John Keats once wrote, “Beauty is truth. Truth is beauty.” Emily Dickinson said, “Beauty is not caused. It is.” What’s my beauty philosophy?
“A woman can never have too many lip glosses. Impossible.”
Which is why I’m kicking off Spoiled Pretty’s 2009 Holiday Beauty Gift Guide
with this purty pick. The Stila Mini Lip Glaze Collection
is a set of eight bite sized glosses that give you non-stop, 1.21 gigawatts of shimmer and shine.
The collection includes four best-selling favorites and four limited edition shades to outfit your lips:
* Starfruit: neutral pink-coral with white pearl
* Kitten: nude pink champagne with golden pearl
* Cranberry: sheer brick red
* Blackberry: deep purple wine
* Plum Fairy: sheer plum with pink pearl
* Candy: sheer pink-coral with subtle rainbow shimmer
* Marmalade: sheer peach with pink and white pearl
* Pinkle Twinkle: sheer mid-tone pink with rainbow shimmer
Every shade in this set is a contender, but I’m crowning Pinkle Twinkle the champ. She K.O.’d me with her sparkly sass and cotton candy scent.
If you have a lip gloss lover in your life, you can’t go wrong by stuffing this in her stocking. Just make sure to pick up two sets, because there’s no way you’ll be able to resist their charm.
The Stila Mini Lip Glaze Collection ($25) is available at Sephora and stilacosmetics.com.
For more expert gift picks, check out Spoiled Pretty’s 2009 Holiday Beauty Gift Guide!
On Friday night, I was among the 8.2 million people who watched Rihanna’s 20/20 interview. But afterwards, while most people were thinking, “Wow…that Rihanna is so brave to publicly discuss such a horrifying personal tragedy” or “That jackass, Chris Brown, deserves whatever is coming to him” – I was thinking, “What products can I use to copy Rihanna’s icy nude lip look?”
So I did what any self-respecting beauty junkie would do. I broke out my lip gloss/lipstick stash and played makeup mad scientist/mixologist. I found that creating Rihanna’s 20/20 look is quite easy to do. All you need is a nude lipstick that is lighter than your complexion, and a silver gloss. Be sure to apply foundation to lips before trying this look, as the foundation will help cancel out any pink in your lips and let the lip color stand alone.
Here are some combos that I think would pass RiRi scrutiny:
1) Clinique Different Lipstick in Tenderheart + MAC Dazzleglass in She-Zam
2) MAC Lipstick in Modesty + MAC Dazzleglass in She-Zam
3) Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss Stick in Nude Almond + MAC Dazzleglass in She-Zam
4) Julie Hewett Lipstick in Biba + MAC Dazzleglass in She-Zam
5) Victoria’s Secret Sheer Gloss Stick in Exposed + MAC Dazzleglass in She-Zam
6) Benefit Full-Finish Lipstick in Lady’s Choice + MAC Dazzleglass in She-Zam
7) + MAC Dazzleglass in She-Zam
8) This is just to show what MAC Dazzleglass in She-Zam looks like on its own
Not satisfied with Rihanna’s lippie recipe? Want to cop her cafe au lait nails too? Try OPI Barefoot in Barcelona.
Right now, COVERGIRL is having an . Spoiled Pretty readers can be among the first to try the new products.
LashBlast Length Mascara is currently in stores and online, but Smoky ShadowBlast and ShineBlast Lip Gloss won’t be available until January 2010!
COVERGIRL Smoky ShadowBlast ($7.49) is a smoky eye tool plus makeup artist all in one shadow stick. Available in six expertly coordinated shade duos with uniquely desgined ends, Smoky ShadowBlast lets you create a traditional or colorful smoky eye in two easy steps. The new, double-ended stick features expertly coordinated shades and two precision applicator tips – one for base, one for liner/crease – so you can easily apply, smudge and blend shadow to a smoky perfection. “Smoky ShadowBlast takes the fear out of creating a smoky eye; it’s a professional look that’s easy for anyone to create,” says P&G Global Creative Design Director, Pat McGrath.
