First Impressions: Splat Washables Temporary Hair Dye

For as long as I can remember my family constantly drilled me. “Never dye your hair, Claire.” they’d say, albeit with good reason and intentions no doubt. I love my red hair; it’s totally unique and is a big part of who I am! However, there are some days when I want to step outside of my normal style scope and experiment a bit. I can’t very well bleach my hair and dye it; that’d be too damaging…hmm, what about washable hair dye? I didn’t even really know that was an option until I saw these at Ulta…

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Now I did know about hair chalk, but it was always hard for me to work with. I thought these would be a dream…

So I bought the shades Purple Swag and Hot 4 Pink. Each package comes with a 1.5 oz tube of color and an applicator which I strongly suggest against using (it pulled and tangled my hair!) So far I’ve only tried the pink shade, but I’ve tried it enough times to know how well it works. They also have a red and blue shade if that’s more your style. 

Here’s me with the pink shade:

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As you can see, the color is pretty vibrant, something I was a little worried about since my hair’s kinda dark.  I was a little surprised with how long it took to achieve the color though – you’re supposed to drape a towel around you, apply the color, dry with low heat, and set with hairspray. It took me over fifteen minutes each time. For the future, I’m definitely going to just dye one streak, or just the ends of braids, pigtails, etc. 

Alright, let me get all my thoughts out in this handy list.

Pros: Vibrant color, washes out easily, cheap ($6.99), 3-5 good uses per tube

Cons: applicator brush hurts, makes hair crunchy (not easy to style), tends to bleed off even when set with hairspray

So that’s it! I hope this can help you make a decision if you’re debating it. And P.S – Definitely try something like this out before you full-on dye your hair, it could help you decide if you like it or not! 

As always, thank you for reading! 

Clarisonic Mia 2 Evaluation

Two words. MIXED FEELINGS.

Before buying my Clarisonic I had looked up so many reviews, watched tutorials on Youtube, and tried my best to decide if this was worth the $150 I spent. All of the research I did said “yes”. The lady at the counter where I bought it even said “Oh you’re gonna just love it; it even gets rid of those pesky little milia seeds!”  Now, bear in mind that my few little milia seeds aren’t even that noticeable, but when she said that I basically threw my money at her. I even got a deal since I bought one of the last Christmas package sets they had – it came with a few extra goodies for free. I was sooo excited to try it, and thought I was hot stuff the first few times I used it, but, as time went buy, I became a little discouraged. Here’s why.

This is my Mia 2 (Don’t mind how orange it looks; I just washed my face)

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It certainly is pretty, and very easy to use. But here’s where it gets a little fuzzy. Many of the reviews I read said that the Clarisonic was a miracle, that it cleared up all of their skin problems, blah, blah, blah. For me however, the Mia 2 did not eliminate my problems. It didn’t even remove my milia seeds, even after five months of using it! Even after using for that long, I still struggle with blackheads around my T-zone, and I still get pimples regularly every few weeks.

The thing is – this device cleans your skin like nobodies business. I know, I know, that sounds completely contradictory to what I just stated above, but it really does. I would choose this any day over bare hands or a washcloth. I firmly believe that it is much healthier for your skin if you use a device like this. So now onto the tricky part: Do I recommend this product to you guys?

I’m going to go with a YES simply because of two reasons.

1. It really does clean your skin phenomenally, and there are many different brush heads to suit many different skin types. Delicate, super-sensitive skin even? They have a brush head for that.

2. If you buy a holiday package like I did, you’ll get a lot of extra goodies like this.

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From left to right: Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser, carrying bag, and safety case.

Granted, the cleanser isn’t anything special, but it works nevertheless.

So all in all, I think this product does what it’s supposed to do, even if it didn’t “magically” transform my skin. What do you guys think? Any of you have a Clarisonic, and if so, do you like it?

Stila “Color Me Glossy” Set Review

While enjoying my snow day off from school I thought I’d share my thoughts on this cute little set of lip glazes here.

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This is the Stila “Color Me Glossy” lip glaze set I got for Christmas. Now I’ve only tried two things from Stila; these glosses and their “Not so Bare” pallet (review here), but so far I’m pretty impressed with the quality of their products. Also, their packaging choices always fit my cutesy taste.

Swatches:

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from top left to right: Kaleidoscope, Persimmon, Dazzle Berry, Cranberry, Wildberry, Melon, Amaretto, Passion Fruit, and Strawberry Cream

Likes:

Super glossy, pigmented, easy application, and durability

Dislikes:

Even though Stila’s website claims that to activate the product, 1-10 clicks are needed, my glosses take a lot more than that to get it flowing, so if you’re looking for an on-the-go gloss, avoid these. Also, sometimes too much can come out of the tube and get globby.

So that’s my two cents on these glazes! For around $8 a pop, they’re a little expensive, but if you’re a gloss gal, then you should maybe give these a shot! Psst, my favorites are Strawberry Cream and Persimmon, so try those first!

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Ipsy January Review!

Just a few days ago I received my third Ipsy Glam Bag in the mail! I was really excited for this one, because the sneak peeks looked like a lot of skin/hair care, which I really enjoy. Here’s everything I got…

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Isn’t that bag cute?

Alright, here’s each one!

1. Soy Tri-Wheat Leave in Conditioner

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I’m always on the lookout for hair care solutions, since lately my hair has become a little blah. This stuff is pretty good I must say. All you do is spritz about 5 times in towel-dried hair, and then dry as usual. It smells yummy, like a beach cantina, and left my hair nice and smooth. I wouldn’t trade it for my Rich Premier honey mask, but it’s a nice pick me up between heavy conditioning!

2. Willa On the Go Cleansing Wipes

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I’ve only had the chance to use these once, but they seem great! The wipes smells softly of lavender, and are really gentle on the skin. I used one to remove my eye makeup, and it did so without burning or irritating my eyes at all. Big plus!

3. Mica Cosmetics Lip Balm

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I’m not sure what the color name for this is, but it’s sort of a mauve, dusky rose. The color looks lot more pink in the picture, but you get the idea. It’s texture and packaging remind me of Em Cosmetic’s pillow plush balm. Although a quite pretty color, mauves make me look old 😦

4. Elizabeth Mott Smooth Shadow in Penny

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When I first saw this in my Ipsy Glam Room, I thought it was an eyeshadow…nope! It’s an eyeliner actually, with a pretty interesting color, I think. As you can see the color is just like a penny. I think it looks nice on my eyes but would really pop on green eyes too.

5. Nourish Organic Face Lotion

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I was expecting this argan oil and rosewater moisturizer to be a little heavy on my skin, but it’s actually the opposite! This peach colored cream is really light and refreshing, and smells divine. This would be a great Summer moisturizer since it’s so light.

6. Beauty Blender and Cleaner

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My own little goodie! I got this by earning 1000 Ipsy points, which you can get by reviewing products and getting people to subscribe from your link. Thanks everyone who subscribed because of me, I really like my blender! All the reviews are true, this little pink sponge is awesome!

Thanks for reading guys, and if you want to subscribe to Ipsy, click here and take this quiz! Only $10 a month for all these goodies, trust me, it’s worth it!