What day of the week is it? I…

I truly don’t even know. I think it might be Thursday or Friday. Have you started to lose track of time? Or the day of the week too?

That’s why I thought of a warm cozy bath 🛁 recipe for tonight or this weekend. A bathtub is such a special place and time you can have with yourself. And making this beauty recipe or adding luxurious soaps, bubble bath 🛀 or bath bombs and candles to the space can really make it even more to adore and make you want to bathe some more.

They say Cleopatra loved this kind of bath as well as used the beauty of goat milk as a soap to clean her skin.

A shower is nice but a bath is twice as nice!

Here’s what you will need for this bath:

1 cup of milk

1/4 cup of honey

Pour both of the above in the tub filled with warm water NOT too hot.

Sit in this COZY relaxing mix. It is such a sweet escape and skin softening treat.

Finish the night with a glass of whole milk or any other type of milk and add a decadent cookie. Treat yourself well.

Getaway! Escape! Give yourself a break! YOU deserve it.

 

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even know.

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Toilet paper 🧻… really?

This past week or more has been a whirlwind. How about for you?

Have you been feeling crazy with life too?

Since we are all consumed with doing the right thing,washing our hands and trying to distance ourselves and continue on with daily life… I thought we could use an extra dose of vitamin C. Keep your body hydrated and your body happy.

Try and enjoy a few of life’s treasures to eat but also make an effort to keep your cool and eat the colors of the rainbow.

I came across a recipe I had made before and so loved. I thought you might like it too.

Here is what you will need:

1 green Apple 🍏

1 avocado 🥑 Peeled and without the pit of course

1 kiwi 🥝

A few pieces of spinach leaves!

1 piece of fresh ginger (peeled)

A dash o of lemon 🍋 and a dash of fresh squeezed lime juice.

1 bottle of coconut 🥥 water

I hope you enjoy this recipe and get in your pretty greens too.

PS

I am down to 4 rolls of toilet 🧻 paper. Wish people weren’t hoarding so. I went to 4 stores last night. Totally out of toilet paper until Monday or Tuesday deliveries they say.

Wish me luck!

If you want… save a slice of the avocado and use it to make a hydrating face mask!

 

You can also make variations on this drink recipe!

Night Time IS the Right Time! ⏰

Women I meet in my travels and in my private studio continue to ask me how to get their skin clean. They say they don’t have a clue on what to really do.

I tell them to NEVER go to sleep without washing your face or with the days makeup on (and remove every trace of mascara too) as well as getting a great nights sleep. That is why they call it beauty sleep.

I know that’s not always easy to get when you are sleepless in Seattle. But a good nights sleep is essential nightly as your skin needs it.

You need to make a plan and create a nightly beauty ritual and do it every night.

Do what’s right for you and select a skin care line that is so you. You can mix and match. A soap from one brand and a cream from another. But try and keep a few from the same line if possible so you don’t have an allergic reaction.

Just a few easy steps!

Clean:

You may use a soap bar (not deodorant) liquid soap but cream cleanser at night.

Tone:

Rosewater makes a refreshing toner. Stay away from strong alcohol based ones. Way too drying to the skin.

Nourish and Hydrate:

Choose a moisturizer that is light but at night you can use a richer one. It all depends on how your skin is behaving. Your skin changes as the seasons change and from stress or the weather outdoors. Your moisturizer must change to go with the flow.

Eye care:

A hydrating Eye gel or light eye cream is perfect. A little goes a long way.

And remember don’t scrub or rub your face like you’re washing your car or pots and pans. Be gentle with your delicate skin.

Always treat your neck and décolleté to what you put on your face. Not just your face!

So that’s it as far as a SIMPLE nightly skin ritual.

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Yummy Bites for Your Valentine!

Or for yourself and your Valentine too. You don’t need one to enjoy this yumminess!

Sweet and Sexy Asian Meatballs

1 package (12 oz.) of  Italian meatballs (fully cooked) Or you can make them from scratch!

1/2 cup of Asian hoisin sauce

4 tsp. brown sugar

2 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar

1 tsp of Sriracha hot chili sauce

1 clove of fresh garlic minced

1/2  tsp. of ground ginger

At the end before serving add sliced green onions and a sprinkle of sesame seeds to garnish.

In a saucepan add all of the above ingredients but not the meatballs. Warm up the ingredients and keep stirring.

