Salon Rouge: Blown Away By My Blowout

When it comes to beauty, few things make me happier than a professional blowout. I always feel my prettiest after someone tugs on my tresses with a round brush and blasts them with hot air. Why? Well, because I can get away with wearing my glasses, no makeup, jeans and a t-shirt – and still look totally fabulous. That’s the beauty of a blowout.

 Salon Rouge: Blown Away By My Blowout
So when Salon Rouge invited me to get my hair did over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, you know I immediately RSVP’d with a resounding “YES!!!!”

While Salon Rouge isn’t exactly in my neighborhood (it’s located in Cherry Hill, NJ), I had such a wonderful experience that I would gladly cross state lines and pay the $3 bridge toll again for such sleek and chic hair.

First, hairstylist Heather shampooed me using Bumble and bumble Tonic Shampoo, which has Tea Tree Oil and Peppermint extracts to soothe my itchy/dry scalp, balance oil, stimulate circulation. I loved the tingle! Then she shampooed again with Bumble and bumble Alojoba Shampoo – a lightweight, moisture-rich smoothie that combines Aloe Vera Gel, Jojoba Seed Oil, Cucumber and Chamomile for soft, shiny hair. She followed up the shampoo with the Alojoba Conditioner, which also smoothes and softens.
 Salon Rouge: Blown Away By My Blowout

Once the conditioner was rinsed out, Heather sprayed Bumble and bumble Tonic Lotion at the roots and all over to detangle and prepare my hair for styling; this leave-in conditioner is a must-have for those with dry, coarse, porous or colored hair. While my hair was still damp, Heather squeezed a couple drops of Bumble and bumble Defrizz into her hands and distributed throughout my hands. She explained that Defrizz is the perfect prep product before a blowout because it protects against frizz, acts as a barrier to humidity and leaves hair silky and flyaway-free – but she warns not to get overzealous because a little goes a long way.

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Then Heather gave me a blowout that blew me away. It took almost no time at all, and she has a very gentle technique. My bangs were almost past my nose, so I asked her to shorten and thicken them up – and she trimmed them to perfection. Seriously, I can’t remember the last time I was so happy with my bangs. Finally, she sprayed my hair with Bb.Shine before flat ironing to protect and add a polished finish.

If you’re in the Greater Philadelphia/South Jersey area, I highly recommend you pay Salon Rouge a visit…and tell Heather that Spoiled Pretty says “hi.”

Salon Rouge
Cross County Plaza
2110 East Route 70
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
856.424.3611

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20% Off Stila, Plus Free Shipping!

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The Stila Team would like to say “Thank You For Being A Fan.” To show their appreciation and gratitude, they are offering you a special coupon good towards your next purchase at stilacosmetics.com.

You will receive 20% off PLUS free shipping with a purchase of $25 or more.

Use checkout code: LOYALFAN*

The discount will automatically be applied to your cart. The code is valid through June 14, 2010 (midnight, PST) - so hurry and use it today!

* This code cannot be used with other offers.

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Giveaway!!!

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Did you happen to catch my latest tv appearance? A few weeks ago, I taped a segment for the Philadelphia NBC affiliate and dished on my favorite drugstore beauty buys. If you haven’t seen the segment yet, I highly recommend you check it out because you’re missing out on some super fab product recommendations. For example, if you love Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Bricks but your wallet is saying, “Nuh-uh, honey” – you (and your beauty budget) are in luck.

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Blush & Highlighter features five coordinated waves of luminous color that can be applied as eye shadow, blush or highlighter. Darker shades can be used to contour and accentuate cheeks. Lighter shades can be used for an instant highlighting and brightening effect. Or sweep a brush across all shades for the ultimate blushing glow!

For the price of one Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, you can get three Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips. But I’m going to do you one better. This week, three lucky Spoiled Pretty readers will win Shimmer Strips Custom Blush & Highlighter in all four shades (Healthy Glow, Natural Glow, Rosy Glow, Sunkissed Glow). Each prize is worth $48!

Enter to win by leaving a message in the comments section. Make sure to leave your email or another way for me to get in touch, just in case you get lucky.

Contest is open to U.S. residents. The giveaway ends at noon (EST) on Tuesday, June 15, 2010. Good luck!

