Month: November 2008

Reunited And It Smells So Good: Michel Germain Deauville


Ten years ago, in a perfume shop in the Bahamas, my father and I fell in love with the same fragrance – Deauville pour Homme by Michel Germain. We were smitten at first scent, but the price tag seemed a little inflated. So when we re-boarded our cruise ship, we searched the duty free store. No luck. When we returned to Philadelphia, my dad left no department store unturned – but he always left empty-handed.

Apparently, the Bahamian saleswoman hadn’t exaggerated Deauville’s hard-to-find status. So Dad and I cursed our inner bargain hunters, until he discovered Deauville during a routine trip to Bloomingdale’s a year later. Dad snatched it up, not caring how much it cost. I, on the other hand, was a poor college student. I barely had the funds to keep my gas tank filled, so I hit up my typically generous mom for a loan. She refused, not understanding why a 21-year-old girl would want to wear men’s cologne. So I was forced to satisfy my Deauville cravings by stealing a spritz from my dad when I happened to be home from school.

For the past nine years, a bottle of Deauville has been perched atop my dad’s dresser. You’d be hard pressed to find a bigger fan of the fragrance than Papa Spoiled Pretty. And while I have always had a soft spot for the crisp clementine, spicy white pepper, French white thyme, pipe tobacco and amber oak moss notes – over the years, Deauville sorta regressed to the recesses of my mind. Until a few weeks ago, that is.

While bargain hunting at TJ Maxx with Mama Spoiled Pretty, I spotted several bottles of Deauville pour Homme on a display right by the registers. You know, the shelves full of goodies that beckon to you – their siren song impossible to ignore? Anyway, I picked up the Deauville box, examined the familiar packaging, and the price tag said…$9.99! Does it get any better?

Since then, Deauville has been perched atop my dresser (like dad, like Daneen). Mr. Spoiled Pretty is a little weirded out by my affinity for men’s cologne (he calls it “nasty”), so I was excited to learn that Deauville pour Homme has a lady counterpart, Deauville French Spa. I’m not sure how French Spa’s Italian Bergamot, black currant, gardenia, lotus, white wood and musky notes relate to the cologne, but I’m eager to find out.

Total Beauty Weekend Web Tour

Total Beauty Web Tour
Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog is offering another Manic Monday giveaway. TwisTeD Silver Shower earrings will add that holiday je ne sai quoi to that holiday outfit.

Hot Beauty Health is giving one lucky reader a chance to win NARS Exclusive Lip Gloss Collection that includes five fabulous shades to wear this holiday season.

Beauty Junkies Unite discovers Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare and has an “experience”!

Viva Woman shares with you the benefits of the oil cleansing method.

Fabulous Over Forty has a Lancome nail polish giveaway, as well as other holiday gift guides.

Felicia at ThisThatBeauty is doing her own personal rendition of the MAC and HELLO KITTY collection. Check out Felicia’s HELLO KITTY Face of the Day.

Get Tips for Holiday Travel from cosmetic bag designer Stephanie Johnson at Makeup Bag.

Battle skin dryness this winter with a great spa-at-home tip from eye4style.

Georgia at Neon Bible takes a look at what Bond No. 9 has to offer for Christmas and it’s actually affordable!

What eye look tops winter 2008 makeup trends? Head on over to Frappelattes to find out!

Alison of The Advice Sisters attended the 36th Annual International Emmy Awards and worked the red carpet but she’s also been blogging about holiday beauty, too!

The Makeup Divas is giving away several Elizabeth Grant skin care products. So hop on over and enter the contest today!

Beauty411 shares time-saving tips and styling suggestions for holiday hair without the hassle!

Kyle at Face Candy reviews Tocca’s Florence Solid Fragrance.

Beauty Anonymous brings you Shiseido’s Majolica Majorca Holiday 2008 Collection.

Did you know while Lipstick can help prevent lip cancer, lip gloss can increase your exposure? Lean about Sunscreen for Lips at RN Guide to Skin Care.

Suzanne at Mineral Makeup Reviews provides an overview of Bare Minerals Skin Care.

The Beauty Blog reviews philosophy Shear Splendor Shampoo.

Beauty Blogging Junkie experiences a truly fantastic facial at NYC’s Xac Anthony Salon.

Looking for discounts and free beauty products? Check out TotalBeauty.com’s New! Discount Deals of the Week article.

Monique at Beauty Girl Musings has fabulous pictures and all the beauty details from the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show!

