There’s something about a manicure, be it low-key and neutral or blinged out and pointy à la Cardi B, that sort-of completes a look. And regardless of your personal style, nail trends in 2019 will check off all the boxes. Sure, a mani is on the smaller side and nowhere near as attention-grabbing as a…
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.
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.
(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?
Color is everywhere…it has never been more colorful time!
Lately I see more and more colorful hair shades and I am swooning over some of them too! This pinkish lavender looks like me. But I don’t think I’m ready for permanent that permanent a hair color. Celebrities color. Japanese girls covet it and women of all ages seem to be doing it. It seems like color is the new makeup for your hair?
How about you? Do you have colored hair or if you don’t what color is oh so YOU? Do you want to change your hair color too? I’m on my way to guest speak at an international beauty show and I will happily report all I discover from it too. Come back for more!
What about these hues? Are they calling out to you?
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It is that time of year when the seasons start to change and you start craving new colors in makeup! If you’re not you’re missing out on the fun. This autumn it is really all about looking your best with whatever hues you choose to use. OVER slaying and over the top contouring and highlighting is out.
YOUR face doesn’t need that!
You simply need a few new pieces to add to your makeup wardrobe.
It doesn’t matter where you shop for them it only matters that you are able to TEST DRIVE and play with a few choices to see how they look on you. Don’t be in a rush. Take a little time for yourself. It should be a fun process. The colors of the moment for your lips are BOLD rich colored lips,a soft brown lip,a touch of mauve and the classic red lipstick.
Black winged eyeliner still rules but so does a bold blue or other colored hue. And the black liner is graphic and artsy like in the application.
I like to buy KITS for the season. This way you have all you need at your fingertips especially when you travel. It also gives you a chance to experiment and play with more shades you may never have tried before.
It is also time to buy a new tube of sunscreen. Yes, even in winter needs sun protection. Even from the glare of the snow.
You might want to lighten up that foundation and or face powder to suit your lighter skin look.
You don’t want what I call ring around the face. Also now is the time to add a bit of moisture to your skin by adding a new serum,eye gel and or primer to make your makeup last longer.
So, it continues to be a hectic but fun new year. This week I am getting ready for a few guest speaking engagements I am doing. I’ll tell you all about them when I return.
In the meantime…
Go window shop and cruise your city to discover what’s out there in the beauty world waiting for you this fall!
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If you live in the south you are so lucky because it is home to a few fabulous shows across the map. The Southern Women’s Show is almost here and the women (and some husbands) in the city of Jacksonville are counting down. It only comes here once a year!
October 18th,19th,20th and 21st 2018
4 days of bliss
For tickets and more information visit:
If you attend the show in Jacksonville Florida here are a few recommendations I have for you!
If you’re in the mood for food and cooking lessons I am whipping up some beauty on the Cooking Stage on Thursday October 18th at 2:30 and Friday October 19th at 11:30.
I will be doing a Meet and Greet.Taking pictures,signing auto-graphs and there will be FREE SAMPLES from NeoCell and more! Each day I will host different cooking stage sessions and happy to answer any of your beauty and skin care questions. If you’re a foodie who loves food and beauty like I am. Come join me!
By the way don’t miss “mini me” YOUNG aspiring Chef Caleb on the cooking stage at 4:30 on Friday. He will charm your flip flops off!
Love to entertain in your home? I do too!
It is all about the ambiance and mood and Ao Fragrances is a candle line that is absolutely amazzzzing addition to your home. From your living room, She Shed or Man Cave,office or enjoy when you take a bubble bath. They have a luxurious candle for you! Locally made,small batches and superior quality and long clean burn collection.
Choose from a variety of unique scents. My fave’s are every one of them. No kidding.
Simply scentsational. Booth #111
Treat Yo’self Gorgeous!
Love to cook and eat and looking for something NEW for your kitchen?
Check out: Grapes and Olives On Tap
Enjoy Sips and tips of Naturally Infused, Spanish, Olive Oils and Italian, Oak-aged Balsamic Vinegars, or to visit the website at: www.go-ontap.com.
They also have a cookbook in PDF format full of recipes available for $10 at the show (or online on their website). Booth #526
Here is a delish recipe and a peek inside the cookbook using the Meyer Lemon Extra Virgin Olive oil and the Strawberry Balsamic from our cookbook; “A Collection of Recipes by Grapes & Olives On Tap:
Diane’s Lemon-Raspberry-Strawberry Crostini
1 Baguette, sliced into 1⁄4-inch thick rounds (approx. 32 slices)
Grapes & Olives On Tap Meyer Lemon Olive Oil
12 oz. Whipped Cream Cheese
Zest of 3 large or 5 small lemons
Juice of 1 small lemon
1 small pinch of Lemon Flake Sea Salt crushed
Grapes & Olives On Tap Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar
Brush baguette slices with Meyer Lemon Olive Oil; place on baking sheets and bake at 350°F until crisp and lightly golden, about 20-25 minutes.
Mix cream cheese with lemon zest, juice of lemon and flake salt until smooth. Spread on toasted baguette slices, top each baguette with a fresh raspberry, drizzle with Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar and Serve.
Copyright©2015 Grapes & Olives On Tap, LLC
Selena’s Accessories will continue their fashionable tradition with a huge presence of the LATEST and greatest fashion accessories and fabulous gifts for the Kitchen Goddess in you or on your holiday gift list. From handbags to bling to tea towels and adorable oven mitts. PRICES to put a smile on your face.
