Rent The Runway Giveaway!

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How many times has this happened to you?

There’s a special occasion on the horizon and you’ve got nothing to wear. So you search and search (and search some more) for the perfect dress. Except you never find it, and you end up settling on a dress that’s event appropriate and looks halfway decent because you’ve run out of time and going naked isn’t an option. So once you’ve donned the so-so dress, it gets banished to the back of your closet – never to be worn again because, frankly, you were never truly in love with it to begin with.

Story of my life. Maybe my problem is that I’m a celebrity – in my own head – who hates to wear the same special outfit twice. Or perhaps it’s that getting all dolled up in a fresh frock is so damn fun.

So a few weeks ago as I planned a blog business trip to NYC, I was literally trippin’ about my lack of wardrobe options. After an exhaustive search for the perfect ensemble, I was almost ready to settle on this sad sundress hanging in my closet…until I remembered Rent The Runway, a website were you can rent designer dresses and accessories.

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Here’s how it works: Search the dresses and accessories you love from over 100 of the top designers in the world. Schedule a delivery date. Select a FREE backup dress size for the perfect fit. The dresses and accessories are yours for 4 or 8 days! When you’re done looking cute, put your order in the pre-paid package and drop it in the nearest USPS mailbox. They take care of the dry cleaning.
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Since I’m petite with an hourglass figure, finding a dress that fits is the proverbial needle in a haystack. So as I perused Rent The Runway’s selection, I opted for the India Paisley Dress from Tibi (left)- thanks to the short length and adjustable straps. The dress also has hidden boy shorts underneath, which was an added bonus. And if you rent a second dress, it’s only $25. So I also chose this By The Lily Pond Dress by Yumi Kim (right) – just in case the Tibi dress was a bust. If you’re particularly concerned about fit, there are great user reviews – or you can chat with a “fit specialist.”
To complete my outfit, I rented these gorge Kendra Scott Danielle earrings in Turquoise. It pained me so much to return them that, this weekend, I broke down and bought them at the designer’s website (and scored 20% off with promo code PSW20 – expires 7/5).
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Oh…and I forgot to mention that Rent The Runway just announced that they have Lancôme products available for purchase!
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The Tibi dress (in the smaller size) ended up fitting great – and, as you can see, I paired it (and my Kendra Scott earrings) with a Talbots cardigan, Aldo sandals and Banana Republic fedora.
I had such a great rental experience that I want to give Spoiled Pretty readers the opportunity to try it too. So I’m partnering with Rent The Runway on a fash-tastic giveaway, and one lucky lady will win a $100 gift card!!!
To enter, visit Rent The Runway and sign up for membership (it’s free!). Browse the dress selection, pick your favorite and tell me (in the comments) what you picked and where/how you’d rock it. Be sure to post your email, Twitter handle (make sure you’re following @spoiledpretty so I can DM you) or some other way for me to get in touch if you win. To be eligible, you must reside in the Continental U.S.

Contest ends on Friday at 5pm ET. I’ll announce the winner then. Good luck!

*A gift card was provided for review and this giveaway is sponsored by Rent The Runway.

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Red Carpet Glow

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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.
Hey Mario!
I think you’re so sweet to be giving advice to people! But one thing I have to ask is about the celebrity glow that most celebrities have when they’re on the red carpet. I visited a few makeup stores and they all keep telling me to use Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs. I did, but it was just so messy and it smudged everywhere, especially on my clothes and it made me look more oily rather than giving me a glow. I’m already tanned so I don’t need to get something with color/tint in it – what I want is the shine and the glow.What do actual celebrities use to get that awesome Brazilian glow (face & body)? I really hope you have the answers!

Hope to hear from you soon!

Thanks in advance,
Mona

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Achieving that red carpet glow that you and so many others love may require some trial and error. Celebrities and their makeup artists use many different products and techniques to get the skin glowing. There is no specific product that we all use. Personally, I tend to mix and blend a few different things together because this allows me to create a custom blend that perfectly fits each individual client.

There are a few things you should always take into consideration before you get your glow on. For example, skin tone – darker or olive tones look great with a golden glow. Pale, lighter skin looks best with a pearl-ish glow. Do you want any coverage with the glow or just some shine? The Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs provides superior coverage and a beautiful, even glow when applied and blended correctly.

