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.

Top 10 Bridal Beauty Tips

Recessional2 Top 10 Bridal Beauty TipsToday, Mr. Spoiled Pretty and I celebrate our third wedding anniversary. With our recent move and all of the craziness that’s going on in our lives right now, we almost forgot. But after remembering, we booked reservations at Supper, an excellent restaurant in our new ‘hood.
This year is particularly special, because we celebrate the occasion with our son. Though Westley isn’t scheduled to make his grand entrance until August, he’ll enjoy a delicious dinner.
In honor of my nuptials, I’m taking this opportunity to pass along some beauty knowledge to brides-to-be. Back in 2007, I stressed myself out something awful trying to make sure my makeup was perfection; I wish someone wiser had taken me under her wing and saved me some major frustration. So I’m hoping that this post will serve that purpose and help a new generation of brides vow to be beautiful on their wedding day.
Here are my top 10 tips:

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1. Don’t get too trendy with your makeup or hairstyle. You want to look like a knockout on your wedding day, but you should still look like you. Years from now, you don’t want to look at your wedding photos and think, “Who is that?”

2. If you’re planning a pre-wedding facial or similar treatment, make sure you schedule it at least a week before. The last thing you need to deal with is an allergic reaction or an extraction-happy esthetician that leaves your face a marked up mess days/hours before your nuptials.

3. If you can, hire someone to do your hair and makeup on your wedding day. I’m not doubting your abilities…you might be the second coming of Kevyn Aucoin, but having someone to help means that you’ll have one (or two) less things to worry about on the day of. And it needn’t cost a fortune, either. You don;t need to hire a celebrity makeup artist to look like supermodel. Find a local beauty school and ask if any of the students are available for special events. Or go to the mall and get a makeover at your favorite makeup counter. If the salesperson does a good job, ask him/her if she makes house calls. My longtime friend/mane man, Erik, did my hair at my parents’ house…and then attended our wedding as a guest.

4. Whether you’re paying someone to do your hair/makeup or you’re a DIY kind of bride, always do a trial run. And take photos – from different angles and in different lighting. You might love the reflection in the mirror, but the pictures might tell a different story. And better for you to figure out what works (and what doesn’t) in the months/weeks leading up to your big day – when you actually have time and the means to fix problems.

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5. Don’t rush to remove your veil. If you decide to wear a veil on your wedding day, wear it for the entire day – from your walk down the aisle until the end of the reception. A veil is that one element that transforms you from a woman in a white dress into a bride. Looking back at my wedding photos, I wish I hadn’t been in such a rush to take off my veil and show off my hair. I much prefer the photos of me wearing the veil; they have a much more romantic quality.
6. Invest in some waterproof mascara, even if you’re not the emotional type. At some point, someone is going to make you cry and you’ll be happy you dodged a Tammy Faye Baker bullet.
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7. If your hair has behavioral issues, I would recommend not washing your hair on your wedding day. Freshly shampooed hair doesn’t hold a style as well as second day hair. And if your hair has a serious case of ADD, invest in a can of Elnett.

8. If your skin is on the oily side and you’re afraid of looking shiny in photos, make sure to have blot papers handy on your wedding day. Powder does cut down on shine, but it can also get cakey-looking and settle into lines. Blotting papers are a better bet. Or you can do like I do and just grab a bunch of Starbucks brown napkins next time you get a Frappuccino; those suckers work better than most blotting papers I’ve used – and when Starbucks charges you $4-5 for some coffee, milk and sugar, they owe you some damn napkins. So take a handful and put ‘em in your purse.

9. Invest in good makeup primers to keep makeup from sliding off of your face. I’m partial to Laura Mercier Foundation Primer and Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion.

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10. I wore Giorgio Armani Silk Lipstick topped with Armani Lip Shimmer on my wedding day (click here to find out what else I wore). I asked one of my bridesmaids to hold my gloss for me – but when I needed it for a mid-reception touch-up, she didn’t know where it was. To this day, she still insists that I lost it. Um, as if! I would never misplace a brand new Armani lip gloss. Anyway…I digress. Though this was a minor snafu, I’m often reminded of my mistake when I look at my photos. My lips are almost the same color as my face, so in some of the pictures, my mouth kind of just disappears. It still irks me to this day. So do yourself a favor and use a lip stain (like CoverGirl Outlast Lipstains) before applying lipstick and/or lip gloss. And don’t ask your flighty friends to hold nuthin’.

Get Fresh Rich Body Creme

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After a recent visit to the spa, I didn’t want my pampering to end. So I picked up a bottle of Get Fresh Rich Body Crème in Lemongrass. The lotion provides 24-hour moisture with a combination of natural oils, tropical nut butters and antioxidant botanicals. Plus, it has that quintessential spa scent that just takes me away – in an old school, Calgon kinda way.

Drugstore Beauty Must Haves!



After a brief television hiatus, I’m back on the tube again…this time, dishing on my favorite drugstore beauty must haves.

We all know that it doesn’t actually cost a million bucks to look like a million bucks. But there are thousands of skin/body care products and cosmetics at your local drugstore…and choosing what should go in your basket and what should stay on the shelf can be overwhelming.

