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My Favorite Skin Care Products EVER: Amala

amala+skincare My Favorite Skin Care Products EVER: Amala

It’s really difficult to admit this, but I used to be very dismissive of natural and organic beauty products – particularly skin care. I used to believe that I needed to patronize products with harsh chemicals to get my problem skin to act like it had some sense. In fact, I would often joke that I didn’t care what damage a product did to my insides, as long as my outsides were looking good.

But I’ve done a complete 180 since discovering Amala, a luxurious collection of skin care and body care products with 100% natural formulas.

amala+purifying+moisturizer My Favorite Skin Care Products EVER: AmalaEarlier this month, I began testing Amala’s new Purify line – for Earth Day editorial consideration. Purify is a collection of products formulated for oily and acnegenic skin types. The products help control excess oil and shine, clear clogged pores, and prevent and heal blemishes and blackheads with treatments inspired by the healing plants and flowers of Eastern Asia.

So for three weeks, I’ve been religiously using the Purifying Gel Cleanser, Purifying Face Polish, Purifying Toner, and Purifying Moisturizer. And I have to say that besides feeling like I’m indulging in an extravagant spa treatment every time I use these citrus-scented products, my skin hasn’t looked this good in years.

My acne is now very mild, if not practically nonexistent. And my skin is so radiant that many of my friends have remarked about the drastic improvement in my complexion.

While Amala’s Purify price tag isn’t exactly recessionista-friendly (products range from $30 to $136), these products are, in my expert opinion, an absolute steal for the results you’ll see.

I am so enamored with the Purify line that I want to tell every person I meet about this brand. I would gladly be the company’s spokesperson and do commercials – because I feel so strongly about how the treatments have transformed my skin. Hell, I’d do it for free…in exchange for a lifetime supply of this stuff.

Amala is available at Barneys New York and amalabeauty.com.

The Mother (Earth) of Green Giveaways Winner Announced

kaia+cleansing+cloths The Mother (Earth) of Green Giveaways Winner AnnouncedCongrats to Vanessa Mehal, winner of the Mother (Earth) of Green Giveaways! Vanessa has won some of my personal natural and eco-friendly faves, which I gabbed about on the NBC 10! Show last week.

Lucky Vanessa is about to get spoiled pretty by:

John Masters Organics Blood Orange & Vanilla Body Wash and Body Milk, Cargo PlantLove 100% Natural Origin Baked Illuminator, Kaia 3-in-1 Sustainable Bamboo Cleansing Cloths, Tarte Be Good To Your Mother (Earth) Tote Set, and Zoya Ooh-La-La and La-Di-Da Nail Polish Collections.

Many thanks to the sponsors for generously donating products for this contest. Vanessa and I thank you!

Don’t miss out on other chances to get spoiled pretty with free beauty booty. Click here for more opportunities to win!

Kiss My Face Giveaway

kiss+my+face+cleanser Kiss My Face GiveawayGoing green shouldn’t be a fad that is forgotten when Earth Week comes to an end. So, moving forward, I intend to highlight the best natural, organic, and eco-friendly beauty products, year-round.

This week, Spoiled Pretty has teamed up with Kiss My Face for a green giveaway.

The Kiss My Face Potent & Pure Facial Care system combines the latest scientific research with beneficial botanicals, vitamins, extracts and minerals. The line can be tailored to meet the needs of all skin types, including aging and acne prone skin.

The Potent & Pure products cleanse, treat & moisturize skin, and the line’s packaging is comprised of 65% post consumer corrugate & produced in a facility that utilizes wind power and water soluble inks. Kiss My Face has eliminated paper leaflets in their Potent & Pure system. Instead of the traditional “how-to” with leaflets, Kiss My Face created video tutorials on the system with real Kiss My Face fans.

potent+and+pure+chart Kiss My Face Giveaway

Two readers will win the entire Potent & Pure organic skincare system. Winners will be able to choose between Normal/Dry and Normal/Oily systems.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name, mailing address, and skin type (Normal/Dry or Normal/Oily). The subject line should read “Kiss My Face Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, May 3rd. Two winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, May 4th, 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 only.


