BEAUTY BITES

Written by Sarah St. Lifer, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

Craving a meal that is both savory and sweet? Well, put down the Snickers bar and feast your eyes on this salmon stunner. Solo, the fish has plenty of health and beauty benefits (which we share with you below!), but when paired with fruits and some seasoning, it not only boasts a ton of flavor, but packs a ton of protein and vitamins. Whether you’re a potluck participant or cooking for one, this combo of salty and sweet is sure to have you glowing in more ways then one!

Trust, this is way more satisfying than that candy bar! Padma Lakshmi who?

1. Salmon - Low in mercury and rich with omega-3 fatty acids (this helps reduce cholesterol!), salmon is a great source of protein. Selenium, which can be obtained from animal proteins such as salmon, is oh-so necessary for strong hair and nails. Not only does the fishy dish help prevent damaged strands and brittle nails, the omega-3 is also known to have anti-inflammatory effects, a.k.a. an added barrier against sunburn.

2. Strawberries - Whether they’re fresh-from the market (a la our summer salad) or cooked up, strawberries are a great source of vitamin C and loaded with antioxidants. In addition to those omega-3 fatty acids, the fruit is a diet must-have for those looking to minimize fine lines and wrinkles and lighten pigmentation and acne marks.

3. Rosemary - Super fragrant, the herb has an unforgettable scent and the ability to stimulate the immune system, increase circulation, and improve digestion — all fabulous features for those of you looking to get fit. As a well-established antioxidant, rosemary is an essential garnish for any health-conscious reader.

4. Tomatoes - Oily skin bumming you out? Well, a handful of tomatoes should do the trick — naturally acidic, the fruit (yes, tomatoes are technically a fruit!) helps balance the skin and eliminate excessive oil. The kitchen essential also contains lycopene, an ingredient that will have anti-aging effects.

5. Figs – Juicy, sweet, and downright delicious, figs are also very high in dietary fiber, which makes these fruits an ideal weight-loss aid. The fiber creates a feeling of fullness, which means you’ll likely pass on the dessert tray. Also an excellent source of potassium, the mineral will promote hair growth and reduce hair loss.

BEAUTY BITES

Written by: Sarah St. Lifer, Graphic Design: Eunice Chun

Confession: we’re serial snackers. While three meals per day is lovely in theory, we always manage to squeeze in a bite after breakfast, and again right before dinner (that doesn’t include lunch, of course!). But, rather than do serious damage on a bag of potato chips, we’re all about healthy mini meals that provide energy and a slew of beauty benefits.

Ready to kick your Frito-Lay habit to the curb? Stock up on Greek yogurt and these toppings next time you’re cruising the local grocery store. Smoother skin, fewer wrinkles, and stronger hair is served!

1. Blueberries – Remember when we added a handful of blueberries to our summer salad two weeks ago? The tiny berries are loaded with antioxidants, which have been dubbed by many as nature’s fountain of youth. Chow down and expect skin to look firm and glowing.

2. Nectarines – Hands-down, nectarines are the perfect addition to any summer dish. Not only are they often sweeter than peaches, they’re also rich in vitamin A and potassium (the former is an essential vitamin because of its ability to rebuild tissues and help heal scrapes, wounds, and other skin damages, the latter keeps cells hydrated and skin internally moisturized).

3. Walnuts (as also seen here when we created our summer salad) – If bad hair days have become the norm, add walnuts to your diet. As an excellent source of biotin, the nutrient strengthens tresses and promotes quicker hair growth.

4. Almonds – Is a bunch of acne owning some real estate on your forehead? Want to evict that blackhead from your nose? Rule 1: do not pop! Rule 2: scarf down some almonds. You can thank the nut’s abundance of vitamin E for that much smoother mug.

5. Hemp Seed – The trend of going organic isn’t just at your grocery store — many beauty brands are including hemp into their recipes for soaps, shampoos, and even toothpastes. The slew of vitamins, calcium, sodium, iron, and dietary fiber are not only great for good heart health, but they also help clear up skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and dark spots.