So reporter (and fabulous style blogger) Lilliana Vazquez asked me to share my beauty expertise with Philadelphia’s NBC10 viewers and name my top drugstore beauty buys. Some of my current faves include:

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L’Oreal Paris Ideal Skin Genesis Complexion Equalizer Day/Night Cream, $19.99 (comparable to Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF 20, $42.50)

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Revlon PhotoReady Makeup, $13.99 (comparable to Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation, $40)

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CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion, $9.99 (comparable to Diorshow Mascara, $24)

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Maybelline Shine Sensational Lip Gloss, $5.99 (compare to Lancome Juicy Tubes, $18)

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Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Blush and Highlighter, $12.99 (compare to Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, $38)

What are your favorite drugstore finds? Spill your must haves in the comments section…

The Perfect Shower Cap by Blow

My hair is damaged, fragile and likes to do the break dance – so I only wash it once a week. But I spend the other six days trying (often in vain) to prevent my hair from wilting or frizzing up. I’m a Living Proof disciple and use their No Frizz Straight Styling Treatment every time I shampoo, which averts weather-related hairdo disasters. Unfortunately, my mane’s main adversary is in my own home.

The shower and my chemically straightened hair are frenemies. Every seventh day, 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 all. And no matter how much they cost – from the flimsy free ones you swipe from a hotel to the more expensive caps – they’ve always let me down. They inadvertently allow moisture in. Or the elastic band loosens, allowing strands of hair to escape the shower cap and get all soaked up. Don’t you just HATE that?

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After decades of the shower (and sub par shower caps) putting a damper on my do, I didn’t think it was possible to make it an entire week without steam wrecking my blow dry/flat iron handiwork. That is, until I discovered The Perfect Shower Cap from Blow. Seriously, the name does not exaggerate.

The Perfect Shower Cap is designed to protect and prolong blow dry styled hair with its 100% terry liner that soaks up shower steam and moisture before it tackles the tresses. The cap, itself, is oversized to provide 360 degree protection by fitting over your entire hairline. A moisture-blocking seal along the edges provides a snug, comfy fit – and ensures that no tendrils go A.W.O.L.

I want to kiss the folks at Blow for sending me a press sample, because it’s changed my life. I know that may sound melodramatic, but when you have been using a defective product and then you find something that truly works, it’s like a miracle.

I’ll never use another shower cap. Never. It lives up to its name and delivers on all promises. Plus it looks super cute and comes in a case for easy travel and gym use.

So if you’re like the old me with a drawer full of shoddy shower caps that blow, you’d be a wise woman to invest $18 in The Perfect Shower Cap by Blow.

Chic Prints For Nails at Sephora

Dying for a Minx mani, but the nail art trend hasn’t yet arrived in your town? Well, Sephora has something in store for you. Literally.

sephora+chic+prints+for+nails Chic Prints For Nails at Sephora Chic Print for Nails ($15) are pre-cut nail patches – brewed by Minx – that create customized nails, featuring fierce patterns and prints to satisfy your wildest mani-and-pedi dreams. Dress your tips with your favorite design: anchor, stars, checkers, tiger, fishnet, chrome lace, black & gold geometric, or skulls.

One set of Chic Print for Nails contains 16 nail patches of varying widths, for a one-time application to fingers or toes. The nail patch is a solid-film material with an adhesive back that is heat activated. Applying heat creates conformability, allowing the patch to fit over the compound curves of your nails and seal onto the nail bed. The patent-pending material also removes easily with heat.

Arcadia Boutique’s Pinup Lash & Lip Party and Art Show

 Arcadia Boutiques Pinup Lash & Lip Party and Art ShowCelebrate Old and New Glamour Through Beauty, Art and Fashion!

WHO: Arcadia Boutique and Touch of Blush join artists Mallory Lawson and Dennis Coyle to pay homage to the modern pinup.

WHAT: Embrace your inner Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe or Lena Horne at Arcadia Boutique’s Pinup Lash & Lip Party and Art Show. Beauty Expert Kate Cipriano and her Touch of Blush team will make guests up Bettie Paige-style with luscious lashes and lips for the special price of $25 at the event only! Touch of Blush will also offer semi permanent two-week lash extensions and launch their new beauty consulting services.

While you’re there, be sure to check out new works from Mallory Lawson and Dennis Coyle’s Good Vibrations collage exhibit and enjoy retro-inspired food and drink. Arcadia Boutique will be offering 15% off storewide during the event!

WHEN: June 4, 2010 – 6-9:00PM

WHERE: Arcadia Boutique
819 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123

WHY: The modern pinup represents hope, beauty, and sex appeal in a fresh, new way. She is an unapologetic, independent woman who is passionate about going after what she wants. While long, sultry lashes coupled with vibrant, red lips are the essence of pinup glamour, Touch of Blush specializes in unleashing the inner beauty of modern women of all styles and personalities. Arcadia Boutique offers unique, eco-chic clothing for the “everyday pinups” who seek comfort while still maintaining their sense of style and feminine sex appeal. Finally, the Good Vibrations exhibit captures the tensions between the old and the new by incorporating images of sultry, vintage pinups with elements of recent history.

Chinese Laundry Lucky Strike Sandals Giveaway Winner

Chinese Laundry Lucky Strike Chinese Laundry Lucky Strike Sandals Giveaway WinnerCongrats to Rachel Henner, winner of the Chinese Laundry Lucky Strike Sandals Giveaway!!!

Rachel has won a pair of these show-stopping and dramatic, widely braided sandals that are sure to add some spice to hot summer nights. The edgy trimmed straps are seductively laced together and uncover just enough skin. This just might be the perfect summer sandal!

Many thanks to Chinese Laundry for sponsoring this contest. And stay tuned for Spoiled Pretty’s next giveaway!

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