Bare Traps Trystine Boot: Stylish Answer to the Wide Calf Conundrum

If you have wide calves like me, you know how physically and emotionally exhausting it can be to shop for tall boots. The funny thing is that my calves aren’t even that fat. It’s as if shoe designers are making boots for anorexic appendages…or trying to embarrass all of us thick-legged sistas so that we struggle, in vain, zipping up a cute boot while all these other heffas simply just slip them on.

bare+traps+trystine+boot Bare Traps Trystine Boot: Stylish Answer to the Wide Calf Conundrum

Anyway, I lucked out a few weeks ago when I purchased these super cute boots at DSW.com. I first spied the Trystine Wide Calf Boots by Bare Traps at my local DSW store, but they didn’t have my size in stock. So when I returned home, I logged onto dsw.com and ordered a pair.

The store’s limited size offerings actually worked out in my favor because I used three coupon codes (920 for 10% off, SHIPR for free standard shipping, and 919 for 500 bonus points added to my DSW Rewards account). So the $59.99 boots ended up only costing me $53.96 – and I’m closer to my next rewards certificate.

The Trystine boot, while synthetic, look like the real thing. The heel is high enough to elongate and visually slim the leg, yet low enough that they’re comfortable all day long. The boot shaft circumference is roomy enough that I can wear them over leggings and skinny jeans. I can also pair them with skirts and dresses.

And for those of you lucky enough to have average sized calves, the Trystine Boot comes in a regular width too.

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Color Coordination

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Celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic is answering your burning beauty questions!!! Every Monday, he will answer a beauty/skin care question as part of a weekly column on Spoiled Pretty, Makeup Mondays with Mario.

Hi Mario,

As a beauty junkie, I just want to say how awesome it is to get to write and ask you a question. And if you’re reading this question, that’s even more awesome. You are so talented and I really admire your abilities. Anyway, moving on – here’s my question. Do your eye shadow, blush and lipstick/gloss have to be in the same color family? I’m always so confused about the rules. Like, if I wear warm tones on my eyes, do my cheeks and lips also have to be warm toned too? And if not and it’s okay to mix them up, do you have any tips for how to coordinate them all? Thanks so much, Mario!

Love, Leslie

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Leslie,

Thank you! This is a great question so I want all the ladies to pay attention, please. icon wink Makeup Mondays With Mario: Color Coordination To help rid yourself of confusion, get rid of “the rules.” There are no rules or laws when it comes to makeup, but there are a lot of options.

Eye, cheek and lip colors do not have to be in the same color family. For those of you who don’t know, warm tones are shades like brown, bronze, yellow and peach. Purple, pink and blue are all cool tones. I think mixing cool with warm tones can have a beautiful result. Let’s say your skin is warm with a yellow undertone and you do your eye makeup with purple shadows which are cool tones, it doesn’t mean that your cheeks and lips have to be cool. I think a warmer cheek like peach and bronze and a nude lip in this situation paired with the cool eye is aesthetically more flattering.

A client of mine once referred to me as the “mix master of makeup,” LOL. I mix everything on the back of my hand to see the result. One of the best parts of doing what I do is being able to “wipe it if I don’t like it.”

Thanks for visiting Makeup Mondays with Mario!

xo,
Mario

Got a question for Mario? Email your makeup and skin care queries to spoiledprettyquestions@gmail.com, and check back next Monday to read Mario’s expert advice!

Fresh Brown Sugar Lip Polish

Are you a fan of Fresh’s Lip Treatment SPF 15 and Brown Sugar Body Polish? If you are, well, I’ve got some sweet news for you. Imagine a hybrid of these two cult favorites…

fresh+brown+sugar+lip+polish Fresh Brown Sugar Lip Polish

Fresh Brown Sugar Lip Polish leaves lips incredibly soft and smooth. The unique formula is enriched with real brown sugar crystals to gently buff away dry flakes. And it nourishes the lips with the oils of meadowfoam seed, jojoba seed, and grapeseed while shea butterprovides long-lasting moisture. Just apply Sugar Lip Polish and gently massage away dull skin. Leave on for 5 minutes and rinse with warm water. Recommended use is two to three times a week for irresistibly kissable lips.

