If You Have Hair, The Wet Brush is a Must Have


For years, I have used an oversized wide-tooth comb to detangle my notoriously impossible to detangle post-shampoo hair. The amount of hair that would get caught in the teeth was somewhat alarming. But I chalked it up to the fact that I only wash my hair once a week - so maybe the hair loss really wasn't all that CONTINUE READING

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream Review


You know how awesome BB creams are for your face? Well, the geniuses at Jergens have harnessed the power of BB and infused it into a lotion for your body. Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream promises flawless-looking skin with 5 visible benefits in just 5 days.  But does it deliver? Watch the video to find out...   Disclosure: This post was CONTINUE READING

Laura Mercier Sale at Gilt.com


As a huge fan of Laura Mercier (I swear by the foundation primer and tinted moisturizer), I was so excited to see that Gilt.com has a nice assortment of beauty products currently on sale. There's everything from sophisticated nail polish colors and soft mineral blush to lip glaze palettes and pencil sets to create an alluring smoky eye. Oh, and CONTINUE READING

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Cover April Issue of Vogue


Welp, folks, it looks like Kanye finally wore Anna Wintour down and got his baby mama a coveted Vogue cover. So the rumors were true. There was buzz a few months back that Kim would cover the fashion bible, but then everyone assumed it would be a foreign Vogue - given Anna's alleged aversion to all things Kardashian. I CONTINUE READING

10 Beauty Products to Get You Through the Flu


Hey Guys! As you all know the weather lately has been terrible and most of us have been getting all kinds of horrible colds and the flu, as a result. This is very personal for me because I work in retail and it seems like I get one disease after the other with all of my customers constantly sneezing CONTINUE READING

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Is There A Correct Order For Applying Hair Products?

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You shampoo your hair. Then you apply a mis-mash of conditioner and styling products in an attempt to tame your mane. But is there a correct order for applying hair products post-shampoo? O, The Oprah Magazine’s beauty director, Valerie Monroe, sets the record straight.

valerie+monroe Is There A Correct Order For Applying Hair Products?Yes, that’s a good idea, says Eva Scrivo, owner of the eponymous salon in New York City, because each product has a different function.

After you shampoo, start with a conditioner or detangler to coat the hair so that the styling products you use next will be evenly absorbed. Follow that, if you like, with a mousse, styling gel, or styling lotion, which you should comb through your hair for even distribution, to increase the product’s effectiveness. (Combing through ensures that the stuff covers the whole strand instead of just lying on top of it, so you get more volume or moisture saturation or whatever it is you’re going for.) Finally, if your hair is frizzy or hard to control, work a silicone-based smoothing product through the ends before you blow-dry. After you’ve done your styling, you can use a spray for shine and hold, or, if you want a piecey look, try a texturizing wax.

Bottom Line: The magic formula is condition, style, then hold.

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Kim Kardashian Loves The Braided Headbands Too

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kimkardashian Kim Kardashian Loves The Braided Headbands Too
Late to the braided headband partay? Go study up.

 Kim Kardashian Loves The Braided Headbands Too

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Danielle Fishel Dishes On Her Shampoo Commercial Hair: Grape Children’s Conditioner?

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danielle+fishel Danielle Fishel Dishes On Her Shampoo Commercial Hair: Grape Children’s Conditioner?
I am obsessed with The Dish.

thedish nav 260 Danielle Fishel Dishes On Her Shampoo Commercial Hair: Grape Children’s Conditioner?The Style Network’s new weekly wrap-up of red carpet trends, celebrity gossip and reality TV ridiculousness has quickly become one of my guilty pleasures. Since its August debut, I haven’t missed an episode. And I don’t have TiVo or DVR or any of that new-fangled technology, which attests to the addictive nature of The Dish.

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview the show’s saucy host, Danielle Fishel. Danielle is best known for her role as Topanga on Boy Meets World. But after watching one eppy of The Dish, you’ll be so impressed by this snarkstress’ sass and comic timing, the farthest thing from your mind will be Topanga’s saccharinely sweet romance with one Cory Matthews.

SP: If I opened up your handbag right now, what beauty products would I find inside?
DF: 42 types of lip balm! My favorite is Victoria’s Secret called “Balmy Night” because its really moisturizing. I also love Bobbi Brown for some color and MAC Plushglass. I dont need the plumping effect per se, but I love the tingling sensation and it doesnt ever leave that white film in the corners of your mouth! YUCK!

SP: What is your signature scent?
DF: I can’t really say that I have a signature scent because I LOVE perfume and have a large glass tray with over 30 kinds of perfume, ranging from clean to sweet to spicy. Sometimes I wear a different one every day of the week and other times, I stick with one for days on end. Some regular favorites are the original Bvlgari Omnia, Tiffany, and Juicy Couture.

