Thursday, May 5, 2016

Purple Hair Part 2: Recoloring Success

Hello girls,

Remember my post a few weeks ago about my messed up purple hair goal? If not let me refresh you.

Here was my awesome first day post coloring, which I initially really liked because I had purple hair with cool blue highlights. Until...

The purple washed out and turned brown and white and blue in a really badly coordinated way.

And this is why it is very important that you find a really great stylist who takes care of you and your hair. Sent this photo above to Ms. Rich Abella and she took care of the whole hair fiasco. As you know she has been my stylist for the last two years and I trust her with my hair the most; and I trusted that she could fix the whole thing.

So, we recolored my hair to an even darker shade of purple.

Here it was at the start.

She was able to even out the coloring of my hair. 

Goodbye to the browns and blue streaks and the in between.

Like before, since this one was much darker, it looked almost black in dim/indoor light.

Photo above was taken the day after coloring. Up close, you can really see the purple shining through but from afar, it looks black with an outline of purple.

So I did the same washing routine as the first color. My first wash was 2 days post-color and immediately, my crown appeared lighter than the rest of my hair. And it just got progressively lighter with every wash until all traces of purple were gone.

With the recolor, this is how the color turned out after 2nd wash.

Here is how it looks post second wasing under cloudy sunlight. As you can see, it's still dark but you can tell that it's purple and evenly colored.

When light strikes through, this is how it looks. Pretty purple wouldn't you say?

After the third wash, this is how it looks with indoor lighting.

It's a little less darker, and more vibrant than when it started.

Sorry about all the sweating, it was super hot that day.

Here is how it looks under the shade in the afternoon.

My hair looks super dry because I haven't washed it for two days and I just took off my braids.

And this is how it looks under the yellow light of the setting sun.

I am confident that this recolor will last longer than the previous one. However, using the right dye is just the first step to achieving and making your hair color last.

This is arguably my first super vibrant hair color but previous hair coloring experiences have thought me a lot about making hair color last longer.

1. Wash your hair every other day instead of everyday.

I know most people would say eew... but trust me, if you want to keep that color from washing away, you really have to lessen the time you wash it.

2. If you wash it, wash with Sulfate Free shampoo (but limit it to twice a week only).

The first time I used a sulfate free shampoo was when I colored my hair copper after a failed blue black coloring. Which was pretty expensive to say the least. But totally worth it, you can read about that review here

I previously shared that L'Oreal had a cheaper sulfate-free shampoo which I found at SM North Edsa. However, when I went back this year, it was no longer there. So I had to settle with the salon brands which cost around 1k to 1.5k per bottle. 

This Schwarzkopf Color Freeze shampoo costs around 1.5k, and is only around 250 mL. 

But since Vivere had a promo, I also bought a conditioner and paid around 2.3k for these three products. The mousse is free and I will review that in the coming days.

The shampoo significantly reduces the color wash out. The rinse water is lighter colored than when you use regular shampoo. I also noticed that when you wash with it, even the rinse water after using a conditioner is lighter compared to when I don't wash it with the sulfate free shampoo prior.

So back to shampoo routine. This advice will not only help you lengthen the vibrancy of your hair, but it will also help you save money from constantly buying sulfate-free stuff.

3. When you wash your hair, never forget the conditioner.

You can forget about using shampoo for every hair wash but never forget the conditioner. It is super important to never forget to use it, especially if you bleached your hair prior to coloring it. My hair is super course after shampoo, even just after wetting it. So even though I never had the habit of putting conditioner on, I now live by it.

 I was not able to find the cheap L'Oreal Sulfate-free shampoo but I did find their Ever Sleek Sulfate-free Smoothing System conditioner. They're 50% less than their salon counter parts so that's a good deal. I actually initially thought I bought the shampoo, and it saddens me that they seemed to have discontinued this. I really wanted to give the shampoo a try and compare with their Pureology product.

