I love coffee & I love TEA!

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It is a very foggy day here in Florida. The sun looks like it wants to peek in but the fog is in the way. Mother earth is talking and flowers are popping even though it is still our winter here.The flowers and birds tell me spring is on the way.

How’s life going for you? Staying safe and healthy I hope.

Today is self care Sunday. I don’t really know who started and declared it a day but I seem to always honor it and do something for my face,skin and body on Sundays. Not just the basics of skin care but do a bit more. How about you? Do you enjoy and partake of a little R&R too?

The first thing I like to do is plan a drink. It can be a pitcher of water with fruit or veggies infused.

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It can be a pitcher of Champagne cocktails or as simple as a sipping a cup of coffee like cafe au lait I make at home or an aromatic cup of tea.

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And today I have decided to do a fresh TEA bath treatment. Let me show you how I make and do it.

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Fill green tea in a Muslim bag, bundle in cheesecloth or paper tea filter from a gourmet or tea store.

Run a warm 🛁 water bath water .

Place the tea bundle in the bath water.

If you have muscle aches or want a bit more to the bath add some Epsom salts to the bath water.

The tea helps with stress, body aches, swelling and A just a plain tired body.

Day or night the time is right!

Remember to always make time for you as you take care of your family too. But you have to practice self care and self love ❤️ to be able to continue to take care of others. Theres only one Beautiful YOU!

Prepping for my Super 🏈 Bowl!

I’ve had my share of making up sports celebrities from NFL football players, sportscasters for FOX Sports, ABC, NBC,CBS and more. It is work with a view in the sky box some people envy and would be thrilled to be in my shoes!

My husband often says I am so ungrateful because between powdering their faces I read Allure magazine and European & Asian fashion magazines.

Now I find myself loving doing my thing, cooking and getting some yumminess ready for my husband to enjoy if he happens to watch the game. And taking care of ME and enjoying some self care time.

So with the pandemic I have more time and not on a plane ✈️ on the weekends for work. Sunday is now my day.

While the Super Bowl goes on I will cleanse, steam, detox,hydrate my skin, help my eye area, sip and play away! I might catch the half-time show. I’ll see how that goes.

If you’re not much into football?

Perhaps you’ll join in on the fun from your house and get all the essentials you need and want to use on your face and body. You may not have to look far. You might just have these kind of things at your house.

My Super Bowl Beauty Time!

So here’s my plan.

I’ll cut up a fresh lemon 🍋 and 🍊 orange and make fresh fruit infused water but not from tap. This time I’ll prepare it with sparkling Perrier water for a fun twist.

After I wash my face I am going to steam my skin with my Mini Nano Facial Steamer. So refreshing, helps the pores and makes my skin look dewy too.

I’ll rinse my face with Intrinsics natural cotton cloths.

Afterwards I’ll pull up all my hair away from face and into a ponytail and apply a honey hair mask that is like an Asian sheet mask for your hair. They work wonders!

I’ll use some Vitabird Vitamin C Powder to brighten the skin.

Next I’m going to use a Korean Beauty AKA K Beauty Cucumber 🥒 Face sheet mask.

I’ll use my Agate Gemstone Facial Roller to help massage yes goodness and ingredients in.

Then I am going to use my Inna Organic eye mask and give a treat to my eye area.

Keeping our skin well moisturized is so important and I am so crazy about Honey Chai lotion by FarmHouse Fresh. I’ll even leave it on my feet sometimes and put them in a pair of clean white cotton socks overnight.

While these are working their magic I’ll apply my Tealiscious Green Tea lip treatment on my lips. Great to use a bit outside the lip area as well. Especially if you have sun damage and or smoke or vape. Gotta take good care of those lips. Nowadays especially since we are wearing face covers and 😷 face masks even more!

Beauty Bonus:

If you’d like and have the time … earlier in the day or later while the game is going on. There is nothing like a bath! Really! A shower simply won’t do! Light up a faux or real candle,set the mood with your fave music 🎶 and get in a warm not hot bath. Either a bath bomb like a invigorating Watermelon scented Bath bomb by Bath Nectar or a bunch of bath bubbles.

Get lost in the bath and let those cares go away from the day or week! It not only makes you feel good but smells good and cleans your skin beautifully!

I hope you have a fabulous Super Bowl Sunday if you live in the USA and that you take some time even if it’s just 10 minutes for you.

Sweet Dreams Darling

 

Are you Sleepless in Seattle like me? I find a lot of us are. This pandemic isn’t very pretty and a bit stressful too.

So here are a few tips I use or have started to use to get better sleep that I find are working and make me look better when I wake up too.

Drinking tea like Chamomile or Holy Basil are calming to the nervous system and great to enjoy a cup an hour or so before you go to bed.

