If You Have Hair, The Wet Brush is a Must Have


For years, I have used an oversized wide-tooth comb to detangle my notoriously impossible to detangle post-shampoo hair. The amount of hair that would get caught in the teeth was somewhat alarming. But I chalked it up to the fact that I only wash my hair once a week - so maybe the hair loss really wasn't all that CONTINUE READING

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream Review


You know how awesome BB creams are for your face? Well, the geniuses at Jergens have harnessed the power of BB and infused it into a lotion for your body. Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream promises flawless-looking skin with 5 visible benefits in just 5 days.  But does it deliver? Watch the video to find out...   Disclosure: This post was CONTINUE READING

Laura Mercier Sale at Gilt.com


As a huge fan of Laura Mercier (I swear by the foundation primer and tinted moisturizer), I was so excited to see that Gilt.com has a nice assortment of beauty products currently on sale. There's everything from sophisticated nail polish colors and soft mineral blush to lip glaze palettes and pencil sets to create an alluring smoky eye. Oh, and CONTINUE READING

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Cover April Issue of Vogue


Welp, folks, it looks like Kanye finally wore Anna Wintour down and got his baby mama a coveted Vogue cover. So the rumors were true. There was buzz a few months back that Kim would cover the fashion bible, but then everyone assumed it would be a foreign Vogue - given Anna's alleged aversion to all things Kardashian. I CONTINUE READING

10 Beauty Products to Get You Through the Flu


Hey Guys! As you all know the weather lately has been terrible and most of us have been getting all kinds of horrible colds and the flu, as a result. This is very personal for me because I work in retail and it seems like I get one disease after the other with all of my customers constantly sneezing CONTINUE READING

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My Date With Franc at the Giovanni & Pileggi Salon

Posted on by daneen in Hair, Hair Color, Hair Styling, Haircut, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Phocus, Salon | 2 Comments

giovanni+%26+pileggi1 My Date With Franc at the Giovanni & Pileggi Salon
A month ago, I was invited to the grand re-opening of Giovanni & Pileggi, now located in an 1840’s Federal Period Townhouse at 256 South 16th Street in Center City Philadelphia. A few weeks later, I was invited back to the salon – this time, to have my hair cut and colored by one of their talented stylists.

Last Tuesday, I arrived at the salon and was greeted by Franc, whom I had met back in April at the opening. His friendly demeanor put me at ease, at least a little bit. But having been in a 13-year monogamous relationship with my hairdresser Erik, I was having heart palpitations about putting my hair in someone else’s hands.

daneen+and+franc My Date With Franc at the Giovanni & Pileggi SalonWhen Franc sat me down in his chair and asked me what I had in mind for my new do, I surprised myself when I responded, “Do whatever you think is best. I trust you.” I removed the elastic from ponytail and Franc sized up my mane. “Highlights,” he said assertively. “Highlights will give your hair dimension.”

After mixing up my color, he quickly applied the mixture and foil to sections of my hair with amazing dexterity. While working his magic, I remembered I was there in a journalistic capacity and began firing off questions.

Franc told me that as a student at The Philadelphia High School for Creative And Performing Arts, he befriended some girls in the dance department and started doing their hair. Not long after, he realized that hair was his calling and enrolled in beauty school. After graduating from beauty school, he moved to New York City and worked at Bumble & Bumble. It was during his years in NYC that he noticed how segregated the industry was – white customers patronized white salons and black clients patronized black salons. So Franc decided to teach himself how to work with ethnic/textured hair, so that he could cater to all patrons.

In New York, he honed his craft working at the Bumble & Bumble salon – as well as doing fashion shows and photo shoots. But a few years ago, he got a little homesick and decided to move back to Philly to work exclusively in a salon setting. “I much prefer working in a salon because I enjoy helping regular people transform into better versions of themselves,” he said. “It’s not that hard to make a model look good. Plus salon work allows me to be creative. When you’re doing editorial or runway work, you’re following someone else’s template.”

After rinsing the dye out of my hair, a gloss was applied and allowed to marinate – to add all-over shine to my dull locks. But before long, I was back in Franc’s chair. He quickly blow dried my hair and whipped out his shears. Again, I shocked myself by telling him to do what he thought was best. He decided to keep the length, but add some layers that would give my hair shape and movement. Then he styled it without any input from me. So how’d he do?

