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Carissa’s Bridal Makeup Must-Haves: Day 3

Carissa’s Bridal Makeup Must-Haves: Day 2

A Spoiled Pretty Wedding

It’s Bridal Beauty Week at Spoiled Pretty, so it’s only fair that I share some pics with you of my own nuptials last June. You might also notice that pink and green was my color palette. If anything, I’m consistent.

My makeup artist, Jackie, was the best! If you’re the Philadelphia area and looking for a professional makeup artist for your wedding or special event, let me know and I will be happy to pass along her contact info.

Enjoy the show!

PS – Don’t forget to enter the Ultimate Bridal Beauty Basket giveaway!

Carissa’s Bridal Makeup Must-Haves: Day 1

I’m a cosmetics connoisseur. That much is obvious. But I’m no makeup artist. So when I started planning for Bridal Beauty Week, I decided I needed to consult with a professional.

My girl Carissa, writer and editor of Hooked On Beauty, is a professional makeup artist who specializes in weddings. Over her twelve-year career, she’s developed an arsenal of products that are essential for creating that perfect bridal look.

Every day this week, Carissa will share one of her bridal makeup must-haves. Without further ado, here is her first pick.

Carissa says:

Talking, kissing, eating and drinking all contribute to the early death of the lipstick. I always reinforce lips by using Stila’s Lip Rouge in Moue, a felt-tipped magic marker for your lips to provide long-wearing color hours after the gloss is gone.

To learn more about Carissa and her services, visit

PS – Don’t forget to enter the Ultimate Bridal Beauty Basket giveaway!

Bridal Beauty Week – And A Giveaway!!!

It’s nearly impossible for me to keep a secret. It’s not that I’m a gossip. I just like to share. Anyway, I’ve had something special up my sleeve for weeks now. The time has come to reveal the surprise, and I’m so excited and relieved – because I thought I would literally burst. Drumroll, please…

Today is the official launch of Bridal Beauty Week at Spoiled Pretty! All week long, we’re lifting the veil on bridal beauty. In addition to the usual product reviews and beauty commentary – the site will feature bridal makeup trends, professional advice, application how-to’s, and celebrity beauty inspirations.

And to kick off this special engagement, Spoiled Pretty is hosting a grand giveaway! One lucky bride-to-be will win the Ultimate Bridal Beauty Basket, filled with the following treats:

Metal Clutch in Silver: This gorgeous metal mesh is the perfect purse for your big day. Bonus – it’s lined in blue satin!

Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner and Eye Liner Brush: This innovative eyeliner offers the precision of liquid liner and the ease of a gel-based formula. Color is long-wearing and water-resistant. The Eyeliner Brush is perfectly shaped to create a precise and even line.

Touch of Bronze Moisturizing Body Lotion: This daily body moisturizer with a touch of self-tanner provides an allover, faux glow. Just smooth on this mistake-proof formula to gradually build or maintain even color.

Original OUCHY! Boo-Boo Gel: Accidents happen. But this product will make sure you’re picture perfect for your big day by discouraging discoloration, reducing inflammation, and speeding the healing process.

Beauty Stone, Dual Action Swedish File, Foot Butter, Miracle Shield, Professional Pumice Stone & Nail Brush, Pumice Foot Scrub and Rub Relief Strips: These products will prep and beautify your tootsies. Take care of your feet – they will, after all, be walking you down the aisle.

The Bridal Collection: Get your left ring finger (and the other nine) ready for their close-up. You’ll fall in love with this set of six polishes – in cloud nine, tie the knot, happily ever after, blushing bride, true love, and no-pre nup.

Stiletto Stylist Bridal Kit: Brides have plenty of things to stress about on their wedding day – aching feet shouldn’t be one of them. For a worry- and wobble-free walk down the aisle, no bride should be without this kit. All six sole solutions are designed to stay hidden in even the strappiest, most delicate shoes for maximum comfort from the aisle to the honeymoon.

Calligraphy Liquid Liner in Cognac and Trace Lip Liner in Bare: The refined felt-tip precision eyeliner is waterproof to prevent streaks or smears. The double-ended lip liner (liner on one end, lip brush on the other) has a remarkably smooth, long-wearing formula to transform and enhance lips.

Eye Glosses in Peach and Lilac: Smooth and luscious, these long-lasting, weightless shadows deliver true, rich shades that won’t crease or smear. They’re made without synthetic dyes, fillers or chemical preservatives, making the formula safe and non-irritating to the eyes.

Buttercream Frosting Guilt-Free Treats, Exfoliating Body Polish, Body Mist, and Lip Gloss Ring: Now you can enjoy some sweet treats before the big day, without gaining a pound. These deliciously scented bath and body products are delights are for all those times we can resist the cake, but not the frosting!

Travel Essentials Kit: This superbly luxurious set provides a complete bath and after-bath experience suitable for any destination…perfect for the honeymoon! The kit contains Creme de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream, Creme de Corps, Amino Acid Shampoo, and Hair Conditioner and Grooming Aid “Formula 133.”

The Sophie Bag: This gorgeous patent purse, with ornate handles, is a work of art. It is a must-have for the honeymoon!

Hypnose Waterproof Mascara and L’Extreme Waterproof Mascara: Hypnose Mascara volmizes up to 6 times for ultra-resistant lashes with 16 hours of wear. L’Extreme Mascara’s Fibrestretch formula contains supple fibers that extend lashes to the extreme.

