Review: Matrix Total Results So Silver and Brass Off Shampoos

It’s no secret that I change my hair colour about as often as I change my mind, which is to say… a lot. I’ve gone from brunette to ombre blonde, back to brunette, to brunette with purple, to bright purple and finally to blonde in the last couple of years alone. The blonde has been the look which I’ve loved more than any other (apart from maybe the purple), so I’m eager to maintain it. Because my hairdresser (Cara from Daly Salon if you were wondering) just gets me, my blonde is a bit of a balayage style because I’m a lazy, lazy individual who would be very unlikely to bother getting her roots redone as often as they would need to be if I went fully blonde. Consequently, I have quite a few different tones of blonde through my hair and the darkness varies depending at what length on my hair it is. I was thus pretty intrigued to hear about Matrix’s new Brass Off shampoo which is designed to remove the brassy tones that come along with being blonde, especially if you’re naturally brunette.

I had a chat with the amazingly lovely and helpful Josephine from L’Oreal Australia (who are the parent company of Matrix along with a whole host of pretty awesome brands) via email to figure out if Brass Off would be right for me. Based on that conversation, she very kindly sent me both the So Silver and Brass Off shampoo to try. Today, I’ll take you through my thoughts and how to tell which would be right for you.

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Stop Telling Others to “Choose Happiness”

We’ve all been there before: standing in the stationery store surrounded by pretty colours, oohing and ahhing at the swirly patterns and rose gold embellishments, when suddenly an overly cheerful affirmation printed in giant cursive screams the message “Be Happy!”. You see it and wince, finding yourself feeling vaguely affronted for reasons you can’t quite pin down.
I know I’m not alone in cringing; the exasperation people are beginning to feel with such orders is not unique to my own cynicism, as the popularity of Sarah Knight’s book “The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k” demonstrates. Yet there are many hardcore believers who continue to offer well-intentioned advice to the tune of “just choose happiness!”
These affirmations spring from the positive psychology movement which has been a trend of the past decade. Its influence is felt everywhere from the workplace to our home décor. I’m here to tell you that it has to stop.

For those of you gritting your teeth and telling yourself “just be happy” and finding it ineffective, this is for you. Breathe in, breathe out, and read on. As for all those well-intentioned people who offer up these tidbits of advice, I’d like to offer you an alternative which will probably serve the very people you’re trying to help far more effectively.

 

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Review: Printiki Photo Printing Service

A long, long time ago in a land far, far, far away… okay so I’m exaggerating my hiatus a little. Let’s try that again: a while back… that’s better. A while back, a company called Printiki dropped me an email and asked if I’d like to try out their services and write up a review for you lovely readers. Anyone who ever visited me when I lived in my house in the country would know that I have a slight obsession with hanging cute retro looking photos (usually polaroid snaps) around my house, so suffice to say I was keen to try Printiki out.

I love the range of things you can do with prints. I often feel like our reliance on digital photography has meant that we just don’t remember to print photos out that often any more. I looked around my house a while back and realised that most of the photos I had up were from almost a decade ago. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for nostalgia, but it seemed to me that I should probably have a few photos up with the people I spend most of my time with these days, rather than someone I maybe haven’t even seen since 2004.

Printiki offered me the opportunity to order 30 of their 4×4 Square prints.* Read on to find out how it went and what I thought of the process, product and company!

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How to Love a Body You’re at War With

 

There are different ways of fighting yourself. Maybe it’s that your mind pulls you in multiple directions at once. Maybe it’s that you want to push your body to limits it just won’t go. Maybe it’s that you’re trapped in a skin you don’t think belongs to you. Or maybe it’s that your body literally attacks itself from the inside out. Whatever the form it takes, if you’ve ever felt like screaming in frustration when someone tells you to “love yourself” then you’ll understand where I’m coming from.

The world tells us that self-love is important. That any problem you have can be fixed if you just learn to love yourself. It’s a concept that makes a lot of sense, but when people use it as some throwaway line as though doing some yoga or eating a few more greens or getting someone who may or may not be being paid at a legally appropriate wage to stick some acrylics on your fingernails would fix the problem, it’s hard not to get frustrated. Loving yourself comes easy to some people. To others it does not.

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Why the Movie “When Harry Met Sally” Messes me up – AKA Why I won’t be asking you out anytime soon

 

Movies are not real life. This is a fact. This is a fact that people sometimes forget. I know this because I very distinctly recall a conversation with a friend many years ago wherein he miserably proclaimed that “it has to be like the movies though, doesn’t it?” and my heart kind of broke for him because no… no it does not.

