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U Got The Look: NYE 2008

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I still don’t have any plans for NYE. It might be a quiet, romantic dinner with my hubby. Or a raucous celebration with friends at a bar. Or I might just sit on the couch and blog my way into the new year. Whichever it is, here’s the makeup look I will be rocking.

I didn’t have a particular look I was going for. It really just started with Diane Brill’s Liquid Eye Liner in Lace Diamonds – and evolved from there. I didn’t expect to go so over-the-top. But once I started, I found it hard to stop…hence, my glittery glamtastic eyelids that rival the Times Square Ball in sparkle.

Once I finished piling it all on, I was afraid it was a little too Amanda Lepore for my liking. But it has since grown on me, and I hope you’ll agree that it looks quite pretty in pictures.

Step One – Face:
Apply Clinique Superfit Makeup (in Nutty) to entire face, using MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush.

Step Two – Eyes:
Line the inner rims with Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Eye Pencil (in Black). Apply Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow (in Woodrose) from lash line to crease. Apply Tarte’s Lock & Roll Creaseless Eyeshadow Duo (in Slate) – just the powder side; first, roll it on – then blend with a shadow brush. Next, line upper lid with Prestige Liquid Eyeliner (in Black). Then load shadow brush MAC Eye Shadow (in Idol Eyes) and pat onto lid. Curl eyelashes (I used a curler by Maybelline) and coat upper lashes with Diorshow Mascara (in Black) and apply DuWop Lash Lacquer mascara (in Carbon Black) to bottom lashes. Line upper lids again – but this time, use Diane Brill Liquid Eye Liner (in Lace Diamonds). Finally, brush some of the Diane Brill Eye Liner on the tips of upper lashes – to give them a diamond-like sparkle.

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(top photo – naked eye lined with Diane Brill Liquid Eye Liner in Lace Diamonds; bottom photo – finished eye, after step two)

Step Three – Cheeks:
Dot DuWop Blush Therapy (in Hug) on apples of cheeks, then blend with fingertips.

Step Four – Highlighting:
Dot Freeze 24/7 Freeze & Go down the bridge of the nose and on cheekbones, then gently tap with pad of finger until blended.

Step Five – Lips:
Finish off the look with a few swipes of MAC Lustreglass – I used Budding, but I think it’s been discontinued. Venetian is somewhat similar, but tad bit deeper – though still sheer.

That’s the recipe. I hope you had as much fun reading about the look as I had creating it! If you’re looking for more NYE makeup ideas, my friend Marina at Makeup Loves Me has a bunch.

So with that, I’m going to conclude this post with the immortal words of my man, Prince. Every NYE, you’re bound to hear “1999” at least a couple times, so allow me to introduce you to another oldie, but goodie – a little ditty Prince recorded with Sheena Easton. Remember her? “Sugar Walls”? Okay, now I’m showing my age. Just watch the video.

Go Ask Alice

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For Holiday 2007, Walt Disney has partnered with Gianna Rose Atelier to produce triple-milled soap sets inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

“We went into Disney’s vaults and drew upon the inspiration of Walt Disney’s iconography to transform the characters, images and themes into couture soaps,” said Blair Buckley, Vice President of Product development at Gianna Rose Atelier.

 Go Ask AliceAlice’s Treasures includes three soaps in the shape of a heart, a key, and a pocket watch – all packaged in a baroque style collector’s box, embellished with a key charm and story hand tag.

Alice’s English Garden is comprised of hand soap petals, “plucked” from the garden – infused with a blend of Gardenia and White Rose – and placed in an antique-style apothecary jar.

The Red Queen’s Court features four playing card-shaped soaps, embossed with silhouettes of Alice, the White Rabbit, the royal crest of the Queen and the key to Wonderland. All rest on a beautiful porcelain dish, and are boxed in Disney-inspired collectible style.

Don’t Be Tempted

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At a company holiday party last week, the conversation turned to beauty products – as it usually does when I’m around. Two coworkers told me the same harrowing story – okay, maybe I’m being a bit melodramatic, but it wasn’t a good story.

