Indie Interview with Dena from AFK Cosmetics!

Indie Interview: AFK Cosmetics

I asked Miss Dena from AFK Cosmetics some questions and she graciously answered them for me! Enjoy!

11084851_810218109068992_1684813529_nWhere are you from?
I’m from a bit of everywhere! As a young kid I grew up in mostly Washington and Illinois, but in about 2nd grade I moved to Alaska and then lived there until last year, now I’m back in Washington!

When and why did you start AFK Cosmetics?
I first launched AFK on Etat in March of 2014, and actually just celebrated my one year anniversary! When I opened it was mainly a hobby since I was working full time as a Tattoo artist.

I had been making eyeshadow for a while but had only given them to friends and family up until then. Shortly after I became I was diagnosed with AS and lost my ability to tattoo. So I channeled all of my creative energy into re-vamping AFK and dedicated 100% of myself to my craft and never looked back!

How did you come up for the name for AFK Cosmetics?
Some friends actually helped me come up with it! I was having some serious troubles coming up with the idea and I went to the sub /r/DPSdolls that I help mod and they helped me come up with it! I actually almost used ‘Rage Quit Cosmetics’ haha
Bahaha that would have been awesome too, but I really like AFK Cosmetics!

What was the first product you made and do you currently still sell it?
The first thing I made (successfully) was ‘F***in Shrooms’ and I do still sell it! That color was the entire inspiration for AFK!
It’s an awesome color. I am partial to purple though.

How do you choose the name and colors for your products?
Its actually easy for me since I usually draw inspiration for colors from something. For example, for my upcoming Doctor Horribles Sing Along Blog inspired collection I basically binge watched the movie while writing down my favorite quotes and what color I believed they should be.
That’s awesome. I can’t wait to see it too!

DSC_1058Where do you make your products?
I actually took over the dining room when we moved into my apartment and now its 100% my studio. I have big tables set up, and more drawers than anyone would ever need haha

What sizes do you offer for all of your products?
For shadows I offer samples in zip top baggies with approximatly 1/4 tsp of product, as well as the standard full size 5gr jar.
For balms, mascara, and primer I have a full size option as well as a mini size, which is basically baby versions of the original. I used to carry samples of the balms, but I found it is very difficult to accurately try something meant for a tube with your finger haha

Will you be making any new products in the future? New collections?
I’m actually working on several ideas right now! As i mentioned before Im working on a new ‘Doctor Horrible’s Sing Along Blog’ inspired collection, it will include shadows, a balm, a hilighter, and AFK’s first blush! I’m also starting to brainstorm for an ‘Arcade’ collection inspired by the Arcade Skins in League of Legends, they are going to be SO GLITTERY!
Bluuushhhh! Yesssss! GLITTER! I can’t wait to see. :d Especially the blush and balm!

DSC_1359Is making makeup your only job?
Yes! Well, I’m also a mother to a very, very energetic 4 year old so I’m also a part time Ninja Turtle (according to her)
hehe! Mothering is a full time job yo and I want to be a Ninja Turtle!

What would you recommend for new customers to try?
I would recommend customers try ‘You Smell Like Burning’ its one of my oldest colors and one of my most popular selling shadows. I actually recently reformulated it slightly to help it adhere without primer better!

Would product would you say best represents your company as a whole? And why?
Oh this is so hard! I’m going to have to say ‘The Strip’ from the Wastelander Collection. Its one of my personal favorites and it is SUPER glittery, which we all know I love!

Have you had new colors/products go so awry you just trash them?
Many, many times! I try to work on new formulas in very small batches to avoid too much waste. But sometimes things just dont mix right, simple things like adding my base formula and grinding certain colors too long can take what looked like an amazing color and turn them into a mess.

