Join Me for a Holiday Celebration at Credo Beauty!

If you'll be in NYC on Thursday, December 8th, I'd love for you to join me and makeup artist Rebecca Casciano for an evening of natural beauty for the holidays at Credo Beauty Soho! I'll be signing books as well as sharing my favorite tips for glow—now and into the new year. Info and rsvp link below!

Cacao: Winter Beauty Inside + Out

One of my most favorite ingredients for winter beauty, cacao, has been showing up in my skincare routine and in my diet a LOT more lately. Did you realize that cacao delivers skin benefits from the inside and outside?

When the weather turns cold, I reach for cacao in my smoothies, hot drinks, desserts, and even savory dishes (a little cacao in homemade chili is amazing). And this year, thanks to Josh Rosebrook and the Beauty Heroes team, my skin is getting a dose of cacao from the outside as well, with the Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Mask that arrived in my November Beauty Heroes Discovery box.

Here's what you need to know about this powerful mask, and a special recipe from the pages of Eat Pretty Every Day that's a staple in this season of sweets & treats. Enjoy!

CACAO FOR BEAUTY - OUTSIDE: To me, this mask has both a silly and a serious side. Smearing it on feels a bit like donning warpaint; arming yourself against future harms to your complexion, perhaps? But if you're a beauty buff the ingredients inside will catch your attention for their potency and purity (not just natural—organic). Not only does antioxidant-rich cacao show up as the second ingredient, it's accompanied by such desirable anti-agers as turmeric, baobab, marula, ashwaganda, cinnamon, elderberry, and ginger. It's like slathering a superfood smoothie directly on your skin.

And if you have ever met Josh Rosebrook, you understand on an even deeper level exactly how much love goes into his craft. His formulas are unique, high-performing, and in a class of their own—much like Josh himself. If you ordered the November 2016 Beauty Heroes Discovery box, you'll also be able to mist on Josh Rosebrook's Hydrating Accelerator, and dab on his incredible new unisex perfume, Ethereal. Amazing, right? I can't say enough amazing things about Beauty Heroes!

CACAO FOR BEAUTY - INSIDE: Salted Superfood Chocolate Bark, from the winter chapter of my latest book Eat Pretty Every Day, is one of my favorite recipes, for its ease, deliciousness, and beauty benefits. Make a batch of this amazing Salted Superfood Chocolate Bark (recipe below- top it with your favorite raw nuts and seeds, spices, and dried fruit) and enjoy it while Josh Rosebrook's Cacao Antioxidant Mask works its magic from the outside. Consuming cacao reduces redness in the skin, protects against UV damage, and increases moisture in the skin by boosting nutrients, blood, and oxygen supplied to skin. It also contains a phytochemical that helps block wrinkle formation and, of course, creates feelgood endorphins in the body when we eat it. Time to make a batch of this amazing treat tonight:

Salted Superfood Chocolate Bark, from Eat Pretty Every Day:

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NOTE: If you purchase a Beauty Heroes subscription, or one of the aforementioned products, I will receive a small commission on behalf of Beauty Heroes. My honest review and experience with Beauty Heroes and these products was in no way influenced by my affiliate status.

Madeleine Shaw's Beautiful Breakfast Salad

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When I heard the title of Madeleine Shaw's first cookbook—Get the Glow—I had a feeling that I would love her approach to food. And I was right. Not only does she support the beauty-from-the-inside message with mouthwatering whole food recipes—she shares her personal journey, one that transformed her food relationship and her glow along with it, so that YOU can find your glow as well.

Here's a passage from her story, about redefining her relationship with food and rediscovering that glow:

"I started eating whole foods and found I was gradually falling back in love with food, life and, most important of all, myself. My taste buds bloomed, that 4pm energy slump was eliminated, my skin began to glow, calorie counting went out the window and I beamed from ear to ear. It is amazing when you give your body what it really desires; it is the most empowering feeling."

Can't you relate?!

Today I'm thrilled to share a delicious, beautifying recipe from Madeleine's new, must-have book, Ready Steady Glow. It's packed with recipe that will help you find your glow and love your food relationship. And you absolutely can't miss Madeleine's amazing site, which is also brimming with good things to eat and inspire you.

