Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Fyrinnae Liquid Matte Lipstick Swatches - Naughty & Nice, Vixen, Delicious, Desire

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product shown.

These arrived in my mailbox about 10 minutes ago, I did super fast swatches, labeled the shades, and here they are.  They look AMAZING!!

Photo taken outside, overcast day, no flash.  I haven't altered the photos in any way other than the labels.

lippies were a bit damp

Here's another a few minutes later, after the lipstick has dried.  It dries just ever so slightly darker.  Again, overcast, so the photo isn't very bright.

I haven't worn them yet but will let you know how they wear.  Fyrinnae's been bombarded with orders and their site has been taken down a few times over the last couple of weeks, but be patient and keep checking.  Fyrinnae is always worth the wait.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

November 1

No, I haven't died or anything, just been busy.  I have a bunch of items I meant to swatch, but you've probably seen them all by now....I'll get to it one of these days, I hope!

Friday, August 1, 2014

My Hair Color Favorites

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product shown.

I've dyed my naturally light brown hair black for many years.  It's been red on occasion too, and extremely dark brown, but I really prefer it black.  I've used all the drugstore box brands, whatever peaked my interest at Sally's, and various professional brands at salons and purchased online and done myself.

My go to for the last few years has been Pravana ChromaSilk in Black 1N.  It's a nice dark black, no hints of blue. I always try to use a low level developer, and recently bought Pravana's Zero Lift, since I'm only depositing color.   I absolutely love it!

For the purple areas, I have to bleach my hair first.  I use a 20 volume developer, on rare occasion I've used 30 but I don't like messing with anything higher than that.  I've been using Prism Lites in Violet and after going through numerous packets I finally went and bought a tub, but the Sally's near me only had Blue.  Works as well; the package says it lightens up to 5 levels and "adds cool tones to black to medium blonde hair", while the Violet lightens up to 4 levels and "adds iridescent tones to medium brown to light blonde hair."

I've used several brands of dye over the last few years, one not pictured is Joico, which worked really well and I would use again.  I didn't have luck with the Ion Color Brilliance, it faded really fast and looked very brown with a short time, but have heard good things from others about it, particularly when mixed with magenta.  I did some strand tests with the Adore but haven't gone ahead with it yet.  Special Effects is often touted as "the best" but the purples fade much more magenta on me than I'd like, and I'm just not patient enough to deal with their distribution issues.   Don't get me wrong, it's good stuff, but when I want to dye my hair I don't want to have to scour the internet for a shade and then stock up for a possible 6 month or longer drought.  When the urge to dye hits, it hits!  I always have a couple on hand for a friend who lives on it, when we can get it.

I do love the Pravana ChromaSilk Vivids Violet, it's super vibrant and has incredible staying power in my hair. (I have a regular ChromaSilk in this pic that wasn't supposed to be there, sorry!)   I recently debated switching back to it, but I've decided to stick with the Manic Panic for now.  Although I can easily mix with the Pravana, I feel I get a bit more variety with Manic Panic's great variety of shades.  I know many people complain about MP and swear it's awful and fades really fast, but it works great on my hair.  With the Pravana, it's more of a commitment and I know once I put it in, it's not going to easily come out.  All the recent bleaching I did, the Pravana still hung in there.

I have my method:
1) bleach regrowth
2) mix up a purple shade and apply
3) pop on a plastic shower cap & sit under my Laila Ali bonnet dryer for 20 mins
4) keep shower cap & dye on for 8-10 hours
5) rinse dye out, shampoo, and condition, then allow to air dry

Yes, that's an all day event, but I get fantastic results this way.   When I rinse, the water is tinged for less than thirty seconds, and I'm completely serious.  I ought to record my next rinse out so you can see it. I've had friends over while we help each other with coloring and they're always shocked to see how quickly the water runs clear.  My hair sucks it right up.  Someone warned me that it meant my hair was over-processed and too porous,  but I don't think that's the case.  I often have people touch my hair expecting it to feel stiff or strawlike and they're always amazed at the softness.

I should add that I really don't do much else with my hair.  I will blow dry my bangs so they're not dripping in my face, and always attempt to make them flat.  They look like I've sat with the curling iron and made them all 80's poufy, but that's just cowlicks that refuse to cooperate.   I wash it every 4th day, sometimes pushing it to 5 if I'm not going anywhere.  I don't apply any other heat, curling or flat iron, although my bangs definitely benefit on the once a year I do pull out my mini flat iron.

