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Cosmecology: Hair washing has never been this green.

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Hola! Did you miss me? I disappeared again, whoops.

But here I appear again, bearing an humble offering in the form of a review. A review that has been a long time coming, but in light of the upcoming Adelaide Beauty Conference whose theme is: Beauty with a Conscience this review is even more important that it be shared now, right now.

Did you know that it’s been many months since I let my fingers fly across the keyboard in such a fashion? It feels liberating, and I question why I let so much time slip by before I sat down to blog again. But then I do know why, and if you followed me on instagram (username: berrytravels), you would know why too. It’s because of my new house! Which… is a tale for another time. Back to the post at hand.

I have a growing respect for Mother Nature. I have always loved the beauty that surrounds me, but more recently, I am growing increasingly aware of just how much destruction mankind is bringing to our planet Earth. Cosmecology Paris was born with an awareness of this, and believes that the future of mankind lies in respecting and preserving our beautiful surroundings, mother nature and our planet earth. Preach.

And just so you know, I was provided with these products for review.

Before getting into the product performance itself, here are some reasons why I like Cosmecology:

  • Their packaging is designed with minimalism in mind – minimal material for packaging, maximised efficiency.
  • Their packaging is also recyclable.
  • They do not test on animals.
  • The active ingredient is plant-based, not synthetic nonsense concocted up in a lab!

Gold star!

But there are many products out there that tick the environmentally friendly box that doesn’t actually perform well. And at the end of the day, I want to use products that actually work well for me. What’s the point of using something that is keeps my moral ethics happy but does nothing for my hair?

The shampoo and conditioner that I received was for dry hair (like mine!). The shampoo contained shea oil while the conditioner contained jojoba oil. It also contained coconut extract which has hair nourishing properties and is easy to rinse. And to combat the dry hair, they also included Pro-Vitamin B5 which is a hair moisturising and regulating agent.

For the ones who want to know, Ingredients:

Reference: 22113001 / 22113101
INGREDIENTS: Water/Eau (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Fragrance (Parfum), Glycol Distearate, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-7, Sodium Chloride, Panthenol, Propylene Glycol, Laureth-2, PEG/PPG-120/10 Trimethylolpropane Trioleate, Citric Acid, Cocamide MEA, Laureth-10, Triethanolamine, Hexyl Cinnamal, Disodium EDTA, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzoic Acid, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Magnesium Nitrate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Magnesium Chloride, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Tocopherol, Methylisothiazolinone, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate.

So performance wise:

  • The shampoo is fantastic. I feel as though you can really just use this on its own.
  • The scent is pleasant and not repulsive. Big plus.
  • The conditioner is a tad too heavy. I have dry hair but still felt that the conditioner was too heavy, it made me feel really weighed down.
  • Once I stopped using the conditioner, my hair felt amazing!
  • That shampoo – so hydrating, so good.

Of course, your hair condition would be different from mine. Their shampoo and conditioners also come in ranges suitable for oily hair and coloured hair. Haven’t tried those yet, so can’t tell you how they work.

So all in all, would I repurchase? Yes, but just the shampoo. It feels a bit like the shampoo already has conditioner built in, which could be awesome if you are budget conscious (and aren’t we all?). Maybe use the conditioner too if you have really, really, really dry hair? Either way, I think Cosmecology is a definite buy. Add it to your cart next time you see it!

Buy Cosmecology online via Westfield: add to cart now!

Disclosure: Products sent for consideration

Review: Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush

Product: Shampoo / Hair
Brand: Batiste Hair
Price: $9.95 aud
Buy from: Big W, Coles, 7Eleven, Priceline, Priceline Pharmacy, David Jones, Target, Terry White Chemist, My Chemist, Chemist Warehouse Discount Drug Stores and leading pharmacies, nationally.

Have you ever tried dry shampoo? I haven’t. At least, not till Batiste contacted me with the offer to try their latest range of dry shampoo products.

