Because Shaving is the Pits: DERMAdoctor Gorilla Warfare Antiperspirant Giveaway!


My hair grows like a weed. Unfortunately, the hair of which I speak is not on my head. My legs and underarms give my razor a workout. If I shave in the morning, by afternoon, I've got stubble. And forget about skipping days...unless I want to look like Sasquatch. Getting rid of the hair is not only expensive (I CONTINUE READING

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: BlowPro Perfect Shower Cap


The shower and my chemically-straightened hair are frenemies. Every seventh day when I wash my hair, 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 CONTINUE READING

Miss Oops is On Sale at HauteLook


I love Miss Oops fashion fixers and have been using them for years. If you wear clothes, you NEED to get acquainted with Miss Oops. All of those things that can and do go wrong with your wardrobe can be fixed by Miss Oops problem-solving products. Shirt revealing too much cleavage? Accidentally get a deodorant stain on your top? Are your CONTINUE READING

Get Catty With Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses


I've been searching for some cat eye sunnies for forever. On a whim, I bought these Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses from Shopbop - hoping that they wouldn't look too cartoonish. Even though I was afraid they'd be too large, I'm digging the oversized frames. They make a statement without overwhelming my face. And the cat eye shape is subtle, so it's not CONTINUE READING

Peep My Polish: Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Superstitious


Now that I have two kids - and the youngest being 6 weeks old - I needed to get better acquainted with quick-dry nail polish options. I hardly have time to do anything, let alone a DIY - so I needed to find some lacquers that fit my new lifestyle. Yesterday, while going my grocery shopping, I picked up Revlon CONTINUE READING

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

Oscars Beauty 2011: Cate Blanchett

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cate+blanchett+oscars+2011+academy+awards Oscars Beauty 2011: Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett, who presented the award for best makeup at the 83rd annual Academy Awards is known for her flawless complexion.

When you have flawless skin like Cate, you don’t need much makeup. To get her award-winning look, the actress prepped her skin with SK-II Facial Treatment Essence and SK-II Facial Treatment Masks, both of which contain the highest concentration of SK-II’s key ingredient, Pitera®.

Facial Treatment Essence, which helps promote radiant skin, is a simple step easy to incorporate into any skincare ritual. Used both day and night, it restores skin’s natural surface cycle. “SK-II is fundamentally different from other lines based on one indispensable product – the Facial Treatment Essence,” Cate says. “It is like nothing I have ever used before, a clear liquid that you simply press into your skin. It clarifies and moisturizes. It basically does it all. As a result, my skin looks more balanced and healthy.”

Facial Treatment Mask is a deeply intensive, moisture-boosting mask that hydrates the skin with Pitera® to promote more radiant and smoother skin. Cate says, “I use a Facial Treatment Mask to immediately brighten my complexion with a surge of Pitera® – it’s so refreshing and leaves my skin feeling rejuvenated.”

This dynamic duo intensely moisturizes the skin, resulting in a stunning luminous glow even before makeup is applied.

Oscars Beauty 2011: Giuliana Rancic

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giuliana+rancic+oscars+2011 Oscars Beauty 2011: Giuliana Rancic

Giuliana Rancic’s hairstylist is sharing the exclusive step-by-step instructions on how to achieve the E! host’s gorgeous look using Alterna products:

giuliana+rancic+academy+awards+oscars+2011 Oscars Beauty 2011: Giuliana Rancic

• Apply Alterna’s Bamboo Smooth Kendi Pure Treatment Oil ($24) to damp hair and blow-dry straight.

• Add additional texture with a 1″ iron by wrapping small sections of the hair away from the face to create “beach-like” texture.

• Gather the hair into a high ponytail leaving a little height in the front and pulling the sides tighter. Secure with an elastic band.

• Lightly tease the ponytail into a textured poof.

• Create a large bun and secure with French bobby pins. This look is inspired by YSL’s Fall 2010 fashion show.

• Finish with Alterna’s Caviar Working Hairspray ($26) and follow with Bamboo Smooth Kendi Dry Mist Oil ($24) to add extra shine.

