A Cocktail for a SKIN Disaster!

I so enjoy playing in bottles,jars and tubes whipping up all kinds of pretty potions for their beautiful skin benefits! But I have to warn you NOT all ideas are good ones and some are invented Instagram and YouTube creations and old wives tales.

Recently I had a few new clients who booked an appointment for a beauty emergency 🚨 and rescue.

They thought they were on the right track and used rubbing alcohol as a skin toner.

BIG Mistake!

It’s a harsh drying ingredient for your face. And if your skin is sensitive or dry in the least you can have a really bad reaction. These ladies faces were too graphic to show. And I am sure if I asked them they would not let me take their photo for this blog.

Coupled with Retin-A or other anti-aging prescriptions or products your skin can burn and turn the ugliest shade of red and flaky and so unattractive. Trust me!

Your face can only take so much! And so much product too.

So start this new year and new month right… Think before you put on your face! You’ve only got one face in your lifetime. Treat it well and wisely.

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Dumpling soup to warm your body & heart!

We woke up to 80 degrees last week and today to temperatures in the 30’s in sunny Florida. Who says we don’t get cold weather? Here in Jacksonville Fl we do!

So I warm us up with food! Soup and dumplings are my Southern husbands favorite.

Dumpling soup requires making dumplings first. Afterwards you place in the soup broth. But I like to also  CHEAT and make it easier by cooking the broth and ingredients below and using frozen dumplings for the soup already made and found at the Asian grocery store. Obviously, serving dumplings alone with a cup of green jasmine tea is a perfect meal in itself!

Here is what you will need:

1 package of wonton wrappers

1 bunch of scallions sliced

8 oz. of ground pork (or shrimp)

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/2tsp. of sugar

1 tsp of soy sauce

*For Dumpling soup I also like to add baby corn pieces (available by the can)

And cut up a few snow peas or baby bok choy.

The meaning of eating dumplings at Chinese new year means MONEY! They are shaped like a golden piece. Hence that’s why we eat them.round white and blue ceramic bowl with cooked ball soup and brown wooden chopsticks

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Put  8 to 10 cups of chicken broth, a piece of fresh ginger (peeled) 1 tablespoon of dark soy sauce,  sprinkle of sesame oil, S & P to taste in a soup pot and bring to a boil. Then simmer the broth.

For soup I also like to add baby corn pieces (available by the can)

Or a few pieces of baby Bok Choy for some healthy greens.

Garnish with sliced scallions on top of soup after you have added the dumplings.

Ready to serve.

For another recipe I also like to Steam Dumplings (and get a quick steam facial from the bamboo steamer when I pull them out). Next, I like to add them to a saute pan with a dash of oil and  little water and cook their little bottoms until crispy and a bit brown edged. So delish!

A healthy cup of hot Asian tea ends a meal or snack beautifully. And although I NEVER saw a fortune cookie in Hong Kong I still love those crunchy vanilla delights with the secret message inside.

Happy Chinese New Year...Gong Hei Fat Choy! 

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Ancient Chinese Beauty…

I am an all American girl that happens to be Eurasian and my husband says I am a Combination Platter off the Chinese Take Out Menu. People ALWAYS ask me what is my nationality. Even more when I moved from up North to sunny Florida. When I moved here for my husband I was so in love ❤️ I forgave Florida for the HOT 🥵 temperatures and the horrific humidity. But as time went by I came to the conclusion I hate the heat and my makeup melting. I also noticed brides and bridal parties hated it too. So, I pulled out my little box of love for my complexion and made them look amazing. This box is my makeup savior and go to. I have used it on my face since I was a teen and now on my clients for TV work, red carpet beauty moments, photo shoots and for my brides and bridal parties. I use it on men too!

It is an Ancient Chinese Beauty secret handed down from generation to generation.

What is it?

A white looking brownie (yes like the Brownie we eat). It is a hard cake that becomes loose when stroked and applied with a Kabuki powder brush.

Beautiful Benefits?

  • It is feather light powder that makes your makeup last longer.
  • Makes your colors remain true especially when you have issues with your makeup turning colors and helps them remain true.
  • Great for oily skin and complexions with a bit of acne
  • Tones down shine!
  • Sets your makeup!

But wait there’s MORE!

When I make up my face or a client’s face and I accidentally put a bit more blush on or eye shadow too overpowering or doesn’t look right….I simply take a brush,dip into my rice powder and clean up,soften and blend it out.

Oh and not only does it look great on brides and photographs nicely. It also is great for women of a certain age who get steamy and hot flash! Calms the heat and the powder cools the skin with a soft matte finish.

If  YOU or your friends makeup is missing that little something or you crave all things Asian Beauty and or something new this is for YOU!

I don’t think I could live without IT alongside a gorgeous 💄 Lipstick of course!

 

 

Beauty 🍬 🍭 Candy💄

I named my blog BEAUTY CANDY and do you know why?

 I love ❤️ so love ALL things beauty and candy🍬

I have a sweet tooth! 🍭 And all those candy colors excite me and stir my imagination and creativity.

