Beauty Essentials for Your Wedding Day

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Getting ready the days before your wedding day and on your wedding day takes preparation.

During wedding season and for that unexpected impromptu wedding I usually do the bride, the groom (yes you read right) or the the entire bridal party and leave once the ceremony begins. On occasion when money is no object I have been asked and hired to stay the entire time of the wedding.

Because you asked here are a few things I like to bring and use. Some items are JUST IN CASE. Think about stocking a cosmetic tote with some of these the day of your wedding for you the bride,mom,mom-in-laws and bridesmaids too.

AFTER the hair is styled and and makeup done…Touch ups are important and so is that unexpected need or emergency. So, before you go down that aisle…

Here are a few beauty products and extras you will need:

๐Ÿ‘„A rosewater spray to refresh the skin great for end of makeup or a pick me up if the skin is outdoors or on the beach. Refreshing!

๐Ÿ‘„Lip stain lipstick  in China Doll…I use it on almost all my brides before I apply their fav’ lipstick. Makes any lipstick last longer and stains the lips with a moist rosy glow.

๐Ÿ‘„And high clear shine lip gloss for a sexy pout! And a lip conditioner for HIM.

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๐Ÿ‘„Gleam by celebrity makeup artist Melanie Mills. May be used on eye area, face, the decolette, tummy, shoulders or down the legs. You never know where you may want to glow and Gleam! .

๐Ÿ‘„Rice Powder to set makeup especially in the T-zone where you are the shiniest.

AND Powder papers to blot oil and powder touch up the face at the same time before you go down the aisle with style. Guys love them too.

๐Ÿ‘„Perfume, cologne or a delicious lotion along with deodorant.

๐Ÿ‘„A mini brush I love the Wet Brush brand.

๐Ÿ‘„Blinc Brand mascara water ๐Ÿ’ฆ and sweat resistant.

๐Ÿ‘„ Hairspray and styling gel

๐Ÿ‘„Clothes pin or safety pin for any fashion issues.

๐Ÿ‘„Mini sewing kit and safety pins

๐Ÿ‘„Hard candy

๐Ÿ‘„Gum

๐Ÿ‘„Mouthwash

๐Ÿ‘„Aspirin or ibuprofen.

๐Ÿ‘„Tums or Alka-Seltzer just in case.

๐Ÿ‘„ AND disposable lip brush, powder brush etc.

As you can see once your makeup is done and your hair is styled you still may be in need of the items on the above list.

What I have learned being in the business of beauty is… You can never be too prepared.

LOVE โค๏ธ still is in the air. Some people are getting married. Some engaged. And some people are postponing their date due to the virus.

But I have HOPE and see weddings in the future. Maybe with a glam white face cover encrusted with pearls or diamonds.

“I Do’s” will be said and our beautiful world ๐ŸŒŽ will go on.

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Brown & Black Girl Beauty!

I love โค๏ธ ALL my clients and those who are girls of color too. So, I thought you’d like to learn some tips for a pretty awesome complexion,makeup and hair.This post addresses three beauty issues.

Since I am Eurasian I usually mix two foundation colors to create my look. Same is true for women of color.

Things have changed in the world of beauty with beauty brands like Fenty Beauty and other brands you can find a foundation. But at times or if you’re a mixed chick like me or not sometimes you’ll find foundation for you may be too pink, too pale, too red… so you’ll look better if you play chemist and mix two. It’s fun actually.

Mixing one foundation from a brand and a few dots of another brands color you will look even more even toned. That’s the goal… Right?

For applying foundation I like to use my Makeup Magic Wand sponge on a stick damp with a dash of water. This way it spreads easier and you can sheer the colors out as you give them a whirl.

I apply a lighter color on the inner part of the face and a darker on the edges, forehead and chin. Black or brown skin is usually two-toned. So I have learned to play with makeup and mix.

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For feet, soft elbows and knees I highly recommend one of Oprah’s favorites.

Farmhouse Fresh Honey ๐Ÿฏ Heel Glaze. It has an aromatic scent with hydrating loveliness that takes away an ashy look to your soles,toes, elbows and knees. It smells like grandma baked an awesome pie! Instant soft skin gratification. Beyond yum!

As for the eyes. I show my clients how to create a one color all over the lid look with a highlighter. Or how to apply several shades ofย  highlighters …all over the lid. Champagne, gold, copper… and at the outer corner a smidge of a deeper matte shade to pull it all together for even more definition.

