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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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Oprah’s Favorite Things For Summer

Posted on by daneen in Blush, Eye Shadow, Lipstick, Makeup Brush, Mascara, Nail Polish | 3 Comments

oprah fav+summer+things Oprahs Favorite Things For Summer
Today, Oprah surprised her audience with her top things for summer. When producers first approached O about doing this summer version of her favorite things show, she wasn’t feeling it. “My producers pleaded with me to do this topic today, and I didn’t want to do it,” Oprah said. “So I said, ‘Absolutely not. I am not doing Oprah’s Favorite Things for summer.’” But after thinking about it, Oprah changed her mind…good thing for her studio audience, fans around the globe, and the brands whose products made the cut.

gayle+and+oprah Oprahs Favorite Things For Summer
Gayle King, Oprah’s BFF and the editor-at-large of O, The Oprah Magazine, stopped by to unveil her favorite of the Spring Makeup O-wards.

ysl Oprahs Favorite Things For Summer“Don’t you hate it when you get something in very pretty packaging, and then you open it up and the product is not as good?” Gayle asks.

“The thing with Yves Saint Laurent is that we thought the packaging was so pretty and we liked all of the products. It was hard to pick just one, so we picked everything in the line—the marbled blush, the lipstick and the eyeshadow.”

lashblast Oprahs Favorite Things For SummerAnother standout is the CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara. “This was the first time anybody’s come to the offices with a scientist to explain how [the makeup] works,” Gayle says. “This is the scientific explanation: A dual polymer system keeps the mascara from migrating underneath your eyes. That’s code for it doesn’t smudge.”

opi+nic+sticks Oprahs Favorite Things For SummerOPI Nic Stick’s Paint & Go Nail Lacquer is a portable pen filled with nail polish, perfect for anyone who smudges as soon as they leave the salon.

cle+de+peau Oprahs Favorite Things For SummerNo one wants to wear heavy makeup in the summer heat, so Gayle’s final two favorites made the grade for their light texture.

Rimmel+Mousse+Blush Oprahs Favorite Things For SummerClé de Peau lipstick is silky and feels light on your lips,” Gayle says. “And I like the fact that it’s so sleek and slender in your purse.” She gave Rimmel Mousse Blush major props for its high-quality, light formula and low price.

nars+brush Oprahs Favorite Things For SummerOprah also added one of her beauty faves to the list – NARS Cosmetics Kabuki Artisan Botan Brush.

“I love a great brush,” she said. “It’s perfect for loose powder, for buffing and for blending.”

Click here to read about all of the O-wards winners.

Source: Oprah.com

Brides: Take The Clinique Lash Power Challenge

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Bridal Beauty Week ended last week, but that doesn’t mean Spoiled Pretty has forgotten about you brides-to-be.

clinique Brides: Take The Clinique Lash Power ChallengeBetween now and June 30, future brides can visit clinque.brides.com to download the Clinique Bridal Beauty Countdown Widget to help plan your day of bliss – including weekly wedding-prep tips for glowing skin and flawless makeup – right on their desktop. Once downloaded, Clinique will deliver a FREE SAMPLE of Lash Power Mascara. This mascara vows to stay put through rain, sweat, humidity and tears.

And for the chance to win every bride’s dream wedding day accessory (beautiful diamond jewelry valued at $5,000), Clinique invites women to submit a video of their best teary-eyed moment – weather watching a tear-jerking movie, jumping in a pool, or peeling an onion – showing Clinique Power Mascara standing up to the test. The winning submission will receive the diamond jewelry collection and three runners-up will receive a Clinique Makeup Artists on their wedding day for themselves and two friends.

SPINLASH Giveaway!

Posted on by daneen in Contest, Giveaway, Lashes, Mascara | 3 Comments

You spin me right round baby, right round,
Like a record baby, right round, round, round…

Since posting my review of SPINLASH, I have been inundated with comments and emails from you all. Does it really work? Is it worth the money? How fast does the brush actually spin? Should you be afraid of putting it near your eyes?

spinlash SPINLASH Giveaway!Instead of dedicating an entire post to answering your queries, I thought I would do something a bit more fun. And fabulous. How ’bout a SPINLASH giveaway?!?!

This week, we’re giving you the chance to win a SPINLASH of your very own. Five of you will get spoiled pretty with this genius gadget that separates, curls, coats, volumizes, and lengthens your lashes.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Spinlash Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight on Sunday, May 18th. Winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, May 19th, 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.

Good luck!

New From Besame: Gingerbread 1930s Waterproof Mascara

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BesameGingerbread New From Besame: Gingerbread 1930s Waterproof Mascara
Gingerbread isn’t something the average person would naturally associate with this time of year. But Besame is about to change all that.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Besame introduces their new Gingerbread 1930s Waterproof Mascara. Originally developed in the 30s, it contains only 8 ingredients (paraben-free and allergy-tested) to impart gorgeous and defined lashes. The formula is waterproof, but washes off easily with a mild cleaner. The “gingerbread” refers to the conditioning oils (which won’t irritate eyes and smell heavenly), not the color; food grade colorants give this mascara a deep, glossy black hue.

