I was looking for a refreshing recipe and felt in the mood for mint. So I went to my personal recipe box for food, beauty and fun. I made a yummy cool Mint Julep drink with fresh mint. I also prepared a fresh facial steam.
I wanted to detox my pores a bit and give them a breather from makeup, pollution and more.
What you will need for this recipe:
1 bunch of fresh peppermint or spearmint leaves
1 gallon bottle of water poured into a pasta pot (pretend you’re making pasta)
1 glass Pyrex like bowl
Bring water to a boil and allow it to cool a bit. Pour this water into a bowl.
Crush up some great mint in your hands to let the aromatics come out.
Place the leaves on top of the water.
Place a tea towel over your head allowing your face to be uncovered.
Keeping a safe distance allow the steam 💦 to reach your face.
You’ll start to notice a bit of moisture to your facial skin and feel like you’ve been “working out”. That’s good!
Your pores are getting a workout,dead skin will slough off a bit and your your skin will love you for it all.
You can enjoy this facial steam once a week. I like to do it for at least 10 mins. until the water cools to lukewarm and your face is glows & dewy.
Do not put your pretty face in the steamy water. Just near it and allow the steam to rise and meet your face.
Why can’t I stop eating those iconic marshmallow Peeps chicks 🐣 and bunnies 🐰??? I am not picky about the color either. “Hello,yellow, mint,purple and blue”… it doesn’t matter what color it is I LOVE them ALL !!!
I know better and my skin and body do too!
I am a twin and I think one side of me 💕loves sweet and delightful on the tongue. The other side of me 💕 loves, broccoli, green peppers, celery,sweet potatoes, mixed salad greens,corn,apples,bananas and more!
For Peeps sake… do you have this sweet and squishy marshmallow obsession?
This week on TV on River City Live I featured some ideas for snacking,face and body masking and for GLOWING skin! I hope you will enjoy them too.
I try and eat the right stuff and love most fruits and veggies. But sometimes I am looking for a little cheat drink that gives me energy and can help give my skin a boost over time. I discovered an easy recipe that actress Reese Whiterspoon shared on Instagram last year. I am kinda addicted and make and drink this recipe weekly. IF you have not tried it its worth looking into. Even my husband enjoys it.
All you need is:
2 HEADS OF ROMAN LETTUCE
1/2 CUP OF SPINACH
1/2 CUP OF COCONUT WATER
1 WHOLE BANANA
1 WHOLE APPLE
1 WHOLE PEAR
1 WHOLE LEMON
SCOOP OF ALMOND BUTTER (optional)
Mix all of the above to a Vitamix type blender for easy blending.
Sometimes I like to make a smoothie/ drink what I call “Everything but the kitchen sink” I simply pull out whatever leftover vegetables and fruits I have on hand and put it in a blender with a juice I might have leftover or some bottled water. It usually turns out quite delicious!
If you are really pressed for time, Dole makes some delicious options in the freezer aisle of a mix of fruits and greens blend. One of favorites is made with mango.banana,apple,pineapple and spinach.
Stay hydrated for plump happy skin for face and body. If you are not a water drinker snack on cucumbers or drink coconut water. Add a cherry in the glass or an umbrella and make it a fun ritual. you look forward to.
Celebrities just like I love using produce for prettier vibrant skin and a healthier body. Like a strawberry face mask with fresh strawberries or they use it as a teeth whitening treat.
Avocado masks are also good for your hair or face and neck. So nourishing.
Spinach is a rock star for skin and body! My friend Victoria Evelyn founder of the Chocolate Skincare Factory brand happens to be both a pharmacist and an esthetician recommended to me another way to get my greens for my on the go lifestyle! Simply keep on hand fresh bag of spinach in your fridge and pop a handful as a quick snack. I even take a mini snack bag with me on the road or on the run. Be like POPEYE and eat spinach.
