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

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2014: 20 Can't Miss Beauty Exclusives!


The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is in full swing. July 18th through August 3rd, shoppers nationwide will participate in what has been an annual ritual since the 1960’s. Vacation days are planned around it, lines form in anticipation of it – and it’s not only for the pre-season savings on fall fashion and accessories. During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, the Cosmetics department provides their devoted beauty customers the opportunity to scoop up unique limited-edition items from CONTINUE READING

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Makeup Mondays With Mario: How To "Luminize" Your Face

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Celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic is answering your burning beauty questions!!! Every Monday, he will answer a beauty/skin care question as part of a weekly column on Spoiled Pretty, Makeup Mondays with Mario.

Hi Mario!

What is your favorite luminizer? And how can I luminize my face?

Love, April

shimmery+cheekbones Makeup Mondays With Mario: How To "Luminize" Your FaceHey April,

I have a few favorites when it comes to luminizer. LORAC makes a really good one that comes in two shades. A pearly color for lighter skin and a golden/bronze shade for darker tones. Sometimes I will mix a bit of both together to create my own shade. This luminizer is oil-free and great for sensitive skin. You can luminize your face by mixing some of your foundation and/or moisturizer with the luminizer. I prefer to apply it on the cheekbones with my finger and blend with a damp sponge. Also use a bit on the bridge of your nose and center of lips. Try to not use powder directly on top of the luminizer and instead only on your t-zone. If you really want your face blinged-out, brush some shimmer powder over the liquid luminizer only on cheekbones and only at night.

Thanks for visiting Makeup Mondays with Mario!

xo,
Mario

Got a question for Mario? Email your makeup and skin care queries to spoiledprettyquestions@gmail.com, and check back next Monday to read Mario’s expert advice!

I TEMPTU. Do You?

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 I TEMPTU. Do You?

I recently received the TEMPTU Airbrush Makeup System to test and review for Spoiled Pretty, and I’m really dreading having to give it back. That’s how amazing it is. Watch the video to find out why I’m awarding TEMPTU with ‘holy grail’ status.


TEMPTU is a great holiday beauty gift (the recipient would love you forever). The TEMPTU Airbrush Makeup System is available at Sephora and costs $225. A duo of foundation pods (there are 12 shades) costs $55. Blush pods (4 shades) are $30 and highlighter pods (4 shades) are $35 each.

For more expert gift picks, check out Spoiled Pretty’s 2009 Holiday Beauty Gift Guide!

New York Fashion Week: Alice & Olivia, Spring 2010

Posted on by daneen in Blush, Eye Shadow, Fashion, Fashion Week, Hair Styling, Highlighter, Lipgloss, Lips, Lipstick, Shoes | Leave a comment

alice+and+olivia+spring+2010+rtw New York Fashion Week: Alice & Olivia, Spring 2010For the Alice + Olivia Spring 2010 presentation, MAC created two very different makeup looks. The first was a black super smoky eye, worn by The Plastiscines, who performed at the show.

The models, on the other hand, sported two different shades of pink shadow (Rosy Outlook and Perky) along with a white shade (Just So). Irridescent powder was applied to the cheekbones and the inner corner of the eye. Cream blush in So Sweet was blended onto the cheek, and the above pink shadows were blended together and layered on top. The brow shape was kept natural and kept in place with brow gel.

Angel Lipstick (Kim Kardashian‘s fave) was applied to lips, with Lipglass in Underage and English Accent on top. Silver dust was also mixed with moisturizer and applied to the entire body, for a ethereal glow.

Key Makeup Artist Nadine Luke emphasized that the look flatters a wide range of complexions, as evidenced by my backstage photos.

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“The hair for Alice + Olivia is a crossroads of edgy and girly,” said Frédéric Fekkai. “We created a look for funky, confident women.”

Andre Rodman, Lead Stylist for Fekkai added a fun, punky edginess to the s weet, girly looks at the Alice + Olivia show. To get the look Andre twirled crimped hair around a double barreled iron in a figure eight pattern. He then pulled the front piece to the side, smoothed it with Fekkai Coiff Magnifique Ultra-Light Finishing Crème and secured it neatly with jeweled pins. Finally, Andre set the style using Full Blown Volume Lifting Hairspray.

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Alice + Olivia for Payless shoes

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How darling are these labels?

