Monday, May 9, 2016

Things We Love: Our (New) Neck+

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We’re big on paying attention to the things that don’t always get the adoration they deserve. Especially, when it comes to you (our favorite people ever) and of course, your skin. When we thought about all of the areas that so often get moisturized, exfoliated, and peeled, we couldn’t help but think about how little love we give to the oh-so-often-forgotten neck, chest, and décolleté. And we get it. With so little time available for pampering, it’s always easier to care for your face, your hair, even your feet. SO, we decided to go a few steps further than “bring your face cream down to your neck” and give your not-to-be-forgotten nape a product all to itself.

 

Allow us to introduce our latest skin-changing innovation, Neck+ Concentrate. Formulated to prevent sagging and signs of aging, this potent treatment is brimming with smoothing, strengthening and firming extracts intended to lessen lines and combat crêpey-ness so that your neck and décolleté appear years younger. This non-toxic, ocean mineral based gel-balm is one of the first to specifically target your delicate skin, and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you.

 

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Chock full of anti-inflammatory ingredients, such as Turmeric, Spirulina, Irish Moss, Yarrow, Jojoba Oil, Witch Hazel and a proprietary Ocean Mineral complex, this concentrate is good enough for your neck, chest, and under any of our AM or PM Beauty Drops. So what’s in it for you? TONS. Check it out…

 

*Instant smoothing upon first application.

*No sticky or tacky residue (double yay)

*Unscented so not to linger on you or your clothes.

*Side sleeper? Cleavage lines? Watch crepey lines visibly reduce in as little as one week when used daily.

*Too much time spent in the sun? Dark spots visibly reduce within 2 weeks.

*Skin’s appearance looks toned, lifted, and contoured.

 

In a nutshell, we love this gem. Our Spaghetti straps are in full swing and we’re not looking back. For a limited time, grab your very own bottle on Cult Beauty exclusively (and get free shipping internationally – triple yay). Give it a try and leave your comments in the feed. A simple NECK YEAH will suffice. :)

 

Happy shopping Beauty Birds!

 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Feed Your Beauty: Skin-Loving Juices for Rookies

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Juicing. It’s talked about. It’s written about. And while most of us want nothing more than to drive to our local market and buy every last MangoKaleCucumberLimeChard, it’s sometimes hard to put the juicing wheels in motion. To make things easy on you, we’re putting two of our favorite and EASY skin-loving juice recipes in one place, so you can make them when your skin most needs some extra love.

 

Strawberries & Silk

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This refreshing, healthy strawberry-cucumber juice is also made with an apple and carrots, making it taste like the farmers’ market in a glass. The antioxidants present in strawberries give them their amazing toning properties. The manganese present in strawberries helps even out texture and increase vitality. Mix any leftover Strawberries & Silk juice with rose water and use it as a firming and purifying face mask.

 

INGREDIENTS

6 fresh strawberries, hulled

1 large cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks

1 large red apple, cut into eighths

2 medium carrots, peeled

Ice (optional)

 

PREPARATION

Working in this order process strawberries, cucumber, apple and carrots through a juicer according to the manufacturer’s directions. Fill 2 glasses with ice, if desired, and pour the juice into the glasses. Serve immediately. Makes two servings, 10 oz. each.

 

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In this vibrant, healthy carrot-orange juice recipe, we jazz up plain orange juice by adding a yellow tomato, apple and carrots to pack in immune-boosting benefits. With vitamin A, vitamin C, carotenoids, potassium and antioxidants – carrots are a powerhouse of nutrients for the skin. The consumption of carrots is helpful in aiding collagen production in the body, a protein required to maintain the elasticity of the skin. Feeling a little lackluster and dull? Bring our OMGLOW juice into your belly!

 

INGREDIENTS

1 medium yellow tomato, cut into wedges

1 medium orange, peeled and quartered

1 medium apple, cut into eighths

4 large carrots, peeled

Ice cubes (optional)

 

PREPARATION

Working in this order, process tomato, orange, apple and carrots through a juicer according to the manufacturer’s directions. Fill 2 glasses with ice, if desired, and pour the juice into the glasses. Serve immediately. Makes two servings, 8 oz. each.

 

Thank you Eating Well for always being our amazing source of delicious and easy juices!