Indian Girl shows you to sport a Bright and Fun Look and Soft and Feminine Look for this holiday season !

Givenchy Holiday Makeup 2008 on Marta’s Video Blog – by Talking Makeup!

makeup loves me tells you what her 5 absolute beauty must-haves are!

Head on over to beauty in real life to find out which fabulous new skincare products make the cut in Christine’s morning routine.

Kim Kardashian is giving away a selection of MAC makeup, handpicked by the Kim herself. Visit Spoiled Pretty for the deets and to find out how to enter the giveaway!

The Home Spa Goddess has lots of links to Black Friday Beauty deals.

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Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Giveaway Winners


Congrats to Emily Cibelli and Molly Taylor, winners of the Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Giveaway.

Emily and Molly will receive the Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Salon Nail Lacquer Fall 2008 Collection, which includes the following sumptuous shades: Raven’s Wing (black with silver glitter), Moonstone (silver pearl metallic), Quartz Chameleon (pinky-nude with shimmer), Divinity (pale toffee with shimmer), The Good Earth (deep dark chocolate with shimmer), Cruel Heart (scarlet with shimmer), Alchemy (dark grape with shimmer), Torrid Bloom (deep fuchsia crème), Night Lily (plummy crème) and Stormy Blue (smoky silver/blue metallic).

Many thanks to Sally Hansen for sponsoring the contest and for supporting my mission to spoil y’all pretty.

Didn’t win? Try your luck with the Lancome Le Vernis Giveaway – one lucky winner will receive Le Vernis – Divine Lasting Color & Shine in Midnight Glam, a limited-edition, holiday shade.

Lancome’s Holiday 2008 Collection – Plus a Giveaway!


No matter who’s on your list this year, there’s something in Lancôme’s holiday color collection, C’est Magnifique, for everyone. The new collection includes:

* Color Design Eyeshadow Quad (in Glamour Première and Hollywood Seductive): Design eyes with a color designer’s palette of finishes: from shimmer to sheen, metallic to matte. Micro-aired powder technology offers supreme smoothness and blendability in the sultriest new shades.

* Juicy Tubes Ultra Shiny Lip Gloss (in Icon of Stage, In All Her Splendor, Luminous in Lace, Showered in Diamonds and Pretty in Pink): Just in time for the holiday season, this limited edition Juicy Tubes collection offers sheer to shimmer coverage with a burst of color.

* Le Rouge Absolu – Reshaping & Replenishing LipColour SPF 15 (in Cinema Noir, Bordeaux, Pampered and Golden Girl ): Smoother. Fuller. Absolutely replenished lips. This advanced lip color provides 6-hour care with continuous moisture and protective Vitamin E. Features plumping polymer and non-feathering color to define and reshape lips. Choose from an array of absolutely luxurious shades with a lustrous pearl or satin cream finish.

* Artliner Precision Point EyeLiner (Star Studded and Midnight Glam): This easy-to-handle, liquid pen features a uniquely shaped foam tip that lets you precision-line, shape and define your eyes.

* Virtuôse Black Carat – Divine Lasting Curves, Length & Volume Mascara (in Black Carat): All-in-one mascara lengthens, volumizes, and curves lashes all day. Enriched with black essence pigments, the formula glides on easily and gives a deep, black result. Long-lasting formula is virtually smudge-proof, tear-proof and easily removable.

* Le Vernis – Divine Lasting Color & Shine (in Midnight Glam and In All Her Splendor): It is Lancôme’s most technically-advanced nail polish. Your fingertips and toes will love the boost of color and lasting shine that stays put for up to seven days. Its cutting edge, soft-sculpt brush embraces the shape of each nail for perfectly even coverage in one coat with no clumps.

* Color Design – Sensational Effects Shimmering Eye Stylo (in Award Winning Gold, Fashion Flair Bronze and Modelesque Plum): Intense shimmer in a smooth-going, loose powder, eye shadow pen that builds a look with layers of color and light, from simply sparkling to seriously glamorous.

View the entire collection here.

Can’t wait to get your hands on the collection? Well, you’re in luck because Spoiled Pretty is giving away Le Vernis – Divine Lasting Color & Shine in Midnight Glam. One lucky winner will receive a full sized bottle of this limited-edition, on-trend shade.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Lancome Le Vernis Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Wednesday, December 3rd. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Thursday, December 4th, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

Good luck!

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