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Amazing, right?!?!?!?!?! I love my hair and I love Franc for transforming me into a better version of myself.

If you live anywhere near Philadelphia, even if it’s kind of a hike, you must get to Giovanni & Pileggi and pay Franc a visit.

Spoiled Pretty Featured in Philadelphia Style Magazine!!!

Posted on by daneen in Accolades and Honors, Philadelphia | 2 Comments

PhillyStyle+Scan Spoiled Pretty Featured in Philadelphia Style Magazine!!!
Hey, pretties! Sorry I haven’t written more this week. You know I like to lavish you with product reviews, beauty news, and celeb talk. But I have a good excuse. I’m going to LA today!

This weekend, yours truly will be jetting to So Cal for the Total Beauty Blog Community Summit!!! I’m going to meet up with some of my blogging buddies, get the scoop on new brands and products, and learn some cool techniques to help me spoil you prettier.

But before I go, I just had to share some good news with all of you. Guess who is featured in the June 2008 issue of Philadelphia Style Magazine? That would be me, silly. For all of you ladies in the Philly area, pick up a copy (it’s on newsstands right now), turn to page 230, and BAM…it’s Spoiled Pretty all up in your grill.

Many thanks to Philadelphia Style Magazine for this wonderful opportunity. And for thinking I have style.

Wish me safe travels…and I’ll talk to you soon.

Sex And The City: Philadelphia Style

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WANTED!

URSULA IS LOOKING FOR THE PHILLY “PHACES” OF CARRIE, SAMANTHA, MIRANDA, AND CHARLOTTE!

So, if you – or someone you know – has ever been mistaken for one of the fabulous four from Sex And The City, then this contest is for you!

Ursula’s About PHace Rittenhouse Make-Up Studio (Best of Philly Winner 2007) is hosting Philly’s Sex In The City Look Alike Contest!

GRAND PRIZE: A Professional “Red Carpet Makeover” w/ Make-Up Artist Ursula Augustine!

Gran prize includes:
* Sherani (Hand Made) Lash Extensions;
* The exclusive, Bonsai Brow Sculpting; and
*The Rittenhouse Make-Up Studio’s signature Make-Up Application – The PHace Lift!

This prize is valued at $350.00!

Three runners-up will each receive a gift valued at $115 each!

TO ENTER THE “SNC” LOOK -A- LIKE CONTEST:

To enter, submit a photo of yourself to ursulasaph@yahoo.com. The subject: should read “SNC Contest.” One photograph per contestant. Entering more than one pic will result in disqualification. The contest will end at 11:59pm on Saturday, May 24th 2008. The winners will be notified on Tuesday, May26th, 2008 by phone and email.

Prizes will be awarded on Friday, May 30th, 2008. Winners must be present on award day to receive prizes. Prizes are non-transferable; they cannot be substituted or exchanged. Not valid before or after May 30th, 2008.

Bridal Beauty Week – And A Giveaway!!!

Posted on by daneen in Bridal, Contest, Giveaway, Philadelphia | 19 Comments

It’s nearly impossible for me to keep a secret. It’s not that I’m a gossip. I just like to share. Anyway, I’ve had something special up my sleeve for weeks now. The time has come to reveal the surprise, and I’m so excited and relieved – because I thought I would literally burst. Drumroll, please…

annebarge Bridal Beauty Week   And A Giveaway!!!Today is the official launch of Bridal Beauty Week at Spoiled Pretty! All week long, we’re lifting the veil on bridal beauty. In addition to the usual product reviews and beauty commentary – the site will feature bridal makeup trends, professional advice, application how-to’s, and celebrity beauty inspirations.

And to kick off this special engagement, Spoiled Pretty is hosting a grand giveaway! One lucky bride-to-be will win the Ultimate Bridal Beauty Basket, filled with the following treats:

BlueTuxShoes Metal+Cluch Bridal Beauty Week   And A Giveaway!!!
BLUE TUX SHOES
Metal Clutch in Silver: This gorgeous metal mesh is the perfect purse for your big day. Bonus – it’s lined in blue satin!

bobbi Bridal Beauty Week   And A Giveaway!!!
BOBBI BROWN
Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner and Eye Liner Brush: This innovative eyeliner offers the precision of liquid liner and the ease of a gel-based formula. Color is long-wearing and water-resistant. The Eyeliner Brush is perfectly shaped to create a precise and even line.

