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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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Julianne Moore Rocks Red This Week!

Julianne Moore made Huffington Post's best dressed list twice this week! She wowed viewers in a red Prabal Gurung dress.

 

Moore continued to stand out in the crowd this week with a bold red lipstick. She proves once and for all that redheads can wear red and look amazing.

How do you find the right red lipstick for you? Find out here!

#1 Beauty tip for lips: How to prep your lips for color

Having recently launched our new line of Color Revolution lipsticks, we are on a bit of a lipstick craze over here at RR. 

So how do you get your lips ready for those gorgeous colors?

We recommend a homemade sugar lip scrub. This recipe is pretty easy and customizable for whatever you happen to have around the house.

Just combine:

2 tablespoons of sugar (brown or white)

2 tablespoons of oil (olive oil or coconut works great)

1 tablespoon of honey

Generally one should exfoliate their lips at least once a week, however this recipe is gentle enough for daily use. You can even make this part of you daily lipstick routine. This is an especially good treatment for you lips during the winter months when they are more prone to getting chapped.

RR offers one-on-one support when it comes to picking your colors. So check out our selection of Color Revolution lipsticks and email us at support@redheadrevolution.us if you need suggestions!