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

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Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Georgetown Cupcake

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Georgetown cupcake holiday Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Georgetown CupcakeIn 2010 when I was pregnant with Westley, I craved cupcakes. So right before I gave birth, my sister – who lives in DC – told me that she would be bringing me a dozen cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake, to celebrate. I was excited to finally meet my little man, but I was also absolutely giddy about getting my taste buds all over those cupcakes.

Long story short: I had a C-section which left me with little to no appetite for a few days post-surgery. I didn’t want the cupcakes to go to waste, so I offered them to my friends and family who visited me in the hospital and kept one for myself – and after my appetite returned, I devoured what was quite possibly the BEST.CUPCAKE.EVER.

So when I was putting together Spoiled Pretty’s Holiday Gift Guide 2012, I immediately thought of Georgetown Cupcake. The cupcakes are $2.75 each, $15 for a half dozen and $29 for a dozen. If you don’t live near one of their five bakery locations (D.C.; Bethesda, MD; N.Y.C.; Boston; and L.A.), you can have them shipped to your doorstep (as long as you’re within the Continental U.S.). CONTINUE READING

Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Carol’s Daughter Joy of Vanilla Body Indulgence Trio

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Carols Daughter Joy of Vanilla Body Indulgence Trio Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Carols Daughter Joy of Vanilla Body Indulgence TrioCarol’s Daughter Joy of Vanilla Body Indulgence Trio is the gift for that vanilla lover in your life. I, myself, am a vanilla fiend. It’s my absolute favorite fragrance. But I have a discerning nose. Not all confection-scented beauty products are created equal and many are downright amateur and juvenile. Carol’s Daughter, on the other hand, does vanilla justice and offers some of the most elegant and inspired takes on the classic scent.

“Vanilla is one of my favorite notes to work with; it blends so beautifully with almost anything. Vanilla is warm and loving and conjures up happy thoughts, and at the same time it can add a subtle sensuality to a scent. Included in this set are two of our most popular vanilla fragrances from the past few years and an exciting new vanilla.” —Lisa Price, Founder of Carol’s Daughter

Carol’s Daughter Joy of Vanilla Body Indulgence Trio in Joy Box includes:

  • 4 oz. Sugar-Dipped Vanilla Body Cream (notes of water lily, vanilla and cotton candy)
  • 4 oz. Vanilla Petals Body Cream (notes of French marshmallow, soft florals and vanilla)
  • 4 oz. Vanilla Truffle Body Cream (notes of creamy vanilla, white chocolate and turbinado sugar) CONTINUE READING

Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Kendra Scott Jewelry

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kendra scott maxine long earrings Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Kendra Scott JewelryKendra Scott is my favorite jewelry designer, and her beautiful baubles are on my own holiday wish list. I adore Kendra Scott jewelry so much that I told my sister that I would happily accept anything from her collection. Plus I love a pretty surprise. CONTINUE READING

Holiday Gift Guide 2012: beautyblender Air.Port Pure Kit

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beautyblender sponge Holiday Gift Guide 2012: beautyblender Air.Port Pure KitIf you’re applying your foundation with anything but the beautyblender sponge, you’re doing it wrong.

The point of foundation is to fool the eye of the beholder into thinking you were blessed with a flawless complexion. But if you’re applying it incorrectly, or with inferior tools, you just look like you’re wearing a makeup mask. The difference between foundation that looks like foundation and foundation that looks like skin is beautyblender.

Since I was introduced to beautyblender in 2007, we have been in a monogamous relationship. It is the only tool I use to apply my foundation. beautyblender’s elliptical shape allows you to access hard-to-reach areas with ease. Its suede-like texture repels product, so your foundation actually ends up on your face – rather than absorbed by the sponge. And its unique curves fit the contours of your face, leaving your makeup dazzling and undetectable.

I even use it to apply my concealer and cream blushes. beautyblender can also be used with moisturizers, eye treatment serums and lotions, makeup primers and makeup removers to be a truly hygienic, gentle way to ensure optimal use of the most advanced skin care products.

And if you have problem skin, I can’t recommend anything better for magically disguising blemishes and hyperpigmentation. beautyblender is reusable (perfect for those green gals), latex-free, non-allergenic, and odor free…and makes the PERFECT holiday gift. CONTINUE READING

Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Tarte Treat Yourself to Gorgeous Collection

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Tarte Treat Yourself To Gorgeous Collection Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Tarte Treat Yourself to Gorgeous Collection

Tarte’s Treat Yourself to Gorgeous is a 28 piece holiday collection from tarte featuring 20 Amazonian clay eye shadows, four cashmere waterproof gliding liners and four maracuja divine shine lip glosses.

Treat Yourself to Gorgeous is the perfect holiday gift because you can gift the whole thing or break this set into three substantial stocking stuffers! Each of the different components – 20 eye shadows, four eyeliners, and set of four glosses – comes in a beautiful individual box…so really, there’s no wrapping necessary. CONTINUE READING

Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday Beauty Deals 2012

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cyber monday Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday Beauty Deals 2012

This post title is actually misleading, as many sales have already started. Peruse the list below and let me know if there’s any deals/sales you know about that I’ve missed.

Happy shopping…and sayonara, savings account!

Beauty

AHAVA
WHEN: November 21 – 25
DEAL:
Get 40% off sitewide with code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.

