It will cast a spell on you!

Nola Blog Cafe Du Monde photo 2017.JPGI’m back from New Orleans AKA Nola and it feels so good…especially in the month of Halloween my fav’ time of year! The city was all  decked out in bewitching hues and decor. Halloween in New Orleans is awesome. I wanted to go on a Ghost or Cemetary tour but ran out of time this trip.

I worked and played. And as always want to take you there! Even if you’ve been or never been there. Here are a few highlights of my adventures.

Cafe du Monde was at the top of my gotta go back and eat a beignet and have that famous New Orleans coffee. So,after checking into the hotel  I devoured a few and walked the streets too.

The smell of  Pralines fills the streets and air with sweetness. You have to try one! This trip I discovered some new ones in Cafe au lait and Bananas Foster flavors. So delightful!

I haven’t been there for a few years and needed to reacquaint myself with the city. My have things grown and some things have stayed the same! If only those building and sidewalks could talk to us. What would they say? Lots I am sure.

The weather was super humid and hot for October… I did not glisten like most southern women say they do. I sweat as usual! No powder or makeup setting spray saved my face. However, the last few days the weather turned into fall like. SO….Heavenly!

Since I love food,beauty,fashion and I love to explore…here is list of the best to see!

Acme Oyster Bar has the freshest and delicious oysters. If you don’t mind waiting in lines this is a great place. Not fancy and pricey.

Monteleone Hotel my fav’ hotel in the city and is an elegant charming place.It is located in the French Quarter downtown.

Carousel  Bar is inside the hotel above. It is an actual OLD carousel and it moves and so do you every 15 minutes. You gotta see this place and feel it to believe it.Drinks are delicious and appetizers too.Not your normal bar food. 

Feeling lucky! In the mood to gamble? Visit Harrah’s Casino.

Irene’s is an Italian eatery with a New Orleans twist. Dinner was amazing and the pasta is made fresh daily.

Papier Plume if you are into all things stationery,REAL pens, journals and wax seals this is the place for you.

Trashy Diva is a clothing store that for the name alone you need to pop in.

Perfume there are two old world perfume shops rich in history and have signature fragrances too I will share more on this in my next blog.

Fifi Mahoney’s is where you’ll find makeup,glitter,wigs and more! They are the company behind some of the faces on floats for Mardi Gras.

New Orleans COOKING school I’ve taken a cooking class with a Cajun twist before. It never disappoints.If you’re a foodie like me…you’d love these classes.

Steamboat Natchez cruise is always a good idea!It is an old time steam boat that takes you around the Mississippi River.

The French Market is located in the Jackson Square area and is filled with shops and pop up vendors from all over the world. You can find art,fashion,old time lace umbrellas,artisan candles and soaps,voodoo dolls and so much more.

I love worshipping and visiting church and the the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis King of France is a beauty you don’t want to miss.

Did you know New Orleans has Voodoo shops,Witchery shops and Vampire shops? Worth exploring.Nola blog Witchery photo.JPG

Window Shopping is the BEST shopping. Since may last trip so many new places have opened.

 

Fun fact…the second day I was there. I was eating a snow ball ice  in the French Market and while sitting on a bench I noticed a float and a police car blocking the street. I ate and kept there waiting to see what might be happening. After ten minutes I was curious what this was all about. So,I walked across the street and who did I bump into on the sidewalk but Katy Perry all dolled up in an adorable so New Orleans fun feather dress. Next, I see Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie. The float I now noticed had the logo of American Idol on it. So, what was about to go down was a marching band,people in costumes and a float they shot for TV to welcome the tryouts for American idol at the convention center.Nola American Idol photo

It was so fun. They were so fun! They threw Mardi Gras beads to all of us and we were part of the party. They invited us to follow the float down the streets of Nola but I chose not to. This was such an unexpected treat to my trip! I wish you could hear this video!

You never know who or what you will find in this city. My business went well and my belly was content. I continue to encourage you to explore beyond your front door.

Till my next adventure …have a beauty filled day.

PS

Pictures to come. I have been up to my lips with work since I returned. Tonight I am a guest on a panel for Fashion Group International in NE Florida. So, I have to prep for that.

