Time to say “Goodbye” to the old…

And “IN” with the NEW!

It is the perfect way to start the new year!

Shampoo,hair treatments,makeup,skincare,eyelash curlers,makeup brushes,body lotions,fragrance and more. Today I showed on TV on River City Live on WJXT.COM I featured these tips and more.

How do you do this?

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Sniff and take a look at your products. If your lipstick smells funky,your nail polish is turning three shades it wasn’t, your makeup not moving when you apply it. Time to throw them out. Mositurizer or body lotion not what it used to look like? Time to throw them out. Your skin health and health depends on it!

Your eyelash curler not curling? Time for a new one or replace the rubber liner inside.

Makeup Brush hairs falling out and the metal band hurting your skin? Time to buy replacements!

Makeup sponges crumbling while you do your makeup? Replace them! Powder puff in your compact dirty as hell and hasn’t been washed in months. Get news ones and throw that dam thing out!

MASCARA the leading culprit of eye infections. Throw it out every three or four  months.  You don’t want to welcome pink eye.

Shampoo and hair conditioner not working for you anymore? Throw it out.

Wood Pencils for eyes and lips cutting your eyes and lips. Buy new ones and start anew.

Your sonic tooth brush head and face cleansing unit brush needs to be replaced too!

Haven’t used a beard or hair dye product that you opened  in a long time? Throw it out. As time goes by it will lose it’s potency and the ingredients will change.

Your razor needs to be replaced or new blades need to be bought and start new.

Your perfume or after shave doesn’t smell as sexy or fabulous as it used to? Use it as a bathroom deodorizer. Don’t wear it any longer.Trust me. You will not smell good.

Got the picture? Like I always say…like MILK your products have expiration dates.

Stay tuned to my vaulable tips for organizing your vanity/space my next blog.

 

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Channeling my inner Christie Brinkley!

In the midst of cleaning and organizing the office in my makeup studio for a few weeks. It is hard to have an immaculate office and desk when you are doing beauty services and helping clients with their retail shopping needs. I discovered a box I had a hair piece in. I also reconnected with an old friend onmy desk …Timeless Beauty a book that I read and put down and read again. I think it is all about this book cover!

Who doesn’t want to look like Christie Brinkley when we turn her age!  Right? BLOG Christie Brinkley

I also noticed I opened the box but did not ever use what I bought from Hair2Wear. Christie’s ever poplular Wispy Hair Wrap. Doesn’t that sound sexy?

I eagerily dropped what I was doing to test drive the hair wrap like she uses on her own hair.  I tried it out 5 different ways and no matter what I did my Wispy Wrap

I said out loud…“Looked like CRAP”. and worse yet I ordered the wrong brown hair color!

So disappointed  I shot this photo and put it back in the box under my desk. I so wanted sexy effortless wispy hair like Christie. Then I remembered  when I and why I bought it… she demo’d on TV with the show host and made it seem so easy. But her next guest selling appearance she demo’d even more and started pulling out many (NOT just one to get her look) hair pieces that were strategiclly placed all through her hair. SHE is a MASTER at it.

It just goes to show you…don’t judge a book by it’s cover. This beauty really works it in more ways then one…with what appears to be effortless style. Maybe I’m missing something and I need to buy a pair of those to die for shimmery and blinged out high heels,a gold sweater and strike a pose ala Christie’s cover on the book.

Perhaps then THIS brunette will look like Christie Brinkley! (Wink…Wink)

Gifts just for the guys in your life!

 

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Today on TV I’m sharing some unique and fun ideas for gift ideas just for the man or men in your life. Husband,boyfriend,son,grandpa or”bestie” guy.

Some I have given to my husband and some ideas are so imely for today!

The thing is we often think we need those gifts to be LARGE in size and price! And designer brand names too! But I have learned that’s not always necessary. With a little age comes wisdom. The holidays don’t have to be so stressful. It isn’t even our Birthday!!! (YOU know the TRUE meaning of the Christmas season)

Sometimes the most awesome gifts are from your heart and with a little reflection and thought when it comes to that special someone!

