Scent-sational…

Fragrance blog NOLA 10-17

On my recent trip to New Orleans I rediscovered a place I had shopped for fragrant soaps and more! It is a  perfumery called Bourbon French Parfums.They have been creating elegant,sensual fragrances for almost 175 years. Began by August Doussan now housed in a quaint Creole cottage on Royal Street (my fav’ street in New Orleans).Mary Behlar,owner and the house perfumer,has continued the tradition of personal care for her clients in the French Quarter.

My latest obsession is in the photograph above. This fragrant roll on and creamy moisturizing soap is on of their secret formula fragrances. Seductive yet shy,pretty yet gave me a sensual sexy high. As I travel for work and play in beauty I am asked what is that scent I am wearing? A little drop is all it takes.

The old world charm and the vials and pretty little bottles of perfume will call your name. They also make a signature custom blend for YOU and your sweetie too! Your custom blend specialist will do a complete assessment of your body chemistry as well as your personality,your likes and dislikes and more. I hope you’ll explore.

Visit and shop: http://www.neworleansperfume.com 

 

How To Speak to a Crowd

 

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First, do a little prep before you do a presentation.

 

Get a good night’s sleep. Stay away from that cup of anything Starbucks! You may simply be nervous or caffeine wired up that they you cannot sleep. Instead, try sipping some hot chamomile tea or take a supplement that calms the muscles and nerves called Magnesium.

 

The day of your speech or presentation, eat a good but not heavy breakfast. Keep it light but hearty like an acai yogurt bowl or steel cut oatmeal. If you eat too much you will want to take a nap and feel no energy. If it is a luncheon or evening presentation, pay particular attention to what you eat too.

 

Drink water and stay hydrated. Do you know liquids help your brain think better, you will be more on your toes? This is especially true when you have to take a test or an exam too.

 

Bring honey and lemon throat lozenges you never know when your throat may get that annoying tickle in the throat and a coughing fit comes on.

 

Do not forget to brush your teeth if possible BEFORE your talk and carry Altoids to the rescue.

Guys and gals. Do not’ wear shoes that are brand new. Nothing feels worse than sore feet. Be comfortable in a pair of shoes that are broken in and that are in pristine condition.

If you happen to get the dreaded nervous red flush on the face and chest before you speak…. Apply a CC cream. This cream is unisex and it covers and corrects your skin and calms down the red or pink flushed appearance. No more red.

Ladies…wear a bolder lipstick and cheek color and eyeliner or mascara is necessary. You want to be seen from a distance. If you are in a conference room or small luncheon meeting, lighten up a bit on these.

Guys you can wear a dash of tinted moisturizer to even out your complexion.

Add some guy liner or manscara.

However, not as heavy as Johnny Depp in the pirate movies. A little goes a long way.

Really, they all work and define your eyes and fine-tune your complexion. If you are prone to DRY lips. Apply lip balm. Nothing worse than crusty dehydrated lips.

Do not over do on aftershave or cologne. It can be over powering and you never know who has allergies in the room. You want them to remember you and what you said…Not your fragrance.

Smile as you open up to your audience with your presentation. A smile is better than wearing a Rolex watch that they most likely will never see.

A smile invites them in. Also, tell a little story about yourself or a fun joke that will fit in to what you have to say. If you are nervous…picture the audience is naked. This is a speaker’s tip that works as unusual as it may sound.

Above all, engage your audience, work the room with your eyes, and smile! Do not just look one direction or at a few people in the audience. Show everyone you care about them by your eyes and glance at as many people as you can. Eye contact is key.

After your speech…thank your audience and ALWAYS have your business card ready to give. Never be without it. It is like a mini billboard of you. Add your social media info.I also  find a picture is worth a thousand words. Ever since I added my photo on my business card and website business booms even more. People want to see who they are doing business with and put a face with a name.

I hope this helps you put your best forward and always know this. My words of wisdom: “YOU are a star no matter whom you are so …Shine brightly!”

I love all things makeup and Halloween!

