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

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Collection


I'm a huge fan of Quentin Tarantino and Pulp Fiction is one of my top 3 movies of all time (the others being The Sound of Music and The Godfather, Part II). Urban Decay is one of my top 3 beauty brands so I just about lost my mind when I heard about their limited-edition Pulp Fiction collection, which CONTINUE READING

Blush

I’ll Never Apply Blush The Same Way Again

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jillian+dempsey Ill Never Apply Blush The Same Way AgainJillian Dempsey is a smart cookie. She’s the lucky lass who took McDreamy off the market. So when Jillian, a makeup artist and Global Creative Color Director for Avon, shared her tips for choosing and applying blush…you best believe I’m taking copious notes.

“When I’m working on a client, I smile so she’ll smile, which accentuates the best part of the cheeks to apply blush. I put the the highest concentration of color just outside of the fattest part of the cheeks – not directly under the eyes. You don’t want that flush of color to be too close to the nose or the temples because that screams ‘too much blush.’”

Since reading Jillian’s advice in November’s issue of Allure, I have been applying my blush exactly as she recommends. And I have to say that I am amazed at the difference a few millimeters can make. For the first time in what I fear is too long, I actually look like I’m blushing.

MAC Red She Said

Posted on by daneen in Blush, Eye Liner, Eye Shadow, Eyebrows, Holiday, Lipgloss, Lipstick, Mascara, Nail Polish | 2 Comments

redshesaidcol MAC Red She Said
Passion, heat and danger come together to create this simply sparkling holiday collection. Lips are coloured in lusty shades with shimmering Dazzleglass to add resplendent moisture. Two shades of Mineralize Eye Shadows are zipped together by a strip of silver or gold, while shimmery blushes and silky nail lacquers accentuate a radiant holiday look.

REDSAIDAMBIENT MAC Red She Said

Lipstick
* Quiet Please: Sheer frosty pale beige
* Crazee: Frosty mid-tone coral red with pearl
* Pomposity: Frosty mid-tone blue pink with pearl
* “Red” She Said: Mid-tone blue red
* Soft Pause: Sheer dark brownish berry

Suggested Retail Price $14.00 U.S.

Dazzleglass
* Sugarrimmed: Milky pale pink with red, teal and white pearl
* Baby Sparks: Pale pink with violet pearl
* Miss Dynamite: Sheer orange-y copper with pearl
* Love Alert: Raspberry red with red pearl
* Date Night: Deep plum with blue and gold pearl

Suggested Retail Price $17.50 U.S.

Mineralize Eye Shadow
* Word of Mouth: Frosty pale beige/copper pearl stripe/frosty blue grey
* Threesome: Frosty burnt red/copper pearl stripe/frosty mid-tone pink
* Outspoken: Frosty plum/silver pearl stripe/frosty violet
* Persuasive: Frosty light blue/silver pearl stripe/frosty indigo
* Inter-view: Frosty deep navy/copper pearl stripe/frosty bronzy brown
* Danger Zone: Frosty true red/silver pearl stripe/frosty black

Suggested Retail Price $17.50 U.S.

Fluidline
* Silverstroke: Richly metallic platinum
* Blacktrack: Solid flat black

Suggested Retail Price $15.00 U.S.

Eye Brows
* Lingering: Soft taupe brown
* Spiked: Bottle brunette
* Stud: A deep rich blackened brown

Suggested Retail Price $14.50 U.S.

Fibre Rich Lash
* All Black: Black

Suggested Retail Price $12.00 U.S.

Beauty Powder Blush
* Stark Naked: Shimmery mid-tone mauve with gold pearl
* Enough Said: Shimmery light bronze with gold pearl

Suggested Retail Price $18.00 U.S.

Nail Laquer
* Beiged Bliss: Silken beige-brown
* Rougemarie: Immodestly sexy red-blue

Suggested Retail Price $11.00 U.S.

 MAC Red She Said

Available October 16, 2008 at MAC stores, counters and maccosmetics.com.

