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!

If you have good health…

Count yourself lucky and blessed.

I once got a fortune cookie 🥠 after a meal at a Chinese restaurant. It read “He who has good health is rich” . I never forgot that.

So, I wrote this one day while traveling home on an airplane. Maybe it will be a healthier and beautiful reminder to you.

H is for honesty. Be true to who you are. Don’t try to be someone else. Learn to LOVE yourself.

E is for everyday. Every single day is a 🎁 gift! Embrace ALL it has to offer.

A is for attitude. You are in control of your thoughts, emotions and most of all attitude.

H is for HAPPY! Be happy with what you have! Life isn’t about accumulating things and wearing designer clothes. It’s about actually living your life and making memories!

L is for LOVE ❤️ it a a feeling that keeps us alive. Try and stay young at heart no matter what your age. Do everything you can to keep your heart and mind healthy.

This month is mental health awareness month. There is so much going on right now. So sad. But we owe it to ourselves to try and stay on the other side. Keep lifting up. And lift up others too.

We have so much to be grateful for.

Don’t we?

Jump up for joy! So much beauty in our lives!

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!

👄

# 1. Travel Tip

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People ask me what is my favorite travel tip for trips for work or play?

I had to create a new one. As I love to fly on an airplane or a quick trip drive outside of the city.

Nowadays I am getting kinda tired of this pandemic and grow restless. At times I feel a bit claustrophobic with a face mask on. So, I make sure BEFORE I leave the house or get on the plane I prep to put on my face mask scented with my favorite essential oil (not craft oils) TRUE essential oils.

My go to brand is made by the company Aura Cacia.

1. First lay out your face mask on the table.

2. Next, I sprinkle on the sides of the mask a drop of lavender oil NOT on the mouth area or near the eyes. More toward the mid cheek area. Both sides.

3. Let the mask 😷 dry. Place mask in baggie and you are ready for anything. POSSIBLE unruly passenger ✈️ on the plane,maybe turbulence, feeling anxious? Or when I’m getting tired of wearing that mask. The aromatherapy 🍃 is quite comforting.

No, it doesn’t make your skin breakout or irritate your skin.

I’ve been offering these type travel tips with my clients at my makeup studio. Now I’m sharing with you. Hope you try it out on your next vacay or mini road trip.

STRESS less. Chill out, keep calm.

Enjoy!

PS

For the return flight ✈️ or trip I already packed and did the above. But this time I added a cotton ball in the baggie with essential oil sprinkled on it. It makes the fragrance last longer and infuses in the baggie. Ready for your return.

After my trip I throw out the disposable mask 😷 but if you are using your fave cloth mask. Travel with two and wash them when you get home.

Happy Travel!

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

When life gives you lots of 🍋 lemons…

My husband bought me not one but two lemon trees 🌳 a few months ago. I am enjoying my life with lemons so much! One tree is outside my business door and another is in my backyard.

So, I get creative and make things! 

I usually kill plants cause I work so much in and out of town. But I am on a roll with aloe plants and lemon trees. They are not only surviving they are thriving!!!food healthy nature water

 

 

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One of the things I have made is a Lemon Facial Toner.

If you want to make some for yourself or your clients here is a recipe.

What you will need is:

2 fresh lemons (lemon peels only)

1 cup of  bottled water

Place lemon peels in a pitcher. I prefer using a small glass one.

Add the water.

Cover and leave this mixture alone for at least 10 hours or overnight.

Strain the liquid through a coffee filter and pour into a clean and sterilized bottle. This refreshing toner will last up to two weeks.

 Apply to your face with a flat cotton pad round.

Don’t use on acne or rosacea. Just to be on the age side.

Next up…Sparkling lemon water!

You don’t need to buy the lemon flavored sparkling water. You simply need sparkling water 💦 that you added lemon 🍋 slices too! So delightful and really quenches the thirst.

Serve in a wine goblet or antique shop glassware. Feel like royalty. My clients and family love this! And a fresh mint 🍃 leaf for decor.

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Lemons are so detoxifying and great for your health.

Hot Tea with a lemon wedge

Nothing like hot tea 🍵 with 🍋.

Now, traditionally I’m not talking Asian tea. I’m talking. Regular tea. And always served in a pretty cup.

Who doesn’t love 💕 to hear the sound of the saucer and cup clinking? Music 🎶 to my ears! And makes people feel so special while sipping away.

I hope you enjoy 😊 and add some lemons 🍋 to your day!

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Multi-masking works magic on the skin!

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Two of my fav’ recipes for a Multi-Masking are below.

