Sunday, November 30, 2008
Ten years ago, in a perfume shop in the Bahamas, my father and I fell in love with the same fragrance - Deauville pour Homme by Michel Germain. We were smitten at first scent, but the price tag seemed a little inflated. So when we re-boarded our cruise ship, we searched the duty free store. No luck. When we returned to Philadelphia, my dad left no department store unturned - but he always left empty-handed.
Apparently, the Bahamian saleswoman hadn’t exaggerated Deauville’s hard-to-find status. So Dad and I cursed our inner bargain hunters, until he discovered Deauville during a routine trip to Bloomingdale’s a year later. Dad snatched it up, not caring how much it cost. I, on the other hand, was a poor college student. I barely had the funds to keep my gas tank filled, so I hit up my typically generous mom for a loan. She refused, not understanding why a 21-year-old girl would want to wear men’s cologne. So I was forced to satisfy my Deauville cravings by stealing a spritz from my dad when I happened to be home from school.
For the past nine years, a bottle of Deauville has been perched atop my dad’s dresser. You’d be hard pressed to find a bigger fan of the fragrance than Papa Spoiled Pretty. And while I have always had a soft spot for the crisp clementine, spicy white pepper, French white thyme, pipe tobacco and amber oak moss notes - over the years, Deauville sorta regressed to the recesses of my mind. Until a few weeks ago, that is.
While bargain hunting at TJ Maxx with Mama Spoiled Pretty, I spotted several bottles of Deauville pour Homme on a display right by the registers. You know, the shelves full of goodies that beckon to you - their siren song impossible to ignore? Anyway, I picked up the Deauville box, examined the familiar packaging, and the price tag said…$9.99! Does it get any better?
Since then, Deauville has been perched atop my dresser (like dad, like Daneen). Mr. Spoiled Pretty is a little weirded out by my affinity for men’s cologne (he calls it "nasty"), so I was excited to learn that Deauville pour Homme has a lady counterpart, Deauville French Spa. I’m not sure how French Spa’s Italian Bergamot, black currant, gardenia, lotus, white wood and musky notes relate to the cologne, but I’m eager to find out.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog is offering another Manic Monday giveaway. TwisTeD Silver Shower earrings will add that holiday je ne sai quoi to that holiday outfit.
Hot Beauty Health is giving one lucky reader a chance to win NARS Exclusive Lip Gloss Collection that includes five fabulous shades to wear this holiday season.
Beauty Junkies Unite discovers Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare and has an "experience"!
Viva Woman shares with you the benefits of the oil cleansing method.
Fabulous Over Forty has a Lancome nail polish giveaway, as well as other holiday gift guides.
Felicia at ThisThatBeauty is doing her own personal rendition of the MAC and HELLO KITTY collection. Check out Felicia's HELLO KITTY Face of the Day.
Get Tips for Holiday Travel from cosmetic bag designer Stephanie Johnson at Makeup Bag.
Battle skin dryness this winter with a great spa-at-home tip from eye4style.
Georgia at Neon Bible takes a look at what Bond No. 9 has to offer for Christmas and it's actually affordable!
What eye look tops winter 2008 makeup trends? Head on over to Frappelattes to find out!
Alison of The Advice Sisters attended the 36th Annual International Emmy Awards and worked the red carpet but she's also been blogging about holiday beauty, too!
The Makeup Divas is giving away several Elizabeth Grant skin care products. So hop on over and enter the contest today!
Beauty411 shares time-saving tips and styling suggestions for holiday hair without the hassle!
Kyle at Face Candy reviews Tocca's Florence Solid Fragrance.
Beauty Anonymous brings you Shiseido's Majolica Majorca Holiday 2008 Collection.
Did you know while Lipstick can help prevent lip cancer, lip gloss can increase your exposure? Lean about Sunscreen for Lips at RN Guide to Skin Care.
Suzanne at Mineral Makeup Reviews provides an overview of Bare Minerals Skin Care.
The Beauty Blog reviews philosophy Shear Splendor Shampoo.
Beauty Blogging Junkie experiences a truly fantastic facial at NYC's Xac Anthony Salon.
Looking for discounts and free beauty products? Check out TotalBeauty.com's New! Discount Deals of the Week article.
Monique at Beauty Girl Musings has fabulous pictures and all the beauty details from the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show!
Indian Girl shows you to sport a Bright and Fun Look and Soft and Feminine Look for this holiday season !
Givenchy Holiday Makeup 2008 on Marta's Video Blog - by Talking Makeup!
makeup loves me tells you what her 5 absolute beauty must-haves are!
Head on over to beauty in real life to find out which fabulous new skincare products make the cut in Christine's morning routine.
Kim Kardashian is giving away a selection of MAC makeup, handpicked by the Kim herself. Visit Spoiled Pretty for the deets and to find out how to enter the giveaway!
The Home Spa Goddess has lots of links to Black Friday Beauty deals.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Congrats to Emily Cibelli and Molly Taylor, winners of the Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Giveaway.
