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.”

 

 

 

A Toast to you, 2020 & Your Business!

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I wish you and your career or beauty business nothing but the best! 🍾🥂

As we start a fabulous new decade in our lives. It is an even more exciting time as new decade begins.

I don’t believe in New Year Resolutions. They say 10% of people ever keep them. But if they work for you…by all means make them.

What I do believe in is reviewing what worked. What doesn’t. What new do you want to do in this new year?

I hope you will reflect on your career or business and think about what you want to do! What direction? How do you plan on getting there?

Take time for you and chill some too! A clean slate…Ease into this new year one glorious day in your life at a time.

It’s a wonderful life!

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I wish you a Merry Christmas! 🎄

I hope it was an amazing Holiday season for you and your spa or beauty business! Mine was going well until the FLU 😷 arrived. Thank goodness we were able to make it to at least the week before the Christmas finish line. We worked our tails off. We answered many calls for Mail Orders and gift 🎁 order requests.

We served yummy and cozy drinks 🍹 and decadent edibles while they shopped.

We offered free gift wrap, gift cards and a holiday discount for our VIP mailing list clients.

We had two weekend Open House celebrations 🎉 and the clients and my team loved spending time with our clients and so enjoy helping them shop for their gift giving needs.

Next on to wrapping up the year and a New Years Eve toast email to THANK our clients for their business.

Afterwards… Closed for Inventory and a little R & R.

Hope you get a chance to rest a bit and enjoy your family and friends or just being alone. Tomorrow is a brand new day and soon we will start a brand new year!

Taking one day at a time in bed. This flu shall pass. Next time I will not skip getting the flu shot. You’re never so busy you can’t make time to take care of yourself. As a business owner I will remember my own wellness advice.

Blessings 🙏 to you!

Ancient Beauty Secret

I am an all American girl that happens to be Eurasian and my husband says I am a Combination Platter off the Chinese Take Out Menu. People ALWAYS ask me what is my nationality. Even more when I moved from up North to sunny Florida. When I moved here for my husband I was so in love I forgave Florida for the HOT temperatures and the horrific humidity. But as time went by I came to the conclusion I hate the heat and my makeup melting. I also noticed brides and bridal parties hated it too. So, I pulled out my little box of love for my complexion and made them look amazing. This box is my makeup savior and go to. I have used it on my face since I was a teen and now on my clients for TV work, red carpet beauty moments,photo shoots and for my brides and bridal parties.

It is an Ancient Chinese secret handed down from generation to generation.

What is it?

A white looking brownie (yes like the Brownie we eat). It is a hard cake that becomes loose when applied with a powder brush.

Beautiful Benefits?

  • It is feather light powder that makes your makeup last longer.
  • Makes your colors remain true especially when you have issues with your makeup turning colors and helps them remain true.
  • Great for oily skin and complexions with a bit of acne
  • Tones down shine!
  • Sets your makeup!

But wait there’s MORE!

When I make up my face or a client’s face and I accidentally put a bit more blush on or eye shadow too overpowering or doesn’t look right….I simply take a brush,dip into my rice powder and clean up,soften and blend it out.

Oh and not only does it look great on brides and photographs nicely. It also is great for women of a certain age who get steamy and hot flash. Calms the heat and the powder cools the skin with a soft matte finish.

If  YOU or your client’s makeup is missing that little something or you crave all things Asian Beauty and or something new this is for YOU and to retail to your clients too!

I don’t think I could live without IT AND a gorgeous lipstick.

 

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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

Energizing scents!

Today I had to be on TV and was sleepless in Seattle and woke up very early. I also had to go to my makeup and skin studio and worked all day. In the middle of the afternoon I needed a lift between clients. I was tired. I’m never tired! So, instead of reaching out for coffee I did this. If you need a lift over the holiday season at work or at play…TRY THIS!

 Looking for a boost of plant energy during a hectic day at work? OR at home 🏡after holiday shopping?

Look to Mother Nature!

Try rubbing some basil leaves together. Or  fresh peppermint leaves work as well. The aromatic scents will refresh your spirit. I keep a variety of plants and one of each of these at my business door and in my beauty kitchen. Ready for cooking, ice tea or aromatherapy.

Not all aromatherapy has to come from a bottle of essential oil.

Enjoy!

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