Shimmer and shine: Wella Professional ILLUMINA Colour

  • Post a comment

It’s been a while since I’ve been balayaged. You may think it silly that I struggle to utter that sentence, but I have to say, since going singular with my hair colour, I feel a little sad. Being ombré-d was my thing, but alas, my desire to shake things up had me reaching for the hair dye – and my chocolate strands just left me feeling, well… a little flat.

That was until I was presented with a new salon offering from Wella Professionals. ILLUMINA is a brand new salon treatment offered to all women, with any hair colour who want to inject a little radiance into their hair hue without dramatically changing their colour. The ILLUMINA range offers 20 intermixable permanent colours that guarantee incredible luminosity and a sheer, more youthful look for your locks. The colours come in three palettes; warm, neutral and cool, and the best part is that you and your hairdresser can decide what look is best for you.

When I trotted off to get my tresses tended to last week, I didn’t really realise what I was in for. Knowing it was more than just a run-of-the-mill gloss treatment, I have to admit that when I stepped through the doors of the Toni & Guy Paddington salon I didn’t know that my life (and my hair) would never be the same.

Cadburys chocolate brown locks were the order of the day – and I was excited. Fast-forward one hour and I am blown away. I was left with the most luscious-looking mop of drool-worthy chocolate strands that I’ve ever seen. Not only that, my hair feels so healthy. I honestly never would have thought that single-hued hair could look this good. The comments from staff in the salon and my friends and family confirmed it. So, how did they do it? (Check the before and after shots below, with a cameo from the amazing Ric!)

ILLUMINA is different to other gloss colour treatments in that it’s designed to be more natural looking, with a sheer finish that adds subtle highlights that look as though you were born with them. Similar to those sun-kissed highlights that children have – the ones we all wish we still had! Your hair gets a sheer wash of colour and luminosity and it’s kind of like a ‘facelift’ for your locks.

The formula features breakthrough MICROLIGHT™ technology, which contains millions of micro-particles that encapsulate and remove tiny metals left on the hair from water residue. The technology provides superior hair protection to ensure that your hair isn’t damaged during the colouring process, and your strands are left soft and silky smooth. Wella Professional Ambassador Christine Rowe describes hair after the treatment as “looking like it’s been rolled in glitter” – and I must say, I couldn’t agree more.

Wella Professionals ILLUMINA, POA, 1300 889 886

What do you think of the ILLUMINA colour treatment? HIs this something you would try for yourself?

Don’t miss…

Yoghurt with berries

Kristen Stewart Oscars 2013

Woman wearing runny foundation

Jessie J natural eye make-up Brit Awards 2013

Five 'healthy' foods that aren't so healthy
Oscars outfits rated: the frocks and the shocks
Foundation blunders you need to stop making
The celeb makeover we never saw coming...

Member Comments

Posted by: Marza (Australia)

love the colour

Posted on: March 05, 2013 (Mar 5, 2013 5:38am)

Posted by: MoonStone (Australia)

Sounds absolutely perfect. I'd try for sure.

Posted on: March 05, 2013 (Mar 5, 2013 7:22am)

How to make baby bathtime fun

  • Post a comment

I’m always astounded by the intelligence of toddlers and children. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t spell when I was four, yet my little cousins seem to be more than adept at it. That being said, there’s always one fail-safe way to get a child’s attention, no matter how switched on they are: wave anything bright and colourful in front of them. So if you find that you happen to lose their focus come bathtime, you might want to have some of these products hanging around...

  1. Napro Super Soft Shampoo & Conditioner in 1 for Girls

    If your little girl loves all things pink and is a bit of a fairy fanatic, you'll find washing her hair an absolute breeze.

    Read More

  2. Napro Super Soft Shampoo & Body Wash in 1 for Boys

    Blue and pirates? Your little boy will forget any fears he has about getting his hair washed he'll love the packaging so much. You'll love that you only need to use one product for his hair and body!

    Read More

  3. Macleans Milk Teeth Toothpaste

    Uh, who better to encourage your kids to brush their teeth than The Wiggles?

    Read More

  4. Lush Ickle Baby Bot Bath Bomb

    If you enjoy having a bath with your little one, this will benefit you both. Even though it looks like a fun toy, the lavender and sandalwood oils will work a treat to relax and soothe both of you.

    Read More

  5. Lip Smackers 2-in-1 Shampoo

    It's bright, it's colourful, and the two-in-one hair product smells like candy. Your kids will love hair-washing days with this around!

    Read More

  6. GAIA Natural Baby Bath Time Fun Pack

    No bath should be without a rubber ducky (when there are children around, of course). It'll keep your little one entertained while you clean them with the GAIA body wash and shampoo.

    Read More

  7. Johnson’s baby Junior Conditioner Easy-Spray Detangling

    Knotty hair is only going to leave your child in pain and you frustrated, so hold on to your sanity by using this detangling spray.

