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

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

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Atlantic City ‘Girls Night Out’ at The Pier Shops at Caesars: May 21st

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cashman+and+associates+girls+night+out+atlantic+city Atlantic City Girls Night Out at The Pier Shops at Caesars: May 21stThe Pier Shops at Caesars introduces a special event, Girls Night Out, on Thursday, May 21, where guests will experience hot deals and cool cocktails from 7pm to 9pm. Kick-off the summer season at the only event where you can find chic fashions at amazing prices, sip complimentary cocktails and sample exclusive new products – all under one roof! With almost a dozen participating stores and retailers, guests will have the chance to indulge in all areas of fashion, jewelry, beauty and makeup. The event is FREE and the first 200 people will receive a complimentary beach bag filled with goodies.

Guests must RSVP to: Cashman & Associates or 215.627.1082 ext. 1

Some fashion highlights at Girls Night Out include:

SIP & SWIM at Tommy Bahama where ladies will receive professional assistance in selecting a swimsuit style that best fits their body type, lifestyle and needs. As an added bonus, guests will preview the new women’s sportswear collection four days before it is launched to the rest of the nation! Phillips Seafood will provide tasty treats from the sea and seasonal cocktails, making guests feel like they are on a tropical island. Tommy Bahama will also provide $25 off a purchase of $100 to all attendees!

SCOOP NYC will offer a special denim fitting to help Girls Night Out participants find the perfect pair of jeans for their body type. Guests will also receive an exclusive 10% off discount card that can be used that night as well as the entire rest of the weekend.

For jewelry lovers, Tiffany & Co. will host Unlock Your Fashion, launching their new collection, “Keys,” while guests sip on champagne and nibble on signature Tiffany blue petit fours. Girls Night Out participants will also be entered in a drawing for the chance to win one of the new Key pendants.

Learn about the hottest summer trends at Cos Bar and get a jump-start on summer with sun care and bronzers that give a golden glow. Ladies will also receive a complimentary consultation with a Chanel make-up artist and skincare specialist. Join them to learn application tips and techniques on bronzing, highlighting and how to get smoky, bronze eyes and sexy lips. Cos Bar will offer a gift with purchase and refreshing, healthy and delicious treats.

Stop by L’Occitane for a French journey with a Night en Provence and experience their many fragrances, body and skin care products. Enjoy French spritzers, fudge, chocolate-covered strawberries as well as 10% off of purchases.

M.A.C. Cosmetics will feature personal consultations by their very own professional make-up artists and will offer guests light snacks and refreshments.

Eleganza will feature a Catherine Malandrino trunk show with guests previewing the pre-fall collection, and a fashion presentation of the current spring/summer collections. A Catherine Malandrino bangle bracelet will be given with each Catherine Maladrino purchase. Eleganza will also host a raffle for a $100.00 Gift Card to be used at Eleganza.

After getting their fill of shopping and beauty, guests can head up to any one of The Pier Shops’ seven restaurants and grab a bite to eat or enjoy select drink specials including $5 cocktails, $4 wines, and $3 beers including: Buddakan, The Continental, Game On!, Phillips Seafood, Sonsie, Souzai Sushi and Sake, and The Trinity Irish Pub and Carvery.

Additional retailers offering special deals that night include Banana Republic, Michal Negrin, and Betsey Johnson.

MAC Master Class: The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had Putting On Makeup

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mac+master+class+face+charts MAC Master Class: The Most Fun Ive Ever Had Putting On MakeupLast weekend, I had the pleasure of participating in a MAC Master Class at Bloomingdale’s in the Willow Grove Mall. In this interactive seminar, participants were taught how to replicate on-trend looks, using the products and techniques employed my MAC pro artists.

After 30+ beauty-obsessed ladies (and one hilarious dude) took our seats at work stations – which were equipped with mirrors, a set of brushes and a plethora of products – MAC pro artists Will and Jocelyn introduced themselves and we got down to biznass.

