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Fierce, Fabulous and Flawless With Help From Cargo Cosmetics

Cargo+Mattifier Fierce, Fabulous and Flawless With Help From Cargo Cosmetics
Last week, Mr. Spoiled Pretty abandoned his loving wife in favor of a camping/fly-fishing excursion to Idaho. Now you know I wasn’t about to go hiking up mountains and trek through the wilderness to chill with rattlesnakes, horse flies and mosquitoes. So I stayed my ass at home and caught up on some reading, writing, and arithmetic (I took inventory of my makeup stockpile, and I’m slightly embarrassed by my excessive collection of lipglosses).

By the time the weekend came around, I had developed such a case of cabin fever that it didn’t take long for my BFF, Kristen, to lure your resident recluse out of the house. After some indecision, we opted to meet at a low-key bar and catch up over cheap, domestic beer. It’s been crazy hot in Philly lately, so I didn’t put too much thought or effort into my outfit, hair, or makeup; I threw on some jeans, quickly flat ironed my hair, and swiped on some Cargo blu_ray™ High Definition Mattifier before finishing my face off with mascara and gloss.

liya+kebede+italian+vogue Fierce, Fabulous and Flawless With Help From Cargo CosmeticsAround midnight, after drinking probably a little too much (pitchers are dangerous cuz I can never keep count), I took a bathroom break. I perched my handbag on the sink, rummaged for my blotting papers, and prepared to sop up the grease. But when I looked in the mirror, I was absolutely astonished. My face was flawless (well, flawless as in shine-free…not flawless as in resembling Liya Kebede).

And my face remained that way until I washed it off before bed. In fact, the only oil-related incident that night was a basket of greasy fries that Kristen and I couldn’t resist ordering just before last call.

Cargo blu_ray™ High Definition Mattifier is available at cargocosmetics.com and Sephora.

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Amazing Grace Giveaway!

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I’m a fan of potent perfumes, and I’m a little heavy-handed in the application. Mr. Spoiled Pretty benignly suggests that I search for products with subtler notes. And every time I’m in a confined space with my mom and sister, they bluntly accuse me of wearing enough perfume to “choke a horse.” As much as I love my strong scents, I’ll admit that they can’t all be wrong.

So when I received an Amazing Grace gift set from Philosophy last week, I kept an open mind. Amazing Grace is Philosophy’s best selling scent, “created to enhance a woman’s well-being and draw people closer without overwhelming.” The products smelled good enough in the packaging, but how would it smell on me? Non-existent, I predicted…I hate fleeting fragrances that last for a hot second then fade away. But I was keeping an open mind and decided to put Amazing Grace to the test.

After a particularly challenging stint at the gym, I was sweaty, smelly and in serious need of a shower. Typically, I would use a deodorant soap or body wash, post-workout. But Amazing Grace Perfumed Buffing Wash helped me get squeaky clean again…in addition to exfoliating and hydrating my skin. Even hours later, the wonderfully feminine fragrance continued to linger on. When Graham returned from work that night and I welcomed him home, he said, “Honey, you smell great.” That’s when I knew I’d found a winner.

But the true test was my sister, who I usually have to bribe for a compliment. This past weekend, I met up with my mom and sister for a late brunch and an afternoon of shopping. When my mom called to say she was a couple of blocks away from my apartment, I quickly sprayed on Amazing Grace Perfumed Body Spritz and headed out the door to meet up with the peanut gallery.

After our meal, we headed to Rittenhouse for some retail therapy…and out of the blue, Lauren says, “What are you wearing? It smells good.” OMG. Stop. The. Presses. My sister just said something nice…to me. Needless to say, Amazing Grace has become a staple in my daily beauty ritual.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the scent,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see!

