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

Contest

Summer Beauty Staples Giveaway Winner

Posted on by daneen in Contest, Fragrance, Giveaway, Oily Skin, Perfume, Philadelphia, Sun Protection, Tan | Leave a comment

summer+women+beach Summer Beauty Staples Giveaway WinnerDrumroll please…the winner of Spoiled Pretty’s Summer Beauty Staples Giveaway is Andrea Lurie. Yay!

Andrea will receive Clinique Sun with SolarSmart line of sunscreens, ModelCo Body Meringue and Shimmer Airbrush Illuminiser, Philosophy’s Never Let Them See You Shine oil-control products, Secret Clinical Waterproof Antiperspirant and Deodorant, and Fresh Citron de Vigne Eau de Parfum. Whew…that was a mouthful.

Many, many thanks to Clinique, ModelCo, Philosophy, Secret and Fresh for providing products for my latest NBC 10! Show appearance – and for generously donating an extra set of everything to offer this giveaway to Spoiled Pretty readers!

This was one of the most highly coveted prizes yet – but, alas, there could be only one winner (lucky Andrea). But if you didn’t win, don’t despair. Every week, there’s another amazing weekly giveaway…so there’s always another chance to get spoiled pretty.

Amala Beauty Giveaway!

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amala+beauty Amala Beauty Giveaway!

In April, I declared Amala my skin savior…and for good reason. This luxurious line tamed my troubled skin and restored my faith in organic and natural beauty products. The Purify collection, created for oily and acnegenic skin types, has become the staple of my daily skin care routine; and after two months of using the products, I continue to marvel at the amazing results the ingredients have had on my complexion.

I am so enamored with Amala that we’re partnering for a Spoiled Pretty giveaway! Two lucky winners will receive:

amala+beauty+hydrate Amala Beauty Giveaway!

Hydrating Cream Cleanser ($30)
Hydrate dry skin while gently removing makeup and impurities with this comforting cleansing cream. The whole botanical ingredients help soothe and restore moisture for clean, soft, radiant skin.

Hydrating Toner
($30)
Revive and rehydrate skin with this refreshing toner. Soothing floral waters and whole plant extracts help refine pores and restore moisture to soften and comfort skin.

Hydrating Face Cream ($68)
Quench dull, dry skin by helping to restore its natural moisture and elasticity with this creamy hydrating treatment. Whole plant ingredients restore elasticity and protect skin from dehydration for lasting smoothness.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Amala Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, June 7th. Two winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, June 8th, 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.

Good luck!

Lust, Loathing And A Little Lip Gloss Giveaway Winners

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lust loathing and a little lip gloss Lust, Loathing And A Little Lip Gloss Giveaway WinnersCongrats to the winners of the Lust, Loathing And A Little Lip Gloss giveaway: Carey Barrett, Stephanie Cappella, Sarah Gunn, Sharon Mason and Christina Steward.

These winners will receive an autographed copy of Lust, Loathing And A Little Lip Gloss, the fourth book in Kyra Davis’ Sophie Katz chick lit mystery series.

Special thanks to Kyra Davis, for being such a gifted and entertaining writer – and for generously sponsoring this contest.

Check back soon for Spoiled Pretty’s next giveaway!

Ms. Pedicure Giveaway Winners

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ms.+pedicure+foot+spahh Ms. Pedicure Giveaway WinnersCongrats to the winners of the Ms. Pedicure giveaway: Tonya Keener, Danielle Lopenski, Jennifer Moran.

These readers will soon show their tore up tootsies some salon-worthy love with Ms. Pedicure Foot Spahh, the ultimate luxury for reviving and refreshing those tired legs and feet. Housed in a reusable tote, this all-inclusive kit packs a punch with everything that a girls needs to repair her damaged and over-worked feet without breaking the bank!

Many thanks to Ms. Pedicure for sponsoring the contest!

