Planning a Trip?

IMG_2879.JPGTis’ the season to vacation and or maybe just a getaway even if it is just for a weekend.

As I fly for business and pleasure often I have learned a lot through the years.

The number one thing is to make a list on what you want to pack and what you want to take. I like to make a list. Then I start pack what I need and buy what I do need. Some tings I remove after packing some things stay. Pack according to the trip you are taking. A two day beach getaway is different than a trip to Europe for 2 weeks.

Lighten Up!

  • Travel with smaller sizes or kits. If you like the IMAGE brand and are a fan of their facial treatments you’ll love to know they have travel kits. Sunscreen included!
  • Or you can buy small containers and fill them with what you want to take. Examples: sunscreen,foundation,moisturizer,hair spray and more.
  • Pack things in smaller zip lock bags of various sizes. NAIL POLISH and some other liquids will open and spread all over the place like on your clothes so keep them contained.Personally, I pack a back up bottle of nail polish (in case my nails chip and need  a touch up) in my purse NOT in my luggage. I take it on the plane zip lock bag that has any liquids I want to take.

I’ve even had this happen to me when traveling in the car. Keep nail polish and liquid foundation upright and in a sealed plastic bag.

  • Choose a color theme for your makeup wardrobe. Don’t bring ALL THE MAKEUP you own and think you have to have with you. Examples: pinks and plums,nudes and bronze and so on.Don’t take every makeup brush you own either.Keep it simple.
  • Pack a mini FIRST-AID kit and more filled with aspirin,band-aides,Tums,nail file,mini clippers,toothpicks and sewing kit. YOU decide what you want and may need.Don’t pack your medicine in your luggage you check in. Take it with you on the plane.
  • Bring snacks for the plane. You never know how long you may sit on the runway. Cheese and crackers,bananas,nuts,gummy bears or mini chocolate bars. I’ve been waiting for take off for up to 3 hours and had no food or drink. Until you are up,up and away you need to have something to snack on.
  • I like to travel with an empty bottle of water. I fill this when I get in the airport after security or when switching airplanes. I use the fountain with filtered drinking water next to the water fountains usually depending on the airport you are at. Water bottles are expensive and you can pay up to $4.00 a bottle. This bottle comes in quite handy.
  • Pack your medicine and beauty supplements wisely. No need to take the RX bottles with you. (label the contents in the pill pack.)
  • Bring a scarf to wrap around you if you are cold on the plane. They don’t have blankets for everyone unless you are in first class.
  • Down size to a smaller handbag. That big Birken bag or other purse may be nice but by taking a smaller bag you will travel lighter and love not having to carry so much with you!

I featured the above and more on TV today. If you want to watch the video go to http://www.news4jax.com  click on River City Live.

 

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Only in Las Vegas!

 

cropped-noreen-2015-headshot.jpgJust a couple of days away for the start of the International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa Conference in the one and only Las Vegas!

It happens once every year and I am so honored and the excitement continues for me to educate at this show another year. I look forward to teaching and meeting new beauty and spa professionals.

I’ll also tour the MASSIVE show floor filled with makeup,skincare,medical spa products,makeup brushes,false eyelashes, tattoos, nail polish,fragrance,bath products and more!

I can’t wait to explore all the show floor has to offer…and take in a spa treat or two!

Shopping in Las Vegas is simply the best and the food is too.

Stay tuned to my beauty report on this AMAZING show and CITY!!!

 

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Men… Want to feel & look good too!

KEEP CALM and MASSAGE ON!IMG_2276.JPGDon’t  MEN  want to feel and look good too?

Today on River City Live on TV in sunny Jacksonville Florida I shared easy steps in JUST for HIM. It is so important for self confidence and looking good too. Guys need to take care,use skin care and get a facial and massage too. There’s NOTHING like a massage and a deep cleansing facial!  While there are many spas and places you can get a massage and now facials…I love to go to ME… Massage Envy Spa. The therapists help you feel amazing and care for the health of your body.

My husband and I have a membership and love the way they make us feel. We go monthly! However on a daily basis  a guy needs a MANLY beauty ritual…just for his skin.

Cole Skin Care for MEN has an amazing 3-IN-1 Foaming Cleanser: It cleans,exfoliates and preps the skin.Celebrities love this line.

Cleaning Facial Pads:Deeply cleans,gently exfoliates and evens out skin tone and hydrates without alcohol.

Moisture Balm for MEN:Contains vitamins,licorice,root and coconut water. May even be used in the eye area to hydrate that skin.

A concealer in a tube is a good idea for tired looking eyes.It isn’t just for the ladies!

Got shine? Florida is so steamy now. And summer is almost here.Try blotting papers for instant cool face!

Lips need LOVE too! Hello Handsome is a lip balm just for him!

Just a few easy steps and pieces and he’s all set.

So, if you are looking for a Father’s Day treat for the man in your life or for his B-DAY think about these as gifts. Alongside making a home-made greeting card and or baking his fav’ muffins or cake.

