If You Have Hair, The Wet Brush is a Must Have


For years, I have used an oversized wide-tooth comb to detangle my notoriously impossible to detangle post-shampoo hair. The amount of hair that would get caught in the teeth was somewhat alarming. But I chalked it up to the fact that I only wash my hair once a week - so maybe the hair loss really wasn't all that CONTINUE READING

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream Review


You know how awesome BB creams are for your face? Well, the geniuses at Jergens have harnessed the power of BB and infused it into a lotion for your body. Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream promises flawless-looking skin with 5 visible benefits in just 5 days.  But does it deliver? Watch the video to find out...   Disclosure: This post was CONTINUE READING

Laura Mercier Sale at Gilt.com


As a huge fan of Laura Mercier (I swear by the foundation primer and tinted moisturizer), I was so excited to see that Gilt.com has a nice assortment of beauty products currently on sale. There's everything from sophisticated nail polish colors and soft mineral blush to lip glaze palettes and pencil sets to create an alluring smoky eye. Oh, and CONTINUE READING

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Cover April Issue of Vogue


Welp, folks, it looks like Kanye finally wore Anna Wintour down and got his baby mama a coveted Vogue cover. So the rumors were true. There was buzz a few months back that Kim would cover the fashion bible, but then everyone assumed it would be a foreign Vogue - given Anna's alleged aversion to all things Kardashian. I CONTINUE READING

10 Beauty Products to Get You Through the Flu


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 CONTINUE READING

Beauty Tips

Set It And Don’t Forget It: How To Remember To Unplug Your Hair Tools

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burning+house Set It And Don’t Forget It: How To Remember To Unplug Your Hair ToolsIf I had a dollar for every time I left the house, then started freaking out about the possibility of my apartment going up in flames thanks to a forgotten (and still plugged-in) flat iron, I’d be able to afford a digital styling iron with auto shut off.

Over the years, I’ve probably given myself a minor heart condition worrying about setting my place on fire. One day at work, I worked myself into such a tizzy that I took a cab home at lunchtime – only to find that I had, in fact, unplugged it before I left that morning.

Lately, I’ve gotten better at remembering to remember that I’ve unplugged my hot tools…but I still forget from time to time.

Which is why I found this simple, yet ingenious tip on BellaSugar so enlightening. Check it out!

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Spoiled Pretty Exclusive Interview: Keeping Up With Kim Kardashian

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kim+kardashian+makeup Spoiled Pretty Exclusive Interview: Keeping Up With Kim KardashianIt’s no secret that I’ve got a little girl crush on Kim Kardashian. If you’re a regular visitor to Spoiled Pretty, you know that Kim’s photos appear on these pages more frequently than my own. She never seems to have bad hair day and her makeup is always flawless – which is quite a feat, considering the pack of paparazzi that shadow her every move.

Her blog is on my daily reading list, and I check in often…hoping that she’ll spill some secret that will help me crack the Kardashian code and cop her It Girl style.

Kim is quite the jet setter – racking up frequent flyer miles as she dashes between L.A. and N.Y.C., from photo shoots to swanky shindigs. It’s not easy keeping up with this Kardashian, so I was a giddy mess when Kim accepted my invitation for a Spoiled Pretty tête-à-tête.

Enjoy and take copious notes!

Kim+Kardashian Spoiled Pretty Exclusive Interview: Keeping Up With Kim Kardashian

SP: Your complexion is flawless, Kim. Care to share your skin care secrets?
KK: I love using CellCeuticals Skin Care products, and I make sure I moisturize all of the time.

SP: You never seem to have a bad hair day. What products are you using to keep your hair looking so healthy and shiny?
KK: I always change my shampoos and conditioners, anything from Finesse to Pantene. I also don’t wash my hair every day so that it stays thick and healthy.

kim+kardashian+nude+glossy+lip Spoiled Pretty Exclusive Interview: Keeping Up With Kim KardashianSP: What is your every day beauty routine?
KK: If I’m having a casual day, I put on tinted moisturizer and some blush and I’m ready!

SP: What is your #1 beauty secret?
KK: I always make sure to use a MAC wipe or an Oil of Olay facial cloth to wipe all my makeup before I go to bed!

SP: I am on an eternal quest to find products that help me achieve the signature Kim Kardashian glossy nude lip. Can you recommend a few?
KK: My favorite lipstick is NARS Belle De Jour – it’s the perfect nude! My favorite lip liner is MAC Stripdown and I love MAC Gloss in Instant Gold.

SP: I was very excited to learn that you’re working on a fragrance. How is it coming along, and have you considered creating your own makeup line? I would buy the entire collection!
KK: The perfume is coming along great! It’s been an amazing experience creating it. It’s been a lot of work, but I am beyond thrilled with the outcome. I have thought about my own makeup line, and it’s absolutely a goal of mine for the future.

