Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Abby Phon's Sophisticated Twist on an American Classic: Lavender Lemonade Recipe




Certified holistic health and wellness coach ABBY PHON is back with us this month to introduce a recipe that puts a sophisticated twist on an American summer classic, the Lemonade!

A key natural ingredient employed in Hynt's skin caring formulations, a touch of Lavender in food and drinks add a subtle sweetness that pairs well with tart citrus flavors like lemons. This means that you can now get away with less sugar, too!


Why Lavender?  

Lavender is the most used essential oil in the world and for good reason! For thousands of years, including the ancient Egyptians, and Greeks to the Romans, Lavender has been touted as a natural remedy to alleviate burns and scrapes, to calm inflamed skin, aid with eczema and other skin conditions as acne, cold sores, hay fever, dandruff and even bee stings. The scent of Lavender is also known to promote relaxation and sleep.

While Hynt uses organic lavender oil in their line for its beauty benefits, it's also a must-have for many in the kitchen like Abby's. Try adding a touch into various desserts, sweets and even savory dishes the next time -- or simply keep a sprig in the kitchen or bath to ease you into a calm state of mind! 

WHAT YOU NEED

3 organic lemons

1/2 cup raw local honey
(Alternatives are Agave, Maple Syrup or your preferred Sweetener) 

6 cups filtered water

2 cups ice

1 drop Lavender essential oil
(Abby uses one from Young Living)


DIRECTIONS
Juice 3 Large Lemons

Add Filtered Water

Stir in Honey until well blended

Add 1 drop of Lavender Essential Oil

Add Ice and Stir

Enjoy!


TIP: If you don't have access to food-grade Lavender essential oils, steep 1 tbsp dried culinary lavender in 1-2 cups hot water for 20-30 minutes then strain.

Get 3 of Abby's FREE decadent & indulgent dessert recipes (that you can make in 5-minutes or less!) by signing up to her newsletters here.

Or, if you want to learn more about natural sweeteners, or other ways to reduce or cut out the excess sugar in your life, check out her new ebook, 
Kick Your Sugar Addiction: 10 ways to control your sweet tooth naturally!  For more on Abby go to www.abbyphon.com or find her on: FacebookInstagram,YouTube

Twitter & Pinterest.



Wednesday, August 3, 2016

SPECIAL INTERVIEW! Get to know our founder Meryl Marshall and her Journey to Hynt Beauty



We are delighted to bring you a feature interview with our founder, Meryl Marshall. It’s been a long time coming, we know! 

A former gemologist, Meryl appreciated the magical power that an exquisite, high quality diamond or gem held to make a woman feel special and beautiful. So it is no surprise that she also loved the world of makeup, skincare and fragrances that retain that similar allure. Yet, it was only after being diagnosed with breast cancer that she began to realize the world of cosmetics was too often tainted with possibly toxic and irritable ingredients underneath its beautiful veil. 

Always a fighter and survivor of life events that would make your jaws drop in awe at her positivity today, Meryl decided that she would survive this disease and furthermore, turn it into motivational fuel to develop a line for other women like herself that adore luxurious color makeup with beautiful smart packaging but without all the bad stuff that her doctors recommended to avoid. 

In between her hectic work and personal schedule, Meryl shares with us her journey to a healthier, safer and more reassuring beauty routine and life and what keeps her inspired and happy. Including thoughts on what’s coming up for Hynt Beauty! 



What lessons and aspects of the jewelry industry have you brought into Hynt Beauty? 

I retired from the wholesale jewelry business almost 20 years ago because I wanted to spend more time raising my son but I had loved every minute of it! 

The lessons that I learned during my years in the jewelry business have been invaluable to me especially as an entrepreneur and business founder. Skills such as negotiation, team building, problem-solution oriented thinking, sales strategy development and inventory management are critical in any business. I also deeply enjoyed working with high-quality goods and the jewelry designer’s incredible level of attention to detail. I was trained at the Gemological Institute of America to assess the aesthetic and quality of each stone. This tutelage was tremendously helpful as I dove into the beauty business. 

