EGGstra, Eggstra Face Mask!

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Do you want to brighten up your complexion?

One of my dear friends who happens to be of Asian descent shared this recipe with me.She swears by it’s skin brightening! I also find it refreshing and skin tightening.

What you will need is:

2 raw egg whites

2 tablespoons off fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons organic olive oil

Mix all of the above and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

Clean your face,apply a generous layer of the above mixture on your face as if you were icing a cake. Your face is the cake. Then let it dry completely.

Afterwards remove the mask with a warm washcloth and wash your face with cool water.

Next apply a moisturizer.

I recommend you use this at least once a week maybe two.

After a month you will really notice brighter skin!

This is mask is good for normal to combination skin.

HOP TO IT, Gorgeous and enjoy looking at your skin in the mirror.

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Because you asked…MY Skin Care Rituals!

Beauty Infusion

The most common question I get asked is what are  MY daily skin rituals?

So, because so many of you have asked I decided to share it with you.

#1 I take care of my skin!

NO secret there. I never go to sleep with the end of the days makeup on. No matter how tired I am or how much champagne I  might have enjoyed at a beauty event or at a party that evening.I always remove my makeup and wash my face well.

My main goal is to have healthy looking clear (blemish free skin) skin and also want to be healthy from within!

I love to spray my face with rosewater during the day.I also set my makeup with it.

I don’t wear lots of foundation.I apply it where I need it. I am not fond of looking at a couple of  sunspots I got from sunbathing when I first moved to Florida.I like an even looking  complexion.

I am a “water girl”…I drink tons of it!!!

I drink bottled water and also enjoy drinking a special water called All Beauty Water. I rarely drink soda or other sweet drinks.

After I wake up I drink a cup of hot water with a squeeze of lemon.This is my go to!!!

My mother taught me this since I was a little girl.She drank this daily. Then I drink either coffee or aromatic jasmine tea. Sometimes depending how my day is going to be I drink  Italian coffee with a pot I bought in Italy I got addicted to it on trips to Italy.

I take Belle + Bella   Probiology  capsule probiotic daily.It really helps me to maintain healthy skin from within…the gut~

I also love to drink my collagen and wear it too with NeoCell‘s new collagen supplement in powder form and my standby Beauty Infusion powder skin supplements by NeoCell too. Just add them to water,sip and go! My skin LOVES it and it shows.

Since moving from NYC/NJ to sunny  Florida for my husband I have gotten smarter and learned to love adding a sunscreen to my beauty skin routine.After meeting countless women with weathered sun damaged skin,I simply had to.

I also learned a good pair of sunglasses “sunnies” are a healthy addition to my fashion/SKINcare wardrobe.”They protect your eyes as well as the skin around your eyes where squinting wrinkles form.

I love to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. I buy them almost on a daily basis.Fresh is BEST! They do wonders for your skin.I love to visit Asian market and stores and farmers markets or shop at Whole Foods Market or Trader Joe’s.

I love supporting small biz farmers vegetable and fruit stands when I travel too! This weekend I am going to enjoy steamed veggies,yummy salads with edible flowers,I’ll make some blueberry sangria and a bit of naughty.Not sure what that naughty will be.

When I want to eat candy I love Sweet Pete’s in Jacksonville Florida or shop Dylan’s Candy Bar in NYC or pop in the Sugar Factory in LV…but since  sweets age your skin faster I put myself on pause and eat a Beauty Burst by NeoCell.It is like candy for your skin. It has wonderful bonuses  for skin,nails and my hair and tastes like a StarBurst’s chewy candy.Taking vitamins never tasted or feels so good.

Since I LOVE natural I am going to make my skin a treat! I use this mask before I put on makeup. I vary using different fresh recipes I have created through the years.

An Oatmeal & Coconut Milk Face Mask

Try this recipe if you like to D.I.Y.face mask:

3 ounces of ground oats

1 1/2 ounces of coconut milk

Optional: Grind a small vanilla bean into the oats.It will smell amazing!

Mix dry with the wet ingredients and add a dash of fresh whole milk if it is not moist enough.

Apply to a clean face and leave on about 10-15 minutes.

The Beauty Benefits?

Great for all skin types including sensitive skin. It adds moisture to your complexion and gently exfoliates dry flaky skin too. I prefer to leave it on 10 minutes or so. Rinse mask off with  warm water and a washcloth. Add any one of the  moisturizer’s on my shelf and apply Young Eyes eye gel.

I also will slice some cold cucumbers and place one of each on my eye lids and rest my eyes. I truly think music is healting to the soul and calms the spirit.My fav’ is listening to the beautiful music of George Skaroulis “Sanctuary or David Young’s “Bliss”. If you don’t know their music you need to!

Hope you enjoyed a peek inside my skin care rituals.

I embrace my not so perfect lovely face. Do you?  What do you do?

*Due to your requests and inspired by the site Into The Gloss too. I hope you enjoyed the rituals I do.More on my skin rituals to come .

 

A spoon you don’t eat with?