Emily and Molly will receive the Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Salon Nail Lacquer Fall 2008 Collection, which includes the following sumptuous shades: Raven's Wing (black with silver glitter), Moonstone (silver pearl metallic), Quartz Chameleon (pinky-nude with shimmer), Divinity (pale toffee with shimmer), The Good Earth (deep dark chocolate with shimmer), Cruel Heart (scarlet with shimmer), Alchemy (dark grape with shimmer), Torrid Bloom (deep fuchsia crème), Night Lily (plummy crème) and Stormy Blue (smoky silver/blue metallic).
Many thanks to Sally Hansen for sponsoring the contest and for supporting my mission to spoil y'all pretty.
No matter who's on your list this year, there's something in Lancôme's holiday color collection, C'est Magnifique, for everyone. The new collection includes:
* Color Design Eyeshadow Quad (in Glamour Première and Hollywood Seductive): Design eyes with a color designer's palette of finishes: from shimmer to sheen, metallic to matte. Micro-aired powder technology offers supreme smoothness and blendability in the sultriest new shades.
* Juicy Tubes Ultra Shiny Lip Gloss (in Icon of Stage, In All Her Splendor, Luminous in Lace, Showered in Diamonds and Pretty in Pink): Just in time for the holiday season, this limited edition Juicy Tubes collection offers sheer to shimmer coverage with a burst of color.
* Le Rouge Absolu - Reshaping & Replenishing LipColour SPF 15 (in Cinema Noir, Bordeaux, Pampered and Golden Girl ): Smoother. Fuller. Absolutely replenished lips. This advanced lip color provides 6-hour care with continuous moisture and protective Vitamin E. Features plumping polymer and non-feathering color to define and reshape lips. Choose from an array of absolutely luxurious shades with a lustrous pearl or satin cream finish.
* Artliner Precision Point EyeLiner (Star Studded and Midnight Glam): This easy-to-handle, liquid pen features a uniquely shaped foam tip that lets you precision-line, shape and define your eyes.
* Virtuôse Black Carat - Divine Lasting Curves, Length & Volume Mascara (in Black Carat): All-in-one mascara lengthens, volumizes, and curves lashes all day. Enriched with black essence pigments, the formula glides on easily and gives a deep, black result. Long-lasting formula is virtually smudge-proof, tear-proof and easily removable.
* Le Vernis - Divine Lasting Color & Shine (in Midnight Glam and In All Her Splendor): It is Lancôme’s most technically-advanced nail polish. Your fingertips and toes will love the boost of color and lasting shine that stays put for up to seven days. Its cutting edge, soft-sculpt brush embraces the shape of each nail for perfectly even coverage in one coat with no clumps.
* Color Design - Sensational Effects Shimmering Eye Stylo (in Award Winning Gold, Fashion Flair Bronze and Modelesque Plum): Intense shimmer in a smooth-going, loose powder, eye shadow pen that builds a look with layers of color and light, from simply sparkling to seriously glamorous.
View the entire collection here.
Can’t wait to get your hands on the collection? Well, you’re in luck because Spoiled Pretty is giving away Le Vernis - Divine Lasting Color & Shine in Midnight Glam. One lucky winner will receive a full sized bottle of this limited-edition, on-trend shade.
To enter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read "Lancome Le Vernis Giveaway." The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Wednesday, December 3rd. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Thursday, December 4th, 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.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
MAC Monogram Collection: Your personal statement of the Holiday season. A collection of such creamy, high-prestige shades and luxurious fragrance, they make their own distinguished look and marque. In the fashionable world, this is the only signature you need...
Monogram Lipstick: this luxury formula is smooth and rich. Silky lipstick that glides on with ease for medium buildable to full coverage with satiny shine. Lips feel soft and look rich and lustrous. When paired with the Monogram Lipgloss, the look is high shine and multi-dimensional.
Flourish: Frosty mid-tone red
All Mine: Creamy mid-tone blue pink
Marque: Soft light neutral pink
Status Symbol: Warm mid-tone reddish brown with pearl
Suggested Retail Price: $22.00
Monogram Lipgloss: High shine, super sheer lipgloss provides comfort and cushion. Feel soft and look lustrous. Brilliant gold sparkle flecks give a lustrous effect. A patent leather slick of shine; beautiful alone or paired with Monogram Lipstick.
Posh Life: Mid-tone bright pink with gold pearl
Identity: Pale baby pink with gold pearl
Distinguished: Sheer yellow beige with gold pearl
Monodramatic: Bronzy brown with gold pearl
Suggested Retail Price: $22.00
Monogram Sheerspark Pressed Powder: new shimmer powder for both eye and cheek.
Commemorate: Frosted pale gold with gold pearl
Keepsake: Frosted pale pink with gold pearl
Personal Touch: Light peach with pink pearl
Old English: Light bronze with gold pearl
Suggested Retail Price: $26.00
Monogram Sheer Mystery Powder: An ultra-fine, super sheer, and very sophisticated pressed powder. "Mysteriously" silky-soft in texture, glides on to give skin a velvety matte, slightly luminous and altogether flawless finish.
