Lemon Love

I have always loved lemons just typing on the keyboard and posting this blog post makes my mouth pucker and water.

And I am always whipping up new recipes for beauty and healthy skin in my kitchen lab or in my bathroom. So, today was no different.I made some fresh lemonade for my husband and I started to really crave lemons. So, I made this lemon toner for face and body.

4 cups of distilled water

12 drops of lemon essential oil (I love the brand Aura Cacia)

1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar

Optional: I like to add a drop of lavender for another version of this.

After I mixed all of the above together I  poured it in a pretty spray bottle.

My skin loves this skin toner.photo LEMON

Today I smelled like lemons all day and I received many compliments on the way I smelled today. Citrus lifts your spirits too!

I love…Rosemary! She is…

 

My faces go to!

When this steamy HOT weather gets my spirit’s and face down. I reach for my rosemary plant outside my office and or house door.photo Rosemary

I put on a pot of hot water as if I am making a pot of pasta.

Next I bring it to a boil.

I pull of a few pieces of rosemary and add a cut up a few lemon slices too.

Add it to the hot pot of water.

Let the two dance together in the water that has boiled.

Shut off the pot. Place a small kitchen towel over your head and let the steam rise to meet your face. DO NOT place face close to water. All you want is the steam to rise and detox your pores,loosen up dead skin cells and clear out your nasal passages.

Follow with a mud mask,rinse and moisturize.Enjoy!

This combination makes an aromatic delightful scent your face and nasal passages will love! My face is happy again.

Have fun making your own facial steam baths without going to the spa. Do share with me your own steamy facial concoctions!!!

National Lipstick Day!

Oh happy day…It is not too late to celebrate this fabulous lipstick day.

In my makeup studio we enjoyed THE LATEST lipsticks,drank champagne and ate delicious cupcakes and it was an awesome yummy day!

How did you spend today so far? What lipstick hue suited you today?

I wore a sexy pink with a kiss of orange on top. I enjoy mixing and matching my lipsticks…and you? What do you like to do? Let’s chat lipstick!!!photo NATIONAL LIPSTICK DAY.

How will you celebrate the day? The night is still YOUNG.

 

My nail polish mystery…

photo Essie

I am trying to get to the mystery of my nail polishes!

For the past few months I have picked up some awesome shades at my fav’ stores at fabulous discount prices.Like you I was thrilled to get a deal!!!

I bring it to my nail tech,get a mani & pedi and the polish is off and chipping in a few days! It doesn’t matter what brand but they are big names.Never happened quite like this before.Very discouraging when you want to look polished and pretty.The deal here is that it does not happen to me for full price polishes.

Is this happening to you?

Is this a case of OLD and not so fresh batches of nail lacquer that gets shipped to stores for a quick sale?

I am beginning to think it is.

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I love ESSIE and a few other brands I have got a deal on too.Note this is no reflection on them. Just where and how I am buying the various polishes.

 

OOPS!

Beauty disasters or beauty dilemmas no matter what you call them they are not fun when they happen! Here are some common problems and my rescues.

You’re doing the last finishing touches to your eye makeup and you decide since it is date night with your husband you want to add a bit more for sexier bedroom eyes.

You add a deeper shade on the outer corners of the eyes and dark specks of color drop down under your eyes and face.

Beauty Solution:
A q-tip dipped into a dash of your cream concealer can pick up that mess fast. Just don’t rub it in, pick it up and cover it at the same time.Next, blend with a pointed sponge and a dot of more concealer.

Next time use Shadow Shields before you apply your eye makeup.I call them baby bibs for under the eyes.

You wear a fierce colored lipstick or liquid lipstick and that shade of bold and sexy is running out of the lip line.You don’t typically like to nor have the time to apply lip liner.

Beauty Solution:Keep a clear lip liner in your cosmetic bag. You apply it like a regular lip liner and yes it is invisible to the eye but works wonders at keeping the lipstick in place and not run all over your face.

Your stylist or spa waxes your brows and you are all red afterwards.

