Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Beauty Bloggerati Spotlight: MacGyver-ish Beauty Tips

Last week, as I removed pills from a sweater using a Schick Quattro razor, I started thinking about alternate uses for everyday beauty products. So I called on my fellow Beauty Bloggerati to share their MacGyver-ish beauty tips. Enjoy!

In a pinch, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion works as an eye makeup remover. It even takes off mascara. -Karen, Makeup and Beauty Blog

I use a dry toothbrush to exfoliate snaggy, dry lips. -Amber, Beauty Blogging Junkie

I sometimes use my hair conditioner as a shaving-cream stand-in. A rich conditioner can moisturize and protect skin as well as your favorite shaving cream in a pinch, like when traveling! -Tammy, A Mom In Red High Heels

To keep my cuticles looking great when I don't have my favorite Solar Oil on hand, I use Chapstick or lip balm to moisturize them. -Erika, Makeup Bag

Gauze pads work better than cotton balls (or rounds) to remove polish. The textured surface grabs polish so it slides right off and you won't be left picking off cotton ball fibers! -Erika, Makeup Bag

A black Sharpie is the best quick fix for random gray hairs that seem to come out of nowhere! -Erika, Makeup Bag

For those days when I get really drastic breakouts I soak cotton rounds in warm water and then dip them in baking soda. I then lay the pads flat on my ace for about 10 min. The effect of the baking soda brings all of the zitty yuckiness to the surface and then I take sterile lance and pop the zit. Its a safe way to get rid of pimples on your face and it doesn't leave any scarring. -Lisa, These Lips Are Made For Glossin'

I'll do the old lipstick as blush trick - usually when I notice I'm looking deathly pale and I'm out running around to meetings/errands. I don't usually carry blush in my purse, but I always have lipstick or gloss. I dab a bit on the apples of my cheeks and blend. - Anne, The Jet Set Girls

I love to create my own tinted moisturizer by mixing a pinch of mineral foundation, a drop of makeup primer, and a dime size amount of heavy-duty sunscreen. Perfect for days outside! -Bailey, Makeover Momma

When I really need to blot my skin, I grab a piece of a toilet seat cover from the nearest bathroom (or sometimes tissue paper from a present), and use that to soak up any oil. -Bailey, Makeover Momma

I love applying a bit of shimmer cream lotion to my legs and arms to highlight my skin, but it can also be perfect to highlight your brow bone, cheekbones and even lips in a pinch. I also smooth the residue over the ends of my hair, because it tames flyways, makes hair smooth and gives it a sneaky dose of shine. -Bailey, Makeover Momma

I use Vaseline on my feet before bed. I like to slather it on my heels and then put some really thick socks on. It works better than most foot creams I've tried...and I've tried a lot! -Carla, Product Girl

I take the mascara a step further and use one closer to my brow color. It beefs up sparse brows, covers grays if you have them, and keeps them in line. The only caution is to use a waterproof. You don't want to be caught in the rain and have your brows wash off! -Jen, Beyond Beauty Basics

L'Occitane's shea butter hand cream, cuticle cream, conditioner on ends of hair, tame flyaway hair when dry. -Hope, The Jet Set Girls

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

New From Bobbi Brown: Rich Color Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown introduces Rich Color Gloss: everything you want in a lip gloss...and more.

Rich Color Lip Gloss ($20) offers the look and benefits of three products in one: the full color coverage of a lipstick, the soft shine of a gloss, and the luxurious feel of a balm. The modern formula moisturizes and conditions, wears comfortably, and lasts throughout the day without feathering.

Available in eight shades: Naked, Ruby Red, Pink Raspberry, Merlot, Dusty Rose, Melon, Tutu, Pink Buff.

Available at all Bobbi Brown counters and at

Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Giveaway!

I wouldn't call myself a loner - but, generally, I enjoy being alone. What I do not enjoy, however, is being obsessed with a product, all by my lonesome.

