Lip Blushing!

I recently had a chance to speak with Melannie Miller AKA … Mae Mae Ink on Instagram @MarMaeInk about her side hustle business as a tattoo artist.

This beauty so intrigued me! A mom of twins and two more. She is not only gorgeous she is quite artistic in many ways.

So I simply had to have her on my blog as a guest interview. One of the hottest services in beauty right now is a service called “Lip Blushing”. Since I am mad about lipstick 💄 and painting 👄 pouts I had to chat about it with her. Let’s learn about it together!

Melannie is a professional tattoo artist and I had to know what exactly is Lip Blushing?

It is a type of semi-permanent cosmetic procedure achieved by depositing pigments in your lips using small needles. Basically your natural lip shade but enhanced.

Tell us about the process? 

We will first establish the color match and once we have our color I will prep the skin by cleaning your lips and the surrounding skin gently then I will apply a numbing cream then put cotton swabs in between your lips and teeth to make the canvas more firm for the procedure then I will line your lips with a lip pencil to establish an even shape that goes with your natural shape then from there I will begin depositing your color match ink into your lips.

How does somebody prepare for the service before they see you? Or is no prep needed? 

We ask that you use a safe lip scrub 3-4 days out of your appointment and once more before coming in to remove any dead or dry skin.

How long does it take for someone to get their lips blushed? Or are there several visits. 

It takes up to 2 hours for the whole procedure to insure an even tone and shape. This procedure will last up to 2 years.

What is the healing time? How will someone look afterwards? Is there a bit of a down time? 

Is it painful? 

It takes about a week to heal and you will go through a few peeling stages which is complete normal, when you leave it will be a bit red and you shouldn’t feel much discomfort due to the numbing cream we apply before. There isn’t any down time we just ask you keep them moisturized at all times during the healing process and to avoid spicy foods or heavily seasoned foods for the first 24 hours.

Is it a unisex art & service? Yes it is! Anyone can come in for any of our permanent make up services provided.

I hope you enjoyed my guest and all the information on this trending lip enhancing beauty service.You can find her on the gram @maemaeink

If you happen to live in Jacksonville Fl and the metro area you’re in luck! You may reach her at:

Fantasy Tattoo in Orange Park Fl

To book an appointment 904-866-2330

Questions on her beauty enhancement services via email:maemaeink@gmail.com

Not sure and want to learn more? Give her a call to explore the pretty possibilities.

Words of Asian Wisdom

I discovered a tall Tea cup on a shelf in a store in Asia. I purchased it in my travels to the Orient. ✈️ . What’s so interesting it has words across it not a design with an Asian theme. I love ❤️ sipping from this unique cup. Especially with my flower 🌺 tea.

As it’s Chinese 🧨 New🎉 Year 🧧 which is a fifteen day celebration I thought I’d share what it reads.

Ten Ways to Good Health

Less alcohol … More tea

Less meat … More vegetables

Less salt… More vinegar

Less sugar … More fruit

Less eating .., More chewing

Less words .. More action

Less greed … More Giving

Less worry … More sleep

Less driving … More walking

Less anger… More laughter

Aren’t these words awesome?

Simple words yet so true and how I try to live my life.

Do you like this as much as I fo?

Gotta get some rest I’m on TV 📺 in the morning on River City Live TV here in sunny but very cold Jacksonville Florida.

Minty Facial Steam

I was looking for a refreshing recipe and felt in the mood for mint. So I went to my personal recipe box for food, beauty and fun. I made a yummy cool Mint Julep drink with fresh mint. I also prepared a fresh facial steam.

Mint Juleps … are so 🍃 refreshing!

I wanted to detox my pores a bit and give them a breather from makeup, pollution and more.

What you will need for this recipe:

1 bunch of fresh peppermint or spearmint leaves

1 gallon bottle of water poured into a pasta pot (pretend you’re making pasta)

1 glass Pyrex like bowl

Bring water to a boil and allow it to cool a bit. Pour this water into a bowl.

Crush up some great mint in your hands to let the aromatics come out.

Place the leaves on top of the water.

Place a tea towel over your head allowing your face to be uncovered.

Keeping a safe distance allow the steam 💦 to reach your face.

You’ll start to notice a bit of moisture to your facial skin and feel like you’ve been “working out”. That’s good!

Your pores are getting a workout,dead skin will slough off a bit and your your skin will love you for it all.

You can enjoy this facial steam once a week. I like to do it for at least 10 mins. until the water cools to lukewarm and your face is glows & dewy.

