Saturday, September 10, 2011

Time Trial: ghd Gold Series Classic Styler

My bathroom recently exploded.

I wish I could say I'm kidding, but I'm not.

Goodbye wax pot, hair straightener (x 2), hairdryer, toothbrush etc etc.

Having just had my hair cut to a style that needs a hairdryer and straightener, it's no surprise that this couldn't have come at a worse time.

So now I'm browsing the market for the best to replace them all and the first stop is a new straightener.

ghd lovers are like iPhone lovers; hardcore.

So despite being 100 percent happy with my Kodo Creative hair straightener, it's time to join the ghd gang.

Weighing up between the IV styler and Gold Classic Styler was no easy feat.

Despite the $30 price difference, the basic appearance and temperature is the same.

The shop assistant told me that the Gold Classic Styler was slightly easier to manoeuvre and it's a newer model.

So I went with the Gold Classic Styler and I'm happy with it.

It's easy to curl and, of course; straighten with.

The cord is a good length, it leaves my hair with a good level of shine, has universal voltage so I can take it overseas, handy sleep mode and a two-year warranty.

The only downside is that the temperature is not adjustable, but so far the heat setting has been perfect for my hair.

The conversion has been completed and I can't deny I'm really happy with the results.

Find the ghd Gold Classic Styler, $269 online at

Time Trial: Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Shampoo

It says it will give you a refreshing clean without stripping the moisture from your hair and that it does.

Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Shampoo leaves hair with a bit of grit which is ideal for keeping regularly styled hair holding its shape.

Whether you curl your tresses or keep them pinned back perfectly, this shampoo will leave you with a slip-free finish.

If you like your product to leave your locks squeaky clean, Tousle Me Softly isn't for you.

The wild violet and pomegranate scent is beautifully sweet but not overpowering.

Great for keeping waves from falling lacklustre, the Tousle Me Softly range can be found at major retailers and pharmacies.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Time Trial: Laser Hair Removal

With so many deals out there, how could you not contemplate laser hair removal?

There's cheap ones, expensive ones and different jargon like IPL and Candela but no-one really seems to know what the deal is.

I had the privelege of speaking with the manager of one of Sydney's best laser hair removal clinics.

She prepped me by going through what it involves, whether it hurts, what the different types are and the big one - does it really work?

She let me in on the perks and insider secrets to getting the most out of your treatments.

These days, some clinics will offer pre-pay packages where a session works out to the same price of a wax.

With an approximate 95 percent reduction in hair growth, I was all for it!

Here's how it works: energy attacks the hair follicle and destroys it at the root, damaging its ability to grow.

If you look for a salon that uses Candela machines, they’re one of the most effective and expensive top-of-the-range technologies which, if used properly, will give you good results.

What you want is a consultant who knows how to control spot and energy size to cater to your skin type.

Nad's Laser Clinic has an excellent reputation for their honesty and excellent results however pricey.

The less effective the treatment; the more money you have to spend on extra follow-ups.

If you've found a deal too ridiculously good to be true, take caution.

Don’t get laser hair removal mixed up with IPL.

This method works out cheaper, however IPL is primarily used to treat skin conditions like pigmentation and just happen to assist in hair reduction.

The light emitted from IPL machines is scattered and often lacks precision and, of course; results.

Now, laser doesn't work for everyone.

Those with fair skin and dark hair experience the best outcomes but those who are fair with light hair will find the treatments far less effective.

I’m told that those with darker hair and skin tones are best too look for salons that offer the services using the Candela GentleLase and Candela Yag machines.

After a recommendation, I decided to visit The Laser Lounge in Sydney which only uses the Lase machine.

People like me who do have dark hair and skin need to be aware that clinics that only use Lase should look for therapists that have experience in altering spot and energy size to suit different skin tones.

I'll mention more about this later.

As someone who doesn't mind waxing, I wasn't so worried about the pain factor and you shouldn't be either.

Bear in mind you need to have hair in full cycle before your visit.

Shave before your appointment and avoid unprotected sun exposure on the area post-treatment.

After your consultant divides up the area being treated with a liner, they move over the skin with a handheld device which releases energy in bursts several times within each section.

Each burst feels like a heated flicking sensation that tends to feel more intense in the areas with more hair.

Sections with little or no hair feel almost pain-free.

I was told that the area might slightly blister post-session; however I didn't have any issues.

The hair began to grow back and fall out aided by gentle exfoliation to avoid in-grown hairs.

An extra bonus is that laser hair removal helps to prevent in-growns unlike waxing.

Many clinics will advise you to come back between four and six weeks, however eight weeks is sufficient.

Returning too soon can miss hairs in that cycle and tend to be a marketing ploy to get you spending money.

I’ve found the treatment working okay but I was a bit disappointed to find that the darker areas weren't treated as effectively as the lighter sections.

I'm putting this down to my consultant failing to change the spot size of the laser and the amount of energy being released when covering different skin tones.

I'll be sure to keep you all updated over the course of my sessions!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

How To: Contouring For The Clueless

Bienvenue! Welcome back! I can tell you it feels fabulous to be bringing you the best in beauty once again. Let's jump straight into it - today, I'm going to delve into the art of contouring.

I’m crazy for contouring and its truly epic power to instantly add drama, depth and length to your face.

We’ve all tried our hand at it, but chiseling those cheekbones can prove tricky even for the skilled.

But this beauty is not just for the make-up artists and those armed with a plethora of brushes, creams and powders.

