I was looking for a refreshing recipe and felt in the mood for mint. So I went to my personal recipe box for food, beauty and fun. I made a yummy cool Mint Julep drink with fresh mint. I also prepared a fresh facial steam.
I wanted to detox my pores a bit and give them a breather from makeup, pollution and more.
What you will need for this recipe:
1 bunch of fresh peppermint or spearmint leaves
1 gallon bottle of water poured into a pasta pot (pretend you’re making pasta)
1 glass Pyrex like bowl
Bring water to a boil and allow it to cool a bit. Pour this water into a bowl.
Crush up some great mint in your hands to let the aromatics come out.
Place the leaves on top of the water.
Place a tea towel over your head allowing your face to be uncovered.
Keeping a safe distance allow the steam 💦 to reach your face.
You’ll start to notice a bit of moisture to your facial skin and feel like you’ve been “working out”. That’s good!
Your pores are getting a workout,dead skin will slough off a bit and your your skin will love you for it all.
You can enjoy this facial steam once a week. I like to do it for at least 10 mins. until the water cools to lukewarm and your face is glows & dewy.
Do not put your pretty face in the steamy water. Just near it and allow the steam to rise and meet your face.
Spice It Up …Fall has arrived even though we don’t feel it in Florida. The temperatures in the 90’s this week! Wow. Today on TV I shared these with our TV viewers on a lifestyle morning show on River City Live… on WJXT-4.
But it is going to feel like the chill of fall before we know it. Let’s get in the mood and spice your life up with something new. Perhaps something or some place you never tried before!
A great way to do this is with a new sweater or better yet buy a pair of cozy socks! Say goodbye to boring black,white or blue and color your world too! I just discovered this awesome brand called JOHN’S CRAZY SOCKS! So many sock styles to choose from for guys, gals and kids too. The fun socks I purchased are so ME with luscious lips all over them.
Check out … Browse:www.johnscrazysocks.com Feel even better about your purchase knowing you are supporting a small business owner who just happens to be born with Down Syndrome. His company donates a portion of your purchase to Special Olympics. The holidays are coming. Great gift idea too.
Adding fall decorative touches in your home is nice. But how about adding some spice to your kitchen by trying out new and exotic spices like Vietnamese cinnamon and or French Lavender for your culinary adventures. I have had a party in my kitchen with these spices and herbs.
•Love sipping coffee? Tea? Smoothies Or Hot Chocolate? Me too.
Bitty and Beau’s Coffee Shop is coming soon to San Marco in Jacksonville Fl. But you can also find this coffee shop around the country. The brainchild started by a mom Amy Wright who is co-owner and named the coffee shop after her two children Bitty & Beau who were born with Down Syndrome. Why not stop in when they open their doors here and enjoy a NEW place to sip your coffee and enjoy a delicious treat too. They employ amazing people with disabilities. Now that’s something to brag about! Guests love the vibe and coffee too!
Try a new autumn inspired self-care treat like Honey Heel glaze and or hand and body lotion like Honey Chai. Men love this scent and products too. Self care never smelled or felt so good!
A new lipstick can change your life! Really. The trending hues for fashion and lipstick are cinnamon and metallic and earthy colors. But still think about PINK to brighten up your face to go with the new fall fashions.
Let’s celebrate the beauty of fall 🍂 and all it has to offer us.
I have been back at it and traveling for work and it is truly a new trying frontier. If you haven’t flown lately, since the pandemic or ever here are some things to expect … maybe!
Recently my flight got cancelled while I was still in the air traveling from Las Vegas to Atlanta. I did not learn of this news until I was able to turn my iphone as we landed and headed toward the gate. WOW! I was NOT ready for that. Atlanta to Jacksonville Fl is a quick 30-45 minute flight and the sun 🌞 was shining and the skies were the most gorgeous shade of blue!
My husband and I had no luggage,no toiletries,no fresh clothes and no night clothes to go to sleep in.
I usually travel on board with a just in case kit but accidentally packed it in my luggage. We were so not ready for this news but tried to go with the flow. When we walked over to the the ticket counter for Delta there were many others in our shoes so we felt a bit better.
Come to find out we had NO PILOT and no flight crew to take us to Jacksonville Fl that is why our flight was cancelled not due to weather or airplane troubles. You hear and see scenarios on the news BUT when it happens to YOU …is another story. I felt so lost even though I knew it would happen eventually.
