CoverGirl LipPerfection Transformation Challenge

COVERGIRL+Lip+Perfection CoverGirl LipPerfection Transformation Challenge

Back in February, I had an opportunity to test COVERGIRL’s newest lipstick, LipPerfection lipcolor. LipPerfection does double duty – while drenching your pout in rich, creamy color, it performs like a treatment. Silk therapy moisturizers hydrate and smooth dry lips. So, the more you wear it, the better your lips look and feel. COVERGIRL promises the product’s “Silk Moisturizing Complex” provides smooth gorgeous color and sustained levels of moisture to actually improve lip condition in just 7 days.

After testing it out for a few days, off and on, I was so impressed by the flattering shades, staying power and unique formula that I included it in a Beauty Breakthroughs article I penned for Philadelphia Magazine.  But, to be honest, I didn’t test it for seven days straight, so I really couldn’t verify the better-lips-in-a-week claim.

But a few weeks ago, I was contacted by COVERGIRL – and they asked me to do just that. So I agreed to take the “LipPerfection Transformation Challenge” and wear nothing but LipPerfection on my lips for a week. Over the next seven days, I’ll be chronicling my experience here, sharing my experience with the product. And this time, next week, I’ll let you know whether or not to believe the hydration hype.
So for the first day of the challenge, I decided to go for the something out of my comfort zone. When I wear makeup, nine times out of ten, I wear lipgloss – and a nude/neutral one, at that. COVERGIRL sent me all 44 shades of LipPerfection, so I had a plethora of pretty shades to choose from.

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Siren (left), Tempt (right)

I opted for a richly pigmented, bright pink called Siren. It applied very smoothly and felt comfortable on my lips. But after seeing my reflection in the mirror, I felt that it was a little light for my complexion. I was running late for work and didn’t feel like taking it off and starting over – so I grabbed a wine shade, called Tempt, and layered it on top. The result was a gorgeous fuchsia that garnered a handful of compliments at work, and made me feel like a more polished version of myself.

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My lips didn’t feel or get dry, and I didn’t feel the urge to swipe on lip balm throughout the day, like I usually do. And it gets better: my lipstick looked freshly applied all day long (even after lunch!) and even when it faded in the late afternoon, it left behind a uniform, intentional looking stain.

So far, so good. I’ll be back in a few days for an update.

*COVERGIRL is compensating me for my time and participation in the LipPerfection Transformation Challenge; however, all opinions shared are my own.

BCBGeneration Charlie Envelope Clutch

bcbgeneration+charlie+envelope+clutch BCBGeneration Charlie Envelope Clutch

Though I’m a total handbag junkie, I don’t usually get all verklempt over a clutch. It’s just that I’m a purse pack rat and carry around too much junk to fit in anything smaller than a roomy satchel. But the BCBGeneration Charlie Envelope Clutch has me considering downsizing.

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It immediately caught my eye in the May 2011 issue of InStyle. With a price tag of $78, I thought “What a steal!” What’s even better is that I located it online at Zappos.com ON SALE for $54.60. And how pretty is the pale pink?

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Picture Perfect

mmwmd Makeup Mondays With Mario: Picture Perfect

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.

Hi Mario,

As a celebrity makeup artist who also does makeup for magazines and such, can you share some tips and favorite products that will help me look more beautiful in photographs? Thanks a lot!

Sincerely,
Livia

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Livia,

When doing makeup that will be photographed, it’s important that your skin has an overall even coverage to start with. Try to get a perfect foundation shade that will match your neck and body. Women tend to use a base that is lighter than their body. But when photographed, the face will look very washed out or too made up. Tinted moisturizer like the ones from Laura Mercier work great for photos because they have just enough coverage and pigment. 
Try to stay away from pressed powders as they will give off a very flat and harsh look on camera. Instead, set your face with loose, translucent powders. Highlighting the cheekbones is one of my favorite tricks for photographs because it gives you that young and healthy glow to your skin. My favorite highlighter is Eye M Glam, of course, because of its sheer, golden glow. It’s also important to warm up your skin with bronzer so you don’t appear to be just one shade. Try LORAC TANtalizer Baked Bronzer across your cheeks and framing your face. It’s a great shade and also looks very natural and warm in photos. 
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!

