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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DIY: Shimmer Body Oil

When I think of summer, I picture sunshine, the beach and tan glowing skin. I always dreamed of being tanned and for a lot of years, I tried. I thought that was the only way to get that summer glow. Unfortunately, my fair complexion does not tan well.


Then came the highlighter trend. I fell in love with highlighters and using them all over my body. Finally I could glow without harming my skin. I thought it couldn’t get much better than that. Then I came across the Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Shimmering Body Oil. But, at $42 for 1.5 oz, I couldn’t justify purchasing it. I knew that I could make a similar product. Not only could I save a lot of money, but also customize the product for my skin’s needs.



What you need:

Spray or Dropper Bottle

Pumpkin Seed Oil

Mica Powder 

How I chose my ingredients: I really love pumpkin seed oil because it absorbs quick, moisturizes and fights free radicals. It can also be used all over the face and body. As for the Mica powder, you can choose any color you’d like. Since I am so fair, I decided to go with a iridescent gold color. I was looking for a glow, but was afraid to go with a bronze tone as it could contrast with my skin and look more dirty rather than glowy. If you tan or have a darker complexion, I recommend checking out this bronze mica powder. Just a quick note, you will only need a tiny bit of the mica and will have plently left for other projects.

 

I love this project because not only is the end result beautiful, but you can do it all in under 5 minutes. First, fill your empty bottle up with oil. I like to fill it almost all the way to the top, but leave a little room to make it easier to add and mix in the Mica.


Next, add the mica. I suggest starting with 1/4 tsp and to add more from there. 1/4 tsp will give a subtle glow. If you want a glow that pops, use 1/2 tsp of the mica powder. Then just put the top on the bottle, shake well, and spray away!


​I am so excited to use this all summer! The pumpkin seed oil moisturizes and nourishes my skin while the mica gives me that beautiful summer glow. Although this product doesn’t offer sun protection, it can be used on top or you can always add some of the extra mica to your favorite sunscreen. Just be sure not to add this on top of your makeup, as oil will remove makeup products.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

Xoxo Sammie

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DIY: Chocolate Macaron Lip Scrub

Since starting Isotretinoin (Accutaine), the biggest change I have noticed is my lips. I tried to be proactive with hydrating them, but they started to get dryer as my first month went on. Luckily, I’ve found that by using light exfoliation and a mix of oils, I can keep them soft and moisturized.


I’ve been using a homemade scrub that not only gets rid of the dead skin, but keeps my lips so soft and tastes great too!


What you need:

3 tbsp white or brown sugar

1 tbsp cocoa powder

2 1/2 tsp olive oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 tsp honey


The best thing about this recipe is that it is so quick and easy. Just measure out each ingredient into a bowl and mix together. Then, put the mix in an airtight jar to keep for up to one month.


This recipe does make quite a bit. I have found that it also works really great for use on the face. The honey acts as a natural antibacterial while the olive oil draws out impurities and adds moisture to the skin.

Overall, I’ve been obsessed with with scrub. I use it nightly to help polish my lips and keep them smooth. Just make sure to put on some Lip oil or a good balm after exfoliating.

Have a great week!

Xoxo Sammie 

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DIY: Sunburn Soothing Mask

The last two weeks have been insane. My husband officially finished his Ph.D. and now has been preparing to go visit his family in Lebanon and then move to Colorado. For me, I’m coming up on finals and end of semester projects. I’ve also been working, student teaching and I am currently out of state house hunting. To say it’s been insane is an understatement. Luckily, things are starting to calm down and fall into place.


While we are house hunting in Colorado, we decided to take a day trip to Estes Lake. It is so beautiful! Unfortunately for me, I forgot my new medication makes me super sensitive to the sun. I didn’t realize how burnt I had gotten until I woke up the next morning. Let me say: it’s pretty bad and pretty painful. 


Staying in a hotel, I don’t have access to my aloe vera, oils or butters. I didn’t want to purchase anything because I wouldn’t be able to take it back on my carry on and I was feeling pretty hopeless until I went down for breakfast. While making a bagel, I saw everything I needed: yogurt and a banana. So, I took a little to go bag and headed back to my room to make a DIY sunburn soothing mask. It’s so quick, easy and helps a lot!


What you need:

1 Banana: the potassium helps to hydrate, vitamins B, C and E protect the skin, Vitamin A heals dry skin, and the amino acids help nourish and strengthen skin.

1 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt: Yogurt has moisturizing properties. It also has a cooling effect when applied to the skin and the zinc has antiinflammatory properties. The probiotics also help to get rid of and prevent infection.

The best part? Only 3 quick steps to sweet sunburn relief.


Step 1: Mash Banana in a bowl.

Step 2: Add yogurt to banana and mix. Place in fridge for 10 minutes.

