Hotel Room Beauty!

I LOVE to travel. Travel changes our lives!

So recently I stayed at one of my fave hotels that you can always count on…Hampton Inn. While I love staying at a luxury hotel, I also love a good basic hotel. I look forward to staying there, know what to expect and know where everything is at the hotel.

The best part when time allows or I get to check in early or have a morning or night turn my room into a spa. Here is what I like to do and perhaps turn you on to some of these ideas too.

I always pack epsom salts, a luxe bath bomb and a mini bottle of bubble bath. You never know when you might just have time for a relaxing foot soak or bubble bath.

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I also pack a hair conditioning treatment and turn the hotels shower cap and a blow dryer into a salon like treatment to my hair.

 

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Next, I go to the hotel’s coffee pot and hot water carafe refreshment stand and get some hot water, lemon or lemon packet and pour myself a up of hot water. Drinking hot OR warm) lemon water is wonderful for hydration as well as for digestion especially at the beginning or end of the day.

I also get a kick out of the adorable paper cups and cup holders they have for guys and gals. Too cute!

 

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Next, I love to wash my face before bed and treat myself to a face mask! Feels so good.

Sometimes I have forgotten to pack my makeup remover so I LOVE that the hotel as they usually have Makeup Wipes for us in the bathroom. So awesome and of course to the rescue!!!

I hate and HATE going to sleep with makeup on and have not done it since I was around 20 years old after a late date. Ya gotta clean your face girls!

They also have a variety of newspapers I can get caught up with on the national and international news in print.

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When time allows I like to use their special soaps that look like this. The soap bar works wonders for deep cleaning makeup brushes in a pinch. Especially if they get really dirty while you’re making up on the road or you traveled with them dirty and have some sprare time to refresh and clean them.

It also makes a nice bath bar. I love to rub those soapy bumps on my butt and thighs! Revs up circulation too!

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I also like to use the honey packets from the breakfast area for tea as a hydrating skin softening treat in my room and add rest in a cup of hot chamomile tea before bed.

As you CAN create a spa in your room and pamper yourself when you travel for work or play too. Take care of your body and it will take care of you!

Happy Travels!

PS

My husband benefits from the above too. HE too has gotten in on the action!

 

Wanna feel …cool as a cucumber?

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The temperatures are soaring across the country on my trip to Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago it was in the 100’s most days. In Florida we are so HUMID and in the 90’s. Los Angeles 112? It is a melting pot of hot. So, here is a way I like to keep cool with the cheapest vegetable around…the cucumber!

Did you know? It is composed of 95% water,but also contains,vitamins B1,B2,B3 and B12? hese vitamins help soothe the skin from any irritations,reduce swelling,and prevent water retention.It also contains ascorbic acid ,folic acid and polysaccharides (a hero in hydrating your skin) and has super powers.

Today it is going to be another hot one!!! So, I am going to make cut them up in a few small chunks and fill an ice cube tray with them and make “cuke cubes” my cool and refreshing version of ice cubes. I like to sprinkle a smidge of sea salt on top. Once frozen I like to pop one in a glass of seltzer water and or Perrier or Pellegrino water. So refreshing and when the ice cube melts enjoy that lovely cumber.

Yes, you can also enjoy them like a cracker alone. Or embelish with some yumminess on top. I also like to make those cool cucumber eye pads out of them simply by cutting a slice and lay one on each eye for at least 10 mins. and let it’s beauty benefits soak in and calm those tired peepers!

I also highly recommend doing a Cool Cucumber Facial!  All you need is to scoop out the inside pulp of the cucumber and place that on a freshly cleaned face with a fan brush or baby spatula. This is mask is  really an awesome feeling skin treat. I leave the mask on at least 15 minutes and lay down.

Cucumbers are not only great for a tray of crudites at your next party but great for sunburned skin,help plump your skin,tightens the pores,helps with elasticity of the skin that leads to skin sagging.It also balances the PH level of the skin and gently lightens thus brightens and gently exfoliates the skin.

This pulp mask on a clean face is a wonderful…NO chemical skin care! And FYI other skin therapists/estheticians like me use this mask on their clientele too.

So now you see you can enjoy the cucumber in your salad,in a drink and on your face and neck!

 

 

 

No Chemicals BEAUTY

photo Oats.JPGThe beauty of food! You can eat it and you can wear it for the sake of prettier looking skin too.

NO chemicals and no ingredients you can’t pronounce.

I LOVE Sundays not only because it is a spiritual kind of day but unless I am working out of town or traveling out of town I am off on Sundays and at home sweet home!

Sunday Funday… Time to recharge,relax and unwind.

