Prepping for my Super 🏈 Bowl!

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.

My Super Bowl Beauty Time!

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!

Beauty Bonus:

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.

Day 31 of some of MY Beauty Secrets

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.

Play!

Discover a new fragrance to add to your collection.

Time for a change? Switch it up!

Update your nail game and buy some new nail lacquer hues!

Find a new shade of lipstick to add to your life!

Day 16 of MY Beauty Secrets

I have super sensitive skin! So I often like to whip up my own potions for my skin. This is one of my go to’s especially when my skin is needs it.

What you will need is:

First wash your face…

1 Ripe 🥑 Avocado

1/4 cup of oatmeal (uncooked)

Avocado,honey & oat face and neck mask

2 tablespoons of raw organic honey 🍯

Mix well all of the above ingredients.

If you are allergic to any ingredients do not use them all.

Apply the mixture to your face. I also like to include my neck too.

It may be a bit messy but so worth it!

Allow it to rest on your face for at least 15 minutes.

Wash off your face with a lukewarm washcloth drenched with water.

The honey and avocado moisturize your skin. The oatmeal calms and soothes.

Great to do this once or twice a month.

I hope enjoy this creamy hydrating treat for your skin.

Enjoy!

Day 15 of MY Beauty Secrets

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.

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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.

Your skin will LOVE you back by the way it looks.

Beauty Lovers …You NEED this and more!

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 salsa on 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!

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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.

Shop on!

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.

Check out your makeup brushes!

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 SterileLight disinfecting 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.

To learn more visit:

http://www.sterilelight.com

Below is the actual disinfecting case for your home or office. Worth a look!

To catch my video form TV…visit:

http://www.riverycitylivetv.com

Day 6 of MY Beauty Secrets

Nails get dry & dehydrated too!

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.

I keep a squeeze bottle of it at my bedside.

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.

Day 2 of My Beauty Secrets

Your complexion looks best when it is even in tone and makes you look so well rested. Even with a face mask or face covers I still do this!

Place a few dots of concealer under the eyes, on your eyelids, around your nose and a dash on your chin. This will even out sunspots, broken capillaries and town down any redness. No foundation needed.

The problem I see is when girls over do by going crazy with their concealer like on the filtered faces of Instagram or beauty videos on YouTube… it looks so unnatural. Too much!

You want to look like yourself only better and let your pretty complexion shine through!

*By the way, when I feel I look really tired my go to is a salmon colored concealer. I also keep a fleshy yellow concealer and a nude too. I like to mix and match or depending on my need that day use one hue at a time.

Pumpkin spice and Coconut milk…Yum!

What a delicious combination.

Just enjoyed a delightful meal that I am so grateful for. My sister-in-law made some awesome Southern food sides that my husband is so thrilled she made for us to enjoy at home.

I am thinking about a relaxing way to end the day besides being oh so thankful for all that I have in my life. Too blessed to be stressed.

You know I am ALWAYS thinking of all things health and beauty so I am going to do a recipe I have enjoyed before. THIS ones for the bath. I love baths! I love showers too! But I love detoxifying beautiful baths of all kinds!

It’s 70’s one day and 54 the next in Florida. Kinda crazy… but true. I see my skin is on a little dry skin roller coaster too. So, what’s a girl to do this Thanksgiving … treat myself and nourish my body with hydrating goodness.

Going to soak in a seasonal scent aromatic elixir and calm my mind of all the chatter and tomorrows To Do list. I know what you’re thinking you usually cook with these. But they actually are great in a bath. I am obsessed with all the food and spices and herbs in our kitchen. Not just for cooking.

All you need is:

1 can of organic coconut milk

1-2 Teaspoons of Pumpkin Spice (Just because it is Thanksgiving)

Swirl your body in to a warm bath and soak at least 10 minutes.

Rinse well with a quick shower and get out very carefully.

Dry yourself off patting gently.

Next apply your fave hand and body lotion.

Or simply use a scoop of organic coconut oil.

I can’t begin to tell you how lush and softening this bath is. The way it smells is also amazzzing.

Life’s short! We’re in the middle of a pandemic. Be grateful and enjoy all the yummy little things life has to offer! There are so many beautiful benefits in taking a nice bath!

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Natural and aromatic…

Because you asked…here’s a recipe for a natural way (NO harsh chemicals) to clean your makeup sponges and makeup brushes at home. This is what I use too.

However, for my beauty business I do extensive cleaning and also use SterileLight Disinfecting case.

1-2 tablespoons of Castile soap

1 1/2tablespoons white vinegar

1 cup of warm water (Use a bit more water if you would like to)

12 drops of lavender Tea Tree oil (if you prefer less essential oil and the scent use 6 drops) I love Aura Cacia essential oils.

Wash your brushes in the water with the above.

Please note:

A lipstick brush or a foundation brush will be more concentrated and need EXTRA attention. Remove any slick buildup and continue wash and swishing around in the water longer. Also PRESS OUT this residue in a paper towel and make sure all the color and product is gone out of the brush.

Rinse well.

Rinse again.

Squeeze out the residue and rest your brushes on a paper towel overnight.

Next morning they will be dry,fresh and ready for you to make up your pretty face!

Don’t let makeup and your facial oils mount up on your makeup brushes and sponges. Don’t spread bacteria and use makeup brushes and sponges daily for weeks. Wash them at least once a week. These are tough pandemic times. You can’t be too clean or too safe. Can we? AND you don’t want those unwanted zits!

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A rare beauty find!

I have had clients with all kinds of skin issues from a giant zit on their wedding day to sun spots from spending a lifetime outdoors.

But I never knew what to quite do when I had a new client call me with Vitiligo.

So,since it is World Vitiligo Day I thought I’d share with you a brand and Camouflage Makeup Kit … JUST for this condition. A rare beauty find!

Fake Bake ( you know the famous self tan company) has come up with a beautiful brand and product to help people who have a skin condition called Vitiligo.

Created by a Vitiligo patient this system is everything you need to make Vitiligo appear to vanish! Glides on smoothly to temporarily match your existing pigment. Customizable and for warmer to cooler complexions to lighter skin tones.

Nice tropical 🌴 scent! Paraben Free!

Created by a woman and a patient who has this skin condition.

The woman behind the VV brand is Jackie McDonald is a miracle worker. They say accidents are the Mother of Invention. And by chance and a bit of a playful beauty accident Vitiligo Vanquish was born!

Makeup artists need this in their beauty essentials kit…just in case.

Spread the word…whether you do makeup,skincare or YOU have or a family member or friend has Vitiligo …be in the know. Sharing is caring. I LOVE helping people. I hope I have helped you or someone you know by this post.

Vitiligo Vanquish is running a special I just noticed until June 30th. Worth a look.

http://www.fakebake.com