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Beauty Food: Warm Mediterranean Chickpea Salad October 16 2014, 245 Comments

Chickpea Salad

So, we're starting a new series on the Sydelle Cosmetics blog... Beauty Food . We hope it will be a fun and informative guid to healthy recipes with foods that are notorious for improving your skin and health. Buen Provecho!


1 Spaghetti Squash

1/2 cup of Kalamata Olives

1 can of chickpeas

2 cups of baby spinach

2 cloves of garlic

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 can of crushed organic tomatoes

2 tablespoons of pine nuts

1/2 cup of crumbled feta cheese

2 tablespoons of Olive Oil

1 tablespoon Kosher Salt

1 tablespoon Black Pepper




Spaghetti Squash

1. Preheat oven to 450*F.

2. Cut Spaghetti Squash in half. Clean out seeds. 

3. Brush inside of squash with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 20-25 minutes.


Sauce and Chickpeas

4. Add olive oil, dried oregano and tomatoes to sauce pan. Cook fro 8 minutes.

5. Add chickpeas, spinach and olives. Stir until spinach wilts.

6. Pull Spaghetti squash using a fork until you get spaghetti-like strings. Mix into sauce. Set to the side.

7. Toast Pine nuts in a separate pan with olive oil until golden brown. Set to the side.


7. Plate Sauce and Chickpea Mixture and add Greek feta crumbles. Top with toasted pine nuts.


Buen Provecho!




According to Science, You Actually Can Have Too Many Friends August 28 2014, 0 Comments

Facebook may have no friend limit, but your brain does, according to evolutionary biology. In the book How Many Friends Does One Person Need?, British biologist Robin Dunbar explains the number of relationships we can maintain at any given time is capped at 150, Psychology Today reports.

This is because of the brain's neocortex size, according to Dunbar. And it's about quantity, not quality: those 150 relationships your brain can process aren't just those you consider bestie-level (a.k.a. your work-wife isn't hoarding all your brain space when she's sending you those funny GIFs and sharing her last cookie)—although each relationship is "reciprocal and based around general obligations of trust and reciprocity," says Dunbar, some are more intimate than others. He divides friendships into four layers or “Circles of Acquaintanceship” in your life. Your best friends make up the innermost circle, which is the smallest. Each successive layer can hold more people, but the level of emotional intimacy decreases the farther out you get. Science said it, but this is something we figured out when we were sending out invitations to our sixth grade birthday party.

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Men's Skin Needs Love Too! August 17 2014, 0 Comments

For most women, healthy skin means a youthful, smooth, blemish-free complexion. More and more men are now starting to turn an eye to their own skin care and are ready to start making an investment in having clear, healthy skin. SO here is a quick and easy primer for the fellas on how to choose skin care products that work. 

Skin Type

Skin type is important for men and women when it comes to skin care. Your skin type will dictate the type of products that you should and shouldn’t use on your face.

  • Oily skin will consistently have a shine to it no matter your activity level. People with this skin type often suffer from acne including blackheads and general irritation. If you have oily skin, your skin may feel greasy and pores may become clogged and enlarged fairly often.

  • Dry skin will often have a rough or uneven look to it. It will seem tight and even flake in some places. Oftentimes yif you have dry skin, your skin will seem red and chapped. People with this skin type rarely suffer from acne, but do have general problems keeping their face moisturized and the peeling can be painful in dry weather.

  • Combination skin is the most common skin type. This type of skin will have both oily and dry patches. Generally oily spots will be around the center of the face, the area around the eyes tends to be dry and the cheeks are fairly normal to dry.

Any of these skin types can be sensitive. The safest thing to do is to steer clear of harsh products no matter the skin typpe and use gentle fragrance-free products. For the most part, this may mean straying away from typical men’s products and using gentler products which are often heavy on fragrance and other hormone disrupting chemicals. These types of ingredients are designed to attract men to spend money, not to improve their skin in any way. 


Skin Routine for Men

Even men should have a skin routine to keep them looking their manly best. Use a gentile liquid cleanser daily and an exfoliant weekly. If you are a man with sensitive skin, however, you may not want to use a scrub, scrubs can irritate and spark inflammation. If you shave regularly, that is plenty of exfoliation.

Avoid bar soaps for your face! They often clog pores very badly and cause breakouts. 

Steer clear of alcohol, methanol, peppermint, and artificial fragrances (typically listed as parfum). All of these are irritants and should not be applied to the face ever and should only be applied to other parts of your body sparingly.

Well, I hope this was a helpful starter guide to the fellas out there and I expect to see some more beautiful faces as I walk down the street! 

