Things I’m Loving

My Ombré Journey!

I’m excited to sit down and blog about my hair, because I know most of my girlfriends are getting really tired of talking about it. I have a hair problem. I get bored constantly. Sites like Instagram and Pinterest really don’t help my wandering eye when it comes to hair color. I’ll see a snapshot of something I like, and I need to get it done by the next day. Before the fall, I used the Redken Chromatics line in my hair, went all over dark, and got rid of my ombré. I regretted it the next day. Then I decided to cut my bangs. I regretted that too. When I started thinking about what I wanted my hair to look like, I was horrified to realize that I wanted my hair to look just like it did before I colored it, and cut my bangs. I have played around with touching up my own ombré, but when it comes to going from dark to light and using a lot of lightener on my hair, that’s when I call my stylist.

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I get my hair done by the lovely Lydia at The Parlour in Bedford. She was the first stylist to ever give me the ombré look, and I completely fell in love. Ombré can go really wrong really quickly, and she has it down to an art. She will study and really think about what will give me the messy, gradient look that I am after, and I have never left with that dreaded demarcation line of bleach halfway down my nape. I always have people complimenting my hair (funny enough – the compliments stopped when I got rid of my ombré…) I have come to accept that I am extremely boring with my hair. It’s straight, or it’s wavy. This means that I need dimension to my hair. When it was all dark, it looked so blah. I have a lot of very fine hair, which loves to stick to my scalp and look super flat. When I have different dimensions in my hair, I feel like it makes me look more put together. When I use my curling wand, I try to push my curls for as long as I can. I hate blow drying my hair, so I try to wash my hair once or twice a week. (Yay for dry shampoo!)

So, I got my first round of ombré done in November. It wasn’t as light as I wanted it to be, but I didn’t expect to go from super dark to a beige-y blonde beach babe in one visit. They use a new product called Olaplex in my color now, which is supposed to be amazing for preventing damage while using lightener. I went back this past Monday for round two, and it is really starting to come together.

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As you can see, it lightened up quite a bit. The pieces that were already lightened from last time went to that beige based blonde that I am after, and the darker parts on the top layer of my hair still have a warmer tone to them. By my third visit the process will be complete! My hair feels great now, I definitely needed a trim. I also had to get some very fine foils near the top of my head to break up my regrowth. My natural hair is lighter than the dark color I used in the early fall. That left me with a beautiful skunk effect. Luckily Lydia took care of that!

If you live near the Halifax area and are interested in a change, I highly recommend Lydia ESPECIALLY if you are considering the ombré look. I have put some snapshots of The Parlour below. It feels like you are walking into a celebrity closet. It’s the most feminine place I know of!

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Does anyone have any quick hair styling tips? I’m talking like 5-10 mins … I need so much help with my hair.

-Sara

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January Favorites!

Can anyone even believe the first month of 2015 is over yet? I have yet to really think of any resolutions, but I did just get a FitBit, so maybe I will jump on the fitness train. (Ok- I couldn’t even get through typing that without laughing!) I loathe exercise. I also love food. Food and I have a relationship that is so strong, I can’t see us ever parting ways. We always agree with eachother, and we love in harmony.

Luckily for me, my beauty favorites of the month don’t have nearly as many calories as some of my favorite foods – so let’s jump into my most reached for products for this month!

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YSL Black Opium: This fragrance has had my heart all month. I loved it as soon as I smelled it, and it’s a rare fragrance that Almira, Sabah and I all like. It is a warmer, deeper scent, but isn’t overly musky or offensive. You have to smell this next time you’re out!

Number 7 Microdermabrasion: I just reviewed this product a few days ago on the blog. I haven’t reached for it for awhile, and boy am I glad it’s back in my life. This product gives you such an amazing exfoliation. Smooth skin and less irritation than a lot of other scrubs that I have used! I highly recommend this.

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Sonia Kashuk Eyes on Neutral Palette: I have used this every single day since I got it. No joke. And I am falling more and more in love. These shadows blend so beautifully, and they are all matte. I will be buying a back up of this, hopefully if I can find one at Target before they shut down.

