Beautyholics Anonymous + L’Oreal = A Wonderfully Wild Ombré Evening

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Beautyholics Anonymous + L'Oreal = A Wonderfully Wild Ombré Evening

Tuesday, 2 July 2013 will always be remembered as the day I held my very first beauty event, and with L’Oreal too! I’m still high from the event and it’s no wonder why. Oh what an evening it was of fun, colour and great company!

I was a nervous wreck in the afternoon when I headed down to the L’Oreal head office at St Kilda. For the first time too, Tim came to the event with me. He called himself “the furniture cum videographer“. Awww. 😛

The theme of the evening was leopard print. It was like they read my mind and knew how much I love leopard print even though we didn’t discuss a theme for the event. We held the event at the top floor of the building which was fantastic because it had a stunning view of the city. I even managed to catch the sunset before the event began. Beautiful, simply beautiful.

Beautyholics Anonymous + L'Oreal = A Wonderfully Wild Ombré Evening

The 9 winners (one didn’t turn up) of the L’Oreal hair colour workshop competition arrived just in time for some bubbly, soft drinks and chats with some of the L’Oreal staff before the evening officially began. We had cheese platters, canapes, jelly snakes, lollies and the crème de la crème: leopard print cupcakes. Died and gone to heaven right there and then. 😛

I started the evening with a very short speech thanking everyone for coming and handed the time over to Louise, who’s the brand manager of L’Oreal Paris’ Hair Colour division. She gave a presentation, introducing the history of L’Oreal, how the brand started, what hair colour ranges they have to offer and the latest balayage trends (do you know that balayage means “to sweep” in French?). Next, it was time to introduce the latest in L’Oreal’s hair colour kit ranges, which is the Wild Ombrés.

Beautyholics Anonymous + L'Oreal = A Wonderfully Wild Ombré Evening

L’Oreal hair expert, Bronwyn Fraser, was the hair guru of the evening. She showed us how to use the Wild Ombrés balayage kit properly on our lovely hair volunteer, Caitlin. Caitlin has gorgeous locks; it’s thick and long yet Bronwyn only managed to use 2/3 of the hair mixture. While waiting for the hair colour to set, Bronwyn went around the table chatting with the ladies and answered a lot of our hair-related questions.

Here are a few hair colour tips I picked up that evening:

  • Once you’ve mixed hair colour chemicals, either use it up or if you have any left over, chuck it. NEVER keep it for another time because once the hair chemicals are mixed, they begin oxidising (oxidising window is about an hour). That’s why the chemicals are packed separately in the box.
  • Always check the box when you open it, that the hair colour number matches the one on the box. Sometimes people open the boxes in store and put the wrong hair colour back in the boxes! You don’t want to buy a blond packet and end up having black hair!
  • We also learned about what the numbers on all the L’Oreal hair colour kits mean. There are 10 levels of hair colour each represented by a number from 1 to 10. 1 is the darkest and 10 is the lightest. Understanding this will help you choose your new hair colour. The first number in a shade number on the front of the pack represents the level of that hair colour. The second number are the added tones to the hair colour that complements the first colour. For best hair colour results, go plus/minus 2 shades from your hair colour.
  • To remove the dye stains from your hairline, try using alcohol. Weapon of choice is vodka or even mouthwash! A way to prevent colour bleeding on the skin is to apply a bit of Vaseline along the hairline.

Beautyholics Anonymous + L'Oreal = A Wonderfully Wild Ombré Evening

Soon it was time for Caitlin to get her hair washed and blowdried while the chatting continued. The results were stunning. Just look her a beautifully ombré-ed hair!

All good things must come to an end and soon, it was time to go home. The evening ended with the ladies leaving with two goodie bags each of the L’Oreal Wild Ombré hair colour kit and some haircare products to maintain coloured hair.

Beautyholics Anonymous + L'Oreal = A Wonderfully Wild Ombré Evening

Top L-R: Nicole, Jenny, Mayni, me, Caitlin, Leanne, Chloe, Megan, Vicky, Trudi. Bottom left: Grace, me, Louise. Bottom right: Bronwyn and me

Since Tim was there to helped me out with photography and also took some videos of the evening, I thought I’d share some video clippings of the event. Now I’ve never edited video before so this is really amateurish. Don’t laugh, k? 😛 Some of the clips are quite shaky so please excuse that as well (Tim’s first time shooting video too!). 🙂

It was such an amazing evening and I can’t thank L’Oreal enough for hosting it with me. The decorations and resources completely surpassed my expectations and everything turned out so well. I’d like to thank the ladies for joining us for such a fun evening as well.

