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In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Work Bag

work+giveaway In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Work BagI’m beauty addict, but the truth is that I wear very little makeup to work. I’m not a morning person…so in the AM, it takes all of my cognitive abilities just to shower, get dressed, and grab my bag before running to catch the bus.

I may leave the house with basic hair and makeup, but don’t be fooled. I always come prepared. Trust me…there’s nothing worse than going to work looking a hot mess – figuring you’ll just be in your office all day and no one will see you – only to find out that a last-minute meeting has been scheduled or your co-workers are organizing an impromptu happy hour.

And even if you’re content to hide away at your desk looking like a bridge troll, it’s still a good idea to stock your work bag with a few beauty essentials. Here are some that I recommend:

*In the summertime, it’s very unlikely that your hair is going to go awry at some point in the day. If you’re blessed with perfect hair, I’m jealous…we’re no longer friends. I kid…great for you. But for those of us who aren’t so lucky, a purse-sized brush and comb might not bring perfection, but it’ll help tame your mane so that it looks polished.

*It’s also a good idea to carry an emollient hand lotion. If you shake a lot of hands in your line of work, your colleagues and customers might appreciate it if your skin is soft and smooth. It’s also a great way to make friends and allies at your job…I don’t know about you, but people are always asking to borrow my hand cream. If I lend them the good stuff, they’re indebted to me forever. Plus, hand lotion also comes in handy (pun intended) when your hair starts acting up; just rub a tiny bit between your hands and smooth away flyaways.

*Then there are the times when your hair is seriously misbehaving and needs a time out. That’s when you pull out your purse-sized comb and/or brush and tie it back with a snag-free elastic. Depending on the brand, a whole bunch of these hair ties will cost less that $5. Carry some in your purse and throw some in your desk drawer, just to be on the safe side. I happen to carry a cavernous handbag with black interior, so here’s how I do: wrap a couple hair elastics around the handle of your brush. That way, you always know where to find your bad hair day redeemer.

*For many women, summer is the time when the shine monster starts rearing its ugly head. You might have gotten away with powder during the colder months. But in the warmer months, powder can cake and settle into fine lines. Blotting papers absorb oil without disturbing your makeup.

*One of the obvious additions to your summer makeup arsenal is waterproof mascara. One or two coats of mascara on your upper lashes lets you get away with wearing less makeup on the rest of your face. And a waterproof formula gives you peace of mind that the pigment will stay put.

*Finally, every woman needs a lip product in her purse. Personally, I’m an advocate of tossing a variety lip products in there…different colors and formulas depending on the occasion, your outfit or mood. But remember you’re at work…leave the Jezebel shades at home.

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Today is day one of Spoiled Pretty’s In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway Week. And to get this party started right, I’m giving you the chance to win a beautiful Aleya New York handbag. Whether you wear a suit to work or your job’s dress code is a little more lax, the Aleya New York Allie Hobo is the perfect compliment to your ensemble. This a-line patchwork purse has enough room for all of your products and other incidentals, is extremely comfortable on the shoulder, and wonderfully unique. The double flap is graphic and functional.

For the winner, this bag will be accompanied by the following goodies:

Goody Mosaic Ouchless Purse Brush: The ultimate in snagless styling. This brush is smaller sized – perfect for travel or on the go styling.

Goody Mosaic Mini Versa Comb: This 3-in-1 comb is small enough to fit in your purse, but large enough to maintain your style.

Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara: This lash-enhancing mascara instantly builds lash volume by 400%. The patent-pending formula with a touch of olive oil penetrates and helps plump the core of each and every lash. The Visible Volume Brush coats and builds even the smallest lashes with rich, volume-building color. No clumps, smudging or flaking…and safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

Neutrogena MoistureShine Soothing LipSheers in Sparkling Nude, Peach Sorbet, and Plum Kiss: Instantly soothe dry lips with sheer, cooling color. Moisture-infused formula contains SPF 20 to protect lips. The advanced formula contains moisturizing emollients and vitamin E to instantly soften and hydrate, while SPF 20 guards against sun damage. A unique cooling sensation soothes on contact.

Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets: Instantly blot away excess oil and say goodbye to the shine. Oil-Absorbing Sheets soak up excess oil and remove shine from your face, without smudging makeup or leaving behind a residue. Softer than paper, these silky smooth sheets can be used easily around your nose and other areas of your face. Use them anytime, anywhere to remove oil and shine throughout the day.

DentaBurst “Be Ready To Shine” Kit: DentaBurst Freshening Teeth Cleaners are an effective way to clean teeth and freshen breath on-the-go. Unlike mints or gum, they remove plaque from the surfaces of teeth, leaving them feeling smooth and clean. The kit contains 72 individually-wrapped Dentaburst, a business card case, and a calendar/planner.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Aleya New York Handbag Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, June 29th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, June 30th, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents only.

And be sure to check out the other bag giveaways. You can enter all of the giveaways, but you can only win once. Good luck!

In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway Week!

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By now, you’ve retired your cold-weather clothes to the recesses of your closet and replaced them with easy, breezy summer essentials. But what about your handbag, hon? Isn’t it time you summer-ized the contents of your purse?

Most of your winter and spring beauty essentials don’t have what it takes to contend with the summer sun and humidity. If they can’t take the heat, get ‘em out of the handbag. It’s time to give those heavy and dark products a vaca, and replace them with ones that will keep you looking fresh and fabulous all summer long.

June 20th marked the official start of summer. So to welcome the new season, Spoiled Pretty is showing you how to avoid looking a hot mess. I’ll give you tips on how to update the contents of your bag with warm-weather beauty products and introduce you to some cool summer-must haves that will have you looking and feeling like a total hottie.

And best of all, I’m really gonna spoil you pretty this week. In celebration of summer, I will be hosting seven giveaways. Yeppers, you heard me right. Every day this week, I will be giving away a chic summer bag, filled with products to help you beat the heat.

Stay tuned as Spoiled Pretty kicks off our In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway Week!

What’s In My Bag?

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By now, y’all know that I’m a wee bit obsessed when it comes to handbags. But do you know what’s in my bag?

I gave Carla at Product Girl a sneak peek. Check it out – and learn a little bit more about your resident beauty buff.

Go get you a peek. Nosey body!

LILL Giveaway Winner Revealed!

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Congrats to Sabreena Jean-Leger, the winner of Spoiled Pretty’s LILL Giveaway. She will receive a $100 gift certificate, so that she can design her own LILL creation!!!

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest. And a special thanks to 1154 LILL Studio for sponsoring this wonderful contest!

Were you crossing your fingers, but didn’t win? Dont worry. I’ll be announcing a new giveaway later today…so turn that frown upside-down.

Visit again soon for your next chance to win. TTYL!

Philly’s Got A Brand New Bag – Plus A LILL Giveaway!

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Last week, I had the pleasure of touring 1154 LILL Studio‘s newest boutique. The 1154 LILL “design your own handbag” concept was born at a Windy City street fair in 1999 – and since its inception, 1154 LILL Studio has opened stores in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City. I’m so excited that they’ve found a home in my hometown, Philadelphia.

paula floralpink Philly’s Got A Brand New Bag – Plus A LILL Giveaway!The Philadelphia boutique boasts 1000 square feet, with wooden design tables throughout the space where customers can create the bag/accessory of their choice by mixing and matching some of the 150 available fabrics. The styles offered range from small cosmetic bags and headbands to large handbags and oversized totes, and cost between $26 and $200.

After touring the premises and hearing the company back story, I was elated to learn that 1154 LILL Studio was allowing me to create my own custom bag! For almost an hour, I played with fabrics, colors, and textures to make a fab bag for Spring. Here’s how the 1154 LILL Studio custom handbag concept works:

1) First pick your style of bag from over 25 current shapes and silhouettes in the line.

