Because Shaving is the Pits: DERMAdoctor Gorilla Warfare Antiperspirant Giveaway!


My hair grows like a weed. Unfortunately, the hair of which I speak is not on my head. My legs and underarms give my razor a workout. If I shave in the morning, by afternoon, I've got stubble. And forget about skipping days...unless I want to look like Sasquatch. Getting rid of the hair is not only expensive (I CONTINUE READING

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: BlowPro Perfect Shower Cap


The shower and my chemically-straightened hair are frenemies. Every seventh day when I wash my hair, they get along great in a shampoo Shangri-la. But the rest of the week, I employ a shower cap to keep the steam from undoing the silky straightness. I have been wearing shower caps since I was a child, and I’ve tried them CONTINUE READING

Miss Oops is On Sale at HauteLook


I love Miss Oops fashion fixers and have been using them for years. If you wear clothes, you NEED to get acquainted with Miss Oops. All of those things that can and do go wrong with your wardrobe can be fixed by Miss Oops problem-solving products. Shirt revealing too much cleavage? Accidentally get a deodorant stain on your top? Are your CONTINUE READING

Get Catty With Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses


I've been searching for some cat eye sunnies for forever. On a whim, I bought these Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses from Shopbop - hoping that they wouldn't look too cartoonish. Even though I was afraid they'd be too large, I'm digging the oversized frames. They make a statement without overwhelming my face. And the cat eye shape is subtle, so it's not CONTINUE READING

Peep My Polish: Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Superstitious


Now that I have two kids - and the youngest being 6 weeks old - I needed to get better acquainted with quick-dry nail polish options. I hardly have time to do anything, let alone a DIY - so I needed to find some lacquers that fit my new lifestyle. Yesterday, while going my grocery shopping, I picked up Revlon CONTINUE READING

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

Hair Color

Ted Gibson Salon Celebrates the Recessionista, Offering Fabuless Discounts and Free Makeovers!!!

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ted+gibson+salon Ted Gibson Salon Celebrates the Recessionista, Offering Fabuless Discounts and Free Makeovers!!!
Celebrity Hairstylist Ted Gibson is celebrating the Recessionista. Beginning Tuesday, March 10th, the Ted Gibson Salon will be giving girls what they’ve been asking for – a whole lot of bang for their buck!

ted gibson and jason backe Ted Gibson Salon Celebrates the Recessionista, Offering Fabuless Discounts and Free Makeovers!!!“Recessionista Tuesdays” will be hosted at the Ted Gibson Salon (184 5th Avenue, Second Floor) by Ted Gibson and Master Colorist, Jason Backe.

All blow outs (normally $95) are just $40, no matter who the client sees – from Junior to Senior Stylist. All haircuts (normally $125 – $175) are $75, no matter who the client sees. And all single-process* or partial highlights (normally $125 – $225) are $75 (and all other color services have fabuless recessionista pricing).

ted gibson hair Ted Gibson Salon Celebrates the Recessionista, Offering Fabuless Discounts and Free Makeovers!!!Additionally, if you stop by the salon on Tuesdays between 10am and noon to drop off your business card or fill out a registration form, you’ll be entered to win a COMPLIMENTARY hair make-over with Ted and Jason at the end of the day (worth over $1100)!!!

Ted and Jason are looking forward to seeing your pretty faces and unveiling your individual beauty! Call 212.633.6333 to book your appointment.

*Jason Backe will be giving single process color for just $75 (normally $200).

Spoiled Pretty’s Interview With Jason Backe, Celebrity Hair Colorist

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Jason Backe and Daneen Baird Spoiled Prettys Interview With Jason Backe, Celebrity Hair ColoristA few weeks ago, I spent the evening with Jason Backe, Clairol Color Director. We watched the Grammy arrivals and discussed hair color trends…and in the midst of an interview, Jason convinced me to go darker. I had such a ball with Jason that it hurt me to leave. I could have gossiped with him all day and night. Jason is fantastically charming and possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of hair color. So if you color your hair – or you’re thinking about making a shade change, the following interview is a MUST READ. Enjoy!

