This winter seems particularly brutal and the chilling winds are wreaking havoc on our faces, especially our lips! It seems every client that I’ve worked on so far this year is suffering from reeeeeally chapped lips no matter how often they re-apply their lip balm. A couple months ago I posted the Winter Lip Fix tutorial with a bi-weekly scrub and mask (and I’d love to hear if any of you have tried it and have had good results!). But if that’s not enough or you’re still looking for something else, you have to give a non-balm a try.

Balms try to protect lips against getting chapped, or getting more chapped, but if they’re already chapped, they can’t really undo them. That doesn’t mean you have to give up! A non-balm penetrates, conditions and moisturizes instead of sitting on top as protection (which is still important too!).  Combine it with daily scrubbing (when you brush your teeth, brush your lips) and you can absolutely start bringing your lips back to life. Here’s how:



  1. With either the oil or the serum, pump once on the tip of your finger. (With the oil, you can apply it directly on your lip area if you want, obviously).
  2. Smear it all over your lip area. You don’t have to give it a few minutes before applying lipstick, but I always do because I’m a little neurotic and don’t want anything to interfere with it working its magic!





There’s no way I could go one more day without posting this tutorial! I’ve had requests on here, on the gram, on pinterest, on my cell phone and in person for this tutorial and TODAY is the the day, y’all! Many have mentioned that they’ve been very inspired by all the bobs and lobs out there– so much that you went in for the chop. Problem is, looks great leaving the salon but you can’t mimic it at home, right? Let’s fix that! This is one of my favorite ways to style a lob or bob (I typically do it the same way for both) and I fully believe that you can do this! Don’t psych yourself out, just act cool. We’ve enlisted the help of one of the most beautiful beings we know, ALLIE MARIE EVANS. She’s hilarious and gorgeous and very smart so we thought we’d beg her to take a break from her YouTube channel to come help us out with this look. Here we guh!

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  1. You’re almost always going to want a styling aid for this. Nothing major, just a light weight mousse like THIS, THIS or THIS.
  2. You’ll want to make sure you distribute it evenly. Use a comb or a brush to move it through if you need to.
  3. Begin rough drying with the nozzle on your dryer. THIS is my classic favorite as far as dryers are concerned. For the most part I like to use my fingers to rough dry the hair, maybe brushing lightly if something tangles up.
  4. Give it a good flip to the opposite side to keep it from feeling flat. Once it’s all the way dry, detangle with a gentle detangling brush.

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CURLING: The objective with this technique is to break the hair up into 3 horizontal sections. Then you’re going to want to curl each section in a different direction.

  1. Ali is doing a heavy side part in this tutorial so the sections will be a little larger on the heavier side. Begin by clipping up your first section.
  2. Using THIS 1 1/4″ barrel curling iron, curl pieces back/away from the face.
  3. Clip up your next section above that one.
  4. You’re going to want to curl this section forward/toward the face.
  5. Now your 3rd section should come down.
  6. This section will be curled backwards/away from the face as well.
  7. Do the same thing on the other side. If you’re doing a heavy side part like Ali, you can split the less heavy side in 2 sections instead of 3, but you’ll still alternate directions for each section. In other words, if you split it in 2, curl the bottom section toward your face, then let down the top section and curl it away from your face.
  8. Add a veil of lightweight hairspray all over for a little extra support. You don’t need to spray your sections before you curl because the mousse that’s dried in will give you all the thermal styling hold you need.


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One of the most important things you’ll want to do on each section when you curl is “drag” the curling iron out. As you see we’re using a marcel iron (aka: the iron you see a lot of hairdressers using) but you can definitely still do this with a regular spring iron. You just inch the curling iron toward the ends and then lightly “drag” it out when you’re almost to the ends, which creates more of a straightened look at the tips. If that technique is hard for you, you can always quickly/lightly tap the ends with your flatiron.

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  1. Work your hands through the hair in a scrunching motion first.
  2. You’ll start to see a tousled but pretty texture emerge. This is the point where I like to add my favorite product cocktail of  a serum like THIS or THIS mixed with a lightweight water-based pomade like THIS or THIS. I rub them together in my palms and work it in at the root for a little extra texture. Then whatever is left on my hands gets dragged through the ends.
  3. Check the sides and back with a hand mirror. Add a little more spray if needed.

