An interview with Richard Kavanagh author of ‘Love Your Hair’. MUST READ!

This is no ordinary hair book, these hair styles are super cool yet classic. The concept of the book is what makes it so unique, it is essentially a recipe book for hair. For every hair style there is easy to follow recipes. Including ‘Ingredients’ and ‘Time required’! Super cute and handy if you ask me. Not to mention the amazing step by step photos (shot by Stephen Chee) that make it feel like your are flipping through a high fashion magazine.

Firstly I would just like to say your book ‘Love Your Hair’ is so awesome, I had the privilege of working with you on one of the days of shooting for it and I fell in love with it before it was even printed.

Katy: What inspired you to write this book?

Richard: I love being witness to that moment when someone sees themselves and a little bit of happiness flows through them because they like what they see. Doing hair, you get to see that moment and it always gives me a buzz. I was researching for a regular spot on morning television, where i was showcasing the key trends from runways of the world and how they could be translated into wearable styles. The spot was popular and the network wanted me to do more than we originally planned for so i needed more content. I emailed a bunch of girls asking them what they’d hope to find if they found a book on a girlfriends coffee table that would help them with their hair. A couple people emailed back asking where they could get the book, so i thought maybe i better write it…

K: Seems like a good reason to write a book 🙂 What are the top products or tools you simply could not work without?

R: My blowdryer, Mason Pearson brush, a curling iron, some Redken forceful, my Redken dry shampoo and my wool shake.

K: So who did you look up to when you first got into hair dressing?

R: The first seminar i went to was with a guy called Richard Kownacki. He talked about cowlicks and working with the individuals hair. I really admired what he had to say, the way he said it, and the thought process behind it. india miller, of douse vidal sassoon, and i was always inspired by the incredible jon sahag. not only for the work he did but also for the way he created the career he wanted…

What advice would you give the everyday girl? (other than buy ‘Love Your Hair’ that’s a given 😉 )

i would say the first thing to do is work out what sort of hair you have. is it thick, or coarse, fine or thin? that way you’ll be able to work out what works for your hair and what won;t work for your hair…
What was your all time favourite job? “
it;s hard to pick between the first time i did the prada show, the first time i did italian vogue and working with kelly osborne… each were super fun and exciting in their own unique way…

What mistakes do girls make with their hair that makes you cringe?

i think sometimes girls try too hard with their hair. they can sometimes overcomplicate a simple idea and it ends up looking trite or contrived. i love it when a girl’s hair looks effortless (even though i know how much work went into it). i like it when a girl owns her hairstyle. it makes me cringe when i see someone that looks uncomfortable in their look…

Thank you so much for being so generous with your information..readers I recommend you give ‘love your hair’ a good read..keep it on hand at all times to avoid bad hair days 😉

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Natures miracle treatment.

It’s coconut oil! now before you dismiss it as a beauty trend (and yes coconuts are “cool” at the moment) take a moment to think about why it has been used for thousands of years in tropical cultures, because it works.

So why is coconut oil so effective? Compared to moisturisers or hair serum coconut oil does not contain water, water temporarily makes the skin feel moist but quickly dries drying the skin along with it. It is also free from petroleum that can dry the skin.

Coconut oil is composed of medium-chain-length fatty acids, or triglycerides MCTs, now let’s be honest I have no idea what these are but they act as an antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial agent. It also contains vitamin E, is rich in antioxidants and has a high content of Lauric Acid.

Here are some of the many uses for coconut oil, you many be surprised…

– A natural all over body moisturiser for soft, hydrated skin, for me coconut oil is what keeps my skin moisturised for the longest. If used on the face, the connective tissue in coconut oil is strong so it helps to slow down fine lines. If you have oily skin and break out easily (like me) it’s best to use a minimal amount tapped onto the top of your cheekbone area to keep your under eyes moisturised and plump.

– It is claimed that it can improve or completely heal in some cases skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis and acne.

– Use it as a eye make-up remover, Put a few drops on a cotton pad and gently rub over eyes (this also helps to grow long and healthy lashes), Wash with cleanser afterwards.

– Massage through hair as a treatment, leave in for 10 minutes then wash like normal in the shower..if you want to leave it in so it penetrates more you can put a towel on your pillow and leave it in over night. Doing this treatment will leave your hair shiny and soft (especially good for those with dry scalps because it actually penetrates the roots).

– Rub into cuticles for strong and healthy nails, it has anti fungal properties so will also help with fungal nail infections.

– Use it to shave instead of soaps or creams that can be drying, it’s also a natural alternative if people have sensitive skin (Good tip for boys too).

– Make your own scrub

Face scrub:
Mix baking soda into your coconut oil, the baking soda exfoliates your face while the coconut oil moisturises.

Body scrub:
Mix brown sugar with your coconut oil as a body exfoliating scrub..the sugar rubs off dry skin then the oil leaves your skin super soft. If you are prone to fungal infections focus this scrub on your feet because coconut oil is known for it’s anti fungal properties.

– If you have super frizzy or curly hair it can be used (in minimal amounts) to smooth frizziness.

