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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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Ted Gibson Opens Washington DC Salon

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ted+gibson+washington+dc+salon Ted Gibson Opens Washington DC Salon
On Monday, celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson opened the doors to his Washington-area salon, located at The Collection in Chevy Chase, MD. On opening day, the 24-chair, 4,000-square-foot salon was visited by actress Anne Hathaway and actress and R&B singer Tatyana Ali, best known for her role as Ashley Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

Ted is perhaps most known for toiling over the tresses of top celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Amanda Bynes, Demi Moore, Renée Zellweger, Joy Bryant, Anne Hathaway, Elettra Rossellini, Claire Danes, Petra Nemcova, Keira Knightley, Gabrielle Union, Jessica Alba, Diane Sawyer, Sara Foster, Vanessa Carlton and Amerie.

Click here to get familiar with Ted’s blog, In His Beauty Universe. And be sure to check out his wicked styling of Tony award winning actress Idina Menzel…I luvred her in Rent!

First Look: Dolce & Gabbana’s New Makeup Line

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scarlett+johansson+dolce+gabanna First Look: Dolce & Gabbanas New Makeup Line
Dolce & Gabbana will launch it’s first color cosmetics line early next month. And as you can see, the duo tapped Scarlett Johansson to be the face of the collection.

dolce+gabbana+new+makeup+line First Look: Dolce & Gabbanas New Makeup LineThe collection, which hits stores early next month, includes powder foundation, eyeliner, eyeshadow duos, mascara with a peppery fragrance, blush, bronzer, lip liner, gloss, rose-scented lipstick, and nail polish. Products will cost between $20 and $59.

“We see makeup as another thing for women, like a dress. We worked on the makeup line like we work on a clothing collection — you can change makeup like you can change your clothes, depending on your mood,” Stefano Gabbana told Women’s Wear Daily. “For me, lipstick is one of the most important things. When I see a woman made-up, I look straight to the lips,” he added.

Dolce & Gabbana’s new line was created with a helping hand from Pat McGrath. And the designers hint that if the cosmetics collection is successful, a skincare range could be on the horizon.

Spoiled Pretty Exclusive: How To Replicate Robert Pattinson’s Bloodthirsty, Berry Lips in Twilight – Straight From Movie’s Head Makeup Artist!

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twilight+edward+wallpaper Spoiled Pretty Exclusive: How To Replicate Robert Pattinsons Bloodthirsty, Berry Lips in Twilight – Straight From Movies Head Makeup Artist!
The day after Thanksgiving, Amber and I met for lunch at The Cheesecake Factory then meandered around the Willow Grove Mall – killing time before a 4:30pm showing of Twilight. To say that we’re a wee bit obsessed with Twilight is a wee bit of an understatement. That afternoon, I was seeing the movie for the second time…and Amber had officially “blown her entire allowance” seeing Twilight FOUR times in one week.

benefit+ms+behavin Spoiled Pretty Exclusive: How To Replicate Robert Pattinsons Bloodthirsty, Berry Lips in Twilight – Straight From Movies Head Makeup Artist!Before leaving the mall and heading to the movie theater, we made a pit stop in Sephora – as beauty bloggers are wont to do when they congregate. We had heard that Twilight’s makeup artist used Benefit’s Silky Finish Lipstick in Ms. Behavin (mulberry glaze) on Robert Pattinson, who plays Edward Cullen in the film – and also on Edward’s film family. So Amber swiped some on, in an attempt to replicate Edward’s vampy lip. She got a kick out of wearing it to the movie, knowing that Robert Pattinson’s lips would be dressed in the same shade.

Ms. Behavin looked gorge on Amber, but something was different between her lips and those of the Twilight vampires. Amber’s lips were much glossier. So for a week, the question weighed on me as I tried to figure out how the movie’s makeup department managed to make the glossy lipstick look like a matte stain.

This weekend, I got my answer – straight from Jeanne Van Phue, Twilight‘s head makeup artist!!!

robert+pattison+twilight Spoiled Pretty Exclusive: How To Replicate Robert Pattinsons Bloodthirsty, Berry Lips in Twilight – Straight From Movies Head Makeup Artist!To copy Edward Cullen’s bloodthirsty berry lips, apply a very small amount of Benefit Silky Finish Lipstick in Ms. Behavin. Then top it off with Noriko Cranberry Lip Balm, which can be purchased at Nigel’s Beauty Emporium:

11252 Magnolia Blvd.
N. Hollywood, CA 91601
818.760.3902

This is a Spoiled Pretty exclusive, y’all. Remember where you heard it first!

