Monday, July 27, 2015

Review: Hair&Me Hair Rejuvenation Treatment*



Over the weekend I tried the Hair&Me Hair Rejuvenation Treatment* which was kindly sent to me from the Hair&Me team. I rarely use hair masks, because having fine hair that lacks body at the best of times, I'm always worried they will over-condition my hair and leave me with completely limp locks. But I decided to throw caution to the wind, and give this rejuvenating treatment a go. In the name of science.

Hair&Me say: 'Hair&Me Hair Rejuvenation Treatment is 100% organic. It is an oil based product, using coconut, macadamia, jojoba & almond oil – designed to help repair, moisturise & strengthen your hair & scalp.'

I must say I love the packaging of this product! The packet is a gorgeous bright pink colour, and the resealable plastic screw-top lid was easy to open. Also, should you not use it all, you can simply screw the cap back on and save the rest for next time; no mess, no fuss, no leakages. I will easily get one more treatment out of my remaining product.





The product information and directions for use are stated clearly on the back of the packet, which is great. It's a good idea to actually read through the directions and usage tips, because some preparation is required. This is not like a face mask that you can slap on for ten minutes while you get ready for your shower then wash off!  Firstly, it's recommended you put the packet in the fridge for 30 minutes before use to harden the formula to a cream-like consistency, so it's easier to apply. Then you need to set aside some time, as this treatment works best if you leave it on for at least 45 minutes. You can even leave it on overnight if you're that way inclined! Personally I couldn't sleep with damp hair and I'd be worried about my pillowcase getting covered in it. I had a very relaxing 45 minute pink bubblebath (finally using my remaining Lush Candy Mountain Bubble Bar!), applying the Hair&Me Rejuvenation Treatment right at the start. It was easy to apply and smelled ah-mazing (think tropical island holiday and Pina Colada cocktails - must be the strong coconut aroma). After that, I had a shower and washed the mask out, shampooing and conditioning like normal. It took a while to get the coconutty treatment off my neck, and I'd recommend using a body exfoliant to aid the removal.





Overall, I'm pleased with the results. My hair was less tangly (although not completely tangle-free) and easier to comb through. Once it was dry you could definitely see and feel a difference. It looked healthier, felt a lot softer and was more moisturised and just looked really nourished and shiny, like it had a good feed! The ends don't look as ratty and the hairstyles I'm wearing in the two days since are looking better because the lengths of my hair are soft and coming together more. Unfortunately my hairdryer decided to shit itself a quarter of the way through blow-drying (I only got my fringe done) so I can't comment on volume, as I really need my hairdryer to create volume after washing my hair. I've since added my favourite Batiste Dry Shampoo XXL Volume to the roots, and it's now looking as full as I can normally get it. I'm not going to be paranoid about hair masks after using this, as it didn't make my hair go limp and flat, even without the use of a hairdryer. I made an emergency trip to the shops and bought a new one in case you were wondering, because I cannot be without my hairdryer! (This is why I will never go camping, lol).

All products from this brand are vegan friendly and aren't tested on animals. Yay!





Hair&Me Hair Rejuvenation Treatment is $19.95 for 90ml

*Disclaimer: This product was provided for editorial consideration. No payment was received. This review is my honest opinion.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Just Desserts Part 2!


Another round of School Holidays, another mini-break in the city! I've been so lucky with prizes lately. I had a $500 accommodation voucher left over from another prize, so my husband and I stayed at the Rendezvous Adelaide (a 5 star hotel!) for a couple of nights. We also had over $100 in hotel credit at our disposal, as the accommodation alone didn't quite reach $500. Hello expensive buffet breakfast and room service! You can check out all the desserts we ate on our last mini-break weekend here (Wordless Wednesday: Just Desserts). But for now, I present to you, the latest round of sweet treats (with some fruit at the end to ease my guilt)!