New From MAC: Manish Arora Collection

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manish+arora New From MAC: Manish Arora Collection
India’s top designer, Manish Arora, teams up with MAC to create an extravagant limited-edition color collection. With its kaleidoscopic clash of shades, gem-studded compacts and maximalist vibe, this makes Indian pop culture fashionably the rage!

The Manish Arora collection for MAC consists of an eyeshadow palette, lipstick, Lipglass and blush. All are sold out online, but may still be available in stores.

Sweet Cheeks: NARS Super Orgasm Blush

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super+orgasm Sweet Cheeks: NARS Super Orgasm Blush
New and only at Sephora: NARS Super Orgasm blush.

NARS amps up their legendary Orgasm blush to bring you Super Orgasm – the universally flattering shimmering peachy pink blush with an extra dose of golden sparkle. The super sexy pink flush gives the effect of an ultimate super, uh hum, afterglow. Can be worn alone or layered together for more depth.

Just last month, Sephora.com launched a “Ratings & Reviews” function that allows customers to provide product feedback…and NARS Super Orgasm gets a near perfect score. From coast to coast (plus Canada), ladies love the Super O.

Jinney from Boston, MA sums it up as “F***ing GORGEOUS!”

I’m sold. Guess where I’m headed on my lunch break tomorrow…

MAC Ungaro

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UNGARO COL MAC UngaroLive from backstage at the Fall 2008 Collections, It-Boy designer, Esteban Cortazar, and MAC have come together to create a special colour collection as dreamy, refined, and, well, Parisienne as anything this side of the Avenue Georges V, exclusively ours! A limited edition for lips, cheeks, eyes…chez Ungaro, only for MAC.

“Our association with Ungaro is really exciting as we’ve supported Esteban for many years. He’s reflective of an attitude and movement for venerable fashion houses to reinvent their brands by employing new emerging talent, something that’s a core value of MAC,” explains Creative Director, James Gager.

The collaboration also represents the many personalities and aesthetics to which MAC makeup appeals. “MAC’s a high/low fashion brand,” continues Gager. “We follow equally couture and street culture, a sense of yin and yang is inherent to the brand and our customers – heavy-duty dramatic makeup alongside that which is girly, fresh and light. Following from our dramatic and outrageous collaboration with McQueen last year, we felt that Ungaro represented another side of MAC’s personality.”

UngaroLipstick MAC Ungaro
LIPSTICK
Pure Rose: Pastel pink with white pearl
Freckletone: Neutral yellow-toned beige
Suggested Retail Price: $14.00

Ungaro cruisecontrol MAC Ungaro
LIPGLASS
Pastel Emotion: Pastel pink with white pearl
Suggested Retail Price: $14.00

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SEE-THRU LIP COLOR
Not So Shy!: Jewel-tone berry stain
Suggested Retail Price: $14.00

Ungaro eyeshadow coral MAC Ungaro
EYE SHADOW
Soft Flower: Clean, mid-tone coral
Lilac Touch: Dirty mid-tone violet
Mineral Deep: cool brown
Phloof!: Frosted off-white (not shown)
Suggested Retail Price: $14.50

U creambase crushedrose MAC Ungaro
CREAM COLOUR BASE
Crushed Bougainvillea: Jewel-tone berry stain
Fresh Morning: Soft muted pastel pink
Suggested Retail Price: $16.50

UngaroPowderCompact 009 MAC Ungaro
BEAUTY POWDER
Flower Mist Dew Clean brightening pink
Suggested Retail Price: $22.00

Technakohlauto de blue MAC Ungaro
TECHNAKOHL LINER
Auto-de-blu: Amethyst
Suggested Retail Price: $14.50

LoudLash BoomBrown 006 MAC Ungaro
ZOOM LASH
Lofty Brown: Ultra-rich blackened cocoa brown
Suggested Retail Price: $12.00

BrowSet mink MAC Ungaro
BROW SET
Mink: Dirty brown
Suggested Retail Price: $13.50

Available
North America October 9, 2008 at all MAC locations and maccosmetics.com.
International October 2008 at all MAC locations and maccosmetics.com.

Carrie Underwood Is Just Like Us: She’s a Makeup Junkie!

