Got Leftovers?

Tidying up the last signs of Christmas 🎄 in your house and the holiday season? Me too.

In fact some of my neighbors can’t let go and still have their Christmas trees lit up inside and decorations in their windows and outside their front door.

So if you happen to find you have left over CANDY CANES let me stir your imagination and let’s make and enjoy a few things.

It’s cold 🥶 outside even in sunny 😎 Florida. 🌴 . We have our fireplace going and I’m cozy in bed with a hot chocolate with a candy cane hanging from my 👄 mug with lips. I just took a bath and enjoyed this recipe below. I love the smell, taste and minty feel of peppermint in food and on my skin! Especially my feet after a long work day or a day of travel. ✈️ So I refresh my skin and exfoliate it gently a bit too. I use this peppermint recipe especially in the winter.

Peppermint Kiss Foot Scrub

What you will need is:

1 cup of cornmeal (I prefer the fine one)

1 cup of powdered milk

Approximately 15- 18 drops of peppermint oil. Not cooking or food grade but aromatherapy essential oil.

And add a dash of water and stir.

I fill smaller mason jars with the above mix.

OR I pour into mini snack size baggies to have individual portions.

Take a shower or bath or just wash your feet and pat them dry a bit.

Sit at the edge of the tub or on a chair in the bathroom.

Place down a bath mat or towel.

While skin is still damp apply this scrub and massage it in on each foot.

Then pay attention to the soles and calluses and dry areas of your skin. Massage in circular motions of your foot and work the scrub in.

This revitalizing foot 🦶 scrub smells dreamy and feels so invigorating on the feet

Leave scrub on your feet at least 5 more minutes and rinse well.

Your feet will feel brand new and your spirits will be too.

Who says you can’t enjoy and eat candy canes only during the holiday season?

🍁 Skin Care that’s so Fall !

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It’s my favorite time of year. I love 🧡 The scents of fall and all things 🎃 pumpkins and decorating my home and my business office with fall decor.

I miss Beautiful New York and walking through Central Park especially when the leaves are in full fall peak bloom! I’m Florida fall leaves and all are not quite the same. But I do love the exotic palm trees 🌴 all around me!

So because a few of you asked I thought I’d share one of my favorite pumpkin DIY scrub recipes I like to do! You don’t have to buy one! Make your own on the cheap! Especially if you have the ingredients on hand. This can also be used as a exfoliating FACE Polish. But if you have acne or Rosacea. Skip it. You’ll want to eat this mix but don’t! It smells so delightful when done!

What you will need for this Aromatic Body Scrub:

1 cup of brown or white sugar

1/2 cup of sweet almond oil

1/2 cup of coconut oil (organic)

1/2 cup of pumpkin in a can

Sprinkle of nutmeg or Pumpkin Pie Spice!

A large mouth mason jar.

🎃 Stir all of the above in a bowl.

🎃 Place in a glass jar. Scoop out a soup size spoonful when you’re ready to use.

🎃 Apply on clean damp skin. Work in circular motions. Neck, hands.arms,stomach,buttocks,legs,feet and enjoy the exfoliating beauty of this scrub.

🎃 Leave on your body at least 15 minutes.

🎃 Rinse well and apply your favorite body oil or lotion.

Your skin will FEEL so delicious and soft.

Did you know pumpkin is a “turn on” for men? If you want to create a little magic. You know what to do!

I want CANDY! 🍫

I am addicted to sweets I’ll admit that!

Naturally, I had to share a yummy chocolate recipe with you! Your bestie, your lover or family too!

Crazy for Chocolate 🍫 Face Mask

What you will need to make this face recipe:

👄1/3 of organic natural cocoa powder

* (not the ones you use for making cookies)

👄 2 TSP of Heavy cream (milk works too) But I like the mask creamier.

👄 1 or 2 TSP of 🍯 honey

Place all of these ingredients in a bowl. Or a small clean jam jar. Recycled one from your kitchen even better.

Stir well by hand.

Apply this decadent chocolate potion on a clean face and neck. I use clean fingers or a mask brush. But if you have a husband or boyfriend who has a shaving brush they don’t use anymore…ask him for it! It works just as well too!

Leave the chocolate mask on your face and neck at least 15 minutes.

Rinse well and enjoy the yummiest smelling skin ever!

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Cacao is an ancient old discovery from Mayan times and not only delightful to eat and drink chocolate also is filled with nutrients and makes your skin glow!

Juicy!

It seems as though JUICY 🥤 is the “word of the day” at this time for our skin! Social media, magazines, celebrities and shopping channels tout it as something we need to attain. But I’m a bit confused.

I don’t know about you but I’m not sure why we want it. Nor how we get “juicy skin”

I love healthy looking pretty skin and enjoy the rituals for taking care of my skin. But coveting “juicy” is not one I necessarily want.

However I do love juicing and the fun pretty potions I can create and whip up in what I husband calls… “My Beauty Kitchen”

I make them with all kinds of fruits, veggies, and even herbs. So delicious! Whether I want something fruity, very veggie or for a burst of energy you can make some awesome drinks. Including something sweet!

This afternoon I made a yummy and bodacious …

I love the beauty & potassium from bananas!

“Banana 🍌 Split” … not what you may think. No ice cream and no cherry on top.

What you will need for this recipe:

2 fresh ripe bananas

1 1/2 cups of coconut milk

1 teaspoon of maple syrup or agave nectar

4-5 ice cubes, crushed

Place the above in a blender. Mix it until smooth, creamy and dreamy!

*Sprinkle coconut 🥥 flakes on top!

I’m crazy for coconut! 🥥

Add a mini drink umbrella & festive paper straw if you’d like.