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My friend has an awesome gift …this Halloween makeup is EVERYTHING isn’t it?
 
Alysha Carlo is a Professional Makeup Artist with a mobile, freelance, beauty business based in beautiful Miami! Specializing in eyebrow shaping, lash lifting, face painting and special FX makeup, she offers a well rounded list of services for her diverse clientele.
Thought some of you would find these photos fun and awe inspiring!
Happy Hallow’s Eve!

It will cast a spell on you!

Nola Blog Cafe Du Monde photo 2017.JPGI’m back from New Orleans AKA Nola and it feels so good…especially in the month of Halloween my fav’ time of year! The city was all  decked out in bewitching hues and decor. Halloween in New Orleans is awesome. I wanted to go on a Ghost or Cemetary tour but ran out of time this trip.

I worked and played. And as always want to take you there! Even if you’ve been or never been there. Here are a few highlights of my adventures.

Cafe du Monde was at the top of my gotta go back and eat a beignet and have that famous New Orleans coffee. So,after checking into the hotel  I devoured a few and walked the streets too.

The smell of  Pralines fills the streets and air with sweetness. You have to try one! This trip I discovered some new ones in Cafe au lait and Bananas Foster flavors. So delightful!

I haven’t been there for a few years and needed to reacquaint myself with the city. My have things grown and some things have stayed the same! If only those building and sidewalks could talk to us. What would they say? Lots I am sure.

The weather was super humid and hot for October… I did not glisten like most southern women say they do. I sweat as usual! No powder or makeup setting spray saved my face. However, the last few days the weather turned into fall like. SO….Heavenly!

Since I love food,beauty,fashion and I love to explore…here is list of the best to see!

Acme Oyster Bar has the freshest and delicious oysters. If you don’t mind waiting in lines this is a great place. Not fancy and pricey.

Monteleone Hotel my fav’ hotel in the city and is an elegant charming place.It is located in the French Quarter downtown.

Carousel  Bar is inside the hotel above. It is an actual OLD carousel and it moves and so do you every 15 minutes. You gotta see this place and feel it to believe it.Drinks are delicious and appetizers too.Not your normal bar food. 

Feeling lucky! In the mood to gamble? Visit Harrah’s Casino.

Irene’s is an Italian eatery with a New Orleans twist. Dinner was amazing and the pasta is made fresh daily.

Papier Plume if you are into all things stationery,REAL pens, journals and wax seals this is the place for you.

Trashy Diva is a clothing store that for the name alone you need to pop in.

Perfume there are two old world perfume shops rich in history and have signature fragrances too I will share more on this in my next blog.

Fifi Mahoney’s is where you’ll find makeup,glitter,wigs and more! They are the company behind some of the faces on floats for Mardi Gras.

New Orleans COOKING school I’ve taken a cooking class with a Cajun twist before. It never disappoints.If you’re a foodie like me…you’d love these classes.

Steamboat Natchez cruise is always a good idea!It is an old time steam boat that takes you around the Mississippi River.

The French Market is located in the Jackson Square area and is filled with shops and pop up vendors from all over the world. You can find art,fashion,old time lace umbrellas,artisan candles and soaps,voodoo dolls and so much more.

I love worshipping and visiting church and the the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis King of France is a beauty you don’t want to miss.

Did you know New Orleans has Voodoo shops,Witchery shops and Vampire shops? Worth exploring.Nola blog Witchery photo.JPG

Window Shopping is the BEST shopping. Since may last trip so many new places have opened.

 

Fun fact…the second day I was there. I was eating a snow ball ice  in the French Market and while sitting on a bench I noticed a float and a police car blocking the street. I ate and kept there waiting to see what might be happening. After ten minutes I was curious what this was all about. So,I walked across the street and who did I bump into on the sidewalk but Katy Perry all dolled up in an adorable so New Orleans fun feather dress. Next, I see Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie. The float I now noticed had the logo of American Idol on it. So, what was about to go down was a marching band,people in costumes and a float they shot for TV to welcome the tryouts for American idol at the convention center.Nola American Idol photo

It was so fun. They were so fun! They threw Mardi Gras beads to all of us and we were part of the party. They invited us to follow the float down the streets of Nola but I chose not to. This was such an unexpected treat to my trip! I wish you could hear this video!

