Tips You Need To Know… before you ✈️ fly!

I have been back at it and traveling for work and it is truly a new trying frontier. If you haven’t flown lately, since the pandemic or ever here are some things to expect … maybe!

Recently my flight got cancelled while I was still in the air traveling from Las Vegas to Atlanta. I did not learn of this news until I was able to turn my iphone as we landed and headed toward the gate. WOW! I was NOT ready for that. Atlanta to Jacksonville Fl is a quick 30-45 minute flight and the sun 🌞 was shining and the skies were the most gorgeous shade of blue!

My husband and I had no luggage,no toiletries,no fresh clothes and no night clothes to go to sleep in.

I usually travel on board with a just in case kit but accidentally packed it in my luggage. We were so not ready for this news but tried to go with the flow. When we walked over to the the ticket counter for Delta there were many others in our shoes so we felt a bit better.

Come to find out we had NO PILOT and no flight crew to take us to Jacksonville Fl that is why our flight was cancelled not due to weather or airplane troubles. You hear and see scenarios on the news BUT when it happens to YOU …is another story. I felt so lost even though I knew it would happen eventually.

Here are some stress relieving ideas for taking on board the plane with you.Create a compact bag for each of you filled with the “Bare Necessities” you may need.

Think small sizes!

Only decide what you really really WANT and need. PSP

For the MEN:

A bag of  travel sized  shave cream, a razor, toothbrush,toothpaste. A shirt for the next day and a fresh pair of underwear.

For the Women:

A bag filled with makeup remover towelettes, moisturizer and your favorite  makeup items. Keep it simple. A tinted moisturizer OR choose a double-duty beauty like powder compact to even out skin tone and tone down shine.Lipstick can be used as blush in a pinch. Eyeliner to define the eyes in place of  a tube of mascara. A nightgown or nightshirt,and a fresh pair of underwear.

Have children with you? YOU know best on what to pack for them and amuse them too.

Travel size toiletries and more you both can share:

Deodorant,a unisex fragrance, package of Q-TIPS,tissues,small hairbrush and comb,hand and body lotion. Usually the hotel supplies shampoo and conditioner.

Bring your RX prescriptions on the plane. Pack something for upset stomach,headaches and anything else you use. An eye mask or a roll on essential oil to keep calm.


Pack a lightweight empty bottle for water for yourselves that you can refill at the airport and save money and keep hydrated.

SNACKS are a must! I have learned to pack a combination of healthy and yummy options.Think comfort food.

MINI bags of dried fruit like cranberries,an apple, small cookies,crackers,gummy bears,potato chips, chocolate bars,gum,mints. Pack a bit of what you love!

Bringing a book or two or some magazines is ALWAYS a good idea.

All of the above are just in case your flight is cancelled and you may have to  stay at a hotel overnight. Please note you don’t know what the hotel may have in the way of toiletries in the room. So, its best to pack your own. OR your plane does not take off in a timely manner and you are stuck on the plane as that can happen too. Most times they serve no drinks or snacks while you wait.  These days you never know.


Getting away for an overnight this Labor day  weekend  or making it a long weekend. Be prepared…it will make your life so much easier.

I hope you do have a safe and fabulous flight and get where you want to go.

Snacks and an empty water bottle are a good idea too. I love to pack a combination of healthy and yummy options. Comfort food. Dried fruits, cookies, gummy bears, mini chocolate bars, cheese crackers or peanut butter crackers. All of these JUST IN CASE. Cause these days you never know.

Getting away for an over night trip or a long Labor Day weekend. Be prepared. It makes life so much easier!

PS

Don’t forget when you go from your hotel that the airline may put you up in you will have to go through Security AGAIN when you enter the airport for your new flight.

LET’S Celebrate National lipstick day!

Its is my favorite time of year! The day we wear and celebrate the beauty of a lipstick and what it does for our lips,complexion and face!

Now’s the time to update your lipstick wardrobe and buy something fresh,fun and new! Run don’t walk! Treat yourself to this instant mood lifter!

But before you do … go over and throw out lipsticks 💄 you do not use. Please bear in mind you don’t want to pass on your makeup to others even family because of Covid-19 even more so.

What’s HOT in lipsticks now?

