The All I have is Five Minutes face!

I know you’re busy were all busy especially around the holidays. Lately I have bumped into clients out and about town who come or have come to my makeup studio in sunny Florida. However, they cover their faces and tell me please don’t look at me. I look awful. That’s kinda sad don’t you think?

If all you have is five minutes here is what you need.

A sheer foundation like Not Your Mothers Foundation or a powder foundation in a compact. Apply a sheer amount on your face staying away from your eyes and lips.

Next,blend a dash of concealer in a lipstick tube.Apply where you need coverage…eyelids, under eye and on sun or red spots.

A dash of  eye shadow all over the lid…Look for a shade like a Champagne,Pink Champagne or a soft beige gold hue.Yes all you will need is one shade. NOT two or three.

YES, mascara is  optional but liner is a must…it not only lines your eyes and accents them it also can create the look like you applied mascara but it is only eye liner eye pencil you have on. You actually don’t need both.

A kiss of blush or powder bronzer applied with a fan brush to give a warmth to your complexion.

A swipe of lipstick,lip gloss or lip balm…wraps up the look.

See how fast and  so EASY this 5 minute face can be to do? There’s no excuse why you can’t do this too.

My model is my girlfriend Nancy doesn’t she look awesome and pretty naturally?

If you have a holiday party to do and want to look good too…with not a lot of time involved…go for it!

Share with me,chat with me…I LOVE hearing from you and your sharing a beauty secret or two with me.

Hope you are enjoying the beauty of this holiday season.

 

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Gift Ideas with a Florida Twist!

As a business owner…you never are off REALLY. Last week was a whirlwind getting my makeup studio retail ready for the holidays!I LOVE JACKSONVILLE card

So, I am sorry I have been kinda M.I.A.

Since it is the time for gift giving I thought you might like this blog post.

I am really more like a NYC girl and as I write this and the holidays are near I am starting to get homesick already. When I first moved to Jacksonville I felt like actress Eva Gabor in the sitcom Green Acres. I would often dance around the house and tease my husband and sing “Darling I love you but give me Park Avenue”. But having HIM in my life and opened up my business in Florida I eventually fell in love with palm trees,not driving in ice and snow,yummy Southern food and the slower paced lifestyle.

So, with that said I have compiled a list of gift ideas that are made in Florida or that are made in…Jacksonville Florida. You don’t have to live in Florida to buy these.

My blog is called Beauty Candy cause I am crazy about beauty and candy!  Now I have to share with you about my fav’ LOCAL candy delight. 

Topsy Toffee is a locally owned toffee company that is to die for! No kidding. You just can’t eat a few pieces. The creator uses his mom’s recipe and soared with it. Chocolate and toffee anyone? They just introduced a Perky peppermint to the mixjust in time for the holidays…so excited!

http://www.topsytoffee.com

Gottahaveit is a store in the historic Avondale section of town. Iva the owner carries an amazing array of gifts and personalized gifts too. You gotta see this place! Give yourself time to browse and shop. You might even find something  you  love and have to treat yourself too!

http://www.gottahaveit.com

Speaking of beauty there is a beauty of a salon in a sweet yellow house called Chocolate Blonde Salon. I am mad about a product they have named after one of their top stylists! It is called John’s Elixir. This magic mix is not only great for conditioning the hair before you blow dry,you can shave your legs ,face (guys) with it,you can remove makeup with it. I have smoothed out dead ends and brows that have gone wild too. A little goes a long way. And it smells sublime!

Looking for a NEW scent to add to your fragrance wardrobe? TRY No.1 by a local designer Sandra Alford. It is a really sexy but soft  scent. They are offering FREE shipping with any order over $100.00 and up.

http://www.sandraalford.com

Don’t ya just love Chocolate dipped strawberries???

How can you resist? The absolute best the city has to offer comes from Glamour Gourmet.

The creator and owner Natasha makes the most DAZZLING glittered,sugared,chocolate decadence you will ever taste. Find her and shop her Instagram account…that’s how I find her!!! Warning you will soon be drooling at the edibles on the screen. She also makes chocolate dipped shimmering other things. Trust me on this your guests will be WOWED if you serve her glam YUMMY treats or given as a gift they will thing you are the bomb!

If  you’re looking for a hostess gift or something to stuff in a holiday basket you’re making…a trip to Community Loaves is all you need. They have some awesome fresh bread you will love and so will the people you give a loaf to. BREAD HEAVEN awaits you in Murray Hill.

