Sunday, May 30, 2010

Fresh Sugar Plum Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15

Fresh just answered prayers of beauty lovers everywhere by adding a new shade to the Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 family.

Fresh Sugar Plum Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 moisturizes, repairs, and protects the lips while imparting a deep plum tint. It offers sheer coverage or buildable color and is the perfect partner to the best-selling Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15. It's formulated with sugar, a natural humectants that prevents moisture loss, and a superior blend of nourishing oils and protective waxes to soften and smooth dry lips. Antioxidant-rich vitamins also work to defend against wrinkle-causing free radicals. It also provides essential year-round protection from damaging UV rays with SPF 15.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Sponsored Post: The Bronzed and the Beautiful Shop

I’m a firm believer in the 'before you leave the house, take off one accessory' rule. Unfortunately, when it comes to beauty, a one-way ticket to tackyville isn't so easily averted. So my best advice to avoid going overboard is to think simple before applying anything to your face.

One of the best ways to prevent product overload is to invest in a good bronzer. Adding warmth to your complexion allows you to get away with wearing less. This summer, makes it easier than ever to get the look of healthy, sun-kissed skin without the damaging effects of the sun.

Pop Beauty Face Class in Bronze Pop, $13.99 (you save $24)
Pop Beauty Bronze Face Class is a perfectly coordinated bronze-hued face palette in a sexy metallic wallet. This all-in-one pallet includes gorgeous shades for creating sultry summer eyes, glowing out-doorsy cheeks, and naturally gorgeous lips. Easy to follow instructions included!

Stila Gel Bronzer, $11.99 (you save $12)
Get an instant bronze goddess glow in seconds! This lightweight gel bronzer gives you perfect all-over golden color - so you'll look like you spent the day outdoors.

Fusion Beauty GlowFusion Air Glow Self-Tanning System, $89.99 (you save $85)
Fusion Beauty is changing the face of self-tanning with the GlowFusion Air Glow Gun. Combined with the Micro-Nutrient Tinted Protein Tan Mist, the Air Glow Gun delivers instant, streak-free color to the skin, providing immediate color while binding with the skin's natural melanin for a long-lasting tan that complements your natural skin tone. Ideal for use head to toe.

Lola Cosmetics Face Bronzing Kit, $29.99 (you save $45)
Get your glow on with this three piece face bronzing set (a exclusive!),
filled with Lola must-haves.
* Sand & Sun Bronzer Duo: combination of golden beige and warm bronze hues naturally enhance skin tone and adds a hint of shimmer.
* Prime Effects Pure Pigment Infusion: a conditioning color infusion to enhance your natural glow! Wear Prime Effects alone or mixed with your favorite primer or foundation for a more subtle effect.
* Lola Creme Blush: a creamy, easy to use stick that infuses cheeks with a hint of gold.

Caudalie Fresh Complexion Tinted Moisturizer, $18.99 (you save $20)
This silky fluid enhances, evens and brightens the complexion for an immediate, natural healthy glow. Rich in active plant ingredients, it moisturizes and protects the youth of the skin. The lightweight moisturizer imparts nourishing ingredients and a light, sun-kissed glow for a healthy-looking complexion. Ideal for those of all skin types and fair to medium skin tones who want lightly tanned and deeply hydrated skin.

Pixi Creme Cheek & Lip Duo, $9.99 (you save $16)
Velvety, moisture rich crème-to-powder cheek and lip crème provides smooth, silky color for naturally luminous skin. Delivers long lasting color with a real skin texture and blends easily for healthy skin. Formula infused with Rose Extract and Vitamin E to treat and nourish skin.

JOEY NY Palette in SoBe Sunkissed, $16.99 (you save $28)
The SoBe Bronzing Palette is designed to help achieve the ultimate bronzed look without the sun. Contains everything you need for a complete sultry, healthy, and natural complexion with instant results! Formulated with Marine Collagen, the anti-aging ingredient for reducing the look of lines and hydrating. Perfect for all skin tones.

And here's an obvious, but important tip for applying bronzer: use a light touch. A heavy application does not a golden goddess make. Start out slow and take it easy – the world only needs one Snooki.

Once you look like you’ve just returned from some sun-drenched isle, swipe on two coats of your must-have mascara and coat your pucker in a sheer gloss, and you're good to glow!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Kardashian Sisters Launch Self-Tanning Gel at Sephora

Today, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Khloé Kardashian Odom unveil their signature self-tanning gel, Kardashian Glamour Tan, the first release from their upcoming Kardashian Beauty line.

"My sisters and I are all about getting the perfect tan without harming our skin," said Kim Kardashian. "We’re always on the lookout for the best self-tanner so we thought we'd create the perfect formula and share it with everyone."

Kardashian Glamour Tan is an easily applied, clear, moisturizing self-tanning gel. Designed to produce the appearance of a golden sun-kissed tan within 24 hours of application, the non-streaking, non-staining formula is packed with protective antioxidants, and vitamins C, E & D to keep skin healthy and moisturized. Glamour Tan is the only self-tanner available containing Imudulin, a key ingredient responsible for stimulating vitamin D synthesis which can aid in lessening the look of lines and wrinkles.

