Because Shaving is the Pits: DERMAdoctor Gorilla Warfare Antiperspirant Giveaway!


My hair grows like a weed. Unfortunately, the hair of which I speak is not on my head. My legs and underarms give my razor a workout. If I shave in the morning, by afternoon, I've got stubble. And forget about skipping days...unless I want to look like Sasquatch. Getting rid of the hair is not only expensive (I CONTINUE READING

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: BlowPro Perfect Shower Cap


The shower and my chemically-straightened hair are frenemies. Every seventh day when I wash my hair, they get along great in a shampoo Shangri-la. But the rest of the week, I employ a shower cap to keep the steam from undoing the silky straightness. I have been wearing shower caps since I was a child, and I’ve tried them CONTINUE READING

Miss Oops is On Sale at HauteLook


I love Miss Oops fashion fixers and have been using them for years. If you wear clothes, you NEED to get acquainted with Miss Oops. All of those things that can and do go wrong with your wardrobe can be fixed by Miss Oops problem-solving products. Shirt revealing too much cleavage? Accidentally get a deodorant stain on your top? Are your CONTINUE READING

Get Catty With Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses


I've been searching for some cat eye sunnies for forever. On a whim, I bought these Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses from Shopbop - hoping that they wouldn't look too cartoonish. Even though I was afraid they'd be too large, I'm digging the oversized frames. They make a statement without overwhelming my face. And the cat eye shape is subtle, so it's not CONTINUE READING

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

Conditioner

Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Collection

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spoiled+pretty+green+week+small Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Collection
I love a hair product with Argan Oil in it. For centuries, Moroccan women have used this lightweight yet rich elixir to protect their hair (and skin) from UV damage while creating soft, silky perfection. It used to be that you had to purchase these Argan Oil–infused products at a salon or beauty boutique, and they would cost a pretty penny. Thankfully, Organix just launched the Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Collection (Argan Oil Shampoo, Conditioner, Renewing Treatment and Penetrating Oil) that performs just as well as its prestige counterparts, but costs around $9 per product and is available at drugstores.
Organix+Argan+Oil+Collection Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Collection
Each formula is sulfate and paraben-free, and packaged in bottles made from materials containing recycled post-consumer resin. And all labels are printed utilizing environmentally-friendly inks and compostable label film made from annually renewable resource corn, not from petrochemicals. 

*Samples were provided by the brand for review.

Put The Breaks On Hair Breakage

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You know that line, “Break yourself, fool!” from Superbad? Well, my hair was taking that euphemism literally.

My hair has been delicate, dry, and damaged – thanks to 25 years of chemical relaxers and a recent dependence on hot tools. As a result of my hair abuse, my ends were breaking off left and right. Every time I brushed or styled my hair, it was a sorry sight – little, broken hairs all over my shirt, bathroom counter and floor. Every day, I was pulling a Jay-Z and brushing my shoulders off.

My hair was, basically, breaking off as quickly as it was growing – which explains why my hair hasn’t gotten longer in the past seven years. And let me tell you…it was like salt in the wounds when a well-meaning friend suggested I “grow my hair out.”

Obviously, if I stopped straightening, blow drying and using a flat iron on my hair, it would be in much better shape. But let’s get real – that’s not going to happen. Lucky for me, Pantene solved my catch 22 conundrum by developing a line of products that spoke to my issue. Seriously, the product description reads like it should have been prefaced with “Yo…listen up, Daneen.”

pantene+relaxed+and+naturalbreakage+defense Put The Breaks On Hair BreakageThe Pantene Pro-V Relaxed & Natural Breakage Defense collection is designed to strengthen hair against damage and provide 90 percent less breakage in one month.

The Present: Hair that you notice everywhere – on your brush, clothes and bathroom sink. The Future: Resilient, strong, healthy hair that has less shedding due to breakage.
Pantene Pro-V Relaxed & Natural Shampoo, Breakage Defense thoroughly cleans hair with a rich, airy lather without weighing hair down. It has a unique conditioning formula that makes hair easier to comb, helping to prevent breakage. And it leaves hair strong against damage, hydrated and healthy-looking. Pantene Pro-V Relaxed & Natural Conditioner, Breakage Defense has a Pro-Vitamin formula that is specially designed for women of color to help strengthen and moisturize each hair strand – from root to tip. It also shields each hair strand from future damage.

I’ve been using this shampoo/conditioner combo for the past two months and have noticed a decrease in shedding. I’m hoping that if I keep this up – and lay off the ole flat iron a bit – mermaid hair might be in my future. I’ve always dreamed of mermaid hair…

Anyway, if you’re like me and you want to put the breaks on hair breakage, I recommend you give these products a try.*

*I believe Pantene is doing some re-formulation and discontinuing these products, so they are a little bit hard to find. Online shopping would be your best bet.

