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!

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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!

Flora by Gucci Eau de Parfum

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Flora by Gucci Eau de Parfum, which follows the debut of the Flora by Gucci Eau de Toilette, is the latest product developed for the growing Flora fragrance world. The light, feminine touch of Flora resonated immediately with consumers around the world when it launched in April 2009. This new EDP possesses the same youthful and optimistic spirit but in a deeper, more concentrated scent. The result is a sophisticated, warmer version of Flora that makes it ideal as an evening fragrance.

“I was just as involved in the creative development of this new Eau de Parfum as I was in the original Flora fragrance,” says Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini. “I used the freshness of Flora as the foundation but wanted to bring a new sensuality to this scent. The Eau de Parfum feels a bit more grown up. I think it will still appeal to our Flora customer but now she has the choice of whether she wants to keep her scent light and easy or a bit more rich and dramatic for evening. It is for a different moment in the same woman’s life.”

flora+by+gucci Flora by Gucci Eau de ParfumGiannini relied upon the same base of Rose and Osmanthus flower balanced by Sandalwood and Patchouli for the scent’s structure; however the notes are now stronger and more sultry in the Eau de Parfum version. Top notes of fresh citrus and peony finish off the bouquet. Not only is the effect more intense and luxurious, but the scent also lasts longer on the skin.

For the EDP, Giannini has created a new white on black Flora pattern for the package interior, which gives a twist to the original and creates a new, richer look. The bottle’s cap has been crafted from gold metal and the label in gold paper give it a precious and luxurious feel.

The new Eau de Parfum will be complemented by a special collection of luxury gifts that will launch in exclusive doors. The new products include a white scented candle decorated with the black Flora pattern, a luxury purse spray as well as a solid fragrance that is packaged in a sophisticated gold metal compact.

The collection:

Eau de Parfum (1 oz), $60.00
Eau de Parfum (1.6 oz), $80.00
Eau de Parfum (2.5 oz), $100.00

Flora by Gucci Eau de Parfum is available at Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue stores nationwide.

Joan Jett’s Hairstylist’s Tips On How To Get A Shag

 Joan Jetts Hairstylists Tips On How To Get A Shag

Joan Jett’s hairstylist, Sally Hershberger, shares tips on how to get a shag.

What is a shag?
SH: “A shag is really any layered cut. From longer pieces like Gisele, to something choppier like Joan’s hair.”

Why is it so popular?
SH: It’s a very versatile style that can work with many different hair types.”

What do you ask your stylist for if you want a shag?

SH: “If you want to take the look in a more severe direction, ask for a shorter style that has lots of layers of all lengths for a choppy, rockstar look. A more subtle version would be something a little less drastic – longer, softer layers.”

How do you style a shag?
SH: “The key to a great shag is using the right products. Most women have layers in their hair but, until my Shagg line, there was never a line of products designed to define and enhance their layers. To really make the most of layers, use lightweight, residue-free formulas so your layers aren’t weighed down.”

Sally’s styling tips:
1) First, rough, dry hair.
2) Use Sally’s Shagg Spray on dry hair and blast with a blow dryer.
3) Shape with your hands, which is much easier than using a brush to create texture and pieciness, for a great messy, sexy look in seconds.
4) To refresh the look, give the style a few quick additional spritzes.
5) Further define your layers with a gel. Sally uses her Shagg Rocks Liquid Gel to create further separation. Just pull a little through the hair using your hands.

kristen+stewart+and+dakota+fanning+the+runaways Joan Jetts Hairstylists Tips On How To Get A Shag

The Runaways, starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, hits theaters on March 19.

MAC Give Me Liberty Of London

MAC+give+me+liberty+of+london MAC Give Me Liberty Of LondonGive Me Liberty Of London: The very latest in a series of famous MACollaborations, it was only a matter of time before the demure-to-daring kaleidoscopic prints of Liberty of London colored our world with Brit wit and bohemian chic.

From the unstudied, Sienna Miller style of Spitalfields Market to the grit and glamour of Portobello Road, the swinging London girl has always been an unstoppable MAC makeup force!

Spring 2010 blooms with the ultimate flower fusion as MAC joining forces with Liberty, creating cool Britannia compacts and Lipsticks, Eye Shadows, Powder, Blush, Nail Lacquers and blushing, bountiful, quite British accessories.

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Beauty Powder, $25
The luxurious, soft pearl finish of MAC Beauty Powder packaged in a glossy white compact. Lid is decorated with an exclusively created flower and bird pattern for the Give Me Liberty of London collection.
Shell Pearl: Pale peach with gold pearl
Summer Rose: Soft violet pink with pearl

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Eyeshadow, $14.50
Give Me Liberty of London: Flat creamy pink (Matte)
Free to Be: Creamy true coral (Matte)
Dame’s Desire: Frosty mid-tone reddish purple (Frost)
Birds & Berries: Frosted dark green blue (Veluxe Pearl)
Bough Grey: Mid-tone bluish grey (Satin)

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Lipstick, $14

Ever Hip: Creamy light coral (Cremesheen)
Peachstock: Neutral peach (Satin)
Petals & Peacocks: Creamy bright magenta pink (Amplified)
Blooming Lovely: Creamy greyed lilac mauve (Amplified)
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Lipglass, $14

Frankly Fresh: Neutral pink beige with soft pearl
Perennial High Style: Creamy bright pink coral
English Accents: Creamy mid-tone blue pink
A Different Groove: Deep purple brown with pearl
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Blush, $18.50
Dirty Plum: Sheer dark plum
Prim & Proper: Neutral nude

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Nail Lacquer, $12
Vestral White Creamy white (Cream)
Blue India Dark green blue with pearl (Cream)
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Liberty of London Makeup Bags, $22-25
Limited-edition laminated makeup bags decorated with an exclusively created flower and bird pattern for the Give Me Liberty of London collection. Zip closure boasts a fabulously outsize floral pull.

