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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Nail Polish You And Your Man Can Enjoy

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 Nail Polish You And Your Man Can Enjoy
For years, I have been blaming Mr. Spoiled Pretty for my raggedy looking nails. I’m too scatterbrained and busy to schedule regular manicures. And whenever I pull out the polish stockpile, Graham makes this face that translates to, “If you care about my brain cells, you’ll put away the polish.”

Most times Graham makes this face, I begrudgingly return the polishes to their hideaway beneath the bathroom sink…not because I’m really concerned about his brain cells (he’s really smart, so he has some to spare). Really, it’s so that I don’t have to hear him yammer on about the caustic smell of the fumes – and how women do such ridiculous things in the name of beauty.

Well, I’m tickled (perfect) pink to report that Sula Beauty has answered my nail polish prayers.

Sula’s collection of non-toxic Nail Colours don’t smell like traditional polishes. In fact, they don’t really smell like anything at all – unless you place the bottle under your nose and take a whiff. And even then, the scent is barely noticeable. Another treat – the polishes are specially designed to be worn with whimsy. The water-based formula can be peeled off in one clean sweep – no harsh polish remover required; which means no funny faces or lip from Mr. Spoiled Pretty when it comes time to take it off. For longer wear, simply apply a protective clear top and base coat.

 Nail Polish You And Your Man Can EnjoySula Nail Colour is available in Perfect Pink, Crimson Red, Champagne Coral and Modern Mauve.

I’m crossing my manicured fingers that Sula adds more colors to the collection.

90210 No…OPI’s New Collection Is Inspired By The New Series?

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90210+by+OPI 90210 No...OPIs New Collection Is Inspired By The New Series?

As I reported back in July, OPI debuted a limited-edition nail polish collection inspired by Beverly Hills spoiled brats…just not the ones I/we were expecting.

90210 by OPI is comprised of these three shades:

Queen of West Web-erly: purple shimmer

Sweet as Annie-thing! – orange red
Pretty & Privileged – ruby red

Um, OPI – where in the ham sandwich are my Brenda, Kelly and Donna-inspired colors? I realize that this is just a marketing vehicle for the new series, but how badass would it have been to see the above shades to go head-to-head with polishes inspired by the true queens of West Beverly High? How about an inky color to match Dylan’s Porsche 356 Speedster? And how simple would it have been to whip up a silvery shade inspired by David? Ugh…this collection had so much promise.

Anybody actually watch this new 90210? Me neither.

Lancôme Le Vernis Giveaway Winner Revealed!

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lancome le vernis Lancôme Le Vernis Giveaway Winner Revealed!Congrats to Erica Bogese, the winner of Spoiled Pretty’s Lancôme Le Vernis Giveaway. Erica will win a full sized bottle of Le Vernis – Divine Lasting Color & Shine in Midnight Glam, from their 2008 holiday color collection, C’est Magnifique.

Thanks to everyone who entered. And special thanks to Lancôme for sponsoring such a wonderful contest for Spoiled Pretty readers. Merci beaucoup, Lancôme!

And while we’re on the topic of giveaways, don’t forget to enter the Krina giveaway – for your chance to win the Calista handbag (a favorite of celebs like Reese Witherspoon and Katherine Heigl)!

Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Giveaway Winners

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 Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Giveaway Winners
Congrats to Emily Cibelli and Molly Taylor, winners of the Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Giveaway.

Emily and Molly will receive the Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Salon Nail Lacquer Fall 2008 Collection, which includes the following sumptuous shades: Raven’s Wing (black with silver glitter), Moonstone (silver pearl metallic), Quartz Chameleon (pinky-nude with shimmer), Divinity (pale toffee with shimmer), The Good Earth (deep dark chocolate with shimmer), Cruel Heart (scarlet with shimmer), Alchemy (dark grape with shimmer), Torrid Bloom (deep fuchsia crème), Night Lily (plummy crème) and Stormy Blue (smoky silver/blue metallic).

Many thanks to Sally Hansen for sponsoring the contest and for supporting my mission to spoil y’all pretty.

Didn’t win? Try your luck with the Lancome Le Vernis Giveaway – one lucky winner will receive Le Vernis – Divine Lasting Color & Shine in Midnight Glam, a limited-edition, holiday shade.

Lancome’s Holiday 2008 Collection – Plus a Giveaway!

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Holiday08 Beauty Lancomes Holiday 2008 Collection   Plus a Giveaway!
No matter who’s on your list this year, there’s something in Lancôme’s holiday color collection, C’est Magnifique, for everyone. The new collection includes:

Holiday Color 2008 Entire Collection l Lancomes Holiday 2008 Collection   Plus a Giveaway!* Color Design Eyeshadow Quad (in Glamour Première and Hollywood Seductive): Design eyes with a color designer’s palette of finishes: from shimmer to sheen, metallic to matte. Micro-aired powder technology offers supreme smoothness and blendability in the sultriest new shades.

* Juicy Tubes Ultra Shiny Lip Gloss (in Icon of Stage, In All Her Splendor, Luminous in Lace, Showered in Diamonds and Pretty in Pink): Just in time for the holiday season, this limited edition Juicy Tubes collection offers sheer to shimmer coverage with a burst of color.

* Le Rouge Absolu – Reshaping & Replenishing LipColour SPF 15 (in Cinema Noir, Bordeaux, Pampered and Golden Girl ): Smoother. Fuller. Absolutely replenished lips. This advanced lip color provides 6-hour care with continuous moisture and protective Vitamin E. Features plumping polymer and non-feathering color to define and reshape lips. Choose from an array of absolutely luxurious shades with a lustrous pearl or satin cream finish.

