Valentine Gift 🎁 Ideas!

Today on TV 📺 on WJXT 4 in sunny 🌞 Florida 🌴 I am sharing gift ideas you can make at home.

Here are a few ideas:

Create a Spa, Nail 💅 , Skin OR Bath 🛀 gift in a jar. All you need is a recycled if you have large round jar or it could be a tall one. But it needs to fit the things you want to put inside. Keep it in a theme and simple. Don’t clutter fill the jar. Add a ribbon 🎀 and note card and you’re good to go!

I created on TV a Gift in a Jar that is all about the nails! I found cool Color Street nail strips! So unique and FUN. I added a nail file, a nail brush for hands and feet. A relaxing epsom salt foot bomb fizzy,

Make HIM a beard 🧔 or mustache oil … his skin and beard will 💋 be more soft and get him ready for lots of kissing. All you need is almond oil and a drop or two of essential oil. Mix and shake the two! Pour in a user friendly bottle.

Buy a Chinese Take Out box fill it with rice and a coupon for a meal for two! Or better yet an I LOVE ❤️You Take Out gift card. Add a set of designer chopsticks 🥢 and a fortune cookie (with your own message in side) and you’re all set. This is a unisex gift idea!

Make a lip balm with your daughters or niece. Small or big. They will love it. Just take a mint or candy cane from Christmas and smash it on the kitchen counter. Mix in a microwaveable bowl a teaspoon of organic coconut oil a few pieces of the crushed peppermint candy.

Microwave it a few seconds. Watch it melt down. Let it cool. Pour in a small jar. Add a lip brush and they will have softer skin with yummy peppermint 👄 lips!

* FYI optional: you can add a small drop of peppermint oil for more intense flavor.

Nothing like giving a LOVE ❤️ letter. I wrote a short one on a sticky note and stick it on the mirror a few years ago to my husband. He liked it so much it’s STILL on his mirror in the bathroom. It is a reminder simply saying ” I love you” XOXO your wife!

I hope these ideas get you going! There are so many ways to show your love. And it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money!

It truly is about the little things, the moments… and making beautiful memories. Right?

Hello 2020…So Ready 4 You! 💋

I wish you all a fabulous New Year!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart 💕for reading my blog. If you have any questions and want to learn something new in beauty and wellness I’m here for you!

Just ask!

Sending a toast 🍾🥂😍🎉 to you and wishing you nothing but the best for all of you!

Ready for my next beauty, foodie and travel ✈️ adventure?

XOXO

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Sometimes less is more!

FALL is definitely here maybe not so much in Florida 🌴🌞 where I now live but it is here.

As we choose a new look in makeup for fall… I think sometimes less is better!  I love to do a soft and pretty makeup look.  And I love to make up my clients in a soft kiss of color way. Yes, a deeper lipstick is always a good idea.

But you don’t have to go over the top with your makeup!  Now, if you love a lot of it and like it on your face all at one time … I get you.

I am a beauty lover too!!!

But if you are intimidated with makeup and applying it…Don’t be. Just apply a lipstick 💄 and eye 👁 liner.

I have met so many women in my career who say they are so frightened and tell me they suffer with makeup. You don’t have to suffer with it EVER!

It’s OK to apply your makeup softly and not wear it all! Really!

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Can’t get enough of this drink!

I am so in love with coconut and pineapple juice. I use coconut flakes to exfoliate my lips with a dash of coconut oil.

I also love the refreshing thrill of 🥥 coconut water!

Pineapple 🍍 juice and fresh slices (Which I love to give myself a facial with). Float my boat!

So, now I am sharing a yummy tropical 🌴 like drink (not boozed up) with you that you can serve to your family too.

All you need is a large can of Dole pineapple juice.

And a bottle of Coconut Sparkling soda down the grocery store aisle.

I like to serve it in a fresh coconut shell. But you can serve it in a glass.

Makes a delightful PUNCH!

Treat yo’self,make this (so cheap) delightful drink 🍹 and have an awesome weekend!

 PS

Add dark rum and you have another delicious 😋 boozy delight!

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Autumn Beauty & Fashion

What’s new this autumn?

Oh how I love the way that sounds….

Today on TV on River City Live in sunny Jacksonville Florida I am showing the TV viewers just that.

Here are some fall trends in makeup,skincare and fashion.

It is going to be a colorful and fun season!

Plaid is trending. But anything Leopard print is HOT 🔥!

Accessories add a touch of whimsy and fun. They brighten up a wardrobe. Buy a new handbag. The latest fashion craze are small purses and belt bags.