When did your interest in hair color begin?
“I’ve been coloring hair pretty much for my entire life. I did everything when I was a kid – from putting Kool Aid in my sister’s hair to using Clorox to try and get her hair to be blonder; it got it blonde but it broke. So I’ve been coloring hair for my whole life. I would play with at-home hair color with my mom and do single-process application on her. But when I got a little older – after high school and into college – I really didn’t play with beauty stuff at all. I didn’t really get back into it until I’d been in college for four years and I had switched my major like twenty-seven times (and switched schools three times). I just never felt successful in that learning style; no matter how hard I would try, it always seemed that I was just getting C’s. So I decided to do something a little more hands-on, that would inspire the more creative part of myself. And that’s when I went to beauty school.”

What was your biggest break as a professional hair colorist?
“My first feeling that I had achieved something was when I was in Allure’s directory, the first time. Every time I’ve been in Allure’s directory has been amazing…such a huge compliment. But the first time felt like I had really arrived as a New York City hair colorist. Other breaks include starting to color celebrities – that was really great. But my hugest victory is my role as spokesperson for Clairol. I feel so proud to have that on my resume. It’s one thing to work for a brand where you feel like you’re selling snake oil – and it’s another thing to work for a brand that I really identify with. I love working with Clairol; it’s amazing that I can give my professional experience to women at home so that they can feel sexy, confident and special – just like the girls that see me in the salon do.”

What is your main philosophy about hair color?
“I like hair color to help women express themselves. So if she is breaking up and needs a ‘break over,’ I think that hair color is a great way to give that to her. If she wants to celebrate a new career move or a promotion, hair color is a great way to do that. For me, a client’s hair color isn’t about me demonstrating how creative I am. The way that I’m creative is being able to listen to what women are telling me, hear what they like and don’t like, and then use all of my resources and skills to bring out the prettiest them that I can.”

What do you love most about your job?
“I love making the girls look pretty. I think it’s the most amazing thing when a woman steps off of the elevator into the salon and she is feeling and looking tired… and I can put a little sparkle into her life that makes her feel good.”

Who are your favorite celebrities to work on?
anne hathaway Spoiled Prettys Interview With Jason Backe, Celebrity Hair Colorist“I think that I attract the kind of girls that I’m like. I’m just a regular kind of guy, so I attract girls that are just regular kind of girls. I love working with Annie Hathaway. She’s just a good person. She’s got a great family, she’s a real down-to-earth person, and she’s got good common sense.”

“I love Lake Bell because she’s the quintessential New York girl to me. She’s creative and takes chances, she doesn’t care what people think, and she’s funny. And I love Elettra Wiedemann Rossellini. She doesn’t have to say a word…she just walks into a room and she’s devastating. And, at the same time, she’s one of the smartest people that I know. I mean, what was God thinking giving all of that to one girl? She’s so well-rounded and so of the world, that she’s comfortable to be around.”

What tips do you have for women choosing a hair color shade?
“The first thing is to trust your intuition because you know what looks pretty on you. The second rule is to think about what kind of maintenance you want to have. Because the farther you stray from your natural hair color, the more maintenance you’re going to have. If you’re the kind of girl who wants to color her hair every two weeks, then go crazy. If you’re the kind of girl who wants to color her hair every eight to twelve weeks, don’t go so crazy. If you’re the kind of girl who’s coloring your hair at home, the rule is to stay within 2 levels of your natural color; so two levels lighter or two levels darker. That way, you’ll be sure to stay within the range for successful, salon-looking haircolor.”

What hair color products and tools can you not live without?
“I can’t live without bleach because I think that bleach is the greatest tool that a colorist has, because it’s so versatile in what it can do. I also think that of any tool or product, it’s one of the most widely misused so it can cause the most damage – which is why it gets such a bad rep.”

