Shopbop Sale: Take Extra 25% Off


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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

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


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 CONTINUE READING

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2014: 20 Can't Miss Beauty Exclusives!


The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is in full swing. July 18th through August 3rd, shoppers nationwide will participate in what has been an annual ritual since the 1960’s. Vacation days are planned around it, lines form in anticipation of it – and it’s not only for the pre-season savings on fall fashion and accessories. During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, the Cosmetics department provides their devoted beauty customers the opportunity to scoop up unique limited-edition items from CONTINUE READING

Dermadoctor Physical Chemistry


One of my all-time favorite products is Dermadoctor KP Duty, a dual action body exfoliator that combines the benefits of a chemical peel and microdermabrasion. It was developed to treat chicken skin - those little red bumps that many people get on their upper arms. But, for years, I've been using it to exfoliate my legs pre-shave.  There's really no body exfoliator CONTINUE READING

Beauty Tips

New Term to Add to Your Hair Dictionary: Twilights

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twilight+hair1 New Term to Add to Your Hair Dictionary: Twilights
Glamour just sent the following beauty tip to my inbox…

Here’s a new term to add to your hair dictionary: twilights.

twilight+hair2 New Term to Add to Your Hair Dictionary: TwilightsL.A. celeb colorist Stuart Gavert created the multidimensional hair colors you’ve see on Kristen Stewart and her co-stars in this winter’s vampire flick, Twilight, and now he’s coined a new color term after the flick.

Unlike highlights or lowlights, twilights are achieved when very subtle lighter and darker tones are painted in to give the hair a sparkly effect without changing its color.

Rachel Weisz and Eva Longoria Parker are just two A-listers who have already copied the Twilight look. There’s no major root-dying, which means it’s OK to skimp on color if you need to pay off your Visa bill. Ask your colorist to crib the effect!

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A Cheeky Makeup Trick, Plus My New Favorite Product!

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incandescent+cheekbones+2 A Cheeky Makeup Trick, Plus My New Favorite Product!
For what seems like forever, I have been seriously coveting the incandescent cheekbones I’ve seen on every model, actress, songbird, and reality star looking to extend her 15 minutes. And until recently, I came up with nothing.

incandescent+cheekbones A Cheeky Makeup Trick, Plus My New Favorite Product!Product after product promised me unimaginable radiance. Unfortunately, nothing panned out. In fact, the majority of these lying highlighters left my tan skin looking either disco glittery or matte and ashy – both, the antithesis of what I was going for.

But I didn’t give up hope. After a long and fruitless pursuit, I took a trip to where I should have gone in the first place. MAC, where makeup dreams come true.

At the MAC counter in the King of Prussia Nordie’s, I met a makeup artist named Dylan who happened to be wearing the most ridiculously wicked eyeliner EVER – and I just knew that she would be the one to lead me to the chiseled cheekbone promised land. Despite my lame attempt to describe what I was trying to achieve, Dylan knew exactly what I was saying and what I needed to replicate the look.

mac+cream+colour+base+in+hush A Cheeky Makeup Trick, Plus My New Favorite Product!She led me over to MAC’s Cream Colour Base display and picked up Hush, a soft pale peach with icy shimmer that I would have never touched. With the 252 Large Shader Brush, she dabbed the slightest bit of the Cream Colour Base on the top of my cheekbone – extending the line up to my temple – then buffed it into the skin, for a seamless appearance. Next, she blended in a bit more product…this time, from my temple up onto my brow bone. “Creating this sideways V gives the face a lifted look,” Dylan said.

Just in case you were wondering, this technique is super simple to master. The next night, I met up with my BFF Kristen, who marveled at my new-and-improved bone structure. I swear, ladies – just the slightest hint of Hush (in strategic places) gives you this lit-from-within glow.

Merci, MAC and Dylan…for coming up big where all of the other brands fell short. And for inspiring this cheeky post. Mwah!