Look, I’m not trying to be pessimistic. I’m sure plenty of people get to ride off into the sunset in reality, but the truth is that for the vast majority of us, life isn’t that extraordinary. We don’t get chased down in airports, we don’t develop kickass super powers, we don’t end up in weird love triangles with our life-long best friends and some slightly badass out-of-towner (thank God). For most of us, we just try our best to get by and make something of our lives and have a positive impact wherever we go, and that’s good enough (more than, in fact). Despite this, there are times where movies have this really annoying habit of striking a chord with us we didn’t expect. This happened to me quite recently.
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Review: Harvest Garden Soaps and Bath Salts 

Do you know what heaven smells like? I do. Nowadays, anyone who walks into my bathroom does. As a matter of fact, a friend recently asked to see my current bath collection and as soon as she walked in her first question was “What is that amazing smell?!”

Scent is obviously a personal thing and different people are attracted to different things, but I’m really not exaggerating when I say that Harvest Garden has managed to produce products which have the most incredible smell which seem to have universal appeal. My friend Felicia from The Beauty and the Geek AU and I are notoriously on opposite sides of the spectrum as to which scents we like in products, yet we both love what we’ve tried from Harvest Garden.

With this in mind, I maybe flipped out a little in excitement when Harvest Garden offered to send me a few things to try. Read on to find out a bit more about the brand and what I thought of the products.

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Review: LUSH Mother’s Day 2017 Limited Edition Collection

It’s about that time of the year again. You know, the time when florists curl up in the corner and silently weep and dream of sleep which has become little more than a distant memory. I’m talking, of course, about Mother’s Day.

In keeping with most of the big holidays throughout the year, LUSH has released a limited edition Mother’s Day collection. They’ve kindly sent me a few bits to share with you guys and give you my thoughts on.
I’ve grouped these by scent family, but there’s more to the collection so there are some gaps. It’s worth noting that if you’re keen on any of these, I strongly suggest you get in quick! They’re already available online and in store and will be available through to May 14th. I also know it’s already selling out quickly – a friend of mine tried to pick up the Baa Bar bubble bar for me in Adelaide’s store (not one I’ve reviewed here as I haven’t yet tried it yet myself sorry, but I have ordered it online!) and it was already gone. This collection seems to be largely a mix of honey and citrus scents with a hint of lavenders thrown into the mix (namely in the Baa Bar and Pink Custard) so if those kinds of scents appeal, read on!

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Sukha Life – Day 3-5 Roundup and Overall Review

I wish I had a snappy and entertaining introductory line for you all today, but alas I’m currently suffering from a cold that’s making me feel like my head is 99% fluid so I’m afraid my brain power is somewhat limited. If you haven’t already seen my review series on Sukha Life (or have no idea what the heck Sukha Life actually is), then firstly I’d recommend you go check out my first post here detailing the business and why I chose to try it, then check out my post here reviewing the first couple of days’ meals. Today I’m going to take you through the last three days’ worth of food and sum up my overall thoughts about the process. It’s a long one so let’s get straight to it!

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Sukha life – Day 1 and 2 Roundup

So you know those times where you have an awesome plan of attack in your head and it all rapidly goes to heck to such a degree that you can’t remember what your plan actually was in the first place? Were you going to elope to Ecuador? Or did you just need to pick up milk from the shops? Could be either. Well that was the kind of week I started having – d’oh! In saying that, having my first few days of Sukha Life delivered definitely made it easier. If you haven’t heard of Sukha Life before, click here to read my introduction to this review series which contains general information about the brand and why I gave them a try. If you already read that, then read on to learn about the foods I’ve been stuffing my face with the past couple of days!

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Sukha Life – an honest review series from a fat person with a penchant for fast food

(image above courtesy of Sukha Life’s Instagram)

Let me paint you a picture: it’s 8:30pm on a Thursday night. I’m sitting in Macdonald’s with a Big Mac and two serves of fries in front of me. I’ve already picked out the second meat patty and half the cheese from the burger and tossed over half the fries in a pile in the corner of my tray, never to be consumed. On the ground next to me is a shopping bag full of fruit loops, kool fruits, rice crackers, sherbies and tic toc biscuits. My parents, who I currently live with while saving to buy a house, have been away overseas for just over 24 hours and already I’m taking the opportunity to indulge in all the things I can’t eat when my mother is present to hound me about the shit I put into my body (which is not a complaint by the way – her nagging is an essential part of my path to health… clearly, given what happens the moment she’s not around). I have not cooked one meal in that time. I frown, scoop up the tray, toss its contents into the bin and walk back to my car.
“This isn’t going to work.” I think as I toss the shopping bag haphazardly into the back seat and drive home.
Suffice to say, I don’t eat this poorly every day of my life, but frankly it’s all just lesser degrees of the same.
It’s fair to say then that I probably don’t seem like the target demographic for local Adelaide business Sukha Life, whose marketing seems far more appropriate for women who spend half their life in yoga pants and the other half campaigning to have organic fair trade goods available in all local supermarkets. And yet, after staring at the contents of my cupboard, I found myself going ahead and spending two weeks’ worth of food budget on five days’ worth of meals. So why, and how’d it go?

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