The scent of a woman…is important!

Shopping for makeup is easy! 

Shopping for fragrance is yet another kind of shopping altogether. I recently went shopping for Christmas gifts for my brother- in- law and lured by a fragrance counter. The lights,the bottles and scents! The sales associate greeted me quickly and wondered who I was buying for. I said no one. I  told her I thought I would touch, spray and see what calls out to me!

She started to assist and I did not mind as I used to work in Bloomingdales 59th St. and Macys 34th Street in NYC  and I know all about the job. They stand all day and work hard! 

She tired her best to introduce me to some scents. After she was about to show and spritz the fifth one. I had to say “Bye” at least for now. I was getting fragrance overload. She was disapoointed to see me leave and offered me the infamous coffee bean bowl. If you haven’t been to a fine fragrance counter this is a PROfessional fragrance and perfumer’s tip …You sniff the coffee beans to clear your nose of all the scents and start sniffing scents again. Sort of like the sherbet or sorbet that they serve you between dishes at a fine restaurant! That is why I chose to do this blog post today to let you know the process.

Back to the fragrances and the sales associate…I was confused and wasn’t feeling it. I needed to shop for holiday gifts. So, I left that store. Every time I placed my wrists or hands toward my face to move my hair, or sling my tote over my shouder I suddenly fell in love with the top of my hand where one of the fragances I tested was. I couldn’t stop sniffing and smelling my hand. I smelled so sexy and the scent made me feel so happy. I drove back to that store that night and had to buy a bottle and a body cream to go with it.

So, the next time you are in the mood or just happen to feel like you want to test drive something new. Don’t try more than 3 or 4 fragrances at a time tops! Don’t be in a hurry. Wait a while to see how the fragrance traslates and smells on you. Smelling coffee beans is great but most times you simply have to wait.

I smelled so …Delish!

What scent are you wearing today? Talk to me.four assorted perfume glass bottles

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Illuminate and Celebrate…

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Shopping for a a gift for a loved one or friend takes time.

Don’t rush shopping for a gift especially when it is for someone special.Every night I sit by candlelight and this light …A serene salt lamp. I have them all over my home and in my business too. They illuminate to room and create such a calming and pretty ambience and a mood all their own.

A salt lamp has so many beautiful benefits! And healthy ones too.

They purify the air,great to use around electronics and computers,smokers homes and are great for people with allergies. Google them and you’ll find ALL their benefits.

I highly recommend them. They used to cost a bit of money but now have come down in price and also gotten smaller and more portable even to clip in to your computer to brighten up the mood or your work space.

I also think they are kinda sexy and cool.

If you’re looking for that perfect gift for HIM or for HER… Think about giving this as a gift. They will treasure a long time and think of you every time they flip the switch too.

 

Unexpected Ways Celebrities Use Aquaphor in Their Beauty Routines — StyleCaster

Life and WORK has been a whirlwind this past week as well as this week for me.Sorry, I have not had time nor the real energy to give attention to my beauty and lifestyle blog. But I know you’ve been there too. I thought these unique beauty tips will  do it for now.

I’ve shared how much I and models,celebrities and makeup artists love to use Aquaphor in my TV work,photo shoots and on men too! Sharing this blog post on how some other celebrities use it too! Enjoy!

 

By definition, Aquaphor is a healing ointment, designed to heal minor cuts and cracked skin. But that’s far from its only use. Though most of us know the cult-followed petroleum jelly as a lip balm, Aquaphor has tons of other uses, as discovered by the hacks of celebrities, such as Hailey Baldwin, Emily Ratajkowski and…

via Unexpected Ways Celebrities Use Aquaphor in Their Beauty Routines — StyleCaster

Beauty Launches & Trends for Fall!

I’m  back in town and on TV  here in sunny Florida with some bewitching ideas for this Halloween eve and Halloween.photo RCL

I am sharing NEW FALL beauty and finger food (pardon the pun) trends to do with your girlfriends with my good friend Glamour Gourmet!

She created an awesome Halloween Snack box for ONLY $10.00  Invite your besties over for a beauty bash. Or it makes the perfect gift! Mummy rice krispies anyone?GLAMOUR Gourmet Halloween

Check her out on Instagram!

