Posts Tagged ‘purple’

How to Make Colored Bath Salts

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Learn how to make relaxing bath salts with a simple homemade recipe and personalize them with your favorite color! This is a great gift idea for friends and family on Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or as party favors on a special occasion.

Taking a long bath is one of my favorite things in the whole world. It’s the perfect opportunity to listen my favorite podcast episodes and relax.

Since this has become one of my weekend beauty routines, my husband bought me a book with tons of bath salts  and bath bombs recipes. Some of them are really easy, and can be made with ingredients that a lot of us have already on our kitchen pantry.

Learn how to make colored bath salts with this simple homemade recipe | LiveColorful.com

I’m sharing with you one of my favorite recipes. I added color to the mix as a fun touch.

I shared the video tutorial on Youtube (watch it below). The video is just in Spanish, but it will give you a better idea of all the steps. 

This recipe makes 4  8-ounce jars.

Ingredients:

Learn how to make colored bath salts with this simple homemade recipe | LiveColorful.com

Steps:

  1. Start mixing all ingredients in a bowl. Pour the epsom salts, iodized sea salts and baking soda first, then add the coconut oil, food coloring and scented oil.
  2. Use a wire whisk to mix all ingredients until you have a uniform mix.
  3. Start filling the mason jars with your amazing bath salts. Keep one and give away the others! That’s why I think these bath salts are a great homemade gift idea for friends and family.

Enjoy!

Here is the video:

It’s time to pamper yourself, friends and family with this delicious homemade bath salts recipe!
Learn how to make colored bath salts with this simple homemade recipe | LiveColorful.com

How to Bring your Boring Closets to Life (Before and After)

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Discover a simple painting trick that will make a small boring space look bigger and lighter. That’s how I transformed my entry closet into a chic craft room!

We spend a lot of time picking colors for the visible walls around our home, but we often forget about the closets thinking that they are not that important. In fact, we see this closed spaces more than we think. So yes, we should try to bring them to life with a pretty color that make us happy.

It’s even more important to pay attention to those details when our we have walk-in a closet that actually can be used as a functional room. For example, I was craving for a space where I could store my craft and sewing material. Our closet in our living is actually pretty big and we don’t use it so I decided to make it my own creative room.

From closet to craft room! Choose horizontal stripes to make a small boring space look bigger and chic. | LiveColorful.com

The problem was that it was painted in a yellowish beige tone and the walls really looked dirty, especially since I don’t have enough natural light coming in. I wanted something fresh and clean, so I decided to use a color named Extra White (SW 7006). This bright color makes my new craft room look crisp and it has a modern touch that I really like.

I also used Silver Peony (SW 6547) to highlight some artwork prints and paint some stripes on the walls. Horizontal stripes are an amazing painting trick to make walls long longer so they whole space look bigger. They also look really chic. Vertical stripes make the walls look taller, this works for big spaces with low ceilings.

From closet to craft room! Choose horizontal stripes to make a small boring space look bigger and chic. | LiveColorful.com

MATERIALS:

  • 1 Quart of Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Silver Peony SW 6547. Matte
  • 2 Quart of Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Extra White SW 7006. Matte
  • 1 Purdy® White Dove™ Roller Cover
  • KWIK-Release™ 9″ Roller Frame
  • 1 Mil 9′ x 12′ Plastic Drop Cloth
  • 1 ½” Sherwin Williams Contractor Series® Extra Firm Angle Sash Brush
  • Multi surface Scotch tape

From closet to craft room! Choose horizontal stripes to make a small boring space look bigger and chic. | LiveColorful.com

STEPS:

1. Start by cleaning the walls with a dry cloth to remove dirt or dust.

2. Use tape around the molding and to adhere the plastic drop cloth and protect your floors.

3. Paint the walls with the roller and use an angle brush for the ceiling, corners and other

details. I used the color named Extra White (SW 7006), it looks really crispy and clean.

4. When the walls are already painted in that base color, measure and mark a few horizontal stripes on the wall. Use a roller to cover the stripes and wait for a few hours until the paint dries to remove the tape.

When your walls are dry you are ready to start organizing your clothes, material and anything else you want to store in your new, fresh and crispy closet.

EXTRA TIP:

Pick one color in two different shades for the stripes on the wall. That way the effect will be subtle and chic. That’s one of the reasons I decided to use a white base with a violet hue that is really light and blends great on the whole space but still make it look cheerful and clean.

From closet to craft room! Choose horizontal stripes to make a small boring space look bigger and chic. | LiveColorful.com

This post was created in partnership with Sherwin Williams. All pictures and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Live Colorful. The original post is in Spanish on the Sherwin-Williams Latino blog. Find it here. 

 

I hope this DIY project inspired you to transform a boring dark closet into something functional and bright that you can enjoy!

How To: From Dark Brown to Pastel Purple Hair

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How I went from dark brown hair into a pastel purple in a few months. Tips for before and after bleaching, how to apply the fantasy color and take care of your new awesome colorful hair so it always looks vibrant and soft.

How I went from dark brown hair into a pastel purple in a few months. Tips for before and after bleaching, how to apply the fantasy color and take care of your new awesome colorful hair so it always looks vibrant and soft. | Live Colorful

Less than a year ago I started dying my dark hair different colors. I went from blue, green, pink to pastel purple.

Before I start to tell you my story, I want to emphasize that back then I had no idea how to do it. I watched lots of Youtube videos to learn more about the process and asked a few friends that already did it with their hair. It looked kind of easy so I decided to try it myself.

