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Lauren Merkin for John Frieda Flyaway Tamer Clutch Giveaway

It’s been a while since I’ve organized a giveaway. It’s not for lack of wanting, it’s just that I’ve been super swamped. I promised myself that when I got the giveaway train rolling again, I was going big. So Spoiled Pretty’s first giveaway of 2012 is – quite literally – in the bag.

Her name is synonymous with the clutch, so it was only fitting that hair care authority John Frieda came to Lauren Merkin to design the perfect bags to house two of the latest style breakthroughs from the John Frieda brand: Luxurious Volume Anytime Volume Refresher and Full Repair Touch-up Flyaway Tamer.

Whether you want to pump up the volume or smooth down flyaways on the go, now the chic style solution is at your fingertips – and in a covetable clutch. To house Luxurious Volume Anytime Volume Refresher, John Frieda’s instant oomph infusion to revive style that falls flat, Lauren Merkin created a soft pouch clutch in gold snakeskin-embossed leather to match high-volume hair. Ideal for fine hair prone to flatness, Luxurious Volume Anytime Volume Refresher recreates volume at the roots by absorbing oils, instantly taking weight out of hair to give it lift. The translucent formula blends effortlessly to refresh hair and revive volume without a hint of residue. The result is fresh, full, high-volume hair, any time.

For a sleek way to stash Full Repair Touch-up Flyaway Tamer, Lauren Merkin designed a slim, rectangular taupe color patent leather clutch with red suede lining to complement glossy, smooth hair. Touch-up Flyaway Tamer polishes broken strands, smoothing flyaways and frayed ends with Inca Inchi oil, an omega 3-packed oil that weightlessly restores dry, damaged hair. Just brush the wand over dry, styled hair for on-the-go touch-ups and an instant boost of shine.

The Lauren Merkin for John Frieda Volume Refresher Clutch ($295) and Lauren Merkin for John Frieda Flyaway Tamer Clutch ($275) are available for purchase at laurenmerkin.com. But one lucky lady will win the Flyaway Tamer Clutch (FREE!) this week at spoiledpretty.com!!!

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below. Be sure to post your email, Twitter handle (make sure you’re following @spoiledpretty so I can DM you) or some other way for me to get in touch if you win. The contest is open to U.S. residents only.Contest ends on Monday, January 9 at 5pm ET. I’ll announce the winner then. Good luck!

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Clairol Nice 'N Easy Color Blend Foam

Turning 30 is traumatic for a lot of women. I didn’t reallysweat it. I’ve always felt young at heart and, when I try, I can easily passfor a mid-to-late 20-something.
It was only this spring – a few months shy of my 33rdbirthday – that I started to feel old. One night as I was washing my face, Inoticed an albino hair in my bangs. I quickly plucked it to inspect it moreclosely.

It was only half white, so I convinced myself that this hair was afreak of nature that somehow got half bleached.

A few weeks later, I found a half dozen more “bleached”hairs and had an all-out panic attack. I mean, seriously – those suckers weremultiplying like Gremlins after a midnight snack. It wasn’t just that I was comingto terms with getting older – but going gray is a huge deal. Once you go gray,coloring your hair isn’t just for fun. It becomes a PITA part of your routine,for the rest of your life – like shaving. Between my job, this blog, being a momand a wife, my to-do list is already never-ending. So the thought of having onemore thing to do nearly sent me over the edge.
All I can say is thank God for Clairol. At the height of mygray hair freak out, Clairol contacted me and asked if I would be interested inreviewing their new Nice ‘N Easy Color Blend Foam. Um, yes please!
So this weekend while I was stuck in the house (thanks to HurricaneIrene), I cemented my Foambassador status by washing the gray outta my hair. 
Nice ‘N Easy Color Blend Foam was supereasy to apply, took hardly any time at all, and the results are fabulous.
Before
Before
First of all, it’s perfect for busy women and moms, likemyself.  All you have to do is pour thehair color into a bottle of activator, shake it up, squeeze the bottle todispense the foam and apply all over your hair. Unlike traditional hair color,there’s no drippy mess because the foam stays exactly where you put it. This firstpart of the process takes about 5 minutes. 
Once you pour the color into the bottle of Activator, it foams up.
After you put the pink nozzle on the bottle, you squeeze the foam into your hand like so.
Lettin’ the color marinate.
Then you let the color process for25 minutes before rinsing out. Finally, you apply the ColorSeal ConditioningGloss and rinse again. And voila – shiny, dimensional color that also coversgrays for 8 weeks.
After
So shiny! Though it looks almost exactly like my natural dark brown color, it’s much richer and warmer than usual.

I took this pic outside so you could appreciate how shiny and multidimensional the results are.

Clairol Nice ‘N Easy Color Blend Foam is available in 18shades and retails for $8.99-9.99 at drugstores and mass market retailers.

Note: While this was a sponsored post and Clairol compensated me for my time, all opinions are 100% my own.

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Bed Head Foxy Curls Styling Iron Giveaway Winner!

Congrats to the winner of the Bed Head Foxy Curls Styling Iron Giveaway – C and C girl.

She has won the Bed Head Foxy Curls 1-1/4 Inch Tourmaline Ceramic Conical Styling Iron, which creates softer, shinier, natural looking curls and waves – without frizz. The iron heats up in just 30 seconds, and the temperature dial has multiple heat settings that can be adjusted to suit your hair texture. The cool tip lets you get a grip, without fear of burning your fingers. And forgetful gals will appreciate the iron’s automatic shutoff feature – which powers down after an hour.

Many thanks to Bed Head for sponoring this contest. And stay tuned for Spoiled Pretty’s next giveaway, which will be revealed very soon!

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Bed Head Foxy Curls Styling Iron Giveaway!

Bed Head Foxy Curls 1-1/4 Inch Tourmaline Ceramic Conical Styling Iron creates softer, shinier, natural looking curls and waves – without frizz. The iron heats up in just 30 seconds, and the temperature dial has multiple heat settings that can be adjusted to suit your hair texture. The cool tip lets you get a grip, without fear of burning your fingers. And forgetful gals will appreciate the iron’s automatic shutoff feature – which powers down after an hour.

To catch some Gisele-esque waves, follow these instructions:

For a looser curl at the ends, take a 2-inch section of hair and put the end under the kink-free mini clamp. Hold the iron at a vertical angle and rotate it, wrapping the hair tightly around the barrel. Hold the iron in this position for a few seconds, depending on your hair type. Release the clamp and pull the iron out from the center of the curl. For a looser curl at the roots, place hair closest to the roots under the mini clamp and wrap hair down the barrel, leaving the ends out. Repeat this process until your desired look is achieved.

Natural curls are never uniform in size or direction – so to create “maybe she’s born with it” ringlets, it’s best to alternate curling methods. Once you’ve finished your entire head, let the curls cool and then gently shake them or loosen them by finger combing.


This week, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Bed Head and giving a Foxy Curls Styling Iron away to one lucky reader. To enter, leave a comment below. Be sure to post your email, Twitter handle (make sure you’re following @spoiledpretty so I can DM you) or some other way for me to get in touch if you win. Contest open to U.S. residents only.

Contest ends on Friday, July 22 at 5pm ET. I’ll announce the winner then. Good luck!

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