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 πŸ₯΅ 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 πŸ’„ 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 πŸ’Ώ 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 πŸ’• 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 πŸ”₯ 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 πŸ“š 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 πŸ”₯ 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 πŸ‘ candy in itself. All the color from the moment you arrive. The art πŸ–Ό 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.

Sometimes less is more!

FALL is definitely here maybe not so much in Florida 🌴🌞 where I now live but it is here.

As we choose a new look in makeup for fall… I think sometimes less is better!  I love to do a soft and pretty makeup look.  And I love to make up my clients in a soft kiss of color way. Yes, a deeper lipstick is always a good idea.

But you don’t have to go over the top with your makeup!  Now, if you love a lot of it and like it on your face all at one time … I get you.

I am a beauty lover too!!!

But if you are intimidated with makeup and applying it…Don’t be. Just apply a lipstick πŸ’„ and eye πŸ‘ liner.

I have met so many women in my career who say they are so frightened and tell me they suffer with makeup. You don’t have to suffer with it EVER!

It’s OK to apply your makeup softly and not wear it all! Really!

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My new SKIN BUDDY

I have a new best friend. And it isn’t a person.It is this device!

MSB

 

* MYSKINBUDDYβ„’ is the revolutionary facial device that utilizes four proven technologies to help you achieve a clearer complexion, brighter and even skin tone, and a more youthful appearance.

Created for men and women by a woman!

GHADA ABUHAKMEH is the woman behind the brand. She said this device does many things for your skin and I know all about the beauty of this machine.

ONE DEVICE… no more clutter on your bathroom counter.

LED Light Therapy, Ion Care, ultrasonic Vibration and Heat Therapy.

MULTIPLE BENEFITS

  1. Enhances product penetration.
  2. Reduce redness and inflammation.
  3. Stimulate collagen renewal and skin rejuvenation.
  4. Deeply cleanse and gently exfoliate dead skin cells.
  5. Reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores.
  6. Kills P. acne bacteria that leads to acne formation.

I am also loving using it over a KBeauty sheet mask. It REALLY does all the above and is dope!

Check out this unique and cool…it may just be your best friend.

http://www.myskinbuddy.com

COOL skincare tools for the MAN in your life!

 

…Yes, I am going there. MEN are STANDING TALL and doing it all!

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Guys want to look good too. So this is for you too! Today on TV I will be sharing some cool tools and skincare tips guys need too!

  • MYSKINBUDDYβ„’ is the revolutionary facial device that utilizes four proven technologies to help you achieve a clearer complexion, brighter and even skin tone, and a more youthful appearance. Created BY A woman who is a leader in the skin care industry! YOUR washcloth can only do so much. Made for men and women! Multi-tasking never looked so good.  Visit:myskinbuddy.com Check out my next blog where I use and feature this product too and show you what it can do for you. My husband is now addicted!
  • Here’s a scentsational D.I.Y.
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  • Clay or Mud Face Masksman covered in clayPhoto by Bran Sodre on Pexels.com
  • Follow with a face and body bar NOT a deodorant soap for complexion perfection.
  • For a  clip of today’s segment go to: http://www.news4jax.com

 

Noreen’s Husband’s easy Fall Recipe for a Beard and mustache oil you can make at home!

2 ounces of Aura Cacia Sweet Almond Oil

6-8 drops of Aura Cacia Sweet Orange Essential oil

Place in a bowl and stir together.

Pour into a glass container.

Comb through hair and massage on the skin to hydrate the skin.

OPTIONAL:

If you want to make it more masculine a scent add vetiver essential oil for an earthy finish.

ENJOY Guys!

Or ladies you can make this recipe just for him!

 

Autumn Beauty & Fashion

What’s new this autumn?

Oh how I love the way that sounds….

Today on TV on River City Live in sunny Jacksonville Florida I am showing the TV viewers just that.

Here are some fall trends in makeup,skincare and fashion.

It is going to be a colorful and fun season!

Plaid is trending. But anything Leopard print is HOT πŸ”₯!

Accessories add a touch of whimsy and fun. They brighten up a wardrobe. Buy a new handbag. The latest fashion craze are small purses and belt bags.

Metallic accessories are so in. And rose gold isn’t going anywhere!

