A kitchen & on the go MUST HAVE!

DEFINE A BOTTLE

I first saw this brand and awesome bottle on one of my fave TV shows Shark Tank and on Good Morning America!

A 17- year- old year old Carter Kostler from Virginia Beach,Virginia has taken childhood obesity head on. After learning about the startling statistics of how sugary drinks and soda impact today’s youth,he decided to do something about it. Carter created a fruit infused water bottle,a product designed with the goal of improving one’s health. He and it was even featured in Entrepreneur magazine as one of the most brilliant companies list. He works with schools in his community and organizations for a healthier generation.

YOU know by reading my blog…it’s all about the small beautiful business owner and what they are up too! #SHOPSMALL #shoplocal

The Define Bottle company list it’s features below:

  • Fits in a standard cup holder
  • Attached wrist lanyard makes it easy to carry
  • Capacity: 16 ounces (about 500 ml)
  • Easy cleaning – the bottle comes apart in multiple places for easy access
  • Included re-freezable base piece helps keep your fruit cool
  • Strainer middle piece contains the fruit to the bottom and away from your mouth piece
  • Made from Tritan -Odorless, tasteless, and stain resistant
  • BPA-free
  • Phosphate-free
  • estrogenic-activity-free
  • androgenic-activity-free

I am in love with this water bottle system and fruits and veggies I use don’t hit my lips and ruin my lipstick! THAT makes it even more awesome.

http://www.definebottle.com

Eat your Apples and Wear them too! I do!

I LOVE TO EAT APPLES! You should too!

Here are my DIY recipes to enjoy more of them too. It is Fall and apple season.

Awesome Fresh Apple Mask for Normal to Dry Skin:APPLE photo

ALL you need is an apple!

· Take a teaspoon of an apple you grated from a bowl
Apply the mask all over the face (except your eye area) and keep for 20 minutes for the skin to soak it all in and absorb it’s beautiful benefits.· Rinse your face with warm water.

*If you’d like to plump it up add a few tablespoons of glycerin.Mix with apple and you have another mask.
Fresh Apple Mask for Normal to Combination Skin
· Mix two tablespoons of crushed oats along (not instant oatmeal) with pureed or grated red apples and add teaspoon of honey.
· Apply the mask on your face for 20 minutes, and wash it with warm water.
· Apply your favorite moisturizer and eye gel.
· The oatmeal in this mixture exfoliates your skin while the apple and honey make it hydrated, plump and glowing!

You know what they say …“An apple a day keeps a doctor away”.

This beautiful fruit is rich in vitamin C, vitamin A and copper, which your skin LOVES!

The vitamin C helps to re-store the collagen content of the skin. Collagen adds the elasticity to the skin, thus helps to kiss wrinkles “Goodbye” The copper content in the apple helps to maintain the melanin production in the skin. Apples act as a natural sunscreen. The vitamin A assists in building of new skin cells.

Got any left over pieces of apple? EAT them.

Enjoy the beauty of all the fruits and vegetables of fall.

I LOVE AMERICA and the beauty of Blueberries!

Since I was a little girl, I have been making beauty potions. Now that I’m older and as a beauty professional, I love to do them even more.

Hot and steamy weather calls for this!
This is one of my summer favorite beauty recipes for amazing skin treatments not found in a jar but down the aisles of Whole Foods Market or a market wherever you may shop and live! Your skin will LOVE the benefits from these recipes. You can make this recipe for yourself,with your daughter, your mom or even your sweetie.

My husband loves these spa at home recipes too!

½ cup of fresh or frozen blueberries
½ cup of plain creamy Greek yogurt
¼ cup of organic local Honey if possible

Rinse the berries and place in a blender. Add the honey and yogurt.
Blend until creamy. Using your clean fingers or a stiff fan mask brush apply the mask to your face and neck.
Allow it to rest on your face at least 10 to 15 minutes. Remove with luke warm water and a
washcloth.

Please note: If you are allergic to the above obviously do not try the recipe. In addition, these are made from scratch so the shelf life is a few days in a tightly closed glass jar in the refrigerator. I suggest using them to the last drop and enjoy it all at once or in a couple of days.

I also like to use blueberries in a salad,over yogurt or freeze as ice cubes in lemonade.

Blueberries are like healthy candy for my body instead of a real candy bar. Honey is a natural moisturizer that locks in moisture. Your skin loves yogurt and all of the above are found in fabulous face and body creams sold on store shelves.

If you love to be healthy, eco-friendly, green and gorgeous…come back to my blog soon.

Happy 4th of July if you live in America!!!

If you don’t have a fab weekend and enjoy this recipe too.

Blueberries

Beauty Snack …

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These are my snack for health and beauty. I have them on top of a salad,add to a smoothie and eat them as a snack.

Goji Berries are good for your skin and oh so healthy too.

People in Asian countries have loved eating these to LIVE LONGER.They use it for a good nights sleep and even for weight loss. You eat them like you do raisins and they taste pleasant.

Take a walk down the grocery stores like Whole Foods Market and give them a whirl.

Liven up your meals with this yummy find.

*As always check with your doctor if you are on any medications…see if it is right for you to add to your diet and enjoy its benefits too.

Water for Gorgeous Skin!

photo lemons and tumeric

The sun came out in Florida today and I was so HAPPY. The weather hasn’t been so fabulous. Like the rest of the country we have had our share of crazy weather.Lots of rain and gray days!

So, at my makeup & skin studio I decided I had to make some awesome infused water. A touch of the spa if you will. Yesterday on TV I shared a recipe that the viewers of The Chat TV show loved… I wanted to share the simple recipe with you.You can watch it at http://www.firstcoastnews.com click on The Chat on the left side search bar. ENJOY!

