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

Dermadoctor Physical Chemistry


One of my all-time favorite products is Dermadoctor KP Duty, a dual action body exfoliator that combines the benefits of a chemical peel and microdermabrasion. It was developed to treat chicken skin - those little red bumps that many people get on their upper arms. But, for years, I've been using it to exfoliate my legs pre-shave.  There's really no body exfoliator CONTINUE READING

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Clinique’s New Pink Bamboo Collection

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Bamboo Pink+clinique Cliniques New Pink Bamboo CollectionThis summer is all about a natural pink lip accentuated by beautiful warm browns and muted pinks on the eye with an allover soft, luminous face.

The Bamboo Pink Collection Exclusives from Clinique takes its inspiration from Bamboo Pink, one of Clinique’s best-selling lipstick shades – a wearable and subtly seductive hue.

This must-have collection features beautifully crafted ‘bamboo’ packaging on select items within the collection.

The gotta-have-it items include:

Bamboo Pink Limited Edition Fresh Bloom Cliniques New Pink Bamboo Collection

Limited Edition Fresh Bloom Allover Colour in Bamboo Pink ($29.50): Long-wearing powder creates a sheer, subtle radiance and allover glow. Sweep over face for an allover, luminous glow, or brush on cheekbones to highlight.

Bamboo Pink Limited Edition+Quad Cliniques New Pink Bamboo Collection

Limited Edition Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad in Bamboo Pink ($25): Four coordinating shades of velvety, shimmery colour to create the looks you want, from natural to dramatic. Creamy, intense shadows build quickly, blend easily for lasting colour. Wear them alone, as duos and trios, or layered together. Ophthalmologist tested.

clinique+colour+surge+butter+shine+lipstick Cliniques New Pink Bamboo Collection

Limited Edition Colour Surge Butter Shine Lipstick in Bamboo Pink ($14): The creamiest, richest, smoothest lip colour you can imagine. Our revolutionary gel formula delivers the shine of a gloss, the comfort of a lipstick. Drenches lips in moist, lush colour that glides on buttery-soft, feels luxuriously smooth.

Bamboo Pink Limited Edition Powder Brush Cliniques New Pink Bamboo Collection

Limited Edition Powder Brush ($30): Large, plush face brush dusts on loose or pressed powder for smooth, even application. Unique antibacterial technology helps ensure the highest level of hygiene, keep brush irritant-free.

New From Bobbi Brown: Illuminating Bronze Collection

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bobbi+brown+illuminating+bronze New From Bobbi Brown: Illuminating Bronze Collection“Nothing says summer to me like healthy skin with a bit of shimmer. It’s gorgeous and super sexy – and who doesn’t want to look like that?” -Bobbi Brown

This summer, Bobbi Brown is making it easier than ever to get the look of healthy, sun-kissed skin without the damaging effects of the sun. Take your pick from a flattering array of options, designed for all complexions from fair to dark.

The Illuminating Bronze Collection includes:
Shimmer Brick for Body ($75)
Create head-to-toe glamour with Shimmer Brick for Body. Lightweight, silky powder can be used on arms, legs, décolleté, or anywhere you want to glow. The deluxe oversized compact features three shimmering bars of color.

All Over Body Brush ($85)
The softest, most luxurious brush imaginable. The perfect companion to the Shimmer Brick for Body, this brush was designed with ultra soft bristles that feel amazing on the skin and offer sheer, even application.

Illuminating Bronzing Powder ($33)
This ultra-soft and smooth pressed powder is formulated with a unique and innovative blend of sheer powder and micro pearls. It glides on evenly and gives skin a seamless and sheer natural-looking glow. Available in: Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Bali Brown, Barbados Tan and Maui.