Both women recently paid a visit to their local Bath & Body Works and were tempted into purchasing items from the Holiday Temptations line (not a surprise, given the yummy packaging). After taking the products home and using them, they were taken aback by the stains left on their tubs and towels.

We never got around to discussing how well the products work, but let’s be real – a shower gel had better get me squeaky clean (and wash away my cellulite) if it’s going to stain my shower.

Give The Gift Of Jaqua And Save 30%

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To make it fun and easy for you to give the gift of Jaqua this holiday season, take 30% off these top six gifts:

1) Our Favorite Body Butters set – Our most popular gift, this precious set contains 2-oz sizes of Buttercream Frosting Shea Butter, Pink Potion and Pink Champagne Shea Butter. $24.00

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3) Cocoa Buttercream Frosting Guilt-Free Body Treats – Put a smile on their face with this enticing kit which includes a Shower Crème, Hand Crème and Body Butter, perfect for layering! $30.

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6) 2- oz. Hand Crèmes - Perfect as hostess gifts and stocking stuffers! Everyone loves our Pink Buttercream Frosting, Cocoa Buttercream Frosting, Pina Colada, Pink Potion and Pink Champagne hand crèmes, loaded with good-for-your skin ingredients like Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Vitamins A & E. $8 each.

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Spoiled Pretty’s Holiday Gift Guide

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I know that many of you have started (and finished) your holiday shopping by now. So I apologize for the delay of this post. However, if you’re a procrastinator like me – you figure that there’s thirteen perfectly good days left to pick up what hasn’t already been snatched off the shelves. So, to the slackers of the world (you know who you are)…this one’s for you.

This is Spoiled Pretty’s Holiday Gift Guide, ’07 edition.

Fragrance is a very personal thing. Unless you know the recipient’s favorite scent (or he/she has requested something specific), fragrance can be a tricky gift. Even if you know the “notes” that the person likes, perfumes and colognes react to differently on everyone…so it could be a real hit, or a big miss. Instead, try The Sephora Scent Sampler; it includes samples of popular fragrances, plus a gift voucher of equal value that can be redeemed at any Sephora store for a full size bottle of any one of the samples included. Available for her (includes 10 samples) and for him (includes 8 samples).

Makeup, again, is a very personal thing. I typically don’t recommend buying cosmetics unless you really know the recipient. But even then…I mean, would you want someone just buying you some random makeup? I didn’t think so. Me neither. But if you insist on doing so, opt for a palette. Around the holidays, makeup companies flood the market with kits and gift sets in a plethora of price ranges. So it shouldn’t be hard finding one. The key, though, is to find one that includes products and colors that are universally flattering. You really can’t go wrong with Sephora’s Supermodel Kit, a glamourous gift set filled with products worn by top models at Fashion Week Live. The set includes Stila Lip Glaze, Make Up For Ever Diamond Shadow, Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, Smashbox O-GLOW, Dior Diorshow Mascara, and Sephora Blush Me! – all in a chic black sequined Sephora clutch. Or you could buy a lip gloss set. I love Stila’s Gift of Glaze set because it includes two limited-edition shades (nutmeg spice, candy cane) and favorites grapefruit, apricot, vanilla, and brown sugar. What woman would balk at that? You’d be hard pressed to find one.

Now onto bath & body products…there are so many pre-assembled gift sets out there right now – and while it’s a very sensible gift, some are just so generic and cheesy (especially those that come in a ceramic sleigh or awful wicker concoction). So look for sets with unique, pretty packaging. I absolutely adore the Sugar Tart Gift Set from Fresh; this festive set includes Sugar Lemon Eau de Parfum, Sugar Lemon Bath and Shower Gel, and Sugar Lemon Body Lotion in an elegant red, gold, and silver box. It’s a Sephora exclusive and it’s already sold out online – so visit your local store and hope you get lucky.

Finally, there’s gift cards. They’re practical and all, but c’mon…nothing says “I don’t really know you” or “I didn’t give this munch thought” quite like a gift card. All it takes is an extra step or two to show the recipient you truly care. Try a gift card to a nail salon, along with L’Occitane’s Lavender Hand Cream and a bottle of Pink Quartz Nail Shimmer from Bobbi Brown. Or slip a gift card into a chic cosmetic clutch, like this festive one from Stephanie Johnson.

