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VMAs 2015 Get the Look – Kim Kardashian, Rebel Wilson & FKA Twigs

Three of the hottest VMA 2015 makeups looks were created with Urban Decay Cosmetics. Kim Kardashian, Rebel Wilson and FKA Twigs rocked the matte trend. From red and pink to nude, and paired with either a smoky eye or bold brow, the matte lip brought serious #beautywithanedge to the red carpet.

MAKEUP ARTIST: Mario Dedivanovic (my friend and former Spoiled Pretty contributor)
INSPIRATION: “Kim is wearing a beautiful army green Balmain dress, with slicked-back, “wet look” hair. So we went with a simple but glowy “classic Kim K” look – a beautiful, softer version of her usual smoky eye and an understated, matte nude lip.” (more…)

Laura Mercier Master Class: Makeup Bag Must-Haves in Your 30s

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Every month, my girlfriends from college and I get together for dinner in the Philadelphia area. We started this tradition about two years ago, and – of course – we have a great time catching up and reminiscing!  Most of them are product-obsessed (like me), and most have been through some sort of make-up introductory when we became “of age” to wear it.  Now that we are in our 30s, I thought it was a great time to learn more about skincare (ugh, the dreaded lines and wrinkles) and how to apply make up that works for us now.


I instantly thought of my friend, Claire Sloss, who works for Laura Mercier at Nordstrom in the King of Prussia Mall.  They offer a Master Makeup Class, free of charge. There is a maximum of 15 people – we found that 12 was a great number, as there are Laura Mercier artists working with a couple of girls at one time to see what best works for them. Claire just requires a few weeks to plan the logistics – and offered with the class are refreshments and the products that you would like to purchase. The class is done in a private room so you can spread out, ask a lot of questions and have fun!


We had a fabulous time! Luis Soto was our lead artist that evening, and he selected me to be his model!  I admit, I was awe-struck because he has worked with many celebrities including Cher, Cindy Lauper, and N’Sync!  “What, you touched Justin Timberlake’s face?!?”  Yeah, the 15-year-old in me came out!!!


Kimye Wedding Makeup Artist: Mario Dedivanovic

kimye kim kardashian kanye west weddingBy now, you’ve probably heard all of the Kimye wedding details. Kim Kardashian wore a Givenchy Haute Couture lace gown (she slipped into a bodycon Balmain dress post-ceremony) and Kanye West was outfitted in a custom Givenchy tuxedo. Not to be outdone, little North wore a dress also designed by Givenchy’s creative director, Riccardo Tisci. The couple exchanged Lorraine Schwartz wedding bands, were serenaded by John Legend, and are currently honeymooning in Ireland.


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The Kimye Wedding Beauty Squad: Chris McMillan and Mario Dedivanovic


Kim’s wedding hair was styled by Jennifer Aniston’s homeboy Chris McMillan. But do you know who’s responsible for her flawless wedding makeup? That would be my friend (and makeup wizard) Mario Dedivanovic. He did Kim’s makeup for her last wedding. Khloe’s too. (more…)

10 Beauty Products to Get You Through the Flu

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Hey Guys! As you all know the weather lately has been terrible and most of us have been getting all kinds of horrible colds and the flu, as a result. This is very personal for me because I work in retail and it seems like I get one disease after the other with all of my customers constantly sneezing and coughing on me while I do their makeup. So in an effort to expedite my wellness, I came up with a top ten must-haves to get better faster. Jess tested and Jess approved. LOL. Anyway, here you go in no particular order:

fresh sake bath soak#1. Fresh Sake Bath Soak –  Sake Bath is a purifying soak comprised of over 50% detoxifying sake that works to ease body tension and promote relaxation while leaving the skin incredibly soft, smooth, and moisturized. The delicately foaming formula was inspired by ancient beauty rituals of Japanese Geisha who were known to use sake to purify and soften their skin, and its luxurious lush scent comes from their tradition of infusing baths with real persimmons. On a personal note, I can literally feel the ick leaving my body when I soak in this. It’s a must have.


tiger balm#2. Tiger Balm – Tiger Balm offers quick relief for nasal discomfort and cold symptoms like blocked noses and nasal congestion. With quick acting ingredients of herbal origin, Tiger Balm is the choice alternative remedy to keep close in chilly weather and cold office environments. Rub it on your chest to relieve congestion, on your temples to relieve a sinus headache and under your nose to open nasal passages and to treat flakey skin around the nose. Brilliant!


Eucerin Redness Relief Night Cream#3. Eucerin Redness Relief Night Cream –  For visibly red skin, it’s a dermatological skincare hydrating formula with natural licochalcone, a skin soothing extract of licorice root. This unique gel-creme soothes and calms dry, uncomfortable skin. Perfect for puffy red flu faces. It has a gentle formula that minimizes the risk of irritation and is completely fragrance-free, oil-free,  non-comedogenic, and dermagologist recommended. (more…)

Top 10 Beauty Products for Spring

woman shopping springtime beauty makeupHey guys!  I know it’s cold outside, but with warmer weather right around the corner, I wanted to give you all a taste of my top ten favorite products for spring so you can all be prepared to strut into the new season looking and feeling your very best!

Here they are in no particular order (I love them all equally!!!).

Laura Mercier Bonne MineLaura Mercier Bonne Mine Healthy Glow for Face and Cheeks: I absolutely love this palette! The colors are beautiful and natural, giving you a natural flush and glow into your face. When swatched onto my skin, the colors came out much brighter. The bronzer was great as a contour – so apply this underneath the cheekbones, nape of the neck, just along the jaw line and the temples of your forehead. My favorites were definitely the glow veils; they looked great as a highlighter for the inner corners of my eyes, just above the cupids bow of my lip, along the cheekbones and brow bones. Side note: I also used both cheek veils as lipstick because they are quite matte with no shimmer, so it gives your lips a natural pouty color. Also don’t be afraid to blend with your fingers as it melts the product and makes it easier to work with. Recommendations: I would recommend this palette for anyone, it’s easy to use and the colors will resonate well on both light and dark skin (as it is a highlighter). I – for one – love cream blushers and highlighter. All-in-all, this was a great buy.

caudalie vinoperfect radiance serum

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum: This satiny serum is a remarkable formula for smoother, brighter-looking skin. Vinoperfect boosts the complexion’s radiance and appearance. Your skin is moisturized and your complexion looks even, luminous and beautifully radiant. Benefits: Enhances radiance, tone and clarity. Recommended for: All skin types. For those of you who are sensitive also, the formula is paraben-free!

cerave moisturizing creamCeraVe Moisturizing Cream: CeraVe was developed by dermatologists and uses a patented formulation that provides a protective barrier on the skin’s surface. This special formulation, called Multivesicular Emulsion, ensures the moisturizer will be time-released throughout the day for complete hydration. CeraVe also uses Ceramides which help the skin to retain water. This is especially good for those with extremely dry skin or skin that dries out half way through the day. One application will last the entire day. CevaVe Moisturizing Cream is fragrance-free, so it’s great for those who are sensitive to fragrance in their skin care products. This product is an all over body moisturizer; you can use it on your face as well as the rest of your body. I know that many of you may shudder at the idea of putting the same cream on your face and your body, but you’ll have to trust me and try it – you won’t be disappointed.

The Body Shop Vitamin C Energizing Face SpritzThe Body Shop Vitamin C Energizing Face Spritz: This amazing spray helps maintain normal cellular turnover & builds collagen. It contains L-ascorbic acid, which is essential for cross-linking collagen molecules, lightens and brightens skin, reduces inflammation, decreases transepidermal water loss and boosts your skin’s ability to protect itself from the sun. Wear Vitamin C Energizing Face Spritz every day for a more youthful and glowing complexion. Tip: Keep this in the fridge! The cool sensation on a hot day is incredible! (more…)

Philadelphia Style Magazine Shares My Fall Beauty Faves

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A few weeks ago, Philadelphia Style Magazine interviewed me for a feature on their website. Since I’m a beauty junkie and can’t resist the opportunity to dish on my favorite products, the story evolved into “Daneen Baird of Spoiled Pretty’s 6 Fall Beauty Picks.” As a Philly gal (born and raised) and a big fan of the magazine (I made the print edition back in 2008 – less than a year after launching this blog), it was awesome to come full circle and to be profiled again. Here’s how they introduced me…

Beauty blogger extraordinaire and Philadelphia resident Daneen Baird knows a thing or two about putting your best face forward. At the helm of the award-winning website, Spoiled Pretty, Baird is constantly ahead-of-the-trend and in-the-know when it comes to the latest and greatest in beauty products and cosmetics. From nail polish reviews to insider tricks of the trade, Baird dishes it all with a bit of sass.

Click here to read the rest of the article and to get acquainted with the products I can’t live without for fall.

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