If you have good health…

Count yourself lucky and blessed.

I once got a fortune cookie 🥠 after a meal at a Chinese restaurant. It read “He who has good health is rich” . I never forgot that.

So, I wrote this one day while traveling home on an airplane. Maybe it will be a healthier and beautiful reminder to you.

H is for honesty. Be true to who you are. Don’t try to be someone else. Learn to LOVE yourself.

E is for everyday. Every single day is a 🎁 gift! Embrace ALL it has to offer.

A is for attitude. You are in control of your thoughts, emotions and most of all attitude.

H is for HAPPY! Be happy with what you have! Life isn’t about accumulating things and wearing designer clothes. It’s about actually living your life and making memories!

L is for LOVE ❤️ it a a feeling that keeps us alive. Try and stay young at heart no matter what your age. Do everything you can to keep your heart and mind healthy.

This month is mental health awareness month. There is so much going on right now. So sad. But we owe it to ourselves to try and stay on the other side. Keep lifting up. And lift up others too.

We have so much to be grateful for.

Don’t we?

Jump up for joy! So much beauty in our lives!

Happy Mothers Day! 🌺

I hope my followers and visitors of my blog have an awesome and delicious day today!

I know for some of you it’s a glorious day and others it is a hard one for an array of reasons.

But enjoy your mom and grandma or other mother figures in your life today! And celebrate 🎉 the beauty and memories of Mother’s Day!

I’m going to write a love letter to my Mom today. Her fave & my memories lives with me forever.

Don’t give it up!

Lately I’ve been seeing and hearing women say “I’m fat and sassy since Covid and not doing a thing.”

“Wearing yoga pants and don’t care to get dressed up anymore!”

“Not wearing lipstick, not wearing foundation and just gave it up!”

Some just say they are hiding behind a face mask 😷 saving money 💰 and proudly announced to me they’ve even stopped wearing 💄 lipstick!

These words just about KILL ME! Don’t stop wearing lipstick! Gloss or lip balm!

I know we’ve been on such a roller coaster in life since 2020 with Covid’s arrival. Every day and month unfolds a new adventure and not always a good one. A “shit show” in fact. Our lives have not been healthy and easy. But I think that’s the beauty of a lipstick, glowing skin,wearing fragrance, a pretty outfit and self-care!

I think we should ALL care. Get dolled up for work or play. Feel good about ourselves, love ourselves more. Take better care of our health. Enjoy life to its fullest.

The universe 🌎 needs you!!!

And it needs me too. Don’t give up. Put your best face and body forward. YOU deserve it.

Sandal season is here…

I featured on TV Friday a segment on DIY manicures & pedicures. The TV show viewers sent me a few requests to help them keep toe nail fungus away or to help with any future issues. Here is a pedicure that you can do at home. It seems as though I hear and see more fungus issues on the toes. Wether it is a little problem or big one here is an easy ecipe to try!

For some states spring is finally here! However for others you’re still getting snow. But no matter what sandal season and signs of spring into summer are here.

Get sandal 🩴 heels 👠 👞 and beach ready!

You’ll need to buy a few supplies:

Tea Tree essential oil (I love ❤️ Aura Cacia)

1 Basin of warm to a bit hot water 💦

1 Nail Scrub brush

1 teaspoon Clay mask powder

1 body lotion or foot cream

1 pair of white cotton socks

🍃First sprinkle about 5 drops of tea tree oil in a basin. Soak your feet in a water filled foot bath and wash them. Do this soak at least 15 minutes.

🍃Next, apply an exfoliating body scrub to your feet.

*If you don’t have one make one with white sugar and olive or sunflower oil. Be careful it will be a bit slippery.

🍃Next rinse well.

🍃Make a foot mask out of clay powder. Water and a few drops of tea tree oil. Mix in a bowl and apply mask to foot and mail bed. Leave this mask on and allow it to dry completely.

🍃Rinse your feet again. and apply your favorite body lotion.

🍃Dry your feet and apply a pair of white cotton socks and just chill or go to bed.

Wake up with happier feet!

🍃Tea Tree oil has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It speeds up the healing process. It really helps with its anti-fungal benefits to prevent foot and toe nail infections.

Your feet 🦶 will feel so refreshed and IF you have a problem with a nail fungus infection this treatment will work wonders.

