Even though I am not a straight edge vegan like I was in high school, I have remained a staunch supporter of using beauty products that are not tested on animals and make a conscious effort to put my money where my mouth is. Recently Europe, who has always been on the forefront regarding these types of issues, has stated that they will be banning the sale of animal tested cosmetic products and ingredients on March 11th, 2013. This comes has a huge victory for animal rights advocates everywhere, and hopefully they will set an example and other countries will soon follow suit. One country that will be harder to crack will be China, however, as they actually require animal testing on all of their products, even ones that are manufactured in other countries. While there are some Chinese scientists who are taking steps to remove this requirement, setting up ethical regulations in China in general is pretty hard (remember the fire that no one noticed for three hours because their air quality is so bad?).
In the meantime, we can make sure to buy products from companies that don't test on animals, and write to the companies that do and state you are boycotting them until they change their ways. For a comprehensive list of companies that do and don't test on animals click here.
A new product line, "M. Steves," launched this weekend at Blush Beauty Bar on NW 23rd. I recently met with THE "M. Steves" for an interview, in her quest to be the next best-selling provider of "high-impact, natural, anti-aging skin care." She is quite high-impact herself; a graduate of Parsons school of design, an ex-corporate attorney and interior decorator, and an LA resident.
Steves' selling point is the anti-aging benefits of rose hip seed oil. "Rose hip seed oil is different than just rose oil," Steves' notes. Rose hip seed oil is derived from very few places in the world, and in the case of her product, high in the Chilean Andes mountains. What makes rose hip oil different, according to Steves, is that it has "the highest percentage of natural fatty acids, like Omega-3" out of any anti oxidizing agent. Steves' also makes her proprietary blends using a particular mixture of "anti-aging botanical actives." "Not all oils work well with rose hip seed oil," says Steves.
Her products range in pricing; from affordable to hardcore. The consumer can commit to her product in varying degrees; from a once-or-twice-a-day pat of her serum, to an elaborate, multi-step regimen. Her product has already sold tremendously well in its hometown of LA, as well as at its Blush launch this weekend. "I have customers that are on their 5th round of purchases, and we just launched last November," Steves dishes.
She was kind enough to donate free samples of her product to me, including the lovechild of her line, the "RHSO Power-Packed Ultra-Nourishing Boost." After using this product for a few days, I can safely say this product gets an A+ for anti-aging; this magical "boost" serum fought my age so well that my face broke out like an overweight 15 year old in gym class. This could have been due to a number of other factors; I'm in my twenties and have an oily complexion. I also have yet to grow the wrinkles that maybe are necessitated for such a product. But if you're looking to fight some of those years off your face, I'd recommend at least giving it a try. It's all-natural; can't hoit, right?
There's nothing quite like being out with your Valentine's date, wanting to kiss them, but realizing your lips have shriveled into a couple of yellow raisins. Event Cosmetics, a cosmetic studio on SW Broadway specializing in make-up for special events, is hosting a lip product sale, from February 12th-16th (perfect timing!).
Also, if you're in the mood for a little more beauty help than just lips, they'll be giving out a FREE lip and cheek palette, and tote bag with every purchase of a Clarisonic Cleansing System. With such a youthful, pampered face, your date won't even notice that you've ordered four martinis on his bill!
Anyone who has met me knows how completely obsessed with eyeliner I am, so when this look hit the fashion week runways I was really excited slash nervous to try to steady my hand enough to recreate the look. Now, I don’t think this is an “everyday” look, however I do think it would be super rad to try for a special event. What do you guys think?
I got hooked on local beauty e-tailer b-glowing when I briefly worked for them as a graphic designer. They recently launched a beautiful brand new website chock full of hard to find brands like Rodin Olio Lusso, Ellis Faas, and Paul and Joe. Look no further for all of your skincare, hair care, and cosmetic must-haves. I recently fell in love with the Ellis Faas skin veil foundation, I find it much less chalky than my usual MAC formula but with a great coverage on days my skin is looking less than perfect. Another one of my favorites has got to be the super affordable Adara coconut oil; use it for practically anything! Slather on your skin as a moisturizer, put a dab in your hair for hydration, and use it as a gentle eye makeup remover for mascara. B-glowing’s headquarters are located in the Pearl, which makes it easy for me to pop by and pick up my order to save time on shipping. Skip Sephora and click here to start shopping.
