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?

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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

w.news4jax.com on River City Live in Sunny Flordia.woman in pink lipstick

photo by Beatnik Peach on Pexels.com

GoodBye Dry Winter Skin Recipe

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Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

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.

 

 

 

 

Sunnies,Vitamin SEA and Me!

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I have just come back from a much needed early winter getaway!

When I arrived the palm tree lined streets home of Ringling Brothers (yes, the circus creator) I knew I was headed  to some place special!!!

Yes I live in Florida now. But I live closer to Atlanta and now was clear across the state.When I got to the sunny resorts door  I smelled a scent I recognized but was not sure of.  I got to my room and jumped for joy! I went to open the  curtain to the balcony I discovered I was just steps from the ocean. Finally, it dawned on me I work so hard and spend lots of time in my makeup studio,TV and at airports …I didn’t realize that scent was the beautiful salty ocean air! Oh how I EMBRACED and gave in to that awesome air.

 

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A Tropical drink is ALWAYS a good idea. Even if it isn’t filled with alcohol. But this one was a tease of it on my tongue. Just what I needed.

 

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(I decorated the table with some of my sea finds)

A heart healthy walk and an exfoliating facial for my feet and soles was next. My feet and calve muscles loved me too!

I rinsed my hair in the sunlight and salt water detoxing my hair of any oil and product buildup. And although I did NOT sunbathe at practice what I preach…I managed to get a little kiss of color and VITAMIN SEA.

I loved the hotel balcony I hated to leave it.I shopped and window shopped,dined in some yummy places and had an amazzzing relaxing time. UNTIL my iphone had plans for me!

It died  … I mean really died totally black screen would not fire up! For days!

I hated being less than 8 hours there and no phone. No connection to my beauty business. No blog posts,no social media. It was so STRANGE!  I hated the feeling of being so attached with my phone and all of it’s trappings.

Long story short. I had to drive to get it checked  on and perhaps get a replacement. I have only had the phone a few months. But did you know if you live out of town you cannot and they will not just give you a replacement from the Apple store? You have to go back home to where you bought it and work on getting it checked and perhaps a replacement there. Oh and it takes another week to get a new phone replacement. The diagnostics said my phone was from a bad batch that was recalled. But I was not informed. Quite a phone adventure I did not plan for.

Perhaps my phone was trying to tell me something along with the salty sea kissed air. SLOW DOWN…enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. Unplug. What do you think?

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Lights,Camera, Makeup!

The Makeup Show Orlando

It is almost here my dears!

The one and only MAKEUP SHOW an educational show makeup artist (And estheticians) LIVE for! Me included! I can’t wait to share with you all I discover and the makeup trends for fall too.

If you’re a makeup artist you gotta go!

If you can’t attend this years show. They have other shows in other cities in the year.  

The show is fast approaching, what can you expect to see from The Makeup Show Orlando?
Here are a few highlights:
-Keynote presentations from:
Danessa Myricks
 Timothy Hung
 Kevin James Bennett
 Ryan Burke
Joe Dulude II
and Yolonda Frederick Thompson. 

More complimentary education than ever before, including TWO demo stages, TWO seminar stages, focus on a brand classes and keynotes.

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Over 70 brands offering exclusive pro discounts and product launches, including –Over 70 brands offering exclusive pro discounts.

Product LAUNCHES! Some I so can’t to see! Like these!Beauty Oil Danessa Myricks BEAUTY

I am off for a beauty event but when I return  show I can’t wait to touch,sniff,play and test drive the latest in makeup beauty! Ta Ta for now darlings.

For more information:

http://www.themakeupshow.com

#forprofessionalsonly

#themakeupshow

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!

http://www.sundiner.com 

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!

 

Planning a Trip?

IMG_2879.JPGTis’ the season to vacation and or maybe just a getaway even if it is just for a weekend.

As I fly for business and pleasure often I have learned a lot through the years.

The number one thing is to make a list on what you want to pack and what you want to take. I like to make a list. Then I start pack what I need and buy what I do need. Some tings I remove after packing some things stay. Pack according to the trip you are taking. A two day beach getaway is different than a trip to Europe for 2 weeks.

Lighten Up!

