Whipping up some beauty!

DIY Recipe for your hair:

Have fun in the kitchen and whip up some face and body care. I featured these recipes on TV 📺 yesterday on River City Live on http://www.News4Jax.com

Check out the video clip.

FYI

If you are allergic to any other the ingredients below. Please skip that ingredient. If you have very sensitive skin do a patch test on your inner wrist.

I have super sensitive skin. I do not have any problems with any of these delightful DIY treats. 😍

Coconut 🥥 milk by the can is so softening and gives you a healthier sheen. Use it before you shampoo and then pour a cup on your ends and rub a comb through your hair. Leave on at least 15 minutes.

Women from exotic countries love this hair trick!

Canned Coconut milk or coconut oil both work!

Hi 🍯 Honey! Face Mask Recipe

Local honey makes a skin softening and soothing face mask for women or men. Yes, it’s a bit messy and you might want to eat it and lick 😋 the leftovers. but it is a quick wonderful mask. Apply on clean face and leave on at least 10 minutes. I also like to do this mask on my neck.

A little honey goes a long way!

Rice 🍚 Water Face Mask for uneven skin tone

Raw White rice for your skin? Yes, please!
Oats for your bath? Why not?

Milk & Oat Bath Body Recipe

Fill a bathtub with warm water. Place a sachet (muslin or organza bag both work)

Filled with a cup or two of raw oats and some powdered milk.

* You can substitute the powdered milk for a small bottle of water.

Soak your cares away, dry skin and itchy skin away! Soak in the bath until the water 💦 cools. Your skin will feel amazing.

Nail & Cuticle Hand Bath

All you need is some olive 🫒 oil, avocado 🥑 oil or other favorite oil. I like to soak my hands in this oil bath. Do this for at least 10 minutes.

* Rub the extra oil on your toe nails and feet.

Instant mani & pedi fix !

End these spa like treats from your kitchen with a martini 🍸 or a glass of bubbly Prosecco or champagne 🍾

My husband likes to join in on the pampering self care fun too!

My adventures to the Wild West! 🐎

Part 2

Meals were so delicious I fell in love with a fabulous brunch and had to order what they call “Pig Candy” So unique and delicious! See photo:

A signature snack or gift treat!

After a day of fun in Wyoming I came back to the room to this! Old fashioned “Turn Down service” in my hotel room in Hotel Jackson. Sweet bonus? Two boxes of decadent chocolate 🍫 duo and bottled water at each of our bedside stands. It truly is about the little things! Isn’t it?

Shopping 🛍 in Wyoming is lots of fun!

I love ❤️ love ❤️ love all things beauty and CANDY. That is why I named my beauty and lifestyle blog Beauty Candy.

So the two old time candy stores were a thrill to discover and browse in! And yummy too. Look what I found? PEZ. Not just any Pez candy for my personal Pez machine at home but in chocolate 🍫 flavor!? Yes, please!

One candy store was called Yippy I-O and another candy shop is Mursell’s a family owned store. So many oldies but goodies to choose from and enjoy! 🍭

Yum! 👄

Walking around the city streets and in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons… you never know what you’ll find! 🦬

It truly is like a 🎥 movie set of an old western!

Look what I found?

No cowboy in sight just cowboy boots!

If you love ❤️ salads you’d love Cafe Genevieve! These delicious place is inside a log cabin. Dining available inside and on the patio outside. Dog 🐶 friendly.

Best salad ever! Really!
Dolce and Gabbana kitchenware anyone?

Shopping the Belle Cose kitchen store was the most amazing place I’ve ever been in. So gorgeous. So many gadgets, gourmet ware and a foodies/chefs play land to get lost in!

Yum!

Everything and anything huckleberry is the coveted yummy and fragrant product. From jam to bath abs body products to this from Jackson Drugs and old time drug store with counter. We loved our huckleberry milk shake with whipped cream and a 🍒 on top of course!

I found a clean beauty 💄 makeup & skincare shop!

The wallpaper on the shop walls matched their biz card with all kinds of beautiful faces! See the details?

Couldn’t leave Jackson Hole without a cold beer 🍻 with my husband at this iconic bar. The bar seats are horse 🐎 saddles!

Well that’s a wrap on my trip. It was so awesome and so was the views we saw. If you haven’t been to Wyoming or Montana maybe now is the time!

