Friday, December 28, 2012

Friday Link Love 12/28/2012

Last link love of 2012. 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

It's Okay if You...

  • Don't have New Year's plans and don't want them.
  • Are terrible at painting your nails, and even worse at painting someone else's.
  • Have the same New Year's resolutions last year.
  • Still don't understand Pinterest.
  • It's also okay if you got all of your holiday gift and recipes from Pinterest.
  • Are afraid to cut all your hair off, but still really, really want to do it.
  • If you'd rather read a good book than see its movie version.
  • If you have an unnatural fear of Joan Crawford eyebrows.
  • Put a fire in your fireplace even of it's 70 degrees outside just because its December.
  • Kiss that longtime friend on NYE because you just so happen to be standing next to them at midnight.

Leave you "it's okay if you.." in the comments below!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

New Year's Nails

Now that Christmas is over, we can move on to the next holiday. New Year's. To me, New Year's is all about sparkling. Sparkling clothes, sparkling wine, and most definitely sparkling nails.

I mean, don't you want to shine bright like a diamond?

Take a look at some fabulous New Year's nail art. Get some inspiration. And if you do something fun on your nails for New Year's, snap a photo and send it to and I'll post your picture!





Which is your favorite look?

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

We're off celebrating Christmas today, so instead of our normal tutorial, I'm going to leave you a recipe of deliciousness.

Have a great day y'all. Be back tomorrow. 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Friday Link Love 12/21/2012

Glad to see the world didn't end.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Winter Chill

I've talk about winter on this blog before, or more specially, your hair care routine in winter. But when I looked down at my hands this morning, in the 46º weather mind you, and silently screamed at what I saw. Okay, maybe it wasn't so silent.

The cold weather was reeking havoc on my skin. My poor hands were dry and cold and lonely. So after I rubbed them together, let them be friends for a bit, I decided I needed to take better care of my skin in this dry winter weather.

And since I assume that all you lovely readers have the same problems I do, obviously I'm going to share some tips.

Try a hand or body scrub. Scrubs are super fantastic. I used one while I was on vacation on my hands, and they felt super soft for days after. Not only will a scrub exfoliate your skin, but it will also leave you feeling silky smooth after it's rinsed off.

Moisturizer. Obviously. Find yourself a really good one. I love Aveda's Hand Relief. It penetrates deep down and really leaves your skin moisturized. Put one everywhere. In your purse. At your desk. By your bed. I promise, your hands will thank you later.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Are You Washing Your Face Properly?

I know what you're thinking. How hard is it to wash your face? Well, not that hard. But like most things, there is a right and...less right way to wash your face.

You really want to get in there and get those pores clean. Washing your face can be just a mindless task, but do your pores a favor and treat 'em right.

First though, you don't want to just grab any old soap. You really need to find the right product for your face. It might take some trial and error, or a chat with a skin care professional, but either way, make sure your using the right product.

  1. You want to wet your face with warm water. Not hot. Not cold. Warm water opens up the pores and lets your cleanser really get in and clean.
  2. Don't overload your face with product. It doesn't take a lot of cleanser to do your whole face. Try a dime or nickel size amount. 
  3. Use circular motions all over your face. You want to spend a good amount of time cleansing. Somewhere between 30-60 seconds. Don't just slap it on, rinse it off, and except it to have cleaned.
  4. Rinse your face with the same warm water you used to wet it to begin with.
  5. Pat dry.
  6. Moisturize and any other product you use. but moisturizer is the most important.  

Do you already wash your face this way? Or have you been just throwing it on and going?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

How To Tuesday: Simple Flower Headband

We're getting crafty today y'all. For some reason, Christmastime always makes me feel crafty. I feel like I'm the ultimate DIYer. And then I DIY and realize that I'm not. So I stick to simple crafts, like today's headband tutorial.

I need to know that this tutorial is a little selfish. Having short hair I feel like I can finally wear headbands again. So...headband tutorial it is!

What you'll need: 

  • a headband
  • fake flowers
  • hot glue gun and sticks
  • scissors
  • scrap fabric in corresponding colors to flowers and headband

Step 1: cut fabric

Depending on how many flowers you want to add, cut the same shape into two pieces of fabric. I did a triangle since I wanted to do three flowers.

Step 2: hot glue to headband

Hot glue the fabric on each side of the headband, so that they're overlapping each other. I made mine slightly off center.

Step 3: glue your flowers on

Pretty self-explanatory. Glue the flowers onto the fabric in whatever pattern you want.