Right now, Fresh Brown Sugar Lip Polish is only available to Sephora Beauty Insiders. So click here to sign up (it’s free!) and be one of the first to snag this exclusive.

MAC Earthly Harmony Nail Lacquer

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Two weekends ago, Mr. Spoiled Pretty sweetly offered to watch Westley for the day so that I could rejoin the living and get my shop on. So I drove to the King of Prussia Mall and proceeded to give my Visa a workout.

While perusing the MAC counter at Nordstrom, a new nail polish caught my eye. Earthly Harmony, one of six new shades created by renowned nail guru Jin Soon, immediately reminded me of OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques (one of my all time favorites) – a slightly lighter version with frosty sparkle, anyway. It took me about three seconds to decide I couldn’t leave without a bottle on my person. Sadly, it was not meant to be. The saleswoman apologetically explained that they had sold out of the shade and wasn’t sure that they’d get any more in stock.

mac nail trend fw 2010 collection+jin+soon MAC Earthly Harmony Nail LacquerWhile forced to leave the store empty handed, I decided that I wouldn’t leave with nekkid nails. So I brazenly took the tester bottle and gave myself a quick mani right there at the counter. How tacky is that? I know, I know…I’m a mess. Ain’t no shame in my game.

Undeterred, I left Nordstrom and headed to MAC’s freestanding store in another section of the mall. Once again, in the words of Cher Horowitz, I was brutally rebuffed. Another MAC artist informed me of the shade’s popularity and explained that it had sold out almost immediately. So when I returned home, I juiced up my laptop and ordered myself a bottle online. Thank God for e-commerce.

Earthly Harmony and the rest of the MAC Nail Trend F/W ’10 collection is available, for a limited time, at maccosmetics.com and nordstrom.com. Heed my advice and nail this shade down before it’s going, going, gone.

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Pretty Palettes

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Celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic is answering your burning beauty questions!!! Every Monday, he will answer a beauty/skin care question as part of a weekly column on Spoiled Pretty, Makeup Mondays with Mario.

Mario,

I’m going to start by saying that you are a genius! I have learned so much through reading your blog and your Makeup Mondays with Mario column. What are your thoughts on makeup palettes? I have so many little eye shadow and blush containers that I never use because it’s not convenient to open up every little jar one by one. Do you like palettes and if so, any recommendations for everyday colors? Thank you so much and keep inspiring!

Thanks, Debbie

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Debbie,

Thanks for visiting MMwM, Debbie! I totally agree with you when it comes to the single eye shadow and blush containers. I have hundreds of them in my drawers and in my kit. That being said, I do like makeup palettes and I often use them on set. The trick is finding the right palette that works nicely for you. Check out The Balmbini Palette by TheBalm. I love the combination of shades for everyday makeup and one of my fave blush colors (Hot Mama) comes in the palette! Hot Mama blush is very similar to NARS’ Orgasm blush and it works beautifully on darker complexions. For bronzy, warm tones, Lorac’s Croc Palette is perfect. You won’t get lip product in this palette but you’ll have four great eye shadows and a basic natural colored rosy blush. These are only two of many makeup palettes out there to check out. Have fun!

Thanks for visiting Makeup Mondays with Mario!

xo,
Mario

Got a question for Mario? Email your makeup and skin care queries to spoiledprettyquestions@gmail.com, and check back next Monday to read Mario’s expert advice!

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Nose Job

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Celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic is answering your burning beauty questions!!! Every Monday, he will answer a beauty/skin care question as part of a weekly column on Spoiled Pretty, Makeup Mondays with Mario.

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Hello Mario!

