Chocolate SPA!

mask cocoaYesterday I featured on TV a few of my fave recipes for a Girls Night In or something fun to do with him! I created these recipes from Whole Foods ingredients my fave’ store!

Valentine’s day shoppers kept me busy at my studio…so here are the recipes to glow on with chocolate!

Here are a few of the recipes to enjoy!

Yummy Chocolate Balm 1 small plastic or glass jar 2 soup spoons of Coconut oil organic Microwave the above. Fill a jar  and let it harden a bit and add the following… 4 White or Dark chocolate drops like you use to make cookies Close the lid and it is ready to give or enjoy.

Cocoa Face Mask 2 tablespoons of Greek plain yogurt 1 tablespoon of organic cocoa powder unsweetened 1 generous drizzle of Agave nectar or honey Stir them all together and you’ll have a creamy and dreamy face mask! Apply on the face with a fan brush or with your fingers. Pretend you are icing a cupcake. Leave on 10 to 15 minutes. It will firm up gently on the skin. Rinse with luke warm water and a washcloth. Enjoy the luxurious feel and scent of fresh cocoa powder filled with antioxidants and your face will FEEL awesome. For MORE information on yummy things to do with cocoa,chocolate nibs ,chips and more! Visit: http://www.news4jax.com  and click on The Morning Show  Happy Valentine’s day!

FIVE Beauty Trends for fall!

JulepI love fall best of all! Don’t you?
The fabulous changing of the leaves,a cozy sweater,hot apple cider,a new deeper lipstick,caramel apples and the pumpkins come out and play!It is not only about what is on the runway it’s about the real way, your way.Take some time to shop and add some simple and fun new things to your beauty routine for fall.

This fall here are some trends that you may want to get into:

First switch out your wash cloth and get a deep cleansing sonic kit too.IF you already own one. Time to replace that Clarisonic brush head with a fresh new one and replace your face treatment mask with something new! Our skin is constantly changing even when the seasons change. Hydrate,refresh, renew!

I love to use plain Greek yogurt on my face as a mask and also like to use FarmHouse Freshgoods,Pajama Paste…Have a pajama party with your friends and mask yourself pretty too!
wwww.farmhousefreshgoods.com

Next, think about a new haircut,a new do and HUE! The fun shades of the summer are continuing into the fall along with darker shades too.Think soft pink,light lavender and or baby blue! Maybe not on your whole head but on the sides ends or crown of your head hues. BUT see a PRO don’t color your hair yourself.
Visit your salon and book an appointment for something new….and discover another side of you!

Lips,Cheeks & Eyes
Lipsticks are now coming in liquid lipstick form
.Eye and lip liners are coming in the form of longer lasting gel.Eyeshadows come in an a rainbow of shades from matte to shimmer and more.Blush is in a pan that is baked or in an artsy array of hues.So many new shades,formulas and fun for you!

Love nail polish and looking at gorgeous new shades on your fingers and toes too?
My new BFF is a vegan friendly safer brand of non-toxic nail polish.It is called Julep!
You can buy the nail polish by the bottle or by a monthly Subscription box!Totally customizeable.
Long lasting breathable nail polish that is good for your nails!

Starting at $24.99 is the My Maven plan you will get $40.00 plus worth of nail polish and another product.
or for $19.99 a month with a three-month prepaid subscription.Each box looks feels like it is Christmas,has a touch of whimsy and delivered to your door!
All you do to get started is take a FUN,fast quiz to find your style profile.Then go shopping for your Maven box!
For more info visit their website.
http://www.julep.com

Fragrance is magic! Surround and wrap yourself in luxury.Lotions,a luxurious soap, fragrance and candles and more.
TRY A tangerine,Meyer lemon or an orange spice.SHOP LOCAL and visit your fave small business store.

Take good care of yourself this fall and be a happier prettier shade of you!

To see this beauties above and watch a video of me go to http://www.news4jax.com Type my name Noreen Young in the search bar for the segment on the Morning Show.

