VS Sassoon Big Hair Review & How-To

I was given the opportunity to review the VS Big Hair Styler for both Vidal Sassoon and BeautyHeaven. The video for BeautyHeaven can be found here, plus the other girls video’s too!


The following video is the one I filmed for VS Sassoon and its part of a competition, (not entirely sure how it worked, but if you want to be on their trial team check out the website!)


As I explained in the video’s it was really easy to pick up how to use it. The recommended retail price is $99.95AUD but I’ve seen it on sale at quite a few stores for a lot less.


Anyway I hope you enjoy the video’s!


My review of the latest version of the Big Hair Styler  and a quick way yo freshen up 2 or 3 day old hair can be found here

For more VS Sassoon Product reviews and demo’s click here

For more hair reviews and tutorials click here


Links to Vidal Sassoon;

YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/vssassoon#p/u

Twitter – http://twitter.com/#!/vssassoon

Website – http://www.vssassoon.com.au

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/VSSassoon?sk=wall



Madame B Fatale


I was given these free to trial and enter the competition!

Illamasqua Product Overview – Part 1

I’ve used Illamasqua products in a few tutorials here and there (one coming up too!), but here is a quick run down of a couple of products. This will be part one and the second will be posted in a few weeks!


illamasqua swatches

L to R : Illamasqua Illuminator Halcyon, Illamasqua Lipstick Liv, Illamasqua Lipstick Flare, Illamasqua Cream Pigment Mould, Illamasqua Liquid Metal Stoic.


First up is the lovely illuminator Halcyon, besides the swatch I unfortunately couldn’t get great photo’s of it in action. These come in 7.5ml thin tubes, they may look small but this is one of those products that a small amount really does go a long way. Since I purchased this I have used it every time I’ve done my makeup, the glimmering nude gold shade is a perfect highlight for me and I love it! The texture is creamy, spreads evenly and stays put. I definitely want to try more of these!

Next up is two lipsticks- Live and Flare(NEWISH Toxic Nature Collection), both are creamy long wearing and unbelievably pigmented! Usually when I find a lipstick that is long wearing on me I find that they dry out my lips, but not with these. Even after I take it off my lips still feel soft and supple. I would recommend having your lips in a good condition before you apply as they can show up flaky spots (see below, my lips are not in awesome condition!) when worn without gloss, but this is something I’d recommend with all lipsticks. And as with any orange based lip products they don’t exactly brighten your smile, it actually inspired me to start whitening my teeth so it suits me better! Here they are applied to bare lips.

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I would say the top swatches are much more accurate colour wise than the lip swatches. Although I love them both I have to keep a close eye on the Liv lipstick as my sister has mentioned numerous times that its just ‘simply her’ colour. (Umm she’s the older sister, shouldn’t I be ‘borrowing things from her?!?)

Onto the Mould Cream Pigment (NEWISH Toxic Nature Collection) and the Stoic Liquid Metal both swatched above. You know I love a multi purpose product and thisillamasqua stioc, 24 lashes is exactly why I like Mould a little more than Stoic. Don’t get me wrong Stoic is stunning on the eyes but Mould is stunning on both the eye’s and the lips! Both of these formulas tend to crease unless a shadow is applied over the top. The only thing that helps them last a little longer for me is by applying them with a fluffy brush and applying in very thin layers. That being said they are stunning as bases (above right, Illamasqua Lashes in 24 also worn) and Mould works perfectly on the lips as either a solid colour or for lip contouring (below, used as subtle eyeliner as well).Mould Lips  and Eyeliner





So that’s it for part 1 , part two coming soon and of course the next tutorial (picture left).




Madame B Fatale



Some products were sent for post consideration, the rest was bought.

Es Eyelashes from KKCenterHK

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Choosing which ones to review was hard as there are so many fantastic styles to choose from. I ended up choosing the A218 style as these are a more natural, less dramatic lashes and although these aren’t exactly natural they are compared to the style of lash I would generally go for.

As these aren’t human hair lashes I was kind of expecting them to have that shiny plastic look some of the non natural lashes can have but they are actually quite fine and fluttery!

