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

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Collection


I'm a huge fan of Quentin Tarantino and Pulp Fiction is one of my top 3 movies of all time (the others being The Sound of Music and The Godfather, Part II). Urban Decay is one of my top 3 beauty brands so I just about lost my mind when I heard about their limited-edition Pulp Fiction collection, which CONTINUE READING

Oily Skin

Exfoliate with Exfolimate

Posted on by daneen in Bath and Body, Combination Skin, Dry Skin, Exfoliation, Featured, Holy Grail, Oily Skin, Skin Care, Tools | Leave a comment

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As a beauty blogger, I’ve seen and tried a plethora of products and tools – and I’m not easily impressed. It takes a very special product – something that’s truly innovative and effective – to knock my socks off. Exfolimate, the latest addition to my “holy grail” list, did just that. Here’s the product description:

Say G’day to ultra smooth skin and goodbye to dull, flakey skin. Introducing Exfolimate – the ultimate tool to give you younger, fresher looking and feeling skin. Designed in Australia – Exfolimate is your handy mate to instant exfoliation and pore clarification without the fuss of scrubs and loofahs that only rub the surface of your skin without actually removing the problem.

The secret is Exfolimate’s innovative micro-groove technology etched into the smooth metal edge. The micro-grooves gently lift and remove lingering skin cells and debris to unveil younger, fresher skin. Exfolimate is made to gently exfoliate the face and body and is precision designed for daily exfoliation and naturally skin clearing results. Exfolimate transforms the surface of your skin.

I was going to write about Exfolimate, but it was so amazing that a traditional review wouldn’t suffice. So I taped a video about it. Like to hear it? Here it go….

 


Exfolimate is $37 for two-piece face and body tool set. Go get you one today (you can thank me later).

Always Bet On Black: Boscia Luminizing Black Mask

Posted on by daneen in Acne, Face, Featured, Mask, Oily Skin, Skin Care | Leave a comment

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My skin has been in serious need of detox. My pores are perpetually clogged – it’s like my face is the IT hangout for blackheads. So when I saw the Boscia Black Luminizing Mask on QVC a few months ago (it’s no longer sold there), the demonstration was so compelling that I bought a bottle.

The mask – made with “premier-quality clay” – promises to draw out deeply lodged dirt and oil, exfoliate, shrink pores, firm skin and reduce inflammation. But does it actually deliver? You betcha! As Wesley Snipes said in Passenger 57, “Always bet on black.”

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Before I apply, I like to exfoliate my skin with my Clarisonic. The instructions don’t suggest you do that, but I find that exfoliating helps the mask ‘get all up in there,’ so to speak. Next, I apply an even layer (not too much, but not too little) to my clean, dry skin. It’s important to avoid your eyebrows, hairline and lips. Also avoid your eye area by applying below orbital bone. Then you let that baby dry for 15 to 20 minutes. I’ll admit that for the first couple of minutes, it makes my eyes tear up a tiny bit (my eyes are sensitive); but after that, I’m totally fine. Once the mask is completely dry, it takes on a rubberized quality – and you remove it by peeling off from the outer edges. CONTINUE READING

Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray

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Welcome to Miami…bienvenito a Miami!
I’ve gotta hand it to my Miami mamacitas. Summer in your city is no joke. No wonder y’all walk around half dressed in the middle of the day.

While covering Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim as a correspondent for Mary Kay, I must have lost 10 lbs. in water weight just sweating my ass off. That kind of heat and humidity typically turn my face into an oil slick of BP proportions. Luckily, I came prepared.

Two days before departure, I visited my local Sephora store and picked up a bottle of Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray, which controls shine and keeps your makeup as you applied it all day long.

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De-Slick absorbs excess sebum and deflects surface shine with state-of-the-art light dispersing particles. The problem-solving, hypoallergenic formula mists on, feels weightless, and sets makeup so it endures all day! The patent pending Temperature Control Technology actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to hold foundation, eyeshadow, blush and concealer in place. The sprayer, unlike others on the market, delivers a micro-fine mist that distributes product evenly over the skin.

While in Miami, De-Slick Spray was the only thing that kept me from looking like you could fry some chicken on my mug. Muchas gracias, Urban Decay!

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

Posted on by daneen in Cleanser, Combination Skin, Dry Skin, Holy Grail, Oily Skin, Skin Care | Leave a comment
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Dermalogica’s Special Gel Cleanser is a concentrated, soap-free, foaming gel designed to thoroughly remove impurities without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture balance. It contains no artificial fragrance or color and is ideal for all skin types. In a word, it’s perfect. If you’ve ever wished for soft skin and a clear complexion, this is your genie in a bottle (no rubbing required).

