Vacay or mini travel tips you need!

Who doesn’t love to travel?

I have always loved to travel. I got the “travel bug” when I lived in the tri-state area. I always heard the sound of airplanes. Manhattan has a lot of tourists arriving and landing and departing! JFK airport has many global flights too!

It is a beautiful sight and as I grew up I loved that sound of the airplanes more and more.

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So happy to be traveling again! It’s been a long time by one and a half years for me. How about you?

Here are a few of my personal tips I have cultivated through the years and now with the pandemic not over what to expect.

Choosing a window seat is lovely but can ruin your skin over time. SUN SHINE 🌞 at sunrise, afternoon or sunset is damaging to the skin over time. By the way, I love the window too. And if you pee a lot you need to make sure you choose an aisle seat to make it easy for you to get in and out!

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Don’t forget your sunscreen. Even under face masks the sun can get you! Apply sunscreen to your hands (especially the tops) and don’t forget your neck too!

Stay hydrated I can’t say it enough. BEFORE you leave your house, at airport and on your flight keep the water coming. Skip the caffeine especially if you’re anxious about flying it will only make you even more jittery.

Please note:

Airport and other places you go water 💧 fountains are covered and off limits due to Covid19 and refill water stations are closed off too. So if you’re used to bringing your own water or beverage container bottle with you. You will not be able to fill it with H2O.

Pack disinfecting wipes too! For each of you traveling. You will need to double check and clean your surroundings. The airplanes are very clean but you can ever be too careful or clean. On my Delta flights they hand you a disinfecting wipe packet when you get on board.

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Mask 😷 up!

I like to sprinkle some essential oil on my disposable mask or cloth mask with lips 👄depending on my mood. Most times I use lavender oil and I love ❤️ the Aura Cacia brand. It’s great quality and simply the best!

You MUST wear your face mask and keep your nose 👃 covered at the airport and on the plane ride and while switching planes. They are very strict to keep everyone safe.

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Pack a chamomile tea bag in your tote or your handbag.

Bigelow Tea Co makes an awesome one with stress relieving chamomile and calming lavender.sometimes when you order tea there isn’t any chamomile tea available. So order a cup of hot water and take the tea bag (for another time) they are serving and just use the water 💦 and make a cup of chamomile tea.

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Travel with your favorite snacks. YOUR comfort food. Mine are bananas, apples, tangerines and anything crunchy, M&M chocolate candies or Hershey’s chocolate 🍫 or and HARD candies or gum.

These will not only comfort you they hydrate your throat which can get dry while flying with a mask on especially.

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Another calming treat is to pack a CBD tincture or CBD gummies to balance your mood if you’d like. They really come in handy. I love Martha Stewart’s collection of edibles.

I hope these tips bring comfort to you and help you on your next flight too.

Happy summer!

Kisses 💋 from Las Vegas!

I’m in beautiful and always fabulous Vegas! The heat is on. The other day it was 116 degrees.

Have you ever been?

Today I guest spoke at the International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa Conference show. I had a sold out crowd! I so LOVE what I do!

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Anyone who is anyone in beauty and hair is here! It is so exciting. I have missed guest speaking since Covid. But it’s beginning to look like a sense of normalcy and happiness!

The show floor was filled to the brim with so many booths. I attended a few classes and shopped and explored. I’m exhausted.

Tonight we had dinner at a delicious place called Orchids Gardens. They serve all kinds of Dim Sum 🥟 all day. I have been going to this place for years.

I’m taking notes 📝 and checking out all that I can and that is trending!

So please … Stay tuned. The time zone for me is a 3 hour difference and I’m starting to fade. Im going to take a bubble bath 🛀 and relax.

Then, I’m joining my husband for a cocktail 🍸 and eating a box of chocolates together in bed.

Sweet Dreams!

Tone,Tighten and Glow Me Up!

I don’t know about you but I feel a little bit off. This pandemic is still with us, my usual positive spirit is off and my skin needs a little LOVE. Not just from a dream face cream or eating the right stuff but something else. I discovered a good book and found a fabulous read for you to enjoy and actually put to use this summer.

It is called Face Fitness by an esthetician,yoga teacher, a chakra meditation instructor and working mom! I don’t know how she was able to make this book happen with three children. Her name is Patricia San Pedro.

