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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

Contest

In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Are You The Winner Of The Weekender Bag?

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Congratulations to Lauren Noog. She is the lucky winner of the BOYY Weekender Bag Giveaway!!!

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Lauren, I suggest that you plan some fabulous weekend getaways because this bag just begs to be shown off.

In addition to the BOYY Pablo Summer Weekender, you’ll receive: Goody Mosaic Ouchless Purse Brush, Goody Mosaic Mini Versa Comb, Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets, Clean & Clear SOFT In-Shower Facial, Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, Ojon mini TUNU Flexible Finishing Hairspray, and Tarte Lips Ahoy Lipgloss Set.

Thanks so much to BOYY, Clean & Clear, Goody, Neutrogena, Ojon, and Tarte for sponsoring this amazing giveaway!

And if you haven’t done so yet, be sure to enter the last of our In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaways:

Envirosax Beach Bag Giveaway – ends 7/5

In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Are You The Winner Of The Clutch?

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I hope everyone is having a happy 4th. For one of you, it’s about to get even better. And by one of you, I mean Cory McEwen.

Cory McEwen has won the In The Bag Clutch Giveaway – and will receive the Felix Rey Michelle Clutch, filled with Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara, Tarte Lock & Roll Creaseless Eyeshadow Duo, Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets, and Goody Mosaic Mini Versa Comb.

I’d like to thank all of the sponsors for making this contest possible!

The weekend may be here, but there are still two giveaways left. Make sure to enter:

BOYY Weekender Bag Giveaway – ends 7/4
Envirosax Beach Bag Giveaway – ends 7/5

In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Are You The Winner Of The Eco-Friendly Bag?

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The Eco-Friendly Handbag Giveaway was inspired by my BFF Jill, who is a vegan and all-around friend of the earth. And when buying food, clothing, accessories and cosmetics, she is very careful that her purchases are in line with her beliefs.

I can remember countless times when, during the course of our friendship, Jill fell in love with a product – only to discover that it was made with animals or very eco-unfriendly. So when I decided to do the In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway Week, I knew I had to throw some eco-friendly fabulousness in there, for good karmic measure.

The winner of Elezar’s Vivi Barrel Bag (which retails for $375) is Marley Ward!!!

Congratulations, Marley – you have also won Burt’s Bees Chemical-Free Sunscreen SPF 15, Aloe & Linden Flower After Sun Soother, Jurlique Sun Lotion SPF 30+, Jurlique Citrus Purifying Mist, and Tarte Double Dose Berry Boost & Gloss.

Thank to all of the sponsors for making this contest possible, and for spoiling Marley pretty.

And don’t forget to enter the other In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaways:

Felix Rey Clutch Giveaway – ends 7/3
BOYY Weekender Bag Giveaway – ends 7/4
Envirosax Beach Bag Giveaway – ends 7/5

Until next time…

In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Are You The Winner Of The Everyday Bag?

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Here’s what some of you had to say about the Creations By Kage Everyday Bag Giveaway:

“I love the color, size and style of this bag. I can’t believe you are giving even more items in the giveaway than this bag.”

“I adore this bag and would love to own something so stylish! Thanks as always for the great giveaways and for spoiling your readers.”

“I’m crazy in love with this buttery, beautiful handbag and the beauty loot also. I believe I saw the Cover Girl Lash Blast on your blog as one of Oprah’s Summer favorites and I was just reading about the Goody Mosaic Mini Versa Comb in the June issue of Glamour magazine under their steals & deals! Thanks for spicing up summer.”

“Love the bag, love the story behind the horseshoe, love the stuff inside it.”

“This one looks dreamy.”

“Mmmm…that bag is scrumptious!”

“This is the cutest bag EVER. AHHHH!! I WANT everything in that bag!!”

“I think you have by far the best giveaways I’ve ever seen! You rawk!!”

“This bag is so pretty, I’m going to have to buy it if I don’t win!”

“THAT BAG IS HEAVEN ON EARTH!”

“Pick me, pick me!! Pleeeeeeeeeeeeease!!”

“Hi Daneen! This bag is so beautiful I just had to enter… You have the best giveaways in the history of giveaways. Thanks for taking the time to do this!”

When there’s this kind of enthusiasm about a giveaway, it warms my heart because it lets me know that you enjoy and appreciate the time and effort I put into these contests. But at the same time, it makes me a little bit sad that everyone can’t be a winner. I hope you’ll still be my friend if your name isn’t called.

So without further ado, the winner of the Everyday Bag Giveaway is…Jaine Freedman!!! She will receive the Creations By Kage Stormy Tote in turquoise, Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara, Goody Mosaic Ouchless Purse Brush, Goody Mosaic Mini Versa Comb, Tarte Infinite Glow Bestsellers Palette, MAX Factor Vivid Impact Eyeshadow Duos, DentaBurst, RoC Retinol Correxion Hand Repair Cream SPF15, Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets, and Aveeno Essential Moisture Lip Conditioner SPF 15.

