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

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Kristen Stewart Lets Her Hair Down

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kristen+stewart+dark+hair Kristen Stewart Lets Her Hair DownThe other day, I posted some photos of Twilight star Kristen Stewart’s new cropped, black coiff.

In those pics, her hair was pulled back and she seemed a little camera shy about revealing her new short cut.

But today, Kristen let her hair down – proudly rocking her Joan Jett inspired shag/mullet. It also appears that she’s embracing the role through her wardrobe.

kristen+stewart+black+hair+1 Kristen Stewart Lets Her Hair Down

kristen+stewart+black+hair+2 Kristen Stewart Lets Her Hair Down

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Photos: gossipcenter.com

I Can’t Stand The Rain, Against My Window

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living+proof+no+frizz I Cant Stand The Rain, Against My Window

Thank heavens for umbrellas and No Frizz by Living Proof. In Philadelphia, it seems like it’s been raining for 40 days and 40 nights. Seriously, I’m about ready to build me an ark.

For my review of No Frizz, click here. Spoiler alert: these products are supa dupa fly.

2nd Day Hair: Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment Spray

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Pop quiz, hot shot. How many times a week do I wash my hair per week?

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that more than one shampoo every seven days would have me looking like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (I picked him cuz he’s pretty). My hair’s just so dang fine and brittle.

On day one, my hair is looking okay. 24 hours post-shampoo, my hair is looking quite fab…if I do say so, myself. But on the seventh day, my tresses are looking tore up and terrible. At the end of the week, I have to coat my hair in creams, balms and shine serums just to comfortably walk down the street without eliciting ‘who let the crazy girl outta the asylum?’ stares. And even then, I need to pull my hair back into a ponytail to prevent nature from taking its disastrous course.

ojon+restorative+hair+treatment+spray 2nd Day Hair: Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment SpraySo I’m elated to report that I’ve found a product that gives me a 2nd day hair look on day seven!
Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment Spray
is enriched with Ojon and Swa oils, and infuses hair with a nourishing dose of omega 3, 6, and 9 essential fatty acids while adding shine. It can be used daily (and even layered throughout the day) without weighing hair down or causing buildup.

Basically, it’s Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment in a fine mist formula. You spray it on dry hair, and it’s like a wake-up call for dry, damaged and/or limp locks…reviving your style and imparting weightless sheen. For additional volume, just flip your head upside down and spray the root area. One thing to note: this product is not a hairspray; it doesn’t give hair any hold whatsoever. So if that’s what you were hoping for, too bad. It’s great for someone like me who doesn’t wash her hair every day, because it means you can spray day after day without leaving your hair crispy and crunchy.

Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment Spray is a QVC exclusive, so don’t bother trying to track down a can elsewhere.

Next up on my Ojon shopping list…

Restorative Leave-in Treatment: Replenish much-needed moisture to your hair with this leave-in restorative gel. Packaged in a pump bottle, it uses Ojon and Swa oils to add shine and hydration to hair. Dispense one to three pumps into your palm, and rub hands together. Apply evenly throughout damp hair. Finish with a blow dryer or let your hair air dry.

Restorative Pre-Cleansing Treatment: This product is billed as the Restorative Hair Treatment, in a super-concentrated, in-shower formula. Before shampooing, emulsify a quarter-sized amount between your palms and apply to dry or damp hair. Comb hair gently from roots to ends to distribute evenly, and leave in for up to five minutes before rinsing. The founder of Ojon says the Restorative Pre-Cleansing Treatment is so amazing that it eliminates the need for conditioner!

In the words of Black Eyed Peas’ front man, will.i.am: “Gotta get get.”

On Newstands Now: InStyle Hair Issue

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instyle+hair+issue+leighton+meester On Newstands Now: InStyle Hair Issue

If you’re hair obsessed (yeah, I’m talkin’ to you, Amber), you must pick up InStyle‘s new hair issue. The mag’s 129 pages are chock full of tips, celebrity looks, and product finds from hair pros.

My mane man, Ted Gibson, contributes…which makes this issue an absolute must-read. I love me some him. Check out Ted’s blog over at DailyMakeover.com.

ĕ∙sen∙cia by Samy Giveaway Winners!

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esencia ĕ∙sen∙cia by Samy Giveaway Winners!Congratulations to Molly Capel, Kathe Elwell and Jennifer Schroeder.

