How To Achieve Vibrant Red-Copper Hair Color

31.12.12

 

 

I constantly get asked who does my color or what color I use (it is very obvious that my hair is colored!), so I decided to show you all what I use and go through my whole routine.

To start, I would like to note that I have naturally dark blonde hair (for you hair dressers out there- I have a level 7N natural color) so achieving this rich red color is fairly easy and does not require bleaching or anything more then single process permanent and demi-permanent color. I buy all my supplies at Sally’s Beauty Supplies, but I have also gotten color from CosmoProf in the line Colorance by Goldwell. Below is my supply list:

Supplies

 

This list of supplies is everything I use to color my hair. It costs about $30 (less then $25 if you have a discount card at Sally’s) and I can color my hair for 3-4 months with this amount. I spend about $8-10/month to color my hair! Now, I will walk you through the steps, but let me preface that this is not a quick process! (Disclosure: I would like to note that I am NOT a licensed cosmetologist and this is simply the routine I use on my hair. Please consult a licensed cosmetologist for exact directions, measurements and precautions.)

Steps:

  1.  In the mixing bowl, use the black brush to mix the 20 Vol Permanent developer with the Loreal HiColor Copper at the ratio listed on the box for your hair type. Stir well.
  2. Using the pointed end of the black applicator brush, part hair in a straight line (I start at the top of my head) and apply mixed color to your roots only.
  3. Working fairly quickly, repeat Step 2 until your roots are covered on your whole head.
  4. Allow the color to process on your roots for the directed amount of time according to the bottle. I allow mine to process about 30 minutes.
  5. Run head under warm water, massaging roots.
  6. Shampoo and condition as usual.
  7. Dry hair with a blow dryer. Do not be concerned with style, this step is simply to dry the hair.
  8. In the white bottle, mix the Demi processor with the Ion Demi Permanent Color 6RC at the ratio listed on the box for your hair.
  9. Place finger over the tip of the bottle and shake very well. (Be careful when removing your finger from the tip, it may shoot color out.)
  10. I always squirt a bit of the color out of the bottle to clear the tip of any product that may not have mixed well.
  11. Apply this mixture all over your head and allow to process for the designated time on the box.
  12. Run head under warm water, massaging the whole head.
  13. Shampoo and rinse.
  14. Towel dry hair.
  15. Apply the Ion After-Color Sealer (this is a deep conditioner) and leave on for about 20 minutes.
  16. Rinse and style as usual.
This whole process takes about 60-90 minutes. You could easily get this done at a salon, but it would cost a LOT more then $10/month. I love my hair this bright red-orange-copper color, but it is not for everyone!
If you try it, please send us pictures! We would love to see :)

 

 

 

 

Great Foundation for Problematic Skin from Urban Decay

29.12.12

 

For the last month I have been using a VERY expensive heavy coverage foundation that holds all day long and looks beautiful, but seemed to be contributing to acne. I was suspicious because foundation that doesn’t budge from your skin with hot water and rubbing cannot be good for allowing the kin to breathe. Nonetheless, I am a makeup artist and good looking skin is essential for my job, so away I would go applying this foundation day after day. I had a 10 day stretch of days that I was not working and decide I was going to let my skin ‘restart’ and vowed to wear no makeup. Right! Well, I did wear makeup, but only concealer, a light powder and mascara.

The result? My breakouts that seemed to be from the foundation started to dry out and no new ones were coming. I went to my local Sephora and told the clerk what I had been using. She took one look at my skin and I got a shake of the head with a ‘no way!’. I was using one of the worst foundations for acne prone skin and I was maaaad. My first thought was “why would a brand make a product that contributes to breakouts?” which was promptly followed by “wow, they are geniuses!”. It totally makes sense! Make makeup that increases the need for makeup, but produce a makeup that gives fantastic coverage so the consumer will not look anywhere else for the coverage for these newly created breakouts.” Ugh, so gross.

So after my own ‘experiment’ I found a problematic product and replaced it with Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup (that’s a mouthful). After one week of using this foundation, I have less breakouts and continue to wear my foundation everyday. The plethora of shades allows one to truly match their skin with the perfect shade and the formula is so lightweight and thin that very little makeup is needed to cover the face. Dont let lightweight and thin fool you though, the coverage with this foundation is perfect. You will have skin that is dewey, balanced, healthy looking and have less visible imperfections. If you have a large red pimple or the like, you will still need concealer, but that is likely with any foundation.

 

I highly recommend Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup for anyone, but especially those with acne prone skin like myself. You will get the coverage that you need, but still allow your skin to breathe and remain clear. The foundation retails for $38 at www.sephora.com.

 

My Latest Zit Zapper From Dermalogica

28.12.12

We have all had that moment that we just finished a fantastic workout at the gym and realize that now we have to wash our face with the dreaded pump soap because we left our face wash at home. Now we don’t have to!

It is no secret to our site that I struggle with having acne prone skin and this has been a constant battle since I had my second baby. I have established a pretty successful routine, but when I get set back the most is when I don’t have time or the ability to wash my face.  I break out for days if I don’t wash 2 or 3 times a day!

Dermalogica has created a pack of 20 remoistened wipes in the mediBac line that contain Salicylic acid and can surely help acne prone skin in a pinch. I keep these around my house, in my gym bag, and one in my purse. If I should ever find that I am somewhere that I MUST wash my face, I just use a wipe. It sure beats hand soap. The wipes retail for $18 per pack (20 wipes) and can be purchased at www.Dermalogica.com.

 

New Year, New Palette! Laura Mercier’s Glamour Wardrobe

27.12.12

 

Hope everyone enjoyed their holidays! I spent lots of time with family and received some great gifts. Best gift of all was finding out that it’s a boy I’m expecting in June! While I would love to have a mini me to do mani and pedis with, little boys are the sweetest :)

No holiday would be complete without a makeup palette! Mom hooked it up this year (as always) with this Glamour Wardrobe from Laura Mericer ($98). The two level palette holds gorgeous eye shadow shades on the top and lip and cheek colors on the level underneath.

Can’t wait to play and post the pictures!

 

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