ABH Metallic Rose Lipgloss & ABH China Rose Eyeshadow REVIEW

ABH Metallic Rose Lipgloss & ABH China Rose Eyeshadow REVIEW

 

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My local Sephora recently updated their inventory and to my benefit, got a huge new Anastasia Beverly Hills display. While they are still getting all of the products in they have a few things that I was interested; namely, the highlight kits (both palettes were unfortunately sold out), the potted concealers, the single eyeshadows, and lip glosses. I have finally come to the conclusion that liquid lipstick are not for me. My lips are too dry for matte formulations which tend to crack and create these product deposits that look pretty damn gross after about an hour or so. My first two products were the Lipgloss in ‘Metallic Rose’ and the eyeshadow in ‘China Rose’. Firstly, I’ll tell you a little about my thought on the lipgloss.

ABH2 ABH Lipgloss in ‘Metallic Rose’

I chose this shade because I am absolutely obsessed with rose coloured products. They are extremely flattering on my skin tone (fair with pink undertones) and look lovely with my other features (blue eyes and dark blonde hair). This particular shade is a true rose base with pink, blue, and silver reflects. This reflects in this formula are very small, making it appear more as a sheen than a true shimmer. The rose base is very opaque so it gives a great amount of colour pay off in one application.

ABH3On the Anastasia Beverly Hills website the shade is described as a ‘shimmery dusty rose’. They do no provide a comprehensive ingredient list which is pretty common if a company has a product that is a proprietary blend or they want to extremely limit any sort of reproduction. They do give a little description of their lip glosses, stating that ‘This ultra-smooth, weightless formula combines the intensity of a stain with the mirror-like shine of a gloss. The flat, sponge-tip applicator delivers multi-dimensional pigment neatly and precisely. Wear alone or layered over Liquid Lipstick’. In total you get 4.5g of product which is a fair amount and will last you quite a while!

I personally feel like layering something super glossy like this over a liquid lipstick seems like your lips would feel like you are wearing a LOT of product and would be a bit counter productive – the liquid lipsticks are super matte and the lip gloss is super glossy. All in all, this is one of my favourite lipgloss formulations. It has relatively good staying power while not being so sticky you’re worried about flies getting stuck to your lips!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills more recently (in the past year or so) have successfully launched their comprehensive single shadow collection. These particular additions to their permanent line have quickly become a favourite of beauty bloggers and vloggers. They are comparable in price to single shadows from MAC and Urban Decay, while being arguably more consistent with their pigmentation from shade to shade. This is my first purchase from their single shadow collection and my only issue is that I had a really hard time selecting which shade should be my first – it was a really tough call. ‘China Rose’ ended up being the winner because it was that perfect mix of a peachy-pink, with a hint of copper: perfection for blue eyes and fair skin. I do not have another shade in my collection that I can say definitively is a match for this one, which makes me decision all that more great. It has a really great colour pay off and looks amazing when applied wet. In total you get 1.7g of product which is .2g more than you get with a single pan shadow from MAC.

ABH5On the Anastasia Beverly Hills website this shade is described as a ‘rosy peach metallic’ and is listed as one of their duo-chrome eyeshadows. Again, there is no ingredient list mentioned but it does say ‘This finely-milled, highly-pigmented powder eye shadow is available in eighty-four hues and eight finishes for maximum versatility. Create a custom palette with kits that holds four to eight pans of your favorite colors and textures’. ABH also offers a couple different bundling options if you are looking to purchase a variety of eyeshadow shades: Add 4 Eye Shadow Singles for $40 + FREE Empty 4 Well Palette or Add 8 Eye Shadow Singles for $70 + FREE Empty 8 Well Palette (PRICES IN USD). This option makes creating your own palette of shadows that much easier.

I am really happy with both of these products and will definitely be happily making more purchases from ABH in the future!

