Archive of ‘Tools’ category

Exfoliate with Exfolimate


As a beauty blogger, I’ve seen and tried a plethora of products and tools – and I’m not easily impressed. It takes a very special product – something that’s truly innovative and effective – to knock my socks off. Exfolimate, the latest addition to my “holy grail” list, did just that. Here’s the product description:

Say G’day to ultra smooth skin and goodbye to dull, flakey skin. Introducing Exfolimate – the ultimate tool to give you younger, fresher looking and feeling skin. Designed in Australia – Exfolimate is your handy mate to instant exfoliation and pore clarification without the fuss of scrubs and loofahs that only rub the surface of your skin without actually removing the problem.

The secret is Exfolimate’s innovative micro-groove technology etched into the smooth metal edge. The micro-grooves gently lift and remove lingering skin cells and debris to unveil younger, fresher skin. Exfolimate is made to gently exfoliate the face and body and is precision designed for daily exfoliation and naturally skin clearing results. Exfolimate transforms the surface of your skin.

I was going to write about Exfolimate, but it was so amazing that a traditional review wouldn’t suffice. So I taped a video about it. Like to hear it? Here it go….


Exfolimate is $37 for two-piece face and body tool set. Go get you one today (you can thank me later).

Holiday Gift Guide 2012: ecoTools Day To Night 6 Piece Set

ecotools day to night brush setThere is a common misconception that a set of quality makeup brushes will set you back a pretty penny. I’ve tried (and own) more brushes than I know what to do with – and my favorites, hands down, are from EcoTools. Their high-quality brushes feature super soft bristles that apply makeup like a dream…and the price is a dream come true!

The ecoTools Day To Night 6 Piece Set ($16.99) includes:

  • Pointed Concealer Brush
  • Round Powder Brush
  • Detailed Lip Liner Brush
  • Stay-There Shadow Brush
  • Smudge Brush
  • Zippered Clutch

For more expert gift picks, check out Spoiled Pretty’s Holiday Gift Guide 2012!

Holiday Gift Guide 2012: beautyblender Air.Port Pure Kit

If you’re applying your foundation with anything but the beautyblender sponge, you’re doing it wrong.

The point of foundation is to fool the eye of the beholder into thinking you were blessed with a flawless complexion. But if you’re applying it incorrectly, or with inferior tools, you just look like you’re wearing a makeup mask. The difference between foundation that looks like foundation and foundation that looks like skin is beautyblender.

Since I was introduced to beautyblender in 2007, we have been in a monogamous relationship. It is the only tool I use to apply my foundation. beautyblender’s elliptical shape allows you to access hard-to-reach areas with ease. Its suede-like texture repels product, so your foundation actually ends up on your face – rather than absorbed by the sponge. And its unique curves fit the contours of your face, leaving your makeup dazzling and undetectable.

I even use it to apply my concealer and cream blushes. beautyblender can also be used with moisturizers, eye treatment serums and lotions, makeup primers and makeup removers to be a truly hygienic, gentle way to ensure optimal use of the most advanced skin care products.

And if you have problem skin, I can’t recommend anything better for magically disguising blemishes and hyperpigmentation. beautyblender is reusable (perfect for those green gals), latex-free, non-allergenic, and odor free…and makes the PERFECT holiday gift. (more…)

Clarisonic Aria

There’s a new addition to the Clarisonic family. It’s called the Aria and, in addition to a sleek new design, it boasts some fabulous features:

It’s Customizable: The new brush offers 3 speeds in a user-friendly handle. This is great for selecting just the right amount of cleaning for your skin.

It’s Travel Friendly: The Aria’s USB-enabled pLink charger plugs into your computer (GENIUS!) so it’s perfect no matter where you travel.

It’s Convenient: The new drying stand can be used the in shower or as a charging station when partnered with the pLink.

It’s Informative:  You’ll always know how many used you have left with the color changing battery life indicator.

It’s Adjustable: The T-Timer can be adjusted for a 1 or 2 minute guided cleanse.


Best Beauty Buys

I love beauty. But what I love more is introducing women to beauty products that they never knew existed but will change their lives. That’s why I started Spoiled Pretty, after all.

I’ve been blogging since 2007 and have posted 2,900+ product reviews and articles. I’ve dropped a lot of knowledge over the past five years and I encourage you to search the site and get better acquainted. But for those who are short on time or need to quickly get down to the nitty gritty, I’ve added an exciting feature to Spoiled Pretty.

Best Beauty Buys is a new option on the navigation bar (top left). Browse my favorite products in seven categories: Baby, Bath and Body, Fragrance, Hair, Makeup, Skin Care and Tools. And be sure to bookmark or check back often, as I’ll be frequently updating with fabulous finds.

Did any of your personal faves make my list? Any best beauty buys you’re dying to try? Tell me in the comments!

Makeup Mondays With Mario: How To Clean Makeup Brushes

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.

Hey Mario,

I’d like some advice on how to best clean my makeup brushes. I don’t know if I should be using soap, shampoo or a special kind of brush cleaner. And how often should I be cleaning them? I’ve spent a small fortune on brushes but have no idea how to care for them.

Thanks so much!

Hi Ella,
It took years of experimenting with different techniques and products to clean my brushes and I’ve found a way that works for me. I hope it does for you as well.
To clean brushes with natural or synthetic bristles, I use a basic hair shampoo. First run water over the brush hair then rub into the shampoo in a circular motion (I pour a bit of shampoo into a bowl). Rinse under running water again to get all of the soap out. I finish off by squeezing the water out, making sure not to pull on the hairs.
To dry your brushes, you should lay them flat on a towel. If you stand them up in a cup to dry, the water seeps into the handle and causes the brush to weaken and fall apart over time.
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!

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