De-Zombify Your Eyes With Benefit Erase Paste


For the past month or so, I've been looking (and feeling) like a straight up zombie - but for good reason. I gave birth to my second child - a daughter, Arwen - on June 5 (a month before her due date).   It's hard enough being a mom to a preemie, but Arwen also spent her first 8 days in the Neonatal CONTINUE READING

L'Occitane Vitoria Regia: Botanical Beauty From Brazil


L'Occitane does a lot right when it comes to making their products - one of my most favorite things about the company is their ability to get the true fragrances of flowers.I had the pleasure of trying Vitoria Regia Hand Cream (above) from the Brazil Collection, and it's amazing!  The cream is not too thick and it doesn't leave that sometimes CONTINUE READING

Love Your Glasses with Glasses.com


When I was about 11 years old, my mom took me to see a play. I can’t remember exactly what show it was – probably because, at the time, I couldn’t see it very well. As we were driving home from the performance, my mom rattled off her favorite parts of the performance and engaged me in conversation. It CONTINUE READING

Kimye Wedding Makeup Artist: Mario Dedivanovic


By now, you've probably heard all of the Kimye wedding details. Kim Kardashian wore a Givenchy Haute Couture lace gown (she slipped into a bodycon Balmain dress post-ceremony) and Kanye West was outfitted in a custom Givenchy tuxedo. Not to be outdone, little North wore a dress also designed by Givenchy's creative director, Riccardo Tisci. The couple exchanged Lorraine CONTINUE READING

Brighten Up with Dermalogica Tri-Active Cleanse


As many of you know, I am currently pregnant. Very pregnant, in fact. I am due to give birth a week from tomorrow...and I am so ready to meet my little girl. This pregnancy has been rough. Not that my first pregnancy with my son, Westley, was easy - but this one makes that one seem like a walk in CONTINUE READING

Dry Skin

Winners of the Amala Giveaway!

Posted on by daneen in Contest, Dry Skin, Eco-friendly, Giveaway, Skin Care | Leave a comment
amala+beauty+hydrate Winners of the Amala Giveaway!

Congrats to Jill Holden and Joanna Smith, winners of Spoiled Pretty’s Amala giveaway. Jill and Joanna will receive:

amala Winners of the Amala Giveaway!Hydrating Cream Cleanser
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

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
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.

Many thanks to Amala for generously sponsoring this giveaway!

Check back soon for Spoiled Pretty’s next giveaway.

When Life Hands You Lemons: Be Fine Rough Spot Lemon Balm

Posted on by daneen in Don't Waste Your Money, Dry Skin, Feet | Leave a comment

be+fine+rough+spot+lemon+balm When Life Hands You Lemons: Be Fine Rough Spot Lemon BalmIt’s human nature to be seduced by pretty packaging. And we gullible homo sapiens expect that inside said exterior, we’ll find something equally fabulous. Unfortunately, this misguided tendency is the reason why beauty buffs, like myself, end up knee deep in products we were so excited to buy, open and use that don’t live up to our expectations.

Such is the case of Be Fine’s Rough Spot Lemon Balm. The packaging looks like a lemon; it’s so realistic-looking that if I left it lying around, Mr. Spoiled Pretty might take it upon himself to put it in the refrigerator. Unfortunately, the salve hidden inside is such a nothing-to-write-home-about product, it makes total sense that they worked so hard fashioning the container.

First, I assumed that the balm would actually smell fresh and citrusy…and it does, if you sniff really, really hard. Secondly, you literally have to dig the balm out with your fingernail to get any product in your hands. Finally, the balm is so greasy, it’s a hazard to your clothing, couch and carpet.

burts+bees+coconut+foot+creme When Life Hands You Lemons: Be Fine Rough Spot Lemon BalmSo what’s a beauty addict to do when life hands her lemons? Yep…make lemonade. So I dug into the salve with my nail and spread that grease balm all over my heels, arches and toes. Then I covered my tootsies with some old gym socks and let it marinate for a bit. Twenty minutes later, I did a preliminary check and was shocked to find that my feet had completely absorbed all of the product – but they didn’t feel softer or more moisturized…not at all.

Rough Spot Lemon Balm was disappointing – on so many levels – that I cannot recommend this product, despite the package’s high kitsch factor. One thing the product did accomplish, though, was to remind me about the awesomeness of Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Crème.

