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Attention, Thrifty Shopaholics: Get 45% Off Tarte Lipstick

krysten+ritter+confessions+of+a+shopaholic+premiere Attention, Thrifty Shopaholics: Get 45% Off Tarte Lipstick

Celebrity makeup artists Tina Turnbow used Tarte’s Vitamin Infused Lipstick in Bikram on Krysten Ritter at the Confessions of a Shopaholic premiere in NYC. For thrifty shopaholics, Tarte is offering Bikram Vitamin Infused Lipstick for 45% off. Get it now for only $12 (a $10 savings). Use promo code SHOP at checkout.

And while you’re at tartecosmetics.com, check out The Toolbox: Brow Know-How Eyebrow Kit. Originally $32, it’s on sale for just $18.

Spoiled Pretty’s Talk Is Chic Giveaway, Sponsored by Stila!

talk+is+chic+giveaway Spoiled Prettys Talk Is Chic Giveaway, Sponsored by Stila!
Spoiled Pretty and Stila invite you to fully realize your inner makeup artist potential…this week, they partner to bring you the Talk Is Chic Giveaway!

One winner will receive the following glam goodies:

Day to Night Palette
Stash a makeup artist in your desk drawer. When you need to go from the boardroom to the black tie gala, or even a night on the town, she will take you from day to night in the time it takes to shut down your computer. Featuring a complete look for eye: base, crease, contour and lid shadows as well as Convertible Color for lip and cheek, this has the essentials to amp up your beauty volume. Extra credit: It’s a great value, coming in at $28 less than the cost of buying products separately.

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Smoky Eye Palette – The Emeralds
Push the button and the palette literally talks you through 5 easy steps to the perfect smoky eye. It’s complete with artistry tips and what brushes to use – all in under a minute. The Emeralds includes four shades: the base is a new shade that is vintage champagne shimmer, a new shade that is golden olive shimmer for the lid, and shade june bug that is a rich emerald shimmer as the contour and shade poise that is an iridescent purple as the liner. This is a palette that literally gives new meaning to the term ‘beauty talk.’

Stila paint your pout Spoiled Prettys Talk Is Chic Giveaway, Sponsored by Stila!
Paint Your Pout Red Talking Palette
Stila introduces the first Talking Palette for your pucker- this can take lips from Plain Jane to Sultry Siren in under a minute, flat. Start with the lip smoother, and then, dip the enclosed retractable lip brush into your choice of the three tones of red provided.

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Lip Color in Sonya (berry velvet creme)

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Lip Glaze in Mocha (sheer plum brown) and Praline (shimmering peachy brown)

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Kajal Eye Liner in Onyx (black)

This giveaway prize is valued at $204! Enter to win these Spoiled Pretty-approved products…

Send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Talk Is Chic Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Wednesday, November 5th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Thursday, November 6th, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

Good luck!

Got Cracked Lips? Yu-Be Happy With This Product…

It’s getting downright chilly in Philly. In a matter of days, my lips started cracking up – like they’d been watching a Chris Rock comedy special. Luckily, I discovered Yu-Be, the #1 selling medicated, vitamin-enriched skin care cream in Japan.

yu be Got Cracked Lips? Yu Be Happy With This Product...Yu-Be is a Glycerin-based moisturizing cream enriched with Vitamin E, Vitamin B2 and Camphor. The uniquely high Glycerin content, achieved through a special manufacturing process in Japan, makes Yu-Be very effective on severely dry skin.

What sets Yu-Be apart from other lip treatments is the highly absorptive formula. Your thirsty lips will drink it in, and it will hydrate, heal and lock in moisture for hours. Yu-Be leaves behind soft, supple lips – without the greasy, balmy finish. Which means that, when your lips are especially jacked up, you needn’t choose between a cushy restorative treatment and a cute lip color. Just dab Yu-Be on and wait a minute…then swipe on your favorite lipstick or gloss, and you’re good to go.