**Information Gathered from ABH Website When Stated
**All Product Pictures Are My Own
**Products Purchased With My Own Money

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ASDM Beverly Hills Glycolic Acid Complex REVIEW

ASDM Beverly Hills Glycolic Acid Complex REVIEW

glycolic acid complex 2 Its always an pretty satisfying experience when you fall in love with a new skincare line. After transitioning to cruelty-free products, I came across a company called ASDM Beverly Hills online. As the name suggests they are based out of Beverly Hills, California and specialize in affordable, spa-grade skincare products. Full honesty: I had never heard of them before in my life. No YouTube videos on them, very little reviews – there wasn’t much out there about them. I decided to take a leap and give it a try. This all stemmed from my love of Eminence Organic Skincare products but my distaste for their high boutique prices. I placed a sizeable order from ASDM Beverly Hills to try and get a good overview of their products – see what I like, see what I could take a pass on. Well…I pretty much liked everything I got! One of my favourites is the ASDM Beverly Hills Glycolic Acid Complex.

The reason I selected this product is because I have a long love affair with natural glycolic acids and other AHAs (alpha hydrozy acids). Yes, that is weird but it has served me well! I have naturally VERY dry skin and because of this my skin easily holds on to dirt and dead skin cells. Regular Exfoliation for me is an absolute must in order for my skin to look youthful, vibrant, and healthy. While it is dry, it is also sensitive and prone to what I like to refer to as “temper tantrums”. This is typically caused by rough physical exfoliants (think St. Ives Apricot Scrub) cause small abrasions on the skin and too much friction. I have always preferred more gentle, yet effective, chemical/biological exfoliants where enzymes or acids do the job for me. When I found a moisturizer with an effective 15% glycolic AHA complex built in – I was in HEAVEN.

glycolic acid complex 3It is a beauty rich yellow hue and has a thick, comforting texture. I use this 3 nights out of the week and supplement with occasional additional exfoliators. I prefer to use this at night as since it does contain glycolic acid, it increases your risk of sun damage if you expose your skin to UV rays. A little goes a long way so you will have this little jar forever. Speaking of the little jar, it is a full 60ml and completely recyclable. The product itself has little to no odour which is perfect for sensitive skin and noses. For those of you who are not as familiar with glycolic acid as others here are a few benefits of this magical AHA:

  • Removes dead skin cells and helps bring new, younger cells to the surface
  • Helps diminish fine lines through gentle exfoliation
  • Reduces the appearance of scarring left over from blemishes
  • Helps soften compacted blackheads and skin congestion
  • When used before other treatments, helps other ingredients penetrate deeper into the skin
  • Helps to minimize pores

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Thats all well and good, but where is glycolic acid from? It is an acid mainly derived from cane sugar. Out of all the AHAs it is the smallest (molecularly speaking) which makes it one of the most effective in terms of dermal penetration.

All in all, I absolutely love the ASDM Beverly Hills Glycolic Acid Complex as a night treatment for my dry, dull skin. This make regular exfoliation gentle and easy! Read more about the product here: http://www.asdmbeverlyhills.com/products/glycolic-acid-complex

Comprehensive Ingredient List: Distilled Water, Glycolic Acid, [Bees Wax, HE-Cellulose, Polyglyceryl Oleate], Sodium Polyacrylate, Grapeseed Oil (Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil), Rice Bran Oil (Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil), Pineapple Extract (Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract), Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate), Allantoin, Honey Extract, Vitamin A (Retinyl palmitate), Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone), [Grapefruit Seed Extract (Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Glycerin], Lactobacillus Ferment

**Product photos taken by myself
**Sugar cane photo from Wikipedia
**Ingredient list from ASDM Beverly Hills
**Product purchased with my own money

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Leggings4Life

Jennifer-Lopez-leggings-los-angelesI am absolutely notorious for wearing leggings with everything. Standard, basic black leggings. Nothing special or exciting, just simple black leggings – with everything. There is something so reassuring and beautiful about knowing that you will be comfortable all day no matter what you are doing. You are ready to go to a nice dinner by slipping on some nice boots and a cute shirt, or ready to go hike a mountain by putting on some runners. Leggings are the boy scouts of pants – they’re always prepared.

