Does Overtone cover gray hair?

Short answer:  kinda.

–> Skip the backstory and go right to my results (no hard feelings!).

Backstory:

I haven’t colored my naturally dark hair since February.  It is now late June.  The pandemic is still in full force – the first wave seemed to be almost under control, but now I’m very worried that it is not.  At all.  I’m not comfortable going to a salon, and I’m in-between stylist anyway.

I’m also on furlough from my regular job, so I haven’t received a paycheck in several weeks.  I have no desire to spend hundreds of dollars for 6 weeks of root coverup.  I considered embracing my gray roots, I really did, but I just don’t like it.  So what’s a girl to do?

There are some options – box dye for one.  I know how much it wrecks hair, and the results can be questionable at best.  Plus it’s a smelly mess, amirite?

After searching for the holy grail, I stumbled upon Overtone.

If you’re not familiar with the concept, it’s a color depositing CONDITIONER.  Overtone is Ammonia-free, Sulfate-free, Vegan, and Cruelty-free.  Yesss!

It’s not bleach, and it won’t lighten hair.  If you have dark hair, like me, the pastels won’t show up at all sadly.  But if you want to add a hint of color to lighter hair, or darken your current look – this is a great option!!  I decided to give it a try.

My hope was to see some root coverage although I was skeptical.  I also wanted to go back to my natural very dark brown color.

I searched for Overtone coupon codes (no paycheck, remember?), and I stumbled upon a random person’s referral code for $10.  Click here to get my code if you would like to use it to save $10 on your first purchase.

My color of choice – the darkest brown:  Espresso Brown.

Espresso Brown Coloring Conditioner

Here’s how it went!

Before:


After:

As you can see, I still have some gray in my roots. Some of the gray did pickup color, so it’s much MUCH better (especially when it’s not so close up lol). I super LOVE the dark color too – and look how shiny! I’m going to do another round focusing more on the roots to see if I can darken them a bit more. The great thing about this product is that it’s a conditioner. It literally is good for your hair, so you can use it as frequently as you want, and use as much as you want, and you won’t hurt your hair at all. I should also mention that it smells minty (some people love the smell – I don’t love it, but it’s nice). And my hair feels crazy soft and healthy after the treatment.

I’ll do round 2 in a few days and report back with any updates 🙂 I hope this was helpful for anyone with dark hair looking to cover the grays. Let me know if you have any questions about my experience – I’m happy to share!

Feel free to use my link to save your $10!


Best Rated Nude Lipsticks under $5

Sometimes I just want a simple polished look, without a lot of fuss. Nude lipsticks make it easy to look put together, but not overdone, and work well for every day use. And if you want to really play up dramatic eye makeup, then a nude lip won’t compete with your killer lashes or winged liner.

While I adore some of the higher end brands (particularly MAC), since this is the one makeup product I take with me everywhere I am known to lose them (or leave them in my car in the summer heat – oops!), so I don’t spend much on lipstick.

All of these top rated picks are under $5 and are available on Amazon!

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Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick with Vitamin E and Avocado Oil

This lipstick has an average rating of 4.3 out of 5, which is phenomenal! This beloved lipstick uses microfine pigments so the shades are vibrant, but the feeling is lightweight. It comes in TONS of nude colors to match just about every skin tone.

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Milani Color Statement Lipstick

Available in 40 shades, and cruelty-free, you can’t go wrong with this one! It comes with high recommendations and rivals the fancy schmancy designer brands at a small fraction of the price.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick

Totally creamy and stays in place, with vitamins to moisturize and hydrate. Most of the colors are bold pinks, but there are some beautiful subtle tones available too!

Maybelline New York Color Sensational Nude Lipstick Matte

I’m a gloss girl, but Matte is all the rage these days (I just loove the feel of gloss, and haven’t jumped aboard the Matte train yet). A really affordable and simple nude Matte with fabulous reviews is made by good ole trusty Maybelline. And, it’s available on subscribe and save too (so if you lose lipsticks *like me* a new one will show up at whatever frequency you pick).

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

It’s sorta kinda like a gloss, but sets to a matte finish. Envelop your lips in plush, intensely creamy matte lipstick color that’s lightweight and never feels dry. And as always NYX is completely cruelty-free. To top it off, this lip cream is under $3 and available on subscribe & save (perfect filler to unlock your 15% off – don’t know what I’m talking about? More info about subscribe and save is here).

Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lipstick

Burt’s Bees Lipsticks are 100% natural and never use parabens, phthalates, petrolatum and SLS or synthetic fragrances. Made with 100% naturally moisturizing ingredients with a versatile color palette, this is a sure winner for all day moisture with a hint of color.

Need a liner to keep that lovely lipstick in place? Here is a great option!

Milani Easyliner Mechanical Lipliner Pencil

This liner is vegan and cruelty-free (yay!) and glides on like a dream! It’s self sharpening which is really nice and convenient. I even love it as a subtle base under chapstick just for a little definition.

Here’s $100 – What would you buy yourself?

Suppose you received an anonymous gift of $100 to spend on yourself. What would you buy? Before you say “I would put it toward a bill” or “I would buy so and so a gift” let’s put a few simple rules around this scenario.

  1. You have to spend it on something frivolous, tangible, or otherwise considered a splurge.
  2. You have to spend it on yourself.
  3. You can’t save it, pay a bill with it, but groceries etc.

I have no good answer to this question. It’s not soo much money that you can really go crazy. On the other hand it’s enough money that most of us would put some legitimate thought into a purchasing decision. It’s easier to figure out how to spend $25. Or $500.

So when someone asks you “What do you want for your Birthday / Christmas / Hanukkah / Whatever?” – what do YOU tell them? I need ideas! I suppose Rothys gift cards would always be welcomed. I still have my eye on those camo sneakers! ❤ ❤ ❤

Florida Sky

One of my favorite things about living in Florida (aside from the salt air, fascinating wildlife, and glorious weather) is the breathtaking – like literally takes my breath away and my heart skips a beat – sky.

Especially when a storm rolls in, and the thunderheads clash with the clear blue sky. I just can’t get enough of their beauty and power. These photos were taken from my phone camera (no filter), so they’re not the highest quality, and sadly they don’t do it justice.

And how about the stunning colors of the sunsets? Imagine seeing it in real life! Each one is unique, and I just adore them all (particularly with a palm tree silhouette in view).

I did a little research and found this article that explains the science of colorful skies. Fascinating!