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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

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StriVectin Tightening Face Serum Giveaway


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Laura Mercier Master Class: Makeup Bag Must-Haves in Your 30s


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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

Fragrance

Kenzo’s New Fragrances: For Indigo Girls & Boys

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I’m a winter fragrance kind of gal. I like my scents rich, regal and gourmand. So when the mercury starts to rise and it comes time to retire my cold weather perfumes to the rear of my vanity, a part of me hibernates with them.

Yes, straightforward citrus, green grass, and delicate bouquets are more fitting fragrances for summer. But, with a few exceptions, they just don’t speak to me.

For quite some time, I’ve been on a quest to find my ideal summer scent. But I didn’t know, specifically, what I was looking for…which is probably why it’s eluded me for so long. After a while, I just pretty much threw my hands up – hoping that my holy grail perfume would, somehow, find its way to my pulse points.

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Well, I’m happy to report that I’ve finally found one I luvre. And while it didn’t magically materialize on the insides of my wrists, it did show up on my doorstep.

Last week, I received samples of L’Eau par Kenzo Eau Indigo, “a pair of sensual fragrances for him and her inspired by the seductive dance of color and scent as dusk settles on the water. The bottles, deep blue for men and purple for women, fit together to create a true indigo.”

L’Eau Par Kenzo Eau Indigo pour femme is IT, y’all. This perfume is a warm Friday evening at sunset. You’ve got on a sexy sundress and your hair is doing exactly what it’s told. There are some beads of perspiration on your shoulders and collarbone, but you’re not sweating – you’re glistening. You’re on your way to meet the girls, and there’s a sense of mystery and adventure regarding where the night might take you. Simply put, Kenzo Indigo is the personification of a summer night, ripe with promise.

This eau de parfum has a gentle, zesty start with notes of bergamot and mandarin, then unfolds into a sunny floral heart of sambac jasmine, orange blossom and ylang-ylang. Amber and tonka bean anchor this complex and seductive scent.

Like its female counterpart, L’Eau par Kenzo Eau Indigo pour homme explodes with zesty notes which unfold into a sensual base built around an amber note. Decidedly the more summery of the two, this eau de toilette also features hints of ginger, coriander, vetiver and cedar. I solicited Papa Spoiled Pretty’s opinion of the scent, so he sprayed a little on his forearm and inhaled. Then he sniffed again, this time more deeply. Then he misted his other arm and neck. “This is great,” he proclaimed. Then he made off with the bottle.

L’eau par Kenzo Eau Indigo, for him and her, are available at kenzousa.com for $55 (1.7 oz).

Change Clothes: Harajuku Lovers Fragrances Get New Wardrobe For Fall 2009

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harajuku+girls+fragrance+fall+2009 Change Clothes: Harajuku Lovers Fragrances Get New Wardrobe For Fall 2009

According to WWD, Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Lovers quintet of fragrances will get a makeover come fall.

The five limited edition dolls will be bundled up in winter clothes and the collection is named Snow Bunnies.

“We brainstormed lots of ideas, but Snow Bunnies just felt and looked right, since it was coming out during the winter season,” said Stefani, noting the scents remain the same. “I loved the idea of the girls going skiing, snowboarding, sledding and having hot chocolate. Every season we create new versions of the girls, so you’ll always see lots of changes over time. One of my favorite things about this collection is that the possibilities are endless,” said Stefani. “The Harajuku Girls can go anywhere and be and do anything. We are always developing new artwork and graphics. The brand has an underlying sense of fun and whimsy and a Pop Art sensibility that is always evolving. Harajuku Lovers is like a never-ending art project!”

The Snow Bunnies will be priced at $30 per 10-ml. scent and will be available at Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Sephora. Stefani is also planning another Harajuku project. “I’m also working on a new costume and sterling silver jewelry line for Harajuku Lovers that is crazy cute,” she said.

Summer Beauty Staples Giveaway Winner

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summer+women+beach Summer Beauty Staples Giveaway WinnerDrumroll please…the winner of Spoiled Pretty’s Summer Beauty Staples Giveaway is Andrea Lurie. Yay!