For video of today’s show go to:http://www.rivercitylivetv.com

And then she woke up …a Duchess!

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I admit it… I slept in NOT my choice my body had other ideas (Friday night we did a POP-Up shop for my business and it was a long exhausting day) so I did not watch the wedding of the year while it was happening! However, I did watch and still am devouring every crumb I can get of it on TV and online.

Since I am in the business of beauty I couldn’t let this wedding pass without sharing my  thoughts on this bride!

I loved her look,style and wedding day choices. I thought her makeup was effortless and not trying too much nor over the top glam.

This is the kind of bridal makeup I do on my clients. Softly defined and naturally gorgeous!

Luminous skin,a nude pink lipstick,chocolate brown eye shadow,peachy pink  soft cheeks and a defined brow all worked to make her look simply beautiful! The icing on her pretty face? Pretty freckles peeking through.

Her face was prepped months ahead to a few facials and contouring facials a technique by the famous esthetician  Nichola Joss who works across the pond in London and in NYC. She recommends a bride prepare her skin for the big day months ahead and so do I.

In case you didn’t know it the Duchess likes to shop a variety of places as well as  Whole Foods and is an avid foodie and very health conscious. She’s even got the Prince doing green drinks with her!

Rumor had it she would do her own makeup. Well, she did not. She had a little help by a makeup artist Daniel Martin.

Her hair was styled by Serge Normant ala NYC.Stylist to SJP and Julia Roberts to name a few of his VIP and celebrity clientele. I’ve always wanted to get my haircut or styled by him back home!

Royals have been gifted Essie nail lacquer and have worn that brand in the past. Not sure if Essie’s Ballet Slippers was on her well manicured nails.

Stylists predicted that Meghan would choose a sparkly heavy beaded wedding gown by certain designers ala a Disney Princess. They were wrong!  She chose the beauty of Givenchy by a designer from England. I thought her gown was…simple and elegant.

This very modern bride and ceremony was amazing. Down to those adorable boys and flower girls!

I am so happy for Prince Harry! Aren’t you?

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The American girl who became a Duchess… 22 YEARS after she posed pretty with a friend in front of Buckingham Palace sitting on the fence. A fairy tale indeed!

What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear from you!

Tired looking or Puffed up EYES!

Tired puffy eyes got you down?

Show host and reporter Vic Mic from WJXT 4 ‘s The Morning Show wanted to know what he could do so I thought the TV viewers and YOU would want to know too. Sometimes it may be what you eat. Sometimes it is all about that time of year like seasonal allergies.Sometimes it is lack of sleep. Sometimes it is all that partying  you are doing!

“Concealer is good start but only covers up and masks the issues”IMG_1569 blog WJXT 4.jpg

Here are a few of my other professional recommendations for the ladies or men.

1.Eye treatment  masks give instant gratification! These are a hot trend and work wonders! Today I shared To Go Spa’s cooling coconut eyes gel eye masks.

2. Try an Eye Gel as it is lighter than a cream and it is a less heavy feel and application. Choose a formula that brightens and hydrates the tissue in the eye area.

3. A natural approach could be a slice of a potato or good old cool cucumber. It does help temporarily in the appearance of a puffy eyes.Chill,lay down and place either of them on your eyes. It isn’t only all about what you use topically on the face!

4. COLD spoons pressed across your eyelid can cool and tone down the puffiness but you don’t want to carry a frozen  or cold spoon with you all day…Do you?

You need beauty from the inside out  with a dietary beauty supplement like NeoCell’s Glow Matrix.

Clinically tested rapid action ceramides keep the moisture in and the glow matrix blend help improve skin moisture and elasticity reduced signs of aging.It keeps the skin supple looking,plump (that’s a good thing) and hydrated!

For more info:http://www.neocell.com

I am so pleased with my results and how my skin is looking from this product.This brand makes many rock stars for your skin but this is the latest and greatest.

Hope this guide from today’s TV show helps! f you’d like to see the footage on TV  visit http://www.news4jax.com

I love hearing from you and want to help with your beauty issues too.

PS

As many times as I have been on this show this is a special and new greeting that I discovered in the lobby at the TV station. Pretty cool isn’t it?

It’s beauty show time!

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Chicago here I come again! I am guest speaking and exploring every inch of the beauty show floors! I’ll KISS & TELL when I return!

If you have any beauty requests or questions for me…just ask!

XOXO

Noreen

Freshen up your air…

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Spring is here even though it seems to be snowing again almost everywhere. Here in Florida we have had both cool and a taste of summer weather. So, that is putting us in the mood for planting.  I have been on the hunt for more new herbs for my garden,re-rooting my other herbs to make more and discovering new plants. Around St. Patrick’s day I found something even better than a green beer I found a Shamrock plant also known as Oxalis. I hope it will bring good luck!

I came across a survey that stated common household plants are incredibly effective at removing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air,this is really good news for our health.

Certain plants including bromeliads (a tropical house plant),dracaenas and spider plants may be better at eliminating some indoor pollutants than traditional ventilation systems.

