Coloring My Hair with Clairol

My hair has gone through some changes this year. Good and bad. I started the year off with locs down my back, then I chopped ‘em all. Then I got this cute and curly cut. My barber disappeared and so out of desperation, I went to another barber. He practically shaved me bald and now I think I’m going to grow my hair out and start my locs again. I adore super short hair and it was so easy to deal with when Elle was a newborn but I’m missin’ styles.

And color.

Clairol hair dye

This is a sponsored post through Glam Media and I got the opportunity to test Clairol Professional ‘Classic Collection’ hair dye. I haven’t dyed my hair in almost a year which is sooooo unheard of for a hair dye addict like myself. I picked the shade Classic Moongold which is level 7 medium cool blonde. I picked this one because I knew it would lift my dark brown hair enough to show a difference. Dyeing dark brown hair without bleaching is challenging but I’d much rather do it WITHOUT bleach. I did an at-home bleach dye once, honey and it was a bad idea.

You know you dye your hair a lot when you already have the tools at home. I had gloves, a mixing bowl, brush and everything…

Clairol Professional ‘Classic Collection’ hair dye

Dyeing short hair is a breeze compared to when I used to dye my locs. Loc’d hair had to be rinsed out several times to ensure that you got every bit of the dye out. But when you’ve got an inch of hair or less on your head, it just makes everything easier. Oh, and I did my brows too. Because I’m big on my brows and hair matching. If even a little. By the way, I didn’t use the developer that was provided. I already owned Clairol’s Developer in 30 and used that instead. I’ve dyed my hair enough to know the 30 is optimal for my natural hair color.

So I mixed and mixed…

Mix

And I applied.

Applying hair dye

It was beyond easy and even those who are weary of doing hair color at home will probably love how seamless this is. Wanna see the turn out? Stay tuned for next week’s post!

Classic makes a comeback. Clairol Professional’s new ‘Classic Collection’ offers 16 timeless shades with a modern formula for brilliant shine and deep conditioning.

 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Clairol Professional via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Clairol Professional.

 

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A Super Sweet Twitter Party with Dunkin Donuts…and prizes!

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So apparently it’s Fall and I’m buggin’ because in hot and humid Florida it STILL feels like the middle of summer. I should be used to it since I’ve lived here my entire life but dang, it would be nice to have real and obvious seasons, ya know? Luckily, I can kiiiiinda get the feel of Fall through one of my senses: lé taste, darlings!

Aside from the leaves droppin’ and beauty brands releasing their gorgeous fall collections, September is the start of something else…the pumpkin menu at Dunkin’ Donuts! New pumpkin menu items, including a new Pumpkin Pie Donut, and a new Frozen Pumpkin Coffee Coolatta, are at Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. These pumpkin delights are only around for a limited time so it’s either consume them in great quantities now or cry about it later.

Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Spice

Did you know? Dunkin’ Donuts offers guests one of the largest varieties of pumpkin food and beverages of any national restaurant chain. Want to know more about the ready-for-fall Dunkin’ Donuts pumpkin menu and other DD offerings? Join in the fun with all of the Dunkin’ Florida regional Twitter handles including: @DDCentFla, @DDNeFla, @DDTampaBay, @DDSWFLA, @DD_Gainesville, @DDPanhandleFL & @DDSoFla, our host @JoscelynRC and co-hosts @ClumpsofMascara, @MakeitAllWork, @paulabendfeldt, @teachme2save and @BBAbushka for the #DDFuelsFlorida Twitter Party on Thursday, September 26 from 7-8pm EST!

Learn about the latest news brewing at your local Dunkin’ Donuts at the oh-so-virtually yummy event and RSVP to be eligible to win $500 worth in mGift prizes via the Dunkin’ Donuts mobile app!

 

Party Details:

What: #DDFuelsFlorida Twitter Party
When: Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 7 to 8 PM EST
Where: Twitter
Hashtag: ##DDFuelsFlorida

 

Who to Follow:

Host: @JoscelynRC
Co-Hosts: @ClumpsofMascara, @MakeitAllWork, @paulabendfeldt, @teachme2save and @BBAbushka
Moderator: @DDCentFla@DDNeFla@DDTampaBay@DDSWFLA, @DD_Gainesville@DDPanhandleFL & @DDSoFla

 

Prizes:

Up to $500 worth of mGifts (mobile gifts), i.e. virtual gift cards via the new Dunkin’ Donuts app. (Virtual gifts can also be received via text, email and Facebook Connect).