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Liberty of London Scarf, $95
A limited-edition scarf designed with an exclusively created floral pattern for the Give Me Liberty of London collection. Rows of coral, orange, yellow and blue flowers form a repeating pattern on a white background. The fabric is a soft wool/viscose blend. Made in Italy. Measures 27″ x 82″.

MAC Too Fabulous

TooFabulous Beauty 72 MAC Too FabulousLips and cheeks get the pretty young thing treatment…Cremesheen makes a comeback for Spring 2010 as part of our permanent collection. Introducing six new très jolie shades and and three bring-back essentials, because the world wants more of this creamy, high-flying gloss formula that provides sheer, Just Superb color with a touch of sex-o-shine!

To accentuate them, a combination of six Lip Pencils ranging from neutral to pinks and browns, to delight and define.

And here’s a lovely thought: Six new Mineralize Blush Duos are also making a limited appearance. Inspired by the original, they provide a gossamer sheer and lightweight application…all TOO FABULOUS!

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Lip Pencil, $15
Naked Liner: Light Neutral
In Synch: Bright Yellow Pink
Mouth Off: Deep Peach Coral
Trimmed in Pink: Bright Blue Pink
Boldy Bare: Dirty Red Brown
Chestnut: Intense Brown

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Cremesheen Glass, $18
Fashion Scoop: Clear Pink
Just Superb: Dirty Neutral Pink
Boy Bait: Light Nude
Partial to Pink: Light Peach Pink
Richer, Lusher: Peach Coral
Loud & Lovely: Blue Pink
Double Dare: Coral Red
Deelight Mid-Tone Neutral
Over Indulgence: Neutral Brown

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Mineralize Blush Duo, $23
A limited-edition Mineralize Blush featuring two shades swirled into an abstract pattern. Delivers the sheer color and soft, dimensional pearl finish of all MAC Mineralize Powder formulas.
Rhapsody In Two: Light Pale Pink/Pale Peach (Frost)
Chic Couple: Light Yellow Brown/Dark Peach (Frost)
Two Virtues: Light Blue Pink/Light Violet (Frost)
Bi-Tone Rose Pink/Copper Bronze (Frost)
Buddy Up: Dirty Rose/Neutral Yellow Pink (Frost)
Sun & Moon: Neutral Brown/Pink Brown (Frost)

Kim Kardashian iPhone App

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Have you ever wanted to ask Kim Kardashian for advice on relationships, beauty, health, fashion or style? I know many of you do because I’m constantly inundated with emails asking how to cop Kim’s style. Anyway, now you can get the answers to your questions straight from Kim.  (more…)

CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara Coming Soon!

covergirl+lashblast+fusion+mascara CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara Coming Soon!Today, COVERGIRL introduced its newest LashBlast mascara – LashBlast Fusion. It’s COVERGIRL’s first ever volume and length mascara, so now lashes that want it all, can have it all! COVERGIRL Global Creative Design Director, Pat McGrath previewed LashBlast Fusion exclusively during Fall/Winter 2010 New York Fashion Week.

LashBlast Fusion will be available in-stores nationwide this April, but you can get it before anyone else staring March 12th during the exclusive online pre-sale.

LashBlast Fusion has a suggested retail price of $8.99 and pre-sale customers can take advantage of free shipping from March 12th – April 5th, limited quantity while supplies last.

Visit Facebook.com/COVERGIRL beginning March 12th to find an e-retailer.

Super Shiny Hair For $10

john+frieda+luminous+color+glaze Super Shiny Hair For $10My girl, Beth Shapouri, over at Glamour Magazine has ridiculously shiny hair. But she’ll be the first person to admit that she has a drugstore product, and not good genes, to thank for her lustrous locks.

“The question I get asked most by Girls in the Beauty Department readers – hands down – is what I use on my hair to get it to shine. The answer was, is and, for the foreseeable future, will be a product that costs about $10. It’s pretty straightforward: I just slather it on every few days and it leaves behind a layer of shine that wears away over a couple of shampoos. But there are a few things I’d warn you to take into consideration here. It can weigh down fine hair, so it’s not for everyone. If you’re using the colored ones (to amp up your hue), you have to rinse your palms immediately or they’ll get stained. And some hair types can handle it more often than others, so you have to experiment to find your magic number of days – use it too often and it’ll change the texture of your hair slightly (but not permanently).”

Thanks for the tip, Beth!

Spoiled Pretty readers – what are some of your favorite products under $10? Share your frugalista fab finds in the comments section.

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