Hair Dreams: Tinge Pastel Conditioner

Hair color get boring.  We’ve all been there.  Break-ups, seasonal changes, and celebrity trends lead us down the slippery slope of hair boredom.  From there, hair boredom snowballs into dreaded hair mistakes and large salon bills. Worry no more–thanks to my friend behind Tinge Pastel conditioner, hair mistakes are a thing of the past.

Update your look and beat hair blues with Tinge Pastel conditioner.

tinge pastel conditioner in peach

This SF based company is taking hair trends to a new level of awesome.  With a series of pastel color conditioners, they promise a three shampoo temporary color.  Currently, I’m rocking the peach, but plan to go silver for the winter season.

This colorful goop comes in a small jar for $18, but don’t worry, Tinge Pastel conditioner packs a punch.  With two treatment options, you can apply to dry hair for 30 minutes for more intense color (I would even add heat to this if you can) , or just condition in the shower like normal for a more muted tone.

I found Tinge Pastel on a google hunt to find a friend the best temporary hair color for a Cyndi Lauper Halloween costume.  Lauper appeared in the SF Chronicle, sporting perfect bubble gum pink locks for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.  She wanted temporary color without an aerosol spray, leaving very few options for a one-night look.

While she settled on chalk for the big night, I opted to try Tinge Pastel, peach to refresh my Joico peach tresses, and purple for a friend trying to upkeep her deep purple ombre.

The goods arrived almost immediately (they only had a single bridge to travel) and Tinge Pastel liked me photo on Instagram with the first few hours.  As the week went on, I threw a few more photos their way, this time featuring Halloween gore, and won free product for my hashtagging game.  Twenty-four hours later, the silver tinge landed in my mailbox, and I couldn’t be more excited.

Tinge Pastel conditioner in Silver

Of course Tinge works best on pre-lightened or blonde hair, but some of my favorite images on their Instagram feed offer just a little kiss of color on more “normal” heads of hair.

Tinge Pastel is a welcome relief in an otherwise spray, chalk, and hair mascara filled world. If you’re looking for a touch of purple, silver, pink, turquoise, or peach, Tinge is your one-stop-shop.

Excuse me, I must go condition my hair.

Peace. Love. and Bobby Pins.




The Too Faced Palette Fit for A Princess

My favorite childhood book is I am Really A Princess.  You’d never know that now, thanks to my collection of flannel plaid, rugged boot obsession, and serious lack of eyebrow grooming.

The truth is, every day, I wake up hoping The Princess Diaries is reality, and I am Anne Hathaway.

Until that glorious day, I’ll turn to beauty product indulgences, and peachy princess hair.

Luckily, the Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly eyeshadow palette is fit for the princess in us all.

Inspired by the smash hit Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar eyeshadow collection, this compact palette is exactly what Halloween, fall, winter, and my semi-charmed kind of life calls for.

Featuring 9 colors, three matte, and six sparkle, ranging from electric purple Jelly, to Peanut Butter Cup metallic golden bronze with gold sparkle, are perfect for any fun day to night look.

The highlight of this palette might be its scent.  I’m not sure why I need eyeshadow that smells like chocolate, but now that I have it, I never want to go back to my unscented eyelid life.  The scent is light and playful, not strong enough to deter those who prefer an unscented life–Too Face understands my olfactory needs.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly comes with Too Faced signature Glamor Guide for those needing a recipe to get their sandwich started.  Anyone especially unsure–try a pop of Jelly on the inner corner of the eye to make the more traditional browns pop. 


Too Faced makes paraben free eyeshadow out of cocoa!

It sounds too good to be true, but princesses deserve the best.  Some of these colors are formulated with cocoa, and Too Faced is committed to makeup formulas free of parabens, phthalates, and sulfates.  So looking glam doesn’t have to affect your skin, or your hormones.

Peanut Butter and Jelly is an Ulta exclusive, so get it before it’s gone.

This fan favorite is only $36.  It’s fun, funky, but not too frivolous.  Perfect for anyone wanting to put a little edge to their routine while still using classic neutral staples.

Here’s how to get your PBJ for even less $$$!

Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly

This new palette is all this princess needs…besides a Halloween costume.  But PBJ and my new peachy hair have inspired me, and I think a costume idea is just around the corner…

Too Faced

If you need me, I’ll be PBing with my PB and J.

Peace. Love. and Bobby Pins.



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Halloween Buys you Need Year Round

Fall is the perfect time to stock up on Halloween beauty you can use year round.  Scar putty and spray bottles blood aren’t suitable for everyone’s beauty arsenal, but here are 4 great Target buys for year round beauty fun!

Halloween Buys

Target has 4 essential Halloween buys.  Get them before they’re gone.

  • Eyelashes

Halloween is the best time to stock up an discounted eyelashes for a years worth of events.  While I enjoy wearing lashes to open nights at the theatre, other great events include New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, and any day you want to feel awesome.

Best Halloween Buys

Halloween Buys

ELF lashes are only 2 bucks a set, and come with a tiny glue!

ELF has a great selection every Halloween.  If you’re looking for something a little flashier, Target also has an array of glitter and feather lashes, perfect for Bay to Breakers, raves, and parties, year round!


Best Halloween Buys


  •  Face Tattoos

Maybe face tattoos don’t seem like a year round necessity, but they are incredibly useful.  Cut them up for some cool arm tattoos.  Add them to costume party outfits.  Create a lace tattoo make for a masquerade.  Wear colored ones to the homecoming game.  Embrace the fact that there actually is a place in your life for temporary tattoos on your face.  And know that they won’t get any cheaper than this Halloween buy price point.

