Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Big Props To Rimmel London

Big props to Rimmel London for creating two ab fab mascaras for under $8, and to my BFF Kristen for bringing this brand into my lifestyle.

A few weeks ago, Kristen called me to wax poetic about the fluttertastic virtues of Glam'Eyes Mascara. Like she promised, it delivered high octane lashes like you wouldn't believe. This mascara ain't for the faint of heart, and you wallflowers best save this tube for a night out. It gives the eye a sexy, dramatic look that is sure to set tongues wagging.

But I was most impressed by my impulse buy. CVS was offering a buy one, get one half off promotion...so I also tossed Lash Maxxx Mascara into my basket. This mascara magically multiplies my sparse lashes and gives them a glossy black coat, with zero clumps. The wand takes a little getting used to, as it applies the product with a comb comprised of ultra-fine bristles. But once you get the hang of it, you'll marvel at how believably lush your lashes look. The fringe is so natural, you'll forget that you aren't genetically blessed.

Run your ass out and buy both of these mascaras - for the price of one department store tube!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Recessionista's Fabuless Pick of the Week: L'Oreal Paris HIP Jelly Balm

I am absolutely obsessed with L'Oreal Paris HIP Jelly Balm right now. They're the poor (wo)man's MAC Tendertones...except they're better, IMO.

The creamy balm lends a juicy pop of color to lips without the stickiness of your average gloss. The six shades have a magic quality that flatter all skin tones (I am partial to Plush). They're so moutwatering and moisturizing that they render your chapstick obsolete. And when you're having a bad day, HIP Jelly Balm is the perfect pick-me-up beauty buy.

They smell like cotton candy, taste like caramel, and cost less than $10. Does it get any better?

Buy the entire set without breaking the bank.

Available at mass market retail stores and at drugstore.com.

Junior Drake Giveaway Winner!

Happy Monday! I know that many of you have been holding your breath, crossing your fingers, and wishing on stars. Well, one of you did a better job that the others...I mean you, Virenda Mendoza!

Virenda is the lucky winner of the Junior Drake giveaway. She will receive Junior Drake’s Nicola Tote, a pretty and practical bag with a roomy interior, a plethora of pockets, double handles and longer detachable strap.

Thanks to all who entered (and shamelessly resorted to begging), and to Junior Drake for generously spoiling my readers.

Stay tuned for Spoiled Pretty's next giveaway!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Total Beauty Weekend Web Tour

Beauty Anonymous reviews La Mer The Hydration Infusion.

Enter to win Y.E.S. skincare products valued at $98 from Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog.

Beauty411 shares the best online beauty shopping websites from the NovemberShopSmart by Consumer Reports magazine! Did your favorite site make the list?

Monique at Beauty Girl Musings has tried Kinerase Under Eye Rescue, and is surprised at what she discovers. Find out what she thinks!

Alison of the Advice Sisters is blogging about the hair, makeup and nails backstage at Fashion Week fromVera Wang to Carmen Marc Valvo, and gives readers a birds-eye view of the American Express Skybox.

The Jet Set Girls are giving away Crest Weekly Clean. Stop by and register to win!

MissWhoever You Are reviews the forgotten Rich & Ripe lipgloss from MAC's Cult of Cherry collection for her Pucker Up Wednesday series!

The Makeup Divas reviews Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation and tells you why they love it.

Boutique Flair's fab finds will help you get fall's decadent dark lips. Is the power pout beautifully romantic or tragically goth? You decide!

Butterfly Diary wonders why the heck Sarah Palin is promoting a lipstick for an environmentally friendly company. Heard of the word "oxymoron"?

What anti-aging skincare brand does Beauty Blogging Junkie swear by these days? Find out here!

Latest Hair Trends Seen at the 2008 Emmy Awards-by Talking Makeup!

Meg Ryan is looking better than ever in the new movie, The Women! Find out what hair products help her create those gorgeous waves on A Mom in Red High Heels!

Jenn from Beauty in Real Life has found a new moisturizer perfect for Fall. Click here to find out what it is.

Glossypink has a hot new look and has an awesome Dita Von Teese photo gallery!

Spoiled Pretty is giving away a Junior Drake handbag worth $528. What are you waiting for? Enter today!

