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Aveda Shampure Soy Wax Candle Giveaway!

 Aveda Shampure Soy Wax Candle Giveaway!
If you’re a regular reader of Spoiled Pretty, you probably remember a review I wrote a few weeks back – extolling the virtues of Aveda’s Shampure Soy Wax Candle.
It might be a stretch to call the Shampure Candle the best-smelling candle of all time – considering, well, I’ve only been on this earth to judge for 31 years. But I’m going to give it that title anyway because I dare someone to find me one more wonderfully fragrant. I triple dog dare you.
This candle smells so good, I want to petition Aveda to create a body wash, lotion, perfume and hand cream in the same scent (they already have a Shampure shampoo and conditioner – which are on my “next to try” list).

The aroma of 25 pure flower and plant essences – including certified organic lavender, petitgrain and ylang ylang – soothes the senses. And the candle, housed in a 95% recycled glass holder, burns cleanly and completely for up to 50 hours.

aveda shampure candle Aveda Shampure Soy Wax Candle Giveaway!
I’m not content to enjoy this candle solo – so, in honor of Earth Day (April 22) and Natural Woman Week, I’ve teamed up with Aveda to share two with you!
Two winners will receive Aveda’s Shampure Soy Wax Candle – and I dare them to tell my challenge my ‘best-smelling candle of all time’ theory.

To enter the giveaway, leave a message in the comments section; make sure to leave your email or another way for me to get in touch, just in case you get lucky. Contest is open to U.S. residents only. The giveaway ends at noon (EST) on Tuesday, April 27, 2010. Good luck!

And don’t forget to enter Spoiled Pretty’s other Earth Day-inspired beauty giveaways!

Aveda Shampure Soy Wax Candle: Simply the Best

aveda+shampure+candle Aveda Shampure Soy Wax Candle: Simply the Best

I am way past due on my spring cleaning – and, as a result, my apartment looks like an episode of Hoarders: Buried Alive. But despite the clutter, it smells and feels like Clean House up in here, thanks to my Aveda Shampure Soy Wax Candle. Seriously, light the wick and you’ll be amazed at how the fragrance instantly transforms a stifled space into a peaceful retreat.

I’m a connoisseur of candles and the Shampure Candle is one of my absolute favorites. Its calming aroma of 25 pure flower and plant essences – including certified organic lavender, petitgrain and ylang ylang – relaxes and soothes me at the end of a particularly hectic day. Even Mr. Spoiled Pretty raves about the scent.

At $30 for a 9.7 oz candle (which burns for 50 hours), this one is kinda pricey…but it smells so fantastic that I gladly buck up. On the upside, the Shampure Candle is refillable and refills will only set you back $19.

The only way I can see improving upon this candle is if Aveda were to sell it in bulk. Aveda, are you listening? I want to buy in bulk. One Shampure Candle is just not enough.

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

Kiehls+Creamy+Eye+Treatment+with+Avocado Kiehls Creamy Eye Treatment with AvocadoOkay, I’m about to get honest…real honest. As a beauty expert, it pains me to admit this, but I just started using eye cream. I know, I know…31 is a little late to the crows feet prevention partay. But I’m lazy, and I’m especially bad at regularly applying skin care products – particularly ones that are preventative and don’t yield immediate results. Besides, my parents are pushing 60 and they don’t have wrinkles, so I’ve been betting on good genes.
But I recently discovered an eye cream that has made me change my ways. Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado is amazing. Chock full of avocado, beta carotene and shea buttery goodness, it moisturizes the delicate eye area without migrating into eyes or irritating; even those with sensitive skin will love this product. It has a creamy, concentrated texture that skin just drinks up – so you need not worry about it sitting on top of skin or interfering with makeup application. All of the above benefits are fine and good, but here’s what I love about the eye cream: when you rub it in, it releases a cool burst of water. It’s so cool…if Bill Nye The Science Guy did a beauty segment on his show, this would totally be one of the products he’d highlight.

