Temporary Root Touch Ups - Worth It?

I'd like to say that I started using root touch up products because my highlights grew out so fast but that wasn't the case.  I, like all 4 of my mother's sisters, starting going grey in my 20's and now, at 35, well let's just say they've invited friends and now I have a freaking silver village. Since I travel for a living, booking regular 3-4 week color retouches isn't always practical so I have tried out several temporary color touch-ups.  Not to mention blowing $100 per month on something as mundane as root color is not my favorite and with some of these temporary products, you can stretch out your salon visits to 8-10 weeks!

Now, not all root touch up products are created equal and although I have found my favorite through much trail and error, I'll break down some of the others so you can choose the one that's right for you.

Rita Hazan Root Touch Up
Rita Hazan Root Touch Up

Rita Hazan is my favorite!  The shade range is vast and the needle-like nozzle makes for precision placement.  The spray somehow sticks only to my hair and not my scalp which I love because that's usually the tell tale giveaway that you're faking your color.  Plus it doesn't come off on my fingers or pillow.

Prevana Root Touch Up
Prevana Root Touch Up

Prevana is a cream formula with a foundation brush like applicator and it does dry crunchy and seems to make my hair appear oilier than usual but it could work for someone with dry hair.  It's ok but I wouldn't recommend it.

Bumble Hair Powder
Bumble Hair Powder

Bumble & Bumble Hair Powder was my first purchase and I did use it for years before I started trying others.  I die for Bumble styling products in general but this one is not awesome.  It tends to spray all over and by all over I mean, everywhere... my shower curtain, mirror, forehead, clothing and beyond.  It transfers easily on my hands and bedding which since I use Dark Brown, that too is not awesome.  The upside is they make it in a travel size so I do carry that with me in case of root emergencies in other cities.

WOW root touch up
WOW root touch up

WOW Powder is very very pricey for what you get.  I think it was the hair powder Joan Rivers endorsed if I'm not mistaken.  I picked it up at Ulta recently and the color was great.  The application is a bit tedious because it's like applying an eye shadow with a small stiff brush the entire length of your hairline or scalp.  #aintnobodygottimeforthat But if you are naturally a brunette and color your hair blonde, this product is amazing because of the control you get and the coverage so you can temporarily color your roots, without covering your detailed highlights.

If you use one that I didn't mention and love it, I'd love to hear about it!  Let me know in the comments below.

Date Night Makeup

I recently asked my boyfriend if he notices when I wear makeup and his answer was 'I notice when you have bright lipstick and when you wear dark or sparkly colors on your eyes'.  With that said, best to keep your date night makeup simple, subtle and pretty with these few products because you've got him fooled so far... let him keep thinking you just wake up like this!

Date Night Makeup

FACE: Jouer Matte Moisture Tint or NARS Sheer Glow if you're combo to dry, Clarins Instalight Concealer and MAC Blot Powder in Medium Dark (then I take Tarte Pressed Smooth Focus Powder with me).

COLOR: Clinique Blush and Too Faced Chocolate Soliel Bronzer.

BROWS: ABH Wiz in Dark Brown

EYES: Naked 3, Urban Decay 24/7 Liner with Josie Maran Black Oil Mascara

LIPS: Tanya Burr Sparkling Dew Drops

The key is to keep it as close to natural as possible.  Although some men appreciate deep sexy smoky eyes or a scandalous red lip, most in my experience prefer to see you (and with these products you'll be 'you' just a little brighter.

Winter Skin Must Haves

I've spent the last 13 winters in Florida so I haven't really had to alter my skincare routine for cold months until I moved to Texas of all places!  Who knew the winter here would be quite bitter, dry and chappy.  I finally have a system that has been helping me defeat the effects of winter so if you are in frigid temperatures right now, some of these suggestions might be useful to making the chilled months more tolerable. Winter Skin Must Haves

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Oil is a bit heavier than my favorite Tatcha Camellia Cleansing Oil that I have decided to reserve for summer months.  It rinses clean and seems to do a great job at removing all traces of makeup and the size of product for the money is quite a value.

Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins I use a few times per week to keep my skin hydrated so I can still use Retin-A on alternate days.  I find I am extremely sensitive to high concentrations of vitamin C but this light cream doesn't seem to bother me at all.

Pixi Glow Tonic is a gentle way to add daily exfoliation into your regimen without stripping your skin.  I still exfoliate in the shower a few times per week with my Laura Mercier Face Gommage (which I have been loyal to for 10 years) but since my skin gets a little flaky in the winter, swiping this over my face in the morning on a cotton pad makes my foundation go on smooth every time.

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster (the name is bigger than the bottle, just FYI) is a great way to add a little glow to winter white skin without having to use a separate self tanner or even worrying about your face being darker than your neck.  I just add about 3 drops to my daytime moisturizer 3-4 times per week and I feel like that helps me to look healthy in the cold months.

Deborah Lippmann Steppin Out cream for my feet is a must have every night before bed!  I have awful circulation due to a long time thyroid disorder so my feet (and hands) get wicked cold and I generally sleep with socks on so it makes sense to hydrate my heels nightly.  Even though you may not be showing off your toes for months, I hate it when my feet feel rough and this luxurious cream seems to help when applied regularly.

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream is a cult favorite and I purchased it last winter, shelving it for the summer but have religiously used it again this winter on any super dry areas like my lips, cuticles and heels.  I find that it protects my cuticles much better than the Josie Maran Oil I had been previously turning to.  I also respect it as a multi-function product so when traveling I have 1 tube that does the job of 5 products saving space and time.

Saving the lips for last as they have proven to be my biggest challenge this winter.  I have finally found a combination that keeps my pout from cracking and believe me, it wasn't easy or cheap.  I invested in just about everything from Burts Bees to La Mer and this is what seemed to do the best job...

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish a few times a week in the shower.  This is far oilier than I would like and I can say I won't be repurchasing it next winter (I have my eye on the Sarah Happ version) but I do think it helps rid my lips of the dry skin.  I do recommend applying it before your facial cleanser so you have the chance to wash off all the oil it leaves behind.

Fresh Sugar Lip Serum which doesn't take the place of your daily lip balm but it does add that extra bit of lightweight moisture with added repairative benefits.  I apply this before I start my makeup in the morning so my lips are soft for my color of the day.  I also apply it at night before my lip balm.

BITE Agave Lip Mask is my night time go to.  I'm not sure I am convinced that it is a lip mask but I do like how thick it is since I believe that aspect allows it to last longer over night.  I have the original packaging which isn't awesome but the company realized that and have since started selling it in a much more consumer friendly tube.

I hope these product recommendations help you fight off the effects of bad man winter.  Good luck and remember, diligence is key to keeping chappy at bay.

Winter Berries & Wine

Every year as winter approaches I watch all my favorite YouTubers and bloggers go wild for berry and wine stained everything from lips to nails to clothing.  I never get on that band wagon however this year I tried a YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in #2 and I was hooked!  It might have been because I darkened my hair and went free of self tanner for most of the season so the shade may have been more flattering then it was in previous years.  I have, I guess you could say, made up for lost time and collected quite a dew this winter.  Here are my favorites... Berry Cover Photo

  • Essie Recessionista Polish
  • NARS Penny Arcade Gloss
  • BITE BB for Lips in Dolce
  • YSL Rouge Volupte #2 my (favorite of the lot)
  • Tanya Burr Berry Picking Gloss
  • Anastasia Sad Girl Gloss *launching soon at Macys
  • OPI Casino Royal Polish
  • Clinique Chubby Intense Roomiest Rose
  • Anastasia Venom Liquid Lipstick

Swatches for Blog

If you have a fantastic berry shade that I haven't mentioned, tell me in the comments section so I can add to my collection.