Monday, August 5, 2019

Toning Blond Wig with Gentian Violet

I own two Paula Young "Shannon" wigs in color 14/26A#8 Sunkissed Rooted (medium Ash blonde with medium golden blonde highlights, with medium golden brown roots)-- it's a little too WARM toned for my liking 😝 too orange!
So I tried to tone it with gentian violet.
First I tried 1 tablespoon gentian violet in a bucket of water and let my wig sit 10min. No real change...
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 Second try I had 2 tablespoons gentian violet in the bucket of water and let the wig sit overnight... OK yes this made a HUGE difference! 😆 
Be warned it dyed the wigcap bright purple- this would be a problem if my wig didn't have bangs. I would never do this with a lacefront or mono top.

And warning: if my wig had been a more platinum I have no doubt it would turn out lilac. My darker blonde wig has pinkish highlights now lol
Strawberry blond is my jam! 🍓
It looks very rose gold now, doesn't it?
More youthful and hipster 😎

Sunday, May 26, 2019

How to Curl your Versafiber Wig by Paula Young

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I bought "Shannon" versafiber wigs with all the hopes and dreams of changing it's style up like real hair. I want *bouncy*curls! Paula Young says you can curl versafiber hair with a curling iron up to 350(F)- their tutorial video says to curl then clip the curl until cool. Is it seriously that easy? NOT IN MY EXPERIENCE.
Try #1: I did exactly what Paula Young told me to, curl then clip. I have a 1" curling iron. But when it cools and I removed the clips and finger-combed my versafiber the hair flopped flat. LAME.
 Review Versafiber hair tutorial Shannon by Paula Young wig A1136

So try #2: I wrapped cool hair back up in curled clips, then I lightly steamed them with a handheld steamer, and let dry before unclipping. (This is what you do if you want to create curls or waves in synthetic hair wigs 😉 if you want super loose waves undo the clips before the hair fully dries)
tutorial steam curling wig hairVersafiber curling wig hair tutorial featuring Shannon by Paula Young
And again finger-combing = ugly, sad curls ☹️
Water boils at 212(F) so I didn't ruin the hair, don't worry.
Shannon A1136 Golden Wheat 14/88A#8 rooted blonde bob

OK- so try #3 we will go over the flat curls again with a curling iron. Not giving up!!
using a curling iron on heat friendly Paula Young wig 
Well... it looks slightly better than the first try 🤷
Is this as much bounce as I get?! WTF PAULA?!

Paula Young says you can heat-style Versafiber hair and the new style will be "locked in"-- meaning you can wash the wig and it will return to your style. So let's test that theory! I drenched the wig in water, no shampoo, shook a little, and let dry...
wash hairpieces shake dry use fabric softener as conditioner
WHY won't the back of the wig stay curled?!
That hair is WORTHLESS!! Flat no matter what.

Final thoughts: Versafiber hair isn't special.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Hack: packing up Perfumes to move

Best way to move your perfume? Go to the liquor store and get a box with dividers used for small/shooter bottles. Put each perfume inside a sock for extra protection. Voila!
How ship Perfume Wrap bottle in sock Fill liquor box
Isn't this perfect?! 😄
 

Saturday, January 27, 2018

(review) Serious Skincare C Extreme Results

Serious Skincare is a brand sold on HSN. The "face"/mascot is Jennifer Flavin Stallone (Sylvester's wife) and she's obviously had a lot of plastic surgery... So why should we trust her? LMAO 😂 Hey, I gave this crap a chance, I blindly tested it, and NO! 
DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!!
C Extreme Results is a 2-step exfoliating kit.
Step 1: C Resurface / vitamin c & bicarbonate 
Step 2: C Potion / vitamin c action gel
Step 1 is gently exfoliating, didn't hurt... leave it on 3 minutes and it gets a little irritating...

Step 2 "activates" and dissolves the Step 1- it makes the Step 1 foamy and hurts your face, by 1 minute it feels like you rubbed glass into your face.

After rinsing off my face feels like it's been pounded with a meat tenderizer. No good! 
NEVER USE SODIUM BICARBONATE (BAKING SODA) ON YOUR FACE!!
HOW did this crap get 4 stars on HSN.com?! I think they're deleting bad reviews!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

(review) dermaroller & cystic acne

(SPOILER: THIS IS A GODSEND!!)
4 in 1 Micro Needle Facial Roller by Revive Beauty ($12.99 at TJ Maxx)
Microneedling is supposed to work by forcing your skin into healing-mode. People use it for scars, wrinkles, pigmentation... I guess it increases collagen production, too. This tool will poke holes into my skin, so any serum I put on afterwards will penetrate deeper. Kim Kardashian gets her ugly face Dermarolled ("vampire facial") so it has to be good, right? Haha.
 This roller is kinda painful (and I have a high pain tolerance, so beware...) I used the 1mm roller on my face, up and down all over. Everywhere, over my cystic bumps and pustules. Afterwards I applied tea tree oil to kill bacteria. It stung! Then before bed I applied my serums and creams. You know the struggle is real.
The next day my face looked 50% better! All the open sores were scabbed- I picked the scabs off and it's only red skin no more pus! YAY!! (Normally the scab-pus-scab-pus cycle lasts weeks before disappearing) So the tea tree oil penetrated deep enough 😂 my skin is smoother and I almost cried.

