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In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Gym Bag

Posted on by daneen in Bath and Body, Cleanser, Contest, Giveaway, Hair Styling, Handbags, Oily Skin | 6 Comments

gym+bag+giveaway In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Gym Bag
If you read my last post, you know that, this afternoon, I took a trip to TJ Maxx. What you probably don’t know is that I went there on a mission to find new athletic attire.

You see, I recently joined a gym. After a long hiatus, I’m back on the scene – and I have to admit that I’m feeling a little zafdig next to all of the resident hard bodies. So until I slim and trim my body, I’ve resorted to hiding underneath some sporty outfits. Trying on the gear was a workout in and of itself cuz I’m majorly sore from my personal training sesh yesterday. But I found some cute separates, so I’m ready to head back tomorrow.

What I didn’t need to buy, however, was a stylish gym bag. More on that in a minute…

So what are the necessities for your gym bag this summer? Obviously, you’ll want to pack items like a towel and an mp3 player. But I also recommend that you also include a few key beauty essentials…so that, post-gym, you won’t have to take your sweaty, smelly self straight home. Give your credit card a little workout and stock up on the following:

* If your hair is normal to oily, I’d recommend taking along travel-sized shampoo and conditioner. If your hair is dry/damaged/color-treated, then you might want to carry a dry shampoo or a product that revives your style.

* If you shower at the gym, you’ll need some sort body wash and facial cleanser. Many gyms have those basic amenities. But if you’re reading this, you’re a beauty junkie…and you don’t want no generic toiletries. You’re better off bringing along some deep-cleaning products that will clear your pores of dirt, oil, and sweat.

* Odor may be a sign of an effective workout, but I think you’ll agree that it’s far from fetching. Deodorant is a no brainer. No?

*Spritzing on a light, fresh fragrance is also a nice precautionary measure – especially if you forgo a splish splash in the gym shower.

water+bottle+lips In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Gym Bag* A reusable water bottle is an excellent idea. I advocate aluminum (like those from SIGG) over plastic. But whatever you choose – you might want to pour your agua into a cup. Recent reports have shown that quenching your thirst straight from the bottle leads to “water bottle lips” – which are fine wrinkles around the mouth. Quel horror!

Today is day two of our In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway Week, so I’m spoiling you pretty with this lovely Lug gym bag.

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The Puddle Jumper Gym Bag was featured on Oprahs “O List” and is a must-have for any active individual. Stuff it solid with items galore! From your ipod, glasses, pens, papers, clothing, bottles, cosmetics, etc., even throw your stinky sneakers in the back separated ventilated pocket! This bag represents functionality at its best while not compromising your sense of style!

For the winner, this bag will be accompanied by the following goodies:

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Ojon Revitalizing Mist: This alcohol-free, leave-in conditioner detangles, refreshes and reactivate your style without washing. With a revitalizing fragrance, it neutralizes odor as it moisturizes and preps the hair for restyling. It’s also a great moisturizer for the skin!

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Neutrogena Rainbath Shower & Shave
: As a body wash, this fresh, marine-scented gel is enriched with ingredients that clean and moisturize your skin without leaving behind a heavy residue. As a shave gel, the silky lubrication helps your razor glide smoothly over your skin while soothing aloe helps prevent dryness and irritation. This clean-rinsing formula won’t build up on your razor—or your skin.

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Clean & Clear Deep Action Refreshing Gel Cleanser: The icy gel turns into a foaming lather that instantly cools and invigorates your skin as it dissolves dirt and oil trapped deep in your pores.
After washing, it leaves your skin feeling refreshed and revived, with the unmistakable tingle of a really deep clean. Completely oil-free, rinses clean, and won’t clog pores.

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Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets: Softer than paper, these silky sheets leave your skin feeling refreshed by instantly removing excess oil and shine from your face, without smudging makeup or leaving behind powder.

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Bath & Body Works Body Splash in Enchanted Orchid: This lighter, casual fragrance is perfect for fragrance layering or enhancing the fragrance effect of previously applied products, such as body lotion. Notes include Calypso Orchid, Pink Grapefruit, Waterlily, Crisp Apple, Fresh Gardenia, Vanilla Orchid, Heliotrope, and Creamy Amber.

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Goody Ouchless Detangling Comb: Flexible teeth slide through wet or dry hair without snags or pulls. Easy does it with this gentle approach to soft, manageable hair.

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Secret Flawless Antiperspirant/Deodorant: Performs in more ways than any other anti-perspirant. It has strong protection, goes on clear, has self-renewing fragrances, it’s smooth and lightweight, and has skin-nurturing conditioners.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Lug Gym Bag Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Monday, June 30th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Tuesday, July 1st, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents only.

And be sure to check out the other bag giveaways. You can enter all of the giveaways, but you can only win once. Good luck!

Mr. Sandman, Bring Me Smooth Skin

Posted on by daneen in Bath and Body, Exfoliation, Soap | 3 Comments

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Get ready for summer with Bobbi Brown’s Beach, a collection of bath and body products that perfectly captures the atmosphere and attitude of summer. Beach Fragrance is a lightly intoxicating blend of Sand Jasmine, Sea Spray, and Mandarin. The Body Oil, Body Lotion, Shower Gel, Sunscreen Body Spray SPF 15 and Body Scrub share the same beachy scent.

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My favorite item in the collection is the limited-edition Beach Sandbar Soap. Back by popular demand, this creamy bar soap has a luxurious lather, a fresh beachy scent (like ocean air and sunscreen), and it contains tiny grains of sand that clean, refresh and exfoliate the body all at the same time. The sandy side is especially effective on knees, elbows, and feet…but take it easy on more delicate skin. Plus, the bar looks super cute in the soap dish.

