Stila Smudge Pots Giveaway Winners

Stila Smudge Pot Black Stila Smudge Pots Giveaway WinnersCongrats to the winners of the Stila Smudge Pots Giveaway: Kathryn Barba, Debarati Chattopadhyay, and Tricia Dano. These lucky ladies will soon receive a pair of Stila Smudge Pots (in Black and Bronze)!

Many thanks to Stila for sponsoring this contest and allowing me to share one of my all time favorite products with readers.

And speaking of Stila, they’ve got a brand new website in the works. Click here to have a gander.

The Body Shop Fragrance Giveaway

the+body+shop+love+etc+gift+set The Body Shop Fragrance GiveawayEarlier this week, The Body Shop introduced its newest fragrance, Love Etc…

Created by one of the world’s finest ‘noses’ Dominique Ropion, the perfume features a sensuous union of iconic feminine jasmine, with indulgent notes of vanilla, sandalwood and musk cream.

With over 25 years of experience, Ropion’s genius has been the mastermind behind some of the world’s most loved and enduring scents, including Armani Code, Lovely, and Amarige.

“Love Etc… sounds like a chorus, it smells like a captivating fragrance and it means
people connecting in a world in movement. It suggests force, happiness, pleasure and life,”
said Ropion. “One of the great pleasures for me is knowing that this fragrance features an alcohol
base which is sourced through the unique Community Trade program from The Body Shop.
This is definitely another route by which the whole concept of universal love comes alive with
this unique fragrance.”

This week, Spoiled Pretty and The Body Shop are partnering to spread the Love Etc…

One lucky reader will receive a Love Etc… set that includes:

Love+Etc+Perfume The Body Shop Fragrance Giveaway

Love Etc… Eau de Parfum: The perfume features top notes of pear, neroli, bergamot; middle notes of jasmine, heliotrope, lily of the valley; and base notes of vanilla, sandalwood, musk cream.

Love+Etc+Body+Wash The Body Shop Fragrance Giveaway

Love Etc… Body Wash: Enjoy the rich lather of a refreshing, soap-free cleansing gel that leaves your skin subtly scented with the warm, exuberant fragrance of jasmin, vanilla and sandlewood.

Love+Etc+Body+Lotion The Body Shop Fragrance Giveaway

Love Etc… Body Lotion: Delight your skin with a lightweight moisturizer that softens, smoothes and hydrates with the warm, exuberant fragrance of jasmin, vanilla and sandlewood.

To enter the giveaway, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Love Etc… Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Thursday, October 29th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Friday, October 30th, 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. and Canadian residents.

Good luck!

Which Products Do You Wish Were Available in High School & College?

teenage+girls+applying+makeup Which Products Do You Wish Were Available in High School & College?I recently turned 29 for the third time…which got me thinking about how far beauty and fashion have come in the past 10-15 years.

It also got me thinking about how much cuter I could have looked in high school and college if the products we have today were available back then.

Among my wish list are: flat irons; No Frizz products; more foundations and concealers for brown girls; a threading salon in my neighborhood; Spanx; Forever 21; and everything Urban Decay.

So I ask you: if you could turn back time, which products/brands do you wish were available in your adolescence?

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MAC Halloween Face Charts 2009: Drop Undead Gorgeous

mac+halloween+face+charts MAC Halloween Face Charts 2009: Drop Undead Gorgeous

It’s that time of year again…time for MAC to unveil their Halloween Face Charts. Though these makeup masterpieces may appear difficult to replicate, don’t be scurred…Spoiled Pretty is hooking you up with step-by-step instructions. You’ll be amazed at how monstrously fun and devilishly do-able these looks can be.

EXOTIC ZEA
1 BWZeaBiscuit MAC Halloween Face Charts 2009: Drop Undead Gorgeous
1. By crushing Gesso eye shadow mixed in with Eye Liner Mixing Medium, you can paint your face white.
Another option is to use white Paintstick from the MAC PRO line.
2. It is important to have references of zebra stripes handy to study the pattern. Use Blacktrack Fluidline with a #210 brush to create the pattern of zebra on the face.
3. Doubling up on #37 lashes can create a dow eyed animalistic eye.
4. Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing powder will seal the deal.

