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

Dermadoctor Physical Chemistry


One of my all-time favorite products is Dermadoctor KP Duty, a dual action body exfoliator that combines the benefits of a chemical peel and microdermabrasion. It was developed to treat chicken skin - those little red bumps that many people get on their upper arms. But, for years, I've been using it to exfoliate my legs pre-shave.  There's really no body exfoliator CONTINUE READING

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Sephora by OPI: Digital Diva Nail Polish Collection

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digital+diva+sephora+opi Sephora by OPI: Digital Diva Nail Polish Collection
Introducing Digital Diva, the Spring 2009 nail color collection from Sephora by OPI.

With names like IM Beauty and Techno Girl, you’ll be texting pretty with Sephora by OPI’s exclusive collection of high-voltage pinks, oranges, and corals—just in time for spring.

Access 24/7 (juicy magenta pink)
Techno Girl (vivid azalea)
Lost Without My GPS (bright vintage orange-red)
I’m Wired (electric coral red)
Hi Def (rich tangerine)
IM Beauty (bright buttercup yellow)

Seal Wore Black Nail Polish to the 2009 Oscars!

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seal+black+manicure+oscars+2009 Seal Wore Black Nail Polish to the 2009 Oscars!
Upon closer inspection of Heidi Klum’s 2009 Oscar red carpet photos, I noticed that while Heidi opted for a nude nail, her husband decided to go goth. Check out Seal’s inky mani.

seal black nails oscars 2009 Seal Wore Black Nail Polish to the 2009 Oscars!
Photos: Wireimage

New York Fashion Week: Trip to the Creative Nail Design Studio

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 New York Fashion Week: Trip to the Creative Nail Design Studio

During New York Fashion Week, I visited the Creative Nail Design Studio to chat with the top nail pros about the nails they have created, in collaboration with the participating designers. CND nail technician Shelena Robinson was hard at work, crafting 40 sets of talons for the Baby Phat show. She meticulously layered Gold Chrome (to be released in Fall 2009) over Iced Capuccino. She told me that layering is one of the trends that CND is seeing for fall; it gives the nail a unique look, and is something women can easily do at home.

When I asked how long it takes to complete 40 sets of nails – like at Baby Phat – nail technician Kristina Baune explained that it takes 6-7 hours, especially with layered nail polish because the first color must completely dry before applying the second color. Otherwise, you run the risk of dragging and/or smearing.

Kristina said that the main nail color trend she predicts for fall is gray undertones. “Colors will be dirty and smoky, whether they be beige, pastels or reds. Gray isn’t as hard to wear as black. It wears a little bit softer so it’s not as dramatic when it gets all chipped up. It’s great for every day. It’s a great staple.”

 New York Fashion Week: Trip to the Creative Nail Design Studio

I concluded the interview by putting both technicians on the spot – asking them to name their favorite CND nail colors. Without really hesitating, Shelena put High Blue Dark, NFS and Decadence at the top of her list. Kristina’s favorites include Blue Blood (discontinued), Hyde in the Dark and Red Baroness.

 New York Fashion Week: Trip to the Creative Nail Design Studio

Last Fashion Week, the New York Times published The Unsung Heroes of Fashion Week, a fascinating slideshow that chronicles the work of CND artists. With a voiceover by Natasha Singer, the video captures the painstaking process these talented technicians underake to accessorize the nails at Fashion Week’s hottest shows. If you’re a nail phile, you really must take a look!

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New York Fashion Week: Baby Phat, Fall 2009

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baby+phat2 New York Fashion Week: Baby Phat, Fall 2009

For Baby Phat Fall 2009, Kimora Lee Simmons’ muse was the First Lady. “The inspiration is very sexy, curly hair but the length is Michelle Obama,” said Odile Gilbert, lead hairstylist. To achieve the look, models’ hair was put in rollers, teased within an inch of its life and shellac-ed with hairspray. When I asked if big hair will be a trend for fall, Odile cheekily answered, “It’s always a trend.”

model+at+baby+phat+fall+2009 New York Fashion Week: Baby Phat, Fall 2009

“We’re inspired by Michelle Obama,” said James Kaliardos, lead artist for MAC. “I mean, when else can you be inspired by a First Lady? I think she’s so inspiring and so great and so stylish. And she wears Isabella Toledo. Kimora wanted a soft, pretty, classic look. It’s like a soft, pretty peachy version. There’s a little glamour and a little glitter on the eyelid, which Michelle probably won’t do…so it’s a soft, pretty sculpted beautiful look. It’s not as over the top…last time it was Cher, and that’s like hyper glam. This is a little bit more pulled back, a little bit more sophisticated. We’re scuplting and shaping under the cheekbones and in the crease of the eyelid.”