Application Tips: For optimal results, Glamour Tan should be applied to clean skin and left to dry for 20 minutes before dressing. A natural-looking tan will develop over the next few hours, achieving full results within 24 hours. Reapply to the face and body every two to three days or as needed. Wash hands after each use.

Glamour Tan by Kardashian Beauty is available now exclusively at Sephora stores nationwide and

Monday, May 24, 2010

Sex And The City 2 Giveaway - Sponsored by Remington

Only three days until the NYC's favorite foursome hit the big screen for their sexy sequel – and their styles have never looked better. Remington has the scoop on how to mimic their couture coifs at home...and while your love life may be a Carrie, your hair may be a Samantha! Grab a cosmo and keep reading...

 If you love're a CARRIE!

Try Remington Colossal Curl Setters to create jumbo and extra-jumbo sized spirals for this fashionsta's fierce hair!

If you love sleek, smooth locks -  you're a MIRANDA!

Try the Remington Frizz Therapy Iron to get every hair in line for a perfectly polished finish.

If you love sexy hair with a twist – you're a SAMANTHA!

Try the Remington Wet 2 Straight with curved plates to look like this bombshell!  Iron hair while damp and wrap each section around the rounded edges to create flipped out ends and some body waves.

If you love pristine Park Avenue waves - you're a CHARLOTTE!
Try the Remington 3-in-1 Styler with the beach wave attachment. The tunnel-like device twirls hair while drying to create an elegant look that even Upper East Siders would approve.  

This week, Spoiled Pretty and Remington are getting Carrie-d away...and we're giving away one of each of these haute tools!

Enter to win by leaving a message in the comments section. Let me know whether you're a Carrie, Miranda, Samantha or Charlotte (this will determine your prize). Also, make sure to leave your email or another way for me to get in touch, just in case you get lucky.

Contest is open to U.S. residents. The giveaway ends at noon (EST) on Tuesday, June 1, 2010. Good luck!

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Fab in Five

Celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic is answering your burning beauty questions!!! Every Monday, he will answer a beauty/skin care question as part of a weekly column on Spoiled Pretty, Makeup Mondays with Mario.

Hi Mario,

I don't have a lot of time in the morning to put on makeup, but I hate leaving the house bare-faced. Can you give me some quick tips or products I can use to look fab in five minutes?

PS - You're awesome!



To look fab in five minutes is very possible! You need concealer, bronzer, mascara and a lip product. Start with dabbing concealer under your eyes or wherever it's needed to even out your skin. You can also apply a tinted moisturizer; they are usually very sheer, allowing for quick application and blending. I love Lancome SPF tinted moisturizer. Using a big brush, sweep bronzer around the frame of your face and a bit on cheeks to warm you up. Try Guerlain's Terra Cotta Tan Booster. It's a great rich color that goes on sheer and doesn't have much shimmer in it. Take a small brush and sweep some on your eyelids too. Mascara on the top and bottom lashes will finish the eyes and - then throw on some lipstick or gloss to finish. You should be looking fab in no time.

Thanks for visiting Makeup Mondays with Mario!


Got a question for Mario? Email your makeup and skin care queries to, and check back next Monday to read Mario's expert advice!

Winner of the Harajuku Lovers Sunshine Cuties Fragrance Giveaway!

Congrats to Amber (shevilkenevil1), winner of the Harajuku Lovers Sunshine Cuties Fragrance Giveaway! Amber has won a set of eau de toilette sprays in Lil' Angel, Love, Baby, Music, and "G".

Many thanks to Coty for sponsoring this contest.

Smashbox Friends & Family 2010

Take 20% off your next purchase at Enter FF2010 at checkout. Sale ends Friday, May 28.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Chinese Laundry Lucky Strike Sandals Giveaway!!!

Feeling lucky? Get lucky! Enter to win these Lucky Strike heels by Chinese Laundry and go effortlessly from night to day.

A pair of these show-stopping and dramatic, widely braided sandals are sure to add some spice to those hot summer nights. The edgy trimmed straps are seductively laced together and uncover just enough skin. This just might be the perfect summer sandal.

Enter to win a pair of the Lucky Strike heels (in black) by leaving a message in the comments section. Make sure to leave your email or another way for me to get in touch, just in case you get lucky.

Contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents! The giveaway ends at noon (EST) on Friday, May 28, 2010. Good luck!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

L'Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base Is Great For Greasy Gals

And the award for Best New Primer for Greasy Gals goes to L'Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base. I received a sample last month, and it was love at first swipe.

Don't be fooled by its putty-like texture. It applies like a dream, leaving skin so satiny soft that you'll wonder exactly how you lived your life before this product came into existence. The primer easily disguises pores and wrinkles, and imparts a matte finish. So if the summer heat and humidity turns your mug into an oil slick, you'd be a brainy beauty to invest in a jar of this pink magic.

L'Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base is intended to be worn in tandem with your favorite tinted moisturizer or foundation. But if you're having a low-maintenance kind of day, just apply a little to bare skin and it gives you a you-but-better look.

The formula is 100% oil- and fragrance-free, non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic - so even the most sensitive skins should tolerate this product.

Just proof, once again, that it doesn't take a million bucks to look like, well, a million bucks. L'Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base is this Recessionista's Fabuless Pick of the Week.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Vikram: The modern Raavan!