– Sunscreen?! Now I would never recommend not wearing sunscreen, but if you happen to be caught out with none and you happen to have coconut oil it blocks out up to 20% of the suns rays..only if you are caught out though!

– Mouthwashhh?!??? Yep mouthwash..it’s kills harmful bacteria in the mouth and prevents bad breath..not sure I will be trying this one out.

– Treat head lice on children naturally by combining coconut oil, olive oil, tea tree oil..the tea tree aggravates lice and the other oils suffocate them.

The 100% virgin coconut oil is the purest oil to use, but it doesn’t smell as nice as you think it would. Pure Fiji have an exotic oil that mixes coconut with things like almond oil and macadamia oil with a little bit of fragrance so if I’m going out then I use this one.

It’s also great for massages, now go get tropical ;)!

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An interview with Martin Bray a.k.a glitter king :)

Head make-up artist of programs such as Xfactor and Australia’s Got Talent, Celebrity Make-up artist and king of special Fx, body painting and glitter 😉 this guy has it all including his own pro makeup range! I’ve been lucky enough to have him be my boss for Xfactor..now I’m interviewing him just for you guys!

Katy: Top products you couldn’t work without?

Martin:- my new foundation (martin bray pro range Skin Perfection) goes on all skin types like silk. Very excited about it.
– black kohl pencil ( KIm Wong He ) , so soft and extremely black
– eye paints to put down on the eye before eyeshadow
– Modelrock fake eyelashes
– eyelash glue and every glitter under the sun.
– Martin Bray Pro Range( MBPR) pallets for lips ,cheeks and skin
– MBPR high definition loose powder.
– good quality brushes in general.
– waterproof liquid eyeliner

K: Amazing! What is your favourite job you have ever worked on?

M: Don’t really have a favourite. Each job brings different challenges, i did love being makeup director for Xfactor and Australia’s Got Talent. We normally work by ourselves, so It is great to work with a team of artists to create magic.

K: Yes of course! So what inspired you to become a make-up artist?

M: I was working in hospitality and after studying acting and dance many moons ago and I was craving a creative work environment that could make people happy.

K: Oh and you just happened to be amazing at it! Were there any particular make-up artists you looked up to?

M: In Sydney when I was starting out I looked up to 4 different artists who really helped me. Kelly Stratton, Linda Jefferies, Noni Smith and Jodi Oliver. Internationally, Pat McGrath.

K: Wow they are some VERY talented ladies. Now lastly I wanted to ask on behalf of my readers, If you could give one tip to the everyday girl to help her makeup application what would it be?

M: Make sure the foundation matches your body, not just your face and don’t “pack it on”. A little cream blush always livens up the skin.

K: Great tip! Thank you so much for chatting with me today 🙂

Not only is he a great artist, but martin’s range of products are amazing..I could not live without his cream blush palette that I use on cheeks and lips. They are available at http://www.lehved.com.au

I could go into detail about his amazing work but it would take pages and pages so check it out here at his website:

http://martinbray.net/newweb/

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Make-up heaven a.k.a my favourite makeup store.

My favourite makeup store is Pm Studio, I didn’t hear about this place until I had been in the makeup industry for a while so I had to share! Pm studio is like heaven to me.

It only stocks the highest quality make-up brands and most are not available anywhere else in Australia.

Their staff is so lovely (yes lovely! Not bitching or snobby like some make-up stores) they are so passionate and involved, they only use brands they 100% believe in. They personally test and try everything they sell and their product knowledge is phenomenal, so much care and thought goes into every single detail. This leads to an amazing range of brands.

The best part is that it’s all different brands so they can show you the best products without being restricted..it’s such a cool space as well!

It’s the closest thing to Sephora we have in Australia so if you live in sydney I strongly suggest you check it out (if you are a makeup artist they offer a 30% discount) if you are not local then visit their website.. 🙂 xx

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Get beach pretty!

So we all know it’s a big no no to wear makeup to the beach (unless you are snooky or Paris Hilton) you still want to look pretty, but if you wear makeup you may walk into the water looking glam but walk out of the water looking like a drowned rat..sorry had to be said.

Here are my solutions to get beach pretty!

1. Use invisible zinc tinted daywear sunscreen, this gives high sun protection and also a bit of coverage..best of both worlds! Be sure to reapply and always apply sunscreen 20mins before sun exposure otherwise you risk it being ineffective.

2. Use Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream colour to add a pop of colour to your cheeks..it’s water resistant but be sure not to rub it off..shade 5 is what I use but there are a few colours suitable for cheeks.

3. Make sure your brows are in nice shape..use a clear brow gel to brush them into place..it won’t last after swimming but it won’t leave any stains on your face.

4. Curl your lashes (preferably with a high quality lash curler such as shu uemura) and use a clear gel on your lashes as well.

5. Apply a lip ointment such as lanolips lip ointment with colour..not only does it give you some colour but it’s also SPF 15.

6. Lastly coat your hair in a hair oil, it protects your hair and when the oil heats up in the sun it acts like a treatment.

Slip, slop, slap! Xxxxx

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