Beauty,Beauty and more beauty in the Big Apple!

photo DeltaA week ago I escaped the blizzard and traveled to NYC for work and play. I was bound and determined not to let the cold weather get in my way.I arrived safe by Delta Airlines and landed almost an hour sooner than scheduled. The sun was shining gloriously and the weather was awesome in the 60’s. I checked in to my first hotel and quickly had attend to refresh and go to two planned beauty events. I  discovered new beauty products to show on my beauty and lifestyle segment on NBC12- TV. I also love to see what I would like to enjoy and add to my own beauty routine. My first stop was at a loft terrace in a sun-drenched  huge room. I sipped champagne,noshed on yummy treats and explored what’s hot a new.The best part besides the awesome products I saw. They served up COTTON CANDY fresh from an old time machine! How cool was that! I love cotton candy in its soft rainbow fluffy hues of sweetness.More to come in another post on the products I enjoyed and fell in love with.

Next stop I hustled in a cab to the event of the year. It happens once a year. NYC beauty editors,cosmetics executives and anyone who is anyone in beauty attend the Cosmetic Exec Women event. We sniff,touch,smell,play and test drive NEW beauty launches from the past 12 months.After we do this we vote after testing some more brands at home.There are many categories. Makeup,Hair,Skin,Nails,Fragrance,Male Grooming,Beauty Tools nail polish and so much more.It is a exciting packed party of wall to wall women.Each year is different. This year QVC was offering makeup applications and even gave us a cosmetic bag.Hair was being styled and more.And did I mention they had cupcakes and cocktails?

After the tabulations are all in brands receive an Academy award of beauty no not a gold statue but winning  is the most coveted accolade you want by a beauty brand. My swag weighed in at 12 lbs.Two fast and furious hours of a really packed pavilion.

The next day while the weather was still in the 60’s I had a few business meetings but made time to go downtown for Chinese Brunch called DIM SUM at one of my fav’ places in Chinatown section of NYC. The Joy Luck Palace. I was seated with two women and two of their nurses who took them o the city for an outing. They were from Hong Kong and 95 and 99 years young.So fun to watch the friendship between the two ladies. The older one was a fashionista dripping in jade jewelry.The two ladies did not speak English but I understood the language of their smiles,facial expressions,laughter and appearance.Women push carts filled with hot Chinese food from soup to dumplings to chicken feet.

My fave’ Dim Sum was 3  little piggies sitting in the bamboo steamer looking at me! They were meant for the end of the meal. A warm fluffy dough filled with a creme brulle kind of cream and it also reminded me of the yummiest vanilla pudding.The Chef’s  here make the best tiny bites of love.If you have never tried or enjoyed dim sum you must find a place to dine in your travels.

Did I mention I got caught in the first flurry of snow and slush and had not packed any boots? MY husband told me I wouldn’t need them.Note to self…never not pack your boots with all your other needed winter gear.

Window shopping is the best shopping! I window shopped all the hot stores like Bloomingdales,Macy’s and Bendel’s and more. I used to live here and really miss having this city at my feet on a daily basis.But I also shopped the fashion district too and discovered some amazing fabrics. So inspiring.Even stopping by candy stores and food stands gives me yummy inspiration since I so love candy and beauty too.

I took some time for at my fav’ places for a mani,pedi and facial too.And I discovered some more places to shop and play for K beauty too.

Oh and I went to the International Beauty Show and guest spoke at the International Esthetics,Cosmetics and Spa show. The show floor was filled with the latest and greatest in the world of beauty. Then came the SNOW.Thank goodness I was already booked on a flight the day before the storm.

Off on another beauty trip soon.Gotta unpack to pack.Stay tuned for more on my beauty adventures.

 

 

 

 

 

Skin Softening Winter Pedicure

I don’t know about you but my feet are taking a winter beating.In Florida this winter we are in and out of sandals and shoes with warm black tights. It has been a weather roller coaster here and across the map.