Beauty Blog Network: Best Week Ever

If you are looking for a 100% organic perfume that is free of phthalates, parabens and other toxins, then come check out what solid perfumes The Makeup Divas reviews and recommends.

Beauty Anonymous reviews La Mer The Hydration Infusion.

Jeannie from The Daily Cookie gets invited behind the scenes at Three Custom Color to chat with co-founder Chad Hayduk on fall trends as well as see how he mixes a custom lip gloss just for her!

A Touch of Blusher looks at YSL's holiday 2008 collection.

Cybelesays is giving away some of Gwen Stefani's new Harajuku Lovers fragrances. Click here to enter the contest!

Musings of a Muse looks at the new Vincent Longo Diamante Quad in Aquila with Product Photos and Swatches!.

Beauty411 shares the best online beauty shopping websites from the NovemberShopSmart by Consumer Reports magazine! Did your favorite site make the list?

Beauty Banter dishes on MAC's most fabulous Fall collection - hint: it maybe a collaboration with a MAJOR fashion house!

Beauty and Personal Grooming shares some easy DIY hair-conditioners using raw eggs.

What anti-aging skincare brand does Beauty Blogging Junkie swear by these days? Find out here!

Christine from Beauty in Real Life lets you in on her fave shampoo and conditioner combo. Find out which ones made the cut here.

makeup loves me gives you the skinny on sensa, magic sprinkles that help you lose weight!

Glossypink gets a site makeover and tells you about the red lipsticks that are a must for your makeup wardrobe!

Beauty Junkie in SF figured out how to hide those evil shadows under her eyes with the help of Benefit's Powderflage and its pretty fan brush.

15 Minute Beauty Fanatic has found a great natural mascara, Tarte's Lash Hugger!

Yummy411 wants to know if you're 'Politically Pretty'!

Pursebuzz.com shows you how to color your eyeshadow primer. Brights never looked brighter and whites never looked whiter! Color my primer here!

Spoiled Pretty is giving away a Junior Drake handbag worth $528. What are you waiting for? Enter today!

Friday, September 26, 2008

What A Doll!

Artist Noel Cruz took an ordinary doll, removed the factory paint and repainted the figurine using acrylics after he was inspired by the 'enigmatic beauty' of Angelina Jolie. What resulted is, perhaps, one of the most lifelike and creepy dolls I've ever seen.

The doll is missing Angie's signature tattoos. But Cruz, who specializes in painting dolls to resemble celebrities, says that they can be added for an extra cost of between £10 and £20, depending on the complexity of the design. And the doll can don different wigs for a variety of looks.

So how much will one of these doppelganger dolls run you? A private bidder recently paid £2,000 for his/her own mini Angelina.

I'd bet cash money that the anonymous buyer is none other Jennifer Aniston, and that she's sticking pins in that thing like it's her J-O-B.


Warm and Fuzzy Eyeshadow: Lise Watier Cachemires Bleu Quartet

How many of you own an eye shadow quad with no clue about where and how to apply the colors? I can relate…I’m a beauty junkie, not a makeup artist. Which is why I am such a big fan of Lise Watier’s eye shadow palettes. Included with the kits are directions on how to achieve different looks, complete with color-coded diagrams.

This summer, I was all about the Eye Quartet in Mer. And now that the lazy days of summer have come to an end, I’m feeling kinda blue. In a good way.

For fall, Lise Watier presents two seasonal colour quartets in soft, soothing shades – my favorite being Cachemires Bleu. This palette of (composed of a grey taupe, a sky blue, an anthracite blue and a luminous pale pink) is both subtle and refined, allowing infinite mix-and match possibilities. And it comes nestled in a pretty knitted pouch, accented with sequins!

To create the look above, I used products from Lise Watier’s new collection, Les Cachemires:

Cachemires Bleu Eyeshadow Quartet
Eye Shine Metallic Eyeliner in Marine
Metal Liner in Marine

Thursday, September 25, 2008

I See London...I See France. I See Through Your Underpants!

While reading today's newspaper, I came across an article about millimeter wave passenger imaging technology - a total body scanner that allows security personnel to view travelers as if they were naked. In a matter of seconds, this technology can detect weapons, explosives and other threatening items concealed under layers of clothing - without physical contact.

