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

DIY Beauty Treatment for Softer Skin

The Spa Director at The James Royal Palm’s renew the spa in Miami Beach has shared with us an at-home beauty treatment that we think you will love! At renew the spa they have a wonderful Oat and Coconut treatment, perfect for restoring your skin’s PH levels, and Spa Director Read more

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Happy Birthday Karen Robinovitz!

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You may know Karen Robinovitz as the Creatrix of the uber hot cosmetics brand, Purple Lab. However, to many people, myself included, we know Karen as that eternal ray of sunshine you always seek out to put a little bounce back in your step. Today is Karen’s birthday and rather than do the typical birthday gift, I decided that a blog post letting her know, and the world, how much people love her, would be the best gift ever.  So I rounded up some of our friends who wanted to share some birthday wishes… Read more

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It’s Time to Exfoliate and Get Polished for Spring

Yes, the days are longer and I am hoping that the sun is shining in your part of the country. It’s time to pack away heavy winter pants and tights and bare legs with swingy skirts for spring! I don’t know about you, but my legs are in need of some tender loving care. Now is the time to get in the habit (if you aren’t already) for a weekly exfoliation on your arms and legs. Wash away dead dry skin and reveal a smoother softer texture. I’ve already started wearing skirts here in California, and am sooo excited. With all of the pretty spring floral dresses and strappy sandals I’ll definitely need my legs to look their best. I’ve already unpacked and can’t wait to wear my new Christian Louboutin esapdrilles I bought on sale last fall.  Read more

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Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Crave Giveaway

Fan TheFind on Facebook for a chance to win this Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Crave Set valued at $78 from our friends at Carol’s Daughter. AND leave a comment on the contest page at TheFind Blog telling us why you want to win the Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Crave Set.

Some cravings are impossible to resist. But when it comes to this trio of delicious Almond Cookie treats, this may not be a bad thing. Start by turning your bath into a relaxing mini spa with our sumptuous, long-lasting Almond Cookie Candle with its intensely aromatic blend of almonds and marzipan. Next, gently buff away dry, winter-worn skin with the Almond Cookie Sea Salt Scrub that’s made with a delightful blend of softening Avocado and Jojoba Oils. For the finishing touch, spray on a light veil of fragrance from our purse-size Almond Cookie Eau de Toilette Mini. It’s the perfect little indulgence for someone special, or for yourself!   Read more

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Bath and Body: Bodycology Rich&Creamy Body Wash

If you like low key scents in a skin softening body wash (that can also double as your shave gel) then check out my video review on Bodycology Rich&Creamy Body Wash!

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Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Effet Extension in Purple Impression

In my quest for the ultimate mascara, I’ve had my eye on Givenchy’s Phenomen’Eyes Effet Extension. It has a unique brush that differentiates it from many of the other department store brands. Givenchy’s hi-tech brush extends individual lashes for eye widening effects with a precision designed spherical brush—adding volume with a no-time-to-waste quick dry formula for full blown fluttering drama. It is a bit pricey at $29.  Read more

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Perfume Review: Harajuku Lovers G

harajuku_lovers_PerfumeWith Gwen Stefani’s line of perfume, you’ll have all the guys following you around! Harajuku Lovers has a selection of great scents and each perfume is displayed in the cutest, most adorable glass figure with a little Harajuku doll on the top. Harajuku Lovers Perfume will satisfy all of your senses and leave you smelling fresh and spunky. Out of five unique fragrances in this line, the one that really stands out to me is Harajuku Lovers G. This fragrance will keep you feeling tropical and summery all year round! Harajuku Lovers G is a mix between sandalwood, pineapple and the most recognizable and strongest scent in this fragrance, coconut. Yummy!  Read more

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Hair Care Question: My Hair is Frizzy, What Can I Do?

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I recently received a hair care question from A Girl’s Gotta Spa! reader, Jessica. For this particular question I decided to reach out to my friend, hair care expert and celebrity hairstylist, Jon Reyman (yes, that Jon Reyman pictured with me and Pearson Knight from my makeover challenge). Jon is also President and one of the pros behind Beautyvt.com.

“Hi, I have a question. I have straight, long hair and it’s kinda frizzy, its not extremely frizzy, but enough where it gets on your nerves. I was wondering if you can give me a great shampoo and conditioner brand that will give my hair shine, no frizz, and be healthy. I also don’t want to use any hairspray or gels, I just want to use shampoo and conditioner to keep it simple. I would really appreciate your help. –Jessica”

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Boots Botantics Luxurious Bath Elixir

This has been a particularly grey and rainy winter in San Francisco, so I’ve been enjoying more than average soaks in the tub. One of the most luxurious features of our cozy Victorian home is the pedestal soaking tub. It is the perfect length and depth for renewing, relaxing and melting the chills of winter away. To supplement these bath soaks I am always on the look out for a lovely smelling ultra bubbly bath foam. I recently picked up a bottle of Boots Botantics Luxurious Bath Elixir ($9.99 at Drugstore.com). I am a fan of Boots Chemist from my days in London, and was thrilled to find their products stateside as well at Target and Drugstore.com. Boots is known for their reasonably priced beauty and grooming products and is the #1 beauty and skincare brand in the UK.  Read more

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Purple Lab Challenge: Operation Chic & Sexy

karen_robinovitzToday Karen Robinovitz, Creatrix of Purple Lab, is launching on HSN at 9am EST (and again at night 8pm EST.) Purple Lab epitomizes all things sexy and chic. My favorite being Huge Lips Skinny Hips, but I’m pretty sure Lashionista Modelista will quickly become my second favorite (I saw what amazing feats this lash growth-enhancing liquid liner/tubing mascara can do back in October when it was still all hush hush!)

Karen and I are in contact on a daily basis and about 2 weeks ago she issued me a challenge that I like to call: Operation Chic & Sexy (or she might call it Dramatic Makeup – Purple Lab NYC.) Regardless, she was sending along her only lab sample of Cheek Implants in 6 Inch Heels and I was already armed with my Huge Lips Skinny Hips in Worship Kate to help aid in this challenge. Now I just needed to find someone to do my hair, someone to do my makeup, find an event to go to and find an amazing date to show up with. I had my work cut out for me.Davide_Torchi-ShannonNelson-1

I tackled hair first. Davide Torchio has invited me into his salon many times, but the timing had never been right. In fact, I had sent Nando in my place once when he had his hair emergency. Without hesitation, Davide gave me an appointment time and I was excited to see what he had in store for me. After seeing what he and Roberto Morelli did for the Lance Bass photo shoot, I took a chance to see if Roberto would be willing to do makeup for a non-celebrity like myself. When Davide tweeted that Roberto agreed, I was over the moon.  Read more

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Makeover with Davide Torchio and Roberto Morelli

This is me before. Karen Robinovitz of Purple Lab had issued me a challenge: make yourself over into the sexy woman that you are. The full details of that challenge will be in my next post, but since my 5 hours spent with hair stylist Davide Torchio and makeup artist Roberto Morelli were so awe inspiring, I felt it deserved a post of its own.

So you remember my post about the transformation of Lance Bass, right? Well that is what I wanted for myself. I told Davide and Roberto that I grew up on makeover shows and hoping that one day someone could transform me into the swan I knew I was inside (which, sidebar: do you remember that reality TV show, The Swan? That show was crazy.) Read more

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