If you have a severe problem on your nails on the hands and feet … it’s always best to see a doctor.

Keep your feet prettier, handsome and healthier!

They take you wherever you need to go.

Ready to rock …

If you’re in the beauty and wellness industry you need to be here this year!

If you’re not you’re in luck. I’ll kiss 💋 & tell all I saw and learned from my spa show and take you on a tour of Las Vegas through photos. I love 💕 love 💕 love the beauty industry and proud to be a speaker and educator too.

Always an awesome show it is THE show of the year to attend. Packed with amazing speakers, free manufacturer classes and paid workshops on all kinds of topics.

I’ll be teaching a class “Age is Just a Number”

I’ll share my MAKE-UP Artist beauty tools and secrets I use in studio and on the set.

This show is alongside the International Beauty Show filled with …products,inspiration and classes on….Hair, Nails, Skin,Massage, Facials and a massive show floor as well. TWO beautiful shows in one!

A time for reflection…

Call it meditation, sitting in silence or doing some yoga and stretching. I like to take time for myself to be quiet and pray, meditate or simply be still.

I either light candles, dim the lights, light some sandalwood incense or illuminate a room or corner of a room with a Himalayan salt lamp or two. I also like to add a little music 🎶 to set the mood even more. My favorite music is the music by George Skaroulis and David Young.

These lamps can really calm you down and mesmerizing to look at. They also are known to help a variety of conditions from allergies, purify the air and stress to name a few.

Since this is Holy Saturday and it is still a dark day. I chill and take time to pray. when I was younger my church used to be open to pray,reflect and rest my weary fit and worship. You know … talk to God.

But here in Florida I have not found that place … yet. But as you know God is everywhere. Not just in church.

What do you do to meditate 🧘‍♀️ or simply be still?

Just got back from Chicago!

TWO of the hottest shows were there…and I worked, I played,dined and explored!

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Even though I travel to Chicago often o NEVER get tired of it. So much to enjoy, eat and do!

Here’s what I found at the International Esthetics Cosmetics and SPA conference and AMERICAS’ Beauty Show in Chicago this year:

Makeup is a little different …no cake face! No buffet of makeup on the face on a daily basis.

Self-care continues to be in the forefront of beauty and skincare!

It was all about Lashes for days! So many lashes and lash extension classes now more than ever. Faux Lashes and lash extensions don’t seem to be going away.

Vajacials are STILL trending.

Anal bleaching….yes it is a thing. Brghtenup wowed the crowd.

Teeth are getting some bling with …Tooth Kandy! They dazzled on the show floor.

Men’s grooming is HOTTER than ever.

Now that everybody seems to be getting Tattoos aftercare skin care is big business.

HAIR CARE is becoming more clean, green and anti-aging too. Appliances and tools are on fire.

I also discovered some yummy places to eat. One was the infamous Gibsons of Chicago. It reminded me of old Hollywood restaurants. The service was divine and the the food was too. If you are ever in the Rosemont area attending a show at that convention center or have business near by…You must try the Garbage Salad.

I had to stop yet again by the infamous Garetts popcorn for their caramel & cheese mixed popcorn. OMG so decadent. Your lips will not be able to resist.

The micro breweries are still poppin everywhere and the bar and brewery called Short Fuse Brewing Company had a great vibe and made many beers on site.

Beer 🍺 Beer and More Beer!

SHOPPING downtown Chicago and the Magnificent Mile are awesome.

My favorite store downtown is AKIRA.

But I fell in love with the FASHION Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont. There was Bloomingdales, Steve Madden, Nordstrom Rack and more.

Did I forget to mention Versace? The line to get into the the VERSACE store was enormous. I didn’t have time to wait. I wanted to buy a pair of Steve Madden shoes I saw in the window but the long line red rope and door assistant were NOT moving. I tried!

Shoppers,shopper and more shoppers. All got in my way.

A Berry Beautiful … Multi–tasking Face Mask

My skin is hot and cold and slightly dehydrated . From New York to Florida to back to NY and now in Chicago Illinois.

It’s still not spring in Chicago! It snowed here on Friday. So, multi-masking is always a good idea.

What I whipped up for my skin:

2 tablespoons of Greek plain yogurt

1/2 cup of fresh blackberries or you can use frozen mixed berries

2 tablespoons of local honey 🍯

Next blend the above ingredients in a bowl and pour into a blender.

