ManukaClear Mask and ManukaClear Intensive BB Gel

I couldn't have received these products at a better time. With the extremely cold weather and the flu making its rounds at my home, it's left my skin dry, flakey and tight. My usual skin savers weren't doing the trick and my face was starting to look a bit dull. Read more

Longer Lashes Instantly with Physicians Formula #EyeBooster

Throughout history, women have always coveted longer, fuller lashes. Heck, it's one of the reasons we're all on the hunt for that holy grail mascara. Over the years, mascaras have gotten better at helping women fake incredible lashes and the fiber mascara trend is one of them. I had the Read more

Osmia Organics Milky Rose Soap

When it comes to cleansing my body, I never did like using a bar of soap, I have always preferred body washes, gels or shower oils. I have rarely found a soap that I enjoy using. They tend to leave a filmy residue that leaves my skin dry and Read more

At Home Skin Care with Michael Todd Soniclear

Sometimes getting to the spa for a deep cleansing facial isn't always an option. Thankfully there are plenty of beauty tools out there that can help your skin look its best regardless of your budget. The Michael Todd Soniclear and many of their skin care products are perfect for Read more

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

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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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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