Winter Skin Care DIY

From your head to your toes, winter conditions are no fun for your skin. Not only does dry skin look unhealthy, it can be really uncomfortable, too. Did you know that everything you need to save your skin from winter is as close as your pantry or refrigerator? Below are Read more

Solid Lotion Bars from Faith, Soaps and Love

Know for their incredible handmade artisan soaps, Faith, Soaps & Love has another trick up their sleeves... or in this case, in their tubes. Good things come in 2 oz. packages. Don't let the small number fool you, as the Solid Lotion Bar tube is the size of my hand. Read more

How to Hide Unwanted Facial Hair #GoConfidently

No matter your age, unwanted facial hair can become a true confidence problem. From genetics to mature skin, it can be difficult to feel beautiful when dark excess hair lingers around. Bleaching the hair is an option and if you haven't tried it before and are curious, read on. First, Read more

nyakio ABC African Beauty Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen

I'm always on the lookout for a BB or CC cream that not only matches my skin tone but also has SPF 20 and over, covers without feeling heavy or oily, helps to reduce the size of my pores and gives me a little glow. My skin could be described as medium to Read more

Lancome Visionnaire [1 Minute] Blur #PhotoPerfectSkin #ad

I upgraded my beauty routine with Lancôme Visionnaire [1 Minute] Blur as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #PhotoPerfectSkin. All images and opinions are my own. Large pores, skin imperfections, fine lines, wrinkles - these are just some of the things that come with age (thanks 40.) Throw in Read more

Review: DANI Gentle Exfoliating Sugar Scrub

dani_gentle_exfoliating_scrubI have such a love affair with scrubs. It doesn’t matter if it is for the face or body, I heart anything that makes my skin glow. So when DANI sent me their all natural Lemongrass Lavender sugar scrub, I was in heaven. Forget what you’ve heard about sugar versus salt scrubs…I am a fan of both.  Read more

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Video: City Club Hotel

Shannon_Nelson_Karen_RobinovitzThis past weekend I made my way to New York City for the social media consulting work that I do. For this particular weekend it was for Purple Lab. If you don’t already know, Karen Robinovitz is the Creatrix behind Purple Lab and everyone who knows me knows that her book “How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less” is my favorite, so this was a real treat for me (besides the fact that you already know that I love Huge Lips Skinny Hips in Worship Kate.)

I don’t typically write about a hotel that doesn’t have a spa in it, but I couldn’t help myself with City Club Hotel because it was a luxury suite I stayed in that was 2 levels! I’m pretty sure you can hear my excitement in my voice in the video and I mention which beauty products I took along with me for the weekend:  Read more

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Caroline Chu Anti-Aging Skincare Regime


Caroline Chu Anti-Aging #Skincare
I had lunch recently with Caroline Chu, the founder of the Caroline Chu skincare and makeup line. Caroline’s namesake beauty brand was launched in 2007 and on QVC earlier this month. Caroline is a classic beauty and she is living proof and a testament to her products. In addition to her gracious personality, Caroline is an innovator in the beauty world, combining technology with the finest ingredients used by generations of women in Asia to defy aging. Caroline Chu is high tech business woman turned beauty entrepreneur who gave up her career as a successful creative director in Silicon Valley before launching her own skincare and cosmetics line now available at Zappos and QVC. While jet-setting around the globe to faraway destinations, Caroline was inspired to pursue her true passion, the art affordable and effective skincare. Caroline then spent two years researching and developing her products drawing on her background in fine art and high tech… Read more

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Lady Gaga Vibe.com Interview

lady_gaga_bad_romanceOh my friends. It is so official that I have a girl crush on Lady Gaga. The funny part is that I totally didn’t get Perez Hilton’s love of her in the beginning. But after watching her play classical piano, cast a magic spell with her sinfully awesome voice, dance like it’s nobody’s business, make music videos an art form, not too mention she was pretty funny on SNL…I am hooked! Better yet, I discovered this interview she did with Vibe.com and I was blown away by how well spoken she is.

She is an incredible talent. Not to mention beautiful. And do you know who does her hair and makeup? Two of my friends! (That makes me even more excited!) So when you see Gaga looking glorious, you should know it is at the skillful hands of Billy B and Syd Curry. (Yes including her Bad Romance video!!!)

Watch the Vibe.com interview and see what I mean: Read more

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