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

 

 

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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!

 

 

 

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!

Because you asked…MY Skin Care Rituals!

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The most common question I get asked is what are  MY daily skin rituals?

So, because so many of you have asked I decided to share it with you.

#1 I take care of my skin!

NO secret there. I never go to sleep with the end of the days makeup on. No matter how tired I am or how much champagne I  might have enjoyed at a beauty event or at a party that evening.I always remove my makeup and wash my face well.

My main goal is to have healthy looking clear (blemish free skin) skin and also want to be healthy from within!

I love to spray my face with rosewater during the day.I also set my makeup with it.

I don’t wear lots of foundation.I apply it where I need it. I am not fond of looking at a couple of  sunspots I got from sunbathing when I first moved to Florida.I like an even looking  complexion.

I am a “water girl”…I drink tons of it!!!

I drink bottled water and also enjoy drinking a special water called All Beauty Water. I rarely drink soda or other sweet drinks.

After I wake up I drink a cup of hot water with a squeeze of lemon.This is my go to!!!

My mother taught me this since I was a little girl.She drank this daily. Then I drink either coffee or aromatic jasmine tea. Sometimes depending how my day is going to be I drink  Italian coffee with a pot I bought in Italy I got addicted to it on trips to Italy.

I take Belle + Bella   Probiology  capsule probiotic daily.It really helps me to maintain healthy skin from within…the gut~

I also love to drink my collagen and wear it too with NeoCell‘s new collagen supplement in powder form and my standby Beauty Infusion powder skin supplements by NeoCell too. Just add them to water,sip and go! My skin LOVES it and it shows.

Since moving from NYC/NJ to sunny  Florida for my husband I have gotten smarter and learned to love adding a sunscreen to my beauty skin routine.After meeting countless women with weathered sun damaged skin,I simply had to.

I also learned a good pair of sunglasses “sunnies” are a healthy addition to my fashion/SKINcare wardrobe.”They protect your eyes as well as the skin around your eyes where squinting wrinkles form.

I love to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. I buy them almost on a daily basis.Fresh is BEST! They do wonders for your skin.I love to visit Asian market and stores and farmers markets or shop at Whole Foods Market or Trader Joe’s.

I love supporting small biz farmers vegetable and fruit stands when I travel too! This weekend I am going to enjoy steamed veggies,yummy salads with edible flowers,I’ll make some blueberry sangria and a bit of naughty.Not sure what that naughty will be.

When I want to eat candy I love Sweet Pete’s in Jacksonville Florida or shop Dylan’s Candy Bar in NYC or pop in the Sugar Factory in LV…but since  sweets age your skin faster I put myself on pause and eat a Beauty Burst by NeoCell.It is like candy for your skin. It has wonderful bonuses  for skin,nails and my hair and tastes like a StarBurst’s chewy candy.Taking vitamins never tasted or feels so good.

Since I LOVE natural I am going to make my skin a treat! I use this mask before I put on makeup. I vary using different fresh recipes I have created through the years.

An Oatmeal & Coconut Milk Face Mask

Try this recipe if you like to D.I.Y.face mask:

3 ounces of ground oats

1 1/2 ounces of coconut milk

Optional: Grind a small vanilla bean into the oats.It will smell amazing!

Mix dry with the wet ingredients and add a dash of fresh whole milk if it is not moist enough.

Apply to a clean face and leave on about 10-15 minutes.

The Beauty Benefits?

Great for all skin types including sensitive skin. It adds moisture to your complexion and gently exfoliates dry flaky skin too. I prefer to leave it on 10 minutes or so. Rinse mask off with  warm water and a washcloth. Add any one of the  moisturizer’s on my shelf and apply Young Eyes eye gel.

I also will slice some cold cucumbers and place one of each on my eye lids and rest my eyes. I truly think music is healting to the soul and calms the spirit.My fav’ is listening to the beautiful music of George Skaroulis “Sanctuary or David Young’s “Bliss”. If you don’t know their music you need to!

Hope you enjoyed a peek inside my skin care rituals.

I embrace my not so perfect lovely face. Do you?  What do you do?

*Due to your requests and inspired by the site Into The Gloss too. I hope you enjoyed the rituals I do.More on my skin rituals to come .

 

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

Spiced Water D.I.Y.

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Red delicious apples have the right amount of crunch and are delicious to eat. They help to curb your appetite. Boost your metabolism and they say help  keep the doctor away.

But I love them all year round in water. Especially now.

I cut slices of apples (organic when possible) LEAVE the skin on and add them to a pitcher of room temperature filtered water.

Next I sprinkle in some cinnamon sugar (desired to taste) It helps to balance your blood sugar levels.

I then put a few red cherries from a jar into an icecube tray with water and freeze. I love the taste of them and the happy bold hue.

I let it rest on the kitchen counter a few hours for the above to dance together in the fresh water.

Refrigerate to keep it from spoiling. It won’t last long in your house as it is so applelicious and pretty light,crunchy and tasty!

Serve and enjoy a refreshing treat that will help you forgive your food sins you just committed over the holidays.

Who knows… you might just look skinnier in that LBD (little black dress) or pair of jeans and Louboutin heels this New Years Eve.