I was using Dermorganic shampoo and conditioner, and after finally using up the huge 33.8 oz bottles about a month ago, I've switched to Pureology Strength Cure.  I'd always wanted to try their stuff, so I bought some samples on eBay and loved them.

After I bleach or color, I love using Phyrra's Pretty Little Elixir.  I'll pamper my hair, apply the Elixir and let it sit all day with a plastic shower cap (and turbie twist over that) and when I rinse it feels so luxurious.  I've used Joico K Pak but it can feel a bit heavy in my hair, whereas the Elixir doesn't.  Futurederm  (yes, that's a handy link for you) has it on sale for $15.99 right now, a great price.  I gave one bottle to a friend (I use Pravana Violet on her hair) and  she recently told me how much better her hair feels all over after using it.

There's a key thing you need to remember with all these brands is - results may vary.  And that's absolutely true.  I've heard so many "what's the best dye?" discussions over the years, and my answer is always the same: it's whatever brand works best on YOUR hair.  Manic Panic works beautifully on me, but not on some of my friends.  And I know others who can't live without Clairol Nice and Easy, but that doesn't work well on my hair.  Pravana doesn't want to come out of my hair, but I have a friend who uses it and within two weeks it's completely gone.  It's trial and error to figure out what works best for you.  I'm always willing to try other brands though, because I never know when something will work even better. 

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Recolor with Manic Panic Violet Night, Purple Haze, Ultraviolet Mix

Nothing to disclose, I purchased products mentioned.

This is the "part two" to the '3 Weeks and a Few Test Strands Later' post from earlier, which shows my starting color and various test strands I tried before mixing up mostly Violet Night with good sized dollops of both Purple Haze and Ultraviolet.  You can also see my 'starting point' color in that post.

outside no flash, indirect light

a by the blue arrow shows an area that's a bit more berry purple, in the photos from the previous post you can see around my face is some hair that's very reddish.  I had bleached some additional hair that's underneath where the purple had been originally, and that had been 1N black.  The regrowth lightened fine, but the black only got to about a level 4.  I'll wait and see how the purple holds there.

direct sunlight

crazy bright direct sunlight

I'm very happy with this shade, and plan to keep it or something as close to it as I can, for a while.  Thanks for looking!

Monday, July 14, 2014

3 Weeks and a Few Strand Tests Later....

Nothing to disclose, I purchased items discussed.

Last I posted my hair was a "light" Violet Night, not pastel but lighter than normal, having mixed it with conditioner.  Manic Panic normally holds really well in my hair, but mixed with the conditioner, it faded fast.  Within 2 washings it was a silvery lavender shade that was absolutely gorgeous, but I didn't like it on me.  I didn't remember to take any pictures to show you, sorry.  On July 3rd I decided to remove what was in there and take the long weekend to figure out what to do next.   I had a few different brands and shades of color and wanted to do some test strands before committing to any shade.

 Really, are we back here again?

 There's a strand test or two peeking through in this one, but since I'd brushed my hair you can see the colors

First I wanted to try Adore.  I liked the idea of it - it's inexpensive, good range of colors, and easily available on eBay / Amazon, and even through a few salons within an hour of me.  I had picked up two purple shades, #113 African Violet and #116 Purple Rage.  I'd also bought #120 Black Velvet, but didn't try it this time.

I did a test strand of African Violet.  It's a blue based purple, but a bit more blue than purple on me.

I did a test strand of Purple Rage, which is a bit more berry purple.  It wasn't quite the shade I wanted.

I did a couple of mixes of the two but didn't find anything that really wow'd me.  I was also starting to wonder if I should try the Adore, simply fearing that it wouldn't fade well and I didn't want to be back at this icky blonde mess anytime in the near future.  Sorry Adore.  I've seen drool worthy pics online, I just seem to be confusing myself with all these options.

Despite having two shades of Special Effects on hand for a friend, I didn't want to bother with it.  Yeah, it's good stuff, but they've had distribution issues as far back as I can recall, and I don't like the idea of a shade I want not being available for up to 6 months at a time.   It also bleeds on me a lot more than other brands.