If you are looking for locally made candles there are a few companies I can recommend…

Five Points Candle Company is your go to brand. You may buy them online or at Gottahaveit.

http://www.fivepointscandlecompany.com

Fitz Pulins has some aromatic and beautifully packaged candles. http://www.inventoryroom.com

Jacksonville in a BOX shipped to your or someone who used to live here’s door. A variety of things made in Florida and wrapped and shipped by people who have developmental disabilities. A combination of food plus Florida souvenir fun!

http://www.jacksonvilleinabox.com

If you’re looking for a cheap stocking stuffer and think Jax IS RAD! Go visit this site.JAX IS RAD

 

http://www.jaxisrad.com

Gotta foodie in your life that loves pie? Going to grandmas house or the in laws for dinner? Bring a pie from the YUM YUM TREE. This infamous place is an icon in Jacksonville.

These are just a few of my fav’ things I simply had to share and tell you about!

I know the season is really all about the reason. But since gifts are a part of it. I thought you’d enjoy my gift or stocking stuffer ideas.

Until next time…enjoy the beauty of this wonderful time of year!

 

THANKful for YOU!

photo Thank you blog.JPGAs another glorious Thanksgiving arrived…I wanted to simply say. I appreciate my followers,ones who view daily and new followers to come. I LOVE writing this blog and sharing a snippet of my days and a peek into my life.

But its not all about ME

Let me hear more from you! I’d like to get to know you too!

 

XOXO

Noreen

PS

Beauty TIPS:

  • If you are still partying and have guests over this long weekend.Before your guests arrive or even if it is you alone with your pet. Prep with a ripe avocado face mask for softer skin while you cook.
  • You can also apply a hair mask on your hair and place a shower cap over it. Your body heat from running around the kitchen will make it work faster and condition your hair.
  • Put your sandals on and apply a dash of olive oil on your toes and condition your toes and nails while you whiz around the house with that vacuum cleaner.

Double duty beauty time and get your cooking,cleaning and beauty fix in too!

 

 

 

SPAaaaaaaaaaaah and Rituals!

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I told you I would post about my spa visit in Santa Fe New Mexico. And here it is.

I fell in love with the resort and caring staff at the La Posada De Santa Fe hotel and then I discovered the SPA! The Spa Sage in Santa Fe is a sweet relaxing retreat. Tucked in between our quaint and unique  rooms.

The spa was filled with a wonderful mix of products. Not always do you see that. From beauty to fashion accessories and fragrance.

One thing that caught my undivided attention was a sign holder with the words below and square white patches of cloth and a paper twist tie. Next to it were pieces of this silver gray sage. Here is what it read:

Sage is held sacred by many Native Americans because of its purifying energies.Traditionally cleanses both the body and the mind. Traditionally it is used in areas in smudging ceremony to clear the energy and purify the body.

Upon arrival at SPA SAGE,please make a bundle of sage while thinking of a concern you would like to release as well as good thoughts you would like to bring in.

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This practice will prepare you for complete relaxation during your spa experience. At the end of your spa journey you may leave your worries with us to burn at night in the fireplace or take the bundle home with you to burn or keep for a memory of your experience with Spa Sage.

I never experienced a spa quite like this and this extra special touch!!!

I took my bundle of sage that I put together at the spa so I could photograph it and show you! Tonight I AM following the spas instructions and burning it with intentions.

I also love the fact that if you stay at the lodge you can get a eucalyptus & lavender aromatherapy steam room treatment. Can you smell it?

HEAVENLY! And just what my body needed as I arrived with a respiratory infection. The spa also offers fabulous facials,massage,mani & pedi’s and more!

Come to find out a fan of the hotel staying there told me that Hollywood called and they just shot a movie at this hotel with Benjamin Bratt and a few other celebrities.

If you are ever out that way…you need to see this resort and SPA!

 

 

 

What a Beauty!

 

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From the moment I arrived in New Mexico I loved it! I also was drawn in to the sights of these chili peppers dangling at homes,stores and restaurant doors.

They say that the wreaths,strands and other shaped chilies are not just for cooking and eating but for “Welcoming” people to your home or business.I kinda like that.The colorful red hues welcoming you! In fact much of the food I ate had some heat!

I traveled to New Mexico the locals call the land of enchantment for work and play!photo Santa Fe shoppining

The fashion also got my attention with the Native American decor, clothing and more!

Take a scenic drive on the Turquoise  Trail you’ll never know what you will find…like a yummy haunted tavern,fun shopping and more.

The historic Loretto church is rich in religion and history. There are other fabulous churches to explore as well.

There was an annual Chinese Lantern Festival I would have loved to go to…but time did not allow.

One fabulous meal I had has been seen on Diners,Drive Ins and Dives.…it is called TUNE Up Cafe. It was off the food chain fabulous! Beyond YUM and a husband and wife owned business.

Shop the little road side stands you might see…something NEW to discover wherever you go!