Since you’re not looking for something with color, you may want to try using a highlighting product in a powder form like Eye M Glam from giella.com, applied with a big brush. This will feel the lightest on your skin and you can easily mix it with your favorite body lotion and apply with your hands.

Also keep in mind that the glow you see on the red carpets is heightened by all of the amazing lighting/cameras, etc. Try having someone photograph you in a similar lighting to the occasion so you can see how the glow looks on you before you go out. I almost always do this because what we see with the naked eye differs from how the camera captures it. You will, most likely, need to add some more glow after looking at the photo or blend some of it out if you went overboard.

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!

Phyto Friends and Family Summer Sale

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Show your hair that you care…and check out the Phyto Friends & Family Summer Sale. While you’re there, be sure to stock up on some of these Spoiled Pretty-approved products:

  • Phyto 9 daily ultra nourishing botanical cream
  • Phytomist instant hydrating conditioner
  • Phytodéfrisant botanical hair relaxing balm
  • PhytoSpecific Vital Force Shampoo restructuring shampoo
  • PhytoSpecific Vital Force Cream Bath restructuring mask
  • PhytoSpecific Moisturizing Styling Balm styling cream
  • PhytoSpecific Relaxer

Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara

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A few weeks ago, I signed my son, Westley, up for swimming lessons at the local YMCA – and this morning was his first class. Since I’m a new mom and busier than ever, I decided to multitask and test a new beauty product while we got our swim on.

Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara‘s light gel formula has been rigorously field-tested in the ocean as well as the sweat-drenched gym. The exclusive Japanese formula refuses to budge. A special microcrystalline wax works with the dense, fuzzy brush to increase seductive length and volume, without ever flaking off and compromising your lashes’ natural feathery texture. Mermaids can now sing their siren songs with abandon, and high maintenance types can cry all they want.

I quickly swiped on a coat before heading out the door and prayed that the product delivered on its promises. And while Westley and I were splashing around and dunking our heads under the water, I kept hoping that I wasn’t having a Tammy Faye moment. But as my mom used to say about school, “It’s not a fashion show.” Thanks Mom, for always putting things into perspective.

Anyway, when I returned to the locker room and found a mirror, I was pleasantly surprised. My mascara looked freshly applied with no smears or smudges. And even as I vigorously dried my face with my towel, my mascara didn’t budge.



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This is me, post-swim. My natural lashes are so stumpy, they don’t usually show up in photos.

If you’re looking for a volumizing formula, this isn’t it. But if you want a mascara that adds good length and delivers natural-looking, you-but-better results, this is a great choice. But if you buy it, you’d be wise to invest in a good makeup remover. Coincidentally, Urban Decay’s Melt Down Makeup Remover is also new.

Both are available at urbandecay.com and Sephora.

Peep My Polish: OPI Austin-tatious Turquoise

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Peep my polish. It’s OPI Austin-tatious Turquoise from the Texas Collection. This photo was taken on Sunday, as the polish was drying. Craziest thing is that it’s now Friday and my mani looks EXACTLY the same. Not a chip, smudge or imperfection in sight – which is extremely rare for me. I’m kind of rough on my nails and I do dishes like it’s my J-O-B, so I’m lucky if a manicure survives two days without a ding.

I did this manicure myself, so I’m feeling pretty proud of my paint job. I think the recipe is why it’s held up so well. Here’s are the deets:

1) Apply Zoya Get Even Ridge Filling Base Coat.
2) Apply Zoya Anchor Base Coat.
3) Apply two or three coats of OPI Austin-tatious Turquoise – it goes on very sheer, so layer to achieve desired opacity.
4) Apply Zoya Armor Top Coat. You’re supposed to re-apply every two days for “for extended color wear” – but to be honest, I didn’t and my manicure still looks perfect.

What shade are you currently rocking? I’m always looking for my next nail polish color – so share in the comments section below!

Philosophy Shower Gel of the Month at QVC

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Exciting news, fellow Philosophy fans…

QVC just launched the Philosophy shower gel of the month collection! Featuring a new shower gel every month, available exclusively through QVC, the collection is a year-long celebration of the qualities often found in loved and admired women. In 12 irresistible new scents, each month features a theme that resonates with that time of year and is available for that month only.