According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), this is how the Millimeter Wave Scanner works:

* Beams of radio frequency (RF) energy in the millimeter wave spectrum are projected over the body’s surface at high speed from two antennas simultaneously as they rotate around the body.

* The RF energy reflected back from the body or other objects on the body is used to construct a three-dimensional image.

* The three-dimensional image of the body, with facial features blurred for privacy, is displayed on a remote monitor for analysis.

The threat of terrorism is frightening. But so is thought of some TSA official spying my secret lumps and bumps.

Millimeter wave technology is currently being utilized in various government locations across the United States, as well as international aviation and mass transit environments.

So I guess it's time to stock up on some more Spanx.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

It Was A Happy Birthday, Thanks To All Of You!

Thanks so much for all of your well wishes! I may have started my birthday feeling alone...but as the day comes to a close, I am feeling very loved and appreciated. Merci beaucoup!

PS - My parents bought me my first pair of UGG boots, and I'm in love. I know I'm a little late to the UGG party, but I had to share. I'm praying for an unseasonably chilly day so that I can start breaking them in.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Happy Birthday To Me

It's my birthday, and Mr. Spoiled Pretty is away on business. I'm feeling kinda lonely, so if you could send me some love, I'd sure appreciate it.



MAC Ungaro: Q&A With Esteban Cortazar and Sharon Dowsett

MAC collaborated with Emanuel Ungaro designer Esteban Cortazar on a limited edition line, inspired by the designer's fall 2008 collection. The 14 piece collection is the product of the collaborative efforts of Cortazar, MAC's product development team and Sharon Dowsett, Head Make-up Artist for MAC. What do the masterminds behind the highly anticipated collection have to say about the inspiration and products? Spoiled Pretty finds out...

Esteban Cortazar, Head Designer at Emanuel Ungaro

Q: Who is the Ungaro woman?
A: "The Ungaro woman celebrates life, she loves nature, she smells fantastic, like peonies, gardenias and jasmine in a subtle way that’s so feminine. She adores feminine fluidity, beautiful colours, soft textures and unexpected prints – she’s a true individual with her style, a free spirit."

Q: Who are your muses?
A: "All my girlfriends are my muses – women who love to dance, to laugh."

Q: Did you have any preconceived ideas as to what feeling you’d like the makeup to communicate this season?
A: "Makeup is a huge part of a feminine woman who uses it to express her individuality and her mood. This season I wanted the makeup to come across as very natural and balanced…although natural can still have a strength to it. I wanted everything to be soft in the face. A little earth in the eye, to give it weight, but in a subtle way."

Q: You must be excited to be collaborating with MAC on this range – how long have you worked together?
A: "I’m so excited about the collaboration with MAC– they are so forward-thinking and so believing. They believed in me from my first show since I was friends with all the girls from the Miami store. I really feel part of the MAC family."

Q: Knowing that this makeup collection will have the Ungaro name to it, what was most important to you in terms of it’s aesthetic?
A: "It’s important to me that the makeup feels timeless-modern, but still makeup that a woman will always want to wear."

Sharon Dowsett, MAC Lead Makeup Artist

Q: How did you work with the MAC team backstage to ensure they understood the feeling you wanted for the look?
A: "Backstage I had to keep reminding the team to make it look less professional – I wanted it to look like shadow rather than eye shadow. Like Monet’s Water Lilies, it looks better the farther back you stand. When I visited his masterpiece at l’Orangerie, I was struck by how many colors he’d used to create brown, without actually using brown. There’s not a lot of makeup but a lot of thought’s gone into it."

Q: Who is the Ungaro woman this season?
A: "She’s a bit of a paradox – a girl who lets her hair dry naturally but also wears a couture dress. Feminine but not girly, stylish but not concerned, warm but not bronzed. Esteban described her as the type of girl who would dab jasmine under her ears as her perfume…I think he knows women like this!"

Q: What similarities do you see in the attitude and aesthetic of MAC and woman Ungaro?
A: "Not forced or contrived…although she isn’t afraid to wear makeup either. In this way, the Ungaro and the MAC woman have a similar aesthetic – they both have a definite sense of style and know who they are."