Enjoy this delicious 'breakfast salad'— a style of eating that helps you get enough good fats, clean protein and beautifying veggies from your very first meal of the day. Try it and I guarantee you'll feel energized and satisfied!

x

Jolene

Madeleine Shaw's Beautiful Breakfast Salad

Breakfast salads are one of my favourite ways to start the day. I love mixing up my morning routine every now and then, and this dish helps me do just that. I prefer to fry my eggs in coconut oil; not only does it have a higher smoking point than regular oils but it also doesn’t denature with heat. It makes the eggs super crispy, too!

serves 2

1 tbsp coconut oil or butter

4 eggs

1 large avocado, peeled and stoned

juice of 1 lemon

50g rocket [arugula]

100g cherry tomatoes, cut in half

2 tsp chopped chives

2 tbsp good-quality pesto or leftover pesto mint

Heat the oil or butter in a frying pan over a high heat for 1 minute. Crack in the eggs, spaced apart, put a lid on the pan and cook for 1–2 minutes until the yolks are runny – or cook for a little longer if you prefer your eggs well done.

Slice the avocado and toss with the lemon juice. Arrange the rocket, tomatoes and avocado on a plate and top with the fried eggs. Scatter over the chopped chives and drizzle over the pesto to finish.

Recipe excerpted from Ready, Steady, Glow: Fast, Fresh Food Designed for Real Life with the permission of Madeleine Shaw.

Watch the Eat Pretty Every Day Trailer!

Welcome to my house! A few weeks ago, I welcomed cameras into my kitchen to shoot this video peek into Eat Pretty Every Day. If you're wondering what's inside, how this book complements Eat Pretty, or what you'll receive if you bring Eat Pretty Every Day into your life, here's the perfect place to start—in one minute and forty seconds!

You can read more about Eat Pretty Every Day and get even more info here, as well as find links to preorder.

if you do preorder Eat Pretty Every Day, don't miss this SPECIAL bonus:

The first 100 US-based readers who preorder Eat Pretty Every Day and enter their info at http://budurl.com/eatprettyeveryday will receive a lovely package with a limited edition Eat Pretty Every Day print, a special dessert recipe, and a sachet of one of my favorite tulsi teas for beauty!

Autumn Product Obsessions 2016

As the weather cools, I'm craving a moody lip color, a melty cleanser, a buttery-rich eye cream, and a lotion that uses botanical power to reduce season-transitioning inflammation. Ready to meet these natural and organic superstars? Here's what's in my purse and gathered in my bathroom this fall...

Goop by Juice Beauty Luminous Melting Cleanser, $90

No exaggeration- the first time I tried this rich, buttery cleansing balm, I loved its feel so much that I gave myself a spontaneous facial. By principle, I no longer use cleansers that strip my skin of moisture, but even in a lineup of creamy natural cleansers, this product sets itself apart. It's easy to get addicted the balm-like formula, as well as the routine of scooping out a little dab and feeling it melt as you massage it into your skin. I find it most satisfying to use when I'm wearing mascara, liner, and the whole nine yards, since it effortlesly breaks down makeup. The 79% organic formula includes almond, olive, jojoba, and coconut oils, plus shea and cocoa butters that cleanse by breaking down dirt and oils and ushering them away without leaving you parched. Of course, the experience isn't complete without the organic cleansing cloth that's included to help you fully rinse and gently exfoliate (you'll end with a nice layer of moisture remaining on your skin).

