Norabloom Beauty Lounge – Ithaca, NY ~ Amazing Facial Experience!!!!! :)

My skin looks and feels – AMAZING after my first facial at  Norabloom Beauty Lounge in Ithaca, NY!!!

I am incredibly  happy with the results after the Signature, 90 minute Facial I received from licensed Aesthetician and Makeup Artist, Holly Green… In fact, I think my skin has improved everyday since the facial which was 5 days ago, and not only the skin on my face, but on my neck and decollate as well.  Think – smooth, glowing, clean and smaller looking pores – YES!

I walked into the Norabloom Beauty Lounge and found myself with an instant smile.  The waiting area is welcoming and decorated beautifully with touches of femininity everywhere.. soft browns and greens on the walls and window treatments, a light breeze & sunshine coming in from the open door with lovely fresh potted flowers, and a perfectly set up product/retail area, – I love products! So I was sucked into this area right away admiring Holly’s neatly organized product line, Norabloom Botanicals.  This natural product line is petroleum-free & paraben free, uses no artificial colors, and contains primarily organic ingredients.

Holly took me from her waiting area into the treatment room and offered me the choice of  a cool carrot juice shot or a cool green smoothie shot – Yum 🙂  The rooms cozy atmosphere and music offer a instant disconnect from the world outside, allowing my relaxation journey to begin!

I crawled under the soft blankets and sheets on to the heated table and into my cocoon for the next 90 minutes.  Holly’s application of products during the facial is done with great intention and she is detailed and thorough with her technique throughout.  During my facial I experienced the amazing scents of Norabloom Botanical skin care products, warm moist towels to remove products and a steam that was perfectly positioned over my face – I find sometimes that the steam can seem overwhelming with my breathing if it is too close.  Her extractions were effective, but not painful, and i really appreciated the special attention to my lips with the Babelicious Lip Balm.

Holly sent me into an even deeper state of relaxation with massage to my neck, shoulders, arms, hands, and feet during my face mask.  I also appreciated the invigorating and detailed face and scalp massage.  After your service, Holly emails you an overview of your personal Norabloom experience that includes products used in your service and recommendations for follow up sessions… I loved this individual attention!  It allowed me to just be, after my service,… I didn’t have to focus on what she recommended or what was used, I just enjoyed being pampered and my relaxation.

As I got dressed I noticed a small card on the table with a quote from Gandhi that said “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”  Holly clearly demonstrates her passion for pampering and caring for you during your individual Beauty Lounge experience at Norabloom Beauty Lounge.    I left feeling well from the inside – out and gained a true sense of peace and relaxation, plus great looking skin!

Thank You Holly ~ Norabloom Beauty Lounge!!!

Norabloom Beauty Lounge is located at
 313 N. Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.
Phone:  607-592-8222
You can also book your appointment online!!

My 90 minute Signature Facial cost $115, and prices for facials range from $50 to $165.  Massage therapy, waxing, and other services are available as well! – Please check out the Norabloom Beauty Lounge  website for a complete list of services, products, information.


BEAUTY ON A BUDGET :) 3 Quick recipes for a DIY facial

Even though this winter has been mild, my skin still feels a bit dull, and I am feeling like I could use a refresher to get ready for the week ahead!!!

I love getting facials at the spa, but in a pinch and on a budget, this DIY Facial does the trick…


Here is the Facial Order:  Cleanse with your favorite facial cleanser, Exfoliate with the brown sugar facial scrub, Cleanse Pores with the DIY pore strips, Renew with the Nutmeg, Cinnamon, & Honey face mask, Moisturize with your favorite moisturizer!!!

** Note:  Test these recipes on your wrist or small area of skin before applying to assure that you do not have any adverse reactions.

**BROWN SUGAR SCRUB:  Brown sugar is a wonderful natural exfoliant that can be used for DIY face & body scrubs.
  • 1 Tablespoon of Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of olive oil, grape seed oil, or extra virgin coconut oil (I found extra virgin coconut oil at the GreenStar Natural Foods Market in Ithaca, NY, link on Blogroll)

Preparation:  In a small bowl, add 1 Tablespoon of brown sugar, add 1 teaspoon of oil, and stir to create a paste.  Use paste to exfoliate skin in a gentle circular motion.  Rinse with warm water, press warm washcloth into face and remove any remaining scrub.

**DIY PORE STRIPS:  I love this recipe!  I use Biore pore strips on a regular basis, so this is a great budget friendly find instead of paying $8 – $14 for a box of strips.
  • 1 Tablespoon of Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon of Unflavored Gelatin
  • brush to apply paste (nice to have, but not necessary)

Preparation:  In a small, microwave safe bowl or mug, mix the milk and unflavored gelatin.  Heat in the microwave for 10 seconds, stir again.   Make sure the temperature of the paste is comfortable before applying to your skin.

Apply paste with face brush to nose, chin, forehead, or where ever you feel like your pores are clogged!! (I pick up inexpensive facial brushes at the Dollar Store for masks etc.).   Leave paste on for 10 – 15 minutes, then peal away!! Wash face with a warm washcloth.

**NUTMEG, CINNAMON, HONEY FACE MASK – this mask has been great for me all winter long and smells amazing!  This will probably be the last time I use it this winter as I will be ready for spring scents soon!  This recipe makes at least 2 masks, and stores well in a covered container.  
  • 2 Tablespoons of Honey (I’m using Wixson’s Fall Flower HoneyDundee, NY 14837 link on Blogroll)
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Preparation:  In a small bowl or container mix all 3 ingredients to form a paste.  Apply paste with a brush, avoiding eye area.  Let sit for 15 to 30 minutes.  Rinse off with warm water, press warm washcloth into face.  Moisturize with your favorite facial moisturizer!

Time:  You could have a good hour into the facial if you do all of the recipes, but you are home, so you can still do things while the mask and pore strips are setting! The Brown Sugar scrub takes just moments to mix and you will spend 1 – 3 minutes total exfoliating, rinsing.  The DIY pore strips, also moments to mix, 10 seconds in the micro, moments to mix and apply, 10 – 15 minutes on face, rinse again.  The mask, moments to make, 15 – 30 minutes on face, rinse, moisturize!!  Please let me know if you have any questions about the recipes or how to do the facial!  I hope you enjoy!

Have a great week everyone 🙂