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!

Hanae Mori Butterfly Solid Perfume Ring

hanae+mori+butterfly+solid+perfume+ring Hanae Mori Butterfly Solid Perfume RingIt’s no secret that Hanae Mori Butterfly is one of my favorite fragrances. In fact, two different versions of this scent occupy permanent residency on my perfume vanity. So when I heard about a new Hanae Mori Butterfly Solid Perfume Ring available at Sephora, I started reaching for my Visa…that is, until I actually saw it.

I love the idea of a solid perfume ring, but this one just looks so uninspired and cheap that the $39 price tag is laughable. For that kind of cash, I would suggest bypassing the .019 oz ring and buying the 5 oz body lotion instead.

For such a sophisticated scent, I’m a little shocked that they would put it in such a bauble that looks like it came out of a Cracker Jack box. Packaging fail.

Raj Imports Scarf Sale at Ideeli – Get On This!

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Just take a gander and the GORGE scarves I just snapped up at Ideeli. Aren’t they to-die? And get this…the first two are $26 each and the third is just $16. It don’t get better than this, ladies.

I can’t wait ’til they show up on my doorstep. Imma be rocking them all spring!

raj+gold+bead+scarf Raj Imports Scarf Sale at Ideeli   Get On This!

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Ideeli membership is free…click here for an invite, courtesy of Spoiled Pretty.

Interview With François Nars

 Interview With François NarsNARS is one of my all-time favorite brands – and if you’re a lover of makeup, it’s probably high on your list too. Whenever I visit Sephora, I never do a lap before committing to a location. My first stop is always the NARS counter.

I’ll never forget the time when my sister and I were shopping at the local mall and she started to get cranky; I’m a shopper of Olympic proportions, whereas she starts to tire after just a few hours. So when we stopped by Sephora, I bought her NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Rated R and it calmed her right down. That’s the power of NARS, people.

Recently, my girl Amber scored an exclusive interview with the legendary François Nars. Did you know that his most-used makeup item is NARS Cosmetics Satin Lipstick in Honolulu Honey – which just so happens to be celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic’s go-to nude lipstick?

For more dishy deets on François Nars, like how he creates a smoky eye and the inspiration behind the Schiap lipstick and nail polish shade, visit dailymakeover.com.

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Your Perfect Nude Lip

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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,

If you’re reading this, it means that you chose my question – which is so exciting!!! I am a big fan and am awed by your talent. I’ve been reading your column on Spoiled Pretty since it started, and have really improved as an amateur makeup artist. So thanks! Anyway, here is my question – I love the nude lip look, but I never know how to pull it off. How do I find my right shade of nude, and do you have any tools/techniques for pulling off the look? And can you recommend some of you all-time favorite nude lipsticks/glosses?

Your biggest fan,
Kirstie

mario+dedivanovic+kim+kardashian+nude+lips Makeup Mondays With Mario: Your Perfect Nude LipHey Kirstie,

Let me start out by saying that you’re very sweet!

When choosing nude shades for your lips, you should keep a couple things in mind: light pinks look better on fare skin because they will most likely have too much white in them for darker complexions. Peachy/beige nudes look great on medium to darker skin tones because of the yellow pigments in them.

If your lips are naturally red or dark, pat some foundation on your lips first to block out the color so that the true lipstick shade shows. My fave nudes are Honolulu Honey Lipstick by NARS and Josie Maran Plumping Lip Gloss in Optimism.

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!

Gillette Venus Spa Breeze Giveaway!

gillette+venus+spa+breeze+razor Gillette Venus Spa Breeze Giveaway!

When I meet a beauty product that blows my mind, there are – typically – two things that come to mind. First, I ask myself, “Self, how have you lived your life thus far without this product in your possession?” Secondly, I strategize, “How can I hook up my Spoiled Pretty peeps?”

This was exactly my thought process when I tried Venus Spa Breeze for the very first time, last week.

venus+spa+breeze Gillette Venus Spa Breeze Giveaway!This new Venus incarnation has built-in shave gel bars infused with the clean, fresh scent of white tea to provide a light lather as you shave, eliminating the need for a separate shave cream. I have to admit that, as a fan of the Schick Intuition razor, I wasn’t immediately impressed when I saw Venus Spa Breeze’s tiny little ‘shave gel bars.’ My pregnancy hormones have sent my hair follicles into overdrive, and I was very skeptical that there was enough gel to handle one leg – let alone all of my hairy situations.

But the Venus Spa Breeze pleasantly surprised me. First of all, I’m going to go on record as saying that my armpits have never been so bald, smooth and moisturized, post-shave, than after using the Venus Spa Breeze. And the razor delivered such a close shave that I didn’t have any stubble the next day! Lastly, the shave gel bars that I originally dismissed just kept going…and going…and going. They lasted through many a shave session and the triple blades stayed razor sharp.

I’m so impressed with Gillette that I’m partnering with them for a giveaway! Ten lucky winners will receive the Venus Spa Breeze, which includes 1 Venus Spa Breeze Razor, 2 refill cartridges, and 1 Shaving Compact. With warmer weather almost upon us, think how much this razor will come in handy. No more fussing with shaving cream…no more rust rings on the side of your tub…and no more buying those stupid mini cans of shave gel for vacations. Venus Spa Breeze is all you need.

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 Monday, March 22, 2010. Good luck!

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