Home-made Beauty Tips

photo-1.JPG TV 4  8-16-2014Celebrate your face and skin this summer with these natural beauty recipes!

I love to shop Whole Foods Market and the Farmers markets for the ingredients to make these D.I.Y. recipes.
All of my recipes are cheap,quick and easy to make. And unisex…your daughter or sweetie can get in on the touch of the spa action too.

Key Lime Pie Body Treatment
2 cups of plain Greek or regular yogurt (use less if you are making a smaller portion)
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 tablespoon of honey (Bee Friends Farm)
1 tablespoon of lime

Blend all of the above and pour into a plastic bowl. Sit at the edge of the tub and rub on your body.Leave this treatment on at least 15 minutes.Rinse well and enjoy the way your skin feels.
* I like to scoop any remains and recycle re-purpose and place in a jar and save for another day.Lasts nicely in the refrigerator for a week or more.

Skin Brightening Lemon Cups

Say Bye Bye to dry discolored skin with this skin treat.
Next time you prepare a meal with lemons or make lemonade save the leftover lemons and rub the inside of the lemons on your elbows.This treatment will gently exfoliate and help the discoloration most of us get on our elbows and knees.Rub the meaty part of inside of a lemon and go round and round motion on your elbows. It can also be done to your kneees.Rinse with luke warm water and a washcloth.Apply your favorite hand and or body lotion.

Bathe in Beauty

I love to to take a bath and surround myself with things that are pretty. Make your body happy with this awesome bath idea.
Sprinkle your fave bath salts or Epsom salts in warm bath water.Add a couple edible flowers. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite drink or fresh water in a plastic glass and enjoy eating an edible flower too. It is kinda FUN.Make it even more decadent and add a piece of decadent chocolate!

Be good to YOURSELF…if you don’t who will?

http://www.news4jax.com for video footage

COOL Summertime Strawberry Soup & more!

strawberry-photo1-mMy Polish side of the family has some delightful recipes this soup is one of them. It is so refreshing in the summertime and while strawberries are in season especially.

What makes it special are these ingredients: (and the Polish FAMILY memories)

1 lb fresh strawberries
1 cup orange juice
1/2 tsp of good quality vanilla extract
2 cups of vanilla Greek yogurt
*whipped cream
*fresh mint leaves

Clean and hull strawberries and place in a blender,combine the rest of the ingredients except whipped cream and mint.Blend until smooth.
CHILL for a few hours or overnight.Serve in pretty bowls and top with dollop of whip cream and garnish with a few mint leaves.

Yummy,creamy and dreamy taste of a recipe from Poland.My mom would be proud I still keep close in my heart and continue these traditions.

Do you have a YUMMY or unique recipe you’d like to share with me?
I’d LOVE to hear from you!

*Yummy photo from the website Cool Photo Projects.

While strawberries are still in season,you might also want to enjoy my recipe for a Refreshing Strawberry Face MASK for your skin.

Here’s what you’ll need:

8 fresh strawberries
2 tablespoons of local honey

Mash the strawberries with a spoon and add in the honey. This will make a fruity honey filled face mask. The strawberries contain Vitamin C and alpha-hydroxy acids that exfoliate the skin gently in a natural way.
If your skin is looking dull,tired,sun damaged or prone to a blemish you will LOVE what this mask does for your skin.

Leave on your face for at least fifteen minutes and rinse with luke warm water and a wash cloth.Follow with your moisturizer and eye gel.
They say that Hollywood Celebrities like Catherine Zeta Jones use strawberries in their beauty rituals.
This fresh mask will last up to a week in an airtight container. I prefer to store in glass NOT plastic container.

*As I have mentioned before always do a spot test on the side of your cheek or neck to see if you are allergic to any of these ingredients. If you know you are do not use this recipe.

Get cooking and enjoy these two delicious delights one for your body and one for your face. YUM!