 

RSVP:

To be eligible to win prizes, you must RSVP, be 18 years old or older and actively participating during the Twitter Party. Click below to RSVP or at http://twtvite.com/DDFuelsFlorida.

Hope to e-see you there!

Mascara Monday: Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara

Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara

Okay, ignore the fact that I haven’t done in mascara review in over 2 months. I know. Bad blogger. My excuse? I just didn’t feel like it. A little too honest, huh? My bad, y’all. Sometimes I just have to quit doing something for a few weeks and months so I don’t get insanely burned out with it, ya know? But I’m back and like after every hiatus, I am more in love with mascaras. And what better mascara to pull me out of the proverbial shell than this one?

I’m hoping that having the word sex all up and through this blog post won’t send perverted spammers my way. And if that happens, you better believe every sex will be changed to a $ex. So yeah. How blunt is that for a mascara name? You either love it or hate it. I’m a bit of a prude but I am also annoyed at every other mascara with the names like Dramatic Awesome Can’t Believe They’re Really Real Volumizing Wonderbeast so this actually works for me. It’s hard for me to hate a Too Faced product so let’s boogie on down and see how this baby did…

Price: $23 from Sephora and Sephora.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3.5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “An intensely black, volumizing mascara with an hourglass-shaped brush that separates, coats, and curls each lash to voluptuous perfection. Better Than Sex mascara contains a film-forming polymer for smudge-proof, all day wear and unique peptides for the deepest, intense black possible.” (source)

The Truth: Welllll, it’s not better than sex but it’s a close second. Bahahaaaaa!

What I Loved About It: It gives great volume!

What I Didn’t Like: The wand holds on to A LOT of mascara.

Overall: My mission these days is to provide shorter and to the point reviews. No one wants to read a dissertation on mascara. Not even me. So here goes…this is a GREAT mascara. Too Faced does really well with mascaras so I had high hopes for this one. And it delivered! Lé wand…

Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara wand

Now the wand can be a bit tricky. Because it’s more of a brush wand than a plastic wand, the bristles aren’t super stiff. This is great for folx with longer lashes but it kinda sucks for those of us with wonky all over the place lashes. I’m not sure this is the best mascara wand for combing through the lashes. And the wand tends to collect a lot of excess mascara.

But once you get past that, you’ll find a dynamite mascara with amazing volumizing and lengthening power. I really only needed 2 coats of this stuff to have my lashes REALLY stand out. The formula is on the thicker side so pushing it to more than 2 coats may result in clumping. And while I didn’t experience any flaking, I would have loved for this mascara to have a bit more staying power. My lashes didn’t seem as dynamic hours after I applied it. I’m guessing a good waterproof topcoat mascara can alleviate that problem.

Still though…it’s pretty amazing and I will definitely be making this baby my staple mascara for at least a month. Which is a big deal for me.

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats

 

Mascara on eyes

Do I recommend it?: Absolutely! I just wouldn’t purchase this when you’re out and about with your Grandma because that may make things awkward. Unless your Grandma is extra cool in which case…buy her one too!

Have any of you Too Faced lovers tried this mascara? Will the name of it stop you from buying it?

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 102

OCC Lip Tars

Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!

Chalkboard Nails – This hand placed glitter nail art answers important questions like, “What would a mermaid look like if she was going out clubbing?”

Clumps of Mascara – In honor of Skin Care Awareness Month, I’m giving away a $150 Whole Foods gift card. The lucky winner will be able to load up on skin healthy fruits and veggies!

EauMG – shares her perfume picks for autumn 2013. From hayrides to date night, Victoria has a perfume suggestion for you!

Gouldylox Reviews – Hey Now!  I joined the Stern Universe for one morning and got the chance to ask the beautiful Lisa G how she does it.

Lipglossiping – gets technical and puts Guerlain’s latest foundation to the test, soon discovering that this scientifically-advanced base is the one testing her!

