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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Skincare

no make-up, no photoshop, no color-correction

I get told a lot that I have really great skin and I'm always asked "what's your secret?" and honestly... there isn't one. I really don't do much to my skin: most of the time I leave it alone but here are a few things that I use and do anyway to keep my skin healthy and nice :)



BIORÉ

I really, really like Bioré. I was given some products at the GlossyBox event and haven't stopped using them since. The Deep Cleansing Porte Strips are a classic that pretty much everyone uses but Bioré also has really great cleansers! I used to love Saint-Ives for clearing up my complexion but the recent changes in their formulas hasn't been satisfying for me. I really really like Bioré's Warming Anti-Blackhead Cream Cleanser to exfoliate my skin and get rid of blackheads. Highly recommend it! I use these products in alternance during the week, usually whenever I'm taking a shower. I use the Pore Strips occasionally, whenever I have stubborn blackheads.



MAKE-UP REMOVING & ETCs

I mentionned before that I pretty much wash my face only once a day: I don't think that using a lot of products on my skin on a daily basis is a good thing so I try to keep it minimal and it's been working great for me. I do however make sure that I remove my make-up properly every night. My favourite make-up remover is from Marcelle, either in pads or in liquids. I also like Ponds towelettes for lazy nights haha. I apply one moisturizer at night, Nivea Light Regenerating Night Care. When my skin is dry, sometimes I will use a moisturizer in the morning, Aveeno Fresh Essentials Nourishing Moisturizer SPF 30. Evian Facial Spray is amazing during the summer... or when you have a crazy fever!



SHEET MASKS

It's not a secret that I really really really really really love sheet masks! I try to use them at least once or twice a week, depending on how my skin feels; I tend to use them more during the winter since my skin faces a lot of temperature changes in one day. My Beauty Diary, Skinfood, Etude House are some of the brands I order online and use frequently!




There you have it, I hope it was helpful for someone! I remember when I was young, I had blemishes, my skin was irritated and no matter what I did, it just looked bad. And no one really teaches you when you're a teenager how to care for your skin properly... that shit need to be taught in schools, seriously! I realize now that all I really needed to do was to stop desperately trying to fix it with a billion products... that was just irritating my skin and making everything worse! Sometimes, you just need to leave your skin the eff alone. It's very tempting with gurus and bloggers reviewing products here and there to always try new products but keep in mind that trying on too many products in a short period of time can take a toll on your skin too! If whatever you're doing right now works, no need to change it, right? :)


Monday, December 3, 2012

The Ultimate Pink Hair FAQ


Newsflash, I don't have pink hair anymore! I actually got rid of it last week and decided to end this year of pink hair with an ultimate FAQ, answering all questions I've ever been asked about pink hair.

IS YOUR HAIR REAL?
The concept of real hair is weird… is my hair a wig? No. 
Do I wear extensions? Yes, sometimes. 
Is the colour unnatural? Well, yeah. 
Is this my natural hair colour? Bitch, you high?

WHAT DYE DO YOU USE?
I dye my hair with the blood for 2 sacred virgins that are scarified under a full moon. When I can't find any, I use Special Effects in Cupcake Pink and Atomic Pink. I've also used Manic Panic in Cotton Candy Pink and Hot Hot Pink as backups.

WHERE CAN I BUY SPECIAL EFFECTS HAIR DYE?
Americans can find it at a lot of places such as Hot Topic. Canadians, we have it hard. The only website that ships to Canada that I like and trust is Funky Shop.

HOW DO I APPLY THE DYE?
I mix it with conditioner then apply to my hair for at least an hour. Have a friend help you apply the dye to the back of you hair if you've never done this before.

WHAT'S THE RATIO?
I don't know, every time I dye my hair, I use a different ratio. As long as the mix is pink, it works.

WHY DO YOU USE CONDITIONNER?
To mix the different shades of pink I may be using. Pigments in funky colour dyes are very strong so you can dilute them using conditionner.