Carol’s Daughter Best Tressed Hair Set: Holiday Beauty Gift Guide

Posted on by daneen in Conditioner, Hair, Hair Styling, Holy Grail, Shampoo | Leave a comment

carols+daughter+best+tressed+gift+set Carols Daughter Best Tressed Hair Set: Holiday Beauty Gift GuideThis holiday beauty gift pick is for that follicularly challenged chick in your life. We all have that relative or friend whose hair is so dry, damaged or downright ratnesty that we’re compelled to help. So this holiday season, instead of hooking her up with a cute hat, buy her the Best Tressed Hair Set from Carol’s Daughter.

Like the right pair of shoes, a hairdo can make or break your outfit. Starting off with gently-cleansing Rosemary Mint Shampoo with Sea Moss for dry hair is a wise choice. Layer in moisture with Black Vanilla Leave-in Conditioner. Hair Milk, a light solution for brittle hair, adds luster with the help of lemongrass and ylang-ylang. The essential oils of sage and rosemary in Lisa’s Hair Elixir help combat dry hair and scalp while peppermint gives a refreshing tingle. Mimosa Hair Honey, an herbal-infused pomade, improves manageability and tames fly-aways so that the only thing catching anyone’s eye is your gorgeous hair!

I just tried Carol’s Daughter hair products tonight, for the first time. And let me tell you…they are just as awesome as everything you’ve heard. I’m extremely embarrassed to be so tardy for the Carol’s Daughter hair party; so I’m not just jumping on the bandwagon – I’m getting behind the wheel, y’all. After using the products in the Best Tressed Hair Set, my mane (which is usually the black hole of moisture and shine) is soft, shiny, wonderfully fragranced and feels so darn healthy that I’m in a state of shock.

What’s even more amazing is the fact that these products are all natural – free of the harsh chemicals that jacked up your hair in the first place. “I wanted lots of moisture and no synthetic preservatives,” says creator Lisa Price. “If I couldn’t pronounce the ingredient, it wasn’t going into the pot.”

The Best Tressed Hair Set is the gift that keeps giving. Your homegirl, and her haphazard hair, will thank you.

For more expert gift picks, check out Spoiled Pretty’s 2009 Holiday Beauty Gift Guide!

The Princess and The Frog Beauty Collection From Carol’s Daughter

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princess+and+the+frog+carols+daughter The Princess and The Frog Beauty Collection From Carols Daughter

Remember how I told you how stoked I am to see The Princess and the Frog? Well…the excitement continues because Disney and Carol’s Daughter have collaborated on “A Magical Beauty Collection.”

carols+daughter+the+princess+and+the+frog+collection The Princess and The Frog Beauty Collection From Carols Daughter

Give your little princess the royal treatment with The Beauty Within Shampoo, which gently cleans as it conditions. Ultra nourishing Aloe Leaf Juice will pamper each strand, leaving hair silky-soft and tangle-free.

For shiny, silky-soft hair befitting all princesses, Inner Shine Conditioner is worth its weight in gold. Shine boosting trio Sunflower Seed, Olive and Sweet Almond Oils leave hair feeling soft, while helping tame tangles for good.

At long last, tangle-free hair is only a spray away. Dream Big Hair Detangler is a moisturizing miracle worker that gently detangles hair without any tears as it smoothes and nourishes with Cranberry and Lemon Peel Extracts. No pulling, breaking or damaging, so strands stay supple, soft and shiny. Dreams really do come true.

Make a splash with bubbles that last with Sharing Means Caring Bubble Bath. All princesses would approve this bath treat that gently cleans and calms delicate skin with moisturizing Aloe Leaf Juice. It’s the perfect cleansing companion and best when shared with bath-time friends.

A Magical Beauty Collection is available, for a limited time, at carolsdaughter.com.

Cashmere Mist Giveaway Winners

Posted on by daneen in Bath and Body, Conditioner, Contest, Deodorant, Fragrance, Giveaway, Lotion, Perfume, Shampoo | Leave a comment

donna+karan+cashmere+mist Cashmere Mist Giveaway WinnersCongrats to the winners of the Cashmere Mist giveaway: Regina Sanders and Raina Sutton! These very lucky ladies have each won a Donna Karan Cashmere Mist gift set that includes:

Cashmere Mist Luxe Eau de Parfum (1.7 oz): An unmistakably, modern interpretation of Cashmere Mist. Luminous and radiant, embracing the skin with heightened sensuality and warmth. Cashmere Mist Luxe Eau de Parfum features intensified notes of Amber, soft suede and mysterious Labdanum mingled with the coveted qualities of blended Jasmine Sambac, Jasmine Maroc, Orange Blossom Absolute and Blonde Woods to create a uniquely, enveloping character, like the original.

Cashmere Mist Body Lotion: Donna’s personal favorite and one of her essentials, she never leaves home without it. This totally luxurious and intensive treatment for the body leaves skin feeling like it’s wrapped in cashmere. The unique, non-greasy formula absorbs quickly – moisturizing, soothing, and pampering the skin.

Cashmere Mist Shampoo: This ultra-luxurious shampoo that helps build amazing volume with immediate, visible results. Provides a smooth, high-gloss finish to hair making it resistant to static and fly-aways. The rich foam gently cleanses without over-stripping. Perfect for everyday use.

