Wrinkle Reducing Products

When we're young, we take our flawless skin for granted, never considering that what we do early on will affect us when we're older. We try to rush things, like wearing makeup (and always forgetting to take it off), skip things like sunscreen and make poor choices like smoking. Read more

Onsen $1000 Gift Card Giveaway

It's my birthday week and I am turning the big 4-0. What better way to welcome in my 40's than with a giveaway for an amazing anti-aging skin care line? Inspired by the countryside baths of Japan, Onsen skin care products are made with the same restorative minerals found at Read more

Best Body Lotions

  The best body lotions are the kind that leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated, not just for hours, but for days at a time. I am incredibly picky when it comes to my beauty products, and when it comes to body lotion, I need something that delivers. Here's a Read more

Favorite Black Eyeliners

There's something that a black eyeliner conveys that brown or even brightly colored or metallic eyeliners can't duplicate. Black says bold, daring, classic, sexy. While there are times that I opt for brown or grey, a good black eyeliner is always my first choice. Some of my favorites include CoverGirl liquiline Read more

#AllDayLook Twitter Party August 19th at 1pm RSVP

Do you love a good Twitter Party? You know we do and we’re excited to host a party about beauty tips, celebrity looks and Neutrogena products available at Target. On August 19 from 1-2 pm ET, please join us for the #AllDayLook Twitter Party where we’ll be chatting about achieving an all day beauty look with help from Read more

Fall/Winter 2009 Hair Trends from Redken

I know what you are thinking. It’s not even officially summer yet and I’m about to dish to you what the hair trends are going to be this upcoming fall and winter. Well, consider it a head start. At least you can sound like you are ahead of the trends having this information so far in advance. Redken has put out their hair trends report that I am just going to give you verbatim (no point in reinventing the wheel.)

20090619-loewe-aw09b027NEW CLASSICS TRADITIONAL STYLES WITH A MODERN TWIST
Classic ’dos including French twists, chignons and menswear-inspired quiffs are returning to the runway. Far from being retro, these looks are thoroughly modernized with unexpected, softly subversive touches.

TIPS:
• Revolutionize the classic French twist with height and texture worthy of Marie Antoinette, as seen at Louis Vuitton. Apply thickening lotion 06 body builder, rough dry, curl, backcomb and then pin into a messy French twist.

• Defined shapes require maximum hold. At Marc Jacobs, Guido used forceful 23 super strength finishing spray to keep his ’80s-inspired ’dos in place. Layer it on for the extreme, over-lacquered finish seen on the runway.

• The newest chignons feature a strong side part, with one side swept over the eye and the other tucked behind the ear. Mist on vinyl glam 02 mega shine spray and quick dry 18 instant finishing spray for the look seen at Miu Miu.

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Summer UV Safety Net – Shiseido’s Super Sun Set

shiseido-sun-kit1If you are off to a beach or poolside this summer be sure to have a sunscreen strategy in place. If you haven’t stocked up on skin protection essentials, Shiseido has the perfect solution. Everything you’ll need is in their “Super Sun Set”. The kit includes: – 2.5 oz Ultimate Cleansing Oil, 2.0 oz Ultimate Sun Protection Cream SPF 55 PA+++, 0.14 oz Sun Protection Lip Treatment SPF 36 PA++, – 0.06 oz Sun Protection Eye Cream SPF 32 PA+++, – 4 x Refreshing Cleansing Sheets and a mini orange pouch. The collection features Shiseido’s Dual Sun Protection System which protects from UV rays and nourishes your skin at the same time. For apres sun, transition to your evening out with the “Ultimate” cleansing oil. It’s a rinse-off oil-based cleanser made to thoroughly remove water-resistant sunscreen and makeup. The set sells at Sephora for $54.

Guest beauty post from my friends at TheFind.

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Review: Maybelline Pulse Perfection Vibrating Mascara

20090616-maybelline-pulse-perfection-vibrating-mascaraWhen my fellow beauty blogger Nichelle at 55 Secret Street raved about Maybelline’s launch of their vibrating mascara, Pulse Perfection, I was excited. I know there are other vibrating mascara’s out there, but right now they are out of my price range. So during a recent trip to Walmart this past weekend, I found it in the beauty section a month before I expected to find it on shelves. I was ecstatic and scooped it right up.  So did it work as promised?

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Spa Clique Webinar: Twitter for the Spa Business

20090605-twitter-for-spa-business-webinar-shannon-nelsonSocial media, which encompasses blogs, widgets, feeds, podcasts, social networks and digital media, is a global phenomenon happening in all markets regardless of wider economic, social and cultural development. There is no doubt that social media is changing the way businesses reach out to their target consumer and if you aren’t up to speed and learning how to effectively utilize it, then chances are that your competitors already have.

Twitter is one such social media platform that everyone is buzzing about. Twitter is a free micro-blogging service where you send out “tweets” in 140 characters or less. Everyone from celebrities to consumers to brands are “tweeting” not only about what’s on their minds, but about products and services they love. It’s become the hub for word of mouth, brand interaction and customer service.

On June 16th at 10am EST I am doing a webinar on “How to Effectively Utilize Twitter for your Spa Business” over at Spa Clique’s Spa iUniversity. In the webinar spa and salon owners will learn:

* Why use Twitter to promote your products and services.
* Who has been successful and why.
* Best practices for engaging followers.
* Why some brands fail on Twitter.

A little plug about me: Shannon Nelson has been a resource that many in the beauty industry turn to for consultation on their social media strategies. She has been a guest speaker at the HBA Expo, ICMAD’s tele-seminars and this July she will be speaking at two seminars for Cosmoprof North America.

I can be found on Twitter @agirlsgottaspa and @ShannonNelson

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