Water 💦 a beauty essential!

Wherever I go! I see girls and guys with a Starbucks or soda. Yet on the top five complaints I hear is how they wish they had clearer and plump looking skin.

It’s is so simple! Drink MORE water besides using hyaluronic acid and other creams and serums for your skin. It doesn’t matter if it’s plain or fruit 🍎 veggie🥒 or herb 🌿 infused 💧 water.

Make a fresh pot weekly or more.

Drench your skin from within with water! Your skin will reflect it and you’ll feel better and I find have a bit more energy too. There’s something about 💦!

Please…put down that coffee ☕️ sipping and soda 🥤 addiction habit.

Be good to your body and skin.

Blackheads are rearing their ugly heads…

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Once they come to the surface. That is why they call them blackheads the dreaded  clogged pore! 

Sometimes blackheads come from an over worked sebaceous gland. Not washing your face good enough at night and more.

Here is my go to D.I.Y. recipe for telling them goodbye!

2 teaspoons of cornmeal (I grind it fine in my coffee grinder)

1 teaspoon of Chinese or any other clay mask powder

1 teaspoon of lemon juice

2 teaspoons of plain yogurt (I prefer Greek)

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Mix all of the above in a bowl. Let it rest. The cornmeal will get creamy and the clay will soften together. Stir and apply the mix on a wet face that you FIRST splashed with water. Apply to your face with a clean MASK brush or your fingers. Stay away from your eye area. I like to focus my attention to the T-zone or wear there may be a stubborn blackhead. Rinse with warm water and your fav’ cleanser and rinse again.

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Your face will look better,skin tighter and the blackhead be gone (fingers crossed).

Do you have a mask or scrub you use that you’d like to share with me? I would LOVE to hear from you.

My beauty and lifestyle blog is a two sided relationship!

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PS

I like to keep all kinds of spices,sugars, flours and cormeal at my fingertips in my pantry for beauty.

Microwave “Bird in the Nest” Toast — In Dianes Kitchen

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I have made this Microwave “Bird in the Nest” Toast for years! Kids love to cook and this way they don’t have to use the stove to cook the egg. The toast can be made ahead of time as it will warm up in the microwave. Make the toast and let the kids go at […]

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Cold & Flu Season Beauty🤧

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I woke up the other day and felt awful…like a Mack truck ran over me. I was clammy,runny nose,sore throat and had laryngitis.

I was forced by my body to stay in bed several days. I hadn’t felt like this in a year. What I know for sure is when you’re sick at home and stuck in bed… you need to really rest and take care of yourself! And do something nice for yourself.

And if you don’t have energy to even take a quick shower or bath 🛀 just do a few things to make yourself FEEL better.

Here are a few tips…

Don’t get dehydrated. Drink plenty of liquids.

*Fresh squeezed juice is a nice bonus. If you can’t juice 🥤 your own. Try and keep a store bought one in your freezer or refrigerator.

Refresh your skin with a cozy hot towel soaked with a dash of Vick’s vapor rub. Place over your nose and on your chest. Help those nasal passages & chest congestion.

Light a flameless 🕯 candle. Or better yet purify the air by lighting a Himalayan salt stone lamp. They light 💡 up the room with such a pretty, peaceful, ambience. And nowadays are cheap but bring so much joy!

Place your feet 🦶 in white cotton socks with your fave hand 🖐 & body lotion. Or another tip is to slather on a coat of Vick’s Vapo rub. Then place those tired feet in fresh white socks. Feels 😊 so good! Really helps with softening the feet and they say helps your cold leave faster. It also makes your feet feel good and skin softer too.

Turn on a white noise machine or listen to music in your chair or bed.

Open the curtains and let the SUN 🌞Shine in! Let the sunlight warm you up. The light will lift your spirits too.

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Put on a 💄 lipstick, gloss or lip conditioner and you’ll be feeling better before you know it.

Guys you need a lip balm too! When you have a cold or the flu your lips will get dry. Very dry. Maybe even peel and flake.

Keep the skin on your face moist with a beauty oil or moisturizer. Sneezing, wiping, or blowing your nose can make your nose,face and cheeks red and raw. And dry! Keep that skin soft!

This might be a good time to put on a sunless tanner…while you’re stranded at home.It might even make you feel better. It def will make you look better.

