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A More Perfect Union: Gabrielle Graces Essence Magazine’s September Cover

gabrielle+union+essence A More Perfect Union: Gabrielle Graces Essence Magazines September CoverYou know how they say magazines sell more issues based on which celeb is on the cover? Well, even though I know it’s true, I never paid a cover much mind, to be honest. I’m a magazine nut – and if the pages are filled with beauty, fashion and star style, I’m buying it – regardless of who is on the front.

But the September 2009 issue of Essence is a rare exception. As soon as I spotted Gabrielle Union, sporting an espresso bob with side-swept bangs for her 5th Essence cover, I snatched the mag off the shelf and made a beeline for the register.

“She was mad for her new look with the sexy bangs and shoulder-length cut,” recalls Beauty and Cover Director Mikki Taylor, who led the makeover team in creating this transformation.

When I brought the issue home, I showed Mr. Spoiled Pretty. “Isn’t her hair to-die, Graham?” I asked. To which he replied, “Um…isn’t that how you usually wear your hair when it’s down?” Well, yeah…I am pretty handy with the flat iron and this is the look I’m going for. But Gabrielle’s do is the gold standard, and my limited styling prowess has only achieved bronze status – at best.

But you best believe I’m going to tack this photo up and practice, practice, practice to perfect the look. Too bad there aren’t any products to help replicate Gabrielle’s flawless cocoa complexion and girl next door dimples.

The September 2009 issue of Essence is on newsstands now.

Ashley Greene at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards

ashley+greene+teen+choice+awards Ashley Greene at the 2009 Teen Choice AwardsCelebrity makeup artist, Vanessa Scali, made Twilight/New Moon star Ashley Greene sizzle on the red carpet last night at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards. Ashley wore a light blue bustier top and flowery skirt by Dolce & Gabbana, so Scali created a look that was sweet, summery and sexy.

“I wanted Ashley to have radiant skin, so I used Shu Uemura’s new red:juvenus skincare line first using the Vitalizing Refining Lotion followed by the Intense Revitalizing Concentrate,” said Scali. “These products feel weightless and penetrate quickly leaving the skin energized, refined and radiant.” To complete the look, Scali gave Ashley, the winner of Teen Choice’s “Fresh Face”, a beautiful shimmery taupe eye and a well-blushed cheek.

shu+uemura+Intense+Revitalizing+Concentrate Ashley Greene at the 2009 Teen Choice AwardsTo recreate Ashley’s look, Scali suggests you take the following steps:

SKIN PREP: Shu Uemura Vitalizing Refining Lotion followed by Intense Revitalizing Concentrate (both available August 18th at shuuemura-usa.com). These products really made Ashley’s skin glow, creating the perfect canvas for makeup.

UNDEREYE: Lancôme’s Effacernes in Light Bisque. It gives clean, fresh coverage.

FOUNDATION: Shu Uemura Nobara Cream Cover Stick Foundation (available September 1st at shuuemura-usa.com). It gives a beautiful, flawless, natural look.

BLUSH: Lancôme’s Color Design Blush in Petticoat Pink on the apples of the cheeks.

EYESHADOW: Shu Uemura’s Cream Eye Shadow in P Brown all over the eye lid blending off at the crease and under the bottom lashes close to the lash line.

EYE LINERS: To define and elongate the lash line, use Shu Uemura’s Painting liner in Black. Also, line the inner rim of the eye with a matte white pencil. This is a great way to open the eye.

LASHES: For luxuriously full lashes, give yours a boost by adding Shu Uemura’s Flare Lashes in Black.

MASCARA: One generous coat of Kiehl’s Marvelous Mineral Mascara in Black.

POWDER: In the T-zone only, apply Shu Uemura’s Face Powder in Colorless (matte formula).

LIPS: Use Shu Uemura’s Rouge Unlimited in Wine 296 to stain the lip and finished with a light touch of Shu Uemura Gloss Unlimited bg 952s.

Photo: gossipcenter.com

Kristen Stewart at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards

kristen+stewart+teen+choice+awards Kristen Stewart at the 2009 Teen Choice AwardsAdir Abergel, Frederic Fekkai celebrity stylist, tended to the locks of Twilight/New Moon star Kristen Stewart for the 2009 Teen Choice Awards.

Inspiration: 60s rock and roll pompadour with a spiky ponytail.

How to get the look: Adir first started out by applying the Fekkai Coiff Nonchalant Piecing & Forming Wax to the palm his hands and then added the Fekkai Coiff Extra Control Styling Gel for extra texture and shine. He applied this to her damp hair until it was full saturated.

To get the right texture with short layered haircut like Kristen’s, you must apply enough products until you get it to look right and feels right. It is important to fully saturate the hair with product.

Once the product was in the hair he took a blow-drier and hand dried into his desired style, directing all the hair with his fingers back to the nape of her neck.

