Beauty

Sweat-Proof Beauty & Sephora’s VIB 2x Points on Makeup Event

My favorite thing about Sephora is their incredible rewards program that they have for their customers. It’s unlike any other retailer, except for maybe Nordstrom, when it comes to rewards, private shopping events, store events, etc! That said, BIG DEAL ALERT! Usually, 2-3x points are centered around fragrance or skincare, so the fact that double points are being added for makeup is a huge deal.

I tested some new sweat-friendly products last week at my custom makeover appointment at Sephora Embarcadero, and I am so excited to share what I found out with you. If you’ve ever tried new skincare products with your makeup, you know that it can often be a struggle to find products that work well together, and don’t fight each other. I’ve had a crazy-busy few months, so my skin was starting to take a turn. My makeup artist Elisia recommended a brand new product at Sephora, a peel that totally changed the surface of my skin, and didn’t disturb my long-wear makeup routine: the Neogen Dermatology Bio Peel. I am OBSESSED, because it works, and it’s less than $30, which is insane for skincare! It’s a must have. She also prepped my eyes with the life-saving 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches from Peter Thomas Roth. These are addicting, FYI. They de-puff, combat wrinkles, and kick your dark circles to the curb! The cheaper non-anti aging version is also equally awesome.

I also paired several of my go-to sweat-friendly makeup products together for a fun colorful look, and my skin held up perfectly. No streaking, no peeling, nothing. My makeup artist recommended these products for all types of skin as well, so if you’re not oily like me, you don’t need to worry. These products are truly transformational. In honor of this rewards campaign, I’m linking my top makeup products so you can have a starting place for discovering new products that seriously kick some major ass.

If you’re a Beauty Insider, grab some of these products now while you can with the 2x rewards! Happy Friday, and happy shopping babes!

xx- M

Makeup Details

Peel:  Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling, Neogen Dermatology (unreal level of performance, this is a must)

Eye Prep: 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches, Peter Thomas Roth (miracle worker, like above)

Foundation: Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation , Lancome (best sweat-friendly foundation)

Primer: Veil Mineral Primer, Hourglass (best primer ever)

Eye Primer: Eye Shadow Primer Potion, Urban Decay

Eye Shadow: Artist Shadow Eyeshadow, Make Up For Ever, in Steel and Blueberry Diamond

Eyeliner: Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner, Marc Jacobs, in Over(night)

Mascara: GRANDIï SE Extreme Wide-Angle Extreme Volume Mascara, Lancome in Black (best mascara ever)

Lashes: Everlasting Lashes, House of Lashes x Sephora

Lips: Cream Lip Stain, Sephora Collection (best kept Sephora secret!)

Still not sure on what to snag? Shop on your own directly via the Sephora link in the right sidebar, and choose your faves before the 2x points event ends next Thursday.

Photo by Christine of Christine Hanks Photography

Makeup by Elisia at Sephora Embarcadero Center

What’s In My Handbag Right Now (and a $700 giveaway!)

I’ve been crushing hard on my current on-the-go lineup, so I decided to create a recurring column to share with you exactly what’s in my bag this month. My makeup/skincare and personal collection of technology are rather extensive, but there’s a few that I currently can’t live without right now:

IT Cosmetics “Your Skin But Better” CC + Illumination Cream with SPF 50

This CC cream is OMG life changing. It saves me 3 steps in the morning, to include sunscreen, concealer, and highlight. It’s my go-to makeup for work, and pretty much everything. It’s easy to apply and take on the road, so it’s always riding in my handbag or weekend bag!

Glossier Balm Dot Com

The warm weather is getting real right now, so the need for moisture has been equally real! I use it primarily for my lips, but it also works wonders on sunburned shoulders etc. This stuff also comes in different flavors and subtle colors, so it can even give you a little glam if you need it in a pinch while you’re on the go.

Halo 3000 mAh Lighted Compact Mirror Portable Battery Charger

This charger is not only legit when it comes to charging time, but also saves space by eliminating the need for a makeup compact for mirror privileges on the fly. Plus, this one’s under $30!