The Weather Channel: Beauty Forecast

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Do you read Us Weekly? You know I do, seeing how celebrity obsessed I am. Anyway, they have this feature where, every week, a new celeb confesses 25 things you don’t know about them. It’s very interesting. I mean, I would never have guessed that Ludacris owns an RV and drives it himself. Or that Kristin Davis gets her best sleep on airplanes and loves Chick-fil-A. Hilary Duff says that she loves putting makeup on other people and if she weren’t an actress, she’d be a makeup artist.

Anyway, if I were to participate in one of these exercises, here’s one of the factoids you’d see on my list: I’m addicted to The Weather Channel. Every morning when I wake up, I turn to Channel 101 (Weatherscan Local from The Weather Channel). It gives me my local weather, along with a weekly forecast and some other helpful information…so I don’t have to sit through all of the national weather news anymore, waiting to hear what’s happening in my hood.

Now, I’m no weatherwoman wannabe. Watching the forecast helps me decide what outfit to wear, if I’ll need an umbrella and what hairstyle I should sport that particular day (rain, wind and humidity always dictate a ponytail). Plus I secretly dig the smooth jazz music they play on a loop. I’ve memorized all of the songs, and Mr. Spoiled Pretty often catches me rocking out and humming along to The Weather Channel tunes while I’m getting ready in the AM.

 The Weather Channel: Beauty Forecast
And just when I thought TWC couldn’t make weather any cooler, they add an awesome new feature to weather.com. Type your zip code into the Beauty Forecast to set your location and it provides Frizz Alerts, Skin Alerts, and a checklist of the items you’ll need to look and feel your best. You can also sign up to get the Beauty Forecast sent to your cell phone. The only thing that could make this better is if the text message was accompanied by my favorite smooth grooves.

Sex And The City 2 Remington Giveaway Winners

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A few weeks ago, Spoiled Pretty partnered with Remington on a giveaway – to celebrate the Sex And The City 2 premiere. Remington has the perfect hair tools to mimic the fab foursome’s couture coifs at home…and here are the winners:
Zahra has won the Remington Colossal Curl Setters to create jumbo and extra-jumbo sized spirals to score Carrie’s fierce curls.

Salma will receive the Remington Frizz Therapy Iron to achieve Miranda’s perfectly polished bob.

Havilland will flip out when she receives the Remington Wet 2 Straight with curved plates. Iron hair while damp and wrap each section around the rounded edges to create flipped out ends and some body waves.

And the Remington 3-in-1 Styler with the beach wave attachment will help Rachel (aka Little Miss Loveless) to achieve pristine, Park Avenue waves!

Many thanks to Remington for sponsoring this giveaway. And Spoiled Pretty readers – check back soon for your next chance to win!

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Mascara Application

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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.

Hey Mario,

My beauty question is about mascara. What is the best way to apply it? I’ve heard so many different tips. Some people have told me to apply mascara to the tops of lashes, while others have said to apply to the underside. I’ve heard about wiggling the wand at the base of lashes and rotating the wand as you apply. Some people hold the wand vertically and others hold it horizontally. And are you supposed to let mascara dry in between coats? Mario, you are a makeup genius so I really trust your opinion. Please set the record straight so I can make the most of my mascara.

Thanks!
Heidi

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Thank you, Heidi!


The first thing you should do is curl your lashes and wipe the mascara wand with a tissue before applying mascara to the eye lashes. This gets any clumps off of the brush and makes for a more even application. I recommend applying the wand starting at the base of the lashes and going up. You can “wiggle it just alittle bit.” Too much of that will tangle the hairs. You want to have the majority of the mascara towards the base because the lashes will fall or droop if a lot of product weighs them down on the tips. Don’t wait until they dry to apply your second coat – perfect and seperate them before they dry.

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!

Ideeli Gets A Makeover

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Ideeli.com, the fastest-growing online sample sale destination, turns three and gets a whole new look!
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Now, the “Latest” page is called “On Sale Today,” and there are tabs there for Women, Home, and Kids, to make navigating that much easier. It’s a way for shoppers to see just the sales they want to see, when they want to see them. All of the photos are now in the classic Polaroid format, for example – but while they’ve upgraded the website’s look and feel, Ideeli kept the easy functionality and shop-ability completely intact.

Ideeli membership is free…click here for an invite, courtesy of Spoiled Pretty.

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