Andrea will receive Clinique Sun with SolarSmart line of sunscreens, ModelCo Body Meringue and Shimmer Airbrush Illuminiser, Philosophy’s Never Let Them See You Shine oil-control products, Secret Clinical Waterproof Antiperspirant and Deodorant, and Fresh Citron de Vigne Eau de Parfum. Whew…that was a mouthful.

Many, many thanks to Clinique, ModelCo, Philosophy, Secret and Fresh for providing products for my latest NBC 10! Show appearance – and for generously donating an extra set of everything to offer this giveaway to Spoiled Pretty readers!

This was one of the most highly coveted prizes yet – but, alas, there could be only one winner (lucky Andrea). But if you didn’t win, don’t despair. Every week, there’s another amazing weekly giveaway…so there’s always another chance to get spoiled pretty.

Summer Beauty Staples on the NBC 10! Show

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Watch my latest NBC 10! Show appearance to hear about my favorite summer beauty staples!

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/video.

Every member of the studio audience went home with a few product samples. But before you get all “where can I get me a 10! show ticket?” – just relax. How could you think I would forget about my online amigas?

If you don’t know me by now, you will never never never know me…

This week, I’m gifting one of you with a plethora of products that will help you beat the heat and keep you looking hot all summer long!

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Clinique Sun with SolarSmart is a new line of sunscreens that protect against both UVA and UVB rays. The formula is non-greasy, oil-free, water and sweat resistant, yet appropriate for sensitive skin. The range includes: SPF 30 Face Cream, SPF 50 Face Cream, SPF 30 Body Cream, SPF 50 Body Cream, SPF 15 Face/Body Cream, SPF 25 Body Spray, SPF 45 Targeted Protection Stick, and Rescue Balm with Aloe.

 Summer Beauty Staples on the NBC 10! Show

ModelCo Body Meringue Bronze Glow is an instant bronze shimmer and gradual self-tanner, in a mousse formula. This weightless foam firms the skin while offering a light buildable, natural tan. After smoothing the foam on, a light instant bronze appears so you can see exactly where you’ve applied. And over the next few hours, your tan gradually deepens. The best thing about Body Meringue, IMO, is it’s skin firming properties; it contains an ingredient that helps minimize the appearance of cellulite. Can you even? And if you want to kick your tan up a notch, mist on ModelCo’s Shimmer Airbrush Illuminiser over tanned skin for a sparkly effect. My little secret tip is to spray it in your hair, which looks beyond amazing on all hair colors!

philosophy+never+let+them+see+you+shine Summer Beauty Staples on the NBC 10! Show

If the Philadelphia heat and humidity turn your face into an oil slick, I feel you. I get shiny too, and it’s very embarrassing and it’s a high-maintenance situation. Philosophy’s Never Let Them See You Shine line of skincare products are specifically designed to control oil. The Cleanser deep cleans pores and the Scrub gently exfoliates. The Primer creates a matte finish, and can be applied on bare skin or mixed with foundation.

 Summer Beauty Staples on the NBC 10! Show

Secret Clinical Waterproof Antiperspirant and Deodorant offers all-day protection through heat and humidity, or after being in the water. So it’s ideal in the city, at the pool, or at the shore. The formula is skin soothing, and Secret Clinical Waterproof is designed with two-click applicator to ensure that the right amount of product is delivered to the underarm area with each use.

fresh+citron+de+vigne+eau+de+parfum Summer Beauty Staples on the NBC 10! Show

In the summertime, you want to choose a lighter fragrance because heavier winter scents can become cloying in the warmer months. I’ve found the perfect summer scent: Citron de Vigne Eau de Parfum by Fresh. Inspired by France’s Champagne region, the fragrance has crisp, lemony top notes, a heart of pinot noir and an earthy base. Citron de Vigne is unisex, so buy a bottle and your entire household can share!

This prize is worth over $360!

