Because Shaving is the Pits: DERMAdoctor Gorilla Warfare Antiperspirant Giveaway!


My hair grows like a weed. Unfortunately, the hair of which I speak is not on my head. My legs and underarms give my razor a workout. If I shave in the morning, by afternoon, I've got stubble. And forget about skipping days...unless I want to look like Sasquatch. Getting rid of the hair is not only expensive (I CONTINUE READING

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: BlowPro Perfect Shower Cap


The shower and my chemically-straightened hair are frenemies. Every seventh day when I wash my hair, they get along great in a shampoo Shangri-la. But the rest of the week, I employ a shower cap to keep the steam from undoing the silky straightness. I have been wearing shower caps since I was a child, and I’ve tried them CONTINUE READING

Miss Oops is On Sale at HauteLook


I love Miss Oops fashion fixers and have been using them for years. If you wear clothes, you NEED to get acquainted with Miss Oops. All of those things that can and do go wrong with your wardrobe can be fixed by Miss Oops problem-solving products. Shirt revealing too much cleavage? Accidentally get a deodorant stain on your top? Are your CONTINUE READING

Get Catty With Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses


I've been searching for some cat eye sunnies for forever. On a whim, I bought these Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses from Shopbop - hoping that they wouldn't look too cartoonish. Even though I was afraid they'd be too large, I'm digging the oversized frames. They make a statement without overwhelming my face. And the cat eye shape is subtle, so it's not CONTINUE READING

Peep My Polish: Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Superstitious


Now that I have two kids - and the youngest being 6 weeks old - I needed to get better acquainted with quick-dry nail polish options. I hardly have time to do anything, let alone a DIY - so I needed to find some lacquers that fit my new lifestyle. Yesterday, while going my grocery shopping, I picked up Revlon CONTINUE READING

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

Hair Styling

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!

ZannClip Giveaway!!!

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zannclip ZannClip Giveaway!!!I am a giveaway fool.

This week, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Logics Color DNA System and Proactiv for two amazing giveaways. But after receiving a handful of enthusiastic emails about my ZannClip review, I felt compelled to throw a third contest into the mix. So three readers will win a ZannClip of their very own – in their choice of size and color!

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “ZannClip Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Wednesday, April 22nd. Three winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Thursday, April 23rd, 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.

Logics Color DNA System Giveaway!

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Logics+Color+DNA+System Logics Color DNA System Giveaway!This week, Spoiled Pretty partners with Logics Color DNA System for another amazing giveaway.

Hair becomes art with Logics Color DNA System’s introduction of four new stylers that allow you to fashion hair with lasting color vibrancy, mirror-like shine and silkened texture. The Logics Color DNA System styling collection works to defend pure tone color while creating art-inspired hair. The products feature Dual Net Affinity technology, which provides continuous protection against color-depleting forces from the environment and daily heat styling.

One winner will receive:

Gloss Balm: Defines, pieces and polishes as it reduces frizz and flyaways. Ceramide strengthens while B5 conditions.

Contouring Paste: Molds hair into freeform designs with supple separation, touchable texture and a matte/natural finish. Strong hold.

Geometric Design Gel: Weightless medium hold gel. Provides control and protection, shine and manageability. Ceramide helps strengthen hair while Vitamin E and UV help protect against external aggressors.

Aerial Liquid Volume: Specifically formulated for fine/normal hair. Pumps weightless volume, lasting lift and thickness into hair for full-bodied styles. Ceramide and Soy Protein help strengthen and reinforce fine hair.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Logics Color DNA System Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, April 19th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, April 20th, 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!

Since When Can You Sleep Soundly In A Hair Clip?

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zannclip Since When Can You Sleep Soundly In A Hair Clip?If you asked me, a week ago, to name my favorite tried & true hair accessory, I would have said my trusty hair elastic. Old elasty and I go way back and we’re thick as thieves. 99% of the time, I’m pretty unimaginative when it comes to my hair; Monday through Friday, then again on Sunday, my hair is pulled back into a ponytail – and my hair elastic does a pretty decent job of keeping my uninspired style in place.

But I’ve changed my tune, since being introduced to the ZannClip – an ingenious accessory that functions as a ponytail holder, barrette and hair clip…and looks sophisticated and chic whilst doing so. And here’s the kicker: one night, I fell asleep wearing the ZannClip – and awoke from peaceful slumber to find it still perfectly in place. At night, I’m all Princess and the Pea – the slightest noise or discomfort keeps me awake into the wee hours. Yet the ZannClip didn’t affect my quality of sleep. Plus, when I took my hair down, it didn’t leave any crimps or dents in my hair! So I could quickly re-style my hair without fussing or fighting the texture. How many hair clips can make those claims?