Enjoy this cooling and refreshing milkshake like smoothie! Great for your sweetie or the whole family.

Kiss 💋 this heatwave “Goodbye and Sip Away!”

Let’s make some…Spa water!

I recently traveled to Las Vegas for work and play! They have the best spas and shopping! Today for throwback Thursday I am thinking of some of my fabulous spa moments and SPA Water.

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As we are still in hot summer days I thought I’d share a recipe that I so love to make for my clients and family.

Sweet & Refreshing Strawberry and Pineapple Water. Both pineapples and strawberries have so many beauty and body benefits.

Pineapples help your gut and digestive tract. Packed with nutrients,antioxidants and enzymes. They also help to decrease your getting colds and infections. On the skin they are a great gentle skin exfoliator. A delicious sweet treat!

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Strawberries are a juicy form of Vitamin C. Eating them can help to lower the risk of cancer some doctors say. Can help reduce diabetes,heart disease and more .They too can be used as a fresh face mask mashed up and applied to the skin.

1 pineapple (cored) and sliced

1 large container of strawberries cut up in slices

1 pitcher of water

*ice cubes are optional

Serve cool or cold.

Did you know one of actress Catherine Zita Jones beauty secrets is to apply slices of fresh cut strawberries on her teeth to brighten them?

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I hope you have fun with these tips and recipes and try them for your complexion, a fruity snack or to make SPA water.

Hello Summer!

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.

Buy one or two new bikinis 👙 or swim suits!
Sunnies can be so much fun! 🕶
Buy a hat to protect those locks and your face!
Cool off with color!

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!

Brush your body! Don’t use these on your face! Be gentle with that skin you’re in!

So get going! What are you waiting for? Get a head start on that tan or just want to have healthier pretty skin! EXFOLIATE.

Come back for more!

HOT weather Makeup Tips!

As a professional makeup artist I have learned so much working in and out of the studio and on photo shoots outdoors.

Here a few makeup tricks and tips I think you’ll enjoy doing!

Drinks on the beach 🏖 or at a beach bar or enjoying a beautiful sunset with your sweetie I know you want to look good! And maybe sexy too.

Prepping your bare eyelids with a smidge of petroleum jelly will turn powder shadows into a shimmery cream eyeshadow. It also helps powder eyeshadows last when hotter weather has arrived. Brides getting married outside love this trick too.

A creamy balm like SPF applied first and then a dash of powder blush on your finger…. Makes a lasting gorgeous glow blush look.

Don’t want your lips to fade and make the pigment also last longer? Apply a creamy balm on your lips first . Next add a swipe of color. Do not rub your lips 👄 together.

Want the definition of mascara without the run and raccoon look? Simply use a clear mascara or buy a tubing mascara like the brand Blinc it is an amazing mascara. Give it a whirl.

Summer is coming! Try and keep cool and look good with these tips.

And don’t forget your sunscreen!

Tea Time with flowers!

Flower 🌺 Tea who knew?

Celebrating AAPI month and I am sharing a a few Asian founders in the beauty and wellness industry with you.

The Qi – Lisa the owner has founded an awesome brand. Flower 🌺 tea! But this tea is not a tea bag nor tea leaves. The gorgeous blossoms of flowers cherry- picked in Asia make a beautiful blossoming cup of lovely!

My favorites so far are Shangri-La Rose and the Chrysanthemum.

Vegan,sustainably sourced,no preservatives.hand-picked,organically grown they work directly with small family farms across Asia.

Sipping these flowers like tea is an amazing ritual and delights the tongue!

Me time! How special!

Here is a recipe from the tea company The-Qi I not only love 💕 sipping their floral type tea …

My face loved this facial treat when I tried their facial steam recipe.

Give it a whirl!

I think you will like it too! http://www.the-qi.com

3 The-Qi whole flowers

2 cups of boiling 💦 water

*A few drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)

Add to a large bowl…

🌺Next: Place your head over the bowl 6 to 8 inches away, and drape a towel over your head, creating a steam tent.

🌸Steam your face or neck for about 5 minutes while breathing in the gorgeous floral scent.

🌺 Rinse your face and neck with luke warm water afterwards.

Pat dry.

🌸 Apply a moisturizer afterwards and rest up, Buttercup!

I apologize I have not been posting for a bit. I had a sinus infection and respiratory issue. Thankful 🙏 it wasn’t Covid!

Ready to rock …

If you’re in the beauty and wellness industry you need to be here this year!

If you’re not you’re in luck. I’ll kiss 💋 & tell all I saw and learned from my spa show and take you on a tour of Las Vegas through photos. I love 💕 love 💕 love the beauty industry and proud to be a speaker and educator too.

Always an awesome show it is THE show of the year to attend. Packed with amazing speakers, free manufacturer classes and paid workshops on all kinds of topics.

I’ll be teaching a class “Age is Just a Number”

I’ll share my MAKE-UP Artist beauty tools and secrets I use in studio and on the set.

This show is alongside the International Beauty Show filled with …products,inspiration and classes on….Hair, Nails, Skin,Massage, Facials and a massive show floor as well. TWO beautiful shows in one!

What’s HOT and Trending in NYC?

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Come back and discover with me as I guest speak and attend the International Esthetics,Cosmetics and SPA Conference.as well as the International Beauty Show!

Two exciting and fabulous shows!

I’ll work at the famous Javits Center. Shop the massive show floors. And post a bit on Instagram and Tik Tok while there.

I’ll shop til I drop all over The one and only New York City. And of course I’ll wine 🍷 and dine 🍱 in the fashion capitol of the world!

My beauty 💄 bags are almost packed and I’m excited to bring the fun, fashion and beauty back to you!

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