Today I went to light up an aromatic candle I wanted to enjoy its beauty. I love to do this! I love candles.
I wanted to take a long bath. The glow,the illuminating light, the scent …but I couldn’t. My match would not work. I grabbed another match from the box and no light. I tried six times. Still no luck. I told myself “It’s just a candle” Or is it really?
I wanted my bath to be complete, the room glowing and the scent in the air. So, I put on my robe I had taken off and hunted down another match set around the house. After 10 minutes I found them! Praying at least one would work and light up! I headed back upstairs to my bath 🛁 waited to take my robe off and get in and finally success! The matches worked and I was able to light the three wick candle.
I was so happy! It’s all about the little things … isn’t it? There is so much to be said about them. Have you had a moment like this where you thought it truly is all about…the beauty of the little things?
Here are a few easy ways you can update your look and achieve this:
I love foundation but … Go lightly! WET your makeup sponge with water or a Rosewater before you apply your foundation for a more “natural look”. Creamy formulas or a light mineral liquid foundation work best! If you like a powder foundation simply apply it with a kabuki powder brush instead of a sponge.
Invest in a good eyelash curler! It perks those lashes up and curls them too.
Go easy on your blush. Use a cream or gel formula. If you use a powder apply your blush with a fan brush.
Choose mascara in rich navy, purple or green hues. If you must use brown instead. Black makes your eyes defined but can make your eyes look tired and appear smaller.
* I like to mix and match mascara on my 50 plus clients especially. Navy mixed with a coat of black is softer than a straight black hue. Deep purple on bottom lashes will make whites of the eyes brighter and under eyes fresh!
Don’t over tease or over spray your hair you’ll look outdated. Get haircuts on a regular basis. Nothing ages you faster than dry unkept hair. If you dare get a bob haircut or lighten up on the length of your locks.
Gloss those 👄 lips! After applying lipstick apply a dash of a shiny hydrating lip gloss in the center top and bottom of your lips.
Nail polish 💅 in softer hues don’t need much maintenance or show chips easily. A pearl,champagne,silver,icy pink or blue will update you too!
Keep up with your neck! We’re all getting a tech neck by looking down at our phones or hunching over a computer. It’s time to invest in a neck cream.
Happy, hydrated skin looks younger.
Keep smiling! 😎 Let people wonder what you’re up to!
It’s glow time the start of the summer season is the best time of the year! We get to enjoy longer days, sunshine and more! You also get to go shopping 🛍 for a few new things like a new bathing suit, sun hat, pretty sandals and fun or sexy sunnies.
It’s also the time to start to get your glow on! You know a little bronzer and shimmer go a long way.
But first you must exfoliate your face and body. There are many options to choose from for your skin.
I’m in love with a bottle of CURE Natural Aqua Gel from Japan. (available on Amazon) it exfoliates gently and really makes the skin feel great and products to penetrate and work better on your skin!
This is my bottle at home. I’m about to use it to get ready for a guest speaking engagement. Gotta look my best. I have sensitive skin and have no issues with it. It works wonders!
Dry brushing your body is a must! I like to use both methods. Bye bye dull dry skin!
So get going! What are you waiting for? Get a head start on that tan or just want to have healthier pretty skin! EXFOLIATE.
Soon the celebrities will walk the red carpet and get to their seats in anticipation of who will WIN and a movie 🎥 star and more celebration. I love to watch this show and I get to see all the behind the scenes beauty from the show.
What I know for sure is celebrities clamor for glamor and definitely want to look younger,hydrated,tightened and have softer plumper pillowy lips!
While they do eat junk food the prep journey to the red carpet is a beauty detox and fasting one. They do everything in their power to look thinner, sexier and glowing.
I like to celebrate 🎉 the Oscars with a few friends or ALONE . My husband prefers to watch other shows from year to year. But I make this day a delicious evening of food, drink and fun. So, today I prepped away.
But I also like to combine this with a beauty filled night of self-care and pampering. Prosecco or champagne cocktails or a delightful cocktail are a part of the evening. Popcorn added is always a good idea. Bathed in warm butter and a few chocolate shavings on top is heaven. Popcorn, champagne and beauty! What a great way to spend the evening.
I pull out an array of skin living products. I line them up in a beautiful basket and use every thing! It’s been a long action packed month with beauty shows, events and being on TV. I NEED a bit of Love Me❤️ Time!
Oscar worthy beauty can be:
Take a bath or shower first.
An easy to use & no mess sheet mask for your face, under eyes, feet,hands,decolette or even hair. You may not look like a sex kitten in your night gown doing this but your skin will love you.
