Posts Tagged ‘milk’

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

LOSE YOUR BAGGAGE!

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

There aren’t many (non-surgical) options for really bad undereye bags… but there are a few things we can do take the puffiness down so we’re a little less self-conscious! Some of the more obvious remedies are to get as much sleep as you can, drink lots of water throughout the day and lower or limit (eek!) your salt intake. Experts say to lower your caffeine intake as well because it can be bloating. But if you have a life and like to enjoy it, try this quick fix using milk! Why milk? Because the lactic acid in milk assists in lowering puffiness and even helps with dark circles.  (more…)

KITCHEN BEAUTICIAN

 

post designed by kristin ess

Splish splash! One of the nicest things you can do for yourself is just relax. I’ve been traveling this week and always need a minute of down time when I get home. Taking a milk bath is one of the oldest tricks in the book. In fact, it’s claimed to be a favorite of Cleopatra + Queen Elizabeth… and we all know how glamourous they were! Milk baths are amazing for a few of reasons. First, milk contains lactic acids + alpha hydroxy acids. These break-up the “glue” that keeps dead skin on your body. Soaking in a milk bath followed by a quick rinse in the shower can eliminate a lot of dead skin with very little effort. Second, it contains vitamins A + D which are skin softening. And last but not least, you can switch it up and use any kind- soy milk, oat milk, almond milk, or goats milk which are all beneficial to your skin’s health in different ways.

It’s easy to create your own version of this ancient favorite. Here’s my favorite…

Pour one half gallon of Vitamin D milk into your drawn bath water. Fill a fabric satchel or pouch with chamomile tea and lavender pieces and tie it up tight. Let that soak with water. It’s like a big tea bag. Last, for an amazing fragrance, float a couple of gardenias on the surface. The steam will bring out the scent. You can add bubbles if you want. But most important, relax + enjoy.

XO Lauren