Month: May 2010

L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base Is Great For Greasy Gals

And the award for Best New Primer for Greasy Gals goes to L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base. I received a sample last month, and it was love at first swipe.

Don’t be fooled by its putty-like texture. It applies like a dream, leaving skin so satiny soft that you’ll wonder exactly how you lived your life before this product came into existence. The primer easily disguises pores and wrinkles, and imparts a matte finish. So if the summer heat and humidity turns your mug into an oil slick, you’d be a brainy beauty to invest in a jar of this pink magic.

L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base is intended to be worn in tandem with your favorite tinted moisturizer or foundation. But if you’re having a low-maintenance kind of day, just apply a little to bare skin and it gives you a you-but-better look.

The formula is 100% oil- and fragrance-free, non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic – so even the most sensitive skins should tolerate this product.

Just proof, once again, that it doesn’t take a million bucks to look like, well, a million bucks. L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base is this Recessionista’s Fabuless Pick of the Week.

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MAC & Disney Team Up For Venomous Villains Collection!!!

This just in from WWD:

MAC Cosmetics is teaming up with Disney to create a limited edition color collection, intended to launch globally in late September in all MAC locations. The products will feature four Disney characters, on which the brand is keeping mum at the moment — although with a collection name of Venomous Villains, it is assumed that we’re not talking Donald Duck and Minnie Mouse here. Lipstick, powder, lip gloss and blush shades will be sold, ranging in price from $12 to $29.50.

Are you as excited for this collection as I am?!?! You just know the packaging is going to be off the chain. What I can’t wait for is the shade names.

I’ve got so many ideas…

Perhaps a lipstick or Lipglass in Cruella Crimson? Or some fantabulous new concealer inspired by The Lion King’s Scar? There are a whole bunch you can take from Sleeping Beauty…like a gothic, compact purse mirror that pays homage to Maleficent or a raven black eyeliner named Diablo. The Little Mermaid (my favorite Disney animated film eva) also provides a plethora of product possibilities. What about an double-ended eyeliner called Flotsam and Jetsam? Or maybe a palette of poor unfortunate shadows? And can’t you just picture a juicy, red nail polish that no beauty – sleeping or otherwise – could resist? I’d call it Ambien Apple.

What do you think of this collection? Do the Disney Princesses deserve a collection too? Any clever product/name suggestions for MAC?

Click here for a Venomous Villains video teaser.

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Harajuku Lovers Sunshine Cuties Fragrance Giveaway!

Sunshine Cutie (suhn-shahyn) (kyoo-tee) n.1. A super cute, sunloving, beach-bumming doll who would never compromise on fashion for a day at the beach!

This summer, your favorite Harajuku Girls are back, this time for a little fun in the sun. With perfectly pedicured toes and fresh new summer scents Love, Lil’ Angel, Music, Baby, and G treat the beach as their own personal fashion playground.
Bottle: Darling and demure, Love mixes and matches a vintage inspired one piece with modern wrap around removable sunglasses. A red Hibiscus flower is the perfect accessory to keeping her ponytail in place.
Fragrance: A fruity floral
* Top: Nectarine, Passion Fruit, Lemon Blossom
* Mid: Plumeria, Osmanthus, Rose Petals
* Base: Vanilla Orchid, Coconut Water, Sensual Musk, Sandalwood
Bottle: Lil’ Angel suits up in a teeny weeny navy blue bikini scattered with sweet yellow and white hearts (showing her love for the beach)! Never without her signature headband, she dresses it with a few fragrant Plumeria flowers to channel a tropical vibe.
Fragrance: A citrus vanilla
* Top: Meyer Lemon, Mandarin, Touch of Blackberry
* Mid: Pink Rose, Vanilla Orchid, Tropical Sampaquita Blossom
* Base: Sugared Patchouli, Vanilla Bean, Skin Musk, Golden Amber

Bottle: Music keeps it nautical. Her navy and white striped bikini is trimmed in bright cherry red and accented with some sweet and playful bows. A red Hibiscus hair flower makes the perfect topper. Aye Aye, it’s super Kawaii!

Fragrance: A sensuous floral
* Top: Juicy Pear, Granny Smith Apple, Dewy Freesia
* Mid: Tiger Orchid, Jasmine Petals, Honeysuckle
* Base: Cashmere Woods, Creamy Musk, Precious Woods

Bottle: Pretty in Pink! Baby is a quintessential girlie girl in a pink on pink polka dot bikini with ruched top and string bottom. A few Plumeria flowers nestled in her hair add the finishing touch to her super Kawaii ensemble.
Fragrance: A dewy floral
* Top: Crisp Mandarin, Wet Neroli, Bright Sunflower
* Mid: White Poppy, Living Valencia, Orange Flower, Jasmine Absolute
* Base: Soft Musk, Rich Vetiver, Creamy Birch Woods

Bottle: Leader of the pack!
Reminiscent of one of her stage costumes, G wears a tuxedo bandeau bikini top and for a pop of color, turquoise boy short bottoms. Her sweet headband is adorned with a mix of tropical Plumeria flowers.
Fragrance: A creamy musk
* Top: Coconut Water, Mandarin, Bergamot
* Mid: White Peach, Heliotrope, Exotic Tiare Flower, Orange Flower
* Base: Vanilla Bean, Tonka, Skin Musk, Creamy Sandalwood

Each collectible eau de toilette (10 mL) retails for $30. The fragrances are available at Macys, Nordstrom, Sephora,, But as summer tans fade and leaves begin to fall the Sunshine Cuties will be making their departure.

Spoiled Pretty and Coty Prestige want to make sure that you get them before they sail off into the sunset, so we’ve partnered for a giveaway. One lucky reader will win the entire set of Sunshine Cuties – worth $150!

To enter the giveaway, leave a message in the comments section. Make sure to leave your email or another way for me to get in touch, just in case you get lucky.

Contest is open to U.S. residents only. The giveaway ends at noon (EST) on Monday, May 24, 2010. Good luck!

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Makeup Mondays With Mario: Beautiful and Bronzed

Celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic is answering your burning beauty questions!!! Every Monday, he will answer a beauty/skin care question as part of a weekly column on Spoiled Pretty, Makeup Mondays with Mario.
Hi Mario!

I just have to say I love love love your work, it’s so flawless and beautiful! My problem is I am a latina with fair skin and I recently started bed tanning a bit, I really don’t want to overdue it because of the damaging effect it has in the long run. So my question is what kind of self tanner can I use for my face and body? I’ve also seen some for daily use. What would you recommend?

Thank you very much!


The first thing you should do is stop tanning! There is nothing that will heal or correct the negative effects that tanning has on your skin. You may not see the damage today, but it will appear later in life. I am, however, a fan of self tanners and use them myself. Try L’oreal Paris Sublime Bronze ProPerfect Salon Airbrush Self-Tanning Mist. It’s very easy to use yourself, comes out evenly and does not smell bad. If you prefer a creme or lotion, try the St.Tropez tanning line which has unique products to help you look tan and healthy. Whichever products you choose to use, you should always exfolliate you skin prior to application, avoid too much product on the elbows, feet, knees and any area that tends to get blotchy. Also keep your toenails and fingernails covered in Vaseline when appyling self tanner, as they will stain the nails an unnatractive yellow shade of yellow. Moisturize with a non-oily moisturizer to preserve the color longer. It’s alot of work keeping your face and body beautiful and bronzed but it’s worth it.

Thanks for visiting Makeup Mondays with Mario!


Got a question for Mario? Email your makeup and skin care queries to, and check back next Monday to read Mario’s expert advice!

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