In a town with this much love for vintage, it comes as little surprise that there's a photo studio that caters specifically to fans of retro-style pin-up photography, in that they have a huge studio, an enormous wealth of wardrobe, hair and makeup services, and experienced assistance to help you model for your own classic pin-up style portraits. It's called Pop Art Pinup, and I recently had the goofy-fun pleasure of sampling the experience.
In an assuming SE Industrial building stands a surprisingly spacious—and when I say "spacious" I mean "amazingly huge" suite that houses both Pop Art and Tatyana Cathcart's Baby Girl Boutique. There's a velvety, lounge-y office space, a large warehouse for Cathcart's inventory of pinup style clothing, costumes, and accessories, and a roomy photo studio with an attached dressing room. Pop Art owner and photographer Tony Mancini has a symbiotic partnership with Cathcart, and is able to use much of her vast inventory as costuming for his shoots.
"My background is as a visual artist," says Mancini. "Photographically, I practiced still life and macro photography—lots of pictures of flowers and bees—but I also used the camera when planning a painting or drawing as a visual reference. This was important for portraits as I could not pay a model to sit for me for that long. It was a natural progression to start processing the images as works of their own. I'd develop the film in my kitchen, and print in my laundry room—very do-it-yourself. Once I switched to digital I started doing more photography than anything else, and after practicing portrait, fashion, still life, and other forms of studio photography, I found myself shooting pinups more than anything else."
Along with Mancini and Cathcart—who, at least in my experience was very hands off other than in supplying the wardrobe, from which I was able to pick my own getup—is stylist Kira Distler, a very sweet model and self-taught hair and makeup artist who is not shy with her falsies and mascara wand (nothing peeves me more than a mere single coat of mascara) and draws some of the most impressively dramatic cat-eyes I've ever worn. Having been in front of the lens many, many times for this style of shoot, she obviously has a good handle on what works best in the final product. Her experience also made her a great help on set. Pin-up style is over-the-top cheesy, with big goofy grins and "s-shape" postures, and she helped make it fun and easy instead of awkward.
"I'm fascinated with classic pinup illustration, the work of artists such as Charles Dana Gibson, Gil Elvgren, Earl Moran, Vargas, and others," continues Mancini. "I'd try to create photographs that looked like old pinup illustrations, and Kira modeled for most of them. It was natural for us to concentrate exclusively on pinup photography because of our love of classic pinup illustration and a desire to create positive, fun, colorful images."
Mancini also is great with direction, which amateurs like me are always grateful for. Also helpful is the fact that Mancini works quickly. Modeling, while usually fun, is work, especially if it goes on for too long, but having people who are specific and un-shy goes a long way toward getting what you're after efficiently. Mancini says their clients include people "from all walks of life. There is no typical age or background, but the attitudes are often the same. We find our clients confident, liberated and looking for an empowering way to express themselves and enjoy a positive, memorable experience. Plus, we have found that everyone loves to play dress up."
Hello, Christmas cards! Or, an idea I think is really cute, is that Pin Up will make you your own calendar. Either 12 months of you in different get-ups, or you and a group of your friends. Mancini told me that a bride and her bridesmaids all did this once, which sounds like a super-fun way to create keepsake. As for my own shots, which involve a travel theme and leopard print pencil skirt, I'll be keeping those under wraps for now, but you should check out Pop Art's gallery to get a sense of the mood and variety.
This is the time of the year where most people try to rid their bodies of the booze and crap they consumed the last couple of months and start fresh. I am not really a fan of New Year's resolutions or crazy beginning of the year exercise and diet plans, because inevitably they are abandoned and old habits win. I am a huge believer of starting with small and easy to execute rituals that lead to a healthier life, and this one is cheap, fast, and super simple. Dry skin brushing takes about a minute a day and offers huge benefits. Often called the third kidney, the skin is the largest organ of the body and is responsible for a quarter of the body's detoxification, resulting in one pound of waste each day (so gross, I know.) Dry skin brushing stimulates the lymphatic system which in turns helps your body to detoxify itself. Other benefits include dead skin cell removal, a stronger immune system, reduced cellulite, and tighter skin.