I’d like to thank Creations By Kage, Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Cover Girl, DentaBurst, Goody, Max Factor, RoC, and Tarte for sponsoring this mind-blowing giveaway!

Didn’t win yet? Wondering when it’s going to be your turn? Put away the torches and pitchforks, and make sure that you enter the other In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaways:

Elezar Eco-Friendly Bag Giveaway – ends 7/2
Felix Rey Clutch Giveaway – ends 7/3
BOYY Weekender Bag Giveaway – ends 7/4
Envirosax Beach Bag Giveaway – ends 7/5

The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Give Away Some Shades!

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A few weeks ago, I decided to write an article about sunglasses. I owed it to you to write more than a puff piece about which styles are in vogue, so I enlisted the help of an expert.

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After work one day, I took a taxi to the Old City section of Philadelphia and instructed the driver to stop in front of Margot & Camille Optique. Upon entering the cozy boutique, I was warmly greeted by Valerie Vittu, Optician and Eyewear Image Consultant, formerly of Alain Mikli on Madison Avenue in New York City. Her boutique has an upscale feel, with artistic flourishes – like its saffron-hued walls and artfully displayed merchandise.

What I expected to be a 20-25 minute conversation turned out to be an hour and a half tutorial. In a frenetic French accent, Valerie schooled me on how to choose the right pair of sunglasses. It isn’t an exact science, she explained. A certain face shape plus a particular frame shape does not necessarily equal your perfect pair of shades. If I learned anything from this former sculptor turned optician, it’s that choosing a flattering pair of sunglasses is an art.

Obviously, the process involves a good deal of trial and error. It can be as confusing and frustrating as finding a pair of jeans or the elusive “perfect” swimsuit. But with a few tips, you can narrow the scope of your search and make the process much easier – and fun!

When shopping for sunglasses, consider the following factors:

Shape
Decide which styles work best with your face shape. Round Faces: If you have a round face shape, avoid sunglasses with rounded frames…this will only emphasize the roundness of your face. Angular shapes create a contrast that is visually slimming. Square Faces: If your face is square, look for rounded styles that can help to soften. Heart-Shaped: Find frames that balance a wide forehead and compliment your gorgeous cheeks and pointy chin. Oval Faces: You lucky lasses have the most options when choosing sunglasses. Almost any style will be flattering, but remember that face shape isn’t the only aspect to consider…

Size
When it comes to sunglasses, one size does not fit all. Oversized shades may be very on-trend right now – but what’s seriously stylish is wearing a pair that works with the proportions of your face and body. Sunglasses that are too big will swallow you up, and make it look as though they’re wearing you…too small, and people will think you beat up some poor little girl and stole her shades. You wouldn’t squeeze your size 10 derriere into size 2 daisy dukes. The same idea applies to your eyewear. But on the flip side, sunglasses that offer more coverage do a better job of protecting the delicate skin around your eye area.

Fit
Sunglasses should fit comfortably on the face. If they pinch the temples or pull on the ears, put ‘em back on the shelf. An ill-fitting pair, no matter how cute, is just going to give you a headache. If you have a low nose bridge or none at all, you should probably gravitate toward glasses with nose pads. How can you tell if you fall into this category? If there is a gap where the glasses sit on your nose, you’re a candidate for nose pads. I fall into this category.

Color
Stay in the same color family as your complexion and hair, and the effect will be neutral. You can also play with color to accentuate certain features or downplay imperfections. To highlight lips, for example, choose a frame or lens with rose tones. If you have olive skin or visible veins, stay away from green tints. If you have a ruddy complexion, counteract the red with blue tints.

Lens
If you’re going to get prescription sunglasses, don’t concern yourself with the lenses – because they will be removed. Otherwise, you might want to ask the optician or salesperson about different lens features. I have a personal prefence for polarized lenses, which help to reduce the glare created when light bounces off of some objects, such as water, highways and other similar surfaces. Here’s a cool trick that Valerie taught me: to see if lenses are polarized, hold sunglasses in front of a computer screen. Then tilt them sideways, on a 45 degree angle. The lenses will appear opaque black. Pretty cool stuff, right?

UV Protection
Don’t be misled into thinking that dark lenses offer higher UV protection. The UV coating on lenses is clear, so tint has nothing to do with UV. What is especially dangerous, Valerie warned, is to buy darkly tinted sunglasses that offer no UV protection – because the pupils are wide open and especially susceptible to damage. The FDA recommends you purchase sunglasses that block 99-100% of UVA and UVB radiation. The sticker should read either UV 400 or 100% UV protection.