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Little Beauty Gems in Jacksonville Florida…

I recently discovered some new products and places in JAX and some iconic ones too! If you love or are visiting Florida and near here.

Come explore and shop your flip flops off! 

Featured on TV on NBC12 today.

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5 Points Candle Company is a new find from the iconic gift shop called Gottahaveit in the Avondale section of Jacksonville. They make some fabulous candles with the most amazing scents. All soy wax and hand poured and made with premium essential oils. 75 plus hours of burn time. If you don’t live here you can shop them at: http://www.5pointscandleco.com

#5 one of their most popular candle scents.

Element Earth Works has some unique aromatic soaps and more.This one is a Lemongrass charcoal soap in a coconut oil base. Great for deep cleansing for face and body. Vegan too. http://www.elementearthworks.com

Body and Soul has a collection of various stone necklaces,natural toothpastes and even soaps for manes best friend your doggie. Today I am featuring their gemstone necklaces. This Opalite stone is said to help with:anxiety,fear and uncertainty.Available in Murray Hill section of Jacksonville.http://www.bodyandsoulsoap.com

Noreen Young Cosmetics specializes in all things for the lips.We even have a lip creation called First Coast Fabulous named for the First Coast of Florida. My passion is donating time to help girls with Downs Syndrome look their best and I love supporting organizations like the Special Olympics.I have a sweet beauty retreat in a private beauty cottage by appointment on the south side of Jacksonville. http://www.noreenyoung.com

“Life is short wear lipstick!”ny_label-2

 

Jones and Rose has a collection of luxurious body and face care. Unisex too. Sexy Body Butter in pink petals is a favorite.http://www.jonesandrose.com

If you are crazy about the city and want to flaunt it..get your sticker or TEE-shirt with ...JAX IS RAD on it. Wear it proudly! http://www.jaxisrad.com

JAX IS RAD

Explore even more of the beauty in our city…Check out MY BLOG again for more fun spots in town. #shoplocal  #jaxisrad #getyourkisson #firstcoastfabulous

 

Kitchen Beauty

photo River city live 8-2017.JPGFriday on a pop culture and entertainment show here in sunny Florida called River City Live TV I shared some of my signature beauty secrets from the kitchen or your own backyard. I thought you would enjoy them!

Make a facial steam bath…to open up your pores and sweat!

Your skin will love it. Make a pot of tea water…fill a glass bowl with some of that hot water.Rub herbs in palm of your hand a bit.Place sprigs of rosemary OR fresh spearmint inside the bowl of steamy water. Allow time for it to float and infuse the aromatics from the herb.  You can also try this D.I.Y. with other fresh herbs from your fridge or garden. Place your face near the bowl and let the steam (not water) hit your face.Do this for at least 5 minutes. Rinse your face well and use your fav’ face toner and a light moisturizer next.

In a pinch and don’t have any facial scrub at home?

Try using cornmeal from your pantry!

Take a spoonful and place in a little dish. Add some water. Make a little liquid  grain like paste. Apply on a clean face and work in gentle circular motions. Stay away from your eyes and lips. Leave on for a couple of minutes and rub again gently. I like to do this on my T-zone. Rinse well and follow up with your facial toner.This is not only great for the pores but also great for dry flaky skin as a natural exfoliant.

Got stress?

A kitchen rolling pin isn’t just for baking darlingsGet it out and have your sweetie release the stress on your back and or back of legs. Use with gentle strokes.It really does wonders. Use a dash of olive or sunflower oil for some massage oil slip (like massage therapists use). I like it better than on dry skin. When you can’t see your massage therapist this works!

Roses aren’t just good to decorate your house with they also make a floral delight for your eyes. In place of cucumbers a rose petal has soft hydrating properties. They say ancient Chinese royalty loved to do this. I prefer organic roses. All you do is take a petal and place one on each side. Rest your eyes and listen to some music or enjoy the quiet in the room.Now, remove the petals and enjoy softer skin.

I LOVE making fruit or vegetable infused water.…and drink it all day. Better than coffee or sodas and they quench your thirst and make your skin happy too. On TV I showed the viewers how to make a personal bottle of this water. I found an adorable glass with a straw built in and keep it on my desk or work area.