That's it!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday Link Love 12/14/2012

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Long Hair Verses Short Hair

So yesterday I cut off my hair. I had been talking about it for a long time, and I ran out of excuses on reasons not to. So I did. I'm still getting used to it, but it just made me think about all the celebrities who have gone from long hair to short hair or vice versa.

I put together some of my favorite long to short looks, and wanted to know: which do you like better?

Are there other celebs who have made the change? Tell me in the comments below!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

How To Tuesday: Ombré Winged Liner

Holiday parties are coming up and you don't want to show up with your same-old eye shadow look, well at least I don't. So today I wanted to take a classic look, and jazz it up a bit.

Ombré Winged Liner. Simple. Yet jazzy.

Step 1: inner eye

We lined the inner eye to a little bit over halfway across using a copper liner.

Step 2: outer eye

Then we came back and finished off the eye with a black liner, blending it in the middle where the two colors meet. 

If you have a hard time with the winged part, you can always use a sheet of paper to get a perfect line.

And that's it! Super simple and so pretty.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday Link Love 12/07/2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Colorsmash Hair Shadow

I've heard about hair shadow, or chalk, for awhile, seen pictures on Pinterest and such, but it's actually really cool. I love to change up my look, and while I'm not normally scared to do the real thing, sometimes I just want a look for a night.

Enter hair chalk. It is the perfect way to spice up your look for a night. Or a weekend. Or everyday until you decide to do it for real. I love the vibrant colors and the way you can place it anywhere you want. You have total control.

I mean, look at that girl up that. So cool. Check out below how to use the Colorsmash Hair Shadow. And spice up your look. Just a bit.

Colorsmash Instructional from ConditionCulture on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide

Aveda's Shimmer giftset. These two lip glosses are spectacular in person. Himalayan Snow and Nepali Berry, and at only $18 for both you can't really go wrong.

Aveda's Relief giftset. This is my favorite giftset every year. I absolutely love both the hand relief and foot relief. And hello, travel sizes! $52 will get you all four bottles.

Awapuhi Deluxe giftset. This giftset is a steal. It comes with full size bottles of the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi shampoo, keratin cream rinse, styling treatment oil, and the hydrocream whip. Basically everything you need in your beauty bag. $68.40 for this bad boy.

Paul Mitchell Express Ion Smooth. This flat iron is always, always on someone's wish list. Let this year be the year they get it. $180. Totally worth it.

Elchim 2001 Pro Blowdryer. Some people have a hard time spending $140 on a blowdryer. But why I ask you? It's as, if not more, important than your flat iron. Maybe it's time to give it to yourself. 

What is on your wish list this year?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

How To Tuesday: Short Hair Waves

Last week I curled my hair like I normally do, but because of the gross humid weather outside my curls quickly fell. But I ended up really liking the wavy look that the fallen curls left behind. But of course, no curls ever fall the same way twice, so I needed to find a way to recreate the look.

And I did. Yay me!

This look uses a 1.5" curling iron and three different techniques. If your hair is any shorter than mine, you could probably get away with using a 1.25" curling iron, but I wouldn't go any shorter than that. It will give you actual curls instead of waves.

Let me know what you think!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday Link Love 11/30/2012

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Did You Know You Could: Skip a Shampoo

Well, obviously you can skip a shampoo. I do it all the time. But this is a different kind of skipping...the kind where you get your hair wet too.

I think any boys reading are saying, "Well, duh Cassidy," but women don't really like to get their hair wet if they're not shampooing. At least I don't. And since I've already talked about how shampooing everyday is bad...I think you see where I'm going with this.

Sometimes, especially with short hair, you just need to wet it and restyle here's what you do.

scrub your scalp vigorously with your fingers. after you have wet your hair in the shower, scrubbing will help lift off any dirt and grease that is lingering on your scalp. then rinse again.

condition. personally it's hard for me to put a comb through my wet hair if I haven't used conditioner. so make sure you do this step.

That's all. Pretty simple. This doesn't really work two times in a row. And it might not work at all for you, or take your hair a bit of getting used to. But for those who need to restyle their hair, and don't want to shampoo everyday, this is a great method.

So try it out. Let me know if it works for you.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Men's Shaving 101

It was brought to my attention that my shaving 101 post from last week was significantly female oriented. I can't have that on my conscience, so you are gentleman.

men's shaving 101

always shave on wet skin, much like how women need to, so you do boys. because razor burn on your face has to suck.

quality products, that includes your shaving cream and your razor. your face is the first thing people see, you want to take care of it. and for God's sake, make sure you change your blades.

with the grain, unlike on legs, men need to shave their beards with the grain of the hair. going against it tends to cause redness and irritation. you also don't need to press down as hard as you might think. let the razor do its job properly. and if your beard is really grown out, trim it down first. it will help, i promise.

rinse and soothe. you want to soothe down your face after you have just shaved. use a product that has tea tree oil or witch hazel, both good for soothing and calming the skin.