And the best part is that Gingerbread Mascara’s clump-free formula can be layered to your desired thickness and won’t smear.

besame+set New From Besame: Gingerbread 1930s Waterproof Mascara
As a special introductory Mother’s Day Set, Gingerbread Mascara is packaged with Besame’s exclusive Satin Roll and Mini Lip Glaze*. This set is a $40 value for $24, and the promotion runs through May 31st.

*Glaze color may vary.

The Motherload Giveaway!

Posted on by daneen in Contest, Fragrance, Giveaway, Highlighter, Mascara, Perfume, Powder | 9 Comments

mom+and+daughter The Motherload Giveaway!
This Sunday is Mother’s Day, a time to celebrate the woman who brought you into the world – and the lady who probably works your nerves more than any other. In honor of this special occasion, Spoiled Pretty is hosting another fabulous giveaway!

Three lucky ladies will win the motherload – a set of pretty prizes which includes:

multieffect+mascara The Motherload Giveaway!
Stila Multi-Effect Mascara is a true multi-tasker. It volumizes, lengthens, and curls with just the right amount of building power! Experience this ultimate mascara – and make a lash-ing impression.

face+contouring+trio The Motherload Giveaway!
Stila Face Contouring Trio is a set of three shading powders to sculpt your facial features. For a slimmed down nose, larger eyes, and sculpted cheek bones use both the light and dark matte shades with the highlighter flash.

cynthia+rowley The Motherload Giveaway!
Cynthia Rowley has teamed with Avon to create two new fashionable floral scents, aptly named Flower and Petal. The fragrances celebrate the bonds between women (especially mothers and daughters) everywhere. Flower is feminine and flirty, yet sophisticated. Every note was hand-picked by Cynthia herself, creating a bouquet of florals surrounded by warm woods and musks. The notes include: Casablanca Lily, Freesia, Cashmere Woods, Warm Vanilla, Skin Musk, Velvet Woods, and Sandalwood. “I like that the fragrance is complex, with so many disparate notes, but has such a simple name—Flower,” says Cynthia.

Petal is the bud to the grownup Flower. To create Petal, Cynthia wanted to take the essence of Flower and design a scent that was lighter with a more carefree sensibility. Her eight-year-old daughter even helped pick the notes that would make up the final bouquet. The result is a floral green fragrance that captures the innocent, youthful blush of freshly bloomed Lily of the Valley – and was made to be worn by young girls as well as women who are young at heart.

Each set is worth $103!

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Tell me what you love most about your mom or your favorite thing about being a mom – and attach a pic of you with your mom or your child(ren). I will be posting the photos of the winners…so don’t send a pic you don’t want published.

Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Motherload Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight, May 10th. Winners will be chosen at from among the entrants. On Sunday, May 11th (Mother’s Day), 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.

Good luck!

SPINLASH!!!

Posted on by daneen in Mascara | 10 Comments

I’m addicted to magazines. No, really. I have a problem. Every month, I buy every fashion/beauty/celebrity gossip mag you can name and read them cover to cover. And I don’t subscribe because I can’t bear spying one of my faves on a magazine rack before it shows up in my mailbox. Yeah, it’s an expensive compulsion.

Anyway, my husband marvels how I can spend hours reading one of my mags. I dog-ear pages and take copious notes so that I can later share with all of you. For the past few months, I’ve been seeing these ads – towards the back of the magazine – for this new invention called SPINLASH. This mascara has a rotating brush that simultaneously separates, organizes, shapes, coats, lengthens and volumizes eyelashes. Allegedly. Sounds amazing, right? But how credible can this product be when it’s pictured right next to that weight-loss supplement ad (you know the one with the woman wearing the same neon bikini in her before and after pics)?

spinlash SPINLASH!!!So I got my hands (and lashes) on SPINLASH to see if the product lives up to the hype. And to my surprise, it did! Here’s the dish…

SPINLASH uses a rotating rubber brush that simultaneously combs and coats lashes. The motion of the rotating brush is slow and steady, so there’s no need to fear putting this near your eyes. The brush rotates 360 degrees in both directions for upper and lower lashes, and to accommodate right and left-handed users. It comes with either black or brownish black mascara that is safe for contact lens wearers…but the best part about SPINLASH is that you can use it with your favorite mascara! Just use your mascara’s regular brush to apply to the SPINLASH brush…it’s really just that easy.

SPINLASH retails for $14.95 and is available at Target, CVS, Claire’s and other mass retailers nationwide – as well as at SPINLASH.com.

Clinique Lash Power Mascara Long-Wearing Formula

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Here’s a conundrum you probably can relate to:

You’re touching up your makeup and want to add some extra oomph to your lashes. You can’t just remove your eye makeup and start from scratch. But then again, applying a fresh coat of mascara on top of the old coat will lead to major clumps. What to do?

Try this tip from makeup artist, Molly R. Stern: Before reapplying mascara, wet your fingers slightly and moisten your lashes to soften the dried product. Then swipe on a fresh coat.

clinique mascara Clinique Lash Power Mascara Long Wearing FormulaOr you could just apply Clinique’s new Lash Power Mascara Long-Wearing Formula in the AM for fresh-looking, fabulous lashes all day. It holds up for 24 hours and lasts through rain, humidity, sweat, and tears – but easily washes off with warm water. You’ll marvel at how weightless the wand feels in your hand. And if you’re looking for some serious lash lengthening and clump-free definition, look no further.

Available in Black Onyx and Dark Chocolate.

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