I ❤️ this nail lacquer!

My summer beauty crush is a nail polish. I love getting a mani & pedi and enjoy touching my nails 💅 up between my manicure appointments so I can look my best.

While shopping 🛍 to pick up some milk and and a few other things I discovered of all places in The Dollar General an end cap display of nail lacquer. A few colors caught my eye.

I can’t wait to buy MORE!

They have 18 show stopping colors!

Twisted 🌷 Tulip nail lacquer!

Maybe I needed a frost, no I needed a matte. So I chose Twisted 🌷 Tulip! Perhaps like my personality. It is Maybelline FAST gel nail lacquer. Yes, Maybelline every teen on a budgets dream.

It went on my nails smooth and looked flawless instantly. Best part besides this beautiful hue. It is so FAST drying! I am in love! And I almost forgot I’ve had two coats on for a week. Not a dent or chip. Color is shiny and still looks amazing.

And by the way, for years I have been able to only use OPI nail polish because I am allergic to other nail lacquers.

No your nail bed doesn’t break out nor do you necessarily get a rash. Your eye 👁 lids and under eyes can get itchy and irritated. And can even get raw red from scratching or rubbing.

Did you even know you can be allergic from the ingredients in some brand nail polish?

It’s not over. There’s still more summer left! Maybe it’s time you discover and try a few and play away!

You’ll most likely fall in love with it too!

Like the brands tube goes… Maybe It’s Maybelline!

I had a Dermaplane Facial and…

I discovered a skin care place on Instagram in the town I live in and wanted to get a facial.

I usually get my facials all over when I travel in and out of the states. Some people tour museums I tour and enjoy spas and different cultures for beauty,customs and food. I so LONGED for one. I have not had a facial since days before the pandemic arrived. I chose this facial place not from reviews but because of the name Happy Face Skin Care. How cute! And since happiness is my happy place as I choose the sunny 🌞 side of life I decided this is where I wanted to go.

I do have a daily beauty and skincare regime and also give myself at home facials but they are NOT the same as seeing a PRO. If you’ve gone for facials you know what i mean.

Once I arrived and got cozy in the esthetician and owners facial bed I was told that by her that facials were TREATMENT based facials not perse relaxing spa type facials.

I never went to a spa that did that. She examined my skin a bit and got to cleansing and double cleansing and made sure my skin was very very clean.

She prepped my skin meticulously. She asked me questions of a personal nature and saw I was open to chatting and not falling asleep during the facial. Good thing to know a true beauty PRO does not kiss and tell. Your privacy and what you say in that room and your skin is very important to them. They respect your privacy.

By the way, I have never fell sleep myself but like a massage some people DO fall asleep in the middle of the treatment. This facial and place was not that type of facial. She had a nice gentle touch but the facial was not the usual facial experience you think of.

No shoulder massage. No hand and foot massage and placed in heated mittens and booties. Just an aromatic candle and her skilled hands. Because the owner had troubled skin growing up she developed a passion for skin care and decided this was the career she wanted. Angie Pablo really loves what she does and it shows!

While I know about Dermaplaning I do not do this service. Again you always want to see a PRO.

Here’s what I discovered.

Dermaplaning is safe and painless. It is a cosmetic/facial procedure that removes the top layers of your skin to hopefully reveal a brighter,smooth youthful look. The results they say last only a few weeks.

Dermaplaning does NOT remove wrinkles and years of sun damage.

You will not leave with a red inflammed face from it or any of her extractions. Sometimes the esthetician may knick your skin but that heals fast from it sort of is like when a man shaves.

Have you ever had a facial or a Dermaplaning Facial? Do tell and share your thoughts!

I liked my Dermaplaning Facial treatment and am happy I tried it. I look forward to going back to this happy calming place again.

PS

If you have sensitive or very sensitive skin,active acne, rosacea and psoriasis it can worsen these conditions.

Do you know your skin type? Really?

