I love you Chicago again and again!

I traveled to Chicago recently but it wasn’t long enough! Although I travel ✈️ there often. I never get tired of exploring new places and visiting some of my fave places too.

Here are a few highlights from my trip.

I love staying at the W hotel on the lake and I also love to stay at the iconic Palmer House. But this time I stayed with my husband at the Residence Inn 700 in the Loop. What a beautiful stay! Such cozy Suites with fabulous beddings and a kitchen with a dishwasher, huge refrigerator and mini loft bing room space area.

I discovered a beautiful church around the in corner in a section they call the Loop. I fell 😍 love! I attended several masses and services. A gem 💎 in the heart of downtown. Run by Franciscan friars.

I love shopping the magnificent Michigan Avenue. AKA the Miracle Mile …

So many shops so little time! One of my fave fashion shops is called Akira. Also since I love 💕 all things fun I shop at Riley Rose!

Food glorious food is another thrill in Chicago! I never get tired of their hot dogs, donuts and dim sum in Chinatown! Oh and this time I discovered a real chocolate filled bao delight! Warm and fluffy and so delicious.

I so wanted to go for a spa day but after doing everything else no time left.

Have you been to Chicago? Lately? Do share.

What’s TRENDING and HOT NOW!

At the International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa show in Las Vegas I heard as I was going down the hall to teach my class these loud happy chants. “ANAL bleach. Loud and proud …more shouts of the words Anal Bleach and those words along with music went on and on.” I must admit it got my attention.

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.

I snapped a pic with my iphone of one of the class educators and that is what you see in the pic. While I could not attend the class I had to share with you what I found. The name of the company: Wax Hair Removal Bar. And they a plant 🌱 based wax removal system.

Needing to learn more … I had to explore. This is what I found on their website.

Anal bleaching is one of the most popular skin care requests today.

NOT TO BE DONE at home without the TLC care and attention of a spa /waxing PROFESSIONAL.

The Wax Hair Removal Bar intimate area skin lightening products are all safe and FDA & Health Canada approved. Remember that harsh chemicals such as Hydroquinone or Kojic Acid that can burn, irritate and even hypo-lightening the skin which is not reversable or repairable.

It is actually very common for our “sensitive areas” such as the bikini line, vaginal, underarms and anal area to discolor in both men and women.

Most people find it hard to discuss this topic and that why WAX Hair Removal Bar was born! We have zero issue talking about this topic, in fact its as natural as talking about the weather. 😜 (I inserted this emoji)

The most common reasons for skin discoloration tend to be hormonal that may arise after pregnancy, aging, ethnicity or weight gain. Who knew???😳

Many people think that anal bleaching or skin lighting is only for the adult industry – we are here to crush that rumor. Most of our clients are average everyday blue collar workers both male and female that are looking to enhance the appearance of their bodies and even our discolored skin tone anywhere from inner thighs to the ever so sensitive scrotum . We offer this treatment which can be done in the comfort of your own home or in our establishment without the use of harsh chemicals.

Wax Hair Removal Bar was established in 2008 as the first international full-body waxing salon for both men and women. With locations in both Vancouver, Canada and Las Vegas, Nevada, we have had the pleasure of serving a broad clientele ranging from show business performers to adult entertainers to celebrities and the everyday person that walks through our door just looking to undergo a little maintenance.

We are the official Waxperts to the entertainers of the world-famous male revue, Chippendales. The men of Chippendales entrust only the best in regards to their grooming and manscaping needs, and with regular visits to our Las Vegas locations, we are the establishment that helps keep them looking their best for their performances. Stop on by and you never know who you may run into!

Our Waxperts are highly vetted and trained using our signature and virtually painless waxing technique, allowing you to feel comfortable when grooming your most intimate areas. We produce our own high-quality hard and soft Wax formulas, as well as Wax branded scrubs, body washes, body oils, body lotions, bath salts and collagen eye and lip gels that are available for purchase both online and in store.

We offer full-body unisex waxing services as well as custom facial treatments using only the highest quality, organic ingredients along with our signature and effective anal bleaching service a favorite among entertainers that uses plant 🌱 derived ingredients and never harmful Hydroquinone, Kojic Acid, Mercury or Steroids like many of our competitors.

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So next time you’re in Las Vegas or Canada. Maybe you might want to check this ever growing and trending now waxing service.

Las Vegas IS always fabulous!

Been so busy since I came back from Las Vegas I finally had a moment to tell you about my beauty filled and foodie trip. I got to go with my sweetie so that’s always good. It wasn’t as hot this year as it usally is in the 100 degree and more mark. I never get tired of Las Vegas and go a few times a year.