It seems everyone’s skin is going through some kind of issue because of the weather. Despite the fact that they say Spring is in full swing!

IF your skin is dry,itchy and longing for some attention here is one of my recipes that I am doing on my face and neck toward my breasts today. Sometimes I switch things up and change an ingredient to add another instead. But this is my go to.

What you will need:

1 cup of oatmeal (not instant)

1/2 cup of local farmer honey

1/2 cup of cold-pressed olive oil

Place oatmeal in a mini grinder or food processor.

Grind the oatmeal into a powdery mix.

Add the honey  to the oatmeal and stir.

Lastly add the olive oil and mix with a spoon by hand in a bowl.

Smooth on a clean face. Leave on at least 10 minutes.

Rinse well with a lukewarm washcloth. Follow with your skin toner. I adore rosewater.  Next apply a dash of your moisturizer on your face and eye gel around your eye area.

You will love the way your makeup glides on smooth as silk and the way your skin feels and looks. Hydrated and happy!

I am almost done with my beauty book (Whenever I  think I am done writing it I want to add something else) and this is a peek inside  my beauty filled world.

Enjoy darlings!

 

 

 

EGGstra, Eggstra Face Mask!

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Do you want to brighten up your complexion?

One of my dear friends who happens to be of Asian descent shared this recipe with me.She swears by it’s skin brightening! I also find it refreshing and skin tightening.

What you will need is:

2 raw egg whites

2 tablespoons off fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons organic olive oil

Mix all of the above and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

Clean your face,apply a generous layer of the above mixture on your face as if you were icing a cake. Your face is the cake. Then let it dry completely.

Afterwards remove the mask with a warm washcloth and wash your face with cool water.

Next apply a moisturizer.

I recommend you use this at least once a week maybe two.

After a month you will really notice brighter skin!

This is mask is good for normal to combination skin.

HOP TO IT, Gorgeous and enjoy looking at your skin in the mirror.

PS

Stay tuned for my EARTH DAY gorgeous giveaway next weekend.

One lucky BLOG reader will win!

 

 

 

 

 

How to …Clean Your skin!

Who doesn’t want gorgeous healthier looking skin in the new year? 

This week on my beauty & lifestyle report on TV on NBC 12’s The Chat  at First Coast news station (see my video) I  shared with the viewers a  simple skin care routine. I find women use far too many products on the face and that can cause a traffic jam on the skin…with not so pretty results. 

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Here is what you really need to do to jump start your way to the skin you've dreamed of!
 
By a starter kit,try a free sample from inside a magazine,buy small sizes to TEST drive products first!
Keep it simple! Using expensive skin care doesn't make it any better. Experiment and see what brands
work for you!
 Daily AM and PM
  • Clean
  • Toner/ skin Freshener
  • Hydrate
  • Protect/sunscreen (daytime)

For your eye area:

  • Eye gel or cream

For Your Face (not eye area) this is a MUST.

    • EXFOLIATION is key and is essential to refresh,plump up and renew collagen! 
      This is THE most important thing you can do for your skin at least every 7 -10 days. 
      The Super Star of exfoliation DIAMOND BUFF
      The hottest tool that is all the rage in spas and dermatologists offices.
    •  Diamond Buff by www.beestunning.com   
    • Explore their site online for all the details.
      
      Use a face mask weekly and choose one for your  SKIN TYPE. 
    • Sometimes that may be 2 different types of masks. 
    • One for the T-zone which is the forehead,chin and nose and one for dry cheeks!
    • Lastly NEVER go to sleep with makeup on! 
    • It ages your skin faster and you will wake up a hot mess!
    • Stay tuned…I am going to start using the new cool tool above and hope I will shine bright like a diamond! I’ll keep you posted and give you a play by play on my experience and results on my skin.
Celebrity Beauty secret!

Celebrity Beauty secret!

Celebrity Beauty secret!

My new BFF! My face loves this mask made with French clay and other good for the skin wonders.

Glamglow is an amazing rapid exfoliant mud mask.All natural Vegan ingredients!

They say:
Ryan Seacrest,Natalie Portman and Nina Dobrev are fan’s.
First used behind the scenes on celeb’s now avaiable for YOUR face.

Look good for your Valentine with kissable lips and a glam glow just like the celebrities use.

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Keep Your Chin Up face mask…

If you know of a BFF,your sister or even your husband wanting to get plastic surgery …this is the next best thing!

While TEMPORARY this Korean based beauty face mask formula is infused with vitamin C and plant extracts. The unique Hydrogel Chin Mask is designed to help IMPROVE the appearance of firmness,fine lines and crepiness for a more youthful, lifted look. See for yourself!