I thought about going back to the Pravana Chromasilk Vivids Violet.   I was 90% sure I was going to use it and then decided to stick with the Manic Panic.  I'd looked through photos from the past 18 months or so and despite loving the Pravana Violet, I felt Manic Panic gave me a greater range of shades.  

a couple of other test strands, the one on the right is Violet Night mixed with Raven (black). This was outside with flash, but inside it looked too black and not enough purple.  I forget what's on the left!

I had three purple shades, Violet Night, Purple Haze, and Ultraviolet.  Ultraviolet is a great purple that I think looks purple on me, but people would always ask about my "blue hair" so I don't use it on its own.   Purple Haze isn't quite it either, maybe a bit too warmish?  Violet Night is my favorite, but I'd really like it a bit darker.  I've mixed these shades with each other in past and no matter the ratio, I've always liked the color.

I don't have amounts for you, sorry, I just eyeballed it.  I used mostly Violet Night with large dollops of Ultraviolet and Purple Haze, about double the amount I'd normally use, because I didn't want to risk running out of the color while I was applying it. This photo was outside in bright sun.

I made sure to really saturate my hair with the color, then wrapped it up and sat under the bonnet dryer for about 25 minutes.  I rinsed it after it had been in for 8 hours.   Not to make this a big dramatic post but I'm going to put the final photos in the next post, so it's not crazy long. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Light Violet Night

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the products mentioned.

I wanted to give the lighter purple a second try, and then if it didn't work I'd return to my original plan of going darker purple.   I did a little more googling to try and figure out what would work to help remove the conditioner and protein overload as well as work with lighter shades.   I ended up washing with Malibu Goo Undoo clarifying shampoo with some baking soda mixed in.  The baking soda acted as a mild abrasive, not something you'd normally want but it did work.  I've used this mix before with a very small amount of baking soda to give my scalp a good scrubbing.  While it's generally not recommended for color treated hair, the three times I've done it were within a few days of a recolor.

I meant to pick up some conditioner but in running around trying to do too many things at once, I forgot.  I knew I had some Matrix Biolage Smooth Therapie conditioner tucked in the back of the closet, so I double checked the ingredients and didn't find anything that was recommended to avoid with pastels.  I mixed up more Manic Panic Violet Night with the Biolage, this time using 10 parts conditioner and 3 parts dye.   Advice I'd read suggested the color in the bowl should be about 2 shades darker than what you want.  I figured this color looked good.

I started to apply and could tell right away that the shampoo prior to coloring had helped, and the conditioner itself didn't seem to slip off my hair.  It was still a different consistency than dye alone, but much better than my previous mix.  I put on a shower cap, sat under my bonnet dryer for 25 minutes, then left it on for about five hours.  All in all, it turned out much better than the first attempt.  It's no where near a pastel, but this is probably the lightest shade my hair has been without counting the in between bleaching!

These pictures are the next day, the first in indirect light.  It looks much warmer here, in direct light it looks more cool.

These next few were in direct sunlight.

The next few are sort of 'close ups' where you can see the reddish pieces, which had been black a few weeks prior.  I knew they were no where near light enough for the purple.  Pardon the fact that I look a bit zombified here.

Over the next month, I plan to carefully brush on a bit more bleach on the red strands and see if I can get them to lighten up a bit more but not damage them.  If I can, I'll make them purple, shade depending on where and how much lighter.  If I can't, the inch or so closest to my scalp will stay this current color and below that will go back to black, and as it grows it'll gradually become part of the purple with more and more black getting snipped off during trims.  

I also plan to add some darker purple from about halfway down to the ends, to freshen that up as well.  And then I still have to color all the regrowth in the black areas, which hasn't been done since March.  

Thanks for looking.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Hair Change of Plan and a Fail

Nothing to disclose, I purchased products mentioned.

Remember how I wanted to darken my purple?  Well, that plan took a sharp turn after everyone I know decided to love the "I'm only halfway done I still have to dye it" hair, despite the multiple colors.   In my younger days I'd make a decision and stick with it, but as I get older and trying to teach my son that the world will not end if things don't go as planned, I though, what the hell.

