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

OPI and Coca-Cola Partnering on Summer Nail Polish Collection


OPI is collaborating with The Coca-Cola Company this summer. Several of the The Coca-Cola Company’s most recognized brands – including Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Cherry Coke, Vanilla Coke, Sprite and Fanta – will be the inspiration for a line of OPI limited edition nail lacquers that will launch internationally in June 2014. “As the global leader in the professional CONTINUE READING

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Holy Grail Hair Product Alert: Moroccanoil

Posted on by daneen in Conditioner, Hair, Hair Styling, Holy Grail | 7 Comments

moroccanoil+oil+treatment Holy Grail Hair Product Alert: Moroccanoil
I’m bossy. You probably didn’t know that about me.

For the past ten months, I’ve done a pretty damn good job of hiding my dictatorial demeanor. But sometimes, I feel so strongly about a product that a gentle suggestion just won’t suffice. So, at the risk of sounding like a despot, here goes my review of Moroccanoil.

I, Spoiled Pretty, command you, reader of Spoiled Pretty, to immediately purchase Moroccanoil hair care products. Heed this decree…for the use of Moroccanoil will, henceforth, transform your fried, lifeless locks into a mane of myth.

moroccanoil Holy Grail Hair Product Alert: MoroccanoilMoroccanoil Oil Treatment is a versatile hair product, made from the oil of the Argan tree. For centuries, Moroccan women have used this miracle oil to treat hair and nails, and to counteract the effects of the hot climate and aging.

In Philadelphia, we enlightened ladies like to treat our tresses to a little pre-shampoo Moroccanoil. Apply to hair (concentrating on ends) and cover with a shower cap for 30 minutes. If your hair is especially damaged, let hair marinate for a few hours or overnight. What kind of results can you expect? Moroccanoil’s many benefits include:

* Softens thick unmanageable hair
* Restores shine and softness to dull, limp hair
* Strengthens brittle hair
* Promotes healing and provides nourishment to hair damaged by coloring and styling
* Creates an optimal balance for the hair and scalp
* Nourishes the scalp (alleviates itchy, dry scalp)
* Protects against UV damage and other environmental factors
* Reduces drying time and speeds up styling time

Moroccanoil’s weightless non-greasy formula seals in shine, is perfect for all hair types, and won’t cause build-up on the hair. And the product is stored in an amber glass bottle to protect the oil from UV rays that cause oxidation and degradation.

You will notice a dramatic improvement in the feel and look of your hair after just one use. After introducing my mom to the line, she couldn’t stop raving about how Moroccanoil added softness and shine to her overprocessed hair. My mother doesn’t give compliments freely, so this endorsement was majah!

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If you really want to go for the gusto, use Moroccanoil in tandem with the line’s other products.

The Masque is a rich, creamy conditioner, designed to hydrate and repair damaged hair. The Hydrating Styling Cream is a leave-in treatment that eliminates frizz, adds definition, and brilliant shine, while the pure argan oil conditions and hydrates the hair. And the Intense Curl Cream is used to enhance and define curly hair; repeated use will result in extraordinary hold, shine and protection.

Click here to find a salon near you that sells Moroccanoil. Or purchase products online at Amazon.com.

Found: Makeup For Your Hair

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White+Sands+Porosity Found: Makeup For Your Hair
You know how primer creates a perfect canvas for foundation application, by filling in fine lines and pores? Well, what would you say if I told you that I found a product that does the same thing for your hair? Get out, you say?!?! No, you get out!

Porosity, a leave-in spray by White Sands, is marketed as “makeup for hair.” The product acts as a concealer, filling in the blemishes found in each hair strand transforming dry, damaged locks into “illuminating, flawless hair.”

But does it work? As per the instructions, I have been lightly spraying on my towel-dried hair, after shampooing and conditioning. After blow-drying an styling my hair, I noticed a marked improvement in the appearance of my hair. It had a nice gloss to it, and my ends didn’t seem as damaged. My hair felt healthier too…softer and silkier. Porosity made my highlights more brilliant and added a lovely, light fragrance to my hair.

Porosity even improves the effectiveness and performance of chemical and other salon services. From correcting blonde tones to increasing hair color performance, Porosity can also be used to:

• Bleach Highlights: If added to the mixture, Porosity speeds up the processing time and allows the bleach to achieve optimum performance levels. This results in even tones. Immediately eliminate blotchy blondes and bleeding at the scalp since Porosity moistens the bleach while lifting.

