Friday, July 31, 2009

Janey Needs Her Own Blog, Erika

One of my BFF's (best blogging friends) is the lovely Erika, from Makeup Bag. She has three daughters who are product-obsessed, just like their mama. But her youngest, Janey, takes beauty to a whole nuther level. She might just be the most entertaining 7 year old ever.

This video is absolutely hysterical, so I had to share. Erika, I think it's time Janey got her own blog.

Dashing Diva Gelife Manicure

As a beauty blogger, it's somewhat embarrassing to admit that my nails are usually a tore up mess. I love the look of freshly manicured nails, but there's just too much maintenance to keep them looking that way. And I'm a klutz, so I always seem to be breaking or chipping up the manicurist's handiwork mere hours after she's completed her masterpiece. Then I end up staring at a jacked up manicure for the next two weeks, silently cursing my inability to make my manicure last.

Which is why I am currently obsessed with Dashing Diva Gelife, a revolutionary new nail service that gives unbeatable gloss and helps maintain the health of the natural nail underneath. Gelife is a super-thin coat of gel painted, just like nail polish, over the natural nail. The gel is then cured under a UV light after each application, which immediately sets the formula. So once you're done, you're done. None of this sitting under a dryer for 15 minutes/ blowing on your nails just to be safe/ scared to touch anything for an hour after you leave the salon type of nonsense. And get's chip-resistant up to two weeks!

I wish my camera could accurately capture the mirror shine of my nails. The photo above just doesn't do them justice.

Gelife launched with three options: clear, cool pink and warm pink (I chose the cool). The only caveat I have is that the current color options go on very sheer. So when you get any gunk underneath your nail, you can see it and it kinda detracts from the gorgeousness of your nails. But the solution is pretty simple...I've just been using my Sephora Brand Nail Scoop Cleaner a little more often to keep my manicure looking so fresh and so clean clean.

I'm really excited for September, when Gelife will be available in the following shades:

Left to right: Darkest Burgundy, Deep Red, Taupe Brown

Left to right: Beige, Hot Pink, Coral Orange

For Dashing Diva nail spa locations and hours, visit

Gelife price list:
Gelife Natural Manicure - $45
Gelife Natural Pedicure - $60
Gelife French Manicure - $60
Gelife French Tip Extension - $70

My Blowout Is The Bomb Y'all!

Peep my super sleek blowout, courtesy of Emma H at Cutler Salon in NYC. Isn't it amazin'? I'm glowing!

I was waltzing around the city that day thinkin' I was too cute. You couldn't tell me nothin'.

Emma tamed my tresses with a T3 hairdryer and flat iron, and polished it off with a little of Redken's Sleek Obedience Anti-Frizz Solid Serum - a pomade that she recommended I invest in.

Another reason to love Emma? She talked me out of cutting my bangs, suggesting that I simply switch my part from the left to the right side. And she was right. I don't know what kind of optical illusion it creates, but my hair looks 10 times more flattering, and it actually makes my face look thinner. And isn't that the ultimate goal?

If I lived in New York, I would definitely be scheduling bi-weekly visits with Emma. In fact, I think I might just make an appointment for September when I return. Can't be looking a hot mess at Fashion Week.

Oh, and did I mention that Emma does Rachael Ray's hair?

Cutler Salon
47 W. 57th Street (between Park & Lexington)
New York, NY 10012

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August 1-15, get a full-size eye shadow trio in Bronze Bombshell, a luxe makeup bag, and free shipping with any purchase of $50 or more at

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Khloe Kardashian

Have you seen my beauty Q&A with Khloe Kardashian? It’s must-see TV, though my opinion might be a bit biased. The exclusive interview with Khloe Kardashian and her makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic, features their must-have products, makeup techniques and beauty secrets!

If you’ve already seen the interview and are fiending for more Dash dish, consider this a companion piece…

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Khloe Kardashian

1) She believes that being a prankster helps her hone her acting skills.