Clinique+Bronzer Bridal Beauty Week   And A Giveaway!!!
CLINIQUE
Touch of Bronze Moisturizing Body Lotion: This daily body moisturizer with a touch of self-tanner provides an allover, faux glow. Just smooth on this mistake-proof formula to gradually build or maintain even color.

Ouchy Lerario Bridal Beauty Week   And A Giveaway!!!
DR. SAGER’S HOMEOTHERAPEUTICS
Original OUCHY! Boo-Boo Gel: Accidents happen. But this product will make sure you’re picture perfect for your big day by discouraging discoloration, reducing inflammation, and speeding the healing process.

Pumice+Foot+Scrub Bridal Beauty Week   And A Giveaway!!!
DR. SCHOLL’S FOR HER
Beauty Stone, Dual Action Swedish File, Foot Butter, Miracle Shield, Professional Pumice Stone & Nail Brush, Pumice Foot Scrub and Rub Relief Strips: These products will prep and beautify your tootsies. Take care of your feet – they will, after all, be walking you down the aisle.

Essie+Bridal+Collection Bridal Beauty Week   And A Giveaway!!!
ESSIE
The Bridal Collection: Get your left ring finger (and the other nine) ready for their close-up. You’ll fall in love with this set of six polishes – in cloud nine, tie the knot, happily ever after, blushing bride, true love, and no-pre nup.

Bridal Stiletto Stylist Kit Back Bridal Beauty Week   And A Giveaway!!!
FOOT PETALS
Stiletto Stylist Bridal Kit: Brides have plenty of things to stress about on their wedding day – aching feet shouldn’t be one of them. For a worry- and wobble-free walk down the aisle, no bride should be without this kit. All six sole solutions are designed to stay hidden in even the strappiest, most delicate shoes for maximum comfort from the aisle to the honeymoon.

traceliner Bridal Beauty Week   And A Giveaway!!!
HOURGLASS COSMETICS
Calligraphy Liquid Liner in Cognac and Trace Lip Liner in Bare: The refined felt-tip precision eyeliner is waterproof to prevent streaks or smears. The double-ended lip liner (liner on one end, lip brush on the other) has a remarkably smooth, long-wearing formula to transform and enhance lips.

janeiredale Bridal Beauty Week   And A Giveaway!!!
JANE IREDALE:
Eye Glosses in Peach and Lilac: Smooth and luscious, these long-lasting, weightless shadows deliver true, rich shades that won’t crease or smear. They’re made without synthetic dyes, fillers or chemical preservatives, making the formula safe and non-irritating to the eyes.

jaqua Bridal Beauty Week   And A Giveaway!!!
JAQUA
Buttercream Frosting Guilt-Free Treats, Exfoliating Body Polish, Body Mist, and Lip Gloss Ring: Now you can enjoy some sweet treats before the big day, without gaining a pound. These deliciously scented bath and body products are delights are for all those times we can resist the cake, but not the frosting!

kiehls Bridal Beauty Week   And A Giveaway!!!
KIEHL’S
Travel Essentials Kit: This superbly luxurious set provides a complete bath and after-bath experience suitable for any destination…perfect for the honeymoon! The kit contains Creme de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream, Creme de Corps, Amino Acid Shampoo, and Hair Conditioner and Grooming Aid “Formula 133.”

The Sophie Bag Bridal Beauty Week   And A Giveaway!!!
LA CHICA CHIC
The Sophie Bag: This gorgeous patent purse, with ornate handles, is a work of art. It is a must-have for the honeymoon!

lancome Bridal Beauty Week   And A Giveaway!!!
LANCOME
Hypnose Waterproof Mascara and L’Extreme Waterproof Mascara: Hypnose Mascara volmizes up to 6 times for ultra-resistant lashes with 16 hours of wear. L’Extreme Mascara’s Fibrestretch formula contains supple fibers that extend lashes to the extreme.

nailtiques Bridal Beauty Week   And A Giveaway!!!
NAILTIQUES
Avocado Foot Crème, Cushioned Sponge Files, Nail Moisturizer, and Oil Therapy: Don’t make the mistake of painting over unhealthy nails. On your big day, your nails will take center stage – so get them in shape with these fabulous products. Nailtiques is an innovator in the nail care industry, and is dedicated to the development and maintenance of healthy, natural nails.