Because you asked I sought out a fabulous educator in the spa industry and business owner Victoria Tabak. She is not only a skin care expert but following her on Instagram is so much fun. So, if you haven’t discovered her or her brand yet you might want to look her up @victoriatabak for her expertise and skin care words of wisdom.

CEO of Nature Pure Labs and so much more!

Mom, Educator, Speaker, Writer, Licensed Esthetician

Meet Victoria!

Every beauty and skin care professional has their take on beauty and her’s is spot on with mine. Here is a mini test to determine YOUR skin type.

An easy way to determine your basic skin type is by answering these 3 questions

  1. Do your pores look large or small? Larger pores are typically associated with oily skin, smaller pores are associated with more dry skin.
  2. Does your t-zone get shiny or greasy in the t-zone area of your face especially midday? This is typical with the most common combination skin type.
  3. When you press with your thumb on your forehead does it leave a white spot surrounded by redness? This typically means you have sensitive skin.
  4. Hope this helps you determine your skin type at this time. But keep in mind your skin changes with the seasons, weather,stress,your diet and daily life. Please remember your skin WILL change as you age and time goes on so you will have to re-evaluate at some point as well.
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Happy National Lash Day!

Celebrating false eyelashes and lash extensions all day. You know I love sharing beauty secrets or new trends with you…

This is a beauty and skincare must have!

Lash Savers… A silky protective mask for your lash extensions or if you wear your faux eyelashes to bed. Worth looking into http://www.lashsavers.com

They can also be used as a sleeping 😴 mask too.

Lashes for Days!
Lash Lifts or False Eyelashes

Do you know how National Lash Day even started?

House of Lashes created this holiday to bring attention to this part of a persons face. so glad they did. I love ❤️ celebrating all kinds of holidays especially when it comes to beauty!

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.

Hair Raising

I finally ventured out and shopped. Shopping 🛍 not for groceries but for FUN for a change. I have not shopped since March. But this 5 Minutes for ME shopping time felt good! WOW! I forgot what that feels like. But definitely remember what it looks like. A couple of stores I visited are NOT the same. The experience is so different and the mood is cold. It is a new shopping frontier with this pandemic.

It was hair raising.

Since I own a beauty business I ventured down the beauty aisle. So empty …so different.

What caught my eye since I am lip 💋obsessed was a hair brush with fuchsia lips. I HAD to have it! It was by the company called Wet Brush. The brand is NOT new to me.

I love their detangling hair loving and protecting brushes. Wish I had these brushes in my teen years too as I have always had long hair and struggled with tangles. Only in the past couple of years have i lightened it up and got my hair cut a bit shorter. My hair loves to tangle so these brushes protect and love my hair too. Since I get a lot of compliments on my hair and people wonder whats my secret to healthy looking haircare I highly recommend these brushes and allow your hair to AIR dry naturally. No heat damage for me or over drying by a blow dryer.


I also was drawn to another brush on the rack that was called a SHINE enhancer brush by Wet Brush.

  • Detangles hair and brings natural shine.
  • Detangles with less force and less damage.
  • Shine enhancing
  • Made from natural boar and exclusive IntelliFlex bristles.

This brush is AMAZING and does what it says on the package above. I AM IN ❤️LOVE. By the way, the Shine Brush also works beautifully with DRY shampoo too!

If and or when you venture out shopping and have some time for you. Masked up and hand sanitizer in hand check out these brushes and give them a whirl. I know you will enjoy them too.

Happy Shopping.

 

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Makeup

I came across this blog and thought you might find it an interesting read.

Can COVID-19 Live On Your Beauty Products?

By Daley Quinn

If there’s ever been a time that you really, really need to wash those nasty makeup brushes, now would probably be it. With the coronavirus swiftly sweeping across our nation every day, many beauty devotees are left wondering: can COVID-19 live on your beauty products?