2) The Keeping Up With The Kardashians episode that makes her cringe is when she participated in an acting class.

3) Khloe’s fashion icons are Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Jackie O, Audrey Hepburn, Victoria Bekham and Rihanna. “I love that one day she’s a schoolgirl and the next day she’s a dominatrix,” Khloe says of Rihanna. “I can appreciate that because I have multiple personalities

4) If she could only wear one designer for the rest of her life, it would be Alexander Wang.

5) “When it comes to my nails, I just always do crazy. I recently went to Africa and all of the kids were totally fascinated by my nails, which were really long with silver glitter tips and rhinestones on my ring fingers in the shape of a K.”

6) Khloe hardly ever wears false lashes because her natural lashes are forever long. “She just doesn’t need them,” Mario told me. I was up close and personal, and I can attest to the fact that Khloe won the genetic lottery when it comes to her lashes. They are ridiculously lush.

7) After seeing Khloe in certain photographs, people swear that Khloe has had her lips done – which isn’t true. It’s just that her natural lip color is the same as her skin…so when her lips are all done up, it makes them really pop.

8) Khloe is contemplating having the inside of her wrist inked with the word "Bunny," written in her mother’s handwriting. Since she was little, Bunny has been her mom’s pet name for her – and the new tattoo would be a compliment to this one she got last year.

9) Khloe says she would never get a name tattooed on her body, with the exception of her family. “Honey, even husbands come and go,” she joked.

10) Since watching the video, my inbox has been inundated with emails asking what lipstick/gloss Khloe was wearing in the video. Here’s the recipe: First, Mario lined her lips with MAC Lip Pencil in Spice. Then he mixed Josie Maran Finger Paints and MAC Lipstick in Myth, and filled in her lips. Finally, he topped it all off with NARS Lip Gloss in Turkish Delight.

Want more Kardashians deets? Be sure to check out my interviews with Kim Kardashian and Mario Dedivanovic!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Happy Birthday, Bikini: Venus Razor Giveaway

It’s hard to believe, but this month marks the 60th anniversary of the bikini in America. When the first bikini was launched, it caused an explosion on the fashion scene, and through the years that little piece of fabric has gone through quite an evolution in length, fabrics, colors and cuts. Today, the bikini is a defining force in summer style.

When it comes to donning a bikini, confidence is key...and, smooth skin can help. According to a recent survey, almost 75% of women said that they felt more confident after shaving. Research also shows that shaving makes women feel more feminine, polished and beautiful.

So, before slipping on that swimsuit, be sure to get your south of the border in order with Venus Embrace. The first five blade razor for women, Venus Embrace has a ribbon of moisture and hugs every curve for a close shave and dramatically smooth skin.

To help celebrate the bikini’s birthday, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Venus for a giveaway. One lucky reader will win:

* Venus Embrace and Embrace replacement blades
* Gillette Satin Care Lavender Kiss Shave Gel
* Olay Touch of Sun Quench Plus
* Fedora hat with changeable black ribbon around the brim
* Colorful oversized beach towel
* Mara Hoffman bikini

This giveaway's approximate retail value is $250!

To enter the giveaway, send an email to Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read "Bikini Birthday Giveaway." The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Wednesday, August 5. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Thursday, August 6th, 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. residents.

Good luck!

Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight

Tammy from A Mom in Red High Heels is giving away a Brazilian Blowout!

Try the Talika Eye Therapy Patch and give your concealer the day off. Julia from All About The Pretty has the deets.

Listen up, Twilight fans. Amber from Beauty Blogging Junkie has found Cullen Family Crest Bobby Pins!

Jennifer from Beyond Beauty Basics has some tips for 10-minute summer hair.

Suave made hairspray phobic Sarah, from Hair Thursday, into a believer.

Bailey over at Makeover Momma shows you how to polish up on your at-home manicure skills.

