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

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New York Fashion Week: I’m A Barbie Girl, In The Barbie World

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barbie runway show New York Fashion Week: I’m A Barbie Girl, In The Barbie World

I’m a blond little girl, in the fantasy world
Dress me up, make it tight, I’m your dolly
You’re my doll, rock’n’roll, feel the glamour and pain,
Kiss me here, touch me there, hanky panky…
You can touch, you can play, if you say: “I’m always yours”

I’m a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world
Life is plastic, it’s fantastic!
You can brush my hair, undress me everywhere
Imagination, life is your creation

To commemorate her 50th birthday, Barbie partied like it’s 1959, 2009 and 2059. Yesterday, Barbie took Manhattan and staged the most anticipated fashion week show in forev. 50 celebrated designers showcased one-of-a-kind, adult-size creations inspired by the renowned fashion doll. The epic fashion event celebrated the past, present and future of fashion, with Barbie as the muse; she’s once, twice, three times a lady.

 New York Fashion Week: I’m A Barbie Girl, In The Barbie World

Backstage at Barbie, I spoke to Charlotte Tilbury, lead makeup artist for Stila. She told me that the looks were divided into three sections: Past Barbie, Present Barbie and Futuristic Barbie.

 New York Fashion Week: I’m A Barbie Girl, In The Barbie World

Barbie Present New York Fashion Week: I’m A Barbie Girl, In The Barbie World“Past is a 50’s dominatrix with pure red lips and really high-gloss pink-red gloss. A late 50’s black cat liquid eye with a little bit of contouring and shimmering white highlights. And a little bit of a filled in eyebrow,” she said.

“Barbie from the present is very Sharon Tate doll-looking; lots of lilacs and soft pinks, whites and dove grays – and beigy, pale pink glossy lips.”

“Futuristic Barbie looks like she’s wearing a Venetian mask or going to a Venetian ball. She’s got a butterfly be-dazzled eye with feathers, sequins, and electric blue glitter. Like a peacock butterfly with a beige Bardot gloss.”

Charlotte added, “Barbie was always my favorite game when I was younger. And being in fashion and making up models feels like you’re still playing Barbie. But today is so much fun. I get to live a little bit more of my fantasy.”

I asked Charlotte how these runway looks can be translated for real life, to which she replied:

 New York Fashion Week: I’m A Barbie Girl, In The Barbie World“The present and the past are really great looks for real women. For the futuristic look, if you wanted to take the fabulous electric shimmery blue shadow with black eyeliner and did that with a beigy gloss lip, it would be a fantastic look also for real women.”

When asked why she thinks Barbie continues to be an icon, Charlotte answered, “She leggy, she’s got a waist, she’s got fabulous perky boobs, she’s got big blonde hair, huge big doe eyes, glossy lips and she never really speaks.”

For Past Barbie, Orlanda Pita (for T3) styled exaggerated ponytails and blunt bangs, reminiscent of vintage Barbie with the chevron striped swimsuit. He teased the models’ hair, a la Valley of the Dolls, for Present Barbie – using Plump and Control sprays. Futuristic Barbies sported larger-than-life buns, embellished with braided extensions.

CND was responsible for the dollicious manicures. As you can see in the photo below, all of the artifical nails have an elongated almond shape. CND lead nail technician, Amanda Fontanarrosa, gave me the skinny on the show’s nail looks…and shared some pro secrets.

Past Barbie: Wildfire #111
Present Barbie – Hot Pop Pink #348
Futuristic Barbie: French manicure, evolving into a lucite tip

“If a model smudges a nail at the last minute backstage, I simply glide a tiny bit of acetone over the nail with the pad of my finger to smooth out the enamel,” Amanda shared. “Wafting your hands or blowing on wet enamelk does NOT speed up drying time, instead it slows it down. That’s why we use Solar Speed Spray to control the flow of oxygen over enamel, helping it to dry faster.”

