Winner of the Links Jewelry Giveaway

New From Fresh: Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Cherry

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 Cherry New From Fresh: Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Cherry

Meet Cherry, the newest addition to the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 family. She joins Advanced Treatment, Berry, Coral, Honey, Passion, Petal, Plum, Rose and (the original) Sugar.

Fresh Sugar Soiree lip balm collection1 New From Fresh: Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Cherry

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 blends reparative oils and waxes with real sugar, a natural humectant, for delectable and dependable moisture. This hydrating treatment nourishes, protects and plumps the lips – while providing essential, year-round protection from damaging UV rays.

I just love these balms. In fact, Passion and Berry have taken up residency in my purse lately.

Giveaway: Links Jewelry Rose Gold Chain Bracelet!

links jewelry bracelet Giveaway: Links Jewelry Rose Gold Chain Bracelet!

After beauty products, handbags and jewelry are my secondary addictions. Obviously, this site is chock full of makeup reviews and you’ll also find a good amount of purse posts. But I don’t write very often about jewelry. Maybe it’s that I have such discriminating taste that I only come across a need-to-have piece once in a while. Or perhaps it’s because jewelry is such a personal thing…you find a piece you love and you want to be the only one wearing it.

Anyway, I’m writing my first jewelry post in a long time because I recently discovered some jewelry that made me swoon. And you know that when something is swoon-inducing, my natural instinct is to gab about it and spread the news far and wide.

Links Jewelry is a jewelry brand that manufactures the most gorge necklaces and bracelets – for both ladies and men. The jewelry features a patented chain and leather design that is handmade in America by American artisans. The Classic Line is finished in 14kt yellow gold, white gold, rose gold or sterling silver. The Sport Line features copper oxide, carbon microfiber and black steel treatments. Bracelet prices range from $129.00 to $559.00. Each piece is beautifully unique…like the kind that makes other women day, “OMG…that is so cute! Where did you get that?” Yeah, that kind.

But beyond creating cuteness, Links Jewelry is a socially conscious company that instills their “Look Good, Do Good, Feel Good” message in each piece they create. 10% of sales go directly towards Sean Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief Organization.  Knowing that rose gold is my metal soulmate, Links sent me some bracelets to review and they are amazeballs. Just take a look.

links jewelry bracelets Giveaway: Links Jewelry Rose Gold Chain Bracelet!

These bracelets needed to be in my jewelry box, like, yesterday. Feel the same? I thought you might. That’s why I’m partnering with Links Jewelry to give some adorbs arm candy. One lucky Spoiled Pretty reader will win the 2-row 14kt Rose Gold Finished Chain and Metallic Pink Leather Classic Links Bracelet with Buddha Head Charms (value: $179).

Rose Gold Chain Metallic Pink Leather Classic Links Bracelet with Buddha Head Charms Giveaway: Links Jewelry Rose Gold Chain Bracelet!

To enter, leave a comment below – telling me how you’re going to rock your new bracelet. The contest is open to U.S. residents only. Contest ends on Friday, August 23 at 5pm ET. I’ll announce the winner then. Bonne chance!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Links Jewelry, however, all opinions expressed are my own.

Enamored with Essie: Blanc and Snap Happy

essie blanc and snap happy Enamored with Essie: Blanc and Snap Happy

Lately, I’ve been enamored with Essie. Mr. Spoiled Pretty and Westley gave me a gift card to a local nail salon for Mother’s Day – and every time I get my nails did, I find myself gravitating to the Essie shades. Not only are the shades super gorge, but they apply like a dream and they look fresh to def for a good 10 days (and I’m super rough on my hands). On my toes, we’re talking a good month.

Essie Blanc and Snap Happy Nail Polish Enamored with Essie: Blanc and Snap HappyHere are two of my most recent Essie manis: Blanc (a snowy white) and Snap Happy (a cheerful red orange)

What are your favorite Essie shades? I’m looking for inspiration for my next mani/pedi – so leave your suggestions in the comments section.

