Relaxing Gifts…

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I think self-care is so important especially this crazy but beautiful time of year. I love to support the makers. You know sweet and small companies who make things with their hands. Like me. I love to whip up many beautiful things.

Rosie’s Handmade Jax makes an Aromatherapy Hot Pack that may be used hot or cold for when you need to relax and chill out and say “Goodbye to the bad days.”

Natural pain relief made by a MOMMY  (FYI Rosie is her little daughter) in Jacksonville Florida!  Made with 100% premium cotton and well made at that!

Lovely lavender takes the cares and stress away.

Do you or anyone on your list get migraine headaches or simply exhausted from working at the computer all day? Rosie’s HandmadeJax has a pack for your eyes too.

Find them on Instagram and Facebook at:

rosies.handmadejax

I’ve so loved these two handmade relaxing & calming beauties the past few weeks and simply had to share! You just might fall in love with them too! Or to give as a gift this holiday season.

You don’t have to spend a fortune on gifts! It truly is the thought you put into  that gift counts.

Come back to my blog for more gifts to make the people in your life smile!

 

 

 

 

 

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Let the shopping begin!

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Stand Tall and Shop Small November 24th,2018

Small Business Saturday is a special shopping day created by American Express for us to celebrate that small biz owner and shop small biz all over the country. It is important to keep small businesses alive and kicking!
I’m so delighted to be a part of this glorious movement again this year! We sent out an invite to our clients and hope to have them shop our…
Lipstick red door!
If you do happen to live in JAX Fl come explore our store and join us for a cup  of cheer.
SHOP our unique and pretty gift ideas and stocking stuffers and receive 20% off your visit. Bring a friend or family member. Enjoy door prizes and more! Code:20OFF online or in our cottage. http://www.noreenyoung.com
Shop Small Biz and Sip Small Biz too!
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Wherever you live it doesn’t have to be in Jacksonville Fl where my beauty cottage is…
Shop in your city or where ever you might be traveling this weekend.
Spread a little shopping LOVE…big box stores are nice but SMALL businesses need your business even more too!
#ShopSmall  #AmexLife  #SmallBizSaturday  #getyourkisson #noreenyoung

Sunnies,Vitamin SEA and Me!

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I have just come back from a much needed early winter getaway!

When I arrived the palm tree lined streets home of Ringling Brothers (yes, the circus creator) I knew I was headed  to some place special!!!

Yes I live in Florida now. But I live closer to Atlanta and now was clear across the state.When I got to the sunny resorts door  I smelled a scent I recognized but was not sure of.  I got to my room and jumped for joy! I went to open the  curtain to the balcony I discovered I was just steps from the ocean. Finally, it dawned on me I work so hard and spend lots of time in my makeup studio,TV and at airports …I didn’t realize that scent was the beautiful salty ocean air! Oh how I EMBRACED and gave in to that awesome air.

 

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A Tropical drink is ALWAYS a good idea. Even if it isn’t filled with alcohol. But this one was a tease of it on my tongue. Just what I needed.

 

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(I decorated the table with some of my sea finds)

A heart healthy walk and an exfoliating facial for my feet and soles was next. My feet and calve muscles loved me too!

I rinsed my hair in the sunlight and salt water detoxing my hair of any oil and product buildup. And although I did NOT sunbathe at practice what I preach…I managed to get a little kiss of color and VITAMIN SEA.

I loved the hotel balcony I hated to leave it.I shopped and window shopped,dined in some yummy places and had an amazzzing relaxing time. UNTIL my iphone had plans for me!

It died  … I mean really died totally black screen would not fire up! For days!

I hated being less than 8 hours there and no phone. No connection to my beauty business. No blog posts,no social media. It was so STRANGE!  I hated the feeling of being so attached with my phone and all of it’s trappings.

Long story short. I had to drive to get it checked  on and perhaps get a replacement. I have only had the phone a few months. But did you know if you live out of town you cannot and they will not just give you a replacement from the Apple store? You have to go back home to where you bought it and work on getting it checked and perhaps a replacement there. Oh and it takes another week to get a new phone replacement. The diagnostics said my phone was from a bad batch that was recalled. But I was not informed. Quite a phone adventure I did not plan for.

Perhaps my phone was trying to tell me something along with the salty sea kissed air. SLOW DOWN…enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. Unplug. What do you think?

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Beauty Launches & Trends for Fall!

I’m  back in town and on TV  here in sunny Florida with some bewitching ideas for this Halloween eve and Halloween.photo RCL

I am sharing NEW FALL beauty and finger food (pardon the pun) trends to do with your girlfriends with my good friend Glamour Gourmet!

