The All I have is Five Minutes face!

I know you’re busy were all busy especially around the holidays. Lately I have bumped into clients out and about town who come or have come to my makeup studio in sunny Florida. However, they cover their faces and tell me please don’t look at me. I look awful. That’s kinda sad don’t you think?

If all you have is five minutes here is what you need.

A sheer foundation like Not Your Mothers Foundation or a powder foundation in a compact. Apply a sheer amount on your face staying away from your eyes and lips.

Next,blend a dash of concealer in a lipstick tube.Apply where you need coverage…eyelids, under eye and on sun or red spots.

A dash of  eye shadow all over the lid…Look for a shade like a Champagne,Pink Champagne or a soft beige gold hue.Yes all you will need is one shade. NOT two or three.

YES, mascara is  optional but liner is a must…it not only lines your eyes and accents them it also can create the look like you applied mascara but it is only eye liner eye pencil you have on. You actually don’t need both.

A kiss of blush or powder bronzer applied with a fan brush to give a warmth to your complexion.

A swipe of lipstick,lip gloss or lip balm…wraps up the look.

See how fast and  so EASY this 5 minute face can be to do? There’s no excuse why you can’t do this too.

My model is my girlfriend Nancy doesn’t she look awesome and pretty naturally?

If you have a holiday party to do and want to look good too…with not a lot of time involved…go for it!

Share with me,chat with me…I LOVE hearing from you and your sharing a beauty secret or two with me.

Hope you are enjoying the beauty of this holiday season.

 

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SPAaaaaaaaaaaah and Rituals!

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I told you I would post about my spa visit in Santa Fe New Mexico. And here it is.

I fell in love with the resort and caring staff at the La Posada De Santa Fe hotel and then I discovered the SPA! The Spa Sage in Santa Fe is a sweet relaxing retreat. Tucked in between our quaint and unique  rooms.

The spa was filled with a wonderful mix of products. Not always do you see that. From beauty to fashion accessories and fragrance.

One thing that caught my undivided attention was a sign holder with the words below and square white patches of cloth and a paper twist tie. Next to it were pieces of this silver gray sage. Here is what it read:

Sage is held sacred by many Native Americans because of its purifying energies.Traditionally cleanses both the body and the mind. Traditionally it is used in areas in smudging ceremony to clear the energy and purify the body.

Upon arrival at SPA SAGE,please make a bundle of sage while thinking of a concern you would like to release as well as good thoughts you would like to bring in.

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This practice will prepare you for complete relaxation during your spa experience. At the end of your spa journey you may leave your worries with us to burn at night in the fireplace or take the bundle home with you to burn or keep for a memory of your experience with Spa Sage.

I never experienced a spa quite like this and this extra special touch!!!

I took my bundle of sage that I put together at the spa so I could photograph it and show you! Tonight I AM following the spas instructions and burning it with intentions.

I also love the fact that if you stay at the lodge you can get a eucalyptus & lavender aromatherapy steam room treatment. Can you smell it?

HEAVENLY! And just what my body needed as I arrived with a respiratory infection. The spa also offers fabulous facials,massage,mani & pedi’s and more!

Come to find out a fan of the hotel staying there told me that Hollywood called and they just shot a movie at this hotel with Benjamin Bratt and a few other celebrities.

If you are ever out that way…you need to see this resort and SPA!

 

 

 

What a Beauty!

 

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From the moment I arrived in New Mexico I loved it! I also was drawn in to the sights of these chili peppers dangling at homes,stores and restaurant doors.

They say that the wreaths,strands and other shaped chilies are not just for cooking and eating but for “Welcoming” people to your home or business.I kinda like that.The colorful red hues welcoming you! In fact much of the food I ate had some heat!

I traveled to New Mexico the locals call the land of enchantment for work and play!photo Santa Fe shoppining

The fashion also got my attention with the Native American decor, clothing and more!

Take a scenic drive on the Turquoise  Trail you’ll never know what you will find…like a yummy haunted tavern,fun shopping and more.

The historic Loretto church is rich in religion and history. There are other fabulous churches to explore as well.

There was an annual Chinese Lantern Festival I would have loved to go to…but time did not allow.

One fabulous meal I had has been seen on Diners,Drive Ins and Dives.…it is called TUNE Up Cafe. It was off the food chain fabulous! Beyond YUM and a husband and wife owned business.

Shop the little road side stands you might see…something NEW to discover wherever you go!

Note to self…the SUNSETS are truly amazing! REALLY!

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I only wish my travel date was able to be timed with their annual Hot Air Balloon Event and race. My husband is a hot air balloonist. It would have been quite a ride.

Hope you enjoyed my view of colorful and beautiful New Mexico!

