I found a few summer book reads you need to know about. Growing up and working in Manhattan I discovered the fabulous world of fashion. My two favorite fashion designers in New York were Norma Kamali and Diane Von Furstenberg. I saved $ and saved $ to buy their clothing and accessories!
Norma Kamali recently came out with a book that is a combination of women empowerment,words of wisdom, healthy living tips and beauty and skin care advice. I am still reading it but have learned a lot. As a designer I love this style tip she says “Dress the way YOU FEEL daily”. She’s especially sending a message to baby boomers and seniors. But her fashions and this book are for the younger crowd too.
One of the beauty recipes she shares is her favorite of mine too! She suggests you consider DRINKING your salad. Especially if you are on the run and in the midst of a hectic work day.
TRY making or buying this! A green drink of yumminess!
She also likes to do DIY recipes and use fresh beet juice with coconut oil to stain her lips 👄 with a tint of color. I love to do that too and have making this lip concoction for years.
Her book is pretty awesome especially for women and coming out of this pandemic. We need to recenter ourselves, focus on what matters and let go of what’s no longer important in our lives anymore.
Love yourself at any age!
Did I mention Norma Kamali is 75 years young?
If you love ❤️ all kinds of books! You’ll love this one!
I did. I enjoy watching the Academy Awards. And this year was looking for a sense of normalcy.
My favorite of the night was the TOTAL package on actress Margot Robbie. The after Covid new look makeover, makeup, the gorgeous gown and more! Oh and that hair I wanted more, more and more! Those bangs and side fringe were so red hot gorgeous!
I loved ❤️ loved ❤️ loved Viola Davis’s look too. That dress fit her like a glove and was so sexxxxy!
What did you think? Who was your favorite look of the night?
Did you at least peek at the show or watch a pre-Oscar entertainment show?
The makeup, the fashion and more?
It certainly was different and more down to earth and one like we’ve never seen before. Wasn’t it?
The metallic hues, shades of red, white & black and sunshine yellow on Zendaya who glowed it it. Loved the sparkle and the glowing Royal blue on Glen Close.
Pink 💕 was certainly another attention getter even the men got in on that color with a chic hot pink suit.
Brad Pitt’s man bun (I hate that term) looked tres handsome to me. And his skin was tawny and I liked his body toned suit.
Most wore accessories that were simpler and MEN got in on the jewelry action. Chains and rings. And who knew we’d see Crocs footwear and the Oscars.
Frances McDormand always makes me sad. She’s won a lot if Oscars and is a good actress but her dark, long, drab choices of clothes make me blue!
I just wish she’d at least wear a lipstick 💄 and do something with her hair. and while I live in black and love and wear bold color clothing too. I just wish we could see her look more vibrant one day soon.
And as always I wish I was there to use some Asian powder to blot up their over the top facial glow. And retouch their lipsticks and add a touch of lip balm on the men. Dry, parched lips never look hot or good.
PRO only shows… Stylists,makeup artists,nail techs,estheticians and beauty business owners from all over the world will flock to the ever popular International Beauty Show and the International Esthetics Cosmetics & Spa Conference.
But now … Counting down with hope to a fabulous and fun time.June is coming soon.
I’ll be BEAUTY reporting from there and sharing with you ALL THAT I SEE. It’s going to be a bumpy exciting out of the park ride! Hair beauty shows are not like peaceful spa shows. They have a mood and vibe all of their own and have seen some unique hair and makeup Pro’s. Some of them wear just as much makeup as you and I do and their men! If I bump into any you need to know about.
I’ll Instagram and blog out photo’s and comments to you. So follow me there too!
@noreenkissyoung on Instagram
I’ll be guest speaking at the spa show and reporting LIVE from both shows.
Find out …What’s hot, What’s Not, What’s now! It is going to be a beauty filled and hair raising time!!!
I LOVE ❤️ Las Vegas and if you haven’t been maybe now’s the time to add it to your list of places to go when we can all travel without a care! So much to see and the eye candy is mostly FREE. SO MANY PLACES TO EXPLORE. Good and club life is non- stop. Hotels to die for! Amazing views! All waiting for me and you. Minutes from the desert 🌵 Red Rock Canyon and a few hours car ride to California.
I can’t wait to shop the IECSC show floor! And see the latest and greatest in skincare,makeup and more! If you’re a beauty pro, spa or salon you gotta go!
I will be teaching a class on MAKEUP and sharing the new look for the summer.
Nail Techs will show the latest in hues and looks for nails.
Hair in all it’s crowning glory will reign supreme! Can’t wait to see the new hues and styles and share them with you!