As I am not a man, I could be getting this totally wrong. So tell me gentlemen, what are your shaving tips?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

How To Tuesday: Double Braided Headband

I sort of have long hair envy these days. I mean, don't get me wrong, I absolutely love my short hair, but just doing this tutorial today I missed being able to do lots of different things with it. Which just means I need to do more short hair tutorials.

yeah that sounds good. But today is a medium to long hair tutorial. And it's super cute. Check it out.

Step 1: section of the piece of hair to braid

You want to section off a small piece right behind the ear, that way, it pulls easy over the top of the head to form the headband. Then braid it all the way down, secure with a clear pony.

Step 2: Do the other side.

Step 3: Tease the crown

But be nice to it. 

Step 4: Pin the braids 

and that's it!

What kind of tutorials would you like to see me do? More short hair? Long hair? Tell me in the comments below!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Friday Link Love 11/23/2012

Hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving!

What did you see online this week?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Shaving 101

Can we just talk about how much shaving sucks? I'm constantly nicking myself. After having been shaving for so many years, I feel like I should have it down by now. Anyone else feel this way?

Hopefully I'm not alone in being a terrible shaver. But you know what I'm really good at? Learning and sharing my knowledge. Next time you go to shave, keep these tips in mind.

Always shave on wet skin. Dry skin can clog up your razor, and dull, dirty razors can nick you up. And that's no fun.

Change your blades. Again, dull razors lead to nicks. And besides, it's sort of gross using a two-month old razor.

Shave up. Your leg hair grows down, so shave up. Your armpit hair grows in lots of different directions, so shave in lots of different directions.

Moisturize. Your legs don't have a lot of oil glands, so you need to make sure that you always moisturize after you shave.

What are your leg shaving tips? Do you prefer to wax instead of all the shaving hassle? Tell me in the comments below!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

How To Tuesday: Separating Your Curls

Hello, I'm back from vacation. Did you miss me? Oh stop it, you're making me blush.

Now that I'm back I knew the first thing I wanted to do was talk about separating your curls. When I curl my hair, which is pretty much all the time, all I want to do is get my hands through it and separate them. I don't know why, some obsessive compulsive thing I guess.

But let me tell you what I did that I shouldn't have: put my hands through my freshly rodded hair. Talk about afro. I just kept saying to my hair, "no! go back please!" You don't talk to your hair? Hm. Weird. 

There are two methods to separate your curls. That's not true, there are a lot of methods, but I'm only going to tell you my two favorite.

Method #1: pick apart

This method is really good for tighter curls, a la Taylor Swift above. Basically, you're going to use your fingers to pick apart some curls, fluffing them out. But what's nice about this is that you're not doing every curls, so you don't get that afro look.

Method #2: run your hands through it

This method is definitely better for larger, looser curls. You just run your hands all through your curls, separating each one of them. This helps to let the curls fall, and depending on your desired look, create that more wavy outcome.

Bonus tip: put 'em back together

 If you ever find yourself saying what I did, "please go back!" Don't worry, you can put those curls back together. Just pump a bit of styling oil into your hands, and gently twist each curl, grouping them back into place. It might take a little practice, but just work with it. That hairdo can still be salvaged!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Rise of the Ginger

I've been seeing so many people come into the salon lately wanting to be a red head, myself included. My gingerversery is coming up on Saturday and I almost feel like I should throw a party. A "I'm my true self now..or at least I am what should have been my true self" party. I think I should have been born a ginger. Make all the soulless jokes you want, but I mean, didn't you know...

....ginger is in. And it's beautiful.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

How To Tuesday: Jane Iredale Party Makeup

It's my favorite time of year. Pumpkins. Turkey. Mashed potatoes. Presents. And parties. Every other weekend there is a party going on. Whether it's a halloween party, a birthday party, a wedding, or just a good ol' holiday party. It's party season.

And party makeup is on a whole different level. It's not daytime makeup and it's not nighttime/going out makeup. It's a nice in-between.

Jane Iredale does a fantastic job of showing you how to do a lovely party makeup look. I mean, I didn't even have to recreate it or anything.

Check it out below.

What do you think? I love the bronze colors that are used! What is your favorite color to do for a party?

Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday Link Love 10/26/2012

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Travel Essentials

I'm getting ready to embark on a two-week road trip, so naturally all I can think about is what I'm going to pack. I'm not one to over pack..okay that's a lie, but I'm trying to change my over-packing ways. So this list is just as much to help me as it is to help you.