All Over Bronzing Gel SPF 15 ($28)
Bobbi’s unique gel-based bronzer instantly gives the face a healthy, natural-looking glow with the added benefit of sun protection. Now available in a new shade requested by makeup artists and customers alike: Golden Sun.

bobbi+brown+illuminating+bronze+collection+summer+2009 New From Bobbi Brown: Illuminating Bronze Collection

The Doctor Is In: Physicians Formula Giveaway

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This week, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Physicians Formula for a giveaway. Five readers will receive one of each of the following:

plump+potion+lipstick The Doctor Is In: Physicians Formula Giveaway

Physicians Formula Plump Potion Needle-Free Plumping Lipstick ($9.95): This new high-tech plumping and long-lasting full coverage lipstick visibly plumps lips in 60 seconds! The moisture-rich formula delivers high color impact for instant and long-term visually dramatic effects. This potent, yet gentle and non-irritating formula features a revolutionary high-performance cocktail of plumping ingredients to transform lip’s appearance, contour, size and color. The ultra-cushiony texture delivers luxurious shine for a beautiful finish, while the richly pigmented formula provides long-lasting color. Plump Potion Needle-Free Plumping Lipstick is available in six shades: Pink Nude Potion, Pink Rose Potion, Sunkissed Potion, Raspberry Potion, Mauveberry Potion and Cinnamon Potion.

physicians+formula+blush+highlighter The Doctor Is In: Physicians Formula GiveawayPhysicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Blush and Highlighter ($11.95): Custom glamour for face and cheeks, the Shimmer Strips Custom Blush and Highlighter features five coordinated waves of color that transition from light to dark to create the perfect custom blush shade. This brilliant multi-tasker instantly contours and accentuates cheeks while giving your skin sheer and radiant luminosity. The Shimmer Strips Custom Blush and Highlighter is available in four shades: Natural Glow, Sunkissed Glow, Rosy Glow and Healthy Glow.

Shimmer+Strips+eye+shadow The Doctor Is In: Physicians Formula GiveawayPhysicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner, Smoky Collection ($10.95): A hip twist on the classic smoky look, this new custom smoky collection will give your eyes drama while enhancing your natural eye color. A total of nine perfectly coordinated shades with three distinct color trios create endless possibilities of high-performance glamour. Each trio is perfectly paired to create a natural, playful and dramatic smoky look. The versatile formula can be used wet for dramatic, intense color with long-lasting wear or used dry for a softer result. Transforms shadow into liner when wet. Shimmer Strips Custom Eye – Enhancing Shadow & Liner – Smoky Collection is available in four shades: Smoky Blue Eyes, Smoky Hazel Eyes, Smoky Green Eyes and Smoky Brown Eyes.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Physicians Formula Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, April 12th. Five winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, April 13th, 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.

Video Tutorial: Chiseled Cheekbones With MAC Cream Colour Base

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spoiled+pretty+chiseled+cheekbones Video Tutorial: Chiseled Cheekbones With MAC Cream Colour Base
Some time ago, I promised I would take pictures to demonstrate how to create chiseled cheekbones using MAC Cream Colour Base. Well, I finally got around to fulfilling my promise…except I decided to tape a video tutorial. Watch and learn…

MAC Cream Colour Base in Hush
MAC 252 Large Shader Brush

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A Cheeky Makeup Trick, Plus My New Favorite Product!

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incandescent+cheekbones+2 A Cheeky Makeup Trick, Plus My New Favorite Product!
For what seems like forever, I have been seriously coveting the incandescent cheekbones I’ve seen on every model, actress, songbird, and reality star looking to extend her 15 minutes. And until recently, I came up with nothing.

incandescent+cheekbones A Cheeky Makeup Trick, Plus My New Favorite Product!Product after product promised me unimaginable radiance. Unfortunately, nothing panned out. In fact, the majority of these lying highlighters left my tan skin looking either disco glittery or matte and ashy – both, the antithesis of what I was going for.

But I didn’t give up hope. After a long and fruitless pursuit, I took a trip to where I should have gone in the first place. MAC, where makeup dreams come true.

At the MAC counter in the King of Prussia Nordie’s, I met a makeup artist named Dylan who happened to be wearing the most ridiculously wicked eyeliner EVER – and I just knew that she would be the one to lead me to the chiseled cheekbone promised land. Despite my lame attempt to describe what I was trying to achieve, Dylan knew exactly what I was saying and what I needed to replicate the look.

mac+cream+colour+base+in+hush A Cheeky Makeup Trick, Plus My New Favorite Product!She led me over to MAC’s Cream Colour Base display and picked up Hush, a soft pale peach with icy shimmer that I would have never touched. With the 252 Large Shader Brush, she dabbed the slightest bit of the Cream Colour Base on the top of my cheekbone – extending the line up to my temple – then buffed it into the skin, for a seamless appearance. Next, she blended in a bit more product…this time, from my temple up onto my brow bone. “Creating this sideways V gives the face a lifted look,” Dylan said.

