Authentic Beauty Blog Series: Authentic Beauty Bits

Authentic Beauty Blog Series: Authentic Beauty Bits | Stemology Beauty, Josie Bissett, shares her Authentic Beauty |Stemology Skincare Authentic Beauty Blog

Stemology Beauty, Josie Bissett, shares her Authentic Beauty

This month we’re unveiling our new Authentic Beauty Blog series, “Authentic Beauty Bits.” Now, let us start by saying we are lovers of all things beauty, and while that includes skin, it extends far beyond the physical to that place deep inside of us all where our souls reside. It’s more than the mind, deeper than the heart, and transcends the human experience. We call it Authentic Beauty, and you know it as just that when you see it, or hear it, because it is resonant – like an arrow to the heart, you know it when it hits you.

Our new blog series celebrates that thing in all of us. It goes beyond the surface to give us a deeper understanding of what makes our soul sisters strive and thrive – what inspires, coaxes, loves, lifts and empowers us to wake up each day and live a life of Authentic Beauty. To stand strong in the belief that we are better together, sharing and learning and embracing our varied experiences so that we can achieve that which our souls long for; connection.

Now, that doesn’t mean we won’t talk about our favorite lipsticks, sunscreens, eye shadow, designer, etc., – as we said, we love beauty – but it is our intention to go deeper than just that with the Stemology Beauties (celebs, make-up artists, industry influencers, and awesome regular folk too!) we chat with in an effort to raise the vibration for all of us.

Our first blog in the series features the talented and stunning Stemology Beauty Josie Bissett. Many of you will know her from her iconic role as Jane Mancini on Melrose Place, while others may know her from more recent roles such as the award winning, The Secret Life of The American Teenager, or last year’s Lifetime TV specials. However you know her, just know that she is as authentic as they get and we love and adore her for so much more than her beautiful face!

We asked Josie 13 questions. Here’s how that went:

AB: What is your Authentic Beauty secret?

JB: Wear sunscreen!

 

AB: Do you have a mantra you live by?

JB: “In the end, these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?”

 

AB: What’s the most Authentic Beauty advice you’ve ever received?

JB: Wear sunscreen, drink a lot of water, sleep well, don’t stress, but most of all…be grateful and happy J

AB: Sounds like sound advice to us!

 

AB: What’s your must-have beauty product?

JB: Lip Gloss

 

AB: Who is your Authentic Beauty role model?

JB: Christy Brinkley

AB: We might have to agree with this one. She really personifies natural, authentic beauty in a way that is uniquely her.

 

AB: What do you love most about where you live?

JB: The seasons.

AB: You really do get the experience of seasons in Seattle. I visited Snoqualmie last year and it was as beautiful as any place I’ve ever seen. The waterfall took my breath away – and the hiking trails were from heaven!

 

AB: What is your ultimate Authentic getaway and why?

JB: Carmel CA. It’s the most charming yet sophisticated little gem of a place. I love the ocean and green trees, the mild seasons and unique gift shops and cafes.

 

AB: What is your favorite food?

JB: Quinoa Salad

AB: Ooh – good one! Quinoa has crazy skin benefits! It can help increase collagen production, which means it gets rid of wrinkles (see how we did that?)

 

AB: What is the last book you read?

JB: A Christmas Miracle for Daisy by Jane Porter

 

AB: What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

JB: Went on a mission trip in Sri Lanka

 

AB: What is your most Authentic moment; the moment you felt the truest essence of YOU?

JB: The day I became a mother.

AB: We got all the feels on this one!

 

AB: What is one thing on your bucket list?

JB: Learn Transcendental Meditation.

AB: That’s on ours too!!

 

AB: What product is your Stemology obsession and why?

JB: Cell Renew SunVeil Complete One-Tint Moisturizer SPF17. It’s the first thing I put on my face in the morning. It provides moisture, protection and evens out my skin tone. If I could only pick one product, this would be it!

AB: Aww – thanks Josie. We love hearing that. It’s one of our faves too! We love knowing that your experience with reflects that it does exactly what it promises to do!

 

 

Drink Yourself Beautiful

Drink Yourself Beautiful | The 5 Ingredient Detox Drink to Restore Mind, Body and Spirit | Stemology Skincare Authentic Beauty Blog

The 5 Ingredient Detox Drink to Restore Mind, Body and Spirit

Thirty-four days into the New Year and somehow, it isn’t feeling as shiny. Many of us have perhaps fallen off the resolution wagon and faded back into the daily grind – somehow forgetting the commitments that meant so much to us just thirty-four days ago. You know what we need? We need an overhaul – a detox that will cleanse us fully – mind, body, and spirit, and get us back to the “we got this” mindset we had when we started the New Year!

