How I Prepared for my Balayage Appointment

Balayage Prepvia Hair World Mag

I wrote, a while back, about considering getting Balayage highlights.

After a long time, a lot of consideration, and a consultation at which I asked my poor colorist half a million questions, I decided to take the plunge. I booked for Tuesday, September 20.

Here’s how I prepared for my balayage appointment.

What I Asked

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Micellar Water Challenge Conclusion

Micellar Water

It hardly seems like it, but a month has already passed since I took part in a Micellar Water Challenge. At that time, I also issued that same challenge to you readers – eschew your makeup wipes, and try using micellar water for your makeup removal needs as well.

How My Skin Feels

In a word, my skin feels awesome. Since I started removing my makeup with Micellar Water instead of using a makeup wipe, the skin on my cheeks has retained more of its moisture. Combined with my normal exfoliation routine, my skin is doing pretty well – less flaky skin around my nose. Finally, I’ve not needed to use quite as heavy a hand with moisturizers.

Also, no fragrance! Dear skincare companies, please please stop adding perfumes to facial skincare products. Thanks.

Cost Considerations with Micellar Water

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Manicure Inspiration

Manicure Inspiration

These days, my manicures are solid colors. If I’m feeling crazy, I’ll have a different-colored accent nail. I just don’t bother with nail art or ultra-exciting manicures any longer (I don’t have time and/or it would be a bit much for work). That said, I do like to check out what others come up with. It isn’t all-art-all-the-time with the following posters – sometimes they just showcase interesting colors and, always, amazing manicures in general. There’s tons of manicure inspiration to be had out there!

Here are my favorites.

On Instagram

Glittr / I want to buy the vast majority of what she posts. There was this amazing holo purple recently called Lei Me Down from Cupcake Polish, and … I need it. In addition to ultra exciting, Glittr also posts manicures that I could pull off at work if ever I found the motivation.

In fact, I didn’t do this on purpose, but these sources are posted in order of how much manicure inspiration I get from them!

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Suave Refresh and Revive Voxbox

Suave Refresh and Revive

Suave Refresh and Revive
First things first – I received Suave Refresh and Revive Dry Shampoo courtesy of Influenster. I don’t get compensation for writing this post. Anyone can join and qualify for Voxboxes – you receive free product provided you agree to review it.

Suave Refresh and Revive isn’t new to me. I’ve used it before in my quest for a holy grail dry shampoo, but it has been repackaged since I used it last. Honestly, I’m disappointed that I received it instead of one of the other Unilever dry shampoo offerings. My preference would be to try something new to me, but that’s just how things shook out.

Suave Refresh and Revice

Application

The amount of product dispensed when the button atop Suave Refresh and Revive Dry Shampoo is pressed was not up-to-par. It under-performed in comparison with Psssst!, even less so compared to Batiste, and the least compared to KMS Hair Play. Due to this, application took longer than application of the other products did.

Fragrance

Fresh? No. Sweet. Why is everything so sweet?! Although it does certainly help mask any odors your hair may have picked up, this particular dry shampoo is VERY sweet, and VERY strong! The fragrance is not what I would describe as a fresh scent. Did not care for how it smelled, all in all.

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Real Techniques Brush Palette Giveaway

Real Techniques Brush Palette Giveaway

Real Techniques Brush Palette Giveaway

We all need to take care of our beauty tools. It’s been a while since I’ve hosted a blog giveaway, and since it’s such a big deal to me, I’m giving away a Real Techniques Brush Palette, which I wrote about in August. Enter via the Gleam.io widget, below. Entries, as always, will be validated – so be sure to follow the instructions (leave a comment, etc).

Winners will be announced Thursday, September 22.

Why?

It should go without saying that maintaining your tools is extremely important. That concept isn’t remotely unique to beauty. It’s true of the kitchen, garden, construction, woodworking, electronics, and oh – basically any other activity you can reasonably think of that is heavily dependent on tools. If your tools aren’t clean, they aren’t going to perform as well as they could have (regardless of their manufacture quality) – with beauty tools, you might not get the application you want. You will also not get the same lifespan out of that tool. Furthermore, there’s hygiene to consider.

On Hygiene

A final note for those of you who literally never wash your brushes. Makeup brushes and sponges come into contact with far fewer things than our hands, but can you imagine if you never washed your hands? Or even just the towel you use to dry your face (be it the one you dry your body with, or a dedicated one). Yeah. Enter the giveaway!

Giveaway

Real Techniques Brush Palette Giveaway