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Spoiling You Pretty Just Comes Naturally: Burt’s Bees Giveaway!

Happy Monday! If you’re a regular reader, you know that spoiling y’all pretty just comes naturally to me. So for consistency’s sake, I’ve teamed up with Burt’s Bees – to give you the gift of well-being for a prosperous and joyful holiday season and new year.

One lucky reader will receive:

Overnight Bee-Uty Bag
Sized for easy packing, this kit is the perfect gift for your favorite travelers. It ensures they’ll have all the naturally beautifying products they need to get their morning routine off to the right start wherever their travels take them. The kit contains Beeswax Lip Balm, Replenishing Pomegranate Lip Balm, Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Lotion, Peach & Willowbark Deep Pore Scrub, Coconut Foot Crème, and Lemon Butter Cuticle Crème.

Mint Medley Gift
Candy canes aren’t the only minty treats this holiday season. Tingly, invigorating peppermint makes this collection a favorite for the holiday season and beyond. With minty natural lip balms, washes and lotions, it’s a sweet gift for anyone on your list. The kit contains Beeswax Lip Balm tube, Beeswax Lip Balm tin, Fabulously Fresh Body Bar, Spearmint & Lime Body Wash, Peppermint Foot Lotion, and Peppermint tin.

Radiance Gift
Packed with moisturizing royal jelly, this collection of natural skin care products is designed to give her a glow all over. From waking up to renewed radiance in the morning to shimmering at night, this natural gift will keep her skin’s natural glow going all day long. The kit contains Radiance lip Shimmer, Radiance Day Crème, Radiance Night Crème, Radiance Body Wash, Radiance Body Lotion, and Bamboo Puff.

To enter, send an email to The subject line should read “Burt’s Bees Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, December 21st. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, December 22nd, 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!

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.”

Coconut 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,, Bath & Body Works, and

Jurlique’s New Biodynamic Beauty Range: Now Available at Sephora

Jurlique’s age-defying, high-performance Biodynamic Beauty Range is now available in Sephora’s Natural Section. The new facial skincare collection is clinically proven to deliver dynamically different results to help maintain and improve skin’s youthful properties and maintain hydrated, smooth, firm and radiant skin. The Biodynamic Beauty Range includes:

Eye Cream ($45): Helps treat fine lines, under eye puffiness and increase moisturisation. Botanical ingredients in the eye cream include Beech Tree Buds, Blue Algae, and Hibiscus, which firm the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The formula increases skin firmness in 88% of test subjects, and 71% of respondents noticed that the area around their eyes felt firmer after only six weeks.

Refining Treatment ($35): Helps enhance cell renewal, while gently uncovering a more even, luminous skin tone and glowing complexion. Botanical ingredients in the Refining Treatment include Willow Bark Extract, a naturally gentle source of Salicylic Acid, to help promote cell renewal, Apricot Seed Powder to help with the removal of dead skin cells, and Calendula for its skin soothing and healing properties.

Serum ($75): Diminishes the appearance of dark spots and discolorations; brightens and evens skin tone to enhance luminosity and clarity, and reduces fine lines and wrinkles for a smoother more youthful appearance with continued use. The formulation features Jurlique’s proprietary Biodynamic Blend of Black Elder and Licorice to combat puffiness, redness, help fade discolorations, and brighten skin for increased radiance. Clinically proven to reduce major signs of aging. In just six weeks, visible lines and wrinkles were reduced by 34%, 77% of users noticed firmer skin and 73% of respondents cited smoother skin.

Night Lotion ($55): Improves firmness, moisturisation and the appearance of wrinkles. Botanical ingredients in the moisturiser include Marshmallow for intense hydration and skin smoothing properties, and Calendula for soothing and calming the skin. An increase in skin firmness appeared in 89% of users and a high number of respondents reported a significant increase in moisturisation after six weeks of use.

“The range offers beneficial results of hi-tech, artificial anti-aging products – but with all natural formulations,: says Marie-Pierre Stark-Flora, Jurlique’s SVP of Global Marketing.

The Biodynamic Beauty Range is available at 12 Sephora locations throughout California’s Bay Area, Central California, Los Angeles and Orange County as well as online at and

Shower With Brad Pitt

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

Kiehl’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.

In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Are You The Winner Of The Eco-Friendly Bag?