After a long winter YOUR skin and mine is dry and thirsty!

To hydrate your skin you need WATER not soda,sugary drinks or sweet iced tea. I know what you’re going to say. You think drinking water is boring or you don’t like drinking water. Well get over it my darlings. If you want prettier skin and a healthier hydrated body you need water as part of your beauty regime.

I am sipping this  water as I write this blog and in a gorgeous goblet like it is a glass of wine.Make it part of your daily ritual too.

Here is the recipe I showed on TV:

1 fresh organic kiwi

1 fresh organic lemon

*sprinkle in a few berries like raspberries or blueberries for more fun!

1 pitcher of fresh spring or drinking water (room temperature is best) NOT hot and don’t add a ton of ice.

Slice the fruit and place into the pitcher of water.This fruit infused mix water will hydrate and much healthier than soda or iced tea.(I love them too…But)

Let the water rest on the counter before serving for at least one hour for the fruit to dance with each other and infuse the water.

This infused water contains vitamin A and C and is really tasty if you like these fruits.

Take care of yourself! Be good to yourself! Your skin will love you for it.

Kissing Spring a BIG Hello!

3.14 MacysI know it’s not quite spring everywhere by the weather I heard on TV today but you can still celebrate it in your heart and on your face and body with happy glee!

Here are my top tips to make you look and FEEL Gorgeous this Spring.

1. A cheap and chic NEW lipstick or lip gloss can update your look and face in seconds.
Find a color that brightens your complexion. Choose a light to medium bold color.Say “Bye Bye” to the dark shades.Lighten Up!Brighten Up!

2. Blush on! Choose a blush that accents your cheeks like a pretty coral or pink.Select one with shimmer for a soft luminous look.This gives you a dewy youthful look.

3. Eyeshadow doesn’t have to be complicated.Select one shade and go with it. You don’t have to use two or five shades to make your eyes stand out and look gorgeous.A soft champagne,a soft pink,a gold beige or touch of silver to highlight your eyes. You can mix and match matte and shimmer together for a natural glow look.

4. As a professional I highly recommend you own a rice powder to set your makeup,make your makeup last longer and to tone down shine.It is an Ancient Chinese secret.

5. Nail polish is taking over the world. It has a new look,shades,feel and texture.Pick up a few shades and paint your fingeres and toes creamsicle,sunny yellow or an aqua blue hue.Or better yet have a PRO give you a fresh manicure and pedicure and try a new hue.

6. Accessorize! Your face can look more alive with some new accessories.A little bling goes a long way I LOVE to make my face,neck and eyes glow with a dash of color and sparkle from an earring,necklace and more.

7. Buy a a new scent and spice up make your life with something floral,sweet,sexy or sultry.

8. Go window shopping. It not only will get you out of the house or workplace it will give you ideas to look better and fashionable. This was a happy spring window display I took at Macy’s last week in New York City.

9. You are what you eat…add more spring fruits ripe,ready and in season. Add a healthy rainbow of foods to your diet.

10. Pretty skin and a healthy body needs water.Whip up some water by infusing fresh fruits or veggies in a tall pitcher.Yummy and low cal way to get in your water intake and the light flavor of the fruit tastes awesome.

I hope you have a HAPPY SPRING! Paint the town with the new shade for this Spring…Radiant orchid.

Farmer’s Market fresh!

tomato

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.

Day 15 to more beautiful skin!

peaches
There are so many lotions and beauty potions out there. But there is NOTHING like doing an at home treatment from the kitchen. Not only are you what you eat. YOU also are what you put on your face!

I love to whip up my own beauty potions…those of you who read my blog know I love to eat, cook,makeup and entertain. So, here is a fresh beauty concoction to try and enjoy! My friends who are of Asian descent recommend this and their skin looks amazing.

Peaches & Cream Face Mask

1/2 ripe peach
1 tsp.honey
1 to 2 tablespoons of crushed almonds

High in beautiful nutrients…the peach can NATURALLY exfoliate and smooth skin gently. They also have properties that lighten sun spots.Peel the peach and mash. Grind or crush the almonds in a coffee grinder.I have one just for beauty recipes. Add honey and make a nice mask out of this.I apply this to face and neck.
Leave on fifteen minutes.Rinse well.Look in the mirror and glance at the new texture and feel of your skin.
Moisturizer to follow.
You will be tempted to eat this mask…but enjoy it ON your face~

A fresh new YOU!

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LET’S GET COOKIN’,Gorgeous!

A new year means the time to become a better version of you!
A fresh new start.

Here are my pretty pearls of beauty wisdom:

1. Choose HAPPINESS.Attitude ios everything.

2. Eat well…everything you put in your mouth counts. Eat more fruits and don’t forget your veggies. Stir fry your way to beauty.

3. Start with a fabulous NEW skin care regime and products.Never go to bed with your makeup on!

4. Take better care of yourself! Whip up some spa water with fruit, keep hydrated, and drink more water.

5. Smile MORE! WEAR lipstick it brightens your face and day!

6. Buy NEW makeup, get a makeup lesson and let an expert show you how to look like yourself only better.

7. Take a walk and calm your mind and body. Take a break from the mental chatter in your head. Recharge your body’s batteries. Walking or exercising will give you more energy.

8. Always add a dose of laughter in your day. It keeps the blues away.

9. All talk is about anti-aging. Take time for your skin! It is all about having prettier, healthier skin not how old you are.

10. All work and no play make you …a dull girl! Take time for you, shop on, buy something fun and beautiful too!

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I wish all my WordPress friends and fellow bloggers a happy,healthier and beauty filled new year!