I know girls who wear structured pants and look amazing. I am always envious of how put together they look. After the typical admiration session of 1.5 minutes I begin to think of whether they are actually comfortable in what they’re wearing or not. I start to doubt it. Then I am happy I chose leggings. I don’t own structured pants for 3 reasons:

1. My height puts me on the cusp of being a regular sized human and being a petite human.

I am in the no-womans land of structured pants. The length of petite pants is wonderful but the tailoring is a bit off because my height says petite but my thighs say I am familiar with pie.

2. I can’t find any structured pants that don’t give off a masculine vibe.

I am never on my way to a power lunch looking to crush the dreams of my inferiors. Or paint everything I own beige and bust balls on a regular basis.

3. In a single day I am usually doing at least 3 very different activities.

Leggings support all my activities. You can’t take structured pants on a run. They will hold you back like a bad boyfriend.

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Photos from On The Daily Express

I have a deep love for the way leggings slim and add femininity to the body. Even on a day where maybe you had 4 danishes for breakfast, they will support you and hold you in. However, we have all been betrayed at some point by at least one pair of leggings. Everything is fine, they look good in the change room at H&M then BAM, you wear them in real life and your boyfriend says, “I can see your underwear through your leggings”. Betrayal of the highest degree! I like to call it trouser treason. This being said, there are some wonderful pairs of leggings that, for me, have stood the test of time and have been repurchased repeatedly – both of which are sold at Aritzia. Good leggings will not come cheap. Do not expect loyalty from a 2 pack of leggings from Costco, they will fail you.

f15_03_a06_44102_1274_on_aFirstly, I am head over heels for the Stride Pant by TNA. Marketed as a workout pant, these leggings hold their dark colour, making it a great staple in a black wardrobe and perfect paired with booties and a blouse. It is also one of my most comfortable leggings to wear for a fall date night with thigh-hight tan riding boots, a tailored flannel button up, and a denim jacket to finish off the effortless, cute ensemble.

f15_02_a06_39098_1274_on_aSecondly, for a less expensive alternative I love the Manhattan Pant by Talula. They are less than half the price of the Stride Pant but they are quite a bit thinner. If you but the wrong size your chances of making them see through go up. Don’t squeeze yourself into a small size, you will only hurt yourself. These are great day-to-day leggings which pair well with lots of different outfits. I do try to pair these up with a shirt that is a little longer in the back to cover my butt a bit more, but you do you – wear a crop top for all I care!

Those who know me in everyday life know I live in leggings. Some people tell me not to but I chose not to listen because bitter people tell you what to wear – you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life. I put it to you, I am effective at life because I don’t mess around deciding what to wear every morning. I spend about 8 minutes deciding what my outfit that day will look like – no stress, no fuss. I don’t get decision fatigue, something that plagues many people who are faced with plentiful options but not real decision making abilities. Women who have a closet full of clothes but complain they have nothing to wear, I’m talking to you! Isn’t that a stressful life? You are overwhelmed before 9:00am. I wear a similar outfit everyday because I know it works and It’s easy. Leggings, flow tank top, blazer, booties, and staple jewelry pieces – outfit done. Another contributing factor is a life principle I have spent years perfecting: don’t sweat the small stuff. Our society has become an increasingly materialistic society where people often consider the opinions of others, often strangers, before they listen to their own. The opinions of others are extremely minimal in value. The most minimal. Microscopic. So don’t sweat it! This philosophy will save you so much stress in heartache not only in deciding what to wear but in everything from relationships to work and beyond.

To put everything into summation: I love leggings. They make me embrace my body, appreciate my legs, and walk past a mirror and say “yeah, my butt does look great today”. Maybe one day I will find structured pants that I enjoy, but until then, I’ll be over here doing EVERYTHING in my leggings. If you want to get crazy with your leggings I suggest checking out Black Milk Clothing. They are an incredibly unique and creative clothing brand that makes beautiful leggings in amazing patterns and designs. They also make wonderful bathing suits that are sure to draw attention from everyone you see.