DSC_6880What is your favorite product from your company?
My current favorite thing is my April color of the month, ‘You have died of Dysentery’ I’m a huge fan of mauve lips, and I love the color so much I’m considering making it a permanent part of my shop!
Ooooo. You should totally do that. It was a pretty color. :d

What’s your favorite cosmetic product from another company?
Right now I’m pretty obsessed with my Vanille Bergamot lotion from Sixteen92. My skin is hyper sensitive and dry so I need constant moisture, also it smells EXACTLY like how I take my tea!

Random questions!
What’s your favorite color?
Purple!

IMG_3035What’s your favorite perfume and what does it smell like?
My all time favorite scent ever was Escada’s Ibiza Hippie. It was simply gorgeous. It was fruity, feminine, tropical, and floral , but not overly so. I wish they still made it, sometimes I browse Ebay and consider buying a crazy over priced bottle just so I can smell it again.

Do you have any pets?
My daughter has a pet Beta! He lives like a king in a big 5 gallon tank all by himself haha
KIND OF THE SEA! Fumiko had a beta once… But she tried to pet it. d=

What do you do in your spare time?
Gaming of course! But everyone knows that haha. I also love gardening, cooking/baking, knitting, and painting!

What’s your favorite season and why?
I’m going to have to say fall. Something about the cool weather setting in, the leaves changing, the gentle rustle of them falling to the ground in the wind. It makes me want to bake some bread and make some soup!
Fall FTW!

DSC_6798Would you rather be a bat or crow? And Why?
As much as I love bats, I’m going to have to choose crow. My husband used to work at a raptor sanctuary, I used to go get to hang out with the eagles and ravens! They are so misunderstood, everyone thinks they are pests, but really they are beautiful, and startlingly intelligent creatures.
I think I am a little jealous. I would love to get to see a raven up close and personal. :d

I know you’re a gamer, what’s your favorite class of character to play?
I’m a healer by nature! I grew up gaming with my older brother, and was forced to be player 2 forever haha. It something I truly enjoy now though, pretty much anytime I am given the chance I choose a healing/support class. We are the unsung hero’s of the gaming world :)
I used to get forced to heal. xd I can do it but it’s not my thing. I’m all for dps caster. Specifically Doomchicken. I got made fun of for leveling a balance druid in Vanilla. Tsk tsk.

Thank you so much for answering my silly questions! I appreciate it. :d If you’d like to check out AFK Cosmetics goodies you can visit her shop here. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too!

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Cat Eyes

Review & Swatches: Too Faced Cat Eyes Ferociously Feminine Eye Shadow & Liner Collection

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Official description

The timeless Cat Eye just got sexier. From ancient Egypt to the mod ’60s and punk ’80s to today, it’s always been an iconic beauty essential. This classic has been updated with nine matte, shimmer and glitter textures in warm and cool tones. Included are three wet-and-dry formulas for intense precision lining and a perfect wing tip. This Cat Eye Collection comes with our signature Glamour Guide with three beauty looks to get you started.

MORE TO LOVE:

  • An extraordinary range of shades from a sheer wash of color to highly pigmented shadows
  • Nine new shades, three that can be worn wet-and-dry
  • Palette includes lustrous shadows that glide on gently for a weightless sparkle finish and velvety matte shades for eye-catching drama
  • Vivid, long-wearing color
  • Our signature, how-to Glamour Guide offers step-by-step application instructions for three Cat Eye looks.
  • Paraben Free

includes:

  • 3 Eye Shadows (6.0 g / 0.21 oz.)
  • 6 Eye Shadows (5.4 g / 0.18 oz.)
  • Step-by step glamour guide

Where to buy
From Beauty Bridge – Palette is $36.00 USD.

Directions
Follow the steps in the how-to Glamour Guide to achieve stunning cat eyes.

Packaging
The palette comes in a little box decorated with leopard print and has palette and company info on it. The palette itself is tin and has leopard print on it. It has has the palette and company information on it. The inside of the palette has a mirror on the lid and has a little packet of looks for you to do over the mirror. The eyeshadows sit in the bottom part of the tin. It closes with an invisible magnet.

