Life is too short to have boring hair! Colour bug review

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Craving colourful hair?

Today pastel hair is a magazine cover staple.

More celebrities than ever are daring to try bold statement hair colours and recently international catwalks have been filled with brightly coloured strands.

With so much gorgeous inspo, like the images I’ve curated below, you may want to try a new look.

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So, what to do when you want to try a new colour, but don’t want to commit to it long-term? Or perhaps, like myself, you love having pink hair, but simply can’t have it all the time due to work purposes.

The Kevin Murphy Color Bug is a temporary hair colour product designed to wipe on and wash out for a fun hair makeover that can be achieved quickly and easily.

84294-29200This product has been around for quite some time, but I hadn’t tried it until now.

I purchased a pink bug (they also come in Shimmer, Neon, White, Orange and Grape) from Adore Beauty.

Having tried hair chalk before, I was eager to see whether this product was easier to apply and less damaging to my hair.

I was so excited when the package arrived (albeit a lot later than expected due to courier issues – on that note Adore Beauty have amazing customer service reps who organised the product to be re-shipped via Australia Post) with the product itself and a short set of straight forward instructions and recommendations.

Protected under a clear plastic lid, the product itself is a chalk-like texture in a deep but vibrant pink hue.

Kevin Murphy shows you how easy it is to use in this video below and I’d definitely recommend people watch this if they’re wanting to know more about the product and how easy it is to apply.

So is it that easy in real life?

Kevin Murphy would have applied the Color Bug many times, so it’s slightly more time consuming doing it yourself for the first time. However, I followed all the recommendations and found the process really easy.

I was a bit nervous going in, as I had read a few comments saying the product was messy and got everywhere, which I can’t say I experienced too much. I put a towel around my shoulders to protect my outfit. A little bit of product fell on the sink during the process, but as it comes off with water it wasn’t an issue.

As I have slightly unruly locks naturally I straightened my hair before using the product. I used leave-in conditioner prior to application to prevent the colour grabbing, as my ends are a very light blonde hue.

To help the colour adhere to the hair and give a boost, I used a texturising spray as a base and then after applying the colour I set it using hairspray.

For applying the Color Bug itself, there are little finger holes on the container, which makes it easy to hold.

You simply rub the Color Bug onto your hair and work it in with your fingers until it is evenly distributed. Definitely wash your hands quickly afterwards so they don’t stain, or even better use gloves.

You can apply it quite lightly for a washed out colour or keep adding more for a vibrant pink.

My hair is a bayalage blonde and the colour showed up nicely on my darker strands, and was beautifully bright on my light blonde ends.

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This whole process takes a while, but I found was quicker then using hair chalk and much easier if you are wanting to colour large sections of your hair. This product can be used for colouring your whole hair, steaks or simply the tips.

I just applied the product by myself, but it would be handy to have someone to help colour the back sections of your hair, so you may want to enlist help from a friend if you are wanting the look to be perfect.

Hairspray afterwards is a must, I would say, to prevent transfer and keep your colour vibrant for as long as possible.

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The colour is long-lasting and you could keep it over to the next day, just keep in mind that you are likely to get a bit of product transferred onto your pillowcase unless you wrap your head in a towel.

After only one shampoo, the colour had gone from my roots, and my ends had gone from a bright pink to a lovely, light pastel pink shade that complemented the natural blonde.

I expected this since my hair is so light, but it’s important to note that it doesn’t necessarily all go after one wash. The ends of my hair had a light tinge of pastel pink for a week (multiple washes) after using the product.

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Photo: On the left is my strands after using the Color Bug (taken with flash), the picture on the right is my hair after one shampoo (without flash).

I will definitely use the Color Bug again, although it is hard to see how much product is left due to the packaging.

Overall, I think the Kevin Murphy Color Bug produces a fantastic effect, is easy to use, is not damaging to your hair (definitely doesn’t seem as harsh as hair chalk in terms of drying out your hair and isn’t as bad as dying your hair) and allows you change your look up quickly and temporarily.

It is best for people with dark blonde hair or darker. For people with light blonde hair, it’s not quite so temporary.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and if you’re looking for a semi-permanent hair colour solution found this review helpful.

If you have any questions, just pop them below!

My Eclectic Muse

March Beauty Favourites

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I can’t believe it’s almost April already! The start of the year has flown by.

Here’s the items in the My Eclectic Muse beauty rotation that were among my most-used products this month:

  • original_CWVO5 Texturising Spray
  • Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser
  • CoverGirl Eye Enhancers 4-Kit Shadow in Country Woods
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Lovers Coral

Beauty reviews for each of these products are below and if you want to know more about any of the March Beauty Favourites, simply click the product title for a link to the relevant company website, or ask using the comments section.

