My top 5 HOLY GRAIL products 2018

 

Although I have quite a large collection of products, there are ones that I reach for over and over again. Tried and tested, the following 5 products are items that I can’t live without (big call, I know)…

 

*Drum roll*

  1. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peels

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it until I am blue in the face, the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Universal Peels have completely changed my skin. I have been absolutely obsessed with these little miracle pads for about 18 months. The patented two-step formula is unlike anything else on the market and it delivers the most effective skin care treatment I have ever used. After using these, my skin is refined, brighter and fresher while my pores look diminished and fine lines reduced. I cannot sing the praises of the Alpha Beta peels enough. I would gladly give up all other skincare products to be able to use these forever… well, these and a touch of moisturiser 😉

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2. Fudge Clean Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo

I couldn’t tell you how much tubes of Clean Blonde I have gone through over the years. This shampoo tones my hair like nothing else. Not only that, but it doesn’t dry out my fine hair, nor does it make it dull or frizzy.  I am pretty easy-going when it comes to hair, but one thing I cannot stand is brassy tones, this little mother sorts them out quick smart. My shower is never without this indigo beauty.

3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

I call this my facial in a compact. This beautiful powder gives my skin the most stunning natural glow. My skin looks fresh, bright, radiant and just glowing with health. I don’t know how Hourglass do it, but there is some kind of sorcery in this powder. I use a light dusting all over my face as the last step in my makeup routine and the result is an ethereal radiance that needs to be seen to be believed.

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4. Becca Under Eye Corrector

I have been raving about this corrector for years now. This glorious little pot rids my undereye area of discolouration, it brightens and refreshes without caking or creasing. I use this every time I apply makeup, and even often when I don’t. You can read more about it here, along with the rest of the Becca Bright Eyes range.

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5. Beauty Blender

There are many imitations, but no one has quite replicated the magic that is the Beauty Blender. I refuse to apply my foundation with anything other than my trusty sponge. I find my base looks more seamless, foundation looks natural and there isn’t any threat of cakeface. The Beauty Blender blends out cream products effortlessly and is the perfect tool for baking. I never travel without one and always have plenty of backups on hand. Nothing, I mean nothing, compares to the Beauty Blender.

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I would love to hear what your top 5 Holy Grail Products are.

 

Camille x

 

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Current Hair Go-To’s

 

Hair care is not something I speak much about, I think it is because I am hopeless at hair styling and I generally wash it and hope for the best. If I really want to put some effort in, I will use a curling tong through the mid sections and go.  However, I do take a lot of pride in the health of my hair and thought it is about time highlight some of my current favourites.

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Firstly, I cannot live without Fudge Clean Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo. Nothing, and I mean nothing removes brassiness at home quite like this shampoo. I am the kind of person who would prefer my hair to be tinted purple than to be on the gold side. So this little baby is a Ride or Die product for me. The formula is thick and is a beautiful dark indigo colour. It doesn’t dry out my hair at all and leaves it smelling super fresh.  I hate it when shampoos are too heavy and leave my hair feeling knotty and rough after washing out, but Clean Blonde doesn’t do that at al. The only down side is that it can slightly stain the dry skin on my fingers, But as long as my hair is ashy, I don’t care in the slightest.

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El8te sent me some products from their Nourish & Shine hair range, and I  immediately fell in love. The scent is intoxicating and fresh. This range is 100% chemical free which is a huge bonus, so there is no hidden nasties nor is it damaging the environment. The shampoo and conditioner are full of Australian rosemary and citrus oils which encouage shine, while increasing circulation in the scalp to promote hair growth and health. This range is super refreshing and even leaves a cool tingling sensation on the scalp and neck, which I think will be amazing in the warmer weather. Although the conditioner isn’t as hydrating as I would normally like, a few squirts of a hair oil sorts that right out.  Absolutely love using this El8te hair range.

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Speaking of hair oils, Loreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil has been an absolute god-send. This little bottle of golden goodness sorts my locks out in no time. It leaves my hair hydrated, soft, smooth and tangle free. I have found that this budget-friendly buy out performs other more expensive hair oils that I have previously used.  I pop it into towel dried hair and brush it though, and my hair dries so silky soft and frizz-free. I can also add it to dry hair if it’s looking a little lack-lustre. As a beauty blogger, I trial a whole heap of hair products and I am super fussy about my conditioner and leave in products, sometimes a conditioner dries my hair out so bad, but this little guy really helps to bring back the hydration. I have purchased this probably 3 times and the bottle lasts forever. I also have never had an issues with oily or limp strands after too much use – my hair just seems to drink it up. A+++

 

Olaplex is another long-running hair staple. I am lucky that my hairdresser has this treatment available to ensure the integrity of my hair isn’t jeopardized when coloured. This in-salon treatment is used to prevent damaged caused by colouring. You can find a more detailed review in Olaplex here.

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Photo by @hairbyjustineeve (HairandHarlow.com.au)

Speaking of my Hairdresser, I can thank Hair & Harlow for the stunning colour, cut and health of my hair.  I have so much trust in Justine and the team, and despite their huge popularity and success, they have remained passionate and above all, friendly. Visiting the salon is an absolute pleasure. They aren’t intimidating nor condescending, just beautiful down-to-earth driven women. Plus they certainly know their way around scissors and foils, known widely for their balayage techniques  This amazing team pride themselves on a high quality of customer service, innovation, empowerment and education. Amy and Justine are total #Girlbosses.

