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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Hot July brings cooling showers, Apricots and gillyflowers

and some hot hot fashion: it seems July will be all about distressed denim, flower patterns, lace and fun wedges! Here are my favourite outfits from the July editions of Vivi, Jelly, SCawaii and Happie Nuts! Enjoy!!

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Hope you liked it! I think this is the largest fashion picks I’ve done in a while! Here’s my July shopping list inspired by these outfits:

□ Spikes and studs to customize jean shorts
□ Asymmetrical floral dress
□ Summer dress; stripped
□ A long lace thank top
□ Pastel skinny jeans
□ A colourful clutch
□ Nude wedges
□ Bright heels

Friday, June 15, 2012

My hair products and tools

This is probably the most requested blog post ever but here it is, finally! What I use to take care of my pink hair! Obviously, these are the products that work for me and hopefully it gives you an idea of how much of a maniac I am about my caring for my hair haha.

SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONNER

My scalp is very sensitive to shampoo and especially to ones that contain sulfates so I don’t have much of the choice but to go for “higher end” products. I like to use Biolage Colorcarethérapie Shampoo as well as Biolage Hydrathérapie Detangling Solution. Once in a while, I like to switch up my shampoos and I like to use Wella Shampoo and Conditionner Brilliance for Fine to Normal Colored Hair. These products are only available in salons but I was lucky and received some at the Glossybox event!

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Lately, I’ve been using Manic Panic in Cotton Candy, Hot Hot Pink and a bit of Midnight blue instead of Special Effects… simply because they’re easier to get since they are available in most drugstore in Montreal. I still love Special Effects but it’s so hard to find… :S Of course, like I explained before, I like to mix my hair dye with conditioner and for that, I like Tresemmé’s because there are no orange or yellow ting to the conditioner!

 

MISCELLENOUS PRODUCTS

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For styling products, I love shine serums! My favourite at the moment is the Elin Blanco serum I received at the Glossybox event because it smells so heavenly! I also swear by MISSHA Procure Silky Coating Hair Essence (kept my hair frizz-free in the crazy Seoul humidity last summer!) and got2b Glossy Shine Serum for shine, Marc Anthony Salon Expert Color Care Hairspray when I need extra hold to my hairstyles, got2b Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion that I apply on wet hair before styling and Algemarin Dry Shampoo.

HAIRTOOLS

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I recently upgraded my hair tools: my previous flat iron and curling iron were causing more damage to my already fragile hair then actually styling it. I now use a Cortex Platinum Black Series Ceramic Flat Iron for the little hair straightening that I do and the Cortex 4-in-1 Curling Wand Set for major curling jobs (which I think every girl should have, considering how affordable and how awesome it is!). When you talk heat styling, gotta talk about heat protectants and my two favourites are the KQC Thermal Shine Spray and its faithful back-up,  Tresemmé Heat Tamer Spray!

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Of course, these products aren’t the only reason why my hair is in good shape and colour, I do a lot of little things that help a lot;

  • I NEVER EVER go to sleep with wet or even slightly humid hair. (Here’s why you should never sleep with wet hair btw)
  • I was my hair twice a week: otherwise, my pink fades extremely fast. Besides, it’s not good to shampoo your hair everyday, that’s why there’s dry shampoo to the rescue! Aaannnd, if you don’t wash your hair everyday, your expensive shampoo bottles last you longer ;D
  • I obsess over split ends and trim them as soon as I spot one.
  • Once in a while, I like to go an olive oil hair treatment to give my hair shine and to restore moisture in it. This tends to also make the pink dye bleed so I try to do this when I’m about to freshen up my colour.
  • I freshen up my colour every 3 weeks or so. I don’t like my pink hair to have a yellow, peachy colour so I try not to let it go that stage. Also, since I use conditioner with my hair dyes instead of peroxide volume, touch-ups don’t damage my hair.
  • I get my roots bleached at a salon: don’t mess with bleach at home, that shit can make your hair fall. Let the professionals handle it.

And there you have it! Pretty much all you ever wanted to know about my hair care products and routine! Is that a lot of products?

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Gua Sha

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Did this picture scare you? Don’t worry it not as horrible as it looks. My good friend Ray studies Chinese medicine and alternative treatments; after discussing for a while about my health, he decided to perform gua sha on me.

I was a bit scared at first: it did look painful but as soon as he started, I surprised how non-painful it was. Afterwards, I felt very relaxed and mellow, which is something I haven’t felt for a while.

The red marks should fade in a few days. Interestingly enough, he was able to tell a lot of things about my health, depending on the location of the marks and of their colour.

East Asian treatments sure are interesting!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

GLOSSYBOX Giveaway!

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When I attended the Glossybox event last Thursday, I was given the may edition of the box to try out… but since I’m already subscribed to the service, I thought it would be nicer to give it to my readers so you can try it out for free!

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