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Bloggers Take Manhattan

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Please forgive me, peeps, for I have no time to do what I do.

I’m in NYC for the annual Daily Makeover Beauty Bloggerati conference – and it’s been makeup, skincare and hair 24-7. So please forgive the lack of posts lately. But while I’m on here apologizing, I might as well tell you what I’ve been up to. I’m so tired, I’m about to pass out. But here are some quick highlights…

If you haven’t tasted the crispy fried chicken, basilicious mozzarella sticks or fruit embellished fro-yo dessert at Mad For Chicken (formerly BonChon), you have not lived. Thanks for the tip, Erika.

Daily Makeover’s site is about to get a makeover. Can’t be too specific, but their new content and tools are going to blow your beauty-loving mind.

Had delish lunch at the Estee Lauder offices and finally met all of the PR girls I talk to ten times a day. All of the brands (which include an impressive lineup: MAC, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, La Mer, Tommy Hilfiger, Jo Malone, and more) are very interested in learning more about the Beauty Bloggerati and how they can better work with us.

Our Columbus Circle beauty crawl went a little like this:

kiehls+sunflower+hair+care Bloggers Take Manhattan*Fell a little more in luvre with Kiehl’s. Told everyone within earshot about my obsession with their Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion; I think I converted many of my fellow bloggers into fans. Then we were all introduced to Kiehl’s new Sunflower Oil hair products; the shampoo smells yummy fantastic – like fresh apricot. We also got the skinny on the new Rare Earth line, created for acne-prone and greasy gals like yours truly. They sent me home with samples, so look for reviews soon.

*Lancome is the freaking bomb. We were greeted with champagne, heavenly cupcakes and veritable wonderland of makeup. I had an opportunity to play around with their fall 2009 collection and chat up celebrity makeup artist, Andrew Sotomayor…who has the BEST SKIN EVER. No joke. You could inspect his face with a high powered microscope and not find one pore. And the kind folks at Lancome sent us all home with a bag of goodies, including the Oscillation Powerbooster mascara primer and new Hypnose Drama mascara – which, together, are TO DIE!

*L’Occitane has this amazing anti-aging skincare product, called Divine Cream, that will hit shelves September 16th. I smoothed some on my hand and the texture was truly divine. L’Occitane don’t lie.

*I wish Philadelphia had a Space NK store. Really, every city should have at least one. It smelled so damn good inside and they had some mellow Marvin Gaye on the stereo…I just didn’t want to leave. What I love about Space NK is the diverse range of brand offerings. I consider myself a beauty savant, and there were products and lines that I’ve never heard of. Can you even?

*If there’s a store where I want one of everything, it’s Fresh. I seriously don’t think you can go wrong with anything they sell. My new fave Fresh products are the Brown Sugar Body Scrub and Body Cream. It’s like a 1-2 punch to your flaky epidermis. Exfoliate with the scrub and then moisturize with the cream and you’ll swear that you got bumped to the top of the skin transplant list. The transformation is unbelievable!

Attended the What Not To Wear premiere party at the Ted Gibson Salon, to celebrate Ted’s new gig as the show’s resident hair guru. Briefly chatted up Jason Backe and congratulated him on the oodles of magazines he’s been quoted in these last few months. I love me some Ted and Jason…dolls, the both of them. They deserve all of the success coming their way.

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Me, Amber and Marta at Revlon dinner

Dinner with Revlon at Almond was ab fab. The steak frites I ordered was un(freaking)real. Plus, we got up close and personal with some of their newest products. In the middle of my meal, I applied their Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick…and it still looked perfect when I returned to my room at the ACE Hotel 2 hours later.

Okay, losing consciousness now. I’ll check in again as soon as I can. You might have to wait a lil longer than a New York minute…but it will be worth it.

Stranded On A Deserted Island: Make Sure To Have A Hissyfit

hissyfit Stranded On A Deserted Island: Make Sure To Have A HissyfitAs a beauty aficionado, I get asked a plethora of product-related questions. The most common query being which products I’d want with me if a three-hour tour turned into an episode of Lost. As my beauty faves change, so do my ‘stranded on a deserted island’ picks. Well, now I’m adding Hissyfit to the list.

Hissyfit is a new range from Australia that straddles makeup and skincare. The line delivers 3-in-1 treatment benefits in the form of powerful anti-aging, advanced sun protection and luxurious formulations that wear comfortably and smell divine!

