What’s the secret to Gwen Stefani’s red lip? Apparently, it takes three products to create her signature shade. Try MAC Lip Pencil in Cherry, MAC Pro Lip Mix in Crimson, and Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick in Exces de Rouge.
I know that many of you have started (and finished) your holiday shopping by now. So I apologize for the delay of this post. However, if you’re a procrastinator like me – you figure that there’s thirteen perfectly good days left to pick up what hasn’t already been snatched off the shelves. So, to the slackers of the world (you know who you are)…this one’s for you.
This is Spoiled Pretty’s Holiday Gift Guide, ’07 edition.
Fragrance is a very personal thing. Unless you know the recipient’s favorite scent (or he/she has requested something specific), fragrance can be a tricky gift. Even if you know the “notes” that the person likes, perfumes and colognes react to differently on everyone…so it could be a real hit, or a big miss. Instead, try The Sephora Scent Sampler; it includes samples of popular fragrances, plus a gift voucher of equal value that can be redeemed at any Sephora store for a full size bottle of any one of the samples included. Available for her (includes 10 samples) and for him (includes 8 samples).
Makeup, again, is a very personal thing. I typically don’t recommend buying cosmetics unless you really know the recipient. But even then…I mean, would you want someone just buying you some random makeup? I didn’t think so. Me neither. But if you insist on doing so, opt for a palette. Around the holidays, makeup companies flood the market with kits and gift sets in a plethora of price ranges. So it shouldn’t be hard finding one. The key, though, is to find one that includes products and colors that are universally flattering. You really can’t go wrong with Sephora’s Supermodel Kit, a glamourous gift set filled with products worn by top models at Fashion Week Live. The set includes Stila Lip Glaze, Make Up For Ever Diamond Shadow, Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, Smashbox O-GLOW, Dior Diorshow Mascara, and Sephora Blush Me! – all in a chic black sequined Sephora clutch. Or you could buy a lip gloss set. I love Stila’s Gift of Glaze set because it includes two limited-edition shades (nutmeg spice, candy cane) and favorites grapefruit, apricot, vanilla, and brown sugar. What woman would balk at that? You’d be hard pressed to find one.
Now onto bath & body products…there are so many pre-assembled gift sets out there right now – and while it’s a very sensible gift, some are just so generic and cheesy (especially those that come in a ceramic sleigh or awful wicker concoction). So look for sets with unique, pretty packaging. I absolutely adore the Sugar Tart Gift Set from Fresh; this festive set includes Sugar Lemon Eau de Parfum, Sugar Lemon Bath and Shower Gel, and Sugar Lemon Body Lotion in an elegant red, gold, and silver box. It’s a Sephora exclusive and it’s already sold out online – so visit your local store and hope you get lucky.
Finally, there’s gift cards. They’re practical and all, but c’mon…nothing says “I don’t really know you” or “I didn’t give this munch thought” quite like a gift card. All it takes is an extra step or two to show the recipient you truly care. Try a gift card to a nail salon, along with L’Occitane’s Lavender Hand Cream and a bottle of Pink Quartz Nail Shimmer from Bobbi Brown. Or slip a gift card into a chic cosmetic clutch, like this festive one from Stephanie Johnson.
These simple suggestions should help you find the gift guaranteed to spoil someone (or yourself) pretty. Happy shopping!
How cute are these Wacky Bandages from Fred Flare? They have me singing that Regina Spektor song – you know the one that goes:
If I kiss you where it’s sore
If I kiss you where it’s sore
Will you feel better, better, better…
For $8, you get 15 kisses in a kitchy metal tin. Each comes with a free toy!
Spotted: B on the cover of January’s Lucky Magazine.
Inside, the 20-year-old dishes about music that gets her in the mood, east coast vs. west coast, and her style evolution. “I’m having so much fun, but I’m trying to keep my head together too, stylewise. There are so many young women out there dressing like young girls; I want to be more ladylike and classic,” Lively says.
Get the Gossip Girl’s gloss, Mark Glow Baby Glow Hook Up Lip Gloss in Pink Crush/Buttercream Brioche, at Avon.com.
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What if I told you that I’ve found the most gorgeous panties – except they’re meant to be worn on your lips? You’d probably call me crazy – but then, clearly, you haven’t heard about Diane Brill’s Panties In A Bunch!
Inspired by a little box of the yummiest bon bons, Diane Brill now offers their best-selling Lip Lingerie glosses in miniature versions.
Panties In A Bunch includes Diane Brill’s three most wanted tints (Frilly Thong, Sheer String, and Jeweled G-String) along with three limited-edition colors (Pearly Panty, Vinyl V-String, and Satin Hipster).
Adorably packaged in the prettiest pots, these fancy panties are one size fits all (handbags) – even the coziest clutch can easily hold all six shades. And though all of the glosses are universally flattering, Spoiled Pretty just knows that you’ll be slipping into Frilly Thong, left, over and over.
Packaged together, these mini versions of the full size glosses are tiny temptations perfect for the holidays! Click here to find out where you can get your Panties In A Bunch.
I aspire to be like Oprah Winfrey. But since I don’t yet have a talk show, a magazine, or the power to turn an unknown manuscript into an international bestseller, I’m doing the next best thing.
I am giving away one of my favorite things, which also happens to be one of Oprah’s beloved beauty tools – the Clarisonic Skin Care System (a $195 value)!!!
Oprah gave away three hundred of these babies a few weeks ago on her “Favorite Things 2007” episode. I only have one to give away…so if you weren’t in her studio audience that day, here’s your chance to win one.
Developed by the people who created the Sonicare Toothbrush, the Clarisonic Skin Care System removes six times more makeup than soap and water alone. It clears your pores of dirt, oil, and residual makeup – so that the ingredients in your skincare products are more effectively absorbed. What I love so much about this product is that the creators seemed to think of everything; case in point:
*The Clarisonic is rechargeable (the system comes with the charging cradle) and waterproof, so you can use it in the shower as well as at the sink.
*The Clarisonic features a timer that beeps and pauses to indicate it’s time to move onto another part of your face (20 seconds on the forehead, 20 seconds on the nose and chin, and 10 seconds on each cheek).
*Though the system includes a 2 oz trial size Gentle Hydro Cleanser, the Clarisonic can be used with most non-abrasive facial cleansers.
Oprah wasn’t exaggerating when she said, “It’s a miracle massage for your face.” Since I started using the Clarisonic, I’ve had minimal breakouts and I marvel at how soft and smooth my skin feels and looks. It’s just amazing how much more radiant my face is after using this product for the recommended two minutes a day. I adore this product so much, and I am extremely excited to host this giveaway in partnership with Clarisonic!
To enter, leave a comment in the comments section below by 9 pm EST on Thursday, December 13th – be sure to include your name and email address. Or email me at email@example.com if you’re uncomfortable posting your email address below.
A winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Friday, December 14th, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one comment per person; duplicate comments will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents. Good luck!
To coat the entire surface of your lips, InStyle.com recommends smiling while you apply. “It stretches the lip, exposing every furrow to be filled with pigment.”