I have a roman nose with the classic bump on the bridge. I’ve been searching on how to minimize this problem, but can only find tips on how to minimize a wide or long nose. I understand that dark recedes and light makes things more pronounced. I got so frustrated with my lack of contouring skills that I decided to cancel out my whole nose and just shade the whole thing. Boy was that a mistake – haha. For some reason my nose was even more pronounced! Can you offer a some kind of makeup suggestion for this beak of mine? Thank you so much, and I love your work!

xoxo,
Susan


Hi Susan,

I’m no stranger to the beak, especially being of Albanian decent! My mother and father both actually have “the roman nose,” as do so many men and women in eastern Europe. Unfortunately, makeup will not make such a big difference in decreasing the bump on the bridge. You will see best results in a photo once contoured properly rather than in person. Here’s how to give your self a mini nose job…

You were right about dark shades receding and lighter shades emphasizing and bringing things out. Keep that in mind and with a small shadow brush, apply your lighter shade below and above the bump in the center. Make sure the bump is matte and with the darker, matte shade, very lightly sweep over it. There should be no harsh lines visible. Again, using the darker shade, you’re now going to apply it to the tip of the nose that hangs downward so when you’re looking straight at yourself in the mirror it should appear as if your nose ends where the dark shadow on the tip begins. Contouring takes a lot of practice so I advise that you try this out many times before you go out. Good luck!

Thanks for visiting Makeup Mondays with Mario!

xo,
Mario

Got a question for Mario? Email your makeup and skin care queries to spoiledprettyquestions@gmail.com, and check back next Monday to read Mario’s expert advice!

Beauty Week at HauteLook!!!

In celebration of Beauty Week, HauteLook has rounded up a collection of your favorite brands – and some alluring newcomers – all in one place. Stila and LORAC are back by popular demand with must-have color sets, lip gloss collections, and sparkly blushes and bronzers to complete your fall look. Treat your tresses to Alterna’s luxe haircare and get glowing skin with DDF’s bestsellers. A radiant smile is just a few steps away with GO SMiLE’s easy-to-use whitening system, and lush lashes are here to stay with RapidLash’s lengthening serum.

The HauteLook Beauty Week lineup includes:

Monday, September 20*

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Stila Cosmetics
Somme Institute
Alterna
InStyler
NuFace

Tuesday, September 21*

ddf Beauty Week at HauteLook!!!

DDF
Lorac
Go SMILE
Sprayology

Wednesday, September 22*

nyx+cosmetics Beauty Week at HauteLook!!!

NYX
LightStim
RapidLash
D’ Arcy Skincare

*Sales start daily at 8:00 am PT. Don’t be late!

MAC Venomous Villains

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‘Member back in May when I scooped y’all about MAC Cosmetics’ clever collabo with Disney? Well, Venomous Villains is almost here and Spoiled Pretty has a sneak peek at the collection.

MAC+Venomous+Villains MAC Venomous VillainsA potion to poison, an apple to bite, a spell to cast…bad never looked so good. A crystal ball of color created from your favorite Disney Venomous Villains, inspired by the three most infamously frosty, fabulous and formidable of Disney’s Dark Ladies…and one dastardly Dr. Facilier. Don’t you love it? A MAC and Disney collaboration to celebrate the dark side in every one of us, in a glamorous sort of way. Who’s the fairest one of all? Four separate mini-collections, in haute animated couture. The incomparable Cruella de Vil and Snow White’s Evil Queen, each featured on one ultra primary displayer Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent and The Princess and the Frog’s Dr. Facilier are both up to no good on their own. Uniquely designed iconic packaging you will kill for, cunning characters and bedeviled beauties that are so alluring, you can’t help but wonder: what would it be like to be one?