As I said before, dry skin brushing is super simple. All you do is start at the bottom of the feet and brush up and always toward the heart. Brush upwards on the legs and torso and down on your chest. Then brush up the hands and arms. Do this everyday before showering or bathing, preferably in the morning. Brushes can be found pretty much anywhere, but make sure it has natural bristles and opt for one with a long handle to reach your back. I have been doing this everyday for a while and I personally definitely feel the benefits, plus if I am feeling a little sluggish doing this and taking a quick shower always makes me feel energized.
As the year comes to a close it is the perfect time to make resolutions, take a second to re-evaluate, and hit the ground running in the New Year. Now I’m not a granny or anything but I am not getting any younger. Doing a little reflecting of my own I realized I have been breaking a few of the cardinal rules in skincare, style, and overall mind, body wellness. (The first step is admitting your issues right?) Therefore I am going to do my damnedest to actually follow through with my resolutions, and make 2013 “my” year! What are you some of your resolutions? Not to make resolutions? Hit the gym, be a “yes” person, whatever they may be I’ve read writing down your goals, and telling your friends makes you more inclined to follow through. So...Here’s my top three for 2013!
1. I will not sleep with my makeup on.
Although this may seem like an absolute no brainer, after a few glasses of Malbec it happens much more often then it should. Besides just being gross, your skin will get clogged up with dirt, oil, and bacteria. Also sleeping with mascara and eyeliner on can cause your lashes to become dry and brittle. If you really can’t make it to the sink before hitting the sheets, stash some makeup cleansing wipes next to your bed. I just pick up the generic kind from Walgreen’s or Freddies, the options are endless.
2 .I will not buy cheap shit from F21 or H&M.
Ugh you would think after going to that incredible event with Elizabeth Cline I would have given up the cheap goods forever. Alas, I did have a mini Forever 21 spree about a month ago, and I still feel bad. To each his own, but for 2013 I want to purge my closet of all junk and focus on a very carefully curated wardrobe. I basically want it to be like Frances May, where clothes are so much more than clothes, they are art. Each item is exquisite, with impeccable quality and longevity that will undoubtedly last past one season. The focus will be investing in a few amazing pieces per season, first on my list, a custom hat from Pinkham Millinery, and anything by Adam Arnold.
3. I will limit my drinking to 2 nights a week.
Talk about empty calories. Drinking is the absolute pitfall when it comes to diet and exercise. It’s like a chain reaction, go to an event, drink, continue the party well into the night, then either the hangover sets in or you seem to be late to work out in the morning. In Portland there is always an art opening, fashion thing, or music show to go to. Going forth, it is essential to prioritize partying nights! Since I’m terrible at math I found this evil website that adds up all of your drinking cals during the week, check out your number here.
The holiday season is the perfect excuse to try that hair and makeup trend you’ve been lusting over on Pinterest all year. Crazy nails, why not? Big hair? Yes please! And obvs the more glitter the better. Here are my picks for fun, festive looks:
All images via Pinterest.
I’ll be the first one to admit I’m feeling a little haggard these days, not enough beauty sleep, a few too many glasses of Malbec, and the constant run-around of my day to day routine have left me feeling less than my best. Does anyone else feel the pre-holiday stess of parties, fam time, and errr more holiday parties? In my dream world this is how I would prep for the long holiday hoorah coming up:
Loyly’s November Spruce Treatment:
I visited Loyly for the first time with Marjorie during the summertime for some pre-wedding beautifying and let me tell you, it is absolutely worth every penny. The facilities are just gorgeous, and the staff is both accommodating and super friendly. Pop in with your bestie, or go alone for some quality “me” time. For just $85 receive a 45-minute massage, up to two hours in the steam/sauna facility, a spruce aromatherapy foot soak, cleansing tea, and lemon spruce body salt. Click here to book now.
