Counting down to… Las Vegas again!

Last year the shows got cancelled.

PRO only shows…
Stylists,makeup artists,nail techs,estheticians and beauty business owners from all over the world will flock to the ever popular International Beauty Show and the International Esthetics Cosmetics & Spa Conference.

But now … Counting down with hope to a fabulous and fun time. June is coming soon.

I’ll be BEAUTY reporting from there and sharing with you ALL THAT I SEE. It’s going to be a bumpy exciting out of the park ride! Hair beauty shows are not like peaceful spa shows. They have a mood and vibe all of their own and have seen some unique hair and makeup Pro’s. Some of them wear just as much makeup as you and I do and their men! If I bump into any you need to know about.

I’ll Instagram and blog out photo’s and comments to you. So follow me there too!

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I’ll be guest speaking at the spa show and reporting LIVE from both shows.

Find out …What’s hot, What’s Not, What’s now! It is going to be a beauty filled and hair raising time!!!

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I LOVE ❤️ Las Vegas and if you haven’t been maybe now’s the time to add it to your list of places to go when we can all travel without a care! So much to see and the eye candy is mostly FREE. SO MANY PLACES TO EXPLORE. Good and club life is non- stop. Hotels to die for! Amazing views! All waiting for me and you. Minutes from the desert 🌵 Red Rock Canyon and a few hours car ride to California.

I can’t wait to shop the IECSC show floor! And see the latest and greatest in skincare,makeup and more! If you’re a beauty pro, spa or salon you gotta go!

I will be teaching a class on MAKEUP and sharing the new look for the summer.

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Nail Techs will show the latest in hues and looks for nails.

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Hair in all it’s crowning glory will reign supreme! Can’t wait to see the new hues and styles and share them with you!

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So stay tuned I’ll share more.

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The last time… I saw New York City

The last time I saw New York City was a year ago this week. How about you when was the last time for you? Or have you never been to NYC.

I was filled with hope and excitement honored to guest speak and educate at the the one and only International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa Conference as well as the International Beauty Show. Hair stylists, make-up artists, estheticians, massage therapists,salon owners and spa owners come from ALL over the world to attend these shows every year! I love ❤️ this show and look firearm to the excitement on the show floor too!

The city truly never sleeps and there is so much to explore.

The hustle and bustle of the NY airport ✈️ there has such an exciting vibe. I hailed a cab and got in ready to work and play.

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I eventually stayed out until DARK and never looked back.

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It was a cold but glorious sunny 😎 day with a gorgeous view of the city on the horizon. And headed to the hotel. I am from the city and travel for work and play but it never feels like work nor do I ever get tired of NEW YORK CITY.

Once at the hotel I checked in and started to unpack in my room making plans for dinner and fun that night before my class the next morning. I got a text telling me to hang tight that the show will not be going on. I knew this was serious news.

The Javits Center the convention area where our shows are held were going to be turned into a triage for those sick with Covid-19. The virus was In the US and nipping at NY’s doors. It was all so surreal and hard to take in. I couldn’t believe what was really happening.

I did not know how THIS would change my NEW YORK as I knew it and enjoyed it for all these years.

I arrived and was armed with sanitizing wipes,alcohol and other disinfecting travel supplies. But there was no protocol for face covers or masks and none to be had even if we wanted to buy them. YET! We were very very careful from our airplane seat and tray table cleaning to washing our hands often wherever we went.

My husband and I decided to leave the hotel and grab a drink and a bite and gather our thoughts on how we were going to handle this all. How can we check out since we were booked their for days and how do we change our flights without a penalty last minute?

I did NOT want to frighten myself and go in panic mode so we did the next best thing. We went out and enjoyed the city! Who knows when we’d ever be flying to or enjoying NYC again? Right?

We ate at a Jewish Deli and restaurant we always wanted to go to called 2nd Ave Deli.

We bought some bread treats in Little Poland,

We ate all kinds of warm nuts from street vendors.

We visited the the new Hudson Yards and The Edge, we stopped and shopped at different stores and bars.

So many places to shop and explore. You never know what you will find. We just kept on walking and soaking it all in.

Every corner in NYC and its boroughs is filled with such wonder to explore.

The Vessel
My husband insisted on taking this photo… as the iconic phone booths are being removed in the city.

