Because Shaving is the Pits: DERMAdoctor Gorilla Warfare Antiperspirant Giveaway!


My hair grows like a weed. Unfortunately, the hair of which I speak is not on my head. My legs and underarms give my razor a workout. If I shave in the morning, by afternoon, I've got stubble. And forget about skipping days...unless I want to look like Sasquatch. Getting rid of the hair is not only expensive (I CONTINUE READING

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: BlowPro Perfect Shower Cap


The shower and my chemically-straightened hair are frenemies. Every seventh day when I wash my hair, they get along great in a shampoo Shangri-la. But the rest of the week, I employ a shower cap to keep the steam from undoing the silky straightness. I have been wearing shower caps since I was a child, and I’ve tried them CONTINUE READING

Miss Oops is On Sale at HauteLook


I love Miss Oops fashion fixers and have been using them for years. If you wear clothes, you NEED to get acquainted with Miss Oops. All of those things that can and do go wrong with your wardrobe can be fixed by Miss Oops problem-solving products. Shirt revealing too much cleavage? Accidentally get a deodorant stain on your top? Are your CONTINUE READING

Get Catty With Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses


I've been searching for some cat eye sunnies for forever. On a whim, I bought these Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses from Shopbop - hoping that they wouldn't look too cartoonish. Even though I was afraid they'd be too large, I'm digging the oversized frames. They make a statement without overwhelming my face. And the cat eye shape is subtle, so it's not CONTINUE READING

Peep My Polish: Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Superstitious


Now that I have two kids - and the youngest being 6 weeks old - I needed to get better acquainted with quick-dry nail polish options. I hardly have time to do anything, let alone a DIY - so I needed to find some lacquers that fit my new lifestyle. Yesterday, while going my grocery shopping, I picked up Revlon CONTINUE READING

Tatcha, I'm So Glad I Gotcha


I'm home on maternity leave, so I spend an inordinate amount of time nursing my daughter, burping her and changing her diapers - all the while, watching hours of QVC. I don't know what it is, but I am mesmerized by QVC demonstrations. If I'm channel surfing and I happen to land on QVC, it's damn near impossible for CONTINUE READING

Oprah’s Favorite Things 2007

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fav things Oprahs Favorite Things 2007
Yesterday, America watched as Oprah unveiled her Favorite Things of 2007 list on an unsuspecting audience in Macon, Georgia. Three hundred golden ticket holders left the convention center pushing shopping carts filled with the (now) most coveted products in the country.

This year, Oprah took her show on the road because Macon consistently has the nation’s highest percentage of viewers tuned into her talk show. Filming the “Favorite Things” episode in Macon was a thank-you to the fans, she explained. Audience members left the local convention hall pushing shopping carts toppled with loot – including camcorders, apparel, refrigerators with an LCD TV built into the door – and, of course, beauty products!

When the ‘Queen of All Media’ wants to spoil herself pretty, she reaches for…

lafco Oprahs Favorite Things 2007

Claus Porto Soaps From Lafco New York
These all-natural, bath-sized bars distributed by Lafco New York are a labor of love. They have been created by the Claus Porto’s family-run factory in Portugal for the past 117 years. Each bar starts with top quality 100% vegetable soap base and pure, skin softening shea butter. Next, the finest fragrances from the South of France are mixed in so that the scent lasts until the very end of the bar. All of these ingredients are then milled seven times in the traditional European way for a hard, dense soap that has an ultra luxurious and creamy lather.

The jumbo-sized soaps appeal to the senses with beautiful wrappers and 17 magnificent scents, from honeysuckle to grapefruit fig. “They make great hostess gifts,” Oprah says.

Cost: $42 (set of 3)
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kai Oprahs Favorite Things 2007
Kai Body Butter and Body Buffer

“Bathing is an art form and nobody enjoys it more than I do,” Oprah says. Kai customized their signature scent into a moisturizing body butter in a tub just for Oprah. Kai body lotion contains safflower seed oil, shea butter, apricot kernel oil, and cucumber a silky whipped soufflé with a moisturizing shea butter base blended with safflower seed oil, vitamins A, C, and E, aloe leaf extract, chamomile flower extract, cucumber fruit extract, apricot kernel oil, and the original kai perfume oil. “It’s clean and fresh,” she says.

She also loves the Body Buffer by Kai, a hypo-allergenic loofah infused with a light blend of exotic perfumes and natural essences to cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize the skin. Just wet and squeeze to release foaming bubbles that smell like an exotic garden.