Light Medium: Pale ivory
Medium Plus: Tan beige
Dark Secret: Deep caramel
Suggested Retail Price: $50.00
Monogram Air Of Style Fragrance Set: A rare set of two limited-edition Air of Style fragrances beautifully nestled in a metallic faux patent pouch featuring a circular MAC Monogram logo on an embossed plaque with gold and red degrade detail. Warm, intoxicating, baroque and sensual in its scent, the fragrance's slim 15 ml glass flacon with gold cap, featuring the collection’s name and monogram.
Top Notes: White pepper, dried red dates, wild peonies
Middle Notes: Tuberose, orange blossom, jasmin, ylang-ylang, orris
Bottom Notes: Touch of leather, antique woods, vetiver, amber crystals, tonka beans
Suggested Retail Price: $70.00
129 Monogram Special Edition Brush: Powder/Blush Brush
Suggested Retail Price: $45.00
224 Monogram Special Edition Brush: Tapered Blending
Suggested Retail Price: $35.00
Monogram Clutch: A versatile, high-shine vinyl clutch to use as makeup bag or fashion accessory. Medium-sized. Sophisticated and stylish in its soft-edged design.
Suggested Retail Price: $65.00
Available in North America: November 26, 2008 at MAC stores, maccosmetics.com, all Saks locations, select Nordstrom locations and Henri Bendel.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
New to Starbucks' beverage lineup: the Espresso Truffle Latte. They've combined Starbucks espresso with the premium European-style cocoa blend used in their Signature Hot Chocolate and steamed milk, and topped it with whipped cream and a touch of chocolate powder.
It's like your taste buds died and went to cocoa-covered heaven!
And if you're one of those folks who lives at Starbucks (are you made of money?), here's a tasty tidbit for ya…get the new Starbucks Gold Card – and for an annual membership fee of $25, you'll enjoy the following perks:
* 10% off most purchases in participating U.S. Starbucks stores
* A free drink when you purchase your membership in-store
* A free beverage on your birthday
* Exclusive offers and discounts throughout the year
* Free Wi-Fi access (for up to 2 hours) each day in participatingStarbucks stores
When your skin is parched, you quench its thirst by slathering on a thick, hydrating lotion/balm. So when your strands miss moisture like the deserts miss the rain, the same logic applies. Give your thin, runny shampoo and conditioner a rest…and invest in concentrated products that pamper your stressed tresses.
Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner are staples in my shower for this very reason. The shampoo is so thick that when I squeeze it out of the tube, I always double check the label because I swear it was the conditioner. Dry Remedy is one of the few shampoos I’ve tried that delivers immediate results; when it comes to beauty products, I’m all Paula Cole “I don’t want to wait” – so instant gratification is a huge plus for me. Even before I apply the conditioner, my hair already feels softer and healthier. And the scent is amazing…when you’re done, your bathroom will smell like a spa (think ylang ylang and rose geranium, plus a hint of vanilla).
The conditioner is equally restorative. Personally, I mix equal parts of the Dry Remedy Moisturizing Conditioner with Barry Fletcher Moisture Therapy Cool Revitalizing Conditioner – it’s my hair’s cocktail of choice.
At $24 a pop, these products aren’t for the budget conscious. So if you don’t have $48 to spend, but your dry hair is crying out for help, I recommend Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo. Purchase Aveda Dry Remedy at aveda.com, and take advantage of free shipping on all orders (now through 11/30) and choose a free sample!
Monday, November 24, 2008
I'm a big fan of L'Oreal (it doesn't get much better than HIP JellyBalm or Skin Genesis Daily Moisturizer Oil-Free Lotion), but I've got something to say about their Bare Naturale Gentle Lip Conditioner and it isn't pretty.
The preservative-free, fragrance-free lip soother is 96% natural and does a decent job of conditioning lips while adding a sheer tint to your pucker. But must it taste and smell like old-school Metamucil? For real, it tastes like some supplement that you'd buy at GNC.
Surely there's a way to add some fruit juices or bubblegum essence to this product without rendering it carcinogenic. Don't ask me how, I'm no scientist...just putting it out there. And it's $10! I don't know about you, but if I'm shelling out that much for .11 ounces of lip balm, I want some flava.
What is the site,
For luxury items at a pauper's price?
You see, that Ideeli is a bad mother-
(Shut your mouth.)
But I'm talkin' 'bout Ideeli!
(Then we can dig it.)
What do you mean, you’ve never heard of Ideeli? Child, you and me needs to have a little chat.
Ideeli is an invitation-only shopping community that offers online sample sales of the most sought-after fashion, home and beauty products. Ideeli members also enjoy privileged access to luxury lifestyle experiences such as fashion shows and sold-out concerts.
If you’re a handbag connoisseur like me, get thee to Ideeli. You will be absolutely amazed by the variety of merchandise, and you’ll think you’ve hit the jackpot when you see the their selection of luxury purses at pauper prices.
This summer, I purchased an Abaco Paris Laguna handbag for $250 (originally $750)…it arrived on my doorstep a few days later and I was bowled over by the quality and the scrumptious leather. It’s one of my most beloved bags, and I get compliments galore every time it’s on my arm.
