The Final Reveal: My Clairol Makeover with Before & After pics

I was so excited when I arrived at Hair on the Avenue for my #shiftashade makeover. I’ve always loved learning about beauty and fashion, and this day represented not only the chance to learn from Canada’s top experts, but also the opportunity to have their advice tailored specifically for me…I felt like a celebrity!


My first meeting was with Clairol Consulting Colourist, Luis Pacheco. I explained how my hair was a combination of highlights (that I loved) and an accidental ombre
which left me with yellow streaks and dried-out ends! With Luis’
amazing reputation and coloring expertise, I felt confident that he
could rescue my hair. He suggested applying Clairol Nice ‘n Easy in
5N/118A (a natural medium brown) on top of my existing color. (Click here for $2-off Clairol Nice ‘n Easy.)
Because it’s a long-lasting permanent hair color, it covered my
bleached-out strands. The expert blend of 3 complementary tones per box
ensured that my hair color remained multi-dimensional rather than flat.
As for my yellow streaks and dried-out ends? Luis recommended using a
colour-safe shampoo to retain my medium brown colour. I’ve replaced my
regular conditioner with the Nice ‘n Easy CC ColorSeal Cream included in
the dye kit, leaving my hair glossy and soft.


With my hair dilemma solved, I went upstairs for my consultation with
Pro Makeup Artist Patrick Rahme. Hanging out with Patrick is a beauty
blogger’s dream come true; from peeking through his kit to see which
products make the cut, to learning new tricks and techniques, Patrick
has a wealth of knowledge and he shares it generously!

main makeup concern was how to make my lips look fuller while wearing
bright lip colors. Patrick advised me to choose creamy lipsticks
(especially those with moisturizing ingredients such as Vitamin E), as
they will ensure that my lips look bright AND glossy. To offset my
bright lips, Patrick did not use any blush or bronzer on my face.
Instead, he added subtle dimension using different shades of powder
foundation. A lighter shade was used to highlight and a darker shade was
used to contour. Because they’re foundation powders, they’re very
pigmented and the results are long-lasting. I’ve been trying to implement some of his tips at home!


My final consultation was with Stylist Extraordinaire Alexandra
Melancon. I wanted to learn how to dress up my jeans. I think Alexandra
understood my style a little TOO well: compare my final picture with  this outfit—scarily similar, huh? Of course, being a fashion expert,
Alexandra has some tweaks that went further than my usual styling
attempts, from getting my jean cuffs just right to perfecting the
half-tuck of my shirt, her attention to detail was amazing! One lesson I
plan on incorporating is purchasing more heeled booties to wear with my
jeans—they’re easier to walk in than regular heels, and they instantly make jeans look more classy!


I’m SO happy with my #shiftashade makeover. Each change was subtle yet
impactful, so I still look like myself! I feel confident
now that I’m armed with tips and tricks to improve my overall look; I’m
ready to face a new season. Check out my makeover from start to finish
over here:

Go bolder. Go warmer. Go deeper. Go golder. With our broadest spectrum of natural looking shades, you can change it up and still look like your most amazing you. Get inspired and #shiftashade. Nice n’ Easy with Colour-blend Technology is available in 44 shades. For more information visit*

Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Procter & Gamble via Glam Media Canada. The bloggers were compensated for the Clairol Shift A Shade campaign and were asked to review our products. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Procter & Gamble.

Linking up with More Pieces of Me and On the Daily Express.


  1. Daily Express
    October 27, 2014 / 11:42 pm

    This was so awesome! What a fun experience and you really are so great on camera. 🙂 Your hair looks so shiny and fabulous and I love the way he styled it with the soft curls/waves. I also just love that she chose an Express shirt for your subtle outfit makeover. The tuck looks perfect. :)Gina – On the Daily Express

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      October 29, 2014 / 5:53 am

      Thanks Gina – I was amazed at how quickly and easily they changed my haircolor – and that my hair still felt healthy and not frizzy! And as soon as I saw the shirt I thought of you!

  2. Lilly Style
    October 28, 2014 / 1:39 am

    Gorgeous before, gorgeous after! Such a fun experience.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      October 29, 2014 / 5:54 am

      Thanks sweetie! It was definitely an amazing experience – it was so cool to experience everything that goes on behind a video shoot – from being taped to a microphone to working with a camera 🙂

  3. Kristina
    October 28, 2014 / 8:33 am

    Love how shiny your hair is now! I know it's just post-hairdresser but I hope it stayed like it after you washed it at home too. You look so radiant and happy on the photos 🙂 I love your blog, hope to see you soon on my page :)Kisses from Zurich,K

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      October 29, 2014 / 5:55 am

      Thanks Kristina – I definitely felt radiant and happy on the day because I was working with such a lovely and friendly team – they made me feel so comfortable! Will definitely check out your blog – thanks for stopping by.

  4. Beautygirl24
    October 29, 2014 / 5:44 pm

    Gorgeous! I hope you don't mind if I share this with my sister-in-law/hairstylist! I love the way your hair was curled too. You look fresh, youthful, and glowing! What a fun experience!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      October 30, 2014 / 4:07 am

      Oooh – would be so cool if you shared it 🙂 It definitely was a memorable experience!

  5. Skylette from Sequins & Stilettos
    October 29, 2014 / 7:00 pm

    Your transformation is a jaw dropper! Such a stunning finish (and you were drop dead gorgeous beforehand too)!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      October 30, 2014 / 4:08 am

      Thanks Skylette – it was interesting having someone else do my makeup – although I may not do it the exact same way, I definitely picked up some great tips!

  6. Fifth & Bloor
    October 30, 2014 / 1:00 am

    You look great ! Well you looked great before as well! But the subtle changes are really nice !

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      October 30, 2014 / 4:09 am

      Thanks Mehreen – it was SUCH a fun activity to be a part of…who doesn't love a makeover LOL!

  7. Darcy
    November 3, 2014 / 9:25 pm

    How pretty! Gorgeous before and after! Seriously loving your lip color in the makeover pic too!

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