Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hair coloration is here to stay… semi-permanently (Part 2)

Hair Dye causing a Manic Panic among everyone - part 2 the struggle and the color 

by Adva Fuchs

The trend is here to stay and everyone is buzzing from luscious lavender locks to bright blue braids, and now its your turn. Coloring hair, especially to extreme shades like green, blue, and pink, is not a one step process and in fact requires strenuous amounts patience and time. But even before the actual hair dying process one must pick a color (or two) and a brand which they trust.

First and foremost: Buy your hair dye from a reliable source. Many times people get cheated by buying dye they think is “Brand Name” for a lower cost only to later find it circling their drain after the first wash.  Stores like Ricky’s NYC and Hot Topic will always have the official Brand Name dye or if you’re lazy (like me) buy it off a reputable site like the brand website, Sally Beauty, Ulta, Sourpuss, or Hair Crazy.  

The Hair dyes I trust the most:

Special effects for its long lasting ability and beautiful shade variations
Manic Panic for its amazing color combinations and pastelizor
Sparks for their innovative color technology and shade intensifier/pastelizor
NEVER EVER USE SPLAT HAIR DYE!!! Sorry guys I know that Splat is the easiest to find, as well as the cheapest, but it’s really not worth your time! Splat causes breakage and damages hair (without even using the bleach!!).

The two rules to great hair dye; number one, always listen to the punk kids (they know their stuff!), and number two, if it SMELLS like a fruit because of the color (like cherry for red dye and grape for Purple dye) IT’S A FAKE DO NOT USE IT!!

What color is right for your life style?

Many people out to copy this trend assume that picking a dye is as easy as picking your favorite color. Unfortunately for them, they have a whole lot of disappointment coming their way. Although in theory any one can just pick their favorite color, it really all depends on the life style you have. Do you exercise constantly, whether a sport or going to the gym? Do you spend a lot of time outdoors in sunny conditions? The results of these activities can lead to a hair color massacre if one isn't safe about the color they pick.

 The sporty girls (or guys):You guys love the feeling of adrenaline rushing through your veins and sweat trickling down your neck. You tend to do a lot of hard core activities which, of course, leads to those long hot showers at the end of your work out. If this is you, BE AWARE; all that sweat on your scalp and in your hair is going to need a good rinse and if you exercise daily or more than 3 days a week, those are at least 3 hot showers that can cause your nice expensive color to go swirling down the drain. Hair dye and hot water don’t mix and can cause that beautiful saturated color you want to become a pale, streaky mess.
Suggestions: pick darker colors like dark vampire reds or midnight blues to help keep your color as long as possible. If you have a color in mind, go with brands that have amplified color dyes. These will usually hold out for longer periods of time.

§  Vampire Red
§  After Midnight Blue
§  Purple Haze

Outdoorsy Types: You're the type of people who love being in the fresh air and blazing sun. Unfortunately that means the big STD, Sun Time Damage. Although the sun’s rays are good for your skin (to a certain extent), the sun is not your hairs friend! With certain hair dyes exposure to the sun too soon after coloring can result in breakage and lightened streaks (which is why so many dyes have instructions to stay away from sunlight after bleaching or dying hair).
Suggestions: I order to avoid streaks try to pick a color with different hues like turquoise greens and violets. The different hues in the dye will create variations of color in your hair shading sun caused streaks and causing them to go unnoticed!


·    Special Effects
§    Wild Flower 
·    Sparks 
§    Green Envy  
·     Punky Colour
§  Violet
§   Turquoise 

Blondes: For those of you with light, natural, “platinum” color you’re in luck. You can choose any color you want! Having light hair is a plus, the lighter and less brassy your hair is, the easier it is to dye it and get the color you want.
Suggestions: Although with some products, the dye can “stick” better to damaged hair. So if your blonde hair just isn't cutting it, or if you want a less brassy tone (whiter) before you dye use a platinum blonde hair dye on the areas you want to color later, or a hair toner to create a more silvery color. This allows better color saturation and the whiter your hair is the more the dye will look like the color you want.
·         Manic Panic Virgin Snow
·         Special Effects Mixer Toner 

Brunettes and Bleaching:
Sorry Brunettes, we got the short end of the stick on this one. Hair coloring is SO much easier on `blonde hair and because of this, if you want saturated, bright, crazy colors you’re going to need to bleach! All those horror stories you’ve heard about bleach, hair becoming brittle, broken and falling out are all true! Which is why us brunettes need to be EXTREMELY careful when dying hair. First its important to mention that no matter what bleach you use, it will cause damage! the good thing is after you bleach you can use any color you want because the bleached hair will allow all the color to absorb. 
Suggestions: read the instructions on the bleach carefully and then pick any color to apply.

·         Manic Panic Virgin Snow 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Outfit of the Week (ootw)

Fall is officially here. Before the cold weather hits, take advantage of the warm days we have remaining to wear shorts and skirts. Pairing a pair of shorts with a blouse is a nice way to dress up a casual outfit. 

