Let’s Talk About Box Dye…

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Ladies, let’s take a moment to have a discussion. Most of us have been there: the tight budget, the frustration with the current state of the hairunion, the urge to just change it right now. So we run out to the store, pick the box with the most promises and the happiest looking hair model, and take it home, and take a deep breath.

But it never turns out quite like we planned, does it? At least for me, it never has. Most of the time my hair ends up looking brassy and two-toned (my roots always appear to be a different color than the ends of my hair) and slightly, well, flat looking. Not quite what we had in mind for our pick-me-up hair color.

I want to have a discussion with you in the comments. I’ll be doing my sister’s hair here at my home pretty soon, and I’m definitely no professional. I get my hair colored at the salon, but my challenge is to give my sis the same great salon multi-dimensional look, from a box. Can it be done?

What are your experiences with at-home hair dyes?

Beauty Blockbusters

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Every time you grab that tube of Secret deodorant, or Aussie 3 Minute Miracle conditioner, or coat your lashes with a CoverGirl mascara, or style your hair with Vidal Sassoon mousse, you’re a part of something bigger. That something is parent company, P&G (Procter and Gamble), which includes such blockbuster beauty brands as Pantene, Olay, Head & Shoulders, Clairol, even Herbal Essences under its giant umbrella of beauty aweseomeness

The P&G Beauty Collective

I’m so excited to share with you that I have joined a group of bloggers from Dallas, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, & more called the P&G Beauty Collective! Over the next 8 months you’ll be seeing me share awesome products with you on my Instagram–so be sure to head over there and follow me!

It’s important to me that you know that every post, review, item I feature on PSS is endorsed by me because I personally have tried it, recommend it, love it, etc. This partnership will not change that fact.

Save the Date: MICHELE Watches Event This Saturday

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 I’ve been a fan of MICHELE watches for a long time, but it wasn’t until I treated myself to one that I realized just what I had been missing out on: amazing craftsmanship, premium materials, superlative timekeeping, and….(dun dun DUNNN!) the ability to change up your look at any moment. Until I purchased my own MICHELE Watch for myself, I had never known that the bands were interchangeable. Since then, I’ve been having so much fun changing up my look to suit my outfit or my mood that day. 

MICHELE watches must have taken notice, because we’re partnering up this Saturday, November 8th, for a very special event at The Nordstrom store in The Woodlands (part of Houston Metropolitan area). The details are below (including prizes!):

  • Nordstrom The Woodlands, watch department
  • 1201 Lake Woodlands Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77380
  • Saturday, November 8, 2014, from 1pm – 4pm
  • Come in and try on different MICHELE watches, customize your favorite piece, I’ll help you! (Hey, I’ll even help drop a hint for your significant other for that Holiday wishlist! *wink wink*)
  • We’ll hang out, gab, have refreshments and sweet treats, take pictures, and I’ll hand out prizes!
  • We will be doing two drawings, and the winner of each drawing will receive a watch head, the matching bracelet and two straps of their choice. Customers must be present to win.
  • Each winner will then have the opportunity to make their perfect MICHELE timepiece with the help of yours truly by choosing from a selection of watch heads and straps
  • During the event, take a picture of the watch you’ve put together and post it with the hashtag #MYSTYLEMYMICHELE on Instagram
  • There’s also an awesome gift with purchase if you decide to splurge right then and there!
  • There’s no obligation to purchase, but every obligation to have fun!!

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My Morning Skincare Routine

Hello everyone! Today I’m excited to share my updated morning skincare routine with you. This was a doozy to film (confession: I filmed it twice!) but ultimately I wanted to share how effective the new La Roche-Posay Effaclar Acne Treatment System has been working for me. I love 3-step systems that have active ingredients in every step–so I don’t feel like I’m doing nothing half the time. Even the gel cleanser has some pretty great active ingredients! Bottom line: I’m impressed.

Avoid this system if you have very dry or flaky skin – or at the very least, start slow, maybe 3 times per week. Then build up gradually. This kit is designed for the acne-prone, so if you don’t get spots, this may not be the kit for you. (La Roche-Posay has some seriously great skincare products–even those designed for Rosacea!)

Catch my video above and feel free to shop the products below! Scroll down for an awesome giveaway!

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Win One of Ten Effaclar Acne Treatment System Kits!

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Please read the official rules before entering. Thanks guys!

I collaborated with La Roche-Posay to share the acne system kits with you, my readers. It’s a natural, organic partnership that starts with my own love of Effaclar Duo. Thanks for your support so that I can bring you even more great deals and giveaways in the future!

Beauty Recs with Sally Beauty

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In my last Sally Beauty post, I offered my custom beauty consultation services to one winner–and that winner was the lovely Elizabeth. My spending limit was $45 so I opted to multitask items: several eyeshadows (suited to her eye color) in one, as well as a gorgeous blush/bronzer combo. I’m loving the “nude everything” trend these days so of course a dusty rose nail color was in order, as was a nude lip pencil. Plus, through the rest of August, you get a free snazzy tote if you spend $45 at any Sally Beauty store, while supplies last. And trust me, they’re cute.