We’ve got just the thing! Our favorite daily detox drink is the perfect cure for what ails you – and it’s so easy to make – anyone can do it! Here’s what you’ll need:

SPINACH

Spinach is known as one of the world’s healthiest foods – and with good reason too! Not only is it chalk-full of skin supporting vitamins (think A, C, E, K) it also contains a long list of minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron and a whole host of others (too many to name!). In its raw form, spinach contains an anti-oxidant powerhouse known as glutathione, a natural detoxifier that improves the health of the body’s cells to help reverse aging. Hmmm…maybe Popeye was actually on to something.

PINEAPPLE

Oh the sweetness of fresh pineapple. Not only does it taste – and look – incredible, pineapple boasts a host of detoxifying and beautifying ingredients. A anti-oxidant powerhouse, pineapple contains bromelain which softens skin and helps prevent acne, fine lines, sun damage and uneven skin tone. Pineapple is also a great detoxifier for the body again, thanks to its high concentration of the enzyme bromelain, which acts as a natural blood thinner in addition to promoting beneficial changes in white blood cells.

BLUEBERRIES

For such a small fruit, blueberries pack a powerful punch when it comes to both detoxing and benefits on the skin. In a recent study published by The World Journal of Gastroenterology, blueberries were shown to actually slow the progression of liver disease. Blueberries contain anthocyanins, the compound that gives them their rich, dark color. These are powerful antioxidants that shield the skin against free radicals that can damage collagen. They are also packed with Vitamin-C, another antioxidant, this one crucial for collagen production.

LEMON

How many times have we heard about the benefits of drinking warm lemon water? Lemon is full of natural antioxidants (there’s that word again!) that combat damaging free radicals and is a great source of Vitamin-C which helps repair damaged skin cells, and as the “great detoxifier” lemons have an amazing capacity of balancing the pH levels in your body and detoxifying your liver.

BASIL

Basil is the holy grail of health. Who knew, right? We did! Not only is it amazingly healthy for skin and the body overall, it is the secret ingredient that takes the flavor of this detox drink to a whole new level. Basil has health benefits ranging from improving the immune system to decreasing stress and even protecting DNA thanks to the plethora of antioxidants and phytonutrients it contains.

Okay, now that we’ve laid out the health and skin benefits of our smoothie ingredients, let’s get to blending!

Combine the following ingredients into a blender:

1 and 1/2 cups raw spinach

½ cup fresh pineapple chunks

½ cup fresh blueberries

2 fresh basil leaves

Juice of half a lemon

Blend until smooth, pour it into your favorite glass, and drink it down! So refreshing – it’s like a vacation in a glass! Oh – and we recommended doing this for 5 days in a row, taking a break for a week, and then starting again over the course of 4 weeks! Enjoy! 

Sources: Paleoburn, Self, Gyanunlimited, Step to Health, Best-anti-aging-secrets,

Food Facts, StyleCraze, All Remedies

 

 

2017 #SkinGoals

017 #SkinGoals | The Most Common Skin Concerns and How to Address Them | Stemology Skincare Authentic Beauty Blog

The Most Common Skin Concerns and How to Address Them

Skin Goals. We’ve all got them. Let’s make 2017 the year we finally achieve them! Whether you’re yearning for smoother skin (less wrinkles), desiring a more even skin tone (fewer brown spots and age spots), or looking for clearer skin (blemish busting!), we’ve got your solution to those pesky skin woes that promises to get you on the road to skin success!

#SKINGOAL: SMOOTHER SKIN (WRINKLE REDUCTION)

Okay, we get it – no one really wants the age of their face to match the one on their driver’s license, and nothing makes us look older than we actually are the way wrinkles and deep creases do. What’s a girl to do? Our advice is to enlist the help of a really good, clinically proven, results oriented anti aging serum, specifically formulated for wrinkle reduction. Our secret? Our Cell Revive Collagen Complete of course. Clinically proven ingredients help soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by strengthening skin’s existing collagen and helping to renew production of your own collagen. More collagen means fuller skin – and that means less wrinkles!

