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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

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StriVectin Tightening Face Serum Giveaway


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Laura Mercier Master Class: Makeup Bag Must-Haves in Your 30s


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Exfoliation

DERMAdoctor Giveaway Winner Writes Back!

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dermadoctor+kp+duty+scrub DERMAdoctor Giveaway Winner Writes Back!Suri, winner of the DERMAdoctor giveaway, just wrote back to rave about the DERMAdoctor KP Duty Body Scrub she won as a prize:

Hey Daneen. It’s Suri, the winner of the DERMAdoctor. Just wanted to let you know I received it and tried it last night on my upper arms where I have KP. Amazing! My skin was sooo soft and the texture already started feeling smoother. I’m so happy I got a chance to try this. Thanks!!

Stay tuned for the next Spoiled Pretty giveaway. The next contest is just around the corner.

Once You Go MAC Style Black, You Never Go Back

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mac+style+black+collection Once You Go MAC Style Black, You Never Go BackHaven’t you heard? Black is the new black.

For the past six months, I was anxiously counting down the days until September 24th. Not because it was my birthday, but because I had insider information that MAC was re-releasing its Volcanic Ash Exfoliator as part of the Style Black Collection. If you’re a Spoiled Pretty regular, you’ve probably heard me mention it once or twice…or, possibly, a million times. That’s how much I adore this scrub.

I’ve tested an excessive amount of exfoliants, so it takes a serious scrub to even get my attention…and the Volcanic Ash Exfoliator is, hands down, the best EVER. Yes, I said ever – as in since primordial soup ’til today.

Originally released as part of MAC’s Future Earth collection last summer, it became a cult classic. Those who missed out were singing the shoulda woulda coulda’s. And those who got a taste were wishing they could jump in a DeLorean, rev up the Flux Capacitor and go back to June 2008 and snag a lifetime supply. I fell into the second category, rationing my Volcanic Ash Exfoliator like it was a bag of beans on a season of Survivor.

spoiled+pretty+volcanic+ash+exfoliator Once You Go MAC Style Black, You Never Go BackNow that MAC has answered my prayers (and even packaged it in a convenient tube), I’ve stocked up and I suggest you do the same. It’s already sold out on maccosmetics.com, so I suggest you do your best Sherlock Holmes impression and sleuth that sh*t out (hint: Macys.com and Nordstrom.com still have it in stock).

And don’t just buy one lonely tube. Ah, naw. by the time you buy one, try it, and realize you can’t live without it, exfoliating fools will have wiped out the supply. So just trust me on this one, act like you’re at Costco, and buy in bulk.

The Style Black collection also includes these other gems:

spoiled+pretty+mac+style+black Once You Go MAC Style Black, You Never Go Back

Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask, $19.50
Formulated with volcanic ash and natural oils, this ash-black facial mask simultaneously deep-cleanses and treats the skin. When water is added, the mask heats up and the oils instantly lubricate the skin, leaving it feeling soft and clean. Helps keep skin moist, clean, soft and evenly textured.

Mineralize Eye Shadow, $19.50
Cinderfella: Mineralize black with silver pearl (frost)
Gilt By Association: Mineralize black with gold bronze pearl (frost)
Blue Flame: Mineralize black with blue pearl (frost)
Young Punk: Mineralize black with pinkish purple pearl (frost)

Cream Colour Base, $16.50
Black: Creamy true black
Bat Black: Blackened burgundy with pink pearl

Penultimate Eye Liner, $16.50
Rapidblack: True black

Greasepaint Stick, $17.50
Intense black

Eye Kohl, $14.50
Smolder: Intense black

Cremesheen Lipstick, $14
Black Knight: Creamy true black

Mattene Lipstick, $14.50
Night Violet: Deep purple grape
Midnight Media: Dense matte black

Glimmerglass Lip Gloss, $18
Bling Black: Sheer black with gold pearl (as seen at NYFW Fall 2009)
Blackfire: Sheer black with pinkish purple pearl
Blackware: Creamy true black

Nail Lacquer, $12
Seriously Hip: Black with gold particle pearl
Baby Goth Girl: Black with pinkish purple pearl
Nocturnelle: Black as night black

214 Short Shader Brush, $23


The Style Black collection is now available at MAC counters, stores and maccosmetics.com.

