Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Things We Love: Sephora $15 and Under Sale

Sephora is celebrating their 15th birthday with a $15 and under sale that is almost too good to be true!  There are a TON of amazing products available right now at incredible prices and we had to make sure our super savvy beauty buffs (that’s you!) didn’t miss out!

We did a bit of sifting for you and found some amazing items that are Sulfate and Paraben free AND SkinOwl approved!  Check out our favorite finds in the sale…

tarte to go golden opportunity kit

Get your summer glow without sitting in the sun!  The Golden Opportunity Tarte-To-Go Kit will give you the bronze you need without harsh chemicals!  Click HERE for product info.

 

great kisser lip balm

 

Summer is the time for romance!  So keep your lips moisturized in natural ingredients with A Great Kisser Lip Balm by Soap & Glory.  For product info click HERE!

 

ole henriksen truth serum collagen booster vitamin c

 

Age is just a number!  Get smooth, radiant skin without the long list of harsh ingredients.  Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster by Ole Henriksen is a must at any age! Click HERE for product info.

 

julep grey nail polish sale

 

Grey is the new black!  Which is why you need the Shades of Grey Set by Julep.  This set normally retails for $42 and now you can get it for only $15!  Grab a set HERE!

 

Those are just our favorites but there are so many more items to choose from!  Pop on over to Sephora and check out this amazing sale!

 

 

 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Skinny Tips: DIY Body Butter

We believe in going as natural as you can possibly go!  So why not make your own Body Butter?  Store bought moisturizers can contain a lot of chemicals which get absorbed into your body through your skin.  So we found a Body Butter DIY that is 100% natural and that you can easily make at home!  So get your double boiler ready and give this recipe a whirl!

 

Want to give it an extra moisture boost? Mix in five drops of your SkinOwl Argan Infusion to take this cream to the next level of aromatherapy.  Choose from Lavender, Geranium, or Clary Sage in our online store for an extra boost of nourishment.

 

diy body butter

 

Makes 2 1/2 to 3 cups whipped butter.

 

Ingredients:

1 cup Organic, raw shea butter
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup almond oil

 

Instructions:

Melt shea butter and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes.
Stir in almond oil and SkinOwl Argan Infusion Oil (or essential oils of your choosing).
Place oil mixture in freezer or outside to chill.
Wait until oils start to partially solidify then whip until a butter-like consistency is achieved.
Place in clean, glass jar and enjoy! A little goes a long way.

 

Tips:

1. You can use what ever oils you wish, just make sure you keep the ratio 75% solid to 25% liquid.

2. The chilling step is crucial. If you don’t chill it properly, it won’t whip or stay whipped. About 20 minutes in the freezer usually does the trick for this batch. Make sure you scrape down the sides before mixing.

3. Since this recipe does not contain any water, it will not mold. You should keep in a cool place but it does not have to be refrigerated.

4. We do not know the exact shelf life but it should keep at least a few months, plus.

5. The body butter melts as it goes on and gets a little oily but absorbs beautifully, quickly and leaves your skin very soft.

 

Source: RawMazing

 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Wise Words: Bloom Where You Are Planted

bloom where you are planted

 

“The grass is greener on the other side” is for the birds! We prefer, “the grass is greener where you water it.”  It is easy to look at what others have or what is going on in someone else’s life and think that you are missing out. Similarly, it might seem that others might have more or have it easier than you do.  In these moments, it’s best to take. a. step. back.  Life is all about our perception of things. In the end, we all have ability to bloom where we are planted!  In other words, make the most of what you have and your own surroundings.  If you are able to see the bright side and choose happiness than you will always have everything you need right at your disposal!

 

What is one of your favorite things about your life right NOW?

 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Baked Herb and Pistachio Falafel

Pistachios are a great source of vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant, so consuming a lot of vitamin E can lead to healthier and more beautiful skin!  Plus, Vitamin E is known to protect the skin from UV damage, providing daily defense against premature aging and skin cancer.

 

All of the above, plus the delicious taste, are why we love this recipe for Baked Herb and Pistachio Falafel!  So go ahead and give it a try, your skin will thank you for it!