My combined experience with the designers and my business mentors showed me how I could be artistically passionate while being a shrewd businesswoman. This is important in the beauty world where visual ideals are in a perpetual struggle against inventory numbers, sales projections and budgets. 



As you educated yourself on the ingredient labels in your makeup bag, what ingredients and news surprised you most? 

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. After my surgeries and treatment, I began the journey of researching the safety status of the food I ate, the cleaning products I used each day, and the skincare products I applied on my face and body. 

I did extensive research, asking many questions, and the answers I found were extremely worrying. I used to think that if a product was on the market, it had to abide by some pre-existing strict safety regulation. Instead, I was shocked to learn that the ingredient regulations were incredibly lax, marketing copy often hid the truth on questionable ingredient usage and many of the products that I was using were potentially harming my self and my family. 

In developing Hynt Beauty, the first thing I created was a blacklist of ingredients that I would not want in my line. I do stay on top of ingredient news and research so the list is updated as necessary as new information about the safety, or lack thereof, of an ingredient is made known. A few examples from my “no-no” list include phenoxethanol, phthlates, propylene glycol, petroleum by-products such as mineral oil, nano-particles, artificial preservatives and ALL ingredients that come from vendors who are not animal cruelty-free. 

When I work with my cosmetic chemist to develop products, I take an active role in researching the ingredients, where they were sourced, and the companies that they come from. Another shocking fact that I learned is that companies are not required, so therefore often do not disclose the use of “no-no” preservatives and stabilizers in the original raw ingredients when they are less than one percent of the whole formula! I always take the extra step to find and work with honest, transparent vendors who are willing to disclose those hidden ingredients with us. If they do not pass our strict guidelines, I simply continue my sometimes frustrating, global search for a purer and safer alternative. 


How is Hynt Beauty shaking up the cosmetic industry? 

I think the cosmetics industry, alongside food and household products, is going through a big change at this time as consumers are finally becoming more aware and better educated on the potential harm posed by widely used toxic chemicals. We still have a long way to go before those ingredients leave the shelves all together but the momentum is accelerating. 

I wanted to take it a few steps further by creating a brand that encapsulates the message of ‘trust and love.’ A brand that will always offer the woman a luxurious experience through well designed packaging, refined textures and organics-based formulations all the while, providing her with the assurance that whatever she is putting on her skin is non-irritable and will not compromise her skin or her health for the sake of a longer shelf life or cheaper formulation. I also wanted the collection to be accessible so while we are not able to offer drugstore pricing due to the higher ingredient costs and packaging, we do our best to keep the pricing reasonable and offer the highest value ratio. 




What are some things we can do in order to make better, healthier and safer beauty product choices starting today? 

Education is key, which is why I think it is crucial to start reading books such as ‘Little Changes’ by Kristi Marsh, ‘No More Dirty Looks,' by Siobhan O’Connor, and ‘Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry’ by Stacy Malkin. They are intriguing reads and clearly outline the potential dangers posed by traditional cosmetics. 

It may also be helpful to download the “Think Dirty” app and consult it before your purchase. Our products are not listed on there yet as there is an associated cost to be listed as a brand but we encourage our readers to submit your Hynt product for review as it is a free submission and listing for consumers! 

I am also a big advocate of major influencers, makeup artists and influential healthy lifestyle experts such as Sophie Uliano, Paige Padgett, Kristen Arnett, Amanda from The Organic Bunny and Sarita Coren. There are several others that really stand out but these are my favorites. They are strong, knowledgeable, courageous and caring women whom I greatly respect. I highly encourage you to find them on the web. Watch and listen to them. They are inspiring, uplifting and charming. 

Most importantly, don't be discouraged! The journey to become a more conscious and savvy consumer can be long but it is very satisfying and yields amazing rewards. Start slowly, read reviews of different products and enjoy the experimentation. There are so many excellent choices now in the green beauty category that you will never have to compromise on professional quality and performance with a little bit of sleuthing. 


Tell us about a lifestyle change or habit that has most affected your everyday wellbeing? 