Metallic accessories are so in. And rose gold isn’t going anywhere!

Male grooming and skin care is so in!

Men realize they want to look good and need a moisturizer too!

Check out: http://www.mensroutine.com  for the MR. in your life! My husband loves the activated skin scrub especially!

Gleaming skin is the answer to your skin.

You can gleam too with Melanie Mills from Hollywood’s kit. Three glorious shades to glow with. May be used on the face and body.

They are running a special with a $50.00 purchase or more get a selfie light absolutely FREE!!!

The Glow Girl Kit is one of each of the fabulous lighter Gleam shades in mini 1 oz tube sizes.  Great way to try the brand and enjoy them for travel too.

As seen on The hosts of The Real TV daytime show. And on celebrities & models.

Lip plumpers, lashes and brows are still in!

*I recently discovered a lip plumper called Unbranded Beauty check the line out if your lips need a voluptuous fuller looking lift!

 

So go ahead and plump that pout!

Welcome Fall 🍁

I so love ❤️ fall. I miss the change of seasons I had living in NYC. I so MISS my Central Park!

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I love the pretty change of leaves.

The bit cooler weather.

Delicious new fall scented candles to light my rooms.

The smell of pumpkin spice.

Sipping warm apple cider.

Wearing a beautiful cozy sweater or scarf.

Picking apples from a tree and eating them too!

Buying new FALL makeup hues!

oh and let’s not forget a yummy slice of sweet potato OR a slice of pumpkin pie!

Because fall doesn’t really arrive in Florida 🌴 ☀️until late October… even though the calendar says otherwise.

I wait!

What do you love about fall BEST OF ALL?

Eau de beauty of Perfume

I am stuck indoors waiting for the monster hurricane in Florida. We are all trying to keep our minds busy and may be in the dark with no lights,air conditioner and not able to leave beyond our front door. As a Northerner I am not used weathering a hurricane. VERY STRESSFUL. However,  I am keeping  busy organizing and cleaning and my beautiful  fragrance tray is getting my attention. wiping down and shining each bottle and the spritzer with a dash of alcohol to freshen them up.

I realized I have not given much love to some of the fragrances  as they look barely used. A word to the wise. GIVE YOUR FRAGRANCES some LOVE and USE THEM.

They lose their potency and formulas if you let them just sit there. Wether you made a fragrance from scratch or store bought. They must be rotated and used up.

Here are a few tips I have learned working in Bloomingdales and Macy’s in Manhattan as one of fragrance spritzer girls!

  • Shop for fragrance when you are in the MOOD to buy a new one..
  • Hit the fragrance counters when it is midday. Your sense of smell is the sharpest. DON’T put on fragrance before you go.
  • I like to use those little paper blotters to check out a fragrance first.
  • If coffee beans are available at the counter (or ask the sales associate) SNIFF them inbetween testing and sniffing to clear your nose of the previous scent.
  • TEST only three fragrances …no more! Or you will be confused and your nose tricked. Apply one on one wrist and spritz on theother. Next try the third on the inner part of your arm.
  • IF you don’t like a fragrance and find it smells not so pretty on your skin…remove it as fast as you can with soap and water OR a cotton ball blotted with rubbing alcohol.
  • Ask for free samples…and try them out for a tleast a few days. Not just one time. your mood may change and you may not like the fragrance afterall once day three comes. You don’t want to waste money $$$ on a fragrance purchase you’ll regret.
  • I find ther best time to apply fragrance is after a bath or shower.
  • Spritz on your pulse points,inner wrists,ankles,throat area and a dash at the decolette.
  • Bottom line…fragrance doesn’t last forever so enjoy it and finsih up all those beautiful bottles.
  • To see my personal collection of fragrances from Russia,Poland,China,Japan and the US.  See my fragrant tray on Instagram @noreenkissyoung 
  • FYI I love spraying a love note card to my husband with my fragrance spritzed on it and place it in his luggage when he travels out of town.
  • Every day we are alive is a special day! Don’t wait to use your expensive perfume,best Chinaware,silverware or bedding. Enjoy them every day. You’ll be glad you did.

 

 

 

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Hello,Handsome!

BEARD BAR IMG_5647.JPGI know you want to look and feel good too!

Great looking healthy skin takes a little ME time and effort DAILY!

In the summer our skin tends to break out or get dehydrated from the sun and outdoor activities even more. Here are the latest and greatest in grooming this summer and beyond!

