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drugstore beauty favorites!

August 28th, 2013 · 3 Comments

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As much as I love luxe products, some of my absolute favorite, tried-and-true beauty staples are from the drugstore!  I’ve been wanting to do a post on this for quite some time, because there are some major recommendations that have been piling up in my beauty cabinets that I really wanted to share with you guys!

First of all, one that’s a little bit off the beaten track: a multivitamin.  We all know that beauty comes from the inside, but that’s true literally as well as figuratively!  Vitamin deficiencies can cause all sorts of health problems, from hair loss (Vitamin D) to dry skin (Vitamins A, E and Biotin) to Eczema (Zinc)!  Obviously, the best way to make sure you’re getting enough is by eating a balanced diet, but it’s also important to have a vitamin as backup!  I know I’ve gone weeks without taking one (I know, bad habit) but I always feel better when I do.  And being totally honest, I still take Flinstones.  For some reason, I just never moved to adult vitamins, and they work for me!

Next, skincare!  You guys know I use Simple Skincare all the time, but for this post, I decided to feature one of the first of their products that I tried: the cleansing facial wipes.  They now have five different variations (plus eye makeup wipes!), but the Cleansing Facial Wipes and the Radiance Cleansing Wipes are my absolute favorites.  This is a big travel months for me, and so is September, so I always make sure I have these stocked up when I’m facing long days ahead of me!  (One less excuse to fall asleep in my makeup is always a big plus!)

And my body wash is almost always a drugstore brand!  I fell in love with this Caress Vanilla & Sandalwood body wash, which is a whopping $3 and smells delicious.  As body wash goes, that’s basically all I need!

Finally, makeup!  I tried COVERGIRL’s new Whipped Creme Foundation for the first time a few weeks ago, and just love it.  I usually alternate days between using my expensive foundation and a drugstore brand to make the bottle last longer, and this one is perfect for those days!  It’s really light and not at all greasy — a huge plus when you’re dealing with August Houston weather!  And I’ve worn COVERGIRL Lip Perfection Lipstick for years — since we lived in New York!  I love experimenting with new beauty trends at the drug store, so I don’t feel guilty about spending $30 on a lipstick and then wearing it once or twice (sigh)!

And last but not least, have you guys seen these nail polish remover pads?  They’re seriously amazing!  I’m terrible at applying nail polish and my manicures always ship painfully quickly.  I keep these in my desk and in my car so that when my polish starts to chip, I can get rid of it ASAP!  They come in individual packets so they’re easy to store anywhere you might need them, and perfect for travel!

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orange is the new red (for fall makeup!)

August 14th, 2013 · No Comments

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You guys, I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but orange is THE new color for fall makeup!

I remember seeing peeks of orange and coral at fashion week several seasons ago, but this is the year that orange is going from weird-fashion-trend to wearable for everyone!

You all know that I get a little nervous with bold lip colors, but for some reason, this is one is a huge favorite of mine!  But if you guys are nervous about taking the plunge, I figured I’d share a few tips that I’ve picked up in experimenting with this trend!

Lips First

When it comes to orange, the easiest place to incorporate it into your beauty routine is in lipsticks!  I’m wearing Clarins Juicy Clementine in these photos, along with a gloss over it.  Where you might raise an eyebrow at, say, orange eyeliner, lipstick in bright orange just looks carefree and fun!  Generally, from easiest to hardest, I’d say: Gloss, Lipstick, Blush, Eyeshadow, Eyeliner/Mascara.  So start at the beginning of the list and work your way through!

Keep the Rest Minimal

This is true of any dramatic beauty look: you don’t want to go overboard!  If you’re playing up your lips, tone down your eyes and cheeks — you can still do a pretty, soft liner or a natural smoky eye, but don’t go for a bold shadow when you’re already playing up your lips!  You want to draw attention to a standout feature, and then have everything else be pretty backdrop.  The best way to do it?  Keep your skin smooth, healthy and radiant with a great moisturizer (I love the Protecting Light Moisturizer from Simple Skincare!) and as little product as you can get away with!

Brighter is Better

When you’re picking an orange shade, go for to bold, bright tones!  You don’t want your orange lips to be vampy — for that reason, I like to stick to oranges with pink undertones to keep the bright, youthful shade.  And as fall goes on, think about branching into coppery orange shades for eyeshadow! 

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recipe: homemade quinoa cakes

July 24th, 2013 · 5 Comments

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One bad habit that we had trouble breaking when we left New York: take out. 

On nights when we both got home late, the quick and easy thing was always to order chinese food, or thai, or sushi, or pizza, or…. you get the idea.  Sure, I had some things I could cook at home (ahem, ahem, mac and cheese), but really: no healthy options.

Living in Houston has changed all that, and I’m so incredibly grateful for it!  Because take-out isn’t as plentiful or easy here, I actually plan our dinners for the week and grocery shop on the weekends.  (I know, what a novel concept!) But it’s helped us be a lot more flexible with what we eat, and also a LOT healthier.

One of our biggest challenges has been incorporating whole grains into our diets.  Whole grains have been showed to promote heart health and lower cholesterol — and their zinc and selenium guard skin from aging and promote healthy collagen! 

And, of course, never forget veggies on this side!  I topped these with some warm marinara sauce (yum) and roasted asparagus is a delicious side and contains tons of antioxidants! 

If you’re looking for more skin-healthy recipes, Ellie Krieger, an expert nutritionist for Simple Skincare, has tons of other great recipes on the Simple Skincare website!  I can’t wait to give them all a try.

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Homemade Quinoa Cakes

INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa, at room temperature (this works great with leftover quinoa too!)
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Water, if needed
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or clarified butter

DIRECTIONS

In a medium bowl, mix together the quinoa, eggs, cheese, garlic, and salt in a medium bowl. Form the mixture into about 12 small patties — add a little water or an extra egg if they seem too dry. 

Heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-low heat.  Cook about 4-6 patties at a time, for7 to 10 minutes, until the bottoms are browned.  Gently flip the patties with a spatula and cook for an additional 7 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the skillet and allow to cool, while you repeat the progress with the rest of the patties.

Serve with pesto, marinara sauce, or drizzled with a finishing oil.

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