Altec Lansing Black Waterproof Bluetooth Headphones 

I’m loving these headphones right now! I found these at Nordstrom Rack, and am hooked. They’re wireless AND waterproof. I haven’t worn them in the pool yet, but they hold up pretty well in the steam room and in the rain. The real win? They’re also under $30, and since they’re from Nordstrom, if they don’t work for your ears, their return policy’s got you covered.

Tom Ford Patent Finish Lip Color

Holy OMG. This glossy (but not sticky) lip color is just BEYOND on so many levels. It’s super pigmented yet wearable, and comfortable. I want one in every color but have settled for one of my go to shades of neon pink (Erotic).

Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit For Her

This thing has saved me and my friends so many times when out for the evening, or out at the park during the day! It has everything you can possibly imagine needing, and keeps disasters at a minimum, or at the very least, keeping you from having to go home to regroup.

Photo by Rachel of Rachel Radcliffe Photography

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The 5 Warm Weather Beauty Products You Need In Your Life

Summer is nearly around the corner, which means it’s time to change up my beauty routine! I shift my go-to products every season, as our skin’s needs depend a lot on the weather and the elements. The past few months, my skin has been dryer given the cold and wet winter we had here in San Francisco, and my week trip out east into the freezing winter of New York.

That said, these past few weeks have been amazing here in the city weather-wise, so I’ve been pulling out my summer go-to’s a little early. There are a few key products you need to have at your fingertips:

Daily Sunscreen

If you’re not applying a DAILY shield to your skin, you’re aging it! I wear a daily sunscreen and vary the brand based on season and the needs of my skin. For summer, I stick to the following brands due to their lightweight nature and/or higher SPF rating.

Algenist Sublime Defense Ultra-Lightweight Sunscreen: Super lightweight, and SPF 50. This stuff feels like thin silk on the skin, and doesn’t leave that thick sunscreen style residue. I wear it every day.

Glossier Invisible Shield: BIG DEAL GUYS!! This stuff is BRAND NEW from Glossier, and officially LAUNCHES TODAY! It’s strictly sunscreen, which allows you to pair it with whatever moisturizer/makeup/primer you want, making it completely universal for anyone’s skincare routine! It’s a great one for everyday wear that won’t break the bank, yet works.

Clarification

The higher temps of summer make sweat a chronic issue, and if you’re not on top of it, you can become more prone to breakouts and uneven skin. I take colder showers, power up my clarifying oils (oils keep you from getting greasier during the day – counterintuitive I know!) instead of drying gels to combat breakouts, and also add in some body sprays that help when you’re forced to sweat in your clothes due to walking around/working out.

Acne Free Body Clearing Spray: This spray is a lifesaver! It’s a drugstore find and actually works. I spray it all over my back, shoulders, and chest after showers and it keeps my body clear of any breakouts due to wearing sweaty workout gear or simply exploring the city on a sunny day.

Glossier Super Pure Serum: This serum is one of the best ways to reset your skin, and won’t break the bank! From combatting the pollution of city life to replenishing your skin after a long summer evening out, it comes ready to work.

Sunday Riley UFO Oil: This oil absorbs quickly and primes your face perfectly for a bright summer glow. It’s a great way to get rid of blemishes without over drying your skin with acidic gels during warmer weather.

Exfoliation

It’s super important to get rid of dry skin during the drier months and the best way to do it is before you shower by dry brushing or adding in an exfoliating scrub. I use my Clarisonic with a body brush and add in one of my favorite scrubs.

Neutrogena Body Clear Body Scrub: best for your budget! This stuff, just like the rest of the line, is pretty solid. It’s my go-to during the super sweaty months inside and outside the studio.

Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish: I started with the lip scrub from this line, and immediately got hooked by all of it! This stuff smells amazing and leaves you feeling super silky.

Ole Henriksen Rub n’ Buff Sea Salt Scrub: I love everything from this line, and this scrub is no different! If you’re sensitive to sweet smells, this one’s for you.

Lip Care

Your lips shouldn’t be neglected when it comes to the above steps! It’s sensitive skin, so it’s really important to apply sunscreen and care for it the same way you do the rest of your body. I start by exfoliating, priming, and then add in my Glossier daily sunscreen before applying lip color.

Bite Everyday Agave Lip Scrub: This stuff is PERFECT for summer. It keeps your lips hydrated post-scrub and leaves them ready for the rest of your lip regimen and lipstick.

Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy: This soothes dry lips, and is the perfect match to your favorite lip scrub. It has anti-aging properties that really help out during the sunnier months with fine lines/etc.

Brightening

With all the sunshine, it’s super important to care for your skin and treat dark spots and blemishes, which can darken during the summer months. The best time to add in skin lighteners and brightening products is at night when your body has time to regenerate. I love my brightening sleeping masks!

Obagi Nu-Derm Fx Set: This is one of the most powerful skin lighteners out there, and one of my favorites. Blend the two together to reduce sun spots, and reveal a more radiant skin tone. It’s worth the splurge.

Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Mask: THE best on the market. It even moisturizes your skin, which preps your skin perfectly for warmer weather!

Sephora VIB Spring 2017 Sale: My Top Picks

It’s no secret that I am a Sephora-addict, much like many of you! If you are unaware, today marks the beginning of one of Sephora’s ONLY true sales of the year (for the most part, unless you are VIB). I’ve done all the legwork for you, and will break down the important details below, as well as my top picks for what to snag with that overall discount! There are some MAJOR product drops this spring that you don’t want to miss.

Sale Details

Starting today, the sale will go on for a week depending on your rewards level, with promotions as well as an overall 15% discount on your purchase, using the code: ROUGESPRING, VIBSPRING (for VIB members and Rouge members), and 10% off for Beauty Insiders using the code: BISPRING. If you haven’t signed up to be a part of Sephora’s rewards program, DO IT. It’s seriously the one of the best rewards program in the world in my opinion.

Rouge Babes (18-24 April)

Today, you can bring any friend into a store, and they will also receive 15% off all purchases, and you both will get a free canvas bag while supplies last!

VIB (19-24 April)

You can use your code as many times as you want in store or online for the duration of the sale!

Beauty Insider (20-23 April)

You can use your code as many times as you want in store or online for the duration of the sale!

My Picks

Jo Malone

It’s now available at Sephora, so stock up on your favorite scents now! My personal favorites of the line:

Wood Sage & Sea Salt Candle

Red Roses Travel Candle

Peony & Blush Suede Candle

Peony & Blush Suede Cologne

Clarisonic

If you haven’t bit the bullet yet on a device, try it now! I swear by mine. My skin is cleaner, brighter, and smoother. I personally use the Mia Fit because I travel a lot between midday workouts during work and trips, and it’s easier to deal with when you’re low on space. For budget-friendly options, the Mia 1 is equally awesome!

Mia 1 Cleansing System

Mia 2 Cleansing System

Sunday Riley Power Couple Duo: Transformation Kit

I adore Sunday Riley, and these are two of my favorite products from the line. Being a huge lover of all things designed for sleep time, this pack has one of the best: Juno. I use Good Genes in the morning before the rest of my makeup and sunscreen lineup.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

I talk about this stuff ALL the time. There’s a reason. Snag it on a discount now, because it never goes on sale.

La Mer Creme De La Mer

Discount. Duh. This sh*t also never goes on sale. Don’t be dumb.

Tom Ford Patent Lip Finish

Let’s just start with the fact that I am NOT a $53 kinda lipstick gal. However, this one is actually worth the price. It’s THE next “it” lip product. I tried it for my photo shoot this weekend, and holy OMG! It’s super pigmented and comes in a ton of colors. I’m a huge gloss hater, and this one’s as comfortable and fuss-free as Glossier’s signature gloss.

Narcissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette (Limited Edition)

I love NARS. This recent new addition is limited, so grab it while you can! It has so many neutrals and basics, perfect for literally any occasion.

T3 Featherweight Compact Dryer

This one is a travel version of the best dryer I’ve ever used! They both work equally well and are totally worth the investment.

Marc Jacobs Air Blush Soft Glow Duo

Best blush in the world, hands down. You can truly customize the intensity and color breakdown, which is revolutionary! It’s all I wear outside the new Glossier Cloud Paint.

Marc Jacobs O!Mega Volumizing Mascara

Holy colors!! These are super pigmented and add a pretty pop of color to your day or nighttime look. They were selling out at my local store on Union Street, so grab these while you can!

Happy shopping babes! What are you all excited to purchase this week?

