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

Mineral Makeup

Polished: Bare Minerals

Posted on by Alyssa in Featured, Mineral Makeup | Leave a comment

bare minerals kit Polished: Bare MineralsThis mineral powder make up system is something that I have heard about for a long time, but was never really interested in trying. My routine of L’Oreal True Match foundation (as concealer) and all over pressed powder worked just fine, and was both convenient and easy.

Recently, my skin decided to completely revolt. My skin is usually normal to combination, I break out in the usual sweaty T-zone places, with the occasional stress zit thrown in for good measure. Suddenly, I was getting dry patches where I am usually oily, being oily where I am usually normal, and was breaking out all over the place for no reason. Fantastic. Though this has been a wicked summer (100+ degree heat wave, anyone?), I knew that I had to change what I was putting on my face every day.

Enter Bare Minerals. I got a starter kit that included a concealer brush, a buffing brush, concealer, foundation, and mineral veil. I was totally skeptical. How was this powder possibly going to cover my dark circles and other imperfections? Wouldn’t I just sweat it off immediately? Was it really going to stick to my face at all in the first place?

bare minerals 1 1024x682 Polished: Bare MineralsI applied concealer under my eyes, and across any breakouts that needed covering. I then buffed the mineral foundation onto my skin, brushing in small circles. I used the equivalent of two “coats” – going over each area twice with a newly dipped brush. I then applied mineral veil, a translucent powder that was supposed to magically keep this all in place. CONTINUE READING

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Fix For Flaky Foundation

Posted on by daneen in Beauty Tips, Dry Skin, Makeup Mondays with Mario, Mario Dedivanovic, Mineral Makeup, Moisturizer | Leave a comment
mmwmd Makeup Mondays With Mario: Fix For Flaky Foundation

Celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic is answering your burning beauty questions!!! Every Monday, he will answer a beauty/skin care question as part of a weekly column on Spoiled Pretty, Makeup Mondays with Mario.

dry+skin Makeup Mondays With Mario: Fix For Flaky FoundationHelp me, Mario. I have super dry skin and no matter what I do or how much moisturizer I use, my skin always looks flaky when I wear foundation. What am I doing wrong? If anyone can help me, I know it’s you!

Thanks,
Kaitlin

Hi Kaitlin,

Flaky skin can be a result of a skin condition such as eczema. If you haven’t already done so, please have your skin checked by a dermatologist to determine what the problem is – if any – and the appropriate treatment you may need.

I find that with very dry skin, it’s good to use a tinted moisturizer. Stay away from setting powders which will absorb all the skin’s moisture and bring attention to flaky, dry areas.

Another option is to use Bare Minerals mineral powder foundation – it works beautifully on dry, flaky skin and even gives a glow!

Thanks for visiting Makeup Mondays with Mario!

xo,
Mario

Got a question for Mario? Email your makeup and skin care queries to spoiledprettyquestions@gmail.com, and check back next Monday to read Mario’s expert advice!

Jane Iredale Chocolicks Lip Glosses: Holiday Beauty Gift Guide

Posted on by daneen in Lipgloss, Lips, Mineral Makeup | Leave a comment

jane+iredale+chocoholicks Jane Iredale Chocolicks Lip Glosses: Holiday Beauty Gift GuideI’m adding the Jane Iredale Chocolicks Lip Gloss set to Spoiled Pretty’s Holiday Beauty Gift Guide – although once you buy it, I doubt you’ll be able to resist your selfish urges and actually give it away.

This collection of mini lip glosses offers any chocoholic four decadent options to satisfy her sweet tooth. And the set gets brownie points for the clever packaging.

What’s even better? These glosses are formulated with 100% natural ingredients; sunflower seed oil has antioxidant benefits and jojoba seed oil hydrates!

