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

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

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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!

indian+girl+kim+kardashian+cat+eye1 Kim Kardashians Fashion Week Cat Eye Re created

indian+girl+kim+kardashian+cat+eye2 Kim Kardashians Fashion Week Cat Eye Re created

For Kim Kardashian beauty and makeup tips, click here.

Photo Credit: Wireimage

OMG: Kim Kardashian’s Makeup Artist Answers MY Beauty Question!!!

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kim kardashian awesome cat eye OMG: Kim Kardashians Makeup Artist Answers MY Beauty Question!!!Remember this fierce cat eye that Kim Kardashian sported at New York Fashion Week?

Well, Kim’s makeup artist was fielding beauty questions on her blog – so I posted a comment, asking how he created it. And guess what? He answered my question and Kim posted on her blog today!!!

spoiledpretty: I absolutely NEED to know how you created the black & white edgy cat eye Kim wore to the Y-3 Fashion Week show.

Mario Dedivanovic: LOL Daneen, I loved doing that look on Kim too. It was very different and more of a fashion forward look. I used the MAC liquid liner and rimmed the entire eye around from corner to corner. I used a white matte shadow on the lid and under the brow and Cork shadow by MAC in the crease. I didn’t use any mascara on the bottom because I wanted the sharp line to show.

Can you believe? I think I’m in shock…

Head to Kim’s blog for more of Mario’s beauty tips!

For Kim Kardashian beauty and makeup tips, click here.

Photo Credit: Wireimage

Top 15 Expert Beauty Tips Revealed

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total+beauty+beauty+secrets Top 15 Expert Beauty Tips Revealed

Total Beauty reveals the best hairstyle and makeup tricks they picked up from the pros during New York Fashion Week. Here’s a preview:

If you curled your hair with an iron, but it turned out a little Shirley Temple-esque, pin it in a bun and let it set for 15 minutes. The result? Soft waves. -Rodney Cutler, hairstylist and owner of Cutler Salon

Click here for more tricks of the trade.

Spoiled Pretty’s Interview With Jason Backe, Celebrity Hair Colorist

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Jason Backe and Daneen Baird Spoiled Prettys Interview With Jason Backe, Celebrity Hair ColoristA few weeks ago, I spent the evening with Jason Backe, Clairol Color Director. We watched the Grammy arrivals and discussed hair color trends…and in the midst of an interview, Jason convinced me to go darker. I had such a ball with Jason that it hurt me to leave. I could have gossiped with him all day and night. Jason is fantastically charming and possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of hair color. So if you color your hair – or you’re thinking about making a shade change, the following interview is a MUST READ. Enjoy!

When did your interest in hair color begin?
“I’ve been coloring hair pretty much for my entire life. I did everything when I was a kid – from putting Kool Aid in my sister’s hair to using Clorox to try and get her hair to be blonder; it got it blonde but it broke. So I’ve been coloring hair for my whole life. I would play with at-home hair color with my mom and do single-process application on her. But when I got a little older – after high school and into college – I really didn’t play with beauty stuff at all. I didn’t really get back into it until I’d been in college for four years and I had switched my major like twenty-seven times (and switched schools three times). I just never felt successful in that learning style; no matter how hard I would try, it always seemed that I was just getting C’s. So I decided to do something a little more hands-on, that would inspire the more creative part of myself. And that’s when I went to beauty school.”

What was your biggest break as a professional hair colorist?
“My first feeling that I had achieved something was when I was in Allure’s directory, the first time. Every time I’ve been in Allure’s directory has been amazing…such a huge compliment. But the first time felt like I had really arrived as a New York City hair colorist. Other breaks include starting to color celebrities – that was really great. But my hugest victory is my role as spokesperson for Clairol. I feel so proud to have that on my resume. It’s one thing to work for a brand where you feel like you’re selling snake oil – and it’s another thing to work for a brand that I really identify with. I love working with Clairol; it’s amazing that I can give my professional experience to women at home so that they can feel sexy, confident and special – just like the girls that see me in the salon do.”