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Do You Have a Life Roadmap? Yeah, Me Neither

Do You Have a Life Roadmap? Yeah, Me Neither


Lately this has been the most awful question people ask me, and to be honest it’s kind of a terrible question. Why do we ALWAYS need to have a plan, and further more, when plans change why do we immediately need a new one?

Screen shot 2015-02-11 at 9.00.18 PMI have had a plan since I was in the 8th grade. Get your Psychology degree. Graduate. Get your masters. Start a family. Do all the adult things. The weird thing about having a plan then, is no one tells you how life is going to take your plan, rip it into tiny little pieces, then you have to spend your time trying to tape it back together and salvage what was once an idyllic vision of how life is supposed to be. I am about to turn 25. I am not where I thought I would be at 25. I can look at that in a negative way or I can look at it in scenic detour kind of way. When I graduated high school and turning 18, I was the manager of a hair salon. No matter who you say that to will tell you it’s a lot for someone that age. Truth be told, it is. Especially when the job requires too much of you and turns you into someone you don’t want to me. I was at that job for 5 years of my life – withstanding bounced paychecks, awful management politics, and taking blame for things that I was never responsible for or involved with. Skip ahead a few years, brushing past destructive relationships, unemployment (not including a horrible job in retail for 2.5 minutes), and the extraction of horribly toxic “friends”. Oh, I was also trying to complete my post secondary bachelors degree. This period was when I had a plan. Pure chaos.

I spent YEARS in post secondary education thinking I was going somewhere but was constantly being held back by administrative mistakes, unexpected unacceptance of credits, and course redundancies. I can not express how hard I tried to get my degree but at the end of December 2014, I came to the realization no matter how hard I tried and no matter how long it took, I would never be happy doing or finishing this degree. Myself and my family has sacrificed so much and in the end, it didn’t and wasn’t going to make me happy or leave me in a better position than I went in.

Screen shot 2015-02-11 at 9.02.01 PMDon’t get me wrong, this isn’t a knock on post secondary education. It’s one of the most important things you can do with your adult life. There is much to be said about striving for a wider understanding of the world around you, but don’t do something if it doesn’t make you happy. The same goes for work, relationships, and any other thing in your life. Yeah, sometimes we have to do some things that suck or do things that aren’t are favorite in order to achieve something greater. But if you think about the long term – will you still be doing this in a few years? Will you still be unhappy in a few years? Will you look back and be happy you did it? Are you doing this for the right reasons? Weigh your pros and cons. I honestly couldn’t see myself ever being happy continuing to fight for a degree when all I felt like I was doing was drowning and failing myself.

So. I withdrew. I thought about what my options were. I had more options than most. I have a steady job willing to give me more hours and opportunities to grow and I have ZERO debt. A decision I made when I went into post secondary was to go in and come out with no student debt. It is too expensive and stressful to get yourself into a hole you can’t afford to be in. I still believe in completing school without debt, that’s just a personal opinion; it’s not for everyone. I cut my losses and left school without a definite plan. I did research other degree options, landing on the idea of a business degree with a major in marketing. I needed a break. I wanted to move on with some other things in my life that I couldn’t do while I was in school. I moved in with my boyfriend. We got a cat together. I got a car. I started a hair extension business. I’m exploring other avenues of growth at my job.

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So, what’s the plan? Who freaking knows. Why do I have to know? Why do I have to explain it to people? Why does everyone need to know? I don’t know what my plan is. I have a general idea and know what needs to be done for it but I’m not going to know any better tomorrow than I will today. I will have a plan at some point but the whole purpose of withdrawing was to take advantage of being in the moment. The more stress you incur the less you live in the moment, it’s simply a fact of life.

What do I want? I want to grow my at home business. I want to grow the success of my YouTube channel. I want to grow my knowledge of skincare and cosmetics. I want to be a strong cruelty free advocate. I want to be better at appreciating others. I want to be able to see my hard work yield income and feel fulfilled by it. I want to re-learn how to take care of myself and remember to appreciate what I can do instead of seeing myself negatively. There is so much I want for myself in the present that I don’t need a definite plan for the future.

