Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Holiday Look #2 - Ruby Red Christmas

Season's Greetings Glories!

This is the 2nd holiday look -- a very literal Christmas look, since I used a typically Christmasy colour scheme.

Diva, Goldie, Jade - All available at Halener Rustique

Diva is the colour I chose to use. I swatched Goldie, so you can see the difference between the two.


Living Proof Test Run

Hey Glories

The other day I decided to use one of my Sephora samples that I had stashed away: a hair care line by Living Proof.  I had apprehensions about the shampoo and conditioner, because it's for all hair types and I like things that are specified for different hair types.  I feel like if a S&C is catered for all, it's not gonna do what I need it to do for my specific (colour treated and dry as a biscuit) hair type.

It also came with a hair thickening cream, also for all hair types.

The texture of the shampoo was very light and runny and you can see in the photo below.  It took a lot to get some lather going, but I think it's because you have to lather up as soon as you put it on your scalp.  I ended up delaying, because I was fighting up with the packaging and so, I ended up putting more than I probably would have needed.  The lather fizzles out soon though, which is how I came to the conclusion that you gotta lather up asap.  The conditioner was also light and they both had a light pink grapefruit citrusy smell.  I liked it.  It smells like when you come out of the hair salon and your hair stylist used from fancy stuff that you'd never use at home.
shampoo - conditioner - thickening cream

I don't usually blow out my hair after a shower, but because the instructions for the thickening cream said to, I figured why not.  The results were horrible!  Now, because you say it might have been my technique or my blow dryer etc., I've blown it out before with this same technique, brush, and blow dryer and the results were nothing like this.  I looked like I had an afro.  On the plus side though, my hair was light and airy, not heavy like it can get with other S&Cs.  But seriously, no frizz for all hair types?  It clearly didn't work on mine!

It wasn't until I put my regular hair products (argan oil serum and castor oil) did the frizz calm down.  I don't usually like applying it in dry hair, but I didn't have a choice this time around.
BIG difference, right?
 My Verdict:
  • No Frizz Shampoo - It's too runny for my liking, but it smells great.
          Sephora price: 2 oz / $10 USD  -- 8 oz / $24 USD -- 24 oz / $59 USD
          Sephora rating: 4.2 out of 5
          My rating: 6 out of 10
  • No Frizz Conditioner - Does what a conditioner is supposed to do.  Doesn't smell as nice as the shampoo though.
          Sephora price: 2 oz / $10 USD  -- 8 oz / $24 USD -- 24 oz / $59 USD
          Sephora rating: 4.2 out of 5
          My rating: 6 out of 10
  • Thickening Cream - Smells as good as the shampoo and it's super creamy.
          Sephora price: 1.8 oz / $15 USD  -- 3.7 oz / $26 USD
          Sephora rating: 4.1 out of 5
          My rating: 6.2 out of 10
Over All Thoughts:
I obviously don't have enough experience with the product to rate it fairly, but I wasn't too impressed.  I wouldn't purchase a full size of any of these,  BUT if I got it as a gift, I would use it.  So they're not so bad, I just wouldn't spend my money on them.  The smell is divine and it stayed with me until I washed my hair again.  Even though my argan oil has a scent of its own, the shampoo smell still came through strongly, which is what I like.


Friday, December 2, 2011

Holiday Look #1 - Spin Me 'Round in D Staff Party

Season's Greetings Glories!

I wanted to have some type of schedule to when I would be posting holiday looks, but for those of you who know me... that wouldn't work out.  I do suggest you SUBSCRIBE to my YT channel for instant updates, because I'll be posting videos pretty randomly.

So, here is the first holiday look.  For my girls who like drama, don't worry, that's coming up later!  I guess I'm building my way up.. who knows, I guess we'll see as I go!

I don't usually list the products I used, because I don't think that's important at all!  You can always recreate a look with whatever you have, but in this instance I'll do swatches, since the colours aren't fully represented on my lid:

 Eden, OMG, Lightening - All available at Halener Rustique.

As mentioned in this video, this look is more geared towards 'work appropriate' and as a possible idea to wear to your job's staff party.  Rather than flat neutrals, I added some shimmery green to jazz it up and add a little sparkle, but kept it toned down with the matte brown in the crease.

You don't, of course, need to use greens.  You can use the same technique with a different colour, but just be careful with reds (I'll go into further details with that in my next video). If you wanna do greens, but don't have a green with such a strong golden undertone as OMG pigment, then use a gold instead.

I realize that having colour on the lid can limit your options for clothing, so you are in fact gonna replicate the look as is, then here are my thoughts on what you can wear with it:
  • Reds.  Green and red are opposites on the colour wheel, which means they looks great together.  And you'll definitely be sticking with the traditional holiday colour scheme with this option!
  • Purples.  Purple is a complimentary colour to green ont he colour wheel.  I'd opt for red-purples or darker plumy purples like these:
  •  Creams, whites, and blacks.  These colours practically go with anything.  Since all the eyeshadow have warmer golden tones, you might want to wear clothes with similar embellishments (gold buttons or threading).   I'd say match your accessories to whichever metallic colour you choose to wear in your clothes.  In the spirit of season, you might be able to pull off some silver.  it is also possible to mix metallics tastefully, so feel free to do that as well.
Orange also compliments greens, but I don't think that would match the aesthetic we're going for.  You might look rather psychedelic instead.  Now you don't have to take anything I say whole-sale; these are just some suggestions.  You can do and wear whatever you'd like, AS LONG AS YOUR COMFORTABLE.


P.S. I tried a new foundation here, tell me what you think!