To create the Michelle-inspired makeup, makeup artists used Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation, gold eye shadow, Cremesheen Glass lipgloss in Partial Pink, Pink Swoon Powder Blush and Zoom Lash Mascara. Individual eyelashes were applied to create a feathery and soft effect, which is “less drag queeny than a full strip,” James explained.

 New York Fashion Week: Baby Phat, Fall 2009

Angi Wingle from CND called the Baby Phat Fall 2009 nail look “All-American girl with edge.” “The theme is the Great Depression,” she said…so the nails had a pearlized metallic finish – which was achieved by layering Gold Chrome (to be released in Fall 2009) over Iced Capuccino. The nails were meant to look like jewelry…”to accent the collection, like buttons on a jacket.”

aoki+kimora+and+ming New York Fashion Week: Baby Phat, Fall 2009

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China Glaze Romantique Winners!

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china+glaze+romantique+collection China Glaze Romantique Winners!
Congratulations to Leah Asher and Kristina Mauclaire, winners of Spoiled Pretty’s Romantique Giveaway. Leah and Kristina will receive China Glaze Romantique, a stunning new collection of love-inspired shades. Featuring twelve, chrome finished hues, the Romantique collection brings you love in color with sweet nail lacquers in an assortment of harmonious shades for spring.

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest. And special thanks to the folks at China Glaze for making this giveaway possible.

Come back later today, when I’ll announce Spoiled Pretty’s next giveaway.

Superbowl Spa Day at Bliss

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superbown+nail+decals Superbowl Spa Day at Bliss
On Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers will meet in Tampa Bay for Superbowl XLIII.

If you’re a fan of either team, you could wear your team pride on your fingernails – with fun nail decals like these. Or you could take a page from this uber-fan’s playbook – and take the “tramp stamp” to a whole nuther level.

classy+steelers+fan Superbowl Spa Day at Bliss
Classy.

If you’re bitter – like me – because your team won’t play on Sunday (my Philadelphia Eagles choked in the NFC Championship Game*) or don’t give a kitty about football at all, Bliss has some great alternative activities planned

superbowl+facials+bliss Superbowl Spa Day at Bliss

*Though I’m upset that my Eagles won’t represent in Sunday’s game, I still have much love for: Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook and Brian Dawkins. I ain’t mad at ya, boys!

Oh Joy: China Glaze Romantique Giveaway!!!

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romantique Oh Joy: China Glaze Romantique Giveaway!!!Just in time for Valentine’s Day…

Love is in full bloom! Embark on a love affair this spring with China Glaze Romantique, a stunning new collection of love-inspired shades. Featuring twelve, chrome finished hues, the Romantique collection brings you love in color with sweet nail lacquers in an assortment of harmonious shades for spring. The Romantique collection includes:

china+glaze+romantique+cools Oh Joy: China Glaze Romantique Giveaway!!!
The Cools:
Admire – Lilac Shimmer
Adore – Turquoise Pearl
Awaken – Platinum Silver
Cherish – Shimmering Sea Green
Devotion – Metallic Lavender
Harmony – Brilliant Violet

Emotion – Berry Pink
Delight – Bubblegum Pink
Joy – Mauve Shimmer
Magical – Metallic Bronze
Passion – Gilded Gold
Poetic – Coral with Gold Flecks

I don’t know about you, but I think it’s so refreshing that China Glaze decided against the clichéd Valentine’s Day color palette. If I see one more brand pushing red and pink foil hearts floating in a bottle of clear lacquer, I’m going to scream.

As the name implies, these shades are romantic and whimsical, but the chrometastic finish gives them edge. The formula is pigment-rich, so you really only need one coat; however, metallics tend to highlight every ridge in the nail, so you would be smart to buff and/or apply a base coat, pre-polish.

My current faves are Magical and Joy. Speaking of Joy, I’d better keep this one away from Mama Spoiled Pretty (also named Joy) before she starts begging. Mom loves a purple polish, and she somehow manages to relieve me of almost every plum, grape and eggplanty shade that comes into my possession. But she did “bring me into this world” and “never let me want for anything” – so I suppose I could share.

While we’re on the topic of sharing…I’m pleased to announce that this week, Spoiled Pretty is teaming up with China Glaze for a romantical giveaway. Two sets of Romantique are up for grabs!!!

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, February 1st. Two winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, February 2nd, 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 only.

Good luck!

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