 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Skinny Tips: Why Our Body Oil Is Front & Center In Our Shower

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We get it. Body Oil isn’t the FIRST thing you’re grabbing when you browse through a Beauty Dept. We’re here to say…IT SHOULD BE. Your first response might be, “But, I always end up sticky. Or filmy. Or I hate the way I smell.” We thought you’d say that, so we created a Body Oil that doesn’t cramp your style, scent wise or sticky wise.

 

Packed full of pure plant oils and nut oils, Body is the ultimate post shower-smoother. We always tell our clients to layer their favorite fragrance on top of it. OR, add your own essential oils to truly customize your very own bottle. Here are two of our favorite ways to use it:

 

  1. Keep it in the shower next to a tuperware filled with brown sugar. Take two pumps of Body Oil per one teaspoon of brown sugar and use as an all-over Body scrub. You’ll leave the shower film-less and glowing.
  2. Scrape off (we use a fork, if we’re honest) some of your face bronzer powder into your hand. Next, put two pumps of Body Oil atop. Use this as an all over Body bronzer. It matches the color on your face and leaves your skin diffused and even.

 

After first use, your skin will feel quenched, even in texture and tone, and glowing. Say bye bye to winter skin!

 

#skincareforselfcare

 

Shop your own bottle here

Monday, June 22, 2015

Events: We’re “Popping-Up” with Anthropologie in Newport Beach!

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Skinny Tips: Face Steaming 101

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With Spring in full swing, and summer quickly approaching, our skin can easily get confused with all of the seasonal flip-flopping. It’s warm during the day, it’s cold at night. It’s rainy. It’s windy. In a nutshell, it’s unpredictable. April and May are filled with weather ups and downs that can wreak havoc on our skin. Not to mention, allergy season is upon us, which can mean congestion, congestion, congestion.

 

While many people immediately think, “My skin is freaking out, I need to get new products immediately!” we’re suggesting an easier (and more affordable option) option: Facial Steaming. With just a few minutes, facial steaming transforms lackluster, dull, fatigued looking skin into radiant, bright, glowing skin. For such a simple procedure, facial steaming can offer some big benefits. If you are prone to mild acne, the biggest plus of steaming may be that your skin could end up clearer. That’s because the moisture softens the surface layer of dead skins cells called the stratum corneum (from the Latin for “horned layer”) This process helps to free any dead cells, dirt, bacteria or other trapped matter that could be causing breakouts, and it can allow your skin to better absorb any other products you might use after the steaming (ahem, SkinOwl Beauty Drops anyone?)

 

If you don’t have the time or the funds to book a facial, steaming is an incredible option. And most likely, you have everything you need right in your own kitchen.

 

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You’ll Need:

 

*One large pot for boiling water

 

*10 drops of your favorite essential oil (Choose one based on your preferred aromatherapy: Lavender to calm, Eucalyptus to decongest and open the air passageways, Tangerine to revive and boost alertness)

 

*Optional: Mint leaves and strawberries are always great additions to any steam as they awaken the senses and promote optimist. Just chop up 1/4 cup of each (or both) and throw em in!

 

*Bonus Tip: Apply SkinOwl’s Beauty Drops to skin prior to steaming. The heat will open the pores, allowing the oil to penetrate even more, leaving you with soft, diffused, decongested skin. Amazing before a night out on the town, prior to applying makeup.

 

To Do: 

 

Pour 10 cups of water into large boiling pot. Once the water starts to boil, add 10 drops of your preferred essential oil. After 2 minutes of boiling with the essential oils added, turn the heat to low and throw in mint leaves and/or strawberries. There should be steam coming from the pot at this point. (Important: Turn off the stove, so that there is no open flame. The next instruction wouldn’t be nearly as fun with a towel catching fire.) Next, take a bath towel and put it over your head and pot, positioning your face 8 inches away from the top of the pot. You’re officially steaming!

 

Bonus Tip: Steam once a week to ensure skin is glowing year round. This quick little treatment will leave behind BIG benefits.

 

Happy steaming, beauty birds!

 

To Note: If you have certain skin conditions that are aggravated by sweating or increased blood circulation, such as rosacea or a fungal infection, then facial steaming may do more harm than good for you, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Make sure to check with your doctor or dermatologist if you think you might be at risk.

 

 

 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Feed Your Beauty: Juice Juice and More Juice!