The Eco-Friendly Handbag Giveaway was inspired by my BFF Jill, who is a vegan and all-around friend of the earth. And when buying food, clothing, accessories and cosmetics, she is very careful that her purchases are in line with her beliefs.

I can remember countless times when, during the course of our friendship, Jill fell in love with a product – only to discover that it was made with animals or very eco-unfriendly. So when I decided to do the In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway Week, I knew I had to throw some eco-friendly fabulousness in there, for good karmic measure.

The winner of Elezar’s Vivi Barrel Bag (which retails for $375) is Marley Ward!!!

Congratulations, Marley – you have also won Burt’s Bees Chemical-Free Sunscreen SPF 15, Aloe & Linden Flower After Sun Soother, Jurlique Sun Lotion SPF 30+, Jurlique Citrus Purifying Mist, and Tarte Double Dose Berry Boost & Gloss.

Thank to all of the sponsors for making this contest possible, and for spoiling Marley pretty.

And don’t forget to enter the other In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaways:

Felix Rey Clutch Giveaway – ends 7/3
BOYY Weekender Bag Giveaway – ends 7/4
Envirosax Beach Bag Giveaway – ends 7/5

Until next time…

In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Eco-Friendly Bag

Just because you care about the earth doesn’t mean that you should neglect your appearance. I am a firm believer that being an eco-friendly fashionista isn’t an oxymoron.

Take, for example, Elezar handbags. This summer, Elezar is expanding its collection of handbags to include a new vegan line, Vivi. Vivi bags match the beauty, sophistication and functionality of Elezar’s leather collection while providing stylish women with another fabulous form of expression. Vivi’s lush Ecouture materials mirror the luxury provided by Elezar’s leather bags, but is made from a unique, high-end biodegradable material found in Italy. The look and feel is not only luxurious, but the great functional shapes with a slight edge exude passion – from the old world feel of weaved fencing to the modern day ultra-chic chain handles. Elezar bags keep you organized, polished and always chic.

Today is day four of our In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway Week. So all of you haute hippies out there, here’s your chance to get spoiled pretty. Elezar’s Vivi Barrel Bag (which retails for $375) will be filled with the following summer essentials:

Burt’s Bees Chemical-Free Sunscreen SPF 15: This non-greasy formula provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and helps keep skin hydrated without using chemical sunscreen actives like octinoxate and oxybenzone. Instead, titanium dioxide, a naturally-occuring mineral creates a micro-fine barrier on your skin to reflect the sun’s harmful rays. The natural sunscreen is effective immediately upon application and safe for kids.

Aloe & Linden Flower After Sun Soother: Help overexposed skin chill out with this intensely hydrating, quick-absorbing face and body lotion. It’s packed with natural aloe vera and linden extract to soothe. Coconut oil, bee pollen and glycerin nourish your skin and help replenish its natural moisture. Your sun-kissed skin will feel revived, soft and healthy, naturally.

Jurlique Sun Lotion SPF 30+: This broad spectrum sun lotion is formulated to give extra protection against sun exposure. Suitable for all skin types.

Jurlique Citrus Silk Finishing Powder: A silky translucent facial powder that refines the complexion and helps absorb excess facial oil to reduce shine. Leaves the skin fresh and radiant.

Jurlique Citrus Purifying Mist: This clarifying mist is infused with the living energy of witch hazel and marshmallow combined with essential oils of tangerine and lemon to enliven and purify. Leaves the skin hydrated and refreshed. Ideal for rebalancing summer-induced oiliness.

Tarte Double Dose Berry Boost & Gloss in acai boost, acerola rush, go go goji, and pomegranate punch: Get a double dose of beauty and treatment. The inner berry boost is a t5 super fruit complex™ concentrated pigment that mixes with the outer high shine gloss. The result is a rich color that helps rejuvenate your lips. The formula is infused with vitamin C, peppermint oil, and shea butter – and is paraben-free, mineral-oil free, and phthalate free. With the purchase of every gloss, you’ll be helping to preserve the Amazon Rainforest through forest conservation, improved living conditions and educational opportunities for communities in Brazil. Tarte supports Sambazon’s Sustainable Acai Project (SAP), a member of the Organic Trade Association and the Fair Trade Federation.

To enter, send an email to Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Elezar Handbag Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Wednesday, July 2nd. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Thursday, July 3rd, 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.

And be sure to check out the other bag giveaways. You can enter all of the giveaways, but you can only win once. Good luck!

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