Slather it on, slide on some socks and hit the hay. In the morning, you’ll swear the magic foot fairy made a late-night house call.

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!

Have A Ball: Ojon’s Tawaka The White Ball

Posted on by daneen in Bath and Body, Dry Skin | 1 Comment

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.

Revolution Organics All-Over Body Balm Works 22 Different Ways!

Posted on by daneen in Dry Skin, Moisturizer | 6 Comments

Revolution+Organics+All+Over+Body+Balm Revolution Organics All Over Body Balm Works 22 Different Ways!
It’s a good thing when a beauty product does one thing really well. When it peforms double duty, even better. And when a product can be used more than twenty different ways, you ask yourself, “Is it my birthday?”

Revolution Organics All-Over Body Balm is an all-in-one, on-the-go beauty essential with over 22 uses from your nose to your toes. Enriched with organic butters, organic plant extracts, vitamin E and nourishing organic oils, this multi-tasking solid moisturizing balm softens, smoothes and protects skin.

Some of its 22 uses include:

* Relieving chapped lips
* Soothing dry spots
* Softening lines
* Feeding parched nails
* Combating flaking skin
* Taming unruly eyebrows
* Fighting free radicals
* Preventing stretch marks
* Smoothing flyaways
* Conditioning hair
* Nourishing dry cuticles
* Calming skin irritations
* Conditioning dry hands
* Sealing in skin moisture
* Priming skin for makeup

All-Over Body Balm reminds me of Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15, on account of the lemony sugar scent. But for $6 more than Fresh’s cult classic, you get 21 additional usages.

Revolution Organics All-Over Body Balm is a Beauty.com exclusive and retails for $28.

Got Cracked Lips? Yu-Be Happy With This Product…

Posted on by daneen in Dry Skin, Lip Treatment, Lips, Moisturizer | 3 Comments

It’s getting downright chilly in Philly. In a matter of days, my lips started cracking up – like they’d been watching a Chris Rock comedy special. Luckily, I discovered Yu-Be, the #1 selling medicated, vitamin-enriched skin care cream in Japan.

yu be Got Cracked Lips? Yu Be Happy With This Product...Yu-Be is a Glycerin-based moisturizing cream enriched with Vitamin E, Vitamin B2 and Camphor. The uniquely high Glycerin content, achieved through a special manufacturing process in Japan, makes Yu-Be very effective on severely dry skin.

What sets Yu-Be apart from other lip treatments is the highly absorptive formula. Your thirsty lips will drink it in, and it will hydrate, heal and lock in moisture for hours. Yu-Be leaves behind soft, supple lips – without the greasy, balmy finish. Which means that, when your lips are especially jacked up, you needn’t choose between a cushy restorative treatment and a cute lip color. Just dab Yu-Be on and wait a minute…then swipe on your favorite lipstick or gloss, and you’re good to go.

In addition to curing cracked lips, Yu-Be also heals and prevents split cuticles and smoothes rough skin. Use it to soften calluses and hard, cracked heels. It replenishes lost moisture from frequent hand washing and minimizes scarring from burns. Even world-class mountain climbers from Japan use it to protect their skin from the harsh cold, wind, water and sun on expeditions to the top of Mt. Everest!

Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream To Go (1.25 oz tube) is the perfect size for tossing into your purse or taking on trips.

Shop Yu-Be at Amazon.com, Beauty.com, Sephora and yu-be.com.

Carissa’s Bridal Makeup Must-Haves: Day 6

Posted on by daneen in Bridal, Dry Skin, Exfoliation, Face | Leave a comment

fresh+face+polish Carissas Bridal Makeup Must Haves: Day 6
Carissa, writer and editor of Hooked On Beauty and professional makeup artist says:

Carissa Carissas Bridal Makeup Must Haves: Day 6No matter what I do, I can’t really cover dry, flaking skin. Brides should use a good exfoliant (one they’ve used before and know won’t cause a reaction) the morning of the wedding like Fresh Sugar Face Polish for smooth skin that glows.

To learn more about Carissa and her services, visit coloradoweddingmakeup.com.

PS – Don’t forget to enter the Ultimate Bridal Beauty Basket giveaway!



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