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Look And Smell Like A Wino: Amy Winehouse To Launch Beauty Line

Dear Spoiled Pretty,

I love beauty products. But as much as I try, I can’t find the right products to recreate the crackhead look that’s all the rage these days. It seems that I’ve been to every department store and beauty boutique – and while many of the makeup brands have a Park Avenue vibe going on, I’m looking for products that scream skid row. Help!?!?

-Wino Wannabe

amy wino Look And Smell Like A Wino: Amy Winehouse To Launch Beauty LineDear Wino,

If looking sober and hygienic isn’t your thang, you’re in luck. The Sun reports that Amy Winehouse is launching her own line of beauty products, which will include hairspray, liquid eyeliner, and perfume.

Crack rocks sold separately.

Spoiled Pretty

Oscars 2008 Red Carpet Recap

The 80th annual Academy Awards are a thing of the past, and by now you probaby know that the big five went to Javier Bardem (Best Supporting Actor, No Country For Old Men), Tilda Swinton (Best Supporting Actress, Michael Clayton), Marion Cotillard (Best Actress, La Vie En Rose), Daniel Day Lewis (Best Actor, There Will Be Blood), and No Country For Old Men (Best Film). I’m no expert, but this could be the first time in 80 years that no American took home a statuette for an acting performance. Right? Anyway…

But what about the red carpet? Read on to hear my take on the night’s big winners and losers (click on the photo to enlarge the image).

Best Dressed, Tressed, with Makeup to Impress

HeidiKlum Oscars 2008 Red Carpet Recap
The ladies in red reigned supreme on the red carpet. Heidi Klum looked regal in this custom-made Galliano gown. And I’m absolutely obsessed with her hair! The exaggerated bun is like a crown. Flawless.

AnneHathaway Oscars 2008 Red Carpet Recap
If anyone was still questioning Lancome‘s choice for their new spokesperson, Anne Hathaway surely quieted those naysayers tonight. Anne was a grecian goddess, from all angles, in this draped dress by Marchesa. She has the prettiest ponytail I’ve ever seen…it was simple, classic, and glamorous – all at the same time. And her makeup, from the bold brow to the subtle lip stain, is pitch perfect.

The Runners Up

JenniferGarner Oscars 2008 Red Carpet Recap
Jennifer Garner was one hot momma in Oscar de la Renta. The dress, as you can see, is anything but basic black. And I’m loving the un-fussified updo, winged eyeliner, and pale lip. No wonder Gary Busey attacked her on the red carpet. This is the best she’s ever looked.

JessicaAlba Oscars 2008 Red Carpet Recap
Mommy-to-be Jessica Alba makes third trimesters look terrific, with a little help from Marchesa. Notice the braids in her hair? You’re going to see them everywhere this Spring.

MileyCyrus Oscars 2008 Red Carpet Recap
Miley Cyrus looked like an old pro, pouting and posing in her Valentino frock.

Kristen Chenoweth Oscars 2008 Red Carpet Recap
I don’t really know who Kristen Chenoweth is (I looked her up on, and turns out she stars on Pushing Daisies) – but she looked stunning in Armani Prive. I really love her understated makeup; her natural beauty shines through. Bravo.

HillarySwank Oscars 2008 Red Carpet Recap
Hillary Swank never disappoints. It’s like she has the magic formula (or a genius stylist). Her body was made for Versace.

katherineHeigl Oscars 2008 Red Carpet Recap
Katherine Heigl is another actress I always look forward to seeing on the red carpet. She looks fierce in this red Escada gown, but you can tell that she’s genuinely enjoying herself and she’s comfy in her own skin. And what’s more beautiful than that?

PenelopeCruz Oscars 2008 Red Carpet Recap
For a while, I couldn’t decide whether or not I liked Penelope’s Oscar 2008 look. Blasphemy, you may say. Don’t worry…as soon as I saw Miss Cruz take the stage as a presenter, I was convinced that this Chanel gown was a work of art. It moved like water. And the feathers? Inspired! As usual, her hair and makeup were perfection.