6. Chia Seed – We sprinkle these bad boys on everything from oatmeal to fruit shakes. Why? Well, the little black seeds are the highest natural source of omega-3s, a fatty acid helps strengthen cell membrane barriers, helping to keep water and nutrients in and toxins out. Meaning a natural glow is just a few bites away!

7. Greek Yogurt – Often times the amount of protein found in Greek yogurt is double the amount that you’d find in a regular variety. Add a single serving to your diet, and fine lines will become a distant memory.

8. Honey – Step away from the sugar! If you need to add some sweetness to your meal, opt for a spoonful of honey instead. It will give you added energy without the inevitable crash that the refined sugars always provide.

Happy snacking!

BEAUTY BITES

Written by: Sarah St. Lifer, Graphic Design: Eunice Chun

Today is July 3rd, which means all you last-minute party people are stocking up on hot dog buns, burger patties, and ketchup for tomorrow’s festivities. And, while we’d never encourage you to ditch the traditional BBQ fare, we thought now would be an appropriate time to introduce you to our latest obsession: the summer salad. This one, which we crafted with all sorts of fruits and veggies, is the perfect dish to pair with all those finger foods you’ll be munching on come tomorrow afternoon. Each ingredient works overtime, keeping you full and feeling good. Now, if only that extra helping of mac n cheese had the same effect!

  1. Strawberries – Feeling under the weather? Snack on some strawberries! Rich in vitamin C, the delicious fruit doubles as an immunity booster and a fast-acting antioxidant.
  2. Grapefruit – Low in calories and high in fiber, grapefruit is an obvious addition to any summer dish. Just in time for swimsuit season, it increases the body’s metabolic rate, leaving you feeling fuller for much longer.
  3. Cantaloupe – Prone to breakouts from stress and anxiety? Chow down on cantaloupe — since it’s packed with potassium (a mineral which normalizes heartbeat and promotes supply of oxygen to the brain) fans of the fruit feel more relaxed and focused.
  4. Walnuts – If bad hair days have become the norm, add walnuts to your diet. As an excellent source of biotin, the nutrient strengthens tresses and promotes quicker hair growth.
  5. Heirloom Tomatoes – Boasting serious amounts of Lycopene, heirloom tomatoes are known for lowering the risk of cancer. The more colorful, the more Lycopene — so don’t be shy.
  6. Sugar Snap Peas – A veggie after our own heart! Not only are sugar snap peas fat-free, but they’re a good source of folate, a.k.a. a vitamin that helps achieve good heart health.
  7. Blueberries – Ranked numero uno in the world of antioidants (blueberries feature anthocyanin, vitamin C, B complex, vitamin E, vitamin A, copper, selenium, zinc, and iron… just to name a few!), there’s no denying the fruit’s appeal. Did we mention the superfood keeps skin looking super firm?
  8. Yogurt Cheese Crumbles – Considering yogurt cheese is more concentrated than a regular cup of yogurt, each serving offers additional relief from dry skin. Sprinkle away!

Underneath all that, don’t forget these little guys:

  • Avocado – Don’t be frightened by the fact that avocados are full of monounsaturated fat — when eaten in moderation, the compounds reduce inflammation, giving you glowing skin.
  • Shaved Brussels Sprouts - A great way to add protein to any meal, brussel sprouts help prevent hair loss and restore healthy, vibrant strands.

And make sure to top the whole thing off with:

  • Oranges - These guys are an obvious go-to for vitamin C.
  • Coconut Oil drizzle - This raises the metabolic rate and therefore helps the body burn fat more effectively.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – When you add this to any dish or drink, you’re instantly giving your body a tiny detox by maintaining a healthy alkaline pH level.

Now with all the beauty benefits you’re getting from every bite in this salad, you surely won’t want to miss out on trying out this healthy summer dish!

