Interview – Chantelle of Conrad Mace

Chantelle McCormick

Recently I got to interview Chantelle who is a Senior Colourist and Stylist at Conrad Mace.

Both professional and easy going Chantelle has been hair dressing for 6 years now and absolutely loves her clients and the creativeness of her job.

What’s your  advise to young hairdressers?

  • Start an  Apprenticeship with a well recognised salon.
  • Attend  training nights and days to improve your skills and keep up to date with  future trends and techniques.
  • Be willing to  put in a lot of hard work and effort.
  • Get as much  exposure as possible.
  • Love your clients and they will love you back!

What is your  greatest strength as a hairdresser?

  • I am  definitely a people person. Being able to communicate with your clients, and  getting to know them is really important.
  • Being reliable  is also really important.
  • I love what I do , and I believe it shows.
  • I have  exceptional attention to detail.
  • What is the  most enjoyable part of your  job?
  • Completely changing a persons look, and making them feel amazing about  themselves.

What has been  your career highlight to date?

  • Spring Racing  is always a highlight for me. So many amazing people to meet, and hairstyles  to create.

What trends do  you think will be easiest to try in the upcoming seasons, cuts, styles and  colours?

  • Fringes are  STILL happening this season, although softer side-swept fringes are more the  trend.
  • Hair around  the face creates softness and warmth, in the chillier months to  come.

What ‘on  trend’ styles have the most flexibility (wearable and low maintenance) for  those of us that haven’t got the cash to see a stylist monthly?

  • Natural  blondes are definitely a  winner this season. Easy to wear, and a  little less maintenance too.  
  • Medium to long hair is also great, as shorter styles often need more  attention.  
  • No matter what  the colour or length, your hair must SHINE!

Tools and  products you think are essential to have at home?

  • definitely  invest in some good brushes, a good quality hair dryer and a heat protect  spay.
  • burnt hair  doesn’t shine! you will be amazed at how much easier it is to create polished  looks with the right equipment!
  • Keep up  regular treatments too.

I’ve been  hearing a lot lately about Moroccan Oil Treatments, can you  explain….

  • Moroccan oil  is, in one word, amazing. I’ve never used anything like it.
  • Its a weightless oil that nourishes and protects the hair, whether it is applied  to damp hair before blow waving, used as a scalp treatment or added to colour  before applying.
  • Protection and  amazing shine.

Any tips for  Brides or for formal occasions?

  • Have your colour done by a professional at least 1 week before the day.
  • Start  treatments and glossing a few weeks before.
  • Have a trial,  so there is no stress on the day.


Conrad Mace is located in Victoria, Australia and specialises in both hairdressing and beauty. So if your ever in the area call ahead for an appointment!

For any more information about the Salon visit


(Isn’t the salon lovely!)

Madame B


Long Term Relationship Hair!!

You may all think that I’ve gone a little Valentines mad, well I kind of have !!!!

I was sent these products and have been using them for about 2 weeks (maybe 3).


“Love your luscious long locks, or always coveted long hair, but could never quiet go the full distance? Now you can help kiss breakage goodbye and embrace the perfect partner for enjoying a lifelong love affair with long hair – introducing Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship

Scientifically formulated specifically for long tresses, Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship puts the love pack into your hair.”

The first thing I really love about them is the scent, its divine without being over powering. I guess this isn’t really new as Herbal essences Shampoo’s and Conditioners have always had a lovely scent about them!

Like I said I have been using these for a couple of weeks now and I have been pleasantly surprised. My hair is smoother and definitely shinier! The other thing I noticed is that I’m not having to wash my hair as often, which as you all know is a plus for me because the red fades quicker if I have to wash it more than twice a week! The mask is so thick and would recommend trying it out too! For  RRP $6.49 and $7.99 its a price you really can’t beat. And who doesn’t love a product that does more for less!

Fragrance – Red raspberry and satin, inspired by nature’s essence and blooming with luscious fragrance:
• Top notes – berry custard brulee, blackberry juice, plum and wild strawberry
• Middle notes – red velvet dream cake, violet flower, jasmine petal and red orchid
• Base notes – chocolate cherry melt-away, sensual woods and musk

(doesn’t it sound almost edible!!)


