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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

Holiday Gift Guide (Sister)

Post + Graphic Design, Norah Curlee

They can be closet raiders, tattle-tailers, secret blabbers, boyfriend stealers, attention hogs, pranksters and bathroom monopolizers…but they can also be best friends, confidants, shoulders to cry on, listeners, biggest fans, advisers, and supporters. We love them for that! Treat yours to something special this holiday season and show her just what she really means to you. This one’s for the sista’s!

Este Lauder Zodiac Compact: What’s her sign? The stars align with these gawgeous limited edition zodiac powder compacts from Este Lauder. These are the perfect addition to her handbag’s beauty party. RSVP yes!

Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Train Case: For the sister who has everything. We cannot get over how amazing this metallic gold limited edition train case is. Something pretty to house all her pretties and more!

Guerlain Meteorite Illuminating Pearls: Guerlain knocked it out of the park this year with their Crazy Paris holiday collection. These little illuminating powder pearls are at the top of our list for sissy!

YSL Golden Gloss Holiday Trio: Things are getting glossy with this trio from YSL…and we aren’t mad about it! Nothing says you’re special like some designer shine!

Ciate Nail Lab: This set includes everything she’ll need to play mad scientist with her nails. She can mix custom colors and sort out all her nail art whims and more! And let’s face it, she’ll probably invite you over for a mani party. Just sayin’.

Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Holiday Set: Ohhhh these are good. You’ve probably heard the raves about this product (unless you’ve been living under a beauty rock) and we particularly <3 the shade in Amethyst. She’ll have four mini’s to glam up her eye looks. Score.

Kiehl’s Aromatic Blends Set – Orange Flower & Lychee: Kiehl’s has long dominated skin care shelves…now they are taking over bath tubs and shower caddy’s as well! She can max and relax with this yummy smelling bath treats!

Laduree Othello Candle: The makers of our favorite little macarons are now venturing into the candle arena! This holiday candle has a warm and inviting scent that is super lush!

Shu Uemura New Generation Eyelash Curler: The lash curling gods at over at Shu have done it again. The latest and greatest tool for va-va-voom peepers is here! Sissy needs it.

Eight Hour Cream Gift Set: What did we do before EA’s 8 hour cream?? Get this set into her grips ASAP this holiday and her skin will be sending you thank you cards well into the New Year.

Chanel Rouge Rubis: We think Chanel beauty always saves the best for the holidays. This limited edition shade may very well be the perfect red. It’s a beauty, trust us.

Clarins 7 Wonders Gift Set: When a brand puts all of their best selling/cult products into one package, its more of a must-have than a wish-list contender. Clarins packs this set full of minis to pamper into the new year!

Clarins Odyssey Face Palette: Speaking of Clarins…get ready to drool. This stunning, light-weight pressed powder is the perfect accomplice for a winter glow. Plus the lush packaging doesn’t hurt!

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette: Brand new and limited from Smashbox alert! We love the matte/shimmer ratio and gorgeous rich, neutral colors. Complete with double-ended brush and mini mascara and we would say that’s a wrap!

Glossybox for Net-A-Porter: When Glossybox + Net-A-Porter team up you know that it’s only magic in the making. Enter this limited edition box filled with goodies any sister (or any girl for that matter) would love to have.

RiRi Hearts MAC Superslick Eyeliner: RiRi hearts MAC but TBD hearts this rose gold liquid liner. Big time! This is such a unique product with serious pigment pay-off. One please!

NAILED IT!

photos/post/graphic design: Kristin Ess

While the nail art trend goes on a major hiatus, there will always be a spot in our hearts for layering! The diehard polish princesses around our office still need something fun happening on all ten. This is our new favorite winter combo. So fun, so simple and so pretty! Layering is the best because there are no rules, it’s just all about your favorite color combos.

Here we’ve used two colors and a top coat. A) TENOVERTEN (one of my favorite NYC mani spots) makes the perfect winter blue called “Commerce”. It’s available here. B) The perfect white snowy layer is made by E.L.F. cosmetics called “Enchanted” and it’s available here and at Target!

  1. Always use a good base coat of your choice when doing darker colors to keep your nails from getting stained if they’re porous. Add your base polish color. Here we used “Commerce” mentioned above.
  2. Next, paint on your white snowfall!
  3. Add a clear topcoat and that’s it.

Pretty basic, but very exciting to us in Southern California where this is all the snow we’re going to see this year!  If you do this mani, don’t forget to tag us on insta! @thebeautydept

WATER-BASED METALLIC SHARPIE

photos/post Kristin Ess

Most of you will remember our gold sharpie nail post HERE. The other day we stumbled on an even better nail art tool– (more…)