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Volumizing Mascara

Best mascara on the market. I love anything that saves me time, so a mascara that can give me faux false lashes in 1-2 swipes….Sign me the F UP.

Turning 32: The Beauty Routine You Need In Your 30’s

Fact: This photo above is completely un-retouched so you can see JUST how effective a good skincare routine is.


Today I turn 32, another year into the prime years of my thirties. There have been so many exciting changes, from career progressions to my personal style choices, and my beauty routine is right there with them! I’ve always been a skincare conscious individual, learning from my mother at an early age to take care of my skin. It’s my most complimented feature, and I want to take time on my birthday to share some of my best skincare hacks that have kept me looking ~26 for a while now. I have learned the types of products that actually work, as well as when to start adding them into your daily regimen, because…timing is everything.

So, what’s SO different about your 30’s? A ton. Over the past two years, I have noticed small changes in my skin, to include fewer blemishes, less oil production, and the beginning of tiny fine lines. I have evolved my beauty routine to mitigate these concerns (and even tried my first ever Botox treatment for my frown line!), while also continuing to keep up the most important foundations of my regimen. Today I’m revealing exactly what you need to have in your beauty cabinet to put your best face forward as you jump into your 30’s.

Retinols

I’ve been using these since I turned 20, but if you’ve yet to add them in, you need to once you hit 30. They are crucial when it comes to reducing the appearance of fine lines, as well as giving you an overall more smooth and even skin tone. In my 20’s, I used them once a day, applying to clean skin in the evening after my face wash and masks. My favorites for 30-somethings are:

A Force XR Retinol Serum Concentrate, Serious Skincare

Obagi360 Retinol 1.0, Obagi

Sleeping Masks / Oils

If you’re not sleeping in a solid lineup of skincare yet, you NEED to. I don’t ever go to bed without some sort of sleeping mask on top of all my serums and creams. Our bodies do the majority of regeneration at night, so if you’re not taking advantage of it by adding in key products, your skin is missing out big time! My favorites include anti-aging effects, and moisturizing properties, like these:

Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask, Fresh

Luna Sleeping Oil, Sunday Riley

Sleeping Mask – Orchid, Sephora

Sleeping Mask – Rose, Sephora

Serums

It’s time to start getting obsessed with serums, and oils. They’re an investment and should be treated as such. Now is the time to invest in your skin, and toss your drugstore options. Over the past few years, I have noticed my skin beginning to get a bit drier in certain areas, especially my eyes. Being an oily skin type my entire life, it’s been interesting to see how some of my favorite go-to products stop being as effective, given the shift in my skin. When you hit 30, it’s important to start adding in serums and oils to your routine for all parts of your body. Some offer different benefits based on the type of skin you have, and I’ve rounded up my go-to’s for just about every type:

Oily/Blemished Skin: UFO Oil, Sunday Riley / Super Pure, Glossier

Dry: Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment, Josie Maran

Anti-Aging: Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum, Algenist

Lips: Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy, Fresh

Eyes: RNA Power Eye Cream, SK-II / Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare

Moisturizers

While I still use some gels, I find myself using more cream and oil based products to keep my skin’s oil production even. Especially in the winter! As you move into your 30’s, keeping your skin hydrated is super important in order to mitigate fine lines. Opt for cream moisturizers  I use one every morning before applying my makeup, and right after my serums. This also goes for your body too. Make sure you are using a moisturizer after your showers to reduce the signs of aging.

Priming Moisturizer Rich, Glossier

The Moisturizing Soft Creme, La Mer (I even use this as a sleeping mask for my face and/or lips in the winter)

Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer, Vaseline

Brighteners

One of the most common concerns for 30-somethings is an even pigment/brighter skin. As we age, our skin can sometimes get more dull, especially if you’re working long hours, or out in the elements a lot. Brighteners and essences work to

Facial Treatment Essence, SK-II (first thing on my face EVERY DAY.)

Super Glow, Glossier

Nu-Derm Blender, Obagi

Nu-Derm Sunfader, Obagi

Camu Camu Power C, Peter Thomas Roth

Beauty Flash Balm, Clarins

Sun Protection

If you’re not amping up your sun protection, now’s the time! I wear SPF 50 sunscreen daily (YES. Daily.) and have noticed that I have fewer wrinkles or signs of aging. My skin has looked pretty much the same since high school, and I’m convinced it’s because of this one hack. Plus, this is why bronzers and sunless tanners were invented! I simply shade my way to match the rest of my body in the summer months. I’ve linked THE best (bar none) facial self-tanner below too. I use all of these sunscreens, depending on the time of year.