Cashmere Mist Conditioner: An ultra-luxurious conditioner that instantly volumizes, detangles and conditions hair leaving it as soft as cashmere. Revitalizes and revives. Can also be used as an intensive hair mask when left on hair for 15 minutes. Leaves hair sensually scented.

Cashmere Mist Deodorant/Antiperspirant: The ultimate cult product, try it to believe it. Gentle and effective, delicately scented with Cashmere Mist, this advanced formula controls wetness – keeping you feeling dry and smelling fresh all day. So gentle, it can be immediately used after shaving without irritation. Perfect for even sensitive skin.

Many thanks to Donna Karan for sponsoring this giveaway. I am a huge fan of this fragrance, and I am confident that Cashmere Mist will equally enchant Regina and Raina.

Stay tuned for the next Spoiled Pretty giveaway!

Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Giveaway!

Posted on by daneen in Conditioner, Contest, Fragrance, Giveaway, Lotion, Perfume, Shampoo | Leave a comment

donna+karan+cashmere+mist Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Giveaway!I wouldn’t call myself a loner – but, generally, I enjoy being alone. What I do not enjoy, however, is being obsessed with a product, all by my lonesome.

When a beauty product comes along that sweeps me off my feet, I want to shout it from the rooftops. I want to call up the request line and dedicate a lil LeAnn Rimes “How Do I Live?” to my new fab find. I want to chit chat with you and compare notes.

Which is why, this week, Spoiled Pretty is giving away Donna Karan Cashmere Mist gift sets! Two lucky winners will receive:

Cashmere Mist Luxe Eau de Parfum (1.7 oz): An unmistakably, modern interpretation of Cashmere Mist. Luminous and radiant, embracing the skin with heightened sensuality and warmth. Cashmere Mist Luxe Eau de Parfum features intensified notes of Amber, soft suede and mysterious Labdanum mingled with the coveted qualities of blended Jasmine Sambac, Jasmine Maroc, Orange Blossom Absolute and Blonde Woods to create a uniquely, enveloping character, like the original.

Cashmere Mist Body Lotion: Donna’s personal favorite and one of her essentials, she never leaves home without it. This totally luxurious and intensive treatment for the body leaves skin feeling like it’s wrapped in cashmere. The unique, non-greasy formula absorbs quickly – moisturizing, soothing, and pampering the skin.

Cashmere Mist Shampoo: This ultra-luxurious shampoo that helps build amazing volume with immediate, visible results. Provides a smooth, high-gloss finish to hair making it resistant to static and fly-aways. The rich foam gently cleanses without over-stripping. Perfect for everyday use.

Cashmere Mist Conditioner: An ultra-luxurious conditioner that instantly volumizes, detangles and conditions hair leaving it as soft as cashmere. Revitalizes and revives. Can also be used as an intensive hair mask when left on hair for 15 minutes. Leaves hair sensually scented.

Cashmere Mist Deodorant/Antiperspirant: The ultimate cult product, try it to believe it. Gentle and effective, delicately scented with Cashmere Mist, this advanced formula controls wetness – keeping you feeling dry and smelling fresh all day. So gentle, it can be immediately used after shaving without irritation. Perfect for even sensitive skin.

To enter the giveaway, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Cashmere Mist Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Tuesday, October 6th. Two winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Wednesday, October 7th, 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. residents.

Good luck!

The Beauty Girls Giveaways: Day 5

Posted on by daneen in Conditioner, Contest, Fragrance, Giveaway, Hair Styling, Mascara, Perfume, Shampoo, Tools | Leave a comment

the+beauty+girls+giveaway+day+5 The Beauty Girls Giveaways: Day 5Hi, y’all. Today is day 5 of The Beauty Girls’ beautious giveaways! And it’s my chance to host some!!!

Today begins your chance to win some of my FAVORITE products from Lancome, Living Proof, Lola Marc Jacobs and Barbar!

Here’s what’s up for grabs:

LANCOME

15 winners will receive Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara

LIVING PROOF
4 winners will win:
*Straight Making No Frizz Styling Spray for Fine to Medium Hair
*Wave Shaping Curl Defining No Frizz Styling Spray for Fine to Medium Hair
*No Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner

4 winners will receive the following:
*Straight Making No Frizz Styling Cream for Medium to Thick Hair
*Wave Shaping Curl Defining No Frizz Styling Cream for Medium to Thick Hair
*No Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner

4 winners will receive the following:
*Straight Making No Frizz Styling Treatment for Thick to Coarse Hair
*Wave Shaping Curl Defining No Frizz styling treatment for thick to coarse hair
*No Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner

LOLA MARC JACOBS
10 winners will receive a 50ml bottle of Lola Marc Jacobs

BARBAR
3 winners will receive the 1900 Tourmaline Cordless Combo

To enter the giveaways, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “The Beauty Girls Giveaways.” Also, be sure to indicate which contests you want to win (for example – “Lancome and Barbar,” or “ALL OF THEM!”)The contests end at midnight (EST) on Sunday, September 20th. Winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, September 21st, I’ll announce the winners’ name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contests are open to U.S. residents.

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