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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Lashes For Days: The Lash Stash From Sephora

Posted on by daneen in Lashes, Mascara | 2 Comments

Sephora+Lash+Stash Lashes For Days: The Lash Stash From Sephora
I know you. You’re what I call a mascara minx. Sure, you have a number one lash luvah…but it’s hardly an exclusive relationship.

You’re not alone. Many women find mascara monogmany to be challenging. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, Sephora supports your cheatin’ ways.

New from Sephora: The Lash Stash, a best-selling mascara sampler set.

Brought to you exclusively by Sephora, The Last Stash allows you to test-drive a new mascara every day until you find your true lash love. It contains seven travel-size black mascaras from your favorite brands, for the longest, lushest, most-volumized lashes ever. The kit includes:

* Benefit A Little Bit BADgal Lash in Black
* Blinc Kiss Me Mascara in Black

* LORAC Publicity Stunt Lashes in Black
* Smashbox Bionic Mascara in Black
* Stila Multi-Effect Mascara in Black,
* Sephora Brand Lash Plumper in Black
* Too Faced Lash Injection in Black

A $50 value, The Last Stash can be yours for the low, low price of $28.

Kim Kardashian’s New Lighter Makeup Look

Posted on by daneen in Celebrities, Eye Shadow, Kim Kardashian, Mascara, Powder | 4 Comments

kim+kardashian+lighter+makeup Kim Kardashians New Lighter Makeup Look
Kim Kardashian decided to try out a lighter eye make up look…and she wants your opinion. Head on over to Kim’s blog and tell her what you think!

kim+kardashian+lighter+makeup2 Kim Kardashians New Lighter Makeup Look
To achieve this lighter look, Kim used:

* Lorac Glam Rocks Loose Metallic Eye Shadow in Metallic Pearl
* MAC Zoom Lash Mascara in Zoomblack
*Lorac Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder in Spotlight

For more of Kim Kardashian’s beauty and makeup tips, click here!

Source: officialkimkardashian.com

80s Ladies Week: Oh, Cargo…You’re So Fine!

Posted on by daneen in 80s Ladies Week, Blush, Bronzer, Eye Shadow, Lipstick, Mascara | Leave a comment

mickey 80s Ladies Week: Oh, Cargo...Youre So Fine!
If you caught yesterday’s installment of 80s Ladies Week, you know that I’m pretty handy with the pom-poms. So it should come as no surprise that one of my childhood idols was singer/choreographer/fellow Philadelphian, Toni Basil.

For today’s 80s-inspired product review, I’m going to steal a line from Toni’s pop music classic…

Oh, Cargo you’re so fine,
You’re so fine you blow my mind.
Hey Cargo!
Hey Cargo!

On the 4th of July, I was invited to a late-evening barbecue not too far from my own apartment. I had to hoof it because there was no chance of finding parking anywhere in the vicinity of the art museum, which serves as backdrop for the city’s Independence Day festivities. The weather was pretty typical for July – hot and humid – with a light drizzle.

cargo 80s Ladies Week: Oh, Cargo...Youre So Fine!
So before heading out the door, I finger painted with Cargo’s Melt-proof 3 in 1 Eye-Cheek-Lip Palette and swiped on some Better-than-waterproof Mascara. Eight city blocks later, I showed up at the party looking perfectly polished – and you know how shiny I can get. And when I returned home late that night, my makeup still looked freshly applied!!!

The Cargo Melt-proof Make-up Collection, which also includes a Melt-proof Bronzer, is limited-edition and costs $39 (retail value is $90). Pick this up immediately, you’ll thank me later. You will be absolutely amazed at the staying power – it’ll blow your mind!

Cargo products are available at Sephora, Amazon.com, and cargocosmetics.com.

Isn’t 80s Ladies Week totally rad? Be sure to check out Amber’s 80s inspired product review over at Beauty Blogging Junkie.

Too Faced Lash Injection

Posted on by daneen in Mascara | 5 Comments
If you’re a regular reader of Spoiled Pretty, you’re pretty familiar with my escapades. You know that I’m not a morning person, and I often go to work without a stitch of makeup. I relish my extra 10 minutes of sleep so much that I will endure a day’s worth of embarrassment, without regret.

But last week, I should have been ashamed of myself. One morning during my commute, I caught a glimpse of my reflection in the bus window. And let me tell you…it was a serious case of shock and awe. I won’t get into the specifics – but let’s just say that despite the lack of available seats that day, the one next to me remained empty for my entire trip.

lash+injection Too Faced Lash InjectionThe bus was only five or so blocks from my stop, so I smoothed my hair as best I could and furiously burrowed in my bag – looking for some miracle product to salvage my grave facial situation. I pulled Too Faced Lash Injection from my handbag and prayed for the best, as this mascara was a sample that I had yet to try. As the bus quickly neared my destination (why is it that the commute goes faster when you’re stalling for time?), I haphazardly swiped on Lash Injection without a mirror – closing the cap and re-depositing in my purse just as the bus doors opened at my stop.