When a beauty product comes along that sweeps me off my feet, I want to shout it from the rooftops. I want to call up the request line and dedicate a lil LeAnn Rimes "How Do I Live?" to my new fab find. I want to chit chat with you and compare notes.

Which is why, this week, Spoiled Pretty is giving away Donna Karan Cashmere Mist gift sets! Two lucky winners will receive:

Cashmere Mist Luxe Eau de Parfum (1.7 oz): An unmistakably, modern interpretation of Cashmere Mist. Luminous and radiant, embracing the skin with heightened sensuality and warmth. Cashmere Mist Luxe Eau de Parfum features intensified notes of Amber, soft suede and mysterious Labdanum mingled with the coveted qualities of blended Jasmine Sambac, Jasmine Maroc, Orange Blossom Absolute and Blonde Woods to create a uniquely, enveloping character, like the original.

Cashmere Mist Body Lotion: Donna's personal favorite and one of her essentials, she never leaves home without it. This totally luxurious and intensive treatment for the body leaves skin feeling like it's wrapped in cashmere. The unique, non-greasy formula absorbs quickly - moisturizing, soothing, and pampering the skin.

Cashmere Mist Shampoo: This ultra-luxurious shampoo that helps build amazing volume with immediate, visible results. Provides a smooth, high-gloss finish to hair making it resistant to static and fly-aways. The rich foam gently cleanses without over-stripping. Perfect for everyday use.

Cashmere Mist Conditioner: An ultra-luxurious conditioner that instantly volumizes, detangles and conditions hair leaving it as soft as cashmere. Revitalizes and revives. Can also be used as an intensive hair mask when left on hair for 15 minutes. Leaves hair sensually scented.

Cashmere Mist Deodorant/Antiperspirant: The ultimate cult product, try it to believe it. Gentle and effective, delicately scented with Cashmere Mist, this advanced formula controls wetness - keeping you feeling dry and smelling fresh all day. So gentle, it can be immediately used after shaving without irritation. Perfect for even sensitive skin.

To enter the giveaway, send an email to Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read "Cashmere Mist Giveaway." The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Tuesday, October 6th. Two winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Wednesday, October 7th, 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. residents.

Good luck!

Hourglass Cosmetics: Send Your Friend A Sample

Own an Hourglass Cosmetics product you would love to recommend to a friend? Send them a complimentary sample!

1. Select up to 3 samples of your these choices: Veil Mineral Primer, Solar Tan Tanning Primer, Veil Fluid Makeup, Illusion Tinted Moisturizer

2. Enter your contact information.

3. Enter your friend’s contact information and type a short note (optional).

International, P.O. Box, APO/FPO Military Addresses, and US Territories deliveries are not available at this time.

Allure Magazine: If I Could Turn Back Time

The October 2009 issue of Allure has a very interesting article about our own ability to turn back the clock. The story focuses on a study of 186 identical twins, and how lifestyle choices (weight, alcohol, marital status, smoking, sun exposure) can cause two people with the same DNA to look dramatically different.

Did you know that the longer a woman takes birth control pills or hormone-replacement therapy, and the higher the dose, the more likely she is to look younger? Or that taking antidepressants is generally associated with an older appearance?

The article, Living Young, is on page 228 and the issue is on newsstands right now.

40% off at Three Custom Color

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Is Spoiled Pretty The Best Beauty Blog? You Decide!

Spoiled Pretty is a finalist for the HLMN's Best Beauty Blog! It would be a shame if the hours I spent writing my acceptance speech were in vain (kidding), so please show Spoiled Pretty some love and vote for me!

Simply click this link, enter your email address (you can vote more than once if you have more than one email addy), and type 'Spoiled Pretty' in the box.

Thanks for the support!

Stila Holiday Lip Glaze Collections

Stila's ultra-popular mini Holiday Lip Glaze Collection is back, featuring eight shades: four bestsellers and four new shades. This is an $80 value for only $25!

