Do Something Beautiful: Help Haiti

 Do Something Beautiful: Help Haiti

Every day, I post about beautiful things you should buy. But today, I’m taking this opportunity to urge you to do something beautiful.

On Tuesday, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti. More than 50,000 people are feared dead and 3 million more (one third of Haiti’s population) are left without access to food, water, shelter and electricity. Relief efforts are currently underway and you can play a part.

haiti+1 Do Something Beautiful: Help HaitiPlease make a monetary donation to one of the agencies responding to the Haitian earthquake relief. The situation is dire, and the people of Haiti are counting on our compassion and generosity. Every little bit helps, so don’t think you lack the means to make a difference. You know the money that you were saving to buy a new mascara, lip gloss or eye cream? Donate it to this very worthy cause. I guarantee you won’t miss it, and your small sacrifice could save someone’s life.

Yesterday, I took my ‘new jeans fund’ and split it amongst the American Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders. New jeans would have been cute, but I couldn’t justify spoiling myself when there are so many people without bare necessities.

Visit CNN.com for a comprehensive list of charities that are providing critical assistance to those affected by the catastrophic earthquake.

Jennifer Behr Online Trunk Show & Sale

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When it comes to hair accessories, you can’t get more gorge than Jennifer Behr. Her works of art have been seen in the pages of Vogue, on the Fashion Week runways, and perched atop the head of the Upper East Side’s queen bee.

Now through Tuesday, January 26 – in preparation for their Spring Collection – Jennifer Behr is offering a range of styles from 2009 previously seen in the press, on celebrities, or in stores…and, for the first time in JB history, they’ve put select styles up to 75% off!

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Petite Spikes Headwrap, $36 (75% off)
Be prim and punk proper in this dangerously delicate headwrap. Petite nickel spikes – too darling to harm – are embedded into a thin length of slick patent leather. Pretty tough. Finished at back with elastic for a custom, comfortable fit.

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Double Rose Barrette, $50 (50% off!)
Two elegant hand-curled silk roses on an automatic barrette. could be a bit gothic romance, or else summer garden party. This piece doesn’t have to be formal – pin into a dishevled twist, or a smooth chignon.

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Patent Orchid on Skinny Headband, $50 (75% off!)
Sculpted patent orchid floats right above the ear on a skinny headband. Hand-pressed, wired orchid petals. The patent petals are embossed with all the delicate details of orchid leaves. Great for short haired ladies. Worn by Leighton Meester, aka Blair, on Gossip Girl‘s season 1 finale.

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Rope Knotted Headwrap, $86 (50% off!)
Ultra thick black cording is fashioned into a high-sheen, voluptuous knot that is more gothic glamour than nautical. Use it to tame a free flowing mane, or to add polish to an updo. Finished at back with brass caps and elastic for a perfect fit.

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Wide Lattice Headwrap, $15 (75% off!)
Charming wide lattice headwrap, made of vintage ribbon material and finished at back with leather tabs and elastic for a comfortable fit.

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Double Rosette Headwrap, $76 (50%)
Featuring two hand-rolled rosettes on silk satin, this 2 1/4″ headwrap is finished in the back with elastic. Can be worn to create a beautiful vintage look. As seen on Gossip Girl‘s Blair.

Jennifer Behr accessories are usually quite a splurge, so this online-only event is the perfect time to pick up some hair baubles that won’t break the bank.

*Each piece was originally handmade to order. Sale styles are limited in quantity and are offered until they are sold out.

My Favorite Fragrance Ad: Dior J’Adore

dior+charlize+theron My Favorite Fragrance Ad: Dior JAdoreIs there a better fragrance ad than the Dior J’Adore commercial starring Charlize? I think not. No only did it prompt me to get reacquainted with J’Adore’s fruity floral bouquet (we originally parted ways in college), I even downloaded Marvin Gaye’s “A Funky Space Reincarnation” on my iPod…good stuff.

The commercial for Miss Dior Cherie (directed by Sophia Coppola) is another great one. Dior just does it better. One perfume ad I could do without (besides the Britney Spears ones – those go without saying), however, is the Estee Lauder Pleasures commercial. I cannot stand the way Gwyneth Paltrow pronounces “pleasures”…her accent just sounds so contrived; makes me wince every time she says it. My theory is that she’s spent too much time viva la vida in London. Anyway…now, when it comes on TV, I brace myself for it. Too bad…great perfume, stinky ad.

What are your favorite fragrance ads?

New From NARS: Orgasm Illuminator!

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New from NARS: Introducing Orgasm Illuminator, a scintillatingly sheer, weightless fluid that instantly makes skin refreshed, radiant and glowing. Flecks of gold, peach and pink shimmer softly diffuse light, melting into the skin to allow natural luminosity to shine through.

NARS Orgasm Illuminator Campaign New From NARS: Orgasm Illuminator!Apply Orgasm Illuminator all over the face for a barely-there, healthy glow. Use as a highlighter for a glimmering accent on the cheekbones. Layer it under, over, or mix directly with NARS Foundations for added overall brilliance. Wear it on the neck, shoulders or décolleté for a silky, subtle, eye-catching sheen.

The Orgasm Illuminator, a new product category for NARS, joins the cult-followed collection of NARS Orgasm-hued products, which includes Blush, Lip Gloss, Nail Polish and The Multiple. Revered by makeup artists and consumers worldwide, NARS Orgasm products have been the recipient of numerous beauty accolades.

NARS Orgasm Illuminator contains raspberry and black currant; bisabolol; Indian Frankincense, Panthenol and Sodium Hyaluronate. It is non-comedogenic.

The NARS Orgasm Illuminator is available exclusively at Sephora.

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!

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