Archive of ‘Holy Grail’ category

Bath & Body Works Creamy Body Wash Being Reformulated

bath+and+body+works+japanese+cherry+blossom+creamy+body+wash Bath & Body Works Creamy Body Wash Being ReformulatedYesterday, I visited my local Bath & Body Works store to replenish my Japanese Cherry Blossom Creamy Body Wash stock…and I almost started twitching. Not only was it nowhere to be found, there were no Creamy Body Washes to speak of.

I made a beeline for a helpful saleswoman, who calmed me down and assured me that they would be back on shelves soon.

Totally jonesing for my my beloved body wash and unsatisfied with the vague timeline given for its re-release, I emailed my contact at the company. She informed me that they are being reformulated with a triple moisture complex moisturizes skin all day and also shows visible improvement in skin’s radiance and feel. While the old stock is still available on bathandbodyworks.com, the new batch will hit stores around October 15th.

Thank heavens for small miracles. You’re welcome, fellow Creamy Body Wash fiends.

Winners of the DERMAdoctor Giveaway

dermadoctor+kp+duty+scrub Winners of the DERMAdoctor Giveaway

Congrats to Suriyati Barnes and Faith Perfecto, winners of the DERMAdoctor giveaway. These ladies have won the best body scrub ever, DERMAdoctor’s KP Duty Body Scrub. This amazing exfoliator acts as a chemical peel and microdermabrasion session in one – leaving skin resurfaced, retexturized, soft, smooth and radiant. I am 100% confident that Suriyati and Faith will love it as much as I do!

Many thanks to DERMAdoctor for spoiling these readers pretty. Stay tuned for your next chance to win. The contest I have cooked up for later this week is hot like fiya!

Until then…

Lancome Hypnose Mascara: Boom Batter, My Lashes Are Getting Fatter

lancome+hypnose+drama Lancome Hypnose Mascara: Boom Batter, My Lashes Are Getting FatterThis past weekend, Mr. Spoiled Pretty and I attended our friends’ wedding. Though my Audrey Hepburn-inspired cocktail dress was darling and my coiff was looking uncharacteristically on point, it was my Bambi lashes that elicited the most compliments from my better half.

“Your eyelashes look amazing,” he said, at least three times during the night. At first, I was a little skeptical. I mean, when was the last time you got a compliment on your lashes from a guy who didn’t idolize Cher and sweat glitter (to steal a phrase from my gal, Amber)?

At first, I thought Graham’s flattery might have been the result of the Glenlivet he was sipping at the reception. But when I stopped in the ladies loo and spied myself in the mirror, I realized that the compliments were well-deserved.

What was my secret? I’ll tell you. Swipe on Lancome’s Oscillation Powerbooster lash primer, from root to tip. And while it’s still wet, paint on a coat of Lancome Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara. Hypnose Drama’s s-shaped brush paints on inky goodness, resulting in fanned out, eye-popping, full body fringe. The formula is on the thin side, which means that it won’t dry out, or worse – leave your lashes a clumped up mess. I adore how the applicator grasps even my stumpiest, non-existent baby lashes and transforms them into their best selves.

Hypnose Drama is, by far, the best mascara on the market right now and it is absolutely worth every penny of its $24.50 price tag. But if you want to up the proverbial ante and elicit stares and compliments galore, you’ll dig deeper into your wallet and buck up for the primer too.

Lancome Powerbooster and Hypnose Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara are available at Sephora.

DERMAdoctor Giveaway

dermadoctor+kp+duty+scrub DERMAdoctor GiveawayRemember the DERMAdoctor KP Duty Body Scrub I told you I can’t live without? Well, I don’t want you to exist without it either. Which is why I am partnering with DERMAdoctor for a giveaway! We’re hooking up two lucky winners with the BEST SCRUB EVA!

Up for grabs are two 16 oz tubs of this amazing body exfoliator. It acts as a chemical peel and microdermabrasion session in one – leaving skin resurfaced, retexturized, soft, smooth and radiant.

To enter the giveaway, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “DERMAdoctor Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, August 30th. Two winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, August 31st, 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. residents.

Good luck!

Darac TourQuam 3-D Face Sculpting Brush, Nothing Compares 2 U

darac+tourquam+3+d+face+sculpting+brush Darac TourQuam 3 D Face Sculpting Brush, Nothing Compares 2 U

After using Darac’s TourQuam 3-D Face Sculpting Brush, I have one thing to say to all of the other makeup brushes on the market: you should be ashamed of yourselves.

For applying powder products, nothing compares to the TourQuam brush. Nothing.

This Jetsons-esque tool has a magnet hidden in the handle. Because all powders have an iron oxide, magnetic base, this brush attracts the perfect amount of product. Which means no wasting your precious powders. And no more tapping and blowing on the bristles to avoid looking like a character straight outta Kabuki theater. So not necessary.

