Archive of ‘Bath and Body’ category

100% Pure Amuse Bouche Leaves Me Craving More

 100% Pure Amuse Bouche Leaves Me Craving More
If you’re a foodie and/or a fan of Bravo’s Top Chef, you’re likely familiar with the term amuse-bouche. An amuse-bouche is a single, bite-sized hors d’œuvre – served to excite the taste buds, to both prepare the guest for the meal and to offer a glimpse into the chef’s approach to cooking.

This culinary expression was the first thing that came to mind when 100% Pure sent me some one-use samples of their products. I fell hard and fast for the Organic Virgin Coconut Nourishing Body Cream, which worked wonders on my desiccated skin. The scent is so yummy fantastic that I thought to myself, “the world would be a better place if everything smelled exactly like this.” Even Mama Spoiled Pretty, who complains that my favorite scents are too cloying, said that Organic Virgin Coconut Nourishing Body Cream smells good enough to eat. Ironically, it doesn’t remind me, at all, of coconut…fresh baked oatmeal cookies is more accurate. Mr. Spoiled Pretty thinks it smells just like “buttery rolls, right out of the oven.”

organic+virgin+coconut 100% Pure Amuse Bouche Leaves Me Craving MoreCoconut milk cream, cocoa butter, vitamins, softening fruit oils, and organic virgin coconut oil sink into skin – softening and hydrating the hell outta your hide. But you know what’s not seeping into your pores? Icky ish like artificial fragrances, synthetic chemicals, toxic preservatives, petro-chemicals or any other toxins. 100% Pure is just that…finally, you can understand the label without needing a pesky medical degree.

So where was I going with this review? Oh, yes…amuse-bouche. The tiny packet of luxurious lotion left me wanting more – a full-sized bottle of the Organic Virgin Coconut Nourishing Body Cream, accompanied by the Organic Virgin Coconut Shower Gel and Body Scrub, specifically. I’m looking forward to future explorations of this brand, and I enthusiastically encourage you to do the same.

100% Pure products are available at QVC, Beauty.com, Bath & Body Works, and 100percentpure.com.

Olay Body Wash Plus Stage Five Clingers

olay+body+wash+plus+spa+exfoliating+ribbons Olay Body Wash Plus Stage Five Clingers
A few months ago, Marie Claire named Olay Body Wash plus Spa Exfoliating Ribbons as one of the ’25 Beauty Products That Will Change Your Life.’ I really enjoy Marie Claire and typically trust their reviews, but this was straight up hyperbole.

Olay Body Wash plus Spa Exfoliating Ribbons isn’t the worst body wash that I’ve ever tried, but it by no means changed my life. The creamy lather foams up nicely and feels silky on skin. The ocean-y fragrance is pleasant, and subtly lingers. But, unfortunately, the scent isn’t the only thing that likes to stick around.

smurfette Olay Body Wash Plus Stage Five ClingersThe microbeads don’t dissolve, like you might expect them to. Rather, they cling to your skin…so when you’re rinsing clean, you need to check (and double-check) yourself to make sure the blue beads aren’t hiding anywhere. And be prepared for your shower/tub to look like Smurfette just got done exfoliating in there instead of you.

There are plenty of better body washes on the market, so I can’t recommend this one. Even though it costs less than $6, I still expect to be impressed. Yes, Olay Body Wash plus Spa Exfoliating Ribbons cleanses skin and gently buffs skin. But, then again, so does a bar of Dove soap and a washcloth…and this combo won’t leave stage five clingers littering your shower floor.