Follow up with a luxe face and an aromatic body lotion.
By the way, I do put in a pretty nightgown and even have a pair of sexy feather slippers. If you feel like add a crown to the mix if you think you’re a 👑 queen.
Have a great evening of celebrities, fashion and beauty. Can’t wait to see the looks, glitz and glam!
Valentines day is around the corner so I simply had to share. I discovered a MAKER who created the most amazing soap. Her company is called TheChocolate Skincare Factory. She has ONE fabulous product and it is a DarkChocolate Royale Facial Candy Bar for the skin.
Unisex and so delicious you’ll want to eat it but please don’t. It comes in the most decorative gold and chocolate colored wrapper. A GIANT soap bar made with LOVE and by a MOM of darling twins, who just happens to be a pharmacist and an esthetician!
The bar is made with 100% pure cacao dark chocolate that is filled with anti-oxidants and made with Shea butter too.
No toxic ingredients only great ones as she is a cancer survivor and has done all the research and knows all about taking better care of ourselves starting with her face and body. The soap bar lasts a few months it depends on how often you wash your face with it.While it is made as a complexion bar it can also be used on the body. So luxe and decadent you won’t be able to put the bar down. Trust me on this! Find them on Instagram to explore more!
If you own a spa or retail gift business this may just be a great new addition to retail.
This soap has many benefits to the skin. It brightens and nurtures the skin as well as make your pores a bit smaller and skin tighter too!
While I adore chocolate that you eat… this is truly a fabulous gift idea and treat! And lasts so much longer.
Perhaps it may just be a perfect gift for yourself!
You don’t need to have a ❤️Valentine in your life. Be good to yourself.
Brings out the best and the worst of feet. Now in the midst of a pandemic some people are choosing to give their feet some TLC instead of going to the spa or nail salon.
A quick rescue I learned from one of my clients from Greece is made with olive oil. Yes, it’s good for making yummy dishes, dressings and salads in the kitchen but it also is wonderful for the skin.
Place some olive oil in a saucepan on the stove. Or you can microwave some I guess. Warm on low until you see it is warm NOT so hot it will splatter or burn you. Next, turn off the stove and let it cool a bit.
Dive in the sauce pan with a small spoon and drizzle some of the olive oil on your feet. Start to massage it in and on your skin all over your feet,toes and nail bed.
Rub and enjoy.
Next, I like to place my feet with the olive oil in some cozy socks. My absolute favorite is a pair of white cotton socks. One size larger.
I pour myself a cozy yummy drink and get under the covers and go to sleep.
Wake up with softer happy satiny feet.
Kiss 💋 that dry and tired skin goodbye! Guys love this too! And kids do too.
We beauty professionals and speakers have been waiting for over a year and half to reconnect with each other,educate and see what’s trending and new! The show did go on and I could not be BE ANY HAPPIER!
The International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa Conference was wonderful! My class went well. I was thrilled with all the beautiful faces looking to learn all I had to share with them too!
Yes, there was social distancing but we did not have to wear a face mask 😷 while educating. The show attendees had the option if vaccinated they did not have to wear a mask. There were sanitation stations and there was mindful social distancing. Attendance was UP considering what we have been through. Lines to shop 🛍 were long but worth the wait. I can’t believe the crowds of beauty PROS and spa and salon owners so many happy faces.
It was wonderful to be out and about and to TRAVEL on an airplane again. Seeing lots of people was great and Delta Airlines took good care of me! Chatting with strangers and and seeing SMILING FACES without face covers and masks was beyond joyous.
It was HOT and steamy in beautiful Las Vegas and I got a chance to work and play!!! One day it was actually 116 degrees.
Networking at it’s finest! Like a GIANT COCKTAIL PARTY! The IECSC show even treated us to a cocktail 🍸 or other libations to toast and welcome us back!
Here is a list of what I discovered on that’s Trending and NEW! Some I predicted and knew but some trends I saw on the show floor.
Skin care is HOT! It is even more in than makeup! We got to see the latest in action with LIVE demos on the show floor.
Facial embellishments were a thing and step aside tattoos and piercings. Pearls,colorful stencils,flowers and bold eye designs.
Wellness is a MUST in our lives. We must take better care of ourselves!
“Caked on” made up faces are NOT happening. Makeup is heading softer and pretty is back.
Brows and lashes are cared for with serums of gold. Brow laminations are hot.
Lash Lifts are still in.
False Lashes depending on who you speak to are out but faux lash companies are still selling. All kinds of lashes and COLORS!
OVER done and over the top contouring is OUT!