We SPED shopped some skin care/makeup stores, beautiful boutiques and Macy’s, Bloomies, Saks and more!

I even bought us fresh fruit from markets, decadent pastry & flowers to bring back to the hotel room.

I love to stock my hotel room with fresh fruits, breads and a sweet treat for my stay.
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I stocked up on my favorite fashion and international beauty magazines from my fav’ news stand.

We enjoyed dining at a charming place named Veselka (a Ukranian/Polish) eatery in downtown Soho section where WE discovered fabulous food,great mom and pop kind of business and a place they use to shoot scenes for movies and also seen on SVU the TV show.

Yum!

Minutes from the city I had planned to see my family and surprise them with our visit but since I was in the midst of it all I did not want to spread anything to them.

I am so glad we made the decision to stay and enjoy all of New York that we could. In a strange way you might say…it was one of the best days of my life!

This trip,this time in my life would be making history. I did not really know how our lives and for people all over the world was about to change and NEVER ever be the same.

Where were you right before quarantine?

Prepping for my Super 🏈 Bowl!

I’ve had my share of making up sports celebrities from NFL football players, sportscasters for FOX Sports, ABC, NBC,CBS and more. It is work with a view in the sky box some people envy and would be thrilled to be in my shoes!

My husband often says I am so ungrateful because between powdering their faces I read Allure magazine and European & Asian fashion magazines.

Now I find myself loving doing my thing, cooking and getting some yumminess ready for my husband to enjoy if he happens to watch the game. And taking care of ME and enjoying some self care time.

So with the pandemic I have more time and not on a plane ✈️ on the weekends for work. Sunday is now my day.

While the Super Bowl goes on I will cleanse, steam, detox,hydrate my skin, help my eye area, sip and play away! I might catch the half-time show. I’ll see how that goes.

If you’re not much into football?

Perhaps you’ll join in on the fun from your house and get all the essentials you need and want to use on your face and body. You may not have to look far. You might just have these kind of things at your house.

My Super Bowl Beauty Time!

So here’s my plan.

I’ll cut up a fresh lemon 🍋 and 🍊 orange and make fresh fruit infused water but not from tap. This time I’ll prepare it with sparkling Perrier water for a fun twist.

After I wash my face I am going to steam my skin with my Mini Nano Facial Steamer. So refreshing, helps the pores and makes my skin look dewy too.

I’ll rinse my face with Intrinsics natural cotton cloths.

Afterwards I’ll pull up all my hair away from face and into a ponytail and apply a honey hair mask that is like an Asian sheet mask for your hair. They work wonders!

I’ll use some Vitabird Vitamin C Powder to brighten the skin.

Next I’m going to use a Korean Beauty AKA K Beauty Cucumber 🥒 Face sheet mask.

I’ll use my Agate Gemstone Facial Roller to help massage yes goodness and ingredients in.

Then I am going to use my Inna Organic eye mask and give a treat to my eye area.

Keeping our skin well moisturized is so important and I am so crazy about Honey Chai lotion by FarmHouse Fresh. I’ll even leave it on my feet sometimes and put them in a pair of clean white cotton socks overnight.

While these are working their magic I’ll apply my Tealiscious Green Tea lip treatment on my lips. Great to use a bit outside the lip area as well. Especially if you have sun damage and or smoke or vape. Gotta take good care of those lips. Nowadays especially since we are wearing face covers and 😷 face masks even more!

Beauty Bonus:

If you’d like and have the time … earlier in the day or later while the game is going on. There is nothing like a bath! Really! A shower simply won’t do! Light up a faux or real candle,set the mood with your fave music 🎶 and get in a warm not hot bath. Either a bath bomb like a invigorating Watermelon scented Bath bomb by Bath Nectar or a bunch of bath bubbles.

Get lost in the bath and let those cares go away from the day or week! It not only makes you feel good but smells good and cleans your skin beautifully!

I hope you have a fabulous Super Bowl Sunday if you live in the USA and that you take some time even if it’s just 10 minutes for you.

Day 20 of MY Beauty Secrets

Winter, summer, spring or fall… I love a bit of a color best of all. When I moved from NYC to Florida as I fell in love with a man but being in the 🌞 Florida sunshine and getting a tan was the cherry 🍒 on top!