Kooba for AHAVA Body Care Set: A Nordstrom Exclusive

Kooba for AHAVA Body Care Set Nordstrom1 Kooba for AHAVA Body Care Set: A Nordstrom ExclusiveThis new limited edition collaboration between contemporary beauty and fashion brands AHAVA and Kooba was designed to bring the beauty and fashion obsessed together to express their personal styles. Combining the most innovative in mineral skincare with a passionate fashion brand, this cute and conveniently sized clutch in one of Kooba’s natural and classic prints holds three of AHAVA’s best-sellers:

  • Mineral Body Exfoliator (6.8 fl oz)
  • Mineral Body Lotion (3.4 fl oz)
  • Travel size Mineral Hand Cream (1.3 fl oz).

The Kooba for AHAVA limited edition set is $45 (a $130 value!) and is available now at select Nordstrom locations and on Nordstrom.com.

Polished: L’Oreal Paris Watermelon Manicure

loreal new money crazy for chic Polished: LOreal Paris Watermelon Manicure

L’oreal Paris recently re-designed all of their packaging, and their Colour Riche nail polishes now come in sleek rectangular bottles.

I picked up two colors: New Money (a bright, light green) and Crazy for Chic (a clear, vibrant raspberry pink). I was eager to see how long these polishes would last, since they are advertised for 10-day wear.

watermelon nails Polished: LOreal Paris Watermelon Manicure

I applied two coats of each color, going for a summertime watermelon-inspired manicure. I proceeded to beat up my manicures as I always do: washing dishes, typing way too much, and cooking.

I am happy to report that my watermelon nails lasted for 8 days without chipping! These polishes have serious staying power, and they are a great choice for summertime manicures and pedicures with longevity.

Urban Decay Vintage 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils Are Half Off!

Urban Decay 24 7 Glide On Eye Pencils Vintage Urban Decay Vintage 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils Are Half Off!

I love me some Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils. The Urban Decay website bills these babies as “the best eye pencils ever, ever, ever.” And it’s truth…every word of it. If you don’t own at least one of these liners by now, what are you doing? Are you just reading Spoiled Pretty for the hell of it? I’m trying to help you, girls! In these trying economic times, a woman needs an eyeliner that she can depend on. And this one, my friends, is as good as it gets. If I had to pick my favorite beauty product of all time (which is so hard…it’s like picking your favorite child), Urban Decay’s eyeliners are it.

Anyways, Urban Decay’s 10 vintage shades are now on sale at urbandecay.com and Sephora for $9.50. They’re originally $19.00, ladies – so this is HUGE. Whether you’re an Urban Decay newbie or longtime fan, this is prime time to stock up. All of the colors are fabulous and fun, but if you only have one Alexander Hamilton to spend, I highly recommend Deviant, a bold blue. Apply it to the waterline and wait for the compliments to come rolling in.

Susana Monaco Flutter Tube Dress

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I just had to share how much I adore this Susana Monaco Flutter Tube Dress I just bought from Shopbop.com.  I’m usually very hesitant to buy clothing online because I’m short and curvy and I can’t be assured that something will look right until I try it on. And even when I do buy clothes off the Internet, they’re almost always petite clothes because the proportions on regular clothes make me look like I got dressed in front of a funhouse mirror. But I decided to take a chance on this dress because a) I don’t have any cute going out dresses in my closet, b) this dress is so cute it’s ridiculous and c) it’s on sale for 50% off.

Well, I’m glad I decided to live dangerously because the dress fits amazing and is the most flattering thing I’ve bought in a long time. The double-jersey knit hugs without being restrictive. Plus since it’s not thin, you don’t have to worry about it showing any lumps and bumps. The peplum on top of the skirt plays hide-and-seek with the areas I’m most self conscious about, and makes this body-con dress more wearable for those of us without model bodies. And the color just screams summer, right?

This dress is so hot, I’m building an entire girls’ night around it.

If you’re as enamored with this dress as I am, act quick…it’s going fast. But be sure to check out Susana Monaco’s other dresses Shopbop.com – she’s no one hit wonder.

PS – Gilt actually has a sale of Susana Monaco going on today. So check that out for more options.

 

Kiehl’s Friends & Family 2013

Kiehls Friends and Family June2013 Kiehls Friends & Family 2013

It’s Friends & Family time at Kiehl’s, so if you a fan of their amazing skincare, bath & body and hair products like I am, now is the time to stock up. If you’re never tried Kiehl’s…gurl, this is the perfect time to get acquainted.

Get 20% off all of your purchases at a Kiehl’s freestanding store or on Kiehls.com between Thursday, 6/13/13 – Monday, 6/17/13. Click the image above, print out the invitation, and take it to your local Kiehl’s freestanding store. Kiehls.com customers will also enjoy complimentary ground shipping on orders of $35 or more by simply entering the code FAMILY upon checkout.