OK, monthly update: so I've been using this dermaroller 2-3x/week and my face doesn't seem to be getting better than 80%. But if this is the best I can get I'm happy. Sometimes when I roll over the cysts they bleed or pus lol that's gross. I've also noticed dermarolling my forehead makes me sneeze.

Final thoughts: I like this tool. Most of all I like how it allowed my skincare products to penetrate cystic bumps. I will definitely use it on cysts in the future and any skin issues that refuse to heal in a timely manner. I will also be trying it out on my stretch marks with retin-a *fingers crossed*

One month update on stretch marks: I think this is helping the Retin-A penetrate and the marks are improving slowly. No change to my cellulite tho. And now my thighs/butt stick to the toilet seat lol tmi! I try to Dermaroll my stretch marks 2-3x/week.
3month update: I'm still hopeful but not much change

WARNING: you must roll at a slow smooth pace and not drag the needles, they will slash your skin like knives! 🔪

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Oregano Oil BURNED My Face

I should just rename this blog: TASHA IS A DUMBASS!
In case you're new here- I have rosacea subtype 2 which is like pus-oozing "pimples" and cysts constantly. It's caused by a demodex mite infestation. I've had to wipe my face down with tea tree oil every night for the past year to keep my skin looking somewhat-ok (I seriously look like a meth addict on a GOOD day, life is a nightmare). Anyways, I hate tea tree oil. I read online that oregano oil works to kill demodex just like tree tea oil- so I tried it! LOL omg...
WARNING: UNDILUTED OREGANO OIL WILL BURN YOUR FACE OFF!
Stupid me did not dilute the 100% oregano essential oil because I thought I didn't need to. I feel no pain with 60% glycolic acid, and 30% TCA peels are fine lol I'm invincible against a little spaghetti herb, right? NOOOOOOO!!
I've never felt so much burning pain in my life, I must have splashed water on my face 10min straight and it still hurt. The next day my face feels like it's been thru a serious tca peel, it's red and physically warm to the touch.
Day 3: starting to peel/flake
Day 5: finishing peeling

Note: if you ever burn your skin with an oil, the correct dilution method is NOT to rinse with water- you need to slather an oil (like coconut or olive oil) all over!! Water only spreads the problem.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

(review) MUAC 60% Glycolic Acid and 30% TCA Peels

I ordered a couple peels from MakeupArtistsChoice during a 30% off sale (always wait for a sale!)
Shipping: fast but they fill the box with styrofoam cheeto puffs and that crap isn't biodegradable, so yeah... Grrr...
I want to use these peels to help fight wrinkles, mostly on my forehead. I know these peels will not improve my rosacea.
60% Glycolic Acid peel
I think the strongest glycolic face leave-on cream I've ever used was 30% and that left my fave red and sore the next day. Alpha Hydrox 8% glycolic acid cream has been my favorite overnight face product for years, it definitely helped thin out my forehead wrinkles better than anything else (including retin-a).
In the 'before' pic you can see I have some open sores on my face- this is my new reality with rosacea (yay!). You're not supposed to do peels or exfoliate skin with open sores... lol you do you, Boo! My skin's looked like crap the past year, I'm trying the dang peel!!
OK LOL so the peel kinda stings on my sores but annoying/itchy everywhere else. Glycolic acid burned the scab off one sore on my cheek and it bled a little. Overall 60% glycolic acid feels like 10% tca peel on my skin, not bad at all! I'm starting to doubt this "peel" is actually 60%... Worried nothing was happening, I went against the MUAC instructions and left it on until it stopped itching *shrug*

Results immediately my skin felt dry, same feeling after using a benzyl peroxide face wash// 3 days later: My skin never peeled. Not even extra redness or soreness on my sensitive undereye skin, WTF?! My open blemishes dried out, turned into red spots. My skin doesn't look better/smoother/glowy anywhere on my face. I don't think this peel was 60%, nothing happened ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Lame.
TRY #2:before vs. during
A few days later I tried this "60% glycolic acid" again... and again a waste of time and money. MUAC must have mislabeled this bottle, maybe they meant 6% lol I left it on 10min *shrug* No discomfort whatsoever under my eyes and I made sure to soak that area- this really pisses me off. My under eye skin is VERY sensitive but MUAC "60% glycolic acid" has no effect?! I got ripped off.
UPDATE: I tried this on my friend who doesn't really use skincare but does do 20% TCA peels a couple times/year... And she SCREAMED BLOODY MURDER 😂 so I guess my face just is hardcore from using tea tree oil daily? LOL wtf

30% TCA peel
I used a Q-tip and used 30% TCA as spot treatment on my chest freckles. It burned & frosted. It was a quick,intense burn with no lingering pain after 20seconds (weird because with other brands of TCA I've used the pain lingered for minutes). No frosting. My freckles turned dark brown overnight. Slight flaking days later. My freckles look like nothing happened lol. Not the best TCA peel I've ever used but not the worst either.

Final thoughts on MakeUpArtistsChoice: these peels would be good for other women, but they're just not strong enough for my skin.