VO5 Dry Texturising Spray

This dry texturising spray is a sea salt spray formulated to give a tousled effect to layers and waves.

8844674760734It has a light hold to help keep styles in place.

It feels a bit like hairspray when you first use it, but it doesn’t leave your hair feeling crispy like hairspray does.

I just spray it one my hair and rub it in.

I love the instant texture and volume it creates and that is also doubles as a dry shampoo. It’s perfect for creating loose wave styles.

The smell is pleasant, but not too strong, which I like.


CoverGirl Eye Enhancers 4-Kit Shadow in Country Woods

51BhYsXMZ4L._SL290_AA290_The Country Woods palette colours are very neutral and are perfect for creating a subtle day-time, work appropriate, look.

You can experiment using them together or as single shades.

The colours blend together well, with just a hint of shimmer that can help make your eye look go from day to night.

Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser

I have been using this product daily for the last couple of months and have been impressed with how gentle the cleanser is on my skin and how effectively it removes dirt and make-up, leaving my skin feeling fresh and clean.

8699504102_95cb68e14e_oThe cleanser contains ingredients derived from coconut, corn, willow bark (a natural salicylic acid) and guar bean.

It comes in a pump bottle that makes dispensing the product easy.

I have quite dry skin naturally, and don’t often break-out except on occasion.

This product works well for my skin type as it’s quite gentle and non-greasy.

I like the fact that the cleanser removes my make-up well, although sometimes I need to wash twice around my eyes before my mascara is completely removed.

After using this, I follow up by applying a toner and moisturiser.

I also use the Purifying Pore Scrub from Neutrogena a couple of times a week in conjunction with this product.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Lovers Coral

I’m surprised to see this on my March favourites list, as when I first bought it a couple of months ago the lipstick didn’t meet my expectations. Now I know what to expect I am loving it for it’s pros, rather than focusing on the cons.

11082478_10155397854160504_2218767372699743438_o (1) (1)Lovers Coral is a peach/coral shade that suits my skin tone (quite fair, as you can see from the photo on the right). I’m loving peachy tones at the moment!

It has a “Shine” finish, which delivers lightweight colour and moisturising shine. It has buildable colour (to an extent) and even with my quite pigmented lips, I can still see a really pretty coral tint.

It’s also more moisturising than most lipsticks I’ve tried, which is a definite bonus.

So, what are the cons that initially put me off? It has quite a sheer tint and doesn’t have long lasting power. It only lasts about 2-3 hours before reapplication is needed.

It’s a pretty lip shade and overall I would recommend this product for those who are searching for a lipstick at a lower price point to wear every day for work (like I  have been) or uni. The lipstick gives you a bit of colour boost, without making you look too overdone.

Thanks for reading!

Edited 1 (1)I hope you enjoyed this post and finding out what beauty products I’ve been loving this month.

After writing the reviews I realised that all of the items are on the lower end of the market price point wise.

All can be bought at most chemist and supermarket chains.

Although I am very happy with all of these beauty products and will definitely be using them until they’ve run out, I’d still be interested in trying other texturising sprays and coral lipstick shades in the future.

If you have any recommendations I’d love you to pop a comment below.

My Eclectic Muse

5 Favourite Things for February: Beauty Review

Isn’t fantastic when you find a product you love and keep on loving! Here’s what is making the My Eclectic Muse beauty rotation this month:

  • Revlon Super Lustrous “Shine” Lipstick in Plum Velour
  • Loreal Paris La Touche Magique Highlighting Concealer
  • Napoleon Complex Skin Renewal Serum
  • Original Source Vanilla and Raspberry Shower Gel
  • Lucas’ Papaw Ointment

Beauty reviews for each of these products are below and if you want to know more about the 5 Favourite Things for  February simply click the product title for a link to the relevant website, or ask using the comments section 🙂

revlon 2Revlon Super Lustrous “Shine” Lipstick – Plum Velour

Plum Velour is a deep plum-berry shade with a slightly glossy sheen.

It’s made the My Eclectic Muse favourite 5 as it’s the perfect rich purple colour and has a slightly vampy aura, but isn’t to OTT so it can be worn during the day at work.

Plus, it has a buildable colour, so you can choose the effect you want.

With autumn around the corner, this lovely lipstick is likely to stay on popular rotation.

Lips 2Although it is not as hydrating as a balm, it doesn’t dry out your lips either, which is a plus.

It lasts a few hours, before reapplication (which is easy as it’s a lightweight lipstick) is needed, and fades into a subtle berry stain.

If you’re looking for a long-lasting lipstick this might not be for you, but if you’re wanting to try a slightly edgy plum hue for the first time or simply looking for a lippy that’s easy to apply on the go, then Plum Velour is a good place to start.

Please note that as it’s a lipstick that you build upon, the hue after the first application may depend on your natural lip colour.

