Are your pores…

So big you can swim in them?

One of my clients told me her pores are so big you can swim in them. She has always had a love hate relationship with her skin…Large Pores!

She asked me what’s a simple DIY she can try for minimizing not eliminating (they don’t go away) them. Heres a trick I’ve used often. My husband calls me a “Witchy Woman” because I use this. I know he loves me but the teasing doesn’t stop!

Now I’ve got him using it on his face too.

Witch Hazel works wonders in more ways than one. I don’t find it smells fabulous and more medicinal but… it’s cheap and readily available at drug stores and more.

After you wash your face pour some witch hazel on a cotton round and swipe on your face. Stay away from the eyes and lips.

Concentrate on your T-Zone as well as areas you feel your pores are larger.

Use this on a regular basis and you will notice a reduction in your pores.

Of course there are face masks that you can do like egg whites and oatmeal to gently scrub but give good old fashioned witch hazel a try. The beauty benefits and results may just surprise you!

What’s Your Go To?

Girls,

What’s your favorite beauty or skin care go to daily during these pandemic times?

Are you wearing any makeup? Full makeup?

Are you focusing only on your eyes?

Or are you just doing skin care under that mask?

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If you’re not wearing a mask and don’t have a state mandate to wear a mask 😷 now. What are you doing?

Are you back to your normal beauty routine?

Please join in and share. I’d love to hear from you.

Do you know your skin type? Really?

Because you asked I sought out a fabulous educator in the spa industry and business owner Victoria Tabak. She is not only a skin care expert but following her on Instagram is so much fun. So, if you haven’t discovered her or her brand yet you might want to look her up @victoriatabak for her expertise and skin care words of wisdom.

CEO of Nature Pure Labs and so much more!

Mom, Educator, Speaker, Writer, Licensed Esthetician

Meet Victoria!

Every beauty and skin care professional has their take on beauty and her’s is spot on with mine. Here is a mini test to determine YOUR skin type.

An easy way to determine your basic skin type is by answering these 3 questions

  1. Do your pores look large or small? Larger pores are typically associated with oily skin, smaller pores are associated with more dry skin.
  2. Does your t-zone get shiny or greasy in the t-zone area of your face especially midday? This is typical with the most common combination skin type.
  3. When you press with your thumb on your forehead does it leave a white spot surrounded by redness? This typically means you have sensitive skin.
  4. Hope this helps you determine your skin type at this time. But keep in mind your skin changes with the seasons, weather,stress,your diet and daily life. Please remember your skin WILL change as you age and time goes on so you will have to re-evaluate at some point as well.
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Day 26 of MY Beauty Secrets

It is a pandemic and it is taking a toll on our face,hair and body.

So best thing for you to do is drink some smoothies for your skin and enjoy the beauty and nourishment from within. Your hair will shine and look sublime.

Have you tried juicing at home?

Once you start you don’t want to turn back! And it’s so delicious and good for you.

I love to make all kinds of juices with my juicer and with my blender. I love shopping the farmers market, roadside stands especially in the summer and buying fruit and veggies from Asian markets too. The exotic fruits are so fun to explore.

Exotic fruits are so fun to shop for!

Here’s one of my many favorite recipes !

Fresh & Tropical Delight

1 Banana 🍌

1 papaya

1 pineapple 🍍 slice and skin temoved

1 orange 🍊

1 glass of coconut 🥥 water

Blend well! Enjoy this healthy tropical delight! Embellish with an umbrella and sip away and pretend you’re in the tropics.

Bonus:

Another favorite drink of mine is to make a simple recipe fresh carrot 🥕 juice.

5 fresh carrots. Tops cut off

Leave the skin on DO NOT peel for it is filled with minerals and vitamins.

Add a small piece of garlic and a a touch of ginger. Even better.

I love to make them with coconut water too!

I try to make and drink fresh home-made juice and smoothie weekly. Get to know all the beauty from your garden and get a healthier start in the new year.

My yummy beauty secret.

Day 18 of MY Beauty Secrets

To give your face a pick me up in the middle of your day I find you need this!

