Thursday, December 19, 2013

Skinny Tips: Save or Toss Makeup Expiration Guide

Do you ever find yourself looking through your makeup drawer and wondering just how long some of the items have been in there, and whether or not it’s time to throw them away?! Keeping makeup too long can lead to skin irritation and bacteria build up… and we know we don’t want that! So when we came across this “Save or Toss” Guide on Makeup.com, we just had to pass it along to you so that you can keep that skin radiant and glowing and free from harmful bacteria! Enjoy!
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Skingredients: What’s in your LBB?

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Finding the perfect LBD can be difficult, but fortunately, we’ve made finding the perfect LBB painless & easy! The Little Brown Bottle contains our skin-perfecting Argan Infusion facial drops. We have three to choose from: Lavender, Geranium, and Clary Sage.  All you have to do to find your perfect LBB is pop on over to our website here, and match up your skin type to the corresponding Argan Infusion! Need more help? Feel free to email us at: Info@skinow.com for more information or help with diagnosing your skin type.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Skinny Tips: Strawberry Solutions

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Strawberries are not only deliciously juicy, but they are also wonderful for your skin and hair! Strawberries are full of alpha-hydroxy acids, which helps us slough off dead cells so that new, youthful skin is revealed. These wonderful berries can be used topically to help treat burns and other skin irritations due to their astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, strawberries were used by ancient Egyptians to treat acne. They are rich in salicylic acid; an ingredient found in many commercial acne creams, thus making them a great natural alternative to add into your skincare routine. Strawberries also help to tone the skin, lighten any pigmentation problems, and keep the skin smooth and supple!

 

Basically, stawberries are amazing!  Which is why we were so excited when we stumbled across these three DIY beauty tips involving strawberries.  So, the next time you have a few overripe strawberries in your refrigerator; don’t throw them away! Instead, use them in one (or all) of these at-home beauty tricks…

 

STRAWBERRY SUGAR SCRUB

Place 2/3 cup of sugar in a bowl and using a fork, thoroughly mix in 1 large strawberry. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil.

 

Massage the strawberry scrub into any dry areas, leave for 1 or 2 minutes and rinse.

 

FOR THOSE TIRED EYES

Just place a few strawberry slices under your eyes and relax for 10 minutes.  It will soothe tired eyes!

 

STRAWBERRY HAIR MASK

You can even give your hair extra shine with a strawberry hair conditioning mask.

 

Simply mash up 6 to 8 strawberries and a tablespoon of mayonnaise together in a bowl.

 

Shampoo your hair as usual. After rinsing, work the strawberry mask through and cover it with a plastic wrap and top it with a warm towel. Leave it for 15 minutes and rinse well.

 

Source: Holistic Beauty

 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Skinny Tips: DIY Coffee Body Scrub

We love a good scrub! Mostly one that is amazing at clearing away all of our dull winter skin, leaving us with a bright, summery complexion. We found a DIY exfoliator so good, you might have a hard time breaking THIS coffee habit. The caffeine in coffee is known to reduce swelling and flush out excess fluid that can make your hands, legs and feed look puffy.  Plus, we love that fresh coffee smell! Here’s a simple and inexpensive coffee scrub that you can make at home and use on your body. Keep it in your shower or even right next to the kitchen sink to help wash away strong smells like fish and garlic that can linger on your hands long after you have finished cooking!

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Ingredients:
1 cup ground coffee (any kind that you like)
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp fresh ground cinnamon
3 drops your favorite SkinOwl Argan Infusion (optional)

 

Instructions:
Blend all of these ingredients together and store in an airtight container.
To use; massage scrub over clean, damp skin; rinse and pat dry.
The scrub will keep for 2 months if kept in a cool, dry place.

 

Source: A Cup Of Mo

 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Fabulous Faces: Annie Tevelin

To all the Beautiful Women (and Men) out there who read our blog, I’m Annie Tevelin, founder of SkinOwl, and this is my personal Skin Journey…

 

I spent years struggling with my acne.  I spent money, time, and energy on product after product that didn’t work, on doctors that didn’t have answers, and, in the end, I was left with minimal results and feeling even more insecure than when I began. If you are like me, then you have been at multiple dead ends with nowhere else to go.

 

It was from this experience that I decided to get my certificate from UCLA in Cosmetic Chemistry.  I started to learn about what would allow my skin to heal from the inside out.  I didn’t want something that caused my skin to dry up & flake off… or get worse before it got better.  I was ready for results.  Pure, glowing, results.