• Color Processing: If added to your color, it enhances the tone of your color and creates ultimate shine.

• Pre-Wrap for Perms: If applied before a perm, it equalizes each strand’s porosity and achieves a consistent curl pattern from end to end. Instantly achieve incredible waves on all hair types.

Porosity is available at whitesandsproducts.com.

Barry Fletcher Silk N Shine Finishing Gloss

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shiny+hair Barry Fletcher Silk N Shine Finishing Gloss
My hair is like the black hole of shine. Your average, run-of-the-mill shine enhancer doesn’t work on me. That is, unless I apply two, three, and four times the recommended amount. But by then, my hair is either so greasy or weighed down with product, what’s the point?

A few weeks ago, during my visit to the Giovanni & Pileggi salon, Franc used a silicone spray on my hair that made it gleam. It was glossy as all get-out, and I excitedly inquired about the product, what was in it, and where I could get my get me some. Franc was kind enough to share that information with me, and now I’m passing on the secret to all of you.

silk+n+shine Barry Fletcher Silk N Shine Finishing GlossBarry Fletcher’s Silk N Shine is a vitamin enriched, non-aerosol, finishing gloss. It’s very lightweight, so there’s no build-up. And it doesn’t take much to get your shine on. The formula contains no alcohol, so it doesn’t dry hair out. In fact, it seals in moisture. But what really sets this product apart is how it makes your hair feel like silk. For real, for real.

Just one caution: Silk N Shine is meant to be applied after hair is styled. It should not be used in conjunction with thermal tools.

Watch the following video, in which Barry Fletcher extols the virtues of this miracle product. It’s pretty hilarious.

Rent Hair Extensions?!?! Unbeweaveable!

Posted on by daneen in Extensions, Hair, Hair Styling | 4 Comments

Warren Tricomi salons have a new rent-an-extension service. For $100, a stylist will color-select, apply, and style human hair clip in extensions. You can be Cinderella (or Rapunzel) for the night, then return the extensions the next day – so they can be sanitized for the next customer. If you decide to rock the long locks for more than 24 hours, it’s $100 per day – and if you decide to keep them, the final cost will have a deduction from the time you rented them.

Or for half the price, you could make your own extensions – and wear them as many times as you’d like. Hell, you could be Cinderella every day…never worrying about the clock striking midnight and your weave turning back into a pumpkin. Here’s how. You’ll need:

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One package of wefted human hair
Basically, it’s a track of hair that can be cut into smaller strips. Be sure to buy human hair because, unlike synthetic, it can be styled with thermal tools. Human hair can also be washed with shampoo, which will extend the life of your extensions. I also recommend going to a beauty supply store to purchase the hair – as opposed to buying online. This way, you’re guaranteed to get hair that more closely matches your own hair color. If you’re confused, ask for a salesperson’s assistance.

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A few packages of wig clips
These usually come in packs of 2 or more. I typically use 2-3 small wig clips per hair extension, depending on the width of the extension. My recommendation is to buy more than you think you need, because they’re pretty inexpensive and it’s always better to have more than to come up short. If you have light hair, buy wig clips that will easily blend with your hair color. If your hair is dark, you can get away with the standard black wig clips.

A spool of thread
The color should match the color of the hair.

A sewing needle

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Step one: Cut the hair wefts into strips. I like to trim them in various widths, so that the end result looks more real. Here’s a good recipe:

Six to eight strips that are 2” in width
Four to six strips that are 3” in width
Four to six strips that are 4” in width
Three strips that are 6” in width
Two strips that are 8” in width

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Step two: Once you’ve cut your strips, take your needle and thread and sew on the wig clips. The comb side should be facing out, and the teeth should be pointing down. A good rule of thumb: the 2, 3, and 4” strips need two wig clips – one on either end. The 6 and 8” strips need three wig clips; one on either end and one to anchor the middle.

Step three: Once you’re finished sewing, you’re done. Clip those babies in, put on your cutest outfit, and go git your Prince Charming.


Deep Condition Like The Dutchess

Posted on by daneen in Beauty Tips, Celebrities, Conditioner, Hair | 5 Comments

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How does Fergie keep her tresses in top form while on tour? Kim Vo says olive oil is the key.

pam Deep Condition Like The DutchessTo deep condition like The Dutchess, spray your strands, from root to tip, with Pam Olive Oil Cooking Spray. Cover your hair with a plastic shower cap, chill for 30 minutes, then shampoo out.

