Shopbop Sale: Take Extra 25% Off


  Take an extra 25% off select sale items at Shopbop.com until Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 11:59 PST. Enter code 25EXTRA at checkout. You're CONTINUE READING

StriVectin Tightening Face Serum Giveaway


Roll back the years with the NEW StriVectin “Roll Back the Years” Firming Collection - a trio of formulas that help to improve skin’s appearance. This three-piece set, which includes the StriVectin-TL Face Serum, the StriVectin-TL Body Cream and the new QVC exclusive StriVectin-TL Neck Serum Roller, helps skin appear firmer and softer on the face, body and neck. . The StriVectin CONTINUE READING

Bath & Body Works Cooling Gel Lotion Needs A New Name


A few weeks ago, I paid a visit to my local Bath & Body Works store. I was on the hunt for a tropical-smelling body wash that wouldn't break the bank, and B&BW seemed like a good place to search. When I entered the store, I was greeted my a really nice saleswoman who asked me what I was CONTINUE READING

Laura Mercier Master Class: Makeup Bag Must-Haves in Your 30s


Every month, my girlfriends from college and I get together for dinner in the Philadelphia area. We started this tradition about two years ago, and - of course - we have a great time catching up and reminiscing!  Most of them are product-obsessed (like me), and most have been through some sort of make-up introductory when we became "of age" to wear it.  Now CONTINUE READING

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2014: 20 Can't Miss Beauty Exclusives!


The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is in full swing. July 18th through August 3rd, shoppers nationwide will participate in what has been an annual ritual since the 1960’s. Vacation days are planned around it, lines form in anticipation of it – and it’s not only for the pre-season savings on fall fashion and accessories. During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, the Cosmetics department provides their devoted beauty customers the opportunity to scoop up unique limited-edition items from CONTINUE READING

Dermadoctor Physical Chemistry


One of my all-time favorite products is Dermadoctor KP Duty, a dual action body exfoliator that combines the benefits of a chemical peel and microdermabrasion. It was developed to treat chicken skin - those little red bumps that many people get on their upper arms. But, for years, I've been using it to exfoliate my legs pre-shave.  There's really no body exfoliator CONTINUE READING

A Croc Of…

Posted on by daneen in Makeup Brush, Tools | Leave a comment

starlet A Croc Of...
A good set of makeup brushes is a must-have in every girl’s beauty arsenal. But here’s a bit of advice when it comes to brushes (from one beauty junkie to another)…good isn’t necessarily synonymous with expensive. Case in point: Starlet Cosmetics 7 piece Folder Brush Set.

This kit includes:

Blush Brush – duo usage for applying loose face powder or cheek blush color.

Eye Primer Brush – for applying base to eye lids and under eye area. You can also use this to apply light neutral eye shadow colors.

Shadow Brush – use this brush to contour eyes with various shadow colors.

Crease Brush – using medium to darker colors, create depth with this crease brush at the corners of your eyes.

Liner Brush – an angle brush for filling in brow color, or to apply dark shades to line your eyes.

Lash Brow Groomer Brush – use the comb side to separate lashes after applying mascara, then use the brush side to comb and tidy brows.

Lip Brush – Offers a smooth application of lip gloss or lipstick.

I was pleasanly surprised by the quality of these brushes. They’re soft, plush, and cruelty-free. Since I got the set, I’ve been using the brushes to apply all of my makeup. Magnetic enclosures keep the case closed and prevent brushes from sliding out; and a zippered pouch offers enough room to stash a compact and lipgloss inside. The kit’s sleek design ensures that it will fit into your favorite purse.

So for the price of one ‘high-end’ makeup brush ($38), you can get seven!

Guess Who: 01.16.08

Posted on by daneen in Celebrities, I Digress | 8 Comments

guess+who Guess Who: 01.16.08
I did a double-take when I saw this pic. Can you guess the sassy starlet behind the shades?