I love baby tomatoes! I pop them like candy. Really! There is a magical ingredient in tomatoes that research shows may protect our skin from UV damage from sunburn. Naturally I have to protect my skin with a SUNSCREEN from a tube but I also eat these and also make Italian dishes with tomato paste which is loaded with lycopene. Since I have had a bad sunburn before I really never want to feel that again.
I also love a banana mask for dry elbows and knees. All you do is mash a banana and put it on those dry dull areas for the body. Or you can use it as a soothing hydrating face mask too.
If you crave a little crunch…mini baby carrots are a great go too instead of potato chips! Although I really love a bag of Kettle Chips! Your eyes and skin will love you too.
Grapes are hydrating bites of love that keep your skin looking good too.
Nuts and dried fruits are good for you snack too! You haven’t lived until you have tried dried cherries! I love them as a sweet treat alone or in a salad.
Today on TV I am sharing beauty tricks and tips to get that GLOW UP!
Here’s a sneak peek for you.
Prep your skin with a face and neck mask. My go to is The Route Party Peel. Its like champagne bubbles on the skin.
Shine Up that hair with a hair treatment. I like Biosilk.
Glossy Juicy lips require a gloss or a lipstick with a shimmer. Shimmer lipsticks make your lips look fuller. Dark lipsticks make your lips look smaller.
Colored liner gives an INSTANT pop of color to your eyes.
I also love to mix a shimmer eye shadow into my liquid or cream foundation. Just a few sprinkles.Choose a champagne, rose gold, or silver. Just don’t over do it. You can do the same with your body oils or hand and body lotions.
EYES looking tired and lacking that bright eyed look? You might just need Peter Thomas Roth’s Instant Wrinkle Tightener eye treatment. It is all the rage on Tik Tok and really works! I have added it to my makeup kit when working on set or on location in my work travels.
Before even thinking about leaving your door. Don’t forget to protect your neck! As well as your decolette and legs (if you are wearing the no hosiery look even more) You want the skin on your hands and body to look healthy and hydrated. To give it a glow brush a shimmer lotion or powder over them or mixed with them for a sexy glowy look.
As we are getting out of the house more for a day, a mini vacay or a business trip. I like to pack as light as I can (which is not easy to do) but I don’t want to forget my health and beauty essentials. And once I get to my hotel there are a few things I like to do on my stay.
Don’t remove your makeup with their pristine and clean white washcloths. This costs the hotel lots of money. Makeup… especially mascara and foundation can really destroy washcloth and towels quick. Be mindful. While I don’t recommend using makeup wipes to remove your makeup daily. They can really be convenient when on the go.
I don’t forget to pack some bath and shower essentials! Spongelle has great aromatic and skin softening sponges you can enjoy in a shower or in a bath. So luxurious! When I’m done I pack it in a baggie and take home to reuse on my next trip or at home.
I also like to pack Epsom salts and bath bombs. Last trip I packed a CBD bath bomb and it was THE BOMB! If you don’t usually take a bath and are a shower person. Live a little indulge in a bubble bath! Your body will love ❤️ you for it!
Body wash or shower gel in your hotel room is not only great for the body in a shower it can give you a relaxing aromatherapy bath!
And that same body wash is great to rinse your lingerie if you need to. You gotta think outside the box.
These are just a few things and hacks I do. I hope you enjoyed them too!
Our beauty products come with mini plastic spoons or spatulas and for continued safety and sanitary reasons they are coming with our beauty products even more. These spatulas are to keep you from getting germs and bacteria in the jar of foundation, cream blush or your favorite dream cream.
These tools really prevent you from getting your fingers into the container. Dirt, oil,dust can get on your fingers and hands and get in and contaminate your beauty products. The germs 🦠 can spoil your products, make them less effective and maybe even break you out. Now you don’t want that do you?
They also measure and give you the right amount of product so you don’t waste any. I love to use them. I use them a variety of ways. Once you play with using them you’ll discover that too.
I also like when a brand comes out with a pump anything because it too gives you the right amount and keeps you safer and clean.
So, if you happen to get these mini tools. Don’t throw them out. USE them. They work wonders. They are washable and reusable.