Scent-sational…

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On my recent trip to New Orleans I rediscovered a place I had shopped for fragrant soaps and more! It is a  perfumery called Bourbon French Parfums.They have been creating elegant,sensual fragrances for almost 175 years. Began by August Doussan now housed in a quaint Creole cottage on Royal Street (my fav’ street in New Orleans).Mary Behlar,owner and the house perfumer,has continued the tradition of personal care for her clients in the French Quarter.

My latest obsession is in the photograph above. This fragrant roll on and creamy moisturizing soap is on of their secret formula fragrances. Seductive yet shy,pretty yet gave me a sensual sexy high. As I travel for work and play in beauty I am asked what is that scent I am wearing? A little drop is all it takes.

The old world charm and the vials and pretty little bottles of perfume will call your name. They also make a signature custom blend for YOU and your sweetie too! Your custom blend specialist will do a complete assessment of your body chemistry as well as your personality,your likes and dislikes and more. I hope you’ll explore.

Visit and shop: http://www.neworleansperfume.com 

 

How To Speak to a Crowd

 

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First, do a little prep before you do a presentation.

 

Get a good night’s sleep. Stay away from that cup of anything Starbucks! You may simply be nervous or caffeine wired up that they you cannot sleep. Instead, try sipping some hot chamomile tea or take a supplement that calms the muscles and nerves called Magnesium.

 

The day of your speech or presentation, eat a good but not heavy breakfast. Keep it light but hearty like an acai yogurt bowl or steel cut oatmeal. If you eat too much you will want to take a nap and feel no energy. If it is a luncheon or evening presentation, pay particular attention to what you eat too.

 

Drink water and stay hydrated. Do you know liquids help your brain think better, you will be more on your toes? This is especially true when you have to take a test or an exam too.

 

Bring honey and lemon throat lozenges you never know when your throat may get that annoying tickle in the throat and a coughing fit comes on.

 

Do not forget to brush your teeth if possible BEFORE your talk and carry Altoids to the rescue.

Guys and gals. Do not’ wear shoes that are brand new. Nothing feels worse than sore feet. Be comfortable in a pair of shoes that are broken in and that are in pristine condition.

If you happen to get the dreaded nervous red flush on the face and chest before you speak…. Apply a CC cream. This cream is unisex and it covers and corrects your skin and calms down the red or pink flushed appearance. No more red.

Ladies…wear a bolder lipstick and cheek color and eyeliner or mascara is necessary. You want to be seen from a distance. If you are in a conference room or small luncheon meeting, lighten up a bit on these.

Guys you can wear a dash of tinted moisturizer to even out your complexion.

Add some guy liner or manscara.

However, not as heavy as Johnny Depp in the pirate movies. A little goes a long way.

Really, they all work and define your eyes and fine-tune your complexion. If you are prone to DRY lips. Apply lip balm. Nothing worse than crusty dehydrated lips.

Do not over do on aftershave or cologne. It can be over powering and you never know who has allergies in the room. You want them to remember you and what you said…Not your fragrance.

Smile as you open up to your audience with your presentation. A smile is better than wearing a Rolex watch that they most likely will never see.

A smile invites them in. Also, tell a little story about yourself or a fun joke that will fit in to what you have to say. If you are nervous…picture the audience is naked. This is a speaker’s tip that works as unusual as it may sound.

Above all, engage your audience, work the room with your eyes, and smile! Do not just look one direction or at a few people in the audience. Show everyone you care about them by your eyes and glance at as many people as you can. Eye contact is key.

After your speech…thank your audience and ALWAYS have your business card ready to give. Never be without it. It is like a mini billboard of you. Add your social media info.I also  find a picture is worth a thousand words. Ever since I added my photo on my business card and website business booms even more. People want to see who they are doing business with and put a face with a name.

I hope this helps you put your best forward and always know this. My words of wisdom: “YOU are a star no matter whom you are so …Shine brightly!”

See you there Jacksonville?

SWS Color 2017

 

The day is almost here…actually 4 glorious days October 19,20,21,22 for the ladies of Jacksonville to enjoy the one and only Southern Women’s Show. I’ll be there whipping up some beauty on the Cooking Stage.

Thursday October 19th at 1:30

I will be featuring skin care and beauty ideas for HEALTHIER looking skin!

Friday October 20th at 1:30

How to Make a few seasonal D.I.Y.’s in your kitchen. Ideas for hostess gifts and gifts on the cheap… But oh so tres chic!

Because it is the shows 30th year. I am donating some awesome giveaways along with Whole Foods Market Jacksonville Florida!

Laurie Hernandez Olympic Gymnast will be making a guest appearance too!

If you live in Jacksonville Florida…come see me!

The SWS  show is always filled with food,fashion and fun!

 

What’s in my handbag you ask?

photoBusiness got in the way yesterday so I am posting this today. Many of you are curious what is in my handbag? So since this week we celebrated National Handbag Day… I decided it was the perfect time to share away.