1 container or large pitcher of spring water

1 fresh organic kiwi sliced

1 sprig of  fresh mint

ANOTHER version simply add wedges of oranges.

Allow them to set in pitcher for at least an hour or more. This lets the above make love together and makes the water taste great. Enjoy!

*Drink at room temperature. That’s what a lot of doctors say is best to do. Not ice cold.

Remember my philosophy is not all things have to come from a store…making it yourself is fun and kinda therapeutic. I hope you’ll let me know of any ideas or recipes you like to do too! I LOVE hearing from you.

xoxo

 

 

Chat Beauty with ME!

Today on TV… I whipped up my cocktail for beauty and some fun! I so love all the work I do. TV is just a part of it.The Chat mic There are so many things  I do so I am NEVER ever bored.

Today I shared with the TV viewers the things I cannot live without! Hoping I turn the viewers on to some amazing beauty must haves.

I love all things NeoCell skin and beauty supplements. They recently came out with a Ceramides Skin Hydrator. Clinically tested ceramides increase:moisture by up to 36% and skin smoothness by up to 34%. Non-GMO Gluten-Free.Say “No to Botox” ,maybe all need is something from NeoCell.

Explore: http://www.neocell.com

We seem to never have enough time in the day to eat right and or remember to take our multi-vitamin. If you want prettier healthy looking skin you need to add  beauty supplements to your daily routine.It isn’t just about about using an expensive dream cream.

This brand makes me want to be my healthy best! They also make a variety of other beauty supplements for hair,skin,eyes,bones,joints,hair,nails and overall body.

Living in sunny Florida can take a toll on our skin.Protect yourself pretty wherever you live!

  • Sunscreen infused with a moisturizer

Eminence Red Currant Protective Moisturizer with SPF 30 natural,organic and made with fruits,vegetables and herbs. NO CHEMICALS If you like a natural approach to beauty…try this brand! Available at spas all across the globe!

www.eminenceorganics.com

Today the beauty world is all a buzz about Probiology a probiotic pill I take daily. www.belleandbella.com
Pretty skin starts in the gut!

Beauty from the inside out!

I love coffee and tea…and this line really shouts out to me.
Therapispa  takes our coffee cup to the next level with super cute packaging and a quality skin care product inside! Pureness Scrub Wash exfoliates the skin on your body beautifully and with only the best in natural ingredients.No dried out or irritated skin. Essence gentle skin toners.They also have a line of face masks for different skin types and needs. Too Cute! 
www.aiin.co

Lastly, Tan Towel is my beauty hero when it comes to tanning on the go! It gives my skin a gorgeous natural glow. Not stinky!
Kick skin cancer to the curb with this emollient towel for face and for body.
www.tantowel.com

My mantra..Take care of your skin and it will take care of you!

Gotta a beauty question or skin issue? ASK Noreen  Visit my petty site www.noreenyoung.com and follow me on Instagram @noreenkissyoung

 

 

 

 

Schools Out! What can you do with…

Barbie…Your daughter or granddaughters?

Summer is still here and your daughters and grand daughters are still out of school.

Here are a few fun things to do with them this summer!

Today I shared on TV what you can do and how much fun it can be!

  • Bonding time:Do a little makeup at home day. Show them how to apply a little lipstick or gloss,a blush,nail polish and or a bit of glitter. A little goes a long way.
  • Show them how to take care of their hair or braid the hair …Barbie Hair conditioner for detangling works wonders!
  • Teach them that SUNSCREEN is a best kept beauty secret! Protecting their face and body from the sun is very important.Use dolls as demo’s.
  • Enjoy making or serving yummy refreshments like fruit infused water,pretty pink lemonade,candy,Pez and or yummy  pink cupcakes.Make it like a beauty party!
  • Another fun idea is:To show them how they can write a story book and they are the main character.All they need is an empty unlined notebook and some markers  or crayons. Encourage them to be creative.
  • Princess Patch Parties is  a local company if you’re lucky enough to live in Jacksonville Florida in the Murray Hill section of town that offers birthday and mini spa parties with facials and a little mani & pedi outing. Pink and frilly place where glitter rules! www.princesspatchgirlsspa.com      
  • Lip gloss D.I.Y. with you and or their friends with a MINI bar of Hershey’s chocolate or some crushed up candy mixed with a  dash of OrganIc coconut oil from Whole Foods Market. You will need to assist children with this in the microwave for a few minutes. What you’ll have is a shiny,lip softening lip gloss.No it won’t last you’ll watch them lick it off and laugh the afternoon away.
  • I will share these ideas and more on the video from the segment. JUST A CLICK AWAY! http://www.firstcoastnews.com on The Chat
  •  ENJOY watching and hope you will try some of my outside the box ideas!

