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!

Makeup Tips for Tweenagers and Teens

kelllllllllllllli2When it comes to makeup Tweens and Teens I know you want to start wearing makeup a lot sooner than when I was growing up! While I love MAKEUP and own a beauty candy shoppe …my message to you is to embrace your face! Don’t rush! Live in the moment and enjoy your beauty and the beauty of growing up today.

Here are a few tips and tricks to remember:

SUNSCREEN is a girl’s best friend.

Cleaning your face at night is a MUST.(Even if you don’t wear makeup.)Don’t go to sleep with makeup on EVER.

Learn to LOVE water.It is so good for your health and your skin.If you are not wild about it make spa water.It is so much fun to make at home.New recipe to follow in next blog.

YOU are what you eat…try and eat a balanced diet.And a cupcake sometime.

Take care of your skin.Don’t use deodorant bars on your delicate face.Use a soap bar that is made for the complexion.I love home-made bars by crafters like a skin Clarity bar that gently cleans and exfoliates.
If you have normal to very dry skin don’t use this type bar. Go for a goat’s milk hydrating bar or something like a Dove soap.

A face mask is a must. I love to wash away impurities and clean my skin with a clay based mask.

If you are a 8,9,10,11 or 12 years old:SORRY…you don’t need to wear ANY makeup except a lip gloss,balm or lip conditioner. YOU are beautiful they way you are.

If you 13 or 14 years old you can use a soft lipstick or lip gloss and soft shade of blush is fine.

If you are 15,16,:a pretty lipstick,gloss,blush and a kiss of a neutral pretty eyeshadow is fine.Mascara for special occassions.Clear mascara is another option for brows and lash definition.

NO FOUNDATION for any age below 15 years old. Yes,really.Your lashes are beautiful.

18 is the perfect age to start to wear: A dash of tinted moisturizer,beauty balm,or a soft application of foundation is fine.A lipstick or gloss,one pretty eyeshadow to highlight the eyes. Mascara in the form of tubes.(easy to remove and does not run) A kiss of blush to the apple of your cheeks.
Rice powder to set your makeup or a setting spray.

Beauty Note: STAY AWAY FROM black mascara or liner unless it is in the evening or if you want to make your eyes look defined but smaller.Opt for a navy,teal,eggplant mascara and they will always make your eyes look bigger.Don’t overdo mascara and look like tarantella eyes.It is not a pretty look.

Please note: As a professional makeup artist I highly recommend and am in beauty love with the magic of rice powder. It tones down shine,makes your makeup last longer,is fabulous for girls or guys with acne or even a mature woman.

Concealer or cover-up is optional at your age. If you do need it buy it in the form of a lipstick tube.Easy to apply and is used for undereye circles and for blemishes.

Don’t wear chipped nail polish.Keep those nails looking good with a sheer metallic shade.These shades don’t show chips.
Or try a bold or hot new color.

Go for a makeup lesson and have someone teach you the RIGHT way to take care of your skin and how to do your makeup for every day.

Look your age! Don’t do your makeup over the top or worse yet be a CAKE FACE!

You are only YOUNG and your age once! Enjoy the ride.
Have fun and kiss & makeup!

To see a video clip of my beauty and lifestyle segment on today’s Morning Show…go to http://www.news4jax.com type in NOREEN YOUNG in the search bar and you’ll find me.

Farmer’s Market fresh!

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I hate when I have insomnia! Oh and when I wake up very early after I have tossed and turned ALL night makes me even more frustrated. So, what does this girl do? She makes a face mask to help you for the summer heat.

Fresh tomatoes from the farmer’s market are the best. Not only because they are FRESH but they make you feel good supporting your local farmer…don’t just buy from your local big box grocery store.Discover your local farmer’s market.The prices are even better! I love the Jacksonville Farmer’s Market. There is a vendor there who carries ALL KINDS of fruit and veggie treasures! SHE is ALWAYS there. Always helpful and has what I need and things I didn’t even think I need.

Tomatoes have been an old remedy for oily,very oily or blemished skin. These happy color red fruits are rich in minerals,vitamins like A,C and E. They nourish your skin and BODY when you eat them too.

1 Tomato

1 teaspoon of lemon juice

Dash of olive oil

Chop tomato and place in mini bullet blender or food processor and blend.