First of all, I am not necessarily attracted to designer handbags. I purchase handbags like I do bling.I buy what calls out to me on the store shelf. I especially love buying things in my travels so I have a great memory attached to that bag. I used to buy souvenirs like coffee  mugs and tea towels but I stopped that long ago.

So as you can see by the photo in my blog I HAD to own this unique handbag. Isn’t it darling? No, I did not pay a fortune but would have and it does not hold a lot of things but I do love,love, love THIS shoulder strap bag. Don’t you?

Here is what is my handbag:

A mini hairbrush by WET BRUSH…my hair tangles fast and I love this brush.

A mini packet of NeoCell BEAUTY supplements they vary from time to time but this week it is Derma Matrix. I add it to a bottle of water or sprinkle on my food for pretty healthier hydrated skin.

Six assorted shade lipsticks. Cause I never know what mood I am in during a day.

BLACK gel eyeliner pencil. (Never want to be without it )

A pack of Asian powder papers to blot oil and powder my nose at one time.

My wallet with red lips by Betsy Johnson.

My change purse with lips all over it.

A Sharpie Marker in black and in red.

A mini legal pad.

A picture of my TWIN brother and my husband.

A mini pill box filled with aspirin,vitamins C and more.

A package of spearmint gum.

A tiny tin container of Altoids. ( Gotta be KISSABLE)

A business card holder filled with my cards.

To Do List…which changes and gets updated daily

A mini bottle of water if it will fit.

Fun Fact:

I clean out my purse at least once a week. I hate a MESSY inside handbag.

What’s in your bag?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let the Beauty Show Begin!

 

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Ready, set and my beauty bags packed for the International Esthetics,Cosmetics and SPA show in sunny Ft Lauderdale. This weekend  is going to be business and pleasure. I like to mix the two. Work hard… play hard. There are several beauty events I have been invited to and I really look forward to guest speaking too.This is one of my classes in the show book. I will take pictures of my model who also happens to be another speaker…Alysha Carlo. My class is for professionals in the spa,med-spa and salon industry.

The attendees come from all over the world! It is very exciting.

I also can’t wait to shop the huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuggge show floor and bring back my beauty and skin care haul to share!

I’m also happy to escape from the sadness in Jacksonville from that hurricane IRMA.

I am planning on doing a giveaway on MY blog when I get back into town…So stay tuned for some giveaway fun!

xoxo

 

 

Kitchen Beauty

photo River city live 8-2017.JPGFriday on a pop culture and entertainment show here in sunny Florida called River City Live TV I shared some of my signature beauty secrets from the kitchen or your own backyard. I thought you would enjoy them!

Make a facial steam bath…to open up your pores and sweat!

Your skin will love it. Make a pot of tea water…fill a glass bowl with some of that hot water.Rub herbs in palm of your hand a bit.Place sprigs of rosemary OR fresh spearmint inside the bowl of steamy water. Allow time for it to float and infuse the aromatics from the herb.  You can also try this D.I.Y. with other fresh herbs from your fridge or garden. Place your face near the bowl and let the steam (not water) hit your face.Do this for at least 5 minutes. Rinse your face well and use your fav’ face toner and a light moisturizer next.

In a pinch and don’t have any facial scrub at home?

Try using cornmeal from your pantry!

Take a spoonful and place in a little dish. Add some water. Make a little liquid  grain like paste. Apply on a clean face and work in gentle circular motions. Stay away from your eyes and lips. Leave on for a couple of minutes and rub again gently. I like to do this on my T-zone. Rinse well and follow up with your facial toner.This is not only great for the pores but also great for dry flaky skin as a natural exfoliant.

Got stress?

A kitchen rolling pin isn’t just for baking darlingsGet it out and have your sweetie release the stress on your back and or back of legs. Use with gentle strokes.It really does wonders. Use a dash of olive or sunflower oil for some massage oil slip (like massage therapists use). I like it better than on dry skin. When you can’t see your massage therapist this works!

Roses aren’t just good to decorate your house with they also make a floral delight for your eyes. In place of cucumbers a rose petal has soft hydrating properties. They say ancient Chinese royalty loved to do this. I prefer organic roses. All you do is take a petal and place one on each side. Rest your eyes and listen to some music or enjoy the quiet in the room.Now, remove the petals and enjoy softer skin.

I LOVE making fruit or vegetable infused water.…and drink it all day. Better than coffee or sodas and they quench your thirst and make your skin happy too. On TV I showed the viewers how to make a personal bottle of this water. I found an adorable glass with a straw built in and keep it on my desk or work area.

1 container or large pitcher of spring water

1 fresh organic kiwi sliced

1 sprig of  fresh mint

ANOTHER version simply add wedges of oranges.