Winners of the DERMAdoctor Giveaway

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dermadoctor+kp+duty+scrub Winners of the DERMAdoctor Giveaway

Congrats to Suriyati Barnes and Faith Perfecto, winners of the DERMAdoctor giveaway. These ladies have won the best body scrub ever, DERMAdoctor’s KP Duty Body Scrub. This amazing exfoliator acts as a chemical peel and microdermabrasion session in one – leaving skin resurfaced, retexturized, soft, smooth and radiant. I am 100% confident that Suriyati and Faith will love it as much as I do!

Many thanks to DERMAdoctor for spoiling these readers pretty. Stay tuned for your next chance to win. The contest I have cooked up for later this week is hot like fiya!

Until then…

DERMAdoctor Giveaway

Posted on by daneen in Bath and Body, Contest, Exfoliation, Giveaway, Holy Grail, Scrub | Leave a comment

dermadoctor+kp+duty+scrub DERMAdoctor GiveawayRemember the DERMAdoctor KP Duty Body Scrub I told you I can’t live without? Well, I don’t want you to exist without it either. Which is why I am partnering with DERMAdoctor for a giveaway! We’re hooking up two lucky winners with the BEST SCRUB EVA!

Up for grabs are two 16 oz tubs of this amazing body exfoliator. It acts as a chemical peel and microdermabrasion session in one – leaving skin resurfaced, retexturized, soft, smooth and radiant.

To enter the giveaway, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “DERMAdoctor Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, August 30th. Two winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, August 31st, 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.

Good luck!

Best Body Scrub Since Ever!

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dermadoctor+kp+duty+scrub Best Body Scrub Since Ever!There really aren’t enough superlatives in the English language to adequately describe how I feel about DERMAdoctor’s KP Duty Body Scrub. It has got to be the best body scrub ever…and I dare someone to prove me wrong. After using it, my skin rivaled my pal Julia‘s; which, if you met her, would convince you to go out an buy KP Duty this very second.

KP Duty is a dual-action chemical and physical exfoliator that blends the best of a chemical peel and microdermabrasion into a single, easy-to-use treatment. Dermatologist-recommended chemical exfoliants dissolve the glue that cements epidermal cells together, while non-abrasive synthetic beads lift away dead skin cells without inflicting trauma to the epidermis. So, in layman’s terms,this product runs circles around that scrub you’ve got sitting on the edge of your tub.

To use, apply a small amount of the scrub to dry skin and gently massage it in with your fingertips. Rinse, pat dry, and marvel at the smoothness. You won’t believe that the skin you’re touching actually belongs to you.

I’m an exfoliating fool, so when I say KP Duty is the best I’ve ever tried and you NEED to try it too, you know this is sage advice. I really can’t say enough wonderful things about this scrub. It’s one of those rare beauty products that comes along once in a blue moon and blows you away. Use it on arms to reveal skin you never knew was underneath there. Use it on legs for the closest shave you’ve ever had. Use it all over to remind your man why he got with you in the first place.

Quite simply, it’s life changing.

DERMAdoctor KP Duty is available at Sephora and dermadoctor.com.

*This product is not intended for use on the face or for those with sensitive skin. But it works wonders for those of you who suffer from dry skin and/or keratosis pilaris (a common skin disorder typified by “chicken skin” or bumpiness on the surface of the skin).

Rescue Rittenhouse Spa: I Wanna Be Sedated

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rescue+rittenhouse+spa Rescue Rittenhouse Spa: I Wanna Be Sedated

Lately, it seems like I’ve been around the world and I I I, I can’t find my sanity. So I decided to visit Philadelphia’s famed Rescue Rittenhouse Spa for some R&R wrapped up in a little TLC. Rescue Rittenhouse has some amazing summer treatment specials* going on right now, so I opted for the Massage plus Sugar Scrub.

