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!

 

martha stewart living need to know products argan oil circled

 

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

argan-infusion oil natural skincare anti-aging

 

 

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…
diy beach hair

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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Friday, March 15, 2013

Wise Words: Oldest and Youngest

today is the youngest and oldest

 

Carpe Diem! Get out there and seize today, beauties! Each day we get older, it’s inevitable. The treadmill of life moves and it’s our job to enjoy the walk through life or not. Embrace the day, feel your youth and beauty, no matter your age, and most importantly, try to enjoy the moments, for they make up life’s beautiful big picture.

 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Gluten-Free Pomegranate Flax Waffles

Okay, so we know that waffles aren’t always the healthiest item on the menu, BUT if you’re going to make waffles, you should make these! This recipe is Gluten-Free and made with fantastic, nutritious ingredients like coconut oil (which has been known to increase good cholesterol as well as boost normal thyroid function). Plus, top your waffles with pomegranate seeds to get  your daily punch of antioxidants!  Go ahead and indulge…

 

flax waffles pomegranate topping healthy food

 

Ingredients:

1 egg, room temperature
1 1/2 cup milk (great with buttermilk or non dairy beverage of choice)
2 Tbsp. orange juice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 Tbsp. melted coconut oil
2 Tbsp. flaxmeal
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp. white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oat flour
2 Tbsp. muscavado or brown sugar
dash of cinnamon
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt

 

Instructions:

Heat your waffle iron.

Whisk the egg, milk (or non dairy beverage), orange juice, vanilla together. Whisk in the melted coconut oil.

Add the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix well, pressing out any clumps. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and stir until just combined. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes for the flaxmeal to absorb some liquid. Add enough batter to fill your waffle iron, don’t over stuff it. Remove cooked waffle* and enjoy warm.Don’t stack them, they’ll steam each other. You can keep waffles warm on a cookie sheet in a 200′ oven if waiting for remaining waffles.

Top with real maple syrup, fruit, whipped cream, jam, nut butter or my consistent stand by, goat yogurt and pom seeds.

 

Note: 

If you don’t have these flours on hand, a 1 1/2 cup total of your preferred flours, or GF All Purpose flour will work fine here too. Your milk to flour ratio should be more or less equal regardless of what you use. Almond and oat flours aren’t as absorbent as a wheat flour, so my dry ratio is slightly higher here.

 

Recipe Source: Sprouted Kitchen