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Summer Beauty Staples Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Monday, June 1st. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Tuesday, June 2nd, 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.

Good luck!

Coming Soon From MAC: Naked Honey

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mac+naked+honey Coming Soon From MAC: Naked Honey

Bees do it…now MAC does it! Honey that is! As ancient and exotic as Kohl, great beauties have long revered the natural restorative powers of the Golden Elixir.

Following the example of their fabled Queen, Cleopatra, Egyptians bathed in honey and milk. Queen Anne of England used it to silken her hair; from the Ancient Greeks to the Roman Empire, honey has never lost its regal, ever-amber lustre. We love the luxury of its sensual essence…but we also know that it’s a highly efficient and wholesome humectant and healer. Introducing our limited edition Naked Honey collection – three aspects of golden warmth and sun-made sweetness for the body, layered with two decidedly different honeycomb-derived fragrances – celebrating the secret lives of Queen Bees. Complementary shade of High-Light Powder, Eye Shadow and Lipglass are all the buzz for summer.

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LIPGLASS ($14)
She’s a Star: Light neutral gold
Queen Bee: Mid-tone apricot with multi-dimensional pearl
Buzz: Dark copper brown with multi-dimensional pearl

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EYE SHADOW ($14.50)
Crème de Miel :Frosty light yellow gold
Pollinator: Mid-tone warm reddened peach with pearl
Buckwheat: Dark copper brown with multi-dimensional pearl

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HIGH-LIGHT POWDER ($24.50): A high-light powder specially created for the Naked Honey Collection . Features an embossed honeycomb pattern. Super fine, impeccably pearlized, it creates soft high lights. On cheek, brow, shoulders – anywhere on the body.

Honey: Light A light peachy gold with shimmer
Golden Nectar: Muted golden tan with gold shimmer

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NAKED HONEY SKIN SALVE ($18.50): Formulated from honey, organic beeswax, sunflower oil and other natural ingredients, this rich honey-scented and flavored salve instantly moisturizes and helps recondition dry skin. Multi-purpose. Use everywhere.

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NAKED HONEY HAND AND BODY CREAM ($22.50): A sensuous cream made from bio-converted honey, shea butter, and vitamins C and E derivatives. Absorbs quickly for skin-softening moisture. Conditions, nourishes, protects. Use on all areas where ultra-moisture is called for.

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NAKED HONEY BODY WASH ($19.50): Formulated from bio-converted honey, this body wash cleanses the skin while providing the soothing and moisturizing benefits of lavender, narcissus, jasmine flower and blue agave extracts. Provides a sensual, calming, cleansing experience.

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CREATIONS: NAKED HONEY ($22.50): An aromatic journey that traces honey’s fragrant heart back to summer’s sweetest blooms. Energy starts to buzz, spirits soar, light flora l and woodsy notes float toward an electric finale. Sweet and sexy all the way.

CREATIONS: AFRICANIMAL ($22.50): A scent that starts with a honey-ness that’s seductive and given its dash of pepper, not without spice. Add a dark kiss of bergamot and wood, and an aromatic orgy breaks out to create a scent that’s all-honey, but far from sweet.

Available: June 11, 2009 (North America) and July 2009 (International) at MAC stores, counters and maccosmetics.com.

Chanel Debuts Train de Nuit, Starring Audrey Tautou

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chanel+n+5 Chanel Debuts Train de Nuit, Starring Audrey TautouToday, CHANEL unveils the highly anticipated short film titled, Train de Nuit starring Audrey Tautou and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (click here for exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos and videos).

Audrey Tautou incarnates the CHANEL N° 5 woman – seductive and elegant with an irreverent spirit and timeless modernity. “N° 5” the film is a tale of chance and fate – a brief encounter between a man and a woman traveling to Istanbul on the Orient Express night train with an intertwining of two destinies that will be brought together by a scent like no other. In this film, Jean-Pierre Jeunet reveals the intriguing world of CHANEL N° 5 and the power of its seduction. Enchanting and alluring, Audrey Tautou is today’s face of CHANEL N° 5.

