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!

 

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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!

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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!

 

 

One of my top obsessions!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE…ALL things office supplies!

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I love the colored organizers,desk chairs in hot colors, blinged out staplers,colored writing pens,Sharpie maker pens,rubber bands in all hues and the colorful beauty of writing and printer papers. The crazy part is I think I might love office and paper supply stores just as much as lipstick and that is epic.

I just visited The Container Store and roamed the store for hours! I am addicted. It is my happy place besides being in my own store.The second I get into a store like this or a paper/card store I love the smell. The thrill of being there. Do you like it too? Do you have a passion for office supplies too?

I so look forward to hearing from you!

Share with me your LOVES too!

 

 

I wondered what the buzz was all about?

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So, I finally bought one!!!

I have watched women,some men and children’s mom’s roll this round sphere on their lips! But it looked so awkward to apply. AND much larger than a set of lips!

So, first as I unwrapped it out of the wrapper and tried to open the container. Call me lame and uncoordinated but I could not get it open for what seemed like forever.

So, once I finally opened it the scent was AMAZING! Cause anything coconut milk count me in!

Next I rolled with much care the wax like dome over my lips…WOW that was no fun and quite the experience. It didn’t feel as luxurious as rotating and applying my lipstick or other lip balms on my lips. It rubbed have my face makeup off and made my lips feel blah.

I wanted to LOVE it!  But I didn’t even like it. I hated using it. And my lips were dry as can be after using it. So, you say give it another whirl. Well I did! Day,night,exercising and sleeping in it. It just wasn’t for me!

Have you ever tried it? Do you love it? I feel like a total failure.

Or have you tried any products lately that were NOT for you?

Let’s share. Let’s talk. Post away. I am waiting for ya!

Not Your Mama’s Eyewear

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I’m ALWAYS losing or breaking my glasses. I came across this chic line of quality eye wear AKA reading glasses and want to share. Inspired by the runways of Gucci,Valentino, Oscar de la renta and Dolce and Gabbana the styles are chic and on point.The brand touts they are not your mama’s reading glasses but they should be.

Meet Flutter Eyewear

The fun factor part about selecting and buying them is the paper doll template you cut out and get to try on your face  to test drive the style you are interested in. They also have a section where you select a style based on your face shape.

I love the reader style Clarice Little Black Dress with a red lipstick!

And don’t ya just love the darling names?

Oh and they even make sunnies! My fave is the style named Ayla sun Cognac Kyoto.

Now, I CAN take a walk on the beach looking for seashells or read a magazine and SEE yet protect my eyes and say no to wrinkles around my eyes from squinting too.

Oh and I almost forgot to tell you they come packaged in a gorgeous red box with a  carrying case and note card.

Check them out…oh and it just may be a great gift for MOM or Glamma this year.

http://www.fluttereyewear.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green is the new black

Sometimes you have to go to the basics and as I continue down the path of eating more clean,care even more about what I put on my face and BODY and love Mother Earth by recycling as much as I can.

I wanted a reminder to women that going green is beautiful. So, I am about to come out with a green lipstick hue to remind them.This fun hue stains the lips and puts you in a good mood too.

Whatever your emotion is…it will tell a story of your mood from deep pinkish rose to soft violet. Counting down to Earth day I think this lipstick is a perfect fit. GREEN LIPS photo 3-2017.JPGTake a walk on the green side. If you liked the mood ring …this is your thing!

#recycle  #re-purpose   #reuse

On the Go again!

Never a dull moment. How’s life with you?

Starting to pack my makeup bags and luggage. I am so ready to work and rock  New York City too. As much as I travel for work and play…packing is always a challenge when I have to fly for my work.Between the beauty supplies needed as a working make-up artist. So many rules too much beauty and clothes! I want to take every lipstick and walk in closet with me!

Other than working which is my fave’ thing to! I look forward to taking it all in…the city that is and the many things it does for my spirit and soul.I miss living up north.

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Found this artist on Instagram who drew this playful illustration of me and my LOVE for makeup and all things LIPS!

