Beauty Bites

Looking good has never tasted so sweet

 

Honey can be used to improve the look and health of your skin and hair.

Honey can be used to improve the look and health of your skin and hair.

The queen bee and her buzzing black and yellow jacketed minions have quite a few secrets hiding in their hive of liquid gold. Not only have they given us something delicious to enjoy that we use to spruce up several dishes from sweets to tea—honey can also work as a strong beauty regimen in multiple ways.

 

Skin

“Putting raw, organic honey on my face for thirty minutes will close the pores and give my face a soft glow. That’s one of my own beauty secrets.” - Emoni Baraka, Fashion Model

“Putting raw, organic honey on my face for thirty minutes will close the pores and give my face a soft glow. That’s one of my own beauty secrets.” – Emoni Baraka, Fashion Model

Emoni Baraka, a fashion model signed with Click Model Management in New York City, has graced several runways, including New York Fashion Week. For her, having perfect skin is essential.

“One thing I do for that is a honey facial,” she says. “Putting raw, organic honey on my face for thirty minutes will close the pores and give my face a soft glow. That’s one of my own beauty secrets.”

Another bonus to this facial mask is that it combats acne and pimples. Honey can also be used as a moisturizer when a few teaspoons are added to melted shea butter. This is a moisturizer that can be used all over the body, just like any other lotion.

 

Hair

A honey hair mask is great to use during the summer to help combat those brittle, loose ends that can come from the sun and chlorine water. Adding honey with some rosemary oil, apple cider vinegar and water will give your hair a natural, glamorous summer shine and moisturize split ends. The honey acts as a hydrating humectant while the rosemary oil minimizes dandruff and both add glossiness to the hair. The vinegar combats hair frizz and breaks down chlorine to unsure it is washed away.

When using this hairmask, apply to a small section of hair after shampooing to see how the hair responds to it. After it has been washed in, rinse it out and dry.

 

Scars

Burnt yourself with the iron? Make the scar fade quicker by covering it in honey before bed, wrapping it up in a bandage and washing the honey away the following morning. To speed the process, add lemon juice as it acts as a skin lightening agent.

 

 

Do you have any other sweet honey beauty tips? Share them below!

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Shepherd’s Tasty Pie

The Shepherd’s been on a diet, but his pie still packs a punch

I hate cooking. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a great cook. I just don’t like to do it. It’s not hard, it’s just about knowing how to read and follow directions—it amazes me how some people can still mess that up, but don’t feel bad if that person is you. When it comes to cooking, I literally can’t stand it. I just don’t like to mess with my food. All I want to do is eat it. Get that entire dish in my belly as quick as possible.

Logically, whenever I do cook, I make my food in huge quantities. This way, I don’t have to cook as often and can stuff my face as much as I want. When browsing for recipes, I look for dishes that are affordable, healthy, packed with flavor and simple to make. I struck gold with this little recipe here. It’s a shepherd’s pie recipe that is healthier than the original because the mashed potatoes have cauliflower added to them. Took a while to prep the food but it was well worth the effort. I found the original recipe here, but this is my own little spin on it.

Now let’s walk it out…

What to smuggle from your grocery store:

  • 2 huge potatoes
  • 1 cauliflower head
  • 1 tomato
  • Milk (don’t need much, fat free is best)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter (margarine is cheaper, just sayin’)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Seasoned salt
  • 1lb ground turkey meat (leaner is better)
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon each tomato paste, soy sauce and teriyaki sauce
  • 1 can chicken broth (or get one of those boxes, low sodium is healthy)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups frozen vegetable medley (or as many veggies as you want to get that x-ray vision you’ve always wanted)

Here’s how you hook up your mashed cauliflower-potatoes—

  1. Peel and wash potatoes, dice them up and toss them into a pot.
  2. Break up whole head of cauliflower florets, wash them and ninja-chuck them in with the potatoes.
  3. Fill your pot up with water and boil everything together.
  4. Check back every ten minutes or so on the pot. If your fork can easily slide through the potatoes and cauliflower like butter, then drain them and toss them back into the pot.
  5. Melt your butter (or margarine) and put it in the pot.
  6. Mash the potatoes and cauliflower together with a fork, blender or whatever you have that will effectively turn it into mashed potatoes—really, that’s how they’re made. Slowly stir in milk to your liking. Careful not to make the mashed cauliflower-potatoes too thin.
  7. Add salt and pepper to your liking.

