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LOFT Blog Wars & Gift Card Giveaway!

loft+sequin+tank LOFT Blog Wars & Gift Card Giveaway!Holiday time is my favorite time of the year. I love scurrying from store to store, playing Santa and getting the must-haves on everyone’s list. I’m a present-wrapping superstar; if there were levels, I’d be a third degree black belt. And the holiday specials at Starbucks (Caramel Brulee Latte, Eggnogg Latte and Peppermint Mocha are my faves!) make the season even sweeter.

But throwing together last-minute ensembles for holiday shindigs? That’s when my inner Scrooge comes out. Here’s the problem – and you can probably relate. You hate everything in your closet; it either doesn’t fit properly, or it’s not festive enough for the party’s dress code. On the other hand, there’s a recession going on and you can’t justify buying an entire outfit for one holiday get-together. Makes you wanna say “bah humbug” and just RSVP with regrets.

Luckily, LOFT is here to rescue you from holiday fashion disaster.

loft+holiday LOFT Blog Wars & Gift Card Giveaway!In case you haven’t heard, Ann Taylor Loft is now LOFT. They’ve re-named and re-branded the company, and upped the style ante. And one of the many great things about LOFT that I love is that they’ve got petites! Can I get a hallelujah, shorties?

Anyway, LOFT has some amazing pieces that you can pair with something already in your closet – to create a chic, festive outfit without breaking the bank. For example, pair this Sequin Sparkle Tank with a pair of jean or black pants and layer a blazer or cardigan on top. This Sequin Scarf is only $29.50 and will jazz up just about anything in your wardrobe. What about that go-to little black dress your friends have seen you wear countless times? Take that dress from wah-wah-wah to wow with one of LOFT’s statement necklaces. My favorite is the Clear Gem Bib Necklace with Black Chain – I can think of 10 “new” outfits I could create with this accessory alone!

To celebrate their new name and image, LOFT is having a contest called Blog Wars. Starting today at 4pm, visit LOFT’s Facebook fan page (here’s the link to the actual poll), and vote for your favorite blog (hint: your favorite blog is Spoiled Pretty). On Friday afternoon, the blogger with the most votes wins a $500 LOFT gift card. Child, you know mama loves to shop…so help me out here!

To get you motivated, I’m doing a giveaway too! Go to LOFT’s website and find a festive holiday item. Then come back here and tell me (in the comments) how you’d pair that item with something already in your closet to create a holiday party ensemble. On Friday evening, I’ll award one of the commenters with a $100 LOFT gift card!

Okay, so remember to become a Facebook Fan of LOFT…then vote for Spoiled Pretty. Tell your friends to do the same. It’s war, people…and I came to win. Help a blogger, won’t cha?

Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Sponsored by Tweezerman

tweezerman Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: Sponsored by Tweezerman

Top makeup artists recommend the award-winning Tweezerman Slant® Tweezer for expert brow shaping. The perfectly aligned, hand-filed slanted tips grab every hair, every time with exact precision. This holiday season, tweezing aficionados and novices alike will adore these festive Tweezerman stocking stuffers at a range of prices:

The Petite Tweeze® Set ($25) contains smaller versions of the Slant® and Point® Tweezers, which are ideal for grooming on the go.

The Special Edition Polka Dot Swarovski® Crystal Slant® Tweezers ($40) are adorned with delicate Swarovski crystals to add a hint of glamour to the everyday. Available in Midnight Sky, Signature Red or Neon Pink.

The new Winter Print Mini Slant® Holiday Tweezers ($15) are the perfect holiday beauty treats, are petite enough to fit in the palm of your hand and come decorated with either a snowflake or star motif in shades of red, blue or green.

Special Offer! Get 10% off your entire order at tweezerman.com. Get free shipping when you spend $40, and a free gift when you spend $75.

Sephora Claus Is Coming To Town!

sephora+holiday Sephora Claus Is Coming To Town!Holiday News Alert! Just in time for the festive season, Sephora is launching an exciting digital initiative aptly called Sephora Claus. Sephora Claus has taken over @Sephora on Twitter and is surprising fans with free beauty products every day until December 18th.

To submit your holiday wish, simply tweet on Twitter with an @Sephora message and tag your wish with a #sephoraclaus “hashtag.” One wish* will be granted per day. For the full Sephora Claus Holiday experience, go to sephoraclaus.com.

Feeling Merry? Become a Sephora Facebook fan, share your Sephora Claus wish with your Facebook friends, and receive one of three deluxe samples – Yves Saint Laurent Black Mascara, Philosophy Inner Grace Body Lotion, or a mini Nars Duo Lipgloss – with any sephora.com purchase.

For more Sephora Claus details, visit sephoraclaus.com

*You must be 18 or older and a US citizen to win. Prizes must be available on Sephora.com and less than $150.

Merry Christmas…Love, Spoiled Pretty

merry+christmas Merry Christmas...Love, Spoiled Pretty
Merry Christmas
Feliz Navidad
Joyeux Noël
Fröhliche Weihnachten

Kala Christouyenna!
Mele Kalikimaka
Rehus-Beal-Ledeats
Maligayan Pasko!
Buone Feste Natalizie
Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Chung Mung Giang Sinh
Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
Feliz Natal
Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom

Peace and love,

Daneen icon smile Merry Christmas...Love, Spoiled Pretty

This Is Not One Of My Favorite Things

winter skies1 This Is Not One Of My Favorite Things
Long before Oprah was making studio audiences squeal over Josh Groban CD’s and $4,000 refrigerators with TV’s on the door, my girl Fraulein Maria had a song about her favorite things.

