Oily, Dry or Combination skin…

Which one are you?

It’s January and a new year. It is time to refresh your skin care routine. But first you need to do a check in on what your skin is looking like and doing at this time.

Wash your face, look in the mirror in good lighting or better yet I like sunlight in the morning. Discover what your skin FEELS like and see.

1. Do your pores look large or small? Larger pores are typically associated with oily skin. Smaller pores are associated with skin on the dry side.

2. Does your T-zone get shiny? Look Greasy? EspecIally in the midday? This is typically and most common with combination skin a most common skin type.

3. When you press with your thumb on your forehead does it leave a white spot with a bit of redness around it? This usually means you have sensitive skin issues at this time.

This skin care quiz was created by my colleague Victoria Tabak who owns Nature Pure Labs.

Victoria and I both agree for you to keep in mind your skin can change at any time. And your skin will change as you age as well. It’s just a matter of time. Because you’ve messaged me on this I thought I’d share this quiz this year with you.

Stress, the change of weather, exercise regime and your diet all affect your skin and type.

After you do this analysis. Meet with a skin care PRO and look into the possibilities on what they recommend for you. If you prefer to shop for yourself in your local drug, grocery or big box store that’s fine too. Just make sure YOU are buying what’s right for YOU! Your skin at this time too.

FYI

Sometimes you can be all three. Skin care isn’t one size fits all.

Bathe yourself (mentally) in soothing light!

The magic of salt lamps!

I’m lining myself up for a better, calm and stress free new year. Adding to my decor. I’m not all about making new year resolutions anymore. How about you?

I have added more salt lamps to my spaces from a mini one by my computer 💻 to ones in other rooms of my home.

Salt lamps and Pink Himalayan salt lamps are so cool to look and calming to the spirit. Especially after a stressful or long day at work! You know what I mean.

Do you know many salt lamps are imported from ancient Polish salt mines? Poland was on my bucket list in spring 2020 until Covid arrived in our lives. Since my mom is of Polish descent I really wanted to travel ✈️and visit that part of our beautiful world.

Did you know there are salt spas in Poland that have wonderful powers for our health?

I have grown to love ❤️ the beauty of surrounding myself with salt lamps in my business and in my home. They illuminate your room or corner of the room with peachy, golden yellow and slightly red hues. The benefits are endless. Purifying and clearing the air in your space is just one of them. I love the ambient light they give a room. And so relaxing to gaze at in a room. Maybe it’s time you added a salt lamp or two to your home. They used to be pricey. But not anymore. You can find them now even at big box discount stores.

I have read about the healthy benefits of salt therapy and about the spas and salt mines in Poland. I so wanted to go! There are a few salt caves and spas that are in Poland and the one I hope to go to one day and visit is in a town …Wieliczka, Poland. They say spas and resorts offer therapeutic treatments like breathing salt infused air and incredible facials.

They say… Salt lamps also may help with people with allergies, aging skin, respiratory issues and so much more.

Let the light 💡 envelop you and take it all in with this calming therapy for your space, mind and spirit.

Wishing you …

All the best!

Heaven knows we all deserve something good! A healthy outcome. Peace. ✌️, love ❤️ and so much more!

Thank you for following me and for reading my beauty, wellness and lifestyle blog! I apologize for not being able to post as often. … this month. But my WordPress account had a few glitches. It never happens. But I’ve got to look into.

Let me know what you’d like to see or hear from me to chat up in the new year! I look forward to sharing and having fun with you.

Ho! Ho! Ho! 🎅🎄

Did I ever tell you I use to be a Santa’s Helper at the mall? I loved ❤️that job!

Counting down to Santa’s arrival and the beauty of Christmas Eve! I took care of my last client. Shipped the last holiday mail order 📦 and closed my business doors. I wish the holiday season was like before. But it is not the same for brick and mortar businesses. Although we are trying to hang in there. Again this holiday it was hard to speak to people with face masks 😷 on and not hear them clearly or most of all see their lovely smile!