*Or use a frother (you know like you use to make coffee, chai tea or cream foam)

Apply this DIY kitchen mask on a clean freshly washed face and also apply it to your neck and decolette.

Leave mask on at least 10mins.

Rinse well. Apply your favorite moisturizer.

This mask is rich in anti-oxidants and vitamins! The fresh yogurt kisses dead skin “Goodbye” and the honey makes your skin baby soft.

You’ll want to eat this yummy mask. You can but don’t.

My husband wanted this mask too so I made a bit more. By adding more blackberries.

Then I applied 👁 a gel eye mask to our eyes and we listened to music and enjoyed how wonderful our skin felt and eye area refreshed.

A delicious anti/aging mask!

Beauty Haul

I have been working and playing in my beauty haul from the IECSC show from New York City a few weeks ago. The show was so awesome and so were the classes and booths!!!

People …you know the beauty PROS,spa and salon owners filled the floor and were excited like me to explore!

SKIN-CARE ruled the show floor. Makeup was there but skin care ruled.

Bonblissity is the IT girl on the show floor for a updated mani and pedi or self care at home. I was lured over to take part in a demo where they shared how simple and wonderful your hands can look in a flash.

The owner placed a colorful tiny sugar like cube in my hands. Next, they had me dip my hands in a bowl of warm water and rub the cube into my palms and tops of my hands and nail beds. OH MY! What an aromatic and exfoliating high!

Next, I felt the skin softening and skin loving ingredients do their magic. After I did this a few minutes he rinsed my hands. I WAS ABSOLUTLEY AMAZED at the way my skin felt. I could only imagine how luxurious it would feel on my feet in a pedicure at home or at the spa or salon.

They come in a variety of scents:

Lemongrass,Satsuma,Brown Sugar,Lavender,Ocean Mist and more. GREAT item to retail in your spa or nail salon if you are a business owner.

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The candy scrub can also be used on the feet at home it in your spa or mail salon.

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Face masks, masks and sheet masks galoreKBeauty (Korean Beauty) IS alive and kicking.

There were so many face masks I have yet to try. Floral based like rose,plant-based like aloe,veggie based like tomatoes and even spice based Tumeric from our kitchen was infused in a sheet mask.

I had to buy one of everything to test drive. Tonight after a stressful week I am going to enjoy the aromatherapy based lavender sheet mask.

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Esthemax had a fabulous booth. The team was dressed alike in the hottest pant suit style and they were PACKED! If you know the infamous Jelly Masks you’ll flip over the new additions I found. Next time you go to a spa or salon ask them if they do this mask in their face or body protocol. AMAZING. Your skin will glow like you never knew it could. Once you have one of these facial treatment masks for face (and body) you’ll want them even more. Your makeup will glide on like butter on a hot biscuit.

FarmHouse Fresh Goods ALWAYS delivers and they continue to bring it for body and now face and lip care. There booth had this giant Selfie backdrop that I could not resist taking a picture of. I have grown to love all their body products. Especially Oprah’s favorite Honey 🍯 Heel Glaze and the infamous Whoopie Cream hand and body lotion.

These are just a few of the things I am test driving, swiping, sniffing and enjoying. Next beauty stop is Chicago stay tuned for more!

A big hit for all the wrong reasons!

Everyone’s talking about it on the streets,social,media,the internet and more. I was watching the Academy Awards sipping a glass of bubbly, had a hot fabulous bubble bath and enjoying some yummy delights.

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ALL OF A SUDDEN the blank hit the fan on the show!

The show went sideways, up,down and all around. I could not believe my eyes or ears. Now I am no angel with my words but that was NOT what I was expecting to witness and hear on the Academy Awards I have so loved and enjoyed watching this award show for some time now. The classless bar room type brawl and all that cussing and hate was tough. What a night!

One bad apple ruined the beautiful evening of talented actors,style and grace.

Today I woke up wondering was it all a bad dream. The vibe from last night was STILL with me today. All day. How about you?

By the way, I take pride in all I learn and know in the ever changing world of beauty,skin,fashion,celebrity and lifestyle. I never heard that WS’s wife had this condition. Neither did comedian Chris Rock who was filled with class and handled himself well.

Your views may or may not be the same. I’d like to chat up about beauty and fashion BUT not at this time and from this Oscars year.