After a brief television hiatus, I’m back on the tube again…this time, dishing on my favorite drugstore beauty must haves.
We all know that it doesn’t actually cost a million bucks to look like a million bucks. But there are thousands of skin/body care products and cosmetics at your local drugstore…and choosing what should go in your basket and what should stay on the shelf can be overwhelming.
So reporter (and fabulous style blogger) Lilliana Vazquez asked me to share my beauty expertise with Philadelphia’s NBC10 viewers and name my top drugstore beauty buys. Some of my current faves include:
WHAT: Embrace your inner Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe or Lena Horne at Arcadia Boutique’s Pinup Lash & Lip Party and Art Show. Beauty Expert Kate Cipriano and her Touch of Blush team will make guests up Bettie Paige-style with luscious lashes and lips for the special price of $25 at the event only! Touch of Blush will also offer semi permanent two-week lash extensions and launch their new beauty consulting services.
While you’re there, be sure to check out new works from Mallory Lawson and Dennis Coyle’s Good Vibrations collage exhibit and enjoy retro-inspired food and drink. Arcadia Boutique will be offering 15% off storewide during the event!
WHEN: June 4, 2010 – 6-9:00PM
WHERE: Arcadia Boutique 819 N. 2nd Street Philadelphia, PA 19123
WHY: The modern pinup represents hope, beauty, and sex appeal in a fresh, new way. She is an unapologetic, independent woman who is passionate about going after what she wants. While long, sultry lashes coupled with vibrant, red lips are the essence of pinup glamour, Touch of Blush specializes in unleashing the inner beauty of modern women of all styles and personalities. Arcadia Boutique offers unique, eco-chic clothing for the “everyday pinups” who seek comfort while still maintaining their sense of style and feminine sex appeal. Finally, the Good Vibrations exhibit captures the tensions between the old and the new by incorporating images of sultry, vintage pinups with elements of recent history.
As many of you know, I may moonlight as a beauty blogger, but by day I work for the American Cancer Society. If you’re in the Philadelphia area, we’re hosting a fundraising event next week, and I encourage you to stop by. I donated a DKNY tote bag chock full of beauty products which will be raffled off. So please come out and help support a very worth cause!
LADIES FOR LIFE
A night of shopping to benefit Relay For Life of Philadelphia
Monday, April 12 from 6 – 9 p.m.
Barbelin Hall – 321 Willings Alley Philadelphia, PA 19106
After a million years of wearing cheap eyeglasses (you know…that 2 pair for $99 deal you get with an eye exam?), I decided to invest some more pesos in my peepers. A few weeks ago, I visited Eyeglasses Etc. in Flourtown, PA – where the Spoiled Pretty family are regulars. My mom brought me along to pick up a new pair of prescription sunglasses, and looking at their selection of fab frames made my discount frames seem, well, bargain basement. So I asked Harriet, the owner, to pick out some styles to flatter my face (she’s like an expert eyeglass matchmaker).
All of her choices were right-on, but this pair of Kate Spade Liesel frames are my perfect match; I’m one of those people who believes that leopard print makes everything better.
I am so pleased with my choice, and the price (my insurance covered a good chunk of the bill). If you’re in the Philadelphia area and are visually challenged, I encourage you to pop by Eyeglasses Etc. and tell them Spoiled Pretty sent you.
Guess who’s the new beauty contributor to Philadelphia Magazine‘s newsletter, The Goods? That would be your resident cosmetics connoisseur. Can you even believe? I’ll be popping up every now and again, doing what I do best – sharing my beauty expertise and helping you figure out which products to stockpile and sidestep.
Sorry for the late notice on this, but I thought all of my fellow Philly gals should know about a fun MAC event going down this Friday and Saturday at the Willow Grove Bloomingdale’s.
On Friday, February 12 from noon-8pm and Saturday, February 13 from noon-8pm, my favorite MAC counter is hosting a Spring Colour Forecast event, inspired by MAC’s new collection.
Have a consultation with a MAC makeup artist and get a makeover in one of the “it” four color palettes for spring (pink, coral, plum or amber). This event is free, as there is no purchase minimum. But you MUST schedule an appointment. Make one soon – spots are filling up quickly.
This morning, I appeared on the NBC 10! Show, to share my absolute favorite holiday beauty gift picks…
Godiva Home Fragrance Collection: Godiva Chocolatier unveils a new way to indulge in the sensorial decadence of its chocolate – the Godiva Home Fragrance Collection. These scented candles of deep chocolate-colored wax infused with cocoa butter are the brand’s first foray into the home fragrance category in its over 80 year history. These ready-to-gift candles are available in both travel and full sizes and the sumptuous scents are sure to please each and every chocolate connoisseur. The collection includes the following fragrances: Milk Chocolate Truffle, Raspberry Ganache, White Chocolate Magnolia, Peppermint Bark, Black Almond Truffle. The candles retail for $22.50 (Regular Candle 7 oz) and $12.50 (Travel Candle 4.4 oz) and are available at Neiman Marcus and Bath & Body Works.