Junior NTR in Pathala Bhairavi remake

Junior NTR is all set to act in the remake of his grandfather SR. NTR’s “Pathala Bhairavi” which released within few years after independence. The movie is said to be produced by C. Kalyan and will be directed by Kodi Rama Krishna.
There is news that Kodi Ramakrishna, which churned latest, hit ARUNDHATI, desired to make a movie with Jr BNTR. Hearing this producer C Kalyan was ready to produce and is ready to invest loads of money into it.
Kodi recently narrated the script to Junior NTR and also convinced him that he can carve the best in this remake. But producer C Kalyan and Young tiger are a bit disappointed, as director Kodi Ramakrishna has a habit of making movies for 20- 28 months and so time factor may make them rethink on several aspects of “Pathala Bhairavi” remake.

Ravan comming soon to theaters

Bava is in final Touch

Tollywood's young energetic hero Siddharth's latest film Bava, being directed by debutant Ram Babu and produced by M.L. Kumar Chowdary under the banner of Sri Keerthi Combines, has entered the fourth and final schedule of shooting, which will continue till June 2.
Starring Dr. Rajendra Prasad as Siddarth's father, this complete family entertainer revolves around the father-son relationship in the backdrop of a village. Siddharth plays the role of a naughty Krishna; Praneetha is the heroine.

Rajendra in new Getup-Brama lokam to yamalokam

The shooting of comedy king Dr. Rajendra Prasad’s latest vengture Brahmalokam to Yamalokam (via Bhulokam), directed by writer Gollapati Nageshwara Rao and produced by Bekkam Venugopal and Rupesh D. Gohil under the banner of Lucky Media and Utopia Productions, is complete.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

MAC & Disney Team Up For Venomous Villains Collection!!!

This just in from WWD:

MAC Cosmetics is teaming up with Disney to create a limited edition color collection, intended to launch globally in late September in all MAC locations. The products will feature four Disney characters, on which the brand is keeping mum at the moment — although with a collection name of Venomous Villains, it is assumed that we’re not talking Donald Duck and Minnie Mouse here. Lipstick, powder, lip gloss and blush shades will be sold, ranging in price from $12 to $29.50.

Are you as excited for this collection as I am?!?! You just know the packaging is going to be off the chain. What I can't wait for is the shade names.

I've got so many ideas…

Perhaps a lipstick or Lipglass in Cruella Crimson? Or some fantabulous new concealer inspired by The Lion King’s Scar? There are a whole bunch you can take from Sleeping Beauty…like a gothic, compact purse mirror that pays homage to Maleficent or a raven black eyeliner named Diablo. The Little Mermaid (my favorite Disney animated film eva) also provides a plethora of product possibilities. What about an double-ended eyeliner called Flotsam and Jetsam? Or maybe a palette of poor unfortunate shadows? And can't you just picture a juicy, red nail polish that no beauty – sleeping or otherwise – could resist? I'd call it Ambien Apple.

What do you think of this collection? Do the Disney Princesses deserve a collection too? Any clever product/name suggestions for MAC?

Click here for a Venomous Villains video teaser.

Harajuku Lovers Sunshine Cuties Fragrance Giveaway!

Sunshine Cutie (suhn-shahyn) (kyoo-tee) n.1. A super cute, sunloving, beach-bumming doll who would never compromise on fashion for a day at the beach!

This summer, your favorite Harajuku Girls are back, this time for a little fun in the sun. With perfectly pedicured toes and fresh new summer scents Love, Lil’ Angel, Music, Baby, and G treat the beach as their own personal fashion playground.

Bottle: Darling and demure, Love mixes and matches a vintage inspired one piece with modern wrap around removable sunglasses. A red Hibiscus flower is the perfect accessory to keeping her ponytail in place.
Fragrance: A fruity floral
* Top: Nectarine, Passion Fruit, Lemon Blossom
* Mid: Plumeria, Osmanthus, Rose Petals
* Base: Vanilla Orchid, Coconut Water, Sensual Musk, Sandalwood

Bottle: Lil' Angel suits up in a teeny weeny navy blue bikini scattered with sweet yellow and white hearts (showing her love for the beach)! Never without her signature headband, she dresses it with a few fragrant Plumeria flowers to channel a tropical vibe.
Fragrance: A citrus vanilla
* Top: Meyer Lemon, Mandarin, Touch of Blackberry
* Mid: Pink Rose, Vanilla Orchid, Tropical Sampaquita Blossom
* Base: Sugared Patchouli, Vanilla Bean, Skin Musk, Golden Amber

Bottle: Music keeps it nautical. Her navy and white striped bikini is trimmed in bright cherry red and accented with some sweet and playful bows. A red Hibiscus hair flower makes the perfect topper. Aye Aye, it’s super Kawaii!
Fragrance: A sensuous floral
* Top: Juicy Pear, Granny Smith Apple, Dewy Freesia
* Mid: Tiger Orchid, Jasmine Petals, Honeysuckle
* Base: Cashmere Woods, Creamy Musk, Precious Woods

