Winter Skin Rescue! 5 tips for healthy hydrated skin

Ah yes, it’s winter children. Skin feeling a little dry? Itchy? Irritated? I’m here to help!

With the climate change, its never a bad idea to change to more moisturizing products.  It doesn’t have to be a dramatic change, no, no, save the drama fo’ yo’ mama. It can be as simple as adding a moisturizing serum to your daily routine, or apply a moisture mask once a week for an extra boost. Another helpful option is to try switching from a foamy cleanser to a creamy one.

Are you ready?! Here goes.

1) WATER! WATER! WATER!: I know it can be a bit more of a challenge to drink water during the winter months (at least I know it is for me), because it’s bit cooler. So we stick to our tea, coffee, and hot cocoa. Let me remind you, tea, coffee and hot cocoa ARE NOT WATER! Seriously though, I cannot tell you how many clients ask me for skincare advice because their skin is dry, or blemished, or both, and then they reveal to me that they drink like 4 coffees a day, and very little, to no water at all! Oh your poor kidneys. You may or may not know this already, but tea and coffee are diuretics. They make you pee. They make you pee more fluid than you actually take in when you consume them. Meaning, THEY DEHYDRATE YOU! The human body is roughly 70% water, it only makes sense to replenish, and flush that water as often as possible. In theory, it is best to drink, in ounces, at least half your body weight in water. For example, you weigh 120lbs? Dink 60oz of water a day. Here’s a tip: Sweetleaf makes liquid stevia supplements in different flavors. You can add a few drops to make your water a lil more appetizing.


2) HYDRATE FROM THE INSIDE OUT: Essential Fatty Acids or EFA’s, can be very useful for treating dry skin. Many skincare lines brag about having EFA’s in their products. What is better that putting EFA’s on top of the skin? Incorporating them into you diet! EFA’S are found in nuts, almonds, walnuts etc. (raw nuts are always best). Or you can can take supplements, such as, evening primrose oil, flaxseed oil, or borage seed oil. EFA’s have been PROVEN effective in treating many skin conditions, from eczema to acne. This is where I buy mine. I find Vitacost has the lowest prices out there.

3) CREAM BLUSH, EYESHADOW, AND LIP TINTS/STAINS: I am bringing cream makeup products back! Why? Well, I am really into gorgeous natural make up, that doesn’t look like makeup. Why you ask? Because your real face is beautiful, you were born with it, and you may as well show it off! Am I right?! Cream products are also great for winter because they hydrate the skin. Powder products only accentuate the look of dry skin, and in general, they accentuate fine lines and flaws, in dry, or mature skin. My new favorite obsessions are 100% Pure Lip and Cheeks Stain in “Cranberry”. These guys go on sheer and blend beautifully. Plus, they use all fruit and veggie pigment to color their products! Cool! I’m also loving NARS, cream eyeshadows. “Maracaibo” is my color of the moment. I love that you can apply both a sheer wash or intense color with these. An because they’re cream, no accentuating dryness or flaws! Score.

4) HYDRATING SERUM/MASK: A hydrating serum, is a great way to boost moisture levels in your skin during the winter months. It’s the worst when your skin feels tight, or god forbid starts flaking. Then you swear you start to see new wrinkles form right in front of your eyes (as you hear the shower scene music from Psycho start playing in your head, oh wait, you don’t hear that…? ).  Just slap it on before you apply your moisturizer. My personal preference is Hylunia Night Treatment. 100% natural, vegan, fragrance free, paraben free, everything bad free! It like a drink of water for my skin, and I it heals those dry spots up like magic! Also, for a quick fix I like Aveda Intensive Hydrating Mask. It’s a little more budget friendly, and you can use it as often as you like, to treat dry and overexposed skin. The base is aloe vera, so it has magnificent healing properties, and it has a slight just hint of rose. Lovely.

RAW HONEY MASK, HONEY: I cannot even begin to tell you the many healing properties of honey. More specifically, raw honey. Raw honey gives amazing results when as a facial mask. It is super hydrating, full of beneficial B vitamins, it contains enzymes which help exfoliate flaky skin, plus it has antibacterial properties which aid in healing blemished skin, and really just gives the skin a beautiful glow. Did I mention budget friendly? Ooh chile, you better get on down to your local health food store, like now! Please make sure you get raw honey. It still contains all it’s enzyme and nutrient goodness, whereas pasteurized honey does not, because it’s been heat treated.

Well, my loves, I hope these tips are helpful. As always, I’m happy to answer your personal skincare questions, so feel free. Also, if you would like to add anything, or share your own winter skin rescue tips, I always love to try new things myself! Much love to you, and happy holidays!



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I’m on pages 103-104 :-D

Pictured below, is a sneak peek from our recent photoshoot for Land’s End (MU & Hair by yours truly):

RECIPE: Raw Nacho “Cheese” Kale Chips!

These kale chips, are oh so yummy, and an oh SO healthy snack! And oh so EASY to make!

