Archive of ‘Eco-friendly’ category

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.

Earlier 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

The Mother (Earth) of Green Giveaways Winner Announced

Congrats 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

Going 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.

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 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…

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, and

Spreegirl: Eco Chic Intimates

In 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.

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