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!

 

 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Things We Love: Juice Beauty’s Lash Defining Mascara

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Being a skincare company, we are always on the hunt for SKINCARE MAKEUP, i.e. makeup that doesn’t completely ruin all of the hard & healthy work we’ve put into our skin! So, when we were given the opportunity to try Juice Beauty’s Lash Defining Mascara, we JUMPED at the chance. On first look, we fell in love with it’s sleek “silver bullet” aesthetic. We were also pleasantly surprised at how light it was in hand. Then we moved onto ingredients:

 

“Organic botanical extracts of serenoa repens (organic saw palmetto extract)*, aloe barbadensis (organic aloe extract)*, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla wax), triisostearyl citrate, hydrogenated glyceryl abietate, brassica campestris/aleurites fordi oil copolymer, copernicia cerifera (organic carnauba wax)*, vegetable glycerin, theobroma cacao (organic cocoa seed butter)*, persea gratissima (avocado butter), methylcellulose, xanthan gum, tocopherol (Vitamin E), sodium hyaluronate (vegetable hyaluronic acid), ethylhexylglycerin, phenethyl alcohol.”

 

Cue the applause! Their mascara is made without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. AND, they are on the good side of history with concern to our animal friends. Now it was time to test the LOOK and FEEL.

 

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The proof was in the pudding. End result: Long, separated, defined, FULL lashes, as well as peace of mind.  No harsh ingredients and happy lashes to boot. Paired with a dewy tinted moisturizer, a touch of black liner on the upper lash line, and some lip gloss, this mascara is the ultimate easy-breezy summer makeup cherry on top!

 

BONUS: Pharmaca.com is giving you 10% this gem! Check out now and get lashfully luscious in a matter of days. Throw in our brand new Eye+ eye cream, and receive FREE SHIPPING. All eyes will be on YOU this summer.

 

Enjoy the head turns, beauty birds!

 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Feed Your Beauty: “Sweet & Salty” Sweet Potato Chips

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When it comes to healthy snacks, we love a good CRUNCH. Throw in a “kettle-corn” taste and a savory sweet potato? We’re sold! Sweet potatoes have high levels of Vitamin A and beta-carotene, which categorizes it as a skin superfood. If you’ve seen Retinol and Retinoic acid, these are actually derived from Vitamin A. The Beta-carotene combats the free radicals that result in aging. Sounds good to us.

 

These days, it’s hard to dig into a bag of chips without feeling sluggish or “blah” at the end. So we decided to share our favorite chip recipe that didn’t come with any guilt or energy sucking. Check out it out!

 

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp Vinegar

1 Tsp Sea Sat

1  Tsp Ground Cinnamon

1 Tsp Honey

2 Small Sweet Potatoes

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First, cut your two sweet potatoes into small slices. Preheat the oven to 425 degree and place the potato slices on a non-stick baking sheet. Bake on 425 degrees for 15-20 or until EXTRA crispy. Mix the honey and cinnamon together on half the batch for a sweet flavor. For the salt and vinegar, shake up the sea salt and vinegar with the sweet potatoes with a bag.

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Voila! Now you’ve got yourself a delicious on-the-go treat. Enjoy SkinOwl Beauties!

 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Promos: Jouer Cosmetics Facebook Giveaway

 

We are running an incredible Giveaway right now on the SkinOwl Facebook Fan Page!  Three lucky Facebook Fans will each win one of Jouer Cosmetics‘ brand new primers!

 

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Each winner will have the opportunity to choose the primer that best fits their skin concerns. Battling acne? Get a little shiny around 4 PM? Choose Jouer’s Anti-Blemish Matte Primer. Need a little plumping and firming? Choose Jouer’s Anti-Aging Moisture Primer. Both formulas are incredible UNDER Jouer’s Tints, as well as over SkinOwl’s Argan Infusion Face Oils.

 

All entries must be in by 5pm on Tuesday, May 20th so visit our Facebook Page NOW to enter! Good luck!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Feed Your Beauty: Sugar Cookie Tacos

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This might be the ultimate breakfast treat when it comes to satiating our sweet tooth. Check out our favorite way to kickstart our day with a lil’ fruity crunch! SkinOwl Tip: Stick to red fruits, kiwi, and blueberries to detox, purify, and decongest the skin from within. Now, let’s get you closer to that first bite.

 

Sugar Cookie Tacos

Ingredients:

1 Package 18oz refrigerated sugar cookie dough

2 tablespoons cinnamon

1 cup whipping cream

1/4 cup sugar

2 cups of your favorite fruit cut-up

 

How To:

 

1. Preheat oven to 350. grease 2 baking sheets. Cover rounded forms such as rolling pins or cardboard tubes from paper towel roll with aluminum foil.

 

2. Cut cookie dough into 16 half inch thick slices. Press each slice on a slightly floured surface into a 3 inch round sprinkle with cinnamon.

 

3. Bake cookies until lightly golden, but still soft, 7-9 min. Gently remove cookies from baking sheet and IMMEDIATELY drape over rounded forms (we prefer a rolling pin!).

