Tatcha, I'm So Glad I Gotcha


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

Shopbop Sale: Take Extra 25% Off


  Take an extra 25% off select sale items at Shopbop.com until Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 11:59 PST. Enter code 25EXTRA at checkout. You're CONTINUE READING

StriVectin Tightening Face Serum Giveaway


Roll back the years with the NEW StriVectin “Roll Back the Years” Firming Collection - a trio of formulas that help to improve skin’s appearance. This three-piece set, which includes the StriVectin-TL Face Serum, the StriVectin-TL Body Cream and the new QVC exclusive StriVectin-TL Neck Serum Roller, helps skin appear firmer and softer on the face, body and neck. . The StriVectin CONTINUE READING

Bath & Body Works Cooling Gel Lotion Needs A New Name


A few weeks ago, I paid a visit to my local Bath & Body Works store. I was on the hunt for a tropical-smelling body wash that wouldn't break the bank, and B&BW seemed like a good place to search. When I entered the store, I was greeted my a really nice saleswoman who asked me what I was CONTINUE READING

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


Every month, my girlfriends from college and I get together for dinner in the Philadelphia area. We started this tradition about two years ago, and - of course - we have a great time catching up and reminiscing!  Most of them are product-obsessed (like me), and most have been through some sort of make-up introductory when we became "of age" to wear it.  Now CONTINUE READING

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2014: 20 Can't Miss Beauty Exclusives!


The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is in full swing. July 18th through August 3rd, shoppers nationwide will participate in what has been an annual ritual since the 1960’s. Vacation days are planned around it, lines form in anticipation of it – and it’s not only for the pre-season savings on fall fashion and accessories. During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, the Cosmetics department provides their devoted beauty customers the opportunity to scoop up unique limited-edition items from CONTINUE READING

Hair Styling

If You Have Hair, The Wet Brush is a Must Have

Posted on by daneen in Featured, Hair Styling, Hairbrush, Holy Grail, Tools | Leave a comment

the wet brush detangling If You Have Hair, The Wet Brush is a Must Have

For years, I have used an oversized wide-tooth comb to detangle my notoriously impossible to detangle post-shampoo hair. The amount of hair that would get caught in the teeth was somewhat alarming. But I chalked it up to the fact that I only wash my hair once a week – so maybe the hair loss really wasn’t all that bad. Detangling with the comb also took a long time and was kind of painful.

So when I heard about The Wet Brush, I contacted the company and requested a sample for review. They gladly sent me one – and, girls, I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s changed my life.

The first time I used it (which was a month ago), I was shocked. While it looks like an ordinary hairbrush, its bristles slip and slide through hair with ease – untangling even the most matted mess. Starting at the ends, I brushed my way up and was floored that the entire detangling process took half the time it usually does. And it was completely painless. Not to mention the amount of hair left in the brush was like one-tenth the size of the hairball that my wide tooth comb used to rip out of my head. Huzzah! CONTINUE READING

Pantene Truly Natural Hair Care Collection

Posted on by daneen in Conditioner, Featured, Hair, Hair Styling, Shampoo | Leave a comment

Pantene Pro V Truly Natural Relaxed Pantene Truly Natural Hair Care Collection

Because my hair is over-processed, dry and damaged, I only wash it about once a week. Which means that when I “do” it, I better do it right – or else my hair will look jacked for the next seven days. Forget a bad hair day; it’s more like a bad hair week for me. So when I’m offered the chance to review new hair product samples to review, I’m usually reluctant. But not this time, because it was Pantene doing the offering—and I’m a big fan of the brand.

A few weeks ago, Pantene reached out with an offer to send me one of their new-ish lines to review: Truly Relaxed or Truly Natural. I have chemically straightened hair and have used the Truly Relaxed products off-and-on for almost a year (they’re pretty fabulous), so I opted to try the Truly Natural line. Even though my hair hasn’t been in its “natural” state for almost three decades, the product descriptions contained important buzz words like “moisture,” “shine,” and “frizz control”—so I decided to give them a try.

