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I'm home on maternity leave, so I spend an inordinate amount of time nursing my daughter, burping her and changing her diapers - all the while, watching hours of QVC. I don't know what it is, but I am mesmerized by QVC demonstrations. If I'm channel surfing and I happen to land on QVC, it's damn near impossible for CONTINUE READING

Shopbop Sale: Take Extra 25% Off


  Take an extra 25% off select sale items at Shopbop.com until Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 11:59 PST. Enter code 25EXTRA at checkout. You're CONTINUE READING

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

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Felix Rey Giveaway!

Posted on by daneen in Celebrities, Contest, Fashion Week, Giveaway, Lucy Liu, Makeup Case, Video | 7 Comments

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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 spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com – 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

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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, Glamour.com 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.

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grammys.com 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!

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 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!

xoxo,
Rafe

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!

It’s A Lipstick Jungle, But The Shades Are All The Same

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lj2 Its A Lipstick Jungle, But The Shades Are All The Same
Lipstick Jungle, the new primetime series based on the 2005 Candace Bushnell novel of the same name, premiers tonight at 10pm. This highly-anticipated show about has drawn comparisons to Sex and The City. And its stars (Brooke Shields, Lindsay Price, and Kim Raver) have been on quite the media blitz lately, including several promotional appearances at Fashion Week’s hottest runway shows.

How many of you will be watching? I’m still on the fence. On the one hand, SATC is one of my all-time faves, and I’m hoping that Lipstick will be a satisfactory successor. But at the same time, why is it that this genre always seems so white-washed?

Yeah, I am aware that Lindsay Price (whose mom is Korean) is on the show, and Cashmere Mafia’s got Lucy Liu…but how come there’s never a brown girl on any of these programs? News flash, TV execs: an African-American socialite/fashionista/successful career-woman is not an oxymoron.

I mean, damn – give me a pair of Jimmy Choo’s and I’ll represent!

Fergie Is Viva Glamorous

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fergie Fergie Is Viva Glamorous
In October, I scooped you – revealing that MAC had tapped Stacy ‘Fergie’ Ferguson to be the next MAC Viva Glam spokeswoman. Now here’s a sneak peek of the new ad campaign, debuting in May 2008 (the corset she’s wearing weighs 20 pounds).

While not striking a pose in front of the camera, The Dutchess played mixtress behind the scenes; she helped create a special-edition Viva Glam VI Lipglass, which will hit MAC counters in March.

“I went through about 10 shades before deciding on this one,” Fergie said. “It is a pink-tinged mauve that’s very soft and will look good on a lot of different skin tones — it’s the universal easy color to wear.”

Her song, Glamorous, was also remixed as ‘Viva Glamorous’ – and will be played in MAC stores.

Fergie is the latest in a long line of Viva Glam celebrity spokespeople. “I’ve been a fan of the campaign since the early days, and I remembered when RuPaul and Mary J. Blige did it,” she said. “They pick controversial people who aren’t afraid to speak their mind, and that’s definitely me. I’m very proud to be a part of it.”

Since MAC Viva Glam campaign has raised more than $100 million dollars to benefit the MAC AIDS Fund, which supports people living with HIV/AIDS globally.

How Diddy Does Fashion Week

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diddy How Diddy Does Fashion WeekOn Friday, I’ll be backstage with MAC at Sean John. So here’s a little something to whet your appetite…

In the March issue of Marie Claire, this bad boy combs through the contents of his Fashion Week survival kit – and discloses why these products made the cut.

1) Louis Vuitton Bequia Bag: “Gotta give it up for the LV. Their stuff is tight. These bags are stylish yet masculine – like me.”

2) Sean John Classic Aviators: “It’s all about style – and these shades add instant swagger.”

3) Fiji Water: “It tastes so pure and keeps me hydrated when I’m running around.”

4) Unforgivable Eau de Toilette: “My scent is a part of me; it’s what’s left behind when I exit a room. I never leave home without smelling right.”

5) Fresh Sugar Lemon Body Lotion: “This lotion exfoliates my skin like nothing else.”

6) Proactiv Skincare: “I’m always in the spotlight, so I can’t be walking around with acne. This keeps my skin in check.”

7) Plantronics Bluetooth Headset: “I only have two hands. This device keeps them free to get the bigger things done.”

8) Luxury Spa Ginger Prosperity Air Freshener: “These keep any hotel room smelling a little bit like home, no matter where in the world I am.”

9) IPod Touch: “Music keeps my creative energy flowing.”

10) Xotics Skin Therapy Aftershave: “This provides the moisture I need to keep my shaves looking right.”

11) Trident Strawberry Fusion Gum: “I’m a strawberry guy – ain’t no shame in that. You should always have fresh breath.”

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