Apply the above that you whisked and mixed together in a bowl.

Apply on a CLEAN FACE staying away from you eye area of course.
Leave on 10 minutes or more. Depending on how much time you have.Rinse well a follow with light application of a moisturizer.

You’ll feel like a salad with vinaigrette. But don’t worry if you have any left over you can eat it too!

This mask also helps to control shine and oil when you are glistening in the summer time or SWEATING like I do.

Smile and say Cheese!

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The holiday season is in full swing and taking pictures at parties and family events will be a part of it. Last week on my  TV segment for The Morning Show I showed the viewers a peek inside my professional makeup box. So, it’s only natural I had to share them with you.

What you will need is to first make sure your face is clean and polished. I love to use a sonic cleanser like Clarisonic skin system. I also highly recommend you use a good face cleansing mask like Splendid Dirt by Farmhouse Fresh or look for a Firming and Tightening one. Guys need to get in on the action too. A microdermabrasion Crystal Peel soap or cleanser will clean the skin and buff away a tired appearance and dead skin. Hydration is key on TV I showed Dermatude Hydra Booster moisturizer but any good moisturizer will do. So, clean skin is important and so is hydration. I like to use an eye gel on all my photographic work,my clients amd one my face day and night. Your eyes are the windows to your soul, if they look dehydrated and tired it will show in the pictures. If you use concealer and I hope you do..make it a salmon colored concealer. This color obliterates a pooped out look. As we age, so does the skin around our eyes and we get a darker ring around the eye especially the inner corner. Next, a face primer is your answer to poreless looking skin. To make your pores look smaller and makeup to LAST this is a must. This product is applied before foundation but after moisturizer.  For the ladies you need to use a richer foundation or a product called Not Your Mother’s Foundation to even out the complexion. Applying more blush is a must especially when it comes to picture taking. Otherwise you can look really washed out.

A mascara in dark blue, green,eggplant or brown/black will define your lashes and make the whites of your eyes look brighter.

A luscious shiny gloss or a medium shade to bright lipstick will make your lips look stunning. Skip a strong shade of lip liner if you want less of a lined outline look or try an invisible lip liner. It locks color in place and defines the lips to make them look larger or smaller. Even children and men need a lip conditioner. The weather outside is colder in most parts of the world or downright freezing so the lips will dry out,peel,flake and look bad.

Set the make-up with Asian Rice Face Powder or an HD face powder . Even the men need this over their moisturizer to look less shiny in photos. Balding guys can help that receding hairline by applying this magical trick of powder to that area. Always work in downward strokes so the hair follicles won’t fly up and be so noticeable.

Now, for the hair…make sure you have a fresh haircut or trim. Hairspray is a must I am in love with Italy Hair Fashion spray. I recommend it to my color treated hair clients to make their salon visits last longer. Spray softly and smooth away those  flyaways with my fav’ brush called the WET Brush. It will detangle and be your go to brush.

Wear nail polishor get a manicure  in case your hands show in the photo, especially if you take a close up and they are in the photo. I love some neutral shades by OPI.

A soft natural look will not do…I don’t want you to look like “cake face” and over do…I simply want you to be aware you’re not running errands or jogging…you need some makeup, a bit more color to your face and the right tools to look GREAT in photographs.

If you’d like to learn more on this subject go to www.news4jax.com and see ME on TV and  my beautiful photographer and friend Anetta Nadolna of Art ‘N’  Illusion Photography and salon with more tips on how to pose for pretty pictures and what to wear. (She’s the photogrpaher of my new photo in my last post and on my profile page.)

Create some memories and take some beautiful and fun family photos. A pictures says a thousand words! What will yours say about you?

Chinese New Year beauty secrets day 2

My face loves this and yours will too~ You don’t have to be Chinese to benefit from this mask you can make in your kitchen!

1 Teaspoon of pearl powder

1 fresh organic egg (egg whites only)

1/2 Teaspoon of fresh clover honey

Wisk and mix all three and apply to clean face. Leave on 15- 20 mins.

Pearl powder is rich in calcium and  helps cells regenerate and adds hydration to your complexion.

I love the way this tightens my skin and brightens my complexion too!