Bottle: Pretty in Pink! Baby is a quintessential girlie girl in a pink on pink polka dot bikini with ruched top and string bottom. A few Plumeria flowers nestled in her hair add the finishing touch to her super Kawaii ensemble.
Fragrance: A dewy floral
* Top: Crisp Mandarin, Wet Neroli, Bright Sunflower
* Mid: White Poppy, Living Valencia, Orange Flower, Jasmine Absolute
* Base: Soft Musk, Rich Vetiver, Creamy Birch Woods

Bottle: Leader of the pack!
Reminiscent of one of her stage costumes, G wears a tuxedo bandeau bikini top and for a pop of color, turquoise boy short bottoms. Her sweet headband is adorned with a mix of tropical Plumeria flowers.
Fragrance: A creamy musk
* Top: Coconut Water, Mandarin, Bergamot
* Mid: White Peach, Heliotrope, Exotic Tiare Flower, Orange Flower
* Base: Vanilla Bean, Tonka, Skin Musk, Creamy Sandalwood

Each collectible eau de toilette (10 mL) retails for $30. The fragrances are available at Macys, Nordstrom, Sephora,, But as summer tans fade and leaves begin to fall the Sunshine Cuties will be making their departure.

Spoiled Pretty and Coty Prestige want to make sure that you get them before they sail off into the sunset, so we’ve partnered for a giveaway. One lucky reader will win the entire set of Sunshine Cuties – worth $150!

To enter the giveaway, leave a message in the comments section. Make sure to leave your email or another way for me to get in touch, just in case you get lucky.

Contest is open to U.S. residents only. The giveaway ends at noon (EST) on Monday, May 24, 2010. Good luck!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Beautiful and Bronzed

Celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic is answering your burning beauty questions!!! Every Monday, he will answer a beauty/skin care question as part of a weekly column on Spoiled Pretty, Makeup Mondays with Mario.

Hi Mario!

I just have to say I love love love your work, it’s so flawless and beautiful! My problem is I am a latina with fair skin and I recently started bed tanning a bit, I really don't want to overdue it because of the damaging effect it has in the long run. So my question is what kind of self tanner can I use for my face and body? I've also seen some for daily use. What would you recommend?

Thank you very much!


The first thing you should do is stop tanning! There is nothing that will heal or correct the negative effects that tanning has on your skin. You may not see the damage today, but it will appear later in life. I am, however, a fan of self tanners and use them myself. Try L'oreal Paris Sublime Bronze ProPerfect Salon Airbrush Self-Tanning Mist. It's very easy to use yourself, comes out evenly and does not smell bad. If you prefer a creme or lotion, try the
St.Tropez tanning line which has unique products to help you look tan and healthy. Whichever products you choose to use, you should always exfolliate you skin prior to application, avoid too much product on the elbows, feet, knees and any area that tends to get blotchy. Also keep your toenails and fingernails covered in Vaseline when appyling self tanner, as they will stain the nails an unnatractive yellow shade of yellow. Moisturize with a non-oily moisturizer to preserve the color longer. It's alot of work keeping your face and body beautiful and bronzed but it's worth it.

Thanks for visiting Makeup Mondays with Mario!


Got a question for Mario? Email your makeup and skin care queries to, and check back next Monday to read Mario's expert advice!

COTY Mother's Day Fragrance Gift Kits Giveaway Winners

Congrats to the winners of the COTY Mother's Day Fragrance Gift Kits Giveaway:

Bacalls Mom (Vanilla Fields)
Deanna G. (Halle by Halle Berry)
Luscious Makeup (Faith Hill Parfums)
Nina (Jovan Satisfaction for Women)
Terra H. (Celine Dion Sensational)

Many thanks to COTY for spoiling these readers pretty.

And stay tuned for Spoiled Pretty's next giveaway announcement, which is just a few hours away!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Put The Breaks On Hair Breakage

You know that line, "Break yourself, fool!" from Superbad? Well, my hair was taking that euphemism literally.

My hair has been delicate, dry, and damaged – thanks to 25 years of chemical relaxers and a recent dependence on hot tools. As a result of my hair abuse, my ends were breaking off left and right. Every time I brushed or styled my hair, it was a sorry sight – little, broken hairs all over my shirt, bathroom counter and floor. Every day, I was pulling a Jay-Z and brushing my shoulders off.

My hair was, basically, breaking off as quickly as it was growing – which explains why my hair hasn’t gotten longer in the past seven years. And let me tell you…it was like salt in the wounds when a well-meaning friend suggested I "grow my hair out."

Obviously, if I stopped straightening, blow drying and using a flat iron on my hair, it would be in much better shape. But let’s get real – that’s not going to happen. Lucky for me, Pantene solved my catch 22 conundrum by developing a line of products that spoke to my issue. Seriously, the product description reads like it should have been prefaced with "Yo…listen up, Daneen."

The Pantene Pro-V Relaxed & Natural Breakage Defense collection is designed to strengthen hair against damage and provide 90 percent less breakage in one month.

The Present: Hair that you notice everywhere - on your brush, clothes and bathroom sink. The Future: Resilient, strong, healthy hair that has less shedding due to breakage.

Pantene Pro-V Relaxed & Natural Shampoo, Breakage Defense thoroughly cleans hair with a rich, airy lather without weighing hair down. It has a unique conditioning formula that makes hair easier to comb, helping to prevent breakage. And it leaves hair strong against damage, hydrated and healthy-looking. Pantene Pro-V Relaxed & Natural Conditioner, Breakage Defense has a Pro-Vitamin formula that is specially designed for women of color to help strengthen and moisturize each hair strand - from root to tip. It also shields each hair strand from future damage.