Your Perfume is Killing Me! August 03 2014, 0 Comments

We all have our favorite fragrances, but as great as it is to smell pretty, it is important to choose perfumed skin care products wisely.

Korean Beauty Products: What is the 'Secret'? July 27 2014, 0 Comments

Every year a new “secret” to beauty is found in another part of the world. Find out more about this year's craze.

What To Do About Breakouts Around Your Hairline July 13 2014, 0 Comments

Breakouts along the hairline are very common and are usually very hard to clear up.

Acne and Dry Skin: Here's How to Cope July 05 2014, 0 Comments

Most people who suffer from acne also tend to have oily skin, but people with dry skin can find it more difficult to treat pimples. Find out what ingredients to avoid for dry, acne-prone skin. 

False Eyelashes: Make Sure You're Doing It Right! June 15 2014, 0 Comments

Even though I am a huge proponent of natural beauty in every way, sometimes girls just wanna have fun and changing up your look with some dramatic new lashes is my idea of a good time. Find out the right way to add a little razzle dazzle to your eye makeup. 

V8 is Not So Great June 12 2014, 0 Comments

V8The popular V8 juice brand is best known for its signature 100 percent vegetable juice, but in recent years the company has extended its brand to include juice drinks that have as little as five to 10 percent juice. The company is now facing a deceptive advertising lawsuit.The suit claims that the labels make misleading statements about their juice content, nutritional value, and overall healthfulness, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.  Read More

Myth: Age Spots Are Simply a Fact of Getting Older June 08 2014, 0 Comments

Dark spots (a.k.a. hyper-pigmentation spots) are one of the most troubling skin concerns for just about everyone at any age. By definition, age spots (a.k.a liver spots) are a form of hyppigmentation that is quite common among women over 40.

Oh Yes you Cannes! May 29 2014, 0 Comments

Check out Sydelle's favorite looks from the Cannes film festival.


Zoe Saldana in Victoria Beckham and Senegalese actress Aïssa Maiga.



Jessica Chastain also gave us several great looks to choose from this year. Cue the perfect wind catching pose for this flowing frock!

Commonly Used Antibacterial Chemical Banned in Minnesota May 21 2014, 0 Comments

It's widely used nationwide as a germ-killing ingredient in soaps, deodorants and even toothpaste, but it's being banned in Minnesota. Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday signed a bill to make Minnesota the first state to prohibit the use of triclosan in most retail consumer hygiene products. The Minnesota House and Senate passed it earlier last week because of health and environmental concerns about the chemical. The ban isn't due to take effect until Jan. 1, 2017, but one of its lead sponsors, state Sen. John Marty, predicted Monday that the odds are good that most manufacturers will phase out triclosan by then anyway.


Do Skin Care Supplements Really Do Anything? May 18 2014, 0 Comments

There are supplements that claim to fight aging, prevent wrinkles, correct sun damage, and even clear up breakouts, but is this skin care fact or skin care fiction?


Why is Eye Cream Important? May 11 2014, 0 Comments

If your facial skin is not regularly moisturized, it can become dry, cracked, and flaky --and dry skin is wrinkle-prone skin-- especially when it comes to your eye area.

Is Juice As Bad As Soda? May 08 2014, 0 Comments

As some of you know, I've been delving into the world of juicing over the past few months as I embark on my own health  and life balance journey. The one thing that concerns me about juicing is whether or not my juices take too much of the good stuff out of the fruits and vegetables I enjoy. After doing a little bit of reading I've adjusted some of my favorite recipes into what I like to call " thin smoothies". I call them "thin" because of their watery consistency, not because I think they are some type of magical weight loss tonic. Basically these beverages are fibrous, pulpy purees with lots of water added to give it a drinkable consistency. 

Witch Hazel Uses For Better Natural Skin Care May 04 2014, 0 Comments

Despite the name, witch hazel isn't an ingredient for casting a magic spell although the effects of this shrub almost defy reason. Witch hazel is a very versatile plant whose oil has historically been used to heal damaged skin, close pores, relieve irritation and heal sores. Here are a few quasi-magical uses for witch hazel -- one of my all-time favorite cosmetic plants and a key ingredient in several of Sydelle Cosmetics' products. 