I want to take this moment to say I hope you have a HAPPY Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I know many people celebrate it tonight and go to church tomorrow. I know every family has their own ritual. Blessings to you and your family and friends too!

Put something cozy on and take time and chill and sip a cup of cheer.

What are you serving Santa tonight? A delicious cookie 🍪? A cocktail 🍹? A glass of milk? Do tell!

I’m serving him a hot chocolate with a chocolate marshmallow bomb inside. And a home-made cookie.

I believe in ❤️ Santa!

Tips to get that holiday glow!

Glow all season long into New Years Eve!

Today on TV I am sharing beauty tricks and tips to get that GLOW UP!

Here’s a sneak peek for you.

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Prep your skin with a face and neck mask. My go to is The Route Party Peel. Its like champagne bubbles on the skin.

Shine Up that hair with a hair treatment. I like Biosilk.

Glossy Juicy lips require a gloss or a lipstick with a shimmer. Shimmer lipsticks make your lips look fuller. Dark lipsticks make your lips look smaller.

Colored liner gives an INSTANT pop of color to your eyes.

I also love to mix a shimmer eye shadow into my liquid or cream foundation. Just a few sprinkles.Choose a champagne, rose gold, or silver. Just don’t over do it. You can do the same with your body oils or hand and body lotions.

EYES looking tired and lacking that bright eyed look? You might just need Peter Thomas Roth’s Instant Wrinkle Tightener eye treatment. It is all the rage on Tik Tok and really works! I have added it to my makeup kit when working on set or on location in my work travels.

Before even thinking about leaving your door. Don’t forget to protect your neck! As well as your decolette and legs (if you are wearing the no hosiery look even more) You want the skin on your hands and body to look healthy and hydrated. To give it a glow brush a shimmer lotion or powder over them or mixed with them for a sexy glowy look.

Paint the town,Gorgeous! Get glowing!

Nothing like Gifting a D.I.Y. & Tea

Tis the season and I love to give gifts MORE than receiving them. Really! So I am sharing with you some gift ideas that are a D.I.Y. or store bought that they may just ❤️ love.

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Here is an easy recipe to make a Japanese Matcha Tea face mask for yourself or someone else.

You can place the Matcha tea in a small glass jar with a recipe and tie it up with a bow or ribbon.

🍵 Or place this recipe in a gift basket with a pretty Asian style tea cup, a mini bowl for the DIY mask, a face mask brush and include a mini jar of honey and a container of Matcha tea.

Recipe for one treatment to enjoy today:

1 teaspoon of Matcha Tea

1 teaspoon of raw 🍯local honey (I love local)

🍵 Another gift idea is giving a pretty mug, a box of tea and a few of their favorite magazines or assorted magazines you know they will love ❤️ tied in a gold gorgeous ribbon. I still love print and enjoy turning the pages and exploring the magazines in my hand. I know I’m not the only one!

🍵 Give a teapot, a cup and a Beautiful Journal wrapped with a pretty pen and ready to give. Add a heartfelt note card.

🍵Give a tea scented candle with a bar of green tea soap and a luxurious sponge.

Give a few teabags from a variety of tea bag boxes and place them in a basket with some store bought or home-made tea biscuits or something yummy you know they love.

Buy them an eye mask and face mask that has TEA as the star ingredient. Add a cup with a tea bag inside for them to enjoy while they mask the day away. Aaah…the beauty of self care!

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PLAY and make them a tea blend from tea leaves and flowers: to relax with,to sleep well and or invigorates them to start the day. Choose from: chamomile,lemongrass,lemon peel,lavender,rose hips and more. Recipe is one cup of water to one teaspoon of tea blend.

I hope you have some fun creating and shopping for Tea for One OR a few. It is so nice to receive a gift package that shows you care!

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Stand Tall & Shop Small all season long!

LAST Saturday was the annual Shop Small Biz Saturday. Started by American Express to shine a light on small businesses. What a beautiful gesture and cause to start to do for small businesses.

