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January 24, 2015
by Kimberly Yang
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Healthy Food for Healthy Skin: The Recipe Roundup

If there’s something we love more than skin care (believe us, there are very few things that top the list), it’s food. And while we’re willing to admit that yes, you should eat to live, mindful eating allows you to live to eat. We can be happy and healthy and have beautiful skin! Here’s what’s on our anti-aging, skin-brightening menu this week: 

BREAKFAST

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Green Monster Smoothie (via Naturally Ella)

Another smoothie to add to our breakfast blend-and-go repertoire. The perfect wake-me-up that gets you all the greens you need and the energy you crave, thanks to banana and spinach.

LUNCH

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Raw Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Lemon & Oil (via Skinny Taste)

Another super simple meal to whip up, meaning lunch prep the night before (or even the morning of!) is easy-peasy, lemon-squeeze-y. Literally.

Brussels sprouts are one of the most underrated of greens – they are high in antioxidants and vitamins like Vitamin C and folic acid (a B vitamin).  Just shred and toss with olive oil (more antioxidants!) and lemon juice (for pH balance).

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Roasted Butternut Squash, Quinoa, and Arugula (via Naturally Ella)

The ultimate meal come winter that’s every bit healthy as it is hearty. The arugula superfood base provides antioxidants and vitamins, while the baked butternut squash and quinoa mix turns this entire dish into a bowl of warm comfort food.

DINNER

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Glowing Green “Pasta” Primavera (via Oh She Glows)

Let’s get to the technical stuff right off the bat: it’s vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, and soy-free. What we love, though, is just how many vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other good-for-you things there are in one plate. Just pure veggie goodness that makes you rethink primavera as you once knew it.

Carrot pasta? We’ll take another serving, please.

January 23, 2015
by Jill
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Fan Friday Giveaway: Calma Mask

beauty-giveawayEnter to win the Calma Mask, a soothing, oil-free mask formulated for sensitive skin. True to its name, this mask is specially formulated with Calamine and Titanium Dioxide to calm your complexion while Kaolin draws out impurities and absorbs excess oil.

Check out these other resources for red or sensitive skin:

To enter to win the Calma Mask, simply comment on the blog, below!

We’ll announce the winner Monday morning, January 26, 2015. The winner must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada and will be contacted privately via email. We will also announce the winner on our Facebook page!

January 22, 2015
by Kimberly Yang
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Q&A: Why Are Professional Facials Important?

professional facialsThere’s no doubt that we’re fans of taking skin care matters into our own hands – our DIY at-home facials and Friday night MB recipes attest to that – but there’s also no denying the importance of getting a professional facial regularly.

At the very least, getting a facial is essential to figuring out the right way you should be treating your skin. Your skin is first analyzed by a licensed aesthetician so the treatments to follow are tailored to your skin specifically. You can also use your visit to the spa as an opportunity to have an at-home skin care regimen customized for you; learn about what your skin needs; the exact regimen you should be following; and how/why each product is essential for your skin’s health.

Sure, self-education and research on your skin type is beneficial (knowledge is power, after all), but what an aesthetician is able to do – that Google can’t – is provide you with a hands on, accurate assessment and plan for your skin.

But beyond those reasons, facials are necessary for your skin’s overall health. Constant exposure to the elements, stress, and everyday buildup of dirt, oils, makeup, etc. leave skin beat up and, frankly, worse for wear. While a good skin care regimen can help maintain your skin between spa visits, it’s the professional facials that truly deep clean and rejuvenate your complexion.

Here’s how and why; professional facials…

  • … are expertly tailored to your skin type and needs. With professional grade products, tools, and expertise, your face is in good hands… literally. On top of the basics (deep clean, extractions, etc.), your complexion is given exactly what it needs, whether it be an anti-aging, anti-acne, brightening, moisture-intensive, or lifting treatment.
  • … increase the efficacy of your products. All that deep-cleaning and exfoliation truly rids the skin of any buildup; plus, the lymphatic face massages help encourage blood and oxygen flow. Clear of congestion and now able to better deliver nutrients to the skin at the cellular level, your skin is better able to absorb everything you give it. Better absorption of ingredients means better results, in less time.
  • … truly deep clean. A professional cleanse helps rid the skin of any debris, dirt, oil, and other environmental toxins. Proper cleansing techniques combined with professional grade exfoliation and steaming help skin return to – and maintain – a healthy balance.
  • … safely removes blackheads and whiteheads. Never attempt a DIY extraction; in your own hands, skin is left red, blotchy, irritated, and at risk of permanent scarring. Leave extractions to the professionals and you’ll see an immense improvement in the clarity, texture, and tone of your complexion.
  • …help improve cellular health. Aestheticians perform facial massages to help eliminate toxins at the cellular level while improving circulation. The result? A brighter, plumper, more youthful-looking complexion.

Because skin takes about 3-4 weeks to complete a full “life-cycle” of shedding and regenerating skin cells, skin care experts recommend scheduling a facial every month for maximum benefits.

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Book your facial today.

January 21, 2015
by Jill
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Let’s Talk: Eyebrows

eyebrowsI love getting my brows waxed. There’s nothing like having eyebrows that are shaped exactly the way you want them, is there?

That being said, there’s always the stray here and there to be removed between waxings. If you’re tempted to tweeze away these hairs yourself, take a little advice from a professional:

  • Using the fingers of your free hand, be sure to pull the skin around the hair taut. This will make plucking the hair out much less painful and will reduce the chance of post-plucking irritation or bumps.
  • Only remove hairs that won’t affect the shape of your brow. In other words, concentrate on those hairs that are obviously not meant to be there and leave the rest to your waxer.
  • Invest in a new pair of tweezers if you’ve been using the same ones for years and years. You’ll know it’s time to say a fond farewell when it becomes increasingly difficult to squeeze the ends together and grasp individual hairs.

January 20, 2015
by Kimberly Yang
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Spotted! Michelle DeShon Of USA’s “Satisfaction”

Michelle DeShon

WHO: Michelle DeShon, actress and singer extraordinaire. We fell in love with her as soon as we saw her on USA’s Satisfaction as the protagonists’ free-spirited teenage daughter, Anika Truman. (A rebel with a heart of gold and perfect curls? Love.) Just when we didn’t think we could love (or want to be her) more, we did the moment she sang. If you haven’t yet heard “Come Clean,” you need to.

It’s beautiful, it’s gorgeous, just like DeShon. And to think she learned the guitar in five days for the network test… hellooo, #MBgirlcrush.

WHAT SHE LOVES:

“The [Healing & Soothing Mask] has done wonders for me in helping heal old breakout marks. And I always do the Cucumber Tonic Mask to make my face feel bright and new in the morning. The acne face wash had stopped my breakouts in their tracks. I rarely get a breakout now and when I do the magic pink bottle of Drying Lotion will make it disappear. The Special Cucumber Lotion makes my face feel so clean every day and helps keep away the breakout causing bacteria.”

WHERE: Spotted, on her adorably festive countertop.

WHY:

“I get compliments on how great my skin is and no one knows what a struggle I had before I was introduced to Mario. During the pilot I had to use thick thick clogging foundation to cover all my breakouts but then I started using Mario and the rest of season one I was able use much lighter foundation which was so much better for my skin! Thank You Mario Badescu!”

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Thank YOU, Michelle! Sending you love from all of us here at MB! <3