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Shea Moisture Review - I went dark brown

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Hi Everyone,
So I'm on this mission to give myself a makeover.  The first step is cleaning up immediate aspects of my life, such as hair, nails or the way I wear my clothes and shoes.  I've been feeling pretty low about myself lately and came to a realization that I don't really have to live with problems I can easily solve.  Out of the many things I've planned out, the very first step was cleaning up my hair.
The state of my hair was.. well.. hideous. I've dumped a ton of auburn/blonde colors on my hair a couple of times and the result was brassy bleached out frizzy hair.

I was flipping thorough InStyle April 2013 - trying to figure out the right hairstyle for me - and noticed how nice Zooey Deschanel's hair looked on her.  I always thought her hair was lush and cute so I decided to go dark brown like her!! It's a lame way to decide one's hair color, but it's a nice color anyway.

I went to target to pick up some hair dye and came across this product.

Shea Moisture 
The artwork on the box really pops and I liked the fact that it had no ammonia or sulfates in the product.  Judging by reviews and the artwork, I figured this product was targeted towards African-American women. That made it a even a better reason for me to get this product! It's the demographic that puts a lot of effort and research into hair, so it's almost guaranteed to work (no offense)!

So for the $14.99 price tag, there's a lot in the box. 

The usual gloves, developer, color cream, shampoo, conditioner, bottle + leave in conditioning oil and a  brush for professional application. 

The application bottle is huge and I had no problem covering a full head of color. The only thing was, when the color cream and developer is mixed it starts to heat up.. and that was a bit weird for me.  Also, the rinsing process reminded me of old school hair dye: the water wouldn't run clear for the longest time! I stood under the water rinsing out the product for 10 minutes and I still had some colored water coming off. 
Also, on the side note the instructions are VERY helpful.

Anyway - here's the before photos.
As you can see, my hair was an orange-aubrun color, disguised in weird blonde. 

And here's the after. 
The tips came out darker than the middle area, which is a bit obvious in natural sunlight, but in indoor settings it's not that noticeable. With the flash on, the reddish old color comes out a bit..

Overall, I love this box dye.  The massive quantity is great and the color applies very well, even on overly-processed hair like mine.  The shampoo and treatment that comes in the box is pretty nice too.  I'm not crazy about the finishing elixir, but other than that everything justifies the price. 
Of course my hair dried out a bit after the process, but I don't have the weird synthetic feeling in my hair when I'm trying to detangle my wet hair. 

Will I use it again next time? Of course!
I think this box dye is worth a try for people who are seeking drastic color change or have tough colors to cover up. 


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Tarte LipSurgence - What survives in the purse

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An indication of a good product (for me) is whether or not it survives in my purse.  I hate having to fumble through my purse, so most of the time unnecessary items get left at home.  Recently, I've been carrying all of my lipsurgences.  I regret not giving this product a chance when I was hoarding it.  For the weirdest reason, the minty smell of the products repelled me - so much that I sold away some colors without even trying AND having these stored for the longest time..

Anyway, long story short - I'm loving my lipsurgences!!

Here's a quick review of the colors I have.


 My favorite "swatched on hand" color.  Like the tube, it's a sweet pink color with a ton of glitter to it.  It looks so pretty when swatched on the back of your hand.  I'm always a bit hesitant about pinks because they make my teeth and skin look super yellow, but this one is moderately okay on my lips.  Not as glittery as it seems on the stick but it's a very versatile product.


Sweet screams "baby lips" with its soft pink color and silver glitters.  In real life it's a bit hard to see the color on the lips unless you layer the product.  Unlike the other colors, this one doesn't stain the lips after the initial application, so you have to re-apply every now and then.

Elite is a coral matte liptint. Elite is very pigmented so I swipe actually does the work.  The longevity of the product is better than the glittered ones and the stain actually lasts quite well.  If you apply too much, the color can look a bit too harsh.  A little goes a long way!


Enchanted is a dark cherry color that I've been using the most.  It brings intensity without overkill and keeps my lips stained all day long.  I don't re-apply or worry about my lips.  My bare lips are really dry and pale so having it stained all day long is great news for me.

All of the products have a minty smell to it.  I'm not a huge fan of the scent, but I love the products nonetheless. The other big problem is the price tag. One lipsurgence is $24.00, which is really hefty for a lip product in my opinion.

Do you guys have a favorite shade?

Let me know if you do! ;)

- Catalina

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Simple Spring Makeup

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Hi Everyone,
This one's a simple spring look -
I'm more into clean, puppy looks than cat-eyed looks lately.
It's all about a glowing complexion :D

Tarte clean slate primer
Tarte Marajuka concealer
Revlon Colorstay foundation
Make Up For Ever Duo Mat power
Shu Uemura Hard Formula 09 Seal Brown
Dior single eyeshadow - gold touch
Urban Decay - Verve Eyeshadow
MAC expensive Pink eyeshadow
Urban Decay Darkhorse eyeshadow
Lavera eyeliner in #2 Dark Brown
NYX Pin up look mascara
NYX Liquid Crystal liner - LCL 107 Crystal Silver
Nars Deep Throat Blush
Canmake highlighter
Tarte Lipsurgance in Sweet

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