Get The Look: Kim Kardashian at the Spike TV Video Game Awards

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kim+kardashian+spike+tv+awards Get The Look: Kim Kardashian at the Spike TV Video Game Awards
Troy Jensen is the man behind Kim Kardashian’s 70′s inspired makeup at the Spike TV Video Game Awards. The makeup artist/photographer blogs, “Metallic gold and intense black-lined eyes with a soft pale pink mouth complimented her dress. I love creating new looks with Kim. She has a fantastic face to work on. In earlier events, I tried to keep it fresh and sexy but this time, I wanted to give Kim a red-carpet look reminiscent of early 1970′s Cher.”

To create the look, Jensen used Revlon products. He shares the following tip for creating the perfect 70s sheer: “Choose a lip shade one or two shades brighter than your own in a salmon, rose, or raspberry pink lipstick. Pat on with your fingertips then blot with a tissue. Top with sheer gold lip gloss.”

Whatcha think of Kimmy’s look? Can you dig it?

kim+kardashian+revlon Get The Look: Kim Kardashian at the Spike TV Video Game Awards
For Kim Kardashian’s beauty and makeup tips, click here!

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Spoiled Pretty Exclusive: How To Replicate Robert Pattinson’s Bloodthirsty, Berry Lips in Twilight – Straight From Movie’s Head Makeup Artist!

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twilight+edward+wallpaper Spoiled Pretty Exclusive: How To Replicate Robert Pattinsons Bloodthirsty, Berry Lips in Twilight – Straight From Movies Head Makeup Artist!
The day after Thanksgiving, Amber and I met for lunch at The Cheesecake Factory then meandered around the Willow Grove Mall – killing time before a 4:30pm showing of Twilight. To say that we’re a wee bit obsessed with Twilight is a wee bit of an understatement. That afternoon, I was seeing the movie for the second time…and Amber had officially “blown her entire allowance” seeing Twilight FOUR times in one week.

benefit+ms+behavin Spoiled Pretty Exclusive: How To Replicate Robert Pattinsons Bloodthirsty, Berry Lips in Twilight – Straight From Movies Head Makeup Artist!Before leaving the mall and heading to the movie theater, we made a pit stop in Sephora – as beauty bloggers are wont to do when they congregate. We had heard that Twilight’s makeup artist used Benefit’s Silky Finish Lipstick in Ms. Behavin (mulberry glaze) on Robert Pattinson, who plays Edward Cullen in the film – and also on Edward’s film family. So Amber swiped some on, in an attempt to replicate Edward’s vampy lip. She got a kick out of wearing it to the movie, knowing that Robert Pattinson’s lips would be dressed in the same shade.

Ms. Behavin looked gorge on Amber, but something was different between her lips and those of the Twilight vampires. Amber’s lips were much glossier. So for a week, the question weighed on me as I tried to figure out how the movie’s makeup department managed to make the glossy lipstick look like a matte stain.

This weekend, I got my answer – straight from Jeanne Van Phue, Twilight‘s head makeup artist!!!

robert+pattison+twilight Spoiled Pretty Exclusive: How To Replicate Robert Pattinsons Bloodthirsty, Berry Lips in Twilight – Straight From Movies Head Makeup Artist!To copy Edward Cullen’s bloodthirsty berry lips, apply a very small amount of Benefit Silky Finish Lipstick in Ms. Behavin. Then top it off with Noriko Cranberry Lip Balm, which can be purchased at Nigel’s Beauty Emporium:

11252 Magnolia Blvd.
N. Hollywood, CA 91601
818.760.3902

This is a Spoiled Pretty exclusive, y’all. Remember where you heard it first!

Click here for more of Jeanne’s makeup tips and to learn what other beauty products were used on the set of Twilight.

What’s New Pussycat? POP Beauty Cat Eyes!

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pop+beauty+cat+eyes What’s New Pussycat? POP Beauty Cat Eyes!
I’m no pro makeup artist. But there’s one beauty technique that I’ve got down pat – the elusive cat eye. It requires patience and a steady paw…but once you put in a little practice, a fierce fe-lined eye isn’t far off.

But what if practice doesn’t make perfect? What if your finished product is more Amy (Winehouse) than Angelina (Jolie)? Don’t claw your eyes out just yet. POP Beauty has just the product to produce a purr-fect cat eye.

POP Beauty Cat Eyes is a uniquely slanted eye crayon. Simply press it into the skin and follow the lash line – and it makes the perfect flick at the end, which is key to perfecting the look.
Go from “I don’t know how” to MEOW!

