Brides: Take The Clinique Lash Power Challenge

Bridal Beauty Week ended last week, but that doesn’t mean Spoiled Pretty has forgotten about you brides-to-be.

Between now and June 30, future brides can visit to download the Clinique Bridal Beauty Countdown Widget to help plan your day of bliss – including weekly wedding-prep tips for glowing skin and flawless makeup – right on their desktop. Once downloaded, Clinique will deliver a FREE SAMPLE of Lash Power Mascara. This mascara vows to stay put through rain, sweat, humidity and tears.

And for the chance to win every bride’s dream wedding day accessory (beautiful diamond jewelry valued at $5,000), Clinique invites women to submit a video of their best teary-eyed moment – weather watching a tear-jerking movie, jumping in a pool, or peeling an onion – showing Clinique Power Mascara standing up to the test. The winning submission will receive the diamond jewelry collection and three runners-up will receive a Clinique Makeup Artists on their wedding day for themselves and two friends.

SPINLASH Giveaway!

You spin me right round baby, right round,
Like a record baby, right round, round, round…

Since posting my review of SPINLASH, I have been inundated with comments and emails from you all. Does it really work? Is it worth the money? How fast does the brush actually spin? Should you be afraid of putting it near your eyes?

Instead of dedicating an entire post to answering your queries, I thought I would do something a bit more fun. And fabulous. How ’bout a SPINLASH giveaway?!?!

This week, we’re giving you the chance to win a SPINLASH of your very own. Five of you will get spoiled pretty with this genius gadget that separates, curls, coats, volumizes, and lengthens your lashes.

To enter, send an email to Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Spinlash Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight on Sunday, May 18th. Winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, May 19th, 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!

Hanae Had Me At Hello

This past weekend, I took a trip to the mall…shout-out to KOP (you Philly gals know what I’m talkin’ about). I was in Nordstrom’s cosmetics department for, literally, three minutes before a salesperson had me sold on a bottle of Hanae Mori Butterfly Eau Fraîche.

I usually spend weeks hemming and hawing over a new fragrance, and only break down and buy it once I’ve decided that my pulse points can’t live without it. Well, with Eau Fraîche, it took me approximately 180 seconds to come to this conclusion.

As I reported a few months ago, the latest incarnation of my favorite fragrance is the lightest formulation yet; this variation is airier and perfect for warmer weather. The new top notes of sparking tangerine and grapefruit lend a summery kick, but the fragrance dries down to the familiar notes of red fruits, wild berries and summer woods.

Besides the intoxicating scent, what really convinced me to swipe the plastic was the price tag. A 3.4 oz bottle of this limited-edition fragrance is only $65.

Hanae Mori Butterfly Eau Fraîche is now available at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom*, Bloomingdale’s, select Macy’s and Sephora.

*Receive a Butterfly Body Lotion (0.2 oz.) and deluxe mini Eau de Toilette (0.04 oz.) with any $65 Hanae Mori purchase – online and in-store.

The Motherload Giveaway: And The Winners Are…

Happy Mother’s Day, pretties!

Today we’re celebrating the amazing bond between mothers and children…and we’re announcing the winners of The Motherload Giveaway.

I received so many wonderful emails, and I appreciate the stories and photos that you shared with me. I was so touched by the entries, and truly wish that I had an unlimited amount of gift sets to give away. But, alas, I only have three.

The winners will receive Stila Multi-Effect Mascara, Stila Face Contouring Trio, Flower by Cynthia Rowley Eau de Parfum Spray, and Petal by Cynthia Rowley Eau de Toilette Spray. And the lucky ladies are…

Jennifer Toy

I was never close with my mother — that is, up until this year. Ever since I moved away to college, she has become my best friend. Although I am about 350 miles away from her most of the year, the distance is what brought us close together. She needed me as much as I needed her. As ironic as that may sound, being far away has connected us much more. She always thought of me as her baby girl, the one she needed to protect and save from the evils of the world. However, the way she protected me in high school caused me to rebel. Like many kids, I wanted to be free and independent. However, it’s harder than it seems. When I moved away to college, I felt so detached from my family, from my mother. She was there for me even when we lived so far apart. She leaves me sweet messages reminding me to study and get a good night’s sleep are only some of the things that I love about her. So this mother’s day, I’ve saved up enough money to fly home to surprise her. I can’t wait to see the look on her face!

Kimberly Hanger

I love being a mother because it has made me appreciate and love my own mother ten times more, and my grandmother too. I look back at my childhood and realize all the sacrifices she lovingly made for me, and all the beautiful memories I have of us together. It makes me want to be just as wonderful a mother as my own mother, who I personally think did the best job ever, and each day I strive to live up to her example with my own daughter. My mother and I are best friends, and that is the most valuable gift she has given me, along with her love. I hope when my daughter is my age, she can say the same things about me.

Meghan Murphy

My mother, Nancy, was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer just two months ago. For the last two months she’s has major surgeries, been in the ICU for 3 weeks and had two doses of chemotherapy. My mother has been resilient and strong from the beginning of her life. As a mother she spent her years, along with my father, caring for me and going above and beyond to dedicate her life to being my mother.

When my mother got sick, I began to review all the many things she did for me as my mother and began to file these memories away in my mind. Even though I’m 28 years old, married and own my own home now… my mother and I are still very much mother and child.

My mom’s hair has fallen out and her skin is changing due to the chemotherapy treatment. When a person struggles through a battle like cancer, the image of their self is damaged because of the havoc the treatments wreak on their bodies. When I read about your contest, I thought about how perfect this might be for her…to have some new makeup and some new looks to try out, as her beautiful face continues to change and be altered by this terrible disease.

If you don’t chose us, I might be disappointed, but I won’t stop in my quest to make sure my mother knows that I love her…and that she is my best friend. Thanks for taking the time to read about my incredible mom.

Thanks to everyone who entered. And special thanks to Avon and Stila for sponsoring this fabulous contest!

Tune in tomorrow when I’ll announce Spoiled Pretty’s latest giveaway! See you then.

The Motherload Giveaway – Don’t Forget To Enter!

In honor of Mother’s Day, Spoiled Pretty is celebrating motherhood this week – and hosting the mutha of all giveaways!

Three readers will win a set of goodies which includes: Stila Multi-Effect Mascara, Stila Face Contouring Trio, Flower by Cynthia Rowley Eau de Parfum Spray, and Petal by Cynthia Rowley Eau de Toilette Spray. Each set is worth $103!

Click here for more information and for entry rules.

The contest closes tonight at midnight (EST) and the winners will be revealed tomorrow, on Mother’s Day. Will one of them be you? Not if you don’t enter.

Good luck!

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