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Mar. 22.

Something Else Sunday: New Hair

ses-hair-thMy hair and I have had a love/hate relationship for quite a while. It is usually a messy, unruly, knotted mass that I affectionately refer to as “the bird’s nest”. Some days we are okay together, while others I am tempted to just shave the whole lot off (usually just after getting my brush caught in an impenetrable tangle). I have also wanted lighter hair for some time, and have been working on it for more than two years. Unfortunately, being unwell got in the way, and nobody so much as looked at my hair with a view to making improvements for 9 months. Until this week, that is.


I was looking for somewhere that could do something for my hair for a couple of weeks. Knowing what I wanted done, I was looking for a full head of highlights, a cut and blowdry. Cost was also a consideration, as not working means getting great value wherever possible. With that in mind, last week I got on to the SalonAddict website to see what was available. It was there I found Techniques Hair Salon, located on Aungier St. Handily enough I could get the Luas in to Stephen’s Green, and be to the salon in a couple of minutes. It was within my budget, so I happily booked and paid the deposit. Unfortunately a little while later I got a text message saying the appointment I booked was no longer available, but these things happen, so I called the salon the next day and got everything rebooked. So far, so good.

I arrived into the bright, airy salon a few minutes early for my appointment, but was soon enough in the chair, apologising for the state of my hair and explaining that I wanted to go “lighter, but not too light”. Looking at the highlights already in my hair, we decided to go one step up from where they were. Happy with that, my stylist (whos name I can’t for the life of me remember) got to work. It took about an hour to do all of the highlights, before they were left to sit for a little while. When everything was washed out, it was decided a toner was needed to help everything blend properly, which was sorted out without delay. It was then that we discussed what to do with my hair. Again, it was kept simple: Get rid of all the useless dead ends, then just give it a bit of shape and layering to tidy it up. Finally it was blowdried with a soft curl, which makes a change from the massively curly head  that I usually have.

At last the time came for me to put my glasses back on (I’m blind without them) and see the results. They were SHOCKING! Shocking in a good way though. I was amazed at how sleek, shiny and manageable my hair looked. The colour, somewhere in between blonde and brown looked gorgeous, and the shape with the blowdry was to die for. I was super impressed!


Of course, then came the point where money was to change hands. I wasn’t annoyed with this though, because the total to pay, for everything, was just €80. I have previously paid more and received less, so I happily paid up everything that was owed and a little extra tip, which was thoroughly deserved, as I was made to feel so welcome, and there was no more that they could do for me.

They say a new hairstyle can help change your mood, and it is certainly true. Since my trip to the salon on Wednesday, every time I have seen my hair in the mirror, I have been smiling. I may have to plan my next trip soon. Sooner than 9 months away anyway!


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May. 22.

Tested Thursday: Lacura CC Cream

tt-lacura-thI first saw this Lacura CC Cream over on Karen’s lovely blog, Beating Myself Into a Dress in April, and as it’s been sitting in my review basket next to me for a while, I decided to finally see if it is as she says it is. And well, is it? Lets read on and find out.


For those of you who don’t know, Lacura is Aldi’s makeup and skincare brand. And by all accounts they do have some great products at an amazing price, including one that is considered a near dupe for Lancome’s Touche Eclat. That’s a good start, so this should be pretty good, you would hope.


One thing that does stand out for me straight away though, is that on the box it’s declared as being for “All Skin Tones” while on the tube itself it’s only for “All Skin Tone”. I know that is a minor thing, but as someone who used to work doing design work, it bothers me. The box also declares, right on the front, that it gives “Flawless overage, Naturally radiant complexion, Moisturising complex, and UVA/UVB protection with SPF 15”

tube-infoOn the back of the box and tube they have the standard selling spiel about how products are carefully formulated with the finest ingredients etc. etc. and informs us that the product “conceals small blemishes and irregularities and therefore ensures a flawless, naturally radiant complexion” while “Intelligent colour pigments adept to the skin and create a matt finish”.


Here’s where I get confused. Surely radiant and matte are different things, one bright, the other dull? How can it do both bright and dull at once? Okay, but how does it get on with its other claims?

  • Flawless coverage: Definitely. The coverage from this is so complete you could hide everything under it and it would never be found.
  • Moisturising: Yeah, it felt nice going on to my skin, didn’t feel drying.
  • All skin tones: Moving swiftly along.
  • Conceals blemishes and irregularities: Oh yes. Again looking at the coverage, it will hide anything you want it to hide.

Now, I did skip over one claim there. The all skin tone one. I think the time has come to answer it. Brace yourself.


That is my hand. That is the CC cream on my hand, and just for comparison, that’s a stripe wiped back off with a cotton pad. It’s BROWN. Not adapting to my skin tone, not anywhere close to my skin tone. It’s just brown. So, that’s the all skin tones part failed, miserably.

For the purposes of Tested Thursday you usually get to see the product where it is meant to go, in this case, my face. I’m sorry, I just can’t bring myself to do it. This is not going near my face, unless there was a big payday at the end of it, or I was looking for brown facepaint.

Lacura, I’m sorry. It’s a certain no from me for this. You offer so much on the box, but if it doesn’t stand a chance of ever coming close to my skintone it will just never work. Maybe next time.


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