Makeup Remover

Nobody Puts Dermalogica precleanse in a Corner

I had totally forgotten about Dermalogica preclense until I was having dinner with my besties the other day and my friend, Jenn, raved about it. She told me how Dermalogica products, particularly the precleanse, were working wonders on her skin – and helping her beat adult acne breakouts.

It’s been a while since I used precleanse, but I knew I still had a bottle somewhere in my beauty arsenal. So this weekend, I did some sleuthing and found it hiding out in the back of my bathroom cabinet.

OMG…thank you, Jenn, for reminding me about this skincare gem! I’ve only been using it for 2 days now and my skin feels and looks so much better!

For those of you unfamiliar with precleanse, it’s exactly what it sounds like. You apply this blend of Olive, Apricot and Kukui Nut oils before your cleanser. It dissolves makeup, sunscreens and oil-based debris, readying them for easy removal. My skin feels so fresh and so clean clean, but not dry or stripped.

It’s so freaking amazing that I cannot fathom how it ended up in the back corner of my medicine cabinet. Nobody – including me – puts precleanse in corner! When I’m wrong, I say I’m wrong.

and you’ll understand what I mean. Dermalogica precleanse deserves prime real estate in your bathroom.


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Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara

A few weeks ago, I signed my son, Westley, up for swimming lessons at the local YMCA – and this morning was his first class. Since I’m a new mom and busier than ever, I decided to multitask and test a new beauty product while we got our swim on.

‘s light gel formula has been rigorously field-tested in the ocean as well as the sweat-drenched gym. The exclusive Japanese formula refuses to budge. A special microcrystalline wax works with the dense, fuzzy brush to increase seductive length and volume, without ever flaking off and compromising your lashes’ natural feathery texture. Mermaids can now sing their siren songs with abandon, and high maintenance types can cry all they want.

I quickly swiped on a coat before heading out the door and prayed that the product delivered on its promises. And while Westley and I were splashing around and dunking our heads under the water, I kept hoping that I wasn’t having a Tammy Faye moment. But as my mom used to say about school, “It’s not a fashion show.” Thanks Mom, for always putting things into perspective.

Anyway, when I returned to the locker room and found a mirror, I was pleasantly surprised. My mascara looked freshly applied with no smears or smudges. And even as I vigorously dried my face with my towel, my mascara didn’t budge.

This is me, post-swim. My natural lashes are so stumpy, they don’t usually show up in photos.

If you’re looking for a volumizing formula, this isn’t it. But if you want a mascara that adds good length and delivers natural-looking, you-but-better results, this is a great choice. But if you buy it, you’d be wise to invest in a good makeup remover. Coincidentally, is also new.

Both are available at and Sephora.

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Noxzema Clean Moisture Makeup Removal Cloths

When it comes to taking off my makeup, well, I’d rather leave it on. By bedtime, I’m usually so exhausted that I’d rather sleep in whatever makeup I put on that day (and risk the inevitable breakouts) than wash my face. Luckily, some genius (who’s also probably a fellow lazy gal) invented makeup remover wipes. And the wipes that I’m currently digging are from Noxzema.

Back in junior high, I begged Mama Spoiled Pretty to buy me a tub of their Original Deep Cleansing Cream, hoping it would give me flawless skin (and my pick of hot boyfriends) like Rebecca Gayheart. After weeks of telling me no, my mom finally relented during a trip to Drug Emporium (does anyone else remember this store?). I remember how impatient I was on the ride home – I couldn’t wait to try it out and see how it compared to the boring ole bar of Cetaphil that my dermatologist had recommended.

Fast forward 17 or so years (I’m showin’ my age now) and I’m back on the Noxzema bandwagon. The Clean Moisture Makeup Removal Cloths are, basically, Noxzema’s Original Deep Cleansing Cream in wipe form. The pre-moistened wipes remove dirt, oil, and makeup so effectively, you really only need one for your entire face.

The Clean Moisture Makeup Removal Cloths have the same smell and tingle as the Original Deep Cleansing Cream, so I was initially hesitant about using them around my eyes. But as it turns out, even when I used the wipes to remove stubborn mascara, I experienced no waterworks whatsoever. Personally, I could do without the menthol-y fragrance (I get that it’s kind of Noxzema’s signature thang), but it’s not a deal-breaker for me.

What I like most about Clean Moisture Makeup Removal Cloths is how my skin feels after I’m done using one. My face doesn’t feel tight and stripped – and it doesn’t feel like there’s still sticky residue sitting on my skin…there’s just a nice, clean feeling.

Noxzema Clean Moisture Makeup Removal Cloths ($4.50) are available at mass market retailers nationwide.

*Did anyone else spot a fresh-faced, pre-‘My So Called Life’ Jared Leto in the Noxzema commercial?

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Mary Kay Giveaway!

For this week’s giveaway, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Mary Kay. Ten winners (yeah, you heard right…TEN) will receive a mini Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover and Mineral Eye Color Quad!

Mary Kay’s Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover gently removes eye makeup, including waterproof mascara, without tugging or pulling the delicate skin in the eye area – and without leaving your eyes a greasy mess. The Mini Mineral Eye Color Quad allows you to sample Mary Kay’s beautiful Mineral Eye Colors in one easy palette. Featuring the versatile Lemongrass, Amber Blaze, Silky Caramel and Denim Frost shades, the quad comes equipped with a mirror, applicator and instructions on how to apply each color for a trendsetting look! The mini quad is also a perfect travel companion.

To enter the giveaway, send an email to Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read ” Mary Kay Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, July 19th. Ten winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, July 20th, 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. residents.

Good luck!

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