Beauty Solution:When you get home add a few drops of aloe from a fresh aloe plant. If you don’t have an aloe plant in your kitchen you’re missing out on a beauty essential.It is cooling,soothing and tones down redness too.erfect no mess application.Aloe vera gel by the bottle will work nicley too. But I love to go natural!

 

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After you’re done with your face always do a double take in the MIRROR and a well lit or sun lit area.

Beauty Solution: So many women make the mistake of not applying a light dusting of powder over the foundation to set it. Use a loose or pressed powder with a light weight brush. (But you can use the puff)

This is also needed when you apply blush the two do not lay right nor look good on the skin. Always set your foundation or tinted moisturizer first with powder and when you apply blush go over it again dusting lightly to smooth out the edges too.

But please don’t be a powdered “cake face” as a little goes a long way.

Got a beauty question or tip you’d like to share with me?

Write on. I LOVE your mail.

COOL as a Cucumber!

A unique innovation that cools your body and eyes with the beauty of COOLING cucumbers. Having a heatwave? YOU  need this.cumaskmodel-8.5x5.5CUMASK MODEL #2

Simply place some fresh slices of cucumbers and place them in the mesh side of the eye mask. CU eye mask helps keep them in place and offers the perfect amount of relaxing shade for your eyes too. YOU’LL be cool as a cucumber.

You’ll love this amazing invention made by a woman business owner whose company is Serene Concepts.

http://www.serenecon.com

 

Double duty Beauty~

Face mask with oats 7-4-2016I love this creamy D.I.Y. face and neck mask and the way my skin feels after it!

Good to try after a day in the sun or for anti-aging dry skin.

1/2 cup of ripe  banana slices

1/4 cup of Greek organic yogurt

1 tsp organic honey

Stir these all together dahling!

Double duty beauty…Tighten and soften your skin with a mix of these in a bowl.

Apply on  a clean face and leave on at least 10 minutes. Your skin will be hydrated and look amazing. My mantra is…Take care of your skin and it will take care of you.

 

Because you asked…MY Skin Care Rituals!

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The most common question I get asked is what are  MY daily skin rituals?

So, because so many of you have asked I decided to share it with you.

#1 I take care of my skin!

NO secret there. I never go to sleep with the end of the days makeup on. No matter how tired I am or how much champagne I  might have enjoyed at a beauty event or at a party that evening.I always remove my makeup and wash my face well.

My main goal is to have healthy looking clear (blemish free skin) skin and also want to be healthy from within!

I love to spray my face with rosewater during the day.I also set my makeup with it.

I don’t wear lots of foundation.I apply it where I need it. I am not fond of looking at a couple of  sunspots I got from sunbathing when I first moved to Florida.I like an even looking  complexion.

I am a “water girl”…I drink tons of it!!!

I drink bottled water and also enjoy drinking a special water called All Beauty Water. I rarely drink soda or other sweet drinks.

After I wake up I drink a cup of hot water with a squeeze of lemon.This is my go to!!!

My mother taught me this since I was a little girl.She drank this daily. Then I drink either coffee or aromatic jasmine tea. Sometimes depending how my day is going to be I drink  Italian coffee with a pot I bought in Italy I got addicted to it on trips to Italy.

I take Belle + Bella   Probiology  capsule probiotic daily.It really helps me to maintain healthy skin from within…the gut~

I also love to drink my collagen and wear it too with NeoCell‘s new collagen supplement in powder form and my standby Beauty Infusion powder skin supplements by NeoCell too. Just add them to water,sip and go! My skin LOVES it and it shows.

Since moving from NYC/NJ to sunny  Florida for my husband I have gotten smarter and learned to love adding a sunscreen to my beauty skin routine.After meeting countless women with weathered sun damaged skin,I simply had to.

I also learned a good pair of sunglasses “sunnies” are a healthy addition to my fashion/SKINcare wardrobe.”They protect your eyes as well as the skin around your eyes where squinting wrinkles form.

I love to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. I buy them almost on a daily basis.Fresh is BEST! They do wonders for your skin.I love to visit Asian market and stores and farmers markets or shop at Whole Foods Market or Trader Joe’s.

