Oprah’s Favorite Things For Summer

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Today, Oprah surprised her audience with her top things for summer. When producers first approached O about doing this summer version of her favorite things show, she wasn’t feeling it. “My producers pleaded with me to do this topic today, and I didn’t want to do it,” Oprah said. “So I said, ‘Absolutely not. I am not doing Oprah’s Favorite Things for summer.'” But after thinking about it, Oprah changed her mind…good thing for her studio audience, fans around the globe, and the brands whose products made the cut.

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Gayle King, Oprah’s BFF and the editor-at-large of O, The Oprah Magazine, stopped by to unveil her favorite of the Spring Makeup O-wards.

ysl Oprahs Favorite Things For Summer“Don’t you hate it when you get something in very pretty packaging, and then you open it up and the product is not as good?” Gayle asks.

“The thing with Yves Saint Laurent is that we thought the packaging was so pretty and we liked all of the products. It was hard to pick just one, so we picked everything in the line—the marbled blush, the lipstick and the eyeshadow.”

lashblast Oprahs Favorite Things For SummerAnother standout is the CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara. “This was the first time anybody’s come to the offices with a scientist to explain how [the makeup] works,” Gayle says. “This is the scientific explanation: A dual polymer system keeps the mascara from migrating underneath your eyes. That’s code for it doesn’t smudge.”

opi+nic+sticks Oprahs Favorite Things For SummerOPI Nic Stick’s Paint & Go Nail Lacquer is a portable pen filled with nail polish, perfect for anyone who smudges as soon as they leave the salon.

cle+de+peau Oprahs Favorite Things For SummerNo one wants to wear heavy makeup in the summer heat, so Gayle’s final two favorites made the grade for their light texture.

Rimmel+Mousse+Blush Oprahs Favorite Things For SummerClé de Peau lipstick is silky and feels light on your lips,” Gayle says. “And I like the fact that it’s so sleek and slender in your purse.” She gave Rimmel Mousse Blush major props for its high-quality, light formula and low price.

nars+brush Oprahs Favorite Things For SummerOprah also added one of her beauty faves to the list – NARS Cosmetics Kabuki Artisan Botan Brush.

“I love a great brush,” she said. “It’s perfect for loose powder, for buffing and for blending.”

Click here to read about all of the O-wards winners.

Source: Oprah.com

Spoiled Pretty Featured in Philadelphia Style Magazine!!!

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Hey, pretties! Sorry I haven’t written more this week. You know I like to lavish you with product reviews, beauty news, and celeb talk. But I have a good excuse. I’m going to LA today!

This weekend, yours truly will be jetting to So Cal for the Total Beauty Blog Community Summit!!! I’m going to meet up with some of my blogging buddies, get the scoop on new brands and products, and learn some cool techniques to help me spoil you prettier.

But before I go, I just had to share some good news with all of you. Guess who is featured in the June 2008 issue of Philadelphia Style Magazine? That would be me, silly. For all of you ladies in the Philly area, pick up a copy (it’s on newsstands right now), turn to page 230, and BAM…it’s Spoiled Pretty all up in your grill.

Many thanks to Philadelphia Style Magazine for this wonderful opportunity. And for thinking I have style.

Wish me safe travels…and I’ll talk to you soon.

When Did You Fall In Love With Beauty?

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Most beauty addicts can pinpoint a moment in their life when they fell in love with hair and makeup.

For me, it was my Barbie Styling Head. Back in the day, I would spend hours trying to replicate the exaggerated 1980’s beauty trends on my Barbie Head. I braided and teased her hair within an inch of its life. At one point, I remember filling my mini hands full of Eucerin lotion and slicking Barbie’s hair back – a la Robert Palmer’s Addicted to Love. And in the 80’s, the head came with powder and cream “makeup” that was probably only meant for Barbie’s plastic face…but inevitably ended up all over my highly sensitive one. They didn’t worry as much about toxicity and choking hazards back then. Ah…those were the days.

When did your love of beauty begin?

Men’s Fragrance News

josh hartnett 300x400 Mens Fragrance NewsWhen I first heard that Josh Hartnett was teaming up with Armani for their newest men’s fragrance, I thought, “It’s a match made in heaven…if the cologne’s name is Unibrow.”

Alas, the name doesn’t have anything to do with Josh’s fuzzy lower-forehead. He will be the face of Emporio Armani Diamonds for Men, which will be unveiled next month during Spring/Summer fashion week in Milan.

Giorgio Armani said of Hartnett: “Both on and off screen he has a charm and charisma that is magnetic. His individuality, allure and nonchalant way of being are all qualities which inspired me in the creation of this new fragrance.” Apparently, Mr. Armani hasn’t seen Pearl Harbor, Hollywood Homicide, The Black Dahlia, Halloween H20…

deseo for men Mens Fragrance NewsIn other men’s fragrance news, Jennifer Lopez will release her first masculine fragrance, Deseo for Men, this September.

“I wanted to capture the intimate and personal nature of a man who is sexy, yet strong,” says J.Lo. “Deseo means desire. I wanted to take this meaning and put it behind the idea of one desiring another. The smell is warming and creates a provocative and sensual texture.”

The fragrance has “top notes of lemon, yuzu, red berries and cedar leaf; a heart of tobacco leaves, guaicwood and orris, and a dry down of sandalwood, cedarwood, patchouli, amber and vanilla.”

The Deseo for Men collection will include Eau de Toilette (1.7 oz for $45 and 3.4 oz for $55), a 3.4 oz aftershave balm ($40), and a 2.4 oz deodorant ($16).

Gossip Girl: Nail The Look

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Serena, don’t be sad.
Your nail polish looks fab.

For the last 24+ hours, I have been obsessing over Serena’s nail polish from the May 12th eppy of Gossip Girl. Check out the following pics and drink in the frosty golden mauvelousness.

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To replicate the look, I rifled through my lacquer arsenal, and found three that were just about spot-on.

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Essie Tea & Crumpets is a subtle, ladylike frosted beige.

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Essie Mambo is a frosty mocha.

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Boys in the Bottle is a shimmery pink/purple nude.

I just about hit the nail on the head, right? Get it? Nail…on…the…never mind.

Spoiled Pretty

Sex And The City: Philadelphia Style

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So, if you – or someone you know – has ever been mistaken for one of the fabulous four from Sex And The City, then this contest is for you!

Ursula’s About PHace Rittenhouse Make-Up Studio (Best of Philly Winner 2007) is hosting Philly’s Sex In The City Look Alike Contest!

GRAND PRIZE: A Professional “Red Carpet Makeover” w/ Make-Up Artist Ursula Augustine!

Gran prize includes:
* Sherani (Hand Made) Lash Extensions;
* The exclusive, Bonsai Brow Sculpting; and
*The Rittenhouse Make-Up Studio’s signature Make-Up Application – The PHace Lift!

This prize is valued at $350.00!

Three runners-up will each receive a gift valued at $115 each!


To enter, submit a photo of yourself to ursulasaph@yahoo.com. The subject: should read “SNC Contest.” One photograph per contestant. Entering more than one pic will result in disqualification. The contest will end at 11:59pm on Saturday, May 24th 2008. The winners will be notified on Tuesday, May26th, 2008 by phone and email.

Prizes will be awarded on Friday, May 30th, 2008. Winners must be present on award day to receive prizes. Prizes are non-transferable; they cannot be substituted or exchanged. Not valid before or after May 30th, 2008.

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