 

After much research, I learned about the power behind essential oils.  These were oils that HELPED acne, not hurt it. Their molecule was small enough to penetrate the pore and cause speedy recovery on the most aggressive skin concerns.  Essential Oils like Lavender, Geranium, and Clary Sage not only calmed redness, decongested the pores, and boosted radiance, but also lessened the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  After a week of using my homemade oil “cocktails”, I noticed my skin start to clear up.  The redness was gone.  I wasn’t itchy or dry.  My fine lines looked faint and almost invisible.  FINALLY, I had found the results I had been looking for!

 

My skin had gone from this…

 

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To this…

 

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In the last two years, I have shared my oil “cocktails,” now named Argan Infusion, with women from all over the world & I hear the words I love to hear: “I never knew my skin could look this way.”  I wanted to share my skin journey with you, in the hopes that you find hope in YOUR journey.  Having challenging skin made me a stronger person. I was forced to dig deep and rise above the uncontrollable issue of “bad skin.”  It was out of my hands, so as a result, I had to develop skills such as patience, tolerance, and motivation, just to get through the hard days.

 

If you’ve been looking for a product to help with your skin issues, be it acne, dryness, or wrinkles, I have an easy, inexpensive place to start.  As hard as it is to try something new, most clients wish they had begun using it sooner!

 

We’re here to help you!  Feel free to email our team at info@skinowl.com so we can help you pick the Argan Infusion that is right for you and get stared healing your skin today!

 

We would love to hear your personal Skin Journey and share it with our readers.  Send us an email to the above address with your story and images so that together we can help others find their own fresh and beautiful skin!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Skinny Tips: DIY Green-Papaya Brightening Mask

With summer coming our way, we couldn’t help but work on our glow a few months before the season hits. This brightening mask exfoliates and stimulates circulation to the face, resulting in a warm, rosy glow. Sounds good to us!

Here’s why it works: Unripe papaya contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids and high levels of papain, an enzyme that helps dissolve dead skin cells. Yogurt adds lactic acid (another alpha-hydroxy) and gives the mask a creamy texture, and honey helps skin retain moisture. When left on, the mask should tingle slightly; if you have sensitive skin or prefer a gentler exfoliation, use ripe papaya, which has less papain in it.

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Ingredients: 

1/2 cup unripe papaya, diced
1 teaspoon plain yogurt
1 teaspoon honey

 

Instructions:

Blend ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Apply to clean skin using fingers; leave on for 8 to 10 minutes. Rinse off using cool water and pat dry. Finish by applying a gentle moisturizer.

 

Source: Martha Stewart

 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Skinny Tips: DIY Oatmeal Mask

Oatmeal has so many natural benefits!  It has been known to clear clogged pores AND act as a serious anti-inflammatory.   Onions also have a lot of natural healing power, like reducing acne scars.  So we couldn’t resist sharing this DIY Mask because it has both of these powerful natural elements in it, PLUS it is easy and inexpensive to make which is always a major bonus!  Check it out…

 

diy oatmeal mask

 

Yield: Approximately 8 applications

 

Ingredients:

1 ounce purified mineral water
3 tablespoons plain organic oatmeal
1 medium onion, peeled

 
Instructions:
Boil water and pour over oatmeal, letting steep for five minutes.
Finely grind onion in a food processor, making a smooth puree. Add to the oatmeal while still warm.
If the mask is not thick enough, add some honey or green clay until the mask is thick enough to sit comfortably on your face.

 

The solution will stay fresh for one week in the refrigerator.

 

Source: The Daily Green

Monday, February 25, 2013

Fabulous Faces: Oscar Nominee Cynthia Wade

SkinOwl Founder, Annie Tevelin, was honored to spend Oscar Sunday doing makeup for Cynthia Wade; nominated for Best Documentary Director for her film, Monday’s at Racine.

 

Here is a peek at what went on behind the scenes to get Cynthia Red Carpet Ready for her big night…

 

And, of course, the Red Carpet Finale!

Cynthia Wade (right) with Monday at Racine’s Producer, Robin Honan (left)

 

Want to achieve Cynthia’s Oscar look on your next night out? Here’s how:

 

Annie began by prepping Cynthia’s skin with SkinOwl’s Geranium Oil to give her skin a smooth, soft, all-over GLOW. After priming her skin with Korres’ Anti-Aging Primer for plumping and moisture and SkinOwl’s eye cream, Annie applied Make Up For Ever’s HD Invisible Cover Foundation and contoured Cynthia’s face with Guerlain’s Terracotta Spray and Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollface. CCynthia’s eyes shimmered in shades of gold, russet, andbronze, while her lips shined in Bobbi Brown’s Pink Beige Lip Gloss. Mixing tones of pink, gold, and bronze set the night ablaze! 

 

Want to get Cynthia’s SUNKISSED look for your next night out? Say goodbye to winter skin with these sunny products:

Watch the trailer for Cynthia’s film, Monday’s at Racine HERE.  We love you Cynthia!

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!

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