Makeup Mondays With Mario: Making Eyes

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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.

Hi Mario,

I love eye shadow, but I don’t know how to wear them. I usually only wear one shade at a time because I don’t know how to mix and match and blend them together to create a more sophisticated look. Do you have any tips or color combination recommendations?

Thanks a bunch,

Taylor

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Dear Taylor,

Eyeshadow application only gets better with practice. If you don’t already have a few good brushes, make that a priority. Generally, a lighter shade should be applied to the lids and/or brow bone. A darker, matte shade looks great applied along the crease of the eyes. Using a clean brush or one dipped in some loose powder, blend the shades together for a flawless finish. For added drama, apply an even darker shadow to the outer corners of the eyes. Check out my youtube videos for a clear demonstration of how to apply eyeshadows.

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!

Well, We’re Movin’ On Up

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Happy Monday, lovely Spoiled Pretty readers. Sorry I’ve been M.I.A. lately. I sincerely regret that it’s been so long since I’ve updated my blog. But I have a good excuse, I assure you. I just moved!

Yes, Mr. Spoiled Pretty and I bid adieu to our 1 bedroom apartment and upgraded to our first house! It’s been a rough road the past few weeks – moving sucks, especially, when you’re six months pregnant and big as a house – but I’m so excited to finally set up a nursery for Westley and have enough storage space to accommodate my beauty arsenal.

Please bear with me as I ease back into my normal routine. Your regularly scheduled programming will resume shortly.

Jennifer Lopez & Her Beehive/Ratsnest Hairdo

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I’m usually behind (pun intended) J Lo when it comes to her fashion and beauty choices, but I don’t know how I feel about the beehive/ratsnest hairstyle she wore to the UK premiere of her new film, The Back-Up Plan.

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One minute I’m all “Homegirl should have had a back-up plan for that do.” The next minute, I think it’s the fiercest red carpet hair I’ve seen in a long while. Who knows…maybe the hairstyle had nothing to do with style at all, and her exaggerated bun was just a ruse to sneak her toddler twins, Max and Emme, into the movie without paying. Damn, Jenny, I know movie tickets are ridiculously high and all, but you didn’t have to do all this!

But don’t get me started on that dress. I realize that it’s Lanvin, but it might as well be the winner of a Project Runway trash bag challenge.

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Aveda Shampure Soy Wax Candle Winners!!!

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I’m so excited to announce the winners of the Aveda Shampure Soy Wax Candle Giveaway because it’s, literally, the best smelling candle ever. So without further ado, the lucky winners are Satvi and swankygirl.

Ladies, be sure to check your email because I’ll need your real names and addresses to ship your prize. And please let me know how you like the candle, though I’m sure you’ll agree with my rave review.

Many thanks to Aveda for sponsoring the giveaway – and for making such an ab fab candle, natch.

And don’t forget to enter Spoiled Pretty’s remaining Earth Day-inspired beauty giveaways!

Arm Yourself: Urban Decay Revolver Fragrance Oil

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Arm yourself with Revolver, Urban Decay’s new “sexy and powerful weapon of love.” The fragrance oil opens with top notes of lychee and pineapple leaf, then mixes with the middle note of fig. Sheer, yet potent base notes of amber and Egyptian musk round out the scent.

Eau de toilet perfume sprays often dissipate and fade as the day wears on; but this concentrated perfume oil comes in a perfect, go-anywhere roll applicator that can be targeted right at your pulse points (wrist, inner elbow and behind ears) – ao the fragrance seems as captivating at the end of the day as when you first put it on. Revolver tucks easily into the smallest evening bag without fear of unloading.

Dynamic Duo: Votre Vu Duette Luxe Lip Balm and Hand Crème

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Believe it or not, I wear hardly any makeup on a daily basis. I’m so pressed for time in the mornings that I have neither the 15 minutes nor the energy to spare. But I’m not entirely low-maintenance. I’m never without lip balm and hand cream in my purse.

So I was thrilled when Votre Vu’s Duette recently showed up on my doorstep to review. Duette is a duo of deeply moisturizing lip balm and decadently rich hand crème in one package, and has become a staple in my purse since I first used it.

Flip the first cap on the tube to reveal a nourishing lip balm made from coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax. A deliciously light and natural coconut flavor delivers a guiltless treat to your lips with every application. The cap also contains a clandestine mirror for precise application.

Flip open the second cap to enjoy the Almond Pie Nutrient Rich Luxe Hand Crème. This intoxicating hand cream deeply moisturizes without any greasy residue, and leaves a soft veil of almond and coconut fragrance lingering on the skin. Beautifully absorbed, this special formula was developed to maintain the health, beauty and suppleness of your hands, while delighting your nose with a decadent aroma. Formulated with sunflower, grape seed and jojoba oils combined with moisturizing and healing aloe, wheat proteins and natural sun filters, this sweet treat is one big serving of hydrating heaven. The cream also contains sun filters for UVA/UVB protection to maintain skin tone, while helping protect and keep hands soft, supple and younger looking.