I guest spoke at the International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa Conference.

My class went well and I love the eager to learn audience of makeup artists,estheticans,plastic surgeons and Boss Babes.IMG_5302

I enjoyed and sat in on some other classes TO LEARN too but my fave part of any beauty conference is always  discovering what is on the show floor! Shopped til I dropped. I discovered a few new brands and tools I will share with you in the next few blog posts too.

Healthier Looking SKIN is still in! And so are all kinds of beauty devices and facial tools for anti-aging but they are sold to beauty professionals in the spa or plastic surgeons and dermatologists offices. Where they need to be. I think sometimes these at home machines and pro devices are best used by the PROFESSIONAL. Putting the wrong device in the consumers hands can harm you especially if you don’t know what you are doing.

💄 Makeup is sparkling with all things glam and glitter.

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Lash and hair extensions reign supreme.

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Nails 💅are so colorful and blinged out with crystals and some are in varying shapes including very pointy.

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I enjoyed my usual foodie spots for food away from the strip where the locals like to go. And at the top of that food list is the infamous In & Out Burger and animal fries too!

I stayed on an extra day to RELAX  and to join Las Vegas Now’s  host Courtney Perna again. So happy to join her again as she’s always fun to work with and quite a show host… loaded with personality! This time my segment was  Asian Beauty Secrets Revealed. Having just been to Korea and China I had a few unique things to share with their TV viewers. The best part of the segment was rolling an Asian Skin Smoothing and Relaxing face roller with her for fun on Boomerang.IMG_5450

This cool little tool is still on a roll in China and now the USA. Using it is so cool and refreshing and the beauty benefits surely beats a face lift… any day!

Asian Royalty used it for centuries now it has made it to main stream from China. Great for those of you who love all things anti-aging. Revs up circulation and they do so much.

Have you ever seen unusual fruit at an Asian market and wondered what they are?

Dragon fruit and Durian are delightful to eat or add in a smoothie for younger looking skin and overall good health. Don’t be afraid to explore what’s not familiar to you and taste what you never tried before.

Asian women I interviewed on the streets of Hong Kong also shared with me that infamous Pearl Powder. Sold by the box in little vials you almost think you are buying something white powdery and illegal. But it is not. It is a powder when mixed with water makes an amazing skin brightening and tightening face mask. The women use this beauty find that is handed down from generations.

Wishing  I were back in the Orient I had a craving for Dim Sum (Chinese Brunch) that is in some places served all day. I adore the owner,staff and food at Orchids Garden. So, authentic and delightful! About 8 MINUTES from the Las Vegas strip. They serve it on hot oven carts. So delicious and you won’t break the bank.DIM SUM IMG_5278

Shopping in Las Vegas is always fun. You can shop on the strip or go out and drive half an hour to an outlet mall called in Prim. They have a Tommy Bahama Outlet my husband so loves. I enjoy the H & M outlet and other discount shops.

By the airport there is also fabulous shopping experience (not just on the strip) and since I am addicted to all things containers and tidying up… The Container Store is also there! I don’t have one in my city so I try and shop one when I travel. After you’re done stop at the center and have a cocktail or go to grab a bite at The Lazy Dog restaurant. The first time I ever had sweet potato tater tots. Everything made from scratch and from the farm! Food …so fresh.

And by the way, if you’re into cannabis. They have licensed recreational dispensaries there now. It is legal.

Next time you travel ✈️ to Las Vegas check out some of these spots. You don’t need a ton of money or gamble to enjoy Las Vegas. I can’t wait to go back in a few months.

I’ve always had a beautiful experience!

Oscar Beauty Rituals

The Oscars! Did you watch this year?

Who swept you off your pretty feet at the Oscars?

I did watch as I am all about the celebrities makeup,skin and hair. In fact am featuring beauty tips from my blog today on TV on River City Live on WJXT 4 in sunny Florida.

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  I enjoyed the sea of COLOR metallics and all shades pink! From the Crazy Rich Asian Stars to the mirrored masterpiece on the ever glowing JLo. And of course the lipstick red dress Jennifer Hudson wore and the basic black from Lady Gaga. Now always keep it real…and remember they DON’T wake up that way. It takes months of prep for both their face,body and all that bling and fashion!