One day I heard one girl saying in a video that “Having colorful hair was more than a style, it was a lifestyle” and she was so right. Having colorful hair implies patience and a time investment. If you want to do it, you need to really want this change, because the results will be dramatic and you’ll need to invest in some products and spend a few extra minutes a day to make it look great and not just messy.

If you go to a hair salon make sure they know how to work this trend. Read reviews and ask for pictures of their work just to make sure you are in good hands.

I decided to do it myself because I had a bad experience in a hair salon. A few years ago I went to dye some of my hair in blue. It was a huge mistake. The color looked ok, but they literally burnt my hair. Horribly, it fell off in small pieces the days after the process. I was so mad.

Even after that horrible experience, I really wanted to dye it again. I waited a year or more until my fear subsided. I decided that this time I was going to do it myself to be able to control the damage and the way it look. Happily I made it work, and in the journey I learned so much about the process.

So I want to share some tips and important facts that I’ve learned. These tips are just based on my own experience, I hope they help you make better decisions if you are planning on dying your hair yourself and even if you decide to go to a hair salon, also they will help you have an idea of how to take care of the fantasy color and how to keep your hair as healthy, soft and bright as possible.

 

Tips for Bleaching your Hair and Applying the Fantasy Color

If you have no idea about the process of dying your hair with fantasy color, here is how it works. You basically need to bleach your hair to have a “white” or “yellowish” base. After your hair has been bleached, you apply the fantasy color. This fantasy color is not permanent. You can get rid of it washing your hair everyday. It normally stays in your hair for a few days or weeks, depending on the color and/ or brand of fantasy color that you choose. When the color is out, you can bleach the hair again, in case you want your hair more “white”. You can also start using a new color to have a new look. That’s why it’s so easy to go from pink to green and vice versa. You wash it all and can apply a new color again.

How I went from dark brown hair into a pastel purple in a few months. Tips for before and after bleaching, how to apply the fantasy color and take care of your new awesome colorful hair so it always looks vibrant and soft. | Live Colorful

If your hair is too dark, the first time you bleach it you will get a “yellowish blond” tone. This “yellowish blond” is actually great if you want dark hair fantasy colors like red, navy blue, green (that was the first color I tried!) or purple. If you want a pastel hair fantasy color, your hair should reach the ultimate level of discoloration, almost white. But to get that white, you’ll need to bleach your hair a few times for a few months, waiting at least 15 days between each process.

To bleach your hair you’ll need bleach powder, crème developer and a pair of gloves. I also recommend that you get a shampoo special for bleach blonde hair, a conditioner mask and coconut oil or argan oil. You can go to the beauty supply store and ask for the best brands and products for your hair.

How I went from dark brown hair into a pastel purple in a few months. Tips for before and after bleaching, how to apply the fantasy color and take care of your new awesome colorful hair so it always looks vibrant and soft. | Live Colorful

 

 

Here are Some Tips to Protect your Hair from Damaging While Bleaching and Coloring:

  • A lot of people and places recommend using 40 volume crème developer to bleach dark hair. I find that this 40 volume is too aggressive and damages your hair a lot. Instead, I used 30 Volume Crème developer. My hair didn’t look “white blond” at first, but every time I touched the color, I was getting that dreamy white blond that was great to get a beautiful pastel violet hair.
  • Never never leave the products more than 40 minutes in your hair. The reality is that after 40 minutes you hair is just burning. The best thing to do is to remove the product 35 minutes after applying. If you want to bleach again, to get the “white blonde” tone, wait at least 15 days.
  • Use a shampoo made for bleach blonde hair. Ask in the beauty supply store for one that is best for your hair.
  • After you apply the fantasy color, do not shampoo, just add a conditioner mask so the color stays longer. You can start shampooing two or three days after you apply the fantasy color.
  • Use oil, it can be argan oil, coconut oil and even extra virgin olive oil to protect your hair before your bleach it. Apply a significant amount of oil at night and wash it in the morning. Do this at least for a week before you dye your hair again.

How I went from dark brown hair into a pastel purple in a few months. Tips for before and after bleaching, how to apply the fantasy color and take care of your new awesome colorful hair so it always looks vibrant and soft. | Live Colorful

Some products I use and love: Kuul Hair Coloring Cream | Agadir Argan Oil Moisture Masque | Organic Argan Oil  | Manic Panic Hair Dye

After you Color Your Hair. Take Care of Your Precious Colorful Hair with These Tips:

  • After bleaching your hair, it will feel dry. I strongly recommend spend a few minutes every day you wash your hair to leave the conditioner mask. Also, brushing your hair gently makes a big difference so it doesn’t get mistreated.
  • Look for the most natural products for hair repair in the store. Also, apply argan, coconut or olive oil once or twice a week, to make your hair softer.
  • This is very important. Never, never iron your colorful hair without a heat protectant spray, the hair can burn, literally.
  • Trim the split ends of your hair every two weeks at least. I do this myself too, but I’m extra careful not to trim too much.
  • Keratin deep conditioning masks are the best ones. I have tried many brands, and all of them seem to work great, just check out that they contain keratin. I really like this one.
  • Here is a little trick to keep your hair bright and colorful. Add a few drops of that fantasy color in your conditioner, this will keep the color in a bit longer.
  • Try not to wash your hair every day. Every time you use shampoo, you wash the fantasy color out. One option is to start using dry shampoo. These will help to prevent odor and that dirty or greasy look in your hair.

I hope these tips help you through the process of transforming your dark hair into that dreamy pastel purple hair you’ve always dreamed of!

Have you ever used fantasy colors in your hair?

If you have any extra tips, please leave in the comments, I’m always looking for more ideas.