Oily, Dry or Combination skin…

Which one are you?

It’s January and a new year. It is time to refresh your skin care routine. But first you need to do a check in on what your skin is looking like and doing at this time.

Wash your face, look in the mirror in good lighting or better yet I like sunlight in the morning. Discover what your skin FEELS like and see.

1. Do your pores look large or small? Larger pores are typically associated with oily skin. Smaller pores are associated with skin on the dry side.

2. Does your T-zone get shiny? Look Greasy? EspecIally in the midday? This is typically and most common with combination skin a most common skin type.

3. When you press with your thumb on your forehead does it leave a white spot with a bit of redness around it? This usually means you have sensitive skin issues at this time.

This skin care quiz was created by my colleague Victoria Tabak who owns Nature Pure Labs.

Victoria and I both agree for you to keep in mind your skin can change at any time. And your skin will change as you age as well. It’s just a matter of time. Because you’ve messaged me on this I thought I’d share this quiz this year with you.

Stress, the change of weather, exercise regime and your diet all affect your skin and type.

After you do this analysis. Meet with a skin care PRO and look into the possibilities on what they recommend for you. If you prefer to shop for yourself in your local drug, grocery or big box store that’s fine too. Just make sure YOU are buying what’s right for YOU! Your skin at this time too.

FYI

Sometimes you can be all three. Skin care isn’t one size fits all.

Bathe yourself (mentally) in soothing light!

The magic of salt lamps!

I’m lining myself up for a better, calm and stress free new year. Adding to my decor. I’m not all about making new year resolutions anymore. How about you?

I have added more salt lamps to my spaces from a mini one by my computer 💻 to ones in other rooms of my home.

Salt lamps and Pink Himalayan salt lamps are so cool to look and calming to the spirit. Especially after a stressful or long day at work! You know what I mean.

Do you know many salt lamps are imported from ancient Polish salt mines? Poland was on my bucket list in spring 2020 until Covid arrived in our lives. Since my mom is of Polish descent I really wanted to travel ✈️and visit that part of our beautiful world.

Did you know there are salt spas in Poland that have wonderful powers for our health?

I have grown to love ❤️ the beauty of surrounding myself with salt lamps in my business and in my home. They illuminate your room or corner of the room with peachy, golden yellow and slightly red hues. The benefits are endless. Purifying and clearing the air in your space is just one of them. I love the ambient light they give a room. And so relaxing to gaze at in a room. Maybe it’s time you added a salt lamp or two to your home. They used to be pricey. But not anymore. You can find them now even at big box discount stores.

I have read about the healthy benefits of salt therapy and about the spas and salt mines in Poland. I so wanted to go! There are a few salt caves and spas that are in Poland and the one I hope to go to one day and visit is in a town …Wieliczka, Poland. They say spas and resorts offer therapeutic treatments like breathing salt infused air and incredible facials.

They say… Salt lamps also may help with people with allergies, aging skin, respiratory issues and so much more.

Let the light 💡 envelop you and take it all in with this calming therapy for your space, mind and spirit.

Nothing like Gifting a D.I.Y. & Tea

Tis the season and I love to give gifts MORE than receiving them. Really! So I am sharing with you some gift ideas that are a D.I.Y. or store bought that they may just ❤️ love.

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Here is an easy recipe to make a Japanese Matcha Tea face mask for yourself or someone else.

You can place the Matcha tea in a small glass jar with a recipe and tie it up with a bow or ribbon.

🍵 Or place this recipe in a gift basket with a pretty Asian style tea cup, a mini bowl for the DIY mask, a face mask brush and include a mini jar of honey and a container of Matcha tea.

Recipe for one treatment to enjoy today:

1 teaspoon of Matcha Tea

1 teaspoon of raw 🍯local honey (I love local)

🍵 Another gift idea is giving a pretty mug, a box of tea and a few of their favorite magazines or assorted magazines you know they will love ❤️ tied in a gold gorgeous ribbon. I still love print and enjoy turning the pages and exploring the magazines in my hand. I know I’m not the only one!

🍵 Give a teapot, a cup and a Beautiful Journal wrapped with a pretty pen and ready to give. Add a heartfelt note card.

🍵Give a tea scented candle with a bar of green tea soap and a luxurious sponge.

Give a few teabags from a variety of tea bag boxes and place them in a basket with some store bought or home-made tea biscuits or something yummy you know they love.

Buy them an eye mask and face mask that has TEA as the star ingredient. Add a cup with a tea bag inside for them to enjoy while they mask the day away. Aaah…the beauty of self care!

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PLAY and make them a tea blend from tea leaves and flowers: to relax with,to sleep well and or invigorates them to start the day. Choose from: chamomile,lemongrass,lemon peel,lavender,rose hips and more. Recipe is one cup of water to one teaspoon of tea blend.

I hope you have some fun creating and shopping for Tea for One OR a few. It is so nice to receive a gift package that shows you care!

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Blessed!

I’m so blessed and I want to be a blessing to others. That is why I opened up a beauty & wellness brand & company. It is also the reason why I started this blog….