Price: Cost varies between shops, but approximately $14 (AUD)

 

L’Oréal Paris True Match La Touche Magique Highlighting Concealer 

Say goodbye to dark circles under your eyes and hello to luminous skin!

This is what the product description says it does: “L’Oréal Paris True Match Touche Magique Concealer is an anti-fatigue and illuminating concealer which helps to visibly improve the appearance of dark circles and fine lines, leaving the delicate skin around the eye area looking radiant, as well as perfectly concealing any blemishes.”  

And guess what? It does exactly that. Yay! I use the shade Natural Beige and it suits my skin tone perfectly (I have quite pale skin).

true-match-touche-magique-w-1-2-ivory-beigeI use it under my eyes (it is fantastic for correcting dark circles) and on my lids as a base for eye shadow. It’s fantastic for removing imperfections as it is thick enough to work well, but could also be used as a general illuminator.

The product is dispensed by twisting one end until the bristles are loaded.

In the past other concealers have at times emphasised lines and not worked with powder, but with the La Touche Magique Highlighting Concealer those things are no longer an issue.

The formula is creamy and there’s enough staying power to last several hours.

For a low-fuss, “no makeup” look, try using it with a tinted moisturiser.

Price: Cost varies between shops, but approximately $13 – $15 (AUD)

 

Napoleon Complex Skin Renewal Serum

After getting my makeup done professionally by a Napoleon Perdis makeup artist for an event I redeemed this product from the cost of the session. It was recommended by the artist as the only tiny complaint I have about my skin is that it can sometimes be too dry.

Auto-Pilot-Napoleon-Complex-Skin-Renewal-Serum_lr_rft-697x1024It’s quite a large bottle and a little goes a long way, as you only use a small amount on each application. The pump bottle is terrific for ensuring you only dispense the amount of product you want to use.

Simply pump 2 to 3 drops of this and massage into the face and neck.

The serum has a water-like look and feel, and although it can feel slightly sticky when you first apply it, it absorbs fast once massaged into the skin (takes about a minute), which makes for an easy and hassle free application.

It leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. Afterwards, you can go about your normal routine, such as applying moisturiser and makeup.

The serum is described as being an anti-aging product to assist with dehydrated skin and skin trauma.

I have been using the serum on a daily basis this month and overall I have seen both an improvement to the lasting time of my makeup and the quality of my skin.

It’s slightly on the pricey side, but works well, so I would definitely consider purchasing again.

Price: $85 (AUD)

Original Source Vanilla and Raspberry Shower Gel

This smells amazing and so will you! Made with 100% natural fragrances, this little pink bottle of joy smells just divine.

$T2eC16d,!y0E9s2S7)LPBRD!R5NR2!~~60_35This moisturising shower gel is quite runny, but easy to apply and lather, and will leave your skin soft and smelling sweet. The smell doesn’t linger for too long afterwards, but the upside is that you won’t be craving a vanilla and raspberry milkshake the whole day like who will when you are using the gel in the shower.

I like the packaging, because it’s an easy-squeeze recyclable bottle. Plus, the words on the gel are eye-catching: “82 British sunrises helped make one moisturising bottle of this shower gel”. Cute, huh?

Also, all Original Source products are vegan and made with natural products.

Overall, this is definitely a winner if only for the fact alone that it makes you smile when you open it each time you take a shower. I love it!

Price: 500ml bottle is approx. $7.70 (AUD), but much cheaper when on special (available from supermarkets such as Coles, Woolworths & IGA)

 

Lucas’ Papaw Ointment

Who owns one of these fire engine red tubes/tubs of Lucas Papaw Ointment? Most people do because they’re so cheap and handy.

What I’m loving it for at the moment and why it’s made the My Eclectic Muse 5 favourite things list is that you can use it for a tonne of things other than keeping your pout moisturised and plump.

Lucas Papaw OintmentThe ointment has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties so it can be used as a local topical application for minor burns, sunburn, chafing and insect bites (it’s great to have a tube in your bag for when those sandflies just won’t leave you alone in unexpected places which has been happening to me a lot this month).

It does wonders for your skin! It’s great as a night eye cream; The heavy treatment helps those bags disappear. You can also try it on any other rough, dry patches, such as your feet.

Other unexpected uses include for your hair or makeup. Yes, really! Use it sparingly in place of a serum to tame fly-aways and frizziness if you’re doing a sleek up-do, or use a tiny bit to quickly hold down unruly brows. You can also use it on your cheekbones for a dewy sheen or dab over a matte lipstick for a sexy, glossy look.

If you haven’t tried this product yet, you definitely should. Plus they’re made from Australian papaws. Go Aussie grown!

Price: Cost varies between shops, but a 200g tub is approximately $25