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These boots were made for Payless…and that’s just where they’ll be.
One of these days these boots are gonna come on home with me.

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Impossibly chic booties – for cheap (also for Payless)!

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Katty Besnard, lead singer of the Plastiscines (note the sooty black eyes)

#NYFW

After Midnight, We’re Gonna Let It All Bling Out

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urban+decay+midnight+cowboy+body+shimmer+lotion After Midnight, Were Gonna Let It All Bling OutThe key to cosmetics is never looking like you tried too hard, even if you’ve worked up a sweat…though it’s preferable to just use simple products that yield simply amazing results.

Which is why I’m currently enamored with Urban Decay’s Midnight Cowboy Body Shimmer Lotion. Inspired by their best-selling eye shadow, this subtly fragranced shimmering lotion imparts a golden shimmer – without making you look like you’re trying to be JLo 2.0. No chunky glitter means it’s subtle enough for day, but still potent enough to turn heads ’round midnight.

Midnight Cowboy Body Shimmer Lotion ($28) is available at Sephora and urbandecay.com.

YSL Fall 2009

Posted on by daneen in Blush, Eye Shadow, Foundation, Highlighter, Lips, Lipstick, Mascara, Nail Polish, Nails | Leave a comment

YSL Fall 2009 Beauty Collection: Inspired by the YSL Fall RTW Fashion collection of exquisite tailoring with sumptuous textures, a flawless complexion is offset by magnetic pearl grey eyes and intense plum lips.

 YSL Fall 2009FACE:
* Perfect Touch Radiant Brush Foundation
* Touche Éclat Radiant Touch in Luminous Radiance
* Palette Y Collector Palette for the Complexion (limited edition)
* Crème de Blush Cream Blush in Powdery Rose (limited edition)

EYES:
* Ombres 5 Lumières 5 Colour Harmony for Eyes in Midnight
* Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara in Sublime Grey

LIPS:
* Rouge Volupté Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick in Exquisite Plum

NAILS:
* La Laque Long Lasting Nail Lacquer in Stormy Grey

Don’t Forget About The Nordstrom Anniversary Beauty Exclusives Event

Posted on by daneen in Concealer, Discounts, Event, Highlighter, Lashes, Makeup Remover, Mascara, Sale | Leave a comment
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The Nordstrom Anniversary Beauty Exclusives Event doesn’t officially kick off until July 17th, but you can get a head start on your shopping now. Beat the crowds and pre-order now so you won’t miss out on the limited-edition sets and beauty bargains available only at Nordstrom during this decades-old annual ritual.

I recently got my hands on a sneak preview of Yves Saint Laurent ‘All Fore Eyes’ Set, one of this year’s exclusive offerings.

All For Eyes includes a full-size Touché Éclat Radiant Touch No. 1 Luminous Radiance, a travel-size Instant Eye Makeup Remover, and a full-size Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara No. 1 in Black – which is responsible for the impossibly lush lashes I’ve been sporting as of late (True Blood-sucker Jessica, eat your heart out!)

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Bobbi Brown Nudes Collection, Fall 2009

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bobbi+brown+nudes+collection+fall+2009 Bobbi Brown Nudes Collection, Fall 2009“Nude makeup never goes out of style – it’s polished, sophisticated, and always looks modern.” -Bobbi Brown

This July, Bobbi introduces her newest take on nude makeup with her 2009 Nudes Collection. “Nude makeup doesn’t mean monochromatic, barely-there makeup. It means makeup that’s right for your skin,” says Bobbi who has created a new, limited-edition eye palette for fall.

The Nude Eye Palette ($60) features eye shadow duos in a sophisticated and universally flattering selection of shades and textures. The eye shadow duos come in our customizable 3 Pan Palette, which can be filled with your choice of any Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow or Blush shades.

Bobbi also introduces a new shade to her iconic Shimmer Brick collection – the Nude Shimmer Brick ($40). Featuring five pure pearl pigments in pink, gold, bronze, beige, and caramel, the shades are designed to be blended together to give all skin tones a soft nude, lit from within glow.

In addition, the Nudes Collection includes Caviar Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ($21) Bobbi Brown’s best-selling liner now in a rich, deep brown shade, and four new shades of Bobbi’s popular Creamy Lip Color ($22) that compliment the Nude Eye Palette and Nude Shimmer Brick.

All of these products will be available from bobbibrown.com and Bobbi Brown counters July 2009.

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