And if you don’t own any mini spatulas or spoons they are starting to be readily available at beauty or hair supply stores like Sally’s!
I am addicted to lipstick and all things to do with the lips!
How about you?
Face masks on or not I have not given up on lipstick! Or wearing lipstick. It is a magic stick! It has super powers. It gives your face a lift! It makes you feel good with one swipe. It doesn’t matter what color you wear. ANY hue YOU love will make you feel fabulous and condition your lips too!
LIPSTICK Application to make your lipstick LAST and not run. 💄💋
Here are a few tips to make your lipstick look good and last longer:
👄Always prep your lips with a lip conditioner day and night a Vitamin E stick is my go to or Rosebud Salve. These two lip products are loved by professional makeup artists,celebrities and models. Even if you are not wearing a lipstick. Try these for kissable softer less lines on your lips!
👄Next apply a lipstick primer.
👄Lip liner isn’t gone forever! So, give your lips shape and definition with a lip liner. If you don’t want a line of color to show. Try an invisible lip liner instead. It works wonders.
👄Next apply your favorite lipstick or glossy color.
👄Once a week exfoliate your lips!! A quick go to DIY is 🥥 coconut oil and some mini coconut flake shavings. Mix the two in a jar and apply as needed. Leave on at least 10-15 minutes. You’ll be tempted to eat it but don’t.
I have always loved to travel. I got the “travel bug” when I lived in the tri-state area. I always heard the sound of airplanes. Manhattan has a lot of tourists arriving and landing and departing! JFK airport has many global flights too!
It is a beautiful sight and as I grew up I loved that sound of the airplanes more and more.
So happy to be traveling again! It’s been a long time by one and a half years for me. How about you?
Here are a few of my personal tips I have cultivated through the years and now with the pandemic not over what to expect.
Choosing a window seat is lovely but can ruin your skin over time. SUN SHINE 🌞 at sunrise, afternoon or sunset is damaging to the skin over time. By the way, I love the window too. And if you pee a lot you need to make sure you choose an aisle seat to make it easy for you to get in and out!
Don’t forget your sunscreen. Even under face masks the sun can get you! Apply sunscreen to your hands (especially the tops) and don’t forget your neck too!
Stay hydrated I can’t say it enough. BEFORE you leave your house, at airport and on your flight keep the water coming. Skip the caffeine especially if you’re anxious about flying it will only make you even more jittery.
Airport and other places you go water 💧 fountains are covered and off limits due to Covid19 and refill water stations are closed off too. So if you’re used to bringing your own water or beverage container bottle with you. You will not be able to fill it with H2O.
Pack disinfecting wipes too! For each of you traveling. You will need to double check and clean your surroundings. The airplanes are very clean but you can ever be too careful or clean. On my Delta flights they hand you a disinfecting wipe packet when you get on board.
Mask 😷 up!
I like to sprinkle some essential oil on my disposable mask or cloth mask with lips 👄depending on my mood. Most times I use lavender oil and I love ❤️ the Aura Cacia brand. It’s great quality and simply the best!
You MUST wear your face mask and keep your nose 👃 covered at the airport and on the plane ride and while switching planes. They are very strict to keep everyone safe.
Pack a chamomile tea bag in your tote or your handbag.
Bigelow Tea Co makes an awesome one with stress relieving chamomile and calming lavender.sometimes when you order tea there isn’t any chamomile tea available. So order a cup of hot water and take the tea bag (for another time) they are serving and just use the water 💦 and make a cup of chamomile tea.
Travel with your favorite snacks. YOUR comfort food. Mine are bananas, apples, tangerines and anything crunchy, M&M chocolate candies or Hershey’s chocolate 🍫 or and HARD candies or gum.
These will not only comfort you they hydrate your throat which can get dry while flying with a mask on especially.
Another calming treat is to pack a CBD tincture or CBD gummies to balance your mood if you’d like. They really come in handy. I love Martha Stewart’s collection of edibles.
I hope these tips bring comfort to you and help you on your next flight too.