You Are Now Cleared For Boarding

Posted on by daneen in Toiletries, Travel | 1 Comment

minimus You Are Now Cleared For Boarding
I’ve always secretly envied those chic women who don’t check bags. While I’m trudging through the airport, dragging luggage that’s bursting at the seams, these low-maintenance ladies breezily float past me, clutching the cutest carryons.

I always find myself marveling at how they manage to fit all of their beauty essentials in such a small bag. And with the current TSA regulations, where are they finding all of their personal care products in three-ounce-or-less sizes?

Well, I think I’ve found the answer to this conundrum – and hit the motherload at the same time. Grab a pen, ladies, and take copious notes. Minimus.biz is the secret to packing light. They offer several hundred travel-size items in stock. Their inventory list continues to grow, with the help of customers’ input – and their products are out of this world (some have even gone up to the International Space Station)!

Spoiled Pretty Tip: Minimus has a blog where they post about their products, coupon codes, and stories/photos submitted from customers.

Five Reasons To Cleanse With T’Fivve

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TV006 tfivve foam Five Reasons To Cleanse With T’Fivve
The top five reasons to wash your face with T’Fivve Moisturizing Facial Cleansing Foam:

5) The rich foam gently melts away makeup and pollutants
4) Doesn’t strip the skin’s natural hydration
3) Helps maintain normal pH balance
2) After cleansing, your face feels refreshed, not dry or tight
1) Because I said so (and because it’s one of the best cleansers I’ve used in a very long time)

T’Five Moisturizing Facial Cleansing Foam contains Bergamot Fruit Oil, to act as an anti-bacterial; Orange Peel Oil to smoothe skin; Lemon Peel Oil softens; and Ylang Ylang Oil controls sebum production.

If you have very dry and sensitive skin – like mine – you’ll give T’Fivve Moisturizing Facial Cleansing Foam five enthusiastic thumbs up.

Available at skinscientifica.com and skinstore.com.

Don’t Hate Me Cuz I Get Free Stuff

Posted on by daneen in Lip/Cheek Stain, Lips | 3 Comments

One of the perks of having a beauty blog is that I get free products to test and review. So while my trips to the makeup counters, drugstores, and beauty boutiques are less frequent than in the past – once in a while, a product makes such an impression on me that I’ll gladly reach into my wallet. Urban Decay Lip Envy is one such product (I heart the ‘Envious’ shade).

lip envy Don’t Hate Me Cuz I Get Free StuffThis stain provides a long-lasting wash of color that dries to a semi-matte finish. Swipe it on lips for a “I just ate a popsicle – aren’t I cute?” look. Or layer it for a deep, inky stain.

Lip Envy comes in inkwell-esque packaging, and has a delicate vanilla scent.

Spoiled Pretty tip: after applying Lip Envy (in Envious) to lips, add lip balm, for a natural look; or layer clear gloss on top, for a sexy lacquered effect. Either way, you’ll make every girl in the room pink with envy!

In Essence…

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Kia+Floyd In Essence...
In October 2007, Ursula Augustine of About pHace Rittenhouse Studio worked her makeup magic on bride, Kia Floyd-Murrell. Now see Ursula’s beautiful handiwork on page 16 of Essence Magazine’s February 2008 issue!

Ursula is one of Philadelphia’s most in-demand makeup artists, and Spoiled Pretty had an opportunity to chat with her a few months back. To hear more about Ursula – or learn how you can score an appointment with this rising star – check out the interview.

Lather, Rinse, Compete

Posted on by daneen in Contest, Eco-friendly, Shampoo | 1 Comment

110200815306 Lather, Rinse, Compete
Elle and Eufora hair care are developing a new all-natural clarifying shampoo, and they need your help deciding what to call it! Come up with the perfect name, and you’ll not only see your idea printed on thousands of bottles (launching in May), but Eufora will donate $500 to the environmental charity of your choice and give you a Eufora product gift basket worth $500.

All entries are due by February 1st, 2008. One entry per day allowed. Click here to enter.