Archive of ‘Skin Care’ category

Skinnygirl Face and Body Gift Set Giveaway!

Bethenny Frankel is my CBFFIMH (Celebrity Best Friend Forever in My Head) – along with Kathy Griffin and Wendy Williams.

Bethenny and I were introduced back in March of 2008 when The Real Housewives of New York premiered. She quickly won me over with her unpretentious personality and quick wit, and we’ve been BFF’s (again, in my head) ever since. Bethenny and I even had our children around the same time (Bethenny gave birth to Bryn in May of 2010 and Westley arrived in August of that year). I remember even more of a kinship with Bethenny as I watched her juggle marriage and motherhood, on the first season of Bethenny Getting Married?

Now I learn that me and my gal pal have even more in common. The reality-star-turned-entrepreneur has ventured into beauty, launching her Skinnygirl Face and Body collection. (more…)

Dermalogica Daily Clean Scrub

Anyone who knows me knows that I love me some Dermalogica. My problem skin has never responded to skincare products the way it does to Dermalogica. Even though I test a lot of products, I always keep Dermalogica products in the rotation because, otherwise, my skin up and stages a mutiny. I recommend Dermalogica to my friends, family and co-workers so much, you’d think I was making a commission. So when my husband, Mr. Spoiled Pretty, was running low on his face scrub, I took the opportunity to introduce him to one of my favorite brands.

The following is his (first) Spoiled Pretty review:

“I’m not a fancy boy/fancy pants. I don’t use many grooming products. Shaving cream, soap and after shave are basically it. But I am a true believer in face scrubs. I think Chanel has awesome face scrubs and Nivea is pretty much the stand-by, but Dermalogica’s Daily Clean Scrub is one of the best I’ve used. It’s great for when you haven’t used a face scrub in months…you’ll feel like a new man, because it’s got a very abrasive, almost sandpaper-ish feel. After you use it, you’ll feel great, clean, and very confident. You’ll feel like a sexy beast…women (i.e., your wife or girlfriend) will SWOON.  I use it every day.”

-Graham Baird

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Pores No More!

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,

If you’re reading this question and about to answer it – thank you, thank you, thank you! My problem is that I have HUGE pores. My pores are a big issue for me and I hate the way they make my skin look. Are there any skincare products or makeup that you can recommend that will shrink and/or conceal them? Thanks so much for your expert advice. I’m your biggest fan!


Hi Holly,

I’ve got three words for you – “Pores No More.” Famed dermatologist Dr. Brandt created Pores No More products to help visibly reduce the size and appearance of large pores.

You can follow with your normal makeup routine or even try a product like Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base by L’Oreal. Just apply with your finger to the T-zone and any areas with large pores. It will smooth out the skin’s texture and fill in fine lines and pores for a more flawless makeup application.

Thanks for visiting Makeup Mondays with Mario!


Got a question for Mario? Email your makeup and skin care queries to, and check back next Monday to read Mario’s expert advice!

Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator

Since adolescence, I’ve suffered with hyperpigmentation. Like many women of color, my blemishes leave dark marks in their wake – which can take weeks, months and even years to fade. For forever, I’ve used foundations and highlighters to hide these dark spots. But I’ve recently come to a point in my life where I’m tired of masking the problem. As a busy mom, I don’t have the time or the energy it takes to put on a full face of makeup on a regular basis. Most days, I leave the house bare faced – save for some mascara and a couple swipes of gloss. Hyperpigmentation has undermined my self esteem for too long, so I decided it was time to heal, rather than conceal.

So last month, I added Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator to my morning routine. And let me tell you…this additional step (which takes just 1 minute) has been life changing. First of all, the pearlescent serum imparts a radiant glow upon application – so even though the product actually takes about two weeks to start doing its thang, there are immediate perks.

And after just 10 days, I started to notice that my skin looked more even toned, luminous and smoother. The formula is lightweight and smells dreamy, so putting it on is a refreshing A.M. experience. And after a month, I am much more confident showing my bare skin to the world because my dark marks are starting to see the light.

I’m not usually the best at being consistent with skin care because, as you know, I test a lot of products. But this one is so simple and yields such amazing results that I actually look forward to putting it on. Because Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator targets the dark marks (as well as redness, acne marks, sun spots and other discolorations), you don’t have to worry about it lightening the other areas of your face. And the oil-free formula is proven gentle and effective for all ethnicities. Just be sure to use an SPF product on your face every day, to prevent the marks from darkening up again.

I can’t recommend Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator enough. It’s become my holy grail – and if you buy it and try it, you’ll understand why. I’m also anxious to try the Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator.

*A sample was provided by the brand for review.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules Intensive Treatment for Face and Throat

I have a full-time career (in addition to Spoiled Pretty) and I’m also a new mom, which means that I’m short on spare time – especially in the morning. Before I had Westley, I used to take my time and carefully apply my makeup before heading off to work. Now I’m so busy that I’ve had to seriously streamline my morning routine. On days when I’m in a rush, but need to look pulled together and polished, I even out my skin with foundation, then apply a skincare product that contains Vitamin E oil.

During the winter, when I’m abnormally dry, I pat Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules Intensive Treatment for Face and Throat on top of my foundation, all over my face for a dreamily dewy glow. It imparts a healthy radiance while protecting my skin from environmental stress and working its anti-aging magic. Now that it’s summertime, my skin is on oil overload – so, instead of applying it all over my face, I’ve been using the serum just on the bridge of my nose, my cheekbones and brows – to highlight my bone structure.

Hyperpigmentation is also a major skin issue for me, and I’ve found vitamin E to be particularly effective at diminishing my dark marks and acne scars – so this product is great for that too. Just remember to also use sunscreen so that the dark spots don’t re-appear!

The Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules have so many benefits that they’re well worth the $68 price of admission. Plus the container looks so pretty on your vanity. Just be sure to warn your sweet tooth of a spouse to look but NOT touch…Mr. Spoiled Pretty almost ate one of the capsules, thinking it was candy!

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