    Read More

  8. Warner Bros Superhero Body Wash, $8.95, 1800 181 040

    Your little man has Batman pajamas, Superman bed sheets and a huge collection of superhero dolls, so this body wash is the perfect addition to his collection.

Do you use bright and colourful products for your kids’ bathtime? What are your favourite baby bath products?

Don’t miss…

The skin-refining tool reviewers adored... The best hairstyles for your hair type revealed Top foods to eat for clearer, youthful skin
Four things polished girls never ever do...



Member Comments

Posted by: Ellelily (Australia)

I would have loved these when i had my kids but there wasnt that much to choose from then... but this is a great range and i would have loved Smackers as i got some for my Grand daughter

Posted on: March 13, 2013 (Mar 13, 2013 5:59pm)

Posted by: Candyfairy (Australia)

We use the Macleans milk teeth toothpaste & currently using Johnsons bubble bath but have also used Gaia before as had heaps given to us when she was born, bit pricey and irritated her skin at first when he skin was skin brand new. Found Johnsons overall to be much gentler. :)

Posted on: March 13, 2013 (Mar 13, 2013 6:02pm)

Are these ingredients the answer to naturally glowy skin?

  • Post a comment

When it comes to food and drink, our bodies benefit from and more readily accept those that occur naturally. (Read: water, fruit and vegetables.) The same goes for skin care. Apply a product that contains ingredients of a natural origin and it’s less likely to irritate the skin, and more likely to penetrate and nourish the cells, promoting healthier skin.

But what natural ingredients should one employ when it’s hydrated, glowy skin you’re after? Or if you wish to correct your dry, dull and lacklustre skin? Well, there are many, but today we’re focusing on three: organic aloe vera, organic argan oil and chamomile.

This cactus plant is wonderful when it comes to soothing burns and sunburn, but its glorious talents go beyond healing skin wounds and inflammations.  Highly nourishing, it can help reduce scarring, stimulate cell growth and heal dry, cracked skin. Aloe vera is also high in vitamins E and C, and can lighten dark spots and pigmentation, promoting a clear, glowy complexion. It acts as a natural barrier on the skin too, protecting it from external ageing factors such as toxins and pollution.

Argan oil is well known for it’s nourishing abilities when it comes to hair, but it’s ultra-hydrating for the skin as well. Extracted from the kernels of an Argan tree, this ingredient has been used for centuries, and is rich in vitamin E. Also high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, it not only provides the skin with a natural protective barrier, but protection against free radicals, too. It is also a natural antioxidant, and leaves the skin feeling smooth and healthy.

As a tea, chamomile is deeply soothing for the stomach. As a skin care ingredient, it is the ultimate healer, as it reduces inflammations and irritations, making it perfect for sensitive or tender skin. It’s also wonderfully refreshing and purifying, so it is a fantastic addition to cleansers and toners.

Love the sound of these glow-inducing natural ingredients? Then you’ll adore this: the new wonderfully hydrating yet ultra-gentle Nivea Visage Pure & Natural skin care range contains 95 per cent of ingredients from natural origins (including the skin-loving ones mentioned above), and none of the products are priced over $12.99. Brilliant, huh?

But it gets better. Seriously. All six products in the Nivea Visage Pure & Natural range - Cleansing Lotion, Facial Cleansing Wipes, Cleansing Toner, Soothing Day Cream, Moisturising Day Cream, and Regenerating Night Cream – contain no parabens, silicones, colourants, and mineral oils. So, if these commonly used ingredients are of a concern to you, you’re free to go nuts with these newbies.

Not sure you’re keen to give the range a go? Our Trial Team did, and they loved it. But don’t take my word for it – read their Nivea Visage Pure & Natural reviews here so you’ll be armed with insider information when you next hit the beauty aisle at your favourite shopping haunt.

Did you know these natural ingredients were so good for your skin? Do you crave glowy, healthy, nourished skin? Are you keen to try the new Pure & Natural range from Nivea Visage?

Member Comments

Posted by: aussie_cat87 (Member since 2008, Australia)

Great article BH, I loved the Nivea Pure and Natural line too.

Posted on: March 04, 2013 (Mar 4, 2013 5:03pm)

Posted by: Hayley_22 (Australia)

argan oil is the best for hair

Posted on: March 04, 2013 (Mar 4, 2013 5:44pm)

Win everything trialled in February

  • Post a comment

So that's it, beauties - summer has come and gone and we've started our descent into the chilly season. So we thought we'd help ease you into autumn with a fabulous giveaway: a prize pack containing the very products tried, tested and loved by our Trial Team - including the Clarisonic Mia! All you have to do is find the answers to the questions below (hover each star to uncover the question) and fill out the competition form at the bottom of this page. It couldn't be easier to stock up your beauty cupboard!

  1. Clarisonic Mia

    How much more make-up can the Clarisonic Mia remove compared with regular cleansing?

    Read More

  2. Colgate Optic White

    What does Colgate Optic White do for your teeth?

    Read More

  3. NIVEA Pure & Natural

    Name the six NIVEA Pure & Natural skin care products tested by our Trial Team.

