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!

LASH BESTIES

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

Pick a pair and thank me later! Why are two mascaras better than one? Because each wand is designed to do different things and each formula created for completely different tasks as well. Some add volume, others separate, some lengthen, others create “tubes” around each lash… and when you combine the power of two, the effect is gorgeous. More is more, ladies! Here’s how to do it:

COCKTAIL #1:

  1. Use the volumizing mascara by stroking and wiggling the wand through the upper and bottom lashes. Start at the base and pull the wand all the way through to the tips.
  2. Switch to the lengthening mascara (don’t wait more than a minute in between the two formulas so you can catch it before the first formula dries). Concentrate the wand at the root of the lashes by stamping it across the roots. Revisit my Root Stamp Tutorial to see how. Then pull the final stroke all the way to the tip to lengthen.

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COCKTAIL #5:

  • MAGNIFY + TOP COAT: Leave it to the clever folks at Covergirl to create one tube with two wands and two formulas in CoverGirl Bombshell Volume by lashblast MascaraUse Wand #1 to build volume and Wand #2 to make the lashes as shiny as you can get!

What are your most favorite mascara duos? Let us know in the comments below! And if you try one of my five favorite cocktail pairings, please instagram or tweet us a picture and tag us!

LASH CURLING EXTREME

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

You learned my secret technique for getting the most from your lash curler in my Pinch Me Tutorial (remember how you invert the curler when you pinch it?). That on its own is such a gift for opening up the eye and curling the lashes. But today, let’s go a step further with the ultimate way to flare your lashes so beautifully, it’s like a push-up bra for your lashes! Here’s how:  READ MORE…

CHOOSING A BLOW DRYER (PART 1)

post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

This week I’m going to help you find your dream dryer. Getting to know these keywords is the first step in the process. There are many things to know because dozens of blow dryers promise to be the miraculous one. Let’s start here: simply study this brief list of keywords and their definitions (by hair dresser speak, not definition as in Webster’s), then meet me back here on Friday to put this list to use!