Silk Therapeutics Silk Renewing Peel Review #PowerofSilk

Are you in search of a facial exfoliant that can tighten, brighten and smooth skin? More importantly, one with the least amount of ingredients - yet the most effective ones? Since I'm now in the mature skin category (that makes me feel old), my skin is in need of something Read more

Fade Burn Scars with InviCible Scars

Burns are the worst. Depending on how you got burned and how deep it goes, also determines the healing time involved (and the pain. Oh my, the pain.) A month ago I was doing something I rarely like to do - cook. It's like seeing a Yeti in your backyard, Read more

Detox Smoothie Recipes from Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills

March marks National Nutrition Month, and a great time to ramp-up healthy eating (and drinking!) habits. Stephen Coe, executive chef at Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills (Plymouth, Mass.) has whipped up five delicious detox smoothie recipes to help sneak in superfoods, even when strapped for time. Brain Fuel 2 Read more

Pampering Q and A on Biconi

I was recently interviewed as an expert regarding pampering yourself on Biconi's website. It was a fun Q & A and I hope it helps you learn more about me. Here's a small tidbit: For Shannon Smyth, beauty is more than just about finding the perfect lipstick hue or perfect moisturizer Read more

Spongelle Shower Gel Infused Bath Buffers Giveaway

Let's slough off the dryness of Winter and get our skin Spring-ready! What better way to do this than with a giveaway of Spongelle's Shower Gel Infused Bath Buffers! Just in case you missed Gail's review of Spongelle's body buffers that are infused with a silken, gentle shower gel and Read more

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Microbamboo Cleansing/Exfoliating Cloth

I have decided that this is the only wash cloth I am ever using…strong words I know but it is THAT amazing.  This cloth was suggested to me after getting eyelash extensions as a part of my lash care routine.  After getting eyelash extensions, you have to be really careful with your lashes and cannot get them wet 24-48 hours after having the extensions applied and a wash cloth is the best way to clean the face without getting your lashes soaked.  What peaked my interest with this cloth is that it is a Microbamboo Cleansing/Exfoliating Cloth, which is a fusion of  Microfiber and Bamboo-Charcoal. Bamboo-Charcoal is made by heating bamboo at a temperature of 1000°C, and then grounding it into nano-particles to combine with filament yarn.  The benefits of Microbamboo are: ultra-plush, velvety-soft, and super-absorbent, yet lightweight and durable cleansing cloth.   Read more

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Soap & Glory Flake Away Body Polish

Soap & Glory has quickly become one of the UK’s most well-known (and most-liked) lines of beauty products. Supporting the “Clean of England” since 2006, the cheeky brand started when suds-loving founder Marcia Kilgore used her cosmetic chemistry savvy to create fun, fearless, and fantastically formulated bath, beauty, and body products.  After a brief departure, the Soap and Glory brand is back in the U.S. and I am ecstatic!  Retro girly, tongue-in-cheek packaging make Soap and Glory products just plain ‘ol fun!!  Read more

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Barefoot Venus Save Our Skin Cream Coconut Kiss

Canadian company Barefoot Venus, won me over with the their soft and feminine scent Lilly Pilly and the warm, fresh and buttery Lemon Freckle. “Feel angelic, smell heavenly, and be adventurous and adoring, stylish or seductive, capricious but perfectly you! Feel good about yourself and your place in the world. Let you confidence and beauty radiate and inspire!”  Barefoot Venus products are natural and formulated without Parabens, Propylene glycol, Mineral oil, Synthetic colors and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

And here’s another reason to love Barefoot Venus–S.O.S.- Save Our Skin Extra Rich Body Cream. I tried the small travel sized version and was truly amazed and will be purchasing a full size ASAP. I hesitated trying Coconut Kiss because I thought it was an oil and because coconut scents tend to be synthetic and just downright yucky. I’m veeery picky when it comes to coconut scents.

My mom was a stay-at-home (most moms were in the ‘old days’) and she was an excellent cook and baker. She loved coconut and made this really fabulous cookie she kinda invented. It never had a name to my knowledge–a shortbread cookie on the bottom, with an indent in the middle with your thumb and fill with a concoction of cream cheese, powdered sugar (?), coconut and walnuts, then drizzle melted chocolate on top of that.  It was sort of my mom’s ‘signature’ cookie and it won some awards. The only problem mom had with her signature cookie was when she reached for the bag of Baker’s sweetened coconut, her youngest child (that would be me) had more often than not had eaten the entire bag.  Read more

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Freeze 24/7 ArcticLift Firming Neck Cream Review



I’ve had good experiences with Freeze 24-7 products in the past (Freeze & Go), so when I heard about their new ArcticLift Firming Neck Cream, I knew I had to try it. Not only have I been dealing with my facial skin sagging and new wrinkles emerging every day (at least it seems that way), my neck has begun to resemble that of a rooster.

