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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Of course drinking water or coconut water is yet another way to help your body and skin look and feel its best!
These tips should help you and your skin too for a quick rescue! Spring will be here before you know it.
I left Florida at 84 degrees this week only to play,work and freeze in the windy city…Chicago. After a couple of days or maybe a bit less my shiny long healthy hair is NOT happy with me.I got a fresh cut before I LEFT Flyaway and dry as can be. My complexion is tight & dry and far from dewy. So, since this is not my first trip to Chicagoland I packed a few things to get me through this winter in February.
Winter Hair Beauty Rescues
I always travel with Kbeauty hydrating hair capsules and or a treatment hair mask. INSTANT gratification a hair conditioner cannot do.
I also pack a baggie with dryer sheets to rub on my hair for those dry fly aways and static cling hair.
Use heat less. Let your hair dry naturally.
Use dry shampoo and wash your hair less. OR just wash at the roots.
Apply hair conditioner on your ends only.
I can’t get enough of the brand WETBRUSH called the Detangler brush. I have one at my house,in my luggage,at my desk in my office and in my car. I LOVE how it keeps my hair from tangling and helps keep it in the best condition it can be. I even have my husband and family hooked on this brush.
You don’t have to use these tips only in the winter. They can be used year round. But I do love these to rescue you and to make your hair look and feel amazing too.
Come back this weekend for my beauty rescues for dry weathered skin.
Notice those long lush lashes little boys,guys and MEN have? It kills me how nature has blessed them with the longest lashes and some even curl WITHOUT an eyelash curler! I am so jealous.
If you weren’t blessed with lashes for days perhaps it is time to get a Lash Liftservice which is like a permanent wave for the lashes only. Google anywhere and you’ll find this service and before and after photos of the process.
If you prefer another option a Lash Tint service is another that you can get done. It is usually done every 30 days as it does not last forever but it is a great option.
IF your lashes are sparse there is a product called Lash Lift. You place it on like a mascara and let it dry and then apply your mascara. It pumps up the volume and makes all those lashes show up!
Whatever your need these are three options you can try to give those lashes some attention and make them speak volumes.
Valentine’s Day is on its way! It’s freezing 🥶 in Florida 🌴 and our lips are parched and peeling probably like yours are too! Unless of course you live in a balmy climate…lucky you!
It is that time of year and love is in the air and perhaps you want to get ready for lots of KISSING. 💋
I love a good DIY for the lips to condition and nourish the skin but we don’t always have the time or the ingredients to make one from scratch. The next best thing is a quick treatment with a sheet mask (There are so many kinds to choose from.) As beauty lab formulas continue to roll out more wonderful products for the skin…there are two fairly new masks to enjoy. One is called a Sleep Lip Mask. Another is a lip mask you use like a face mask for your skin. But it’s especially made for your pout.
The lip masks works while you sleep. If you have smokers 🚬 lips it’s a must for you too.
Why sleeping you ask?
Directions are simple. You wash your face at night. On naked lips you apply this mask and go around the edges too. You want to soften that skin around the lips too! You go to sleep.
No grease no goo just a treatment!
But if your lips crave something easier. Try a lip mask that isn’t an all nighter that you leave on and follow with a TLC vitamin E lip conditioner. Both will soften and make your lips feel so much better.
In order for your lips to look healthy and happy and your lipstick or lip glosses to glide on like butter …YOU need this in your life!
February 1st is on the way. If you didn’t like the way 2022 started there is still time to ring in a new one. YOU don’t have to be Asian to celebrate the New Year1
I am not sure if you know it but I am an American and made in America too. And my nationality is a blend of Chinese and European. I have enjoyed all kinds of Asian food and love my Asian friends too.
Chinatown all over the USA are my go to when traveling. So much to explore and so much fun in doing so. All without a plane trip to Asia.
So here’s a peek into a few things about the Lunar New Year. I used to think that only Chinese people celebrate the lunar new year. But did you know not only the Chinese celebrate it the people of Vietnam,South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia do too. So over the next week into the month of February I will be sharing some fun facts and customs you will enjoy as well as some foodie & beauty rituals and delicious recipes.
To prepare and in anticipation of the new year celebration most Asians go shopping for gold and red decor. Lanterns, signs,artwork,candles,red light bulbs and other table top decorations for the meal and home decor. These colors they say bring wealth and good luck! So that is why they surround themselves in these hues.
Asian people stock up on incense to perfume the air for protection and ward off evil spirits at their door. Although it is burned year round at homes and in temples for prayer,meditation and celebrations.
Sandalwood incense rules! When I visited Hong Kong and beyond the cities smelled so lovely with this aromatic scent. I have been burning these sticks since I was a teen. Burning incense for me is quite calming and soothing to your space. Work or home.
They not only stock up on groceries,fruit, ingredients for making dumplings, noodle dishes and buy fresh fish for the new year celebration. They also buy the Togetherness bowl of snacks that is given as a gift or served with an array of nuts,dried fruits and coconut pieces,melon seeds and more. Kumquats and oranges are also enjoyed during this time. Flowers are also celebrated and decorated with all around the house.
They clean their houses and change bed linens to be ready and fresh for the new year to begin.
They also BUY new clothes to wear to celebrate the new year in. It isn’t like our traditional date night new years eve. The lunar new year is all about FAMILY ❤️which they think is the best gift 🎁 of all.
You don’t have to be Asian to celebrate the Chinese or Lunar New Year. I LOVE celebrating every day I am alive!
