Wake up and smell the …Eucalyptus!

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There’s a chill in the air as the seasons change and cold and flu season is on it’s way. It is also a time we start to cozy up inside our homes. I love FALL best of all.

I like to spice things up when the seasons change and make different types of baths and potions. So the other day I bought some fresh eucalyptus leaves to join my eucalyptus oil. There are so many health benefits from eucalyptus oil. From relieving respiratory issues,wounds,mental exhaustion and even the doctors say dental care. But you have to be careful with it as it can be toxic.

Here are a few ways I love to use it:

Kiss Muscle Pain Away Soak

What you will need for this soothing bath soak is:

1/2 cup of baking soda

1 cup of Epsom salts

3 drops of almond oil or jojoba

10 drops of eucalyptus oil

Fill a bathtub or a foot bath with warm water less of the above ingredients if it just a foot bath you are doing.

Get in the bath and soak your cares and toxin away with this aromatic bath treat.

Enjoy this beauty bath weekly,monthly or when you are in the mood for it.

love the beauty of a bath. Once you get into the rhythm of doing them and not just showering you will give in and love them too.

Dirty !

They had me at “dirty” (naughty me!) but it all fit when I saw this eye lash cleaner on my recent trip ✈️ to guest speak at the International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa Conference.

I never really thought about or heard of a lash cleaner for strip lashes or lash extensions before. I thought you just rinsed them with a dash of soap and water. But then I walked the trade show floor after my class at the Spa show…. And discovered something.

Everyone seems to be batting their eyes with lashes especially now that we’re wearing face masks 😷 or covers and no other makeup. The emphasis for some are just on the eyes. Not me I must add a dash of it all and can’t forget a luscious lipstick.

So with that comes the need for a little TLC whether the lashes are real,faux strip lashes or lash extensions.

Clean, fluffy & hydrated lashes!

Dirty Lash lash cleaner to the rescue!

Blue agave juice cleans and moisturizes. While plant extracts protect the lashes from pathogens..

Safe to use… easy to use…

Will not deteriorate lash glue

Will not strip natural skin oils

Oil free

Kills sebaceous bacteria

Conditions the hair

*No sting! No alcohol! No Triclosan

Have you ever tried this product? Just curious. I think it is a much needed winner. Especially nowadays. We can’t be too clean can we?

Stay safe and healthy, Beauties.

Travel & Beauty Tips

As we are getting out of the house more for a day, a mini vacay or a business trip. I like to pack as light as I can (which is not easy to do) but I don’t want to forget my health and beauty essentials. And once I get to my hotel there are a few things I like to do on my stay.

Don’t stop taking your vitamins and beauty essentials.
Removing your makeup…

Don’t remove your makeup with their pristine and clean white washcloths. This costs the hotel lots of money. Makeup… especially mascara and foundation can really destroy washcloth and towels quick. Be mindful. While I don’t recommend using makeup wipes to remove your makeup daily. They can really be convenient when on the go.

Nothing like a bath! 🛀

I don’t forget to pack some bath and shower essentials! Spongelle has great aromatic and skin softening sponges you can enjoy in a shower or in a bath. So luxurious! When I’m done I pack it in a baggie and take home to reuse on my next trip or at home.

I also like to pack Epsom salts and bath bombs. Last trip I packed a CBD bath bomb and it was THE BOMB! If you don’t usually take a bath and are a shower person. Live a little indulge in a bubble bath! Your body will love ❤️ you for it!

Is multipurpose!

Body wash or shower gel in your hotel room is not only great for the body in a shower it can give you a relaxing aromatherapy bath!

Sink washing machine!

And that same body wash is great to rinse your lingerie if you need to. You gotta think outside the box.

These are just a few things and hacks I do. I hope you enjoyed them too!

What are those?

People often ask me…What are these?

Our beauty products come with mini plastic spoons or spatulas and for continued safety and sanitary reasons they are coming with our beauty products even more. These spatulas are to keep you from getting germs and bacteria in the jar of foundation, cream blush or your favorite dream cream.

These tools really prevent you from getting your fingers into the container. Dirt, oil,dust can get on your fingers and hands and get in and contaminate your beauty products. The germs 🦠 can spoil your products, make them less effective and maybe even break you out. Now you don’t want that do you?

They also measure and give you the right amount of product so you don’t waste any. I love to use them. I use them a variety of ways. Once you play with using them you’ll discover that too.

I also like when a brand comes out with a pump anything because it too gives you the right amount and keeps you safer and clean.

So, if you happen to get these mini tools. Don’t throw them out. USE them. They work wonders. They are washable and reusable.

