L’Occitane Vitoria Regia: Botanical Beauty From Brazil

LOCCITANE VITÓRIA RÉGIA HAND CREAM LOccitane Vitoria Regia: Botanical Beauty From BrazilL’Occitane does a lot right when it comes to making their products – one of my most favorite things about the company is their ability to get the true fragrances of flowers.I had the pleasure of trying Vitoria Regia Hand Cream (above) from the Brazil Collection, and it’s amazing!  The cream is not too thick and it doesn’t leave that sometimes sticky feeling that other lotions have.  As I was applying it I could smell notes of flowers (the Vitoria Regia flower blooms in the rainforest), greens and even powder.  Which is one of my favorite combinations.  It lasted through my work day and through some of my evening workout.  I also love the size of the tube because it easily fits in my makeup bag.
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Love Your Glasses with Glasses.com

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When I was about 11 years old, my mom took me to see a play. I can’t remember exactly what show it was – probably because, at the time, I couldn’t see it very well. As we were driving home from the performance, my mom rattled off her favorite parts of the performance and engaged me in conversation. It was then that we both realized I needed prescription glasses. The show had, literally, been a blur for me.

My first pair of glasses were pure ugly. My dad convinced me to pick oversized tortoise frames and lenses with a brown gradient tint. Looking back, it was no coincidence that boys wouldn’t look at me twice. But seriously, even though they weren’t the best looking glasses, they completely changed my life. For the first time in years, I could see. I mean really see. My hazy window to the world was suddenly crystal clear and I started to truly blossom.

 

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Kimye Wedding Makeup Artist: Mario Dedivanovic

kimye kim kardashian kanye west wedding Kimye Wedding Makeup Artist: Mario DedivanovicBy now, you’ve probably heard all of the Kimye wedding details. Kim Kardashian wore a Givenchy Haute Couture lace gown (she slipped into a bodycon Balmain dress post-ceremony) and Kanye West was outfitted in a custom Givenchy tuxedo. Not to be outdone, little North wore a dress also designed by Givenchy’s creative director, Riccardo Tisci. The couple exchanged Lorraine Schwartz wedding bands, were serenaded by John Legend, and are currently honeymooning in Ireland.

 

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The Kimye Wedding Beauty Squad: Chris McMillan and Mario Dedivanovic

 

Kim’s wedding hair was styled by Jennifer Aniston’s homeboy Chris McMillan. But do you know who’s responsible for her flawless wedding makeup? That would be my friend (and makeup wizard) Mario Dedivanovic. He did Kim’s makeup for her last wedding. Khloe’s too. (more…)

Brighten Up with Dermalogica Tri-Active Cleanse

dermalogica tri active cleanse cleanser Brighten Up with Dermalogica Tri Active CleanseAs many of you know, I am currently pregnant. Very pregnant, in fact. I am due to give birth a week from tomorrow…and I am so ready to meet my little girl.

This pregnancy has been rough. Not that my first pregnancy with my son, Westley, was easy – but this one makes that one seem like a walk in the park. I’ve had quite a few unexpected pregnancy complications and, on top of that, I’ve felt pretty unattractive these past nine months. They say when you’re carrying a girl, she “steals your beauty.” And in my case, the old wives was 100% true.

First, I grew muttonchops. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration. But they were pretty damned close. I’ve always had fine little hairs on the sides of my face. For years, it made me embarassed and I thought about ripping all of those baby hairs out – but then I thought about the upkeep factor and ruled it out. When the baby hairs morphed into muttonchops, I decided it was time for action. So I went to my local threading place and had those puppies waxed off.

Then came the melasma (aka ‘pregnancy mask’). Melasma is blotchy brown patches that develop on the skin due to hormonal changes. My case wasn’t as severe as some of the photos I’ve seen in Google images, but my uneven skin tone was enough to make me seriously self-conscious. There are a million products on the market right now that promise to address hyperpigmentation, but I was afraid to try something new for fear I’d break out (pregnancy also makes my skin more sensitive and reactive). So what’s a pregnant, blotchy beauty blogger to do? (more…)

Why Lush is Luscious

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Hello Spoiled Pretty readers.  I am thrilled to be a contributing writer for SP!  I’ve been looking for a hobby and thought “why don’t I funnel my interests to one place?”  I hope that you enjoy my suggestions as we go through the journey of my new hobby together.

First and foremost – I absolutely LOVE Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics products.  My first experience in one of their stores dates back 5ish years.  My mother, sister and I were on our way home from a Yankees game (a tradition of ours), and we had some time to kill before getting to our train.  We were on 14th Street walking away from Union Square when an adorable young man coaxed us into the shop promising us free facials and hand treatments.  The scent that was pouring out of the door and into the New York City air was intoxicating.  It was sweet and delicious – so we decided to indulge ourselves… (more…)

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