BEAUTY BITES

post + photography + graphic design by Norah Curlee

Toast can be a dangerous thing. Nine times out of ten it’s used only as a vehicle for butter, sugary jams/jellies….gobs of Nutella at two in the morning (we’ve been there and we know you have too). It’s time to turn your toast into a jet plane packed with beauty fuel cargo! Starting with a whole grain or sprouted grain golden brown piece of toast and adding sliced or mashed avocado is perfect as a quick breakfast, lunch or ideal at snack time. We’ve taken this tasty concept one…actually THREE steps further to show you some beautifying ways to top your avo-toast!

Before we get into these gorgeous toppers, let’s have a chat about the wonder ingredient that is avocado. This beautiful fruit (yes, it’s a fruit) is super rich in dietary vitamins A an E and is most beneficial to the skin. With concentrated levels of vitamin A, its like a natural retinol alternative which increases cell turnover. Studies have shown that avocado consumption can increase the amount of soluble collagen in the skin which translates to better skin repair. A.k.a a dream in reducing sun damage, hyper pigmentation and scarring. Chowing on plenty of avos can also improve signs of a dry scalp and help hydrate skin in general from the inside out.

So, we have our avo-toast doing all kinds of wonders for our skin. Now, what else can we add?

1. RADISH + EDAMAME: This combo is not only delish, but comes complete with a few beauty benefits of their own. Radishes have a high water content and lots of vitamin C which is nourishing for the tissues helping to keep your body hydrated. Hydration = best beauty benefit in the book. Edamame contains isoflavones which many studies have shown aid in the prevention of collagen breakdown…another skin friendly food!

2. EGG + TOMATOES: Tip! Eating your eggs with the yolk in tact {perfect poaching demo here} helps to preserve the nutrients as opposed to scrambling them where the high heat exposure lowers the benefits. Eggs are loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids which can be responsible for strong, healthy nails that won’t split every time you reach for your handbag. Tomatoes are packed with lycopene (what gives them their pigment) which is a powerful antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory that helps protect skin from environmental agents. That’s definitely a dynamic duo.

3. RED PEPPERS + OLIVES: Red peppers, like tomatoes also have lycopene (which we discussed and love) but they also have a unique ratio of vitamin A and C. This combo creates a huge antioxidant capacity which is very beneficial to your skin. Olives are rich in fatty acids and antioxidants that nourish, hydrate and protect the skin. Chief among those is vitamin E which has been shown to protect the skin from UV radiation. Basically a super tasty sunscreen!

So, we want to know how would you top your avo-toast? Leave us a comment, snap a pic and tag us on insta @thebeautydept or on tweet us @TBDofficial!

FACE BRUSH MASTER CLASS

POST BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Welcome back to Brush Class, beauties! If you remember, a couple months ago I showed you which face brushes to use for different coverage (revisit it here). Today we’re taking it a step further and showing you which brush to use for all the different finds of complexion products. And the new brushes out there now are what I’m most excited about! I can’t even begin to tell you how far face brushes have come since I went to makeup school back in 2003. We applied foundation (which only came in two forms, liquid and cream) with a sponge! So come with me on this journey as I simplify everything for you and open your world to the next generation of brushes!  READ MORE…

ANTI-WRINKLE PILLOWS

POST + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Wrinkles are a part of life and there are ones we can’t prevent but others that we can. Smile lines around our eyes and mouth are from being happy and enjoying life. You can’t do anything about those unless you go around with a blank stare on your face at all times. (Ok, yes botox and fillers help but that’s another post for another time). And personally, I think smile lines around the eyes are pretty and I wear mine like a badge of honor! But there are also 8 hours a day, 56 hours a week, 2,912 hours a year that we spend sleeping. Those hours really add up! So don’t spend them making sleep lines too! When we put pressure against a pillow, we are pressing the skin forward, creating a crease or a “line” anywhere there is pressure forward. Luckily, there are anti-wrinkle pillows (or at least sleeping techniques and positions) that can help prevent sleep lines. And they’re surprisingly really comfortable!! For real! Once you start sleeping without smashing your face against your pillow, you’ll never want to go back.

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WHICH BRUSH DOES WHAT?

POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

A long time ago, we did a post called Brush Class, remember? Well, it’s time to update the post with The Ultimate Hair Brush Guide. We’re keeping it simple with the explanations next to each brush above. Here are the links to each brush…

  1. Purse Sized Paddle Brush
  2. Regular Paddle Brush
  3. Small, Natural Bristle Brush
  4. Vented Metal Round Brush
  5. Extension Brush
  6. Blowdry Brush
  7. Medium Diagonal Bristle Brush
  8. Large Mixed Bristle Brush
  9. Smoothing Brush
  10. Natural Bristle Paddle Brush
  11. Straigtening Tool Brush
  12. Vent Brush
  13. Teasing Brush
  14. Detangling Brush

Do you have a favorite that we didn’t list? If so we’d love to hear about it in the comments below, if you’d like to share. xo