Maui Moisture Agave Hair Products Review | Life Of Dahlia

Maui Moisture Strength & Anti-Breakage + Agave Hair Products Review | Life Of Dahlia

Hi Everyone, I’ve been trying out some new hair products, which is very unlike me. While I love trying new products when it comes to my hair I find something I like and keep using it. Especially with having vibrant colour treated hair I like to keep using products I know aren’t going to fade my colour quickly or dry out my hair. 

I often find products with sulfates irritate my scalp and most definitely fade my hair, I also like to steer clear of products that have parabens in them as much as possible. 

Maui Moisture was a brand the jumped out at me recently, enough so that I wanted to look more into the brand. They claim to be Cruelty-free, Vegan and a more natural alternative. They use a blend of aloe vera juice and pure coconut water instead of regular water.

They also claim to have No mineral oils, silicones, parabens, No SLS or sulphated surfactants and No synthetic dye in their products. Their range is supposed to be eco-friendly with the of use of post-consumer recycled packaging, which I think is great and more brands should be making moves to this kind of thing. Their products are also gluten-free.

They have a range of products for different hair types including curly, dry and damaged, for chemically damaged, just dry hair and weak hair. I picked up the ‘chemically damaged’ one which is the ‘Strength & Anti-Breakage with Agave’ because I thought this might be the one best suited to my hair. From the information on the brand’s website because their products are all free from sulfates I could use anything from their range though because I have bleached my hair in the last couple of years I felt like this one would be better suited.

My Thoughts on the Maui Moisture Strength & Anti-Breakage + Agave Range

Maui Moisture Strength & Anti-Brackage + Agave Range

Packaging

I love the packaging It looks like a juice bottle and I feel like this really fits with the brand’s aesthetics and gives a fresh look to the products. I also love that the brand uses recycled materials to make their product packaging, I would love if more brands would move towards this type of packaging.

Cost vs Amount of Product

Maui Moistures products are a bit more expensive averaging at $19.99 in Australia, both the shampoo and conditioner contain 385 mL each and the hair treatment contains 340 g which I don’t think is to bad for more natural products without sulfates. My normal shampoo and conditioner are 300ml for $15.99, for a few extra dollars I get an extra 85 ml but I wouldn’t pick it up just for that reason, because I don’t think it would be worth it just for that alone.

Maui Moisture Agave shampoo

Shampoo

The Shampoo was nice I found it lathered really nicely for a product without sulfates (this is usually what helps create that lather in your shampoo) and it left my hair feeling very clean. 

Though I find I need quite a bit I have quite a lot of hair and It just tends to absorb products quite quickly, but even with that I found that it has taken me a while to get through the shampoo.

I also did not notice my hair colour fading too quickly, I felt like it was similar to how it would fade with my normal shampoo and conditioner.

Maui Moisture Agave Conditioner

Conditioner

The conditioner was okay but I did find with this range that even after using the conditioner my hair did still feel a little bit dry for a product that claimed it should add moisture. I will usually leave conditioner in for a bit while I finish other parts of my shower routine and then rinse it out.

I still felt like I needed to add an extra product into my hair to add extra moisture, so I’m glad that I also picked up the hair treatment.

Maui Moisture Agave hair treatment

The Hair Treatment

I actually really enjoyed this product, I was probably my favourite out of the products I picked up. On the packaging it advices that you can use this product as a leave-in or deep conditioning product or as a replacement for conditioner. I have tried it the first two ways several times and I found I really liked it as a leave-in treatment which I typically prefer. But If I was to repurchase this range I would skip the conditioner and purchase this instead.

I found that a little goes a long way, if your doing it as a leave-in less is more so to speak, if you put too much in it can end up being too much and needs to be washed out because it weighs your hair down a bit. But its quite nourishing and left my hair feeling moisturized and less frizzy than normal.

I also feel like 340 grams is quite generous as this should take most people quite a while to get through. I’ve been using it for a few months and have barely used half that.

Final Thoughts

I did read a few reviews before trying this product and a few people claimed that it dried their hair out a bit and left it feeling stringy, not knowing what kind of hair these people had I felt like I had to try it out for myself to make a decision on it.

Overall I didn’t mind it, I felt like the shampoo cleaned my hair pretty well, though I could have skipped on the conditioner and gone straight for the treatment, I just felt like it didn’t do that much for my hair. I felt like it could leave my hair feeling be a bit dry without the treatment but I didn’t feel like it left my hair feeling stingy at all.

I do really appreciate when a brand that takes steps to be more natural and more eco-friendly as well as cruelty-free. For hair and skincare, I prefer a more natural product so I was very happy that I got to try this product even if it didn’t hit all the marks for me after trying it. 