I won’t lie, I was hesitant.

Here’s why I was hesitant:

1. I thought dry shampoo was a lie. I just didn’t see how a bunch of powders could clean your hair.
2. I felt that dry shampoos tended to always have rather strong smells (usually floral) associated with them and I have a rather sensitive nose.
3. I felt that strong scents were to mask your smelly hair.

If they sound like uneducated reasons, that’s because they are. I was making assumptions and making judgements without any real research and personal experience (other than the strong smell, that bit I know because I’ve sniffed at dry shampoos before).

So I was hesitant, but I figured for you lot, I will do anything. After warning the PR of my terribly sensitive nose, she kindly picked out the one with the lightest scent that would hopefully not trigger my headache.

Here’s what I thought about it:

  • OMG, it Works!
  • I left my hair without a wash for a couple more days than I would have normally in order to really test this shampoo.
  • And it worked – it stripped oil, dirt and grime without so much as an ‘excuse me’.
  • It didn’t leave any powdery residue – comb through your hair and it all comes out. Beautiful.
  • I had been warned by the boy of possible powdery residues ending up on my carpet. Happy to report that nothing ended up on the carpet. No need to spray yourself outside! (contrary to what the boy told me.)
  • The scent was not overpowering, quite pleasant really.
  • The one downside: while not overpowering, it stayed for an awfully long time and I really disliked being able to smell my hair. Cry.

  • Bin it or Keep it: I’m keeping it. I really like the fact that I can have clean hair in a jiffy without stripping down for a shower. Good for an emergency! But I don’t think I can go without that shower for too long afterwards, my sensitivity to scents makes sure of that.

    Should you buy it? Well. Do you like clean hair? If the answer is yes, then yes, you should definitely have one. They come in 50ml sizes as well – good for handbags!

    **Sent for consideration**

    What’s in a Brand – George Gonzalez shares his wisdom

    We all know I’m an idiot when it comes to hair. I don’t do very much else other than let it hang. But George Gonzalez is no idiot. If there is a person that knows hair, he does.

    Who is George Gonzalez? He is a hairstylist. Not just any ol’ hairstylist, but one who has had the amazing opportunity to work with Oprah Winfrey as the show’s stylist for celebrity guests. And we know that Oprah Winfrey wouldn’t employ just any ol’ hairstylist. So this George Gonzalez guy has gotta have some skills.

    A stylist for 19 years, George Gonzalez has also worked as a stylist for top golfers and their wives. In fact, he was in town (Melbourne) sometime last November as the official stylist and I was given the amazing opportunity to interview him. Alas, I wasn’t in Melbourne during that period so was unable to interview him in person. Ever the gracious person, George agreed to an email interview. I’m glad, as I am now able to share his golden tips with you!

    So here’s what he had to say:

    To start with, please tell us a little about yourself. How did you get interested in hair, how did you get involved with this industry?

    I can remember back as a boy, as young as 6 or 7, I always had a comb in my pocket. I had to make sure my own hair was in order. When I was older, 12ish, I started to cut my brother’s hair. He always needed a haircut and it bothered me to look at the hair growing over his ears. So I sat down and started cutting his hair. The older I got the more I toyed with cutting friends’ hair. When the time came for college, I felt it just wasn’t for me.

    Months before I graduated high school, I was watching television and saw a commercial with stylists in a salon doing hair. I thought to myself, “ I could do that”. So within that moment, I discovered my calling. Shortly after that I enrolled in cosmetology school.

    2. Please tell us a little bit about your salon’s history, how did it start, how did it come about?

    We are nearing our 4th anniversary. It’s gone by incredibly fast.

    I am the type of person who has to have things in order before I can feel at home. As time moved on and my awareness grew, so did all the details in which I felt the need to control. I had to work for myself.

