New Kid on The Beauty Block

Peach DeluxeGLEAM BODY RADIANCE

Meet SONDJRA…a peach deluxe GLEAM in a tube. Makeup artist Melanie Mills of Hollywood came out with this new sexy shade with beauty blogger and vlogger Sondjra Deluxe!

It is very versatile and so are the others in photo above.

Peach Deluxe  can be used to gleam your:

Eye area,cheekbones,forehead,shoulders,tummy,legs and decollette!

After seeing her on the box cover I want to bathe in it if I am going to look that good and sexy from using it!  How about you?

Love me some WFM…Do you?

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As we skip happily into the month of February which signifies LOVE I am excited! It is one of my fav’ months of the year. And this year it is even better because I have been asked to guest speak at Whole Foods Market again…in sunny JACKSONVILLE.

Next week if you happen to live in Northeast Florida GET YOUR TICKET for fun and join me for a Girls Night Out Beauty Workshop.904-288-1100

Even if you don’t have a Valentine (or want one) YOU can be your own Valentine! Treat your body and face well and take care of yourself.

  • I’ll be sharing recipes for a few D.I.Y.’s for softer kissable lips treatments.
  • Whip up a massage oil for face or body.
  • I will show you makeup secrets to look and feeling sexier in seconds.
  • You’ll learn how to make some cute gift cards and how to create a A GIFT OF LOVE package for your sweetie.
  • Free sampling from NeoCell and Burts Bees
  • Door Prizes
  • Sip champagne and enjoy decadent treats while you make new friends.

ALL FOR A BEAUTIFUL CAUSE!

IF you don’t live here…I am sorry you can’t join us.

But you can still get your romantic on this month I will share a Countdown to Valentine’s day list of gift ideas! Come back for more.

Pumpkin Pie Holiday

pumpkin-scrub-blog-photoI know you love pumpkin! We cannot seem to get enough of it.

Coffee,beer,muffins,bread,pie and more.So here is another one of my recipes for a my pumpkin pie body scrub in a jar. Pumpkin puree contains beta-carotene and anti-0xidants,brown sugar helps remove dead skin. Olive oil and a vitamin E pill (prick and squeeze out the oil) and OR use oil by the bottle add even more of the moisturizing your skin bliss.

1 can pumpkin puree (you’ll need 1/4 cup) Go for the real thing.

2  cups of brown sugar

2 tsp. olive oil or jojoba

optional:1 tsp. vitamin E oil

1/4 or 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice (this will make the body scrub even more luscious and have the aroma of cinnamon,nutmeg and cloves). I like to sprinkle this on top!

Stir this all together and you will have an amazing scrumptious body scrub and wonderful for your heels too! It is like a pumpkin pie slathered over your body!

I like to make gifts in jelly jars for myself or someone else!

Add a mini spoon,bow,love note and you’re good to go.

Nice stocking stuffer or hostess gift add a pumpkin pie or a bottle of sangria to your gift and who ever you give it to will really love you.

Play and see what you come up with. I’d love to hear from you on any D.I.Y. recipes you might whip up and love too!

 

 

 

 

A Night Of Beauty!

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NEW YORK, February 2016 – 2,400 beauty industry insiders gathered at the Metropolitan Pavilion and Altman Building  to experience the latest pioneering beauty products when the Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) Beauty Insider Awards season kicks off with the sold-out Product Demonstration. Of the record-breaking 816 products that are entered into the annual Awards, 703 have opted to demonstrate at the event, which CEW members will have the opportunity to test before voting for their favorite products.

Of the 37 total award categories, CEW members vote to select the finalists in 33 of the categories, which range from Turn Back Time (anti-aging skincare), to All Eyes on Me (eye makeup) and It Makes Scents (women’s fragrance). The lucky finalists will be announced live on Twitter on Thursday, March 24. CEW’s Board of Governors and select industry experts will then vote to determine the winners, who will be announced at the Beauty Awards Luncheon May 13 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Winners will be judged based on innovation, delivery system and packaging.

“Winning a CEW Beauty Insider Award is one of the highest honors in the beauty industry, which is why 429 brands are competing this year – the highest in the history of the Beauty Awards,” says Carlotta Jacobson, President of CEW. “The Awards act as a guide for consumers by recognizing the top beauty products and innovations of the year.”