Use these steps to fast-track your way to flawlessly finessed features.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 11

Get your cheekbones seriously sculpted with these steps:

Step 1: Prep and prime your face with a foundation like Revlon Photo Ready Compact Make-up in Medium Beige, $34.95 that mimics your natural skin tone.

Step 2: Imagine a line from the top of your ear to the corner of your lip and then find a powder or bronzer two shades darker than your natural skin colour like Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder, $105. Stick to this line and shade an inch-and-a-half width inwards under the cheekbone and right in to the hollows to create a subtle shadow.

Step 3: To really bring out the structure; highlight and blend the top of the cheekbone and underneath your shading with an illuminator or highlighting palette. We love Napoleon Perdis Mosaic Gleamer, $60.

Step 4: Finish off by sweeping blush from the apple of your cheek up to the highest end of your cheekbone. Try Rimmel London Mono Blush in Santa Rose, $9.95.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Farewell, I leave You With The Best In Brow Shaping

Unfortunately, this is goodbye for me as this will be my last post for The Transcribery following other commitments.

Thank you all so much for logging on and showing your support, I can’t express how much it means.

I think it’s quite fitting that my final post is about one of my absolute favourite people in the beauty industry.

Steve Supple is the mastermind behind Brows By Steve in Joh Bailey’s Sydney Myer Salon.

I rave about him to those who seek brow direction, and I know I’m not the only one giving him great PR.

Steve, a man with a reputation for being Sydney’s best brow technician, has been working in the industry for twelve years.

Bringing his talent from London, Steve perfectly sculpts your brows and personalises them to the shape of our face making a huge difference in accentuating and complementing your features.

So we asked Steve what a brow shape can do for our faces?

"A good professional eyebrow shaper will use your facial features like your brow bone, cheekbones, eyes and nose, to sculpt a complimentary brow arch which will open up the eyes and highlight the angles of your cheekbones and jaw-line.

This can also take away that tired look and give you 'happy eyes', that natural ‘lift’ and 'Brow Wow!' experience."

So here I am, pre-brow shaping:

An eyebrow shape which includes waxing, tweezing and threading will cost you $55 with Steve.

If you haven’t heard of threading, it’s the amazing concept where running a piece of twisted cotton over an area wraps around and removes the tiniest hairs without aggravating the skin.

Steve measures every angle to ensure the result complements your contours and shadows to create a look that's symmetrical.

And voila, the result is this:

What I love about Steve is that he has the ability to completely lift your face and he spends a great deal of time personalising everything to your shape.

A word of advice is to book ahead, the man is popular.

Brows By Steve
Myer Sydney City
Level 1, 436 George St, Sydney
Phone 9231 4411

So, What’s In My Brow Bag?

Full brows are super popular again, check out what I use to keep them a little bold and framing my face.

LancĂ´me Le Crayon Sourcils Pro, $44, is the perfect utility piece as it has the brow pencil for gradually filling in, a fixer which is a wax that keeps your strands in place and a brush on the cap to tame them together.

Finish it off with Bloom Eyebrow Gel, $20, which will keep your colour and styling in place. Set them by pulling your brush in an upward motion to ensure there's no loose hanging hairs.

Keep up-to-date with my new projects and daily rants by following me on twitter @jadethomp

Au revoir xx

Monday, March 28, 2011

What We've Learnt: Ponytails

Long lengths are well and truly back with perfected ponytails a hit on the runway for Fall 2011.

Guido Palau worked a flawless mid-height pony for Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton while Luigi Murenu contrasted sleek with a teased tail at Gucci.

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Low-slung and simple emanated from Ralph Lauren while Prada's heights and wispy sides kept the look soft and innocent.

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My absolute favourite was Valentino with their headbands and slight height oozing darling prep.

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The Transcribery caught up with upcoming fashion and hair stylist Alicia Edwards who gave us the low down on how to re-create Valenitno's look.

Step One. Start by parting your hair down the centre or on the side. Follow by straightening your lengths to create a sleek finish.

Step Two. Using a comb, tie your hair back bump-free leaving a small section of hair out either side of the face.

Step Three. With everything in place, take a section of hair from underneath the ponytail and wrap it around the base using bobby pins to secure.

Step Four. Lightly run a straightener through the side sections by the face using a turning motion to create a soft wave.

Step Five. Pop a ribbon or headband around your head and secure.

Step Six. Finish with hairspray and a touch of shine mist.

Alicia recommends Sebastian Halo Mist, $37

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Time Trial: Rosehip Oil

If you haven’t heard of rosehip oil, then I guarantee that you are missing out.

The rosehip, high in Vitamin C, anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids, is the little bulb-like fruit of the rose.

It's perfect for the colder months as it brightens, hydrates and clears the skin.

Now, the idea of rubbing oil into your face might sound absurd especially if you have oily skin like me.

But the beauty of rosehip oil is that it’s ultra-hydrating without leaving your skin sunscreen-sticky, it almost works to balance the skin.

Use it in the place of a serum by smoothing two to three drops on to your face and neck after cleansing.

After a minute or so when the rosehip oil is absorbed, the skin feels soft and moisturised.

After regular use of Bloom Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, $25, I’ve noticed that my skin is brighter, smoother and much more hydrated.

Other great rosehip oils you can try are:

Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, $20

Miranda Kerr’s Kora Organics Luxurious Rosehip Oil, $34.95