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Beauty Tips

Misadventures with Henna & An Unintended New Year's Resolution

The phrase 'A New Year, A New You' took on literal meaning for me this 2018. If you’ve read my previous blog posts, you will know that I have been an avid user and fan of henna for a few years now. I have always used Henna Maiden's All Natural Red shade, meaning it is pure Lawsonia inermis. However, for a fresh start, I thought I’d try their Copper shade. This is a blend of henna, red clay, neem, etc. Now due to my general impatience and impulsiveness, I didn’t bother with a strand test. I foolishly thought that since the regular henna had always worked for me this would as well. 

For the next two hours I sat looking like the swamp thing and day dreaming of my soon to be reddish coppery locks glistening in the sunlight. Instead I soon found myself standing in front of the mirror, hair drenched, in horror. It looked black or purple, I wasn’t sure but it was definitely not copper. It couldn’t have been more opposite than what I intended. Then I did what I should have done in the beginning, read the instructions. The copper shade was a bit more tricky since it was a blend. Depending on your natural hair color, it could go more of the henna red shade or it could go the darker route. Mine clearly did the latter. There’s really no going back after you’ve henna’d your hair. Especially when it is a darker shade since you cannot lighten your hair with henna. Hence the importance of a strand test. I have definitely learned my lesson. 

It has been a couple of weeks since my misadventures with henna and I have come to terms with my dark auburn hair. What truly upset me the most about the unintended shade was the makeup implications. In my previous posts, I have discussed how the no-makeup-look has been my favorite this year. I’ve loved wearing the Genuine Ginger mascara, which gives my lashes a natural boost, along with a light gloss. It’s beautifully low maintenance. However, with dark auburn hair, I had to find a new makeup routine to match. Which, once I stopped feeling sorry for myself, was actually kind of exciting.

My current go-to routine is the True Brown Gingerlash Mascara- all day every day- paired with the Brow Love Gel in blonde, the 3-in-1 Tinted Moisturizer, a hint of the Ginger Crush Matte Blush, and, for the lips,…. Red Hot matte! I've always loved a good lipstick. When done right, you inevitably stand out in a crowd. And yet, I’ve always hesitated before putting on a red. Of course I wear one from time to time on special occasions. But never for just a regular night out. Now the new year compels me to ask: Why the hell not? What has been stopping me? And so, to list one of my 2018 resolutions: I will wear my Red Hot matte on a regular basis. Go bold or go home they say. Happy 2018!

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Summer Glow

This summer it's all about the glow. Golds, peaches, and pinks! Whatever brings out your inner goddess best. So how does one achieve this seemingly simple look? And let's be honest... Emma Stone makes it look effortless. We recommend highlighting your cheek and brow bones with a light shimmer cream, in addition to an overall simple makeup look. 

In honor of this summer trend, we have added an new shade to our shimmer cream collection. Charmed is a light rose pink and, like the Rose Gold, it is perfect for getting that summer glow. 

So what is so unique about our shimmer creams? First, they are free of nasty parabens. Second, they are mineral-based and feature Mango Seed butter, Grape Seed Oil, and Camellia Japonica Seed Oil- which, when all combined, creates a velvety, non-greasy formula.

Now you can do something good for your skin and let your inner goddess shine through! 

 

 

Makeup Must-Haves According to You

More selfies from your fellow redheads sharing their favorite looks!

Ivy is wearing the Color Correcting Cream, 'Ginger Crush' Mineral Matte Blush, Flawless Finish Powder, 'Color me happy' Brow Tint in Blonde, and Genuine Ginger Gingerlash Mascara

"Your products have completely taken over my entire cosmetic kit. I love all of it soooo much! Thanks for all the amazing products."

 

Bridget is wearing the Honest Auburn Gingerlash Mascara, Copper Powderliner Pencil, and 'Ginger Crush' Mineral Matte Blush

"Love it! Looks so much better than black!! Thanks!"

 

Share your go-to favorites with your fellow redheads. Email your photo to kate@redheadrevolution.us