It is cold outside and I LOVE IT!

We never really saw signs of fall here in Florida like we usually do about this time of year. So, you can imagine how happy I am when we woke up to colder weather. Today I pulled out a cozy orange sweater and a scarf!

How about that? I know what you’re thinking you think I am crazy…but Florida can be so hot and I am a Northern girl. I am used to walks in Central Park and the fall beauty and hustle and bustle of NYC!

So tonight after a days work and dinner. I am going to make a yummy hot toddy. No, this is not a boozed up drink but a warm and fall and winter drink. My husband and family love it too.

To make this warm drink you need:

4 cloves

1 piece of star anise

5 cinnamon sticks

2 Tbsp light brown sugar

2 quarts or less of apple cider

slices of fresh green apples

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Place in a cheesecloth the cinnamon sticks,cloves and a piece of star anise. Tie it on and place in a sauce pan of the apple cider. Place it on a low flame. Allow it all to make love together on the stove top.

Next remove the butcher twined up spice bundle from the pot.

Pour the cider in a mug and sprinkle a bit of cinnamon Sugar or nutmeg on top before serving. Embelish with an apple slice. Delicious…especially if you love cider.

Slather up with your fav’ seasonal hand and body lotion and just chill out in bed and CLEAR your head. YOU deserve it!

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Time to give your hands some love!

The weather is changing around the country and I hear you. Many of you are asking what to do to help hands and fingernails look their best. You can use expensive store bought products or you can use a combination of them with a go to your kitchen twist.

Natural Hand Soak

I like to soak my hands in a bowl of warm water and 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar. The acid from the apple 🍏 cider vinegar gently exfoliates the skin on your hands. Do this for at least 5-10 minutes.Rinse well and wash your hands with soap and water. Apply your favorite hand and body lotion afterwards. If you have more time take it and follow my next two steps below.

I especially love to do these treatments on Sundays when I have more time now.

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Next, I like to use and apply a thin coat of a hydrating FACE mask on my hands. You heard me! Face mask. Your face won’t know you’re using a face mask on your hands but the hands on your skin will know. Leave on at least 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and a washcloth. Your hands will be even more hydrated and look better too.

Please note:A mud mask or a mask for oily skin will not do. Choose a creamy moisturizing mask.

Last natural beauty hack step is organic coconut oil I highly recommend you take those clean hands and apply coconut oil to them. Rub in on the fingernail beds,cuticles and tops and bottoms of the hands.Wrap your hands in saran wrap or simply enjoy the oil alone and leave on 5 minutes and rub into the hands and all over the nails. With all the hand washing we need to do and the weather this 15 minute or more treat will have the skin on hands on your hands feeling so good.

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When you’re done you can rinse your hands but I blot my hands on a paper towel and ENJOY the healthy happy hydrated glow of your skin. (Be careful your hands will be a bit slippery for a bit).

*If you are allergic to ANY of the ingredients don’t use and skip the step or substitute with something else.

Cheap and so worth the few minutes it takes to do.

Happy Self Care SUNDAY!

Don’t judge me…

Please!

I’ve been playing Christmas music 🎼 for two days. In the car, in my business and at home.

I’m so ready for some happy! Aren’t you?

These pandemic times are making me restless a bit . Sleepless for sure. My mind never seems to turn off. I long to make holiday cookies and put up the festive pretty lights and decor. I see in social media people I follow are already decorating and some even have their tree 🌲 up since Halloween. Stores, TV commercials and shopping shows have been showing all things Christmas and Christmas gift ideas BEFORE Halloween too.

I think this is going to be a very different kind of Christmas, Channukah and New Year’s Eve. All the things we love and people we love ❤️ have to be put on hold.

How about you? Do you feel the same way too?

I think we need a little Christmas right this very minute! And enjoy the beauty of the season and the view.

Want to be less …STRESSED?

Kiss stress “Goodbye” today and give your body what it needs.

I haven’t always meditated. In fact I never knew I needed to. I can’t even take a nap like so many others of you do. But one day a few years back I began my meditation journey.

I always start with a candle (Real or faux)

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I also like to burn incense. Sandalwood is my go to.

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I add a little CD to this meditative mix to get lost in. I love the music of George Skaroulis or David Young (No relation to me)

My fav place to meditate is in the shower OR the bath tub. Since I am crazy about color and rainbows I pretend the water showering on me is in an array of colorful hues. In the bath tub I do the same by laying in a bathtub filled with kid bubble bath soap. The fluffy cloud like puffs have many iridescent hues. They take my mind off the stress of the day.

