Bubbly Beer Face Brew!

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I was inspired by all the exotic beers surrounding me at European Street Cafe in sunny Jacksonville Florida. My fav’ charming hunk bartender Billy who rules E Street as we affectionately call it and he let’s me sample some amazing brews.If you are ever in sunnyย  Florida this place is a must see. The beer and food is amazing and the bartender is priceless! Oh and did I mention they have the most amazing hot pretzels?

So, I bought some beer home and here’s what I came up with for a frothy fun facial for my skin.You can enjoy it with your guy too!

Here is what you will need:

1/2 can of beer (any kind)

1 egg white (I prefer to buy my eggs fresh from the farm/farmers market)

1 fresh lime squeeze a dash in minus the seeds

Whip the above up with a hand mixer as it makes a luscious fluffier lightweight mask.But you can use a fork instead.

The egg whites are filled with nutrients and they tighten the skin

The lime contains a dose of vitamin C which helps to tone down brown spots on the face and body.

Drink the rest of the can of beer and relax while the mask dries.

A little bit of beer and prettier skin too!

Stay tuned to my next recipe.

Alert: don’t do this and go out in the sun as your skin will be more sensitive in the sun. It is the vitamin C from the limes or lemons or oranges that do this.

 

 

 

#ShopSmall best of all!

images SMALL biz Saturday 2013In case you have not heard.
There is a beautiful movement all over the country.

Saturday November 29th is #SHOPSMALL day where sweet small businesses NOT big box stores celebrate,flaunt (with pride)and share the beauty of their businesses in their own way. Started just three years ago by American Express but also in on the beautiful shop small shopping fun is Federal Express.
Since I own a retail and online business I will celebrate this wonderful day too.

I hope you will…shop small and visit shops in your neighborhood
Look for the ads,posts on Social Media and the WELCOME mat that greets you at the door.
Enjoy a cup of cheer,a decadent edible and a FREE shop small eco tote bag (shipped free with our welcome mat) by FedEx to our businesses…if you are lucky enough to be one of the first shoppers at one of your participating those stores.

For today and the next I will be spending time with family (via phone calls) and my sweetie TODAY and enjoying the beauty of Thanksgiving. I wish you a beautiful Thanksgiving with all my heart!

If you happen to live or be visiting Jacksonville Florida perhaps I’ll see you at my beauty cottage door on the South side of Jacksonville Florida. We have many specials, yummy pie and cider to help with your shopping high.
Think about us and give small businesses some LOVE.

#ShopSmall

Every Stone Has a Story in NYC

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I promised I’d share my recent adventures back home to NEW YORK CITY.

Let’s get started with that beautiful city they loved so much they named it twice…
NEW YORK,NEW YORK!

Every stone,sidewalk building has a story and tells you it if you listen.I never knew how much I would miss the Northern states until I moved for my husband to the land of sunshine,Disney World and who could forget those beautiful palm trees.

New York is a very special place!

I know I have posted blogs about New York and New Jersey before but I canโ€™t get enough of it. So, this last trip a couple of weeks ago is no exception.

Always delighted to be invited to guest speak and get in some family and fun time too.
All work and no play make Noreen a dull girl!

Here are my TOP TEN Fun Stops in Manhattan this trip

1.You must stop off Broadway just a couple of minutes from MACY’S 34th Street for an all things yummy stop!Eat and drink the night away if you are lucky enough to catch Broadway Bites they are fairly new street food.OUT OF THIS WORLD!

2.Europe’s H&M store is around there too and so are lots of other shops. Get off the main streets and shop until you drop.They don’t call it the Fashion Capitol for nothing.

3.Stop at Joy NAILS across from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station train station for a manicure and pedicure that ends with a shoulder massage and a TOOTSIE ROLL candy…FABULOUS mani & pedi on the cheap!

4.Chinatown stop for some Dim Sum a Chinese version like Tapas that are mini portions of all kinds of food…including chicken feet for the adventurous.The pastry shops that are new to Chinatown have a yummy French Vietnamese influence and taste divine.The fresh fruit stands are amazing and so are the street food hot Chinese donuts made before your very eyes.Need your watch battery fixed? Stop down Mott Street and there is this darling little old man in a tiny cart stand on the street that instantly changes all my watches I may need to bring him…and on the cheap!

*You’ll also find decorative touches for your home,chinaware and great gifts!

5.Take a ride and hop to the station for the Staten Island Ferry as seen in movies you’ll enjoy the view and can almost touch the Statue of Liberty too.