New shades:
Plum Fairy - a sheer plum with pink pearl
Candy - sheer pink-coral with subtle rainbow shimmer
Marmalade - sheer peach with pink and white pearl
Pinkle Twinkle - sheer mid-tone pink with rainbow shimmer

Kitten - nude pink champagne shimmer with golden pearl
Starfruit - neutral pink-coral with white pearl
Cranberry - sheer brick red
Blackberry - deep purple wine

Available at Sephora and

How Do You Say Goth In Spanish?

Check out this snapshot of the Obamas, the Spanish Prime Minister and his daughters. Don't these girls look like they're auditioning for roles in The Craft: The Next Generation? I'd bet 100 Euros that, as soon as it goes international, they're gonna blow their allowance on the MAC Style Black Collection.

Winners of The Beauty Girls Giveaways!!!

The time has come to announce the winners of The Beauty Girls giveaways!!!

Congratulations to Sherry Brooks, Carla Brown, Melinda Fathel, Cindi Hoppes, Cindy Ingalls, Katy Knight, Keerat Malhi, Aisha Ozair, Bonnie Pen, Jessica Persky, Sarah Poole, Whitney Skeete, Nancy Vu, Annmarie Weeks, and Tiffany Worboy. These lucky ladies have won the Lancome giveaway and will receive my favorite lash lengthener, Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara!

Alena Burroughs, Kellie Butler, Holly Chmil, Stephanie Ciosek, Junghee Kim, Soledad Martinez, Suzanne Mitchell, Torie Nelson, Ellen O'Connell, Pat Schroeder, Kristen Zarrelli, and Sarah Zvolanek are winners of the Living Proof giveaway. Each winner will receive a set of No Frizz Straight Making and Wave Making Styling Treatments, Shampoo and Conditioner!

The 'sweet smell of victory' is more than a euphemism for Zoe Barker Benfield, Faith Bradham, Tricia Christie, Liz Doebler, Kim Gasparon, Elizabeth Getzen, Cezanne Hayden-Dyer, Donya Hobbs, Nancy Huynh and Sara Lilly. These readers have won 50ml bottle of Lola Marc Jacobs. The long-lasting, day-and-night scent opens with pink peppercorn, pear and ruby red grapefruit. Blooming midnotes of rose, fuchsia peony, and geranium make a feminine statement. Layers of vanilla, warm tonka bean and creamy musk create a sensuous drydown.

I have one thing to say to Elaine Chang, Naomi Shapiro and Shaun Spangler - cut the cord! These ladies are winners of the Barbar giveaway, and will receive the Barbar 1900 Tourmaline Cordless Combo - which includes both a tourmaline plate flat iron and curling iron that heat up in less than 3 minutes!

Many thanks to Lancome, Living Proof, Lola Marc Jacobs, and Barbar for generously sponsoring these giveaways!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

$9 Havaianas at

Today, Ideeli is having a Havaianas sale...and prices start at $9!

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

Once You Go MAC Style Black, You Never Go Back

Haven't you heard? Black is the new black.

For the past six months, I was anxiously counting down the days until September 24th. Not because it was my birthday, but because I had insider information that MAC was re-releasing its Volcanic Ash Exfoliator as part of the Style Black Collection. If you're a Spoiled Pretty regular, you've probably heard me mention it once or twice...or, possibly, a million times. That's how much I adore this scrub.

I’ve tested an excessive amount of exfoliants, so it takes a serious scrub to even get my attention...and the Volcanic Ash Exfoliator is, hands down, the best EVER. Yes, I said ever - as in since primordial soup 'til today.

Originally released as part of MAC's Future Earth collection last summer, it became a cult classic. Those who missed out were singing the shoulda woulda coulda's. And those who got a taste were wishing they could jump in a DeLorean, rev up the Flux Capacitor and go back to June 2008 and snag a lifetime supply. I fell into the second category, rationing my Volcanic Ash Exfoliator like it was a bag of beans on a season of Survivor.