Bottega Organica Illuminate Eye Contour Cream, $145

(Also available in the October 2016 Beauty Heroes Discovery Box— a $35 monthly subscription)

What better way to greet colder weather than with a buttery-rich eye cream that delivers a stunning range of powerful healers and hydrators for your delicate eye area? I was thrilled to receive this Bottega Organica Illuminate Eye Contour Cream in my October Beauty Heroes Discovery box, and even more impressed with the product when I took a thorough look at its ingredient list. Bottega Organica, which creates 'farm-to-skin luxury' products, sources the majority of its certified organic ingredients (think fresh herbs, cold-pressed olive oil, and botanicals like echinacea, geranium, and the exotic prawn sage) from an organic farm in Italy and an organic farm in Upstate New York. The result is an eye cream that is a dream to apply, and leaves your eye area calmer, brighter, and more hydrated, naturally. To sign up for the monthly Beauty Heroes Discovery box (my absolute favorite mail day each month!), check out the Beauty Heroes site.

100% Pure Lip Caramel in Truffle, $25

Lip color is one of those products that I urge all of my clients to choose with a discerning eye, since we regularly ingest its ingredients. This gorgeous rust-tinged rose 'lip caramel' from 100% Pure is a perfect example of a lip color that's safe to ingest, but doesn't compromise one bit on color or feel. It goes on with a lip gloss applicator, but has none of the heavy, sticky residue that you feel with most glosses. This lip color is so highly pigmented and light that it reminds me more of a stain, which I absolutely love! After testing the Truffle Lip Caramel (which gets its deep hue from fruit, root, and achiote seed natural pigments), I want the entire shade range. 100% Pure created a winner with this formula!

 

 

 

Tata Harper Clarifying Moisturizer, $105

I've been a fan of Tata Harper's products since her very early days. As she has slowly and carefully added to her line, she continues to surpass expectations with gorgeous formulas that work. Her latest launch, Clarifying Moisturizer, amps up the calming, healing, and balancing ingredients in a season when lots of us struggle with transitional breakouts and slowed cell turnover. Whether your skin is blemish-prone all year, or autumn and winter are trouble times, this lightweight moisturizer is a perfect choice. You won't worry about moisture that's too rich for easily-clogged pores, and you won't be stuck with dryness and irritation because you skimped on hydration. Superstar ingredients in this formula include a plant sugar extract that helps feed probiotic (read: blemish-preventing) bacteria on your skin's surface, and a blend of healing fruit extracts and oils that calm redness and fight free radical damage. The only thing left to mention is the heavenly botanical scent produced by all of these natural ingredients—a Tata signature.

Eat Pretty Every Day Sneak Preview: Gingered Purple Kraut

With Eat Pretty Every Day hitting shelves in just two weeks (!), I wanted to give you another sneak peek at some of the beautiful things that you'll find inside. I've included 24 favorite seasonal recipes in this new book, each with its own essential beauty nutrition benefits.

Today I'm sharing one of my personal beauty food staples: Gingered Purple Kraut, a probiotic-rich fermented food with just enough spice (from fresh grated ginger) and just enough tangy crunch to top any meal, and time of the day. I pair it with scrambled eggs, use it to add interest to a sandwich, and pile it on top of veggies and grains for incredible skin benefits. This recipe is part of the summer chapter of Eat Pretty Every Day, and I'm sharing it here with you first.

Fermenting is one of those kitchen skills that takes confidence—but surprisingly little skill. This recipe only has 3 ingredients! One of the most important things to remember when fermenting kraut is to keep the cabbage under the surface of the water by checking on your ferment every few days, and regularly pushing it down below the surface, or adding more brine to cover the cabbage if needed. Beyond that, just let it sit for a few weeks and do its thing. The benefits for healthy digestion are many, and you'll be so proud after developing the skill of fermenting at home.

Enjoy this Gingered Purple Kraut, and don't forget to get your copy of Eat Pretty Every Day for 364 more pages of beauty inspiration!

Eat Pretty Every Day is Here!

Meet Eat Pretty Every Day.

This incredibly info-packed volume offers hundreds of beautifying ideas for you to incorporate into your life—one for each day of the year. The inspiration behind the book was you—the readers who have asked me for more ideas, more guidance, and more real-life beauty nutrition strategies since Eat Pretty debuted! I wanted to put as many beautifying ideas as I could into a book that would motivate you every time you picked it up and flipped through its pages. I believe that, even though we all lead busy lives, we can all do one thing every day to nourish our best selves. And I tested that belief—to its core—while I was writing this book, trying to juggle clients, writing 1000+ words a day, and caring for my then-one year-old. It was HARD. I was depleted. But I used my own advice to nourish and build myself back up during an intense time. The ideas that made the cut for this book are the real-life strategies that I use myself, and recommend to my clients.

