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Garden-To-Table: Sweet Potatoes & Herbs

Sweet Potatoes & Herbs

I’m no gardener and we don’t have a pretty garden. We’ve always liked the idea of growing our own food (and in the case of our organic virgin coconut oil, food and skincare 🙂 ) and have taken the same approach to it as we have our work — gleeful experimentation! Mango tree here, pomelo tree there…ooh why not try tomatoes…or corn! It’s more Jungle Book than Secret Garden but it’s so rewarding to get food from our back yard! Bonus: kid-popular non-digital play alternative. Those are my two creatures at “harvest.” Bonus-bonus: kids learn that food grows (it isn’t “born” in a box or bottle), that natural food isn’t supposed to be manicured-pretty, and they learn what food tastes like when it’s less or unprocessed.

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A recent triumph: SWEET POTATOES.

There are thousands of varieties that grow easily in different weather and soil conditions. They play well with others (the photo below shows our ripening sweet potatoes leaves next to lemongrass.)

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They work for so many recipes: from healthier (they are packed with antioxidants and fiber) french fries to mashes and sweet treats…and I just learned that the tops are fab in salads and soups! All this makes them perfect for most gardens. They’re not bad-looking plants either (corn is a…commitment).

Another super easy grow: HERBS.

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We use fresh herbs in most of our cooking and salads now. And in something I’m particularly proud of — drinks!

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I can’t stress enough how important garnishes are to a cocktail. In the best gins (I come from a long line of gin lovers), different garnishes change the drink completely, bringing out wildly different notes. I’ve even discovered that lavender does lovely things to certain espressos!

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From an apartment windowsill, to a garden or local urban farm, getting food as close to the source as possible means a few pretty wonderful things:

  • Less preservatives: foods need preservation to survive long transport and days on shelves.
  • Less processing: most foods need some processing for consumption (even simple slicing or peeling is a type of processing). But the more processing (more chopping and dicing, heat, added chemicals), the more antioxidants, phytochemicals and other good stuff is lost. If it’s grown, picked, put in a canvas bag and brought home, that’s already a lot less than the processing that happens with truckloads of harvests and food preparation.
  • Healthier foods: see above…less processing equals better retention of the food’s inherent antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients. No hydrogenation is needed for longer preservation either (hydrogenation results in trans fats). And less additives — many of which are ingredients that our bodies cannot process or process well — in general, too.
  • Fun family activity: whether the kids are doing the actual gardening or just helping you shop at a local farm or market, the sights and smells are an adventure in themselves, and it’s the perfect opportunity to learn more about nature, food and health.

 

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Bold, Beautiful Party Makeup Ideas

We put together some of our favorite makeup tips, across different seasons, to create a bold, beautiful look — that is as gorgeous across a crowd as up close, and in photo after video after photo — for your biggest celebration this year!

Skin

Think: less is more — heavier foundation can look weighed down and dull over time.
Think: easy to retouch — so a quick dot and dab in the bathroom is all you need.
Think: highlighting over contouring — it’s like wearing your own filter in photos.

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Add a bit of pure virgin coconut oil Know-It-Oil to Skin-The-Bluff Concealer. This complexion-perfecting tip from Underneath It All…Is Great Skin! effectively conceals “quirks in progress” while keeping skin naked-looking. The subtle sheen adds extra camouflage by reflecting light. Then, mix the coconut oil in with Skin Bloom Blush highlighter in “Luminous” before applying to skin, and voilĂ …it’s like walking around with very your own lighting team (now all you need is a wind machine).

blog-luminous-wframe-20161226Light and bright, light and bright:choose strobing over contouring for a big fĂŞte. Strobing creates the dew-glow-radiance of healthy-looking skin. Unless you’re an expert, contouring can look harsh or get muddy as the hours pass, or be obvious in different lighting. Like contouring, strobing can sculpt the face — but, instead of with time-consuming and skilled shadowing, by making certain features brighter. Learn how in Hypoallergenic Strobing.