Now that MAC has answered my prayers (and even packaged it in a convenient tube), I've stocked up and I suggest you do the same. It's already sold out on, so I suggest you do your best Sherlock Holmes impression and sleuth that sh*t out (hint: and still have it in stock).

And don't just buy one lonely tube. Ah, naw. by the time you buy one, try it, and realize you can't live without it, exfoliating fools will have wiped out the supply. So just trust me on this one, act like you're at Costco, and buy in bulk.

The Style Black collection also includes these other gems:

Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask, $19.50
Formulated with volcanic ash and natural oils, this ash-black facial mask simultaneously deep-cleanses and treats the skin. When water is added, the mask heats up and the oils instantly lubricate the skin, leaving it feeling soft and clean. Helps keep skin moist, clean, soft and evenly textured.

Mineralize Eye Shadow, $19.50
Cinderfella: Mineralize black with silver pearl (frost)
Gilt By Association: Mineralize black with gold bronze pearl (frost)
Blue Flame: Mineralize black with blue pearl (frost)
Young Punk: Mineralize black with pinkish purple pearl (frost)

Cream Colour Base, $16.50
Black: Creamy true black
Bat Black:
Blackened burgundy with pink pearl

Penultimate Eye Liner, $16.50
Rapidblack: True black

Greasepaint Stick, $17.50
Intense black

Eye Kohl, $14.50
Smolder: Intense black

Cremesheen Lipstick, $14
Black Knight: Creamy true black

Mattene Lipstick, $14.50
Night Violet: Deep purple grape
Midnight Media: Dense matte black

Glimmerglass Lip Gloss, $18
Bling Black: Sheer black with gold pearl (as seen at NYFW Fall 2009)
Blackfire: Sheer black with pinkish purple pearl
Blackware: Creamy true black

Nail Lacquer, $12
Seriously Hip: Black with gold particle pearl
Baby Goth Girl: Black with pinkish purple pearl
Nocturnelle: Black as night black

214 Short Shader Brush, $23

The Style Black collection is now available at MAC counters, stores and

Do You Smell What The Karan Is Cooking?

Don't you just love when you jump on a bandwagon just at the right moment? Like when you read a book right before the movie comes out...or you get behind a team right before they win the Super Bowl...or when you embrace a hot new trend just as it becomes available at Forever 21? Score! That's how I feel about Donna Karan Cashmere Mist.

Cashmere Mist has been around since 1985, but I just discovered (and was seduced by) it this summer - when I picked up the Mini Deodorant/Antierspirant at Sephora. After using the deodorant for about a week, I found it impossible to live without the perfume. And I'm not alone - millions of women have also fallen under its spell; Cashmere Mist just happens to be the number four best-selling fragrance in the United States.

A few weeks after wearing the perfume religiously, I felt compelled to expand my personal Cashmere Mist collection, and I am now the proud owner of the Body Lotion, Shampoo and Conditioner.

This fall, Donna Karan celebrates the fragrance's 15th birthday and gives me yet another reason to praise my perfect timing: Cashmere Mist Luxe Edition Eau de Parfum, a modern, enhanced version of the original. "Cashmere Mist is the ultimate Modern Icon," Karan says. "For 15 years, it has been a worldwide passion - a soft, sensual indulgence for women to wrap themselves in year round. Cashmere Mist Luxe Edition adds a whole new level of luxury. It is my thank you to women for making Cashmere Mist what it is today."

Cashmere Mist Luxe Edition Eau de Parfum features heightened notes of Watery Elements and Bergamot, mingled with two Jasmine absolutes, Orange Flower, Ylang and Muget, enveloped by the creaminess of Moss, Blonde woods, Amber, Labdanum and Vanilla. Simply put, it's a saucier and more decadent version of the cult classic; wear the original during the day and spritz on the Luxe Edition for a night out, when you want to turn up the heat and turn on the charm.