Ideeli is an invitation only website…so if you’re interested in a membership (it’s free), give me a shout-out and I’ll hook you up. Happy shopping!
On Friday, I announced the Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Giveaway. But just in case you missed it, here are the deets:
Two winners will receive the Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Fall 2008 Color Collection, an anthology of 10 stylish shades that compliment Reese’s nature-inspired Fall 2008 collection.
Contest ends on Thursday, November 27th...don't miss out. Enter today!
As the holidays quickly approach, shu uemura wants to thank beauty addicts like you for your support. Get 20% off orders at shuuemura-usa.com or at shu uemura Boutiques in Boston, San Francisco and South Coast Plaza between now and December 1st.
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Sunday, November 23, 2008
A few months ago, Marie Claire named Olay Body Wash plus Spa Exfoliating Ribbons as one of the '25 Beauty Products That Will Change Your Life.' I really enjoy Marie Claire and typically trust their reviews, but this was straight up hyperbole.
Olay Body Wash plus Spa Exfoliating Ribbons isn't the worst body wash that I've ever tried, but it by no means changed my life. The creamy lather foams up nicely and feels silky on skin. The ocean-y fragrance is pleasant, and subtly lingers. But, unfortunately, the scent isn't the only thing that likes to stick around.
The microbeads don't dissolve, like you might expect them to. Rather, they cling to your skin...so when you're rinsing clean, you need to check (and double-check) yourself to make sure the blue beads aren't hiding anywhere. And be prepared for your shower/tub to look like Smurfette just got done exfoliating in there instead of you.
There are plenty of better body washes on the market, so I can't recommend this one. Even though it costs less than $6, I still expect to be impressed. Yes, Olay Body Wash plus Spa Exfoliating Ribbons cleanses skin and gently buffs skin. But, then again, so does a bar of Dove soap and a washcloth...and this combo won't leave stage five clingers littering your shower floor.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Now through 12/1/08, print out this invitation and take it to a Kiehl's freestanding retail store and get 20% off your purchase. Kiehls.com customers get the same great deal by entering promo code FAMILY at checkout - plus free shipping on orders of $30 or more.
Viva Woman tells you how you can use evening primrose oil to calm your acne flare ups.
Lipstick Addict makes a review on Artdeco Pure Minerals Compact Powder for the very first time!
Have dry, dull and lifeless hair? Beauty Tyrant has found the answer to shiny, beautiful hair.
Beauty411 spotlights the Lancome C'est Magnifique Holiday Collection. Stop by and enter the giveaway for Le Vernis Nailcolor in Midnight Glam!
Neon Bible tells you the best holiday gift to give to the fashionista in your crew.
Beauty Junkies Unite finds out if Sephora Brand really does have the Tricks of The Trade! Does the new eyeshadow primer and lip peel really work?
Mother Blogger Beckie of Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog shares with you 9 tips to keep you safe and beautiful as seen through the eyes of rapists and date rapists.
MissWhoever You Are shows you how to get Zoe Saldana's gorgeous outfit without the hefty price tag.
Has Boutique Flair's Krista had one too many Coronas with lime? Check out her Crabtree & Evelyn’s Aromatherapy Distillations Revitalizing - Conditioning Body Lotion review, and judge for yourself!
Monique at Beauty Girl Musings has found a great, not to mention fool-proof, way to get someone you love a new scent for the holidays without buying something they won't like! Read all about it here!
Beauty 365 is giving away a Carol's Daughter gift set. Be a doll and enter today!
Frappelattes smells and reviews Britney Spears Believe fragrance, a sweet guava scent spiced with warm patchouli and sensual amber notes!
eye4style visits the Times Square Sephora for an Eye Studio experience!
The Makeup Divas introduces you to a new product invention that will protect and keep your makeup brushes safe.
A Mom in Red High Heels shows you how to get gorgeous Holiday Hair in a Hurry!
TotalBeauty.com shows you how to recreate the "Four Christmases" star's hairstyles in their How to Steal Reese Witherspoon's Look photo gallery.
Mineral Makeup Reviews takes a look at Colorescience Mineral Makeup, which was created by the original creator of Bare Minerals Foundation.
Suzanne at RN Guide to Skin Care explains the benefits of Retinol in Skin Care and reviews Retinol Products.
See why The Beauty Blog thinks that philosophy supernatural concealer is the best concealer on the planet.
I Heart Heels is totally loving Rock & Republic Cosmetics. Check out the review!
Indian Girl tells you why your nearest drug store is THE place to shop for Skincare and Makeup !
How To Get Lindsay Lohan's Metallic Nail Polish Look-by Talking Makeup.
The Advice Sisters feels "Diversion" is a serious issue in the beauty industry you should know about but she's also been blogging about holiday beauty, too!
It's '90s Ladies week at Beauty Blogging Junkie! Click here to read about what examples of '90s pop culture has inspired Amber's product choices.
Nur @ I Love Looking Good loves the smell and touch of Brylcreem on her Jaan's (bf) hair. Hair Styling's Easy with Brylcreem and it is THE hair product to recommend your beloved boyfriend or husband.
