Makeup Mondays With Mario: Plump Your Pout

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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,

My lips are on the thin side, and so I was hoping you could share some techniques and products that will make them look fuller.

Thanks!
Joanna

kim+kardashian+beauty+makeup+full+lips Makeup Mondays With Mario: Plump Your PoutHi Joanna,

To make your pretty little lips appear more full, start out by lining just above the natural lip line with a lip pencil very close in color to your natural lips. Careful not to overdraw too much, especially on the outer corners as it can look clownish or sad-ish. Follow with lipstick and/or gloss and make sure to fill the lips in completely, going over the lip pencil as well to prevent seeing the matte pencil next to the shine or gloss. In other words, apply the gloss exactly over the pencil, not just within the lip line.

For a really pretty pout, finish the lips by applying a cream or powder highlighter to the cupid’s bow and center of the bottom lip. This will attract light and lift those areas a bit. If using a gloss, apply the highlight before the gloss or use a light, shimmery gloss on the center instead.

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!

Attention Moms To Be: Lancome Events and Giveaway!

bump+it+up Attention Moms To Be: Lancome Events and Giveaway!Attention all fellow moms-to-be out there in cyberland…

This month, Lancôme teams up with style expert and author Amy Tara Koch of the much-anticipated pregnancy style guide Bump It Up: Transforming your Pregnancy into the Ultimate Style Statement for several exclusive in-store events.

Clients will get the inside scoop on style tips that will take the average pregnancy from blah to beautiful. From creating the best faux glow to the maternity makeup must-haves, expecting moms will be armed with beauty and fashion advice leaving mommy-to-be feeling fabulous. One of her fave product picks? Lancôme’s Star Bronzer to create a sun-kissed look and instantly brighten the complexion.

 Attention Moms To Be: Lancome Events and Giveaway!

In addition to receiving expert pregnancy style tips, clients will work with a Lancôme beauty expert on the hottest products to update their beauty regimen. And get the book free with any $75 purchase. Call/email the boutique nearest you to reserve an appointment. Space is limited.

April 13th / 5 PM – 7 PM
Lancôme | The Boutique
Upper West Side
212.362.4858
April 14th / 5 PM – 7 PM
Lancôme | The Boutique
The Mall at Short Hills
973.258.0790
April 27th / 6 PM – 8 PM
W Hotel Dallas-Victory – Lancôme is a sponsor
2440 Victory Park Lane
April 28th / 5 PM – 7 PM
Lancôme | The Boutique
Northpark Dallas
214.750.9364

Even if you are unable to attend one of the aforementioned events, you’re in luck. Spoiled Pretty is teaming up with Lancome for a giveaway. One lucky expectant mom will win a copy of Bump It Up, plus Lancôme’s Star Bronzer (prize value: $54.50).

To enter the giveaway, leave a message in the comments section. Tell me a little about your own maternity style, and when your little one is due. 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 Monday, April 19, 2010. Good luck!

Ladies For Life: Shop To Support Relay For Life of Philadelphia

 Ladies For Life: Shop To Support Relay For Life of PhiladelphiaAs many of you know, I may moonlight as a beauty blogger, but by day I work for the American Cancer Society. If you’re in the Philadelphia area, we’re hosting a fundraising event next week, and I encourage you to stop by. I donated a DKNY tote bag chock full of beauty products which will be raffled off. So please come out and help support a very worth cause!
LADIES FOR LIFE
A night of shopping to benefit Relay For Life of Philadelphia
Monday, April 12 from 6 – 9 p.m.
Barbelin Hall – 321 Willings Alley
Philadelphia, PA 19106


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$10 reserves your spot on the guest list, or show up the night of the 12th ($10 cover charge). You can purchase your tickets online at ladiesforlife.eventbrite.com.
The first 20 shoppers in the door get a free gift!!!
Vendors include: PartyLite, Silpada Designs (jewelry), Mary Kay, Avon, Shaklee (health and wellness), Bagalitas (purses), Cookie Lee (jewelry), Beijo Bags, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Tupperware, Jockey, Arbonne International (body care) and more!

