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Bridal Beauty Week – And A Giveaway!!!

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…

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:

Metal Clutch in Silver: This gorgeous metal mesh is the perfect purse for your big day. Bonus – it’s lined in blue satin!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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: This gorgeous patent purse, with ornate handles, is a work of art. It is a must-have for the honeymoon!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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 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.

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).

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.

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.

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 – and be sure to include some proof of your bride-to-be status. You can include a link to your bio on, 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

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.

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

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

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

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

*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?

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:

Dance Like A Star At Prom
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.

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?

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!

No Joke – Philadelphia Magazine Loves Spoiled Pretty

This evening, I returned from a business trip – which is why the posts have been few and far between. Sorry ’bout that.

Anyway…so I just opened an email from my friend Claire, congratulating me on the Spoiled Pretty feature on Philadelphia Magazine’s website. Initially, I thought it was a belated April Fool’s joke. Luckily, my friends don’t share my twisted sense of humor.

I absolutely adore Philly Mag, so I’m over the moon!

Philly’s Got A Brand New Bag – Plus A LILL Giveaway!

Last week, I had the pleasure of touring 1154 LILL Studio‘s newest boutique. The 1154 LILL “design your own handbag” concept was born at a Windy City street fair in 1999 – and since its inception, 1154 LILL Studio has opened stores in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City. I’m so excited that they’ve found a home in my hometown, Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia boutique boasts 1000 square feet, with wooden design tables throughout the space where customers can create the bag/accessory of their choice by mixing and matching some of the 150 available fabrics. The styles offered range from small cosmetic bags and headbands to large handbags and oversized totes, and cost between $26 and $200.

After touring the premises and hearing the company back story, I was elated to learn that 1154 LILL Studio was allowing me to create my own custom bag! For almost an hour, I played with fabrics, colors, and textures to make a fab bag for Spring. Here’s how the 1154 LILL Studio custom handbag concept works:

1) First pick your style of bag from over 25 current shapes and silhouettes in the line.

2) Mix and match colors, patterns and textures to select the right choice for each part of your bag: exterior, interior, pockets, straps, etc. 1154 LILL Studio introduces new fabrics every few weeks and have between 150 – 300 designer textiles available at any given time.

3) After placing your order, you simply have to wait 3 to 4 weeks for the 1154 LILL Studio team to hand craft it to your exact specifications. Your order will be shipped to you, or you can pick it up in one of the boutique locations.

Even though my bag is currently in the hands of the Chicago-based production team, here’s a sneak peek at my Spoiled Pretty satchel…

Adorable, right? Even if you don’t reside anywhere near one of their boutiques, a one-of-a-kind 1154 LILL Studio creation is at your fingertips – thanks to their online store. is open 24/7 – and the customization tool lets you see your bag as you design it.

Wait…it gets better. 1154 LILL Studio has graciously donated a $100 gift certificate, so that one lucky Spoiled Pretty reader can design her very own creation!

To enter, send an email to – be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “LILL Giveaway.” The contest ends at 9pm EST on Sunday, April 6th. A winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, April 7th, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents only.

Good Luck!!!

Check out this video of 1154 LILL Studio, behind the seams.

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