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!

 

 

Women are Celebrity Obsessed!

So if you’re in the beauty business or just want to be in the know here are a few intriguing things they have been using.

Lady Gaga goes straight to her kitchen when it comes to makeup remover uses olive oil to remove her makeup 💄 as well for to hydrate her hair.

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Many celebrities rinse their mouth and freshen their breath with coconut oil mouth rinses.

JLo thinks exercise, no smoking and no drinking are her secrets for looking young. I think it’s working! Don’t you?

Actress Catherine Zeta Jones uses slices of fresh strawberries 🍓 and applies them on her teeth to whiten and brighten her teeth. I asked my dentist about this and he actually said it may work!

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Tiffany Haddish loves using coconut oil. And also makes a facial scrub with it by adding baking soda to it.

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Wendy Williams swears by Gold Bond cream or lotion to keep her skin silky sexy smooth.

Gwenyth Paltrow is pretty game to try a lot of things (just check out her website Goop)  when it comes to health and beauty. She also swears by pilates as her fountain of youth

Nightingale or Bird Nest’s Facials affectionately called bird poop facials are yet another type of skin facial celebrities love. It is an old Asian Beauty secret for brightening and whitening the complexion! But they are also crazy about deep cleaning and facials in general.

Many celebrities male and female use a brand called Eminence.

They also use K Beauty Korean Beauty and other brand eye, lip and facial sheet masks as prep before a red carpet event or pre-photo shoots. They also use them in flight on airplanes.

So there you have it if you want to be in the know and what’s trending with a few celebrities right now. Share with your clients and friends. Maybe spend the 4th weekend sipping a cold glass of Sangria and doing self-care like the celebrities.

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Beauty Tips We Makeup Artists LOVE!

Want more lush lashes without looking like OVER THE TOP Bambi lashes?

Try a dash of baby powder on a disposable mascara wand. Wait a minute and apply any brand mascara.

Want a shimmer lipstick to turn into a matte lipstick?

The secret is a dash of face powder on your lips applied carefully over your shimmer lipstick.

Want to tone down shine but not look like you have a cake face on? 

Rice powder is the answer. Totally translucent. Sheer.Lovely. Use it alone over a no foundation face. Use over any brand foundation even over a powder foundation.

Want that sexy magazine cover pout in seconds?

A really shiny brand gloss is the answer. And apply it in the center of your lips and a bit outward but NOT all the way for mega shine and sexiness.

Want a mascara that won’t run down your eyes and face when you cry at your best friends wedding or on hot summer days?

Try the brand called Blinc. It tubes the lashes not paints them with pigment…AMAZE…ing ! It works.

Want to feel fresh as a summer rose in a few minutes?

Rosewater spray is an old Victorian secret the porcelain skinned ladies would use. It can be used on a flat cotton pad and applied on a clean face pre-makeup or after you remove your makeup at night time. It is a toner for the skin and much gentler than using an astringent. Smells amazing feels so refreshing.

 I hope you enjoyed these tips and you’ll explore more that I share with you. I love being a makeup artist I get to make people look good and feel it too! How about you?

Got a beauty top to share with me?

 

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When did you get your last one?

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It is skin cancer awareness month and it is time to remind ourselves to pick up a new tube of your fave sunscreen.

No, last years Sunscreen 🧴 tube won’t work. Old, once opened or if stored in a bright, warm or hot place it has lost its potency to protect. The formulas not the same. You need to start fresh!

People in Florida have begun to go to the beach 🏖 again and signs They have been there are are showing. I see red lobster 🦞 faces, peeling faces, dry inflamed skin. It isn’t very pretty as they race to chase the sun and a bit of color. I realize people are restless. A pandemic isn’t much fun is it?

But SKIN CANCER is probably worse. Especially if it is Melanoma. Skin cancer can be fatal. Protect that baby and your children and your own skin! DAILY not just during skin cancer awareness month. While you are at it call your dermatologist and book your annual exam. Mine is booked later this month.

If you own a spa, salon or beauty business and you’re back open again or have an online shop. Consider retailing sun 🌞 protection. Sunscreen & Bronzer are a winning combination!

I often hear women ask… What is your beauty secret for looking younger? Or I want to look younger fast! What can I do?

I think you know the answer. Skin cancer is a sneaky disease. Arm yourself! Please wear SUNSCREEN and throw on some shade too! 😎

You CAN enjoy the sunshine. You just need to do it wisely.

#skincancersurvivor

Yummy!

Yesterday I went grocery 🛒 shopping…we put it off and couldn’t wait any longer.

It it is a battleground out there for food and drink! I couldn’t find so many things and we paid a fortune for paper towels! $22.00 for six rolls 💴

I wanted coconut water 💦 but could not find any. So, I decided to make it at home. I was craving all things coconut, like a coconut granola mix, coconut 🥥 and açaí bowl and coconut water.

I also love the coconut chips from Trader Joe’s… they are delicious to snack on and remind me of my time spent in Hawaii.

I loved the quaint little stands in the roadside that sold them fresh and twisted from the

2 Teaspoons of Thai lite Coconut 🥥 Milk

22 oz. of bottled water (Not tap)

A healthy DIY and hydration ritual you’ll so enjoy!

Add ice to a pretty tall glass of it and maybe float a cherry 🍒 on top and enjoy!

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