Items were purchased from: 
Circular sunglasses- Gypsy Warrior
Striped blouse- The Limited
High waisted shorts- American Eagle
Red boots- Doc Martens

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Get Ready to get Gorgeous

Ready, Set, Gorgeous foundation review
by Yura Shin

Get ready to get gorgeous with Covergirl’s new Ready, Set Gorgeous foundation. An oil free foundation that is one simple step for a flawless, natural look that lasts all day. The formula is suppose to blend easily to even skin tone and reduce shine all day.

When I was first applying the foundation, I was surprised at how thin the consistency was compared to other foundations. It feels very light, almost as if it’s a tinted moisturizer. When it is applied, it does not feel like you are wearing any foundation. It does look natural like it says it does, and evens out your skin tone. I have a lot of discoloration on my face, and this foundation covers it all while making my makeup look natural. This foundation also, does not make your makeup look cakey.

The foundation does last all day long. But because I have oily skin, I’ll still need to touch up my makeup throughout the day. However, it lasts longer than other foundations I’ve used.

This foundation doesn’t clog up my pores nor does it cause me to break out. Since it is a drugstore product, I was first hesitant in using it because of the fear I have for breakouts. However, my skin loves this foundation and it’s perfect for any occasion.

The foundation does everything it says it does. It is by far one of the best drugstore foundations I’ve ever tried out. It retailed for about $7-$9. It can be purchased from any where that sells beauty products like Target, or Ulta, or any drug stores like Walgreens, CVS, Duane Reade, Rite Aid, etc.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Spook people with your halloween nails

DIY- Spooky Eye Nails
by Yura Shin

Painting spooky eyes on your nails is a perfect and simple way to participate in Halloween spirit without being too dramatic. The design only consists of two colors, making it very calm and subtle.

Materials: Black nail polish, white nail polish, top coat nail polish, dotting tool, and any plastic or cardboard to put the nail polish on.

-Paint all your nails black. Double coat your nails if needed.

-With your white nail polish, pour some out onto any plastic or cardboard. Take your dotting tool and dip it into the poured out white nail polish. Dotting tools can be purchased from any beauty supply store, or you can use the end of a needle and/or use the eraser of a number two mechanical pencil.

-With the dotting tool that is dipped in the white nail polish, make eyeballs on the upper side of each nail. Make sure to have two eyeballs for each nail and make sure to have some space in between the eyeballs. You don’t want your eyeballs to be stuck to each other. Continue this step on both hands.

-After the white is completely dried, take your black nail polish and pour some out on any plastic or cardboard. Then take a smaller dotting tool, or the same one, and dip it in the black nail polish. The black polish is going to be the pupils. With the dotting tool, dot your eyeballs. You can dot it on the inside or on the side of your eye dot. Each eye does not need to look the same. Be creative. You can have cross eyed nails or wacky eyes.

-After your nails are semi dry, apply your top coat.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hair Coloration is here to stay... Semi-Permanetly (Part 1)

Hair Dye causing a Manic Panic among everyone - part 1 history of coloration
by Adva Fuchs

From the customary blondes, reds, brunettes, and blacks, hair dye has created a major splash in the adolescent, and now young adult, scene. Deriving from the original natural shades (blonde,red,brunette,and black), new hair dyes from companies such as Manic Panic, Splat, Special Effects, and Punky Colour have become permanently (or in some cases “semi-permanently”) in style as the old school punk rock trend comes back once again.

Although hair coloring dates back to ancient times, when ancient Roman men knew the allure of colored hair (and beards) way before any woman, its appeal didn’t really sink in with the american female society until the early 1950s when only 7 out of every 100 women colored their hair.

“I use Tehina in my hair to revitalize the natural color of my hair and keep it healthy...it’s not hair dye and its been used for years,” hair color enthusiast Sary Fuchs said.

Fast forward 50 years and by the 21st century L’Oreal and Clairol aren't the only hair dyes around anymore. Today about 50 percent of women in America over the age of 25 color their hair and over 2 billion dollars is spent on hair color products annually, and not just on the natural shades.

What was once considered the sign of the outcast is now as chic and trendy as a Prada purse. Crazy colored hair is as popular as ever and thanks to interactive sharing sites like Tumblr and Pinterest, the trend continues to grow and grow as pictures, videos, and tips circulate the web catching everyone's attention.

“I think the trend of hair coloring is growing & being accepted more...because it gives everybody that sense of individuality, appearance wise. It's a way of self expression that can be an eye catcher & an attention grabber,” junior Noah Parris said.

Continuing the growing craze are celebrities such as Ke$ha, Rita Ora, Lily Allen, and Demi Lovato, who constantly change up their hair color choices, designs and keep the trend fresh in every beauty bloggers mind. Even YouTube has caught up with the fad as internet famous youtubers such as AlisonLovesJB and JennaMarbles spread the color coated love with how-to videos and color commentary.

“I prefer natural because it shows who you are and doesn’t hide it. People should be more proud of there natural hair,” sophomore Gustavo Mendez said.

Although this colorful chaos is not adored by everyone, colored hair is certainly a trend that’s not going anywhere anytime soon. As more and more men and women continue to color, the look seems to be gaining acceptance and a following once again not only among young adults but among all enthusiasts of the creative and bold.