Chi Chi Bases Palette Review and Swatches

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Before Urban Decay’s Naked 3 Palette was released, I never really thought about pink eye­shad­ows and other dusky, warm-toned nudes. I had always assumed that pinks on my yellow-toned skin would make my eyes look red and puffy, and never gave much thought to it. After try­ing out a friend’s Naked 3, I was blown away by the beau­ti­ful looks I could cre­ate and how much the tones actu­ally com­ple­mented my skin! I left my friend’s house that day with a hunger for pink and set out in search of a more afford­able palette that could ful­fil my needs. The first palette to catch my eye was Chi Chi’s Bases palette. The 12 shades in this palette range from silky mattes, stun­ning high­lights and light, smokey satins that can be used to cre­ate an array of every day and dressy looks.

The qual­ity of the shad­ows is com­pa­ra­ble to MUA and Sleek’s eye­shadow palettes. There are satins with a silky, but­tery tex­ture and the mattes are not too chalky and pow­dery as you tend to find with inex­pen­sive brands. There is a great mix or shim­mers, mattes, satins and cool & warm tones that all blend very nicely together.


Excuse the poor pho­tog­ra­phy ahead!

Chi Chi Bases Palette Review and Swatches

L-R: (indoor flash)

1. Pale Yel­low — Satin

2. Pale Nude Peach — Matte

3. Light Cop­per — Frost

4. Peach Pink — Satin

5. Pale Ice Pink — Frost (a favourite for highlighting!)

6. Baby Pink — Matte

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L-R: (Top: Indoor Light; Bot­tom: Indoor Flash)

7. Dusty Rose — Shimmer

8. Rose-toned Tan — Shimmer

9. Rose Gold-Bronze — Frost (great pay­off and beau­ti­ful in real life)

10. Light Cop­per — Pearl (not much pay­off, but catches the light nicely)

11. Dusty Rose/Mauve — Shimmer

12. Smoky Warm Brown — Shim­mer (Lovely dusty pink undertones)


There are some real gems in this palette and the qual­ity is pretty con­sis­tent between the shades. The colours com­ple­ment each other really well, and you can use these in just about any com­bi­na­tion for some really unique looks. Smoky or sub­tle, day time to night time, this palette serves up an array of warm, pink and golden tones to suit any occa­sion. This palette has become a new sta­ple for every day wear for me, I even bought my sis­ter one to use!

The Chi Chi Glam­orous palettes come in 21 dif­fer­ent vari­a­tions and retail for $22.95AUD. I’ve used a few of these palettes and the qual­ity is great for the price (Even the Mattes!) If you want to get your hands on some, they can be bought from the Chi Chi Cos­met­ics web­site here, and are also sold at some Tar­get and Myers stores. (Chi Chi also has a great dupe for Urban Decay’s Naked 1 palette, called “Nudes.”)

Have you tried any of Chi Chi’s Glam­orous Palettes? How did you find find the quality?

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Vivid Baked Highlighter Review and Swatches

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter

I’ll admit, I’m a lit­tle bit obsessed with high­lighters. I’ve been on the hunt for pow­der high­lighters on the cheap that aren’t too glit­tery to be used all over the face (I’ve been going crazy with the high­light­ing…) and after see­ing Makeup Revolution’s Vivid Baked High­lighters for just $5.84AUD, I had to pick some up to try. My skin is yellow-toned, so I chose “Golden Lights” and “Peach Lights.” If you have pink under­tones, there is a “Pink Lights” avail­able, but it just wouldn’t work with my colour­ing so I gave it a miss. While the qual­ity and fin­ish between Golden Lights and Peach lights is slightly dif­fer­ent, both have a nice pearl fin­ish that catches the light just right. Unfor­tu­nately, there are some larger shim­mer par­ti­cles that scat­ter around the high­light and look very glit­tery in harsh, direct sun­light. In nat­ural and indoor light, how­ever, they have a beau­ti­ful fin­ish for a prod­uct that only costs $6.00AUD. On my dry skin, they last about 5–6 hours.

The pack­ag­ing is sleek and prac­ti­cal, and doesn’t feel cheap or flimsy. Each high­lighter is about as wide across as my palm (big­ger than I expected!) and has 7.5 grams of prod­uct pressed into a gor­geous wave formation.

