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

Summer Nail Trend: Nude Nails

china_glaze_nude_polishWith summer just around the corner, more and more Hollywood starlets are being spotted with the hottest trend in footwear: Nude heels! It’s no secret that if you’re able to choose a shade that’s close to your own skin tone, the heels will elongate your legs, creating a sexy and lengthened silhouette! Interestingly, this trend isn’t just limited to feet, but is great for complementing the hands as well! What complements a set of nude heels better than a set of nude hands? To match these nude heels, nude nail polishes are creating a perfect complement and illusion of long, sexy, and elegant hands!

China Glaze offers up a great selection of nude polishes that can complement any skin tone. Some favorites include:

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Interview with Daniela Ciocan of Cosmoprof

cpna09-daniela-ciocan_headshot_hrBeauty lovers, I hope you’ve heard the news, this July I will be guest speaking at Cosmoprof North America! I am really excited about this opportunity (but maybe even more excited to be among the movers and shakers of the beauty industry!) I recently had the chance to speak with Daniela Ciocan, Marketing Director for Sogecos Americas, whom I’ve met previously last year at the ICMAD awards dinner (and she is quite personable and fabulous.)

Shannon Nelson: Cosmoprof North America is only about 2 months away, what are some exciting things being put into place for this event?

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Lather Up with k. hall Designs

bath_and_bodyLet’s not downplay the incredible therapeutic powers of a great shower or bath. k. hall designs has created a line of shower, bath and body products that are the recipe to the best cleansing and relaxation experience ever!

Soak: Relax and exfoliate with Bath Salts ($25) – mineral salts that come in a beautiful glass bottle.

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Review: Exuviance Rejuvenating Treatment Masque

exuviance_rejuvenating_treatment_masqueI am a huge fan of facial masques. As I get older (I hate to admit 35 will be here before I know it), the kind of masques I lean towards are changing a bit. Stress shows more easily, wrinkles become more prominent and my skin’s firmness is slowly waning.  I can’t believe I just said all of that out loud. It’s like admitting that I am not young as I used to be…and neither is my skin. Which is why using Exuviance’s Rejuvenating Treatment Masque is perfect for me–it’s targeted for aging skin (even when you don’t want to accept this fact.)

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