Do I think the prices are over-priced? Not really I feel like its pretty comparable to similar brands out there on the market, Though I personally look out for sales when purchasing or repurchasing products as much as I can. Obviously, that’s not always possible depending on what you are purchasing but I would definitely say if you are interested a product and can get it on sale then I would do that.


Have you tried this brand? What were your thoughts? Is there anything that you would recommend trying? let me know.


I hope this review was helpful, I’m happy to be back and writing and reviewing some things that I have been trying out.

If you’re interested in checking ‘Maui Moisture’ out, you can do so via their website. If you are in Australia you can find them at your local Priceline or Woolworths stores.

Until next time,

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Elements Series Aquaria (Water)

Elements Series – Aquaria (Water) | Life Of Dahlia

Hey Everyone, Today I’m sharing the last post of my Elements series, I’m going to be sharing my inspiration for creating the makeup as well as what I wanted to do for the final image.

I have to admit that while I had some idea of what makeup I wanted to do I played around with this image the most out of the series because whatever I created just didn’t feel good enough.

Out of my new images for this series, this was actually the first one I tackled but also that last one I finished because I just felt like what I created originally just didn’t look good enough to fit in with the rest of the images. I feel like this could have been a lot better but I am somewhat happy with what I came up with.

I think I just need to learn that art is about expression, not perfection, so to speak and that I’m not always going to have an easy time creating. Art isn’t always about it being easy sometimes you just need to sit on an idea before trying to create it.

Aquaria (Inspired by the Water Element)

The image I’m sharing with you today is ‘Aquaria’ inspired by the Water Element. In my other posts, I have mentioned that I feel like this series has really become about transformation for me, and this image is no exception.

In my final incarnation of this image I wanted my character who I think of as a mermaid or sea siren coming out of the water and transforming into a more human form. The rest of the story could be whatever you imagine it to be.

I think that’s what I love about art or my art especially I love telling a story through it, It might just capture a small portion of that story but then whoever views it can interpret the rest of the story as whatever their imagination can come up with.

Makeup

I really just wanted to play with some more blue and green tones for my makeup for this one and include some 3d elements with the jewels.

At the time I was happy with this but I felt like some of the elements didn’t pick up as well when I photographed it. If I could change anything I actually would make the lips darker and bring in more colour on my face and arms.

I actually wore a purple wig for this (which you will see in a behind the scenes photo later on in this post) but changed the colour in photoshop for the final image and for aesthetic reasons in the pic above (for sharing on Instagram).

And I picked out a blue dress to added to the colour them I was going for.

Here you can see some of those subtle details I was talking about with the colourful brows, lashes and liner. But thats the reason I love including close up makeup pictures because them you get to see how it actually looks.

I guess that’s the only downfall of how I like to do my images because I take them further away and add filters to create a painterly look to the final image it kind of gets a little bit lost. But you know it’s about expression, not perfection like I said.

Inspiration

This image was really just inspired by colours of the ocean, blues and greens. But I feel like my image took on inspiration from one of my favourite artist Brooke Shaden, Her image have very similar tones of yellow and she has featured water or oceans in quite a few of her images.

She has some great content on her Youtube channel, I recommend checking out if your an artist or photographer. She has been one of my favourites for many years, I have purchased her courses and her book. Not only do I find her art inspirational but her as a person and as someone who has anxiety and fibromyalgia.

Sorry went on a little tangent there I just love sharing some of my favourite artists.

The Photographing Process

This image had a very similar process to my Aura or Air inspired image, I start out taking my image with a blank backdrop it might be black, white or coloured depending on the image.

I went for a similar coloured backdrop but only because I had a totally different idea in mind when I photographed this character otherwise I probably would have gone for a white backdrop for more contrast.

The Editing Process

Okay so I re-edited this image like three or four times but with my final image, I decided to add in a setting, for this I used an image by Giga Khurtsilava which I found on Unsplash.com

In the video walkthrough, you can see some of my initial editing where I extended the background and changed the colour, most of that actually became irrelevant because I added in a background.

I also show the shading before adding in the background but this actually happened after. For colouring of my image, I used Photoshop Actions From Fineartactions.com and Texture Effects by Topaz Labs.

I love Topaz Labs plugin’s especially their Glow and Impressions which allow me to add a glowy and painterly look to my images. I’ve always loved painting but I legit don’t have the patience or skills to be a painter so when I can use something to give my images that look I’m there.


