Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Skingredients: Eye+

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Ever since our new eye cream launched on Tuesday, all we’ve been hearing is, “What kinda magic is in this jar?!” Instead of throwing out a bunch of ingredient names, we decided to go one step further and let you know WHY they work. We know there are a lot of eye creams, serums, oils and treatments to choose from, which is why we spent the last year researching countless ingredient combinations. You want the best. You deserve the best. So, let’s get to it! Here’s a look at which seven power-ingredients are leaving you de-puffed, de-stressed, brightened, and tightened:

 

Hyaluronic Acid – Need we say anymore? Have you ever seen a dry sponge after you spray it with water? It puffs up, thickens, and plumps. This is exactly what Hyaluronic Acid does to the skin. Bye bye lines and creases!

 

Oligopeptides – Clusters of amino acids is what makes up oligo (meaning, several) peptide chains. Not only do they stimulate the deeper, matrix layers of the skin, but they also increase overall collagen production & help the skin to heal wounds faster. Yes please!

 

Cucumber – Follow along. Put a slice of cucumber on each of your eyes. Lie down. Now, give it a minute. What do you feel? Tingling? Does it almost feel like your eyeballs are being sucked out of their socket? YEP. The enzymes in cucumbers de-puff under eye bags within minutes. Keep it in the fridge and watch how the cucumber activates even more.

 

Aloe – Nature’s little healer! Not only does aloe calm and nurture, but it also aids in smoothing and silkening the skin. If you notice your under-eye area is softer, you can thank the Aloe for that!

 

Licorice – It’s all about the Galbridin! The galbridin compound in licorice is what helps to fade dark circles and brighten the skin from within. It works by inhibiting melanin (the cells that gives our skin pigment, yep, even dark circles and dark spots) and produces a whitening of the skin. It was also found to have sunscreen properties that help protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays. Go licorice!

 

Gingko Biloba – Ginkgo Biloba, how much do we love thee! This polyphenol-rich antioxidant has been found to improve the skin’s protection from UVB rays and improve the production of collagen, which helps to keep the skin firm and youthful. Did someone say YOUTH? Nothing wrong with that.

 

And finally…

 

Periwinkle – Don’t be fooled by the fact that this is listed last. Periwinkle is a STAR ingredient, known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Late night or long flight? Periwinkle will help awaken, de-puff, and de-stress. Anything that fights stress is a friend of ours.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Promos: Introducing Eye Plus

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FINALLY. After a full year of ingredient testing, we are THRILLED to introduce our latest innovation in under-eye perfection. Eye+ is a cocktail of powerhouse ingredients that aid in the overall nourishment and health of your delicate eye area. Upon opening the jar, you are greeted with the fresh scent of pure cucumber. The cooling effect immediately takes place, resulting in tight, firm skin.

 

Hyaluronic Acid, periwinkle, and licorice ensure that deep penetration transform crepe-paper skin into healthy, resilient, and firm skin around your eyes. Cucumber de-puffs. Aloe smooths and silkens. The ultimate concentrate to combat fatigued, tired, run-down skin.

 

Suggested Use

Dab around eyes, forehead and cheek area. Can be used as an all over face treatment. Safe to use morning and night. Can be used under makeup.

 

Key Ingredients

Aloe, Cucumber, Organic Jojoba Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Oligopeptides, Licorice, and Periwinkle

 

Annie’s Tip

Store in the refrigerator. Chilling the eye treatment will activate the cucumber enzymes and aid in increasing circulation and minimizing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

 

Get your very own now.

 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Feed Your Beauty: Lavender Collins Cocktail

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How much do we love Lavender? It’s actually hard to put into words why this little purple plant makes our heart flutter, but with all of Lavender’s nurturing, healing, and anti-inflammatory benefits, how could we not want to drink it as well!