Bath & Body Works
WHEN: Now through December 24
DEAL #1: Free product (up to $13 value) with a minimum $10 purchase. Use code SHOPFREE10 at checkout.

Bath & Body Works
WHEN: While supplies last
DEAL #2: Get the 2012 V.I.P. Bag for $20 (it’s a $100 value) with any purchase of $40 or more. Use code VIP12 at checkout.

Beauty Bar
WHEN:
Black Friday (November 23)
DEAL:
Shoppers who spend $50 at Beauty Bar will receive an ultra-pampering gift with purchase from Philosophy. This exclusive gift set includes three of Philosophy’s newest offerings ($20 value): Purity Made Simple Foaming 3-in-1 Cleansing Gel for Face and Eyes, Eyes Wide Open Instant Refreshing and Depuffing Eye Gel, and The Microdelivery Exfoliating Body Wash. Enter code BBGWPBF at checkout.

Beauty Bar
WHEN:
Cyber Monday (November 26)
DEAL:
 Shoppers who spend $100 will receive $20 off their purchase for one day only. Enter code BBCYBERMONDAY at checkout.

Becca Cosmetics
WHEN: November 25
DEAL: Spend $75 and get a free mini Shimmering Skin Perfector and full-size Beach Tint. Spend $125 and get those two products plus two full-size Glossy Lip Tints and a Becca Brown Cosmetics Pouch. Plus, Becca is releasing a limited-edition nail color collection for $30.

Benefit Cosmetics
WHEN: November 23 – November 25
DEAL: Spend $30 and get a FREE deluxe mini BADgal lash mascara. Spend $60 and also get a FREE deluxe mini the porefessional. Spend $90 and also get a deluxe mini sugarbomb. Enter STAYCATION at checkout. CONTINUE READING

Tom Ford ‘Jennifer’ Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!

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I jokingly refer to myself as “the bag lady.” Except it’s not really a joke. I carry way too many bags. On an average evening, I return home from work (and daycare) juggling my purse, my laptop bag, Westley’s backpack and lunch bag – plus any shopping bags I’ve accumulated that day. And I need to have at least one hand free to prevent my fearless two-year-old from darting into the street. So I’ve been searching for a crossbody bag to help lighten my load and free up my hands.

The crossbody I want should be work appropriate, but casual enough for weekends. I also need a one that is roomy enough to accommodate my hoarder tendencies, but not so big that I can never find what I’m looking for.

jennifer aniston tom ford flap over handbag Tom Ford Jennifer Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!

After some window shopping and exhaustive Google searches, I finally found my brainchild brought to life…on the arm of Jennifer Aniston. Her ubiquitous Tom Ford Flap-Over Bag was exactly what I had dreamed – well, minus the $4,000 price tag. I was so frustrated because I love everything about this bag (particularly the fold-over, zippered flap) and knew I’d be hard-pressed to find a lookalike in my price range.

So I continued my search and found these similar styles:

Anya Hindmarch Maxi Zip Cross Body Bag Tom Ford Jennifer Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!Anya Hindmarch Maxi Zip Cross Body Bag, $895
Pros: Absolutely gorgeous
Cons: Hello, this bag is $900! And at 11. x 6″, it’s on the small side

 

Marc by Marc Jacobs Petal To The Metal Natasha Bag Tom Ford Jennifer Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!Marc by Marc Jacobs Petal To The Metal Natasha Bag, $458
Pros: Roomy and bird embellishments are cute
Cons: Bird embellishments also make this bag a little less work-appropriate and $500 is still more than I want to spend

 

 Tom Ford Jennifer Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!Kate Spade New York Cobble Hill Little Minka Satchel, $378
Pros: High quality, versatile design and available in a variety of colors
Cons: I’m cheap and it’s too close to Christmas for me to splurge on this bag, though I might snatch it up if I spied it at an outlet store

 

Marc by Marc Jacobs classic q natasha Tom Ford Jennifer Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q – Natasha Crossbody Flap Bag, $368
Pros: Similar to TF bag and closer to my price range
Cons: Still more than I’d like to spend and very trendy (I see this bag on women at least once or twice a day)

Emma Fox Classics Large Foldover Tote Tom Ford Jennifer Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!Emma Fox Classics Large Foldover Tote, $207
Pros: Looks expensive, but totally within my price range
Cons: Not wild about the “convertible” aspect of this tote/crossbody

michael kors bedford tassle shoulder bag Tom Ford Jennifer Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!

Michael Kors Bedford Tassel – Medium Convertible Leather Shoulder Bag, $298
Pros: Has the same style and vibe as the Tom Ford bag, but at a reasonable price point. Also love that it can be worn not the shoulder or crossbody. The tassel is also a nice touch.
Cons: Not a fan of the Michael Kors name plate on the front flap.

 Tom Ford Jennifer Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!

B. Makowsky Laurel Glove Leather Flap Top Crossbody Bag$158
Pros: Similar look (and it also comes in rose gold, which is a favorite of mine). The price is right too.
Cons: That brown stitching has got to go.

 

lodis dahlia joelle hobo Tom Ford Jennifer Flap Over Bag Lookalikes Found!So – long story short (too late), I almost settled and bought the Kate Spade bag. But the shopping gods intervened and led me to the Lodis Dahlia Joelle Hobo (sorry…no longer available). It’s the spitting image of the Tom Ford bag (down to the zippered flap and expandable gusset) for just $268!!!!!! I can’t believe my luck.

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