This conditioner is less slippery as compared to your regular conditioners, probably due to its silicone free property. It does tame my hair and reduces frizz and hair is very soft afterwards. But, I have not really seen any much difference with using a sulfate-free conditioner and using any regular conditioner like Cream silk. The rinse water is the same whether I use a sulfate-free conditioner and when I use a regular conditioner.

I think the difference will show as you use it longer, but since I don't want to risk losing my purple hair, I can't really attest to that. Sorry. But for anyone who has tried both worlds for a long time, I hope they'd comment and help me sort this one out.

So that's it or my second shot at my purple hair goal. I hope my tips help you and I hope you can help me in keeping my color on for longer by commenting your own tips at making hair color last. 


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Get Ready to See the Difference on Your Lashes and Brows with Measurable Difference

Hey dears!

A beautiful, defined brow and long, curled lashes can immediately make one's face brighter and more expressive. It's like an instant "blooming" effect for your face. That's why many of us like to get our lashes extended or use those lengthening and volumizing mascaras. We also try our best to apply the best brow product so that our face will be perfectly framed by a good set of eyebrows. 

But what if we don't need to use products or avail those lash extension services anymore, because there are products that can actually give us fuller brows and longer lashes?

That's actually what the brand I'll be sharing with you claims to provide, longer lashes and lush brows! Read about Measurable Difference and it's product line on the press release below:

Long lashes and lush brows have always been a dream to many Filipinas; with assets such as these, who needs to wear a lot of makeup especially now that Summer is here as well as the unbearable heat that comes with it? Finally, dream no more because long lashes and lush brows can finally come true with Measurable Difference; many dreams of having dreamy lashes and brows have finally become a reality!

Measurable Difference is a treatment and makeup brand that lengthens lashes and thickens brows. Its secret lies in RegenaLash, a peptide complex infused into each product's ingredient mix. RegenaLash makes lashes look longer and brows look fuller in just over a month's time. Aside from this specially patented formula, Measurable Difference also vouches for all natural ingredients, rejecting the use of makeup preservatives that can harm the skin. 

Say hello to the esteemed line-up of Measurable Difference:

Lash & Brow Amplifying Serum with RegenaLash PLUS (P1,549.75/ 3 mL) -A Night treatment of lashes and brows, best applied before sleeping. It nourishes and conditions brows and lashes and promises to lengthen lashes and thicken. Features RegenaLash.

Lash Amplifying Liquid Eyeliner (P519.75/ 5mL) – Pigmented eyeliner that comes with a precision brush. Contains RegenaLash. Comes in the shades: Blackest Black, Black Pearl, and Espresso.

Lash Amplifying Mascara and Primer (P769.75/ 5.5mL + 5.5mL)- features a primer to help mascara adhere properly for fuller- looking lashes that lasts for hours. Contains RegenaLash.

Brow Amplifying Tint and Lift (P519.75/ 6.9mL) – Fill in sparse brows and seal your look with this buildable brow tint. Contains RegenaLash to thicken and care for brows. Comes in the shades Caramel and Espresso.

Instant Lash Extensions (P1,029.75/ 11mL)- Achieve a fake lash effect with this zero- clump volumizing and lengthening mascara; contains RegenaLash.

The products look promising, right? And you know what's even more exciting? 
I can test their claims if these are all true because I was given two products from their line-up! Woooot!

I got the Measurable Difference Brow Amplifying Tint and Lift

 Measurable Difference Lash and Brow Amplifying Serum

I'll be taking the #MeasurableDifferencePH Challenge starting today and I'll be using the serum as instructed! I already took pictures of my current lashes to compare if something happens. For the brows, I might not put much on them because I already have very thick hairs on my brows. Haha!

Anyway, I'll post my reviews about both products in different posts soon so do watch out for those, okay? :)

Take the #MeasurableDifferencePH challenge and #SeeTheDifference beautiful lashes and brows can make! We’d love to see your results so tag us at @measurabledifferenceph on Instagram and on Facebook!

Measurable Difference is exclusively sold at the SM Beauty Store, Ground Floor, SM Makati.

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