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Saturday, December 29, 2012

STEAL HER STYLE: Cara Delevingne

This photo was snapped of Cara Delevingne leaving the Trapstar event in London. 
steal her style - cara delevingne

xx Alyssa 

Friday, December 28, 2012

Review: Clairol Shimmer Lights Purple Shampoo

Hello lovelies! In June of 2012, I ombre-d (basically bleached the ends) of my hair. A little over a month ago, I trimmed my hair almost 4 inches. Now that the lightest part has been cut off, the ends of my hair look pretty brassy/orangey from the bleach. To get rid of this brassiness, you're supposed to use purple shampoo. This method works by depositing small amounts of purple pigment in your hair, canceling out the yellow and orange tones (purple is the opposite of yellow-orange). I picked up Clairol's Shimmer Lights shampoo, and I've been using it for the past month, so I thought it would be helpful for my blonde/ombre-d readers if I did a review.

The product & packaging:

The bottle is relatively small for the price (I got it for 8$ at my local beauty store), but you don't have to use much product so it should last a long time. I use it every time I wash my hair, and it's lasted me a month at least.

The product comes out like shampoo. I like to apply it at the same time as my conditioner because I use other shampoo and only need it on the ends, where my hair is still affected by the bleach. If all of your hair is blonde, you should use it with your shampoo so it covers your whole head. It also smells nice, which is good.

Time:

On the bottle, there's no directions to let it sit, but I've found that leaving the product to sit in your hair for at least a minute or two helps a lot.

Results: 

Although my hair isn't completely blonde, I have still seen results with this shampoo. My hair looks a little darker, but there are almost no brassy tones left. If you continue your use of this shampoo, the results will get better and better - beware, if you wash your hair a lot, the results will not be as noticeable because you're literally washing the purple pigment out every time.

Recommended for:

If you have wavy/curly, thick hair that does not have to be washed as much as thin, greasy hair, then this product is for you. I'm sure it can't be as effective as dying your hair a different color or using a toner, but it helps as an easy substitute with no damage. 

Overall, I would recommend this product to someone else. It has worked relatively well for me, and I hope it does for you too!

P.S. - if you ever want me to review a product, let me know and I'll try to test it out!

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

CHRISTMAS HAUL

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate! This morning, I woke up at 7 AM and ran downstairs with my brother after violently waking up our parents. Here's what I got for Christmas for anyone who is interested!

christmas haul

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

WINTER WINDS

winter winds


Right now I'm in the mountains, it's snowing, and I'm extremely happy.
xx Alyssa

Saturday, December 15, 2012

OBSESSION: Nasty Gal Clothing

Okay, I'm pretty sure I'm extremely behind on the Nasty Gal craze. If you're like me and haven't heard of this online store, please check it out: nastygal.com. They have the cutest clothes, shoes, and accessories imaginable. With their huge selection and affordable prices, I am officially obsessed.

Here a few of my favorite pieces from Nasty Gal right now: 

Nasty Gal Holiday Picks

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

HOLIDAY DRESSES

Hello lovelies! Since the holidays are now in full swing and everyone's rushing to get their party dresses, here's a few of my favorites to help you out.

party dresses

I'm really loving sheer and lace fabrics right now. Interesting cutouts are attention-grabbing, and a perfect way to show off without showing too much. Flippy skirts are definitely a favorite of mine too. Also, bright prints like the red houndstooth are adorable and festive.

Good luck finding the perfect dress!
xx Alyssa

Monday, December 3, 2012

CHRISTMAS WISH LIST

Hello lovelies! It's finally December, I'm so excited! The holidays are always my favorite part of the year, and this year is no exception. Every year, my family gets together to eat loads of delicious food, watch holiday specials, and exchange gifts together. I've decided to show you guys a few items on my holiday wishlist to inspire yours!

a bit of my wishlist

I wanna know what's on your wishlist! Let me know in the comments.
xx Alyssa