So I hope you will think SMALL brands and go shopping 🛍 in your community wherever you live. Eat 🍱 and sip ☕️ 🍷 local too! Not just one day last Saturday but all season long. Small businesses can’t make it without you!

On behalf of myself and other business owners WE Thank You for shopping with us and spreading your shopping love. Not just on Amazon!

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Blessed!

I’m so blessed and I want to be a blessing to others. That is why I opened up a beauty & wellness brand & company. It is also the reason why I started this blog….

I have to admit it isn’t easy being “up” when the world all around us is crashing “down.” But I must. It’s in my DNA.

I simply wanted to take this time to say THANK YOU for following my blog, for your likes on my posts, for your kind words and for being there on the other side of the screen.

I try and give you a glimpse into my life, beauty,skincare, recipes and travels. ✈️

I also want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving 🍁 for those who celebrate. I am thankful for YOU!

Dull dry skin … needs this!

The skin on my lips is peeling. My eyes are getting drier and my skin feels tight. Yes, I get it too not just you!

So here is a simple recipe that works wonders without spending a lot.

All you need for this skincare recipe is:

1 container of unflavored organic Yogurt.

I personally prefer Greek yogurt.

Easy Face masks awaits you in your kitchen!

Apply a spoonful on a clean face. Do this recipe when you have time to spare and don’t rush it. It’s more fun and better that way. Stay away from your eye area. But you can go near the skin on your 👁 area example: lines around the eyes. Some people call them “crows feet” … I don’t.

Leave this treatment on your face at least 15 minutes.

Rinse well with luke warm water and a washcloth.

Next apply your moisturizer.

Yogurt benefits your skin by gently exfoliating it, brightening to the skin and makes it look better.

Say Bye Bye to dull and dry skin.

*Then have a bowl of yogurt with fruit and a a dash of granola. Great for your gut and tastes refreshing too. 😋 Yum!

As you can see I love ❤️ to use store bought skin care with produce and other foodie items from my kitchen.

Take care of your skin and it will take care of you!

Holiday gift ideas…

I featured on TV some awesome products to give to your bestie, loved ones and to save in your gift closet.

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Here are the rest of the gift ideas I shared on River City Live in sunny Jacksonville Florida.

http://www.rivercitylivetv.com http://www.news4jax.com

I love to give gifts and enjoy making my own glam boxes and fill them with a few treasures and maybe a few chocolates or home-made cookies at the bottom of the box as an unexpected surprise!

Peter Thomas Roth skin care has a fun gift collection of face masks! Mask-A-Holic box has an array of different masks that do different things for your skin. From hydrating to clarifying to gentle polishing. They even have some hydrating eye patches boxed and ready to give which is a great stocking stuffer.

Beauty Blender that infamous hot pink beauty sponge has a variety of new gift sets one to hang from a tree. It comes with a ribbon to hang and inside a faux ice cream cone. So stinking cute! Bounce on!

Vasanti Kajal Eye Kit is a smooth and silky collection.

Banish has a collection of skin care that was created for teens and people that have acne or pesky breakouts and possible scaring. This unisex brand comes in a black sleek packaging and one set even comes with a plush Banish Warrior head band to wear when you are about to wash your face. Guys not just for the girls will benefit and love this too.

Beia Daily Hydrating Setting Mist spray is a woman owned brand that makes the makeup look great, skin hydrated and last longer.

Majenye is a line of crystal infused,clean and eco-friendly self care like whipped body souffles,relaxing bath salts,candles and more. This is a black-owned business.

Unwrapped Life has a line of soaps with zero waste. Packaged in paper bags NO bottles and fancy packaging. From hair to toe! They also have soap dishes to protect the bars and drain and dry with no mess or fuss. Unisex.

HOPE Fragrances is a luxe collection of fragrances created by Audrey Gruss. It has an interesting back story that you should read about on her site or in social media. A great cause too to bring awareness to Depression.

So gift yourself this holiday season and cross off all the others on your list with a few of the above gift ideas. Self-care has never been more important and we need to pamper and take care of ourselves and those we love and care about too.