Friday, February 1, 2013

Fabulous Faces: Just Smile!

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Audrey Hepburn said it best. “Happiest girls are the prettiest.”  We couldn’t agree more!  The most beautiful makeup you can wear is your smile!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Promos: The Parliament

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/ˈpärləmənt/: The literary collective noun for a group of owls.

 

 

The sky’s the limit.

 

Request an Invite by Clicking Above. 

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Wise Words: Love Hoo You Are

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Love yourself for everything you are! So often, we beat ourselves up for all the things we haven’t achieved, don’t yet have and “messed up” along the way. Life is a journey of good and bad, fair and unfair, flaws and fabulousness and everything in between! So, go ahead, revel in the fact that you are enough, with or without lipstick!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Nectarine Pizza with Fresh Basil and Balsamic

If you are going to eat pizza, make it THIS one!! Nectarine AND Basil AND Balsamic?! Sounds delicious to us, AND healthy. You need to treat yourself to some carbs every once in a while and we suggest you start with this recipe :)

 

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Nectarine Pizza with Fresh Basil and Reduced Balsamic

Each pizza serves 1-2 people

pizza dough (recipe below)

Toppings For 1 pizza:

olive oil for greasing

cheese: fresh ricotta, buffalo mozzarella, goat cheese, mascarpone, whatever you like

1 nectarine, sliced thinly, (not paper thin)

shavings of fresh Parmigianno Reggiano

fresh basil

Reduced balsamic:

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1. Place balsamic in a small sauté pan. Turn heat to medium high. Let simmer until reduced and noticeably thick — watch it like a hawk. If it burns, it’s ruined. There’s no salvaging burnt balsamic. Err on the side of under reduced. It reduces more than you expect as it’s cooling. Remove from heat.

Pizza Dough

Adapted from Todd English’s The Figs Table

Makes four 8- to 10-inch pizzas (Serves 1 to 2 people per pizza, dough freezes beautifully)

¼ cup whole wheat flour

3½ cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for rolling

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 2/3 cups lukewarm water

2 teaspoons sugar

2 teaspoons active-dry yeast

2 teaspoons olive oil

1. Place the flours and salt in a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. (Or knead by hand. I have not had luck making this in the food processor — the engine starts smoking after about five minutes.) Combine the water, sugar and yeast in a small bowl and let sit for five minutes until the mixture bubbles slightly. Add the olive oil and stir. With the mixer on low, gradually add the oil-water mixture into the bowl. Knead until the dough is firm and smooth, under 10 minutes. The dough will be very wet and sort of difficult to work with. I liberally coat my hands with flour before attempting to remove it.

2. Divide the dough into four balls, about 7½ ounces each. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. (Be sure to oil the parchment paper.) Place two balls on a sheet. Lightly rub the balls with olive oil, then cover loosely with plastic wrap. The dough is very sticky and wet, so, be sure to coat the balls or the plastic with oil. Let the balls rise in a warm spot until they have doubled in bulk, about two hours.

Note: This dough freezes beautifully. After the initial rise, punch down the dough, wrap it in plastic and place in a Ziplock bag. Freeze for several months. When ready to use, let sit at room temperature for about an hour, then proceed with rolling/topping/baking.

3. To roll out the dough: Dab your fingers in flour and then place one ball on a generously floured work surface. Press down in the center with the tips of your fingers, spreading the dough with your hand. When the dough has doubled in width, use a floured rolling pin (or continue using floured hands if you are skilled at making pizzas) and roll out until it is very thin, like flatbread. The outer portion should be a little thicker than the inner portion. Note: If the dough is being very stubborn, let it rest for 15 to 20 minutes. In this time, the gluten will relax, and the dough will be much easier to work with.

Baking:

1. Preheat the oven to 500ºF. Line a sheetpan with parchment paper or grease lightly with olive oil. Place rolled out dough onto parchment paper or greased pan. Drizzle dough with a little olive oil and with your hand, rub it over the surface to coat evenly.

2. Cover the dough with a layer of cheese — mozzarella, goat cheese, ricotta mascarpone, whatever you wish. Arrange one layer of sliced nectarines or peaches on top of the cheese. Sprinkle the fruit layer with fresh Parmigiano Reggiano. Place pizza in your very hot oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until the crust is slightly brown and the cheese is melting.

3. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with fresh basil or arugula. Drizzle with the reduced balsamic. Slice and serve. Yum.