I am wild about this shade …it is like a violet with a touch of pink ! Do you like this hue? 

I am hoping to find clothes and accessories in this hue! May even create a lipstick in that shade for my cosmetic line too.

SPRING is calling me!

Stay tuned …I can’t wait to share my beauty,travel and food adventures from my trip with you!

 

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My Take on the 2017 Golden Globes…

I was called out of town so I could not post about the Golden Globes until now. BUT on Sunday I was glued to the TV screen.One hand on the TV remote and another with my cell phone.

From the Opening of the show…Jimmy Fallon just doesn’t fit this role to me.

I was Facebooking,Tweeting and simply could not get to Instagraming.I took notes feverishly so I could remember it all while taking it all in for my blog post.Who worked  the best look to you?

Let’s hear it for the GUYS!

Ryan Gosling looked dapper in white and black.Every hair in place and skin that glowed.

Ryan Reynolds seems to always looks good.

Justin Timberlake as ALWAYS looked amazing. And what can’t this guy do?

SLY Stallone is aging with handsome grace.So love him!

Denzel, he always does it for me.Just the sound of his voice.

Never get tired of Brad Pitt he looked handsome and his skin had a golden hue.

However, for a lot of the men the MEN’s  grooming was no where to be found with bushy beards and scruffy looks.Some may be preparing or in the middle of shooting a movie but it appeared scruffy beards were in! Or the actors simply didn’t care.They may have just liked scruffy look!

As for the ladies…

Tracee Ellis Ross looked amazing and always rocks that CLASSIC red lip! Didn’t she?

Goldie Hawn always a knock out for her age.

Jessica Chastain  breasty and gorgeous  in that  blue hue!

Nicole Kidman,Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon never disappoint!

Sarah Jessica Parker aka SJP disappointed me with her hot mess dress and the hair was so off too!

Meryl Streep’s dress reminded me of her Christmas day outfit in all the shades of it sparkling in red,silver and green. I don’t know if she dresses herself every year she attends these type shows but she is never on point.

Can we talk about …

 

GLEAM BODY RADIANCE

Priyanka Chopra’s PERFECTLY contoured & bodacious breasts? I think she is gorgeous! I wish I looked like her.

Peaches and cream skinned Emma Stone looked awesome from head to toe.

I always get a kick out of Amy Schumer.

Naomi Campbell rocked that pink dress and glistened.

YELLOW and golden nude gowns were popular hues!

Fun BEAUTY FACTS…

Viola Davis not only wore that happy and sexy yellow dress… She also rocked a lotion called GLEAM by Melanie Mills in a deep gold shade on her body. Oh and if you like her makeup as much as I did…Autumn Moultrie did the gorgeous makeup!!!

Kristen Bell wore a BUTT LIFT undergarment and flaunted it on Instagram.

Kayleen McAdams did the makeup on Sofia Vergara.While her nude like dress fit her like a glove it reminded me of many others there and that is trending.

Lots of the celebrities hair locks were styled by celebrity stylists with Pantene hair products.

While L’oreal was a sponsor and the products were used on some of the celebrities.

But I wondered where all those makeup artists were with the infamous powder puff! This very shiny face look was seen on many celebrities.Guys and gals! Did you notice that?

I wanted to jump in on my TV screen and powder their noses and faces.

A popular eyelash used was by KISS lashes…lash couture a $6.00 beauty buy!

They sipped Moet rose at the globes but on some they needed to gloss up and lipstick up because the lipstick looked lack luster or barely there after sipping.No touch ups? Where was the Glam Squad or a  touch up of lipstick and powder in their purse.

If I wasn’t going out of town I would have posted more to this blog but packing my luggage was a priority. I hope you like my take on the Globes and a few beauty secrets along the way.I enjoy watching these shows and going to the movies.But always remember…celebrities are just like you and like me. The difference is they have a job with a huge salary and they get paid to look healthy, glam and good. Don’t worship them.We really don’t even know them. We know the characters they play.

They are actors and they ACT for a living!