Step 3: Apply even layer to sunburnt areas and let sit until dry, about 20 minutes. Gently rinse off in the shower or soak a rag and let it sit on mask for a minute before lightly wiping off.


I have to say, this mask saved me. It cooled the burn on my chest and took out some of the redness. Although my face wasn’t burnt, it helped moisturize and sooth my skin. Added bonus: if it gets on your lips it’s safe to eat and tastes pretty good!

What are your go to travel beauty hacks?

Have a Happy Monday!

Xoxo Sammie

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DIY Dry Scalp Treatment

I have had problems with dry scalp on and off for years. Lucky for me, it can usually be remedied by using a hydrating shampoo or something like Head and Shoulders. Unfortunately for my husband, that hasn’t been the case.


It seems like no matter what he tries, he can’t get rid of his dry flakey scalp. It’s gotten to the point where people really notice. We have tried switching shampoos, using prescriptions and exfoliation. Unfortunately, nothing has helped long term.

So, he finally agreed to test out my diy dry scalp hair mask. It incorporates a mix of olive and coconut oil to hydrate as well as honey and a few essential oil.


What you need to make enough for two:

1/4 cup Coconut oil

1/4 cup Olive oil

2 tbsp 100% honey

Essential Oils I used:

6 drops tea tree 

6 drops Rosemary

4 drops Lavender

4 drops Peppermint

Check out my essential oils guide 

This dry scalp treatment is super easy to make. Just add everything into a bowl and melt together. You can use a microwave, but for best results I suggest using or creating a double boiler. Just fill a small pot with water and heat on stove. Then grab a glass bowl that can sit on top of and slightly inside the pot. 

Add honey to bowl and stir occasionally. Once melted, add in the oils. I melt the honey first because it has a higher melting point. Once everything has melted together, remove the bowl from the pot and set on counter to cool.


While the oil cools, it’s the perfect time to exfoliate your scalp. I like to take a brush and run it through my hair from scalp to tips. Like exfoliating your face, this helps to loosen and remove dead skin to prep your scalp for the moisturizing treatment.

Once the oil has cooled enough to not burn but is still warm, it is time to apply. I make sure to apply with my head over a bath tub or sink to catch any drips.


Basically, I just pour the dry scalp treatment on and massage it in. If you have longer hair, you will want to section your hair and pour the oil on bit by bit so as to cover your full head.

Now, just wrap you hair in a moist towel or shower cap and sit down and relax. I personally love to throw on a sheet mask and watch an episode of something on Netflix. Let the treatment sit for 30-45 minutes. 

When the time is up, rinse off in a warm shower. I like to soak my hair, lightly massage in the oil for a minute before using a moisturizing shampoo to wash away any residue.


Not only does this moisturize my scalp, but is leaves my hair so soft and shiny. As for my husband? He loves it! So far, his hair looks amazing! No more large white flakes or itchy scalp. He is definitely impressed.

What would you like to see next week? Let me know in the comments below.

Xoxo Sammie


 

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DIY: Chocolate Mousse Body Butter

My husband has the worlds biggest sweet tooth. If he could, he would have cake everyday. In fact, there has been multiple times where he has said that the only thing he loves more than chocolate and coconut is me. So, I thought why not make something that combines his two favorite things?


Though it does take a little long than most of the recipes I share, there is only three ingredients.


1 cup Shea Butter

1/2 cup Coconut oil

1/4 cup 100% Cocoa Powder 


First, you want to melt your coconut oil and shea butter together. You can either do this on low heat using your stove top, or in 30 second intervals in the microwave. It is important that they melt together and that there are no clumps of shea butter left.


After everything is melted, leave the mixture on the counter to cool for about 20 minutes. After that, place in the fridge for another 10-20 minutes to help it firm up.


Take the mix from the fridge. If it is too firm, let it sit out for a few minutes. You want about the consistency of the room temp coconut oil to get the best whip.


Whip the mixture for 2 minutes. Now, add in your cocoa powder and whip until it is uniformly mixed. You want your body butter to look like fresh chocolate mousse.


And that’s it! Keep in an air tight container at room temp. The mix does not contain water, so it should easily keep for a few months.

Though it may take about an hour to make, it is well worth it. The shea butter and coconut oil are deeply nourishing. They can be a little heavy on the skin, but they will do wonders. The chocolate is detoxifying and makes this mix smell heavenly. This always  leaves my skin soft with a sweet scent, but with out feeling artificial.

Will you be giving this diy a try? What would you like to see next?

Have a great week!

