Saturday, June 10, 2017

Lashes and Black Lace...Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Sexy Blacks Waterproof Mascara

Have you never seen a more gorgeous looking mascara tube than Helena Rubinstein's Lash Queen Sexy Blacks Waterproof Mascara?!

Adorned throughout, with black velvet trimmed floral lace fabric, the gold tube's packaging is sensual and feminine.

With measurements of "90-60-90," the wand has a sexy, curvaceous, hourglass-shape. A mess-free application, Lash Queen Sexy Blacks' wand is very easy to wiggle and comb through the upper (and using the tip of the wand) and lower lashes.

Available in a single shade, 01 Scandalous Black is a deep, seductive black. In comparison with the Lash Queen Wonder Blacks, Lash Queen Sexy Blacks waterproof formula is thicker and drier. Never clumping, flaking, nor smearing, the Lash Queen Sexy Blacks doesn't last as long as the other HR Mascaras (drying out after two and a half months).

Full, defined, and lengthened, Helena Rubinstein's Lash Queen Sexy Blacks Waterproof Mascara curls my lashes, and gives them the loveliest open-eyed wispy effect.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Invest In Your Hair!

My last post was about my spring hair color. So, here are the products I've been using this season to keep my mane healthy and manageable.

Philip B Lavender Hair & Body Shampoo (14,600 yen): aside from sakura, Spring is all about the Lavender. First, I'll address the positives: Philip B's Lavender Hair & Body Shampoo has a great scent that lingers for the entirely of the first day. It cleans thoroughly, and removes all excess oil and residue from the scalp. However, you have to use a lot of product because it doesn't lather well at all. Also, I need to follow up with a good conditioner because after rinsing, my hair is tangled and feels dry.

John Masters Organics Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner (7,776 yen): a pleasing, delicate lavender scent, the  Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner has a thin, lotion consistency. I apply a dollar-size amount to the mid-lengths of my hair to the ends. Great at detangling, I usually leave it on from anywhere between 5 to 10 minutes. after rinsing with cold water, my hair is tangle-free, soft, moisturized, and shiny without being weighed down. I really like this conditioner.

Philip B Drop Dead Straightening Baume (3,780 yen): a heat-activated, silicone-free, non-greasy, water-soluble formula protects my hair from thermal styling and helps cut down on my blow-drying time. I like to apply a mix this along with the Anti-Frizz Formula 57 to damp hair. Afterwards,my hair feeling and looking extremely soft, voluminous, sleek, shiny and frizz-free.

Philip B Anti-Frizz Formula 57 (5,292 yen): the lavender oil is this product gives it a delicious lavender scent. I like to mix four pumps into the Philip B Drop Dead Straightening Baume for extra shine and protect from heat styling. Also, I use it as a finishing polish to on the mid-lengths of my hair to the ends.

John Masters Organics Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray with Lavender (3,240 yen): Another delectable lavender fragrance (can you see a pattern here?!) , I like to use this salt spray on my roots to add volume and texture, as well as adsorb any excess oil between washes.

Although after rinsing the Philip B Lavender Hair & Body Shampoo out, my hair is left feeling dry and tangled, when paired with the John Masters Organics Lavender & Avocado Intensive Conditioner, and the Philip B Drop Dead Straightening Baume, and the Philip B Anti-Frizz Formula 57, my hair feels extremely soft, silky smooth, and with an incredible shine. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

To Dye Oneself...AGEbeautiful's Anti-Aging Permanent Liquid Hair Color

I was going to scrap this hair dyeing post, after realizing, I forgot to photograph all the product bottles...Oops. Nonetheless, I'm really loving the color, and wanted to share it with you.

You hear people say "I've dyed my hair every color in the rainbow," but I literally have. My hair has been orange, green, blue, teal, pink, even big bird yellow, but my signature hair colors are all spectrums of red and purple. This Spring, I had a yearning to return to some shade of purple.

Originally, I was going to get the process done at the salon. But, given my history of using these colors labeled as "permanent," they all tend to fade quicker than your standard shades. So, I made the choice to save myself 30,000 yen, and I went with a dye I've never tried before, AGEbeautiful's Anti-Aging Permanent Liquid Hair Color. I couldn't choose between shades 3V Darkest Plum Brown and 4V Dark Plum Brown. Thus, I cast the dye (pun intended), with both shades, to see what the concoction would yield when mixed together.

Here's a tip when you're dyeing your own hair: don't be stingy with the dye. It's better to have more than less. Worst case scenario, you can save whatever boxes or bottle for the next application.

Purchased on, I got four bottle of the 3V Darkest Plum Brown and 4V Dark Plum Brown (8 in total), and one 16 oz AGEbeautiful 20-Volume Creme Developer, to use for two separate dyeing occasions. When I took off the cap and looked at the white foamy-paper inside of it, 3V Darkest Plum Brown was plum, and 4V Dark Plum Brown was violet.

AGEbeautiful hair color is mixed using a 1:1 equal parts hair dye to developer ratio. My hair is thick and long, and each bottle contains 2 oz.; therefore, I mixed two bottles of each of the 3V Darkest Plum Brown and 4V Dark Plum, totaling 8 oz of dye and 8 oz of developer. Also, the ammonia fumes are strong with this one.

In my rush to "get er done," I completely forgot to test AGEbeautiful's 100% gray coverage claim, and contaminated the test subject with Ardell's Gray Magic Color Additive. speaking of which, Gray Magic works wonders at covering gray hair.

 The mixture looks like something out of a horror film. 

An image before cleaning up my hairline, ears and putting on the disposable shower cap. After rising off the dye, I always skip shampooing and apply conditioner. I've dyed my hair twice using this mixture, and both times, my hair showed no signs of dryness, lack of shine, and/or damage.

The color is immaculate! A gorgeous, vibrant, plum-violet dark black cherry brown, and to quote my friend Sara, a radiant plum-violet shine that "looks like candy." I'm really obsessed with this shade. In my own vanity, I love catching a glimpse of it under any lighting; it's just so darn stunning. Whenever I'm out, I get tons of compliments on the color. Now, the water is exceptionally hard in Tokyo. So, the color does begin to fade until after the fifth wash. What I'm left with is a still pretty in its own right: deep, reddish, raspberry brown, with a faint plummy-violet shine.

I change my hair color a lot, and I'm already thinking of my Summer shade. But, I'm definitely going to revisit this shade in the very near future.

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