Yeah, I will go back to school. I am not someone who can lay idle and just stop expanding my knowledge – there are too many things in this world I want to know about and want to be good at. For now, I am ultimately plan-less and that’s ok. Baby steps. I’m just happy with moving day-to-day, which is something I have never done before in my life.

Companies You Wish You Knew About: FavULash

Companies You Wish You Knew About: FavULash

If you are in the beauty community or pay attention to the latest trend at all you know that there is one thing that can make or break a make up look: your lash game. There is often just no compensating for the absence of full, lush lashes. Your cat eye just doesn’t have the same POW it would wearing a gorgeous pair of fluttery lashes.

mink_with_dinner_imagelargeI love false eye lashes. I love to wear them daily and rake in the compliments from eye makeup admirers. Since going cruelty free and just knowing in my gut that I don’t want synthetic false lashes (they look too glossy and unnatural against your natural lashes) something I just wanted to touch on is mink lashes. It depends on what your definition of cruelty free is but mink lashes, no matter how they are labeled, are not cruelty free. The hairs are harvested on mink farms where minks are NOT allowed to roam free and their purpose is either being raised for fur or for other profit based reason. Lets do some careful thinking here. Mink are naturally aggressive and territorial animals – just generally being bad ass and eating birds, fish and whatever else it wants to because it’s extremely bad ass. How do you supposed they are gently brushed so that individual hairs gracefully float off their pelts into the hands of the collector? There are quite a few false eyelash companies that claim to be cruelty free that hock mink lashes, most notably Velour Lashes, and I always give my head a bit of a shake at how they have duped many people into believing this story of free range mink running in a field, rolling over to be gently brushed. A quote from Boston Magazine from Jane Dollinger, a media liaison for PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), responded via e-mail to8502373227_d72124d63e_b-300x199 questions report Anne Vickman had regarding company cruelty free claims: “These lashes are not PETA-approved. Even if the companies that sell mink eyelashes claim to obtain the fur by brushing live minks, those minks still suffer on farms and ultimately will be killed for their fur. We encourage consumers to choose alternatives to any materials that are derived from animals, ensuring that they are not contributing to an industry that causes suffering.”

All this being said, there are companies who sell mink lashes that are truly not mink at all, they are mink style created from a synthetic material. The reason people love mink lashes is because they are natural hair, thick at the root and tapered at the tip. This makes for incredibly natural false lashes. At the end of the day, people either care about what they consume or they don’t – the beauty community is notoriously bad for figure heads on things like Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook telling people to purchase something and many people blindly consume anything that is recommended to them without much thought or research. I am taking my own steps to become a more conscious consumer and finding alternatives to non-cruelty free options is one way I further educate myself and others.

In my research and hopes to find the perfect false lashes I found a company called FavULash which is based out of Victoria, BC where I live and the owner/operator KC is just as beautiful as the lashes she sells. All the different lash styles she has created are made from 100% human hair making them light, and extremely natural looking. There are tons of styles ranging from casual, day-to-day lashes and more dramatic, seductive lashes. There truly is something for everything! Here are a few of my personal favourites:

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#4534 – Amanpulo
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#4001 – Davao
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#7503 – Siargo

Like all other beauty products, I recommend not being a blind consumer and to do a bit of research into the things you are purchasing. There are so many wonderful alternative to mainstream, non-cruelty free products but it does just take some looking. Go ahead a browse the FavULash website and see for yourself, looking good never came at such a great price and at no cost to our furry friends.