    It took years of planning to open my salon. I would say people should work very hard on knowing themselves first, that way their vision will be a true reflection of who they are. I love that I am able to create my own environment while helping others grow to their full potential.

    3. What are your inspirations? What pushes you to create the styles that you do?

    I am inspired to create a leading brand of hair salons and hair styling products that are know for exceptional customer experiences and a place for individuals to grow through awareness and to help others to lead insightful and purposeful lives and to give back to our communities at the same time.

    Giving women and men a look that they love is our main objective. Through years of listening to people, I have figured out what types of cuts and color work best on different hair types. A person should have a look that is current and stylish, but is functional. It needs to be easy to manage. When I look at a client, all the details of her face shape, skin tone, and hair texture are enhanced. And knowing what I would do comes to me instantly. But, knowing that what a client wants and needs comes first. So I always ask lots of questions initially. I then decide what cut and style to give them. When blending my vision with what someone wants and needs, I end up with lots of happy customers.

    4. I’m a huge idiot when it comes to hair. I don’t know what styles suit me best and the salons I’ve been to have never been helpful with suggesting styles. Many girls have this problem: what is your advice for these ladies?

    There is hope for you. First, write down memories of great haircuts you have had in the past. Also write down details of cuts/color you didn’t like. I would recommend cutting out pictures of hairstyles you like. Pick ones that are longer and shorter. Also pick out different colors you like as well.

    Next, try to find someone that has a great haircut similar to the one you like. Compliment them and ask where they get their haircut.

    When you go to a new salon schedule a consultation first. Ask to hear about the stylists ideas for your hair. Make sure you and the stylist/colorist have similar visions for your look, or if they seem to have a good idea of what may work for you and what might not work for you. If this matches up to your memories about good and bad memories and you feel the stylist can help you then proceed and make and appointment. If you have just a slight feeling that it may not be the right fit, simply say thank you and make a consultation with someone else.

    5. What are your top tips for hair styling?

    First use a good shampoo and conditioner, one that is designed for your specific hair type. Use a styling product that will help you achieve your desired look- volumizer, straight and shiny, etc. I recommend round natural boar brushes and a small to medium size paddle brush.

    Blow dry fringe first, then the top; move to the sides, then dry the back last. If you pull the sections forward, your arms shouldn’t tire out as easily. Dry the roots first and always control the ends with the brush and blow dryer. Depending on the texture of your hair, you may be able to shake out your hair and dry it a little faster. If your hair tends to get frizzy, you may want to avoid shaking out your hair and using the brush instead. For a wavy look, take 5 to 6 large sections and curl with a curling iron. A finishing cream and hairspray will help complete the look.

    6. Your job as a celebrity hair stylist is a job that many yearn for: what is it like to be in your shoes for a day?

    Working on a celebrity is no different than working on anybody else. I use every experience to learn about myself. I give myself time to reflect and grow from every thing I do. If someone has a desire to do celebrities, I recommend knowing themselves first. Then becoming the very best stylist they can be by working and training/learning from the leaders in the industry. Lastly, positioning yourself in a salon or area where celebrities may get their hair done.

    7. Are hair tools like hair straighteners and wands essential? What if you are on a tight budget and can’t purchase these tools?

    Hair straighteners, flat irons, and curling irons will definitely help give certain desired looks, but they can be replicated with a little creativity.
    Twisting and rolling your hair with your fingers as you are drying it will give you loose waves. Roll your hair into small pin curls and secure with hairpins at your scalp. Heat them up with your blow dryer for 5 minutes. Allow them to cool off. Once you take them down, shake out with styling cream or texturizing paste.

    If a straight look is desired, it can be done with a flat brush and blow dryer. Flat irons
    do give a much sleeker look, but they can also dry your hair.

    8. What are your favourite hairstyles?

    I love hairstyles that have strong shapes, but are styled a little messy or edgy. These looks can be really short or really long. Bobs are great too. It just needs to be on the right person and they need to wear it and own it. I like when women walk with confidence. And when they know their hair looks good, they feel good and it comes through in their attitude.

