This Girls Gone Green!

Today is Earth day eve and I am trying to put you in MY mood! SundanceAPPLE photo

Enjoy somewhere where there is GREEN tonight or on Earth day.

Soak in that luscious green view that is so healthy for you!

Bite into a beautiful crisp GREEN apple and or other green fruit you love. Savour the taste on your tongue. I love my apples sliced with a big piece of Brie melted on top.Sensual YUM!

 

photo makeup base.JPGDon’t throw out the last amount in the jar. Use a mini spatula and go ahead and scrape out of that jar or tube or any other container.photo bottles eco.JPG

Don’t throw out those glass bottles use them again and again by refilling with pancake syrup  from a larger bottle. Reuse perfume bottles and or make some D.I.Y. spa delights and have them on hand for an awesome spa day or night! I LOVE this type of recycling.photo Thyme

Support a farmer and buy some fresh herbs and cook without herbs and spices from a plastic bottle or jar.

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Treat yourself to a steam bath facial with fresh tea,flowers and herbs. Your skin will love you!

Hope you enjoyed these Eco-friendly tips please come back for more on Earth Day.

Beauty,Beauty and more beauty in the Big Apple!

photo DeltaA week ago I escaped the blizzard and traveled to NYC for work and play. I was bound and determined not to let the cold weather get in my way.I arrived safe by Delta Airlines and landed almost an hour sooner than scheduled. The sun was shining gloriously and the weather was awesome in the 60’s. I checked in to my first hotel and quickly had attend to refresh and go to two planned beauty events. I  discovered new beauty products to show on my beauty and lifestyle segment on NBC12- TV. I also love to see what I would like to enjoy and add to my own beauty routine. My first stop was at a loft terrace in a sun-drenched  huge room. I sipped champagne,noshed on yummy treats and explored what’s hot a new.The best part besides the awesome products I saw. They served up COTTON CANDY fresh from an old time machine! How cool was that! I love cotton candy in its soft rainbow fluffy hues of sweetness.More to come in another post on the products I enjoyed and fell in love with.

Next stop I hustled in a cab to the event of the year. It happens once a year. NYC beauty editors,cosmetics executives and anyone who is anyone in beauty attend the Cosmetic Exec Women event. We sniff,touch,smell,play and test drive NEW beauty launches from the past 12 months.After we do this we vote after testing some more brands at home.There are many categories. Makeup,Hair,Skin,Nails,Fragrance,Male Grooming,Beauty Tools nail polish and so much more.It is a exciting packed party of wall to wall women.Each year is different. This year QVC was offering makeup applications and even gave us a cosmetic bag.Hair was being styled and more.And did I mention they had cupcakes and cocktails?

After the tabulations are all in brands receive an Academy award of beauty no not a gold statue but winning  is the most coveted accolade you want by a beauty brand. My swag weighed in at 12 lbs.Two fast and furious hours of a really packed pavilion.

The next day while the weather was still in the 60’s I had a few business meetings but made time to go downtown for Chinese Brunch called DIM SUM at one of my fav’ places in Chinatown section of NYC. The Joy Luck Palace. I was seated with two women and two of their nurses who took them o the city for an outing. They were from Hong Kong and 95 and 99 years young.So fun to watch the friendship between the two ladies. The older one was a fashionista dripping in jade jewelry.The two ladies did not speak English but I understood the language of their smiles,facial expressions,laughter and appearance.Women push carts filled with hot Chinese food from soup to dumplings to chicken feet.

My fave’ Dim Sum was 3  little piggies sitting in the bamboo steamer looking at me! They were meant for the end of the meal. A warm fluffy dough filled with a creme brulle kind of cream and it also reminded me of the yummiest vanilla pudding.The Chef’s  here make the best tiny bites of love.If you have never tried or enjoyed dim sum you must find a place to dine in your travels.

Did I mention I got caught in the first flurry of snow and slush and had not packed any boots? MY husband told me I wouldn’t need them.Note to self…never not pack your boots with all your other needed winter gear.

Window shopping is the best shopping! I window shopped all the hot stores like Bloomingdales,Macy’s and Bendel’s and more. I used to live here and really miss having this city at my feet on a daily basis.But I also shopped the fashion district too and discovered some amazing fabrics. So inspiring.Even stopping by candy stores and food stands gives me yummy inspiration since I so love candy and beauty too.

I took some time for at my fav’ places for a mani,pedi and facial too.And I discovered some more places to shop and play for K beauty too.

Oh and I went to the International Beauty Show and guest spoke at the International Esthetics,Cosmetics and Spa show. The show floor was filled with the latest and greatest in the world of beauty. Then came the SNOW.Thank goodness I was already booked on a flight the day before the storm.

