Getting ready for …Valentine’s Day

My favorite time of year!

I have a whole prop house full of ❤️ hearts and kisses 💋all ready for the season of love!

Time to decorate if you haven’t already begun in your home, office,spa or salon.

Got left over red ribbon? Curling ribbon? Red wrapping paper or other festive things from the Christmas holidays?

Bring them out and save some money 💵 by using up the rest of the trimmings or anything red decor. (Pink or metallics work well too)

Barter with a business or client or family member who bakes and serve some yummy cupcakes, pie, cakes or even chocolates.

I also like to do a chocolate love ❤️ tree. I bought a cone shaped styrofoam piece from Michaels and covered it with parchment paper. I bought a terracotta flower pot and filled it with foam and covered it in faux grass. Looks like a 🌱 and a tree. Got it?

Next I take chocolates from a box of nice chocolates. Stick a tooth pick into a chocolate and pop it in the cone tree.

I fill the entire space of that cone tree with chocolates. Over the Valentine season we put them out the week of and serve them and a cup of decadent coffee. After 5:00 or on a Saturday we offer Champagne 🍾 spritzers. Or serve them straight up.

We decorate the table with confetti’s, shimmering glitter or conversation hearts. Cheap and easy!

We prepare 3 bodacious giveaways!

And do a drawing on Valentine’s ❤️ Day! Clients love it. We also do a drawing for Galentine’s Day.

We also make our lipsticks 💄and lip treatment 💋products or services on special. Who doesn’t love a SALE?

And tis’ the season for KISSING? 💋💋💋 Right?

Celebrate the beauty of Chinese New Year!

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In your home or in your business you can celebrate the Lunar New Year too. It starts now and is a 15 day celebration. As I mentioned before I am an all American girl who just happens to be Polish and Chinese. What fun! I eat Polish  kielbasa sausage and devour juicy dumplings too! I love celebrating Chinese New Year in NYC’s Chinatown. Have you ever been? The lion dance and all the other rituals and food are wonderful. The sweet treats are fabulous too.

You can bring a piece of the Asian pie so to speak by bringing in some Asian lanterns. Red is a powerful color and brings in good luck. Gold symbolizies money and and of course jade is good health and good luck. Decorate your business with any of these hues and bring in some exotic decor too.

We serve hot tea and have customized fortune cookies with our own messages inside. Or you can buy them by the box at Asian grocery stores.

Do a promotion with any Asian inspired or ingredients skin care and or body or fragrance.It is nice to have an ethnic twist. Give your clients a discount to get them to explore and shop. Your clients will notice and your cash register will ring more too.

I recently learned that not all Asians celebrate the lunar new year. In China it is not only a national holiday for days… Chinese New year is celebrated for 15 glorious days. Vietnamese have their own kind fun and festivals. S Koreans have a 3 day celebration. Lastly the Japanese revere January 1st as a very special day.

So bring it… in your business this year. You still have time to join in on the festive fun.

Gong Hei Fat Choy is Cantonese for Happy New Year…it translates into “Wishing you great happiness and prosperity.”

 

 

 

Candy Cane Lane

Have you gone down the candy aisle or shopped at one of Ralph Lauren’s daughter’s candy stores?

Candy canes are having a major moment right now. They come in so many hues and are so fun when used in a variety of delicious and decorative ways.

They come in so many colors and styles these days. I love to serve them to guests with milk, hot cocoa and crush them and sprinkle on top of cheesecake, cupcakes and more. I also enjoy serving my clients Candy Cane Lane hot Tea with a tiny candy cane hanging from inside the cup.

 

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They seem to make people of all ages smile around this time of year especially.

One of my fave ways to keep it fun at my makeup studio is by making some special clients a fresh home-made lip treat. Peppermint candy canes work well and taste refreshing. But I am also over the moon with the other flavors and colors available today.

All you need for my recipe is…

  • 1 fresh jar of organic coconut oil (not used from your kitchen pantry)
  • A candy cane of your choice.