Thanks for reading my sweets xo

*photos of lashes direct from favulash website

Companies You Wish You Knew About: MyPinkVanity

Companies You Wish You Knew About: MyPinkVanity

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MyPinkVanity Hair Extension Swatch in 'Cream Soda'
MyPinkVanity Hair Extension Swatch in ‘Cream Soda’

If you love hair extensions and are an avid purchaser of clip-in hair extensions you probably know the big 3: Foxy Locks Hair Extensions, Bellami Hair Extensions (hocked by the likes of Kylie Jenner, Guy Tang, and my favourite Nicole Guierro), and Luxy Hair Extensions. All are great options if you want to jump on the brand band wagon. Full honesty, like cosmetics, with extensions you pay for the branding. Specifically speaking, Bellami extensions are quite expensive when not using a coupon code provided by their many affiliates – most of whom can be found on YouTube and Instagram. Although they are on the cutting edge of hair colour trends, they offer nothing that couldn’t be duplicate either by a colorist or at home if you are experienced with hair color. Their least expensive set is the Piccolina is 18″ and is 120g of hair. The cost of this set which has the least amount of hair that they offer is $119.99 USD in addition to either the $12.50 USD in US shipping or the $20.00 USD international shipping. Your total bill for 120g of 18″ hair is somewhere between $132.50 USD and $139.99 USD which in Canadian tops out to be about $170+ dollars FOR THEIR BASIC OPTION. Foxy Locks and Luxy boasts lots of grams in their extensions selection; however, their hair sources vary which results in inconsistent hair quality – sometimes it is amazing but I have gotten some sets where they were just obliterated within a month of having them.

MyPinkVanity Hair Extension Swatch in 'WheatWhy am I telling you this? I believe this is a good place to give you some good news. Meet the best clip in hair extension company: My Pink Vanity. This company is owned by a lovely lady named Amy. The whole thing is a family operation and love goes into everything they do. They offer complimentary free domestic US and international shipping with each order and they have an excellent variety of shades and colours to match any colour. The least expensive set of extensions that they offer which has the least amount of hair is 20″ which is 140g of hair for $129.95. The free shipping and the higher grams of hair means that you are paying less per gram for your hair. For the most basic sets, comparing Bellami, which with shipping you are paying about $11.67 USD per 10g of hair, and MyPinkVanity, which you are paying about $9.28 USD per 10g. It may not seem like a HUGE difference but believe be especially if you are paying an exchange rate is a big deal.

MyPinkVanity Hair Extension Swatch in 'Dark Chocolate Cherry
MyPinkVanity Hair Extension Swatch in ‘Dark Chocolate Cherry”

Another big deal about MyPinkVanity is their hair quality is consistently amazing. When I do my hair extensions installations on clients and they ask where to purchase hair I always recommend MyPinkVanity, even though they are clip ins we cut the clips off and use it in a variety of different semi-permanent hair extension techniques. I still am never disappointed with the way the hair lasts for my clients.

They offer lengths of 20″, 22″ and 24″ and options of hair thickness from 140g to 240g. Here are little extra bits of lovely information about MyPinkVanity hair Extensions:

  • They only use Remy hair (this means all hair strands in extensions are directionally identical. Since all the hair is laying in the same direction from root to end, the outer hair cuticle stays intact which prevents drying and tangling.
  • The hair extension sets either double or triple wefted (this means you get an ample amount of hair without the bulk. Wefts are carefully sewn together to offer more hair per square inch offering you more glamorous volume).
  • The clips used on the wefts and silicone lined to prevent slippage and damage to your natural hair.
  • Each pack of clip in sets come with 11 pieces allowing for lots of different clip placements depending on what your style is that day!

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Let’s make a move to take the guessing game out of extensions! If you are considering getting a new set of extensions or have always been wanting to try out hair extensions I can not express how highly I recommend MyPinkVanity hair extensions! You will not be disappointed and if you do have any questions feel free to contact customer service at www.MyPinkVanity.com. Also go ahead and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

From Copper Craziness to Ashy Perfection

From Copper Craziness to Ashy Perfection

wpid-the_goddess_by_ahmigad-d3i0ehd.jpgI’ve been around the block – Hair colour wise that is! I have been anywhere from bleach blonde, to a level 2/3 brown, to red violet, to vibrant red ombre, then a disastrous attempt by a lazy stylist at lightening all that mess which then resulted in a self-colour correction of her colour correction which left be with lovely chemical burns on my scalp. After that I did some repeats of previously mentioned colours, added some pink and purple ends, had extensions and didn’t have extensions. The whole time I was trying to get the colour I had in my head to become a reality.

