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Hanae Mori Butterfly Solid Perfume Ring

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

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

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

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.

MAC Spring Colour Forecast and Riveting Swatches

Spring Colour 1 Forecast: Pink

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Blush Ombre in Azalea Blossom and Nail Lacquer in Galore Pink

 MAC Spring Colour Forecast and Riveting Swatches
Eyeshadow in Very Violet and Crush Metal Pigment: Stacked 1!

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Lipglass in Electric Fuchsia and Lipsticks in Bubblegum and Pink Burst

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Spring Colour 2 Forecast: Coral

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Eyeshadows in Straw Harvest and Perky; Nail Lacquer in Pink Wave

 MAC Spring Colour Forecast and Riveting Swatches
Lipsticks in Fresh Salmon and Rose Maiden; Lipglass in Kumquat

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Spring Colour 3 Forecast: Plum

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Colour 3 Eyeshadow Quad and Lipstick in Radiccio

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Spring Colour 4 Forecast: Amber

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Blush Ombre in Springshine

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Colour 4 Eyeshadow Quad

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Lipglass in Almondine and Lipstick in Beigeland

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Riveting (available February 18, 2010)

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Powder Blush in Full Fuchsia and Dirty Plum

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Lipstick in Metal Maven and Lipglass in True Babe

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Lipstick in Riveting and Lipglass in Rock Out

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Nail Lacquer in Wham, Bam, Glam

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Nail Lacquer in Studded

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Nail Lacquer in Black Enough?

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Product samples were provided by brand for review.

New From MAC: Spring Colour Forecast

Spring+Colour+Forecast+Coral New From MAC: Spring Colour ForecastPick a mood, decide on a demeanour, then mix it up for a fervent flash of authentic emotion!

Spring Colour Forecast centers on four specific stories…keep it monochromatic or cross over to the other side. The result is deeply personal, vividly alive, artistic, undeniably impactful. Featured in four parts on four displayers, each with a different couture color trend inspiration making a strong, singular sensation on its own.

Product innovation is here now, too, with two new limited-life introductions: Crush Metal Pigment and Blush Ombre.



Spring Colour 1 Forecast – Pink

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Phlox: Sheer light pink (Glaze)
Bubble Gum: Light lavender pink (Glaze)
Laugh-a-lot: Mauve pink (Lustre)
Pink Burst: Clean bright pink with pearl (Frost)

Lipglass, $14
Cultureclash: Frosty clear baby pink with multi-dimensional pearl (Frost)
Hush, Hush: Rose Mid-tone blue with pearl (Frost)
Electric Fuchsia: Bright violet with blue pearl (Frost)

Eyeshadow, $14.50
Da Bling: Pink with gold pearl (Veluxe Pearl)
LaLa: Mid-tone pink (Frost)
Rosy Outlook: Frosted baby pink (Satin)
Very Violet: Dark violet (Frost)

Crush Metal Pigment: Stacked 1!, $32.50
Crush Metal Pigment in a shade wave of four stackable jars, specially selected for the Spring Colour Forecast collection. Provides intense colour payoff and medium coverage with highly reflective metallic sparkle. Creamy, crease-resistant. Long-wearing. Available in Pale Pink Frost, Light Lilac Frost, Mid-tone Rose Frost, Dark Purple Frost.

Plushlash, $13
Plushblack Black

Blush Ombre, $25
Azalea Blossom Light cool pink

Nail Lacquer, $12
Galore Pink Creamy mid-tone blue pink

Creations: Pinkaura, $25
Lingeringly floral, slightly foxy. Starts off green then bursts into a flowery bouquet of freesia, black violet and magnolia petals. Sashays into a rich warm amber and balmy vetiver.

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Spring Colour 2 Forecast – Coral

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Color Me Coral: Frosted Light Coral (Frost)
Fresh Salmon: Sheer Bright Pink-Orange (Lustre)
Rose Maiden: Frosted Bright Berry (Frost)
Victorian: Frosted Light Golden Pink (Frost)

Lipglass, $14
Cha Cha: Mid-tone Pink w/ Gold Pearl (Frost)
Ember Glow: Creamy Light Apricot (Cream)
Kumquat: Frosty Tangerine (Frost)

Eyeshadow, $14.50
Hot Hot Hot: Mid-tone Coral (Satin)
Nanogold: Sheer Yellow Beige w/ Pink Pearl (Lustre)
Perky: Light Salmon Pink (Satin)
Straw Harvest: Frosty Light Yellow-Orange (Veluxe Pearl)

Crush Metal Pigment: Stacked 2!, $32.50
Available in Plate Gilded Beige Frost, Yellow Green Frost, Green Gold Frost, and Copper Gold Frost.

Blush Ombre, $24
Ripe Peach: Light Coral

Nail Lacquer, $12
Malibu Peach: Bright Creamy Tangerine (Cream)

Creations: MV2, $25
Cool, calm, and classic. Vanilla
teased with lemon, melted with lavender creme, and then given a warming shot of vanilla bourbon mixed with vanilla mousse and heliotrope.

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Spring Colour 3 Forecast – Plum

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Hang Up: Deep Berry (Cremesheen)
Radicchio: Sheer Mid-tone Blue-Mauve (Lustre)

Lipglass, $14
Lavender Wind: Lavender with Pearl (Frost)
Purple Rage: Dark Berry w/ Pearl (Frost)

Eyeshadow Quad, $36
Black Tulip: Frosted Dark Grape (Frost)
Bruised Plum: Frosted Mid-tone Dirty Mauve (Veluxe Pearl)
Jungle Moon: Blackened Deep Eggplant (Matte)
Mink Pink: Neutral Soft Pink (Veluxe)

Blush Ombre, $25
Vintage Grape: Mid-tone Violet Pink

Nail Lacquer, $12
Imperial Splendour: Deep Creamy Violet (Cream)

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Spring Colour 4 – Amber

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Beigeland: Frosted Light Pink Beige (Frost)
Bronzilla: Frosted Mid-Tone Yellow Brown (Frost)

Lipglass, $14
Almondine: Pale Gold w/ Pearl (Frost)
Gold Dust: Mid-tone Copper w/ Pearl (Frost)

Eyeshadow Quad, $36
Aztec Brick: Frosted True Copper (Veluxe Pearl)
Creole Beauty: Frosted Dark Golden Brown (Frost)
Flip: Bronze Gold (Frost)
Manilla Paper: Pale Frosted White Gold (Veluxe Pearl)

Blush Ombre, $25
Springshine (Neutral Suntan)

Nail Lacquer, $12
Abalone Shell: Light Creamy Warm Beige (Cream)

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