Male grooming and skin care is so in!

Men realize they want to look good and need a moisturizer too!

Check out: http://www.mensroutine.com  for the MR. in your life! My husband loves the activated skin scrub especially!

Gleaming skin is the answer to your skin.

You can gleam too with Melanie Mills from Hollywood’s kit. Three glorious shades to glow with. May be used on the face and body.

They are running a special with a $50.00 purchase or more get a selfie light absolutely FREE!!!

The Glow Girl Kit is one of each of the fabulous lighter Gleam shades in mini 1 oz tube sizes.  Great way to try the brand and enjoy them for travel too.

As seen on The hosts of The Real TV daytime show. And on celebrities & models.

Lip plumpers, lashes and brows are still in!

*I recently discovered a lip plumper called Unbranded Beauty check the line out if your lips need a voluptuous fuller looking lift!

 

So go ahead and plump that pout!

I love you Chicago again and again!

I traveled to Chicago recently but it wasn’t long enough! Although I travel ✈️ there often. I never get tired of exploring new places and visiting some of my fave places too.

Here are a few highlights from my trip.

I love staying at the W hotel on the lake and I also love to stay at the iconic Palmer House. But this time I stayed with my husband at the Residence Inn 700 in the Loop. What a beautiful stay! Such cozy Suites with fabulous beddings and a kitchen with a dishwasher, huge refrigerator and mini loft bing room space area.

I discovered a beautiful church around the in corner in a section they call the Loop. I fell 😍 love! I attended several masses and services. A gem πŸ’Ž in the heart of downtown. Run by Franciscan friars.

I love shopping the magnificent Michigan Avenue. AKA the Miracle Mile …

So many shops so little time! One of my fave fashion shops is called Akira. Also since I love πŸ’• all things fun I shop at Riley Rose!

Food glorious food is another thrill in Chicago! I never get tired of their hot dogs, donuts and dim sum in Chinatown! Oh and this time I discovered a real chocolate filled bao delight! Warm and fluffy and so delicious.

I so wanted to go for a spa day but after doing everything else no time left.

Have you been to Chicago? Lately? Do share.

Two Minutes to a…Natural Summer Glow

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SUMMER is definitely not over by any means all across the country. Today in sunny Florida it is going to feel like 107 degrees!

I can barley put on one of my many gorgeous necklaces πŸ’Ž and if you know me I love wearing necklaces! I feel naked without one and a lipstick.

So, I have been wearing less and doing a light touch to my beauty routine this summer. I don’t use alot of foundation but do like a bit of even coverage. So, here is one of my recipes for creating a soft summer glow by customizing a lightweight soft looking and feeling foundation.

  • Place a dash (a quarter size or less) of your favorite moisturzer in the palm of your hands.
  • Sprinkle in a little loose mineral powder a couple of shades darker than you would normally wear. Choose a champagne,gold or tawny shade.
  • Mix the two until you get the desired consistency and look and apply to the skin.

THIS combination will even out,or warm up your summer tan glow or to fake a tan!

Set with Rose 🌹 Water Kisses spray.

It can also be used on your chest,decolette and shoulders in the summertime when weraing a low cut or strapless dress.

Glow 🌞 on!

 

 

Don’t want to age fast?

No matter what your age… The two quickest ways to age your skin are not washing your face before you go to sleep and going to bed with your makeup on! Can you guess what the other is?  We’ll get back to that shortly.

Not washing your face day & night and removing ALL your makeup is so important for happy healthy looking skin. Your face needs to be clean BEFORE you go to sleep every single night. So, get to it if you want to have amazing skin.

Another reason the skin ages faster is by not wearing sunscreen daily. Even when it isn’t sunny 🌞 outside. I know what you’re thinking … I don’t need it much really. Or just need to use it in the summer a little. I was a late sunscreen bloomer! Living up north we only had two real months to enjoy in the sun! But eventually I grew a bit older and wiser. I realized I needed to be sun smart and added sunscreen to my daily beauty regime.

I’m not trying to lecture you I’m simply trying to help you.

So, if you want to look your best longer… wash your face nightly and add sunscreen in your life! 24/7 and 365 days a year.

You’ll thank me one day.

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