    I really enjoyed reading George’s answers. Especially the tips he gave on how to achieve a better hairstyle! There is hope for me! Hallelujah~~~

    To learn more about George, feel free to visit his facebook page. Thank you to George and to his PR company for having given me this amazing opportunity to pick the mind of a brilliant hairstylist. Hopefully this means I’ve absorbed some of his talent?

    KMS California Moist Repair – Shampoo and Conditioner

    Product: Hair Shampoo & Conditioner
    Brand: KMS California
    Price: $28.95/ea (Shampoo 300ml ; Conditioner 250ml)
    Buy from: Salons, PriceAttack, Hairhouse Warehouse.

    I was recently given the chance to trial this. And in my haze of damaged hair, I eagerly said yes. I mean, why wouldn’t I? I’m desperate for anything to work. I did try quite a few others that seems to have helped, but always in a short term fashion. It always seems that way. I’ll use it, it will do wonders to my hair, but 2 weeks later it’s back to its strawy damaged ways. I’ve stopped being so excited about hair products already!

    From the website, this shampoo and conditioner duo is said to: Replenish Moisture, repairs damage

    So as a rule, I don’t blog about hair products until I’ve emptied the bottle now. And if my hair is still amazing by the time the last drop has been squeezed out, then I will actually believe. And that is why we are here today. Because I believe in KMS California’s Moist Repair.

    The Shampoo lathers beautifully. I’ve never come across a shampoo that lathers quite so well. It’s silky smooth and rich to the touch as well. I like it because it works. I mean, that’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? You wouldn’t love something because it didn’t work, hey? It cleans beautifully, leaving hair feeling clean but not overly so. I hate the squeaky clean feeling! It feels so good, I often feel like I’m back in the salon having my hair washed. Bliss.

    The Conditioner is the real hero of the range. It leaves hair feeling soft without feeling slick. I especially love the feeling of my hair right after a shower. Baby soft, it just falls onto my shoulder like a warm hug. And it’s not a temporary feeling either. It stays that way till my hair gets too dirty and needs a good wash. That doesn’t happen too often as I tend to wash my hair everyday. Yes, I’m obsessive, which is why I need a shampoo and conditioner that doesn’t dry out the hair and keeps it nice and moist all the time! (That sounded wrong. Uhm.)

    I love it. I can’t tell you how much because I don’t think there’s a number on that love. I brought it with me on school camp and by the end of school camp, I had converted a colleague and set her on the right course towards KMS California.

    Thank you. Let’s hope this continues, hey?

    **Product provided for consideration, but opinions are my own. Don’t believe me? Come feel my hair!**

    Review: Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil

    Product: Hair Care
    Brand: Organix
    Price: $24.99
    Buy from: Coles, Chemist Warehouse, selected pharmacies.

    Remember my last review on Organix’s Shampoo and Conditioner? I made mention of a ‘hero’ within the range. This is the hero.

    I have been using this baby for quite awhile now and while the shampoo and conditioner hasn’t really been the best of friends with me, I have adored the penetrating oil like no other.

    What they say about this:

    This rare, ultra light weight formula is nature’s secret to silky perfection!
    Derived from the southwest region of Morocco, argan oil instantly penetrates the hair shaft to seal in shine and protect from styling heat and UV damage.
    Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Oil fights frizz, strengthens and moisturises dry, brittle hair to give you smooth sexy tresses.

    Before I tell you what I think, I feel I should mention that before I laid my eyes on this baby blue bottle, I’ve never been a fan of oil on hair. I won’t tell you the reason why for fear of offending some people, but suffice to say, my childhood memories and experiences have put me off having oil in my hair for any reason at all. So when the Moroccan Oil was really big and hyped up, I turned a blind eye.

