Kitchen Beauty

photo River city live 8-2017.JPGFriday on a pop culture and entertainment show here in sunny Florida called River City Live TV I shared some of my signature beauty secrets from the kitchen or your own backyard. I thought you would enjoy them!

Make a facial steam bath…to open up your pores and sweat!

Your skin will love it. Make a pot of tea water…fill a glass bowl with some of that hot water.Rub herbs in palm of your hand a bit.Place sprigs of rosemary OR fresh spearmint inside the bowl of steamy water. Allow time for it to float and infuse the aromatics from the herb.  You can also try this D.I.Y. with other fresh herbs from your fridge or garden. Place your face near the bowl and let the steam (not water) hit your face.Do this for at least 5 minutes. Rinse your face well and use your fav’ face toner and a light moisturizer next.

In a pinch and don’t have any facial scrub at home?

Try using cornmeal from your pantry!

Take a spoonful and place in a little dish. Add some water. Make a little liquid  grain like paste. Apply on a clean face and work in gentle circular motions. Stay away from your eyes and lips. Leave on for a couple of minutes and rub again gently. I like to do this on my T-zone. Rinse well and follow up with your facial toner.This is not only great for the pores but also great for dry flaky skin as a natural exfoliant.

Got stress?

A kitchen rolling pin isn’t just for baking darlingsGet it out and have your sweetie release the stress on your back and or back of legs. Use with gentle strokes.It really does wonders. Use a dash of olive or sunflower oil for some massage oil slip (like massage therapists use). I like it better than on dry skin. When you can’t see your massage therapist this works!

Roses aren’t just good to decorate your house with they also make a floral delight for your eyes. In place of cucumbers a rose petal has soft hydrating properties. They say ancient Chinese royalty loved to do this. I prefer organic roses. All you do is take a petal and place one on each side. Rest your eyes and listen to some music or enjoy the quiet in the room.Now, remove the petals and enjoy softer skin.

I LOVE making fruit or vegetable infused water.…and drink it all day. Better than coffee or sodas and they quench your thirst and make your skin happy too. On TV I showed the viewers how to make a personal bottle of this water. I found an adorable glass with a straw built in and keep it on my desk or work area.

1 container or large pitcher of spring water

1 fresh organic kiwi sliced

1 sprig of  fresh mint

ANOTHER version simply add wedges of oranges.

Allow them to set in pitcher for at least an hour or more. This lets the above make love together and makes the water taste great. Enjoy!

*Drink at room temperature. That’s what a lot of doctors say is best to do. Not ice cold.

Remember my philosophy is not all things have to come from a store…making it yourself is fun and kinda therapeutic. I hope you’ll let me know of any ideas or recipes you like to do too! I LOVE hearing from you.

xoxo

 

 

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Sugar Me up!

photo SUGAR ME UP.JPGTis’ the season for sugar and  all the tempting sweets that come with it!

It is also the time of the year to kiss lots and the weather can give us the driest lips!

I like to make and use this D.I.Y. when I ma ready to KISS under the mistletoe and my lips get dry from rapid change in the weather  or times your lips simply need a moisturizing plumping boost.

My recipe is simple~

1 Teaspoon of honey (organic is my fav’)

1 Teaspoon of brown sugar (organic is my fav’)

Stir the two together for a lip softening treatment at home! Apply to clean lips and rub back and forth with your ring finger. Leave on at least 3 minutes and repeat rubbing process again.

Rinse with warm water on a wash cloth or flat round cotton pad.

Apply your fav’ lip balm afterwards.

Kiss the night away and ring in the new year with soft lips!

 

Because you asked…MY Skin Care Rituals!

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The most common question I get asked is what are  MY daily skin rituals?

So, because so many of you have asked I decided to share it with you.

#1 I take care of my skin!

NO secret there. I never go to sleep with the end of the days makeup on. No matter how tired I am or how much champagne I  might have enjoyed at a beauty event or at a party that evening.I always remove my makeup and wash my face well.

My main goal is to have healthy looking clear (blemish free skin) skin and also want to be healthy from within!

I love to spray my face with rosewater during the day.I also set my makeup with it.

I don’t wear lots of foundation.I apply it where I need it. I am not fond of looking at a couple of  sunspots I got from sunbathing when I first moved to Florida.I like an even looking  complexion.

I am a “water girl”…I drink tons of it!!!

I drink bottled water and also enjoy drinking a special water called All Beauty Water. I rarely drink soda or other sweet drinks.

After I wake up I drink a cup of hot water with a squeeze of lemon.This is my go to!!!

My mother taught me this since I was a little girl.She drank this daily. Then I drink either coffee or aromatic jasmine tea. Sometimes depending how my day is going to be I drink  Italian coffee with a pot I bought in Italy I got addicted to it on trips to Italy.

