Minimal Holiday Glam Makeup Tutorial

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Welcome to a tutorial on my favorite way to do my makeup for he holidays! I am a bit of a minimalist when it comes to makeup. I like my own skin, so I don’t need to put a ton of foundation or anything on top. My main focus is my eyes and I do a soft, red lipgloss for some extra glamour. I also want to keep it subtle with my eyes, so I don’t go crazy on the shadow. Just enough to feel glittery for the holidays! Lets get into it!Read More »

Celebration! 3 Years No Poo!

I am so happy! It has been 3 full years since I started the No Poo hair method. 3 years since I have used any product aka tradition conditioner, shampoo, hairspray, powders or anything like that on my hair at all.  And I have done this successfully. I have done a lot of research and I wanted to be experienced and knowledgeable before I shared it here. I contemplated it last year, but decided to wait. Or maybe I was being a little lazy. Anywho! I have started a series of videos all about the Baking Soda and Vinegar Method and how it works.

I just love this method and what it has done for my hair. I have grown it out  a significant amount while doing this and it is super healthy. The texture of my hair has also improved and it is easier to style.

 


 

Stay tuned for the next video where I talk all about how I actually wash my hair and care for it.

Be sure to let me know what you thought and if you have any questions! I want to be at your service! comment, or send me an email at rufflesandgrace(at)gmail.com.

By God’s Grace,

Victoria

3 Easy Holiday Hairstyles Tutorial

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I Love this hairstyle. It is really easy and has a very natural, look and it appears that you spent hours on it, when really it just took a few min. I like to start with Curled hair. Even a little. I would really recommend it because it really helps with hold and overall finishedness. Smile 

1 Take one side of your hair from in front of your ear and twist it back and around your head. Pin in place.

2 Do the same to the other side and place this roll under the other. Pin in Place

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3 Adjust as needed.

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4 Split the remaining hair in half

5 Take one of the sections and twist it sideways. Place and pin this under the previous rolls.

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6 Then, take the other half and do the same. Depending on how long your hair is, you may still have a short tail at the end.

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7 If you have a small amount of hair left over, Twist that around your fingers continuing the roll, and pin in place. There really is no better way of describing this than rolling and tucking.

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8 Pin anything that feels loose. Ta Da! It will look different every time, but that is the cool part about this hairstyle. It is a very loose and Romantic looking updo.

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Half-Up

This Hairstyle is super easy and really interesting! I love the four strand braid, it makes it look so much cooler! I also started with curly hair on this one too. Curls half up always looks awesome. Plus, I love to curl my hair for the holidays.

 

1 Separate a section of hair from in front of your ear on one side.

2 Separate that into 4 strands. Here is a quick tutorial on how to fourstrand braid

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It really is easy once you get the  hang of it.

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3 Tie this off with a clear elastic, or just put a bobby pin at the bottom of the braid to hold it until you are ready to place it.

4 Do the same on the other side. Separate the hair in front of your ear, braid in a four strand braid, then tie off.

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5 Wrap the first braid around the back of your head, and pin it down about a few inches from the back of the opposite ear.

6 Now wrap the other braid around and just under the other one. You want to make sure you don’t hide the previous braid so put them side by side. Pin in place.

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Ta Da! All done! I love the way this one looks. That one extra strand in the braid sure adds some detail.

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Chic Up-Do

I really like this hairstyle a lot as well! It is very sophisticated and chic and dressy looking! You don’t have to have curled hair for this style. Straight works just as well.

1 Using your thumbs or fingers, draw a section of hair on each side of your head about 2 inches above your ears and bring them to the back of your head. Using your index finger, loop the right side over the left and pin in place.

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 2 About an inch below the last sections, do the same thing as above. But instead of looping right over left, loop left over right. Pin in place.

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3 Do this one more time and loop right over left. Pin in place.

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4 Now we are going to French Braid the rest of your hair.

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5 Tie off the french braid with an elastic.

6 Wrap the braid around in the shape of a bun at the back of your head and tuck the tail under the circle you just made. Hold with one hand while you pin with the other. Use as many pins as are necessary.

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7 Pin anything that feels loose.

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8 (optional) I like to loosen up the style around my face and pull a few hairs out over my ears to give it a more lived in look.

Ta Da! There you go!

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What did you think of these styles? Would you do them?

Should I do more tutorials like this?

 By His Grace,

Victoria

 

The Results from my NuMe OctoWand Hair Tool!

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So Ya’ll wanted to see what the results of the NuMe Octowand that I got for Black Friday and ranted and raved over in this post. I love it a lot! These curls last me several days too. It took me about 20 min. to curl all of my really long hair. Not to bad actually.

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This is what I started with. Fresh out of a messy bun hair.

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I used the 1 inch tapered  barrel.

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I sectioned my hair and here is the first curl. I tried to keep my hair flat around the barrel. It is best that way when you have such long hair. Otherwise it would get super thick as you twist down.

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One side of my head has a few sections of hair that doesn’t really like to stay curled, so I pin them up with an alligator clip after I curl them so that they can cool.

 

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All done! I look like a longer version of Shirley Temple! So I like to throw my head over and shake our all the curls to give them a looser look. I really rub my scalp to loosen them around my part.

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Ta DA!!!! I love curling my hair! IT is so effortless because they last for several days and there are so many things to do with it. I have found that curling before styling actually helps with hold and natural looking ness. . .  LOL!

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I would highly recommend these tools and I am really happy with the results from my NuMe wand. This one is sold out, but they are having a deal right now. $39 for any curling wand. I know sounds too good to be true! They are not paying me nor am I getting any compensation for featuring them here on my blog. I honestly just really like the tools and am so happy to have one!  If you like to have curled hair and want a tool that does the job quickly and well, I would recommend NuMe for sure! Check them out!