I am a ‘giver’ by nature. Like most women, I have a tendency to put my needs last. First, I take care of my family, ensuring that every member has exactly what they need. Then I complete the most pressing items on my “to-do” lists which often includes a couple of hours per day to address questions from our customers and social media fans. Only then, can I finally enjoy some me-time to relax and recharge by having a massage, going to the gym, or doing something fun. I often try to break out of those habits but, as is the case for most women, this is a daily challenge. 

I have also asked both my Oncologist and my Nutritional Coach who specializes in cancer what I could be doing to keep the cancer from returning. The answer was simply to avoid toxic chemicals in body care, cleaning products and the like, keep my weight down, eat organic foods whenever possible, limit red meat, and most importantly eat as little refined sugar as possible. I also enjoy going to the gym and working out. I dabble in yoga, fitness and Zumba classes but also love walking. My wonderful husband, Craig, recently gifted me a Fitbit and I find that it helps me stay on task and keep moving. 



What do you admire most in a woman? 

I admire a woman that exudes confidence, is always willing to participate and volunteer for good causes, and makes a home a safe and loving haven for her family. I am very supportive of strong women – women who work hard to overcome life’s struggles graciously. I also admire any woman who is well groomed, fit and takes care of her body well.


What is your motto? 

Keep moving forward. I have had many difficult traumas in my life, but I believe in never giving up, no matter how difficult the obstacle in front of me. I allow myself a bit of time to grieve my losses, lick my wounds and swallow my pride, but after a short time, I pick myself up, brush myself off and continue living my life. 


Can you give us a glimpse on what products and updates are in the pipeline? 

On the product front, I am working on adding a few key products into the line — in particular a different type of foundation. I have been experimenting with other green beauty brands that offer foundations that come in different mediums such as serum, liquid, and a pan-style cream. The challenge so far has been to create a completely vegan foundation that provides excellent performance, a good color range and keeps skin balanced throughout the day. 

I also want to improve some of our packaging as I believe we can do a better job in making it even more eco-friendly. For example, I would eventually like to incorporate a refill system in some of our products. I know another company that offers this feature, but their compacts are incredibly heavy. This simply wouldn't do for me. We are all busy and on the run these days, so it is incredibly important for packaging to be both pretty and practical!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Acai Smoothie Bowl: Original Hynt Recipes By Abby Phon



Exciting & delicious news!

Hynt Beauty has partnered up with the gorgeous and positively inspiring Abby Phon, who is a certified holistic health & wellness coach and international best selling author, to launch a new monthly series of original recipes created just for Hynt fans!

We’ve decided to flip around the “Don’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat” concept by having Abby whip up a healthy, beauty-boosting menu item that would center on one of our many good-for-skin organic ingredients we pack in our line.



To launch the Hynt recipe series, she has decided to focus on one of her favorite superfoods.... ACAI!

Acai berries are an amazing, healthy treat from the rain forests of Brazil and their main claim to fame is having more antioxidants than blueberries, raspberries, cranberries or other foods known for their antioxidant-powers. Antioxidants are molecules found mostly in brightly colored fruits and veggies that can help protect your cells from damaging free radicals. This damage can contribute to various chronic diseases including cancer and is the guilty culprit of premature aging of the skin and body.

Beyond the antioxidant super power, Acai berries also have healthy fats and fiber, which help improve digestion, prevent heart disease and can help you loose weight, too. And last but not least, Acai berries make for a delicious addition to smoothies and smoothie bowls! Or... if you have any kids (or you are one yourself at heart) — Acai Ice Pops! 



This smoothie bowl recipe is super flexible. You can top it with mint leaves, granola, fresh or frozen berries, or anything crunchy! It's also super easy and fast to make. Just blend, top and enjoy!

For a healthy but deceivingly yummy treat for the kids, pour the smoothie into an ice pop mold or if you don’t have one, try ice cube trays. It makes for an easy, addictive pool-break snack.