Don’t look like a witch! Take care of your skin! Be Bewitching this Halloween.

  • Try a new Vitabird Vitamin C  product that is knocking the heels off of woman who buy it. It will make your complexion brighter and more radiant. Available at Barney’s NYC. I just discovered this Asian beauty and my skin loves it so.
  • Don’t ever go to sleep with a dirty face! Use the latest skin sensation by whish and it is called a cleansing oil. So silky! Don’t let the word oil fool you.
  • Veil Cosmetics Mattifying base and touch-up powder. Free of the bad stuff and weightless on the skin.VEGAN LOVERS you will love it. http://www.veilcosmetics.com
  • Farmhouse Fresh Goods has you covered for crepey creepy hands. I love the Whoopie Cream but the new Honey Chai lotion makes me want to scream with delight. http://www.farmhousefreshgoods.com
  • CHI AIR Spin n Curl Is my latest go to for a quick curl in my hair.So easy to use! I am a makeup artist NOT a hairstylist and have never been good with using hair tools. BUT THIS is awesome! If it’s CHI it’s for ME!

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Who doesn’t love to burn a candle on Halloween? I’ve discovered. Blood Orange candle by Ao Fragrances the mood and perfumes the air. BLOOD ORANGE IMG_5264

What a fun time again on River City Live TV!

I hope I inspired you to throw an intimate last minute party  and gather up your girlfriends and have a yummy beauty BASH!

To see my segment on today’s show go to http://www.rivercitylive.com http://www.news4jax.com

Enjoy!

Looking for beauty? Go to your kitchen.

You’ll find beauty in a pitch!

After you make that cup of Joe take some of the coffee grinds and put them in a bowl …allow them to cool. Mix with a dash of coconut oil and you an awesome and cheap coffee scrub for your body. They say it is great for cellulite too.

Rinse well after a nice scrubbing and be careful tub may be slippery. But so worth it!!!

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Kool-Aid makes a pretty and yummy LIPS STAIN in a pinch. Celebrities love to use this hack. Simply open a pack of this powdered drink and mix with a dash of water. Apply with a lip brush or Q-tip. You’ll have a pretty tint to your lips and it will taste good too.

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Got an avocado browning that isn’t pretty looking or quite edible? Cut it open and mash and you have a creamy hydrating face mask. Apply to a clean face and leave on at least 10 minutes. Softer skin in a few minutes.

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Mint all kinds (peppermint,spearmint and more) they make an aromatic facial steam. Boil water,let it cool and flat a few torn leaves into a bowl with the water. Allowing only the steam to rise up to your face. Feels so good, gentle lifts any left over makeup or soap on your skin.

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Lastly another fave of mine is to use cornmeal to exfoliate my skin and polish it too.

I am working on the cooking stage today sharing my fav’ beauty in a pinch that you can find in your kitchen. These are easy to use and on the cheap. Enjoy!

Come back for more!

Southerners Rock in JAX!

If you live in the south you are so lucky because it is home to a few fabulous shows across the map. The Southern Women’s Show is almost here and the women (and some husbands) in the city of Jacksonville are counting down. It only comes here once a year!

October 18th,19th,20th and 21st 2018

4 days of bliss

For tickets and more information visit:

http://www.southernshows.com

If you attend the show in Jacksonville Florida here are a few recommendations I have for you!

If you’re in the mood for food and cooking lessons I am whipping up some beauty on the Cooking Stage on Thursday October 18th at 2:30 and Friday October 19th at 11:30.

I will be doing a Meet and Greet.Taking pictures,signing auto-graphs and there will be FREE SAMPLES from NeoCell and more! Each day I will host different cooking stage sessions and happy to answer any of your beauty and skin care questions. If you’re a foodie who loves food and beauty like I am. Come join me!

By the way don’t miss “mini me” YOUNG aspiring Chef Caleb on the cooking stage at 4:30 on Friday. He will charm your flip flops off!

Love to entertain in your home? I do too!

It is all about the ambiance and mood and Ao Fragrances is a candle line that is  absolutely amazzzzing addition to your home. From  your living room, She Shed or Man Cave,office or enjoy when you take a bubble bath. They have a luxurious candle for you! Locally made,small batches and superior quality and long clean burn collection.