 

Cue the Lavender Collins Cocktail. Nothing says, “TGIF” more than this mouth-watering, sip-worthy treat. Drink it in the garden reading a book solo, with your girlfriends, or with your honey. Anyway you sip it, it will for sure go down smooth. Here’s the skinny:

 

YOU WILL NEED (per cocktail)

 

1 1/2 oz Jensens Bermondsey Gin

 

3/4 oz fresh lemon juice

 

1/2 oz lavender syrup ( method below)

 

3 oz club soda

 

Sprig of lavender for garnish

 

To make the lavender syrup:

 

1 cup water

 

3 tbsp fresh or dried lavender flowers

 

2 cups sugar

 

METHOD

 

Firstly to make the lavender syrup, bring water and lavender to the boil in a saucepan, using a wooden spoon stir in sugar until it is completely dissolved  Reduce heat and simmer for 5 mins. Remove from the heat and allow to cool with the lavender, once cooled strain flowers away. This will store for 1 week in the fridge.

 

To make the Lavender Collins, transfer all ingredients except club soda into a cocktail shaker and mix. Pour into a long glass full of ice. Top up with the club soda and a sprig of lavender to decorate.

 

(Special thanks to Couture Craft for showing us the way with this amazing cocktail!)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Skinny Tips: Baby Rose Body Scrub

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We love everything about Roses! The smell, the touch, and especially, their nourishing, healing ability to calm and de-flame the skin from the inside out. Throw in sugar and our deliciously soothing and smoothing Body Oil and we might have found the best solution to slough off dry, dull, winter skin. Whether you’re making this for yourself or passing off this mason jar to someone special (house warming, baby shower, etc), you are sure to brighten the day 100-fold.

 

For this DIY sugar scrub recipe, you will need:

 

1.5 cups of plain white sugar

1/4 cup of baby oil

12 rose petals

a food processor

a pretty jar (we love clear mason jars)

 

Here’s how this magical little rose scrub comes together. It’s easy peasy! Just mix and voila!

 

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Ooh La Trend: Cuticle Art

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First came the nail polish, then came the nail art, then came…The Cuticle Art! We are watching this trend take off here in Los Angeles and we couldn’t be more excited to express our nail-love in such a fun, quirky way. We think this might be the biggest thing to hit our hands since stiletto nails! Check out the guide above for tips and tricks on how to make the best of your nails shape and polish color.

 

Prep and moisturize your cuticles with our Argan Infusions for maximum WOW. This delicious treatment will penetrate deeply to nourish the delicate area, so that all of the attention goes straight to your fabulous nails. No need to worry about anything else stealing the show!

 

Have fun!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Skinny Tips: Mascara as Eyeliner

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We’re all about keeping our morning regimen easy and SIMPLE. Sometimes, that means using one product to do two things. In this case, we’re using our black and brown mascaras as eyeliners. Not only does it give us a pigmented, inky finish, but it also stays on our lids throughout our busy day. This is a great tool for when you want a more dramatic look, such as a cat eye, or a less smudgy finish  (that sometimes comes with using pencils and powders).

 

Feel free to use your favorite mascara and post a picture on Instagram tagging @SkinOwl! We’d love to see the end result!

 

Happy lining, beauties!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Fabulous Faces: Street Skin (New York City)

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New York might be experiencing a cold front, but that didn’t stop us from storming the streets in search of beautiful skin. Be it freckles, wisdom lines, or soft baby skin, we are always smitten by the beautiful complexions we see on a day to day basis. We decided to take these compliments to the next level, in the hopes of brightening someone’s day. Sometimes, all it takes is one little compliment to put back the pep in your step!

 

While walking on along 22nd St in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, we spotted Stephanie’s peaches and cream complexion. All bundled up, amidst the cold, Stephanie still managed to glow (and with no makeup on!) from several steps away. We stopped her and told her how fabulous her skin was and her eyes lit up! Sometimes, the easiest compliment is just to say what you see! She was on her way to the grocery store and was kind enough to stop and let us pass along a compliment!

 

Next stop, Los Angeles! Stay tuned for the next edition of Street Skin! It could be you :)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Things We Love: What’s on your Playlist?