Click here for more of Jeanne’s makeup tips and to learn what other beauty products were used on the set of Twilight.

Our Future First Lady: She’s Just Like Us!

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michelle+obama+just+like+us Our Future First Lady: Shes Just Like Us!
“She [Michelle Obama] has long been familiar with Chicago’s chicest clothing stores, and she’ll “eat a cheeseburger in a heartbeat,” said Cheryl Rucker-Whitaker, her close friend from Chicago. Michelle’s favorite drink, said Rucker-Whitaker, is champagne. “She likes clothes, she’s always loved clothes, she loves purses, she loves getting a manicure, getting her hair done. She really is a girly girl.”

Source: Newsweek.com

Vitaminwater vs. Vitaminshampoo

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vitaminshampoo+allure+ad Vitaminwater vs. Vitaminshampoo
They say that the human body is 65 percent water. In my case, make that 65 percent vitaminwater…the multi-v/lemonade variety, specifically. It’s my drink of choice. So imagine my excitement when I’m flipping through the October issue of Allure Magazine and come across an advert for vitaminshampoo. “Think of it as an energy drink for your hair,” says the tagline.

So Glacéau makes shampoo now? Hells yeah, right? Wrong. After my initial excitement (and an impromptu happy dance), I did a little research into this new line of hair care products and discovered that despite the name, similar packaging and the label’s indistinguishable typography, vitaminshampoo is not affiliated with Glacéau. Rather, these shampoos and conditioners are products of Vogue International. And to say that Glacéau isn’t happy about it would be a gross understatement.

According to Managing Intellectual Property, Glacéau recently secured a temporary restraining order against Vogue International, alleging trade dress infringement, false designation of origin, trade dress dilution, deceptive acts and practices and unfair competition. Counsel for Vogue International argued that because vitaminwater and vitaminshampoo are different classes of goods, there can be “no likelihood of confusion.”

Judge Lewis Kaplan, however, disagreed. “There are earmarks of bad faith all over the place,” he said. “It is inconceivable to me that the defendant could possibly have developed this trade dress that the defendant is using without an attempt to go at least as close to the line as it thought it could get and, in all likelihood, well over the line of imitating the plaintiff’s.”

noni berry Vitaminwater vs. Vitaminshampoo“Looking at the array of the defendant’s bottles next to the array of the plaintiff’s bottles with colored liquid in them, it seems reasonably clear that any normal consumer would be confused, the impression would be that the products are from the same source,” Judge Kaplan continued.

Vogue International’s first order of business, since the temporary restraining order was granted, has been the tweaking of vitaminshampoo’s label. Compare the old label (above) to the new label (left), as seen on the vitaminshampoo website.

The temporary restraining order has been extended through the end of the year and negotiations between Glacéau and Vogue International are underway…though this legal tug-of-war is far from (vitamin)water under the bridge.

What Do John McCain and American Idol Have In Common?

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 What Do John McCain and American Idol Have In Common?
What do John McCain, American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance have in common? Makeup artist Tifanie White.

The presidential candidate recently paid White $5,583.43 for some makeover magic, according to the Federal Election Commission.

I See London…I See France. I See Through Your Underpants!

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millimeter wave scanner I See London...I See France. I See Through Your Underpants!
While reading today’s newspaper, I came across an article about millimeter wave passenger imaging technology – a total body scanner that allows security personnel to view travelers as if they were naked. In a matter of seconds, this technology can detect weapons, explosives and other threatening items concealed under layers of clothing – without physical contact.

According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), this is how the Millimeter Wave Scanner works:

 I See London...I See France. I See Through Your Underpants!* Beams of radio frequency (RF) energy in the millimeter wave spectrum are projected over the body’s surface at high speed from two antennas simultaneously as they rotate around the body.

* The RF energy reflected back from the body or other objects on the body is used to construct a three-dimensional image.

* The three-dimensional image of the body, with facial features blurred for privacy, is displayed on a remote monitor for analysis.

The threat of terrorism is frightening. But so is thought of some TSA official spying my secret lumps and bumps.
spanx powerpanties I See London...I See France. I See Through Your Underpants!
Millimeter wave technology is currently being utilized in various government locations across the United States, as well as international aviation and mass transit environments.

So I guess it’s time to stock up on some more Spanx.

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