Here’s what I say…they’re awesome! I got my greedy lil paws on some early samples of the Smoky ShadowBlasts early – and I luvre them. I don’t know why no one thought of this before. Hell, I should have thought of this…it’s ingenious. These chubby crayon-esque shadows are simple to use, and really deliver what they promise – a sexy smoky eye that looks like you had help. Prep the lid with a little primer before applying the color to help sustain the smokiness all day/night. Plus, the lighter shade of the Bronze Fire Smoky ShadowBlast doubles as a totally badass highlighter when applied to my cafe au lait cheekbones.
COVERGIRL ShineBlast Lip Gloss ($7.49) has a patented ShineSculpt™ applicator hugs the contours of lips and boasts a tapered tip for precise shaping and sculpting, while 16 shimmering shades deliver a brilliant, glossy finish and perfectly polished pout. The lip hugging applicator delivers more shine in a single swipe than the leading gloss, which results in 4x more noticeable shine vs bare lips.
Wouldn’t these be the best stocking stuffers for your makeup gaga girlfriends? And how awesome is it that you’d be giving them something they won’t be able to buy in stores until 2010?
Just log-on to to take advantage of this exclusive opportunity.
Get a free Beauty Rush Lip Gloss with a bra fitting at Victoria’s Secret.
Print the above image and bring it to your local Victoria’s Secret store (excluding outlets and Canadian stores) for your free lip gloss. Limit one free lip gloss per customer per day while items last. Offer valid through November 15, 2009. Not valid on previous bra fittings or with any other coupon or introductory offer. Can be combined with Angel Rewards.
This week, I unwittingly created the sexiest nude lip combination. Apply Clinique Different Lipstick in Tenderheart
(midtone blushing nude brown), then top it off with MAC Lustreglass in Love Nectar
(ultra-soft apricot with pearl). I’m a genius.
Shown: Tenderheart (left), Love Nectar (middle), Tenderheart and Love Nectar (right)
I Love Candy Corn High-foaming Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath, $16
Calling all candy corn lovers! This oh-so-sweet candy corn scented Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath is sure to be a fall favorite for the whole family. The high-foaming formula provides an ultra-rich, moisturizing lather from head to toe to gently cleanse and condition skin and hair.
Trick or Treat High-foaming Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath Duo, $20
Philosophy’s trick-or-treat set includes Pumpkin Spice Muffin and Caramel Apple scented Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Baths for a surprisingly spirited treat for your senses! Enjoy an ultra-rich lather with these high-foaming formulas created to gently cleanse and condition skin and hair.
Black Licorice Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath, $20
For all you black licorice fans, here is a bath and shower treat you don’t want to pass up! Philosophy infused the unmistakable scent of black licorice in a high foaming Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath. Lather it up from your hair down to your toes or immerse yourself into a bath full of black licorice scented suds. Not only is this shower gel ideal for black licorice lovers, scientific research has shown that the scent of black licorice can increase arousal in men and women. Even those who aren’t crazy about black licorice might want to give this shower gel a try.
The Haunted House Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath Trio, $30
Philosophy’s haunted house is packed full of delicious treats! the haunted house includes 6 oz. bottles of black licorice, caramel apple and pumpkin spice muffin high foaming Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Baths. Celebrate bath time with these delicious seasonal scents. These high foaming formulas gently cleanse skin to leave it feeling soft, and they smell positively scrumptious.
Caramel Apple High-foaming Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath, $16
Dip into the delectable scent of caramel apple with Philosophy’s high foaming shampoo, shower Gel and Bubble Bath. the unique formula provides a rich, foaming lather and a delicious bubble bath experience. The caramel apple scent is the perfect fusion of a juicy apple and rich, creamy caramel. You won’t be able to resist bath time!
Caramel Apple Flavored Lip Shine, $12
A flavorful fall fusion. Philosophy blends a juicy apple and rich, creamy caramel in this high-gloss lip shine. Caramel apple lip shine goes on smooth to help soften and sweeten lips, while enhancing natural tint and providing a glossy finish.