Avocado Foot Crème, Cushioned Sponge Files, Nail Moisturizer, and Oil Therapy: Don’t make the mistake of painting over unhealthy nails. On your big day, your nails will take center stage – so get them in shape with these fabulous products. Nailtiques is an innovator in the nail care industry, and is dedicated to the development and maintenance of healthy, natural nails.

Rare Harvest Tunu Elastik Hair Tamer and Tunu Elastik Flexible Finishing Hairspray: Tunu Elastik Hair Tamer is wild-crafted to help seal the hair cuticle, working to keep tresses smooth and sleek. Tunu Elastik Flexible Finishing Hairspray combines two ancient native traditions creating a unique hairspray that adds brushable bounce and a soft, flake-free hold.

Saucy Girl Body Shimmer and Embroidered Organza Garter: The Body Shimmer is a moisturising cream with a touch of glitter, so skin is left soft and smooth with a little bit of sparkle. And every bride needs a garter; this one is accented with clear sequins and finished with a silk bow and a rhinestone.

Instant Gratification Skin Renewing Peel: Get instant gratification for tired, lackluster skin with this all-in-one dermabrasion-peel treatment that improves clarity, renews tone and immediately uncovers a smoother, more radiant complexion!

Clinical Strength Anti-Perspirant: This deodorant/anti-perspirant has prescription-strength wetness and odor protection, without a prescription. So your wedding day will be no-sweat!

Croc Pop Up Brush Set: Featuring top quality Sephora Brand brushes, this set also has an ingenious mechanism – simply pull gently up on the circle at the top and your brushes are revealed. Keep it open on a vanity for easy access, or close it for storage or travel.

Rio Collection (DARLENE Deluxe Brush Case, JENNY Train Case, MARLO Mini Make-Up Case, MARTHA Ultimate Briefcase, ML Traveler, and TRAVEL PACK Luggage Tag & Passport Holder): I love Stephanie Johnson cosmetic bags. Last year, I purchased them for myself and my bridesmaids – and now I want to share the wealth with one lucky bride-to-be. This set features a daring red and blue floral print that calls to mind the colorful costumes and revelry of Carnival.

Blushing Bride Cheek Stain in Blushing Bride and Double-Ended Lip Gloss in Jake and Samantha: This water-based push up gel stick was awarded “best blush” by InStyle, Cosmo & Self Magazines. Just dab it on and go – it lasts all day. Swipe the raspberry/cotton candy lip gloss on your pout, and get ready for your happily ever after, like Jake and Samantha (from Sixteen Candles).

Marry Me Collection and Mini-Pressed Translucent Powder: Co-Founder and Creative Director Trae Bodge created the Marry Me Collection for her own nuptials. Now the set – which includes lip/cheek stain, lip gloss, and lip liner – is available to customers. The Translucent Powder will guarantee you stay shine-free throughout the festivities.

In-Shower Hair Removal Cream: This product offers a quick, clean and effective hair removal process that happens in only three minutes while you are in the shower! It contains special water-resistant ingredients and an added moisturizer for both normal and dry skin.

Flower Princess Eau de Parfum: I wore the original Princess on my wedding day. Now, one lucky reader will wear Flower Princess, Ms. Wang’s new limited-edition fragrance. Flower Princess enchants with a light and feminine sparkling floral scent that captures the essence of beauty.

I know you can’t put a price on looking beautiful on your big day. But the Ultimate Bridal Beauty Basket is valued at more than $1,400…it’s enough to make a bride-to-be blush!

In addition, one soon-to-be wedding belle from the Philadelphia area will win a gift certificate for a facial, compliments of the award-winning Giovanni & Pileggi Salon!

To be eligible, your wedding date must transpire between now and December 31, 2008. To enter, send an email to – and be sure to include some proof of your bride-to-be status. You can include a link to your bio on, attach a scanned copy of your wedding invitation, send me a link to your registry, or whatever creative way you can think of to verify your wedding date.

Be sure to include your full name in the email, and the subject line should read “Bridal Beauty Basket Giveaway.” The contest ends at 12am EST on Sunday, May 4th. Winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, May 5th, I’ll announce the winners’ names. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. residents only.

Good luck!

Here Comes The Bridal Kit – New From Bobbi Brown

Every year an average of 2.4 million weddings are performed in the United States. And June is the most popular month for marriages – accounting for 10.8% of weddings.

March may seem somewhat early to start thinking about wedding season. But, trust me – many June brides are already at their wits’ end, trying to decide on a makeup look that will be immortalized in their wedding photos and videos.

Last year at this time, I was preparing for my own nuptials – so I remember what an exciting, yet physically/mentally/emotionally taxing time it can be; I clearly recall agonizing over the makeup I would wear on my wedding day.

This Spring, Bobbi Brown, the bridal beauty authority, has done the hard work and assembled her wedding day must-haves in a new Bridal Kit. Exclusively designed with brides and their bridal parties in mind, the Bridal Kit contains special occasion essentials that flatter all complexions. The sleek white case includes: Ivory Eye Shadow, Black Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, Black No Smudge Mascara, Pink Sugar Shimmer Lip Gloss and a Short Handle Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush.

With the exception of the eye shadow, I own all of these products – and would highly recommend them to future brides. I’m speaking from experience, as I used a few Bobbi Brown products on my wedding day. Plus, if you were to purchase these products separately, it would cost you more than $100 (not including the cosmetic case) – but the Bridal Kit only costs $75.

Click here for a video of Bobbi’s Tips and How-To’s for Brides.

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