Seriously…even you unintentionally heavy-handed makeup junkies will be amazed at how this brush keeps your ‘more is more’ tendencies in check.

Lately, I’ve been using this brush in tandem with my LORAC TANtalizer Baked Matte Satin Bronzer and Fresh Freshface Blush Powder – and I can honestly say that my golden glow and flushed cheeks have never looked more natural.

Darac TourQuam 3-D Face Sculpting Brush, nothing compares 2 u!

Darac products are available at QVC and daracbeauty.com.

Best Body Scrub Since Ever!

dermadoctor+kp+duty+scrub Best Body Scrub Since Ever!There really aren’t enough superlatives in the English language to adequately describe how I feel about DERMAdoctor’s KP Duty Body Scrub. It has got to be the best body scrub ever…and I dare someone to prove me wrong. After using it, my skin rivaled my pal Julia‘s; which, if you met her, would convince you to go out an buy KP Duty this very second.

KP Duty is a dual-action chemical and physical exfoliator that blends the best of a chemical peel and microdermabrasion into a single, easy-to-use treatment. Dermatologist-recommended chemical exfoliants dissolve the glue that cements epidermal cells together, while non-abrasive synthetic beads lift away dead skin cells without inflicting trauma to the epidermis. So, in layman’s terms,this product runs circles around that scrub you’ve got sitting on the edge of your tub.

To use, apply a small amount of the scrub to dry skin and gently massage it in with your fingertips. Rinse, pat dry, and marvel at the smoothness. You won’t believe that the skin you’re touching actually belongs to you.

I’m an exfoliating fool, so when I say KP Duty is the best I’ve ever tried and you NEED to try it too, you know this is sage advice. I really can’t say enough wonderful things about this scrub. It’s one of those rare beauty products that comes along once in a blue moon and blows you away. Use it on arms to reveal skin you never knew was underneath there. Use it on legs for the closest shave you’ve ever had. Use it all over to remind your man why he got with you in the first place.

Quite simply, it’s life changing.

DERMAdoctor KP Duty is available at Sephora and dermadoctor.com.

*This product is not intended for use on the face or for those with sensitive skin. But it works wonders for those of you who suffer from dry skin and/or keratosis pilaris (a common skin disorder typified by “chicken skin” or bumpiness on the surface of the skin).

Living Proof No Frizz Debuts Shampoo and Conditioner!!!

no+frizz Living Proof No Frizz Debuts Shampoo and Conditioner!!!I don’t know who is in the running for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. But I’ll tell you who should be – the people over at Living Proof.

Sure, they haven’t ended any wars or found a way to mend the broken healthcare system in the U.S., but they have achieved the unthinkable. Women worldwide are finally at peace with their hair thanks to Living Proof’s revolutionary No Frizz products.

Developed by a talented team of MIT scientists, No Frizz is a comprehensive collection of cutting-edge, humidity-resistant formulas that work for all hair types. And besides obliterating frizz, these products also manage to smooth hair without a heavy or greasy feel, impart lasting shine and softness, and repel dirt and oil so you can go longer between shampoos.

Ever since I started using the No Frizz styling products “frizz” has ceased to be a word in my vocabulary (except here, obv). I use No Frizz religiously and even take them to the salon with me when I’m getting me hair did. When Spoiled Pretty partnered with Living Proof for a giveaway, the winner wrote back – raving that these are products she’ll use FOR LIFE. I mean, just read her review and tell me you’re not convinced.

As if these styling products weren’t enough of a contribution to society, Living Proof now adds shampoo and conditioner to its repetoire.

living+proof+no+frizz+shampoo+and+conditioner Living Proof No Frizz Debuts Shampoo and Conditioner!!!“We like to refer to these two products as a labor of love for our scientists,” says CEO Rob Robillard. “When we first started introducing the No Frizz styling products to the press and to retailers out there, they kept saying — ‘why don’t you have a shampoo & conditioner?’ Then as all you fans out there learned how great the styling products were you too kept asking — why don’t you have a shampoo & conditioner? The answer was quite simple. We didn’t want to launch just any old shampoo and conditioner, we wanted it to be as revolutionary as our styling products. We wanted you to be blown away again.”

These new daily care products wash away frizz and provide heat protection from tools like blow driers, curling irons and flat irons. The Humidity Blocking, Weightlessly Hydrating, Sulfate-Free Shampoo was developed with PolyfluoroEster and SLMI, a gentle, sulfate-free surfactant, to remove any trace of dirt or oil without stripping the hair. It promises to be the perfect choice for everyday cleansing for all hair types, including color-treated hair. Humidity Blocking, Weightlessly Hydrating, Shine Restoring Conditioner is the natural companion to leave hair soft, shining and hydrated without weighing it down.

Moisture Restoring No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner will soon be added to the No Frizz family. It is an ideal option for drier hair, incorporating PolyfluoroEster with lightweight glycerin as the key moisturizing component instead of heavy oils, a first for a leave-in frizz-fighting product.

No Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner are available now at livingproof.com. The entire collection will launch in September 2009 at Sephora and QVC.

MAC Paints It Black For My Birthday

spoiled+pretty+volcanic+ash+exfoliator MAC Paints It Black For My BirthdayI don’t usually enjoy knowing what I’m getting for my birthday. But I think I’ll be able to find it in my heart to forgive MAC for opening its lipglass lacquered trap a few months early.

Turns out that the highly-anticipated Style Black collection will be released on my birthday. What makes this such a treat is that the collection will resurrect my favorite scrub of all time…like a phoenix rising from the ashes!

Since last spring’s limited edition Future Earth collection, I’ve been rationing my Volcanic Ash Exfoliator like it was a bag of beans on a season of Survivor. With no idea that MAC had intentions of bringing this beauty gem back from the dead, I’ve been reserving this primorial soup-esque scrub for special occasions. But now that I know I can stock up come September (you’ve never seen hoarding like the kind I’m gonna do this fall), I’m gonna indulge in a little Volcanic Ash scrub-a-dub on a weekly basis.

Mark your calendars for September 24th, when these babies hit real and virtual shelves. Take it from me…you definitely don’t wanna play the ‘shoulda woulda coulda’ game with this holy grail scrub.

The Style Black collection also includes:

mac+style+black+collection MAC Paints It Black For My Birthday

Lipstick ($14)
Black Knight: Creamy true black (Cremesheen)

Mattene ($14.50)
Midnight Media: Dense matte black
Night Violet: Deep purple grape

Glimmerglass ($18)
Bling Black: Sheer black with gold pearl
Blackfire: Sheer black with pink purple pearl
Blackware: Creamy true black

Mineralize Eye Shadows ($19)
Cinderfella: Black with silver pearl
Young Punk: Black with pink purple pearl
Gilt by Association: Black with gold bronze pearl
Blue Flame: Black with blue pearl

Grease Paintstick ($17.50)
Black: Intense black

Penultimate Liner ($16.50)
Rapidblack: True black

Eye Kohl ($14.50)
Smolder: Intense black

Cream Colour Base ($16.50)
Black: Creamy true black
Bat Black: Burgundy black with pink pearl

Nail Lacquer ($11)
Nocturnelle: True black (cream)
Seriously Hip: Black with gold particle pearl (frost)
Baby Goth Girl: Black with pink and purple pearl (frost)

#214 Short Shader Brush ($23)
Short, rounded, double-chiseled brush with soft, natural bristles. Can be used with shadow to line and smudge around the lash line and very effective for densely shading lids.

Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask ($19.50)
Heats when mixed with water to remove impurities from skin.

 MAC Paints It Black For My Birthday
Remember my sneak peek of Bling Black Glimmerglass at Donna Karan, Fall 2009?

Nail Phile Must Have: Zoya Color Lock System

zoya+color+lock+system Nail Phile Must Have: Zoya Color Lock SystemI don’t think you can consider yourself a true nail file if you haven’t heard of Zoya’s Color Lock System. This 5-step kit surrounds polish with a protective barrier against moisture, bubbling, chipping and UV damage. The kit contains: Anchor Basecoat, Get Even Ridge Filling Basecoat, Armor Topcoat & UV Block, Hurry Up Speed Dry Drops, and Renew Polish Rejuvenator.

The Color Lock System also includes one of my favorite nail products of all time: Remove+ Nail Polish Remover. The ingenious bottle prevents the spillage that typically accompanies traditional nail polish removers. Plus the formula is lavender-scented and purple, which is pretty. And you know I love me some pretty.

When it comes to getting manicures, my mom and sister are like the US Postal Service…through rain, snow, sleet or hail, the nails must get done. So, being the benevolent beauty blogger that I am, I recently gifted them both with this kit. And of the plethora of products I’ve given them this year, Zoya’s Color Lock System is the one they rave about most.

Stick Em Up: Miss Oops Show Stoppers

miss+oops+show+stoppers Stick Em Up: Miss Oops Show Stoppers

I always considered my small bust a curse, especially because the junk in my trunk makes me feel slightly unbalanced. But as I get older, I’m learning to love the girls. At 30, they still defy gravity, which means that (in many cases) bras are optional. But just because you can go bra-less doesn’t necessarily mean it’s to be done. In fact, sometimes it’s just plain inappropriate. You ladies know what I mean. Which is why, under strapless, backless and thin knits, I rely on my secret weapon: Miss Oops Show Stoppers.

These adhesive silicone nipple covers are the perfect weapon to prevent “perk out.” Show Stoppers are tapered at the edges making them invisible under garments. Plus they’re reusable up to 15 times.

Miss Oops Show Stoppers are summer must haves; and I don’t leave home without them when I travel to NYC for Fashion Week. Go get you some at missoops.com. You’re welcome…it’s my pleasure to keep you, ahem, abreast of undergarment innovations.

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