I love supporting small biz farmers vegetable and fruit stands when I travel too! This weekend I am going to enjoy steamed veggies,yummy salads with edible flowers,I’ll make some blueberry sangria and a bit of naughty.Not sure what that naughty will be.

When I want to eat candy I love Sweet Pete’s in Jacksonville Florida or shop Dylan’s Candy Bar in NYC or pop in the Sugar Factory in LV…but since  sweets age your skin faster I put myself on pause and eat a Beauty Burst by NeoCell.It is like candy for your skin. It has wonderful bonuses  for skin,nails and my hair and tastes like a StarBurst’s chewy candy.Taking vitamins never tasted or feels so good.

Since I LOVE natural I am going to make my skin a treat! I use this mask before I put on makeup. I vary using different fresh recipes I have created through the years.

An Oatmeal & Coconut Milk Face Mask

Try this recipe if you like to D.I.Y.face mask:

3 ounces of ground oats

1 1/2 ounces of coconut milk

Optional: Grind a small vanilla bean into the oats.It will smell amazing!

Mix dry with the wet ingredients and add a dash of fresh whole milk if it is not moist enough.

Apply to a clean face and leave on about 10-15 minutes.

The Beauty Benefits?

Great for all skin types including sensitive skin. It adds moisture to your complexion and gently exfoliates dry flaky skin too. I prefer to leave it on 10 minutes or so. Rinse mask off with  warm water and a washcloth. Add any one of the  moisturizer’s on my shelf and apply Young Eyes eye gel.

I also will slice some cold cucumbers and place one of each on my eye lids and rest my eyes. I truly think music is healting to the soul and calms the spirit.My fav’ is listening to the beautiful music of George Skaroulis “Sanctuary or David Young’s “Bliss”. If you don’t know their music you need to!

Hope you enjoyed a peek inside my skin care rituals.

I embrace my not so perfect lovely face. Do you?  What do you do?

*Due to your requests and inspired by the site Into The Gloss too. I hope you enjoyed the rituals I do.More on my skin rituals to come .

 

Back to always fabulous Las Vegas!

 

I LOVE to work and play in Las Vegas!

Back again last weekend for the International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa Conference as well as the International Beauty Show.  Two fabulous shows one for beauty industry professionals like makeup artists,skin care professionals ,spas and plastic surgery clinics. The other IBS is loved by hairstylists,nail techs and makeup artists.LV SIGN photo

So good to connect with businesses,explore the show floor and lecture. My two topics were “What a Bride Wants” and “Model and Fashion Week Beauty Secrets.”

Someday soon I will post them and will share them ALL with you too!

They had a cool down in the weather instead of the 122 degrees they’ve been having… it was only 112 degrees.Lol…it was tough! I played on the LV strip, I got a mani & pedi,shoulder & back massage,got a deep cleansing facial and foot spa experience all on the show floor. I sampled,touched,sniffed,rubbed and tested many of the new products in beauty.

I shopped till I really dropped…lots of  work and YET so much fun!

Gotta get caught up and rest up and reboot my body. It is exhausting and travel today is even more so. I had two flight issues one with airplane problems and one with delays that were weather related.Happy to leave and enjoyed all that LV had to offer and happy to get back to my husband and to chill.

 

 

Beyonce drinks this …you’ll crave it too!

Whole_Foods_Market_logo.svgWTRMLN WTR is my latest DELICIOUS obsession. It’s also Beyonce’s new investment in the companies healthy drink addition to grocery stores like Whole Foods Market.

Its a watermelon water made with everything but the skin and no water added.I know the name is a bit weird but the flavor is not.

Here are the ingredients and hydrating benefits:

COLD PRESSED DRINK

NON GMO

POTASSIUM RICH

l-CITRULLINE (workout friendly)

Packed with VITAMIN C and LYCOPENE

Makes your muscles rejoice! Your body hydrated.

#hydrated+happiness

 

This summer don’t just eat some watermelon …drink it too. It is oh so good and good for you too.

If you are a fan of Bey…go get some at WFM.