Healthy and Hearty Southwestern Chicken Soup

October 1st, 2014 · 2 Comments

Chicken Soup 1

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!

Chicken Soup 2

Southwestern Chicken Soup

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)

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.

Chicken Soup 3

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3 Must-Haves for a Healthy Adult Slumber Party

September 22nd, 2014 · 2 Comments


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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Fashion Week Beauty Must-Haves!

September 19th, 2014 · 6 Comments


So, after eight straight Fashion Week seasons — I am a certified expert in packing for Fashion Week. 

Which is no small feat: let’s face it, it’s easy to over pack.  For many seasons, I’d cram every beauty product I could possibly want into a giant case, and then I’d get to the hotel and unpack them, and four or five days later, as I was packing them up again, I’d realize: I only used a handful of all those products.

Because, you know what?  Fashion Week isn’t the time to try the random sparkly glitter eyeshadow that you’ve never used before.  Fashion Week is the time to stick to your essentials, to pull out a few tried-and-true looks, and to keep your beauty routine streamlined and well-planned.

Fashion Week is the very worst time to have your skin react to a new product, or to realize that glitter eyeshadow doesn’t photograph quite as well as it looks in the mirror.

So now, my beauty case is a lot smaller.  I stick to my essentials, the products that I love so much that I couldn’t possibly leave them at home.  I add a few short-on-time necessities (makeup wipes, eye remover pads), and throw in an extra lipstick or two.  But for the most part, I stick to my favorite products.

Even though I didn’t make the trip this September, I plan to again in February!  So with that in mind, here’s what I’ll be packing:

Simple Skincare Radiance Cleansing Wipes: These are the first thing I reach for whenever I pack for a trip, whether it’s for Fashion Week or work or a vacation.  When you’re too exhausted to take off your makeup at the end of the night (which, let’s face it, sometimes happens), they’re nothing short of lifesaving. 

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette: I like bringing a palette of eyeshadows so I have some variety, but with colors I’ve tested and love.  This one is a few seasons old, but their Ammo Palette is pretty similar for colors. 

Lancome Flash Bronzer: I always try to get a spray tan before Fashion Week, but sometimes my skin needs a little touch of bronze a few days later.  This lotion is subtle, easy to apply yourself, and never streaks. 

Polish Touch-Ups: If I get a gel manicure beforehand, I don’t bring polish with me, but if not, I like to make sure I have colors that work for my fingers and toes.  Chipped nail polish is completely inevitable when you’re traveling and navigating the city, so backups are key! 

Simple Skincare Foaming Cleanser: I love how gentle this product is!  It’s amazing for removing all the city dirt and grime that accumulates on my skin.  Despite how much I love makeup wipes, I’m religious about washing my face with real cleanser twice a day, so this bottle is always a must-have.

Makeup: Again, stick to daily essentials with makeup.  A favorite mascara, concealer, and lipstick are must-have essentials!  For lipstick, I like to pick an everyday soft pink shade, and a bold coral or red for night!

Those are my streamlined Fashion Week must-haves!  What’s in your beauty bag for a big trip?

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