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

Shopbop Sale: Take Extra 25% Off


  Take an extra 25% off select sale items at Shopbop.com until Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 11:59 PST. Enter code 25EXTRA at checkout. You're CONTINUE READING

StriVectin Tightening Face Serum Giveaway


Roll back the years with the NEW StriVectin “Roll Back the Years” Firming Collection - a trio of formulas that help to improve skin’s appearance. This three-piece set, which includes the StriVectin-TL Face Serum, the StriVectin-TL Body Cream and the new QVC exclusive StriVectin-TL Neck Serum Roller, helps skin appear firmer and softer on the face, body and neck. . The StriVectin CONTINUE READING

Bath & Body Works Cooling Gel Lotion Needs A New Name


A few weeks ago, I paid a visit to my local Bath & Body Works store. I was on the hunt for a tropical-smelling body wash that wouldn't break the bank, and B&BW seemed like a good place to search. When I entered the store, I was greeted my a really nice saleswoman who asked me what I was CONTINUE READING

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


Every month, my girlfriends from college and I get together for dinner in the Philadelphia area. We started this tradition about two years ago, and - of course - we have a great time catching up and reminiscing!  Most of them are product-obsessed (like me), and most have been through some sort of make-up introductory when we became "of age" to wear it.  Now CONTINUE READING

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Take The Suave Challenge: Win Free Products on Facebook!

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Suave+Professionals+Touchable+Finish+Hair+Spray Take The Suave Challenge: Win Free Products on Facebook!

Suave Professionals wants Spoiled Pretty readers to take the “Suave Challenge” to see if you can tell the difference between Suave Professionals products and top salon brands.

As part of the challenge, on Thursday, March 24th, the first 200,000 fans to visit Suave Beauty on Facebook will receive a FREE full-size bottle to see for themselves just how well the new Suave Professionals products perform. You can also take the “Suave Challenge” at CanYouTell.com where the products will be put through virtual hair tests like wind, water, heat and more!

Also, be sure to “Like” Suave Beauty on Facebook and follow @SuaveBeauty on Twitter for the latest information on Suave, hair tips and news from The Suave Professionals.

Oscars Beauty 2011: Scarlett Johansson

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Scarlett+Johansson+oscars+academy+awards+2011 Oscars Beauty 2011: Scarlett Johansson

Duffy for Frederic Fekkai styled 2011 Academy Awards presenter, Scarlett Johansson.

INSPIRATION: Duffy sought to bring out “the real Scarlett Johansson” by creating a young, sexy, modern shag with dry texture.

HOW TO:
1. Begin by applying Fekkai Advanced Full Blown Volume™ Styling Whip to towel-dried hair, working the product in from roots to ends.
2. Dry hair using Fekkai Classic Brush to create loose, tousled waves for the textured effect.
3. Apply Fekkai Full Blown Volume™ Lifting Hairspray to roots to prep the foundation
4. At the nape of the neck, spritz hair with Fekkai Coiff™ Océanique Tousled Wave Spray.
5. Using a 1 ½ inch curling iron wrap 2-3 inch sections of hair around the barrel of the iron, leaving ends out. Continue to repeat this act.
6. Take a hairdryer with nozzle attachment and blast the root of the hair for hold and volume.
7. Run fingers through the hair to break-up the waves.
8. Clamp the ends with a flat iron to flatten the curl, creating an imperfect, sleeker wave.
9. Finish the style with Fekkai Coiff™ Sheer Hold Hairspray to give a modern, edgy look.

Johansson’s Make Up Artist accentuated the star’s breathtaking beauty exclusively with products from the Dolce & Gabbana range.

He focused on eyes, shading and outlining them using The Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Stromboli 130, applying the darkest color close to the lash line on the lid and beneath the eye line. He then used the copper and bronze hues at the crease of her eye and highlighted the inner corner with a smudge of the golden tone from the palette. He finished the eyes with a sweep of The Crayon Intense Eyeliner in Gold 3 and several coats of The Volumized Lashes Mascara in Black 1 for volume and definition. For a effortless, natural glamour, he used The Ultra Shine Lipgloss in Candy 80 on Scarlett’s lips. A light dusting of The Illuminator in Eva 3 completed the look.

Speaking about the star’s glamorous look for the evening, her personal Make Up Artist said: “Scarlett was simply stunning in tones of gold and copper, offset with a sheer pink to accentuate her lips. She looked the epitome of the modern movie star.”

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Oscars Beauty 2011: Reese Witherspoon

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reese+witherspoon+oscars+academy+awards+2011 Oscars Beauty 2011: Reese Witherspoon

Frederic Fekkai‘s Renato Campora styled 2011 Academy Awards presenter, Reese Witherspoon.

INSPIRATION: To compliment her gown, Renato channeled a mod-60′s high ponytail over combined with the top glamour.

