Sunless Tanner …

Sunless tanner can be a bit messy if you don’t apply with gloves. If you use a sunless tanner and your hands turn a bit brown or orange. Try my recipe.

It has worked for me for years and my clients love and have been rescued by me With this recipe too!

What you will need for this recipe:

Two things!

Granulated or cubed white SUGAR crushed.

 

 

 

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 AND

🍋 Lemons

 Mix the two together and apply in circular motions. Rub on the skin another round and rinse after a few minutes. Be certain to rinse well.

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Apply your favorite hand or body cream over it.

* If it’s your face that is sunless tanner stained do the same but apply your fave facial moisturizer afterwards to hydrate the skin.

It will lighten up and remove the stains! I have saved many a bride with this recipe.

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Tan,Brown,or Black Girls and the SUN

As a beauty professional living in sunny 🌞 Florida I want to  remind you if you’ve got dark skin you may be tempted to skip the sunscreen. But please don’t!

Brown,tan or black girls get sunburn too You can still develop skin cancer as UV rays can give you a sunburn, saggy skin, premature wrinkles and dark spots.

Also did you know you can get skin cancer on your scalp too? Stay protected.

For a beautiful even toned complexion you need to wear a sunscreen!

SPF 15 or higher and with UVA and UVB protection no matter what shade of brown you are. And no matter where you are at an outside cafe or on the beach. Wear it and a lip balm too.

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I’m a skin cancer survivor.

You don’t want it!

What you need to also do is to wear a cool visor or a blinged out hat 🧢 and wear sunglasses 🕶 too!

Protect and slay that pretty skin you’re in,Beautiful!

 

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Tips for Tired Eyes!

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Our eyes say so much about us and will scream TIRED in a hot minute. Here are a few ideas you can use to remedy them in a flash! I use them on myself, celebrity clients, mommies and on photo shoots.

Eye gel masks are instant face lifts for the eyes. They fit perfectly under your eyes and are drenched in hydrating puff relieving goodness.

Fresh 🥒 Cucumbers. Do they really work?

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Yes they do! I not only use them by the slices on the entire eye area. I also like to freeze 🥶 or (refrigerate them) them. Next, allow them to thaw a moment and place to refresh the eyes for at least 20 minutes. They are a natural diuretic.

Another remedy for tired eyes is by using Denim Blue mascara. I like to use it alone or OVER a black or dark brown mascara. Makes the whites of the eyes appear brighter. And the dark circle under eyes say BYE BYE.

*Same is true for eyeliner. The darker the shade the smaller your eyes will look. Look for a denim blue, sienna brown or gray. Or try a brighter color for that unexpected pop of color.

A salmon,yellow or caramel concealer depending on your coloring will tone down those tired looking eyelids and under eyes. Say Hello to Brighter Eyes. Sometime our under eyes aren’t just the issue it is the eye lid too. Use tap and press motions to apply.

If you want definition but don’t want an actual pigmented mascara… try a simple CLEAR mascara. You’ll gently define the lashes. But no color.

If you have sensitive eyes and you have an allergic reaction to an eye shadow. Try a tiny scoop from a fresh aloe plant. Takes away itchiness and calms redness too.

*Did you know that purple,lilac and very bright pink eye shadows can cause allergic reactions?

Let a good nights sleep 😴 be your nighttime goal. Don’t burn yourself out pulling long nights out or not getting enough rest.

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 I hope these tips help you to reset to look and feel  your best.

Beauty Tips We Makeup Artists LOVE!

Want more lush lashes without looking like OVER THE TOP Bambi lashes?

Try a dash of baby powder on a disposable mascara wand. Wait a minute and apply any brand mascara.

Want a shimmer lipstick to turn into a matte lipstick?

The secret is a dash of face powder on your lips applied carefully over your shimmer lipstick.

Want to tone down shine but not look like you have a cake face on? 

Rice powder is the answer. Totally translucent. Sheer.Lovely. Use it alone over a no foundation face. Use over any brand foundation even over a powder foundation.

Want that sexy magazine cover pout in seconds?