Winner of the E.C.O. Sunglasses Giveaway

If You Are What You Eat…

josie+maran+plumping+lip+gloss If You Are What You Eat...
If you are what you eat, then I guess you can call me Josie Maran Plumping Lip Gloss. Instead of irritants or stimulants which cause lips to temporarily swell, this gloss relies on gentle but effective marine collagen to pump-up pouts for lasting results. Available in six shimmery shades (if you buy one, make it Freedom – a sheer golden rose), Josie Maran Plumping Lip Gloss has a dulce de leche flavor that’s lip smacking delicious!

Every time I put it on, I get the urge to just lick it all off. And when I do (which is quite often), I don’t have to worry about what I‘m ingesting – because the gloss is formulated with organic and natural ingredients (including Josie’s signature ingredient, 100% pure organic Argan oil) and doesn’t contain parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrance, or phthalates.

Josie Maran Plumping Lip Gloss is available at select Sephora stores, sephora.com and josiemarancosmetics.com.

Spreegirl: Eco Chic Intimates

coconut+bra+and+grass+skirt Spreegirl: Eco Chic IntimatesIn search of eco-friendly fashion? A coconut bra and grass skirt are not your only wardrobe options.

Sustainable style has come a long way, baby.

Case in point: Spreegirl, a line of too cute intimates and loungewear, made from bamboo and coconut.

Check out my girl Sydne’s blog, Think Thru Fashion, for the lowdown on this eco chic line.

Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme Giveaway

spoiled+pretty+green+week+small Burts Bees Coconut Foot Creme GiveawayI’m cuckoo for Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme. It’s the foot product I measure all others against…and nothing ever comes close to this dream cream.

This pampering natural foot treatment combines coconut oil, lanolin and vegetable glycerin to revive and rejuvenate even the driest, most neglected feet. There’s also a hint of natural rosemary and peppermint oils to refresh tired feet.

For a luxurious way to treat your tootsies, soak feet in warm water for 10-15 minutes and rub gently with a pumice stone. Massage Coconut Foot Creme onto your feet, paying close attention to heels and calloused skin. Then cover your feet with cotton socks overnight to soothe and seal in moisture.

burts+bees+coconut+foot+creme Burts Bees Coconut Foot Creme GiveawayWhen you wake up, you’ll swear that the magical foot fairy made a late-night house call.

I am so nuts about the Coconut Foot Creme that I’m teaming up with Burt’s Bees – and we’re giving ten tubes away. Yay!

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Coconut Foot Creme Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Wednesday, April 29th. Ten winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Thursday, April 30th, 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 only.

Good luck!

Lancôme Goes Green: Juicy Tubes PURE

spoiled+pretty+green+week+small Lancôme Goes Green: Juicy Tubes PURELancôme invents its first true lip gloss from nature, Juicy Tubes PURE, Premium Unique Raw Elements.

The formula has 95% natural origin ingredients and 100% natural origin flavors. Formulated with naturally-derived oils and shea butter (it’s also paraben free!), Juicy Tubes PURE provide high shine color and great comfort on the lips. Fans of the original Juicy Tubes will find this formula less sticky.

Limited edition Juicy Tubes PURE are inspired by images in nature and the environmentally friendly carton is 100% recyclable material – a Lancôme first!

lancome+juicy+tubes+pure Lancôme Goes Green: Juicy Tubes PUREFour shades (Strawberry Patch, Red Peppermint, Wild Berry and Lavender Zen) are exclusive to Sephora. The other six (Rose Water, Ginger Root, Sweet Soy, Rose Nectar, Bare Honey and Cherry Tree) can be found at all Lancôme counters, boutiques and lancome-usa.com.

Lancôme’s new blog is giving away a full set of all ten PURE glosses in honor of Earth Day. Click here to enter the giveaway. Contest ends Friday, April 24, 2009.

Check out Amber’s natural product pick of the day over at Beauty Blogging Junkie!

