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Beauty Bites

POST/PHOTOGRAPHY/GRAPHIC DESIGN BY NORAH CURLEE

Donuts are the new cupcake and cronuts are the new donut…but we think our croNOTS are the next big thing! (We’re calling it). You know after you core a ripe, juicy apple and slice it into rings? Looks kind of like a donut, huh? Well, with today’s Beauty Bite, we ran with it! With all the amazing beauty benefits apples bring, it really is true what they say about an apple a day…but we say bring on the toppings!

No wonder Snow White couldn’t resist…apples are such a gorgeous fruit! Not only are they easy on the eyes but these little pretties are a nutritional powerhouse. Among many various nutrients, apples have vitamins A and C, plus calcium, iron and fiber. You may already be familiar with the skin-supporting antioxidant benefits of vitamin C, as we’ve mentioned in previous posts, but one nutrient that shouldn’t be forgotten is fiber. An apple contains approximately 17% of your daily value of fiber, which is important for your body’s internal cleansing process. A beautiful body inside is a beautiful body outside! Apples also contain potassium, magnesium, and copper, all of which are beneficial to the hair by promoting growth, preventing loss and maintaining a healthy scalp. Score!

To make our pretty croNOTS, the first thing you’ll need to do is core all of your apples. You can use whatever type of apple is your favorite (so many to choose from!). Next you’ll want to slice your apple into rings…now do you see these donut-wannabees coming along?

Let’s talk toppings! To get the full donut effect you’ll need some “glaze” and some “sprinkles”. To keep things healthy, we used:

1. The “glaze”: We used flavored Greek yogurt and chose a few flavors that had especially pretty colors. For our chocolate fix, we made chocolate pudding out of an avocado…say what?! (Maybe that’s a post in and of itself!)

2. Fresh fruit. We sliced up some strawberries we had on hand, but you can use any fruit you like.

3. Almond butter. You could also use peanut butter or cashew butter.

4. “Sprinkles”: We used things like poppy seeds, almonds, cashews, peanuts, coconut, banana chips, dried apricots, dried cherries and pineapple…this is your chance to get creative with it!

Time to decorate! Make it fun…pretty food always tastes better.

We are dying to see your croNOT creations! Snap a pic and tag us! Instagram: @thebeautydept  Twitter: @tbdofficial

Enjoy!

 

WATER FLIP TRICK

Okay, this is kind of an out-of-the-norm post for us but it’s summer and it’s hot outside so anything goes, right?

Last week we posted a photo on our Instagram of a very popular type of photo that many refer to as a “mermaid shot” or a “water flip”. It generated a lot of comments regarding technique and how to capture it. According to readers, it’s not so easy to snap this photo while someone whips their water-soaked hair back. But we found a great way to do it and we wanted to share. Hopefully this will be your new favorite summer photo!

Here’s how we did it with our iPhone!

  • Be very careful or cover your phone in a LifeProof case!
  • Turn your settings to video: you’re going to record the water flip in action.
  • Frame up before you hit record: get the person to stand in the middle of your camera.
  • Dip it: push all your hair forward and dip your hair in the water up to your forehead.
  • Count down: hit record on your camera, count to three and have the person flip their head back. Stop the video after they’ve flipped all the way back.
  • Scroll through: open the video and drag the bar through your video to see it frame-by-frame. Pick the best frame and screen cap it.

Voila!

If you do this, hashtag it with #TBDwaterflip and we’ll repost the best ones on our Instagram account!