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There are a plethora of skin care tips, tricks and exercises for the face. No yoga or exercise studio to drive to. Easy to do at home. Or in a hotel room while I’ll be traveling again soon.

Just launched …

I have a few favorites so far but I am still trying to master them before I do some others. But it is fun to explore. Even as a beauty and skin professional I am learning something new. We never stop learning do we?

Since I am MAD about the lips I find I am crazy about the Lip Cardio exercise. Glow Flow is yet another one I am practicing. Neck Detox is a great one to get the blood flowing and bye bye to the impurities.

On this Self-Care Sunday think about what you can do for yourself. Not just your family, the sweetie in your life or friends. You NEED to take care of one and only you!

I know many of you think you need Botox,filler and filters but think again. There is a healthy alternative for you that will rev up your skin,tighten,tone and make you feel and look happier in that skin.

I am embracing my face and enjoying and taking one beautiful minute and day at time. I hope you do too!

LOVE on your skin!

She is INVINCIBLE!

I found a few summer book reads you need to know about. Growing up and working in Manhattan I discovered the fabulous world of fashion. My two favorite fashion designers in New York were Norma Kamali and Diane Von Furstenberg. I saved $ and saved $ to buy their clothing and accessories!

Norma Kamali recently came out with a book that is a combination of women empowerment,words of wisdom, healthy living tips and beauty and skin care advice. I am still reading it but have learned a lot. As a designer I love this style tip she says “Dress the way YOU FEEL daily”. She’s especially sending a message to baby boomers and seniors. But her fashions and this book are for the younger crowd too.

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One of the beauty recipes she shares is her favorite of mine too! She suggests you consider DRINKING your salad. Especially if you are on the run and in the midst of a hectic work day.

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TRY making or buying this! A green drink of yumminess!

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She also likes to do DIY recipes and use fresh beet juice with coconut oil to stain her lips 👄 with a tint of color. I love to do that too and have making this lip concoction for years.

Beet juice as a lip 👄stain. Yes, please!

Her book is pretty awesome especially for women and coming out of this pandemic. We need to recenter ourselves, focus on what matters and let go of what’s no longer important in our lives anymore.

Be YOU!

Love yourself at any age!

Be invincible!

Did I mention Norma Kamali is 75 years young?

If you love ❤️ all kinds of books! You’ll love this one!

Did you happen to watch the Oscars?

I did. I enjoy watching the Academy Awards. And this year was looking for a sense of normalcy.

My favorite of the night was the TOTAL package on actress Margot Robbie. The after Covid new look makeover, makeup, the gorgeous gown and more! Oh and that hair I wanted more, more and more! Those bangs and side fringe were so red hot gorgeous!

I loved ❤️ loved ❤️ loved Viola Davis’s look too. That dress fit her like a glove and was so sexxxxy!

What did you think? Who was your favorite look of the night?

Did you at least peek at the show or watch a pre-Oscar entertainment show?

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The makeup, the fashion and more?

It certainly was different and more down to earth and one like we’ve never seen before. Wasn’t it?

The metallic hues, shades of red, white & black and sunshine yellow on Zendaya who glowed it it. Loved the sparkle and the glowing Royal blue on Glen Close.

Pink 💕 was certainly another attention getter even the men got in on that color with a chic hot pink suit.

Brad Pitt’s man bun (I hate that term) looked tres handsome to me. And his skin was tawny and I liked his body toned suit.

Most wore accessories that were simpler and MEN got in on the jewelry action. Chains and rings. And who knew we’d see Crocs footwear and the Oscars.

Frances McDormand always makes me sad. She’s won a lot if Oscars and is a good actress but her dark, long, drab choices of clothes make me blue!

I just wish she’d at least wear a lipstick 💄 and do something with her hair. and while I live in black and love and wear bold color clothing too. I just wish we could see her look more vibrant one day soon.

And as always I wish I was there to use some Asian powder to blot up their over the top facial glow. And retouch their lipsticks and add a touch of lip balm on the men. Dry, parched lips never look hot or good.

Your thoughts? Do tell.

I love them do you?

I have ALWAYS loved them since I was a pre-teen. I LOVE reading them,learning from them,growing from them!

Since I was a very shy girl who was very quiet and had a bit of a stutter especially in school with nun’s teaching me. Magazines (and books) became my friends as soon as I saw my first cover it was love ❤️ at first sight!

