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Sunset Balayage Hair – 1 Month Update

01/09

Sunset Balayage Hair - 1 Month Update
Sunset Balayage Hair - 1 Month Update
Sunset Balayage Hair - 1 Month Update
Sunset Balayage Hair - 1 Month Update
Sunset Balayage Hair - 1 Month Update
Sunset Balayage Hair - 1 Month Update
Sunset Balayage Hair - 1 Month Update
Sunset Balayage Hair - 1 Month Update
Sunset Balayage Hair - 1 Month Update
Sunset Balayage Hair - 1 Month Update
Sunset Balayage Hair - 1 Month Update
Sunset Balayage Hair - 1 Month Update
Sunset Balayage Hair - 1 Month Update
Sunset Balayage Hair - 1 Month Update
Sunset Balayage Hair - 1 Month Update
Sunset Balayage Hair - 1 Month Update
Sunset Balayage Hair - 1 Month Update
Sunset Balayage Hair - 1 Month Update
Sunset Balayage Hair - 1 Month Update
Sunset Balayage Hair - 1 Month Update
Sunset Balayage Hair - 1 Month Update
Sunset Balayage Hair - 1 Month Update
Sunset Balayage Hair - 1 Month Update
Sunset Balayage Hair - 1 Month Update
Sunset Balayage Hair - 1 Month Update
Sunset Balayage Hair - 1 Month Update
Sunset Balayage Hair - 1 Month Update

A month ago, I shared photos of and my experience coloring my hair to get a “sunset” effect painted onto my hair (see this post for more details).  I’ll be going in for a color touch-up shortly before Christmas, less because I feel I need one and more because my parents will be visiting, so I want them to see the pretty effect at its highest point.

I know a few readers were curious about how well the dyes were going to hold up after washing, so I thought I’d take some photos and see how everything was looking after four weeks (four washes).  My stylist wasn’t too worried about the purple and pink tones fading much (and previously, I had a lot of the magenta dye in my hair, which hadn’t faded much, if at all, over two months), but there was concern that the magenta dye would overwhelm the lighter orange/rose gold hues.

I think the latter has happened to some degree, though I can still see some more orange-y pieces coming through in places, but they were done more underneath and away from my face and have been harder to display (I’d definitely consider doing a bit more of the lighter orange/rose gold color throughout–I specifically asked to go easy on it the first go-round).  I’m still just as happy with it, and I don’t mind that it’s a little pinker/less warm at this point myself.

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Sunset Balayage Hair

01/09

Sunset Balayage Hair
Sunset Balayage Hair
Sunset Balayage Hair
Sunset Balayage Hair
Sunset Balayage Hair
Sunset Balayage Hair
Sunset Balayage Hair
Sunset Balayage Hair
Sunset Balayage Hair
Sunset Balayage Hair
Sunset Balayage Hair
Sunset Balayage Hair
Sunset Balayage Hair
Sunset Balayage Hair
Sunset Balayage Hair
Sunset Balayage Hair
Sunset Balayage Hair
Sunset Balayage Hair
Sunset Balayage Hair
Sunset Balayage Hair
Sunset Balayage Hair
Sunset Balayage Hair
Sunset Balayage Hair
Sunset Balayage Hair
Sunset Balayage Hair
Sunset Balayage Hair
Sunset Balayage Hair

About a year ago, I had balayage done to my hair (see it here), which gave me the beautiful highlights I’ve always admired on others in a way that I knew I could manage/keep up with.  I have nearly jet black hair naturally, so 90s highlights starting at the root were impossible for me to maintain as I’m just not the type of person who enjoys going to the salon.  Once I learned about balayage, I grew my hair out as long as I could stand it one more time so I could a third donation to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program.

Just over two months ago, I had my balayage moved up and then dyed a magenta-ish hue (you can see it here).  I actually had no anticipation of changing it, but I came across–randomly–this image of sunset hair and fell in love. Like head over heels, can’t sleep, can’t eat, I want it NOW! kind of love.  (You can see the evolution of my hair coloring journey on my Pinterest board, haha.)  One of the neat parts about balayage is that I can retain a lot of my natural hair color at the top, which works for making maintenance easy (roots who!) but also in keeping up with consistency in photos on the blog overall as when I have my hair up, it has low impact on photos and how products appearance as you just see… my natural, black hair.

