When days are busy or long and you’re hungry and need a an energy boost… Try this! Working in beauty and wellness is glam but schedules can be crazy and hectic. At times theres no time to eat. I try to keep fruit on hand to eat. Bananas and fresh green apples fill you fast and hit the spot. Staying hydrated with 💦 water is another must.
But making a recipe like this shake keeping these supplies on hand help. This shake will get you through until you can eat a real meal. This is cocoa rich creamy and dreamy recipe!
What you will need to make this shake:
1 ripe banana
2 Tbsp of cocoa powder
2 Tbsp cashew butter
1 1/2 cups of milk (of your choice)
4 dates (pitted)
4 ice cubes
Place the above in a blender and blend until frothy and fabulous!
Pour into a pretty glass and take a “shake break”. Depending on the size of your glass this recipe makes a few servings.
* Please Note: if you prefer peanut butter. Use it instead. But if you’re a cashew girl or guy you’ll love the cashew butter.
If you have a recipe you’d like to share with me. Do tell!
The International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa Conference always in the winter and right before spring.
It was cold weather outside (snow did not come our way although it threatens to) but a fabulous show inside this year.
It felt like the good old beauty show days. You know before Covid arrived! There were miles of aisles of skin care some tried and true brands like Repechage and FarmHouseFresh and many NEW brands have emerged. I could hardly get through the aisles as it was so crowded. It’s like Fashion Week but for beauty & skin professionals.
I taught a makeup class that was teaching the beauty professional makeup and skincare needs Just for MEN. The everyday guy!
Make-up Artists and esthetician’s from around the world 🌎 attend this PRO, beauty and spa business owners allowed only show. Our classes are filled with eager to learn attendees. They come to be inspired, learn and best of all shop the massive show floor.
As I quickly discovered at the show and back home in New York City, Spring into summer 2023 is all about healthy skin. And same goes for fashion too. Natural makeup allowing your skin to shine through and on the other side of the natural makeup rainbow 🌈 are some pretty bold hues. You can be soft and pretty one day and bold and beautiful the next. It all depends upon your mood.
I will design and show my clients a more natural look with a touch of pink, gold and rose gold metallics.
I will also encourage them to tone down ALL those steps to their skin care regime. Some girls and women are using so many products that I think their skin is getting so confused! Too many choices and they think they need it all. But they don’t.
“Fluffy” Brows are in! Microblading is in! Lip Blushing is in!
Waxing every part of the body seems to be in.
Tattoos are a part of a woman and man’s lifestyle now it seems more then ever! While it’s never been for me it has captured and attracted women, men and teens!
Permanent Makeup like “Lip Blushing” is hot right now over Botox. It’s amazing what it can do for a woman’s lips!
“Self-care” is on the rise. Finally we are taking the time to take better care of ourselves and try new things. Covid had something to do with that as we were forced to be home for a bit. I think that was the only good part about it.
So, think about your look for Spring or if you’re a beauty Pro what looks you want to show and create for your clients.
Spring is all about trying new things. Bloom 🍃 on into a new season of our lives!!
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.
The candy scrub can also be used on the feet at home it in your spa or mail salon.
Face masks, masks and sheet masks galore …KBeauty (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.
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!
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!
Counting down to the beauty of the fall season and guest speaking at this spa and wellness conference. I am already packing my beauty bags for my class!
After a challenging year and a half we are finally getting back to business and need to refresh,renew and think of a few things new. If you work in the world of beauty and skin care I hope to see you there! Not too late to get your ticket!
Come join us and have some fun! Did I mention the show floor is massive and full of awesome deals?
With “ maskne”,winter blast 🥶 weather and stress from the pandemic were in… it is all taking a toll on our skin. So, I decided to interview one of my favorite’s in the skin care industry. If you read this blog you know I am an educator in the beauty & spa industry. But ALL our shows and show season have halted because of the time we’re in.
I so MISS educating, going to shows and conferences and seeing my friends in beauty. Victoria Tabak is one of them. She is not only a skin care expert but following her on Instagram is so much fun. So, if you haven’t discovered her yet you might want to look her up @victoriatabak for her expertise and skin care words of wisdom.
I see you are a mom. How many children? How do you juggle your family and business?
3 boys, they’re 7, 4 and 2, so I am always running around.
I’ll be completely straightforward, it is extremely difficult and I’m still learning & trying to get it right, but one thing that’s for sure is that at any given moment something’s gotta give.
Having clearly defined boundaries definitely helps moderate stress, but it is challenging to maintain those boundaries because being a Mom is a full-time job, meanwhile so is being a business owner, it requires you to intentionally shift attention and focus all day long. I am certainly a work in progress, like my business, but every day moving forward, taking one step at a time.
What is your most popular product?Or products that clients covet?
This is a tough question because there are many popular products based on skin concerns & type of product from over 100 different products, but if I had to shave it down to top 3 all around hero products, definitely Instant Energizer Oxygen Masque, Dead Sea Salt Crystal Peel & Black Currant C Serum.
How would YOU describe your brand vegan, organic, natural?
Nature Pure Clinical Skin Care, is a holistic wellness brand first. Every product is backed by science while marrying traditional herbal and botanical remedies to deliver professional results for skin, body & hair. Products are natural, paraben-free, animal cruelty free, leaping bunny certified, formulated with certified organic botanicals and majority of the products are vegan and gluten free.
How do you recommend a client determines her skin type? Or types? An easy way that my blog readers can do quickly.
An easy way to determine your basic skin type is by answering these 3 questions
Do your pores look large or small? Larger pores are typically associated with oily skin, smaller pores are associated with more dry skin.
Does your t-zone get shiny or greasy in the t-zone area of your face especially midday? This is typical with the most common combination skin type.
When you press with your thumb on your forehead does it leave a white spot surrounded by redness? This typically means you have sensitive skin.
What’s your best beauty secret? Besides sunscreen that you’d like to share with my blog readers and followers.
*Update your skin care regimen routinely and seasonally. I never let my skin get used to any one thing, and the beauty is, in 25 years of Nature Pure’s history, there are over 100 different product solutions to choose from and rotate between.
Do you have a product for crepey skin? It’s a popular question women ask me lately.
Stem Cells Youthful Tissue Rejuvenator, though it may feel tingly & can even turn the skin a bit flush in the first 15 minutes of application, it is the immaculate skin solution for regenerating, smoothing & increasing volume to crepey skin with daily consistent use.
Just for fun… 😍If you were a makeup or skin care product what would you be?
If I were a product I would be the Nature Pure Instant Energizer Oxygen Masque, it feels like butterfly kisses on the face while instantly transforming the appearance of the skin.
“I’d like to believe I inspire positivity & self-kindness while educating about skin wellness & sharing my story.“
I like all the cute and practical cosmetic bags on the market. I own so many! And my favorites all have lips 💋 on them! But they really are just that! Cute!
There’s a new kid on the beauty block and it’s amazing! Not just for professional makeup artists like me! Although coveted by them. But this bag is made for YOU too!
It is an anti-microbial bag that protects and keeps your beauty 💄 and skin care and makeup brushes clean and you safer!
A healthy cosmetic bag! Who knew?
The above cosmetic bag is chic but the SterileLight bag is better!
The bag also comes with an anti microbial mat included.
If you do makeup, travel for your work, fly on airplanes ✈️ the mat is everything too! It protects your makeup and brushes at the hotel. You can even use it on your tray table on an airplane. You can never be too careful or clean.
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.
She stirs 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.
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!