Winter Beauty Edit: Haircare

Don’t let the wet weather dampen your spirit; you can still achieve good head when it’s pouring and windy. Just stock up on these hair heroes and say hello to good hair days all season long.

Winter hair products

1. Evo Gluttony Shampoo

I’ve tried a lot of volumising shampoos in my time but this gem from Evo delivers the goods. My hair is fine and requires a bit of grit to get the volume going but since using Evo’s Gluttony Shampoo I’ve discovered that clean hair and volume can be achieved. Seems I can have my cake and eat it too.

2. Aveda Phomollient Styling Foam

Finally a mousse that doesn’t leave hair sticky and stiff. Aveda’s Phomollient mousse is light, provides a gorgeous texture and is the perfect tool for any styling routine. My tip: wash your hair at night, work product through damp hair, blow dry and wake up with some seriously good volume. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving!

3. Coles Large Radial Brush

There’s no need to spend a fortune on hair tools, I’ve found some of the best brushes at supermarkets and chemists. This barrel brush from Coles (of all places!) is perfect for blow-drying because its light and the perfect diameter for creating loose waves.

4. VS Sassoon Ultimate Salon 2200 Hairdryer

No girl should ever be forced to go through winter without a hairdryer. The summer months don’t call for daily blow drying as much but when the colder weather takes over wet hair is a bit hard to deal with. The VS Sassoon Ultimate Salon is my best friend at the moment; it’s powerful, dries my hair in minutes and comes with a diffusing nozzle for gorgeous natural curls.

5. Toni & Guy Casual Hairspray

Finish off the look with this fabulously lightweight, texturizing spray. Toni & Guy’s entire Casual range is the perfect toolkit to creating messy, relaxed waves and the hairspray is a standout product for me. Like Aveda’s Phomollient, this spray won’t leave your hair stiff and feel like its full of product. It’s easily brushed out too!

 

 

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Winter Beauty Edit: Makeup

I’m big on favouritism when it comes to makeup. I know what I like, what works for me and while I love trying new products, nothing beats your old faithful bits and pieces that just work every time. Check out my makeup staples for winter. Tried, tested and forever cherished.

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1. Bare Minerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

I love this lightweight, silky smooth formula that creates the perfect natural effect. Coverage can be adjusted easily and the built in brightening serum packed with Vitamin C means your skin appears luminous always, even on the gloomiest of winter days. Its affordable and lasts for ages, as only the smallest amount is required for a day’s coverage.

2. MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo

You can’t go wrong with a bold lip colour in the middle of winter and this MAC shade is perfect for glamming up your workwear and for sporting long into the night. This matte formula is great for staying put all day, and with a little bit of lip balm underneath, lips stay hydrated. I love the creamy texture of this lippy, just as much as I love its deep red hue.

3. Mecca Cosmetica Nail Polish in Boadacia

Mecca never fails to impress with their Artistry Nail Polish range. Colours range from subtle nudes to bright and bold and I am just loving this deep burgundy shade for cooler days. Mecca Cosmetica nail polish is great because it glides on easily and lasts forever. Polish up this season with this daring varnish.

4. NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna

The bronzing hero of the beauty world never fails to disappoint. NARS have nailed it with the globally award winning bronzing compact that creates a beautifully natural, sun-kissed glow to even the fairest of them all. Add some colour to your mug with this absolute champion.

5. NARS Highlighting Blush in Albatross

This little beauty is loaded with shimmer to add instant radiance to your complexion. What I love most about this illuminating powder is how light it is, blending easily into the skin adding the most subtle glow. Wear alone or with other cheek products to add some dimension.

Review: Bodhi J Wellness Spa

Tucked away in East Perth, is a little place I like to call heaven. Bodhi J Wellness Spa recently opened its beautiful doors on Pier Street, a new destination of tranquility and restoration. If you have experienced pampering at their sister spa in Wembley, then you’ll know what you are in for at their new locale.