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Shower or bath I feel the negative energy has been removed off of me especially when I towel dry myself off. Sometimes you can even see a gray film residue in the water.My body is clean, feels more relaxed and my heart and soul are refreshed.

Take some time for yourself and GIVE IN to a shower or bath today in a meditative state kinda way.

These days in our world aren’t easy but we can make them a bit easier when we give our bodies and minds a little bit of TLC.

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Trick or Treat Yum!

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Oh how I LOVE… LOVE… LOVE …Halloween. How about you?

It is the one day we get to be someone else for a day or a night or we get to simply enjoy the faces of the little Trick Or Treaters at our door! I know not all of you might celebrate this day but it is a day we can smile and play and eat candy

FUN FACT:

Did I ever tell you I had the pleasure of making up that famous actress who was in the infamous movie the EXORCIST? No, not for the movie but later on in her life for an event. Linda Blair is a lovely lady with a HUGE heart. I will never forget our time together and the day we met.

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But who knew this years Halloween would be this different and not quite as fun.We’ve been wearing masks months now before Halloween. Social distance and no smiles and hugs???

I’m a big smiler & hugger.

Here is a yummy drink just for fun that doesn’t have booze but was given to me by a friend.

A Luscious 👄 Mud Pie!

A mud pie without the crust! one that you drink.

What you will need to make it:

1 1/2 cups of milk

4 scoops of chocolate ice cream

Drizzle of chocolate syrup

Place all of the above in a blender

Mix until smooth

Pour into glasses (makes two)

Optional:Add some of your Halloween candy or leftover to come and enjoy tomorrow.

Smash in the wrapper a mini candy bar like a Butterfinger,Milky Way or Malted Balls and place on top!

Enjoy! ❤️👄

Life!

Trying to hang in there? I am too.

These days into months have not been easy for us. I’ve been keeping busy with my work and lost in our pandemic life. (Sorry I have not posted a blog lately.)

But we’ve got to keep moving, keep going, keep working,keep dreaming and keep taking care of each other and our families.

And above all continue to take care of ourselves even if it is doing it ourselves until we can see a PRO and visit the spa or salon again. I have been able to see my stylist for my haircuts unlike many of you across the country and globe. Wonderful!

Nothing like a fresh haircut and someone else shampooing your hair.

Am I right?

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TRY A New mani & pedi nail color!
Missing a trip to the SPAaah!

I long for a real mani & pedi!!

I so want a facial! (And not one I do myself)

I want to fly ANYWHERE or travel out of the country again!

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I want to work again on the road and continue to spread beauty and love all around the country again! I want to pamper my clients and wrap my arms around them again.

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I long to eat at some of my fave local places and around the country safely again!

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I want to see the faces of my sisters and feels their hugs and LOVE in person again! There is nothing like A HEALTHY dose of love from your family.

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How about you?

What are you doing to take care of you?

How are you?

What are you looking forward to once the world heals better soon?

Easy Makeup!

At home or at your job. I think it feels good when you get a little makeup on your face! Don’t you agree?

This fall as we move further with this pandemic and we are living a more relaxed and casual lifestyle give yourself a little at home “pick me up before you head out the door or put a bit of color or while at home.

Casual Beauty is what it is all about now!

Here are a few easy steps to do:

💋Clean, tone and moisturize your skin.

I love to use sheet masks like Inna which offers so many benefits like hydrating brightening and fit sensitive skin. K Beauty rocks!

💋Add a bit of SPF on your face and neck please.

💋 Next swipe a bit of foundation. A creamy powder one will even out the complexion. Or skip foundation and use a dusting on your powder brush with Rice Powder. Tones down shine and keeps you cool and makes your makeup last longer.

💋 Next apply a dash of a neutral or hint of shimmer eyeshadow. I love a nude, vanilla honey or champagne. Apply all over the lid with a blending brush.

💋 Next you can use a cocoa gel eyeliner for definition in the rim under your eyes, line the upper lid close to the lashes or simply skip this step!

💋 Mascara is next. Use a navy, eggplant or brown black hue. Don’t overdo! Skip the false eyelashes. Give that look a break and save those beautiful lashes.

OR if you don’t want to commit to that much just use a CLEAR mascara. Yes, clear. No color just a bit defines each lash without color.

💋 Skip the lipliner and apply a lipstick, balm or gloss. Wearing face covers are drying out our lips. But if you apply some lip product you’ll be better off and feel lip fabulous too.