Price
You might be tempted to go cheap, but a quality pair of shades is actually a sound investment. When you buy inexpensive sunglasses, you treat them like inexpensive sunglasses. You haphazardly toss them into your purse without a case, accidentally sit on them and warp the frames, or flat-out lose them. When you invest in a good pair of glasses, you handle them with care and keep tabs on their whereabouts. Valerie asked me, “How many Bic pens do you own and where are they?” She added, “You don’t know and you probably don’t care. But if you have a Montblanc pen, you know where it’s at at all times.” Valerie speaks the truth, y’all.

Personality
Finally, it’s important to take your personality into account. If you are athletic, you might want to look for sportier styles. Glamour girls might want to consult magazines before buying. As an optician, Valerie is committed to helping a customer select frames that reflect her identity and the way she wants to be perceived. And it’s always a good idea to take a family member or girlfriend with you – someone who will tell you the truth. “Make sure she’s honest, and not jealous,” Valerie joked.

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This week, Margot & Camille Optique schools us in art of sunglasses…and they’re also spoiling you pretty with two fabulous giveaways!!!

etnia+barcelona+015 The Futures So Bright, I Gotta Give Away Some Shades!One grand prize winner will receive these limited-edition Etnia Barcelona N°00 sunglasses* - these babies retail for $295! And two readers from the Philadelphia area will win a $50 gift certificate* to Margot & Camille Optique!!!

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name – and local gals, make sure to indicate that you live in the Philadelphia area. The subject line should read “Sunglasses Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, July 6th. One winner and two runners-up will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, July 7th, 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. & Canadian residents only.

Good luck!

*No returns and no exchanges on the sunglasses or gift certificates.

In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Are You The Winner Of The Gym Bag?

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Thanks for all of the entries you sent me for the LUG Gym Bag Giveaway! Many of you wrote to tell me how difficult it’s been getting in shape…and I have to admit, it’s nice to hear that I’m not the only one.

puddle jumper front and back teal In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Are You The Winner Of The Gym Bag?Well, it’s time to reveal the name of the lucky winner, and she is…Becky Kekenes!!! Becky’s about to get some booty – beauty booty, that is.

She will receive a Lug Puddle Jumper Gym Bag filled with Ojon Revitalizing Mist, Neutrogena Rainbath Shower & Shave, Clean & Clear Deep Action Refreshing Gel Cleanser, Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets, Bath & Body Works Body Splash in Enchanted Orchid, Goody Ouchless Detangling Comb, and Secret Flawless Antiperspirant/Deodorant.

Many thanks to Lug, Bath & Body Works, Clean & Clear, Goody, Neutrogena, Ojon, and Secret for making this all possible! And if you haven’t done so already, make sure that you enter the other In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaways:

Creations By Kage Everyday Bag Giveaway – ends 7/1
Elezar Eco-Friendly Bag Giveaway – ends 7/2
Felix Rey Clutch Giveaway – ends 7/3
BOYY Weekender Bag Giveaway – ends 7/4
Envirosax Beach Bag Giveaway – ends 7/5

In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Are You The Winner of the Work Bag?

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Happy Monday, my pretties. I hope that everyone had a fun and relaxing weekend.

The time has come to announce the winner of the Aleya New York bag. As always, I wish I had more than one to give away. Hell, I wish I had an extra one for myself because the bag is just that gorgeous! But I only have the one, and it is reserved for Katie Gardini!!!

Katie has won the Allie Hobo in Natural, which was featured in Henri Bendel’s exotic event and has been one of Aleya’s best sellers for spring/summer; the patchwork detail is very trend current, but the natural colors keep it wearable. Katie has also won a Goody Mosaic Ouchless Purse Brush and Mosaic Mini Versa Comb, Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara, Neutrogena MoistureShine Soothing LipSheers, Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets, and a DentaBurst “Be Ready To Shine” Kit.

For those of you who didn’t win, but still need a little Aleya in your lives…Joann Padilla, the creative genius behind Aleya New York, is offering you a 25% discount on your next purchase. At checkout, just enter the code Spoiledpretty6/08 in the special instruction box – and you’re all set!

Many thanks to Aleya New York, Clean & Clear, DentaBurst, Goody, and Neutrogena for sponsoring such a fabulous giveaway! And if you haven’t done so already, make sure that you enter the other In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaways:

Lug Gym Bag Giveaway – ends 6/30
Creations By Kage Everyday Bag Giveaway – ends 7/1
Elezar Eco-Friendly Bag Giveaway – ends 7/2
Felix Rey Clutch Giveaway – ends 7/3
BOYY Weekender Bag Giveaway – ends 7/4
Envirosax Beach Bag Giveaway – ends 7/5

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