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Juice. We’ve heard about it. We’ve read about it. We’ve whipped it up at home. And some of us have even been lucky enough to go to a store and have it made right smack in front of us. With so many vegetables and fruits to choose from, it’s no surprise why most juices have five or six ingredients. As delicious as juice blends taste, we decided to keep it simple with 9 juice recipes that have ONE fruit or vegetable + honey + ice.

 

Fun Fact: When mixing vegetables and fruits, for best absorption, remember CARROTS are the only vegetable to be mixed with fruit and APPLES are the only fruit to be mixed with vegetables. Your body will not need to work as hard to break down each family’s nutrients. Bonus: We’ll tell you how each ingredients works to bring out your spring glow!

 

So, get out your juicer and follow along. Each recipe will make one serving of juice.

 

Juice Anyone?

 

1) 1 cup Watermelon (plus rind, that’s the good stuff) + 3 Ice Cubes + 1 Tsp Honey

 

Skin Benefits: Aside from watermelons extreme water content, watermelon rind contains a compound known as citrulline. The citrulline in watermelon rinds gives it antioxidant effects that protect you from free-radical damage. Additionally, citrulline converts to arginine, an amino acid vital to the heart, circulatory system and immune system. Better immunity, better skin. 

 

2) 1 Cup Spinach + 3 Ice Cubes + 1 Tsp Honey

 

Skin Benefits: The vitamin A in spinach has antioxidant activity. It keeps your skin cells healthy and repairs wounds. One cup of spinach contains 943 micrograms of this nutrient, which is more than the recommended daily value for adults. Additionally, Vitamin C is another antioxidant in spinach that works to repair skin cells and keep your skin looking beautiful. You’ll want a good amount of food-sourced vitamin C to make collagen, a protein used to manufacture new skin cells.

 

3) 1 Cup Pineapple + 3 Ice Cubes + 1 Tsp Honey

 

Skin Benefits: Red-skinned mamas, listen up! The Vitamin C in pineapple has long been considered to be the most effective vitamin for people with sensitive or inflamed skin, or for those with acne. Pineapple juice also contains vitamins A, which has the ability to reduce inflammation and also act as a natural anti-fungal and antibacterial. Sounds good to us!

 

4) 1 Cup Red Beets + 4 Ice Cubes + 1 Tsp Honey

 

Skin Benefits: High in folate, beets stimulate the production and repair of cells, which helps protect against premature aging. Hip hip! While beet juice isn’t always the most delicious, pairing it with honey will give it the sweet taste you’re familiar with in other juices.

 

5) 1 Cup Rasberries OR Strawberries + 2 Ice Cubes + 1 Tsp Honey

 

Skin Benefits: These gem-toned berries are used medicinally and topically for its antimicrobial and soothing qualities like reducing inflammation, calming irritation and toning the skin. These red fruits are very rich in antioxidant vitamins C and A, and the chemical element, manganese, all of which fight off free radicals and leave you brighter and less lackluster.

 

6) 1 Cup Blueberries + 3 Ice Cubes + 1 Tsp Honey

 

Skin Benefits: Many of the vitamins in blueberries may neutralize or normalize oil levels in your skin, making it healthier and less likely to accumulate sebum. Vitamin A, in particular, is responsible for this benefit! Everyone say, “Thank you, Vitamin A!” 

 

7) 1 Cup Cantaloupe + 2 Ice Cubes + 1 Tsp Honey

 

Skin Benefits: Cantaloupe contains Vitamins K and E which play an important role in keeping your skin healthy and radiant. The high water content hydrates your skin from within. Cantaloupe is also a good source of B vitamins, choline and betaine which keep your skin replenished and rejuvenated. You can even use it as a toner, for hydration and replenishment. 

 

8) 1 Cup Carrots + 2 Ice Cubes + 1 Tsp Honey

 

Skin Benefits: We’ve given carrots a lot of credit for helping us to see, but now it’s time we give them props for allowing us to SEE healthy, happy skin. Between the Vitamin A, C, carotenoids, potassium and antioxidants, it’s no wonder why these orange heroes are responsible for visibly reducing signs of aging, scarring, redness and fatigue. DRINK. UP. 

