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!

Nail it! DIY

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 a Mani & 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

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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 two methods 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 manicurist Deborah 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.

Questions? Please feel free to reach out to Noreen Young at www.noreenyoung.com

Instagram and Tik Tok @noreenkissyoung

Spring and all it’s beauty is here! 🌺

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. 👄

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Add some green 🍃 to your home decor scene. So pretty and healthy for you too!

Purify and detox that air in your space.

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TREAT yourself to a bouquet of colorful flowers. You know the ones that make YOU happy!

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Buy a new mug ☕️ for your coffee or tea! oh and a tea cup set makes sipping tea even more special!

Make your warm drinks a special time for you! 💕

I hope you try a few new ideas for adding a bit of color to your world!

Golden…it was not!

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Oscars like NO OTHER! Oscars I want to forget.

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.

Oscar Time! 🎥

It happens once a year. The time is here!

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?

Everything is better with a cherry 🍒 on top or the bottom! Isn’t it?

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.

Allow it to cool and harden.

OMG! Yum for one.

Happy Oscars.

Always wanted to do it!

What did I want to do???

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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! 💚❤️💜🧡💙❤️🤍💛

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Have you ever participated in this beauty filled & colorful festival?

Back from an amazzzing trip to NYC…

My first time since the pandemic! WOW!

It has been too long!

It rained, it snowed and the sun finally shined. It was a crazy busy but fun time.

The International Beauty Show and the Esthetics Cosmetics and SPA Conference were great!

The class I taught went well.

The attendees of beauty pros and beauty business owners came from all over the world! I love meeting people from all over the 🌎 globe. So grateful to the smiling faces eager to learn in my classroom for Advanced Workshops.

The show floor bustled with happy 😊 shoppers! They were stocking up and exploring products and beauty supplies and equipment for their beauty practice or spa or salon business.

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COVID put a kink in our lives and travel plans for work and play but it looks like New York is coming back! Slowly but surely.

This morning on TV 📺 on River City Live on WJXT-4 I will be kissing and telling what I saw on the streets of NYC and at the show. http://www.news4jax.com or http://www.rivercitylive.com

I’m trying to get caught up with work and haven’t even unpacked yet!

So please come back for more. In the meantime check out the video and more on the stations website. Also my video will be put up on YouTube.

Enjoy!

NEW YORK is going to look even prettier this weekend!

Getting ready to go and glow in NYC for the International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa show. Alongside the International BEAUTY Show. I am teaching a class on The Power Of Makeup Lessons and Makeup Consultations. As well as attend some classes myself and shop the massive show floor. Makeup Artists, Estheticians, Massage Therapists,Nail Techs,Plastic surgeons, Dermatologists and Hairstylists from all over the world and the USA join in on educational fun and to learn all things trending and NEW!

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NEW YORK CITY IS different now but COMING BACK alive more and more so they say. I will discover and see what’s changed, changing and new. I have not been back since the day I was there two years ago when they announced they were closing the city down as Covid19 had arrived.

I will be posting all things NYC and from the show on Instagram and in Tik Tok @noreenkissyoung ….just for YOU! So get ready and stay tuned!

To the female heroes of Ukraine today … I salute and celebrate you!

I celebrate International Women’s Day and toast to the strong & beautiful women of the Ukraine today!

You are fierce, brave and fabulous!

AND let’s not forget those women in Poland welcoming all the women and their babies & children. Some who fed them with a warm soup. Others who dropped off baby strollers for moms once they arrived in Poland to help them with their children on their journey from Ukraine.

Sending the women reading this and the woman of Ukraine 🇺🇦 & Poland 🇵🇱 lots of love!

One day at a time.

Bless you!

Rescue that winter skin!

I am in Chicago and suffering from winter skin. My skin is usually combination and on the oily side but NOT here this time of year… it is so parched! Thirsty for attention.

The winter season has taken a toll on our skin. Dry,flaky and at times sand paper like skin. Winter weather accents our lines under our eyes and on our skin more. My hair to my toes needs a rescue!

How about yours?

First you need to remember is DON’T over wash your face OR SCRUB. You will only do it harm and deplete any natural oils that you have that make your skin glow. If you do it will be tight and dry and your makeup will NOT glide on like butter on warm toast. BE GENTLE.

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Next tip move into a cream cleanser or gentle NON-deodorant soap bar like DOVE or goat milk soap. They are so much kinder to your skin.

Rosewater makes and amazing skin refresher and won’t dry out your skin. I like to apply it on a flat cotton pad but I also love to carry a mini spray bottle filled with it and carry it in my purse to spritz throughout the day for a PICK ME UP.

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You can make your own rosewater with a D.I.Y. but I love to keep it simple on this one and buy a bottle of it. Did I mention the soft scent of rosewater is so calming to your mood and soothing to the skin.

Next tip is to try something called SLUGGING where you apply on clean skin a coat of Vaseline all over your face. Leave it on as long as you’d like but I prefer 15 minutes tops for myself. It will REALLY soften those dead skin cells and make your tight and dry skin happy again. Rinse with a warm washcloth and follow up with a dash of a soap like mentioned above. I like to remove any oily residue.

IF the thought of slugging turns you off…

NOT TO WORRY you can accomplish this with a rich jar of face cream.

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Another tip I like to do is apply a Gel or Paper SHEET mask. Oh my what a high I get from these masks. So luxe and soothing to the skin. They started in Korea and finally have made it to the USA now American cosmetic brands are copying these formulas and making them too. I use them around the eyes,on the hands,on the feet,on the hair. THEY truly are magic.

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Of course drinking water or coconut water is yet another way to help your body and skin look and feel its best!

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These tips should help you and your skin too for a quick rescue! Spring will be here before you know it.