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Do not put your pretty face in the steamy water. Just near it and allow the steam to rise and meet your face.

Have you ever tried a recipe like this?

Enjoy!

Put Yourself First!

I know it’s easier said than done but the last few weeks I have stopped to take some peaceful breaths and breathe. I took some time off from blogging.

I MISSED you and posting but I have enjoyed getting caught up with myself, my house and my life. I really enjoyed it. Even the quiet times.

As we’ve started a new year I have HOPE even though the world seems to be crashing down around us. So much going on. Ever changing. It’s a different world 🌍 we’re living in.

And I am looking forward to what lies ahead. My guest speaking and event calendar is getting pretty full already. But I promised myself to take time to enjoy ALL the beautiful little things in life. You know… there are so many.

How are you? I hope your holidays were lovely and that you started the new year well. If you have any beauty, skin or wellness questions I’m here to help.

Is The Weather Wreaking Havoc on Your Skin?

Here are 3 ways to make your skin look better when it’s so cold 🥶 outside.

To start with you have to exfoliate and I am in love with a gentle exfoliant found on Amazon. It is called Cure Natural Aqua Gel It works wonders FAST and is so gentle! It can even be used around the eye area to kiss the driest skin cells “Bye Bye!” If you don’t own it. You need to. It comes from Japan and I discovered it in my travels.

Another alternative to the above product is to try this method. Use a luke warm wet with water washcloth “pressed” against the face. I like to work in sections. Doing this gently lifts up the tight, dry and flakey skin cells.

Work in circular motions.

When you are washing your face. Don’t use a deodorant bar use a creamy soap. face wash or oil cleanser. Work in circular motions as doing this will help lift up dirt, oil, pollution and dry patch skin.

Another quick fix is a sheet mask. You know those little wonders found almost everywhere and originated from Korea. There are so many to choose from!

I am in love ❤️ with them and so is my skin!

Make sure you leave them on as long as you can. Not just 10 minutes. I find the longer the better! 20 Minutes will do! They will soothe the driest parched skin.

I hope these skin care tips help you. And. while you’re at it invite your sweetie to join in on the fun too!

Use up every bit of the masks juicy hydrating goodness!

Holiday Makeup Touch Ups!

I am back on TV this week on River City Live on WJXT-4 in sunny Jacksonville Florida with some beauty ideas to pack in your evening bag to look Gorgeous on The Go”! Over the Christmas or Holiday parties or on New Years Eve you want to look and feel fabulous! Right?

Before a party I always eat some fruit and drink lots of water. Don’t go hungry or thirsty. Before I put on makeup I like to use a hydrating illuminating mask like ESW Plant based sheet masks. It’s cruelty-free, vegan and clean ingredients. Like Matcha Almond Milk.

It gives my skin a radiant glow!

There are a few must-haves I think you need:

Hair spray like Chi’s Hair care Helmet Head is a lifesaver for your or HIS hair.

A lip balm,bold lipstick or sexy shimmer lip gloss are good choices. I also pack a conditioning lip balm for my husbands lips too. I like A Method’s Vitamin C Kissed Lip Balm. Baby its cold outside!

Find a petite Eyeshadow and highlighter set like the one I discovered by Guide Beauty so many pretty colors perfect for the holidays. Shine On and apply over eyelids, cheekbones,decolette or over a lipstick to shimmer on!

IF your face tends to shine or look oily try Powder Papers I discovered on one of my trips to Asia. My clients and I are addicted to them! They are travel friendly, powder and blot oil in one blot. Love how fresh they make me feel. Selfies and other family photos call for this beauty find!

A dash of fragrance goes a long way. Carry a perfume or cologne sample and or a mini hand lotion I like Spongelle’s new lotion packets for a quick fragrance and skin softening touch-up.my favorite is the “Sugar Dahlia” and the “French Lavender”.

Holiday 🎄Clutch Bag Must Haves!

So I hope you enjoyed these tips besides what you love to use and do and paint the town red, pink, silver or gold!

Happy Holiday!

Celebrate 🎉 every day as life is a party! 🎈

So you know what to do. Party On!

Green Smoothie for Shopping 🛍 !

I know we are all under pressure to manage our TO DO list this month. Wether holiday shopping or simply doing what you need to get done. We need energy. And not sugary things. Sip your fruit and veggies.

So I wanted to share one of my many smoothie recipes that I enjoy with you.

