If You Have Hair, The Wet Brush is a Must Have


For years, I have used an oversized wide-tooth comb to detangle my notoriously impossible to detangle post-shampoo hair. The amount of hair that would get caught in the teeth was somewhat alarming. But I chalked it up to the fact that I only wash my hair once a week - so maybe the hair loss really wasn't all that CONTINUE READING

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream Review


You know how awesome BB creams are for your face? Well, the geniuses at Jergens have harnessed the power of BB and infused it into a lotion for your body. Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream promises flawless-looking skin with 5 visible benefits in just 5 days.  But does it deliver? Watch the video to find out...   Disclosure: This post was CONTINUE READING

Laura Mercier Sale at Gilt.com


As a huge fan of Laura Mercier (I swear by the foundation primer and tinted moisturizer), I was so excited to see that Gilt.com has a nice assortment of beauty products currently on sale. There's everything from sophisticated nail polish colors and soft mineral blush to lip glaze palettes and pencil sets to create an alluring smoky eye. Oh, and CONTINUE READING

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Cover April Issue of Vogue


Welp, folks, it looks like Kanye finally wore Anna Wintour down and got his baby mama a coveted Vogue cover. So the rumors were true. There was buzz a few months back that Kim would cover the fashion bible, but then everyone assumed it would be a foreign Vogue - given Anna's alleged aversion to all things Kardashian. I CONTINUE READING

10 Beauty Products to Get You Through the Flu


Hey Guys! As you all know the weather lately has been terrible and most of us have been getting all kinds of horrible colds and the flu, as a result. This is very personal for me because I work in retail and it seems like I get one disease after the other with all of my customers constantly sneezing CONTINUE READING

Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week: Charlotte Ronson, Spring 2009

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ronson1 New York Fashion Week: Charlotte Ronson, Spring 2009On September 6th, celebs came out en mass to see Charlotte Ronson’s Spring 2009 collection. Jessica Stam, Jessica Szohr (of Gossip Girl fame) Sean Lennon and Cory Kennedy made an appearance. And Lindsay Lohan (accompanied by gal pal Samantha Ronson, Charlotte’s twin sis) caused a near riot as paparazzi and I Know Who Killed Me fans trampled each other to catch a glimpse of the tabloid darling.

But if you ask me, the real stars of the show – besides the clothes, obv – were the hair and makeup.

Charlotte Ronson described her latest collection as “understated, sexy and flirty.” Her muse was a “confident girl who doesn’t need to overdo it.” To compliment the “post new wave/pre early grunge” inspired collection, Beauty.com celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow used products from Tarte Cosmetics.

She gave the models a “Madonna grunge rock and roll” look with the following miracle workers:

The Eraser 4-in-1 Concealer
Provacateur Pressed Mineral Powder SPF 8
Mineral Powder Bronzer
Green Machine Eye Shadow
Empas’eyes High Definition Pencil in Chocolate
Lash Hugger Eco-Friendly Natural Mascara (coming this fall)
Toolbox Brow Know-how Eyebrow Kit
24/7 Lip Sheer with SPF in Teatime

FW+004 New York Fashion Week: Charlotte Ronson, Spring 2009
“The makeup’s there but it’s not really about the makeup. It’s about the personality of the girl wearing the clothes,” Tina told me. “My favorite makeup look is the one where it looks like you slept in it…where it looks like it’s a part of you and works it way into the face.”

In the coming months, keep your eyes on Tarte (and Tarte on your eyes…have you seen tried their amazing shadows and liners?) because the brand is launching exciting new products, with a green theme. There will be a palette with packaging made from straw and brushes made from bamboo. And the Lash Hugger Mascara container is created from post-consumer recycled aluminum. But don’t sweat…they’ll keep churning out the high-fashion, high-quality products. It’ll be chic, not crunchy. And in January, they’ll be launching new shades to meet all women’s complexion needs. Can I get an “amen,” brown girls?