Moving onto the meat—

  1. Line your pan/skillet with a thin layer of veggie oil, turn the stovetop on to medium/high and put the ground turkey in.
  2. Dice up the onions and garlic and toss them in with the turkey.
  3. Add seasoned salt to turkey meat to your liking while cooking so the flavor sinks in.
  4. Once the turkey meat and onions are cooked all the way through, add in flour, tomato sauce, soy sauce and teriyaki sauce. Cook and mix meat until it has more of a thick, mushy consistency.
  5. Now add in your chicken broth. Let it boil for a few minutes.
  6. Now add in your frozen vegetables.
  7. Let it all cook together until meat and vegetable mixture has a mushy, thick consistency almost like cake batter. It is okay if there is still juice left in the pan.
It should look like this once it's ready to go into the pan.

It should look like this once it’s ready to go into the pan.

Now let’s bring it on home—

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spread the meat/vegetable mixture into a pan.
  3. Spread the mashed cauliflower-potatoes over the meat/vegetable mixture.
  4. Dice the tomatoes and sprinkle them on top of the mashed cauliflower-potatoes.
  5. Throw that hotness in the oven.
  6. When the top of the mashed potatoes is hard like the top layer of lasagna, the juices have been mostly cooked away and you can lightly press down on the top of the dish without breaking the surface, your creation is ready. It should take 20-30 minutes to get to this point. Totally enough time to watch an episode of Rebel Wilson’s Super Fun Night. Or an episode of Scandal if your oven is old and busted like mine.
La finale - your mouthwatering creation once it's ready for a hot, sassy serving.

La finale – your mouthwatering creation once it’s ready for a hot, sassy serving.

Congratulations! After letting your dish cool down, it will be ready to serve. Also, if you like this dish, then please do as Ms. Britney says.

Spread the word!

Spread the word!

Mind, Body, Soul and Fashion

Two models share their secrets to holistic health

Have you ever felt like you had so much to do in a day and that tiny 24-hour time window Mother Nature gave you to take care of it all just simply is not enough? Or maybe you have felt like you had so many thoughts running through your mind that a three second clip of what is going on in your head could fill an entire volume of the Encyclopedia of Britannica? I know I have certainly felt this way. This day in age, with new and confusing technology rolling out every month, a rough economy and an employment market that is more demanding than ever before, it can certainly be hard to maintain balance in one’s life. There is work, school, bills, family, healthcare, errands, politics, news, media and the list goes on. In yet, somehow in the 24-hour window, we are expected to find the time to maintain a healthy social life and still have an hour left over in our week to catch that new episode of Scandal? How can one take care of the ever-growing obligations and demands in their life while maintaining a healthy balance of mind, body and soul?

These two young models seem to have most of that figured out. With their busy schedule of work, school, casting calls and life on completely opposite sides of the country, both of these glamorous women are here to give us some of their own personal tips of maintaining holistic health in a society that has trained us to look everywhere around us as long as we are not looking inside of ourselves.

Mind

“Instead of thinking about myself all the time, I try to focus my attention on what I can do to help other people’s needs and not just myself. With modeling, it can be really easy to be absorbed in yourself and only look at the physical things.” - Emoni Baraka

“Instead of thinking about myself all the time, I try to focus my attention on what I can do to help other people’s needs and not just myself. With modeling, it can be really easy to be absorbed in yourself and only look at the physical things.” – Emoni Baraka

For Emoni Baraka, fashion model at Click Model Management in New York City, a healthy state of mind involves balancing the things she has to do throughout the day while keeping a strong connection with her friends and family. “At the same time, it’s not just about making sure your needs are taking care of, but taking the time to make sure that you can take care of others too,” she says.

She keeps her head clear and emotional state steady by monitoring what information she is feeding her mind. “I try to cut back from social media as much as I can,” Emoni says. “That can be a huge way to procrastinate with things like Instagram and Facebook. I try not to get too absorbed in that and stay away from drama. I focus on things that are most important to me.”