What you will need for this recipe:

1 cup of frozen pineapple

3 handfuls of fresh spinach

1 frozen banana

1 cup of coconut water

A few pieces of fresh mint leaves

1 squeeze of fresh lemon

1/2 cup of water (optional)

Place all your liquids in the blender. Add your green 🍃 leafy veggies, blend for at least 25-30 seconds. Lastly add fruit and herbs. Blend until smooth.

Pour into a tall glass and enjoy. It is even more delicious when you share it with those you ❤️ love!

I like to play with this creamy refreshing recipe! If you don’t have one fruit or veggie substitute with another. It’s so much fun and better than buying them. Do it yourself and know what’s in it!

It’s the MOST craziest time of the year!

Wow! I never expected the last few weeks to be filled with so much adventure! NO comfort and joy for me. I know I’ve been MIA … it’s so unlike me!

But I wanted to fill you in on why I have not been blogging. I’ve been traveling for work. Puerto Rico, Santa Barbara, LA and beautiful Palm Beach. I love traveling and exploring wether it’s work or play. Airplanes are my happy 😊 place!

First there was a late in the season hurricane in 🌴 Florida.

Then while that was brewing I got sick with an upper respiratory infection. Thank goodness no flu or Covid.

Next I got attacked by three angry 🐝 wasps! Three different times!!! While minding my own business. It was bad.

All with Shop Small Saturday events at my studio and my Holiday Open House 🏡 weekend for my beauty cottage. Needless to say… I’m exhausted from all of this and the steroids I had to take too.

But I wanted you to know I have not forgotten about you and my blog too.

Stay tuned … I’ll be back.

Beauty Dreams do come true!

You can order a beauty filled gift 🎁 for yourself or someone else! Customized, interactive and so much fun!

Today on TV I’ll be “kissing & telling” some fun gift ideas for the little girl, pre-teen and bestie in your life.

But to be honest, Mom’s and MiMi’s would love 💕 it too!

At the top of my gift idea list for TV is this …

Unhidden Beauty Co 👁 eye shadow kit you can customize and even name it. It’s a one of a kind sensation!

8 or 12 and more eyeshadow sets with highly pigmented pressed Vegan, cruelty-free eyeshadows in scrumptious shades!

I’ll be sharing more about this brand and set on Tik Tok @noreenkissyoung

Visit: http://www.unbiddenbeautyco.com

The perfect gorgeous gift! 🎁 interactive fun!

For MORE and the rest of my gift ideas and the video link of my segment on River City Live TV go to:

http://www.RiverCityLive.com on http://www.News4Jax.com

Video of my segment will also be available and up on http://www.youtube.com after NOON once the show airs.

Enjoy!

This beauty crime happened yet again!

I’ve been traveling a lot lately and I can’t resist popping by a few of my favorite big box store out of town. You never know what you’ll find. Right? I was filling my basket with some awesome fashion finds and then browsed the Beauty Dept. I wasn’t there but a couple of minutes and what did I see? A lovely woman before me. I went to look at a few beauty tools when this woman turned around and smiled at me. I smiled back. Smiling and being kind is what I love to do. In a few seconds I was SHOCKED at what I saw. This woman was OPENING all the makeup kits and makeup she could get her hands on. One by one she put the products on her ARM and hands swatching away! I was pretty horrifed when she placed her NOSE in some foundation bottles and creams. At one point she had the tip of her nose filled with creamy white face cream and did all of this NOT even phased by me being there.

I don’t know about you but I NEVER do this and I have never had any clients do this at my private makeup studio. It was so troubling to see. 2 and 1/2 years into Covid you’d think she learned a thing about beauty safety and more.

All of this happened for over 10 minutes as I got lost in the beauty aisle. I could not help but notice her every move testing,swiping and sniffing. It didn’t matter to her that I was even there. NEXT she closed up the boxes and other products and shoved them back on the shelves. I could not stay. I simply had to walk away.

But what was most troubling is a supervisor directed two employees to put out new merchandise and displays to her specification ALL while this lady was testing all the beauty products she could get her hands on. The were so engrossed with their conversations and displays they let this happen a few inches away not feet.

I love discount and closeout stores but this really turned me off and made me think yet again….BEWARE and BE AWARE.

What you are buying may have been rifled through and someone elses germs can be all over what you buy!$

What do you think? I think it is a beauty crime I don’t want to witness it again. I will still shop this store but will proceed with caution what I buy there down the beauty and skin care aisles.

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