Before you decide to color your hair, read this! Your hair depends on it!!

Coloring your hair at home. So many benefits, but it could also be damaging to your hair if you make a small mistake. Personally, I like to color my hair at home because I hate spending the salon money so I look for easy, foolproof ways to do it myself.

After years of coloring my hair back and forth between blonde, black, brown and even blue once, (yes, I colored the tips of my hair blue like Kylie Jenner) I have found ways to protect your hair and find that right color.

Protecting Your Hair:

  • Coconut oil! It’s always a yes and cheap. You can get coconut oil in its gel form or just regular oil. I really like buying it in gel form because I like melting it myself. So, all you’re going to do with your oil is apply just a small amount to your roots and ends and then comb through. If you do this a week or two every night before you apply color to your hair, it will be less likely for you to experience damage. Please do not learn this the hard way!
  • Avoid heat styling a couple weeks before you color. Hair that has already been broken is almost impossible to repair, don’t make it even more less likely by heat styling and putting color on back to back!
  • Have a hydrating, deep conditioner on hand. I really like Mane N’ Tail, Suave’s Humectant Conditioner and Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow. Use this after coloring and every day after that — FOREVER (:
  • Hair repair masks, even if your hair is not damaged or in need of repair. Putting any kind of color on your hair strips it of many nutrients and applying a mask after rinsing out color will make up for those lost nutrients. The best mask I have come across is Phyto’s Intense Hydrating Brilliance Mask. You can get masks that will do really well too at grocery stores or a beauty store or even make your own!

Choosing the right color and brand:

  • Before buying color, talk with a stylist or an accredited worker at a beauty store and ask about how you think a certain color would look on you — if it’s out of the norm like red, purple, green, blue, etc. Before I colored my tips blue, I talked with a hairstylist who told me that I would love it and that it was trending. When I asked about doing different colored tips, she told me my best bet would be blue. She was completely honest and sometimes another opinion besides your friends’ can be really helpful.
  • The basics: blonde, black and brown. These are the easiest colors to work with and almost fool proof. * If you bleached your hair and want to go back to brown, mix the brown color with a color base of red! If you don’t your hair will, I repeat: WILL turn green. I may or may not know this from experience.
  • Buying color from a grocery store/convenience store or wherever: Revlon’s Soft Black box color has always been my favorite. It’s literally $3 a box and their ColorStay conditioner that comes with it is so great for your hair. I have not used anything else because many will ruin curl patterns and damage hair more than they should because of more chemicals.
  • Make sure you get enough! One box usually is not enough, unless you have really really short hair!

If you’re brave enough to color your own hair at home, keep in mind how to keep your hair healthy in the process. Also, don’t be afraid to try a new color — even if it’s something crazy like bright fire truck red. If you are totally convinced that you love it, that is enough and it will look good. Do your research and compare shades of that color. Look online for people who have the same textured hair as you and see what they look like with the color you want! You’ll definitely be addicted after the first time. I love the feeling of looking slightly different.

Have you ever had a hair color catastrophe?

What color do you absolutely, low-key want to try?

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thanks for reading, stay golden

Jazzie

One Lovely Blog Award

Thank you so much to Eboni Bryson for nominating me for the “One Lovely Blog Award!” I love her blog! It’s cute, simple, and as I’m going to be attending college soon, it’s very helpful! I apologize for waiting so long, but I have been so excited to nominate other blogs and I’m beyond ecstatic that you nominated me. I love writing so much and you don’t know how much I appreciate you all! When I tell you “thanks for reading” I mean it, from the bottom of my heart (:

The Rules

  1. Thank the person that nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Display the award on your post of the award.
  4. List seven facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate 15 bloggers for this award and comment on one of their posts to let them know you have nominated them.

Seven Facts About Me: 

  1. I am in love with so many different kinds of music. I mostly listen to Indie and some rap, but right now I’m obsessed with Lana del Rey, Glass Animals, Travis Scott, and Marina and the Diamonds. Look them up if you’ve never heard of them!
  2. I am planning on going to college for Environmental Studies/Journalism at University of Montana. My future plans are to work in a National Park or become a writer for National Geographic. Anybody from the Missoula area? Let me know. Let’s connect.
  3. Born and raised in Ohio. Not much else to say about that!
  4. I love helping people feel better about themselves, give tips, and giving presents and spreading joy (:
  5. I really enjoy my record player. And Chinese food.
  6. I waitress at a little pizza shop which is pretty interesting. I could tell you plenty of stories about that serving.
  7. I love mountains and the outdoors. I could talk about hiking and the mountains forever. So beautiful.