If you’re looking for suggestions for your shopping list, you can’t go wrong with their Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, Rosa Arctica Youth Regenerating Cream, Midnight Recovery Concentrate and Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion (it smells divine and hydrates as all get-out).

Beautiful Things My Mother Taught Me

mom and me Beautiful Things My Mother Taught MeMom and me, circa 1979

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by CoverGirl.

Mother’s Day is this Sunday and I’m so excited. Not just because Mr. Spoiled Pretty and my son, Westley, are treating me to a decadent brunch. But because it’s an opportunity to celebrate my hero, Andrea Stamps.

I must admit that until two years ago, Mother’s Day was just another Hallmark holiday. I would buy the obligatory card and flowers, and remind my mother that I appreciated her. But it wasn’t until I became a mom that I realized the depth of my appreciation.

You see, my mom was born to be a mom. Throughout my life, she silently sacrificed to provide the best life possible for my sister and me. She enjoys her job as a mom so much that it’s easy to overlook or forget how hard that job can be. It’s the most thankless yet rewarding job imaginable and now that I fully understand what it means to be a mom, I think one day a year simply is not enough. My mother is so much more than a mom to me. She is a mentor, my best friend and an inspiration.

In the spirit of Mother’s Day, CoverGirl created a Facebook page for you to share all of the beautiful things you’ve learned from your mom. You can also create and send your mom a custom e-card with the beautiful lesson she taught you – and it will also be added to the CoverGirl Mother’s Day public scrapbook on the Facebook page.

What beautiful thing has your mom taught you? Mine has shared so many words of wisdom over the years, there isn’t enough room in this blog post to share. But the most profound thing I’ve learned from my mom is that unconditional love is real – and she practices it every day. I only hope that I can be half the mom to Westley that she has been for me.

westy and me Beautiful Things My Mother Taught MeLil’ man and me at the Phillies game this past weekend

Okay, okay…enough of the mushy stuff already, right? Since this is a beauty blog, I’ll also take this opportunity to share some words of wisdom for busy moms – like myself – who often have little time for beauty routines. Celebrity makeup artist Sage Maitri, who works with celeb moms like Molly Sims, Rebecca Romijn, Jessica Capshaw, Minnie Driver, Elizabeth Banks and Emily Deschanel, shares some of her favorite mom-friendly makeup tips:

Morning Mayhem – For a busy mom, mornings can be the hardest part of the day! Concealer is mother’s little helper! Try COVERGIRL + Olay Simply Ageless Concealer, which brightens up your eyes for a wide-awake look while the Olay Regenerist Serum covers fine lines and wrinkles.

1 + 2 = 3 Time Saving Products – A product that contains more than one beauty benefit can be a real time saver. Try these three multi-benefit products from COVERGIRL:

  • COVERGIRL Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation is a primer, concealer and foundation in one.
  • For a quick pop of color on your nails try COVERGIRL Outlast Nail Gloss which contains a built in top coat.
  • To cover up those dark circles, try COVERGIRL + Olay Concealer Balm which is a concealer that is also infused with emollient-rich serum.

Bath Time is a Must – For a busy mom it’s hard to carve out time to wash your face before bed. Try to sync your schedule with your children’s so you can make time to keep you skin fresh and clean.

Date Night – A little lip color can go a long way and transform your daytime mommy look, to date night glam! Try COVERGIRL Jumbo Gloss Balm for a sheer pop of color, or LipPerfection Lip Color for a deeper more vibrant lip color. Both also have moisturizing ingredients which will keep your lips refreshed.

Mom-Only Brunch – When you’re a mom, your life revolves around your kids. Whenever I have an afternoon with the girls, I like to spice up my day to day look by adding a little life to my eyes. I love Clump Crusher by LashBlast Mascara to really bring volume to my lashes. The water resistant formula is also great for any unforeseen moments.

Treat Yourself – Sometimes you don’t always have time for yourself, but it’s important to treat yourself, even if it’s something small. I always have my clients invest in a face masque that is meant to be slept in. Wake up with glowing skin, a treat for all, but especially a multi-tasking mom!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of my mommy readers. May your loved ones spoil you pretty this Sunday!

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