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Purple hair using Pravana Vivids and Arctic Fox

A few weeks ago, I attempted to go purple with Pravana! I wasn't expecting much because I had dyed my hair black last year with a permanent dye then used Arctic Fox's Transylvania when it had faded. It was months since I had last dyed it and it did fade but black dye is still the devil. I knew it wasn't going to be easy.

I used Color Oops first which resulted in patches of brown and lighter ends. The bleaching came out uneven as I expected and I already had backup purple dyes to use. I was going to cover the top with a blue toned purple (Special Effects) because it was darker. My ends were a mix of a pinky light brown so I went with a pink toned purple.

It was only temporary until I could redo it later. I had to go to work so having only two off days is just not enough time to do hair and have it look presentable if you're in-between bleaching sessions lol

Pravana Vivids Violet

I started the fading process using the basic mask shown in that link. I wanted to do a diluted lift without the use of developer. I applied coconut oil all over my head and left it in for 1 hour. I mixed 4 oz of bleach powder only with clarifying shampoo (forum post) and concentrated it on the top of my head mostly! I left it in for around 25 minutes.

I was nervous about lifting the purple out because it was going to go green and that could be a pain to cover.

This time I used Arctic Fox's Purple Dreams with a drop of Punky's Red Wine.

It looked more bright on top but I really wanted a vivid even toned deep purple.  I'm super picky about the kind of purple I want since I've tried many different shades of dyes. I had the opportunity weeks after to actually lift it completely and I'm already a different color.

The lesson is: do not use black permanent dyes. Go for dark brown dye because it always comes out darker anyway.

Bad Habit: Artistry swatches (Mario Palette Dupe!)

Bad Habit Artistry palette
I own nearly all of the Bad Habit palettes! I'm loving all of these dupes because it's so affordable. Artistry is a dupe of the ABH Mario palette. This is a mostly neutral colored palette with 9 shimmer shades and only 3 mattes. I had to get this because of Siren and the warm satin shades. As I already mentioned with the other palettes, their mattes need some work.

Bad Habit Artistry palette
Bad Habit Artistry palette

I swatched the shades and blended it out with my finger. It's my preference for swatches. The shimmers are high pigmented off one swipe. The color selection is neutral and earth tones. I like that you get a dark blue (Siren) and rust green (Laurel). It's not too intense!  Daphne is my favorite highlight shade for the

Tuscany and Mona need to be packed on in order to retain the color. I had to swipe twice for these and blend it a little more so it wasn't looking patchy. These could be possibly difficult shades to work with if you're a beginner and you don't have a variety of eye brushes to use. I often have to use a flat brush or my finger to reapply the mattes. Sometimes using soft brushes will blend it out too much. Always remember to just blend the edges only. I use a small fluffy brush for this!

Bad Habit Artistry palette swatches
Bad Habit Artistry swatches

It's worth a buy if you're looking for an earth-toned shimmer palette since it's only $12.

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Colourpop: All I See Is Magic and You Had Me At Hello

Colourpop Palettes swatches

I recently ordered Colourpop's palettes in All I See Is Magic and You Had Me At Hello. Both are cruelty-free. It was tempting to get more but I was trying to be realistic because I doubt I'll really use certain colors and shimmers. I've only mentioned Colourpop's Ultra Mattes here when it first came out. As for powder products, I only used one of their eyeshadows and a blush which I ended up hating both. I couldn't get good pigment off those using a brush. I even scratched the top off but it was very weird and applied chalky.

I only had one palette before but during the past few months, I've managed to try out other brands for eyeshadows. I decided to give Colourpop a chance due to a recommendation and it was on sale!

Colourpop All I See Is Magic palette

I was super drawn to that green shade but JUST KIDDING it's really a liar. It's a metallic brown with a teal duochrome. I'm slowly branching out to shimmer shades and thought this palette would have the best color selections for neutral, holiday looks.

My favorite shades are Top Notch (medium warm brown matte), Now & Zen (white gold pearl), T-Cup (mauve matte) Go Wish (light warm yellow matte) and Twinkle Toes (gold brown metallic). I do like the mattes more! Even the orange shade applies so smoothly but I don't know how to make that color work on me yet.

These shadows apply soft like in the Tarte palette: Clay Play Face Shaping.  Sometimes I'll dip my brush in again to keep the pigment up because of my preference for soft brushes. These would have better color payoff with firm ones. This palette retails for $20. I honestly wouldn't have ordered this if it weren't on sale. I paid near $15 which is more fitting.

Colourpop All I See Is Magic palette Colourpop All I See Is Magic palette

The swatches are really high pigmented! I thought I was going to like this palette more but You Had Me At Hello wins for me.