I LOVE these awesome socks! They can be your new BFF beauty addition.Zebra_BW_LRes.jpeg

Pamper your feet with these good for your feet treat!

You slip them on as the final step in the pedicure process,JUST BEFORE the nails are painted at your fav’ spa or nail salon.OR of course you can use them at home.They have many wonderful benefits.

Fresh pedicure and feet stay clean and cozy.

Toe nails dry without putting a full sock or tights on.

Body Moisturizers absorb better and your skin will soak the hydration in.

Calluses will in some cases the company says fade away unless you let them get out of control and don’t take care of your feet.

A skin care must for healing therapy of cracked dry skin.

Cozy cotton,luxe quality and machine washable.

I use them in the house wearing sandals and applied a body butter to my feet.

Or I have slept with them on and loved the results!

I found them at:

http://www.originalpedisox.com

PS

I love to coat my heels in luxury with Farmhouse Freshgoods…Honey Heel Glaze or Coconut oil from Whole Foods Market.

 

 

 

Scandal …and Bouncin’ & Behavin’ Hair!

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Yesterday I tried a shampoo and conditioner for the very first time..the brand is called White Sands.It came boxed in a kit and I was anxious to try something new.You know how we love shiny pretty packaging.

And as most girls we like to play with and try new things! My hair (like yours) has been through the winter roller coaster of dry,frizzy and flyaway. Almost like a kitchen Brillo pad.

The floral scent of orchids filled my shower softly and my hair took to it well. I loved the way the conditioner did not weigh my hair down and took away my tangles. My locks are long and are not as strong as they used to be.

I try to eat right and that keeps my hair shiny from inside out.But dry and frizzy it has become from the weather this winter.

You may have noticed in my blog posts I love to whip up things in my kitchen for my hair…but besides my avocado mash…I am aghast!

I AM IN LOVE…this product is amazing. What I am even more amazed is to learn that this brand is used on Celebrities and on shows on TV.

Pretty Little Liars,Mad Men,Scandal,Jane the Virgin,State of Affairs and Glee…I see I am in delightful company!

If you’ve got the thyme!

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My weekend when not guest speaking out of town or painting a sports celebrities face is spent not only working in my makeup studio painting pretty faces and spirits but also stirring up some beauty.

I had some left over thyme from a chicken recipe I cooked for my husband and was in a lemony mood.

So here is what I whipped up…A YUMMY SCENTED and fabulous exfoliating hand and body scrub!

1/4 cup of coconut oil (can’t get enough of it) Whole Foods brand

1/4 cup Greek olive oil

1 cup of granulated sugar

1 dash of lemon essential oil (Auracacia brand)

1 sprig of thyme

Stir them all together with a whisk OR a portable hand mixer/blender. Creamy and sugar with a lemon scent twist.

After this was all done. I sprinkled the mixture with a few torn pieces of thyme.  The herb thyme has benefits but I LOVE the way it looked in the scrub.

I poured from a bowl into empty jam jars.(recycle your jam jars or buy and fill Ball brand jars)

Add a mini wooden spoon and you have a sweet exfoliating gift for yourself or someone else.

Something to do over these cold wintry months and take care of your skin too.

Enjoy this from a beauty who is a true foodie. Oops almost forgot I added the zest of lemon on top of the jar before I put the lid on and shook it back and forth.

D.I.Y. dahling!

Cold Outside D.I.Y.!

Today I will share on TV on a talk show called The Chat a few magical things that are HOT in the world of nails!

Here is one of my EASY recipes you will enjoy over and over again for your hands and feet.

It is snowing in autumn? Your skin and nails are flaky,dry,tight and getting dehydrated by the minute even though winter is 33 days away!

Oil Beauty Bath

1/4 cup of olive or grape seed oil (I like to use Whole Foods 365 Value Brand)

Heat oil on low in saucepan for a minute to get a warm temperature NOT hot.
Pour into a small soup bowl or buy a nail soak bowl from a beauty supply.
Place your fingers into the warm lush oil for at least 8-10 minutes.
Push back your cuticles afterwards with an orange wood stick.
Your nails will look so much better.
Blot your hands of oil and enjoy the hydrating skin glow.