My nominees: 

Bloomify

For the love of blonde

Lucy Doyle

Gemma Price

With all my Affection

sarmichell3

Gigi

thecurly and thestraight

dana

Hannah Crossley

 

Check them out! Some of my favorites!

 

Shopping Tips if you hate spending money + OOTD/Haul: Cheap and cute outfit 

Ever walk into a shoe store and immediately lay your eyes on the most gorgeous set of heels you’ve ever seen? They’re probably about $1000000 right? So you go from crying tears of joy to tears of betrayal putting them down after seeing the price. 

This is usually me, but I found the cutest heels at a shoe store in an outdoor mall the other day. I saw the store itself was having a sale so I decided to go take a peek and maybe get a pair of cute shoes for about $15-$20. No. I left that store with a pair of $8.04 gorgeous heels. $8??? I was so ecstatic. 

On top of that, I visited Forever 21 the same day and saw they had their “buy one on sale get another on sale for free” going on. I usually never look at these because I expect all of it to be outdated and stuff no one wants, but for some reason I was drawn over there. I ended up finding a really cute brown pair of pants on the sale rack plus another pair! The pants together were $15…15!!! I went on to look for a shirt to match and found a cute crop top to go with them both which was $12. I didn’t break $30 and got two great outfits. So enough of my freaking out and here is the end result: 

   
 
Tips for cheap shopping if you cry when you spend over $50 like me (: 

  • Prepare yourself for sales before you go out. If you know a store is going to close, go there before Victoria’s Secret or Express
  • Coupons! Register for emails and keep up with online or in store promos. Every little bit counts! Sometimes stores will send me deals that many people do not know about. 
  • Ask if the store has a rewards system. Sephora is probably one of the best for this, fyi
  • Make a list of what you need and what you want before going out. Sometimes visualizing what you want or writing it down will help you figure out what’s really important or what you actually want.
  • Go straight for the sales racks. I know the new arrivals are tempting but looking at sales racks before will accustom you to lower prices, when you look at sales before the regularly priced items you’ll be less likely to buy more expensive items. 
  • Don’t take as much money with you! If you mostly use cash and you know you don’t want to spend over $50, don’t take $100 with you! If you use a debit card or credit card and find yourself spending that easier like me, pull out just what you’re comfortable spending and tell yourself not to use your card unless you have to. 

Where is your favorite place to shop? 

What is the most you’ve spemt at one time on a shopping trip? 

I love hearing from you guys, Let me know! 
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thanks for reading, stay golden

moonchildja

A review: Tarte’s Tarteist Lipaint 

Who else, besides me, is obsessed with liquid lipstick? Okay for me, it’s specifically matte, dark colors. OBSESSED. A couple months ago, I bought Kat Von D’s long-lasting lipstick in Lolita. It was my absolute favorite for a while, but then I needed a new color, but from the same general palette (Idk, I just really like dark purples, browns and nudes. I stay away from all the other colors!). I decided to try Tarte’s new line of liquid lipsticks.

So the lipsticks come in a really cute package. Tarte calls the lipstick “lip paint.” I was a little confused about what “lip paint” was and if I would even like it.

I really like the thin brush on the wand. It helps with precise lining which is really helpful. The consistency is also a lot like a matte liquid lipstick only it goes on really smooth! It takes a little while for it to completely dry, but the color is amazing.  

I ordered the colors “tbt” and “manbun.” Tbt is my favorite because I can wear it a lot more often. It’s a nude pinkish color that gives me life. Manbun is a mix of a Vampy red and berry purple. It’s dark and I’m in love with the name and everything about it.

Here’s a quick swatch after a couple minutes of letting both colors dry.

Overall Impression: 

  • Colors are vibrant, does not take a lot to fully cover lips
  • A little smaller than I would have expected for $20
  • Fun packaging and creative color names
  • Lasts the whole day
  • 4.5 out of 5

What’s your favorite lipstick? Do you tend to buy similar colors or do you like to diversify your lipstick color collection? I want to know, comment below!