I take Belle + Bella   Probiology  capsule probiotic daily.It really helps me to maintain healthy skin from within…the gut~

I also love to drink my collagen and wear it too with NeoCell‘s new collagen supplement in powder form and my standby Beauty Infusion powder skin supplements by NeoCell too. Just add them to water,sip and go! My skin LOVES it and it shows.

Since moving from NYC/NJ to sunny  Florida for my husband I have gotten smarter and learned to love adding a sunscreen to my beauty skin routine.After meeting countless women with weathered sun damaged skin,I simply had to.

I also learned a good pair of sunglasses “sunnies” are a healthy addition to my fashion/SKINcare wardrobe.”They protect your eyes as well as the skin around your eyes where squinting wrinkles form.

I love to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. I buy them almost on a daily basis.Fresh is BEST! They do wonders for your skin.I love to visit Asian market and stores and farmers markets or shop at Whole Foods Market or Trader Joe’s.

I love supporting small biz farmers vegetable and fruit stands when I travel too! This weekend I am going to enjoy steamed veggies,yummy salads with edible flowers,I’ll make some blueberry sangria and a bit of naughty.Not sure what that naughty will be.

When I want to eat candy I love Sweet Pete’s in Jacksonville Florida or shop Dylan’s Candy Bar in NYC or pop in the Sugar Factory in LV…but since  sweets age your skin faster I put myself on pause and eat a Beauty Burst by NeoCell.It is like candy for your skin. It has wonderful bonuses  for skin,nails and my hair and tastes like a StarBurst’s chewy candy.Taking vitamins never tasted or feels so good.

Since I LOVE natural I am going to make my skin a treat! I use this mask before I put on makeup. I vary using different fresh recipes I have created through the years.

An Oatmeal & Coconut Milk Face Mask

Try this recipe if you like to D.I.Y.face mask:

3 ounces of ground oats

1 1/2 ounces of coconut milk

Optional: Grind a small vanilla bean into the oats.It will smell amazing!

Mix dry with the wet ingredients and add a dash of fresh whole milk if it is not moist enough.

Apply to a clean face and leave on about 10-15 minutes.

The Beauty Benefits?

Great for all skin types including sensitive skin. It adds moisture to your complexion and gently exfoliates dry flaky skin too. I prefer to leave it on 10 minutes or so. Rinse mask off with  warm water and a washcloth. Add any one of the  moisturizer’s on my shelf and apply Young Eyes eye gel.

I also will slice some cold cucumbers and place one of each on my eye lids and rest my eyes. I truly think music is healting to the soul and calms the spirit.My fav’ is listening to the beautiful music of George Skaroulis “Sanctuary or David Young’s “Bliss”. If you don’t know their music you need to!

Hope you enjoyed a peek inside my skin care rituals.

I embrace my not so perfect lovely face. Do you?  What do you do?

*Due to your requests and inspired by the site Into The Gloss too. I hope you enjoyed the rituals I do.More on my skin rituals to come .

 

HELLO, Beauty!

The Easter bunny is coming early and hopping your way with these awesome beauty samples and finds! As a makeup artist and skin care therapist I can never get enough beauty!How about you?

BEAUTY HAPPENING…A BEAUTY EVENT week and a beauty bag.

A limited-edition Hello Beauty cotton cosmetic bag – An incredible retail value of $80+ will be sold in Whole Foods Market locations for a scrumptious price of ONLY $15

It will be filled with some NEW…Whole_Foods_Market_logo.svg …spring essentials you need, including:

  • Hauschka Soothing Cleansing Milk .34 oz
  • dermae Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask .5 oz
  • Acure Pore Minimizing Facial Scrub 1 oz
  • evanhealy Rose Geranium Facial Toner HydroSoul 1 oz
  • Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant + 10 ml
  • MyChelle Perfect C Serum .17 oz
  • Mineral Fusion Lash Curling Mineral Mascara (Gravity) .57 oz
  • Burt’s Bees Sunset Cruise Lip Stick .12 oz
  • Weleda Skin Food .34 oz

Just a heads up girls…they won’t last until  the weekend…

They are while supplies last!

It is going to be a beautiful week once you own yours!

Who doesn’t love an awesome deal and save money too~

 

Spiced Water D.I.Y.

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Red delicious apples have the right amount of crunch and are delicious to eat. They help to curb your appetite. Boost your metabolism and they say help  keep the doctor away.

But I love them all year round in water. Especially now.

I cut slices of apples (organic when possible) LEAVE the skin on and add them to a pitcher of room temperature filtered water.

Next I sprinkle in some cinnamon sugar (desired to taste) It helps to balance your blood sugar levels.

I then put a few red cherries from a jar into an icecube tray with water and freeze. I love the taste of them and the happy bold hue.

I let it rest on the kitchen counter a few hours for the above to dance together in the fresh water.

