Peep My Polish: Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Superstitious


Now that I have two kids - and the youngest being 6 weeks old - I needed to get better acquainted with quick-dry nail polish options. I hardly have time to do anything, let alone a DIY - so I needed to find some lacquers that fit my new lifestyle. Yesterday, while going my grocery shopping, I picked up Revlon CONTINUE READING

Tatcha, I'm So Glad I Gotcha


I'm home on maternity leave, so I spend an inordinate amount of time nursing my daughter, burping her and changing her diapers - all the while, watching hours of QVC. I don't know what it is, but I am mesmerized by QVC demonstrations. If I'm channel surfing and I happen to land on QVC, it's damn near impossible for CONTINUE READING

Shopbop Sale: Take Extra 25% Off


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StriVectin Tightening Face Serum Giveaway


Roll back the years with the NEW StriVectin “Roll Back the Years” Firming Collection - a trio of formulas that help to improve skin’s appearance. This three-piece set, which includes the StriVectin-TL Face Serum, the StriVectin-TL Body Cream and the new QVC exclusive StriVectin-TL Neck Serum Roller, helps skin appear firmer and softer on the face, body and neck. . The StriVectin CONTINUE READING

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June Jacobs Vanda Orchid Collection Giveaway!

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vanda+orchid June Jacobs Vanda Orchid Collection Giveaway!June Jacobs, world renowned spa visionary, has traveled the world to uncover the most exclusive skincare ingredients. On a recent trip to Singapore, she discovered the exotic Vanda Orchid – one of the most beautiful and rare species of orchids. The orchid extract is revered for its anti-oxidant and reparative properties and includes skin fortifying minerals like calcium, magnesium and zinc to boost skin’s immunity.

June bottled its essence and skincare benefits into a new collection for the June Jacobs Spa Collection. The new June Jacobs Vanda Orchid Collection four products to keep the skin hydrated, glowing and beautiful.

This week, I am partnering with June Jacobs Spa Collection and spoiling you pretty with a skincare giveaway! One lucky reader will win:

JJ vanda orchid shower gel June Jacobs Vanda Orchid Collection Giveaway!
Vanda Orchid Shower Gel ($35): This rich and invigorating foaming shower gel boasts a gentle, deep cleansing action that imparts a subtle, yet sensuous bouquet of orchid extracts. It helps detoxify the pores as it gently sweeps away impurities and dead skin cells. Herbal humectants protect the skin from moisture loss and nourishing botanicals soothe and protect against environmental toxins, leaving the skin ultra clean, soft, supple and revitalized.

vanda orchid body balm June Jacobs Vanda Orchid Collection Giveaway!
Vanda Orchid Body Balm ($60): This luxurious body lotion blends the moisturizing miracle of shea butter with rare nourishing oils, aromatic healing botanicals, and protective anti-oxidants. The unique synergistic action softens, protects and penetrates the skin as it replenishes lost moisture. The delicate bouquet of orchid extracts adjusts to one’s body chemistry, refreshing the senses leaving the skin velvety soft, supple and rejuvenated.

JJ vanda orchid mist June Jacobs Vanda Orchid Collection Giveaway!
Vanda Orchid Mist ($48 ): This fragrant toner mists onto the skin with an infusion of natural botanicals, essential oils and minerals leaving the skin uplifted while leaving the senses energized. It also protects against free radical damage and prevents cellular damage caused by environmental toxins.

JJ vanda orchid dry oil spray%5B1%5D June Jacobs Vanda Orchid Collection Giveaway!
Vanda Orchid Dry Oil Body Spray ($45): This skin softening treatment cushions, protects and penetrates rough, dry skin as it replenishes lost moisture. A unique combination of rejuvenating oils, including apricot and sunflower, work to rapidly condition and soothe dry, tired skin. Leaves skin feeling refreshed, soft and rejuvenated, while also protecting against environmental toxins.

The Vanda Orchid Collection is formulated free of parabens, preservatives, petrochemicals, synthetic dyes, sulfates or fragrance, and ideal for all skin types.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “June Jacobs Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, March 29th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, March 30th, 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. and Canadian residents only.

Good luck!

Product Polygamy Week: Bath and Body

Posted on by daneen in Bath and Body, Body Wash, Fragrance, Hair Removal, Lotion, Product Polygamy Week, Razor | 1 Comment

product+polygamy+week Product Polygamy Week: Bath and Body
It’s Friday, which means the final installment of Product Polygamy Week. Read on for the Spoiled Pretty picks that will rock your body…

PERFUME
The Barb:
L’Instant de Guerlain
l%27instant+de+guerlain Product Polygamy Week: Bath and BodyI was searching high and low for my review of L’Instant de Guerlain and finally realized that I never wrote one…which makes no sense because this perfume is my signature scent. This floral Oriental fragrance is one of the most beautiful and complex scents I have ever smelled. Every time I wear it, I just brace myself for the compliments – and it certainly leaves a lasting impression. L’Instant is described as a “soft, sexy scent comprised of an intricate blend of interwoven fragrance harmonies, like citrus honey, magnolia inclusion, and amber harmony.” I’m no master perfumer, so to be honest, that means nothing to me; to my untrained nose, this perfume has a soft and powdery scent that dries down to a sensual, musky vanilla. I imagine that L’Instant would be a staple on Charlotte York-Goldenblatt’s vanity, but Carrie Bradshaw would definitely sneak a spritz when she’s visiting Charlotte’s Park Avenue apartment.