I've been using this shampoo/conditioner combo for the past two months and have noticed a decrease in shedding. I’m hoping that if I keep this up – and lay off the ole flat iron a bit – mermaid hair might be in my future. I've always dreamed of mermaid hair…

Anyway, if you're like me and you want to put the breaks on hair breakage, I recommend you give these products a try.*

*I believe Pantene is doing some re-formulation and discontinuing these products, so they are a little bit hard to find. Online shopping would be your best bet.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Kim Kardashian Rollerball Competition for Breast Cancer Awareness

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness, Kim Kardashian is inviting her most trusted advisors - her fans - to help her design the look of the new rollerball edition of her signature fragrance, debuting this October. Participants will have one week to create and submit a design inspired by Kim to

Kim will then choose the top three designs, which will be displayed on Kim's website, and her fans will vote on their favorite. The winning design will launch at select retailers in October 2010. 10% of the proceeds will benefit Young Survival Coalition - the premier global organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer - helping fans give back to a worthy cause when they purchase the new rollerball scent. The grand prize winner will also get the chance to spend the day with Kim and discover how her custom design becomes a reality.

"I always turn to my fans for inspiration and advice," says Kim. "I’m so excited to see what unique, gorgeous designs they come up with. This is such a great opportunity for them do something fun while giving back to an amazing cause."

Kim Kardashian Rollerball Competition
Submissions: May 10th – May 17th
Finalists (3) Announcement: May 17th
Winner Announcement: October 1st

More information is available at

Stila Raspberry Crush Lip & Cheek Stain

Stila's got a new crush: Raspberry Crush Lip & Cheek Stain ($24).

The newest member of the la Crush familia delivers a pop of vibrant pink to your lips and cheeks.

Packed with good for you ingredients and a touch of subtle shimmer, this sheer raspberry-rich formula creates a healthy, glowing flush of youth. Infused with naturally staining raspberry extracts, this sweetly-scented wonder reacts to your personal pH levels to create your perfect vibrant pink shade every time. This juicy formula works as a blush and a lip tint - leaving a pretty pop of color that compliments your fresh summer skin.

New Rebecca Minkoff Handbags for Summer 2010

Somebody better hide my wallet because I just wanna buy up all of Rebecca Minkoff's new summer handbags. For the past few months, I have been searching for the perfect crossbody bag...not too big with a little edge. Nothing really impressed me until today, when I spotted Trust, and my handbag-loving heart skipped a beat. The Main Squeeze Foldover ain't too shabby either.
I love me some Minkoff.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Hold The Oil

Celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic is answering your burning beauty questions!!! Every Monday, he will answer a beauty/skin care question as part of a weekly column on Spoiled Pretty, Makeup Mondays with Mario.

Hi Mario,

My problem is that when the weather gets warmer, my face gets very oily. It seems that no matter what I do, my face always looks shiny/greasy - which embarasses me. Can you recommend any products or makeup tips that might help me keep my shine under control?


Hi Scarlett,

You can control your naturally dewy skin's shine using a few products and/techniques. Start out with an oil-free, light moisturizer (Daneen recommends Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel) all over, prior to makeup application. Let that set in a couple of minutes, then apply Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light by Smashbox. If your skin doesn't need much coverage, I'd skip the foundation altogether and instead use a concealer on spots. Try Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage concealers. Use a loose powder to set the face, making sure that it's free of shimmer and sparkle, of course. Try Priori loose powder. For touch ups throughout the day, use Tatcha Blotting Papers to absorb shine. I once learned a tip from a brilliant beauty blogger who's spoiled pretty - she uses a Starbucks napkin to absorb oils on the skin. It truly works! All the more reason to go to Starbucks! Oh and one more thing- don't feel embarrassed for having oily skin – it's the most effective anti- aging product and it's all yours!

Thanks for visiting Makeup Mondays with Mario!


Got a question for Mario? Email your makeup and skin care queries to, and check back next Monday to read Mario's expert advice!

Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser

Lately, my skin has been uncharacteristically well-behaved. And so soft and smooth that I can't stop petting my face. I didn't know what to make of my enhanced complexion until I realized that I had recently switched up one element of my skincare routine.

After moving into my new house, I couldn't immediately locate my usual facial wash. So when I came across a long lost sample tube of Clinique's Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser, I decided to give it a whirl. And once I did, I was happy my old stuff went A.W.O.L. because I might have missed out on such a fabulous product.

Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser has a cream consistency that gently cleanses – leaving skin feeling moist, clean, and fresh. It's fragrance-free, but the subtle scent reminds me of Dove soap. As mild as it is on skin, it removes long-wearing makeup and sunscreens quickly and efficiently. Plus, it's also a great value; the concentrated formula is long-lasting and a little goes a long way.

I wish you could see/feel my face. It’s a true testament to the brilliance of this cleanser (I've awarded it 'holy grail' status). After washing my face with it, I moisturize with 2-3 pumps of Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. And ever since I started this routine, my skin is like a dream.

Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser ($18.50) and Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion ($24) are available at Sephora, your local Clinique counter, and

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Q&A with Leading Ladies of Jerseylicious

Early this spring, I heard about a soon-to-air show on the Style Network called Jerseylicious. After MTV’s Jersey Shore (I didn’t watch it, but Snooki and the gang were everywhere – right?), I was all Jersey’d out. But then I remembered how much fun the Real Housewives of New Jersey were with their cattiness and table-flipping shenanigans, so I decided to give this new show a chance. It had, after all, three big things working in its favor:

a) Jerseylicious is a reality show. I’m not going to argue with you about how real these reality shows actually are, but whatever the case, I happen to love reality programming. 75% of my TV lineup is reality...and I find it very entertaining.

b) Jerseylicious centers around the staff at Gatsby Salon in Green Brook, NJ. You obviously know how I feel about beauty, so tuning in was a no-brainer.

c) I like it when people add 'licious' to the end of words.

Since March, Jerseylicious has become must see TV for me on Sunday nights (along with Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane). I love the cast’s crazy antics and over-the-top, to the next level Garden State style. To celebrate the Jerseylicious season finale on May 9, Spoiled Pretty scored interviews with the leading ladies of Jerseylicious: Tracy DiMarco, Olivia Blois Sharpe and Alexa Prisco.

Tracy is an up-and-coming hairstylist who has achieved success after less than two years in the business. Not only is she Olivia's arch enemy, Tracy is also currently dating Olivia’s ex-boyfriend. Sparks usually fly whenever this "gangsta at heart" is around.

SP: When did your fascination with fashion and beauty begin?
TD: When I was really little I used to do hair on the playground at recess and at summer camp! I was a little hustler charging kids lunch money to braid their hair!

SP: What is your everyday beauty routine?
TD: Wake up, shower, blow out my hair, curl it, tease it, clip in extensions…GO!

SP: What techniques, products and tools do you use to style your hair? And how long does it take, from start to finish?
TD: TEASING COMB (very important!) and CHI Helmet Head Hairspray! Start to finish takes about an hour. =)

SP: If you could give Olivia a hair makeover, how would you style it?
TD: I would fuse extensions into her hair. She was very fine thin frizzy hair with POTENTIAL to be nice, but she needs work to add thickness, volume, and curls.

SP: I thought you looked gorgeous after your Warren Tricomi make-under. Why were you so quick to revert back to your signature look?
TD: Like I said, 3 things I’ll never give up: 1) teasing my hair, 2) having "cat eye" eyeliner and 3) boys. VERY IMPORTANT TO ME! And when they ripped the tease out, my heart skipped a few beats!!!! But thank you! You are very sweet!

SP: If you could style hair at New York Fashion Week for one designer, who would it be and why?
TD: It would have been Alexander McQueen, his style was unbelievable, he was such a risk taker and true to himself. I am very upset that I will never be able to work with him after all of our loss! It was very upsetting because he was so insanely talented and he thought outside the box and that’s what I like…being different. He was the definition of different…but now if I had to style hair for someone, it would be Betsey Johnson because she is such a free spirit and fun-loving designer. Her style is off the charts and I know I’d be able to go crazy and do the crazy over the top hairstyling I’ve always wanted to do!

SP: What was your most embarrassing fashion or beauty moment?
TD: When I said that I didn’t like black and blue and they showed my outfit on the first episode…I meant NAVYYYYYYYYYYYYYY BLUE and black! Ha ha…oh well - what am I gonna do about it now?!

SP: What’s the best beauty tip/secret you’ve ever heard?
TD: Deep conditioning treatments...those are HAIR LIFESAVERS. I can’t live without them with all the damage I do to my hair between teasing, curling, and hairspraying! Haha

SP: What is one Jersey stereotype you hate?
TD: That we are bimbos or slutty. We are not…we just have confidence and are risky enough to not wear what everyone think we should wear. We have minds of our own and were not afraid to use them!

SP: Define "Jersey style."
TD: Confident, sexy, unique, wild, classy & unique! We know what we like and we don’t make excuses for it!

Olivia is a young makeup artist who attracts drama wherever she goes - but now she's ready to prove she has what it takes to make a name for herself. Olivia's ultimate goal is to run her own fabulous salon, with zebra-stripe chairs, a runway down the middle and a full-service bar.

SP: When did your fascination with fashion and beauty begin?
OS: I've honestly been really into fashion and beauty since I was a little girl. I would use markers as makeup on my Barbies and I’ve always been very obsessive and excessive with clothes. Even when I went through a tomboy phase (yes, that’s right, I went through a tomboy phase) when I was in elementary school, I always needed to have whatever was in. I remember I would always beg my parents for the new 'IT' shoes, or jeans, or toys, whatever the case was, and they would always have to go on hunts to find it. I always wanted the hardest things to get. I think I’ve always loved being on my A-game when it came to style and glam.

SP: What is your everyday beauty routine and how long does it take?
OBS: I take a lot of time on my makeup. Especially my eyes. I’ve gotten a lot faster (thank god) but I just really love having a smokey eye...whether it’s a little smokey or full blown smoketabulous. And I always wing out my eyeliner. I use a cream pot eyeliner with a brush. It’s the best way to apply a perfect precise wing that lasts. My eye makeup does NOT move. I can wake up in the morning and go out with my eye makeup from the night before if I wanted because it still looks perfect.

