Tatcha, I'm So Glad I Gotcha


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

Eye Shadow

I’ve Got The Blues: Sapphire Smoky Eye

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Yesterday, even though I was just going over my friend’s house to watch football, I decided to rock a sapphire smoky eye.

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Here’s the recipe:

MAC Dsquared² Greasepaint Stick in B

MAC Trend F/W ’09 Eye Shadow Compact in Tone: Grey (I used the bottom two shadows)

Hourglass Cosmetics Superficial Mascara in Carbon

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* The shadow did crease after about 6 hours, so next time I’ll prime my lids with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion.

Once You Go MAC Style Black, You Never Go Back

Posted on by daneen in Exfoliation, Eye Liner, Eye Shadow, Lipgloss, Lipstick, Makeup Brush, Mask, Nail Polish, Nails, Scrub | Leave a comment

mac+style+black+collection Once You Go MAC Style Black, You Never Go BackHaven’t you heard? Black is the new black.

For the past six months, I was anxiously counting down the days until September 24th. Not because it was my birthday, but because I had insider information that MAC was re-releasing its Volcanic Ash Exfoliator as part of the Style Black Collection. If you’re a Spoiled Pretty regular, you’ve probably heard me mention it once or twice…or, possibly, a million times. That’s how much I adore this scrub.

I’ve tested an excessive amount of exfoliants, so it takes a serious scrub to even get my attention…and the Volcanic Ash Exfoliator is, hands down, the best EVER. Yes, I said ever – as in since primordial soup ’til today.

Originally released as part of MAC’s Future Earth collection last summer, it became a cult classic. Those who missed out were singing the shoulda woulda coulda’s. And those who got a taste were wishing they could jump in a DeLorean, rev up the Flux Capacitor and go back to June 2008 and snag a lifetime supply. I fell into the second category, rationing my Volcanic Ash Exfoliator like it was a bag of beans on a season of Survivor.

spoiled+pretty+volcanic+ash+exfoliator Once You Go MAC Style Black, You Never Go BackNow that MAC has answered my prayers (and even packaged it in a convenient tube), I’ve stocked up and I suggest you do the same. It’s already sold out on maccosmetics.com, so I suggest you do your best Sherlock Holmes impression and sleuth that sh*t out (hint: Macys.com and Nordstrom.com still have it in stock).

And don’t just buy one lonely tube. Ah, naw. by the time you buy one, try it, and realize you can’t live without it, exfoliating fools will have wiped out the supply. So just trust me on this one, act like you’re at Costco, and buy in bulk.

The Style Black collection also includes these other gems:

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Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask, $19.50
Formulated with volcanic ash and natural oils, this ash-black facial mask simultaneously deep-cleanses and treats the skin. When water is added, the mask heats up and the oils instantly lubricate the skin, leaving it feeling soft and clean. Helps keep skin moist, clean, soft and evenly textured.

Mineralize Eye Shadow, $19.50
Cinderfella: Mineralize black with silver pearl (frost)
Gilt By Association: Mineralize black with gold bronze pearl (frost)
Blue Flame: Mineralize black with blue pearl (frost)
Young Punk: Mineralize black with pinkish purple pearl (frost)

Cream Colour Base, $16.50
Black: Creamy true black
Bat Black: Blackened burgundy with pink pearl

Penultimate Eye Liner, $16.50
Rapidblack: True black

Greasepaint Stick, $17.50
Intense black

Eye Kohl, $14.50
Smolder: Intense black

Cremesheen Lipstick, $14
Black Knight: Creamy true black

Mattene Lipstick, $14.50
Night Violet: Deep purple grape
Midnight Media: Dense matte black

Glimmerglass Lip Gloss, $18
Bling Black: Sheer black with gold pearl (as seen at NYFW Fall 2009)
Blackfire: Sheer black with pinkish purple pearl
Blackware: Creamy true black

Nail Lacquer, $12
Seriously Hip: Black with gold particle pearl
Baby Goth Girl: Black with pinkish purple pearl
Nocturnelle: Black as night black

214 Short Shader Brush, $23


The Style Black collection is now available at MAC counters, stores and maccosmetics.com.

Birthday Cat Eye

Posted on by daneen in Eye Liner, Eye Shadow, Eyes, Makeup Brush, Mascara, Primer, Spoiled Pretty family | Leave a comment

spoiled+pretty+cat+eye+3 Birthday Cat EyeI have been told my many a professional that my eyes were made for makeup. Not to sound cocky or anything, but I’m pretty sure that when God formed me in the womb, s/he said to her/himself, “Wow…when this girl grows up, she’s gonna rock a fierce cat eye.”

So to celebrate my third annual 29th birthday, Mr. Spoiled Pretty and I dined at Tinto, one of my favorite restaurants in Philadelphia – and I sported this ferosh feline eye.

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Here’s the recipe to replicate the look:

Apply Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion to entire eye, lashline up to brow bone.