I’m really happy with with my series and Its really inspired me to get back into creating self portraits and sharing different content on my blog and social media. This is a part of who I am and I felt like I was holding myself back from sharing this kind of stuff because I was trying to fit in a mold and thats no who I am. This is just as much a part of me as is my love for makeup or sharing tips, so you can definatly expect more creative stuff on my blog from now on.

Thank you for continuing to follow me and read my blog, I hope you all have a lovely day,

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Don’t forget you can see my whole series on my instagram pages, I’ll be sharing this on both of them and you can find all the other posts on my blog.

Beauty Insta: @ erinappbeauty

Personal/art Insta: @ erin_applebee

Image Credits:

Background Image by Giga Khurtsilava on Unsplash.com

Video Intro Image Credits: 
Candle: https://www.pexels.com/@tuca-bianca-116780
Bonfire: https://www.pexels.com/@vladbagacian


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Elements Series Phoenix (fire)

Elements Series – Phoenix (Fire) | Life Of Dahlia

Update: I have finally got around to finishing this series so I thought that I would reshare this post so that I could post all the posts in succession of each other. I decided to re-write/ edit this post to add more information, imagery and to fit in with my vision for this series. 

Hey Everyone today I’m resharing with you my image for Fire, I renamed this image Phoenix as I wanted to name all my image something that represented the elements they were inspired by but without using the obvious names.

This was the first Element that I start with because It was the first one I was really drawn to and could come up with a concept for. I really wanted to go for something dramatic but a little bit rough around the edges, so a lot of texture.

I had thought about redoing this concept to fit in with my other image but I really think this just fits well for the concept so I decided to leave it as is.

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Phoenix (Inspired by The Fire Element)

Makeup

This look kind of put itself together I had no real idea what I wanted to do when I started, I just went with what felt right at the time. I knew that I wanted to use a lot of red in this look but I also wanted to add in elements of black and gold in there as well.

I decided to include lots of texture so I decided to create a wing shape that went all the way out toward my hairline and add some texture with the blending out around my eyes to represent flames.

I wanted to add in some gold, to add a pop of brightness to the inner corner and then brought it up to the eye to create some texture on top of the red. 

I added in the little black dots as if the fire was burning and it was soot or ash falling on my cheeks, I really wanted to use a flicking motion to get a more random effect but, unfortunately, I just couldn’t get that to work so I decided to just do small dots instead.

For the lips, I decided to add in some similar colours to the eyes, I was originally going to do a nude so the eyes were the focus but it looked incomplete so I decided to match the lips to colours in the eyes instead and I really like the way it came out.


Inspiration

I really wanted all the looks that I created for this series to stand out on there own, I wanted them to incorporate and represent their own elements. For fire, I decided to go with a more editorial look as I wanted it to have texture and colours that represented the Element.

I’m so happy with the way this look came out, I have been really struggling lately with finding inspiration and being able to execute it into something original. Its been a long time since I’ve created something that feels like art, I think I just need to realise that maybe my art is changing and is different from what I imagined it to be.

To create texture in my image I used a homemade tutu that I had made up for photo shoots, I just thought that the colours would go really well and it would help with the flame look I was going for.

The Photographing & Editing Process

After creating my makeup look and taking some photos, (check out my photography set up hereI imported my images into Lightroom, from here I like to narrow down the photos I took before importing anything into Photoshop. Lightroom allows me to find the best image and make some basic changes before getting into the deeper editing process.

For this image, I didn’t have to do a lot of editing (you can see my editing process in the video below), I mainly had a few tweaks and add in some of the tulle into one area to give a more symmetrical look.

In the video above I show two images I edited for this element, I mainly did this so that I could share them on Instagram. 


I’m so happy to be able to share all my images from this series with you. I will also be sharing everything on my Instagram pages, I’m excited to share it there and see all the series together.

Beauty Insta: @ erinappbeauty

Personal/art Insta: @ erin_applebee

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Image Credits:

Photo featured in my cover image is by Tucă Bianca on pexels.com

Video Intro Image Credits:
Candle: https://www.pexels.com/@tuca-bianca-116780
Bonfire: https://www.pexels.com/@vladbagacian


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Elements Series: Aura (air)

Elements Series – Aura (Air) | Life Of Dahlia

Hey Everyone, today I’m sharing with you my image inspired by the Air Element, this image is called ‘Aura’ which means Air.

This image I think I have had a concept for in my head for a while but I never did anything with it but I knew the concept or idea I had in my head would fit well with this image. I imagined this light airy creature floating in the clouds and I knew it would be perfect for the Air Element.

Aura (inspired by the Air Element)

I already knew this concept would take a bit to do but I knew I wanted to finally take the challenge on for this image.

