I Am Purple.

Two days ago, I re-colored my hair. Previously, it was a bright magenta with a faded deep purple under layer. This time, I added a medium purple gradient to the bottom. I think, in retrospect, I should have added the medium purple to the faded underlayer instead of re-applying the deep purple, because layering that back in made an underlayer so dark it’s nearly black. But with all colored vegetable dyes, it will lighten considerably in the first few washes.

Blonded roots, so I can add color.

Blonded roots, so I can add color.

This was the hair mid-process, just after lightening the roots. I actually don’t bleach out the roots entirely, because when I do, I get a very neon look, and I actually prefer the deeper, berry-rich tones I get when I add SFX Virgin Rose over medium blond hair. Since my ends are SO saturated with dye from repeated dyeings that no amount of bleach will actually penetrate the stain, I am thinking of adding color close to the root when I am ready for a change. Maybe a light purple? Or yellow? Or candy pink? I am still undecided. I would looooove to do all-over turquoise, but I just don’t see that happening any time soon because I can’t lift enough of the pink out to get the effect I want.

I want to do some makeup looks in the coming week, but they will have to wait until I am no longer purple. You see, the dye that I used, Special Effects (also called SFX) is the MOST STAINING SUBSTANCE ON THE PLANET. I did all of the tricks: slathered my skin in Vaseline, the whole nine yards. I am still stained purple all over my neck, shoulders, and back from the power of the dye as I washed it out of my hair, and then the dried hair rubbing against my skin.  No amount of scrubbing with a Salux cloth is helping, so I’m just going to have to deal with it for a few more days, and then I will unveil the hair in all its purpley glory to you.

In the meanwhile, here are a couple of fun shots of it from the last month.

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Editorial Eyes: The BareMinerals September Issue Palette

Bare Minerals - The September Issue Palette

Bare Minerals – The September Issue Palette – RAWR.

I originally purchased this palette from Sephora in January, several months after its release. I got it because, like many others, I was all nuded out. Don’t get me wrong, I love low-key makeup, and that’s what I do most days. I like nude palettes. I recently bought one of the Urban Decay ones. But I really, really needed some color for days when I want to feel like a rockstar (and don’t we all? You know you do).

This is my introduction to the BareMinerals line, because unless a color is REALLY unique, I just don’t have time to fuss with loose powder on workdays. Temptalia also raves and raves about BareMinerals’ new pressed powder READY formula. (Here is her review of the palette, with good swatches and an AMAZING look she did with it.)

The major downside to the palette is the outer packaging, which shows every single print ever on it, as you can tell from my first photo. It needs to be frequently wiped down or it’ll look like a cruddy mess.

But inside, it’s quite nice, especially the big mirror. I bought it for three shades– Glitterati, Statement, and Prêt-à-Porter- but have found most of the shades are to my liking.

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Quick Thoughts on Urban Decay’s Naked Skin BB

As the entire beauty world goes BB crazy, Urban Decay is touting the release of the new Naked Skin Beauty Balm. I received a sample as a gift-with-purchase from Urban Decay when I purchased the Naked Palette in their recent F&F sale.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm

Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm

This thing promises the moon, the stars, and everything in the kitchen sink, to boot. In this little booklet, Urban Decay claims their Naked Skin BB evens skin tone, minimizes pores, wrinkles, and redness, protects with SPF 20, acts as an anti-aging treatment, hydrates the skin, and also acts as a primer. It optically blurs! It repairs your DNA! (Please, please let me wake up tomorrow as Black Widow.)

They also give you the results of a clinical study that back this up.  I mean, they’re setting the expectation bar pretty high.

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I Am The Last Beauty Blogger On Earth To Own A Naked Palette

Urban Decay Naked Palette

Urban Decay Naked Palette

So, the thing about me is that I have a tendency to hem and haw over high-end beauty products. I’m often on a budget, and while I’ll often splurge on a drugstore lippie or nail polish, higher-end purchases are contemplated endlessly before I plunk down my cash. Case in point: as my Stila In The Light palette comes to an end, I’d been rehashing the pros and cons of Urban Decay’s new build your own palette system vs. one of their lauded Naked palettes for over a month.

Urban Decay just had a friends and family sale, and the 20% proved too tempting for me. I settled on the original Naked palette, as Naked2 is cooler toned, and three of the six shades in Naked Basics just seemed too similar.

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Unsung Heroes: My Favorite Facial Wipes

Yes to... Facial Wipes

Yes to… Facial Wipes, Grapefruit and Blueberry

I want to take a moment to sing the praises of a staple in my beauty routine. I’m talking about the facial wipes in the “Yes To…” line, which began with Yes To Carrots and expanded from there into more delicious edibles. (I’m a carrot hater. I am unrepentant in this respect.)

Of the facial wipes this company offers, there is Yes To Grapefruits (Exfoliating and Brightening), Yes To Blueberries (Age Refresh), Yes To Tomatoes (Blemish Clearing), and Yes To Cucumbers (Soothing). I have tried all but Cucumbers.

It’s impossible for me to understate this: I LOVE THESE THINGS.

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Revlon Delivers Moisturized Kisses In A Snap

Next up are two products you’ve probably read about before: The Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters and the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. Both were released last year with much fanfare.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter - Red Velvet, Sugar Plum, Pink Truffle, Peach Parfait

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter – Red Velvet, Sugar Plum, Pink Truffle, Peach Parfait

The Colorburst Lip Butters are  truly moisturizing, totally unscented tinted lip balm, akin to the Maybelline Baby Lips or the Burts Bees lip tints. They come in so many colors (my last count was 20). They have a lovely, smooth texture and deliver impressive pigment for a balm.  They’re nice for low-key makeup, to look finished and put together. Sugar Plum is my BFF.

However, they will not make it through a meal– if you plan on wearing these, make sure to stash it in your purse.  The only other downside I can think of is truly subjective: with such delicious names, I do wish they were scented!

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Indie Spotlight: Fyrinnae Eyeshadows, Part 2

Fyrinnae Eyeshadows

Fyrinnae Eyeshadows

Part 2 of my Fyrinnae swatch-a-thon is devoted to my most recent order. Imagine my shock when my order arrived within four days, despite the lengthy stated turnaround time! I was very impressed. They’ve also stepped up their packaging, and the iridescent foil wrapping was a delight!

But onto the swatches. Once again, these are swatched on bare skin, and then over Pixie Epoxy.

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