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.

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!

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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A chocolate 🍫 Halloween 🎃 Treat!

Today on TV I am sharing one of my favorite recipes for a chocolate 🍫 face mask!

I LOVE 🧡 whipping up beauty Brews & Face Treats.

Heres is what you’ll need to make this DIY. Filled with nutrients and skin loving!

🍫1/3 cup of Natural (not with sugar) Cocoa powder

🍫 2 TSP heavy cream or milk

🍫1 Teaspoon of honey 🍯 to seal the chocolate deal

Stir all of these together and apply to a clean face and your neck too.

Leave on your face at least 10 minutes!

Rinse well and you won’t believe how pretty your skin looks and feels.

Nothing like a chocolate facial at home! Or go to your favorite SPA to get one! They offer massages, manicures & pedicures and skin care infused with chocolate.

Who says you can’t Treat yourself this Halloween 🎃👻🍫 and it’s ZERO calories!

Beet it!

I love make-up & fresh squeezed juice. So many benefits from it! Did you know since ancient times people dried beets and used it for making lipstick?

Recently someone asked me what do I do if I ever forgot my lipstick at home? Here is my answer to think quick on your feet and on the go One day I was meeting someone for an important meeting and forgot my lipstick 💄 tube. I have a studio and warehouse filled with lipsticks and no lipstick on me. That was crazy! Since they were meeting me for coffee and I was early I decided to treat myself to a lite lunch. So, I ordered a fresh salad 🥗 with beets. I took one of the beets into on the fork and rubbed my lips gently. Viola! My lips 👄 got a rosy glow!

The beets stained and actually tinted my lips!

Beets to the rescue!

Also since I am mad about juicing and love to save $ and do it at home. Here’s a recipe I learned from a spa in the UK. It is delicious and so good for us.

3 granny smith apples

2 cups of blueberries

10 1/oz. raw beetroot

You simply process these ingredients through your juicer. It tastes it’s best when freshly made that day. Energizing way to start the day and so colorful! This serves 2 but I like to serve in a shot glass and enjoy throughout the day.

Enjoy!

It’s a secret!

Can you keep a secret?

I tried but it was tough. Last month my husband and I went to a place that had the most amazing vibe. It is located in sunny Florida 🌴 but they asked me to not say a word on the address. They want YOU to find it if you want to go.

You need to make a reservation online. Your reservation will only be for an hour and a half. It’s a popular coveted place! And by the way, reservations are really hard to get! So be flexible.

You’ll be given a secret password just for you that day.

They suggest you dress with an island 🏝 vibe. flowered shirt or dress, Hawaiian vibe and maybe wear a lei flower necklace. 🌺 You know … get into the mood. So I did. My husband did not play. But at least he wore a peach Tommy Bahama top.

When we arrived a beautiful girl greeted us. She told us the story of this magical place. She gave off great energy.

The lighting is dark and mysterious. Unique decor intimate settings are all over. Some of the tables have old school paintings of Asian and Hawaiian women back in the day. Really pretty!

A large TV screen is at the bar that plays non-stop old time movies with an Island twist.

This bar and the staff …so awesome. Old school Hawaiian drinks 🍹 with mini umbrellas of course!

Everywhere you turn there is more exotic decor and a mix of lighting, flowers, Tiki, skulls, cool red lighting and novelty lamp lighting illuminated and filled the room.

Mysterious Lighting!
I never tasted Spam before I ate this!
So delicious! White Rice 🍚 is so yesterday.
Secret Tiki Happy Hour drinks 🥤 & dumplings 🥟 and more!

Worth exploring and stepping into their 🚪 doors! A 😎 place indeed. Perhaps I’ll see you there sometime by chance if you go. Explore beyond your door.

Aloha! 🌺

Recipe for a 🌸 Floral 🌺 Facial Steam

Here is a recipe from the tea company The-Qi

I not only love 💕 sipping their floral type tea … My face loved this facial treat when I tried their facial steam recipe. Shop online and let this be an add to cart long Memorial day weekend.