WHAT CONDITIONER DO YOU USE?
I like Tresemme: mostly because it's cheap and it comes in huge ass bottles.

WILL THE CONDITIONER CONDITION MY HAIR WHILE DYING IT?
Yes, it will help condition damaged hair while dying it.

CAN I USE OTHER BRANDS OF CONDITIONERS?
Yes, it's up to you.

IS YOUR HAIR DAMAGED?
Yes and no. Not from the pink hair, from the bleaching a little bit. My hair is damaged because I use heat tools and I don't always use heat protectant.

WILL DYING MY HAIR PINK DAMAGE MY HAIR?
No. Pink dye itself doesn't damage your hair. What will damage your hair is the bleach and how you care for your hair afterwards. If you're not planning to invest time (and some money) to care for your hair as if it is your first born child, you're not cut to have pink hair.

HOW CAN I TREAT MY DAMAGED HAIR?
Don't sleep with wet hair, use heat protectant, avoid drenching your hair in hair products. I like to use virgin olive oil on my hair once in a while to moisturize it.

SHOULD I BLEACH MY HAIR TO GET PINK HAIR?
It's very likely that you will need to, especially if you want a nice vibrant pink. Ask your hairstylist for their opinion and if they recommend bleaching your hair. They will take into consideration the current state of your hair before bleaching. DO NOT BLEACH AT HOME.

WHY?
Because that shit is dangerous, bra! You can damage your hair, miss spots, do a horrible bleaching job or leave it on too long and burn your scalp. YOU CAN GO BALD! Go to a salon and have someone take care of that for you. Don't be a cheapo!

SHOULD I TONE MY HAIR ONCE IT'S BLEACHED?
Yes.

WHY?
Toning your bleached hair will get rid of all the yellow/orange tones, essentially turning your hair platinum or white which is an ideal base for pink hair. 

IS IT TRUE YOU CAN'T WASH YOUR HAIR EVERYDAY?
No, you can but you will get an horrible shade of pink in less than 2 weeks. It is not recommended to wash your hair every day, especially with pink hair. Stick to every 2-3 days and use dry shampoo or rinse your hair in between washes.

WHAT PRODUCTS SHOULD I USE?
Products formulated for dyed hair will help. Avoid Pantene or Head and Shoulders, makes your hair colour run faster than Usain Bolt. DaddyO from Lush helps reduced orange/yellow tones that make your pink hair look peachy.

BUT WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU USE?
Read this.

MY ROOTS ARE BACK, WHAT DO I DO?
Go to a salon, have them bleached and then apply your pink dye.

HOW OFTEN TO YOU TOUCH UP YOUR COLOUR?
Usually, whenever I do my roots, I apply the colour to the rest of my hair as well. In the summer, I tend to wash my hair more so I would reapply hair dye every 3-4 weeks to keep the colour nice.

CAN I SWIM WITH PINK HAIR?
Yes. You're not a mermaid to keep in mind that you still need to go to the surface to breathe. Also, chlorine is not good for your pink hair and it will make it turn a funky colour.

ARE THERE THINGS THAT I CAN'T WEAR WITH PINK HAIR?
Pink hair can be a little be limiting: wearing a pink top with pink hair can make you look like that crazy pink lady, depending on the shade and all. White can also be tricky if you sweat and your colour runs… the neck line of your white shirt could turn pink.

WHAT ABOUT MAKE-UP?
Pink hair and make up is fabulous. I actually think that you need to wear at least a little bit of make-up to work it. You can get away with crazy cat liner or dramatic lashes because, WHATEVER, your hair is pink!!!

I WANT MY HAIR TO LOOK LIKE THIS PINK IN THIS ( insert picture of tumblr girl / Nicki Minaj ) HOW DO I DO IT?
This is probably the most annoying question you can ask: why do you want to look exactly like someone else so badly? You can never replicate the same pink hair twice so all I have to say is good luck finding the perfect dye and ratio. You'll have better luck with a wig or hiring Nicki Minaj's weave specialist.

There you have it! All the questions I've ever received or was ever ask in the street!