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My Favorite Skin Care Products EVER: Amala

amala+skincare My Favorite Skin Care Products EVER: Amala

It’s really difficult to admit this, but I used to be very dismissive of natural and organic beauty products – particularly skin care. I used to believe that I needed to patronize products with harsh chemicals to get my problem skin to act like it had some sense. In fact, I would often joke that I didn’t care what damage a product did to my insides, as long as my outsides were looking good.

But I’ve done a complete 180 since discovering Amala, a luxurious collection of skin care and body care products with 100% natural formulas.

amala+purifying+moisturizer My Favorite Skin Care Products EVER: AmalaEarlier this month, I began testing Amala’s new Purify line – for Earth Day editorial consideration. Purify is a collection of products formulated for oily and acnegenic skin types. The products help control excess oil and shine, clear clogged pores, and prevent and heal blemishes and blackheads with treatments inspired by the healing plants and flowers of Eastern Asia.

So for three weeks, I’ve been religiously using the Purifying Gel Cleanser, Purifying Face Polish, Purifying Toner, and Purifying Moisturizer. And I have to say that besides feeling like I’m indulging in an extravagant spa treatment every time I use these citrus-scented products, my skin hasn’t looked this good in years.

My acne is now very mild, if not practically nonexistent. And my skin is so radiant that many of my friends have remarked about the drastic improvement in my complexion.

While Amala’s Purify price tag isn’t exactly recessionista-friendly (products range from $30 to $136), these products are, in my expert opinion, an absolute steal for the results you’ll see.

I am so enamored with the Purify line that I want to tell every person I meet about this brand. I would gladly be the company’s spokesperson and do commercials – because I feel so strongly about how the treatments have transformed my skin. Hell, I’d do it for free…in exchange for a lifetime supply of this stuff.

Amala is available at Barneys New York and amalabeauty.com.

Get Clear Skin Contest: Proactiv Giveaway!!!

proactiv Get Clear Skin Contest: Proactiv Giveaway!!!Surprise! Here’s another Spoiled Pretty contest coming at ya…

Proactiv Solution, a long-standing leader in acne prevention and treatment, fights and prevents breakouts with its unique the 3-Step System. Used together the 3-Step System products cleanse and refine skin, helping to clear up existing pimples and prevent future breakouts.

Five readers will receive the Proactiv 3-Step System, which includes:

Renewing Cleanser: A unique, oil-free formula. Smooth tiny beads exfoliate dead skin cells and other impurities. Prescription-grade benzoyl peroxide penetrates pores, attacks and heals blemishes fast.

Revitalizing Toner: Refreshing, alcohol-free. Removes dead skin cells to help unplug pores. Helps remove excess oil so your skin looks and feels refreshed. Soothing botanical agents gently balance your skin tone.

Repairing Lotion: A light, oil-free lotion. Finely milled prescription-grade benzoyl peroxide heals blemishes, and helps prevent new ones. Advanced delivery system is safe for your entire face.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Proactiv Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, April 19th. Five winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, April 20th, I’ll announce the winners’ names. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

Bonne chance!

Do The Dew: DDF Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew SPF 15

DDF Ultra Lite Oil Free Moisturizing Dew SPF 15 Do The Dew: DDF Ultra Lite Oil Free Moisturizing Dew SPF 15I was very excited to try DDF Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew SPF 15, considering it was recently named a finalist in the CEW 2009 Beauty Awards. And after testing the moisturizer, I agreed with CEW’s assessment, as I found that the product did – indeed – deliver on all of its promises.

The ultra-lightweight formula absorbs quickly and doesn’t clog pores. It protects skin from UVA and UVB rays without that telltale white finish that many SPF-infused products leave behind. Since it’s oil-free and fragrance free, Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew SPF 15 is ideal for those with sensitive skin and acne. It’s man-friendly too. And with warmer weather just around the bend, I’ll definitely be using this product when I move my heavier winter formula to the back of my bathroom cabinet for its summer hibernation.