What is your main philosophy about hair color?
“I like hair color to help women express themselves. So if she is breaking up and needs a ‘break over,’ I think that hair color is a great way to give that to her. If she wants to celebrate a new career move or a promotion, hair color is a great way to do that. For me, a client’s hair color isn’t about me demonstrating how creative I am. The way that I’m creative is being able to listen to what women are telling me, hear what they like and don’t like, and then use all of my resources and skills to bring out the prettiest them that I can.”

What do you love most about your job?
“I love making the girls look pretty. I think it’s the most amazing thing when a woman steps off of the elevator into the salon and she is feeling and looking tired… and I can put a little sparkle into her life that makes her feel good.”

Who are your favorite celebrities to work on?
anne hathaway Spoiled Prettys Interview With Jason Backe, Celebrity Hair Colorist“I think that I attract the kind of girls that I’m like. I’m just a regular kind of guy, so I attract girls that are just regular kind of girls. I love working with Annie Hathaway. She’s just a good person. She’s got a great family, she’s a real down-to-earth person, and she’s got good common sense.”

“I love Lake Bell because she’s the quintessential New York girl to me. She’s creative and takes chances, she doesn’t care what people think, and she’s funny. And I love Elettra Wiedemann Rossellini. She doesn’t have to say a word…she just walks into a room and she’s devastating. And, at the same time, she’s one of the smartest people that I know. I mean, what was God thinking giving all of that to one girl? She’s so well-rounded and so of the world, that she’s comfortable to be around.”

What tips do you have for women choosing a hair color shade?
“The first thing is to trust your intuition because you know what looks pretty on you. The second rule is to think about what kind of maintenance you want to have. Because the farther you stray from your natural hair color, the more maintenance you’re going to have. If you’re the kind of girl who wants to color her hair every two weeks, then go crazy. If you’re the kind of girl who wants to color her hair every eight to twelve weeks, don’t go so crazy. If you’re the kind of girl who’s coloring your hair at home, the rule is to stay within 2 levels of your natural color; so two levels lighter or two levels darker. That way, you’ll be sure to stay within the range for successful, salon-looking haircolor.”

What hair color products and tools can you not live without?
“I can’t live without bleach because I think that bleach is the greatest tool that a colorist has, because it’s so versatile in what it can do. I also think that of any tool or product, it’s one of the most widely misused so it can cause the most damage – which is why it gets such a bad rep.”

Can anyone be a blonde?
Rila Fukushima Spoiled Prettys Interview With Jason Backe, Celebrity Hair Colorist“Yes. There are general guidelines for going blonde. If you have a lot of pink in your complexion, it’s better to be a cool blonde. If you have a medium complexion with brown eyes, you can pull off a really golden blonde. Then again, if you have an olive or darker complexion, it’s better to go back to the cool or neutral blonde. But I think that anyone can be a blonde.”

“I color this model’s hair…her name is Rila. She is the BAE – blondest Asian ever, and it’s devastating. It’s so beautiful on her. I think of Mary J. Blige who is also a devastating blonde. I think of Claudia Schiffer, who is very fair and she’s a gorgeous blonde. So I think that finding the right shade is the key. I always use Lindsay Lohan as a great example. I didn’t turn her blonde, but I watched the whole process. And, at first, it wasn’t pretty. But by the time she was on the cover of Vanity Fair, it was gorgeous.”

Any other hair color tips?
“If you color your hair at home, save the side of the package with the hair color name on it…and then you can write notes on it. Things like ‘I wish I would have chosen something with more gold’ or ‘next time, choose something that’s less red.’ And keep that, so the next you go to the store to buy haircolor, you have some sort of reference of what you did last time. That’s why I don’t understand colorist in the salon who don’t keep a record. It’s like every time a client comes in, it’s like the first time. I don’t understand it. But I’m a Capricorn, so I can’t help it.”

What’s next for you?
“I love teaching and sharing information, so I hope what’s next for me is that my role with Clairol will continue to grow in that direction. I would love to be in more venues with more regular women – and be able to share insider tips with them. Whether that’s through the Internet, appearances in different cities, or television commercial…I think I would be great for commercials. Those are the things that I’m thinking about next.”