 

“Okay, Okay, Camille, We get it. You hate dry hair” But just incase I haven’t driven that point home enough, I just HAVE to mention Catwalk by Tigi Oatmeal and Honey Mask again. This mask is the most amazing treatment mask I have ever used. It smells delicious and leaves my hair suuuuuuuuuper soft, hydrated and healthy. I use this mask at least twice weekly to keep my hair up to scratch. If you need  hyrdation and health, get this bad boy in your shower and smother it all over you hair PRONTO! I believe they have a shampoo and conditioner in this range as well, so they are definitely on my wishlist.

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I have recently mentioned this product, but just have to speak about it again. Oribe Texturising Spray is incredible. This dry-shampoo cross volumising spray, gives my fine straight hair texture and body. I spray in the roots and mid sections and style as usual for a salon style created at home. I love the volume it adds to curled or even straight hair. This little guy is a winner.

Last but certainly not least, Lady Jayne have the most amazing range of hair tools. I mean, who doesn’t love a good quality bobby-pin?! Their brushes de-tangle my hair without breakage and add so much shine. I don’t think I have ever actually used a round brush during blow-drying before, but this baby was so so so easy to use. I was actually able to successfully style my hair at home; perfect for a rookie like me. Plus their hair bands don’t pull, snag or leave me with a ‘ponytail headache’. Lady Jayne is widely available and for such reasonable prices, they are my go-to styling tools.

 

What are your hair favourites?

 

Speak soon,

 

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although some products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

Let’s talk trash

Hello beautiful people,

Are you ready for another installment of Trash Talk?

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Urban Decay – All Nighter Setting Spray ($23-49)

This little bottle of magic is a holy grail item to me. I first used this a year or so ago and instantly fell in love. I noticed such a huge difference in the longevity of my foundation and oil control. Any excess powders dissipated and my make-up is set and look fresh as a daisy all day. It is a little on the more expensive side of things, which is why I buy the smaller bottle, but it lasts quite a while.  The All Nighter Setting Spray has already been re-purchased and will be again and again.

Alpha H – Liquid Gold ($ 59.95)

Liquid Gold is a cult product, everyone raves about the miracle results – Firmer skin, smaller pores, reduction in wrinkles and  refined skin texture. I might be shunned from the beauty community for saying this, but I just don’t see it. While I feel like it does make a small difference, I just don’t see these miraculous results the morning after; nothing that is screaming fresh, youthful skin as some people describe. I so desperately want this to work for me as it works for others, but I am not sure whether I can shell out another $60 if I am unsure about it. I really love Go-To Skincare’s exfoliating swipeys, I think that they may be a better option for me. However, I don’t believe I am quite ready to give up on Liquid Gold just yet.

Olaplex – Hair Perfector take home treatment

What a huge miracle in a little bottle. As a blondie with fine and generally dry hair this little guy is a godsend. My hairdresser uses this in my hair colour and then this is the take home treatment to use weekly. As I understand it, Olaplex reconnects and bonds hair fibres which limits damage during and after colouring. It is free from silicones, sulfates, phthalates and cruelty free.  For the last 6 months or so I have been using this at home and in the salon and the results are undeniably good. It is an extra $80 or so on top of your usual salon expenses, but I fully recommend it for blondes, especially if you are trying to go lighter.

Fudge – Clean Blonde Toning Shampoo ($19.95)

This is an old favourite of mine. I have gone through so so so so many of these babies.  Absolutely nothing tones and looks after my hair like this shampoo does.  I have a thing about brassiness in my hair, I would much rather it be an over-toned grayish purple than yellow, and Clean Blonde is the only shampoo that actually makes a difference. The smell is uplifting and the shampoo itself is a dark indigo colour. It doesn’t dry out my fine blonde locks and always removes any yellow tones. It can slightly stain any dry skin on your hands, but I don’t find that a problem. I cannot say enough good things about this product. Now I just need a lifetime supply, haha!

Lush – Cup O’ Coffee Exfoliating Mask ($35.95)

I was so excited for the Australian release of this mask. I love anything coffee, anything scrubby and most products from Lush, so this sounded amazing. Firstly the small was incredible! So energizing and uplifting and exactly what you’d expect. It is perfect for those bleary-eyed monday morning showers. The formula is somewhat creamy speckled with grains of coffee. It feels quite nice on the skin, but I found the grains a little too abrasive on my face. So I use it on my body and very gently on my face.  I have used many coffee scrubs over the years and I wouldn’t say this is a favourite nor is it even in my top 5.  I don’t want to take away from it, because there is nothing overly wrong with it, but I just don’t love it.

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Catwalk by Tigi – Oatmeal and Honey Hair Mask ($25.95)

Now this is what I call liquid gold. This hair mask is everything. It smells incredibly delicious and leaves my hair so so so soft, healthy, smooth and shiny. It looks beautiful when air-dried, but also is so much better to style after using this. I honestly cannot get over how healthy this makes me hair look and feel.   I tend to use hair masks over regular conditioners because of the hydration factor, and because of this I have come across many duds that just don’t work. Many masks are leave my dry hair greasy, limp and lifeless regardless of how much or how little I use. I have never found one that ticks all the boxes. But boy, does this little tub deliver. My hair is swishy, soft and smells like banana porridge (That’s a good thing). I always have a good hair day when I have conditioned with this mask. Annnnnd I have run out, so bad hair days all round. Now if I could get a lifetime supply of this one too, that’d be great.

 

What empties have you had this month? Link your own empties post in the comments. What would you repurchase or steer clear from?

 

Speak soon,

Camille x

 

*Although some of these products were kindly gifted to me for consideration, all opinions are 100% honest. I only include products that I genuinely believe are worthy of a mention.