 New York Fashion Week: I’m A Barbie Girl, In The Barbie World

 New York Fashion Week: I’m A Barbie Girl, In The Barbie World

Stay tuned for the Stila face charts

#NYFW

Photo Credits: Spoiled Pretty, IMG, Makeup Bag

MAC and Hello Kitty In The Big City

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As you’ve probably heard, MAC Cosmetics has teamed up with the international pop culture phenomenon Hello Kitty, to create a color story that takes its cue from both the fantastical world of Hello Kitty and the glamorous fashion scene.

Somewhere between a coy girl and sexy siren, MAC Hello Kitty represents the desire in all of us to be both innocent and mischievous. More Angelina Jolie than Shirley Temple, the feisty new color collection takes its inspiration from the complex, yet elegantly feminine sensibility.

In celebration of the partnership, MAC has taken it to the stylish next level and tapped into its fashion reservoir of friends and assembled a team of 30 internationally renowned designers, to create one-of-a-kind pieces that are inspired by the Hello Kitty collection.

 MAC and Hello Kitty In The Big CityMAC asked designers to work within the color palette of the Hello Kitty collection of black, grey, white and pink and posed the question, “What would MAC Hello Kitty wear if she were a fashionista?” Designers were given creative freedom to create pieces in their own aesthetic and on February 5th in New York, MAC unveiled the exclusive designs to the world with a global Hello Kitty cocktail party and fashion exhibit showcasing the ensembles.

It was MAC Hello Kitty Commotion! My bestie, Amber, was in attendance. Click here to get the inside scoop (and see a pic of her encounter with a certain celeb from MTV’s The City).

The MAC Hello Kitty fashion designer team includes the very talented; Blugirl, Catherine Malandrino, Charlotte Ronson, Dress33, Elie Saab, Emanuel Ungaro, General Idea – Bum Suk Choi, Giles, Hervé Léger by Max Azria, Kai Kühne, Kate Sylvester, Katy England, Manish Arora, Marchesa, Miro, Opening Ceremony, Qiu Hao, Rosa Cha, Ruffian, Sang Beg Ha, Shu-Chi Huang, Sinha Stanic, Tadashi Shoji, The Blonds, threeasFOUR, Vicente Villarin, Yigal Azrouel, Zac Posen, and Zimmermann.

 MAC and Hello Kitty In The Big City

The MAC Hello Kitty designs will be auctioned off on eBay, with all proceeds benefiting The Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York. On Monday February 9, 2009 at 10:00pm EST, the MAC Hello Kitty charity auction will go live on eBay. To bid on these exclusive designer creations, please visit ebay.com/machellokitty. Bidding will be open internationally and will remain live for ten days. Payment will be accepted through major credit cards only, via PayPal. The auction will close on February 19, 2009 at the same time it began.

The MAC Hello Kitty color and accessory collection will launch on February 12, 2009.

Bryant Park To Get All Dolled Up: Barbie Comes To Fashion Week

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spotted+shopping+barbie Bryant Park To Get All Dolled Up: Barbie Comes To Fashion Week
February 14th, Barbie takes Manhattan. For the first time ever, 50 designers will come together under one “Tent” for Barbie’s first-ever runway show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

Yesterday, the brand released the official line-up of 50 celebrated designers who will showcase one-of-a-kind, adult-size creations inspired by the renowned fashion doll. The epic fashion event will celebrate the past, present and future of fashion, with Barbie as the muse.

Each of the 50 models will wear Christian Louboutin pumps in iconic Barbie Pantone 219 Pink. “I guess I always had a little ‘girlie side’ who liked Barbie,” Louboutin said. “Barbie needs to wear great shoes because every girl needs to wear great shoes.”

The show is part of a year-long, global celebration of Barbie’s 50th anniversary that includes pink carpet events, marquee partnerships, retail celebrations, must-have products and numerous tributes in design, fashion and more.

