FotD: She’s Got Her Head in the Clouds

There was a time in my life when I bought nothing but green eyeshadow. I was a 16-year-old redhead with the odd notion that redheads wore nothingĀ but green shadows, likely planted in my head by the absurd number of pinups and vintage illustrations I surrounded myself with. At one point, I had the same shade of grassy green from five or six different brands. These days, I own just about every colour in the visible spectrum and wear them all fairly regularly–but I’m still a sucker for a good green.

When I saw Femme Fatale CosmeticsMistress of Dreams collection, the green-loving center of my brain lit up. Consisting of four fabulous greens and a green-shifting purple, it’s a beautifully coordinated set. I used all five shades for this look, patting the Dreamer on the inner half of my lid and blending it into Planeshift before sweeping Emerald Dream into the outer V. Eternal Trance was tapped into the crease to deepen the shade. I used Emerald Dream again on the lower lash line, blending the color with the Nightmare towards the outer corner.

Full List of Products Used:

Lancome Teint Idole 24H Foundation in 140
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
Detrivore Cosmetics Blush in Concubine
Detrivore Cosmetics Primer in Original
Femme Fatale Cosmetics Eyeshadow in the Dreamer, Emerald Dream, Eternal Trance, Planeshift, and the Nightmare
.mark Walk the Line eyeliner in Violet Eyes
Lancome Definicils Mascara
Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow in Pomegranate Punk (brows)
Black Rose Minerals Eyeshadow in Styx (brows)
OCC Lip Tar in Ophelia, and Hush (blended 60% 40%)

In the process of growing out my mane, I’ve started experimenting with ways to style it without looking like I’m too lazy to cut it. So far, I’ve found my favourite way to do it is to make it appear as if I’ve done absolutely nothing–a controlled chaos, if you will.

 

Separating second-day hair into large sections, I sprayed Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray generously at the root and blow-dried with my fingers, twisting sections into coils. With the hair about 80% dry, I smoothed a small amount of Bumble & Bumble Grooming Creme onto the lengths and then blow-dried the top back and the bangs forward. Using one squirt of Bumble & Bumble Invisible Hairdresser’s Oil dispersed between my fingers and palms, I fluffed the hair upwards and outwards before spraying with Michael O’Rourke 3-Way Hairspray on the lightest setting.

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Mind Your Mane: Bumble & Bumble’s Color Minded

As a beauty professional, I’m always amazed by the number of people who don’t know what they need. Hair and skin can change over our lifetimes, but for the most part the hair you have now is the hair you’ve worked with for years. I’ve met countless people with fine, straight hair who are heartbroken because they think they have thin hair, or women with gorgeous, thick curls who label themselves with coarse, unmanageable locks. Simply put, most people don’t know what they’re dealing with and therefore don’t know what kind of products they need to be using.

I thought I knew my own hair: it’s on the finer side, but its significant wave pattern can make it look puffy and fizzy at times. But rather than buy products for fine or wavy hair, I often find myself trying to combat the damage I’ve done through years and years of bleaching. Trying to take my naturally near-black hair to a state as close to white as possible has wreaked absolute havoc on its integrity, so I moisturize and reinforce as much as possible. Now that I’ve stopped bleaching, my hair has bounced back almost completely, but I still use my products for fragile, damaged hair daily.

When Klout offered to send me Bumble & Bumble‘s new colour care line, I considered my hair carefully: would stepping away from my protein-infused, deep-moisturizing products spell disaster? I had been curious about Bumble & Bumble for a while–as a prestigious professional brand not sold in my salon supplier, I always wondered about the quality of the line. When the KloutPerks box showed up on my doorstep, I was incredibly glad I took the chance.

I was expecting little foil packets with maybe two good applications of product, but Klout and Bumble & Bumble sent full sizes of not only the new Color Minded shampoo, but also the UV Protective Styling Balm and Polish. The line also has a corresponding conditioner, which was not part of the Klout Perk, but can be purchased at Sephora, Bloomingdale’s, or Bumble & Bumble salons.

The Color Minded Shampoo boasts a sulfate-free formula and gentle-cleansing action, both buzzwords in the current haircare market. According to the bottle itself, it promises clean hair without colour washout or fading while preserving shine. If I had a dime for every shampoo I’ve used that made the same claims, well, I’d probably have enough dimes to buy this product at retail value (that’s 290 dimes, by the way). The ingredients all checked out: aside from the sulfate-free cleansers, it has components to adjust hair’s pH and seal in colour during the washing process. The texture is pleasant and lathers nicely, both chief complaints I hear from people switching to sulfate-free formulas, and the scent is light and clean. When used in my hair, it did not tangle, pull, or leave my hair feeling “squeaky”–all things I’m particularly conscious of before conditioning. I began testing this product after coloring my hair with a demipermanent formula to start with a fresh slate: I noticed that the lather initially took on the orange-pink cast of my colour, but after that first wash the lather remained clear.

I followed the shampoo with conditioners I had on hand since I did not have the corresponding conditioner to test, but used the Color Minded UV Protective Styling Balm as a leave-in conditioner in my clean, damp hair. Formulated with proteins, humectants, and even a few hair-stimulating ingredients, this is a very thick preparation with a texture like sour cream or greek yogurt. A dollop about the side of a nickel is enough to work into my not-quite-bob-length hair.

After blow-drying, I used a pump of theĀ Color Minded UV Protective Polish to seal out environmental damage to my colour and keep my hair shiny. I was taken off-guard by how light this polish was compared to most other silicone-based shine serums: rather than the super-viscous goop that many brands produce, this polish is almost runny by comparison and applied correctly (rubbed between the palms and dispersed into the hair beginning at the ends), it will not weigh down fine strands or look greasy.

The following shows my freshly-coloured hair alongside my hair after about five shampoos (four weeks) using the Color Minded system, first in direct natural light, then indirect.

As you can see, the fading is minimal. Previously, my colour would fade to a shade more pink than red just days after coloring between washing, styling, and simple environmental factors. Even friends and colleagues have noted the difference (and trust me, hairstylists notice every little change in a person’s hair). Honestly, I really wanted to hate these products–since Bumble and Bumble appears to be privately distributed, my only hope of getting them wholesale would be working a Bumble salon–but I can’t. They’re wonderful, well-formulated, and do exactly what they say. I might be able to get professional grade shampoo for less than $7, but I would definitely consider spending the $29 retail for more Color Minded shampoo when I run out. The Styling Balm and Polish each retail at $28, and great for summer styling when the sun noticeably leaches colour.