 

Tweezers 101 & more!

Have you ever wondered about the shape of those tweezers you own or see while shopping? Me too!

Angled– are perfect for eyebrow grooming.

Flat-are great for removing multiple hairs.

Slanted-This shape helps you remove sensitive hair areas and precise grooming.

Pointed– Perfect for fine hairs and for ingrown hair.

I like to add the BEAUTY BEAM to my tweezers so I can light up and ……….photo BBEAMsee where I am working and removing hair.

I also like to own several sizes of tweezers from pricey to cheap. And the MINI ones are perfect for your cosmetic bag in your purse.

So there you have it. A little 101 on tweezers and more.

You will fall in love with the Beauty Beam once you try it. I use it on TV,photo shoots or when I do makeup in my studio or on location.

You never know when you need a little light on your face,brows,eye area and lips!

DIY for your accessories & more!

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I have a fashionable guilty obsession! Accessories!

If it sparkles,dangles or glows around your hair,neck,ears or wrists …I’m in!

I use to and still do store all my fashionable beauties on veleteen boards and earring trays like Tiffany’s. But that can get expensive after awhile when you own as much costume jewelry as I do!

Last month my husband and I visited a new Asian grocery store that sold some incredibly delicious Japanese Mochi in the freezer section. After devouring all these cool and yummy goodies I was going to throw away the tray they came on. I got to thinking…how wasteful is that. And SILLY. The tray was quite sturdy and had spaces that could accommodate earrings,pins and more. So, I rinsed it out and started to fill. I left some space empty so you can see.

They work beautifully. It was just perfect storing for me. And they do not collect dust like the black jewelry trays and boards can do. Today I went and got more Mochi flavors for the long weekend.I look forward to organizing my jewelry in them and more.

What do you think? Pretty cool and eco- friendly idea.

PS

I think it would be great for eye shadow,gloss pots and the like too.

COLOR YOUR WORLD!

Back in Florida and it is time for me to chat beauty and lifestyle on The Chat on NBC12. Today my TV segment is all about color and ways to color your world too!  If spring has not arrived yet for you…explore these wonderful colorful finds!

OPI has a new nail collection of infinite shine nail polishes named the Fiji Collection. With peaceful and festive fun colors like Living on the Bula-vard and Polly Want a Lacquer…these rainbow hues will make your manicure last up to 11 days. You don’t have to go to Fiji you simply have to own this collection of gorgeous shades inspired by Fiji’s sun,sand and water.

www.opi.com

Cotton Candy liners by Absolute New York has a fun new collection of milky pastel hues that will delight and highlight the eyes.What  playful pops of pastels! www.absnewyork.com

Want to learn more about Color? And what they say about  YOU?  Jaclyn Peresetsky’s book called Discover the Power of Your Colors is a must have for your book collection.http://www.jaclynp.com

The Bagel Store in Brooklyn,New York makes THE original bagel that broke the internet!

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Bagel artist Scott Rossillo has created the most color filled and delicious bagels I have ever seen. TODAY I am featuring a rainbow hue.He uses the same old fashioned techniques and wonderful ingredients used in bagel making for years. They offer a variety of awesome bagels and so much more.

Cotton candy flavored bagels? Yes, please!

Cream cheese with your bagel. Oh don’t even think of plain! A yummy artsy cream cheese they have created looks like sprinkles on a cupcake and it is called FUNFETTI and spreads like cream,tastes fabulous and looks dreamy.