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If you are looking for a gift or stocking stuffer for that special someone. Stay tuned to http://www.wjxt.com on live stream and or watch the video from today’s show tonight when you have a chance to relax and enjoy.  The show is River City Live and it airs at 11:00am-12:00 noon.

HINT…one of the items has a first time offer and is specially priced at $5.00 online. Other gifts I have found at Hobby Lobby,grocery stores,Dollar stores and more.

If you are able to watch me on TV today that’s great …if not check out my blog later tonight and the next few days.

 

 

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Beauty Launches & Trends for Fall!

I’m  back in town and on TV  here in sunny Florida with some bewitching ideas for this Halloween eve and Halloween.photo RCL

I am sharing NEW FALL beauty and finger food (pardon the pun) trends to do with your girlfriends with my good friend Glamour Gourmet!

She created an awesome Halloween Snack box for ONLY $10.00  Invite your besties over for a beauty bash. Or it makes the perfect gift! Mummy rice krispies anyone?GLAMOUR Gourmet Halloween

Check her out on Instagram!

Don’t look like a witch! Take care of your skin! Be Bewitching this Halloween.

  • Try a new Vitabird Vitamin C  product that is knocking the heels off of woman who buy it. It will make your complexion brighter and more radiant. Available at Barney’s NYC. I just discovered this Asian beauty and my skin loves it so.
  • Don’t ever go to sleep with a dirty face! Use the latest skin sensation by whish and it is called a cleansing oil. So silky! Don’t let the word oil fool you.
  • Veil Cosmetics Mattifying base and touch-up powder. Free of the bad stuff and weightless on the skin.VEGAN LOVERS you will love it. http://www.veilcosmetics.com
  • Farmhouse Fresh Goods has you covered for crepey creepy hands. I love the Whoopie Cream but the new Honey Chai lotion makes me want to scream with delight. http://www.farmhousefreshgoods.com
  • CHI AIR Spin n Curl Is my latest go to for a quick curl in my hair.So easy to use! I am a makeup artist NOT a hairstylist and have never been good with using hair tools. BUT THIS is awesome! If it’s CHI it’s for ME!

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Who doesn’t love to burn a candle on Halloween? I’ve discovered. Blood Orange candle by Ao Fragrances the mood and perfumes the air. BLOOD ORANGE IMG_5264

What a fun time again on River City Live TV!

I hope I inspired you to throw an intimate last minute party  and gather up your girlfriends and have a yummy beauty BASH!

To see my segment on today’s show go to http://www.rivercitylive.com http://www.news4jax.com

Enjoy!

Backstage Beauty

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This morning I took the TV viewers on River City Live to a Backstage BEAUTY Pass… to Fashion week.

Makeup artists who work behind the scenes work tirelessly painting,primping,pampering and and above all hydrating the skin!

It is all about the skin. If the skin does not look it’s best the makeup won’t look the best.

TwinMedix: These essentials got some complexions on the right track with an advanced skin care collection!

Embryolisse: A French delight that models and makeup artist can’t get enough of for gorgeous skin.

Danessa Myricks Beauty: Her Beauty Oils and Dew Balm gives the skin the glowiest look!

Waleda Skin Food: Is another moisturizing lotion that some models request.

Sheet masks from Korea were yet another instant prettier skin fix!

Jade and  Rose Quartz gemstone eye and face rollers: were used to relax the face and make the makeup glide on like silk after a moisturizer or serum was applied.

I’ve even seen silver spoons used in an ice bath and applied to the face for puffy complexions at fashion shows! Or the makeup artists use spoons dry and at room temperature ones are used to curl the eyelashes.stainless steel spoon

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Rosebud Salve: A pro FAVE’ was used for unruly tresses,chapped lips and to give the skin a glowy look. This is in my makeup kit too.

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The NO MAKEUP Makeup Look made a big appearance BUT it takes makeup and lots of work to achieve the look.

Aquaphor is another lip and face product that is seen behind the scenes.

Makeup Brushes: There are plenty used and  in all shapes and sizes. There is a brush and sponge for every part of the face and body. Powder puffs rule too!

One of brands of nail polish used was Essie. Who doesn’t love it? One of the hot hues used was Licorice. A deep gray black shade of sexy.