To watch video go to Facebook and type in The Chat and watch me on today’s show. Or visit http://www.firstcoastnews.com click on The Chat on the left side bar.

Enjoy…have a recipe or beauty secret you’d like to share with me? Chat with me. Do tell!

Fall DIY Lip Scrub

Brown Sugar Lip Scrub 10-2014Fall is finally here!

Say goodbye to dry LIPS with this awesome scrub I have been making it and using for years especially in the fall and winter when your lips start to get more dry.Before I make Sunday brunch for my Southern husband I wanted to whip up something special for me in my kitchen.
Today I am going to show you how to make a treatment scrub for your lips. Doesn’t the photo I took of it look delightful? Smells good too!

Honey Cinnamon Lip Plumping & Exfoliating Scrub

What you will need is:

1 tablespoon of Honey
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of Organic brown sugar

I prefer quality local honey from the farmers market or a stores like Whole Foods NOT the Dollar store. I mix all these into a small glass bowl with a mini whisk or fork.Take the paste and apply it to your lips.LEAVE on your lips at least 10 minutes.Next rub them gently with your finger or use a baby’s toothbrush.Then rinse off with luke warm water and a wet warm wash cloth.
The beautiful benefits are that the honey makes the lips softer.The brown sugar exfoliates and the cinnamon acts as a lip plumper.Have any leftover…save and it will keep at least another week in a tight sealed jar.

Oh my husband just woke up gotta run! ENJOY my recipe dahlings!

Happy Feet!

PEDI SOX

There is starting to be a nip in the air and some of us even have snow. Fall is almost here.

So,as it comes time for your next pedicure and manicure and you want to feel cozy on your feet…TRY these if you please!
The one and only original Pedi-Sox!
They even have a lotion that you can use or use your favorite body lotion that you apply on your feet for softer skin and to soothe those dry calluses.
* I like to use coconut or almond oil on my feet before I apply my nail polish too.
The extra thick SOX material make them comfortable to even walk in…alone or in sandals.

You or your nail tech slips on these Pedi-Sox BEFORE you paint your toenails.Feet stay comfy and cozy and above all clean!

I use them especially in the fall and winter but you can use them year round.I just found out they come in 27 fashionable Pedi-Sox styles.

Make your beauty regime fun and soles hydrated and clean with these.

http://www.OriginalPediSox.com

Day 8 to more beautiful skin!

Your scalp is a part of your skin …it doesn’t just stop at the forehead. The winter weather or extreme heat/tropical climates can make your hair really really dry. Olive oil,almond oil or salon purchase Moroccan oil are all essentials you need to stock up on.

Give yourself a light head massage with a dash of one of these oils on your hands and rub gently on the ends of your hair and on your scalp.A little goes a long way. I like to go to sleep after this and allow the oil to nourish your hair.
Wanna learn more about a head massage? Try an Indian Head massage technique…look it up online and discover what you can do. I do this every week on my hair as well as my husband’s scalp too. He loves it and it really works to improve circulation to the scalp…and offers soothing relaxation.
Hair raising couple fun Or massage for one.
Keep your hair nourished,soft,hydrated and say bye bye dry fly aways!

Day 7 to more beautiful skin!

Drink up! Proper and daily hydration is a must for healthy skin and more. Stay hydrated and drink water daily. Women and men need to be aware winter not just a heat wave is an important time of year to keep fluids flowing. No beer doesn’t count. Water is the fountain of youth and nature’s best kept secret.

DON’T LIKE WATER? Really? I love it and live for it. Make your own Spa Water like they serve at chic and infamous spas all over the world. My fav’ is water infused over night with slices of lemons,orange and a mini bundle of mint muddled. Strain and pour yourself a glass of this cool, refreshing and delightful water.