HOW TO:
1. Create the foundation for the style by applying Fekkai Coiff™ Bouffant Lifting & Texturizing Spray Gel and the Fekkai Silky Straight Ironless™ Smooth Finish Serum.
2. Blow-dry hair with the Fekkai Large Round Brush to enhance fullness and volume.
3. Divide the hair into two sections.
4. Using a 1 ½ curling iron create movement and volume on the bottom layer.
5. Tease the roots of the top section to create the volume.
6. Finish the look by spraying Fekkai Coiff™ Sheer Hold Hairspray to secure the silhouette and shape of the style.

All products available at Fekkai.com, ULTA.com, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Oscars Beauty 2011: Giuliana Rancic

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Giuliana Rancic’s hairstylist is sharing the exclusive step-by-step instructions on how to achieve the E! host’s gorgeous look using Alterna products:

giuliana+rancic+academy+awards+oscars+2011 Oscars Beauty 2011: Giuliana Rancic

• Apply Alterna’s Bamboo Smooth Kendi Pure Treatment Oil ($24) to damp hair and blow-dry straight.

• Add additional texture with a 1″ iron by wrapping small sections of the hair away from the face to create “beach-like” texture.

• Gather the hair into a high ponytail leaving a little height in the front and pulling the sides tighter. Secure with an elastic band.

• Lightly tease the ponytail into a textured poof.

• Create a large bun and secure with French bobby pins. This look is inspired by YSL’s Fall 2010 fashion show.

• Finish with Alterna’s Caviar Working Hairspray ($26) and follow with Bamboo Smooth Kendi Dry Mist Oil ($24) to add extra shine.

Get a free deluxe sample of Alterna’s Bamboo Kendi Pure Treatment Oil at Ulta while supplies last. Just go to the counter and ask!

Jennifer Aniston Cuts Her Hair

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jennifer+aniston+bob+haircut+madrid Jennifer Aniston Cuts Her Hair

Jennifer Aniston debuted a new do while promoting her new comedy “Just Go With It” in Madrid. I love a lob (long bob) – as you can tell from my updated Twitter avatar…it’s my signature style. But I’m not digging it on Jen. Is it just me or does it make her look older? She looks tired, right? Perhaps the the lighter blond is washing her out a bit. I think a little lipstick would have helped to sell me on this new look.

I’ve heard time and time again that “women of a certain age” should wear their hair shorter…well, if this doesn’t disprove that myth, I don’t know what does.

This haircut probably seemed like a fun idea at the time, but I predict that Jen will soon regret it (kinda like her fling with John Douchebag Mayer).

What do you think? Does Jen’s new cut make the cut?

Conair Infiniti Pro Blow Dryer

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conair+infiniti+pro Conair Infiniti Pro Blow Dryer

I have a new special something in my life that I’m excited to tell y’all about.

Meet my new blow dryer boo, Conair’s Infiniti Pro. We’ve been going steady for almost two months and things are heating up.

Our courtship began when my old hair dryer started actin’ up. Even when I used it on the medium setting, the dryer would operate on high. No joke – it was like the heat of Hades was coming out of that thing. I didn’t want to chance a Michael Jackson Pepsi commercial-esque catastrophe, so I decided it was time for us to part ways.

Fortuitously, around the same time, I received an email from Conair – asking me if I’d like to review their Infiniti Pro 1875-Watt Salon-Performance AC Motor Styling Tool. I responded with a resounding “yes” and a few days later, it arrived on my doorstep so that we could get better acquainted.

Infiniti Pro, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

Thanks to its powerful AC motor, the Infiniti Pro performs like a salon-quality dryer. It also dries hair super fast, which cuts down on styling damage. The Infiniti Pro uses ionic technology that reduces static electricity and leaves hair silkier, shinier, and more manageable. Plus it’s much quieter and lighter than your average dryer. Best of all, it only costs around $35.

I also love that I can use my comb attachment with the Infiniti Pro; when a dryer doesn’t accommodate my comb attachment, it’s a deal breaker.

The only thing I’d change about my hair dryer honey is the position of the buttons – or, rather, how easy it is to adjust the heat/air flow settings. Sometimes when I’m gripping the handle, I accidentally click one of the switches, which changes the settings.

Aside from this minor caveat, I’m very happy with the Infiniti Pro and I think we’re in it for the long haul.

Get Chelsea Clinton’s Wedding Hair!

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chelsea+clinton+wedding+hair+3 Get Chelsea Clintons Wedding Hair!
The biggest celebrity wedding this summer happened this past weekend, former first daughter Chelsea Clinton, married Mark Mezvinsky in scenic Rhinebeck, N.Y. The bride was tressed in a feminine French twist for her outdoor nuptials. Now women everywhere can get Chelsea’s gorgeous wedding ‘do at just a fraction of the price with Goody Simple Styles Modern Updo Pin ($6.49)!

Follow these three easy-to-follow instructions for achieving a professionally perfect updo every time:

Step #1: Twist your hair into a bun, tuck your ends; insert modern updo pin up through base of bun

Step #2: Lift pin upwards to create your modern updo

Step #3: Press pin downwards to secure your style (the updo pin says hidden in your hair)

The Goody Simple Styles collection is available at Target, Walgreens, Walmart and Duane Reade stores nationwide.

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