I left my heart in Hong Kong!

IMG_4027.JPG HONG KONG CITY.JPGI’ve been traveling throughout China and fell in LOVE with the one and only Hong Kong. I am back in the US but still on a travel high!  However, jet lag is REAL! I had forgotten how long those international flights feel and how hard it is to get back to reality.

I fly lots. But especially on international flights! It has taken me a week and half already and am now just starting to feel like myself again.

Long flights but so worth every minute and penny!

While I didn’t know what to expect really I was pleasantly surprised. with what I found. Rich in history and so many fascinating places to visit! Hong Kong has so much to explore!

Do you know what HONG Kong means?

Fragrant Harbour or Port. Wherever you go in the city there are different scents. Food being the BEST!

I so loved the people…so friendly,kind and peaceful. The lights,exotic signs,sights,the sounds of the different Chinese dialects being spoken and the scent in the air of the different foods.

I also enjoyed my view of  Kowloon from my Renaissance Hotel  with an amazing harbour view. It was so relaxing to view and to wake up every morning too.This hotel is a MUST if you ever want to or need to go to the city. The hotel is amazing! The staff  speaks English and Chinese and are an extraordinary team of professionals from the bellmen to housekeeping. The hotel has a great quick cafe with American and Chinese delights. The restaurants in the hotel serve Asian and American meals.IMG_3761

I traveled with my usual skin care and my jade and rose quartz roller. Just in case my stomach acts up or complexion isn’t perfection I bring Probiotics with me. My fave is Belle+Bella. I also travel with sheets masks and eye gel pads. And I made sure to drink PLENTY of bottled water. And hot green Asian tea!

I highly recommend and enjoyed the Star Ferry which took us from the Hong Kong side across the harbour to the other side to Kowloon. Only .50 cents in Hong Kong money for a lovely 8 minute ride.

I also adored riding on and the sound of the rail cars they use and the city affectionately calls the DING DING! So cute.IMG_4002.JPG

Shopping in Hong Kong is off the chain fabulous!

FOODIES

The Bakeries were so DELICIOUS and the different sweet breads too.

Chinese egg tarts are a must!

Cool yourself off  with a glass of sugar cane juice.

TEA of all kinds and tea shops are evrywhere. My fave’ is Jasmine tea but also Hong Kong style tea made with milk and sweetened to perfection.

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Warm cashew soup anyone?

The most delightful light and creamy soup I have ever had!!! If you love NUTS especially cashews this is a MUST to find and discover the taste on your palette.IMG_3690

 

I loved this soup so much I had two bowls!

 

There is also something else you smell in the air. Incense. Sandalwood scented to be exact. They burn it outside thier business doors,homes temples and more. Praising  thier Gods. I do it in the states too but it was so nice to smell it in the air and enjoy it too.IMG_3847

Well I hope you enjoyed the first few days of my trip and all to unfold before me!

Come back I have so much more to share! Have you ever traveled to HK or China? 

Ready,set,TV!

Just back from an amazing trip to So.Korea and China and featuring a few highlights from my trip I am featuring on TV on River City Live today in sunny Jacksonville Florida.

Asians are smart cookies and have a foodie lifestyle that is all about FRESH and they shop for on a daily basis.Green leaf vegetables and fresh exotic fruits are at the top of the list. Seafood,meat and poultry are the accessory!

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Tea is something they cherish drinking. They enjoy  it on a daily basis even for  quiet time in the afternoon. It is filled with anti-oxidants and so great for the body and skin.

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Sandalwood Incense fills the street air and in homes. It is burned to ward off evil spirits,bring good luck and calms the spirit and soul.

Women and Girls clamor for whimsical beauty products have to offer.Face masks are very very popular there. MEN love them too. Beauty tools and gadgets too. As well as face creams made with illuminating pearls.They covet clear no brown spot skin. They even use an umbrella even when uit is not raining to protect the skin.

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Pearl powder and pearl creams are the most popular ancient Chinese beauty secret. They give the face a brighter evened out look and temporarily tightens the skin.The powder is sold by the box and these mini beauty vials are rituals handed down from generations.

I have so much to share with you from my trip. I LOVE discovering what all cultures have to offer us. Please come back for more. Right now I am still trying to fight jet lag after this trip and LONG flights. Since my last trip to Scandanavia, I had forgotten how tough (but worth it) International flights can be.

 

Hello & Kisses 💋💋💋from Hong Kong!

I am alive and kicking and haven’t forgotten YOU and my blog. But it has been difficult being on a twelve hour time zone difference from the US, to Korea and then on HK time. ✈️ The struggle is real!

I am having the time of my life… in my high heels and Skechers!

Learning new cultural rituals,shopping 🛍and eating 🥟 my way from country 🍚 to country!  I’ll be posting my travel notes soon.

I can’t wait to share my exotic travel, beauty 💄 and foodie 🥢🥡 adventures with you! Come back for more!

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Do you want to be more kissable?

I do too!

I love to be kissed and to kiss!!! So I simply had to share a few things with you the next few blog posts that you need to know for health and beauty wellness this spring!