Colourpop You Had Me At Hello palette
Colourpop You Had Me At Hello palette
Colourpop You Had Me At Hello swatches

My top favorite shades are Moon Struck (warm gold frost) and The Knot (warm peach frost). I like to apply this in the center of my lid since I've got slightly hooded eyes.

Other shades I like are Look See (berry matte), Winning Ticket (warm plum matte) and FBO (warm plum pearl). I'm really into mauves, plum and purples lately. The rest of the matte shadows perform really well. These powders are really soft and blend out evenly. This palette retails for $18. Still believe in holding out for sales because really, Colourpop??  If the color selection is your favorite, then go for it! The plus side to this palette is the mirror and the other palette doesn't have one for some reason.

Both of these have shadows that have lasted 8 hours on me with an eye primer.

What products would you recommend from Colourpop?

Sewing: Geranium Dress

Since it's time for baby sewing mode, I looked for a simple baby dress pattern available in multiple sizes and found the Geranium Dress pattern by Made by Rae. The pattern has various options which are a huge plus. You can make it in a top or dress length, with a gathered or pleated skirt, with cutout neckline, side seam pockets, patch pocket, and it even has a couple of sleeve options.

I made the dress in View A in size 0-3 months and decided to go for the most basic options by skipping the sleeves, notched neckline, and the patch pocket. I also didn't apply interfacing to the button plackets because I wasn't completely sure if I would be using buttons, snaps, or velcro.

I stitched everything by hand rather than using a sewing machine so I could work on it wherever I went. It was still a relatively quick sewing project.

I used Two Daughters Cotton Fabric in Purple Bloom Allover  as the main fabric with a pink fabric quarter from Joann's for the lining. I did velcro for this one with decorative buttons on the outside.

Sewing velcro by hand is not fun. The kind I used had a sticky backing and I broke 2 needles from trying to put the needles back in my pin cushions after the sticky residue wouldn't come off of them.

For this one, I used Keepsake Calico Cotton Fabric in Pink Flamingo for the main fabric and a purple fabric quarter from Joann's for the lining. I didn't want to sew velcro in again so I figured I'd try doing button holes for the first time. Mostly because I didn't have any snaps in a large enough size.  It didn't completely come out bad. I think it looks neater than the velcro stitching.

I only printed out the pattern pieces and the instruction summary sheet so I didn't have the rest of the pattern's step by step photos to use as a reference while sewing. It probably would have made things easier if I did though. Despite this not being my first time sewing a dress, I still get mixed up on the order of things sometimes especially when sleep deprived.

The only thing I really found tricky was sewing the lining over the waist seam. I think I've only done that with one pattern before so I haven't had much practice. I don't know how people get it to look so nice! I also tend to back stitch when sewing by hand because it's somewhat faster and easier for me to get the stitching to look good (at least on one side!)

I'm already planning on making more of these but in larger sizes~!

Akuma Press Pins

Akuma Press dark magic pin

I was browsing Instagram a few weeks ago when this pin grabbed my eye. Akuma Press made a Dark Magic Pin series that features a web design for the Sailor Moon compact and wand! I really loved the web compact and ordered the one in black/silver.

credit https://akumapress.com/products/dark-magic-pins

It's also available in black/gold and silver/white. It's super cute! I thought it would match with what I have on my desk :D
Akuma Press dark magic pinAkuma Press dark magic pin
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Okalan Glowing Palette Shimmers Kit in Sunshine

Okalan Glowing Palette in Sunshine
Okalan Glowing Palette in Sunshine

I only started to use highlighter earlier this year. I also have a few ELF products but that's it as for as a highlighter collection. I was tempted to get some of the glow kits that were on sale but I already went overboard with black friday shopping. This palette is available on Hush for $12. The front packaging I'm not a huge fan of. I wish they had kept it simple. I filmed the swatches so you can see how it looks under some (LED) light!

I used Moonshine to match my eyeshadow look but... it doesn't come across much pink though.

Okalan highlighter kit in MoonshineOkalan Glowing Palette Shimmers Kit swatches
Okalan Glowing Palette Shimmers Kit swatches

These highlighters remind me of ELF quality. Though I think ELF has more pigment off of one swipe. I had to pack the color a few times to get it to show. It's very pretty!

Amorous looks so dark in the pan but it applies lighter. Glit would be a good bronze color for my summer shade. Glimmer looks pretty close as a dupe for Wet N Wild's Megaglow in Precious Petals (my favorite!)

This kit is perfect for a beginner or someone wanting to expand their highlighter collection. I only own a few which are either silver or peachy.  I don't think I would have bought any pink highlighters because I assumed it wouldn't have looked right on me.