Matrix Style Link Mineral Airy Builder

I love a good mousse in the form of dessert as well as in the form of hair mousse.

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Recently, I got to trial the Matrix Style Link Mineral Airy Builder. This dry texture foam is designed to add volume to hair from roots to tips without adding weight to hair or leaving it greasy looking.

Always start with freshly shampooed and towel dried hair.

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Squeeze some of the super lightweight mousse onto your palm and massage from roots to tips for full volume. Be sure to go through sections by sections as you go.

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Add more if needed for the extra grit. Specially great for those who have fine, limp hair. Once applied all over hair, comb through and finger blowdry.

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I use the Style Link Mineral Airy Builder daily and it doesn’t leave my hair feeling dry or crunchy once blow dried. The finish adds body to my fine hair and it leaves my hair looking soft, shiny and healthy too.

Best of all, it doesn’t leave my oily hair looking or feeling greasy at all.

I highly recommend this for those who are looking for an extra oomph/body to their daily hair styling routine.

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Magic Brows by Benefit Cosmetics

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Magically transforming brows since 1976, Benefit Cosmetics recently launched a comprehensive and foolproof collection of brow products featuring 9 products to solve all types of brow dilemmas.

When I used to think of Benefit Cosmetics circa 2006, I think about blushes (liquid blush!), bronzers, highlighters (moon beam!) and it has come a long way to evolve its brand to align with the brow category.

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Noticeably, they have bolstered up their brow service counters across departmental stores throughout the years and have now redesigned their packaging with a huge range of brow products to choose from. Be it skimpy brows, patchy brows, barely there brows, there’s a product for you in Benefit Cosmetics counter.

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Below are the products I got to trial out and I am reviewing them in the order of my own preferences.

  • ka-BROW! (6 shades, RRP AUD42) – My favourite of the lot, this cream-gel brow color comes with a built in brush. The cream gel is a rich creamy application that is buildable and finishes with a softer look in comparison with pencils. Best of all, it is water proof!
  • gimme brow (3 shades, RRP AUD$39) – A brow volumizing fiber gel for thicker brow look. This is especially great for thin, skimpy brows. I use this to comb and finish off my brows after ka-Brow! It has a mess proof applicator and a tiny precision tip for shaping, tames and tint brows to specific tricky angles.
  • goof proof brow pencil (6 shades, RRP AUD$42) – Perfect for those who need to fill in a fuller brow, this will give you the brows you don’t have.
  • BROWVO! conditioning primer (RRP AUD$49) – Nutrient-rich primer for fuller-looking brows, use this to prime your brows before starting. As I have quite bush brows, I find that I don’t really have a need for this unless if I’ve woken up to wonky brows (YES THIS IS POSSIBLE WITH BUSHY BROWS) and you need to tame it into place, this is great for it.

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#MagicBrows – used ka-BROW! + gimme brow.

Overall, I like the new packaging from Benefit brow products, the product packaging are very “un Benefit” like and they remind me of the Japanese brand Majolica Majorca. All of the brow products are both functional and compact designed with consumer ease of use in mind.

Most products comes with a minimum of 3 to 6 shades, there truly is a product for everyone’s needs and hair colour.

Available now in Benefit counters 

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Dyson SuperSonic Hairdryer Review

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Back in April, Dyson announced that they were launching a hairdryer.

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Yes! A hair dryer from Dyson, the very same company that revolutionized vacuum cleaners, hand dryers, fan, heater, to name a few.

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I’ve been a long-time advocate of Dyson household appliances and hands down is obsessed with their wireless hand held vacuum cleaner. I use it for my 2 bedroom apartment, my car, on my furniture and it has changed my perception with your traditional vacuum cleaners and the boring house cleaning chore.

Anyway, I digress.

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Today, I will be reviewing the brand new Dyson Supersonic hairdryer. It retails for AUD$699 which is significantly more expensive than the standard price range of top hairdryers in the current market which sits within the $150-$200 range.

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But then again, so is their vacuum cleaners in comparison to what’s in the market and there are hands down the best I have used. Any pet owners will agree with me on this.

Before I start with my review, here is a quick rundown of my current hair situation.

  • I wash my hair on a daily basis – because I work out 5-6 days a week and I sweat a lot.
  • I have oily scalp, no amount of dry shampoo can help and I just love the clean and fresh feel after a hair wash.
  • I used to have ’longer than waist long’ hair but now have mid length hair that ends in front of my chest.
  • I usually wash my hair late at night after my workouts hence it is important to completely dry my hair before bed so I won’t make up with knotted, frizzy hair.

