If You Have Hair, The Wet Brush is a Must Have


For years, I have used an oversized wide-tooth comb to detangle my notoriously impossible to detangle post-shampoo hair. The amount of hair that would get caught in the teeth was somewhat alarming. But I chalked it up to the fact that I only wash my hair once a week - so maybe the hair loss really wasn't all that CONTINUE READING

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream Review


You know how awesome BB creams are for your face? Well, the geniuses at Jergens have harnessed the power of BB and infused it into a lotion for your body. Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream promises flawless-looking skin with 5 visible benefits in just 5 days.  But does it deliver? Watch the video to find out...   Disclosure: This post was CONTINUE READING

Laura Mercier Sale at Gilt.com


As a huge fan of Laura Mercier (I swear by the foundation primer and tinted moisturizer), I was so excited to see that Gilt.com has a nice assortment of beauty products currently on sale. There's everything from sophisticated nail polish colors and soft mineral blush to lip glaze palettes and pencil sets to create an alluring smoky eye. Oh, and CONTINUE READING

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Cover April Issue of Vogue


Welp, folks, it looks like Kanye finally wore Anna Wintour down and got his baby mama a coveted Vogue cover. So the rumors were true. There was buzz a few months back that Kim would cover the fashion bible, but then everyone assumed it would be a foreign Vogue - given Anna's alleged aversion to all things Kardashian. I CONTINUE READING

10 Beauty Products to Get You Through the Flu


Hey Guys! As you all know the weather lately has been terrible and most of us have been getting all kinds of horrible colds and the flu, as a result. This is very personal for me because I work in retail and it seems like I get one disease after the other with all of my customers constantly sneezing CONTINUE READING

Sex And The City 2 Remington Giveaway Winners

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A few weeks ago, Spoiled Pretty partnered with Remington on a giveaway – to celebrate the Sex And The City 2 premiere. Remington has the perfect hair tools to mimic the fab foursome’s couture coifs at home…and here are the winners:
Zahra has won the Remington Colossal Curl Setters to create jumbo and extra-jumbo sized spirals to score Carrie’s fierce curls.

Salma will receive the Remington Frizz Therapy Iron to achieve Miranda’s perfectly polished bob.

Havilland will flip out when she receives the Remington Wet 2 Straight with curved plates. Iron hair while damp and wrap each section around the rounded edges to create flipped out ends and some body waves.

And the Remington 3-in-1 Styler with the beach wave attachment will help Rachel (aka Little Miss Loveless) to achieve pristine, Park Avenue waves!

Many thanks to Remington for sponsoring this giveaway. And Spoiled Pretty readers – check back soon for your next chance to win!

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Mascara Application

Posted on by daneen in Beauty Tips, Eyes, Lashes, Makeup Mondays with Mario, Mario Dedivanovic, Mascara | Leave a comment
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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.

Hey Mario,

My beauty question is about mascara. What is the best way to apply it? I’ve heard so many different tips. Some people have told me to apply mascara to the tops of lashes, while others have said to apply to the underside. I’ve heard about wiggling the wand at the base of lashes and rotating the wand as you apply. Some people hold the wand vertically and others hold it horizontally. And are you supposed to let mascara dry in between coats? Mario, you are a makeup genius so I really trust your opinion. Please set the record straight so I can make the most of my mascara.

Thanks!
Heidi

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Thank you, Heidi!


The first thing you should do is curl your lashes and wipe the mascara wand with a tissue before applying mascara to the eye lashes. This gets any clumps off of the brush and makes for a more even application. I recommend applying the wand starting at the base of the lashes and going up. You can “wiggle it just alittle bit.” Too much of that will tangle the hairs. You want to have the majority of the mascara towards the base because the lashes will fall or droop if a lot of product weighs them down on the tips. Don’t wait until they dry to apply your second coat – perfect and seperate them before they dry.

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!

Rihanna Has Red Hair!

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RiRi is a redhead, y’all! The chameleon chanteuse debuted a red do (with coordinating crimson mouth and mani) this past weekend in Europe. What say you?

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Ideeli Gets A Makeover

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Ideeli.com, the fastest-growing online sample sale destination, turns three and gets a whole new look!
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Now, the “Latest” page is called “On Sale Today,” and there are tabs there for Women, Home, and Kids, to make navigating that much easier. It’s a way for shoppers to see just the sales they want to see, when they want to see them. All of the photos are now in the classic Polaroid format, for example – but while they’ve upgraded the website’s look and feel, Ideeli kept the easy functionality and shop-ability completely intact.

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

L’Oreal Sublime Bronze One Day Tinted Gel

Posted on by daneen in Bath and Body, Bronzer, Fabuless Pick of the Week, Spoiled Pretty TV, Tan | Leave a comment
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L’Oreal Sublime Bronze One Day Tinted Gel promises a natural looking, sun-kissed glow in a no-mistakes formula that lasts all day – but washes off with just soap and water. Does it deliver? Watch my video review to find out if you should stockpile or sidestep this new product!

