Welcome Fall 🍁

I so love ❤️ fall. I miss the change of seasons I had living in NYC. I so MISS my Central Park!

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I love the pretty change of leaves.

The bit cooler weather.

Delicious new fall scented candles to light my rooms.

The smell of pumpkin spice.

Sipping warm apple cider.

Wearing a beautiful cozy sweater or scarf.

Picking apples from a tree and eating them too!

Buying new FALL makeup hues!

oh and let’s not forget a yummy slice of sweet potato OR a slice of pumpkin pie!

Because fall doesn’t really arrive in Florida 🌴 ☀️until late October… even though the calendar says otherwise.

I wait!

What do you love about fall BEST OF ALL?

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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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 💎 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 💕 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.

End of summer… Skin Smoothie

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As you take in and soak in every minute of summer in the sun 🌞 your skin will get dry and look it too. A simple mask I love to do and highly recommend cause it is a natural beauty recipe too. A dermatologist shared this recipe with me.

This home-made skin smoothie and soother is as near as your kitchen.

All you need is:

1 ripe avocado (I prefer organic)

1 tablespoon of local organic  honey

Mash the avocado and spoon in the honey. Stir together. Apply to your face and decollette. Leave on the face at least 5 minutes.

Rinse well with a lukewarm water and a washcloth.

Your FACE will love you back and feel lovely!

You can use this recipe year round but it is wonderful around this time of year.

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PLEASE note:

If you are allergic to the above ingredients do NOT use this recipe to soothe and soften your skin.

Eau de beauty of Perfume

I am stuck indoors waiting for the monster hurricane in Florida. We are all trying to keep our minds busy and may be in the dark with no lights,air conditioner and not able to leave beyond our front door. As a Northerner I am not used weathering a hurricane. VERY STRESSFUL. However,  I am keeping  busy organizing and cleaning and my beautiful  fragrance tray is getting my attention. wiping down and shining each bottle and the spritzer with a dash of alcohol to freshen them up.

I realized I have not given much love to some of the fragrances  as they look barely used. A word to the wise. GIVE YOUR FRAGRANCES some LOVE and USE THEM.

They lose their potency and formulas if you let them just sit there. Wether you made a fragrance from scratch or store bought. They must be rotated and used up.

Here are a few tips I have learned working in Bloomingdales and Macy’s in Manhattan as one of fragrance spritzer girls!

  • Shop for fragrance when you are in the MOOD to buy a new one..
  • Hit the fragrance counters when it is midday. Your sense of smell is the sharpest. DON’T put on fragrance before you go.
  • I like to use those little paper blotters to check out a fragrance first.
  • If coffee beans are available at the counter (or ask the sales associate) SNIFF them inbetween testing and sniffing to clear your nose of the previous scent.
  • TEST only three fragrances …no more! Or you will be confused and your nose tricked. Apply one on one wrist and spritz on theother. Next try the third on the inner part of your arm.
  • IF you don’t like a fragrance and find it smells not so pretty on your skin…remove it as fast as you can with soap and water OR a cotton ball blotted with rubbing alcohol.
  • Ask for free samples…and try them out for a tleast a few days. Not just one time. your mood may change and you may not like the fragrance afterall once day three comes. You don’t want to waste money $$$ on a fragrance purchase you’ll regret.
  • I find ther best time to apply fragrance is after a bath or shower.
  • Spritz on your pulse points,inner wrists,ankles,throat area and a dash at the decolette.
  • Bottom line…fragrance doesn’t last forever so enjoy it and finsih up all those beautiful bottles.
  • To see my personal collection of fragrances from Russia,Poland,China,Japan and the US.  See my fragrant tray on Instagram @noreenkissyoung 
  • FYI I love spraying a love note card to my husband with my fragrance spritzed on it and place it in his luggage when he travels out of town.
  • Every day we are alive is a special day! Don’t wait to use your expensive perfume,best Chinaware,silverware or bedding. Enjoy them every day. You’ll be glad you did.

 

 

 

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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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Hurricane! Heading our way.

 It’s is so hard to believe as it was such a gorgeous sunny day yesterday and a peeking sun today that a storm ☔️ is brewing ⛈ our way! Today on River City Live TV 📺 in Jacksonville 🌴🌞 Florida I will show some tips and ideas you can do to try and stay calm and stress less!

We all by now are stocked up with plenty of water 💦,🍞 bread, peanut butter and canned goods. Also not to forget the COMFORT food. And beer 🍻 or 🍷 wine if you wish! Whatever you need to deal!

Do it! Now!

Please remember to…

  • Keep calm and try and carry on!
  • Surround yourself with a scented 🕯 candle. I love AO Fragrance Co.
  • Sip and savour a cup tea ☕️ of calming chamomile and soothing lavender tea. (Hot tea is more comforting.)
  • Enjoy calming and delicious scents like lavender or white tea 🌱 hand and body lotions. Just the scent alone will relax 😴you and make your skin softer too! Also will make you sleep better too.
  • Try a stress relieving gummy supplement like Olly.
  • Do a little pampering and spa like treatment at home:like a manicure 💅 and pedicure,face masks and bathe 🛀 in Epsom salts or a bubble bath.
  • Take a 😴 and enjoy some music 🎵 to chill by.
  • Drink hydrating drinks like coconut 🥥 water,indulge in chocolates 🍫 and go for crunchy snacks.
  • Whatever you do… do something for you! Do what you say you never have time to do. Read a 📚 book, get inspired by magazines and cook 🥘 something like an amazing recipe you’ve been longing to make!
  • This storm ⛈ shall pass. 🙏
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 As seen today on River City Live TV 📺… for video clip check out …

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A little bit of beauty advice…

If you’re like the average girl or woman you love ❤️ getting free samples from beauty brands.

I love to get them too. From face masks, supplements, body lotions, hand creams, facial cleansers, eyeshadows,lipsticks 💄shampoos, hair treatments and foundations!

Whatever they are a word of advice… don’t hoard them! Don’t save them for a rainy ☔️ day.

Use them!

Like fresh milk and a loaf of bread …They have a shelf life,Guys and Gals!

For your safety don’t waste time to sample and use and enjoy them.

I know it is not something you may think of but it is important to know. They can and will get rancid and spoil. This can cause your skin to break out, itch or make you sick.

So … Enjoy 😉 those freebies! And get to know them. You might just find your next fave beauty product that you can’t live without.

Your body and skin deserve only the best! Keep it healthy… with fresh products.

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.

I’m Screaming Over Normani’s Stunning “Motivation” Video Makeup — StyleCaster

Oh so inspired by the makeup.Especially her eyes and looks for her music video!

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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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