Products include:

Saving Face Anti-Aging Foundation: This natural anti-aging foundation provides flawless foundation coverage with a SPF 50+, broad spectrum protection from the sun’s damaging UVA/UVB rays. Water-resistant, Saving Face is perfect for protecting skin after exfoliation, dermabrasion or chemical peels.

Body Double Anti-Aging Body Moisturizer: This advanced natural body lotion provides intense hydration, beautiful fragrance (think a delicate blend of vanilla, almond, orange and grapefruit) and SPF 30+ broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection.

Handy Work Anti-Aging Hand Cream: This luxuriously moisturizing anti-aging hand cream offers SPF 30+ UVA/UVB protection, and smells of orange and mint.

Lip Service Anti-Aging Lip Balm: This feather-light lip balm with SPF 50+ broad spectrum protection is the perfect skincare and cosmetic product in one. Wear it alone for gorgeous, glossy, natural lips. Or layer over your favorite lipstick for a soft, supple kissable finish.

I’m particularly impressed by how delightful and un-sunscreeny these skin savers smell. And the Saving Face Foundation gets major props for its wide range of shades. Brown skinned beauties, rejoice!

Hissyfit is sold at dermstore.com and hissyfit.com.

New Foaming Body Wash at Bath & Body Works!

bath+and+body+works+foaming+body+wash New Foaming Body Wash at Bath & Body Works!Two weeks ago while visiting with my parents, I tried my sister’s Japanese Cherry Blossom body products from Bath & Body Works…and ever since, I’ve been jonesing for my own. So today on my lunch break, I paid a visit to my local store to pick up the Creamy Body Wash and Body Cream.

Lucky for me, Bath & Body Works was having a sale: buy 2, get 1 free (Signature Collection). So after I tossed the body wash and lotion in my basket, I set out to find a third product that would be the charm. When I came across a display for the brand spankin’ new Foaming Body Wash, I knew I’d found it.

The Signature Foaming Body Wash gently cleanses skin, leaving it fresh, clean and lightly fragranced. High-foaming and oil-free, this nourishing formula soothes with apple and oat extracts so skin feels soft, conditioned and ultra-pampered. It’s basically my favorite hand soap, in a body wash formulation. Available in six fragrances, I picked up a bottle of the Coconut Lime Verbena. I suggest you do the same.

Bumpy Ride: A Long Journey To Rid My Legs Of Hair Bumps

woman shaving legs razor Bumpy Ride: A Long Journey To Rid My Legs Of Hair BumpsSince I hit puberty, I’ve been cursed with hair bumps on my legs. Because the hair on my legs is coarse and grows in a curly pattern, sometimes as the hair grows out, it curls back under the skin into the same follicle. And because the hair is trapped under the skin, even after I shave, I still have many unsightly ingrown hairs.

The condition isn’t physically painful, like razor bumps; but it is emotionally painful, as I’ve spent many years hiding this condition beneath long skirts and pants – even during the dog days of summer.

For half of my life, I’ve had a serious case of leg envy. Every time I see a woman with silky smooth gams, I selfishly hope that she silently suffers from stretch marks, bacne or some other embarrassing ailment that isn’t apparently obvious. It just isn’t fair!

I’ve tried a million and one products and techniques to solve the problem…and while I’ve yet to discover a panacea, I have found a temporary solution.   (more…)

New From Bliss: Body Butter Lite

bliss+body+butter+lite New From Bliss: Body Butter LiteThe brilliant people at Bliss have just unveiled a lighter version of their cult fave Body Butter.

Bliss Body Butter Lite is a lightweight, long-lasting version of the original; it’s perfect for those who like their dews a little less dense. The fast-absorbing formula leaves skin hydrated without the heaviness, making it ideal for daytime and warm weather wear.

This luxe, lightweight body lotion has botanically-derived moisturizing ingredients, skin-conditioning antioxidants and a fast-absorbing fluid formula. Available in naked (unscented) and lemon+sage.

And it gets better: get a free Hanky Panky thong when you buy any Body Butter Lite at blissworld.com! Enter code HANKY at checkout. Offer only while supplies last.

