Girls Just Wanna Have Sun!

Don’t you just LOVE a sunny day?

It really makes me happier,think better and I know more productive.

How about you? What does the sun do for you?cropped-sunscreen-beach-2014-photo.jpgWhile I live in Florida. I spent more time at the beaches of New York and New Jersey shore than I do now.Crazy huh?After getting stung by skin cancer I just can’t spend a lot of time out there. Being in the beauty and spa business I really have to practice what I preach.

BUT when I do go here are a few of my fave things to take and do to make your day in the sun more fun.

  • At the top of my list I have to remind all you girls who are baking like cookies on the beach…to PROTECT yourself. Apply a shot glass size of sunscreen at least a half an hour before you leave.
  • Freeze fresh grapes and blueberries overnight and pack in snack bags to enjoy a refreshing treat at the beach. Watermelon (do not freeze)cubes is another cool you down treat.
  • Make your own fruit or vegetable infused water and put in a travel glass or bottle for sipping.

Examples: Kiwi and Strawberry slices or watermelon and mint. Get creative. But beware of citrus as it may interfere with your skin care and you can open the door to more sensitive skin in the sun = sun spots.

  • Apply a quarter size of almond oil to your hair and comb it back and up away from your face. Your hair will condition while you spend your day at the beach.
  • Give your feet  foot facial by taking a walk on the beach near the water. The WET sand is cheaper than any potion you can buy on the beauty store shelf.
  • Rub in sunflower or almond oil on your cuticles (hand and feet) your skin will hydrate while you beach.
  • Get some exercise and rev up that heart and walk or take a short run.
  • Bring out you inner child and build a mini castle or sculpture …it will exfoliate rough fingers hands too.
  • Hunt for seashells that might have a hole in them and create a necklace when you get home of it to remind you of your time. I have some from Hawaii and every time I wear or look at them I think of my awesome trip.Beautiful memories.

Have fun in the sun and protect that pretty face!

 

 

 

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An Apple a Day…keeps you healthier!

APPLE photo It has been non-stop for me for 11 days with work and play. I have been traveling to the BEAUTIFUL state of Maine, next a trip to NYC (will share soon about these trips with you) and then back to FLORIDA for more work. We did another one of our signature Pop Up shop at an event with Jacksonville magazine. Yesterday was spent painting pretty faces at my makeup studio.

Today  I am going to celebrate my husbands birthday starting with breakfast in bed.

And for me I am eating clean as I am craving green! Don’t you just love the first bite into a green crunchy apple? God’s edible masterpiece! Last night I shopped the aisles and bought the freshest batch of colorful fruits and veggies. And this week I am going to back on a beautiful food track (with a little bit of his Birthday cake)

Travel and stress takes a toll on your body and skin. Sometimes you have to take a break and treat yourself to all the bounty from a farmer’s market.And feed your body what it needs.

Be well and take time to smell the strawberries,apples and papaya!!!

 

D.I.Y. water

DEFINE A BOTTLE

I love making my own fruit infused and other waters. It is so green and eco- friendly. My fave alongside the ones above is a mix of watermelon and fresh mint. Buy yourself a bottle like this and you will have fresh water on the go or in your home bliss!

Do you have a WATER recipe you’d like to share with me? I’d love to hear from you and get to enjoy it too.

As we head towards Earth Day I wanted to share this bottle that and remind you to make your own flavored water.As seen on Shark Tank. Buy Buy plastic bottles!

Love Mother Earth! Recycle,repurpose, reLOVE!

Don’t forget this weekend I am doing a giveaway for a beauty bag…Sunday!

Happy Thanksgiving …thoughts!

As we celebrate thanksgiving day I have a few things to say…

I wish the readers of my blog today and followers too a fabulous and yummy Thanksgiving day. I am happy to have you in my life in some small way.

Next,I’d like to ask is…

What are you thankful for?

I am thankful I opened my eyes and woke up today.It was even sweeter when I heard the glorious Star-spangled banner  anthem outside my window. Today they amped up the volume but it was still  beautiful.I live near a naval base. I am happy I was born and raised in America and happy it is my home.

I am thankful for my lovely family. And darling funny husband. I only wish my twin brother,mom and dad were here to share my days with me.Gosh how I miss them!!!

I am thankful  for ALL the little things in life that can bring us so much joy. The sun,the moon,the stars the smell of fresh cut grass and more.

I am thankful for a roof over my head and food on the table.

