Purrrrple Mane Purrple Mane – Dying (and Keeping) Asian Hair Platinum Blonde

To start the new-ish 2018 year, I decided to lighten up. REALLY lighten up. So I went from ombre brownish gold to just…blonde. As in Khaleesi blonde. As Asian hair sucks ass to color, and doesn’t retain the color, I sat in a salon chair from 2:30PM-8:30PM. Below is a “BEFORE” of my brassy balayage/ombre ‘do.

As my parents have owned beauty salons for over 10 years, I came in with realistic expectations. To turn brown into light blonde, especially closer to the roots, you have to color for hours and hours. First hair is bleached, slowly, then the blonde shade is applied. It is NOT single processing. Often during processing, the hair color comes out in patches and super uneven. If the developer is too strong, your hair will be super brittle. If it’s too weak, it won’t lift the shades light enough.

I went to an Asian hair salon (Hair Philosophy @hairphilosophynyc) and relied on my fabulous & talented Effie Lei (@hair_by_effie) (please don’t poach her and book up all my appointments m*f*ckers!).

And goddamn she did a great job:

Look at that silky white blonde hair (on me, hers is a sticker.) Ok I realize I look like a vengeful Chinese ghost a la Bride with White Hair but also damn fashun. Honestly I didn’t think I would turn out SO blonde because usually the lifts don’t get as light as this. But this level of achievement was worth every penny of the $440 plus tips. They do take Venmo btw.

Just look at this blonde hair. I feel like an Asian bimbo. In a good way. Yes, my bosses raised their brows. Whatever. I’mma use the Millenial excuse mmmkay? I CAN make bad decisions ok?!

Platinum Blonde Asian Hair Maintenance

Now, Asian hurrrrr don’t stay like that y’all. Not only is there grow-out (not necessarily an issue because darker roots make it look more human) but the orange brassiness in dark hair starts to CREEP in. What’s the trick? PURRRRRRPLE SHAMPOO for beeches who don’t know.

Yes this is me but uglier than usual, so you get to look at the yellow happy face. Similar look.

A blonde colleague (NOT Asian) told me that she uses purple shampoo to keep her hair that cool platinum shade year-round. Of course I went and purchased a massive bottle of purple shampoo & conditioner from Joico, switched to Clairol Shimmer Lights (the most caustic sulphates-filled shampoo but with the best results), and tested Lush Daddy-O.

Joico Color Balance Purple Shampoo Review

Behold the Joico. It looks the same as any other purple shampoo. However, after putting the shampoo on my DRY hair and keeping it on for 20 minutes to absorb (the bottle says 2-3 minutes before washing) it BARELY got rid of the brass.

Clairol Shimmer Lights Shampoo (Blonde & Silver) Review

This Clairol Shimmer Lights is cheap and gives AMAZING results. I use it every single day to keep brassiness away and tone my hair weekly by leaving the shampoo on dry hair as a mask. If you keep it on tooooo long on certain lightest parts, you can almost see a purple shimmer. Use your judgement. Beware it does sting like soap in your eyes and has a super strong cheap shampoo smell.

Lush Daddy-O Shampoo Review

I also got a sample of Lush’s Daddy-O which smelled VIOLENTLY like violet and turned several strands pink. Worst. Ever. Don’t touch it. To think I almost bought a whole bottle. Should I sue?

Jhirmack Silver Brightening Ageless Conditioner Review

I also use purple hair conditioner. It doesn’t seem to do much, but I’m not about subtlety when it comes to this stuff. There’s not a WHOLE lot of choices and I’m not 100% positive there’s a toning deposit but it does keep my hair soft.

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Here’s Angela and I a few weeks later. For some reason, my blonde hair really brings out her chins.

Dis is me and Angela in full view. Again, so happy about me hairdo somehow highlighting her jawline.

After my roots grew a few inches, I think it looks cool af. I do sorta look like those hipster alternative blonde Asians, or those Asian hair salon ladies who experiment too often with their hair. IDGAF. At work, to look more professional, I pull it into a ponytail and you can essentially only see the dark parts.

All I know is, after sitting 6+ hours to bleach it, and spending several years coloring it lighter and lighter, I AM not going back, because that would be a terrible….”blonder” kakakaka.

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Thanks Rachel for dis pic =D

Who Nose: Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm Review

Why do I love Farmacy Green Clean AND why will I not repurchase?

The scent.

After sniffing 4 tubs of this cleansing balm, I concluded that the scent (the true joy factor) is extremely inconsistent from batch to batch. With an unreliable joy factor, this is just not worth the risk to buy.


