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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Ideeli Gets A Makeover

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Ideeli.com, the fastest-growing online sample sale destination, turns three and gets a whole new look!
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Now, the “Latest” page is called “On Sale Today,” and there are tabs there for Women, Home, and Kids, to make navigating that much easier. It’s a way for shoppers to see just the sales they want to see, when they want to see them. All of the photos are now in the classic Polaroid format, for example – but while they’ve upgraded the website’s look and feel, Ideeli kept the easy functionality and shop-ability completely intact.

Ideeli membership is free…click here for an invite, courtesy of Spoiled Pretty.

Preview Stila’s New One Step Prime Color!

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  Preview Stilas New One Step Prime Color!
stila+cosmetics+mothers+day+set Preview Stilas New One Step Prime Color!Stila has a new product called One Step Prime Color, “a revolutionary formula that beautifully enhances the skin by combining benefits of a primer, lip color, eye shadow, cheek color and highlighter in one.” I don’t know exactly how that would work, but Stila definitely has my attention.

Though One Step Prime Color isn’t yet available for individual purchase, you can preview it now in the Stila’s Mother’s Day Set – which also includes Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer, an exclusive Eye Shadow Trio shade (Anya), and a limited Lip Glaze shade (Mayberry). The set has a retail value of $62, but you can snap it up for just $38.

CEW Announces 2010 Beauty Awards Finalists!

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cew+2010+beauty+award+finalists CEW Announces 2010 Beauty Awards Finalists!Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) has announced the Finalists for the 2010 CEW Beauty Awards, the industry’s highest honor. Now in its 16th year, the CEW Beauty Awards celebrate the most innovative products of the year. The Finalists were chosen from more than 550 products from nearly 300 top brands.
The CEW Beauty Awards are the only awards program where the Finalists are chosen exclusively by beauty insiders. The roster of Finalists, voted on by over 3500 professionals in the field, has become consumers’ most coveted shopping list. “Consumers know that all Finalist products have been field-tested and approved by CEW members. Year after year, these products are what consumers seek out to address their needs,” says Carlotta Jacobson, President of CEW.

The CEW Board of Governors will now vote on the 155 Finalists to determine the winners across 31 categories. The winners will be announced at the CEW Beauty Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 21st, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Comedian and Actor Mario Cantone will emcee the event again this year.

Hanae Mori Butterfly Solid Perfume Ring

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hanae+mori+butterfly+solid+perfume+ring Hanae Mori Butterfly Solid Perfume RingIt’s no secret that Hanae Mori Butterfly is one of my favorite fragrances. In fact, two different versions of this scent occupy permanent residency on my perfume vanity. So when I heard about a new Hanae Mori Butterfly Solid Perfume Ring available at Sephora, I started reaching for my Visa…that is, until I actually saw it.

I love the idea of a solid perfume ring, but this one just looks so uninspired and cheap that the $39 price tag is laughable. For that kind of cash, I would suggest bypassing the .019 oz ring and buying the 5 oz body lotion instead.

For such a sophisticated scent, I’m a little shocked that they would put it in such a bauble that looks like it came out of a Cracker Jack box. Packaging fail.

Chanel Temporary Tattoos

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chanel+tattoo+1 Chanel Temporary TattoosTo celebrate the debut of the newly redesigned Chanel.com, CHANEL launched the highly anticipated Les Trompe L’Oeil de CHANEL Temporary Skin Art online last month.

First seen at the CHANEL Spring-Summer 2010 Ready-to-Wear runway show, Les Trompe L’Oeil de CHANEL Temporary Skin Art was created by Peter Philips, Global Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup. “For the show, I wanted to play with the CHANEL symbols; pearls, chains and wheat, as well as blossoms and small swallows that announce the arrival of spring,” says Peter Philips. “I focused on a natural makeup look with chic beige tones and a slight touch of rebellion: the tattoos!”

Les Trompe L’Oeil de CHANEL Temporary Skin Art is available for a limited time exclusively at Chanel.com, CHANEL boutiques and CHANEL Makeup Studios.

$75.00 for a package of five sheets. Includes a total of 55 designs.