I decided to order a new wig (which I had been wanting to do anyway and this just gave me the excuse to do it) so that I could have a decent quality wig to work with as my older one is cheap and just doesn’t look that nice without a hat on. I order the wig pictured and my green wig from my earth image of amazon.com.au they are both great quality and only cost me around $50 each.

I also knew that I wanted to include wings in this image because I wanted my character to have a fairy or angel look to her. I decided to go with some realistic fairy wings that I purchased a few years ago, these things are like my pride and joy they are stunning and just add a whimiscal look to an image.

Who says your to old to believe in fairies?

For my dress I decided to go with this light purple on that I had in my waldrobe, all the dresses or garments I use in my work are ones I picked up from second hand stores and (opshops) thrift stores. I’ve found some real gems this way.

Makeup

For the Makeup for this image I wanted to add some light blue or purple tones with some white lashes and lots of sparkle. Even if this doesn’t show of in the final image I still love it and again this is why I like to share makeup images along with my work because then I can share more of my concept with people.

I went for a bleach brow to help better match my wig because my brows are naturally dark I needed to lighten them a bit and for my lashes I wasn’t sure what to do initially but I ended up adding some white to them with a white eyeliner to enhance that light and airy look.

I added lots of sparkle to and under the eye using some shimmery eyeshadow and sparkly cosmetic grade glitter.

Inspiration

This image like I said I feel like I had actually had in my head for a while, I remember seeing a piece by artist ‘Selina Fenech’ in which she had a character in the clouds and I think that image just stuck with me. Her piece is called ‘Eye of the Storm’ and has a more stormy look to it with lightning and stormy clouds (You can find it and all her work via her website selinafenech.com) but I definitely wanted a more light and airy look to my image.

The Photography Process

The photographing process for this image actually took the longest out of all the images in this series, I had to photograph my character and then photograph extras. I knew I wanted to have my character floating or levitating in the air so I needed to photograph hair and fabric movement to edit in later on. (If you want to know more about how to composite or photograph hair or fabric I recommend checking out Brooke Shaden I learnt all this stuff from her.)

I photographed all these on a black background because it was a good contrast to my subject and I would have an easier time cutting out later on. Taking the hair and fabric photos definitely took up a chunk of my time during the photographing process, it had been a while and I was out of practice so it probably took me an hour and a half to photograph everything.

The Editing Process

The editing process on this image took a while I was probably working on this for a few days until I was happy with it plus I was having computer issues at the time so that made it take longer.

In the video walkthrough you can see that I started with the background layer which is by Tom Barrett on Unsplash.com, I don’t show it but I actually edited that layer and gave it some adjustments including colour adjustments as well as applying Topaz Labs Impressions, because the image was a bit grainy when I imported it but I also add this over my whole image later on.

Then I brought in my subject or character, I cut her out of the original image and then got rid of all that unnecessary black background. I also decided to scrap the wings and add in as a separate layer because they were askew in the original image. And also so I could add extra movement to make them look like they were moving.

I then extended the hair and fabric on the dress so that it looks like my character is floating. From here I add shadow, highlights and smokey textures. Then I add colour using Photoshop Actions From Fineartactions.com and a Sun Flair using Photoshop Filters.

And lastly, I add glow & painterly effects using plugin’s from Topaz Labs (Glow & Impressions (painterly effects)) and added in a texture layer over the top to give a canvas look.


Every time I get to write about the pieces in this series I just leave with a feeling of happiness and contentment. 2015-16 was a year that I felt happy to be creating and in 2017 & 18 I felt like I had lost the inspiration to create this way. I think because of my health and mental health I felt lost and uninspired or unsure how to execute the ideas in my head.

2019 I hope will be very different and I hope that I find my groove again and keep feeling inspired to create this way again.

Thank you for continuing to read my blog and follow me, you can see my whole series on my Instagram pages, I’ll be sharing this on both of them and you can find all the other posts on my blog.

Beauty Insta: @ erinappbeauty

Personal/art Insta: @ erin_applebee

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Image Credits:

Image Background by Tom Barrett on Unsplash.com

Video Intro Image Credits:
Candle: https://www.pexels.com/@tuca-bianca-116780
Bonfire: https://www.pexels.com/@vladbagacian


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Elements Series Gaia (earth) + Series Intro

Elements Series – Gaia (Earth) + Series Intro | Life Of Dahlia

Hey everyone, earlier last year I started creating a series inspired by the Elements, I had been wanting to do a series for a while but I really just haven’t had the motivation or inspiration to know where to start.