Yes, I do love a pretty, smooth and glowing complexion ! But I also love to tan. Especially in the winter. But I don’t do it at the beach or in a tanning bed anymore. I learned the Florida sun was hard on our skin! Even walking, riding a bike or driving in our car we can get a sunburn fast. Next, I got skin cancer! Never want to go there and get that surgery again.

So I fell in love with sunless tanners. I like to be be kissed by the sun.

Tan Towel is my BFF

One of my absolute favorites is a brand called Tan Towel. The reason why it was such a hit for me and my skin?

No orange tinted hands, no odor, so portable for my travel schedule and lifestyle… and once applied so NATURAL looking!

Don’t want to look old and age faster before your time?
Protect yourself, Darlings!

All from the size of a washcloth! No messy tubes or lotions.

So if you’re looking for a safer kiss of color on your face and body. Check out this awesome 😎 product!

Hopefully you will love it too.

Day 16 of MY Beauty Secrets

I have super sensitive skin! So I often like to whip up my own potions for my skin. This is one of my go to’s especially when my skin is needs it.

What you will need is:

First wash your face…

1 Ripe 🥑 Avocado

1/4 cup of oatmeal (uncooked)

Avocado,honey & oat face and neck mask

2 tablespoons of raw organic honey 🍯

Mix well all of the above ingredients.

If you are allergic to any ingredients do not use them all.

Apply the mixture to your face. I also like to include my neck too.

It may be a bit messy but so worth it!

Allow it to rest on your face for at least 15 minutes.

Wash off your face with a lukewarm washcloth drenched with water.

The honey and avocado moisturize your skin. The oatmeal calms and soothes.

Great to do this once or twice a month.

I hope enjoy this creamy hydrating treat for your skin.

Enjoy!

Day 14 of MY Beauty Secrets

When applying a bold hued eyeshadow I always place a dusting of “Translucent” colorless powder across the eyelid BEFORE applying the color. I also use a concealer before it too. Sometimes lash primers aren’t all that. Purple, green, royal blue whatever the hue the powder will make the color go on easier for you.

The powder will also coat your eyelashes a bit and when you put on your mascara you will have more lush lashes too.

Day 4 of My Beauty Secrets

“Tired of your bold lipstick or lip gloss running down and around your lips?”

Me too!

Invisible Lip Liner! 👄

As a professional makeup artist and educator in the spa and salon industry I always get asked this question.

I used to recommend a pigmented lip liner like a cherry red, sangria or a nude liner.

Nowadays not every girl wants to use a lip liner. But don’t want the feathering or bleeding (I hate to say that word) So my beauty secret is using an invisible lip liner.

It magically locks color in place. You can’t even see it when you apply it. It looks like the color of white candle wax in the pencil.

I don’t how it does it. But I use it on myself, my clients, newscasters, bridal parties and on photo shoots.

If you have this problem! Check it out. Your ❤️ the beautiful look and effect!

Invisible Lip Liner is a must! 👄

Day 2 of My Beauty Secrets

Your complexion looks best when it is even in tone and makes you look so well rested. Even with a face mask or face covers I still do this!

Place a few dots of concealer under the eyes, on your eyelids, around your nose and a dash on your chin. This will even out sunspots, broken capillaries and town down any redness. No foundation needed.

The problem I see is when girls over do by going crazy with their concealer like on the filtered faces of Instagram or beauty videos on YouTube… it looks so unnatural. Too much!

You want to look like yourself only better and let your pretty complexion shine through!

*By the way, when I feel I look really tired my go to is a salmon colored concealer. I also keep a fleshy yellow concealer and a nude too. I like to mix and match or depending on my need that day use one hue at a time.

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:

👄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!

👄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.

👄And high clear shine lip gloss for a sexy pout! And a lip conditioner for HIM.

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👄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! .

👄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.

👄Perfume, cologne or a delicious lotion along with deodorant.

👄A mini brush I love the Wet Brush brand.

👄Blinc Brand mascara water 💦 and sweat resistant.

👄 Hairspray and styling gel

👄Clothes pin or safety pin for any fashion issues.

👄Mini sewing kit and safety pins

👄Hard candy

👄Gum

👄Mouthwash

👄Aspirin or ibuprofen.

👄Tums or Alka-Seltzer just in case.

👄 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 ❤️ 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 🌎 will go on.

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Brown & Black Girl Beauty!

I love ❤️ 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 🍯 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 of  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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