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thanks for reading, stay golden

moonchildja

Homemade Brightening Face Scrub: Warm and Spicy

So I promised a homemade face mask post, but I realized that I had too many recipes for just one post. I decided to just post one or two, but spread out. They’re all super easy because who wants to be spending any more than 10 minutes making a face mask :/ No one. So enjoy ❤

Warm and Spicy is one of my favorite homemade masks. Yes, I made up the recipe and the name, haha. 

Here’s what Warm and Spicy will do for your skin: 

  1. Brighten
  2. Clean
  3. Exfoliate
  4. Tone Evening

List of what you’ll need: 

  1. Sugar
  2. Cinnamon
  3. Nutmeg
  4. Honey
  5. Lemon juice

Step One  

    

Just a teaspoon and a half of sugar into a small bowl of your choosing.

Step Two  
Just a sprinkle of nutmeg. Nutmeg is a curative so you won’t want to skip on this part. It heals acne scars, sun spots and dark spots. It also uncloggs pores! 

Step Three  
Add about three shakes of cinnamon. You may be asking “why cinnamon?” Cinnamon has so many benefits for skin and hair that many people don’t realize. If you have pimples, dry skin or eczema (I have all 3) cinnamon in facemasks or cinnamon oil helps with that aspect. 

Step Four 
  

One tablespoon of honey. You can also add more if you do not need as much exfoliation. Or less if you like more of a scruby mask. Honey is great for brightening and skin tone evening.

Step Five  
Add just a teaspoon of lemon juice which will brighten anything the honey won’t. It also will clean your skin really well. (I hate this step because the lemon juice makes the mask smell like a really weird combination. But I assure you, lemons are great for your skin).

  
  

You’ll want to scrub your face gently in small circles and then let it sit for about 20-25 minutes. When time is up, wipe off with a warm rag then splash your face with water to make sure you got all the sugar granules off. Moisturize and repeat atleast once a week before you apply makeup! 

As you can see here, there’s enough for 2 applications. I always make more than I need because I like to keep adding as I’m waiting for my first layer to dry. 

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thanks for reading. stay golden

moonchildja

List of Favorite Fragrances — Do’s and Don’ts

“Do’s!” (in order)

  1. Marc Jacobs Decadence __________________ $30-$100+
  2. Marc Jacobs Daisy ______________________$20-$100
  3. Victoria’s Secret Love Spell _______________$14
  4. Chloe Chloe eau de parfum________________$30-$100
  5. Dior J’adore eau de parfum________________$80-$100+
  6. Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb_______________$80

 

Don’ts

The only really bad fragrance I have come across is a new line by Tocca. It smells like rubbing alcohol with a slight flower scent. Just beware!

What’s your favorite fragrance? Does price matter to you?

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thanks for reading! stay golden

 

 

A Review: NUDE Skincare Detox Brightening Fizzy Powder!

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This little bottle can do so much for your skin.

I’ve used this NUDE face scrub that I bought from Sephora for about a month now and it’s definitely one of my favorite skin care items.

NUDE’s Detox face brightener is really cool and fun to use. It comes in a powdery form with little grains in it. Add just a small amount to your hand (about the area of a quarter) and add a few drops of water and it foams magically in front of your eyes. You’ll want to quickly apply to your face rubbing in small circles evenly all over your face. After the scrub has somewhat dried on a little, you’ll want to wash it off with warm water.

It does sting a tiny bit just because it is scrubby and if you have pimples or dry skin, it might sting, but it’s all helpful — trust me!

So this face scrub is really great for your skin. Most of the ingredients are all-natural. The lemon and lime extract helps with brightening. The rose seeds and vanilla seeds are great for exfoliation and cleaning out your pores. The Inca gold oil, coconut oil and acai berry oil are all for protecting your skin from toxins or dirt.

So you’re probably asking when you see some results. Well, I have good news! The very first time I tried this product, my face looked 10x brighter and felt cleaner than ever. Even when I applied my makeup for the day, my bright skin was shining through it! Just use about 3 times a week and you’ll maintain a bright glow!

Final Words:

  • 5 out of 5
  • Great for a quick, bright face
  • Only takes about 3 minutes
  • Fun to use
  • $42, but worth it if you’re looking for something that will work and last for a while
  • Top ingredients are all-natural
  • Instant effects

 

What would you like me to review next? Wanting to try something, but don’t want to risk the money or time? Let me know below!

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thanks for reading! stay golden