Get Catty With Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses


I've been searching for some cat eye sunnies for forever. On a whim, I bought these Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses from Shopbop - hoping that they wouldn't look too cartoonish. Even though I was afraid they'd be too large, I'm digging the oversized frames. They make a statement without overwhelming my face. And the cat eye shape is subtle, so it's not CONTINUE READING

Peep My Polish: Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Superstitious


Now that I have two kids - and the youngest being 6 weeks old - I needed to get better acquainted with quick-dry nail polish options. I hardly have time to do anything, let alone a DIY - so I needed to find some lacquers that fit my new lifestyle. Yesterday, while going my grocery shopping, I picked up Revlon CONTINUE READING

Tatcha, I'm So Glad I Gotcha


I'm home on maternity leave, so I spend an inordinate amount of time nursing my daughter, burping her and changing her diapers - all the while, watching hours of QVC. I don't know what it is, but I am mesmerized by QVC demonstrations. If I'm channel surfing and I happen to land on QVC, it's damn near impossible for CONTINUE READING

Shopbop Sale: Take Extra 25% Off


  Take an extra 25% off select sale items at Shopbop.com until Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 11:59 PST. Enter code 25EXTRA at checkout. You're CONTINUE READING

StriVectin Tightening Face Serum Giveaway


Roll back the years with the NEW StriVectin “Roll Back the Years” Firming Collection - a trio of formulas that help to improve skin’s appearance. This three-piece set, which includes the StriVectin-TL Face Serum, the StriVectin-TL Body Cream and the new QVC exclusive StriVectin-TL Neck Serum Roller, helps skin appear firmer and softer on the face, body and neck. . The StriVectin CONTINUE READING

Bath & Body Works Cooling Gel Lotion Needs A New Name


A few weeks ago, I paid a visit to my local Bath & Body Works store. I was on the hunt for a tropical-smelling body wash that wouldn't break the bank, and B&BW seemed like a good place to search. When I entered the store, I was greeted my a really nice saleswoman who asked me what I was CONTINUE READING

Beauty Tips

Get The Look: Kristen Stewart at Eclipse Premiere

Posted on by daneen in Beauty Tips, Celebrities, Hair, Hair Styling | Leave a comment
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Avon Global Creative Color Director and Hollywood Makeup Artist Jillian Dempsey prepped Kristen Stewart for the Eclipse premier. “We made her eyes pop with shimmery, icy tones and added definition with black liquid liner,” she said.

Opting for a more classic look, Dempsey wanted to keep Kristen’s look fresh, while playing up the eyes. For the premiere, Dempsey used:

Jillian Dempsey for Avon Professional Duo Eye Enhancer in White/Jet Black Price ($9.00): One end of the Eye Enhancer contains a creamy, smooth eyeshadow, and the other has a perfectly coordinated luxurious liquid eyeliner.

Avon SuperExtend Mascara in Black ($8.50): The innovative stretch-formula contains triangular-shaped fibers that visibly lengthens lashes up to 55%.

Jillian Dempsey for Avon Professional Multi Pencil in Raspberry Radiance ($8.00): A double-ended pencil includes a soft, smudge-proof eyeshadow on one end and a complementary cream lip and cheek color on the other.

kristen+stewart+eclipse+premiere Get The Look: Kristen Stewart at Eclipse Premiere
Frederic Fekkai’s Adir Abergel tended to Kristen Stewart’s tresses for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse premiere.
INSPIRATION: A soft take on the 1950′s pompadour

HOW TO GET THE LOOK: Abergel started by applying the Fekkai Full Blown Volume Styling Whip at the roots throughout the hair. Using a round brush, Abergel blow-dried the hair away from the face, and placed it in pin curls. He allowed the hair to cool before removing the pin curls. He then styled the hair by hand raking the hair into a side pompadour securing with with pins. To shape the face, Abergel pulled a few pieces in front. To secure the look, he then applied Fekkai Coiff Sheer Hold Hairspray for all night hold.
Fekkai Full Blown Volume Styling Whip ($23) and Fekkai Coiff Sheer Hold Hairspray ($35) are available at Fekkai.com, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
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The Weather Channel: Beauty Forecast

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weather+conditions The Weather Channel: Beauty Forecast
Do you read Us Weekly? You know I do, seeing how celebrity obsessed I am. Anyway, they have this feature where, every week, a new celeb confesses 25 things you don’t know about them. It’s very interesting. I mean, I would never have guessed that Ludacris owns an RV and drives it himself. Or that Kristin Davis gets her best sleep on airplanes and loves Chick-fil-A. Hilary Duff says that she loves putting makeup on other people and if she weren’t an actress, she’d be a makeup artist.

Anyway, if I were to participate in one of these exercises, here’s one of the factoids you’d see on my list: I’m addicted to The Weather Channel. Every morning when I wake up, I turn to Channel 101 (Weatherscan Local from The Weather Channel). It gives me my local weather, along with a weekly forecast and some other helpful information…so I don’t have to sit through all of the national weather news anymore, waiting to hear what’s happening in my hood.

Now, I’m no weatherwoman wannabe. Watching the forecast helps me decide what outfit to wear, if I’ll need an umbrella and what hairstyle I should sport that particular day (rain, wind and humidity always dictate a ponytail). Plus I secretly dig the smooth jazz music they play on a loop. I’ve memorized all of the songs, and Mr. Spoiled Pretty often catches me rocking out and humming along to The Weather Channel tunes while I’m getting ready in the AM.

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And just when I thought TWC couldn’t make weather any cooler, they add an awesome new feature to weather.com. Type your zip code into the Beauty Forecast to set your location and it provides Frizz Alerts, Skin Alerts, and a checklist of the items you’ll need to look and feel your best. You can also sign up to get the Beauty Forecast sent to your cell phone. The only thing that could make this better is if the text message was accompanied by my favorite smooth grooves.

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Mascara Application

Posted on by daneen in Beauty Tips, Eyes, Lashes, Makeup Mondays with Mario, Mario Dedivanovic, Mascara | Leave a comment
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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.

Hey Mario,

My beauty question is about mascara. What is the best way to apply it? I’ve heard so many different tips. Some people have told me to apply mascara to the tops of lashes, while others have said to apply to the underside. I’ve heard about wiggling the wand at the base of lashes and rotating the wand as you apply. Some people hold the wand vertically and others hold it horizontally. And are you supposed to let mascara dry in between coats? Mario, you are a makeup genius so I really trust your opinion. Please set the record straight so I can make the most of my mascara.

Thanks!
Heidi

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Thank you, Heidi!


The first thing you should do is curl your lashes and wipe the mascara wand with a tissue before applying mascara to the eye lashes. This gets any clumps off of the brush and makes for a more even application. I recommend applying the wand starting at the base of the lashes and going up. You can “wiggle it just alittle bit.” Too much of that will tangle the hairs. You want to have the majority of the mascara towards the base because the lashes will fall or droop if a lot of product weighs them down on the tips. Don’t wait until they dry to apply your second coat – perfect and seperate them before they dry.

Thanks for visiting Makeup Mondays with Mario!

xo,
Mario

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

Top 10 Bridal Beauty Tips

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Recessional2 Top 10 Bridal Beauty TipsToday, Mr. Spoiled Pretty and I celebrate our third wedding anniversary. With our recent move and all of the craziness that’s going on in our lives right now, we almost forgot. But after remembering, we booked reservations at Supper, an excellent restaurant in our new ‘hood.
This year is particularly special, because we celebrate the occasion with our son. Though Westley isn’t scheduled to make his grand entrance until August, he’ll enjoy a delicious dinner.
In honor of my nuptials, I’m taking this opportunity to pass along some beauty knowledge to brides-to-be. Back in 2007, I stressed myself out something awful trying to make sure my makeup was perfection; I wish someone wiser had taken me under her wing and saved me some major frustration. So I’m hoping that this post will serve that purpose and help a new generation of brides vow to be beautiful on their wedding day.
Here are my top 10 tips:

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1. Don’t get too trendy with your makeup or hairstyle. You want to look like a knockout on your wedding day, but you should still look like you. Years from now, you don’t want to look at your wedding photos and think, “Who is that?”

2. If you’re planning a pre-wedding facial or similar treatment, make sure you schedule it at least a week before. The last thing you need to deal with is an allergic reaction or an extraction-happy esthetician that leaves your face a marked up mess days/hours before your nuptials.

3. If you can, hire someone to do your hair and makeup on your wedding day. I’m not doubting your abilities…you might be the second coming of Kevyn Aucoin, but having someone to help means that you’ll have one (or two) less things to worry about on the day of. And it needn’t cost a fortune, either. You don;t need to hire a celebrity makeup artist to look like supermodel. Find a local beauty school and ask if any of the students are available for special events. Or go to the mall and get a makeover at your favorite makeup counter. If the salesperson does a good job, ask him/her if she makes house calls. My longtime friend/mane man, Erik, did my hair at my parents’ house…and then attended our wedding as a guest.

4. Whether you’re paying someone to do your hair/makeup or you’re a DIY kind of bride, always do a trial run. And take photos – from different angles and in different lighting. You might love the reflection in the mirror, but the pictures might tell a different story. And better for you to figure out what works (and what doesn’t) in the months/weeks leading up to your big day – when you actually have time and the means to fix problems.

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5. Don’t rush to remove your veil. If you decide to wear a veil on your wedding day, wear it for the entire day – from your walk down the aisle until the end of the reception. A veil is that one element that transforms you from a woman in a white dress into a bride. Looking back at my wedding photos, I wish I hadn’t been in such a rush to take off my veil and show off my hair. I much prefer the photos of me wearing the veil; they have a much more romantic quality.
6. Invest in some waterproof mascara, even if you’re not the emotional type. At some point, someone is going to make you cry and you’ll be happy you dodged a Tammy Faye Baker bullet.
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7. If your hair has behavioral issues, I would recommend not washing your hair on your wedding day. Freshly shampooed hair doesn’t hold a style as well as second day hair. And if your hair has a serious case of ADD, invest in a can of Elnett.

8. If your skin is on the oily side and you’re afraid of looking shiny in photos, make sure to have blot papers handy on your wedding day. Powder does cut down on shine, but it can also get cakey-looking and settle into lines. Blotting papers are a better bet. Or you can do like I do and just grab a bunch of Starbucks brown napkins next time you get a Frappuccino; those suckers work better than most blotting papers I’ve used – and when Starbucks charges you $4-5 for some coffee, milk and sugar, they owe you some damn napkins. So take a handful and put ‘em in your purse.

9. Invest in good makeup primers to keep makeup from sliding off of your face. I’m partial to Laura Mercier Foundation Primer and Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion.

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10. I wore Giorgio Armani Silk Lipstick topped with Armani Lip Shimmer on my wedding day (click here to find out what else I wore). I asked one of my bridesmaids to hold my gloss for me – but when I needed it for a mid-reception touch-up, she didn’t know where it was. To this day, she still insists that I lost it. Um, as if! I would never misplace a brand new Armani lip gloss. Anyway…I digress. Though this was a minor snafu, I’m often reminded of my mistake when I look at my photos. My lips are almost the same color as my face, so in some of the pictures, my mouth kind of just disappears. It still irks me to this day. So do yourself a favor and use a lip stain (like CoverGirl Outlast Lipstains) before applying lipstick and/or lip gloss. And don’t ask your flighty friends to hold nuthin’.

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Fab in Five

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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.

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Hi Mario,

I don’t have a lot of time in the morning to put on makeup, but I hate leaving the house bare-faced. Can you give me some quick tips or products I can use to look fab in five minutes?

PS – You’re awesome!

Lily

Lily,

To look fab in five minutes is very possible! You need concealer, bronzer, mascara and a lip product. Start with dabbing concealer under your eyes or wherever it’s needed to even out your skin. You can also apply a tinted moisturizer; they are usually very sheer, allowing for quick application and blending. I love Lancome SPF tinted moisturizer. Using a big brush, sweep bronzer around the frame of your face and a bit on cheeks to warm you up. Try Guerlain’s Terra Cotta Tan Booster. It’s a great rich color that goes on sheer and doesn’t have much shimmer in it. Take a small brush and sweep some on your eyelids too. Mascara on the top and bottom lashes will finish the eyes and – then throw on some lipstick or gloss to finish. You should be looking fab in no time.

Thanks for visiting Makeup Mondays with Mario!

xo,
Mario

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

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Beautiful and Bronzed

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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!
-Ilsse

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Ilsse,

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!

xo,
Mario

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

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Hold The Oil

Posted on by daneen in Beauty Tips, Makeup Mondays with Mario, Mario Dedivanovic, Oily Skin, Skin Care | Leave a comment
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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.
oily+skin Makeup Mondays With Mario: Hold The OilHi Mario,

My problem is that when the weather gets warmer, my face gets very oily. It seems that no matter what I do, my face always looks shiny/greasy – which embarasses me. Can you recommend any products or makeup tips that might help me keep my shine under control?

Thanks!!!!!
Scarlett

Hi Scarlett,

You can control your naturally dewy skin’s shine using a few products and/techniques. Start out with an oil-free, light moisturizer (Daneen recommends Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel) all over, prior to makeup application. Let that set in a couple of minutes, then apply Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light by Smashbox. If your skin doesn’t need much coverage, I’d skip the foundation altogether and instead use a concealer on spots. Try Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage concealers. Use a loose powder to set the face, making sure that it’s free of shimmer and sparkle, of course. Try Priori loose powder. For touch ups throughout the day, use Tatcha Blotting Papers to absorb shine. I once learned a tip from a brilliant beauty blogger who’s spoiled pretty – she uses a Starbucks napkin to absorb oils on the skin. It truly works! All the more reason to go to Starbucks! Oh and one more thing- don’t feel embarrassed for having oily skin – it’s the most effective anti- aging product and it’s all yours!

Thanks for visiting Makeup Mondays with Mario!

xo,
Mario

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

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