Note to self…the SUNSETS are truly amazing! REALLY!

photo Santa Fe postcard.JPGLoved my hotel La Posada de Santa Fe resort. Next post I will share all about my visit to a famous SPA out in Santa Fe.

I only wish my travel date was able to be timed with their annual Hot Air Balloon Event and race. My husband is a hot air balloonist. It would have been quite a ride.

Hope you enjoyed my view of colorful and beautiful New Mexico!

How To Speak to a Crowd

 

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First, do a little prep before you do a presentation.

 

Get a good night’s sleep. Stay away from that cup of anything Starbucks! You may simply be nervous or caffeine wired up that they you cannot sleep. Instead, try sipping some hot chamomile tea or take a supplement that calms the muscles and nerves called Magnesium.

 

The day of your speech or presentation, eat a good but not heavy breakfast. Keep it light but hearty like an acai yogurt bowl or steel cut oatmeal. If you eat too much you will want to take a nap and feel no energy. If it is a luncheon or evening presentation, pay particular attention to what you eat too.

 

Drink water and stay hydrated. Do you know liquids help your brain think better, you will be more on your toes? This is especially true when you have to take a test or an exam too.

 

Bring honey and lemon throat lozenges you never know when your throat may get that annoying tickle in the throat and a coughing fit comes on.

 

Do not forget to brush your teeth if possible BEFORE your talk and carry Altoids to the rescue.

Guys and gals. Do not’ wear shoes that are brand new. Nothing feels worse than sore feet. Be comfortable in a pair of shoes that are broken in and that are in pristine condition.

If you happen to get the dreaded nervous red flush on the face and chest before you speak…. Apply a CC cream. This cream is unisex and it covers and corrects your skin and calms down the red or pink flushed appearance. No more red.

Ladies…wear a bolder lipstick and cheek color and eyeliner or mascara is necessary. You want to be seen from a distance. If you are in a conference room or small luncheon meeting, lighten up a bit on these.

Guys you can wear a dash of tinted moisturizer to even out your complexion.

Add some guy liner or manscara.

However, not as heavy as Johnny Depp in the pirate movies. A little goes a long way.

Really, they all work and define your eyes and fine-tune your complexion. If you are prone to DRY lips. Apply lip balm. Nothing worse than crusty dehydrated lips.

Do not over do on aftershave or cologne. It can be over powering and you never know who has allergies in the room. You want them to remember you and what you said…Not your fragrance.

Smile as you open up to your audience with your presentation. A smile is better than wearing a Rolex watch that they most likely will never see.

A smile invites them in. Also, tell a little story about yourself or a fun joke that will fit in to what you have to say. If you are nervous…picture the audience is naked. This is a speaker’s tip that works as unusual as it may sound.

Above all, engage your audience, work the room with your eyes, and smile! Do not just look one direction or at a few people in the audience. Show everyone you care about them by your eyes and glance at as many people as you can. Eye contact is key.

After your speech…thank your audience and ALWAYS have your business card ready to give. Never be without it. It is like a mini billboard of you. Add your social media info.I also  find a picture is worth a thousand words. Ever since I added my photo on my business card and website business booms even more. People want to see who they are doing business with and put a face with a name.

I hope this helps you put your best forward and always know this. My words of wisdom: “YOU are a star no matter whom you are so …Shine brightly!”

See you there Jacksonville?

SWS Color 2017

 

The day is almost here…actually 4 glorious days October 19,20,21,22 for the ladies of Jacksonville to enjoy the one and only Southern Women’s Show. I’ll be there whipping up some beauty on the Cooking Stage.

Thursday October 19th at 1:30

I will be featuring skin care and beauty ideas for HEALTHIER looking skin!

Friday October 20th at 1:30

How to Make a few seasonal D.I.Y.’s in your kitchen. Ideas for hostess gifts and gifts on the cheap… But oh so tres chic!

Because it is the shows 30th year. I am donating some awesome giveaways along with Whole Foods Market Jacksonville Florida!

Laurie Hernandez Olympic Gymnast will be making a guest appearance too!

If you live in Jacksonville Florida…come see me!

The SWS  show is always filled with food,fashion and fun!

 

What’s in my handbag you ask?

photoBusiness got in the way yesterday so I am posting this today. Many of you are curious what is in my handbag? So since this week we celebrated National Handbag Day… I decided it was the perfect time to share away.

First of all, I am not necessarily attracted to designer handbags. I purchase handbags like I do bling.I buy what calls out to me on the store shelf. I especially love buying things in my travels so I have a great memory attached to that bag. I used to buy souvenirs like coffee  mugs and tea towels but I stopped that long ago.

So as you can see by the photo in my blog I HAD to own this unique handbag. Isn’t it darling? No, I did not pay a fortune but would have and it does not hold a lot of things but I do love,love, love THIS shoulder strap bag. Don’t you?