Participating designers include: Alexander Wang, Anna Sui, Baby Phat, Badgley Mischka, Betsey Johnson, Bob Mackie, Calvin Klein, Carmen Marc Valvo, Catherine Malandrino, Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Erin Fetherston, Kenneth Cole, Marchesa, Michael Kors, Monique Lhuillier, Naeem Khan, Rachel Roy, Reem Acra, Tibi, Tommy Hilfiger, Tory Burch, Tracy Reese, Vena Cava, Vera Wang, Vivienne Tam and Yigal Azrouel.

#NYFW

Jason Wu Calls Michelle Obama’s Choice of His Dress "Thrilling, Emotional and Inspiring"

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michelle+obama+inauguration Jason Wu Calls Michelle Obamas Choice of His Dress "Thrilling, Emotional and Inspiring"Jason Wu hit the fashion lottery tonight. In December, the 26-year old Tawainese-American designer submitted three dresses to Michelle Obama for consideration, but considered himself a long-shot. Wu had no idea that Michelle Obama had chosen his one-shouldered, embellished, off-white gown until the President and First Lady took the stage at the Neighborhood Ball. “I found out tonight…along with the rest of the world,” Wu told CNN.

“It’s thrilling, it’s emotional and it’s inspiring. For a young designer, I couldn’t ask for anything more than this. It’s my dream come true.”

michelle+obama+jason+wu Jason Wu Calls Michelle Obamas Choice of His Dress "Thrilling, Emotional and Inspiring"Wu said he created the dress to reflect the first couple and the new administration. He wanted to give Michelle a gown with a “dream-like quality.”

On inauguration night, Wu won’t be celebrating his newfound celebrity. He doesn’t have time. With New York Fashion Week only three weeks away, he will be burning the midnight oil – working on his Fall 2009 collection.

When asked his thoughts about Michelle Obama’s status as an emerging style icon, Wu said, “She’s versatile. She can do it all. She is amazing. She has her own sense of style and there’s nothing better than that.”

michelle gown Jason Wu Calls Michelle Obamas Choice of His Dress "Thrilling, Emotional and Inspiring"

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Thoughts on Michelle Obama’s gown?

Sandalicious Giveaway: Free Havaianas!!!

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It’s freezing cold and your tootsies are toasty warm in your Uggs. But it’s not too early to be thinking about warmer weather and baring your soles. Stay with me – you’ll like where this is going…

This week, Spoiled Pretty is teaming up with Havaianas for a sandalicious giveaway!!!

My sister’s birthday is in July and every year, Havaianas are at the top of her wish list. And she’s not the only one obsessed with this fabulous line of footwear; this past September at New York Fashion Week, people stood in queue – for hours – to score a limited edition pair of Havaianas.

But here at Spoiled Pretty, it doesn’t have to be your birthday. I won’t make you wait in long ass lines either. And the winner won’t just receive one pair of Havaianas. Oh no. We’re spoiling the lucky winner with four pairs of sandals – from Havaianas’ 2009 collection!

Comfort and fashion rarely mix. Happily, Havaianas are an exception. Dubbed as the world’s best sandal, their more than 40-year old secret rubber formula is responsible for buttery-soft, bouncy, flexible sandals that have blissfully cushioned the feet of many dignitaries and celebrities around the world. These comfortable sole saviors have been paired with flirty skirts, tailored shirts and jeans, helping glamour girls like Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Cameron Diaz keep their poise on the streets of Hollywood.

In 2009, Havaianas once again delivers with new designs made for maximum style and comfort. With their signature marshmallow-y comfort and alluring designs, Havaianas continues to give its followers the perfect blend of fashion, function, and fun every woman needs in life!

Havaianas 2009 Collection

4 Nite Black Greylores Sandalicious Giveaway: Free Havaianas!!!
Havaianas 4nite, Glow in the Dark for the edgy punk rocker
Retail: $28
Available in two styles

Slim Peacock Navy 2 Sandalicious Giveaway: Free Havaianas!!!
Havaianas Slim Peacock for the exotic
Retail: $24
Available in white, navy and chocolate

Brasil Logo Navy Blue Sandalicious Giveaway: Free Havaianas!!!
Havaianas Brazil Logo for the classic lovers
Retail: $22
Available in pink, brown and navy

Fit Grey Silver Sandalicious Giveaway: Free Havaianas!!!
Havaianas FIT for the casual chic
Retail: $30
Available in silver, black, and gold

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name, mailing address, and shoe size. The subject line should read “Havaianas Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, January 18th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, January 19th, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

Good luck!