Scent and formula
These don’t really have a scent. They smell a little like flour. That’s it. You have to stick your nose up to the palette and sniff though. They are pressed shadows so they are a solid powder.

Ingredients
Jungle Love: Mica, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica, Boron Nitride, Methicone, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Carmine (CI 75470), Iron Oxide (CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510).

Kitten: Mica, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polyethylene, Boron Nitride, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Carmine (CI 75470), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Kitty Glitter: Mica, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Zinc Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Talc, Polyethylene, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Silica, Boron Nitride, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Tin Oxide, Sorbic Acid, Stearic Acid, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000).

Leopard: Mica, Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Boron Nitride, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Methicone, Sorbic Acid, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Manganese Violet (CI77742), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

Meow: Mica, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Boron Nitride, Polyethylene, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742).

Panther: Mica, Talc, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Polyethylene, Methicone, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Carmine (CI 75470), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742).

Pussy Cat: Mica, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polyethylene, Boron Nitride, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Carmine (CI 75470), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510).

Purr: Mica, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Boron Nitride, Polyethylene, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Silica, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Carmine (CI 75470), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Tiger’s Eye: Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Talc, Polyethylene, Boron Nitride, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Copper Powder (CI 77400), Bronze Powder (CI 77400), Manganese Violet (CI 77742).

Beauty Bridge sent me this palette to swatch and review! This is my first Too Faced palette and so far I like it. All of the shades with the exception of Kitty Glitter are pigmented and easy to work with. They are buttery soft and blend well. Kitty Glitter was kind of hard to work with. It just doesn’t want to cooperate. The color isn’t buttery and smooth like the others and you have to work at getting a decent amount on your brush. Leopard, Jungle Love and Panther definitely work better wet than dry. I think they definitely work a little better wet than dry. I really like all three of the light shades, Purr, Meow and Kitten. They are just the perfect highlight shades for my skin tone. I will hopefully be doing the looks that came with this palette this week. My face is seriously broke out all over from eating sunflower seeds. xd I have a big ass zit on my nose and a few other mountains on my face. I am hoping they’l be gone or nearly gone this week. This is a really pretty palette. The colors in it really complement each other.

When Beauty Bridge contacted me about reviewing something from their shop I hadn’t heard of them before. Their shop is really clean and easy to navigate. The shipping was really quick and the palette came well packaged and they even included a few skincare samples with it! They offer free shipping over $49. They also have their own skincare products! They carry several brands of cosmetics, skincare and hair care products. Each product page has lots of info about the product inluding ingredients. :) Beauty Bridge is a nice shop, you should check it out!

Too Faced Cat Eyes palette
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  • Color
  • Texture
  • Ingredients
  • Price

Summary

Pros
Pigmented
Good quality
Pretty colors
Colors apply easily

Cons
Kitty Glitter isn't pigmented and is hard to work with.

Final thoughts
Almost all the shades in this palette are pigmented and easy to work with. Very pretty.

Buy or not
Yes

4.3
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Instagram of the Week

Instagram of the week!

Okay so it’s a mashup of the last few weeks.  Going forward it shall be Instagram of the week! hehe

 

@leeshaslacquer this is the polish I emailed you about! #toxidlotus #notd #nails

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Pegasus Poop! XD #toxidlotus #notd #nails

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I dont remember what pplishes i used. Oops! Will post in comments later! XD #toxidlotus #notd #nails

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Dinner was gyoza and fried rice. #toxidlotus #dinnertime

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Green tea latte. #toxidlotus #omnomnom

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Dinner was black beans and rice with white corn, tomatoes and chia seeds! #toxidlotus #dinnertime

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Rose green tea! #toxidlotus #tea

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Dinner was delicious. Parmesan, spinach, tomato and garlic pasta. #toxidlotus

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Fumiko and i dyed easter eggs today. One accidentally ended up looking just like my dress! #toxidlotus #fumikitty #eastereggs

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Incesnse. Yessssss. #toxidlotus #smellsgood

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Priority Chef Knife Sharpener

