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Ashes, Ashes, We All Get Smooth: MAC Future Earth

When I popped by my parents’ house today, I was warmly greeted by their housekeeper, Ruth, whom I haven’t seen in a while. “Marriage certainly agrees with you. You’re positively glowing,” she said.

Marriage to Mr. Spoiled Pretty is bliss…but I have to admit that MAC, not my man, is most likely responsible for my radiant skin.

MAC’s Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, from the Future Earth collection is made of natural volcanic ash and sugar crystals. When I twisted the cap off of the jar, the oily, mineral-rich scrub kinda reminded me of Primordial soup.

It doesn’t look like something you’d want to smear all over your face, but with its promises of softer, smoother, clearer and less-oily skin, I did just that. Not too cute, I know…but wait until you see your skin after you wash it off. Mwah!

The Prep + Prime Microfine Lip Refinisher is another product from the Future Earth collection that does double duty. This dual-sided lip stick exfoliates to scrub away scaly skin, and conditions lackluster lips. Pucker up!

Who’s Your Daddy: Clarisonic Giveaway!

Poor dads. Every time a holiday rolls around, you rack your brain to come up with the perfect present. But what does dear ole dad wind up getting? A necktie…a sleeve of golf balls…or some new power tools. How uninspired.

This Father’s Day, help dad get in touch with his softer side by giving him a tool he’ll actually use. My holy grail/essential beauty product, the Clarisonic Skin Care System, is now available in “graphite gray.”

Dad will love how using the Clarisonic to apply shaving lubricant ensures a closer shave with reduced razor irritation. And he’ll definitely be intrigued when you tell him that Clarisonic’s oscillating brush removes six times more dirt and oil than soap and water alone.

This limited-edition Clarisonic is now available at But one lucky reader will win a Graphite Gray Clarisonic, to spoil their dad handsomely. This prize is valued at $195!

To enter, send an email to Tell me what you love most about your dad, or what makes your spouse such a wonderful father. Attach a pic of you with your dad, or one of your spouse with your child(ren). I will be posting the photo of the winner…so don’t send a pic you don’t want published.

Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Clarisonic Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Saturday, June 14th. A winner will be chosen from among the entrants. On Sunday, June 15th (Father’s Day), 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.

Good luck!

One Step Manicure & Pedicure Giveaway!

Don’t you love how soft and smooth your feet feel after a day of walking on a wet, sandy beach? Well, if you’ve got 60 seconds to spare, you can recreate that beach-beauty feeling with Surgeon’s Skin Secret’s One Step Manicure & Pedicure Spa Treatments.

Using a unique combination of sea salts, beeswax, shea butter and botanical oils, One Step Manicure & Pedicure has a two-in-one formula that gently exfoliates and smoothes even the driest skin and cuticles – in less than 60 seconds.

Ideal for use on hands and feet, it’s available in three yummy scents (Lemon, Vanilla, and Sugar Cookie). I’ve recently discovered a new use for One Step Manicure & Pedicure. Rub it all over legs before shaving. Your stems will be so silky smooth, you almost won’t recognize them…and the product is so hydrating, you may be able to get away without lotion, post-shave.

It’s Monday evening, and you know what that means…time for a giveaway! This week, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Surgeon’s Skin Secret for a sweet giveaway. Twelve readers will win:

One 16 oz jar of One Step Manicure & Pedicure in Sugar Cookie


Four-Piece Gift Collection (in lemon): includes 4 oz jar of One-Step Lemon Manicure, .30 oz Beeswax Moisturizer Cuticle Stick, 2.5oz Surgeon’s Skin Secret Moisturizing Stick, and 8 oz tube of 25% Beeswax Cream.

To enter, send an email to Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Mani/Pedi Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, June 15th. Winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, June 16th, 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. & Canadian residents only.

Good luck!

Kate Somerville Coming To A Store Near You

Kate Somerville’s skin care products will soon be available at a store near you. This summer, the line will be popping up at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Henri Bendel.