Below: L-R Peach Lights, Golden Lights

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Peach Lights

Peach Lights is my favourite for every day wear and works best with my pale win­ter skin. It’s a beau­ti­ful, soft peach colour but it reflects a cooler pink tone in the light for a multi-dimensional shine. It’s a lit­tle tightly packed and can require a few swirls of your brush to get a good amount of prod­uct, but the high­lighter itself is very nicely pig­mented. It’s quite build­able and you can work your way up from a soft glow to a vivid shine. Per­son­ally, I am in love with the mix of warm peach and soft pink that Peach Lights gives, but I have seen a few blog­gers express their dis­ap­point­ment over the cool shim­mer as they wanted a warmer, true peach. In some lights it can look closer to lilac than peach, which makes me won­der what “Pink Lights” from the col­lec­tion must look like.

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Golden Lights

Golden Lights is a pale yel­low shade that looks per­fect on warmer skin tones. I love to use this when I am more tanned for a golden glow. It is messier and than Peach lights and it looks soft and eas­ily break­able so I’m very care­ful not to drop it! The pay­off is much bet­ter though, with a metal­lic sheen so you can get a more intense fin­ish very easily.

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These look stun­ning lay­ered together or with other high­lighters. I like to layer them over the top of Aus­tralis’ High­lights in Pearl (review here) for a dra­matic high­light. I would com­pare the tex­ture and fin­ish of the Vivid Baked High­lighters to MAC’s “Soft and Gen­tle” high­lighter, although the longevity is not as impres­sive. Next to my Sleek Glo high­lighter in Peach Shim­mer (review here), the Vivid Baked high­lighters have a more pearles­cent, reflec­tive fin­ish which I love, but slightly larger shim­mer par­ti­cles. Inci­den­tally, if you’re look­ing for a warmer Peach-toned high­lighter, Peach Shim­mer by Sleek is perfect!

The Vivid Baked High­lighters are avail­able from Makeup Revolution’s online store here for $5.84AUD. The prices are cal­cu­lated from British Pounds so it fluc­tu­ates slightly. You can also pur­chase a palette with all 3 of the high­lighter shades (Pink Lights, Peach Lights and Golden Lights) so you can try them all (avail­able here). Also check out their ‘Radi­ant Lights’ high­lighter col­lec­tion, which I can’t wait to try!

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Clear Scalp and Hair Beauty Therapy Review

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I have fine, dam­aged hair and it’s a con­stant bat­tle to find a sham­poo and con­di­tioner that strikes a bal­ance between work­ing with my hair and being cost-effective — a bat­tle I’m sure many of you are famil­iar with. I received some Clear Nour­ish­ing Sham­poo and Con­di­tioner to try and found it to be a pleas­ant sur­prise. With afford­able sham­poos and con­di­tion­ers ($10 and below) I find that the sham­poo tends to dry out my hair and the con­di­tioner never puts enough mois­ture back in. Not so with Clear! The for­mula I received was for “Dam­age and Colour Repair” and it cer­tainly does it’s job. I’ve nearly used the whole bot­tle and after tri­alling it for months, I can safely say I’ve found a new shower staple.

Before this my go-to prod­uct was Indola’s Innova Repair range, but at $30 for sig­nif­i­cantly less prod­uct the cost was dif­fi­cult to sus­tain on my tight bud­get. I find that Clear nour­ishes and mois­turises my hair just as well as Indola and it has now com­pletely replaced Indola in my daily shower — for a frac­tion of the cost. My hair feels clean and light­weight, which allows my curls to bounce up, but not so light that I get fly-aways and frizz. There is more shine, my ends no longer feel as fraz­zled and my scalp feels mois­turised with­out being greasy.

With many “dam­age repair” con­di­tion­ers I find that they tend to use pro­teins like ker­atin to give your hair an imme­di­ate boost, but build-up of these pro­teins over time makes my hair feel worse with each use — more and more brit­tle until I have to dis­con­tinue use. But as I’ve said, I’m just reach­ing the end of the bot­tle and I have yet to expe­ri­ence any neg­a­tive effects; only lovely, soft hair. I can only speak for my own expe­ri­ence with my fine, colour dam­aged hair, so I can’t speak for other hair types, and what works for me may not work for you. How­ever, I would def­i­nitely rec­om­mend you get onto the Clear hair care range! They have a few other for­mu­las suited for every day use, inten­sive ther­apy and dry scalps and for the price you can’t miss giv­ing it a go.