Review: Priority Chef Knife Sharpener

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Official description

  • Not All Knife Sharpeners Are Created Equal! – This Priority Chef knife sharpener is different from the many other knife sharpeners available on the market today. Most sharpeners will create a typical straight ‘V’ shaped finish. This Priority Chef knife sharpener model PC-KN02 will create a concave shaped finish to your knife, giving an extra sharpness that most other sharpeners can’t compete with.
  • Ergonomically Designed Handle and Non Slip Base – The stylish knife sharpener’s handle has been designed to fit comfortably when in use allowing you a good firm grip and has a soft, cushioned non-slip base under that stylish steel base!
  • Save Your Dollars And Never Buy Another Knife! – Why waste you valuable dollars in replacing those blunt knives with a new set? Save yourself money today by investing in one of the best knife sharpeners on the market. The Priority Chef sharpener can breathe a new lease of life into even the dullest of knives.
  • Please Note – This knife sharpener is not suitable for serrated or ceramic knives.
  • 2 Stage Knife Sharpening System – Priority Chef’s professionally designed advanced knife sharpener has 2 stages that can transform any straight edged knife to a new level of sharpness that almost any professional chef would be proud of. Stage 1 uses Tungsten carbide blades and should only be used for the dullest of blades. Around 3-4 pulls through this section will prepare your knife shape for the the next step. Stage 2 uses 2 ceramic wheels that will give your knife a high quality finish and a razor like edge.

Where to buy
From Amazon – Knife sharpener for $39.99 USD. It’s currently on sale for $13.95 USD.

Directions
Place the knife sharpener on a table surface when using. Complete one or both of the following steps, depending on how the blade is.

Step 1: Tungsten Carbide
Use this only if your knife is blunt. Using slight downward pressure, run the blade from its heel to its point through the slot. Repeat three times. Once every six months or as required.

Step 2: Ceramic
Always finish off with this step to remove any burrs that result from the re-edging and rough honing process. Without using pressure, run the blade through the ceramic wheel five times. You can also use this step on its own to maintain a sharp knife. It is recommended to do it approximately once a week.

After using the knife sharpener, carefully wipe the knife blade with a damp cloth or rinse under running water and dry thoroughly.

Do not use the knife sharpener to sharpen serrated blades or scissors. Do not put the knife sharpener in the dishwasher or submerge in water.

Packaging
The knife sharpener comes in a cardboard box with directions and other product and company information on it. Inside that it’s in a clear plastic bag.

This sharpener is really easy to use. There are 1-2 steps! If you have dull knives(that aren’t ceramic or serrated) you simply put it on the counter, press down on the handle and run the knife with some pressure from the back to front through step 1 3-4 times. Then you run it through step 2 around 5 times from back to front. You do this once every six months or so. If you want to keep your freshly sharpened knife sharp you can simply run it through step 2 around 5 times once weekly. This sharpener works great. I have a couple of santoku knives and a few other knives that haven’t been sharpened in years and it sharpened them up really well. Easy, fast and works well!

Priority Chef Knife Sharpener
  • Packaging
  • Efficacy
  • Ease of use
  • Price

Summary

Pros
Easy to use
Works well
Fast

Cons
None

Final thoughts
This is super fast and easy to use and sharpens really well!

Buy or not
Definitely

4.8
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A really simple and quick indie FOTD! (:

Hiii, I’m back with another guest post :d Today’s post is a really simple, minimal-effort type of look with some of my favorite indies.

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I decided to try just doing a one eyeshadow look with a simple wing, because I rarely ever do that although I have a ton of gorgeous eyeshadow colors that would totally work well as standalone shades. I thought it’d be fun to try out something that’s quite new for me!

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I used my Darling Girl Superstar Serum with Fyrinnae‘s Mephisto to create my winged liner. This color is like MAGIC. It’s described as being a deep royal blue with a red sheen, and it comes off as purple in the jar. When I mixed it with the serum, it looked like a gorgeous metallic red but upon applying it, the blue tones definitely shone through. It’s so pretty!