There's a British invasion goin' on over at Makeup and Beauty Blog. Check out Karen's review of Illamasqua cosmetics.

Makeup Bag's Erika shares her favorite summery scents.

Carla from Product Girl thinks this bathtime treat is the bomb!

Elessa's review of Stila's new Lip Enamel Luxe Gloss and Smudge Pots have me pulling out my Visa card. Visit Pursebuzz and see what I mean.

Check out Talking Makeup to learn how to cop Sienna Miller's red carpet coiff.

What's better than a smoothie in the summertime? The Jet Set Girls found this one from Clinique.

Lisa from These Lips Were Made For Glossin' swears this MAC lip gloss is good to the last drop.

Lancôme Friends & Family

Calling all beauty junkies in New York, New Jersey, California and Texas!

Lancôme boutiques are offering you and your readers an exclusive Friends & Family discount. Enjoy 20% off everything you love at the Lancôme boutiques. This is a great opportunity to stock up on your favorite products or try something new, such as their limited-edition fall collection Declaring Indigo.

Print out the photo above and bring it with you to one of Lancôme's boutiques between August 1st and August 8th, 2009. Go to for a location near you.

This discount is not valid at any other Lancôme locations, counters or

NARS Lip Gloss in Hot Wired

Just to prove that I say what I mean and I mean what I say - today on my lunch break, I visited my local Sephora to pick up the NARS products Troy Jensen used to create this pretty in pink lip look on Kim Kardashian.

I left Schiap Lipstick on the shelf because it was just a little much for me, but I did end up buying Hot Wired Lip Gloss. I'm very pleased with my purchase. What do you think?

The Bobbi Brown Website Gets A Facelift

Bobbi Brown has a new website! Stop by and check out the new color swatches, how-to videos, “Chat With an Artist,” and brush up your makeup skills with brand new tips from Bobbi.

They’ve also made it easier for you to share your favorite products, tips and articles via Facebook, Digg and To celebrate the launch of our new ratings and reviews feature, for each review you write through August 28th you’ll be entered to win $450 worth of Bobbi makeup.

Bobbi Brown is also currently offering two free samples with any order and free shipping on purchases above $65.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Revlon Colorstay Mineral Mousse Makeup: Buy Right Now!

At the risk of sounding snobbish, I haven't worn drugstore foundation since college. And even then, it looked a hot mess. But I was broke and I didn't have any other options.

Since then, I've been making my foundation purchases at Sephora and the department store beauty counters because my color is difficult to match and it's near impossible for me to buy without trying. And even if I did find a close color match, the formulation was either too dry, too greasy, too sheer or too opaque for my persnickety skin.

But I've changed my tune since I attended a Revlon event last week in New York City. We bloggers went home with a bunch of Revlon's newest goodies...and my favorite, by far, is their Colorstay Mineral Mousse Makeup. Since I tried it, it has become my go-to foundation. Can you believe? For less than $14, you can purchase one of the best foundations I've tried all year.

Colorstay Mineral Mousse Makeup has a unique air-whipped texture that dries to a soft matte finish...perfect for those with oily and combination skin. It wears like a dream all day, averting the mid-day greasies. The coverage is sheer enough to let your skin breathe, but not so heavy that it looks like a mask. I apply it with the BeautyBlender sponge to ensure a seamless finish. And I swear that my acne has taken a little time out since I started using it.

Do yourself a favor and go buy Revlon's Colorstay Mineral Mousse Makeup right now.

Kim Kardashian: Isn't She Pretty In Pink?

I don't think there's a better advertisement for NARS Cosmetics than these photos of Kim Kardashian. I mean, I've got more products than I know what to do with, and I'm still going to Sephora tomorrow to pick up NARS Lipstick in Schiap and Lip Lacquer in Hot Wired.

For the complete list of products Troy Jensen used to achieve these looks, visit his blog.

