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

Shopbop Sale: Take Extra 25% Off


  Take an extra 25% off select sale items at Shopbop.com until Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 11:59 PST. Enter code 25EXTRA at checkout. You're CONTINUE READING

StriVectin Tightening Face Serum Giveaway


Roll back the years with the NEW StriVectin “Roll Back the Years” Firming Collection - a trio of formulas that help to improve skin’s appearance. This three-piece set, which includes the StriVectin-TL Face Serum, the StriVectin-TL Body Cream and the new QVC exclusive StriVectin-TL Neck Serum Roller, helps skin appear firmer and softer on the face, body and neck. . The StriVectin CONTINUE READING

Bath & Body Works Cooling Gel Lotion Needs A New Name


A few weeks ago, I paid a visit to my local Bath & Body Works store. I was on the hunt for a tropical-smelling body wash that wouldn't break the bank, and B&BW seemed like a good place to search. When I entered the store, I was greeted my a really nice saleswoman who asked me what I was CONTINUE READING

Laura Mercier Master Class: Makeup Bag Must-Haves in Your 30s


Every month, my girlfriends from college and I get together for dinner in the Philadelphia area. We started this tradition about two years ago, and - of course - we have a great time catching up and reminiscing!  Most of them are product-obsessed (like me), and most have been through some sort of make-up introductory when we became "of age" to wear it.  Now CONTINUE READING

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2014: 20 Can't Miss Beauty Exclusives!


The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is in full swing. July 18th through August 3rd, shoppers nationwide will participate in what has been an annual ritual since the 1960’s. Vacation days are planned around it, lines form in anticipation of it – and it’s not only for the pre-season savings on fall fashion and accessories. During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, the Cosmetics department provides their devoted beauty customers the opportunity to scoop up unique limited-edition items from CONTINUE READING

Frappuccino Happy Hour at Starbucks!

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starbucks+happy+hour Frappuccino Happy Hour at Starbucks!

We now interrupt your regularly scheduled beauty programming to bring you this important, public service announcement…

From May 6 to May 15, visit Starbucks between 3-5 p.m. for a half-price Frappuccino of your choice.

Customize your drink to be just the way you want it. You can flavor it up with an old favorite like caramel, enjoy a new dynamic duo like our Mocha Coconut Frappuccino blended beverage or make any combination of flavor offerings. Mix up your milk with 2%, nonfat or soy. Coffee it up with an extra pump of coffee or a shot of espresso. And don’t forget to top it off with a little bit of fun in the form of whipped cream, drizzles or sprinkles.

For a daily Happy Hour text message reminder, text MIXIT to 44264 (In Canada text MIXIT to 98075).

CoverGirl LipPerfection Transformation Challenge

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COVERGIRL+Lip+Perfection CoverGirl LipPerfection Transformation Challenge

Back in February, I had an opportunity to test COVERGIRL’s newest lipstick, LipPerfection lipcolor. LipPerfection does double duty – while drenching your pout in rich, creamy color, it performs like a treatment. Silk therapy moisturizers hydrate and smooth dry lips. So, the more you wear it, the better your lips look and feel. COVERGIRL promises the product’s “Silk Moisturizing Complex” provides smooth gorgeous color and sustained levels of moisture to actually improve lip condition in just 7 days.

After testing it out for a few days, off and on, I was so impressed by the flattering shades, staying power and unique formula that I included it in a Beauty Breakthroughs article I penned for Philadelphia Magazine.  But, to be honest, I didn’t test it for seven days straight, so I really couldn’t verify the better-lips-in-a-week claim.

But a few weeks ago, I was contacted by COVERGIRL – and they asked me to do just that. So I agreed to take the “LipPerfection Transformation Challenge” and wear nothing but LipPerfection on my lips for a week. Over the next seven days, I’ll be chronicling my experience here, sharing my experience with the product. And this time, next week, I’ll let you know whether or not to believe the hydration hype.
So for the first day of the challenge, I decided to go for the something out of my comfort zone. When I wear makeup, nine times out of ten, I wear lipgloss – and a nude/neutral one, at that. COVERGIRL sent me all 44 shades of LipPerfection, so I had a plethora of pretty shades to choose from.

covergirl+lipperfection+lipcolor+in+siren+and+tempt+3 CoverGirl LipPerfection Transformation Challenge
Siren (left), Tempt (right)

I opted for a richly pigmented, bright pink called Siren. It applied very smoothly and felt comfortable on my lips. But after seeing my reflection in the mirror, I felt that it was a little light for my complexion. I was running late for work and didn’t feel like taking it off and starting over – so I grabbed a wine shade, called Tempt, and layered it on top. The result was a gorgeous fuchsia that garnered a handful of compliments at work, and made me feel like a more polished version of myself.

covergirl+lipperfection+lipcolor+in+siren+and+tempt+2 CoverGirl LipPerfection Transformation Challenge

My lips didn’t feel or get dry, and I didn’t feel the urge to swipe on lip balm throughout the day, like I usually do. And it gets better: my lipstick looked freshly applied all day long (even after lunch!) and even when it faded in the late afternoon, it left behind a uniform, intentional looking stain.