The Cashmere Mist Luxe Edition collection consists of a 1 oz Eau de Parfum Spray ($48.00) and a 1.7 oz Eau de Parfum Spray ($70.00). It is available in Donna Karan stores, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora.

Birthday Cat Eye

I have been told my many a professional that my eyes were made for makeup. Not to sound cocky or anything, but I'm pretty sure that when God formed me in the womb, s/he said to her/himself, "Wow...when this girl grows up, she's gonna rock a fierce cat eye."

So to celebrate my third annual 29th birthday, Mr. Spoiled Pretty and I dined at Tinto, one of my favorite restaurants in Philadelphia - and I sported this ferosh feline eye.

Here's the recipe to replicate the look:

Apply Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion to entire eye, lashline up to brow bone.

Using MAC 242 Shader Brush, apply Stila Kitten Smudge Pot on the lid - from lashline to crease.

Using MAC 217 Blending Brush, lightly apply Stila Kitten Eye Shadow to the lid - from lashline to brow bone.

Using MAC 266 Small Angle Brush, line the eye with Stila Black Smudge Pot, flicking at the edge.

Prime lashes with Lancome Oscillation Powerbooster. Before it dries, layer Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara on top.

Finally, dip MAC 210 Precise Eye Liner Brush into Stila Kitten Eye Shadow and apply to inner corner of the eye, in a sideways V.

And here's a bonus - thanks to the products' staying power, your eye makeup will have nine lives. Meow!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Beauty Girls Weekend Read

Love Kim Kardashian's Emmy Awards makeup look, and wish you knew how to re-create it? Daneen from Spoiled Pretty scored an exclusive interview with Kim's makeup artist - click here for the step by step beauty breakdown!

Check out Amber's favorite golden products of the moment at Beauty Blogging Junkie.

Marina at makeup loves me finally finds a truly painless tweezer. Pluck on, beauties!

Hold onto your hats beauties...Ted Gibson and the Real Housewives have landed in DC Lianne from The Makeup Girl takes you behind the scenes.

Teri was at the L'Oreal Paris Color Space this week and got the L'Oreal Paris beauty experts to answer some reader questions for Beautiful Makeup Search.

Colored mascara....oh so hot according to Erika from Makeup Bag. She checks out Estee Lauder's Sumptuous Color Mascara.

Julia from All About The Pretty is head over heels for Carol's Daughter's Magical Beauty Collection for Disney's The Princess & The Frog.

Follow the Beauty Girls on Twitter:

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Makeup Bag @makeupbag
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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Spoiled Pretty Exclusive: Kim Kardashian Fashion Week Hairstyles How-To

Last week while in New York City for Fashion Week, I ran into celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic in Bryant Park. Sweetie that he is, Mario introduced me to the man responsible for Kim Kardashian's fierce Fashion Week hairstyles.

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Lucky for you, I had my Flipcam (along with 10,000 of my other worldy possessions) in my purse - so I conducted an impromptu interview. Watch as Rolando Beauchamp shares how to steal Lil Kimmy's (my new nickname for her) Fashion Week hairstyles. Enjoy!

For more Kim Kardashian news, beauty and makeup tips, click here.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

A Little Off The Top...And Bottom

A few weeks ago, Mr. Spoiled Pretty shared a particularly hilarious anecdote from his childhood growing up in Cheney, Washington.

Between the ages of 10 and 12, Graham would travel to downtown Cheney to get his hair cut by a man known as 'Shorty.' Shorty charged $3.50 (not $3 or $4) for his signature cut - the flat top. By signature, I mean that the flat top is the only style he knew how to perform. Thanks to his bargain basement prices, Shorty earned a steady clientele of local farmers and young boys.

One detail of Graham's story that intrigued me (besides the crazy $3.50 flat top price tag) was the fact that Shorty's barber shop stocked an extensive selection of Playboy magazines. Which got me thinking...