Allow them to set in pitcher for at least an hour or more. This lets the above make love together and makes the water taste great. Enjoy!

*Drink at room temperature. That’s what a lot of doctors say is best to do. Not ice cold.

Remember my philosophy is not all things have to come from a store…making it yourself is fun and kinda therapeutic. I hope you’ll let me know of any ideas or recipes you like to do too! I LOVE hearing from you.

xoxo

 

 

Got Lipstick?

National Lipstick Day photo 2017Today is National Lipstick day!

I thought a great way to start the day is with a few beauty secrets for your lips! Here are my answers to some commonly asked questions.

 

“What can I do to save a lipstick that melted slightly in my car or purse?”

 All you need to do is gently smoosh (if there is a word) it together with your fingers and freeze them overnight. This will make them harden and you may have to use a lip brush to use it but at least you can still use it.Handle with care and you will still have at quite a few more wearings.

 

“I heard you create lipsticks and lipstain is your specialty!”

 

Yes, I created the first Lipstain years ago. I love the look of a China doll with that flawless skin and rosy pink lips. I also wanted my lipstick to stay on longer.I sought out beauty laboratories to have a chemist make my request. It wasn’t easy. After many testings,samples,swipe and hard work. We finally nailed it. Brides requested a longer lasting rosy lipstick. Bridal magazines started to notice and my Lipstain collection soared. I love the lips and they are my favorite part of the face to makeup on a woman.

So, lipstick and gloss line had to happen!!!

“My lipstick changes color no matter what color or brand I use. What can I do?”

Give Perfect Day Lip Base a whirl. It is like foundation for your lips and is made just for the lips. One coat underneath any lipstick makes your lip color stay on better, remain true and helps keep it from feathering outside the lines too. Typically, it is your body chemistry that makes a color change happen. I know it can be frustrating but you can manage it.

You got this girl!

 

My lipstick or lip-gloss runs down and off my lips. HELP!

 You can use a basic pigmented lip liner but another suggestion I have is to use a clear lip pencil.

Yes, this transparent lip liner works wonders on the lips and locks in color!

This lip liner pencil is used just like you use a pigmented one. It’s like magic.

“My fave lipsticks been discontinued, some broke and some melted in my car! What can I do?”

 A travel or beside pill box will work or a Lip Motel to the rescue!

There are several slots usually in the pill container and you can fill them all with your melted,tired and poor bits of lip beauty. Or you can use this one. Mix and matching has never so much fun.

A Lipstick Motel is a long empty compact with mini compartments will hold your lipsticks or lip balms. Simply scoop your leftover lip products with the mini spatula into the empty spaces and save them to mix and match shades and enjoy. Eco chic and fabulous. Be your own makeup artist and use the cool stuff we use too. Both of these are a  makeup artist’s and model secret!  

  • Dehydrated lips need some LOVE…here is my recipe for kissable softer lips!

 

Sugar Me Up Lip Scrub

 I love a natural approach to beauty. So, naturally I love to make my own sometime.

What you will need:

1 teaspoon of white granulated sugar

1 teaspoon of Organic coconut oil (I LOVE the Whole Foods Everyday 365 Value brand)

*1 teaspoon of agave nectar

Stir the above up and enjoy as a lip exfoliating treatment weekly.

FYI

Sometimes certain medications will dry out your lips. Not drinking enough water can dry your lips out too. Even the brand of  your lipsticks can dry out your lips!

Step 1. Next,stir and place the ingredients above into a small plastic jar or mini empty jam jar.

Step 2. Apply with your finger or a mini firm brush on clean naked lips. Leave on at least 5 minutes. Rub back and forth with your finger.

Step 3. Rinse off with luke warm water and a washcloth. It will last a couple of weeks in a closed container.

I like to put mine in the refrigerator. The coconut oil softens the skin on your lips and the brown sugar gently exfoliates. Adding honey if you are not allergic to it will aid in softer luscious hydrated lips.

Your lips will LOVE you back and your LIPSTICK and or gloss will glide on like butter!

If this recipe is too much of a fuss for you swipe on one of these…

 I always kiss my lips goodnight with one of these lip treats! If you want to be kissable you need this!

Tealicious a green tea lip conditioner  in a lipstick tube.If you love anything green tea you will love this lip treatment!!!

OR a TLC vitamin E lip balm…I used to use a vitamin E  vitamin pill, take a pin and make a tiny hole and squirt around on the lip area to soften lips and and any lines around the lips.

But no more!  I recommend you give a try to TLC vitamin E in a lipstick tube.

I keep them at my bedside. My husband uses them too. Not just at bedtime they can also be used at the beach, riding your bike or running errands.

Gotta question? Just ask I am here to help!

And remember my mantra and slogan…

“ A woman without lipstick is like a day without sunshine”.