PINK and fuchsia are the IT shades right now! They brighten the complexion and give you a rosy healthy glow! Summertime also is the perfect time for coral reds and golden shades too. You know sun’-kissed and to show off that tan.

It was an awesome 👄 day on TV 📺 today!

If a color lipstick that you bought is not for you simply apply a sheer white lipstick with a touch of shimmer over it and you might just fall in love with a new gorgeous sexy hue!

If you need to plump up those lips and more! Check out this book!

My Passion for all things fashion!

Aren’t these fabulous?

Did you know CHI haircare has footwear?

So exciting and these are a must have weather you do makeup or skin care or just a cute shoe junkie. A cozy flat that you can’t resist.

Upper velvet.

100% leather lining, leather cut

Handmade embroidery

Hand woven footwear and natural jute

Since you know by now I love lipstick 💄 and 💋 lips… thought you’d enjoy hearing about these shoes.

Hint! These flats are on SALE!

Nail it! DIY

Nail care and self care have never been more important. Looking good feels good and guys want to look their best too. Manicures and pedicures are not just for the ladies. Today on TV on River City Live I am featuring a few segments to do this with ease at home. I still think to get a manicure and pedicure at the spa or salon feels and is amazing. I go with my husband monthly! He actually loves it too.

Here are my tips and tricks to giving yourself a Mani & Pedi at home.

One of the main things you need to consider is setting aside time JUST FOR YOU! Don’t rush. For a manicure you will need at least 15-20 minutes for a pedicure at least 30 minutes.

If you have never had a manicure and pedicure add it to your Bucket List of Beauty or make it your monthly beauty routine. YOU owe it to yourself and your body.

Here are some basic supplies you will need:

1 bottle of Cuticle oil

1 tube of cuticle remover PEN -removes dead skin and hydrates

1 bottle of nail polish remover to start fresh- I like one called  The Stripper

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1 tube or jar of hand and or body lotion and a foot cream

1 clear your favorite nail polish

1  High & Dry Quick-Drying Top Coat 9 it with UVA/ UVB protection


1 emery board

1 cuticle pusher stick

*Optional- a pair of clean nippers  or nail clippers

*Optional- pedicure slippers or flip flops

Here are two methods one for a quick hand and nail fix I like to do and below that is a longer more thorough way to do a nail treatment at home.

If you are REALLY short on time and want a quick manicure fix…You gotta try the new beauty sensation Bonblissity. Like a K Beauty sheet mask does for your face this little gem candy scrub will freshen and soften up those nails, nail beds and hands. INSTANT gratification.

Simply place a candy scrub wrapped in eco-friendly great for the planet way and place the scrub in the palm of your hands.

Run the water or dip your hands into a bowl of luke warm water and get your hands and the cube wet.

Rub gently paying attention to the entire nail area and on the skin on your  hands…tops and bottoms. Leave scrub on and rub some more. It is kissing your dead skin away.

Rinse well and enjoy prettier or more handsome hands in a minute!

I interviewed the hot brand used on the red carpet celebrities, Fashion Week and coveted by the girl next door. I love to support woman business owners and fellow professionals in my beauty industry. So, celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann was who I needed to reach out to. This brand is an Allure magazine Best in Beauty Award winner. Not easy to win. So easy to fall in love with this nail polish brand because it is Earth week even more this brand is a healthier gel alternative. Vegan polish that glides on like a pat of warm butter on toast. To keep you safe you need to look for a polish that does not contain the 10 bad for you ingredients and only use the good.

Go visit YouTube or her website for her ‘How to Give Yourself the perfect Manicure at HOME Tutorial”  www.deborahlippmann.com

For a PEDICURE at Home you will need the above as well. If you do not want to use a color nail polish that is perfectly fine. Or you might consider using a clear polish instead.

 EASY STEPS By Deborah Lippmann

1. Cleanse & Prep the nails and remove all polish if you had any on.

2.Exfoliate & Shape the nails of your hands and feet. Clip if necessary.


3.Perfect the cuticles and nourish with cuticle cream to follow.

4. Apply a BASE COAT. She says it will make you manicure last LONGER.

5.Add a nail polish he if you’d like a dash of color.

6.Apply a TOP COAT to protect your color choice.

