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!

OUR FAVORITE PLACES

PHOTOS/POST: KRISTIN ESS

Hey, hey, LA! We are incredibly lucky to have so many epic resources for the beauty industry around Los Angeles. Remember our last post about all of our favorite beauty supply stores and sources? Well we thought we would follow that up by telling you about a few other semi-secret spots that we love to hit which are a little more off-the-radar. Next time you’re in Los Angeles, print out these posts and make a whole day of it! We’ve included places to find products and tools as well as a couple of places that just get our beauty engines going for obvious reasons…

 

Long Beach Flea Market: I love going here when I have a wedding coming up. It’s much less crowded than the very popular Rosebowl but has many of the same vendors. I used to search ebay & etsy for vintage brooches to put in a brides hair but eventually I realized I needed to see them in person before I could buy. There are many vendors that carry hundreds of brooches. You have to search for the vendors because they’re always in a different location, but you can’t miss that glittery glow.

Long Beach Veterans Stadium
4901 E. Conant St
Long Beach CA 90808

Japanese Beauty Supplies: I go to various Japanese stores on Sawtelle Blvd to get bobby pins + hair clips when I’m in a pinch and can’t order from Shear World (which I linked to in the last post). Japanese beauty supplies tend to carry bobby pins and hair pins that are significantly stronger than the average pin. They’re much more durable and have some not-so-average colors. There is a whole strip of shopping centers on Sawtelle and Olympic but my favorite is called Make Asobi. (This is also where I got the gold clips you see in the bottom middle of the header photo up top.)

Make Asobi
2115 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

The Makeup Show: This is only open to professionals and students attending cosmetology school. You can view the dates on their website. Trust us… it’s worth scheduling your trip around these dates if you’re in the industry. There are new launches from various makeup brands and more nail polish colors + textures than you could ever dream of. You can also watch some of the best makeup artists in the world get up on stage, do their thing, and then participate in a Q & A. It’s pretty much the happiest place on earth for us.

VISIT THEMAKEUPSHOW.COM

Luxelab // Studio DNA //  Space NK: As we all know, I am obsessed with Oribe products for styling hair and I’m constantly running out of one bottle or another. Mapping out where you can get the product you need is essential for any freelance hairstylist on-the-go. I try to order ahead but sometimes it just doesn’t work that way. Luxelab is a hair salon on Montana Avenue on the westside, Studio DNA is a salon on La Brea closer to Hollywood and I go to the Space NK located inside Bloomingdales in the Century City if I need something in the middle. These 3 spots always seem to have a full stock and they always have the new stuff, which is very helpful!

LuxeLab (Santa Monica)
1408 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica 90403

Studio DNA (Hollywood)
151 S. La Brea
Los Angeles, Ca 90036

Space NK (Century City)
10250 Santa Monica Blvd (inside Bloomingdales)
Los Angeles, Ca 90067

Violet Grey: If you want to know which products are being sprayed, blended + applied to some very famous faces before they hit the red carpet, stop by this sparkly spot on Melrose Place. I love that they directly connect with celebrity hairstylists, makeup artists + manicurists to get the inside scoop and then they stock their shelves with the specific products that the artists are currently obsessed with. They also carry a lot of beauty classics. Let’s just say, I learn (and spend!) a lot here.

Violet Grey Flagship
8452 Melrose Place
Los Angeles, Ca 90069

TINI (also know as “This is not Ikea”): I love this massive vintage/antique store on Fairfax near The Grove. I’ve purchased so many rad vintage beauty items here for my private studio. I’m a big believer in being inspired by your workspace so I like to have things around me that are new and cool in addition to things from past decades. It’s amazing to see how beauty has changed over the years and makes you wonder what the beauty industry will be like in the future. Fill your workspace with things that make you love working.

T.I.N.I. (This Is Not Ikea)
515 S. Fairfax
Los Angeles, Ca 90036

The Hair Shop + Wilshire Beauty: These two are across the street from each other. I’ve written about them before, but I always like to recommend them to people who are visiting LA. Let’s say you wanted to pick up some simple clip-in extensions that you can’t get where you live– go into the Hair Shop and someone will walk you through the walls and walls of hair, wigs, extensions, etc. It’s way better than ordering them online and hoping for the best. They’ll even show you how to put them in and secure them properly. Then, pop over to Wilshire Beauty across the street to check out the newest beauty buys as well as many classic products. (Inside tip: I like Wilshire Beauty much more for hair and nails than I do for makeup.)