* Artliner Precision Point EyeLiner (Star Studded and Midnight Glam): This easy-to-handle, liquid pen features a uniquely shaped foam tip that lets you precision-line, shape and define your eyes.

* Virtuôse Black Carat – Divine Lasting Curves, Length & Volume Mascara (in Black Carat): All-in-one mascara lengthens, volumizes, and curves lashes all day. Enriched with black essence pigments, the formula glides on easily and gives a deep, black result. Long-lasting formula is virtually smudge-proof, tear-proof and easily removable.

* Le Vernis – Divine Lasting Color & Shine (in Midnight Glam and In All Her Splendor): It is Lancôme’s most technically-advanced nail polish. Your fingertips and toes will love the boost of color and lasting shine that stays put for up to seven days. Its cutting edge, soft-sculpt brush embraces the shape of each nail for perfectly even coverage in one coat with no clumps.

* Color Design – Sensational Effects Shimmering Eye Stylo (in Award Winning Gold, Fashion Flair Bronze and Modelesque Plum): Intense shimmer in a smooth-going, loose powder, eye shadow pen that builds a look with layers of color and light, from simply sparkling to seriously glamorous.

View the entire collection here.

lancome+le+vernis Lancomes Holiday 2008 Collection   Plus a Giveaway!Can’t wait to get your hands on the collection? Well, you’re in luck because Spoiled Pretty is giving away Le Vernis – Divine Lasting Color & Shine in Midnight Glam. One lucky winner will receive a full sized bottle of this limited-edition, on-trend shade.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Lancome Le Vernis Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Wednesday, December 3rd. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Thursday, December 4th, 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. and Canadian residents only.

Good luck!

Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Giveaway!!!

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 Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Giveaway!!!
You didn’t think that this week would end without a giveaway, did you? Tsk, tsk…you should know better than that. My main thrill in life is a giveaway. It gives me a sense of control in a world full of chaos.

So this week, Spoiled Pretty has joined forces with Sally Hansen for a fashion-forward, trend-setting giveaway. Two winners will receive Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Fall 2008 Color Collection, an anthology of 10 stylish shades that compliment Reese’s nature-inspired Fall 2008 collection.

 Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Giveaway!!!According to Tracy Reese, customers “aren’t afraid to be noticed.” I think the same can be said of the women who wear this nail polish collection, which marks the fifth collaboration between the designer and Sally Hansen. The colors are luxurious and rich, yet understated and refined.

Shades include: Raven’s Wing* (black with silver glitter), Moonstone (silver pearl metallic), Quartz Chameleon (pinky-nude with shimmer), Divinity* (pale toffee with shimmer), The Good Earth* (deep dark chocolate with shimmer), Cruel Heart (scarlet with shimmer), Alchemy* (dark grape with shimmer), Torrid Bloom* (deep fuchsia crème), Night Lily (plummy crème) and Stormy Blue (smoky silver/blue metallic).

The Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Salon Nail Lacquer Fall 2008 Collection (only $6 each!) is available at drugstores and mass market retailers nationwide. Though I know you’re tempted to run out right now and buy up every single shade, why not try your luck first and enter the giveaway?

 Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Giveaway!!!To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Sally Hansen/Tracy Reese Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Thursday, November 27th. Two winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Friday, November 28th, 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. and Canadian residents only.

Good luck!

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Recessionista’s Fabuless Pick of the Week: OPI You Don’t Know Jacques!

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 Recessionistas Fabuless Pick of the Week: OPI You Dont Know Jacques!
I haven’t been in a nail salon since June of 2007, so when Deidre, a fellow Philadelphia blogger, and I made plans to finally get together for some beauty-related fun, I had a brilliant idea. We would go get our nails did. So last night after work, I met Deidre on the corner of 17th and Locust and took her to City Nails, a nail salon I’ve passed by for the past three years but have never stepped inside.

Once we took off our coats, the nail technicians directed us to to pick our colors. So we walked over to the wall o’ polishes, a veritable playground of polishes.

opi you+don%27t+know+jacques Recessionistas Fabuless Pick of the Week: OPI You Dont Know Jacques!Determined to take my own advice and rock the “greige” nail look that Glamour says is all the rage, I spun the displays looking for OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques!. I got a little anxious when I couldn’t locate a bottle of the dirty taupe lacquer. Then Deidre tapped me on the shoulder and excited exclaimed that she’d found her fave. I turned around to see her holding the polish I had been searching for. Right then and there, I knew Deidre and I were gonna get along fine. Almost immediately, I found a second bottle of You Don’t Know Jacques! – so we took our seats to begin our tandem, identical manicures.

Fast forward 15 minutes later…we couldn’t stop stealing glances at each other’s hands, marveling at how the sooty chocolate shade flattered both of our skin tones. And a half hour later, while talking beauty shop at a nearby Starbucks, we carefully clutched our coffee cups – as not to destroy the perfect handiwork of City Nails. Check out Deidre’s nails to appreciate how You Don’t Know Jacques! compliments different complexions.

If you are a regular reader of Spoiled Pretty, you know that while I love me some beauty products, I don’t use superlatives very often. So when I say that You Don’t Know Jacques! is the the most magnificent nail color I have ever worn, you know I’m not just high on nail polish fumes. It is so gorgeous that it has taken me twice as long to finish this review, because I keep getting distracted…hypnotized by my delishiously dark mani.

You Don’t Know Jacques!, the star of OPI’s La Collection de France, is soon to join my own private stock because I cannot LIVE without this shade in my lifestyle.

You. Must. Go. Buy. This. Polish. There’s really nothing more to say. If this review doesn’t convince you to drop everything and go invest $8 in the most stunning nail shade eva – well, you don’t know jack.

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