Overtone Review

SERI7234This is not a sponsored post. I purchased the products with my own money and would like to review them for anyone who might be interested.

I first heard of Overtone a few months ago when I saw an ad on facebook. I was instantly intrigued. Hair conditioner that actually colors your hair at the same time? Sign me up! It almost seemed too good to be true, but I wanted to find out.

I went to their website to check out the different selections they offer. They have a variety of colors to choose from, and each color comes in Pastel, Vibrant, or Extreme. Pastel obviously being the lightest shade, Extreme the brightest, and Vibrant somewhere in the middle. You can then choose if you want to get your choice of color in the Deep Treatment, the Daily Conditioner, or both. The Deep Treatment is recommended if you want to deposit color into your hair. The Daily Conditioner is used after you’ve already got color in your hair and want to help keep it from fading.

The makers of Overtone say that the colors show up on medium brown to lighter hair, so you don’t even need to bleach your hair first. Of course the lighter your hair is to begin with, the better the color will show up. If you have dark blonde to brown hair, the Extreme would probably be best for you. My natural color is dark blonde, but I currently have my hair highlighted, which makes it about a medium blonde. I ended up choosing the Vibrant for myself.

The Power of Makeup

Women have been wearing makeup for a long time now. That’s nothing new. However, now that we’re living in a more digital age, it’s even easier for us to alter our appearance. Many social media sites are full of filtered photos and faces full of makeup. It started with models being photoshopped in magazines, and now it’s everywhere on the internet. We know it’s not what these people truly look like, yet we somehow get caught up in it and start to feel a little down about our own appearance.

It doesn’t help matters when you struggle with skin problems, but everywhere you look you see people with flawless skin. Of course, not everyone has perfect skin. Most people just cover it up. There’s also those stupid “This is why you take her swimming on the first date” or “This is why I have trust issues” memes that suggest that women with skin issues are ugly without makeup.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing makeup or retouching photos to make them look better, but I do think it’s important for people to see what’s behind all that. I want people to know that if they’re self-conscious of how their skin looks, they’re not alone. I’m not going to lie, I hate looking at myself in the mirror when I don’t have makeup on. I will not leave the house or let anyone see me without makeup on, except for my mother. I do know that there are many people with even worse skin than mine, but I still can’t help wanting to hide it. This is taking a lot of courage for me to post these photos, but I’m doing it because I want to bring more awareness to the issues that many people face.

Outdoor Adventures

IMG_4157I’m an introvert and also a bit of a homebody. I prefer to be in the comfort of my own home without having to worry about being bothered. However, I’ve always enjoyed nature and being out in the sunshine. I like to sit outside on my work breaks, and I realized how much of a mood booster it is, even just being out for a little bit. That’s when I came up with the idea that I was going to purchase a bike. I used to ride a bike almost constantly when I was a kid. I loved it, and I’ve been missing it for quite a while now. I thought it would be a great idea to get me out of the house more, get more exercise, and boost my mood all at the same time.

I went to several stores before making my decision to purchase the black and blue Huffy bike. There were a couple bikes I found online ahead of time that I really liked, but unfortunately I could not find either of those in the stores. I did find a teal Schwinn bike in one of the stores that I really liked, but it was almost $200, and I did not want to spend that much since I still have some medical bills to pay. I’m pretty happy with the bike I chose though.

I took it out for a spin today and rode to a nearby park called Devil’s Backbone. The ride there was a breeze. I was able to just cruise most of the way, and it was quite fun. I stopped there at the park to relax for a little while. It was calming just sitting by the water, taking in the smell, and feeling occasional trickles of water splashing onto me. I took some photos while I was there.

T.G.I. Friday’s

IMG_4131I’m not the biggest fan of chain restaurants, but I admit to visiting some of them from time to time. Tonight I was shopping for a new bike with my mother and Aunt. We got hungry, so we stopped into the nearby T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant. I used to absolutely love it there a decade ago, but the one in my town has really gone downhill since then.