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How Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer has won me over with just over a week of use:  

  • It is lightweight, no matter what position you hold it in, it doesn’t feel heavy and my arms/shoulders certainly didn’t feel sore.
  • It more than halved the time for a traditional hairdryer to dry my hair vs Dyson Supersonic, thanks to its high velocity airflow technology. It takes Dyson to dry my hair from roots to ends in 3 minutes and 18 seconds and it takes my traditional hair dryer 7 minutes and 49 seconds to do the same.
  • It doesn’t burn my scalp even if I were to hold the hairdryer in the same position with maximum power and heat directed to my scalp.
  • Even with the highest heat + power, it doesn’t feel ‘hot’. With the controlled temperature, my hair finishes with a glorious shine, every single time when I blow dry!
  • I could still maintain a conversation whilst blow drying my hair, there is still noise but noticeably quieter than traditional hairdryer.
  • At just 0.62kg, this is perfect for even on-the-go and travelling use as it is compact enough in weight and in design.
  • Comes with 3 magnetic attachments (Smoothing nozzle, Styling concentrator & Diffuser) for quick styling purposes. I personally uses the hairdryer without any attachment for a quick once-over blow dry and finish off with the smoothing nozzle mostly around the crown and fringe area.

Who I think won’t give in to this:

  • Price point – before understanding the technology and years of research put behind this hair dryer unfortunately, there will always be those people who will just say it’s “too expensive for a hair dryer and that they can’t justify paying for it”.
  • People who wash their hair once a week simply because they won’t get the best ROI.
  • People who have all the time in the world and don’t mind a heavy hairdryer.
  • People with short, short hair.

Last but not least, let’s be honest this is a really cool piece of technology driven beauty/home product that will last a very long time and will serve me a very long time to come (as Dyson products always do for me). The design is unique, revolutionary and most importantly beautiful to look at and to currently sits proudly on my dressing table.

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Please excuse my dirty mirror, this was finger blow dry with Dyson Supersonic hairdryer and look at the shiny and smooth finish. 

If you wash your hair everyday and have long hair, you will know how I struggled in the past just to dry my hair during winter in Melbourne. Let’s just say those will be distant memories from the past in no time!

RRP AUD$699 
Available in Myer, David Jones and dyson.com.au/supersonic

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People often ask if this sort of transdermal technology work and today I will explain to you some of the supplements I take in the form of transdermal technology to assist with my fitness journey.

Having been a beauty blogger for a good 12 years, I will have to say to a certain degree it’s a yes! I truly believe in a good skincare routine will do wonders for your skin hence I didn’t think twice when it comes to transdermal technology product for body.

I won’t go too deep into what it is, so if you want to know how it works and the science behind transdermal technology, you can hear all about it via THE ATP Project podcast episode and the transcript here.

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Long story short, I use the combination of Block E3 and Subcut on a daily basis.

Block E3 = blocks estrogen dominant fat + Subcut = targets stubborn fat areas.

Below is my routine:

  • After shower/scrub every night, I start with Block E3 mostly applying all over my abs, glutes, thighs and sometimes arms/back area.
  • Then I will follow with Subcut immediately over the areas I have just applied Block E3 with.
  • Additionally, when I have time and when I do remember, I will also apply Subcut to the muscle groups I am working out on just prior to my gym session.

Whilst I know it is recommended to apply day and night but I find that this routine works better for me since I don’t shower in the mornings.

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So what do I think of the products you ask?

If I were to play favourites, I will have to say Subcut is my preference because it gives an immediate skin tightening effect and I feel that I get a better pump during my weight lifting sessions whenever I apply this to my targeted muscle group.

Not sure if it was a placebo effect but I have noticed a more frequent pump since I’ve started using Subcut prior to my gym session.

Texture wise, they are both very rich, creamy and leaves a slight sticky residue so be sure to massage it well into the targeted areas.

Additionally, I have also noticed my muscle groups looking more defined than prior to incorporating these products into my routine.

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Will I repurchase these products?

You bet! Subcut will definitely be in my next order, not sure about Block E3 as there isn’t any immediate results (guess I got to be more patient, as I’m only 1/3 of my way through both tubes).

 

Both products were purchased by me via ATP Science website. 

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My current go-to workout jam. I love this Steve Aoki remix as it emphasizes on the beat drops, perfect for weight lifting! The lyrics are also somewhat motivational too. Here is my favourite bit!

People told me slow my roll,
I’m screaming out “fuck that”,
I’m a do just what I want,
Looking ahead no turning back,
If I fall if I die,
Know I lived it to the fullest,
If I fall if I die,
Know I lived and missed some bullets.

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Keune Care Line Satin Oil Intensive Treatment

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Upon first use of the Keune Satin Oil Intensive Treatment, it reminded me of L’Oreal Professional Masque from the creamy, thick buttery texture to the scent.

Designed for dull, dry hair, the Satin Oil collection from Keune Care Line uses a blend of 5 oils (Monoi & Papaya Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Yangu Oil, Maracuja Oil) to deliver silky smooth, soft and shiny hair.

Despite the heavy oil blend and rich buttery texture, this hair mask leaves my hair weightless upon rinsing out and doesn’t leave any greasy residue. I could easily run my fingers through my usually knotted hair and it leaves a healthy looking sheen.