Just in case you were wondering, this technique is super simple to master. The next night, I met up with my BFF Kristen, who marveled at my new-and-improved bone structure. I swear, ladies – just the slightest hint of Hush (in strategic places) gives you this lit-from-within glow.

Merci, MAC and Dylan…for coming up big where all of the other brands fell short. And for inspiring this cheeky post. Mwah!

All I Need Is A Miracle, All I Need Is You

Posted on by daneen in Concealer, Highlighter, Hyperpigmentation | 8 Comments

modelco+miracle+veil All I Need Is A Miracle, All I Need Is YouMy complexion is far from perfect. Like many of you, I struggle with acne, dark circles, hyperpigmentation and rednesss. But masking these imperfections with foundations and concealers can lead to a vicious cycle. Yes, heavy face makeup camouflage your problem areas, but they can exacerbate skin issues, rendering you more dependent on these products. Besides, I’m not the kind of gal who likes wearing base on the regular. Boo hoo. What to do?

ModelCo (the whiz kids behind Body Meringue and Shimmer Airbrush Illuminiser) just unveiled Miracle Veil Skin Perfecting Fluid, a light-weight skin corrector that minimizes imperfections, disguises redness, lightens pigmentation, evens out skin tone and protects skin with SPF 14.

When I first took a chance on Miracle Veil, I was absolutely perplexed. It’s green, so I was extremely hesitant to rub it all over my mug. I thought to myself, “How in the ham sandwich will smearing this mint colored mess all over my face make me look better?” But the beauty of most beauty products is that they wash off. So I gave it a try, figuring that I had nothing to lose – other than a few flaws.

Well, let me tell you…they don’t call it Miracle Veil for nuthin’. It brightened my skin tone, whisked away the shadows beneath my eyes and enhanced my skin’s luminosity. Wearing Miracle Veil is akin to traveling with your own lighting crew. So I can dare to go bare. The product also acts as a primer for optimized makeup application; it cancels out darkness and redness, so your foundation and concealer don’t need to work as hard. But the benefits don’t end there. Miracle Veil doesn’t just hide imperfections, it heals the skin.

White Mulberry Root Extract balances skin pigmentation and protects against future discoloration. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory, soothing and calming the skin to combat redness with anti-bacterial properties. Hawthorn Extract prevents the visible appearance of wrinkles while treating pigmentation and uneven skin tone. And Phospholipids create a protective barrier while reducing water loss and protecting against environmental pollution.

So if you look in the mirror and it seems like you’ve stumbled into some bad lighting, don’t hope for a miracle. Just go out and buy one.

Miracle Veil is available at Henri Bendel, Sephora, Beauty Bridge and modelco.com.au.

Sometimes Not Reading Labels Actually Pays Off

Posted on by daneen in Concealer, Eyes, Highlighter | 3 Comments

mineral+water Sometimes Not Reading Labels Actually Pays Off
For the past few weeks, I have been applying Too Faced Mineral Water Eye Brightener to the inner v of my eyes to make my peepers pop. The nudish beige shade has a slight sheen that is the perfect marriage of matte and shimmer. I’ve been searching for such an eye pencil for forever…but the irony of it all is that this is not the product’s intended use.

In doing research for this review, I learned that the Mineral Water Eye Brightener was actually created to banish dark circles and allow the wearer to fake a restful 8 hours of sleep. I have since tried it under my eyes and have, consequently, fallen a little deeper in love with Too Faced.

As an added bonus (like you need any more reason to pull out your wallet), the pencil contains more than 35% mineral water – which makes it cool to the touch, while de-puffing and improving skin’s firmness elasticity and circulation.

Mineral Water Eye Brightener is available at Beauty.com, Nordstrom, Ulta, Sephora and toofaced.com.

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