Using MAC 242 Shader Brush, apply Stila Kitten Smudge Pot on the lid – from lashline to crease.

Using MAC 217 Blending Brush, lightly apply Stila Kitten Eye Shadow to the lid – from lashline to brow bone.

Using MAC 266 Small Angle Brush, line the eye with Stila Black Smudge Pot, flicking at the edge.

Prime lashes with Lancome Oscillation Powerbooster. Before it dries, layer Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara on top.

Finally, dip MAC 210 Precise Eye Liner Brush into Stila Kitten Eye Shadow and apply to inner corner of the eye, in a sideways V.

And here’s a bonus – thanks to the products’ staying power, your eye makeup will have nine lives. Meow!

New Stila Holiday Smudge Pot Collection

Posted on by daneen in Coupon Code, Eye Liner, Eye Shadow | Leave a comment

stila+holiday+smudge+pots New Stila Holiday Smudge Pot CollectionNew from Stila Cosmetics

The Holiday Smudge Pot Collection includes four vibrant twinkling shades of their famous gel-based liner and shadow-in-one in perfectly portable mini pots!

Violet (new): pretty purple with shimmer
Starry night (new): bold deep blue with shimmer
Black: intense black
Kitten: nude champagne shimmer

And as a bonus, enjoy a mini eye liner brush for on the go glam!

If you order online, be sure to take advantage of free shipping. Simply enter coupon code FALLSHIPPING at checkout. Promo ends on September 27, 2009 at 11:59 PM.

New York Fashion Week: Alice & Olivia, Spring 2010

Posted on by daneen in Blush, Eye Shadow, Fashion, Fashion Week, Hair Styling, Highlighter, Lipgloss, Lips, Lipstick, Shoes | Leave a comment

alice+and+olivia+spring+2010+rtw New York Fashion Week: Alice & Olivia, Spring 2010For the Alice + Olivia Spring 2010 presentation, MAC created two very different makeup looks. The first was a black super smoky eye, worn by The Plastiscines, who performed at the show.

The models, on the other hand, sported two different shades of pink shadow (Rosy Outlook and Perky) along with a white shade (Just So). Irridescent powder was applied to the cheekbones and the inner corner of the eye. Cream blush in So Sweet was blended onto the cheek, and the above pink shadows were blended together and layered on top. The brow shape was kept natural and kept in place with brow gel.

Angel Lipstick (Kim Kardashian‘s fave) was applied to lips, with Lipglass in Underage and English Accent on top. Silver dust was also mixed with moisturizer and applied to the entire body, for a ethereal glow.

Key Makeup Artist Nadine Luke emphasized that the look flatters a wide range of complexions, as evidenced by my backstage photos.

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“The hair for Alice + Olivia is a crossroads of edgy and girly,” said Frédéric Fekkai. “We created a look for funky, confident women.”

Andre Rodman, Lead Stylist for Fekkai added a fun, punky edginess to the s weet, girly looks at the Alice + Olivia show. To get the look Andre twirled crimped hair around a double barreled iron in a figure eight pattern. He then pulled the front piece to the side, smoothed it with Fekkai Coiff Magnifique Ultra-Light Finishing Crème and secured it neatly with jeweled pins. Finally, Andre set the style using Full Blown Volume Lifting Hairspray.

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Alice + Olivia for Payless shoes

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How darling are these labels?

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These boots were made for Payless…and that’s just where they’ll be.
One of these days these boots are gonna come on home with me.

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Impossibly chic booties – for cheap (also for Payless)!

 New York Fashion Week: Alice & Olivia, Spring 2010
Katty Besnard, lead singer of the Plastiscines (note the sooty black eyes)

#NYFW

mark Urban Neutrals Fall 2009 Flip For It

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mark introduces the new Urban Neutrals Fall 2009 Flip For It!

Get gorgeous on the go by carrying all your essentials in this surprisingly little case that includes the season’s perfect hues for lips, cheeks and eyes. The collection is filled with coordinating urban neutral tones with a twist, for a flirty, feminine look. Mix and match shades to your heart’s content and create a personalized look that is perfectly flattering on a range of skin tones.

The kit ($20) contains 2 Lip Color Shades, 2 Lip Gloss Shades, 2 Eye Shadow Shades and 1 Cheek Shade.

Bobbi Brown Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow Collection

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 Bobbi Brown Metallic Long Wear Cream Shadow Collection

“With these shadows there’s no need to choose function over style. They’re long-wearing and come in the most glamorous eye-catching shades ever.” –Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown‘s award-winning cream shadow is now available with a glittering, high-shimmer finish. Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadows ($22) feature a sheer, lightweight formula that goes on comfortably, it stays color-true and crease-free all day. Available in 8 shades: Chrome Patina, Brown Metal, Starry Night, Black Pearl, Starry Purple, Antique Gold, Goldstone and Mercury.

On Counter: September 2009

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