 

4. Cool cookies until firm about 2 min. gently remove.

 

5. Beat whipping cream and sugar in large bowl with mixer on high until stiff. Fill each cookie with about 2 tablespoons and your favorite fruit. Or use cream cheese for a yummy breakfast treat.

 

Enjoy!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Things We Love: Bouqs for Mother’s Day

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If you remember anything from this post, it is that not all flower bouquets are the same! Cue The Bouqs.com, our favorite place to shop, fresh “cut on the day you order and delivered straight from the farm so you get the best” flowers! This means delivery just 2-4 days after cut, vs 10-14 elsewhere. The Bouqs delivers Volcano stems from the equator, 10,000 feet above sea level, which means one thing: sun. And more sun means more color. Their uber-saturated Bouqs are fed by pure volcanic snow melt and mineral-rich, ph-balanced soil. And their California cut flowers come straight from eco-friendly farms on the coast! Can we say SMITTEN.

 

We received the Baby Chicks bouquet and we’ve never seen a yellow so bright and sunny. It brought us Spring weather before the new season hit!

 

So, of course, with Mother’s Day at our heels, we say, what better gift? Check out the deal above and surprise her with twice the amount of long-stemmed love.

 

Enjoy!

 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Promos: NewBeauty TestTube at Fred Segal

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When it comes to beauty, NewBeauty Magazine always has their finger on the pulse of inspiring, fresh products. One of their MOST inspiring innovations has come in the form of their TestTube wall at Fred Segal’s NewBeauty store in Santa Monica, California. It goes a little bit like this: For $30, you get one full size product, the latest issue of NewBeauty Magazine, and 5 samples. Add it all to your TestTube cylinder and call it a good beauty day!

 

We are offering a deluxe sample of our top-selling skin-healer, Argan Infusion Lavender. This is the ultimate elixir if you are currently experiencing any of the following skin symptoms: Redness, acne, excess oil, sensitive skin, rosacea, eczema, inflammation of any kind. Skin heals from within and most clients see results within a few hours.

 

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If you’re not close to Santa Monica and unable to try our Lavender Argan Infusion in person, no fret! You can now purchase samples on our website here. Please don’t hesitate to email us with any additional questions at info@skinowl.com.

 

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See you all at the TestTube!

 

 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Feed Your Beauty: Not-Your-Average Guacamole

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We have tasted a lot of Guacamole. A LOT. Spicy, salty, citrusy. You name it, we’ve dipped a chip or veggie into it. We can’t get enough of this skin-smoothing, nutrient-soaked dip. Instead of leaving it all to fate, we decided to share our favorite recipe, in the hopes that it leaves you saying, “Wow, now that’s a GOOD GUAC!” The best part, it’s EASY. Follow along with us below!

 

What You Need:

 

1/2 small red onion chopped

1 small jalapeño

5 small ripe avocados, pits removed

1 teaspoon + 2 hearty pinches salt

3 juicy limes

1 large handful of chopped cilantro

 

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How to Make: 

 

Rinse, deseed and finely chop jalapeño. In a large mixing bowl combine chopped onions, avocados, juice of 2 1/2 limes, chopped jalapeño, and salt. Mash with a fork leaving large chunks. Add additional lime juice and salt to taste. Place 3 avocado pits in guacamole (some people believe this keeps the guacamole from browning, I personally just love how it looks. Lastly, garnish with a hefty handful of chopped cilantro and serve immediately. Enjoy with baby carrots or your favorite Blue Corn Chip! Label this, YUM.

 

SkinOwl Avocado Skin-Tip: Create a moisturizing mask with this nourishing delicacy! Pit the fruit, puree the pulp, and pat it on your face. The oil acts as an emollient. It also contains beneficial vitamin E that will nourish and smooth the skin, while leaving you with a dewy glow. Sounds good to us!

 

** Special shout-out to A House in the Hills for inspiring this amazing recipe!

 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Things We Love: DIY Mason Jar Herb Garden

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Herbs. Sigh. It’s no surprise that we LOVE them. If you’ve ever used our skin-perfecting facial oil, Argan Infusion, you’ve experienced the essence of pure Lavender, Geranium, and Clary Sage. The aroma is intoxicating and has the ability to transform our mood instantly. So, it’s no wonder why we want the delicious smell of various herbs hanging from our kitchen wall. We’ve got the skinny on how to make this hanging herb garden in the comfort of your own home. Follow along!

 

What you Need:

old wooden board (or a piece of painted wood found by a torn down home)

mason jars

pipe clamps

triangle ring hangers

stainless hanging wire

picture hanger

chalkboard paint & chalk

brush

hammer, nails and screwdriver

herbs

 

What To Do:

Space mason jars evenly on wooden board, and mark placement with a pencil in order to design and measure around.

Tape off rectangles on board, and paint with chalkboard paint as pictured above. This way, you can switch out herbs and change their labels accordingly.

Paint pipe clamps gold, and secure to wooden board by hammering a nail through the small holes in the pipe clamp.

On back of board, nail in ring hangers and tie on hanging wire.

Plant herbs in mason jars.

Place mason jars into pipe clamps and tighten with a screwdriver.

Nail picture hanger into the wall, and hang your herb display!

Breathe IN!

 

VOILA!