It’s very gentle on the skin, yet super effective at removing dirt, grime and even makeup. Special Gel Cleanser feels like a dream when you apply it to your skin – like silk, or something equally smooth and luxurious. If I had to compare it so something you might be familiar with, I’d say it’s akin to a high-end Cetaphil. I loved this product from the day I started using it, back in late 2010. But I didn’t realize how much my skin loved this cleanser until I started testing other cleansers last month and my skin straight up rebelled. Breakouts re-appeared and it completely dried out. Since then, my skin has been on a strict Dermalogica diet and I’ve seen improvement every day.

An 8.4 oz bottle of this good stuff costs $33, which sounds like a lot for a face cleanser. But – believe me - it’s worth every penny. Special Cleansing Gel is special, indeed.

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Summer Smokey Eye and Meltproof Makeup

Posted on by daneen in Eyes, Lips, Makeup Mondays with Mario, Mario Dedivanovic, Oily Skin | Leave a comment
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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.

Hi Mario!

I want you to know I’m a HUGE fan and your work is PHENOMENAL!! Always flawless!! Well, it’s that time of the year again – it’s so hot and humid. Is a smokey eye or eyeliner too much for the heat? I don’t even know what to do with my face because I feel like it all melts off or smudges, or I may look overdone. Can you share some tips/do’s and dont’s for summer makeup, and an appropriate summer smokey eye?

Thank you so much!

xoxo,
Lauren

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Smokey, sultry eyes are great for summer! If you’re having issues with your makeup melting or smudging in the summer heat, try using less products that contain oils – such as eyeliner. Smoke up your eyes using shadows. I love a shimmery copper or bronze on the top lids and smudged along the bottom lashes. A couple coats of mascara will finish the eye. Remember that for a smudge-free, long lasting eye makeup, prime your lids with concealer or foundation first, then set with a bit of loose powder. This trick also allows for flawless blending. Don’t cover your whole face with makeup in the summer months. Instead, try to even out your skin tone with a sheer tinted moisturizer and if needed, follow with a concealer on blemishes. Lip stains are great in hot weather too! Apply once to lips and you literally don’t have to worry about retouching all day.

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!

L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base Is Great For Greasy Gals

Posted on by daneen in Fabuless Pick of the Week, Holy Grail, Oily Skin, Primer | Leave a comment
Loreal+Studio+Secrets+Primer LOreal Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base Is Great For Greasy GalsAnd the award for Best New Primer for Greasy Gals goes to L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base. I received a sample last month, and it was love at first swipe.

Don’t be fooled by its putty-like texture. It applies like a dream, leaving skin so satiny soft that you’ll wonder exactly how you lived your life before this product came into existence. The primer easily disguises pores and wrinkles, and imparts a matte finish. So if the summer heat and humidity turns your mug into an oil slick, you’d be a brainy beauty to invest in a jar of this pink magic.

L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base is intended to be worn in tandem with your favorite tinted moisturizer or foundation. But if you’re having a low-maintenance kind of day, just apply a little to bare skin and it gives you a you-but-better look.

The formula is 100% oil- and fragrance-free, non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic – so even the most sensitive skins should tolerate this product.

Just proof, once again, that it doesn’t take a million bucks to look like, well, a million bucks. L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base is this Recessionista’s Fabuless Pick of the Week.

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Hold The Oil

Posted on by daneen in Beauty Tips, Makeup Mondays with Mario, Mario Dedivanovic, Oily Skin, Skin Care | Leave a comment
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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.
oily+skin Makeup Mondays With Mario: Hold The OilHi Mario,

My problem is that when the weather gets warmer, my face gets very oily. It seems that no matter what I do, my face always looks shiny/greasy – which embarasses me. Can you recommend any products or makeup tips that might help me keep my shine under control?

Thanks!!!!!
Scarlett

Hi Scarlett,

You can control your naturally dewy skin’s shine using a few products and/techniques. Start out with an oil-free, light moisturizer (Daneen recommends Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel) all over, prior to makeup application. Let that set in a couple of minutes, then apply Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light by Smashbox. If your skin doesn’t need much coverage, I’d skip the foundation altogether and instead use a concealer on spots. Try Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage concealers. Use a loose powder to set the face, making sure that it’s free of shimmer and sparkle, of course. Try Priori loose powder. For touch ups throughout the day, use Tatcha Blotting Papers to absorb shine. I once learned a tip from a brilliant beauty blogger who’s spoiled pretty – she uses a Starbucks napkin to absorb oils on the skin. It truly works! All the more reason to go to Starbucks! Oh and one more thing- don’t feel embarrassed for having oily skin – it’s the most effective anti- aging product and it’s all yours!

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!

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