Because Shaving is the Pits: DERMAdoctor Gorilla Warfare Antiperspirant Giveaway!


My hair grows like a weed. Unfortunately, the hair of which I speak is not on my head. My legs and underarms give my razor a workout. If I shave in the morning, by afternoon, I've got stubble. And forget about skipping days...unless I want to look like Sasquatch. Getting rid of the hair is not only expensive (I CONTINUE READING

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: BlowPro Perfect Shower Cap


The shower and my chemically-straightened hair are frenemies. Every seventh day when I wash my hair, they get along great in a shampoo Shangri-la. But the rest of the week, I employ a shower cap to keep the steam from undoing the silky straightness. I have been wearing shower caps since I was a child, and I’ve tried them CONTINUE READING

Miss Oops is On Sale at HauteLook


I love Miss Oops fashion fixers and have been using them for years. If you wear clothes, you NEED to get acquainted with Miss Oops. All of those things that can and do go wrong with your wardrobe can be fixed by Miss Oops problem-solving products. Shirt revealing too much cleavage? Accidentally get a deodorant stain on your top? Are your CONTINUE READING

Get Catty With Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses


I've been searching for some cat eye sunnies for forever. On a whim, I bought these Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses from Shopbop - hoping that they wouldn't look too cartoonish. Even though I was afraid they'd be too large, I'm digging the oversized frames. They make a statement without overwhelming my face. And the cat eye shape is subtle, so it's not CONTINUE READING

Peep My Polish: Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Superstitious


Now that I have two kids - and the youngest being 6 weeks old - I needed to get better acquainted with quick-dry nail polish options. I hardly have time to do anything, let alone a DIY - so I needed to find some lacquers that fit my new lifestyle. Yesterday, while going my grocery shopping, I picked up Revlon CONTINUE READING

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

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Laura Mercier Master Class: Makeup Bag Must-Haves in Your 30s

Posted on by Dana Jacob in Anti-Aging, Beauty Tips, Blush, Bronzer, Cleanser, Concealer, Eye Liner, Eye Shadow, Eyebrows, Eyes, Face, Featured, Foundation, Lashes, Lipgloss, Lips, Mascara, Moisturizer, Philadelphia, Powder, Primer, Skin Care | Leave a comment
laura mercier cosmetics makeup 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 that we are in our 30s, I thought it was a great time to learn more about skincare (ugh, the dreaded lines and wrinkles) and how to apply make up that works for us now.
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I instantly thought of my friend, Claire Sloss, who works for Laura Mercier at Nordstrom in the King of Prussia Mall.  They offer a Master Makeup Class, free of charge. There is a maximum of 15 people – we found that 12 was a great number, as there are Laura Mercier artists working with a couple of girls at one time to see what best works for them. Claire just requires a few weeks to plan the logistics – and offered with the class are refreshments and the products that you would like to purchase. The class is done in a private room so you can spread out, ask a lot of questions and have fun!
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We had a fabulous time! Luis Soto was our lead artist that evening, and he selected me to be his model!  I admit, I was awe-struck because he has worked with many celebrities including Cher, Cindy Lauper, and N’Sync!  “What, you touched Justin Timberlake’s face?!?”  Yeah, the 15-year-old in me came out!!!

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MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection

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I am so excited about this collection…you don’t even know. I mean, what glamour girl doesn’t have a girl crush on Marilyn Monroe?

MAC Marilyn Monroe, a color collection that channels the legend’s lustre and sex appeal in shades and formulas meticulously Marilyn. Lipsticks in rapturous reds, gleaming Dazzleglass, a dramatic 35 Lash, False Lashes Extreme Black and Eye Shadows in shimmering metallic and diamond tones provide silver-screen allure. The finishing touch: Nail Lacquers destined to be a girl’s best friend and Beauty Powder to evoke that flawless Forever Marilyn.

