Friday, May 12, 2017

SKINNY TIPS: WHY IT WORKS

 

When picking the perfect color for our brand new illuminating Body oil, we knew it had to be three things:

1. Complimentary on all skin tones

2. The perfect blend of gold, pink, and bronze

3. To diffuse and reduce the appearance of uneven texture and tone

 

 

Slip into a radiant rose gold glow while restoring softness and vitality to the skin. A luxurious blend of sweet almond, apricot, jojoba and pure plant oils intended to lock moisture into the skin.

 

How We Use It

 

We love using it down our shins to give the look of elongated legs. We mix it with our mineral bronzer to give an airbrushed shimmering tan. We wear it every time I show my arms and legs because it contours and tones and diffuses our skin like a tinted moisturizer. Fair skin looks golden. Medium to dark complexions look rosy and bright. One pump is enough for two arms and I use one pump on each leg. Add your favorite essential oils to make it aromatic and aromatherapeutic. Try vanilla or something spicy like cinnamon or ylang ylang for a more flirty finish.

 

Limited Edition: Shop this post-shower, summer smoother here. #glowingglowinggone

 

Friday, May 12, 2017

FEED YOUR BEAUTY: Rose Gold Summer Sippers

 

MARSHMALLOW + ROSE WATER ROSE’

This is one of the easiest and most delicious drinks we’ve ever had. And now we’re passing it off to you. Serve at your housewarming, bring a pitcher to a friend’s dinner party or make it non-alcoholic with rasberry puree instead of Rose’. In each glass, add the following:

1/2 cup your favorite Rose’ – CHILLED

1/2 tsp of lemon juice

4 regular or Vegan marshmallows

1/4 cup sparkling water

2 Rose petals of your choice

One big ice cube or two regular sized cubes

PEACH + GRAPEFRUIT ROSE’ COOLER

This one is great for anyone who loves their juicer and doesn’t mind taking a bit more time to create something delicious and sincerely special. Whenever we make this cocktail, people can’t get over how juicy it is. Thanks PEACHES! In each glass, add the following:

Juice from 2 Whole Juiced Peaches

Juice from 1/2 Pink Grapefruit

1/4 cup Sparkling water

2 Ice Cubes

1/4 Cup of your favorite Rose’ wine

ROSY PINK LEMONADE

This is a great go-to because you can serve it with vodka, champagne or rose OR without for the kiddies. It’s tart. It’s refreshing. And it’s amazing when paired with seafood, chicken, or veggie skewers. In each glass, add the following:

Juice from 4 Grapefruits

Juice from 2 Lemons

1/3 TSP Truvia or Plant-Based Sweetener

Add an edible flower or mint leaves to garnish

** Find a pretty straw to give the kiddies to differentiate which ones have alcohol.

Happy sipping!

xo

TeamSkinOwl

Want to see one more of our favorite sippers? Go here!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wise Words: A Note From the Founder

 

I am coming off of a YEAR. A year that I can say challenged me to my core. Growing a business amidst life’s crazy course is full of surprises, detours, and unexpected turns. For me, I saw the days turn into weeks and the weeks turn into months before giving myself something I like to call a “Life Scan.” When life gets crazy, it’s hard to take a step back and process how you’re ACTUALLY feeling. Most of my responses are set to auto-pilot, which keeps my train moving, albeit not always in the right direction. The most gratifying moments in life are ones of authenticity: knowing how I truly feel about something and acting on that sentiment is the gift that keeps on giving. In these moments, everything is aligned.

 

So, in turning 36 last week, I decided to take control of this revelation. To apply it the best I could. To give myself time everyday to think. Maybe I’d incorporate some nighttime meditation? Maybe I would start setting an alarm to just STOP what I’m doing and think about the day? One way or another, it was time to stop, so I could start building “felt time” vs. “marked time” back into my life. This awareness has been the greatest gift, one that has made me a more well rounded person and has given me a true appreciation for leaving a mark on your time on Earth. ​From owning a business, I’ve realized that my personal life can often collide with my professional life. These are my “Top Five Tips” for igniting selfcare in a world that can easily feel chaotic:

 

1) Wake up the same time everyday – This creates consistency. From consistency, I am able to go to bed at a certain time and ensure that I’m ready to rock once my alarm goes off.