Even more Valentines posts on the way!!!!!

Madame B



Products I’m Using

Moisturizer-  Triolgy Vital Moisturising Cream and Lancome Cell Defense

Wash- Garnier 3 in 1

Toner- Lush Tea Tree Spray

Other–  QSilica for my hair, skin and nails
Face Primer-  Smashbox- Hybrid and regular. Benefit Dr. Feelgood.
Eye Primer-  Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Foundation-  Revlon Colourstay

Powder- Maybelline Pure Powder Matte

Loose Powder- Face of Australia Translucent
Concealer-  Smashbox and Bourjois
Bronzer-  Benefit Hoola
Eyeshadow-  Too Faced Little Black Dress Duo

Base– Mehron Palettes
Eyeliner-  eBay Gel Liners and Loreal Intense Liquid
Mascara-  Maybelline Great Lash
Lipstick-  NYX Femme and still loving Mac Fashion Mews
Lipgloss-  Chi Chi  or K.K
Lipliner-  Bourjois Natural
Blush-  Smashbox Cast/Crew Duo, Benefit Dandelion
Highlighter-  Stilla All Over Shimmer
Make Up Brush-  Mac 187 so versatile!
Perfume- Marc Jacobs Lola or Elizabeth Arden Provocative Woman (always a favourite!)

Hairspray- Got2b Volumising

Shine- Inecto Coconut

Mouse – Garnier XXL

Treatment- Herbal essence Long Term Relationship

After the Wet Set – Retro Styling

This is a super quick way to style your hair after you have curled it. This is a great style to do the day before you plan on washing it.

I would recommend only using Hairspray and a shine spray, nothing else will be required!

Madame B


Basics : Wet Set – Longer Lasting Curls

A wet set in my opinion is the best way to get longer lasting curls.  Its also great because it gives your hair a break from heat styling.

The smaller  the roller the tighter the curl. I like to do my set with smaller rollers so the first day I have tight curls, second they are a bit messier and on the third day I usually brush through the curls  so its smooth from the root and the curls are at the ends. Some times I leave them for a fourth day and do an up-style.

Getting the curls to last

  • Don’t use too much product (it will weigh the hair down)
  • Use a wide toothed comb on the curls, only if you need to (not a brush)
  • Make sure that the hair is completely dry before taking them out

The products I used in the video were Redken Curl Spray and Garnier XXL Mouse.


Madame B


Decades Past 1960s

From perfectly pale in Swinging England to the surf culture inspired looks of California . The hairstyles, clothes and the first ‘Uber-Model” . The 1960s gave birth to a new era of somewhat individual style  that previous decades constrained.  Times certainly were starting to change . The youths had more disposable income than that of the previous decades and they were starting to be not only seen but heard!

Not surprisingly the contraceptive pill was introduced in the first year of the sexually charged 1960s.

Elizabeth Taylor – The Life

27th Feb 1932

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“My mother says I didn’t open my eyes for eight (8) days after I was born but when I did the first thing I saw was an engagement ring, I was hooked.”

Having 8 weddings to 7 men this is a perfect quote to sum up  Taylors personal life.

Taylor became MGM’s top child star in 1944.

Her first Oscar was for her portrayal as a model/call girl in BUtterfield 8(1960). Taylor starred in 70 films and was the first actress to receive one (1) million dollars for a role, it was for Cleopatra.

“If somebody is dumb enough to offer me one (1) million dollars for a role I’m certainly not going to be dumb and turn it down.”

Twiggy – The Face

19th Sept 1949

twiggy 3

Born Leslie Hornby, Twiggy became the first of the ‘Uber-Models”’. The name Twiggy came from her twig like appearance, being one of the first ‘waif’ models.

She has appeared in films stage and even released albums, is a published author several times over, has a clothing and also a bed linen line.

Going from strength to strength, is there anything she can’t do?

“[Disputing Janice Dickison as the world’s first supermodel]: I think it’s up for grabs, really. I certainly was around before her and before me there was Jean Shrimpton For me, the world’s first supermodel is probably Shrimpton because she was my idol.”

Sophia Loren – Sex Symbol

20th Sept 1934


“A woman’s dress should be like a barbed wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.”