Q: The makeup feels very effortless, very innate. Was this your intention?
A: "It can take a bit of practice to be this kind of relaxed, effortless Ungaro woman. I suppose some women are born with it, but others of us don’t necessarily have that inherent refinement…we have to build it. Hopefully these products will make it simpler."

Q: How did you work with MAC on the products to get the colors and textures exactly right?
A: "I asked the MAC product development team to make a few changes to the products I’d used at the show since I'd created bespoke mixtures to get the shades exactly right. I requested that the orange eye shadow be less yellow, the brown be warmed up and the violet more vibrant. Fortunately you can make anything by combining pigments and mixes from the pro range and we also looked at some of my favourite theatrical products for inspiration."

Q: As a makeup artist it must be a complete dream to be able to create your own products, especially with MAC’s product development team and all their expertise at your disposal. Were there any constraints put on you by them, though?
A: "It’s such a dream to collaborate on a collection of products and MAC was incredibly free with me, there were no marketing constraints or anything to limit my creativity. They said ‘Be an artist and we will do the rest’."

Q: What are your thoughts on the final collection?
A: "I was really pleased when first saw the collection, as it was so close to the makeup created for the show with some pleasant surprises. I think that was to be expected, as the product development team had been very attentive during the whole process in paris and we’d been communicating by email since. I’m especially thrilled with the crushed rose and stone pink cream colour bases…my assistant said ‘in sickness and in health’ when I applied them to her! And the lip stain is brilliant…it doesn’t budge and makes no mess. love the mink brow set as it roughs up the brows and gives an expression of fierce femininity but the brown mascara struck me as slightly unnecessary as it’s already available in stores. Looking at everything together, I thought the whole collection needed an edge or juxtaposition…it could, in fact, be more painterly. I experimented with pencils and fell in love with an old pro blue, but was concerned that it wouldn’t be possible to include a completely new product at such a late stage. I asked Gordon Spinet if we could swap it for the mascara and we had several conversations about what could be done in the short time frame. After a bit of research, Gordon came up with Auto Blue Techno Kohl, which he said was a point of view on blue…watery, like an inky teal, which you could smear like eye shadow. Magic words to a makeup artist!"

Q: Which are your favourite products from MAC for Ungaro?
A: "I think the Cream Colour Bases are my favorites but everything’s now in my kit and own makeup bag."

MAC Ungaro

Live from backstage at the Fall 2008 Collections, It-Boy designer, Esteban Cortazar, and MAC have come together to create a special colour collection as dreamy, refined, and, well, Parisienne as anything this side of the Avenue Georges V, exclusively ours! A limited edition for lips, cheeks, eyes…chez Ungaro, only for MAC.

"Our association with Ungaro is really exciting as we’ve supported Esteban for many years. He’s reflective of an attitude and movement for venerable fashion houses to reinvent their brands by employing new emerging talent, something that’s a core value of MAC," explains Creative Director, James Gager.

The collaboration also represents the many personalities and aesthetics to which MAC makeup appeals. "MAC’s a high/low fashion brand," continues Gager. "We follow equally couture and street culture, a sense of yin and yang is inherent to the brand and our customers – heavy-duty dramatic makeup alongside that which is girly, fresh and light. Following from our dramatic and outrageous collaboration with McQueen last year, we felt that Ungaro represented another side of MAC’s personality."

Pure Rose: Pastel pink with white pearl
Freckletone: Neutral yellow-toned beige
Suggested Retail Price: $14.00

Pastel Emotion: Pastel pink with white pearl
Suggested Retail Price: $14.00

Not So Shy!: Jewel-tone berry stain
Suggested Retail Price: $14.00

Soft Flower: Clean, mid-tone coral
Lilac Touch: Dirty mid-tone violet
Mineral Deep: cool brown
Phloof!: Frosted off-white (not shown)
Suggested Retail Price: $14.50

Crushed Bougainvillea: Jewel-tone berry stain
Fresh Morning: Soft muted pastel pink
Suggested Retail Price: $16.50

Flower Mist Dew Clean brightening pink
Suggested Retail Price: $22.00

Auto-de-blu: Amethyst
Suggested Retail Price: $14.50

Lofty Brown: Ultra-rich blackened cocoa brown
Suggested Retail Price: $12.00

Mink: Dirty brown
Suggested Retail Price: $13.50

North America October 9, 2008 at all MAC locations and maccosmetics.com.
International October 2008 at all MAC locations and maccosmetics.com.

