Monday, September 9, 2013

Skinny Tips: DIY Cucumber Banana Face Mask

The winter is coming which means our skin is gearing up for flaky, dry skin and potentially, a bit more irritation. We just had to share this DIY Cucumber Banana Face Mask because it is perfect for all of those winterizing ailments; the banana and honey pair perfectly with the cucumber to gently refresh and nourish!  Check it out…

 

cucumber banana face mask

Ingredients:

1/2 cucumber (washed, skin on)
1/2 banana
1 Tablespoon honey
4 Tablespoons lemon juice
3 to 4 Drops of your favorite SkinOwl Argan Infusion (optional)

 

Instructions:

Blend the cucumber and banana together in a food processor or blender, then stir in the honey, lemon juice, and Argan Infusion until you have a smooth consistency.

 

Transfer the paste into a small bowl and use your hands to apply an even layer over a clean face and neck, avoiding the eye area.

 

Lie down for 30 minutes and let the mask work on your skin.

 

Wash off with lukewarm water and pat skin dry with a towel. Apply a light moisturizer afterward for extra hydration.

 

Source: Chick Chat

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Skinny Tips: Apple Cider Vinegar Toner DIY

We get a lot of questions asking about TONERS. “What are they? When do I use one? Can I use it at night if I used it the morning already?” A skin toner can help reduce oil and acne while refreshing your skin and shrinking pores. Unfortunately, most commercial toners are made with alcohol that can dry your skin because they often contain fragrances, preservatives, and chemicals that can irritate your skin. So when we came across this Apple Cider Vinegar Toner DIY we just had to pass it along!  You can make your own apple cider vinegar skin toner for a fraction of the cost and without alcohol, fragrance, or chemicals. Yahoo! Check it out…

apple cider vineager toner

Ingredients and Supplies:

Apple cider vinegar
Distilled water
A small plastic bottle to store your toner
A funnel
A glass bowl

 

Instructions:

In a glass bowl, mix one part apple cider vinegar and three parts distilled water. If your container is four ounces, use one ounce apple cider vinegar and three ounces of water.
Mix well and pour in your bottle using the funnel.
To use, wet a cotton ball with toner and wipe your face.
There are many kinds of vinegar available, but apple cider vinegar works best because it is the right Ph balance for your skin. Regular vinegar is too acidic and can irritate your skin. You can find apple cider vinegar in the grocery store with other vinegars and salad dressings.

 

If you have oily skin, you may want to add a little more apple cider vinegar. For dry skin, use more water. If you notice that your face is too oily or too dry after using this recipe, adjust it to your needs the next time you make it. Homemade apple cider vinegar skin toner does have a strong odor, but it will fade quickly after using it.

 

You should use a skin toner at least once a day to make sure you remove all of the oil, dirt, and dead skin cells on your skin. These can clog pores and lead to acne. A toner can also make large pores appear smaller temporarily, which improves your complexion.

 

Source: Daily Glow

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Skinny Tips: Long Hair Messy Updo Tutorial

Here in California, we just love the look of a messy updo, especially for a wedding or other formal event! It’s natural, easy and breezy. Which is why we couldn’t resist sharing this updo tutorial for long hair. Scroll all the way down for images and instructions…

messy updo

 

messy updo tutorial

Instructions:

Take a 1 inch thick piece of hair in your hands and twist it.
Hold one tiny strand at the tip of the twist and push the remaining hair up into a ringlet on your head.
Wrap the remaining strand around the ringlet and use a bobby pin to pin the ringlet to your head.
To recreate the top image, grab a friend who can help you create and pin ringlets all the way around.

 

Source: Jordan Byers

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Wise Words: Try and Triumph

try and triumph

 

Just a little extra “umph” can go a long way!  It is truly amazing how just a tiny bit more effort can push you to the next level, whether it is in your fitness routine, workplace, personal life, etc.  It’s easy to come up with ideas and to set goals, but actually getting to achieve those goals and seeing those ideas through to fruition comes with putting in that extra effort, with going that extra mile, with that little extra “umph!”  So don’t be afraid to push yourself, just go for it, you’ll see that a little extra goes a looooong way!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Wise Words: Knock on Doors

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We all have doors of opportunity sitting right in front of us. They might be hard to recognize after days, months, or years of quieting the truth. Often times, we are staring at a opportunity and we are afraid to grab it. But how do you expect the opportunity on the other side of that door to know you are there if you never knock?  Sometimes in life we just have to reach out, make our presence known, grab the opportunity, and go for it!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Skinny Tips: Sexy Leg Workout

We are strong believers that healthy skin radiates from the inside out! And exercise is one of the best ways to get your skin to glow!  Plus, who doesn’t want sexy legs?!  We do!!  Which is why we wanted to pass along this “Sexy Leg Workout” to you.  This chart illustrates some simple (but challenging) leg exercises that will shape your legs while also strengthening your core… and it only takes 15 minutes!  Give it a try today…and have even sexier legs by the New Year. :)
leg and core workout

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Skinny Tips: Smokey Cat Eye Tutorial

We love cat eyes and we love smokey eyes… so naturally we love this tutorial that combines the two looks! This is the perfect transitional eye makeup look to get you from summer into fall… follow along!

cat eye smokey eye makeup tutorial

Monday, August 26, 2013

Wise Words: Season Change

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With the summer sun soon at our backs, we found ourselves reflecting on the power of SEASONS. How often a new season brings upon new beginnings, closure, and self-realizations that sometimes feel timed with the end of summer, fall, winter, or spring. If you’ve perused our blog or spent time following us on Facebook, you’ll see how much we love to post little reminders about self-care, in the hope that it brightens your day and puts a more confident pep in your step.

 

As we near saying goodbye to summer, remember to take with you the memories, the moments, the growth, the lessons, and the wonder this season brought. Fall reminds us to let go of what we cannot control and ground ourselves, much like a leaf falling from a tree. Cheers to an amazing season and more importantly, our season CHANGE.

 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Skinny Tips: Dry Brushing Detox

dry brush lymph nodes

 

Did you know that your skin is your largest “elimination” organ and  it releases about a POUND of waste every day?!  If you are not feeling well it will often show on your skin, and if your skin can’t release those toxins it can often result in an uprising of inflamed acne, maybe even rashes, itchiness, body odor, etc.  Which is why we recommend Dry Skin Brushing.  It’s a simple process that you can do at home!  Simply choose a natural, semi-firm bristled brush and exfoliate the skin before your shower.

 

This process is great for circulation, immunity and stimulating your nervous system. Plus it will leave your skin looking radiant, vibrant and fresh!

 

When you spend time dry brushing, you are also stimulating the blood and lymph flow, and your lymphatic system is a key player in cleansing the immune system!  So follow the chart above and start Dry Brushing your way to a stronger immune system and glowing skin!

 

Source: Pimple People

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Wise Words: Love Your Life

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Stop for a second. Take a deep breathe. Think of something or someone you haven’t thought about in awhile. How often do we lose sight of all of the many people and things that fill our lives with joy and enrich our existence? It’s easier said than done, and just like all good things, it takes work… BUT if you can truly learn to love your life and remember all of the many things that make it so special, then true happiness doesn’t seem like a far off destination. It’s simply a state of mind! In comparing ourselves and our situations to those around us, we devalue what we have in our own lives.  Your life is wonderful simply because it’s yours! Own it. Embrace it. Love it and it will love you back!