You never know who or what you will find in this city. My business went well and my belly was content. I continue to encourage you to explore beyond your front door.

Till my next adventure …have a beauty filled day.

PS

Pictures to come. I have been up to my lips with work since I returned. Tonight I am a guest on a panel for Fashion Group International in NE Florida. So, I have to prep for that.

See you there Jacksonville?

SWS Color 2017

 

The day is almost here…actually 4 glorious days October 19,20,21,22 for the ladies of Jacksonville to enjoy the one and only Southern Women’s Show. I’ll be there whipping up some beauty on the Cooking Stage.

Thursday October 19th at 1:30

I will be featuring skin care and beauty ideas for HEALTHIER looking skin!

Friday October 20th at 1:30

How to Make a few seasonal D.I.Y.’s in your kitchen. Ideas for hostess gifts and gifts on the cheap… But oh so tres chic!

Because it is the shows 30th year. I am donating some awesome giveaways along with Whole Foods Market Jacksonville Florida!

Laurie Hernandez Olympic Gymnast will be making a guest appearance too!

If you live in Jacksonville Florida…come see me!

The SWS  show is always filled with food,fashion and fun!

 

What’s in my handbag you ask?

photoBusiness got in the way yesterday so I am posting this today. Many of you are curious what is in my handbag? So since this week we celebrated National Handbag Day… I decided it was the perfect time to share away.

First of all, I am not necessarily attracted to designer handbags. I purchase handbags like I do bling.I buy what calls out to me on the store shelf. I especially love buying things in my travels so I have a great memory attached to that bag. I used to buy souvenirs like coffee  mugs and tea towels but I stopped that long ago.

So as you can see by the photo in my blog I HAD to own this unique handbag. Isn’t it darling? No, I did not pay a fortune but would have and it does not hold a lot of things but I do love,love, love THIS shoulder strap bag. Don’t you?

Here is what is my handbag:

A mini hairbrush by WET BRUSH…my hair tangles fast and I love this brush.

A mini packet of NeoCell BEAUTY supplements they vary from time to time but this week it is Derma Matrix. I add it to a bottle of water or sprinkle on my food for pretty healthier hydrated skin.

Six assorted shade lipsticks. Cause I never know what mood I am in during a day.

BLACK gel eyeliner pencil. (Never want to be without it )

A pack of Asian powder papers to blot oil and powder my nose at one time.

My wallet with red lips by Betsy Johnson.

My change purse with lips all over it.

A Sharpie Marker in black and in red.

A mini legal pad.

A picture of my TWIN brother and my husband.

A mini pill box filled with aspirin,vitamins C and more.

A package of spearmint gum.

A tiny tin container of Altoids. ( Gotta be KISSABLE)

A business card holder filled with my cards.

To Do List…which changes and gets updated daily

A mini bottle of water if it will fit.

Fun Fact:

I clean out my purse at least once a week. I hate a MESSY inside handbag.

What’s in your bag?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Makeup Artist’s secret…

When it comes to makeup and washing your makeup brushes many of you would rather apply makeup. Same is true for washing your makeup brushes. So, if you’re looking for a quick clean fix …try this!

Instead of washing them with brush cleaner and going through a cleansing ritual after each use….NB8J8503

Simply rinse the one you use with water and then kill any bacteria that may be dancing on them with a spritz of good old witch hazel. I always keep a spray bottle of witch hazel on hand (and label it so I know what it is) Next, take the brush and rub into on a paper towel gently back and forth. Place in a brush holder and let it dry.

If you like to use witch hazel you can wash your brushes thoroughly weekly with a dimes worth of glycerin soaps and a tablespoon of witch hazel. Depending how many brushes you are washing you will need to double this recipe. Rinse your brushes well. Allow them to rest on the edge of  counter top over night.