Every time I apply Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, I look forward to that slight splash of water. It never gets old for me, and that’s what keeps me applying every day. So despite my laziness, I’m using my love of gimmicks to help me beat crow’s feet.

I can’t believe my eye cream. It’s fantabulous…and you’re gonna love it too!

Make Up For Ever HD Blush: Buy This NOW!

make+up+for+ever+hd+blush Make Up For Ever HD Blush: Buy This NOW!Make Up For Ever’s new HD Blush is one of the best blushes I’ve ever tried – and you know that, when it comes to makeup, I get around.
I am absolutely enamored with MUFE’s HD Foundation, so when I heard about the new blush, it went straight to the top of my makeup must haves list. And lemme tell you, it does not disappoint. First of all, it is very pigmented, which means a little goes a long way…but not so crazy bold that you end up looking like Bozette the Clown. I also love its creamy texture, which is ideal for the warmer weather that is upon us. Another plus of the cream consistency? No need for a makeup brush…all you need is your fingers. But if you want a really professional look, the beautyblender sponge applies like a dream.

The real reason to love HD Blush is the fact that it looks, well, real. Even up close, it appears as if you’re actually blushing – not wearing something to mimic a radiant glow. It blends seamlessly and lasts all day (and night). Oh, and did I mention that it comes in 14 amazing shades? Make Up For Ever sent me samples of #4 (Walk of Shame) and #6 (Quickie) and I love them both. I wear the first when I’m going for a cool toned makeup look, and it looks amazing; when I’m going in a warmer direction, I wear the latter. Though these are the only shades I’ve tried, I can imagine that most of the colors would be universally flattering because they apply so fantastically well and can be layered for intensity.
make+up+for+ever+hd+blushes Make Up For Ever HD Blush: Buy This NOW!

The only unfortunate thing about this product is that, for now, it’s playing hard to get. I’ve visited two local Sephora stores and, to my dismay, the MUFE display does not yet include the HD Blushes. For the time being, you can purchase on sephora.com (and, luckily, the swatches on the Sephora website are pretty accurate).

Spoiled Prettiest: Best of Beauty 2009

spoiled+pretty+best+of+beauty+2009 Spoiled Prettiest: Best of Beauty 2009

Welcome to 2010, ladies. Before we move on to another year of straightforward product reviews, genius makeup tricks, industry news, money-saving tips, and fabulous giveaways – let us take a moment to look back.

You know how the old saying goes…in order to know where you’re going, you need to know where you’ve been. So here’s a Spoiled Pretty beauty retrospective. Before I kick off another beauty-full year, get acquainted with some of the best products I reviewed in 2009…

Face
TEMPTU Airbrush Makeup System
Revlon Colorstay Mineral Mousse Makeup
LORAC TANtalizer Baked Matte Satin Bronzer SPF 15
MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation
Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation

Eyes
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils
COVERGIRL Smoky ShadowBlast
Stila Smudge Pots
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara

Lips
MAC Dazzleglass in She-Zam
MAC Dazzleglass in Phiff!
La Mer Lip Balm

Hair
Ojon Restorative Pre-Cleansing Treatment
Aveda Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener
Barbar 1900 Tourmaline Cordless Combo
PhytoSpecific Extreme Shine Spray
No Frizz by Living Proof

Nails
Zoya Color Lock System
OPI Nail in My Private Jet
Dashing Diva Gelife Manicure
Seche Vite

Skin Care
Clinique Comfort On Call Allergy Tested Relief Cream
REN Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel Mask
Amala skin care products
Clinique Face Scrub for Men
Avon Anew Clinical Advanced Dermabrasion System
Philosophy On A Clear Day skin care products

Bath & Body

DERMAdoctor KP Duty Body Scrub
Bath & Body Works Triple Moisture Shower Cream and Body Cream
Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant/Anti-Perspirant
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturizing Gel Oil
Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap
Aquaphor
Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion
John Masters Organics Blood Orange & Vanilla Body Wash and Body Milk
Kai Body Buffer