HelenMirren Oscars 2008 Red Carpet Recap
Photos don’t do Helen Mirren’s dress justice. You probably can’t tell from these pics, but the sleeves of her Georges Chakra gown were made of Swarovski crystals. When she presented the Best Actor Award, she dazzled. It was quite beautiful. And much like last year, Helen gives those young starlets a run for their money.


camerondiaz Oscars 2008 Red Carpet Recap
Cameron Diaz looks like she overslept, threw on her dress, and did her hair and makeup in the limo – without a mirror. Her Dior gown is ill-fitting, wrinkled, and the color washes her out. Yes, she’s a natural beauty. But for the Academy Awards, even former models like Diaz need some cosmetic help. Cammie, what happened? When did you stop caring? I expected so much more.

MarionCotillard Oscars 2008 Red Carpet Recap
Marion Cotillard was a winner last night, but I’m not convinced that her Jean Paul Gaultier dress deserves top honors; it reminds me of fish scales. And I’m no makeup artist or hairstylist, but I’m confident that I could re-create her look with drugstore cosmetics and some hot rollers. Bottom line, the look was comme-ci, comme ça.

kerirussell Oscars 2008 Red Carpet Recap
Normally, Keri Russell is a bohemian beauty – which is why I was surpised to see her in this Nina Ricci gown. It’s a very pretty design, but it almost seems like she was playing dress up in someone else’s closet. I expected something more edgy from her. The color is also quite bland. Perhaps I might be more wowed if she chose the gown in a less safe shade. I’m also feeling a bit blah about the hair and makeup.

Amy Adams2 Oscars 2008 Red Carpet Recap
Amy Adams. Hmmmm. Where do I start? Well, wasn’t thrilled about her Proenza Schouler dress. The silhouette is nice, but the color didn’t wow me. Her hair and makeup were alright, but at the risk of sounding snarky, I was distracted by the bags under her eyes. I kept thinking, “Why didn’t her makeup artist do something to correct that?” I really wanted to reach through the TV screen and hand her some Kate Somerville Line Release Under Eye Repair. Poor thing.

reneezellweger Oscars 2008 Red Carpet Recap
Sorry – but I still can’t get down with Renée Zellweger’s short hairdo. It’s looking a little better now that it’s grown out a bit. Luckily her breathtaking Carolina Herrera gown distracts us from her hairdon’t.

jenniferhudson Oscars 2008 Red Carpet Recap
I like Jennifer Hudson’s bangs and makeup (her skin looks especially luminous). But her Robert Cavalli dress looks like it needs to be let out a little. But a marked improvement from last year. She’s getting there.

What Was She Thinking?

tildaswinton Oscars 2008 Red Carpet Recap
What the hell is wrong with Tilda Swinton? She looked like an alien at the SAG Awards, but I didn’t write anything because I figured she was having an off night. Last night, she seared my eyes yet again with this black Lanvin monstrosity and no makeup. Now that she’s won her perfomance in Michael Clayton, this ridiculous look will be immortalized (she looked better in the movie, by the way, than she did at the awards ceremony). Is she thumbing her nose at awards shows? Or is she really so kooky that she thinks this “look” looks good?

Worst Hair

travolta Oscars 2008 Red Carpet Recap
John Travolta. The photo speaks for itself.

ANTM Cycle 10: New Faces. New Attitude. New York.

feb222008 979 lg ANTM Cycle 10: New Faces. New Attitude. New York.Though Tyra Banks retired from modeling in 2005, she is Entertainment Weekly’s newest cover girl. In the accompanying article, the “mogul in the making” talks about America’s Next Top Model, her daytime talk show, and her growing multi-media empire.

In 2003, when Tyra and ANTM executive producer Ken Mok were throwing around the idea of a reality modeling competition, the industry didn’t take her seriously. The show finally found a home on UPN, but Tyra wasn’t confident that it would catch on.

”I thought it was going to last for two seasons,” says Tyra. ”Around season 5, I said, ‘Ken, how far can we go — 8?’ He goes, ‘I’m thinking 10.’ Now we’re at 10 and not stopping.”