Sublime Defense Ultra Lightweight Sunscreen, Algenist

UV Physical Broad Spectrum SPF41, Elta MD

Sport UV Defense SPF50, SkinCeuticals (KILLER for athletes, marathoners!)

Sun Shield Tinted Broad Spectrum SPF 50, Obagi

Self Tan Luxe Facial Oil, St. Tropez

(Working) Cleansers

Gone are the years of simply washing off your makeup. Your cleansers need to be working toward your common goal as well, which is why I now follow a two-step cleansing routine. I use a mild cleanser to first remove makeup, but make sure that it’s one that won’t dry my skin. Glossier KILLS the game of makeup removal. Seriously.I follow with an anti-aging cleanser that matches the goals of my serums. I use my Clarisonic on the second step wash, and it really helps get the most out of the product with deep exfoliation and penetration.

Milky Jelly Cleanser, Glossier

A Wash Vitamin A Gel To Foam Cleanser, Serious Skincare

Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser, Obagi

Mia Skin Cleansing System, Clarisonic

These are all my top products ranked by effectiveness when it comes to your skin. However, sometimes these lists can be extremely daunting! If you’re unsure of where to (re)start when it comes to revamping your beauty cabinet, I also recommend these starter kits and tools.

PSA: This is also my BIGGEST best-kept skincare secret.

Yes, they’re on the pricey side, but they actually work and are a great way to invest in your skin to eliminate the need for injectables and surgery later. We invest in trendy shoes and bags, and now in your 30’s, you must invest in your skin, as it’s the only one we get. My mom has been using the Obagi system below for years, and she literally looks 20 years younger than her actual age.

Nu-Derm Fx System for Normal/Oily Skin, Obagi

Nu-Derm Fx System for Normal/Dry Skin, Obagi

Anti-Aging Acne Bonus Regimen, Murad

Photo by Christine of Christine Hanks Photography

My Winter Beauty Routine

Between my trip to freezing New York City, to the crazy rainy winter we’ve had here in San Francisco this season, my skin has been struggling! I’ve had to up my moisturizer game heavily these past few months, and I’ve found a pretty great lineup of amazing products that keep my skin hydrated, and blemish-free with the ups and downs. It’s important to keep up a consistent routine in these cases, as well as amp up the masking and prep part of skincare, to make sure I look and feel my best every day. If you’re not sure how to stack your products, here’s what I do to keep my skin in great shape.

Cleansers

Since I love to experiment with new makeup products and styles, it’s imperative that I wash my skin day and night, once with a makeup removing cleanser, and one with clarifying ingredients like Glycolic Acid, Vitamin A, and/or Salicylic Acid. I start with my fave cleanser of all time, Glossier’s Milky Jelly cleanser, to remove buildup and makeup from the day, or to remove my sleeping masks in the morning. I follow immediately with a clarifying cleanser, my current fave is Serious Skincare’s Glycolic Cleanser.

Serums

Layering serums is super important when the weather changes. Making sure you have several avenues of attack during winter is key: hydration and clarification are at the forefront of my concerns, and I layer my serums this way, morning and night.

Step 1: Serums (Clarification)

I have problem skin, and often get blemishes due to stress or my winter dry skin patches. I take two steps to mitigate this, first, being serum, and the last being a mask two times a week. I like to use serums that contain Glycolic Acid, Vitamin A, and/or Salicylic Acid. My current go-to is Sunday Riley’s U.F.O. Oil. It also adds a little hydration which helps in the winter.

Step 2: Serums (Anti-Aging/Moisture)

My second layer of serum is something moisturizing and/or anti-aging, and is another one of my daily winter go-to’s, Glossier’s Super Bounce. I slathered this on pre-flight to New York, and on the way home too to help with the dry aircraft cabin air.

I also use an anti-aging eye serum/cream day and night and LOVE the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence for eyes.