Recipe Source: Alexandra’s Kitchen

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wise Words: Good Laugh, Long Sleep

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We love this! There are so many quick fixes for things these days, with how fast we all move and how “connected” we want to stay. BUT, there is nothing like a deep belly laugh to make you feel better and a great night’s sleep to rejuvenate and get back on track.  This week, make a little time for yourself and treat yourself to both. Why put off tomorrow what you can do…TODAY!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Call Of The Owl: Anthropologie’s Owl Cookie Jars

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“Hoo” stole the cookie from the cookie jar? Owlene’s latest delivery is sure to be your favorite home decoration! Although Owlene has a bit of a sweet tooth, you can’t blame her when such delicious treats are stored in such adorable jars?!

Just click on the images above to get product info on each jar!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Skingredients: Geranium

How much do we love Geranium? Let us count the ways! 

 

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Geranium oil serves as a natural astringent, antiseptic AND stimulant. You can use this incredible homeopathic oil an assortment of skin conditions, such as acne, dermatitis, congestion, excess oil, eczema, chronic dryness, and stretch marks! 

What can’t it do? We’re not really sure! Which is why it was picked as one of the three essential oils we chose to infuse into our Argan Infusion products. We know people say it all the time, but you’ll see beautiful changes in your skin OVERNIGHT. Start lathering and enjoy the ride to glowing skin!  

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Click HERE to pick up a bottle today!

 

 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Zucchini Carpaccio

This Zucchini Carpaccio is a delicious and healthy dish that makes a great appetizer or salad course!

Special Skingredient Bonus: This salad is made with avocados which contain healthy fats and phytonutrients that offer remarkable benefits to the skin! Soft, supple, youthful, radiant skin is on its way with these power foods!

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Lemon Zest Salt (recipe follows)
  • 3 tablespoons best- quality pistachio oil (such as Leblanc) or extra- virgin olive oil
  • 4 small, fresh zucchini (about 4 ounces each), rinsed and trimmed at both ends
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup salted pistachios
  • 4 fresh lemon thyme sprigs, with flowers if possible
  • Fleur de sel 
  • Lemon Zest Salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest, preferably organic
  • 1 tablespoon fine sea salt

Directions

  1. For the Lemon Zest Salt:
    Combine the lemon zest and salt in the spice grinder, and grind into a
    fine powder. Transfer to a small jar and close with the lid. (Store,
    sealed in the jar, in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. After that the
    lemon flavor will begin to fade.)
  2. For the salad: In the jar, combine the lemon juice and flavored salt. Cover with the lid and shake to blend. Add the oil and shake to blend.

  3. With the mandoline or chef’s
    knife, slice the zucchini lengthwise as thin as possible. Arrange the
    slices on a platter and pour the dressing over them. Tilt the platter
    back and forth to coat the slices evenly. Cover with plastic wrap and
    let marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes, so the zucchini absorbs
    the dressing and does not dry out.
  4. Halve, pit, and peel the avocado,
    and cut it lengthwise into very thin slices. Carefully arrange the
    slices of marinated zucchini on individual salad plates, alternating
    with the avocado slices, slightly overlapping them. Sprinkle with the
    pistachio nuts. Garnish with the thyme sprigs and flowers and fleur de
    sel. Serve.

Recipe Source: Serious Eats

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Skinny Tips: Morning Yoga Sequence

We all know that daily exercise is good for our body and mind, but did you know that many yoga poses are actually good for the skin?!

 

Yoga poses help blood flow to all areas of the body including the head, which leads to good blood circulation around the eyes and cheeks.  Plus yoga, like most exercise, makes you sweat which purifies and detoxes your body and skin.

 

If the thought of going to a yoga class sounds a bit daunting, here are a few simple postures that you can do at home when you wake up in order to get that blood flowing. Go on, get the body sweating, and watch how it trickles positively into every aspect of your day!

 

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What are your favorite yoga poses?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Cucumber Mint Facial Mask Recipe

What’s in a Cucumber? A lot!

 

Cucumbers naturally stay 20 degrees cooler than their environment (hence the term “cool as a cucumber.”) It helps to draw heat out of the skin and has a calming effect. When blended with mint and aloe, this mask becomes a perfect post-sun treat for any skin condition (especially sensitive.) It’s a cinch to make at home and is gentle enough for “junior” spa-lovers to enjoy as well. We recommend applying this mask all the way down the decollete!

 

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Cucumber Mint Mask

¼ cup cucumber, shredded with skin

¼ cup minced fresh mint leaves

½ cup aloe (the real deal, not the fluorescent green stuff)

4 drops lavender essential oil

3 drops chamomile essential oil

  1. Place all ingredients into blender or food processor and blend until reaching a smooth consitency.
  2. Remove cucumber mint puree and place in a small bowl.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  4. Apply mask to clean, damp skin and leave on for at least 15-20 minutes.
  5. Rinse thoroughly with cool water and apply serum or moisturizer of choice.

Recipe Source: Bien-etre