Train+de+Nuit Chanel Debuts Train de Nuit, Starring Audrey Tautou

“For me, a woman who wears perfume represents the ultimate in femininity,” states Tautou. “When a woman has a pleasant or mysterious scent, it adds a little something to her.”

Audrey+Tautou+and+Jean Pierre+Jeunet Chanel Debuts Train de Nuit, Starring Audrey TautouIn this cinematic dialogue, the legend of N° 5 lives on. Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amelie, the 2001 film collaboration between Tautou and Jeunet that marked the beginning of their creative relationship, became a phenomenal success and was recognized with international awards. In 2003 the pair partnered once again for A Very Long Engagement, a film with poignant visual and emotional intensity. “For N° 5, Audrey was the first person who came to mind,” notes Jeunet. “We needed a very expressive actress in very short shots, someone who could act with her eyes alone, and God knows that I know her eyes well.”

Audrey Tautou will join the legendary league of women who have represented CHANEL N° 5. Her elegance and beauty follow in the path of the iconic faces featured in CHANEL fragrance campaigns, including Nicole Kidman, Ali McGraw, Carole Bouquet, Lauren Hutton and Catherine Deneuve. The cinematic partnership between Audrey Tautou and Jean-Pierre Jeunet continues the tradition of CHANEL pairing influential directors and their muses for short films, such as Nicole Kidman and Baz Luhrman, and Keira Knightley and Joe Wright.

The film’s soundtrack, “I’m a Fool to Love You” is performed by legendary soul singer, Billie Holiday. Jeunet selected the song “for its absolute charm, her distinctive voice and the lyrics that evoke the folly of an encounter of love.”

Designed to reflect Coco Chanel’s very modern fashion philosophy, CHANEL N° 5 is a rich modern floral blend of jasmine, rose, patchouli, iris and ylang-ylang with gentle precious woods. The world’s most famous fragrance, made its debut in 1921. Coco Chanel asked the great perfumer, Ernest Beaux, to create a fragrance that reflected her very modern fashion philosophy. N° 5 was her lucky number and it was the fifth submission presented to Mademoiselle Chanel on the fifth day of the fifth month of the year, thus a legend was born with the name CHANEL N° 5.

DO Hold Your Breath: Prada Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger

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I am hopelessly devoted to Prada Infusion d’Iris. In 2007, when I gifted Mama Spoiled Pretty with a bottle for Christmas, I was seduced by its charm, and I’ve been wearing it ever since. In fact, I carry a full-sized bottle in my handbag. Yeah, I’m crazy like that. So when I recently learned that Prada would be releasing a new incarnation of the fragrance, Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger, I was beside myself with excitement.

Well, this past Saturday on a trip to Bloomingdale’s, I stopped by the fragrance counter to see if the perfume was worth the wait. I misted Prada Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger on a tester card, haphazardly catching a few of my fingers in the spray. And when I caught a whiff, I immediately cursed my bad aim.

I was expecting something modern and light, like my beloved Infusion d’Iris. Instead, I found the perfume to be an offense to my nostrils. I’m no fragrance expert, so the best way I can characterize the scent is cloying and grandmothery. It’s so strong that it would be the last perfume I’d think to spritz on in the warm summer months that are right around the bend. And while I recognize that fragrance is a very personal thing, I can’t think of one person I know who would willingly wear this perfume.

Jo+Malone+Orange+Blossom DO Hold Your Breath: Prada Infusion de Fleur dOrangerInfusion de Fleur d’Oranger eau de parfum is available in three sizes: 1.7 oz ($74), 3.4 oz ($100), and 6.75 oz ($135). The line also includes a 8.5 oz Hydrating Body Lotion ($52) and 33.8 oz Perfumed Bath and Shower Gel ($50). But I personally wouldn’t buy any of these products, even if Prada was having a BOGO promotion.

So I’m just going to stick with my Infusion d’Iris. And if the Orange Blossom mood strikes me, I’ll pick up this perfume by Jo Malone.