Clariol Professional Flare Me

I’ve always loved to experiment with my hair. I remember back when I was only 12 years old and had hair that fell all that way down my back. I decided that it was so long, why not donate it? My mom agreed and was so happy that she allowed me to add temporary purple streaks. That’s when my love for hair color began.


Now that I work in a professional environment, it’s been a really long time since I played with fun colors. When I received this VoxBox from Influenster, I was so excited! In the box was everything you could need to color you hair: bleach, color, developer, special shampoo and condition as well as a leave in treatment. I thought that the best way to play with color would be to create an ombré effect. Plus, if I messed up I could always get a haircut.


To start, I pulled my hair into pig tails. I thought this would be the easiest way to make sure I didn’t go crazy with the bleach. I mixed the Clairol BW2 Powder Lightener and Clairol Pure White 20 Developer. I applied the bleach to the bottom 2-3 inches of hair.


They say that you want the hair to be a light blond color and that you can leave the bleach on for up to 40 minutes. I was really terrified of frying my hair and checked it constantly. I thought I achieved the light blond after 30 minutes and washed it out. Though, for the pictures, it looks like I could have left it on a little longer. At  this point, I was really scared that the brassiness of my hair would turn the pull to a green color.


The next part was the hardest: coloring the hair. I used the Clairol Flare Me in Be You Blue. The dye comes in a resealable tube, so you can save any unused portion for a later date. For me, I decided to use the whole tube and all of the Clairol Pure White 10 developer. At first, I tried to apply the dye while keeping my hair in pigtails but it was too hard to keep it even. So I undid them and focused most of the dye on the ends and then worked it up past the bleach so as to create the ombré. Once all of the dye is placed, let it sit for 30 minutes.


I rinsed out the color until the water ran clear and then used the Clairol iThrive Vibrancy Shampoo and iThrive Vibrancy Conditioner. They have a light, fruity smell and left my hair feeling soft. I also used the Clairol iThrive Vibrancy Intense Repair Therapy to help with any damage. They also included a leave in treatment. The iThrive Keratin Reduce Split End Repair is a leave in treatment that not only leaves you hair silky smooth, but helps to repair any damage.

Now, the Clariol Flare Me claims to not bleed which can be a big problem for towels and pillow cases. In the picture above, you can see how the towel is still white. I used this to dry my hair the first two times I washed it. There was no bleeding on the towel, my white shirt or on my pillow case.


The color came out really well! I was happy to see it was more of a navy color than a bright blue. I am also happy to say that the brass tones in my hair did not cause it to pull green. I have not noticed any fading or bleeding. My hair feels so healthy, soft and shiny. I am so happy with this product and so excited to play with more colors.

Would you every dye your hair a crazy color?

Xoxo Sammie

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Ulta Beauty Cosmetics Part 2

I love shopping at Ulta. They are continuously adding more brands to their shelves and their rewards system is the best. I mean who doesn’t want to earn money off of their next purchase just for buying things you were going to get anyway? What a lot of people do not realize is that Ulta has their own in house brand. It ranges from makeup and skincare to hair and body products. I recently received a bunch of these products as a gift with purchase. I figured, why not make a part two to my Ulta Beauty review. You can check out part one here.


With my recent Ulta Beauty purchase, I received an eyeshadow primer, eyeshadow palette, eyeliner, mascara, face palette, lip primer, matte lip crayon and a lip gloss. Along with the makeup there was also a compact mirror, pencil sharpener and blush brush. All of these products came in a pretty purple watercolor makeup bag.


In my first Ulta Beauty Haul, we received a matte tinted primer. I loved it and still use it daily. In this bag we received the Tinted Eye Primer in Satin Blush. The tube is full sized and has a ton of product. The primer is a pink shimmer. The color is so pretty, but I would use it as a lid color or base for another pink shade. You wouldn’t be able to use this as a primer over your entire eye unless you want to look like you have pink eye.