Here’s what Pantene sent me:

Pantene Pro V Truly Natural Line Pantene Truly Natural Hair Care Collection

Pantene Pro-V Truly Natural Clarifying Shampoo is “designed to gently cleanse your hair’s unique structure and remove buildup—leaving it shiny, clean, and refreshed.” Overall, I really liked this shampoo. It effectively cleansed my hair, but was gentle while doing so. It smells fresh and I love that the formula is silicone, Paraben and dye-free.

Pantene Pro-V Truly Natural Deep Conditioner is an “oil-enriched conditioner that moisturizes and detangles natural hair. This conditioner can provide up to 72 hours of moisture, leaving hair so healthy it shines.”  Again, this product did exactly what it promised: it imparted moisture while really aiding in the detangling process (which is often a literal pain for me). The formula is lightweight enough that you could use it daily, if that’s your routine.

Pantene Pro-V Truly Natural Defining Curls Custard “works with your hair’s unique structure to define curls and control frizz up to 24 hours, even in humid weather. This styling custard leaves curls manageable and feeling soft.” Like I mentioned earlier, I don’t have curls. So I can’t really attest to how well this product will prevent ringlets from going rogue. But I will say that I applied this product sort of like I do other leave-ins (on towel dried hair before blow drying) and I think it gave me some extra moisture and styling hold. But note that the consistence is very light—not really like what you would expect from something called a custard.

Pantene Pro-V Truly Natural Shine Serum with Argan Oil is “a daily serum that provides intense moisture and a long-lasting brilliant shine. It leaves your hair soft, smooth, and protected and ready for any natural ’do!” My hair is the black hole of shine, so I absolutely love this product. I used it after blow drying to give me that healthy shine that my hair lacks. And, every other day, I added a pump of the serum to my regular styling cream to re-up my shine.

The Truly Natural Line also includes a Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner that “instantly cleanses, conditions, and detangles hair in one easy step without stripping the hair’s natural moisture. This low-lathering formula refreshes unmanageable curls and helps control frizz, leaving hair soft and shiny after use.” I really, really, REALLY wanted to try this product but it wasn’t sent to me for review. But I plan to pick up a bottle this week.

So the moral of the story is that, even if you don’t have natural hair, you can certainly use these products. I’ve personally used the products on my dry, chemically-straightened hair and found them to be gentle and very hydrating. My usually Sahara thirsty strands were hydrated, soft and silky. And at $5-8, the price point is nice too.

Learn more about Pantene’s Truly Natural and Truly Relaxed lines by visiting the Pantene website, Facebook page and YouTube channel.

 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Pantene through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Pantene Truly Natural, all opinions are my own.

Philadelphia Style Magazine Shares My Fall Beauty Faves

Posted on by daneen in Accolades and Honors, Beauty Tips, Dry Skin, Exfoliation, Featured, Foundation, Hair Styling, Hands, Highlighter, Lip Balm, Lips, Lotion, Skin Care | Leave a comment

Spoiled Pretty Philadelphia Style Magazine Philadelphia Style Magazine Shares My Fall Beauty Faves

A few weeks ago, Philadelphia Style Magazine interviewed me for a feature on their website. Since I’m a beauty junkie and can’t resist the opportunity to dish on my favorite products, the story evolved into “Daneen Baird of Spoiled Pretty’s 6 Fall Beauty Picks.” As a Philly gal (born and raised) and a big fan of the magazine (I made the print edition back in 2008 – less than a year after launching this blog), it was awesome to come full circle and to be profiled again. Here’s how they introduced me…

Beauty blogger extraordinaire and Philadelphia resident Daneen Baird knows a thing or two about putting your best face forward. At the helm of the award-winning website, Spoiled Pretty, Baird is constantly ahead-of-the-trend and in-the-know when it comes to the latest and greatest in beauty products and cosmetics. From nail polish reviews to insider tricks of the trade, Baird dishes it all with a bit of sass.

Click here to read the rest of the article and to get acquainted with the products I can’t live without for fall.

Corioliss White Microphone Paddle Brush

Posted on by daneen in Discounts, Hair, Hair Styling, Hairbrush | Leave a comment

Corioliss White Microphone Paddle Brush1 Corioliss White Microphone Paddle BrushHow adorbs is this Corioliss White Microphone Paddle Brush? It normally costs $25, but Rue La La has it on sale (in white and black) now for $15.50.