Once inside my office building, I fell into my usual routine: rode the elevator to my 2nd floor office, booted up my laptop, logged onto my work email account, and checked my voicemail. By the time I finished doing all of the above, I became so engrossed in work that I had forgotten all about my scary hair and pallid complexion. But then, something strange happened.

Four co-workers, passing by my office, stopped in to compliment me on my mascara. Now, I dunno if it’s because I rarely wear mascara to work. Or if, despite sloppy application, Lash Injection delivers “the look of lash extensions.” Whatever the reason, I’m a sucker for compliments – so I may just start waking up a minute or two early so that I have time to apply Lash Injection before leaving the house. Imagine the response when it’s carefully applied!

Too Faced Lash Injection is available at Sephora, Douglas, Nordstrom, and at toofaced.com.

In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Beach Bag

Posted on by daneen in Contest, Fragrance, Giveaway, Hairbrush, Handbags, Lipgloss, Mascara, Sun Protection | 33 Comments

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The weather forecast says 88 and sunny, not a cloud in the sky. After an exhaustive search, you’ve found the elusive “perfect” swimsuit. And you’ve picked out a trashy read, with no literary value whatsoever. So you’re ready for the beach, right? Wait. Not to burst your proverbial bubble, but you’re not all set yet.

beach+bag+giveaway2 In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Beach BagA trip to the beach requires much more than a cute swimsuit. If you’re planning for a relaxing, idyllic day of surf and sand, you might want to put some serious thought into what you’ll pack in your bag. Because there’s nothing less relaxing than getting to the beach and realizing that you’ve left some important necessities at home.

To ensure that you’re pretty and prepared for your day at the beach, remember to bring along the following must-haves for your beach bag:

* Sunscreen: When selecting a sunscreen product, be sure to read the label before you buy. Experts recommend products with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. The SPF number represents the level of protection against UVB rays provided by the sunscreen…a higher number means more protection. The two most common (and painful) sunscreen mistakes are using too little and waiting too long to reapply. About 1 ounce of sunscreen (a palmful) should be used to cover the arms, legs, neck and face of the average adult. For best results, most sunscreens must be reapplied at least every 2 hours and even more often if you are swimming or sweating. Products labeled “waterproof” may provide protection for at least 80 minutes even when you are swimming or sweating. Products that are “water resistant” may provide protection for only 40 minutes. And don’t forget your lips, especially if you’re a lipgloss fanatic like me. Many dermatologists say that slathering on glosses can increase your risk of developing skin cancer because shiny nature of the gloss could be making the sun’s UV rays hit harder. So if you’re going to grab for a gloss, make it one with at least SPF 15.

* Wide-brimmed hat: A hat with at least a 2- to 3-inch brim all around is ideal because it protects areas often exposed to the sun, such as the neck, ears, eyes, forehead, nose, and scalp. A baseball cap is also a good choice. A hat not only protects from the sun’s intense rays, it can also cover and tame wind-blown hair.

* Sunglasses: The ideal sunglasses don’t have to be expensive, but they should block 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB radiation. Check the label to be sure they do. Some labels may say, “UV absorption up to 400 nm.” This is the same as 100% UV absorption. Also, labels that say “Meets ANSI UV Requirements” mean the glasses block at least 99% of UV rays. Those labeled “cosmetic” block about 70% of the UV rays. If there is no label, don’t assume the sunglasses provide any protection. Large-framed and wraparound sunglasses are more likely to protect your eyes from light coming in from different angles.

Today is the final day of Spoiled Pretty’s In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway Week, and we’re giving away an Envirosax bag filled with treats!

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Envirosax bags are lightweight, portable, waterproof, affordable, and stylish! With reinforced seams, each surprisingly large bag can hold at least 40 pounds, and the carrying handle is long enough to comfortably carry over your shoulder. The Flora line of Envirosax bags draws its inspiration from the colors and shapes of pristine Australian rainforests.

The winner’s bag will include:

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Secret Flawless Antiperspirant/Deodorant: If you secretly crave strong wetness protection that smells fresh and has skin conditioners, your search is over. New Secret Flawless gives you everything you long for — all in one cutting-edge antiperspirant.

lashblast mascara In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Beach Bag
Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara: Lash Blast’s patented volume-boosting formula and patent-pending brush are designed to max-out each and every lash, leaving you with the ultimate big lash look.

