DIY Lace Manicure

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How haute is this lace manicure? I don’t know about you, but I want it right now. Believe it or not, nailing this look is quite simple – and can be achieved in 4 steps at home! Visit Beauty on a Dime to learn how.

Zoë Saldana: From Avatar to Avon

avon+zoe+saldana+2 Zoë Saldana: From Avatar to AvonToday, Avon announced it has signed actress Zoë Saldana to be the spokeswoman for the brand’s new fragrance, Eternal Magic, debuting April 2010. In addition to supporting Eternal Magic, Saldana will also be featured in the company’s brochure as a face of Avon’s color cosmetics category in the coming months.

“I’m very proud to be working with Avon and to be the face of Eternal Magic,” says Saldana. “It means so much to me to be associated with a company that shares my values and believes in empowering women.”

avon+zoe+saldana+1 Zoë Saldana: From Avatar to Avon“We are thrilled to have Zoë as the spokesperson for Eternal Magic. Every woman wants to be unforgettable and Zoë perfectly embodies that feeling. She’s a rising star in Hollywood – and has built a strong reputation for playing empowering characters that leave a lasting impression,” says Geralyn Breig, Senior Vice President and President of Avon North America. “We were drawn to her inner and outer beauty, and feel she represents the perfect combination of strength and femininity.”

An unforgettable fragrance that leaves an indelible impression, Eternal Magic creates everlasting memories with a fragrance signature that lingers in the air. The artfully crafted fragrance takes inspiration from the rare Princess Monaco Rose. The enchanting scent is the embodiment of the unique magic that surrounds mysterious, alluring women everywhere.

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Eternal Magic launches in April 2010.

Essie The Art of Spring Collection

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Inspiration: Spring ushers in a warm, high-spirited bouquet of pretty shades and sultry silhouettes. At the Spring 2010 shows, designers expressed a super-sexy return to elegance with a pop art palette of colors. Body-clinging pieces with flurries of tulle, silk and organza flowed alongside crepe skirts, linen kimonos and shantung gowns in never-ending shades of lilac, rose and cerise.

“When I go to the fashion shows, I don’t just see clothes, I see artistic expression and color,” says Essie Weingarten, founder and president of Essie Cosmetics, Ltd. “Art and fashion go hand in hand, and this season’s collections reminded me of the pop art fashion explosion. My spring color collectionis a reflection of that movement.”

The collection includes a palette of shades created to compliment the essence of Spring:

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Van D’go: Deliciously ripe melon

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Tart Deco: Dreamy creamy coral

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Red Nouveau: Fiery hot red pepper

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Pop Art Pink: Sheer chiffon pink

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Lilacism: Satiny smooth lilac

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Neo Whimsical: Light as a featherrose-plum

For polish to last longer, Essie suggests using a base, like First Base Base Coat and top coat, like Good to Go! – the basecoat prepares the polish to adhere and the top coat seals in color. Also, wait 2 minutes in between color applications so that the polish can set. A few days later, apply Shine-e to refresh polish to a top shine finish.

The Art of Spring collection will be available February 1, 2010.

Makeup Mondays With Mario: You’re Blushing!

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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,

First, I want to say that I’m a big fan and so in awe of your talent. How and where should I apply blush, for a natural-looking flush? Also, do you have any advice for what shades of blush look best on different complexions?

Thanks so much, Nicole
woman+applying+blush Makeup Mondays With Mario: Youre Blushing!Hi Nicole,

Thanks so much! Choosing the right color and texture of blush is the trick to getting a natural-looking flush. First you want to be sure that your skin is evened out with your base. If you’re going for a cream blush, don’t use powder on your cheeks. If you choose a powder blush, definitely use a bit of translucent powder to set the makeup so that the blush wont get blotchy.

Now that skin is properly prepped, you can grab your blush brush in front of a mirror and smile. Apply the color right onto the apples of the cheeks. Start with a little product and add more if needed. Do not take the color all the way to the temples/ears unless you’re getting dressed for a 70′s/80′s themed party! Blend the color with your brush to be sure there aren’t any lines, etc.