For years, I had a stylist who was afraid to challenge the standard formulas or take on the task of something that required a bit more effort than she was used to, in an attempt to create something beautiful. This lead to extreme and unnecessary brassiness, green colour bases, and a level of breakage you only have nightmares about. I am happy to say that after about 6 years of describing the perfect cool-toned dark blonde/light brown. It has finally happened. It took a passionate stylist to share my vision, and my love of cool tones.

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Above are my before and after shots – displayed in chronological order. The very left was our starting Point. Due to all of the colour that has been put in and taken out of my hair, my hair naturally pulls and fades bright copper. Something I can not stand is orange or copper tones in my hair. It has plagued me for years, and made me seriously dislike my hair on many occasions.

Before I did this colour correction I hadn’t coloured or chemically treated my hair in just over 2 months and firmly practiced the curly girl method of co-washing/”cleansing” with conditioner. Before getting in the shower I regularly massaged a mix of jojoba and rosemary oil into my scalp, running it through to the ends and letting it sit for 5 – 10 minutes. It was extremely important that I make my hair as hydrated as possible.

My hair appointment was with the lovely Jenny, at Locks Hair Design in Victoria, BC. You can find some beautiful pictures of their work at http://www.instagram.com/lockshairdesignyyj . I have known Jenny for years and our life paths just moved away from each other as time passed, as so often happens, but we were together when she started her journey as a hair stylist and her passion for the craft is something inspiring. She is a courageous artist, always learning and improving her talent. After years of frustration I knew exactly where to go to have my vision shared.

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Something that is extremely popular right now is a product called Olaplex. Olaplex is the newest thing in the hair colouring industry as it’s intention is to preserve the integrity of the hair during any chemical processes. Here is an explanation right from the Olaplex website:

“Olaplex is free of silicone, sulfates, phthalates, DEA, aldehydes, and is never tested on animals. Olaplex reconnects broken disulfide sulfur bonds in the hair. Hair bonds are broken during thermal, mechanical and chemical services.”

Please don’t be confused, this is not a miracle product that can take the place of a great colourist, this is a tool to be used in conjunction with your stylists’ knowledge, creativity, and professional discretion. This is not going to keep the integrity of the hair intact if you put 40vol peroxide + bleach on already bleach blonde hair. Kiss your strands good bye. Think of Olaplex as the helpful people that stay and clean up after a kegger. If the party was insane, the clean up crew can only do so much to restore the house to it’s natural glory.

Jenny used Olaplex in conjunction with L’Oreal’s professional colour line, to create a beautiful ash base, and cool blonde highlights. After this process, my hair is definitely in need of some TLC. I am continuing with my Curly Girl method, doing minimal heat styling, and using a heavy duty leave-in conditioner.

Something important I do have to say to all the curly-haired mavens out there is to avoid using keratin infused products on the daily. The type of keratin bonds present, genetics, and the shape of your hair follicle determine your hair structure/texture. It is a complicated road to travel when trying to answer the question what is the difference between straight, wavy, and curly hair.

One of the main factors, and one that I want to focus on for maintaining healthy curly hair is the distribution of keratin proteins. Under an electron microscope strands of curly hair are shown to have an uneven distribution of keratin resulting in its spiral shape. Straight hair has a more or less even distribution of keratin amino acids from root to tip. Adding keratin products to your daily hair care routine will only disrupt the natural amino acid structure of your hair and over-keratinize your strands leaving them brittle and dry. This will only make the dryness worse and lead to breakage. You don’t need keratin to impart moisture – you need fats. Think shea butter, avocado and coconut oil, everything high in tri-glycerides and natural fats. These products are high in vitamins essential for cell development and health, as well as hydration! Take your hair off of its diet and feed it well!

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My hair colour currently looks very natural and is very complexion flattering, it is beautiful!