 

2) Get outside – Walking my dog in the morning BEFORE checking my emails has made me a better, more focused worker. When I sit down to work, I’m relaxed and present.

 

3) Say No – I’ve always thought NO was me being negative. Or me not being a team player. But that’s only when “No” becomes about the people I’m saying no vs. how it effects me. Saying “No” has allowed me to take stock in my schedule and my bandwidth and see what is genuinely leftover for the people I love and want to share my life with. Without the power of “No,” my world will be crowded, chaotic and exhausting.

 

4) Meditate – I used to hear this all of the time. “Meditate, Annie, it will change your life.” I never listened until this year. And everyone was right. There is something about giving yourself 10-30 minutes of silence, mostly with how much information we receive daily. My brain shuts down. It’s healthy to give my brain a real rest outside of sleep. It has changed my life.

 

5) Bring snacks everywhere – Gone are the days that I go 5 hours without eating. This made me tired, cranky, and not as sharp. Now I bring a little bag of snacks with me everywhere, i.e. nuts, dried fruit, dried snap peas, granola, etc. And I hard boil eggs, which makes it easy to grab something full of protein whenever I’m on the go.

 

How do you make your time count? I’d love to know? We’re all in this together, so feel free to share and inspire.

 

With love and care and “felt time” to spare,

Annie Tevelin

 

 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Promos: A Closer Look At What You’ll Win (Giveaway Ends March 1, 2017)

 

We’ve teamed up with some of our favorite players in the “glow-game” to bring you a quartet of goodies that will put a little extra swish in your step. Let’s see what is coming your way….

SkinOwl’s Limited Edition Vegan Plush Pouch

 

This silver vegan pouch is the perfect carry-all for your next weekend away. Perfect for storing makeup and samples when you’re on the go.

 

SkinOwl’s Mangosteen Beauty Drops (Mini)

 

At 1/4 of the full sized bottle, this magical mini is worth $23 on its own. If you haven’t experienced the power of our Mangosteen oil, you’re in for a glowing surprise. Revive your skin from the outside in with this results-driven oil intended to de-stress lackluster skin in need of a boost. Recharge and reverse signs of fatigue with this nighttime elixir and watch skin visibly transform within hours. See more about our hero product here.

 

W3LL PEOPLE’s Bio Brightener Stick

 

We are swiping left and right with this beauty booster. This magic illuminizing stick creates a hydrated, happy, youthful glow instantly. Brightens complexion and sculpts features for added dimension. The rich creamy organic formula has a satin, smooth, weightless texture – free from all harsh, artificial chemicals and petroleum. So there’s no heavy, greasy film and no creasing. We cannot get enough. We repeat, CANNOT get enough of this.

 

MARRIN COSTELLO Marquise Huggie Earrings

 

If there was a go-to everyday earring that everyone can wear, it is this one. It looks unbelievable on EVERYONE. Double up on one ear for a little extra sass or wear them individually. The perfect “2nd hole” accompaniment. Plus, Marrin is one of the coolest, most sweetest people we’ve ever met, so there’s that. It’s easy to support a gal like her! See more here.

 

Happy Shopping Beauty Birds! Check out today and you just might be one of our TEN winners.

Review the “rules” here.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Promos: THE GIFT OF GLOW GIVEAWAY

 

Just because Valentine’s Day is over doesn’t mean the self-adoration stops! If anything, we’re ramping up our self-love factor as we ride out the rest of the mont with a GLOWING GIVEAWAY.

 

Simply enter by placing an order of any amount of SkinOwl.com before March 1st. That’s it. You’ve entered.

 

“HOW WILL I KNOW I’VE WON”

 

If you’ve ordered from us in the past, you’ll know we’ve got a thing for GOLD. Gold tissue paper, gold stickers, golden oils, just to name a few. If you’re a winner, you’ll open your package to RUBY SPARKLED paper. We will be gifting TEN people from February 15th through March 1st with this ruby reveal!

 

 

“WHAT WILL I WIN?”

 

Giveaway Goodies include: SkinOwl Mangosteen Beauty Drops Mini .5 oz, SkinOwl Silver Vegan Pouch, Marrin Costello “Huggie” Earrings, W3LL People Bio-Brightener Stick. 