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

coloron+tinsel+kit This Is Not One Of My Favorite Things
I’m pretty sure ColorOn EyeEnvy – Tinsel Kit wasn’t quite what the perky postulant had in mind.

I don’t know why anyone would actually spend $17 on this, but let’s say you do…when the dog bites and the bee stings and you’re feeling sad, thank your lucky stars that you didn’t pay full-price ($25) for this hot mess…and then you won’t feel so bad.

25% Off MAC Holiday Kits!

mac+exclusives+25+percent+off 25% Off MAC Holiday Kits!
MAC is offering 25% off two of their limited-edition holiday kits. Go get you some at maccosmetics.com.

Enchanting+Vermillion+5+Basic+Brush+Set 25% Off MAC Holiday Kits!
Enchanting Vermillion: 5 Basic Brush Set
Medium-sized red-orange patent brush canister with wine satin stripes. Includes five professional brushes featuring red gloss handles and a black MAC logo: the 129SE, 219SE, 239SE, 266SE and the 316SE. Limited edition.
Was $40.00
Now $30.00

charming+garnet+glamour+basics 25% Off MAC Holiday Kits!
Charming Garnet Glamour Basics
A wine satin zip-around wallet with red-orange patent stripes. Includes regular-sized iridescent powder in Belightful, and Slimshine lipcolour in Bare. Features a mini Zoom Lash Mascara in Zoomblack along with the 181SE Mini Buffer Brush. Limited edition.
Was $40.00
Now $30.00

HAPPY Holidays, From Clinique

 HAPPY Holidays, From Clinique
This weekend, Clinique is spreading holiday good cheer. Friday, December 12th marks the beginning of Clinique’s Happy Weekend! To kick it off and in an effort to “pay it forward” and bring happiness and good will to consumers, Clinique will be brandishing shoppers with Random Acts of Happiness at the Happy Weekend Hospitality Tent in key cities across the country (New York, Chicago and Miami*) – because we could all use a little joy and happiness this holiday season.

 HAPPY Holidays, From CliniqueAt the Happy Weekend Hospitality Tents, Clinique Happy Santa and Elves will present passersby with free hot chocolate, cookies, Happy candy canes and complimentary gift wrapping (regardless of where the gifts were purchased).

Clinique counters nationwide will be gifting free iPods to lucky consumers chosen from those who enter to win, regardless of whether they have purchased a Clinique product. Happy elves will also be on the look out for anyone who needs assistance, whether it is crossing the street or helping people get into taxis.

 HAPPY Holidays, From CliniqueClinique will also reunite with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the country, to ensure that those less fortunate have many opportunities to smile this holiday season. Beyond donating monies, Clinique will give the children and their moms something to be happy about. This year, the children will have the opportunity to gift their moms a Clinique makeover on Happy Weekend, along with a full year supply of skin care and makeup that has been customized for her needs. In addition, Clinique will join the children of Big Brothers Big Sisters at their annual holiday party on December 13th in New York City and will bring along a Clinique Happy Santa to deliver presents to all.

Clinique Holiday Cards designed by children of Big Brothers Big Sisters are available on clinique.com while supplies last. Also log on to catch “The Ten Days of Happiness” where Clinique will share a happy thought daily – send to your friends and loved ones and create a virtual happy moment.

*Happy Weekend Hospitality Tent locations and hours

New York City:
Friday, December 12, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
GM Building Plaza (Fifth Avenue between 58th and 59th Streets)

Chicago:
Saturday, December 13, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Avenue)

Miami:
Saturday, December 13, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dadeland Mall (7303 SW 88th Street)

Lush Decapitated Frosty and Threw His Head In A Bag

Frothy The Snowm 4924217b12738 Lush Decapitated Frosty and Threw His Head In A Bag
I’m a recessionista at heart and Christmas just happens to be my all time fave holiday, so you can imagine how giddy I got about Winter Goodies: Nothing Over $10, an article in the latest issue of People Style Watch magazine. I flipped to page 68, when, what do my wondering eyes should appear but a “wonderland of snowscape-inspired finds.” As my eyes scanned the page, I’m all, “that’s cute, that’s pretty, ooh…that’s pretty cute!” But then my gaze fell on the un-prettiest beauty product I’ve seen in, possibly, forever.

 Lush Decapitated Frosty and Threw His Head In A BagLush’s Frothy The Snowman Bubble Bar looks like someone asphyxiated poor old Frothy with a plastic sack, then hacked off his head and tied the bag off with a bow. How sick is that? It’s the holidays, not Halloween, Lush. I mean, how can a brand be animal-friendly and cruelty-free and then go decapitating such a jolly happy soul?

If you think that’s twisted, just wait…it gets more disturbing. To use Frothy The Snowman Bubble Bar, take his head in your hands and squeeze. Then sprinkle his crushed skull in your bathtub and fill it up with water.

The upside? If being an accessory in Frothy’s demise leaves you feeling shameful, wash away those dirty thoughts with the vanilla-coconut scented suds.

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