In addition to curing cracked lips, Yu-Be also heals and prevents split cuticles and smoothes rough skin. Use it to soften calluses and hard, cracked heels. It replenishes lost moisture from frequent hand washing and minimizes scarring from burns. Even world-class mountain climbers from Japan use it to protect their skin from the harsh cold, wind, water and sun on expeditions to the top of Mt. Everest!

Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream To Go (1.25 oz tube) is the perfect size for tossing into your purse or taking on trips.

Shop Yu-Be at Amazon.com, Beauty.com, Sephora and yu-be.com.

My MAC Playdate: Like A Kid In A Candy Store

mac+lips My MAC Playdate: Like A Kid In A Candy Store
One of my favorite things to do is go to my local MAC store – without agenda – and let one of the masterful makeup artists make me over. You’d be surprised by what you end up purchasing. Typically, they’re products and colors that you would have never considered on your own. Sometimes, the best way to bust out of a beauty rut is to seek professional help and keep an open mind.

Here’s my advice: don’t focus on a particular product or color family. Just sit down, relax and let the salesperson have at it. And that’s exactly what I did this weekend. After arriving at the Nordstrom store in King of Prussia, I made a beeline for the MAC counter. I was warmly greeted by Brenda, one of the makeup artists. I pointed to my pout (I was rocking my own version of the Kim Kardashian pale lip) and told her I needed an update.

Brenda quickly got to work…pulling lip liners, lipsticks, and glosses in various shades and finishes. Frankly, some of them scared me a little bit. But that’s part of the fun. And the genius of MAC products is that the products and colors are very wearable, and flattering on a variety of skin tones. It’s very easy to, in the immortal words of Tim Gunn, “make it work.” There’s a lot of shades that scream ‘hot mess’ in the package…but look scorching HOT on the skin.

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mac+lips+012 My MAC Playdate: Like A Kid In A Candy Store
So in the end, I purchased Lip Pencil in Dervish (low-key mauve), Lipstick in Captive (pinkish-plum satin) and Plushglass in Oversexed (sheer red with small gold pearl). Above, you can see what the products look like separately – as well as how absolutely beautiful they look layered.

And remember how I said to keep an open mind? Here’s why…

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This is a pic of Oversexed Plushglass in the tube. Would you have picked this up and tried it out? Me neither.

So if you’re near a MAC store or counter…go play. MAC makeup artists are some of the most friendly and inventive in the industry. Put yourself in their capable hands and you won’t be disappointed. And if you’re in the Philly area, go see Brenda – tell her Spoiled Pretty sent you!

Patience Is A Virtue: MAC Cult of Cherry Available in September

MAC+Cult+Cherry Patience Is A Virtue: MAC Cult of Cherry Available in September
The Cult of Cherry is luscious, dramatic, undeniably eroticized. Ripened lips, Spiced Hot Chocolate eyes or Illegal Purple nails, combine to seduce with a sweet-and-shock, way-to-go dark. Separates the bitter from the sweet. This drama just gets more delicious.

Cult+of+Cherry+Lipstick Patience Is A Virtue: MAC Cult of Cherry Available in September
Lipstick
Crème Cerise: Sheer yellow taupe (lustre)
Lightly Ripe: Sheer mid-tone pink (lustre)
Russian Red: Intense bluish red (matte)
“O”: Intense purplish red with metallic gold (frost)
So Scarlet: Clean grape burgundy (amplified)
Suggested Retail Price: $14.00 U.S.

Cult+of+Cherry+Lipglass Patience Is A Virtue: MAC Cult of Cherry Available in September
Lipglass
Cherry Blossom: Sheer light pink with multi-dimensional pearl (frost)
Rich & Ripe: Mid-tone pinkish red with multi-dimensional pearl (frost)
Cult of Cherry: Clean red with red pearl (frost)
Liqueur: Neutral brownish mauve with multi-dimensional pearl (frost)
Jampacked: Sheer grape with multi-dimensional pearl (frost)
Suggested Retail Price: $14.00 U.S.