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Buy fresh lavender online and get some muslin or organza bags you can find at the craft or Dollar store. Make yourself some fresh lavender bud sachets. Place in pillowcase or hang from the bed post. The soothing and calming scent will make you feel relaxed. You can even make an eye mask with them if you like to sew.

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Take a bath…Especially if you are a shower guy or gal. Baths are miracle workers and can really settle you down after a long day. Even more so now. Use Epsom salts and add a few drops of jojoba and lavender oil. I like the brand called Aura Cacia. Did you know they even make lavender tea? So delightful to the tongue and to your spirits.

If you want to refresh tired feet soak them in a water basin and give them a bath with a few drops of peppermint oil.

Discover Spongelle... it is a hand wash buffer sponge that gives you  at least 40 hand washings and sanitizes too. More effective at removing germs and dirt than soap alone. The best part it has aromatherapy like ThymeTea Tree Oil. You can use it in a bath,in the shower or hand washing. You can even travel with it. Since we need to wash our hands often and haven’t been able to get manicures. I love to use this to keep clean especially for behind the finger nails. I’ve cut my nails back and love how clean and soft yet not dry my hands are.

A good nights sleep I think also requires clean pretty sheets and a lush BETTER  pillow. I found a pillow that is great to not only sleep with but helps with sleep wrinkles,Morning puffiness and marks. Bye Bye puffy face when you wake up in the morning!

Sleep and Glow  is designed with your face in mind! And is the brand and I can’t wait for you to check it out too.

http://www.sleepandglow.com

Make a nightly SLEEP ritual… and I wish you Sweet Dreams!

This week I featured these tips on River City Live on TV here in Jacksonville Florida. The video is available below and or on YouTube too.

http://www.rivercitylive.com                       http://www.news4jax.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foot Bath Recipe

Time to take care of those precious feet of yours. Self care Sunday is here!

We are tired. Tired 😴 of this pandemic and need a lift! Right?

So here are two refreshing DIY recipes to try. Summer is here and you want better looking and softer feet too. Don’t you?

Fill a foot basin or create one with what you have with warm water and some 🍋 lemon and orange 🍊 slices. Place a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil.

Unless you’re allergic choose another oil of your choice like eucalyptus or tea tree.

Place your feet 🦶 in the bath.

Soak your feet for at least 15 minutes.

Rinse your feet and place your fave hand and body lotion or cream.

Your feet will feel so AmaZzzing!

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Another creamy and dreamy treatment you can do is simple and so delightful! It will cost you under $2.00 I hope you have it in your kitchen pantry.

Do one soak today and another foot soak later in the week.

Fill a bath with warm water 💦 and soak your feet with a cup of coconut 🥥 milk 🥛. It is a treatment many cultures like to do. Softens the skin and heels too. Afterwards be careful and rinse off the milk and water bath. Towel dry and put a pair of white socks on. Go to bed.

Wake up feeling better and softer and with a smile on your feet 🦶

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Hello,Handsome!

BEARD BAR IMG_5647.JPGI know you want to look and feel good too!

Great looking healthy skin takes a little ME time and effort DAILY!

In the summer our skin tends to break out or get dehydrated from the sun and outdoor activities even more. Here are the latest and greatest in grooming this summer and beyond!

  • Skin care exfoliation is very important for the guys too. Fruit Peel by celebrity esthetician Elina of Elina Organics will gently exfoliate your skin  while you sleep.
  • Fresh Face Beard Bar is a new way to wash your beard and soften it up and clean the complexion underneath. You don’t want your beard or mustache to be dry and unkempt looking. It’ not enough just to wash your face. 🧼 Don’t use deodorant bars on that handsome face!
  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.
  • Floss- Caring for your 🦷 and gums = A healthier heart. Cocofloss is the way to go made with Coconut oil.
  • A relaxing 🛀 bath with bath salts or your fave Aura Acacia essential oil, detoxifying sheet mask and a hand,feet and body lotion to follow work wonders on the body and skin after a long work day or week.
  • Got leftover beer? 🍺 Rinse your hair with it after you shampoo. The malt and hops in beer contain cleansing properties!
  • D.I.Y. Recipe #2  Add a dash of apple 🍎 cider vinegar to the hair with a bit of beer and 1 oz. of water 💦 and you’ll have a hair rinse that removes build up of all those products you’ve been using. Shinier clean hair!

Cool products and tools for cool guys!

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF! You are all you got.

Day 4 Gift Idea for HIM!

I LOVE to make a special treat for my husband,family or friends from time to time. Christmas is the perfect time of year to create one!

I go to antique malls and other stores and collect bottles and jars I like and save them for D.I.Y. gift giving.

One of my favourite stocking stuffers or gifts to give is massage oil.

