The scent of a woman…is important!

Shopping for makeup is easy! 

Shopping for fragrance is yet another kind of shopping altogether. I recently went shopping for Christmas gifts for my brother- in- law and lured by a fragrance counter. The lights,the bottles and scents! The sales associate greeted me quickly and wondered who I was buying for. I said no one. I  told her I thought I would touch, spray and see what calls out to me!

She started to assist and I did not mind as I used to work in Bloomingdales 59th St. and Macys 34th Street in NYC  and I know all about the job. They stand all day and work hard! 

She tired her best to introduce me to some scents. After she was about to show and spritz the fifth one. I had to say “Bye” at least for now. I was getting fragrance overload. She was disapoointed to see me leave and offered me the infamous coffee bean bowl. If you haven’t been to a fine fragrance counter this is a PROfessional fragrance and perfumer’s tip …You sniff the coffee beans to clear your nose of all the scents and start sniffing scents again. Sort of like the sherbet or sorbet that they serve you between dishes at a fine restaurant! That is why I chose to do this blog post today to let you know the process.

Back to the fragrances and the sales associate…I was confused and wasn’t feeling it. I needed to shop for holiday gifts. So, I left that store. Every time I placed my wrists or hands toward my face to move my hair, or sling my tote over my shouder I suddenly fell in love with the top of my hand where one of the fragances I tested was. I couldn’t stop sniffing and smelling my hand. I smelled so sexy and the scent made me feel so happy. I drove back to that store that night and had to buy a bottle and a body cream to go with it.

So, the next time you are in the mood or just happen to feel like you want to test drive something new. Don’t try more than 3 or 4 fragrances at a time tops! Don’t be in a hurry. Wait a while to see how the fragrance traslates and smells on you. Smelling coffee beans is great but most times you simply have to wait.

I smelled so …Delish!

What scent are you wearing today? Talk to me.four assorted perfume glass bottles

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Let the shopping begin!

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Stand Tall and Shop Small November 24th,2018

Small Business Saturday is a special shopping day created by American Express for us to celebrate that small biz owner and shop small biz all over the country. It is important to keep small businesses alive and kicking!
I’m so delighted to be a part of this glorious movement again this year! We sent out an invite to our clients and hope to have them shop our…
Lipstick red door!
If you do happen to live in JAX Fl come explore our store and join us for a cup  of cheer.
SHOP our unique and pretty gift ideas and stocking stuffers and receive 20% off your visit. Bring a friend or family member. Enjoy door prizes and more! Code:20OFF online or in our cottage. http://www.noreenyoung.com
Shop Small Biz and Sip Small Biz too!
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Wherever you live it doesn’t have to be in Jacksonville Fl where my beauty cottage is…
Shop in your city or where ever you might be traveling this weekend.
Spread a little shopping LOVE…big box stores are nice but SMALL businesses need your business even more too!
#ShopSmall  #AmexLife  #SmallBizSaturday  #getyourkisson #noreenyoung

Southerners Rock in JAX!

If you live in the south you are so lucky because it is home to a few fabulous shows across the map. The Southern Women’s Show is almost here and the women (and some husbands) in the city of Jacksonville are counting down. It only comes here once a year!

October 18th,19th,20th and 21st 2018

4 days of bliss

For tickets and more information visit:

http://www.southernshows.com

If you attend the show in Jacksonville Florida here are a few recommendations I have for you!

If you’re in the mood for food and cooking lessons I am whipping up some beauty on the Cooking Stage on Thursday October 18th at 2:30 and Friday October 19th at 11:30.

I will be doing a Meet and Greet.Taking pictures,signing auto-graphs and there will be FREE SAMPLES from NeoCell and more! Each day I will host different cooking stage sessions and happy to answer any of your beauty and skin care questions. If you’re a foodie who loves food and beauty like I am. Come join me!

