Lighten Dark Spots with Dermalogica PowerBright Trx Trio

I'm paying for the skin sins of my youth in hyperpigmentation and an abundance of dark spots from both acne and lack of sunscreen usage. Over the years I've learned how to best conceal them with makeup in order to fake a great complexion. However, when the makeup comes Read more

DIY Peppermint Eucalyptus Bath Bombs

Candy canes may be great for stuffing stockings, adorning trees, or a sweet snack, but the minty holiday staple can also be incorporated into your beauty routine. Peppermint oil contains minerals and nutrients including iron, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A and C, and is soothing to the Read more

Subtle Green Customizable Skin Care

Subtle Green, a Montreal-based luxury skin care company, recently caught my attention. Much of what they stand for is something I have been saying for years - "The best moisturizers do not have to contain 'miracle ingredients' developed using 'breakthrough technologies' in a remote secret laboratory." There are tried Read more

#HeartMyHair Twitter Party November 25 1-2pm EST #ad

Photo Credit: Great Contradictions Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about hairstyles! On November 25, 2014 at 1:00pm ET, please join us for the #HeartMyHair Twitter Party where we’ll be discussing the new Conair Curl Secret and the Read more

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Face Scrub

With the busiest season of the year upon us, sometimes caring for ourselves (and our skin) sadly ends up at the bottom of the to-do list. (Please don't let it.) Fortunately, facialist Cecilia Wong has designed a seasonal at-home, DIY facial scrub that requires little time and effort, which can Read more

10 Things I am Thankful For

This Thanksgiving I have so many things to be thankful for. While we all may think about things we are thankful for, I think every now and again to say it out loud helps you to realize how blessed your life really is despite any difficult circumstances you may be facing. So below is what I am thankful for…and then it’s your turn–post a comment and tell me what you are thankful for!  Read more

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Mail Bag: Hairstyle Help from Pearson Knight

pixie_haicutFrom the reader mailbag:

Hi Shannon,

I’m 68 years old; but very young at heart (I feel mentally about 35). I hit a rut in my life with the loss of my job. My hair was pure white so after my job loss decided to change the color. My style doesn’t do much for me. It’s short but the wrong cut. Please give me some advice on how to project some youth in my style so that I can get out there and get another job.

-E.

To help E. I went to my friend, celebrity hairstylist Pearson Knight to get her some answers. Here’s what Pearson had to say:  Read more

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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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