I’ve had my share of making up sports celebrities from NFL football players, sportscasters for FOX Sports, ABC, NBC,CBS and more. It is work with a view in the sky box some people envy and would be thrilled to be in my shoes!
My husband often says I am so ungrateful because between powdering their faces I read Allure magazine and European & Asian fashion magazines.
Now I find myself loving doing my thing, cooking and getting some yumminess ready for my husband to enjoy if he happens to watch the game. And taking care of ME and enjoying some self care time.
So with the pandemic I have more time and not on a plane ✈️ on the weekends for work. Sunday is now my day.
While the Super Bowl goes on I will cleanse, steam, detox,hydrate my skin, help my eye area, sip and play away! I might catch the half-time show. I’ll see how that goes.
If you’re not much into football?
Perhaps you’ll join in on the fun from your house and get all the essentials you need and want to use on your face and body. You may not have to look far. You might just have these kind of things at your house.
So here’s my plan.
I’ll cut up a fresh lemon 🍋 and 🍊 orange and make fresh fruit infused water but not from tap. This time I’ll prepare it with sparkling Perrier water for a fun twist.
After I wash my face I am going to steam my skin with my Mini Nano Facial Steamer. So refreshing, helps the pores and makes my skin look dewy too.
I’ll rinse my face with Intrinsics natural cotton cloths.
Afterwards I’ll pull up all my hair away from face and into a ponytail and apply a honey hair mask that is like an Asian sheet mask for your hair. They work wonders!
I’ll use some Vitabird Vitamin C Powder to brighten the skin.
Next I’m going to use a Korean Beauty AKA K Beauty Cucumber 🥒 Face sheet mask.
I’ll use my Agate Gemstone Facial Roller to help massage yes goodness and ingredients in.
Then I am going to use my Inna Organic eye mask and give a treat to my eye area.
Keeping our skin well moisturized is so important and I am so crazy about Honey Chai lotion by FarmHouse Fresh. I’ll even leave it on my feet sometimes and put them in a pair of clean white cotton socks overnight.
While these are working their magic I’ll apply my Tealiscious Green Tea lip treatment on my lips. Great to use a bit outside the lip area as well. Especially if you have sun damage and or smoke or vape. Gotta take good care of those lips. Nowadays especially since we are wearing face covers and 😷 face masks even more!
If you’d like and have the time … earlier in the day or later while the game is going on. There is nothing like a bath! Really! A shower simply won’t do! Light up a faux or real candle,set the mood with your fave music 🎶 and get in a warm not hot bath. Either a bath bomb like a invigorating Watermelon scented Bath bomb by Bath Nectar or a bunch of bath bubbles.
Get lost in the bath and let those cares go away from the day or week! It not only makes you feel good but smells good and cleans your skin beautifully!
I hope you have a fabulous Super Bowl Sunday if you live in the USA and that you take some time even if it’s just 10 minutes for you.
Thank you for popping on by and viewing and messaging how much you enjoyed my Month Long Beauty Secrets. I appreciate you!
I also want to thank you to my new blog followers.
Some are simple tips, some are not and some may be ones you haven’t heard of or thought of.
Many of you have told me you don’t even know them and that’s OK.
I just love ❤️ the beauty of learning something new every single day!
Here’s my final tip as we end this month.
As we move forward still in uncertain times with this pandemic still with us. I hope you will reflect and start to think about upgrading your self care Take care of yourself better than before and above all take time for YOU!
I know our day to day lives and family and work gets busy for us. But what I realize even more so is our mental,face and body health are very very important. Since we can’t get out and do ALL the things we used to be able to do! Start with the little things that you can change or do. Stay positive. Keep in a happy place. Keep going!
So, make a plan…
Start a new skin care regime.
Give yourself a glowing golden glow! Just for fun!
Get a new haircut!
Try some new hair color even if it’s just the tips of your hair.
Discover a new fragrance to add to your collection.
Update your nail game and buy some new nail lacquer hues!
Oops, I fell asleep last night and forgot to post on my blog. I don’t know about you but I am having restless sleep and sometimes my new morning wake up time is 4:30AM. This has never happened before. I had a long work day yesterday and needed to look good and well rested but I didn’t feel it after all.
How about you! Are you sleeping well?
The beauty secret I’d like to share with you is one to make your skin feel good and give yourself a little exfoliation naturally. In the heart of winter and on hot summer days I love to exfoliate my elbows and needs with fresh lemons. Juicy, ripe or on their way out and about to go in the garbage. Don’t throw them out. Cut them in half and dip them in some white sugar.