Will announced that he would be demonstrating the “club zone” look, complete with a peacock blue eye and Bordeaux gloss. Then Jocelyn informed us that she would be leading the “bridal/wedding” look tutorial. Will and Jocelyn explained that we should pick a preferred look – as they would be walking us through the steps, and demonstrating techniques on models. Since I had plans to meet Mr. Spoiled Pretty for a casual dinner later that evening (and I didn’t want to look like a tranny hooker at my neighborhood brasserie), I chose to follow Jocelyn’s lead.

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During the two hour tutorial, a handful of MAC makeup artists walked around, assisting participants and helping us choose the most flattering makeup shades. One of the artists, Dana, was especially helpful and introduced me to some of my new MAC faves.

The Master Class only cost $50, which you end up getting back (in the form of a MAC gift card) at the end of the seminar. So basically, the class ends up being free…and you go home with a whole bunch of new goodies to help hone your mad makeup skills. Next time MAC organizes a Master Class is my neck of the woods, I’ll be there. Perhaps I’ll see you there too?

Here’s the abridged breakdown of the bridal look:

1) Spritz face with Fix +
2) Moisturize skin with Studio Moisture Fix.
3) Prep the skin with Prep + Prime Skin.
4) Fill in brows with Eye Shadow, using the 266 Small Angle Brush
5) Apply Paint Pot in Bare Study to eyelid, from lash line to brow bone, using the 242 Shader Brush.
6) Using the same brush, apply Eye Shadow in Shroom to entire lid.
7) Apply Eye Shadow in Cork to the crease, using the 217 Blending Brush**; start at the outer corner and work the product inward, moving the brush in small circles to deposit color.
8) Using the same brush, apply Eye Shadow in Embark to the crease; start at the outer corner and work the product inward, moving the brush in small circles to deposit color – but stop at the middle of the lid, so that the color is concentrated on the outer half of the eye.
9) With the 266 Small Angle Brush, apply Embark Eye Shadow to lower lash line.
10) Use the same brush to line the upper lash line with Fluidline in Blacktrack*.
11) Apply Select Moisturecover concealer to nose, under eyes and above brows – and blend into skin using the 190 Foundation Brush.
12) Mix small amount of Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation* with a few drops of Stobe Liquid* (for a dewy finish) and apply to parts of the face where you did not use concealer (forehead, cheeks, chin and jawline) using the 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush*.
13) Using the same brush, set fondation with Mineralize SPF 15 Foundation/Loose.
14) Choose a Powder Blush shade that is similar to your own complexion; I used Harmony. Use the 129 Powder/Blush Brush to contour under the cheekbones. To avoid a line that looks too harsh, imagine a line that runs from the middle of your ear to the corner of your mouth…then apply the blush half-way, from the ear to the middle of the cheek.
15) Using the same brush, apply Powder Blush (in a shade that gives a subtle pop of color) to the apples of cheeks; I used Cubic.
16) Apply Prep + Prime Lip to your lips.
17) Line lips in Spice Lip Pencil.
18) Apply Viva Glam V Lipstick, then top it off with Dazzleglass in Baby Sparks*.
19) Coat upper lashes in Dazzle Lash Mascara.
20) Choose a pair of false lashes* and measure them against your eyes. If they are too long, cut to desired length. Apply Duo Adhesive* and allow glue to get a little tacky before positioning lashes as close as you possibly can to natural lash line.

* must-haves for your makeup toolkit!
** if you’re on a tight beauty budget, just buy the 217 Blender Brush (a very wise investment).

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Will demonstrating the “club zone” look
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Dana, me and Jocelyn

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Completed look, in natural light (I did this all by myself!!!)

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Completed look, in artificial light

Going Green and Getting Gorge on the NBC 10! Show

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Watch my latest NBC 10! Show appearance to hear about my favorite eco-friendly beauty buys!

For more video product reviews and tips, click here for Spoiled Pretty TV.