I was particularly impressed by how effortless it was to create a cat eye with this liner. The creamy texture of the crayon simply glides across the skin. And no more worrying about the uniformity of the wings at the outer corner of the eyes…with Cat Eyes, they’re a perfect match – every time.

Nicole+Richie+Cat+Eye What’s New Pussycat? POP Beauty Cat Eyes!
Cat Eyes isn’t deeply pigmented, so if you’re looking to create a Nicole Ritchie-esque eye (I‘m obsessed), here’s what I recommend:

Nicole+Richie+Cat+Eye+Closeup What’s New Pussycat? POP Beauty Cat Eyes!* prep the lid with a primer
* Line the eye with Cat Eyes
* Trace over the line with a liquid liner
* Apply two coats of your favorite volumizing mascara

POP Beauty Cat Eyes comes in three colors (Black Onyx, Black Dahlia, and Black Olive) and is available at Sephora, amazon.com, dermstore.com, and popbeauty.co.uk.

Get Gisele’s Fall Favorites for $20

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gisele+max+factor Get Giseles Fall Favorites for $20
As you may know, Gisele Bundchen is the new face of MAX Factor and to kick off this partnership, for a limited time only, MAX Factor is running a pretty cool promotion including all of Gisele’s favorite MAX Factor products.

The exclusive package includes:
· Lipfinity 3D Lipcolor in 80’s Pink
· MAXeye Liner in Fresh Coffee
· Vivid Impact Eye Shadow in Domino Effect
· Volume Couture in Black Brown

These four products can be purchased as a bundle from maxfactor.com at 50% off retail price – with a complementary makeup bag and free shipping! The cost is only $20 (plus tax)!

To achieve the Gisele look, you obv need the tools (see aforementioned products). But you also need the technique…application is a key factor. Get it? Factor?!? I should just quit this blog and start doing standup.

Here are a few pro tips, courtesy of MAX Factor celebrity makeup artist Jake Bailey:

For a daytime high impact eye:
· Start by lining the upper and lower lash lines with MAXeye Liner in Fresh Coffee. Dot the eye liner in the inner lash lines to create high impact and high drama. Use your finger to smudge the liner on the upper and lower lash lines to create a smoldering effect. Don’t worry about smudging the liner too much; a little bit of “messiness” creates a sexier eye.

· Liven up lashes by applying one coat of Lash Perfection Volume Couture Mascara in Black Brown on the upper and lower lashes.

For a smoky eye:
· For a twist on the smoky-eye, create a look that’s all your own by blending your favorite shades of shadow to create a customized hybrid. Shades I have found universally flattering are grays and lavenders.

· Start by mixing together the charcoal colored end of Vivid Impact Eye Shadows in Domino Effect with the purple shade in Vivid Impact Eye Shadows Sultry Sage for a smoky plum shade. Using an eye shadow brush, work the shadow all the way from the lash line to the brow bone, blending the pigment with your finger towards when nearing the brow to create a dramatic eye look.

· Liven up lashes by generously applying Lash Perfection Volume Couture Mascara on the upper and lower lashes.

· Keep the face flawless and lip simple so as not to overpower the vivid eye: Apply ColorGenius Pressed Powder, in a shade that compliments your skin tone, to minimize any shininess. If you desire a little extra color, work a light blush into the cheeks such as ColorGenius Pressed Powder in Peaches. Circle the product with a large round brush onto the apples of the cheeks and brush up towards the temples.

· Finish with a light pink gloss, such as MAXalicious Gloss in First Kiss for barely-there glossy lips.

For a bright pink lip:
· For a beautiful and eye catching look for day and night, try using Lipfinity 3D in 80s Pink with just two coats of mascara, such as Lash Perfection Volume Couture Mascara in Black Brown, on curled lashes. This creates sophisticated beauty looks with not a lot of makeup.

· In the Fall and Winter, a bold lip hue can brighten your complexion instantly!

Kim Kardashian’s Toned Down Makeup Look

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Kim Kardashian and her makeup artist, Stephen Moleski, tell E! News how the startlet is toning down her once vamped up look.

For Kim Kardashian’s beauty and makeup tips, click here!

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