Earth Day Giveaway: ĕ∙sen∙cia by Samy Salon Systems

spoiled+pretty+green+week+small Earth Day Giveaway: ĕ∙sen∙cia by Samy Salon SystemsThe essence of healthy hair meets the power of style with ĕ∙sen∙cia by Samy – the newest collection from Samy Salon Systems. This complete line of 100% vegan, natural and organic shampoos, conditioners and styling products is designed to indulge your tresses and senses.

Key botanicals and extracts synergize in natural formulas free of sulfates, parabens and phthalates – that can strip hair’s natural protective layers and fade color – resulting in shiny, luxe locks and longer lasting color. Specially formulated with certified organic ingredients, ĕ∙sen∙cia by Samy is kind to your hair, your skin and the environment, making it a perfect fit for all.

In celebration of Earth Day, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Samy for a giveaway. Three winners will receive the entire ĕ∙sen∙cia by Samy collection, which includes:

esencia Earth Day Giveaway: ĕ∙sen∙cia by Samy Salon SystemsWhite Lotus Hydrating Shampoo with Barley and Nettle: Gently cleanses while barley and nettle infuse moisture into each strand, making hair soft, silky and manageable. Hydrating botanical extracts smooth and calm frizz.

Mandarin Citrus Volumizing Shampoo with Horsetail and Wheat: Gently cleanses while horsetail extracts strengthen and thicken fine hair; wheat proteins infuse weightless texture for extra body, fullness andbounce.

White Lotus Hydrating Conditioner with Barley and Nettle: Barley and nettle gently moisturize and replenish hair by smoothing and sealing the cuticle, producing brilliant shine and a high gloss finish.

Mandarin Citrus Volumizing Conditioner with Horsetail and Wheat: Horsetail extracts strengthen and protect fine, fragile hair from damage by increasing elasticity while wheat proteins provide weightless volume and body.

Coconut Conditioning Treatment with Shea and Sweet Almond: The ultimate intense conditioning treatment that works instantly on the hair and scalp; shea butter nourishes and moisturizes while sweetalmond oils strengthen and smooth leaving locks silky and shiny.

Rosemary Natural Hairspray with Flax Seed and Jojoba: A hairspray that creates flexibility without stiffness, for all hair types; features break through technology with pine resin and flax seed for lastinghold, jojoba for healing and moisturizing, and rosemary extract for workable hold and high shine.

Pomegranate Styling Mousse with M­­arshmallow and Yarrow: A non-aerosol foaming mousse, formulated with Pomegranate fruit extract containing several highly antioxidant properties, marshmallow for conditioning, and yarrow for volume; protects hair and transform lifeless locks while strengthening and increasing elasticity.

Vanilla Styling Crème with Macadamia and Sunflower: Macadamia nut and sunflower seed oils nourish and moisturize hair and provide style, control and texture; ideal for dry and damaged hair.

Sandalwood Liquid Pomade with Aloe and Avocado: Medium to strong hold pomade formulated with aloe to moisturize the hair and scalp and avocado to condition and shine for a flake-free finish.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Samy Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Tuesday, April 28th. Three winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Wednesday, April 29th, 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 only.

Good luck!

Celebrate Earth Day By Saving Some Green at Jaqua

jaqua+buttercream+frosting Celebrate Earth Day By Saving Some Green at JaquaJaqua believes in giving back to the planet: from using recyclable packaging to allowing their headquarters to be the official hub for organic farmers to deliver their organic fruits and vegetables. The vendors they choose to work with are environmentally friendly. They exercise environmentally responsible purchasing, such as using virgin paperboard (to protect “Old Growth Forests”) and utilizing earth-friendly vegetable inks, as well as recycling. And none of Jaqua’s products are tested on animals.

At Jaqua, they like to say, “Pink is the new Green!” So in honor of Earth Day 2009, save 40% through Sunday on EVERYTHING PINK at Jaqua . Now through Sunday, save on all things Pink. That includes Buttercream Frosting, Raspberry Buttercream Frosting, and Pink Champagne.

Enter promo code GREEN4U at checkout. Sale ends on April 26, 2009.

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