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I was treated to a Pure Radiance Facial at the beautiful Bodhi J Wellness Spa last week and had the most amazing experience. The moment I stepped beyond the gorgeous wooden gates (custom made in Indonesia no less) I felt the hustle and bustle of my workday quickly disappear and a sense of total relaxation come over me. The spa features nine beautifully appointed treatment rooms including twin treatment rooms, raindrop showers and hydrotherapy spas. I was also blown away by the relaxing manicure and pedicure lounge which I will definitely be back to enjoy. Bodhi J also features a relaxation lounge as well as an outdoor courtyard for guests to unwind pre or post treatment.

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Bodji J Courtyard

Bodhi J also features a Yoga studio, with beautiful Vinyasa Flow classes taught Monday – Saturday. Suitable for all levels (including beginners) these classes aim to stretch, strengthen, tone and flex the body. Only nine places are available per class, so clients are guaranteed personal guidance through each class. Click here to find out more and book.

Upon arrival, I was asked to fill in a form detailing my stress levels, how I was feeling that day and indicating any preferences for massage pressure and extra treatments. I was then led to the guest change rooms where I left my things and slipped into a warm, fluffy white robe and slippers and was taken to the treatment room. The Bodhi J treatment rooms have been perfectly designed to help guests switch off and focus on being pampered – serenely lit, stylishly appointed and the gentle lilt of soothing music is just pure relaxation.

My beauty therapist was Alice who provided an initial consultation on any problems I was having with my skin and how she could address them. For me, tackling dehydration was a major concern and luckily this facial is perfect for just that. Exposure to harsher weather conditions and air conditioners in winter strips skin of its natural moisture leaving it dehydrated and dull. Using the luxurious Sodashi Pure Radiance range, this treatment aims to balance, hydrate and refresh skin – just what the doctor ordered.

The facial included a double cleanse, exfoliate, masque, moisturise and a soothing massage (I chose neck and shoulders). I had also opted for a divine Sodashi Scalp Treatment as an add on to my facial which left my locks super nourished and shiny.

Following my hour of absolute bliss, I slipped back into my robe and headed to the relaxation lounge to enjoy some herbal tea and fresh fruit while slowly coming back to reality. Alice sat down with me and we debriefed on any particular skincare concerns I had to address – changing my cleanser being one of them! I then reluctantly returned to the change rooms to collect my things and headed back out into the real world.

Bodhi J Massage

My experience at Bodhi J was absolutely blissful and I would recommend to anyone looking for a little bit of time out from the daily grind. There is something for everyone at Bodhi J with a treatment menu that spans from Express 30 Minute Massage to full day pamper packages.

The service at Bodhi J is second to none, as part of their mission statement is to “strive to surpass any previous spa experience – every single time” – needless to say, I’m looking forward to my next experience at the hands of Bodhi J.

Sodashi Pure Radiance Facial – $130

Bodhi J Wellness Spa
317 – 319 Pier Street, Perth
Web: www.bodhij.com.au
Phone: 08 9466 8260
Instagram: www.instagram.com/bodhijspa

*Lucy was a guest of Bodhi J Wellness Spa. Photos courtesy of Bodhi J. 

Review: Hermosa Cantina on Cambridge

Recently, I road tested the new Hermosa Cantina, a Spanish inspired eatery located on Cambridge Street, Wembley. Brought to you by the team behind Tropico in North Beach – George Fowler and Garry Kemp – Hermosa Cantina is the latest addition to Perth’s suburban food scene. Set on Cambridge Street in Wembley, Hermosa boasts a large restaurant space as well as a bar and separate coffee takeaway area where Will & Co coffees are served from 7am Tuesday – Sunday.

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We arrived at 7pm on a Thursday evening and although only having just opened, Hermosa was bustling with patrons all night. Felipe seated us and looked after our table for the evening, explaining the menu and offering some different wines for us to sample. We decided on a Tempranillo, the Castillo Albai Crianza Rioja 2012 – a rich and versatile drop to suit the different dishes we would be sampling.

Chef George Fowler sent out a selection of dishes from the menu which were all just sublime. From the olives with fennel and orange, to the fried Margaret River eggs with herb jus, corn toast and Manjimup truffle, not a single flavour was overlooked. We particularly liked the clams that tasted natural and fresh that were true to their natural texture and paired well with the corn bread served. Equally as good was the pan con mushrooms with goats cheese – rich, textured and full of flavour.

