Pretty Powerful Q&A with Bobbi Brown

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Bobbi Brown first arrived on the beauty scene in 1991 with the launch of Bobbi Brown Essentials, and changed the face of makeup with a handful of 10 brown-based lipstick shades created to fill a void in the market of simple, flattering and wearable makeup. Bobbi’s philosophy was simple: “Women want to look and feel like themselves, only prettier and more confident.” Her unique approach to cosmetics was a long-awaited gift for women who wanted a more natural look.

Twenty years later, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is a global brand, having expanded beyond lipstick to a full range of color cosmetics, fragrance and skincare. Today, with a presence in more than 1000 doors in 57 countries and 18 free-standing stores, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is coveted by world renowned makeup artists, celebrities and style makers who appreciate Bobbi’s unique approach to beauty and her ability to translate the latest trends into wearable, real-life looks.

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My friend, Samantha (right), appears in Bobbi’s latest book!

This fall, Bobbi’s seventh book, Pretty Powerful, hits bookshelves. In the book, Bobbi interviews dozens of real women, celebrities, and athletes about what beauty means to them and shows, step-by-step, how to achieve each look. Along the way, she shares her trade secrets for striking eyes, youthful skin, pretty lips, and perfect brows for any age, skin color, or beauty type.

I recently scored an exclusive interview with this makeup maestro. In the following Q&A, Bobbi dishes on her makeup philosophy, everyday routine and #1 beauty tip. It’s a pretty powerful read… (more…)

Gud Hand Wash and Hand Cream Giveaway!

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güd hand care products provide a fresh, fruity, floral escape as well as protection against cold-weather drying and cracking! güd Hand Wash and Hand Cream are also formulated with güd-for-you-ingredients (not yucky toxins like parabens, phthalates or petrochemicals).

Hand Wash (8 fl oz for $5.00)

Warning: addictive fragrances may lead to excessive hand washing. This foamy formula leaves hands fresh, fragranced, and squeaky clean—perfect for helping banish pesky germs, so you keep winter colds at bay.

Hand Cream (3 oz for $8.00)

Lavish some love on dry, chapped winter hands with this creamy, nourishing formula. Natural moisturizers spread to dry spots, helping restore hands to their softer, smoother side. Trust us, this is one winter indulgence you can feel güd about.

Both the Hand Wash and Hand Cream are available in Floral Cherrynova™, Orange Petalooza™, Vanilla Flame™, and Pearanormal Activity™.

Three lucky Spoiled Pretty readers will each win a Hand Wash and a Hand Cream – in his/her choice of scent. To enter, leave a comment below – telling me which scent you prefer. The contest is open to U.S. residents only. Contest ends on Friday, October 5 at 5pm ET. I’ll announce THREE winners then.

Bonne chance!

Nobody Puts Dermalogica precleanse in a Corner

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I had totally forgotten about Dermalogica preclense until I was having dinner with my besties the other day and my friend, Jenn, raved about it. She told me how Dermalogica products, particularly the precleanse, were working wonders on her skin – and helping her beat adult acne breakouts.

It’s been a while since I used precleanse, but I knew I still had a bottle somewhere in my beauty arsenal. So this weekend, I did some sleuthing and found it hiding out in the back of my bathroom cabinet.

OMG…thank you, Jenn, for reminding me about this skincare gem! I’ve only been using it for 2 days now and my skin feels and looks so much better!

For those of you unfamiliar with precleanse, it’s exactly what it sounds like. You apply this blend of Olive, Apricot and Kukui Nut oils before your cleanser. It dissolves makeup, sunscreens and oil-based debris, readying them for easy removal. My skin feels so fresh and so clean clean, but not dry or stripped.

It’s so freaking amazing that I cannot fathom how it ended up in the back corner of my medicine cabinet. Nobody – including me – puts precleanse in corner! When I’m wrong, I say I’m wrong.

Buy a bottle and you’ll understand what I mean. Dermalogica precleanse deserves prime real estate in your bathroom.

 

The Truth About Curls

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If you’ve been reading this blog for a hot minute or you’ve seen a picture of me, you probably know that I have chemically straightened hair. It grows out of my head curly, but I’ve been straightening it for 25+ years – to the point where I’m embarrassed to admit that I can’t even remember what the natural texture of my hair is anymore.

So it might seem ironic that I’m posting about Paul Mitchell’s new line of products for curls. But it actually makes a lot of sense. Waves and curls require serious moisture (frizz is not fab), but in a lightweight formulation – as not to weight the hair down. My fine, relaxed (aka damaged) hair demands the same – so I’ve been incorporating two of the more universal products into my routine.

