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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

HOW TO DISGUISE OVER-PLUCKED BROWS

We’ve all been there. We get a little tweezer happy and before we know it, we have tadpoles with tails. Or it’s not our fault at all and we’ve entrusted a new esthetician who clearly had a different (thinner) vision in mind. But don’t panic! There’s a way to fill them in while you’re waiting for them to grow out. Here’s how:  (more…)

SHORT HAIR PONYTAIL IDEA

PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHICS DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

This is hands down one of the easiest hair tutorials we’ve ever done, but also one of the chicest! This is an ideal pony for a girl on the go and/or the lazy girl. It’s perfection for anyone who wants to keep it low maintenance but also look like they put a little time and effort in, especially for those early morning call times or meetings. We paired this with a leather jacket and we’re FEEEEELING it. Let’s just jump right in to how it’s done…

  1. Any texture is great for this pony. If you have straight hair or slight wave, brush it out. If you have curly hair or want to maintain your natural wave for this ponytail, then skip the brushing.
  2. Put the hair behind your ears in a low ponytail and secure using a clear elastic. You’ll leave both sections from the front/sides out. If you have really thick hair and you want to do this, you might consider taking more hair into the ponytail and leaving less out front. If your sections in front are too thick, it could be hard to conceal them later.
  3. Take both side sections, give them a light mist of strong hold hairspray, then pull them back over the top of the ponytail. Twist them into a half knot.
  4. Now take those two pieces and wrap them around the ponytail and under.
  5. Use small/strong bobby pins to secure the remaining pieces under the ponytail. We kind of “stuffed” the longer bits up underneath the base of the ponytail before bobby pinning.
  6. FInish off by smoothing out any flyaway hairs with a light veil of hairspray!

That’s literally it. Are you guys into these simple styles? When you try it on yourself, take a picture and post it on instagram and tag it with #TBDgirlonthego so we can see it and possibly repost!

BROW OPTIONS

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

Ever wonder the difference between brow products? Some shade and fill in while others define… Because we live to simplify things for you, the lovely Bria Murphy is back to showcase four different brow products (all roughly the same shade) and how the brows (and face!) change with each.

TINTED BROW GEL: This creates a soft, groomed look with a hint of shading. This one is our favorite because it builds brow fibers that create a fuller-looking brow.

MECHANICAL PENCIL: A pencil is great because you can lightly shade (like I did above) or you can make really straight lines for a very strong brow. I also love pencils when using a brow stencil. This one wins for best shades and self-sharpening tip.

BROW SHADOW: Filling in the brow with a shadow is the easiest way to fill in any “holes” or sparse areas. This duo is universally gorgeous on most.

BROW POMADE: Pomades might be my new favorites because they shade like a wet shadow would with a lot of color payoff. This formula is one of our favorite mousses.

Which one(s) do you use? We’d love to know in the comments below!