If I were a guy waiting to get my hair cut, wouldn't I feel weird flipping through a Playboy in public? The answer is a resounding "yes." But, apparently, Playboy magazines in men's barber shops are fairly common.

Despite Mr. Spoiled Pretty's insistence that there are articles in Playboy that men actually read, the phenomenon of men casually perusing Playboy in broad daylight - in a place of business - still strikes me as pervy.


Photo Credit: Getty Images

Urban Decay Ink For Eyes: $9 Cheaper at

It's funny what you find when you're aimlessly surfing the Internet. For example, unless someone told you, you'd probably never know that Urban Decay's Ink For Eyes cream eyeliner is only $13.50 at

Everywhere else, you're paying $22. Don't know why that is. But you know what they say about looking a gift horse in the mouth...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Pastis: Breakfast of Beauty Champions

Last week while in town for New York Fashion Week, I shared a delish breakfast with beauty friends Amber, Nancy and my mane man, Jason Backe.

You might remember Jason from a post earlier this year, when the two of us hung out watching the Grammys - and he up and decided to dye my hair.

Jason is one of the most sought after colorists in New York, where he co-owns the Ted Gibson Salon. His list of celebrity clients (Anne Hathaway, Renée Zellweger, Amerie, Idina Menzel, Eltra Rossalini, and Lake Bell) reads like an issue of Us Magazine.

As if it's even possible, Jason's schedule book is about to get even more, well, booked. In the October 2009 issue of Allure Magazine, he was named "the best of the best." If you're in or passing through the NYC area, do yourself a favor and make an appointment. Get in where you fit in. Jason's worth the wait.

Check out Jason's blog on Daily Makeover and follow my mane man on Twitter.

Clinique's Fresh Faces Tour

Clinique is on a national tour to find fresh faces. Will you be one of them?

The Clinique Mobile Beauty Studio (not your average big rig!) is traveling across the country, providing young women with the opportunity to experience star treatment.

Have your makeup and hair done by beauty experts and leave with your own professional headshot! Enter your best pic in the Clinique Fresh Faces Contest for a chance to win.

Shop your favorite Clinique products while a DJ spins the hottest tunes. You can even score some free Clinique treats!

Visit for tour stops, times and event details.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Recessionista's Fabuless Pick of the Week, Plus a Giveaway!

Last Monday morning, while in NYC for Fashion Week, I got ready and rushed out of my hotel room - forgetting to apply lotion. Quelle horreur, right? Honestly, that doesn't even begin to cover it because I was on my way to an event sponsored by Vaseline. I mean, how you gonna show up for a Vaseline event with ashy arms?

When I arrived at the event and spied my scaly skin, I was beyond embarrassed. But my awkward situation actually presented a unique opportunity to put Vaseline's new Sheer Infusion with Stratys-3 lotions to the test.

I have to admit that when I squeezed a dollop of the silky formula into my open palm, I was immediately skeptical. I was all, "Child, please. Bring on the grease! If Vaseline believes that this thin lotion is going to quench my Sahara-dry dermis, I've got some swamp land in Florida I'd like to sell 'em." But after smoothing Sheer Infusion on my my skin, I was shocked at how it instantly banished the ash - leaving it hydrated and silky smooth all day.

Though it works like magic, there is actually some hard core science behind Vaseline's newest breakthrough. Sheer Infusion delivers two times more moisture than leading everyday body lotions - thanks to Stratys-3, a multi-layer moisturizing complex that infuses and suspends moisture across multiple layers of the skin (the top, the core and deep down). The revolutionary patented technology of Stratys-3 enables Sheer Infusion to deliver these layers by combining three powerful ingredients: Glycerol Quat, Glycerin and Hydroxy Ethyl Urea.