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I have used them in two of my latest tutorials ( here and eyehere) and worn them out quite a few times and I’ve had numerous wears out of two pairs so I can see this pack of 10 lasting a very long time! Costing only $10.94 (USD) per box of 10 so that’s a little over a dollar a pair and with them lasting quite a few wears per pair they are definitely a bargain!

Another definite plus is that they can be bent and shaped easily and they are also fine which makes them very easy to apply. As always would recommend investing in a good glue, my personal madamebfatalefavourite is Duo, and application will be a breeze.

The site that sent me them was KKCentreHK and they stock a wide array of lashes to choose from plus wigs, makeup, shoes and other stuff as well! Shipping from what I can tell is fairly inexpensive and they have a live help chat if you need any further assistance. Everything else on the site is really inexpensive as well.

So all in all I’ve been really impressed with with the lashes and their performance and also the price. I will definitely purchase some more, maybe not of this style as I don’t think I’ll be running out anytime soon!

Madame B Fatale
The lashes were sent for post consideration.

Permanent Hair Removal, AT HOME!

Ever thought about it, you have, well keep reading!
I was asked if I would like to try the E-ONE IPL machine for 2 months to see the results for myself and review. All though I was nervous at first it has been something I had been dying to try since I remember seeing it on TV a while back. I was also assured that they were after and honest review and not just to sing their praises. So here we are 3 months later and the review.pink_dark_300
EONE is the first of its kind, up until now IPL has been and expensive
procedure available only through salons. Now you are able to do it in the comfort of your home at any time you wish!Now one of the first things I wanted to point out about the EONE is that it definitely isn’t an impulse buy, costing $2495.00 for the system its something that you will want to research for yourself before buying. But if it works, that’s a small portion of what you would be paying in waxing, shaving or salon expenses over the course of a lifetime!
In the two months I had the chance to do two treatments as there are meant to be spaced out between 6-8 months apart.
The E-One really is simple to use, I read the book (twice) and didn’t encounter any problems. It also has a safety feature in which it makes you check off all the safety precautions before you start. I experienced a slight zap when using it, not nearly as painful as I had earlier envisioned! To be honest this was my main fear, that it was going to hurt.
Time wise my second treatment went along a lot faster than my first as I was much more confident with the machine. I would say that it could take up to 45 min for your legs but smaller areas such as your arms/ armpits is much quicker.
But here’s what you really want to know, the results. It is suggested that you do 10-12 treatments before you will experience the full effect and then yearly after that. So I obviously haven’t experienced the maximum results but I can say that my hairs are somewhat thinner and sparser. From these results I could see this working over a longer period of time.
For more information visit E-ONE.

Madame B Fatale

Wella – System Professionals

Launching this month is Wella’s newly reformulated System Professional Range. I’ve been using the Shine Define Shampoo, Colour Save Conditioner and the Volumize Mask, with lovely results I must say!

“New SP is a celebration of scientific leadership from 130 years of expert knowledge, a deep consumer
understanding and five years of intensive research. The offering combines innovative product formulas
and a revolutionary, personalised hair care service. Exclusively customised to suit each client’s individual
needs, SP is the ultimate in hair perfection.”

 imageStarting with the shampoo, I apply a rather small amount and massage into my hair focusing on the roots. After using although my hair feels clean and fresh it also feels manageable, which is one of the main things I look for in a shampoo, I just cant stand that ‘squeaky clean but knotted’ feeling I am left with so many out there.
Following with the Colour Save conditioner, now focusing the imageproduct on my mid lengths to ends after washing out my hair is left not only soft but silky.
As my hair is bottle blonde I not only have to look out for products that are going to help retain my colour for as long a s possible but also that help give me shine. A drawback of having blonde hair is that its so much harder to get that gorgeous healthy shine that you see in darker colours. But with these products I really am getting the best of both worlds.
imageI then use the Volumize mask instead of the conditioner about once or twice a week. This mask is formulated for thin hair but I have been experiencing lovely results none the less with my thick hair. I use it when I’m planning on doing a blow dry and combined with the Wella High Hair spray I have been getting rather fabulously volumised do with just a blow-dryer and round brush!