Refrigerate to keep it from spoiling. It won’t last long in your house as it is so applelicious and pretty light,crunchy and tasty!

Serve and enjoy a refreshing treat that will help you forgive your food sins you just committed over the holidays.

Who knows… you might just look skinnier in that LBD (little black dress) or pair of jeans and Louboutin heels this New Years Eve.

Treat …is the perfect small gift!

MarshmallowLipScrubinaTube.312wTis’ the season for giving gifts and filling those stockings on the mantle.

I found a brand that you are going to love girls!  In fact they call themselves the Happiest Brand in the Land. This indie brand was started in 2002.It is Cruelty Free and filled with good for you ingredients.

I LOVE candy and marshmallows too. So this sent me over the moon by the way it smelled and the way it felt.The product I am talking about is a Marshmallow Cream lip scrub.

Kiss flaky dry lips with this beauty by Treat Beauty.

Like a lip balm on steroids this is a big hunk of luscious love for your lips.I say this because the colorful tube is huge but in a good way.

Made in Oregon with organic sugar,coconut oil,shea butter and other delights.It is a sweet recipe for the lips. TEENS would love it too.

They also have a matching lip treat and it is a moisturizing lip balm in the same flavor and old fashioned jumbo tube.

Soothing and great for even the most sensitive of skins.

#shopsmall every day .www.treatbeauty.com

Get Glowing with Pumpkin!

I love to cook and makeup in my kitchen and at my vanity.

Try this D.I.Y. and your skin will be on a pumpkin happy high!

In the fall your skin needs some love with something fresh and that gives your skin gentle exfoliation.

1/2 Cup of PLAIN old pumpkin (canned is OK too) Not the pumpkin pie one.

1/2 teaspoon of organic honey

Mix the two together. Let this mixture rest at least half an hour on the counter.

Apply on a CLEAN face. It will not dry perse and harden like a clay mask. This is a creamy mask.

The beautiful benefits of this mask are…your skin will soak the honey in and it will lock in moisture.

The pumpkin is really rich in anti-oxidants …Vitamin C,E and A.

Anti-aging and skin brightening. Your makeup will glide on silk and your skin will look better too.

Fall doesn’t only mean a change in the leaf colors in nature. It also is a time your skin changes too!DIY PUMPKIN MASK

Quench Those Lips!

photo ALOE & coconut oil

KISS your lips with this~

The holiday is winding down and knowing you…you most likely over did it in the sun. Moisturize and make your lips softer tonight and go to sleep with this.

What you will need to get softer kissable lips is:

1 oz.coconut oil

1 oz. aloe (not the green one the clear gel)

A sprinkle of rosewater ( I use rosewater they use for baking for this recipe. But you can try some other scent.)

Stir all of the above and place in a mini jar.

LABEL it if you’d like… I found these sexy fun lips~

Kiss your lips with this yummy rose scented bliss!

Let me know how you like this recipe.Or share your D.I.Y. recipe with me. I love hearing from you!

Be in the Know…Get that GLOW!

GlowStick It is the start of the awesome July 4th weekend and maybe you’re going to hang in town  have a barbeque and shop on your computer too. Here is a product I discovered browsing on Instagram. I had to own one! It is not glitter in a balmy stick it is so much more.

Z E has many benefits… at the top of the list it  makes your skin look fabulous and gives your skin a subtle glimmer glow. It is an indie brand created by a woman. This brand’s products have the good stuff and none on the bad.

100% organic,natural,vegan,shea butter,coconut oil and is highly moisturizing.

You decide if you want to be a Golden Bronze Goddess or a Bronze Bahama Mama. http://www.zabanaessentials.com

Go for the glow, Gorgeous!

Bye, Bye, Cellulite!

coffee-grindsWomen keep on asking me about a natural way to help the appearance of cellulite now that bathing suit season approaches…especially the ladies of sunny Florida.

First off you can’t just get rid of cellulite.BUT you can help with way it looks on your thighs and more. I have a bit of it too. So, I decided to share an easy recipe with the viewers on The Chat TV show in Florida.

Here is the D.I.Y. Recipe fix:

1 cup coffee grounds from a pot of coffee you made 1/2 cup organic brown sugar *You can use white sugar of you do not have brown sugar! 1 cup of coconut oil Mix all of the above together in a glass or plastic bowl. Take a quick shower and get wet.Standing or sitting at the edge of the tub if you have one and start to apply this java,oil and sugary blend.

*Be careful it may be a bit slippery in the tub.

Skin Benefits: The caffeine in coffee can help soften the appearance of cellulite. Sugar softens and exfoliates. Of course you know I am a big fan of coconut oil and it hydrates and nourishes your skin too. Rub away and feel better about the appearance of your cellulite with this sweet coffee and sugar treat….without spending a fortune from a store shelf jar.

It is so much fun to D.I.Y. !!!