Place them on the elbows and rub on the skin. Move in circular motions. Place more sugar on them and go for round two. Allow it to set on the skin.
Next got to your knees and do the same. Do it twice. Every time I do this treat to my elbows and knees I feel like I am back in Italy enjoying the glorious lemons and a delicious Lemoncello drink.
Rinse well with lukewarm water and a washcloth. If your skin is extra sensitive or thin rinse after one treatment) It will feel tingly. The acid of the lemon is gently exfoliating your tired,dry grayish skin (You know the skin may look almost looks dirty). But you CAN make it look better.
Afterwards shower,bathe or just rinse your elbows and knees again and apply your favorite hand and body lotion. You can do this once a month or once a week.
Were already into the new year and I KNOW some of you have made new year resolutions, some of you may have not kept those resolutions and some of you have not even made any. That’s OK!
We’ve already had a crazy start to the new year!
But I think its a perfect time to refresh our makeup and and start fresh with some new skincare. I know you’ve heard it all before but we have to throw out our makeup and skincare at some point. It doesn’t last forever and now with Covid we have to protect our health,skin,eyes and body even more. Bacteria is doing the salsaon and in our products. So, get Stay healthy and get beauty smart and learn a few new ideas I have for you. This week on TV I am sharing with my River City Live TV viewers in sunny Florida Step by Step ways to do this.
Here’s a sneak peek for you.
Step 1. Pull out all your skincare and check each bottle,tube and jar. Ask yourself when was the last time you used them? Yesterday or a year ago. Once opened they lose their potency and quality of the ingredients breaks down. Next how does it smell? Pretty or pretty ugly? Or no scent. Are the tubes closing properly or are de-funked.You decide. The point is if it smells bad or OLD or doesn’t close tightly it should be thrown away.
Step 2.Do the same to your makeup. Put all your beauty on the table. Check if your liquid or cream foundation has an odor OR if it looks different. Are your compact or eye shadow mirrors broken or the glass chipped? Lipsticks smell weird? I realize some of you Beauty Lovers will need to do a round or three of this exercise since you own so much beauty booty. But it is important to do it!
Step 4. When you are ready so shop and time and your budget allows. Create a Beauty Shopping List and start browsing and shopping to add some some new things to start with a few new things. Ask for samples if the brick and mortar beauty store has any or the online site you are shopping at has samples. Look in current magazines you subscribe to for free sample inserts inside. They have turned me into a buyer once I tried them.
Step 5. Now make a list of what you might need and go shop! Brands are not all the same. Choose wisely. Some will take a little play and experimentation to see if the brand you buy agrees with you and your skin. Especially when it comes to skincare. Also some cheap $1.00 store and other type stores where the price points are really low should proceed with caution.Some makeup brands and certain colors like a purple hued eye shadow kit may have allergic reactions on you like itchy red eyes. Be careful if you have sensitive skin.
Step 3. Next go over all your makeup brushes and sponges.They too are breeding ground of bacteria and need cleaning, sanitizing and or replacing eventually.
Step 6: Since the pandemic I am even more cautious when it comes to makeup and skincare I wash my personal sponges and brushes more often. I also have added assorted spatulas on my vanity to apply my face creams,masks and other products with. DON’T double or triple dip into your creams. This contaminates your product after even a bit of time. So, I highly recommend you do too. Also ALWAYS wash your hands before you do your makeup or clean your skin.
*NEVER share Makeup! Even if it is your family. Don’t give your used or old makeup to family or friends. Stay safe and healthy! Throw it out.
Looking for a healthier cosmetic bag?
Try a bag created by the founders of the SterileLightdisinfecting case I shared with you awhile back.
I so can’t wait to use and travel with this NEW medical grade essential bag with this roomy safer cosmetic bag. Resists bacteria and microbe growth. It also comes with an instant service shield mat.
FYI the company says it can not only be used for makeup,skincare and makeup brushes but also for:
*Have you heard there is a NEW makeup bag that has just launched in the world of beauty that is anti-microbial?
Electronics,travel bag, child toys,baby bottles and pacifiers and more. You can even use it on the tray on your next airline flight to protect yourself even further.
Nourish the cuticles and nails with a nail oil nightly. I even use it on my toes before I go to sleep at night. If you don’t have a store bought one go to your kitchen. I have used sunflower oil, olive oil and even coconut oil.
Rub it in and all around your nails too.
Your hands and toes will be instantly refreshed and glowing.
Got extra oil on your hands?
Run the remains in your hair and comb with your fingers and hydrate it a bit too.