After watching an infomercial for the Wonder Hanger, Mr. Spoiled Pretty mutters under his breath, “Wonder Hanger, if you can organize my wife’s closet, you deserve a Nobel Prize.”
Have you heard about this little thing called the Swine Flu? Well, Mama Spoiled Pretty sure has. Since the story first broke last week, she’s been calling me constantly…scaring me with play by plays of the latest news reports. So finally, to allay her fears that her first born might become an incubus for the deadly virus, I decided to visit my local Bath & Body Works store and stock up on their Anti-Bacterial collection; because beauty products are so much chicer than a face mask, plastic bubble or haz-mat suit.
And now that I’m protected, I’m doing my civic duty by partnering with Bath & Body Works for a giveaway.
To enter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Bath & Body Works Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Tuesday, May 12th. Three winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Wednesday, May 13th, 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.
Good luck…and stay healthy!
A few weeks ago, Mr. Spoiled Pretty told me he was in the market for a new face scrub. So I told him that I’d do some research and get him anew scrub to try, with one small condition…he had to pinky swear that he would provide a product review for Spoiled Pretty. But after a few feeble attempts to get him to write a formal review – to which he gave me one word answers or sentence fragments – I just sat him down for an interview.
So without further ado, here is a Q&A with Mr. Spoiled Pretty about his experience with Clinique Skin Supplies For Men Face Scrub.
DB: How do you use Clinique’s face scrub?
MSP: You put it on your face.
DB: No, I mean do you use it in the shower or at the sink?
MSP: In the shower. I don’t do anything at the sink except brush my teeth, wash my hands, or shave.
DB: Okay. So how do you apply it?
MSP: You smear it on your face and rub it in?
DB: You mean, like, massage it into your skin in a circular motion?
DB: Okay, so what does it feel like?
MSP: Like 160 grit sand paper, which is a good thing. I feels really, really good. It scraped off my face and made me feel like a new man.
DB: How would you compare it to other face scrubs that you’ve used in the past?
MSP: I used to use the Nivea face scrub and that was pretty good. But it’s not as high-quality as the Clinique face scrub. With the Clinique stuff you can tell that it’s actually doing something to your face.
DB: Is that it?
MSP: The only thing bad about it is that you can’t use it every day because it would hurt too much. It might scrape your face clean off.
DB: But you’re not supposed to use it every day, Graham. With a serious face scrub like that, you should probably only use it a couple of times a week, max.
MSP: Says who?
DB: Says me. I’m a beauty expert, remember?
From left to right:
Sister Spoiled Pretty, aka Lauren
Papa Spoiled Pretty, aka Spoiled Pretty’s #1 Fan
Mama Spoiled Pretty, aka “Sticky Fingers” (Mom takes full advantage of my beauty swag)
Mr. Spoiled Pretty, aka Graham
Remember that clip-in extensions video I posted last week? Recall how I braided one of the extensions and mixed it in amongst my curls? Well…later that day, I took it out and dared my sister, Lauren, to wear it as a rat tail on a trip to the mall. Mama Pretty was completely against it, which only served to up the proverbial ante.
To our mother’s chagrin, Lauren pulled her hair back in a bun and clipped the extension above the nape of her neck. My sister proudly rocked the rat tail at Banana Republic, Bloomingdale’s, Forever 21, the Willow Grove Mall food court and Walmart; she was the main attraction everywhere we went. Every time the rat tail would elicit a befuddled stare from passersby, Lauren and I howled with laughter.
My stylish sis has a habit of starting nonsensical trends (when she was nine, she made up a word that – thanks to my BFF Kristen – became part of the Princeton University vernacular). So if there is a resurrection of the rat tail, you know who to blame for raising this hair don’t from the dead.
By the time I took this pic, Lauren’s hair was more deconstructed. You should have seen when the rat tail was in full effect. It was classic.
Mama Spoiled Pretty kidnapped me on Saturday. Well – not for real, for real. Kidnapping is the term my sister and I use to describe my mom’s habit of holding us hostage during an otherwise enjoyable shopping excursion. This is usually how it goes down…
Mom proposes a shopping trip to one of our favorite destinations: Banana Republic, Bloomingdale’s, DSW, Forever 21, Lord & Taylor, Marshall’s, Nordstrom, Sephora, or TJ Maxx. So we get in Mom’s car and drive off, hoping that whatever we’re hunting for will be waiting for us at the store, in our size, perched on the sale rack. After a few hours of retail therapy, our dogs start barking and we get into the car to drive back to my parents’ house…or so Lauren and I think.
When we’re almost back home, my mother veers off course – and next thing you know, we’re somewhere not fun, like Walmart. And it’s never a quick trip either. Mom will spend 45 minutes pushing her cart up and down aisles before she even starts looking for what’s on her list. And Lauren and I revert to preschool-ish behavior – like whining or saying we have to go to the bathroom – to encourage Mom to move faster than molasses.
But I have to admit that being kidnapped this past weekend wasn’t too bad. While my sister occupied herself carrying out her signature prank (Lauren likes to throw a couple of random items into Mom’s shopping cart, just to watch her hilarious reaction at the register), I killed time in the beauty aisle. I was in desperate need of a hair clip, so I perused the selection from Goody. Goody has never let me down before, so I picked up their new Ouchless Flexible Claw Clip. Not only did this clip not disappoint, I was pretty impressed – because it holds your hair in place without the annoying inconveniences of other claw clips.
First, the clip has covered hinges, which eliminates snags. Second, the teeth are curved in a way that prevents them from digging into your scalp – love that! Finally, the teeth are flexible – so go ahead and lean back, lean back, lean back, lean back. The people at Goody are a bunch of Albert Einsteins, I’ll tell you what.
For less than $4, you get two medium-sized clips…plus motivation to throw out all of those inferior claw clips that have been a pain in your cranium all of these years.
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.
Though 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.