Because my hair is over-processed, dry and damaged, I only wash it about once a week. Which means that when I “do” it, I better do it right – or else my hair will look jacked for the next seven days. Forget a bad hair day; it’s more like a bad hair week for me. So when I’m offered CONTINUE READING
This weekend, grab your girlfriends and go see The Best Man Holiday – which hits theaters today.
On Tuesday, I attended a screening with Mama Spoiled Pretty and her BFF, Estelle – and we had so much fun. We laughed hard and cried harder (this rom-com is also a tearjerker - so bring some tissues). In fact, I got so CONTINUE READING
As a beauty expert, women always ask me for tips on long-lasting, fresh-looking, flawless makeup. And my answer is always the same: make time to prime. It doesn’t matter whether you have 50 minutes or 5 minutes to apply your makeup – you should always take the time to prep your canvas to achieve the best result possible. You CONTINUE READING
Neutrogena announced today that Emmy nominated actress (and my homegirl) Kerry Washington has joined the brand’s current roster of talent. Smart move, right? I mean...just look at this goddess's face!
Not only will Kerry be one of the faces for Neutrogena - but for the first time ever, she will also serve as a “creative consultant” to the brand, sharing CONTINUE READING
As you probably know, I am a marketing professional by day, a beauty blogger by night and a mom/wife 24/7. But what you may not know is that, after graduating from college, I attended law school. Ultimately, I chose a different path - which makes me much happier. What doesn't make me happy, however, are the school loans I've CONTINUE READING
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Shopbop doesn't have sales often, so I plan to take advantage of the savings. Here's what I've got in my virtual shopping cart (I won't get everything, CONTINUE READING
“Chrome is cool and icy – it’s a very modern, but still pretty way to illuminate the skin.” – Bobbi Brown
This fall, Bobbi introduces the Chrome Palette ($75) – her cool, contemporary take on holiday beauty. Featuring icy shimmering accents for eyes and lips, this chrome fold-out palette includes everything you need to create countless party-read looks including: 10 eye shadows, 4 lip shades, a Mini Eye Shadow Brush and a Mini Lip Brush.
Chrome lips are another trend Bobbi loves for the holiday season – which is why she is introducing three new limited edition products for lips: Port Lip Color, Chrome Metallic Lip Color and Plum Pearl Metallic Lip Color ($22).
The collection also includes Bobbi’s holiday Chrome Mini Brush Set ($55) – the perfect present for the beauty-junkie in your life (or yourself). The set, which comes in a chrome zip-around cases features a Mini Face Blender, our new Mini Angle Eye Shadow Brush and a Mini Eye Liner brush.
For the past six months, I was anxiously counting down the days until September 24th. Not because it was my birthday, but because I had insider information that MAC was re-releasing its Volcanic Ash Exfoliator as part of the Style Black Collection. If you’re a Spoiled Pretty regular, you’ve probably heard me mention it once or twice…or, possibly, a million times. That’s how much I adore this scrub.
I’ve tested an excessive amount of exfoliants, so it takes a serious scrub to even get my attention…and the Volcanic Ash Exfoliator is, hands down, the best EVER. Yes, I said ever – as in since primordial soup ’til today.
Originally released as part of MAC’s Future Earth collection last summer, it became a cult classic. Those who missed out were singing the shoulda woulda coulda’s. And those who got a taste were wishing they could jump in a DeLorean, rev up the Flux Capacitor and go back to June 2008 and snag a lifetime supply. I fell into the second category, rationing my Volcanic Ash Exfoliator like it was a bag of beans on a season of Survivor.
Now that MAC has answered my prayers (and even packaged it in a convenient tube), I’ve stocked up and I suggest you do the same. It’s already sold out on maccosmetics.com, so I suggest you do your best Sherlock Holmes impression and sleuth that sh*t out (hint: Macys.com and Nordstrom.com still have it in stock).
And don’t just buy one lonely tube. Ah, naw. by the time you buy one, try it, and realize you can’t live without it, exfoliating fools will have wiped out the supply. So just trust me on this one, act like you’re at Costco, and buy in bulk.
The Style Black collection also includes these other gems:
Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask, $19.50 Formulated with volcanic ash and natural oils, this ash-black facial mask simultaneously deep-cleanses and treats the skin. When water is added, the mask heats up and the oils instantly lubricate the skin, leaving it feeling soft and clean. Helps keep skin moist, clean, soft and evenly textured.
Mineralize Eye Shadow, $19.50 Cinderfella: Mineralize black with silver pearl (frost) Gilt By Association: Mineralize black with gold bronze pearl (frost) Blue Flame: Mineralize black with blue pearl (frost) Young Punk: Mineralize black with pinkish purple pearl (frost)
I have been told my many a professional that my eyes were made for makeup. Not to sound cocky or anything, but I’m pretty sure that when God formed me in the womb, s/he said to her/himself, “Wow…when this girl grows up, she’s gonna rock a fierce cat eye.”
So to celebrate my third annual 29th birthday, Mr. Spoiled Pretty and I dined at Tinto, one of my favorite restaurants in Philadelphia – and I sported this ferosh feline eye.
For applying powder products, nothing compares to the TourQuam brush. Nothing.
