Sleeping Beauty

Young woman sleeping

Having trouble falling asleep? Warm milk and counting sheep no longer cutting it? Believe it or not, the right beauty products could help you catch up on some much-needed beauty sleep.

Spoiled Pretty suggests you soak and shower your way to a good night’s rest.

Drift off to sleep with Bath & Body Works Dream Bath in Vanilla Chamomile. This luxurious cream bath contains a unique blend of essential oils to soothe you and enhance sleep, and aloe to nourish and rejuvenate skin. Vanilla absolute helps to calm feelings of stress that can keep you from falling asleep and chamomile essential oil has a lulling effect, to enhance sleep.

Borba Atomizer Linen, Face & Body Reviving Mist is the first and only linen, face, and body mist. The lightly scented mist not only moisturizes and softens your skin throughout the day, it also helps you instantly unwind at night with its relaxing sweet almond fragrance.

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TJ Maxx Is My New BFF

tj maxx store

You all know that I heart Sephora. I’m also a fan of department stores and specialty boutiques. But my new favorite places to shop for beauty products are retail chains like TJ Maxx and Marshalls. To me, there’s something so satisfying about rooting through shelves of crap and spotting the perfect product – as if it was put there especially for me to find.

This weekend, I went to TJ Maxx – and was amazed at what I found: GapBody body lotion for $5.99; a gift set of three Jaqua Shower Syrups for $9.99; and Lucky Chick Mandarin White Orchid Sugar Body Scrub for $4.99. I’ve also spied products from Peter Thomas Roth, Juice Beauty, Davies Gate, and N.V. Perricone on shelves at TJ Maxx. And you’d be amazed at the fragrance selection…not too long ago, my Mom bought a 1.7 ounce bottle of Hanae Mori Butterfly Eau de Parfum for $29.99 (retail value $85)!

Spoiled Pretty Tip: On your next trip to TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and similar retail chains – be on the lookout for products from CST (Commonwealth Soap and Toiletries) and Asquith & Somerset. These bath and body products are high-quality at a low price (most items are under $8). Right now, I’m loving CST’s Tangerine Vanilla Sugar Scrub…it gently polishes my skin, and smells just like an orange creamsicle!

Siren Song

Nars 2007 Holiday collection siren song

This past weekend, I stopped by Sephora expecting to just window shop. Oh, who am I kidding…does that ever really happen?

Aimlessly, I perused the aisles and tested dozens of products. I had no intention of actually buying anything, yet I couldn’t bring myself to leave the store. It was as if something was calling to me. Then I saw it – Viridiana lipstick from the Nars Siren Song Holiday 2007 collection.

nars lipstickThis lip color had me at hello, ladies. At first glance, I was bewitched by the rich burgundy color. After testing it on my hand, I fell a little deeper in love. By the time the saleswoman finished carefully applying it to my lips, I was obsessed. And in the ten minutes between putting a tube of Viridiana in my basket and paying for it at the register, three women approached me to ask what lipstick I was wearing. Watch out, Dolce Vita…there’s a new diva in town.

Spoiled Pretty Tip: For daytime, apply Viridiana to exfoliated lips with your fingers – for a subtle, but sophisticated stain. At night, apply with a lip brush for more concentrated color. The beauty of Viridiana lies not only in the shade, but also in the formula – the semi-matte finish isn’t drying and stays where you put it, so you needn’t worry about the color staying inside the lines.

Nars’ Siren Song collection also includes:
Duo Eyeshadow (in Balthazar, Violetta, and Cheyenne); Lip Gloss (in Rose Gitane and Bad Education); Blush in Luster; Single Eyeshadow (in Night Snow and Night Rider); Lip Gloss/Lip Stain Gloss (in Metis/Victoire, Turkish Delight/Sayonara, Sand Piper/Dare Devil, and Moon Fleet/Indian Red); Nail Polish in Saratoga ; and Perfecting Powder Sheets.

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Ask And You Shall Receive

gwen stefani beautyInterview the stars! InStyle.com gives you the opportunity to ask your favorite celebrities a question.

READERS ASKED: What was your first fragrance?

GWEN SAID: “Love’s Baby Soft. Probably because it was the one that I saw over and over again in commercials. I’ve always been into beauty products. As a kid one of my favorite stores was Sav-On Drugs. I just loved the smell of L’Oréal lipstick.”

Dying to know how Halle Berry always manages to look so effortlessly beautiful? Find out what products she uses – click here to submit your question.

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