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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DeepDetoxthose 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.
Nail care and self care have never been more important. Looking good feels good and guys want to look their best too. Manicures and pedicures are not just for the ladies. Today on TV on River City Live I am featuring a few segments to do this with ease at home. I still think to get a manicure and pedicure at the spa or salon feels and is amazing. I go with my husband monthly! He actually loves it too.
Here are my tips and tricks to giving yourself aMani & Pedi at home.
One of the main things you need to consider is setting aside time JUST FOR YOU! Don’t rush. For a manicure you will need at least 15-20 minutes for a pedicure at least 30 minutes.
If you have never had a manicure and pedicure add it to your Bucket List of Beauty or make it your monthly beauty routine. YOU owe it to yourself and your body.
Here are some basic supplies you will need:
1 bottle of Cuticle oil
1 tube of cuticle remover PEN -removes dead skin and hydrates
1 bottle of nail polish remover to start fresh- I like one called The Stripper
1 tube or jar of hand and or body lotion and a foot cream
1 clear your favorite nail polish
1 High & Dry Quick-Drying Top Coat 9 it with UVA/ UVB protection
1 emery board
1 cuticle pusher stick
*Optional- a pair of clean nippers or nail clippers
*Optional- pedicure slippers or flip flops
Here are twomethods one for a quick hand and nail fix I like to do and below that is a longer more thorough way to do a nail treatment at home.
If you are REALLY short on time and want a quick manicure fix…You gotta try the new beauty sensation Bonblissity. Like a K Beauty sheet mask does for your face this little gem candy scrub will freshen and soften up those nails, nail beds and hands. INSTANT gratification.
Simply place a candy scrub wrapped in eco-friendly great for the planet way and place the scrub in the palm of your hands.
Run the water or dip your hands into a bowl of luke warm water and get your hands and the cube wet.
Rub gently paying attention to the entire nail area and on the skin on your hands…tops and bottoms. Leave scrub on and rub some more. It is kissing your dead skin away.
Rinse well and enjoy prettier or more handsome hands in a minute!
I interviewed the hot brand used on the red carpet celebrities, Fashion Week and coveted by the girl next door. I love to support woman business owners and fellow professionals in my beauty industry. So, celebrity manicuristDeborah Lippmann was who I needed to reach out to. This brand is an Allure magazine Best in Beauty Award winner. Not easy to win. So easy to fall in love with this nail polish brand because it is Earth week even more this brand is a healthier gel alternative. Vegan polish that glides on like a pat of warm butter on toast. To keep you safe you need to look for a polish that does not contain the 10 bad for you ingredients and only use the good.
Go visit YouTube or her website for her ‘How to Give Yourself the perfect Manicure at HOME Tutorial” www.deborahlippmann.com
For a PEDICURE at Home you will need the above as well. If you do not want to use a color nail polish that is perfectly fine. Or you might consider using a clear polish instead.
EASY STEPS By Deborah Lippmann
1. Cleanse & Prep the nails and remove all polish if you had any on.
2.Exfoliate & Shape the nails of your hands and feet. Clip if necessary.
3.Perfect the cuticles and nourish with cuticle cream to follow.
4. Apply a BASE COAT. She says it will make you manicure last LONGER.
5.Add a nail polish he if you’d like a dash of color.
6.Apply a TOP COAT to protect your color choice.
7.Apply hand or foot cream, like Rich Girl hydrating hand cream with hyaluronic acid and Steppin’ Out foot cream on your feet.
Deborah Lippmann ALSO shares her tips on HOW-To polish like a PRO. Worth a look on YouTube.
Wanna spruce up your look, fashion and home decor? TRY a few of these.
Makeup is still in but softer and baking and contouring and the cake face is NOT in.
Doing your makeup doesn’t have to be a chore and take hours to do. Before you consider buying all things NEW go over what you own and throw out what is old, smells bad or the mirror cracked. These are all things you do not need. I also recommend you wipe & clean your products down and wash those makeup brushes too.
After you have done the above…Treat yourself to a NEW lip gloss,lip balm or lipstick. 👄
Lipstick adds a little bit of sunshine to your lips! It will make you feel so good. Don’t usually wear anything on your lips? Try it you might just like or LOVE it.
BLUSH is popping this spring. It is front and center for brightening your face & complexion. Just don’t over do.
TIP: If you’re in a hurry or forgot your blush you can use an eye shadow in a pinch and go!
ADD a new handbag and a pair of SUNNIES to your spring wardrobe for a new look. Or add a new pair of shoes! These always put a spring in your step.
Another idea is to SHOP your own closet and drawers. I recently discovered a gorgeous sweater and purse I forgot I bought. Now, I have two things new!
Add some green 🍃 to your home decor scene. So pretty and healthy for you too!
Purify and detox that air in your space.
TREAT yourself to a bouquet of colorful flowers. You know the ones that make YOU happy!
Buy a new mug ☕️ for your coffee or tea! oh and a tea cup set makes sipping tea even more special!
I hope you try a few new ideas for adding a bit of color to your world!
I was going to blog about all the swagger,makeup looks, glam styles and bling on the male and female celeb’s at the Academy Awards but I can’t. If you watched it all you know what I mean or may be feeling too.
In the meantime check out my Tik Tok@noreenkissyoung I posted yesterday. I found the cutest,lightest and MOST useful beauty tool set.
My husbands not into watching the Oscars from year to year. But I like to watch the show. So, prepare a mini feast of delights for myself on a silver tray. Yes, just for ME.
As I mentioned before I think every single day is a reason to celebrate! 🎉
Champagne or a “virgin” mocktail cocktail is always a good idea! Right?
Did you know some mixologists place a sugar cube in a glass of champagne? They say when the champagne 🍾 hits the sugar cube at the bottom of the glass it creates an ongoing fountain of bodacious looking bubbly!
A luxurious dip is delish! Especially while watching the Oscars. This recipe is from a client. I’ve used it for years. It is like a meal in itself. Of course if you’d like to make a charcuterie board or other delights… do that.
What you will need for this Artichoke Casserole recipe:
1 6oz jar of marinated artichokes
1 8oz package of cream cheese
2 packs of chopped frozen spinach
1 tsp 🍋 lemon juice
1/4 lb of real butter
Fresh Parmesan cheese shavings or sprinkled on top.
Cook spinach and be sure to drain it well.
Next add butter & cream cheese into the hot spinach.
Stir cheese but not too much. As lumps are ok.
Cut artichokes into halves.
Grease a casserole dish and line with the artichokes only. None of the liquid.
Add the marinade from the jar and the lemon juice to the spinach mix.
Pour this over the artichokes.
You’re almost done.
Now sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Casserole will be creamy dreamy and delightful! Serve with sliced veggies or crackers of your choice. You’ll be licking the casserole dish. Add some fresh fruit and you’re good to go!
Saving the best for last I like to make something sweet. And popcorn 🍿 from my old vintage popcorn machine makes it even better. It is so cute and so fun!
While the popcorns still warm pour a melted chocolate 🍫drizzle on top. I found some pretty colorful pastel Easter M & M’s and sprinkled that on top! If you’re not into these toppings create something else.
Celebrate the Hindu festival of color called HOLI! It looks like such a beautiful, delicious, family & friends fun and above all colorful time… All to celebrate and welcome in spring! It looks so freeing and fun!
I love,love, love color! 💚❤️💜🧡💙❤️🤍💛
Have you ever participated in this beauty filled & colorful festival?