Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Gingersnap Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwiches

It just wouldn’t be the holiday season without a little peppermint treat! So when we found this recipe for Gingersnap Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwiches we had to roll our tongues back in our mouths! Not only is this the perfect holiday treat BUT it is made with coconut milk which is simply skin-ful! Coconut milk is rich in vitamins A and C, calcium, iron and natural proteins, all of which contribute to smooth and radiant skin! It hydrates dry skin, improves skin elasticity, and you can even use the leftover coconut milk as a natural make-up remover by mixing it with some coconut oil! So go ahead and indulge in this incredible dessert!
gingersnap peppermint ice cream sandwiches
Ingredients:

14-ounce can regular coconut milk
14-ounce can light coconut milk
½ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
Soft ginger molasses cookies

4 candy canes or assorted peppermint candies

 

Instructions:

The night before serving, make the ice cream: In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cans coconut milk, ½ cup honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 2 teaspoons peppermint extract. Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker (or make it without the machine). Transfer to a sealable container and freeze overnight.

 

Make the ginger cookies. To make mini cookies as pictured above, roll dough into into ¾ to 1-inch balls. Cool cookies completely before assembly.

 

To assemble, crush the candy canes by placing them in a sealable bag and crushing with a rolling pin. On each cookie, spread some peppermint ice cream; top with another cookie. Roll the outside of the ice cream with peppermint candies (or use your fingers to line the ice cream). Freeze in a sealable container. Serve frozen within a few minutes from removing from the freezer.

 

Source: A Couple Cooks

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Skingredients: Red and Black Currant

red and black currant radiance candle skinowl holiday gift

As you may have already noticed, aromatherapy plays a huge role in all of our products. Flowers, herbs and scents have the power to calm our minds or alert our senses. For this holiday season, we’ve created two candles that will do both! Red & Black Currants mix together in our Radiance candle to exude an earthy, citrusy, and fresh scent!  This candle is perfect for stimulating the senses with its tart and tangy undertones. It sets the tone for productivity, accomplishment and multi-tasking. We like to light this candle early in the day because its invigorating aroma gets us moving towards life’s many adventures. Just light and be immediately get the started with gusto and optimism….

 

Start the day with our Red & Black Currant Radiance candle HERE!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Wise Words: Bad Day

There are bad days, and then there are BAD days! We’ve all had those days that make us feel like throwing in the towel! But when you think about it, what is one day in the course of a whole life?! Even one day out of a whole week! We love to look at statistics because they are based on facts… For example, if you have one really bad day this week but six good days, or even just regular days, that means that you have had WAY more good than bad in your week!  So why let the one bad day interfere with the six other days… or better yet, why not let the six good days outweigh the one bad day?  After all, statistically speaking, that makes a lot of sense! We know that when something bad happens, it can seem like it outweighs the good, but when you look at the facts, it actually doesn’t. Join us in keeping our eye on the BIG picture vs. the BAD day.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Skingredients: Peppermint Oil

skinowl sweet mint peppermint oil natural lip balm

 

Right now we are giving away a Sweet Mint lip balm with every $100 purchase on SkinOwl.com! This limited edition balm is made with plumping peppermint oil, which does wonders for your lips! This oil is comprised of vitamins A and C, omega-3 fatty acids, and minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, magnesium, calcium, and copper. That’s a lot of goodness helping to nourish, plump, and heal your lush lips! Plus, peppermint oil is a natural antiseptic and can keep blemishes at bay. Our favorite part? We love the smooth, cooling effect that is has as we smooth some Sweet Mint lip balm on to our lips, and we can’t get enough of the dewy finish.

 

Pop over to SkinOwl.com to get your free gift of Sweet Mint lip balm with your purchase of $100 or more! Enjoy!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Skinny Tips: The Big Braided Bun Tutorial

The holidays are here which means it’s party season! Between Christmas and New Years there are just so many events to attend, so give your hair a new and fabulous look with this incredible Big Braided Bun! We love this look because it has the elegance of a bun with the whimsy of a braid. With this look you can be boho and sophisticated at the same time, what a perfect way to end one year and begin another!
big bun and braid tutorial

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Skingredients: Gardenia

gardenia glow candle skinowl aromatherapy

As you may have already noticed, aromatherapy plays a huge role in all of our products. Flowers, herbs and scents have the power to calm our minds or alert our senses. For this holiday season, we’ve created two candles that will do both! We can’t get enough of the enchanting scent of Gardenia, which is why we included it in our Glow candle! The soothing aroma of Gardenia is known for its antidepressant properties.  This scent possesses the ability to calm your nerves, which is why we love to light it at night before bed.  Simply light this candle and find yourself drifting into a state of sweet scented relaxation…

 

Pick up your Gardenia Glow Candle HERE!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

It’s winter and we are warming our bellies with comfort foods….like soup! We found a creamy, delicious, and nutritious recipe for Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup that we just had to pass along.  This soup offers a beta-carotene double dose, which means that by eating this soup you will be helping your skin combat free radicals which can result in skin aging! So cozy up to a big bowl of orange goodness. You’ll be glowing in no time, inside and out!

creamy carrot and sweet potato soup recipe

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons butter, divided
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 3/4 cups cubed peeled sweet potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds)
3 1/2 cups water
3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
3 cups chopped carrot (about 1 pound)
1/4 cup half-and-half
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

 

Instructions:

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion to pan; cook 4 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in cinnamon and nutmeg; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Move onion mixture to side of pan; add remaining 2 tablespoons butter to open space in pan. Increase heat to medium-high; cook 1 minute or until butter begins to brown. Add sweet potatoes, 3 1/2 cups water, broth, and carrot; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 35 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

 

Place half of soup mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining soup mixture. Stir in half-and-half, salt, and pepper. Ladle about 1 cup soup into each of 8 bowls; top each serving with about 2 teaspoons sour cream and 3/4 teaspoon parsley.

 

Source: My Recipes

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Things We Love: Winter Neutrals

One of our favorite makeup looks for winter is a face full of neutral tones.  Using soft browns, peaches, nudes, and golds can make for a look that is both frosty and warm with an ethereal glow!  Here are a few of our favorite neutral palette inspirations …
nude eye shadow

neutral makeup

 

neutral makeup 2

 

neutral makeup 3

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Wise Words: Dreams

Dreaming is a wonderful thing. It gives us hope, makes us happy, and most importantly, gives us something to strive for! But as we get older and life goes on, it’s easy to start letting your dreams go. We say, don’t let them stay dreams. We live in a magical world where the impossible is possible! Keep your dreams close to your heart, and fresh in your mind, and don’t let anyone every convince you that you can’t make your dreams come true! Life is too short to think it’s over before your dreams have begun.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Things We Love: Coffee Art

coffee art

 

Is it Monday already?! Sometimes we have a tough time getting out of bed on a Monday… BUT a delicious and beautiful cup of coffee usually helps! Our favorite local L.A. spot is Alfred Coffee & Kitchen! What’s your favorite local spot for a fabulous Cup of Jo in your neighborhood?