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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Review: L'Oreal Frost and Design Caramel Highlights

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For the longest time I have wanted to get my hair to a much lighter shade, I'd had enough of the dark brown. I have tried to dye it a lighter shade and it came out a brassy orange, not the look I was going for, and ever since then I'd gave up on getting it lighter.  Then over the summer my sister was telling me about the highlighting kit that she uses on her dark brown hair I loved the way her hair looked so I thought I'd give the kit a try!

The kit is L'Oreal's Frost and Design Highlights, I got mine in the shade Caramel since it was my first time having this done I didn't want it to be overly dramatic. The kit is around $12 at Walmart, you can also get it from CVS for a little more. The kit contains a highlighting cap, metal hook, gloves, lightening powder, creme developer, plastic mixer, plastic overcap, frosting protective creme, shampoo, toning rinse and of course your directions.

Since my sister has done this to her hair several times before she said she would do mine too. I was really excited to do it, but also really nervous because I didn't know exactly how it was going to turn out. First thing she did was put the cap on my head snugly and began pulling hair through the holes in the cap. Once she got all the strands pulled through, she mixed up the lightening powder, creme developer and the frosting protective cream and put that all over the strands of hair that had been pulled through the cap. Once all that was on she took the plastic overcap and put that over my hair and clipped it so it was secure, all that was left to do was sit and wait.

Looking Good LOL
The directions say for medium to dark brown hair the minimum time is 35 minutes and the maximum time was around 60 or 65, as best I can remember. I only left it on for 35 minutes because it was starting to look really, really blonde and I got a little nervous so I was like this is long enough. Next thing we did was washed my hair with the provided shampoo and then removed the cap and patted my hair dry with a towel. The last step of the process was adding the toning rinse. After applying the toning rinse my hair was no where near as blonde as it was when we first took the cap off.

I am totally happy and excited about my results! It did take me a few days to get used to it, because I am so used to all my dark hair and now all of a sudden I have blonde hair!

I did buy some Brass Banisher just in case. I have a lot of reddish tones to my hair and was afraid it would turn orange, but it didn't and I was able to return the product.

Some tips: You can do this process by yourself, but I would recommend either getting someone to do it for you or lend you a hand. I also recommend having some deep conditioner on hand when you do this, because it does make your hair somewhat dry.

I highly recommend this product if you want to change your hair up with out having to go to the salon.

This is something I will do again for sure and I'll probably leave it on my hair for a little longer next time.

Have you tried L'Oreal Frost and Design? If not would you ever? and if you have did you have great results?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Camo Nail Fail

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So about a month ago I received these Camouflage Water Decals from Born Pretty Store, I was so excited to try them out and even had a pretty good idea of what I was going to do with them. I gathered up all my supplies and got to work, I didn't get very far before I ran into an issue. I have used several water decals and they are usually very easy to use, these I just could not get them to work. I followed all the instructions, clean and polish the nails, remove film from decal, put it in water, apply to nail, soak up excess water, blow dry.

They would not adhere to my nails to save my life. First time I did it, I did have on base coat, so I took that off and tried again and it still did not work.

I would not recommend these particular decals, but their other decals have worked great for me. If anyone has any suggestions on how to make these work I would love to hear them :)

 As always if you do make a purchase from Born Pretty Store they do have free shipping and you can save 10% with the coupon code: SMBW10

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Black & Yellow Stamping

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I really love how black and yellow look together so as soon as I received a bottle of Candy Color Fluoresent Polish and this really cool Cartoon Face Stamping Plate from Born Pretty Store I knew I wanted to use them together and do black stamping.

The stamping plate worked great! The etching was done really well on this plate, it allowed enough polish to settle in it so it was super easy to pick up on the stamper. I love all the cool designs on this plate and see myself using it a ton. Great investment for only $2.99

The polish, I did have a few issues with. For me it seemed a little on the thick side, nothing a little polish thinner wouldn't help, and it seemed to take a little longer than other nail polishes to dry. The wait was worth it though cause it is a really nice color. The wear time has been really good on this polish, I did them on Friday and here it is Wednesday and I have no chips at all, just a little tip wear. This polish is currently on sale for $3.46

I did get a little smudging of the lines, but that always seems to happen with me LOL I probably should have let the black dry a little bit longer before I added my top coat. And OMGosh, I should have done a better clean up job :/

As always Born Pretty offers free shipping on all orders and you can save an extra 10% with coupon code: SMBW10

I hope you all are doing well and I hope to get back in the swing of blogging when summer ends! Until then (and even after) you can keep up with me on Instagram!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Review: Vincent Longo

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Today I want to share with you some beauty products that I got the chance to try out from Vincent Longo. These products were sent to me from BeautyStat.

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I am a sucker for great packaging! I really like the packaging for the Vincent Longo products, it is very sleek and sophisticated.

On to the products! I received a creme gel eyeliner in Felis Brown, lip and cheek stain in Baby Boo, silk velour lipstick in Mulberry and dew drip radiant blush in Sandalwood.

The Silk Velour Lipstick is amazing, it really had a velvety feel to it when I applied it to my lips. It glides on the lips effortlessly, it is also super pigmented, I was amazed at how rich and vibrant the color was. I like that it has a little sheen to the finish.  It did cause a little staining to my lips, but I guess in the long run that could be a good thing because your lips would always have a little bit of color to them.

As far as the lip products go, I am more of a lip stain kind of girl. The stain gave my lips just a hint of color and I was able to just apply some lipbalm over top of the stain to keep my lips moisturized throughout the day. One thing that I really like about this lip stain is, it is very buildable. If the first application does not give you enough color, just wait for it to dry and add another layer.

The creme gel eyeliner was probably my favorite product out of the 4 items I received. It is by far the creamiest eye liner I have ever owned, I just dipped the brush in and got a little bit of product on my brush and started to apply it to my upper lash line, it just glided right across leaving me a beautifully nice pigmented line. There was no dragging or tugging of the eyelid.

I also really liked the dew drop radiant blush, even though I'm not a big blush wearer. This left me with just a really nice naturally flush to my cheeks. It is a matte blush, but has subtle hints of of shimmer to give you a nice and subtle highlight.

I created a day time look using these products, minus the lipstick.

And then I pulled out the lipstick to take my look from daytime to nighttime!

Here is a rundown on the price of the products:
Creme Gel Eyeliner - $25
Lip and Cheek Stain - $24
Silk Velour Lipstick - $23
Dew Drop Radiant Blush - $30

Intrested in trying out some Vincent Longo products yourself? You can save 15% off any purchase now through Labor Day using the code: BSBUMP0

There are several other products on the website. What products would you most like to try? I would love to try the water proof eye pencil and some of the eye shadow trios.

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