If you didn’t win, don’t get mad…get glad. There are many more opportunities for you to get spoiled pretty. See what else I’m giving away this week!

Summer Beauty Staples on the NBC 10! Show

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summer+beauty Summer Beauty Staples on the NBC 10! Show

Watch my latest NBC 10! Show appearance to hear about my favorite summer beauty staples!

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/video.

Every member of the studio audience went home with a few product samples. But before you get all “where can I get me a 10! show ticket?” – just relax. How could you think I would forget about my online amigas?

If you don’t know me by now, you will never never never know me…

This week, I’m gifting one of you with a plethora of products that will help you beat the heat and keep you looking hot all summer long!

clinique+sun+with+solarsmart Summer Beauty Staples on the NBC 10! Show

Clinique Sun with SolarSmart is a new line of sunscreens that protect against both UVA and UVB rays. The formula is non-greasy, oil-free, water and sweat resistant, yet appropriate for sensitive skin. The range includes: SPF 30 Face Cream, SPF 50 Face Cream, SPF 30 Body Cream, SPF 50 Body Cream, SPF 15 Face/Body Cream, SPF 25 Body Spray, SPF 45 Targeted Protection Stick, and Rescue Balm with Aloe.

 Summer Beauty Staples on the NBC 10! Show

ModelCo Body Meringue Bronze Glow is an instant bronze shimmer and gradual self-tanner, in a mousse formula. This weightless foam firms the skin while offering a light buildable, natural tan. After smoothing the foam on, a light instant bronze appears so you can see exactly where you’ve applied. And over the next few hours, your tan gradually deepens. The best thing about Body Meringue, IMO, is it’s skin firming properties; it contains an ingredient that helps minimize the appearance of cellulite. Can you even? And if you want to kick your tan up a notch, mist on ModelCo’s Shimmer Airbrush Illuminiser over tanned skin for a sparkly effect. My little secret tip is to spray it in your hair, which looks beyond amazing on all hair colors!

philosophy+never+let+them+see+you+shine Summer Beauty Staples on the NBC 10! Show

If the Philadelphia heat and humidity turn your face into an oil slick, I feel you. I get shiny too, and it’s very embarrassing and it’s a high-maintenance situation. Philosophy’s Never Let Them See You Shine line of skincare products are specifically designed to control oil. The Cleanser deep cleans pores and the Scrub gently exfoliates. The Primer creates a matte finish, and can be applied on bare skin or mixed with foundation.

 Summer Beauty Staples on the NBC 10! Show

Secret Clinical Waterproof Antiperspirant and Deodorant offers all-day protection through heat and humidity, or after being in the water. So it’s ideal in the city, at the pool, or at the shore. The formula is skin soothing, and Secret Clinical Waterproof is designed with two-click applicator to ensure that the right amount of product is delivered to the underarm area with each use.

fresh+citron+de+vigne+eau+de+parfum Summer Beauty Staples on the NBC 10! Show

In the summertime, you want to choose a lighter fragrance because heavier winter scents can become cloying in the warmer months. I’ve found the perfect summer scent: Citron de Vigne Eau de Parfum by Fresh. Inspired by France’s Champagne region, the fragrance has crisp, lemony top notes, a heart of pinot noir and an earthy base. Citron de Vigne is unisex, so buy a bottle and your entire household can share!

This prize is worth over $360!

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Summer Beauty Staples Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Monday, June 1st. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Tuesday, June 2nd, 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.

Good luck!

Interview With Author Kyra Davis, Plus A Giveaway!

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lust+loathing+and+a+little+lip+gloss Interview With Author Kyra Davis, Plus A Giveaway!When I’m not writing, I’m reading – and one of my favorite literary genres is chick lit, particularly mysteries. Give me a candy colored book, with a headstrong heroine embroiled in a harebrained whodunit, and I’m a happy gal.

