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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




photos + post by Kristin Ess

This Mani Monday is all about clean up! When you work hard to make your nails look beeeeautiful, you must go that extra mile. I’m sure a lot of you already do this, but we see plenty of photos from people who either don’t know or just don’t do it. And let me tell you, it makes a HUGE difference! Your nails look great, but it just doesn’t look as polished (ha!) without the finishing touches. Here’s how we recommend you perfect those pretty fingers:



photo: zeynep öztayıncı post designed by kristin ess

Good news friends! This coming week we’ll be adding a search bar + some other fun stuff to help you navigate your way through beauty wonderland. Have a great weekend! See you all Monday!

XO Lauren, Kristin and Amy Nadine


photo: jamie nelson post designed by kristin ess

Yesterday on twitter I asked everyone to post hair questions. I randomly selected a tweet from one of our tweetie pies named @CatherineLoves. She asks how to get volume in thin, lifeless hair. The answer is simple. You have to set it! Setting hair ain’t just for grannies, you know. Roller sets are quietly working their magic all the time! On photo shoots, backstage at fashion week and on the always voluminous Victoria’s Secret runway shows. You guys don’t see a lot of them, you only see the results.

You can go about setting hair in a number of ways but here are the basics. First, find a volumizing product that you love. Ask your hair stylist to recommend something that’s weightless that won’t get sticky. Volumizers that feel sticky will end up weighing your hair down after an hour or two. Blow dry upside down to get the hair going upward and off your head. Flip back over and blow out your hair in sections as you normally would.

While your hair is still warm, start putting velcro rollers in the top section and work your way down if desired. You don’t need to spray hair with hairspray before you wrap it around the roller. In fact, I recommend that you do not. It makes them harder to pull out. I always like to put rollers straight down the part because that’s where people usually feel their hair is the most flat. Use a bobby pin to secure. The key with setting is to let it go from hot to cold while rolled up. Once your hair is wrapped, warm it up once more with a blast from your dryer and then let it get cold! (Yes, you can use the cool button on your blowdryer if you have one to speed up the process.) Use cooling time to get dressed or put your makeup on. Once the rollers have cooled unroll them and style as usual!

Velcro rollers are your best bet for lasting lift. Many of our readers use curling irons or flat irons and with velcro rollers you can still use them after you set. Put 2-3 on top for added height, or do the whole head for maximum fullness. This is a lot of info, but setting your hair with velcro rollers will only take a few extra minutes and it’s so worth it.

xx Kristin