Hey Philly Girls: Watch Me On The NBC 10! Show Tomorrow

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the 10 show Hey Philly Girls: Watch Me On The NBC 10! Show TomorrowTomorrow morning, I’ll make my second appearance on the NBC 10! Show. In honor of Earth Day, I’ll be sharing my top five eco-friendly beauty finds.

I’m a lot less nervous than last time, but I caught a cold from my sister – so I’ve been nursing a sore throat today and willing myself to get better. Sheer will didn’t work, so I resorted to Tylenol Cold medicine, which has me feeling a bit loopy.

So cross your fingers for me, and pray that tomorrow’s segment doesn’t turn into a Vitameatavegamin type situation. Though that would be absolutely hilarious.

Watch what happens: NBC 10 at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21st.

Flat Out Fabulous

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How sick are these flats? Yesterday, my sister and I met up with Amber (home for the holidays) at the Willow Grove Mall – and we all fell in love with these Whitney Patent Flats at Banana Republic. They’re very Michelle Obama, no?

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I’m also jonesing for these blinged-out J. Crew Metallic Mesh Flip-Flops. I’ve eyed them up during my last two trips to the store. Next time, I’m bringing them home with me.

Outsmart the Prepsters at J. Crew Outlet Store

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jcrew+convertible+dress Outsmart the Prepsters at J. Crew Outlet StoreYesterday, I paid a little visit to my friend J. Crew. The purveyor of preppy has a store at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets – and I was absolutely shocked by the inventory. Many of the items in stock are still in J. Crew’s regular stores and on the website…but in the outlet store, the prices were so ridiculously low that I was pinching myself to make sure this wasn’t one of my ‘everything I want is on the clearance rack’ dreams.

Take this Convertible Swing Dress, for example. On jcrew.com, it’s listed as a new arrival and is priced at $78. But I picked it up today at the outlet store for less than half the price! The tag was marked $49.50, but it was my lucky day because all lounge dresses were an extra 30% off. So I scooped up the Swing Dress for just $34.65, which is an unbelievable steal because it’s actually three dresses in one!

I don’t typically buy summer dresses this early in the year; my head’s just not in the game yet. But then I thought about how scorching and sticky the summers can get in Philly – and how I complain, every year, that I wish I had more comfy sundresses. So I snatched this up, wishing they also stocked the dress in more colors. Unfort, they only had black.

Philadelphia Premium Outlets
18 West Lightcap Road
Limerick, PA 19464

My Latest MAC Acquisition: Plushglass in Fulfilled

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 My Latest MAC Acquisition: Plushglass in Fulfilled

When it comes to a MAC products, my sister and I are drawn to them like moths to a flame. So when we visited the Willow Grove Mall a few days ago with Mama Spoiled Pretty, it was no surprise that we couldn’t escape without a visit to the MAC counter at Bloomingdale’s. What was supposed to be swift stopover ended up being a half-hour spending spree.

While Lauren let the makeup artist paint her eyes in hues of blue, I made a beeline for the lip glosses – swatching at least a dozen on my inner arm. And my low-maintenance mom looked on in awe, wondering how she birthed such product-addicted daughters. When Lauren’s makeover was complete, she joined me in playing with the glosses. I asked for her opinion of MAC Plushglass in Fulfilled, which I was seriously considering adding to my collection. “It’s sick,” she exclaimed. So I decided to buy it…and so did she.

 My Latest MAC Acquisition: Plushglass in FulfilledThough it’s described as ‘full-blush creamy pink,’ I think that cantaloupe-y cream pink would be more accurate. As you can see in the photo, it wears super sheer – and inflates the lips without the burning sting that accompanies many lip plumpers.

I love this formula and adore this shade. And while my lip gloss collection is incalculable, I definitely feel like a void has been filled by Fulfilled. It will be my go-to non-shimmery gloss when I’m playing up my eyes, but I still want a come-hither kisser.

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