Makeup By Ren Ren shows you some inexpensive ways to get to get glossy hair.
Glossypink shows you a lotion that will give you the softest skin of your life!
The girls over at Beauty in Real Life show you how to achieve a great everyday/causal eye with Smashbox. Click here to view.
The Jet Set Girls tell how to use Urban Decay Primer Potion in two new ways.
Daily Dose of Coffee takes a look at a brand new acne treatment called Niapads.
Spoiled Pretty is giving away two sets of Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Fall 2008 Collection. Ten catwalk-inspired colors absolutely free? What are you waiting for...enter today!
Friday, November 21, 2008
In the early to mid 1990s, Doc Martens were the nirvana of cool. And I, like many, fell under the spell of the chunky-soled boots with the distinctive yellow stitching. I begged my parents to buy me a pair of Doc Martens - or as my mother called them, "those ugly doctor shoes." But they refused, wondering why I would want to appear as if I was moonlighting as a construction worker. Eventually, I forgave my parents for depriving me of Doc Martens - once I realized how truly ridiculous I would have looked tromping around in them. Then ironically, in the late 90s, my mom bought me a pair of Doc Marten sandals she found on sale at Daffy's. So I did eventually become cool - just, like, four years too late.
It's 2008 now, and I've got heart palpitations over another doctor. While rooting around on my mom's vanity a few weeks ago, I discovered an unopened jar of Dr. Brandt's Microdermabrasion For Face. When I asked where and when she bought it, she couldn't remember. Who does that? Who randomly buys beauty products then forgets about them? Unbelievable. I mean, sometimes I wonder how this woman and I can possibly be related. Anyway, so I asked politely to sample and she obliged. What happened next was a thing of myth.
The pharmaceutical grade crystals polished away all of my dead skin cells, leaving behind the softest, most radiant skin I've seen in forever ever. And it literally took two minutes. I couldn't believe it. I emerged from the bathroom with an enormous grin, feeling up my face - incredulous that it could be so smooth. I urged my mom to touch my cheek and she was beyond impressed too.
I asked to take it off her hands...but after seeing the results, there was no way she was letting me leave her house with Dr. Brandt in tow.
Can you believe it? The woman who is the main beneficiary of my beauty beneficence doesn't want to share. But she did give me life, and a pair of Doc Marten sandals (albeit four years late), so I guess I'll just have to go out and get my own.
Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion For Face is available at Sephora and drbrandtskincare.com.
Well, that concludes 90s Ladies Week. I hope you had as much fun reading as I did writing. And be sure to visit Amber at Beauty Blogging Junkie and check out her final installment.
You didn’t think that this week would end without a giveaway, did you? Tsk, tsk…you should know better than that. My main thrill in life is a giveaway. It gives me a sense of control in a world full of chaos.
So this week, Spoiled Pretty has joined forces with Sally Hansen for a fashion-forward, trend-setting giveaway. Two winners will receive Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Fall 2008 Color Collection, an anthology of 10 stylish shades that compliment Reese’s nature-inspired Fall 2008 collection.
According to Tracy Reese, customers "aren’t afraid to be noticed." I think the same can be said of the women who wear this nail polish collection, which marks the fifth collaboration between the designer and Sally Hansen. The colors are luxurious and rich, yet understated and refined.
Shades include: Raven's Wing* (black with silver glitter), Moonstone (silver pearl metallic), Quartz Chameleon (pinky-nude with shimmer), Divinity* (pale toffee with shimmer), The Good Earth* (deep dark chocolate with shimmer), Cruel Heart (scarlet with shimmer), Alchemy* (dark grape with shimmer), Torrid Bloom* (deep fuchsia crème), Night Lily (plummy crème) and Stormy Blue (smoky silver/blue metallic).
The Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Salon Nail Lacquer Fall 2008 Collection (only $6 each!) is available at drugstores and mass market retailers nationwide. Though I know you’re tempted to run out right now and buy up every single shade, why not try your luck first and enter the giveaway?
To enter, send an email to email@example.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read "Sally Hansen/Tracy Reese Giveaway." The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Thursday, November 27th. Two winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Friday, November 28th, I'll announce the winners' names. 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.
*Spoiled Pretty favorites
Thursday, November 20, 2008
In the late 90s, my parents were among the 40 million people duped into buying Furby – a demonic-looking, furry robot troll that spoke its own language and antagonized children around the globe. You see, Furby loved to play…probably more than its adolescent owners. Furby didn’t care if my little sister had homework, had a headache or needed to sleep. Furby never tired of talking and would rarely hold its Furbish tongue. And in a matter of days, my sister’s favorite toy became the bane of her existence.
Furby didn’t have an off switch - so everytime she moved it, got close to it, or made a sound, Furby sprang to life...begging for attention. After a few frustrating weeks, my cranky and sleep-deprived sister decided to perform surgery on Furby. She fished my Dad’s screwdriver out of the toolbox and began to operate. Lauren loosened the screws hidden in Furby’s matted coat and removed the batteries. That was the end of Furby (R.I.P., little fella), and of my sister’s sleepless nights.