Sammie

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DIY Coconut Shaving Cream

When the weekend comes, it’s time for my husband and I to just relax. We love going out and exploring all that is going on in our college town. However, this weekend that was not the case. He is so busy preparing to defend his PHD thesis and I had mountains of work to do. So when I went to take a shower on Saturday and realized I had no more shaving cream, I was frazzled. I didn’t want to put on clothes and run to the store, so instead I wrapped myself in a towel and headed to the kitchen.
Lucky for me, I always have a large container of coconut oil. If you remember my post from last Monday, I was able to whip some up and add sugar to create a scrub. That got me thinking, couldn’t that be used to create a shaving cream as well? The answer is yes. The best part is it took only 5 minutes to makes.


What you need:
Bowl
Coconut Oil

Mixer

Essential Oil (optional)

The process is the same as the Whipped Sugar Scrub.


I put about 1 cup of coconut oil with 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil into my bowl. I decided to use eucalyptus because it is soothing and sometimes my legs can be rather sensitive.


Then, you just mix it on medium to high speed for about 5 minutes. I mixed this one longer than the sugar scrub because I wanted it to be extra whipped and creamy.


And that’s it! So quick, simple and inexpensive! And let me tell you, my skin loves it. I thought the Whipped Sugar Scrub helped my arms and legs, but this is even better! I swear my skin has never been softer. 


I only have two quick notes. First, you will want a wash cloth to clean your razor off on to get the best shave. Second, I would not use this on your face because coconut oil has a comedogenic rating of 4. This means it is likely to make a lot of people breakout. While this oil is great for some people, be aware it came make some breakout. That is why I don’t use it on my face. For my body it seems to be fine.

Will you be giving this DIY shaving cream a try?

Hope you had a great weekend!

Xoxo Sammie

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DIY: Whipped Sugar Scrub

Though I may be in love with spring, there is just one thing I dislike: my skin. It is still dry from winter, and now I have to start wearing dresses and shorts again. Ugh, so not appealing. But, I have found an answer that is not only quick and easy but leaves my skin so soft, smooth and moisturized. I came up with a Sugar Scrub that will buff away all the dry skin while moisturizing it for a beautiful glow. The best part? You only need a few ingredients and it takes less than 10 minutes to make!

What you’ll need: 

1/2 cup Coconut Oil

1/2 cup Sugar 

Mixing bowl and Mixer

Jar to hold the finished product

Optional: Essential Oil and Food Coloring


First, measure out your coconut oil and place in mixing bowl. If you want to add essential oils, now is the time. For 1/2 cup of oil, I added 4 drops of lemongrass essential oil. 


Now you are going to beat the coconut oil until it takes on a light, whipped consistency. What this will do is make the coconut oil easier to use as well as prevent it from creating clumps as it sits in the container.


After a couple of minutes you should have something that looks like this.


Now you want to add in the Sugar and any food coloring. I used 1/2 sugar and one drop of food coloring to make it look pretty.


Now you just fold on the sugar and coloring and you are done! This diy is so simple and fun. 


I keep mine in a plastic ice cream cup from talenti (don’t judge) because I get nervous about keeping glass in my shower. I just use this on my arms and legs before I get out of the shower. The sugar will exfoliate while the coconut oil will moisturize. The best part? No need to slather on lotion when you get out of the shower. 

Side note: the coconut oil will leave a slight oily feeling when you first get out of the shower, but sinks in within a couple minutes.

What do you think? Will you be trying this out?

Have a happy Monday!

Sammie

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DIY Honey Rose Face Mask

I love face masks. I have at least three different ones one had at all time. Only problem is, that they can get pretty pricey at $30-$40 per container. Recently, I have been playing around with making my own beauty products. I have been doing this because it is inexpensive, I can customize each product for my needs, and it is fun!

Today, I’m sharing a simple three ingredient mask. All you will need is honey, Greek yogurt and Rose Hip Seed Oil. First of all, here is why I chose each ingredient:

Honey is antibacterial and works great for acne prone skin. It is also moisturizing and soothing on the skin.

Greek Yogurt is full of lactic acid and will help break down dead skin cells as well as tighten pores.

Rose Hip Oil is very hydrating. It is also good for anti-aging due to the high content of essential fatty acids. It sinks in without leaving your skin oily.

Now that you know why I created this mask, here is how you can do it too.

Diy Rose hip honey mask
You will need:

2 tbps Greek yogurt

1 tsp honey

3-4 drops of Rose hip oil


Mix all three ingredients together and apply to clean, dry skin. Once you have an even coat, let sit for 15-20 minute.

As a side note, this mask makes enough for two as demonstrated by my husband and I. Isn’t he such a good sport?


After 15-20 minutes, wash the mask off with cool water. It will be a little thick, but it should come off fairly easily. After drying your face, take 2-3 more drops of the Rose Hip Oil and warm in your palm before patting onto face and neck.

Personally, the mask leaves my skin feeling smooth, soft and moisturized. I also see an immediate decrease in redness and inflammation.

Do you have any at home beauty treatments that you do? Let me know below.

Xoxo Sammie 

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