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.
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.
TRY making or buying this! A green drink of yumminess!
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.
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.
Love yourself at any age!
Did I mention Norma Kamali is 75 years young?
If you love ❤️ all kinds of books! You’ll love this one!
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?
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.
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.
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.
Doesn’t Drew look darling?
Do you have the same magazine addiction to? What’s your favorite?
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”.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Discover a new fragrance to add to your collection.
Update your nail game and buy some new nail lacquer hues!
As a professional Make-Up Artist I use products and things in different ways. I love being a creative and thinking outside the box,circle and square.
When it comes to mascara and the beauty photo shoot or the client calls for a natural not caked on mascara look… I use a Tinted Grooming Brow Gel on the lashes instead of a true mascara. It adds thickness and color. But the lashes look totally natural.
Another product I like to use is a CLEAR Brow gel on the lashes and not just the brows. Colorless and natural my clients love ❤️ both the looks.
I have lived a wonderful life and have learned a lot of things and enjoyed many beauty secrets in my life but BETTY ! Beloved American actress Betty White turns99 YEARS YOUNG today!
That is A GIFT not all of us can or will get!!!
I have followed her career and have so enjoyed watching her on TV and in other places through the years. What I have learned that she continually says is her beauty secrets (Besides good genes) and living a long happy, healthy life and they are not necessarily found in jar on a beauty shelf.
They are simple and unique to say the least.
VODKA (She loves a good cocktail)
PB & J sandwiches
Other Betty White Pearls Of Wisdom that she and I share too are:
Have a sense of humor!
Exercise your MIND! She’s become addicted to crossword puzzles. She can’t seem to put them down.
I LOVE TO WORK!
So, I think we ALL can learn a few lessons from Betty White. Although they say she will be spending it in our pandemic quarantine and staying safe…I raise a Bloody Mary glass with vodka and toast to BETTY today!
I’m certain she is spending it well in her own special way!