Portland Juice Press Cleanse Package:
Get rid of those nasty built up toxins (before you replace them with all that spiked eggnog) and feel better about slipping into your festive holiday best. Portland Juice Press will deliver 5 fresh-pressed juices and 1 hazelnut milk to your door, by 8AM. Cleanses range in price depending on length, anywhere from 3-6 days but start at $165 for 3 days. I love a good cleanse, and Portland Juice Press makes it easy to commit because their juices are just so darn good. More deets here.
Skin Treatments by Rebecca Boatzel at Red Magnolia Salon:
I recently got some waxing done by Rebecca and it was such a great experience. Not only did she pay attention the every little detail regarding my bushy brows, she gave me tons of great skincare advice about why I was having breakouts and even sent me home with some samples to try. I can’t wait to book my first facial with her! Affordable but thorough waxers are hard to come by, so if you aren’t in love with your current de-fuzzing method, definitely give Rebecca a try.
Shellac has been one of my fave nail treatments for a while now. The chip resistant, lightning fast-drying, and super shiny gel color lasts way longer (up to two full weeks) versus the standard mani, which I somehow manage to fuck up within mere minutes of leaving the salon. But is it bad for you? Anyone who has gotten Shellac knows the best part is being able to leave immediately upon popping your little mitts under the dryer. The problem is that the dryer uses UV Radiation (similar to what they use for those yucky tanning beds) for that speedy dry time. Although research is still pending, there have been a small number of reported cases linking nail dryers to skin cancer. Considering the number of things that are said to be cancer causing (Diet Coke, anybody?) will this stop my love for Shellac? The jury is out on this one.
Jewelie Randall’s last name means "Wolf’s Shield" (beat that), so in keeping with the old time tradition of apothecaries named after their owners, she brings us Wolf's Apothecary, a temporary source for locally concocted health and beauty products (Randall herself has 20 years of experience as a "city herbalist"), plus vintage and modern home goods, and jewelry. Appearing set to exist for just two short months in November and December at 902 SW Morrison Street, the list of products it is expected to carry is being meted out in updates on Facebook. Here's what we know so far:
The store will stock "soap, candles, jewelry, furniture, medicinals, candy, body care, haircare, skincare, leather, wood, ironwork, vintage housewares, etc." Oh man, I'm so listening. Confirmed vendors include Portland Black Lipstick Company, Heather Bell Jewelry, "raw organic local" honey (this one perhaps?), Gretchen Nation Collection, Molly Muriel, and From The Reliquary, with presumably more to come.
Neon Eyeliner: Is the cat eye your go-to morning makeup trick? Kick it up a notch by switching out your everyday black or brown with something bright and fun. I love to do a bright blue, electric green, or bold yellow. And you don’t have to spend a lot to try out something new; hit up your local Freddies, Walgreens, or whatevs to scope out the selection by Wet n Wild or other cheapies.
Vampy lips: It sounds pretty dramatic, but try a dark lip ranging from kinda bold to extra daring with hues varying from blackberry all the way to black. Keep the rest of your look neutral to avoid looking like an actual goth.
Hair Extensions: Call me crazy, but I’m super excited about clip-in extensions. Over the past couple of years affordable, natural looking options have become readily available. Look for some locally at Mid-K Beauty. Super long has never looked so hot.
Oh, waxing, that blissful half-hour during which I forcibly retrain myself from punching my aesthetician between the eyes (hey, I have sensitive follicles). It's a somewhat unnecessary evil, though, so you may as well put it to good use, as Urban Waxx (which, to be fair, has rendered me an almost entirely painless eyebrow treatment in the past) is planning to do with the torturous sounding 24-Hour Waxx-a-Thon, which is thankfully more of a trial for the waxers than the waxees, no doubt especially during those awkward 4:30 am appointments. But hey, it's for charity, so nut up and get some hair ripped out of your skin. For a good cause! On October 6 at 9 am until the 7th at 9 am, all proceeds from waxing appointments will go to benefit Friends of Trees and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (who you know are no strangers to the waxing wand). Sterling Coffee Roasters, Voodoo Doughnuts, Bridgeport Brewery, Red Hook & Caps and Corks, and Koi Fusion will be there to help everyone through the day. Walk-ins will be welcomed, but to be safe you can book your appointment here.