Sebastian Professional Lead Stylist, Thomas Dunkin, collaborated closely with Charlotte Ronson to ensure that the hair captured the essence of her collection and ultimately her signature style. To get the look, he suggests that sometimes using the strongest gels can result in the softest look. He used Re-Shaper (brushable humidity resistant stong-hold hairspray), Liquid Steel (concentrated styler) and Craft Clay (remoldable matte texturizer).

Stay tuned for more New York Fashion Week – Spring/Summer 2009 coverage!

 New York Fashion Week: Charlotte Ronson, Spring 2009

The Internet Gods Hate Me

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 The Internet Gods Hate MeAs you know, I have been blogging from New York Fashion Week. But of all misfortunes to befall me at such a fortunate time, my laptop decided to up and quit on me. Geek Squad isn’t proving so geeky after all…and they offered no solutions to my computer conundrum.

I have been working myself into a tizzy trying to figure out a way to work around the problem…but my schedule is just so damned busy – and I’m in an unfamiliar land – so, as you can imagine, it is quite difficult. Damned near impossible (and vexing), if I can be perfectly frank.

I so want to tell you about my trip to Estee Lauder headquarters. Or the convo I had with Bobbi Brown about Michelle Obama’s eyebrows. Or the tete-a-tete I had with the mane maestro, Mr. Ted Gibson. Or last night at this Macy’s where I interviewed Tommy Hilfiger and the face of new cologne, Tommy Dunn. Or the ultra-exclusive event (nine bloggers, including yours truly) at the Chanel showroom that I left early, so that I could go retrieve my tore-up computer before catching Amtrack back to Philadelphia.

I really wish I had the time and the means to dish right this second, but I’m gonna figure this out – if it’s the last thing I do. So bear with me. You know what they say about patience being a virtue, and good things coming to those who wait. Keep checking back…I’m gonna give you the delicious deets just as soon as I can.

Hopefully, the Internet gods will stop messing with me and cut me some slack once I get back home.

Love ya, and we’ll chat again soon!

 The Internet Gods Hate Me

OMFG: Gossip Girl Winners Revealed!

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2ggfromstylelistcomlb3 OMFG: Gossip Girl Winners Revealed!Spotted: D leaving her laptop with the Geek Squad after the hard drive crashes. Looks like Spoiled Pretty has rotten luck. Oh, the humanity!

Sorry, my pretties. I meant to post the names of the Gossip Girl winners earlier, but my computer died and, for the last 12 hours, I’ve been a blogger with no means of blogging. My laptop is still out of commission, but I’ve procured another computer for the time being. In the midst of Fashion Week, my first concern is my readers. You know you love me.

So without further ado, the winners of the Gossip Girl Giveaway are Aleksandra Burshteyn and Heidi Little! They have both won the Grosgrain Edie Headband and the Linen Open Work Headband from Colette Malouf. Aleksandra and Heidi will also receive Gossip Girl: The Complete First Season on DVD!

Congratulations on your prizes, ladies. Special thanks to Colette Malouf and Warner Home Video for sponsoring this giveaway. And thanks to the many Gossip Girl fans who participated.

On Spoiled Pretty, giveaways are always in fashion. So stayed tuned for the next contest, inspired by my whirlwind trip to New York Fashion Week.

You know you’re intrigued…

xoxo,
Spoiled Pretty

New York Fashion Week: Erin Fetherston, Spring 2009

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erin+fetherston New York Fashion Week: Erin Fetherston, Spring 2009On Friday afternoon, I was chilling in the Total Beauty suite at Bryant Park hotel – unwinding from the day and gearing up for a fantastic first night of New York Fashion Week – when I got a Twitter message from Anne. The message instructed me to hightail it over to the tents because I was on the press list at Erin Fetherston. What was ironic about this was that I’m hardly ever on Twitter, because my life is typically too busy or boring for me to sit down and provide the world with lifestyle updates. But since I arrived in NYC, I have been Twittering like it’s my J-O-B because I can’t believe how fabulously fab my world is right now.