Cost: Body Buffer $28; Body Butter $55
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Also available at embraceyourstyle.com and eluxury.com

clarisonic Oprahs Favorite Things 2007
Clarisonic Skin Care System

Developed by the people who created the Sonicare Toothbrush, the Clarisonic Skin Care System helps remove six times more makeup than soap and water alone. The bristles vibrate 300 times per second and massage your face to squeaky clean perfection. The Clarisonic system cleanses so well that products absorb better; reduces oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes; visibly shrinks pores; minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; and leaves skin feeling and looking younger and smoother. “It’s a miracle massage for your face,” Oprah says.

Cost: $195 (includes Cordless Clarisonic, charging cradle, two brush heads, and 2 oz. trial size Gentle Hydro Cleanser)
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Seeing Double

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beauty Seeing Double
Last month, Beauty.com launched new industry-leading features to its recently redesigned web store. Visitors to the site now have direct online access to personalized, comprehensive recommendations for skin and hair care regimens across multiple brands and price points.

“These innovative tools are bringing the traditional makeup counter experience closer to our online beauty customers by showing them products specifically selected for their individual needs and concerns,” said Dawn Lepore Chairman and CEO of drugstore.com. “This compelling and informative shopping experience makes is easier for customers to make choices that are right for them.”

The individually designed plans recommend products from more than 200 prestige beauty brands now available on beauty.com, which is owned by drugstore.com, a leading online provider of health, beauty, vision and pharmacy products.

With it’s revamped look, “Fragrance Finder” function, and free samples with purchase, Beauty.com is looking a lot like another online beauty retailer. Here’s a hint: S_PHORA

Would you like to solve the puzzle, or do you need to buy a vowel?

Let It Snow

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spongeables Let It SnowSpongeables Snowflake is a new foam-release system with aromatherapy that has a week’s (or more) worth of luxurious, skin-pampering cleansing and moisturizing, from neck to toe. The sponge is already infused with shower gel, shea butter, olive oil, and antioxidant Vitamins A & E. With a just-right massaging/exfoliating texture and blizzard of rich, thick suds, the Spongeables Snowflake is the perfect portable shower companion.

For frequent fliers, tuck one into a carry-on or in your checked luggage with no fear of leaks, spills, or the TSA making you put it in a Ziplock bag.

Available in cucumber melon, spicy mango, marine sunrise, sweet jasmine, and tangy grapefruit. Catch a snowflake today at Drugstore.com.

Sweet Feet

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footcare Sweet Feet

The time has come to reveal the winner of Spoiled Pretty’s giveaway, sponsored by Dr. Smith’s Foot Care. So without further ado…congratulations to Gee Winand! Gee is the winner of Dr. Smith’s four-part foot care system, which includes:

*Mineral Foot Soak
*Soy, Aloe, & Vitamin E Foot Cream
*Deodorizing Foot Wash
*Tea Tree Oil Anti-Fungal Treatment

 Sweet FeetSpecial thanks to Dr. Maasi J. Smith, founder and director of Rittenhouse Foot and Ankle Associates, for graciously sponoring this contest.

To learn more about Dr. Smith’s services, book an appointment, or purchase his foot care products online – click here.

Thanks to everyone who entered. Check back for another giveaway real soon…

Milestone For MAC

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image thumb Milestone For MACOn November 15th, Eve and Dita Von Teese were on hand at the MAC store in NYC to mark a momentous milestone for the MAC Aids Fund – $100 million raised to help fight HIV and AIDS around the world! The money represents the sale, over the past 13 years, of more than 7.1 million VIVA GLAM lip products – of which 100% of the sale price has gone to the work of the Fund.

Helping to drive fundraising for the MAC AIDS Fund have been a host of celebrity spokespeople; each connected with a specific shade of VIVA GLAM Lipstick, these 16 spokespeople have made public appearances and appeared in advertisements to raise money and awareness for the fight against HIV and AIDS. The inaugural VIVA GLAM spokesperson was performer, RuPaul. Since then, others have joined the ranks, including Mary J. Blige, Sir Elton John, Missy Elliott, Boy George, Linda Evangelista, Chloë Sevigny, Christina Aguilera, Pamela Anderson, and Debbie Harry. Currently the faces of the MAC AIDS Fund are R&B artist, Eve and burlesque star, Dita Von Teese.