Next, add the meatballs,stir, cover and cook. Prepare on medium high heat until done.

I like to serve over Jasmine rice. Your house will smell divine! And serve with delicious aromatic jasmine tea 🍵 .

Add a dash of something naughty and sweet and some Prosecco and you are all set!

As I always say I love to COOK and entertain for one or for a crowd.

Enjoy these yummy bites!

Happy Valentines Day!

PS

 

 

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Nailed It!

The latest trend that snuk up on me is one a client told me about! I just had a nail party with my fingers and toes in my hotel room with a thing called Nail Strips. The Brand name is Color Street nails. What fun!

Here are the deets:

Dry Nail Polish Strips 💅 Who Knew?

💯Real nail Polish

No dry time, no smudges or streaks!

They come in glitter,solid hues and fun nail art designs too. Also available for pedicures.

They are like applying a sticker.

Lasts up to 10 days!

Removes easy with nail polish remover. Preferably with moisturizers.

My absolute favorite is “Tokyo Lights” which is like a rose gold on steroids. So sparkling and gorgeous! I also am in love with Charmed and Dangerous which is a lip 💋 theme and pink polish nail strip. So ME!

It took a 5 minute learning curve for me.😜 But I did it and it was so fast and pure fun!!!

I hope one day you’ll explore and get all dolled up with them!

Application video on:Bewitched Nail Magic.com and to learn more!

PS

Another friend test drove them and shared with me it does not come off easily. She just birthed twins a few months and has a  toddler too.She said it lasted with diaper changing,washing hands,cooking cleaning,bathing …SHE was amazed at the superior performance and the gorgeous hues they come in.

 

Age is just a number!

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With all the comments all over social media and hearing conversations all around me from Sunday’s Super Bowl 2020… for what it’s worth I decided I have to weigh in!

While I am not into sports. I am into my job and career and So I tuned in  and watched the Halftime Show with singers 🎶 Shakira and Jennifer Lopez.

The two things I heard most were all about the clothing the two halftime stars ⭐️ wore and performed in and how it wasn’t child 👶 🧒 friendly. In fact that their style of dress was vulgar and disappointing. I know little ones and teens don’t need to really see all that shaking and sexy barely there clothing. I get it. But most adults watch and go to the game.

The one thing I’d like to remind everyone offended is… it was a PERFORMANCE and they were asked to perform, entertain and give the crowd (who paid so much $ money 💵 for a ticket for the game) their monies worth!!!

I am far from conservative but I do know entertainers need to entertain and dress that way! Ala Viva Las Vegas and anywhere else performers perform!

I thought all their efforts and hard work paid off! It’s not easy to dance, sing, jump, and fly across a stage on their knees and SING  in front of hundreds of people!!!

The second set of comments was about women and how we are NOT done when we turn 40+ and that we STILL have so much in us and that we can be sexy!

Some women seemed to PRAISE and some displayed envy (I think) by both singers appearance from head to toe to BOOTY!!!

I don’t know if you caught it on the news but the reason JLo started her part of the show high on a pole was because she felt women need to be high up! Support your girl tribe and show ALL girls  can raise up, rise up and reach for the stars.

While I did not like the part of the show where a male singer tapped her butt cheek with his 🖐hand… THAT was most unexpected and unacceptable to me.

Also the little girls and her daughter in the show did not need to see that in your face dancing 💃 on a stage, with sexy pelvic gestures and it didn’t have to be so long. I like when a singer sings and performs not just shakes her booty for most of the show. How about you?

Do you know what I mean?

At the end of the day… JLo’s lifestyle of not drinking, eating well, regular exercise routine , and lots of makeup and faux lashes and beauty maintenance like $500.00 facials… all are working for her! She is beautiful!

And having JLo’s loyal and talented GLAM 💫Team doesn’t hurt either!

We can learn a lot from Shakira if she shared with us how she stays in shape etc. I (like Wendy Williams said on her show) loved her makeup. It was simple and her skin was lovely too. Those hips and thighs don’t lie. She’s eating well and obviously exercises lots too.  I’d say both ladies are aging beautifully. And they are not letting age stop them from being the best self despite not being 20.

Age IS just a number. Stop counting the years and put down that cupcake!

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with me …

It is the start of the Lunar New Year this Saturday and it is the Year of the Rat and I have some Asian beauty secrets for beauty and and a little ZEN too!

