Sunday, November 2, 2014

Feed Your Beauty: Homemade Chai Tea Mix

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With Fall’s crisp, chilly air is full swing, we’re thinking it’s about that time to break out our favorite Chai Tea DIY. We love a lot of teas, but there’s something about the spicy, toasty, sweet taste of Chai that makes us feel like celebrating Fall with a mug that’s chock full of it. Plus, did you know that it is fabulous for your skin. Chai tea is made with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, and black pepper, which all help stimulate circulation. This boosts blood flow to the skin, which gives you that healthy glow. So many of these spices also contain antioxidants, which fight free radicals and reduce signs of aging on your skin. Sounds. good. to. us. So, break out your favorite Mason Jar. Here’s how to get one sip closer to our favorite Fall fix:

 

 

Ingredients

 
1 c. nonfat dry milk powder

1 c. powdered nondairy creamer

1 c. French vanilla powdered nondairy creamer

1 ½  c. sugar
1 ½ c. unsweetened instant tea
2  tsp. ground ginger
2 ¼  tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/8  tsp. ground cardamom
1 1/8  tsp. ground cloves

 

Directions

 
In a food processor, combine all ingredients; cover and process until powdery. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.

To prepare 1 serving:  Dissolve 3 T. of mix in 1 c. boiling water; stir well.

 

Enjoy Beauty Birds!

 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Feed Your Beauty: Hearty Pumpkin Hummus

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There’s something about this time of year that beckons toasty, savory fare, be it sweet potatoes, apple pie, and foods that warm the soul. Hot chocolate? Yep. Casseroles? Yes please. Pumpkin Hummus?! YES YES YES! We are sprinkling a little bit of cinnamon on our tortilla chips and dipping into this skin-fully sweet dip whenever we have a hankering for a harvest-rich crunch.

 

SkinOwl Pumpkin Hummus Tip: Beta-carotene (a carotenoid better known as vitamin A), found in the bright orange pulp of pumpkins is known to protect skin cells from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are the culprits responsible for causing poor skin tone  and elasticity and wrinkles over time because they break down skin-plumping collagen and elastin, which can weaken over time. Also, if you sunburn easily or have an inherited disease called erythropoietic protoporphyria, then beta-carotene can reduce the risk of sunburn. What’s not to like?

 

Ok, so let’s get DIPPING. Follow along with us below…

 

INGREDIENTS

 

For the hummus:

1 Cup Reduced-sodium Chickpeas, de-skinned (180g)*

¾ Cup Canned pumpkin

¼ Cup Maple syrup

2 tsp Pumpkin pie spice

2 tsp Coconut oil, melted + additional for drizzling, if desired.

 

For the chips:

1 tortilla of your preference

½ Tbsp Coconut oil, melted

Truvia, for sprinkling

Cinnamon, for sprinkling

 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and rub a cookie sheet with melted coconut oil, set aside.

To de-skin the chickpeas:

 

Drain the chickpeas and spread them out on a paper towel. Gently squeeze each chickpea until the thin, papery skin comes off. Repeat with remaining chickpeas

 

Add the chickpeas, pumpkin , maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice and 2 tsps of coconut oil into a small food processor and process until smooth. You may need to stop the processor and scrape down the sides every so often to get everything smooth and mixed, depending on how strong your processor is. Mine took a good 5 to 6 minutes of blending.

 

Cut the tortilla into 8 triangles and lay on the prepared cookie sheet. Brush with ½ of the melted coconut oil and then sprinkle with cinnamon and Truvia. No need to use an exact measurement, just give a good pinch of Truvia for each chip.

 

Bake for 8 mins, or until lightly golden. Flip the tortillas, brush with remaining oil and sprinkle with more cinnamon and Truvia. Bake for another 7-8 minutes until the tortillas are a deep golden, brown. They will not seem crunchy at first, as the Truvia will melt. But, once the chips cool and Truvia hardens, you will nice and crunchy chips!

 

Drizzle the hummus with additional melted coconut oil, if desired, and DEVOUR with the chips!

 

* Please note: This measurement is after taking the skin off. If you measure out before, it will be less than ½ a cup once the skins are removed.

 

Enjoy beauty birds! xo

Monday, August 18, 2014

Feed Your Beauty: BBQ Ahi Fish Tacos

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It doesn’t take much for us to order tacos when we see them on the menu, BUT when we saw A Spicy Perspective’s take on BBQ Fish Tacos, we had to share it with you! About a week ago, we were on the hunt for some lighter options for our Labor Day BBQ. We love a good taco. We love a good BBQ sauce. And we love a good CRUNCH. This recipe brings it all together. Follow along!

