With fall comes new beginnings and new style and beauty changes! I had a wonderful opportunity to update my hair, makeup and wardrobe with Clairol for a “Shift A Shade”.


I was anxious to see what Luis Pacheco, Clairol Consulting Colourist and owner of Hair on the Avenue, had planned for my hair update. When we sat down to chat, I mentioned that I’d like to warm up my colour. I had been using Clairol’s Natural Instincts to cover my greys. Yes, when you reach a certain age, and especially after having several children, you will notice more stubborn greys!

He suggested that I stay dark but he needed to even out the colour of my hair. So the colourist added Clairol Nice n’ Easy 4G/120A – Natural Dark Golden Brown – to my roots for a few extra minutes first, and then applied it to the rest of my locks. Print this $2-off coupon for Clairol Nice n’ Easy.

The outcome: warm, even dark brown hair. Could Luis and his fabulous hair team style my hair every week? My hair feels and looks bouncy, smooth and shiny, and what’s best is that the grey coverage was seamless. I love that I can keep up with my new hair colour in the comfort of my own home and within my hectic schedule, not to mention my budget!

~ the before ~

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The talented make-up artist Patrick Rahme worked some magic on my face. He added some eyeliner to my lower inner lid and added some fake lashes to make my eyes pop. I asked him to recommend a good lip colour that would suit my skin tone. I’m drawn towards pinks and plums but do they suit my hair and face?

Patrick said that you should look for a lip colour that is one to two shades darker than your natural lip tone. As for thinner lips, like mine, a good lip liner and a steady hand is all you need to make them look fuller. I’ll be rocking the lashes and eyeliner on my own thanks to Patrick’s tips!


My style is rocker chic—I love my jeans, leathers and boots, and I’m most comfortable when I’m dressed in casual wear. But I do try to keep up with trends and incorporate them into my outfits.

Stylist Alexandra Mélançon took me from drab to fab with a style update: a simple black pant paired with a boyfriend blazer and printed T-shirt, and strappy sandals to complete the look. She added some simple accessories – a long necklace and a scarf. Simple, casual chic! It’s a style that I could comfortably pull off every day and look polished – trading in flats or ankle boots for the heels when I’m running errands.

You can see from the “after” photo that I was in my spotlight glory. I loved the entire Clairol Shift A Shade experience and my new look. It’s not every day that you’re treated to a fabulous hair, makeup and style update from top industry professionals. It’s incredible how a richer hair colour can make you look and feel more glamorous!

~ The after ~

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Clairol #ShiftAShade Before and After

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 Clairol.ca.

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Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Procter & Gamble via Mode 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.


Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.


  1. Your before picture is absolutely stunning, Maria, and your after picture is so va-va-va-voom! You’re so gorgeous!

  2. Your hair looked great before and now even more amazing! Love the colour! I am always looking for the best at-home hair colour so I think I will definitely try out Clairol! The colour on your skin tone and eye colour looks so great, not to mention the makeup and style! I too am partial to the “parisian” dress code of black, leather, boots and scarves.
    Love it all!

    • Thanks, Carol! I too love the minimalist look, simple and chic. Let me know how it goes if you try the Clairol Nice ‘n Easy!

  3. I agree with Loukia. You are a gorgeous woman! Love BOTH pics. I adore the style in the second one. Hot!

    • Thanks Jacki, and thanks for visiting and commenting. I feel super special 😉

  4. Maria… Wow,wow, wow!
    You were beautiful before but you just kicked it up a notch. I hope hubby took you it on the town that night to celebrate

  5. Chris Eh Young Reply

    I prefer the before picture, but what do I know, i’m just a guy.

  6. Lynn Pelzer Reply

    Your eyes really POP in the after! I think you are beautiful either way, darker suits you!!!

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