The fashion the beauty the thrill of turning the pages and discover what’s next.

l LOVE love, love, love magazines!

How about you?

But call me old school I prefer them in hard copy printed form. Not on a device. It’s just not quite the same.

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I’m sad Oprah’s O magazine is no more.

But happy to hear that Drew Barrymore from that iconic fabulous movie E T and now the Andrew Barrymore Show is starting a magazine that will launch in June!

I have so enjoyed this talented little girl, turned mom, entrepreneur,show host and on the cover of a magazine from years back.

Drew Barrymore!

Doesn’t Drew look darling?

Do you have the same magazine addiction to? What’s your favorite?

Spring Clean that Beauty Clutter

Time to start spring cleaning for your home and for your beauty routine. I know what some of you are thinking it is cold and snowy outside but here in Florida the birds are churping and it is getting HOT. It was so cold but the azaleas are in full bloom. One day it is 80 degrees the next it is 30’s.

When you can try and take some time to clean out the “beauty clutter”.

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Choose a drawer, a shelf and more and explore. One area at a time. Lay out all of your things and go over each product or item.

How does it look?

Does it smell?

Are you STILL using it?

When was that? How long? If you can’t even remember maybe it’s time to throw it out!

Is it really really dirty?

Bacteria is doing the samba on your beauty, skin care and makeup tools. Think about throwing them out or wipe the containers down with rubbing alcohol and tap water. Wipe down the mirrors with a glass cleaner too.

Go ahead and do the same to your makeup brushes and sponges too. After you do place what you no longer use in the garbage and WASH your makeup brushes and tools with a makeup brush balm or brush cleaner.

If things are broken, mirrors have a chip or crack you might want to replace that product or buy something new to replace it too.

Still in the midst of the pandemic we need to keep all things super clean! Don’t take a chance with your health.

I mentioned this brand and sanitizing case before but maybe it is time you add a SterileLight disnfecting case to your home or office life. Great for beauty, skincare, makeup brushes, tech tools, iPhones and so much more!

Worth a look at: http://www.SterileLight.com

Clear the air and let spring in!

The bottom line when it comes to beauty clutter and your beauty space or shelves is to know when to throw them out!

Isn’t it time for a beauty refresh?

Free yourself and your space!

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.

Day 31 of some of MY Beauty Secrets

Thank you for popping on by and viewing and messaging how much you enjoyed my Month Long Beauty Secrets. I appreciate you!

I also want to thank you to my new blog followers.

Some are simple tips, some are not and some may be ones you haven’t heard of or thought of.

Many of you have told me you don’t even know them and that’s OK.

I just love ❤️ the beauty of learning something new every single day!

Here’s my final tip as we end this month.

As we move forward still in uncertain times with this pandemic still with us. I hope you will reflect and start to think about upgrading your self care Take care of yourself better than before and above all take time for YOU!

I know our day to day lives and family and work gets busy for us. But what I realize even more so is our mental,face and body health are very very important. Since we can’t get out and do ALL the things we used to be able to do! Start with the little things that you can change or do. Stay positive. Keep in a happy place. Keep going!

So, make a plan…

Start a new skin care regime.

Give yourself a glowing golden glow! Just for fun!

Get a new haircut!

Try some new hair color even if it’s just the tips of your hair.

Play!

Discover a new fragrance to add to your collection.

Time for a change? Switch it up!

Update your nail game and buy some new nail lacquer hues!

Find a new shade of lipstick to add to your life!

Day 25 of MY Beauty Secrets

Do you use eye lash curlers?

I so love to use them too! They are my lash BFF. But do you ever really clean them? Do you? I professionally recommend you do.

Here’s why:

1. Bacteria is growing all over it! You don’t need an unwanted eye 👁 infection.

2. The rubber head strips get filled with mascara gunk!

4. Eventually your Eyelash Curler will need replacing. But in the meantime please remember to replace the rubber band strip inside. It doesn’t last forever!

5. If your lash curler isn’t curling like it used to and mascara isn’t looking the way it used to. Throw it out. Buy a new one.

Wash 🧼 your eyelash curler regularly!

A simple recipe:

Soap and warm water 💦 with a sprinkle of tea tree oil in clean water at the end. Rinse. Towel dry. Allow it to dry on a paper towel overnight.

Clean and disinfected and ready to … CURL!