Cycle 10 of ANTM debuted last night and it managed to suck me in already. It’s the same show that we know and love, with a few minor twists. First, the show was moved back to New York City, New York, after being filmed in Los Angeles since Cycle 4. The number of contestants was also increased to 14, after Tyra deemed 13 to be “an unlucky number.” Finally, Twiggy has been replaced by Czech supermodel Paulina Porizkova…which is interesting, given the fact that one of the contestants is Porizkova’s doppelganger; I wonder if this will hurt or help her chances.

ANTM Cycle10 Ladies ANTM Cycle 10: New Faces. New Attitude. New York.
One hour really isn’t enough time to get to know this new group of wannabe’s – but I’ve got my eye on a few.

Fatima is an Iman look alike, with a painful past. Claire is a new mom who’s got that high-fashion, ugly/beautiful thing going on. Like Jaslene (winner of season 8), Dominique is striking – in a drag queen-ish kinda way. And Ivy League educated Katarzyna looks poised to take the cycle 10 title.

Did you watch last night’s eppy? Who do you think the front-runners will be?

Some Like It Lukewarm

lohan Some Like It Lukewarm
I didn’t want to comment on this…but as the day wore on, Lindsay Lohan’s pictoral in New York Magazine irked me so much that I felt compelled to post.

I can’t say that I’m surprised that LiLo got nekkid. I mean, it was inevitable that we were going to see her boobies sometime soon. But what baffles me is why legendary photographer Bert Stern chose Lohan to recreate the shots that Marilyn Monroe made famous. Makes you wonder who turned him down before Lindsay jumped at the bit.

The iconic photos of Marilyn are artistic and haunting. She was sex and beauty combined, then personified – with a touch of sadness. Lindsay’s attempt to channel Monroe’s effortless sensuality is just sad. It comes off as a cheap imitation – cubic zirconias, if you will, to Marilyn’s diamonds.

Felix Rey Giveaway!

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I don’t really fancy myself a trendsetter. But for New York Fashion Week, I pulled out all the stops. Nordstrom LBD. BCBG patent pumps. Oversized sunglasses. Designer handbags galore.

felixrey+009 Felix Rey Giveaway!Unfortunately, one of my most stylish accessories never saw the light of day because it stayed hidden in my purse. So it makes its debut tonight. Behold, my Felix Rey cosmetic case.

Check out the intricate lace motif and the logo zipper pull…super chic!

Felix Rey was born in 2001, when friends Lily Rafii and Sulaika Zarrouk decided to design accessories for the smart and stylish girl-about-town. They soon realized they were on to something when their bags started selling out at Bergdorf’s. Then fictional fashionista Carrie Bradshaw carried one of their bags on “Sex And The City” – and the rest, as they say, is history.

Today, Felix Rey continues to create haute handbags – as well as belts, wallets, umbrellas, and other small accessories that round out the line. They describe their customer as “the modern girl with a whimsical flair for style,” and their celebrity fans include Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez, Lucy Liu, Jessica Simpson, Anne Hathaway, and Paris Hilton – just to name a few.

I’m a huge fan too…which is why I am so thrilled to announce that Spoiled Pretty is giving away three of their cosmetic bags! Yay!! Thank you, Felix Rey!!!

To enter the giveaway, visit the Felix Rey website and find out who the company is named after. Then send an email to – be sure to include the answer and your full name. The subject line should read “Felix Rey Giveaway.”

The contest ends at 9 pm EST on Sunday, February 17th. Winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, February 18th, I’ll announce the winners’ names. Please, only one comment per person; duplicate comments will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents. Good luck!

Diddy Didn’t Happen

seanjohn2 Diddy Didn’t HappenLast Friday, I was scheduled to be backstage at Sean John*. I was super excited to be attending the closing show of New York Fashion Week.

I fantasized that Diddy and I would meet, he’d be captivated by my charm, and then whisk me away to the star-studded soiree.