CRUELLA DE VIL


Eye Shadow, $15.50

VenomousVillains Cruella EyeShadow SweetJoy 300 MAC Venomous VillainsVenomousVillains Cruella EyeShadow De Vil 300 MAC Venomous VillainsVenomousVillains Cruella EyeShadow Carbon 300 MAC Venomous Villains

Sweet Joy: Frosted creamy pale gold (Frost)
De-Vil: Rich copper (Veluxe pearl)
Carbon: Intense black (Matte)

Lipstick, $15.50

VenomousVillains Cruella Lipstick InnocenceBeware 300 MAC Venomous VillainsVenomousVillains Cruella Lipstick Heartless 300 MAC Venomous Villains

Innocence, Beware!: Light yellow pink (Cremesheen)
Heartless: Cherry red (Amplified)

Lipglass, $15.50

VenomousVillains Cruella Lipstglass WickedWays 300 MAC Venomous VillainsVenomousVillains Cruella Lipstglass DevilishlyStylish 300 MAC Venomous Villains

Wicked Ways: Light nude with gold pearl
Devilishly Stylish: Deep fuchsia with pink pearl

Powder Blush, $19.50

VenomousVillains Cruella PowderBrush DarklyMyDear 300 MAC Venomous Villains

Darkly My Dear: Dirty brown plum (Matte)

Beauty Powder, $25

VenomousVillains Cruella BeautyPowder HerOwnDevices 300 MAC Venomous Villains

Her Own Devices: Cool nude

Penultimate Eye Liner, $16.50

VenomousVillains Cruella PenultimateEyeLiner Rapidblack 300 MAC Venomous Villains

Rapidblack: True black

EVIL QUEEN

Eye Shadow, $15.50

VenomousVillians EvilQueen EyeShadow HerAlterImage 300 MAC Venomous VillainsVenomousVillians EvilQueen EyeShadow Vainglorious 300 MAC Venomous VillainsVenomousVillians EvilQueen EyeShadow VileViolet 300 MAC Venomous Villains

Her Alter Image: Light violet (Veluxe pearl)
Vainglorious: Bronze burgundy (Frost)
Vile Violet: Deep dirty blue purple (Matte)

Lipstick, $15.50

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Toxic Tale: Bright coral (Satin)
Sinister: Soft brown plum (Lustre)

Lipglass, $15.50

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Strange Potion: Soft coral pink
Hot House: Deep raspberry with pink pearl

Powder Blush, $19.50

VenomousVillians EvilQueen PowderBrush BiteOfAnApple 300 MAC Venomous Villains

Bite of an Apple: Soft coral pink (Matte)

Beauty Powder, $25

VenomousVillians EvilQueen BeautyPowder2 OhSoFair 300 MAC Venomous Villains

Oh So Fair: Clean pink with gold pearl

Penultimate Brow Marker, $16.50

VenomousVillians EvilQueen PenultimateBrowMarker 300 MAC Venomous Villains

MALEFICENT

Mineralize Eye Shadow (DUO), $21

VenomousVillains Maleficent EMineralizeEyeShadowDuo MyDarkMa MAC Venomous VillainsVenomousVillains Maleficent EMineralizeEyeShadowDUO SheWhoDa MAC Venomous Villains

My Dark Magic: Deep pink with pink pearl/Deep plum with purple pearl
She Who Dares: Deep navy with blue pearl/Deep forest green with lime green pearl

Lipstick, $15.50

VenomousVillains Maleficent Lipstick Violetta 300 MAC Venomous VillainsVenomousVillains Maleficent Lipstick DarkDeed 300 MAC Venomous Villains

Violetta: Bright clean violet purple (Amplified)
Dark Deed: Burgundy plum (Amplified)

Lipglass, $15.50

VenomousVillains Maleficent Lipglass RevengeIsSweet 300 MAC Venomous VillainsVenomousVillains Maleficent Lipglass WrongSpell 300 MAC Venomous Villains