The Beach Sandbar Soap ($16) is selling like hotcakes, so get yours while supplies last. Buy a few just in case Bobbi decides to retire this perennial favorite. It’s still available at Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

Carol’s Daughter At The Body & Soul Mother’s Day Event

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This Mother’s Day, let Carol’s Daughter take care of your body and soul with pampering products and an inspiring new book.

Author Amy Dubois Barnett will be appearing at the Carol’s Daughter flagship store in Harlem to sign copies of her new book, Get Yours: The Girlfriend’s Guide to Having Everything You’ve Ever Dreamed of and More. The former editor-in-chief of Teen People and Honey Magazine, Dubois Barnett is currently the deputy editor-in-chief at Harper’s Bazaar. She will be giving advice based on her book at the event for an empowering Mother’s Day.

While Get Yours gives you a spiritual boost, Carol’s Daughter products pamper you head to toe. Treat yourself to the Body & Soul gift set, an indulgent kit containing Rosemary Mint Shampoo, Black Vanilla Leave-In Conditioner, Almond Cookie Lotion and Almond Cookie Body Cleansing Gel.

Body & Soul Mother’s Day Event
May 11th, from 3pm-6pm
Carol’s Daughter Flagship Store in New York City
24 West 125th street (between Lenox and Fifth Avenue)
212.828.6757

Fabulosity

Posted on by daneen in Bath and Body, Celebrities, Fragrance, Perfume | 1 Comment

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Fabulosity (n): a state of everything that is fabulous.

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Kimora Lee Simmons, entrepreneur extraordinaire, has turned her catchphrase into her newest money maker. Fabulosity – her third fragrance – is a fruity Oriental mix of Forbidden Fruit, Orange Blossom, Tiger Lily, Coconut Milk, Damask Black Plum, Chinese Osmanthus, White Patchouli, Tasmanian Honey, Amber, and Vanilla Absolute.

Damn, Kimora!

“Yes, I’m over the top, and yes, I’m unapologetic, and yes, I have really big diamonds, but I have an equally big heart and an equally big spirit,” she says.

I’m a sucker for pretty packaging, so it’s no wonder that I’m obsessed with the diamond-shaped bottle – which, if it were real, would equate to 3,000 carats.

The Fabulosity collection includes:
1.7oz Eau de Parfum, $45
3.4 oz Eau de Parfum, $55,
6 oz. Body Soufflé, $30
5.2 oz. Bath Diamonds (bath salts), $30

Available now at Macys.

Wanna try before you buy? Click here for some FREE Fabulosity.

Wanna know why I love me some Kimora? She’s dramatically ridic…

Guilt-Free Giveaway Winner Revealed

Posted on by daneen in Bath and Body, Contest, Giveaway | 1 Comment

jaqua pinkchampagne Guilt Free Giveaway Winner Revealed
If your name is Lisa Garner – congratulations, you are the winner of Spoiled Pretty’s Guilt-Free Giveaway!

Lisa has won Jaqua’s Pink Champagne Guilt-Free Kit – which includes Pink Champagne Shower Crème, Pink Champagne Sinfully Rich Shea Body Butter, and Pink Champagne Hand Crème.

The announcement of our next giveaway is just hours away…and I know you’re going to flip for this one. So check back soon!

Not Your Average Jo

Posted on by daneen in Bath and Body, Fragrance, Holy Grail | 1 Comment

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For what seems like forever, I’ve heard beauty editors go on and on about Jo Malone. I had yet to hear someone find fault with the products, which I thought was a bit fishy. So I tried their new White Jasmine & Mint line to see if the brand merits all of the rave reviews. OMG. I am completely enamored with Jo – you don’t even know. The products absolutely deserve every accolade I’ve read and heard. They deserve more, in fact – thus my subsequent stellar appraisal.

Last fall, Jo Malone debuted White Jasmine & Mint Cologne – a fragrance “inspired by a tranquil moment in an English garden when the sun emerges, the dew gently lifts and the blossoms are at their most fragrant. Notes of just-picked white jasmine, chamomile, wild mint, rose and coriander are entwined in this lush combination.”

In March 2008, Jo Malone introduced four new offerings to the collection – White Jasmine & Mint Bath Oil, Shower Gel, Body Crème and Home Candle.

The quality of these products is beyond compare. If I were to search my mental lexicon and come up with a phrase that best describes Jo Malone, it would be sumptuous indulgence. And the fragrance…where do I begin? The White Jasmine & Mint scent is an elegant, crisp recipe that is decidedly feminine – womanly, not girly.

jm candle Not Your Average JoThe White Jasmine & Mint Home Candle is without a doubt, the best candle I’ve ever smelled. Every night this week, I’ve lit the wick immediately upon returning home. It fills my apartment with the most enchanting aroma…I could wax poetic about it all day long. Once you drink in the scent of White Jasmine & Mint, you’ll be a convert too.

Jo Malone products are available at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and jomalone.com.

Guilt-Free Giveaway

Posted on by daneen in Bath and Body, Contest, Giveaway | 6 Comments

jaqua pinkchampagne Guilt Free Giveaway
Is it too early in the week for champagne?

I love my readers and I love Jaqua, so why not reward one with the other? This week, enter for your chance to win Jaqua’s Pink Champagne Guilt-Free Kit.

The kit contains Pink Champagne Shower Crème, Pink Champagne Sinfully Rich Shea Body Butter, and Pink Champagne Hand Crème – in a soft blend of pink jasmine, white florals and white grape. It’s pink champagne without the headache!

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com – be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Guilt-Free Giveaway.” The contest ends at 9pm EST on Sunday, March 30th. A winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, March 31st, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents only.

Good luck!

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