THE MIX: 

  • 1 pack (3.5oz) unsweetened frozen acai 
  • 1/2 cup frozen organic blueberries 
  • 1/2 frozen banana 
  • 1/4 cup almond milk 
  • Optional: 1-2 dates for sweetness 
THE TOPPINGS to mix & match! 

  • Granola Banana slices 
  • Fresh berries or mango chunks 
  • Coconut flakes 
  • Chocolate chips or cacao nibs
  • Slivered almonds
DIRECTIONS

  1. Blend "bowl" ingredients together until smooth. 
  2. Pour into a bowl. 
  3. Top with your choice of crunchy, satisfying toppings! 
Be on the lookout for another must-try recipe next month! To learn more about Abby Phon or for more recipe ideas to kick your sugar addiction while satisfying your sweet tooth, go to: www.abbyphon.com or find her on: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter & Pinterest.

Friday, June 3, 2016

HOW TO: SULTRY SUMMER NIGHT LOOK


With summer "officially" here, it's time to start thinking about swapping those romantic soft shades of Spring to a more sultry, vibrant palette! 

The key to creating a look that matches the sizzling hot nights ahead is to draw attention to the eyes. Accentuated with rich shades that are not too dark, your eyes can add a mysterious edge to your look while a fresh, sun kissed complexion and lips with a hint of gloss will keep the intensity in perfect balance. 


Our Makeup Artist and Creative Director Leann Somes created the perfect sultry summer look on our model Helene, and sharing her know-how and pro tips, walked us through every step of the process:




FACE 



1. The first thing Leann did was mix two shades of the VELLUTO Pure Powder Foundation, Medium Beige and Light Beige, to even out the skintone. The ultra fine milled powder easily hides discolorations and redness and provides a natural-looking finish. 


Pro Tip: If more coverage is needed, Leann recommends mixing the DUET Perfecting Concealer with SUNPREP to create an awesome tinted moisturizer/liquid foundation, depending on the ratio used. This combination photographs really well, as it provides full coverage and can be used both for editorials and bridal photo shoots. Using Velluto and Finale on top makes it picture perfect!





2. Using soft circular motions, Leann applied ALTO Radiant Powder Brush in Passion Pink, a soft and luminescent pink, to the highest part of the cheekbone. Its radiant finish instantly makes the complexion look healthy and glowy. 

3. To create a natural sun-kissed glow, Leann gently swiped LUMIERE Radiant Boosting Powder, along with SOLARE Bronzing Powder, onto the cheekbones, the nose, the cupid's bow, and the neck.

4. Finally, she set the makeup with FINALE Finishing Powder to make it last through to the wee hours of the morning. 

EYES

1. Leann started by prepping the eyelids and under eye with the DUET Perfecting Concealer in Medium. Its smooth texture creates the perfect base, covering any under eye darkness and fine lines while helping eyeshadows to stay on throughout the evening.


2. For color, Leann opted for the SUITE Eye Shadow Palette in Sweet Mulberry First, she gently patted the medium purple shade (Mulberry) all over the lid and crease area. 

Pro Tip: For a more natural look, use a makeup brush like the Eyeshadow Blender in light circular motions to help the colors blend seamlessly into each other.  



3. Next, she darkened the outer corner of the eyes with the darkest royal navy shade in the palette, adding depth and dimension to the eyes. 


4. Using the same shade, Leann applied shadow on the outer corners of the lower lash line to further define the eyes. 

5. For the inner part of the lower lash line, Leann used STELLA Loose Powder Eye Shadow in Honey Gold, to open up the eyes.  This delicate gold shade flatters almost all complexions.  

6. Then, she used FORTE High Definition Eye Liner in Black, before gently smudging it with the smudger tip and finished with couple of coats of  NOCTURNE Mascara. A must to get that va-va-voom vibe that will last all night.


LIPS 


1. Leann first used ARIA PURE Lipstick in Pomegranate, a sophisticated pink with orange undertones that brightens the complexion. Luxuriously creamy and finely pigmented, this lipstick is enriched with a patented 100% GMO-free plant based complex that boosts hydration. 

2. Finish with a generous swipe of the LIBRE Luxurious Lip Gloss in Radiant Plum to add that extra oomph that's bound to make all heads turn your way. 