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Shown here: Illuminants Brilliant Finish Powder Foundation (use dry for a light powder, or wet for fuller coverage),
Skin-The-Bluff Concealer,
Illuminants+ Face-Hand-Body Lotion (a brightening moisturizer),
Skin Bloom Blush in “Luminous”,
Eyeshadow & Concealer Brush, Foundation Brush, and
Skintangible “BBBB” Cream (BB But Better) SPF 30.

Make sure your foundation lasts as long as you do with this all-night technique: target imperfections with your shade of Skin-The-Bluff Concealer (it also comes in green to cancel out redness, and yellow to hide dark under-eye circles). Then, even out your skin tone with Skintangible BBBB Cream, which keeps the look fresh —it works with all skin tones, too. If you’re feeling pale, add a touch (a touch) of sun with a subtle hand and our Tarte-Ă -Tan “Coco” Bronzing Powder (Tor Torre shows you how — and even how to use it with Luminous — in How To Apply Bronzer). Highlight with Skin Bloom Blush in “Luminous” for dewy skin that also emphasizes contours and lets light bounce off beautifully in photos (see above). Finish with Illuminants Brilliant Finish Powder-Foundation as a final touch to pull it all together and control shine (you want to glow, not borderline bead-up with sweat). Don’t forget to take your concealer and powder with you for easy touch-ups throughout the night (from The ONE Look — Party After Party, Photo After Photo — You’ll Need This Holiday Season).

 

Eyes

Definition, definition, definition. Go for a sharp, clean wing or smudgy, smoky drama, but get those eyes standing out!

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Ooh-La-Lash Volumizing Mascara!, and
Two True Hues Eyeshadow Duo in Bleecker (metallic rose gold and deep wine), “Dallas” (a warm copper-coral mix), and Roses & Bon-Bons (a rich dark brown and pale pink-cream). 

Parties means photos, and the key to definition in any photo: bold eyes and brows.

There is nothing like eyeliner to add drama to a look, and tightlining is all the rage, writes Yciar in Three Beauty Trends To Try Now. Use (H)ighbrow Eye & Brow Liner to draw on the waterline above and below the eye. Or, create a cat-eye to make eyes look bigger and build depth — use your liner on the insides of the lash line then above it, working upwards and outwards to draw a wing.

Fill in and shape brows architecturally. Least likely to fade, they’ll ensure definition even in low-light conditions.

Finally, Lots of lashes are key: thank you, Ooh-La-Lash Mascara! Use a lash curler for an even more bright-eyed appearance…necessary with so many late nights in a row (from The ONE Look — Party After Party, Photo After Photo — You’ll Need This Holiday Season).

Lips & Cheeks

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Lipsticks: Subtle Shine Lipstick in (clockwise from top) “Beet It,” “Strawberry Fields,” “Fifi,” and “Giddy.”
Velvet Matte Lipstick in “Light My Fire” (center) and “Copa” (bottom middle).
Skin Bloom Blush in “Heat,” “Pant” (top right) and “Georgia.” 

Try this fun, color-blocking technique by Jess Arnaudin to add freshness, depth, and a surprising complexity to bright lip colors — and just like personalities, bright colors with depth and complexity can make a party! In The ONE Look — Party After Party, Photo After Photo — You’ll Need This Holiday Season, Jess adds, “Go bright, or go home. Cameras tend to wash out and flatten…and you’re not always in control of the filter. On lips, brights like Beet It and Copa are brilliant buildable options: dot on lightly for a sweet, subtle stain or layer on (and top with The Big, Brave Boo-Boo Balm!) for more glamor. For cheeks, try a bright pink like Georgia or toasty Heat, so you’re peppy and glowing in photos no matter how late it is!