SP: You’ve grown up on television, so surely you must have picked up afew makeup tricks/secrets. Care to share?
DF: No. Just kidding…I think my favorite trick is to do your eye makeup first, especially when doing a smoky eye, so that any loose powder that falls on your cheeks can be washed off without ruining the work you’ve done with your foundation!

SP: Danielle, you have shampoo commercial hair…I need to know what hair products you use.
loreal+grape+conditioner Danielle Fishel Dishes On Her Shampoo Commercial Hair: Grape Children’s Conditioner?DF: First of all, THANK YOU, and secondly, I wish there were some great secret I could tell you! I have never stuck with one product for very long although if you must know my longest lasting favorite it was whatever shampoo was on sale combined with Suave Go-Go Grape Children’s Conditioner!!! It has a detangler in it and smells delicious! L’Oreal Kids also makes a grape conditioner with a detangler but it doesn’t have a cool name like Go-Go Grape. icon smile Danielle Fishel Dishes On Her Shampoo Commercial Hair: Grape Children’s Conditioner? Outside of that, I do not use any products. I hate hairspray and serums and all of that. It just makes my hair feel heavy and weighed-down. I wash my hair and blow dry it with a metal round brush (I only wash and dry my hair once every 4-5 days which is why it is still healthy, but I’m lucky that I dont get greasy hair!) and then I go. I usually don’t even brush it again until it’s time to wash it.

Thanks, Danielle! See you Saturday night.

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming…

New York Fashion Week: Bellissima, Massimo and Molton Brown!

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 New York Fashion Week: Bellissima, Massimo and Molton Brown!On the second day of Fashion Week, representatives from Molton Brown set up shop in Total Beauty’s suite at the Bryant Park Hotel.

I got the skinny on some new and soon-to-be-released products…and hairstylist extraordinaire Massimo gave me a blowout that took my limp hair from flat to phat.

My hair miraculously held up through Hurricane Hanna, thanks to Molton Brown’s Volumising Brahmi Hair Straight & Curl and Smoothing Lila Leaf Hair-Gloss. I kid you not…it looked the same at 1am, when my head finally hit the pillow, as it did at 3pm when Massimo finished his masterpiece.

 New York Fashion Week: Bellissima, Massimo and Molton Brown!

New York Fashion Week: Sebastian Reinvented, and Hanging Wit Cory Kennedy

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cory4 New York Fashion Week: Sebastian Reinvented, and Hanging Wit Cory Kennedy
Last Saturday, after show hopping at the tents, I headed on over to the Bryant Park Hotel’s Cellar Bar for a Total Beauty cocktail soiree sponsored by Sebastian. As we were popping bottles and noshing on mouthwatering muchies, we were schooled on the fearless and fashionable reinvention of Sebastian Professional.

After more than three decades of churning out cult hairstyling classics, Sebastian launched an investigation to figure out how they could take the company to the next level and bring it into the new millenium. This resulted in over two years of product testing and over 10,000 conversations with stylists and consumers to identify where the brand could fill a void. The product testing and feedback convinced Sebastian that the brand was in need of a complete overhaul.

The new Sebastian Professional is “a focused and powerful collection of over 30 products that combines Sebastian heritage heroes with new and exciting innovation.” Designed to offer versatility in use and application, the products are arranged into three categories:

Foundation: three essential shampoo and conditioner regimens (Light, Drench and Penetraitt)with tailored levels of conditioning, designed to restore a multitude of hair types to the same healthy level.

Form: eight fierce styling products designed to hold, mold and sculpt (Re-Shaper, Shaper Fierce, Shaper Zero Gravity, Liquid Steel, Gel Forte, Mousse Forte, Craft Clay and Molding Mud).

sebastian+whipped+creme New York Fashion Week: Sebastian Reinvented, and Hanging Wit Cory KennedyFlow: six essential treatment-stylers for creating touchable, soft and flowing hair (Thickefy Foam, Taming Elixir, Whipped Crème, Stylixir, Potion 9 & Potion 9 Lite).

The standout of the new class is the Whipped Crème Light Conditioning Style Whip. This protein-rich, ultra-light product actually resembles whipped cream, so keep it away from the kiddies and keep out of the mouths of babes. But your hair is going to love lapping it up.

Don’t be fooled…this is not a mousse. It is a leave-in conditioner that increases volume, nourishes curls and waves, helps achieve a polished blowout, helps to achieve sleek strands when used in conjunction with a flat iron, but won’t leave your hair sticky or stiff.

cory2 New York Fashion Week: Sebastian Reinvented, and Hanging Wit Cory KennedySebastian’s new face (and cult blogger/trendsetter/hipster muse), Cory Kennedy, was on-hand to testify. She was looking like million and sporting the most delicious aqua Alexandre Herchcovitch booties. The cheveux chameleon likes to experiment with different looks, and she told me that Whipped Crème can be used to achieve any style imaginable.