I always like to celebrate spring! Do you? I like to refresh and renew with something new and to surround myself with fresh flowers (they look so beautiful )and fresh plants which purify the air in your  home or office too!

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Add herbs to your plant selection can also be used in your kitchen when cooking and more. Purifying the air and to eat.

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Now back to being more kissable AND its not just about having soft skin on your lips!

Your breath needs to be at it’s best. Sometimes your breath will not be so fresh no matter what you do or use.  BREATH ROX to the rescue. As a professional speaker, beauty therapist and makeup artist…My career also depends upon being my best and smelling my best.

I discovered these mini crystals with a powerful punch. I am usually an MINT IN A TIN kinda gal. Or pop candy mints. But they are NOT the same.

The beauty of this product is it is:

Sugar Free

Gluten Free

Tiny crystals that make your breath fresher for hours!

Three YUMMY flavors!

They really taste good..visit their webite for more info. And a few specials too. I so love what I do on TV and sharing beauty secrets with you!

 

 

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Attention Beauty Pro’s

Are you in the beauty business and attending the International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa show or International Beauty Shows? They happen once a year in the one and only glorious New York City. This year they happen in March.

If you’re not or haven’t been… You’re missing out on an awesome spa show and a hair show with some fabulous educators. That includes me and my colleague and friend James Vincent. You may have seen him educate from a hot show called The Makeup Show based in NYC.

We are offering two different classes! You might want to get your ticket for BOTH Makeup Classes.

My class is all about MAKEUP and makeup artist beauty secrets will be shared. Why your salon or spa should consider having makeup available. Why carry carry makeup? What lines to consider? How to demo it,promote it and so much more!

James class is all about TRENDS in 2019. You gotta keep up with what is happening now and in our industry. James not only lives in NYC he travels the globe and has the pulse on what is trending.

Both of our classes are fast paced and fun. But of course inspirational and will get you all fired up as a make-up artist or esthetcian (Skin Care Therapist) who does makeup or wants to do makeup.

The shows are so exciting and spectacular and only for beauty schools,the beauty professional or beauty business owner. I hope you consider attending this year.

For my blog followers or new to my blog guests who aren’t in the industry …Just an FYI I will be reporting from the show floor and will show you all that’s happening in the world of hair,skin and nails. I’ll also post on food,shopping and NYC fun.

March and spring are right around the corner. Stay tuned for my beauty report blog in March. I love what I do and I am taking you with me via my blog too!IMG_1882.JPG

 

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!

PS

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

 

Sometimes the best things in life are small!

I love my life in the beauty industry!

I wear many hats in my life in beauty. I so love being a small business owner in America and being the designer of my indie beauty brand. I also am passionate about educating at spa and beauty shows across the country.

BUT my fave thing to do is making women happy that means YOU too!

So, I promised I will share what’s in my mini fridge by Cooluli the 4L classic…that I featured on TV in  my beauty segment on WJXT the other day.

The possibilities are endless! You are only limited by your imagination.

But first…

I am a Northern girl who moved to Florida for my husband. But being MADLY IN  LOVE I soon discovered Florida is VERY VERY hot,steamy and humid. Not a winning combination for my hair and skin. I GET REALLY HOT! They say Southern girls don’t sweat they glisten. Well that’s proof I am a Northerner as I sweat. From hair to toe! So, I am always looking for ways to keep cool.

Skincare

img_1467These are a few of the things I store in my mini fridge I dicovered on social media and Allure magazine’s beauty editors Instagram page.

I love exploring all the options we have in life and this fridge is one of them!

I don’t keep all these products in my mini fridge but I do whenever I need to. I rotate my as needed. Using them out if the fridge feels refreshing and amazing!

Serums

Eye gels

Sheet masks for the face

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Neck Sheet masks

Eye sheet masks  OR eye pads

Lip gel or sheet masks

Cool Eye masks

Mud or clay face masks

Great for all skin care, especially organic and natural skincare

Beauty products containing active ingredients, such as vitamin C and retinol.

Perfect for eye creams designed to de-puff or for treatments that care for sensitive or  irritated skin.

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Jade Facial rollers

Rose Quartz Facial rollers

Light moisturizers

My Rosewater Kisses –  Why keep your rosewater or setting spray next to your Dijon mustard and more and so far from your bathroom or vanity?

Melted lipsticks and makeup from below from my purse or tote from hot summer days to firm them up.

Eyeliners

Lip liners

Cream blush

Highlighters

To chill my wash cloths!

Water

My Energy shots

Green Juices or Smoothies

Keep your products at your fingertips with a mini fridge.

AND chocolates…yes,I went there. I love to chill Hershey’s Kisses and other chocolates in it and eat them cold while doing my makeup for an evening out on the town.

Did I tell you it even warms food?

I even love to use it to warm my face or hand towels! img_1469

Cooluli is your answer to efficient and adorable skin care
organization. Isn’t it adorable? And if you want it in another color or larger size they make that too!

Check them out at: http://www.cooluiusa.com

Keep your products at your fingertips with a mini fridge.

Keeping your beauty faves cool can prolong shelf-life, plus the cooling sensation
soothes and refreshes. Chill out with Cooluli  !!!

