We can all get set or comfortable in our beauty looks. The start of the new year is a great time to refresh or update your look. Small changes can have a big impact. Changing things up for the new year doesn’t have to break the bank. Start with easy changes; brighten your hair, try a new style, test out a new shade of lipstick or even just painting your nails are quick, easy, and inexpensive ways to reinvent your look.
I’m not really into the cold weather and the whole fewer hours of daylight things are really starting to affect me. I thought it was always warm in the South, not true. I don’t know what’s up with mother nature but lately, she has me feeling like I am back in New York with this cold. The weather is even calling for snow here this week, GAH you have no idea how much I want the meteorologist to be wrong about that. This time of year puts me in a funky mood where all I want to do is curl up in sweats, hair in a bun and chill on the couch with snacks and Netflix. Why can’t someone pay me to do that? Well chicas since I didn’t hit the Powerball, and these bills won’t pay themselves, I need to get it together. Maybe a little change will lift my spirits, and bring me back into the land of the living. I headed on over to Walgreens and picked up some new beauty products to help pull me out of this winter slump.
I’m not ready to make the commitment to anything drastic, especially with hair color. I’m trying to keep my haircare routine pretty simple; limiting heat and such and trying to get it to grow again. This year I am also very focused on eliminating all debt so unfortunately that means regular trips to the hair and nail salon have to go. John Frieda has a new line of color care products that can help you refresh your hair, going lighter or darker without having to visit the salon. After a particularly rough day at work, I decided to head out for lunch and hit up Walgreens to browse the new beauty products. I always like shopping for beauty products at Walgreens plus I love that they have the beauty counter, the ladies are always so helpful and sometimes even have a coupon for me. Since I moved to the area I live now I tend to visit the same store and was so disappointed this trip to learn that my favorite beauty concierge was no longer there.
Tip: The Buy 1 Get 1 50% off with Walgreens Balance Rewards card runs through 1/30/16 and is available both online & in store!
The Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter In-Shower Treatment satisfied my need for a quick subtle change, it illuminated the hair, resulting in a brighter, lighter shade of brown in little time with no mess. I jumped in the shower, applied the product and let it sit while I handled my business. After the allotted time I washed and conditioned as usual with the Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter Shampoo and Conditioner, which is safe for natural, highlighted, and colour-treated brunette hair.
I’m trying to cut back on flat ironing my hair but I wanted to straighten it this week to get a better look at the color change after using the Brilliant Brunette In-Shower Treatment. The treatment enhanced my color just enough to make my hair look brighter and my few grays are not so stark white now and blend in better. To avoid more heat during the week I have been sleeping with my hair pulled up into a high loose ponytail, I just don’t pull it all the way through, Leaving it loose but in somewhat of a bun allows it to stay straight but retain some bounce and volume, the perfect base for this style.
I have been drawn to wearing my hair ½ up and ½ down lately. It’s the best of both worlds, totally appropriate for the week without looking so hey I woke up late and could only manage a ponytail because stopping for coffee was more important than brushing my hair. By the way, I am very guilty of doing that sometimes, hence why buns are my friend. This style takes the top and wraps the pieces back securing with pins and looks great on both curly and straight hair.
How to get the look:
Separate hair into two sections. I parted across just above my ears;
Take the bottom section and clip or tie out of the way;
take the top section and separate into 3 parts; (I like a bang so I left a little extra piece out)
Take the middle part and give it a light tease for height; then brush back and secure with hair pins;
Take the two side pieces and wrap them back crossing over the middle section and secure with hair pins. I don’t worry about it being perfect, I like the style with a messy look.
Take the bangs if they are long enough and tuck behind the ear, allowing any shorter pieces to fall naturally.
New hair, new lipstick, new nail color I can feel my old self coming back already. Have you thought of making any changes to your look this season? Check out the new John Frieda products at Walgreens, would you go lighter or deeper?
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