Here are some stress relieving ideas for taking on board the plane with you.Create a compact bag for each of you filled with the “Bare Necessities” you may need.
Think small sizes!
Only decide what you really really WANT and need. PSP
For the MEN:
A bag of travel sized shave cream, a razor, toothbrush,toothpaste. A shirt for the next day and a fresh pair of underwear.
For the Women:
A bag filled with makeup remover towelettes, moisturizer and your favorite makeup items. Keep it simple. A tinted moisturizer OR choose a double-duty beauty like powder compact to even out skin tone and tone down shine.Lipstick can be used as blush in a pinch. Eyeliner to define the eyes in place of a tube of mascara. A nightgown or nightshirt,and a fresh pair of underwear.
Have children with you? YOU know best on what to pack for them and amuse them too.
Travel size toiletries and more you both can share:
Deodorant,a unisex fragrance, package of Q-TIPS,tissues,small hairbrush and comb,hand and body lotion. Usually the hotel supplies shampoo and conditioner.
Bring your RX prescriptions on the plane. Pack something for upset stomach,headaches and anything else you use. An eye mask or a roll on essential oil to keep calm.
Pack a lightweight empty bottle for water for yourselves that you can refill at the airport and save money and keep hydrated.
SNACKS are a must! I have learned to pack a combination of healthy and yummy options.Think comfort food.
MINI bags of dried fruit like cranberries,an apple, small cookies,crackers,gummy bears,potato chips, chocolate bars,gum,mints. Pack a bit of what you love!
Bringing a book or two or some magazines is ALWAYS a good idea.
All of the above are just in case your flight is cancelled and you may have to stay at a hotel overnight. Please note you don’t know what the hotel may have in the way of toiletries in the room. So, its best to pack your own. OR your plane does not take off in a timely manner and you are stuck on the plane as that can happen too. Most times they serve no drinks or snacks while you wait. These days you never know.
Getting away for an overnight this Labor day weekend or making it a long weekend. Be prepared…it will make your life so much easier.
I hope you do have a safe and fabulous flight and get where you want to go.
Snacks and an empty water bottle are a good idea too. I love to pack a combination of healthy and yummy options. Comfort food. Dried fruits, cookies, gummy bears, mini chocolate bars, cheese crackers or peanut butter crackers. All of these JUST IN CASE. Cause these days you never know.
Getting away for an over night trip or a long Labor Day weekend. Be prepared. It makes life so much easier!
Don’t forget when you go from your hotel that the airline may put you up in you will have to go through Security AGAIN when you enter the airport for your new flight.
I recently featured on TV a woman who was my model for a beauty and lifestyle segment I do here in sunny Florida! 🌴
River City Live on WJXT-4.
Honey, it’s so steamy and hot outside across the country but we can’t always be by an electric fan… Right?
So in comes this Diva!
The woman I am telling you about wears many hats and slays all day as a model,an emcee and all around DIVA. She is so charming and fun to be around. She creates the most amazing things. Diva Fans!
What is a Diva Fan you ask?
Makeeta says her fans are…”A stylish way to get attention, get a lil’ air in this summer heat or to keep cool if you’re having your own personal summer year round.”
Diva Fans I think are a one of a kindcustom sensation. With the flick of the wrist, a true show-stopper when you walk into a party, cocktails, bedside or poolside.
The best part? They can be made with your own words, an organizations name,your business logo or for a special event or occasion. The fans come in a variety of colors as well! This fan is HUGE! Not your average small fan.
They start at $25.00 and you may reach the creator @makeetalemodel@ gmail.com
Another awesome part is they make the most awesome demanding sound when you flick it open. I never saw anything like it!
Or find her and direct message her on Facebook or Instagram @makeetalemodel
I think every month is a reason to shop 🛍any small sweet 📦 business!
Feel the love ❤️?
Support and spread some shopping love!
Did you know? This month is Black Business month. Give the girl some love! The perfect gift! 🎁 For yourself or someone else.
Its is my favorite time of year! The day we wear and celebrate the beauty of a lipstick and what it does for our lips,complexion and face!