  • Travel with smaller sizes or kits. If you like the IMAGE brand and are a fan of their facial treatments you’ll love to know they have travel kits. Sunscreen included!
  • Or you can buy small containers and fill them with what you want to take. Examples: sunscreen,foundation,moisturizer,hair spray and more.
  • Pack things in smaller zip lock bags of various sizes. NAIL POLISH and some other liquids will open and spread all over the place like on your clothes so keep them contained.Personally, I pack a back up bottle of nail polish (in case my nails chip and need  a touch up) in my purse NOT in my luggage. I take it on the plane zip lock bag that has any liquids I want to take.

I’ve even had this happen to me when traveling in the car. Keep nail polish and liquid foundation upright and in a sealed plastic bag.

  • Choose a color theme for your makeup wardrobe. Don’t bring ALL THE MAKEUP you own and think you have to have with you. Examples: pinks and plums,nudes and bronze and so on.Don’t take every makeup brush you own either.Keep it simple.
  • Pack a mini FIRST-AID kit and more filled with aspirin,band-aides,Tums,nail file,mini clippers,toothpicks and sewing kit. YOU decide what you want and may need.Don’t pack your medicine in your luggage you check in. Take it with you on the plane.
  • Bring snacks for the plane. You never know how long you may sit on the runway. Cheese and crackers,bananas,nuts,gummy bears or mini chocolate bars. I’ve been waiting for take off for up to 3 hours and had no food or drink. Until you are up,up and away you need to have something to snack on.
  • I like to travel with an empty bottle of water. I fill this when I get in the airport after security or when switching airplanes. I use the fountain with filtered drinking water next to the water fountains usually depending on the airport you are at. Water bottles are expensive and you can pay up to $4.00 a bottle. This bottle comes in quite handy.
  • Pack your medicine and beauty supplements wisely. No need to take the RX bottles with you. (label the contents in the pill pack.)
  • Bring a scarf to wrap around you if you are cold on the plane. They don’t have blankets for everyone unless you are in first class.
  • Down size to a smaller handbag. That big Birken bag or other purse may be nice but by taking a smaller bag you will travel lighter and love not having to carry so much with you!

I featured the above and more on TV today. If you want to watch the video go to http://www.news4jax.com  click on River City Live.

 

Oh happy day…it’s National Nail Polish and DONUT day!

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Don’t you just LOVE this edible art by Holly Fox who I discovered on Instagram and has a shop on Etsy! I must buy one of her awesome cookie creations. So many cookies to choose from so little time! Yum!!!

  • What’s Trending in nail colors this summer … the Northeast Distributor for OPI Vinnie Le from of Victoria Nial Supply says “Blue hues are so in from Mint blue,Baby blues and Aqua Ocean blue.He also says nude,pink nude and rose gold metallics are hot.” I am over the moon for these new shades!
  • How to make your nail polish last longer and strengthen them too? From Start to Finish by OPI is a 3 products in one new sensation. A base coat,a top coat and a nail strengthener too. So now you don’t have to apply a base coat,a top coat and a nail strengthener. ONE bottle and product for three steps. Genius! 
  • Cuticle oil is a must. Apply it on your fingers and toes to keep the skin soft and looking good. Sandal season means less shoes and clothes. So,don’t forget to take care of your fingers d and toes.
  • If your hands are showing age…or to prevent sun spots and wrinkles from forming so fast. Try using a sunscreen on them. I like a natural one that is the kind you roll/rub on from a deodorant like stick by Go Waxhead. It isn’t just about protecting your face from spots your hands and tops of feet need it too.
  • Always keep your hands and body hydrated not only with cuticle oil but hand and body lotions and creams.
  • Now all you need is to paint the town with your fave hues! Have a happy National Nail Polish Day!

And since it is also National DONUT day let me share my fave donut in Chicago…

Do-rite donuts! If you haven’t tasted them you don’t know what you are missing! And yes I am still in love with Krispy Kreme donuts BUT this company’s donuts  is really awesome too!

WORTH A TRIP to  Chicago! Was just there last month and can’t wait to go back and taste more!IMG_2056 donuts.JPG

TWO wonderful reasons to celebrate today!

Enjoy!