The eyeshadow palette contains four matte shades and two shimmer. I was impressed with all of the shades, though the mattes were a little dry to the touch. The mattes included were Plum Pop, Desire, Say What and Buzzword. For the price, these blend much better than a lot of drugstore shadows. The shimmers, Sunshine and Fearless, are very pigmented and creamy. I used Say What to set my primer, Buzzword in the crease, Plum Pop on the outer corner with Fearless on the lid and Sunshine on the inner corner. I love the look as it reminded me of a sunset.


We received a pencil eye liner that is double sided. On one end is a liner in Blackout and the other end is in Plum. I am not a fan of these liners. I think they they are too stiff and not pigmented enough. That being said, I really enjoy the Ulta Beauty Gel Liners.


The final eye product is the Ulta Beauty Maximum Lashes Mascara. This mascara claims to be defining and lengthening. I already have fairly long lashes, but this product impressed me. It really helped to lengthen and define my lashes without being too wet or clumpy. It was also very black.


Along with the eyeshadow palette, there was a face palette that included a translucent powder, bronzer and highlight. The Ulta Finishing Powder in Translucent is great. I haven’t used setting powder in a while because it has been too drying. However, this one sets my concealer without making my under eyes super dry. As for the bronzer,  I usually prefer something cool toned. But, I do like the Ulta Matte Bronzer in Warm. It isn’t too orange and it blends really well. The only product I did not like in this palette is the highlighter. The Ulta Illuminator in Radiant Diamond was just too stiff and chunky for me. It was also subtle and accentuated texture. However, it can be pretty as an eyeshadow when built up and applied with a damp flat brush.


The Ulta Lip Primer claims to enhance the color of any lip product. I thought that it would act as a concealer on the lips, but it applied clear. I am not sure that it enhanced the color of my lipstick, but it was very hydrating and helped the product to go on smooth.


The final two products were both for the lips. The first is the Ulta Matte Lip Crayon in Soiree. The color is very pretty and the formula is pigmented and smooth. I found it to be comfortable to wear, but not long wearing. It is also hard to apply because the tip is so fat. Also included was the Color Rush Lip Gloss in Olivia. This gloss is so pretty, smooth and pigmented. It feels hydrating and looks great on the lips. I would recommend wearing this over a lip liner to keep it from feathering.


Overall, Ulta continues to surprise me. A lot of their product I have tried, I have really liked. Their eye shadows have proven blendable and pigmented while the lip products are comfortable and smooth. I am excited to see what this brand will come out with next. I have my fingers crossed for a Stila Magnificent Metals dupe.

Have you tried anything from Ulta Beauty?

Xoxo Sammie

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MakeUp Revolution: Golden Bar Palette Review

I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! I know for me, the only thing that is better than getting chocolate, is getting new makeup. Recently, I picked up the Makeup Revolution Golden Bar Palette ($15) from Ulta and I was so excited! The colors looks right up my alley and the box states that it was a mix of matte and shimmer shadows, which is ideal for me for traveling. 

To start, that packaging is adorable! Not only is it a sturdy plastic, but it looks like a chocolate bar that has been dipped in gold! So stunning! I also really appreciate the fact that finger prints don’t show terribly on the outside.


Now for the important part: what’s inside the palette. To start, you get a full sized mirror, which is fantastic. There is also an applicator included, but I did not find it useful and just tossed it. 


There are 16 different shadows, which is a great selection. Now here is my biggest problem, thought there claims to be some matte shades, every single shade has some shimmer or shine. So, unfortunately, this would not be the best palette to travel with if you are only wanting to take one. As for the colors, they are beautiful. My favorites are the second two rows, as I feel the lighter colored shadows are not as pigmented.


Overall, I really like this palette. You will definitly need another matte palette to create a compelete look, but the shimmers included are great with minimal fallout. For only $15, this is definitly a fun addition to any collection.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Xoxo Sammie

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