First and foremost, you will need a food dehydrator, and a food processor.


12oz plain raw cashews.

10 oz chopped raw kale.

2 tbs nutritional yeast.

Juice from 1 lemon

1 medium red bell pepper.

1/2 cup water, or as needed for consistancy

salt to taste. I prefer Himalayan pink rock salt, or Celtic sea salt.

Optional: 1 tsp cayenne pepper. Or more, depending on how spicy you like it!


Soak cashews in water for at least 24 hrs. Make sure they’re completely submerged in water.

Blend cashews, the red bell pepper, nutritional yeast, lemon, water, and salt, until the consistency is smooth and creamy.

Combine this cashew “cheese” you’ve just made with chopped kale in a large mixing bowl, and coat thoroughly.

Now evenly distribute this mixture on your food dehydrator sheets, and set your dehydrator to 125. Dehydrate 24hrs or until crispy! Voila! The tastiest healthy snack in existence. Enjoy!

DIY BEAUTY: Luxurious homemade coconut creme hydrating mask

Give your face some love with this luxurious and delicious easy to make mask. Whips up in a matter of minutes! Great for all skin types. Even you oily skinned babes! A common misunderstanding about oily skin is that it needs less moisture! Just because your skin is oily, doesn’t mean it’s hydrated. So give this mask a try and tell me what ya think.


1/4 cup ORGANIC COCONUT MILK (full of oils and essential fatty acids that hydrate the skin)

1/2 ORGANIC AVOCADO (again, full of nourishing oils and essential fatty acids that help quench thirtsy skin!)

1/4 cup ORGANIC RAW HONEY (Raw honey contains enzymes that gobble up dead skin, as well as beneficial sugars, and minerals. It’s super moisturizing and it’s antiseptic, antibiotic, antifungal, and antibacterial! BAM. That’s some serious goodness!


Blend or mash until smooth. Apply liberally to the face and neck. Eat what’s leftover! Yes, I’m serious! Oh so yums! Enjoy! As always, your feedback is appreciated <3

SUMMER SKINCARE: 5 tips for healthy summer skin

SUMMER IS COMING! Are you prepared? No? Didn’t think so. Well, that’s why Mama D is here to help! These tips are my summer essentials, in no particular order.

1. As always DRINK WATER! I will be your mama chile, and tell you again and again and again. So deal. At least 32oz. Enough to pee clear. We’ve been over this, yes? Squeeze half a lemon in to your water bottle for extra refreshment and an alkalizing effect. Remember: An alkaline body = less breakouts. That’s a good thing, yep. Maybe add a dash of stevia? What the hell, spruce it up! And we all have our refillable non-plastic water bottles right? Yes? Okay good. The earth told me to tell you thanks.

2. SUNSCREEN, duuuhh you knew that was comin. Seriously though, I’m not saying you have to use it everyday, however daily use is sure fire age prevention. This goes out to all my ladies, of every color, because all complexions are susceptible to aging and skin cancer. It’s true! I read about it on the interwebs! If your going to be out in the sun for more than 30 minutes, slap it on!. Plus, how annoying is it when you get a tan, and then your foundation doesn’t match anymore?! Be sure to use at LEAST SPF 30, yes 30. That SPF 15 ain’t doing enough, and I don’t care if you don’t get as tan as you want, it’s not worth it! Now, my absolute favorite is Xtreme Cream SPF 45 by Epicurean Discovery, lightweight, non greasy, non drying. Too good to be true you say? Nope! I’ve tried many sunscreens over the years my friends, (because I look bad with a tan and I’ve accepted that I am a pale white girl) and this is the best. For daily use, Peter Thomas Roth makes a powder sunscreen that’s an all in one brush on. Available in SPF 30 or 45, tinted or non-tinted, $30.

3. USE A PARASOL, or wear a hat. I’m a fan of the parasol. I’m too vain for hats, they squish my hair down. Sweating + hathead = um, no. Could you be any cuter sporting a parasol in your lil sundress?! By golly gawsh I don thank so, that’s dern cute! If you have a Chinatown in your city, you can get a paper one and they usually don’t cost more than $15 at the most.

4.  EAT HYDRATING FOODS. Such as, cucumber ( a very alkalizing and healing food and oh so yums to dip in hummus), celery ( alkalizing, mmm ants on a log with almond butter, drool) pretty much all fruits i.e., watermelon and melon in general, grapes, apples, pears, peaches, etc. (unless your skin is acne prone, in which case stick to veggies).


5. EMBRACE THE SHEEN, ditch the powder. Dewey skin = healthy looking skin! Because we tend to sweat more in the summer, powder can tend build up and to get funky. If you must use powder, blot first then powder. Kapish? Kapish. Use blotting papers instead, or like myself, use napkins or toilet paper, toilet seat covers (which are basically the same thing as blotting papers FYI), whatever. Absorbent paper is absorbent paper, and if it’s within reach blot away! 

