Lime Crime Velvetines Video Review

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Today I’m super stoked to share the first ever video I shot for MissMatchy. Since there are still a few days left to enter the Lime Crime Velvetine giveaway, I decided to show you what the colours really look like and the best way to apply them.

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Lime Crime Velvetine Giveaway!

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I hope you are all getting as excited as I am about Christmas being two weeks away! This is my favourite time of the year and I thought it would be nice to spread the Christmas cheer by hosting another giveaway. Thinking about what I could use to say thanks, I figured choosing a couple of my favourite lip colours might be a good idea. The winner will receive two Velvetines (valued at AU$52 + postage), the best-selling lip product by the amazing US brand Lime Crime, in the shades Utopia and Pink Velvet. Velvetines are my go-to because as you apply them, it feels like you are putting on a lip gloss, but soon it dries to a great matt finish that lasts all day. I’ll tell you more about them in the next few days. For now, here’s what you have to do to be in the draw:

  1. Follow @brendanepomuceno on Instagram
  2. Like “Brenda Nepomuceno” on Facebook
  3. Follow @brenepomuceno on Twitter
  4. Leave a comment on this blog post here with your name, Instagram and Facebook

The giveaway is open worldwide. Entries close at 11:59pm (Melbourne time) on December 25th, 2014. The winner will be picked at random and I will then check if the entry is valid. I will announce the winner on Boxing Day, December 26th, 2014, and they will have three days to contact me via e-mail to claim the prize.

Good luck! :)

          

Going Blonde

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When I was really young my grandma told me my older cousin’s hair used to look just like mine – light brown with natural curls – but because she insisted on colouring it so often her hair was now all damaged. Younger me was terrified at the thought and so I vouched to never do anything to mine. I kept that promise until I was twenty-one. Two years before, I had started noticing some greys here and there. By the end of last year, however, I was having to try and pluck them out on a daily basis. That did it. Sad to be going back on my word (sorry grandma, I’m just getting old!) but knowing it was time, I finally had the courage to do something to my hair. Afraid of commitment, I started with something I thought wouldn’t scare me too much: ombré hair.

Ever since I saw a Leighton Meester photoshoot for Marie Claire (from 2010) I have wanted to copy her hairstyle. It was just this special kind of ombré, different to what I had been seeing everywhere, so I kept it in my Inspiration File for years. When I finally decided to be brave, I took this picture to my hairdresser and said I wanted mine to look exactly like that. In my clueless, hair-virgin state I had no idea this would be a day-long task, so I thought I could just get it done on Christmas Eve last year. My hairdresser told me it would be better to do it in two parts – first the normal ombré, dyeing my ends blonde, then the highlights and lowlights that made it stand out. And so a few months ago I went blond. Well, at least a little.

Since it was my first time I decided to wait a little longer to come back and finish it. I wanted to get used to the change and see if I really liked it. Initially it was a shock – I’m not even really blonde and I already felt like a whole new person. In a good way, mostly. Then there was the realisation that the colour washed me off a little so I would only feel really good with myself when sporting strong-coloured lips. And that my mostly pastel wardrobe wouldn’t suit my hair as much. I started wearing way more black. Three months later I am not as keen on it as I was back then.

Then you know how it goes – you get unhappy with your hair and decide some drastic change is in order. To me, that almost always means I convince myself I should just get my hair permanently straightened. That straight would make me look more elegant and polished. This time I was also convinced I should just go back to a darker colour. But every time I’m 99% sure I’ll go ahead and do it, my hair wakes up perfect the next day, as if trying to prove a point. These pictures were taken on Monday, after I spent the whole weekend set on a transformation. So I changed my mind again and went back to loving the curls and the colour… Until I get fed up with it again. I guess I’m just being a woman.

Any ideas for what I should do to my hair next?

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Quando eu era pequena minha vó me disse que quando minha prima era da minha idade também tinha um cabelo igual ao meu – castanho claro encaracolado – mas, que de tanto tingir, o cabelo dela ficou todo estragado. Fiquei tão apavorada com a idéia que dei minha palavra de que nunca faria nada com o meu, e mantive essa promessa até os vinte e um. Dois anos antes, comecei a notar uns fios brancos aqui e ali, mas pelo final do ano passado já estava tendo que arrancá-los uma vez por dia. E foi aí que eu decidi.  Fiquei triste por quebrar minha promessa (desculpa vó, é que eu ‘tô ficando velha!), mas percebi que estava na hora e criei coragem pra mudar meu cabelo. Com medo de me comprometer a algo permanente, resolvi começar com alguma coisa que não fosse me assustar muito: fiz uma californiana.

Desde que eu vi uma foto da Leighton Meester num ensaio da Marie Claire (de 2010) fiquei querendo copiar o estilo. Era uma californiana mais bonita, diferente das que eu sempre via por aí, então guardei na minha Pasta de Inspirações por anos. E aí quando finalmente criei coragem de mudar resolvi levar a foto pro meu cabeleireiro fazer igual. Na minha inocência de cabelo virgem, não sabia que o processo tomaria o dia inteiro, então achei que daria tempo de fazer na véspera de Natal. Meu cabeleireiro disse que então seria melhor a gente fazer em duas partes – primeiro a californiana normal, pintando as pontas de loiro, e depois as luzes que iam deixar o estilo tão especial quanto o da foto. E foi assim que há alguns meses eu fiquei loira. Bom, pelo menos um pouco.

Como era a minha primeira vez fazendo algo do tipo, resolvi esperar pra voltar e terminar a segunda parte. Eu queria me acostumar com a cor primeiro e ver se eu gostava mesmo dela. No começo foi um choque – nem virei loira de verdade mas mesmo assim me sentia uma outra pessoa. Num bom sentido… na maioria das vezes. Mas aí percebi que a cor me deixava um pouco pálida e que só me sentia bem comigo mesma quando usava um batom bem forte. E que as minhas roupas, a maioria em cores claras, não iam tão bem com o novo cabelo. Passei a usar muito mais preto. Três meses depois eu já não gosto mais tanto dele como no começo.

Sabe como é, você cansa do seu cabelo e resolve que só uma mudança drástica vai melhorar. No meu caso, eu quase sempre me convenço de que tenho que fazer uma progressiva e alisar meu cabelo de vez. Que cabelo liso é mais arrumado e elegante. Desta vez eu também estava convencida de que precisava voltar pra uma cor mais escura. Só que toda vez que eu estou 99% certa de que vou mesmo mudar, meu cabelo resolve acordar perfeito no dia seguinte, só pra me confundir. Tirei essas fotos na segunda, depois de ter passado o final de semana inteiro com a certeza de que ia fazer algo diferente. Daí eu mudei de idéia e voltei a gostar dos cachos e da cor… Mas aposto que só atté meu cabelo me irritar de novo. Vai ver isso é coisa de mulher mesmo.

Alguém tem alguma idéia do que eu posso fazer com o meu cabelo da próxima vez?