Tatcha, I'm So Glad I Gotcha


I'm home on maternity leave, so I spend an inordinate amount of time nursing my daughter, burping her and changing her diapers - all the while, watching hours of QVC. I don't know what it is, but I am mesmerized by QVC demonstrations. If I'm channel surfing and I happen to land on QVC, it's damn near impossible for CONTINUE READING

Shopbop Sale: Take Extra 25% Off


  Take an extra 25% off select sale items at Shopbop.com until Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 11:59 PST. Enter code 25EXTRA at checkout. You're CONTINUE READING

StriVectin Tightening Face Serum Giveaway


Roll back the years with the NEW StriVectin “Roll Back the Years” Firming Collection - a trio of formulas that help to improve skin’s appearance. This three-piece set, which includes the StriVectin-TL Face Serum, the StriVectin-TL Body Cream and the new QVC exclusive StriVectin-TL Neck Serum Roller, helps skin appear firmer and softer on the face, body and neck. . The StriVectin CONTINUE READING

Bath & Body Works Cooling Gel Lotion Needs A New Name


A few weeks ago, I paid a visit to my local Bath & Body Works store. I was on the hunt for a tropical-smelling body wash that wouldn't break the bank, and B&BW seemed like a good place to search. When I entered the store, I was greeted my a really nice saleswoman who asked me what I was CONTINUE READING

Laura Mercier Master Class: Makeup Bag Must-Haves in Your 30s


Every month, my girlfriends from college and I get together for dinner in the Philadelphia area. We started this tradition about two years ago, and - of course - we have a great time catching up and reminiscing!  Most of them are product-obsessed (like me), and most have been through some sort of make-up introductory when we became "of age" to wear it.  Now CONTINUE READING

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2014: 20 Can't Miss Beauty Exclusives!


The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is in full swing. July 18th through August 3rd, shoppers nationwide will participate in what has been an annual ritual since the 1960’s. Vacation days are planned around it, lines form in anticipation of it – and it’s not only for the pre-season savings on fall fashion and accessories. During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, the Cosmetics department provides their devoted beauty customers the opportunity to scoop up unique limited-edition items from CONTINUE READING

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Video Tutorial: Chiseled Cheekbones With MAC Cream Colour Base

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spoiled+pretty+chiseled+cheekbones Video Tutorial: Chiseled Cheekbones With MAC Cream Colour Base
Some time ago, I promised I would take pictures to demonstrate how to create chiseled cheekbones using MAC Cream Colour Base. Well, I finally got around to fulfilling my promise…except I decided to tape a video tutorial. Watch and learn…

MAC Cream Colour Base in Hush
MAC 252 Large Shader Brush

For more video product reviews and tips, click here for Spoiled Pretty TV.

The Best Cat Eye at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009

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 The Best Cat Eye at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009

Despite going backstage at countless Fashion Week shows, the best darn cat eye belonged to my roommate, Katie – who flew in from Nevada to report for Makeup Bag and assist the lovely Erika.

 The Best Cat Eye at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009

Little K (she reminds me of Jenny Humphrey on Gossip Girl, so I gave her a nickname) creates her ferosh cat eye using the following products and tools:

MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
MAC Small Angle Brush (#263)
bareMinerals Rocker Eye Kit (she uses 1980s Eyecolor and Rock Star Eyecolor)
Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow in Smoky Eye
DuWop Lash Venom Mascara

#NYFW

Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection

Posted on by daneen in Blush, Eye Liner, Eye Shadow, Lashes, Lip Balm, Lipgloss, Lipstick, Makeup Brush, Makeup Case, Mask, Powder | 7 Comments

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Hello Kitty Color Collection

mac+hello+kitty1 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty CollectionAll that’s girly and sparkly.

This sophisticated color story takes its cue from both the fantastical world of Hello Kitty and the glamour of the spring fashion shows. It will feature plush pinks, rich purples, turquoise for extra pop, three-dimensional lickable lips and lashes that were made to bat, all packaged in a sophisticated yet adorable graphic black design to give the line that baaaaaad kitty edge.

