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!