Never tried Kate Somerville, but looking for a 1st product recommendation? Look no further than ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. This clinical-strength exfoliant decongests stubborn skin and improves a blah complexion. The active fruit enzymes eliminate dead skin cells, diminish bacteria and reveal a healthy, rosy glow.

According to Kate, it’s the next best thing to visiting her Los Angeles clinic – and it’s especially effective in combating acne and discoloration.

ExfoliKate comes in the most genius jar; it dispenses out the ExfoliKate without letting air in. Which means the product stays fresh, for effective exfoliation use after use. And ExfoliKate isn’t a time or labor intensive treatment. Use 1 to 2 times per week, apply in an even layer, leave on for 20-30 seconds, and wash off. You will notice a dramatically softer and smoother skin after just one treatment! I always use ExfoliKate a few hours before a date with Mr. Spoiled Pretty or a special event.

So be on the lookout for Kate Somerville in your neck of the woods. Having Kate this close has its pros and cons. On the one hand, your face has never looked better. On the other hand, this line has so many winners, your credit card will surely get a workout.

Kate Somerville is always available at

Mr. Sandman, Bring Me Smooth Skin

Get ready for summer with Bobbi Brown’s Beach, a collection of bath and body products that perfectly captures the atmosphere and attitude of summer. Beach Fragrance is a lightly intoxicating blend of Sand Jasmine, Sea Spray, and Mandarin. The Body Oil, Body Lotion, Shower Gel, Sunscreen Body Spray SPF 15 and Body Scrub share the same beachy scent.

My favorite item in the collection is the limited-edition Beach Sandbar Soap. Back by popular demand, this creamy bar soap has a luxurious lather, a fresh beachy scent (like ocean air and sunscreen), and it contains tiny grains of sand that clean, refresh and exfoliate the body all at the same time. The sandy side is especially effective on knees, elbows, and feet…but take it easy on more delicate skin. Plus, the bar looks super cute in the soap dish.

The Beach Sandbar Soap ($16) is selling like hotcakes, so get yours while supplies last. Buy a few just in case Bobbi decides to retire this perennial favorite. It’s still available at Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

MAC Future Earth

Earth-shatteringly lava-licious: the explosively earthy power of volcanic ash brought into one dynamic new all-black elements, Volcanic Ash Exfoliator. Formulated from volcanic ashes, this is the real thing – straight from world-famous island of Vanuatu. Naturally harvested from the ash of live volcanoes, this formula is mineral- and sulphur-rich. For absolutely deeply-cleansed, natural radiance, use one to three times a week. To bring your lips up to par: new Prep + Prime Microfine Lip Refinisher. A handy dual-action pre-makeup lip conditioner that exfoliates and moisturizes. Gives any lip color formula the perfect smooth base to work from. When it comes to great skin, this is where it’s happening: Future Earth.

Volcanic Ash Exfoliator
A highly effective foaming and exfoliating scrub containing natural volcanic ash and sugar crystals to cleanse and exfoliate the skin at the same time while adding moisture and leaving skin feeling soft and clean. Made with volcanic ash from Vanuatu, which contains sulfur from deep within the earth and has been used for centuries for the treatment of a wide variety of skin conditions.
Suggested Retail Price: $19.00

Prep + Prine Microfine Lip Refinisher
A dual-sided lip exfoliating stick with an exfoliator that helps to remove dry, flaky skin from the lips while a lip conditioner conditions and evens out lip texture.
Suggested Retail Price: $14.50

Charged Water
Charged water, fused with vital ions from a diamond and instilled with a spirit-lifting therapeutic aroma, then delivered to the skin in the soothing aura of revitalizing hydrating mist. Like its source – a diamond – on application it makes the skin feel clear, sparkling, pure and energized. Its aroma, a blend of green tea and citrus.
Suggested Retail Price: $19.00

Future Earth is available now at

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