MAC paired six playful Lipstick shades with six sparkling Lipglass glosses, two Tinted Lip Conditioners that will have your kisser covered, and two bright and punchy eye quads that can be accented with reflective eye Glitter and Glitter Eye Liners, all of which are perfectly framed by the thickest, most decadent Plush Lash Mascara. Beauty Powder Blush in shades of pink and peach will give the MAC Hello Kitty woman a demure, rosy flush and nails are decorated in fabulous shades of pepto-pink, modern grey and creamy white Nail Lacquer.

MAC Hello Kitty Accessories

hello+kitty+accessories Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty CollectionTo Kitty-fy your life.

Finally, we know how devoted Hello Kitty collectors are, and with that in mind we’ve designed an accessory collection like no other. Hello Kitty was created with the idea that everyone should be able to snap up a gift for a friend (or yourself!), and there’s literally something for everyone.

Of course makeup lovers will adore the Criss Cross Half Lashes, Makeup Bags and Vanity Case with the exclusive pink and white collaboration logo. We’re rolling out a Brush Collection, adorable Purse Mirror, Mirrored Key Clip, Beaded Bracelet with darling charms, and the sure to be cult classic 14” MAC Hello Kitty Plush Doll. Snatch up these playful, yet practical graphic Makeup Bags at any MAC location.

Kitty Lipstick Strayin%27 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
LIPSTICK
Cute-ster: Sheer peachy pink with pearl
Big Bow: Sheer bright intense blue pink
Fresh Brew: Creamed coffee
Fashion Mews: Sheer pale lavender
Strayin ’: Frosty midtone mint
Most Popular: Sheer deep berry
Suggested Retail Price: $14.00

Kitty Lipglass SheLovesCandy 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
LIPGLASS
Sweet Strawberry: Sheer berry with blue pearl
Mimmy: Light creamy pink with pink and gold pearl
Nice to be Nice: Sheer bright intense orange with pearl
Nice Kitty: Sheer neon pink with blue pearl
She Loves Candy: Pale blue pink with gold pearl
Fast Friends: Sheer bright intense purple with pearl
Suggested Retail Price: $14.00

Kitty LipCond Popster 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
TINTED LIP CONDITIONER
Popster Lively: Coral Pink
Pink Fish: Soft Neutral Pink
Suggested Retail Price: $14.50

Kitty EyeQuad LuckyTomPeach 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
EYE SHADOW x 4: LUCKY TOM
Stylin ’: Midtone violet blue with multi-dimensional pearl
Lucky Tom: Dark charcoal brown with gold pearl
Crème Royale: Yellow wheat gold
Paradisco: Soft bright pinky-coral with golden shimmer
Suggested Retail Price: $38.00

Kitty EyeQuad TooDollyPink 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
EYE SHADOW x 4: TOO DOLLY
Too Dolly: Frosty midtone mint
Stately Black: Rich blue with silver sparkle
Yogurt: Soft pale pink
Romping: Rich magenta with pink pearl
Suggested Retail Price: $38.00

Kitty Pigment DeepBlueGreen 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
PIGMENT
Milk: Frosty pale silvery pink
Deep Blue Green: Rich, deep bluish green
Suggested Retail Price: $19.50

Kitty Pigment ReflexBerryPink 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
REFLECTS GLITTER
Reflects Blue: Sparkling Blue
Reflects Very Pink: Sparkling fuchsia pink
Suggested Retail Price: $19.50

Kitty GlitterEyeliner HerGlitz 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
GLITTER EYE LINER
Her Glitz: Blackened gold with multi-dimensional glitter
Glitterpuss: Orangey bronze with multi-dimensional glitter
Kitty Power: Pink with multi-dimensional glitter
Girl Groove: Clear/white teal reflects and multi-dimensional glitter
Suggested Retail Price: $16.50

Kitty PlushLash Plushblack 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
PLUSH LASH
Plushblack: Black
Suggested Retail Price: $12.00

Kitty CremeBlush Fun%26Games 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
BEAUTY POWDER BLUSH
Fun & Games: Soft orange peach
Tippy: Midtone blue pink
Suggested Retail Price: $18.00