Following Furby's passing, my sister recovered in record time. Her irritable behavior was replaced by her normal cheery disposition. And after just a day or so, the darkness under her eyes receded. But that’s the beauty of 11-year-olds. They’re resilient little suckers.
At my age, it takes a little more to bounce back. For me to look bright eyed and bushy tailed in the AM, I need two things: Chanel Sublimage Eye Essential Regenerating Eye Cream and Branche Charmeuse Case.
Sublimage is an undereye cure-all, simultaneously targeting wrinkles, fine lines, bags, dryness and dark circles. The cream has a luminous quality that cancels out shadows, so you can also wear it during the day – in lieu of concealers – to appear awake and refreshed (even if you’re anything but).
The Charmeuse Case is made of 100% silk and does so much more than merely protect your pillow. It prevents wrinkles by minimizing facial creases, extends the life of your hairstyle (no more tedious and damaging daily styling because sleeping on silk gives your hair more volume and shine), eliminates unnecessary hair loss or breakage and induces a deeper more restful sleep.
Chanel Sublimage Eye Essential Regenerating Eye Cream is available at Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom. Branche Charmeuse Case is sold at beautyhabit.com, shopintuition.com and bigelowchemists.com. To adopt a Furby, click here…though I don’t know why you would want to.
Which toy inspired Amber’s 90s beauty review? Visit Beauty Blogging Junkie to find out. And be sure to visit Spoiled Pretty tomorrow for the final installment of 90s Ladies Week.
The perfectionist in me was finally pleased with my fifth attempt. And the cornball in me spent almost 45 minutes rocking out to Sephora's techno version of "Auld Lang Syne."
And after your makeover is over, Sephora gives you a promo code - WINKORKISS - to redeem a free lipstick sample or lashes with any purchase at sephora.com.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Congratulations, Madison Jones...you are the winner of Spoiled Pretty's Raspberry Buttercream Giveaway, sponsored by Jaqua. You will receive a sampling of products from Jaqua's new collection, including: Raspberry Buttercream Frosting Shower Crème, Raspberry Buttercream Frosting Sinfully Rich Body Butter, Raspberry Buttercream Frosting Hand Crème and Raspberry Buttercream Frosting Lip Whip. Hooray for you, girl!
Runners-up Anna Shoshina and Leane Gonzalez have won Raspberry Buttercream Frosting Hand Crème and Lip Whip.
Thank you to all of you sweet tooths (sweet teeth?) who entered the contest, and to Jaqua for sponsoring this shindig.
Check back tomorrow for your next chance to win big!
I’ve got snow on the brain. Not just because it’s flipping freezing in Philly, but because it’s 90s Ladies Week and today’s review is inspired by Snow. You know, the marble-mouthed Canadian reggae rapper (an oxymoron if I ever heard one) who took the world by storm with his story of snitchin’.
The fact that Informer hit #1, stayed there for seven consecutive weeks, and holds the world record as the best selling reggae single in U.S. history says a lot about the decade.
But that was 1993. It’s 2008, ladies…so when the weather outside gets frightful and you’re looking for something delightful, don’t head to the used record store in search of 12 Inches of Snow. What an awful title, right? Instead, head to your local Sephora and pick up 8.5 ounces of Snow Wonder Body Butter by Bliss.
This limited edition lotion is hella hydrating, as we’ve come to expect from Bliss moisturizers. The crisp and refreshing fragrance is reminiscent of freshly fallen snow – and leaves behind a subtle shimmer. While you’re in the shower, submerge the tube in a sink full of warm water. It’ll smooth on like butta and feels so warm and comforting as it is absorbed into your skin.
What 90s song inspired review did Amber post today? Check out Beauty Blogging Junkie to find out. And be sure to come back tomorrow for another installment of 90s Ladies Week!
Go from the office to your holiday parties with ease. This exclusive tarte.com set has everything you need to look your best.
The set includes:
rejuvelash: revive late day lashes with just one coat—it eliminates clumps and gives a glossy finish. You can even add a fresh coat of mascara without worrying about drying out or breaking your lashes!
blotting papers: Send shine undercover in an instant and look refreshed.
fRxtion: natural sugar crystals exfoliate lips while the vitamin E vanilla balm soothes, calms and protects lips.
Vitamin-infused lipstick in vinyasa: nothing says holiday like red, luscious lips. tarte’s enriched lipstick nourishes and moisturizes lips, while the infused nutraceuticals help to protect against environmental attack.
Tarte only created 150 of these sets, which have a retail value of $57. Pick one up now (for only $25) while supplies last!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
For the second installment of 90s Ladies Week, I draw inspiration from one of my most beloved movies. A modern adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma, starring one Alicia Silverstone. Maybe you’ve heard of it. Yes, I’m talking about Clueless - the movie that defined a generation and introduced my sixteen-year-old self to the genius of Azzedine Alaia, the ever adorable Paul Rudd, and a host of notable quotables that remain on the tip of my tongue thirteen years later. Does this convo ring any bells?
Tai: Do you think she's pretty?
Cher: No, she's a full-on Monet.
Tai: What's a Monet?