The message: do one thing every day to make yourself glow, as the book challenges you!

Inside you'll find more than a simple page-a-day book. Eat Pretty Every Day is organized seasonally, so the ideas you read will more closely match the spirit, intentions, and your personal beauty needs of that season.

There's really something for everyone here. I know from working with clients around the world that we all learn, absorb, and get inspired in different ways. So the entries in Eat Pretty Every Day incorporate beautifying recipes, kitchen tips, self-care practices, mantras to bring mindfulness to mealtime, physical activities, weekly challenges, hands-on projects, food profiles, and so many other varied approaches to bringing more beauty into your body and your life. Every entry and approach may not suit you, but since there is so much variety you are sure to find many ideas that will be a great fit for your lifestyle. THOSE entries are the ones that will stick with you, and help you build more beauty into your daily routine!

Check out some more visuals of what you'll find inside:

I hope that you'll check out Eat Pretty Every Day, and let me know if you're inspired by what you find inside. Eat Pretty Every Day will be released on October 25th, but you can preorder today on Indiebound, Amazon.comBarnesandnoble.com, and Chronicle Books.

And don't miss this preorder bonus:

The first 100 US-based readers who preorder Eat Pretty Every Day and enter their info at http://budurl.com/eatprettyeveryday will receive a lovely package with a limited edition Eat Pretty Every Day print, a special dessert recipe, and a sachet of one of my favorite tulsi teas for beauty!

The Ayurveda-Inspired Hair Oil That's Perfect for Autumn Beauty

Late summer is the time of year when the word 'parched' comes to mind, over and over. I drive by browning lawns, watch crispy leaves raining down from the trees, and feel my own skin drink in its nighttime oil treatment more readily than it has in months. And then there's my hair. A season of intense heat and sun exposure, plus regular plunges into ocean and pool water, means that my strands feel (and look, though I hate to admit it) parched from mid-shaft to ends. That stringy, tangly effect is not fun. A little extra conditioner always helps bring hair back to life, but nothing is more indulgent and effective than an oil-based treatment to help restore moisture and shine to hair that's just plain dried-out.

When my September Beauty Heroes discovery box arrived bearing Uma Intensely Nourishing Hair Oil, my hair scored a major victory. This year, Uma's hair oil is my first foray into fall; it's my first acknowledgement that yes, soon the unruly beach waves will revert to well-tamed strands. Since I have fine hair, I prefer to use hair oil as an occasional scalp treatment, not a leave-in product. But I experimented with this oil and found that just 2-3 drops applied to the ends of my damp hair is fantastic for softening and smoothing.

In just a few weeks, Uma's Intensely Nourishing Hair Oil has become a desired ritual 1) for the results and 2) for its natural scent, a herbal blend of rosemary, grapefruit, lemon, hibiscus, and cypriol (a root that has smoky, leathery scent notes that you immediately detect in this formula) that really draws you in.

I also loved sampling the Uma line because it's inspired by the practices of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine that has influenced my approach to beauty nutrition. Also included in the Beauty Heroes September box is the Uma Ultimate Brightening Face Mask, a clay-based Ayurvedic treatment that uses saffron, sandalwood, cinnamon,  honey, and papaya to exfoliate and purify the skin. I loved its gentle brightening effect on my skin, and plan to get a full size!

To check out Uma Intensely Nourishing Hair Oil or Ultimate Brightening Face Mask, head over to the Beauty Heroes store, or grab one of the few remaining September Beauty Heroes boxes before they're spoken for!

NOTE: If you purchase a Beauty Heroes subscription, or one of the aforementioned products, I will receive a small commission on behalf of Beauty Heroes. My honest review and experience with Beauty Heroes and these products was in no way influenced by my affiliate status.