One of my favorite items on the menu was always the Bruschetta Chicken Pasta. However, the last time I ate there I discovered that they changed the recipe. They switched the noodles from angel hair to fettuccine, used a different, thicker sauce, and also sprinkled less balsamic on it. I was not happy to say the least because the old way was definitely superior.

I wasn’t sure if I would get that pasta again this time around, but after scouring the very limited menu, I noticed they no longer serve a lot of their old items. Another disappoinment. In that case, I decided to go ahead and get the Bruschetta Chicken Pasta again, despite the recipe change. My mother opted for the same thing, while my Aunt got something else.

The service was terrible. Our waiter seemed more concerned with other tables than he was with ours, and we waited 45 minutes before we finally received our meals. My Aunt said that her food was okay, but the pasta that my mom and I got was lukewarm and cold in spots. It was also half the portion size that it once was but with the same hefty price tag. It did have a good taste though, but the temperature was definitely off and it was not worth the cost. My mother brought this to the attention of the manager, who offered us free dessert in return. She asked if we could just have a discount on our bill, but he insisted on the dessert. I’m not big on sweets, and none of us really wanted it, but we accepted it since it was free. If you go on Yelp, the Friday’s in my town only has a rating of 2/5 stars and I can definitely see why. It’s a shame that it isn’t what it used to be because I used to love going there.

I’m back!

I can’t even remember when my last blog entry was. I believe it was around six years ago. I’ve been out of the blog scene for so long now, that it’s actually a little bit nerve wracking trying to jump back in. I created a blog over a half a year ago, but I ended up scrapping it because I just felt like I wouldn’t have anything interesting to post. All throughout high school, I owned the blog Unfoolish-Miracles.net. I remember being surprised at how many people read and commented on what I had to say. Of course life as a teenager is rather dramatic. I basically wrote out my life story, through my school troubles, breakups and experimentation with drugs and alcohol. Sometime post-high school, I closed down my domain and moved over to a wordpress blog called Enchanted. I eventually closed that blog down too. Now here I am attempting to give this another go. What can I say? I missed it.

I made quite a few online friends from blogging, some who I still keep in touch with on social media. One of those bloggers, Brandy, I even met and hung out with in real life on numerous occasions. Part of what caused me to drift away from blogging to begin with was the rise of social media. Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, etc. My life, thoughts, and photos were being shared through these new networks. At the time I felt like blogging wasn’t necessary anymore. People could just follow me on those sites and get the same information without having to read lengthy paragraphs. Writing and creating blog posts can be very therapeutic though, and I don’t think anything can compare to that. I’m glad to see that blogging isn’t dead and that some of my old blog buddies still keep their sites running.

I’m still a bit unsure of what exactly I want to post on this blog. I’m long out of high school (I graduated in 2007), and my life is not as wild and crazy as it once was. I love taking landscape photos and photos of the sky. I’m also a bit obsessed with buying and trying out different beauty products, so this blog might be a combination of those things. I’ll just see where it takes me.

For those who never got a chance to view my previous blogs, allow me to quickly introduce myself. My name is Britney, and I am currently 28 years old. I will be 29 later this year, in November. That makes me a Scorpio, and it’s true what they say. Scorpio’s have major pride in their sign. I even have a scorpion tattoo, among others. Speaking of pride, I’m from Maryland and we’re very prideful of our state. We have the best state flag. (Duh!) We also have the best seafood (blue crabs with Old Bay is the greatest thing to ever exist), and there’s a reason that Maryland’s nickname is America in Miniature. We have farmland, city, mountains, and beaches all in one state. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. In my spare time I enjoy watching movies (horror and comedy are my favorites), watching true crime shows on the ID channel, and watching my all-time favorite shows (Buffy and Beverly Hills, 90210). I think that about sums it up for now, and I’m looking forward to this new blogging adventure.

P.S. If you took the time to read all of that, thank you.