Sweet Treat: Jaqua Raspberry Buttercream Giveaway

 Sweet Treat: Jaqua Raspberry Buttercream Giveaway
When the temperature starts to dip, I start craving sweets. Once in a blue moon, I’ll indulge my sweet tooth with Dark Chocolate M&Ms – but my diet only allows for the occasional dalliance. Fortuitously, my beauty arsenal is stocked with products from Jaqua, which all smell so decadently delish, that I’m tempted to taste. Oh, who am I kidding? I have tasted – and unfort, the flavor doesn’t quite correspond with the scrumptious scent. Anyway, moving on…

I am a huge fan of dessert-smelling bath and body products, and I can say – without hesitation – that Jaqua’s Buttercream Frosting offerings take the cake. Literally. I want to lick myself every time I use the Buttercream products (there I go again). Jaqua’s Raspberry Buttercream Frosting Collection, a yummy marriage of juicy raspberry and sweet cream, is the newest addition to the menu. The fragrance is so mouth-watering that I couldn’t bear salivating solo.

So Spoiled Pretty has partnered with Jaqua for a giveaway! One grand prize winner will receive:

 Sweet Treat: Jaqua Raspberry Buttercream Giveaway
* Raspberry Buttercream Frosting Shower Crème: A rich and creamy shower wash filled with good-for-your skin ingredients such as fruit and aloe extracts, macadamia and evening primrose oils, and vitamins B5, A and E.

 Sweet Treat: Jaqua Raspberry Buttercream Giveaway
* Raspberry Buttercream Frosting Sinfully Rich Body Butter: This indulgent, nourishing formula blends serious skincare with a rich raspberry fragrance. Formulated with cocoa butter and natural extracts, the whipped body butter lavishes skin.

 Sweet Treat: Jaqua Raspberry Buttercream Giveaway
* Raspberry Buttercream Frosting Hand Crème: This luxurious hand crème is packed with the ripe, rich essence of raspberry. Treat your hands to the nourishing indulgence of meadowfoam seed oil, fruit extracts and vitamins A and E – luscious hydrators designed to keep hands soft and pampered all day long.

 Sweet Treat: Jaqua Raspberry Buttercream Giveaway
* Raspberry Buttercream Frosting Lip Whip: Satisfy your sweet tooth without a single calorie. This delicious, nourishing lip gloss is formulated with vitamins A, E, and C to keep lips soft and kissable.

Two runners-up will win the Raspberry Buttercream Hand Crème and Lip Whip.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Jaqua Raspberry Buttercream Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Tuesday, November 18th. Three winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Wednesday, November 19th, 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.

Good luck!

Have A Ball: Ojon’s Tawaka The White Ball

Tawaka+White+Ball Have A Ball: Ojons Tawaka The White BallOjon new Tawaka The White Ball is a rich, decadent body cleansing and conditioning treatment that produces a creamy lather that can be used in the bath or shower to purify and nourish the skin to silky perfection. Formulated without fragrance, artificial color, sulfates, silicones, or preservatives, The White Ball is a lavish luxury that conditions dry, winter skin.

The unique blend of ingredients, including a high dose of White Cocoa Seed Butter with wildcrafted Ojon and Swa+ oils, lets you “roll your way” to velvety-soft skin.

Available exclusively at Sephora stores and sephora.com.

Philosophy Shower Gel Ornaments

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I realize that it’s not yet Halloween, but I’m already thinking of the holidays…and I couldn’t resist posting about Philosophy’s Shower Gel Ornaments.

Give the gift of decadence. Now your friends and family can savor those heart-warming holiday scents in the shower! These bottles of high-foaming shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath will fill their senses while they’re cleansing, softening, and moisturizing.

Includes six-2oz bottles in individual gift boxes: (2) 2oz bottles in orange cranberry spritzer, (2) 2oz bottles in spicy pear cobbler, and (2) 2oz bottles in cinnamon buns.

Introductory Price: $29.96. Available only at QVC.

Shower With Brad Pitt

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Wanna take a shower with Brad Pitt? Child, who doesn’t?! Now you can, courtesy of Kiehl’s.

bp Shower With Brad PittKiehl’s, in partnership with Brad, has launched Aloe Vera Biodegradable Liquid Body Cleanser – which provides refreshing and gentle cleansing without parabens or dyes. The formula biodegrades in the earth within 28 days, and is packaged in a 100% food-grade, post-consumer recycled (PCR) bottle. And Brad believes in the product so much that he put his stamp of approval on the bottle (his handwriting graces the label).