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Goody Mosaic Ouchless Purse Brush: The ultimate in snagless styling. This brush is smaller sized – perfect for travel or on the go styling.

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Bath & Body Works Body Splash in Blushing Cherry Blossom: Cherry blossoms blended with lighthearted jasmine, rose juliette and crisp citrus capture the romantic first blush of spring. Other notes include mandarin, lush berries, fresh melon, musk, violet, and creamy Sandalwood. Contains naturally pampering aloe vera to leave skin conditioned.

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Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Soothers SPF 20 in Shine, Sheen, and Gleam: Provides instant, soothing relief on contact with beautiful high gloss shine and SPF 20. The unique hydragel formula contains conditioning botanicals and glycerin for intense moisturization. Carry this pocket-portable gloss with you for use whenever you want hydrated, beautiful lips.

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Avon Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard: Don’t let bugs and sun spoil your outdoor fun this summer. Protect yourself from both the sun and certain insects with NEW Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard Plus IR3535 Expedition SPF 30. Using patented time-release technology, it creates an invisible barrier of protection to repel against mosquitoes, gnats, no-seeums, sand flies, and biting midges. certain insects. When applied properly, users are shielded with water-resistant SPF 30 sunscreen protection. Bug Guard Plus IR3535 Expedition SPF 30 is available in two versions – an unscented aerosol and a pump spray with a Gentle Breeze™ fragrance. The winner will receive both!

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And because I’m feeling especially generous this week, four runners-up will receive an Envirosax Flora bag!

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Envirosax Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Saturday, July 5th. One winner and four runners-up will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Sunday, July 6th, 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. & Canadian residents only.

And be sure to check out the other bag giveaways. You can enter all of the giveaways, but you can only win once. Good luck!

In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Clutch

Posted on by daneen in Contest, Eye Shadow, Giveaway, Handbags, Mascara, Oily Skin | 17 Comments

clutch+giveaway In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Clutch
On a summer night, you don’t want to be schlepping a heavy handbag. A clutch is the perfect accessory to carry your beauty booty. But with a smaller bag, you must be careful not to cram. Your cell, keys, wallet and other basic necessities will take up a majority of your clutch’s empty space. So you need to be efficient with the cosmetics you add to your bag. What to carry in the clutch? Travel sized tools and multi-purpose products, of course!

It’s Friday. Thank heavens for that, right? And you know what that means – day five of our In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway Week!!! Spoiled Pretty is giving away Felix Rey’s deliciously chic Michelle Clutch. This bag is the ideal combination of elegant and earthy. It is crafted of oven straw with mirrored-leather bow detail and has a magnetic-snap closure front flap. And leave it to Felix Rey to put a surprise inside…the interior is lined in leopard print fabric! The bag also features a detachable wrist strap.

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One reader will receive the Michelle Clutch, chock full of the following:

Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara: My holy grail mascara gives you a blast of lush, volumized lashes! LashBlast’s patented volume-boosting formula and patent-pending brush are designed to max-out each and every lash, leaving you with the ultimate big lash look.

Tarte Lock & Roll Creaseless Eyeshadow Duo: Say goodbye to cream shadows that crease & smudge. Whether it’s a hot day or you’re on a steamy date, this waterproof-shadow is sure to last! We’ve brought you one of our favorite makeup artist tricks for creaseproof cream shadow—two simple steps in one little wand.

Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets: These sheets soak up excess oil and remove shine from your face, without smudging makeup or leaving behind a residue. Use them anytime, anywhere to remove oil and shine throughout the day.

Goody Mosaic Mini Versa Comb: This 3-in-1 comb is small enough to fit in your purse, but large enough to maintain your style.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Felix Rey Clutch Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Thursday, July 3rd. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Friday, July 4th, I’m going to make some lucky lady’s Independence Day by proclaiming her the winner! Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents only.

And be sure to check out the other bag giveaways. You can enter all of the giveaways, but you can only win once. Good luck!

In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Everyday Bag

Posted on by daneen in Contest, Eye Shadow, Giveaway, Hairbrush, Handbags, Hands, Lip Balm, Mascara, Oily Skin | 14 Comments

katie holmes birkin bag In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Everyday BagThe average weight of the contents of a woman’s purse has skyrocketed over the past five years. Exactly how much does the typical gal lug around? More than five pounds of crap – that’s how much! Researchers predict that by 2018, the average handbag will weigh more than 6.6 pounds. High-tech gadgets have been blamed for the 38 percent increase…but lets be real, ladies. Those eight lip products add up.