For more of Kim Kardashian's beauty and makeup tips, click here. Gets A Makeover recently got a makeover, and I'm loving the way it looks. I'm particularly digging the Cosmo's Sexy Beauty Secrets Blog. Give it a look-see!

Two Twilight-Inspired Beauty Lines To Launch This Fall

Twilight Beauty, a new cosmetics brand themed after the series of films, will launch two lines debuting this Fall: Luna Twilight and Volturi Twilight. The two lines will be available in conjunction with the release of the second film, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which arrives in theaters on November 20, 2009.

Esmy Mancia and Kimberly Clark of All About Beauty, the product development team behind numerous bestselling lines, developed the cosmetic products for Twilight Beauty, together with Cristina Bartolucci, the founder and Creative Director of DuWop Cosmetics.

“We have worked tirelessly to create innovative cosmetics of high quality to serve as the backbone for both lines,” explains Clark. “Twilight Beauty has coupled these products of note with edgy, sophisticated packaging that is undeniably striking.”

“With over 70 products, Twilight Beauty provides a unique and exceptional makeup experience that can be enjoyed by everyone from Twilight enthusiasts to women looking to highlight their own radiance,” adds Bartolucci.

Luna Twilight reflects the mood and spirit of the saga’s iconic female characters, presenting a collection that creates a harmonious blend between soft, natural beauty and stunning, fierce splendor. Notable products from the Luna Twilight line include First Light Body and Face Glow for radiant illumination and Gleam Metallic Mascara for captivating lashes.

Volturi Twilight offers entry into Twilight’s exclusive coven through use of the Volturi family crest as the brand’s logo. The line features Foreshadow Primer, an ultra-sheer eye base that provides the ultimate prep for a smoother, crease-proof eye shadow application that is coupled with loose glitter dust, called Labrynth Shadows. The highly pigmented loose powder shadows and the lid primer are housed in stackable pots, providing the ability to mix and match the colors to create personal, one-of-a-kind eye shadow favorites.

Luna Twilight will be available September 15, 2009 at Dillard’s and Nordstrom. Volturi Twilight will be available September 15, 2009 through specialty retailers. Both lines will be sold at, the exclusive website for both brands.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Giveaway

For this week's giveaway, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Physicians Formula to help you get your faux glow on.

Three winners will receive the Bronze Booster collection - three bronzer products formulated with technology to give skin an enhanced natural-looking tan glow that goes the distance:

Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Pressed Powder, $14.95
Provides an instant and lasting tan glow. The lightweight and ultra-blendable pressed bronzer glides on smoothly for an instant, even tan glow that builds easily to your desired level of bronze. Bronzing micropearls deliver a flawless, radiant finish. Available in three shades (Fair to Light, Light to Medium, Medium to Dark).

Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Loose Bronzing Veil, $14.95
The triple action tan-boosting blend in this high-performance bronzing veil ensures results that are instant, long lasting and streak-free.
Available in three shades (Fair to Light, Light to Medium, Medium to Dark).

Bronze Booster Self-Tanning Bronzing Veil, $14.95
This versatile bronzer can be used alone or on tip of foundation.
Available in three shades (Fair to Light, Light to Medium, Medium to Dark).

All Physicians Formula products are available at drug and mass-market stores.

To enter the giveaway, send an email to Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read 'Bronze Booster Giveaway." The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Tuesday, August 4. Three winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Wednesday, August 5th, 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.

Good luck!

Follow Zoya on Twitter, Get Free Nail Polish!

Follow Zoya on Twitter - and if they hit their goal of 5,000 followers by August 3rd, you'll receive a promo code redeemable for 3 polishes: America, Ali and Paz!

Offer valid in Continental U.S. only. Offer is not valid in conjunction with other promotions, discounts or offers. No purchase necessary.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Keeping Up With Khloe Kardashian: Exclusive Beauty Q&A

It's not easy keeping up with Khloe Kardashian. She films Keeping Up With The Kardashians in Los Angeles. She and her sister, Kourtney, filmed their upcoming reality show in Miami. Khloe recently traveled to Africa with other sister, Kim. And just this past weekend, she appeared with her family at an event in Atlantic City.