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6 Steps To Survive Party Season Like an A-Lister

If your holiday calendar’s looking as full as an A-lister’s, it’s time to plan like one (or like an A-lister’s personal assistant). Winging it won’t work — not for your schedule, wardrobe, gifts, or your skin. Successive late nights take their toll and makeup can do only so much to hide stress acne and eye bags. Follow these tips for glowing skin, flowing energy and a festive mood, and you’ll be the toast of the town instead of plain burnt out!

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Lip Service: 8 Ways To Pamper Your Pout

Did you know lip care is skin care?

Like the rest of your skin, your lips have a stratum corneum (the skin’s outermost layer) — but this protective layer is thinner on lips than on any other skin on your body. Combine that with a lack of oil glands (lips rely on saliva for moisture), absence of melanin (your skin’s natural pigment and protection against UV rays), and you’ve got one sensitive organ.

Your skincare just isn’t complete without lip care. Here are 8 ways to pamper your pout:

 

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Beauty Trend: Old Hollywood Glam…With Hypoallergenic Makeup!

By Jess Arnaudin

This look evokes feelings of old Hollywood glamour with a fresh and modern twist. The look is simple, and doesn’t feel overdone while also packing a high voltage pop of color.

 

Products you’ll need:

How To “Dew” It in 5 Steps:

Step 1: Prep Skin

With every makeup application I always tell clients, “the skin you start with is the skin you end with…” – meaning that no amount of makeup, even expertly applied, will yield the best result unless skin is prepped beforehand. Always take time to cleanse your skin and pat on a light moisturizer such as Hydra Balance Smart Moisturizer or a few drops of Know-It-Oil before you start.

Step 2: Let-Your-Skin-Glow-Through Foundation

Use two pumps of our skin-loving non-makeup Skintangible “BBBB” Cream and disperse onto skin evenly with clean fingertips. I absolutely love this product because it’s shade-matching meaning there is no guesswork as to whether it’s the right color for you. When in doubt, start in the center of your face and blend outwards.

Step 3: Time to Highlight!

Swipe Boldly Glow Coconut Oil Skin Bloom Blush Stick in Luminous onto tops of cheekbones, down the line of your nose, on the cupid’s bow of lips and also to inner corner of eyes. This illuminating cream stick is the key that radiant “i-woke-up-like-this” glow. It’s filled with super hydrating organic cold pressed coconut oil, so it melts into skin effortlessly. Bonus points: encased in iridescent crushed mother of pearl from the Philippines…the packaging is seriously next-level gorgeous.

Step 4: Define the Eyes

Give your lashes a boost with my all time favorite Ooh-La-Lash! Volumizing Mascara. Try it once and you’ll be forever obsessed! The magic is in the way the formula cocoons each lash hair in product for buildable volume that doesn’t smear. Apply from root to lash ends. Then go back over top with another coat just on the center of lashes above the iris. This really opens and defines the eyes.

Step 5: Red Lips Statement

Now comes the bright pop of color! Use Skintelligent Beauty Lip Brush with Velvet Matte Lipstick in Light My Fire for precise application. I believe everyone can wear a red lip and this shade specifically is one of the most universally flattering ones I’ve ever come across. Bonus points: it has a touch of blue undertones so it makes your teeth look whiter! Start with the cupid’s bow, then line your bottom lip, then extend color down the sides of lips and fill in completely. Use a tissue to blot, if needed.


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Jess is an organic beauty coach and licensed esthetician, makeup artist, yoga teacher and beauty foodie! Follow her on instagram for her beautiful photography and expert tips for health, skin and soul!

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Red Better Flare-up Balm – The Trend Spotter

Skin on red alert ?no more! This #SavedMySkin ? VMV Hypoallergenics Red-Better Flare-Up Balm is in “18 Best Beauty Products To Use For Sensitive Skin” Thank you The Trend Spotter ? #skinthusiasm #SavingTheWorldsSkin

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From Belly To Prom: Skincare For Kids

What to choose?

What do they really need?

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