  • It is all about the diet and pre- Oscar prep to look good in those gowns and tuxedo’s. Celebrities are all about green juicing,exercise,yoga,massage and beauty supplements. As you know beauty starts from the inside and shows on the outside. Some celebrities even admit they starve themselves (not compleley but really skimp or fast) to look good in those lovely gowns,dresses and pant suits.
  • Skin  Treatments -What are there go to’s for pretty and healthy looking skin? A DEEP cleansing facial is at the top of the list gold,diamonds and gem stones. Cryotherapy is the cool anti-aging sensation that is coveted lately too.Jade and rose quartz roller and light therapy are still having a moment too.Some celebrities use quickie sheet masks for eyes,face and lips! MALE celebrities do facials,sheet masks and other treatmensts at the spa too!
  • Mani’s and Pedi’s with  statement nail or a simple manicure by a celeb and editorial nail specialist.
  •  Body treatments like wraps,cellulite treatments and tan from a spray tan specialist and covered to highlight the skin with some Gleam by Melanie Mills!
  • It’s all about the sage & crystals! I am told some celebrities have rituals for good luck and some include a treasured gemstone and burning sage.
  • Beauty sleep and WATER are most skin care heroes for celebrities.
  • Red lipstick is the classic choice. But as of late the shiny lipgloss and metallic has entered the lip picture. This year PINK had it’s moment. Beleive it or not pink is everything when it comes to a lipstick hue. It really is magic and looks good on everyone.
  • Blotting papers or blotting powder papers are a MUST for that unexpected emotional shine!
  • Eye makeup was simple and classic. The smoky really dark eye is not a popular otpion. Understated and a touch of shimmer opend up the eyes and mesmerize.
  • Let’s take a peek in their evening bags! It is ALL about the pretty clutch and a lipstick and maybe a mint.Some celeb’s don’t even carry money on them.
  • Got your own beauty and skin care question? Just ask me!

Manicure MUST have!

My biggest beauty secret is to ALWAYS wear sunscreen! It is the best way to age less and protect your skin. It is NEVER too late to start using sunscreen. Not JUST for your face but your hands and body too.

But do you use it when you go for a mani & pedi?

I recently featured on TV ManiGlovz a set of awesome gloves for your hands! They are created by a woman and MADE for us to use when getting a gel or basic manicure. Made in the USA too!

They protect the top of our hands which show our age beside the eye area. The reason they are used is from the possible damage of the light systems they use when getting manicure. Something we don’t think twice about. But as a skin cancer survivor I simply had to enlighten and share this invention with you!

Featured in Allure magazine (our beauty bible)…And quite a unique creation. SAY NO to specks and brown spots on the tops of our hands. If you want to love,soften and protect your skin. So many other pretty styles to choose from.

You need to be all in and get a pair!

UV protection

One size fits most/stretchable

Retains shape

Machine wash cold/hang dry

Sun protection/while driving

Lightweight

My new go to…that I simply had to share with you!

#maniglovz #saynotoskincancer #manicure

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Hotel Room Beauty!

I LOVE to travel. Travel changes our lives!

So recently I stayed at one of my fave hotels that you can always count on…Hampton Inn. While I love staying at a luxury hotel, I also love a good basic hotel. I look forward to staying there, know what to expect and know where everything is at the hotel.

The best part when time allows or I get to check in early or have a morning or night turn my room into a spa. Here is what I like to do and perhaps turn you on to some of these ideas too.

I always pack epsom salts, a luxe bath bomb and a mini bottle of bubble bath. You never know when you might just have time for a relaxing foot soak or bubble bath.

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I also pack a hair conditioning treatment and turn the hotels shower cap and a blow dryer into a salon like treatment to my hair.

 

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Next, I go to the hotel’s coffee pot and hot water carafe refreshment stand and get some hot water, lemon or lemon packet and pour myself a up of hot water. Drinking hot OR warm) lemon water is wonderful for hydration as well as for digestion especially at the beginning or end of the day.

I also get a kick out of the adorable paper cups and cup holders they have for guys and gals. Too cute!

 

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Next, I love to wash my face before bed and treat myself to a face mask! Feels so good.

Sometimes I have forgotten to pack my makeup remover so I LOVE that the hotel as they usually have Makeup Wipes for us in the bathroom. So awesome and of course to the rescue!!!

I hate and HATE going to sleep with makeup on and have not done it since I was around 20 years old after a late date. Ya gotta clean your face girls!

They also have a variety of newspapers I can get caught up with on the national and international news in print.

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When time allows I like to use their special soaps that look like this. The soap bar works wonders for deep cleaning makeup brushes in a pinch. Especially if they get really dirty while you’re making up on the road or you traveled with them dirty and have some sprare time to refresh and clean them.

It also makes a nice bath bar. I love to rub those soapy bumps on my butt and thighs! Revs up circulation too!

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I also like to use the honey packets from the breakfast area for tea as a hydrating skin softening treat in my room and add rest in a cup of hot chamomile tea before bed.