Lauren Krech at The Waverly Salon has handled all of my hair transformations since I first had balayage done, and she created a total masterpiece on my hair. It’s a magical sunset painted onto my hair; there is an insane amount of dimension in how the colors are layered and blended together.  It took just under seven hours to achieve my sunset hair dreams, but I am obsessed with how it turned out–I feel like it’s rare that reality exceeds expectations and that’s exactly what happened for me.  It shifts and changes at different angles, in different lighting, and even just by the direction it’s curled or brushed.

There were three “colors” that were applied, brushed, and artistically woven throughout my hair.  All of the dyes used were from the Joico Vivids range.  The purple mix included Indigo, Amethyst Purple, and a little bit of Orchid.  The pink mix included Magenta, Pink, and Soft Pink.  The more orange-hued color was a mix of Fiery Coral and Rose Gold (possibly a little Peach, need to confirm).

But here are the lessons I’ve learned having magenta hair for the last few months… Having 1″ x 1″ tiles with white grout in-between each tile on my shower floor =/= work with magenta dye — I pop back to the salon for a wash and have my colorist do quick braids, so then I dry at home (saves money), so that they deal with the dye that bleeds out for the first few washes. Also, putting on a clear coat helped tremendously! (After four washes, only a little dye bleeds during a rinse, so I can do it at home.) While I invested in black hair towels (over the white ones I’ve had for a decade), dark sheets/pillowcases are also a must. I’ve also had to adjust my routine that when I do wash my hair, I dry it shortly after instead of leaving it damp in a towel.

If you ever go for more vivid hair color choices, you’ll want to follow the general rules for maintaining color like choosing color-safe shampoos/conditioners, using cold water to wash, etc. How much or well it fades depends a lot on the state of one’s hair.

P.S. — This post isn’t sponsored; I found the salon via Yelp and have paid for all of my services.

Happy Mother’s Day + My Face of the Day!

Mother's Day Look
Mother’s Day Look

Hope all the mothers, mothers-to-be, sisters, aunts, grandparents, fathers who played both roles, and any and all maternal figures in your life have a beautiful day filled with love and smiles.  I know I am beyond fortunate to have the mother that I do; I see her reflected in myself often, and I know that a lot of who I am today is because of her–her philosophies, teachings, support, love, and sacrifices.

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Look: Neutral with a ColourPOP! of Teal

Neutral with a ColourPOP! of Teal
Neutral with a ColourPOP! of Teal

EYES

I applied the eyeshadows using two MAC 242 brushes (flat, synthetic eye brushes), Makeup Geek Small Crease Brush (small, tapered synthetic), and IT Cosmetics All-Over Shadow Brush (fluffy, synthetic).  I applied ColourPop Puppy Love Super Shock Shadow on the inner half of the lid with the 242 brush, and then I layered ColourPop So Quiche Super Shock Shadow over the middle third of the lid.  I used the second 242 brush to apply ColourPop Ibiza Super Shock Shadow on the outer third of the lid and lightly buffing into the crease (but not past it).  Next, I applied ColourPop Kimono Super Shock Shadow in the outer crease and smudged along the outermost corner of the lid with Makeup Geek Small Crease Brush.  I applied Stila Mint Julep Smudge Stick Eyeliner on the lower waterline and between lashes, then I applied Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans Contour Pencil on the lower lash line.  I layered ColourPop Ibiza on the inner half and ColourPop Kimono on the outer half of the lower lash line.  I wore Dior Diorshow Mascara on lashes.

FACE

After I finished applying my eye makeup, I applied a mix of Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation in 02 and 03 (about 2/3 and 1/3).  I applied ColourPop Santos Super Shock Cheek on cheeks as a blush with fingertips.  To set and buff everything in (I also toned down the cheek color I had on) with Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Powder in 03.

LIPS

I applied Guerlain Garance Rouge G Lipstick all over lips, and then I patted on MAC Spanking Haute Vamplify Lipgloss (mostly for warmth; the lipstick was pinker than I wanted for the look!).