#SKINGOAL: A MORE EVEN SKIN TONE (BROWN SPOTS, AGE SPOTS, DARK SPOTS)

Spots. Nothing is worse than having beautiful, glowing skin, with the exception of a few spots here and there. They ruin everything, right? Well, there’s a serum for that too! In this case, we would recommend a brightening serum that is clinically proven to address issues of hyperpigmentation, including brown/dark spots. Opt for serums with natural skin lightening ingredients such as Daisy Flower Extract, Vitamin-C, and AHA’s/BHA’s which will help speed up cellular turnover. One note of caution; some brightening serums on the market contain the controversial lightening agent, Hydroquinone. Banned in many countries, we recommend staying away from any serums containing this potentially dangerous ingredient, especially when you have natural ingredients that can work just as well. Try our Brightening Serum an all natural, safe, way to see spot run!

#SKINGOAL: CLEAR SKIN (BLEMISHES)

We all thought once we moved beyond our teen years that we would never see blemishes again, right? Boy, were we wrong! What’s up with that? Well, hormonal changes due to the on set of menopause are to blame. But not to worry, we’ve got some tips to help you through your “late teen years!” The first thing is do NOT start using blemish products designed for teens. You know the ones – you see their ads on TV in the middle of the night, featuring the hip, cool, celebs and musicians of the moment. Those products are very drying and using them will cause your already dry skin to become even drier which in turn will cause skin to produce more oil which will lead to more break outs and so the cycle goes. Better to go with gentle products that can help keep blemishes at bay while giving mature skin the nutrients it needs. Our recommendation? A duo of must haves starting with our Foaming Facial Wash with NanoSilver to gently help keep bacteria at bay, followed by our Active Gel Toner to calm skin and restore balance and hydration. Once skin is back in balance and blemishes seem to have lessened, feel free to add an oil-free serum to your regimen that provides light hydration to the skin.

#SKINGOAL: HYDRATED SKIN (DRY SKIN, HORMONALLY AGING SKIN)

The word “crepey” is just, well, icky. It’s one of those words that sounds like what it is. Nothing makes you feel more old and icky than seeing crepey skin. Here’s the thing; the appearance of crepey skin is worsened when skin is dry and dehydrated, both from the inside (the cellular level) and the outside too. Eating more water rich foods can help hydrate you from the inside out, but what’s the best way to hydrate skin topically? Look for moisturizing products that hydrate skin in all three ways: by attracting moisture to the skin, binding it to the skin, and then creating a barrier on the skin so moisture stays in. Stemology has day and night moisturizers that are clinically proven to provide the most comprehensive moisture to the skin.

#SKINGOAL: GLOWING SKIN (DULL LOOKING SKIN)

Nothing makes skin appear more grey and gloomy than winter. The combination of the cold air, the wind, and the dry air of indoor heating can leave skin looking lifeless and bland. Luckily, the fix here is an easy one. Products that exfoliate skin such as scrubs and masks can really brighten up the skin’s complexion by sloughing off the layers of dead skin cells that dull skin’s appearance, revealing brighter, glowing skin, usually with the very first use. The rub (pun intended)? Be careful not to over exfoliate skin. 2-3 times per week is more than enough to get your glow on.

Of course, we recommend natural, organic skincare choices in the spirit of the best health of your skin. What are your #SkinGoals this year? Tell us in the comments.

 

 

The 2017 Beauty Trends You Need to Know NOW!

The 2017 Beauty Trends You Need to Know NOW! | Celebrity Makeup Artist Natalie Rose Gives Stemology Her Forecast | Stemology Skincare Authentic Beauty BLog

Celebrity Makeup Artist Natalie Rose Gives Stemology Her Forecast

Stemology Skincare works with numerous celebrity makeup artists who strive to help their famous clientele attain the beautiful, healthy skin that’s critical to their trade. So what beauty trends will we see in 2017? Always at the forefront of innovation, Stemology turned to professional makeup artist Natalie Rose to get the answer. You may have seen her work on the famous faces of Sally Field, Jeff Bridges and Brooklyn Decker, just to name a few. Stemology asked Rose for the top five beauty trends she is seeing for 2017. Here’s what she had to say:

  1. The No-Makeup Look. This is the most anticipated trend so far, and it’s already started in 2017. Heavy contouring is out and soft, radiant skin is in. Stemology (I call it skin food!) is one of my favorites for glowing skin. There’s no amount of makeup that can make someone look good without a great base and a healthy surface.

Who’s rocking this trend already? Behati Prinsloo.

  1. Soft Eyebrows. Say bye-bye to harsh block eyebrows. Seeing a natural hair brow with a natural shape that opens and softens the eye is IN! Glossier Boy Brow is my secret weapon.

Who’s rocking this trend already? Gigi Hadid.