MAC Cremesheen

Speak softly, say something shocking! Cremesheen gives weight to your words, lightness to your lips! Application glides. Texture talks for you. Finish has the last word. Discover the finish that makes Cremesheen such hot gossip.

LIPSTICK - A next-generation, crème-based lipstick that imprints bright, full colour with soft and supple shine. Lightweight, texturally slick, it provides full, rich coverage and easy application.

Creme D’Nude: Pale muted peach beige
Ravishing: Clean lightly peachy coral
Speed Dial: Light blue pink
Fanfare: Mid-tone yellow pink
On Hold: Mid-tone yellow raspberry
Speak Louder: Clean poppy blue pink
Modesty: Muted neutral pink
Hot Gossip: Mid-tone pinky plum
Crosswires: Clean pinky orange
Stay In Touch: Lightly yellow brown
Brave Red: Bright yellow red
Dare You: Deep brown red
Party Line: Red-tone plum
Hang-Up: Deep berry

Suggested Retail Price: $14.00

NAIL LACQUER - Revolutionary new high gloss formula

Seasonal Peach: Creamy pale peachy pink (cream)

Suggested Retail Price: $10.00

MAC Suite Array

Suite Array: Eight shadow duo compacts imbue exceptional sparkle, add innovation in the most sophisticated new color alignments. Pair them with new Pearlglide Eye Liners, which provide all the accoutrements of day and night bedroom eyes...


Sweet Liaison
Small Pan: Pale yellow with gold pearl
Big Pan: Deep brown with gold pearl

Rose Suites
Small Pan: Intense blue pink
Big Pan: Light yellow pink with silver pearl

Team Violets
Small Pan: Dark burgundy with burgundy pearl
Big Pan: Mid-tone violet with gold pearl

Small Pan: Deep forest with gold pearl
Big Pan: Mid-tone orange with gold pearl

Shallow V. Deep
Small Pan: Bluish green with gold pearl
Big Pan: Mint with silver pearl

Blue Zone
Small Pan: Deep grey/green with silver pearl
Big Pan: Light ice blue with silver pearl

Ocean 2
Small Pan: Mid-tone blue with silver pearl
Big Pan: Light blue with silver pearl

Smoke & Ash
Small Pan: Black with silver pearl
Big Pan: Mid-tone grey silver pearl

Suggested Retail Price: $16.00


Bankroll: Rich green with bright green sparkle
Miss Fortune: Eggplant with light pink glitter
Spare Change: Mid-tone brown with copper glitter
Rave: Deep purple with purple glitter
Fly-By-Blu: Light blue with blue glitter
Wolf: Deep grey with gold glitter
Molasses: Dirty brown mid-tone brown glitter
Black Russian: Black with navy blue glitter

Suggestion Retail Price: $14.00

Monday, September 22, 2008

Junior Drake Handbag Giveaway!!!

Every time I go to New York Fashion Week, I panic. I love fashion. But I am not, by any means, a fashionista. For weeks, I agonize over outfits. I work myself into a tizzy matching the right dress with the right shoe…the right belt with the right blouse. How does a mere mortal bring her A-game to an event attended by A-listers? A haute handbag – that’s how.

This go ‘round, my secret style weapon was Junior Drake’s Aurora Satchel. This pretty and practical bag is perfectly compatible with my gal-on-the-go lifestyle, with its roomy interior, plethora of pockets, double handles and longer detachable strap. The Aurora Satchel is so spacious that if you tend to carry around your life in your purse, like I do, you can pile it all in – and have room to spare. Yet it never looks bulky. And the buttery, washed Italian leather and cross-stitch flourishes give this chic tote a worn-in, loved esthetic. The bag is available in six sumptuous shades.

As you can see from the pic (that's me in the Chanel showroom…more on that later), I’m so on-trend carrying the violet version. Karl’s to the left of me. Aurora’s to the right. Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.

Where was I going with that? Nevermind. Moving on...