Alright, shall we?

  • Blowdryer- let's face it. those blowdryers in the hotel rooms are terrible. bring your own.
  • flat iron/curling iron- but only one. which do you use more?
  • shampoo/conditioner- obviously.
  • hairspray and one other product- i cannot live without hairspray or sebastian trilliant

  • everything you use on your most minimal day
  • that extra eyeshadow you use on your most made up day 

  • facewash- please don't rely on the hotel's facewash
  • SPF- if you forget everything else, just don't forget your SPF
  • your "i can't live without this" products- mine is skin ceuticals' renew overnight. love that stuff.

What other beauty products are a must pack for you? Tell me in the comments below!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Salon Stuff: Tipping

I've been getting a lot of questions recently about tipping etiquette. I always feel so awkward when I answer, because while tipping at a salon isn't mandatory it is appreciated. Well, I guess the definition of tipping means it isn't something you have to do, but moving on...

I decided to write a post about tipping in salons to help all of you out that...need a little help.

Tipping Percentages. I always tell people it's sort of like a restaurant somewhere between 10-20% of your services. But tip more or less depending on how happy you are.

Your shampoo tech. If a different person shampoos you, always ask the front desk how they are tipped. At our salon, they only receive tips that the client specifically leaves for them. The stylists don't split it or anything. And I don't know about you, but sometimes the shampoo is my favorite part of the service.

Yes, taxes are paid. Hand the stylist cash, they won't have to pay taxes on it. But if you put in on your credit card, it is tracked through the computer system, and the stylists have to pay taxes on them at the end of the year.

That's pretty much all I am asked about. Do you have more questions about tipping at a salon? Leave them in the comments below.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

How To Tuesday: Pin Up Makeup

One of the best things about Halloween, besides Pumpkin Spice Lattes, is getting dressed up and going to Halloween parties...and the candy, can't forget about the candy.

But I love getting to be someone else for a night. We get asked a lot how to do vintage style makeup. It's a big look that people want to do, but don't really know how. Good thing is, it's super easy.

And now you'll know how.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday Link Love 10/19/2012

What did you see online this week?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


If you search the tag "my boyfriend does my makeup" on YouTube...forget about your productivity for the rest of the day, but you can guarantee some laughs.

 We decided to do one of our own. Enter the willing participants: Amanda and Jared. Check it out below.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

How To Tuesday: Treating a Burn

Before I begin...

I am not a doctor. Or any kind of medial take my advice all at your own risk.

There. Glad I got that off my chest.

So you know what sucks? Burning yourself with a 400 degree hot tool. What it does to the skin is not a pretty thing. And in our line of work, burning yourself is an everyday thing, so we've learned a couple of tricks over the years.

Prevent the burn. This is the biggest advice I could give. Do what you can to prevent the burn. Seems simple right? For example, this morning I used my rod for the first time since I burned myself with it (it was bad, I thought I was going to have to go to the hospital) so I put on long sleeves, and actually used that protective glove they gave me. No burns today.

But if you do get burned... they say to run it under water for a reason. It really does help. And not for just 30 seconds. You really have to run it under for a long time. Start with 5 minutes. Then see how it goes from there. Check the degree of the burn. If it's really severe, consider seeing a doctor.

Home remedies. There are a thousand home remedies out there. On my last burn I kept mustard on it all day that first day. But be careful what you could be allergic or it could irritate your burn even more.

Burn creams. They are pretty good to have on hand in your medicine cabinet. Just stock it up with one like you would with a pain reliever or hydrogen peroxide.

Speaking of pain relievers. Take one.

Keep it clean and dry. And whatever you do. DO NOT pop the blister.

What are your secrets to treating a burn?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Bold Lips

One of my favorite Fall trends is the bold lip. I've always been a fan of bold lips, normally though I tend to stick to the red shade (I love the vintage look). But recently, I've been seeing a lot of different shades, just as bold.

Pinks. Purples. and Reds, oh my!

To get the perfect lip, follow these steps:

  1. exfoliate. no one lips crispy lips. use a lip scrub, or simply your tooth brush and get rid of all that extra skin.
  2. line them, if you wish.
  3. apply lipstick. but be careful! because of the bold color, it could leave marks on your skin if you get outside the lines. 
  4. blot.
  5. apply again.

Now go forth and bold lips. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

How To Tuesday: Cassidy's Favorite Tutorials

Instead of doing my own tutorial today, I decided to share with you guys my all-time favorite hair tutorials. There are tons out there, but these ones are specifically fantastic.

Which is your favorite? Have you tried any of these at home?