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

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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

Face Masks: My Must-Haves

Wanna know how I get my face so clear? Read below! 

 Literally face masks are the best things ever. There are all kinds too. My favorites are the peel-offs eventhough they hurt peeling off! I also like the scruby kinds too. 

So I’m splitting this post in two, this one is the “Must Haves” which are the face masks you can buy at any beauty supply store or even supermarkets or grocery stores. The second part is homemade face masks so make sure you check that out too! 

Peel-Off Masks

 
This mask is brilliant! I’ve had this for a really long time so the packaging may look a little different now, but Queen Helene’s Grape Seed Extract Peel Off Masque will always be my favorite peel-off and it’s cheap! The only downside is that peel-off masks hurt. Well, I also have a very low pain tolerance so most people would probably think it’s fine. If you’re like me and you don’t like the feeling of tightness and pulling once the mask dries on, just think how even and bright your skin will look after! And omce it’s off, splash your face with cold water and pat dry, add a little facial lotion and you’re golden! You’ll feel like you have new skin! 

The next peel off is a new mask I’ve used for a couple months now and thought it was worth adding to the list.

This Feeling Beautiful Cucumber Peel-Off Mask smells great! It’s so fresh and does the same thing as the Queen Helene mask. There are full sizes of these available, but I barely use these. Once a week is good for these masks because they are really potent. Oh and that reminds me, keep away from eyes! Like do not get too close, it WILL burn, even if it’s not on your eye. 

For both of these peel-offs, I’ve had the best results leaving a thin layer on for 15 minutes then peel off (if you don’t peel off and wash off instead, the dry/dead skin will not get pulled off and that’s the whole point!). After you peeled it all off, splash your face with COLD water and make sure all the mask is removed. Then moisturize. 

Clog Dissolving Milk  
This mask is great when you’re in a hurry and need instant skin cleansing and clearness. Bliss’s Clog Dissolving Cleansing Milk has fast working exfoliating enzymes that work in just 5 minutes! That means you apply it, maybe brush your hair, pick an outfit and in no time, your skin looks great! With me, smell always matters and well, this mask smells great! There aren’t negatives except that this mask is pretty potent as well. Keep away from your eyes, don’t even risk getting close to them! 
Pore Refining Sheet Masks  
You can never go wrong with sheet masks! If you’re looing for moisture and softness, you’ll want a sheet mask. I really like this one because it helps in so many areas. The serum in the mask gives a gentle clean, removing makup or dirt you can’t see, smoothes and moisturizes. I have really bad dry skin, especially in the winter so you’ll see me in these a lot this time of year. Pretty close to every day! 

So that’s my skin mask spiel. 

Any questions, ideas, comments — don’t hesitate to contact me! 

Thanks for reading! 

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Get the Pocahontas look — It’s Easy!

Pocahontas Look

Alright, it’s seldom I ever go without eyeliner unless I’m doing this look. It’s natural and very golden, that’s why it’s called the Pocahontas look eventhough I don’t look like her exactly (it just reminds me of her). This look is great for tanner skin tones, but if you are not very tan, you can do this as well! 

Hydrate and Prime  
You’re going to want to start out using some sort of facial lotion, make sure it is for the face NOT the body! The product above is what you’re going to use as a primer! I am in love with Roc products and this is one of my favorites. A little goes a long way and it makes your skin soft and ready for foundation.

Apply Correct Shade of Foundation

  Any liquid foundation will work, but I prefer Nars’ Medium 4 Barcelona. Use a small amount, about two pumps. Apply all over your face, dot close up to your eyes, high cheeks, bridge of nose, and forehead. Use a kabuki brush and spread evenly. 

Now, we need to highlight. My favorite highlighter is Sephora’s Ultra Light drops. A little goes a long, long way with these! Spread half a drop under each eye with a concealing brush out to the top of your cheeks. All this does is make your undereyes look brighter and your cheeks will have a bright, glowy look. 

   

   

Next, we need to seal the liquid with powder. For this look, you’ll need powder foundation to bring more color out. Do not use translucent powder for this look, it will cancel out the brightness. I like to use Kat Von D’s Lock-It Tattoo powder foundation in Medium 56. Use the same kabuki brush from before and apply by patting, not rubbing. Careful when doing this, you do not want a cakey look. 

Bronzing Time! 

   

 Bronzing is my favorite type of makeup! It contours your face however you want and makes my face look thinner. For this look, we really want to bring out strong facial features. We want a high cheekbone and a sharp bone structure around your chin. Urban Decay’s Naked Flushed palette has a bronzer, a highlighter and a blush. To apply the bronzer, grab a slanted brush. This is kind of silly, but make a fish face! Like a duck face, but act like you ate something sour! The lines that appear on your cheeks from the corners of your mouth up to the side of your face is where you should apply bronzer. Do not be afraid to add too much bronzer because you can always blend it in with a kabuki brush. 

Mascara! 

  

Buxom’s Full and Fabulous Mascara is perfect for this look, but you can also use anything that makes your eyelashes look long and full! 

Cream Eyeshadow

Here is where you can get creative. Cream eyeshadows that are matte and neutral are all great for the Pocahontas look. i used a matte cream brown eyeshadow by Elle. Brown eyes are better off doing light browns to medium dark brown, blue and green eyes can do a light gold. For my look, I kept my eyeshadow on my eyelid, but pulling the color out a little more is fine too! 

Lips! 

  

Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita dries into a beautiful matte color. Before you apply this color, make sure you hydrate your lips. I like to use mint EOS balls before I apply any matte colored lipstick because they tend to dry out my lips. I love this lipstick so much, it lasts all day and doesn’t go anywhere when you eat or drink. Of course, you can use any matte lipstick with a slight pinkish brown, but this lipstick is a must have! 

So there you have it! My natural look secret and that I call my natural look Pocahontas. 

Comment pictures if you try it! I’m curious to see if anyone else loves it too.