When I asked her how she uses the product on an average day, she said she schrunches it into her wet waves and lets it air dry. See below for the fabulous result.

So. Not. Fair!

 New York Fashion Week: Sebastian Reinvented, and Hanging Wit Cory Kennedy
Amber, Cory, and yours truly

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Amber, Marina, Cory Kennedy and Mark “The Cobrasnake” Hunter


 New York Fashion Week: Sebastian Reinvented, and Hanging Wit Cory Kennedy

Thursdays at Kiehl’s: Natural Recipes for Healthy Hair

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kiehls+hair+products Thursdays at Kiehls: Natural Recipes for Healthy Hair
This summer, Kiehl’s helps customers find their perfect recipe for stylish hair, with “Natural Recipes for Healthy Hair” events, every Thursday – now through September 25.

Every Thursday, customers at free-standing Kiehl’s stores can make appointments to work one-on-one with Kiehl’s experts, who consult with the customer to determine exactly which type of shampoo, conditioner or treatment is best suited to his or her hair needs.

Each consultation will also include a recipe for the perfect hair style, featuring the styling aids in Kiehl’s Stylist Series, as well as the opportunity to experience the Stylist Series formulas in store. Participants will also be introduced to Kiehl’s newest products, Ultimate Thickening Shampoo and Strong-Hold Styling Gel, with the ultimate goal to find the perfect formulas and products that will nourish each customer’s own hair type and style, and address any of their personal hair care issues.

kiehls+recipe+card Thursdays at Kiehls: Natural Recipes for Healthy HairKiehl’s stylists will “diagnose” each customer’s hair needs, and describe and demonstrate the perfect styling recipe. At the end of the consultation, each participant will walk away with a recipe card with a description of their look, as well as product samples to test, and to help recreate the look at home.

Visit kiehls.com to find a store in your area. Call ahead to make an appointment.

Attention Curly Girls: Ouidad Giveaway!

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Spoiled+Pretty+Ouidad+Giveaway Attention Curly Girls: Ouidad Giveaway!
For years, Ouidad struggled with her own head of curls, which led her to dedicate the past 30 years of her life to building a respected reputation as “THE curly hair expert.”

ouidad Attention Curly Girls: Ouidad Giveaway!Ouidad began her whirlwind career as a student styling hair for top designers, Broadway productions and advertising agencies in New York and abroad. Her name became synonymous with curly hair, as well as her famous trademark cutting technique “Carving and Slicing.”

Today, editors at national fashion and beauty magazines consult Ouidad regularly and consider her to be “The Renowned Queen of Curl.” With a “curly hair only” salon and her own exclusive line of hair care products, she is the expert on how to cut, style, and treat curly locks.

Ouidad doesn’t believe that taking care of curly hair should be a burden or take hours of your time. So, combining scientific knowledge with her unique understanding of curly hair’s special needs, she created a line of protein and vitamin enriched products that work with antioxidants to make curls defined, soft, shiny and manageable.

Want to try before you buy? Then you’ve stumbled upon the right beauty blog. Because, this week, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Ouidad for one of our world-famous giveaways!
One grand-prize winner will receive:

Ouidad Deep Treatment – The first product designed by Ouidad, and the one that has earned her the title “a Curls Best Friend” has been applauded by the beauty editors repeatedly through the years. It is a uniquely formulated conditioner used to “feed” and strengthen the hair. This is the single most important step you take on the road to healthy hair and the cornerstone of your hair care regimen.

Climate Control – This styling gel protects curls from humidity by absorbing moisture from air to hydrate each strand of hair and help prevent frizz. Great for all hair types in humid conditions, summer or winter. Winner of “Best Defrizzer” by Allure Magazine.

Ouidad Botanical Boost – Named “Best Conditioner” by Allure Magazine, this lightweight, leave-in conditioner seals in moisture and provides strands with nourishing vitamins and aloe vera; one of the oldest healing agents. Used anytime on wet or dry hair, this product revives and refreshes curls and calm frizzies.

curl+talk+cover Attention Curly Girls: Ouidad Giveaway!Curl Talk: Everything You Need to Know to Love and Care for Your Curly, Kinky, Wavy, or Frizzy Hair – Based on Ouidad’s experience catering solely to curly-haired clients at her exclusive Manhattan salon, this book is a straight-talking guide for your daily struggle with the frizzies, offering simple, step-by-step solutions for getting a gorgeous head of curls. It will revolutionize the way you treat your hair.

Two runners-up will receive Climate Control and Botanical Boost.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Ouidad Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, July 27th. Three winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, July 28th, 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.

Good luck!



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