My Beauty Bunny – Blow outs go to the dogs! I had a doggy spa day thanks to the Metro Air Force Commander, a compact dog drying/grooming tool all spoiled pooches must have!

Nouveau Cheap – The Walgreens-exclusive Disney Villains Collections have landed, and one of my favorites is the e.l.f. Maleficent Look Book. Your inner villain won’t be disappointed.

Pink Sith – asks if you are doing serious damage to your hair with your flat iron. She has 5 Helpful Flat Ironing Tips for you to look your best!

Prime Beauty – takes a look at Lancôme’s the Absolu Désir Collection for Fall 2013 and it’s trés magnifique!

Phyrra – shares her most favorite cruelty free beauty products! From hair to skincare, makeup and more!

we heart this – discovers multiple levels of nude perfection, courtesy of Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylos.

Question of the Week:

Fall is here! What makeup items are you adding to your stash to celebrate the season?

B says, “Vampy nail polish. I must hoard them all!”

What about you? What makeup goodies are going to be a part of your Fall beauty routine?

 

See you next week!

EBONY.com is looking for the new COVERGIRL!

COVERGIRL Fabulous Beauty Makeover Contest

Hey girls! Ohmigoodness…how’s this for something different? EBONY.com and COVERGIRL are hosting the “Fabulous Beauty” contest. It’s a sweet contest because the lucky winner will score an all expense paid trip for 2 to New York City, a COVERGIRL makeover and an exclusive photo/video shoot for EBONY magazine! It’s taking everything in me to not apply.

Or maybe I willl…

The good news is applying is easy. Interested gals must simply tell how they rock their COVERGIRL beauty and what they love about themselves. Entrants must also submit a headshot and tell, in 250 words or less, ‘How does beauty empower you?’

Extra Deets….

1. One entry per person.

2. Complete entries must be submitted by 11:59PM CST on September 25, 2013.

3. Winners will be notified on September 28, 2013.

4. NYC trip and photo/video shoot occur on October 4-6, 2013.

 

Not up your alley? Pass it along to the beautiful lady in your life and have her enter here.

Gettin’ Healthy Skin with Green Smoothies + $125 Whole Foods gift card giveaway!

We’re back with our monthly Eucerin post and this time we’re talking nutrition and healthy eats. I love my skin care products like siblings, but let’s face it, if it’s trying to get your skin in better health, nothing works like a good ole’ diet. My skin is in the best shape of my life and I think a lot of it has to do with my ditching dairy, wheat, sodas and fast food. I only drink water and I drink my weight in green smoothies.

Fresh Fruit smoothie

Yep, you gals know how much I loooooove my green smoothies. Eucerin provided me with a gift card to Whole Foods and I scooped up a whole ‘lot of fruits ‘n veggies. We usually purchase our weekly bundle of fruit’s ‘n stuff from local farmer’s markets (cheaper and I love supporting small businesses) but it was fun shopping at Whole Foods for a change. Despite my being a hippie and all, I don’t really shop there because I find it crazy expensive but we managed to get quite a bit for our family of 3. And as soon as we got home I whipped up an enormous green smoothie for Esposo, Elle and I.

Green smoothie

It’s Skin Care Awareness Month so I tossed in ingredients that I know are going to help keep our skin healthy and clear. The spinach will help combat wrinkles, the avocado will help heal blotchy skin and those sweet strawberries will help keep skin clear. And I tossed in a dollop of almond butter for added protein.

Almond butter

And because it adds the right kind of sweetness to any smoothie.

Wanna get your own bundle of healthy eats from Whole Foods? Eucerin will give one lucky winner a $125 to Whole Foods AND Eucerin goodies. Press your luck by entering the Rafflecopter below. Remember, it takes a minute or two to get goin’ so be patient.

Good luuuuuck!

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* Disclosure: I am a Eucerin ambassador and while I do not get paid to write these posts I did receive these products and a gift card as gifts.

The NEW California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a food post, huh? Well…food at a restaurant post. My paleo and dairy free life makes eating out out super tricky and so I tend to just eat at home. But during a press trip, I was offered the opportunity to visit the brand new California Grill.

