Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hair and Skin Trivia

Since I've been writing this blog, I've been learning a lot of random things about hair and skin. Like for instance, did you know sweat from your apocrine grands (those are the ones that are under your armpit) is odorless. So that smell you smell when you sweat isn't actually the sweat itself. It's the reaction your skin's normal bacteria makes with the sweat. 

Pretty cool right? Or not. Whatever.

So I thought it would be fun to test your knowledge of hair and skin.

Good luck!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

How To Tuesday: Clarisonic Sonic Cleanser

If you've ever gotten a facial, it is possible that the esthetician used a Clarisonic Sonic Cleanser on you. But if you've never heard of it here's the rundown...

I'm pretty much a sucker for anything in pink. 

On the head of the Clarisonic is a brush that uses a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second. So hello, ultra clean skin. The little brush removes 6X more makeup than your average washcloth and 2X more oil. 

But the best part is that it is gentle enough to use twice a day, meaning that your skin will be healthier in no time. 

I'm a little intimidated looking at the Clarisonic though. Holding a professional cleaning device in my hands feels foreign, but it is super easy to use. Three steps is all you need to know.

  1.  Charge your Clarisonic. Easy enough.
  2. Wet your face and apply your cleanser to the brush head. Done.
  3. Use a circular motion around the face. All it takes is 20 seconds on forehead, 20 seconds on nose/chin, and 10 seconds on each cheek. Yay for clean skin!

Like I said, easy as pie.

To learn more about the Clarisonic, check out their website

Photo 1, Photo 2

Friday, November 25, 2011

Friday Link Love 11/25/2011

Happy Black Friday y'all. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

How To Tuesday: Enhance Your Curls

Last week I talked about using too much product. There is also the flip side of that when you use no product. That's when you get a nasty, frizzy mess.

We all had awkward years. 

Curls are some of the most sought after styles. People pay butt-loads to get curls, but you need to know how to work with them properly.

Today's how to comes from one of the industry's leaders: Aveda. We love Aveda products and their dedicated to nature here at On Stage. So I wanted to share with you a bit of their wisdom. 

You can check out some of Aveda's other videos at their YouTube channel. 

Photo Source. 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday Link Love 11/18/2011

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

How to Keep Your Makeup Looking Good All Day

Because really, who likes to have to reapply makeup after lunch? I don't. I barely even want to wake up to put it on in the mornings. Which is kind of strange considering my large, hoarded makeup collection. Hmm...I'll work on that.

So, you ask, how do I keep my makeup looking good all day?

Oh I'm so glad you asked!


That's all you need. Just a bit of primer. You prime your walls don't you? Why not prime your face? Because I know I want my face looking better than my walls.

There are a lot of primers out there on the market, but I've found the best one to be Jane Iredale's Absence.

And, hello two convenient colors. 

They call it absence because not only is it a primer, but it also controls your oil throughout the day. Note the absence of oil... Get it? My oil production is so bad that I'm constantly wiping my face off, thus wiping my makeup off. So oil control is a must-have. The primer in it also helps your normal makeup last all day long.

But it's not only your foundation that you're having problems with is it? Didn't think so.

Let me introduce you to a little thing I like to call...

Lid Primer

Okay, it's actually called lid primer. I didn't make up the name for it or anything.

And look! Three colors.

Same idea as the foundation primer. It will help your eyeshadow stay in place all day long. 

Amazing things these primers.

Don't use Jane Iredale? What is your favorite primer? 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

How To Tuesday: Filling-in Your Eyebrows

Ah, eyebrows. They are important.


So you want to make sure your's look good. I've already talked about the importance of your eyebrow shape. Tadpoles and rainbows are bad.

Before you can begin to think about filling-in your brows, you need to have a proper foundation with your eyebrow shape. Kind of like when building a house, if your foundation is bad, well... I've lived in a house with a bad foundation and let me tell you, cracks everywhere.

Here's your instructions on filling in your brows.


We're using the amazingly wonderful Jane Iredale Bitty Brow Kit. But if you don't have something like this, eyeshadow will work as well.

You'll fall in love for only $27.00

You see? Filling in your brows is easy. But for a lot of people it is absolutely essential. So try it out if you've never done it before.

Photo Source.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday Link Love 11/11/11

Make a wish!

Tell me what you saw online this week in the comments below!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Are You Using Too Much Product?

I've recently admitted to being a makeup hoarder. First step to recovery. But there are also those of you out there who happen to be hair product hoarders, or if you like junkies. And this, my friends is a whole new class of junkies.

Because sometimes, myself included, hair product junkies can get a bit carried away with using too much product. And too many products are not only a drain on your wallet, but also on your hair. You can always tell if your using too much when your newly clean hair is greasy or weighed down.

Hopefully your bathroom drawer doesn't look like this.

Here's a true story...that might have happened more than once. I've just washed my hair and I grab my favorite product that helps with straightening and smoothing. Because I have 4x the amount of hair of a normal person, I put in 4x the amount of product a normal person would use. Well, needless to say, my hair looked like it did before I had washed it. A nasty, greasy mess.

Don't do what I did.

So here's Cassidy's tips on using the right amount of product. 
  • Start small. It's way easier to add more. Because let's face it, starting over sucks and so does wearing greasy hair.
  • Start working your products through your hair at the ends. Also, try to keep those gel or cream products away from your roots. That will help keep away the greasies. 
  • It's different for everyone, but typically two products should be enough. Try using only a "pre-product" and a "post-product", like a cream straightener and then a hairspray.
  • If you end up with the greasies, don't worry. Remember that Second Day Hair post from last week? Try one of those options until you can get home to wash your hair again.
How many products do you use? Does it weigh your hair down or is it the perfect combination? 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

So You Want Red Hair?