I’m so wild about these products that I want to share with one of you! This week, Spoiled Pretty is giving you an opportunity to win an Amazing Grace Gift Set courtesy of Philosophy. The set includes:

philosophy+amazing+grace Amazing Grace Giveaway!
Amazing Grace Perfumed Buffing Wash has a creamy, gel-like texture and contains gentle exfoliants that help smooth and soften skin without irritation. Use it daily over entire body in your shower or bath to maintain skin smoothness and hydration.

Amazing Grace Perfumed Shave Gel has a creamy, lotion-like texture, which allows your razor to glide over your skin for a gentle, yet close shave. It leave your legs and underarms super soft and silky smooth with an amazingly clean, beautifully feminine scent.

Amazing Grace Perfumed Body Spritz is a lightly scented spray which provides moisturizing and antioxidant benefits. It makes a great fragrance base, and can be enhanced by applying the infinitely clean, beautifully feminine scent of amazing grace eau de parfum to your pulse points as your ‘top coat’ or feel free to use with any of Philosophy’s state of grace fragrances, including Inner Grace, Pure Grace, or Baby Grace.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Amazing Grace Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, July 13th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, July 14th, 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!

Lise Watier Summer 2008: La Toscana

lise+watier+eye+quad+038 Lise Watier Summer 2008: La Toscana
Yesterday, Mr. Spoiled Pretty and I celebrated our one-year wedding anniversary with dinner at Barclay Prime, a “luxury boutique steakhouse” in the Rittenhouse section of Philadelphia. My dress and heels were basic black, so I decided to wear color on my eyes. Lise Watier’s new summer collection, La Toscana, provided the perfect palette to make my peepers pop!

lise+watier+mer+eye+quad+1 Lise Watier Summer 2008: La Toscana

lise+watier+mer+eye+quad+2 Lise Watier Summer 2008: La Toscana
The shadows in the Eye Quartet in Mer (Sea Turquoise, Satin Terracotta, Soft and Matte Sand, and a Rose-Brown bathed with Golden Sheen) have been baked on a ceramic tile to pay homage to Tuscany. They can be used wet or dry; dry for a light, diaphanous effect, or wet for an intense, opaque finish.

I lined the inner rims of my eyes with the Glitter Pencil in Turquoise – a smooth, pigment-rich liner.

If you’re more “turf” than “surf”, try the Terre Quartet and Glitter Pencil in Vert.

And be sure to check out La Toscana’s other offerings:

Pink Marble Blush Powder
Toscana Gloss Sticks (ultra-hydrating with an olive oil base)
Havana Dry Oil Body Glow
Havana Precious Bronzing Pearls
Havana Sun Dust Bronzing Powder

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

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Greetings from Philly! It’s a beautiful day in my neighborhood. In fact, we Philadelphians have enjoyed a string of gorgeous days this holiday weekend. Today, Mr. Spoiled Pretty and I took advantage of the magnificent weather and walked down to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and took in some culture. We were hoping to check out the Frida Kahlo exhibit; unfortunately, we were a week too late.

After meandering around the museum for a few hours, we stopped by Whole Foods for some groceries – Mr. Spoiled Pretty is cooking one of his specialties, steak fajitas. Yum! Now that we’re back home, I just had to take a pic of the chic shades that have been protecting my peepers all day long.

daneen+in+oakley+sunglasses+008 It’s Always Sunny In PhiladelphiaOakley Betray sunglasses are a perfect marriage of sport and style. Frames are available in five different colors (Black-Red, Cork, Lavender Tortoise, Sable, Tortoise Cream), and lenses come in six tints (Black Grey Gradient, Bronze, Black Gradient, Warm Grey, Dark Bronze, Bronze Polarized) that are simulated on the website…pretty darn cool.

The lenses filter out 100% of nasty UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. And the lens curvature protects delicate skin around the eyes from the damaging ultraviolet rays. So these shades aren’t just a stylish accessory, they’re also a beauty necessity.

My fajitas are calling so I have to run. Enjoy the rest of your day and we’ll chat again soon.

You’re friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

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