Can anyone be a blonde?
Rila Fukushima Spoiled Prettys Interview With Jason Backe, Celebrity Hair Colorist“Yes. There are general guidelines for going blonde. If you have a lot of pink in your complexion, it’s better to be a cool blonde. If you have a medium complexion with brown eyes, you can pull off a really golden blonde. Then again, if you have an olive or darker complexion, it’s better to go back to the cool or neutral blonde. But I think that anyone can be a blonde.”

“I color this model’s hair…her name is Rila. She is the BAE – blondest Asian ever, and it’s devastating. It’s so beautiful on her. I think of Mary J. Blige who is also a devastating blonde. I think of Claudia Schiffer, who is very fair and she’s a gorgeous blonde. So I think that finding the right shade is the key. I always use Lindsay Lohan as a great example. I didn’t turn her blonde, but I watched the whole process. And, at first, it wasn’t pretty. But by the time she was on the cover of Vanity Fair, it was gorgeous.”

Any other hair color tips?
“If you color your hair at home, save the side of the package with the hair color name on it…and then you can write notes on it. Things like ‘I wish I would have chosen something with more gold’ or ‘next time, choose something that’s less red.’ And keep that, so the next you go to the store to buy haircolor, you have some sort of reference of what you did last time. That’s why I don’t understand colorist in the salon who don’t keep a record. It’s like every time a client comes in, it’s like the first time. I don’t understand it. But I’m a Capricorn, so I can’t help it.”

What’s next for you?
“I love teaching and sharing information, so I hope what’s next for me is that my role with Clairol will continue to grow in that direction. I would love to be in more venues with more regular women – and be able to share insider tips with them. Whether that’s through the Internet, appearances in different cities, or television commercial…I think I would be great for commercials. Those are the things that I’m thinking about next.”

Interview pique your interest? Hungry for more hair color tips? Visit Jason’s blog, HUEman Behavior, over at DailyMakeover.com.

Daneen’s Darker Do – Courtesy of Celeb Colorist, Jason Backe!

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 Daneen’s Darker Do   Courtesy of Celeb Colorist, Jason Backe!

Last night, I spent the evening with Jason Backe, Clairol Color Director. While watching the Grammy arrivals and discussing hair color trends, he convinced me to go darker. Jason has worked with celebrities such as Anne Hathaway, Renée Zellweger, Amerie, Idina Menzel, and Lake Bell – so I knew I was in capable (and very talented) hands.

Jason colored my hair using Nice ‘n Easy Perfect 10 (in 5A – Medium Ash Brown). In just 10 minutes, my hair was a rich chocolate brown and it actually felt healthier than it did before I colored it. Then Jason blow dried it and gave me the cutest Farrah Fawcett flip, using a large barrel curling iron.

perfect 10 in medium ash brown Daneen’s Darker Do   Courtesy of Celeb Colorist, Jason Backe!

 Daneen’s Darker Do   Courtesy of Celeb Colorist, Jason Backe!I absolutely love it. I can’t stop stealing glimpses of my darker do in the mirror. And I keep running my fingers through my hair because I can’t get over how soft and bouncy it is. It’s to dye for!

And check out how shiny it is (see left)…and that’s with no product in it!

If you’re in the Philadelphia area, be sure to catch Jason Backe on today’s eppy of The 10! Show on NBC.

Stay tuned for Spoiled Pretty’s exclusive interview with Jason!

 Daneen’s Darker Do   Courtesy of Celeb Colorist, Jason Backe!

 Daneen’s Darker Do   Courtesy of Celeb Colorist, Jason Backe!

Jason+Backe+and+Daneen+Baird Daneen’s Darker Do   Courtesy of Celeb Colorist, Jason Backe!