Beauty Spoon single

Beauty spoon makes me swoon

If you can’t get to it…Beauty Spoon It!

I love cool useful kitchen gadgets and also adore them even more so when it comes to all things beauty!This COOL  smart beauty tool helps you scoop out the last of your face mask,serums,moisturizers,foundation,cream blush,eye gel  and more!

Ergonomic handle design with an innovative flex design. Contoured for max product retrieval!

If there is a Beauty Bucket List in your life…you gotta have and need this!

They come in two fabulous sizes.

http://www.beautyspoon.com

 

Manscaping…your man!

Let’s hear it for the BOYS!
Men want to look good too so here are some awesome ideas for manscaping your man and products to turn him on to!
Cole Skin care for MEN founded by skin care expert and professional makeup artist Cole Patterson. 
Used by Usher yes, you heard it right (that awesome singer) and other Hollywood hunk notables in Hollywood and beyond.

A few Basic Steps are needed:
Konjac Sponge 100% Natural plant fiber to wash the skin and is biodegradable used with your fav’ face wash or soap.

Cleansing Facial Pads or Foaming Facial wash by Skincare for.It does a clean sweep, tones the skin and remove traces of dirt,oil and pollution.

Protect & Moisturize the Skin with Moisture Balm
http://www.coleskincareformen.com
Lips SuperSmile lip treatment stick in Vanilla Almond

Did you know men get cancer of the lips and women don’t typically because we wear lipstick or lip balm. Treat him to a lip conditioner. It also will give him more kissable lips.
http://www.supersmile.com
Eye gel or cream to soften tissue and lessen the look of lines.

Easy as 1,2,3… just a few ,minutes a day morning and night.

Once a week:
Use a Bentonite clay mask it is a good choice for oily or combination skin and cheap.
Or FarmHouse Fresh creamy Avocado mask for normal to dry skin.

In a pinch a FRESH avocado will do. Slice,take out the pit and mash. Apply to clean dry face. Stay away from eyelids.Leave on face 10 minutes. Rinse and moisturize as usual. Face will feel amazing and skin look hydrated and feel softer.

  • This is the Trent the social media and tech guy at First Coast News he is my model on TV today…I can’t wait to show him what’s new and trending in beauty for MEN. Guys want to look good too!
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New Years eve beauty…no Botox needed

Here is a quick facial treatment that will make your skin LOOK fabulous, firm and hydrated. New years eve IS this Thursday go get yours!

You’ll love the look from these type masks. They are all the rage.NO BOTOX

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.

Fly me to the Moon…LOVE

l told you I would share with you one of my fave’ products gifted to me from an awesome flight attendant who just happens to be a nurse and an esthetician at the same time.I met her when I gave a speech in Las Vegas a few years at a spa conference. Now, a few months ago I met her again but this time in the air in First Class. I inspired her so much…she has come out with her own skincare collection with adorable names all relating to flying and the toll travel and life has on your skin. See two posts ago for more on her brand. She and DermAire wants everyone to have First Class Skin care!

Here it is:

Crew O2 Emergency Oxygen Mask http://www.dermaire.com

DermaAire says it is a great post-flight recovery mask! Especially after flying most of the day. This glistening skin revitalizing treatment hydrates and awakens the skins youthful glow. I call it awesome in a jar. It is my new go to face mask. A clear yet creamy gel that you only need to apply a thin coat of it. Leave it on 20 minutes to give your skin what it wants and needs. OR Shari Hoy says apply and leave on all night.

I am sipping Chardonnay and wearing this mask right now blogging tonight too.

I will finish tonight with a bubble bath with epsom salts and surrender myself to a GOOD NIGHT of skin bliss.CO2 MASK 8-15

The Magic of Yogurt!

YUMMY Piña Colada Smoothie to Make your Skin Prettier

Got QUESTIONS:email me @beautyconcierge@gmail.com

This tropical drink is perfect beginning to an ordinary day!

Serving  portions for 2 Ingredients: ¾ cup homemade Greek yogurt

½ chopped frozen mango

1 ½ cups frozen pineapple chunks 1

tablespoon chia seeds (optional)

1 tablespoon shredded coconut

½ cup almond/coconut /skim milk

Place all the ingredients in the blender as listed in the order shown. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

* I prefer to make my own yogurt and smoothies NOW since I recently discovered this good for my health find. I love the Belle and Bella starter kit. (I find mine at Whole Foods Market) D.I.Y. has never been more fun and yogurt has never tasted so good. So much more delicious and no preservatives,sweeteners or other additives.

I LOVE my new yogurt machine found on http://www.BelleandBella.com  

It was so much fun even my husband got in on the action in the kitchen!

Now you know I am a makeup artist and skin therapist and all about taking care of your skin. So, I must share a recipe for your face today too.

A D.I.Y. Yogurt Smoothie for your Face you can make in the comfort of your own home!

