Picking Peonies

Not that you could tell what my hair was like before as I always wore wigs, but today’s post is inspired by my new hair colour. Here’s the story: about a month ago I went to the hairdresser’s after 10 years because I needed a bigger change in life and naturally, my hair was the first to volunteer. I wanted to be a blonde to get a break from the medium brown I’d had for over a year. BUT … It didn’t work. It should have been an easy job since I even stopped dyeing it about six months ago. I have no idea what happened, but the hairdresser really messed up. We’d talked about doing a balayage with a seamless transition from a dark blonde at the roots to lighter ends, but the end result was just … Let’s just say I could have done a better job myself with my eyes closed.
I couldn’t stand looking at it anymore, so last week I threw on a bright magenta as a temporary solution. It bleeds everywhere so I’m still not entirely happy *sigh* but I do love the actual colour. I thought it would be a fun idea to emphasize it with matching makeup using red and pink eyeshadow – something I never wore before, but today I’ve definitely realized I need to use more often.

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I don’t own own any eyeshadows that look exactly like the hair, so I tried mixing a few different shades to get a good balance between red and pink. I always loved those colours, but never bought any because I thought they would make my eyes look bruised and tired.

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I was so wrong! The way I apply eyeshadow today makes it easier to work with more vibrant shades. I always put a complementing brown in the crease which tones down any bright colours that might look too over the top on their own. Tightlining and soft black eyeliner also help with framing the lid, further reducing the brightness of the strong colours.

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I never do anything to my lower lids and eyelashes, I prefer the focus to be on the upper side of the eyes. I feel like it lifts them and keeps the look more natural.

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I completed the look using a mix of lipsticks and a bright red blush. I focused on keeping the red undertones quite strong, so it would look a bit different than the hair, but still similar enough if you looked from afar.

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This has really helped me step out of my comfort zone when it comes to eyeshadow. I was never afraid to wear bright lipsticks, but kept the eyes neutral because I didn’t think anything else looked good on me. Strange how opinions can change, but it’s surely a welcome change.

(BTW, hair looks frizzy because that’s my natural texture and I didn’t style it for the photos.)

Products used:

Face
Clarins Everlasting Foundation (103 Ivory)
Kiko Full Coverage Concealer (02)
IsaDora Velvet Touch Compact Powder (10 Sheer Transparent)
Stargazer Velvet Eyeshadow (Deep Red) as blush

Eyes
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (15 Fair)
Stargazer Velvet Eyeshadow (Deep Red)
Essence Sunkissed LE Soft Touch Eyeshadow (01 Hello Summer)
Sweetscents Loose Eyeshadow (Chocolate Brown)
Sleek Ultra Mattes Vol. 1 (pink)
Catrice Absolute Eye Colour (140 The Captain Of The Black Pearl)
Bottega Verde Liquid Eyeliner (Black)
Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade (Soft Brown)

Lips
Mix of different red and pink matte lipsticks (didn’t write them all down)

Thank you for looking! 😊

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8 thoughts on “Picking Peonies

  1. This is a perfect match with your new hair color. Also, as a fellow blonde-sufferer, I can offer a few tips because I know what it’s like when your hair is totally destroyed! I’m curious if your stylist maybe used too strong a developer and maybe let it sit in too long… I can recommend, just to make your hair feel a little better, using protein treatments (Joico has a reconstructor in the K-Pak line that I love, but Aphogee’s 2 Minute Miracle is a cheaper alternative). Filling in with color is a huge help, too, since your hair needs a little something to fill it in the center. Anyway, that’s all for my amateur hair tips LOL. I always love looking at your makeup looks – they are so intriguing and you are so skilled!

    • Thank you so much for the compliments and recommendations! And I never mentioned, but I’m actually a hair stylist by profession and have tried nearly all colours on myself over the years, so I know of most tricks to keeping it in (relatively) good condition 😉 The Joico reconstructor you mentioned is something I’ve had in my bathroom drawer and loved it for quite a while. The blonde itself didn’t actually destroy my hair (she used Olaplex which keeps the integrity of hair during processing), it was her indescribably bad freehand painting technique that made everything look so patchy … I’ve gone back to brown since I made this post, and all I can say is what a waste of money that experience was.

  2. Vau, kaka huda barva. Po tem, ko sem te že videla s toliko različnimi lasuljami, se mi zdi, da ti prav vse barve las pristajajo. 🙂 Sama se že nekaj let ne barvam več, ker mi je moja naravna barva las postala ful lepa, amoak zadnje čase ful razmišljam o rdeči, čeprav se po eni strani bojim, da mi jih bo barvanje ful uničilo, ker sem že prej imela vedno dokaj uničene lase, sedaj pa sem jih končno spravila k sebi in so res zdravi.
    Jaz pa sem kontra kot ti – makeupa sploh ne morem nositi, če tudi na spodnjo veko ne dodam nekaj senčila, maskara je pa irak obvezna. 😀

    • Hvala! Sem imela v preteklosti že tudi svoje lase v vse barve pobarvane, zdaj mi je pa lažje lasuljo zamenjat 😀
      Jaz sem tudi že poskusila vzljubiti svojo barvo, ampak ni šlo, ker imam enostavno preveč rada spremembe. Če se boš barvala, pojdi v kakšno frizersko trgovino in izberi kakšen preliv in razvijalec z najmanjšim procentom, pa ti ne bo uničilo las. Trgovinskih barv v škatlah res ne priporočam, meni so jih tiste poškodovale, ker so preagresivne. Odkar pa sama mešam, imam pa samo toliko poškodovane, kolikor so že po naravi, ker so suhi in kodrasti.
      Saj mislim, da je pri večini ljudi tako 😀 Saj kdaj pa kdaj probam tudi spodaj dati kakšno barvo, pa enostavno potem nisem več “jaz”.

  3. Nor odtenek in kako ti paše! 😀 Zelo mi je všeč ta makeup, ki se res odlično zlije z očmi in mislim, da ti rdeče senčilo zelo paše. Jaz tudi vedno uporabim rjavo v gubi, sploh ko nosim kakšne odtenke, ki se najbolj ne ujemajo z mojo toplo poltjo :). O frizerjih pa sploh ne bi.. jaz se sama barvam in moj mi reže lase…pri naših frizerjih sem mogoče samo enkrat imela dobro izkušnjo. Potem pa gledam Guy Tanga na youtube in njegove masterpieces ombreja, sombreja in ne vem kaj.. človek bi se zjokal :).

    • Hvala! 😀 Jaz sem bila kar presenečena, da mi pristojijo te barve, ker jih načeloma nikoli nosim, čeprav so mi všeč na drugih. A ne, tale trik z rjavo je res uporaben, ne vem, zakaj se ga nisem že prej bolj zavedala :O
      Jaz ne vem, če sem sploh imela eno dobro izkušnjo pri frizerju, resno. Ko sem bila mlajša, me je mami strigla in barvala, zadnjih 10 let pa vse najraje kar sama naredim. Morda sem se parkrat kaj zastrigla, ampak načeloma sem imela pa vedno lepo frizuro. Sem upala, da se je v vseh teh letih kaj spremenilo pri “profesionalcih”, pa očitno temu ni tako. Oh, ko bi imeli vsaj 1% tistega znanja in predvsem zanosa, ki ga ima Guy Tang, bi pomoje vsi radi hodili v salone …

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