So as soon as I received Anne’s message, I made a bee-line for Bryant Park and checked in at the table backstage at the Promenade. I was feeling a little bit out of sorts because I wasn’t in my backstage frame of mind. I must have missed my access confirmation, and figured that I couldn’t be accommodated backstage. But the area was cramped and uber chaotic, so there was no time for being dazed and confused. Just as I psyched myself up to interview the Key Makeup Artist, the sea of models, hair stylists, makeup artists, journalists and photogs part…and then I see her. Bobbi Brown. Can you even believe it? Bobbi Brown. Yes…the Bobbi Brown.

I coolly approached her and asked her how Erin Fetherston’s Spring 2009 collection inspired the makeup look, trying not to let on how in awe of her awesomeness I actually was. It’s a good thing that I had my tape recorder on me, because I was trembling so much that transcribing the interview would have been out of the question.

erin+fetherston2 New York Fashion Week: Erin Fetherston, Spring 2009“I definitely see her clothes as beautiful and very fairytale. But she wanted a sophisticated angel,” Bobbi said. “We did that with a lot of the new metallic colors, which is a combination of shimmer and glitter that is really suitable for regular women. I’ve been doing the shows for so many years that I started back to using the glitters and shimmers a couple of years ago and so I would go buy all of this cheap stuff and it was so hard to make it look pretty. So I created this way to look pretty…because it can look really bad with the wrong texture.”

Though Bobbi loves the look of shimmer against the skin, she warned against going overboard. “Right now, I’ve got it on the girls’ eyes as well as the cheeks, and above the eye. That doesn’t work on everybody. So for regular women, maybe wear it on the eyes and maybe a little high on the cheekbone, over blush. And if you’re wearing gloss, I think it looks nice with shimmer. But we’re doing gloss in a much cooler, more modern way. There’s nothing gooey going on. You put it on, you blot them together, and then you use your finger.”

fw3+005 New York Fashion Week: Erin Fetherston, Spring 2009The following Bobbi Brown products were used to achieve the look:

Face: Dewy Finish Foundation*.

Eyes: Gold Dust Metallic Eye Shadow and Lavender Metallic Eye Shadow (as a base), Velvet Plum Metallic Eye Shadow and Glitz Metallic Eye Shadow* (in the crease), Gold Celestial Eye Shadow* (all over), Violet Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner and Lash Glamour Lengthening Mascara in Smoke.

Cheeks: Illuminating Bronzer* and Gold Sparkle Pot Rouge*.

Lips: Nugget Lip Gloss.*

*These shades are not yet available.

Stay tuned for more New York Fashion Week – Spring/Summer 2009 coverage!

Photo source: style.com

 New York Fashion Week: Erin Fetherston, Spring 2009

New York Fashion Week: Celeb Spotting

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fw2+016 New York Fashion Week: Celeb Spotting

Today, I was hanging out with Jamie at the tents before the Terexov show – and we literally saw six stars in six minutes.

1) Brandy
2) Miss Jay Alexander (above)
3) Fern Mallis
4) Nigel Barker
5) Lloyd Boston
6) Jay McCarroll

I ran into Julia later on, and she told me she was chatting with Molly Sims in the lobby of the Bryant Park Hotel. Also spotted in the lobby was Zoe Saldana!

Gotta love New York Fashion Week!

Stay tuned for more New York Fashion Week – Spring/Summer 2009 coverage!

 New York Fashion Week: Celeb Spotting

New York Fashion Week: Julie Rocks The Haus

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julie+haus New York Fashion Week: Julie Rocks The HausBackstage was bustling Friday at Julie Haus. Dwight O’Neal, Key Makeup Artist for theBalm, gave me the skinny on the makeup inspired by Haus’ NYFW debut…

A model hurriedly does her makeup in a cab on the way to a go-see. She dots a lip stain on the center of her pout and blends outward with her fingers, then applies a few hasty swipes of mascara to her lashes. When she arrives at the casting, she stands out in the crowd…she’s shining through. She’s wearing the makeup. It’s not wearing her.

