Extend time between salon highlights with this toning trick

If you’re a little a late making it to the salon and your hair is driving you nuts, here is a little trick you can try at home. As your highlights grow out, your virgin (darker) hair is exposed. The contrast between the highlight and your new hair growth is a stark contrast and makes the roots stand out. You can use a toner from Sally Beauty Supply to tone the hair, removing brassiness and minimizing the root.

Caveat: If you are not comfortable DIYing hair color products, inquire with your salon about a toning treatment!

I starting using Wella Color Charm toners based on the recommendation of YouTube Colorist Sylvia Reis (ellebangs). She is a blonde specialist and has a bunch of tutorials for the DIYer.  I use two different toners (half and half) to get my perfect color. The people at Sally’s can help you figure out which color is best for your hair. I am more of a blue than a purple but the mix of T18 and T10 (I may receive a commission from these links) makes my hair a  nice buttery blonde. Find out if you are blue or purple here.

To use I mix 1 part toner to 1 part  Sally Beauty Sensitive Scalp 20 Volume Creme Developer and 1 part Salon Care 20 volume Clear Developer. The Sally Beauty Sensitive toner smells really good! If you are worried about the hair lifting, use 10 volume instead. I mix clear with creme to get a thinner consistency. I pour each ingredient into a plastic applicator bottle, shake to mix and put on plastic gloves.

You must work fast! Apply to wet hair, covering hair from root to tip.  You will only leave this on a few minutes! Watch your hair in the mirror and if you see any blonde pieces turning really purple, it’s time to wash it out. To preserve the toning, rinse out the toner but don’t use shampoo, just conditioner. Sometimes it takes a day or so to see the full effects of the toning, so don’t panic! If you don’t like the color, you can use a color shampoo or just wait a month for the color to wash away. Ellebangs also has  a newer video using a demi- permanent Wella color with an activating lotion to tone.

Neutrogena launches new hydrogel mask

Neutrogena Hydrogel Mask, $2.99

Neutrogena has added a sheet mask to its Hydro Boost line and it’s only $3!

The new mask uses my favorite ingredient, hyaluronic acid to hydrate and boost plumpness in only 15 minutes. Unlike most affordable sheet masks, this one is made from hydrogel and not paper. The thicker, gel-like material helps to push the ingredients into your skin and produces better results than a paper mask.

The mask is available wherever Neutrogena is sold (I found mine at CVS) and online at neutrogena.com. Neutrogena also has a second hydrogel mask called the Deep Clean Purifying Mask, also priced at $3. Head over the website right now and you can get two Light Therapy Masks for the price of one ($35)! These innovative masks use LED light to kill acne causing bacteria. Masks last 30 days and can be reused by purchasing a Mask Activator for $14.99.

Free sheet mask with your CVS App!

Check your CVS app and you may have a coupon for a free Beauty 360 Facial Mask! This is the second one I have scored in the past couple a months. The quality is on par with most basic facial masks and even if you’re not into them, you can keep it for a teacher gift or stocking stuffer.

To check and see if you’ve got one, download the CVS app for your smartphone and log in with your rewards card info. Tap on “Deals and Rewards” and scroll down through the coupons until you find it.  You’ll have to load it to your card or it won’t work!

Choose from full size and eye masks, from brightening to plumping, and everything in between. The masks retail at $3.99 or 2 for $7.

L’Oreal Hydra Genius is actually genius

L’Oreal Hydra Genius in Normal/Oily

My favorite skincare ingredient is hyaluronic acid. Found naturally in the human body, this acid can hold 1,000 times its weight in water and is the ultimate “plumper” in skincare. Hyaluronic acid is also the main ingredient in the skin injectable Juvederm. See where I’m going here?  If you want healthy, moisturized and plumped up skin, this product is a good place to start.

L’Oreal Hydra Genius comes in three versions;  Normal/Oily, Normal Dry and Extra Dry. The normals come in a tall bottle and are a lot like a serum. It sinks right into your skin and can be used anytime you need more moisture, even over some makeup. The extra dry product is thicker and comes in a jar.

I use in the am and pm, not too sure if it lasts for 72 hours because I put it on daily anyway!  It doesn’t irritate my skin or cause breakouts. A little goes a long way and it comes in a glass bottle with a dispensing top. It even looks pretty on your bathroom counter! One of the best things about it is the price. It retails (I may get a commission from this link) for $18.99 but you can always find manufacturer and store coupons. This week it is on sale at CVS for $13.99.  Sign up for Worth It Rewards and get 5 points for every dollar spent on L’Oreal products. You can link it to your store loyalty cards or simply upload your receipt. Exchange points for coupons, gift cards and other goodies!


Happy Birthday beauty freebies for 2017





One of the best benefits of joining those store rewards programs are the freebies! This year Sephora has three to choose from, skincare from Caudalie, blush and lipstick from Tarte or grooming essentials for men from Jack Black. This year I decided to go with Tarte. The blush is a nice pretty pink and the lip gloss is more like a liquid lipstick in a nude shade (and it smells minty). All you have to do to get your free birthday gift is sign up for the Beauty Insider club online or in store. You can get your free gift anytime during your birthday month – no purchase required!

ULTA changes their birthday gift every quarter or so. You can usually find it in the ad book sent out in the mail. Some stores are also giving out a freebie from Benefit (they used to do a free eyebrow wax). Getting your gift is harder. You have to be registered for the rewards program and wait to get an email in the mail that can be redeemed for your gift. Summer 2017’s gift is this cool NYX eyeshadow palette ($18 value ) filled with some great fall colors.

Other beauty rewards programs:

  • CVS Beauty – Separate from your regular CVS card, get $5 when you spend $50 and $3 for your birthday.
  • MAC – Free shipping, discounts and samples. No birthday gift but you’ll  get a free full size product on your anniversary.