Finding ways to be of service to her community is very important to Emoni. She joins her church on Sundays to help with Hurricane Sandy relief in the Rockaways and makes extra efforts to stay connected with people in her community. “Instead of thinking about myself all the time, I try to focus my attention on what I can do to help other people’s needs and not just myself,” she explains. “With modeling, it can be really easy to be absorbed in yourself and only look at the physical things.”

Body

“Living in today’s culture—it’s so much pressure to look a certain way to gain acceptance from people. I don’t take it to the point where I am trying to please others all the time. I just try to be the best version of myself that I can.” - Emoni Baraka

“Living in today’s culture—it’s so much pressure to look a certain way to gain acceptance from people. I don’t take it to the point where I am trying to please others all the time. I just try to be the best version of myself that I can.” – Emoni Baraka

“A healthy body is one that can function and perform in the ways it’s supposed to,” Emoni says. To stay healthy, Emoni eats healthy. “I try to eat all organic foods and not things that are really processed.”

Emoni also stays active to keep her up the functionality of her body. Walking around in New York can be a great way of exercise, she says. She also takes dance classes and zumba from time to time at New York Health and Racquet Club.

In her line of work, beauty is essential. “I’m really big on skincare,” she says. “One thing I do for that is a honey facial. Putting raw, organic honey on my face for thirty minutes will close the pores and give my face a soft glow. That’s one of my own beauty secrets.”

Not so surprisingly, Emoni has faced challenges in her life when it comes to other people’s perception of her beauty, as most women do. “That is true for every woman here,” she explains. “Living in today’s culture—it’s so much pressure to look a certain way to gain acceptance from people. I don’t take it to the point where I am trying to please others all the time. I just try to be the best version of myself that I can.”

Soul

“Without it [soul] you would just feel crushed and conceived by the generics everyone puts on you. You wouldn’t really have your own identity without it.” - Emoni Baraka

“Without it [soul] you would just feel crushed and conceived by the generics everyone puts on you. You wouldn’t really have your own identity without it.” – Emoni Baraka

Emoni believes soul is her innermost being. “Kind of the foundation of who you are. It’s unique to every person. It’s where your emotions and intuition come from.”

She feels a person with a healthy soul is happy, carefree and does not take everything in life too seriously all of the time. She spends a lot of time with her family and friends while keeping her relationship with God strong, learning about herself through him. “It helps energize me and makes me feel good about myself. It makes me believe that I have something to contribute to the world.”

A healthy soul is essential to her. “Without it you would just feel crushed and conceived by the generics everyone puts on you. You wouldn’t really have your own identity without it.”

Emoni is currently working in fashion retail on Fifth Avenue and plans on pursuing a dual degree in Fine Arts & Literary Studies at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts.

Mind

“Organize yourself. Prioritize things in your life. The world will always throw a bunch of things your way. When you organize things in your life and prepare for them ahead of time, you will be better prepared for what is to come.” - Caitlin Green-Healy

“Organize yourself. Prioritize things in your life. The world will always throw a bunch of things your way. When you organize things in your life and prepare for them ahead of time, you will be better prepared for what is to come.” – Caitlin Green-Healy

For Caitlin Green-Healy, commercial fashion model at Option Model Management in Portland, Oregon, mind is “your conscious ability to process information in the world around you. Like the human machine operator.”

She believes a healthy mind comes from awareness of itself and the impact a person has in their environment. “Be okay with the things you can and cannot control,” Caitlin says. “Handle the environment in a way that is adaptive versus maladaptive.”

Maintaining a healthy mind is a constant process for her as she reflects on her past years of going to work and school full time while balancing her life with family and friends. “Organize yourself. Prioritize things in your life. The world will always throw a bunch of things your way. When you organize things in your life and prepare for them ahead of time, you will be better prepared for what is to come.”

She believes this also works with people. Caitlin’s father told her that people are a reason, a season and a lifetime. “Some people are there to teach you a lesson, to be a part of your life for a time or to be your friend for a lifetime.” For her, knowing the difference between these people is essential.

