Lauren Conrad wears many different hats: She’s a fashion designer with two lines—one is called Paper Crown; the other is an exclusive line for Kohl’s called LC Lauren Conrad. She’s a writer and has her own series of fiction tales as well as style and beauty guides. She’s even made a must-check-daily contribution to the blogosphere with a blog she created with her hairstylist, Kristin Ess, and makeup artist, Amy Nadine, called thebeautydepartment.com (if you don’t already follow it and her on Instagram @laurenconrad—you should start!). Recently, we chatted with her about her latest venture, a partnership with Malibu (yes, the rum), plus health and beauty tips.
So tell us about Malibu’s new launch.
“Well, I am partnering with Malibu to launch Malibu Island Spice, which is only 70 calories a serving so I’m really excited.”
What does the new flavor taste like?
“It’s similar to the original Malibu, but it’s a little bit bolder and it has coconut, vanilla and a hint of cinnamon in it. It’s really good.”
Do you have a favorite drink recipe that you like to use it in?
“I like to mix it with coconut water—it tastes like a little Piña Colada.”
It’s great that it’s only 70 calories. Do you have any high-cal indulgent foods that are off-limits in your diet?
“I have only-every-once-in-awhile foods. I think whenever I restrict myself to the point where I’m not allowed to have something, it is the only thing that I want. So, for me, I have foods that are special occasion or treat foods, whether it’s pasta or something as simple as dessert, that’s not an everyday thing. I think you should still enjoy good things.”
How do you like to stay fit?
“I think it’s more about a lifestyle rather than just trying to go on a diet as soon as you want to come down. I think small, healthy choices are what works best for me. I think it’s staying active and it’s just little things. I think that going on diet can be a bit intimidating. For me, it never really worked.”
Switching gears a bit to beauty, we follow your thebeautydepartment.com blog. What’s your best advice for getting ready in a hurry?
“I do it often. I think it’s just finding products that work well for you and really just getting into a routine. I can do my entire face in five minutes if I need to. I ideally like to take a little longer because I actually enjoy doing my makeup, but I think it’s just finding no-fuss looks that work.”
If you had to choose, what are the three beauty essentials that you have to have?
“I like a good foundation. That’s really important to me. I have some discoloration on my skin, so I need something just to even it out. And then, probably a blush and a mascara if I’m only picking three for the day.”
Carrots aren’t just a tasty snack: They’re also amazing for your skin. Because of their high levels of beta-carotene and vitamin A, these orange veggies flush out toxins that are damaging to your complexion, and contain phytochemicals that nourish and hydrate. A recent study from the University of Bristol in England also found that eating golden-pigmented vegetables and fruits like carrots gives your skin a more desirable glow than spending time in the sun. Researchers evaluated the skin color of people in relation to what they eat, and found that those whose diets included more veggies and fruits had a more golden skin color. Those with this golden glow had higher levels of carotenoids, yellow and red antioxidants produced in plants like carrots, in their skin. The researchers then had participants rate the attractiveness of faces enhanced by carotenoids versus sun-tanned faces, and others preferred the glow produced by fruits and veggies to the sun-induced tan. Even more incentive to snack!
—By Kelly Garner, beauty intern
Last week, we had the privilege of enjoying a lunch cooked by Top Chef judge/host and new Eucerin Skin First Council Member Gail Simmons (above). Here, she shares her recipe for the “Skin Savvy Salmon” she made for us, chosen for its complexion-boosting omega fatty acids (take our word for it—it’s delicious!):
Gail Simmons’ Skin Savvy Salmon
1 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 clove of garlic, peeled and minced
4 six-ounce salmon filets, boneless, skin on
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons kosher salt
10-12 turns of freshly ground black pepper
4 cups cooked brown rice
2 scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts only
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
In a small saucepan, add soy sauce, honey, ginger and garlic. Set over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Set aside.
Take a large, oven-proof, non-stick sauté pan and set over high heat (use two pans if needed). Rub the filets all over lightly with vegetable oil. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Once pan is very hot, place the filets skin-side down and press down gently with a spatula so the skin remains flat to the pan. Cook for about six minutes, then liberally glaze the top side of the filets with the soy mixture- you want to have some glaze swirling in the bottom of the pan too, as this will carmelize with the crispy skin. Turn off the heat and flip the salmon so the skin side is now on top. Allow to rest in the pan for three more minutes until cooked through.
Place the salmon filets on top of a cup of brown rice, skin-side up. Drizzle a little more glaze from the pan on the plate. Sprinkle with sliced scallions and toasted sesame seeds. Serve with a veggie of your choice, like sauteed spinach or snap peas. Bon appetite!
Sure, working out keeps your body in shape and healthy—but it also does wonders for your skin. Jeannette Graf, M.D., a dermatologist in Great Neck, New York discusses the beauty benefits of exercise in this segment. Glow on!
If you’re like me, you’re probably prone to skimp on shut-eye as the holiday craziness starts to go into full effect. But, experts say it’s absolutely essential to prioritize your zzz’s. (I know, I know: It’s tough!). Here’s a recent TV segment that I did with Better TV that will give you some ways you can actually multitask as you sleep to max out your slumber hours. Also, here’s another segment that I did the same day that will explain exactly why snoozing for 7-9 hours is so crucial to your overall wellness. Night, night!