Clarisonic Mia Skin Cleansing System: From the creators of the Sonicare toothbrush comes the Clarisonic Mia Skin Cleaning System, featuring a handy to-go sized version of the original, groundbreaking skin care Clarisonic Brush. The sonic frequency moves Clarisonic’s soft, gentle brush back and forth at more than 300 times per second, thoroughly clearing pores and skin surface. The Clarisonic Mia removes makeup six times better than traditional methods, clears pores and reduces the appearance of pore size, cleanses so thoroughly that skincare products absorb better, creates noticeably healthier looking skin. The Clarisonic Mia Skin Cleansing System includes: Clarisonic Mia One Speed Brush, international charger for worldwide use, sensitive brush head, 1 oz Gentle Hydro Cleanser. The Clarisonic Mia costs $149 and is sold at Sephora and clarisonic.com.
Sephora Fragrance Samplers for Him and Her: These boxed ensembles are the perfect gift of fragrance when you’re not sure which one to choose. The sets include samples of Sephora’s top-selling fragrances to try, a gift voucher that can be redeemed at any Sephora store for a full-sized bottle of any one of the samples included, and a fragrance guide. The Collector’s Edition Samplers are $75 and the Deluxe Samplers are $50.
Zoya Holiday Minicure Gift Set: This kit contains essentials for the perfect manicure, in the perfect miniature gift set: Zoya Remove+ (polish remover), Armor Top Coat, Anchor Base Coat, and Hurry Up Speed Dry Drops. This incredible value set ($15) is a perfect stocking stuffer, office gift or a personal treat.
Felix Rey Cosmetics Cases: How many makeup bags are so gorgeous that you could carry them as an evening clutch and be the chicest gal in the room? Not many…and I would wager that most of them come courtesy of Felix Rey, a sophisticated and ultra-feminine luxury brand of accessories founded by Lily Rafii Band and Sulaika Zarrouk. The cosmetics cases run the gamut in terms of size, style, print and price ($24-120) – so you’re sure to find the perfect present for that makeup-loving gal on your gift list. Leighton Meester, Hayden Panetierre, Hilary Duff, Penelope Cruz and Fergie are all fans of Felix Rey.
Bath & Body Works Lounge Shea Socks: These super-soft, ultra-pampering socks contain enough moisturizing shea butter to last up to 25 washes. The Lounge Shea Socks are available in 20 different colors/prints.
Members of the studio audience received a pair of the Bath & Body Works Lounge Shea Socks and nail polish from Zoya’s Ultra Glitter winter collection. For faithful Spoiled Pretty readers, like you, I’m upping the beauty booty.
One lucky winner will receive: candles from the Godiva Home Fragrance Collection, Sephora Fragrance Samples for Him and Her, a Zoya Holiday Minicure Gift Set, Felix Rey Leopard Nylon Cosmetics Case (large), and Bath & Body Works shea socks!
To enter the giveaway, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “NBC 10 Holiday Beauty Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Monday, December 14th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Tuesday, December 15th, 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. and Canadian residents.
You know the song “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from the movie The Little Mermaid (don’t pretend you didn’t sing every one of Ariel’s songs in grade/high school)? Well, I’ve decided it’s the theme song for the plight of thick calved girls searching for tall boots.
For months, I’ve had a serious case of tall boot envy every time I see a chick on the street rocking a knee high boot. I, myself, am short with extra girthy Gastrocnemius muscles. So the thickest part of my lower leg falls in the spot that is usually the thinnest part of the boot.
Since September, I’ve been trolling shoe stores to find my Cinderella boot that will effortlessly slip over my monstrous calves – only to be dejected and embarrassed when even the roomiest boot won’t work its way past my ankle. I even contemplated buying from online retailers like widewiths.com and aylaboots.com. But I’m the kind of girl who can’t purchase clothes and shoes from the web; I’m hard to fit and need to try before buying.
So I lucked out two weeks ago during a last ditch mission to Nordstrom’s shoe department. I found these Steve Madden Intyce boots on sale ($129 down from $199) and they managed to slip on without the need for elbow grease.
Problem is that the only thing that would fit between my leg and the leather would be a pair of tights or leggings…certainly not a pair of pants or skinny jeans. So I took my new boots to Villa’s Shoe Repair (266 S 19th Street in Philadelphia), a fab shoe repair shop a few blocks from my office. They stretched the boots and waterproofed them for less than $30. Plus, the helpful owner punched extra holes in the buckle – free of charge – to further accommodate my zaftig calves.
Thanks to Steve Madden and Villa’s Shoe Repair, I can finally stop sipping the tall boot haterade.