While I know you may not live in Florida or the US you can catch me online.8

Today on TV I will be sharing some of these awesome beauty products from China,S Korea and Japan.

  • What’s white and coveted  for a pretty complexion?
  • One bottle of this is sold every 4.5 seconds in Japan! Men and women can’t keep their hands off this product.
  • Acupuncture, scalp massage and acupressure are all an important part of Asian beauty and wellness as well. See what’s trending!
  • What’s green and makes the skin feel and look amazing?

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Stay tuned on YouTube and catch the video link for my segment from today’s show on River City Live TV.

http://www.news4jax.com                                        http://www.rivercitylivetv.com

Having traveled to Asia a few months ago I so enjoyed awesome beauty, skincare,fireworks,customs,food,drink and fun. Counting down to when I go back for more adventures. I hope you enjoy today’s show. If you have ANY beauty and skin care questions simply ask me!

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!

 

 

Inhale the new and …

Say “Goodbye” to last year too.

Moving forward …

Open your mind and embrace new ideas and mindful rituals. Create a space in your home (your own little sanctuary) and keep a little something on your work desk that will assist with mindful wellness.

You can even take a little something like a crystal with you in your travels ✈️ too!

Healing Harmonies…I love the music 🎶 from David Young. My fave is “Bliss” and George Skaroulis CD 💿 named Sanctuary. Take time to listen to calming music and just breathe. Use music to relax or to mediate or do yoga with.

Crystals are mined from the earth and they can offer some intentional light or meaning in our life too.

Each stone does a different thing and has meaning and a mood. Here are some you need to know about.

Pink Rose quartz is a LOVE 💕 stone.

Agate is a stone for good health.

Green Jade is for luck and prosperity.

Clear crystals are for clarity of the mind.

Amethyst’s are the Happiness stone.

Crystals can be very empowering.

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Add some incense, burning sage and Palo Santo which is also known as a “Holy Stick” to your life.

Palo Santo has a sweet scent of pine, lemon and mint. You may also use sage as well. It is also used for a deep meditative state. You light it and let it burn. You may use it and move with it from room to room. When done. Blow it out. Wet the ember tip a bit and place in a 🔥 fire proof dish. Be cautious when using sage or Palo Santo and incense.

FYI

Palo Santo is harvested from natural fallen trees.

Smudging is the ritual of cleansing a physical space, an object or a person.

Great for the spiritual, detoxifying properties, cleansing and clearing the air of a physical space of negative energy.

 Will not upset pets or people with allergies. Also they say it is great to kill bacteria after a illness or the flu.

Wellness is not just about what you eat. It is also about what you feed your mind. Check out some new things online and there are plenty of books 📚 you can explore on these modalities too.

Start fresh in this new year and take time to smell the incense and just be.

 

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Travel and Explore!

I just spent an amazing time in Arizona! One of my stays was at the JW Marriott Star ⭐️ Pass Resort & Spa. It is an amazzzing place! And the spa was beautiful too. 

It was so refreshing to be back to Arizona again! The history and the food with a bit of heat 🔥 some things more spicy 🌶 than others. It is an awesome place to visit.

The highlights from my trip were visiting the city of De Tubac where arts and history and foodies are alive and kicking. I happened to be there when they had a festival going on. So many creatives in one place!

My fav’ place to eat was at Elvira’s. So delicious and the wait staff was awesome. The restaurant was Eye 👁 candy in itself. All the color from the moment you arrive. The art 🖼 and even using the powder room was a religious experience.

Connected to this place is a fabulous decor & gift shop! From angels, to hearts to art to glassware. I found a hand blown heart ❤️ piece I had to have. I’m going to place it in a gold ribbon and hang it from one of my chandeliers. I used to buy mugs, pot holders and tea towels when visiting places. Now when I travel I got smarter! I buy things that make me 😊 happy and that decor adorns my home or office. A daily reminder of my wonderful trips!

Also in this town there was a fabulous kitchen store Tumacookery I could have shopped there ALL day. If you’re a foodie or chef. What a fabulous and fun place!

Everywhere you travel 🌵 cactus of all kinds follow you. And they have skin care and cocktails 🍹 and other edible cacti treats too! The weather was amazing! 🌞

The people were charming and the sunsets were breathtaking! As I always say…explore beyond your door. Life is even more wonderful if you just get out the door and travel.

Have you ever been? Share with me.