Kitty Powder PrettyBaby 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
BEAUTY POWDER
Tahitian Sand: Soft coral peach
Pretty Baby: Soft sunny pink with gold
Suggested Retail Price: $22.00

Kitty Lash 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
LASH
Hello Kitty Lash: Half lash with overlapping hairs to emphasize outer corner of eyes.
Suggested Retail Price: $12.00

Kitty NailLacquer OnTheProwl 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
NAIL LACQUER

Something About Pink: Blue pink fuchsia
On the Prowl: Light creamy grey
Vestral White: Creamy white
Suggested Retail Price: $11.00

Kitty Tote 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
MAC HELLO KITTY TOTE
Rectangular tote bag with collaboration inspired graphics and logo.
Suggested Retail Price: $45.00
Available exclusively at maccosmetics.com.

Kitty PetiteMakeupBag 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
MAC HELLO KITTY PETITE MAKEUP BAG

Small soft train case silhouette with full zip closure.
Suggested Retail Price: $22.00
Available at all MAC locations.

Kitty MakeupBag 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
MAC HELLO KITTY MAKEUP BAG
Medium soft train case silhouette with full zip closure.
Suggested Retail Price: $35.00
Available at all MAC locations.

Kitty SoftVanityCase 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
MAC HELLO KITTY SOFT VANITY CASE
Large soft train case silhouette with full zip closure. Fabric is black vinyl with pink and white collaboration logo.
Suggested Retail Price: $55.00
Available exclusively at maccosmetics.com.

Kitty PurseMirrorClosed 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
MAC HELLO KITTY PURSE MIRROR
Compact inspired by collaboration; interior contains standard mirror on one side and magnifying mirror on alternate side.
Suggested Retail Price: $22.00
Available at MAC retail stores, Nordstrom and maccosmetics.com only.

Kitty Brush1 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
MAC HELLO KITTY BRUSH COLLECTION
Round plastic jar inspired by collaboration that holds 3 SE brushes with blank handles.
187SE Duo Fibre Brush
109SE Small Contour Brush
239SE Eye Shade Brush
Suggested Retail Price: $49.50
Available at MAC retail stores, Nordstrom and maccosmetics.com only.

Kitty MirroredKeyClipFront 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
MAC HELLO KITTY MIRRORED KEY CLIP
Bag zipper clip with 2 charms inspired by collaboration; key chain and mini mirror.
Suggested Retail Price: $16.00
Available at MAC retail stores and maccosmetics.com only.

Kitty BeadedBracelet 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
MAC HELLO KITTY BEADED BRACELET
Black beaded bracelet with 3 charms; inspired by collaboration.
Suggested Retail Price: $34.00
Available at MAC retail stores and maccosmetics.com only.

Kitty PlushDoll 300 Coming Soon: MAC Hello Kitty Collection
MAC HELLO KITTY PLUSH DOLL
14” plush doll in black, pink and white nylon.
Suggested Retail Price: $42.00
Available at MAC retail stores, Nordstrom and maccosmetics.com only.

Available North America February 12, 2009 at all MAC locations and maccosmetics.com; International March 2009.

Recessionista’s Fabuless Pick of the Week: Victoria’s Secret Flawless Glow Face Bronzer

Posted on by daneen in Bronzer, Discounts, Fabuless Pick of the Week, Makeup Brush, Sale | 4 Comments

victoria%27s+secret+flawless+glow+face+bronzer Recessionistas Fabuless Pick of the Week: Victorias Secret Flawless Glow Face Bronzer
My sister’s BFF turned me onto Victoria’s Secret Flawless Glow Face Bronzer, from the Bare Bronze Collection. This velvety duo-bronzer has two finishes. Use the satin matte shade to contour, the pearly powder to highlight; and blend the two shades together for a shimmering bronze glow.

lindsay dirty face Recessionistas Fabuless Pick of the Week: Victorias Secret Flawless Glow Face BronzerThe shimmery half of the duo leaves you looking sunkissed, rather than muddy – a la Lindsay “Dirty Face” Lohan.

Here’s another tip passed along from Lauren’s friend: apply the shimmery shade, in a stripe, down the middle of the nose – then continue the line from the bottom of the nose to the cupid’s bow. And ta-da – instant hotness.

