Nasty Ingredients

If you’re looking to stay healthier 🍃 and polish your nails with that in mind. Do a little research. Avoid these ingredients commonly used in nail polish.

Dibutyl Phthalate or DBP

Toluene

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde Resin

Xylene

Camphor

Resin

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After you find the a nail polish that is right for you…HAVE FUN!

Spring 💐 is here despite the fact it snowed in places this week. it’s time to add some color to your 🌍 world, style, fingers 💅 and toes.

Oily, Dry or Combination skin…

Which one are you?

It’s January and a new year. It is time to refresh your skin care routine. But first you need to do a check in on what your skin is looking like and doing at this time.

Wash your face, look in the mirror in good lighting or better yet I like sunlight in the morning. Discover what your skin FEELS like and see.

1. Do your pores look large or small? Larger pores are typically associated with oily skin. Smaller pores are associated with skin on the dry side.

2. Does your T-zone get shiny? Look Greasy? EspecIally in the midday? This is typically and most common with combination skin a most common skin type.

3. When you press with your thumb on your forehead does it leave a white spot with a bit of redness around it? This usually means you have sensitive skin issues at this time.

This skin care quiz was created by my colleague Victoria Tabak who owns Nature Pure Labs.

Victoria and I both agree for you to keep in mind your skin can change at any time. And your skin will change as you age as well. It’s just a matter of time. Because you’ve messaged me on this I thought I’d share this quiz this year with you.

Stress, the change of weather, exercise regime and your diet all affect your skin and type.

After you do this analysis. Meet with a skin care PRO and look into the possibilities on what they recommend for you. If you prefer to shop for yourself in your local drug, grocery or big box store that’s fine too. Just make sure YOU are buying what’s right for YOU! Your skin at this time too.

FYI

Sometimes you can be all three. Skin care isn’t one size fits all.

Blessed!

I’m so blessed and I want to be a blessing to others. That is why I opened up a beauty & wellness brand & company. It is also the reason why I started this blog….

I have to admit it isn’t easy being “up” when the world all around us is crashing “down.” But I must. It’s in my DNA.

I simply wanted to take this time to say THANK YOU for following my blog, for your likes on my posts, for your kind words and for being there on the other side of the screen.

I try and give you a glimpse into my life, beauty,skincare, recipes and travels. ✈️

I also want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving 🍁 for those who celebrate. I am thankful for YOU!

Dull dry skin … needs this!

The skin on my lips is peeling. My eyes are getting drier and my skin feels tight. Yes, I get it too not just you!

So here is a simple recipe that works wonders without spending a lot.

All you need for this skincare recipe is:

1 container of unflavored organic Yogurt.

I personally prefer Greek yogurt.

Easy Face masks awaits you in your kitchen!

Apply a spoonful on a clean face. Do this recipe when you have time to spare and don’t rush it. It’s more fun and better that way. Stay away from your eye area. But you can go near the skin on your 👁 area example: lines around the eyes. Some people call them “crows feet” … I don’t.

Leave this treatment on your face at least 15 minutes.

Rinse well with luke warm water and a washcloth.

Next apply your moisturizer.

Yogurt benefits your skin by gently exfoliating it, brightening to the skin and makes it look better.

Say Bye Bye to dull and dry skin.

*Then have a bowl of yogurt with fruit and a a dash of granola. Great for your gut and tastes refreshing too. 😋 Yum!

As you can see I love ❤️ to use store bought skin care with produce and other foodie items from my kitchen.

Take care of your skin and it will take care of you!

Breast Cancer isn’t just a female thing!

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MEN can get it too!

So don’t forget to tell your sweetie to get himself checked out too. Lumps in the breast aren’t normal.

And how about you?

Have you had a mammography or at least check your breasts too?

YOU matter! Stay well and on top of your health too.

And just a reminder. I had Breast Cancer but not in the breast but ON the breast. It was Squamous cell carcinoma. Mayo performed Mohs surgery on me for hours. It was a bit deep. They said it’s not common. So watch out for raised spots or dark dots, reddish spots that suddenly appear on your skin.

Be aware and beware!

Whipping up some beauty!

DIY Recipe for your hair:

Have fun in the kitchen and whip up some face and body care. I featured these recipes on TV 📺 yesterday on River City Live on http://www.News4Jax.com

Check out the video clip.

FYI

If you are allergic to any other the ingredients below. Please skip that ingredient. If you have very sensitive skin do a patch test on your inner wrist.

I have super sensitive skin. I do not have any problems with any of these delightful DIY treats. 😍

Coconut 🥥 milk by the can is so softening and gives you a healthier sheen. Use it before you shampoo and then pour a cup on your ends and rub a comb through your hair. Leave on at least 15 minutes.

Women from exotic countries love this hair trick!

Canned Coconut milk or coconut oil both work!

Hi 🍯 Honey! Face Mask Recipe

Local honey makes a skin softening and soothing face mask for women or men. Yes, it’s a bit messy and you might want to eat it and lick 😋 the leftovers. but it is a quick wonderful mask. Apply on clean face and leave on at least 10 minutes. I also like to do this mask on my neck.

A little honey goes a long way!

Rice 🍚 Water Face Mask for uneven skin tone

Raw White rice for your skin? Yes, please!
Oats for your bath? Why not?

Milk & Oat Bath Body Recipe

Fill a bathtub with warm water. Place a sachet (muslin or organza bag both work)

Filled with a cup or two of raw oats and some powdered milk.

* You can substitute the powdered milk for a small bottle of water.

Soak your cares away, dry skin and itchy skin away! Soak in the bath until the water 💦 cools. Your skin will feel amazing.

