Because Shaving is the Pits: DERMAdoctor Gorilla Warfare Antiperspirant Giveaway!


My hair grows like a weed. Unfortunately, the hair of which I speak is not on my head. My legs and underarms give my razor a workout. If I shave in the morning, by afternoon, I've got stubble. And forget about skipping days...unless I want to look like Sasquatch. Getting rid of the hair is not only expensive (I CONTINUE READING

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: BlowPro Perfect Shower Cap


The shower and my chemically-straightened hair are frenemies. Every seventh day when I wash my hair, they get along great in a shampoo Shangri-la. But the rest of the week, I employ a shower cap to keep the steam from undoing the silky straightness. I have been wearing shower caps since I was a child, and I’ve tried them CONTINUE READING

Miss Oops is On Sale at HauteLook


I love Miss Oops fashion fixers and have been using them for years. If you wear clothes, you NEED to get acquainted with Miss Oops. All of those things that can and do go wrong with your wardrobe can be fixed by Miss Oops problem-solving products. Shirt revealing too much cleavage? Accidentally get a deodorant stain on your top? Are your CONTINUE READING

Get Catty With Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses


I've been searching for some cat eye sunnies for forever. On a whim, I bought these Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses from Shopbop - hoping that they wouldn't look too cartoonish. Even though I was afraid they'd be too large, I'm digging the oversized frames. They make a statement without overwhelming my face. And the cat eye shape is subtle, so it's not CONTINUE READING

Peep My Polish: Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Superstitious


Now that I have two kids - and the youngest being 6 weeks old - I needed to get better acquainted with quick-dry nail polish options. I hardly have time to do anything, let alone a DIY - so I needed to find some lacquers that fit my new lifestyle. Yesterday, while going my grocery shopping, I picked up Revlon CONTINUE READING

Tatcha, I'm So Glad I Gotcha


I'm home on maternity leave, so I spend an inordinate amount of time nursing my daughter, burping her and changing her diapers - all the while, watching hours of QVC. I don't know what it is, but I am mesmerized by QVC demonstrations. If I'm channel surfing and I happen to land on QVC, it's damn near impossible for CONTINUE READING

OPI Muppets Collection!

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Disney%25E2%2580%2599s+The+Muppets OPI Muppets Collection!

This holiday season, OPI pays homage to America’s favorite Muppet friends as they hit the big screen in Disney’s The Muppets. With an all-star cast including Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Kermit, Miss Piggy and the entire Muppet crew, the family comedy opens in theaters nationwide on November 23, 2011.

Inspired by the film’s namesake lively and colorful characters, OPI launches twelve limited-edition Nail Lacquers for Holiday 2011. “OPI is so excited to work with Disney to celebrate this long-awaited movie release,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Not only do The Muppets characters inspire fun, bright and joyful colors, the fashionable Miss Piggy lends her name to three high-shine pink-based hues, ranging from bold red flecked with silver to a multi-dimensional strawberry shade.”

This line features six shimmery reds and neutrals, as well as six glitter-packed shades, including:

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Animal-istic
This wild bright red cannot be tamed!
OPI+Muppets+Meep+Meep+Meep OPI Muppets Collection!
Meep-Meep-Meep
Missing out on this fuchsia would make you weep, weep, weep!
OPI+Muppets+Wocka+Wocka OPI Muppets Collection!
Wocka Wocka!
The popular deep berry makes everything fun and merry!
OPI+Muppets+Pepes+Purple+Passion OPI Muppets Collection!
Pepe’s Purple Passion
This deep, decadent shade is the best purple ever, okay!
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 Designer, de Better!
And this light metallic bronze is ready for the runway.
OPI+Muppets+Warm+And+Fozzie OPI Muppets Collection!
Warm & Fozzie
A feel-good shade of metallic copper.
OPI+Muppets+Rainbow+Connection OPI Muppets Collection!
Rainbow Connection
The rainbow glitter of your dreams.
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Excuse Moi!
Ahem! This pink glitter has something to say!
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Gone Gonzo!
The aqua-blue glitter is taking over the world!
OPI+Muppets+Fresh+Frog+Of+Bel+Air OPI Muppets Collection!
Fresh Frog of Bel Air
A glitter that prefers the greener things in life.
OPI+Muppets+Divine+Swine OPI Muppets Collection!
Divine Swine
The finest, most fabulous magenta glitter ever.
OPI+Muppets+Gettin+Miss+Piggy+With+It OPI Muppets Collection!
Gettin’ Miss Piggy With It!
Red glittery fun for everyone!