 

Beauty Ingestible Road Test Part 3: Fountain

I recently had the opportunity to celebrate Free People's new beauty + wellness lineup at a launch event in Nashville. The super cool and gorgeous (and also incredibly nice) Free People crowd came out to shop and sample and dance and drink (ingestible beauty cocktails, of course). I created a few drink recipes for the event using some of the top beauty ingestible brands to grace Free People's shelves. For the first and second post in this series, check out The Beauty Chef, and Moon Juice.

This time I'm trying out Fountain, a line of liquid beauty supplements (named 'Molecules') out of the UK.

You can read even more about my test of Fountain in my post for Free People's Bldg 25 blog

What you need to know about Fountain: This UK brand launched across the pond a few years ago, and quickly became hotter than hot. Fountain claims that it sells a supplement every 11 seconds. The brand's liquid formulas are said to allow their nutrition to absorb quickly and easily.

How to consume: I tested Fountain The Beauty Molecule, which has a pomegranate flavor, and The Glow Molecule, which has a slightly floral 'acai' flavor. The Glow Molecule was definitely my favorite, as it is subtle enough to pair well with a range of of other flavors, it's much more palatable, and offers one of the most important antioxidants for anti-aging: glutathione. You can take Fountain liquid Molecules alone (2 tsp is a serving), or mix them with water or another liquid like herbal tea, as I did in the recipe below. After testing, I'd say that these supplements are not something you take for the taste; rather, you shoot them back for the beauty benefits and chase with something else.

Love it for: The Glow Molecule gets major props for its delivery of glutathione, the body's 'master antioxidant' that slows the aging process and regenerates antioxidant vitamins C and E in the body. Our natural production of glutathion slows as we age, so this is one way to supplement (the other is to eat more glutathione-producing foods).

Cost: $50 USD for 8oz (a bit less than a month's worth of servings)

Calm + Glowing Elixir

This soothing, floral tea calms the senses while supporting youthful, glowing skin with the powerful antioxidant glutathione.

Serves 1

Stir together and serve chilled.

Beauty Ingestible Road Test Part 2: Moon Juice

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I recently had the opportunity to celebrate Free People's new beauty + wellness lineup at a launch event in Nashville. The super cool and gorgeous (and also incredibly nice) Free People crowd came out to shop and sample and dance and drink (ingestible beauty cocktails, of course). I created a few drink recipes for the event using some of the top beauty ingestible brands to grace Free People's shelves. For the first post in this series, on The Beauty Chef, click here.

This time I'm trying out Moon Juice, a cult favorite brand with a lineup of superfood powders (called 'dusts') that includes the radiance-boosting Beauty Dust.

What you need to know about Moon Juice: This California-based line of dusts and other delicious edibles comes packed with ingredients you probably haven't heard of, but will want to check out if you have disposable income. Lots of the ingredients used in Moon Juice formulas are traditionally used in Chinese Medicine. Ans anecdotally, they have very powerful properties. I tried a few Moon Juice powders and was impressed to feel an immediate effect from Spirit Dust and Brain Dust.

How to consume: Moon Juice Beauty Dust is a powder, which makes it a perfect add-in to smoothies. A serving in 1 tsp in 8 oz liquid. Be sure your smoothie recipes include some kind of fat (coconut milk, almond milk, avocado, etc.) to achieve the best texture with the powder mixed in. Since there's a bit of stevia added to this powder, you'll want to be careful not to have too many other sweet ingredients in your drink, or it will quickly become overly sweet.

Love it for: Exotic beauty powerhouses like pearl and schisandra that are known to nourish the skin and provide potent anti-aging benefits.

Cost: $65 USD for 8oz (about a month's worth of servings)

Peachy Complexion Tonic

This sweet, creamy tonic combines the skin-nourishing fats from coconut and the collagen-building vitamin C in peaches with a slew of exotic skin superfoods like schisandra, pearl, and goji, found in Beauty Dust by Moon Juice.

Serves 2

  • 2 cups chilled unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 ripe organic peach
  • 2 tsp Moon Juice Beauty Dust
  • scant 1 tsp ground ginger

Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator until serving.