By the way don’t miss “mini me” YOUNG aspiring Chef Caleb on the cooking stage at 4:30 on Friday. He will charm your flip flops off!

Love to entertain in your home? I do too!

It is all about the ambiance and mood and Ao Fragrances is a candle line that is  absolutely amazzzzing addition to your home. From  your living room, She Shed or Man Cave,office or enjoy when you take a bubble bath. They have a luxurious candle for you! Locally made,small batches and superior quality and long clean burn collection.

Choose from a variety of unique scents. My fave’s are every one of them. No kidding.

Simply scentsational. Booth #111

 Treat Yo’self Gorgeous!

http://www.aofragrances.com

Love to cook and eat and looking for something NEW for your kitchen?

Check out: Grapes and Olives On Tap 

Enjoy Sips and tips of  Naturally Infused, Spanish, Olive Oils and Italian, Oak-aged Balsamic Vinegars, or to visit the website at: www.go-ontap.com.

They also have a cookbook in PDF format full of recipes available for $10 at the show (or online on their website). Booth #526

Here is a delish recipe and a peek inside the cookbook using the Meyer Lemon Extra Virgin Olive oil and the Strawberry Balsamic from our cookbook; “A Collection of Recipes by Grapes & Olives On Tap:

Diane’s Lemon-Raspberry-Strawberry Crostini

1 Baguette, sliced into 1⁄4-inch thick rounds (approx. 32 slices)

Grapes & Olives On Tap Meyer Lemon Olive Oil

12 oz. Whipped Cream Cheese

Zest of 3 large or 5 small lemons

Juice of 1 small lemon

1 small pinch of Lemon Flake Sea Salt crushed

Fresh Raspberries

Grapes & Olives On Tap Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar

†Brush baguette slices with Meyer Lemon Olive Oil; place on baking sheets and bake at 350°F until crisp and lightly golden, about 20-25 minutes. †

Mix cream cheese with lemon zest, juice of lemon and flake salt until smooth. †Spread on toasted baguette slices, top each baguette with a fresh raspberry, drizzle with Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar and Serve.

Copyright©2015 Grapes & Olives On Tap, LLC

Selena’s Accessories will continue their fashionable tradition with a huge presence of the LATEST and greatest fashion accessories and fabulous gifts for the Kitchen Goddess in you or on your holiday gift list. From handbags to bling to tea towels and adorable oven mitts. PRICES to put a smile on your face.

I can’t wait to shop their booth!

This is their 20th year exhibiting at the show. Stop by: Booths #1306-1308

Across from The Cooking Stage is the Southern Peanut Growers. They will have some awesome recipes for you to try at home and while supplies last …a bag of delicious and good for your health delicious PEANUTS!

If you don’t live here or can’t attend the show this year …Here is a recipe for PUDDING you too enjoy making in your own kitchen!

 

PB & J Chia Pudding

2 servings

3 tablespoons Chia seeds
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons peanut powder
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk beverage
1/2 cup frozen raspberries

Combine Chia seeds, maple syrup, vanilla extract, peanut powder and coconut milk in a jar or container with a lid. Shake or stir until fully mixed. Refrigerate overnight. Top with raspberries.

(I usually serve with a drizzle of honey and fresh raspberries, blackberries or strawberries. It’s delicious – and has 175 calories, 12g fiber and 9g protein per serving!)

This recipe was created for us by Kristina LaRue, RDN, CSSD with www.LoveandZest.com  

I hope to see you at the show!

Oh and almost forgot to tell you…there is a scantily clad fashion event on LADIES NIGHT!

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And for to WATCH a video on the above segment from TV today…on River City Live go to http://www.news4jax.com click on videos

 

Falling for Fall’s new fashion accessories!

 

I am a huge fan of accessories. Are you?