She created an awesome Halloween Snack box for ONLY $10.00  Invite your besties over for a beauty bash. Or it makes the perfect gift! Mummy rice krispies anyone?GLAMOUR Gourmet Halloween

Check her out on Instagram!

Don’t look like a witch! Take care of your skin! Be Bewitching this Halloween.

  • Try a new Vitabird Vitamin C  product that is knocking the heels off of woman who buy it. It will make your complexion brighter and more radiant. Available at Barney’s NYC. I just discovered this Asian beauty and my skin loves it so.
  • Don’t ever go to sleep with a dirty face! Use the latest skin sensation by whish and it is called a cleansing oil. So silky! Don’t let the word oil fool you.
  • Veil Cosmetics Mattifying base and touch-up powder. Free of the bad stuff and weightless on the skin.VEGAN LOVERS you will love it. http://www.veilcosmetics.com
  • Farmhouse Fresh Goods has you covered for crepey creepy hands. I love the Whoopie Cream but the new Honey Chai lotion makes me want to scream with delight. http://www.farmhousefreshgoods.com
  • CHI AIR Spin n Curl Is my latest go to for a quick curl in my hair.So easy to use! I am a makeup artist NOT a hairstylist and have never been good with using hair tools. BUT THIS is awesome! If it’s CHI it’s for ME!

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Who doesn’t love to burn a candle on Halloween? I’ve discovered. Blood Orange candle by Ao Fragrances the mood and perfumes the air. BLOOD ORANGE IMG_5264

What a fun time again on River City Live TV!

I hope I inspired you to throw an intimate last minute party  and gather up your girlfriends and have a yummy beauty BASH!

To see my segment on today’s show go to http://www.rivercitylive.com http://www.news4jax.com

Enjoy!

14 Healthy and Delicious Ways to Cook With Pumpkin Seeds — StyleCaster

I am so in love with pumpkin seeds especially this time of year. Here are the yummiest recipes I have ever seen. I can’t wait to buy the ingredients and get started. Cause you know I love to cook and do makeup.

Enjoy~

It’s been a minute since I’ve carved a pumpkin, if I’m being honest. Living in a small New York City apartment, it just wasn’t something I’d thought to do every year. 236 more words

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Honky Tonk Fun and Food!

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Have you ever visited or have you been to Nashville lately?

They say it is the music capitol and if you are into country music and  cowboy boots you’d love it. It had been awhile since I have gone there and the foodie scene has exploded.

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Bodacious and YUMMY on a plate! There was this amazzzzzing diner called Sun  Diner where country stars photos and ELVIS line the walls.This was my meal. It was so delicious! OPEN 24 hours!

http://www.sundiner.com 

A (looked like Krispy Kreme)  hamburger, slices of melted cheddar and a sunny side up egg with a donut on top (THAT’S YOUR BUN). Killer! I can’t wait to go back or make it at home.This diner is located next to the Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline museum.

SO WORTH THE TRIP TO EAT HERE!

 

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Window shopping is the best shopping! You never know what you’ll find.

Looking for old school destinations? I discovered a Woolworth’s counter STILL open for business. Serving breakfast,lunch and dinner! in the heart of downtown.

A cab ride away to another area is an amazing place to dine called Urban Grub. The shrimp and grits was amazing.A few short blocks away is Draper James a fashion and lifestyle store owned and curated  by Reese Whiterspoon the actress.

Another section of town I discovered was the Gulch district. You can dine,snack,have coffee and shop in this pretty area.

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I stayed at the JW Marriott it was one of those beautiful hotels! I loved THE STAFF from the second I pulled up,I loved the spacious room. I loved the food, SPA,the gift shop, their own coffee shop and the bakery. Your next trip to downtown Nashville I highly recommend this is the place to stay.

They even have healthy shots with a vitamin twist at the coffee shop and Nightly Turn down service…priceless!

 

My Aloe Beauty Hack!

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I love growing aloe plants and have them in my home in my kitchen,my bathroom and outside my front door. I also grow them in my beauty studio garden. Lately, I am showing my clients how to rescue a sunburn with a fresh aloe plant or store bought bottle of aloe vera gel.

But my favorite aloe skin care hack is to use the juicy love goodness from the inside of the aloe leaf! All you do is cut a small slit on the side of the leave and squeeze…apply on clean skin. It is great to use a plant based oil free moisturizer and can be used UNDER makeup or alone on the face.

