You're Going to Love the UMA 7-Day All-Natural Challenge!

File this UMA 7-Day All-Natural Challenge under: things that are too good to miss!

Starting Monday, January 23rd, and running through Sunday, January 29th, the UMA 7-Day All-Natural Challenge is an inspiring, health- and beauty-boosting program developed by the lovely natural beauty company UMA, with the goal of getting YOU involved, and helping you get healthy and gorgeous this month.

Participating will get you some incredible rewards, in addition to feeling great after competing each day's healthy habit challenge. Everyone who participates for all 7 days and follows the challenge terms (below) will receive a $100 UMA Detox Bundle, which includes sample sizes of 3 of UMA's amazing masks and 2 gorgeous wellness oils. BUT you have to join the challenge and participate in all 7 days for your prize!

Here's all you need to know to participate and prepare:

To Participate

  1. Sign-up for UMA's email newsletter for challenge updates.
  2. Regram the challenge announcement post and rules on Instagram (Jan. 16) and tag a friend to join you in the challenge so they can win too!
  3. Regram UMA’s daily challenge photo for all 7 days with a blurb about how you participated in each day’s challenge, including the hashtag #UMAallnatural

Super easy, right? And here's how to play along:

Steps to Pure, Natural Lifestyle

  • Day 1 (1/23): Try oil pulling with coconut or sesame oil first thing in the morning to promote oral health rather than using mouthwash packed with cancer-causing chemicals.
  • Day 2 (1/24): Trade your daily cup of coffee for a metabolism-boosting, antioxidant-filled cup of herbal tea. Not only will you get a steadier energy boost, but you’ll be doing your skin a favor with tea’s inherent compounds that are great for skin elasticity and circulation.
  • Day 3 (1/25): Only eat non-processed food all day. Try one of our recipes if you need ideas!
  • Day 4 (1/26): Use only beauty products with ingredients you can pronounce.
  • Day 5 (1/27): Detox your body with warm lemon water in the morning to improve digestion, support liver detoxification, and reduce bloating. Have a spoonful of flaxseed oil before bed to flush out toxins and get a boost of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Day 6 (1/28): Pre-shower, stimulate your lymphatic system and boost circulation with dry brushing. Dedicate 3-5 minutes to massage the body with firm, small strokes in a circular motion towards the heart, starting from the feet and working your way up to the neck and face. At night, give your body a rub down with the oil that best suits your dosha. Discover yours via the link in our bio.
  • Day 7 (1/29): Meditate for 5 minutes with the help of an essential oil. Sandalwood, frankincense, and chamomile are especially soothing. Any of our Wellness Oils will do the trick, especially our grounding Gorgeous for Good blend! Essential oils will help you reach a meditative state and promote focus, clarity, and relaxation. Not quite ready for meditation? Just try switching out your perfume for an essential oil with luscious scent notes to reap the benefits all-day long.Commit to the all-natural life with us! Each day of the challenge, we’re asking you to take an actionable step towards a healthier lifestyle. Let’s hold each other accountable and start treating our bodies better together.

Prize

Everyone that participates in all 7 days of the challenge, following the challenge terms, will receive an UMA Detox Bundle valued at $100.

Challenge Terms

  • Must follow @umaoils on Instagram
  • Must be signed up the UMA email list
  • Must regram contest announcement post and rules (1 week prior) and tag a friend to join
  • Must regram UMA’s daily challenge photo all 7 days with a blurb about how you participated in each day’s challenge
  • Must use the hashtag #UMAallnatural on every photo
  • Followers that participate in all 7 days will receive a Detox Bundle valued at $100
  • One entry per person
  • Open internationally to public accounts only
  • Competition close date: January 29, 2017

Challenge Dates

  • Challenge Announcement: January 16, 2017
  • 7-Day Challenge: January 23-29, 2017
  • Close Date: January 29, 2017
  • Announce Winners: January 30, 2017

Ready to get going? Me too. I cant wait to see you posting and re-gramming your challenge photos starting 1/23! #UMAallnatural

x, Jolene

Win a Whole Foods Gift Card and Vitamix Blender!

Epic giveaway alert!

