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

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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.

Finally a makeup bag we NEED!

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!

You’re safer with SterileLight!

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.

I really really 💜 Love it!

You will too!

The New Face of Makeup

I think during these pandemic times we are living a more casual and staying at home more kind of life. Don’t you?

So with that said…I think a more natural look and natural approach to skincare too. At this time makeup has taken a backseat. No full face of base! No over the top glam! Softer natural looking eyes NOT overdone glammed up smoky eyes like the look below.

Gorgeous makeup but pre-Covid look!

The colors of the season you ask?

Pink, a rosy healthy glow and natural hues. But also wine will be poppin’ on faces too.

Softer Eye makeup & Nude lips

Maybe red lipstick will peek its beautiful head over the holiday season. But the holiday season isn’t going to be the same now into New years Eve.

Red & Wine 👄 Lips

Skin care reigns supreme.

Especially for those who find the time. Wearing face masks and covers, sweats and yoga pants or Casual Friday daily now make for a relaxed fit lazy girl lifestyle.

Skin care is a MUST!

But self care is now more important than ever!

Farmer’s Market BEAUTY

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Oh how I love to go to the Farmer’s Market and spread my shopping LOVE.

I also love the crunch and goodness of an apple. I like the green apples. But red are delicious too.You know what they say “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

I even scoop up and eat the rest of the apple left from making this mask.

Here is a recipe a client shared with me for a mask I have enjoyed for years. I like to use it on the face and neck especially around this time of apple picking year.

What you need to Make DIY this face mask:

1 fresh apple grated or pureed

2 Tbsp of crushed oats

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1 Tsp of organic honey

Put all the above in a small bowl. Apply it to a clean face with clean hands or a facial mask brush. It may be a little messy for you. But so worth it. If you want to make it more moist add some bottled (not tap) water for a creamier consistency.

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Leave this recipe mix on the face at least 15 minutes.

Beauty benefits include a gentle exfoliation while the apple and honey leave the skin hydrated,plump and glowing.

Please note: IF you are allergic to any of these ingredients do not use the ingredient you might be allergic to.

This natural face mask is great for normal to combination skin.

Enjoy!

If you are looking for a product at a spa, skin clinic and online that packs a pretty beauty punch with the benefits of apples malic acid. Great for even the most sensitive he skin!

Try this brand. Created by a woman business owner and skincare professional! She guest speaks and educated alongside me at spa shows across the country!

Check out her Instagram stories and feed. Her tips and tricks are awesome!

The company says “An Apple 🍏 🍎 a day will peel wrinkles away!”

Although I don’t have many wrinkles… I’ll take it.

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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!

 

 

Tan,Brown,or Black Girls and the SUN

As a beauty professional living in sunny 🌞 Florida I want to  remind you if you’ve got dark skin you may be tempted to skip the sunscreen. But please don’t!

Brown,tan or black girls get sunburn too You can still develop skin cancer as UV rays can give you a sunburn, saggy skin, premature wrinkles and dark spots.

Also did you know you can get skin cancer on your scalp too? Stay protected.

For a beautiful even toned complexion you need to wear a sunscreen!

SPF 15 or higher and with UVA and UVB protection no matter what shade of brown you are. And no matter where you are at an outside cafe or on the beach. Wear it and a lip balm too.

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I’m a skin cancer survivor.

You don’t want it!

What you need to also do is to wear a cool visor or a blinged out hat 🧢 and wear sunglasses 🕶 too!

Protect and slay that pretty skin you’re in,Beautiful!

 

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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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Tips for Tired Eyes!

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Our eyes say so much about us and will scream TIRED in a hot minute. Here are a few ideas you can use to remedy them in a flash! I use them on myself, celebrity clients, mommies and on photo shoots.

Eye gel masks are instant face lifts for the eyes. They fit perfectly under your eyes and are drenched in hydrating puff relieving goodness.

Fresh 🥒 Cucumbers. Do they really work?

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Yes they do! I not only use them by the slices on the entire eye area. I also like to freeze 🥶 or (refrigerate them) them. Next, allow them to thaw a moment and place to refresh the eyes for at least 20 minutes. They are a natural diuretic.

Another remedy for tired eyes is by using Denim Blue mascara. I like to use it alone or OVER a black or dark brown mascara. Makes the whites of the eyes appear brighter. And the dark circle under eyes say BYE BYE.

*Same is true for eyeliner. The darker the shade the smaller your eyes will look. Look for a denim blue, sienna brown or gray. Or try a brighter color for that unexpected pop of color.

A salmon,yellow or caramel concealer depending on your coloring will tone down those tired looking eyelids and under eyes. Say Hello to Brighter Eyes. Sometime our under eyes aren’t just the issue it is the eye lid too. Use tap and press motions to apply.

If you want definition but don’t want an actual pigmented mascara… try a simple CLEAR mascara. You’ll gently define the lashes. But no color.

If you have sensitive eyes and you have an allergic reaction to an eye shadow. Try a tiny scoop from a fresh aloe plant. Takes away itchiness and calms redness too.

*Did you know that purple,lilac and very bright pink eye shadows can cause allergic reactions?

Let a good nights sleep 😴 be your nighttime goal. Don’t burn yourself out pulling long nights out or not getting enough rest.

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 I hope these tips help you to reset to look and feel  your best.