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BEAUTY BITES

Post/Photography/Graphic Design by Norah Curlee

Breakfast just got a whole lot prettier! We’re going to need you to stop what you’re doing and go find the biggest bowl in your cupboard. Got it? Great! Now it’s time to make a killer new breakfast trend called the acai bowl. It’s made up of dreamy, frozen acai puree and topped with things like fresh fruit, granola, and coconut. Everything you could want out of breakfast all in one. Of course, it’s no secret that acai is a super food loaded with benefits, but more on that later..

This dish is more of an “assembly” rather than a recipe. Our favorite kind! You’ll need to start with frozen acai puree, and we particularly love this one which can be found in the freezer section at your local supermarket. Another route is to use acai powder and blend with frozen fruit to DIY your own frozen puree. Either way is delicious! Once you have your acai base in your bowl, it’s time to top! Our favorites are a good oat and flax granola, some fresh berries, coconut and sliced banana. Such a winning combo! Around LA acai bowls have become insanely popular, especially during the hot summer months. Other topping options we’ve spotted are almond butter, chia seeds, hemp seeds, mango, blackberry, kiwi, gogi berry, honey, and the list goes on. You can really add anything you want!

We especially love this breakfast option because of the countless benefits that come with eating acai. In Brazil, they refer to acai as “the beauty berry” which we LOVE because of all the good it does your body from the inside out. We don’t know about you, but we can get on board with a diet rich in beauty berries! While acai has most of the vitamins found in other fruits, it also contains compounds found in no other fruit making it completely unique! It might surprise you that the little acai berry packs more grams of protein than an egg (say what?), and when combined with its host of omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, acai has been shown to improve the look and texture of your hair, skin and nails. Acai also ranks among the highest antioxidant rich foods. They are seriously loaded! With all those antioxidants, it’s sure to help fight free radicals keeping the skin looking younger and healthier. All hail the acai!

So tell us…have you ever tried acai? Any favorite ways to enjoy these “beauty berries”? Let us know in the comments! And as always, if you recreate this beauty bite be sure to share your snaps with us on twitter @tbdofficial or on our gram! @thebeautydept #prettyontheinside

Oh, and if you’re wondering how the heck to pronounce acai, look no further. We cracked the case, click HERE.

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

D.I.Y. WATERPROOF EYE MAKEUP REMOVER

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

This is, hands-down, the easiest and fastest way to take off waterproof liner, liquid liner, longwear shadows and the most stubborn makeup that you can dare to wear! Not to mention, it’s 100% natural, vegan and raw! And a jar lasts a really long time. And you can use it  as a hair mask or as a body oil too… Clearly, I can go on and on! My model Skye actually taught me this particular trick last week so I’m new to it but an instant convert because of how easily it literally glides right off. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Sanitize your fingers with anti-bacterial soap or Purell. Dip two fingers in the coconut oil and scoop out a nickel-sized amount of the coconut oil. It will start to melt pretty quickly with the body temperature of your fingers so don’t dilly dally! Rub those two fingers with the identical two fingers on your other hand.
  2. Look in the mirror to make a mental photograph then close your eyes  and gently rub each eye with the corresponding fingers. You can certainly do one eye at a time, I just get so tired at night that I like to speed up the process!
  3. Continue gently rubbing the oil over the makeup on both the top and bottom lids. You’ll feel the makeup melt away under your fingers.
  4. Pick up the facial cloth and wipe everything off on the bottom lid.
  5. Repeat on the top lid as well. And if you’ve filled in your brow, one sweep will take it off too!

 

BEAUTY BITES

post + photography + graphic design by Norah Curlee

So, it’s post-dinner and about that time where the sweet cravings kick into high gear. The Ben & Jerry’s carton is basically knocking down the freezer door trying to make its way into your bowl. Want to go for a dessert that’s just as delicious and packed with healthy, beautifying goodies? Peep our chia seed pudding complete with yummy accessories! Something magical happens when you mix chia seeds with almond milk…you’re are left with a delicious pudding that you can sweeten with honey and vanilla and add healthy toppings. The best part? It is sans sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial ingredients and all the other junk found in the pre-packaged stuff. J-E-L-L-NO. Here’s how you make it!

Curious to know the beauty benefits? Let’s break this down…

1. Chia Seeds: You’ve seen our love for this superfood during snack time, but in this sweet treat they are the star ingredient. Just one of the many benefits of chia seeds, they have a high concentrate of vegetarian omega 3 fatty acids. A diet rich in omega 3s can aid in nourishing hair follicles which will combat brittle ends as well as a dry scalp. Hello lustrous locks! Studies also show that these essential fatty acids can reduce acne and inflammation, boosting the skins natural glow. And we are ALL about that.

2. Coconut: This ingredient is buzzing in the beauty world these days. Coconut oil and coconut water are incorporated into all sorts of beauty regimes. The same benefits occur when munching on some raw coconut! And we think eating this tasty little gem is more fun than topical application. Duh. Raw, unrefined coconut contains antioxidant properties that can help slow the aging process by protecting our bodies from free radicals (one of the main causes of tired/aging skin). Not to mention it’s filled with electrolytes that can keep you nice and hydrated. We all know that hydration is the greatest beauty secret of all!

3. Almond milk: This super delicious dairy alternative is a major source of protein. Protein, being essential to the body’s growth and development, helps with…you guessed it…hair and nail growth! Want longer, stronger hair + nails? A protein rich diet will do just that. Almond milk is also packed with vitamin E. Remember those pesky free radicals we discussed? Well, getting your daily dose of vitamin E helps to fight off premature aging. Pour us another!

4. Pistachios: We are nuts for these. (See what we did there?) Not only are pistachios super yummy and fun to crack open, they are packed with vitamin B6. Among the long list of B6 benefits, hormonal balance is one of them. Do you ever get annoying breakouts around…ahem…that time of the month? That is most likely due to a hormone imbalance. Studies show that women who have high levels of vitamin B6 are less likely to breakout during that time. Crack on to clear skin!

5. Carob chips: Choco-holics, this little number goes out to you! As a healthier alternative to chocolate, carob tastes just as sweet but with some souped-up health benefits to boot! The biomolecules in carob can bind to inactive toxins and inhibit the growth of bacteria. Sounds super science-y but its really simple. It gets rid of the junk! A body free of toxins/bacteria glows from he inside out!

6. Honey: The sweetest of them all! We’ve raved about this ingredient in the past due to its countless beautifying properties. But let’s be honest, it tastes so good that the benefits are just bonus points!

7. Vanilla: Ok, we are talking PURE vanilla extract, or better yet a vanilla bean/pod. None of the imitation stuff if you can help it! Vanilla, in our opinion, is the perfect ingredient to add full flavor to any dessert/treat and a little goes a long way! In keeping with the theme of antioxidant rich foods, vanilla is no different. The antioxidants found in natural vanilla can fight off oxidative stress which can lead to premature aging. Case in point, bring on the antioxidants!

8. Bananas: It’s no secret that bananas are packed with potassium, as we all learned in 6th grade science class! Even though that’s a well known fact, potassium is one of the most common deficiencies. More reason to un-peel and chow! Not to mention, this mineral is a key player in skin hydration. It maintains electrolyte balance and internal fluids keeping skin cells hydrated and skin internally moisturized…something your body butters and facial hydrators won’t do!

We also happen to think this is the perfect treat to make during your next girls night in and share with your besties. If you decide to give this recipe a go, snap a pic and tag us on insta! @thebeautydept