As for hair I recommend what clients tell me they use for a hair hydrating treatment it is Clarified Butter. Yes, a spa hair treatment awaits you at the grocery store. You just need to go buy it. Do this once a week and leave on at least 20 minutes. Your hair will say… Thank You!!

My clients teach me and I teach them. Caring is sharing!I hope you’ve enjoyed my tips and tricks!

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Feed Your Face from the Inside Out!

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I’m really trying to enjoy being more green, clean and eco friendly…with my food and lifestyle.

And in my skincare too!

Skin is so in…Especially when it is healthy looking. If your skin is not looking the way you would like it to… Perhaps its time to try something fresh and new! Looking good takes a little effort girls and so worth it. If you do not have a skin care regime now is the time to start. Also if you have been wearing sweat pants and not taking care of your skin think about taking time for YOU and get your skin in shape too.

They say “You are what you eat” and it is so true. Eating right … with a little bit of a naughty is really best. All in balance and moderation darlings! I’ve been on a kick of making SMOOTHIE BOWLS and making them is so much fun too. Your whole family will enjoy.

I love to get glowing, use beauty from my kitchen, a local farmer’s market, and make a few D.I.Y. beauty recipes and beauty potions on my own.

I will share some of the them on my new podcast to come too! But here are a few for you to enjoy this Memorial day too.

Take care of your skin and your skin will always take care of you!

Recipe for pretty skin starts from within. Not only are these good to eat they are good to use as skincare. Especially when many of us are on stay at home orders.

Yogurt (plain Greek yogurt) makes a GREAT cheap and chic face mask. Apply to a clan face and leave on at least 15 minutes. Genty exfoliates dead skin cells too.

Avocados are a great for hydrating your face and neck. Add honey to a mashed avocado and leave on at least 15 minutes. Your skin will LOVE it.

Bananas work wonders on dry elbows and knees. If your bananas are beyond ripe and you don’t feel like making banana bread…give your skin a moisturizing natural treat.

In addition, when the weather is hot and you want to chill down and make your skin feel amazing. Take a plain ice cube and rub gently on your skin. Not your eye area but try on the face. It will tighten your pores and make your makeup glide on beautifully. I also like to use an ice cube on my chest and neck. So cool and refreshing.

Have a BEAUTY filled deligthful day!

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Know when to say…GOODBYE & Clean your Skin Care Routine!

While staying at home and helping to do our part on flattening the curve you can get your mind off of the virus ๐Ÿฆ  and be productive and get lots of things done. I canโ€™t stop organizing my home,cleaning and doing other things to bring me joy.

The other day I started to use a cream I had received from a beauty event in NYC six months ago and I applied this new face cream but I quickly smelled something funky.

I washed my face IMMEDIATELY.

It wasnโ€™t something I wanted to use on my face So, I also threw it out. Once opened or sitting in a box for several years OR unopened BOTH matter!You have to know when to throw it out!If you HAVEN’T worn it in many months and are not sure how old it is…it is probably old.

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You want to be safe and protect your face,body,hair, fingers,toes and more! Donโ€™t you? Be smart. Armed and dangerous and protect yourself!

So I thought you might need a reminder on your skincare.

Here is what to KEEP or Toss when it comes to your skincare:

Moisturizer and eye cream or gelUnopened lasts 2-3 years. But only if it is stored in a dark place. Not in or near a sunny ๐ŸŒž window or area.

Once opened = Lasts up to 1 year

Sunscreen or Sunblock- Unopened 2-3 years Once opened-Lasts 6 mos. to 1 year .

Face Masks –Unopened 2 to 3 years Once opened– Last up to a year.

Treatment skincare productsUnopened last no longer than 1 year. Once opened– Lasts up to six months.

Now just a reminder. Did you know you can disinfect your skin care products too?

You simply need to own a SterileLight disinfecting case. Visit their website for all the information.

http://www.sterilelight.com

All you do is open the jars, tube cap, tops and more. Next place in the SterileLight disinfecting case unit. Three minutes of disinfecting โค๏ธ love!

And once a week I like to wipe down all my skincare jars, bottles, tubes that I have used or that need some cleaning attention.

Washing our hands and makeup brushes is so important but disinfecting the opened products you use makes so much sense.

Now what are you waiting for? Youโ€™ve got the time. Go over all your skincare and decide what to keep and what needs to be thrown away. Your health and skin health depends on it!!

