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Halloween Fairy: Beauty Tutorial!

October 15th, 2014 · 2 Comments

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Halloween is the chance for you to be anything you want for a night, and is the perfect time to show off your glowing skin! While everyone will be putting on lots of makeup, you can stand out with a sparkly, more natural look.

With that in mind, I created this “Fairy Beauty” tutorial. I love dressing up for Halloween, and I’m always on the lookout for costumes that are festive, feminine and cute. This look is the perfect match for a radiant and fun look!

Step One: Prime your skin with Simple Skincare 24-Hour Moisturizer. Fairies need radiant skin, so this step is a must!

Step Two: Dust your cheeks with a pastel pink blush.  You want a shade that will compliment your natural skin tone, but not overwhelm it — the look should be about your beauty, not makeup!

Step Three: For the eyes, first swipe a purple eye shadow over your entire lids.  Then apply a shimmery shadow to the inner corners of your eyelids and finish with mascara.

Step Four:
Finish the entire look with a swipe of bright pink lip gloss. Reapply as needed through Halloween!

With this tutorial, you can look gorgeous, natural and ethereal for Halloween this year!  Have a blast!

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Healthy and Hearty Southwestern Chicken Soup

October 1st, 2014 · 1 Comment

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As the weather gets chillier, there’s nothing more delicious than a warm, hearty soup recipe! This delicious dish is somewhere between a soup and a stew — it’s easily hearty enough to work as a full meal, and it’s full of nutritious and substantial ingredients like beans and chicken.

I bet you wouldn’t think of beans as a skin-friendly ingredient, but actually they are! Beans are full of biotin, which helps your skin look younger and healthier (a bioltin deficiency can make your skin dry and brittle). And this recipe also has tomatoes, which naturally protect your skin from UV rays (but be sure to add some extra protection with a moisturizer containing SPF, like Simple Skincare Protecting Light Moisturizer)! All in all, this recipe is delicious and easy, and will leave your skin looking great!

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Southwestern Chicken Soup

INGREDIENTS
1 onion, chopped
1 (16 ounce) can chili beans
1 (15 ounce) can black beans
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 12-ounce bottle of beer
2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
2 tbsp jalapeno peppers, minced
1/4 cup taco seasoning
3 whole skinless, boneless chicken breasts
Cheddar cheese (optional)
Sour cream (optional)
Scallions

DIRECTIONS
1. Place the onion, chili beans, black beans, corn, tomato sauce, beer, and diced tomatoes in a slow cooker. Add taco seasoning, and stir to blend. Lay chicken breasts on top of the mixture, pressing down slightly until just covered by the other ingredients. Set slow cooker for low heat, cover, and cook for 5 hours.
2. Remove chicken breasts from the soup, and allow to cool long enough to be handled. Stir the shredded chicken back into the soup, and continue cooking for 2 hours. Serve topped with shredded Cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips, if desired. Serves four.

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3 Must-Haves for a Healthy Adult Slumber Party

September 22nd, 2014 · 2 Comments

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With the dogs and the baby, some days it feels like every night is a slumber party at our house!  Evenings are the best time to de-stress after our busy days, but sometimes it’s hard to remember to take time to relax at the end of a long day or week.

But a few small tweaks to your evening routine can bring terrific benefits for your mind, body, and skin!  Setting aside an hour every night for a peaceful, slumber-party ritual will leave you refreshed, calm, and ready to sleep like a baby.

When you’re having a particularly stressful week, take a little time to indulge in one of these calming bedtime routines — and then reap the benefits when you wake up to beautiful skin!

Wind Down Without Alcohol: It can be tempting to have a glass of wine with dinner or at the end of the night, but alcohol dehydrates your skin and disrupts your sleep.  Our solution?  A soothing cup of chamomile tea or sparkling water with lemon, just before bed. 

Take an Evening Bath: This is my personal favorite.  A few nights a week, after the baby is sleeping, I hand the monitor off to my husband and relax in the bathtub.  Sometimes I meditate, sometimes I listen to music, sometimes I just decompress and relax.  When your days are as packed as mine have been lately, sometimes a little quiet time to yourself is the biggest luxury there is.

Catch Up With a Friend: Sometimes the happiest moments are when you connect with a good friend or family member, so I try to make sure I check in every day or two — over the phone!  (Remember the phone, that wacky method of communication we had before email?) I take fifteen or twenty minutes out of my night and catch up with my sister, mom, or a friend — sometimes a little chat session is the best way to de-stress!

Or, all of the above! Better yet, do all three!  Invite a few girlfriends over for a spa night — serve fruit-infused water (check out my recipe on the Simple Skincare blog!), try a homemade face mask (try my DIY oatmeal scrub using Simple Skincare moisturizer), and enjoy the time together!  It’s a terrific way to be kind to your skin and yourself!

And after your spa night?  Post a no-makeup selfie with the hashtag #NoMakeupWakeUp and join the conversation with @SimpleSkincare on Twitter!

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