Choose from a variety of unique scents. My fave’s are every one of them. No kidding.

Simply scentsational. Booth #111

 Treat Yo’self Gorgeous!

http://www.aofragrances.com

Love to cook and eat and looking for something NEW for your kitchen?

Check out: Grapes and Olives On Tap 

Enjoy Sips and tips of  Naturally Infused, Spanish, Olive Oils and Italian, Oak-aged Balsamic Vinegars, or to visit the website at: www.go-ontap.com.

They also have a cookbook in PDF format full of recipes available for $10 at the show (or online on their website). Booth #526

Here is a delish recipe and a peek inside the cookbook using the Meyer Lemon Extra Virgin Olive oil and the Strawberry Balsamic from our cookbook; “A Collection of Recipes by Grapes & Olives On Tap:

Diane’s Lemon-Raspberry-Strawberry Crostini

1 Baguette, sliced into 1⁄4-inch thick rounds (approx. 32 slices)

Grapes & Olives On Tap Meyer Lemon Olive Oil

12 oz. Whipped Cream Cheese

Zest of 3 large or 5 small lemons

Juice of 1 small lemon

1 small pinch of Lemon Flake Sea Salt crushed

Fresh Raspberries

Grapes & Olives On Tap Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar

†Brush baguette slices with Meyer Lemon Olive Oil; place on baking sheets and bake at 350°F until crisp and lightly golden, about 20-25 minutes. †

Mix cream cheese with lemon zest, juice of lemon and flake salt until smooth. †Spread on toasted baguette slices, top each baguette with a fresh raspberry, drizzle with Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar and Serve.

Copyright©2015 Grapes & Olives On Tap, LLC

Selena’s Accessories will continue their fashionable tradition with a huge presence of the LATEST and greatest fashion accessories and fabulous gifts for the Kitchen Goddess in you or on your holiday gift list. From handbags to bling to tea towels and adorable oven mitts. PRICES to put a smile on your face.

I can’t wait to shop their booth!

This is their 20th year exhibiting at the show. Stop by: Booths #1306-1308

Across from The Cooking Stage is the Southern Peanut Growers. They will have some awesome recipes for you to try at home and while supplies last …a bag of delicious and good for your health delicious PEANUTS!

If you don’t live here or can’t attend the show this year …Here is a recipe for PUDDING you too enjoy making in your own kitchen!

 

PB & J Chia Pudding

2 servings

3 tablespoons Chia seeds
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons peanut powder
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk beverage
1/2 cup frozen raspberries

Combine Chia seeds, maple syrup, vanilla extract, peanut powder and coconut milk in a jar or container with a lid. Shake or stir until fully mixed. Refrigerate overnight. Top with raspberries.

(I usually serve with a drizzle of honey and fresh raspberries, blackberries or strawberries. It’s delicious – and has 175 calories, 12g fiber and 9g protein per serving!)

This recipe was created for us by Kristina LaRue, RDN, CSSD with www.LoveandZest.com  

I hope to see you at the show!

Oh and almost forgot to tell you…there is a scantily clad fashion event on LADIES NIGHT!

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And for to WATCH a video on the above segment from TV today…on River City Live go to http://www.news4jax.com click on videos

 

Falling for Fall’s new fashion accessories!

 

I am a huge fan of accessories. Are you?

I don’t have to have diamonds,gemstones or designer things (although Betsey Johnson is my weakness) but I do love both the unique,fun and classic. I recently traveled to Dallas and had the best time working and playing. Shopping is work too. Sometimes you can shop for hours and not find a thing and turn around and go home. But this trip I found a gorgeous cotton candy pink glam necklace and earring set with diamond like crystals. $3.00 worth of gorgeousness. I also found a pair of trouser sock like stockings in the prettiest shade of pink. $1.00 scored!After the spring,summer,winter you can find some AMAZING deals as the stores are getting ready for new merchandise. You know out with the old in with e new. Their trash is your treasure.

I love the way just by adding a few fashion pieces to your fall wardrobe can go a long way.

Here are a few things to spice up your fall wardrobe.

Choose pearls (faux is fine) they are always in fashion and NOT just for old ladies! I have them in ALL colors from earrings to bracelets and necklaces.