I can’t wait to shop their booth!
This is their 20th year exhibiting at the show. Stop by: Booths #1306-1308
Across from The Cooking Stage is the Southern Peanut Growers. They will have some awesome recipes for you to try at home and while supplies last …a bag of delicious and good for your health delicious PEANUTS!
If you don’t live here or can’t attend the show this year …Here is a recipe for PUDDING you too enjoy making in your own kitchen!
PB & J Chia Pudding
3 tablespoons Chia seeds
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons peanut powder
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk beverage
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
Combine Chia seeds, maple syrup, vanilla extract, peanut powder and coconut milk in a jar or container with a lid. Shake or stir until fully mixed. Refrigerate overnight. Top with raspberries.
(I usually serve with a drizzle of honey and fresh raspberries, blackberries or strawberries. It’s delicious – and has 175 calories, 12g fiber and 9g protein per serving!)
This recipe was created for us by Kristina LaRue, RDN, CSSD with www.LoveandZest.com
I hope to see you at the show!
Oh and almost forgot to tell you…there is a scantily clad fashion event on LADIES NIGHT!
And for to WATCH a video on the above segment from TV today…on River City Live go to http://www.news4jax.com click on videos
I am so in love with pumpkin seeds especially this time of year. Here are the yummiest recipes I have ever seen. I can’t wait to buy the ingredients and get started. Cause you know I love to cook and do makeup.
It’s been a minute since I’ve carved a pumpkin, if I’m being honest. Living in a small New York City apartment, it just wasn’t something I’d thought to do every year. 236 more words
I am a huge fan of accessories. Are you?
I don’t have to have diamonds,gemstones or designer things (although Betsey Johnson is my weakness) but I do love both the unique,fun and classic. I recently traveled to Dallas and had the best time working and playing. Shopping is work too. Sometimes you can shop for hours and not find a thing and turn around and go home. But this trip I found a gorgeous cotton candy pink glam necklace and earring set with diamond like crystals. $3.00 worth of gorgeousness. I also found a pair of trouser sock like stockings in the prettiest shade of pink. $1.00 scored!After the spring,summer,winter you can find some AMAZING deals as the stores are getting ready for new merchandise. You know out with the old in with e new. Their trash is your treasure.
I love the way just by adding a few fashion pieces to your fall wardrobe can go a long way.
Here are a few things to spice up your fall wardrobe.
Choose pearls (faux is fine) they are always in fashion and NOT just for old ladies! I have them in ALL colors from earrings to bracelets and necklaces.
A classic pair or three of cubic zirconia or Austrian crystal earrings. They never fail to impress. No one knows they are not diamonds but you.
What’s still trending in necklaces are a large statement necklaces (especially pretty on taller gals) OR a simple tiny diamond like stone other design necklaces. Small but makes a statement. Necklaces always that little something to a plain outfit from blue jeans to that basic black dress. Celebrities are a master at this look.
A new pair of sunglasses (Sunnies) will not only protect your eyes from wrinkling faster they are so much fun and tres chic. Some days it is all about a great pair of sunglasses and a luscious lipstick!
It is STILL so HOT in Florida where we do see some sort of fall but I am sure you are feeling cooler fall wherever you are. Enjoy the beauty of this color filled explosion nature has to offer.
Spice up that wardrobe with a few new pieces and ENJOY!
Whether you call it autumn or fall...it is so beauty filled best of all!
Florida is cooling a bit it was 90 today….and I do mean just a bit and I couldn’t be happier!!!
I can’t wait to smell fall. I can’t wait to drink a cup of warm apple cider.
I long for putting on a pashmina cozy scarf in a new hue.
So can’t wait to pull out my all my leather and cozy fall sweaters!
My lips and nails long for deeper sexy hues!
I can’t wait to pick out a pumpkin and some seasonal plants at the farm stand for my front door.
I so look forward to the children Trick or Treating at my door.
My mouth can’t wait for the pumpkin seeds I will make in my oven from scratch.
I will truly enjoy making my own Pumpkin Pie face mask!
Fall, fall I love you best of all…What makes YOU happy to welcome fall?
Share with me! I LOVE hearing from you!
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And an interview on TV with me! I hope you enjoy!
Jacksonville Buzz TV
Beauty has had an explosion of lip stains,three application and product steps and other matte and drying lipsticks. Just remember not all lip stains are created equal and some seem to make lips dry no matter what. Since I have an addiction for lipsticks and all things lips I have had my share of testing,tasting and applying all kinds and brands of lipsticks.
Here is a recipe for a pretty amazing sugary delight for your lips!
1 cup white sugar
½ cup coconut oil
6 drops of lemon essential oil or less
*Make it fun and add a few drops of pink food coloring or even Kool-aid!
Apply to freshly washed wet lips and go back in forth with your pinkie. Leave on at least 10 minutes. You’ll want to eat it but don’t. Instead fill this in a small jam jar or whatever little glass jar you may have.
Rinse with lukewarm water and a washcloth. Next apply your fave lip balm.
I love recycling and re-purposing jars and other cute containers. It is so chic to be green. This recipe will make a few jars. This recipe may be used on your lips or your daughters or granddaughters lips. Shelf life in refrigerator is a few weeks.
Don’t let the summer get away until you’ve tried this pink and lemony skin softening delight.