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Madison Reed Color Bar | San Francisco

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Madison Reed Color Bar | Freckled Italian

For the longest time (I’m talking 10 years), I dyed my hair a slightly darker shade of brown, and then more recently I spent a few years (and way too much money) going lighter and exploring the whole ombre trend. With a toddler keeping me busy these days, I’m in a season of more low-maintenance hair care, having just chopped a good 6 inches of length and staying away from any color regimen that includes a full afternoon in a salon chair.

Madison Reed Color Bar | Freckled Italian

Because of that, I was really excited to get an invitation to try out Madison Reed Color Bar in San Francisco. Madison Reed focuses on high-quality ingredients and a high-end salon experience, but they get you in and out in much less time than other salons and also focus more on roots, gray coverage, and all-over color (so it may not be the right place if you’re looking for something more high maintenance).

Because it’s been a while since I got my hair colored, I decided to go with the color-reviving gloss in the shade Espresso, which is a really nice cool brown shade that’s just slightly darker than my natural color.

Madison Reed Color Bar | Freckled Italian
Madison Reed Color Bar | Freckled Italian
Madison Reed Color Bar | Freckled Italian

The colors and glosses are all pre-mixed and ready to go, which is so nice because you can buy them (and all of their products) on Madison-Reed.com (use code MEGANCOLOR for free shipping). They sent me home with a tube of the Espresso gloss so I can do it myself at home in 6-8 weeks. The gloss is just $25 online! I think their prices are so reasonable for the wonderful servicethey provide, not to mention the gorgeous space!

Madison Reed Color Bar | Freckled Italian

There are also do-it-yourself hair drying stations in every salon that you can use for free, or you can add a blow out to any service for just $35—their products seriously felt so good and smelled amazing! I’m a sucker for a blow out so I truly felt like I was living my best life in there on a Saturday morning with my little head massage and double espresso.

Madison Reed Color Bar | Freckled Italian
Madison Reed Color Bar | Freckled Italian
Madison Reed Color Bar | Freckled Italian

If you live near one of their locations, you should totally try them out! And if you don’t, make sure to check out their website and shop around if you’re looking for a new shampoo or conditioner, styling product, or one of their many lovely glosses and permanent dyes. Use the code MEGANCOLOR for $20 off your first roots treatment in a salon or for free shipping on your next Madison Reed online purchase.

Madison Reed Color Bar | Freckled Italian

Thank you Madison Reed for having me! I can’t wait to try the at-home color and hopefully visit again soon.

Photos by Cue the Light for Freckled Italian.

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(More) Current Beauty Favorites
More Current Beauty Favorites | Freckled Italian

Over the past few months I’ve been using a few new beauty and skincare products, so I wanted to put together a short post to share the ones I’m loving the most right now.

  • I’m using these Bioré strips for the first time ever right now and totally loving them. I don’t know if they’re actually doing anything beneficial for my skin but it is pretty satisfying seeing all the junk they grab every time I take them off.

  • I had been trying out a few new liquid eyeliners for a while but always end up going back to this one. It’s cheap and you can get it at Target and it’s just the best. (I use a lot of eyeliner so I don’t usually like to splurge for the pricey stuff.)

  • This is my current favorite hairspray. I love how light the mist is but the hold is great.

  • The product that inspired today’s post: THIS DRY SHAMPOO! My friend Kate bought it when she landed in California for a wedding a few weekends ago and left it for me. I had never used it before but it is hands down the best budget-friendly dry shampoo I’ve ever used. I posted a photo on Instagram Stories last week and so many of you asked for details on the product, so here we are! Seriously it’s amazing. I spray it very liberally all over my entire head and just leave it there while I do my makeup or whatever, then kind of rub it in right before I walk out the door.

  • I’m loving Pacifica products lately—I just started using this cream in the mornings and sometimes at night, but what got me hooked was this night mask. Everything is vegan and cruelty-free and the prices are reasonable for how high-quality the products are. I love the scents and how great they feel on my skin! Looking forward to replacing my empties with more Pacifica stuff as time goes on.

That’s all from me today! Do you have any beauty products you’re loving lately? I’d love to hear about them!

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Current Beauty Favorites
Current Beauty Favorites | Freckled Italian

I'll be honest--I'm not usually very picky about what I put on my face, whether it's moisturizer or makeup. But I'm turning 30 this year so I've started wondering if maybe my skin care/beauty routine could use a little update. I just hate buying new products! It feels like such a commitment to me especially when with a baby, I'm forgetting to wash my face at least twice a week (and generally not even wearing makeup anyway).

My friend Shawna sent me a three month Birchbox for my birthday last year and I'm still loving a few of the products (I didn't realize you could customize what kind of stuff they sent you, so I skipped fragrances and a few other things and instead chose to focus on skincare, makeup, and hair products), so I thought I'd do a little roundup of a few products I got from them and a few skincare things I'm loving lately.

  • I've written about this toner before, but I'm still obsessed. It's so cheap but it feels amazing on my skin. I use it every night after I wash my face and before I moisturize. So good.
  • I use the regular Pond's moisturizer most of the time, but I had a sample of this stuff and I think I'm going to get a full size--it gives you just enough of a tingle to feel like maybe you're having an anti-aging moment (JVN from Queer Eye, anyone?), but it's still super moisturizing and feels great on.
  • One of my BirchBox favorites--I love liquid eyeliner so much and this stuff is great. I usually use a brush but this one is more like a felt-tip pen and it goes on super easily and dries right away. It also has a matte finish which I used to not care for but now I really like.
  • I'm a sucker for cheap mascara. Usually I go for this one, but lately I've been using this. It feels super elastic on my lashes, if that makes sense--it makes them really voluminous and not at all flaky. It's a little harder to get off than my usual mascara but I think it wears better. (I'm still toying with the idea of getting eyelash extensions--anyone have them? I'd love to hear your thoughts!)
  • I've always used the Mario Badescu rose spray, but a few months ago I got this one for our guest bathroom and I've been using it myself every day. I like the fresh scent so much--now I don't know which is my favorite!
  • I saved the best for last: this highlighter is everything! I've been using a powder highlighter for years but I am all about this liquid one. It is gorgeous on and it smells amazing--definitely a BirchBox sample that I'm going to buy in the full size. I love it so much.

That's all for me right now! If you have a skin care regimen that you love, I want to hear about it! And tell me about your favorite makeup products! I always feel like I'm set but then when I find something new that's great I always wonder how I went so long without it! 

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