 

falafel recipe

BAKED HERB + PISTACHIO FALAFEL // Makes about 20

 

Ingredients:

12 sprigs of mint
12 sprigs of parsley or cilantro
1 cup shelled pistachio nuts
2 cups chickpeas, cooked or canned
2 garlic cloves
1/2 small yellow onion
3 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 T. buckwheat flour (or another flour of choice)
1 tsp. baking soda
hearty pinch of salt
/ tomato chili salsa /
2 cups diced tomatoes (I used baby tomatoes)
1/2 a small red chile, seeded and finely chopped (one jalepeno works)
1 garlic clove
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 T. fresh chopped oregano
pinch of sea salt and fresh ground pepper

 

collard leaves, cabbage or pita bread for serving
fresh herbs for garnish

 

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 375′. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or oiled foil.

 

Pulse the herbs in a food processor. Add the pistachio nuts and pulse again to chop. Add the chickpeas, garlic, onion, oil, cumin, flour and baking soda and blend for thirty seconds, scraping down sides when necessary. You want the mixture a bit rough.

 

Using your hands, form 20 small round falafels. Place them on the parchment lined baking sheet. Bake them for about 15 minutes, flipping halfway through, until browned.

 

Stir all tomato chili salsa ingredients together in another bowl. Allow ingredients to sit for flavors to blend.

 

Make your wraps with the collard, cabbage or pita with a generous spread of the sauce and the tomato chili salsa. Falafels will keep for about a week covered in the fridge.

 

Source:  Sprouted Kitchen

Friday, May 31, 2013

Wise Words: Create A Good Life

create a good life

 

 

It is tempting to reach for the things in life that look good on the outside, be it clothes, cars, or expensive items that make your home or ring finger sparkle. Despite the aesthetic beauty of these things, it’s important to check in with yourself and always make sure that everything in your life (people, places, and things) are also making you feel good on the inside.  Just because something looks good on the outside or “impresses” those around you does not mean it is necessarily making you feel good internally. When you live a life among people you love and that love respect you back, and in a place that makes you feel happy and alive, you are rich in the things that truly matter. Buying something is easy. But feeling your life and the rich fullness of the intangible is what makes it all worth it in the end!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Skin Beauty Salad

We found a salad that is so good for your skin that the chef had to call it the Skin Beauty Salad! Every ingredient is grown or sprouted & packed with skin-loving ingredients like, chickpeas, zucchini, spinach, avocado, and almonds! A few bites of this and your skin will be glowing like the sun from all the nutrients!  Check out the recipe below, your skin will thank you for it…
zucchini spinach salad
Ingredients:
1 can cooked chickpeas
2 big handfuls of baby spinach leaves
1/2 avocado, diced
1 small handful of almonds
1 zucchini, sliced
olive oil, for brushing
2 tablespoons unhulled tahini (or use this recipe)
1/2 lemon, juiced
water
pinch of salt
1 small garlic clove
freshly ground black pepper
Ingredients:
Lightly brush the zucchini slices with olive oil and grill on a pan for a couple of minutes on each side. Set aside.
Combine tahini, lemon juice and grated garlic in a small bowl. Add enough water to form a smooth, runny dressing. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
Place the chickpeas in a bowl and coat them with the tahini dressing.
Place the baby spinach leaves in serving bowls, top with tahini coated chickpeas, diced avocado and the zucchini slices. Sprinkle with soaked almonds (or seeds of choice).
Source: Scandi Home
Thursday, May 30, 2013

Skinny Tips: DIY Lemon Sugar Face Scrub

As summer rolls in and the outside temperature rises, it’s important to exfoliate your skin in order to get rid of dead skin cells on the surface. Sloughing off dead skin and decongesting your pores will give back a healthy glow! As a result, we couldn’t resist sharing this simple and inexpensive Lemon Sugar Face Scrub that you can easily make at home!  Plus, you can swap out salt for sugar and turn into a body scrub as well!
The SkinOwl’s Tip: We love this trick! After exfoliating the skin, apply 5 drops of SkinOwl’s Argan Infusion in Lavender, Geranuim, or Clary Sage to the skin. Watch how the skin slurps up the product now that the pores are open and ready to receive! Cue the glow!
Check it out…
lemon sugar face scrub diy
Ingredients:
1 cup of sugar or baking soda
1/2 cup of coconut oil or olive oil
1 teaspoon of lemon zest
1-2 drops of lemon extract (optional)
1-2 drops of your favorite SkinOwl Argan Infusion Oil (optional)

 

Instructions:
Simply mix all ingredients together and place in an air tight glass container (use baking soda if you have sensitive or dry skin).  In order to use as a body scrub, replace sugar with sea salt or Epson salt.