We hope you'll enjoy wearing this seductive yet approachable look throughout this summer!

Friday, April 8, 2016

The Art Of Developing Darker Foundation Shades



Mismatched shades, dull finishes, wasted money… The search for that elusive foundation that perfectly matches your skin tone is ridden with costly mistakes and frustrated hopes. While Caucasian women at least have plenty of options to experiment with, it's incredibly hard to find foundation ranges that cater to women of color. 

Why Developing Darker Foundation Shades Is An Art 

Although the dearth of high quality dark foundation shades is often blamed on laziness, developing deeper foundation shades is in truth somewhat of a complex art form. Not only is the range of skin tones incredibly vast, darker skin tones have varying undertones on different parts of the face

Typically, the chin and nose areas, as well as the borders of the face, have deep blue to brown undertones. Along the nose, across the top of the cheeks (just under the eyes), and in the middle of the forehead, the undertones are lighter, have shades of gold, copper, brownish red, and a pearlescent finish. This makes it a challenge to create the perfect color range. 




Unsatisfying Solutions 

A solution adopted by many women of color is to apply two or more shades of foundations on different areas of the face. But, this technique leaves a lot to be desired. Not only is the process complicated and time-consuming, but the results are often far from natural

It’s partly because traditional foundations are often formulated with cheap pigments and fillers that often result in a one-dimensional, matte finish. This finish dulls the envious natural glow of women with darker skin tones. 

New Generation of Ethnic Foundations

What’s necessary are foundation shades that use a unique blend of colors to fit the varying undertones of darker skin tones. This requires a completely new range of pigment blending techniques and skills from those needed to create traditional shades that cater to Caucasian skin. 

The formulator must craft complex layers of high and low light hues for each shade in order to achieve a multi-dimensional palette that can closely match the high and low lights found in darker complexions. When done correctly, foundation will look natural, like second skin. 

Another trick is to limit the use of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These coloring agents are widely used in base cosmetic products because they allow formulators to create a wide range of light and dark shades. But, when used too generously, they have the unsightly tendency to give darker skin tones that dreaded ashy grey look that dulls the complexion.



When formulating for darker skin tones, it's also essential to use both matte and reflective pigments. The right balance ensures skin to emanate a subtle radiance that makes it look as if it’s glowing from within. The quality of these pigments matters, too. High-quality, healthy pigments even if a little pricier should always be the top choice to develop a product that doesn't compromise neither on performance nor safety. 

These are the main lessons we've learned when formulating our VELLUTO Pure Powder Foundation. By experimenting with pigments and playing with undertones, we were able to finally create a range of shades that complement all the different hues naturally present in the skin and adapt to a wide array of skin tones. The final shades offered deliver the most natural and radiant finish that is rare to find in the ethnic foundation market before, especially in the natural makeup world. 

Our Hope 

We strive to make it a lot easier for women of color to finally find the perfect foundation match and hope to inspire more brands, especially those with conscious ingredient formulations, to accommodate the needs of all women across the globe.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Interview With Green Beauty Guru Paige Padgett



A leading authority on green beauty for more than a decade, Paige Padgett is a force to reckon with. Tenacious, dedicated, and visionary, she is a key player in revolutionizing the makeup artistry industry toward more consciously formulated products and one of the first makeup artists to assemble and effectively use a makeup kit composed of only safe- and eco-friendly cosmetics over 10 years ago. Along the way, she's also served as teacher and mentor, educating her illustrious celebrity clientele that includes the likes of Jillian Michaels and Julia Ormond, about “greenify-ing” their beauty routine. 

The newest accomplishment by this green beauty super star is the publication of The Green Beauty Rules: The Essential Guide To Toxic-Free Beauty, Green Glamour, And Glowing Skin. Her book contains personal stories, insider knowledge, practical guidance, and an action plan that includes the latest research on toxic chemicals and their natural alternatives. Written with her fun and friendly tone, it’s a must-have for every woman that wants to be more knowledgeable about what is really in their daily beauty routine. 