Cher: It's like the painting, see? From far away, it's OK, but up close, it's a big old mess.
Don’t be a Monet like Cher’s nemesis, Amber (not to be confused with my bestie, Amber – who’s a total Betty). My new favorite foundation, Make Up For Ever’s HD Invisible Cover Foundation ensures that you look flawless – in any light, from far away, up close and even in High Definition. The oil-free, medium-to-full-coverage formula creates a soft-focus effect that softens lines and blurrs imperfections. Available in 25 shades to match all skintones. My color is #173, coincidentally named Amber.
On Friday, while having dinner with Señor Spoiled Pretty, he couldn’t stop commenting on how perfectly luminous my skin looked. I’m paraphrasing, of course – but this was a big deal, as Graham hardly comments on my makeup. Thanks to my hubby’s ringing endorsement, HD Invisible Cover has become my foundation of choice. Hopefully, moving forward, his compliments won’t be so sporadic*.
Make Up Forever is available at Sephora.
Remember to surf on over to Beauty Blogging Junkie for Amber's 90s movie inspired beauty product review.
* "Sporadic means once in a while. Try using it in a sentence."
Light the wick and take a whiff…beeswax accord, essence of whipped cream, steamed rice, honey and cognac unite to lace your space with a warm and exotic perfume that defies description. This surprising marriage of fragrances is a breath of fresh air and a welcome alternative to the generic 'holiday' home fragrances that seem to be popping up on every shelf this time of year.
At $32, the 8 ounce candle costs a pretty penny. But it smells divine and burns for 50+ hours, so you can consider it money well-spent. If the price seems a somewhat steep, drop hints to your honey. On the other hand, if you've got cash to burn - take my advice and pick up a colony of these candles!
Nest Candles are available at Neiman Marcus.
Monday, November 17, 2008
It’s that time again. Time for me and my partner in crime, Amber, to bring you another week of beauty reviews inspired by pop culture of yesteryear. Remember how rad 80s Ladies Week was? Well, hold onto your butts…it’s time to slip on that flannel shirt, lace up your Doc Martens, and break out your Game Boy...it’s 90s Ladies Week, y’all.
First on the menu: a product inspired by my love for Peter Engel’s pièce de résistance – Saved By The Bell. In the early 90s, it was a rare Saturday morning that I was NOT catching up with my friends at Bayside High.
Like most Gen Xers, Saved By The Bell trivia hides in the recesses of my brain. Remember when Kelly’s face turned purple after using a zit cream given to her by Zack (and right before the homecoming dance, natch)? How much did the young feminist in you cringe every time Slater referred to Jessie as mama? 'Member how bad you felt for Lisa that she never had a real boyfriend and always had to settle for geeky ole Screech? I was like, "Peter Engel, help a sista out!" And don’t get me started on Jessie’s addiction to caffeine pills. Homegirl was this close to turning tricks for some Vivarin.
Don’t play coy and pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about. But here’s one factoid you probably didn’t know: Mark-Paul Gosselaar had to dye his hair blonde every two weeks while shooting the show. Say what?!?! Talk about blonde ambition.
My man Mark-Paul was in serious need of Ken Paves Boost Up Color Drops, which enhance existing hair color or boost fading color when added to conditioner or styling products. The Boost Up Color Drops can also change the hue of your color and even add the effect of highlights. They’re ideal for refreshing color in between visits to the salon - and the drops are formulated with soy proteins, conditioners and humectants which add strength, moisture and UV protection.
I add a few squirts of Boost Up Color Drops in Honey to leave-in conditioner and apply to my towel-dried hair. And after I blow-dry, I add a few drops to my shine serum to kick it up a notch. Honey adds warmth to my dark brown hair and leaves my prehistoric highlights looking much less brassy.
I imagine that if MPG would have gotten his hands on Boost Up Color Drops in the early 90s, he would have mixed a few drops with his favorite LA Looks product. Mark-Paul would have been, literally, saved by the gel.
Ken Paves Boost Up Color Drops are available in Black, Brown, Platinum, Honey, Beige and Red shades ($40) and are available at Henri Bendel, HSN, Ulta and Beauty.com.
Click here to check out Amber’s first 90s Ladies Week installment, and be sure to come back tomorrow for a second helping of nostalgia.
Kenzo Parfums is celebrating 20 years in the biz by re-launching their website, kenzousa.com. Today, the newly re-designed website is unveiled to the public – and to mark the occasion, they’re hosting their first ever Friends and Family Anniversary Event! Now through November 24th, get 20% off your entire purchase at kenzousa.com.
And just in time for the Friends and Family promotion, Kenzo debuts a rich and spicy new fragrance for her - KenzoAmour Le Parfum. The perfect scent for cooler weather, KenzoAmour Le Parfum is a woody oriental evocative of a slow, sensuous journey through the exotic landscapes of Asia. The richness of benzoin balm and amber combines with the softness of frangipani blossom and vanilla to bring forth a new story in Kenzo’s Asian voyage. Inspired by the ethereal shrines of the East, designer Karim Rashid’s original bottle design has been dipped in a matte gold finish, reminiscent of the precious offerings made to the deities as thanks for the good fortune bestowed.
