Beauty,Beauty and more beauty in the Big Apple!

photo DeltaA week ago I escaped the blizzard and traveled to NYC for work and play. I was bound and determined not to let the cold weather get in my way.I arrived safe by Delta Airlines and landed almost an hour sooner than scheduled. The sun was shining gloriously and the weather was awesome in the 60’s. I checked in to my first hotel and quickly had attend to refresh and go to two planned beauty events. I  discovered new beauty products to show on my beauty and lifestyle segment on NBC12- TV. I also love to see what I would like to enjoy and add to my own beauty routine. My first stop was at a loft terrace in a sun-drenched  huge room. I sipped champagne,noshed on yummy treats and explored what’s hot a new.The best part besides the awesome products I saw. They served up COTTON CANDY fresh from an old time machine! How cool was that! I love cotton candy in its soft rainbow fluffy hues of sweetness.More to come in another post on the products I enjoyed and fell in love with.

Next stop I hustled in a cab to the event of the year. It happens once a year. NYC beauty editors,cosmetics executives and anyone who is anyone in beauty attend the Cosmetic Exec Women event. We sniff,touch,smell,play and test drive NEW beauty launches from the past 12 months.After we do this we vote after testing some more brands at home.There are many categories. Makeup,Hair,Skin,Nails,Fragrance,Male Grooming,Beauty Tools nail polish and so much more.It is a exciting packed party of wall to wall women.Each year is different. This year QVC was offering makeup applications and even gave us a cosmetic bag.Hair was being styled and more.And did I mention they had cupcakes and cocktails?

After the tabulations are all in brands receive an Academy award of beauty no not a gold statue but winning  is the most coveted accolade you want by a beauty brand. My swag weighed in at 12 lbs.Two fast and furious hours of a really packed pavilion.

The next day while the weather was still in the 60’s I had a few business meetings but made time to go downtown for Chinese Brunch called DIM SUM at one of my fav’ places in Chinatown section of NYC. The Joy Luck Palace. I was seated with two women and two of their nurses who took them o the city for an outing. They were from Hong Kong and 95 and 99 years young.So fun to watch the friendship between the two ladies. The older one was a fashionista dripping in jade jewelry.The two ladies did not speak English but I understood the language of their smiles,facial expressions,laughter and appearance.Women push carts filled with hot Chinese food from soup to dumplings to chicken feet.

My fave’ Dim Sum was 3  little piggies sitting in the bamboo steamer looking at me! They were meant for the end of the meal. A warm fluffy dough filled with a creme brulle kind of cream and it also reminded me of the yummiest vanilla pudding.The Chef’s  here make the best tiny bites of love.If you have never tried or enjoyed dim sum you must find a place to dine in your travels.

Did I mention I got caught in the first flurry of snow and slush and had not packed any boots? MY husband told me I wouldn’t need them.Note to self…never not pack your boots with all your other needed winter gear.

Window shopping is the best shopping! I window shopped all the hot stores like Bloomingdales,Macy’s and Bendel’s and more. I used to live here and really miss having this city at my feet on a daily basis.But I also shopped the fashion district too and discovered some amazing fabrics. So inspiring.Even stopping by candy stores and food stands gives me yummy inspiration since I so love candy and beauty too.

I took some time for at my fav’ places for a mani,pedi and facial too.And I discovered some more places to shop and play for K beauty too.

Oh and I went to the International Beauty Show and guest spoke at the International Esthetics,Cosmetics and Spa show. The show floor was filled with the latest and greatest in the world of beauty. Then came the SNOW.Thank goodness I was already booked on a flight the day before the storm.

Off on another beauty trip soon.Gotta unpack to pack.Stay tuned for more on my beauty adventures.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Magic of Macy’s, Lip Love and New York City!

photo Marilyn Monroe

Those of you who read my blog know I am obsessed with all things lips…including my own. Lips say so much even without saying a word. On my recent work and play trip to NYC,I browsed the windows before I shopped inside Macy’s. I love to do this and feel like Audrey Hepburn in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s.This store has my heart too.
This photo is one of several windows that Macy’s featured in a tribute to Marilyn Monroe! You can see why I loved it besides my passion for lips and fashion!

If you’ve never been you must see this giant store I so adore. I used to sell cosmetics there doing cosmetic promotions. Macy’s where you live? It’s not quite the same. This is an iconic landmark, a tourist attraction a sight to behold and to shop the day away.
They not only have fabulous shopping and prices. They have an amazing array of eateries and delightful food, bakery and chocolate departments.

If you go to NYC sign up in the customer service department for their special one day discount card and a free MACY’S gift if you shop till you drop and spend a nominal amount on goodies.
Macy’s LOVE TOURISTS and out-of-town guests!

Let’s not forget all they do for us at Thanksgiving with the Macy’s Day parade…spreading happiness, love & Santa~
I love THE MAGIC OF and shopping at Macy’s Herald Square Department store. If you haven’t been add it to your Bucket List of places to go! Shop on!

What’s in my purse ?

I always get asked what’s in my purse? I don’t know why! I guess it holds secrets of a makeup artist and skin therapist. So, here I go a true confession to you.

I hold my wallet.

Photos of my twin and husband.

Hair brush

Sharpie marker

Yellow highlighter

Pen from Tiffany’s ala Audrey Hepburn and that famous movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.

Sugarless gum

Peek-A-Boob in case my breast peek out or hem falls

Hotlix flavored tooth picks

Mini Supersmile toothpaste tube QUICKEE

Soap Sheets …you never know when you’ll be stuck without soap in and airport or on the road.

Whoopie cream Hand lotion by FarmHouse Fresh Goods

Cinnamon  or Jolly Rancher candy

In my Cosmetic Bag:

A small jar of moisturizer with sunscreen

Rosebud Salve

MY lipstain in China Doll tint

Not Your Mothers Lipgloss

Lipliner in sangria and red shades

A red lipstick, a pink lipstick, orange lipstick and a golden brown.mauve lipstick. YOU can never have enough lipsticks in your purse. I never know what color I will be in the MOOD for from day to day.

Powder papers from China

Compact powder foundation

Quick Stik Concealer for after 5 Touch ups.

Black eyeliner pencil A MUST HAVE at all times~

Small pack of tissues

Mini bottle of water

Mini Tums

Baby Aspirin

A pashmina…never know when you’ll need it to drape your shoulders or over your hair in a rainstorm.