I was one of the attendees and a long time member. I can’t wait to vote for the brands I tested,sniffed,rubbed,played with and enjoyed my time in the beauty sandbox. Choices, Choices and more choices.

The prestigous beauty awards are like the Academy Awards of Beauty!

Stay tuned to the brands up for an award later this month.

Photo credits:JF PRODUCTIONS

 

Walking my lips off in NYC!

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So, here  I  am in the fashion capitol of the world the one and only NEW YORK CITY.

So, great to be back home again.

I have business and pleasure to accomplish and also my mission is to eat my way with all my fave foods and places too!

I can’t wait to share all the new fashion,beauty and foodie finds with you.It is freezing…and no sunhine for me!

I love the vibe and pace of the city something I don’t get on a daily basis living in suuny Florida for my husband. I MISS it.But I am about to paint the town even though the weather is not cooperating.

Stay tuned…It is going to be a fashionalbe and yummy blog ride.

 

A Chat with Makeup Artist James Vincent

I recently had a chance to bring a fellow PROfessional makeup artist James Vincent to the TV station with me as he was in sunny Florida to guest speak at The Makeup Show in Orlando last weekend. I enjoyed chatting with him and got his take on what is going to be hot for this spring 2016 on the makeup scene.James Vincent photo

In his 20 years in the beauty industry James has worked with Lady Gaga,our current President,Courtney Love,Liv Tyler,CNN and Reese Witherspoon to name a few.

He recognizes that innovation and technology in makeup and skin care are ever changing and that the absence of animal testing is key.

Here is a peek at his HOT for spring list that we will be wearing this season to come.

SKIN CARE: Cleanse,polish and protect are key steps to healthy skin.

Make-Up:

Sun kissed eye lip and cheek: Peach and pink will be your go to shades for the season.

A little bit of bronzer goes a long way! However apply it only wear the sunshine usually hits your face.And he recommends you mix it with a dash of your fave blush.Don’t just use it alone.

Black Liquid Liner is always in.

Candy Apple Lips that won’t land on your hips! James recommends a blue based red gloss on top of and only in the center and another shade of red lipstick.

Blue Eyeliner and Eye shadow: Blue eyeliner and shadows get a bad wrap.but says these shades of blue really lift up the eyes and brightens up the face too. He suggests you use pencil eyeliners over liquids or creams for liner as they are easier to apply.

GLOW on: He likes Scott Barnes Body Bling (JLO’s makeup artist) as well as Melanie Mills (A La Dancing with the Stars and more) Gleam body shimmer. they both illuminate  the skin on face and body.

I hope you enjoyed meeting this makeup artist and stay tuned for more interviews and tips!

 

 

 

Spiced Water D.I.Y.

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Red delicious apples have the right amount of crunch and are delicious to eat. They help to curb your appetite. Boost your metabolism and they say help  keep the doctor away.

But I love them all year round in water. Especially now.

I cut slices of apples (organic when possible) LEAVE the skin on and add them to a pitcher of room temperature filtered water.

Next I sprinkle in some cinnamon sugar (desired to taste) It helps to balance your blood sugar levels.

I then put a few red cherries from a jar into an icecube tray with water and freeze. I love the taste of them and the happy bold hue.

I let it rest on the kitchen counter a few hours for the above to dance together in the fresh water.

Refrigerate to keep it from spoiling. It won’t last long in your house as it is so applelicious and pretty light,crunchy and tasty!

Serve and enjoy a refreshing treat that will help you forgive your food sins you just committed over the holidays.

Who knows… you might just look skinnier in that LBD (little black dress) or pair of jeans and Louboutin heels this New Years Eve.

Your Skin!

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I practice what I preach and try to do all the right things when it comes to my health and for healthy looking skin.Here is something I have been taking by the spoonful daily for months. I LOVE what it does and so does my husband.

Don’t worry when you see ACID it is not bad…nor harmful.Hyaluronic Acid ( I know it is a tongue twister) is something we are born with and over time depletes in us over time.

If it is so good I want to keep that good thing going! Don’t you?

NeoCell Hyaluronic Acid Blueberry Liquid is a naturally delicious dietary supplement that replenishes the body’s HA supply. It is enhanced with the antioxidant power of Pomegranate and Green Tea, blueberry, and the absorption benefits of Ionic Minerals. This elixir uses Agave nectar as a low glycemic index sweetener.

