Beauty Bites

POST/PHOTOGRAPHY/GRAPHIC DESIGN BY NORAH CURLEE

From a truck, a bowl, or straight out of the carton…we all scream for ice cream! Well today, we’ve got the scoop on how you can make a benefit packed, dairy free, super healthy version of this frozen favorite. You’ll never know the difference! Fresh cherries are the highlight of today’s recipe and we can’t wait to tell you why.

We used frozen bananas as a base for this faux ice cream. Something magical happens when you blend frozen bananas. It adds that creamy texture of ice cream without having to use cream! It’s totally genius and completely customizable. You can add any fruit you like and the bananas take on any flavor they’re blended with. The options are endless. Here’s what you’ll need for our cherry chip version:

4 frozen bananas

1 1/2 cups fresh pitted cherries, frozen

1/4 cup almond or coconut milk

1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate (we used 80%)

THE PROCESS:

1. Peel your bananas and slice your cherries to remove the pits

2. Put the bananas and cherries into the freezer (3 or 4 hours)

3. Place frozen bananas, 1 cup frozen cherries and almond milk into a blender and blend until smooth

4. Pour into a container and mix in 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate and remaining 1/2 cup of sliced cherries. (We sprinkled some on top as well for the pretty factor!)

5. Put the entire container into the freezer for at least 1-2 hours

6. Start scooping! (Two scoops please!)

So let’s talk about our delicious friend, the fresh cherry..

There are so many amazing varieties of fresh cherries out there: Bing cherries, Black cherries, North Star cherries, Rainier cherries; all with great health and beauty benefits! Cherries have super high antioxidant levels. For example, the the Montmorency cherry has one of the highest antioxidant levels of any fruit with 17 different antioxidant compounds present. Woah! Antioxidants are vital to the body in order to fight free radicals…the biggest causers of  aging. Free radicals are the pits! (We couldn’t resist). Tart cherries are high in melatonin which is a natural way to help that much needed beauty sleep come to fruition. (We know it’s tough to come by!) Cherry juice is also rich in vitamin A and its antibacterial properties remove toxins from the blood and fight bacteria trapped under the skin.

The month of June is the peak of cherry season! We plan on taking advantage of these sweet benefits all month long.

Nice stems! Plan on trying this recipe out? We want to see pics! Instagram: @thebeautydept  Twitter: @tbdofficial

 

 

WATER FLIP TRICK

Okay, this is kind of an out-of-the-norm post for us but it’s summer and it’s hot outside so anything goes, right?

Last week we posted a photo on our Instagram of a very popular type of photo that many refer to as a “mermaid shot” or a “water flip”. It generated a lot of comments regarding technique and how to capture it. According to readers, it’s not so easy to snap this photo while someone whips their water-soaked hair back. But we found a great way to do it and we wanted to share. Hopefully this will be your new favorite summer photo!

Here’s how we did it with our iPhone!

  • Be very careful or cover your phone in a LifeProof case!
  • Turn your settings to video: you’re going to record the water flip in action.
  • Frame up before you hit record: get the person to stand in the middle of your camera.
  • Dip it: push all your hair forward and dip your hair in the water up to your forehead.
  • Count down: hit record on your camera, count to three and have the person flip their head back. Stop the video after they’ve flipped all the way back.
  • Scroll through: open the video and drag the bar through your video to see it frame-by-frame. Pick the best frame and screen cap it.

Voila!

If you do this, hashtag it with #TBDwaterflip and we’ll repost the best ones on our Instagram account!

 

Beauty Bites

POST/PHOTOGRAPHY/GRAPHIC DESIGN BY NORAH CURLEE

We are officially in the final countdown for the summer season to begin! We don’t know about you, but when it’s a zillion degrees outside all we crave is something refreshing, light and more often than not, something involving WATERMELON. If summer had a mascot, this gorgeous fruit would definitely be it. This beat-the-heat, picnic staple fits the bill in the beauty benefit department as well as having a major yum-factor. Whether you slice it up and chow as is, or incorporate it into a fun dish a la today’s recipe, we think everyone should have this farmstand favorite on hand all season long!

Before we get into the recipe (well, more like an easy assembly of yumminess!), here’s what you’ll need and here is why you need it!

1. PINEAPPLE: We think it’s impossible to eat a bite of pineapple and not suddenly feel like you are on a tropical vacation (all the more reason). Pineapple has huge amounts of vitamin C and manganese, both of which are primary antioxidants working to fight free radicals; promoting anti-aging. It also contains vitamin B-1 which is a major energy booster. More energy = being more active and that radiates from the inside out!