Many thanks to L’Oreal for making this an unforgettable evening for me. 🙂

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26 comments… add one
  1. Shamim de Varax

    that looked like a fun evening! I visited the l’oreal headquarters once shooting lmff’s makeup trends and it’s such a super place.

    1. Tine

      It really was such a fun evening, Shamim! Oooh you’ve shot their LMFF trends? When when? This year’s?

      1. Shamim de Varax

        two years ago =)
        hoping to be shooting msfw coming up, will you be going?

        1. Tine

          Sadly no because I won’t be in town then. Drats!

  2. Yishan

    Congrats on a successful event Tine!! And can I just say how GORGEOUS you look in all the photos above! You skin is glowingly amazeballs..
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    1. Tine

      Thanks Yishan! Mask and all that the evening before was imperative, hahaha! 😀 Missed you MBBE girls, wished you were there x

  3. Paris B

    Well done, Tine! And Tim too for getting some good shots 🙂 It looked like a fab event and small groups are nice aren’t they? They let you hang out like a bunch of friends 🙂
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    1. Tine

      Thanks PB! Hahaha Tim was there sitting with the furniture and calling himself part of it! He enjoyed it too and thought it was great experience for him to learn how to shoot video. Let’s just say he now swears never to shoot video portrait! 😛

      We were originally going to have a bigger group but decided on a small intimate gathering instead. It turned out much better that way because we got to, like you said, hang out like a bunch of friends. Less awkward for people who don’t know each other too 🙂

  4. Megan

    Fantastic post Tine, thank you so much for inviting me along to attend. You and the L’oreal girls were amazing!
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    1. Tine

      Thanks Megs and it was certainly my pleasure having you! So glad you could come 😀 x

  5. ponikuta

    Congrats and well done with the event! So proud of you. Vx

    1. Tine

      Thanks V! Wish you and the rest of the girls were there to share the fun too 😀 x

  6. Kaye

    Congrats Tine! You are so deserving and I loved the post AND the video (tell Tim he did a great job!). It was fun to watch, how amazing is the Loreal HQ?! Thank you for the inside look 🙂
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    1. Tine

      Thanks Kaye! I’ll let him know; he’ll be mighty chuffed! 🙂

      The top floor is even better at around 5.30pm when the sun is just about to set. SO BEAUTIFUL 🙂

  7. anusha

    oh my ..these pics are lovely tine..i wish i was there looking so gorgeous totally gaga over the tunic/top you are wearing ..wheere did you get it from?is there any chance i can buy it online..

    1. Tine

      Thanks Anusha! I love that dress too! It’s from Bariano ( x

  8. Omega

    Looks like such a fun event, congratulations! 🙂
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    1. Tine

      Thanks Omega! I’ve been following all the Clinique tweets that same evening too. OMG I can’t believe you guys had a LIMO! So jealous 😛

  9. Sharon W

    That’s one fab event there Tine! Well done! 🙂
    Can’t wait to try out ombre hair myself.

    1. Tine

      Thanks Sharon! Do give it a go if you can. But if you have very dark hair, you might want to wait for a while for the darker colour boxes to launch first (sometime in the next 3-6 months). The ones for darker/Asian hair kits will allow the ombre to show better 🙂

      1. Sharon W

        wow I didn’t know they are going to have ones for darker hair. Thanks for letting me know Tine! Would definitely love to try them out once they are released.

  10. Sabine

    Congratulations on the event, what a momentous occasion! It looks like such a warm and fun get together from the pictures too – well done madame 🙂

    PS: it always tickles me to say ‘balayage’!
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    1. Tine

      Thanks lovely! I was so nervous prior to the event but so glad it turned out well 🙂

      PS: I used to pronounce it ba-ya-lage. Shh!

  11. gio

    Well done, Tine! Looks like a fab event!
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    1. Tine

      Thanks Gio! It was! 😀 x

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