  1. A Faded Lip. Bright lips are toning down as well. Give lips a wash of color and set it with neutral powder to give it more longevity and a toned down color (a runway trick).

Who’s rocking this trend already? Karlie Kloss.

  1. Cream de la Crème. Working with creams ‐ cream shadow, highlighter, blush ‐ gives the skin more radiance and is flattering from day into evening.

Who’s rocking this trend already? Gina Rodriguez.

  1. Matte Skin. As much as we all love dewy, matte and velvet skin is back for good. A healthy balance between the two is where it should stay for a while. As we all know, the highlighting trend went way too far, so powdering in the appropriate places will be the key.

Who’s rocking this trend already? Cara Delevingne.

To find out more about Natalie Rose, professional makeup artist, visit her website at http://makeupnatalie.com/ and follower her on Instagram at @makeupnatalie.

 

Authentic Beauty Inspiration

What is Authentic Beauty? | Stemology Skincare Authentic Beauty Blog

What is Authentic Beauty?

Authentic beauty has always been a tenant of the Stemology brand. After all, our blog is named the “Authentic Beauty Blog”! And this got us thinking – What are the deeper characteristics of authentic beauty? What does it really mean to people? And how do you define it? So, we do what we always do when we have a question, we do our research and consult our experts. And what we heard is truly inspirational!

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Fall Beauty Essentials

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Stock Up With These Beauty Essentials This Fall

We all know the season change is a perfect time to update your skincare regimen, and Stemology has already given you skincare solutions to all your fall skin changes. So, what next? While great skin creates the palette for the art form of beauty, it’s not the “end all be all” to looking and feeling your Fall best. Here are our 10 favorite fall beauty essentials.

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The Next Generation Beauty Regimen

The Next Generation Beauty Regimen | Physical, Mental, Emotional, Spiritual | Stemology Skincare Authentic Beauty Blog

Physical, Mental, Emotional, Spiritual

Beauty – much like the rest of the self-care industries – is experiencing a dramatic shift. Gone are the days of people believing that a special cream will solve all your skincare needs. Now, we are entering into a new, more rounded and complete approach to our beauty routine, incorporating physical, mental, emotional and spiritual approaches to beauty. And while these areas may seem separate, if they are out of balance, our wellbeing and beauty suffer. This is the next generation beauty regimen. Are you making the shift?

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Cruelty-Free Cosmetics

Cruelty-Free Cosmetics | Protect The Easter Bunny | Stemology Authentic Beauty Blog

Protect The Easter Bunny

“Every product, every action and every lifestyle decision can be a choice to harm less.” – Zoe Weil

With another Easter approaching, we are reminded of our love for the adorable Easter bunny, and all other animals on Earth, that we have a responsibility to protect and respect. So, it is our tradition that during this time of bunnies, chicks and Easter eggs, we take a moment to remind consumers of the importance of purchasing cruelty-free beauty and personal care products.

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Supermodel Beauty Tips You Can Use

10 Beauty Tips from NYFW Models

With New York Fashion Week in full swing we got to wondering, just how are the models taking care of their skin amidst all the abuse their complexion is enduring during the runway shows? So we scoured the web for the best supermodel beauty tips and did the work of combining them (the really good ones!) into one, easy-to-digest list that you can use.

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Back To School Beauty Shopping

Your Shopping List for All Your Back To School Beauty Needs

Back to School season is in full swing, and while that may spell relief for some people, for others it begins the non-stop schedule of school drop off/pick up, extracurricular activities, homework, early bedtimes and more! Phew! We’re getting tired just thinking about it! So, while you’re out and about school shopping for the kids, make sure to pick up some things for yourself. To help save you time, we’ve compiled a shopping list of some of our favorite back-to-school beauty items that you can feel good about buying.

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Health + Wellness = Beauty

10 Things We Learned from Pinterest About Beauty

When you need advice, a pick-me-up, beauty tutorial or just a lovely picture, where do you turn? More and more we’ve been turning to Pinterest as a great source for all things beauty, health & wellness and inspiration. This got us thinking – What are some of the best things Pinterest has taught us about being a better person, feeling beautiful and enabling us to be more efficient? Here’s our Top 10:

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Happy Mother’s Day

Give Back To The One Who Gives So Much!!

Our moms are our biggest inspiration – and often the most taken for granted. Show mom how much you love her this Mother’s Day – May 10, 2015 – with these relaxing and renewing beauty gift ideas – and you’ll remind her of who her favorite is, long after Mother’s day has passed!

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