Cover Girl Ready Set Gorgeous! Foundation: I was surprised with this foundation. I have a full review coming this week, so stay tuned for that. The gist of it is, it doesn’t settle on my dry patches, and the coverage is really nice. I’m in the shade 120, which works for me, but I could have actually gone a shade lighter. (I’m translucent not very tanned in the winter.

Benefit Puff Off!: This product really smooths out my undereye area. The adorable packaging is not only eye catching, but practical. Keep this sucker in the fridge, and use it in the morning! It can be layered underneath another eye cream, and will iron out those undereye bags for you before (or after) you apply your makeup!

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Garnier Damage Eraser Hair Mask: This was recommended by Tiffany D on YouTube, and I am really happy with it. It is so nourishing, but rinses clean and doesn’t leave my fine hair looking or feeling heavy. I’ve actually used this as my regular conditioner for awhile and I love it. I purchased the shampoo from the same line, but haven’t tried it out yet. Here’s hoping I love it!

Aveeno Ezcema Care Hand Cream: This has been a favorite for a few months! I finished a tube completely, and promptly repurchased. It’s the only hand cream that doesn’t irritate me when my Ezcema is flaring up on my hands. It makes me think that Oatmeal must be a truly magical ingredient.

What were your favorites this month!?

-Sara

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Things I’m loving: Soft Peachy Pink Lips!

Hi everybody! How’s it going? I often have people ask me if I ever get tired of makeup. It’s my full time job, and my hobby, so I pretty much eat, sleep and breathe makeup. My answer is always no, I never get tired or bored of it, because if you ever find yourself in a rut, there are always a multitude of new products coming your way.

Other things that keep me constantly occupied are shades. Neutral shades, bright shades, rosy shades … I could go on and on. Lately my makeup obsession has been fuelled by Peachy Pink lipstick shades. These are 5 of my current favorites.

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We will start from the top and work our way down to the bottom.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Pink Cognito: I love this shade. I just picked it up at the drugstore, and I mainly use this to layer on top of some darker coral shades that I have. It gives the perfect highlight on the bottom lip, and works well with my other lipstick formulas.

NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Smooch: I absolutely adore this color. My only gripe is the packaging. The top falls off sometimes in my makeup bag, and as you can see in the picture, the bullet has taken a beating. I get compliments on this lipstick all the time, and it was crazy inexpensive. I like the formula, but you need to be sure your lips are very well exfoliated and moisturized. These types of shades tend to show flaws on the lips, so a good lip care regime is an absolute must.

Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Rebel: The name of this really doesn’t fit. When I think Rebel, I don’t exactly think of a soft pinky peach color. However, this is stunning. These have a minty smell to them, incredible shine, and feel great on my lips. This formula is the perfect amount of stickiness for me. If it makes a gloss last longer on my lips, I’m okay with a more sticky formula as long as it doesn’t feel uncomfortable. I wouldn’t wear this in a wind storm with my hair down, but in general, this is a wonderful product.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Let’s Get Naked: I wonder if I will ever be able to pick up this lipstick without shaking my booty around, and repeating “Let’s get Naked” in a high pitched semi- creepy voice. So far, no luck. It happens everytime. This was another newer purchase, as clearly I am stalking every brand for their version of this color. These lipsticks are absolutely amazing. The formula is wonderful, and they are definitely the most hydrating lipstick from the drugstore that I have found.

Wet n Wild 903C Just Peachy: Ahh the one that started it all. This was the first color I tried that sparked this borderline unhealthy obsession. I have a YouTube Guru to thank for this find. These are super inexpensive as well, and I won’t lie, the formula can be a hair drying. I usually top this with a gloss, or layer a lip balm underneath of it. I feel like this color would look amazing on lots of different skin tones.

I could go on and on, but for right now, those are my top 5 picks.

What is. Your favorite shade to wear on your lips? Do you guys go through phases with your color choices as well?

-Sara