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

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Skingredients: SkinOwl’s EYE

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So, obviously EYE is great for use around the delicate eye area, but did you know that it’s also great to put on fine lines around the lips and laugh lines around the mouth!

For product info click HERE!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Wise Words: Advice From a Tree

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At SkinOwl, we love to draw inspiration from the natural world around us. Apparently, we’ve got a lot to learn from trees! In the end, it’s all about being true to yourself, taking risks, and appreciating life’s journey. Who knew trees were so wise? :)

 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Skinny Tips: Free Samples From Sephora

Leave it to beauty product mecca, Sephora, to give us an offer we can’t refuse.

Sign up to be a Beauty Insider and you will get 10 free samples, with any $25 purchase on Sephora.com. Already a member? Just login and start shopping! Use Discount Code
SKINSAMPLER. The best part? We are huge fans of many of the brands they’re sampling!
You’ll get to try Boscia, one of our favorite botanical skincare lines…
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… And Dr. Dennis Gross …
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PLUS, you’ll get  to choose an additional two full size product samples when you use Discount Code 2013 :)
Make sure you order before January 22nd to get DOUBLE your Beauty Insider Points!
Too much amazingness. We thought you’d agree :)
Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Nature’s Flu Shots

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Flu season is in full swing! Whether you are getting the flu shot or not, it’s always a good idea to boost your immune system with pure, natural foods!  Not only is the taste of tart lemon and spicy cayenne our kind of remedy, but one dose made us feel on top of our game! We’ve got to preserve your amazingness somehow. This seemed like a great place to start!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Call Of The Owl: Shower Caddy

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Looking for a way to give your bathroom a little pizazz? Add an OWL!  How adorable is this Owl Shower Caddy from Urban Outfitters? This is SkinOwl Approved! We just had to have it! Click HERE for product info.

 

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Vegetarian Quinoa Chili

Want a hearty, delicious chili that happens to be healthy? And makes your skin glow? Look no further!  This chili is vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free… and yummy! Chalk full of veggies, cumin, and fiber-friendly beans! Our skin approves!

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Vegetarian Quinoa Chili

Ingredients:

1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed

1 cup water

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 small onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 jalapeno pepper, diced

1 large carrot, peeled and chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 medium zucchini, chopped

2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed

1 (15 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

3 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes

1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

2-3 tablespoons chili powder, depending on your taste (we used 3)

1 tablespoon ground cumin

Salt and black pepper, to taste

Optional toppings: green onions, avocado slices, cheese, sour cream, Greek yogurt, chips, crackers, etc.

Directions:

1. In a medium sauce pan, combine the
quinoa and water. Cook over medium heat until water is absorbed, about
15 minutes. Set aside.

2. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over high heat. Add the onion
and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, jalapeño,
carrot, celery, peppers, and zucchini. Cook until vegetables are tender,
about 10 minutes.

3. Add the black beans, kidney beans, tomatoes, and tomato sauce.
Stir in the cooked quinoa. Season with chili powder, cumin, salt, and
black pepper. Simmer chili on low for about 30 minutes. Serve warm.

Note-garnish the chili with green onions, avocado slices, cheese,
sour cream/Greek yogurt, chips, crackers, if desired. This chili freezes
well.

Recipe source: Two Peas & Their Pod Blog

Monday, January 14, 2013

Fabulous Faces: Golden Globes

Last night, at the Golden Globes, some of our favorite celebs proved that when it comes to makeup, LESS IS MORE.  The smoky eye and matte foundation took a back seat, while dewy skin and one pop of color took the wheel!

 

Jennifer Lopez captivated with peaches and cream skin, Amanda Seyfried took the term “natural beauty” to the next level, while Jessica Alba & Marion Cotillard popped one bright hue against their flawless complexion. Now, THAT is glamour!

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Who were your favorites?

Friday, January 11, 2013

Call Of The Owl: Rainbow Owl

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Meet The Rainbow Owl, a rare species of owl found in hardwood forests in the western United States and parts of China.  How gorgeous is this creature?!  Don’t worry, Owlene, not as beautiful as you!

 

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