For lighter skin tones, go with pink and peachy colors. Darker skin tones can also use these colors, but should have more yellow and/or red undertones to avoid looking ashy. Reds also look great on dark skin. Play around and have fun! Thanks for visiting Makeup Mondays with me!xo,
MarioGot 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!

Lancôme La Laque Fever Giveaway

Lancome+La+Lacque+Fever+Lip+Shine Lancôme La Laque Fever GiveawayI’m not really a fan of long-lasting lipglosses. Sure, they hang around longer than your average gloss. However, ironically, most end up looking quite dry and matte – settling into the lines on your lips.

But since Lancôme sent me a sample of La Laque Fever Ultimate Lasting Full Color Lipshine to try, I’ve changed my tune completely. Lancôme has succeeded where many brands have fallen short.

Somehow, Lancôme created a lipstick/lipgloss hybrid that delivers concentrated color and multidimensional shine that lasts for 6 (touch up free) hours. An ingenious heart-shaped applicator perfectly gets into the corners of the mouth and helps to sculpt lip contours beautifully.

I am so enamored with this product that I can’t enjoy it alone. Which is why I’m partnering with Lancôme for a giveaway. We’re giving away ten tubes of La Laque Fever: 5 in Plum Wave (below left) and 5 in Untamed Plum (below right).

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To enter the giveaway, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name, mailing address, and color preference (Plum Wave or Untamed Plum). The subject line should read “Lancôme La Laque Fever Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, January 17. Ten winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, January 18, I’ll announce the winners’ names. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. residents.

Good luck!

NARS Spring 2010 Collection

NARS+Spring+2010+Campaign+Image+ +Lo+Res NARS Spring 2010 CollectionInspired by Catherine Deneuve’s role as Lucille in La Chamade, the NARS Spring 2010 Collection features soft, sexy shades that are as elegant as they are versatile.

“I love Catherine’s makeup look in this movie,” says François Nars, Founder and Creative Director of NARS Cosmetics who chose supermodel Amber Valletta for the campaign. “It’s very sophisticated and bourgeois in a Parisian ’16th Arrondissement’ way. She is the perfect reference for this collection, and apropos for spring, a time to embrace color and get noticed.” The hues are playful yet sophisticated and can be either soft and subtle or bold and daring. As always, the effects are limitless, determined by application, technique, and attitude.

“The shades are soft, sexy and light — like springtime. The formulas are trans-parent, so they allow the skin to look natural and fresh. If a woman wants a more intense look — and I hope she does — the hues can be layered for a bolder effect.”

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Lipstick in Cruising, $24
This subtle, sexy pink lipstick hue provides a sheer natural long-lasting color. The hydrating formula can be worn alone, or over a NARS Lip Pencil for variations in color and depth. It’s neutral enough to pair perfectly with dramatic eyes, yet alluring enough to attract attention when used on its own.

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Lip Gloss in Easy Lover, $24
Serious luster meets sexy color in this ultra-sheer hot pink lip gloss. The eye-catching and refreshing springtime hue is perfectly suited to deliver super shiny, sensual lips. An extra dab of it in the center of the bottom lip will accentuate sheen and fullness. It’s impossible to resist.


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Lip Gloss in Ophelia, $24
This high-shine strawberry nectar lip gloss is deliciously sweet and seductive. Wear it alone, or over NARS lip products for a more intense effect and color variation. The glossy formula will capture both the light and the attention of admirers.


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Nail Polish in Purple Rain, $16
This intensely gothic purple is a bright and audacious shade destined to become a modern classic. Boasting a long-wearing formula, this intense nail hue vacillates between opposites: rocker or royalty, rebellious or refined.

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Single Eyeshadow in D. Gorgeous, $23
This dusty lilac powder eyeshadow yields just a hint of flirtation, but never misses its mark. The long-wearing, crease-resistant matte formula boasts a translucent texture and can be applied sheer, or layered with other NARS products for a bolder result.

