How to: bleach/dye your hair from brown to blonde at home!


For 22.5 years of my life my hair had always been brown and I had never ventured much into messing with it. Sort of on a whim I decided to get a bob and have it dyed orange — the biggest haircut I had ever had I think and the first time I had my hair bleached. The bill for this was insane though! $160 without tip. From that day I decided I wouldn’t waste my money any longer and would learn how to dye my hair myself (I still pay for haircuts though).

It took me a lot of mucking around to figure things out perfectly for me, but now I’ve got it down to a science. I have rather thin hair; before dyeing it it was the type of hair that wouldn’t hold a curl. If your hair type is different the following may not work as well for you.

Here’s a quick list of what you’ll need; read more below for more description, tips and tricks!

  • Powder bleach
  • Developer
  • Mixing bowl and brush
  • Gloves
  • Disposable shower cap
  • Non metal hair clips
  • Ion absolute perfection booster step 1 and 2
  • Wella T18 and T14 (depending on your natural undertones)

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Hair care steals


I have bleached my hair dozens of times in the past couple of years so it requires some serious TLC. I love the Redken Extreme line, but it can be a bit pricey and Sally Beauty does not carry it. Right now Ulta is having its Jumbo love event! Meaning you can get the Redken extreme shampoo and conditioner for $14.99 each — thats more than half off and comes to ~$0.45 an ounce!!! Plus snag a liter pump (trust me you want this) for just $1. I typically buy 2 conditioners and 1 shampoo and that lasts me at least 6 months. This is definitely the time to stock up! And (although its not on sale) if you bleach your hair I would also recommend picking up the Redken Extreme Anti-Snap.

Do you have a hair care line you swear by?

Cute inexpensive sunglasses!


I’ve been on the hunt for some stylish but inexpensive sunglasses. Even styles I like at Target are running $17 +tax these days, which is just too much for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love a quality pair of sunglasses, but I also don’t want to take these to theme parks or on hikes where I’m inevitably going to just be throwing my shades in my bag and don’t want to deal with a bulky case.

Finally I’ve found Sunglass Warehouse! I recently placed an order; see my review of timing, the product, and customer service below.

A summary:

  • Often has coupons for 20-40% off
  • Free shipping for orders of $25 or more
  • Awesome customer service
  • Easily sort through different styles of frames, lenses, and frame sizes

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Online shopping tools: Paribus


I shop online pretty frequently between Target, Amazon, and clothing brands I know my size like Banana Republic and Anthropologie. Now I typically wait until there is a good sale, but there is another way to continue to potentially save money.
Most retailers have a grace period where if a price drops you can submit a claim and you will be credited with the price difference.
However — retailers won’t do this for you.

Read more below to learn about Paribus and how to automatically save money when online shopping!

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