My clients often say they have very sensitive skin so for them to love the skin and face they own I like to mix and match face masks. Customizing by hand is so much fun!

I like to make one mask for the T-zone and maybe another on the cheeks. It just depends on what the skin is doing and looking like.

Being Eurasian and love all things Asian. I love  to use Matcha Powder and a dash of fresh aloe from my outdoor garden or window garden.

What you will need is:

1 teaspoon of matcha powder

3 tablespoons of aloe vera gel (from the plant)

Stir the two together. Apply on a clean face.

Leave on at least 15 minutes and rinse with luke warm water and a wash cloth.

The skin will love it!

 

Lavender Bud Pore Refining Clay Mask

1 teaspoon of bentonite clay

A dash of water say 1/3 of a cup (I eyeball)

A few pieces of lavender buds

Mix all together and make a liquidy paste-like mask.

Apply on a clean face. This aromatherapy mask and clay will make the pores more refined and temporarily tighten the skin.

Leave on the face at least 10-15 minutes. Rinse well 🧽 . Next use your skin toner on a cotton pad and a dash of moisturizer.

The skin will look amazing and the lavender scent will smell and be so relaxing while it dries.

Use on your skin or on your clients.

Take care of your face. It’s the only one you’ve got!

PS

These recipes are from my beauty book coming out in 2020. I hope you’ll enjoy them and stay tuned for more.

 

My skins new best friend!

I discovered this muti-tasking awesome device at the International Esthetics Cosmetics and Spa Conference. I waited patiently to see and feel the demonstration on this unit and it was worth the line.

* MYSKINBUDDY™ is the revolutionary facial device that utilizes four proven technologies to help you achieve a clearer complexion, brighter and even skin tone, and a more youthful appearance. Created for men and women by a woman!

GHADA ABUHAKMEH is the woman behind the device and a skin expert!

ONE DEVICE. Multiple benefits!

  1. Enhance product penetration.
  2. Reduce redness and inflammation.
  3. Stimulate collagen renewal and skin rejuvenation.
  4. Deeply cleanse and gently exfoliate dead skin cells.
  5. Reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores.
  6. Kills P. acne bacteria that leads to acne formation.

 

MSB

If you are looking for a new device for the treatment room or for your self- care at home. This is worth a look! I am hooked.

http://www.myskinbuddy.com

 

Do you love ❤️ Cookbooks?

entertaining

I do!

I love to entertain, cook,bake and serve delicious refreshing drinks in  my home or in my beauty business. I love to read all kinds of books… but beauty and wellness have my heart. Making people 😊 smile! Happy! And feel loved 🥰 and appreciated in my every day life especially in my business.

Now is the time to think about entertaining your clients and host some events and do some promotions. You have from now to New Years Eve to work some magic!

I created a winning combination for food plus fun! A cookbook,marketing and promotions book 📚 all in one! It also contains some easy peasy recipes for 🍷 drinks, 🥘 plus desserts.

Clients will be craving YOU and your business even more when you do the little things, little touches and serve them some yummy 🧁 treats.

Get ready for the bounty of the beauty. 🍁 of fall, Halloween 👻, Thanksgiving 🎃, Chanukah, 🎄 and NYE 🎉 !

When I guest speak and do classes around the country and internationally I meet so many awesome hard working women in wellness & beauty. I love helping you and them be the best they can be!

Here are few comments:

I love notes like these notes  from my audience.

“I took your class. I had a blast! I learned so much. YOU were entertainment at its best!

“I love your book and learned so much. SO fun.”

“You are an inspiration and make learning fun and this book is so you. ”

Are you a collector of cookbooks like I am? Do you own a spa,salon or beauty business.

Bite into my book! You’ll learn so much be inspired too!

Aloha Detox

I love ❤️ to juice and to celebrate the beauty of juicing with my clients and friends. Lately, my clients are asking for my recipefor a DETOX juice. They want to look better in that teenie & not so teenie bikini 👙 and feel their best too. I am so thrilled to assist. I call this recipe Aloha Detox since I fell in love with exotic and beautiful Hawaii 🌴 and the pineapples and other fresh fruits and veggies there.

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1 fresh cucumber

1/4 fresh pineapple slice

1 fresh granny smith apple

1 fresh large beet

1/3  cup juice from a lemon

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Wash and place all of the above in a juicer. I am addicted to a Jack La Lanne juicer.

Pour in a tall chilled glass and enjoy. By the way it is sweet and doen’t taste nasty or healthy at all! Enjoy this drink ANYTIME of year.

Cooling, hydrating, refreshing and detoxifying!

 

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