Broke-Ass Tag: wedding beauty


A while back, I got to try Madison Reed’s at-home hair coloring system, and YOU GUYS. I love it. It was super easy, included a bunch of nifty little extras (wipes to get goo off your face, 2 pairs of gloves, etc.) and my hair didn’t completely hate me afterwards. And the shampoo and conditioner made my hair feel shamazing in the weeks afterward.

And now you can try it, too! (Cue super cheesy infomercial music)

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Madison Reed wants to give you one at-home hair color kit (it lasts a while, but that’s kind of dependent on your own follicles) and a full-size shampoo and conditioner. The whole shebang is valued at $60, which is about equal to the number of bones you’d drop at the salon, minus the product. So, it’s a smokin’ deal and you don’t even have to leave your casa!

As always, each method earns you an entry; the more entries, the better chance you’ll win. Open to U.S. residents only.

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  • 3/5

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    You guys, I have a confession: I’m a bottle girl.

    No no, not that kind (I hate waitressing as is. Add a nightclub to it and yeah … NOPE).

    I’m talking the kind that you use when you color your hair. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am a natural blonde, but here’s the thing: I want to be blonder. I want ALL THE BLONDE. But I’m frugal (duh), and it’s like pulling teeth for me to spend money on a trim (which happens like once a year). So, I want salon-quality, super easy and uber affordable. And I don’t want to have to mess with it too much. Easy request, right?

    Actually: Yes, yes it is. Because: Madison Reed. This online subscription-delivery company takes alla dem hair-coloring worries (going to the store, trying to find the exact same shade previously purchased, figuring out if the instructions are actually speaking English, etc.) and gives ’em the big ol’ middle finger.

    Sure, Madison Reed‘s website offers pics of their various shades, but even more than that, they have consultants available to help.

    But since I knew that I just wanted ALL THE BLONDE, I picked Roma. And then I was off!

    Just look at dem rootz. Oof.

    The packaging is super pretty and it’s not just “color developer, tube with color, conditioner, gloves and crappy instructions that get ruined if they get wet at all.” Nope. There’s lotsa goodies, including:

    • 2 pairs of gloves (one for coloring, one for the rinsing out process)
    • a shower cap (so you can actually DO STUFF while the color develops, rather than walk around like a giraffe with a neck brace on)
    • wipes to get the goop off your face
    • cream to keep the goop from getting on your face
    • a really rockin’ set of shampoo and conditioner (I love this stuff)

    All this is in addition to the regular color and developer shizz. And the instructions? They’re printed on the packaging, so they’ll hold up even if there’s a color-splosion in the bathroom.

    It says to use all of the color in the tube. I squeezed that mofo like my life depended on it.

    The process is pretty standard: Prep, mix, apply, saturate, wait, rinse, swoon.

    Très good look for me, non?

    Of the many things I really liked about this system was that there was a very obvious lack of strong chemical smell and the color lasts.

    Since Madison Reed is a subscription-delivery service, you can set it to arrive at your doorstep however often you choose. And since you’re skipping a trip to the salon, it saves you beaucoup bucks.

    Mission: Go Blonder complete!

    If you’re thinking of giving your follicles a little color boost before your big day, try this shizz out. For serious.

  • 11/15

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    Confession: Wedding planning has turned me into a way more superficial brat than I used to be. There's nothing like imagining walking down the aisle with all those eyes on me, plus getting professional photographs taken of myself, to make me worry like crazy about how I will look. Yes, I know everyone says brides ALWAYS look beautiful.  I know I have dreadlocks so I…

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    There are a lot of things that you need to consider when applying your makeup for a wedding--how will it look in person, in photographs, on video? How will it hold up after hours of dancing, eating, and happy tears? And how will you put your best face forward on one of the most photographed days of your life while still looking and feeling like…

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  • 10/18

    I have never been the best of friends with my skin. Mine's always been a little on the tired side. Always a little looser than I'd prefer. But my biggest beef has always been with those pesky bumps on the backs of my upper arms! C'mon my fellow KP girls, you know this sob story... sing along! So when I heard about Prtty Peaushun I…

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    We are so excited to have launched the Broke-Ass Bride Two point OHHHH! Now that the sleeplessness nights are over it's time to celebrate and our favorite way to celebrate is a (cue oprah voice)  giveAWAAAAAAAY! You seasoned readers may remember our very popular Wedding in a Week Giveaway featuring the highly coveted Clarisonic. Well this is one of our personal favorite items of 2009. Of…

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  • 9/8

    Oh hello. Could you get any cuter?I require a few of these delicious creations from Old Soul New Heart. My mom thoughtfully forwarded me today's Daily Candy featuring these sweeties, which is extra nice when you consider that the duo behind Old Soul New Heart is a mother-daughter team, who keep it real by mixing vintage notions with modern twists, and make a bad hair…

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