Vitamin C , AHAs, retinoids, Facial Serums, Essences or skin toners. Unopened or Opened the cosmetic chemists recommend to not keep them beyond a year.

Now, to disinfect and sanitize your skincare products especially in today’s new world.

You need to DISINFECT and sanitize your skincare and beauty products. I USED TO and still do wipe them down with rubbing alcohol on a paper towel. Your safety and health (as well as your families) is very important. But now I use the SterileLight disinfecting case. I am addicted since this COVID-19 hit the US. I feel SAFER.

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Pandemic Beauty Relief!

If you are looking for a little BEAUTY and skincare relief  you are in luck. Today on TV in sunny Florida on WJXT-4  I shared a few ways you can do this. You’ll feel so much better too!

Is your skin extra oily, lifeless and a few zits got you down?

Got to a drug store and buy a sheet mask. It is a mask that is in a sheet form and goes over your face. They are filled with skin loving goodness and will make your skin look amazing. Instant gratification.

A charcoal or detox mask is black and will help control sebum which comes especially when we are under stress. Buy one of these if your skin is oily or shiny.

Please Note …they also come in a jar and you can apply it with your hands. Let it dry and rinse well. Your face will love you!

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If your skin is dry or you have normal to combination skin you need a hydrating sheet mask. These masks just cost a few dollars and work wonders.

Moisturized skin is HAPPY skin!

Don’t forget to moisturize your skin. Not just some days but every day. Face covers we have begun to wear are drying to our skin and lips! So PROTECT both your face and lips.

Lips ๐Ÿ‘„ NEED love too.

Use a Vitamin E lipstick or balm and kiss your lips morning and night with it. It’s clear and mighty and you can go to sleep ๐Ÿ˜ด with it on!

If you’re going CRAZY for a haircut (like ME) DON’T cut your hair or over pluck or shave your brows…WAIT to see the professionals. That’s why we go to them they are the PROfessionals and we can make your hair,skin,nails, lashes and face look fabulous AGAIN.

Instead condition your hair with a hair treatment mask. Great for dehydrated stressed hair.

Finger nails looking rough? Nails cracking? Chipping?

Use a cuticle and nail oil. If you can’t find one at the store grab a bottle of olive oil from your kitchen. Pour into a squeeze bottle and nourish those cuticles and nail beds.

At home most of the time doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the beauty of a lipstick ๐Ÿ’„ or lipgloss. A little kiss of color goes a long way. So swipe away and brighten your mouth and your face!

Hope you enjoyed these tips. We’re all in this together… and we’re all looking and feeling a little frayed around the edges.

Have a beautiful day!

America will look beautiful again!

Toilet paper ๐Ÿงป… really?

This past week or more has been a whirlwind. How about for you?

Have you been feeling crazy with life too?

Since we are all consumed with doing the right thing,washing our hands and trying to distance ourselves and continue on with daily life… I thought we could use an extra dose of vitamin C. Keep your body hydrated and your body happy.

Try and enjoy a few of lifeโ€™s treasures to eat but also make an effort to keep your cool and eat the colors of the rainbow.

I came across a recipe I had made before and so loved. I thought you might like it too.

Here is what you will need:

1 green Apple ๐Ÿ

1 avocado ๐Ÿฅ‘ Peeled and without the pit of course

1 kiwi ๐Ÿฅ

A few pieces of spinach leaves!

1 piece of fresh ginger (peeled)

A dash o of lemon ๐Ÿ‹ and a dash of fresh squeezed lime juice.

1 bottle of coconut ๐Ÿฅฅ water

I hope you enjoy this recipe and get in your pretty greens too.

PS

I am down to 4 rolls of toilet ๐Ÿงป paper. Wish people werenโ€™t hoarding so. I went to 4 stores last night. Totally out of toilet paper until Monday or Tuesday deliveries they say.

Wish me luck!

If you want… save a slice of the avocado and use it to make a hydrating face mask!

 

You can also make variations on this drink recipe!

Shine on!

Hair looking dull and lifeless this winter?

Try this quick beauty recipe mix.

What you will need:

1 part apple ๐Ÿ cider vinegar

10 parts of water ๐Ÿ’ฆ

Pour in a spray bottle.

Spray and mist on damp hair.

The vinegar scent will disappear as your hair dries and your hair will LOOK glossy and come back to life!

Style on and carry on.

A Cocktail for a SKIN Disaster!