“Be okay with when you make mistakes and being able to just pick it up,” she adds. “Don’t sulk. Just cry it out, take a nice bath with a glass of wine and figure out your next steps. Don’t ruminate over it.”

The most important part of keeping her mind in a healthy state is to make time for her own personal care every day. “Just twenty minutes after work or a stressful day to be by yourself. Have music, just sitting and writing. Not so much media. Something to distract you from what was going on before. That is a must. That way you can remind yourself what’s actually important. Put your problems in perspective instead of sitting in them.”

Like everyone else, Caitlin has definitely had her views in life challenged by others. She may not always agree with someone else, so she believes that it is important to pick and choose her battles. If she ever does persuade someone to see things from her point of view, she knows not to take all the credit for it. “My dad told me people think they have way more influence over others than they actually do.”

Body

“[Body is] your portrait. It’s your casing, your skin. What you have to deal with. It’s your home. We have to be careful in protecting it and making choices that benefit it.” - Caitlin Green-Healy

“[Body is] your portrait. It’s your casing, your skin. What you have to deal with. It’s your home. We have to be careful in protecting it and making choices that benefit it.” – Caitlin Green-Healy

Caitlin believes body is “your portrait. It’s your casing, your skin. What you have to deal with. It’s your home. We have to be careful in protecting it and making choices that benefit it.”

Feeling comfortable in her own skin is important for her. While she thinks that what makes a healthy body is subjective, she definitely believes that it is important to be able to look in the mirror and believe that one is healthy and has made healthy choices in their life.

“I try to watch what I eat—not now because it’s the holidays,” she says. “Eating lots of fruit and vegetables is good. What goes in is what is going to come out. I don’t mean like poop, but like hair and nails.”

One of her beauty secrets is moisturizing her skin with baby oil or lotion once out of the shower to keep her skin looking healthy and youthful. She also gets facials twice a month. “If you can’t afford it, using fruits and veggies is good too.”

She has found that cutting back on salt makes her look less bloated. She losses around two pounds in water weight by cutting salt completely out of her diet, leaving her face looking more defined for her photo shoots and her skin looking clean.

She is also careful with what beauty products she uses and stick to one that never fails. “Water is your friend. Things that are advertised as ‘healthy’ can just be products that people want you to buy that are more for the benefit of them than it is of you.”

Soul

“A happy soul is one that can face the choices of your day and be sure they meet the checklist of your values. Did I lie? Did I hurt anyone? Was I taking a step towards a better me? These are good questions to start with.” - Caitlin Green-Healy

“A happy soul is one that can face the choices of your day and be sure they meet the checklist of your values. Did I lie? Did I hurt anyone? Was I taking a step towards a better me? These are good questions to start with.” – Caitlin Green-Healy

“If ones’ soul isn’t aligned with their choices, true peace and happiness is much harder to gain,” Caitlin says. She believes the soul is a self-fulfilling element of our being. The part where we need to believe our presence has a positive impact and our actions are truthful and right.

Working in fashion retail through her college career, she reflects on the decisions she has made with her employment. “The reason I recently chose to change my course in life was after I listened to my gut, which told me I didn’t value my job and needed to do something less straining,” she says. “I know my real career must involve helping people in some aspect, not just selling them material goods.”

She knows that when she feels upset or makes careless choices, she needs to be proactive in correcting the imbalance her actions have caused in her soul. “A happy soul is one that can face the choices of your day and be sure they meet the checklist of your values. Did I lie? Did I hurt anyone? Was I taking a step towards a better me? These are good questions to start with.”

To better understand what areas of her life need work to better the state of her soul, she examines each one of them individually. “I always make a list when I get anxious of the parts of my life I am working on—school, work, modeling, family, my relationships, my creative projects and learning.  If too many of these categories are lacking strength or growth, then it is time for me to prioritize because whatever I have been doing with my time is not part of my values.”

Caitlin is wrapping up her last year of school at Portland State University, where she will graduate with a bachelor’s in psychology with an emphasis on industrial and organizational psychology. She is planning on moving to Europe after her graduation to study French and get field experience before she pursues a master’s degree in 2015.