De-tubing your luscious Lipsticks!

LIP MOTEL

I think some people call it depotting I call it de-tubing as we are taking remains from a lipstick tube and placing them into a container like a plastic pill box  (We makeup artists have done this for a long time and it was our beauty secret on set) But as the beauty world continues to grow and explode we now have all kinds of containers to place them in like the one above!

Why do you want to detube? Well if your fav’ lipstick is:

  • Discontinued and you want to savour the last lipstick drop?
  • Melted
  • Broke
  • Got smooshed in the cap because you forgot to roll it down all the way before capping.

 

12 spaces hold your discontinued,tired,oldie but goodie,melted and broken  lipsticks. Or you can actually scoop out a brand new lipstick into an empty container like this.

Step.1 Buy a container or pill pack

Step 2. Get a mini cocktail knife,mini spatula or artists palette ready and at hand.

Step 3.Line up the lipsticks you want to fill the kit with

Step 4. Wash your hands with soap and warm water or put plastic gloves on.It can get messy and you want to keep it clean and sanitary too.

Step 5.Scoop out or cut slices of your lipstick into the empty container or pill box.

Step 6. Press and pat down with your fingers or spatula each color filled space you fill.

Step 7. Place a piece of saran wrap on top and pat down some more on the saran wrap.

Step 8. Optional:Take a cheap blow dryer (not high watt) and blow across the top of the kit moving quickly and across once.This sets your lipsticks in the Lip Motel.

Remember…you don’t have to fill them all at once. A few at a time is fine.

You are all set and ready to mix and match the hues with your lip brush.The best and most fun part?

You can make NEW lipstick shades out of all these bits and pieces.

Optional Tip:

I like to FREEZE my kit in the freezer for approximately 1/2 hour or more if you’d like. Doing this will firm the lipsticks up and harden them up a bit.

*HAPPY to say my Lip Motel was featured in Jacksonville magazine July issue!

 

 

COLOR YOUR WORLD!

Back in Florida and it is time for me to chat beauty and lifestyle on The Chat on NBC12. Today my TV segment is all about color and ways to color your world too!  If spring has not arrived yet for you…explore these wonderful colorful finds!

OPI has a new nail collection of infinite shine nail polishes named the Fiji Collection. With peaceful and festive fun colors like Living on the Bula-vard and Polly Want a Lacquer…these rainbow hues will make your manicure last up to 11 days. You don’t have to go to Fiji you simply have to own this collection of gorgeous shades inspired by Fiji’s sun,sand and water.

www.opi.com

Cotton Candy liners by Absolute New York has a fun new collection of milky pastel hues that will delight and highlight the eyes.What  playful pops of pastels! www.absnewyork.com

Want to learn more about Color? And what they say about  YOU?  Jaclyn Peresetsky’s book called Discover the Power of Your Colors is a must have for your book collection.http://www.jaclynp.com

The Bagel Store in Brooklyn,New York makes THE original bagel that broke the internet!

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Bagel artist Scott Rossillo has created the most color filled and delicious bagels I have ever seen. TODAY I am featuring a rainbow hue.He uses the same old fashioned techniques and wonderful ingredients used in bagel making for years. They offer a variety of awesome bagels and so much more.

Cotton candy flavored bagels? Yes, please!

Cream cheese with your bagel. Oh don’t even think of plain! A yummy artsy cream cheese they have created looks like sprinkles on a cupcake and it is called FUNFETTI and spreads like cream,tastes fabulous and looks dreamy.

If you’re craving a NYC style bagel and want to brighten your breakfast or snack world….you too can taste and get them.They ship bagels to your door. But I must mention there is a waiting list …so get on it darlings! I AM IN LOVE with this company and yummy bagel.

http://www.thebagelstore.com

754 Metropolitan Ave. Brooklyn, New York 718-782-5856

*They also do catering and make the perfect gift!

Color brightens our world and makes us feel energized and fabulous!

Get some happy shipped to your door with any of the above color filled editions.

