Pretty in Particulière

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chanel+particuliere Pretty in ParticulièrePeep my polish. This week’s mani comes courtesy of Chanel. Le Vernis in Particulière (from the spring makeup collection) is a putty/mushroomy shade that resembles one of my all-time faves, OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques.
While they appear almost identical in the bottle, the subtle differences become more obvious during application. First, Particulière is lighter than its OPI counterpart. It is also more brown than YDKJ, which is more gray. Finally, the Chanel formula is more opaque and creamier – so the coverage is better than OPI.
If taupe-y nail polishes are a once in a while kind of thing for you, there’s no reason you need both. But if you’re like me and can’t get enough of an offbeat yet neutral nail, I would recommend picking this up – even if you already have YDKJ.

Philosophy The Color of Grace Makeup Collection

philosophy+the+color+of+grace+makeup+collection Philosophy The Color of Grace Makeup Collection
the color of grace collection, $20-37.50: Inspired by philosophy’s best-selling fragrance (and my favorite), amazing grace, the color of grace is makeup that embraces your inner girl with all things pink and beautiful. Philosophy created skin-loving formulas in perfect pink shades that deliver sheer color and heavenly luminosity for a look that is soft, graceful and inspired. Everyone looks prettier in pink lighting. The color of grace is universally flattering and created for all women who want to feel sweet, kind, pretty and feminine. Available at philosophy.com, Sephora and Nordstrom stores in April.
philosophy+the+color+of+grace+heavenly+light+pink+illuminator Philosophy The Color of Grace Makeup Collection
the color of grace heavenly light pink illuminator, $28: A pink light, liquid luminizer that combines skin-loving moisture and brightening botanicals to restore radiance for heavenly luminosity.
philosophy+the+color+of+grace+amazing+grace+shimmering+face+powder Philosophy The Color of Grace Makeup Collection
the color of grace amazing grace shimmering face powder, $29.50: a sweetly shimmering, silky, pale pink powder that brightens your complexion and creates a soft focus glow as it releases an uplifting, feminine hint of amazing grace fragrance.

philosophy+the+color+of+grace+art+of+blushing Philosophy The Color of Grace Makeup Collection
the color of grace art of blushing, $35: a multidimensional palette of three silky, sheer blushes in perfect pink shades surrounded by luminous highlighter, to deliver pure color and light for skin that looks soft, luminous and inspired.

philosophy+the+color+of+grace+amazing+grace+coloring+book Philosophy The Color of Grace Makeup Collection
the color of grace amazing grace coloring book, $37.50: a purse-sized palette of perfect pink shades for lips, eyes and cheeks to create the face of grace. two eyelighting shadows, two perfect pink lip glosses, an all-over cream illuminator, powder blush and a shimmering face powder scented with a touch of amazing grace fragrance.

philosophy+the+color+of+grace+go+with+grace+face+brush Philosophy The Color of Grace Makeup Collection
the color of grace go with grace face brush, $20: heavenly pink, kabuki-inspired natural hair brush that provides flawless application and blendability of powder or blush. In a pretty-to-go, retractable case.

philosophy+the+color+of+grace+eyelighting+shadow+duo Philosophy The Color of Grace Makeup Collection
the color of grace eyelighting shadow duo, $22: sheer washes of color that light up the eyes with delicately shimmering minerals. Available in a luminous duo: heaven/earth.
philosophy+the+color+of+grace+angel+kiss+lip+gloss Philosophy The Color of Grace Makeup Collection
the color of grace angel kiss lip gloss, $17.50: Grace your lips in creamy, dreamy goodness. The color of grace angel kiss lip gloss loves lips. It blends high-shine, sheer color with lip-caring goodness. Helps enhance the softness and natural rosiness of lips, while a hint of vanilla-mint flavor refreshes the breath.

Spoiled Pretty BOY!

 Spoiled Pretty BOY!
My boy! This is his profile. He’s facing up.
Who would have thought that a girly girl like me would start off my brood with a boy? I did!
Since very early in my pregnancy, I predicted I would have a little boy…and turns out my motherly intuition was right. Mr. Spoiled Pretty and I are expecting Westley in mid-August. We are so excited, there aren’t even words.
 Spoiled Pretty BOY!
This is his face and part of his torso (notice the ribs). His face is kinda blurry because he loves to move.

When he gets older, I’m sure he’ll be embarassed that I posted his first pics on a beauty blog, but I’m a proud mama and I couldn’t wait to introduce you to my beautiful son.

CEW Announces 2010 Beauty Awards Finalists!

cew+2010+beauty+award+finalists CEW Announces 2010 Beauty Awards Finalists!Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) has announced the Finalists for the 2010 CEW Beauty Awards, the industry’s highest honor. Now in its 16th year, the CEW Beauty Awards celebrate the most innovative products of the year. The Finalists were chosen from more than 550 products from nearly 300 top brands.
The CEW Beauty Awards are the only awards program where the Finalists are chosen exclusively by beauty insiders. The roster of Finalists, voted on by over 3500 professionals in the field, has become consumers’ most coveted shopping list. “Consumers know that all Finalist products have been field-tested and approved by CEW members. Year after year, these products are what consumers seek out to address their needs,” says Carlotta Jacobson, President of CEW.

The CEW Board of Governors will now vote on the 155 Finalists to determine the winners across 31 categories. The winners will be announced at the CEW Beauty Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 21st, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Comedian and Actor Mario Cantone will emcee the event again this year.