I actually loved this on first smell when Bella Noir Beauty (her review here) let me try hers after raving about the scent: key lime pie mixed with heaven. Throw in the creamy lime color, and there was SO MUCH JOY that I resolved to buy this the next time I needed to restock cleansing balm. I also recommended this to a few of you during the fall Sephora sale based on pure yumminess. Continue reading “Who Nose: Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm Review”

Glow for the Gold: Leegeehaam Grow Vita Propolis Ampoule Review

Leegeehaam Grow Vita Propolis Ampoule is an old favorite with a new name. I first used it 3+ years ago, practically an eternity for a skincare addict. It’s about time I shared my love for it. (This particular bottle was sent by the brand, but I’ve purchased multiple bottles on my own.)

It’s a splurge (a TINY 15ml for $23 at Target(!) and $38 at Glow Recipe), but can you really put a price on liquid glow, er, gold?

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Got the Blues: NIOD CAIS Review & CAIS2 First Look

I got the blues…and I’m happy about it.

Blue skincare is one of my obsessions. Most often, blue is associated with anti-inflammatory azulene (from blue chamomile) or with skin-regenerating copper peptides (not to be confused with copper metal).

My latest obsession, NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum (aka CAIS), falls into the latter category. Can you blame me for loving it? It’s like gazing upon a sea of hopes and dreams.

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Catte Fancy: Paul and Joe Sister Anatole Cape Review

The pawpularity of feline fashun is undeniable. At the furfront of this trend is Paul & Joe Sister, which needs no introduction to us CATTE LADIES. We’ve been fans of the Purrisian label’s catte-themed threads longer than this blog has existed.

Pssst…Through Nov. 30, 2017, use coupon code PVTS25 for 25% off the whole Paul & Joe Sister site!

It’s the “more affurdable” sister brand of Paul & Joe (luxury staple brand of Paris fashun week) and cousin of catsmetics line Paul & Joe Beauté (check out Renee’s collection here and here).

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Pawlidays Come Early: Review of Custom Pet Shirts by Animal Hearted

What better way to wear your heart on your sleeve than to literally wear your beloved cat—or dog if you’re into that—on your shirt?

Animal Hearted—which donates 25% of proceeds to animal rescues and sanctuaries—does custom pet shirts (and its own designs created in-house). Given my our obsession with a certain feline, we pounced on the chance to try the custom shirts (courtesy of Animal Hearted).

Tl;dr: The purrrfect purrresent!

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Don’t Be A Stranger – Camu-Camu White Essence

If you got the pun-tastic title of this post, you have a “thoreau” understanding of my terrible existential pun and we need to be best friends. But who needs relationships anyway when you’re eternally basking in your cosmic aloneness?

In case you can’t tell from the tone of this post, it’s Renee returning after a long period of absence. By absence I mean laziness and sinking into existential despair over the meaning of life and why does my skin continue to do what I don’t want until one day it will slip off my skeleton?

But on to a more cheerful subject which is my LA visit recently, where I ONLY managed to blow $150 on cosmetics. This AB stuff has gotten exponentially expensive over the years wtf.

Behold my acquisition, to soothe my angst. YES I partially got it because of the name, but it doesn’t contain any real pieces of Camus

Camu-Camu White Essence by DHC

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The MOARdinary: Deciem in London’s Covent Garden – Store Photos & Review

Sandwiched unassumingly between Chanel and Dior at London’s Covent Garden (aka beauty heaven–just see the list of beauty shops) is a bright, airy Deciem store featuring practically all the brands under the Deciem umbrella.

Deciem
5B The Market Building
Covent Garden
London WC2E 8RF

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You’re Ball I Need: Thank You for a Winning Campaign for My Balls

I started my campaign for sunscreen balls needing 3,500 votes. Just yesterday, the final vote was cast, meaning that my balls can move to the next stage in Volition Beauty’s process: testing and refining prototypes to make the balls of my (and I hope your) dreams. Awww yeah!

I’m so excited, but above all I feel #blessed (saying that un-ironically mostly un-ironically). Thank you to everyone who voted and everyone who encouraged others to vote. ❤ Whether you were there on Day 1 or Day Whatever Yesterday Was (it’s been a loooong campaign) and whether you posted on social media or voted under your cat’s name, you’ve been essential to a successful campaign–way more so than my ball jokes (which will continue thankyouverymuch).

Stay tuned as I shape and tweak my balls into a final product.