Clear Scalp & Hair prod­ucts are avail­able in Aus­tralia from Price­line, Wool­worths, Coles and more for around $6-$10. You can find more infor­ma­tion on Clear Scalp and Hair’s web­site. If you’ve tried any of the Clear Hair Care range, let me know how it worked for you and your hair in the com­ments below!

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Iconic 1, 2 and 3 Palette Review With Swatches

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Let’s get real for a moment here; how many hours have you spent day­dream­ing about the incred­i­ble Naked Palettes from Urban Decay? Don’t pre­tend, we’ve all been there (Unless you’re lucky enough to own one!) The first Naked palette took the beauty world by storm with it’s per­fect mix of matte and shim­mer neu­trals and Naked 2 & 3 have been equally as breath­tak­ing… and expen­sive. If you’ve been star­ing long­ingly at the $78 price tag on those babies and just can’t jus­tify spend­ing so much on one palette, let me present to you: The Iconic Palettes from Makeup Rev­o­lu­tion! These 12-shade palettes are nearly exact dupes for Urban Decay’s Naked 1, 2 and 3, so if you’re um-ing and ah-ing over which one to buy or just can’t part with a small for­tune, these will be per­fect for you.

Each palette costs $7.79 (as I’m writ­ing this) which is one hell of a bar­gain for 12 shad­ows… so of course I bought all 3 of them! There are a bunch of other vari­a­tions of the palette besides the Naked dupes but I wanted to give these a proper test­ing before I went wild and spent all my money (I’m sup­posed to be on a tight bud­get.) Today I’ll be swatch­ing and review­ing all 3 for you, so with­out fur­ther ado let’s just jump right in.

The pack­ag­ing of the Iconic is fairly cheap and dif­fi­cult to get open at first but over time it loosens and now I never have any trou­ble get­ting it open in a hurry. It’s got a sleek, min­i­mal­is­tic feel to it and it’s sturdy — per­fect for trav­el­ling. A double-ended sponge appli­ca­tor is included, and while they tend to get a bad rap, I think they’re won­der­ful for pack­ing on colour. I love the clear lid so I can see which one is which in my bag; a prob­lem I had with my Sleek palettes is that they all look the same and I have to find the label or open them up which can be a has­sle when you’re in a hurry.

The qual­ity of the shad­ows is actu­ally very decent; a lot bet­ter than I expected for the price. When I first swatched them I was unim­pressed; the very top layer was tightly packed so I got barely any prod­uct and it swatched quite sheer and dry. After I had rubbed off the top layer of shadow they were much bet­ter! Most of the shades have pretty decent pig­men­ta­tion and tex­ture, espe­cially with the use of a fix­ing spray (I made my own with glyc­er­ine and water) and a good base. Of course the qual­ity of the Iconic doesn’t come any­where near the orig­i­nals from Urban Decay, so if you have a taste (and the money) for the finer makeup prod­ucts in life these might dis­ap­point. If you’re a bud­get queen like me and can work with cheaper prod­ucts, you’ll love these! The qual­ity varies from shade-to-shade, some can be chalky and dif­fi­cult to blend and the mattes can be fairly sheer, but there are enough good colours to make these palettes worth the buy, espe­cially on a budget.

Now brace your­self for a long post! To skip ahead to my swatches and reviews of a par­tic­u­lar palette, use these links.

Iconic 1 Palette
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Iconic 3 Palette

Iconic Palette Review and Swatches

L-R: Makeup Rev­o­lu­tion — Iconic 1, 2 and 3


As you can see, the shades in the Iconic palettes are nearly spot-on dupes for the Naked palettes. They’re not all per­fect, but they’re the clos­est dupes I’ve ever found, espe­cially in this price range. The pig­men­ta­tion and tex­ture are bet­ter than you’d expect for the price, and you can build most shades up or use a fix­ing spray to make them more vibrant if you have trou­ble work­ing with them. With­out the use of a base, they last around 4–5 hours for me, but using MAC’s Paint Pot in Soft Ochre they last me all day with min­i­mal fad­ing. For a palette aver­ag­ing $0.65 for each pan, that’s some impres­sive longevity.

Now for the swatches:

Makeup Rev­o­lu­tion — Iconic 1 Palette

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Iconic 1 Palette Swatches - Top: Indoor Light; Bot­tom: Flash

Makeup Rev­o­lu­tion has not given names to the shad­ows in the Iconic Palettes, so for con­ve­nience I’ll just refer to each by the Naked palette shade they’re imitating.

Vir­gin — Soft baby pink with a sub­tle pearl sheen and satin fin­ish. Very smooth, easy to blend and works best as a highlight.