7.Apply hand or foot cream, like Rich Girl hydrating hand cream  with hyaluronic acid and Steppin’ Out foot cream on your feet.

Deborah Lippmann ALSO shares her tips on HOW-To polish like a PRO. Worth a look on YouTube.

Questions? Please feel free to reach out to Noreen Young at www.noreenyoung.com

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Oscar Time! 🎥

It happens once a year. The time is here!

My husbands not into watching the Oscars from year to year. But I like to watch the show. So, prepare a mini feast of delights for myself on a silver tray. Yes, just for ME.

As I mentioned before I think every single day is a reason to celebrate! 🎉

Champagne or a “virgin” mocktail cocktail is always a good idea! Right?

Everything is better with a cherry 🍒 on top or the bottom! Isn’t it?

Did you know some mixologists place a sugar cube in a glass of champagne? They say when the champagne 🍾 hits the sugar cube at the bottom of the glass it creates an ongoing fountain of bodacious looking bubbly!

A luxurious dip is delish! Especially while watching the Oscars. This recipe is from a client. I’ve used it for years. It is like a meal in itself. Of course if you’d like to make a charcuterie board or other delights… do that.

What you will need for this Artichoke Casserole recipe:

1 6oz jar of marinated artichokes

1 8oz package of cream cheese

2 packs of chopped frozen spinach

1 tsp 🍋 lemon juice

1/4 lb of real butter

Fresh Parmesan cheese shavings or sprinkled on top.

Cook spinach and be sure to drain it well.

Next add butter & cream cheese into the hot spinach.

Stir cheese but not too much. As lumps are ok.

Cut artichokes into halves.

Grease a casserole dish and line with the artichokes only. None of the liquid.

Add the marinade from the jar and the lemon juice to the spinach mix.

Pour this over the artichokes.

You’re almost done.

Now sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Casserole will be creamy dreamy and delightful! Serve with sliced veggies or crackers of your choice. You’ll be licking the casserole dish. Add some fresh fruit and you’re good to go!

Saving the best for last I like to make something sweet. And popcorn 🍿 from my old vintage popcorn machine makes it even better. It is so cute and so fun!

While the popcorns still warm pour a melted chocolate 🍫drizzle on top. I found some pretty colorful pastel Easter M & M’s and sprinkled that on top! If you’re not into these toppings create something else.

Allow it to cool and harden.

OMG! Yum for one.

Happy Oscars.

Back from an amazzzing trip to NYC…

My first time since the pandemic! WOW!

It has been too long!

It rained, it snowed and the sun finally shined. It was a crazy busy but fun time.

The International Beauty Show and the Esthetics Cosmetics and SPA Conference were great!

The class I taught went well.

The attendees of beauty pros and beauty business owners came from all over the world! I love meeting people from all over the 🌎 globe. So grateful to the smiling faces eager to learn in my classroom for Advanced Workshops.

The show floor bustled with happy 😊 shoppers! They were stocking up and exploring products and beauty supplies and equipment for their beauty practice or spa or salon business.

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COVID put a kink in our lives and travel plans for work and play but it looks like New York is coming back! Slowly but surely.

This morning on TV 📺 on River City Live on WJXT-4 I will be kissing and telling what I saw on the streets of NYC and at the show. http://www.news4jax.com or http://www.rivercitylive.com

I’m trying to get caught up with work and haven’t even unpacked yet!

So please come back for more. In the meantime check out the video and more on the stations website. Also my video will be put up on YouTube.

Enjoy!

Today On TV it is all things Asian beauty and gifts & more!

You don’t have to be Asian to celebrate the Chinese or Lunar New Year. I LOVE celebrating every day I am alive!

The beauty of the lunar new year is it is rich in traditions and delicious fun!

Here are 10 Ways You Can Do It:

Let’s get this party started! If you want to celebrate send an invitation by MAIL. Yes, snail mail (I am not fond of that description) is the BEST mail. We are bombarded with IPHONE and computer emails and nothing seems special anymore! This invite can be to be with your BAE, bestie, family and friends.

*Did you know that the US POSTAL service sells beautiful forever stamps every year? This year it is all about the Year of the Tiger.

*You can easily celebrate with your own family by ordering TAKE OUT and supporting the sweet small businesses in your community. We small business owners ALL need your business. Don’t be afraid to order food that’s new to you. And don’t forget to order the noodle dishes…they represent LONG life in the new year.