Not tested on animals. Sulfate,paraben,fragrance,artificial dye free!!!

A unique BEAUTY 911 rescue to look good for the holiday season or for partying on New Years Eve. Available online or in stores.

Makes a great stocking stuffer too!

Women helping women look good…I love to share these business owners with you!

http://www.miss-spa.comChin Mask high res

Get Glowing with Pumpkin!

I love to cook and makeup in my kitchen and at my vanity.

Try this D.I.Y. and your skin will be on a pumpkin happy high!

In the fall your skin needs some love with something fresh and that gives your skin gentle exfoliation.

1/2 Cup of PLAIN old pumpkin (canned is OK too) Not the pumpkin pie one.

1/2 teaspoon of organic honey

Mix the two together. Let this mixture rest at least half an hour on the counter.

Apply on a CLEAN face. It will not dry perse and harden like a clay mask. This is a creamy mask.

The beautiful benefits of this mask are…your skin will soak the honey in and it will lock in moisture.

The pumpkin is really rich in anti-oxidants …Vitamin C,E and A.

Anti-aging and skin brightening. Your makeup will glide on silk and your skin will look better too.

Fall doesn’t only mean a change in the leaf colors in nature. It also is a time your skin changes too!DIY PUMPKIN MASK

Chocolate SPA!

mask cocoaYesterday I featured on TV a few of my fave recipes for a Girls Night In or something fun to do with him! I created these recipes from Whole Foods ingredients my fave’ store!

Valentine’s day shoppers kept me busy at my studio…so here are the recipes to glow on with chocolate!

Here are a few of the recipes to enjoy!

Yummy Chocolate Balm 1 small plastic or glass jar 2 soup spoons of Coconut oil organic Microwave the above. Fill a jar  and let it harden a bit and add the following… 4 White or Dark chocolate drops like you use to make cookies Close the lid and it is ready to give or enjoy.

Cocoa Face Mask 2 tablespoons of Greek plain yogurt 1 tablespoon of organic cocoa powder unsweetened 1 generous drizzle of Agave nectar or honey Stir them all together and you’ll have a creamy and dreamy face mask! Apply on the face with a fan brush or with your fingers. Pretend you are icing a cupcake. Leave on 10 to 15 minutes. It will firm up gently on the skin. Rinse with luke warm water and a washcloth. Enjoy the luxurious feel and scent of fresh cocoa powder filled with antioxidants and your face will FEEL awesome. For MORE information on yummy things to do with cocoa,chocolate nibs ,chips and more! Visit: http://www.news4jax.com  and click on The Morning Show  Happy Valentine’s day!

COOL Summertime Strawberry Soup & more!

strawberry-photo1-mMy Polish side of the family has some delightful recipes this soup is one of them. It is so refreshing in the summertime and while strawberries are in season especially.

What makes it special are these ingredients: (and the Polish FAMILY memories)

1 lb fresh strawberries
1 cup orange juice
1/2 tsp of good quality vanilla extract
2 cups of vanilla Greek yogurt
*whipped cream
*fresh mint leaves

Clean and hull strawberries and place in a blender,combine the rest of the ingredients except whipped cream and mint.Blend until smooth.
CHILL for a few hours or overnight.Serve in pretty bowls and top with dollop of whip cream and garnish with a few mint leaves.

Yummy,creamy and dreamy taste of a recipe from Poland.My mom would be proud I still keep close in my heart and continue these traditions.

Do you have a YUMMY or unique recipe you’d like to share with me?
I’d LOVE to hear from you!

*Yummy photo from the website Cool Photo Projects.

While strawberries are still in season,you might also want to enjoy my recipe for a Refreshing Strawberry Face MASK for your skin.

Here’s what you’ll need:

8 fresh strawberries
2 tablespoons of local honey

Mash the strawberries with a spoon and add in the honey. This will make a fruity honey filled face mask. The strawberries contain Vitamin C and alpha-hydroxy acids that exfoliate the skin gently in a natural way.
If your skin is looking dull,tired,sun damaged or prone to a blemish you will LOVE what this mask does for your skin.

Leave on your face for at least fifteen minutes and rinse with luke warm water and a wash cloth.Follow with your moisturizer and eye gel.
They say that Hollywood Celebrities like Catherine Zeta Jones use strawberries in their beauty rituals.
This fresh mask will last up to a week in an airtight container. I prefer to store in glass NOT plastic container.

*As I have mentioned before always do a spot test on the side of your cheek or neck to see if you are allergic to any of these ingredients. If you know you are do not use this recipe.

Get cooking and enjoy these two delicious delights one for your body and one for your face. YUM!