Nail & Cuticle Hand Bath

All you need is some olive 🫒 oil, avocado 🥑 oil or other favorite oil. I like to soak my hands in this oil bath. Do this for at least 10 minutes.

* Rub the extra oil on your toe nails and feet.

Instant mani & pedi fix !

End these spa like treats from your kitchen with a martini 🍸 or a glass of bubbly Prosecco or champagne 🍾

My husband likes to join in on the pampering self care fun too!

Dirty !

They had me at “dirty” (naughty me!) but it all fit when I saw this eye lash cleaner on my recent trip ✈️ to guest speak at the International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa Conference.

I never really thought about or heard of a lash cleaner for strip lashes or lash extensions before. I thought you just rinsed them with a dash of soap and water. But then I walked the trade show floor after my class at the Spa show…. And discovered something.

Everyone seems to be batting their eyes with lashes especially now that we’re wearing face masks 😷 or covers and no other makeup. The emphasis for some are just on the eyes. Not me I must add a dash of it all and can’t forget a luscious lipstick.

So with that comes the need for a little TLC whether the lashes are real,faux strip lashes or lash extensions.

Clean, fluffy & hydrated lashes!

Dirty Lash lash cleaner to the rescue!

Blue agave juice cleans and moisturizes. While plant extracts protect the lashes from pathogens..

Safe to use… easy to use…

Will not deteriorate lash glue

Will not strip natural skin oils

Oil free

Kills sebaceous bacteria

Conditions the hair

*No sting! No alcohol! No Triclosan

Have you ever tried this product? Just curious. I think it is a much needed winner. Especially nowadays. We can’t be too clean can we?

Stay safe and healthy, Beauties.

Travel & Beauty Tips

As we are getting out of the house more for a day, a mini vacay or a business trip. I like to pack as light as I can (which is not easy to do) but I don’t want to forget my health and beauty essentials. And once I get to my hotel there are a few things I like to do on my stay.

Don’t stop taking your vitamins and beauty essentials.
Removing your makeup…

Don’t remove your makeup with their pristine and clean white washcloths. This costs the hotel lots of money. Makeup… especially mascara and foundation can really destroy washcloth and towels quick. Be mindful. While I don’t recommend using makeup wipes to remove your makeup daily. They can really be convenient when on the go.

Nothing like a bath! 🛀

I don’t forget to pack some bath and shower essentials! Spongelle has great aromatic and skin softening sponges you can enjoy in a shower or in a bath. So luxurious! When I’m done I pack it in a baggie and take home to reuse on my next trip or at home.

I also like to pack Epsom salts and bath bombs. Last trip I packed a CBD bath bomb and it was THE BOMB! If you don’t usually take a bath and are a shower person. Live a little indulge in a bubble bath! Your body will love ❤️ you for it!

Is multipurpose!

Body wash or shower gel in your hotel room is not only great for the body in a shower it can give you a relaxing aromatherapy bath!

Sink washing machine!

And that same body wash is great to rinse your lingerie if you need to. You gotta think outside the box.

These are just a few things and hacks I do. I hope you enjoyed them too!

What are those?

People often ask me…What are these?

Our beauty products come with mini plastic spoons or spatulas and for continued safety and sanitary reasons they are coming with our beauty products even more. These spatulas are to keep you from getting germs and bacteria in the jar of foundation, cream blush or your favorite dream cream.

These tools really prevent you from getting your fingers into the container. Dirt, oil,dust can get on your fingers and hands and get in and contaminate your beauty products. The germs 🦠 can spoil your products, make them less effective and maybe even break you out. Now you don’t want that do you?

They also measure and give you the right amount of product so you don’t waste any. I love to use them. I use them a variety of ways. Once you play with using them you’ll discover that too.

I also like when a brand comes out with a pump anything because it too gives you the right amount and keeps you safer and clean.

So, if you happen to get these mini tools. Don’t throw them out. USE them. They work wonders. They are washable and reusable.

And if you don’t own any mini spatulas or spoons they are starting to be readily available at beauty or hair supply stores like Sally’s!

Be safe,love the planet 🌍 and don’t waste!

These adorable mini tools work wonders!

10 Ways to Brighten Up Your Day!

About now between the catastrophic 🌍 news on TV and horrific views this week along with COVID still with us. I still can’t believe this is happening. I too am feeling a little blue. How about you?

Let’s not allow the negativity and sadness to takeover our life. Our mental health depends on it. So, we need to listen out and hear something good and do something good for (ourselves) YOURSELF.

Light a candle! Burn some sage or aromatic incense! Meditate! Pray! 🙏

Incense smells good & purifies your space!

Do a few face and body exercises. Kiss that facial stress away!

Try a little yoga or stretching exercises. If the sun is shining your way enjoy its warmth on your face and body.

Keep moving… stretch,go walk or ride a bike.

When you get out today or get out today and buy yourself something. Anything. It could simply be a $1.00 item from the dollar store. Go find a bargain!

Just treat yourself to something NEW.

Get out of the house and not just shop online!

Get an old fashioned 🍦 ice cream,gelato, mochi or popsicles at your fave place. I miss the ice cream trucks that drove thru the neighborhood and sold all kinds of ice cream delights!

Call a friend or family member spread some ❤️ love.

Write a letter or send a few cards out to people you love and that that you miss across the country!

Sit down and write ✍️ away and send love the old fashioned way!

Book an appointment for a massage! It may be last minute but you never know they might just have an opening for you!

Guys you need a massage too! My husband and I go for one monthly. FEELs so good!

Get a mani or pedi or polish change.

Treat Yourself!!

Visit a juice shop! You know where they make it fresh squeezed! So good for you and nothing like fresh fruit or veggie juice!

Be good to yourself today. It’s been a tough week for the world!

Even though it may be hard to smile today…

Be good to yourself!