SP: How has your look evolved over the years?
KK: I used to love heavy makeup and smokier eyes, and wouldn’t really try new looks. Now, I will try anything and love fresh, lighter looks.

SP: If you could only choose one designer to wear for the rest of your life, who would it be and why?
KK: I’d have to go with American Apparel. Their designs are cute, edgy and stylish – but are still SO comfortable at the same time.

SP: What is your most memorable fashion moment?
KK: My most memorable fashion moment would have to be at this year’s Oscars when I wore a gorgeous Lloyd Klein gown with my hair pulled up in a slick bun. I felt like a princess.

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SP: What fashion trends are you loving and embracing right now?
KK: I’m loving the ripped jeans look! Also, I’ve been embracing “recession-ista” style which is why I co-founded ShoeDazzle.com. Women need to be able to stay trendy and fashion-forward without having to spend a fortune.

SP: Every time I see you photographed, you are carrying an insanely chic handbag. Which are your current favorites?
KK: When it comes to bags, Chanel is always a classic, but I also love Balenciaga because their styles are fun and edgy – I’ll always rock those!

SP: I’ve got a little junk in the trunk, so what jeans would you recommend for women with a well-endowed derrière?
KK: When it comes to jeans, always opt for styles that have stretch in them no matter what the brand.

khloe+kourtney+kim+kardashian Spoiled Pretty Exclusive Interview: Keeping Up With Kim Kardashian

SP: Like you, I have a very close and special relationship with my sister. What qualities do you most admire about your fellow Dash Dolls, Kourtney and Khloe?
KK: I love my sisters. Kourtney is the most loyal and responsible person I know and Khloe definitely has the biggest heart.

SP: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
KK: Hopefully, married with five kids!

Many thanks to Kim Kardashian for penciling Spoiled Pretty into her busy sched. For more style and beauty tips, be sure to check out Kim’s blog!

Bumble and bumble Partners with Rock Musical HAIR

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HAIR Broadway  3 Bumble and bumble Partners with Rock Musical HAIRHere’s a little something I bet you didn’t know about me: I’m a musical theater nut. Since I was cast as Gretl von Trapp in Merion Mercy Academy’s 1985 production of The Sound of Music, I’ve been passionate about plays… particularly ones where the cast spontaneous erupts into harmonized song and choreographed dance.

Needless to say, as a beauty buff and musical geek, I was very excited when the following email arrived in my inbox:

Last summer’s twice-extended, sold-out production of HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, is moving to Broadway and Bumble and bumble is along for the ride, continuing their relationship with the show as its exclusive hair care partner.

As part of the relationship, Bumble and bumble granted Michael McDonald, Costume Designer for HAIR, full access to its services and products. McDonald said, “The 60s hippie hair never had it so good. With Bumble and bumble cut and color and their gentle shampoos and conditioners, “hippies” for the new millennium can get that natural look that never seems to go out of style.” Bumble and bumble stylists worked closely with McDonald to make sure the hair of HAIR remains true to its concept – locks with great natural texture, with a flower child edge.

Bumble and bumble editorial hairstylist Rolando Beauchamp, who has worked with Mary Kate Olsen, Kristen Davis and Christina Applegate, provides some styling tips for anyone who wants to get this loose, natural flower child look that’s great for spring:

For wavy or curly hair:
The key is keeping the hair’s natural texture, just helping it out with some product that gives it some support. Spritz Bb Surf Spray ($22) onto damp hair, and work about a quarter size amount of Bb Styling Creme ($23) into hair, mid-shaft to ends. The combination of Surf Spray and Styling Creme gives the right texture – a bit dry, not greasy. Dry with a diffuser or let air dry if it is warm out. The key is not to brush or comb out, just finger style and let it be free!

For straight hair:
Begin just like curly/wavy technique with Bb Surf Spray and Styling Creme, but you’ll need at waves to the hair. Using a 1 inch barrel curling iron, take 1 inch diameter sections of hair and roughly wrap the hair around the iron. The goal is to create bends and waves in the hair, not perfect curls. Then scrunch the section up and pin to the head. Continue curling sections, wrapping the hair in alternating directions, then scrunching and pinning the sections until the entire head is pinned up. Let the hair set for a few minutes, then undo sections. Don’t brush the sections out, just finger style.

Products available at bumbleandbumble.com.

Photo credit: Joan Marcus

Bobbi Brown: Tag, You’re It

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bobbi+brown+makeup+manual Bobbi Brown: Tag, Youre ItFor years, internationally renowned makeup artist Bobbi Brown has been helping women embrace their age through beauty and grace with books including Bobbi Brown Beauty Evolution and Bobbi Brown Living Beauty. Despite her demanding schedule as author, CEO of Bobbi Brown cosmetics, and Beauty Editor for NBC’s Today Show, she manages to stay fresh-faced and fabulous – and is sharing her secrets this week with Barnes & Noble Tagged!

