Banish Brassiness with Clairol Shimmer Lights Hair Care

I decided a few weeks ago I would color my own hair. I figured I do root touch ups in between salon visits so why do I just save a few bucks and color my hair myself.  I picked up some box hair color for platinum blonde and made sure to get an ash based color so it didn’t go brassy.

Applied it per the directions and let it sit for the prescribed time. Hopped in the shower rinsed, conditioned and jumped out to find I had the most awful yellow brassy color. Imagine a pumpkin and a banana having a baby… that was the color of the top 4 inches of my hair. I quickly remembered why I leave platinum color to the professionals and went about a repair plan.

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After googling hair SOS tips from every source available I headed to Sally Beauty Supply. Picked up a Wella Ash Toner and some Shimmer Lights Shampoo. After the toning treatment my yellow was mostly gone but I still had some brassy spots. In came the rich purple Clairol Shimmer Lights shampoo. I started applying every 3rd day instead of my regular shampoo and within a week the brassiness was gone and I was left with a beautiful pale ash blonde I had originally been shooting for. You can see from the pic above how thick, rich and deeply purple this shampoo is.

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Love how great the Shimmer Lights worked to tone down the remaining brassiness. With every use I was amazed how much brassiness was toned down and I love the pale platinum color it left my hair.  For maintenance of my color I just apply Shimmer Lights Shampoo once a week. I like to let it sit about 5-7 minutes then I rinse and bye bye brassiness. I didn’t pick up the conditioner but think I will go grab it I love the shampoo so much.

 

 

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Clairol Shimmer Lights Hair Care $10.99
Out with brassy and in with shimmer and shine! Shimmer Lights Shampoo and Conditioner are specialized hair care products specifically developed for silver and blonde hair, or brunette and red hair.

Shimmer Lights Shampoo
Protein-enriched conditioning formula tones down brassiness on blonde and silver hair, renews and refreshes faded highlights and ash-toned hair, removes the dull yellow in silver hair, and leaves hair shiny without residue. Also available in brunette and red formulas.

Shimmer Lights Conditioner
A rich blend of emollients, moisturizers and color refreshers. Brightens silver hair and neutralizes yellow as it conditions. Refreshes faded highlighted hair and tones down brassiness. Silkens coarse gray hair.

 

Find it in a store near you.

 

 


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Pardon the down time

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Please excuse the lack of posts this  week. I picked up a bad stomach virus and spent the week battling nausea, fever, fatigue and stomach pains that I am pretty sure where worse than labor pains. Ended up in urgent care getting an IV for dehydration. But I have made it over the hard part and am on the mend. I am sorry for neglecting the site this week but if you saw my house you would know this wasn’t the only ball I dropped.

I have been trying some great new products over the last month. A great skincare line, self tanners, gel polish and even coloring my own hair and then having to fix it. I will be back on Monday with lots of reviews to help you get the best bang for your beauty buck.

 

Have a wonderful weekend and stay healthy!!!

 

Erin


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OSIS and Trend Spotting at Coachella – Spine Braid

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Image Source Instagram Bridgetbragerhair

The Spine Braid, first spotted on Kate Bosworth during weekend 1 of Coachella, has been a huge hit on the festival front.

For a guaranteed stop and stare style, follow this style breakdown:

Step 1: ​To add texture, ​start by prepping the hair with OSiS+ Refresh Dust ​​($22 at LoxaBeauty.com)​ and run OSiS+ Thrill ($23 at LoxaBeauty.com) through the hair that will be braided​ to keep it intact​.

Step 2: Take a half inch wide section from the center of the head back to the top of the crown, clipping down the sides for control.

Step 3: Create an inside out cornrow braid, securing with a small elastic.

Step 4: Comb OSiS+ Volume Up ($21 at LoxaBeauty.com) through the length and ends, softly shaking to loosen up ​locks and add bounce.

Step 5: Finish and polish the look with OSiS+ Elastic Flexible Hold Hairspray ($19 at LoxaBeauty.com).


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Sally Hansen and NYC New York Color for Spring!

Sally Hansen and NYC New York Color are releasing amazing new products with fabulous shades for spring. Sally Hansen is releasing new shades and an improved formula of their much adored Insta-Dri Nail Color and NYC New York Color is releasing their City Proof Complete Eye Collection, which has everything you need to get flawless eyes!