Upcoming Sales at Ideeli.com

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Ideeli has some great upcoming sales that I couldn’t keep to myself. Sign up so that you can buy, buy, buy as soon as the merchandise is up for grabs. To take advantage of this members-only online shopping community, visit ideeli.com and enter spoiledpretty as your invitation code.

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Ideeli Red Sale
There’s nothing like a great handbag to update your wardrobe and uplift your spirits! Take it from designer Andrea Bruckner, whose collection combines the tailored look of menswear with the feminine appreciation of subtle details. Or try Bulga’s gently rounded bags in buttery Italian leathers. Misela’s vintage-inspired pieces, crafted from hand-woven fabrics discovered in the Grand Bazaar, reflect the spirit of Istanbul, while Treesje embodies the casual elegance of Los Angeles. And Fendi , a brand that needs no introduction, epitomizes Italian style. United in quality and unique in design, these-and all of the rest of our sumptuous handbags-add punch to any ensemble. This Red Sale event will run for a full 3 days, starting Friday, January 9th. Prices for this event start at $59.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs
It’s time to make your mark-without saying a word. Fortunately, Marc Jacobs is here to help. With a resume that rivals those of the world’s top designers and a cult following to match, Jacobs is known for his edgy-yet-elegant creations. He designs not only to dress, but also to delight, and his accessories collections are no exception. Enter Marc by Marc Jacobs watches, timepieces that remain true to Jacobs’ vision and speak volumes about the women who wear them. Each watch straddles the line between playful and powerful, commanding attention without demanding it. Every piece reflects both the spirit of the label and the sophistication of high-quality timepieces. While the details of each style differ, the message is the same: spirited and youthful, Marc by Marc Jacobs watches prove that true fashion isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s for those with a lot of confidence and a little bit of attitude, ready to make their mark. The exact time and date for this event will be posted closer to its start. Prices for this event start at $49.

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Helena De Natalio
As the only woman Madonna would ever label a fashion role model, Eva Peron put Argentine women on the map as diehard style mavens. Some 60 years later, South American women continue to be known for their creativity and style. This fact hasn’t escaped American handbag designer Helen Hoppock. After joining the Peace Corps and living in Natalio, Paraguay for two years, American handbag designer Helen Hoppock fell in love with the handcrafted leather goods found throughout the continent. Working with a local seamstress inspired her to combine her deep interest in social responsibility with her devotion to local craftsmanship. In 2005, the talented and industrious Hoppock moved to Buenos Aires to create a line of handbags that would marry fierce fashion attitude with a true humanitarian spirit. Soon enough, the Helena de Natalio line was born. Using only the finest Argentine leather, the workers at Helena de Natalio are given fair wages, good working conditions and humane benefits. And the bags, with their unique detailing and gorgeous color palate, couldn’t be chicer. This event is scheduled to start on Thursday, January 8th and will run for 36 hours. Prices for this event start at $110.

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Salvatore Ferragamo
Born in Bonito in 1898, Salvatore Ferragamo made his first creation slippers for his sisters to wear to their confirmation – at age nine. His love of fashion only grew, and he studied shoemaking in Naples for a year before heading to Boston to join his brothers at work in a cowboy boot factory. Yearning for more, he convinced his brothers to relocate to California to create luxurious made-to-measure shoes for Hollywood’s glitterati. The rest, as they say, is history. Soon after setting up shop, Ferragamo established a celebrity following and began a long period of designing for the cinema. The most powerful and glamorous women, from Eva Peron to Marilyn Monroe, flocked to him, establishing him as the “Shoemaker to the Stars.” From here, his label expanded to include ready-to-wear and accessories. While each piece is unique in styling, all are unified by an overarching attention to detail and commitment to craftsmanship. This event is scheduled to start on Wednesday, January 7th and will run for 36 hours.

