D.I.Y. water

DEFINE A BOTTLE

I love making my own fruit infused and other waters. It is so green and eco- friendly. My fave alongside the ones above is a mix of watermelon and fresh mint. Buy yourself a bottle like this and you will have fresh water on the go or in your home bliss!

Do you have a WATER recipe you’d like to share with me? I’d love to hear from you and get to enjoy it too.

As we head towards Earth Day I wanted to share this bottle that and remind you to make your own flavored water.As seen on Shark Tank. Buy Buy plastic bottles!

Love Mother Earth! Recycle,repurpose, reLOVE!

Don’t forget this weekend I am doing a giveaway for a beauty bag…Sunday!

15 Things to Give Your Lover…

….when you are on a limited budget!!!  It is that time of year to show your affection with your lover or significant other.

Enjoy MY simply and fun ideas!

It can be as simple as a home-made card from construction paper,printer paper or decorative paper you may have at home.

Bake or buy them what they love…a pie,a cake,brownies,cookies.Or even a simple yummy muffin.Add a note card like “To My Stud MUFFIN”.

Make a bottle of  massage oil simply buy  almond oil,jojoba or grape seed oil.Attach a tag to it and ribbon with hearts or lips.Write that they are going to get a sensual massage from you.

Buy some Hershey’s kisses chocolate in the kind they like:Dark chocolate, milk chocolate,with almonds and more. Lay the kisses down with rose petals and make a trail from when they open the door to the bedroom. Or you can simply do this on the bed.

Another D.I.Y. you can do is make a jar of aromatic relaxing bath salts.Add a candle and you’re good to go.

Flowers are fabulous but so very expensive this time of year especially.Buy him or her a useful plant like rosemary,mint or fresh parsley.They are magic in the kitchen and plants purify the air.

Nothing says “I LOVE YOU” like strawberries gilded in chocolate,nuts and or sparkling shades of gold,red or pink sugar.He or she will swoon and love you for this edible gift.

Champagne is out Prosecco is in! And the best part it is cheaper.

There is nothing like a handwritten LOVE letter! Write like you mean it and on paper.Not a text message please. I have done this to my husband and I must tell you he LOVED it. The look on his face said it all. He still  has it. If is is too much for you to do…try a note on the mirror made with a simple soap bar and write the words  “I  LOVE you” or any short message or words that mean something special to the two of you.

If you have a few bucks treat them to a Passion Fruit Facial by Skin Spa by Casey at Jacksonville Beach. Everyone needs pampering! The skin will look amazing!

Don’t have money for a date on the town? Set up a picnic in bed or throw a pretty throw or blanket on the living room floor.Prepare a simple cheese tray with crackers or a rustic fresh bread.Add music and a cocktail. Feed each other grapes and enjoy the night kissing away!

If you don’t have money for a sexy chocolate sauce from those types of stores….try a simple bottle of Justin’s Hazelnut spread.You know what to do.Lick the night away!

If you do have some money and you want to spring…make HIS or HER heart sing with a custom bottle of perfume or cologne …JUST FOR THEM! http://www.blendcustomparfum.com2-2013 BLEND PARFUM STUDIO

I once found a REAL key at the hardware store that was white with a set of lips on it. I wrapped it in a big box with a V-day type ribbon and bow. I wrote a message with it that read “you have the key top my heart forever”. He got such a kick out of it.

I hope these ideas… help fuel your imagination for the perfect gift!

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If you don’t have a Valentine maybe it is time to be your own Valentine and treat yourself to something delightful.

A Pretty Yummy D.I.Y….

So can I mention how truly crazy busy I am especially this time of year? I know you are too…

I so wanted to post but my retail business has us helping Santa 8-10 hour days!!!

We are shipping glam galore. But I wanted to post something on my blog timely that you might want to make or do with your daughter,grand daughter or sister.

I truly LOVE  to D.I.Y. over the holidays especially. They make perfect gifts for YOU or for someone else! This Candy Cane Kisses lip gloss recipe can be made with traditional candy canes and with Jelly Belly flavored candy canes.They are so colorful and yummy!