Once a week wash them like you usually do …Or you can use my other brush cleaning recipes from previous blog posts.

Always  remember …If you want a pretty looking and clear complexion you MUST wash your beauty tools and makeup brushes. No one is going to do it for you so…Just do it!

Love

LOVE photo.JPGWhat a horrific way to start a day and week.

I am so numb and not feeling like writing my usual blog. BUT  I do want to tell you I LOVE you and even though I have never met you.I am happy to have you in my life.

Las Vegas,deadly and the aftermath of hurricanes and more have taken so much from us. It is like were in a bad dream! Isn’t it?

Life is short. It can be taken from you in an instant.

LIVE each day as if it were your last. And most of all LOVE!!!

#allweneedislove #LOVE

My SPA & Makeup show beauty haul!

IECSC beauty blog haul.JPGI just enjoyed  two glorious days of awesome at the IECSC conference in beautiful FT. Lauderdale Florida.

I am jet lagged and I didn’t even fly enjoyed …and enjoyed a little bit of Palm Beach and a bit of R&R so I am energized.

There was a vibe on the show floor that happily filled the air…after Hurricane Irma beauty professionals and beauty business owners were so ready to learn and explore the show floor.

I taught my two classes and enjoyed shopping every inch of the show floor.

I sniffed,touched,played in new beauty potions and makeup shades and watched other beauty and skin care experts slay the show floor with their demos and new product releases!

Here is my beauty and skin haul!

The show floor was a candy store for the skin care pro,spa,makeup artist and beauty retailer.

Color has become bolder in makeup, skin has never been more in and the future looks bright for business! Finally!

To Go Spa has added new face masks that offer instant gratification. My fave’s is for the neck and the lips.

Farmhouse Fresh has added soaps to their line and an awesome decadent Chai and a dash of honey Shea butter lotion for the body and hands. This line is coveted by Oprah,J Lo and Kim Kardashians makeup artist have used the brands Agave Nectar on the decollete and body on the red carpet.

Sassi lashes have the most amazing human hair lashes that a lot of makeup artists were buzzing about.

Tan Towel is the safest got to tan that not only do I use but celebrities and the girl next door uses. Their face tan towel comes wrapped like a condom and is great for travel. They also have one for half body and touch up where you want a kiss of color. No orange hands,no smelly TAN,no skin cancer from baking in the sun. I love love love this product.

I purchased a new roller for the skin…It’s called Micro-needling and will explore and chat more on this in a future blog to come soon.

Blinc Mascara  doesn’t paint the lashes but tubes them with mascara has some awesome colors like purple and blue. They also added an amplified mascara to their lash lineup too. This mascara washes off with luke warm water and a washcloth. No running,no clumping!

I took in a few classes and took lots of notes in my glam notebook!

Not only are their more beauty tools and skin devices, dream creams continue to soar.

This fall it is all about BERRY hues on lips, cheeks and eyes … BOLD and beautiful. Metallics are really in too. Thank goodness the smoky eye is taking a bit of a rest.

Red lips dress to impress with the rest so don’t worry girls you can still wear your signature classic red.

I wanted to shop even more…but because of the hurricane the show floor had less vendors. Florida is still TRYING  to make a comeback.

I have a gift box to give away… How would you like to win it?

 

Let the Beauty Show Begin!

 

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Ready, set and my beauty bags packed for the International Esthetics,Cosmetics and SPA show in sunny Ft Lauderdale. This weekend  is going to be business and pleasure. I like to mix the two. Work hard… play hard. There are several beauty events I have been invited to and I really look forward to guest speaking too.This is one of my classes in the show book. I will take pictures of my model who also happens to be another speaker…Alysha Carlo. My class is for professionals in the spa,med-spa and salon industry.

The attendees come from all over the world! It is very exciting.

I also can’t wait to shop the huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuggge show floor and bring back my beauty and skin care haul to share!

I’m also happy to escape from the sadness in Jacksonville from that hurricane IRMA.

I am planning on doing a giveaway on MY blog when I get back into town…So stay tuned for some giveaway fun!

xoxo