Friday, July 23, 2010

Bleaching My Hair - A Painful Proces...

This is a little photo story I did the other day to document how I bleach my roots to almost match the rest of my hair. In total it takes one packet of bleach, one packet of toner/colour, two hours and a great deal of pain. What you don't do in the name of beauty :)

Just a little warning: Always remember to read the instructions carefully and only use products as described. If it's your first time to bleach or dye you hair it's advised to do an allergy test to make sure you can tolerate the product and don't get a bad reaction! 

So here we go...

BEFORE... with dry hair

I applied one box of bleach (strength L1+) to my roots. 

Round one: bleaching the roots

Now my hair is a lovely pee yellow colour - not the desired effect, but that can easily be fixed in step two.

The colour/toner I use to remove the yellowness is an ASH BLONDE color: 
L'Oreal Récital Préférence in Stockholm.

Arrrgh... this step is really painful, because my scalp is sore from the first round of bleach. At the same time it looks like my hair is turning a horrible shade of purply grey!!!

But fear not, it's all part of the fun of bleaching and the end result it all worth it :)

 two hours later... et voila... freshly bleached hair

You can see that my roots are still a little bit more yellow than the ends of my hair, but if I wanted to have them even lighter I would need to use the L1+ bleach in two consecutive rounds, and I simply don't have the patience or money for that. I would advise that if you want to use two rounds of bleach, then to wait a day in between the sessions to make the proces a little less painful :)

I hope this was helpful!

xoxo - Dominique

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

It's Summer - I'm On Fire Nails

This nail art design really sumbolizes the scorching heat of summer! And it's actually pretty simple to do... Check out my video in the bottom to learn how to accomplish it :)

Products used:
China Glaze: Lemon Fizz and Peachykeen
OPI: Hot & Spicy
MAC: Scorcher
No name brand: light orange colour

Glitters from ebay

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Review: RIMMEL Sexy Curves Mascara – For Full Volume and Curve??? I don’t think so…

As I was on the hunt for a new mascara I decided to try the RIMMEL London Sexy Curves Mascara. The RIMMEL mascaras are quite reasonably priced compared to other brands, so I figured why not give it a go?

RIMMEL Sexy Curves Mascara

First off, I really like the brush! It’s a plastic wand with kind of small bristles and it’s shaped in three bumps or as RIMMEL describes it: triple plump. LOL J The amount of mascara deposited on the brush is really nice, it’s not caked on or clumpy, which is a plus when you’re trying to for avoid the “spider” look.

Beneath I have posted pictures of my lashes bare, with one coat and with two coats of the mascara.

My bare natural lashes

One coat of the Sexy Curves

Two coats of the Sexy Cuves

I have to say, that I’m a bit torn about this mascara. On one hand I really like it for achieving natural looking healthy lashes (i.e. ONE COAT), on the other hand I totally dislike the quite clumpy look TWO COATS give! Furthermore I found that at the end of the day, I had mascara leftovers all underneath my eyes, euwww…

Mascara crumbles under my eyes at the end of the day...

As for the promises of full volume and curve, I really can’t agree with either. Well, if your definition of full volume is clumpy spidery eyelashes, then this mascara is spot on, if now I would stay clear of this. In regards the to curve effect I can only say that the mascara holds the curl made by my eyelash curler, but it doesn’t add any curl itself.

If you want yo check out my YouTube video where I test this thing out for the first time, click below:

All in all an average mascara, that I don’t necessarily want to recommend ;)

I hope you are all doing well!
xoxo - Dominique

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Coral and Turquoise Eye Makeup Tutorial

This look was kind of inspired by the beautiful weather that made me think of those kind of exotic birds with vibrant colours. And since I had recently recieved some new NYX eyeshadows and hadn't gotten around to playing with them, this was the perfect opportunity!!!

So I kind of created a smokey coral and purple lid with turquoise in the waterline. I think it really flattering and not too much! I didn't have a problem with wearing this look out, but if you want to tone it down a bit you could just omit the liner.

Products used:
MAC paintpot in Coral Crepe (on the lid)
MAC paintpot in Bare Study (brow highlight)
NYX eyeshadow in Tropical (all over lid)
NYX eyeshadow in Red Bean Pie (outer V, crease and under the eyes)
MAC eyeshadow in firecracker (outer corner)
GOSH eyeliner in Blue Moon (waterline)
Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara

On the cheeks I have NYX blush in cinnamon.

Hope you guys are all well!

xoxo, Dominique

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Coral Nails for Summer - OPI Hot & Spicy

I’m just loving coral for summer (who doesn’t?)!!! My newest obsession is the OPI Hot & Spicy that was released in the Hong Kong collection. I was browsing the nails section in my local department store and this baby shone from miles away. I just had to get it!

And I’m glad to say that it hasn’t disappointed. The application is really smooth, no streakiness or running. With two coats you’re good to go with beautiful creamy coral tips. The colour dries to a little darker than the bottle, but that could be due to base coat and top coat. But that’s not off-putting, to me at least! It’s an orange peachy coral with red undertones. It’s just the perfect summer shade that makes you hands or feet look luscious and tan. Also, the staying power is beyond complaints.

Overall an absolute summer musthave! So if you’re diggin’ the coral look, go get your hands on this beauty, you won’t regret it J

I hope you are doing well in the summer heat!

Xoxo, Dominique