  • Skin care exfoliation is very important for the guys too. Fruit Peel by celebrity esthetician Elina of Elina Organics will gently exfoliate your skin  while you sleep.
  • Fresh Face Beard Bar is a new way to wash your beard and soften it up and clean the complexion underneath. You don’t want your beard or mustache to be dry and unkempt looking. It’ not enough just to wash your face. 🧼 Don’t use deodorant bars on that handsome face!
  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.
  • Floss- Caring for your 🦷 and gums = A healthier heart. Cocofloss is the way to go made with Coconut oil.
  • A relaxing 🛀 bath with bath salts or your fave Aura Acacia essential oil, detoxifying sheet mask and a hand,feet and body lotion to follow work wonders on the body and skin after a long work day or week.
  • Got leftover beer? 🍺 Rinse your hair with it after you shampoo. The malt and hops in beer contain cleansing properties!
  • D.I.Y. Recipe #2  Add a dash of apple 🍎 cider vinegar to the hair with a bit of beer and 1 oz. of water 💦 and you’ll have a hair rinse that removes build up of all those products you’ve been using. Shinier clean hair!

Cool products and tools for cool guys!

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF! You are all you got.

Skin Care Alert!!!

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I saw my dermatologist for a tiny spot on the side of my nose.I had waited almost a  month to see her as she could not see me sooner. The spot was red and came out of nowhere. I was really scared as I did not want cancer on my nose or anywhere for that matter. I have had so many clients lately who have had skin cancer on their face and it was so bad reconstructive surgery was necessary. So sad,painful and expensive too.

When I finally got in for my appointment she examined me from head to toe. When she got to my nose and I watched her look strategically on my nose with a little unit with light. She gave me the news! I was on pins and needles!

Th condition I have is not rare. It isn’t cancer it according to her is a tiny scratch on my skin from OVER scrubbbing or exfoliating. In my quest for healthy looking clean skin I scratched my skin in the process. OH HAPPY DAY. I flew out of her office with wings on.

LESSON learned? Ladies be careful don’t be so rough with your skin! Don’t over scrub,exfoliate,buff and more. Be gentle with the skin on your face and body.

Be in tune with your body and skin.

Develop a relationship with a dermatologist.You don’t want to wait until you have a problem. You want to have someone you can count on and call on.I get checkups every six months after having had skin cancer. A board certified dermatologist can see you for blemishes,sun spots,moles and serious conditions like pre-cancer and skin cancer.Get to the root pof the problem before it get worse or hopeless.

To find a dermatologist in your area go to:www.aad.org

#skincancersurvivor

Sunnies,Vitamin SEA and Me!

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I have just come back from a much needed early winter getaway!

When I arrived the palm tree lined streets home of Ringling Brothers (yes, the circus creator) I knew I was headed  to some place special!!!

Yes I live in Florida now. But I live closer to Atlanta and now was clear across the state.When I got to the sunny resorts door  I smelled a scent I recognized but was not sure of.  I got to my room and jumped for joy! I went to open the  curtain to the balcony I discovered I was just steps from the ocean. Finally, it dawned on me I work so hard and spend lots of time in my makeup studio,TV and at airports …I didn’t realize that scent was the beautiful salty ocean air! Oh how I EMBRACED and gave in to that awesome air.

 

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A Tropical drink is ALWAYS a good idea. Even if it isn’t filled with alcohol. But this one was a tease of it on my tongue. Just what I needed.

 

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(I decorated the table with some of my sea finds)

A heart healthy walk and an exfoliating facial for my feet and soles was next. My feet and calve muscles loved me too!

I rinsed my hair in the sunlight and salt water detoxing my hair of any oil and product buildup. And although I did NOT sunbathe at practice what I preach…I managed to get a little kiss of color and VITAMIN SEA.

I loved the hotel balcony I hated to leave it.I shopped and window shopped,dined in some yummy places and had an amazzzing relaxing time. UNTIL my iphone had plans for me!

It died  … I mean really died totally black screen would not fire up! For days!

I hated being less than 8 hours there and no phone. No connection to my beauty business. No blog posts,no social media. It was so STRANGE!  I hated the feeling of being so attached with my phone and all of it’s trappings.

Long story short. I had to drive to get it checked  on and perhaps get a replacement. I have only had the phone a few months. But did you know if you live out of town you cannot and they will not just give you a replacement from the Apple store? You have to go back home to where you bought it and work on getting it checked and perhaps a replacement there. Oh and it takes another week to get a new phone replacement. The diagnostics said my phone was from a bad batch that was recalled. But I was not informed. Quite a phone adventure I did not plan for.

Perhaps my phone was trying to tell me something along with the salty sea kissed air. SLOW DOWN…enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. Unplug. What do you think?

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