These simple suggestions should help you find the gift guaranteed to spoil someone (or yourself) pretty. Happy shopping!

The 12 Days of Christmas at About PHace

 The 12 Days of Christmas at About PHace
Here is what’s happening, for the holidays, at Ursula’s About PHace Makeup Studio

Designer Brows!
Dramatically defined brows frame the PHace, add expression and highlight eyes. Be among the first 12 people to reserve your appointment for a Holiday Makeover, at Ursula’s About PHace Make-up Studio from December 10–22, 2007 and receive a Professional Brow Sculpting service as your gift! ($45.00 value).

Copy+of+ursula3 The 12 Days of Christmas at About PHaceDesign Your Own Palette!
A collage of style –About PHace limited-edition, luxurious titanium palettes are the best of the season. Design your own palette by selecting the shades you prefer, from Ursula’s Professional color collection of vitamin and mineral cosmetics. Introducing six new must-have shades!

3 Well Magnetic Palette (unfilled) w/ mirror and double-ended shadow brush. $30.
6 Well Magnetic Palette (unfilled) w/ mirror and removable inserts. $45.
*Limited quantity available.

Complimentary gift wrapping with product purchases of $75.00 or more.

New Year’s 2008!
Ursula’s About PHace is the beauty destination as you prepare to ring in 2008! The Red Carpet and Pink Champagne have arrived, don’t miss out on the fun! Reserve your “PHace ’08″ makeover today!

Ursula’s About PHace Rittenhouse Studio
1700 Sansom Street, Suite 201
Philadelphia,PA 19103
267.546.6617

Silver Belles

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Want to show your holiday spirit without resorting to candy cane earrings or snowflake sweaters? Why not paint your nails in platinum? Here are a few Spoiled Pretty favorites from Essie – no matter your skin color, they have the perfect shade for you to nail this festive look.

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Steel-ing The Scene: burnished pewter, with subtle gold reflections

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Silver Bullions: silver and luminescent

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Loophole: satiny chrome

Smells Just Like It Should

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Sometimes the easiest way to spoil yourself is to light a fragrant candle. My favorites are from Yankee Candle, the largest U.S. manufacturer of scented candles. Renowned for its true-to-life scents, the candle-making giant offers a wide assortment of fragrances and colors; so it’s a breeze to find a candle to match your décor and disposition.

My everyday favorites include Vanilla Lime and Lemon Lavender. For a festive fragrance, it doesn’t get any better than Christmas Wreath – it’s perfect for getting into the ho-ho-holiday spirit!

For $10 off your next purchase of $25 or more, click here. To request a scratch-and-sniff catalogue, follow this link.

Cornucopia of Cosmetics

Greetings from Spokane, Washington – where I am celebrating my first Thanksgiving away from home, with my hubby and in-laws. Thanksgiving is the ultimate celebration of family, friends, and food…and as a bonus, you get a day off from work, football is on TV three days early, and overindulgence is encouraged! Doesn’t it seem unfair that it only lasts one day?

The following products simulate the scents of the season, and will have you giving thanks well into the new year.

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Indulge your feet and your senses with The Body Shop’s Cranberry Heatable Booties. To use, simply remove the cranberry-scented sachet and heat in the microwave for one minute.

philosophy Cornucopia of Cosmetics
Treat your lips to Philosophy’s Kiss Me Lip Trio. There’s a flavor for every kiss—Melting Chocolate Lip Shine for a decadent kiss, Cinnamon Buns Lip Shine for a sugary, sweet kiss, and Cranberry Lip Shine for a red, juicy kiss. Spread holiday cheer with these luscious high-gloss Lip Shines. Only at Sephora.

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Korres Vanilla Cinnamon Moisturising Body Milk has an exceptionally light, powdery texture that goes on matte, and keeps you fresh and soft, all day.

pumpkin candle Cornucopia of Cosmetics
The Pumpkin Classic Candle from Paddywax shows its bounty with scents of fresh carrot, spicy pumpkin and vanilla bean.

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