Sheer Infusion with Stratys-3 is available in three variants:

* Botanical Blend: With botanical cypress extract and eucalyptus extract, this lotion is perfect for those looking for skin soothing benefits. It features a sap boost scent with hints of Fiji apple, Chinese mandarin, sun-drenched water lily, stephanotis flowers, Baltic amber and musk.

*Mineral Renewal (Spoiled Pretty fave!): This formula contains enriching minerals found in healthy skin for when your skin feels tired and depleted. It features a scent of crisp pear, fresh bergamot, white peony, apple blossom and a hint of ginger essence.

* Vitamin Boost: Featuring Vitamins B5 and E, this lotion is ideal for those whose skin needs a boost. The ferngully scent includes a blend of sparkling citrus, red current berries, pear, rhubarb, flowers and spices.

Vaseline Sheer Infusion with Stratys-3 is available now at food, drug and mass retailers nationwide in both 6.8 oz bottles ($6.25) and 13.5 oz pump bottles ($8.99). Click here for a coupon. But you can get your hydration on here...for FREE!

That's right, y'all. Three lucky winners will receive three bottles of each lotion (9 bottles in all)!

To enter the giveaway, send an email to Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read "Vaseline Giveaway." The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Tuesday, September 29th. Three winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Wednesday, September 30th, 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. residents.

Good luck!

New Stila Holiday Smudge Pot Collection

New from Stila Cosmetics...

The Holiday Smudge Pot Collection includes four vibrant twinkling shades of their famous gel-based liner and shadow-in-one in perfectly portable mini pots!

Violet (new): pretty purple with shimmer
Starry night (new): bold deep blue with shimmer
Black: intense black
Kitten: nude champagne shimmer

And as a bonus, enjoy a mini eye liner brush for on the go glam!

If you order online, be sure to take advantage of free shipping. Simply enter coupon code FALLSHIPPING at checkout. Promo ends on September 27, 2009 at 11:59 PM.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Spoiled Pretty Exclusive: Kim Kardashian Emmy Beauty Breakdown!!!

By now, you know that I love me some Kim Kardashian makeup. So when celebrity makeup artist (and the biggest sweetheart who ever LIVED) Mario Dedivanovic offered me an exclusive beauty breakdown of her Emmys look, I pinched myself so hard, I swear it left a mark.

So without further ado, Mario shares the products and tips to steal Kim Kardashian's 2009 Emmy Awards makeup...

Kim was wearing a gorgeous white gown and I wanted the focus to be on her eyes. I had
custom blended this pretty shade of blue shadow at GIELLA custom blend cosmetics in NYC and was waiting for the perfect occasion to dip into it. With her hair slicked back and a white off the shoulder gown, I was certain that it would work with the rest of the face done clean and dewy, with a nude matte lip.

I prepped Kim’s skin with Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer first, followed by Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup all over. To set skin, I applied a bit of Laura Mercier's Loose Setting Powder in Beige. Her brows are filled in with Diorshow Brow Styler Ultra-Fine Precision Brow Pencil, concentrating on the outer corners.

For her eyes, I sprayed a bit of water on an eyeshadow brush (this picks up and holds loose eyeshadow better) and dipped it into Aquagirl eyeshadow by GIELLA - custom blended by yours truly ;-). I applied Aquagirl all over the eyelids up to the crease, blending well so there are no lines.

On the inner corners of the eyes, apply GIELLA's b-dazzle eyeshadow. Use the leftovers on the brush to lightly sweep onto the brow bone. You dont want the brow bone to appear very shiny or light as it will look dated. Smoke Aquagirl shadow along the lower lash line as well. For more drama, you can take it all the way into the inner corners. Use Fascinating Eye Kohl by MAC on the inner rims of the eyes. Curl lashes a couple of times and apply two coats of Lancome Hypnose Mascara on top and bottom lashes. If you want super long lashes like Kim, apply a few individual long lashes to each eye.