2) Mix and match colors, patterns and textures to select the right choice for each part of your bag: exterior, interior, pockets, straps, etc. 1154 LILL Studio introduces new fabrics every few weeks and have between 150 – 300 designer textiles available at any given time.

3) After placing your order, you simply have to wait 3 to 4 weeks for the 1154 LILL Studio team to hand craft it to your exact specifications. Your order will be shipped to you, or you can pick it up in one of the boutique locations.

Even though my bag is currently in the hands of the Chicago-based production team, here’s a sneak peek at my Spoiled Pretty satchel…

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Adorable, right? Even if you don’t reside anywhere near one of their boutiques, a one-of-a-kind 1154 LILL Studio creation is at your fingertips – thanks to their online store. 1154lill.com is open 24/7 – and the customization tool lets you see your bag as you design it.

GiftCert Philly’s Got A Brand New Bag – Plus A LILL Giveaway!Wait…it gets better. 1154 LILL Studio has graciously donated a $100 gift certificate, so that one lucky Spoiled Pretty reader can design her very own creation!

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com – be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “LILL Giveaway.” The contest ends at 9pm EST on Sunday, April 6th. A winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, April 7th, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents only.

Good Luck!!!

Check out this video of 1154 LILL Studio, behind the seams.

Perlina Giveaway Winner Revealed – Is It You?

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Happy hump day, everyone. I know you have been patiently waiting for me to announce the winner of the Perlina giveaway…so I’ll get right to it.

perlina+002 Perlina Giveaway Winner Revealed   Is It You?If your email begins with jeanilyne, you have won the grand-daddy of Spoiled Pretty contests!

You will receive this black leather Perlina handbag, in addition to:

*Head & Shoulders Smooth & Silky Shampoo and Conditioner
*Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave-in Split End Protector
*CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara
*2 CoverGirl Outlast All-day Lipcolor
*MAXFactor Vivid Impact Mascara
*2 MAXFactor MAXalicious Lipglosses
*2 MAXFactor MAXwear Lipcolor

lashblast mascara 1 Perlina Giveaway Winner Revealed   Is It You?Five runners-up will receive my must-have mascara, CoverGirl LashBlast. These lucky ladies are: lottogirl846, cme8397, RHCNCK, ebbb31, and lindahl.

If you are a winner, please check your email for a congratulatory email from moi – it will contain instructions for redeeming your prize.

If you didn’t win – try, try again. Enter the Fafi giveaway, for your chance to win $175 in new MAC makeup. Contest closes on Sunday.

Thanks to all who participated!

Hey Procrastinators – Don’t Forget To Enter The Perlina Giveaway!

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Just a gentle reminder that the Perlina giveaway ends tonight. So you still have a few hours to enter.

The grand prize is a gorgeous, black leather Perlina handbag. And just to show-off, I’m filling it with the following goodies:
*Head & Shoulders Smooth & Silky Shampoo and Conditioner
*Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave-in Split End Protector
*CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara
*2 CoverGirl Outlast All-day Lipcolor
*MAXFactor Vivid Impact Mascara
*2 MAXFactor MAXalicious Lipglosses
*2 MAXFactor MAXwear Lipcolor

lashblast mascara 1 Hey Procrastinators   Dont Forget To Enter The Perlina Giveaway!And five lucky runners-up will receive one of my new favorites – CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara.

Click here for official rules. And remember the contest closes at 9pm EST. If you don’t subcribe and validate your email address by then, well, that’s on you.

If you want this prize (I know you do), get crackin’ right now! Good luck.

Spoiled Pretty By Perlina

This time last week, I was runnin’ around NYC feeling awful (unbeknownst to me, I had acute bronchitis), but looking fierce – thanks to my pals at Perlina Handbags.

fw2+039 Spoiled Pretty By PerlinaThey gave me a totally posh purse for my last day at the tents. As if that wasn’t enough, they upped the ante by inviting me to their showroom…talk about being spoiled pretty!

