Beauty: How to Maintain Platinum Hair

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Ever since I bleached my hair, I’ve been getting a lot of sweet, and oftentimes demanding emails from readers that want to know EVERYTHING about going platinum. I already covered the part about bleaching dark brown hair platinum blonde (I do not recommend you to do this at home), and today, I’m going to share with you just what it takes to keep your bleached hair looking and feeling healthy. And while my hair may not be platinum anymore (it’s definitely a darker grey at the moment), at the end of the day, it’s still bleached hair, and it still demands a lot of maintenance. Below I share with you my (no longer) secret hair routine.

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Step 1: Coconut Oil
First, I slather my hair and scalp with coconut oil. Lots and lots of it – until my hair looks wet/greasy all over. I let it sit for about an hour (longer on the weekends). During this hour I do pretty much everything I would do normally – go to the gym, run errands, watch TV…the coconut oil doesn’t really drip anywhere, so you don’t have to be precious about it.

Step 2: Shampoo and Purple Conditioner
Once a sufficient amount of time has passed, I jump in the shower and shampoo my hair thoroughly but gently with cool water (it helps keep your cuticles sealed). I love Moroccanoil’s Smoothing Shampoo, because my hair feels extra silky after. Post-shampoo, I get as much water out of my hair as possible, run a bath, and settle in for some purple goop action. I like to leave purple conditioner in my hair for at least 20-30 minutes to make sure it does as much toning as possible, and seeing how most purple conditioners I’ve tried have a runny consistency, I don’t want to stand in the shower for half an hour waiting for the hot water to run out. So taking a bath is my solution (and an excuse to have some relaxing “me” time). I put lots of purple conditioner in my hair, making sure to saturate the strands from root to tip, and then I sit back and enjoy my bath. If you don’t want to see any amount of purple or grey in your hair, keep your purple conditioner in your hair for 5-10 minutes max…sometimes my hair does pick up a bit of a purpleish tinge to it, but I actually like it. You’ve been warned.

I’ve tried several different purple conditioner brands, and my faves are Davines Alchemic Conditioner, Aveda’s Blue Malva, and Clairol’s Shimmer Lights. Usually, I would just mix Silver Lights into any purple conditioner I was testing out in order to intensify the colour, but it worked best when paired with Aveda. Davines didn’t need much help, but seeing how expensive that stuff is, I’d say give Shimmer Lights a try. Also, both Davines and Shimmer Lights made my hair feel a lot more dry and tangled, while Aveda’s conditioner actually conditioned my hair, so my winning formula at the moment is: Davines + Blue Malva.

Oh, and I almost forgot about a recent fave! I found this super dark bluish purple conditioner at Shoppers, and it’s called Light Blue Shade. I’ve been mixing it with Davines and Blue Malva to get even more purple in my hair. It’s not very moisturizing, but it’s got a great colour pay off, and it’s not expensive either. If you live in Canada, and don’t have access to Clairol’s Shimmer Lights, this is a nice alternative.

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Holidays 2014: Gift Guide

For some reason, this year, I am woefully unprepared for winter’s arrival, but since it’s practically end of November and there’s snow on the ground, I guess it’s time to snap out of my denial and start shopping. Full disclosure: I have yet to buy any presents, but I do have some ideas as to what I’ll be picking up for my loved ones this holiday season. And just in case you’re in the same boat, I thought I’d share some of my fave holiday gift ideas with you.

I glimpsed most of these back in July, during the annual holiday previews, and I have to say that this year in particular, those previews came in super handy. I got to learn about the existence of cool adult onesies, played with the Big Love Ball, and tried on the gorgeous Thomas Sabo infinity ring; I self-medicated with the all-natural Saje Pocket Pharmacy, and sipped on Inniskillin sparkling icewine. In short, I got to preview and test out a lot of the picks below, and I hope that this gift guide gives you some ideas for your holiday shopping this season. If you’re looking for stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, and presents for him, her, and the kids, then this is a great place to start! Happy Shopping!

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1. Bombki Russian Christmas Ornaments (Net-A-Porter)
2. FLOWER Beauty Powder Brush (Wal-Mart)
3. TOMS for Target Candle (Target)
4. Falconwright Coin Purse (Falconwright)
5. Drake General Store Mountie Thermos (The Bay)
6. kate spade new york iPhone 5 Lucky Cat Case (Holt Renfrew)
7. Saje Pocket Pharmacy (Saje)
8. Big Love Ball 
9. Gap Calf Hair Tech Gloves (Gap)

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1. The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Doll (The Body Shop)
2. Shupette My Precious Glitter Set (Holt Renfrew)
3. Tiffany T Square Bracelet (Tiffany and Co)
4. Jenny Bird RiRi Collar Tri-tone (Jenny Bird)
5. Balenciaga Florabotanica Rollerball (Sephora)
6. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham (Indigo)
7. CHANEL Patchwork Shearling Bag (CHANEL)
8. ALDO FAHLSTROM Boots (ALDO)
9. Moschino iPhone 5 Case (Net-A-Porter)
10. Thomas Sabo Glam & Soul Ring (Thomas Sabo)
11. NARS Modern Future Roman Holiday Gift Set (Holt Renfrew)

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1. H&M Oh Deer! Sweater (H&M)
2. ALDO Wallie Shoes (ALDO)
3. 
Yo Sox Burger King Socks (The Bay)
4. KRUPS Barista Espresso/Coffee Machine (The Bay)
5. Samsung Gear 2 Smart Watch (Best Buy)
6. Grey Goose VX (LCBO)
7. Jack Black Cobalt Brush (Holt Renfrew)
8. Drake General Store Arborist Mountie Adult Onesie (The Bay)