While you’re most likely stuck working from home, you probably aren’t wearing too much makeup, unless your manager insists on having 75 Zoom video conference meetings in a day. Or perhaps you’re in the mood to get a bit dolled up for your impromptu date night with a partner, leftover chicken and pasta included. Or maybe you’re just bored and really wanting to practice your application technique with the free time you now have. Regardless, it’s imperative that you be washing your hands often during this time, but it’s also important to be wiping down surfaces throughout the day while you’re stuck at home—this includes your beauty products. Celebrity makeup artist and Veil Cosmetics founder, Sébastien Tardif, walks us through the steps on how to keep your makeup kit as clean as possible.

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So, can COVID-19 live on makeup?

According to a new study published on March 17, 2020 by the New England Journal of Medicine, the coronavirus can remain stable on different types of surfaces for different amounts of time. The study tested how long the coronavirus can live on various surfaces within a controlled laboratory setting and found that it was still detectable on copper for up to four hours, on cardboard for up to 24 hours, and on plastic and steel for up to 72 hours.

Considering many cosmetic products are made from plastic, it’s safe to say that you should be cleaning all your beauty products often (which is probably something you should have been doing prior to the COVID-10 pandemic, but we’ll give you a break this time). Unfortunately, it’s not yet known if the virus can live inside the actual formulas, such as in liquids or powders.

How should you clean your beauty products and brushes?

In terms of cleaning your makeup brushes, Tardif suggests cleaning them as you normally would, and paying more attention to cleaning your hands instead. If you have been diligently in self-isolation, you can continue to wash your brushes once or twice a week for good measure,” suggests Tardif. To properly clean your brushes, simply use a mild shampoo or soap, make it into a lather in the palm of your hand, and rinse with warm water until no soap comes out of the brush. Squeeze excess water gently and leave to dry overnight.

“If you have been out and about meeting people and touching your face, make sure to wash your hands and face first—no need to wash your brushes more often,” he says. Keeping your hands clean is the most important.

When using makeup or skincare products while quarantined, try to wipe them down with a disinfectant wipe or spray every time you use them. Yes, it might be a pain, but considering the virus can live on plastic surfaces for up to 72 hours, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

How can you apply makeup more hygienically during the coronavirus outbreak?

“COVID-19 or not, never put your fingers in your makeup and skincare jars, as bacteria proliferation will develop and cause your product to fail you and not last as long as it should,” warns Tardif. “Plus, it may even start to develop a rancid smell.” When applying a makeup or skincare product, Tardif suggests using a cotton bud or a clean mini spoon to dig out the product, so that you can avoid dipping your fingers into the formula and potentially contaminating it.

Additionally, avoid blowing on your makeup brushes when trying to get rid of excess powder prior to application—this isn’t very hygienic, either. Rather than blowing on it, tap the brush to remove excess powder.

Bottom line: Keep your beauty products clean by wiping them down after each use (if you can), but more importantly, focus your efforts on washing your hands often, as well as your face if you’ve been outside or around multiple people at once.

 

 

COOL skincare tools for the MAN in your life!

 

…Yes, I am going there. MEN are STANDING TALL and doing it all!

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Guys want to look good too. So this is for you too! Today on TV I will be sharing some cool tools and skincare tips guys need too!

  • MYSKINBUDDY™ is the revolutionary facial device that utilizes four proven technologies to help you achieve a clearer complexion, brighter and even skin tone, and a more youthful appearance. Created BY A woman who is a leader in the skin care industry! YOUR washcloth can only do so much. Made for men and women! Multi-tasking never looked so good.  Visit:myskinbuddy.com Check out my next blog where I use and feature this product too and show you what it can do for you. My husband is now addicted!
  • Here’s a scentsational D.I.Y.

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  • Clay or Mud Face Masksman covered in clayPhoto by Bran Sodre on Pexels.com
  • Follow with a face and body bar NOT a deodorant soap for complexion perfection.
  • For a  clip of today’s segment go to: http://www.news4jax.com

 

Noreen’s Husband’s easy Fall Recipe for a Beard and mustache oil you can make at home!

2 ounces of Aura Cacia Sweet Almond Oil

6-8 drops of Aura Cacia Sweet Orange Essential oil

Place in a bowl and stir together.

Pour into a glass container.

Comb through hair and massage on the skin to hydrate the skin.