I googled and read a lot of different tips about pastels and light colors.   I knew the top part of my hair still wasn't light enough for pastel, but I though I could mix up a lighter shade of purple and wanted to see what would happen.  I used about 10 parts conditioner to 2 parts dye, using Manic Panic's Violet Night.  I used Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil sulfate free conditioner, which in hindsight wasn't the best choice, but more on that in a minute.

Here was my starting point

Here's the dye mix, and yes, I mixed it a bit more thoroughly before I applied it.

I applied this to the lighter areas, mainly on the top and about to the tops of my ears.   The dye seemed to slip down, the consistency was different than without the conditioner.  I had to really work it into my hair, and was not at all confident that anything would happen.  I put on a shower cap, sat under the bonnet dryer for about 30 minutes, then left it on for about four to four & a half hours before rinsing.

I let it air dry and took these pictures that evening after my hair was dry.  First was indirect sunlight.

This one was in direct sun.

You can see the dye is very light, certain areas it's no more than a tinge.  You can also see the reddish pieces of hair, those had been black not long ago and that's about as light as they're going to get at this point.   I had included a lot more of the hair that was underneath the original purple on the last couple of bleaches, since it seemed every time I redid the black it overtook more of the purple.  More on that another day as well.

So what went wrong?  Well, multiple things really.  First, pastels / very light shades aren't as easy as dark ones.  Hair really needs to be bleached far more than mine was, which I knew from the start.  It has to be bleached more evenly, because uneven patches will stick out like a sore thumb.

I'd read several tips to avoid any product with keratin, and duh, the Marc Anthony conditioner contained keratin.  Because I'd done so much to my hair over recent weeks, I'd gone a bit overboard with the pampering, and I think my hair was over conditioned / over proteined.   Usually I wash with a clarifying shampoo - Malibu Undoo Goo - the day before coloring and don't use any conditioner, but I had washed after bleaching and used an intensive moisturizer for dry / damaged hair.  Good for my hair, not good for color.

I definitely respect those of you who achieve pastel shades, because it's a lot more work than dark ones.   This was definitely a good learning experience, and I'm glad I tried.  But now, what do I want to do from here?

It seems I've turned this into another ridiculously long hair story, but at least this one doesn't end with me losing 8-10 inches of hair and having the rest multiple shades of orange and fried!  More to come, it's a work in progress.  Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Recolor - Fix & Maybe Darker Purple

Nothing to disclose, I purchased all products mentioned.

I'd done a bunch of stuff to my hair 2 weeks ago - removed a little black, removed some of the purple, bleached a bit, and reapplied Manic Panic Violet Night.  I do love this color, but keep thinking I want to go darker purple again, and there were bits of brown poking through, which I really didn't like.

Part of that was from adding in more hair that used to be black, part was that underneath it all (from about the top of my cheekbones down) was only ever bleached to a level 7, and with this lighter purple it really should've been a bit lighter to start.  So shame on me, I should've just done it right the first time, instead of worrying about pushing it and ending up right back here two weeks later.

I didn't bother with a color remover, you can all gasp over that.  I went straight for the bleach, using Prism Lites Violet mixed with 20 volume developer.  I put it on for 20 minutes and washed thoroughly.

I did a second round of the same bleach mix, left it on for 20 minutes once again, hard to really tell because these two were both outside pics but it was overcast, so not very bright.  

My hair is still pretty damp below, so it still looks a bit dark, but at least the sun was out.

I'm not sure what's more shocking in these pictures, the light hair or the pink shirt!

I had an odd almost ombre sort of color left in my hair, ranging from blonde, orangeish, pinkish, and purples of various shades, darker towards the ends.  These pictures were taken the next day, in direct sunlight.

I realized that my hair has grown quite a bit because it was hard for me to take photos that show as much of my hair as possible so you can see the color from root to end.

There's a bit more to this story, but it's still in the works so more later.  Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather Collection Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product shown.

I picked up the five LE shades in the Harmon section of Bed Bath and Beyond, $5.79 each.  The display only has slots for two of each shade, so you have to grab these fast.  (6/12 Update: these shades are permanent, not limited editions!)

I applied the shadows with a wet/dry shadow brush on bare skin.  It's overcast and supposed to rain for the next few days, but I wanted to share these with you so you can keep in mind which shades you want if you find them.  First two are outside, no flash.