    But with this in my hands, I couldn’t very well ignore it. So I tried it with much hesitation and promptly fell in love.

    Here’s what I thought of it:

  • The packaging is well thought out. Only a little argan oil is released and you are able to control the amount you get with ease.
  • The oil itself has a slight scent.
  • I like to put it on damp hair that has been somewhat towel dried.
  • My hair feels soft and silky after use every single time.
  • Unfortunately the beautiful hair feeling doesn’t last for longer than 2 days.
  • My hair does not feel oily after use but if you do use too much of it, hair can adopt a rather slicked together look.

  • All in all, a lovely product! I was curious as to how this product would compare against the almighty Moroccan Oil, the original, so I finally coughed up the dough to purchase a bottle myself. I’ll tell you soon as to whether or not this is comparable, better or worse than the original. Stay tune!

    **Product was provided for consideration, opinions are my own**

    Review: Organix’s Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil hair care range.

    Product: Shampoo & Conditioner
    Brand: Organix Hair
    Price: $19.99 aud
    Buy from: Coles, Chemist Warehouse, selected pharmacies.

    I never used to have hair issues. Friends would comment on how glossy my hair looked. I could run my fingers through my hair and never come across a snag. I got cocky, thinking I’d never have issues.

    But then I did, I ran into some huge problems. When I moved up into the country, the weather was hotter, the air was drier and I started getting split ends after split ends. This coupled with some rather unfavourable shampoo and conditioner that I decided to use as I was being stingy meant that my hair was at its worst in my 20 odd something years of life. Not even kidding.

    I’ve pretty much reached the stage where I’ll grasp at anything even if it’s just mere straws. If somebody says this is good for damaged hair, I’m on that bandwagon. So when I was asked if I’d like to try out the Organix range of Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil, I said yes please.

    Now I’ve never tried the original moroccan oil range that has its own cult following before. And I really don’t know all that much about argan oil or moroccan oil or any oil for that matter. As far as I’m concerned, I’m not a big fan of putting oil on hair. Won’t tell you why, but let’s just say I’m speaking from personal experience. Don’t like it.

    But what the heck, let’s try it.

    Here’s what I thought of the shampoo and conditioner from this range:

  • I love the blue bottles. I adore vibrant colours and the usual white or cream colouring of shower products are rather bland. So the bright blues are eye catching and if I were to walk by them in the shop, I’d pick them up. They caught my eye!
  • I found the shampoo to lather well, clean well without leaving me with the rather annoying squeaky clean feel. Much as I love clean hair, I also don’t like harsh shampoos that strip the hair of its natural oil in its entirety.
  • However, I also found that the shampoo did nothing to help with the hydration of my hair.
  • The conditioner works reasonably well. It does not do what some of my other favourite conditioners do however, which is to successfully untangle my hair while the conditioner works its magic. (I promise you, I have had conditioners where the knots just seem to melt away to nothingness)
  • In terms of hydrating the hair, it does it reasonably well. It’s not perfect and I can still feel stiffness in my damaged hair thereafter though at a much lesser extent.
  • The shampoo and conditioner just didn’t seem to work with my hair well enough to warrant a repurchase.
  • BUT! Being that it is sulfate free, this shampoo and conditioner would most likely be a very good addition to anyone with normal and healthy hair.

  • So really, for me, it didn’t work so well. But for you? Who knows, it might do wonders! I’d definitely recommend if it you already have healthy hair. But if you have damaged hair, I think you will need a harder worker than this. Ah well.

    Never despair however, as there is a HERO in this range. I’ll share it with you with my next review post!

    ** This item was provided for consideration but my opinions are my own, and not some monkey’s.**

    Styling with Violet – Braided Updo

    Oh hey look, here’s another episode of Styling with Violet. (Or Celeste, depending whose blog you are reading lol).

    This hairstyle is one of Violet’s favourite. It looks amazingly cute on her!! I wasn’t quite convinced it’d look the same on me, so she had to set out to prove me wrong. What do you think?