Rosewater

It is an old Victorian beauty secret but I’m sure Cleopatra used it at some point if we look back in cosmetic history. There are several not many on the market right now. In the winter ❄️ I use it to hydrate with its mist. In the summer I keep a bottle on ice or in the fridge and spray that cool rosy mist.

OR I use it at night! Some come in a spray bottle which I prefer.

And I have seen one in a pour out bottle to use on a cotton pad. Spray is easier to use.

It gives your spirits a lift as most of us like rose 🌹 scented things. And it gives a gentle mist hydrating your skin glow. You can use it over foundation. on bare skin or after a long day and you’ve washed your face and ready to go to bed.

Many women say it calms them down.

And under a face mask with a few touch ups a day. It really can be what your skin needs.

Have you ever tried it?

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 12 of MY Beauty Secrets

The other day I was test driving some new products someone sent me as a gift. I applied the eye cream and facial moisturizer to a clean face that night.

In a matter of five minutes my face freaked out. It seems that something In them were not agreeing with me. My face didn’t want it on either.

I quickly took a wash cloth filled it with warm soapy water and washed my face. I removed all the products.

Next, I pat dried my skin.

I went to my kitchen and poured on a cotton round some whipping cream. That is all I had. I carefully applied it to my face and pat soothingly across my closed eyelids.

Milk or Cream for the Win!

I gently pat the milky cream on my entire face. I went to watch TV and allowed it to dry.

Within a few minutes… that cream rescued my skin! The flaming redness went down. The eyelids stopped swelling and I felt so relieved and felt better!

While I’m not a dermatologist I highly recommend if you are in a bind and some new skin care or makeup reacts badly in your skin. Try this DIY.

I think I will put this in my beauty secrets and tricks recipe book!

I did not remove the cream and went to sleep with the cream on. The next morning my face was no more red and felt so baby soft!

EGGS GLOrious eggs

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I so love eggs. They are little bundles of joy for making so many recipes and things and you know they are so good for our health.

I use eggs on my face. My sister uses egg shells to make art. I use eggs for making quiche, fry eggs in a wok and for making these egg cupcakes.

Don’t you love ❤️ the way that sounds? 

I enjoy making these and I thought I’d share them with you!

What you will need:

12 medium eggs

2 cups of baby spinach

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 diced ham steak

1 small tomato,chopped OR add a few baby tomatoes whole

Pre-heat oven to 350 Grease a 12 cup muffin tin.

Whisk and mix all of the above together (But hold off on the spinach leaves) and pour in a cupcake or muffin tin. Add a teaspoon of salt and pepper. Stir in spinach,ham,tomatoes.

Use a 1/3 cup measure and scoop mixture into each muffin cup.

Bake in oven until eggs are puffed and the center is set. Approx. 20 minutes.

Place a small pat of butter on each one when done before serving.

If you want to make these with another cheese…try it. You will find yourself and your sweetie or family wanting even more.

 

GLOrious Face Mask

Want tighter skin and a glow?  Take a farm fresh organic egg and crack it separating the egg white from the yolk. Add a dash of lemon. Whisk on. Place on a clean face. Enjoy for 15 -20 minutes. It will stiffen up on your face.

Rinse with a a smidge of facial cleanser or facial soap on a luke warm wash cloth.

Follow with a cotton pad with a rosewater facial toner.

Add a dollop of moisturizer and eye cream or gel and get some ZZZZ’s. Wake up refreshed and glowing.

Protect your Neck

Just for kicks and to tighten my skin. I like to make an egg white neck mask. Simply whisk up one egg and place on your neck towards your chest. All you need is a thin coat.. Leave this DIY mask on at least 15 minutes. Rinse and hydrate with your favorite moisturizer and paint the town red!

Even if it is just social distancing with your bestie or sweetie for a drink of lemonade in the back yard patio this 4th weekend.

 

 

Beauty Essentials for Your Wedding Day

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Getting ready the days before your wedding day and on your wedding day takes preparation.

During wedding season and for that unexpected impromptu wedding I usually do the bride, the groom (yes you read right) or the the entire bridal party and leave once the ceremony begins. On occasion when money is no object I have been asked and hired to stay the entire time of the wedding.

