DIY Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrub

Give yourself a sensory experience while softening up your feet in preparation for an at-home pedi. Erika Katz, beauty expert and author of Bonding over Beauty, has created a DIY Strawberry Peppermint Foot Scrub that is the perfect mix of delicious fragrance and skin-softening ingredients! Just follow these simple simple Read more

IT Cosmetics Cushion Compact Review

Last spring and summer while in Southeast Asia, I became intrigued by cushion compacts. Cushion compacts, like the BB cream, are the beauty brainchild of Korea...I really would like to go on a beauty passage through Korea. They seemed to be everywhere and I made mental note to myself to grab a couple before Read more

Foods That Stain and Whiten Your Teeth

If coffee, cigarettes, red wine and food have left their mark on your teeth, you’re not alone. "The rule of thumb is anything that can stain a white T-shirt can stain your teeth too," says Sharde Harvey, D.D.S and principal in New York-based Smiles Park Avenue, a practice that Read more

The Perfect Pink Lipsticks and Lip Glosses for Dark Skin

Sometimes with my dark skin tone, it can be a bit hard to find the right lip color, especially when it comes to pink. So I was super excited when I received several different shades of pink lip glosses and lipsticks from NARS, Mehron and Uslu Airlines. I'm pretty sure a lot of Read more

DIY Coffee Grounds, Baking Soda, Lemon Body Scrub

This past Saturday night all I wanted to do was stay in and have an at-home spa night. Spa as in facial, hair masks, mani and pedi as well as total body exfoliation. Luckily, I had most of the ingredients for my perfect at home spa night with the exception of 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


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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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