Fragrance
Jo Malone Vanilla & Anise Cologne
Donna Karan Cashmere Mist
Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche Eau de Toilette
L’Instant de Guerlain

Beauty Tool
Beautyblender Sponge
MAC 219 Pencil Brush
Darac TourQuam 3-D Sculpting Brush
Q-Tips Vanity Packs
ecoTools 5 Piece Brush Set
Schick Quattro TrimStyle Razor

Other

Godiva Home Fragrance Collection
Felix Rey Cosmetics Cases

Clinique Comfort On Call Allergy Tested Relief Cream

clinique+comfort+on+call+allergy+tested+relief+cream Clinique Comfort On Call Allergy Tested Relief CreamA few weeks ago, my skin just up and decided to stage a mutiny. My upper body broke out in a rash. From my hairline all the way down to my torso, I was covered in itchy, sandpaper-like bumps (I now suspect eczema was the culprit). My lips didn’t even escape unscathed; they were bumpy and inflated to almost twice their normal size. And on the worst day, my left eye was so swollen and droopy, I looked like a female Forest Whitaker.

As the days wore on, the bumps started to dry out and my skin became dessicated and extremely flaky. It was as if I was a snake, shedding an exoskeleton. The dryness of my face was unbearable. With every facial expression or movement of my mouth, it seemed like my skin would literally tear; it was so painful. Up until this point, I had only been using Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser – as it was all that my traumatized skin could handle. But it begged for more, so I dug through my skin care arsenal looking for a moisturizer substantial enough to quench my skin’s thirst, but gentle enough not to send it into another tizzy. I hit the jackpot when I came across a sample of Clinique Comfort On Call Allergy Tested Relief Cream that the brand sent me a few months ago to review.

I can’t say enough wonderful things about this cream. My skin is the true testament. After just a few days of using Comfort On Call Allergy Tested Relief Cream, I started to recognize the reflection in the mirror again. And now that the rash (and its remnants) are almost gone, I continue to apply the cream after cleansing in the AM and PM.

According to Clinique, I’ve got their “exclusive, patent-pending Enviro-Soothe™ Complex” to thank for soothing and saving my face. Clinique also promises that when “used over time, it strengthens skin’s lipid barrier to support natural healing.”

Comfort On Call Allergy Tested Relief Cream also works wonders on dry, cracked hands. I can’t think of a better winter skin care pick than this one; it earns Holy Grail status. If you suffer from reactive, sensitive or dry skin, you’d be a smart gal to add it to your shopping list.

Clinique Comfort On Call Allergy Tested Relief Cream is available at clinique.com, Sephora, Bloomingdale’s, and Nordstrom.

I TEMPTU. Do You?

 I TEMPTU. Do You?

I recently received the TEMPTU Airbrush Makeup System to test and review for Spoiled Pretty, and I’m really dreading having to give it back. That’s how amazing it is. Watch the video to find out why I’m awarding TEMPTU with ‘holy grail’ status.


TEMPTU is a great holiday beauty gift (the recipient would love you forever). The TEMPTU Airbrush Makeup System is available at Sephora and costs $225. A duo of foundation pods (there are 12 shades) costs $55. Blush pods (4 shades) are $30 and highlighter pods (4 shades) are $35 each.

For more expert gift picks, check out Spoiled Pretty’s 2009 Holiday Beauty Gift Guide!

Rebecca Minkoff Black Friday Weekend Online Sale!

rebecca+minkoff+stud+devote Rebecca Minkoff Black Friday Weekend Online Sale!

rebecca+minkoff+stud+devote+handbag Rebecca Minkoff Black Friday Weekend Online Sale!Rebecca Minkoff’s Stud Devote handbag (above) is my handbag soulmate. I am OBSESSED with this bag, and you can see why. If I could design the perfect purse, this would be it. I love its modern sophistication with rock and roll edge.