I'm so excited to announce that I've gathered together a collection of key tools for beauty—and you can win them, along with a copy of Eat Pretty Every Day, this January.

Here's what's being given away—just what you need to make 2017 your most beautiful year yet:

  • a copy of Eat Pretty Every Day & limited edition frame-able recipe print
  • a $200 Whole Foods Market gift card (one of my favorite places to shop for beautifying food!)
  • A Vitamix 5200 Series blender (one of my favorite kitchen tools!)

It's all available to win in the 2017 'New Year, New You' Eat Pretty giveaway. And it's super-simple to enter: just enter your info on the giveaway page here: http://budurl.com/epedgiveaway

US residents can enter to win this amazing package of beautifying tools until January 27th, 2017. Giveaway sponsored in part by Whole Foods Market.

Chia Seeds Inside + Out

I've been buzzing about the beauty benefits of chia seeds for a few years now (you can check out the Pantry chapter of Eat Pretty for an in-depth overview of this beauty food), since they support healthy digestion and elimination, help with fullness and satiation, and encourage regular detoxification (all radiant skin essentials!). Chia seeds are great sources of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids for healthy skin, as well as skin-clearing, immune-supporting zinc. But this is the first time I'm experimenting with the topical benefits of their oil!

My January 2017 Beauty Heroes Discovery Box just arrived, and inside is the beloved Maya Chia The Super Couple face oil serum, as well as a special edition Supercritical Chia Waterless Wonder Balm with a fresh-smelling lavender, vetiver, and cardamom scent created just for Beauty Heroes. Opening this monthly box, and using the carefully-crafted natural and organic products inside, continues to be one of my very favorite self-care moments each month. I've been introduced to more beautiful products than I can count through my monthly Beauty Heroes box. 

But back to this month—when I saw these two Maya Chia products, I wondered first about the term 'supercritical' and the chia oil extraction process it references. How does it differ from, say, the cold pressing process? It turns out, a lot. First of all, the 'supercritical' extraction process is licensed only to Maya Chia in the US. It's a super-gentle, oxygen- and solvent-free extraction process that, "unlike cold pressing, where valuable antioxidants, omegas and sterols can be lost during the cold pressing process – the supercritical extraction method yields all of the biologically ‘active’ components (all the good stuff for your skin) of the amazing chia seed," according to Maya Chia.

The rest of the ingredients in these formulas continue the trend of being super high quality—they're are either certified organic, organic, or wildcrafted, (with the exception of myrrh). You might be surprised that the facial oil serum has a bright orange color- a product of the high levels of the antioxidant astaxanthin that it contains. Astaxanthin is quite a powerful ingredient for fighting free radical damage and slowing the aging process. So far these formulas feel amazing—I layer them at night—on my wintertime skin.

Remember: always apply your facial oil serums over skin that you've misted with a toner or hydrosol—that moisture layer helps the serum to properly hydrate your skin at the topical level. And for moisture and chia seed nourishment from the inside out, try my Ginger Grapefruit Chia Seed Pudding!

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.

Cranberry-Kiwi Bubbles

Cranberry-Kiwi Bubbles

This festive drink not only keeps you hydrated and serves as a gorgeous cocktail to prepare for a holiday party, it's packed with skin nutrition, including a potent dose of vitamin C, anti-inflammatory ginger to calm seasonal redness in your skin, and anthocyanin-rich cranberries that cleanse the body and support skin elasticity. Cheers!

Makes 4-5 cups concentrate

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh organic cranberries
  • 2 ripe kiwi, peeled
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 7 drops liquid stevia
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger

Directions

In a high-powered blender, combine the first 5 ingredients. Using a microplane grater, grate the ginger directly into the blender. Blend at high speed for 1 to 2 minutes to create a smooth drink concentrate. If desired (for prettier serving), strain through a fine mesh sieve, pressing the mixture with the back of a spoon to filter out any bits of seeds or skin, though this step is not necessary.

Combine concentrate with seltzer, filtered water (or even champagne!) in a ratio of 1 part concentrate to 3 parts liquid. Pour into a pretty glass or champagne flute and garnish with fresh cranberries for a party-ready holiday sip.

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!