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Pretty Powerful Q&A with Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown first arrived on the beauty scene in 1991 with the launch of Bobbi Brown Essentials, and changed the face of makeup with a handful of 10 brown-based lipstick shades created to fill a void in the market of simple, flattering and wearable makeup. Bobbi’s philosophy was simple: “Women want to look and feel like themselves, only prettier and more confident.” Her unique approach to cosmetics was a long-awaited gift for women who wanted a more natural look.

Twenty years later, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is a global brand, having expanded beyond lipstick to a full range of color cosmetics, fragrance and skincare. Today, with a presence in more than 1000 doors in 57 countries and 18 free-standing stores, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is coveted by world renowned makeup artists, celebrities and style makers who appreciate Bobbi’s unique approach to beauty and her ability to translate the latest trends into wearable, real-life looks.

My friend, Samantha (right), appears in Bobbi’s latest book!

This fall, Bobbi’s seventh book, Pretty Powerful, hits bookshelves. In the book, Bobbi interviews dozens of real women, celebrities, and athletes about what beauty means to them and shows, step-by-step, how to achieve each look. Along the way, she shares her trade secrets for striking eyes, youthful skin, pretty lips, and perfect brows for any age, skin color, or beauty type.

I recently scored an exclusive interview with this makeup maestro. In the following Q&A, Bobbi dishes on her makeup philosophy, everyday routine and #1 beauty tip. It’s a pretty powerful read… (more…)

Lancôme Giveaway Winner

The lucky winner of Spoiled Pretty’s Bump It Up Giveaway, sponsored by Lancôme, is Brigette!

Brigette has won Amy Tara Koch’s much-anticipated pregnancy style guide Bump It Up: Transforming your Pregnancy into the Ultimate Style Statement. Brigette will also receive college paper writing service one of the author’s favorite beauty products – Lancôme’s Star Bronzer, which creates a sun-kissed look and instantly brightens the complexion.

Congrats to Brigette and many thanks to Lancôme for sponsoring this fabulous giveaway!

Attention Moms To Be: Lancome Events and Giveaway!

Attention all fellow moms-to-be out there in cyberland…

This month, Lancôme teams up with style expert and author Amy Tara Koch of the much-anticipated pregnancy style guide Bump It Up: Transforming your Pregnancy into the Ultimate Style Statement for several exclusive in-store events.

Clients will get the inside scoop on style tips that will take the average pregnancy from blah to beautiful. From creating the best faux glow to the maternity makeup must-haves, expecting moms will be armed with beauty and fashion advice leaving mommy-to-be feeling fabulous. One of her fave product picks? Lancôme’s Star Bronzer to create a sun-kissed look and instantly brighten the complexion.

In addition to receiving expert pregnancy style tips, clients will work with a Lancôme beauty expert on the hottest products to update their beauty regimen. And get the book free with any $75 purchase. Call/email the boutique nearest you to reserve an appointment. Space is limited.

April 13th / 5 PM – 7 PM
Lancôme | The Boutique
Upper West Side
April 14th / 5 PM – 7 PM
Lancôme | The Boutique
The Mall at Short Hills
April 27th / 6 PM – 8 PM
W Hotel Dallas-Victory – Lancôme is a sponsor
2440 Victory Park Lane
April 28th / 5 PM – 7 PM
Lancôme | The Boutique
Northpark Dallas

Even if you are unable to attend one of the aforementioned events, you’re in luck. Spoiled Pretty is teaming up with Lancome for a giveaway. One lucky expectant mom will win a copy of Bump It Up, plus Lancôme’s Star Bronzer (prize value: $54.50).

To enter the giveaway, leave a message in the comments section. Tell me a little about your own maternity style, and when your little one is due. Make sure to leave your email or another way for me to get in touch, just in case you get lucky. Contest is open to U.S. residents only. The giveaway ends at noon (EST) on Monday, April 19, 2010. Good luck!

Nina Garcia on The Style Strategy

Marie Claire Fashion Director and former Elle Editor-at-Large Nina Garcia knows a thing or two about fashion. On this week’s episode of Barnes & Noble Tagged!, host Molly Pesce sits down with the multi-tasking fashion maven and New York Times bestselling author to discuss the release of her third “fashion bible,” The Style Strategy.

Watch Nina talk about how her style has been forced to evolve due to raising a toddler, and how her new book will help readers shop smart, stay chic, and make their style last in these tough economic times. Stay tuned for Nina’s favorite frugal shopping tip from the book, and to hear about the intense emotions on the set of her hit show, Project Runway.

OMG…I Won A Contest!

I’ve entered a million contests in my lifetime. But I never seem to win anything. I guess that’s why I host so many. But today, lady luck has finally smiled on me…and I’m going to get spoiled in a pretty big way!

A few months ago, I interviewed Kyra Davis, one of my favorite authors. Lust, Loathing And A Little Lip Gloss, the long awaited fourth installment in her Sophie Katz series, was due to hit shelves in June – so I took the opportunity to chat her up about literature and lippies. I am such a fan of her chick lit mystery series that Kyra and I teamed up to give away five autographed copies of her newest book.

Little did I realize that my Q&A and giveaway counted as entries in Kyra’s own giveaway. This morning, her darling son drew names out of a hat and yours truly came out the big winner. When Kyra informed me, I was absolutely shocked. First, I didn’t even realize I had been entered into a contest; I just interviewed Kyra because I think she’s a fantabulously talented writer. And second, I never win anything!

So here’s what I’ve won:

A Labor Day weekend trip to San Francisco!!! Kyra will pick me up at the airport, I’ll stay at a swank hotel, and Kyra and I will spend the weekend visiting Sophie’s (the series’ protagonist) favorite haunts.

Can you even believe it? I’m so excited! I can’t wait to chronicle my West Coast adventures for all of you!

Thanks, Kyra! And to all of you who haven’t read her books, get reading. Have I ever steered you wrong before?

Meet François Nars at Nordstrom San Francisco Centre

After making a comeback to the runway and creating 65 different makeup looks at the Marc Jacobs show this past February, François Nars will be making his first personal appearance in about 10 years!

In celebration of NARS‘ 15th anniversary, François Nars will be making a special personal appearance at Nordstrom San Francisco Centre – signing copies of his books X-Ray and Makeup Your Mind, as well as the limited-edition NARS Loves San Francisco Set.

X-Ray (the wildly successful photography book and collector’s item), Makeup Your Mind (the ultimate instructional makeup manual featuring the world’s most recognizable models) and the NARS Loves San Francisco Set (containing an assortment of four classic products resurrected from the archives by François Nars specifically for the women of San Francisco and re-named after iconic names in the city), will be available for sale at the NARS counter during this time.

Plus, a talented team of NARS makeup artists will also be offering customers in-store consultations with the summer collection.


Saturday, June 6th, 2:00-3:30pm

865 Market Street
San Francisco, CA‎
NARS Counter
415.243.8500 x1098

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