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Dealing with many of life’s challenges can feel like swimming upstream! We don’t have all the answers or all the tools to cope with everything thrown our way, which is why it’s so important to relish in the little things that bring us happiness and ease. Be it a skincare regimen that we can rely on or an amazing playlist championing us through our sunny run around the neighborhood, it’s important to bask in the moments that KEEP US GOING amidst all of life’s chaos.

 

That said, we can’t get enough of all of the tunes on the radio. They inspire us to get out and put one foot in front of the other. Plus, the right song can keep our glow going all day long!

 

So, we wanna know? What’s on YOUR playlist? What’s getting you through your car ride to work, your run on the treadmill or your Monday?

 

 

 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Skinny Tips: The Perfect Blush Color

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We’ve all been there. Going from counter to counter, looking for the perfect cheek color, either looking TOO flushed or “Not-Enoughed.” Well, roam no more! Check out the chart above and choose your favorite hue based on your complexion. If you’re still confused, just remember this: Light skin looks best with light pigments. Darker skin tones look best in brights. If you still don’t know where to start, check out a few of our favorite brands and colors below.

 

Fair Skin Favorites:

Jouer’s Mineral Powder Blush in Blossom

 

Medium Skin Favorites:

W3LL PEOPLE’s Universalist Colorstick in No. 1

 

Olive Skin Favorites:

Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Natural Beauty

 

Dark Skin Favorites:

RMS Beauty’s Lip2Cheek in Beloved

 

Have fun blushing! Any questions, email us at info@skinowl.com

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Feed Your Beauty: Watermelon Cake

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Watermelon. That is all we needed to know about this recipe from Paleo Cupboard. We’ve talked incessantly about the benefit of juicy, red fruits for the skin, and watermelon is no exception. Studies have shown that deep red varieties of watermelon have displaced the tomato as the lycopene king. Research also shows that watermelon cuts the risk of sun related skin damage by 40%, due to the fact that watermelon is full of antioxidants that kill the UV-induced free radicals that cause sunburn and wrinkling. Watermelon can ALSO help improve sleep! By eating a few slices of this fruit after dinner, you extend the deep stages of sleep by 27%. According to saidaonline.com, the reason is watermelon’s polysaccharide carbohydrates rev the body’s output of serotonin. When levels of serotonin increase at night, the brain is less sensitive to disruptive stimuli (like noise) during sleep. Ok, let’s cut into this juicy treat already! Here you go:

 

Ingredients:

– 1 large seedless watermelon (see how to cut it “cake-like” here)

– 2 cans full fat coconut milk (left in fridge for 6 hours or more)

– 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

– 1 Tbsp. raw honey

– 1 cup sliced raw almonds or shredded coconut

– Seasonal fresh fruit (for topping)

 

Directions:

TO MAKE THE COCONUT WHIPPED CREAM

1. Make sure to place the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours (or overnight). This will cause the cream to separate from the milk. The cream will be at the top of the can.

2. Open the can of coconut milk and scrape out the cream into a medium sized bowl. Hint: I always open the can from the bottom and pour the milk out into a separate container before scraping out the cream. You can use the saved milk for smoothies and other recipes.

3. Add the vanilla and raw honey to the mixture. Whip the cream with a hand mixer on medium speed and work your way up to high speed until the cream is fluffy. Place the bowl of whipped cream in the fridge until ready to use.

 

TO MAKE THE TOASTED ALMONDS OR COCONUT:

1. Place a medium sized skillet over medium-high heat and allow the pan to get hot.

2. Add the sliced almonds or shredded coconut and toss in the pan until they are toasted and turn a light brown color. Remove from pan and set aside to cool.

3. Dip the outside edge of each slice into the coconut whipped cream and then into the toasted almonds or coconut, and reassemble the wedges into the cake shape on a serving platter. Top with more whipped coconut cream and your favorite fresh fruit (I used blackberries, strawberries and kiwi). Serve or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.