 

First, we need to cover our slaw and sauce bases. We’re marinating our sliced celery and green onions in apple cider vinegar and honey for a tart, crunchy slaw and stirring together our BBQ sauce and cayenne pepper sauce to coat the Ahi tuna. Mouth watering yet? Let’s get to it!

 

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Ingredients:

 

1 1/3 lbs. Ahi tuna, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

1/2 cup barbecue sauce

1/3 cup cayenne pepper sauce (like Franks)

2 1/2 cups thinly sliced celery

1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions

3 Tb. apple cider vinegar

1 Tb. honey

1 cup crumbled blue cheese

10-12 wheat tortillas (double the tortillas for corn)Salt and Pepper

 

Directions:

  1. Start with the celery slaw: Slice the celery and green onions and place them in a medium bowl. Add the vinegar and honey, then stir in 1/3 teaspoon of salt, and pepper to taste. Stir well and set aside.
  2. Mix the barbecue sauce and pepper sauce in a second bowl. Cut the Ahi tuna into small 1/2 inch cubes and sprinkle with salt. If you like your tortillas warm and puffy, flash fry them before cooking the Ahi.
  3. Place a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Once the skillet is hot, add half the Ahi  and sear for 30-60 seconds per side, flipping once, for a rare to medium-rare interior. Once the Ahi is cooked to your liking, pour in half the buffalo barbecue sauce and toss. Scoop the ahi onto a plate, wipe out the skillet, and repeat with the remaining Ahi.
  4. To serve: Scoop celery slaw into warm tortillas, top the slaw with the buffalo barbecue ahi, then sprinkle with crumbled blue cheese. Serve warm.

 

Enjoy! Check out more of Sommer’s recipes on her delectable blog. Happy Grilling!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Feed Your Beauty: Balsamic Blueberry Grilled Cheese

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If there’s a better way to celebrate National Blueberry Month, we’d like to know! Crunchy bread, fiber-rich spinach, and gooey cheese make this Balsamic glazed Blueberry sandwich a TRUE delicacy.  Whether you’re in need of trying something new at home or entertaining family and friends, this sandwich is the ultimate ticket to get people’s eyes popping and jaws dropping. Just when they think it’s Blueberry Pie in the oven….Follow along with us in creating this skinfully sweet masterpiece!

 

Balsamic Blueberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich
2 slices of bread (I used sourdough)
Plenty of white cheese (I used Havarti, but lots of different  cheeses would be good! Mozzarella, Monterey, Swiss, or Sharp White Cheddar would be yummy. I have been meaning to try goat cheese!)
Fresh spinach or arugala
1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1 tbs balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tbs. brown sugar
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1. In a small saucepan, combine blueberries, sugar and vinegar. Turn on medium heat and let come to a slow boil. Use a utensil to crush berries as you stir. After boiling for about 5 minutes, pour mixture into a mesh strainer and let the juice syrup separate from the solid berries. Save the syrup for cocktails, pancakes or both!

 

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2. Spread blueberries onto a piece of bread, top with cheese, some spinach, then more cheese! Sprinkle with fresh ground pepper. Top with your other slice of bread and toast. Enjoy!

 

Special thanks to Amanda K. by the Bay for this inspiring recipe! So delicious!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Feed Your Beauty: Lavender Lemonade

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Dear Lavender, let us count the ways we love you! Whether we’re lathering on our Lavender Argan Infusion or smelling it’s relaxing scent in our garden, we can’t seem to get enough. So, we did what any Lav-addict would do…we found a way to drink it! This Lavender Lemonade recipe is perfect for a hot summer day (July 4th BBQ, anyone) or bedside before you slink off to sleep. It’s relaxing and healing properties calm and nurture the soul, one sip at a time. Follow along here:

 

SkinOwl’s Lavender Lemonade

 

What You’ll Need

 

One small handful of freshly picked lavender (you can get from your local grocery’s herb department as well)

1 cup Brown Sugar

1 1/2 cups Lemon Juice

2 cups Boiling Water for the Infusion

2 cups of cold water

Ice

 

What To Do

 

Cut your fresh lavender flowers from the stems and place in a medium-sized bowl. Pour the brown sugar over the flowers and use your fingers to gently massage the sugar into the flower petals. Think swedish, not deep tissue! Next, pour 2 cups of boiling water over the lavender & sugar mixture and stir with a spoon until the sugar has melted into the liquid. Cover and let infuse for an hour. Next, strain the lavender-infused simple syrup and pour into a serving pitcher. Stir in the lemon juice.  Add another two cups of water. Feel free to add more lemon juice if too sweet or dilute with more water or sugar if too tart. Add ice to your liking. Lastly, feel free to add thin slices of lemon for juicy presentation. Enjoy (down to the last sip)!