I am so obsessed with Junior Drake right now that I can't keep this love affair to myself. So I’m spoiling y’all pretty. This giveaway isn’t junior. Oh hell naw. This one is majah!

One fortunate female will win Junior Drake’s Nicola Tote. Made of soft, supple leather, the Nicola flapped handbag will up your style ante with its feminine, Southwestern-inspired look. A multitude of exterior and interior pockets help keep you well-organized. And Nicola’s silk lining features retro photos of the founder’s actress mother – whose stage name was (you guessed it) Junior Drake.

The Nicola Tote retails for $528. But this week, we're slashing prices - and you can get one of your very own for the low, low price of $0. That's right. No money down, and no interest until neva! But you have to enter.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read "Junior Drake Giveaway." The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, September 28th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, September 29th, I'll announce the winner's name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

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ShopSmart's Top Online Beauty Destinations

You’re willing to scrimp on some things to save money, but not your makeup. So how can you save without giving up your favorite brands? Go online.

ShopSmart, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, checked out more than two dozen beauty sites to find the best ones. The November issue details the results - but here's a sneak peek:

Best Overall Selection: Beauty.com
Shipping Free if you spend $49 or more.
Return policy 30 days on unopened products or, for certain items, if you don’t like the color. Returns cost $4.99 unless a product is damaged or incorrect or the color is wrong.

Great for Hard-to-Find Products: Beautyhabit.com
Shipping Free on orders of $100 or more; otherwise $5.95.
Return policy 14 days on most items. No returns on opened or used products.

Great for Trendy Brands: Beautyofasite.com
Shipping Free on orders over $75; otherwise $5.95 to $8.95.
Return policy 30 days. You pay for return shipping unless the product was damaged. All returns are for exchange or store credit only. There are no refunds or returns on color cosmetics.

Best Prices: Buymebeauty.com
Shipping Free on orders of $35 or more; $4.95 on orders of less than $35.
Return policy 30 days. Products must be unused and unopened, unless they are defective. You have to call or e-mail before returning products; you will also have to pay the costs of return shipping.

Great Return Policy: Cosmeticmall.com
Shipping $5.95 plus 93 cents per pound.
Return policy 30 days. You can return most products for any reason, even after they’re opened.

Great Drugstore Makeup Section: Drugstore.com
Shipping Free on your first nonprescription order of $25 or more; free on orders of $49 or more after that.
Return policy 30 days. Returns are free if a product is damaged, defective, or incorrect. Returns are free on certain products if you don’t like the color. Otherwise, products must be unopened and unused.

Great for Freebies: Sephora.com
Shipping Free on orders over $50; otherwise $5.95.
Return policy 60 days. Free return shipping. Store credit after 60 days.

Great for Organic Products: Skinbotanica.com
Shipping Free on orders over $49; otherwise $5.95.
Return policy 60 days.

Best Shipping Deal: Skin-One.com
Shipping Free.
Return policy 30 days. Product must be at least 75 percent full. You have to pay return shipping fees, and no returns are allowed of an opened product if you received a sample of it with your order.

Best Online Version of a Walk-In Store: Walgreens.com
Shipping Many items qualify for free shipping of purchases of $50 or more; otherwise $5.49 for 10 pounds or less.
Return policy 30 days.

Sad Site: BeautyDepot.com
This site didn’t have a wide selection of products. You have to buy $99 worth of stuff to get free shipping; otherwise you could end up paying $7.95 or more for UPS ground. Cosmetics (and many other products) were not returnable, and there’s no toll-free customer-service number.

Fashtastic Giveaway Winners...

Top o' the workweek to you.

The time has come to announce the winners of Spoiled Pretty's Fashtastic Giveaway, sponsored by Urban Decay and Ananas.

The grand prize winner is none other than Deborah Campbell. Debbie has won samplings from Urban Decay's new fall collection, which includes: 3 Lipsticks, two 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils, one 24/7 Concealer Pencil, one Grind House Pencil Sharpener, and two Matte Eyeshadows - all in her choice of shades. Debbie really lucked out because she will also receive the Coco Clutch, courtesy of Ananas Collection. This gorgeous zip clutch is adorned with a wood ring. It’s perfect as a clutch, makeup case or to organize in a larger bag! All in all, the grand prize is valued at $252!!!

