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.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Skinny Tips: Pop an Ice Cube

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Need an easy way to de-puff and de-stress your skin?  Pop an ice cube! Sucking on an ice cube chills all of the millions of cells in the cheeks and face, resulting in plump, rejuvenated skin. Whether you’ve had a few too many cocktails the night before or didn’t catch enough zzz’s, this quick trick is sure to jumpstart your cells and add a bit more H2O  to the day.

 

Fun fact: When used externally, ice freezes the pores, removing extra oil and dirt from your skin. Rubbing ice cubes on face means less swelling on the larger, more painful pimples.

 

Happy Ice-ing!

 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Feed Your Beauty: Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls

We love protein! Not only is it yummy and filling, but eating enough protein helps to build collagen, which helps the skin appear (and feel) supple. Proteins are necessary for tissue repair and for the construction of new skin tissue. Every skin cell needs protein to maintain its life. Protein is also the primary substance used to “replace” worn-out or dead skin cells.  In other words, getting enough protein in your diet will help you maintain youthful skin! Which is why we were super excited when we came across this recipe for Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls. The combo of quinoa and chicken give it a double dose of protein! So go ahead and make this your next meal, your skin will thank you for it!

 

chipotle chicken bowl recipe

Ingredients:

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1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons adobo sauce, from a can of chipotles in adobo
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey mustard
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
4 garlic cloves, minced

 

salad
6 cups spring greens
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup torn fresh cilantro
4 green onions, sliced
1 avocado, sliced
1 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 tablespoon honey

 

lime quinoa
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
1 cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock, or even water
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 lime, juiced and zest freshly grated
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

 

Directions:

Add the chicken breasts to a baking dish or ziplock bag and season with salt and pepper. In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, adobo, honey, mustards, cilantro and garlic. Pour the marinade over the chicken, covering it evenly. Place it in the fridge and marinate for at least 2 hours, or even overnight.

 

When you’re ready to make the meal, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add a tiny bit of olive oil and add the chicken, then cover the skillet and cook until the chicken is deeply browned on both sides and cooked in the center, about 6 minutes per side.

 

To make the salads, add the greens in a large bowl and toss them with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Add the chicken on top along with the quinoa, the tomatoes, cilantro, green onions and avocado. Drizzle the bowl with the lime juice, olive oil and honey. Serve!

 

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Add the quinoa and stock (or water) to a saucepan over high heat and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover the pot. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed. Stir in the coconut oil (you can swap butter), lime juice, zest, salt and pepper.

 

Source: How Sweet It Is