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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Nailing It: OPI Don’t Socra-tease Me!

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Dont+Socra tease+Me Nailing It: OPI Dont Socra tease Me!My friend Angela just got her nails did again. Last time, she rocked OPI’s Pompeii Purple. This time around, she went with Don’t Socra-tease Me, a spicy orange. As you can see, it’s hot like fiya!

Orange makeup is in full effect this summer, and painting some on your nails is an easy way to try the trend. Angela wears it well – don’t you think?

Check back in a two weeks for the next edition of Nailing It.

Nailing It: OPI Pompeii Purple

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nailing+it+opi+pompeii+purple Nailing It: OPI Pompeii Purple
My friend, Angela, has the most fabulous nails.

pompeii+purple Nailing It: OPI Pompeii PurpleEvery two weeks, she visits her local nail salon and emerges with the most marvelous manicure. And Angela doesn’t play coy when it comes to color. With nail polish, she goes for the gusto. Right now, Ange is rocking OPI’s Pompeii Purple – a shimmery magenta. Oooh…pretty!

Since I’m lazy when it comes to doing my own nails, I will be featuring Angela’s on a regular basis. Check back in early July for the next edition of Nailing It. I can’t wait to see what shade she chooses next!

Trend Alert: Fluorescent Fingernails

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Fancy yourself a nail trendsetter like Rihanna? Then the next addition to your beauty arsenal must be Essie’s Neon Collection.

Even if you’re a bit color-shy, your little piggies will love these polishes. In fact, these eye-popping shades are so sublime, your fingers will be jealous that your toes are having all the fun!

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The Neon Collection consists of four va-va-voom varnishes:

Short Shorts: shockingly flamingo pink (see above)
Mini Shorts: vibrant orange pop
Shorty Pants: light up the night electric yellow
Bermuda Shorts: high-voltage violet

Each color is such a superstar, it’s hard to play favorites. I can tell you my mom’s fave, though…she pleaded and pestered me until I surrendered Bermuda Shorts.

Essie’s Neon Collection is limited-edition, so get ‘em while they’re hot. And they’re hot, trust me.

Hand Sands

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On the hunt for the secret to making your manicure and pedicure last during the beach season? Neri Ortega, nail expert of Butterfly Studio Salon, recommends the following for a long lasting, perfect manicure without chipping:

1. Following a hand massage, it is vital to clean the nail bed twice with acetone or acetone free nail polish remover to make sure that there are no emollients left on the nail- a clean, oil free nail bed is the most important part of a lasting manicure, as it creates a clean surface to begin on.

2. Continue with a protein based base coat- this is key in keeping polish from chipping. A strengthening treatment like OPI’s Nail Envy, works wonderfully to keep nails strong, and polish from chipping.

3. Following the application of polish, a good basic top coat is needed. Neri recommends Essie, and prefers classic top coats over “quick dry” as she finds that quick dry top coats tend to peel faster.

4. Pushing back cuticles rather than cutting them will also help a manicure last longer. To keep nail polish looking shiny and new, and cuticles from looking dull and ashy, she recommends a good cuticle moisturizer like Solar Oil – the oil treatment will multi-task to keep your manicure going for extra days.

With tips this easy, the hardest part will be choosing your favorite color!

New Trend: Imperfect Polish

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According to the New York Times, chipped nail polish is the new thang. But not everyone can get away with it.

“A girl with skinny jeans and a great bag looks like she did it on purpose,” said Deborah Lippman, a manicurist who has worked on the hands of Gwyneth Paltrow, Mary J. Blige and Madonna. “Those damn skinny girls can get away with murder.”

My nails typically look jacked, so I suppose I’m ahead of the curve.

Click here to read the article in its entirety. I dare you not to laugh at the absurdity of it all.

Photo: nytimes.com

Gossip Girl: Nail The Look

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Serena, don’t be sad.
Your nail polish looks fab.

For the last 24+ hours, I have been obsessing over Serena’s nail polish from the May 12th eppy of Gossip Girl. Check out the following pics and drink in the frosty golden mauvelousness.

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To replicate the look, I rifled through my lacquer arsenal, and found three that were just about spot-on.

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Essie Tea & Crumpets is a subtle, ladylike frosted beige.

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Essie Mambo is a frosty mocha.

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Boys in the Bottle Frank N’ Flesh is a shimmery pink/purple nude.

I just about hit the nail on the head, right? Get it? Nail…on…the…never mind.

xoxo,
Spoiled Pretty

What’s The Scoop?

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nail scoop Whats The Scoop?I love nail polish. But to be honest – I don’t wear it all that often because I’m too lazy/busy to do them myself or to go get them done. So nine times out of ten, you’ll see me with bare nails.

Because I sport nekkid nails so often, one of my pet peeves is gunk under my fingernails. Anytime I’m playing the waiting game or trying to kill time, I find myself picking at my nails – making sure they’re not embarrassing me.

I used to think that orange sticks were great, but you really don’t know what you’re missing until you’ve tried the Sephora Brand Nail Scoop Cleaner. It’s got this miniature scoop on the one end that really gets under nails and removes every little bit of debris. Quickly and easily. It’s one of those beauty implements that makes you think, “What did I ever do without this in my life?”

$14 at Sephora

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