I spent mine doing some DIY beauty maintenance on my hair, the kind that involves some serious gloves and leaving the window open on a wintery day. Now I do love having coloured hair and have been around much of the (natural) hair rainbow but I’m just not keen on the lengthy colouring process…even after 10 years doing my own hair out of a box I’m still looking for the easiest way to get the job done.
Above is a recent photo of my hair. The top has grown a little “rooty” with my natural colour showing through but the length of my hair is coloured a medium brown shade with some soft highlights and low lights. No extra work here, this is actually a single process hair colour. Let’s talk about it.
Product: Nice & Easy Hair Colour
My Colour: 6A Natural Light Ash Brown*
Entire Colour Range: 40 shades (via Clairols website)
Type: Permanent Haircolour
Availability: Drugstores nationwide
Would I repurchase: Probably not (but only because I’m in love with another Clairol product)
Clairol’s Nice&Easy hair colour is made for easy, simple and natural results. Though I previously had the professionals do my hair with this exact product (scroll down for that adventure), I wanted to wait until it was time for me to touch up my hair in order to see its true potential.
The box came with the usual products; hair pigment in the form of a liquid, a developer liquid, gloves, instructions and as a new addition to the Nice&Easy range, the conditioning CC cream for post colour and upkeep. The formula mixed into a gel consistency that started out almost semi-translucent that turned into a darker shade of brown in about 10minutes. Don’t worry, the changing shade of the dye doesn’t do affect the results, your mixture is good to go as soon as it’s shaken up properly.
Time Chart: 15-20min on roots, 5 minutes worked through shaft of hair.
The photo above isn’t my immediate “after” result as the weather has been too awful to get anything decent but my colour came out exactly the same and very consistent. The colour tone was beautiful and the overall results were good. The colour lasted very well post colouring with minimal fade.
Natural blend? Yes!
Nice & Easy? Not quite.
Personally, I still prefer the Clairol Perfect10 hair colour. The dye was a creamier and easier to control, the scent was less harsh (all permanent hair dyes will smell but this one was masked better) and it was quicker and easier to apply for even results. Plus it got the job done quicker. On caveat, the colour doesn’t last as long as the Nice&Easy but I don’t mind.
Now onwards to story time….
Well, the story behind it was that I had been kindly invited to attend a Clairol #shiftashade beauty event. The extra cherry on top? I was going to meet celebrity hair stylist Luis Pacheco, who’s going to help me pick out a colour… since I didn’t manage to get snap with Luis, here’s a fun one from his Instagram.
“Rare and precious, the pearl is a fascinating jewel: pure and immaculately white, it glows with a deep, rich radiance. A genuine miracle of nature, pearls create themselves, layer after layer, to become perfect. The BLANC DE PERLE range, a complete skincare routine with the P.E.A.R.L complex, accomplishes this miracle of perfection on the skin by revealing its extraordinary whitening power.”
- White P.E.A.R.L. Cleanser* | $65CAD
- White P.E.A.R.L. Essence in Lotion* | $78CAD
- Advanced White P.E.A.R.L. Drop Essence* | $150CAD
- White P.E.A.R.L. Infusion Day/Night Treatment* | $260
- White P.E.A.R.L. Sleeping Mask* | $100CAD
- White P.E.A.R.L. Refreshing Hydrating Cream* | $110CAD
- White P.E.A.R.L. Sleeping Concentrate Night Cream* | $120CAD
As a member of the Art Team working alongside Guerlain’s Creative Director Olivier Échaudemaison, Maxime quickly found an affinity to the brand’s philosophy that spoke true to his own ideals about beauty.
“Let the individual woman shine through.”
For him, having made up different women from all over the world, the idea of a singular beauty look isn’t the goal. Instead, the makeup should bring out and enhance each persons individuality in a way unique and intimate to them.
Not having traveled very far myself, I was eager to hear his thoughts on how Canadian women think about beauty compared to other parts of the world that he’s visited. His answer was somewhat unexpected.
“Canadian women” he begins, “have the great advantage of learning from other cultures. Being exposed to so many multi-cultural influences, they often pick up on certain elements and add it to their own routine.”