Ojon Tunu Elastik Flexible Finishing Hairspray Tube %26 Can 04 Bridal Beauty Week   And A Giveaway!!!
OJON
Rare Harvest Tunu Elastik Hair Tamer and Tunu Elastik Flexible Finishing Hairspray: Tunu Elastik Hair Tamer is wild-crafted to help seal the hair cuticle, working to keep tresses smooth and sleek. Tunu Elastik Flexible Finishing Hairspray combines two ancient native traditions creating a unique hairspray that adds brushable bounce and a soft, flake-free hold.

garter Bridal Beauty Week   And A Giveaway!!!
PERFECT DETAILS
Saucy Girl Body Shimmer and Embroidered Organza Garter: The Body Shimmer is a moisturising cream with a touch of glitter, so skin is left soft and smooth with a little bit of sparkle. And every bride needs a garter; this one is accented with clear sequins and finished with a silk bow and a rhinestone.

prescriptives instant+gratification Bridal Beauty Week   And A Giveaway!!!
PRESCRIPTIVES
Instant Gratification Skin Renewing Peel: Get instant gratification for tired, lackluster skin with this all-in-one dermabrasion-peel treatment that improves clarity, renews tone and immediately uncovers a smoother, more radiant complexion!

secret Bridal Beauty Week   And A Giveaway!!!
SECRET
Clinical Strength Anti-Perspirant: This deodorant/anti-perspirant has prescription-strength wetness and odor protection, without a prescription. So your wedding day will be no-sweat!

Sephora Pop Up Brush Set Bridal Beauty Week   And A Giveaway!!!
SEPHORA
Croc Pop Up Brush Set: Featuring top quality Sephora Brand brushes, this set also has an ingenious mechanism – simply pull gently up on the circle at the top and your brushes are revealed. Keep it open on a vanity for easy access, or close it for storage or travel.

rio Bridal Beauty Week   And A Giveaway!!!
STEPHANIE JOHNSON
Rio Collection (DARLENE Deluxe Brush Case, JENNY Train Case, MARLO Mini Make-Up Case, MARTHA Ultimate Briefcase, ML Traveler, and TRAVEL PACK Luggage Tag & Passport Holder): I love Stephanie Johnson cosmetic bags. Last year, I purchased them for myself and my bridesmaids – and now I want to share the wealth with one lucky bride-to-be. This set features a daring red and blue floral print that calls to mind the colorful costumes and revelry of Carnival.

tarte Bridal Beauty Week   And A Giveaway!!!
TARTE
Blushing Bride Cheek Stain in Blushing Bride and Double-Ended Lip Gloss in Jake and Samantha: This water-based push up gel stick was awarded “best blush” by InStyle, Cosmo & Self Magazines. Just dab it on and go – it lasts all day. Swipe the raspberry/cotton candy lip gloss on your pout, and get ready for your happily ever after, like Jake and Samantha (from Sixteen Candles).

marryme Bridal Beauty Week   And A Giveaway!!!
THREE CUSTOM COLOR SPECIALISTS
Marry Me Collection and Mini-Pressed Translucent Powder: Co-Founder and Creative Director Trae Bodge created the Marry Me Collection for her own nuptials. Now the set – which includes lip/cheek stain, lip gloss, and lip liner – is available to customers. The Translucent Powder will guarantee you stay shine-free throughout the festivities.

Veet Bridal Beauty Week   And A Giveaway!!!
VEET
In-Shower Hair Removal Cream: This product offers a quick, clean and effective hair removal process that happens in only three minutes while you are in the shower! It contains special water-resistant ingredients and an added moisturizer for both normal and dry skin.