Winners of the TIGI Your Highness Giveaway

TIGI+Your+Highness Winners of the TIGI Your Highness Giveaway
Congrats to the winners of the TIGI Your Highness Giveaway: @BreakfastatSaks @marsha511 & @KissesForUsAll. These lucky ladies are getting royally hooked up with the entire Your Highness Collection, which includes:
* Elevating Shampoo preps hair and gives it body
* Nourishing Conditioner delivers fullness and shine
* Thickening Gel Crème creates thick, luminescent locks 
* Root Boost Spray Mousse lifts hair and gives it texture
* Weightless Shine Spray guarantees an illuminating finish
* Firm Hold Hairspray keeps any look in place, while allowing movement 
 Thanks to all who entered! And many thanks to TIGI for sponsoring this contest.

Haircolor Question & Answer Session with Jason Backe

jason+backe Haircolor Question & Answer Session with Jason Backe

Got haircolor questions? Well, don’t miss this opportunity to get expert advice!

On Monday, May 2, 2011, join L’Oréal Professionnel and its fans on Facebook for a Question & Answer session on INOA and haircolor with L’Oréal Professionnel Celebrity Colorist (and my mane man), Jason Backe.

He will be answering questions posted throughout the day on the Discussions Tab. Get inside the mind of a celebrity colorist and find out some secrets he has up his sleeve.

It’s sure to be a colorful conversation!

Wake Up And Smell Prada’s Infusion de Rose

 Wake Up And Smell Prada’s Infusion de Rose

I’m a sucker for pretty packaging.

A fantasy scene of wood nymphs at play among giant rose petals entwines the Prada Infusion de Rose Eau de Parfum box, sourced from a Prada Spring/Summer 2008 collection print.

 Wake Up And Smell Prada’s Infusion de Rose

The perfume inside is equally delightful: “imagine fresh rose petals mingling with tea, roses, and honey, crushed in the hand with mint leaves.” It’s an unexpected and modern take on the typical rose fragrance.

While I don’t love it as much as my beloved Prada Infusion d’Iris (my signature scent), it’s a refreshing and feminine fragrance that is perfect for Spring (and a vast improvement from 2009’s Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger – which I felt veered into little old lady territory).

Prada Infusion de Rose ($105, 3.4 oz) is available at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.

TIGI Your Highness Giveaway!

kate+middleton TIGI Your Highness Giveaway!
Rumors have been swirling over what princess-to-be Kate Middleton will be wearing down the aisle this Friday. From the dress to the hair, whatever Kate chooses is sure to become a major wedding trend.

Inspired by the royal family, but suited for palaces and kingdoms near and far, the TIGI Your Highness Collection gives you the perfect tiara-ready coif perfect for royal engagements and, of course, weddings. From crown to tip, give your hair the royal treatment, making sure it befits your next public appearance, whether you are waving from a balcony, taking a ride in your carriage, or off on your Kenyan safari.

The scents and perfumes used in this range are sophisticated and enrapture the senses; Sandalwood, Vanilla and Cashmere deliver sensual aromas while undertones of White Chocolate, Star Jasmine, Lychee and Kiwi add an exotic touch.

Achieve majestic, noticeable hair fit for a princess with the collection’s dynamic style building system that gives any “commoner” the ability to create a high-end, glamorous look.
TIGI+Your+Highness TIGI Your Highness Giveaway!
The collection includes:

royal+wave TIGI Your Highness Giveaway!* Elevating Shampoo preps hair and gives it body
* Nourishing Conditioner delivers fullness and shine
* Thickening Gel Crème creates thick, luminescent locks 
* Root Boost Spray Mousse lifts hair and gives it texture
* Weightless Shine Spray guarantees an illuminating finish
* Firm Hold Hairspray keeps any look in place, while allowing movement

TIGI also created a way to get the royal looks with a variety of different, fun looks for wedding day hair using the TIGI Your Highness Collection.

