Get Even

evenbetter Get Even
One of my biggest skin concerns is hyper-pigmentation. While most people pray for their acne to dry up, I dread it – thanks to the dark marks my pimples inevitably leave in their wake. A blemish that spends a few days on my face can leave a spot that lasts for years.

For what seems like forever, I have been waging war against hyper-pigmentation. My bathroom cabinet is a graveyard of scrubs and creams that wooed me with promises of a clearer complexion. Unfortunately, most of them don’t work…and the ones that do can lighten skin to such an extent that they can lead to hypo-pigmentation – which is especially bad for brown gal like me.

A month ago, I was sick of looking into the mirror and seeing my dark marks staring back at me. So I decided to get even – and I’m so glad that I gave it another try.

has made a marked improvement (pun intended) in the appearance of my skin. Developed specifically to address all skin tones, this lightweight serum gently erases discolorations – and results can be seen in 4 to 6 weeks.

How does it work? Clinique’s Executive Director of Research and Development, Dr. Tom Mammone, says, “Even Better breaks down the appearance of dark clusters caused by hyper-pigmentation into less visible dust. Then exfoliating ingredients whisk away these clusters.”

In addition to acne scarring, Even Better also treats sun damage and age spots – and it prevents the appearance of new dark marks. So use it on your face, neck, chest, hands, or anywhere you’re looking spotty.

Even Better Skin Tone Corrector is available at Clinique counters and at clinique.com.

All Night Long: Prescriptives Is Good In Bed

goodinbed All Night Long: Prescriptives Is Good In Bed
My new beloved beauty buy is Prescriptives Good In Bed Skin Restoring Night Moisturizer. All night long, this ingenious treatment nourishes and hydrates skin while subtle tanners work to enhance your natural color – so you wake up with a “morning after” glow!

I’ve been diligently applying this cream every night before I hit the sheets – and it does everything it promises. Plus, the soothing scent helps lull me to sleep.

Bottom line: Good In Bed is a dream come true.

20% Off At The Cosmetic Market

thecosmeticmarket 20% Off At The Cosmetic Market
The Cosmetic Market is a one-stop site to purchase all of your beauty and cosmetic needs. With just a click of the button, you can purchase prestige products from Bond No. 9, Cargo, Tarte, T3, GoSmile, DuWop, Philosophy, Jack Black, Therapy Systems, Revitalash, and more.

“I want to give customers a fresh experience in shopping. For those who don’t have the time or desire to frequent service-oriented counters at department stores or browse through different websites to find the exact items they want, they can instead browse online at home on one site for all their beauty product needs” says owner and beauty entrepreneur Linda Roberts.

To celebrate the website’s re-launch, The Cosmetic Market is offering Spoiled Pretty readers 20% off any online purchase during April 2008. Just enter the promo code SPOILED at checkout.

Happy shopping!

Don’t Be An April Fool

april issue mainimage Dont Be An April Fool
Some beauty myths have been disseminated for so long, and have been so widely endorsed, that it’s difficult to separate fact from fiction. And while most myths are harmless, buying into some of these misconceptions can actually lead to unhealthy habits.

Don’t be an April Fool. This month’s issue of The Beauty Ideal (Magazine of The Beauty Blog Network) unravels the mysteries behind the most pervasive beauty myths, and yours truly served as the Beauty Editor.

Ladies, we’re taking you to beauty school. Click here to learn the real deal, courtesy of The Beauty Ideal.

Philly’s Got A Brand New Bag – Plus A LILL Giveaway!

phillylill Philly’s Got A Brand New Bag – Plus A LILL Giveaway!
Last week, I had the pleasure of touring 1154 LILL Studio‘s newest boutique. The 1154 LILL “design your own handbag” concept was born at a Windy City street fair in 1999 – and since its inception, 1154 LILL Studio has opened stores in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City. I’m so excited that they’ve found a home in my hometown, Philadelphia.

paula floralpink Philly’s Got A Brand New Bag – Plus A LILL Giveaway!The Philadelphia boutique boasts 1000 square feet, with wooden design tables throughout the space where customers can create the bag/accessory of their choice by mixing and matching some of the 150 available fabrics. The styles offered range from small cosmetic bags and headbands to large handbags and oversized totes, and cost between $26 and $200.

After touring the premises and hearing the company back story, I was elated to learn that 1154 LILL Studio was allowing me to create my own custom bag! For almost an hour, I played with fabrics, colors, and textures to make a fab bag for Spring. Here’s how the 1154 LILL Studio custom handbag concept works:

1) First pick your style of bag from over 25 current shapes and silhouettes in the line.

2) Mix and match colors, patterns and textures to select the right choice for each part of your bag: exterior, interior, pockets, straps, etc. 1154 LILL Studio introduces new fabrics every few weeks and have between 150 – 300 designer textiles available at any given time.

3) After placing your order, you simply have to wait 3 to 4 weeks for the 1154 LILL Studio team to hand craft it to your exact specifications. Your order will be shipped to you, or you can pick it up in one of the boutique locations.

Even though my bag is currently in the hands of the Chicago-based production team, here’s a sneak peek at my Spoiled Pretty satchel…

ANDI Philly’s Got A Brand New Bag – Plus A LILL Giveaway!
Adorable, right? Even if you don’t reside anywhere near one of their boutiques, a one-of-a-kind 1154 LILL Studio creation is at your fingertips – thanks to their online store. 1154lill.com is open 24/7 – and the customization tool lets you see your bag as you design it.

GiftCert Philly’s Got A Brand New Bag – Plus A LILL Giveaway!Wait…it gets better. 1154 LILL Studio has graciously donated a $100 gift certificate, so that one lucky Spoiled Pretty reader can design her very own creation!

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com – be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “LILL Giveaway.” The contest ends at 9pm EST on Sunday, April 6th. A winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, April 7th, I’ll announce the winner’s name. 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!!!

Check out this video of 1154 LILL Studio, behind the seams.

These Eco-Friendly Brushes Are Wallet Friendly Too!

ecotools These Eco Friendly Brushes Are Wallet Friendly Too!
You know I tell it like it is. I’ll let you know when it’s worthwhile to blow your dough. But I’ll also tell you when I find an amazing bargain buy – like ecoTOOLS cosmetic brushes.

These brushes feature bamboo handles (bamboo has a low impact on the earth’s resources), synthetic bristles, and metallic ferrule made from recycled aluminum cans. The cosmetic brushes are housed in reusable/biodegradable pouches, printed with plant-based ink, and each item has a “green” tip on the back of the package…so everyone who purchases a piece of the collection discovers another small step that can create a greener lifestyle. Plus 1% of all annual sales provides financial support to environmental initiatives.

The standouts of the collection are the larger brushes. I’ve been using the Powder Brush almost every day since I got it. It’s unbelievably soft, applies my powder like a dream, and it’s only $7.99!

Individual ecoTOOLs brushes cost between $2.99 and $7.99. But for just $10.99, you can own the 5 Piece Brush Set – housed in a 100% linen and hemp cosmetic case.

ecoTOOLs products (they also offer bath and body items) are available at Walgreens, Kmart, and Ulta.

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