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Do you like curling your hair? Would you use one of these wands?

By His Grace,

Victoria

My Black Friday Shopping Haul!

I wanted to share with Y’all what my black Friday buys were! I made a few splurges on myself and am so happy with them!!!! Let’s get started!

 

I got some Lamplighter Theatre Audio Dramas!!! The deal was basically just free shipping, but I have been eyeing these for a while. Jessica’s Journey especially. That one is based on two books by Hesba Stretton that had a huge and profound impact on my young self when I read them at the young age of 9 or 10. I heard the promo for it a year ago and almost cried, it brought the imaginings of my heart to life! I have listened to it and it was amazing! We will be listening to the Candle in the Window which is a Christmas story as a family!

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I got these two books from Costco a little while ago, it was actually before Black Friday, but the deal was so good and I couldn’t resist sharing them. Earlier this year, I read the ENTIRE book of Les Miserables and though it was quite a large task/goal that I set for myself, and even though it took me 3 months, I enjoyed it immensely! Now I have a pretty copy to put on my shelf! Also, Sherlock Holmes has been on my must read list and now I have them all in one volume! Also, a pretty shelf ornament!

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I got these pretty Jewelry pieces from an Etsy Shop called Droplette. Her Jewelry is so pretty and very nicely priced, which my pocket book is thankful for! I don’t know why I love these pineapple earrings, but I do! And you know how I love bracelets!!!! Can’t wait to wear these beauties! Check out her shop she has great things for gifts!

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Now for the largest and awesomest thing that I bought! EEK! I am so in love with this Octowand NuMe Curling Wand Set!!!!!! It is this hairstylists dreams come true!!!! I got it for $99 including shipping instead of its original price of $300! They have awesome sales going on now for the holidays! All of their tools are the cat’s meow I have heard and they have some smaller sets that are much cheaper if you want a great curling tool. I have heard that they sold out of the Octowand, but have also heard that the Titan 3 is awesome, as is the Lustrum set. Shameless plug here, I am not getting paid to say this great stuff about NuMe, I just love my tool! I have curled my hair twice, my moms twice and each of my sisters numerous times! They are happy with their curls too! I used it last night for all three of us girls who went to a Christmas tea together. I used a different attachment for each of us, and our hair looked great!!!! Seriously, I could not be happier with this awesome curling wand! I feel like it is a magic wand! LOL!

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What about you? Did you get anything awesome for Black Friday?

By His Grace,

Victoria

Pinteresting Hair Styles

 

My HairStyle board on Pinterest is quite full. It is kinda massive ya’ll. But the fact is I love doing hair and I have so much fun transforming my hair into almost anything! I am so happy I made the decision to grow it out! So I hunted through my board and picked out some styles I thought I would try! I think only two of them were tutorials, so the rest, I had to guess. I put them all side by side with my inspiration pictures. I hope you enjoy this post! The links to each pin is imbedded into the photo, so just click the photo to go to it’s source!

 

 

I LOVE this style! I actually did it on my sisters hair and her strawberry blonde locks just look gorgeous in the style. Unfortunately I forgot to take pics without the flowers. We were going for a Rapunzel look. This one was a little more labor intensive for an everyday style, but I think it is stunning for parties!

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I love this one for a “several day old hair” day. It is SOOOO easy and looks very sophisticated!

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This one was fun, however, with my layers and flyaways, it kind of got out of hand. It was super fun to play with and I might try it again with some water in my hair maybe so it will stay better. I didn’t get a picture of the front, but I really loved how it looked, soft and pretty.

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I REALLY liked this one! I have actually done it several times since I took this picture. It is really easy and looks so put together and like you spent a ton of time one it.

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This one was fun, although I like my inspiration pic better. Mine needs to be messier, also, I think I incorporated too much hair in the braid.

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This one was easy and came together nice. My braids were super long and I had a hard time finding enough room on my head for all the coils! LOL! Next time I want to make the braids A LOT looser.

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I thought this one was fun. I really love the fishtail braid. It made me of a braided festival look. I think for me, my hair would be prettier curled rather than straight. What do you think?

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So here is the big questions. I have been toying with the idea of doing hair style video tutorials for several years now. It is a passion of mine and I really love doing it. So, what do you think about that?

 

Would you be interested in Hairstyle videos? I would love to do them for you all!

 

I think my favorite style of these would be the fishtail braided updo. Which style was your favorite?

 

By His Grace,

Victoria

DIY Coconut Oil Hair Mask

 

My Hair was starting to get pretty dry so I decided to try something that is all the rave on the internet! The Coconut Oil Hair Mask.

As you can see it is quite dry. Egh! These are the before pictures. It is also frizzy because I just brushed it.

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So I put a bunch of coconut oil all in my hair. I know, weird right? But, hey, a girls gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!

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I then combed it through thoroughly before putting it up in a bun for the afternoon.

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After the afternoon was over, I washed my hair per normal. It took a few washes to get all of the oil out, but it finally looked normal. These are the after pictures. I liked what it did to my hair. It felt so much more natural and soft after the mask. It still looks kind of frizzy here, but it wasn’t really. I probably wouldn’t do my whole head in Coconut oil again. Too much work to get it all off my scalp. I will definitely be applying it to my ends on occasion to help give them some moisture and softness.

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I would recommend not applying all over the scalp, I think I would do it over night or maybe even longer as well. Once it was in a bun, it didn’t really look like I had just slathered Oil all over my hair. It actually looked ok, like I wouldn’t mind going out in public with the Mask on. LOL. Smile

What about you? Have you ever tried a Coconut Oil Hair Mask? Do you have any tips or tricks for me?

 

By His Grace,

Victoria