And if you don’t own any mini spatulas or spoons they are starting to be readily available at beauty or hair supply stores like Sally’s!

Be safe,love the planet 🌍 and don’t waste!

These adorable mini tools work wonders!

10 Ways to Brighten Up Your Day!

About now between the catastrophic 🌍 news on TV and horrific views this week along with COVID still with us. I still can’t believe this is happening. I too am feeling a little blue. How about you?

Let’s not allow the negativity and sadness to takeover our life. Our mental health depends on it. So, we need to listen out and hear something good and do something good for (ourselves) YOURSELF.

Light a candle! Burn some sage or aromatic incense! Meditate! Pray! 🙏

Incense smells good & purifies your space!

Do a few face and body exercises. Kiss that facial stress away!

Try a little yoga or stretching exercises. If the sun is shining your way enjoy its warmth on your face and body.

Keep moving… stretch,go walk or ride a bike.

When you get out today or get out today and buy yourself something. Anything. It could simply be a $1.00 item from the dollar store. Go find a bargain!

Just treat yourself to something NEW.

Get out of the house and not just shop online!

Get an old fashioned 🍦 ice cream,gelato, mochi or popsicles at your fave place. I miss the ice cream trucks that drove thru the neighborhood and sold all kinds of ice cream delights!

Call a friend or family member spread some ❤️ love.

Write a letter or send a few cards out to people you love and that that you miss across the country!

Sit down and write ✍️ away and send love the old fashioned way!

Book an appointment for a massage! It may be last minute but you never know they might just have an opening for you!

Guys you need a massage too! My husband and I go for one monthly. FEELs so good!

Get a mani or pedi or polish change.

Treat Yourself!!

Visit a juice shop! You know where they make it fresh squeezed! So good for you and nothing like fresh fruit or veggie juice!

Be good to yourself today. It’s been a tough week for the world!

Even though it may be hard to smile today…

Be good to yourself!

I ❤️ this nail lacquer!

My summer beauty crush is a nail polish. I love getting a mani & pedi and enjoy touching my nails 💅 up between my manicure appointments so I can look my best.

While shopping 🛍 to pick up some milk and and a few other things I discovered of all places in The Dollar General an end cap display of nail lacquer. A few colors caught my eye.

I can’t wait to buy MORE!

They have 18 show stopping colors!

Twisted 🌷 Tulip nail lacquer!

Maybe I needed a frost, no I needed a matte. So I chose Twisted 🌷 Tulip! Perhaps like my personality. It is Maybelline FAST gel nail lacquer. Yes, Maybelline every teen on a budgets dream.

It went on my nails smooth and looked flawless instantly. Best part besides this beautiful hue. It is so FAST drying! I am in love! And I almost forgot I’ve had two coats on for a week. Not a dent or chip. Color is shiny and still looks amazing.

And by the way, for years I have been able to only use OPI nail polish because I am allergic to other nail lacquers.

No your nail bed doesn’t break out nor do you necessarily get a rash. Your eye 👁 lids and under eyes can get itchy and irritated. And can even get raw red from scratching or rubbing.

Did you even know you can be allergic from the ingredients in some brand nail polish?

It’s not over. There’s still more summer left! Maybe it’s time you discover and try a few and play away!

You’ll most likely fall in love with it too!

Like the brands tube goes… Maybe It’s Maybelline!

Self-Care Sunday …Hand Mask

Lately I’ve noticed women’s hands and feet. While waiting on lines, while grabbing a bite to eat or my clients at my beauty cottage.

Your hands go through sun 🌞 and environmental stressors not to mention using home cleaning products and hand sanitizer. Not just your face. So, they are dry and thirsty for attention.

Hand Mask to the rescue!

Some of you who read my blog may know by now how much I ❤️ to make pretty potions!

So here’s one for you!

One of the mask DIY recipes I like to do is right out of the kitchen. Not a product from a store shelf. This mask gently moisturizes and is applied to the top of the hands.

Easy as 1,2,3.

1 tablespoon of oats

1 teaspoon of lemon juice

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Mix all of the above. Add water as needed. The mask will be like a paste consistency.

Apply the mask mixture to your hands with a face mask brush or a clean pastry brush.

Leave on at least 15 minutes.

Rub your hands together another minute.

Rinse well with in the sink with a washcloth.

If you have any left over. Save it for another time. Don’t save more than a couple of days. There are no preservatives.

Follow with your favorite hand or body lotion.

You’ll have happy,softer, brighter skin on your hands.

The Beauty of Lipstick!

Hooray! It is NATIONAL LIPSTICK DAY!

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I am addicted to lipstick and all things to do with the lips!

How about you?