The Hair Shop
5376 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Wilshire Beauty
5401 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca 90036

Griffith Park: We’re big fans of feeling pretty on the inside as well as on the outside. Peace of mind is a must. If you’re visiting LA, you’re sure to hear about the very popular Runyon Canyon. Alternatively, we are huge fans of Griffith Park. It’s not as crowded and we like the view a lot more. Depending on which way you go, you can see downtown LA, the Hollywood sign, and all the way to the beach. It’s magical.

Griffith Park Hiking Trail
2800 E Observatory Rd
Los Angeles, Ca 90027
(we like to park near the Observatory and hike up from there)

 

BookSoup // Henessey + Ingalls: You guuuuys, please don’t forget about bookstores. I’m not trying to sound like a grandma right now, but we NEED books. Know what the thing is about the internet? We only see recycled things! Unless someone chooses to add something new, we see the same images posted over and over in different places. Bookstores are WAY better than that. There are things in bookstores that will never be on the internet. Those are my kind of gems. Some of the best hair inspiration I have ever laid my eyes on was found while sitting in a pile of books on my day off.

BookSoup
8818 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca 90069

Henessey + Ingalls
1520 N Cahuenga Blvd #8
Los Angeles, Ca 90028

Blick Art Store: This is one of those spots where I can just go and get inspired for hours. Try popping in without a plan and just find new things to create. It’s good for the artist in you! Last time I was there, I bought a small thin canvas, went home, made a bunch of kiss marks with various lipsticks, labeled them and created our favorite new piece of art for the office. Buy some colorful pencils, sketch out some hairstyles or makeup looks or create a color palette you love for summer 2014 using only water colors! The possibilities are endless at this place. There are 2 stories of art supplies to gawk at.

Blick Art Supplies
7301 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca 90036

 

Pampered Hands (Melrose Ave): We’re pretty open about our obsession with nail art. A favorite spot to go for fun nail art in LA is Pampered Hands on Melrose. You can literally take a photo of anything you’ve ever seen on the interwebs and they can do it. They do nail art with both polish and gel. It definitely gets crazy busy so don’t go if you’re in a hurry, but if you’ve ever been saving a photo of a cool mani in a pinterest file, this is the place to take it. Top off your perfect nail art with rings + things! Our favorite sites for those:

Website for LC Lauren Conrad for Kohls
Website for Catbird
Website for Circle Ring Girl

Malibu, Ca: There is no better natural light on the planet, if you ask me. If you’re coming to LA and want to do a shoot for your blog or just because, make the drive out to Malibu. Early morning and evening are best, but Malibu is often overcast with a “marine layer” in the early afternoon which diffuses the hard sunlight and gives you the warmest glow in your photos. That’s the reason nearly every campaign and editorial in this town are shot in Malibu.

Los Angeles Flower Mart: This is not that big of a secret anymore, but definitely something that can brighten your day. Get inspired by all the colors and the infinite types of flowers. We love going down here in the beginning of the week to get flowers for the office. Walking around the LA Flower Mart has inspired many of our DIY projects at TBD. They’re only open to the trade in the wee-hours of the morning but open to the public shortly after. Check the hours of operation HERE.

Los Angeles Flower Mart
754 Wall Street
Los Angeles, Ca 90014

If we were visiting LA, this would be the pretty lil round of stops we would make. If you’re from here and want to leave some additional cool spots for people (or even for us!) to check out, please feel free to leave the info below!

Beauty Bites

POST/PHOTOGRAPHY/GRAPHIC DESIGN BY NORAH CURLEE

With the current heat wave here on the west coast and summer fast approaching, it’s time to cool it down with an icy treat! Nothing says summer quite like a popsicle. Only with this DIY beauty benefit packed pop, there will be no need to chase down the ice cream truck to get your fix. Super refreshing and looks real fancy, but couldn’t be easier to make! Keep these babies on hand for those hot summer days and long summer nights.