*Brew and serve a pot of hot green or jasmine tea and serve a fortune cookie or Asian cake. I also recommend serving oranges or kumquats. IF you want to explore and serve slices of DRAGON FRUIT which is known to help gut health, your immune system and your skin look its best.

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*Set the table with plates and bowls or just find Chinese Take Out containers to serve in. Not much clean up!

*Be authentic and set the table with chopsticks. Make them LEARN how to use them. It just may be quite amusing. The Asian grocery stores even have chopsticks for children and adults so many gorgeous styles and patterns to choose from.

Decorate with red and gold. Lanterns and more. Maybe you can find a Tiger 🐅 figurine.

*Make party favors so everyone gets a treat to go home with. I love to use small decorative take out boxes or organza bags to put the token gift in.

*If you’re feeling adventurous have a FORTUNE COOKIE making party! They are easy and so fun to make!

If you’re looking for a great gift for your Valentine ❤️ this year. Perhaps you might consider giving a gift of food and drink for the kitchen. Or a bamboo steamer filled with Asian beauty products.

Whatever you do you’ve got 15 days to celebrate 🎊 it with your family and friends too!

Oily, Dry or Combination skin…

Which one are you?

It’s January and a new year. It is time to refresh your skin care routine. But first you need to do a check in on what your skin is looking like and doing at this time.

Wash your face, look in the mirror in good lighting or better yet I like sunlight in the morning. Discover what your skin FEELS like and see.

1. Do your pores look large or small? Larger pores are typically associated with oily skin. Smaller pores are associated with skin on the dry side.

2. Does your T-zone get shiny? Look Greasy? EspecIally in the midday? This is typically and most common with combination skin a most common skin type.

3. When you press with your thumb on your forehead does it leave a white spot with a bit of redness around it? This usually means you have sensitive skin issues at this time.

This skin care quiz was created by my colleague Victoria Tabak who owns Nature Pure Labs.

Victoria and I both agree for you to keep in mind your skin can change at any time. And your skin will change as you age as well. It’s just a matter of time. Because you’ve messaged me on this I thought I’d share this quiz this year with you.

Stress, the change of weather, exercise regime and your diet all affect your skin and type.

After you do this analysis. Meet with a skin care PRO and look into the possibilities on what they recommend for you. If you prefer to shop for yourself in your local drug, grocery or big box store that’s fine too. Just make sure YOU are buying what’s right for YOU! Your skin at this time too.

FYI

Sometimes you can be all three. Skin care isn’t one size fits all.

Bathe yourself (mentally) in soothing light!

The magic of salt lamps!

I’m lining myself up for a better, calm and stress free new year. Adding to my decor. I’m not all about making new year resolutions anymore. How about you?

I have added more salt lamps to my spaces from a mini one by my computer 💻 to ones in other rooms of my home.

Salt lamps and Pink Himalayan salt lamps are so cool to look and calming to the spirit. Especially after a stressful or long day at work! You know what I mean.

Do you know many salt lamps are imported from ancient Polish salt mines? Poland was on my bucket list in spring 2020 until Covid arrived in our lives. Since my mom is of Polish descent I really wanted to travel ✈️and visit that part of our beautiful world.

Did you know there are salt spas in Poland that have wonderful powers for our health?

I have grown to love ❤️ the beauty of surrounding myself with salt lamps in my business and in my home. They illuminate your room or corner of the room with peachy, golden yellow and slightly red hues. The benefits are endless. Purifying and clearing the air in your space is just one of them. I love the ambient light they give a room. And so relaxing to gaze at in a room. Maybe it’s time you added a salt lamp or two to your home. They used to be pricey. But not anymore. You can find them now even at big box discount stores.

I have read about the healthy benefits of salt therapy and about the spas and salt mines in Poland. I so wanted to go! There are a few salt caves and spas that are in Poland and the one I hope to go to one day and visit is in a town …Wieliczka, Poland. They say spas and resorts offer therapeutic treatments like breathing salt infused air and incredible facials.

They say… Salt lamps also may help with people with allergies, aging skin, respiratory issues and so much more.

Let the light 💡 envelop you and take it all in with this calming therapy for your space, mind and spirit.