Sin — Dusty rose/pink with a shim­mer fin­ish. Decent pig­men­ta­tion, needs a fix­ing medium to really pop.

Naked — Matte neu­tral brown. Not very pig­mented, but that’s to be expected from cheaper matte for­mu­las. Colour can build up with a lit­tle work.

Side­car — Neu­tral medium brown shade with a shim­mer fin­ish. Same tex­ture as Sin, needs work to get a vibrant fin­ish but looks lovely when you’re done.

Buck — Matte brown, warmer and darker than Naked. Per­fect in the crease, decent pigmentation.

Half-baked — Vibrant golden bronze colour with a shim­mer fin­ish, decent pigmentation.

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Iconic 1 Palette swatches — Top: Indoor Light; Bot­tom: Flash

Smog — Deep shim­mery bronze. Good pig­men­ta­tion, builds and blends nicely.

Dark­horse — Cool dark brown with a shim­mer fin­ish. Needs to be applied wet or built up to get a dark, even result.

Toasted — Dark rusted cop­per colour with a shim­mer fin­ish. Builds and blends nicely.

Hus­tle — Smoky dark brown with a khaki tone to it, shim­mer fin­ish. Good pigmentation.

Creep — Dark char­coal, almost. More of a matte fin­ish with a few shim­mer par­ti­cles scat­tered here and there for a slightly glit­tery fin­ish. Best pig­men­ta­tion of the lot, but very chalky and can be very patchy if you don’t take the time to blend. Fall­out beware!

Gun­metal — Pearly gun­metal blue-grey shade. Good pig­men­ta­tion and very smooth.

Over­all — The matte shades are a lit­tle behind the shim­mers, which is very typ­i­cal of afford­able shad­ows. For­tu­nately, these mattes are bet­ter than I expected for the price, smooth and blend­able and not too sheer! The lighter shades need a lit­tle work to get a vibrant result, but the darker ones gen­er­ally have a pretty good pig­men­ta­tion and are nice and smooth with­out too much fall­out (Creep excluded!) All in all, a great afford­able dupe for the Naked 1 Palette.


Makeup Rev­o­lu­tion — Iconic 2 Palette

Makeup Rev­o­lu­tion Online Store, $7.79

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Foxy — Light cream/Vanilla shade with a matte fin­ish. Not very pig­mented but blends beau­ti­fully into other colours and applies smoothly.

Half-baked — Slightly cooler than the Half-baked from the Iconic 1. Looks like more of an antique gold in the pan, but swatches very sim­i­lar onto the skin. Creamier and more pig­mented than the Iconic 1 shade, with a shim­mer finish.

Booty­call — Light shim­mery cham­pagne with a pearl fin­ish. Great pig­men­ta­tion, blends well and looks beau­ti­ful as a high­light because it gives off a glow­ing reflec­tion with­out too many sparkles. The pan can get pretty messy with loose shadow if you attack it with a blend­ing brush, so watch out for fall­out also.

Chop­per — Deep cop­per with a shim­mery fin­ish. This one tends to apply very patchy and can be dif­fi­cult to blend, but with a lit­tle TLC has a gor­geous colour and shim­mer payoff.

Tease — Cool-toned matte brown, lean­ing towards taupe and mauve. Less pig­men­ta­tion as a matte but can be built up.

Snakebite — Cool-toned deep brown with a shim­mery fin­ish. As with Chop­per, it is a lit­tle more dif­fi­cult to work with than the oth­ers but looks great after a lit­tle work.

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Iconic 2 Palette swatches — Top: Indoor Light; Bot­tom: Flash

Sus­pect — Mocha brown with a shim­mer fin­ish. Good pigmentation.

Pis­tol — Taupe with a sil­ver shim­mer fin­ish. Very nice, good pigmentation.

Verve — Light taupe/dirty sil­ver with a metal­lic pearly fin­ish. Lovely tex­ture, nice and smooth and pigmented.

YDK — Shim­mery dark bronze, decent pigmentation.

Busted — Deep cof­fee brown with a sub­tle sheen and a few scat­tered shim­mer par­ti­cles. Pig­men­ta­tion con­sis­tent with the other mattes.

Black­out — Matte jet-black. I was pleas­antly sur­prised with this one! Most inex­pen­sive matte blacks tend to be dry, sheer, patchy, and gen­er­ally use­less. Black­out packs a lot of punch with pig­men­ta­tion but also can be chalky and dif­fi­cult to get an even fin­ish. With a lit­tle work you’ve got a dra­matic black with a sub­tle sheen.

