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Entries for month: January 2014

By: Bonnie Johnson, Miraval’s Makeup Specialist

Pull out those dark eye shadow colors and get ready for winter. Create the perfect, lustful smokey eye with Midnight Azurite Mineral Eye Shadow by La Bella Donna or another eye shadow collection with similar colors.

1. The lightest shadow in the compact, Bone, should be swept all over the lash line, lid, and into the brow arch.

2. For a light contour look, use the Grey shadow in the crease and blend up and out.

3. Add the Rust shadow for definition in the outer corner of eye, blending lightly into the Grey.

4. Apply the Deep Taupe shadow, wet or dry, along the lash line.

5. Finally, make lashes stand out with black mascara.


Join Bonnie at Miraval in her "Mastering Your Makeup" lecture >

Learn more about caring for your skin this winter >

By: Kim Macy, Miraval’s Pastry Chef

In Miraval’s newest book, Sweet & Savory Cooking, my husband, Executive Chef Justin Macy and I share recipes and techniques for making delicious, healthy dishes. A big part of my approach to baking at Miraval is showing you don’t have to deprive yourself of good food – you just need to hold things in balance. Below are some of my favorite ways to easily add nutrition in baking. Enjoy!

 I often mix all-purpose with a whole-wheat flour to add more nutrition and nuttiness to cookies. My Pumpkin Spice Cookies are a great example of this. Get the recipe here >

• Using seeds, nuts, and dried fruits in baked goods is a great way to add anti-oxidants, nutrients, vitamins and essential oils. My Trail Mix Cookies are really easy and kid-friendly. Get the recipe here >

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As you may have heard, The Deborah Lippmann nail salon at Miraval is the first of its kind in the world. Deborah Lippmann is not only a go-to for A-list celebrity manicures but an innovator in the field of nail and cuticle health. The Deborah Lippmann nail products do not contain toluene, formaldehyde, camphor or DBP. Her products include natural ingredients that have inherent healing and moisturizing properties such as jojoba oil, aloe, and lavendar. Plus, her nail laquer colors are trend-setting and featured on multiple runways during Fashion Week. \

Deborah Lippmann shares The Perfect Manicure in 5 Steps: 

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January 2014 Recipe of the Month

Miraval's newest cookbook, Sweet & Savory Cooking, is released this month and is a blend of two styles of cooking by Miraval’s Executive Chef Justin Cline Macy and Pastry Chef Kim Macy. Although they’re from two very different areas of the kitchen, this husband and wife team has come together to create a unique cookbook that will take you on an exciting journey of culinary delights that are sure to please the palate and respect the waistline. Order your copy now >

This month's recipe of Blue-Corn-Crusted Calamari Salad with Spicy Vinaigrette is featured in Sweet & Savory CookingChef Justin Macy prefaces this recipe by saying, "If you haven't tried panko-style bread crumbs in your own kitchen, now is the time to do so. I use them a lot at Miraval. These Japanese-style dry bread crumbs are larger than the typical dried crumb, and they create a super-crunchy coating without absorbing too much oil." Enjoy!

Blue-Corn-Crusted Calamari Salad with Spicy Vinaigrette

Serves 4

Vinaigrette:
  • 3 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp. sambal oelek or other hot chili sauce
  • 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. xanthan gum

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By Sheryl Brooks, R.N., N.C.M.P.

Research has revealed that sleep is one of the basic building blocks of good health. Although we live in a society where trading sleep time for getting more things done in a day is often the norm, the truth is that our brains and bodies require adequate amounts of good quality sleep to stay healthy. Sleep deprivation has negative affects on aging, immune system function, metabolism, reaction time, memory, blood pressure, and ability to focus. Adults should aim for 7 to 9 hours of sleep to promote a healthy immune system and to help reduce levels of chronic low-grade inflammation. This year, make getting a good night's sleep a priority!

To Get a Better Night’s Sleep:

• Daily exercise, several hours before bedtime, promotes a better night’s sleep for most people.

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