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.

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!

What’s HOT and Trending in NYC?

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Come back and discover with me as I guest speak and attend the International Esthetics,Cosmetics and SPA Conference.as well as the International Beauty Show!

Two exciting and fabulous shows!

I’ll work at the famous Javits Center. Shop the massive show floors. And post a bit on Instagram and Tik Tok while there.

I’ll shop til I drop all over The one and only New York City. And of course I’ll wine 🍷 and dine 🍱 in the fashion capitol of the world!

My beauty 💄 bags are almost packed and I’m excited to bring the fun, fashion and beauty back to you!

👄

Time to celebrate…the Lunar New Year way!

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It has been a busy few days getting ready for Chinese New Year 🧧 in my personal life and in my beauty business. I love celebrating the beauty of every single day!

Yesterday I did and featured a fun segment on TV 📺 chatting it up on all things lunar new year.

Chinese New year is a 15 day celebration I didn’t want another day to go by without sharing one of my beauty secrets… Asian Rice Powder.

It is a fierce and fabulous multi-tasking beauty product!

Looks like a square chocolate brownie only it’s white in color. It reduces shine on your T-zone and makes your makeup last longer. It also makes keeps your makeup shades from turning orange. You know what I mean? Sometimes people have issues with that from their body chemistry. Very frustrating! Their foundation colors, powder or blush turns a not so pretty darker and orange like hue.

It is an iconic beauty powder that is centuries old. Not a powder from Japan theater 🎭 or used by geisha’s. It’s light and lovely. In fact people love the delicate floral scent.

Years ago I turned my clients on to this! Especially brides-to-be, brides and bridal parties.

Been lost in the Holidaze!

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Tis the season. That is why I have not been blogging much lately. My days are long. My business has started to show signs of festive shopping and people coming out more like it used to be. It has not been easy for business owners this year. We are still hurting. The beauty and spa business even more. Face Masks 😷 have made clients lazy and more relaxed in their skin care. Foundation,blush and 💄lipsticks! But now I find people are trying to get into the reason for the season and all the magic!! People are tired and restless…how about you ? Do you see this out your way to?

I love helping my clients shop for loved ones and discover all the treasures I have to offer! I also love ❤️ helping them look good and feel fabulous too! When they shop I encourage them to treat themselves 🎁 to something too!

Still offering curbside pickup and doing whatever it takes to serve them! As well as of course we ship beauty boxes 📦 to their door.

My business is my clients HAPPY place!

Leave their worries at the door, no racism, no Karen’s, no judging just love and fun! Their faces tell me they enjoy shopping here and all the eye candy on my shelves and tabletops. The pretty displays, my sense of humor signs like “Shoplifters will be beaten to death” and the variety of merchandise I buy especially this time of year and filled to the brim! From makeup, to makeup brushes, skincare,earrings,rings,necklaces and bracelets.

Naughty is my state of mind! I love to make my clients laugh. So I served them several drinks…Naughty Elf punch was a big hit and they enjoyed a luxurious box of chocolates.

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So bear with me. I’ll be back!

Hope you are enjoying the beauty of the season.

Fall Nail Polish Tip

Want your hands to look better & younger?

So many new hues on store shelves… so little time to use them all.

Choose a nail lacquer that is a bold matte hue not beige or too light or nude.

Your nails 💅 and polish will be the center of attention. NOT your sunspots,red splotches and more.

Nail it with … bold hues!

Just remember to exfoliate and hydrate those hands before you do!

Luggage & Beauty 💄Bags Packed and …

Ready to kiss 💋 Chicago “Hello” again! I’ve so MISSED this fabulous part of the country. ✈️

I’m guest speaking and educating at the International Esthetics Cosmetics & Spa show. I’ll also be attending other classes and shopping the massive show floor! This year the show will be near O’Hare airport at a Convention Ctr there.

Always a fabulous show. And will be attending America’s Beauty Show in the same convention center which is a hair show with a combination of beauty, skin and nails!

So come back for more and I’ll be sharing all things beauty from the show floor!

Pack those bags!

Tea bags a natural quick fix!

People often complain to me about their eye 👁 bags. You know bags or baggage 🧳 under the eyes, puffy eyes, tired eyes.

So, besides using an eye product on a store shelf, another quick rescue is a tea 🍵 bag. Brewed tea bags work magic under the eyes. Squeeze the tea bag gently and place the almost room temperature tea bag on closed eyes. Not caffeine free. I love to use a green tea. Leave on under the eyes at least 12-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

If that doesn’t float your boat, there is always the “tried and true” fresh 🥒 cucumber! Cucumber slices really cool the skin down and help de-puff too.

Did you know potatoes 🥔 can assist with bags under the eyes and eyelids too?

Yes, a thin slice on each lid closed ( and top lid too) can have the same rescue too.

And of course there is always a bag of frozen peas and or frozen mixed veggies will do good and work too!

My clients love my recommendations that are easy to do and fresh from a tea farm and Mother Nature too! 🍃

Enjoy!

Have you got a beauty or skin care remedy you’d like to share with me too? Do tell.