Here is what is my handbag:

A mini hairbrush by WET BRUSH…my hair tangles fast and I love this brush.

A mini packet of NeoCell BEAUTY supplements they vary from time to time but this week it is Derma Matrix. I add it to a bottle of water or sprinkle on my food for pretty healthier hydrated skin.

Six assorted shade lipsticks. Cause I never know what mood I am in during a day.

BLACK gel eyeliner pencil. (Never want to be without it )

A pack of Asian powder papers to blot oil and powder my nose at one time.

My wallet with red lips by Betsy Johnson.

My change purse with lips all over it.

A Sharpie Marker in black and in red.

A mini legal pad.

A picture of my TWIN brother and my husband.

A mini pill box filled with aspirin,vitamins C and more.

A package of spearmint gum.

A tiny tin container of Altoids. ( Gotta be KISSABLE)

A business card holder filled with my cards.

To Do List…which changes and gets updated daily

A mini bottle of water if it will fit.

Fun Fact:

I clean out my purse at least once a week. I hate a MESSY inside handbag.

What’s in your bag?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Makeup Artist’s secret…

When it comes to makeup and washing your makeup brushes many of you would rather apply makeup. Same is true for washing your makeup brushes. So, if you’re looking for a quick clean fix …try this!

Instead of washing them with brush cleaner and going through a cleansing ritual after each use….NB8J8503

Simply rinse the one you use with water and then kill any bacteria that may be dancing on them with a spritz of good old witch hazel. I always keep a spray bottle of witch hazel on hand (and label it so I know what it is) Next, take the brush and rub into on a paper towel gently back and forth. Place in a brush holder and let it dry.

If you like to use witch hazel you can wash your brushes thoroughly weekly with a dimes worth of glycerin soaps and a tablespoon of witch hazel. Depending how many brushes you are washing you will need to double this recipe. Rinse your brushes well. Allow them to rest on the edge of  counter top over night.

Once a week wash them like you usually do …Or you can use my other brush cleaning recipes from previous blog posts.

Always  remember …If you want a pretty looking and clear complexion you MUST wash your beauty tools and makeup brushes. No one is going to do it for you so…Just do it!

My SPA & Makeup show beauty haul!

IECSC beauty blog haul.JPGI just enjoyed  two glorious days of awesome at the IECSC conference in beautiful FT. Lauderdale Florida.

I am jet lagged and I didn’t even fly enjoyed …and enjoyed a little bit of Palm Beach and a bit of R&R so I am energized.

There was a vibe on the show floor that happily filled the air…after Hurricane Irma beauty professionals and beauty business owners were so ready to learn and explore the show floor.

I taught my two classes and enjoyed shopping every inch of the show floor.

I sniffed,touched,played in new beauty potions and makeup shades and watched other beauty and skin care experts slay the show floor with their demos and new product releases!

Here is my beauty and skin haul!

The show floor was a candy store for the skin care pro,spa,makeup artist and beauty retailer.

Color has become bolder in makeup, skin has never been more in and the future looks bright for business! Finally!

To Go Spa has added new face masks that offer instant gratification. My fave’s is for the neck and the lips.

Farmhouse Fresh has added soaps to their line and an awesome decadent Chai and a dash of honey Shea butter lotion for the body and hands. This line is coveted by Oprah,J Lo and Kim Kardashians makeup artist have used the brands Agave Nectar on the decollete and body on the red carpet.

Sassi lashes have the most amazing human hair lashes that a lot of makeup artists were buzzing about.

Tan Towel is the safest got to tan that not only do I use but celebrities and the girl next door uses. Their face tan towel comes wrapped like a condom and is great for travel. They also have one for half body and touch up where you want a kiss of color. No orange hands,no smelly TAN,no skin cancer from baking in the sun. I love love love this product.

I purchased a new roller for the skin…It’s called Micro-needling and will explore and chat more on this in a future blog to come soon.

Blinc Mascara  doesn’t paint the lashes but tubes them with mascara has some awesome colors like purple and blue. They also added an amplified mascara to their lash lineup too. This mascara washes off with luke warm water and a washcloth. No running,no clumping!

I took in a few classes and took lots of notes in my glam notebook!

Not only are their more beauty tools and skin devices, dream creams continue to soar.

This fall it is all about BERRY hues on lips, cheeks and eyes … BOLD and beautiful. Metallics are really in too. Thank goodness the smoky eye is taking a bit of a rest.

Red lips dress to impress with the rest so don’t worry girls you can still wear your signature classic red.

I wanted to shop even more…but because of the hurricane the show floor had less vendors. Florida is still TRYING  to make a comeback.

I have a gift box to give away… How would you like to win it?