COTY Mother’s Day Fragrance Gift Kits Giveaway Winners

halle+by+halle+berry+perfume+fragrance COTY Mothers Day Fragrance Gift Kits Giveaway Winners

Congrats to the winners of the COTY Mother’s Day Fragrance Gift Kits Giveaway:

Bacalls Mom (Vanilla Fields)
Deanna G. (Halle by Halle Berry)
Luscious Makeup (Faith Hill Parfums)
Nina (Jovan Satisfaction for Women)
Terra H. (Celine Dion Sensational)
Many thanks to COTY for spoiling these readers pretty.

And stay tuned for Spoiled Pretty’s next giveaway announcement, which is just a few hours away!

Put The Breaks On Hair Breakage

You know that line, “Break yourself, fool!” from Superbad? Well, my hair was taking that euphemism literally.

My hair has been delicate, dry, and damaged – thanks to 25 years of chemical relaxers and a recent dependence on hot tools. As a result of my hair abuse, my ends were breaking off left and right. Every time I brushed or styled my hair, it was a sorry sight – little, broken hairs all over my shirt, bathroom counter and floor. Every day, I was pulling a Jay-Z and brushing my shoulders off.

My hair was, basically, breaking off as quickly as it was growing – which explains why my hair hasn’t gotten longer in the past seven years. And let me tell you…it was like salt in the wounds when a well-meaning friend suggested I “grow my hair out.”

Obviously, if I stopped straightening, blow drying and using a flat iron on my hair, it would be in much better shape. But let’s get real – that’s not going to happen. Lucky for me, Pantene solved my catch 22 conundrum by developing a line of products that spoke to my issue. Seriously, the product description reads like it should have been prefaced with “Yo…listen up, Daneen.”

pantene+relaxed+and+naturalbreakage+defense Put The Breaks On Hair BreakageThe Pantene Pro-V Relaxed & Natural Breakage Defense collection is designed to strengthen hair against damage and provide 90 percent less breakage in one month.

The Present: Hair that you notice everywhere – on your brush, clothes and bathroom sink. The Future: Resilient, strong, healthy hair that has less shedding due to breakage.
Pantene Pro-V Relaxed & Natural Shampoo, Breakage Defense thoroughly cleans hair with a rich, airy lather without weighing hair down. It has a unique conditioning formula that makes hair easier to comb, helping to prevent breakage. And it leaves hair strong against damage, hydrated and healthy-looking. Pantene Pro-V Relaxed & Natural Conditioner, Breakage Defense has a Pro-Vitamin formula that is specially designed for women of color to help strengthen and moisturize each hair strand – from root to tip. It also shields each hair strand from future damage.

I’ve been using this shampoo/conditioner combo for the past two months and have noticed a decrease in shedding. I’m hoping that if I keep this up – and lay off the ole flat iron a bit – mermaid hair might be in my future. I’ve always dreamed of mermaid hair…

Anyway, if you’re like me and you want to put the breaks on hair breakage, I recommend you give these products a try.*

*I believe Pantene is doing some re-formulation and discontinuing these products, so they are a little bit hard to find. Online shopping would be your best bet.

Kim Kardashian Rollerball Competition for Breast Cancer Awareness

kim kardashian rollerball perfume contest Kim Kardashian Rollerball Competition for Breast Cancer Awareness

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness, Kim Kardashian is inviting her most trusted advisors – her fans – to help her design the look of the new rollerball edition of her signature fragrance, debuting this October. Participants will have one week to create and submit a design inspired by Kim to kimsrollerball@gmail.com.

Kim will then choose the top three designs, which will be displayed on Kim’s website, and her fans will vote on their favorite. The winning design will launch at select retailers in October 2010. 10% of the proceeds will benefit Young Survival Coalition – the premier global organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer – helping fans give back to a worthy cause when they purchase the new rollerball scent. The grand prize winner will also get the chance to spend the day with Kim and discover how her custom design becomes a reality.  (more…)

Stila Raspberry Crush Lip & Cheek Stain

 Stila Raspberry Crush Lip & Cheek Stain

Stila’s got a new crush: Raspberry Crush Lip & Cheek Stain ($24).

The newest member of the la Crush familia delivers a pop of vibrant pink to your lips and cheeks.

Packed with good for you ingredients and a touch of subtle shimmer, this sheer raspberry-rich formula creates a healthy, glowing flush of youth. Infused with naturally staining raspberry extracts, this sweetly-scented wonder reacts to your personal pH levels to create your perfect vibrant pink shade every time. This juicy formula works as a blush and a lip tint – leaving a pretty pop of color that compliments your fresh summer skin.

New Rebecca Minkoff Handbags for Summer 2010

rebecca+minkoff+handbags New Rebecca Minkoff Handbags for Summer 2010

Somebody better hide my wallet because I just wanna buy up all of Rebecca Minkoff’s new summer handbags. For the past few months, I have been searching for the perfect crossbody bag…not too big with a little edge. Nothing really impressed me until today, when I spotted Trust, and my handbag-loving heart skipped a beat. The Main Squeeze Foldover ain’t too shabby either.
I love me some Minkoff.

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Hold The Oil

mmwmd large Makeup Mondays With Mario: Hold The Oil
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.
oily+skin Makeup Mondays With Mario: Hold The OilHi Mario,

My problem is that when the weather gets warmer, my face gets very oily. It seems that no matter what I do, my face always looks shiny/greasy – which embarasses me. Can you recommend any products or makeup tips that might help me keep my shine under control?

Thanks!!!!!
Scarlett

Hi Scarlett,

You can control your naturally dewy skin’s shine using a few products and/techniques. Start out with an oil-free, light moisturizer (Daneen recommends Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel) all over, prior to makeup application. Let that set in a couple of minutes, then apply Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light by Smashbox. If your skin doesn’t need much coverage, I’d skip the foundation altogether and instead use a concealer on spots. Try Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage concealers. Use a loose powder to set the face, making sure that it’s free of shimmer and sparkle, of course. Try Priori loose powder. For touch ups throughout the day, use Tatcha Blotting Papers to absorb shine. I once learned a tip from a brilliant beauty blogger who’s spoiled pretty – she uses a Starbucks napkin to absorb oils on the skin. It truly works! All the more reason to go to Starbucks! Oh and one more thing- don’t feel embarrassed for having oily skin – it’s the most effective anti- aging product and it’s all yours!

Thanks for visiting Makeup Mondays with Mario!

xo,
Mario

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

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