Using a kitchen mallot I crush the canes into tiny pieces but a few mini chunks work well and are visually appealing.

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I then place a soup spoon (or fill with a 1/4 cup) of the coconut oil and place it in a microwave-safe small bowl. The amount of coconut oil depends on how much you want to make)

I sprinkle in a few pieces of the crushed candy cane.

I microwave for 50 seconds or less. I eyeball it. (Yes, you can do this on the stovetop but I like it this way too)

IF you want to have a peppermint kick add a dash of  food-grade peppermint oil.

Next, I take this mixture out of the microwave, stir a bit and let it cool very quickly and then place some of it in a small container. You will have leftovers depending on the size jar you use.

What you will have is a cool to the tongue and refreshing lipgloss or lip balm that is not only fun to make but this recipe is so EASY to do.

The shelf life isn’t months but more like a week or so but the feeling on dry winter lips and skin-softening will make you want to use it daily! Treat yourself or someone else this holiday season and keep those lips soft and kissable this cold winter!

Sometimes the best gifts are home-made and made with love!!! Don’t you agree?

 

15 Easy Wine Cocktails You Can Make With Boxed Wine for the Holidays — StyleCaster

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I hope you are having a beautiful and yummy Thanksgiving day.

Here is some  inspiration to take us into the holiday season. 

Don’t these look delightful?

 

If you’ve ever hosted a holiday party, you know that cocktails are a must. Even better, easy wine cocktails you can make in big batches, using boxed wine. You’ll save a lot of time, effort and, not to mention, moolah. And while these drinks may be inexpensive (for booze), they’re still guaranteed to make make…

via 15 Easy Wine Cocktails You Can Make With Boxed Wine for the Holidays — StyleCaster

Anti-Aging ☕️ Coffee?

Yes, please!

Rich in anti-oxidants and increases serotonin in the brain. This delicious recipe comes from esthetician and massage therapist Summer Perry. She owns Summer Skin Institute in St Augustine Florida.

In a coffee pot with a brewer basket, combine the following:

1/2 tsp.of cinnamon

1 tsp. of Hershey’s Unsweetened cocoa powder.

After coffee is brewed, pour over ice

Next add…

1/4 cup of skim milk 🥛

1/4 tsp of vanilla

2 tbsp. of light whipped cream

Sprinkle with additional cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg.

Oh so yum! 😋

I have tried this warm or iced and I love ❤️ its benefits and taste. So do my clients.

I hope you will try this recipe and enjoy it too! clear drinking glass filled with coffee

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I discovered this muti-tasking awesome device at the International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa Conference. I waited patiently to see and feel the demonstration on this unit and it was worth the line.

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Candy Corn Bark — NancyC

OMG! This is edible happiness!

IF you haven’t already get it done. It is time to really decorate for Halloween 🎃 in your business and or home. Every day is a reason to celebrate!

This D.I.Y. recipe looks not only fun to make but it also makes me so 😋 happy. They say we eat with our eyes first and I do believe our clients eyes and mouth are going to LOVE this. I think we will add this treat alongside our Witches Brew Cauldron Punch a potion for anti-aging this will also be a hit!

I also get a kick out of serving a REAL Trick or Treat bag. 👻 I love old school ways they did back in the day. We put a few free samples of some our new and cionicbeauty and skin care products. So every one leaves with something.

I’ve never made Candy Bark before but I sure am going to try. I think the friends,family and children will love it too!

I’ve made some quick and easy candy corn treats before, like Candy Corn “Pay Day” Mix, Candy Corn MM’s Crispy Treats, and Candy Corn Trail Mix. Here’s another super-easy candy corn recipe–Candy Corn Bark! Along with the candy corn, this bark also has mini M&M’s, pretzel twists, and dried cranberries in it. It’s a yummy, simple treat to […]

via Candy Corn Bark — NancyC