And we will be raffling off multiple baskets from the vendors!!!

Find out more about Relay For Life of Philadelphia at phillyrelay.org.

Preview Stila’s New One Step Prime Color!

  Preview Stilas New One Step Prime Color!
stila+cosmetics+mothers+day+set Preview Stilas New One Step Prime Color!Stila has a new product called One Step Prime Color, “a revolutionary formula that beautifully enhances the skin by combining benefits of a primer, lip color, eye shadow, cheek color and highlighter in one.” I don’t know exactly how that would work, but Stila definitely has my attention.

Though One Step Prime Color isn’t yet available for individual purchase, you can preview it now in the Stila’s Mother’s Day Set – which also includes Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer, an exclusive Eye Shadow Trio shade (Anya), and a limited Lip Glaze shade (Mayberry). The set has a retail value of $62, but you can snap it up for just $38.

Orly Sweet Collection Giveaway!

orly+sweet+collection Orly Sweet Collection Giveaway!
Just an update on my current mani: I’m on day six and my polish looks as perfect and fresh as day 1. I’m so impressed with Orly’s Sweet Collection and so taken with my candy-colored nails that I’m hosting a giveaway!
orly+sweet+collection+nail+polish Orly Sweet Collection Giveaway!
One lucky winner will receive the entire set:
Gumdrop: pastel turquoise crème
Cotton Candy: baby pink crème
Lollipop: pastel purple crème
Pixy Stix: salmon crème
Snowcone: baby blue crème
Lemonade: pastel yellow crème
And each polish in this collection comes with a free matching flavored mini lip gloss key chain!
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 15, 2010. Good luck!

Philosophy Box of Miracles Anti-Aging Skin Care Trio Available at QVC

philosophy+box+of+miracles+anti aging+skin+care+trio Philosophy Box of Miracles Anti Aging Skin Care Trio Available at QVC
Be the first to try philosophy’s new Box of Miracles Anti-Aging Skin Care Trio -  a “miraculous antiaging trio designed to give you intensely smooth, luminous, ageless skin” – that is exclusive to QVC until June 1, 2010.

Who is it for: Anyone concerned with multiple signs of aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, dehydration, and rough texture.

Why is it different: philosophy’s box of miracles includes a miraculous antiaging trio that provides renewed promise to a complexion with unwanted wrinkles, dehydration, and rough texture. The miracle worker collection addresses the visible signs of aging. Regular use of the concentrate and moisturizer will help improve skin’s elasticity and firmness, increase skin’s moisture, and support skin’s vitality for a firm, radiant result. The set also includes purity made simple one-step facial cleanser.

How to use it: At the end of each day or at the beginning of each morning, take a small amount of purity made simple with a little water, and massage onto skin for 30 to 60 seconds. Rinse. Apply one to two pumps of miracle worker miraculous anti-aging concentrate to clean, dry skin prior to moisturizer. Apply miracle worker miraculous antiaging moisturizer after cleansing and treatment as a nighttime or daytime moisturizer.

The Box of Miracles Anti-Aging Skin Care Trio includes:
1-oz miracle worker antiaging concentrate – exclusive to QVC until 6/1/10!
2-oz miracle worker miraculous antiaging moisturizer
8-oz purity made simple cleanser

Retail Value: $137.00
QVC Special Price: $69.96

And tune in to QVC for philosophy – beauty:
Friday, April 9, 2010 from 11 p.m. – Midnight ET
Saturday, April 10, 2010 from Midnight – 1 a.m., 7 – 8 a.m., Noon – 2 p.m. and 5 – 7 p.m. ET

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Bronzer How-To

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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.

Hello Mario!


My question is about bronzer. Actually, I have a few questions. I am so confused! First, how do you choose your perfect shade of bronzer? Second, what is the best technique for applying powder bronzer? And do you have any favorites you can recommend?