Keeping your skincare routine in chill mode definitely revs up your up your beauty game! And a game-changer when it comes to convenience. Portable and light weight too! I travel with it on makeup assignments too!

People will stop you and ask where you got that from?

Gals will be pink with envy!

Guys love it too! (Great gift idea)

Enjoy chilling or warming and get yours too!

PS

If you’re a mom it is great for Baby bottles,formulas…and medicine that needs refrigeration.

Cutest & coolest thing ever!

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This photo is on the set behind the scenes with my model waiting to go on TV.

Pinch me!

I am so excited to show you my new must have find!

Even guys have to own one!  This morning on TV I shared “What’s Trending” on social media,magazines and more with beauty editors,models,makeup artists and beauty bloggers…video link of today’s show available on http://www.news4jax.com on River City Live.

YOU are going to LOVE ❤️ this mini delight! It IS all the rage with beauty editor’s like Allure magazine’s  (THE Beauty Bible) Michele Lee. Besides the other beauty gems on the table above ….that pink petite and sweet fridge is everything to me!  I l LOVE IT!

MEET Cooluli a high-end  mini cooling and warming system marvel!

Without the high end price! Cooluli is an American company born and based in Brooklyn, NY.  Compact and oh so light!

It’s coolers/warmers utilizes advanced thermoelectric technology and are custom-manufactured using only top-quality materials. Sleek and chic, state-of-the-art coolers/warmers that are perfectly portable and 100% eco-friendly (Cooluli uses no compressors, cryogen, refrigerants, or Freons) Compact light and portable!

You can even use it in your car!

I love it for my beauty booty but here are some other ways you can Cooluli it up:


Food/Drinks/Snacks
Cooluli is great for keeping food and drinks warm or cool, whether at home, at
work, on the road, and everywhere in between. From soup to sandwiches,
energy drinks to coffee, Cooluli’s got you covered.

Skincare…I’ll share more on another blog.

Breastmilk/Formula
Cooluli is ideal for moms/new parents with newborns—Cooluli is compact and stylish enough to put in the nursery for easy access for those 3AM feeding time
calls (or screams. It’s even perfect for those with toddlers who want a soothing
glass of milk at nighttime. It’s also perfect for working moms who pump at the
office and need to safely store their breast milk for the duration of the workday.

Towels
Great for keeping towels warm during a relaxing manicure or to open up your pores before treating your skin. The warmth is both soothing and effective!

Stock and store your instant film (and/or 35mm rolls) inside.

Medicine
 Perfect to keep insulin and other temperature-regulated medications, such as certain forms of birth control, topical ointments, etc. This makes them remainactive and effective and the convenience factor is a plus!


Also use Cooluli at:

  • Boss Babe desk or cubicle
  • Your She Shed or Man Cave! (Wink Wink)
  • JAGS football game Tailgating or whatever team you love.
  • Barbeques
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Road Trips + Vacations
  • Dorm Rooms 
  • Bedrooms
  • Hotel Rooms
  • Gaming Rooms + Dens

I will share all I store in my fridge in another blog this weekend.

Come back for more!💋Pretty please!

Save those lashes!

  • LashSavers™ are the ‘Elite Sleep Mask’, extending the life of your lash investment when you get lash extensions. Also great to use when use any other faux eyelashes.
  • Saves your make-up from smearing overnight and from getting all over the pillows
  • Even do make-up the night before and be ready with time to spare in the morning!
  • The New Deluxe Mask has a soft cushioning and pretty fringe
  • Washable
  • One size fits all

You’ll feel like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s!

Protect those gorgeous new lashes or lash extensions Girls

You’ll be glad you found this special kinda of eye mask. http://www.lashsavers.com

 

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This is my model on set today. Suzi West cannot wait to sleep in these beauties as she loves to wear false eyelashes!

Video of my segment on TV TODAY will be up on site.

http://www.rivercitylivetv.com

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GoodBye Dry Winter Skin Recipe

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Dull,flaky winter skin ages your skin,Darlings! And it accents all your wrinkles!

Nourish that dry tight skin with this Mediterranean face scrub waiting for you in your kitchen.ll you’ll need for this recipe is three ingredients!

3 tsp. of olive oil

1 tsp. of salt (No Sea salt)

3 tsp. of fluffy Greek yogurt

Mix the oil and yogurt in a small bowl.

Add the salt.

Apply the mixture on your face and massage in circular motions with wet fingers on freeshly washed wet skin.

Rinse all of the above well.

Dry your skin and apply your fave moisturizer and eye cream next.

Use weekly or monthly and enjoy the beauty of it’s benefits. Skin softening and exfoliating at the same time.

ENJOY!

Please note: If you have acne or super sensitive skin. Please do not use this recipe.

I got it from a client from Greece. I hope to visit there one day and have been using this recipe for serveral years since she shared it with me. She is 79 years young and looks 20 years younger!

If you want a stronger exfoliating scrub add another teaspoon of salt. I just used this recipe tonight and my dead skin is sloughed off,skin hydrated and I feel fabulous.