So far, so good. I’ll be back in a few days for an update.

*COVERGIRL is compensating me for my time and participation in the LipPerfection Transformation Challenge; however, all opinions shared are my own.

BCBGeneration Charlie Envelope Clutch

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bcbgeneration+charlie+envelope+clutch BCBGeneration Charlie Envelope Clutch

Though I’m a total handbag junkie, I don’t usually get all verklempt over a clutch. It’s just that I’m a purse pack rat and carry around too much junk to fit in anything smaller than a roomy satchel. But the BCBGeneration Charlie Envelope Clutch has me considering downsizing.

bcbgeneration+charlie+envelope+clutch+2 BCBGeneration Charlie Envelope Clutch

It immediately caught my eye in the May 2011 issue of InStyle. With a price tag of $78, I thought “What a steal!” What’s even better is that I located it online at Zappos.com ON SALE for $54.60. And how pretty is the pale pink?

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Picture Perfect

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mmwmd Makeup Mondays With Mario: Picture Perfect

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 celebrity makeup artist who also does makeup for magazines and such, can you share some tips and favorite products that will help me look more beautiful in photographs? Thanks a lot!

Sincerely,
Livia

woman+taking+own+picture Makeup Mondays With Mario: Picture Perfect
Livia,

When doing makeup that will be photographed, it’s important that your skin has an overall even coverage to start with. Try to get a perfect foundation shade that will match your neck and body. Women tend to use a base that is lighter than their body. But when photographed, the face will look very washed out or too made up. Tinted moisturizer like the ones from Laura Mercier work great for photos because they have just enough coverage and pigment. 
Try to stay away from pressed powders as they will give off a very flat and harsh look on camera. Instead, set your face with loose, translucent powders. Highlighting the cheekbones is one of my favorite tricks for photographs because it gives you that young and healthy glow to your skin. My favorite highlighter is Eye M Glam, of course, because of its sheer, golden glow. It’s also important to warm up your skin with bronzer so you don’t appear to be just one shade. Try LORAC TANtalizer Baked Bronzer across your cheeks and framing your face. It’s a great shade and also looks very natural and warm in photos. 
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!

Winners of the TIGI Your Highness Giveaway

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TIGI+Your+Highness Winners of the TIGI Your Highness Giveaway
Congrats to the winners of the TIGI Your Highness Giveaway: @BreakfastatSaks @marsha511 & @KissesForUsAll. These lucky ladies are getting royally hooked up with the entire Your Highness Collection, which includes:
* Elevating Shampoo preps hair and gives it body
* Nourishing Conditioner delivers fullness and shine
* Thickening Gel Crème creates thick, luminescent locks 
* Root Boost Spray Mousse lifts hair and gives it texture
* Weightless Shine Spray guarantees an illuminating finish
* Firm Hold Hairspray keeps any look in place, while allowing movement 
 Thanks to all who entered! And many thanks to TIGI for sponsoring this contest.

Haircolor Question & Answer Session with Jason Backe

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jason+backe Haircolor Question & Answer Session with Jason Backe

Got haircolor questions? Well, don’t miss this opportunity to get expert advice!

On Monday, May 2, 2011, join L’Oréal Professionnel and its fans on Facebook for a Question & Answer session on INOA and haircolor with L’Oréal Professionnel Celebrity Colorist (and my mane man), Jason Backe.

He will be answering questions posted throughout the day on the Discussions Tab. Get inside the mind of a celebrity colorist and find out some secrets he has up his sleeve.

It’s sure to be a colorful conversation!

Wake Up And Smell Prada’s Infusion de Rose

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 Wake Up And Smell Prada’s Infusion de Rose

I’m a sucker for pretty packaging.

A fantasy scene of wood nymphs at play among giant rose petals entwines the Prada Infusion de Rose Eau de Parfum box, sourced from a Prada Spring/Summer 2008 collection print.

 Wake Up And Smell Prada’s Infusion de Rose

The perfume inside is equally delightful: “imagine fresh rose petals mingling with tea, roses, and honey, crushed in the hand with mint leaves.” It’s an unexpected and modern take on the typical rose fragrance.

While I don’t love it as much as my beloved Prada Infusion d’Iris (my signature scent), it’s a refreshing and feminine fragrance that is perfect for Spring (and a vast improvement from 2009’s Infusion de Fleur d’Oranger – which I felt veered into little old lady territory).

Prada Infusion de Rose ($105, 3.4 oz) is available at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.

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