Vegas Baby!

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It is that time of  year and I am so excited to guest speak again at the International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa show in beautiful Las Vegas! It is not only a fun city it is home to so many of my fav’ foodie spots!

I will be working,exploring and shopping the show floor for the latest and greatest in beauty and skin! I love this show! It is THE BEST!

I also can’t wait to go to the strip and partake in some eye candy as these casinos offer so much. While I do not gamble I do love everything else!

It is going to be 117 average temperature and while they call it a dry heat. I call it HOT AS HELL heat just like Florida.I still sweat!

I might even take in one of the hot spas if I have time as these spots are so divine! So, I will be bringing you the best in beauty from one who craves all things beauty and who is a foodie.

I will miss my husband but so look forward to sharing with you my travel and fun finds!

 

 

 

 

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Tweezers 101 & more!

Have you ever wondered about the shape of those tweezers you own or see while shopping? Me too!

Angled– are perfect for eyebrow grooming.

Flat-are great for removing multiple hairs.

Slanted-This shape helps you remove sensitive hair areas and precise grooming.

Pointed– Perfect for fine hairs and for ingrown hair.

I like to add the BEAUTY BEAM to my tweezers so I can light up and ……….photo BBEAMsee where I am working and removing hair.

I also like to own several sizes of tweezers from pricey to cheap. And the MINI ones are perfect for your cosmetic bag in your purse.

So there you have it. A little 101 on tweezers and more.

You will fall in love with the Beauty Beam once you try it. I use it on TV,photo shoots or when I do makeup in my studio or on location.

You never know when you need a little light on your face,brows,eye area and lips!

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!

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Lemon Love

I have always loved lemons just typing on the keyboard and posting this blog post makes my mouth pucker and water.

And I am always whipping up new recipes for beauty and healthy skin in my kitchen lab or in my bathroom. So, today was no different.I made some fresh lemonade for my husband and I started to really crave lemons. So, I made this lemon toner for face and body.

4 cups of distilled water

12 drops of lemon essential oil (I love the brand Aura Cacia)

1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar

Optional: I like to add a drop of lavender for another version of this.

After I mixed all of the above together I  poured it in a pretty spray bottle.

My skin loves this skin toner.photo LEMON

Today I smelled like lemons all day and I received many compliments on the way I smelled today. Citrus lifts your spirits too!

I love…Rosemary! She is…

 

My faces go to!

When this steamy HOT weather gets my spirit’s and face down. I reach for my rosemary plant outside my office and or house door.photo Rosemary

I put on a pot of hot water as if I am making a pot of pasta.

Next I bring it to a boil.

I pull of a few pieces of rosemary and add a cut up a few lemon slices too.

Add it to the hot pot of water.

Let the two dance together in the water that has boiled.

Shut off the pot. Place a small kitchen towel over your head and let the steam rise to meet your face. DO NOT place face close to water. All you want is the steam to rise and detox your pores,loosen up dead skin cells and clear out your nasal passages.

Follow with a mud mask,rinse and moisturize.Enjoy!

This combination makes an aromatic delightful scent your face and nasal passages will love! My face is happy again.

Have fun making your own facial steam baths without going to the spa. Do share with me your own steamy facial concoctions!!!

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 .

 

What’s Hot in Beauty…Now!

GLEAM BODY RADIANCENot only did I guest speak at the show I shopped the show floor and found some unique products. The Premiere Orlando and Premiere Day Spa shows are two fabulous shows in one.This show is for business owners hairstylists,make-up artists,estheticians and beauty and wellness business owners.Here is a peek inside my top picks from 100’s of vendor booths. You and your guy will love!

Veganic Products all natural 100% Vegan shampoo and conditioner. Thicker,fuller,healthier hair,skin and makeup products. Vegan is getting bigger then ever not just in food but with our beauty and skin products.This booth was amazing. I thought I was in Shangri-la and on a gorgeous peaceful island. Healthier beauty without chemicals is what it’s all about.

www.veganicproducts.com

BEARDMAN Daily Shampoo and RX Intense Deep Conditioner for the BEARD. Men are going wild over this clean,fresh and healthier shampoo and conditioner just for their beard.

http://www.beardman.net

Glitter Therapy because glitter is now and into the fall so on trend. Many women including me were born with glitter in our veins. We can’t get enough sparkle!

