DiorShow Extase Mascara Is Here To Pump You Up!

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Without cosmetic help, my lashes are pretty much nonexistent. They are so stumpy and sparse, I don’t know why they even bother showing up. So when I’m in the market for a new mascara, I’m not satisfied with one that merely lengthens or volumizes. I only add a mascara to the collection if it delivers both…and if, in the immortal words of L.L. Cool J, it’s “doin it and doin it and doin it well.”

 DiorShow Extase Mascara Is Here To Pump You Up!Recently, the beautiful folks at Dior sent me their newest mascara – DiorShow Extase – to try on for size. And let me tell you…not only is this getting added to the Spoiled Pretty collection, it’s going in heavy rotation. This mascara performs so well, it’s enough to make ole L.L. lick his lips. Allow me to describe what the latest DiorShow is working with…

First, Extase gave me lash volume where none existed. Dior chalks it up to “spherical-shaped Black Pearl Pigments create a 3D volume effect and the exclusive Metamorphosis Powders expand in size by up to 50% after application.” Now, I don’t know nuthin’ about no special pigments and powders…but I will say that the ingredients in their magical mascara formula fatten the lashes quite nicely. In fact, Extase pumps up the volume so well, it made me think of the old SNL skit Hans and Franz. If those two quit bodybuilding and got into the cosmetics game, this might be the mascara they’d concoct.

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Lashes with DiorShow Extase (left); nekkid lashes (right)

dioshow+extase DiorShow Extase Mascara Is Here To Pump You Up!Though Dior doesn’t really advertise this, Extase does a fantabulous job of lengthening and curling lashes. I was actually more impressed with this than its volumizing abilities. It took even my tiniest baby lashes and transformed them into long and lithe versions of their former selves. As I type this, the lashes on my right eye (I left my left eye bare, to act as a control) are brushing against the lenses of my glasses.

Even after it dries, the formula is extra dark and glossy. My eyelashes are naturally black, and I noted how inky and lush Extase made my lashes look. So I can imagine that you gals with light lashes are really going to love it. It also wears very well; it doesn’t flake or smudge. And the few times I absentmindedly rubbed at my eyes, it didn’t do anywhere.

Finally, Dior promises that Extase’s SR38 Patented Ceramid helps to reconstruct damaged lashes and promotes stronger and fuller lashes. I’ve only been using it a few days, so I can’t say if there’s any truth to that claim. But even if it doesn’t rebuild and strengthen your fringe, its aforementioned perks are well worth the price of admission ($28).

Right now, DiorShow Extase Mascara is a Sephora exclusive, and only available to Beauty Insiders. The rewards program is free, so why not sign up?

Demitasse Jewelry Giveaway Winners!

Forgive me for being so tardy with this announcement. Big congratulations to Leah Nollenberger, Nicole Ordonez and Layla Rivera.

vamp 1 Demitasse Jewelry Giveaway Winners!These lucky ladies have won a fangtastic necklace from Demitasse’s limited edition, “The Vampire Chronicles” jewelry collection, inspired by New Moon.

The DemiVamp necklace is made of pewter and comes in three colors (Ancient Brass, Silver Bullet, and Rose Heart) with matching 30″ cable chains. It features a size 9 ring of fangs and a bullet tip center.

Many thanks to Demitasse Jewelry for sponsoring the contest. And stay tuned for Spoiled Pretty’s next giveaway announcement!

Nordstrom.com Beauty Sale: Get On This!

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Nordstrom is having a ridiculously amazing online beauty sale, and I didn’t want y’all to miss out on these steals and deals! Here’s just a sampling of the markdowns:

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Laura Mercier Crème Brûlée Duo
Was: $40 Now: $29 (save 25%!)

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MAC Lipglass and Lustreglass Set
Was: $29.50 Now: $22.90 (save 20%!)

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MAC Miracles Happen Viva Glam Lip Kit (sold out on MAC website)
Was: $22.50 Now: $17.90 (save 20%!)

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MAC Magic, Mirth, & Mischief – Do the Trick Brush Bag (sold out on MAC website)
Was: $49.50 Now: $38.90 (save 20%!)

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Philosophy The Cookie Exchange Collection
Was: $30 Now: $21.90 (save 25%!)

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Bobbi Brown Goldstone Long Wear Eye Palette
Was: $40 Now: 31.90 (save 20%!)

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Jo Malone Bath Oil Collection
Was: $85 Now: $67.90 (save 20%!)

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Hanae Mori Paris Butterfly Deluxe Set
Was: $75 Now: $55.90 (save 25%!)

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Smashbox Eye Wish Palette
Was: $44 Now: $32.90 (save 25%!)

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Philosophy Classic Cookbook Gift Set
Was: $35 Now: $25.90 (save 25%!)

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Fekkai ‘Golden Shimmer’ Gelée Mist
Was: $20 Now: $9.90 (save 50%!)

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Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Sweet Obsession Eye Color Collection
Was: $48 Now: $35.90 (save 25%!)

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Lancôme Holiday Juicy Tubes Set
Was: $39.50 Now: $29.50 (save 25%!)

DKNY Delicious Candy Apples Fragrance Collection

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This winter, DKNY adds three new gourmand perfumes to the Delicious fragrance family. The Delicious Candy Apples fragrance collection includes:

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Sweet Caramel Candy Apple: This sweet caramel scent is a perfect blend of apple, delicate flowers, topped with creamy caramel and vanilla – making this new scent a delectable choice.

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Ripe Raspberry Candy Apple: This ripe raspberry blend has touches of scrumptious green apple, raspberry, and floral and is finished with coca-cola making this new scent an ideal treat.

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Juicy Berry Candy Apple: The combination of blackberry, fresh apple blossoms wrapped in rose petals and sandalwood make this new scent a delicious indulgence.

The Delicious Candy Apples fragrances are $55 (1.7 oz) and available now at DKNY boutiques, dkny.com and Ulta. In January 2010, these limited edition perfumes will be available at Sephora.

Ashley Greene’s Sherlock Holmes Premiere Hairstyle

ashley+greene+sherlock+holmes+premiere Ashley Greenes Sherlock Holmes Premiere HairstyleCelebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson styled Ashley Greene’s hair for the NYC premiere of Sherlock Holmes. Here are Ted’s expert tips and inspiration for how to get the look:

“Start off on wet hair and use Build It Blow Drying Agent and Hairsheet Styling to achieve volume and texture. After blow drying hair straight, use a large barrel curling iron to add movement, texture and shine. To finish off, pull hair back into a chignon using Tame It Shine Lotion and to hold it all in place, spray with Beautiful Hold Hairspray. We went with a more sophisticated look since the dress was a little below knee length and more demure, cocktail style. I wanted to be able to show off her beautiful face and fantastic neck by putting emphasis on these features with hair being a huge accent to the look.”

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