For this particular pop, we wanted to really jam pack it with antioxidants. We’ve said it before, and we will say it again. A diet full of antioxidant rich foods is so beneficial for our bodies! Antioxidants are vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that protect your cells from the effects of damaging free radicals. This is especially beneficial for our skin and is helpful in preventing pre-mature aging and maintaining elasticity. Here is a deep dive into some of the antioxidant packed ingredients in these power pops!

1. HONEYDEW MELON: In addition to being delicious, honeydew melon contains large amounts of Vitamin C (an antioxidant) as well as Copper. Having balanced levels of Copper in your diet is great for maintaining regular skin cell regeneration.

2. PEACHES: This juicy, sweet fruit contains copious amounts of both Vitamin A and Vitamin C which are both antioxidants (major ones, actually).

3. BLUEBERRIES: Out of all the fruits, blueberries are one of the most powerful when it comes to antioxidants. Blueberries are a very good source of Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and Manganese (all antioxidants).

4. LIMES: Being a citrus fruit, limes are high in…you guessed it. Vitamin C! And Vitamin C is a what? Correct…an antioxidant! Vitamin C is actually one of the most important antioxidant in nature. Adding this one to our beauty pops was a no-brainer. (Plus the tart flavor is pretty amazing)

Now that we know the antioxidant power of these pops. Lets make them, shall we? Ok beauties…here’s what you need.

1/2 of a honeydew melon, diced

1 cup cold water

1/4 cup of honey

1 pint fresh blueberries

2 ripe peaches

2 limes, juiced

THE PROCESS:

1. In a blender, add your chopped honeydew melon, honey, water and lime juice. Blend until liquified. You’ll need popsicle molds for this recipe. We used these molds and they are amazing for making at home pops! We’ve also seen tons of ideas out there to make popsicles at home using things you might already have around the house as well. (Pinterest anyone?)

2. Fill your molds 3/4 of the way full with the honeydew mixture.

3. Add whole blueberries and peach slices into the filled molds. We packed them full to get the most bang for our buck! Also, after these are frozen, you can see the peaches and blueberries peeking through…yummy AND pretty!

Put your molds into the freezer for a minimum of 4 hours for them to fully harden. Tip: when you are ready to eat them, dip the bottom of the molds in hot water to help them loosen for easier removal. For easy storage, you can place them in a large freezer bag and separate with pieces of parchment paper.

We are picturing lots of strolls on the beach and summer picnics with these pops! Enjoy!

Ever try out any of our recipes or have any beauty bites of your own? We want to see! Snap a pic and tag us on insta: @thebeautydept or on twitter: @tbdofficial

Beauty Bites

post + photography + graphic design by Norah Curlee

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but let’s face it, in the mornings we’d rather spend what little time we have getting the perfect lash curl or tousled wave. Sorry beauties, but lack of time is no excuse to reach for Tony the Tiger or Toucan Sam…not when we have this super easy cereal swap that you can make in advance and crunch on all week! Most importantly, it’s not what you can do for this cereal, but what this cereal can do for YOU, aka tons of benefits! Made with crunchy quinoa + coconut and sweetened with a bit o’ honey and dash of spicy cinnamon, you won’t miss the cartoon cardboard box…trust!

Tip: After mixing all your ingredients, spread on a baking sheet in an even layer before popping into an oven for maximum golden crunch!

The main attraction of this breakfast bowl is the super grain: quinoa. Even though it’s a grain, it is one of the highest protein foods out there containing 9 essential amino acids. It also contains twice the fiber of other grains. Some of the components of this wonder grain do amazing things for the skin. Quinoa contains high amounts of lysine which our bodies don’t produce and must be a dietary provision. Lysine is a key building block in the synthesis of elastin and collagen and aids in the quick healing of damage tissues. The riboflavin found in quinoa helps build up connective tissue which improves tone and wrinkle prevention. So basically, you can have your cereal and your facial too…multitasking! We love to top this golden goodness with some mixed berries and the milk of your choice! And FYI…it tastes just as good at midnight. ENJOY!

We’d love you to test out this recipe to see if you love it as much as we do! Pictures please! Instagram: @thebeautydept Twitter: @tbdofficial