 

 

No need to do anything else! Just place an order on SkinOwl.com through March 1st and if you’ve won, you’ll get a super-charged package filled with a few of our favorite things that make us glow from head to toe.

 

HAPPY SHOPPING BEAUTY BIRDS! Start here.

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Wise Words: How #TeamSkinOwl is “self-caring” through 2017

At SkinOwl we try not to throw around the world “Resolutions” after the new year. To us, the idea of a resolution makes us feel like we need “to be a better person” because the person we are now isn’t good enough. Resolutions naturally set you up for failure because resolving to “lose weight” or “find a new job” starting January 1st, is nearly impossible.  Life changes take time and forgiveness is crucial when you accept that we won’t ever be perfect. Instead of resolutions, we’re making a New Year’s promise – to practice self-love alongside self care.

 

In a nutshell, losing weight or quitting smoking have good intentions behind them but they’re shaming.  This is the year of forgiveness! Give love to your body by eating healthier and moving more when you can, or give love to your soul by spending more time with your friends, or doing whatever makes you happiest. Order the salad for lunch because you want to fuel your body with healthy foods but don’t hate yourself when you want to have some wine and chocolate while watching the Bachelor (it’s the ideal Monday night if you ask me…).  Making drastic life changes can be fun, but it can also be hard to commit to – for example, waking up at 5 am to workout before work or juicing daily might seem easy, but not if you have children who need you when you’re on the way to the gym.  It’s not to say that making positive life changes is bad but it’s only human to slip up and giving yourself the leniency of moderation is much healthier and won’t make you think negatively about yourself.

 

This year, we want to make resolutions that are less about seeing your current self negatively and more about incorporating enriching and fulfilling activities in your life like more time with friends or taking your dog on more walks. Here are Team SkinOwl’s individual Self Care promises for 2017:

 

Annie: ” I want to master the art of spending time alone, being a business owner means that I am usually around a lot of people.  I strive to have as strong of a relationship with myself as I do with the people I love.”

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Erika: “I wants to spend more time in nature, taking one day a week to enjoy the environment she lives in and appreciate her surroundings.  The exercise is a plus but it’s not the goal.”

 

 

Sadie: “I want to go on more adventures, set aside time for travel and say yes to exploring LA and doing things that are out of my comfort zone.”
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Lauren: “I want to get my hair blown out before work at least twice a month! I just did it and it set the tone for my entire day and made me feel relaxed before a crazy day!”

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Therese: “I want to do more of what connects me to my soul and this universe.  I want to focus on my consciousness expanding and making more art.”

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Rachel: “I want to spend more time with beloved friends and travel more!”

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Kate: “I want to take more healthy risks, grow out my business, practice yoga regularly, and
also explore more events around LA!”

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Monkey: “I want to eat more treats this year and finally catch the squirrel that vandalizes my mom’s porch chair!”

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Let us know what your self care goals are for this year!

 

 

xoxo Sadie

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Things We Love: Holiday Candle

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The Cypress tree symbolizes life–making it the perfect SkinOwl candle for reflection, meditation, while expressing gratitude for the little moments in life. At SkinOwl, we like to light our Cypress Candles for daily moments of zen, since our work day can have us multi-tasking like crazy. It’s easy to let the minutes turn into hours, so taking a minute to strike a match always reignites our productivity. When I get home from work, I like to light it and the earthy smell grounds me and helps me take a moment to unwind.  I keep it burning as I do my evening meditation because I find it calms me, so I can calm my mind.  The Cypress Candle is a delicately scented candle, with high notes of our favorite tree, the California Cypress, alongside herbal, toasty bottom notes– a favorite for both men and women.

 

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This is the perfect holiday candle because it is the time of year when you can actively stop and appreciate all of your family and friends. We travel to make the most of our limited time with loved ones. It’s a day in a busy year that calls for dialing down and looking inward. This is the perfect addition to holiday gatherings–to inspire the holiday spirit and gratitude in everyone. Incorporate our limited edition Cypress candle into your home, when you spend $100+ at SkinOwl.com.  What is your favorite time to light our Cypress Candle and to take a moment of gratitude?