The beauty of the lunar new year is it is rich in traditions and delicious fun!
Here are 10 Ways You Can Do It:
Let’s get this party started! If you want to celebrate send an invitation by MAIL. Yes, snail mail (I am not fond of that description) is the BEST mail. We are bombarded with IPHONE and computer emails and nothing seems special anymore! This invite can be to be with your BAE, bestie, family and friends.
*Did you know that the US POSTAL service sells beautiful forever stamps every year? This year it is all about the Year of the Tiger.
*You can easily celebrate with your own family by ordering TAKE OUT and supporting the sweet small businesses in your community. We small business owners ALL need your business. Don’t be afraid to order food that’s new to you. And don’t forget to order the noodle dishes…they represent LONG life in the new year.
*Brew and serve a pot of hot green or jasmine tea and serve a fortune cookie or Asian cake. I also recommend serving oranges or kumquats. IF you want to explore and serve slices of DRAGON FRUIT which is known to help gut health, your immune system and your skin look its best.
*Set the table with plates and bowls or just find Chinese Take Out containers to serve in. Not much clean up!
*Be authentic and set the table with chopsticks. Make them LEARN how to use them. It just may be quite amusing. The Asian grocery stores even have chopsticks for children and adults so many gorgeous styles and patterns to choose from.
Decorate with red and gold. Lanterns and more. Maybe you can find a Tiger 🐅 figurine.
*Make party favors so everyone gets a treat to go home with. I love to use small decorative take out boxes or organza bags to put the token gift in.
*If you’re feeling adventurous have a FORTUNE COOKIE making party! They are easy and so fun to make!
If you’re looking for a great gift for your Valentine ❤️ this year. Perhaps you might consider giving a gift of food and drink for the kitchen. Or a bamboo steamer filled with Asian beauty products.
Whatever you do you’ve got 15 days to celebrate 🎊 it with your family and friends too!
I have been dipping my makeup brushes in the social media giant Tik Tok. Its only been a few months… BUT I’m in the game. I’m still learning and have much more to learn. But I am being One and only ME! Not someone else. All with an a la Noreen twist!
I hope you’ll give me some love ❤️, watch some videos and learn something NEW.
Have some fun with me! I am sharing beauty, skincare,lifestyle,foodie and my wellness, beauty and travel ✈️ adventures!
IF there is something you’d like me to cover or share. Let me know. It’s kinda strange for me to feel comfortable on top of the camera video taping but I’m trying to ween into it and lean in.
If you are on Tik Tok let me know…I’ll follow you too!
This week on TV on River City Live I featured some ideas for snacking,face and body masking and for GLOWING skin! I hope you will enjoy them too.
I try and eat the right stuff and love most fruits and veggies. But sometimes I am looking for a little cheat drink that gives me energy and can help give my skin a boost over time. I discovered an easy recipe that actress Reese Whiterspoon shared on Instagram last year. I am kinda addicted and make and drink this recipe weekly. IF you have not tried it its worth looking into. Even my husband enjoys it.
All you need is:
2 HEADS OF ROMAN LETTUCE
1/2 CUP OF SPINACH
1/2 CUP OF COCONUT WATER
1 WHOLE BANANA
1 WHOLE APPLE
1 WHOLE PEAR
1 WHOLE LEMON
SCOOP OF ALMOND BUTTER (optional)
Mix all of the above to a Vitamix type blender for easy blending.
Sometimes I like to make a smoothie/ drink what I call “Everything but the kitchen sink” I simply pull out whatever leftover vegetables and fruits I have on hand and put it in a blender with a juice I might have leftover or some bottled water. It usually turns out quite delicious!
If you are really pressed for time, Dole makes some delicious options in the freezer aisle of a mix of fruits and greens blend. One of favorites is made with mango.banana,apple,pineapple and spinach.
Stay hydrated for plump happy skin for face and body. If you are not a water drinker snack on cucumbers or drink coconut water. Add a cherry in the glass or an umbrella and make it a fun ritual. you look forward to.
Celebrities just like I love using produce for prettier vibrant skin and a healthier body. Like a strawberry face mask with fresh strawberries or they use it as a teeth whitening treat.
Avocado masks are also good for your hair or face and neck. So nourishing.
Spinach is a rock star for skin and body! My friend Victoria Evelyn founder of the Chocolate Skincare Factory brand happens to be both a pharmacist and an esthetician recommended to me another way to get my greens for my on the go lifestyle! Simply keep on hand fresh bag of spinach in your fridge and pop a handful as a quick snack. I even take a mini snack bag with me on the road or on the run. Be like POPEYE and eat spinach.
I love baby tomatoes! I pop them like candy. Really! There is a magical ingredient in tomatoes that research shows may protect our skin from UV damage from sunburn. Naturally I have to protect my skin with a SUNSCREEN from a tube but I also eat these and also make Italian dishes with tomato paste which is loaded with lycopene. Since I have had a bad sunburn before I really never want to feel that again.
I also love a banana mask for dry elbows and knees. All you do is mash a banana and put it on those dry dull areas for the body. Or you can use it as a soothing hydrating face mask too.
If you crave a little crunch…mini baby carrots are a great go too instead of potato chips! Although I really love a bag of Kettle Chips! Your eyes and skin will love you too.
Grapes are hydrating bites of love that keep your skin looking good too.
Nuts and dried fruits are good for you snack too! You haven’t lived until you have tried dried cherries! I love them as a sweet treat alone or in a salad.