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!

 

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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.

 

 

 

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!

 

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!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Skinny Tips: The Boho Braid

We love a loose braid! It’s our boho-chic go-to look and perfect for any casual day. We came across this tutorial for The Boho Braid we just had to pass it along! This simple braid is a great half up/half down style that can be completed in 8 simple steps! We will definitely be wearing this hairstyle this weekend when we meet our friends for brunch!

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Skinny Tips: Applying Blush For Your Face Shape

Applying blush might seem simple… cheeks + blush = good. While you can probably get away with that most of the time, wouldn’t you want to get the most out of your blush and allow your cheekbones to really standout?! We do! Which is why we were so excited to find this “how to” guide for applying blush according to face shape. It’s so simple, identify your face shape below and try applying your blush according to the diagram. We bet you’ll be pleased with the results! Need help picking out your face shape? Email us at info@skinowl.com. Happy Blushing!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Skinny Tips: Swept Side Braid Tutorial

We are in love with this Sexy, Swept Side Braid look! This chunky, loose braid is the perfect way to keep long hair off your face while still showcasing your lovely locks! Keeping our hair off of our faces is a guaranteed way to keep acne & splotchiness at bay as well. Less hair on the face = less oil from our hair over the course of the day! Check out these 8 simple steps to an effortless, boho-chic look that works for work or play! Give it a try…

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Skinny Tips: Winterize Your Skin

Winter is officially in full swing (yes, even here in LA) and we are always looking for ways to protect our skin from this chilly weather. With the wind and cold fronts that come with this snowy season, dry, tight, cracked skin can result. Fear and flakes be gone! Check out this “Winterize Your Skin” guide, which shares 8 simple tips that will help to keep your skin (and hair) hydrated and glowing all winter long! Thank us later :)
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