 

* Want an extra boost of Lavender? Check out our Lavender Facial Oil. Incredibly healing, nurturing and calming for sensitive and oily skin types. Use morning and night in place of your moisturizer.

 

Special thanks for LaurenConrad.com for the delicious Lavender Lemonade inspiration. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Skingredients: SkinOwl’s Clary Sage Oil

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In choosing our three infusions for our Argan Infusion facial oils, Chinese Clary Sage was a no-brainer.  Clary Sage Oil can boost self esteem, confidence, hope and mental strength, thereby efficiently fighting depression. Do you need to calm down? Do you want to concentrate? Or do you simply want to relax and have a good night’s sleep? Clary Sage oil can help you with all of these. It reduces inflammations and has an undeniably calming effect. People suffering from chronic stress or anxiety disorders find great comfort in the use of Clary Sage essential oil. Topically, it is known for balancing oils in the skin, so that you look supple and youthful. It relaxes wrinkles and plumps out paper-thin skin.

 

Do any of these skin concerns hit home? If so, you’re a #ClaryGal!

 

Dry Skin

Sagging Skin

Los of Firmness 

Loss of Elasticity

Sallow and Tired

 

When used morning and night, our Clary Sage Oil works immediately to moisturize, firm, and plump. Skin is left looking tight, youthful, and hydrated from within. This luxurious oil is to be used morning night, in place of a serum & moisturizer. Most often than note, clients wish they had started using it earlier, due to it’s skin-perfecting nature.

 

 

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Suggested Use

Morning: After washing your face, use 3-4 Drops, either alone or mixed in with your moisturizer.

Night: After washing your face, use one full eyedropper vial.

 

Our SkinOwl Argan Infusion Clary Sage is available for purchase right now at our online store!  Simple click the link to have a bottle delivered to your door. Your TRUE skin is waiting.

 

 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Skingredients: SkinOwl’s Geranium Oil

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In choosing our three infusions for our Argan Infusion facial oils, Egyptian Geranium was first on our list.  When used by itself, geranium oil is unbelievable in treating acne, eczema, cellulite, stretch marks, scarring and dry skin. For acne sufferers, geranium oil has been shown to decrease sebum production and return the skin to a normal balance, while its wound-healing properties clear the skin of blemishes and acne scars and boost radiance. A few drops diluted in a shampoo help alleviate scalp dryness and a drop or two applied directly to a cold sore can speed up healing. You can see why there was no better infusion for our combination skin types.

 

Do any of these skin concerns hit home? If so, you’re a #GeraniumGal!

 

Combination Skin (Dry in places, Oily in places)

Dull and Tired

Acne Scars

Sun Spots (Or Melasma)

Congested

 

When used morning and night, our Geranium Oil works immediately to balance, decongest, and brighten. Skin is left looking diffused, clear and poreless from within. This luxurious oil is to be used morning night, in place of a serum & moisturizer. Most often than note, clients wish they had started using it earlier, due to it’s skin-perfecting nature.

 

 

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Suggested Use

Morning: After washing your face, use 3-4 Drops, either alone or mixed in with your moisturizer.

Night: After washing your face, use one full eyedropper vial.

 

Our SkinOwl Argan Infusion Geranium is available for purchase right now at our online store!  Simple click the link to have a bottle delivered to your door. Your TRUE skin is waiting.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Skingredients: SkinOwl’s Lavender Oil

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In choosing our three infusions for our Argan Infusion facial oils, there was no question that French Lavender had to be in the picture. The health benefits of Organic lavender oil include its ability to eliminate nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems. It is the “Jane of all Trades,” helping to alleviate skin numerous skin woes.

 

Do any of these skin concerns hit home? If so, you’re a #LavenderGal!

 

 Redness

Acne

Overproduction of Oil

Eczema, Rosacea, or Psoriasis

Blackheads

 

When used morning and night, our Lavender Oil works immediately to calm, heal, and and nurture. Skin is left looking calm, clear and healed from within. This luxurious oil is to be used morning night, in place of a serum & moisturizer. Most often than note, clients wish they had started using it earlier, due to it’s fast-healing nature.

 

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Suggested Use

Morning: After washing your face, use 3-4 Drops, either alone or mixed in with your moisturizer.

Night: After washing your face, use one full eyedropper vial.