Kim's skin is bronzed with
Casino by NARS. Use a bit on a brush and apply it along the hairline. With a smaller brush, apply more onto the hollows of the cheeks. Use Orgasm by NARS on the apples of the cheeks. To highlight the cheekbones and bridge of nose, I swept a tiny bit of b-dazzle shadow by GIELLA and blended with a clean brush.

I lined Kim's lips with
Subculture by MAC, then blended a dab of the Dior foundation to her lips. Blot that with a tissue and use Honeylove Lipstick, also by MAC.

Giella, of GIELLA custom blend cosmetics has decided to make and sell Aquagirl eyeshadow and is offering a 15% discount!!! Click here and enter makeupbymario for the discount. b-dazzle eyeshadow, one of Mario’s all-time favorites, can also be purchased on the site with the same discount code!

Love Mario as much as I do? Be sure to visit his blog regularly...and follow him on Twitter!

Mwah, Mario!

For My Philly Peeps: Calling All Savvy Shoppers...

You loved Girls’ Day Out this past spring, now Cashman & Associates invites you to a Shopping Day Out with even more women's, men's, children's and home items on sale!

Come to the Loews Philadelphia Hotel on Sunday, September 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to shop for bargains from your favorite local boutiques under one roof! Find reduced prices on current styles and great discounts on new fall collections!

Featured shops and brands include: Avon Optical, BS Shirt, J. Karma, Jack & Jill, Jing Ai Skincare, Monalda 4, Nicole Miller, Omega Optical, Pileggi Boutique, Per Lei Boutique, Petulia’s Folly, South Moon Under, State of Grace, Susanna’s Selections, Tony and more!!!

Admission is free – save your money for shopping! Cash and checks are preferred; some retailers will accept credit cards.

Please bring a gently used accessory or an unopened beauty product to benefit Career Wardrobe.

The first 50 shoppers to RSVP and attend receive a deluxe gift bag!

The Loews Hotel
1200 Market Street
Millennium Ballroom

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Fall Beauty Trends Giveaway Winner Revealed!

A few weeks ago, I appeared on the NBC 10! Show to school you on fall's hottest beauty trends and the products you NEED to steal the looks. But I wasn't content just telling you about the products. Ah naw. I had to, at least, give one of you the opportunity to try the products. That's just how I do. And now the time has come to announce that lucky winner's name.

Congrats to Lizelle Abrams! Lizelle will receive:

Revlon Brow Specialist Kit: The set includes three brow stencils in varying degrees of arch to fit every shape, tweezers, a universally flattering brow pencil, and brow gel - all in a sleek carrying case.

Urban Decay Ink For Eyes Liner (all six shades!): More precise than a pencil and more forgiving than a liquid, this super-smooth formula offers more control, and buildable coverage than your average liner. The angled liner brush creates a razor sharp line, and the formula lasts all day (or night). Available in six gorgeous colors: Binge (midnight blue), Demolition (brown), Empire (eggplant), Loaded (deep green), Pyrotechnics (iridescent glitter with clear base), and Zero (black).

Goody Resort Glamour Kingston Bobby Slides: These are the next generation of bobby pins. They are some of the most darling bobby pins I've ever seen, and come in a selection of shades sure to match your personality, hair color and/or ensemble.

OPI Matte Collection (all six shades!): OPI recently released six of their best-selling shades in non-glossy formulation. The collection includes: Alpine Snow(a fresh crisp white), Gargantuan Green Grape (green kissed by the summer sun), La Paz-itively Hot (a hot pink perfect for when you’re Bo-livia la vida loca), Lincoln Park After Dark (where midnight meets purple), Russian Navy (wait until you see this deep-sea indigo!) and You Don’t Know Jacques! (if you don’t know how trendy this taupe is!).

Air kisses to Revlon, Urban Decay, Goody and OPI for hooking Lizelle up. And all of you not named Lizelle, keep your eyes peeled for your next chance to win some amazing beauty booty.