What you will need is:

1 CANDY CANE

1/4 cup of fresh organic coconut oil (Or you can use Vaseline)

Simply smash the candy cane on the kitchen counter.

Put the above a few pieces of candy and a scoop of coconut oil in a microwaveable bowl.

Place in a microwave and melt them both.

Stir well.

Pull out and let it cool on the counter but before it hardens…

Scoop the two up and place in a small  jar.

What you’ll have is an awesome yummy candy cane FLAVORED lip gloss.

*FYI if you prefer to make a peppermint balm infused with a stronger flavor of peppermint add a drop of food grade peppermint oil.I love adding a few of the smashed pieces inside.Fun to look at and festive.

The coconut oil feels amazing on the lips.And softens the lips. The delicious refreshing mint or Jelly belly flavors and colors make it even more fun!

Enjoy!

I hope you are enjoying the beauty of the HOLIDAY season. Take time to have some fun!

 

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Holiday Perfume for your home…

Naturally…

Tis’ the season for gatherings and holidays and sometimes your house does not smell that fabulous. Perfume the air with this!

MY stove is bubbling over with this aromatic stove top recipe. Smells good enough to eat.

1 small orange pulled into pieces

1 or 2 cinnamon sticks

1 tablespoon or more of fresh cinnamon

Add water to the pan and let it steam in the air. Your home will smell amazing.

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Hurricane comfort!

choco-smoothie-blog-photoGoing stir crazy!!! Been indoors for 24 hours.

The palm trees are doing more than swaying,gray and ugly looking outside and the rain is pounding on our house. We are in the middle of hurricane Matthew! Wish I could take a photo but don’t dare step out of our house. We usually lose electricity in our area of Jacksonville Florida when there are tropical storms and hurricanes but by the grace of God we have lights and AC and the other comforts we all have grown to love and take for granted. Kind scary.

Very stressful! I have eaten all the good healthy food and now unto potato chips,circus peanut candy and ginger snap cookies!

MY thighs are gonna rise after this storm. He! He! I am in my kitchen and discovered a recipe card I got from an event I attended. I just made this for my husband and I know he is going to flip when he wakes up from a hurricane nap. It was so delicious…my lips told me.

 

This shake is SO delicious and EASY to make!

I found it at http://www.peanutbutterlovers.com I guest speak at the Southern Women Shows and they are always there handing out recipes,free peanut samples and do a cooking stage presentation too.They represent the peanut farmers.

1 cup of low fat chocolate milk

1 ripe frozen banana

2 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter of your choice

Blend above and you’ll have a creamy,dreamy,decadent delight!

To my husband I will be a rock star in my kitchen (because of this DRINK recipe)and you can be too! But you don’t need a husband or beau to enjoy this LUSCIOUS drink!

 

 

Say no to BOOB & NECK wrinkles!

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The neck is something we must protect but everyone seems more interested in the FACE. The neck and chest are an extension and part of the face! But it is the most neglected part I don’t know why! Do you?

 IF you want to age later and look good..You must protect your neck!

Here is a recipe I shared on TV that is a quick fix when you want to tighten and hydrate the skin on your neck and decollete.

1 farm fresh organic egg (egg white only)

1 tablespoon of honey (optional)

Whisk the two together and apply on a clean face. Leave on the neck and decollete  (your bodacious breast area). Rinse well.

To Go Spa has an awesome mask sensation just for the neck! This collagen gel mask is filled with ingredients:white tea,hyaluronic acid,vitamins C and E. Each mask is cut specifically to fit the neck.Suitable for all skin types.

Bonus idea:Add a set of To Go Spa Green Tea Eyes gel eye pads for under eyes and you’ll have a hydrating fix for for both areas at one time. Refreshed and fabulous!

www.togospa.com

Image Skin Care has a sensational product for the neck called The Max and it is a stem cell neck lift! Can be used lower on the decollete too.Use morning and night.Maybe you don’t need that neck or face lift you think you need. Try a treatment product designed for these areas.

For more information please visit their website. www.imageskincare.com

Saian Natural Skin care  neck and chest lift creme works wonders for the neck with Edelweiss Stem-Cells.

