Monday, June 10, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Quinoa Salad w/Peas, Favas, Lemon, and Feta

If you’re looking for a fresh, light summer salad that will still fill you up than check out this amazing Quinoa Salad w/Peas, Favas, Lemon, and Feta that we found!  This salad is packed full of protein which will leave you satisfied long after the plate has been cleared.  PLUS, one of the key ingredients is Fava Beans which are very high in Potassium.  What does that mean for your skin?  It just so happens that Potassium keeps your cells hydrated and your skin internally moisturized!  No one wants dry, cracked skin, and eating enough Potassium can help your skin stay hydrated from the inside out!

 

quinoa fava bean pea lemon salad

 

Ingredients:

2 cups chicken stock or water
2 ½ teaspoons salt
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
¾ cup English peas
¾ cup fava beans
2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
½ cup watercress
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
¼ cup olive oil
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

 

Instructions:

In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken stock and ½ teaspoon of the salt to a boil. Add the quinoa, lower the heat to a simmer, cover the pan, and cook for 15 minutes. The quinoa will absorb all the water. Transfer to a large bowl to cool, about 15 minutes.

 

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring about 3 cups water and the remaining 2 teaspoons salt to a boil. Blanch the peas and lima beans in the water for about 1 minute. Drain the water and immediately submerge the peas and lima beans in a bowl of ice water. This will stop the cooking process and keep their color.

 

Add the blanched peas, lima beans, and the rest of the ingredients to the bowl with the quinoa. Toss and serve at room temperature or chilled.

 

Source: Canelle et Vanille

Monday, June 10, 2013

Wise Words: The Future Is Exciting

exciting future

 

Sometimes life gets monotonous and it’s hard to remember that there are so many exciting things ahead!  In these moments, we recommend breaking up your regular day a bit. Go to an art exhibit on your lunch hour, see that foreign film you’ve been hearing so much about, take a cooking class, join the company softball team, volunteer at a local animal shelter!  When you give yourself new things to do or take up a new activity, you easily remind yourself just how exciting (and productive) life can be!  Remember, it only takes one small thing to make all the difference!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Ooh La Trend: Tribal Nail Art

Once again, tribal prints are a huge trend in the world of clothing this summer, so we figured it was only a matter of time before tribal made its way to our nails! These prints are expressive and exciting, and as always, we love the fact that you can take any trend and keep it simple and neutral, OR take it to the extreme with bold colors and shapes!

 

Check out some of the fun tribal nail art that inspired us…

tribal nails blue grey

 

tribal nails yellow red

 

tribal nails pink blue

 

tribal nails orange yellow pink

tribal nails blue orange

 

 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Skinny Tips: DIY Coconut Body Scrub

Coconut Oil is great for your skin!  It provides moisture and helps to strengthen underlying tissues which increases the elasticity of your skin and leads to a glowing, youthful appearance!  We were so excited when we came across this DIY for Coconut Body Scrub (you can choose a sugar scrub or a salt scrub, depending on your preference).  These cost effective scrubs are easy to make, and keep in your shower, so that you can always have soft, radiant skin from all natural ingredients!

 

All you need are the ingredients below (and maybe even a fun Mason Jar!) Enjoy!

diy salt sugar coconut body scrub lavender

 

SALT SCRUB:

1/2 cup of organic sea salt
1/3 cup of organic raw sugar or 1/3 cup of organic cane sugar {tip: cane sugar is softer than the raw}
1 cup of room temperature coconut oil {best when it has a liquid consistency}
30 drops of SkinOwl Argan Infusion Oil (or other essential oil of your choice)

 

OR

 

SUGAR SCRUB:

1/2 cup of organic raw sugar or 1/2 cup of organic cane sugar {tip: cane sugar is softer than the raw}
1/3 cup of organic sea salt
1 cup of coconut oil {best when it has a liquid consistency}
30 drops of SkinOwl Argan Infusion Oil (or other essential oil of your choice)

 

Add ingredients in order listed above, topping it off with coconut oil {add more coconut oil if you like it less dry}. Then, add essential oil and stir with a butter knife. Tip-the coconut oil may go back to a more solid form, add 1/4 cup of almond oil to create a liquid consistency again or more coconut oil.

 

Modified from: Social Graces

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Promos: 25% Off Jouer Cosmetics

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jouer cosmetics 25 percent off sale

It’s no surprise that we love layering Jouer Cosmetics over our infused Facial Oils.  Jouer offers a timeless color palette, that is made with rich botanicals and replenishing ingredients, and presented in smart, practical, and portable packaging!

 

In fact, we love this line so much that we are giving away an EXCLUSIVE discount code for 25% off your entire JouerCosmetics.Com order!  All you have to do to get the code is sign up for our mailing list HERE and the discount code will be sent immediately to your inbox!

 

Have questions about what products and colors will look best on you? Email our team at Info@SkinOwl.Com.

 

Happy Shopping!

 

P.S. The Moisture Tint just might be the best kept secret in makeup!  You heard it from us!

 

 

 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Wise Words: Who You Want To Be

who you are

 

Be proactive!  It is so easy to sit around and wish your life away.  But who wants a wishbone where our backbone should be! Wishes only become reality when you spring into action.  You can achieve any goal you set your mind to, you just have to DO IT! Taking that first step is always the hardest.  So set small goals, take baby steps, and before you know it you’ll be reaching your larger goals, which is when who you are and who you want to be become one and the same!

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Vegan Black Bean Tacos

For all the vegan beauties out there (or for those of us who just like delicious food, vegan or otherwise) you must check out this delicious recipe for Vegan Black Bean Tacos!  The reason we love this particular recipe is because it uses Black Beans as a protein which will fill you up AND make your skin look great!  Black beans are rich in anti-oxidants which help to retain the skin’s moisture and suppleness therefore leaving your complexion radiant! In fact, both Japanese and South Korean cosmetics companies have develop skin care products using black bean extract!

 

So go ahead and serve these tacos at your next summer soiree and you will have some satisfied, and glowing, guests!

 

black bean vegan taco avocado

INGREDIENTS:
(Makes Tacos for 4)

 

For the Beans:
2 carrots, small diced
1 large onion, small diced
3 cloves garlic, zested
1 lb black beans, pre-soaked
Corn tortillas (See tortilla recipe here)

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Soak the black beans overnight, then drain and discard the soaking liquid. You can also quick soak them by placing them in a large pot, covering them with cold water, and bringing the water up to a boil. Then strain and discard the liquid.
In another pasta pot, sweat the carrots and onions in olive oil until softened. Add the zested garlic and cook for a minute more. Then add the black beans and cover with water. Make sure theres about 1-2 inches of water above the beans and simmer until beans are cooked through, about 2 hours.
Once the beans are cooked, season with salt and pepper and allow to cool.
Warm the tortillas and fill with beans and below ingredients.

 

 

For the Tomato Salad:
Mix the ingredients together and let sit for about 15 minutes before serving.

 

1 pint cherry tomatoes, diced
1 clove garlic, zested
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper

 

For the Peppers:
Mix the ingredients together and let sit for about 15 minutes before serving.

 

3 large bell peppers
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

 

For the Cilantro Salsa:
Mix the ingredients together and let sit for about 15 minutes before serving.

 

1 tbsp cilantro, chiffonnade
½ jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced
½ shallot, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 lime, zested and juiced
Salt and pepper

 

Source: The Bite Sized Blog