Happy Holidays to everyone in our nest.

xoxo Sadie

Monday, November 21, 2016

Things We Love: Holiday Gifts for Men

Holiday season is upon us, so it’s time to start planning what you’re going to get everyone!  SkinOwl brainstormed some killer gifts for all the men in your life–and right before Black Friday too (you’re welcome).  These gift can be applicable for any guy you’re shopping for: dad, brother, boyfriend, friend.

 

SkinOwl Products for Men

Just because a lot of men act like they don’t care about their skin, doesn’t mean they actually don’t care.  These are all great SkinOwl products that men can use too!

 

Geranium Beauty Drops

Geranium Beauty Drops are great for combination skin but they are also great as a post-shave beard oil to help with ingrown hairs and as a fresh scented dose of moisture.

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Mangosteen PM Beauty Drops

You use Mangosteen PM Beauty Drops so you can wakeup with gorgeous glowing skin.  What guy doesn’t want that too? It’s an awesome night oil to recharge your guy for the day ahead and an extra boost of hydration for the cold winter months.

 

Eye+ 

He may not need the makeup priming effect of our Eye+ but men wakeup with sleepy eyes just as much as women do, so why not give him a unisex cucumber scented eye cream?

 

Charcoal Beauty Bar 

The Charcoal Beauty Bar is perfect for men because it draws out impurities without stripping the skin of its natural oils, so it’s the perfect no-nonsense face cleanser for any guy to start incorporating into his routine.

 

 

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photo: theartofshaving.com

 

Shaving Kit

A high quality shaving kit is a great way to give someone a nice gift that you know they’ll actually use.  We love this kit.

 

Espresso Machine

If he’s a caffeine lover then this is the perfect gift for him! If he doesn’t already know how to use one of these, then trust me he’ll love learning.  Warning: if he’s anything like my Dad, then he will be sure to offer you a cappuccino multiple times a day so I hope you like coffee too.  I love this one.

 

Nice Whiskey or Tequila

This is the perfect gift for all the guys you know that like to sip on fancy whiskey or tequila. For tequila, I love Don Julio 1942, found here.  My favorite whiskey is High West Campfire Whiskey.  You can also get them whiskey stones to keep their drinks cold without dilution.

 

Watch

Is he still wearing the same watch he’s been wearing for the last 10 years? Maybe it’s time for a fresh one.  MVMT Watches have a great selection of cool mens watches, I like this one.

 

Workout Clothes

Guys always need new workout or lounge clothes.  Get him a cool pair of joggers or some basic nice t-shirts but make sure to get a return receipt in case you get the wrong size or color.  I think I’ve gotten my brother this shirt at least 3 different times and he’s always happy.

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Socks

You may think this is the worst gift you could give someone but I’m here to tell you you’re wrong.  Everyone always needs sock.  You can get wool socks if they live somewhere cold or get them fun ones.  Stance has socks for every occasion and they’re really nice quality.  They even have StarWars socks for anyone who loves the force and cool women’s socks too!

 

Tech

Any kind of new technology is usually appreciated by men.  My favorite new tech toy? Wireless workout headphones.  They make it so easy to run on the treadmill or for lifting weights because you can set your phone down and not worry about anything getting tangled.  Almost every guy at the gym has them, so if he doesn’t already have them I bet he wants them.  I LOVE these.  Great for any workout fanatic in your life, male or female.

 

Hobby Related Gifts

What’s their favorite hobby or obsession? Get them something related to that.  My dad loves mountain biking so I usually get him things like tire air canisters or new gear he needs.  You can get a case of specialty craft beers, tickets to see their favorite sports team or checkout this gift guide from REI for all the outdoorsy types.

 

Bar Set

This is a great 11-piece bar set for mixing fancy cocktails and looks cool to have on display.  It has everything you need to get started including a glass with drink recipes on it.  Found here.

 

 

What’s going to be your go-to gift this holiday season? Comment below and let us know!

 

 

xoxo Sadie

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Things We Love: Homemade Dog Treats

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At SkinOwl we love spoiling our doggy friends but we only want to feed them treats with the best possible ingredients. These three recipes are easy to make, filled with good yummy ingredients and make amazing holiday gifts!

