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.
Score at ULTA with these coupons coming to your email
For about the past nine months or so, I have been getting $15 off $50 coupons in my email every quarter. Here is how I took advantage of the deal and read the end to see how to get yours!
Mia Puffy Pony, $6: I sometimes work as a photography assistant and I thought this would be a neat accessory to add volume to a long, thin ponytail. Unfortunately, this only works if you have thick hair already.
The Scrub Of Your Life by Soap & Glory, $12: This five star body scrub smells great, comes in a handy squeeze bottle and gets rid of the rough spots!
Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm by Clinique, $6 (trial size): This balm transforms into an oil that removes even the thickest mascara and physical sunscreens. Find the trial size hidden in the Clinique displays.
DipBrow Pomade by Anastasia, $18: I got a deluxe sample of this brow pomade and had to get it. It comes in a nice range of hair colors and makes your brows look like a professional did them!
Tarte Lip Sculptor minis, $12: When you want to put gloss over your lipstick you end up messing up your gloss wand or trying to use your finger. Tarte Sculptor by Tarte has a lipstick on one end and the matching gloss on the other. Problem solved! Find this mini duo tucked into one of the prestige cases or up at the cash wrap.
10 days To Great Skin by Clinique, Free: ULTA has been serving up unannounced freebies with purchase lately. They change every day and you never know what you’re going to get. This kit has 10 ten days worth of Clinique skincare including Liquid Facial Soap, Clarifying Lotion and Dramatically Different Moisturizer. Perfect for your next vacation.
Now for the deals – Most of them come to my secondary email (not the email registered to my account), but still work with my club card. I have also been getting quarterly 20 percent off total purchase offers to both emails. These offers are GOOD on prestige products! Try to set up a second email and see what you get!
One of my favorite fall activities is the annual Nordstrom Beauty Trends Show. Beauty lovers get early access to the store, to enjoy coffee and goodies while seeing the latest and greatest in fall beauty at Nordstrom! You also get the chance to win products in the show and get makeovers from renowned national brand makeup artists. You must buy a ticket for $20, which can be redeemed for product on the day of the show. Attendees also get a beauty tote filled with samples, so win-win!
The Beauty Trends Show at the Montgomery Mall Nordstrom will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at 8 a.m.. You can buy your ticket by visiting any beauty counter or by calling the store at (301) 365-4111. Tickets must be purchased in advance and must be redeemed on the day of the event.
If you can’t make it to the Montgomery Mall show, Tyson’s Nordstrom will be having a show on Nov. 11, 2017. If you are not in the DMV area, visit Nordstrom.com, navigate to stores and events to find a show near you!
Tips: Make sure you get there early to get a seat and enjoy your coffee. After the show is over, the beauty department turns into a crowded zoo! If you know that you want a makeover from a certain brand, you can make an appointment ahead of time so you don’t have to wait. You have until the end of the business day to redeem your 20 bucks so if you live close, you may want to come back later in the day.
You can now find that popular Instagram concealer inside ULTA stores! L.A. Girl’s HD Pro Conceal has a brush applicator which makes for a cleaner and easier application. The full line of L.A. Girl is available on the ULTA website but you can find the concealer in a small portable display in store (very small, blink and you’ll miss it). The colors are limited to six complexion shades and four correctors, priced at $4.99 each.
I grabbed the lightest shade I could find, Porcelain. L.A. Girl suggests you choose a shade two or so shades lighter to use as a concealer. The applicator is reminiscent of Stila Lip Glaze, and makes it easier to apply. It blends well with a sponge/blender and has good staying powder as long as you use a setting powder. You have to use a good amount for coverage so I don’t think it will last that long. Buy one in store and if you like it, stock up online. You can also find it at select Rite Aid and CVS Pharmacy (coming soon) stores.
I have been hearing a lot about the Strobe Genius palette from NYX. The NYX website listed it as one of their best sellers, so I decided to try it out along with a new set of Ecotools brushes. I picked one up at ULTA and used one of their $3.50 off everyday coupons.
First, I would recommend you buy it in person. I saw a a lot people on the NYX site complaining that the palettes arrived broken. You can find them at any well stocked ULTA or CVS. Both of these stores also have great sales/coupons you can use.
The colors are great and can be used for highlighting and bronzing. I bought it for the purple – it supposed to take away that sallow look from skin and color correct. It works pretty well, you just have to watch and not use too much if your skin is fair. My favorite highlighting color is “True Champagne”. The palette retails for $19. Overall it is a great palette for a great price that would work on any skin tone.
The brushes by Ecotools (I may get a commission from this link) were okay. I wanted a more substantial fan brush but this one is too thick and deposits too much color. The other brush is great for highlighting or all over color, $11.99 where Ecotools are sold.