All the beautiful people and new products were in Las Vegas!

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!

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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!

Self care is the best care!

“Caked on” made up faces are NOT happening. Makeup is heading softer and pretty is back.

Softer prettier makeup is the look now.

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.

To plump or not to plump?

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.

Glossy faces!

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.

We were there and it felt so amazing!

Stay tuned for my next beauty adventure!

This weekend in Las Vegas💄

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If you’re a beauty professional, spa owner,salon owner. If you’re a plastic surgeon, massage therapist or dermatologist you’ve got to attend this show!

If you are lucky enough to live in Viva Las Vegas you know what to do.

Register online. No registration at the convention due to COVID. They are doing everything to protect us at the show.

http://www.IECSC.com

I can’t wait to educate, learn from other classes and shop 🛍 the huge show floor! It’s been two LONG years!

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I’ll report back to you and share products, reviews and all things beauty 💄news!

I’ll also share my delicious trips to all the yummy spots I enjoy. I’m also trying a few new places I discovered on social media.

Bronze state of mind…

As the country gets out, masks are coming off, a bit of our life is coming back more! We are wanting to get geared up for the holiday weekend and summer season to come. I already see here in steamy and hot Florida, we went from a few weeks of spring to actual full blown SUMMER temperatures. It isn’t easy looking and feeling fresh and pretty when you are sweating.

But the time is definitely right to go beyond face covers and face masks to a little bit of bronzer, gloss and lipstick.

I LOVE the sun 🌞 But I don’t BAKE in the sun. It isn’t worth it. I did it I know.

Here are a few of my basics on bronzers:

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A little bronzer goes a long away and a little bit of makeup can make a big difference. Bronzer is the quickest, easiest way to give your face and skin a golden glow. SAFELY!

Cream Bronzers: Cream bronzers and products give a luminescense that you won’t get from a powder. They are wonderful for all skin types but normal to dry skin really loves it. Apply and blend it on cheekbones,temples and even add a dash on the eyelid or brow bone.

Powder Bronzers: Powder bronzers create a matte finish on the skin unless of course it is one with a touch of shimmer to it. If you find a shiny face is your faces usual mode. Choose matte over shimmer bronzers. Lightly blend with brush or fingers on the temples,cheeks and bridge of nose.

Gel or Bronze Oil Drops: These are somewhat newer and are the sheerest of formulas.They feel light and leave the skin dewy.Apply a small amount all over the face and neck for a subtle glow.

Please note: Some bronzers may be used on eyelids or on lips. Look for ones that are called multi-tasking sticks.

A word of beauty wisdom here!

You still need to use a sunscreen UNDER these products.

Wearing Bronzer does not protect you from a sunburn. It simply gives you a bronze golden glow.

Get Glowing! 🌟

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Hello May!

I love the month of May! Depending where you live the weathers warming up a bit, the flowers are in bloom and spring really speaks to us.

Flowers are the perfect pick me up!

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Sunshine on our shoulders brightens our day!

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Fruit and veggies arrive and we can enjoy the freshest ones in season.

It is also a time to remember to ADD even more sunscreen into our daily ritual. A shot glass filled is a great start. If you’re spending time outdoors or at the beach you’ll need to apply it even more.

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It is SKIN Cancer Awareness month and this is a reminder don’t forget to wear sunscreen. SPF is the skin care secret for less wrinkled and to stop damaging your skin. The sun 🌞 can give you skin cancer in rain ☔️ or shine.

As a skin cancer SURVIVOR I urge you to do this! Not for me but for YOU and the health of your skin too.

My clients always ask me the secret to having younger looking skin?

Sunscreen, a good nights rest and not going to sleep with makeup on is at the top of my list answer.

Love your body and skin with this!

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Before the pandemic we would make smoothies and juicing at my makeup and skin studio for our clients.

A new recipe each month it was our treat and pleasure! My clients LOVED them. We served them in shot glasses and called them different fun names. Now we have had to stop serving them but share the recipes with them!

We MISS the good old days with our our clients!

Here is one of our popular recipes I thought you’d enjoy.

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Creamy and rich you will love this Green & Gorgeous Smoothie too! We served this during Earth Day month.

What you will need to make this delicious smoothie.

In a blender,combine a ripe pitted and peeled avocado with a cup of cold milk and some ice cubes.

1 or 2 tablespoons of sugar

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract or strip a vanilla bean pod.

I like to …Blend the above in a blender or use a frother.

A fabulous source of fiber,potassium and vitamins. Beauty bonus? Good for you fats.

Hope you try this creamy delight!

My aromatic Spring Cleansing treat!

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!!!

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  • 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.

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How’s your skin looking?

Meet Victoria Tabak

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.

CEO of Nature Pure Labs and so much more!

Mom, Educator, Speaker, Writer, Licensed Esthetician

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

  1. Do your pores look large or small? Larger pores are typically associated with oily skin, smaller pores are associated with more dry skin.
  2. 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.
  3.  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.

Victoria Tabak

http://www.naturepure.com

Nature Pure Labs

Cardi B…

She may or may not be your cup of tea.

But this week rapper Cardi B reached out to her fans on social media for of all things …skin care tips! Along with skin care product recommendations.

She even shared pictures of her troubled skin. It wasn’t pretty! She mentioned ” This is my cheek…its been happening for like 3 months now. Shit really is uncomfortable.”

And she said according to her Twitter post: “That gave me some shit that dried out my face more and make me get more pours. They said it would take 3 months but I don’t got time for that and didn’t give a reason on why I am breaking out.”

What is wrong with this picture?

My thoughts as a beauty and skin professional…

ALWAYS seek a professional! That’s what they are for. They are trained professionals. Not fans. (While word of mouth recommendations are fine and work out some time.) And one consult may not be enough. If one Doctor doesn’t work for you try another. And remember not all skin issues are acne or the same. A few clogged pores does not mean it is acne!

Patience is key when being treated by a Dr. or esthetician.

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Book an appointment with a dermatologist!

They can’t help you unless you go to see them and have them look at your skin. Cardi B’s skin could have been on its way to looking better and healthier if she just made that call and see another doctor if she felt she was not getting results.

Dermatologists nowadays are also retailing skin care not just injectionbles and Botox but professional medical grade skin care. There are many reasons why the skin can have issues. Hormones,diet,stress,overkill of makeup,going to sleep with makeup still on.

Maybe the current skin care you use needs a refresh!

Maybe what you are using isn’t working for you anymore. Time to try something NEW. A makeup artist,skin care expert or dermatologist or plastic surgeons office can recommend a line and plan for you.

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Facials are your skins best friend!

Or book an appointment with an esthetician to look at your skin and get a consultation and a deep cleansing facial.They work wonders.

So I’ll end with this message never wait for weeks or months!

If you see something … do something!

There is help! There are answers. Clear up NOT cover up and be patient.

Makeup Artists LOVE…

A certain beauty show and miss it so as things aren’t happening like they usually do with Covid-19. So, IF YOU happen to miss that show called THE MAKEUP SHOW from NYC too …you’re in luck! They are hosting a virtual show and YOU can join in on the fun.

As a beauty professional,as a makeup artist,wanna be a makeup artist or as a MAKEUP LOVER.This virtual show is one time you can attend too. I got so wrapped up watching yesterdays show I forgot to let you know about the show. TODAY Sunday 13 thru the 15th 11:59PM you can still attend.Tickets still available.

So much to explore and even shop virtual booths. Classes with makeup artists like: Danessa Myricks, Damone Roberts of Beverly Hills and more.

So what are you waiting for?

GO get your ticket and join in on the fun today.

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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 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.

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!