But despite this ringing endorsement, there is one minor caveat. With a name like Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew SPF 15, you might expect that the moisturizer would give your skin a dewy effect. At least, that’s what I assumed. It doesn’t. This moisturizer is going to quench your skin’s thirst, but the finish is definitely matte…which is great for shiny sistas like me.

DDF Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew SPF 15 is $38-$40 and is available at Beauty.com, BlueMercury, DermStore, Sephora, Ulta and ddfskincare.com.

I Can See Clearly Now, The Acne’s (Almost) Gone

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It is with wholehearted exuberance that I recommend Philosophy’s On A Clear Day products for all of you complexionally challenged readers out there.

After months of feeling defeated by my adult acne, I decided enough was enough; it was time for me to take back my skin. Problem is, the dead of winter isn’t the best time to be messing around with an acne regimen that can strip already desiccated skin.

Most acne products leave my skin so flaky that it looks like my face has dandruff. No joke…like I’m molting. So when I heard about Philosophy’s new On A Clear Day line, I felt compelled to sacrifice my face in the name of beauty. Philosophy has never done me wrong before, so I decided to take a gamble. And, let me tell you, this one paid off with rich dividends.

After only testing the system for five days, my skin was significantly clearer and brighter – with no drying whatsoever! I couldn’t believe that acne products this gentle could yield such noticeable results, in less than a week.

What I love most about the On A Clear Day line is that the products (Oil-Free Foaming Acne Cleanser, Oil-Free Spot Treatment, Oil-Free All Over Acne Treatment, and Retinol Clarifying Lotion) are all meant to be used once in the morning and again at night. The fact that this system is my AM and PM ritual makes it super easy for me to use the products consistently, which is the reason why I’ve noticed such amazing and immediate results.

Sold separately, the products cost between $18 and $40…but I wouldn’t recommend purchasing a la carte. Do your wallet a favor and pick up the Completely Clear Skin System, which includes the four full-sized products and costs $65. If you’re feeling extra frugal, Sephora sells a quartet of smaller sizes for $35.

This past weekend while shopping at Sephora, I noticed a woman holding the Completely Clear Skin System. She was intently reading the box, with a somewhat cynical look on her face. I brazenly tapped her on the shoulder and insisted she put the box in her basket and march on over to the register. That’s how impressed I am with On A Clear Day…I’m in the store pimping out the products like I’ve got stock in the company.

Considering the results this line delivers, maybe buying stock isn’t such a bad idea.

Amino, What A Mask-o!

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For the past month, I have been walking around with the most clogged pores ever. I’m not talking about a blackhead here and there. I’m talking about pores so congested that I can actually feel how engorged with gunk they are.

I tried just about everything to purge my pores. In my bathroom, I was channeling TI…chanting “bring em out” while slathering my face with every cleanser, toner, and treatment in my beauty arsenal. And while these products left my complexion looking a bit better, my face still felt full.

Enter Bioelements Amino Mask – the answer to my proverbial prayers. This medicated acne treatment coaxes dead skin and sebum from pores, destroys acne bacteria, controls overactive oil production and helps to hear existing blemishes. The creamy and airy texture was a welcome surprise – and after just one use, my face felt like it could breathe again. Amino Mask is like Vicks VapoRub for stuffy pores.

Neutrogena Fresh Faces 2008 Concert, Featuring Vanessa Hudgens

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On September 7, Neutrogena will present the Fresh Faces 2008 Concert at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California. The concert will be emceed by Susie Castillo and will feature Vanessa Hudgens performing songs from her latest album, “Identified.”

neutrogena+pink+grapefruit Neutrogena Fresh Faces 2008 Concert, Featuring Vanessa HudgensBeginning at 2pm, Neutrogena will offer on-site product sampling and giveaways, a photo booth, prize wheel and other exciting activities. Those who register online in advance will receive VIP gift bags, while supplies last, and VIP access on a first come, first serve basis. Visit neutrogenaconcert.com for event information, and to register for free VIP access to the show.