Now’s the time to update your lipstick wardrobe and buy something fresh,fun and new! Run don’t walk! Treat yourself to this instant mood lifter!
But before you do … go over and throw out lipsticks 💄 you do not use. Please bear in mind you don’t want to pass on your makeup to others even family because of Covid-19 even more so.
What’s HOT in lipsticks now?
PINK and fuchsia are the IT shades right now! They brighten the complexion and give you a rosy healthy glow! Summertime also is the perfect time for coral reds and golden shades too. You know sun’-kissed and to show off that tan.
If a color lipstick that you bought is not for you simply apply a sheer white lipstick with a touch of shimmer over it and you might just fall in love with a new gorgeous sexy hue!
If you need to plump up those lips and more! Check out this book!
Today on River City Live TV in sunny Florida I am sharing a few answers to viewers skincare and lifestyle questions.
You can watch a video clip and read MORE on http://www.News4Jax.com after they post it on their site after the show. Click River City Live.
But here are some highlights from my beauty report:
Guys especially bearded ones are looking for a rescue for razor bumps on the face and neck. I found a great new product to help with that. It is washable and reusable.
They are called the Dermasuri’s Face & Neck Exfoliator for Bearded Men. This mitt helps prevent ingrown hairs and razor bumps.
Both of these mitts are made with a unique and gentle fabric texture to wash and exfoliate the face. All you need is hot water and this and you’re on your way to better looking skin!
The other is their Deep Exfoliating Mitt Face Scrub. You may use daily or a few times a week.
Got acne? I’d go for a washcloth and a gentle face cleanser.
Do I really need a sunscreen? I work indoors and do not spend a lot of time outdoors. Just running errands or taking a quick walk in the neighborhood gives you sun. The sun is always on! Rain or shine.
Yes, everyone needs a sunscreen to shield themselves from the harmful sun 🌞 rays!
Heading into the long Memorial Weekend is a great to time to unwind…I want to share a few fun ideas and ways to celebrate the month of May.
May is Asian American Pacific Islander month.
There are many beauty brands that you can explore when you surf and shop online over the weekend.
It is also Skin Cancer Awareness month. A great time to visit the beach or for outdoor activities. Make sure you wear sunglasses outdoors and slather on sunscreen and protect your families skin too. The new spray sunscreens like AAPI founder of the Banish brand Daisy Jing created a product called The Defender a mineral sunscreen with broad spectrum SPF50 an easy choice to use.
This long weekend is also a great time to curl up to a good book on the beach and or in bed and learn something new. New York Times best-selling author Kimberly Snyder has just launched a book You Are More Than You Think You Are -filled with Practical Enlightenment for Everyday Life.
Chef and TV co-host of The Good Dish TV show Daphne OZ has a new cookbook called Eat Your Heart Out. I am in love ❤️ with this cook book.
She calls it a “reset yourself” kind of book I call it delicious and FUN! Healthier meal recipes for the whole family. Yummy snacks and delights too.
Cook up a storm this weekend and enjoy a delicious weekend and add a new cookbook to your kitchen library. Easy read and easy healthier recipes too.
*While these authors are not Asian they do have unique books to buy and enjoy over the weekend, summer and beyond.
Give yourself, your sweetie or bestie a “Self-care” at home treat or two:
The Qi a wellness brand rooted in a time-honored Eastern ritual. AAPI founder Lisa created an aromatic wonderful brand of TEA that is a flower tea. NO tea bag. No tea leaves.
Who knew sipping whole flowers 🌸 was possible and so pleasurable?
My favorites so far are Shangri-La Rose and Chrysanthemum.
Vegan,sustainably sourced,no preservatives.hand-picked,organically grown they work directly with small family farms across Asia.
Sipping tea will never be the same for you!
ESW Beauty founded by Elina Wang just launched new and UNIQUE raw juice cleanse face masks.
Kale, spinach, pineapple, kiwi, ginger,pear, watermelon and more. They have a variety of delights for your skin.
DeepDetoxthose Pores, Brightening,Moisturizing, Soothing and more.
Beia Beauty has new wipes to keep you fresh all summer long founded by Brittany Lo. Great for travel.
Have a fun and relaxing long holiday weekend this Memorial 🇺🇸 Day!
Check out Tik Tok my Tik Tok for more about these amazing founders and female authors.