Fergalicious.

My Date With Franc at the Giovanni & Pileggi Salon

Posted on by daneen in Hair, Hair Color, Hair Styling, Haircut, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Phocus, Salon | 2 Comments

giovanni+%26+pileggi1 My Date With Franc at the Giovanni & Pileggi Salon
A month ago, I was invited to the grand re-opening of Giovanni & Pileggi, now located in an 1840’s Federal Period Townhouse at 256 South 16th Street in Center City Philadelphia. A few weeks later, I was invited back to the salon – this time, to have my hair cut and colored by one of their talented stylists.

Last Tuesday, I arrived at the salon and was greeted by Franc, whom I had met back in April at the opening. His friendly demeanor put me at ease, at least a little bit. But having been in a 13-year monogamous relationship with my hairdresser Erik, I was having heart palpitations about putting my hair in someone else’s hands.

daneen+and+franc My Date With Franc at the Giovanni & Pileggi SalonWhen Franc sat me down in his chair and asked me what I had in mind for my new do, I surprised myself when I responded, “Do whatever you think is best. I trust you.” I removed the elastic from ponytail and Franc sized up my mane. “Highlights,” he said assertively. “Highlights will give your hair dimension.”

After mixing up my color, he quickly applied the mixture and foil to sections of my hair with amazing dexterity. While working his magic, I remembered I was there in a journalistic capacity and began firing off questions.

Franc told me that as a student at The Philadelphia High School for Creative And Performing Arts, he befriended some girls in the dance department and started doing their hair. Not long after, he realized that hair was his calling and enrolled in beauty school. After graduating from beauty school, he moved to New York City and worked at Bumble & Bumble. It was during his years in NYC that he noticed how segregated the industry was – white customers patronized white salons and black clients patronized black salons. So Franc decided to teach himself how to work with ethnic/textured hair, so that he could cater to all patrons.

In New York, he honed his craft working at the Bumble & Bumble salon – as well as doing fashion shows and photo shoots. But a few years ago, he got a little homesick and decided to move back to Philly to work exclusively in a salon setting. “I much prefer working in a salon because I enjoy helping regular people transform into better versions of themselves,” he said. “It’s not that hard to make a model look good. Plus salon work allows me to be creative. When you’re doing editorial or runway work, you’re following someone else’s template.”

After rinsing the dye out of my hair, a gloss was applied and allowed to marinate – to add all-over shine to my dull locks. But before long, I was back in Franc’s chair. He quickly blow dried my hair and whipped out his shears. Again, I shocked myself by telling him to do what he thought was best. He decided to keep the length, but add some layers that would give my hair shape and movement. Then he styled it without any input from me. So how’d he do?

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Amazing, right?!?!?!?!?! I love my hair and I love Franc for transforming me into a better version of myself.

If you live anywhere near Philadelphia, even if it’s kind of a hike, you must get to Giovanni & Pileggi and pay Franc a visit.

Carol’s Daughter At The Body & Soul Mother’s Day Event

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bodyandsoul cd Carol’s Daughter At The Body & Soul Mother’s Day Event
This Mother’s Day, let Carol’s Daughter take care of your body and soul with pampering products and an inspiring new book.

Author Amy Dubois Barnett will be appearing at the Carol’s Daughter flagship store in Harlem to sign copies of her new book, Get Yours: The Girlfriend’s Guide to Having Everything You’ve Ever Dreamed of and More. The former editor-in-chief of Teen People and Honey Magazine, Dubois Barnett is currently the deputy editor-in-chief at Harper’s Bazaar. She will be giving advice based on her book at the event for an empowering Mother’s Day.

While Get Yours gives you a spiritual boost, Carol’s Daughter products pamper you head to toe. Treat yourself to the Body & Soul gift set, an indulgent kit containing Rosemary Mint Shampoo, Black Vanilla Leave-In Conditioner, Almond Cookie Lotion and Almond Cookie Body Cleansing Gel.

Body & Soul Mother’s Day Event
May 11th, from 3pm-6pm
Carol’s Daughter Flagship Store in New York City
24 West 125th street (between Lenox and Fifth Avenue)
212.828.6757



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