Even if you’re not a California girl, click the link above to sign up for a free sample of Neutrogena’s new Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit!

Concealers For All Complexions

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Twenty-some odd years ago, I was swinging on a metal gate at the playground near my house. I vaguely remember some adult telling me to stop, but I was having a blast making myself dizzy. So I ignored them. After a few minutes of swinging, I was riding that thin line between euphoria and nausea, so I hopped off. Before I realized what was happening, the gate swung back at me, hit me in the face, and knocked me out cold.

When I came to, I still had all of my teeth – thank heavens – but I also had one hell of a shiner. My mom was extremely upset…not just because her child had been injured and subsequently rendered unconscious due to her own stupidity. My First Holy Communion was mere days away, and a black eye just doesn’t go well with a white dress and veil.

There weren’t too many concealer options (or foundations, for that matter) for women of color, circa 1985. But whatcha gonna do when your 7-year-old daughter looks like she’s been moonlighting as a cage fighter?

I don’t remember the name or brand of the concealer my mom used to mask my bruise – but it came in a tube, smelled like Play-Doh, and was crazy pasty. Seriously, the label may have said “tan” – but the color was straight up brownish gray (I really don’t think the color exists in nature). But that’s all we had…so my mom made it work as best she could.

The 80’s was a great decade, but the dearth of makeup shades for women of color (with the exception of Fashion Fair) was definitely a low point. Thinking back on my mom’s chalky concealer really makes me appreciate the limitless options that are available today.

For example, I recently discovered (and fell in love with) Murad’s Acne Treatment Concealer. Usually, I’m just too lazy to use concealer, although my skin could certainly use some. But this concealer has the dual benefit of treating blemishes with acne-fighting medication (which really works) and concealing them with an oil-free tinted formula. It’s also a breeze to apply – just dot on and go. But my favorite thing about this concealer stick is that the Medium Dark shade is spot-on perfect for my typically hard-to-match complexion.

We’ve come a long way, baby!

Murad Acne Treatment Concealer is available at Sephora and murad.com.

Kate Somerville’s 9!! Kit To The Rescue Of…

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Congratulations, Tracy Iglesias – your skin is about to get a whole lot clearer!

Tracy has won Kate Somerville’s The 9!! Kit, which contains four absolutely fabulous products for acne-prone skin: Detox Daily Wash, Clarifying Treatment Toner, Anti-Bac Clearing Lotion, and Clearing Mask.

Thanks to Kate Somerville, for making this contest possible! And thank you to all of the readers who entered.

Check back later for your next chance to get spoiled pretty. There will be multiple winners this time ‘round…so stay tuned!!!

Don’t Forget To Enter This Week’s Giveaway

katesomerville Dont Forget To Enter This Weeks GiveawayGot a problem with pimples? Then don’t miss out on this week’s giveaway!

Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Kate Somerville for a giveaway! Enter now to win The 9!! Kit, a collection of four bestselling treatments (retail value is $116). The contest ends at 9pm EST on Sunday, April 20th. So don’t delay.

Saving Face

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Hello, my pretties. Sorry for the lack of posts, as of late. But I have a valid excuse. I’ve been trying to save face. Literally.

A few days ago, I gave Kate Somerville’s 9!! Kit a test drive – before announcing this week’s giveaway. But yesterday, my face broke out in an inflamed, itchy rash – and I’ve spent the past 48 hours either resisting the urge to scratch my face off or rendered unconscious by Benadryl.

You see, I am one of the 1-3% of individuals who are allergic to Benzoyl Peroxide – the active ingredient in Kate Somerville’s Anti-Bac Clearing Lotion – as well as numerous acne treatments. The good news is that while my face is looking pretty effed up right now, my doc assures me that it should be back to normal in a few days.

So just a word of warning – from one beauty addict to another: if you’re going to use a new product containing Benzoyl Peroxide, do a patch test on your inner arm before slathering said product all over your face.

Acne ain’t pretty, ladies. But contact dermatitis is much, much worse.

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