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

Kiehls+Creamy+Eye+Treatment+with+Avocado Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with AvocadoOkay, I’m about to get honest…real honest. As a beauty expert, it pains me to admit this, but I just started using eye cream. I know, I know…31 is a little late to the crows feet prevention partay. But I’m lazy, and I’m especially bad at regularly applying skin care products – particularly ones that are preventative and don’t yield immediate results. Besides, my parents are pushing 60 and they don’t have wrinkles, so I’ve been betting on good genes.
But I recently discovered an eye cream that has made me change my ways. Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado is amazing. Chock full of avocado, beta carotene and shea buttery goodness, it moisturizes the delicate eye area without migrating into eyes or irritating; even those with sensitive skin will love this product. It has a creamy, concentrated texture that skin just drinks up – so you need not worry about it sitting on top of skin or interfering with makeup application. All of the above benefits are fine and good, but here’s what I love about the eye cream: when you rub it in, it releases a cool burst of water. It’s so cool…if Bill Nye The Science Guy did a beauty segment on his show, this would totally be one of the products he’d highlight.

Every time I apply Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, I look forward to that slight splash of water. It never gets old for me, and that’s what keeps me applying every day. So despite my laziness, I’m using my love of gimmicks to help me beat crow’s feet.

I can’t believe my eye cream. It’s fantabulous…and you’re gonna love it too!

Wu Tang Is For The Children!

redman+method+man Wu Tang Is For The Children!For the second year, rappers Method Man and Redman will be teaming up with Staten Island-based barbershop chain Against Da’ Grain (ADG) to offer children free hair cuts in time for Easter.

“Whether it’s free haircuts or family style BBQ’s, ADG is always looking for ways to reward its customers and I’m always down to celebrate their community efforts”, explains Redman.

106 & Park’s DJ Megatron is also scheduled to appear, to talk to the kids while helping them prepare to look their “Sunday best” for the Easter holiday.

The ADG Kids Cuts Day
Saturday April 3, 2010
Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Haircuts and styling for children ages 12 and under, on a first come, first served basis

The event will be held at the following ADG locations:
West Brighton, located at 821 Castleton Avenue
61 Victory Blvd (formerly the Wu-Tang/Wu-Wear Store)

Make Up For Ever HD Blush: Buy This NOW!

make+up+for+ever+hd+blush Make Up For Ever HD Blush: Buy This NOW!Make Up For Ever’s new HD Blush is one of the best blushes I’ve ever tried – and you know that, when it comes to makeup, I get around.
I am absolutely enamored with MUFE’s HD Foundation, so when I heard about the new blush, it went straight to the top of my makeup must haves list. And lemme tell you, it does not disappoint. First of all, it is very pigmented, which means a little goes a long way…but not so crazy bold that you end up looking like Bozette the Clown. I also love its creamy texture, which is ideal for the warmer weather that is upon us. Another plus of the cream consistency? No need for a makeup brush…all you need is your fingers. But if you want a really professional look, the beautyblender sponge applies like a dream.

The real reason to love HD Blush is the fact that it looks, well, real. Even up close, it appears as if you’re actually blushing – not wearing something to mimic a radiant glow. It blends seamlessly and lasts all day (and night). Oh, and did I mention that it comes in 14 amazing shades? Make Up For Ever sent me samples of #4 (Walk of Shame) and #6 (Quickie) and I love them both. I wear the first when I’m going for a cool toned makeup look, and it looks amazing; when I’m going in a warmer direction, I wear the latter. Though these are the only shades I’ve tried, I can imagine that most of the colors would be universally flattering because they apply so fantastically well and can be layered for intensity.
make+up+for+ever+hd+blushes Make Up For Ever HD Blush: Buy This NOW!

The only unfortunate thing about this product is that, for now, it’s playing hard to get. I’ve visited two local Sephora stores and, to my dismay, the MUFE display does not yet include the HD Blushes. For the time being, you can purchase on sephora.com (and, luckily, the swatches on the Sephora website are pretty accurate).

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Five Must Have Makeup Brushes

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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,


Being able to ask you a beauty question is such a treat because I’m such a fan of your work. My question is this: I’m in the market for some new makeup brushes and I’m wondering which you recommend. I’m not looking for brush set suggestions – I’m more looking for awesome brushes to round out my collection. Please help!


Thank you,
Mariah

benefit+concealer+brush Makeup Mondays With Mario: Five Must Have Makeup Brushes

Hey Mariah,


Makeup brushes are so important to me and I use tons of them! Here are some of my favorite brushes that I’ve been using for years: Stila #15 Double-Sided Crease and Liner Brush; I use the smaller side for a detailed crease. Stila #24 Double-Sided Illuminating Powder Brush is great to contour the cheeks and frame the face with bronzer. I also like Make Up For Ever’s Eyebrow Brush. The Concealer Brush by Benefit Cosmetics is great for working under the eyes and my favorite Retractable Lip Brush is by Billy B Beauty.


Hope you get to try some of these brushes to round out your collection! 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!

Winners of the Gillette Venus Spa Breeze Giveaway!

gillette venus spa breeze razor Winners of the Gillette Venus Spa Breeze Giveaway!

Congrats to the following winners of the Gillette Venus Spa Breeze Giveaway:
Diane Baum
EDRing
Gamagoo
mediumcrazy
MrsAdorkable
Nikki J
Rai
Sarah D.
Shel
sksweeps

The Venus Spa Breeze features built-in “shave gel bars” with white tea scent, 3-blade for an ultra close shave, interchangeable blade refill cartridges, a shaving compact for in-shower refill storage, and a soft grip handle for no-slip control.

Many thanks to Gillette for spoiling these readers pretty.

Stay tuned for Spoiled Pretty’s next giveaway announcement!

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