* Truffle: rich brown gloss tastes of double chocolate
* Chocolate Orange: shimmering brown gloss tastes like dark chocolate and zesty orange
* Strawberry Cream: glossy pink that tastes like fresh strawberries and white chocolate
* Caramel: sheer bronze gloss with buttery sweetness

The glosses’ pigments are subtle and sheer, so they’re sure to compliment any complexion. They’re on the sticky side, so if you have an aversion to tacky glosses (I happen to be an equal opportunity lipgloss lover) – this is something to note.

The Jane Iredale Chocoholicks Lip Gloss set ($44) is available at dermstore.com and drugstore.com.

For more expert gift picks, check out Spoiled Pretty’s 2009 Holiday Beauty Gift Guide!

20% Off Bare Escentuals Get Started Kit at Sephora!

Posted on by daneen in Coupon Code, Discounts, Mineral Makeup | Leave a comment

Bare+Minerals 20% Off Bare Escentuals Get Started Kit at Sephora!

For one week only, get 20% off Bare Escentuals Get Started Kits at Sephora (originally, $60 – now $48). Shop in stores or on line. If you purchase at Sephora.com, this item ships for free! Enter code GETSTARTED at checkout.

Revlon Colorstay Mineral Mousse Makeup: Buy Right Now!

Posted on by daneen in Foundation, Mineral Makeup | Leave a comment

revlon+colorstay+mineral+mousse+makeup Revlon Colorstay Mineral Mousse Makeup: Buy Right Now!At the risk of sounding snobbish, I haven’t worn drugstore foundation since college. And even then, it looked a hot mess. But I was broke and I didn’t have any other options.

Since then, I’ve been making my foundation purchases at Sephora and the department store beauty counters because my color is difficult to match and it’s near impossible for me to buy without trying. And even if I did find a close color match, the formulation was either too dry, too greasy, too sheer or too opaque for my persnickety skin.

But I’ve changed my tune since I attended a Revlon event last week in New York City. We bloggers went home with a bunch of Revlon’s newest goodies…and my favorite, by far, is their Colorstay Mineral Mousse Makeup. Since I tried it, it has become my go-to foundation. Can you believe? For less than $14, you can purchase one of the best foundations I’ve tried all year.

Colorstay Mineral Mousse Makeup has a unique air-whipped texture that dries to a soft matte finish…perfect for those with oily and combination skin. It wears like a dream all day, averting the mid-day greasies. The coverage is sheer enough to let your skin breathe, but not so heavy that it looks like a mask. I apply it with the BeautyBlender sponge to ensure a seamless finish. And I swear that my acne has taken a little time out since I started using it.

Do yourself a favor and go buy Revlon’s Colorstay Mineral Mousse Makeup right now.

Mary Kay Giveaway!

Posted on by daneen in Contest, Eye Shadow, Giveaway, Makeup Remover, Mineral Makeup | Leave a comment
mary+kay+mini+mineral+eye+shadow+quad 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+eye+makeup+remover Mary Kay Giveaway!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 spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. 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!

I’ve Fallen Hard For Urban Decay’s Fall 2009 Collection

Posted on by daneen in Eye Liner, Eye Shadow, Foundation, Lip Pencil, Lipstick, Mineral Makeup, Primer | Leave a comment
urban+decay+fall+2009 Ive Fallen Hard For Urban Decays Fall 2009 Collection

Though summer has just begun, fall makeup collections are popping up left and right. Not to be outdone, Urban Decay (one of my all-time favorite brands) just dropped 30+ products like they’re hot. And they are. Take one look at the this virtual look book and try not to buy. I dare you. Makeup junkies, just try to keep those purse strings tight and see how that works out for you.

The Urban Decay Fall 2009 Collection includes:

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Ink For Eyes Cream Eyeliner: It’s everything you want in a cream eyeliner! More precise than a pencil, more forgiving than a liquid, this super-smooth formula offers more control, play time, and buildable coverage than your average liner. Create razor-sharp lines or smoky bedroom eyes… the creamy formula and double-ended applicator make it easy. Try the angled liner brush for precise details, or use the smudger for blending and drama. Available in Binge (midnight blue), Demolition (brown), Empire (eggplant), Loaded (deep green), Pyrotechnics (iridescent glitter, clear base), and Zero (black).