Moisturizer

I usually don’t wear richer moisturizers or oils since I have super oily skin, but during the winter, I always add a light layer to my skin before sunscreen and makeup. Since I am on the oily side, I stick to Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer, instead of their Rich version. It also adds a second element of priming, so my makeup sits better.

When my skin is in serious SOS mode, I opt for the holy grail of moisturizers (works on lips too!!), the La Mer Crème de la Mer. It’s now available at Sephora (OMGGG) which means I earn my VIB Rouge points for it now. I always opt for the .5oz jar, and that lasts me over a year. It’s the best $85 I spend on skincare because it actually works for severely dry skin. If you have long flights ahead this winter, layer the Super Bounce and Crème de la Mer to fight against the dryness and irritation of the elements.

Winter Friendly Makeup

I start with a primer that’s going to help my skin look more radiant, and exclusively stick to Hourglass’ Ambient Light Correcting Primer. It gives my skin that spring and summertime glow even in the winter and is mineral based, which is great for my skin. During the winter I try to not wear much foundation, and I cannot live without Glossier’s Perfecting Skin Tint! It’s so hydrating, and I feel good about it sinking into my skin because of its skincare focused ingredients. If you haven’t tried foundation before, start with this. It makes you look camera ready without all the extra layers, and is actually good for your skin.

Masks

It’s super important you take time to tend your skin during the winter, and just in general. I use my masks 2-3 times a week between the clarifying ones and the moisturizing/sleeping ones. I never sleep without an overnight mask of some sort, specific to my needs each month. My faves for winter are Glossier’s Moisturizing Moon Mask, and Sephora’s Sleeping Masks for Anti-Aging or Perfecting. If you need blemish control, use Glossier’s Mega Green Galaxy Pack, and double with the Sephora Detoxifying Sleeping Mask.

Here’s the final roundup of every product discussed above. Treat your skin right this winter, and always! It’s the only one we get, so taking care of it early on is a must, and is well worth the investment.

Milky Jelly Cleanser, Glossier

Glycolic Cleanser, Serious Skincare

U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil, Sunday Riley

Super Bounce, Glossier

Facial Treatment Essence – Eye, SK-II

Priming Moisturizer, Glossier

Crème de la Mer, La Mer

Light Correcting Primer, Hourglass

Perfecting Skin Tint, Glossier

Moon Mask, Glossier

Sleeping Mask – Orchid Anti-Aging, Sephora

Sleeping Mask – Rose Moisturizing/Brightening Mask, Sephora

Sleeping Mask – Algae Detoxifying Mask, Sephora

Mega Greens Galaxy Pack Mask, Glossier

The Hair Product Every Girl Needs

Nevermind dry shampoo, texturizer sprays, or even leave-in treatments- if you’re starting with a poorly maintained dye job, the rest is irrelevant! I’ve been bleaching and re-toning various parts of my hair since high school, and ESPECIALLY as a brunette, if you’re not careful, your ‘do morphs into that god-awful brass tone.

How do I maintain my favorite shades of ash platinum and grey? Purple shampoo.

Seriously. Purple. It’s a thing.

I stumbled upon it while trying to solve my crisis of my high maintenance grey ombré shade three years ago, and have never looked back. It’s seriously so amazing that it’s a product I bring in my purse to the blowout bar. Yeah, not even the least bit sorry.

You may be asking yourself: how does it work for brunettes too, with no blonde highlights? It’s formula is meant to cut the brassy and orange tones regardless of hair shade, so if you’re looking for a more cool toned brown, this is the secret. I am ALL ABOUT cool shades: I currently dye my roots THE BLACKEST of blacks: Blue Black/Level 1.

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The kicker? It is literally $10.99, and found at pretty much any beauty supply store. Take that! Kim and Kendall K swear by Finesse, and I swear by this equally affordable gem.

I use it every time I wash, given that I want a near purple shade of blonde anyway, however, if you are just looking for maintenance, every other shampoo or two shampoos is sufficient. Leave it on for 5 min+ for an even more aggressive result.

Say no to shitty brassy tones, and hello to your best highlight or balayage yet. Seriously, do your ‘do a serious favor and get hooked on my holy grail of hair products.

Product Details

Clairol Shimmer Lights Conditioning Shampoo

Clairol Shimmer Lights Conditioning Shampoo & Conditioner Set

Photo by my boyfriend, Emil Eklund