California Grill

As a Florida native I’ve stayed at the Contemporary Resort and I’ve eaten at California Grill before. Both visits were years ago so I was beyond excited to see how California Grill revamped themselves. The new decor is amazing and the floor to ceiling windows are even more amazing.

Cali-Grill-Dining-Room

That’s a press photo from DisneyFoodBlog.com but honey, isn’t it beautiful? I love open kitchen restaurants because if you’re nosey like me, you can run on up and see what’s a cookin’. Or am I the only one that does that? I spent a lot of time hanging out by the sushi bar.

Sushi bar

I’ve been eating a lot of sushi these days and the California Grill’s sushi bar is top notch. Sushi artists (or at least they should be called that) wrapped up gorgeous and delectable rolls of some of the best tasting sushi I’ve ever had. I helped myself to plenty and didn’t feel guilty about it either.

Sushi on plate

But aside from the sushi, the restaurant offers a variation of top notch entrees, cocktails, desserts and fantastic meals from their brand new wood fire oven. Vegetarians, vegans, paeleo minded and the dairy conscious won’t have any problems dining at California Grill as the menu options are diverse and fresh. I couldn’t help myself and had a baby version of the Caramel Popcorn sundae and I could not have asked for a better sweet treat to end the day.

Sweet treat

One of the best sweetest aspects of California Grill is getting the opportunity to view Magic Kingdom’s Wishes fireworks show from outside on the observation walkway. I left before the fireworks started but I’ll be back because I heard that was truly a sight to see.

If you think you’ll be visiting the Walt Disney World area soon, make a reservation at California Grill. Esposo and I have a wedding anniversary in November and I’m thinking this would be the perfect place to re-live the very night we became man and wife. By the way, we spent the night at Disney World. :wink:

 

Disclosure: I was provided samples of dishes at no cost but I was not paid to write this review. I would have written it anyway though because everything was THAT good and I’m obsessed with Disney. Yep.

5 Cruelty-Free Brands That You Have To Check Out

Cruelty Free Beauty

The Makeup Wars crew is back and this time we’re highlighting our favorite cruelty-free products. I have my own theories about what “cruelty-free” actually means but I’ll save my rant for another day. I do know that there are many of you cruelty-free lovers out there so I know that you guys and gals will love this post. And so without further ado, check out 5 of my favorite cruelty-free brands.

Tarte Cosmetics

It’s no surprise, is it? I love me some Tarte. From their skincare products, to their lippies and liners, everything that Tarte releases impresses me. And it’s not just the quality of the products either. The packaging of all of their beauty goodies ALWAYS rocks. The Tarte team clearly thinks about branding and they rock. If you like higher-end cosmetics with a “natural” spin to it, you’ve got to check out Tarte Cosmetics.

NYX Cosmetics

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Girl yes. I love me some NYX. Where else will you get affordable makeup, that is great quality and easy to find? And what other brand releases an entire collection of just mascara? Yeah. NYX will always have my heart.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

OCC Lip Tars

I’ve been rollin’ on the OCC train for quite some time. Saying I’m obsessed with them would be just a little too cheesy but it’s certainly accurate. This brand is not for the weak. If you love supporting semi-indie brands and aren’t afraid of color, mixin’ and being BOLD, OCC is the way to go. I can’t waiiiiiiit to stop by their booth at The Makeup Show Orlando later this month.

St. Ives

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I’m a total skincare snob but I am open to using any brand as long as they are low in fragrances, dyes and synthetic crap. And that’s why I love St. Ives. They have recently reformulated a lot of their products and they are even more amazing. Three words: Green Tea Scrub.

[NOTE: Welllll, it looks like St. Ives may not be cruelty-free anymore but to be safe, check out the brand Desert Essence. They are definitely cruelty-free and one of my favorite skincare brands!]

Salma Hayek NUANCE

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I love love looooove this CVS-exclusive brand. Their skincare products are pretty awesome but so are their cosmetics too. And it’s a brand that caters to brown girls so the pigmentation of their shadows, lippies and blushes are dead on. Woot!

Check out some of the other cruelty-free brands and products of my Makeup Wars girls.