Over­all — Iconic 2 is a more con­sis­tent palette, nearly every shade has about the same tex­ture and pig­men­ta­tion, with the excep­tion of the mattes. Some beau­ti­ful colours in here!

Makeup Rev­o­lu­tion — Iconic 3 Palette

Makeup Rev­o­lu­tion Online Store, $7.79

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Iconic 2 Palette swatches — Top: Indoor Light; Bot­tom: Flash

Strange — Soft, matte pas­tel pink/beige. Good pig­men­ta­tion for a matte and blends very well.

Dust — Light shim­mery pink with a glit­tery fin­ish to it. Can be very chunky and has lots of fall­out, but has a shiny, glitzy effect when you stack it on with a fix­ing medium. A sheer swipe of this makes an excel­lent high­light for a night time look.

Burnout — Rosy, peachy pink with a satin fin­ish. Decent pig­men­ta­tion that builds up for a soft, glow­ing effect.

Limit — Medium neu­tral pink/tan with a matte fin­ish. Great tex­ture and pig­men­ta­tion for a cheaper matte. Blends very well.

Buzz — Warm, deep rose with a shim­mery fin­ish. Can be chunky so watch out for fall­out. Packed on with a fix­ing medium this really pops.

Trick — Warm, shim­mery rose gold than leans towards cop­per, great pig­men­ta­tion and vibrant fin­ish, but beware of fallout!

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Nooner — A matte mauve with great pig­men­ta­tion and tex­ture for an inex­pen­sive matte. Nooner and Limit are my two new favourite tran­si­tion and crease shades, they both blend very nicely.

Liar — Shim­mery mauve with a metal­lic fin­ish, decent pig­men­ta­tion and looks lovely.

Fac­tory — Warm-toned brown with a satin fin­ish, decent pig­men­ta­tion but a bit of a bother to blend sometimes.

Mugshot — Shim­mery satin taupe, good pigmentation.

Dark­side — Satin dark mauve/taupe, good pigmentation.

Black­heart — The Naked 3 Palette’s ‘Black­heart’ is a pretty unique shade so I don’t really blame Makeup Rev­o­lu­tion for not get­ting this one spot on. Black­heart is a matte black with pink glit­ter par­ti­cles run­ning through it and it looks lovely in the pan. How­ever, the black doesn’t have very good colour pay­off and applies patchily with pink glit­ter scat­ter­ing every­where, so watch out for fall­out. It’s dif­fi­cult to blend and build up to a good level of pig­men­ta­tion so this is my least favourite shade of the palette.

Over­all — Beau­ti­ful palette of warm-toned neu­tral shades. All shades are pretty good with the excep­tion of Black­heart, this is my favourite of the three!


All three of the Iconic Palettes from Makeup Rev­o­lu­tion are worth your pen­nies if neu­trals are your jam and your wal­let needs a break. There are a few duds in there but the vast major­ity of them are well pig­mented, blend­able and very close dupes for the Naked palettes. You can pur­chase these from the Makeup Rev­o­lu­tion web­site, where they also have dupes for other pop­u­lar eye­shadow palettes such a the Lorac Pro which is def­i­nitely going into my bas­ket next! Let me know what you think of the palette, if you have it do you like it as much as I love mine? Till next time…

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Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

When it comes to cleansers, I don’t really ask for much. I want it to take my makeup off when I tell it to, take it off quickly, with min­i­mal fuss, and not leave behind any residue. I’m big on con­ve­nience and don’t like to spend too long on my skin­care rou­tine, espe­cially of-an-evening when I’m all tuck­ered out from a hard day at work. For a long time I only fussed with facial wipes (ter­ri­ble, I know!) which wreak havoc on your skin and tend to be very dry­ing. Garnier’s Micel­lar Water has been a per­fect replace­ment for facial wipes in my skin­care rou­tine due to it’s fast, easy convenience.

Garnier Micellar Water

I love micel­lar water for it’s abil­ity to quickly remove my every­day makeup with­out dry­ing my face out or leav­ing any residue. My face feels clean and refreshed after use and I often give my face a once over dur­ing the day if I’m not wear­ing any makeup — espe­cially dur­ing sum­mer — to remove any excess oils and dirt. If you’re wear­ing heavy makeup or water­proof eye prod­ucts, this won’t get the job done effi­ciently. It will remove your makeup even­tu­ally, but it’s much faster to use an oil-based cleanser specif­i­cally designed for makeup removal. When I wear heavy makeup I’ll usu­ally use a makeup wipe or proper makeup remover to get the bulk off, and then use my micel­lar water to clean up the left­overs and wash away any oily residue left behind from the other cleansers.