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An easy massahe oil recipe is:

1 1/2 cups of jojoba,sunflower or almond oil as the massage oil base. (depending on the size of your bottle you might need more). Add a few drops of an essential oil (pure and quality one. Not a a cheap one)  My husband has loved the relaxing lavender as well as sweet orange or sandalwood. A little essential oil goes a long way. Shake so the oil and the fragrance make love together.Add a hand written card that entitles HIM to a relaxing massage one and only you. You might want to add a candle to set the mood too.

 

Another well received D.I.Y. recipe is a jar of relaxing bath salts. It can be made as simple as filling a container with epsom salts and sprinkling in a few drops of eucalyptus oil and a sprig of aromatic roesmary from your garden on top.

Add a ribbon,tag with instructions on what it is and a lush sea sponge or brush and you have  completed this gift!

As I mentioned before you don’t have to spend a fortune. It doesn’t have to be a designer anything. Enjoy the little things that can turn intobig things.

The Holidays are here…Love is in the air…it’s almost Christmas. Stress less and enjoy the beauty of now!bath blur brush candles

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I LOVE to Create all things Beauty!

As some of you know I love and am so attracted to all things Asian beauty namely China and Japan. And I continue to embrace all the K-Beauty  products that have come to the US. It is so much fun exploring the NEW and the tried & true! Yet I think I have only begun to tap the surface of this other world of beauty finds.I want to learn and test drive even more!

Through the years I created kits filled with beauty products from China but my other love is creating beauty products inspired by the Orient.It is so satisfying to my beauty spirit to create. From choosing the formulas,what they can do and I get to name the products too! Our clients love them too.

Last year I introduced a beauty box filled with products called Lucky Cookie…it is filled with beauty I curated from China,Korea,Japan and more.My signature chopsticks and fortune cookie included.You’re a Lucky Cookie if you own this box is how I look at it!!!

Recently I curated a kit of products that I named the Bento Box of Beauty. It is an actual Bento FOOD tray FILLED with beauty and bath products. Happy to say …We sold out over Valentine’s day!

The best part you get to enjoy it all and not throw the packaging out.

If you are a foodie, a beauty junkie and or appreciate the flawless beauty of a China doll complexion…you will fall in love with this Bento Box!

Tell me what you think of this fun box of K and other Asian beauty?  I love eating from these unique compartments but I think I like it even more when it is filled with ALL things beauty and fun! Bento Box of Beauty 1 -2017.JPG

 

 

 

Some days you just gotta…pamper yourself!!!

cropped-birthday_wm-2.jpgIt has been a long day and so much has gone on this week!

My week doesn’t officially end on Friday. I work at times  travel on the weekends but work every Saturday.So, I had to go there tonight and drown my cares in a nice warm bath. Showers just don’t do what a bath does.! Don’t you agree? So, I found this little gem to soothe my soul and hydrate my skin.

FEELING SMITTEN…cupcake bath bombs!

99% natural,paraben-free,sulfate free! NO animal testing.100% FUN. I don’t even know how they get it to LOOK this fabulous and irresistible!

*You will so want to eat them but don’t it is NOT edible and will not taste like a cupcake.

I so wanted to LICK IT UP.

After you remove the icing and it fizzies in your tub the cupcake is an exfoliating sugar scrub.Pretty sweet treat for your body and soles of your feet!

Sometimes you just have to give in,relax and enjoy the sweet stuff !

0 calories too.

A Rosy D.I.Y. Bath to relax!

ROSE PETALS BATH

In the wee early hours of the morning I whipped up this romantic lovely relaxing bath mix. I have not made it in awhile.I can’t wait to share this recipe for bath bliss with you.

Recipe for Rosy  BLISS

1/2 CUP OF BAKING SODA

1 CUP OF EPSOM SALT

2 TO 3 DROPS OF THERAPUETIC GRADE ROSE OIL

Pour all of the dry ingredients above together and sprinkle in the essential oil.

Stir it all together and leave in bowl with a lid a few days.

Stir and smell the rosy aroma.

Place in a pretty jar. I like to top mine with a faux or fresh rose pal before I close the lid. Keep it as a treat for yourself or give it to someone special.

Got FRESH rose petals? Sprinkle a few in your bath tub. Relax and enjoy this rosy relaxing delight.

Appreciate yourself and honor your body and soul.

 

SOAP …glorious soap!

It’s so dope! It puts me on a high and when it is well made and with the right stuff it super hydrates and makes your skin feel and LOOK amazing.

It also is an EXPERIENCE. I think it is the perfect gift. Give a stack of them or by the bar.These are a creation by a woman business owner of course.

You may find her at http://www.bellalinabath.com and on Facebook.

Treat Yourself or someone else!!!

*If you happen to live in sunny Jacksonville, Florida you can find her at the Riverside Arts Market. Last day of the year to shop with her is December 19th.BELLA LINA soaps