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Spoiled Prettiest: Best of Beauty 2007

LS018731 Spoiled Prettiest: Best of Beauty 2007It’s the last day of the year, so it’s only fitting that I summarize for you the products that spoiled me prettiest in 2007. For your convenience, I’ve linked each product to the corresponding review.

If a product does not have a link, this indicates that I have not had an opportunity to write a formal review just yet – but look for those posts in the near future. These products are listed in no particular order – it was hard enough narrowing it down to seven in each category!

Thanks for your support in 2007. I hope you find something on this list to spoil you pretty in 2008!

Face
1. Clinique Superfit Makeup
2. Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit
3. Freeze 24/7 Freeze & Go
4. Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Makeup Primer
5. Clinique Perfectly Real Compact
6. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
7. MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush

Eyes
1. Diorshow Mascara
2. Anastasia Classic Brow Stencils
3. Prestige Liquid Eye Liner
4. Revlon Makeup Eraser Pen
5. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick
6. Any MAC Eye Shadow
7. Diane Brill Liquid Eye Liner

Cheeks
1. DuWop Blush Therapy
2. Stila Convertible Color
3. Giorgio Armani Sheer Bronzer
4. Bobbi Brown Blush
5. Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush
6. Clinique Gel Blush
7. MAC 129 Short Handle Powder/Blush Brush

Lips
1. Freeze 24/7 PlumpLips IceSticks
2. Diane Brill Lip Gloss
3. MAC Lipglass
4. Stila Lip Glaze
5. Nars Lipstick
6. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Swivel Stick
7. Any MAC Lipstick

Nails
1. Obey Your Body Nail Buffer
2. Incoco Dry Nail Appliqués
3. OPI Ridge Filler
4. Seche Vite
5. Sally Hansen No More Mistakes Manicure Clean-Up Pen
6. Any nail polish by OPI, Essie, CND, or China Glaze
7. Sally Hansen Natural Shine Instant Nail Finish

Skincare
1. Crème De La Mer Moisturizing Cream
2. Molton Brown Skinbalance Toning Lotion
3. Clarisonic Skin Care System
4. Fresh Sugar Face Polish
5. Biologique Recherche P50 Balancing Lotion
6. Zeno
7. Kate Somerville Line Release Under Eye Repair

Bath & Body
1. Jaqua Pink Buttercream Frosting Shower Creme
2. Jaqua Buttercream Frosting Sinfully Rich Body Butter
3. Bliss Naked Body Butter
4. Peter Thomas Roth’s Blemish Buffing Beads Body Wash
5. Philip B Thai Tea Body Wash
6. Caudalie Vinothérapie Scrub Trio
7. Pure & Basic Body Wash

Hair
1. Frederic Fekkai Technician Shampoo For Dry, Damaged, Color-Treated Hair
2. AlfaParf Semi Di Lino Cristlli Liquidi Illuminating Serum
3. Elasta QP DPR 11 Conditioner
4. Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment
5. Philip B White Truffle Shampoo and White Truffle Nourishing Hair Conditioning Creme
6. T3 Bespoke Labs Featherweight Hair Dryer
7. T3 Bespoke Labs Medium Duality Flat Iron

Other
1. Sephora 3 Inch Fragrance Atomizer
2. Aquafresh White Trays
3. Stephanie Johnson Makeup Bags
4. Secret Clinical Strength Antiperspirant
5. Sephora Midnight Train Case
6. Nalgene Travel Bottle Kit
7. Schick Intuition Razor

Fragrance
1. L’Instant de Guerlain
2. Comptoir Sud Pacifique in Vanille Abricot
3. Hanae Mori Butterfly
4. Prada Iris
5. Vera Wang Princess
6. M by Mariah Carey
7. Lacoste Inspiration

Rocket Science

“The folly of one man is the fortune of another; for no man prospers so suddenly as by others’ errors.” – Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

More than forty years ago, aerospace physicist Dr. Max Huber suffered a horrific accident. A routine experiment exploded in his face, covering him with severe chemical burns. Neither science nor medicine offered a treatment to minimize his scarring, so Huber decided to help himself. Twelve years and 6,000 experiments later, he perfected a product that has been dubbed “the miracle cream.” In the case of Crème de la Mer, the folly of one man is the fortune of thousands of women…and now I am one of them.

lamer Rocket ScienceTypically, it takes a few weeks to see results from a new face treatment; but with Crème de la Mer, it only took me two days to notice a drastic improvement in the quality of my skin.

Concentrated ingredients – including sea kelp, essential vitamins and minerals, plus oils of citrus, eucalyptus, wheat germ, alfalfa and sunflower – are combined into a ‘Miracle Broth’, distilled, and fermented for three to four months. Then this nutrient-rich mixture is then hand-poured into jars, as not to disturb it delicate balance.

I can honestly say that when it comes to Crème de la Mer, the myth is indeed reality. There is a reason why it has achieved cult status. I now understand why Jennifer Lopez uses it all over her body – and we thought that J.Lo glow was the result of makeup. Only now can I appreciate why Victoria Beckham says it’s the one beauty product she can’t live without.