Say no to neck and chest wrinkles and don’t forget to give some love to your chest and neck.Day and night. http://www.saian.net

 Love this quick D.I.Y. recipe to whip up in your kitchen for a quick tightening and softening fix.If you don’t have one of these skin treatments above. Try it …it works!

*Obviously if you allergic to eggs or honey do not use this mask.

However, if you want to see lasting results and a pretty awesome difference to your skin.Use a brand that specializes in these products or neck and chest.

Have you got a beauty question for ME? Connect with ME  on Facebook @noreenyoung, Instagram @noreenkissyoung and Twitter @beautyconcierge.

If you want to see TODAY’S show and me on The Chat. Visit: http://www.firstcoastnews.com.

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If you are always looking down and scrolling on your phone or mobile device you may have TECH NECK! Take care of the skin on your neck,chests and breasts!

Podcast! Tune in & Let’s Talk Beauty!

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Guess what?

I am excited to share with you I was interviewed on a Podcast this week.

I am so tickled pink! This is the gal who interviewed me.The girl with the hot pink hair!!! She has quite a reputation in NE Florida and lots of fun to be around.She asked me to join her on her show and answer beauty questions and more.She is known as the Specktator!

I met my husband being a guest on a radio talk show so radio and these type of interviews always bring back happy memories to me and put a smile on my face.

The best part is you get to LISTEN to it if you’d like …you can hear my voice and giggle and we will have lots of fun too.

Date:September 8th,2016

Anytime after 6:30 PM

http://www.anotherroundjax.com 

Oh and if you can’t tune in it will be on the website ABOVE when you are ready!

You never know you may just learn something new! I so ENJOYED the podcast!

Disclaimer: Ooops! When you listen to it …Just a heads up. I used the SH_T word …don’t even remember saying it.Forgive me!

Oh and the cafe/bar lighting was not the photographic best it was a long hurricane weekend and The Specktator took a photo of me on top of me and asked me to hold a beer in my hand.

That is not what I usually hold.  It is usually a LIPSTICK. Oh and that was ginger beer soda by the way!

“Another Round” Ep. 27: Noreen Young

Beauty Secrets from around the globe!

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I’d like to share some simple beauty and skin care secrets from around the world!

Some are from my travels and some are from women I have met.

The women of Greece keep healthy  by eating that creamy and dreamy Greek yogurt we find readily available at stores.Since it contains so many health and beauty benefits.They are also avid users of skin care products made with olive oil. The women and men are mindful of what they eat and a Mediterranean diet is another beauty and lifestyle secret.

The women of China and Hong Kong clamor for pearl cream and sheet masks of all kinds.Examples: pearl,aloe,bamboo rose and more.They also eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. The latest and greatest that has made it to our US grocery stores is the Dragon fruit for it’s anti-aging properties.I love it in smoothies and acai bowls.

Egypt Cleopatra stated it all! The milk and honey bath and honey face masks.

France! Who doesn’t have a love affair with France. While there are many delectable pastries and breads the secret to their success is by eating small meals and just a taste of deserts. Not giant portions of them. Red wine is part of their daily evening meal.As you know it contains resveratrol and is really good for heart heath. The spas offer Vinotherapy which is a wine themed therapy all made with red wine. And wearing a luscious red lipstick and a pair of sunnies  go a long chic way!

Brazil  known for the infamous Brazilian butt lifts and Brazilian blowouts for flawless smooth hair.

I enjoy doing all of the above…minus the surgical butt lift and my hair does not need that type of treatment.

I hope you enjoy these beauty and skin secrets and experiment with them too!

 

Double duty Beauty~

Face mask with oats 7-4-2016I love this creamy D.I.Y. face and neck mask and the way my skin feels after it!

Good to try after a day in the sun or for anti-aging dry skin.

1/2 cup of ripe  banana slices

1/4 cup of Greek organic yogurt

1 tsp organic honey

Stir these all together dahling!

Double duty beauty…Tighten and soften your skin with a mix of these in a bowl.

Apply on  a clean face and leave on at least 10 minutes. Your skin will be hydrated and look amazing. My mantra is…Take care of your skin and it will take care of you.

 

Because you asked…MY Skin Care Rituals!