They will soon receive ĕ∙sen∙cia by Samy – the newest collection from Samy Salon Systems. This complete line of 100% vegan, natural and organic shampoos, conditioners and styling products is designed to indulge your tresses and senses.

Special thanks to Samy for sponsoring the giveaway!

If you didn’t win but still wanna get spoiled pretty, be sure to enter the latest contest – sponsored by Kiss My Face.

Don’t Hate. Appreciate. Oprah’s Hair is 100% Hers!

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oprah+natural+hair Dont Hate. Appreciate. Oprahs Hair is 100% Hers!Ever since Oprah started styling her hair in a sleek blowout, people have been wondering if her mane was unbeweavable.

Well, the big O set the record straight on Friday’s eppy of her talk show:

“Am I wearing a weave? Everybody’s like, ‘Oprah, we love your weave.’ This is not a weave, this is my hair.” And to prove that she speaks the truf, Oprah shared this photo of her mane in all of it’s natual glory. “This is what my hair looks like. This is me before it gets pressed and curled in the morning,” she continued.

Gail’s response? “Yowza!”

Earth Day Giveaway: ĕ∙sen∙cia by Samy Salon Systems

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spoiled+pretty+green+week+small Earth Day Giveaway: ĕ∙sen∙cia by Samy Salon SystemsThe essence of healthy hair meets the power of style with ĕ∙sen∙cia by Samy – the newest collection from Samy Salon Systems. This complete line of 100% vegan, natural and organic shampoos, conditioners and styling products is designed to indulge your tresses and senses.

Key botanicals and extracts synergize in natural formulas free of sulfates, parabens and phthalates – that can strip hair’s natural protective layers and fade color – resulting in shiny, luxe locks and longer lasting color. Specially formulated with certified organic ingredients, ĕ∙sen∙cia by Samy is kind to your hair, your skin and the environment, making it a perfect fit for all.

In celebration of Earth Day, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Samy for a giveaway. Three winners will receive the entire ĕ∙sen∙cia by Samy collection, which includes:

esencia Earth Day Giveaway: ĕ∙sen∙cia by Samy Salon SystemsWhite Lotus Hydrating Shampoo with Barley and Nettle: Gently cleanses while barley and nettle infuse moisture into each strand, making hair soft, silky and manageable. Hydrating botanical extracts smooth and calm frizz.

Mandarin Citrus Volumizing Shampoo with Horsetail and Wheat: Gently cleanses while horsetail extracts strengthen and thicken fine hair; wheat proteins infuse weightless texture for extra body, fullness andbounce.

White Lotus Hydrating Conditioner with Barley and Nettle: Barley and nettle gently moisturize and replenish hair by smoothing and sealing the cuticle, producing brilliant shine and a high gloss finish.

Mandarin Citrus Volumizing Conditioner with Horsetail and Wheat: Horsetail extracts strengthen and protect fine, fragile hair from damage by increasing elasticity while wheat proteins provide weightless volume and body.

Coconut Conditioning Treatment with Shea and Sweet Almond: The ultimate intense conditioning treatment that works instantly on the hair and scalp; shea butter nourishes and moisturizes while sweetalmond oils strengthen and smooth leaving locks silky and shiny.

Rosemary Natural Hairspray with Flax Seed and Jojoba: A hairspray that creates flexibility without stiffness, for all hair types; features break through technology with pine resin and flax seed for lastinghold, jojoba for healing and moisturizing, and rosemary extract for workable hold and high shine.

Pomegranate Styling Mousse with M­­arshmallow and Yarrow: A non-aerosol foaming mousse, formulated with Pomegranate fruit extract containing several highly antioxidant properties, marshmallow for conditioning, and yarrow for volume; protects hair and transform lifeless locks while strengthening and increasing elasticity.

Vanilla Styling Crème with Macadamia and Sunflower: Macadamia nut and sunflower seed oils nourish and moisturize hair and provide style, control and texture; ideal for dry and damaged hair.

Sandalwood Liquid Pomade with Aloe and Avocado: Medium to strong hold pomade formulated with aloe to moisturize the hair and scalp and avocado to condition and shine for a flake-free finish.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Samy Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Tuesday, April 28th. Three winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Wednesday, April 29th, 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!