Lacquer packed with micas and sparkle gives a 3-dimensional textured look that makes nails look like jewelry. With shades ranging from textured glitters in rainbow, red, green and blue to softer shimmers in copper and bronze metallic hues, these twelve colors provide the perfect accessory for the holiday season.

As with all OPI nail lacquers, these shades inspired by Disney’s The Muppets contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.

This limited edition promotion will be available beginning November 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 each.
Which Muppets shades are you mad for? Warm & Fozzie is at the top of my list.

Polished: Milani Fresh Teal

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 Polished: Milani Fresh Teal

Whenever I am in a drug store, I end up wandering down the beauty aisles just in case there is something new that I need. Milani is one of my go-to drug store brands, as they always have a nice range of fun colors. Last week, Fresh Teal jumped out at me.

Pretty much every magazine listed teal as a trend color for the fall, and this is a great one. It is bright and fun without being too neon or obnoxious. I also really like Milani’s brush – it is thin enough to get right into the corners of the nail without running over onto your cuticles. I’m not usually one to attempt any sort of nail art, but I feel like this polish would pair perfectly with polka dots or a stripe of of OPI’s That’s Berry Daring. And at $4.49 a bottle, this is a great way to try out a trend color in an affordable way.

-Alyssa

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The Pulse Network Segment: Best Beauty Products

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the+pulse+network+the+look The Pulse Network Segment: Best Beauty Products

A few weeks ago, I was a guest on The Pulse Network’s beauty and fashion show, The Look. When host Maggie Rulli asked if I’d like to be interviewed and chat about my favorite products, I was all “I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.”

So if you’re looking for some great product picks, press play for my round-up of the best in beauty!

Clairol Nice ‘N Easy Color Blend Foam

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nice+n+easy+color+blend+foam Clairol Nice N Easy Color Blend FoamTurning 30 is traumatic for a lot of women. I didn’t reallysweat it. I’ve always felt young at heart and, when I try, I can easily passfor a mid-to-late 20-something.
It was only this spring – a few months shy of my 33rdbirthday – that I started to feel old. One night as I was washing my face, Inoticed an albino hair in my bangs. I quickly plucked it to inspect it moreclosely. It was only half white, so I convinced myself that this hair was afreak of nature that somehow got half bleached.
A few weeks later, I found a half dozen more “bleached”hairs and had an all-out panic attack. I mean, seriously – those suckers weremultiplying like Gremlins after a midnight snack. It wasn’t just that I was comingto terms with getting older – but going gray is a huge deal. Once you go gray,coloring your hair isn’t just for fun. It becomes a PITA part of your routine,for the rest of your life – like shaving. Between my job, this blog, being a momand a wife, my to-do list is already never-ending. So the thought of having onemore thing to do nearly sent me over the edge.
 Clairol Nice N Easy Color Blend FoamAll I can say is thank God for Clairol. At the height of mygray hair freak out, Clairol contacted me and asked if I would be interested inreviewing their new Nice ‘N Easy Color Blend Foam. Um, yes please!
So this weekend while I was stuck in the house (thanks to HurricaneIrene), I cemented my Foambassador status by washing the gray outta my hair. 
Nice ‘N Easy Color Blend Foam was supereasy to apply, took hardly any time at all, and the results are fabulous.
 Clairol Nice N Easy Color Blend Foam
Before
 Clairol Nice N Easy Color Blend Foam
Before
First of all, it’s perfect for busy women and moms, likemyself.  All you have to do is pour thehair color into a bottle of activator, shake it up, squeeze the bottle todispense the foam and apply all over your hair. Unlike traditional hair color,there’s no drippy mess because the foam stays exactly where you put it. This firstpart of the process takes about 5 minutes. 
 Clairol Nice N Easy Color Blend Foam
Once you pour the color into the bottle of Activator, it foams up.
 Clairol Nice N Easy Color Blend Foam
 Clairol Nice N Easy Color Blend Foam
After you put the pink nozzle on the bottle, you squeeze the foam into your hand like so.
 Clairol Nice N Easy Color Blend Foam
Lettin’ the color marinate.
Then you let the color process for25 minutes before rinsing out. Finally, you apply the ColorSeal ConditioningGloss and rinse again. And voila – shiny, dimensional color that also coversgrays for 8 weeks.
 Clairol Nice N Easy Color Blend Foam
After
 Clairol Nice N Easy Color Blend Foam
So shiny! Though it looks almost exactly like my natural dark brown color, it’s much richer and warmer than usual.