Writing an engaging chick-lit mystery is, undeniably, an art…but author Kyra Davis also has the formula down to a science. In 2005, she released her first book, Sex, Murder and a Double Latte. That summer, while browsing the fiction section of my local Barnes & Noble, the colorful title and cover caught my attention; so I decided to take a chance on an unknown author.

The exploits of protagonist Sophie Katz had me laughing out loud and turning pages at a feverish pace. The story was so entertaining that I bought a book light, to read into the wee hours without disturbing Mr. Spoiled Pretty’s beauty sleep. When the series’ second and third installments (Passion, Betrayal and Killer Highlights and Obsession, Deceit and Really Dark Chocolate) hit shelves in 2006 and 2007, I was first in line to snag me some more Sophie.

Next month, the long-awaited fourth book, Lust, Loathing And A Little Lip Gloss, makes its debut – and I’m so excited, I almost can’t stand it. How did I make it through last summer without Sophie shenanigans?

I’m so keyed up that I needed something to tide me over until the novel’s June 1st release. So I contacted Kyra Davis and proposed a Q&A; and despite her busy schedule, she happily agreed to talk literature and lip gloss.

Enjoy the interview!

Kyra+Davis+photo Interview With Author Kyra Davis, Plus A Giveaway!SP: Give us a teaser about your new book, “Lust, Loathing And A Little Lip Gloss.”
KD: Sophie has finally decided that she is ready to make a lifetime commitment to the one she loves…a three bedroom Victorian with a yard. She wants the house so badly she’s willing to deal with the fact that her obnoxious ex-husband is the realtor representing it and she’ll meet all of the seller’s crazy conditions. She’s not dissuaded by the house’s possible dark history or even the accounts by some that it’s haunted. It’s not until people associated with the house start dying that she becomes concerned particularly when she begins to suspect that she herself is a target.

SP: Are you anything like the series’ protagonist, Sophie Katz?
KD:
People always assume that Sophie and I are one of the same but that’s only true in the most superficial way. That is to say that we share the same ethnicity, she lives in San Francisco and I have lived in San Francisco and we’re both authors. But her approach to life is incredibly different than mine. We have different issues and different ways of expressing ourselves and our relationships to our families and partners are about as dissimilar as you can get. And yet I can’t completely disassociate myself. Sophie came from my mind, which means she’s a part of me just as her friends are a part of me. I guess you could say that they are individuals and I’m the composite character.

SP: When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?
KD:
When I started writing the first Sophie book (Sex, Murder And A Double Latte). I was just messing around at the time I started penning that story. It didn’t occur to me that I might want to publish it until I was about fifty pages into it.

SP: Where do you like to write your books (in bed, a coffee shop, an office)?
KD:
Starbucks. Starbucks is my office and my energy source. It completes me.

SP: Of all the books you’ve published thus far, what was the most difficult one for you to write? Do you have a favorite of them all?
KD:
This last book, Lust, Loathing And A Little Lip Gloss, is my favorite book so far. Before I wrote that I would have said that Passion, Betrayal And Killer Highlights was my favorite Sophie book and that So Much For My Happy Ending was my favorite book overall.

On an emotional level So Much For My Happy Ending was the most difficult to write because it was basically a fictionalized memoir. But So Much For My Happy Ending has also been my most rewarding work thanks to the dozens of emails of I’ve gotten from women fresh out of destructive relationships who were inspired by that novel. I’ve even heard from a few women who found the strength to leave abusive relationships that they were currently in after reading So Much For My Happy Ending so that book will always have a special place in my heart.

SP: Is there a genre you haven’t written in yet that you would really like to try?
KD:
FANTASY! I love all those books about witches and vampires. I was able to play with some fantasy elements in Lust, Loathing And A Little Lip Gloss by having Sophie buy a house that is believed to be haunted but I had to be very cautious about how I crafted the story so as not to stray too far from the story’s genre. In the end the reader will be able to decide if they think there was ever anything supernatural going on or not.

