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
You guys. I've been working on these for about a year now, and I'm so excited to finally be able to share them with everyone! If you love the roll-on fragrances, you're going to go crazy for the spray perfumes. They're a little more concentrated than the roll ons, they last forever, and I just love being able to spritz them on everything! My personal current scent, Goddess, is so refreshing and perfect for Summer. You seriously NEED to order your favorite scent ASAP - they do not disappoint!
I've been making my own bug spray since last summer, and while I haven't had it clinically tested, it works great for me and my family. Personally, I'm a mosquito magnet, and I'm allergic, so I tend to swell up majorly when I get bit. I basically never go outside with out spraying this on (have I mentioned that I live in the country?) so I had to make something that I actually wanted to smell all the time! This smells fresh and clean, and I love that it doesn't smell like bug spray, but is still effective!
Because one of my goals in life is to have the kind of hair that doesn't require any heat styling. I have fine, stick-straight hair, and I have no idea what inspired me to try a wave spray because I've never had any luck with them before, but I am so glad that I did! Since I've been testing this, I haven't blow-dried my hair once. It gives me just the right amount of texture and shape without feeling like I have "product" on my hair. GOAL ACCOMPLISHED! Also, the sandalwood, ylang ylang, and lemongrass scent is sooooo delicious. It makes me feel like I'm at the beach. Even though I'm really just sitting here at my desk, writing this blog. ;)
I wanted a good, subtle, creamy bronzer with just the right amount of shimmer, so I made one! I actually love this shea based formula so much that I've decided to re-formulate my lip + cheek tint to match the texture. So, be on the lookout for that in the coming weeks! This bronzer is kind of light, but buildable. On darker skin-tones it may just be a whisper of shimmer/highlight, and on fair skin tones (like mine) it adds more color. And, you can apply it anywhere you want a little color/shimmer - like your legs, or décolletage!
To be honest, I never had any intention of making bath bombs. I'm crazy about my big bottles of bath salts, and I didn't like the idea of selling something that you can only use once. But I kept getting requests for them, so one of my friends gave me the idea to add a crystal - bingo! Suddenly they seemed a lot more exciting! And, they're super fun to make! And now my office is filled with beautiful crystals - rose quartz, citrine, lapis lazuli, rainbow fluorite, amethyst... so much good energy coming out of Twinkle HQ!
I am a bit nervous about shipping them because they can be a bit delicate and you know I am anti-plastic wrap, but I'm hopeful that my logo-bag-gift-box solution is the ticket. And, even if they run-into some bumps on their way to you, they will still fizz up and fill your tub with a wonderful fragrance. Plus, you get to collect the crystal. Worth it!
PHEW! So much new stuff!
I know it probably seems like I'm making new things and changing my business around all the time, but I am actually about to slow it down. I have 2-3 more things up my sleeve, and possibly a new limited edition in the works for Fall, and THAT'S IT. No more new stuff, Stefanie! It's time for me to focus on selling all of the wonderful things that I've got!
Also, in order to streamline my workflow, I've made the difficult decision to discontinue my custom/DIY serum and perfume products for now. I love making new scents, but being a one woman operation with as many products as I currently offer, ya gotta cut back somewhere.
Also... this is pretty major and I still can't really believe I'm doing it, but I'm working on a second website!
Basically, I've always wanted to have a vintage shop, so I'm doing it, and I LOVE/miss blogging about ethical/vegan fashion!
(And yes, I know I'm crazy for taking on another project...)
Everything from my vintage collection here (and more) will be moved over to my new site in the coming weeks. I'll make an announcement when it's all ready to go so you can follow along! I'm SUPER EXCITED about it!
What do you think? What are you exited to try the most?! I can't wait to hear your thoughts on everything!
Thanks for keeping up to date on all things Twinkle - I hope you're ready for an amazing summer!