Cult+of+Cherry+Mattene Patience Is A Virtue: MAC Cult of Cherry Available in September
Mattene
Rapturous: Deep berry red (matte)
Kirsch: Blackened cranberry (matte)
Chock-ful: Blackened brown (matte)
Bing: Blackened eggplant (matte)
Suggested Retail Price: $14.50 U.S.

Cult+of+Cherry+Blush Patience Is A Virtue: MAC Cult of Cherry Available in September
PowderBlush
Blooming: Frosted deep dirty peach (frost)
Plum de Bois: Frosted deep pink bronze with gold pearl (frost)
Suggested Retail Price: $17.50 U.S.
Cult+of+Cherry+Nail+Lacquer Patience Is A Virtue: MAC Cult of Cherry Available in September
Nail Lacquer
Silverstruck: Frosty greyed taupe with multi-dimensional pearl (frost)
Illegal Purple: Creamy blackened eggplant (cream)
Suggested Retail Price: $10.00 U.S.

Zoom+Lash+Mascara Patience Is A Virtue: MAC Cult of Cherry Available in September
ZoomLash
Zoom Black: Rich black
Suggested Retail Price: $11.00 U.S.

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Eyeshadow X4 – Spiced Chocolate Quad
Nanogold: Sheer yellow pink with pink pearl (frost)
Brash: Frosty reddish copper (vxp)
Spiced: Dirty deep reddish brown (matte)
Sweet Chestnut: Frosted cranberry (frost)
Suggested Retail Price: $36.00 U.S.

Cult+of+Cherry+ +Tempting+Eye+Quad Patience Is A Virtue: MAC Cult of Cherry Available in September
Eyeshadow X4 – Tempting Quad
Next to Nothing: Sheer yellow beige with pink pearl (frost)
Sharp: Frosty bright yellow gold (satin)
Dark Edge: Dirty chocolate brown (satin)
Tempting: Rich coco (lustre)
Suggested Retail Price: $36.00 U.S.

Cult+of+Cherry+ +Shadowy+Lady+Eye+Quad Patience Is A Virtue: MAC Cult of Cherry Available in September
Eyeshadow X4 – Shadowy Lady Quad
Light Fall: Dirty light pink (satin)
Smudge Violet: Frosty blackened lavender with multi-dimensional pearl (frost)
Deep Truth: Very dark blue (frost)
Shadowy Lady: Darkly veiled plum (matte)
Suggested Retail Price: $36.00 U.S.

Available:
September 2008 at all MAC locations and maccosmetics.com.

Knock Knock. Who’s There? Orange!

MAC+Electro+018 Knock Knock. Who’s There? Orange!
My complexion has orange undertones. So when MAC sent me samples of Neo Sci-Fi to review and I unwrapped Electro Lipstick, I was like, “Well, what am I supposed to do with this?” The neon tangerine case isn’t too far off from the “bright orange lustre” lipstick inside the tube.

MAC+Electro+034 Knock Knock. Who’s There? Orange!But be not afraid. Once again, MAC pulls a fast one. Electro is genius. I didn’t think I could pull off a such a carroty color, but this shade has made me a believer. My only advice is to keep the rest of your makeup minimal. Don’t make the mistake of going overboard on the eyes or glopping gloss over top of the lipstick. You don’t need it. All you need is Electro plus your pretty face.

Don’t think you can wear orange? Think I’m the exception to the rule? My friends Kristen and Toya are also enamored with Electro. Check out their reviews.

In the photo above, I paired MAC Electro with two coats of Shu Uemura Precise Volume Mascara Waterproof.

MAC Tendertones: A Lovely Surprise

honey+bare MAC Tendertones: A Lovely Surprise
I’m the type of person who loves surprises. As long as they’re good ones.

tendertones+honey+bare MAC Tendertones: A Lovely SurpriseTake, for example, MAC’s new Tendertone Lip Balm in Honey Bare. In the pot, it’s a shimmery honeydew melon. The folks at MAC describe it as “sheer peach with white pearl.”

