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Blonde Envy

aka “How to go from dark brown to light blonde at home for under $50.”

I do admit that from time to time, I feel a pang of inadequacy because of my natural dark hair, skin, and eyes. Especially since two of my closest girlfriends are gorgeous blondes, I often find myself feeling so mediocre next to them. I suppose society’s standard of beauty is to blame, but I genuinely enjoy bleaching my hair every once in a while for a change of pace. :)

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There are varying opinions of Asian women with blonde hair. The general consensus always  seems to be,”It’s just not natural.” I disagree. Sometimes, it’s pulled off well. And other times, it’s just a disaster. It all has to do with skin tone, and finding the perfect shade for you. This time, I wanted to reach a cooler almost-platinum blonde instead of golden/strawberry blonde.

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The new Fèria Absolute Platinum in Extreme Platinum sounded promising when I first laid eyes on it. Unfortunately, it only lifted my hair a few shades lighter from dark brown to a medium orange-brown. It was at this point that I was getting frustrated with my reluctant strands, and went for a brand I’ve been wanting to try out forever.

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Palty is known for being very effective on dark, thick, Asian hair. It doesn’t hurt that the packaging is downright adorable, as well. I’ve read tons of online reviews, and was thankful to find a huge selection hidden in a beauty store at my local “Chinatown”, Flushing. I thought the most appropriate shade would be Super Flash Sparkling Blonde.

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It was a bit pricey at $13 per box, and I needed two.. but my hair successfully lifted more significantly. I have to admit that I felt a mild burning sensation on my scalp during the process. But I suppose that’s the price you have to pay for beauty. It came out a lovely golden blonde with brassy undertones. As you can see in the photo below, my ends are already getting fried. :X

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Unfortunately, I’m very hard to please and wanted to get rid of the orange tones completely. So I counteracted it with a cool blonde shade, Garnier Nutrisse: #82 Champagne Blonde (Champagne Fizz). I was going to get the lighter, White Chocolate shade, but couldn’t find it anywhere. :/ I was happy with how it came out, though. I got a lot of compliments at work. :P

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But after a month, my roots were already growing out and the brassiness was coming back. So I picked up two boxes of Garnier Nutrisse: #100 Extra Light Natural Blonde (Chamomile) to touch it up a bit. And to be honest, I’m in love with the results. It’s the perfect medium between warm and cool, and matches my skin tone pretty well.

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As you can see in this photo, I’m almost as blonde as my beautiful friend Kristiana. <3 I’m in dire need of a trim, though. My strands feel like straw, which I’ve been trying to nurse back to health with lots of deep conditioner and by only flat-ironing my hair on the weekends and special occasions. Next month, I might just get my roots and highlights done professionally. Because the bottom line is that as much as I love doing my own hair, I could have just saved myself all the trouble and went to a salon. The extra money would have been well worth it, given the hassle I went through. x_x

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Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara

Since I recently finished up my tube of NYX Doll Eye Mascara, I took the short walk (in this ridiculous 99°F weather) to my local CVS and bought myself the new Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara in Extreme Black.

This mascara promises that your natural lashes will be 117% longer in 30 days, and 80% longer upon application. I don’t know how much I believe this, but other reviews I’ve read online have experienced results after a month – so I don’t see the harm in trying. My super-short, thin, wimpy lashes need as much help as possible. :'(

The first thing I can give Rimmel credit for is the amazing brush design – it’s very comb-like, and the separation it gives me is unbelievable. My lashes fan out so wonderfully! :D It definitely creates longer lashes than any other mascara I’ve used, although it’s a bit lacking in the volume department. I really don’t mind, though, since its jet black color gives the illusion of fuller eyelashes. My only issue with this mascara is that the formula is too wet, often resulting in a small mess on my top lid during application. Nothing a Q-tip can’t fix, though! : )

I forgot to post about my new lip balms from last week, too. I’ve always loved Burt’s Bees original lip balm, so I decided to try out their new varieties: Acai Berry and Mango Butter. Unfortunately, I prefer the cool mint of the original to these flavored ones. I’m just glad they aren’t completely melting in this heat, which is usually what happens every summer to all my chapsticks. >.<;

I promise longer and more interesting posts in the near future! I’ve just been really focused on working at home, saving up whatever money earn, and keeping myself hydrated in the recent humid weather. Until next time! ^o^