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Recessionista’s Fabuless Pick of the Week: OPI You Don’t Know Jacques!

 Recessionistas Fabuless Pick of the Week: OPI You Dont Know Jacques!
I haven’t been in a nail salon since June of 2007, so when Deidre, a fellow Philadelphia blogger, and I made plans to finally get together for some beauty-related fun, I had a brilliant idea. We would go get our nails did. So last night after work, I met Deidre on the corner of 17th and Locust and took her to City Nails, a nail salon I’ve passed by for the past three years but have never stepped inside.

Once we took off our coats, the nail technicians directed us to to pick our colors. So we walked over to the wall o’ polishes, a veritable playground of polishes.

opi you+don%27t+know+jacques Recessionistas Fabuless Pick of the Week: OPI You Dont Know Jacques!Determined to take my own advice and rock the “greige” nail look that Glamour says is all the rage, I spun the displays looking for OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques!. I got a little anxious when I couldn’t locate a bottle of the dirty taupe lacquer. Then Deidre tapped me on the shoulder and excited exclaimed that she’d found her fave. I turned around to see her holding the polish I had been searching for. Right then and there, I knew Deidre and I were gonna get along fine. Almost immediately, I found a second bottle of You Don’t Know Jacques! – so we took our seats to begin our tandem, identical manicures.

Fast forward 15 minutes later…we couldn’t stop stealing glances at each other’s hands, marveling at how the sooty chocolate shade flattered both of our skin tones. And a half hour later, while talking beauty shop at a nearby Starbucks, we carefully clutched our coffee cups – as not to destroy the perfect handiwork of City Nails. Check out Deidre’s nails to appreciate how You Don’t Know Jacques! compliments different complexions.

If you are a regular reader of Spoiled Pretty, you know that while I love me some beauty products, I don’t use superlatives very often. So when I say that You Don’t Know Jacques! is the the most magnificent nail color I have ever worn, you know I’m not just high on nail polish fumes. It is so gorgeous that it has taken me twice as long to finish this review, because I keep getting distracted…hypnotized by my delishiously dark mani.

You Don’t Know Jacques!, the star of OPI’s La Collection de France, is soon to join my own private stock because I cannot LIVE without this shade in my lifestyle.

You. Must. Go. Buy. This. Polish. There’s really nothing more to say. If this review doesn’t convince you to drop everything and go invest $8 in the most stunning nail shade eva – well, you don’t know jack.

Beauty Addicts, Meet Beauty Addicts

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You know your retractable lip brush? The cheap gold one where the tip falls off every time you use it? The one that deposits more hairs on your lips than pigment? Yeah, that lip brush. Here’s my advice to you…th’ow it out, as my mother would say.

I mean, why would you keep holding on to a beauty tool that makes your mouth look a hot mess when you can replace it with one that makes you look hot, period?

Beauty addicts, meet Beauty Addicts LipCLICK Retractable Brush. The best lip brush I’ve used – retractable or otherwise, in forever. Hands down.

Chic, sleek and the perfect definition of form meets function. The brush opens to reveal a full size lip brush with just one click – and slides back after use into a fully protected casing. Perfect for on the go application for your busy life!

It’s my holy grail retractable lip brush. Go get you one – and while you’re there, pick up one of Beauty Addicts’ RelationLIPS palettes. I’m partial to ExpressLIPS, a combination of four nudes (buff, rosy-gold, cream and bronze) that make for the inherently sexy Angelina kisser.

Beautyaddicts.com. You’re welcome.

Good Things Come In Fives

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If you haven’t yet jumped on the Urban Decay bandwagon, I have one question for you…what have you been waiting for? Haven’t you been listening?

It’s alright. I forgive you. But now it’s time to get with the program and play a little game of catch-up.

There’s no better introduction to the brand than Urban Decay’s 24/7 pencils. In my knowledgeable opinion, no other eyeliner compares. 24/7 Pencils are in a league of their own. They are my holy grail and they’ll be yours too. I would bet money on it.

Now, typically, these pencils are $16 a pop. But right now, you can pick up five for only $29.