To create the look, Dwight (who is fabulously personable, by the by) started by creating a flawless foundation, literally, by mixing Balm Shelter Tinted Moisturizer SPF 18 with timeBalm Anti-Wrinkle Concealer. “It gives a great dewy glow and provides medium to full coverage without looking like a mask,” he says. “The mixture of these two products creates an anti-aging foundation. It’s concealing and healing!”

fw1+001 New York Fashion Week: Julie Rocks The HausOn the eyes, Dwight used timeBalm Anti-Wrinkle Concealer in Lighter than Light, as a primer. Then he set the concealer with Sexy Mama Translucent Powder, followed by Caught in the Act Courtney Shady Lady Eye Shadow lightly in the crease and along the lash line. He lightly dusted Luscious Lani Shady Lady Eye Shadow on the brow bone, then applied Sexy Stacy Shady Lady Eye Shadow with a wet brush as an eyeliner. After applying FIVE coats of Two Timer Mascara in Black to top lashes only, Dwight finished the eye look by shaping brows with Pick Up Liner. Bahama Mama Bronzer was applied beneath the cheekbones to contour the face.

fw1+002 New York Fashion Week: Julie Rocks The HausTo achieve the effortlessly sexy lip, Dwight starts with Staniac in Prom Queen (applied to the center of the lips and blended out), Read My Lips Lipstick (to moisturize), and Plump Your Pucker in Cocoa My Coconut (to plump, plump, plump, plump it up).

I also had an opportunity to chat up Marissa Shipman, the Founder & CEO of theBalm. After I went on and on about the genius of BalmsAway Eye Makeup Remover, she told me that it was inspired by her grandma. She also hinted that theBalm has an amazing new product in the works – and Julia got her to divulge that it is a lip product. I’ll keep you posted as details unfold…

fw1+003 New York Fashion Week: Julie Rocks The HausOscar Blandi was the mastermind behind the masterfully beachy waves. He told me that the Julie Haus hair look embraces natural texture rather than fighting it. To replicate, start with wet hair with Proteine di Jasmine Protein Mist. Apply Volume to roots, Acqua Marina to the ends to the ends for hold, and blow dry hair to a smooth finish. Using a straightening iron, curl sections of hair in different directions to create an edgy look. Then take a few sections and braid them – then curl the braid around the flat iron. Finish the look by teasing the ends with flat brush to open up the curls. Use Tocco Finale for hold and definition and Lacca for additional volume.

Stay tuned for more New York Fashion Week – Spring/Summer 2009 coverage!

 New York Fashion Week: Julie Rocks The Haus

Arlenis Sosa Is Lancome’s Newest Spokesperson

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arlenis Arlenis Sosa Is Lancomes Newest Spokesperson

Talk about a Cinderella story…
Model Arlenis Sosa was just discovered earlier this year and immediately began booking jobs with American Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and other top fashion publications. Sosa recently appeared in Italian Vogue’s “Black issue,” and will be walking in more than a dozen shows this Fashion Week – from Proenza Schouler to Peter Som. And now comes the announcement that Arlenis has joined the Lancome family and will be their newest spokesperson.
“Arlenis possesses beauty, intelligence, charm and compassion,” says Lancome President Odile Roujol. “All of our brand ambassadors share these attributes, so we knew she would be a wonderful addition. We are very proud to welcome her to the Lancome family.”
Lancome’s other brand spokepersons reads like a who’s who list; ambassadors include Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, Juliette Binoche, Clive Owen, Daria Werbowy and Selena Breed. Ads featuring Arlenis Sosa will appear in 2009.



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