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

 

 

 

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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

Beauty From the Garden & More!

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Flowers and herbs….Can make you feel better and healthier! I am trying to enjoy them even more before the winter chill and frost arrive in Florida. I love fresh mint,rosemary and other herbs growing outside my door.

Surround yourself with them to make you happy!

  • Eat parsley to freshen up your breath!
  • Make a cup of cozy hot tea with fresh peppermint or mint!
  • Bathe in bubbles and the scent of some fresh rose petals to stress less.
  • Place eucalyptus branches in your shower and steam your way to breathing better from allergies.
  • Add edible flowers to a salad. and make your day more beautiful and even better.
  • Massage your shoulders gently with grape seed oil and a smooth and soothing river rock from your garden supply.
  • Can’t get to sleep…use Chamomile to help you get those ZZZ’S.

Enjoy the beauty of these simple things I promise they can make your heart sing.

Say hello to a happier new you!

Made in America!

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Sorry I had to leave and sorry I had to wait to post on my Las Vegas trip wrap up. I came back with laryngitis and a cold.Wiped me out.

BUT I am delighted to be asked again to guest speak at the most amazing and largest spa show in the beauty industry held in Las Vegas every year.

The International Esthetics,Cosmetics and SPA conference floor was filled with the scents of aromatherapy,splashes of colorful cosmetics and new SPA treatments galore. Celebrate the red,white,blue and YOU with these indie brand products that are MADE IN THE USA.

What’s hot and new are things to exfoliate,refresh and renew. VIA BUFF is a skin polishing sponge that is dermatologist tested. There are colorful small puffs for your face and a larger body one that helps you exfoliate all the sides of you including that hard to reach back too.

LIP masks are all the rage. They plump up your lips and smooth the skin from smokers lips or sun damage.They also make the for your eyes. Ask for this treatment at your local spa.

Facial Buffing Biscuits are an awesome product by FarmHouse Fresh Goods. They come in a variety of scents and gently cleansing and mask the complexion at the same time. Double Duty beauty. I will share more on another blog about these.

BROWS and eyelashes are so en pointe with all kinds of beauties to make them look bigger,longer, best.

The world of nail polish is on fire! Right now COLOR is everywhere and so are metallics for this summer.From silver and golden hues to juicy shades of aqua and coral too.

Hair continues to come in all hues. Want to change your hair color in a flash. There are all kinds of products that can change your hue and then washes out too. Hair extensions also are on the rise.

Want to see more??? Watch me on TV at http://www.firstcoastnews.com click side bar for The Chat.

GUYS…Last Minute Gifts for your wife for Mothers Day!

If you’re looking for a few awesome gift ideas? You’ve come to the right place.

if you have not had a chance to get her a gift…Guys you CAN do this!

  • Write her a LOVE LETTER or make her a CARD from scratch. You can do it in less than 5 mins. or a bit more.
  • Give her breakfast in bed on a faux silver tray (from a party OR dollar store)
  • Bake her muffins,fresh cookies or her fave cake.
  • Book an appointment for her for a massage, haircut or luxurious makeup session.
  • Pull flowers and other greens from your garden and create a pretty bouquet.Tie a pretty ribbon around them.
  • Order a few magazine subscriptions  to her fave magazine is a very useful gift. all you need is the postcard that is inside Every new magazine on the news stand.Fill it out,mail it and you’re good to go.
  • Draw her a bubble bath complete with fragrant bubbles,a candle,spa music,eye mask and cozy bath pillow.
  • SPEND some time with her. Not in the same room watching sports,but actually spend time with her.
  • Go to Whole Foods Market by some yummy things. pack a basket with a blanket and have a meal in the park.
  • It is all about the LOVING little things! It doesn’t have to be expensive.
  • YOU CAN DO THIS! (and with ease) Don’t stress.

Natural, Vegan,Gluten Free and oh so heavenly!

honey-lavender-scrub-300dpi I think it is important to take care of yourself.

I know it takes time and you might be giving a sigh or whine but I personally really try to practice it daily. I recommend you do it too. IF you only have a few minutes to yourself.Sip a cup of soothing hot tea or a glass of wine and enjoy five to 10 minutes to exfoliate,hydrate and oh so much more.

ME TIME! This scrub is on OPRAH’S FAVE sea salt SCRUB on her O -List .