MADAME MASK
3 BW TribalWoman MAC Halloween Face Charts 2009: Drop Undead Gorgeous
1. Use Brush #188 to prep and perfect skin with Prep + Prime Skin.
2. Use Brush #191 to apply Chromacake in Pure White to the entire face, including the neck area.
3. Lightly sketch the “wave” design on the face with Fascinating Eye Kohl.
4. Outline and shade the design details with Smolder Eye Kohl and Blacktrack Fluidline, using Brush #212.
5. Use Brush #217 to apply Carbon Eye Shadow over the design in order to set with a matte finish.
6. Use Brush #208 and Blacktrack Fluidline to elongate and define eyes. Follow by using Brush #239 to blend Carbon Eye Shadow over both eyelids.
7. Apply Lash #36 on the upper lashline and Lash #33 on the lower lashes to open up eyes.
8. Define the lip with Black Knight Lipstick.

ALL SOULS
6 FrF DayOfTheDead MAC Halloween Face Charts 2009: Drop Undead Gorgeous
1. Hydrate and create a luminous finish on skin with a spritz of Fix + and Strobe Cream.
2. Use a powder brush to dust White Frost Eye Shadow all over the face, concentrating the strength over the high planes.
3. Draw the outline of the skull design with Blacktrack Fluidline and Brush #228.
4. Use Brush #109 to shade Electric Eel Eye Shadow over the contours of the face within the skull design.
5. Use Brush #228 to apply Blacktrack Fluidline to outline and shade the eye sockets, and switch to Brush #210 to continue with Blacktrack to create the details over the forehead, browbone, nose, cheek, mouth, and chin.
6. Use Brushes #219 and #311 to fill in details with correlating Eye Shadows in Passionate, Chrome Yellow, Purple Haze, Juxt, and Orange.
7. Use Powerpoint in Industry and Scene Eye Shadow to shade in teeth. Outline with Black Knight Lipstick.
8. Finish finessing details with Boot Black Liner.

MEISTERFREEZE
4 FrF ZombieBleu MAC Halloween Face Charts 2009: Drop Undead Gorgeous
1. Hydrate and prepare skin with Prep + Prime Skin and a light layer of Studio Moisture Fix.
2. Use Brush #190 to apply Painterly Paint Pot over the entire face, stippling more coverage over the high planes for a prominent highlight.
3. Use Brush #109 to buff Fluidline in Waveline over the contours of the face, creating a blended ombre between Painterly and the indigo shade of Waveline for an airbrushed effect.
4. Create deeper contours along the temples, nose, eyes, cheek, and chin by applying Carbon Eye Shadow with Brush #217.
5. Use Brush #208 with Blacktrack Fluidline to line the eyes and create the deep wrinkles above the brow, around eyes, under cheekbone, and chin.
6. Create dotted texture on the skin and details of eyebrow with Rapidblack Penultimate Liner.
7. Finish the eyes by applying Lash #8 on the upper lashes and Lash #4 on the lower lashline, following with one to two coats of Zoomblack Zoomlash Mascara.
8. For the lip, use Brushes #209 and #311 to apply smudges of MAC Red Lipstick blended with Clear Lipglass over the mouth into the distorted smears of blood.

DEADLY DAME
2 FrF TheLadyVamp MAC Halloween Face Charts 2009: Drop Undead Gorgeous
1. Prime and hydrate skin with an application of Prep + Prime SPF 50, and follow with a highlight of Strobe Cream.
2. Create a heavy lidded effect with a smokey eye by using Blackground Paint Pot as base all over eyelid with Brush #242. Apply a dense layer of Carbon Eye Shadow, concentrating on the outer and inner corner of the eye, leaving the center of the lid bare. Use Brush #217 to blend outward with Eye Shadows in Sketch and Shadowy Lady.
3. Create a glowing highlight in the centre of the eyelid by applying Luna Cream Colour Base and follow with a blend of Vanilla Pigment and Vex Eye Shadow.
4. Eyes should be smudged and kohl rimmed as black as possible through lower lashes with a blend of Smolder Eye Kohl and Carbon Eye Shadow with Brush #228.
5. Continue to create dark circles under the eyes by using Brush #217 to apply a blend of Print and Nocturnelle in sweeping semi-circle strokes. Leave spaces between these strokes bare to create highlights.
6. The femme fatale has been drinking blood! Draw Redd Lip pencil from lip down the chin, then paint on MAC Red Lipstick. Add Clear lipglass to the mixture with Brush #210 to give a glistening wet look.

