Case of Melty Makeup Face: An 80-Degree Winter Day Confirmed I’m Not Yet Worthy

It’s currently winter in my midwestern hometown of Cincinnati.  For the past few months I have been slathering moisturizer on like it’s going out of style since my skin was getting blasted by cold winds and dried out by artificial heat warmer than the fires of hell.

Winter was putting my makeup and hair products to the test.  My BB creams were struggling to not look like it was some color of paste too orange covering sandpaper and my volumizing hair products were falling flat. But I was determined – exfoliate and moisturize.  Moisturize, moisturize, exfoliate, moisturize.

Then yesterday happened and I was reminded yet again of why I have 8,000 products in my closet and what happens when I am ill-prepared. It decided that it would be 80 and swampy.  I used the same products as I have the rest of the winter.  My skin’s oil production was kicked into high gear of gross and felt like only a squeegee would do. My air-drying hair took on a volume of lion mane-like proportions.  My eyeshadow creased and melted, mascara left lines by the end of the night, and only a rubber band could save me from my hair. WTF.  More fodder for me to hate you, winter.

So, as crazy winter days transform and spring time approaches, it’s a good reminder to revisit the products we’re using as the seasons change.

Here’s some tips to arm yourself with the best types of products and techniques to save you from feeling like a melty-faced swamp monster.

Proper Skin Prep:

Two of the most important things when humidity and warmer weather kicks into gear are lightweight-yet-effective moisturizers and exfoliants that can penetrate into the pore to remove dead skin and clear out gunk.

Proper Makeup Prep:

Extra oil production, sweat and humid conditions can break down makeup, causing oxidation, unwanted shine, or even an overall disappearing act.

Primers have come a long way – you can find some with acne treatments, moisturizers and brighteners – and can create a sleek canvas and hold your makeup.  Primers are especially important in the t-zone and eyelid area if you have oily skin.

Set it off:

Setting your makeup with powder will take away additional shine. They have come a long way from cakey to translucent and finely milled.  A good powder is worth the investment.

Lastly, spritzing a makeup setting spray will keep you going all night long and hold your makeup in place.

  • ReadHead Favorite: Urban Decay All Nighter does exactly what it says.  It will hold that beautiful handiwork for up to 16 hours!  I use this in limited amounts though, as it is high in alcohol and can irritate my acne-prone skin.  It’s still a Certified ReadHead Best.

Have a technique that works for you? Drop us a line in the comments!

Product Review: SignatureBlonde Violet Shampoo

I have been highlighting my hair for the past 12 years.  I like the dimension that it adds to my hair and the volume it gives me.

It’s difficult to lighten red hair, as you’ll read in my blog post about bayalaging my hair, and even more difficult is keeping the color you’ve achieved due to all the things that want to brassy-up blonde color.

I picked up SignatureBlonde shampoo from my salon at the recommendation of my stylist.  It was recommended for a few reasons: sulfate and salt free, which meant it would be gentle on my hair, ultra violet pigment to banish brassiness, and would be less likely to irritate my scalp which tends to freak out with shampoos or hair products full of things I can’t pronounce.

Here’s the benefits from the company website:

  • Proprietary sulfate-free, salt-free blend of 11 surfactants provides extra gentle cleansing with 96% color retention*
  • Pure violet pigment instantly neutralizes brassy and yellow tones
  • Brightens, illuminates and adds luminous, glossy shine
  • Dramatically increases tensile strength and elasticity while nourishing and smoothing
  • Provides unsurpassed color and heat protection up to 450°

Application: was just like any other shampoo.  If you’ve never used a violet shampoo before, this definitely will shock you as it’s a deep, dark pearly purple.  It suds up fairly well and smells nice.  I wouldn’t say it’s a shampoo I would choose based on the fragrance, but it definitely out performs my other harsher favorite, Clairol’s Shimmer Lights, that smells like old lady perfume.

Packaging: the shampoo comes in a nice purple stand-up plastic bottle, wider at the base and tapered  the top with the opening being one of those pop tops.  One gripe is that it’s actually somewhat hard to squeeze the bottle appropriately to get product out.  I have a lot of hair, and the packaging isn’t flexible.  It’s like an arm wrestle every time I use it which is highly annoying to me.

End Result: my hair felt clean, smelled nice, and best of all my scalp didn’t feel like it was being attacked a few hours later.  I would say that my blonde pieces did look brighter.  I’ve been told that violet shampoos can be used on your whole head and won’t effect darker color, but I don’t know that I buy that.  Perhaps because I’m a redhead it doesn’t hold, but it seems to fade my darker color faster.  At a price point around $40 for the standard bottle, it’s also pretty pricey. This is a good option if sulfate-free is what you’re looking for, but otherwise I think you can find products that work just as well for cheaper.

Overall Rating: 3/5

Packaging: 2/5

Price: $$$$$

Have a violet shampoo you love? Drop us a line in the comments.