Give it a whirl! I think you will like it too!

3 The-Qi whole flowers

2 cups of boiling 💦 water

*A few drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)

Add to a large bowl…

🌺Next: Place your head over the bowl 6 to 8 inches away, and drape a towel over your head, creating a steam tent.

🌸Steam your face or neck for about 5 minutes while breathing in the gorgeous floral scent.

🌺 Rinse your face and neck with luke warm water afterwards.

Pat dry.

🌸 Apply a moisturizer afterwards and rest up, Buttercup!

#QiTime

#drinkflowers

Treat yourself! Buy some The-Qi tea and do let me know or the company know how much you enjoy this recipe! And their delightful tasting, amazing and unique floral tea. Drink flowers! Enjoy!

Time to Shine a Light on …

Asian American Pacific Islander month.

Heading into the long Memorial Weekend is a great to time to unwind…I want to share a few fun ideas and ways to celebrate the month of May.

May is Asian American Pacific Islander month.

There are many beauty brands that you can explore when you surf and shop online over the weekend.

It is also Skin Cancer Awareness month. A great time to visit the beach or for outdoor activities. Make sure you wear sunglasses outdoors and slather on sunscreen and protect your families skin too. The new spray sunscreens like AAPI founder of the Banish brand Daisy Jing created a product called The Defender a mineral sunscreen with broad spectrum SPF50 an easy choice to use.


Cook up a storm this weekend!

This long weekend is also a great time to curl up to a good book on the beach and or in bed and learn something new. New York Times best-selling author Kimberly Snyder has just launched a book You Are More Than You Think You Are -filled with  Practical Enlightenment for Everyday Life.

Chef and TV co-host of The Good Dish TV show Daphne OZ has a new cookbook called Eat Your Heart Out. I am in love ❤️ with this cook book.

She calls it a “reset yourself” kind of book I call it delicious and FUN! Healthier meal recipes for the whole family. Yummy snacks and delights too.

Cook up a storm this weekend and enjoy a delicious weekend and add a new cookbook to your kitchen library. Easy read and easy healthier recipes too.


*While these authors are not Asian they do have unique books to buy and enjoy over the weekend, summer and beyond.

Give yourself, your sweetie or bestie a “Self-care” at home treat or two:

The Qi a wellness brand rooted in a time-honored Eastern ritual. AAPI founder Lisa created an aromatic wonderful brand of TEA that is a flower tea. NO tea bag. No tea leaves.

Who knew sipping whole flowers 🌸 was possible and so pleasurable?

My favorites so far are Shangri-La Rose and Chrysanthemum.

Vegan,sustainably sourced,no preservatives.hand-picked,organically grown they work directly with small family farms across Asia.

Sipping tea will never be the same for you!

ESW Beauty founded by Elina Wang just launched new and UNIQUE raw juice cleanse face masks.

Kale, spinach, pineapple, kiwi, ginger,pear, watermelon and more. They have a variety of delights for your skin.

Deep Detox those Pores, Brightening,Moisturizing, Soothing and more.


Beia Beauty
has new wipes to keep you fresh all summer long founded by Brittany Lo. Great for travel.

Have a fun and relaxing long holiday weekend this Memorial 🇺🇸 Day!


Check out Tik Tok my Tik Tok for more about these amazing founders and female authors.

My Tik Tok is:NoreenKissYoung

Who knew?

… That she was so blue?

I don’t understand how it happened . To be a such a gifted singer, charming, talented, kind woman can suddenly pass away of depression.

I have lived my life 99.9% of the time on the “sunny 🌞 side up side of life.” I feel so bad she was so sad. I don’t know her. I never met her. I just know of her, her music and her daughters.

Naomi Judd… left us. Yes, she was a bit older but that doesn’t mean she had to die. Yet.

It appears life and perhaps Covid’s arrival have affected people.More helpless and blue. Praying for the people who suffer and have struggled with deep depression. My heart ❤️ feels for you!

The country music 🎶 world has lost a beautiful soul!