6.Little Italy offers a taste of Italy and has rich movie history from delicious Italian food,Italian deli’s,ice cold gelato and the famous bakery Ferraras!!! Since 1892 they are whipping up the best desserts,cappucinno and more for you!

*If you need a haircut there is even a famous celebrity stop Barber shop.

7.Uptown when I need a chocolate lift there is Serendipity 3 for FROZEN HOT Chocolate treats or a lovely meal.

8.Central Park is NATURE’S eye candy! Enjoy the view and enjoy some ice cream or a street vendor hot dog too.I love to people watch here too!

9.Dinnertime is the perfect time to visit Southern Hospitality an eatery mid town that just happens to be one that Justin Timberlake …yes, you read right Justin Timberlake the quad threat guy AND two of his friends own this down to earth yummy southern style place. I love the Fried Chicken salad and corn bread with honey.I’ll post more about this great place another time.

10 Dylan’s Candy Bar (designer Ralph Lauren’s daughter is a partner in it ) this uptown is a sweet hot spot near Bloomingadales Dept. store where i used to work.You gotta make a trip there and enjoy the candy staircase too.They have candy from your childhood and popular today too.

These are some of myย  fave places I hope you will TRY your next trip or your first trip to Manhattan.

I fill my days from morning til night with tons of things to do in my day.

Exhausted but happy at the end of the day…take a bite out of the big apple and enjoy your days!

The Beauty of NYC

IMG_7733r Candy Girl Collection…Is that there are all kinds of people,food and a fun fast paced life. I love the electric energy and hustle back home in NYC.

Last weekend New York got even more beautiful when the ladies and gentlemen in the business of beauty came from all over the globe for the one and only International Beauty Show (hair and nails with a touch of makeup),The International Esthetics, Cosmetics and Spa Conference (skin, makeup and wellness) They came to see …What’s New, What’s Hot and What’s Next. I was asked to guest speak again. What a great class. Seeing spa and salon owners sitting at the edge of their seat ready to learn something new and to hear what I have to say too is wonderful. I so love teaching business owners and professionals like these.

The hair show is a step on the wild side. Fantasy meets fun equals latest trends. The spa and wellness side is filled with latest skin care, skin tech tools, anti-aging and wellness.

This Spring 2013 is an anything goes kinda season. COLOR is everywhere! Color in hair with dye and with hair chalk like we played with chalk on the sidewalk when we were kids the hair is chalked with fantasy colors that wash out. Colorful shades to dye for!

SKIN IS SO IN and skin care is #1 if you want your makeup to look flawless…try skin care products with new ingredients like pearl power,bamboo,caffeine,argon oil,shea butter and jojoba to name a few. Clarisonic sonic cleanser is still rocking the skin care industry.

Nails, fingers and toes take center stage! Choose from shades like cotton candy, lovely lilac,light gray,pure white,goldfinger,silver,coral and all shades of green to blue! There are beads,stones and crystals added. The nails are like works of art. Truly NOT your grandma’s nail polish!

MAKEUP is both pretty and pretty wild!There are a rainbow of shades to choose from to brighten up your eyes and define them too.Eyeliner comes in all forms from gerl liners, to liquid pen liners.The smoky eye is more colorful and not only black and the cat eye is colorful too.

Want long rapidly growing lashes? Try Rapid Lash they say you’ll have lush lashes in no time.

Mascara TUBES are still in and give a soft and natural lash look.Not spider girl eyes.

Paint your pout with HAPPY shades of all things pink and flirty coral shades.LIPSTICK has never been hotter.Gloss is still shiny fun and Lip Tars with rich pigments add mega rich color to the lips. Lip stains rule!

Speaking of lips…you can’t have a supersmile and sexy lips without Supersmile toothpaste. It whitens and brightens your teeth to let your gorgeous lipstick shine through.Dental care is just as important as your lipstick!

COLOR is alive and kicking in fashion too! I shopped till I dropped and window shopped the famous Barney’s New York, Henri Bendel,Bloomingdale’s,Macys,Saks Fifth Avenue,Bergdorf’s and the small sweet boutiques all over the city. If you haven’t been to NYC and only watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade on TV…you MUST add it to your list of things to do and places to see!

Well, what are you waiting for? Grab your purse and get going.Shop on and color your faces,fingers and toes with some FUN! Find something fashionable in a new mint,coral or blue sea shades and ENJOY!