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Thread Beauty Bar Giveaway!

thread+beauty+bar Thread Beauty Bar Giveaway!
A few months ago, my mom told me that she and my sister had gone to get their eyebrows threaded at this kiosk in the King of Prussia Mall. I had been dying to jump on the threading bandwagon, but didn’t really imagine my first foray into this ancient art of hair removal going down in the middle of a congested shopping center. I mean, no one needs to know about my moustache maintenance. I exaggerate, but you get my point. So at the end of my mother’s threading kiosk narrative, she tells me that, while standing in line, she met a woman with the most amazing eyebrows. “Did she get them done at the kiosk?” I breathlessly asked. My mom said no, that she had just opened her own day spa downtown. As is usually the case with Mama Spoiled Pretty, she couldn’t recall the pertinent details, like the name of the spa or the location. But she remembered the woman’s name…Dara. So I started sleuthing and soon solved the mystery.

For forever, if you were a phillie from Philly who wanted her arches threaded, it used to entail a trip to New York. And for years, Dara King made the 100 mile trip to maintain her enviable eyebrows. Weary of making the trek, this former Temple University business student hatched a plan for Philadelphia to catch up to her trend-setting big sis, NYC. Not only would she open a threading salon, she would become proficient in this art – and teach every one of the technicians who worked there. She would add manis/pedis, facials, and makeup application to the menu of services – using a range of botanically-based products. And as the icing on the proverbial cake, forget about scheduling a treatment in advance…because appointments aren’t necessary.

So thanks to Dara and her entrepreneurial vision, we Philly girls can save ourselves a trip on NJ Transit, Amtrak, or the Chinatown bus – because Thread Beauty Bar is right in our backyard!

Thread Beauty Bar, located at 1903 Chestnut Street, opened to rave reviews this spring…so on my lunch break one day, I walked on over to see what all the hype was about. The spa isn’t the easiest to find; the entrance to the 2nd floor walk-up is a little obscure. But once you ascend the stairs to this modern and spacious beauty oasis – you’ll fall in love with this hidden gem.

Even without an appointment, I waited less than ten minutes. My eyebrow shaping and upper lip threading took less than five. And, here’s the kicker – it only cost $20!

If you’ve never been threaded or haven’t seen how it’s done – here’s a crash course:

threading Thread Beauty Bar Giveaway!The process involves a piece of thread, and the ends are knotted together to make a circle. The thread is then twisted to form the shape of a bow tie and glided along the skin. As the unwanted hair comes in to the twist of the thread, it is lifted straight from the roots. Threading is an all natural method of hair removal and far superior to waxing because it doesn’t necessitate the use of nasty chemicals, which can burn and irritate skin. It’s also more precise than waxing, and you’d be amazed at how a simple piece of thread can result in such expertly shaped brows.

The sensation is beyond words…I can’t even begin to articulate. Oddly fascinating is the only way I can describe it. I’ve been waxed a ka-trillion times, so that process (and the pain that accompanies it) is old hat for me. And in the discomfort category, threading beats waxing every time. It’s a TKO. I wouldn’t even describe the feeling as pain…and it’s over so quickly that even big babies will be able to bite the bullet.

Thread Beauty Bar is open late (check the website for days and hours of operation) – so even after the hour strikes 7pm and Rittenhouse boutiques kick your shopaholic ass out, you can walk down the street and get prettified. And for parties of six or more, Thread offers birthday, bachelorette, bridal, girls night out, and corporate parties.

Because I can’t keep a good thing to myself, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Thread Beauty Bar for a giveaway! If you live in the Greater Philadelphia area, enter to win a $50 gift card to Thread Beauty Bar.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Thread Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Friday, September 12th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Saturday, September 13th, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning.

Good luck!

Gossip Girl Giveaway!!!

gossip+girl Gossip Girl Giveaway!!!
Bonjour, my pretties. Long time, no blog. Miss me?

After spending the holiday weekend in Seattle, I made it back to Philly just in time for the highly anticipated season premiere of Gossip Girl. The newest eppy “Summer, Kind of Wonderful” delivered the drama, picking right up where season one left off.

If you’re a fan of Gossip Girl, you understand that it’s more than just a television show. It’s a study in style…an Elle editorial personified. The series has some serious fashion cred, as evidenced by its guest appearances. Tonight’s episode featured Tinsley Mortimer (who made a cameo at the white party) and Michael Kors, who will guest in a fashion week-themed episode.

Last week’s giveaway fell through at the last minute…and I feel so awful about it that I pulled out all the stops, this time around. So this week, I’m spoiling you, Gossip Girl style…

Spotted: D hosting a giveaway at SP, in honor of the GG season two premiere!!!

Colette+Malouf+Edie+HB Gossip Girl Giveaway!!!Two lucky readers will each win two haute headbands, courtesy of Colette Malouf, dubbed the “undisputed queen of hair accessories” by New York Magazine.