I have yet to pur­chase a more expen­sive brand of micel­lar water, only because I don’t feel the need! Garnier’s Micel­lar Water more than cov­ers my needs and I can’t find any fault with it, espe­cially for the price. I have tried Bioderma’s for­mula of Micel­lar water at a friend’s house and I could not feel any sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence. Garnier’s micel­lar water really impressed me and I will def­i­nitely be repurchasing.

When I pur­chased this it only cost me about $7.00 if mem­ory serves, but clearly demand has dri­ven the price up — you can pur­chase Garnier’s Micel­lar Water from Price­line for $12.99. How­ever, the value for money still sur­passes every other brand I’ve seen, and I will hap­pily pay it. It’s also avail­able at your local Wool­worths and Coles!

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Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Hair Care

“Indulge your senses with this exclu­sive blend of coconut milk to nour­ish your hair,
while ultra whipped egg white pro­teins add strength and elas­tic­ity, along with weightless
coconut oils to add hydra­tion and balance.”

Hi ladies! isn’t that descrip­tion enough to make you want to pur­chase with­out a sec­ond thought? Well, I took a chance based on that poetic lit­tle sen­tence and def­i­nitely do not regret it!

I’ve had my eye on the Organix (or OGX) range for a while now, mostly because I’m a sucker for pack­ag­ing and I love the design of these bot­tles… clever mar­ket­ing strikes again! Drawn to these by the ‘Organic’ label and the promised reward of silky soft hair, I pur­chased the Nour­ish­ing Coconut Milk sham­poo and con­di­tioner, as well as a leave-in con­di­tioner for extra good mea­sure (my hair has seen bet­ter days…) which left me about $50 out of pocket.

For $20 a bot­tle, it’s def­i­nitely on the pricey side for a drug­store prod­uct. hav­ing said that, it def­i­nitely sur­passed my expec­ta­tions and worked won­ders with my dam­aged hair. There are a lot of mixed reviews out there for this brand but it’s impor­tant to remem­ber that everybody’s hair and scalp is dif­fer­ent and what works for me may not work for you, and vice versa. For me, per­son­ally, this stuff was like liq­uid gold! It smells absolutely heav­enly, with a lux­u­ri­ous coconut scent that reminds me of hol­i­days in the sun, slather­ing coconut oil onto my skin — before I became tan-conscious, of course. The sham­poo lath­ers up really nicely and leaves my hair feel­ing squeaky clean and light-weight. I leave the con­di­tioner on for about 2 min­utes and my hair is left amaz­ingly soft and silky with­out weigh­ing it down. I use the leave-in con­di­tioner on days where my hair feels a lit­tle dry or frizzy and it works instantly; It’s like a quick fix for bad hair days! If I use the leave-in con­di­tioner every day between washes it tends to get weighed down pretty quickly, but not so much as using argan oil or a sim­i­lar leave-in treatment.

I didn’t really expect to have per­fectly healthy hair again after the hell I’ve put it through, but this really has gone above and beyond and brought my fried, frizzy hair back to life again. I have already pur­chased another vari­a­tion from the OGX range to try so I won’t be repur­chas­ing for now, but they’re def­i­nitely on my good list. The leave-in con­di­tioner espe­cially, it’s much more hydrat­ing than any oth­ers I own, I was very impressed with it.

I’ve since found out that there really isn’t any­thing organic about these, which is why the brand was forced to re-label to ‘OGX’, which I found pretty mis­lead­ing, but after using the prod­ucts and reap­ing the ben­e­fits I’m will­ing to let it slide. Bot­tom line: if you have the cash it’s def­i­nitely worth a try but have a quick look online at other reviews and decide for your­self, this seems to be the sort of prod­uct that you’ll either love or hate depend­ing on how it treats you!

You can pur­chase the OGX range from Price­line or Woolies (Aus­tralia) for around $20 each, depend­ing on which one you buy. They can also be pur­chased from Boots (which I just found out is way cheaper than Aus­tralia!) or Ulta if you’re overseas.

Have you tried any­thing from the OGX range? How did it treat you? Let me know!