On Sunday, the fates smiled on me when our paths crossed in New York City. And thanks to her magician of a makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic, I scored an interview with this dashing diva. I hope you enjoy this exclusive Q&A with Khloe as much as we enjoyed filming it.

Products featured in these videos include:

Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup
Lancome Hypnose Mascara
MAC Lip Pencil in Spice
La Mer Moisturizing Lotion
Child Fragrance by Apothia Beauty
The Celestial Powder in Candlelight by Kevyn Aucoin

Click here for 10 things you don't know about Khloe Kardashian.

Many thanks to Khloe Kardashian and Mario Dedivanovic for generously sharing their time and tips. Mwah!

If you loved this Q&A, my interviews with Kim Kardashian and Mario Dedivanovic are must reads!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

This Week's Ideeli Sales

Heartloom Sale
Starts Monday, July 27
Prices start at $19 (up to 70% off )

Donald J Pliner Sale
Starts Monday, July 27
Prices start at $89 (up to 64% off)

Lacoste Home Sale
Starts Tuesday, July 28
Prices start at $14 (up to 74% off)

Mac & Jac Sale
Starts Wednesday, July 29
Prices start at $20 (up to 69% off)

Sweet Pea Sale
Starts Thursday, July 30
Prices start at $20 (up to 70% off)

Nicole Miller Sale
Starts Friday, July 31
Prices start at $74 (up to 70% off)

Denim of Virtue Sale
Sale date TBD
Prices start at $39 (up to 71% off)

Lacoste Sale
Sale date TBD
Prices start at $34 (up to 60% off)

Ideeli membership is here for an invite, courtesy of Spoiled Pretty.

Omega Optical Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Shirley Younger, winner of Spoiled Pretty's latest giveaway - sponsored by Omega Optical, Philadelphia's newest luxury eyewear boutique. Shirley is the new owner of these $300 Giorgio Armani sunglasses, which feature cocoa-colored composite shield-style frames with brown lenses and a cutout at the temple, displaying the Armani logo.

For all of you Philadelphia area readers who entered but didn't win this fabulous giveaway, there's still good news. You're all winners! When you visit Omega Optical's new Comcast Center location (1701 JFK Blvd) and mention Spoiled Pretty, you'll get 20% off your purchase - now through August 15, 2009,

Many thanks to Omega Optical for sponsoring this contest and spoiling Shirley pretty. Stay tuned for your next chance to win.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Bloggers Take Manhattan

Please forgive me, peeps, for I have no time to do what I do.

I'm in NYC for the annual Daily Makeover Beauty Bloggerati conference - and it's been makeup, skincare and hair 24-7. So please forgive the lack of posts lately. But while I'm on here apologizing, I might as well tell you what I've been up to. I'm so tired, I'm about to pass out. But here are some quick highlights...

If you haven't tasted the crispy fried chicken, basilicious mozzarella sticks or fruit embellished fro-yo dessert at Mad For Chicken (formerly BonChon), you have not lived. Thanks for the tip, Erika.

Daily Makeover's site is about to get a makeover. Can't be too specific, but their new content and tools are going to blow your beauty-loving mind.

Had delish lunch at the Estee Lauder offices and finally met all of the PR girls I talk to ten times a day. All of the brands (which include an impressive lineup: MAC, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, La Mer, Tommy Hilfiger, Jo Malone, and more) are very interested in learning more about the Beauty Bloggerati and how they can better work with us.

Our Columbus Circle beauty crawl went a little like this:

*Fell a little more in luvre with Kiehl's. Told everyone within earshot about my obsession with their Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion; I think I converted many of my fellow bloggers into fans. Then we were all introduced to Kiehl's new Sunflower Oil hair products; the shampoo smells yummy fantastic - like fresh apricot. We also got the skinny on the new Rare Earth line, created for acne-prone and greasy gals like yours truly. They sent me home with samples, so look for reviews soon.

