Have you got a dirty little secret?

When was the last time you washed your… pillow ?

Every night you smoosh your face around and in the pillow. Picture this for months or a year or years! Not so pretty is it?

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Did you know that is recommended for us to wash our bed PILLOWS on a regular basis?

Who knew I never did this as often either too. However, washing them on a regular basis will get rid of sweat,makeup,skincare and those nasty dead skin cells and God knows what else that got on the pillow itself.

Check the label and see if they are washable and come clean!

What you will need to clean them is:

1/2 cup of laundry detergent

4-5 drops of lavender,rose or lemon oil (IFyou have another fave you like use that oil instead)

This is enough and great for washing 2 pillows!

  • Use enough detergent as for a full load of laundry.
  • Add the laundry detergent as the water fills. Then add your fave essential oil to the water in the machine.
  • Balance the pillows evenly and place them in the washing machine.
  • Run on gentle cycle.
  • I like to air dry them in the sun!

If you are tired of waking up to a never washed or smelly pillow… And perhaps you have acne or prone to blemishes too.

Come clean and you’ll see what I mean! I’ve been doing this for a few years and my complexion and face shows it and skin loves me!

Makes my pillows fluffier and fresh as a daisy too!

 

 

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Is your lipstick making your lips DRY?

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.

 

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Cool Yourself Off!

 

Baby it’s so HOT outside! And my COMPLEXION is not seeing perfection. My pores hate me and appear to be the size of swimming pools and my skin is pretty shiny in some areas and tight in others. How about you?

I have always LOVED doing a form of Cryotherapy since I was a little girl! Only the treatment had not come out yet and entered the beauty universe. Here’s how I did it. When it is hot like this I  take water fill an ice cube tray and freeze them. If you want to add fruit or flowers inside before you freeze them…go at it. It makes them prettier too!

Next your freshly clean face is ready for a cooooool delight.I apply an ice cube (I sort of warm up a few seconds in my hand so no freezer burn face) Roll around and go up and down. I do not do the eyelid. This icy treat will chill you down quick! If you are hot on the neck and breast area roll a fresh cube there too.Use until you are done with the cube or save to use another time in a bowl in the freezer.

Using  ice cubes will tighten your skin and pores, refresh your skin and cool you down. white floral ice cube

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Follow this ice cube treat with a HYDRATING tall glass of water with fresh mint (spearmint or peppermint) and fresh lemon slices. The key here is not to drink it iced much or no ice at all.The digestive tract does not like REALLY ICED water or drinks. In order to detox your system from all the sweet drinks and coffee you had all week. TRY this room temperature way. In the winter we will try something else but this is great for our bodies especially nowadays in this summer season.Skip a plastic straw that’s what I do… however,I’ve discovered the beauty of paper straws and reusable straws.

 

The lemony with a hint of mint water is a nice refreshing way to drink water and I love to serve it to my husband,family and when company comes over. ENJOY!

 

 

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I love…Rosemary! She is…

 

My faces go to!

When this steamy HOT weather gets my spirit’s and face down. I reach for my rosemary plant outside my office and or house door.photo Rosemary

I put on a pot of hot water as if I am making a pot of pasta.

Next I bring it to a boil.

I pull of a few pieces of rosemary and add a cut up a few lemon slices too.

Add it to the hot pot of water.

Let the two dance together in the water that has boiled.

Shut off the pot. Place a small kitchen towel over your head and let the steam rise to meet your face. DO NOT place face close to water. All you want is the steam to rise and detox your pores,loosen up dead skin cells and clear out your nasal passages.

Follow with a mud mask,rinse and moisturize.Enjoy!

This combination makes an aromatic delightful scent your face and nasal passages will love! My face is happy again.

Have fun making your own facial steam baths without going to the spa. Do share with me your own steamy facial concoctions!!!

Styling Gel DIY for Guys and Dolls

photo EGGSMy husband and I know this guy who has awesome hair and now and then he gels it up in the most fantastic ways and without the magic of a hair stylist! He shared his styling secret with me and it does not come in a tube or jar on a store or salon shelf!

What you will need is: 2 egg whites

Whip two egg whites to perfection as if you are making lemon meringue pie. Place a little on the hands and blend unto almost dry hair. Start styling your hair the way you want. Eggs contain protein that nourish the hair.

This D.I.Y. hair gel is easy to make and awesome.Especially on shorter hair.

Enjoy!

Tea Time!

I LOVE coffee, I love TEA!

Do you? Some days you just want to wind down with a cup of hot tea. I especially love making a tea from scratch and TEA TIME D.I.Y. photothat don’t come in a store-bought tea bag. I like to do a D.I.Y.

Here is a recipe I made that I find helps fight a cold,sore throat or the flu.Good for your immune system too!

3 cups of water

3 slices of fresh ginger (1/4 inch thick)

juice of half a lemon

1/4 tsp. of cloves

1/2 teaspoon of Tumeric

1 pinch of cayenne

1 1/2 tbsp. raw honey

1 cinnamon stick to swirl it all in!

*I also love to steam my face and pores with an exotic steam bath brew.Stay tuned to that recipe too.

I hope you will enjoy this drinking tea recipe too.

If you’ve got the thyme!

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My weekend when not guest speaking out of town or painting a sports celebrities face is spent not only working in my makeup studio painting pretty faces and spirits but also stirring up some beauty.

I had some left over thyme from a chicken recipe I cooked for my husband and was in a lemony mood.

So here is what I whipped up…A YUMMY SCENTED and fabulous exfoliating hand and body scrub!