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Recommended to use 2-3 times a week, this hair treatment works to deeply fortify and soften hair by injecting nourishing oil to dry and damaged hair to keep hair soft to touch and shiny. Be sure to avoid applying product on and near scalp.

 

RRP AUD$34.49 
Available in www.keune.com.au 

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Now that we are well and truly in winter weather, in Melbourne anyway, it’s time to pamper my skin with more TLC namely with the help of facial masks.

For someone with combination to oily skin, I use a mixture of different masks per week to ensure my skin is rid of all dead skin cells, well moisturised and nurtured to balance skin sensitivity caused by extreme weather condition and the ever so drying heated environments.

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To start the week right, I’ll usually use a combination of Ultimate Hydra Perfection Gentle Refining Scrub Mask first and then Ultimate Youth Power Mask to give my skin a power boost ready for the week ahead.

Mid week, I will then apply Delicare Perfection Delicare Soothing Mask to keep skin revitalised through the week and finish the week usually on Fridays with another round of Ultimate Youth Power Mask.

What they do: 

  1. Ultimate Hydra Perfection Gentle Refining Scrub Mask helps to slough off dead skin cells, soften skin and renew skin for fresher look and better absorption for the masks to come.
  2. Ultimate Youth Power Mask works to improve skin texture and reduce the looks of fine line and dark spots by strengthening skin’s moisture barrier to prevent damage caused by dryness.
  3. Delicare Perfection Delicare Soothing Mask nurtures dry skin, reduces redness and energise skin with natural antioxidants and re-energises skin to look fresh and soften.

All in all, I am really happy with my routine, they keep my skin looking fresh (no dull skin for me!) and helps to keep my skin feeling well moisturised as heaters in winter really causes havoc to my skin. I was surprised to find that all products are made in Korea and they didn’t cause any breakout to my otherwise reactive skin too.

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I cannot stress enough the importance of having a good facial routine all year round to keep skin in the top tip condition.

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Why I take protein shake?

In this post, I talked about my preferred protein shake brand and today, I will be covering the topic around why I take protein shake and some of the typical concern women have with protein shakes.

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Instead of telling you what you should do, I shall share with you why I take protein shake and you can be the judge to see if this is right for you.

As a female, I was reluctant in venturing into protein shakes, as the stigma with protein shakes are usually associated with bodybuilders, men and bad acne. However, after understanding bit more about what type of protein shakes I should take (Believe me, there are plenty in the market all with ingredients no one can pronounce and have no idea what it does unless you do your own proper research); I am more confident with my protein shake of choice and have taken protein shake for almost one year consistently it is time for me to write up a summary of my knowledge about protein shakes and how it benefited me.

What I learnt about protein shake: 

  • It is not a meal replacement and should never be one.
  • As mentioned above, there are a huge variety of protein shakes out there, the less fillers, added ingredients, added “superfood” the better because the more “added” stuff there are, the less protein you will consume and some of these fillers can be carbs and artificial sweeteners that could upset  tummy/gut.
  • There are yummy protein shakes out there, you just need to find one that you like and stick with it.
  • If acne is a concern, I opted for dairy free option and as little fillers as possible to reduce any possibility of acne issues. So far, I have no issues with RAW protein by Muscle Coach after almost 12 months of drinking it consistently.
  • You can make food/drinks out of it, think pancakes, balls, waffles, smoothies, cocktails, you name it.

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Why I take it: 

  • As I started macro counting, I’ve found out that my eating habit/diet is skewed towards fat and carbs and less about protein.
  • Protein is the #1 essential source of building block for muscle building.
  • When you gain more muscles – your body tones up, burn more body fat, gain strength and generally look more fit (not like a dehydrated bodybuilder look that most people associate with muscles.).
  • I generally mix one scoop of protein powder to my breakfast, one right after my workout and one right before bedtime. It helps to prevent my body from going into starvation mode and it also helps to keep my metabolism regulated and even throughout the day and night.
  • Protein helped me tremendously with toning up my flabby bits after a weight lost episode and helped build muscles for someone who struggled to build mass for the longest time.
  • Most importantly, it helps with muscle recovery. If you workout regularly, you will be familiar with DOMs and protein shakes helps to lessen those.

What is important: 

  • As with everything, balance is key. It is crucial to get the right amount of protein.
  • Too much, will make you overstuffed, probably constipated and gain weight. Too little, you will find yourself hungry throughout the day and lose muscle mass.

Who should take it: 

  • Whether if you do weightlifting, run, swim, crossfit, HIIT, gym classes; protein shakes helps to assist with DOMs (muscle recovery) so you can perform better and help with your training.
  • By gaining more muscles, you are essentially building stronger limbs to protect yourself from injuries too.

So there you have it, it’s all about doing your own research, sifting through all the BS and incorporating the right amount of protein in your life to achieve your goals.

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