 

Our SkinOwl Argan Infusion Lavender is available for purchase right now at our online store!  Simple click the link to have a bottle delivered to your door. Your TRUE skin is waiting.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Ooh La Trend: White Nail Polish

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White nail polish is popping up everywhere! Summer is pretty much HERE and we are in love with this fresh, clean color (which, yes, can look great on everyone). We decided to put this neutral nail to the test and round up a few of our favorite non-toxic polishes. We wanted high-shine & a creamy cotton hue that didn’t chip after 2 days. We asked around and honed in on three fan favorites (from top to bottom): Deborah Lippman’s “Amazing Grace,” Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic’s “Feathered,” and Butter London’s “Cotton Buds.”

 

ROUND-UP RESULTS

 

Deborah Lippman’s “Amazing Grace”

The website claims this is a “crisp, clean opaque white makes nails look like they’ve been kissed by a cloud.” We agree! We love the rich, creamy finish and HIGH HIGH shine. It stayed with us for 6 days before it chipped and was very easy to take off after a week.  Plus, it didn’t smell like your typical nail polish. It was easy on the senses, which we loved.

 

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic’s “Feathered”

On first take, the nail polish was a bit thick and goopy. It didn’t settle into the nail immediately and took some “stirring” to get it around the nail without clumps. The color was a bright white, much brighter than Deborah Lippman, which we liked. It looked fresh and clean against our skin. Plus, we didn’t have ANY chips until Day 7. Success!

 

Butter London’s “Cotton Buds”

This snow-white hue was a TOUCH on the thick side. We had to wipe our brush a few times before applying. After the first coat, it became self-levelling and had a nice gloss at the finish. We love how easy it was to pull off for all skin tones, staying just this side of looking neon, but never chalky or white-out-ish. We chipped after 4 days on our pinky finger, but loved the color!

 

In the end, Deborah Lippman’s “Amazing Grace” left us feeling fabulous! Delicious color, no chips for 6 days, and tons of shine, which stayed with us the entire time. Want to try one for yourself? Click on any of the links above! Let us know your thoughts or if you’ve found another fabulous contender.

 

Happy Polishing!

 

 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Feed Your Beauty: Salad Prep for a Week

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If you’re anything like us, preparing lean green meals is uber important, not only for our skin and overall health, but for our quality of life. Planning our meals ahead of time keeps frantic food-searching at bay and gives us a routine we can count on. Plus, we feel better in the end, knowing our food came from our own making. If you’re on the go, here’s a helping hand in preparing delicious, crunchy salads for the work-week. Plus, we’re gonna tell you how many vegetables you’ll need, so you don’t have to see another cucumber go to waste. Let’s begin.

 

First, your SHOPPING LIST for your five work days:

 

1 large container of arugula, baby spinach, field greens, etc. Whichever you prefer.

2 cucumbers

2 to 3 bell peppers

5 carrots or one bag of baby carrots.

1 package cherry tomatoes

1 bag red or green grapes

1 can black beans

1 can chickpeas

Sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds

2 avocados

Red Wine Vinegar and Olive Oil

 

Next, MASON JARS. This gives us the perfect serving and doesn’t take up as much room in our fridge as tupperware. Plus, the glass gets cold and keeps our veggies crunchy and jucy. AND, unlike tupperware, we don’t have to worry about our dressing wilting the veggies before we get to enjoy them. We’ll show you what we mean below.

 

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Ok, so we’ve got our veggies. We’ve got our containers. Let’s start the PREP!

 

First, put in two tablespoons of dressing. It will be on the bottom of your mason jar, so to keep the veggies fresh. This is perfect for those of you who don’t want to pack a separate salad dressing bottle. Next, veggie time! Start with harder veggies like carrots, radishes, onions, and chickpeas. They aren’t as porous and they can “hang” close to the dressing as a result. Then go for anything else like bell peppers, chopped cukes, and cherry tomatoes. Next, layer up your lettuce. Mix and match, have fun. This should take up at least half the jar. Lastly, your protein! Sprinkle tuna, grilled chicken, or tofu. These will help push the lighter-weight greens down so you add even more to your jar.

 

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Of course, you can also add avocado, nuts or seeds, sprouts, or fruit. Shake or pour when you’re ready. At lunchtime, you can either shake up the container to distribute the dressing, or if you have the luxury, pour the entire contents into a bowl and mix it up with your fork.

 

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That’s it! Now you’ve got salad to enjoy day after day. Enjoy beauties!

Special shout out to Lunchboxbunch.com for the beautiful Mason Jar + Salad inspiration above. Click here or the picture above for the full scoop!