Flawless Glow Face Bronzer is available in three shades: light (glow 1), light/medium (glow 2), and medium (glow 3). I’ve got a Halle Berry-esque complexion and I wear the light/medium, just to give you an idea.

On the website, Flawless Glow Face Bronzer will set you back $17.50. But my sister and I snagged ours in the Victoria’s Secret store, where they’re selling these babies for $4.37! There’s also this adorable kabuki brush (super soft brown bristles with hot pink tips) that’s on sale for $4.87.

I finally cashed in the gift card I got last September at Fashion Week – and bought the Flawless Glow Face Bronzer and the Very Sexy Demi Push-Up Bra with Gel-Curve (very sexy, indeed).

 Recessionistas Fabuless Pick of the Week: Victorias Secret Flawless Glow Face Bronzer

Coming Soon From MAC: Well-Defined Collection

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mac+well+defined Coming Soon From MAC: Well Defined Collection
Well-Defined brings to life over two years of work backstage in the lab to perfect our newest foundation and concealer. Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation is a rich, luxurious Cream Foundation in tube. This lush uniquely textured foundation delivers ultimate hydration while instantly revitalizing dull and dry skin. Smooth and even application yields a medium buildable coverage with a natural-satin finish. It’s paired with Studio Sculpt Concealer, which provides full-coverage that never becomes dry and cakey with a gel-based cream formula slips onto skin, effortlessly hiding imperfections.

“Studio Sculpt Foundation has fused new advancements in technology with innovative plant-based extracts to create a lush, luxurious new cream-gel foundation that delivers comfortable, weightless and flawless coverage,” says Nick Gavrelis, MAC’s Vice President of Global Product Development. “Makeup artists and women customers alike can easily achieve blendable medium coverage, with a luminous, satiny finish.”

Gordon Espinet, MAC’s Vice President of Global Makeup Artistry shares this application tip for the non-professional user: “Begin with a pea size amount on the back of your hand, and use any foundation brush to apply onto hydrated skin. Mix in a bit of your favorite moisturizer (try Strobe Cream or Strobe Liquid), which will create a sheer, luminous finish that makes skin appear to be candlelit. Use any MAC concealer over areas that need additional coverage.”

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STUDIO SCULPT SPF 15 FOUNDATION
NC 15, NC 20, NC 25, NC 30, NC 35, NC 37, NC 40, NC 42, NC 44, NC 45,NC 50, NC 55, NW15, NW20, NW25, NW30, NW35, NW40, NW43,NW45, NW47, NW50, NW55
Suggested Retail Price: $28.00

wd4 Coming Soon From MAC: Well Defined Collection
STUDIO SCULPT CONCEALER
NC 15, NC 20, NC 30, NC 35, NC 42, NC 45, NC 50, NW15, NW20, 25, NW30, NW35, NW40, NW45, NW50
Suggested Retail Price: $16.50

191 FOUNDATION BRUSH
Large, flat, square shaped synthetic-fibre brush with a fine, firm edge for distribution and blending of liquid, emulsion or cream products on the face or body.
Suggested Retail Price: $32.00

wd1 Coming Soon From MAC: Well Defined Collection
195 CONCEALER BRUSH
Flexible, synthetic flat brush with slight pointed tip for application and blending of all concealer formulas and other emollient products.
Suggested Retail Price: $22.00

wd2 Coming Soon From MAC: Well Defined Collection
PREP + PRIME SKIN
Suggested Retail Price: $23.00

Available February 7, 2009 at all MAC locations and at maccosmetics.com.

New From MAC: Brunette Blonde Redhead

Posted on by daneen in Blush, Eye Liner, Eye Shadow, Eyebrows, Lipgloss, Lipstick, Makeup Brush | 1 Comment

MAC+Brunette+Blonde+Redhead+1 New From MAC: Brunette Blonde Redhead
To each their own.

MAC+Brunette+Blonde+Redhead+2 New From MAC: Brunette Blonde RedheadThree dramatically different personalities, three perfectly personalized palettes. Eyes, cheeks, lips, formulated to be coiffure-complementary. Bombshell or bookworm, no matter. Color-coordination this comprehensive makes it work! Designed to play-up the most potent and powerful accessory a girl has: her hair. The complete opposite of contrivance – this is simplicity itself.