I don’t have to have diamonds,gemstones or designer things (although Betsey Johnson is my weakness) but I do love both the unique,fun and classic. I recently traveled to Dallas and had the best time working and playing. Shopping is work too. Sometimes you can shop for hours and not find a thing and turn around and go home. But this trip I found a gorgeous cotton candy pink glam necklace and earring set with diamond like crystals. $3.00 worth of gorgeousness. I also found a pair of trouser sock like stockings in the prettiest shade of pink. $1.00 scored!After the spring,summer,winter you can find some AMAZING deals as the stores are getting ready for new merchandise. You know out with the old in with e new. Their trash is your treasure.

I love the way just by adding a few fashion pieces to your fall wardrobe can go a long way.

Here are a few things to spice up your fall wardrobe.

Choose pearls (faux is fine) they are always in fashion and NOT just for old ladies! I have them in ALL colors from earrings to bracelets and necklaces.

A classic pair or three of cubic zirconia or Austrian crystal earrings. They never fail to impress. No one knows they are not diamonds but you.

What’s still  trending in necklaces are a large statement necklaces (especially pretty on taller gals) OR a simple tiny diamond like stone other design necklaces. Small but makes a statement. Necklaces always that little something to a plain outfit from blue jeans to that basic black dress. Celebrities are a master at this look.

A new pair of sunglasses (Sunnies) will not only protect your eyes from wrinkling faster they are so much fun and tres chic. Some days it is all about a great pair of sunglasses and a luscious lipstick!

It is STILL so HOT in Florida where we do see some sort of fall but I am sure you are feeling cooler fall wherever you are. Enjoy the beauty of this color filled explosion nature has to offer.

Spice up that wardrobe with a few new pieces and ENJOY!

 

 

 

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Happy NATIONAL Lipstick Day,Gorgeous!

 

What a wonderful day! Celebrating National Lipstick Day!

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Those of you who follow my blog  know I am addicted to magazines and all things lips! At any given time I can have up to 6 to 10 lipsticks in my handbag or maybe a gloss and a lip balm too. I never know what girl I feel like each day sometimes throughout the day. That is why I carry a collection of my gal pals with me.

Here is my point of view as a beauty professional and makeup artist on lipstick!

These days there are no rules on what color you should buy.

Today ANYTHING goes. If you feel good in it. Wear it!!!

When choosing lipsticks always remember:

  • The darker the lipstick you choose the smaller your lips will appear.
  • If your lips are fuller choose a medium to deep shade to make them look smaller.
  • To make lips look larger choose a light,medium to shimmery shade.
  • To highlight the lips and give a sexier pout choose a lighter hue with a sparkle,glitter or frost.
  • Don’t forget a lip liner is not a lipstick! If it was it would be called a lipstick. Lip liner gives shape and definition to the lips. If you use it as a lipstick all the time it will make your lips chapped,peel and very dry. Ouch! Not a good look.
  • To make your lipstick last longer apply a Lipstick Base on your lips first.Think of it  like a foundation for your lips.
  •  If you want your lipstick to stay in place try an invisible lip liner.
  •  Don’t try more than  3 or 4 lipstick when shopping. The skin on your lips will reflect that.
  • Try not to test lipstick on the top of your hands. Turn your hand over and test drive them on the fuller part of your palm near your wrist and at your thumb. That section is more like your lips.
  • Next time you go shopping for lipstick and makeup. Buy a hue that you would never buy for you! It just may be your fav’ color yet!

#getyourkisson

Got a beauty question. Just ask. I’d love to help.

Hope you have a lipstick on!

Look what I found…

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Oh Allure magazine I can’t seem to throw you away!

My husband calls my magazines junk I call you ALLURE  my beauty bible,research,fun and more!

He really doesn’t have anything against the magazines might I add NEATLY stacked on my bedroom and makeup studio floors…he simply wants me to enjoy them via an iPad and not hard copy.

Call me old fashion girl !  I LOVE turning those pages and the smell of the paper pages. You can’t get that on an iPad.I even love to share and recycle them too. Knowledge is power …Right?