  1. Femme Couture Velvet Bronzer and Blush Duo
  2. Femme Couture Color Made Easy Shadow Effects Trio
  3. Real Colors Hydra Lips Waterproof Gel Lip Liner
  4. OPI Nail Lacquer in Nomad’s Dream
  5. Ardell Natural Multipack Babies

I hope you like my picks for you, Elizabeth! I thoroughly enjoyed shopping for you! I hope you enjoy your gift card and please let me know how your shopping goes!

My Sally Beauty Haul

 

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Hey guys! Today I’m back with another post with Sally Beauty – excites! 

Sally Beauty gave me the challenge of spending $45 at one of their stores and see what I came up with. I picked some old favorites and some new goodies that I can’t wait to try out. I’m particularly excited about finding the Natural Multipack Babies by Ardell. Such good lookin’ eyelashes, and I don’t normally wear falsies.

FYI: Shop at your local Sally and get a FREE bag with your in-store purchase of $45! One of them is the cute gold tote shown above!

What’s more, if you enter to win my giveaway below, you’ll not only have the chance to win a $45 gift card of your own, BUT ALSO you’ll get a free beauty consultation from yours truly. So, you send me some information about yourself (maybe a photo, too) and I’ll select items from Sally Beauty under $45 that you can then go and pick up for yourself with your nifty new gift card. Neat, right?! How often are giveaway prizes tailored to the winner?!

Enter below! Good luck!

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There’s also a Pinterest Contest going on August 1, 2014 – August 29, 2014 that you can enter if you’re familiar with Pinterest!

The Ultimate Beachy Waves with Sally Beauty

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Hey everyone! Today I have a very special post for you guys. (There’s a giveaway at the end!) I’m excited to announce that I’ve partnered up with Sally Beauty (one of my fave places to shop for nail and hair supplies). The partnership will celebrate summer and in this post I’m sharing with you how I get my beachy waves – especially with my medium-length hair. In future posts I’ll be challenged to go on a shopping spree with a limited amount of money – and I’ll share with you just how much I’m able to get for my dollar. And in my third post, one of YOU will get a personalized beauty consultation from me! P.S.–did you know that Sally Beauty is the world’s largest retailer of professional supplies? Who knew??

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Naturally Brightening Skincare Review

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Hey guys! Today I wanted to share with you a new skincare range that comes from natural cosmetics brand Burt’s Bees. Not only have I been using Burt’s Bees lip balm since high school (when Accutane made my lips sore and chapped and needed constant TLC), but I’ve absolutely loved seeing how the company has blossomed into a full-range natural skincare line (with even a few cosmetics thrown in there too). So when they invited me to try their newest line, dubbed “Brightening“, I jumped at the chance, because with Daisy extract this range claims to treat hyperpigmentation in a 99% natural way.

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The French Milkmaid Braid Tutorial

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As you may well know, I have been highlighting my hair for the better part of a decade. I have naturally ash blonde hair which just looks dull (or worse, dirty) if it isn’t brightened up. To keep my hair at its strongest, I’m always on the lookout for advanced technology hair care products that will restore my hair. I typically take a pretty proactive approach – I don’t wait until my hair is dry and brittle, I constantly maintain it with strengthening shampoos and deep conditioners. And I always use a heat protectant. Recently I’ve discovered the new line from Neutrogena® and I really like it–it’s called Triple Repair and consists of a shampoo, conditioner, and leave in treatment that works as a heat protectant up to 400ºF. What I really like is that this system is really nourishing and restoring, but it’s lightweight, which is perfect for my fine strands. It also claims to make hair 3x stronger after just one use. I’m all about instant gratification!

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Milkmaid Braids

To celebrate my newly strong hair, I did a fun braid look that is a hybrid between french braids and milkmaid braids…so how about we call it the French Milkmaid?

  • My hair is shoulder length so after braiding the sides individually, I made a small ponytail in the center with the leftover hair.
  • I then pulled it into a tiny half bun (like you do when you’re going to exercise and don’t pull your hair all the way through the elastic).
  • I swept and pinned the braids over and under the center loop of hair.

It really looks much more complicated than it really was! (You’ll just need a lot of straight hair pins–not bobby pins.)

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What do you think? I hope you like it!!

This post was brought to you by Pretty Shiny Sparkly, Refinery29, and Neutrogena!

Houston Meetup April 18th!

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I hope you get as excited as I am right now because finally we can do something we’ve been wanting to do for ages — a HOUSTON meet-up! It’s a wonderful opportunity for me to get to know many of y’all living in Houston (or heck, Texas). So much of the time I’m talking to you but rarely do we get the opportunity to meet face to face. And Dove and I are partnering up for a fabulous event with refreshments, in the style of pampering (would we have it any other way?) with prizes for everyone who comes, plus extra goodies during a live Tweet Q-&-A session! It will be so fun and I hope you can make it! The Walmart hosting it is off of I-10 in the Heights area (on Yale street) if you’re familiar. Hope you can come!!

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