Kyra+Davis+pic Interview With Author Kyra Davis, Plus A Giveaway!SP: What comes first: the title or the idea?
KD:
Always the idea. If I had my way I’d come up with a title after the whole book was completed but unfortunately the art department at my publishing house needs the title before my editor needs the finished book. Obsession, Deceit And Really Dark Chocolate is an irritating example of that issue. I had to give the art department a title about six months before my manuscript was due and the result was that the title didn’t fit the novel as much as I would have liked it to.

SP: Do you put friends or relatives in your books? Have any of them recognized themselves?
KD:
I’ve often used friends as a jumping off point for characters. People don’t recognize themselves because by the time the characters are developed they really are their own people. What amuses me is how people who I NEVER thought of while writing the book think a character is based on them. If they like the character I rarely tell them they’re wrong.

SP: How do you come up with the names for your characters?
KD: I’m not good with names. I didn’t even name my own son. I just accepted the first name his dad suggested. So with the exception of Sophie (who is named after my grandmother) my characters get their names from whatever newspaper or magazine happens to be near by. I’ll take the first name of one journalist and the last name of another. If that doesn’t work I drag out the baby name book.

SP: Who is your favorite literary heroine and why?
KD:
At the moment I think it’s Tiffany Aching from Terry Pratchett’s YA series. Most men don’t write women well but Pratchett’s the major exception. Tiffany is smart, she takes care of people without ever getting sentimental or in anyway syrupy about it and she’s seriously tough without losing her femininity.

SP: What’s the last book you read that you couldn’t put down?
KD:
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. I had it with me everywhere just so I could sneak in a few pages between errands. I left it at my boyfriend’s apartment one day and as soon as I realized what I’d done I ran to the bookstore and bought myself another copy because I simply couldn’t wait for him to return it to me.

SP: If Lust, Loathing And A Little Lip Gloss was made into a movie, who would you want to play the lead role?
KD:
I would LOVE to see Rashida Jones in the role. She does comedy and she projects certain strength. She ethnically ambiguous and…. well, I could go on and on. Rashida if you’re reading this give me a call.

SP: Okay, you know I have to throw in a beauty-related question. Speaking of lip gloss, which ones are your favorites?
KD:
I’m a MAC girl. They have every color you could ever want and an awesome applicator.

SP: Is this the last of the series, or is Sophie just getting warmed up?
KD:
Vows, Vengeance And A Little Black Dress is the Sophie book I’m writing now. Look for it in June 2010.

Kyra and I are so excited about Lust, Loathing And A Little Lip Gloss that we’re teaming up to give away five autographed copies!

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Lust, Loathing And A Little Lip Gloss Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, May 31st. Five winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, June 1st, 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.

Good luck…and may the lip gloss be with you!

AmorePacific Skincare Giveaway Winners!

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amorepacific+kit AmorePacific Skincare Giveaway Winners!

Happy Memorial Day, ladies. I hope you all had a fabulous weekend, and that you’re taking advantage of the extra day off before we all head back work.

Congrats to the following winners of the AmorePacific giveaway: Kylie Chen, Carol Dziuba, Rozetta Harvey, Leah Juarez, Taj Kattapuram, Colleen Leader, Jill Myrick, Alissa Plaisance, Tiffany Salvia, Justine Wang.

These lucky ladies have won AmorePacific Moisture Bound Introductory Collection Vitalizing Essentials, a limited-edition ensemble of handy skincare must-haves. These products are all you need to make your skin healthy, resilient, and age-resistant.

If you didn’t win, visit Sephora.com for a free sample of AmorePacific Treatment Enzyme Peel – free with any online purchase. Enter code AMORE at checkout.

And be sure to enter Spoiled Pretty’s giveaway, sponsored by Ms. Pedicure. Click here for your chance to win Ms. Pedicure Foot Spahh, the ultimate luxury for reviving and refreshing tired legs and feet!

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