Sephora Finally Nails It: Beauty Behemoth Makes Nice With OPI

I adore Sephora as much as your average makeup addict. For skincare, hair products, and color cosmetics, Sephora and I are BFF. But when it comes to nail polish, we’re more like frienemies.

For what seems like forever, they’ve been coming up seriously short in that department. I mean, the beauty emporium isn’t completely bereft of nail lacquer…but you don’t have much to choose from in terms of brands or shades.

When Sephora unveiled NARS Orgasm nail polish a few months ago, I thought it might be enough to mend this rift in our relationship. But I wasn’t particularly impressed by the orange creamsicle-like color on my tips. Nice try, Sephora…but no dice.

Now, I hear that OPI has teamed up with Sephora to create Sephora By OPI, a collection of 54 stylish shades – each with a price tag of $9. I think this is another of Sephora’s thinly-veiled attempts to woo me and get back in my good graces. And by the sound of this line, it’ll likely work.

Sephora By OPI will include a base coat, top coat, nail color drying drops, remover, and on-trend colors. The long-lasting, chip-resistant polishes are free of DBP, Toluene, and Formaldehyde. Sephora by OPI Nail Polish will be available at Sephora stores in early August, and on in late July.

I haven’t gotten my hands on this collection yet, but with names like Don’t Go There, I’m With Brad, Never Enough Shoes and Metro Chic, how could it be bad?

For a sneak peek at the polishes, pop on over to Beauty And The Blog.


In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Are You The Winner Of The Gym Bag?

Thanks for all of the entries you sent me for the LUG Gym Bag Giveaway! Many of you wrote to tell me how difficult it’s been getting in shape…and I have to admit, it’s nice to hear that I’m not the only one.

Well, it’s time to reveal the name of the lucky winner, and she is…Becky Kekenes!!! Becky’s about to get some booty – beauty booty, that is.

She will receive a Lug Puddle Jumper Gym Bag filled with Ojon Revitalizing Mist, Neutrogena Rainbath Shower & Shave, Clean & Clear Deep Action Refreshing Gel Cleanser, Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets, Bath & Body Works Body Splash in Enchanted Orchid, Goody Ouchless Detangling Comb, and Secret Flawless Antiperspirant/Deodorant.

Many thanks to Lug, Bath & Body Works, Clean & Clear, Goody, Neutrogena, Ojon, and Secret for making this all possible! And if you haven’t done so already, make sure that you enter the other In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaways:

Creations By Kage Everyday Bag Giveaway – ends 7/1
Elezar Eco-Friendly Bag Giveaway – ends 7/2
Felix Rey Clutch Giveaway – ends 7/3
BOYY Weekender Bag Giveaway – ends 7/4
Envirosax Beach Bag Giveaway – ends 7/5

Oops…My Bad

Life has been crazy busy for your resident beauty junkie. With all that I’ve got going on, I am a wee bit behind on my posts. Please accept my apologies. Believe me, I wish I could give you all of the beauty reviews and news that you crave…I really do. But juggling my real job, joining the gym, and community service doesn’t leave me much spare time – and I’ve been spending most of that sleeping and doing laundry.

I’m getting better at this time management thing, so look for regular posts to resume very soon…and be sure to check back tomorrow for another insanely fabulous giveaway!!!

I hope you’ve been enjoying my In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaways. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Go check it out…you don’t know what you’ve been missing!

In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Are You The Winner of the Work Bag?

Happy Monday, my pretties. I hope that everyone had a fun and relaxing weekend.

The time has come to announce the winner of the Aleya New York bag. As always, I wish I had more than one to give away.

Hell, I wish I had an extra one for myself because the bag is just that gorgeous! But I only have the one, and it is reserved for Katie Gardini!!!

Katie has won the Allie Hobo in Natural, which was featured in Henri Bendel’s exotic event and has been one of Aleya’s best sellers for spring/summer; the patchwork detail is very trend current, but the natural colors keep it wearable. Katie has also won a Goody Mosaic Ouchless Purse Brush and Mosaic Mini Versa Comb, Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara, Neutrogena MoistureShine Soothing LipSheers, Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets, and a DentaBurst “Be Ready To Shine” Kit.

For those of you who didn’t win, but still need a little Aleya in your lives…Joann Padilla, the creative genius behind Aleya New York, is offering you a 25% discount on your next purchase. At checkout, just enter the code Spoiledpretty6/08 in the special instruction box – and you’re all set!

Many thanks to Aleya New York, Clean & Clear, DentaBurst, Goody, and Neutrogena for sponsoring such a fabulous giveaway! And if you haven’t done so already, make sure that you enter the other In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaways:

Lug Gym Bag Giveaway – ends 6/30
Creations By Kage Everyday Bag Giveaway – ends 7/1
Elezar Eco-Friendly Bag Giveaway – ends 7/2
Felix Rey Clutch Giveaway – ends 7/3
BOYY Weekender Bag Giveaway – ends 7/4
Envirosax Beach Bag Giveaway – ends 7/5

In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Beach Bag

The weather forecast says 88 and sunny, not a cloud in the sky. After an exhaustive search, you’ve found the elusive “perfect” swimsuit. And you’ve picked out a trashy read, with no literary value whatsoever. So you’re ready for the beach, right? Wait. Not to burst your proverbial bubble, but you’re not all set yet.

A trip to the beach requires much more than a cute swimsuit. If you’re planning for a relaxing, idyllic day of surf and sand, you might want to put some serious thought into what you’ll pack in your bag. Because there’s nothing less relaxing than getting to the beach and realizing that you’ve left some important necessities at home.