I was really inspired to create a small series based on the Elements (Earth, Air, Fire, Water) because I thought the subjects could create some interesting imagery. As it had been a while since I had done anything like I thought this might be a good series to start with because there will only be four images that I will have to create.

After starting this series I decided that I wanted to not only incorporate makeup but take it an extra step and incorporate my love of photography and art by putting my characters in different environments. I have many skills in areas like photography, photo editing and compositing so I wanted to use this series as a way of getting back into my love of creating characters and sharing their stories through self-portraiture.

My original concept that I started with was fire, I did that back in April of 2018 and I kind of got sidetracked and found it hard to come up with ideas for the other elements. No one said Art was easy right?

So rolls around November and as you know this is about when I decided to take a bit of a break, which I felt like I desperatly needed. Once I took all that pressure of myself ideas started evolving in my head and now here we are after a couple of months of finishing this series and I’m ready to share it with you all.

Elements Series Gaia (earth) Copyright: Erin Applebee All Rights Reserved
Copyright: Erin Applebee All Rights Reserved

Gaia (Inspired by the Earth Element)

The image I’m sharing with you today is ‘Gaia’ inspired by the Earth Element, this image was actually the last image I created, but I think it may actually be my favourite.

I feel like this series has really become about transformation to me, in this image I really wanted to immerse my character into nature and have her almost blending in. I took the images in my backyard and immersed myself in nature by standing in between the plants and placing my camera in front of the plants.

Elements Series Gaia (earth) Copyright: Erin Applebee All Rights Reserved
Copyright: Erin Applebee All Rights Reserved

Makeup

I wanted my makeup to be more simple for this one but still have a sort of grunginess about it, I went with some green tones on the eyes and contouring. For the skin, I actually had the only concealer on I wanted it to look more natural.

Elements Series Gaia (earth) Copyright: Erin Applebee All Rights Reserved
Copyright: Erin Applebee All Rights Reserved

For hair I wore a green wig that I had recently purchased and added a bit of fake moss onto my skin to symbolise that blending with nature. I really wanted to go all out with this but I was pressed for time, as I wanted to make sure that I took them earlier in the day for the best lighting.

Elements Series Gaia (earth) Copyright: Erin Applebee All Rights Reserved
Copyright: Erin Applebee All Rights Reserved
Elements Series Gaia (earth) Copyright: Erin Applebee All Rights Reserved
Copyright: Erin Applebee All Rights Reserved

Inspiration

I was really inspired by the work of artist Kristy Mitchell, I have her book that features images and diary entries for her series ‘Wonderland’. I love the whimsical aspects of her images and the fact that she primarily takes her images in beautiful natural scenes.

So I wanted to take inspiration from that and actually set my character in a physical scene and not one that I created in Photoshop (which you will get to see in a couple of my other image.)

Elements Series Gaia (earth)  Behind the scenes Copyright: Erin Applebee All Rights Reserved
Elements Series Gaia (earth) Behind the Scenes
Copyright: Erin Applebee All Rights Reserved

The Photographing Process

After setting myself up in my garden, I ran back and forth taking multiple photos and poses to get something that I could work with. I uploaded the images to my computer while I went and washed of my makeup and then loaded them into Lightroom to pick out the best image.

From here I import into Photoshop and this is where the magic happens. I’ll be including a walkthrough video below so that you can how the image started and what I did to get it to its final form.

The Editing Process

I just wanted to show a little bit of my editing process, I find it hard to capture during my editing process because I could be there for hours in some cases, but I want to share a little bit on how I edited this image.

I started with basic edits and fixing some spots in the background, I then fiddled with the moss of her face. From here I added colour using Fineart Actions from Fineartaction.com and then I create a new merged layer of my layers to add extra effects using Photoshop plug-ins from Topaz Labs. I used their Glow plug-in to add some extra glow to the image, Impressions to add a painted or painterly effect and then sometimes I add a texture layer which I will either bring into photoshop alone as a new layer or add via Texture Effects.

I thought that might just give my video some context. I’ve uploaded my video via my art youtube account which also features similar walkthroughs from other works I’ve done in the past.


I’m really happy with the final result of this and the other pieces I’m excited to share the rest of the series with you. (I will also be resharing my fire images with a re-edited post.)

Thank you for continuing to read my blog and follow me, to see my whole series check out my Instagram pages, I’ll be sharing this on both of them and you can find all the other posts on my blog.

Beauty Insta: @ erinappbeauty

Personal/art Insta: @ erin_applebee

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Video Intro Image Credits:
Candle: https://www.pexels.com/@tuca-bianca-116780
Bonfire: https://www.pexels.com/@vladbagacian


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