After liner, I patted on some Glitter Glue and then just used DreamWorld Hermetica‘s Little Witch all over my lid and just a little over over my liner too so it’d look more cohesive.

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On my cheeks is some of DreamWorld Hermetica‘s Winnie blush and I have Hello Waffle’s awesome A Tail of Two Kitties lipstick!

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And that’s it for this look! It was fun to try out a one shadow look and I think it turned out pretty nicely. I definitely should get into that habit more. Thanks for reading this post and thank you Luna for letting me guest post once again! It’s always a pleasure (: You can find me blogging more about makeup and stuff on Miekeup! 

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Family picture!

Autism Society of Oregon’s 13th Annual Autism Walk 2015 + FOTD

The kids and I got to go to Autism Society of Oregon’s 13th Annual Autism Walk at Oak’s Park on Sunday! Here are some pictures from my camera. Sascha and Fumiko also took pictures with another camera. I haven’t even uploaded those yet. lol They took a lot! I wore Aromaleigh Cosmetics Neurodivergent eyeshadow. It was very fitting! It’s one of their autism awareness shadows and it’s gorgeous. Also I have to gush about Lunatick Cosmetic Labs primer. My friend Kat sent me a sample because it’s what she uses. I have oily lids and it’s hard to find a primer that works for me. Well I applied my makeup around 7am on Sunday. The photos I took of my makeup were at the end of the day. There was no creasing or missing eye makeup. It looked just like it did when I first applied it. It’s magic people. MAGIC. It’s kind of amazing. After the walk we got to ride the rides at Oak’s Park. The favorite was the tilt o whirl and the spider and another one I can’t remember the name of. They were all of course spinning rides. xd It was awesome and the kids had so much fun. I fell apart when we got home. I ended up getting sunburned on my chest, shoulders and scalp. yep!

Face
Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation in 10 Porcelain Ivory
Skin79 Super Plus Triple Functions BB Cream Silky Green

Cheeks
My Pretty Zombie Drugs Like Me Blush MDMA

Brows
Sugarpill Cosmetics Tako
Sugarpill Cosmetics Smitten
Sugarpill Cosmetics 2am

Eyes
Lunatick Cosmetic Labs eye primer
Darling Girl Glitter Glue
Dark Heart Designs Cosmetics Dark Magic Eyelixer
Aromaleigh Cosmetics Neurodivergent – all over the lid
Glamour Doll Eyes Manequinn – crease
Femme Fatale Cosmetics Legion – liner

Lips
Notoriously Morbid Coffin Kisser

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Dessange Paris California Blonde Collection

Review: Dessange Paris VoxBox California Blonde Brass Color Correcting Crème, California Blonde Illuminating Shampoo & California Blonde Illuminating Conditioner

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Official descriptions
California Blonde Brass Color Correcting Crème
A weekly in-shower treatment formulated with Linseed oil and blue pigments to neutralize brassiness and nourish the hair.
The California Blonde system gives your hair the moisture it craves while bringing radiance to your color-treated blonde hair. This formula with passion flower extracts provides nourishment to the hair and helps enhance its radiance. To make your color-treated hair shine even more, discover the entire California Blonde System: Illuminating Shampoo, Illuminating Conditioner, Illuminating Elixir and CC Brass Color Correcting Crème. Apply the Illuminating Elixir each day on your tips as a finishing touch.
Hair Type: All Hair Types
Used For: Smoothing, shine enhancing
Product Form: Cream

California Blonde Illuminating Shampoo
This brightening shampoo gently cleanses and nourishes hair to enhance shine, color radiance and softness.
The California Blonde system gives your hair the moisture it craves while bringing radiance to your color-treated blonde hair. This formula with passion flower extracts provides nourishment to the hair and helps enhance its radiance. To make your color-treated hair shine even more, discover the entire California Blonde System: Illuminating Shampoo, Illuminating Conditioner, Illuminating Elixir and CC Brass Color Correcting Crème. Apply the Illuminating Elixir each day on your tips as a finishing touch.
Hair Type: Colored
Used For: Protect Color
Product Form: Liquid