It is 95% natural,Vegan and Gluten Free. It is not greasy and rich with vitamin E rice bran oil. Apply it to your hands,body and feet and give yourself a treat.NOT to be used on your face. This is a salty exfoliating sea salt treat not meant for your delicate complexion.You apply it before you shower or bathe and rub on a DRY body in small circles with your hand or a sponge. Then you rinse it off after it has done the skin softening and exfoliating magic.The honey and lavender additions in the scrub take it to another heavenly level!!!

So RELAXING to use and the scent makes me swoon…You gotta try it.

Just Breathe!

Are you in a HOLI-gaze?

I see shoppers every day either shopping at my beauty business or at other places. People seem to have a glazed look over their eyes gazing into another place or space.

Tis’ the season for stress to be on the top of your Gift and To Do List. From now until New Years Eve you will me on a mission. Rushing,pleasing,traveling,last-minute shopping and cooking.

If you want to wind it down and I know you do. Try some of these tried and true simple recipes I love to do.Today,tomorrow or into new years eve.

Lavender is your friend in any form! Soap,body lotion,cologne, room spray and more. No matter what forms  you use they will work wonders for you.This essential oil fragrance is awesome. You can even sprinkle lavender-scented baby powder on your sheets,pillows or blankets.

Buy some Chamomile TEA…I love the simple pleasures and relaxing joy I get from sipping this tea.To some is an acquired taste but is an amazing relaxing tea. Serve it as hot tea not cold to benefit best.

Try “Chill Pill” by Aura Cacia sprays away the stress that gets you down.Don’t spread stress around.

Epsom salt baths are a CHEAP thrill! Soak the cares of the day away in a scoop of Epsom salts in a bath tub of warm to  water.

Massage your feet with Vaseline that you added a drop of peppermint oil (not the craft kind but an essential oil for the body) Your feet will love you and your skin will love it too.Peppermint essential oil even the slightest drop I recommend for this beauty recipe makes you feel good.It is also an appropriate seasonal delight. Afterwards give your feet the white sock treat !!! Put your feet in clean white cotton socks. I prefer loose (not tight ones) and wake up with hydrated better looking feet.

Book an escape and get a massage!Take care of yourself…take a TIME OUT just for you.

My husband and I love to do this monthly and bi-monthly when time allows.It is good for your health!

I love the happy calm look my husband has after he gets out of the treatment room from his massage at Massage Envy. Priceless!

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Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. It not only makes your skin look better but makes you FEEL amazing and gives you more energy to think on your feet too.

Above all enjoy the beauty of this holiday season and remember you are LOVED by me!

I hope you have and will continue to enjoy my beauty and lifestyle blog.

I hope you had a wonderful Chanukah season and now wish those of you a Merry Christmas!

xoxo

Home-made Beauty Tips

photo-1.JPG TV 4  8-16-2014Celebrate your face and skin this summer with these natural beauty recipes!

I love to shop Whole Foods Market and the Farmers markets for the ingredients to make these D.I.Y. recipes.
All of my recipes are cheap,quick and easy to make. And unisex…your daughter or sweetie can get in on the touch of the spa action too.

Key Lime Pie Body Treatment
2 cups of plain Greek or regular yogurt (use less if you are making a smaller portion)
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 tablespoon of honey (Bee Friends Farm)
1 tablespoon of lime

Blend all of the above and pour into a plastic bowl. Sit at the edge of the tub and rub on your body.Leave this treatment on at least 15 minutes.Rinse well and enjoy the way your skin feels.
* I like to scoop any remains and recycle re-purpose and place in a jar and save for another day.Lasts nicely in the refrigerator for a week or more.

Skin Brightening Lemon Cups

Say Bye Bye to dry discolored skin with this skin treat.
Next time you prepare a meal with lemons or make lemonade save the leftover lemons and rub the inside of the lemons on your elbows.This treatment will gently exfoliate and help the discoloration most of us get on our elbows and knees.Rub the meaty part of inside of a lemon and go round and round motion on your elbows. It can also be done to your kneees.Rinse with luke warm water and a washcloth.Apply your favorite hand and or body lotion.

Bathe in Beauty

I love to to take a bath and surround myself with things that are pretty. Make your body happy with this awesome bath idea.
Sprinkle your fave bath salts or Epsom salts in warm bath water.Add a couple edible flowers. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite drink or fresh water in a plastic glass and enjoy eating an edible flower too. It is kinda FUN.Make it even more decadent and add a piece of decadent chocolate!

Be good to YOURSELF…if you don’t who will?

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