Actress and new Bond Girl Olga Kurylenko is the face of the fragrance, which launched this past weekend – coinciding with the national release of Quantum of Solace.
KenzoAmour Le Parfum is available in 1 oz and 1.7 oz ($52/$68 with the 20% discount, $65/$85 without).
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Viva Woman finds out if there is a limit to layering more skincare products on our face at any one time?
Beauty Anonymous is interested in checking out the MAC Hello Kitty Collection.
Alison of the Advice Sisters has been featuring holiday gift ideas, but she also blogged this week about the chocolate show , where 40% of the design had to be pure chocolate..delicious!
Beauty Junkies Unite hopes you win the Benefit 24K Sexy Gold GIVEAWAY!
Trisha over at Makeup Files shows you how to ask for makeup this holiday season.
Fabulous Over Forty is reviewing several 2008 Holiday Collections. See which ones are her favorites this season.
Neon Bible tells you what bra you need to buy today and reviews the new Heidi Klum collection lipstick from Victoria's Secret
Fashion designer Vera Wang talks about Look her new perfume - a video clip by Talking Makeup.
Frappelattes gives us a preview of new Essie nail polish colors for Winter 2008!
Beauty Tyrant is hosting her first beauty giveaway this week. She is giving away a Karmin Titanium Hair Straightener Iron for FREE! to one lucky winner all this week.
Makeup Bag visits the Clarins Spa in Neuilly, France
Julie at More than a Pretty Face loves the new formula and colors for Obsessive Compulsive Colour Lip Balms.
The Makeup Divas reviews MAC Adoring Carmine 5 Basic Brush Bag.
The Home Spa Goddess shares her obsession with Revlon's Limited Edition Crushed Velvet Lip Creme.
Are you a recessionista? Chat with Beckie and Jamie of Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog about great drugstore alternatives.
Suzanne at RN Guide to Skin Care reviews Avon Skin So Soft Age-Defying+ Corrective Neck & Chest Treatment .
The Beauty Blog reviews Wen Hair Care.
Mineral Makeup Reviews discusses Serious Skin Care ProMinerals ProNano Brightening Powder.
Enter to win to a Karmin Titanium Hair Straightener Iron on A Mom in Red High Heels! Contest ends 11-17-08.
Boutique Flair talks about building your beauty with self esteem!
Monique at Beauty Girl Musings has used an amazing kit that has given her clearer, fresher looking skin! Find out what it is!
Beauty411 takes a look at MAC's Passions of Red Holiday Collection!
Nur @ I Love Looking Good thinks this holiday is about All that Sparkles. Gorgeous makeup collection from The Body Shop.
Beauty Blogging Junkie shares how you can dazzle like Twilight's Edward in the meadow with these highlighters. Get gleamy!
The girls over at Beauty in Real Life have 5 copies of celebrity makeup artist, Carmindy's latest book to giveaway. Click here to get all the info!
Glossypink tells you about the little makeup brush with big possibilities!
Indian Girl is bringing you yummy Beauty Secrets from a Food Blogger, in her new weekly feature !
CaliforniaCosmetics gives an in depth review of Purminerals Starter Kit and Brush Set and what's purfect about them!
Hot Beauty Health shows you how to prevent stretchmarks using Mamma Mio Countdown Kit during pregnancy.
Felicia, from ThisThatBeauty, and Sephora help you spend $25 or less on holiday gift giving".
"Greige" manicures are all the rage. Click here to learn Spoiled Pretty's favorite polish for nailing the trend.
Daily Dose of Coffee takes a look at Clarins' entry into the makeup world by testing their Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch.
Friday, November 14, 2008
The U.S. economy is not fundamentally sound. Many people are unemployed or underemployed, and desperate to make ends meet - particularly with the holidays right around the corner.
If you're looking to pick up some seasonal work, Bath & Body Works is hiring. Click here to find out about employment opportunities and how you can enjoy a generous discount at Bath & Body Works, White Barn, Victoria's Secret, C.O. Bigelow and Henri Bendel.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Inspired by the new Benefit fragrance, b spot, on November 13-15 2008, Benefit will be kicking off a nationwide b spot scavenger hunt at the ultimate "B"-spot, Bloomingdale's. 1,000 magnifying glasses will be deliberately "hidden" in five Bloomingdale's locations nationwide, which will direct lucky customers back to the Benefit Cosmetics counter to unveil their winnings and find their b spot!
One lucky winner at each Bloomingdale’s location will receive a $200 shopping spree from Benefit Cosmetics plus a $200 gift card at Bloomingdale’s! 15 LUCKY winners at each Bloomingdale’s location will receive a full-sized bottle of Benefit’s sexy new scent, b spot.
Even if you don’t hit the b spot jackpot, every customer that returns a magnifying glass to the Benefit counter will receive a b spot gift. Hurry! The b spot clock is ticking!
Bloomingdale’s San Francisco
Bloomingdale’s Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Bloomingdale’s Beverly Center, Los Angeles
Bloomingdale’s Soho, New York City
Bloomingdale’s 59th St, New York City