I own a makeup 💄 studio that is filled with all things lovely! Things to make you look good, feel good and smell good.

I also am in love with all things BEAUTY and beyond. I think a woman without lipstick 💄 💋 is like a day without sunshine 🌞. Just wearing a dash of lipstick is such a boost to one’s spirits and complexion.

I am a wifey, sister, makeup artist, skin therapist. I also am a speaker in the spa and beauty industry. I guest speak across the country and beyond to esthetician’s, plastic surgeons, makeup artists, spa and salon owners.

I enjoy guest 🎤 speaking at events,luncheons and dinners as well!. I cover … topics on Beauty,wellness, fashion and lifestyle. These programs are for the girl next door not beauty PRO’s.

I love sharing a piece of me in your inbox and happy 😊 you read my blog.  

I also love ❤️ reading YOUR blogs and enjoy your words too!

I would love to hear from you. Tell me more about you. The reason I started my blog was to make you feel good 😍. To make you smile! To teach you. To entertain you.,To share journeys ✈️ and beauty adventures of my life with you!

Feel free to tell me what you’d like to see or learn about on my blog. Message me.

Or comment here.

I hope the start of the new year 🎉 is going well for you. Don’t rush it. Enjoy each day one glorious day at a time.

XOXO

Noreen

“Thank you”

…for following my beauty, wellness and lifestyle blog…Beauty Candy!

I hope you are enjoying a fabulous and delicious day with family and friends.

I’m getting ready for the retail season and my clients starting with Black Friday and SHOP SMALL SATURDAY at my sweet beauty cottage!

I pray shoppers will come to my door and or order online. ALL Small businesses NEED and welcome your shopping love! (not Amazon)

Have a relaxing and fun weekend!

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Is YOUR Skin Acting Up?

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Is your skin feeling tight,dry, have a bit of red patches and flaky? Is your skin acting up?

You’re not alone. It is the fall season and headed into the dreaded cold long winter.

This morning I will be on TV on The Saturday edition of the Morning Show on WJXT4 you will find today’s video link there later this morning. http://www.news4jax.com

Here are the deets on skin care right now:

Is before you moisturize you have to make certain that your skin is exfoliated. CURE Natural Aqua Gel has got you covered. This I have a feeling is going to be my new beauty go to a friend told me about. One bottle is sold every 4.5 seconds in Japan. Girls and women can’t get enough of this gel. No chemicals!

Keep calm and moisturize on. Your skin needs it now! Keep a large bottle or jar handy in your home or at your desk or add a travel size one in your purse. There are so many to choose from. There is no excuse for not using moisturizer. *Even oily skin needs it!

Don’t wash your face with deodorant soap.enjoy the beauty of a goat milk soap Beekman 1802 in honeyed grapefruit is my fav’!

The skin on your body needs LOVE too. TherapiSpa has some deeply moisturizing lotions for hands and body.

Repair Balm Balm by Eminence Organics can rescue your red irritated skin. Or choose the Aveeno with oatmeal.

Kocostar Eye Rescue mask capsules are the latest and greatest serious to give you the 911 for your skin. Eye areas need moisture too. But NOT moisturizer you use on your face. This delicate area needs an eye gel or a mask.

Besides the above Aveeno has a body wash that you can use in the shower or bath. Bye Bye to feeling very dry and itchy and red skin. It too works wonders and is gentle.

Got fly aways and having a bad hair day? Your hair needs moisturizer too. Give it a treatment with not only conditioner but a hair treatment too.

If your skin needs EMERGENCY relief NOW and FAST.

Try any of the face,lip,eye area and body care with a sheet mask or a gel mask. Not only are they the latest trend that isn’t going away. They REALLY work.

Got a beauty or skin care question? Just ask.

 

 

 

 

Your Vanity…a little space just for YOU!

For those of you who love 💕 makeup and to put on your 💄 makeup this post is for you. For those of you who don’t use much makeup you’ll still enjoy it and learn something new!

Self-care Sunday is all about taking care of yourself and have a little fun doing it!

Now to make your life easier and beauty rituals you need to carve out an area just for you and all your beauties too.

Just make sure you don’t arrange your makeup and skincare directly in the sun ☀️ sunlight. It will ruin your makeup and skincare formulas, lighten your hues, and make your makeup melt too.

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I like to separate and organize my makeup brushes, blushes, eyeshadows, 💄 lipsticks and more in a pretty way. I’ve used and repurposed antique plates, tea cups or wine 🍷 goblets. I have also have found some gorgeous display items at TJMaxx, Kirkland’s, Hobby Lobby and more. You DON’T have to spend a fortune $

The important thing is that all your products and things are at your fingertips! Ready when you are.

Another thing I found was from a cocktail 🍸 container. Allow me to explain. I enjoy entertaining with a product called Cocktail Caviar and I love the jar. I couldn’t stand to throw the empty container out. So, I cleaned the jar out and filled with fluffy pink 💕 cotton balls I found! It has a lid so dust doesn’t get on them and keeps them dust free.

See below!

I love Mother Earth 🌍 and have learned to recycle more! It feels good to do it too.