    If you’d like to see how to do it, remember to check out Violet’s video on it!


    Styling with Violet: Today we talk about hair.

    Violet does it again! This hairstyle has to be one of my favourites that she’s tried on me so far, and it’s so easy to do as well. I couldn’t help but put in a photo on top to show off my makeup for the day too. I really mucked it up big time since I was doing it in a rush but this photo was quite nice so I decided to share.

    But on to the point of the blog post. The hairstyle.

    It is a simple braid turned hairband. Very simple but really effective. Hairbands tend to give me a headache as it presses against my too-big-head so this was a pretty fool proofed way of having a pretty hairband without giving myself headaches. Perfect!

    And if you have black hair like me, adding that coloured extension really helps bring out the braid. I need to get my hands on some coloured extensions, I think. What do you think of a blue strand braided through my hair like thus?

    If you’d like to learn how to do this, do watch this video that Violet made of her lesson. If you don’t want to learn how to do it, watch it anyways because it’s an awesome video!


    And before I forget – this was done before I got my hair coloured so I think if I tried doing this style now, it’d be quite different!

    Thanks Violet!

    Styling with Violet : She teaches and I learn with Illamasqua

    Remember I’m a pretty big idiot when it comes to styling. I think it definitely contributes to my lack of self esteem and confidence in the way I look because I don’t know what to do with myself! I’m getting better in the makeup department, and slowly trying to grapple my way towards a better wardrobe, but hair? No freaking idea.

    Thankfully I have Violet to help me. If there’s anyone who can fix this walking style disaster that is me, it would be Violet.

    Sometime ago, Violet learnt that Illamasqua cream pigments could be used on hair. She demonstrated it here and while it was really pretty on her, a few of us were a bit skeptical as to whether it’d show up on black hair. And who has black hair for her to try it on?

    All in all, I was quite surprised! It does work on black hair so more power to Illamasqua! Is there anything this brand can’t do? I have to say I’m falling more and more in love with them everyday! I do realise the photo doesn’t show it very clearly but this is because we didn’t wait quite long enough before putting the hair straightener on it and it rubbed off. It was much more brilliantly purple before that!

    Look out for more Styling with Violet episodes as she keeps trying to show me and convince me that my hair isn’t the dead lifeless thing that I believe it to be!

    Review: Pantene Pro-V Intensive Treatment – Smooth and Sleek

    Product: Hair Treatment
    Brand: Pantene pro-v
    Price: Unknown
    Buy from: Major supermarkets, Priceline and Big W

    I purchased this so, so, so long ago that I think they have changed the packaging and call it something else. Or maybe even discontinued it. I’m not sure. I can’t find it on the site anymore!

    This was purchased many years ago when I was going through a dry, damaged hair phase and I was desperate for something to work, so I bought a whole heap of different products and something must have worked because this jar sat unopened in its plastic packaging till I dug it out sometime early this year and decided it was time to fix the damage the shampoo and conditioner had done.

    I have mixed feelings about this intensive treatment. On one hand, it seems to work. On the other, it doesn’t.

    I think, in a nutshell…

  • This is the product for those who want instant gratification. Hair feels beautiful, absolutely beautiful afterwards.
  • However, there is no long term benefits. Hair remains dry and straw-like after the effect has worn off.
  • It’s a little like an addiction. You put it on, your hair feels amazing. It wears off, you get straw hair, you go back for more.
  • It didn’t help with my split ends, my tangles nor my knots. In fact, other than the beautiful smooth and sleek feeling you get right after your shower, it does absolutely nothing.

  • Gosh, I’m having a bad run in with hair products, ain’t I? I’m really tempted to start trying things like Moroccan Oil now because it seems to do miracles and at this point, I’m starting to think that either I cut off all my hair and start over again or I need a miracle.

    Would I repurchase? No. Definitely not.