 Clairol Nice N Easy Color Blend Foam
I took this pic outside so you could appreciate how shiny and multidimensional the results are.

Clairol Nice ‘N Easy Color Blend Foam is available in 18shades and retails for $8.99-9.99 at drugstores and mass market retailers.

Note: While this was a sponsored post and Clairol compensated me for my time, all opinions are 100% my own.

Makeup Mondays With Mario: How To Set Under Eye Concealer

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mmwmd Makeup Mondays With Mario: How To Set Under Eye Concealer
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,

I have been struggling to find a powder to set my concealer without it caking or eventually creasing. I don’t know if I’m applying the powder wrong. I use a sponge and swipe my compact, then press it under my eyes. What powders – both high end and drugstore – would you recommend to set concealer? And with what makeup tool should I apply it with (i.e. sponge, powder puff, makeup brush)?

Thanks,

Alyssa

makeup+sponge+eyes Makeup Mondays With Mario: How To Set Under Eye Concealer

Hi Alyssa,

You should not be using a compact powder to set your under eye concealer. Pressed powders are too heavy to set that area with. What you want is a very fine loose translucent powder to set your makeup with. Dip a basic cosmetic sponge (I like the white wedges from the pharmacy) into your loose powder to pick up a generous amount of the powder and pat/press over the concealer under the eyes. Follow with a clean brush to sweep away the access powder from that area.

Be sure to get a powder that is colorless or a couple of shades lighter then your skin tone so that you don’t get that “muddy” look which happens when foundation is set by powder that is too dark. Any brand of loose powder will work – it’s just a preference. I suggest you go out and try a few to see what feels best on your skin. 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!

Polished: How To Remove Glitter Nail Polish

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 Polished: How To Remove Glitter Nail Polish

I love glitter nail polish. It is sparkly and fun and statement-making and just so nice to look at while I type all day. I do not love removing said glitter nail polish. I usually apply 2-3 coats to get maximum sparkle impact, but then am stuck scrubbing and scraping it off when I decide it is time for a new manicure. Personally, I do not think it is right to spend more time removing nail polish than it took to apply it in the first place.

Enter my glitter fairy godmother at a nearby beauty store. I had a bottle of Deborah Lippmann Bad Romance in my hand – it is a gorgeous color, but I was complaining about what a pain it is to remove glitter nail polish.

She suggested placing a nail-polish remover soaked cotton ball on the polished nail, wrapping the tip of your finger and cotton ball in aluminum foil, waiting a few minutes, and the glitter would come right off.

I was skeptical but intrigued. After Google-ing “nail polish remover + aluminum foil interactions” and deciding that this method would not make my fingers fall off, I gave it a try.

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HOLY CRAP, did it work. I made myself little alien fingers, waited about 5 minutes, and voila! The nail polish came almost completely off, and the leftover edges came off after another swipe. I am beyond excited to have a foolproof way to remove my most glittery polish!

-Alyssa

Polished: Nails Inc. Fitzroy Square 3D Glitter

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Hello, readers!

My name is Alyssa, and I am lucky enough to be one of Daneen’s coworkers. As you may have noticed, I like a good manicure (looky here and here).

Since Daneen literally has her hands full with one-year-old Westley, I get the chance to bring you the latest nail news.

nails+inc+Fitzroy+Square Polished: Nails Inc. Fitzroy Square 3D Glitter

Recently, a batch of nails inc. colors came into the office, and I was immediately taken with nails inc. Fitzroy Square 3D glitter, which is described as clear with green glitter and chunky teal glitter. Swoon. Though I work in a business casual office, envelope-pushing nail polish is acceptable, so I knew this was my next manicure.

I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of glitter that this polish contains. Most glitter nail polish has a few flecks with mostly clear, but this was saturated, which was great. Here is what three coats looks like…

Nails+Inc.+Fitzroy+Square+3D+Glitter Polished: Nails Inc. Fitzroy Square 3D Glitter

This polish is definitely not for the faint of heart, but I got a lot of compliments on it. I absolutely recommend this polish for anyone looking for a little sparkle!

nails inc. is available at Sephora, for $9.50 a bottle.

-Alyssa

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