To ensure that you’re pretty and prepared for your day at the beach, remember to bring along the following must-haves for your beach bag:

* Sunscreen: When selecting a sunscreen product, be sure to read the label before you buy. Experts recommend products with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. The SPF number represents the level of protection against UVB rays provided by the sunscreen…a higher number means more protection. The two most common (and painful) sunscreen mistakes are using too little and waiting too long to reapply. About 1 ounce of sunscreen (a palmful) should be used to cover the arms, legs, neck and face of the average adult. For best results, most sunscreens must be reapplied at least every 2 hours and even more often if you are swimming or sweating. Products labeled “waterproof” may provide protection for at least 80 minutes even when you are swimming or sweating. Products that are “water resistant” may provide protection for only 40 minutes. And don’t forget your lips, especially if you’re a lipgloss fanatic like me. Many dermatologists say that slathering on glosses can increase your risk of developing skin cancer because shiny nature of the gloss could be making the sun’s UV rays hit harder. So if you’re going to grab for a gloss, make it one with at least SPF 15.

* Wide-brimmed hat: A hat with at least a 2- to 3-inch brim all around is ideal because it protects areas often exposed to the sun, such as the neck, ears, eyes, forehead, nose, and scalp. A baseball cap is also a good choice. A hat not only protects from the sun’s intense rays, it can also cover and tame wind-blown hair.

* Sunglasses: The ideal sunglasses don’t have to be expensive, but they should block 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB radiation. Check the label to be sure they do. Some labels may say, “UV absorption up to 400 nm.” This is the same as 100% UV absorption. Also, labels that say “Meets ANSI UV Requirements” mean the glasses block at least 99% of UV rays. Those labeled “cosmetic” block about 70% of the UV rays. If there is no label, don’t assume the sunglasses provide any protection. Large-framed and wraparound sunglasses are more likely to protect your eyes from light coming in from different angles.

Today is the final day of Spoiled Pretty’s In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway Week, and we’re giving away an Envirosax bag filled with treats!

Envirosax bags are lightweight, portable, waterproof, affordable, and stylish! With reinforced seams, each surprisingly large bag can hold at least 40 pounds, and the carrying handle is long enough to comfortably carry over your shoulder. The Flora line of Envirosax bags draws its inspiration from the colors and shapes of pristine Australian rainforests.

The winner’s bag will include:

Secret Flawless Antiperspirant/Deodorant: If you secretly crave strong wetness protection that smells fresh and has skin conditioners, your search is over. New Secret Flawless gives you everything you long for — all in one cutting-edge antiperspirant.

Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara: Lash Blast’s patented volume-boosting formula and patent-pending brush are designed to max-out each and every lash, leaving you with the ultimate big lash look.

Goody Mosaic Ouchless Purse Brush: The ultimate in snagless styling. This brush is smaller sized – perfect for travel or on the go styling.

Bath & Body Works Body Splash in Blushing Cherry Blossom: Cherry blossoms blended with lighthearted jasmine, rose juliette and crisp citrus capture the romantic first blush of spring. Other notes include mandarin, lush berries, fresh melon, musk, violet, and creamy Sandalwood. Contains naturally pampering aloe vera to leave skin conditioned.

Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Soothers SPF 20 in Shine, Sheen, and Gleam: Provides instant, soothing relief on contact with beautiful high gloss shine and SPF 20. The unique hydragel formula contains conditioning botanicals and glycerin for intense moisturization. Carry this pocket-portable gloss with you for use whenever you want hydrated, beautiful lips.

Avon Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard: Don’t let bugs and sun spoil your outdoor fun this summer. Protect yourself from both the sun and certain insects with NEW Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard Plus IR3535 Expedition SPF 30. Using patented time-release technology, it creates an invisible barrier of protection to repel against mosquitoes, gnats, no-seeums, sand flies, and biting midges. certain insects. When applied properly, users are shielded with water-resistant SPF 30 sunscreen protection. Bug Guard Plus IR3535 Expedition SPF 30 is available in two versions – an unscented aerosol and a pump spray with a Gentle Breeze™ fragrance. The winner will receive both!

And because I’m feeling especially generous this week, four runners-up will receive an Envirosax Flora bag!

To enter, send an email to Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Envirosax Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Saturday, July 5th. One winner and four runners-up will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Sunday, July 6th, I’ll announce the winners names. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents only.

And be sure to check out the other bag giveaways. You can enter all of the giveaways, but you can only win once. Good luck!

P Diddy Does Bikini Waxes?

Think it takes you a long time getting ready to go out? You probably don’t primp as long as Sean “P Diddy” Combs. But considering he’s one of the most well-groomed gents in the business, it should come as no surprise. The media mogul recently sat down with the UK’s Daily Mail for a piece entitled, How to… Party like P Diddy. Here’s an excerpt:

I have my own particular ritual for getting ready, which takes about two hours, but before I settle on an outfit, I like to try on lots of different ones, and I’ll have a long bath beforehand.
I may change twice in an evening and I’ll always have a spare outfit on hand if something happens to the one I’m wearing.

The dress code for the Hollywood party was ‘sexy formal’, and I loved the outfit I eventually wore, which was a vintage white tuxedo jacket. I had a real ‘black Sinatra’ look going on. Otherwise, I like to wear things from my Sean John line.

My clothing line is like fashion Viagra. While I’m getting ready I like to relax with a drink – vodka and lemonade – and listen to my music, usually some James Brown.

Then I’ll have a manicure and pedicure – and yes, I wax as well. Grooming’s very important and men owe it to women to make sure they’re well groomed.

I wax my privates. I’ll also wear my fragrance, Unforgivable Black. You can tell a lot by a man’s fragrance, and either you have good taste or you can smell like your grandfather. In everything I do, I visualise myself either putting clothes on or taking them off.


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