Watermelon compressed, smoked almonds, miso butterscotch

Watermelon compressed, smoked almonds, miso butterscotch

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Warm corn bread, smoked butter, spiced popcorn

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Pan con mushrooms, goats cheese

And then came dessert! We sampled two of the dessert offerings, the first: Josper roasted orange crème Catalan, orange and olive oil biscuit, a delicate yet flavourful twist on this Spanish favourite. However Hermosa’s sweet dish that really takes the cake (pardon the pun) is the “Sangria’’ spiced chocolate custard with rioja jelly, pickled grapes and pan con especias. This dessert was full of delicious spices and has a really interesting mix of textures, including popping candy!

Josper roasted orange crème Catalan, orange & olive oil biscuit

Josper roasted orange crème Catalan, orange & olive oil biscuit

“Sangria’’ spiced chocolate custard, rioja jelly, pickled & slightly dried grapes, pan con especias

“Sangria’’ spiced chocolate custard, rioja jelly, pickled & slightly dried grapes, pan con especias

The vibe at Hermosa Cantina was buzzing, the service exceptional and the food and wine outstanding. Hermosa Cantina is the perfect spot for an intimate date night, dinner with friends or for a lazy weekend brunch. Colourful, on trend decor adorns the restaurant including beautiful feature tiles direct from Spain, colourful fabrics, pared back table settings and a magnificent pressed tin feature at the bar.

Hermosa Cantina is also open for breakfast from 7am Tuesday – Sunday, I’ll definitely be back to try the morning menu!

Hermosa Cantina
353 Cambridge Street, Wembley
Web: http://www.hermosa.net.au
Phone: 08 9387 6448

*Lucy was a guest of Hermosa Cantina

Winter Beauty Edit: Skincare

As the cooler weather sets in, I find my habits changing. More nights spent on the couch, more comfort foods being dished up and more time spent hitting the snooze button! My beauty habits also change during winter as I reach for richer moisturisers and spend time pampering my skin in preparation for the warmer months ahead. I have hand picked my top 5 skincare products that I am swearing by this winter. Stay tuned next week for the makeup edition!

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1. QV Face Gentle Foaming Cleanser

I love this cleanser because it effectively removes all traces of dirt and makeup without leaving skin feeling dry and “over cleansed”. It’s become a staple in my cleansing routine, is gentle on the skin and on the wallet. The QV Face Gentle Foaming Cleanser is also suitable to use all year round, just be sure to double cleanse during the Winter months when makeup tends to go on a little thicker!

2. Elemental Herbology Facial Detox Purifying Mask 

This face mask is an absolute must for the cooler months. Exposure to harsher elements and a tendency to layer on more makeup can make way for some seriously congested skin. The Elemental Herbology Facial Detox Purifying Mask has become my best friend on Sunday evenings when I’m getting ready for the week ahead. Create a weekly ritual for some pampering and your skin will love you for it! This mask literally draws out impurities, so they may show up for a few days after using it, but will settle down pretty quickly.

3. The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion

Combat impurities with this wonder product from The Body Shop. Tea tree oil is known for its magic powers at eliminating blemishes and this overnight lotion includes antibacterial properties that helps fight the appearance of damaged skin. My skin is prone to a breakout and I love applying this at night and waking up to some seriously good results.

4. Aesop Rind Concentrate Body Balm

Don’t forget about the rest of your skin this winter and lather up with this delicious body balm from Aesop. What I love most about this moisturiser is how quickly it is absorbed by the skin, leaving behind a silky smooth texture. The citrus based fragrance is also super invigorating in this grey weather – perfect for applying after your morning shower to wake up for the day!

5. Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser

I feel very indulgent when I use this body cleanser, its almost like being in a day spa. This is one of Aesop’s best sellers, and its no wonder given its heavenly scent and ability to cleanse perfectly without leaving a trace of grime. As if it wasn’t hard enough to get out of the shower during winter, you’ll want to stay there all day with this beauty!