My mom got me an Urban Decay Naked palette (and one for herself) as an early birthday gift. I'm a neutrals girl through and through, but this palette is far from boring and repetitive. You can find a thousand reviews online, but I just want to say that this is an amazing palette, you should get it, etc.
I just got back from a trip to the beach, and I'm very proud to say that I did gain any color! I tan in an instant, so I used at least SPF 50 (mostly 70) everyday and limited my direct sun exposure. My color is still my pale best!
I have to go to school in three days (I can't wait to get back!), so I had to recolor my hair. Reading reviews on Makeup Alley, Revlon Colorsilk runs dark in its brunette shades and, seeing as I bought Soft Black, I decided to do a strand test. I'm so happy I did! Instead of giving myself harsh, jet-black hair by leaving it on for the full 25 minutes, I put it on my roots for 6 minutes, then distributed it on the rest of my hair for maybe 5 minutes. Ta-da! Super-dark brown hair that is almost black. Holy grail? I think so!