If you’re craving a NYC style bagel and want to brighten your breakfast or snack world….you too can taste and get them.They ship bagels to your door. But I must mention there is a waiting list …so get on it darlings! I AM IN LOVE with this company and yummy bagel.

http://www.thebagelstore.com

754 Metropolitan Ave. Brooklyn, New York 718-782-5856

*They also do catering and make the perfect gift!

Color brightens our world and makes us feel energized and fabulous!

Get some happy shipped to your door with any of the above color filled editions.

 

Do you have issues with…Blush?

Think pink Kabuki travel bukiMaybe it is the shape of your brush?

The biggest beauty mistake women seem to make is using way too much blush! They simply don’t know what is the correct brush or use a heavy hand with that brush!

Here is my guide to show you how to apply it the right way and how to select the perfect brush for your blush.

Basic Blush Brush-this is a standard shape brush with a medium to long handle. If you bought it on the run and at a non-fancy big box or dollar store it is NOT going to give you a beautiful blush look.

Angle Brush-This brush helps to apply blush to create a contoured slimming the face effect with your blush. if you can bowl your face down an alley this brush is for you.Unless of course you like a more round face.

Blush/ Bronzing Blush Brush-This flat top beauty is usually perfect for applying bronzer or a kiss of blush color

Fan Brush-This helps to apply the precise kiss of color.Not too much not too soft. I highly recommend this brush for blush.

4 in 1 Blush- This brush is a multi-tasker for blush and other sections of the face too. It is must have in your brush wardrobe! 

And if you get a brush inside the blush compact…Do yourself a favor and throw it out !!!

OR in a pinch  use it as an eye shadow or  highlighter brush. Just remember the shape is off and the quality is not the best.

FYI

The brush pictured is a travel brush for POWDER but I often see ladies in powder rooms using it for blush. Of course the blush looks over done and a hot mess!

I love this brush but only use it for what it is intended for…loose or pressed powder!

 

Don’t ya just love a Chinese Dumpling?

 

 

Today on The Chat on NBC12 in sunny Florida I shared beauty secrets and this Chef shared a yummy pot sticker recipe! Wish you were here!

Here are a few awesome recipes you can make at home from Chef Dennis of Blue Bamboo in Jacksonville Florida!You’ve gotta get his book!!!chat-2016-nbc-logo

Pork Dumplings

8oz ground pork

6oz Napa Cabbage leaves, finely chopped

2 tsp finely chopped ginger

1 tbsp Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry

1 ½ tbsp soy sauce

1 tsp salt

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

3 tbsp finely chopped green onions

2 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp sugar

2 tbsp cold chicken stock

 

Combine ingredients until well mixed.

Place rounded tablespoon in middle of wrapper.  Fold and seal with water.  Eight folds is best!

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Drop half of the dumplings into the water and stir once so they don’t stick together. When the water boils again, add 1 cup of cold water to the pot. Then when it boils again, add 3 cups of cold water. The third time the water boils, the dumplings are cooked. Remove them with a slotted spoon and repeat with the remaining dumplings. Serve immediately with small bowls of dipping sauce.

Dumpling Wrappers:

¾ cup bread flour

6 Tbsp all purpose flour

2 ½ ounces water, boiling

½ Tbsp neutral oil

Combine flours in food processor.  Add oil and hot water to processor while running.  Combine until dough forms.  Turn out onto surface and knead 2 minutes until dough is elastic and smooth.  Let rest for 1 hour.  Cut dough in half, and then roll out into a 12 inch log.  Cut log into 12 pieces.  Roll into balls, and flour.  Shape each dough ball into a 3 inch wrapper, with thinner sides than center.

Soy Dipping Sauce

3 Tbsp soy sauce

½ tsp sugar

1 Tbsp vinegar

Pepper to taste
Bring ingredients to a boil.  Garnish with toasted sesame and green onions.

The Chef has an amazing cookbook too….it is called Hip Asian Comfort Food.

If you are ever out this way!

Check them out~
Blue Bamboo Restaurant and Handcrafted Cocktails
904.646.1478
3820 Southside Boulevard
Jacksonville, Florida 32216