ACE OF HEARTS
1 RRGaGaGGorgeous MAC Halloween Face Charts 2009: Drop Undead Gorgeous

1. Block out the eyebrows with MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer
2. Sketch out the card shape around the eye…use an actual playing card to get the right shape
and trace it with Fascinating Eye Kohl.
3. Fill in the card with Luna Cream Colour Base and cover with White Frost Eye Shadow.
4. Add card details with Blacktrack Fluidline.
5. Cover face with Studio Sculpt Foundation.
6. Use Blacktrack Fluidline and Mystery Eye Shadow to create the ultimate smoky eye.
7. Add lashes to top and bottom of eye with Duo Adhesive.
8. Using Lasting Lust Pro Long Wear create a heart shape on the lips!

FLUTTERFLY
1 FabFWingsOfBeauty MAC Halloween Face Charts 2009: Drop Undead Gorgeous
1. Cover the whole face with Luna Cream Colour Base with Brush #249.
2. Outline the butterfly design with Fascinating Eye Kohl and sketch detail of wings.
3. Begin with using Brush #242 to shade Juxt Eye Shadow under the eyes, and then follow by blending the following Eye Shadows outward to create an airbrushed effect that moves from green, to blue, to purple: Swimming, Aquadisiac, Moon’s Reflection, and Stars and Rockets.
4. Use Brush #242 to apply Gorgeous Gold Eye Shadow along the inner corner of the eye and blend upward with Expensive Pink, Coppering, and Sushi Flower to finish the upper portion of the butterfly with an airbrushed finesse.
5. Use Brush #209 with Boot Black Liquid Liner to outline the butterfly and detail pattern inside of the wings.
6. Use Brush #252 with Carbon Eye Shadow to shade over the entire face.
7. Use Duo to apply Lash #42 to the upper lashline and finish with two to three coats with Zoomblack Mascara.
8. Define the lip with Velvetella Cremestick Liner. Apply Cyber Lipstick with Brush #311 and Girl About Town Lipstick along the inner lip for a strong highlight. Finish with a glossy coat of Dazzleglass in Date Night.

For more inspiration, visit the MAC Facebook page and pick your look from their monster roster of 21 Face Charts!

Treesje Handbag Sale at Ideeli.com: Get On This!

treesje+asher Treesje Handbag Sale at Ideeli.com: Get On This!

I love me a Treesje handbag. In fact, I own three: the Asher satchel (above), Mortale Clutch, and Sophia hobo. Tomorrow, Ideeli.com is hosting a Treesje sale – and I plan to add to my collection. The sale begins at 11am, and prices start at just $173 (up to 54% off retail prices).

Here is sampling of the sale’s offerings:

treesje+willow Treesje Handbag Sale at Ideeli.com: Get On This!
Treesje Willow

treesje+marquis Treesje Handbag Sale at Ideeli.com: Get On This!
Treesje Marquis

treesje+avalon Treesje Handbag Sale at Ideeli.com: Get On This!
Treesje Avalon

treesje+cypress Treesje Handbag Sale at Ideeli.com: Get On This!

Treesje Cypress

Ideeli membership is free…click here for an invite, courtesy of Spoiled Pretty.

Five Cold Weather Makeup Bag Essentials – Plus A Giveaway!

cold+weather+woman Five Cold Weather Makeup Bag Essentials   Plus A Giveaway!

The cold weather hit Philly earlier than I had expected. So this weekend, I switched out the contents of my makeup bag (I don’t even want to say how many products I had crammed in there…I’m embarrassed) and replaced them with the following cold weather beauty essentials.

aveda+hand+relief Five Cold Weather Makeup Bag Essentials   Plus A Giveaway!

Last week, it was cold and wet in my neck of the woods. It’s not even November yet, and my hands are crack-a-lackin’. So I retired my summer hand lotion, and pulled out the heavy artillery…Aveda’s Hand Relief. If this isn’t the best hand lotion on the market, I don’t know what is. It hydrates and soothes even severely dry hands – without leaving them greasy or sticky. And the citrusy scent is a nice pick-me-up. If you’ve never tried Hand Relief, now is the best time to buy. The Pink Ribbon special value tube has 7% more product than the regular size, and Aveda will donate $4 from each purchase to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

clear+nail+polish Five Cold Weather Makeup Bag Essentials   Plus A Giveaway!