A classic pair or three of cubic zirconia or Austrian crystal earrings. They never fail to impress. No one knows they are not diamonds but you.

What’s still  trending in necklaces are a large statement necklaces (especially pretty on taller gals) OR a simple tiny diamond like stone other design necklaces. Small but makes a statement. Necklaces always that little something to a plain outfit from blue jeans to that basic black dress. Celebrities are a master at this look.

A new pair of sunglasses (Sunnies) will not only protect your eyes from wrinkling faster they are so much fun and tres chic. Some days it is all about a great pair of sunglasses and a luscious lipstick!

It is STILL so HOT in Florida where we do see some sort of fall but I am sure you are feeling cooler fall wherever you are. Enjoy the beauty of this color filled explosion nature has to offer.

Spice up that wardrobe with a few new pieces and ENJOY!

 

 

 

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Welcoming Fall!

Whether you call it autumn or fall...it is so beauty filled best of all!

Florida is cooling a bit it was 90 today….and I do mean just a bit and I couldn’t be happier!!!

I can’t wait to smell fall. I can’t wait to drink a  cup of warm apple cider.

I long for putting on a pashmina cozy scarf in a new hue.

So can’t wait to pull out my all my leather and cozy fall sweaters!

My lips and nails long for  deeper sexy hues!

I can’t wait to pick out a pumpkin and some seasonal plants at the farm stand for my front door.

I so look forward to the children Trick or Treating at my door.

My mouth can’t wait for the pumpkin seeds I will make in my oven from scratch.

I will truly enjoy  making my own Pumpkin Pie face mask!

Fall, fall I love you best of all…What makes YOU happy to welcome fall?

Share with me! I LOVE hearing from you!

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Backstage Beauty

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This morning I took the TV viewers on River City Live to a Backstage BEAUTY Pass… to Fashion week.

Makeup artists who work behind the scenes work tirelessly painting,primping,pampering and and above all hydrating the skin!

It is all about the skin. If the skin does not look it’s best the makeup won’t look the best.

TwinMedix: These essentials got some complexions on the right track with an advanced skin care collection!

Embryolisse: A French delight that models and makeup artist can’t get enough of for gorgeous skin.

Danessa Myricks Beauty: Her Beauty Oils and Dew Balm gives the skin the glowiest look!

Waleda Skin Food: Is another moisturizing lotion that some models request.

Sheet masks from Korea were yet another instant prettier skin fix!

Jade and  Rose Quartz gemstone eye and face rollers: were used to relax the face and make the makeup glide on like silk after a moisturizer or serum was applied.

I’ve even seen silver spoons used in an ice bath and applied to the face for puffy complexions at fashion shows! Or the makeup artists use spoons dry and at room temperature ones are used to curl the eyelashes.stainless steel spoon

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Rosebud Salve: A pro FAVE’ was used for unruly tresses,chapped lips and to give the skin a glowy look. This is in my makeup kit too.

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The NO MAKEUP Makeup Look made a big appearance BUT it takes makeup and lots of work to achieve the look.

Aquaphor is another lip and face product that is seen behind the scenes.

Makeup Brushes: There are plenty used and  in all shapes and sizes. There is a brush and sponge for every part of the face and body. Powder puffs rule too!

One of brands of nail polish used was Essie. Who doesn’t love it? One of the hot hues used was Licorice. A deep gray black shade of sexy.

Mr. Eyeliner a set of cosmetic pencils was used on the faces on the models by Jasmine Ortiz MUA on a fashion show featuring  Kilane Collection by celeb fashion designer Pamela Quinzi . Photographed by @rjensalada_21 on Instagram

 

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I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek behind the scenes in the makeup kits at fashion shows and fashion week.

 

 

 

Skin Care Tip

Where do I test drive a face cream before I buy it?

Not on your hands or fingers darling. As a professional makeup artist and skin therapist I suggest you place it where it goes and where you are going to wear it daily…your FACE!

There you will discover:

Is it creamy and dreamy? Light and airy? Does it apply effortlessly? Does It feel heavy? Above all do you like the way it feels,smells and looks on your skin?

Once you’ve done this and answered these questions in your mind…you are all set to purchase a new moisturizer or night cream.

As simple as it may be many women continue to test things on their hands. In this case face or neck is best!

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