2. Oh hey there, WATERMELON: We just love you and your beautiful pinky-red self. It’s because of that pinky-red hue that watermelon contains lycopene, an anti-imflamatory and well-known anti-oxidant helping to neutralize those pesky free radicals. The more antioxidants in your diet, the more protected your skin is from pre-mature aging and pollutants.

3. CUCUMBER: Cucumbers are very high in silica, which is essential for building and maintaining strong nails, bones, teeth and promoting hair growth. Not to mention the flesh of a cucumber is 96% water…hello hydration!

4. BASIL: You won’t be able to avoid these big green bunches of fresh basil come summer time…and we aren’t complaining! Eating raw basil can help purify your blood from toxins. This is most helpful if you are blemish prone!

5. FETA CHEESE: Now this one doesn’t exactly rank super high on the benefit meter…but this recipe was just begging for its crumbly, salty goodness. We couldn’t resist!

Now that we have our fresh ingredients, sharpen your chef’s knife and get choppin! You’ll want to dice everything as small as you can.

So, to make our Watermelon Tartare, we used a ring mold to layer our ingredients (you can also use a biscuit cutter). Of course you could just add your chopped ingredients to a bowl/plate, but we were obsessed with how easy it was and what a presentation huh?

We started with cucumbers at the bottom, pineapple next, then watermelon, feta and finished off with pretty basil confetti. Then you gently lift off the ring mold and VOILA!

We are picturing this cute, yummy idea at just about all of our summer BBQ’s. This has Memorial Day and July 4th written ALL over it. Our heart is bursting with watermelon emojis!

ENJOY!

Do you use watermelon in any unique recipes? Plan on trying out our watermelon tartare? We want to know! Leave us a comment and dish.

 

BEAUTY BITES

POST/PHOTOGRAPHY/GRAPHIC DESIGN BY NORAH CURLEE

We know that we may have to pry the Starbucks mugs out of your hands, but coffee is taking a back seat and TEA is riding shotgun for this post! Now, tea is definitely not a new kid on the block and has been around for centuries…with very good reason. Whether you warm it up, or ice it down, tea can be such a comforting and refreshing drink that is customizable to your liking and the health and beauty benefits are well worth your attention. So cups out and pinkies up…it’s tea time!

First, let us encourage you to explore the wonderful world of buying loose leaf tea. Bags are for the birds, y’all. More often than not, tea bags are made with the leftover particles of over processed tea leaves and you may not be getting the full bang for your buck. If you can, go to your local tea store and shop for loose leaf that you can steep yourself and store in a cute tin! Going this route also gives you some major DIY opportunities. Mix your loose leaf tea with things like dried lavender, dried fruit, and herbs before you steep for a unique twist. We also LOVE adding freshness to our iced/hot tea, post brew, like citrus, fresh mint and fruit (cherries are bomb). Like the sweeter things in life? Add some agave nectar or honey to sweeten things up au naturale!

We’ve chosen and broken down some of our favorite kinds of tea that are heavy on the health and beauty benefits and don’t fall short in the flavor department…

1. OOLONG TEA: In addition to combating free-radicals and hydrating the skin, oolong tea is a major stress buster. If you suffer from stress related breakouts or skin irritations, drinking oolong can help alleviate mood swings. Stress less = happy skin!

2. ROOIBOS TEA: Rooibos can be enjoyed anytime of day, but many people choose to drink it before bedtime as it can help with insomnia due to its high mineral content and lack of caffeine. It can help you feel caaaalm and relaxed! All we heard in that sentence was BEAUTY SLEEP.

3. GREEN TEA: Probably the most well-known of the tea bunch. In addition to being a natural metabolism booster (hello energy!), Green tea contains an antioxidant known as polyphenols which fight against free radicals. What this means is it helps fight against aging and promotes longevity of the skins elasticity.

4. BLACK TEA: Black tea has the most full bodied flavor of all the teas and contains the same miracle polyphenols as green tea…another anti-oxidant boost (which your skin will love!). The tannins in black tea can also improve blood circulation and fight bacteria in your body which can be beneficial if you are blemish prone.

5. WHITE TEA: Recent studies reveal indicators that white tea helps skin cells by boosting immune systems when exposed to harmful ultraviolet radiation. While we DON’T recommend not wearing SPF, we can appreciate any extra help in protecting and preventing our skin from sun damage.

 

Are you a frequent steeper or have a tea fave? Let us know in the comments below!

Cheers to your health, darlings!