Happy Galentine’s Day!

Yes it is a day! Made-Up in recent years but still another reason to celebrate LOVE and friendship with your gal pals,besties or even family.

Yesterday I featured on my beauty and lifestyle segment on TV ways to do just that. Grab a cup of coffee and tea and enjoy my blog with an easy D.I.Y. There is still time to throw a mini soiree. For two or for 12 besties. If you can’t do it today. You can always do it Valentine’s day or even a day over this weekend.

1. Invite friends you want to celebrate with via text,phone or email.

2.Create a theme. I like the beauty or pajama party type theme.Decorate accordingly or choose LOVE as your decor with hearts and more.

3.Think of the treats,food and drink you’d like to serve.Make a list and go get it. (Serve in disposable glassware,plates and silverware to keep it simple)

4.Examples Menu: Who doesn’t love chocolate? Get a box of chocolates or even a bag of Hershey’s Kisses. Add something sparkling.Maybe a mini cake,cheesecake or cupcakes sprinkled with lips or hearts. A pitcher of spa water:Try fresh mint and lemon water.

5.Pick up swag to giveaway. It doesn’t have to be expensive.I found the cutest mirrors with red lips at a local dollar store. Who doesn’t love a treat to take home?

6. I gather up a few ideas for conversation and to Kiss & MAKEUP. Lipsticks,eyeshadow,nail polish,fragrance or you can go as far as K Beauty sheet masks and lip scrubs.Share beauty secrets and beauty faux pas and laugh the afternoon or night away.

7. I also like a fun game. I pass around a framed piece that says” What the way YOU USE your Lipstick says about you”. Girls can’t wait to dig in their purse for their lipstick tubes to see what their tube says about them.

I hope I have given you some inspiration for a little gathering with friends and celebrate! I’d love to hear what you come up with. Talk to me. Share with me.

You don’t need a man to buy you a box of chocolates. TREAT YOURSELF!

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Serve something bubbly!

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Take home giveaway!

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Time to say “Goodbye” to the old…

And “IN” with the NEW!

It is the perfect way to start the new year!

Shampoo,hair treatments,makeup,skincare,eyelash curlers,makeup brushes,body lotions,fragrance and more. Today I showed on TV on River City Live on WJXT.COM I featured these tips and more.

How do you do this?

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Sniff and take a look at your products. If your lipstick smells funky,your nail polish is turning three shades it wasn’t, your makeup not moving when you apply it. Time to throw them out. Mositurizer or body lotion not what it used to look like? Time to throw them out. Your skin health and health depends on it!

Your eyelash curler not curling? Time for a new one or replace the rubber liner inside.

Makeup Brush hairs falling out and the metal band hurting your skin? Time to buy replacements!

Makeup sponges crumbling while you do your makeup? Replace them! Powder puff in your compact dirty as hell and hasn’t been washed in months. Get news ones and throw that dam thing out!

MASCARA the leading culprit of eye infections. Throw it out every three or four  months.  You don’t want to welcome pink eye.

Shampoo and hair conditioner not working for you anymore? Throw it out.

Wood Pencils for eyes and lips cutting your eyes and lips. Buy new ones and start anew.

Your sonic tooth brush head and face cleansing unit brush needs to be replaced too!

Haven’t used a beard or hair dye product that you opened  in a long time? Throw it out. As time goes by it will lose it’s potency and the ingredients will change.

Your razor needs to be replaced or new blades need to be bought and start new.

Your perfume or after shave doesn’t smell as sexy or fabulous as it used to? Use it as a bathroom deodorizer. Don’t wear it any longer.Trust me. You will not smell good.

Got the picture? Like I always say…like MILK your products have expiration dates.

Catch me and my vaulable tips for organizing your vanity/space on my TV segment on http://www.wjxt.com on River City Live.

 

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Time to step into autumn’s new face!

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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Welcoming Fall!

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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Happy NATIONAL Lipstick Day,Gorgeous!

 

What a wonderful day! Celebrating National Lipstick Day!

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Those of you who follow my blog  know I am addicted to magazines and all things lips! At any given time I can have up to 6 to 10 lipsticks in my handbag or maybe a gloss and a lip balm too. I never know what girl I feel like each day sometimes throughout the day. That is why I carry a collection of my gal pals with me.

Here is my point of view as a beauty professional and makeup artist on lipstick!

These days there are no rules on what color you should buy.

Today ANYTHING goes. If you feel good in it. Wear it!!!

When choosing lipsticks always remember:

  • The darker the lipstick you choose the smaller your lips will appear.
  • If your lips are fuller choose a medium to deep shade to make them look smaller.
  • To make lips look larger choose a light,medium to shimmery shade.
  • To highlight the lips and give a sexier pout choose a lighter hue with a sparkle,glitter or frost.
  • Don’t forget a lip liner is not a lipstick! If it was it would be called a lipstick. Lip liner gives shape and definition to the lips. If you use it as a lipstick all the time it will make your lips chapped,peel and very dry. Ouch! Not a good look.
  • To make your lipstick last longer apply a Lipstick Base on your lips first.Think of it  like a foundation for your lips.
  •  If you want your lipstick to stay in place try an invisible lip liner.
  •  Don’t try more than  3 or 4 lipstick when shopping. The skin on your lips will reflect that.
  • Try not to test lipstick on the top of your hands. Turn your hand over and test drive them on the fuller part of your palm near your wrist and at your thumb. That section is more like your lips.
  • Next time you go shopping for lipstick and makeup. Buy a hue that you would never buy for you! It just may be your fav’ color yet!