Since it was a two-fer, I assumed it was going to be a rushed rubdown with a smidgen of a scrub- a-dub tacked on to the end. Quite the contrary…it was a marathon massage session so relaxing that, at one point, I had to catch myself from drooling. Seriously, Massage Therapist Alycja will put you in a comatose state.

Everything about her technique was just perfect – from the pacing to the amount of pressure to the amount of massage oil to the temperature of the hot towels…it was Goldilocks’ dream come true. And I swear that when I closed my eyes, Alycja sprouted more fingers, because it was like her hands were everywhere at once.

I wasn’t expecting to enjoy the sugar scrub as much as I did because exfoliation isn’t usually a relaxing experience. But as she rubbed the grapefruit/lemongrass/peppermint-scented scrub over my body, I slipped into a deeper level of sedation. The sugar crystals sloughed away months of dead skin and I emerged from the treatment with a brand new epidermis. I can’t stop touching my skin because I can’t believe it’s mine. No exaggerating…it hasn’t been this soft and smooth since 1978.

*Rescue Rittenhouse Spa’s summer beauty specials ($100) are good through 8/31 and include:

1. Buff and Bronze and Designer Eyebrow Shaping
2. Massage and Salt or Sugar Scrub
3. Brazilian Bikini Wax and a Perfect 10 Manicure and Pedicure
4. Classic Rescue Facial and Designer Eyebrow Shaping

Visit rescuerittenhousespa.com for other spa services.

Rescue Rittenhouse Spa
255 South 17th Street
Second Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Spa Concierge: 215.772.2766

MAC Paints It Black For My Birthday

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spoiled+pretty+volcanic+ash+exfoliator MAC Paints It Black For My BirthdayI don’t usually enjoy knowing what I’m getting for my birthday. But I think I’ll be able to find it in my heart to forgive MAC for opening its lipglass lacquered trap a few months early.

Turns out that the highly-anticipated Style Black collection will be released on my birthday. What makes this such a treat is that the collection will resurrect my favorite scrub of all time…like a phoenix rising from the ashes!

Since last spring’s limited edition Future Earth collection, I’ve been rationing my Volcanic Ash Exfoliator like it was a bag of beans on a season of Survivor. With no idea that MAC had intentions of bringing this beauty gem back from the dead, I’ve been reserving this primorial soup-esque scrub for special occasions. But now that I know I can stock up come September (you’ve never seen hoarding like the kind I’m gonna do this fall), I’m gonna indulge in a little Volcanic Ash scrub-a-dub on a weekly basis.

Mark your calendars for September 24th, when these babies hit real and virtual shelves. Take it from me…you definitely don’t wanna play the ‘shoulda woulda coulda’ game with this holy grail scrub.

The Style Black collection also includes:

mac+style+black+collection MAC Paints It Black For My Birthday

Lipstick ($14)
Black Knight: Creamy true black (Cremesheen)

Mattene ($14.50)
Midnight Media: Dense matte black
Night Violet: Deep purple grape

Glimmerglass ($18)
Bling Black: Sheer black with gold pearl
Blackfire: Sheer black with pink purple pearl
Blackware: Creamy true black

Mineralize Eye Shadows ($19)
Cinderfella: Black with silver pearl
Young Punk: Black with pink purple pearl
Gilt by Association: Black with gold bronze pearl
Blue Flame: Black with blue pearl

Grease Paintstick ($17.50)
Black: Intense black

Penultimate Liner ($16.50)
Rapidblack: True black

Eye Kohl ($14.50)
Smolder: Intense black

Cream Colour Base ($16.50)
Black: Creamy true black
Bat Black: Burgundy black with pink pearl

Nail Lacquer ($11)
Nocturnelle: True black (cream)
Seriously Hip: Black with gold particle pearl (frost)
Baby Goth Girl: Black with pink and purple pearl (frost)

#214 Short Shader Brush ($23)
Short, rounded, double-chiseled brush with soft, natural bristles. Can be used with shadow to line and smudge around the lash line and very effective for densely shading lids.

Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask ($19.50)
Heats when mixed with water to remove impurities from skin.

 MAC Paints It Black For My Birthday
Remember my sneak peek of Bling Black Glimmerglass at Donna Karan, Fall 2009?
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