New Term to Add to Your Hair Dictionary: Twilights

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twilight+hair1 New Term to Add to Your Hair Dictionary: Twilights
Glamour just sent the following beauty tip to my inbox…

Here’s a new term to add to your hair dictionary: twilights.

twilight+hair2 New Term to Add to Your Hair Dictionary: TwilightsL.A. celeb colorist Stuart Gavert created the multidimensional hair colors you’ve see on Kristen Stewart and her co-stars in this winter’s vampire flick, Twilight, and now he’s coined a new color term after the flick.

Unlike highlights or lowlights, twilights are achieved when very subtle lighter and darker tones are painted in to give the hair a sparkly effect without changing its color.

Rachel Weisz and Eva Longoria Parker are just two A-listers who have already copied the Twilight look. There’s no major root-dying, which means it’s OK to skimp on color if you need to pay off your Visa bill. Ask your colorist to crib the effect!

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90s Ladies Week: Saved By The Gel

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savedbythebell 90s Ladies Week: Saved By The Gel
It’s that time again. Time for me and my partner in crime, Amber, to bring you another week of beauty reviews inspired by pop culture of yesteryear. Remember how rad 80s Ladies Week was? Well, hold onto your butts…it’s time to slip on that flannel shirt, lace up your Doc Martens, and break out your Game Boy…it’s 90s Ladies Week, y’all.

First on the menu: a product inspired by my love for Peter Engel’s pièce de résistance – Saved By The Bell. In the early 90s, it was a rare Saturday morning that I was NOT catching up with my friends at Bayside High.

Like most Gen Xers, Saved By The Bell trivia hides in the recesses of my brain. Remember when Kelly’s face turned purple after using a zit cream given to her by Zack (and right before the homecoming dance, natch)? How much did the young feminist in you cringe every time Slater referred to Jessie as mama? ‘Member how bad you felt for Lisa that she never had a real boyfriend and always had to settle for geeky ole Screech? I was like, “Peter Engel, help a sista out!” And don’t get me started on Jessie’s addiction to caffeine pills. Homegirl was this close to turning tricks for some Vivarin.

zack+morris 90s Ladies Week: Saved By The GelDon’t play coy and pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about. But here’s one factoid you probably didn’t know: Mark-Paul Gosselaar had to dye his hair blonde every two weeks while shooting the show. Say what?!?! Talk about blonde ambition.

My man Mark-Paul was in serious need of Ken Paves Boost Up Color Drops, which enhance existing hair color or boost fading color when added to conditioner or styling products. The Boost Up Color Drops can also change the hue of your color and even add the effect of highlights. They’re ideal for refreshing color in between visits to the salon – and the drops are formulated with soy proteins, conditioners and humectants which add strength, moisture and UV protection.

ken+paves+boost+up+color+drops 90s Ladies Week: Saved By The GelI add a few squirts of Boost Up Color Drops in Honey to leave-in conditioner and apply to my towel-dried hair. And after I blow-dry, I add a few drops to my shine serum to kick it up a notch. Honey adds warmth to my dark brown hair and leaves my prehistoric highlights looking much less brassy.

I imagine that if MPG would have gotten his hands on Boost Up Color Drops in the early 90s, he would have mixed a few drops with his favorite LA Looks product. Mark-Paul would have been, literally, saved by the gel.

Ken Paves Boost Up Color Drops are available in Black, Brown, Platinum, Honey, Beige and Red shades ($40) and are available at Henri Bendel, HSN, Ulta and Beauty.com.

Click here to check out Amber’s first 90s Ladies Week installment, and be sure to come back tomorrow for a second helping of nostalgia.

 

L’Oreal Giveaway!!!

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vote LOreal Giveaway!!!
When you head to the polling station on November 4th and vote for President – you can cast your ballot for only one candidate. There can only be one winner. Not so at Spoiled Pretty.