I just don’t understand why he wants to rain on my love for magazines parade.

Do you?

The other day I was cleaning and rearranging my walk in closet and discovered a stack of magazines I saved. Vogue and more. My fave find was the first few editions of ALLURE. Look closely it is from July 1991. The magazine started by Linda Wells as the first of it’s kind arrived on the newsstands and into my heart in March 1991.Allure is not even found in this size and print. It is much smaller and like the usual size of  magazines nowadays. He thinks I should throw them out. I have covered them in tissue paper,placed them in plastic and stored them in my closet where he won’t be able to bother them. Nor have to look at them.

As a girl,a professional makeup artist,skin therapist and beauty business owner I so LOVE my BEAUTY FILLED Allure magazine!

 Yes I so LOVE my Allure. What’s not to love and explore every month?

What are YOUR thoughts?

Only in Las Vegas!

 

cropped-noreen-2015-headshot.jpgJust a couple of days away for the start of the International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa Conference in the one and only Las Vegas!

It happens once every year and I am so honored and the excitement continues for me to educate at this show another year. I look forward to teaching and meeting new beauty and spa professionals.

I’ll also tour the MASSIVE show floor filled with makeup,skincare,medical spa products,makeup brushes,false eyelashes, tattoos, nail polish,fragrance,bath products and more!

I can’t wait to explore all the show floor has to offer…and take in a spa treat or two!

Shopping in Las Vegas is simply the best and the food is too.

Stay tuned to my beauty report on this AMAZING show and CITY!!!

 

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It’s beauty show time!

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Chicago here I come again! I am guest speaking and exploring every inch of the beauty show floors! I’ll KISS & TELL when I return!

If you have any beauty requests or questions for me…just ask!

XOXO

Noreen

California Dreamin’

I love to travel if you read my blog you know that. If you don’t know my beauty and lifestyle blog …Welcome!!! So, I am back from another awesome trip!

I love to work and play! Here are a few highlights and snapshots of my trip.

I stayed at a hotel on the Marina. San Diego is a sunny fun filled city. I enjoyed walks on the boardwalk and off the marina too. The cacti really intrigued me and there were so many unique trees and unusual flowers all carefully planted around. So BEAUTIFUL!

I enjoyed seeing what’s new since I have not been to San Diego and the neighboring cities in a few years. I love to EXPLORE and this trip was no different. The area I stayed in was called the Gas Lamp District and it did not disappoint. If you like SKECHERS sneakers and shoes…they have a fabulous store,selection and so is the staff!

The city is so clean,people are so friendly and the city is filled with athletic active people of all ages. It was good to see. The variety of foods was both decadent but also clean and lean. I fell in LOVE with the Edgewater Grill on the waterfront. I enjoyed several dishes that I want to share with you!

I love eating and making ACAI bowls this one was an AMAZING culinary take on one. Kudos to the chef at Edgewater Grill in San Diego. This one was made with Acai gelato. So delightful to the tongue.IMG_1148 acai bowl blog

 

What a lunch time view! Isn’t it breathtaking?

IMG_1074 blog San DiegoShopping in La Jolla is lots of fun too. So many shops so little time! A lovely place to have a drink, I highly recommend LUNCH with the girls time or a night to dine with your sweetie at Georges. The view is absolutely amazing and the food was so delicious !IMG_1160

Corondao Bay is home to the famous Coronado Hotel. The spa and dining so delightful!

 

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There is an awesome shop in Coronado that you must see…this is one of the many mini soaps I purchased. It is called Earth Wind and Sea. It has ALL kinds of things for your home,garden or gift giving!  Did I ever tell you I am a soap junkie too??? I wish you could smell this luxe soap bar!

I was pretty jet lagged but wanted to post my trip ASAP. If you love to travel too perhaps this is a nice stop for you to visit in California. If you live in CALI…I’m jealous!

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!