Sophia has had a long career  spanning from 1950 and is still acting today.

Loren was often seen as the ‘Italian Marilyn Monroe” and was one of the reigning sex symbols of the sixties.

Hating beauty salons, Loren often did her hair and nails herself.

“Sex appeal is 50% what you’ve got and 50% what people think you’ve got.”

Jane Fonda – Workout Queen

21 December 1937


“Working in Hollywood does give one a certain expertise in the field of prostitution.”

Probably most widely recognised as her role in Barberella (1968), a movie that brought sex to outer space. But is also as an aerobic Icon from her work out video’s and book.

Fonda’s life has been filled with controversy from her political views, protesting and her risqué choice in roles.

Quitting acting during the second half of her marriage to Tom Hayden she then returned to films in 2005 in The Monster-In-Law.

“It’s always great to rehearse on a plane because people think you’re mad.”

Bridgette Bardot – Sex Kitten

28th September 1934


“If I could do anything about the way people behave towards each other, I would, but since I can’t I’ll stick to animals.”

Bardot is an avid animal rights supporter and also has her own foundation for the cause, “Foundation Bridgette Bardot”.

Not limiting herself to acting and animal rights, Bardot also released several songs during the 60s and 70s.

The nickname ‘Sex Kitten’ was given to her as she was always popular with male audiences whether the movie was a hit or not.

“I have always adored beautiful young men. Just because I grow older, my taste doesn’t change. So if I can still have them, why not?”


So many people and events shaped the sixties that its hard to narrow down the list. Vidal Sassoon, Jackie Onassis, Jean Shrimpton, Edie Sedgwick, Twiggy, The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, the clash of the Mods and Rockers, Sophia Lauren, Elizabeth Taylor, Andy Warhol, Mary Quant, the ‘micro mini’ and the summer of love all ending with the grizzly Manson Murders.

Madame B


Decades Past 1950s Stars

the 1950 gave us the best decade of style and icons that are still adored today. Here are a few of my favourites.

Bettie Page 

 22nd April 1923 – 11th December 2008 

Known as a “Bondage and Pin Up Queen” Page has been one of the greatest inspirations for many. Not only hopeful pin ups, nostalgia buffs but also in many subculture communities.

Her life was not without scandal , as you can imagine being  Bettie Pagea fetish icon in the 50s, it was a very different and definitely a more  conservative time then.

She left the industry in the late 1950s and went into seclusion, living her later years out of the spotlight claiming she hated seeing her idols grow old and that her fans would rather remember her from‘glory’ days, so to say.

Page was nick named the girl with the perfect figure,  a girl that was both naughty and nice. From her raven hair ,s hort bangs and distinctive style she still inspires fashion and media today making her a true Icon.

"[Jerry Tibbs was] the one who got me wearing bangs. For years I had my hair parted down the middle in a ponytail, tucked down around the sides. But he said to me, ‘Bettie, you’ve got a very high forehead. I think you’d look good if you cut some bangs to cover it.’ Well, I went and cut the bangs, and I’ve been wearing them ever since. They say it’s my trademark."

Marilyn Monroe

1st June 1926 – 5th August 1962


“Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.”

Norma Jean transformed into Marilyn Monroe (1946) by dying her brunette hair platinum blonde.  She was the first to grace the commvers of Playboy magazine in 1953 and and is still seen as one of the sexiest actresses of all time.

Even after her untimely death she is loved and adored and well known for her figure, blonde hair and ‘breathless’ voice.

She will forever be an Icon and a sex symbol.

“What do I wear in bed? Why, Chanel No. 5, of course.”

Audrey Hepburn

4th May 1929 – 20th January 1993


“My look is attainable. Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large sunglasses, and the little sleeveless dresses.”

Originally dreaming of becoming a ballerina, her tall stature and lack of constant training throughout the war ultimately ended her career as a dancer.

Starred in many favourites such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady and Funny Face just to name a few.

Having worked with Givenchy on several occasions, Hepburn was known not only for her style and grace  but also her humanitarian achievements as a UNICEFF ambassador.

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Madame B



Hair Tutorial – Half Up to an Up Do !

Ok second hair tutorial this week !!!

Do you guys like these? Should I  keep going ?!?

Madame B