What I love so much about the cream is that it provides instant gratification. To activate the broth and release its key ingredients, warm a small amount between your fingertips. As you pat onto clean, dry skin, you will instantly feel the soothing effects of the cream.

Crème de la Mer may appear thick in the jar, but it simply sinks into skin – leaving it soft and luxuriously hydrated, with a youthfully dewy finish. Using other facial moisturizers, I would need to reapply throughout the day to treat dry patches – or apply powder to offset excess shine. With Crème de la Mer, I don’t have those problems – in fact, I haven’t been wearing makeup the past few days because my skin looks so radiant without it. It’s like I’m walking around with special lighting. Apply it in the AM and PM – that’s all it takes. And, as a bonus, the soft fragrance helps to calm me as I fall asleep at night.

At $125 for an ounce (or $1,350 for 16.5 oz), the price tag is a little frightening. But I think I’m just going to have to bite the bullet – because the thought of going back to some ‘regular’ moisturizer is a much scarier thought.

 Rocket SciencePut this on your holiday wish list: La Mer’s Holiday 2007 Gifts of Beauty, exclusive to Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.

The Essential Collection gift set combines three of La Mer’s most coveted products, and is ideal for both newcomers and longtime La Mer devotees. The Connoisseur Collection include the Crème de La Mer and Eye Concentrate in two lacquered boxes. Looking for a stocking stuffer to spoil someone (or yourself) pretty? Look no further than The Lip Balm, which works on contact to soften and hydrate.

Oprah And I Are Two Of A Kind

I aspire to be like Oprah Winfrey. But since I don’t yet have a talk show, a magazine, or the power to turn an unknown manuscript into an international bestseller, I’m doing the next best thing.

I am giving away one of my favorite things, which also happens to be one of Oprah’s beloved beauty tools – the Clarisonic Skin Care System (a $195 value)!!!

pinkclarisonic Oprah And I Are Two Of A KindOprah gave away three hundred of these babies a few weeks ago on her “Favorite Things 2007” episode. I only have one to give away…so if you weren’t in her studio audience that day, here’s your chance to win one.

Developed by the people who created the Sonicare Toothbrush, the Clarisonic Skin Care System removes six times more makeup than soap and water alone. It clears your pores of dirt, oil, and residual makeup – so that the ingredients in your skincare products are more effectively absorbed. What I love so much about this product is that the creators seemed to think of everything; case in point:

*The Clarisonic is rechargeable (the system comes with the charging cradle) and waterproof, so you can use it in the shower as well as at the sink.
*The Clarisonic features a timer that beeps and pauses to indicate it’s time to move onto another part of your face (20 seconds on the forehead, 20 seconds on the nose and chin, and 10 seconds on each cheek).
*Though the system includes a 2 oz trial size Gentle Hydro Cleanser, the Clarisonic can be used with most non-abrasive facial cleansers.

Oprah wasn’t exaggerating when she said, “It’s a miracle massage for your face.” Since I started using the Clarisonic, I’ve had minimal breakouts and I marvel at how soft and smooth my skin feels and looks. It’s just amazing how much more radiant my face is after using this product for the recommended two minutes a day. I adore this product so much, and I am extremely excited to host this giveaway in partnership with Clarisonic!

To enter, leave a comment in the comments section below by 9 pm EST on Thursday, December 13th – be sure to include your name and email address. Or email me at spoiledpretty@gmail.com if you’re uncomfortable posting your email address below.

A winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Friday, December 14th, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one comment per person; duplicate comments will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents. Good luck!

Siren Song

Nars 2007 Holiday collection siren song Siren Song

This past weekend, I stopped by Sephora expecting to just window shop. Oh, who am I kidding…does that ever really happen?

Aimlessly, I perused the aisles and tested dozens of products. I had no intention of actually buying anything, yet I couldn’t bring myself to leave the store. It was as if something was calling to me. Then I saw it – Viridiana lipstick from the Nars Siren Song Holiday 2007 collection.

viridiana Siren SongThis lip color had me at hello, ladies. At first glance, I was bewitched by the rich burgundy color. After testing it on my hand, I fell a little deeper in love. By the time the saleswoman finished carefully applying it to my lips, I was obsessed. And in the ten minutes between putting a tube of Viridiana in my basket and paying for it at the register, three women approached me to ask what lipstick I was wearing. Watch out, Dolce Vita…there’s a new diva in town.

Spoiled Pretty Tip: For daytime, apply Viridiana to exfoliated lips with your fingers – for a subtle, but sophisticated stain. At night, apply with a lip brush for more concentrated color. The beauty of Viridiana lies not only in the shade, but also in the formula – the semi-matte finish isn’t drying and stays where you put it, so you needn’t worry about the color staying inside the lines.

Nars’ Siren Song collection also includes:
Duo Eyeshadow (in Balthazar, Violetta, and Cheyenne); Lip Gloss (in Rose Gitane and Bad Education); Blush in Luster; Single Eyeshadow (in Night Snow and Night Rider); Lip Gloss/Lip Stain Gloss (in Metis/Victoire, Turkish Delight/Sayonara, Sand Piper/Dare Devil, and Moon Fleet/Indian Red); Nail Polish in Saratoga ; and Perfecting Powder Sheets.

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