OPTIONAL:

If you want to make it more masculine a scent add vetiver essential oil for an earthy finish.

ENJOY Guys!

Or ladies you can make this recipe just for him!

 

What color are you wearing today? Pucker 👄Up…

 

Oh happy day…the time has come for my fave day of the YEAR!

National 💄 Lipstick Day.

I am sharing  all things LIPSTICK and lips on WJXT 4’S The Morning Show.

One of the most popular questions I get is “How do I get my lipstick to last?”

So, here you go!

You’ve got to take care of your lips on a regular basis. Not just when they are dry,peeling and flaky. So, this is a ritual I professionally recommend.

1st Gently exfoliate and brush your lips and the area around your lips with a lip polish. I am obsessed with Whoopie by FarmHouse Fresh. Kiss those dry and dead skin cells 👋 Bye Bye!

2nd Apply a lip mask (Yes, it’s a thing!)

3rd Prime with a lip base Perfect day Lip Base. This locks the color in place and makes the color last a bit longer. Especially red 💋 high pigmented lipsticks or glossy lip shades that may run.

4th My current go to is an invisible lip liner totally clear but keeps your lipstick in place and gives your lips shape and definition.

5th Apply a gorgeous lipstick! So many choices and formulas…it is truly not your mother’s or grandma’s lipstick anymore!

Now, if you want to make your lipstick shade last even longer without using the LIPSTICK Base. I ALSO cannot live without and use my lipstain called China Doll. It acts like a slip or beloved Spanx underneath your dress to make everything look marvelous. So when you apply a lipstick 💄 (any brand) over it …this stain makes them last a bit longer. Or you can simply use this lipstick solo and enjoy the healthy rosy glow hue!

So how are you celebrating today? And what color lipstick 👄 are you wearing today?

DID YOU KNOW?

During the Roman Empire both men and women would wear lipstick as a sign of wealth $$$ It remained popular for men  to wear lipstick until the French Revolution.

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California Dreamin’

I love to travel if you read my blog you know that. If you don’t know my beauty and lifestyle blog …Welcome!!! So, I am back from another awesome trip!

I love to work and play! Here are a few highlights and snapshots of my trip.

I stayed at a hotel on the Marina. San Diego is a sunny fun filled city. I enjoyed walks on the boardwalk and off the marina too. The cacti really intrigued me and there were so many unique trees and unusual flowers all carefully planted around. So BEAUTIFUL!

I enjoyed seeing what’s new since I have not been to San Diego and the neighboring cities in a few years. I love to EXPLORE and this trip was no different. The area I stayed in was called the Gas Lamp District and it did not disappoint. If you like SKECHERS sneakers and shoes…they have a fabulous store,selection and so is the staff!

The city is so clean,people are so friendly and the city is filled with athletic active people of all ages. It was good to see. The variety of foods was both decadent but also clean and lean. I fell in LOVE with the Edgewater Grill on the waterfront. I enjoyed several dishes that I want to share with you!

I love eating and making ACAI bowls this one was an AMAZING culinary take on one. Kudos to the chef at Edgewater Grill in San Diego. This one was made with Acai gelato. So delightful to the tongue.IMG_1148 acai bowl blog

 

What a lunch time view! Isn’t it breathtaking?

IMG_1074 blog San DiegoShopping in La Jolla is lots of fun too. So many shops so little time! A lovely place to have a drink, I highly recommend LUNCH with the girls time or a night to dine with your sweetie at Georges. The view is absolutely amazing and the food was so delicious !IMG_1160

Corondao Bay is home to the famous Coronado Hotel. The spa and dining so delightful!

 

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There is an awesome shop in Coronado that you must see…this is one of the many mini soaps I purchased. It is called Earth Wind and Sea. It has ALL kinds of things for your home,garden or gift giving!  Did I ever tell you I am a soap junkie too??? I wish you could smell this luxe soap bar!

I was pretty jet lagged but wanted to post my trip ASAP. If you love to travel too perhaps this is a nice stop for you to visit in California. If you live in CALI…I’m jealous!