Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Silk Naturals Bare Necessities Set 3 Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product shown.

I bought the  Silk Naturals Bare Necessities Set 3  shortly after it was released, but haven't broken the shadows open til now.  I'd previously purchased both Naked 1 and Naked Basics and sold them due to only liking 1 or 2 shades in each.  I was hesitant to jump in on Naked 3, despite everyone raving about it, so I decided to go with the Silk Naturals dupes instead.  The UD set is $54, Silk Naturals is $39.99, and when I bought it, I used a coupon code for another 7% off.  I also received two free shadows and a lip slick stick with my order (not shown below).

Shadows applied using a dampened wet/dry brush on bare skin. No flash, overcast with sun poking in & out. Here's the first 6 shades.


this one was taken outside, no flash - sun poked out & washed it out a bit.


And the next 6, also applied using a dampened wet/dry brush on bare skin, same conditions.


and outside, no flash


Sorry my photos are a bit dark, storms are moving in and the ever moving clouds made it difficult to get photos that were bright enough. I use Photobucket to crop/straighten/label my photos, but fiddling with the brightness on them always makes them look funny to me, so I just leave them as is.

For the lighter shades, Cache and Analog are my favorites and will get the most use. Torrent is too metallic for my liking. For the darker shades, I like all but Virtual, which I think will work for me if I tone down the shimmer by applying it lightly.

 All in all, I'm quite pleased with the arm swatches, now to start wearing them! Hope you've found the photos helpful, and thanks for looking.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

March Recolor with Manic Panic Purple Mix and Pravana Chromasilk Black

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product shown.

I used Prism Lites Violet bleach mixed with 30 volume developer and applied to about 3" starting from my scalp, left it on for 30 minutes.  It worked much better than the Ion Color Brilliance powder bleach I'd used the last few times.   Between this 2 shade lighter area and mixing several different purple shades to use up various amounts left in the containers, I figured it would be a bit of a surprise in the end.

Here's March 21st, in bright sun.


This second pic was later in the afternoon, with a different lipstick.



I added a packet of Ardell's Unred to the Pravana Chromasilk Black, and applied the mix to all the black, instead of just the regrowth, to make it nice and dark and even.  I did do my bangs, but always manage to get bleach on bits of them, so threw the purple mix on them too.

Here's April 1, after it's faded a little.  You can see the top area is more magenta-ish, along with a spot or two here and there where I'd brushed a little bleach to remove traces of faded purple that were looking brown.

I do like this mix of color, despite the unevenness.  On my next recolor I think I'm going to remove all the purple, bleach the whole area, then go back to a more blue based purple.  I have plenty of Violet Night, which I do love, but I might mix it with something darker,  haven't decided yet. 

Thanks for looking!