#getyourkisson

Got a beauty question. Just ask. I’d love to help.

Hope you have a lipstick on!

The All I have is Five Minutes face!

I know you’re busy were all busy especially around the holidays. Lately I have bumped into clients out and about town who come or have come to my makeup studio in sunny Florida. However, they cover their faces and tell me please don’t look at me. I look awful. That’s kinda sad don’t you think?

If all you have is five minutes here is what you need.

A sheer foundation like Not Your Mothers Foundation or a powder foundation in a compact. Apply a sheer amount on your face staying away from your eyes and lips.

Next,blend a dash of concealer in a lipstick tube.Apply where you need coverage…eyelids, under eye and on sun or red spots.

A dash of  eye shadow all over the lid…Look for a shade like a Champagne,Pink Champagne or a soft beige gold hue.Yes all you will need is one shade. NOT two or three.

YES, mascara is  optional but liner is a must…it not only lines your eyes and accents them it also can create the look like you applied mascara but it is only eye liner eye pencil you have on. You actually don’t need both.

A kiss of blush or powder bronzer applied with a fan brush to give a warmth to your complexion.

A swipe of lipstick,lip gloss or lip balm…wraps up the look.

See how fast and  so EASY this 5 minute face can be to do? There’s no excuse why you can’t do this too.

My model is my girlfriend Nancy doesn’t she look awesome and pretty naturally?

If you have a holiday party to do and want to look good too…with not a lot of time involved…go for it!

Share with me,chat with me…I LOVE hearing from you and your sharing a beauty secret or two with me.

Hope you are enjoying the beauty of this holiday season.

 

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Survived that Bitch Hurricane Irma!

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OH WHAT A WEEK!

I just got back electricity Thursday night and had lost electricity Sunday when the hurricane  hadn’t even arrived! I was petrified all the way while my southern husband was taking it calmly. Flooding all around us. The palm trees swayed like rubber bands in the wind.

You can imagine how SEXY and all dolled up I was looking and smelling even with cold showers. It was rough!!!

It was probably one of the worst ones I have ever endured and it didn’t end well. While  I am grateful to be alive,in good shape and we still have a roof over our heads and my sweet beauty cottage survived!

Hurricanes are exhausting and the stress shows on your body and remains on your face.

Please CONTINUE to Pray for Florida and the other places hit by the storm….we need it.My friends and some clients STILL DON’T HAVE power or means to take a warm bath or shower.Gas was a problem and so was food but slowly people were able to open their small and large businesses.

What I also realize is I continue to be one tough cookie and  with a luscious lipstick I can conquer all!

 

Not very pretty!

 

Did I ever mention that I can’t swim?

And Hurricane Irma is headed right at me and others in Florida! No, WE are not evacuating my southern husband wants to stay and ride it out.I pray we make it! I’ll try and keep you posted and write. BUT if we lose power I obviously cannot.

IRMA is not very pretty! She has one giant eye,holes on her face and wrinkles!

And she doesn’t even wear lipstick! Can you believe it?umbrella-hurricane-blog-10-2017The calm before the BITCH !!!

Please please please pray for me and Florida and anyone in this storms path.

xoxo

 

Little Beauty Gems in Jacksonville Florida…

I recently discovered some new products and places in JAX and some iconic ones too! If you love or are visiting Florida and near here.

Come explore and shop your flip flops off! 

Featured on TV on NBC12 today.

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5 Points Candle Company is a new find from the iconic gift shop called Gottahaveit in the Avondale section of Jacksonville. They make some fabulous candles with the most amazing scents. All soy wax and hand poured and made with premium essential oils. 75 plus hours of burn time. If you don’t live here you can shop them at: http://www.5pointscandleco.com

#5 one of their most popular candle scents.

Element Earth Works has some unique aromatic soaps and more.This one is a Lemongrass charcoal soap in a coconut oil base. Great for deep cleansing for face and body. Vegan too. http://www.elementearthworks.com

Body and Soul has a collection of various stone necklaces,natural toothpastes and even soaps for manes best friend your doggie. Today I am featuring their gemstone necklaces. This Opalite stone is said to help with:anxiety,fear and uncertainty.Available in Murray Hill section of Jacksonville.http://www.bodyandsoulsoap.com

Noreen Young Cosmetics specializes in all things for the lips.We even have a lip creation called First Coast Fabulous named for the First Coast of Florida. My passion is donating time to help girls with Downs Syndrome look their best and I love supporting organizations like the Special Olympics.I have a sweet beauty retreat in a private beauty cottage by appointment on the south side of Jacksonville. http://www.noreenyoung.com

“Life is short wear lipstick!”ny_label-2

 

Jones and Rose has a collection of luxurious body and face care. Unisex too. Sexy Body Butter in pink petals is a favorite.http://www.jonesandrose.com

If you are crazy about the city and want to flaunt it..get your sticker or TEE-shirt with ...JAX IS RAD on it. Wear it proudly! http://www.jaxisrad.com

JAX IS RAD

Explore even more of the beauty in our city…Check out MY BLOG again for more fun spots in town. #shoplocal  #jaxisrad #getyourkisson #firstcoastfabulous

 

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!