A really shiny brand gloss is the answer. And apply it in the center of your lips and a bit outward but NOT all the way for mega shine and sexiness.

Want a mascara that won’t run down your eyes and face when you cry at your best friends wedding or on hot summer days?

Try the brand called Blinc. It tubes the lashes not paints them with pigment…AMAZE…ing ! It works.

Want to feel fresh as a summer rose in a few minutes?

Rosewater spray is an old Victorian secret the porcelain skinned ladies would use. It can be used on a flat cotton pad and applied on a clean face pre-makeup or after you remove your makeup at night time. It is a toner for the skin and much gentler than using an astringent. Smells amazing feels so refreshing.

 I hope you enjoyed these tips and you’ll explore more that I share with you. I love being a makeup artist I get to make people look good and feel it too! How about you?

Got a beauty top to share with me?

 

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Drink Up!

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We’re headed into another long weekend! 🌴🌞So looking forward to chilling away. If your business is open maybe you can serve something refreshing. Or simply enjoy this recipe at home with your family. I so love to entertain CLIENTS.family and friends. I even wrote a book on it Entertaining in your Salon or SPA.

Strawberry Mango Lemonade

Blend and give it a whirl with 1 cup of  frozen strawberries, 2 cups of frozen mango chunks and 2 cups of lemonade that you made.Or cheat and use store bought already made.

This recipe makes 4 glasses of refreshing and delicious lemonade. More if you use smaller glasses.

Garnish with a pineapple chunk for a tropical twist. Since we can’t quite getaway at least we can pretend we are with a few of life’s simple treasures.

Stay hydrated!

A moment in time…

How time flies going through a global pandemic. First you soak in the information you are told. It is hard to even believe what is happening. The days go by very slowly and seem so surreal. Oh the newness of it all. The new normal. Our stay in place at home becomes your way of life. We have even forgotten the day of the week.

The sun 🌞 still shines,the rain ☔️ still comes down and the birds 🐦 are happily singing away. Spring 🌺 has finally arrived for most of us and life keeps growing and going.

But somehow you know things are different now. While I do have my husband to keep me company in quarantine I do not have any children. But …I do have babies! They sit waiting for me in my business. My charming beauty cottage nestled on a quiet street in a neighborhood of homes and business offices.

My babies are the beauties on my shelves. Pretty things that make you look good,smell good and feel fabulous.

I have days at my studio to organize things, rearrange, answer telephone ☎️ calls and emails and to stock up on our shelves,pack up mail orders 📦 and to above all clean and disinfect even more for this COVID-19.

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It is definitely a NEW world and is a different normal right now. In this moment and time we are truly all one!beautiful birthday blur bouquet

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I worked so hard for what I have achieved and have come a long way. I am sure if you own a business or have and are devoted to a career you know what this feels like too.

I HOPE and pray my clients come back to shop and get dolled up with me. I yearn to pamper skin and paint faces. How about you? How’s your business life? Are you even able to open in your state?

But it will be different and with face coverings,masks and not my usual things. I so enjoyed serving blooming 🍵tea,gourmet coffee and something edible. Sweets or fresh fruit and veggies. But now…not sure. I loved hosting fun and yummy shopping 🛍 events. But for now none will be held. My lipstick red doors are closed. I am not officially open and am just shipping orders.

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I MISS my clients faces and want to touch their hands and faces with my beauty magic wands and give them a GIGANTIC HUG.

 

But now I wait. Patiently to take the next step.
If you own a beauty business … How are you doing?

 

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Wine 🍷 Anyone?

I wanted to share a glass of wine with my husband while in quarantine and decided to take it a bit further. So, being the skin care professional and makeup artist I am I had to make something with a beauty and self care twist.

D.I.Y. Wine Mask for TWO

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1 bottle of red wine which is filled with antioxidants.

2 tablespoons of red wine

2 tablespoons of plain yogurt (I prefer Greek yogurt) exfoliates gently

Mix both of these in a glass bowl.

Wash your face like you normally do.

Apply to a clean face while you sip some of your fav’ red wine 🍷. You’ll feel sublime!

Leave this pretty mask on at least 15 minutes.