Want to try TIGI and live happily ever after? Here’s how you can win the entire Your Highness Collection:


Follow me on Twitter (I’m @spoiledpretty), then tweet this message: Follow @spoiledpretty & RT to enter to win TIGI Your Highness Collection of hair products! http://tinyurl.com/43zykhb #giveaway #freebie

The deadline is Friday, April 29th at noon ET. I’ll choose THREE winners - and will DM them to contact me with their mailing address. Contest is open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

dermalogica+special+cleansing+gel Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

Dermalogica’s Special Gel Cleanser is a concentrated, soap-free, foaming gel designed to thoroughly remove impurities without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture balance. It contains no artificial fragrance or color and is ideal for all skin types. In a word, it’s perfect. If you’ve ever wished for soft skin and a clear complexion, this is your genie in a bottle (no rubbing required).

It’s very gentle on the skin, yet super effective at removing dirt, grime and even makeup. Special Gel Cleanser feels like a dream when you apply it to your skin – like silk, or something equally smooth and luxurious. If I had to compare it so something you might be familiar with, I’d say it’s akin to a high-end Cetaphil. I loved this product from the day I started using it, back in late 2010. But I didn’t realize how much my skin loved this cleanser until I started testing other cleansers last month and my skin straight up rebelled. Breakouts re-appeared and it completely dried out. Since then, my skin has been on a strict Dermalogica diet and I’ve seen improvement every day.

An 8.4 oz bottle of this good stuff costs $33, which sounds like a lot for a face cleanser. But – believe me - it’s worth every penny. Special Cleansing Gel is special, indeed.

Mugly Bag Contest at Minkette

mugly+bag+minkette Mugly Bag Contest at Minkette

Enter The Mugly Bag Contest!

If your mother has a Mugly Bag, snap a photo of her wearing it and submit it to Minkette.com for a chance to win her a new bag. For being such a concerned son or daughter, we’ll send you a new bag as well!

Contest ends at May 6th at 12:00 a.m.

Plus, from now until May 2nd, receive a free “Mamalicious” or “Pretty Mama” pouch with any purchase of $295 or more! Just enter code LOVEUMOM at checkout to redeem.

Gossip Girl Sale at Gilt Groupe Tonight!!!

GOSSIP+GIRL Gossip Girl Sale at Gilt Groupe Tonight!!!

Trendsetters, this one’s for you: Gilt Groupe has teamed up with CW’s Gossip Girl stylist Eric Daman, the man behind some of television’s most fiercely dressed characters, to replicate some of the show’s best looks. Gilt is thrilled to announce The Gossip Girl sale!

Visit Gilt on Monday, April 25 at 9 p.m. ET to access the fashions featured on, and inspired by, Gossip Girl’s scandalously stylish characters!

Whether you crave Serena’s sexy spin on boho-chic, Lily’s flawless elegance, or Blair’s ladylike polish, you’ll find plenty to choose from. And they haven’t forgotten the guys: choose from pieces for him that range from Brooklyn casual to classic Upper East Side cool.

Gilt shops the looks so you can steal their style without breaking the bank.

Also watch Gossip Girl Monday 9/8c on the CW for a special offer to shop on GILT at 9:46 p.m.

You can also enter to win the Ultimate Gossip Girl experience at http://www.facebook.com/GiltGroupe.

LILY
You won’t find her in mom jeans—always elegant, Lily van der Woodsen is never without a statement accessory atop a to-the-nines frock. Shop her luxe style here: Between the jewel-toned blouses and dresses, the stunning jewelry, and the sexy pumps, you’ll find plenty to love.

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BLAIR
The model of classic, ladylike style, you’ll never see Blair Waldorf looking anything but perfectly polished. Shop her signature Upper East Side look here: Preppy, tailored pieces like cropped jackets and button-downs join softer pieces marked by frilly details and a feminine palette. And accessories like metallic clutches and timeless pumps are hardly an afterthought.

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SERENA
Not one for blending in, it’s no surprise Serena van der Woodsen’s fashion-forward style is inspired by Kate Moss—her daring look is as edgy as it is effortless boho-chic. Snag her signatures here, from the tailored jackets and second-skin jeans to the perfectly-draped frocks and make-the-outfit booties, sandals, and jewelry.

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GOSSIP GIRL GUYS
From Chuck’s impeccable suits to Dan’s casual Brooklyn separates, the men of Gossip Girl hardly leave it to the ladies to provide the show’s most stylish looks. Dress him in the pieces that have made the fellas fashion icons in their own right: sharp blazers, cool military jackets, dark denim, and, of course, the accessories—think luxe ties and elegant cufflinks—that bring it all together.

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