To finish the look, he took the back of the hair and pulled it into a twisted ponytail letting the ends out and then spraying the front with the Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray. Make sure to leave random pieces out for a more chill vibe.

Fekkai products are available at Sephora, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and fekkai.com.

Photo: gossipcenter.com

Kim Kardashian Goes Blonde – For Real This Time!

kim+kardashian+blonde Kim Kardashian Goes Blonde   For Real This Time!Kim Kardashian is a blonde. And unlike last time, it’s not a publicity stunt (okay, maybe it is) or some belated April Fools joke. This time around, it’s for real for real. She writes on her blog:

This time it’s for real, guys! I went blonde!!! I had been considering it ever since I wore that blonde wig, and I just decided to go for it!! What do you think? I am really loving it! My hairstylist Clyde Haygood orchestrated the whole thing and Rebecca from Goodform salon dyed it! I’m debuting my new look at the Teen Choice Awards tonight!

Thoughts?

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Photo: gossipcenter.com

Twilight Beauty In September Issue Of Glamour

twilight+glamour+beauty+makeup Twilight Beauty In September Issue Of GlamourThe ladies from The Twilight Saga: New Moon show you how to go from daytime pretty to nighttime hot in “Twilight Beauty,” as featured in Glamour’s upcoming September issue. The gorgeous photo spread, shot by Matthias Vriens-McGrath, features Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Rachelle Lefevre and Noot Seear.

Bloodthirsty for more? Visit glamour.com!

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Dania Ramirez Is CoverGirl’s Newest Face

 Dania Ramirez Is CoverGirl’s Newest FaceCoverGirl just announced that actress Dania Ramirez is the newest face of the iconic cosmetic brand. Dania is best known for her role as ‘Maya Herrera’ on NBC’s popular hit series Heroes.

“Being a CoverGirl is about recognizing internal and external beauty, regardless of age or background. As a role model, I hope to inspire women to be confident enough to achieve everything they want to achieve,” says Dania Ramirez.

CoverGirl print and television advertisements featuring Dania will launch in January 2010. Dania joins Ellen DeGeneres, Drew Barrymore, Queen Latifah and Rihanna as the newest face of the brand.

Kim Kardashian and Lauren Conrad to Judge America’s Next Top Model

kim+kardashian+americas+next+top+model+antm+miss+jay Kim Kardashian and Lauren Conrad to Judge Americas Next Top ModelRemember how I told you that Kim Kardashian would appear on Cycle 13 of America’s Next Top Model, as a guest judge?

Well, the episode air date has now been revealed. Kim fans, set your DVR for October 21st…when Kim will sit alongside Tyra, Miss Jay Alexander and Nigel Barker.

It has also been leaked that Lauren Conrad will take a turn as a guest judge. Look for her on the September 16th eppy of ANTM. I predict that the elimination challenge will have something to do with LC’s clothing line for Kohl’s, which hits stores this fall.

Jessica Simpson Fancy Love Perfume Giveaway

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Introducing Fancy Love, the new, romantic fragrance from Jessica Simpson and Parlux Fragrances. Romantic and alluring, sensual and feminine, Fancy Love arrives at retail in time for summer love. “Fancy Love is fresh and pure, like a timeless piece of white lace – it’s always pretty and innocent,” says Simpson. “This fragrance has a hint of passion because after all, a girl has to be a little flirty sometimes.”

Fresh, dewy notes of Peach Blossom balanced with the spice of Bergamot and the sparkle of blush Champagne open this warm floral fragrance. Timeless flowers known for their rich exotic essence expand the heart of Fancy Love: Lotus Blossom – the traditional symbol of purity and perfection; Peony – long recognized for its exquisite beauty; Plumeria – prized for its power to entice; Jasmine – symbolic of renewal; and Rose – an everlasting symbol of love. Sensuality heats up as the fragrance lingers; creamy Amber, Blonde Woods and Patchouli add depth and resonance to the floral bouquet.

Jessica+Simpson+Fancy+Love+bottle Jessica Simpson Fancy Love Perfume GiveawayThe Fancy Love package, which has a milky white glaze and the whimsical touch of a butterfly alighting on the bottle façade, takes its inspiration from Jessica’s favorite vintage perfume bottles.

The Fancy Love fragrance collection consists of a 3.4 oz. Eau de Parfum Spray ($59.00), a 1.7 oz. Eau de Parfum Spray ($49.00), and a 6.0 oz Body Lotion ($30.00).

This week, I’m partnering with Parlux Fragrances to offer Spoiled Pretty readers a chance to add some Fancy Love to your lifestyle. Five lucky winners will receive a 3.4 oz bottle of Jessica Simpson’s new perfume!

To enter the giveaway, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Fancy Love Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, August 9. Five winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, August 10th, 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.

Good luck!

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