I highly recommend you add it to your 🇺🇸 US travel bucket list. You, your sweetie or family would really love it.

My only regret. I wish I made it on a wagon ride and enjoyed a meal fireside. Winter is coming so things were starting to close to prepare for the long cold winter.

PS

Bison 🦬 own the road. Be careful!

Travel MORE!

Let me tell you about Wyoming. Jackson Hole in particular. It is quite the charmer! The Grand Tetons follow you wherever you look and the views are spectacular. Although I have been there and nearby Montana to guest speak… I discovered it has gotten even more delicious and fun!

As you may know if you visit my blog I love ❤️ to travel and mix business trips with pleasure. The days of going home right away are over. I learned over time it’s the perfect thing to do. Even if I’ve been to that state or city before I reconnect with it even if it’s for a day.

Welcomed and greeted at the car door by the hotel the second I arrived. Just as it shows on the website. I couldn’t believe it.

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Here are a few photos to highlight from my trip. Let’s start with the hotel. Hotel Jackson was absolutely the best place to stay.

I’ve stayed at other hotels but this is by far a 10 Star ⭐️ stay.

To my surprise I did not just see a couple of satin hangers but THIS! Lavender sachets on a hanger in the closet to keep things fresh!

Amenities galore!

Boxed in a beautiful western style white leather box. Filled with fragrant soap,shower cap, 2sets of ear plugs for sleep, refreshing wipe, cotton balls, Q-tips, nail file and did I mention the shampoo,conditioner and body lotions were by the luxe French brand L’Occitane?

I fell in love with the body oil! I had never tried it before. but I do love when I have a Gate departure at the Atlanta airport near the L’Occitane store. I know exactly what I’m going to do is buy more oil my next trip. It us heavenly! My skin felt so wonderful!

The fireplace 🔥 that you flicked with a switch was so relaxing, cozy and the right amount of warmth. Sleeping 😴 at night by it was simply the best!

Coffee & or tea? Both are for me! The hotel served all kinds of Numi organic tea. My favorites were… They also had a Nespresso coffee maker in the rooms. Gourmet frothy fabulous coffee at its best. I own an at home deluxe version of it so this was a welcome surprise and I felt so at home. They also had complimentary bottled water and sparkling water in the fridge.

Nespresso Decadent coffee! ☕️

The hotel also gave us a signature lip 👄balm and an eco friendly tote to enjoy and use to go out and about the city. They frown on plastic bags. I’m glad they do.

Our first night we enjoyed a pretty sweet vision fresh French macrons and a bottle of Panna still water 💦 served on a leather white tray.

Leaving the hotel and venturing the old west streets was so fun. The hotel staff and people all around greet you with the cutest greeting ever…. “HOWDY” I kinda got used to it. Especially when they greeted me with “Howdy Miss!” 😉

Stay tuned for Part 2 of my delicious adventures in the city and more.

Have you ever visited this neck of the woods for vacay, work or play?

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!

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!

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!

It isn’t a party without …

Pixie Dust Sprinkles…

I recently discovered on Instagram a Florida owned company that offers these Pixie Dust Sprinkles in a variety of hues. Some of my favorites are: A luxurious Sea Glass that gives me a walk on the beach or mermaid vibes. a gorgeous mix of metallic and patriotic themed hues of God Bless America and a blend of sophisticated hues of Luxe Vibes.

I LOVE 💗 anything that sparkles,glows or is color filled. I also love to throw a party in my home or business. Even if it for a party of two. Every day we wake up is a reason to celebrate. Right?

Not your ordinary sprinkles they add FUN to any kitchen creation. I have played with my little nieces and nephews and test drove them on my husband. All passed with flying colors! This weekend I am going to dip some champagne flutes and celebrate something bubbly in style. The kids will love a pretty glass of pixie dust rimmed glasses too. Why not try them embellishing a glass of Aloha punch or yummy pink lemonade for the kids.

I also like them on:

Mini Cupcakes

A slice of banana topped with whipped cream or peanut butter or honey

Cake

Waffles

Pancakes

French Toast

Pies

Sprinkle on top of a bowl of popcorn

Or simply placed them a decor on the plate when serving dessert like gelato or ice cream.

The skies the limit. Use your imagination and have some fun with your family and the kids.

Let’s have fun and create some pixie dust magic in our kitchens this long beautiful weekend!

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