Posts Tagged ‘kitchen beautician’

BEAUTY BITES

PHOTOS/POST: NORAH CURLEE

We are spreading the love today with three versions of our newest obsession: coconut spread! Who knew when you thoroughly blend raw shredded coconut, you are left with a butter like consistancy perfect for topping toast, crackers or any other usual suspect. Well, we know now! We want to put this stuff on just about everything, and since coconut is the main (and pretty much the only) ingredient, you will be reaping many a beauty benefit!

Coconut spread contains minimal ingredients and is super easy to make! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 8 ounces of raw unsweetended coconut
  • 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

THE PROCESS:

In a blender add your coconut, vanilla and coconut oil. Blend a little at a time, stirring in between pulses until you are left with a paste or almond butter-like texture!

Once you have your plain coconut butter, now comes the fun part. Add whatever you want! We’ve made three flavors by mixing in smashed blackberries, chopped fresh figs and cacao nibs. This is your chance to get creative and add in whatever your little heart desires.

So far we’ve used this on toasts and in place of butter– aka: melting some into our oatmeal. No doubt it would be great on top of ice cream or gelato! So many uses for this deliciousness!

This is a cute handmade gift for a vegetarian/vegan friend, too! Just add some handwritten labels to the jars to identify each flavor.

As you may remember, this isn’t the first time coconut has made its way onto the TBD beauty plate, and for good reason. Between all the antioxidants that are great for the skin, hair and nails plus all the hydration benefits of coconut, it’s safe to say that it may be our favorite beauty bite ingredient of all time (gasp!). You heard us.

This is a new discovery for us so we hope some of you will try it out for yourselves! If you do decide to venture out into the coconut butter world, do show us on twitter @tbdofficial or instagram @thebeautydept. #beautybites #prettyontheinside

KITCHEN BEAUTICIAN

TUTORIAL & PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

I never really appreciated toner for some reason. I thought it was something companies made to get us to buy more but wasn’t really necessary. And I still feel that way about some of them, but apple cider vinegar does something in a way that lotions and face washes don’t. It tightens pores, helps clear up acne and fights future breakouts. It’s anti-bacterial and an antiseptic and helps to re-balance your skin’s pH level after it’s been disrupted from washing it. I have yet to find a toner out there that can duplicate its properties. Here’s all you need to know:

TOOLS:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar– Look for an organic version (with Mother in it if you can as it’s full of enzymes).
  • Distilled/Filtered Water
  • Container — preferably a glass bottle
  • Chopstick or Spoon
  • Cotton Ball/Pad/Square

STEPS:

**Optional: If you are the very thorough type, you can first sterilize the glass bottle by boiling it in water.

  1. Fill half of the bottle with water. Again, if you’re the thorough type, you can certainly measure both the water and the apple cider vinegar. I prefer to eye it! Then shake the bottle of vinegar and pour it into the remaining half of the bottle.
  2. Give it a good stir.
  3. Place a cotton pad on top of the opening and turn it upside down to load it up.
  4. After you wash your face, sweep the cotton pad all over it (chest and back too if needed).

**If you have sensitive skin, instead of equal parts, try one part vinegar to 6 parts water to dilute it more. You can keep it that strength or eventually work up to 1:1. Some people can handle the vinegar undiluted, straight from the bottle!

PACKING PRODUCT FOR TRAVEL

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

To some of you super smarties out there, this may be a really obvious travel tip, but the  first time I learned this trick I was like “whaaaat?”. (Yah, that’s how I talk.) I used to resort to just throwing my bottles of shampoo + conditioner in a gallon ziplock and then into my suitcase. Constantly bummed when I got to my destination to see that ziplock full of shampoo. The lid would pop open almost every time, I assume due to altitude pressure. And if you’re a hair colorist, like me, traveling with color it can be extra sad. Once I tried this method of packing product for travel, I never had that issue again. Thought it would be a nice trick to share with you so here’s how it’s done…

  • Use basic kitchen cling wrap. You can also cut up an old plastic grocery bag, a shower cap, a ziplock, anything plastic that you want to get another use out of.
  • Cut it up into 3 or 4 inch squares.
  • Take the lid off the product and lay the plastic on.
  • Secure the lid back on.

Voila! If you’re doing it on a product with a pump or spout, you will need to have the lid on top as well to keep the pump from pressing down and causing leakage. Regardless, adding the plastic sheet will still help to stop any liquid from coming out where the lid gets screwed on.

KITCHEN BEAUTICIAN

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

I don’t know about you but I have some friends who come over and stage-5-cling to my precious bottle of Klorane which pretty much causes me to have a mini heart attack. I see this white cloud all around them and I wonder why I didn’t hide it before they got there. Too late, bottle is half gone. If you’ve ever paid for a bottle of Klorane you know it’s $20+. The reason we love it so much is because it’s made with rice. When rice comes in contact with the oils from your scalp, it becomes transparent. Many others are made with talc powders that never really disappear. Talc will often stay white and make you look like you’re from the Victorian era. I thought it would be fun to experiment! We tried dabbing finely ground rice flour (make sure it’s not coarse) at the root using a clean blush brush and were pleasantly surprised to see that this inexpensive alternative worked wonderfully!

  1. Pour a little finely ground white rice flour into a small cup.
  2. Dab your blush brush in the flour.
  3. Gently tap the brush on the side of the cup to remove excess flour.
  4. Apply.

In the tutorial above we photographed it on a blonde model, but since I have tried it on my red hair and it worked perfectly! The keys to applying are…

  • Make sure you section the hair off. Take sections parallel with the hairline. I like to go an inch below the hairline on each side.
  • Use your clean blush brush in a downward motion. Going upward or side to side may cause frizzing at the root.
  • Make sure you don’t apply too much. If you do it could look a little funky. If you think you’ve applied too much, just rub some off with a dry washcloth.
  • Don’t forget  to do your hairline!
  • Tap to blend. You don’t want to stroke your hair with your hand to get it to blend because you’ll end up wiping some away. Instead, tap it into the root gently with the pads of your fingers!

Best part about this is it’s completely green! You’ll get lots of applications out of one small bag.