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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.

L.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

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.

Don’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.

I 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

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!!!

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!

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.

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.

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).

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 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

Bloomingdale’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.

Renowned 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.

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Ken Paves Healthy Hair Boost Up Color Drops

As soon as I heard about Ken Paves Healthy Hair Boost Up Color Drops, I added it to my ‘Needed This, Like, Yesterday’ list.

Boost Up Color Drops can be used to extend salon hair colorings and keep color fresh – or to instantly brighten, darken or add warmth to your regular hair color. In addition to its color enhancing properties, the product also moisturizes, invigorates, and conditions and replenishes lost protein. The best part? One shampoo and it’s back to the old you. “It’s like cosmetics for your hair,” Paves says.

Boost Up Color Drops are available in six shades: Beige, Black, Brown, Honey, Platinum and Red.

Get a .96 oz bottle for $39.95. Or purchase the Color Booster Explorer Kit from HSN (which includes a full-sized bottle of the Boost Up Color Drops plus shampoo, conditioner, shine serum and hair spray from Ken Paves’ new Healthy Hair line) for the same price. This is a no-brainer.

Healthy Hair products are also sold at Henri Bendel. And sometime soon, you’ll see this line popping up at, Macy’s, Ulta, and fine salons near you!

Philly Girls: Wanna Throw A Hair Coloring Party Sponsored by L’Oreal?

Hey, Philly girls…yeah, I’m talkin’ to you. Wanna get spoiled pretty, courtesy of L’Oreal Paris?

There’s a new Feria product hitting the market this fall and to help create awareness, L’Oreal wants to throw a house par-tay. Whose house? Your house!

One lucky Spoiled Pretty will win an in-home hair coloring party with 4 of your girlfriends, sponsored by L’Oreal Paris. They will provide you and your guests with their new Feria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Haircolor, the “must-have accessory for the woman who celebrates her individuality and wears her style on her sleeve.” With professionally calibrated shades of multi-faceted shimmer, triple highlights and a new deep conditioning formula, hair colored with Feria is a style statement all its own!

Benefits of Feria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Haircolor include:
* Prismatic, custom-blended color spectrum that brings cutting-edge, fashion forward shades to at-home hair coloring
* Silk & shimmer deep conditioning technology conditions hair throughout the process making hair soft from the moment you rinse
* New pro-touch applicator allows for quicker, more even, precise application
* Thicker, no-drip color formula
* New pleasant aromatic fragrance
* Aromatic shimmer serum contains sunflower seed oil
* Shimmer boost hydrating after color conditioner keeps hair shimmering week after week

L’Oreal Paris will provide the following for you and your guests’ enjoyment:
* $100 towards refreshments for your guests
* 10 towels
* Makeup kit for you and your guests to touch up for “after” photos
* L’Oreal makeup gift sets for your guests * Samples of L’Oreal’s new top-secret shampoo and conditioner for color-treated hair
* 1 L’Oreal Paris luxury compact to raffle at party
* And more…

Your resident beauty junkie will be on hand to assist with color application process, take before/after photos and document with a video camera, and (most importantly) make sure everyone is having fun!

If you’re ready to par-tay like it’s 2008, email me at Tell me why you deserve to be spoiled pretty…and be sure to include your name, address (you must live within a 40 minute drive from Philadelphia), phone number, and a photo of you in your house/apt (where the party will be held). The Feria party would need to take place in August 2008. Entries must be received by Friday, August 15 at 6pm EST. A winner will be chosen and contacted on Saturday, August 16.

Good luck!

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