Urban Decay Travel Size Set of 5 – available in “Velvet Rope” and “VIP” – is like a box of crayons for your eyes. Five travel-sized liners let you experiment and play with color. Created with 50% moisturizing ingredients, the pencils are creamy, blendable, and waterproof. Packaged together against a mirrored backdrop, the 24/7 Pencils are must-haves for your beauty tool kit, and speak to everyone’s inner party girl: the woman who wants and needs an eyeliner that lasts all night (and even into the morning!)

The VIP set features the #1 best-selling black Eye Pencil, Zero (zealous black), Lucky (brilliant deep copper), Covet (peacock green), Electric (bright aquamarine), and Lust (plush purple). The Velvet Rope set features Yeyo (metallic white), 1999 (plum with teeny gold glitter), Zero (zealous black), Bourbon (brown with teeny gold glitter), and Stash (dark green/gold).

I’m somewhat surprised that my favorite shade, Deviant, didn’t make the cut. But otherwise, I can’t be mad at UD because all of my other pet pencils make an appearance. Depending on your comfort with color, you can choose one set or the other. My suggestion is that you purchase both. Yes, you’ll have two Zeros – but this black liner is the end all, be all – so you really will need more than one.

These babies are gonna go quick. So act fast!

Urban Decay Travel Size Set of 5 is available at Sephora and urbandecay.com.

Don’t Hate The Hairspray, Hate The Hold

ted+gibson+beautiful+hold+hair+spray Dont Hate The Hairspray, Hate The Hold
Raise your hand if you’re a hairspray hater. I’m right there with you. My fine, limp hair and falls flat at the mere mention of heat or humidity…but I’d much rather sport listess locks than a shellacked style, any day.

I believe that hair should move…so give me a firm hold formulation and that mess is going straight into the trash. No helmet head for me, thank you. And flexible hold hairspray is a joke. I like my Kentucky Fried Chicken crispy…not my hair.

After years of playing Goldilocks – desperately searching for a hairspray to hold my hairstyle (not hold it captive), I’ve found one that even the most staunch haters will absolutely adore.

Ted Gibson Beautiful Hold Hairspray is quite possibly the best hairspray. Ever. Unlike so many that promise beautiful, touchable hold – this one actually delivers. The fool-proof formula allows it to be layered depending on styling needs: natural, light or for greater hold. And the gardenia scent is so sophisticated, you can give your perfume the day off.

Ted Gibson’s hair care line can be purchased at tedgibsonbeauty.com and (drumroll, please) Sephora!

Spoiled+Pretty+Holy+Grail Dont Hate The Hairspray, Hate The Hold

Put on your Game Face: Summer 2008 Beauty Olympics

SP award 3 Put on your Game Face: Summer 2008 Beauty OlympicsIn the spirit of the 2008 Summer Olympics, Amber and I are teaming up for some synchronized beauty blogging. As trained beauty athletes, we’ve collaborated to provide readers with a dream team of products expertly culled from our extensive reviews.

Using a scale of 1 to 10 (just like the Olympic judges), Amber and I are awarding three winners – gold, silver and bronze – in each category.

To quote Amber, “We’ve been testing out products all summer to identify which cosmetics would be Beijing-bound – if there only were a beauty category.”

The winners of the Summer 2008 Beauty Olympics demonstrate such amazing strength, agility, and endurance – you’d swear they were on steroids!

And the winners are…

FACE


EYES

SKIN CARE

Bronze (8.6): T3 Bespoke Labs Featherweight Hair Dryer

FRAGRANCE

Gold (10): Philosophy Amazing Grace Perfumed Body Spritz
Silver (9.1): Hanae Mori Butterfly Eau Fraîche
Bronze (7.8): Kenzo RYOKO fragrance pebble in Flower by Kenzo

olympic+flag Put on your Game Face: Summer 2008 Beauty OlympicsAnd now, I ceremoniously pass the torch to Amber.

Visit Beauty Blogging Junkie to find out which products she believes are in a league of their own.