Mr. Eyeliner a set of cosmetic pencils was used on the faces on the models by Jasmine Ortiz MUA on a fashion show featuring  Kilane Collection by celeb fashion designer Pamela Quinzi . Photographed by @rjensalada_21 on Instagram

 

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I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek behind the scenes in the makeup kits at fashion shows and fashion week.

 

 

 

A peek inside the city I live in …

And an interview on TV with me! I hope you enjoy!

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Meet L.A.’s Grooming EXPERT

Featuring MY FRIEND and blog guest… Cole Patterson, Celebrity Skincare Specialist/Grooming Expert
How did you get started in the beauty industry?
I started my career as a makeup artist over a decade working on music videos and commercials.  I’ve always been passionate about skincare and wellness.  Being a licensed esthetician I offered more than concealing and contouring for talent.
Working behind the scenes gave me the opportunity to touch celebrities than extended beyond makeup application.  I was able to education them on new products, techniques and tips on how to maintain flawless healthy after pre and post makeup up.
As my career blossomed I acquired a large male clientele working with music artists, professional athletes, and Hollywood’s A-Listers.
I’ve worked with celebrities such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Usher, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Anthony Anderson, Larenz Tate and the list goes on.
What drove you to come out with your own skin care line?
Being a licensed professional and working as a makeup artist I realized skincare to be a factor to maintaining a flawless palette.  I noticed women had a plethora of products to care for their skin on set and home regimen while men were subject to using whatever was available.  Seeing men under served in this area I saw a need to offer them gender specific advanced products that were easy to use and required minimal steps.
In 2014 I formulated Cole Skincare for Men and launched online in 2015 featuring the 3-in-1 Foaming Cleanser as our 1st multi-functional product.
I’m a single mother of 2 children so my day is pretty extreme with juggling motherhood, business, personal life.  Last year I took a leap of faith and pursued my dream of becoming a filmmaker so just as things were balancing out I decided it was time that I live out my dreams and create, produce and direct.  Currently I have a documentary series aired on The Word Network I produced and directed which aired April 16, 2018.
Besides your work schedule what does a typical day look like for you?
My day consist of waking up at 4am to medicate, hit the gym at 5am to return home by 6:30am to get the kids off to school which is an hour drive to make it to my 10am yoga class.
After yoga my mind is clear and ready to create.  I research new products ,trends and techniques for skin care including but not limited to medial treatments and plastic surgery.  I spend a few hours a day working on my skincare line.  By 2:00 I head to pick up the kids, homework, dinner, put them to sleep.  While there sleep it’s my creative space I spend this time to conceptualize ideas, ads, & commercials for Cole Skincare for Men or explore different genre of movies to keep fresh ideas and concepts brewing for my next directorial project.
I am so proud of my friend and colleague Cole!
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If you want to learn more about her brand for the men in your life...

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

Got Strawberries?

IMG_1673 strawberries.JPGIt is National Strawberry month and I have been celebrating all month!

I went to the the farmers market and stocked up on lots of fruits and veggies. The strawberries always call out to me. So, since my skin has been kind oily lately (Florida is so humid)  I decided to make one of my natural face masks this morning as I am going to be on TV in sunny Florida.

Did you know strawberries are little miracle workers? Both internally and topically.

They are filled with vitamin C,vitamin K,potassium and folic acid. They also contain an acid which keeps our faces protected from ultraviolet rays. Giving your face and neck a fruity facial is great because it also contains essential salicylic acid. Strawberries help to exfoliate your skin and brighten it up too.

Did you know some celebrities have been known to use the inside of a strawberry to help brighten the teeth simply by rubbing it on and leaving it o  for a few minutes!

I tried it and it works that is a quick brighter teeth natural fix.

I also love to use frozen strawberries with coconut or almond milk and add a dash of NeoCell’s collagen powder. YUM to prettier looking healthy skin. NOT all of your supplements need to be in pill form you can pop them in smoothies and bowls.

Another fave and pretty to look at salad and enjoy is when I make it with strawberries,spinach,pecans and edible flowers!

So add strawberries to your life in more ways and enjoy the fruits and veggies Mother Nature gives us.

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.

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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.