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The Spring Loaded Detangling Shampoo is ultra-moisturizing and sulfate-free. Whenever possible, I prefer to use sulfate-free shampoos because they don’t strip. However, many sulfate-free shampoos just don’t lather up the way the way that traditional shampoos do – and it’s a bummer for a bubble-lover like me. The great thing about the Spring Loaded Detangling Shampoo is that it gives a rich lather, so it’s the best of both worlds. (more…)

Free L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream – October 1-14th

loccitane shea butter hand cream Free LOccitane Shea Butter Hand Cream   October 1 14thL’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream is a #1 international best-seller from L’Occitane, and one of my personal favorites. Enriched with 20% shea butter, this super-creamy hand balm quickly penetrates to protect, nourish and regenerate dry skin. The scent is light, yet intoxicating. Smooth even the most hard-working hands with a blend of nourishing ingredients including almond oil, honey, coconut oil and antioxidant vitamin E.

Whenever I buy the Shea Butter Hand Cream, I opt for the trio – so I can keep one tube on my vanity, leave the second tube in my desk drawer at work, and stash the third tube in my purse so I’m never without this little luxury.

Why am I telling you all this? Well, because starting October 1st, you can score a tube for free! (more…)

Always Bet On Black: Boscia Luminizing Black Mask

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My skin has been in serious need of detox. My pores are perpetually clogged – it’s like my face is the IT hangout for blackheads. So when I saw the Boscia Black Luminizing Mask on QVC a few months ago (it’s no longer sold there), the demonstration was so compelling that I bought a bottle.

The mask – made with “premier-quality clay” – promises to draw out deeply lodged dirt and oil, exfoliate, shrink pores, firm skin and reduce inflammation. But does it actually deliver? You betcha! As Wesley Snipes said in Passenger 57, “Always bet on black.”

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Before I apply, I like to exfoliate my skin with my Clarisonic. The instructions don’t suggest you do that, but I find that exfoliating helps the mask ‘get all up in there,’ so to speak. Next, I apply an even layer (not too much, but not too little) to my clean, dry skin. It’s important to avoid your eyebrows, hairline and lips. Also avoid your eye area by applying below orbital bone. Then you let that baby dry for 15 to 20 minutes. I’ll admit that for the first couple of minutes, it makes my eyes tear up a tiny bit (my eyes are sensitive); but after that, I’m totally fine. Once the mask is completely dry, it takes on a rubberized quality – and you remove it by peeling off from the outer edges. (more…)

A Quick Tip For Looking Fab in Photos

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A few months ago, I found this video created by photographer Peter Hurley. In it, he explains and demonstrates an effective and genius tip for looking lean in photos. I’ve been using this tip – with much success – ever since, so I wanted to share with you.

Say sayonara to your dreaded double chin (well, in photos at least) by stretching your neck and bringing your forehead forward and down slightly. This accentuates your jawline and takes away those pesky ten pounds that the camera adds. It feels a bit awkward, but I swear it works.

The video is on the long side, but it’s definitely worth a watch. Just fast forward to 8:50 for some amazing before-and-afters, and tell me this guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

Try this technique in the mirror or snap some photos of yourself on your phone – I swear you’ll see a difference. If it works for you, I’d love for you to share in the comments.

Now That’s A Wrap!

Cara Accessories Regal Convertible Wrap Now Thats A Wrap!

How fabulous is this scarf? I saw it in the most recent Nordstrom catalog and though, “Why didn’t I think of this?!?”

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MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection

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I am so excited about this collection…you don’t even know. I mean, what glamour girl doesn’t have a girl crush on Marilyn Monroe?

MAC Marilyn Monroe, a color collection that channels the legend’s lustre and sex appeal in shades and formulas meticulously Marilyn. Lipsticks in rapturous reds, gleaming Dazzleglass, a dramatic 35 Lash, False Lashes Extreme Black and Eye Shadows in shimmering metallic and diamond tones provide silver-screen allure. The finishing touch: Nail Lacquers destined to be a girl’s best friend and Beauty Powder to evoke that flawless Forever Marilyn.

 

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How to Marry: Soft white (Veluxe Pearl)
Preferred Blonde: Pale champagne beige (Veluxe Pearl)
Silver Screen: True silver (Veluxe Pearl)
Showgirl: Dark blue grey (Veluxe Pearl)

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False Lashes: Extreme Black (more…)

Ricky & Nicki for MAC Viva Glam

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They’re bold, they’re beautiful- they’re back! Ricky Martin and Nicki Minaj bring a new way to glam it up with Viva Glam Nicki Lipglass. Bright, lustrous and as utterly unforgettable as the fearless duo, the limited-edition lipglass joins Viva Glam Nicki Lipstick and Viva Glam Ricky Lip Conditioner.  Every cent from the sale goes toward helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. (more…)

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