Lip plumpers are still coveted alongside a gorgeous lipgloss or 💄 lipstick.
Shimmery GLOWY skin is still with us.
Dermaplaning is still hot!
Concealing the entire face with concealer, highlighters and foundation is not in.
Tinted shampoos in all colors too!
Root Powder coverups in all HUES!
HAIR YOU WEAR and take off …faux bangs,pony’s and more are not going away.
Bright shiny glass like skin for the hair.
💅 Nails are fresh and natural but also pointed and embellished and long!
Facial Masks reign supreme! ALL kinds of treatments,smell and feel amazing!
Celebrities weren’t the only ones on the Las Vegas Strip.
I feel like TRAVELING and enjoying life again… I want to go on a cruise! But since we can’t quite do that yet I thought I’d do the next best thing. Make a tropical hand and foot scrub.
Since I LOVE my clients. I am sharing this recipe with them and giving them some mini sample jars of this lovely scrub too.
If you own a business do you love to share recipes and beauty tips with your clients too?
Here is a simple recipe that is so easy to make yet gently exfoliates, brightens the skin and makes the skin so silky!
After all it is sandal season again.
1/4 cup of coconut oil
1/2 cup of brown sugar (sometimes I add a few rolled oats for visual fun)
Some lime zest
1 mason or jam jar
I LOVE the way this feels on the skin and my heels will look amazing too.
It even refreshes a pedicure and manicure too. Give your hands and feet some love ❤️. Guys will love it too!
Simply apply a scoop of this tropical 🌴 delight on your freshly washed hands and rub in. Go in circular motions. Then rinse with a wet and warm hand towel after leaving on at least 10 minutes.
Next apply to your feet and repeat.
I find this scrub lasts at least a week. I put it in the fridge. I pull out of the fridge and allow it to warm with the room temperature. Feels so cool and refreshing when you apply it. Especially on a hot summer 🌞 day.
Your skin will glow and the natural ingredients make it even better!
Farmhouse Fresh skin care has an awesome kit that is called Pedi Delight! It’s a skin care sampler of pedicure treats! A great way to check out this cruelty free beautiful brand.
I have always loved ❤️ this brand. I love it so much I carry it in my beauty business.Women owned and loved.
The Honey 🍯 Heel Glaze smells like grandma or mom made a yummy pie. It reminds me of the glaze on a ham. It is the Texas wild flower and aloe juice that make it extra aromatic and skin softening.
Best of all it’s unisex. Cruelty free, Paraben-and sulfate free,phthalate-free scent!
The Honey Lavender Sea Salt Scrub is so calming in scent and exfoliates the feet and heels gently. Not too abrasive.
The Honey Chai Steeped Milk Lotion is creamy beyond believe and hydrates the skin one notch more. You will smell lightly scented and so delish! Cardamom and coconut milk make this a fabulous recipe for your feet.
My husband loves ❤️ it all too. We used to go for pedi-cures together once a month. But I spoil him now in my spa like treatment room I created at home!
We plan to take this kit on the road when we travel again. Great for pre-pool side foot refreshing after a long winter in shoes and for open toed shoes and sandal weather.
These three easy healthier 🍃 steps are so good for the body and sole!
Have you ever tried doing a facial steam for your skin? It feels so good and leaves your skin refreshed and dewy!
My new favorite skin recipe is to use a small sprinkle a handful of lavender buds, chamomile flowers and rose petals. A little goes a long way. They infuse the water with a light scented facial steam and looks so pretty!
Make a recipe for yourself or you can share with your clients at your spa or beauty business. All you need to do is pick up a few flowers and herbs depending on what you are going to make. Just remember if you have acne, rosacea or sensitive skin issues you might want to skip this beauty recipe.
There are so many choices to make in your kitchen!!!
Then all you need is a clean face and a bowl of hot water that you boiled in a pot on the stove top and poured into a glass bowl.
I like to use a glass bowl that you can see through. It makes the experience even more delightful.
Next, toss a few herbs or flowers of your choice. What are you in the mood for today? * You might even want to try a drop of your favorite essential oil. Like lavender or rose oil.
Place your face over the bowl and place a tea towel over your head and not to close.
Allow the warm STEAM to rise and to your face.
Do this for at least 5 to 10 minutes or until the water cools.
Your face will sweat and be damp. A good sign! The dead skin,traces of old makeup and impurities will sweat out.
Wash your face with a lukewarm washcloth and follow with and use your fave facial toner or astringent.
Apply a few drops of moisturizer and eye cream.
Let me know how you like it and any recipes you come up with!
So escape and enjoy a few minutes just for you! My husband even loves to do this too.