I’m digging on Duette so much that I’m compelled to spread the wealth. So, this week, I’m partnering with Votre Vu for a giveaway. Three readers will win this dynamic duo, which retails for $38.

To enter the giveaway, leave 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 only. The giveaway ends at noon (EST) on Tuesday, May 4, 2010. Good luck!

Burt’s Bees Natural Toothpaste Giveaway Winner

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Congrats to the winner of the Burt’s Bees Natural Toothpaste Giveaway, Stephanie (tvollowitz).

Burt’s Bees Natural Toothpastes are natural, effective toothpastes clinically proven to improve oral health. With regular brushing, they prevent cavities (fluoride versions only), reduce plaque, whiten teeth by removing surface stains, and freshen breath. They feature natural ingredients like plaque-fighting cranberry extract and calcium & phosphorous to promote strong healthy teeth. The toothpastes are SLS-free and don’t contain any artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, or sweeteners.

Stephanie will receive:

Natural Toothpaste – Multicare with Fluoride
Natural Toothpaste – Multicare without Fluoride
Natural Toothpaste – Whitening with Fluoride
Natural Toothpaste – Whitening without Fluoride
Natural Toothpaste – Kids Orange Wow with Fluoride
Natural Toothpaste – Kids Berry Bee without Fluoride

Many thanks to Burt’s Bees for sponsoring the contest.

And don’t forget to enter Spoiled Pretty’s other Earth Day-inspired beauty giveaways!

ecoTools EcoPouf Giveaway!

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Go green while you get all spring clean with ecoTOOLS EcoPouf!

A little lather goes a long way as the pioneers at ecoTOOLS introduce yet another eco-innovation with the world’s first 100% recycled plastic bath sponge! The first of its kind, the EcoPouf sets the standard for bathing, showing beauty buffs everywhere that getting squeaky clean and supporting sustainability can go hand-in-hand.
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The EcoPouf is available at Target stores, but you can win one for free. ecoTOOLS is helping two Spoiled Pretty readers go green without spending any greenbacks!

To enter the giveaway, leave 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 only. The giveaway ends at noon (EST) on Friday, April 30, 2010. Good luck!

And don’t forget to enter Spoiled Pretty’s other Earth Day-inspired beauty giveaways!

Lavanila Healthy Sunscreen SPF 40 For Face Giveaway!

 Lavanila Healthy Sunscreen SPF 40 For Face Giveaway!Today is Earth Day and next month is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month. So to celebrate the present and prepare you for the future, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Lavanila for a giveaway.
Four readers will win Lavanila’s new Healthy Sunscreen SPF 40 For Face, a highly nourishing and safe alternative to chemical-laden formulas. Developed with a new generation of natural mineral sunscreens that offer superior protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays, this multi-tasking formula is packed with youth-promoting antioxidants and immune supporting botanicals for daily protection and nourishment. Perfect for sensitive skin, this fragrance-free, ultra-sheer formula glides on smoothly with no white residue for the ultimate in natural SPF protection.

Traditional sunscreens use harsh chemicals like PABA, oxybenzone, parabens, nanoparticles, synthetic fragrance and phthalates, which can accumulate in the bloodstream and cause irritation or allergic reactions. Lavanila’s Healthy Sunscreen is 100% natural, completely free of chemicals and infused with a superior complex of skin-saving vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

lavanila+healthy+sunscreen+spf+40+for+face Lavanila Healthy Sunscreen SPF 40 For Face Giveaway!The Healthy Sunscreen SPF 40 For Face contains:
  • Titanium Dioxide: This FDA-approved natural broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) physical sunscreen is derived from white earth minerals that reflect, block and scatter sunlight
  • Zinc Oxide: This FDA approved sunscreen is nature’s broadest spectrum UVA and UVB absorber
  • Shea Butter: Derived from the shea nut tree, this butter moisturizes, softens and protects dry, damaged skin
  • Green Tea: A powerful antioxidant, Green Tea is known to help fight free radical damage
From nourishing botanicals and healing minerals to chemical-free UV protection, Lavanila Healthy Sunscreen offers an array of skin-healthy benefits:
  • Protection against harmful UVA & UVB rays that can cause sunburn, cell damage, dryness, roughness, and premature signs of age such as fine lines
  • Youth-promoting antioxidants, botanicals and amino acids that hydrate and replenish delicate skin
  • Non-coated minerals that maximize healing and provide antibacterial, anti-microbial protection
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Clinically tested
  • Biodegradable
  • No animal testing
  • NO: Oxybenzone, Nanoparticles, Fragrance, Parabens, PABA or Phthalates
The Healthy Sunscreen SPF 40 For Face ($28) is available at Sephora and lavanila.com.

To enter the giveaway, leave 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 only. The giveaway ends at noon (EST) on Thursday, April 29, 2010. Good luck!

And don’t forget to enter Spoiled Pretty’s other Earth Day-inspired beauty giveaways!

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