Interview pique your interest? Hungry for more hair color tips? Visit Jason’s blog, HUEman Behavior, over at DailyMakeover.com.

My Latest MAC Purchase: You’ll Be Green With Envy

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Jillian+and+Mom+at+MAC My Latest MAC Purchase: Youll Be Green With Envy
Today, after attending the Cashman & Associates Girls’ Day Out event, Mama Spoiled Pretty and I headed over to Macy’s for some extra innings of shopping. Mom was kinda working my last nerve, shopping up a storm, then asking me (aka telling me) to carry her heavy bags. But then she spotted a $180 Michael Kors dress – in my size – for $9. Can you even believe? So all was forgiven and Philadelphia has since been re-named the City of Motherly Love. Anyway, despite saving $171 on the dress, it still wasn’t my most satisfying purchase of the day.

Before mom and I headed for the petites department, we stopped at the MAC counter and had a ball playing with the makeup. At first, mom was all, “What do you need more MAC makeup for?” Obviously, I did not inherit my product addiction from my mother. But after watching me get all done up, thanks to the talented and knowledgeable MAC makeup artist Jillian, she too was bitten by the MAC bug. Jillian gave her a very sophisticated smoky eye and mom ended up buying both of the shadows Jillian used – Nehru (muted bluish black) and Knight Divine (black w/ silver pearl).

For my fabulous purchase (you’re going to be green with envy), watch the video:

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New York Fashion Week: Reem Acra, Fall 2009

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reem+acra3 New York Fashion Week: Reem Acra, Fall 2009

Backstage at the Fall 2009 Reem Acra collection (held at Reem’s showroom),teams from Bumble and bumble and MAC were busy at work styling hair and crafting makeup to compliment the collection’s Grecian theme.

“The inspiration is goddess-like,“ said Polly Osmond, Key Makeup Artist of MAC.

 New York Fashion Week: Reem Acra, Fall 2009“So the face is highlighted and shaded. We’re doing a greasy, taupe-y eye with highlights on the cheeks and a pale lip. The only specification Reem had for the makeup was to make the girls look beautiful. The entire look took about a half hour to conceive because it’s very simple and easy.”

To replicate the look, prep the face with MAC Face and Body Foundation. Then apply MAC Butter Nutty Shadestick to temples, bridge of the nose, and chin. Brush MAC Powder Blush in Taupe on eyelids and under eyes, MAC Nylon Eye Shadow in the inner corners of the eyes, and MAC Root Cream Colour Base under eyes. Layer MAC Gloss Texture on top of the Root Cream Colour Base – then curl lashes and coat with MAC Mascara X in Black.

Apply concealer to the lips then follow with the Root Cream Colour Base. Top with MAC Shy Girl Lipstick and MAC Boy Bait Lipglass. Finally, swipe some MAC Gloss Texture on the cheekbones.

 New York Fashion Week: Reem Acra, Fall 2009When I approached Laurent Philippon, Lead Hairstylist for Bumble and bumble, he was scrambling because the electricity had gone out – which left him and his team without power for their styling tools. But he was so calm and gracious, and gave me his full attention for a quick interview.

 New York Fashion Week: Reem Acra, Fall 2009“This is a red carpet kind of hairstyle. Reem wanted something quite sophisticated. It’s a side chignon with a really, really low side part. It frames the face and brings a geometrical shape to the hairstyle, but with softness as well. It’s a very clean and finished hairstyle but it’s not glued. I don’t want it to look glued. I still want it to feel like it’s hair. We’re drawing the part with a comb, then using Styling Lotion and drying hair really flat. And we’re putting it into a side ponytail – no backcombing involved. The twist is really about securing it with large pins. So it’s really tight, but it doesn’t look tight.”

 New York Fashion Week: Reem Acra, Fall 2009Angi Wingle, and her team of Creative Nail Design technicians, put the finishing touches on models’ tips and toes. The nails were filed to a naturally rounded shape (to echo the bustlines of Reem’s draped gowns) and polished with a coat of Cocoa.

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