Spray your pillow cases and sheets with a mix of 95 distilled or tap water and a few drops of lavender or Tea Tree oil.

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A hydrating KBeauty sheet mask is another good thing you could do to make yourself feel better.

If you have a fever… straighten the bed. Fluff up the pillows and sprinkle your fave body powder on the sheets.

Brush your hair with a dry 🧴 shampoo. Keep it handy at your bedside.

Place your journal,prayer book,a good book,magazines or adult coloring book 📚 near you. Place a mini notepad 📝 and pen by you too . You may think of things you need to buy or to do once you’re up to it.

Keep things close so you don’t have to get up and down from the 🛌 bed.

Chicken soup or Chinese hot and sour soup work wonders.

Feel hot and clammy? Got a fever? I love to make DIY Gatorade Ice cubes. Make ice cubes and suck on them! Cooling soothing electrolytes and they keep you from dehydrating too.

Ice cream 🍨 or an ice cream float is cool and soothing on sore throat! This is no time to diet. Indulge!

You know even if you get the flu shot it does not prevent you from getting a severe cold and more.

I’m just glad it’s over for me and I’m starting to feel like myself again. Something is going around. Get ready! Take care of yourself. I hope my blog post helps.

Oscar Beauty Rituals

The Oscars! Did you watch this year?

Who swept you off your pretty feet at the Oscars?

I did watch as I am all about the celebrities makeup,skin and hair. In fact am featuring beauty tips from my blog today on TV on River City Live on WJXT 4 in sunny Florida.

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  I enjoyed the sea of COLOR metallics and all shades pink! From the Crazy Rich Asian Stars to the mirrored masterpiece on the ever glowing JLo. And of course the lipstick red dress Jennifer Hudson wore and the basic black from Lady Gaga. Now always keep it real…and remember they DON’T wake up that way. It takes months of prep for both their face,body and all that bling and fashion!

  • It is all about the diet and pre- Oscar prep to look good in those gowns and tuxedo’s. Celebrities are all about green juicing,exercise,yoga,massage and beauty supplements. As you know beauty starts from the inside and shows on the outside. Some celebrities even admit they starve themselves (not compleley but really skimp or fast) to look good in those lovely gowns,dresses and pant suits.
  • Skin  Treatments -What are there go to’s for pretty and healthy looking skin? A DEEP cleansing facial is at the top of the list gold,diamonds and gem stones. Cryotherapy is the cool anti-aging sensation that is coveted lately too.Jade and rose quartz roller and light therapy are still having a moment too.Some celebrities use quickie sheet masks for eyes,face and lips! MALE celebrities do facials,sheet masks and other treatmensts at the spa too!
  • Mani’s and Pedi’s with  statement nail or a simple manicure by a celeb and editorial nail specialist.
  •  Body treatments like wraps,cellulite treatments and tan from a spray tan specialist and covered to highlight the skin with some Gleam by Melanie Mills!
  • It’s all about the sage & crystals! I am told some celebrities have rituals for good luck and some include a treasured gemstone and burning sage.
  • Beauty sleep and WATER are most skin care heroes for celebrities.
  • Red lipstick is the classic choice. But as of late the shiny lipgloss and metallic has entered the lip picture. This year PINK had it’s moment. Beleive it or not pink is everything when it comes to a lipstick hue. It really is magic and looks good on everyone.
  • Blotting papers or blotting powder papers are a MUST for that unexpected emotional shine!
  • Eye makeup was simple and classic. The smoky really dark eye is not a popular otpion. Understated and a touch of shimmer opend up the eyes and mesmerize.
  • Let’s take a peek in their evening bags! It is ALL about the pretty clutch and a lipstick and maybe a mint.Some celeb’s don’t even carry money on them.
  • Got your own beauty and skin care question? Just ask me!

Attention Beauty Pro’s

Are you in the beauty business and attending the International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa show or International Beauty Shows? They happen once a year in the one and only glorious New York City. This year they happen in March.

If you’re not or haven’t been… You’re missing out on an awesome spa show and a hair show with some fabulous educators. That includes me and my colleague and friend James Vincent. You may have seen him educate from a hot show called The Makeup Show based in NYC.

We are offering two different classes! You might want to get your ticket for BOTH Makeup Classes.