Top 10 Bridal Beauty Tips

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Recessional2 Top 10 Bridal Beauty TipsToday, Mr. Spoiled Pretty and I celebrate our third wedding anniversary. With our recent move and all of the craziness that’s going on in our lives right now, we almost forgot. But after remembering, we booked reservations at Supper, an excellent restaurant in our new ‘hood.
This year is particularly special, because we celebrate the occasion with our son. Though Westley isn’t scheduled to make his grand entrance until August, he’ll enjoy a delicious dinner.
In honor of my nuptials, I’m taking this opportunity to pass along some beauty knowledge to brides-to-be. Back in 2007, I stressed myself out something awful trying to make sure my makeup was perfection; I wish someone wiser had taken me under her wing and saved me some major frustration. So I’m hoping that this post will serve that purpose and help a new generation of brides vow to be beautiful on their wedding day.
Here are my top 10 tips:

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1. Don’t get too trendy with your makeup or hairstyle. You want to look like a knockout on your wedding day, but you should still look like you. Years from now, you don’t want to look at your wedding photos and think, “Who is that?”

2. If you’re planning a pre-wedding facial or similar treatment, make sure you schedule it at least a week before. The last thing you need to deal with is an allergic reaction or an extraction-happy esthetician that leaves your face a marked up mess days/hours before your nuptials.

3. If you can, hire someone to do your hair and makeup on your wedding day. I’m not doubting your abilities…you might be the second coming of Kevyn Aucoin, but having someone to help means that you’ll have one (or two) less things to worry about on the day of. And it needn’t cost a fortune, either. You don;t need to hire a celebrity makeup artist to look like supermodel. Find a local beauty school and ask if any of the students are available for special events. Or go to the mall and get a makeover at your favorite makeup counter. If the salesperson does a good job, ask him/her if she makes house calls. My longtime friend/mane man, Erik, did my hair at my parents’ house…and then attended our wedding as a guest.

4. Whether you’re paying someone to do your hair/makeup or you’re a DIY kind of bride, always do a trial run. And take photos – from different angles and in different lighting. You might love the reflection in the mirror, but the pictures might tell a different story. And better for you to figure out what works (and what doesn’t) in the months/weeks leading up to your big day – when you actually have time and the means to fix problems.

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5. Don’t rush to remove your veil. If you decide to wear a veil on your wedding day, wear it for the entire day – from your walk down the aisle until the end of the reception. A veil is that one element that transforms you from a woman in a white dress into a bride. Looking back at my wedding photos, I wish I hadn’t been in such a rush to take off my veil and show off my hair. I much prefer the photos of me wearing the veil; they have a much more romantic quality.
6. Invest in some waterproof mascara, even if you’re not the emotional type. At some point, someone is going to make you cry and you’ll be happy you dodged a Tammy Faye Baker bullet.
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7. If your hair has behavioral issues, I would recommend not washing your hair on your wedding day. Freshly shampooed hair doesn’t hold a style as well as second day hair. And if your hair has a serious case of ADD, invest in a can of Elnett.

8. If your skin is on the oily side and you’re afraid of looking shiny in photos, make sure to have blot papers handy on your wedding day. Powder does cut down on shine, but it can also get cakey-looking and settle into lines. Blotting papers are a better bet. Or you can do like I do and just grab a bunch of Starbucks brown napkins next time you get a Frappuccino; those suckers work better than most blotting papers I’ve used – and when Starbucks charges you $4-5 for some coffee, milk and sugar, they owe you some damn napkins. So take a handful and put ‘em in your purse.

9. Invest in good makeup primers to keep makeup from sliding off of your face. I’m partial to Laura Mercier Foundation Primer and Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion.

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10. I wore Giorgio Armani Silk Lipstick topped with Armani Lip Shimmer on my wedding day (click here to find out what else I wore). I asked one of my bridesmaids to hold my gloss for me – but when I needed it for a mid-reception touch-up, she didn’t know where it was. To this day, she still insists that I lost it. Um, as if! I would never misplace a brand new Armani lip gloss. Anyway…I digress. Though this was a minor snafu, I’m often reminded of my mistake when I look at my photos. My lips are almost the same color as my face, so in some of the pictures, my mouth kind of just disappears. It still irks me to this day. So do yourself a favor and use a lip stain (like CoverGirl Outlast Lipstains) before applying lipstick and/or lip gloss. And don’t ask your flighty friends to hold nuthin’.

Get Fresh Rich Body Creme

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After a recent visit to the spa, I didn’t want my pampering to end. So I picked up a bottle of Get Fresh Rich Body Crème in Lemongrass. The lotion provides 24-hour moisture with a combination of natural oils, tropical nut butters and antioxidant botanicals. Plus, it has that quintessential spa scent that just takes me away – in an old school, Calgon kinda way.



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