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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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Maybelline Super Stay 24 Lip Color

Because I’m a BzzAgent, I am given many opportunities to try out a wide range of new and popular products. In this case, a partnership with Maybelline has allowed me to receive four full-sized samples of their new Super Stay 24 Lip Color – absolutely free! ; ) The shades they sent me were..

005 – Everlasting Wine
045 – Wear on Wildberry
090 – Timeless Rose
115 – Forever Chestnut

According to their advertising, Maybelline spent 5 years of research and 10 patents to finally come out with this new micro-flex technology that allows the Super Stay 24 Lip Color to stay put all day: no caking, fading, feathering, or transferring. Available in 30 runway-inspired colors, and retailing at around $9.99 each, I feel quite honored to be a part of this campaign. : ) Here’s what the shades look like on my lips:

My favorite shade is Timeless Rose! Because I don’t need all four, I’m going to give two of them to my mom the next time I go home. : )

The first thing I noticed was its smell – very fruity and pleasant. Its application technique is also different from what I’m used to. First, I had to apply the base coat of color using a doe foot applicator. After waiting for it to dry, I would then apply the clear lip balm on the other end. I admit that the colors do come out vibrant, but the first coat can dry up your lips – I suggest applying the included lip balm before the first coat, too.

Be warned, though – the darker shades are incredibly difficult to remove. I was scrubbing my lips for a while until all traces of Endless Wine were removed. My other complaint is that the first coat may take a while to dry before being safe to apply the balm over it. Applying the balm too early results in chunky, disgusting, sand-like bits of material on your lips.

Although the product claims to last 24 hours, even through things like eating and kissing, I’m afraid to say that it did not. They do last a good 4-6 hours, though, before the center starts fading. Which is certainly more than I can say about the rest of my lipwear! :P To be honest, though, long-lasting isn’t at the top of my priorities when it comes to selecting lipwear. I look for the quality of color, and this certainly has it! Although the price is a little steep, I do still recommend it for those of you who are interested. : ) Would I purchase more after I’m done with these? Probably not.