Thanks a lot!
Lizzie
kim+kardashian+makeup+beauty+tan+bronzer+mario+dedivanovic Makeup Mondays With Mario: Bronzer How To
Hi Lizzie,

When chosing a shade of bronzer, you should consider the following: dark skin tones look best with bronzers that have red in them. Lighter skin usually looks good with a more pale/pinkish bronzer. When applying bronzer, I like to frame the entire face. Sweep the bronzer along the hairline, on hollows of the cheeks and along your jawline. Don’t forget to apply a bit to the neck as well.

Because I use bronzer pretty much on most of the face, I prefer to go with a non-shimmery, powder bronzer. My faves are Smashbox Bronze Lights Bronzer in Suntan Matte* and Dior Bronze Matte Sunshine SPF 20. If you’re looking to achieve a bronze look but want to glow as well, try Eye M Glam highlighter at Giella.com*. Apply it on the cheekbones, inner corner of eyes, bridge of nose and on brow bones. It has a golden glow that looks amazing with bronzer. Thanks for visiting MMwM!

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!

*Mario used both of these products on Kim Kardashian for the Leather & Laces Superbowl party (photo above). To get the face, visit Mario’s blog!

Revlon Photo Ready Foundation: Buy Immediately!

revlon+photo+ready+foundation Revlon Photo Ready Foundation: Buy Immediately!

No offense to mass market makeup, but with its new Photo Ready Foundation, Revlon just brought drugstore foundation out of the dark ages. In fact, many prestige brands could learn a lot from this particular foundation. Priced at around $13.99, Photo Ready is worth two or three times that.

For a few months, I’ve been hearing Revlon Photo Ready Foundation being touted as the discount version of my beloved Make Up For Ever’s HD Foundation. I kinda dismissed it as hype, until I tried it last week. While there are a lot of similarities, there are some differences too – namely, the price (HD Foundation costs $40).

Photo Ready, like MUFE’s HD Foundation, gives the skin an airbrushed look. It looks even more flawless when applied with a foundation brush or, my fave, the beautyblender sponge. The coverage is medium to full – and I find that when I use it, I don’t really have to use concealer. It’s that good. Where Photo Ready differs from MUFE’s HD Foundation is that it has a dewy finish; so if you like a more matte look, MUFE might be the way to go. My skin is on the oilier side, and I happen to love Photo Ready. It gives me perfect looking skin with a healthy glow, without it veering into oil slick territory.

Photo Ready wears well all day long, and feels very light; I often forget I’m even wearing it. I also appreciate that it doesn’t oxidize and change color after a few hours – as that has happened with many foundations I’ve tried.

And before you ask me if gals with problem skin can tolerate this product, I’ll tell you…the answer is a resounding YES. My skin is acne prone and likes to stage a mutiny every time I turn around, but Photo Ready has not caused an adverse reaction.

halle+berry+photo+ready+foundation+revlon Revlon Photo Ready Foundation: Buy Immediately!The only category where MUFE HD Foundation wins hands down is in the color options (Photo Ready has 12 shades and MUFE HD has 25). And it’s too bad that you can’t really test Photo Ready in the store (at least, there were no testers at the drugstore where I bought my bottle) – so you sort of have to take a leap of faith when you choose a shade. Personally, I spent about five minutes deliberating between Rich Ginger and Caramel. Then I noticed that the display had a photo of Halle Berry modeling the product and the caption read “Halle is wearing Rich Ginger.” Halle and I have the same skin color (lucky me), so that’s what I chose – and it was a perfect match. If I get some sun this summer, I may purchase Caramel and blend the two.

So, bottom line, this is one of the best foundations I’ve tried in a long time – on account of its performance and price. If you’re in the market for new foundation, you’d be a fool not to check it out.

Revlon Photo Ready Foundation is my Recessionista’s Fabuless Pick of the Week.

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