For Maxime, there isn’t a well defined beauty aesthetic here in Canada like there tends to be in other countries but rather a mixing of different styles that blend into one another. In short, we’re interested in experimenting with new things and aren’t afraid to mix and match.
“What is it about French women?” I ask. “What is this beauty secret that make them so chic even when they are simply out grocery shopping?”
“It’s just an intuitive feeling” Maxime explains, his own French accent very much befitting this conversation at this moment. “It more about an attitude rather than a particular look or product or style. Actually, the style is usually never perfect and this is done purposely. If the hair is very done up then the makeup is more casual or vice-versa. Women in France, whether they wear a lot of makeup or not usually have a certain beauty routine, where they dedicate a small amount of time each day just to themselves to engage in their own small beauty rituals. It’s the way of living a womanly lifestyle.”
At this point, I could no longer deny the constant flicker of my eye towards the beautiful display of makeup that lined the counter. I asked Maxime to talk me through a few ways to create a fall and winter look, even something you could wear to all those holiday parties which we all use as an excuse to wear our fancy lipsticks.
Here’s his quick break down
- Go for gold. It illuminates the skin in a beautiful warmth which is especially welcomed this time of the year in the dull weather when skin can look a bit lackluster. Gold tones run through most of Guerlains colour products from primers to eye shadows and these colours bring a touch of warm radiance to any skin tone.
- A smokey eye never fails. One of his favourite ways to wear an easy smokey eye is to create a layered look using a brown gel pencil blended from the lash line upwards then layered with a black kajal pencil at the base of the lash line which is smudged with a cotton bud or small brush, mixing with the brown and transforming the looking into a softly shaded smokey eye that is easy to wear for day but can also be transformed for night time.
And to this I must agree. There’s almost a magical transformational quality about a crimson lip that makes even the most simple of makeup styles look chic and presentable. It’s of my favourite ways to put on an event ready face when I’m not in the mood to match eye shadows colours.
whether it’s a cherry, merlot or scarlet, is the right preparation. Taking the effort to do the proper steps will ensure the most beautiful results and do justice to the colour as well. Your red lip routine should ideally include; exfoliation, hydration, primer, lip liner, lipstick, blotting and then a reapplication of lipstick to built up lasting saturation.
Having jetted his way from Paris to Montreal, Toronto and then Vancouver I’m sure Maxime has been living out of a suitcase for weeks. Even so, his enthusiasm is infectious and there was never a dull moment chatting with him about makeup, beauty philosophies and detox juice…yes we went there as well. It was his first time in Vancouver and I wondered if any of you had the chance to meet him at the makeup event at The Bay downtown later that day?
Cory chose the Active Resurface 35 Treatment for me which focuses on exfoliating the skin and rehydrating the skin which will help with cell turnover and fading spots (he found a few tiny dark spots my cheek!). The treatment is customizable to each person’s skin condition and it’s done with a cocktail of different products which is meant to work synergetically for best results. Don’t be alarmed by the amount of products you’re about to see below, he often mixed multiple products to be applied in one go and certain products were only applied in a small area.
- Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover
- Essential Cleansing Solution
- Skin Resurfacing Cleanser
- MultiVitamin Thermafoliant
- UltraCalming Complex
- MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque
- UltraCalming Mist
- UltraCalming Serum Concentrate
- MultiVitamin Power Firm
- PowerBright TRx C-12 Pure Bright Serum
- Ultracalming Ultra Sensitive Tint
- MediBac Clearing Mattifier
- Skin Perfect Primer
office not only having just had a great skin treatment but more importantly, feeling more knowledgeable about my own skin and how to take it where I want it to go. Armed with a few Dermalogica products* to try out, you’ll definitely be hearing about them again in the following weeks.
Last month I had my face painted with one of the most beautiful makeup looks anyone has ever done on me. The place was the newest Shu Uemura counter inside The Bay (Richmond Center) and the occasion was the celebration of their fall Brave Beauty Collection. For this special event, customers could sign up for a special makeover with Shu Uemura’s national makeup artist Mr. Taca Ozawa and I was kindly invited as a special guest.