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Duo Cream Eyeshadow in Camargue, $32
Named for the deep, dancing, sun-cast hues found in the French river delta, this pairing of golden moss and sienna, with multi-colored reflections comes in a soft-blending, glistening cream eyeshadow formula. Wear it alone or layered beneath NARS powder eyeshadows to create more color, depth and intensity.

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Duo Eyeshadow in Kuala Lumpur, $32
Like its Malaysian city namesake, this perfectly harmonized gold infused rose and boysenberry pairing is influenced by contrasts — rich and subtle, traditional yet modern. Wear the two shades separately or together, sheer or layered for a more dramatic effect. Try swiping one shade over the entire eyelid and applying the other just beneath the brow bone to highlight.

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Glitter Pencil in Bains Douches, $24
This bright sky blue, silver glitter-infused hue delivers powerful, vibrant color that slides on smooth and remains creamy for blending. Use this glitter pencil layered or alone — to line, accent, highlight or illuminate the eyes. No matter how it’s used, the look will be as ultra-chic as the legendary Parisian nightclub for which it was named.

The Spring 2010 collection will be available on January 15, 2010 at narscosmetics.com.

On The Cuff: Stop Water From Running Down Your Arms!

woman+washing+face+splashing On The Cuff: Stop Water From Running Down Your Arms!Don’t you just hate when you’re washing your face at the sink, and the water’s going everywhere? It’s running down your arms, onto the counter, then dripping on the floor. It’s like, damn – I just wanted to wash off my makeup…I didn’t need a bath! After you finish cleaning your face, you end up having to clean up the entire bathroom. What a pain, right?

Well, if you can relate then read on…because I found a product that will keep your sleeves dry and your bathroom floor puddle-free. Add this to the “why didn’t I think of that” list…

On the Cuff is a set of sponge bracelets that you wear on your wrists. When you’re washing your face, instead of the water running down your arms, the sponges absorb the water. The cuffs are one size fits all, so they stretch to accommodate both men and women. When they get dirty, just rinse with warm soapy water, squeeze and allow to dry.

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What’s even better is that On The Cuff can also be used when washing the dishes, washing your car and cleaning the shower. The only thing I’d change about On The Cuff is the color. The industrial yellow sponge looked kinda cheap and lackluster against my cafe au lait skin. A pair in fuchsia or cerulean would be super chic.

On the Cuff comes in packs of 2 ($7.99) or 8 ($24.99). Both packs come in reusable mesh bags, and the larger pack even comes with a drying rack.

Bobbi Brown Makeup Face Lift Collection

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“I designed this collection to give women all the tools they need to look well-rested and bright-eyed in five minutes flat.” – Bobbi Brown

This January, Bobbi makes it easy to keep all of your New Year resolutions with her Makeup Face Lift Collection, which allows you to instantly brighten your face and play up your eyes with just a few simple tweaks.

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New Extra Eye Repair Cream, $65
Do your eyes need something extra? Packed with peptides, natural plant oils and humectants that target wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness, this rich concentrated cream visibly revives eyes. Use morning and night- warm between fingers, then pat gently around eye area. Once cream is absorbed, follow with Tinted Eye Brightener or Concealer.

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Tinted Eye Brightener, $38
Bobbi’s Tinted Eye Brightener, now in a NEW portable pen! Back-of-cab makeup artists (you know who you are) – with just a quick twist and a click, this lightweight Concealer instantly brightens under-eye circles and refreshes your makeup. Available in eight shades: Light Bisque, Porcelain Peach, Bisque, Light to Medium Peach, Medium to Dark Bisque, Dark Peach, Dark Bisque, Deep Peach.

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New Brow Pencils, $20
Instantly give your eyes a “lift” with defined eyebrows. These creamy, blendable pencils give you the natural look of eyebrow powder with the precision of a pencil and come with their own. Available in five shades: Wheat, Blonde, Grey, Ash and Mahogany.

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Brightening Lip Gloss, $20
Introducing two new shades of Brightening Lip Gloss. This sheer, reflective formula wakes up your face and helps create the illusion of fuller lips. Wear alone or on top of your favorite Bobbi Brown lipstick. Available in two shades: Popsicle and Nectar.

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