“To continue the hair perfection at home, a SP regime tailored to the clients’ needs and desires can be
prescribed to continue the ultimate care experience at home. The line has been refreshed with eight
product categories, featuring new complementary formulas and a range of fast-acting rinse-out
conditioners to allow clients perfect results in between salon visits.”

With the new formulations being released this month your bound to find a new system that works perfectly for you!

Madame B

Products were provided for potential review.

Cellnique Review!

I’m back with my latest video review on a couple of Cellnique products.
I was sent both the   Amino Collagen C Intense Set image(US$96) and the Vital Cellular Repair Emulsion (US$73) to trial. image

The Vital Cellular Repair Emulsion (moisturiser)worked well, it absorbed into my skin within a few minutes without leaving that nasty greasy feeling and also hasn’t interfered with my makeup routine. After applying I found that my skin had a slightly ‘tacky’ feeling but this went away after a couple of minutes once it is fully absorbed.
The Serum set is my favourite out of the two products, I started seeing results within the first week! I have always had a bit of a problem with skin discolouration and in the past I wouldn’t usually just use a tinted moisturiser on a daily basis but after using these products I have started to! My skin is far from perfect but I can personally see a vast improvement.You will be able to see from the two comparison photo’s below that my skin is defiantly lighter and brighter. Another thing to note is that I haven’t broken out once since using them, (bar the one on my chin but this is stress/hormonal related so I don’t count that!)

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I have been using the products for almost two months now and I still have plenty of the moisturiser left but the serums have ran out. I did use the serums both day and night and I believe this is how I had such success in the first week. To save product I imagine you could use them once in the day or night after the initial few weeks.
Overall I have been very impressed with the products as I can see a vast difference in my skin. Although I would love to keep using them sadly its not something that I can realistically afford at the moment.

Madame B
Cellnique were kind enough to send these to me for potential review.

Hair Free Legs for Summer….

Living in the Southern Hemisphere means that its almost summer and a lot of us have had to already ditch the tights and stockings and actually reveal those gams! So hair removal is slowly becoming more of a necessity than in the cooler months when you have the option of throwing on a pair of tights if you don’t feel like shaving, waxing or whatever method of hair removal your used to.

I like shaving, I just don’t have the patience for waxing my legs. I like the convenience of it, I like that at a moments notice I can shave and it doesn’t matter on the length of the hairs. Just one quick shower and I’m done.

El cheapo razors really can make shaving a nightmare, having to go over the one spot more than once can be frustrating and the cuts I’ve had from budget razors, ouch!! I think we could probably all agree that buying home brand razors can be of detriment to your sanity!

imageEnter the Venus Spa Breeze Razors specifically in the White Tea scent.

The first thing that stands out about this razor is the built in shave gel bars that eliminate the need for a separate shaving gel,  brilliant, right?!? That combined with the fact that the gel bars actually work makes this a razor that I will purchase refills for again and again. I don’t know about you but my bathroom is every minimalists nightmare. There are products here there and everywhere, I try to cut back, I swear I really do but sometimes its hard to put thought into action. This allows for one less item to be cluttering up my small ensuite.

These are the re-fillable kind, by far my favourite kind of razor to buy and use. Comes in a handy little compact that can be stuck onto your shower wall that holds cartridges and the razor on top. The design of the compact is another plus for me, it opens up with a few slots to store new sealed cartridges facing down. Meaning there is definitely no water getting in and ruining the spares!

Besides the great design features these razors give a nice and easy clean shave in no time at all. I haven’t experienced nicks or cuts and I get a smooth shave with barely any effort. Which I’ll be honest hair removal for me is usually a bit of a chore especially with the wrong razor!


What about the price?image

Gillette Venus Spa Breeze Shaving System RRP $13.59
includes the refillable razor handle, two cartridges
and a shower compact
Gillette Venus Spa Breeze Refill Cartridges RRP $18.15

Want more information?


Site has reviews and some handy shaving tips!


Do you have any hair removal tips??

Madame B


Product was provided for consideration, check out my disclosure here

L’Oreal Paris Perfect Clean Review for Beautyheaven

Here’s my first review for Beautyheaven on L’Oreal Perfect Clean.

L’Oreal Paris Perfect Clean Review for Beautyheaven

Check out Beautyheaven.com its a pretty awesome Aussie site!!


Madame B