Gossip Girls Love The Smoky Eye

The Gossip Girl gals may not all get along, but there’s one thing they agree on – a smoky eye paired with a soft glossy lip.

My favorite look of the finale belonged to Blair. Normally, the combination of messy updo, braids, and Jennifer Behr Patent Orchid Skinny Headband would spell overkill. But on Blair, it was pitch perfect. Serena and Georgina? Meh.

And while I liked Vanessa’s cascade of curls, her dress was a mess. I mean, if you’re invited to attend high society nuptials, don’t show up in an frock homesewn by your BFF’s little sister. It kinda reminded me of the Gordon Gartrell episode of The Cosby Show…except that, in this case, Nessa had no idea how ridiculous she looked. It’s no wonder Nate called it quits.

Totally Tubular: Light Brights Giveaway!

Good morning, pretties. I was absolutely exhausted yesterday and went to sleep without posting the latest giveaway. My bad.

So without further ado, here’s how we’re spoiling you pretty this week…

The 80’s is back in a big way, inspiring new trends in fashion and beauty. But before you bust out your shoulder pads, leg warmers, and jelly bracelets – be aware that what’s en vogue (and in Vogue) right now is a modern take on 80’s retro glam.

So how do you embrace this trend without looking like a Dynasty reject? Three Custom Color Specialists has the perfect product.

Light Brights (not to be confused with Lite Brite, on of my fave childhood toys) is a collection of moisturizing, balmy stains in DayGlo fluorescent shades. When applied, they let the natural beauty of your lips shine through, while enhancing your pout with a sheer brightness. They can be layered for a fuller coverage, and can also be dabbed on the cheeks for a fresh glow.

Light Brights are available in four rad shades, named after popular NYC dancehalls from the ’80s:

Area is a juicy and bright, yet surprisingly wearable tangerine.

Danceteria is a flirty coral for girls who just wanna have fun.

Limelight is a sweet and soft, a pinky peach that pops.

Palladium is a hot pink flash of color fit for any rockstar.

This week, we’re giving you the chance to win a tube of your very own. Three lucky readers will receive Light Brights in Limelight.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Totally Tubular Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, May 25th. Winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, May 26th, 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.

Good luck!

Everywhere in L.A. Takes Twenty Minutes

Cher, Tai, and Dionne.

Amber, me, and Marina.

This past weekend, I traveled to Los Angeles to attend the first ever Total Beauty Blog Community Summit, in partnership with Intelligent Beauty. Over 60 of the top beauty bloggers participated in workshops on editing beauty content, public relations, innovative online marketing strategies, cutting-edge technology tools and techniques, as well as beauty trend forecasting and new product launches.

Now that I’m back in Philly, I’m ready to dish. You’re nosey and I’m chatty, so here’s a recap of things seen and heard at the summit:

Dr. Alan Hirsch has created Sensa, a revolutionary weight-loss system that uses the science of taste and smell to turn off your hunger. Just sprinkle Sensa’s “tastants” on all of your meals and snacks to feel full faster, eat less and lose more weight. The beauty bloggers in attendance are the first to receive Sensa (besides those involved in the clinical trials), and you best believe we were sprinklin’ it on everything, child!

Kirsten Lambertson from Beauty Riot, Nadine Haobsh from Jolie Nadine, Anne Fritz from Jet Set Girls, Tia Williams from Shake Your Beauty and Annie Tomlin from BellaSugar presented a discussion on blogging as a career. I took copious notes, asked questions, and hardly breathed during the hour-long session. These ladies are blogging rock stars, people – and I was so in awe of their talent.

Over lunch, they announced the Total Beauty Awards. From the more than 120+ blogs in the blog community, Spoiled Pretty won for “Best Content.” If greasiest face was a category, I probably would have taken that too.

Dusty Simington, award-winning hairstylist from Salon Gregorie’s in Newport Beach, had this to say about being in a hair rut: “If you look at your Christmas pictures and your hair looks the same from year to year, you’re uninformed and your hairdresser is lazy and tired.” Dusty also bemoaned Katie Holmes’ ubiquitous bob, remarking, “If you see it, kill it.” I was rolling!

I received a makeover and got some professional headshots done. The makeup artist used products from RAW Natural Beauty and Redpoint Cosmetics – and ever since, I have been infatuated with RAW Minerals Foundation, Redpoint Rejuvenating Blush Duo in Barely Rose, and Redpoint Volumizing Lip Gloss in Cuddle.

On Saturday night, we attended a Venice Beach VIP Party at Air-Conditioned Lounge. But by 11:45pm, Amber, Marina, and I were all partied out and went outside in search of our ride.

Fortunately, the limo-bus was parked in the adjacent lot. Unfortunately, the driver was nowhere to be found. So we sat down on the curb and anxiously awaited his return.

Ten minutes before another bus finally showed up, a hoopdie full of teenagers drives by and one of the occupants asks us, “Are you guys coming from the prom?” Not knowing whether to be flattered or insulted, we simply said no. Then the girl adds, before driving off, “Well, you guys look good!” Ridic, right?

I brought home a ton of products that I can’t wait to review and knowledge that I can’t wait to implement. Many thanks to Total Beauty for affording me this amazing opportunity to better my blog and connect with the members of this incredible community!

SPINLASH Winners!!!

It’s that time of the week…time to reveal the winners of the previous week’s giveaway.

Congratulations to Ann Guns, Ginny Brewster, Stephanie Wong, Claire Waite, and Jermica Peters – you are the winners of SPINLASH, the revolutionary gadget that simultaneously separates, curls, coats, volumizes, and lengthens lashes.

Thanks to everyone who entered, and special thanks to SPINLASH for sharing. Check back later today for the announcement of our next contest. À bientôt!

Weekend Beauty Blog Network Reads

I realize it’s Monday, but I was tied up in LA this past weekend. These links are too delish to go to waste, so enjoy…

Christine at 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic shares her tip for fast and easy pefect manicures and pedicures!

Beauty Anonymous shares her first impressions of Chanel Summer 2008 Makeup Collection!

Makeup Moxie reviews Hourglass Superficial Lash mascara.

Cybelesays finds their next addition to the Hall of Fame! A straightening iron that gets strands stick straight.

StyleBell reviews one of the best flat irons on the market the GHD. Move over CHI!

A Touch of Blusher can’t decide which new eye palette to get…

Savvy Skin picks her favorite drugstore sunscreen – Blue Lizard sunscreen.

Beauty and Personal Grooming writes about Aspirin face masks.

Beauty Blogging Junkie scores an exclusive interview with Daisy Fuentes about her new perfume, Dianoche Ocean.

Face Candy dishes on the brand new Vincent Longo Collection- Shimmer, Glimmer & Shine.

The Makeup Divas reviews Sue Devitt’s Eye Intensifier Pencil in Zaire.

The Muse reviews Majorca Majolica’s HOT Summer Collection from Japan and shares a FOTD!

Beauty Banter checks out more Spring Hair Trends… with pics and products!

Hello Dollface features Celebrity fashion and beauty!

Beauty Junkie in SF scopes out hot new makeup from Kat Von D.

Want to achieve cream blush perfection? Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog shows you the only brush you need for a flawless, airbrushed look: Sonia Kashuk’s Flat Top Blusher Brush.

Nars takes Joy from Makeup Junkie to South Beach thanks to The Multiple in South Beach!

Toya does her Mother’s Day FOTD with products from the Sally Hansen Natural Beauty line (inspired by Carmindy)!

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