Best Halloween Buys

  • Decent Synthetic Wigs

Halloween is rarely the season for wigs that can be worn year round, but this year, Target is selling a higher end series of synthetics.  They a silky soft and are heat resistant, meaning you can style them with a curling iron!  They have a platinum and a few ombre colors like pink and purple.  Perfect for cosplay, costume parties, and going incognito, at $25 they are worth the $5 more than the sticky, tangled mess you’ll get with other synthetics.

Best Halloween Buys


  • Makeup Pallets

My favorite buy every season is the ELF character pallets.  This year’s witch pallet consists of 5 cosmetics, designed to look flawless together.  I’m not suggesting wearing black lipstick on a normal day, instead, follow this set’s directions for an amazing smokey eye worthy of any night out.  For those less inclined to make their own makeup combos, these kits give you the backbones to any look, teaching you which shadows to mix, and which highlighters to use.  They’re perfect for anyone!  Plus, EFL always makes a high quality product despite their very low price point.

Now get shopping, and costuming! November will be here before we know it!

Best Halloween Buys

Peace. Love. and Bobby Pins.



The Secret to Stronger Nails

I was blessed with good teeth and terrible nails.  Stronger nails have been a goal of mine since about age 4.  I’ve tried nail polish that dries nails.  I’ve wore wraps to fake the strength.  Once, I bought nail polish with extra protein.  I don’t even understand how that works.

One day all that changed.  I woke up and my fingernails were magnificent.  They are long, flexible, but resilient, and look like I don’t work with my hands.  I was truly baffled, until I realized how these nails grew from my fingers.

I discovered the secret to stronger nails without even knowing it.

Secret to stronger nails

Fingernails are composed of 100 layers of nail tissue.  Like all integumentary tissues, nails are protein.  Their strength related to the protein we consume.  Thanks to my naturopath and the Whole 30 diet phenomenon, I’ve spent the last few month consuming large amount of collagen without thinking about it.

Collagen is the connective tissue responsible for making jello, giving your skin bounce, and keeping hair and nails super strong.

How did I eat mass qualities of collagen? Vital proteins gelatin!

Beef gelatin is crazy good for you.  It can heal the gut, provide protein, increase immunity, and help with weight loss.

The secret to stronger nails.

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The variety I take is granular.  It gels up, like a chunky, clear, flavorless jello.  So, maybe it’s not the easiest to eat, but one serving feeds me 17 grams of protein, and has given me stronger nails than I ever imagined.

For those scared of the words chunky, clear, flavorless jello, they also make a variety that doesn’t congeal.

The secret to stronger nails.

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This colorless variety boasts 18 grams of protein per serving.  It’s perfect for smoothies, yogurt, or really anything you want to hide protein in.

But, it turns out the beef wasn’t all the gave me the nails of dreams.

Biotin boasts luxurious hair, skin, and nails.  And it works.

Again, without realizing, I was taking massive doses of Alpha Lipoic Acid, but I bought one that also contained biotin, because WHY NOT?

Biotin is one of the many B vitamins.  It’s water soluble and responsible for the metabolism of fat into amino acids.  It also promotes cell growth, meaning it encourages faster, stronger, super hero growth of hair, skin, and nails.

And it works.

The secret to stronger nails.

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While the variety I take also has ALA, there are many biotins on the market.  Stick to one with the fewest other ingredients.  Avoid rice bran, silicone dioxide, magnesium sterate, and any other fillers and preservatives.  Supplements aren’t regulated by the FDA, so you want to buy the purest ones you can find.  That’s why I like ones from Pure Encapsulations

Together, these biological powerhouses have turned me into a nail growing machine.  I’m not saying supplements are some magical pill that causes miracles of the beauty world to happen…or am I?

Have you tried collagen or biotin? Tell me about it in the comments!

Peace. Love. and Bobby Pins.



Beauty Sleep Hacks

Beauty sleep is essential to happiness, productivity, and like the name says, staying beautiful.  Here are some helpful hacks for nights counting sheep isn’t enough.

beauty sleep

Insomnia is a real fear, especially in the warm summer months when you’d rather be sipping sangria late into the evening than meeting getting eight hours of sleep.  But, a lack of sleep will wreak havoc on your skin, hair, nails and overall health. It’s called beauty sleep for a reason!

So, get your beauty sleep with ZzzQuil.

Thanks to my friends at Influenster, I had the chance to try a free night of ZzzQuil, and it was wonderful.

Just like NyQuil, ZzzQuil contains the same non habit-forming sleep aid without cold medicine.  It’s the ideal addition to a stressful evening when worrying about sleep becomes an unwanted burden.

The night I took ZzzQuil, I slept like a baby. I fell asleep in fifteen minutes, and didn’t wake up until my 7:30 AM alarm sounded.  ZzzQuil can give you some funky dreams, so be ready. And it can make you groggy if you don’t allow yourself enough hours to sleep it off.  So, if you’ve been burning the candle at both ends are in need a restorative night, it might just be the answer to your sleeplessness.

For other sleepless nights I turn to doTerra Serenity Essential Oil.

This sweet scent combines lavender, chamomile, and sandalwood to sooth restless sleepers.  Pop it into a diffuser to promote beauty sleep, or put a dab under your nose and a few drops on your pillow.  The oils will relax you in no time.

And no night would be complete without my favorite, gummy melatonin supplements.

Vita fusion’s Beauty Sleep is an excellent blend of melatonin and Vitamin D–a vitamin many are diffident in.  The candy-like supplement will absorb quickly, easing you to sleep in less than half an hour.

Thanks to my friends at Influenster, and these other tricks of the trade, I’m able to meet my 7 hours a night quota, which keeps my skin in top shape, prevents my hair from looking too dull, and of course, keeps my dark circles at bay.  So the next time you find yourself counting sheep, give these tricks a try!

Peace. Love. and Bobby Pins.