Her name might not ring a bell, but there’s a good chance you’ve seen her work on Sex and The City, on the runways of Michael Kors and Derek Lam, and on the likes of Oprah, Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway.

Colette+Malouf+Linen+HB Gossip Girl Giveaway!!!The winners will channel their inner queen bees with Colette’s artistic accessories. The Grosgrain Edie Headband (top left) suits Blair, the preppy Park Avenue princess. Steal Serena’s Upper East Side style with the Linen Open Work Headband (bottom left).

gg+dvd Gossip Girl Giveaway!!!Winners will also receive Gossip Girl: The Complete First Season.

Relive the wit, romance, drama, mystery and scandal of season one with this 5-disc, 18-episode set of DVDs that also features:

* Gossip Girl 411 Featurette
* GG Couture Featurette
* A Gossip Girl Wedding Featurette
* Music Videos
* Gag Reel
* FREE downloadable audiobook of Cecily von Ziegesar’s bestselling novel, narrated by Christina Ricci!

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Gossip Girl Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, September 7th. Two winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, September 8th, 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.

You know you love me for this one.

xoxo,

Spoiled Pretty girl

ModelCo Giveaway Winners!!!

ModelCo Meringue and Airbrush Illuminser ModelCo Giveaway Winners!!!Watch out, JLo…Sydney Brougham, Rachel Campbell and Carina Zhong are about to show you how to glow.

These lucky lasses are the winners of the ModelCo giveaway. They will each receive:

* ModelCo Body Meringue: a revolutionary 4-in-1 product – and instant bronzer, shimmer and self-tanner with anti-cellulite benefits.

* ModelCo Shimmer Airbrush Illuminiser: this illuminising mist evenly covers your face and body – leaving your skin with a shimmery, youthful glow.

Thanks to everyone who entered. And special thanks to ModelCo for sponsoring the contest!

If you didn’t win this giveaway, you can still get glowing. ModelCo products are available at Sephora and modelco.com.au. Body Meringue and Shimmer Airbrush Illuminiser are among my top picks for summer – so trust me, you will not be disappointed.

Check back soon for our next giveaway!

Essie Fall 2008 Giveaway Winner

essie+fall+2008+collection Essie Fall 2008 Giveaway Winner
Congrats, Airody Vidhya Bhat! You are the winner of Spoiled Pretty’s Essie giveaway – and will receive Essie’s Fall 2008 collection, which includes:

Big Spender: Divinely lush red-violet
Forever Young: Fiery tango red
Lacy Not Racy: Velvety vintage burgundy
No Boundaries: Juicy passionate plum
Swept Off My Feet: Dusky rose seduction
Tomboy No More: Red currant truffle

Thanks, Essie, for spoiling Airody pretty. And thanks to all of you who entered. Be sure to enter the ModelCo giveaway for another chance to win some beauty booty.

Go For The Bronze: ModelCo Giveaway!!!

ModelCo+Meringue+and+Airbrush+Illuminser Go For The Bronze: ModelCo Giveaway!!!Like it or not, the summer is coming to an end. Before you know it, we’ll retire our sundresses and gladiator sandals to the recesses of our closets. But just because fall is almost here doesn’t mean that your summer glow has to fade away like the lazy days of summer. Oh no, girl. Didn’t you read my Summer 2008 Beauty Olympics post? In case you missed it, here’s the Cleland Notes* version…

ModelCo’s Body Meringue and Shimmer Airbrush Illuminiser won the gold and silver, respectively, in the Self-Tanner/Bronzer category. I was so blown away by these products that I couldn’t keep the excitement to myself. So Spoiled Pretty is teaming up with ModelCo for a giveaway.

Three readers will win:

* ModelCo Body Meringue: a revolutionary 4-in-1 product – and instant bronzer, shimmer and self-tanner with anti-cellulite benefits.

* ModelCo Shimmer Airbrush Illuminiser: this illuminising mist evenly covers your face and body – leaving your skin with a shimmery, youthful glow.

Each prize is a $68 value!

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “ModelCo Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, August 24th. Three winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, August 25th, 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.

Don’t miss this golden opportunity to go for the bronze. Good luck!

*anyone else a die hard Cosby Show fan?

Essie Fall 2008 Color Collection Giveaway!!!

Essie+Fall+2008 Essie Fall 2008 Color Collection Giveaway!!!
Earlier this week, I promised that I would be reviewing some of the hottest new makeup collections for Fall 2008. Yes…I realize I’m a wee bit behind. But I’ve been busy. And the Olympics have been distracting me. Then Amber and I got on the phone and talked forev. And now my throat’s a tore up mess.

But I’m making it up to you…with a fantabulously unexpected giveaway!!! Nothing like a beauty bribe to keep you coming back. You know you love me.

This week, I’ve joined forces with Essie to spoil one reader pretty with these cool jewel-toned nail polishes in the season’s hottest color palette. The collection compliments fall’s bold blast of color with six stunning shades ranging from rich, elegant reds to deep, luscious purples.