My class is all about MAKEUP and makeup artist beauty secrets will be shared. Why your salon or spa should consider having makeup available. Why carry carry makeup? What lines to consider? How to demo it,promote it and so much more!

James class is all about TRENDS in 2019. You gotta keep up with what is happening now and in our industry. James not only lives in NYC he travels the globe and has the pulse on what is trending.

Both of our classes are fast paced and fun. But of course inspirational and will get you all fired up as a make-up artist or esthetcian (Skin Care Therapist) who does makeup or wants to do makeup.

The shows are so exciting and spectacular and only for beauty schools,the beauty professional or beauty business owner. I hope you consider attending this year.

For my blog followers or new to my blog guests who aren’t in the industry …Just an FYI I will be reporting from the show floor and will show you all that’s happening in the world of hair,skin and nails. I’ll also post on food,shopping and NYC fun.

March and spring are right around the corner. Stay tuned for my beauty report blog in March. I love what I do and I am taking you with me via my blog too!IMG_1882.JPG

 

Time to rise and shine to 2019!

Time to reflect,renew,rejuvenate and plan for another year and being wonderful you!

Make the first day of the new year a day to rest if you can and celebrate all you have become up until now. Evaluate what you don’t like and and concentrate on what you do want in your life. IF you don’t love the way things went in 2018. Work on moving forward and changing it.

Take better care of yourself and your health in the new year.

Healthy self =heal thy self

Try new things!

Keep MOVING,walk,ride a bike, jog,do yoga jump rope!

Eat more fruits and veggies

Welcome more color to your life.clothing,makeup and decor.

Don’t go to sleep with your makeup on

Treat yourself more…you deserve it.

Don’t forget to floss! Brushing is not enough…for kissing and for a healthy mouth

Get yearly checkups for your skin with a doctor,dermatologist and dentist

Pencil in more ME TIME

Kiss MORE

Never loseyour inner child.

Love your freckles, beauty mark and face!

Say please and thank you!

Keep promises you make to others and yourself.

Respect yourself and others too

Say I love you

Be honest

Feed your SOUL and give it what it needs

Help each other

Give hugs freely

Discover what makes your heart dance.

Travel and explore this beautiful planet

Don’t make fun of or talk badly about people with disabilities. My brother was born with Downs Syndrome. I have heard and seen it all. They have feelings too.

Take better care of Mother Earth

Read more

Drink more water

Dreams do come true and can happen to you

Never stop learing!

Older people are wise people get to know what they have to offer

LOVE yourself…or you can’t quite love someone else

Smile MORE! You’ll wrinkle LESS!

WORK hard!

PLAY hard!

HAPPY NEW YEAR and thank you for reading my blog.

To my new followers thank you from the bottom of my heart for the follow. See you in 2019!

 

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Your Definitive Guide to Throwing a Very Chic, Very Adult Tea Party — StyleCaster

 

What a wonderful way to start the new year with your bestie,daughter, mom or rest of the family!

We don’t know if it’s because of all the royal weddings and royal babies lately, but tea parties are back. The traditional afternoon affairs have always been a popular option for bridal or baby showers, and finally, people are catching on that you can also throw one just because. The thing is, there’s so much…

via Your Definitive Guide to Throwing a Very Chic, Very Adult Tea Party — StyleCaster

Let it snow!

When I was a little girl I used to play with my girlfriends on snowy and cold days and hold court in my yard or on the street…depending how much snow had fallen.

I’d line up my friends and give them a freezing snow facial! They loved it. I loved giving it to them and watch their cheeks turn rosy red! The skin was refreshed, circulation made the skin glow and it was my winter happy place!

Who know I’d be in the beauty and spa business and performing my version of cryotherapy at age 5!

As winter is really here. If you’ve got snow near… take a handful a make a mini snowball. On a clean face roll the ball all over the face. Move quickly you don’t want freezer burn😂! You simply want to make your complexion glow!

Your face will feel amazing. Your makeup will glide in like butter and your pores will be tighter and happy.

I also achieve this with ice cubes before I make up a bride or someone for TV or a special appearance. It really works and is a cheap skin thrill.

I promise!

PS

If you’d really like to give your skin and body a revitalizing chilly boost… try cryotherapy!

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