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SALLY HANSEN® INSTA-DRI™ GETS A MAKEOVER WITH IMPROVED FORMULA AND
14 NEW FASHIONABLE, FAST-DRY COLORS

The nail polish you already love just got better! Millions of women know that Sally Hansen® Insta-Dri™ nail polish gives them a quick-drying, high-shine manicure that lasts. Now, an improved formula delivers extended wear and enhanced shine — still with the one stroke, one coat convenience that has made Insta-Dri™ a cult favorite since 2009.

Insta-Dri’s three-in-one formula combines base coat, color, and top coat in one bottle, making it even easier to have a glossy manicure in a minute. It dries in just 60 seconds, creating full-coverage color and shine without the wait.

Along with an improved formula, Insta-Dri™ also features 14 new, must-have shades that incorporate the season’s standout runway trends. Rich chocolate and champagne add cashmere-like coziness to any manicure. Or go bold with fiery tones of red and orange — three different hues allow you to turn up the intensity as much as you like. Lilac, cherry, and plum tap into fall’s purple moment, while blue and teal provide a cooling effect. Meanwhile, the season’s new neutrals (think: the inkiest black, steel gray) are the nails’ answer to Normcore. These anything-but-boring basics prove that colors don’t need to shout to stand out. And with 40 total fast-drying shades to choose from, there’s no shortage of variety.

Even the appearance of Insta-Dri™ is getting a boost. A new, sleek logo freshens up the packaging for a more contemporary style — a fitting look for a nail polish made for today’s on-the-go pace.

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I was sent a sample of #370 Show Steel-er and #421 Cherry Fast. I have always loved Insta-Dri but the new formula really brings it to the next level. The brush is so easy to use even for someone like me who paints their whole finger tip in the process of painting my nails.

The swatch below is one coat! I love that one quick swipe and I have great coverage and shine and only 90 seconds of dry time. I love painted nails but rarely have the time to sit and wait for them to dry Insta-Dri is perfect for a great nail look without the wait.

 

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THE SHADES: Re-teal Therapy, Plummet, In Nude-tral, Cherry Fast, Navy Fleet, Show Steel-er, Making Mauves, Leapin’ Lilac, Black to Black, Ablazing!, Quick Fire, Set Sail, Cocoa A Go Go, Orange Zest

THINK: Everything you need for the ultimate eye looks.
WHAT IT IS: Make your gorgeous peepers pop with the new City Proof Complete Eye Collection from NYC New York Color. From the first touch of primer to the last swipe of mascara, you will look flawless from lid to lash. Go big and bold with colored liners, or make a dramatic statement by mixing different shades of shadows.

THE CITY PROOF COMPLETE EYE COLLECTION INCLUDES:

 

nyc city proof mascara

24 HR Waterproof Mascara $2.99: This 24-hour long-wearing, volumizing mascara available in black is smudge-proof, flake-proof, and water-proof. Keep lashes flexible and comfortable with this gentle mascara, with a quick-drying formula that sets in a flash.

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24 HR Eye Primer $2.99: A perfect base, this primer makes your shadow shine. Available in one global shade, the primer comes in a convenient retractable chubby for creaseless, long-lasting color.

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The new NYC 24HR Waterproof Eye Shadow is just in time for the warmer months. The super creamy formula glides on smoothly and stays put all day. I love using this to create and all day smoky eye look. And if you have Spring  allergies like me you will love that this formula is waterproof and stays put no matter what the pollen is doing to me.

nyc 24hr shadow swatch

24 HR Waterproof Eye Shadow $2.99: This retractable chubby has a unique, pigment-packed formula for 24-hour waterproof wear. Color glides on smooth and stays crease-proof all day and all night. Try using it as a liner, or smudge with your finger for a smoky effect.

Available shades: Wall Street Bronze, Brooklyn Mocha, Tribeca Taupe, 5th Ave Gold Rush, Murray Hill Champagne, Rockefeller Center Snowflakes, Empire State Building, New York At Night, Central Park Tulips, East River Romance and Madison Square Park.

Grab these new Spring beauty items at your local drugstore or mass retailer.

 

Disclosure: I was  provided  a sample for review. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.


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