I like to add a fresh seasonal 💐 🌸 🌻 flowers to my space. And I also keep an aloe plant 🌱 on my vanity just in case. Aloes are great for sunburns, curling iron burns and any allergic reactions that come up on the skin!

A hand mirror is always a good idea too! Not just the main one on the wall.

I also keep bottles of sparkling water 💦 and mini bottles of 🍾 Champagne in a mini fridge by my vanity. It is  by Cooluli…I store my face masks,creams,toners,jade roller,agate roller,massage stones,makeup in.

What do you do?

Do you have a special cozy place for you to get all dolled up in? Chat beauty with me. Share with me. I love hearing from you.

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Allergy tested and Fragrance-Free…

Doesn’t always mean you won’t be allergic to that product. I lost my fav gel eyeliner pencil on a recent trip. I was so LOST without it! I like that black liner almost as much 😉 as I love wearing 💄 lipstick! And that’s a lot!!!

I went to the local big box beauty store and purchased an eyeliner. I was so happy… mission accomplished!!! Until about 2 minutes after applying it. My eyes got a film over them and I couldn’t see quite as clear. My eyes wanted to close and try and clear whatever was causing that. The itching started just a bit but it was so annoying like that film forming across my eyes.

I just had to stop 🛑 everything and remove the eyeliner with a tissue as I wasn’t at my hotel and was working. It reminded me again that just because the product says fragrance free,opthamologist and allergy tested… it can STILL cause allergic reactions.

I threw out the eyeliner and did not want to share the germs with a friend or my sisters. Remember this too!

Don’t forget if you can test products in the store. Have them freshly sharpen the liner and try it. If they are in a box and all packed up I know you can’t.

But when a tester is not available you are taking a chance. So always test drive products just in case.

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What’s TRENDING and HOT NOW!

At the International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa show in Las Vegas I heard as I was going down the hall to teach my class these loud happy chants. “ANAL bleach. Loud and proud …more shouts of the words Anal Bleach and those words along with music went on and on.” I must admit it got my attention.

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.

I snapped a pic with my iphone of one of the class educators and that is what you see in the pic. While I could not attend the class I had to share with you what I found. The name of the company: Wax Hair Removal Bar. And they a plant 🌱 based wax removal system.

Needing to learn more … I had to explore. This is what I found on their website.

Anal bleaching is one of the most popular skin care requests today.

NOT TO BE DONE at home without the TLC care and attention of a spa /waxing PROFESSIONAL.

The Wax Hair Removal Bar intimate area skin lightening products are all safe and FDA & Health Canada approved. Remember that harsh chemicals such as Hydroquinone or Kojic Acid that can burn, irritate and even hypo-lightening the skin which is not reversable or repairable.

It is actually very common for our “sensitive areas” such as the bikini line, vaginal, underarms and anal area to discolor in both men and women.

Most people find it hard to discuss this topic and that why WAX Hair Removal Bar was born! We have zero issue talking about this topic, in fact its as natural as talking about the weather. 😜 (I inserted this emoji)

The most common reasons for skin discoloration tend to be hormonal that may arise after pregnancy, aging, ethnicity or weight gain. Who knew???😳

Many people think that anal bleaching or skin lighting is only for the adult industry – we are here to crush that rumor. Most of our clients are average everyday blue collar workers both male and female that are looking to enhance the appearance of their bodies and even our discolored skin tone anywhere from inner thighs to the ever so sensitive scrotum . We offer this treatment which can be done in the comfort of your own home or in our establishment without the use of harsh chemicals.

Wax Hair Removal Bar was established in 2008 as the first international full-body waxing salon for both men and women. With locations in both Vancouver, Canada and Las Vegas, Nevada, we have had the pleasure of serving a broad clientele ranging from show business performers to adult entertainers to celebrities and the everyday person that walks through our door just looking to undergo a little maintenance.

We are the official Waxperts to the entertainers of the world-famous male revue, Chippendales. The men of Chippendales entrust only the best in regards to their grooming and manscaping needs, and with regular visits to our Las Vegas locations, we are the establishment that helps keep them looking their best for their performances. Stop on by and you never know who you may run into!

Our Waxperts are highly vetted and trained using our signature and virtually painless waxing technique, allowing you to feel comfortable when grooming your most intimate areas. We produce our own high-quality hard and soft Wax formulas, as well as Wax branded scrubs, body washes, body oils, body lotions, bath salts and collagen eye and lip gels that are available for purchase both online and in store.

We offer full-body unisex waxing services as well as custom facial treatments using only the highest quality, organic ingredients along with our signature and effective anal bleaching service a favorite among entertainers that uses plant 🌱 derived ingredients and never harmful Hydroquinone, Kojic Acid, Mercury or Steroids like many of our competitors.

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So next time you’re in Las Vegas or Canada. Maybe you might want to check this ever growing and trending now waxing service.

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The country is extremely divided right now over pretty much everything. But we all came together late last week (almost 15 million people!) to collectively gasp at Normani’s dance moves and killer outfits in her new music video. There is no doubt she did that. And now thanks to Normani’s makeup artist, we’re getting an…

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