“Kiehl’s formulated this product to minimize the impact we have on our environment. All proceeds will go to benefit green initiatives around the globe.” -Brad Pitt

Kiehl’s Aloe Vera Biodegradable Liquid Body Cleanser isn’t some fly by night fad. It isn’t limited-edition…rather, it has taken up permanent residence among Kiehl’s other bath and body collection. Get it in-stores, at Kiehl’s counters and online.

It’s Fresh, Exciting*: New Products From Fresh, Coming This Fall

fresh+fall+2008 Its Fresh, Exciting*: New Products From Fresh, Coming This Fall
This fall, Fresh will expand its fragrance portfolio with a new scent, Strawberry Flowers, created in celebration of Sephora’s 10th anniversary. The company is also expanding its bath and body, skin care and makeup offerings with a bevy of new beauty products.

Launching exclusively at Sephora in September, Strawberry Flowers Eau de Parfum is a fruity floral scent, designed specifically for a younger, Sephora customer. The fragrance, inspired by the scents of a typical spring morning, is composed of top notes of mandarin, yuzu and white peach, middle notes of mountain strawberries, freesia, orange blossom and osmanthus, and base notes of orris, musk and white woods.

Also in September, Fresh will debut the Fig Apricot body care collection, based on its top-selling Fig Apricot Eau de Parfum, which launched a decade ago. The collection will include a bath/shower gel and a body cream and will be sold at Barneys, Neiman Marcus, Sephora, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bluemercury.

Fresh’s fall color collection includes the Imperial Bedroom Face Palette, and a new Firebird Mascara. The palette’s cream-based colors include iridescent pearl and warm antique gold eye shades, an opalescent black eyeliner, a shimmer highlighter for the cheeks and a deep red gloss for the lips. Inspired by a Russian fairy tale and based on the company’s best-selling mascara, Fresh Supernova, Firebird is designed to thicken, lengthen and curl lashes. “Supernova gives your lashes a thick, dark and more defined look, whereas the soft lightweight fibers on the Firebird brush gives it a feathery and flirty feel,” said Alina Roytberg, Fresh’s co-founder and creative director.

Fresh+Twilight+Freshface+Glow Its Fresh, Exciting*: New Products From Fresh, Coming This FallFresh has also come out with Twilight Freshface Glow, a multifunctional illuminating cream. The primer is designed to be used as a highlighter along cheekbones, brow bones and décolletage. On the retail front, Fresh has plans to open several freestanding stores by the end of the year.

This month, the company will open a location in Century City, Calif., followed by another store in Dallas’ Northpark Center in October. The company is also looking to open a store in Philadelphia (oh please, please…with Sugar Lip Treatment on top!) along with additional stores in the Northeast.

Source: WWD

*In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been on a Kool and the Gang kick lately.

Coming Soon From Jaqua: Raspberry Buttercream Frosting Collection

raspberry+buttercream+jaqua Coming Soon From Jaqua: Raspberry Buttercream Frosting Collection
Juicy, red raspberries are a special treat any time of year. And Jaqua’s tempting new Raspberry Buttercream Frosting fragrance captures the pure essence of ripe raspberries and gives them a hint of indulgent frosting.

The Raspberry Buttercream Frosting Collection includes:

Sinfully Rich Body Butter
Shower Crème

Hand Crème
Lip Whip
Lip Gloss Ring

These mouth-watering products are now available for pre-order. And if you add Raspberry Buttercream Frosting Body Butter to your shopping cart, you’ll receive a free Raspberry Buttercream Frosting Lip Gloss Ring!

To take advantage of this sweet deal, simply enter promotion code RASPBC at checkout. Promotion expires 7/31/2008.

Amazing Grace Winner!

philosophy amazing grace Amazing Grace Winner!
Monday’s are rough. I know. Half of you are wishing it was still Sunday, because you didn’t accomplish half the things you’d planned on this past weekend. The other half has accepted that it’s a new week, but you’re mentally counting down the days til your next attempt at some R&R.