*Lancome is the freaking bomb. We were greeted with champagne, heavenly cupcakes and veritable wonderland of makeup. I had an opportunity to play around with their fall 2009 collection and chat up celebrity makeup artist, Andrew Sotomayor...who has the BEST SKIN EVER. No joke. You could inspect his face with a high powered microscope and not find one pore. And the kind folks at Lancome sent us all home with a bag of goodies, including the Oscillation Powerbooster mascara primer and new Hypnose Drama mascara - which, together, are TO DIE!

*L'Occitane has this amazing anti-aging skincare product, called Divine Cream, that will hit shelves September 16th. I smoothed some on my hand and the texture was truly divine. L'Occitane don't lie.

*I wish Philadelphia had a Space NK store. Really, every city should have at least one. It smelled so damn good inside and they had some mellow Marvin Gaye on the stereo...I just didn't want to leave. What I love about Space NK is the diverse range of brand offerings. I consider myself a beauty savant, and there were products and lines that I've never heard of. Can you even?

*If there's a store where I want one of everything, it's Fresh. I seriously don't think you can go wrong with anything they sell. My new fave Fresh products are the Brown Sugar Body Scrub and Body Cream. It's like a 1-2 punch to your flaky epidermis. Exfoliate with the scrub and then moisturize with the cream and you'll swear that you got bumped to the top of the skin transplant list. The transformation is unbelievable!

Attended the What Not To Wear premiere party at the Ted Gibson Salon, to celebrate Ted's new gig as the show's resident hair guru. Briefly chatted up Jason Backe and congratulated him on the oodles of magazines he's been quoted in these last few months. I love me some Ted and Jason...dolls, the both of them. They deserve all of the success coming their way.

Me, Amber and Marta at Revlon dinner

Dinner with Revlon at Almond was ab fab. The steak frites I ordered was un(freaking)real. Plus, we got up close and personal with some of their newest products. In the middle of my meal, I applied their Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick...and it still looked perfect when I returned to my room at the ACE Hotel 2 hours later.

Okay, losing consciousness now. I'll check in again as soon as I can. You might have to wait a lil longer than a New York minute...but it will be worth it.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mary Kay Giveaway Winners

Congrats to the following winners of the Mary Kay giveaway:

Meira Bullock, Deborah Evans, Heather Frank, Keisha Hall, Cassie Hudson, Olivia Lukens, Simone Medina, Vanessa Pendleton, Aurelle Portillo, and Nichelle Walker

These readers have won Mary Kay's mini Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover and Mineral Eye Color Quad!

Many thanks to Mary Kay for sponsoring the giveaway. And thanks to all who entered. Stay tuned...your next opportunity to get spoiled pretty is just hours away.

Nordstrom's Beauty Director Talks To Spoiled Pretty

Nordstrom is one of my favorite beauty destinations. So it was an absolute treat to chat with Nordstrom National Beauty Director Debbi Hartley-Triesch. In the video, Debbi dishes on fall trends, getting the most bang for your beauty buck and how she spoils herself pretty.

Monday, July 20, 2009

What's In Mario Dedivanovic's Makeup Bag?

Listen up, Kim Kardashian fans...

Ever wonder what staples Mario Dedivanovic totes in his makeup bag to keep Kim looking beautylicious? Visit his blog to find out.

Ted Gibson Is What Not To Wear's New Hair Guru!

I have some amazing news! My mane man, Ted Gibson, has replaced Nick Arrojo as What Not To Wear's resident hair guru!!!

Tune in to Ted's TLC debut this Friday, July 24th.

Is Primer Worth The Time-r?

