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

πŸ‹ 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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Our Bodies Need Some LOVE!

At times like these we need to take care of our immune system and body too. Since it is summer and we shed our clothes and show more skin we need to also slough off dead skin cells. As well as hydrate the skin on our face and body too. One of my clients shared this recipe with me a long time ago. And I recently discovered it in my pandemic cleaning purge of some paper work etc.

I almost forgot how much I like this recipe alongside eating a bowl of oats or granola with home-made yogurt and fruit in season. To make home-made from scratch yogurt I use Belle + Bella. They have an amazing starter packet and unit to make it. It is fun and when i have leftovers (right) instead of licking the spoon I use the fresh yogurt on my face for a gentle neck and face mask.

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What you will need for this hand or body recipe:

1 cup of olive oil

1/2 cup of ground up organic oats

1 tbs. vanilla

1 tablespoon of maple syrup

She stirsΒ  in all ingredients and suggests you take some time in the tub.

Place a handful of the mix onto your body. She recommends paying close attention to rough areas like,elbows,knees, hands and feet. Allow the scrub to rest on your skin. Next she recommends rubbing with warm water and a washcloth or a loofah sponge.

Rinse well.

After you get out of the tub. Dry your skin slightly and while damp apply your favorite hand and body lotion.

Your skin will feel soft and fresh you’ll feel brand new!

 

 

I remember the days…

When we served rose all day.

I miss seeing my clients in my makeup studio. I miss touching their faces! I miss giving them hugs too. Now with the pandemic things are so very different. I have NOT opened my beauty cottage YET. The Covid-19 numbers upticking here in Florida I don’t want to yet. I care about my clients safety and the health of my family.

I also remember the good old days when we would serve them all kinds of treats and drinks. From sugar cookies dipped in chocolate and lavender buds and chocolate dipped strawberries to sparkling drinks. Rose wine 🍷 was the last drink we served them in March.

Here is one of the recipes I enjoyed serving them. I thought you might enjoy this coming weekend. Or tonight!

Rose Sparkler with Raspberries and Lemons.

What you will need to make this refreshing drink:

1 bottle of chilled rose

1 1/2 pt. of fresh raspberries

2 tsp.of sugar

2 tbsp. of lemon juice

Sliced lemons and raspberries for embellishment!

Mash the raspberries with sugar and lemon juice in a pitcher. Top with sparkling rose. Serve over ice with the sliced lemons and raspberries.

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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 πŸ’¦ 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 πŸ‘ 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 πŸ’¦ in a glass bowl.

Next,I added a few drops of Aura Cacia Lavender essential oilΒ  (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.

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!

 

 

 

 

Go Green Girl

I believe sharing is caring so here we go!

This is a juicy mix for your body,brain and skin!

 

What you will need is:

1 green apple 🍏

1 handful of parsley

1 handful of kale πŸ₯¬

2 handfuls of romaine

1/2 of a cucumber πŸ₯’

3 celery stalks

Juice of 1/2 of a lemon πŸ‹

1 inch slice of ginger

 

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Juice all of the above together.

Enjoy in a lovely tall glass.

I discovered this recipe by Celebrity facialist and founder of Joanna Vargas Salon and Skincare Collection. I’ve always wanted to get a facial appointment with her in NYC but always ran out if time as work got in the way!

She promises this recipe revives the mind but gives our complexion a nutrient rich and hydrating boost! She drinks this 4:00 PM for tired skin and tired bodies.

If you’re ever in NYC get an appointment for her iconic facial services.

Ho,Ho,Ho … Christmas Punch!

When you are entertaining your clients OR for family, friends or a 🎈 party of one. Add a punch to the celebration.

Hot coffee β˜•οΈ and tea 🍡 are cozy but it’s not a party πŸŽ‰ without punch!

ALL you need is LOVE and these ingredients below:

4 Cups of cranberry πŸ₯€ juice

4 Cups of pineapple 🍍 juice

4 Cups of Florida Orange 🍊 Juice

Chill all of the above before your guests arrive. Add a bottle of Sparkling Pellegrino water.

Dress it up u with colorful cranberries and a few orange 🍊 slices

Pour in a pretty pitcher or place in a punch bowl. Your clients or guests will LOVE this sparkling pretty delight.

 PS

If you’re a fan of egg nog… think about serving egg nog SHOTS. My clients and family love the serving portion (less calories) and have fun drinking it in this way.

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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 ofΒ  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?