Polished: Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather is the product of two people who are among the best in their industries. Deborah Lippmann is a top manicurist who has her own line that includes over 65 shades of nail polish. Narciso Rodriguez a fashion designer known for his sleek, modern designs and use of clean colors. I am an admirer of both of their work!
Stormy weather is a shade that Deborah Lippmann created with Narciso Rodriguez for his Fall 2011 show. It is a deep granite creme shade, that is unlike any color I have seen on the market. As a fan of dark and unexpected nail polish, I had to have this color. I was very excited when it appeared in my Christmas stocking, and could not wait to get some time for a manicure.

This is a great quality polish. It went on smoothly, and looked exactly like it did in the bottle. Above is a shot of two coats of the polish.

Then, it was time to play. After admiring matte effect nails for a long time, I finally purchased my own matte topcoat. I chose OPI for Sephora ($9.50). Here is a shot of Stormy Weather and a matte topcoat.

I could not be happier with this manicure!

-Alyssa

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Lauren Merkin for John Frieda Flyaway Tamer Clutch Giveaway

It’s been a while since I’ve organized a giveaway. It’s not for lack of wanting, it’s just that I’ve been super swamped. I promised myself that when I got the giveaway train rolling again, I was going big. So Spoiled Pretty’s first giveaway of 2012 is – quite literally – in the bag.

Her name is synonymous with the clutch, so it was only fitting that hair care authority John Frieda came to Lauren Merkin to design the perfect bags to house two of the latest style breakthroughs from the John Frieda brand: Luxurious Volume Anytime Volume Refresher and Full Repair Touch-up Flyaway Tamer.

Whether you want to pump up the volume or smooth down flyaways on the go, now the chic style solution is at your fingertips – and in a covetable clutch. To house Luxurious Volume Anytime Volume Refresher, John Frieda’s instant oomph infusion to revive style that falls flat, Lauren Merkin created a soft pouch clutch in gold snakeskin-embossed leather to match high-volume hair. Ideal for fine hair prone to flatness, Luxurious Volume Anytime Volume Refresher recreates volume at the roots by absorbing oils, instantly taking weight out of hair to give it lift. The translucent formula blends effortlessly to refresh hair and revive volume without a hint of residue. The result is fresh, full, high-volume hair, any time.

For a sleek way to stash Full Repair Touch-up Flyaway Tamer, Lauren Merkin designed a slim, rectangular taupe color patent leather clutch with red suede lining to complement glossy, smooth hair. Touch-up Flyaway Tamer polishes broken strands, smoothing flyaways and frayed ends with Inca Inchi oil, an omega 3-packed oil that weightlessly restores dry, damaged hair. Just brush the wand over dry, styled hair for on-the-go touch-ups and an instant boost of shine.

The Lauren Merkin for John Frieda Volume Refresher Clutch ($295) and Lauren Merkin for John Frieda Flyaway Tamer Clutch ($275) are available for purchase at laurenmerkin.com. But one lucky lady will win the Flyaway Tamer Clutch (FREE!) this week at spoiledpretty.com!!!

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below. Be sure to post your email, Twitter handle (make sure you’re following @spoiledpretty so I can DM you) or some other way for me to get in touch if you win. The contest is open to U.S. residents only.Contest ends on Monday, January 9 at 5pm ET. I’ll announce the winner then. Good luck!

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Most Meaningful Moment of 2011

 
This holiday season, Meaningful Beauty asked a few top beauty bloggers/vloggers to share one meaningful moment from 2011. A few weeks ago, my BFF (blogging friend forevs), Amber Katz, tagged me in her Meaningful Moment video – so now it’s my turn to share. And to top things off, Meaningful Beauty is generously donating $100 to the charity of my choice. So thank you to Amber for tagging me and to Meaningful Beauty for sponsoring such an awesome campaign.

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