I hope this helps you gorgeous gals who have been trying to get your hair right since you cut it. If you do decide to try this and you love the way it looks, add it to the #cleartheshoulders hashtag on instagram! It’s so fun to see how you all style your bobs and lobs! Good luck!




I always say makeup is a creative expression and why not change things up on a Friday night out! When you walk by a white liner at the department store, you probably think to yourself “there’s no way that’s wearable!” But think again! It’s not only wearable, it’s flattering. It brightens the eye and makes you look more awake. You don’t have to draw a cat eye like I did on Magali above, you can do a less stylized version and simply line it. Either way, you might be surprised how many compliments you’ll get. Here’s how:



  1. I like to leave the lid bare or lightly powdered but not shadowed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t! Start at the inner corner and line the upper lashline with the white liner across to the outer corner, then wing it out and up, just like you would with a black liner.
  2. Add a coat of mascara.
  3. If you want to add more drama, line inner waterline.
  4. If you want even more drama, also line the bottom lashline, then wing it out and up reflecting the same angle as the upper wing.
  5. If you want triple the drama, add a lash strip too!



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Why not make some magic happen while you sleep? A lot of people ask me why my hair is so shiny with all the heat styling that I do. I usually credit my in-salon gloss that I do between colors and my favorite leave-in conditioner that I swear brings mega shine, BUT… let’s not discount the power of my secret weapon that I often forget to mention. Once a month or so (sometimes more if I’ve been hard on my hair) I bust out the big guns– the overnight treatments. I’ve these treatments for a long time. I discovered them back when I was blonde about 10 years ago and needed serious protein infusion for my weakened hair. I’ve tried quite a few and I love different ones for different reasons. Thought it would be good to share these with some of you looking for intense repair. Apply a liberal amount from middle to ends of your hair, throw it in a bun and get some sleep! Shampoo in the morning, style as usual.

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  1. Caviar Anti-Aging Treatment for hairThis is a damage-fighting leave-in treatment  that penetrates deeply and absorbs instantly for a full night of hair restoration. Safe for color treated hair. This system is proven to improve hair damage by 44%. 3.4 oz. For dry, aging hair.
  2. Kerite: This one has a very lightweight texture. It melts into the hair and can be left in the next day or shampooed out if needed. Hair is left stronger, softer and more manageable. This one is wonderful for weakened hair caused from bleaching!
  3. Overnight Miracle: This affordable alternative goes to work while you’re asleep to renew and fortify damaged hair. It targets damaged strands with its weightless, non-sticky formula, ensuring that your pillow stays clean while your hair becomes soft, shiny, and smooth.
  4. Pro-Mend: In one use, it binds 94% of split ends back together and dramatically strengthens against future splits. This is great for anyone looking to skip a haircut whether you’re trying to grow your hair out or just can’t prioritize a salon visit in your budget.
  5. Herbal Coconut Oil: Long before the modern day cream conditioner was born, coconut oil was applied to the hair prior to cleaning to moisturize, detangle, and emulsify dirt for easy removal. This is a great natural alternative, and coconut oil is always a good idea! Great for dry hair, not great for light blondes as it can tend to yellow the color a little.
  6. Secret de nuit: I love this one for moisture particularly. When my hair just feels dry all over, I apply a good amount of this and go to sleep. I wake up, shower, shampoo, condition and it’s like that dryness never happened.
  7. Over Night Hair Repair: this one  is a gel product based with pure water. It’s designed to build the elasticity and strengthen hair but I think this one really gives it a gorgeous shine. Almost at-home c0lorgloss-like.
  8. Magic Elixir: this is pumped with oils and mineral and vitamins, oh my! This one is a good idea for anyone whether your hair is damaged or not. Even if you just want to spoil yourself and put some good good into your hair, this is the lightweight magic for you. I also love this one for when I get dry scalp! You can do an overnight treatment on your scalp just the same, just make sure to protect your pillow!
  9. L’Huile de Palme: This one can actually be used in many ways and overnight application is just one. You can also use this to protect your hair in the pool or from the sun. Great to have around in the summer! This is oil and vitamin based so you’re getting protection, nutrition and shine in this one.