I so enjoy playing in bottles,jars and tubes whipping up all kinds of pretty potions for their beautiful skin benefits! But I have to warn you NOT all ideas are good ones and some are invented Instagram and YouTube creations and old wives tales.

Recently I had a few new clients who booked an appointment for a beauty emergency ๐Ÿšจ and rescue.

They thought they were on the right track and used rubbing alcohol as a skin toner.

BIG Mistake!

It’s a harsh drying ingredient for your face. And if your skin is sensitive or dry in the least you can have a really bad reaction. These ladies faces were too graphic to show. And I am sure if I asked them they would not let me take their photo for this blog.

Coupled with Retin-A or other anti-aging prescriptions or products your skin can burn and turn the ugliest shade of red and flaky and so unattractive. Trust me!

Your face can only take so much! And so much product too.

So start this new year and new month right… Think before you put on your face! You’ve only got one face in your lifetime. Treat it well and wisely.

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Valentine Gift ๐ŸŽ Ideas!

Today on TV ๐Ÿ“บ on WJXT 4 in sunny ๐ŸŒž Florida ๐ŸŒด I am sharing gift ideas you can make at home.

Here are a few ideas:

Create a Spa, Nail ๐Ÿ’… , Skin OR Bath ๐Ÿ›€ gift in a jar. All you need is a recycled if you have large round jar or it could be a tall one. But it needs to fit the things you want to put inside. Keep it in a theme and simple. Don’t clutter fill the jar. Add a ribbon ๐ŸŽ€ and note card and you’re good to go!

I created on TV a Gift in a Jar that is all about the nails! I found cool Color Street nail strips! So unique and FUN. I added a nail file, a nail brush for hands and feet. A relaxing epsom salt foot bomb fizzy,

Make HIM a beard ๐Ÿง” or mustache oil … his skin and beard will ๐Ÿ’‹ be more soft and get him ready for lots of kissing. All you need is almond oil and a drop or two of essential oil. Mix and shake the two! Pour in a user friendly bottle.

Buy a Chinese Take Out box fill it with rice and a coupon for a meal for two! Or better yet an I LOVE โค๏ธYou Take Out gift card. Add a set of designer chopsticks ๐Ÿฅข and a fortune cookie (with your own message in side) and you’re all set. This is a unisex gift idea!

Make a lip balm with your daughters or niece. Small or big. They will love it. Just take a mint or candy cane from Christmas and smash it on the kitchen counter. Mix in a microwaveable bowl a teaspoon of organic coconut oil a few pieces of the crushed peppermint candy.

Microwave it a few seconds. Watch it melt down. Let it cool. Pour in a small jar. Add a lip brush and they will have softer skin with yummy peppermint ๐Ÿ‘„ lips!

* FYI optional: you can add a small drop of peppermint oil for more intense flavor.

Nothing like giving a LOVE โค๏ธ letter. I wrote a short one on a sticky note and stick it on the mirror a few years ago to my husband. He liked it so much it’s STILL on his mirror in the bathroom. It is a reminder simply saying ” I love you” XOXO your wife!

I hope these ideas get you going! There are so many ways to show your love. And it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money!

It truly is about the little things, the moments… and making beautiful memories. Right?

Nailed It!

The latest trend that snuk up on me is one a client told me about! I just had a nail party with my fingers and toes in my hotel room with a thing called Nail Strips. The Brand name is Color Street nails. What fun!

Here are the deets:

Dry Nail Polish Strips ๐Ÿ’… Who Knew?

๐Ÿ’ฏReal nail Polish

No dry time, no smudges or streaks!

They come in glitter,solid hues and fun nail art designs too. Also available for pedicures.

They are like applying a sticker.

Lasts up to 10 days!

Removes easy with nail polish remover. Preferably with moisturizers.

My absolute favorite is “Tokyo Lights” which is like a rose gold on steroids. So sparkling and gorgeous! I also am in love with Charmed and Dangerous which is a lip ๐Ÿ’‹ theme and pink polish nail strip. So ME!

It took a 5 minute learning curve for me.๐Ÿ˜œ But I did it and it was so fast and pure fun!!!

I hope one day you’ll explore and get all dolled up with them!

Application video on:Bewitched Nail Magic.com and to learn more!

PS

Another friend test drove them and shared with me it does not come off easily. She just birthed twins a few months and has a  toddler too.She said it lasted with diaper changing,washing hands,cooking cleaning,bathing …SHE was amazed at the superior performance and the gorgeous hues they come in.