  3. L’occitane  Fragrance Beautifying Cream – When it comes to body products, I am usually not fussed until I came across this cream. Now I can never go back to normal body cream, I am now partial to this cream and its scent.
  4. Lady Jayne Sports Luxe Edition – Now that I have started working out, I have been more than happy to discover this Sports Luxe range. Love it.
  5. Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist – For days I needed to zen out, I always remind myself to spritz some of this to calm and to rejuvenate myself.
  6. ghd Aura Hairdryer – Upgraded and improved version, I can honestly say ghd does the best hairdryers around town.



  1. Invisalign Part 1 – Whilst I am only half way through my invisalign treatment BUT I can already see drastic difference and I am loving it! Stay tune for part 2.
  2. Dysport at Erase Clinic – When it comes to injectables, I choose dysport over botox, click on to find out why.


Chanel Le Lift Serum & Eye Cream


Back in August, I got some of Chanel’s latest skincare into my hot little paws to play around with. So on my holiday to Japan I took the Chanel Le Lift Crème Yeux (eye cream) and Le Lift Serum with me to test both out.

Just a bit of a background on the range, Chanel Le Lift is a line of products that is suitable for all skin types including three different texture and finishes in their creams for different skin type needs. The range is designed to combat the aging process by delivering anti-aging technologies for, increased elasticity, improves resilience, firmer skin and targeted lifting action.


With almost two months of daily application, here is my verdict of them both. When it comes to skincare, I usually would  much prefer to test out the serums to see if the skincare range delivers what it promises as serums are usually the most potent and quickest in showing results. In this case, it was Chanel Le Lift Serum (Firming Anti-Wrinkle Serum) for me.


This gel like serum is lightweight to touch and absorbs into my skin quickly when incorporated with some light massage around face. The serum in itself has a fragranced scent that is expected from Chanel skincare. It claims to deliver 12 hours of continuous lifting and firming action. I love the pump bottle packaging and the all black everything just oozes class. I love it!


I find that with daily use and massage (very important!); whilst I don’t see a massive difference to lifting, I did find my skin more tighten when I use this serum then when I am not using this serum. It also helps to prevent pre-mature aging – sagging! I am also surprised at how lightweight this anti ageing serum is.


As for the Chanel Le Lift Crème Yeux (Firming Anti Wrinkle Eye Cream), this comes in a jar form and at first glance it appears quite rich. Designed to firm and lift up the eye area, this silky-smooth cream is creamy yet absorbs into skin fairly quickly. You only need the smallest dollop ever and incorporated with some light massage, this goes on buttery smooth.


I find this ticking all the boxes with hydration, preventing fine lines (I usually get creases under by eyes by mid afternoon but they are now no longer visible!) and good to prevent puffiness and dark circles from all the late nights drinking in Japan. It also sits wells under make up and help keep my eye area appear half human when I had to pull through all the days with 2-4 hours sleep.

Since I have started using this eye cream, I noticed just the other day I spent less time touching up and applying concealer under my eyes. The cream must be working for me to think that way.

Overall, I love both products and am glad I have discovered anti ageing staples I can rely on especially now that I have hit my big 3-0. Gotta buckle up and take anti-ageing seriously from here on in.

Chanel Le Lift Serum AUD$212
Chanel Le Lift Eye cream AUD$133
Both products are available on counters now 


Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Perfume

Escape the everyday along the windswept shore. Waves breaking white, the air fresh with sea salt and spray. Alive with the mineral scent of the rugged cliffs. Mingling with the woody earthiness of sage. Lively, spirited and totally joyful.


Inspired by a trip to the English seaside; Wood Sage & Sea Salt is Jo Malone’s latest creation with a unique subtle salty sensation. Other top notes in this fragrance includes sage (woody), rare ambrette (fresh citrus), buchu leaves, plum, musk, red algae and grapefruit for the mix sense of pleasure, freedom and escape into nature of the British beach.


If floral is your thing, this isn’t for you. This perfume is all about being authentic and sophisticated with a dryer, cooler approach to perfume. Personally, when it comes to perfume I am a fan of all things fruity and floral. Then I venture out to notes that I love like tuberose, neroli, bergamot, osmanthus blossom and now this weird but somehow perfectly married combo of wood salt & sea salt perfume is a winner!

Recommended: This perfume goes perfectly and can be mixed with Lime Basil & Mandarin or Nectarine Blossom & Honey eau de cologne by Jo Malone.

Available in Jo Malone counters now 


I’m back from Japan!

In case you’ve missed the memo, I was away in Japan for most of September hence the hiatus and slow posts on my blog. You can check the hashtags #ponikutatravels and #valfooddiary to catch up on all the awesomeness that is Japan on my instagram feed.


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I will also be uploading heaps of backlogged posts from Japan including quick and snappy Japanese beauty prodz reviews on my instagram account too. So be sure to follow @ponikuta on instagram. Meanwhile, it is good to back and hopefully I can find time to update this much neglected blog in the next couple of days.

V x

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The secret to looking 7 years younger

With my Invisalign treatment more than half way through, I thought I should share with you some interesting stats and the secret to looking 7 years younger.



Interesting stats huh? It is really no surprise that the vast majority of people focuses on skin texture and lines on the face rather than pearly whites. Now that I am on Invisalign, I pay more attention to my own oral hygiene and teeth in general, it really is a turn off for me now when teeth are uneven, crooked or stained!

I will be updating my second Invisalign post soon, so stay tune with updates and my progress shots.

Happy Friday! xx


Chanel Le Vernis in #621 Tutti Frutti


I have done #Mirabella and #Pink Tonic so today I will be reviewing the Chanel Le Vernis in #621 Tutti Frutti.


#Tutti Frutti is a soft, muted coral shade that has a creamy finish and again warm undertones. It is the most conservative colour as compared to Mirabella and Pink Tonic. Definitely a more work appropriate option and a day to day shade that doesn’t scream attention.


Personally, I love all three shades because they all fall under my favourite nail colour groups – pinks, orangey, coral and purple. Application is always a breeze with Chanel Le Vernis and they never bubble or pool around the edges of my nails.

Available in Chanel counters now 


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