As you CAN create a spa in your room and pamper yourself when you travel for work or play too. Take care of your body and it will take care of you!

Happy Travels!

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My husband benefits from the above too. HE too has gotten in on the action!

 

Honky Tonk Fun and Food!

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Have you ever visited or have you been to Nashville lately?

They say it is the music capitol and if you are into country music and  cowboy boots you’d love it. It had been awhile since I have gone there and the foodie scene has exploded.

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Bodacious and YUMMY on a plate! There was this amazzzzzing diner called Sun  Diner where country stars photos and ELVIS line the walls.This was my meal. It was so delicious! OPEN 24 hours!

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A (looked like Krispy Kreme)  hamburger, slices of melted cheddar and a sunny side up egg with a donut on top (THAT’S YOUR BUN). Killer! I can’t wait to go back or make it at home.This diner is located next to the Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline museum.

SO WORTH THE TRIP TO EAT HERE!

 

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Window shopping is the best shopping! You never know what you’ll find.

Looking for old school destinations? I discovered a Woolworth’s counter STILL open for business. Serving breakfast,lunch and dinner! in the heart of downtown.

A cab ride away to another area is an amazing place to dine called Urban Grub. The shrimp and grits was amazing.A few short blocks away is Draper James a fashion and lifestyle store owned and curated  by Reese Whiterspoon the actress.

Another section of town I discovered was the Gulch district. You can dine,snack,have coffee and shop in this pretty area.

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I stayed at the JW Marriott it was one of those beautiful hotels! I loved THE STAFF from the second I pulled up,I loved the spacious room. I loved the food, SPA,the gift shop, their own coffee shop and the bakery. Your next trip to downtown Nashville I highly recommend this is the place to stay.

They even have healthy shots with a vitamin twist at the coffee shop and Nightly Turn down service…priceless!

 

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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Men… Want to feel & look good too!

KEEP CALM and MASSAGE ON!IMG_2276.JPGDon’t  MEN  want to feel and look good too?

Today on River City Live on TV in sunny Jacksonville Florida I shared easy steps in JUST for HIM. It is so important for self confidence and looking good too. Guys need to take care,use skin care and get a facial and massage too. There’s NOTHING like a massage and a deep cleansing facial!  While there are many spas and places you can get a massage and now facials…I love to go to ME… Massage Envy Spa. The therapists help you feel amazing and care for the health of your body.

My husband and I have a membership and love the way they make us feel. We go monthly! However on a daily basis  a guy needs a MANLY beauty ritual…just for his skin.

Cole Skin Care for MEN has an amazing 3-IN-1 Foaming Cleanser: It cleans,exfoliates and preps the skin.Celebrities love this line.

Cleaning Facial Pads:Deeply cleans,gently exfoliates and evens out skin tone and hydrates without alcohol.

Moisture Balm for MEN:Contains vitamins,licorice,root and coconut water. May even be used in the eye area to hydrate that skin.

A concealer in a tube is a good idea for tired looking eyes.It isn’t just for the ladies!

Got shine? Florida is so steamy now. And summer is almost here.Try blotting papers for instant cool face!

Lips need LOVE too! Hello Handsome is a lip balm just for him!

Just a few easy steps and pieces and he’s all set.

So, if you are looking for a Father’s Day treat for the man in your life or for his B-DAY think about these as gifts. Alongside making a home-made greeting card and or baking his fav’ muffins or cake.

For video of today’s show go to:http://www.rivercitylivetv.com

Hair and beauty everywhere!

Back from Chicago and trying to get caught up with my life and taking care of clients in my makeup & skin studio. I told you I would recap about the beauty show I guest spoke at in the Windy City last weekend at the International Esthetics,Cosmetics and Spa Conference however I also shopped until I dropped across the convention ctr. and toured another show…AMERICA’S Beauty Show.                           It was awesome!

BEAUTY Professionals from all over the globe came in full force to the show and enjoyed 70 and 80 degree weather too. The educators were amazing and the show floor was PACKED with fabulous hair and all kinds of beauty booths.HAIR SHOW BLOG chITOWN IMG_1450.JPG

Skin care,makeup and wellness are all merging together. This is a trend that is here to stay! What we eat,drink and put on our face does matter. A healthy, happy and active lifestyle is so important.

HEALTHY looking SKIN is in!

Real tans are out! Faux tans are in!

Right now COLOR is everywhere…in hair with playful hair colors and extensions and temporary hair hues.

Makeup and nails are the same way too…COLOR,color everywhere!

There are NO RULES!

So go ahead and walk on the colorful side.

Pick a hue or two and play with them and enjoy the glam!