Back in March I spotted something interesting on the shelves at the dm drugstore and decided to give it a try. I picked up the Casting Sunkiss Jelly from L'Oreal that is supposed to gradually lighten your hair, like the sun would naturally do in the summer. This product promises "Summer in a tube… with a long lasting, radiant glow" after just a couple of uses. I'm not too adventurous when it comes to my hair, so this seemed like a perfect no fuss option for getting highlights or an all over lighter hair color.
Apart for that one year in high school when I decided to dye my hair black/really dark brown (don't ask), I've been pretty happy with my natural hair color. Depending on the time of the year it ranges from golden light brown/dark blonde with lighter highlights, and my color gets lighter in the summer or in general with sun exposure.
L'Oreal Casting Sunkiss Jelly comes for three different hair colors - Light Blonde to Very Light Blonde, Dark Blonde to Light Blonde and Light Brown to Dark Blonde, and I bought the middle shade. It's a no-rinse product so you should apply it to clean/first day hair either in small sections or all over, depending on the result you want. The jelly is pleasantly scented (fresh and floral, with peroxide only slightly detectable) and has a transparent or slightly yellowish color.
When I was using it I applied it both ways as described above on dry hair and then used a hairdryer, since the jelly is heat activated. It felt lightweight once applied and didn't weight my hair down. I used it about once a week and although the difference wasn't instant it certainly did lighten my hair after 5 or 6 uses. What's best about it - it didn't make the hair orange, but the highlights look really natural. On the box packaging there is an image of what kind of difference you can expect with use, but I think the change they show is much too drastic and you should expect something more subtle. It's supposed to be used on natural hair only.