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Complexion Primer Potion – Pore Perfecting: Smooth on a little Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Potion before foundation (or alone!) to totally minimize the look of pores and fine lines. The velvety, paraben-free formula flashes down to a soft-matte finish, without the greasy, heavy feel sometimes associated with foundation primers. The result? Flawless skin with an airbrushed look and feel. Foundation applies smoothly, evenly, and won’t fade away. Ideal for oilier skin, but dry complexions who want pore perfection will love it, too.

Complexion Primer Potion – Brightening: Dull skin? Fine lines? Disappearing foundation? Try Brightening Complexion Primer Potion under foundation (or alone!) for beautifully moisturized skin that looks brighter and feels tighter. This lightweight, oil-free, paraben-free formula includes buzz-worthy ingredient Matrixyl 3000, celebrated for its ability to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Hyaluronic Filling Spheres also minimize the look of fine lines while leaving skin beautifully moisturized. Your skin will look youthful, lifted and firm, and your foundation will apply smoothly, evenly, and last longer!

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Eyelash Primer Potion: Wave this magic wand before your favorite mascara for lashes that appear thicker, longer and stronger…right before your very eyes. Tiny fibers band together, cling to every lash, and construct towers of Babel… reaching for heavenly lashes. Just apply Eyelash Primer Potion, then apply your favorite mascara as usual. Your lashes will look fake, but the magic is real.

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Lip Primer Potion: This invisible primer lays a silky foundation for your favorite lipstick or gloss. Color is truer, applies smoother, lasts longer, and will not fade or feather. The easy-glide formula feels velvety-soft, without the drying feeling often associated with long-lasting lip color. The formula includes SPF 15 (yay!) and moisturizing Vitamins A, C and E for a primer that protects and perfects.

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Deluxe Eyeshadow: Created with maximum staying power, Deluxe Eyeshadows offer incredibly long-lasting wear that won’t fade (especially when paired with Urban Decay’s miraculous Eyeshadow Primer Potion). Available in three new shades: Freakshow (deep purple w/red sheen), Frigid (deep purple w/blue sheen) and Ruthless (pale sandy taupe shimmer).

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Lipsticks: The luxuriously creamy formula nourishes and protects lips with Vitamins A, C, and E. Hyaluronic Spheres are added to stimulate cellular function, prevent dehydration, and fill-in lines and wrinkles—now, how many Lipsticks can do that?! The teardrop-shape bullet (etched with an Urban Decay logo) is infused with a decadent crème caramel scent and flavor. Yum. Available in three new shades: Confession (deep, semi-sheer burgundy), Naked (creamy pink-nude) and Oil Slick (glossy black w/silver microsparkle).

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24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils: Just like Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils, these Lip Pencils are guaranteed to last, and also contain Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, and Cottonseed Oil to nourish the skin and improve the smoothness of application. They’re the perfect complement to Urban Decay Lipsticks, Stains, and Glosses. Available in two new shades: Paranoid (dark pinky nude) and Wallflower (medium nude).

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Surreal Skin Cream-to-Powder Foundation: This ultra-lightweight formula transforms from a decadent cream to a micro-fine powder upon contact with skin. The light-as-air texture glides on effortlessly and feels as natural as your own skin. (No heavy, greasy, or powdery makeup texture.) Lighter than liquid, the buildable formula gives you all the coverage you desire, without the pore-clogging effects of heavier foundations – you can even wear it as a concealer. Available in eight shades.

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Surreal Skin Mineral Makeup: Use a little for sheer coverage or keep puffing for heavier coverage. Titanium dioxide, a major ingredient, provides formulation color and great coverage. The handy on/off switch means you can toss it in your purse – no spills. Available in four new shades.

I’m lusting after this entire collection, and I think the feelings are mutual because every single product is calling my name…especially, the Ink For Eyes Cream Eyeliner. Which ones have you at hola?

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