The Nicki: Philosophy Amazing Grace Perfumed Body Spritz
I’m a fan of potent perfumes, and I’m a little heavy-handed in the application. So I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the light, clean scent of Philosophy’s Amazing Grace Perfumed Body Spritz. After smelling it on me, my sister (who I usually have to bribe for compliments) asked me what I was wearing. When I told her what it was, she said that I smelled very nice. I was like, “OMG. Stop. The. Presses. My sister just said something nice…to me!” Needless to say, it has become a staple in my daily beauty ritual. And sometimes I even find myself spraying the air and linens with Amazing Grace, like it’s Febreze or something. That’s how good it smells.

The Margene:
Deauville pour Homme by Michel Germain
My new favorite scent isn’t new at all. In fact, we have a decade-long history. Ten years ago, in a perfume shop in the Bahamas, I fell in love with Deauville pour Homme by Michel Germain. But I was too broke to buy it and Mama Spoiled Pretty wouldn’t lend me the money to buy a men’s cologne. Then a few months ago, Deauville and I were reunited in a suburban Philadelphia TJ Maxx. The icing on the cake? It only cost $9.99!!! It was fate…now we’re reunited and it smells so good, though Señor Spoiled Pretty is a little weirded out.

SHOWER GEL/SOAP
The Barb:
Jaqua Buttercream Frosting Shower Crème
jaqua Product Polygamy Week: Bath and BodyNot only do Jaqua’s Buttercream Frosting products pamper my parched skin, they smell like heaven – a sweet tooth’s version of heaven, anyway. Like vanilla frosting with a hint of fresh strawberries, Jaqua’s Buttercream Frosting Shower Creme smells so much like the real thing, I have to remind myself that it’s not edibile. I can only hope that Jaqua is developing hair care, shaving cream, toothpaste, antiperspirant, and contact lens solution…so that every square inch of me can smell saccharinely sweet.

The Nicki:
Jo Malone Orange Blossom Shower Gel
I once had someone ask me, “If you were going to take your very last bath on earth, what oil, salt, or bubbly brew would you use to make it especially soak-worthy?” My answer: without a doubt, it would be Jo Malone Orange Blossom Shower Gel. The scent is like heaven.

The Margene:
Johnson’s Vanilla Oatmeal Body Wash
The latest installment of my Recessionista’s Fabuless Pick of the Week series featured Johnson’s Vanilla Oatmeal Body Wash. And for good reason. The creamy formula lathers up nice, thoroughly cleanses my eczema-prone skin without stripping, the oatmeal relieves my itchy scratchies and the subtle vanilla scent is warm and comforting. And it’s less than $5.


LOTION/MOISTURIZER
The Barb:
Johnson’s Softlotion 24 Hour Moisturizer
I am a big fan of Johnson’s Lotions, particularly Softlotion 24 Hour Moisturizer. This non-greasy, fast-absorbing lotion smells like baby oil and is enriched with hydrating emollients and natural lipids ingredients to maintain hydration and prevent moisture loss. It keeps the ashiness at bay and leaves my skin touchably soft all day.

The Nicki:
100% Pure Organic Virgin Coconut Nourishing Body Cream
100+percent+pure Product Polygamy Week: Bath and BodyI recently fell hard and fast for 100% Pure’s 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.

The Margene:
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil
No matter what your skin situation, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil is “right on top of that, Rose” (shout out to Amber and other fellow fans of Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead). This preservative-free, lightweight formula contains an exclusive blend of key ingredients for scars, stretch marks, dry, damaged skin, uneven skin tone, aging skin, lines and wrinkles. The oil locks in moisture; your skin will look and feel soft, with a radiant sheen. The product sinks in on contact and the formula is non-greasy and non-staining, so you don’t have to wait to get dressed.

HAIR REMOVAL
The Barb:
Schick Intuition
When Schick unveiled Intuition a few years ago, I instantly hated it. The music in the commercial was that disgusting pop song Intuition by Jewel. Don’t get me wrong. I dig Jewel…Pieces of You Jewel. Not pop tart Jewel. But when my Aunt Bunchie gave me a whole bunch of Intuitions for Christmas that year, I couldn’t be a Scrooge and throw ‘em out. So I tried them and fell in love right then and there. You would think that the ‘skin conditioning solid’ would prevent the blade from getting close to the skin, but you would be wrong. Intuition is the closest shave I’ve ever had. It’s really all I use at home.