ArcticLift targets slacking skin and firms, tightens and lifts it. Not only was I told that I would see immediate visible results, but that it has a cumulative effect with results continuing to improve over time. I was slightly skeptical because I have yet to use a firming neck cream that actually works. But pictures don’t lie… Read more

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StriVectin-SD Power Serum for Wrinkles Launches on QVC

The other day my Facebook status said, “The best things in life are…anti-wrinkle creams.” As you get older and those fine lines and creases begin to emerge, you know this to be true. While I realize that all serums, lotions and creams that promote minimizing the appearance of wrinkles are not permanent solutions, plastic surgery is not in my vocabulary…at least not for my face. My stomach, after having four kids, is another story.

On July 30th (Monday), StriVectin is pairing their StriVectin-SD Intensive Concentrate Face Cream with their new StriVectin-SD Power Serum for Wrinkles for only $99 for the two on QVC. Typically the Serum alone is $99, so if you purchase this set, you’d basically be getting the Face Cream for free. I recently received the Power Serum for Wrinkles and will be posting a review after a few weeks of testing it out.  Read more

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Review: Naturopathica Sicilian Bergamot Products



People throw around words like “natural” and “organic” a lot – how sure are you that your products are truly what they claim to be?

Recently, I started using Naturopathica skin care products. A brand based on holistic health, Naturopathica is a certified natural and organic skin care line, created with only the best natural ingredients.  Just as importantly, the ingredients aren’t just natural – they provide results. At the end of the day, isn’t that what everyone wants? An all-natural lotion is worthless if it doesn’t moisturize.

I tested out two products: the Sicilian Bergamot Body Lotion and Shower Gel. Both the lotion and shower gel are rather lightweight – deceivingly so. The gel worked into a light, refreshing lather and the airy lotion that followed sealed in my skin’s moisture.  The combination certainly did the trick after a few days of usage. I could probably reduce my lotioning  (yes, I just made that a verb) to only once a day now, but the scent keeps me coming back for more.  Read more

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Super Serums: Lancome Genifique and Visionnaire for Younger Looking Skin



Serums are key to any good skin care routine. They help deliver key ingredients deeper into your skin and help your moisturizer to perform better. That age old beauty myth, skin needs to breathe, will only make your skin dehydrated and fine lines and wrinkles will become more apparent.  Lancôme’s Génifique and Visonnaire are the perfect partners for younger-looking skin. These super serums are a powerful anti-aging duo to give you more perfect skin. And as they say, your makeup can only look as good as the skin underneath!

A little about each:

-Génifique Concentrate is Lancome’s award-winning activating serum targeting radiance, vibrancy and softness. Génifique will give you visibly younger skin in just 7 days.  Read more

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Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads

Anything that saves me time and is convenient– I’m down with it–like totally down. That why I like these new AVEENO Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads. Sometimes I’m just too tired to take off my makeup at night. I do really try to be good about it, but there are times I just don’t have the energy to go through my nightly routine. I’ve tried several brands of makeup wipes, but most of them leave my skin feeling dry or sticky especially if I use them for more than a few days in a row.  Plus, I have never found a makeup wipe that gets ALL my makeup off-there is always some residual left–at least these foaming pads get the job done the first time!   Read more

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Review: Andalou Kukui Cocoa Body Butter

Andalou Naturals Kukui Cocoa Body Butter #review #bathandbody #beauty

My beauty regimen isn’t complete if I don’t start off with a well moisturized body regardless if it’s below 10 degrees or a sizzling 90. You can look like a million bucks in that cute dress, but if your skin looks itchy and dry, it ruins the whole outfit and not to mention, a good time.

Living in Minnesota, it can get a bit tricky finding the right body moisturizer with the change of seasons. In winter, you need something a bit more moisturizing, but come the hotter months and humidity you don’t want to use that same heavy moisturizer and feel like you took a bath in cooking oil. Finding a light but effective body moisturizer can sometimes be a bit overwhelming with all the choices out there so you (me) may end up grabbing the one with the pretty packaging only to find out that the smell is way off or it feels tacky on your skin. Pretty packaging doesn’t necessarily means effective… Read more

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Review: Proactiv Oil Blotting Sheets

It’s been a hot, muggy summer here in NYC, and the time spent underground on the subway has taken a serious toll on my skin. I hate having to re-apply my makeup every time I emerge from the depths below (also known as the NQR line), so I’m always in the market for a quick fix.

Oil blotters are a great option for removing excess oil and pore-clogging dirt. Curently, I’m carrying around Proactiv’s Oil Blotting Sheets to take care of any midday shine that comes my way – and it’s been doing a great job so far. I was a loyal Proactiv customer in my youth (hel-lo, awkward teen years), so I already knew that it would work for me.  Read more

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