  1. Make Acne Disappear
    Witch hazel is very good for the reduction of visible acne. The application of witch hazel can reduce inflammation of pimples and other breakouts. Witch hazel is high in a substance called, tanin, a natural astringent that removes dirt and tightens pores. Two other compounds that occur naturally in the plant -- resin and procyanadin may also help reduce the swelling or inflammation that surrounds pimples.
  2. Rash Relief
    Application of witch hazel can work magic on all types of rashes. It will help sooth and heal diaper rashes, it can also help with the itching and swelling of rashes from things like poison oak and poison ivy. In some instances it can even help with bug bites.
  3. Bruise Be-Gone
    Applying witch hazel to a bruise three times a day will help it to heal faster. This also applies to under-eye bruises. Bruises develop when small blood vessels under the skin tear or rupture, most often from a bump or fall. Blood leaks into tissues under the skin and causes the black-and-blue color. Witch hazel helps blood vessels contract quickly and prevents additional blood from spilling out into the tissue surrounding damaged blood vessels. 
  4. Skin Rejuvenation
    Witch Hazel cleanses and tightens pores and helps treat varicose veins which gives skin an overall smoother, more vibrant appearance. Witch hazel is also gentle enough to be used on the face. just make sure that any products you use on your face with witch hazel are alcohol-free as alcohol can counteract some of the soothing benefits of witch hazel and actually increase redness and irritation.  

Are You Wearing Too Much Makeup? May 01 2014, 0 Comments

Researchers Alex Jones at Bangor University and Robin Kramer at Aberdeen University in the U.K. photographed 44 white females in their early 20's for a study on whether women are overdoing it on makeup and the results probably won't surprise you. 

They took a photo of the bare faced participants and then gave the women “a range of best-selling foundations, lipsticks, mascaras and blushers,” and told them to do their makeup for a night out on the town. They took and after poto for comparison purposes and showed the photos to both men and women. 

The female participants thought the models looked better with slightly more makeup than the male participants did. However, all of the participants thought male observers would want the models to be wearing more makeup than female observers would.

They were wrong—men and women preferred the same amount of make up on average and hat amount was aboyut 60% of the makeup the models had actually applied.

Read more about the study here and see some cool photos of the models. 

Which face do you prefer?

The New Dirty Dozen of Produce for 2014 is... April 30 2014, 0 Comments

Skin care isn't just about hiding flaws, it's about making smart health decisions. Healthy skin is beautiful skin!  So, if you're eating a lot of fruits and veggies in an effort to stay healthy there are some vegetables that are better than others. The Environmental Working Group released its latest Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce
Apple with skull and crossbonesalong with its annual “Dirty Dozen” list, which outlines the 12 fruits and vegetables that contain the most pesticides. The group also debuted their "Clean 15" list so you'll know which produce is safe for you and yours. 

Apples are the number one loser yet again due to the pesticide diphenylamine (which isbanned in Europe) was present on 80 percent of American apples. Hot peppers — in 12th place in 2013 — along with kale and collard greens were placed on a “Dirty Dozen Plus” list (still not a distinguished honor... ) that includes produce with minimal amounts of insecticides.

The 2014 Dirty Dozen

Sweet bell peppers
Nectarines (imported)
Cherry tomatoes
Snap peas (imported)


The 2014 Clean Fifteen

Sweet corn
Frozen sweet peas
Sweet potatoes (Yay for me. I love them. And yay for your skin. Sweet potatoes are a skin superfood.)

Study Says First Born Daughters Most Successful April 29 2014, 0 Comments

If you are the first born female child in your family, you may have more of an advantage  in the game of life than you could have imagined, Beyonce and Blue Ivy (Both First borns!)according to a study, by PhD student Feifei Bu at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex. Her study found that a firstborn female is likely to be the most ambitious and successful sibling in a family with firstborn boys as a close second. 

Want to read more about the study click here

Do you think birth order matters?

Does BB Cream Work for Dark Skin? April 27 2014, 0 Comments

BB creams started out as an Asian trend to correct blemishes and give the appearance of lighter skin. They are now fairly popular in the United States and are marketed as correctional moisturizers for nearly any skin type and complexion. 

People's 50 Most Beautiful List Has Some Extra-Special Winners April 23 2014, 0 Comments

I love to see a beautiful women recognized for inner as well as outer beauty, so here are are just a few of Sydelle's favorites from People's annual 50 Most Beautiful People list.

Are you glad to see a wider variety of new ladies recognized on this year's list?

See People's sneak peek of the full list here.

What Do You Think of Pharrell's New Album Artwork? April 23 2014, 0 Comments

After receiving some criticism about his very limited representation of women on the cover of 'GIRL,' Pharrell has debuted some new artwork. Share your thoughts!


Marilyn Monroe Album Cover

You Won't Believe What's In Your Deodorant! April 21 2014, 0 Comments

Get Rid of Blackheads, Naturally! April 20 2014, 0 Comments

Poor hygiene is usually NOT the cause of blackheads. Find out what is and how to prevent and get rid of black heads naturally!