 

mac marilyn monroe eye shadow 1024x551 MAC Marilyn Monroe CollectionLARGE EYE SHADOW, $21
How to Marry: Soft white (Veluxe Pearl)
Preferred Blonde: Pale champagne beige (Veluxe Pearl)
Silver Screen: True silver (Veluxe Pearl)
Showgirl: Dark blue grey (Veluxe Pearl)

mac marilyn monroe brow finisher MAC Marilyn Monroe CollectionBROW FINISHER, $15
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mac marilyn monroe mascara MAC Marilyn Monroe CollectionMASCARA, $20
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It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil

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It+Cosmetics+Brow+Power+Universal+Brow+Pencil It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil

For the past few years, when it comes to eyebrow products, I have been in a monogamous relationship with Diorshow Brow Styler Ultra-Fine Precision Brow Pencil. I’ve never been brow endowed (the gene skipped me and went to my younger sister), and the Diorshow pencil has served me well. The only issue I ever had with the DiorShow was its staying power. 99% of the time, it’s fine and the pigment stays put. But if it’s sweltering and I start sweating, it doesn’t last (literally) a hot minute.

So what’s a sweaty, follicularly-challenged gal to do? Call up QVC, that’s what.

You see, QVC sells a fabulous product from It Cosmetics called the Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil. It’s truly universal because it transforms and adjusts to all brow hair colors. Apply lighter, softer strokes to match lighter color hair, including blonde and silver. Press harder for darker hair, including medium brown to black. As a finishing touch, lightly brush through brows with the spooly brush for a natural, polished look. A full brow-lift instruction diagram is included with each pencil.

The oval shaped tip creates a natural looking, believable brow and is perfect for both thin and thick brows. And an exclusive “Brow Enhancing Complex” uses a patent-pending blend of cutting-edge ingredients to target the look of brow hair loss, and helps restore your brow hair follicles – promoting the look of healthy hair growth and health.

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But the best thing about this pencil is its staying power. It’s water- and smudge-proof. So even if it’s so hot that your face is melting off – like that evil dude from Raiders of The Lost Ark (left), your eyebrows will stay put.

And for every Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil sold, It Cosmetics gives one to Look Good…Feel Better, an American Cancer Society program that teaches female cancer patients beauty tips to look better and feel good about how they look during chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

While the product isn’t exclusive to QVC, you get more bang for your buck buying from them. One Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil retails for $24, but at QVC, you can get two for $31.82…or one Brow Power Pencil plus a highlighting pencil for just $26.34.

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Belle of the Brows

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mmwmd Makeup Mondays With Mario: Belle of the Brows

Celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic is answering your burning beauty questions!!! Every Monday, he will answer a beauty/skin care question as part of a weekly column on Spoiled Pretty, Makeup Mondays with Mario.

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Hi Mario,
I have sparse eyebrows, but I love the look of thick eyebows (like Camilla Belle’s). Do you have tips for filling in sparse brows so that they still look believable? Every time I try, I feel like the color is off or I’m too heavy-handed with the application – and the result isn’t realistic. Application and product suggestions are much appreciated.
Thanks a ton!
Eryn
Hi Eryn,

You should start out by filling in your brows with a brow pencil that is lighter then your hair. I recommend a pencil that has a very thin tip like MAC’s Eye Brows pencils. Fill in the inner corners of the brows with light upward strokes to mimic natural brow hairs and continue towards the outer corners. It’s very important that you brush through the brows a couple of times to blend and soften the pencil. Next you should fill them in again with a eye shadow, using a thin slanted brow brush. The powder shadow should be very similar in color to the pencil (don’t go much darker) because it will darken once it’s over the pencil. Brush through and blend again. The layering of the light pencil and light powder blended into your brows should create a natural looking texture.

For those of you who once upon a time had a full brow, tweezed and waxed them for years and now can’t grow them back, I sometimes recommend using Rogaine on the eye brows every night before bedtime. Results are not guaranteed but it does work on many women after continued use. Give it a try.