 

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Spinach, Carrot and Zucchini 

 

This recipe is so yummy that you might even try and eat the dog treats yourself! It’s jam packed with pumpkin, peanut butter, zucchini and other veggies! This is a great recipe for giving your dog an extra healthy snack and the peanut butter will keep them begging for more!

 

Ingredients

1 cup pumpkin puree

1/4 cup peanut butter

2 large eggs

1/2 cup old fashioned oats

3 cups whole wheat flour, or more, as needed

1 carrot, peeled and shredded

1 zucchini, shredded

1 cup baby spinach, chopped

 

Cook time: 20-25 minutes

 

Full instructions found here.

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Sweet Potato Dog Chews 

 

This recipe is a great alternative to buying your dog pig ears to chew on.  The thicker you cut them and the longer they cook, the chewier they become so your dog can enjoy it for longer.  These chews take longer to cook than the other treats, so it’s a great DIY treat to put in the oven before running a few errands. They can also be put in the fridge or freezer for a weeks!

 

Ingredients

2 sweet potatoes

 

Cook time: 3 hours

 

Full instructions found here

 

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Peanut Butter and Apple Sauce Cookies

 

These dog treats are quick and easy and most of the ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen! It’s pretty universally known that dogs love peanut butter and my dog loves eating apples so this is perfect for her.  If your dog likes bananas better you can substitute an overly ripe banana for the applesauce.  They also stay fresh in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks!

 

Ingredients

2 tablespoons plain applesauce
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup rolled oats

 

Cook time: 15-20 min

 

Full instructions found here.

 

All of these dog treats are easy to make and make great holiday gifts for all of your pet loving friends! They also make fun DIY activities to do with kids.  Which recipe do you think your dog will like the best?

 

xoxo Sadie

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Feed Your Beauty: What SkinOwl is Sipping This Season

Everyone loves the classic holiday drinks but sometimes it’s fun to mix things up! At SkinOwl we decided to give our favorites a new fun twist.

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Photo and Recipe: asaucykitchen.com

 

Instead of plain hot chocolate we love to give our hot cocoa a fun healthy minty kick.  This recipe is dairy free as it uses coconut milk instead of cows milk.

 

Ingredients

1 can (13.5 oz) full fat coconut milk

3 tablespoons unprocessed cocoa powder

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

 

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a small pan and whisk until fully blended.  Heat for 5 minutes and enjoy! Makes 2 cups.

 

Pairs well with: watching the snow fall, movie nights and pretending it isn’t 90 degrees outside (we’re looking at you LA).

 

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Apple cider has always been a staple in my home growing up because my mom has an apple press and makes her own cider.  My favorite recipe is when it’s served hot and spiced!

 

Ingredients

12 oz Apple Cider

1 short cinnamon stick (3 inches)

1 Star Anise

1 Slice of orange peel (1 inch wide and 3 inches long)

Optional: 1 clove

Optional: Splash of Calvados in your cup for a night cap

 

Instructions: Put the cider, cinnamon, star anise and orange peel in a pot and put on low heat for 10 minutes.  You want to mull the cider which is a little less heat than a simmer. NEVER boil the cider or you will set the pectin and my mom will be very disappointed in you.  Not only is hot apple cider delicious but it is also great aromatherapy!  After you’ve heated your cider you can add a splash of Calvados to your cup which is a French Apple Brandy that my mom loves.

 

Pairs well with: a crackling fire, a romantic classic and a cozy blanket.

 

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Another winter favorite for the cocktail lovers out there is the classic Manhattan. If you want a little more DIY with your winter drinks then this is the recipe for you!  My mom told me that the best Manhattan is always served with your very own preserved cherries.  When cherries are in season you can preserve them in Luxardo, an Italian liquor, and after about a week they are ready to be eaten plain, served in cocktails or over ice cream!  A jar of preserved cherries also makes a great holiday gift!

 

Ingredients

2.5 oz Bourbon

1 oz sweet vermouth

1 to 2 dashes angostura bitters

Orange peel

Real Maraschino cherries

 

Instructions:  Combine all ingredients in a glass filled with ice.  Full recipe for the Luxardo cherries can be found here.

 

Pairs well with:  Girls night out, edgy vegan leather jackets and dark lipstick.

 

 

Happy sipping and drink responsibly! Comment below and tell us which recipe is your holiday style?

 

xoxo Sadie

 

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