I am thankful for bakers and chefs not only for making healthier fresh bread but dessert…yes I have a major sweet tooth!

I am thankful for the farmer I am an avid foodie and so love supporting them and eating fresh fruit and vegetables.

I am thankful for fuel for hot baths and warm showers. Especially with a bit of bubbly like a bubble bath.

I m thankful for music which fills my ear with joy.

I am thankful for the person who invented LIPSTICK! They were brilliant! A swipe of color goes a long way!

I am thankful for fuel to jet around town and jet around on a flight to all the amazing places I get to go for my work and to play.

I am thankful for good health.

I am thankful for all I have learned in life and can’t wait to learn more!

AND…I thank MACY’S for bringing me back home even if it is on the TV screen.LOVE the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade! The 90th year.

A true miracle on 34th street where I used to work! #theresnoplacelikehomegive-thanks-leaves-photo-jpg-2016Give THANKS…Not just for today but tomorrow and always!

Have a yummy and beautiful thanksgiving day everyone !

D.I.Y. Kitchen Spa Day

photo RosemaryOh the weekend  IS here.

It is the perfect time to pamper yourself,your sweetie,your mom or your daughter with an afternoon or morning of beauty at home without leaving the house. Celebrities do it you can too!

Check out my latest article on doing a D.I.Y. SPA morning,afternoon or evening at home.  http://www.void.com a magazine . My tips are Beauty,cheeky, fun!

Natural DIY Recipes for At-Home Beauty

photo lemons and tumeric

 

A kitchen & on the go MUST HAVE!

DEFINE A BOTTLE

I first saw this brand and awesome bottle on one of my fave TV shows Shark Tank and on Good Morning America!

A 17- year- old year old Carter Kostler from Virginia Beach,Virginia has taken childhood obesity head on. After learning about the startling statistics of how sugary drinks and soda impact today’s youth,he decided to do something about it. Carter created a fruit infused water bottle,a product designed with the goal of improving one’s health. He and it was even featured in Entrepreneur magazine as one of the most brilliant companies list. He works with schools in his community and organizations for a healthier generation.

YOU know by reading my blog…it’s all about the small beautiful business owner and what they are up too! #SHOPSMALL #shoplocal

The Define Bottle company list it’s features below:

  • Fits in a standard cup holder
  • Attached wrist lanyard makes it easy to carry
  • Capacity: 16 ounces (about 500 ml)
  • Easy cleaning – the bottle comes apart in multiple places for easy access
  • Included re-freezable base piece helps keep your fruit cool
  • Strainer middle piece contains the fruit to the bottom and away from your mouth piece
  • Made from Tritan -Odorless, tasteless, and stain resistant
  • BPA-free
  • Phosphate-free
  • estrogenic-activity-free
  • androgenic-activity-free

I am in love with this water bottle system and fruits and veggies I use don’t hit my lips and ruin my lipstick! THAT makes it even more awesome.

http://www.definebottle.com

Girl Time at Whole Foods Market in Jacksonville

120CMYK_01.jpgNEOCELL PILLSDo you love all things beauty,staying healthy,looking your best and Whole Foods Market too?
ME TOO!
If you are lucky enough to live in Jacksonville Florida you are in for a treat!
This Thursday October 9th,2014 from 7:00PM TO 8:00PM in the Whole Foods Market lifestyle Cafe.

I am happy to continue my healthy beauty series again and sharing beauty secrets from your kitchen shelves and dishing up some girl fun! I hope you can join me for Girls Night Out at Jacksonville’s store.

Here’s what you’ll get:

I will share natural beauty secrets of the celebrities,eating for beautiful skin and Hollywood glam tips.
Whole Foods Market will be serving mineral water, wine and cheese,cookies.
Beautiful Door prizes by NeoCell,me and more.
Each Guest will get some recipes you can enjoy making at home and a free gift for joining us.
YOU will have a delicious beauty filled time! I promise.

You must register for this ONLY $5.00 class. Go to http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com click on Jacksonville and then click on Events Calendar.

NOREEN YOUNG “As seen on The Chat talk show on WTLV-ABC 25 and WJXX-NBC 12 NBC and The Morning Shows on WJXT4.”

Kissing Spring a BIG Hello!

3.14 MacysI know it’s not quite spring everywhere by the weather I heard on TV today but you can still celebrate it in your heart and on your face and body with happy glee!