    Read More

  4. Almay Intense i-Color

    For which eye colours can you get Almay Intense i-Color Bold Nudes?

    Read More

  5. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation

    Which member titled their review for Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation “amazing”?

    Read More

Did you enter our comp to win everything trialled in December and January? Then you’ll probably be itching to find out if you’re the lucky winner.

Congratulations to…DianneRuss

You’ll be receiving your prize in the post very soon! So keep an eye out!

Competiton ends: AEST midnight March 11 2013
NSW Permit Number: LTPM/11/00694 / Class: Type C
ACT Permit Number: ACT TP 11/03451

Which product would you most love to try and why?

Don’t miss…

Yoghurt with berries

Kristen Stewart Oscars 2013

Woman wearing runny foundation

Jessie J natural eye make-up Brit Awards 2013

Five 'healthy' foods that aren't so healthy
Oscars outfits rated: the frocks and the shocks
Foundation blunders you need to stop making
The celeb makeover we never saw coming...


Member Comments

Posted by: Roxymisha (Australia)

Great group of products. I would love to try the Clarisonic after reading so many positive reviews.

Posted on: March 04, 2013 (Mar 4, 2013 12:02pm)

Posted by: Divine Diva (Australia)

Some great products have been trialled! I would love to try the Clarisonic after reading fab reviews and seeing what it has done for friends skin. :)

Posted on: March 04, 2013 (Mar 4, 2013 12:26pm)

Four things polished girls never do

  • Post a comment

I’ve never been a polished girl. You know, one of those heavenly creatures who manages to look pristine no matter what the situation – after the gym, at the end of a night out, just casually doing the shopping in Woolies. The kind of girl I imagine Emily Blunt to be: not a hair out of place or a scuffed heel to be seen. Ever.

Currently I’m sporting a two-week old chipped toenail paint job (with the polish removed from my two big toes from when I was testing out colours last week), fingernails that are all different lengths, and a serious case of bedhead that I didn’t quite have time to tame.

Yeah, I know, something’s got to change. But I don’t think it’s big changes that are needed here – nor a big budget to blow on manicures and blow-drys. I’ve been observing polished girls, you see, and I think I’ve managed to acquire some of their secrets. Their immaculate, well-presented demeanour is all down to paying attention to the small-but-important details that finish off a look, and setting a little time aside to keep these things in check.

In order for me to learn something from these well-put-together darlings, I’ve compiled a list of the things polished girls never ever do.

1) Have chipped, uneven fingernails. If a nail breaks, they take it as a sign it’s time to chop them all; if their polish chips, they either get rid of it all or switch it up for another colour. Tip: keep a nail file like Cutex Crystal Gloss Nail File and some nail polish remover pads such as Swisspers Nail Polish Remover Pads in your handbag for emergencies. Shorter, polish-free nails have got to be better than raggedy, messy ones, right?

2) Let their hair get to that day-after-the-day-it-needed-to-be-washed stage. Or, if they do, you would never, ever know it. My guess is polished girls don’t do lie-ins on hairwash days. If for some reason they don’t have time to shampoo greasy tresses, they have a go-to failsafe updo and they always have a good dry shampoo such as De Lorenzo Essential Treatments Absorb Dry Shampoo on hand to disguise any oiliness. Tip: a Scunci Bun Maker is one of the easiest ways to give yourself a chic-looking style without spending hours on it.

3) Walk like they stole their shoes from their mum. Yup, polished girls were born to wear heels. Or so it seems. They appear to have the ability to pound city streets, Carrie Bradshaw-style, with three inches of sexiness strapped to their soles without so much as a grimace of pain. But it’s all an illusion. What you don’t see it that they’ve got some cute fold-up ballet flats tucked in their bag ready to be worn when the night is over. And they’ve also employed the aid of some super-secret foot-helpers such as Compeed Blister Patches, which to not only help heal and protect your feet when you have blisters, but also to prevent them.

4) Have a smudged eye, a two-tone foundation jawline or a lipstick-splodged tooth in sight. These girls look in the mirror regularly during the day (under different lighting conditions). To make sure their foundation matches their skin and that their eye make-up has stayed on their eyes. Don’t be afraid to keep a compact mirror handy to check on your make-up throughout the day. When I see a polished girl checking her reflection in public, I never think, ‘oh, she’s vain’. In the back of my mind I’m always saying, ‘ahh, so that’s why she looks so good’.

Do you envy polished girls? Do you pay attention to the finishing touches of your look? What are your tips for looking pristine and flawless?


Member Comments

Posted by: Mikki29 (Australia)

I never have chipped nails or chapped lips. Also try not to overwash my hair but sometimes it feels so gross

Posted on: March 03, 2013 (Mar 3, 2013 1:21pm)

Posted by: IndieAna (Member since 2008, Australia)

I love a polished look, but rarely pull it of myself. It's just not practical for me, being a mum of four, I just don't have the time or energy, lol

Posted on: March 03, 2013 (Mar 3, 2013 1:21pm)