The ZannClip is available in three sizes and 14 shades…but I say, go for the gold (24 karat, that is) or platiunum plated. Play the video below to watch the ZannClip in action, then try NOT to buy it.

Mama Spoiled Pretty Don’t Like It…Rock The Rat Tail

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Lauren+rattail+1 Mama Spoiled Pretty Don’t Like It…Rock The Rat TailRemember that clip-in extensions video I posted last week? Recall how I braided one of the extensions and mixed it in amongst my curls? Well…later that day, I took it out and dared my sister, Lauren, to wear it as a rat tail on a trip to the mall. Mama Pretty was completely against it, which only served to up the proverbial ante.

To our mother’s chagrin, Lauren pulled her hair back in a bun and clipped the extension above the nape of her neck. My sister proudly rocked the rat tail at Banana Republic, Bloomingdale’s, Forever 21, the Willow Grove Mall food court and Walmart; she was the main attraction everywhere we went. Every time the rat tail would elicit a befuddled stare from passersby, Lauren and I howled with laughter.

My stylish sis has a habit of starting nonsensical trends (when she was nine, she made up a word that – thanks to my BFF Kristen – became part of the Princeton University vernacular). So if there is a resurrection of the rat tail, you know who to blame for raising this hair don’t from the dead.

Lauren+rattail+2 Mama Spoiled Pretty Don’t Like It…Rock The Rat TailBy the time I took this pic, Lauren’s hair was more deconstructed. You should have seen when the rat tail was in full effect. It was classic.

My First Curling Iron in Two Years: h2Pro

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spoiled+pretty+extensions My First Curling Iron in Two Years: h2Pro
Just in case you were wondering how I achieved the Giselle waves in my clip-in hair extension video, I’ll tell you…I used h2pro’s Ceramic Curling Iron. After two years of using my flat iron to straighten and curl, I decided that a curling iron might be a wise addition to my hair styling tool kit.

h2pro+curling+iron My First Curling Iron in Two Years: h2ProThe h2pro has an adjustable temperature setting range which is easily viewed on the digital LCD temperature display. Just be aware that the temperature is in Celsius, rather than Fahrenheit…so pay attention, or else your mane might be feeling the burn.

The curling iron also features an easy-to-use spring grip, 360° swivel cord, built-in kickstand, circuit breaker and cool-touch tip for safe styling. And despite my iron’s 3/4″ barrel, it delivered both perfect tight spirals and undulating waves!

Buy This Immediately: PhytoSpecific Extreme Shine Spray

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phytospecific+extreme+shine+spray Buy This Immediately: PhytoSpecific Extreme Shine SprayI want you to listen very carefully. I’m only going to say this once. Open up your wallet and take out $26. Take said bills to Sephora and exchange them for PhytoSpecific’s Extreme Shine Spray. I don’t care if the kids gotta eat. Who cares if the electric bill is past due? This is imperative, people. PhytoSpecific Extreme Shine Spray will make your hair gleam so bright, you won’t need no stinkin’ lights!

As I’ve said before, my hair is the black hole of shine. Over the years, I’ve amassed an arsenal of shine serums, creams, and sprays to compensate for my mane’s embarrassing dullness. But while they imparted shine, it was always pretty apparent that the sheen was a result of product placement – and not good genetics.

Fortunately, and thanks to PhytoSpecific, I don’t have that problem anymore. Extreme Shine Spray subtly coats hair with botanical extracts without weighing it down. Exotic karanja oil nourishes and protects, while comforting chamomile and sage work to tone and impart dazzling radiance. It’s formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, petro-chemicals and phthalates; so it enriches the look and condition of your hair.

If you’ve got lackluster locks, you MUST invest in PhytoSpecific Extreme Shine Spray. Just a few sprays of this finishing mist will have you believing in miracles. You’ll be blinded by the shine, and bowled over at how believable and effortless it appears.

I am so excited by this product that I wish I could gift each and every one of you with a sample. That’s how amazing it is…I just wanna share the shine. If I had an Oprah-esque bank account, this is the point where my elves would emerge and pass out gift bags filled with my new favorite thing. I’d be all, “And you get an Extreme Shine Spray, and you get and an Extreme Shine Spray, and you get an Extreme Shine Spray.”

Unfortunately, I can’t roll like that…yet. So until the money train pulls into the Spoiled Pretty station, you’ll have to reach into your own wallet (bills be damned) and buy your own can.

The PhytoSpecific line is also sold at Beauty.com.