The Nicki: Gillette Venus Embrace
Now on the road, that’s another story. When I travel, I pack Venus Embrace; it travels better than the Intuition. The pivoting head allows the blades to stay in constant contact with the skin, even around nick-prone areas like knees and ankles. The soft grip handle provides increased control in the shower, and the razor comes with this super cool ‘ShowerPod’ that suctions to the tile and conveniently stores the razor and extra blades. Pair it with Satin Care Alluring Avocado Shave Gel, which is intensely moisturizing and has a light, fresh scent.

The Margene:
threading Product Polygamy Week: Bath and BodyMiracle Threading (King of Prussia Mall, PA)
If you’re not in Philadelphia, you’re missing out. On New Year’s Day, while shopping at the King of Prussia Mall, I found myself in front of the Miracle Threading kiosk across from Sephora (excellent location). Usually, there are ladies lined up to get their eyebrows waxed and whiskers get pulled from their chinny chin chins; but on the 1st, there was no one. I imagine that most of these hirsute regulars were home nursing their hangovers. So, based on my mom’s and sister’s rave reviews (and the lack of a line), I decided to sit in the chair and let Pina go to town. Did she ever. A few short minutes later, my upper lip was baby butt smooth and my eyebrows were shaped to perfection. Literally, my eyebrows had never looked so well-groomed. Pina is precise; when I returned home that day, I gave my eyebrows and upper lip a close inspection – and there was not one stray hair. Pina is on point, so if you’re in the Philadelphia area, get yourself over to Miracle Threading (on the upper level of the Plaza – as I said, across from Sephora). Yes, it’s a little weird getting threaded in public, but when you see the finished product, you’ll be glad you sucked it up and acted like a big girl. Call 484.300.7945 for more information.

Well, that concludes Product Polygamy Week. Did you fancy? I hope that you take advantage of my sage advice and enter into some loving relationships with these products. Are you sad to see this theme week to come to an end and jonesing for another fix? Visit Amber’s final post before you start pouting.

And tune into HBO’sseason premiere of Big Love on Sunday, followed by the absolutely hilarious Flight of the Conchords.

PS – Big props to Beth at Glamour.com for giving Amber and I a BIG link LOVE yesterday!

Recessionista’s Fabuless Picks of the Week

Posted on by daneen in Baby, Body Wash, Dry Skin, Eczema, Fabuless Pick of the Week | 3 Comments

johnsons+oatmeal+vanilla Recessionistas Fabuless Picks of the Week
I’m eczema prone in the wintertime, so I can’t be sudsing up with just any old body cleanser this time of year. Last month, while shopping at CVS for wrapping paper, I came across Johnson’s Vanilla Oatmeal Body Wash, and quickly snatched it off the shelf. For centuries, oats have been used to soothe, protect and moisturize dry and irritated skin; so I figured if this body wash contains oatmeal and is gentle enough for infants, it couldn’t hurt. I’m glad that I took a chance because this bottle o’ bubbles is just what the dermatologist ordered. The creamy formula lathers up nice (sans sodium lauryl sulfate) thoroughly cleanses without stripping, the oatmeal relieves my itchy scratchies and the subtle vanilla scent is warm and comforting. And for less than $5, it’s this recessionista’s pick of the week. And it’s even more fabuless if you actually have a baby…you can share!

palmers+oil Recessionistas Fabuless Picks of the WeekAfter you emerge from the shower/bath, do yourself a favor and don’t dry yourself completely. Pat your skin with a towel so that there’s still some moisture on the skin – then apply Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil all over your body. This preservative-free, lightweight formula contains an exclusive blend of key ingredients for scars, stretch marks, dry, damaged skin, uneven skin tone, aging skin, lines and wrinkles. The oil locks in moisture; your skin will look and feel soft, with a radiant sheen. The product sinks in on contact and the formula is non-greasy and non-staining, so you needn’t wait to get dressed. The scent is to die for (like a frothy black and white milkshake) and it’s only $10.99 for a 5.1 oz bottle!

Olay Body Wash Plus Stage Five Clingers

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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.

Philosophy Shower Gel Ornaments

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a86873.jpg Philosophy Shower Gel Ornaments
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.

Philosophy Shower Gels: 3 for $33…Limited Time Only!

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philosophy+shower+gel+3+for+33 Philosophy Shower Gels: 3 for $33...Limited Time Only!
Philosophy.com exclusive: Select 3 shower gels for $33 (and save $15)! Choose from 7 delicious summer scents, including 2 new to philosophy.com:

Vanilla Ice Cream
Strawberries & Cream
Belgian Waffles
Lemon Custard
You Deserve The Lime Light
Be A Peach
The Frango Mint Diet

Enter promo code summer33 at checkout. Valid 7/17 – 7/19.

Amazing Grace Giveaway!

Posted on by daneen in Bath and Body, Body Wash, Exfoliation, Fragrance, Shave, Spoiled Pretty family | 3 Comments

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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