Here are my top tips to make you look and FEEL Gorgeous this Spring.

1. A cheap and chic NEW lipstick or lip gloss can update your look and face in seconds.
Find a color that brightens your complexion. Choose a light to medium bold color.Say “Bye Bye” to the dark shades.Lighten Up!Brighten Up!

2. Blush on! Choose a blush that accents your cheeks like a pretty coral or pink.Select one with shimmer for a soft luminous look.This gives you a dewy youthful look.

3. Eyeshadow doesn’t have to be complicated.Select one shade and go with it. You don’t have to use two or five shades to make your eyes stand out and look gorgeous.A soft champagne,a soft pink,a gold beige or touch of silver to highlight your eyes. You can mix and match matte and shimmer together for a natural glow look.

4. As a professional I highly recommend you own a rice powder to set your makeup,make your makeup last longer and to tone down shine.It is an Ancient Chinese secret.

5. Nail polish is taking over the world. It has a new look,shades,feel and texture.Pick up a few shades and paint your fingeres and toes creamsicle,sunny yellow or an aqua blue hue.Or better yet have a PRO give you a fresh manicure and pedicure and try a new hue.

6. Accessorize! Your face can look more alive with some new accessories.A little bling goes a long way I LOVE to make my face,neck and eyes glow with a dash of color and sparkle from an earring,necklace and more.

7. Buy a a new scent and spice up make your life with something floral,sweet,sexy or sultry.

8. Go window shopping. It not only will get you out of the house or workplace it will give you ideas to look better and fashionable. This was a happy spring window display I took at Macy’s last week in New York City.

9. You are what you eat…add more spring fruits ripe,ready and in season. Add a healthy rainbow of foods to your diet.

10. Pretty skin and a healthy body needs water.Whip up some water by infusing fresh fruits or veggies in a tall pitcher.Yummy and low cal way to get in your water intake and the light flavor of the fruit tastes awesome.

I hope you have a HAPPY SPRING! Paint the town with the new shade for this Spring…Radiant orchid.

Trying to get in my ….Greens!

Kale

I am trying to eat more greens this year and hear all the great things about kale!
I love to eat fruits and veggies but sometimes lots of greens are hard to eat.

I love Kale chips and kale in my stir fry but this time I made a kale smoothie. I wasn’t sure what it would turn out like nor taste like…but it actually is yummy.

So here you go…my creamy Kale delight!!!
1 banana
2 cups of fresh from the market kale
1 teaspoon of Agave nectar
1/2 cup of unsweetened (or sweetened) soy milk

Place all of the above in a blender.Cover…pulse on puree and serve over ice or without ice. ENJOY!
Very refreshing and interesting yummy taste. No, I did not taste the kale at all.

So if you want to sneak in something healthy and green in your smoothie,your husbands or children’s smoothie…have at it. You know I love to cook and makeup!!!
Welcome in the green not just in your salad or stir fry.Let me know how you liked it.

Take a wok on the wild side,beauty and more!

NB8J0361It is the year of the snake and our lunar year celebration is now in full swing. We were cleaning up,dumpling making and getting all dolled up for a brand new LUNAR YEAR! Yes,I get to celebrate both new year celebrations.Lucky me!
We are decorating in red and have our jade on…families are celebrating all over the globe!

I’d like to share a few things with you! My FUN take on Chinese customs.Rice powder is a beauty custom that is centuries old. It looks like a white square brownie but don’t try and eat it….just wear it. It tones down shine,makes your makeup last longer and gives you a matte finish.It is also great for guys too!

Drinking HOT not cold Asian Tea is good for your health.It balances out your digestive tract and cleans out the grease from foods according to my herbalist in Chinatown. Drinking it cold does not do the same.

Pearl cream is an ANCIENT Chinese secret that Asian women use for anit-aging.It softens the skin and makes hyper-pigmentation lighten over time.I USE and love it too.Smells dreamy and is opaque and creamy.

I try and use chopsticks on a daily basis…it helps me control my weight cause I eat less! And using them is a lot of fun!

Veggies are a staple in Asian cooking…and in looking good. FRESH is best and Asian women shop for them daily not weekly. Stir some up and stir fry for your health. Go ahead take a wok on the wild side. You don’t have to be Chinese to do it.

Want prettier skin? Give your face a jasmine rice face mask. Stay tuned for the recipe and MORE! Gotta celebrate Chinese New year some more with dinner for two with my sweetie.