💋 Next brush your hair with a dash of your fav’ body powder. It cools you down and helps with that greasy hair look that sometimes happens.

💋I recommend using a rosewater spray to refresh your skin throughout the day. Especially with masks on masks off. Helps with dry sensitive skin issues.

Got a beauty or skin care question? Just ask. I’d love to help!

Pumpkin Coffee Cake — NancyC

If you’re in the mood for an autumn treat, keep this Pumpkin Coffee Cake in mind! Made with canned pumpkin puree, it has some of the favorite spices of fall—cinnamon and ginger—to add to the flavor, and it’s sweetened with brown sugar. The best part, I think, is the very generous topping of streusel—yum! You […]

Pumpkin Coffee Cake — NancyC

Been CRAVING coffee cake …me too!

I can’t wait to TRY this recipe and make it in time for Halloween weekend.

Do you use an Essence?

I do and here’s what you might want to know.

They are very hydrating. They may just be your new moisturizer. I used to think they are toners or freshners. But after a bit of research,traveling to Korea and exploring I discovered they are not. Korean girls know all about them from as early as their teenage years. Essences contain high levels of sodium hyaluronate and glycerin. They typically do not clog the pores or feel heavy or oily on the skin.

If you have oily skin like I do you may be able to use them for moisture but if you have dry to very dry skin they may not cut it alone.

You will need and a moisturizer.

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They can hydrate, brighten, help with acne, dullness, wrinkles and redness. They will exfoliate by softening your dead skin cells. A beautiful bonus! Thus making the other skin care and beauty products you put on to penetrate and work better.

I find applying an essence is pretty relaxing and calming like using a Jade facial roller.

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I like to apply an essence with a press and pat motion NOT using a cotton ball or cotton round. I also find you don’t waste product and use less of the product. The press and pat application method is just like the women of Korea do. As you may have learned by now Koreans make the skin care process a ritual. Skin Care and self care are a big part of their life and their skin shows the results of it!

When I fly to the orient I am amazed on how flawless the women of and flight attendants complexions are.

Absolutely Flawless! I’m so envious.

Undermoisturize

Are you guilty of it?

You know some of you may have gotten lazy on doing a skin care routine in quarantine and beyond.

But your face NEEDS it. Moisturizer that is. And always applied on a clean fresh face!

As I mentioned before face masks 😷 and face covers haven’t been very kind to our skin. BUT they are a necessary accessory right now!

I discovered a few must try ideas to keep hydrating going!

But let’s go back to a simple moisturizing plan. Place a pretty tray or basket at your bedside and put a container of moisturizer on it alongside a hand and body lotion. Have them at your fingertips to hydrate your body and face when it is WET from the shower or washing your face.

While your at it add a lip conditioner to kiss 💋 your lips with before you go to bed.

The hack I discovered running late and rushing to get ready for work last week was this. After a cup of tea and some fruit. I brushed my teeth and did my makeup. It included tinted moisturizer, a dash of rice powder, a blush, black eyeliner on my inner rim of the eye and a lipstick.

I took a quick shower with my makeup on!

Since I took a bath 🛀 the night before and my hair was already washed. I did not wash my hair again and just put it up in a clip. I let a bit of the shower spray my face. If you’re careful and move quick the face only gets a bit of water 💦 drops on it.

It felt really good. After getting out of the shower,I did NOT dry my face and quickly styled my hair, got dressed and left for the day. 10 minutes away I had to mask up and stop at the gas station for a fill up. My face still felt a bit dewy from the quick shower on my face. It’s hard to explain but it felt good.

As the day went on my face had a dewy glow! I’ll take it.

My next dewy skin hack is using a mini hydrating mist device like I visited a spa and was in the steam room. This unit delivers a dewy mist to the skin. I like to use it on the face after I cleanse it. I also like to use it during the course of the day when my face gets a bit dry from the air conditioner, face mask and soon to be heater. It does not make your makeup or mascara run.

Another thing I like to do is simple. I spray my face after I do my makeup or not with a lovely Rosewater spray. You may find it in a store or make it from scratch. I sometimes refrigerate it before using in hot humid weather. So cool and refreshing!

All of these are fabulous cheap thrills!

I hope you enjoy these skin hacks and tips and keep that dewy glow.

Nothing ages your face faster … than dry skin. Don’t under moisturize!

Keep your skin happy and hydrated. You’ll see the results pretty fast!