What's Your Instant Pretty?

The scenario: You’re about to run into your ex-boyfriend (fiance or husband).

Thank God your hair is salon fresh. Unfortunately, you aren’t wearing a stitch of make-up!

You want to make him eat his heart out, so you reach into your purse for the single beauty product you trust to make you look fabulous in seconds.

What is that ONE product? In other words, what’s your instant pretty?

For me, that would be Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Lip Gloss in Ruby Sugar. I’m wearing it in both the photo on the right and in the bio photo on my website. Bobbi calls it a soft red, but on me it’s a subtle pinky mauve.

One swipe of it and men don’t even notice Beyonce or Rhianna are in the room because they’re too busy lusting after me. (Hey! I write fiction! I’m supposed to have a vivid imagination!)

Okay, your turn. Don’t hold out on me (you too, lurkers), share your instant pretty secret!


  1. p.s: I have to try Bobbi Brown products

  2. looooooove this entry!!!
    love it!!
    my instant pretty: bronzer!!!
    loove it!!!
    it gives this glow, i am over you, look at what you missed out...

  3. That is a great colour, I'll have to investigate it. It looks like a glossier version of MAC vive 5, my favourite lipstick.

    The instant? Fender Bender lip gloss by Benefit. I don't tradionally like gloss, it seems to end up everywhere, and my hair sticks to it, but this gloss is gorgeous without feeling goopy or giving me blackheads around the lip line. And the colour is a cameleon, perfect for any outfit.

  4. Wanhhhhh! I don't have an instant pretty! Wait... I do throw on some Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer for some extra color when I need it... Rats! I don't think that counts... Oh well... off to find me some instant pretty. And I LOVE the new website and blog! It looks so pretty!


  5. i will throw on some MAC wet,wild, wonderful and be set! most of my exes didnt really like the made up look but they liked when i threw on a nice subtle gloss.

  6. Great post!!

    I'd have to say, lip gloss, but it's a close tie with mascara!!

    Enjoy your holiday! :-)

  7. hmmmm...I sat here staring at the screen for about 10 minutes picturing the scenario lol

    if my hair is looking right then I think I'm good..throw on some gloss (Sephora gloss in 05- pinkish mauve with a great price tag lol). My biggest thing though is my hair. that determines my confidence level =)

  8. i love it! pinky mauve isn't even my type of color but you def make me want to try it!!!

  9. Lol great post...instant pretty for me would probably be eye liner...or lip gloss. Can I have two instant pretty items...lol
    Ok if I had to select one it would be lip gloss.
    Great post
    Product Junkie Diva
    P.S. and I love that you called out the lurkers..lol

  10. My Iman lip gloss.
    Men always look at lips the longest. Because they're bound to have nasty thoughts of what you could do with them....

  11. Jesus, keep me near the cross. This obsession with lip glosses has to end with me. You know I have to go get this now. Auntie, you are killin' me now.

  12. I've got to check this out! I guess my "instant pretty" would have to be my blush/bronzer...I always get lots of compliments...

    BTW- I love your new design! Congratulations! :)

  13. If I admit that there's no instant pretty in my purse, unless you count pacifiers, pens, old receipts, baby pictures, expired coupons, Mcdonald's toys out of the wrapper, Mcdonald's toy wrappers... can I still visit your blog? heheheh I think I'd have to fake it with a cellphone and a pretend phone call with my agent. It wouldn't be instant pretty, but I'd settle for instant worldly success.

    I guess if I could only pick a single makeup product it would be perfume.

  14. yeah i think any kind of gloss will take you from everyday to luscious in the matter of seconds... good choice!

  15. Thanks for sharing ya'll.

    I've printed out the comment section, so I can go make-up shopping next week! I'm also going to keep bronzer in my purse from now on.

    Elysbeth - Ruby Sugar is very simular to MAC's Viva Glam 5, but has a lot less shimmer/glitter.

    Nerd Girl - I love MAC's N4!

    Gwyneth - Burt Bee's shimmer definitely counts... but which shade do you use Rubarb, Cocoa?!?!

    Writer & Cat - I LOVE the fake call to the agent!!!!

  16. Hmmm..this is a good question! I think it's my HiP lip gloss in Tempting.

    I'm starting a feature on my blog, HomeSpaGoddess.com about all the products beauty blogger can't live without. Your blog is great and I'd love for you to participate:)

    Just answer this question:

    You're stranded on a desert island where all of your basic needs (food, water, shelter) are taken care of. You are allowed an unlimited supply of only 7 beauty products. What seven products would you choose?

    They can be products for hair, face or body. If you want to participate just email me your answers at hsg{at}homespagoddess.com and put "Island Beauty" in the subject line. I'm going to run my "Island Beauty" feature once a week and I'll email you when you're featured.


  17. Sunglasses and a breath mint...you never know...I may let him get too close...

  18. Would def be my bronzer. I look as if i'm glowing afterwards.

  19. My instant pretty would have to be lip gloss!

  20. Oh Crap! I would have to grab some Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage to cover my unsightly hormonal brown patches! Then I would just smile like hell!

  21. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Mac's ambering rose blush and CG Lashblast mascara!