This week, L’Oreal Paris is giving you the opportunity to win some beauty booty…five lucky readers will win the following products. And in the spirit of democracy, the winners will get to choose their colors!

feria LOreal Giveaway!!!
1 Feria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Haircolor
Feria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Haircolor delivers intensified, brilliant results. Inspired by cutting-fashion, Feria’s prismatic color spectrum is custom-blended by L’Oreal master colorist to make every shade shimmer with 3X highlights. The revolutionary Silk & Shimmer Deep Conditioning formula leaves hair even more prismatic with a soft, silky feel that lasts week after week. The new Pro Touch applicator also ensures an easy, even application from root to tip. Plus, a new aromatic scent for a pleasant coloring experience. With Feria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Haircolor, hair glistens like never before…no appointment necessary. Available in 33 shades.

infallible+eyeliner LOreal Giveaway!!!
1 Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner
Enjoy beautifully defined eyes for up to 16 hours. The rich, creamy formula glides on easily and sets quickly for fade-proof color. Use the built-in smudger and sharpener to create versatile eyeliner looks for any occasion. Available in three rich shades (Black, Black Brown and Brown), Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner is suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

metallic+duo LOreal Giveaway!!!
3 HIP Metallic Shadow Duos

HIP High Intensity Pigments Metallic Shadow Duos combine a range of trend-setting colors with a luminous, high-pearl metallic finish that allows you to create a new twist on the modern, smoky eye. Each perfectly coordinated duo pairs complementary shades that apply smoothly and evenly to create a striking look that is edgy yet undeniably elegant. Sweep the lighter shade all over for luminous color while using the darker shade to contour and define the eye for a complete look that delivers maximum impact. Available in five shade combinations (Gilded, Gunmetal, Magnetic, Platinum and Sculpted).

jelly+balm LOreal Giveaway!!!
3 HIP Jelly Balms
HIP High Intensity Pigments Jelly Balms offer a fun, lusciously playful way to inspire and create beautiful lip look that perfectly complements the bold HIP High Intensity Pigments eye collections. Available in six dewy shades (Delectable, Luscious, Plush, Ripe, Savory and Succulent), these balms have a super-conditioning formula that provides the moisturizing benefits of a lip balm with an enticing pop of sheer color. Lips take on a shiny, satin finish that looks healthy and soft when worn alone, or adds drama and fullness when layered on top of any lip color.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name, mailing address and color preferences. The subject line should read “L’Oreal Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, November 9th. Five winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, November 10th, I’ll announce the winners names’. 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.

And please don’t forget to vote. Exercise your rightbecause democracy is a beautiful thing!

Get Up Close And Personal With Heidi and Frédéric at Bloomie’s

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jordache+klum Get Up Close And Personal With Heidi and Frédéric at Bloomies

Frederic Fekkai Headshot Get Up Close And Personal With Heidi and Frédéric at BloomiesBloomingdale’s is asking fashionistas to take a break from fashion week’s busy schedule by coming to see two very special guests: Heidi Klum and Frédéric Fekkai!!!

Supermodel Heidi Klum will make a special appearance at Bloomingdale’s on Tuesday, September 9th to celebrate the Fall and Winter 2008 collection designed in collaboration with Jordache, called Heidi Klum by Jordache, available at Bloomingdale’s nationwide this Fall. The collection includes premium denim, customized to fit every body type and designed with Heidi’s signature clover emblem and incorporating intricate inseam stitching and detailed belt loops. The Fall/Winter 2008 collection will add luxe cashmere sweaters, fine gauged knits, chunky trendy tunics and Italian Napa leather motorcycle jackets. The line will retail for $140 to $298. In celebration of this launch, Heidi will host an in-store autograph signing for customers from noon – 2pm.

 Get Up Close And Personal With Heidi and Frédéric at BloomiesRenowned celebrity stylist Frédéric Fekkai will be making a personal appearance on September 10th to introduce Fekkai Salon Color, a premium color collection that offers salon-quality results at home. Frederic will be offering personalized hair consultations,styling tips, and promoting the new DIY color products from 4-7pm. Fekkai’s expert salon colorists will also be on hand starting at noon and will continue to take consultation appointments throughout the day.

Bloomingdale’s
59th Street & Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022

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