But my local nursery guy says having any kind of plant is great for the air in our home or office especially with all the tech tools and our computers.

Acetone,formaldehyde and toluene are pollutants that hang at most nail salons air. (Found in many nail polish brands) And who knows what’s lurking in our hair salons air?

I think it is time I deliver a plant for my mani and pedi tech and help clean her NAIL SALON air too!

Enjoy the beauty of green and  surround  yourself with plants and flowers to brighten your world too.

Happy & healthier Spring to you!.

AS SEEN ON TV

Today I shared on RIVER CITY LIVE TV in sunny Jacksonville Florida some beautiful products that I discovered in NYC and some fashionable delights too. I love spring in NYC even though it isn’t acting like it nor showing signs of all it’s splendor. It is hard to believe there is yet another NorEaster TODAY! Mother Nature up north does not quite know what to do let the flowers bloom or just freeze.

Color Your World,GORGEOUS with color filled hues this Spring in beauty,fashion accessories and lifestyle trends.

Hot hues are really on trend in makeup,fashion and even food.

It is going to be quite an amazing and pretty SPRING.

NYC was filled with color from home decor,makeup and all things fashion. I so love window shopping and actual shopping on the streets of the city that never sleeps!

  • Makeup takes an even more color rich twist.SO MANY COLORS so little time!!!Even the finger nails. The new trend is wearing a different shade of nail polish on each finger. So fun!
  • Skin Care takes on a whimsical packaging and ingredients that offer instant skin glam.
  • Jewelry is stunning and color rich. Think rose gold,gemstones and pearls. Handbags are conversation pieces. Tassels take center stage in earrings,bracelets and necklaces.
  • Food is filled with color and I devoured the new and yummy ice cream hues and rainbow trend in bagels. My fav’ The Bagel Store. They ship yummy to your door!
  • So go ahead,get out of a rut and treat yourself to something new.Step outside your comfort zone and explore some new HUES. You might just discover a new and other side of  YOU!  COLOR outside the lines!photo RCL

Give Your Man Some LOVE!

It is almost that time to celebrate DAD…And with that comes the pressure to buy that perfect gift! Just remember it isn’t all about a material gift.

Sometimes its all about the little things.

Kisses are FREE !

All you have to do is pucker up and start kissing him.Head to toe…let him know how much you care.

Treat dad to breakfast in bed. Call me crazy but I do this almost daily (depending on my schedule) for my husband.  I bought a bed tray years ago from PIER 1 and it was the best money I ever spent and I got it on sale too!

Go to the drug store,grocery store or the always awesome Whole Foods Market.

Fill a tote or a basket with all things you know he will love and within your budget. They have all you need for that eco-friendly health enthusiast in your life. (My new fave brand for men is OLIVINA MEN). From wine,beer,food to shaving lotion to lip conditioner…this store has what you need.

Get him a shirt he will LOVE…Magna Ready is a unique shirt company you’ve gotta see!DSC_5895

Give dad a a bath. Fill a tub with Epsom salts and add a few drops of  pure essential oil like eucalyptus or peppermint or rosemary. Refreshing. I love the brand called Aura Cacia.

If you can get a baby sitter.escape and take him on a date. Nothing nothing date night. Surprise him and drive to the secret location. A yummy ice cream parlor,a new bar you discovered and more.

Drop him off at Massage Envy after you have prearranged an appointment  for a relaxing and fabulous massage.

Take him out for or make him a tropical cocktail at home and give him a foot massage with olive oil from your kitchen at home while he sips away.

D.I.Y. Make him a beard and mustache oil  that is if he has a mustache or beard. Did you know that hair gets dry and the skin underneath of it needs attention too.

1 ounce of jojoba oil

1/2 ounce of grape seed oil

8 drops of sandalwood essential oil

Combine all of the above and funnel in and place in an antique or medicinal bottle with a dropper if possible.Go ahead and shake this up. Include instructions on a sheet of paper on how to use it.

Use your imagination to make it happen. These are just a few of my ideas to get you going. Oh and of course a hand-made card or a LOVE letter would also be a good idea from you and one from the kids.Times running out!

Spread some love and enjoy dad’s day!

A Supermodel’s Lemonade Recipe

 

In Florida we went from a mild winter, to  maybe 4 days of Spring and NOW summer and it isn’t not even summer! As a Northerner who moved to Florida for her southern husband I hate it. I know I should be grateful for palm trees and sunshine but the heat SUCKS!

Here is a recipe I found from InStyle magazine that I think is pretty cool in more ways than one.

I love this recipe!

1 cup of room-temperature water.

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon of Agave nectar

1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepperBlog photo.JPG LEMONADE

Place all in a glass. Stir and enjoy!

And it makes you pee  lots because it is hydrating,cooling and eliminating!

The beauty of this recipe is it is Aussie super-model Elle Macpherson’s lemonade drink recipe and we know how fabulous her body is along with those LONG lovely legs.

No wonder she has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated five times! Drink up and refresh yourselves!