Lime Sorbet, Apple Pie Icecream & Walnut Sticky Date with Caramel Sauce Icecream - Gelatissimo
Flourless Orange Cake, Candied Orange, Double Cream & Ginger Glaze - Rendezvous Hotel
Picnic Cheesecake - a stall in the Adelaide Central Markets, can't recall which one!
Various desserts - Asador Lunch Buffet at La Boca Bar & Grill
Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie - St Louis House of Fine Icecream & Dessert
Wild Strawberry Waffle - St Louis House of Fine Icecream & Dessert
Watermelon and Blood Orange - Hotel Rendezvous continental breakfast
Passionfruit and strawberries - Hotel Rendezvous continental breakfast

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Review: Maggie Beer Apricot Jam!*




Recently I was contacted about jam. Maggie Beer's Apricot Jam*, to be precise. Would I like to try some? Umm, yes please! After trialling and reviewing the delicious Maggie Beer Soup range (see my Review here), I was not passing this opportunity up!

From the Maggie Beer website: "A traditional preserve made with ripe, seasonal fruit. Apricot jam made this way should be given pride of place in an elaborate breakfast. Spread generously onto thick pieces of wholemeal toast with lashings of unsalted butter, slathered with jam so full of fruit that you need to press it down to make it stay on the toast."

The only disappointment with this Maggie Beer Apricot Jam is that the jar isn't big enough! The taste is sweet, delicious and bursting with flavour. The consistency is chunky, thick and resplendent with large, juicy apricot pieces. The apricots in this jam are so big I actually think they're full-sized or possibly halved apricots. Never before have I experienced a jam that contains such large pieces of fruit. Can a product taste gourmet? I don't know, but this jam just tastes yummy and better than the usual jams you buy from the supermarket.

The ingredients in this product are Fresh Apricot (49%), Sugar, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Vegetable Gum (Pectin).

Maggie Beer also makes Burnt Fig Jam and Raspberry & Pomegranate Jam and sells a trio called Jam Packed which contains Seville Marmalade. Interestingly, Jam Packed costs $29.90, but if you buy the three products it contains separately you'll only pay $29.85. That's five cents cheaper! Get onto this anomaly, Maggie Beer team! LOL.




How do you like your jam? Scones with jam and cream were met with great enthusiasm in my house, especially with thick Dollop cream. Yum! I also tried out this Apricot Jam on hot crumpets and English Muffins for breakfast, which made my mornings a bit special compared to the usual Vegemite on toast.

I found this recipe for Apricot Jam Fool With Almond And Rosemary Crisp on the Maggie Beer website and thought I'd include it for the Masterchefs out there!

Photo Credit: photo taken from the Maggie Beer website

Apricot Jam Fool With Almond And Rosemary Crisp
(recipe courtesy of maggiebeer.com.au)

INGREDIENTS
2/3 cup mascarpone
1 cup thickened cream
1/2 cup Apricot Jam
50ml Verjuice
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 cup flaked almonds
1 tspn rosemary, finely chopped

1. Preheat oven to 180C.

2. To make the almond crisp, place the Verjuice, brown sugar, almonds and rosemary in a bowl and toss to combine.

3. Spread the almond mixture evenly on a baking tray lined with baking paper.

4. Bake for 9 minutes then rotate the tray and cook for another 9 minutes, watching to make sure the sugar does not burn.

5. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool, then break into shards.

6. Place the thickened cream into a mixing bowl and whisk until a soft peak. Fold through the mascarpone until combined.

7. To serve place ½ the cream mixture into the serving glasses then add ½ of the jam.

8. Repeat the layers finishing with apricot jam on the top.

9. Place shards of the almond and rosemary crisp on top along with rosemary to garnish

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Apricot Jam is available from the Maggie Beer website, $9.95 for 285g.

*Disclaimer: This product was provided for consideration. No payment was received. Apricot Fool recipe and photo credit to the Maggie Beer website. This review is my honest opinion, as always.

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