California Blonde Illuminating Conditioner
This ultra-nourishing conditioner wraps hair with moisture from root to tip, smoothing and taming dry, unruly strands.
The California Blonde system gives your hair the moisture it craves while bringing radiance to your color-treated blonde hair. This formula with passion flower extracts provides nourishment to the hair and helps enhance its radiance. To make your color-treated hair shine even more, discover the entire California Blonde System: Illuminating Shampoo, Illuminating Conditioner, Illuminating Elixir and CC Brass Color Correcting Crème. Apply the Illuminating Elixir each day on your tips as a finishing touch.
Hair Type: All Hair Types
Used For: Protect Color
Product Form: Cream

Where to buy
California Blonde Brass Color Correcting Crème
From Target – You get a4.2 ounce bottle for $11.99 USD.

California Blonde Illuminating Shampoo
From Target – You get and 8.5 ounce bottle for $9.99 USD.

California Blonde Illuminating Conditioner
From Target – You get a 6.7 ounce bottle for $9.99 USD.

Directions
California Blonde Brass Color Correcting Crème
To correct your unwanted brassy color, apply a small amount to wet hair (depending on the length and thickness of your hair) from the roots to the tips, and then let sit for 5 to 10 minutes (depending on desired strength). Rinse thoroughly. Work with the entire California Blonde system.

California Blonde Illuminating Shampoo & Conditioner
Apply the California Blonde Illuminating Conditioner after shampooing your hair. To make your color treated blonde hair shine all the way, apply the California Blonde Illuminating Elixir each day as its finishing touch.

Packaging
The Brass Color Correcting Crème comes in a cardboard box that is gold with black, purple and gold accents. It has a picture of a woman on the front. The tube is a pearly white with a dark bluish purple twist cap. It has gold, black and bluish purple details. It has the company and product information printed on the tube. The shampoo comes in a pearly gold bottle. It has a gold and black flip top cap with the initials embossed on the top. It has clear labels with details in black and gold. It has the product and company information on it. The conditioner comes in a pearly gold bottle with a flip top cap in gold and black. It has clear labels with gold and black details. It has the company and product information.

Scent and formula
The Brass Color Correcting Crème is the consistency of a lighter weight conditioner and it’s bluish purple in color. It smells really good, flowery. The Illuminating shampoo and conditioner smell the same. It’s not overpowering and it smells really good. I imagine it’s passion flower I’m smelling since they all have passion flower extract. The shampoo is pearly white in color and the consistency of a regular shampoo. The conditioner is white and has the consistency of a thick conditioner.

Ingredients
California Blonde Brass Color Correcting Crème
Aqua/water, cetearyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, hyroxylpropyl, starch phospate, candelilla cera/candelilla wax, propylene glycol, cocamidopropyl betaine, sclerotium gum, acid violet 43, ci 60730/ext. violet , linalool, ethanolamine, geraniol, alpha-isomethyl ionone, sodium chloride, phenoxyethanol, limonene, chlorhexidine digluconate, isopropyl alcohol, citronellol, citric acid, poly(linsed oil0, hexyl cinnamal, benzyl salicylate, benzyl alcohol, parfum/fragrance.

California Blonde Illuminating Shampoo
Aqua/water, dimethicone, cetyl alcohol, divinyldimethicone/dimethicone copolymer, ci 77891/titanium dioxide, mica, dipalmitoylethyl hydroxyethylmonium mjethosulfate, linalool, cetearyl alcohol, behentrimonium chloride, alpha-isomethy ionone, myristyl alcohol, limonene, chlorhexidine digluconate, isopropyl alcohol, ctrimonium chloride, hydroxyethylcellulose, citric acid, citronellol, passiflora incarnata/passiflora incarnata seed oil, cetyl esters, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, hexyl cinnamal, benzyl salicylate, benzyl alcohol, parfum/fragrance.