This brand is great to use as an eyeliner and on the face or body. I love to sprinkle a little fun each day. The sparkle I am talking about is not the little girl or craft glitter by the way.Add a little sparkle to the day or dance the night away!

http://www.glittertherapy.com

Graff Etch is an enhancing hair art designs with color. Color your or your baes world and skin/hair with these. Can be used on beards,hair lines,buzz cuts,uncuts and used to create one of a kind creations.It is like a box of crayons for adults! Hair salons,barbershops and the guy or gal next door are going crazy over this colorful trend.Guys really get in in on the fun too! http://www.graffetch.com

 

Glitter and Glam the new beauty book on makeup and doing fun and glam makeup from celebrity makeup artist  Melanie Mills Hollywood.As head makeup artist for Dancing with the Stars for six years and on TV sets and more.This woman owned family business is a beauty force in Hollywood. She also has a collection of makeup called GLEAM!

Melanie Mills client list includes:Ariana Grande,Kelly Osbourne,Seal, Sugar ray Leonard,Pamela Anderson,Michael Bolton,Mindy Kaling,Maxsim Chmerkovskiy,Carrie Ann Inaba and so many more!

http://www.melaniemillshollywood.com

I hope you enjoy this tour from the Premiere Show floor in sunny Orlando Florida.

My next beauty stop will be in Las Vegas in a couple of weeks.

Come back …Beauties~

Clean Your Dirty Face!

Just back from glorious Chicago. I LOVE this town.

Most of you who read my blog know I always make time for play when I TRAVEL for my work!

I have been longing to get a facial but it has been so hectic for me no time to get one in my town. While I do give them to myself and professionally do them. BUT it isn’t quite the same as someone giving  you a cleansing facial.

I found a fun looking business card at a hair salon in town that was filled with color,these words and an artistic shot. I simply had to explore!!!Dirty Face

This place is a modern cool place with a fun color filled vibe. The owner was  a charismatic delight. She said her name was Angel and to me she was.Her spirit was amazing.

No RELAXATION… Just a face steam,cleansing and mask rubbed in.Before I knew it the party was over.I never had a facial like this before! If you ever find yourself in downtown  Chicago and you have limited time for a facial you need to take a trip to MUD FACIAL BAR. My skin glowed.

Next, I met friends for lunch and then got in some more shopping. While I so appreciate the beauty,food and shopping fun that the uptown Magnificent Mile has to offer…I love playing downtown Chicago.If you are up that way.Book an appointment ad rejuvenate at George the Salon.They have a new Citrus Crushed Pearl massage.

Merz Apothecary is my go to for old world charm,luxurious soaps, candy pastilles,eco beauty and so much more.My husband loves to visit this place when he is in Chicago too.

Looking for a unique clothing and accessories shop on the cheap and chic? Agaci is for you!

Oh and the cherry on top …the day I was leaving for the airport and sipping tea at the W Hotel I was reading a magazine and found my musts have for next time.Celebrities LOVE her Nobody does nails like celebrity manicurist ASTROWIFEY. Catch her if you can.LADY GAGA,Kylie Jenner need I say more?

I love Chicago almost as much as I love my NEW YORK CITY. There is so much to do there.If you’ve never been,take a drive or a flight and enjoy the beauty of the city and the beautiful lakes too!

 

Manscaping…your man!

Let’s hear it for the BOYS!
Men want to look good too so here are some awesome ideas for manscaping your man and products to turn him on to!
Cole Skin care for MEN founded by skin care expert and professional makeup artist Cole Patterson. 
Used by Usher yes, you heard it right (that awesome singer) and other Hollywood hunk notables in Hollywood and beyond.

A few Basic Steps are needed:
Konjac Sponge 100% Natural plant fiber to wash the skin and is biodegradable used with your fav’ face wash or soap.

Cleansing Facial Pads or Foaming Facial wash by Skincare for.It does a clean sweep, tones the skin and remove traces of dirt,oil and pollution.

Protect & Moisturize the Skin with Moisture Balm
http://www.coleskincareformen.com
Lips SuperSmile lip treatment stick in Vanilla Almond

Did you know men get cancer of the lips and women don’t typically because we wear lipstick or lip balm. Treat him to a lip conditioner. It also will give him more kissable lips.
http://www.supersmile.com
Eye gel or cream to soften tissue and lessen the look of lines.

Easy as 1,2,3… just a few ,minutes a day morning and night.

Once a week:
Use a Bentonite clay mask it is a good choice for oily or combination skin and cheap.
Or FarmHouse Fresh creamy Avocado mask for normal to dry skin.

In a pinch a FRESH avocado will do. Slice,take out the pit and mash. Apply to clean dry face. Stay away from eyelids.Leave on face 10 minutes. Rinse and moisturize as usual. Face will feel amazing and skin look hydrated and feel softer.

  • This is the Trent the social media and tech guy at First Coast News he is my model on TV today…I can’t wait to show him what’s new and trending in beauty for MEN. Guys want to look good too!
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