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carrie+underwood+cover+allure Carrie Underwood Is Just Like Us: Shes a Makeup Junkie!
Carrie Underwood is Allure‘s cover girl for their September 2008 issue.

carrie+underwood+allure Carrie Underwood Is Just Like Us: Shes a Makeup Junkie!
Makeup artist Brigitte Reiss-Andersen was inspired by glamorous Bond girl Ursula Andress. “The idea with Carrie’s makeup was to showcase her eyes and give them that ‘pop,’” says Reiss-Andersen.

First, she sponged on a light wash of foundation and dabbed the apples of Underwood’s cheeks with a peach cream blush. Then she rimmed Underwood’s eyes in charcoal liner and blended cranberry and nude eye shadow from the lash line to the crease. She added “tons of fake lashes” as well as mascara. Finally, Reiss-Andersen applied a sheer and pearly lip gloss so it “didn’t compete with her eyes.”

To re-create the look, try:

Chanel+Powder+Blush Carrie Underwood Is Just Like Us: Shes a Makeup Junkie!* Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadows in Cinnamon and Beige
* Chanel Powder Blush in Horizon
* Chanel Aqualumiere Gloss in Bonbon

Reiss-Andersen offered to tone down Underwood’s makeup before she headed out the door, but the singer loved it so much that she kept it. She signed a few autographs for the crew before heading off to shop for cosmetics at a local mall with her mom and sister – fake eyelashes and all!

Source: Allure

Prediction: MAC’s Cult of Cherry Will Spawn Cult Following This Fall

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MAC Cult Cherry Prediction: MACs Cult of Cherry Will Spawn Cult Following This Fall
I don’t know where you live, but it was straight-up fall in Philly today. And while I’m an autumn baby (holla at my Libras), I’m sad to see summer slip away. But whether we like it or not, the change of seasons is imminent and inevitable. So to properly prepare you for the coming months, this week, Spoiled Pretty will be bringing you the skinny on the hottest fall makeup collections.

First up is MAC’s Cult of Cherry.

zac+posen+agnes Prediction: MACs Cult of Cherry Will Spawn Cult Following This FallThe GLAMORAMA beauty trend took center stage during the Fall/Winter 2008 Fashion Shows. Glam goes rock with punk-tuated eyes and heady lips. Hedonistic, transformative makeup stole the spotlight. Seen on the runways of such shows at Giles, The Blonds, Vivienne Westwood and Zac Posen (left), MAC Cult of Cherry is the perfect way to get the look. Turn up the volume on your makeup or tone it down for everyday wear, the collection can be worn in a multitude of ways to suit your needs.

Thanks to my friends at MAC, I got sneak peek at the collection. And if the samples I received are any indication, we’re all in for a delicious treat.

mac+cult+of+cherry+tempting+eye+quad Prediction: MACs Cult of Cherry Will Spawn Cult Following This Fall
Tempting Eye Shadow Quad
Next to Nothing: Sheer yellow beige with pink pearl (frost)
Tempting: Rich coco (lustre)
Sharp: Frosty bright yellow gold (satin)
Dark Edge: Dirty chocolate brown (satin)

mac+cult+of+cherry+lips Prediction: MACs Cult of Cherry Will Spawn Cult Following This Fall
So Scarlet Lipstick: Clean grape burgundy (amplified)
Creme Cerise: Sheer yellow taupe (lustre)
Kirsch: Blackened cranberry (matte)
Jampacked: Sheer grape with multi-dimensional pearl (frost)

Though many of these colors are bit dark and saturated to rock right away, I couldn’t resist getting a jump start on my fall makeup wardrobe. Creme Cerise is my new go-to nude. After sundown, I break out Jampacked. Plum de Bois Powder Blush (not pictured) didn’t wow me in the pot, but is absolutely stunning on the skin. And Kirsch has been claimed by Mama Spoiled Pretty (aka Sticky Fingers).

For more information on the collection, click here.

Cult of Cherry will be available in stores and at maccosmetics.com from August 21 through October 2008. But you know how quickly these limited-edition MAC collections fly off the shelves. So I don’t need to tell you to mark your calendars.

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