Either way, it should’ve spelled disaster for a tan girl like me. Instead, there are no words to accurately describe how delectably delish this balm is.

mac+honey+bare+on+lips MAC Tendertones: A Lovely SurpriseLeave it to MAC to find a way to make something so wrong look so amazingly right. On my skin, it’s honey golden goodness. It looks irresistably sexy.

There are nine other shades in the Tendertones collection, but Honey Bare is the hidden gem. Snatch it up before word gets out.

Besame Mucho

“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.” -Gwyneth Paltrow

If you let me loose in a makeup store, chances are I’m going to head for the lipsticks and glosses first. I gravitate towards pinks and neutrals, and don’t usually give reds the time of day. Oh how wrong I’ve been.

besamelipstick Besame MuchoI was recently introduced to Besame’s Enchanting Lipstick in Red Velvet, and it has absolutely has won me over. This might sound odd, but I would compare it to a Jersey gown…while wearing it, you look ultra-feminine and sophisticated – but feel completely comfortable.

Red Velvet is a neutral red, so it’s wearable and compliments a variety of skin tones. The creamy, semi-matte finish ensures an elegant lip look that won’t feather. And I’m impressed by the unique double design – use the tip to line lips before filling in. Genius!

And how gorgeous is the gold bullet packaging? I imagine iconic beauties like Grace Kelly and Dorothy Dandridge carried something like this in their purses. Or perhaps a Bond girl might hide this in her décolletage.

STROKE 02 Red Velvet Great office or everyday red, neutral and not too bright  over Besame MuchoApply straight from the tube for a boldly pigmented pout. Or dab on with your finger for an effortless-looking stain. If you’re more of a gloss gal (I feel ya), swipe Besame’s Enriched Lip Glaze in Crystal on top…it’s non-sticky and smells faintly of coconut.

Kick ass!

MAC Strobe Hits Counters Today

Strobe Beauty s MAC Strobe Hits Counters Today
The play of pearlescent light, the feeling of euphoria, the instant illumination that brightens and enlightens three ways: strobe cream, the richest, sheerest blend of soft-focus diffusers for the face and neck; strobe liquid, instant radiance in fluid, light-diffusion form with iridescent pigment; and tinted lip conditioner stick SPF15 with strobe pearl, broad spectrum protection, color and moisture-soft allure. Use under or over colors and textures to glow on and on and on…

With Spring and warmer weather right around the bend, MAC debuts Strobe – three enlightened ways to brighten your look: Strobe Cream, an original blend of sheer soft-focus diffusers; Strobe Liquid, instant radiance in fluid, light-diffusion form; and for lips, Tinted Lip Conditioner Stick SPF 15 with strobe pearl.

Strobe Lotion01 s MAC Strobe Hits Counters Today
Strobe Liquid
Blending soft focus diffusers with iridescent pigments, this ultra-fluid strobe formula produces a soft, radiant light on the skin, reducing the appearance of skin imperfections by providing a natural-looking glow. Refreshing. Spreads on smoothly and absorbs quickly. Leaves the skin looking healthier and more radiant. A lighter weight addition to the popular strobe cream.

Strobe Cream01 s MAC Strobe Hits Counters Today
Strobe Cream
The ultimate quick fix for the skin. Super-powered with potent botanicals; de-snoozes, de-stresses, moistens, freshens and boosts the look of dull, flat or tired-looking skin with a fully loaded vitamin zap and a mega dose of green tea. Brightens and clarifies with iridescent particles and antioxidants. Enhances the effects of light on all skin and in all lighting conditions from sunlight to spotlight.

Strobe Lip 02 s MAC Strobe Hits Counters Today
Tint Lip Conditioner Stick SPF15
Formulated with Strobe Pearl, this luxurious lip conditioner combines sheer soft light-quenched color with broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF15 protection and moisture.

* Strobe Kiss Sheer coral with a golden strobe pearl
* Strobe Rays Light caramel with golden red strobe pearl
* Strobe Blossom Light blue/pink with red strobe pearl
* Strobe Current Sheer plum with golden red strobe pearl
* Strobe Beam Clear with strobe pearl

Strobe is available now at MAC stores and counters, and at maccosmetics.com.

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