VeraWang Bridal Beauty Week   And A Giveaway!!!
VERA WANG
Flower Princess Eau de Parfum: I wore the original Princess on my wedding day. Now, one lucky reader will wear Flower Princess, Ms. Wang’s new limited-edition fragrance. Flower Princess enchants with a light and feminine sparkling floral scent that captures the essence of beauty.

I know you can’t put a price on looking beautiful on your big day. But the Ultimate Bridal Beauty Basket is valued at more than $1,400…it’s enough to make a bride-to-be blush!

In addition, one soon-to-be wedding belle from the Philadelphia area will win a gift certificate for a facial, compliments of the award-winning Giovanni & Pileggi Salon!

To be eligible, your wedding date must transpire between now and December 31, 2008. To enter, send an email to spoiledprettybrides@gmail.com – and be sure to include some proof of your bride-to-be status. You can include a link to your bio on theknot.com, attach a scanned copy of your wedding invitation, send me a link to your registry, or whatever creative way you can think of to verify your wedding date.

Be sure to include your full name in the email, and the subject line should read “Bridal Beauty Basket Giveaway.” The contest ends at 12am EST on Sunday, May 4th. Winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, May 5th, 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!

Get The Royal Treatment at Molton Brown

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thequeen Get The Royal Treatment at Molton Brown
Molton Brown is celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s 82nd birthday on Monday, April 21st by holding champagne toasts every hour. For every $82 spent at any of the following Molton Brown emporias, each customer will receive a free gift in honor of her birthday.

davana moltonbrown Get The Royal Treatment at Molton Brown
While you’re there, load up on products from the Davana collection. The scent is deliciously intoxicating – and I love the tagline, “Spoil yourself in style.”

In addition, there will be raffles held at each emporium so every customer has the chance to win their own birthday gift from Molton Brown. God save the Queen!

Participating Molton Brown locations (click here for address & store hours):

Pennsylvania – King of Prussia Mall
(2nd level of the Plaza)
160 N. Gulph Road, Suite 2375
King of Prussia, PA 19406
610.337.3051

New York – Madison Avenue
515 Madison Avenue
(53rd Street, between Madison and Park)
New York, NY 10022
212.755.7194

New York – SoHo
128 Spring Street (between Greene and Wooster)
New York, NY 10012
212.965.1740

New York – Third Avenue
1098 Third Avenue (between 64th and 65th)
New York, NY 10021
212.744.6430

*Here’s an interesting tidbit I found on the official website of the British Monarchy: “Like The Queen, Prince Philip (her husband) is a great-great-grandchild of Queen Victoria.” Say what?!?!

Are You Ready For Prom, Philly Gals?

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I’m not really sure what the age demographics are for Spoiled Pretty…but if any of you are teenaged, or you have a daughter who is prepping for prom, this one is for you:

laundry+dress Are You Ready For Prom, Philly Gals?Dance Like A Star At Prom
Bloomingdale’s
Willow Grove Mall
Saturday, April 12, 2008
2-4pm, Dresses, Level 1

Come view the hottest looks in prom dresses. Enjoy informal modeling and a fashion presentation, mini makeovers from MAC Cosmetics, and have your hair done by Salon Fusion. Get great ideas for prom from florists H&D Design and Elegante’ Limo Service.

Enter to win prom prizes including:

*Prom flowers by H&D Design;
*Elegante’ Limo Service gift certificate; and
*Dance lessons for from Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Paoli, PA.

willowgrove Are You Ready For Prom, Philly Gals?Plus save 20% off any regularly priced dress on Saturday, April 12th.

For more information, please call 215.705.3487.

Bloomingdale’s makeup artists are available for your prom makeovers! Call 215.706.3569 to schedule an appointment.

Bloomingdale’s Willow Grove
2400 Moreland Road
Willow Grove, PA 19090

Am I A Philebrity?

Posted on by daneen in News, Philadelphia | 1 Comment

philebrity Am I A Philebrity?
This morning, my girl Mar sent me this link to Philebrity – a cityblog covering the arts, gossip and media in Philadelphia. To my surprise, Spoiled Pretty garnered a shout out!

Does being on Philebrity make me one? I dunno…but either way, I’m extremely flattered.

Between this and the Philly Mag mention, I’m having a good week.

PS – Thanks to all of the readers of Spoiled Pretty. You keep me on my toes and I appreciate your support!



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