Technically, it's Fall, but the weather forecast has nothing but sunny skies for the next few days, which I will effectively use to pretend like it's still Summer. The fruit I always associate with Summer is the blueberry, preferably local. Not only are they tasty, they also contain powerful antioxidants that help fight off free radicals that can damage skin cells. While it is better to eat them to get all of their nutritional goodness (topical skin care products only address 20% of your skin on the surface while the other 80% of your skin is affected by what you eat and drink) it still is fun to add them to your skin care routine. So go out and pick up some local blueberries (I know they are still out there) and try out some of the following recipes, and you too will be in blissful denial that Summer is over.
Blueberry & Oatmeal Facial Mask
1 cup blueberries, 1 cup oatmeal, 2 tablespoons honey, 5-6 whole almonds
Puree all the ingredients in a blender until finely blended. Spread mixture over your face and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water then splash skin with cool water. This mask is great for dry skin. Source: Yahoo
Hydrating Blueberry Face Mask
1/4 cup fresh local blueberries (frozen berries may be substituted in a pinch), 1 tablespoon raw honey, 1 tablespoon olive oil, Juice of half a lemon, 1 teaspoon sugar
Pulse the first four ingredients in a blender until smooth. Sprinkle in sugar and massage evenly over the face and leave on for ten minutes. Remove with a warm, damp cloth. This mask will make your face feel super moisturized and nourished. Source: Beauty Bets
Blueberry & Yogurt Face Mask
2/3 cup blueberries, 2/3 cup plain yogurt, 2/3 cup honey, 1 teaspoon oatmeal
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend thoroughly. Apply to face and leave on for 15 minutes. Once dry remove with a warm cloth. This mask will make your skin glow! Source: Red Lip Gloss
Blueberry Aloe Eye Mask
Handful of Blueberries, 2 Tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel
In a small bowl mash a handful of cold blueberries. Then add aloe vera gel and dab mixture delicately under the eyes. Lie down and leave on for 20 minutes. Remove with lukewarm water. Your eyes will look refreshed and brighter. Source: Beautylish
All masks may be stored in the refrigerator for up to about a week tightly covered.
Here’s a little taste of her style:
VICE: Why write about drugs and beauty the way you do?
Cat Marnell: First of all, with beauty I knew I would get a response just by being myself because beauty is so square. Obviously, I could just write it straight and I could write that in my sleep. "The Lip Gloss Round Up!" It’s stupid. I just hated it. It’s so boring. “Master the Disheveled Pony Tail!” You don’t even really write them, you just get the quotes from the hair stylist and then you plug in a product. But when you write “Lipstick That Won’t Come Off on a Dick,” you get a response.
It’s no secret that nails are one of the hottest trends the past couple of seasons. From crazy DIY geometric shapes, neon colors, to claw like kitty nails, anything goes. Changing up your polish is fun, affordable, and such a statement. The top shades to turn to in the upcoming months are definitely black, charcoal grey, blood red, deep violets, and metallics. Check out a few of the looks I’m currently lusting over:
1. Inverted triangle design fresh from Lace Salon on my own mitts. You can try it at home by cutting out little triangle shapes with a piece of scotch tape.
2. A fresh take on black, try studding your nails. All you need is tiny studs or any kind of decal you fancy. Use a toothpick or tweezers to apply the stud, wait for them to dry and apply a clear top coat for a badass mani. Video tutorial here.
3. I’m crazy about metallic everything. The shinier the better, silver, gold, and gilver the gang is all here. Try butter LONDON’s Diamond Geezer lacquer for a sexy silver look.
4. Lana’s claw nails are super chic, and perfect for that pinup look. To truly get this look, you’ll have to get acrylics. I have totally asked for this exact look, and was very pleased with the results but went back to my natural nails after a couple months. Lots of upkeep is required, but girl if you can maintain this look, rock it!