This Jetsons-esque tool has a magnet hidden in the handle. Because all powders have an iron oxide, magnetic base, this brush attracts the perfect amount of product. Which means no wasting your precious powders. And no more tapping and blowing on the bristles to avoid looking like a character straight outta Kabuki theater. So not necessary.
Seriously…even you unintentionally heavy-handed makeup junkies will be amazed at how this brush keeps your ‘more is more’ tendencies in check.
MAC Love That Look: An intensified take on everything incredible about MAC Starflash EyeShadow, with a formula so astro-silky, creamy, cushion-like, and pearl-finished,in a fantasia of 12 fabulously frosted shades. Four Pearl Glide Liners to give the people what they want, essential Zoomblack Mascara and the217 Blending and 239 Eye Shader Brushes that can make anyfirst-time-tryer a true believer. Love That Look… Everybody interesting does!
Starflash Eye Shadow, $14.50 Grand Entrance: Frosty neutral peach beige Dreammaker: Frosty yellow gold Smoke & Diamonds: Frosty dirty taupe Glamour Check!: Frosty reddish brown Strike a Pose: Dirty/Deep blue green Ego: Light yellow pink Fashion Groupie: Light blue violet Unbasic White: Bright off white One-Off: Midtone green with silver pearl Rated “R”: Bright yellow green Style Snob: Dirty pink brown with gold pearl* Fashion: Light grey green with gold pearl
Pearlglide Eye Liner, $14.50 Black Russian: Black with navy blue glitter Rave: Deep purple with purple glitter Molasses: Dirty brown with mid-tone brown glitter Fly-By-Blu: Light blue with blue glitter
Zoom Lash Mascara, $13 Zoomblack: Rich black
Brushes 217 Blending: For shading or blending of colour or creamy products ($22.50) 239 Eye Shader: Soft and dense to shade or blend eye shadow or emollient-based products ($24.50)
*Style Snob Eye Shadow (above) is, hands down, the winner of this collection. Snatch it up before every other beauty lover in town beats you to the punch.
Every Artist must be daring if she wants to hone her Craft, and post-summer 2009 colour was conceived with that kind of creativity in mind.
A sensibility that surpasses expectations with inventive new Mineralize Eye Shadow pinwheel designs that combine new hues in modern, neo-geo ways; Lipglass gets a lift too, now with three shades swirled to create a one-of-a-kind marble finish delivered in a new, sleek vial. The small but seriously artful 109 and 226 Brushes are musts… add the newest colour sensations in complementary Lipstick, Mineralize Eye Shadow and Mineralize Blush, and any glamorous gallery will go gaga to give you your own one-woman show.
Lipstick ($14) Madly Creative: Pink neutral with white pearl Ever Embellish: Plum brown with red pearl Made with Love: Bright coral pink Colour Crafted: Milky pink Trimming Talk: Bright fuchsia Most Popular: Purple with yellow undertone
Mineralize Eyeshadow ($19.50) Assemblage: White with silver pearl / Deep Grey / Black with silver glitter / Warm yellow gold Odd Bits: Mid-tone Silver Grey / Dusty Rose with gold pearl / Dark burgundy / Peachy bronze Fashion Patch: Ice Blue / Off white / Black with silver glitter / Light white pink Eccentricity: Rich gold / Light violet / Deep plum/Rich bronze Natural Flare: Copper / Yellow orange / Dirty brown / Rich gold Girlish Romp: Dirty violet / Yellow white with gold pearl / Light pastel coral / Mid-tone pink
Mineralize Blush ($21) Hand-finish: Light pink with deep gold veining Fad-dabulous: Dirty Burnt coral with yellow gold veining Daft Pink: Deep blue pink with light white yellow veining Improvise: Mid-tone neutral coral with light white yellow gold veining Cheek & Cheerful: Mid-tone bronzy brown with yellow gold veining Style Demon: Dirty brick red with copper veining
Mineralize Skinfinish ($27) Sunny By Nature: Rich Bronze with pink pearl Cheeky Bronze: Soft Golden Coral with bronze pearl Porcelain Pink: Soft pinky coral with gold veining Triple Fusion: Soft Champagne Gold/Soft Golden Pink/Rose Pink with Golden Nuances Smooth Merge: Soft Champagne Pink/Deep Rose/Pale Cool Pink Warm Blend: Antique Gold/Mahogany/Copper
Brushes 109 Small Contour Brush: For application, blending and contouring of powder products. ($32) 131 Duo Fibre Powder Blush: Flat, tapered brush that contains a combination of short and long fibres. ($40) 226 Tapered Blending Brush: Small tapered blending brush for application and blending of shadow. ($24.50)
This morning in Paris, the Lancôme makeup team unveiled their fall 2009 color collection, Declaring Indigo.
Created by Lancôme artistic director for makeup Aaron De Mey, this collection celebrates Paris in all its vibrancy. Aaron chose shades that represent the glamour, the energy and the passion of Paris – indigo blue, bright red and luxurious gold.
Lancôme debuted a few key shades during Fashion Week. At Chris Benz, all three Le Vernis nail colors were showcased: Golden Audacity, Indigo Paris and Rouge Liberty.
Lancôme spokesmodel Daria Werbowy is the face of the collection. She was photographed by Mario Sorrenti for the ad (above).
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