As we age, the HA content in our bodies naturally decreases. One way this decrease manifests is from UV radiation (the SUN) which breaks down collagen fibers causing wrinkles and sagging skin.

NeoCell’s HA Benefits:*

  • Provides the most bio-available form of hyaluronic acid
  • Holds 1,000 times its weight in water for cushioning of joints
  • Assists in cell turnover in the skin
  • Powerful aid in skin hydration and wrinkle reduction
  • Lubricates the surface of the eye

Taking supplements can be a beautiful thing! DON’T sigh and complain about those new or old wrinkles ….

Do something,Darlings!

What is a facial,really?

People often ask me …IMG_7411What is a facial?

So,I have decided to share my fave beauty secret with you. I love to give,teach and have facials as I am an educator in the spa industry. This is my addiction besides wearing luscious lipstick!

  • Imagine taking a rejuvenating hour for you and pencil in some ME time for your face and body.
  • Booking an appointment for a deep cleansing or European facial is the first step.
  • Next, you go to the makeup/skin studio,spa or medi-spa for your appointment.
  • After a hectic stressful work day or on a Saturday you arrive for your appointment.
  • You are led by your esthetician (the skin care professional) to a dimly lit room,with relaxing beautiful music playing.
  • You are then invited to  undress and put a facial drape/gown on.You don’t have to take off all your clothes.Just your top or your dress. I prefer taking my bra off to be more comfortable.You rest on the facial bed with a comfortable head rest.
  • Your hair is wrapped in a towel or hair cap,Lightweight blankets are pulled over you,wrapping you in cozy softness and warmth. A candle or soft lighting surrounds you.
  • You will then start to relax,as you begin to realize you are experiencing a pampering treat like no other!!!
  • You go to your appointment with a clean face or they will remove your makeup for you and clean the skin. Then your skin is cleansed even more. ***I prefer to go with no makeup on and a bag over my face. Just kidding! I wear a pair of sunglasses, a bold lipstick and go. The day’s pollution,oil,makeup and the esthetician’s hands go to work to encase your face in the palms of her hands.
  • Then your face is steamed by a facial steam machine or by a bowl of steam aromatherapy or herb water  and done manually. Steam is used to help the skin absorb creams and serums and helps soften and lift dirt in the pores that cause blackheads and whiteheads.
  • They will apply cool cotton pads to you eyelid area.
  • Next, your face is massaged.the massage is a very important part of the facial treatment service.It helps blood circulation,which removes toxins and waste. The massage also is very very relaxing. It relaxes the facial muscles to a destination bliss.
  • An exfoliating scrub and or a facial mask is applied depending on the spa you are at and their protocol.
  • The face mask prescribed just for you and your skin too tones,hydrates and tightens the skin. Some spas may even apply more than one mask and to different sections of your face.
  • Some spas give you a heated mitten and heated foot bootie treatment to soften skin and relax you.Some give you a glorious massage by hand with a yummy or unscented lotion.You get to pick one.

Once this process is complete,you will leave feeling oh so calm,cleansed and your skin will look amazing. Your makeup will glide on like silk. Better than when you walked in the door.

You know that feeling when the dental hygenist cleans your teeth every six months at your dentists office?

This service/skin treatment is just like that but for your compelxion! I am obsessed and LOVE to go monthly in and out of town in my travels. Once you experience it you won’t stop.Your skin will love you! Maybe look younger too.

SPA ESCAPE!

photo SUNDANCE Sundance Mountain Resort SPA  is a charming bungalow of beauty nestled in the majestic mountains.It is a tranquil sweet spot that takes you to another place.The moment I entered the door I fell in love with this spa.It is a great place to rejuvenate your mind,body and spirit.

The nature-inspired eco-spa is where nature,natural surroundings and Native American influences provide a complete wellness men to balance your inner Goddess and you too. YOU know we all have a touch of Goddess in us and need to keep her shining golden and bright.

There are seven natural-wood,softly lit treatment rooms. in this eco- friendly building.

Visit their spa menu online to explore their menu and spa packages. Service examples are: Native Neroli body polish, Warming Ginger Scrub, Honey and Cornmeal Body wrap and more.

Robert Redford loves US by the beautiful resort he built and this spa is another place you will heal your soul,quiet your mind and revitalize your body….to the old YOU again.

As I always say explore beyond your door.

TRAVEL and see this amazing and truly beautiful country called America!