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Look: Shades of Sparkling Lavender

Shades of Sparkling Lavender
Shades of Sparkling Lavender

EYES

I used a MAC 239 to apply all of the eyeshadows on the lid.  I started by applying MAC Sweet Illusion Foiled Eyeshadow on the inner third of lid, then layering MAC Feminine Wiles Foiled Eyeshadow on the middle third overlapping just a bit with the outer third.  I darkened the outer corner and crease area by applying MAC Magic In Your Eyes Foiled Eyeshadow with Wayne Goss Brush 13.  I blended Burberry Trench Eyeshadow above the crease and on the brow bone with the same crease brush.  I smudged Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans Eyeliner on the lower lash line and patted MAC Feminine Wiles Foiled Eyeshadow over it.  I wore Dior Diorshow Mascara on lashes.

FACE

After I finished applying my eye makeup, I applied a mix of Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation in 02 and 03 (about 2/3 and 1/3).  I applied Too Faced Justify My Love Love Flush Blush mixed with Too Faced Your Love is King Love Flush Blush onto the apples of cheeks used a flat blush brush.  I lightly tapped a tapered highlighting brush into MAC Sparkling Rose Iridescent Pressed Powder to highlight on the cheek bones, down the bridge of the nose, along the cupid’s bow, and below the center of the bottom lip. To set and buff everything in (I also toned down the cheek color I had on) with Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Powder in 03.

LIPS

I applied Urban Decay Bittersweet Matte Revolution Lipstick all over lips, and then I patted on Too Faced Unicorn Tears La Creme lipstick.

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Happy Thanksgiving & My Makeup Look

Thanksgiving 2015 Makeup Look
Thanksgiving 2015 Makeup Look

Happy Thanksgiving!  For those who celebrate it, I hope you’ve been having a lovely day with your loved ones.  For those who don’t, I hope your Thursday is every bit as lovely (or perhaps Friday, depending on where you may reside!).  I’d like to take this moment to share a few things that I’m thankful for:  the love and support of my family, the loyalty and trust of my readers, and of the beauty community at large for creating a vibrant, knowledgeable, and vast universe for those who are passionate about beauty.

Here is my totally indulgent look for today (meaning:  products I just wanted to wear, not because I needed to test them!) — thanks for visiting as always! 🙂

EYES

I used MAC 242 Brush for the cream eyeshadows, Makeup Geek Small Crease Brush for the crease, and IT Cosmetics #112 Airbrush Precision Shadow Brush for the brow bone highlighter. I started by patting ColourPop Fringe Super Shock Shadow on the very inner fourth of the lid, near the tearduct, and then lighting pulling the sparkle/shimmer upward past the innermost crease area. Next, I applied ColourPop KathleenLights Super Shock Shadow on the middle of the lid, overlapping with Fringe. To get a better gradient between the two shades, I then patted ColourPop Cheap Date Super Shock Shadow between the two, just gently. To add more contrast, I applied ColourPop Drift Super Shock Shadow to the outer third of the lid and lightly buffing just into the crease but not above it. For the crease, I applied ColourPop Central Perk Super Shock Shadow with a small crease brush and buffed it quite a bit above the crease itself. To merge the outer lid and crease shades together, I applied ColourPop Moonshine Super Shock Shadow to the crease. To diffuse the crease color, I applied ColourPop Truth Super Shock Shadow to the brow bone with a fluffy brush. I used Sephora Love Affair Eyeliner on the lower lash line, and then patted ColourPop Fringe Super Shock Shadow over the inner third and ColourPop Dance Party Super Shock Shadow on the outer two-thirds. I used IT Cosmetics Tightline mascara with Dior DiorShow layered on top.

FACE

I applied Marc Jacobs Beauty Coconut Primer prior to doing anything else, so that it had time to absorb into the skin. After I finished applying my eye makeup, I applied a mix of Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation in 02 and 03 (about 2/3 and 1/3). I applied Tom Ford Love Lust Blush on cheeks and highlighted with Laura Geller Ballerina Baked Gelato Illuminator. To set and buff everything in (I also toned down the cheek color I had on) with Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Powder in 03. I used Clarins Fix’ Makeup Spray as a final setting step.

LIPS

I mixed Tom Ford Malik Lip Color and Tom Ford Derek Lip Color together, and then layered the mixed lipstick hue with Sephora Good Fairy Ultra Shine Holographic Lip Gel. I highlighted the cupid’s bow and just below the center of the bottom lip with Laura Mercier 001 Matte Radiance Powder using a fluffy brow brush.

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