The Perlina showroom – located a hop, skip, and a jump from Bryant Park – was like a dream; it was handbag heaven, to be quite honest.

fw2+041 Spoiled Pretty By PerlinaThere were bags of every color imaginable, and purses for every personality. For a bag junkie like me, it was almost too much. The temptation was great. For a brief moment, I imagined that I was on a handbag version of Supermaket Sweep; I scanned the shelves, racks, and displays – trying to decide which bags I’d grab first.

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I know what you’re thinking. You’re saying to yourself, “Great. Here’s another story about Daneen getting free stuff. I’m sick of hearing about her fantastical adventures.” Well, if that’s you’re attitude, you’re about to feel real salty…because Perlina has oh so generously bequeathed me another bag for a Spoiled Pretty giveaway!!!!

Oh, now we’re BFF’s again? I see how it is.

perlina+001 Spoiled Pretty By PerlinaNot only will one of you win this absolutely gorgeous handbag (see, left), I’m going to “fill” it with all sorts of beauty booty. You heard me right. That’s just how I do.

The winner of the Perlina purse will also receive:

*Head & Shoulders Smooth & Silky Shampoo and Conditioner
*Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave-in Split End Protector
*CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara
*2 CoverGirl Outlast All-day Lipcolor
*MAXFactor Vivid Impact Mascara
*2 MAXFactor MAXalicious Lipglosses
*2 MAXFactor MAXwear Lipcolor

Five lucky runners-up will receive one of my new favorites – CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara!!! This mascara is hard to come by because it’s become an instant cult classic, so here’s your chance to get you some.

To enter, you must be a Spoiled Pretty subscriber. Subscribing is simple and quick – just click here, but don’t forget to verify your email address. You must verify in order to be eligible.

The contest ends at 9 pm EST on Tuesday, February 19th. Winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Wednesday, February 20th, I’ll announce the winners’ names. Please, only one entry per person. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents. Good luck!

Are You The Winner Of The Hype Giveaway?

hype paloma Are You The Winner Of The Hype Giveaway?The time has come to announce the winner of the Hype Handbag Giveaway. I received a lot of entries, so I know that many of you were crossing your fingers for this one. Unfortunately, I only have one bag to give away…and the winner is Brandy Coyne.

Congratulations, Brandy – you are the proud new owner of Hype’s Paloma North South Tote (in Watermelon).

If your name isn’t Brandy Coyne but you still fancy yourself a winner – check back later today and throughout the week. In honor of Valentine’s Day, Spoiled Pretty wants to show our lovely readers some love…so there will be several mind-blowing contests this week. The next one is just hours away. Do you feel lucky?

Fashion Week: I’ll Be Back!

 Fashion Week: Ill Be Back!

As much as I wanted to stick around for the whole of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week – Fall 2008, I had to travel to Dallas for a business trip. So I reluctantly said TTFN to NYC.

I did return on February 8th for more beauty, fashion, and fun (more on that later).

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And check out my purse. Isn’t it a work of art? It’s the Diana Large Hobo by Rafe, and I’m in love with it. The metallic patent leather is so sumptuous, but the deerskin-embossed leather trim lends a sporty edge. I wore it all over New York for Fashion Week, I took it on my Dallas trip, and I’ve been running errands with it since I returned home. It truly does work in any situation.

I’m a lucky gal because designer Rafe Totengco, also a fellow blogger, gifted this bag to me – along with a note of encouragement (see, left).

rafe note+003 Fashion Week: Ill Be Back!It reads:

Hi Daneen,

Enjoy the bag & blog it out!

xoxo,
Rafe

Can you get over that? I’m still pinching myself. Rafe’s gorgeous creations and impeccable customer service are undoubtedy the reason why this award-winning designer has such a loyal celebrity fanbase, including Jessica Alba, Vanessa Minnillo, and Eva Longoria (who even commissioned Rafe to create clutches for her bridesmaids).

Thank you, Rafe – for making feel, and look, so special for Fashion Week!

 Fashion Week: Ill Be Back!

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