This week on Barnes & Noble Tagged!, Bobbi Brown shares her secrets and talks about her new book, the Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual. Watch the video to hear why this book is perfect for both the makeup novice and the up-and-coming artist; and pick up the book to learn simple tips like how to hold a brush, or more complicated tricks for theatrical and runway makeup.

New York Fashion Week: Thuy, Fall 2009

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 New York Fashion Week: Thuy, Fall 2009For the Thuy Fall 2009 show, Anthony Barrow for Avon created disheveled rocker updos.

“What we’re going for is to create a dry, airy texture and Thuy wanted the hair to go up…to be a little bit rockabilly. We combed through some Avon Advance Techniques Volumizing Mousse, on dry hair, and sprayed on Avon Advance Techniques Hair Spray. All of that is dried into the hair, using a hair dryer and paddle brush – which gives it a little bit of finish, but keeps it separated because we don’t want the texture to be too perfect.”

“The front half of the head is backcombed and the first few side sections are backcombed. Then the back is twisted asymmetrically across the back of the head. So it’s a bit like a French pleat, but it runs behind the ear. The front is dressed back up and twisted and the ends are left out, so there’s texture in the front. The reason for twisting the hair right to left is because the designer has created several looks with hats. So the hats go from left to right, so we’re balancing that out. What’s important is it’s not too pretty. It’s got a bit of gritiness to it. This is perfect hair, actually, because it’s a little bit damaged.”

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When I asked about the inspiration, Anthony explained, “Thuy wanted something that was strong and ‘not too girly,’ in her words…and edgier and raw. But she wanted it to be clean and she wanted it to be flat. The emphasis needed to be on the front, with the texture. We went through many variations before we decided on this one.”

 New York Fashion Week: Thuy, Fall 2009Romero Jennings (for MAC) created the futuristic makeup look. “Thuy was talking about optimism and the future and clean lines. So I felt that the makeup should be organic, like a lot of her shapes are. But because she’s doing some color, I decided to go black and white. I was able to use texture – so there’s shine and matte. There’s definitely a liner, and it’s done with Blacktrack Fluidline, mixed with some new products. We have a new Black Collection for fall that is amazing.”

“On the lid, I mixed Frozen White Pigment with Gold Pigment and a little bit of Reflects Gold. On the cheek, we’re applying Mineralized Blush. But even though there’s a hint of color, you’re really not going to see it. On the runway, it’s going to look like black and white and the skin is just going to glow.”

 New York Fashion Week: Thuy, Fall 2009

 New York Fashion Week: Thuy, Fall 2009


 New York Fashion Week: Thuy, Fall 2009“The lipstick is a mixture of Flesh Pot (from the limited-edition Heatherette Collection) and Myth. The look is kind of nude and fresh. On a darker girl, I’m going to use Chelsea (discontinued lipstick), which is nude and brownie. It’s pretty. It’s makeup that someone can actually do at home by themselves, with or without all of the extra things that I use. You can actually do this really great strong liner, highlight around it, do a neutral mouth and little bit of blush and you’ll get the same effect.”

When I asked Romero about emerging trends, Romero said, “For fall, I’m seeing that it’s dark. There’s a definite liner, but it’s not pointy. It’s not glam-y or vampy. It’s almost more futuristic and modern. That’s what I love about it. And the skin looks healthy.”

Video Tutorial: Chiseled Cheekbones With MAC Cream Colour Base

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spoiled+pretty+chiseled+cheekbones Video Tutorial: Chiseled Cheekbones With MAC Cream Colour Base
Some time ago, I promised I would take pictures to demonstrate how to create chiseled cheekbones using MAC Cream Colour Base. Well, I finally got around to fulfilling my promise…except I decided to tape a video tutorial. Watch and learn…

MAC Cream Colour Base in Hush
MAC 252 Large Shader Brush

For more video product reviews and tips, click here for Spoiled Pretty TV.

Kim Kardashian’s Fashion Week Cat Eye Re-created

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kim+kardashian+awesome+cat+eye Kim Kardashians Fashion Week Cat Eye Re created
Apparently, I wasn’t the only beauty blogger enchanted by Kim Kardashian’s ferosh Fashion Week cat eye. My blogging buddy Indian Girl just sent me an email, thanking me for posting makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic’s step-by-step application tips.

Using my post as a guide, Indian Girl replicated Kim’s liner and eye shadow situation – and I have to say, she did an amazing job!

Watch your butt, Kim…Indian Girl is hot on your tail!

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Photo Credit: Wireimage



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