I have to admit it isn’t easy being “up” when the world all around us is crashing “down.” But I must. It’s in my DNA.

I simply wanted to take this time to say THANK YOU for following my blog, for your likes on my posts, for your kind words and for being there on the other side of the screen.

I try and give you a glimpse into my life, beauty,skincare, recipes and travels. ✈️

I also want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving 🍁 for those who celebrate. I am thankful for YOU!

Dull dry skin … needs this!

The skin on my lips is peeling. My eyes are getting drier and my skin feels tight. Yes, I get it too not just you!

So here is a simple recipe that works wonders without spending a lot.

All you need for this skincare recipe is:

1 container of unflavored organic Yogurt.

I personally prefer Greek yogurt.

Easy Face masks awaits you in your kitchen!

Apply a spoonful on a clean face. Do this recipe when you have time to spare and don’t rush it. It’s more fun and better that way. Stay away from your eye area. But you can go near the skin on your 👁 area example: lines around the eyes. Some people call them “crows feet” … I don’t.

Leave this treatment on your face at least 15 minutes.

Rinse well with luke warm water and a washcloth.

Next apply your moisturizer.

Yogurt benefits your skin by gently exfoliating it, brightening to the skin and makes it look better.

Say Bye Bye to dull and dry skin.

*Then have a bowl of yogurt with fruit and a a dash of granola. Great for your gut and tastes refreshing too. 😋 Yum!

As you can see I love ❤️ to use store bought skin care with produce and other foodie items from my kitchen.

Take care of your skin and it will take care of you!

What are those?

People often ask me…What are these?

Our beauty products come with mini plastic spoons or spatulas and for continued safety and sanitary reasons they are coming with our beauty products even more. These spatulas are to keep you from getting germs and bacteria in the jar of foundation, cream blush or your favorite dream cream.

These tools really prevent you from getting your fingers into the container. Dirt, oil,dust can get on your fingers and hands and get in and contaminate your beauty products. The germs 🦠 can spoil your products, make them less effective and maybe even break you out. Now you don’t want that do you?

They also measure and give you the right amount of product so you don’t waste any. I love to use them. I use them a variety of ways. Once you play with using them you’ll discover that too.

I also like when a brand comes out with a pump anything because it too gives you the right amount and keeps you safer and clean.

So, if you happen to get these mini tools. Don’t throw them out. USE them. They work wonders. They are washable and reusable.

And if you don’t own any mini spatulas or spoons they are starting to be readily available at beauty or hair supply stores like Sally’s!

Be safe,love the planet 🌍 and don’t waste!

These adorable mini tools work wonders!

Vacay or mini travel tips you need!

Who doesn’t love to travel?

I have always loved to travel. I got the “travel bug” when I lived in the tri-state area. I always heard the sound of airplanes. Manhattan has a lot of tourists arriving and landing and departing! JFK airport has many global flights too!

It is a beautiful sight and as I grew up I loved that sound of the airplanes more and more.

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So happy to be traveling again! It’s been a long time by one and a half years for me. How about you?

Here are a few of my personal tips I have cultivated through the years and now with the pandemic not over what to expect.

Choosing a window seat is lovely but can ruin your skin over time. SUN SHINE 🌞 at sunrise, afternoon or sunset is damaging to the skin over time. By the way, I love the window too. And if you pee a lot you need to make sure you choose an aisle seat to make it easy for you to get in and out!

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Don’t forget your sunscreen. Even under face masks the sun can get you! Apply sunscreen to your hands (especially the tops) and don’t forget your neck too!

Stay hydrated I can’t say it enough. BEFORE you leave your house, at airport and on your flight keep the water coming. Skip the caffeine especially if you’re anxious about flying it will only make you even more jittery.

Please note:

Airport and other places you go water 💧 fountains are covered and off limits due to Covid19 and refill water stations are closed off too. So if you’re used to bringing your own water or beverage container bottle with you. You will not be able to fill it with H2O.

Pack disinfecting wipes too! For each of you traveling. You will need to double check and clean your surroundings. The airplanes are very clean but you can ever be too careful or clean. On my Delta flights they hand you a disinfecting wipe packet when you get on board.

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Mask 😷 up!

I like to sprinkle some essential oil on my disposable mask or cloth mask with lips 👄depending on my mood. Most times I use lavender oil and I love ❤️ the Aura Cacia brand. It’s great quality and simply the best!

You MUST wear your face mask and keep your nose 👃 covered at the airport and on the plane ride and while switching planes. They are very strict to keep everyone safe.

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Pack a chamomile tea bag in your tote or your handbag.

Bigelow Tea Co makes an awesome one with stress relieving chamomile and calming lavender.sometimes when you order tea there isn’t any chamomile tea available. So order a cup of hot water and take the tea bag (for another time) they are serving and just use the water 💦 and make a cup of chamomile tea.

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Travel with your favorite snacks. YOUR comfort food. Mine are bananas, apples, tangerines and anything crunchy, M&M chocolate candies or Hershey’s chocolate 🍫 or and HARD candies or gum.