Lazy Night: Purity Made Simple High-Foaming Daily Cleanser

Oh yes it’s lazy night
And the cleanser’s right
Oh yes it’s lazy night
Oh what a night (oh…what a night)

I admit it. I’m lazy. I love to pile on the makeup, but hate to take it off. When it’s time for beddy bye, I just want to bypass the bathroom pit-stop, slink under the covers and drift off to sleep. Sometimes I justify my laziness by reasoning that I only wore mascara and lipgloss during the day…so a nighttime cleansing would be nice, but isn’t entirely necessary. Damn, I’m lazy.

philosophy+purity+made+simple Lazy Night: Purity Made Simple High Foaming Daily CleanserFortunately, my indolent ass just discovered Philosophy’s new Purity Made Simple High-Foaming Daily Cleanser. Philosophy took their best-selling creamy face wash and whipped it into a fabulous foam. The paraben- and sulfate-free formula gently melts away the toughest makeup, dirt, oil and debris, and leaves the skin refreshingly clean (not dry or tight). Just dampen skin and dispense 2-3 pumps of cleanser. Massage onto skin for 30 to 60 seconds and rinse. That’s it.

I suppose even the laziest of the lazy has 30-some seconds to spare. Plus the cleanser is so amazing, you’ll momentarily forget how much you loathe late-night face washing.

Purity Made Simple High-Foaming Daily Cleanser is available at Nordstrom, Sephora, and philosophy.com.

Spoiled+Pretty+Holy+Grail Lazy Night: Purity Made Simple High Foaming Daily Cleanser

Take it away, Kool and the Gang…

Fierce, Fabulous and Flawless With Help From Cargo Cosmetics

Cargo+Mattifier Fierce, Fabulous and Flawless With Help From Cargo Cosmetics
Last week, Mr. Spoiled Pretty abandoned his loving wife in favor of a camping/fly-fishing excursion to Idaho. Now you know I wasn’t about to go hiking up mountains and trek through the wilderness to chill with rattlesnakes, horse flies and mosquitoes. So I stayed my ass at home and caught up on some reading, writing, and arithmetic (I took inventory of my makeup stockpile, and I’m slightly embarrassed by my excessive collection of lipglosses).

By the time the weekend came around, I had developed such a case of cabin fever that it didn’t take long for my BFF, Kristen, to lure your resident recluse out of the house. After some indecision, we opted to meet at a low-key bar and catch up over cheap, domestic beer. It’s been crazy hot in Philly lately, so I didn’t put too much thought or effort into my outfit, hair, or makeup; I threw on some jeans, quickly flat ironed my hair, and swiped on some Cargo blu_ray™ High Definition Mattifier before finishing my face off with mascara and gloss.

liya+kebede+italian+vogue Fierce, Fabulous and Flawless With Help From Cargo CosmeticsAround midnight, after drinking probably a little too much (pitchers are dangerous cuz I can never keep count), I took a bathroom break. I perched my handbag on the sink, rummaged for my blotting papers, and prepared to sop up the grease. But when I looked in the mirror, I was absolutely astonished. My face was flawless (well, flawless as in shine-free…not flawless as in resembling Liya Kebede).

And my face remained that way until I washed it off before bed. In fact, the only oil-related incident that night was a basket of greasy fries that Kristen and I couldn’t resist ordering just before last call.

Cargo blu_ray™ High Definition Mattifier is available at cargocosmetics.com and Sephora.

Spoiled+Pretty+Holy+Grail Fierce, Fabulous and Flawless With Help From Cargo Cosmetics

Moroccanoil Giveaway

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I was an only child for nine years. And my parents spoiled me rotten. But in 1987, my sister came along and I had to learn how to share. Lucky for all of you, 21 years of practice makes perfect…and this week, I’m excited to share my new holy grail hair products from Moroccanoil (check out my review to learn why I’m so enamored).

One winner will receive:

Moroccanoil Oil Treatment: an amazing product that strengthens brittle hair, softens unmanageable manes, nourishes dry scalps, tresses, restores shine to dull hair, eliminates frizz, protects against UV damage, speeds up styling time by 40%, and provides long-term conditioning to all hair types.

Moroccanoil Masque: a rich, creamy conditioner, designed to hydrate and repair damaged hair.

Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream: a leave-in treatment that eliminates frizz, adds definition, and brilliant shine, while the pure argan oil conditions and hydrates the hair.

Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream: a styling product used to enhance and define curly hair – repeated use will result in extraordinary hold, shine and protection.