If you’re anything like me, your purse is chock-full of nonsense…old shopping receipts, gum wrappers, enough Starbucks napkins to last a lifetime, and seven dollars in coins lining the bottom of the bag. I’m not going to be a hypocrite and tell you to throw that mess out. But I do have some suggestions for how you can pare down your beauty stash this summer, and lighten your load by at least a couple of ounces. Summer heat is oppressive enough…and let’s face it – Scoliosis isn’t sexy.

* Instead of tossing your regular hairbrush and comb into your purse, opt for a purse-sized set. But make sure that you invest in quality products…I don’t know about you, but those “nifty” pop-up purse brushes never work for me. And if it doesn’t work, you might as well not carry it. Right?

* Palettes and multi-purpose products are great options…they offer innumerable options without sacrificing space.

* If you’re prone to t-zone oiliness, you could carry around a translucent powder compact. But powder tends to cake in the heat, so you’re better off carrying some blotting papers. Plus you’ll shed some weight.

Today is day three of our In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway Week, and to get you over the hump, I’m spoiling you pretty with this handbag from Creations By Kage.

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The “Stormy” tote is, in two words, effortlessly sumptuous. The bag is like buttah – all Kage creations are made of the finest Italian leathers. The line is geared towards the girl with very sophisticated taste who wants a really unique bag made of finest materials and the highest quality, but doesn’t necessarily have to own a “name” brand. Designer Kristin Holstein says her bags have a certain elegance to them, as they are clean in design, with simple pleats and the Kage signature horseshoe detail. “The symbol of the horseshoe means so much to me. Not only does it represent good luck, but it reminds me of my mother and her love of horses. They constantly give me inspiration, and will always be a significant theme in my design process.”

For the winner, this bag will be accompanied by the following goodies:

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Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara: Get a blast of lush, volumized lashes! LashBlast’s patented volume-boosting formula and patent-pending brush are designed to max-out each and every lash, leaving you with the ultimate big lash look. This happens to be my Holy Grail mascara.

Goody Mosaic Ouchless Purse Brush: The ultimate in snagless styling. This brush is smaller sized – perfect for travel or on the go styling.

Goody Mosaic Mini Versa Comb: This 3-in-1 comb is small enough to fit in your purse, but large enough to maintain your style.

Tarte Infinite Glow Bestsellers Palette: Get a natural, radiant glow with this chic palette that has everything you need to tan, glow and pout in minutes flat! This bestsellers palette includes Park Ave Princess Mineral Powder Bronzer, award-winning Gel Cheek Stain in Tipsy and a moisturizing 24.7 Lip Sheer in a new shade May Flowers. This luxe faux-croc, compact with mirror is perfect for on-the-go application!

MAX Factor Vivid Impact Eyeshadow Duos in Domino Effect, Emerald Coast, and Peach Basket: Sweep on these loose powder eye shadows for a subtle shimmer or lay it on thick for a metallic effect. The couture-color combinations let you create vibrant shadow effects with the brilliant artistry of a pro.

DentaBurst “Be Ready To Shine” Kit: DentaBurst Freshening Teeth Cleaners are an effective way to clean teeth and freshen breath on-the-go. Unlike mints or gum, they remove plaque from the surfaces of teeth, leaving them feeling smooth and clean. The kit contains 72 individually-wrapped Dentaburst, a business card case, and a calendar/planner.

RoC Retinol Correxion Hand Repair Cream SPF15: This revolutionary formula not only moisturizes but has been scientifically shown to fortify the outer layer of skin and is clinically shown to even out the look of discolorations and age spots for more youthful looking hands. In addition, its SPF 15 UVA/UVB sunscreen protects hands from damaging UVA rays that may contribute to skin damage and premature aging of the skin. Allure Magazine Best of Beauty winner.

Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets: Oil-Absorbing Sheets soak up excess oil and remove shine from your face, without smudging makeup or leaving behind a residue. Use them anytime, anywhere to remove oil and shine throughout the day.

Aveeno Essential Moisture Lip Conditioner SPF 15: This unique lip treatment provides essential long-lasting moisturization to help condition and protect dry, chapped lips. With an exclusive combination of natural oatmeal and natural skin conditioners, including jojoba oil and shea butter, it restores moisture and locks it in long after applying. It contains UVA/UVB sunscreens to protect lips from the sun and is good for daily use.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Creations By Kage Handbag Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Tuesday, July 1st. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Wednesday, July 2nd, 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. & Canadian residents only.

And be sure to check out the other bag giveaways. You can enter all of the giveaways, but you can only win once. Good luck!

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