The runners-up are Tammy T and Julie Dacus. They will receive one Lipstick, one 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil and one 24/7 Concealer Pencil. Check your email, ladies. I'll be asking for your color preferences, as well.

Thanks to everyone who entered. And a special thanks to Urban Decay and Ananas, for hooking my readers up!

If you thought this giveaway was amazing, be sure to check back later today. You ain't seen nuthin' yet!

Copy Heidi Klum's Very Sexy Emmy Look

Victoria’s Secret head makeup artist, Linda Hay gave Heidi Klum a 1930’s inspired look for the 2008 Emmy Awards.

Linda was inspired by Heidi’s gunmetal grey Armani Prive gown. To off set the color of the gunmetal and staying on trend with the season, Linda opted for a palette of green, gunmetal and silver. Keeping it soft, but bright, Linda used items from Heidi Klum’s Very Sexy Makeup Fall Collection:

Eyes: Mosaic Eye Shadow in Butterfly
Cheeks: Mosaic Blush in Jewel
Lips: Lipstick in Malibu and Lip gloss in Cupcake

Sunday, September 21, 2008

It's A Motherf-ing Walkoff

In the immortal words of Project Runway Season 2 contestant Daniel Vosovic, it was a "motherf-ing walkoff" at the Fashion for Relief Annual Fashion Show last Wednesday.

Naomi and Chanel Iman sashayed and shante'd down the catwalk at the same time, in the same dress (it's an Alaia). In case you hadn't heard...he's, like, a totally important designer.

Steal Ferrera's Style With Fekkai

Hairstylist Daniel Howell used Frederic Fekkai products on Emmy nominee, America Fererra for the 2008 Emmys.

The look: A modern day Veronica Lake with heightened definition and a defined wave pattern. Accented with a strong side part and pulled back to one side.

How to get the look: Start by applying Défense Pre-Style Thermal UV Protectant to wet hair. Brush from roots to ends with the Classic Brush. Spray Bouffant Lifting & Texturizing Spray Gel through out and dry hair. Using a 3/4 inch curling iron start at the nape of the neck and wrap the hair from middle to root. Make sure all the hair is going in the same direction making it a repetitious pattern. Then use the next size curling iron on the ends of the hair. Go through the entire head from right side to left side. Clip the hair into desired waves close to the scalp. Remove clips and brush out curls for a soft finish. Set with Sheer Hold Hairspray.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Pony Up For Charity

For 25 years, Hasbro’s My Little Pony has brought fun, friendship, and joy of play to millions of little girls around the world. To celebrate a quarter century, Hasbro created a special program, "The My Little Pony Project: 25 Ponies for 25 Years" - to benefit Give Kids the World Village, a resort in Orlando that hosts children with life-threatening illnesses and their families for a cost-free stay and visit to the Central Florida theme parks and attractions.

"The My Little Pony Project: 25 Ponies for 25 Years" is an international collection of one-of-a-kind 18-inch figures designed by popular culture influentials, including celebrities, fashion designers, artists and My Little Pony fans, like Kimora Lee Simmons and John Stamos (who would've thunk it?).

The complete collection can be seen here and 100% of the sale of each figure will benefit Give Kids the World.

A Tail Of Two Headbands

Just in case you've been somewhere and just got back, allow me bring you up to speed. Braids are all the rage. Anybody who's anybody has been spied sporting milkmaid plaits, cornrows, and microbraids.

Wanna join the braid brigade, but got two left hands? Or don't have the time to brush your hair, let alone braid it? Don't be discouraged. It's Tonytail to the rescue.

The Tonytail Company has these great braided headbands, made of soft, synthetic hair. For a chunkier look, try Thick Braidies (1/2 inch). Thin Braidies (1/4 inch) are for stylistas going for a more subtle interpretation of the trend.

I wore both Braidies all over NYC for Fashion Week. The dark brown color was such a perfect match to my own hair that I received countless compliments - from friends and strangers.

Check me out (accompanied by the lovely Amber and Marina) rocking the Thick Braidies headband at a Fashion Week dinner, sponsored by MAC. It's all about the braided hair, baby!

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