As we have had the opportunity to get to know Paige throughout our journey, we decided to ask her how she integrates this philosophy into her work and life, and what keeps her inspired, motivated and happy:



 1. What was the decisive moment when you decided to dedicate yourself to green makeup artistry? 

I started to incorporate my passion for green living into my career as a makeup artist 10+ years ago, but it was the talk "Ten Americans," by Ken Cook, the Founder and President of the Environmental Working Group, that solidified my determination to dedicate myself to it.


 2. Other beauty experts told you that you'd never be able to provide 100% safe and eco-friendly makeup artistry, especially in Hollywood. How did you turn your vision into a reality? 

I educated myself thoroughly on the beauty industry practices and common ingredients found in cosmetics, and tried a countless number of products to test how they performed. Because it is often the artificial and questionable ingredients that are responsible for the smoother texture, brighter pigmentation and longevity of wear, it took a while for me to figure out how I could use them — if at all. Now, with “green” beauty having advanced so far, I have less of a harder time getting the look I want but 10 years ago, it was much harder! I had to mix a lot of colors and layer a lot of textures to get the results I wanted.  


3. How do you integrate your beauty philosophy into other aspects of your life? 

I always drive a green car. I have had both clean burning diesel and a Hybrid. My next one will be an electric car. I also filter my own water, take shipboard showers - although I allow myself to indulge in the very rare occasional bath, which I love, - and all the usual alternative eco-friendly solutions around my apartment. Once I own a home, I’ll do even more with my yard and water system. I am also teaching my 2 year old daughter, Mariana, about water conservation. Sometimes it's not fun, but I feel she needs to learn straight away about conserving our most precious resource.  



4. What's your personal secret beauty weapon?  

Smiling and exercising. Both make me feel prettier, sexier and confident. In The Green Beauty Rules, I share that the power of a smile is one of my Top 10 Beauty Secrets. It really works!


5. Do you have a morning routine that you follow every day? 

Yes and No. Ideally, I get up a little earlier than Marianna to make coffee, juice some greens, read emails and check my schedule for the day. Then I have breakfast with my daughter, which consists of yogurt and granola or berries, or rice cake and almond butter with banana. 

I am trying to have a regular meditation practice that I want to teach to my daughter as well. Together, we are doing baby meditation. It's just two minutes in the morning. I take her to day care at 8 am, then hit the gym. Then, I start my day working either on set, in my home office, or taking meetings. But, it never works exactly like this on a daily basis! 

When I work on set, my commute can be long and start times are often early so it's hard to have a real schedule. It's easier when I work from home, but sometimes, I'm on tight deadlines and have to rethink my day. If I can't go to the gym, for example, I'll work out at home with Jillian Michaels DVD's - they are the best! Sometimes, opening an email will send my day in a different direction. 

I just do the best I can!  


6. What makes you truly happy? 

My daughter and spending time with family and friends. I feel most free when I travel, which is important to me. I love visiting the rural regions, villages, bustling cities in countries that have yet to be overtaken by Western modernization. I also enjoy traveling to mountains and beaches, but I prefer cities – I find inspiration and discover new ideas when there is more to sightsee.  

7. What's your motto? 

Practice grace and gratitude everyday.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Detox Your Makeup Bag! Here's why and how...




The best resolution you can make this year is to lead a healthier life. One way to do that is to detox your makeup bag. Petrochemicals, parabens and phthalates are just some of the undesirable ingredients lurking in your cosmetics that can cause irritations, allergies, and, potentially, more serious long term health issues. 

Although they're present in tiny amounts that are unlikely to harm you, why would you choose to use them when there are better and safer options out there? But, replacing your favorite shade of lipstick or that creamy kohl eyeliner with a natural, purer alternative can be challenging. There simply aren't many makeup products on the market that can deliver the same high quality, luxurious finish, silky texture and outstanding pigmentation as those from the most coveted, traditional brands. 

To help you make the switch to safer, healthier options without compromising on quality, we've tracked down the worst common offenders in everyday makeup essentials and sunscreens you should watch out for: