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Five Cold Weather Makeup Bag Essentials – Plus A Giveaway!

cold+weather+woman Five Cold Weather Makeup Bag Essentials   Plus A Giveaway!

The cold weather hit Philly earlier than I had expected. So this weekend, I switched out the contents of my makeup bag (I don’t even want to say how many products I had crammed in there…I’m embarrassed) and replaced them with the following cold weather beauty essentials.

aveda+hand+relief Five Cold Weather Makeup Bag Essentials   Plus A Giveaway!

Last week, it was cold and wet in my neck of the woods. It’s not even November yet, and my hands are crack-a-lackin’. So I retired my summer hand lotion, and pulled out the heavy artillery…Aveda’s Hand Relief. If this isn’t the best hand lotion on the market, I don’t know what is. It hydrates and soothes even severely dry hands – without leaving them greasy or sticky. And the citrusy scent is a nice pick-me-up. If you’ve never tried Hand Relief, now is the best time to buy. The Pink Ribbon special value tube has 7% more product than the regular size, and Aveda will donate $4 from each purchase to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

clear+nail+polish Five Cold Weather Makeup Bag Essentials   Plus A Giveaway!

Clear Nail Polish is another cold weather essential I highly suggeststashing in your makeup bag. Not only does it protect your polish against the elements and extend the life of your mani, it’s also great for stopping stocking runs and rips in their tracks.

donna+karan+cashmere+mist+deodorant Five Cold Weather Makeup Bag Essentials   Plus A Giveaway!

Remember how I told you that I carried a mini tube of Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant in my purse this past summer? Well, it’s still there. And that’s where it’s gonna stay this season. Yes, I realize that the mercury is falling – but layered clothing combined with co-workers who like to jack up the thermostat can have you smelling quite ripe, if you’re not prepared. I am…are you?

carmex+moisture+plus Five Cold Weather Makeup Bag Essentials   Plus A Giveaway!

Chapped lips are the bane of my existence. I hate how they look, how they feel, and how they’re the prelude to a bleeding, peeling, jacked up mess of a mouth. Preventing chapped lips doesn’t have to cost a fortune, as is evidenced by one of my new cold weather beauty finds – Carmex Moisture Plus. It moisturizes with Vitamin E, Aloe, and Shea butter and protects your pucker with SPF 15. I love the vanilla menthol scent and the fact that, despite the sun protection, I don’t feel like I’m eating sunscreen if I lick my lips. The slant tip applicator also ups the fab factor.

stila+convertible+color Five Cold Weather Makeup Bag Essentials   Plus A Giveaway!

Stila Convertible Color is a makeup bag must have year-round, but I always fall a little deeper in love when it gets colder and the summer glow fades from my face. This versatile bestseller brightens cheeks and lips with creamy, translucent color. If your skin tends to dry out during the colder months, you’ll love the formula – and how it gives your complexion a lit from within, realistic glow. I use Poppy to give my cheeks a pop of color – for a straight from the slopes, snow bunny look.

This post was sponsored by Carmex Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating Lip Balm. Thanks to them, I’m giving away a $25 Visa gift card and a one year supply of Carmex Moisture Plus samples! To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment by Wednesday, October 28th at midnight – and tell me one of your favorite cold weather beauty products.

For more chances to win, visit There, women are sharing their five favorite beauty products and entering to win a $250 gift card. !

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Dark Circles & Smoky Eyes

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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.

So without further ado…do your thang, Mario!

Hi Mario,

I have a question and would like some advice on my make-up. OK… I naturally have dark circles around my eyes and I love the smokey eye look. However whenever I’ve tried it, it makes my circles appear darker. Is there something I can do about it so that I can achieve the look that I’m wanting or is that something I can’t accomplish because of my imperfections? -LaJuan

sephora+smoky+eye Makeup Mondays With Mario: Dark Circles & Smoky EyesDear LaJuan,

It seems to me that the problem you’re having has to do with covering up the dark circles around your eyes, or it could the technique you’re using when you do the eye makeup. If done correctly, a smokey eye should not make your “circles” appear darker. Here’s what you should do. Start out by applying an eye shadow base or primer to the lid. You can also use your concealer or foundation for this (a shade or two lighter then your skin would be best). Follow with some loose powder to set the base. Now you can go ahead and give yourself a smokey eye which ever way that you prefer. After the lids are done, you now want to clean the under eye area with a makeup wipe to get rid of all the eyeshadow that most likely fell. That could be why it looks more dark to you. Once the under eye area is clean, apply your concealer, blend with a sponge and finish by setting it with a translucent loose powder. This will also prevent the liner along the lower lash line from smudging. 😉


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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Ask Mario Dedivanovic Your Beauty Questions!

mario+dedivanovic Ask Mario Dedivanovic Your Beauty Questions!Many of you have some serious issues…beauty issues, that is. And as much as I want to help, I am no expert. I’m just a gal with a dream of someday being (accidentally) locked in Sephora overnight.

So to solve your beauty dilemmas, I’ve called in serious reinforcements.

Celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic is answering your burning beauty questions!!!

Email your makeup and skin care queries to, and check back soon to read Mario’s expert advice!

Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: MacGyver-ish Beauty Tips

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macgyver Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: MacGyver ish Beauty TipsLast week, as I removed pills from a sweater using a Schick Quattro razor, I started thinking about alternate uses for everyday beauty products. So I called on my fellow Beauty Bloggerati to share their MacGyver-ish beauty tips. Enjoy!

In a pinch, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion works as an eye makeup remover. It even takes off mascara. -Karen, Makeup and Beauty Blog

I use a dry toothbrush to exfoliate snaggy, dry lips. -Amber, Beauty Blogging Junkie

I sometimes use my hair conditioner as a shaving-cream stand-in. A rich conditioner can moisturize and protect skin as well as your favorite shaving cream in a pinch, like when traveling! -Tammy, A Mom In Red High Heels

To keep my cuticles looking great when I don’t have my favorite Solar Oil on hand, I use Chapstick or lip balm to moisturize them. -Erika, Makeup Bag

gauze+pads Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: MacGyver ish Beauty TipsGauze pads work better than cotton balls (or rounds) to remove polish. The textured surface grabs polish so it slides right off and you won’t be left picking off cotton ball fibers! -Erika, Makeup Bag

A black Sharpie is the best quick fix for random gray hairs that seem to come out of nowhere! -Erika, Makeup Bag

For those days when I get really drastic breakouts I soak cotton rounds in warm water and then dip them in baking soda. I then lay the pads flat on my ace for about 10 min. The effect of the baking soda brings all of the zitty yuckiness to the surface and then I take sterile lance and pop the zit. Its a safe way to get rid of pimples on your face and it doesn’t leave any scarring. -Lisa, These Lips Are Made For Glossin’

I’ll do the old lipstick as blush trick – usually when I notice I’m looking deathly pale and I’m out running around to meetings/errands. I don’t usually carry blush in my purse, but I always have lipstick or gloss. I dab a bit on the apples of my cheeks and blend. – Anne, The Jet Set Girls

I love to create my own tinted moisturizer by mixing a pinch of mineral foundation, a drop of makeup primer, and a dime size amount of heavy-duty sunscreen. Perfect for days outside! -Bailey, Makeover Momma

When I really need to blot my skin, I grab a piece of a toilet seat cover from the nearest bathroom (or sometimes tissue paper from a present), and use that to soak up any oil. -Bailey, Makeover Momma

I love applying a bit of shimmer cream lotion to my legs and arms to highlight my skin, but it can also be perfect to highlight your brow bone, cheekbones and even lips in a pinch. I also smooth the residue over the ends of my hair, because it tames flyways, makes hair smooth and gives it a sneaky dose of shine. -Bailey, Makeover Momma

vaseline Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: MacGyver ish Beauty TipsI use Vaseline on my feet before bed. I like to slather it on my heels and then put some really thick socks on. It works better than most foot creams I’ve tried…and I’ve tried a lot! -Carla, Product Girl

I take the mascara a step further and use one closer to my brow color. It beefs up sparse brows, covers grays if you have them, and keeps them in line. The only caution is to use a waterproof. You don’t want to be caught in the rain and have your brows wash off! -Jen, Beyond Beauty Basics

L’Occitane’s shea butter hand cream, cuticle cream, conditioner on ends of hair, tame flyaway hair when dry. -Hope, The Jet Set Girls

Keeping Up With Khloe Kardashian: Exclusive Beauty Q&A

 Keeping Up With Khloe Kardashian: Exclusive Beauty Q&A

It’s not easy keeping up with Khloe Kardashian. She films Keeping Up With The Kardashians in Los Angeles. She and her sister, Kourtney, filmed their upcoming reality show in Miami. Khloe recently traveled to Africa with other sister, Kim. And just this past weekend, she appeared with her family at an event in Atlantic City.

On Sunday, the fates smiled on me when our paths crossed in New York City. And thanks to her magician of a makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic, I scored an interview with this dashing diva. I hope you enjoy this exclusive Q&A with Khloe as much as we enjoyed filming it.

Products featured in these videos include:

Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup
Lancome Hypnose Mascara
MAC Lip Pencil in Spice
La Mer Moisturizing Lotion
Child Fragrance by Apothia Beauty
The Celestial Powder in Candlelight by Kevyn Aucoin

Click here for 10 things you don’t know about Khloe Kardashian.

Many thanks to Khloe Kardashian and Mario Dedivanovic for generously sharing their time and tips. Mwah!

If you loved this Q&A, my interviews with Kim Kardashian and Mario Dedivanovic are must reads!

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