SP: What are the five beauty products that you can't live without right now?
OBS: NARS Casino Bronzer, MAC Gaga or Snob lipstick, C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Shine, HIP black cream pot eyeliner, Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus, and MAC vanilla pigment. Wait was that more then 5? I still have more though! Oops.

SP: If you could only use one brand of makeup for life, which would it be?
OBS: MAC…duh! Zero hesitation.

SP: If you could give Tracy a makeover, how would you do her makeup?
OBS: Strip her of her spray tan and then give her a great smokey eye, and cut/contour her cheekbones and give her a great cheek highlight, and add some color to her lips because the color she wears is too pale.

SP: You were stunning after your Warren Tricomi make-under. Why were you so quick to revert back to your signature look?
OBS: Just like you said, because that is my signature look. I’m me, and no one is ever going to change me. I love the way I dress and I feel comfortable this way. I’m not an older woman, I’m not from California...I’m a young 22 year old girl from jersey, and my look is perfect for me.

SP: What’s the secret to your deep, dark tan?
OBS: I tan at least once a week. And as soon as summer rolls around I’m at the beach almost every day (where I overdose in oil). I also use NARS casino bronzer. I hate spray tans. It feels so gross to me.

SP: What’s up with your nails? Why are you so attached to the long, Acrylic manicure?
OBS: I’ve had my long nails since I was 16. They just kinda got longer and longer as time progressed. They have become a part of me and a part of my personality. I freaked out when they took them off on the show because I felt like I was being stripped of my physical personality that I love so much.

SP: What was your most embarrassing fashion or beauty moment?
OBS: I wear these jelly-like bra inserts, I call them chicken cutlets (because that’s what they look like). Anyways, I was dancing at a club when one of them flew out of my bra. I knew that I had lost one when I looked down at my chest and saw that I had one noticeably larger/perkier boob...just then the lights in the club went on and the DJ made an announcement how he had gotten hit in the head by a fake plastic boob. Then to make matters worse, my girl ran up to the DJ booth yelling, "Oh, that’s my friend's!" and then ran it back to me in front of everyone. I smiled at the crowed, shoved it back into my bra, and continued to dance.

SP: What’s the best beauty tip/secret you’ve ever heard?
OBS: To use rubbing alcohol to put your broken eye shadows back together!

SP: I live in Philadelphia – so if I came across the bridge to The Gatsby for a Jerseylicious makeover, how would you do my makeup?
OBS: Honey, you would leave that salon looking fabulously bronzed, glamorously smokey eyed, and feeling extremely confident!

SP: What is one Jersey stereotype you hate?
OBS: I hate when we're referred to as 'The Dirty Jerz'. We are so clean! New Jersey actually has really strict sanitation laws. Pedicurists aren't even allowed to use those razor file things on clients! It's against NJ laws! Haha! I learned that in cosmetology (beauty) school.

SP: Define “Jersey style.”
OBS: Loud, over the top, flashy, and most importantly...confident! Confidence is the key to a true Jersey look.

The Glam Fairy, Alexa, has a successful business doing makeup for Jersey brides on weekends. Alexa is not a fan of the stereotypically Jersey look; she feels bare midriffs, designer knockoffs and fake boobs give "real" Jersey girls like her a bad name.

SP: When did your fascination with beauty begin?
AP: My fascination with beauty began when I was very young. The answer "I was playing with my mom's lipstick" is almost a cliché answer when a makeup artist is asked... so to stray from the cliché I will say that that, ultimately, there is an insane source of gratification when you watch a woman look in the mirror after you transformer her. A sense of accomplishment - a sense of pride - and ultimately an understanding that you have the capacity - through your artistry to potentially change the way a person feels about themselves. Now my being cognitive of the ability at an older age and at a younger age simply being happy making someone else happy is basically all umbrella'ed so to speak under that philosophy.

SP: What is your everyday beauty routine?
AP: It’s hard to believe, but every day I am not a glamazon. I like to let my skin breathe. So, typically, I do about two coats of Crème de la Mer, throw on a baseball hat, and put together a cute outfit. When I really "unleash my inner glamazon - so to speak - I do it all out so, my skin definitely needs to breathe when it can. So every day, it’s just a bunch of hydration and rhinestones on my wrists to distract.

SP: When did you start doing wedding makeup?
AP: I started doing wedding makeup when I was about 20 so that was maybe eight years ago and I started my business six years ago. However I have been doing regular makeup as long as I have been able to hold a brush.

SP: What is your favorite thing about doing wedding makeup?
AP: Hahaha...aside from transforming the bride, I love feeling like Jambi from Pee Wee's Play House. I mean there is almost a skeleton that you can apply to nearly every bridal "morning" - the bagels, every door bell ring and the bring wondering who it is when of course it’s a sequence of the florist, the neighbor, the aunt, the photographer, and then the limo. Oh, and of course the infamous "gift" from the groom that always seems to come in before I seal in the makeup!

SP: What products are staples in your Glam Fairy makeup kit?
AP: Silicone base primer, sealer and Xanax – really. I like a great eye base like Urban Decay Primer Potion. Lots of various textures, finishes, and colors of eye shadows. MAC PowerPoint pencils because they are waterproof and fabulous for the bride. I could go on and on.