These will not only comfort you they hydrate your throat which can get dry while flying with a mask on especially.

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Another calming treat is to pack a CBD tincture or CBD gummies to balance your mood if you’d like. They really come in handy. I love Martha Stewart’s collection of edibles.

I hope these tips bring comfort to you and help you on your next flight too.

Happy summer!

Kisses 💋 from Las Vegas!

I’m in beautiful and always fabulous Vegas! The heat is on. The other day it was 116 degrees.

Have you ever been?

Today I guest spoke at the International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa Conference show. I had a sold out crowd! I so LOVE what I do!

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Anyone who is anyone in beauty and hair is here! It is so exciting. I have missed guest speaking since Covid. But it’s beginning to look like a sense of normalcy and happiness!

The show floor was filled to the brim with so many booths. I attended a few classes and shopped and explored. I’m exhausted.

Tonight we had dinner at a delicious place called Orchids Gardens. They serve all kinds of Dim Sum 🥟 all day. I have been going to this place for years.

I’m taking notes 📝 and checking out all that I can and that is trending!

So please … Stay tuned. The time zone for me is a 3 hour difference and I’m starting to fade. Im going to take a bubble bath 🛀 and relax.

Then, I’m joining my husband for a cocktail 🍸 and eating a box of chocolates together in bed.

Sweet Dreams!

Packing is exhausting!

Especially after a year and half of NO airplane ✈️ travel. not sure what to really expect this travel trip! But two flights and flying with a mask 😷 on is going to be a bit of a challenge. But I know I’ll make it. This pandemic isn’t quite over.

I’ve spent ALL day packing my luggage 🧳 , unpacking and planning my trip. Packing my clothes and beauty supplies for my class requires precise packing as it must conform to weight limits and that’s always a task for a woman! Namely me.

Don’t ya just love 💕 my luggage? I got it from TJMaxx before the pandemic and it’s so cool 😎 rolling it around. I’ve been doing the happy dance with it during the pandemic. Waiting for this time to happen and travel on an airplane again!

I’m excited to get away and guest speak at the International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa Conference again. Alongside the International Beauty Show. Both shows are absolutely amazing.

I get high when I fly! Because I love to fly!

I can’t wait to meet my class of beauty professionals,dermatologists,plastic surgeons and spa owners. The show attracts beauty and wellness professionals from all over the 🌎 world. It’s going to be different this year with social distancing and on and off face masks in 108 degrees.

But I know it’s going to be FABULOUS!

Stay tuned I’ll share my work and play adventure!

If you’re a beauty PRO maybe I’ll see you there!

I had a Dermaplane Facial and…

I discovered a skin care place on Instagram in the town I live in and wanted to get a facial.

I usually get my facials all over when I travel in and out of the states. Some people tour museums I tour and enjoy spas and different cultures for beauty,customs and food. I so LONGED for one. I have not had a facial since days before the pandemic arrived. I chose this facial place not from reviews but because of the name Happy Face Skin Care. How cute! And since happiness is my happy place as I choose the sunny 🌞 side of life I decided this is where I wanted to go.

I do have a daily beauty and skincare regime and also give myself at home facials but they are NOT the same as seeing a PRO. If you’ve gone for facials you know what i mean.

Once I arrived and got cozy in the esthetician and owners facial bed I was told that by her that facials were TREATMENT based facials not perse relaxing spa type facials.

I never went to a spa that did that. She examined my skin a bit and got to cleansing and double cleansing and made sure my skin was very very clean.

She prepped my skin meticulously. She asked me questions of a personal nature and saw I was open to chatting and not falling asleep during the facial. Good thing to know a true beauty PRO does not kiss and tell. Your privacy and what you say in that room and your skin is very important to them. They respect your privacy.

By the way, I have never fell sleep myself but like a massage some people DO fall asleep in the middle of the treatment. This facial and place was not that type of facial. She had a nice gentle touch but the facial was not the usual facial experience you think of.

No shoulder massage. No hand and foot massage and placed in heated mittens and booties. Just an aromatic candle and her skilled hands. Because the owner had troubled skin growing up she developed a passion for skin care and decided this was the career she wanted. Angie Pablo really loves what she does and it shows!

While I know about Dermaplaning I do not do this service. Again you always want to see a PRO.

Here’s what I discovered.

Dermaplaning is safe and painless. It is a cosmetic/facial procedure that removes the top layers of your skin to hopefully reveal a brighter,smooth youthful look. The results they say last only a few weeks.

Dermaplaning does NOT remove wrinkles and years of sun damage.

You will not leave with a red inflammed face from it or any of her extractions. Sometimes the esthetician may knick your skin but that heals fast from it sort of is like when a man shaves.

Have you ever had a facial or a Dermaplaning Facial? Do tell and share your thoughts!

I liked my Dermaplaning Facial treatment and am happy I tried it. I look forward to going back to this happy calming place again.

PS

If you have sensitive or very sensitive skin,active acne, rosacea and psoriasis it can worsen these conditions.