5. I’ve been seeing this caviar nail look all over the fashion and beauty blogs, but have yet to try it. What do you guys think? Try it yourself with the CiatÉ Caviar Manicure from Sephora.
I'm not a huge camper (I'm very fond of human advances in hygiene), but I like to let my hair down and hippie it up at Pickathon once a year, "sleeping" with my neck cricked on a slant to the tunelessness of drunken improv wannabes playing to an early morning crowd of 0 on the Woods stage. Oh, good times.
Last summer, I stayed the whole weekend fully prepared to be stank, when I stumbled upon The Oasis, which completely robs you of the option of not showering at Pickathon. Sorry, stinkos. A traveling spa with hot showers, a sauna, and massage and acupuncture therapists, you'll recognize it by its towering gypsy banners and patchwork of oriental rungs. Assuming prices are the same as last year, six bucks will buy you a nice hot open-air shower with lavender Dr. Bronner's, and you can rent a towel for $3 if you need to. Personally, I think it only makes sense to spring for the $10 shower/suana combo, especially since the sauna is a converted airstream trailer, which is just cool. There's a cold shower behind it for ablutions, and an anteroom for cooling off and drinking water.
If you really want to do it up, go for the massage (or acupuncture, I guess. Not really my scene, so I can't vouch for it.). The pricing—again, going off of 2011 rates—is slightly under what's salon-standard, at $30/30 minutes and $55/hour. I went for a full hour last year, and if she is still around ask for Susanna Low-Beer—she is amazing, and I spent the rest of the afternoon completely blissed out with massage-pillow creases all over my face.
So yeah, you could be a dirty hippie at Pickathon this weekend, I guess, and maybe nobody would notice (they would), but if you tossed some of your beer budget at The Oasis instead, I have serious doubts that you'd regret it.
In case you have constructive things to do with your time and do not already know it, the creators of The Jersey Shore have a reality show about a lady who runs a celebrity-frequented LA nail salon called the Painted Nail. The key to its success appears to be the free booze:
Yes, it does look awful, but if we're honest with ourselves, I think most of us can admit that if we were super stoned and feeling waaayyy too lazy to change the channel, we'd watch it. Except for the "shizballs" part. I like to think I would be able to muster it to escape that, even under the weight of a million bong hits. Anyhow, the reason I'm telling you about these things (remember five minutes ago when you were blissfully ignorant of the show's existence? Pour some out for your formal self. You're on the other side of a certain line now, and you can never go back.), is because the show's star, Katie "I'm the Queen of Nails" Cazorla, is heading to Portland in a couple weeks (August 12-13) and giving free manicures to the public. FREE MANICURES. Now, obviously this might be a perfectly horrible, mobbed out, half-assed event, so ask yourself: How cheap am I? While you're thinking about it, I've got some inquiries out for the details. Don't you worry!
I recently started laser tattoo removal treatment at Oregon Aesthetics, and couldn’t be happier with the results. Good doctors and reputable clinics are very hard to come by. Hearing the horror stories of scarring, untrained practitioners, and tattoos looking worse after the treatment made me super skeptical, so it took me quite a while and lots of research before deciding on Oregon Aesthetics.
I went with them because of the laser they use: It’s called the ConBio Medlite C6, and it's the most advanced and effective model for tattoo removal. I can finally say goodbye to the tattoos I regret every time I glance at them. (Why is 18 the legal age for that shit?) Tattoo removal isn’t for everyone, especially here in Portland, where the ink is always a'flowin’. But if you’re interested in the treatment, I would highly recommend getting a consultation. I am on my second session; getting three tattoos removed (they are all about medium size) and can definitely see a significant difference.
The pain is no joke. People always ask me if it’s comparable to getting tatted, NO it’s way worse… it’s like clench-your-teeth-try-not-to-cry-the-entire-time pain. My parents get quite the kick out of this part, saying it’s my “penance” for getting them in the first place. In all actuality, the fact that I am sentenced to wearing flat shoes for about two weeks after the appointment (one of the tattoos is on my foot) is really the worst part.
