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, 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

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

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.

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Skinny Tips: Mascara as Eyeliner

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We’re all about keeping our morning regimen easy and SIMPLE. Sometimes, that means using one product to do two things. In this case, we’re using our black and brown mascaras as eyeliners. Not only does it give us a pigmented, inky finish, but it also stays on our lids throughout our busy day. This is a great tool for when you want a more dramatic look, such as a cat eye, or a less smudgy finish  (that sometimes comes with using pencils and powders).

 

Feel free to use your favorite mascara and post a picture on Instagram tagging @SkinOwl! We’d love to see the end result!

 

Happy lining, beauties!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Skinny Tips: The Perfect Blush Color

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We’ve all been there. Going from counter to counter, looking for the perfect cheek color, either looking TOO flushed or “Not-Enoughed.” Well, roam no more! Check out the chart above and choose your favorite hue based on your complexion. If you’re still confused, just remember this: Light skin looks best with light pigments. Darker skin tones look best in brights. If you still don’t know where to start, check out a few of our favorite brands and colors below.

 

Fair Skin Favorites:

Jouer’s Mineral Powder Blush in Blossom

 

Medium Skin Favorites:

W3LL PEOPLE’s Universalist Colorstick in No. 1

 

Olive Skin Favorites:

Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Natural Beauty

 

Dark Skin Favorites:

RMS Beauty’s Lip2Cheek in Beloved

 

Have fun blushing! Any questions, email us at info@skinowl.com

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Skinny Tips: Pop an Ice Cube

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Need an easy way to de-puff and de-stress your skin?  Pop an ice cube! Sucking on an ice cube chills all of the millions of cells in the cheeks and face, resulting in plump, rejuvenated skin. Whether you’ve had a few too many cocktails the night before or didn’t catch enough zzz’s, this quick trick is sure to jumpstart your cells and add a bit more H2O  to the day.

 

Fun fact: When used externally, ice freezes the pores, removing extra oil and dirt from your skin. Rubbing ice cubes on face means less swelling on the larger, more painful pimples.

 

Happy Ice-ing!

 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Wise Words: Live From Intention

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How often do you find yourself doing something out of habit? Something simple like eating some ice cream when you’ve had a stressful day. Maybe it started when you were a kid; mom got you some ice cream after getting a shot at the doctor. It was sweet and delicious and fun, and it made you feel better about the difficult situation that you had been through at the doctor. Cut to years later, we’re still grabbing for a pint of ice cream to ease the pain! It was cute as a kid but now it’s sitting on your thighs and your arteries and your skin! The habit is reaching for the ice cream but what’s the intention? Trying to soothe yourself? So how about acting from the intention, because as adults we know that ice cream is only soothing for about 5 minutes, and then it leaves an even bigger stress in its place when you realize how many calories you just ate! The next time we go through something stressful we are going to go to a yoga class, or go out to the garden, or grab our camera and take pictures, or even just ask our friend for a long hug! We are going to try an action that is truly soothing and will help fill our minds and bodies with positivity! How about you? How will you replace habit with intention?

Monday, February 10, 2014

Skinny Tips: Eyeshadow Guide According to Eye Color

We are all about making our eyes POP. After all, the “eyes are the windows to the soul.” So we are opening up our “windows” by surrounding our eyes with the right eyeshadow color.  We found this fantastic chart that matches up eye color and shadow color perfectly! Stick to these color palettes and watch your eyes sparkle!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Wise Words: Think Positively…

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This just might have to be our daily mantra! We love this little reminder to just do all the little things that add up to one big, happy life! Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in so many day to day stresses and situations that we forget to just do the basic things like thinking positively and dancing just for fun and just being happy in general! In today’s fast paced world sometimes you just need a reminder to take care of yourself. We suggest printing this one out and putting it on the fridge or pinning it to your bulletin board or taping it to the bathroom mirror… anywhere that you can glance at it as you start your day! That is definitely what we will be doing with this simple but important message!