1/2 cup of fresh plain yogurt

1 teaspoon of  honey

Mix the two together.Apply the mask on your face for an awesome skin treat. It is like visiting the plastic surgeon or dermatologist’s office for a facial peel but cheaper,gentle and all natural. You control the ingredients!

I love being a Skin Chef (that’s what my clients call me) and whipping up ways to get you gorgeous naturally!
The lactic acid in the yogurt gently buffs away dead skin cells and the honey seals in moisture and softens the skin.
Apply to clean face and leave on at least 10 minutes. Rinse well with lukewarm water and a washcloth.

Your skin will love you and say thank you too!

If you want to see me on TV today tune in on The Chat on ABC25 or NBC12 IF you live in Florida or Georgia at 3:00 TODAY or check out the video clip later today on http://www.firstcoastnews.comphotoYOGOURMET

Made in America!

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Sorry I had to leave and sorry I had to wait to post on my Las Vegas trip wrap up. I came back with laryngitis and a cold.Wiped me out.

BUT I am delighted to be asked again to guest speak at the most amazing and largest spa show in the beauty industry held in Las Vegas every year.

The International Esthetics,Cosmetics and SPA conference floor was filled with the scents of aromatherapy,splashes of colorful cosmetics and new SPA treatments galore. Celebrate the red,white,blue and YOU with these indie brand products that are MADE IN THE USA.

What’s hot and new are things to exfoliate,refresh and renew. VIA BUFF is a skin polishing sponge that is dermatologist tested. There are colorful small puffs for your face and a larger body one that helps you exfoliate all the sides of you including that hard to reach back too.

LIP masks are all the rage. They plump up your lips and smooth the skin from smokers lips or sun damage.They also make the for your eyes. Ask for this treatment at your local spa.

Facial Buffing Biscuits are an awesome product by FarmHouse Fresh Goods. They come in a variety of scents and gently cleansing and mask the complexion at the same time. Double Duty beauty. I will share more on another blog about these.

BROWS and eyelashes are so en pointe with all kinds of beauties to make them look bigger,longer, best.

The world of nail polish is on fire! Right now COLOR is everywhere and so are metallics for this summer.From silver and golden hues to juicy shades of aqua and coral too.

Hair continues to come in all hues. Want to change your hair color in a flash. There are all kinds of products that can change your hue and then washes out too. Hair extensions also are on the rise.

Want to see more??? Watch me on TV at http://www.firstcoastnews.com click side bar for The Chat.

Want HOT looking Celebrity Hair?

keratin-bannerToday I want to share with you some hot tips and celebrity stylist hair care secrets! It isn’t just about the celebrity it is about the stylist behind her hair and what she or he uses on it.

David Babaii: Is the stylist behind actress Kate Hudson’s hair.He has some awesome products she loves. One is called Root Lifter and contains volcanic ash.It works to lift her root hair and gives her bouncing beautiful hair.

Peter Coppola: is the stylist behind many celebrities and the girl next door.He created a hair mask.Yes mask for your hair not for your face.This hair treatment acts like what a face mask does for your face.It is a creamy and dreamy products and I use it once a week.

CHI is THE HOT BEAUTY TOOL company and so on trend.They are used on celebrities and on super models too. They recently came out with a styling iron that I simply had to own. It was introduced to the world at MERCEDES-BENZ fashion week in New York. It is called the CHI Escape cordless iron.

Hair Secrets for fabulous hair: Lisa Marie, VP of Education and shows for CHI says for thin hair,a blunt cut is best to give the appearance of fullness. For coarse/thick hair,have your stylist texturize them removing some bulk plus soften ends to create a light airy finish. The “heavy bang” compliments most face shapes.It provides a young fresh look that women of any age can experiment with.

Fake it…there are lots of smoke and mirrors when it comes to hair in Hollywood,New York and beyond. What you see may not be real. There are clip on bangs,clip on trends,hair weaves,hair extensions and more.All of these enhance the hair and make it look longer,shorter,fuller,with bangs one day and no bangs tomorrow kind of hair.Halo is the company many A-listers use as well as the girl next door.It comes with a CD and seems pretty easy to use.

Celebrities and personal trainers embrace healthy and good for their body,skin and hair.

Biotin Bursts by NEOCELL is  company that I have fallen in love with. This is like candy for your hair. They come in a yummy gourmet chew that help your hair look its best.

They also have a vitamin for healthier looking hair and it is called Keratin Volumizer. If you have hair that is not what you want it to be or lacking luster. Maybe you want to look for these at your local drug or health food store.I take them daily.

strong>Professional stylists also like to use dryer sheets to calm down static cling hair.And they use a baby’s toothbrush or comb with Moroccon oil to control fly aways or wiry out of control hair when on a photo shoot or at a red carpet event.

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT. It is also about what you eat. For healthy fabulous hair. Add a few things to your diet.Dark green vegetables,walnuts as a snack or in your salad and having eggs for breakfast all really helping your hair.

Want watch me show these and watch a TV clip too? Got to http://www.firstcoastnews.com and click on the left of the screen for the show called THE CHAT.