SP: What are your top three tips to brides doing their own makeup on their big day?
AP: 1) Ask yourself why your fiancé has probably 1-5 unnecessary toys that he didn’t ask you if it was okay to buy. 2) Understand that you are not a makeup artist. 3) Just like the groom will not review with you all the "purchases" he makes at the bachelor party, you too have the ability to treat yourself – it’s only your WEDDING DAY! And call the Glam Fairy! Sell his quad and PlayStation and book your makeup with moi!

SP: What is one Jersey stereotype you hate?
AP: Oh god...the fact that we are continuously stereotyped! I mean this is bordering discrimination. What the hell do I have in common with someone that has five W's in their name? Nothing. I run a business, I listen to Phil Collins. I don’t share living spaces with people EVER...especially not "down the shore" (it’s just idiotic...that is peak season for weddings). I mean I hate that we are stereotyped. Is it possible that a person can live in Jersey and be a successful business woman? I feel like a rare exhibit at the MOMA.

SP: Define "Jersey style."
AP: Jersey Style is just understanding who and what you are and realizing that no matter what you wear your personality, aura, and presence are the absolute key in making you sparkle in a room. And that very ability can happen in sweats or little black dress. It’s just about rockin' it!

Fragrance and Flowers For Mom - Plus A Giveaway!

Are you bad daughter who waited until the last minute to buy a Mother's day present? No problem. Spoiled Pretty found a convenient, all-in-one gift kit that mom (and your wallet) will love.

This Mother’s Day, put your own personal touch on a classic gift with limited-edition COTY Mother's Day Fragrance Gift Kits. Each kit features a luxurious full-size fragrance, a $20 Saving Pass for, a gift bag with tissue paper and a giftable pouch with a customizable "To-From" card. Priced at just $15.99, the affordable kits help you shower mom with flowers and fragrance with one easy purchase. Just choose a favorite fragrance for mom, select the perfect bouquet, and personalize the presentation with the enclosed paper and pouch. COTY Mother's Day Fragrance Gift Kits are as close as your nearest Target. Available fragrances include:

Halle by Halle Berry is a modern 'woody oriental' fragrance capturing Halle’s natural beauty and multi-faceted personality. Incorporating her favorite ingredients like luminous Mimosa and Fig, this fragrance captures the beauty of women with its uniquely contrasted signature: transparent yet textured, fluid but tactile, the sparkling notes composing this scent create a truly sensorial fusion.
Pure Orchid by Halle Berry is a Floral Woody fragrance that leaves a memorable impression. Top notes of crisp Italian Lemon, Papaya Nectar Fizz and Jungle Cactus Flower stimulate the senses, leading to a heart of rare and exotic Masdevallia Orchid. A touch of decadent Blackberry Crème Concentré and subtly sweet Star Anise complete the Orchid accent by creating a unique, sophisticated accord. The scent finishes with an elegant, dry-down base of earthy Giant Sequoia, Patchouli Leaf, and Tonka Bean.
Inspired by the luminous radiance at the heart of every woman, Faith Hill Parfums embodies the modern yet classic femininity of the woman who created it. This sparkling floral bouquet opens with dazzling top notes of aromatic Crisp Pear, refreshing Neroli and lush Pink Peony. Providing dimension and depth, bold, yet delicate middle notes include Southern Magnolia, exotic Jasmine and Gardenia for a romantic elegance. The scent finishes with bottom notes of smooth Cashmere Musk, calming Iris and smoky Vetiver.
A modern, luminous floral scent, Celine Dion Sensational opens with sparkling icy Pear notes married with luscious Plum and crisp, juicy Apple. These tantalizing fruity notes enliven the senses as they evolve into a dynamic medley of vibrant florals. Brilliant Mimosa introduces the floral heart and mingles with intoxicating Jasmine, luminous Freesia and Orris. A drydown of rich Amber and warm Musk creates a captivating balance inspired by the essence of the confident, sophisticated woman.
Jovan Musk for Women is a delicate floral accord of powdery Jasmine, invigorating Neroli and bold Bergamot, accompanied by the earthy scents of exotic Ylang Ylang, striking Sandalwood and Patchouli.
Jovan Satisfaction for Women is an alluring mix of exotic and sweet. This irresistible fragrance provides a confidence boost with sweet top notes of Mango, Pear and Peach, followed by exotic Frangipane, spicy-sweet Ylang Ylang and Lotus Flower. The scent finishes with a sultry mix of Musk, Sandalwood and warm Vanilla.
Vanilla Fields is an elegant, oriental, woody fragrance that blends natural notes of warm Vanilla, powdery Jasmine and Violet with earthy Sandalwood, feminine Ylang Ylang and a brief infusion of sweet Mimosa.

This week, Spoiled Pretty is gifting five readers with a COTY Mother's Day Fragrance Gift Kit!

To enter the giveaway, leave a message in the comments section. Make sure to leave your email or another way for me to get in touch, just in case you get lucky - and also indicate your fragrance preference (sorry, but we're out of the Pure Orchid and Jovan Musk).

Contest is open to U.S. residents only. The giveaway ends at noon (EST) on Thursday, May 13, 2010. Good luck!