That’s all for now babes. Remember, take care of your body and your body will take care of you! Happiness is hot! ENORMOUS LOVE TO YOU -D


Photographer: Sarah Morrison

Makeup Artist: ME! (Danielle Walch)

Model: Cassie Carpenter

Wardrobe: Mara Keeley Breene


Photographer: Sarah Morrison

Model: Ariana Papademetropolis

Makeup Artist: ME! (Danielle Walch)

Hairstylist: Kelly Moriarty-Demoz

Wardrobe: Mara Keeley Breene


Photographer: Sarah Morrison

Model: Ariela Marin

Makeup Artist: ME! (Danielle Walch)

Hairstylist: Kelly Moriarty-Demoz

Wardrobe: Mara Keeley Breene


Photographer: Sarah Morrison

Makeup Artist/Hair: ME! (Danielle Walch)

Model: Holly Parker

Millinery: Ruby Harlow

Wardrobe: N/A

BEAUTY SMOOTHIE OF THE WEEK: Carrot ginger apple cinnamon lovechild

My face is currently gooped in raw honey as I sit here writing this post, and I’m drinking a cup of ginger tea. Gawd I’m a nerd, but hey, this is also why I’m sitting here typing out, and sharing with you my pearls of wisdom… or shall I say nerddom. Enough about that, it’s shake time babies so shake your stuff!

This weeks smoothie: CARROT GINGER APPLE CINNAMON LOVECHILD! Why Lovechild you ask? Because, It’s like a carrot, an apple, and some cinnamon were all in love, and they decided to have a baby and their baby is like, this super yummy shake… I know, I know, I’ll go ahead an stop there. Welcome to my weird brain. Whatever, I just love this recipe! Kick start your day with my spicy favorite.


1/2 CUP BABY CARROTS. You may also use regular carrots, but baby carrots are softer so they blend faster. I remember my mom told me once that when she was little, her dad would tell her that eating carrots would put hair on her chest, and so she refused to eat carrots because she was terrified she would grow chest hair. You know as well as I do you won’t get chest hair, so eat your carrots, cuties. Carrots are full of goodies. Vitamin A (a powerful antioxidant for your skin, and beneficial for your eyes.)

1/2 APPLE. I prefer Pink lady apples for their tartness and tang, but you may use whatever apple your lil heart desires. Apples are full of antioxidants and a great source of fiber. You know what they say… and apple a day… blah blah blah, you know the rest.

1 SLICE RAW GINGER (As pictured above). Might I add, be conservative. Ginger is some potent stuff, so a little at a time. Ginger is an amazing root, full of enzymes which aid in digestion and help with food absorbtion. Ginger also stimulates blood circulation, helps to control nausea, and eliminate gas and bloating (great news for us vegans and vegetarians eh?!).

2 CUPS ALMOND MILK, unsweetened. The most alkalizing of all nondairy milks! A body that is more alkaline is a healthier body. Alkaline = less zits. Kapish?

1/2 Tsp CINNAMON POWDER. A great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium. Plus, studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol. Not to mention it pretty much makes everything better!

1/2 CUP SPINACH. C’mon, you gotta throw the greens in too. I find spinach to be virtually tasteless when blended into a smoothie. I mean, I put a friggin salad in my shake every morning, and It never tastes plant-y. So dump it in! A fairly good source of iron. It’s loaded with vitamins and minerals, some of which are hard to find in other foods. A surprisingly good source of Vitamin C and Vitamin A and other powerful antioxidants. After all, it did help Popeye score with Olive Oil… just sayin’.

2 Tbs HEMP PROTEIN POWDER. Hemp protein is considered a complete protein like diary, eggs and meat. Fancyyyyy! Whey and soy protein are not complete proteins. Not to mention it’s full of healthy fats and EFA’s (essential fatty acids) which are beneficial for your skin. I like to call it “moisturizing from the inside out”. Healthy fats like the ones found in, for example, hemp protein, raw nuts, and avocados, help your skin stay soft and supple. You can buy hemp protein at Trader Joe’s it’s about $10 for 16oz, however theirs does contain a small amount of sugar, so if your skin is acne prone I don’t recommend it. I usually order mine online at

1/2 Tsp VANILLA EXTRACT. Vanilla is known to be an aphrodisiac, hey now… easy killer, and also contains high levels of antioxidants. Nice. I didn’t know either of those things until now. See, even Mama D be learnin!

STEVIA. Last but not least STEVIA to taste. I’m pretty sure Stevia is a miracle sweetener. It’s actually an herb and it has no side effects. Unlike sugar, including agave, which affect your blood sugar so you get that lovely crash. Not to mention how addictive sugar is. Seriously, I challenge you to cut out all sugar for a week. Including fruit. Then tell me wether or not you think you’re addicted to sugar. Think you can do it? Let me know if you do. Pick up your Stevia Trader Joe’s. I recommend the 100% pure stevia. It’s $10, but it’ll last forever because you only need the teeniest bit.

Enjoy! Let me know if you make the shake. I want feedback. Do you likey?

Love love love -D