College Candy has the lowdown on when it's necessary to inject some prime time into your makeup routine. Check it out.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Smashbox Reign Fall 2009 Collection

Scandal. Indulgence. Desire. Decadence reigns in this provocative collection inspired by the English Tudors. Adorn yourself with lust-worthy shadows, metallic liners, and luxurious lip colors fit for a royal.

Smashbox Reign Fall 2009 collection includes:

Reign Eye Shadow Palette, $42
Decadent mirrored compacts with 6 baked shadows in both matte and shimmer for higher pigmentation and longer wear.

Reign Jet Set Palette, $48
Adorn eyes with four metallic shades of our cult-favorite waterproof liner.

Reign Lash DNA Mascara, $19
Bejewel lashes in a sumptuous new shade fit for a royal. Lengthens, strengthens and defines for stand-out eyes.

Reign DoubleTake Lip Color
, $22
Two new lust-worthy lip pencils with a long-wearing liner on one end and velvety-smooth lip color on the other.

Reign Lip Gloss
, $19

Indulge lips in luxurious, creamy color and scandalous shine.

Reign Fusion Blush
, $32

This dual-toned blush has both matte and shimmer to give cheeks a sensual glow.

My New Favorite Things: BCBGirls Justine Sandals

This weekend, I flexed my shopping muscle and single-handedly revived the economy. Of all of my purchases, these Justine sandals from BCBGirls (purchased at Macy's) are my favorites.

I adore them so much that, ever since I tried them on in the store, I have been imagining all of the outfits I can build around their cuteness.

Jumping On The Ray Ban Bandwagon

Seems like, nowadays, you're not a celeb if you don't own a pair of Wayfarer shades. From coast to coast, D List through A, stars are rocking Ray Ban's best-selling style.

For the past year or so, I have been in a monogamous relationship with a pair of oversized Gucci shades - but this summer, I'm feeling like I need something a bit more streamlined. So I'm currently contemplating hopping on board the Ray Ban bandwagon.

Yesterday, during a routine trip to Lord & Taylor, I decided to try on the iconic style made famous by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany's. I was very surprised by how well they flattered my face. Typically, I'm the Goldilocks of shades; I have to try on about 25 pairs before I find one that looks halfway decent. But the first pair I picked up was Ray Ban's new Wayfarer style 2132, a smaller take on the original...and they fit like they were custom made.

Had Mr. Spoiled Pretty not been with me - watching me like a hawk and cautioning me from giving my Visa card too much of a workout - I would have bought those sunglasses on the spot. Now, as I sit here typing, I'm singing the shoulda woulda coulda's.

I'll probably end up going back to the store tomorrow. Lord & Taylor is having a sale right now online and in stores, and almost everything is 20% off*. Which means that the Wayfarers will only cost me $87.20 - as opposed to the $109 regular price.

*For 20% off your online purchase, enter coupon code TWENTY at checkout. To redeem in stores, print out this coupon.

This Week's Sales at

Joe's Handbag Sale
Starts Monday, July 20
Prices start at $51 (up to 80% off)

Hudson Jeans Sale
Starts Monday, July 20
Prices start at $79 (up to 55% off)
Kathryn Amberleigh Shoe Sale
Starts Monday, July 20
Prices start at $59 (up to 59% off)

Vestal Watch Sale
Starts Tuesday, July 21
Prices start at $39 (up to 69% off)

Tadashi Sale
Starts Tuesday, July 21
Prices start at $99 (up to 65% off)

Poleci Sale
Starts Tuesday, July 21
Prices start at $54 (up to 68% off)

Victorinox Luggage Sale
Starts Tuesday, July 21
Prices start at $42 (up to 71% off)

Anne Klein Sale
Starts Wednesday, July 22
Prices start at $65 (up to 60% off)

Hobo International Handbag Sale
Starts Wednesday, July 22
Prices start at $58 (up to 61% off)

Faryl Robin Shoe Sale
Starts Wednesday, July 22
Prices start at $59 (up to 67% off)

Ideeli membership is here for an invite, courtesy of Spoiled Pretty.