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The most common question I get asked is what are  MY daily skin rituals?

So, because so many of you have asked I decided to share it with you.

#1 I take care of my skin!

NO secret there. I never go to sleep with the end of the days makeup on. No matter how tired I am or how much champagne I  might have enjoyed at a beauty event or at a party that evening.I always remove my makeup and wash my face well.

My main goal is to have healthy looking clear (blemish free skin) skin and also want to be healthy from within!

I love to spray my face with rosewater during the day.I also set my makeup with it.

I don’t wear lots of foundation.I apply it where I need it. I am not fond of looking at a couple of  sunspots I got from sunbathing when I first moved to Florida.I like an even looking  complexion.

I am a “water girl”…I drink tons of it!!!

I drink bottled water and also enjoy drinking a special water called All Beauty Water. I rarely drink soda or other sweet drinks.

After I wake up I drink a cup of hot water with a squeeze of lemon.This is my go to!!!

My mother taught me this since I was a little girl.She drank this daily. Then I drink either coffee or aromatic jasmine tea. Sometimes depending how my day is going to be I drink  Italian coffee with a pot I bought in Italy I got addicted to it on trips to Italy.

I take Belle + Bella   Probiology  capsule probiotic daily.It really helps me to maintain healthy skin from within…the gut~

I also love to drink my collagen and wear it too with NeoCell‘s new collagen supplement in powder form and my standby Beauty Infusion powder skin supplements by NeoCell too. Just add them to water,sip and go! My skin LOVES it and it shows.

Since moving from NYC/NJ to sunny  Florida for my husband I have gotten smarter and learned to love adding a sunscreen to my beauty skin routine.After meeting countless women with weathered sun damaged skin,I simply had to.

I also learned a good pair of sunglasses “sunnies” are a healthy addition to my fashion/SKINcare wardrobe.”They protect your eyes as well as the skin around your eyes where squinting wrinkles form.

I love to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. I buy them almost on a daily basis.Fresh is BEST! They do wonders for your skin.I love to visit Asian market and stores and farmers markets or shop at Whole Foods Market or Trader Joe’s.

I love supporting small biz farmers vegetable and fruit stands when I travel too! This weekend I am going to enjoy steamed veggies,yummy salads with edible flowers,I’ll make some blueberry sangria and a bit of naughty.Not sure what that naughty will be.

When I want to eat candy I love Sweet Pete’s in Jacksonville Florida or shop Dylan’s Candy Bar in NYC or pop in the Sugar Factory in LV…but since  sweets age your skin faster I put myself on pause and eat a Beauty Burst by NeoCell.It is like candy for your skin. It has wonderful bonuses  for skin,nails and my hair and tastes like a StarBurst’s chewy candy.Taking vitamins never tasted or feels so good.

Since I LOVE natural I am going to make my skin a treat! I use this mask before I put on makeup. I vary using different fresh recipes I have created through the years.

An Oatmeal & Coconut Milk Face Mask

Try this recipe if you like to D.I.Y.face mask:

3 ounces of ground oats

1 1/2 ounces of coconut milk

Optional: Grind a small vanilla bean into the oats.It will smell amazing!

Mix dry with the wet ingredients and add a dash of fresh whole milk if it is not moist enough.

Apply to a clean face and leave on about 10-15 minutes.

The Beauty Benefits?

Great for all skin types including sensitive skin. It adds moisture to your complexion and gently exfoliates dry flaky skin too. I prefer to leave it on 10 minutes or so. Rinse mask off with  warm water and a washcloth. Add any one of the  moisturizer’s on my shelf and apply Young Eyes eye gel.

I also will slice some cold cucumbers and place one of each on my eye lids and rest my eyes. I truly think music is healting to the soul and calms the spirit.My fav’ is listening to the beautiful music of George Skaroulis “Sanctuary or David Young’s “Bliss”. If you don’t know their music you need to!

Hope you enjoyed a peek inside my skin care rituals.

I embrace my not so perfect lovely face. Do you?  What do you do?

*Due to your requests and inspired by the site Into The Gloss too. I hope you enjoyed the rituals I do.More on my skin rituals to come .