Clear Nail Polish is another cold weather essential I highly suggeststashing in your makeup bag. Not only does it protect your polish against the elements and extend the life of your mani, it’s also great for stopping stocking runs and rips in their tracks.

donna+karan+cashmere+mist+deodorant Five Cold Weather Makeup Bag Essentials   Plus A Giveaway!

Remember how I told you that I carried a mini tube of Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant in my purse this past summer? Well, it’s still there. And that’s where it’s gonna stay this season. Yes, I realize that the mercury is falling – but layered clothing combined with co-workers who like to jack up the thermostat can have you smelling quite ripe, if you’re not prepared. I am…are you?

carmex+moisture+plus Five Cold Weather Makeup Bag Essentials   Plus A Giveaway!

Chapped lips are the bane of my existence. I hate how they look, how they feel, and how they’re the prelude to a bleeding, peeling, jacked up mess of a mouth. Preventing chapped lips doesn’t have to cost a fortune, as is evidenced by one of my new cold weather beauty finds – Carmex Moisture Plus. It moisturizes with Vitamin E, Aloe, and Shea butter and protects your pucker with SPF 15. I love the vanilla menthol scent and the fact that, despite the sun protection, I don’t feel like I’m eating sunscreen if I lick my lips. The slant tip applicator also ups the fab factor.

stila+convertible+color Five Cold Weather Makeup Bag Essentials   Plus A Giveaway!

Stila Convertible Color is a makeup bag must have year-round, but I always fall a little deeper in love when it gets colder and the summer glow fades from my face. This versatile bestseller brightens cheeks and lips with creamy, translucent color. If your skin tends to dry out during the colder months, you’ll love the formula – and how it gives your complexion a lit from within, realistic glow. I use Poppy to give my cheeks a pop of color – for a straight from the slopes, snow bunny look.

This post was sponsored by Carmex Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating Lip Balm. Thanks to them, I’m giving away a $25 Visa gift card and a one year supply of Carmex Moisture Plus samples! To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment by Wednesday, October 28th at midnight – and tell me one of your favorite cold weather beauty products.

For more chances to win, visit DivineCaroline.com. There, women are sharing their five favorite beauty products and entering to win a $250 gift card. Check it out!

Lord & Taylor Friends and Family: Take Additional 25% Off!

lord+and+taylor+friends+and+family Lord & Taylor Friends and Family: Take Additional 25% Off!

Hey, chicas! Remember the coat that I bought on Friday – and I saved $141 on it? Well, guess what? You can save MORE!

Lord & Taylor‘s Friends and Family promotion starts Wednesday in stores – but you can start saving now online! With the Friends & Family discount, the Ellen Tracy coat I paid $219 for will only cost you $187.50…plus, you’d qualify for free standard shipping! Simply enter promo code FRIENDS at checkout.

If you’d prefer to shop the good ole fashioned way, check out the printable coupon below.

lord+and+taylor+friends+and+family+coupon Lord & Taylor Friends and Family: Take Additional 25% Off!

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Dark Circles & Smoky Eyes

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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.

So without further ado…do your thang, Mario!

Hi Mario,

I have a question and would like some advice on my make-up. OK… I naturally have dark circles around my eyes and I love the smokey eye look. However whenever I’ve tried it, it makes my circles appear darker. Is there something I can do about it so that I can achieve the look that I’m wanting or is that something I can’t accomplish because of my imperfections? -LaJuan

sephora+smoky+eye Makeup Mondays With Mario: Dark Circles & Smoky EyesDear LaJuan,

It seems to me that the problem you’re having has to do with covering up the dark circles around your eyes, or it could the technique you’re using when you do the eye makeup. If done correctly, a smokey eye should not make your “circles” appear darker. Here’s what you should do. Start out by applying an eye shadow base or primer to the lid. You can also use your concealer or foundation for this (a shade or two lighter then your skin would be best). Follow with some loose powder to set the base. Now you can go ahead and give yourself a smokey eye which ever way that you prefer. After the lids are done, you now want to clean the under eye area with a makeup wipe to get rid of all the eyeshadow that most likely fell. That could be why it looks more dark to you. Once the under eye area is clean, apply your concealer, blend with a sponge and finish by setting it with a translucent loose powder. This will also prevent the liner along the lower lash line from smudging. icon wink Makeup Mondays With Mario: Dark Circles & Smoky Eyes

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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