Photo Credit.

Yes! Yes! Yes!

I've been on the verge of dying my hair red for years now. Years! But I just couldn't work up the courage to do it. I was constantly making excuses.

I'm not pale enough.
Well, it's summer. Maybe in the Fall.
I'll do it when my bangs grow out.

Well last week I stopped making excuses, bucked up and did it. And let me tell you, I couldn't be happier about it.

Red has been popping up a lot lately in recent hair trends, and I've noticed it looks good on almost anyone. Your stylist should be able to tell you what color is going to go with your skin tone.

So maybe you're thinking about making the red hair journey. As a veteran, I've picked up a few things that are important for you to know.

  1. Schedule a consultation. It took over 4 hours to take my color from a dark brown to a coppery-red. If you try to just call and schedule it without talking to your stylist beforehand, it could cause the stylist to run behind or for you not to get exactly what you want due to time constraints. 
  2. At your consultation, talk with your stylist about the different shades of red that you could achieve. Bring a photo, a paint swatch, anything that has that perfect red color you're dying for. 
  3. Don't be disappointed if your color doesn't come out the exact color the first time. Sometimes, color transformations are a long process and it could take several times to get there. 
  4. Talk with the resident makeup artist to see if you need to change your makeup color pallet. 
  5. Bring a book, magazine, DVD player, iPod, iPad, iPhone, iAnything. Like I said, it took me 4 hours. 
But my biggest tip is to just have fun. Stop making excuses. If you were thinking about tattooing Edward Cullen's face on your arm, I might suggest you think about it, but your hair color isn't permanent. And one day you might not have any hair to color, so do it while you can. 

Have you had a recent hair transformation? Red or otherwise? Tell me about your experience in the comments below. 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday Link Love 11/4/2011

Anyone else wake up this morning with a 60º house this morning?

Show me what y'all saw online in the comments below!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

November Spotlight Stylist

This month's spotlight stylist is a part of a very special group here at On Stage Hair Design: The Design Team. The Design Team is made up of some of our most talented stylists, and Nellie Kimbrough is no exception.

Nellie has only been in the hair industry for four years, and already she is making a name for herself. Plus, she is juggling planning her wedding. Which, as anyone knows who has planned a wedding, is a great accomplishment in itself.

So, everyone, meet Nellie.

How long have you been with the company? 
I've been with On Stage 2 years and been in the industry 4 years

What are your specialties?
Cutting and coloring is what i do best!

What do you have the most fun doing?
Spending time with my family and traveling.

Have you taken any special classes?
I went to  Paul Mitchell's signature gathering 2011 where i attended several cutting, coloring and styling classes.

How would you describe your personal style and hairstyle?
My personal style is a little funky/edgy and my hairstyle is constantly changing but is always some sort of extreme color..i don't do normal well.

What made you want to be a hairstylist?
I love to make people feel good about themselves and doing hair gives me a creative outlet.

In your opinion what is the worst hair style of all time? And the best?
The worst has to be reverse mullet aka the Kate Gosslin. The best I think the bob, when done right it looks good on just about everyone.

Do you have a message that you would like to tell all of your clients?
I love and appreciate all my clients. They make each day special!

Do you want to make an appointment with Nellie? Call (409) 899-2109. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Second Day Hair

Or...if you like, third day hair. Because, you know you want to go that extra day.

In my experience, I've probably met more people who wash their hair everyday than people who skip a day. And their reasoning: well it gets too greasy to not, might as well since I'm in the shower, or just ew. 

And yeah, some of you out there really, actually need to wash your hair everyday. But most of you don't. You see, your hair is a dead by-product from your body (just like your finger nails), and it needs to be lubricated. So when you wash your hair too much, well lets just say...

You don't want that, and neither does your hair. You need those natural oils. 

Second day hair is the best hair in my opinion. Pretty much any style will stay since the oils act as a natural hold. But if your self-conscious about not washing your hair everyday try out a few of these things to help.

  • Find a dry shampoo and become best friends with it. Just be careful if you have darker hair on how much you spray on, because a lot of dry shampoos leave a white or gray color on the hair. Try TRESemmé's dry shampoo. They make it for curly or straight hair. 
TRESemmé FreshStart Dry Shampoo
  • If you're allowed to wear hats to work, wear a hat! Old fashioned or vintage-looking hats have recently come back into style, and a lot of them are fabulous. Take advantage of it!
Target Xhilaration Felt Fedora, $14.99

  • If you can't wear a hat, you could probably still wear a hair scarf! Those work just as well. 
Photo from here

What are your second, third, or fourth day hair secrets? Tell me in the comments below.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

How To Tuesday: Larger Looking Lips

And yes, that's without any Restylane.

Do you ever watch those videos on YouTube of that girl who completely transforms her face using makeup? Pretty amazing. So that's why I'm going to show you how to do today. Well...not the whole face. But you can trick your lips into looking bigger.

Cool right?

So. Here. We. Go.

Here is the before.

     1. Liner 

Use a natural color lip liner. We're using Jane Iredale's Spice. 
Outline the lips just outside of the actual lip line. This is what creates the "fullness".

     2. Lipstick 

Whatever color you want here. We're using Jane Iredale's Sydney.

     3. Eye Shadow

Eye shadow? Yup. Find yourself a slightly shimmery-highlighting-eye shadow and apply it to the fullest part of your lips. This creates a fuller effect. 
Tip: Open your mouth slightly to see where the light reflects off of your lips. Also, don't put the shadow on the inner part of the lip, only the outer. 
We're using Jane Iredale's Peach Sherbet.

Here is the finished look. 

See the difference?

What are your makeup tricks? Tell us in the products below!