In an instant! And so cheap! 

If  YOU have a skin care hack you’d like to share with me…Please do!  I LOVE hearing from you and I will reply.

Wanna feel …cool as a cucumber?

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The temperatures are soaring across the country on my trip to Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago it was in the 100’s most days. In Florida we are so HUMID and in the 90’s. Los Angeles 112? It is a melting pot of hot. So, here is a way I like to keep cool with the cheapest vegetable around…the cucumber!

Did you know? It is composed of 95% water,but also contains,vitamins B1,B2,B3 and B12? hese vitamins help soothe the skin from any irritations,reduce swelling,and prevent water retention.It also contains ascorbic acid ,folic acid and polysaccharides (a hero in hydrating your skin) and has super powers.

Today it is going to be another hot one!!! So, I am going to make cut them up in a few small chunks and fill an ice cube tray with them and make “cuke cubes” my cool and refreshing version of ice cubes. I like to sprinkle a smidge of sea salt on top. Once frozen I like to pop one in a glass of seltzer water and or Perrier or Pellegrino water. So refreshing and when the ice cube melts enjoy that lovely cumber.

Yes, you can also enjoy them like a cracker alone. Or embelish with some yumminess on top. I also like to make those cool cucumber eye pads out of them simply by cutting a slice and lay one on each eye for at least 10 mins. and let it’s beauty benefits soak in and calm those tired peepers!

I also highly recommend doing a Cool Cucumber Facial!  All you need is to scoop out the inside pulp of the cucumber and place that on a freshly cleaned face with a fan brush or baby spatula. This is mask is  really an awesome feeling skin treat. I leave the mask on at least 15 minutes and lay down.

Cucumbers are not only great for a tray of crudites at your next party but great for sunburned skin,help plump your skin,tightens the pores,helps with elasticity of the skin that leads to skin sagging.It also balances the PH level of the skin and gently lightens thus brightens and gently exfoliates the skin.

This pulp mask on a clean face is a wonderful…NO chemical skin care! And FYI other skin therapists/estheticians like me use this mask on their clientele too.

So now you see you can enjoy the cucumber in your salad,in a drink and on your face and neck!

 

 

 

Meet L.A.’s Grooming EXPERT

Featuring MY FRIEND and blog guest… Cole Patterson, Celebrity Skincare Specialist/Grooming Expert
How did you get started in the beauty industry?
I started my career as a makeup artist over a decade working on music videos and commercials.  I’ve always been passionate about skincare and wellness.  Being a licensed esthetician I offered more than concealing and contouring for talent.
Working behind the scenes gave me the opportunity to touch celebrities than extended beyond makeup application.  I was able to education them on new products, techniques and tips on how to maintain flawless healthy after pre and post makeup up.
As my career blossomed I acquired a large male clientele working with music artists, professional athletes, and Hollywood’s A-Listers.
I’ve worked with celebrities such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Usher, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Anthony Anderson, Larenz Tate and the list goes on.
What drove you to come out with your own skin care line?
Being a licensed professional and working as a makeup artist I realized skincare to be a factor to maintaining a flawless palette.  I noticed women had a plethora of products to care for their skin on set and home regimen while men were subject to using whatever was available.  Seeing men under served in this area I saw a need to offer them gender specific advanced products that were easy to use and required minimal steps.
In 2014 I formulated Cole Skincare for Men and launched online in 2015 featuring the 3-in-1 Foaming Cleanser as our 1st multi-functional product.
I’m a single mother of 2 children so my day is pretty extreme with juggling motherhood, business, personal life.  Last year I took a leap of faith and pursued my dream of becoming a filmmaker so just as things were balancing out I decided it was time that I live out my dreams and create, produce and direct.  Currently I have a documentary series aired on The Word Network I produced and directed which aired April 16, 2018.
Besides your work schedule what does a typical day look like for you?
My day consist of waking up at 4am to medicate, hit the gym at 5am to return home by 6:30am to get the kids off to school which is an hour drive to make it to my 10am yoga class.
After yoga my mind is clear and ready to create.  I research new products ,trends and techniques for skin care including but not limited to medial treatments and plastic surgery.  I spend a few hours a day working on my skincare line.  By 2:00 I head to pick up the kids, homework, dinner, put them to sleep.  While there sleep it’s my creative space I spend this time to conceptualize ideas, ads, & commercials for Cole Skincare for Men or explore different genre of movies to keep fresh ideas and concepts brewing for my next directorial project.
I am so proud of my friend and colleague Cole!
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