The Stud Devote is a conversation piece. Every time I wear it, strangers stop me on the street. In fact, earlier this week when I swung by my local Starbucks to pick up a Caramel Brulee Latte (soy, no whip), a woman stopped me to ask who made the bag and where she could buy her own. At $550+, depending on where you purchase, this bag packs quite a pricey punch. But with a handbag this gorgeous, it’ll be the only one you care to carry.

Now through Monday, November 30th, Rebecca Minkoff is hosting a Black Friday sale; she’s slashing prices on her collection. The Stud Devote (in Almond, Papaya, Plum and Steel) is $400 – down from $695. Hit up the sale now…quantities are limited.

Also, this entire weekend, Rebecca Minkoff is raffling off three bags a day! So don’t miss out on some seriously chic arm candy.

 Rebecca Minkoff Black Friday Weekend Online Sale!
Me with my beloved Stud Devote handbag

If you love the look of the Rebecca Minkoff tote, but your purse strings are a little tight, this one by Deux Lux is a budget friendly alternative.

Urban Decay’s 4 Limited Edition Eye Pencil Shades Now Available in Full Size!

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Four Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils that were only available in mini versions as part of the 24/7 Sets and 24/7 Super Stash Set are now available in FULL SIZE. The new shades include:

urban+decay+binge+24+7+eye+pencil Urban Decays 4 Limited Edition Eye Pencil Shades Now Available in Full Size!
Binge: navy blue

urban+decay+crash+24+7+eye+pencil Urban Decays 4 Limited Edition Eye Pencil Shades Now Available in Full Size!
Crash: deep plum with teeny silver glitter

urban+decay+mildew+24+7+eye+pencil Urban Decays 4 Limited Edition Eye Pencil Shades Now Available in Full Size!
Mildew: deep green

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Oil Slick: black with teeny silver glitter

24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($17) are worth every penny, and then some. They are my weakness. Stock up at urbandecay.com.

Check this sneak peek at Urban Decay Spring 2010.

Carol’s Daughter Best Tressed Hair Set: Holiday Beauty Gift Guide

carols+daughter+best+tressed+gift+set Carols Daughter Best Tressed Hair Set: Holiday Beauty Gift GuideThis holiday beauty gift pick is for that follicularly challenged chick in your life. We all have that relative or friend whose hair is so dry, damaged or downright ratnesty that we’re compelled to help. So this holiday season, instead of hooking her up with a cute hat, buy her the Best Tressed Hair Set from Carol’s Daughter.

Like the right pair of shoes, a hairdo can make or break your outfit. Starting off with gently-cleansing Rosemary Mint Shampoo with Sea Moss for dry hair is a wise choice. Layer in moisture with Black Vanilla Leave-in Conditioner. Hair Milk, a light solution for brittle hair, adds luster with the help of lemongrass and ylang-ylang. The essential oils of sage and rosemary in Lisa’s Hair Elixir help combat dry hair and scalp while peppermint gives a refreshing tingle. Mimosa Hair Honey, an herbal-infused pomade, improves manageability and tames fly-aways so that the only thing catching anyone’s eye is your gorgeous hair!

I just tried Carol’s Daughter hair products tonight, for the first time. And let me tell you…they are just as awesome as everything you’ve heard. I’m extremely embarrassed to be so tardy for the Carol’s Daughter hair party; so I’m not just jumping on the bandwagon – I’m getting behind the wheel, y’all. After using the products in the Best Tressed Hair Set, my mane (which is usually the black hole of moisture and shine) is soft, shiny, wonderfully fragranced and feels so darn healthy that I’m in a state of shock.

What’s even more amazing is the fact that these products are all natural – free of the harsh chemicals that jacked up your hair in the first place. “I wanted lots of moisture and no synthetic preservatives,” says creator Lisa Price. “If I couldn’t pronounce the ingredient, it wasn’t going into the pot.”

The Best Tressed Hair Set is the gift that keeps giving. Your homegirl, and her haphazard hair, will thank you.

For more expert gift picks, check out Spoiled Pretty’s 2009 Holiday Beauty Gift Guide!

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