Off on another beauty trip soon.Gotta unpack to pack.Stay tuned for more on my beauty adventures.

 

 

 

 

 

There’s magic in Jade & more!

cropped-img_7371.jpgToday is Chinese New Year…the year of the rooster.  I have been pampering my clients faces and pouts with the magic of jade all day.

You don’t have to be Asian to celebrate the lunar new year and all things Asian beauty!

I also love to celebrate the next 15 days of the Chinese New Year with other beauty rituals and of course FOOD glorious Asian food.

I am Cholish…

This makes me Chinese and Polish. I love being a combination platter!

If you don’t know… Chinese, Japanese and above all K-Beauty (Korean Beauty) are all the rage.Especially when it comes to beauty rituals!

Go to your pantry or nearest Asian grocery store. Get some Chinese Take-Out and brew some hot tea starting this weekend to celebrate the lunar New Year, which begins TODAY  Saturday January 28, 2017.

Treat yourself to a festive meal and a trip to the orient without leaving the city! You might even want to invite your bestie!

Asian women I have interviewed from Hong Kong to Korea all agree…

Tea is an everyday beauty ritual. All kinds of tea from Chinese Oolong tea to Korean Barley tea. To fight off cancer they love green tea. To give them energy and stamina they drink ginseng tea. There is even a tea for inner cleansing and detoxifying tea.

Note: They usually do not use sugar or sweet and low in their tea.

Did you know that tea also freshens breath and keeps your gums healthy too? Allow me to turn you on to a delightful type tea. Jasmine tea is both delicious, smells and tastes divine. You must try it.

Rice is a favorite food in their diet as well. It fills you up faster and low in fat so you tend to eat less. Soups as main meals are another way to eat and stay trim. They fill the bowl with chicken or beef stock and toss in fresh veggies. What a delightful explosion of tastes! My fave rice is aromatic jasmine rice.* If you are looking to lose a a few pounds…try eating with chopsticks!

Korean women use up to 10 products on their face a day! They double cleanse their skin daily. They also love sheet masks. They have a mask for almost everything! Face, lips, eye area, neck, hair, feet and thighs. Some are made with crushed pearls, fruit, veggies and essence of snails (yikes). All to make them look their best.

Japanese girls love the benefits of a face mask made with nightingale droppings. That means bird poop! However, they swear by it for gorgeous flawless skin.

 Jade Face Skin Smoothing Roller: Asian Royalty has used it for years. Excellent when you roll this cool tool on the face for revitalizing the skin by bringing the blood to the surface. It is also very relaxing. One side is for eyelid area and other side for face. You have to feel it to believe its magic. I am addicted.

Pearl Cream is a beauty must have. To this day Chinese and Vietnamese girls and women use this ant-aging ancient secret cream. It is made of crushed pearls and other emollients. It is opaque in color, melts on your fingers when applied to the face, and becomes translucent. It helps brighten the complexion by lightening sunspots and keeps the skin moist and hydrated. It smells as if you visited a flower garden.

Rice powder an oriental silky powder sets your makeup, helps your makeup up last longer and tones down shine. If you have problem with always being hot or have oily skin it also helps to prevent makeup meltdown. It can be used by itself on your skin or over makeup base. It can be unisex. It is applied with a Kabuki powder brush.

It also comes in a powder to go version. A little notebook of 70 papers comes to this business card like booklet. It powders the face as well as blots oil. They are called Asian Powder Papers.

Shark fin supplements and other herb shop potions are recommended to keep their fountain of youth. Even the celebrities are doing it. They say Nicole Kidman the actress takes them to keep her skin looking gorgeous and younger looking.

Dragon fruit: As argan oil is the new buzz in skin care so is the dragon fruit for our skin cells. This pink delight does wonders for the complexion when added to skincare or by eating it. It looks kinky and is a gorgeous pink hue with shooting green things coming from it. Sweet to eat!

My recipe for a cheap D.I.Y Jasmine Rice Face Mask:

  •  Take a cup of rice, rinse gently.
  • Next, pour the rinsed rice into a clear small bowl with enough water to cover it. Wait until a milky residue appears. This is your face mask. (They call them Water Masks)
  • On a clean face, place the milky watery solution from the rice on your face with a drenched cotton pad. Let it dry.
  • Rinse with a luke warm washcloth and warm water. It will brighten your skin and your skin will feel like silk from this face treat.

The fountain of youth and pretty is at your fingertips.

Explore some of the above Oriental delights.

Life is an adventureexplore beyond your door!

