Grooming

Beauty Redefined – Canberra Centre Launches Beauty and Wellness Precinct

A weekend-long launch for the Canberra Centre brings beauty and wellness to the revitalised Monaro Mall precinct.

 

Over the past weekend the Canberra Centre opened the doors of the newly refurbished Monaro Mall to unveil a world-class beauty and wellness precinct to scores of eager shoppers, with a series of masterclasses and a litany of opening-specials.

I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend the opening festivities, and so on Thursday morning when my alarm went off at the ungodly hour of 5:00am; sleep-muddled and more than a little cranky I rolled out of my warm bed in order to get myself to there.

At 32 years of age, there isn’t actually a lot that I will get myself out of bed this early for anymore.

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A close shave – trying the Mr Bond treatment at QT Canberra

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Yours truly in the chair at the QT Barber Shop for the new Mr Bond treatment

 

When it comes to grooming and taking care of my hair/nails/skin, I am woefully inept for a man of 30-years. I shave with a disposable razor I change maybe once a month, and I treat shaving my face with the same contempt that I do voting or paying rates. These are painful, unenjoyable but ultimately necessary evils that I try to throw myself through as quickly as humanly possible.

Thankfully the team at QT Canberra have got me (and anyone else in the same boat) covered with their fantastic QT Barber Shop. I was recently invited to experience the launch of their premium cut-throat shave offering Mr Bond – just in time for Fashfest 2016. The new treatment coincided with the arrival in Canberra of QT’s Head Barber, Kristian Jones, and so I was able to meet the man running the show as well. (more…)

Coils, Curls and Ringlets – OH MY!

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Today I am celebrating my new hair and wearing: new curls – Rhubarb & Me | goldtone aviators with cross bar – x7, ASOS | navy cableknit sweater – Oval Dice, Harajuku Japan | pale blue Oxford shirt – Polo Ralph Lauren, thrifted | brown leather belt – Sportscraft | slim-fit moto jeans – Loyalty & Faith, ASOS | tobacco suede Chelsea boots – The Ball and Chain |

 

Growing up, one of my favourite characters from classical Greek mythology was Medusa.

Now, this is not to say that I had some sort of deeply privileged upbringing where I was exposed to the classics from a young age, nor is it to say I was exceptionally gifted and reading canon literature from a young age. My first exposure to Medusa came in the form of the amazing 1981 masterpiece Clash of the Titans, a film my sister and I doubtlessly came across on daytime TV. I was obsessed with Medusa’s coiling, twisting snake hair, and I wanted snake hair of my very own.

Cut to present day, and I am starting to understand my Versace fixation (despite their line suffering terrible since Gianni’s murder) and also, with curly hair. (more…)

Countdown to Fashfest 2016 – 50 Days to Go

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My personal countdown to Fashfest 2016 begins today. No more take away food. No more sweatpants instead of actual pants. No more putting off writing interview questions. It’s game time!

With only 50 days until the opening night of Fashfest 2016, I am of course sitting here in a ratty pair of sweats and a Henley I sleep in, my hair up in a sad little man-bun and approximately zero clues to give you any indication that I consider myself a fashion blogger. I’m pretty gross, to be perfectly honest, and it is glorious in its own way. I may or may not have enough Chinese food to feed a large family on its way to my house now. How would you know?

However, today the countdown to the big event is officially in effect, and as such it is time to pack this slovenly creature that I have become since the last Fashfest away; and to start seriously preparing for the upcoming events.

But what exactly do I need to do to prepare for Fashfest 2016? Why do I even need a countdown? (more…)

The Cabana Collection – a review

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The Cabana Collection was a limited edition pack for Christmas 2015 from Mecca Cosmetica, combining their two sunscreens: To Save Face SPF 30 100ml ($38), and To Save Body SPF 50 200ml ($38). The Cabana Collection retailed for $69 which represented a nice saving, and justified my decision to buy this for myself as a Christmas present.

Despite the fact that I am literally terrified of the sun and/or getting skin cancer, and that I am more and more covered in tattoos that I have spent a lot of money on and dread getting sun-damaged; I am really bad at being proactive about protecting my skin. I try to avoid the sun, but I am really bad at wearing sunscreen because it is just so gross. I hate the feeling of sunscreen on my skin more than I hate the feeling of being sunburned, crazily enough, and so often I find myself risking it and trying to hop from shady patch to shady patch like a demented kangaroo. (more…)

Cut Throat Razor Shave at the QT Barber – Review

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Just before I left for Japan in November last year I was invited to attend the launch of Men Inc. at Lucky’s Bar in QT Canberra. As a part of this fantastic event I was given a gift-bag full of goodies, which included a voucher for a free haircut or shave at the QT barber.

Now, I have a wonderful hairdresser who I have been seeing for almost 8 year, so I was never going to get my haircut, but I have been curious about getting a cut-throat razor shave for a really long time, so last week I booked in for The Don – a 30 minute cut throat razor shave for $45 (more…)