Rinse well with lukewarm water 💦 and washcloth.

Apply a sheer coat of your moisturizer and a dash of eye gel or eye cream.

*Enjoy this unisex face mask and while it dries… Sip a glass of great 👍 for your heart and relaxing glass of red 🍷 wine! It is like a day at the spa.

(Recommended for adults only)

 

 

Stir crazy?

If you are feeling a little restless and your skin and pores need some love… try this.

I cut some fresh rosemary (great for your immune system and more) that I grow outside my beauty cottage door. I boiled water let it few minutes and placed that water 💦 in a glass bowl.

Next,I added a few drops of Aura Cacia Lavender essential oil  (So relaxing) to the bowl.

This created a Herbal Facial Steam… I placed a tea towel over my head and allowed the steamy aromatherapy and herb STEAM to reach my face. After a few minutes of this facial sauna…

My stress be gone and my pores said “Yes, Thank You!”

I follow up by rinsing my face and applying a facial toner like Rosewater on a flat cotton round. A dash of moisturizer and you’re good to go.

By the way, I love ❤️ sharing my beauty potions and concoctions with my clients now and again. Sharing is caring. Self care is so important and NOW even more.

Look what I found!

 

You know how dirty our beauty supplies can get! Our makeup brushes need cleaning and disinfecting and now even more so. Alcohol,brush cleaner and soap and water 💦 aren’t enough.

AND who knew we could disinfect our eyeshadows, lipsticks, blushers at all???

I found this awesome unit that you just gotta own! It’s a must for the beauty industry.

As well as for at home use. Read on.

It is called SterileLight Illumicide. It is a disinfecting case. Dermatologist tested and recommended. A QUICK disinfectant. It kills 99.9 % bacteria in just three glorious minutes.

What does SterileLight disinfect for you?

Makeup 💄

Mascara wands

Lipsticks 💋

Lipliners

Eyeliners

Makeup palettes 🎨 and kits

Compacts

Blushers

Powder compacts

Hair brushes

Hair combs

Hair clippers

Razors

Scissors ✂️

Tweezers

Gemstone 💎 face and body rollers like the iconic Jade Facial roller.

Lash extensions

Makeup Brushes

Makeup Sponges

It even DRIES your makeup brushes and fast. NOT over night.

Easy to operate. Easy operation panel with LED countdown.

I couldn’t believe my eyes and neither could my beauty team.

Show your clients and differentiate by demonstrating that YOU take an extra step towards beauty and keeping them safe.

Feel confident that you can maintain cleanliness standards even in these challenging times and settings.

I will never clean my brushes without SterileLight by my side.

Sharing is caring…

I am not the companies sales rep. I’m not selling you but I am telling you this is fabulous for our industry.

Makeup Artists, Esthetician’s, Hair stylists,Nail techs or Massage therapists. This is the MUST-Have addition to your salon or spa.

Or on the go working on location. Comes with a handle and is lightweight ready to serve you!

Honey 🍯 Face

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My clients are crying as their lips and skin are so dry! But today it is in the 80’s in Florida so go figure I am actually sweating after picking rosemary from my garden for dinner.

Winter is not pretty nor kind to our skin!

So this is what I do for my clients skin OR recommend they give to themselves in a pinch while at home.

Honey Face and Lip MASK

  • Wrap the clients cleansed face with a warm steamed wet towel. Leave the towel on at least 3 minutes allowing the client to relax a bit.
  • Remove the towel.
  • Apply organic honey to the face and neck.
  • Leave on the face at least 10 minutes.
  • Remove the honey mask with a warm wet steamed towel.
  • Follow up with a Rosewater skin toner.
  • Apply a light moisturizer.
  • And a dash of an eye gel.

A sweet simple delight! Your clients will ❤️love!

* Please note: Ask the client if they are allergic to honey or anything ALWAYS do a patch test first. Oh and by the way, you may use this on this lips too. Great for smokers lips,dehydrated lips and peeling flaky lips. Add a dash of organic brown sugar and rub on the lips for an on the cheap lip scrub. My little miracle workers!

Sometimes the simple things found in nature and the farmers market can make all the difference!