Kinda off topic, but you know who’s probably having a particularly manic Monday? Miss USA. For the second year in a row, Miss USA tripped during the evening gown competition. In 2007, Rachel Smith took a little tumble and landed on her tailbone. This year, Crystle Stewart followed in her predecessor’s awkward footsteps. Girlfriend’s hair was looking on-point, though.

So what I guess I’m getting at is that today may be difficult for you…but at least the universe isn’t making fun of your fine motor skills. And on that note, I’ll announce the winner of the Amazing Grace giveaway.

Cynthia Anne Peyson is the winner!!! She will receive an Amazing Grace gift set, which includes Perfumed Buffing Wash, Perfumed Shave Gel, and Perfumed Body Spritz.

Thanks to Philosophy for making this giveaway possible! Check back later today for the next contest announcement.

In the meantime, don’t forget to enter the Victoria’s Secret PINK giveaway – you could win a Zip Hoodie from the new PINK Collegiate Collection!

Amazing Grace Giveaway!

amazing+grace+buffing+wash Amazing Grace Giveaway!
I’m a fan of potent perfumes, and I’m a little heavy-handed in the application. Mr. Spoiled Pretty benignly suggests that I search for products with subtler notes. And every time I’m in a confined space with my mom and sister, they bluntly accuse me of wearing enough perfume to “choke a horse.” As much as I love my strong scents, I’ll admit that they can’t all be wrong.

So when I received an Amazing Grace gift set from Philosophy last week, I kept an open mind. Amazing Grace is Philosophy’s best selling scent, “created to enhance a woman’s well-being and draw people closer without overwhelming.” The products smelled good enough in the packaging, but how would it smell on me? Non-existent, I predicted…I hate fleeting fragrances that last for a hot second then fade away. But I was keeping an open mind and decided to put Amazing Grace to the test.

After a particularly challenging stint at the gym, I was sweaty, smelly and in serious need of a shower. Typically, I would use a deodorant soap or body wash, post-workout. But Amazing Grace Perfumed Buffing Wash helped me get squeaky clean again…in addition to exfoliating and hydrating my skin. Even hours later, the wonderfully feminine fragrance continued to linger on. When Graham returned from work that night and I welcomed him home, he said, “Honey, you smell great.” That’s when I knew I’d found a winner.

But the true test was my sister, who I usually have to bribe for a compliment. This past weekend, I met up with my mom and sister for a late brunch and an afternoon of shopping. When my mom called to say she was a couple of blocks away from my apartment, I quickly sprayed on Amazing Grace Perfumed Body Spritz and headed out the door to meet up with the peanut gallery.

After our meal, we headed to Rittenhouse for some retail therapy…and out of the blue, Lauren says, “What are you wearing? It smells good.” OMG. Stop. The. Presses. My sister just said something nice…to me. Needless to say, Amazing Grace has become a staple in my daily beauty ritual.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the scent,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see!

I’m so wild about these products that I want to share with one of you! This week, Spoiled Pretty is giving you an opportunity to win an Amazing Grace Gift Set courtesy of Philosophy. The set includes:

philosophy+amazing+grace Amazing Grace Giveaway!
Amazing Grace Perfumed Buffing Wash has a creamy, gel-like texture and contains gentle exfoliants that help smooth and soften skin without irritation. Use it daily over entire body in your shower or bath to maintain skin smoothness and hydration.

Amazing Grace Perfumed Shave Gel has a creamy, lotion-like texture, which allows your razor to glide over your skin for a gentle, yet close shave. It leave your legs and underarms super soft and silky smooth with an amazingly clean, beautifully feminine scent.

Amazing Grace Perfumed Body Spritz is a lightly scented spray which provides moisturizing and antioxidant benefits. It makes a great fragrance base, and can be enhanced by applying the infinitely clean, beautifully feminine scent of amazing grace eau de parfum to your pulse points as your ‘top coat’ or feel free to use with any of Philosophy’s state of grace fragrances, including Inner Grace, Pure Grace, or Baby Grace.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Amazing Grace Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, July 13th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, July 14th, 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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