Monday, September 16, 2013

Skinny Tips: The Top Knot Tutorial

Picture this… You’ve had a crazy weekend. You planned to wash your hair last night but you just couldn’t make the time.  Today, you have that important meeting (or big date) but your hair just won’t cooperate!  We’ve all been there, which is why we think every woman needs to know how to do “The Top Knot.” Whether your hair is clean or dirty, on those days when it has a mind of it’s own, this is the perfect go-to hairstyle to keep in your bag of tricks!  Check out this amazing tutorial that we found that breaks down this classic hairstyle…
the top knot tutorial guide

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

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

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

Skinny Tips: Top 5 Foods For Healthy Skin

We believe that healthy skin radiates from the inside out!  Which is why we love to post amazing recipes in our Feed Your Beauty section that focus on ingredients that are great for your skin.  But not everyone has time to do a lot of cooking which is why we just had to share this chart for the Top 5 Foods For Healthy Skin.  These foods are easy to grab on the go and require little, if any, cooking!  Check it out…
top 5 foods for healthy skin

Monday, August 19, 2013

Skinny Tips: DIY Scar Reduction

getting rid of acne scars

 

We all have a few scars that we wish we could get rid of (or at least diminish a little bit!) Whether they are from acne or an injury or even stretch marks, we had to pass along this simple at-home remedy for reducing the appearance of scars. All you need is white tea and apple cider vinegar and half an hour!  So go ahead and give it a try tonight! Let us know how it went, either on FB or in our comment feed!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Skinny Tips: Eye Makeup Chart For Your Eye Shape

What’s in an eye shape, you ask? A lot! When it comes to makeup, what works for one eye shape doesn’t necessarily work for another.  So when we came across this chart for applying eye makeup based on your individual eye shape, we just had to pass it along to you! You won’t be disappointed with the fresh, new results. Enjoy!

eye make up chart eye shape