It would play out like that R. Kelly/Jay Z collabo:

After the show it’s the after party and
After the party is the hotel lobby and
After the Belve then it’s probably Cris…

But that didn’t happen. In fact, the closest I got to the Sean John show was a pizzeria on the corner of 22nd Street & 6th Ave. I was grabbing a bite there when I got a call from MAC telling me that there were no female models in the show, and therefore no need for MAC makeup. I was bummed, but also exhausted from my travels; so I caught an early train back to Philly.

So sorry, beauties. I know you were anxious for me to dish the Diddy dirt. C’est la vie.

If you absolutely need a Puffy fix, has an article entitled “Diddy knows pretty,” in which the hip-hop mogul/designer shares his observations on what makes a woman irresistible. Here’s an excerpt:

Why he named his perfume Unforgivable Woman:
“It’s about being unapologetic. It’s about having swagger. Confidence is such a sexy, sexy quality.”

Makeup trend he’s so over:
“Red lipstick just isn’t working for me. It might be good for an awards show, but it’s not hot to kiss. I love natural lip color—that’s always a good look!”

Biggest beauty obsession:
“Sugar Bath Cubes by Fresh. I take a bath every night. I love the way they make my skin feel. I have very soft skin—go ahead, touch it!”

For the rest of the interview, click here.

*Is it just me, or does the Sean John Fall 2008 collection look a little effeminate? I’m not judging…just sayin’.

 Diddy Didn’t Happen

Grammys 2008 Red Carpet. Yawn. Grammys 2008 Red Carpet. Yawn.
I was expecting to be blown away by the hair, makeup, and fashion on the Grammy red carpet. But instead, I’m under-whelmed.

fantasia Grammys 2008 Red Carpet. Yawn.The Grammys is the awards show where celebs traditionally turn up the volume and go all out; but this year was especially disappointing. The only one who seemed to take any kind of risk was Fantasia – but as you can see (above left), that turned out to be a hot mess.

Here’s a recap:
*Beyonce debuted a skunk do. I like the style, but the color gots to go.
*Rihanna’s hair looked so blah. But, thankfully, she fierce-ified it for her performance with The Time.
*Carrie Underwood and Miley Cyrus went a little overboard with the hair extensions.
*Alicia Keys was sporting a Mohawk-type updo that really didn’t translate to photos.
*Fergie’s hair ringlets looked touchably soft, but her style was a little safe.
*Faith Hill looked classically beautiful, as usual.
*And Nelly Furtado is still under the misapprehension that she looks good as a blonde.

tina beyonce Grammys 2008 Red Carpet. Yawn.Fortunately, the unremarkable red carpet was redeemed by Beyonce and Tina Turner, who shared the stage for a duet of Proud Mary.

Tina is my idol. At 68, she’s still got the moves…and the legs. I was breathless for the entire performance.

Fashion Week: I’ll Be Back!

 Fashion Week: Ill Be Back!

As much as I wanted to stick around for the whole of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week – Fall 2008, I had to travel to Dallas for a business trip. So I reluctantly said TTFN to NYC.

I did return on February 8th for more beauty, fashion, and fun (more on that later).

rafe diana Fashion Week: Ill Be Back!

And check out my purse. Isn’t it a work of art? It’s the Diana Large Hobo by Rafe, and I’m in love with it. The metallic patent leather is so sumptuous, but the deerskin-embossed leather trim lends a sporty edge. I wore it all over New York for Fashion Week, I took it on my Dallas trip, and I’ve been running errands with it since I returned home. It truly does work in any situation.

I’m a lucky gal because designer Rafe Totengco, also a fellow blogger, gifted this bag to me – along with a note of encouragement (see, left).

rafe note+003 Fashion Week: Ill Be Back!It reads:

Hi Daneen,

Enjoy the bag & blog it out!


Can you get over that? I’m still pinching myself. Rafe’s gorgeous creations and impeccable customer service are undoubtedy the reason why this award-winning designer has such a loyal celebrity fanbase, including Jessica Alba, Vanessa Minnillo, and Eva Longoria (who even commissioned Rafe to create clutches for her bridesmaids).

Thank you, Rafe – for making feel, and look, so special for Fashion Week!

 Fashion Week: Ill Be Back!

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