The collection launches this month with Lively Lemon Coconut, a scent that celebrates the optimistic woman with a sunny spirit. Infused with the tropical essence of refreshing coconut and lemon, this shower gel (which can also be used as a shampoo or bubble bath) inspires us all to look on the bright side of life.

Schick Intuition Limited Edition Handles

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In a few weeks, I’ll be heading to Miami to report from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. And being the Type A personality that I am, I’ve already started writing a packing list. In fact, I’ve already started sequestering products in preparation for my travels.

schick+intuition+plus+limited+edition+handle Schick Intuition Limited Edition HandlesOne thing I’ve already set aside is my beloved Schick Intuition Razor. It’s perfect for traveling thanks to its “Skin Moisturizing Solid,” which lathers and hydrates while you shave. Since you don’t need to take along a separate can of shave gel, this baby takes up minimal real estate in your toiletries bag. And here’s the best part: it delivers the closest shave I’ve ever experienced with a razor – stubbly stems, begone!
Knowing how much I love the Intuition, Schick recently sent me a sample of the razor’s latest incarnation. For a limited time, the Intuition is available in three fun designs: Naturals For Sensitive Skin With Aloe and Vitamin E (green); Moisturizing Care Pack Duo (polka-dot pink); and Pomegranate Extract (pink swirl) – which is coming with me to Florida.

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The great thing about these handles is their long shelf life. After the Skin Moisturizing Solid has worn away, you keep the handle and just pop on a new blade. I love me some Intuition (if they ever discontinue this razor, I think I might cry). As with most razors, replacement blades can get kinda pricey – so my tip is to stock up when you have a coupon or when they’re on sale. Personally, I buy in bulk at Sam’s Club.
Schick Intuition Limited Edition designs are available at drugstores and mass market retailers, now through September.

Online Makeup Sensation is 5 Years Old!

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Well, this made me feel old (and like I need to step my game up)…

Madison Hohrine of Hurst, Texas, is an expert at applying lipstick, applying blush to the contours of her cheeks and applying mascara to her eyes.

She is such an expert, in fact, that millions of people are logging online every day to watch and learn from one of Madison’s makeup tutorials.

What they see when one of Madison’s videos pops up may surprise them.

Madison is just 5-years-old.

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To watch Madison’s makeup tutorials, visit her YouTube channel.

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Shoetopia Week at Ideeli

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On Sunday, flash sale site ideeli.com kicked off its first ever “Shoetopia” – a week of shoe sale events, giveaways and more – followed by the launch of the ideeli Shoes Facebook tab on Monday.

Now, even though Shoetopia week is half over (oops, my bad) – there are still opportunities to get your shoe shop on.

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Shoetopia Highlights:
• “Shoe Pick” of the day: In addition to multiple daily events, ideeli will have a special 1-item shoe pick of the day (June 19th – June 24th). Each day the “it pick” shoe will be given away via Twitter.
• “One Shoe Five Ways” Giveaway: ideeli will host a giveaway on Friday June 24th, curated by blogger Anna Bassham of Shoe Smitten. The beautiful and versatile pair of shoes will be styled in five different looks featured on the ideeli Shoes Facebook tab. One lucky winner will receive the pair of shoe featured in Anna’s five styled looks along with a $500 gift card to spend on ideeli.
• “Sandalmania” sale: ideeli will host a blow-out sandal event to end Shoetopia week on Friday, June 24th at 12pm ET

ideeli Shoes Facebook Highlights:
1. Toe-to-Toe: The ultimate shoe style face-off. ideeli puts two shoes in the ring, and you vote on your favorite.
2. Shoe Candy: A series of editorial features that showcase what’s hot – and what’s not! – in shoes. From fall trends to celebrity shoe looks-for-less, ideeli’s editorial team will cover it all.
3. ideeli Shoe Sale RSS Feed: Stay on top of the latest shoe sales with the ideeli RSS shoe sale feed, featuring up-to-the-minute deals from the site. Click on “Buy Now” and go direct from browsing to buying.
4. The Shoe 411: Your daily shoe snapshot, highlighting fun tips, trend updates, and some of our favorite shoe maven style quotes.

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

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