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The Bachelor Wedding Makeup Created by Mally Roncal

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Bachelor+Jason+Mesnick+Molly+Malaney+wedding The Bachelor Wedding Makeup Created by Mally RoncalCelebrity Makeup Artist Mally Roncal Creates Molly Malaney’s Waterproof Look for The Bachelor Wedding on ABC

Celebrity makeup artist and Mally Beauty founder Mally Roncal flew to Los Angeles this past weekend to assist in the nuptials between ABC’s The Bachelor couple Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney. The televised event from Warner Horizon Television airs Monday, March 8th on ABC, and Mally worked to develop Molly’s wedding day makeup look and also produce a style for each of her bridesmaids.

With the tsunami warning looming on the West Coast, Mally knew her bulletproof makeup would hold up in inclement weather. “I design high performance products that can stand up to any element from camera lights to a 12-hour work day or even torrential downpour,” said Mally. When a deluge of rain passed through during the ceremony, Mally and her team waited behind the scenes for touch-ups. As Molly and the bridesmaids arrived safely indoors, they were blown away when they realized their makeup didn’t budge – a true testament to Mally’s brand.

To create Molly’s look, Mally used the products below from the Mally Beauty collection.

The NEW 7-Piece Secrets Collection, including:

Volumizing Mascara
Couture Color Custom Blush
Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Liner in Black Velvet
Cancellation Concealer System
Perfect Prep Eye Primer
Perfect Prep Poreless Face Primer
Ultimate Performance Professional Foundation
Visible Skin Adjustable Coverage Foundation
Evercolor Shadow Stick in Taupe
24/7 Professional Brow Shaping System in Medium Brown
24/7 Professional Blush System in Medium
Finish Line Professional Luminizer
Love Love Love Lashes

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Neti Pot Gave My Cold The Cold Shoulder

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neti+pot+oprah+dr+oz Neti Pot Gave My Cold The Cold ShoulderI’ve been breathing out of my mouth for two days, thanks to a nasty cold and mutinous mucous membranes. Blowing my nose became an exercise in futility because no matter how hard I blew or how much came out (sorry, TMI, I know), my nasal passages stayed perpetually clogged.

As a mom-to-be, I don’t have many cold remedy options. So I decided to try the Neti Pot. Used by yoga practitioners for thousands of years, this therapy uses a salt and water solution to flush out the nasal cavity. Oprah featured the Neti Pot on her show, a few years back…and an O endorsement never hurts. On that eppy, Dr. Oz said, “The [ear, nose and throat] doctors who are specialists in this area will often say this is a better treatment than a lot of the other drugs that we try to offer folks, because it mechanically cleans out the problem.”

As I was too ill for a trip to the drugstore, I asked Mr. Spoiled Pretty to look for a Neti Pot on his grocery sojourn to Whole Foods. He returned with Ancient Secrets Nasal Cleansing Pot, which I used as such:

1. I poured 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized table salt into the pot.
2. I filled the pot with warm water and mixed the solution to thoroughly dissolve the salt.
3. Then, I positioned my head over the bathroom sink and tilted my head to the side.
4. I inserted the spout of the pot into my raised nostril, creating a tight seal.
5. I then raised the pot to start a steady flow of saline solution into the raised nostril. If you’re doing it right, the water will flow through the one nostril and exit via the other nostril.
6. During the process, I breathed through my mouth – which was, after two days of severe nasal congestion, old hat to me.
7. After I irrigated the first nostril, I blew my nose to clear everything out, and repeated the process on the second nostril.

I was planning on reviewing the Neti Pot on this blog, whether or not it worked. And I am happy to report that, thanks to this ancient wonder, I am now breathing easier. I was surprised by how immediate the results were. I have to admit that the feeling of pouring salty water up your nose and watching your other nostril flow like a faucet is kind of gross. And the sensation is weird, though not very uncomfortable. But you get over all that once the air starts flowing freely through your nose again.

At $15-20, a Neti Pot will run you about 2 or 3 times the cost of nasal spray/mist. But once you have the pot, you’re all set because the only other ingredients you need are ones found in your home (water and table salt). And because the pot is reusable – you use it, wash it, and reuse it.

The Neti Pot gets Spoiled Pretty approval. Trust me…it’s a hot pick during cold season.

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