 

Bubbly Beer Face Brew!

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I was inspired by all the exotic beers surrounding me at European Street Cafe in sunny Jacksonville Florida. My fav’ charming hunk bartender Billy who rules E Street as we affectionately call it and he let’s me sample some amazing brews.If you are ever in sunny  Florida this place is a must see. The beer and food is amazing and the bartender is priceless! Oh and did I mention they have the most amazing hot pretzels?

So, I bought some beer home and here’s what I came up with for a frothy fun facial for my skin.You can enjoy it with your guy too!

Here is what you will need:

1/2 can of beer (any kind)

1 egg white (I prefer to buy my eggs fresh from the farm/farmers market)

1 fresh lime squeeze a dash in minus the seeds

Whip the above up with a hand mixer as it makes a luscious fluffier lightweight mask.But you can use a fork instead.

The egg whites are filled with nutrients and they tighten the skin

The lime contains a dose of vitamin C which helps to tone down brown spots on the face and body.

Drink the rest of the can of beer and relax while the mask dries.

A little bit of beer and prettier skin too!

Stay tuned to my next recipe.

Alert: don’t do this and go out in the sun as your skin will be more sensitive in the sun. It is the vitamin C from the limes or lemons or oranges that do this.

 

 

 

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!!!

Back to always fabulous Las Vegas!

 

I LOVE to work and play in Las Vegas!

Back again last weekend for the International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa Conference as well as the International Beauty Show.  Two fabulous shows one for beauty industry professionals like makeup artists,skin care professionals ,spas and plastic surgery clinics. The other IBS is loved by hairstylists,nail techs and makeup artists.LV SIGN photo

So good to connect with businesses,explore the show floor and lecture. My two topics were “What a Bride Wants” and “Model and Fashion Week Beauty Secrets.”

Someday soon I will post them and will share them ALL with you too!

They had a cool down in the weather instead of the 122 degrees they’ve been having… it was only 112 degrees.Lol…it was tough! I played on the LV strip, I got a mani & pedi,shoulder & back massage,got a deep cleansing facial and foot spa experience all on the show floor. I sampled,touched,sniffed,rubbed and tested many of the new products in beauty.

I shopped till I really dropped…lots of  work and YET so much fun!

Gotta get caught up and rest up and reboot my body. It is exhausting and travel today is even more so. I had two flight issues one with airplane problems and one with delays that were weather related.Happy to leave and enjoyed all that LV had to offer and happy to get back to my husband and to chill.

 

 

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!

 

New Years eve beauty…no Botox needed

Here is a quick facial treatment that will make your skin LOOK fabulous, firm and hydrated. New years eve IS this Thursday go get yours!

You’ll love the look from these type masks. They are all the rage.NO BOTOX

Madonna’s got a beauty secret!

DARCY photo DR. H product

I found this product in the press,then found it at a spa in Jacksonville,Florida named Soluna Yoga and Spa to me it is truly unique and a lovely skin care line!  It is one of Madonna’s favourite beauty secrets.

Madonna has gorgeous skin and  has managed to maintain glowing skin because she avoids going in the sun.

Madonna has a favorite moisturizer known as Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream. You know I shared it in a previous blog post and on TV …JLo loves this cream too and has been using it for years.This creams a super hero that contains extracts of rose petals,rose hip,avocado that rejuvenate the skin and help to maintain a hydrated dewy look!

It SMELLS and FEELS awesome too.

Madonna also nourishes her skin by using a face mist known as Dr Hauschka facial Toner which refreshes and rebalances the face during the entire day .It contains witch hazel and healing herbal extracts, such as anthyllis.Used after cleansing and before moisturizer it also helps minimize the appearance of larger pores,controlling an oily look as well.

Your skin will look radiant.

The Facial Toner is used after cleansing to support the skin’s natural processes of renewal, minimizing the appearance of pores, balancing moisture and oil content, and leaving skin looking and feeling healthy, toned and radiant.

Skin Condition: For normal, dry and sensitive skin. And as an after shave spray for men.

I had an awesome facial treatment with this product line and was intrigued with the esthetician DARCY’s signature FACIAL style.

If want a one of a kind unique facial at a pretty amazing place in town.If you’re lucky enough to live in Jacksonville Florida…

You too can be like Modonna and J Lo for a day for a month for an hour. You decide.If you don’t live in sunny Florida you can experience the magic of this doctor’s line by visiting their website.http://www.drhauschka.com

Time to renew,dejunk and relax your skin and body after a long hot summer too. You too can look and feel like a celebrity and your skin look and feel radiant too!

 

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.