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!

Fresh Sugar Plum Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15

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Fresh just answered prayers of beauty lovers everywhere by adding a new shade to the Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 family.

Fresh Sugar Plum Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 moisturizes, repairs, and protects the lips while imparting a deep plum tint. It offers sheer coverage or buildable color and is the perfect partner to the best-selling Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15. It’s formulated with sugar, a natural humectants that prevents moisture loss, and a superior blend of nourishing oils and protective waxes to soften and smooth dry lips. Antioxidant-rich vitamins also work to defend against wrinkle-causing free radicals. It also provides essential year-round protection from damaging UV rays with SPF 15.

Fresh Sugar Plum Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 is a sephora.com exclusive, and only available to Beauty Insiders…so sign up today!

Sponsored Post: The Bronzed and the Beautiful Shop BeautyTicket.com

I’m a firm believer in the ‘before you leave the house, take off one accessory’ rule. Unfortunately, when it comes to beauty, a one-way ticket to tackyville isn’t so easily averted. So my best advice to avoid going overboard is to think simple before applying anything to your face.

One of the best ways to prevent product overload is to invest in a good bronzer. Adding warmth to your complexion allows you to get away with wearing less. This summer, BeautyTicket.com makes it easier than ever to get the look of healthy, sun-kissed skin without the damaging effects of the sun.

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Pop Beauty Face Class in Bronze Pop, $13.99 (you save $24)
Pop Beauty Bronze Face Class is a perfectly coordinated bronze-hued face palette in a sexy metallic wallet. This all-in-one pallet includes gorgeous shades for creating sultry summer eyes, glowing out-doorsy cheeks, and naturally gorgeous lips. Easy to follow instructions included!

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Stila Gel Bronzer, $11.99 (you save $12)
Get an instant bronze goddess glow in seconds! This lightweight gel bronzer gives you perfect all-over golden color – so you’ll look like you spent the day outdoors.

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Fusion Beauty GlowFusion Air Glow Self-Tanning System, $89.99 (you save $85)
Fusion Beauty is changing the face of self-tanning with the GlowFusion Air Glow Gun. Combined with the Micro-Nutrient Tinted Protein Tan Mist, the Air Glow Gun delivers instant, streak-free color to the skin, providing immediate color while binding with the skin’s natural melanin for a long-lasting tan that complements your natural skin tone. Ideal for use head to toe.

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Lola Cosmetics Face Bronzing Kit, $29.99 (you save $45)
Get your glow on with this three piece face bronzing set (a BeautyTicket.com exclusive!),
filled with Lola must-haves.
* Sand & Sun Bronzer Duo: combination of golden beige and warm bronze hues naturally enhance skin tone and adds a hint of shimmer.
* Prime Effects Pure Pigment Infusion: a conditioning color infusion to enhance your natural glow! Wear Prime Effects alone or mixed with your favorite primer or foundation for a more subtle effect.
* Lola Creme Blush: a creamy, easy to use stick that infuses cheeks with a hint of gold.

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Caudalie Fresh Complexion Tinted Moisturizer, $18.99 (you save $20)
This silky fluid enhances, evens and brightens the complexion for an immediate, natural healthy glow. Rich in active plant ingredients, it moisturizes and protects the youth of the skin. The lightweight moisturizer imparts nourishing ingredients and a light, sun-kissed glow for a healthy-looking complexion. Ideal for those of all skin types and fair to medium skin tones who want lightly tanned and deeply hydrated skin.

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Pixi Creme Cheek & Lip Duo, $9.99 (you save $16)
Velvety, moisture rich crème-to-powder cheek and lip crème provides smooth, silky color for naturally luminous skin. Delivers long lasting color with a real skin texture and blends easily for healthy skin. Formula infused with Rose Extract and Vitamin E to treat and nourish skin.



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JOEY NY Palette in SoBe Sunkissed, $16.99 (you save $28)
The SoBe Bronzing Palette is designed to help achieve the ultimate bronzed look without the sun. Contains everything you need for a complete sultry, healthy, and natural complexion with instant results! Formulated with Marine Collagen, the anti-aging ingredient for reducing the look of lines and hydrating. Perfect for all skin tones.

And here’s an obvious, but important tip for applying bronzer: use a light touch. A heavy application does not a golden goddess make. Start out slow and take it easy – the world only needs one Snooki.

Once you look like you’ve just returned from some sun-drenched isle, swipe on two coats of your must-have mascara and coat your pucker in a sheer gloss, and you’re good to glow!

Kardashian Sisters Launch Self-Tanning Gel at Sephora

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Today, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Khloé Kardashian Odom unveil their signature self-tanning gel, Kardashian Glamour Tan, the first release from their upcoming Kardashian Beauty line.

“My sisters and I are all about getting the perfect tan without harming our skin,” said Kim Kardashian. “We’re always on the lookout for the best self-tanner so we thought we’d create the perfect formula and share it with everyone.”   (more…)

Sex And The City 2 Giveaway – Sponsored by Remington

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Only three days until the NYC’s favorite foursome hit the big screen for their sexy sequel – and their styles have never looked better. Remington has the scoop on how to mimic their couture coifs at home…and while your love life may be a Carrie, your hair may be a Samantha! Grab a cosmo and keep reading…

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 If you love big…curls…you’re a CARRIE!

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Try Remington Colossal Curl Setters to create jumbo and extra-jumbo sized spirals for this fashionsta’s fierce hair!

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If you love sleek, smooth locks –  you’re a MIRANDA!

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Try the Remington Frizz Therapy Iron to get every hair in line for a perfectly polished finish.
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If you love sexy hair with a twist – you’re a SAMANTHA!

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Try the Remington Wet 2 Straight with curved plates to look like this bombshell!  Iron hair while damp and wrap each section around the rounded edges to create flipped out ends and some body waves.

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If you love pristine Park Avenue waves – you’re a CHARLOTTE!
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Try the Remington 3-in-1 Styler with the beach wave attachment. The tunnel-like device twirls hair while drying to create an elegant look that even Upper East Siders would approve.  

This week, Spoiled Pretty and Remington are getting Carrie-d away…and we’re giving away one of each of these haute tools!

Enter to win by leaving a message in the comments section. Let me know whether you’re a Carrie, Miranda, Samantha or Charlotte (this will determine your prize). Also, 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 1, 2010. Good luck!

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Fab in Five

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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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Hi Mario,

I don’t have a lot of time in the morning to put on makeup, but I hate leaving the house bare-faced. Can you give me some quick tips or products I can use to look fab in five minutes?

PS – You’re awesome!

Lily

Lily,

To look fab in five minutes is very possible! You need concealer, bronzer, mascara and a lip product. Start with dabbing concealer under your eyes or wherever it’s needed to even out your skin. You can also apply a tinted moisturizer; they are usually very sheer, allowing for quick application and blending. I love Lancome SPF tinted moisturizer. Using a big brush, sweep bronzer around the frame of your face and a bit on cheeks to warm you up. Try Guerlain’s Terra Cotta Tan Booster. It’s a great rich color that goes on sheer and doesn’t have much shimmer in it. Take a small brush and sweep some on your eyelids too. Mascara on the top and bottom lashes will finish the eyes and – then throw on some lipstick or gloss to finish. You should be looking fab in no time.

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!

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