Get a free deluxe sample of Alterna’s Bamboo Kendi Pure Treatment Oil at Ulta while supplies last. Just go to the counter and ask!

NARS Illuminators!

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image001 NARS Illuminators!

Every time I apply foundation or tinted moisturizer, I mix in a little NARS Orgasm Illuminator – without fail. It takes my complexion to a whole nuther level…which is why I am positively giddy that NARS just added three new shades to the Illuminator family.

NARS+Copacabana+Illuminator NARS Illuminators!

COPACABANA – Like its namesake Multiple, Copacabana Illuminator will impart a pearlescent sheen and can be applied all over the face, mixed with foundation, and used to highlight the neck, shoulders and décolleté.

NARS+Super+Orgasm+Illuminator NARS Illuminators!

SUPER ORGASM – Infused, like the blush, with golden shimmer and a peachy-gold hue that can be applied all over the face, mixed with foundation, and used to highlight the neck, shoulders and décolleté.

NARS+Laguna+Illuminator NARS Illuminators!

LAGUNA – A golden-bronze hue, just as in Laguna Bronzer, that will give a sun-kissed glow and can be applied to the face or mixed with foundation.

This collection of light-reflecting liquids glides on to refresh the skin, enhance the complexion and create a shimmering incandescence. The Illuminators can be used to highlight bare skin or to light up your makeup as it lights the skin from within.  

Key ingredients include:
• Polar Berries, known for their antioxidant properties 
• Bisabolol, known as an anti-inflammatory (obtained from the Chamomile plant)
• Indian Frankincense, known for its soothing and comforting properties
• Vitamin B5 to, known to condition skin 
• Sodium Hyaluronate, known to hydrate skin

The Illuminators are $29 and are available at the new NARS Boutique in NYC, NARS counters and narscosmetics.com.

Peep My Polish: OPI Lucene-tainly Look Marvelous

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lucerne tainly+look+marvelous+opi+nail+polish Peep My Polish: OPI Lucene tainly Look Marvelous

These days, most of the time I have my hands full with Westley – who recently turned 6-months old! Anyway, last week, I had a rare opportunity to get a manicure. I got out of work early and my fabulous co-worker, Alyssa, and I got our nails did.

OPI+Lucerne tainly+Look+Marvelous Peep My Polish: OPI Lucene tainly Look Marvelous

I decided on OPI Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous (from the Swiss Collection). It’s a stunning pewter shade that almost takes on a blueish cast in the light.

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 Alyssa also opted for OPI. I can’t recall the name, though…but isn’t it glitterrific?

NBC 10! Show: While You Were Sleeping

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Yesterday, I was a guest on the NBC 10! Show – where I featured my favorite beauty products that work the night shift.

Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Youth Regenerating Cream, $60
Available at Kiehl’s stores and kiehls.com
Rosa Arctica Youth Regenerating Cream is an advanced anti-aging cream scientifically proven to wake up skin cells, resulting in healthier, smoother, and more youthful skin. Results include reduced lines and wrinkles, improved firmness, and a dramatic restoration of hydration. Rosa Arctica should be used twice daily – in the morning and then again before bedtime.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, $43
Midnight Recovery Concentrate is a potent 99.8% naturally-derived and paraben-free botanical elixir works all night to regenerate, repair and replenish the skin barrier while you sleep. This product boosts the repair and regeneration of skin when it is naturally programmed to best absorb active ingredients, typically between Midnight and 4 a.m. The rich blend of naturally replenishing botanical oils including Squalane, Evening Primrose, and a blend of essential oils known for their therapeutic, balancing, and antioxidant effects, works with the skin’s natural nocturnal activity to deliver softer, fresher and more radiant skin by morning. To apply, put 2-3 drops of the product onto the top of clean hand, tap fingertips into oil lightly. Then press fingertips gently on the cheeks, forehead and chin to evenly distribute – pat, don’t rub.