BEACH SPRAYS FOR ALL HAIR TYPES

graphic design: Eunice Chun written by Sarah St. Lifer

Written by Sarah St. Lifer, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

If you ever catch us tossing a lucky penny into a fountain, you can bet we’re wishing for one of two things: world peace or perfect beach waves. The truth is, both take a lot of work — the latter being the bane of our beauty existence. Not all hair types are created equal, so one potion could be the difference between a big ‘ol salty mess, or the glass slipper to your Cinderella coiff. Being tress-obsessed, we took it upon ourselves to get to the root of the issue. Here, you’ll find our top 8 sprays for achieving summer-prefect beach waves. Doesn’t matter if you’re hundreds of miles or mere minutes from the sand, these products are shore to please! Just define your ‘do (fine, kinky, fizzy, etc.) and dive in.

Added bonus: If you don’t meet your potion prince today, don’t fret! We’ll be doing a beach waves tutorial along with our own DIY formula next week!

1. For straight hair: Wella Professionals’ Ocean Spritz Beach Texture Hair Spray (Ulta)

For those of you with sleek strands, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll overcompensate with wave-promising sprays. But, the end result is always the same: stiff and crunchy chunks — totally the opposite of your effortless efforts! Less is more with Wella’s version: spritz on damp hair from scalp to ends on day one, then again just at the top for day two. Curling iron entirely optional! This spray also softens with a little heat from the blowdryer in case you accidentally over do it.

2. For wavy hair: Oribe Apres Beach Waves and Shine Hairspray (Neiman Marcus)

The continuous props from pros around the globe don’t lie: stylists swear by Oribe’s rich extracts and exotic oils, whether it be for an event or an editorial shoot. If you’re already rocking tousled wavy tresses, but need extra oomph, shake your head and apply a light mist to your layers. For those searching for bombshell status, add tiny bit more at the tips. Though pricey, this stuff delivers. It comes in travel size if you’re just looking to get your feet wet or not quite ready to take the full plunge into a whole bottle.

3. For curly/kinky hair: Ouidad Wave Create Sea Spray (Ouidad)

Give those natural curls the definition they deserve! With textured tresses, you really can’t go wrong with any of Ouidad’s products — they hold, but the weight never interferes with the natural curl pattern. And, the brand’s Marine Complex of natural seawater and mineral-rich sea salt crystals lends that authentic beachside look, while locking in the shape with plant-derived humectants. Did we mention the vitamin-rich seaweed and algae extracts that nourish and moisturize? Yeah, this is basically a miracle in a bottle for curly girls wanting beachy texture!

4. For fine hair: Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray (Wal Mart)

Need to give you fine hair new life? Rather than investing in extensions, consider this cheaper option instead! Sure, a few sprays post-shower will do the trick, but for best results apply all over your mane before your head hits the pillow. Combined with a top knot, this brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “beauty sleep”!

5. For treated/damaged hair: Sachajuan Ocean Mist (Sephora)

Colored, relaxed, or permed, chemically treated hair needs a little extra TLC. If your mane won’t cooperate, spray this on when the hair is slightly damp. Sure, we were satisfied with the results when we let it air-dry, but a diffuser really did the trick. On low heat, point the nozzle at your roots for just a few seconds. Then, comb your fingers from the crown to the tips.

6. For lazy girls: Victoria’s Secret Beach Hair Wave Spray (Victoria’s Secret)

If we told you that just a few pumps of this product — no curling iron, no gel — would give you Gisele-worthy waves, would you believe us? Not only does this $12 bottle live up to hype, the clean scent isn’t overwhelming, and the blend of buriti oil and sunflower seed extract helps protect hair from UV damage. All for one, and one for all!

7. For hair that needs volume: Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray (Bumble & Bumble)

Uh oh. Did you wake up to a bad hair day? No worries, Bumble & Bumble’s Surf Spray is the ultimate problem solver. Just spritz some of this sandy-smelling product on your paddle brush and comb trough, teasing the crown. It’s low-maintenance and smells like you were just in Malibu.

8. For frizzy hair: Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Beach Waves (Frederic Fekkai)

Let us introduce you to the product that works best on bone-dry tresses: Frederic Fekkai’sSummer Hair Beach Waves. Even though we were hesitant at first, the formula didn’t leave a single trace of grease and stayed put for hours. It’s as if you used a gel, but totally lightweight and non-sticky. Score!

Do you have a favorite beach spray? If you found the perfect product for summer time waves, please spill it below!