Written By Stefanie Grant-Cassel - January 24 2019
Hi hi hi!
A week or so ago I posted my first ever video tutorial on instagram (like with words...) showing how I apply my eye tint, and I finally got around to uploading it on YouTube so I could share it here for everyone to see.
I apologize for my laziness - I'm a very busy and important lady and do not have time to make it fancy. Hopefully my fabulous products will make up for the lack of production value...
(get ready to hear me say that about 10-15 times...)
here it is!
It's super quick, but hopefully it helps clear up any confusion about how to apply eye tint as mascara?
(I feel like people are thinking there's some kind of a trick to it, but there really isn't. I just rub the wand on the eye tint then brush it on my lashes... as you can see here...)
Anyhoo... let me know what you think!
And don't you worry, there will be more videos. :)
Written By Stefanie Grant-Cassel - October 19 2018
Gosh, I've been really missing this blog lately. I just have so much to share with you all, but there's never enough time! (I'm not complaining - I'm very happy that you're keeping me busy with the making and the shipping, so more of that please. 😉)
Speaking of time, I get lots of requests for video tutorials...
and if you've ever tried to edit video and upload it to youtube, you know that that could pretty much be a full time job in itself. Not to mention setting up the tripod, trying to find the right angle when it's just you, running back and forth between the camera and wherever has the best lighting...
I mean, much respect to the bloggers who make it look so easy, but I'm trying to run a handmade business over here and my hands are FULL.
But alas, you need to know how to use the products. And apparently you need video.
So when I got a request for a dry shampoo video the other day, I figured I'd just take you through my full morning hair care routine via instagram. And then I decided to post it here on the blog in all of its glory so we have a nice little reference.
First of all, can I just say that for someone who has a beauty business, I feel like I am ridiculously low maintenance. I always feel a little bit embarrassed when you guys ask me how to do things because I feel like you're expecting some fancy beauty queen who looks perfect all the time and has just the right technique that's going to blow your mind...
but I'm really just a single mom who's trying to get out the door as fast as possible in the mornings so I can get my work done. I have so many things on my mind (and so many perfumes to create!) that the way my hair looks is pretty far down the list of things I worry about. Especially considering that I live (and walk around outside every day) in one of the windiest places in America. (Rogers and Hammerstein were definitely not exaggerating about the wind sweeping through the plains, y'all.)
I actually haven't heat styled my hair in ages. It sees the blow dryer every 2-3 months or so at the hair salon and that's it. I bleach it platinum (my one green beauty vice!) because I think my natural color is very boring and it's also in an awkward lots-of-gray-but-not-enough-to-look-cool phase...
So the low-maintenance, no-fuss, hand tossed, let it do what it wants in the wind (French girl, maybe even?!) bed head look serves two purposes - it saves my fine, processed hair from getting fried, and saves me a lot of time in the mornings. Plus, ya know, I think it's looks alright. Haha!
I highly recommend learning how to embrace/work with your natural texture (or in my case, lack thereof...) and find a low-key hair routine that works for you. You can always get fancy and blow it out/curl it if you're in the mood, but I've found that leaving it alone and letting it do its own thing is incredibly freeing. Also, I have a very talented hair stylist who knows how to cut my layers just perfectly because I am very upfront with her about how I style my hair. Meaning: how I don't...
So if you're wanting to transition into a more natural look, find yourself a professional who gets you and your hair type and it'll be a whole lot easier.
That being said, here's my routine:
On this day, I was on my 3rd day after shampooing (meaning I washed my hair on Monday and captured this on a Wednesday) but the routine is the same every day on the days I don't wash my hair. I don't need much dry shampoo on the second day, and I use a little bit more on the third day, but that's the only difference. I wash my hair about 2 times per week usually.
Step 1: Brush
My hair is very fine and the longer it gets the more tangled it gets, so I have to detangle it first thing, and I absolutely love these wooden bristle brushes because they don't break my hair or cause static!
2: Toss it up
You want a high bun that's not too tight. The hair ties I have are perfect for this, or you could use a scrunchie. If you have short hair, do a half bun and leave the bottom layers down. The bun is so you A) don't get it wet in the shower, and B) to add a bit of volume and loose waves. (Side note you should totally be able to add instagram story gifs to your blog without having to upload them to youtube in 2018. If anyone knows how to do this, you're hired.)
I oil cleanse my face in the morning (and gua sha) before I get in the shower. But more on my morning skincare routine later...
Or use a dish and an old makeup brush if you're opposed to plastic. I personally love the convenience of the brush and love that it's mess free and dispenses just the right amount of product.
This is the part where it feels embarrassingly simple and I wonder what you were expecting to see in a video... but this is it you guys. Sorry?
6. Brush and polish (optional)
You can stop there or your can brush it out with a natural bristle brush for more shine. I highly recommend the wave pomade to finish for more piece-y texture that actually conditions your hair.
Oh hang on - did you catch the discount code I'm offering through the end of the month?Take 20% off the refillable powder brush when you buy any dry shampoo, body powder, or translucent mattifying powder in the refill pouch! Code is NOBOTTLE
Written By Stefanie Grant-Cassel - January 05 2017
One of the (many) things that I love about my powdered facial cleanser is that it's customizable. You can use it straight up with pain old water and it works just beautifully to cleanse, exfoliate, and brighten your skin,
you can fancy it up by mixing it with our toner, adding green tea powder, more clay, facial oil... whatever you like!
One product = luxurious skincare options galore.
Why aren't more people doing this?!
One super simple way to up the luxe factor when you wash your face is to mix our cleanser with coconut milk!
Coconut milk (you'll want the full fat version) is high in moisturizing essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and lauric acid, which has antibacterial and antiviral properties, making it a great treatment for acne prone skin as well.
The best, most effective kind of coconut milk to use would be homemade, from the meat of a freshly cracked coconut in your ridiculously expensive high speed blender.
I just picked up a carton of culinary coconut milk from natural grocers for $2.19
I like the cartons because they're BPA free and you can easily stick whatever's left in the fridge to use later.
This brand does have guar gum added, which is a natural (and perfectly safe) plant based emulsifier/thickening agent made from guar beans (kinda like green beans) that's even said to have it's own skin/hair conditioning properties. I imagine it's added so that the coconut fat doesn't separate from the water, like you see in canned coconut milk.
(Note - this is in no way an advertisement for any certain brand of coconut milk. You can pick up a can, or any brand you like. Just make sure it's not the low fat version. Fats are good for your face.)
the how to is pretty self explanatory.
Use about a tablespoon of our powder cleanser, and just a bit more coconut milk (maybe a smidge less than you see in the video that I made while entertaining my 4 year old) mix it together, and massage it into your skin. The less coconut milk you use, the more thick the masque. You can either give your skin a good scrub using circular motions as you apply, or if you're not wanting to exfoliate, just lightly rub the mixture onto your face.
You can use a bowl like in the video, or you can just mix it up in the palm of your hand.
Let it sit on your face for as long as you like.
You can do a mini masque while you brush and floss your teeth.
You could let it sit all night long while you watch netflix and chill.
Whatever you want. It's your face and this is a totally harmless treatment. (And PS it smells like heaven.)
You may notice a slight tingly, tightening sensation.
Of course, if this is uncomfortable for you, please wash it off right away. (That was my common sense disclaimer...)
Whenever you're ready, rinse it off with warm water.