Three runners-up will win the Moroccanoil Oil Treatment and Masque.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Moroccanoil Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, June 22nd. Winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, June 23rd, 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. & Canadian residents only.

Holy Grail Hair Product Alert: Moroccanoil

moroccanoil+oil+treatment Holy Grail Hair Product Alert: Moroccanoil
I’m bossy. You probably didn’t know that about me.

For the past ten months, I’ve done a pretty damn good job of hiding my dictatorial demeanor. But sometimes, I feel so strongly about a product that a gentle suggestion just won’t suffice. So, at the risk of sounding like a despot, here goes my review of Moroccanoil.

I, Spoiled Pretty, command you, reader of Spoiled Pretty, to immediately purchase Moroccanoil hair care products. Heed this decree…for the use of Moroccanoil will, henceforth, transform your fried, lifeless locks into a mane of myth.

moroccanoil Holy Grail Hair Product Alert: MoroccanoilMoroccanoil Oil Treatment is a versatile hair product, made from the oil of the Argan tree. For centuries, Moroccan women have used this miracle oil to treat hair and nails, and to counteract the effects of the hot climate and aging.

In Philadelphia, we enlightened ladies like to treat our tresses to a little pre-shampoo Moroccanoil. Apply to hair (concentrating on ends) and cover with a shower cap for 30 minutes. If your hair is especially damaged, let hair marinate for a few hours or overnight. What kind of results can you expect? Moroccanoil’s many benefits include:

* Softens thick unmanageable hair
* Restores shine and softness to dull, limp hair
* Strengthens brittle hair
* Promotes healing and provides nourishment to hair damaged by coloring and styling
* Creates an optimal balance for the hair and scalp
* Nourishes the scalp (alleviates itchy, dry scalp)
* Protects against UV damage and other environmental factors
* Reduces drying time and speeds up styling time

Moroccanoil’s weightless non-greasy formula seals in shine, is perfect for all hair types, and won’t cause build-up on the hair. And the product is stored in an amber glass bottle to protect the oil from UV rays that cause oxidation and degradation.

You will notice a dramatic improvement in the feel and look of your hair after just one use. After introducing my mom to the line, she couldn’t stop raving about how Moroccanoil added softness and shine to her overprocessed hair. My mother doesn’t give compliments freely, so this endorsement was majah!

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If you really want to go for the gusto, use Moroccanoil in tandem with the line’s other products.

The Masque is a rich, creamy conditioner, designed to hydrate and repair damaged hair. The Hydrating Styling Cream is a leave-in treatment that eliminates frizz, adds definition, and brilliant shine, while the pure argan oil conditions and hydrates the hair. And the Intense Curl Cream is used to enhance and define curly hair; repeated use will result in extraordinary hold, shine and protection.

Click here to find a salon near you that sells Moroccanoil. Or purchase products online at Amazon.com.

Now Screening: Spoiled Pretty And The Quest For The Holy Grail

clinique+superbalm+moisturizing+gloss Now Screening: Spoiled Pretty And The Quest For The Holy Grail
Tonight, Mr. Spoiled Pretty and I will be braving the crowds to see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I am so wound up. I’ve been waiting 19 years for this! Hopefully, I won’t end up sitting next to someone who likes to shout at the screen. Or someone who pays $10 for a movie ticket, then yaks on her cell phone half of the time.

Anyway, buying our advance tickets got me thinking about the third movie, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade…you know the one where Harrison Ford and Sean Connery go in search of the Holy Grail? Which got me thinking about my holy grail beauty products. Odd train of thought, I know. But you’ll thank me after I introduce you to my new obsession.

Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss is exactly what it sounds like. It hydrates even the most parched pout, but looks and feels like a non-sticky lipgloss. The formula protects with antioxidants and can be worn on bare lips or over lipstick.

It’s available in eight shades, but you really only need Lilac. It’s one of those rare tints that looks gorgeous on everyone…like my pal Amber, who familiarized me with this ab fab gloss.

Update: I give the latest Indy movie a C+. If you’re a fan of the series, check it out. But don’t get your hopes way up. And as luck would have it, I ended up next to a woman who thought out loud (very loud) the entire movie. I totally jinxed myself.

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