 

9) 1 Cup Green Apple + 2 Ice Cubes + 1 Tsp Honey

 

Skin Benefits: An apple a day keeps the DERMATOLOGIST away. That’s the new one. These fruits contain a lot of fiber, which helps clean the system and increases metabolism. In a nutshell, the cleaner your intestine and systems are, the happier and healthier your skin. It’s alllllll connected. 

 

Which is your favorite? Let us know! 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Skingredients: Annie’s Citrus Butternut Squash & Kale Salad

If I’m honest, I’ve never really been a breakfast person. Breakfast always seemed like the “forced meal.” I never felt hungry upon waking. I was more of an 11 AM or noon kinda girl. And by then, I was in the mood for Greek salads and sandwiches vs. omelettes and croissants. As a result, I took lunch VERY seriously. With more hours to prep my first meal (where breakfast always felt rushed and always ended up “on-the go”), I recently realized that I love taking the time putting together fresh, savory ingredients that not only fill, but fulfill. Without further adieu, I’ve got one favorite lunch-time recipe, designed to make you glow from the inside out. I introduce the easiest salad in all the land: Citrus Butternut Kale. Let’s go!

 

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If you’re like me, hearing “Butternut Kale Salad with Lemon Juice and Olive Oil” makes you salivate. In my eyes, there isn’t a more glow-worthy salad that’s easier to make. You can make this with Purple or Green Kale; I chose green because it bounces off the yellow Butternut Squash beautifully. All you need is:

 

2 cups Kale

2 tsp Lemon Juice

2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Cup Cooked Butternut Squash

Optional Add-Ins: Chopped Up Almonds/Shaved Coconut/Shaved Parmesan

 

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Mix everything in a medium sized bowl (or glass tupperware if bringing to work) and toss lightly. Crunchy, juicy, and detoxifying on every level. The Butternut Squash from the inside out, thanks to its rich supply of pH-balancing and skin-cell-turnover-boosting vitamin A. The nutrient helps keep your skin’s pH on the acidic side (just enough to keep bacteria at bay) and promotes cell turnover, so your skin doesn’t become dry, rough, and scaly. As if that weren’t enough, winter squash also gives you sunburn-protective and wrinkle-fighting beta carotene and vitamin C.

 

 

And if you’ve been living on Plane Earth for the last few years, you’ve probably heard that Kale is a power-nutrient packed full of skin-boosters. Kale is a rich source of vitamin K. It also has anti-inflammatory benefits that helps you stay less bloated, which can prevent puffiness on the face. Plus, the sulfur content in kale aids in reducing redness and flakiness, while keeping circulation healthy, and helps to remove toxins from our bodies. Throw in lemon juice (to cleanse and detox) and olive oil (to alkaline and lubricate muscles) and you’ve got one serious skin-fully sweet salad. And of course, feel free to throw in any of the above add-ins to add more flavor. Either way, enjoy every bite knowing you’re crunching into something good and good for you!

 

Bon Appetit, beauty birds!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Feed Your Beauty: Double Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

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You know the feeling. It’s 3 PM. You’re in the office. Your chocolate craving has officially hit. You’re not alone, beauty birds. We have decided to plan ahead and put our best brownie foot forward with these gooey, gluten-free brownies. Secret ingredient? Black beans. You won’t even notice the flour is gone! Follow along for a chocolate fix worth making time for.

 

Let’s start with ingredients:

 

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips + more for the top

 

1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained

 

1 large egg

 

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

 

Pinch salt

 

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

 

1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt*

 

1/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder

 

*Note: I used fat free Chobani, but feel free to use whatever you have around, as long as it is Greek and plain.

 

Now, let’s put it all together:

 

Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray and set aside.

 

Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave. This will take about 90 seconds to a minute on the high powder setting. They may not melt completely; stir vigorously to finish melting the chips until chocolate has a smooth and uniform consistency.

 

Pour black beans and melted chocolate into a food processor and pulse until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and continue to pulse until completely smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and pulse a few more times to make sure everything is completely incorporated.

 

Pour into prepared pan and smooth to level and fill corners, etc. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips over the top. Bake for 25 minutes until the top has cracked slightly and the center has set. Allow to cool for 20-30 minutes before cutting into 2″ squares.

 

Yield: Makes 8 Brownies

 

Note: These are best if eaten immediately after they are made (oh shucks!), but can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

 

Enjoy and pass it on!

