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!

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!

Raj+studded+scarf+yellow Raj Imports Scarf Sale at Ideeli   Get On This!

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!

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raj+peace+scarf Raj Imports Scarf Sale at Ideeli   Get On This!
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.

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