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Dark Circles Begone!

It’s been long rumored that super models and stunning celebs alike rely on the Japanese Adzuki Bean to banish dark circles under eyes.  We taste-tested this theory and we’re hooked.  Available at local health stores or gourmet food markets, the Adzuki Bean is said to help rid the body of the pesky toxins that may be causing those raccoon eyes.  Whether suffering from occasional or chronic dark circles, a weekly bowl of this warm, spicy soup may banish darkness for good.

Adzuki Bean Soup Recipe:

  • 8 oz. adzuki beans 
  • 6 cups water 
  • 1 large onion, chopped 
  • 6 celery sticks, chopped.
  • 2 tbsp. of finely chopped basil
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, minced 
  • 2 tsp. Of sea salt 
  • 4 tsp. of coarsely ground black pepper 

Bring 6 cups of water to a boil.  Add beans, onion, celery sticks, basil, garlic, salt and black pepper. Boil rapidly for 15 minutes or until frothy. Remove froth with a spoon and discard. Reduce heat and simmer mixture for 2 hours.  Bottoms up for a more beautiful you.

You can check out other Adzuki Bean Soup recipes on Genius Kitchen here.

Smooth Skin Saboteurs.

What you are eating could be sabotaging your chance of having the smooth, dewy complexion you crave.  Alcohol, caffeine and saturated fat may be wreaking havoc on your skin care routine. Here’s how…

Alcohol dehydrates the skin so limiting consumption is key.  As always, it’s all about moderation.  Women’s skin is thinner than men’s skin, so experts believe that the effects of excessive alcohol are more apparent on a woman’s complexion.  Hey, we’re all in favor of a martini with your manicure, just remember to consume two 8 ounce glasses of water along with every alcoholic beverage to fight off dehydration.

Caffeine is a diuretic so with every sip of that latte, your skin is being robbed of precious moisture.  What to do? Down 8 ounces of H20 each cup of Joe; this is the best way to have your cake and eat it, too. 

Saturated fat and trans fatty acids set off the production of free radicals and free radicals are the perpetrators responsible for wrinkles, skin thickening and other signs of premature aging.  Free radicals also cause skin inflammation, inviting enlarged pores and breakouts.  If your low-carb lifestyle finds has you consuming steak and bacon galore, your face may suffer. Another thing to watch for is partially hydrogenated oil- a mainstay in many processed foods (including energy bars).  Partially Hydrogenated Oil is in the trans fatty acid category and not only can these trans fatty acids ruin your skin, many studies suggest they are murder on your heart. 

Breakfast is on you.

Start the day with a skin-softening mask (perfect for Winter weary skin) made of healthful ingredients you may already have in your fridge.  Darrin Zeer, dubbed America's "Relaxation Expert," suggests this easy, skin-friendly at home mask: Start with 2 tbsp. of plain yogurt, 3 tbsp. of uncooked oatmeal and a few drops of honey. Mix the yogurt and the oatmeal together in a bowl, then add honey and stir the mixture until relatively smooth.  Gently massage the mask onto your face avoiding the eyes.  Leave the mask on for five minutes before removing with warm water.  Now, you can face the day.

Beauty Tips For Pregnant Mamas

Beauty Tips For Pregnant Mamas

By Carolyn Brundage

There’s a scene in the movie Knocked Up where Katherine Heigl sits atop Seth Rogen with tousled hair and heaving breasts (basically looking gorgeous) and declares, “I can’t do this!” And that, in a nutshell, is what it’s like to be a pregnant woman. You’re uncomfortable and insecure and the only thing you know for sure is that... you can't do this!

But while the next nine months will test your relationship with your significant other, your willpower and your nerves, not only will you be able to master this new-mom thing, you’ll do it with patience and panache.

I would know. I’m currently 30 weeks pregnant, and I’m here to help you get through the next nine months feeling great and looking incredible.

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These Mother's Day Gifts Are Musts!

These Mother's Day Gifts Are Musts!

By PrettyCity Editors

Mother's Day is just days away and if you haven't gotten your Mom a gift yet, it's time to get your shop on. Immediately! There's  still time to get something shipped directly to Mom so you can skip the whole last-minute-digital-gift-card routine and, maybe even, make your mother believe that you've got this adulting concept covered. As if.

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The Top 4 Ways To Prevent And Correct Stretch Marks

The Top 4 Ways To Prevent And Correct Stretch Marks

Ugh, stretch marks! We've got 'em... do you? 

Women of all ages, regardless of height, weight or even, whether or not they have children, are susceptible to stretch marks. Ultimately stretch marks come with pregnancy, puberty, and any other weight or muscle gain where the skin is stretched.

Dr. Kirk Brandow, founder and director of the Brandow Clinic for Cosmetic Surgery, shared with us the top four ways to prevent and remove stretch marks. Here’s the scoop...

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The Best and Worst Eye Makeup Removers

The Best and Worst Eye Makeup Removers

We’re always telling you how to bat a lash at the latest makeup trends; so it’s only fair that we divulge how to dispose of eye makeup with just one swipe when the look you love becomes so last season.

And while Dolly Parton may sleep with her makeup on, “In case I have to get up in the middle of the night," you don’t need to be caught in yesterday’s cat eyes the morning after. (Sorry, Dolly.) Here’s our definitive list of the best and the worst eye makeup removers, read it and you won’t be caught with something less than sensational around your eyes… like liners that run and mascaras that flake.

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The Best Eye Creams and the Worst Eye Creams

The Best Eye Creams and the Worst Eye Creams

Hope in a jar doesn’t come cheaply for those looking to repair and protect the delicate skin around their eyes.  From dark circles to fine lines to under eye puffiness, there are a bevy of products that promise to turn back the clock, or stop it all together. But, only a handful of products deliver on their promises to rejuvenate under eye skin. (And we should know, we tested 124 eye products in all.) Here's what you'll want, and what you'll want to walk away from.

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Celebrity Beauty Secrets

Celebrity Beauty Secrets

Jennifer Garner

This butt-kicking beauty and mother radiates a kickin' sense of style. Her look is ultra-polished, reminiscent of classic natural beauties such as Katherine Hepburn. What's in Garner's medicine cabinet? First, she banishes undereye circles and bags with the help of the DuWop line of products. Garner's a fan of DuWop's Citrus i Gels for Dark Circles ($25 for three pairs here).

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