 

Special thanks to Immaeatthat for the choco-inspiration!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Feed Your Beauty: Skin-Loving Salsa Trio

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We recently went for brunch at a relatively new Vegan hot-spot here in Los Angeles, Gracias Madre, and after scoping out the table next to us, we decided we had to have their infamous Salsa Trio. We’ve had salsa trios before, but this one….this one….took the enchilada. Tart, tangy, fruity, spicy. The mango cooled the Habanero heat and the Pico de Gallo balanced it all out in the end. All octaves were hit and our taste buds left happy campers.

 

In honor of this delicious trio, we decided to share one of our own. Next time you find yourself hosting a party or in need of a juicy, mouthwatering and skinfully savory treat, pull out your favorite Bue Tortilla Chips and start dipping. Whether it’s jam-packed with mango, onion, tomato, cilantro, or green peppers, these ingredients are sure to aid in boosting your skin’s radiance and purifying any congestion your skin may be experiencing during this seasonal mood swing.

 

Before we share our secret salsa concoctions, we want to give you the chance to add your favorite ingredients. Think of it like a “Make Your Own Salsa” activity. In the comments below, list any and all ingredients you would throw in your dream salsa. Is it sweet like watermelon? Tart with lime juice? Spicy with jalapeno? You tell us! We’ll show you ours, if you show us yours.

 

Ready, go!

 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Promos: The Purple Lining Collection

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Upon meeting for the first time, Annie Tevelin and Marrin Costello’s energy was perfectly mirrored,

infectious, and hypnotizing. It wasn’t long after they started talking did they know their meeting was meant

to be. Their mutual goals to help women feel beautiful and take care of themselves is reflected by Annie’s

dedication to creating healthy, beautifying skincare & Marrin’s exquisite, hand-crafted jewelry for women to

accessorize themselves.

 

Where SkinOwl skincare is the catalyst to self-care, Costello’s mantra “Don’t Forget To Accessorize” reminds

us that when we take care of ourselves, we feel present and in touch with our intentions. The collaboration

between SkinOwl’s Beauty Drops Facial Oil and Marrin Costello’s Druzy Necklaces reinforces the sentiment

that when you look good, you feel great. Marrin Costello’s Druzy Necklaces are an external reflection of the

beauty benefits of SkinOwl’s Beauty Drops.

 

BEHIND THE PRODUCT

 

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When it comes to choosing the best Beauty Drop for your skin, it’s all about targeting your personal skin

concerns. Lavender is calming and best for acneic, inflamed, sensitive skin. Geranium is balancing and

brightening, best for combination skin. Clary Sage is hydrating and promotes anti-aging, and a youthful,

rejuvenated glow. Similarly, each Druzy Pendant is an energy stone, igniting these intentions while worn.

The positive aura within each piece ignites a sense of awareness and optimist for those wearing it. The

Lavender Druzy Quartz Crystals promote serenity and healing, Geranium Amethyst Pendants (Annie’s

birthstone!) embody balance and focus, and Clary Sage Druzy Quartz Crystals exemplify inner peace and

love. Each crystal tone reflects the unique hues of the plants from which each oil derives. When worn

together, you’re glowing head to tow and ready to take on the day.

 

“Every time I wear MC’s Amethyst Druzy necklace, good things happen. It took me a few days to make the

connection, but once I did, it was very apparent. Because I felt great wearing it, I felt great throughout my

day. Before meetings, conference calls, and even pilates class, I would touch it and it reminded me to put my

best foot forward. It’s a moment where I stop and assess how I’m feeling and what I’m getting ready to do,”

Annie says.

 

BEHIND THE COLLABORATION

 

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As women, we wear so many hats. We are called to be so many different types of woman each day (friend,

relative, caregiver, caretaker, employee, employer, lover, therapist… the list goes on and on). Because of what

our products stand for both individually and combined, the products from the #MCxSO Capsule

Collaboration harmoniously coexist together throughout each facet of our lives.

“If I’m off to a meeting, Pilates, dinner, brunch, girl’s night out, or a date, I know that I look and feel my best

with SkinOwl’s Beauty Drops under my makeup and MC Druzies around my neck. This combination has

become as essential to my everyday routine as brushing my teeth and making my bed. The #MCxSO

Purple Lining Collection perfectly polish each of my ensembles, and empower me to take on each

day with tenacity, confidence, and poise,” Marrin says.

 

SHOP THE COLLECTION