Essie’s fall 2008 nail color collection includes:

Big Spender: Divinely lush red-violet
Forever Young: Fiery tango red
Lacy Not Racy: Velvety vintage burgundy
No Boundaries: Juicy passionate plum
Swept Off My Feet: Dusky rose seduction
Tomboy No More: Red currant truffle

Each bottle retails for $8. Or purchase the full collection for $45. Or you could enter this week’s giveaway – and if you win, the entire collection would be FREE!

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Essie Fall 2008 Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Wednesday, August 20th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Thursday, August 21st, 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!

Oooh…and watch my very first video!!! But be sure to take your Dramamine before viewing…

Shobha Winners

Congrats to Jessica Harding, Adrian Rosen and Taryn Elise Travis…they are winners of the Shobha Giveaway!

ingrown+relief+lotion Shobha WinnersThese ladies have each won My First Brazilian Kit, a three-step kit provides Shobha essentials for maintaining the bikini area after hair removal, to ensure optimal upkeep for all those who bikini wax. They will also receive Ingrown Relief Lotion, Shobha’s one-step solution for hair removal aftercare that treats and prevents ingrowns without being harsh or drying.

Thanks to Shobha for sponsoring the contest!

And for those of you who are still waiting for your name to be called, be sure to enter the Fancy Giveaway – five readers will receive Jessica Simpson’s new fragrance! And if you live in the greater Philadelphia area and would like to throw a hair coloring party, sponsored by L’Oreal – click here!

Fancy Giveaway: Enter To Win Jessica Simpson’s New Fragrance!

jessica+simpson+fancy Fancy Giveaway: Enter To Win Jessica Simpsons New Fragrance!
Though Jessica Simpson’s new fragrance, Fancy, won’t be in stores until later this month, Spoiled Pretty is giving you a chance to nab a bottle of your very own…for FREE. So take that, everybody else!

Jessica Simpson Fancy 4 Fancy Giveaway: Enter To Win Jessica Simpsons New Fragrance!Created by perfumer Alexis Dadier of Mane Paris, this luminous dewy fragrance is all about floral femininity.

FANCY Jessica Simpson opens with the radiance of sparkling Pear and juicy Apricot Nectar wrapped with the glow of Red Fruits. The heart of FANCY is the captivating draw of dewy Gardenia laced with the delicacy of Night Blooming Jasmine. Toasted Almonds and Caramel notes provide a playful element. Creamy Sandalwood, infused with the sensual energy of Amber Crystals, unites with the embracing warmth of Vanilla Crème as FANCY clings to the skin at dry down.

Jessica Simpson Fancy 1 Fancy Giveaway: Enter To Win Jessica Simpsons New Fragrance!The fragrance itself is the color of blush champagne, a soft pink, the ultimate color of femininity.

I’m actually wearing Fancy right now, and I love the youthful (not juvenile) and yummy scent. This light, creamy floral will be the perfect scent to transition from hazy summer to crisp fall.

Five readers will receive a 3.4 oz. Eau de Parfum Spray, which retails for $59!

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Fancy Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, August 17th. Five winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, August 18th, 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.

Bonne chance!

Shobha Giveaway!!!

shobha+logo Shobha Giveaway!!!Spending summers with her grandmother in the city of Hyderabad, Shobha Tummala learned the secrets of Indian beauty, including ancient methods used for hair removal. “My grandmother made all my beauty products herself,” says Tummala. “Hair conditioner was created from crushed hibiscus petals picked from a tree in our backyard; soap from a mixture of shaved sandalwood and lentils. Moisturizer was just the cream from fresh milk.”

shobha sevices woman Shobha Giveaway!!!After graduating from Harvard Business School and working at a variety of businesses, Tummala founded three luxury New York City salons. The menu of services includes facials, threading, sugaring, waxing and henna.

The Shobha product line is a natural, pun intended, extension of the salons – putting a modern spin on India’s centuries-old beauty and well-being philosophies.

This week, Spoiled Pretty has partnered with Shobha for a giveaway! Three lucky winners will receive:

My+First+Brazilian Shobha Giveaway!!!
* My First Brazilian Kit: This three-step kit provides Shobha essentials for maintaining the bikini area after hair removal, to ensure optimal upkeep for all those who bikini wax. Includes hydrocortisone cream, Exfoliating Cloth, and Freshening Cloths.

ingrown+relief+lotion Shobha Giveaway!!!
* Ingrown Relief Lotion: Shobha’s newest product is a one-step solution for hair removal aftercare that treats and prevents ingrowns without being harsh or drying. The fast-absorbing lotion is free of parabens, color, and artificial fragrance. Glycolic acid exfoliates by removing dead skin, which can clog hair follicles and re-direct hair growth inward; Vitamin A improves skin tone and texture; Tea Tree Oil protects by naturally fighting off irritation; Glycerin keeps skin soft and hydrated; and Chamomile soothes and eliminates the tell-tale signs of post-hair removal sensitivity.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Shobha Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Tuesday, August 12th. Three winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Wednesday, August 13th, 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!

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