 

Don’t ya just love a Chinese Dumpling?

 

 

Today on The Chat on NBC12 in sunny Florida I shared beauty secrets and this Chef shared a yummy pot sticker recipe! Wish you were here!

Here are a few awesome recipes you can make at home from Chef Dennis of Blue Bamboo in Jacksonville Florida!You’ve gotta get his book!!!chat-2016-nbc-logo

Pork Dumplings

8oz ground pork

6oz Napa Cabbage leaves, finely chopped

2 tsp finely chopped ginger

1 tbsp Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry

1 ½ tbsp soy sauce

1 tsp salt

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

3 tbsp finely chopped green onions

2 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp sugar

2 tbsp cold chicken stock

 

Combine ingredients until well mixed.

Place rounded tablespoon in middle of wrapper.  Fold and seal with water.  Eight folds is best!

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Drop half of the dumplings into the water and stir once so they don’t stick together. When the water boils again, add 1 cup of cold water to the pot. Then when it boils again, add 3 cups of cold water. The third time the water boils, the dumplings are cooked. Remove them with a slotted spoon and repeat with the remaining dumplings. Serve immediately with small bowls of dipping sauce.

Dumpling Wrappers:

¾ cup bread flour

6 Tbsp all purpose flour

2 ½ ounces water, boiling

½ Tbsp neutral oil

Combine flours in food processor.  Add oil and hot water to processor while running.  Combine until dough forms.  Turn out onto surface and knead 2 minutes until dough is elastic and smooth.  Let rest for 1 hour.  Cut dough in half, and then roll out into a 12 inch log.  Cut log into 12 pieces.  Roll into balls, and flour.  Shape each dough ball into a 3 inch wrapper, with thinner sides than center.

Soy Dipping Sauce

3 Tbsp soy sauce

½ tsp sugar

1 Tbsp vinegar

Pepper to taste
Bring ingredients to a boil.  Garnish with toasted sesame and green onions.

The Chef has an amazing cookbook too….it is called Hip Asian Comfort Food.

If you are ever out this way!

Check them out~
Blue Bamboo Restaurant and Handcrafted Cocktails
904.646.1478
3820 Southside Boulevard
Jacksonville, Florida 32216

 

Love me some WFM…Do you?

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As we skip happily into the month of February which signifies LOVE I am excited! It is one of my fav’ months of the year. And this year it is even better because I have been asked to guest speak at Whole Foods Market again…in sunny JACKSONVILLE.

Next week if you happen to live in Northeast Florida GET YOUR TICKET for fun and join me for a Girls Night Out Beauty Workshop.904-288-1100

Even if you don’t have a Valentine (or want one) YOU can be your own Valentine! Treat your body and face well and take care of yourself.

  • I’ll be sharing recipes for a few D.I.Y.’s for softer kissable lips treatments.
  • Whip up a massage oil for face or body.
  • I will show you makeup secrets to look and feeling sexier in seconds.
  • You’ll learn how to make some cute gift cards and how to create a A GIFT OF LOVE package for your sweetie.
  • Free sampling from NeoCell and Burts Bees
  • Door Prizes
  • Sip champagne and enjoy decadent treats while you make new friends.

ALL FOR A BEAUTIFUL CAUSE!

IF you don’t live here…I am sorry you can’t join us.

But you can still get your romantic on this month I will share a Countdown to Valentine’s day list of gift ideas! Come back for more.

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!

 

Holiday Gift Guide & Open House

This weekend we are hosting our awesome Holiday Open House at my private beauty cottage! This is the photo on the cover of our invite to our clients. Do you like it? I want to be a phone call or email away. I LOVE helping  girls and women be the BEST they can be!

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So with that said…stay tuned this weekend and come back to my blog. I will share my Holiday Gift Guide with UNIQUE and fabulous gift ideas,stocking stuffers,D.I.Y. and beauty tips each day until Christmas eve!

