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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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Men’s Fragrance News

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josh hartnett 300x400 Mens Fragrance NewsWhen I first heard that Josh Hartnett was teaming up with Armani for their newest men’s fragrance, I thought, “It’s a match made in heaven…if the cologne’s name is Unibrow.”

Alas, the name doesn’t have anything to do with Josh’s fuzzy lower-forehead. He will be the face of Emporio Armani Diamonds for Men, which will be unveiled next month during Spring/Summer fashion week in Milan.

Giorgio Armani said of Hartnett: “Both on and off screen he has a charm and charisma that is magnetic. His individuality, allure and nonchalant way of being are all qualities which inspired me in the creation of this new fragrance.” Apparently, Mr. Armani hasn’t seen Pearl Harbor, Hollywood Homicide, The Black Dahlia, Halloween H20…

deseo for men Mens Fragrance NewsIn other men’s fragrance news, Jennifer Lopez will release her first masculine fragrance, Deseo for Men, this September.

“I wanted to capture the intimate and personal nature of a man who is sexy, yet strong,” says J.Lo. “Deseo means desire. I wanted to take this meaning and put it behind the idea of one desiring another. The smell is warming and creates a provocative and sensual texture.”

The fragrance has “top notes of lemon, yuzu, red berries and cedar leaf; a heart of tobacco leaves, guaicwood and orris, and a dry down of sandalwood, cedarwood, patchouli, amber and vanilla.”

The Deseo for Men collection will include Eau de Toilette (1.7 oz for $45 and 3.4 oz for $55), a 3.4 oz aftershave balm ($40), and a 2.4 oz deodorant ($16).

Pete To Open Punk Parlor

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Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz (and Ashlee Simpson sidekick) is opening a punk-themed unisex beauty parlor in his hometown of Chicago.

The Clandestine Industries Salon (clever name, right? wrong.) will open its doors next month. And Ben Mollin from Bravo’s reality TV show ‘Shear Genius’ will serve as the head stylist.

185 Pete To Open Punk ParlorThe hair cuttery is already scheduling appointments.

I wonder if the salon will stock Pete’s favorite ‘guyliner,’ MAC Eye Pencil in Ebony.

Valentine’s Day Gifts For Him – Plus Anthony Logistics For Men Giveaway!

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Since you’re reading this, I’m going to assume that you’re a fellow beauty addict. Do you wish your man would graduate from the deodorant soap and take a little better care of his skin? Well, instead of having a heart to heart with your personal care-challenged better half, give him a nudge in the right direction this Valentine’s Day.

A few months back, Anthony Logistics For Men sent me some products for my husband to try. Graham is a mountain man that abhors anything that can’t be purchased at the drugstore, so I had to introduce the products in a very non-pushy way. I unwrapped the products and placed them in strategic spots in the bathroom; I put the Strength Shower Gel in the shower caddy, the Strength Body Spray and Glycerin Hand & Body Lotion in the bathroom cabinet, and the One Step Cleansing Bar by the sink (you’ve gotta make it easy for them, trust me).

Well, guess what? Graham loved them. He gave the products a ringing endorsement – especially the lotion, which is surprising because he hardly ever moisturizes. He said, “The lotion smelled like oranges, which I liked. And despite being a glycerin based lotion, it wasn’t too greasy…it passes the doorknob test.”

You see? He probably won’t purchase these grooming products for himself. But if you buy them for him, he’ll love you for it…and his skin will too. And as a bonus, many of the brands offerings are female-friendly too. So you can share – and isn’t that what relationships are all about?

Wanna introduce your man to some guy grooming products? Anthony Logistics For Men has generously agreed to sponsor a Spoiled Pretty giveaway. One winner will receive the Essentials Starter Kit.

The set includes:

Anthony EssentialsKit Valentines Day Gifts For Him   Plus Anthony Logistics For Men Giveaway!*Glycolic Facial Cleanser
*Shave Cream
*All purpose Facial Moisturizer
*Lip Balm
*Body Cleansing Gel
*Glycerin Hand and Body Lotion
*Storage Container

This prize is a $67 value!

To enter the giveaway, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com and include your full name. The subject line should read “Anthony Logistics For Men Contest. “

The contest ends at 9 pm EST on Sunday, February 17th. A winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, February 18th, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one comment per person; duplicate comments will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents. Good luck!

Manly Makeup

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In the February issue of Elle Magazine, Jessica Alba blasts Zac Efron – saying, “He looks like a child with a lot of makeup.” Oh, snap! Apparently not everyone is smitten with High School Musical’s resident heartthrob.

This got me thinking about man makeup, also known as “complexion enhancers.” I’m all for men putting their best face forward, and I consider myself to be pretty open-minded. But at the risk of sounding like a fuddy duddy, I think the concept of men wearing makeup – on any day but October 31st – is just bizarre.

While most men who don makeup do so on the down low, have you noticed how some cosmetics-loving lads are all in your face about it? Take, for example, one Pete Wentz – who’s famous for dating Ashlee Simpson and wearing ‘guyliner.’ He even went so far as to create a how-to video – his favorite is MAC Eye Pencil in Ebony.

bty070207 2 Manly MakeupThen there’s Jared Leto. What in the hell happened to Jared Leto?!?! I realize that a lot of people go through a goth phase…but, typically, it’s when you’re 16, not 36. Right? It’s a shame because he’s such a naturally handsome guy – and what’s worse is that he’s terrible at applying his makeup. You would think that a guy – who is rarely seen without liner – would get some lessons or pick up a Kevyn Aucoin book. Or, better yet, watch the Pete Wentz video. Ugh. I want my Jordan Catalano back.

I did some research, and was shocked to learn that these guys aren’t simply slipping into Sephora to stock up on beauty necessities – though the chain does offer a few. Oh no. Male Species, Studio 5ive, and KenMen are just a few of the Internet purveyors of male-specific cosmetics (get a load of this bronzer’s suggestive name).

And if you think that this is merely a trend among eccentric Hollywood types, guess again. In 2006, $4.8 million was spent on male grooming products in the U.S., a 7 percent increase over the year before and a 42 percent increase from 2001, according to a London-based marketing and research company. Behold the power of makeup…it’s irresistable to both girls and boys.

How do you feel about men wearing makeup? Talk amongst yourselves.

Grooming Guru To Visit DC

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 Grooming Guru To Visit DCTony Sosnick, the grooming guru behind Anthony Logistics for Men, is coming to Washington, DC on Friday, November 16th to share his shaving expertise and give skin consultations at the Blue Mercury store in Dupont Circle. Although marketed to men, these products are just as effective on those of us with two X chromosomes.

There will be a cocktail party from 3-7pm where you can meet Tony and learn all about:

Grooming Gifts for the Holidays – With holiday season approaching, subtle ways the ladies can be a positive influence without offending.

How to Winter-ize Your Skin Routine – Tips on switching over everything from your moisturizer and general routine from the hot humidity of summer to the cold and dry days of winter.

5 Steps to the Perfect Shave – From the temperature of the water to the direction of your blade, what every guy needs to know.

Shaving Tips for Girls, from a Grooming Guru – Just because shorts and miniskirts have gone into hibernation doesn’t mean your razor should follow suit; Tony will share his expertise on the steps to get a super smooth shave.

The Dupont Circle Blue Mercury store is located at 1619 Connecticut Avenue NW. For more information about this event, call 202.462.1300.

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