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Beauty Bites

Photography/Post/Graphics by Norah Curlee

One might think the words “avocado” and “pudding” don’t belong in the same sentence, but we are here to tell you otherwise! Sounds weird right? Who would have thought this guacamole staple could be sweetened and whipped up with a few ingredients to create smoothest most decadent chocolate pudding ever. We can’t get enough avocado around TBD, obviously. We love it on toast, in salads, and even as the most amazing hair mask of all time. While this may be the most unusual way we’ve ever used this fruit (and yes it is a fruit), it’s definitely the most delicious! We can’t wait for you guys to try out this recipe and even more so for the beauty benefits.

This dreamy chocolate pudding is another one of our “throw everything in a blender and you’re done”  recipes. Quick, easy, and delicious. Unlike traditional chocolate pudding that is loaded with sugar and lots of cream, our version contains only avocado, unsweetened cocoa powder, coconut milk, honey, vanilla and cinnamon. We love making these types of desserts at home because we can control the quality of the ingredients and we know exactly what is going onto our plate!

This is what you’ll need: (yields 2 servings)

  • 2 ripe, peeled and pitted avocados
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • dash of cinnamon

The Process:

Toss everything into a blender or food processor and blend until completely smooth. Chill in the refrigerator until you’re ready to chow. (If you aren’t eating it straight out of the blender by now). Couldn’t be easier!

For extra fun (and even more beauty benefits) we topped our chocolate pudding with some non-dairy whipped coconut cream and a sprinkle of bright pink pomegranate seeds. You know, for the gorgeous effect. You can also add things like sliced banana, berries, pistachios and any other of your favorites.

Our pal, the avocado, is good for you in so many ways. They have more fat than any other fruit, but don’t let that stop you from slicing one up quite yet! This is the good kind of fat that is great for heart health, blood pressure, skin and hair vitality and countless others. Yes, you read that right. It’s full of a fat that makes your body healthy. Be still our beating hearts. These monounsaturated fats in avocado are so beneficial in improving your skin tone. They are vital for maintaining good moisture levels in the epidermal layer of your skin that make it look and feel soft and healthy. We are always looking for ways to incorporate this feel good food into our diet…we’re thrilled that this time it’s coming in the form of creamy chocolate pudding. (YES)

We’re all about eats with a big nutrient roster AND an indulgent taste. Go ahead and file this recipe right into the NON-guilty pleasures category. While you’re at it, go ahead and add it to your “good enough to serve to company” list, too. Your friends will flip, and we’re willing to bet they’ll never guess that this pudding is packed full of avocado goodness.

We hope you try out this amazing, healthy chocolate pudding and that you prepare yourselves to be blown away. It really is that good, especially for all of you chocoholics out there! If you do decide to give it a go, take a beauty snap and tag us on Instagram: @thebeautydept or on Twitter: @tbdofficial

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

ORGANIZATION STATION!

 

Post/Graphic Design by Norah Curlee

So we know we’re a little late for Spring cleaning, but it’s never too late to get organized! This is especially important for your beauty stash as it can easily take over every surface. Not only does keeping your bits and bobs stored properly look really great, but knowing where everything is can cut down on time when it comes to getting ready. There’s a storage solution for every beauty product and tool under the sun and we’ve rounded them up here…pens at the ready!

JARS + CATCH-ALLS

These guys come in very handy for storing things like Q-tips, cotton rounds, hair ties, bobby pins, tweezers and scissors and so much more. Have several small odds and ends that don’t have a home? Into the jar they go!

Our faves:

1. Artisan Glass Container With Oak Lid

2. Jars With Chalk Labels

3. Square Glass Jar With Gold Lid

4. Acrylic Clear Canisters

5. Small Woodstock Tin

MAKEUP + HAIR

Probably the most important for obvious reasons. So many hair dryers and blushes and brushes…where to put them all? Here:

1. Doris Wall Cabinet – So great for tucking away that hair dryer and curling iron!

2. Diva Vanity Organizer - Makeup brushes up top and plenty of drawer space.

3. Marble Brush Holder - The chicest way to hold makeup brushes. Obsessed.

4. Acrylic Cosmetic Organizer – The perfect vanity topper with nooks and crannies for all the makeup!

CUTE CANISTERS

Just because it serves a purpose doesn’t mean it has to be boring! We love these storage canisters that are functional and pretty enough to display around your space. We’re getting them all.

1. Silver Ceramic Jar

2. Marble Swivel Top Box

3. Jonathan Adler Secrets Canister

4. Glass Apothecary Jar

5. Copper Ceramic Jar

6. White Porcelain Box

7. Striped Ceramic Jar

So what’s your beauty storage situation? Does everything have its place or is it all at random? We want to know because we’re nosy like that. Leave us a comment below!

Travel Beauty Bags

post/graphic design by norah curlee

Hey hey jet setters! We know all you lovelies have vacays and road trips planned for the summer…and you’ll need to haul your beauty gear, obviously. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite practical (and adorable) packers that will transport your beauty bits from point A to point B. Having travel bags like this on hand can help you stay organized and even safeguard your treasures from busting/breaking during a bumpy journey through airports and trunks. We’d classify this category as a MUST HAVE. Here are some of our favorites…

1. Can you guess what we’d use this cute case for? #lippies

2. These hanging bags make things super accesible while hooked on the back of a hotel door. Also, mint green lining. <3

3. So many possibilities in store for this little red pouch.

4. This cylinder pouch is genius for taking along makeup brushes, eye pencils etc.

5. This bag had us at STRIPES.

6. Weekender bags like this one are perfect for consolidating all of your must haves into one place.

7. A two-for-one! Lot’s of bags and pouches for products with this option.

8. A classic summery little zip bag. Perfect.

9. Bzzzzzzzz.

10. The whole kit and caboodle! This one has an insert for nail polishes and room for all your mani essentials. YES.

11. A cute trio!

12. We love options and this style comes in lots of colors!

13. Another great one for hauling nail stuff!

14. Pastels and polka dots, and small enough to throw in your hand bag!

Packing is more like a chore and isn’t super exciting, but if you have fun and functional bags/cases it can make the whole process that much better. We will take any help in the organizational department that we can get! What do you guys pack your beauty gear in for trips? Any favorites? Let us know in the comments!

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!