The Product that Saved My Hair: John Frieda Sheer Blonde Brightening Oil Elixir

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Brightening Oil Elixir

I went blonde a few weeks ago, and if anyone had told me how quickly the brass creeps in, I would have run screaming from the salon. What's with the surprise yellow hair, man? It looked SO good when I left the salon! It's a travesty. 

I've been trying an array of purple products to remedy this problem, and while Googling DIY toner ideas, a particularly dangerous trick caught my eye: Mixing purple Manic Panic with lots of conditioner. Just crazy enough to work, right? And look at her photos—so good!

Lovelies, let me be the first to tell you that you should always do a strand test. Suffice it to say that a couple of Fridays ago, I embarked on an afternoon of important interviews with a decidedly purplish tinge to parts of my hair. I prayed no one would notice. (If they did, they were too kind to say anything!)

Throughout the weekend, I searched high and low for a product that might restore some of my hair's honey warmth. John Frieda Sheer Blonde Brightening Oil Elixir was the only non-purplish product I could find. I snapped it off the shelf at London Drugs out of desperation.

This oil didn't remove the purple tinge in my hair. (Sigh.) But it did make it feel incredibly soft and shiny—not a small thing for hair that has been bleached twice in the last four months. It also made the highlights light up. They sparkled—which disguised the purple really well! And so, to brighten my blonde tresses and add some much-needed moisture, I add several pumps of this to my wet hair after I wash it. This coconut-oil-based spray is great, but the John Frieda oil is far more moisturizing, which I desperately need right now. (I have a patch of hair that feels like steel wool. *Sob*)

You can pick up John Frieda Sheer Blonde Brightening Oil Elixir at London Drugs for about $10.

What are your favourite products for colour-treated blonde tresses?

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss: Review and Photos

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss in (left to right) in 201, 208P and 405P.

I'm not usually a lip gloss person. Too sticky. Too fussy. Too reminiscent of the way over-lacquered lips that were so popular in high school. But you know what? I really, really like Make Up For Ever's Artist Plexi-Gloss. Three different shades have been hanging around in my purse (and on my lips) for weeks! In fact, I'm wearing one as I type...

Unlike the infamous MAC Lipglass, MUFE's new gloss isn't too sticky. I love how it feels. I wouldn't call it long-wearing, but the texture—a little thicker and firmer than the average drugstore gloss, but not too thick—lends itself to lasting longer than average on me. Depending on the shade, it also packs enough pigment to replace lipstick, and I don't need a mirror to apply. Plus, the fancy applicator really is easier to use than a typical doe-foot wand!

I received these colours to try:

  • 201, a sheer baby-pink
  • 208P, a cool-toned bubblegum pink with silver glitter
  • 405P, a purplish berry-red with multi-coloured glitter
    (my favourite!)

Here's what they look like:

Swatches of Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss in (top to bottom) 201, 208P and 405P.

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss has a special applicator designed to hug the contours of your lips—and it works!

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss in 201.

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss in 208P.

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss in 405P.

Rating: Four and a half stars out of five. Lovely, but a bit pricey.

The verdict: This is the beginning of a beautiful relationship.

Available: Sephora stores and Sephora.com for $23. You get 0.23 oz. of product.

What's your favourite lip gloss? Have you tried Make Up For Ever's Artist Plexi-Gloss? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: These products were provided by PR for my consideration.

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