WISH YOU WERE HERE…in sunny Florida. Our beauty candy shoppe is filled with so many treasures to treat yourself or someone else!!!

If you live in the city … We are open this Saturday 11:00am-3:00pm and extra special hours on this Sunday from Noon to 4:00 for your shopping pleasure!

Sugar and Spice and everything beautiful and NICE. Sip champagne punch while you shop. Enjoy a slice of yummy cake especially made by Glamour Gourmet of Jacksonville Florida.Lick candy canes in jelly belly flavors while you shop. Savour chocolate on your tongue. Have fun! Take a photo with our photo booth props! Shopping is so fun here!

Shopping Guests will be entered in a drawing for 3 FABULOUS Holiday gift bags!

Today’s beauty gift idea is if you’re a nail lacquer lover…Treat Yourself or someone else to a customized NAIL polish named after them.

Boxed and ready to give. I love this site!!! http://www.prettypleasenailpolish.comPretty Please - 3

Be a SAVVY Sleeper!

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Want to get a good nights sleep and wake up with better looking hair and skin too?

ME too! I discovered at a spa show an awesome pillowcase! It truly protects my hair and face.

Made of the highest quality 100% pure satin this luxe ultra-smooth for hair and anti-aging is my nightly beauty secret. I have always slept on a cotton pillowcase.BUT  not anymore!!!

Available in two sizes standard and king.It is like a SPA for your face!

Benefits of sleeping or napping on satin:

Soothing for the skin.

Protects delicate facial skin.

Dermatologist recommended.

Smoother than cotton.

Preserves hair breakage.

It even preserves blowouts.

I love the Wine Country Collection as I am in love with Napa Valley and all things wine Colors include:Vintage Rose,Pinot Greige, Zinfully Blue! All gorgeous hues.

Created by a woman of course. Dale Janee.

Another unique bonus is the built in secret pocket!!!

You can put some calming lavender,dried rose petals,a sweet treat or tuck in a LOVE note to your sweetie.Since I work on the road lots…I love leaving a message for my husband.

Quite unexpected and a lovely idea built into a pillowcase.Don’t you think?

Treat Yourself and Sweet Dreams darlings!

PS

The holidays are coming…great gift idea to give too!

http://www.savvysleepers.com or on Amazon.

 

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.

My Skinny Water Recipe

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Get Bikini ready or to wear less clothes with this cool water cocktail! I love-making this refreshing treat. So, I thought I’d share this recipe with you to enjoy for the long weekend.

It is also time to stay even more hydrated and this is one of my beauty secrets with a healthy twist. Say Bye Bye to sodas and sugary coffee drinks. Give your body what it needs. Water!

Here is what you’ll need:

1 bunch of fresh mint

1 fresh orange

1 fresh lime

1 fresh grapefruit

1 pitcher of drinking water

*ice is optional

Mint is refreshing and helps and tastes even better when you are tired or stressed out.Grapefruits are popular for their fat burning properties.Limes help remove toxins,are great for the skin and aid in losing weight. Oranges are filled with vitamin C and helps to keep you healthier.

Slice up 4 mint leaves of the above except for the mint leaves.Shred a few of the leaves and keep a few whole. Place all of these in the pitcher of fresh water. Let it rest over night or if you’d like to enjoy it today place pitcher on the kitchen counter at room temperature for at least 4-6 hours allowing the water and the fruits to infuse together.

Serve cold and ENJOY the beauty and detoxifying benefits! It is not just for helping you get your body summer ready. It is delicious and refreshing as a drink for you and the entire family or your guests at a barbecue.

I like to rim the glasses in agave nectar or a dash of honey.Or you can skip this touch of sweetness twist.

I so enjoy shopping my little garden (this is a photo of my mint plant) #shoppinglocal and visiting farmers markets.

I also buy supplies at Whole Foods.They are on the same quest I am on and I love supporting them.Let me know how you enjoy this recipe. Have a fabulous relaxing weekend!

Learn to love water…it will love to back.