It’s only Natural…

That you want a healthy recipe to wash your makeup brushes with!NB8J8503

Hello my dahlings…Give your brushes a bath this weekend!!!

You’d be surprised how dirty your used brushes really are and what comes out of them.

1 1/2 tablespoons of white vinegar

1-2 tablespoons Castile soap

1 cup of warm water

12 drops of lavender or just plain Tea Tree oil

Wash,rinse well and squeeze out by pressing any residue and makeup colors out of the brush.Rest them on a paper towel over night.

  • DO NOT put the brush handle or silver/metal into the brush bath…ONLY the hair. You will destroy the brush.
  • Wash your brushes and sponges at least once a week. If you won’t do that do it at least twice a month. Dirty makeup brushes and sponges = a not so pretty complexion.

Keep them looking clean,beautiful and your face looking gorgeous too!

On the Hunt for a New Mascara this summer???

Maybe this mascara is for you! Blinc_Mascara-web

If you are looking for a mascara that doesn’t run and give you a black ring around your eye running down toward your cheeks too. Try Blinc mascara. It is a no-smudge,no-hassle mascara.

Instead of painting your eye lashes you tube them with tiny water-resistant tubes around your lashes. Not a conventional mascara. Once applied,this mascara tubes and binds your lashes and cannot and does not run,smudge,clump or flake,even if you cry at your wedding,workout,jog or rub your eyes!!!

You simply remove it with a luke warm washcloth and no makeup remover needed.

Today I am wearing the deep purple. I LOVE the way it brightens my eye and take away a tired dark circled appearance.

Celebrities use it and you will love it too…if you want easy to remove and longer lasting smudge free mascara.

TV, Beauty and the Beach & Me!

Beauty  & The Beach YOU can do in just minutes!
It is that wonderful time of year…TAN safely without the sun. OR at least keep yourself protected. This week on TV I shared these tips. Hope you enjoy them too!

Get your glow on safely with daily skin protection and sunscreen.  Image (this is a brand) is what the spa professionals & plastic surgeons recommend. They have a sunscreen  #50 IF you are looking for the ultimate protection.

Protect your lips.too…Wear a lip conditioner. Lots of these tips are not just for girls they include guys and CHILDREN TOO.

Keep hydrated from the inside out...drink plenty of water. I LOVE plain water,sparkling water or All Beauty Water.Your skin will drink it in!

New on the market is Selfie (That is the name of the brand)Sunless Tan Spray or lotions that can give you a TAN in two hours! They even have a sunless tanner for your FACE.

A powder bronzing blush can be your go to for a sun kissed look as a blush,eye shadow and as a eyeliner.You can even brush some on your decollete.

6-3-2015 THE CHAT Beach

Keep COOL in scorching heat with your jewels…Hot Girls Pearls has added a new it shade for the summer in a scrumptious coral add then add a coral/orange/tangerine lipstick or lip gloss to your look and you’ll own the beach or pool party with your look.Beyonce is LIVING in these beautiful hues!

You gotta see this jewelry to believe it. You actually FREEZE them in the freezer before wearing.
Apply  Zabana Essentials Glow Stick in Bronze Bahama Mama on your face, across your shoulders,down your arms or legs.Your skin will glisten and you’ll look like a gold goddess~ Vegan, cruelty free!

These two companies are awesome small business owners!!!

If you want to watch video of my TV segment on The Chat TV show today… go to http://www.firstcoastnews.com

Click on the left for The Chat.


My Skinny Water Recipe

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Get Bikini ready or to wear less clothes with this cool water cocktail! I love-making this refreshing treat. So, I thought I’d share this recipe with you to enjoy for the long weekend.

It is also time to stay even more hydrated and this is one of my beauty secrets with a healthy twist. Say Bye Bye to sodas and sugary coffee drinks. Give your body what it needs. Water!

Here is what you’ll need:

1 bunch of fresh mint

1 fresh orange

1 fresh lime

1 fresh grapefruit

1 pitcher of drinking water

*ice is optional

Mint is refreshing and helps and tastes even better when you are tired or stressed out.Grapefruits are popular for their fat burning properties.Limes help remove toxins,are great for the skin and aid in losing weight. Oranges are filled with vitamin C and helps to keep you healthier.

Slice up 4 mint leaves of the above except for the mint leaves.Shred a few of the leaves and keep a few whole. Place all of these in the pitcher of fresh water. Let it rest over night or if you’d like to enjoy it today place pitcher on the kitchen counter at room temperature for at least 4-6 hours allowing the water and the fruits to infuse together.

Serve cold and ENJOY the beauty and detoxifying benefits! It is not just for helping you get your body summer ready. It is delicious and refreshing as a drink for you and the entire family or your guests at a barbecue.

I like to rim the glasses in agave nectar or a dash of honey.Or you can skip this touch of sweetness twist.

I so enjoy shopping my little garden (this is a photo of my mint plant) #shoppinglocal and visiting farmers markets.

I also buy supplies at Whole Foods.They are on the same quest I am on and I love supporting them.Let me know how you enjoy this recipe. Have a fabulous relaxing weekend!

Learn to love water…it will love to back.