“The celebrities who have joined us over the years embody the spirit of MAC and the MAC AIDS Fund – Every Race, Every Sex, Every Age,” said MAC AIDS Fund Chairman and MAC President, John Demsey. “By bringing these new faces to VIVA GLAM, we have been able to keep not only the brand but the cause fresh for consumers, helping to drive the MAC AIDS Fund to new levels.”

Congrats, MAC!

Last Day To Enter Dr. Smith’s Giveaway!

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dr smith2 Last Day To Enter Dr. Smiths Giveaway!
Today is the last day to enter Dr. Smith’s Foot Care Giveaway! One winner will recieve Dr. Smith’s four-part foot care system, which includes:

*Mineral Foot Soak
*Soy, Aloe, & Vitamin E Foot Cream
*Deodorizing Foot Wash
*Tea Tree Oil Anti-Fungal Treatment

Click here for more information, and to enter the contest. Good luck!

Philadelphia Phocus: Ursula Augustine

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ursula1 Philadelphia Phocus: Ursula AugustineWhen I visited Ursula Augustine in her Rittenhouse studio, I patiently waited while she finished the makeup of a customer. As she was leaving, the woman warmly hugged Ursula and said, “See you on Saturday” before walking out of the door. Being that it was Thursday, I asked, “Is she a regular?” Ursula explained that the woman isn’t just a regular; she does her makeup 20 days out of every month. The moral of this story? Ursula Augustine has skills, and she takes care of her customers.

Ursula is a board-certified cosmetologist with an impressive career that spans over two decades. Earlier this year, she opened Philadelphia’s only makeup studio, About pHace – and since then, has been very busy, thanks to features in The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Magazine (she was voted Best of Philly 2007, Makeup Application). Ursula’s creative talent is no news to me, as we have been acquainted for years. So for my first Philadelphia Phocus, I decided to pay her a visit and find out how the new business is doing.

The first thing I noticed while touring Ursula’s studio was the organic tea bar; depending on the day, Ursula’s customers can choose blends such as Blueberry Echinacea or Exotic Chai. And while they sip tea, customers can leaf through some of the books in her library. Ursula prefers non-fiction, particularly biographies – from Marlon Brando to Chuck D, and everyone in between. Ursula’s space, is a calm retreat in the midst of bustling downtown Philadelphia; with its waterfall wall sconces and meditation area, it’s easy to understand why Ursula’s customers come back again and again. But, naturally, talent is her ace in the hole.

ursula2 Philadelphia Phocus: Ursula AugustineIn addition to her makeup artistry, Ursula recently unveiled her own line of cosmetics and skin care products that blend natural products with beautiful packaging. Her makeup line is mineral based, but this is no Bare Minerals knockoff. The foundation is liquid powder – so it’s minerals without the mess. The foundations and powders come in a variety of shades to compliment every skin tone.

Ursula’s eye shadows and blushes are gorgeous, yet very wearable – and her lipsticks are available in three finishes: matte, lip shine, and micro-bubble (which release oxygen to the lips throughout the day, keeping them hydrated). The item that blew me away, however, was the Retexturizing Face Primer – which, literally, melts into skin and leaves an invisible layer of silk on the face. Amazing is the only word to describe it.

Ursula’s own line of skin care is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and natural preservatives. When asked to name her favorite product, she couldn’t decide. “It’s like picking your favorite child,” she complained. Finally, she narrowed it down to two – her Oolong Tea and Carrot Oil Eye Cream (which smells like she poured it straight out of the teapot into the jar) and the Pumpkin Apricot Walnut Facial Scrub that she kindly gave to me as a gift. The scrub, which Ursula created years ago with her Cuisinart, is unlike any I have ever tried. It uses ground walnuts (not walnut shells) because they are gentler on skin. And the product can be used without water – just apply and tissue off, which means that you can pamper your skin anywhere, anytime.

It gets better…Ursula offers “pHace Lift Parties” – so you and a group of your friends can enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres while taking a “Smoky Eye Class” or learning how to get that “J.Lo Glow”. She divulged that she’ll soon be adding karaoke to the menu!

Ursula’s About pHace Rittenhouse Makeup Studio is located at 1700 Sansom Street, Suite 201. For more information and to contact Ursula, visit her website.

Spoiled Pretty Tip: If you visit Ursula’s studio, ask her about the TGBIW brush. The acronym stands for “The Greatest Brush In the World”, which was shortened to fit on the brush’s handle. Created with a blend of sable, mink, and inner-thigh goat hair, the brush’s name doesn’t exaggerate.

Photos courtesy of The Philadelphia Inquirer.