Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sally Beauty Haul and a $25 Gift Card Giveaway!

If you're a beauty product lover, then chances are you know of or shop at Sally Beauty Supply. Ever since I fell into the beauty world, I've been shopping at Sally's and I can always find what I'm looking for, whether it's makeup, hair tools, hair dye, nail polish or styling products, they have it all (over 7,000 professional quality products, actually) and at affordable prices. They are my beauty store one-stop-shop! I've always loved the fact that Sally Beauty is open to the public unlike other beauty supply stores that I've seen where you need to have a cosmetology license to shop. 

Also, the staff is pretty knowledgeable with their products so if you ever need help with anything, they're there for you! One time, my hair went from a light blonde to a gross dark green shade when I attempted to go dark for the fall/winter! I walked into Sally's looking like Old Gregg and the lovely people there helped me with getting back to a more natural color. They gave me tips and suggested other products to maintain my color, which is nice and totally appreciated.

Luckily for me, my Sally Beauty is literally down the street from where I live, but if you think there isn't one near you, think again! Sally's has more than 2,800 stores worldwide including every state in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. If you want to see if there is a store near you, simply visit their store locator and see where the nearest Sally Beauty location is to you. Of course, you can always shop online at www.SallyBeauty.com.

I visited Sally Beauty recently to pick up some essentials that I've been needing and I thought I'd share them with you all! Some of these are products I've used before and some are things that I've been wanting to try. 

Some or all products shown in this post may have been provided by the said brand(s) and/or website(s) for potential review and/or use. For more information, please read my DISCLAIMER.

Here is everything that I picked up from Sally's!

If you don't already know this, I do my own hair at home because I cannot afford going to get my hair done at a salon every few weeks. I've gotten it professionally done in the past, but I never got the results I wanted. My hair is naturally straight, medium thickness and is a medium chestnut brown with lots of red and golden undertones. I like having lighter hair, especially in the warmer months, so I need something that is going to lift my hair color with as little damage as possible. My hair is currently ombre, which I absolutely love and it gets loads of compliments everywhere I go so I want to maintain that. I haven't touched up my ends in a while and the blonde has grown out a lot and they are starting to get brassy so I thought I'd pick up this bleach by Clairol. I've never tried this one in particular, but apparently this one lightens up to 5 levels, works within 10 minutes, adds neutral/beige tones and is ideal for light blonde to dark brown hair. It's also enriched with aloe vera to add moisture.

If you do not know what you are doing, please do not attempt to bleach or dye your own hair. I've been bleaching and coloring my own hair for more than 10 years now and even for me it can be a bit tricky at times. I've messed up my hair more times than I can count and I'd hate it if you end up with results you aren't happy with. I've been there and it sucks! If you want to play it safe, please visit a professional! 

You can't have bleach without developer! This is the one that I've always used and I've never had a problem with it. I don't usually get anything above 20 volume because that's enough lift for my needs. I do prefer the creme formula because it's easier to work with and not as messy as the clear formula.

This durable clear acrylic bowl is great because of it's unique design. The ridges along the inside of the bowl help remove excess color from the brush and the bowl features a tip-proof balanced designed to help avoid messes.

I love this tint brush because of the 2 1/2 inch wide bristles. It makes color application fast and easy. I also love the long handle that helps with control and the pointed end for parting hair.

If you don't know what a toner is, it's basically a hair color that adds or removes tones from your hair. For example, when I bleach my hair, I end up with unwanted brassy tones. In order to fix that, I go for a toner that has blue/violet tones to neutralize the yellow/orange tones. Toners can also be used to warm up a hair color that's too ashy, or if you want to keep your current tone if it's starting to look dull. This is when the color wheel comes in handy. Simply look for the tone that's closest to your hair color, and look for the opposite color on the wheel and that should be the tone of the toner you need, or stay within the same color if you want to maintain the tone you currently have. This toner by Wella always does the trick for me. The results are vibrant, and long-lasting.

I've never tried any of the actual hair dyes from Wella, but since I'm a fan of their toner, I thought I'd give this a shot. I have yet to try it, but it has great reviews, so hopefully it works well. I'll be using this on my roots once they grow out.

This was my first time picking up this hairspray and I am so glad that I did! It is a cheaper alternative to the ever so popular L'Oreal Elnett hairspray and it works just the same but I might just like this one better because it's more affordable. I love that it holds my style without making my hair feel crunchy and stiff, and it smells amazing. It's hard to pin-point the smell, but it smells a little fruity and it isn't overpowering.

As someone that does not wash their hair everyday, dry shampoo is must-have for me! It absorbs excess oil, refreshes my style and blends root regrowth. I wanted to give this one by Beyond The Zone a try since it has a hint of color to help blend in with my hair and it smells nice too.

This is my favorite type of brush to use on my hair. The mixture of the bristles are great for detangling my hair without little to no snagging, even when my hair is teased. This results in less damage, breakage and split-ends. Also, the titanium ceramic enhances natural ion release for shiny frizz-free results. The rounded ball tips are gentle on my sensitive scalp which is great.

Every time I visit Sally's I just have to pick up a new nail polish or two. I really like the bright and fun colors that China Glaze offers, so I picked up Rose Among Thorns which is a neon pink/coral and Be More Pacific, a light, minty/lime green.

This was my first time trying OPI's top coat. It does what it's supposed to do - it gives you a glossy, protective shine and it dries quickly. It doesn't seem to last as long as other top coats I've tried, but it does the job if it's all you can get your hands on.

$25 Sally Beauty Gift Card Giveaway!

Since Sally Beauty is so awesome, they are giving away a $25 gift card to one of my lucky readers! To be eligible to win, all you need to do is join the Sally Beauty VIP Program. By joining, you will get access to exclusive offers, content and rewards! It's totally free to join, so go on and join and enter for you chance to win! If you love Sally Beauty too, use the hashtag #SallyBeautyVIP and tell your friends about the VIP Program!

Click here to join the Sally Beauty VIP Program

Once you've signed up, please enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below so a random winner can be chosen. Open to US residents only. Must be at least 18 years old to enter. If you are under 18, please have parent/guardian permission to enter. The giveaway ends July 22, 2014 at 12:00am PST.

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I hope you enjoyed this post and good luck to all that enter! 

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  1. Hi Veronica, Vicki Hammons here. I'm so happy to see you being able to be more active. I missed your post and beautiful looks. I have my fingers crossed, I would really love to win this:) I hope all is well with you and your mom.

  2. I haven't been in Sally's in forever! I'm glad I saw your post on IG because I really do love their store.



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