  • This brush has a perfect body shape for detangling and straightening out long hair types
  • The cushioned soft ball tip quills gently massage the scalp whilst brushing and the soft fluted handle molds to the hand
  • Anti-static rubber cushioned pad prevents fly-away hair
  • Unique, detachable flexible section pin allows easy sections with one hand

Rue La La membership is free…click here for an invite, courtesy of Spoiled Pretty.

L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Collection

Posted on by daneen in Conditioner, Fabuless Pick of the Week, Featured, Hair, Hair Styling, Shampoo | 6 Comments

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Fabulous products are available at every price point. And by that, I don’t mean that you can find some fairly decent prestige knockoffs at your local Target or drugstore. What I do mean is that there are many mass market beauty products that rival ones 10x their price. Case in point: L’Oreal’s new Advanced Haircare collection. Frankly, I think these products are in a league of their own.

I didn’t request samples from L’Oreal, so when a box of shampoos, conditioners and styling products showed up on my doorstep, I didn’t know what to make of them or what made them different/special…until I introduced them to my overprocessed tresses. Last weekend, I tested the following products:

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Advanced Haircare Power Moisture Rush Mask: Instantly infuses moisture into every strand. This mask, with its light and luxurious gel-like texture, transforms even dry, dehydrated hair into silky, soft and manageable strands. CONTINUE READING

Paul Mitchell Offers 1,440 Minutes of Mane Fame

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paul mitchell curls ad Paul Mitchell Offers 1,440 Minutes of Mane Fame

Ever heard the expression 15 minutes of fame?  The expression was coined in 1968 by Andy Warhol, who said that “In the future, everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes.”

Well, forget 15 minutes. That’s so 1968 (when Andy Warhol coined the expression). Paul Mitchell is seriously upping the ante by offering the curly girls of the world 1,440 minutes (24 hours) of mane fame!

Upload a picture of your Curl Confession on the Truth About Curls Facebook app, using the hashtag #curlconfession (and after you submit, enter your information for a chance to win the entire full-sized Curls product line, which will be awarded weekly). You can also submit your confession by posting your #curlconfession on Twitter or Instagram anytime before 11:59 EST on 11/14.

These Curl Confession photos will be projected on the hippest locales in New York and Los Angeles on November 15.  People who see the projections in-person (locations will be posted on the Paul Mitchell Facebook page) will be able to scan a QR code to enter for a chance to win fabulous prizes. If you can’t see it in person, projections will be streamed live, starting at 6pm EST on 11/15 for the NYC spectacle, and 6pm PST for the sister event in LA.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Paul Mitchell, however, all opinions expressed are my own.

Pump Up The Volume: TRESemme vs. Living Proof

Posted on by aimee in Featured, Hair, Hair Styling | Leave a comment

tresemme 24 hour body spray living proof full thickening mousse Pump Up The Volume: TRESemme vs. Living ProofHello, Spoiled Pretty readers!  I am so excited to be the newest contributor here at SP!  First, a little bit about me — I am a Korean-American woman, which means I have naturally poker-straight hair. The good part about my hair is that it’s low maintenance and manageable.  As for the downside, it’s lifeless and as limp as a wet noodle.  So what can a girl do about flat, melba-toast hair?

I recently had a body booster face-off with two products that promised to put some pep into my hair: TRESemme 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray and Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse. First up, the spray.  The spray comes blasting out of the aerosol can at 100 miles an hour, a la Aqua Net.  After a few seconds of spraying the product while hanging my head upside down I looked in the mirror and saw the Bride of Frankenstein looking back at me — body boosting indeed.  A quick run-through with the comb and my hair was under control with much more bounce than usual.

For a less dramatic boost to your do’, the mousse delivers just like any other mousse.  There is no dramatic unleashing as with the spray.  What sets this product apart is that it smells absolutely amazing and is so lightweight that you would never know any product is in your hair. That unwanted crunch that some products leave behind is non-existent after applying this mousse. CONTINUE READING

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