Revenge Is Sweet: Light yellow purple
Wrong Spell: Deep plum with pink purple

Beauty Powder, $25

VenomousVillains Maleficent BeautyPowder BriarRose 300 MAC Venomous Villains

Briar Rose: Soft violet pink with pearl

Nail Lacquer, $13

VenomousVillains Maleficent NailLacquer BadFairy 300 MAC Venomous VillainsVenomousVillains Maleficent NailLacquer Formidable 300 MAC Venomous VillainsVenomousVillains Maleficent NailLacquer Mean%26Green 300 MAC Venomous Villains

Bad Fairy: Red with red multi-changing pearl
Formidable!: Teal green with pink multi-changing pearl
Mean & Green: Purple with teal multi-changing pearl

DR. FACILIER

M·A·C Magically Cool Liquid Powder, $29.50

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Truth & Light: Sheer shimmer that reflects silver and pink
Cajun: Sheer bronze shimmer that reflects gold

Lipgelée, $15.50

VenomousVillains Dr.Facilier Lipgel%C3%A9e ResortLife 300 MAC Venomous Villains

Resort Life: Off white with pink pearl

Greasepaint Stick, $17.50

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Slick Black: True carbon black
French Quarter: Dirty black green with multi-colour pearl

Pigment, $19.50

VenomousVillains Dr.Facilier Pigment Melon 300 MAC Venomous VillainsVenomousVillains Dr.Facilier Pigment Brash%26Bold 300 MAC Venomous VillainsVenomousVillains Dr.Facilier PushTheEdge 300 MAC Venomous Villains

Melon: Soft bright golden peach (Frost)
Brash & Bold: Bright magenta (Frost)
Push the Edge: Deep bright purple with pearl (Frost)

Zoom Fast Black Lash: Deepest black, $14

VenomousVillains Dr.Facilier ZoomFastBlackLash 300 MAC Venomous Villains

MAC I’m So Vain Mirror, $12

VenomousVillains Dr.Facilier MacImSoVainMirror 300 MAC Venomous Villains

Compact inspired by collaboration; interior contains standard mirror on one side and magnifying mirror on alternate side.

MAC Venomous Villains will be on counter starting September 30 through October 2010.

Les Khakis De Chanel Nail Polish

chanel+nouvelle+vague+nail+polish Les Khakis De Chanel Nail PolishThis summer, I was a little late jumping on the Chanel Nouvelle Vague nail polish bandwagon. By the time I discovered the rockin’ robin’s egg blue lacquer at a local salon, I could only get a manicure. Buying a bottle there – or anywhere else – was out of the question, as the shade was sold out everywhere. Well, except for eBay, where a single bottle had a price tag of $75.

After missing out on Nouvelle Vague, I swore I would never again be tardy to a Chanel LE VERNIS party. And I don’t want you to be singing the shoulda woulda coulda’s either. Which is why I beseech you to buy Les Khakis De Chanel, a collection of three nail polishes developed in celebration of Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out.

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Three limited-editions hues (Khaki Rose, a dusky pink-beige; Khaki Vert, a mossy foam green; and Khaki Brun, a pale stony taupe) are must-haves for any beauty lover’s polish collection…especially if you’re like me and appreciate an edgy, neutral nail. The shades can be worn alone, but I’ve been told they can be particularly edgy when all three are painted in an alternating, camouflage-y pattern.

 Les Khakis De Chanel Nail Polish

 Les Khakis De Chanel Nail Polish

 Les Khakis De Chanel Nail Polish

Considering I’ve got my hands full with a 3 week old baby, I’m gonna stick to a minimal mani and leave the artistry to you nail philes out there.

Les Khakis De Chanel are now available at Chanel boutiques, Chanel.com and select department stores.

Spoiled Pretty Baby!!!!

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On August 16, I gave birth to Westley Faville Baird. He weighed in at 7 lbs 3 oz and measured 19.75 inches. I am so in love with my son, I don’t know what to do with myself. Couldn’t wait to share some of his first pics – so without further ado…

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