Pricing varies depending on the size, color, how old your ink is, and where it is on your body. I’m looking at about seven more sessions, maybe less. Oregon Aesthetics allows you to pay per treatment, or purchase a package, which is a better deal. It’s not cheap, but this is one area you def don’t want to scrimp. For more info click here.
A fresh, glowing complexion is the best investment you can make. During the summer months it feels so nice to just go easy on makeup and let your natural beauty shine through. I’ve recently upped my daily skincare regimen and have seen mahj benefits from using just a few key products. The Clarisonic Mia 2 has single handedly changed my skin! It is definitely an investment, but totes worth it—my face has never felt cleaner. Keeping up with your SPF is also essential to preventing those pesky wrinkles later on (SPF 50 or higher!). And if you’re like me, you may go out occasionally and have a little too much fun. Upon returning home it seems absolutely impossible to make it to the bathroom and wash your mug. Enter makeup-cleansing wipes. Stash them on your bedside table to avoid your eyelashes being crusted together in the AM.
Summer is almost here, and that means farmer's markets, sun, and dehydration! Luckily a staple of these farmer's markets are locally grown cucumbers. Super hydrating, the cucumber has a water content of about 90% and is also packed with vitamin C and fiber, which means inside and out your body will love them on those hot summer days in salads and applied in various ways onto your skin. Here are a few ways to keep yourself cool and beautiful in the coming months:
Cucumber Astringent: Juice half a cucumber (either with a juicer or use a blender and strain away the solids.) Apply with a cotton ball. This will keep your skin shine free.
Cucumber Toner: Mix 1/4 cup fresh cucumber juice, 2 tablespoons witch hazel, 2 tablespoons water, and 1 tablespoon vodka (optional.) A fancier version of the recipe above, it provides the same effects and also helps to tighten pores and relieve mildly sunburned skin. Source: Natural Beauty at Home
Cucumber-Avocado Facial Mask: Place 1/2 cup coarsely chopped peeled cucumber, 1/2 cup coarsely chopped peeled avocado, 1 egg white, and 2 teaspoons powdered milk in a blender and blend until smooth. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and apply to face and neck. Leave on for 30 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Splash cool water after that and gently pat dry. This mask nourishes, tightens pores, and helps slough off dead skin cells to reveal fresher skin. Source: care2.com
Straight Cucumber Mask: Grate a cucumber and apply to your face/skin. This is great for sunburns.
Cucumber Body Pizza: Yes, it is exactly what you think. Grab a friend and try this to ease that sunburn after a long day of PBR drinkin' and river floatin'.
The last DIY remedy is a variation of the tried and true cucumber-on-the-eyes thing that I invented not too long ago when I overindulged the night before:
Elizabeth's Hangover Helper: Start with a make-up free face (shame on you for not washing your face before you passed out!) Grab a big glass of coconut water and two cold slices of cucumber. Relax for about 15 minutes and try to remember/forget all the stupid shit you did the night before. After this, flip the cucumber slices over and rub all over your face, this will feel amazing and refreshing. Let the cucumber juice dry, then moisterize the hell out of your skin (or take a shower and then moisterize.) This little ritual will make you feel fresh (or a little less like garbage) and help replenish some of your body's water that you replaced with alcohol the night before.
From Gwyneth, Nicole Richie, to Beyonce, all the svelte celebs have been spotted with their trendy glass bottles full of colorful concoctions. Before you have to be bikini bod ready, you may want to try a juice cleanses to get rid of any bloat, and kick start your diet. Enter local juice company Pure Simple Juice, who offers cleanse packages for either 3 or 5 days. All of their juice is freshly squeezed and ready to pick up in the morning, or can be delivered for a small additional cost. My friend recently completed the 3 day cleanse, and she said the juices were super tasty, and that Pure even sends encouraging e-mails each morning of your cleanse!
The spring 2012 cleanse package includes:
Per Day, One 16-ounce bottle of each freshly pressed juice:
• + Carrot plus
• + Green juice
• + Green lemonade
• + Almond milk
• + Kombucha (fermented tea)
• + 1 quart Veggie Miso broth (bone broth optional)
• + Herbal tea
• + Handouts on what do before, during and after the cleanse
Get all the deets here, and happy juicing!