California Blonde Illuminating Conditioner
Aqua/water, sodium laureth sulfate, dimethnicone, coco-betaine, glycol distearate, sodium chloride, cocamide mipa, linalool, carbomer, alpha-isomethyl ionone, sodium benzoate, salicylic acid, sodium hydroxide, limonene, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, citronellol, citric acid, passiflora incarnate/passiflora incarnata seed oil, hexylene glycol, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, hexyl cinnamal, benzyl salicylate, benzyl salicylate, benzyl alcohol, parfum/fragrance.

I was lucky and Influenster sent me the Dessange Paris California Blond VoxBox! I received the California Blonde Brass Color Correcting Crème, California Blonde Illuminating Shampoo and California Blonde Illuminating Conditioner. Let me start off by saying I dye my hair pink but I leave a couple of areas of my hair blonde/white so I was happy to receive these. Even though these are for blonde hair they don’t make my pink fade any faster.

I will start off with the California Blonde Brass Color Correcting Crème. The last couple of times I bleached my hair it didn’t get as white as I’d like. There was still a little yellow to it. Not a lot but more than I wanted. I like this correcting creme because it gets rid of that last little hint of yellow for me and makes it look whiter. It’s also really conditioning on my damaged hair, which I wasn’t really expecting. I can use it as a conditioner on its own or I can use it with other conditioners. It really stands up well on its own on my hair. My hair feels soft after using it and the blonde areas of my hair look white and great. I really like the scent as well. It’s floral but not a sickeningly sweet floral and the scent stays in my hair but it’s not overpowering.

The California Blonde Illuminating Shampoo is pretty awesome. It smells wonderful. It has almost the same scent as the correcting creme, but it’s a little more flowery. I don’t normally like floral scents in hair products because they smell too sweet or old lady for me, but this smells sort of exotic and so pretty. I have used this shampoo on its own and with the conditioner that goes with it. Just on its own this leaves my hair feeling a little more soft and shiny than it usually is. I normally can’t use shampoo a lone, ever. My hair is too damaged from past bleaching and without conditioner it’s a hot, frizzy mess. It cleanses well and doesn’t appear to leave any hair spray residue or anything in my hair. Overall I really like this shampoo. It smells good and works well on my poor hair.

The California Blonde Illuminating Conditioner is awesooooomeeee. It smells just like the shampoo. A pretty floral that smells exotic and yummy. This stuff is super great on my poor damaged hair. It leaves it soft and shiny and smooth. My hair naturally is wavy with some random curls. With the damage my hair isn’t so wavy anymore, it’s just frizzy and dry and ew. This for whatever reason makes my hair more wavy/curly. It’s pretty awesome. This makes my hair so much more manageable and I haven’t had to use any argan oil or other serums with it. Score!

Overall this collection is great. I don’t know if I’ll buy the Color Correcting Creme again. I don’t really use them often. If I were to need one in the future I’d most likely go with this brand, but I probably won’t be really needing it in the future. I will be continuing the shampoo and conditioner though. They work really well on my hair and they smell SO good. The price isn’t too bad and they are sold at Target which is a plus cause you know Target is my favorite store! >.> hehe Anyways I am impressed with these and I kind of want to try the Illuminating Elixir too. We’ll see. Dessange Paris also has some other hair products at Target that I want to go take a look at. I’m wondering if they smell as good as these.

P.S. Pay no attention to my horribly grown out roots. d= They shall be bleached next month hopefully.

Dessange Paris California Blonde Brass Color Correcting Crème, California Blonde Illuminating Shampoo & California Blonde Illuminating Conditioner
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Summary

Pros
Moisturizing
Makes hair smooth
Makes hair shiny
Smells good
Reduces brassiness

Cons
None

Final thoughts
These products work really well. They moisturize, smooth and make hair more shiny and manageable.

Buy or not
Definitely

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