Talika Hand Therapy Gloves, $49
Developed using post surgery healing technology, these unique gloves provide serious hydration and act like a “second skin”, smoothing and protecting from the first time you use it. The gloves adapt to the shape of your hands and the gel lining contains ceramides, grape seed and avocado oils to nourish, moisturize and slow the signs of aging. Wear the gloves overnight for an intensive treatment. They can be worn 40 times and are washable between uses, as necessary.

Dr. Scholl’s For Her Ultra Overnight Foot Cream, $5
Dr. Scholl’s For Her Ultra Overnight Foot Cream softens the roughest, most dehydrated feet overnight as you sleep. A special blend of four moisturizers including aloe and palm oil provides deep, penetrating overnight action to soothe extra-thick skin on the feet and keep feet feeling soft and healthy. Use at night with or without socks for baby-soft feet.

Nexxus ProMend Split End Binding Overnight Treatment Crème, $19.99
Available at drugstores
Nexxus ProMend Split End Binding Overnight Treatment Crème provides intensive repair as you sleep, binding split ends back together in one use so hair looks freshly-cut between cuts. In the morning, hair looks healthy and restored. The product is formulated so it won’t leave residue on bed linens.

Bliss FatGirlSleep, $38
Get a full night’s ‘booty’ sleep with this supercharged sister to Bliss’s famed FatGirlSlim cellulite treatment. Bliss FatGirlSleep is formulated to address four causes of cellulite: fat storage, fat burning, water retention, and slackened skin. Simply massage into trouble spots for 30 seconds before bedtime. While you sleep, the product releases dimple diminishers for up to six hours. Not only does FatGirlSleep help you address cellulite overnight, but it’s also infused with a lavender scent, which has been shown to have a relaxing, aromatherapeutic effect.

Jennifer Aniston Cuts Her Hair

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jennifer+aniston+bob+haircut+madrid Jennifer Aniston Cuts Her Hair

Jennifer Aniston debuted a new do while promoting her new comedy “Just Go With It” in Madrid. I love a lob (long bob) – as you can tell from my updated Twitter avatar…it’s my signature style. But I’m not digging it on Jen. Is it just me or does it make her look older? She looks tired, right? Perhaps the the lighter blond is washing her out a bit. I think a little lipstick would have helped to sell me on this new look.

I’ve heard time and time again that “women of a certain age” should wear their hair shorter…well, if this doesn’t disprove that myth, I don’t know what does.

This haircut probably seemed like a fun idea at the time, but I predict that Jen will soon regret it (kinda like her fling with John Douchebag Mayer).

What do you think? Does Jen’s new cut make the cut?

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Smokey Eyes For Dark Complexions

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mmwmd Makeup Mondays With Mario: Smokey Eyes For Dark Complexions

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,

I love the soft, natural smokey eyes you do on Kim Kardashian but have trouble re-creating them on my dark skin (my complexion is closer to Gabrielle Union or Jessica White) – it always comes out too dark and muddy. Can you give me some ideas on color selection to best re-create a soft, smokey eye for my skin tone? And can I use Eye M Glam or will it be too light for me?

Thank You SO MUCH,
Niki
 

kerry+washington+smoky+eye Makeup Mondays With Mario: Smokey Eyes For Dark Complexions

Niki,

Here’s how you can easily rock soft smokey eyes. First start by evening out the lids a primer or concealer and set with powder. This step will prevent the muddy look you mentioned. Try a rich copper or deep bronze shadow (shimmery or satin finish) all over your lids below the crease. Blend that with a clean brush going up slightly above the crease. Using a small brush, sweep the same shadow along the lower lash line. Line the inner rim of eyes and the base of the lower lashes with a black pencil and also line the lids. Blend the pencil softly so there’s no sharp lines. You want the black line to blend up into the copper shadow. Do the same with the bottom but this time blending downward into the shadow.

You can use Eye M Glam on your skin tone for sure as its a sheer highlighter. To polish the look, place some right on the inner corners of the eyes and a bit on the brow bone. Finish off with mascara on top and bottom.

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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