1/4 cup of coconut oil (can’t get enough of it) Whole Foods brand

1/4 cup Greek olive oil

1 cup of granulated sugar

1 dash of lemon essential oil (Auracacia brand)

1 sprig of thyme

Stir them all together with a whisk OR a portable hand mixer/blender. Creamy and sugar with a lemon scent twist.

After this was all done. I sprinkled the mixture with a few torn pieces of thyme.  The herb thyme has benefits but I LOVE the way it looked in the scrub.

I poured from a bowl into empty jam jars.(recycle your jam jars or buy and fill Ball brand jars)

Add a mini wooden spoon and you have a sweet exfoliating gift for yourself or someone else.

Something to do over these cold wintry months and take care of your skin too.

Enjoy this from a beauty who is a true foodie. Oops almost forgot I added the zest of lemon on top of the jar before I put the lid on and shook it back and forth.

D.I.Y. dahling!

Luscious Tart Lemons!

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Lemons can save the day when you’ve eaten your way since Thanksgiving day! I hope you had a yummy day.

Make hot water like you would for making hot tea. Then pour it into a tea cup or coffee mug. Next, squeeze a fresh lemon wedge or two into the water. The more of the lovely lemons the merrier.
I learned this recipe from my beautiful blue eyed mom who said it was a Polish remedy and had used this recipe for years.
It aids in digestion and cleans out your digestive system in its own lemon water way. And it makes you feel better.

Your skin will benefit from this simple hot drink too! I actually do this daily.
Soon you’ll be ready for the decadent eating Thanksgiving leftovers this weekend (lol) or just enjoy feeling a bit slimmer in that LBD (little black dress) this weekend.

Celebrities…the junk and the beautiful things they do for Beauty!

GlamGlowCelebrity Beauty Secrets

From the Bloody Dracula facial treatments Kim K did to caviar facials celebrities are doing so many different things to look younger and feel their best. Allow me to KISS & and tell you what YOU can do to look your best…just like the celebrities do but without all the crazy stuff.

How Does J Lo get her glow?
ROSE DAY CREAM by Dr. Hauschka (found at Whole Foods Market)

Other Celebrities and Hollywood A-Listers credit gorgeous skin to GlamGlowMud face mask with volcanic rock,French sea clay,green tea leaf,cucumber, and other gorgeous skin refining ingredients.They call this cleansing,tingling and tightening face mask it a 10 minute “facial in a jar” you can do at home.

They also have a new face mask called ThirstyMud HYDRATING MASK.Ingredients include:Hyaluronic acid,honey,coconut,ginger and more.I love the way this smells and feels! Both masks will leave you LOOKING GLAM-tastic!

What are celebrities eating or drinking to look and feel good?
Watching what they eat a balance of good and a bit of a treat.

Recipe for Glowing Skin

Celebrities LOVE their healthy green drinks! Here is one for glowing skin.
Beauty from the inside out!

What you will need:

1/2 Bunch of fresh kale
1 large cucumber
1 ripe pear
1/4 bunch of parsley
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
1 slice of ginger

What do celebrities use to brighten their smile?

Dental office in house whitening procedures
Supersmile Toothpaste
Supersmile Whitening System (for at home use)

*On a natural note…slices of strawberries layered on top of their teeth with the inside flesh towards your teeth.Strawberries whiten the teeth.
Violife is my go to sonic toothbrush that I use to brush with my Supersmile toothpaste.

What BEAUTY products and treatments are they using to keep them looking good and YOUNG?

Non-Toxic nail lacquers Julep
Damone Roberts Pink-A- Boo Highlighter pencil
Clarisonic
Organic Facials
LightStim LED Light Therapy in spa or at home with the consumer size.

I am using and recommend these products and treatments too. To me it isn’t about looking younger or a surgical face lift.
It is about looking and feeling your absolute best! Get shopping if you want to look like a Hollywood Celebrity or A-Lister.

To see a video clip go to http://www.firstcoastnews.com for more.
Click on The Chat TV talk show.

Memorial Day weekend Tan

PR 2013 BEACHI can tell the way the phone calls for appointments stop at my sweet beauty retreat in sunny Florida and the phone rings less that we are coming upon a long holiday weekend.Our mail orders show us that people want all things to tan and give that gorgoeus tan glow.
But BEFORE you get your glow on you need this.

In order for your skin to receive self tanner in spray,powder or lotion you MUST exfoliate your skin both face and body.Say bye bye to dead tired skin and prep the skin for that I escaped to a beautiful island look.

I have many beauty recipes that I whip up from time to time in my recipe box.But this one I received from a friend had a sweet ingredient I have never added to my recipe.The sweet secret is HONEY.

Lemon Honey Sweet Sugar Scrub

1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of sweet almond oil
4 teaspoons lemon juice
4 tablespoons of honey
4 drops of lemon essential oil

First you mix the oil and sugar.
Next add the other ingredients and mix well.
Polish your skin using light pressure for 30-60 seconds.Pay special attention to your knees,elbows and any areas of concern where you have dry skin patches.

Wipe clean with a warm soft washcloth and rinse well.

Your skin will feel AMAZING,soft and silky smooth.
Now, your skin is ready for your self tanner or a base tan. But I professionally recommend NOT baking like a dozen chococolate chip cookies in the sun! Beach,patio or backyard PROTECT your beautiful skin from the harmful sun rays.
A little of the sun’s vitamin D goes a long way,my little cupcakes!

Have a beautiful weekend wherever you live. Celebrate life!