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Plus, keep your eyes peeled for upcoming Valentino and Prada giveaways! Now do you understand why I am so enamored with Ideeli?

This Week’s Ideeli Sales

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You know that I love me some Ideeli. What’s not to love when they’ve got such fantabulous online sample sales? To take advantage of this members-only online shopping community, visit ideeli.com and enter spoiledpretty as your invitation code.

vbh This Weeks Ideeli Sales
VBH Handbag Sale – save up to 73% Off
VBH should stand for very beautiful handbags. In reality it stand for the designer who creates the luxurious line, V. Bruce Hoeksema. Using the finest materials and expert Italian craftsmanship, each bag in the VBH line is individually handcrafted and sewn by a small team of expert artisans in Florence, Italy.

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Catherine Malandrino Sale – save up to 85%
Incredibly beautiful clothing – impeccably tailored and designed.

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Lamarthe Handbags
- save up to 63%
Founded in 1930, Lemarthe Paris continues to deliver high quality leather goods that exude timeless style and sophistication.

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Saint Honore Luxury Watches – save up to 79%
Prices start at $78!! (gift alert!)
Saint Honore is a French company specializing in elegant and prestigious timepieces. The company’s predecessor, Victorin Frésard, established a signature watchmaking firm in 1885; Saint Honore officially succeeded the company 100 years later. Today, designer Paul Belmondo takes credit for Saint Honore’s beautifully sleek watches.

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Chanel GIVEAWAY!!!
Chanel is synonymous with Parisian perfection and now Ideeli is giving away a tiny piece of perfection, a Chanel clutch just in time for the holidays! This event is part of ideeli’s Holiday Giveaway Series. All of the items for this series are specially chosen with the winter holidays in mind, and all events in this series will run before December 22nd. As a result, these giveaways are perfect for gifting (but are also great to keep as a holiday treat for yourself! You have to be register on ideeli to win – so what are you waiting for?

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Isabella Fiore Handbag Sale – save up to 71%
Exquisite leathers are finished with handcrafted details: from intricate prints to elegant tattoos to colorful embroidery, each piece is truly unique. Like the culture that inspired it, Isabella Fiore reflects confidence and grace, allowing each of us to enjoy a little California dreaming of our own.

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Vivienne Westwood Sunglass Sale – save up to 72%
Fashion forward ladies can’t get enough of her unique pieces. It’s no surprise that Women’s Wear Daily has called her one of the six best designers in the world and in 2004, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London featured a retrospective of her work. Not bad for the first lady of punk.

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Louis Vuitton GIVEAWAY!!!

This event is part of ideeli’s Holiday Giveaway Series. All of the items for this series are specially chosen with the winter holidays in mind, and all events in this series will run before December 22nd. As a result, these giveaways are perfect for gifting (but are also great to keep as a holiday treat for yourself!).

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Michael Kors Watch Sale
- Save up to 79%
Perfectly suited for a modern lifestyle, Michael Kors transforms American sportswear into American splendor.

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Kale Handbag Sale
– save up to 65%
The brains and beauty behind Kale handbags, sisters Jennifer and Leslie Kale, understand all too well that sumptuous calfskin, elegant silhouettes, and subtle, polished hardware, produce intensely covetable handbags.

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Trace Handbag Sale
– save up to 65%
Created by seasoned designer Jennifer Kale, Trace handbags reflect her easy-going attitude and commitment to craftsmanship. Trace, a play on “tres,” the Spanish word for “three,” embodies the simplicity and perfection of its namesake.

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Leigh & Luca
– save up to 72%
Prices start at $54 (last minute gift alert!)
All pieces are made with traditional craftsmanship, hand-woven on antique looms in Inner Mongolia from exquisite cashmeres, silks and cottons, and then modernized with embroidery and hand printing. Every design is produced in limited quantity, keeping each piece personal and unique.



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