So basic it’s brilliant!

Lipstick
Marquise D’: Sandy cream peach (Redhead)
Blow Dry: Pink coral (Redhead)
B-Babe: Rich pink (Blonde)
All’s Fair: Light purple pink (Blonde)
Chignon: Red plum (Brunette)
What A Do!: Neutral pink coral (Brunette)

Lipglass
Live and Dye: Cool pink (Redhead)
Red Devil: Coral orange (Redhead)
Strawberry Blonde: Deep pink red (Blonde)
Peroxide: White pink (Blonde)
Quick Tease: Red purple (Brunette)
Soft Wave: Tan bronze (Brunette)

Eye Shadow
Flip: Bronze gold (Redhead)
French Cuff: Burgundy purple (Redhead)
100 Strokes: Ice pink (Redhead)
Pincurl: Dusty white (Blonde)
Knight: Dark grey (Blonde)
Top Knot: Deep black purple (Blonde)
Deep Shade: Dusty blue (Brunette)
Henna: Dark gold (Brunette)
Femme-fi: Frosty golden cream (Brunette)

Mineralize Skinfinish
Redhead: Gold to salmon pink degrade (Redhead)
Blonde: Soft pink to rose degrade (Blonde)
Brunette: Soft coral to copper bronze degrade (Brunette)

Brushes
165 Tapered cheek/highlight ($34.00)
214 Short shader ($23.00)
226 Small tapered blending ($24.50)

Eye Kohl
Teddy: Dark-eyed bronze (Redhead)
Phone Number: Smudgy charcoal (Blonde)
Smolder: Intense black (Brunette)

Brow Set
Girl Boy: Fawned-over blondette (Redhead)
Clear: Color-free (Blonde)
Show Off: Full bodied brown (Brunette)

Availability: North America on January 9th, 2009 at all MAC locations, 1.800.588.0070, and maccosmetics.com. International locations – February 2009.

A Cheeky Makeup Trick, Plus My New Favorite Product!

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incandescent+cheekbones+2 A Cheeky Makeup Trick, Plus My New Favorite Product!
For what seems like forever, I have been seriously coveting the incandescent cheekbones I’ve seen on every model, actress, songbird, and reality star looking to extend her 15 minutes. And until recently, I came up with nothing.

incandescent+cheekbones A Cheeky Makeup Trick, Plus My New Favorite Product!Product after product promised me unimaginable radiance. Unfortunately, nothing panned out. In fact, the majority of these lying highlighters left my tan skin looking either disco glittery or matte and ashy – both, the antithesis of what I was going for.

But I didn’t give up hope. After a long and fruitless pursuit, I took a trip to where I should have gone in the first place. MAC, where makeup dreams come true.

At the MAC counter in the King of Prussia Nordie’s, I met a makeup artist named Dylan who happened to be wearing the most ridiculously wicked eyeliner EVER – and I just knew that she would be the one to lead me to the chiseled cheekbone promised land. Despite my lame attempt to describe what I was trying to achieve, Dylan knew exactly what I was saying and what I needed to replicate the look.

mac+cream+colour+base+in+hush A Cheeky Makeup Trick, Plus My New Favorite Product!She led me over to MAC’s Cream Colour Base display and picked up Hush, a soft pale peach with icy shimmer that I would have never touched. With the 252 Large Shader Brush, she dabbed the slightest bit of the Cream Colour Base on the top of my cheekbone – extending the line up to my temple – then buffed it into the skin, for a seamless appearance. Next, she blended in a bit more product…this time, from my temple up onto my brow bone. “Creating this sideways V gives the face a lifted look,” Dylan said.

Just in case you were wondering, this technique is super simple to master. The next night, I met up with my BFF Kristen, who marveled at my new-and-improved bone structure. I swear, ladies – just the slightest hint of Hush (in strategic places) gives you this lit-from-within glow.

Merci, MAC and Dylan…for coming up big where all of the other brands fell short. And for inspiring this cheeky post. Mwah!

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