Thanks for visiting Makeup Mondays with Mario!
xo,
Mario

Got a question for Mario? Email your makeup and skin care queries to spoiledprettyquestions@gmail.com, and check back next Monday to read Mario’s expert advice!

Best Way To Fill In Sparse Brows

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pat+mcgrath Best Way To Fill In Sparse BrowsI don’t know why makeup artist Pat McGrath hasn’t legally changed her name to Pat McGenius. Surely, if there were a Makeup Mensa, she would be a member. I mean, consider her advice for filling in sparse eyebrows:

“Use two sharpened brow pencils, one slightly lighter than your own brow color and one that matches. Start with the darker pencil, drawing a few delicate strokes in the direction the brows grow to create the illusion of individual hairs. Repeat with the lighter pencil. This mimics the color variation found in natural brows so you don’t get that drawn-in look. Comb the brows to finish. You can use the same technique with powder shadow, though it can appear heavy if you apply too much. Use an angled brow brush to fill in sparse areas with a powder that matches your brows, and follow with a brow comb to distribute the color and soften any hard edges.”

Brilliant, no?

Source: February 2009 issue of Allure

MAC Brow Set: Bert-like Brows Begone!

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bert+and+ernie MAC Brow Set: Bert like Brows Begone!When I received a sample of MAC Brow Set (along with some other samples from their new-ish All Ages, All Races, All Sexes collection), I immediately dismissed it. You see, my eyebrows have remained unchanged since I came out of the womb. They’re sparse and almost non-existent (think Ernie from Sesame Street), and attempts to fatten them up with anything more than a pencil has yielded Bert-like brows.

But, to my surprise, Brow Set in Mink shaded and shaped my brows into better (and believable) versions of themselves. I mean, if I was a stranger who didn’t know any better, I would have thought that Audrey Hepburn brows just naturally grow out of my forehead.

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Besides Mink (dirty brown), Brow Set is also available in Show-off (rich brown), Beguile (full-bodied taupe), Girl Boy (fawn-blonde), and Clear. If you’ve got brows with severe behavioral problems, I wouldn’t recommend this product; the hold is flexible, and the look subtle. Brow Set can also be used on lashes.

Bobbi Brown Makeup Face Lift Collection

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bobbi+brown+makeup+face+lift+collection Bobbi Brown Makeup Face Lift Collection

“I designed this collection to give women all the tools they need to look well-rested and bright-eyed in five minutes flat.” – Bobbi Brown

This January, Bobbi makes it easy to keep all of your New Year resolutions with her Makeup Face Lift Collection, which allows you to instantly brighten your face and play up your eyes with just a few simple tweaks.

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New Extra Eye Repair Cream, $65
Do your eyes need something extra? Packed with peptides, natural plant oils and humectants that target wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness, this rich concentrated cream visibly revives eyes. Use morning and night- warm between fingers, then pat gently around eye area. Once cream is absorbed, follow with Tinted Eye Brightener or Concealer.

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Tinted Eye Brightener, $38
Bobbi’s Tinted Eye Brightener, now in a NEW portable pen! Back-of-cab makeup artists (you know who you are) – with just a quick twist and a click, this lightweight Concealer instantly brightens under-eye circles and refreshes your makeup. Available in eight shades: Light Bisque, Porcelain Peach, Bisque, Light to Medium Peach, Medium to Dark Bisque, Dark Peach, Dark Bisque, Deep Peach.

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New Brow Pencils, $20
Instantly give your eyes a “lift” with defined eyebrows. These creamy, blendable pencils give you the natural look of eyebrow powder with the precision of a pencil and come with their own. Available in five shades: Wheat, Blonde, Grey, Ash and Mahogany.

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Brightening Lip Gloss, $20
Introducing two new shades of Brightening Lip Gloss. This sheer, reflective formula wakes up your face and helps create the illusion of fuller lips. Wear alone or on top of your favorite Bobbi Brown lipstick. Available in two shades: Popsicle and Nectar.

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