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1. Indigo Expressions Pillow (Indigo)
2. Oster French Bull Toaster (Target)
3. Louis Vuitton Fashion Photography (Indigo)
4. Holiday Ribbon Dessert Plates (Indigo)
5. Inniskillin Vidal Sparkling Icewine (LCBO)
6. Byredo Parfums Loose Lips Candle (Holt Renfrew)
7. Nadege Pastries (Nadege)
8. David’s Tea for the Tree (David’s Tea)
9. HBC Collection Cuppa Teapot (The Bay)

 

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1. HBC’s Priscilla the Fox (The Bay)
2. Melissa and Doug Felt Food Taco and Burrito Set (SHOP.CA)
3. Tuck Shop Neighbourhood Toques (Mini Mioche)
4. Sugarbooger Doll Teether Set (Mini Mioche)
5. H&M Sweatshirt with Print (H&M)
6. GummyGoods Nightlight (Mini Mioche)
7. Ele and Ela Bib (Etsy)
8. Seedling DIY Snow Globe Kit (Indigo)
9. Uncle Goose Russian ABC Blocks (Uncle Goose)

Giveaways: 3 Ways to Win and Discover shu uemura Online!

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As promised, I have a really awesome shu uemura giveaway to share with you! But because I like you so much…there are three amazing prizes to be won. That’s right…THREE AWESOME PRIZES worth $3000 all-together!

How would you like to win a $2000 beauty and style makeover at an award-winning salon in Canada? Sounds dreamy, right? But wait…there are also two prizes of $500 worth of shu uemura products (each) up for grabs. If this sounds like a cool deal, then I have great news for you…it is incredibly easy to enter! Just follow the steps below and may the odds be ever in your favour! (Yes, I can’t wait to see The Hunger Games: Catching Fire!)

WIN A $2000 MAKEOVER!

shu uemura is giving away a $2000 makeover experience at an award-winning salon in Montreal, and all you need to do is CLICK HERE and enter your email addy to be entered. It doesn’t get easier than that!

WIN $500 Worth of shu uemura Goodies on Style Blog!

– One of my readers will win $500 worth of legendary shu uemura beauty products by simply commenting on this post! I told you it was easy; just follow the steps below to enter:

1. Comment below and tell me which shu uemura product you are most excited to try. Please include a link from www.shuuemura.ca, and leave your name and email addy so I can contact you if you are the lucky winner. One comment per reader, please and thank you.

Example: Nelia (styleblog.ca@gmail.com): I am most excited to try Essence Absolue Nourishing Hair Oil http://bit.ly/YySgoo 

2. To double your chances of winning $500 worth of products, please tweet the following: “Hey @styleblogca, I want to win $500 worth of @shuuemura goodies! Gimme! http://wp.me/p1WxbY-5iQ #shustyleblog”

3. To qualify, please LIKE shu uemura and Style Blog on Facebook.

WIN $500 Worth of shu uemura Goodies on www.shuuemura.ca!

– If two prizes aren’t enough for you, you can also enter to win the third shu uemura prize by registering on www.shuuemura.ca, and creating your own personal wishlist. Steps are below:

1. Login or register on www.shuuemura.ca

2. Find your favourite products

3. Add them to your wishlist

4. Share your list with your friends

ALL THREE CONTESTS WILL CLOSE ON APRIL 30th 2013, so make sure to get your entries in before the deadline! Good luck!!!

Beauty: Shu Uemura Launches Online Shopping in Canada

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On the heels of a few thrilling e-commerce announcements, I am very excited to share that shu uemura online shop has finally launched in Canada!

“From now on, the pioneering, high-quality shu uemura and Shu Uemura Art of Hair products are available online to Canadian consumers. Blending nature, science and art together with the founder’s pioneer spirit, the shu uemura and Shu Uemura Art of Hair brands encompass cutting-edge make-up, high-performing hairstyling and skin care products, and a range of elegant and effective professional quality tools. With their entire range now available online at www.shuuemura.ca, these brands, beloved by professionals and consumers alike, now provide all Canadians a portal to the world of the legendary Japanese make-up artist and beauty pioneer, and a gateway to revealing every woman’s unique beauty.”

As a special perk, I received a few of shu uemura’s amazing signature products like Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolueshu uemura Cleansing OilShu Uemura Art of Hair Volume MakerShu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampooshu uemura Eyelash Curler, and shu uemura False Eyelashes.

The products couldn’t have arrived at a better time! Since fashion week craziness began on Monday, I am happy to share that some of these goodies have already saved me from looking like a hot mess. With all that slushy snow we got on Monday, Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue helped me keep frizz at bay, and left my hair looking hydrated, feeling soft, and smelling delicious. If you saw me creepily smell my own hair, you now know why. I also adored using my new shu uemura Eyelash Curler! No other curler before did as good of a job as this one did. It didn’t pinch my eyelids, and made my lashes look nice and curled, without making them all bendy.

But enough about me! Since I loved my shu uemura goodies, I wanted to share the love. For a limited time, you will receive a $10 gift card with your first purchase of $50 or more, and an exclusive gift that includes a deluxe make-up travel palette and a sample of Moisture Velvet shampoo and conditioner on orders of $75 or more. All you have to do is use promo code SHUSTYLEBLOG on www.shuuemura.ca. And shipping is free for orders over $75! Easy, peasy!

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But that’s not all. A couple of fun giveaways are coming very soon, and I can’t wait to share them with you. Please stay tuned, and enjoy perusing shu uemura’s magical goodies on the brand’s brand spanking new website in the meantime!

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