Here's an inside no flash

I'd read that these were all matte shades, but Chocolate Suede is not really matte.  When I ran the brush across the cream, I could see a reddish cast to it.  When I applied it to my arm, I could see a reddish - golden - coppery slight shimmer to it.  It's actually quite pretty, and "leather" really does fit this shade;  I was surprised since I thought it would be matte.   #260 Matte Brown  was part of the Fall 2013 collection (along with Just Beige and Nude Pink) so it's nice that it's different.  #400 Rich Mahogany  from the Fall 2012 collection is much more shimmery, and the shimmer in that was more multi color than Chocolate Suede as well.  Matte Dramatic Black also differs from the Dare to Go Nude collection's  Stroke of Midnight,  which had blueish silvery shimmer to it.

I hope you've found the photos helpful, and thanks for looking.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Fyrinnae Blush Swatches - Charm, Bewitching, Temptation, Mesmerize, Seduce, Royalty

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the products.

I couldn't resist ordering a full size Royalty blush from Fyrinnae.  I added minis of five other shades, Charm, Bewitching, Temptation, Mesmerize, and Seduce.  Problem is, I don't wear powder blush, only cream.  I figure I'll just mix them up with something liquid (moisturizer, oil, etc) and enjoy.

I used a dampened wet/dry shadow brush to apply the blush to bare skin.  I used dry fluffy shadow brushes to apply it next to the wet swatch.  I only have two blush brushes, and without washing each brush there could be cross contamination / inaccurate swatches, plus then drying each brush enough to get a dry swatch,  so I settled on the shadow brushes.  I did wet swatches to show you how deep the color can be, particularly for anyone who plans to mix it and use more as a cream, plus dry I was afraid the lighter shades might not be as obvious on my arm.  I know it sounds a little kooky but I thought it made sense.

All photos taken outside, first in direct light, second more indirect light.

Fyrinnae's color descriptions:

Charm - vibrant cool pink with the slightest touch of shimmer.  Intense color saturation. Lip safe.
Bewitching - light lilac mauve shade with a slight pink shimmer.  Lip and eye safe.
Temptation - deep plum with just a hint of shimmer.  Lip and eye safe.
Mesmerize - medium berry magenta shade with no brown tones. Intense color saturation. Lip safe.
Seduce - lilac shade that can be rubbed down to a cool mauve if desired. Very slight sheen. Lip and eye safe.
Royalty - vibrant violet blush which doesn't blend down to a warm shade.  It will rub down to a blue-violet hue, but with gentle blending or heavier application will remain more purple. Nearly matte, deeper and cooler than Seduce.  Often requested shade, new in 5/14.  Lip and eye safe.

Royalty is gorgeous in person, I can't wait to wear it.  Fyrinnae's description of it rubbing down to blue-violet but heavier application remains more purple is completely accurate.  Love it, love it, love it.  Unfortunately with my rosacea I don't get to use blush as much as I'd like, it's always a case of trying to add a nice color without overdoing it or making the redness worse/more obvious, so these minis will last me a good long time. 

I hope you've found the photos helpful, and thanks for looking.   Now I'm looking forward to that new lip lustre!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Recolor with Manic Panic Violet Night

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product discussed.

My last recolor was back on March 18 and I'd used a mix of shades in order to use up small amounts left in several different jars.  Although I do like the more magenta bits here and there, it's not quite what I want.

Here's my starting point, this photo taken May 21st.

I figured I'd better clean it all up, since I normally just reapply Manic Panic without removing it first, and there were layers of various purples in there.  At the very first layer was the Pravana Chromasilk Vivids Violet which tends to really stay in my hair.  I used some One n Only Color Fix on the last 6-8" two days prior which didn't do much of anything to remove the purple.  I used Prism Lites Violet bleach mixed with 20 volume developer and proceeded carefully, leaving it on for about 20 minutes.  The regrowth turned light quite quickly, some bits a much more pink shade, so keep in mind that the color I've ended up with is going to be different than had I bleached it all to a more even,  lighter level.

After removing / bleaching:

I have most of my hair pulled back into the shower cap, which was held on using large bobby pins.  I included more of the front of my hair than normal; usually I just take a section at the top that's maybe 1/4" to 1/2" on either side of the center part, this time I applied the bleach to the whole front and side areas.  About half the hair remained black, since the black didn't budge, but this was more to get the regrowth purple.

