Monday, March 25, 2013

Skinny Tips: DIY Olive Oil and Aloe Vera Makeup Remover

“Taking off the day” isn’t always the easiest thing to do! When it’s time to hit the hay, it’s sometimes the last thing we want to do. Whether it’s a Yes to Cucumbers facial wipe or a cotton ball soaked in cleansing water, taking off our makeup is necessary, no matter how sleepy we get. Makeup left on overnight not only clogs and congests the pores, but also leads to lash breakage if mascara is involved! We’re here to make this process easy and fun! Make your own natural makeup remover at home with easy to find and inexpensive ingredients! Check it out…
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Ingredients:

 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 

Aloe Vera Water (most drugstores, heath or grocery stores will carry aloe vera water. If you can’t find it, though, filtered water will work just fine!)

 

A re-sealable bottle (you’ll need to shake up your mixture in this)

 

A few gentle cotton pads (for application)

 

 

Notes:

 

Aloe Vera water comes from the Aloe Vera plant, which is used in herbal medicine for its soothing abilities. It is a cooling agent that helps calm the skin and it contains a plethora of amino acids and vitamins. Since it’s made up of 95% water, you can be sure that it is extraordinarily hydrating and refreshing for your face.

 

Do not be afraid of the olive oil! If the idea of putting olive oil on your face has you uneasy, relax; extra virgin olive oil actually closely resembles your skin’s natural oil production, which means that it won’t clog your pores or dry your skin out, but rather will keep it extra soft and clear it of any impurities.

 

 

Instructions:

 

STEP 1: Pour less than ½ cup of EVOO into a bottle of aloe vera water (make sure the container has a sealable cap for Step 2 to work). A little goes a long way with EVOO because it’s highly potent, so you’ll only need a small amount.

 

STEP 2: You’ll notice that the oil will float above the water. This is because oil is hydrophobic, which literally means “water-fearing.” So before applying, you’ll need to really shake the mixture up and use it right away before the oil and water separate again.

 

STEP 3: After thoroughly shaking the mixture, soak one of your cotton pads with it and gently press it over one of your eyes. Keep it here for a few seconds while it works to break down all the makeup, and then gently sweep it away from your eye towards your ear.  You should notice your makeup is dissolving and coming off with ease.

 

STEP 4: Repeat Step 3 until your eyes are completely clean, and then continue the same process all over your face.

 

DIY Source:  Michelle Phan

Monday, March 25, 2013

Things We Love: Monday Owls

Is it Monday already?

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Do you ever just feel like skipping Mondays?  We often do!  BUT then we just splash a little water on our faces, massage in some SkinOwl Argan Infusion and we feel much better! Life is beautiful, even on Mondays :)

 

Happy First Day to a Beautiful Week!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Wise Words: Think Outside

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Sometimes you just have to step outside… literally!  In life, we are so close to our day to day experiences. It’s hard to always think clearly and look at an issue from other perspectives. As simple as it may sound, go for a walk around the block! Need more? Drive to the next town or fly to the next continent.  Leaving our familiar spaces clicks refresh and resets our brains.  Just a small change in environment can decrease your anxiety and increase your creativity!  So get outside and see something new. It’s good for your mind, body and soul!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Skingredients: Martha Stewart Loves Argan Oil… Naturally!

Everyone is raving about Argan Oil these days, even the Queen Bee herself Ms. Martha Stewart! The latest issue of Martha Stewart Living Magazine features Argan Oil as a “Need to Know” item…we couldn’t agree more as it is the main ingredient in our facial oils! This was our first product launch for some very big reasons. See below!

 

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The magazine notes that “Argan Oil is that rare ingredient that lives up to its hype. Harvested from Morocco’s argan tree, this little nut is packed with Vitamin E, phenols, and fatty acids. It also leaves whatever it touches soft as silk…”  It is truly liquid gold that mitigates everything from acne to the aging process!

 

Thanks to SkinOwl Fan Sarah Dashew for sending us this article!

 

Check out our Argan Oil Infusions available in our Online Store or at several local Retailers

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Skinny Tips: Makeup Brush Guide

There are so many different kinds of makeup brushes.  In fact, there are SO many that it can be hard to keep them all straight!  Which is why we love this great guide by Lauren Conrad which clearly labels the use of each different type of brush.

 

Keep this chart handy the next time you stop by the beauty supply! That way, you don’t buy a brush that you don’t know what to do with!

makeup brush guide

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Skinny Tips: DIY Beach Hair

Nothing says SUMMER like BEACH WAVES! We just had to share our favorite DIY for Beach Hair! It’s a simple and inexpensive way to get this look at home without the hassle of the salon or having to head to the beach! Check it out…
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Skinny Tips: Natural Ingredient Mascara

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Looking for long, luscious lashes without harsh chemicals?  Check out some of our favorite, natural ingredient mascaras…
100 pure mascara

 

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara.  For info on this product info click HERE!

 

 

tarte amazonian clay mascara

Tarte  gifted™ Amazonian clay smart mascara.  For info on this product info click HERE!

 

Truly Natural Mascara honeybee gardens

Honeybee Gardens Truly Natural Mascara.  For info on this product info click HERE!

 

Do you have a favorite, natural ingredient makeup brand? Let us know what it is!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Kale and Fig Salad

Oh how we love Kale!  It is low in calories, high in fiber and has zero fat.  It is high in iron, vitamins A and C, and antioxidants.  Plus it is good for cardiovascular support and it is an anti-inflammatory food… you get the idea! In a nutshell, it’s really really good for you!  And what is good for your inner beauty will always promote glowing, healthy skin!  So why not give it a try in the form of this delicious salad recipe?!

 

kale and fig salad recipe

 

Kale and Fig Salad

 

Ingredients:

Kale

1 head of kale

juice of 1/2 lemon

pinch of salt

1 tbs. raw olive oil

 

Instructions:

1. Rinse kale leaves and pat off water with dish towel or paper towel.

2. Remove stem from each leaf.

3. Cut leaves into small strips and place in a bowl.

4. Add lemon juice, salt, and olive oil to leaves and massage thoroughly with hands. (This will soften kale and reduce leaves in size.) Set aside.

 

Dressing:

1/2 avocado

3 tbs. raw olive oil

2 tbs. raw apple cider vinegar

juice of 1 lemon

1/2 tbs. raw honey (or raw coconut sugar for vegans)

1. Place all ingredients in blender and mix until well combined.

2. Toss dressing with kale leaves until mix well.

 

Toppings:

6-8 dried turkish figs, stems removed

2 tbs. hemp seeds

1/2 cup raw pecans, chopped, or maple spiced pecans (optional)

pinch of black pepper

1. Chop figs into small pieces.

2. Add all ingredients to kale salad. Enjoy!

 

Recipe Source: Pure and Simple

Monday, March 18, 2013

Wise Words: Choose Happiness

i am in charge of how i feel

 

Happiness is a choice!  The grass isn’t greener on the other side of the fence. It’s greener where you water it. Happiness is about living a life that resembles you, that challenges you and tests you, and not looking to the outside world for approval. Make your own GRASSY path and follow it….happily!

 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Things We Love: Spa Day

Daaaaahhling!  Sometimes a lady just needs a spa day…

owl cucumber towl beauty mask

Happy Friday!  Hope you have something wonderful and relaxing planned!  See you next week!

 

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