Because you asked here are a few things I like to bring and use. Some items are JUST IN CASE. Think about stocking a cosmetic tote with some of these the day of your wedding for you the bride,mom,mom-in-laws and bridesmaids too.

AFTER the hair is styled and and makeup done…Touch ups are important and so is that unexpected need or emergency. So, before you go down that aisle…

Here are a few beauty products and extras you will need:

👄A rosewater spray to refresh the skin great for end of makeup or a pick me up if the skin is outdoors or on the beach. Refreshing!

👄Lip stain lipstick  in China Doll…I use it on almost all my brides before I apply their fav’ lipstick. Makes any lipstick last longer and stains the lips with a moist rosy glow.

👄And high clear shine lip gloss for a sexy pout! And a lip conditioner for HIM.

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👄Gleam by celebrity makeup artist Melanie Mills. May be used on eye area, face, the decolette, tummy, shoulders or down the legs. You never know where you may want to glow and Gleam! .

👄Rice Powder to set makeup especially in the T-zone where you are the shiniest.

AND Powder papers to blot oil and powder touch up the face at the same time before you go down the aisle with style. Guys love them too.

👄Perfume, cologne or a delicious lotion along with deodorant.

👄A mini brush I love the Wet Brush brand.

👄Blinc Brand mascara water 💦 and sweat resistant.

👄 Hairspray and styling gel

👄Clothes pin or safety pin for any fashion issues.

👄Mini sewing kit and safety pins

👄Hard candy

👄Gum

👄Mouthwash

👄Aspirin or ibuprofen.

👄Tums or Alka-Seltzer just in case.

👄 AND disposable lip brush, powder brush etc.

As you can see once your makeup is done and your hair is styled you still may be in need of the items on the above list.

What I have learned being in the business of beauty is… You can never be too prepared.

LOVE ❤️ still is in the air. Some people are getting married. Some engaged. And some people are postponing their date due to the virus.

But I have HOPE and see weddings in the future. Maybe with a glam white face cover encrusted with pearls or diamonds.

“I Do’s” will be said and our beautiful world 🌎 will go on.

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Brown & Black Girl Beauty!

I love ❤️ ALL my clients and those who are girls of color too. So, I thought you’d like to learn some tips for a pretty awesome complexion,makeup and hair.This post addresses three beauty issues.

Since I am Eurasian I usually mix two foundation colors to create my look. Same is true for women of color.

Things have changed in the world of beauty with beauty brands like Fenty Beauty and other brands you can find a foundation. But at times or if you’re a mixed chick like me or not sometimes you’ll find foundation for you may be too pink, too pale, too red… so you’ll look better if you play chemist and mix two. It’s fun actually.

Mixing one foundation from a brand and a few dots of another brands color you will look even more even toned. That’s the goal… Right?

For applying foundation I like to use my Makeup Magic Wand sponge on a stick damp with a dash of water. This way it spreads easier and you can sheer the colors out as you give them a whirl.

I apply a lighter color on the inner part of the face and a darker on the edges, forehead and chin. Black or brown skin is usually two-toned. So I have learned to play with makeup and mix.

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For feet, soft elbows and knees I highly recommend one of Oprah’s favorites.

Farmhouse Fresh Honey 🍯 Heel Glaze. It has an aromatic scent with hydrating loveliness that takes away an ashy look to your soles,toes, elbows and knees. It smells like grandma baked an awesome pie! Instant soft skin gratification. Beyond yum!

As for the eyes. I show my clients how to create a one color all over the lid look with a highlighter. Or how to apply several shades of  highlighters …all over the lid. Champagne, gold, copper… and at the outer corner a smidge of a deeper matte shade to pull it all together for even more definition.

As for hair I recommend what clients tell me they use for a hair hydrating treatment it is Clarified Butter. Yes, a spa hair treatment awaits you at the grocery store. You just need to go buy it. Do this once a week and leave on at least 20 minutes. Your hair will say… Thank You!!

My clients teach me and I teach them. Caring is sharing!I hope you’ve enjoyed my tips and tricks!

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