Face masks on or not I have not given up on lipstick! Or wearing lipstick. It is a magic stick! It has super powers. It gives your face a lift! It makes you feel good with one swipe. It doesn’t matter what color you wear. ANY hue YOU love will make you feel fabulous and condition your lips too!

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LIPSTICK Application to make your lipstick LAST and not run. 💄💋

Here are a few tips to make your lipstick look good and last longer:

👄Always prep your lips with a lip conditioner day and night a Vitamin E stick is my go to or Rosebud Salve. These two lip products are loved by professional makeup artists,celebrities and models. Even if you are not wearing a lipstick. Try these for kissable softer less lines on your lips!

👄Next apply a lipstick primer.

👄Lip liner isn’t gone forever! So, give your lips shape and definition with a lip liner. If you don’t want a line of color to show. Try an invisible lip liner instead. It works wonders.

👄Next apply your favorite lipstick or glossy color.

👄Once a week exfoliate your lips!! A quick go to DIY is 🥥 coconut oil and some mini coconut flake shavings. Mix the two in a jar and apply as needed. Leave on at least 10-15 minutes. You’ll be tempted to eat it but don’t.

Enjoy a prettier softer pout! 💋💄

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Vacay or mini travel tips you need!

Who doesn’t love to travel?

I have always loved to travel. I got the “travel bug” when I lived in the tri-state area. I always heard the sound of airplanes. Manhattan has a lot of tourists arriving and landing and departing! JFK airport has many global flights too!

It is a beautiful sight and as I grew up I loved that sound of the airplanes more and more.

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So happy to be traveling again! It’s been a long time by one and a half years for me. How about you?

Here are a few of my personal tips I have cultivated through the years and now with the pandemic not over what to expect.

Choosing a window seat is lovely but can ruin your skin over time. SUN SHINE 🌞 at sunrise, afternoon or sunset is damaging to the skin over time. By the way, I love the window too. And if you pee a lot you need to make sure you choose an aisle seat to make it easy for you to get in and out!

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Don’t forget your sunscreen. Even under face masks the sun can get you! Apply sunscreen to your hands (especially the tops) and don’t forget your neck too!

Stay hydrated I can’t say it enough. BEFORE you leave your house, at airport and on your flight keep the water coming. Skip the caffeine especially if you’re anxious about flying it will only make you even more jittery.

Please note:

Airport and other places you go water 💧 fountains are covered and off limits due to Covid19 and refill water stations are closed off too. So if you’re used to bringing your own water or beverage container bottle with you. You will not be able to fill it with H2O.

Pack disinfecting wipes too! For each of you traveling. You will need to double check and clean your surroundings. The airplanes are very clean but you can ever be too careful or clean. On my Delta flights they hand you a disinfecting wipe packet when you get on board.

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Mask 😷 up!

I like to sprinkle some essential oil on my disposable mask or cloth mask with lips 👄depending on my mood. Most times I use lavender oil and I love ❤️ the Aura Cacia brand. It’s great quality and simply the best!

You MUST wear your face mask and keep your nose 👃 covered at the airport and on the plane ride and while switching planes. They are very strict to keep everyone safe.

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Pack a chamomile tea bag in your tote or your handbag.

Bigelow Tea Co makes an awesome one with stress relieving chamomile and calming lavender.sometimes when you order tea there isn’t any chamomile tea available. So order a cup of hot water and take the tea bag (for another time) they are serving and just use the water 💦 and make a cup of chamomile tea.

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Travel with your favorite snacks. YOUR comfort food. Mine are bananas, apples, tangerines and anything crunchy, M&M chocolate candies or Hershey’s chocolate 🍫 or and HARD candies or gum.

These will not only comfort you they hydrate your throat which can get dry while flying with a mask on especially.

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Another calming treat is to pack a CBD tincture or CBD gummies to balance your mood if you’d like. They really come in handy. I love Martha Stewart’s collection of edibles.

I hope these tips bring comfort to you and help you on your next flight too.

Happy summer!

Is Lipliner 💋 Gone Forever?

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I don’t think so! Do you?

What do you think?

Do you use one? Or have you ever used one. Please share!

Have you started to use a lipliner now that many of us are no longer wearing masks everywhere?

I love ❤️ lipstick 💄 & lipliner! They are like TWINS for the lips to me since I’m one I like that sound of twins even more.

💋Using lip liner makes our lipstick last longer by shaping the lips with it and makes lipgloss NOT run.

💋It gives shape and definition to our lips.

💋It makes thin lips look fuller.

💋It makes very lips look smaller.

Depending on the lipliner mood you’re in and the look you want to create that day.

I hope lip pencils aren’t gone forever and that since were masking up less. We will continue wearing them.