 The bits of brownish that you see between the lighter sections and the shower cap is *gasp* my real hair color.  I don't usually go so long between coloring because those lighter roots coming through the black are not pretty, but at least it takes a while to notice them, unlike when you have darker roots poking through lighter hair.

I applied the Violet Night, sat under my bonnet dryer for about 20 minutes, then left the color on for about 8 hours, keeping the plastic shower cap on.  I rinsed it all out and air dried.  The rest of the photos are from the next day.

Because I didn't start with evenly lightened hair, I ended up with varying shades, and you can see a brownish tinge where it wasn't light enough to start.  But I still love Violet Night.  It's a nice softer purple, not too blue, not too red, but still definitely purple.

I haven't recolored the black yet, but will get to that asap.   Now while I really do like Violet Night, I've been thinking about going darker overall, a darker purple that will blend into the black a bit more.  But then again, who knows what I'll end up doing!

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Removing a Little Black Dye

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product discussed.

I wanted to see if I could remove some of the black dye on the last 6 to 8 inches of my hair.  We all know what a pain in the ass removing black is!   I knew from the start that not a lot would happen, and I also knew I didn't want to push it, as I didn't need a repeat of the Great Hair Disaster of Autumn 2011 (if you want to read it just search my blog for "a Very Long Hair Story" and you'll find my four part tale).

I use Pravana Chromasilk 1N Black for most of my hair.  Underneath that is Paul Mitchell 2N/3N (and some NN) mix that the stylist Sami I was going to used to help bring my hair back to life after the disaster.  (For the record, I loved Sami and her work!   But no longer working means no money for the salon, and back to coloring it on my own.)

I've used several different color removers over the years, this time went with One n Only Color Fix.  If you read online reviews, people go crazy telling you how awful the smell is.  Yeah, it's a strong smell, but it reminds me of the older style salons with little old ladies lined up for their perms.  The smell can linger in your hair for a day or two, but honestly, if you've colored/bleached/removed color from your hair before, less than pleasant smells are nothing new.   And I can't stress enough, you absolutely need to rinse your hair thoroughly when you use a remover.  I've had success with Color Oops, Color Fix, and Effasol.  Color B4 remover worked well but left my hair feeling gummy in a few spots.

I bought two boxes, since it's always good to have a spare, but only used one box.  I applied the remover to the last 6-8 inches of my hair, kept it on for about 20 minutes and rinsed.  Nothing noticeable.  I applied a second round, kept it in for 20 minutes, rinsed and washed and decided that was as far as I wanted to go.  A third round would've done more, but again, no need to push.  I applied  Phyrra's Pretty Little Elixir,  left it in about 6 hours, and rinsed.  No pictures from the "during" since the changes were very subtle and really only visible in the sunlight.  I didn't take a "before" picture either,  all the hair I worked on was solid black.

The next morning I snapped a few pictures - it's hard to see, but in person it was easier to see that there was some lift, bits of reddish here and there.  Overall, still too dark to really see much, and I wasn't sure anything put over it would show much.  The bit of purple you see is from the front section that's always purple, btw.

outside with flash

outside no flash

I applied an entire tube of Pravana Chromasilk Vivids Violet to the area I'd lightened.  The Violet is a lovely shade, I'd been using it for the purple areas for a while before deciding I needed a bit more variety in the shade of purple.  But I do love it.  I left it in about 40 minutes, rinsed, and applied another round of the Pretty Little Elixir.  I left that in for hours (7 maybe?) before rinsing out.  Normally I use Joico K Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor after bleaching/removing color, but it's felt a bit heavy in my hair lately.  The Elixir feels much lighter and does a great job making my hair feel soft and look shiny.

The next morning I snapped a few more pictures.  Again, it's hard to see, but there's definitely a hint of purple in there.  I'd have liked a bit more, but am pleased overall.  No sense in destroying my hair, and I really don't want to have it cut short again.  The more obvious purple bit in the top right corner is from the front again, not part of what I removed & recolored.

outside with flash

outside no flash

Subtle, but again, I knew from the start that I wouldn't get much black out.  It's just enough to see a nice hint of purple on a sunny day, but inside, it looks plain black. 

Thanks for looking!