Recessionista’s Fabuless Pick of the Week: Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturizing Gel Oil

palmers+cocoa+butter+moisturizig+gel+oil Recessionistas Fabuless Pick of the Week: Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturizing Gel Oil

Palmer’s new Cocoa Butter Formula Moisturizing Gel Oil with SPF 15 is an all-over-body gel with a unique, fast-absorbing formula that can be used on dry skin or after a shower or bath. It not only leaves skin with a hydrating sheen, but aids in protecting against sun’s most harmful rays, every day, with an SPF 15 formula.

For more video product reviews and tips, click here for Spoiled Pretty TV.

New From Fresh: Umbrian Clay Freshface Foundation & Brown Sugar Body Cream

I absolutely adore Fresh Umbrian Clay Face Treatment and Brown Sugar Body Polish. So when I learned that the brand recently launched Umbrian Clay Freshface Foundation and Brown Sugar Body Cream, I immediately added them to my Sephora shopping list.

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Umbrian Clay Freshface Foundation SPF 20 is a purifying and balancing treatment foundation that refines and hydrates the skin, while providing natural-looking coverage for a flawless finish. Fresh’s exclusive Umbrian Clay removes impurities from the skin to refine, nourish, and balance the complexion while Porphyridium Cruentum, a micro-algae extract, retains optimal moisture levels throughout the day. Your skin will be left fresh and radiant, with visibly reduced fine lines, noticeably improved skin tone, and with SPF 20 UV protection.

fresh+brown+sugar+body+cream New From Fresh: Umbrian Clay Freshface Foundation & Brown Sugar Body Cream

Brown Sugar Body Cream is an ultra-rich, indulgent moisturizer that leaves skin super soft and supple. It is enriched with apricot kernel, sweet almond, evening primrose, and jojoba oils that nourish the skin to silky perfection. An addictive and iconic scent completes the luxurious experience and will keep you coming back for more.

Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman Award Winner: Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion

spoiled+pretty+green+week+small Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman Award Winner: Kiehls Superbly Restorative Argan Body LotionKiehl’s celebrates Earth Day 2009 with the introduction of a limited-edition Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion, of which 100% of net proceeds will benefit Waterkeeper Alliance.

For this initiative, Kiehl’s partners with actor Adrian Grenier, musican Erykah badu, surfer Kelly Slater, and three design students from Parsons The New School For Design; they helped Kiehl’s to create four limited-edition labels representing their commitment to sustainability, to raise funds and awareness for Waterkeeper Alliance.

kiehls+argan+body+lotion Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman Award Winner: Kiehls Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion

kiehls+earth+day+body+lotion Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman Award Winner: Kiehls Superbly Restorative Argan Body LotionThe Superbly Restorative Argan Body Lotion is one of my new favorite eco-friendly finds. My desiccated skin breathes a sigh of relief as soon as I smooth it on. It helps improve skin’s resilience and texture, enriches skin’s moisture barrier, and leaves skin soft with a healthy-looking sheen. Take a tip from me and apply it all over, post-shower/bath, when your skin is still a wee bit wet – to lock in moisture. And you’re going to flip for the sift, citrusy scent.

To learn more about Kiehl’s Earth Day initiatives, including their three-day online auction, visit kiehlsgivesback.com.

For more green product recommendations, click here. And be sure to visit Amber over at Beauty Blogging Junkie to learn which products will make you an eco maniac on the dance floor!

June Jacobs Vanda Orchid Collection Giveaway!

vanda+orchid June Jacobs Vanda Orchid Collection Giveaway!June Jacobs, world renowned spa visionary, has traveled the world to uncover the most exclusive skincare ingredients. On a recent trip to Singapore, she discovered the exotic Vanda Orchid – one of the most beautiful and rare species of orchids. The orchid extract is revered for its anti-oxidant and reparative properties and includes skin fortifying minerals like calcium, magnesium and zinc to boost skin’s immunity.

June bottled its essence and skincare benefits into a new collection for the June Jacobs Spa Collection. The new June Jacobs Vanda Orchid Collection four products to keep the skin hydrated, glowing and beautiful.

This week, I am partnering with June Jacobs Spa Collection and spoiling you pretty with a skincare giveaway! One lucky reader will win:

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Vanda Orchid Shower Gel ($35): This rich and invigorating foaming shower gel boasts a gentle, deep cleansing action that imparts a subtle, yet sensuous bouquet of orchid extracts. It helps detoxify the pores as it gently sweeps away impurities and dead skin cells. Herbal humectants protect the skin from moisture loss and nourishing botanicals soothe and protect against environmental toxins, leaving the skin ultra clean, soft, supple and revitalized.

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Vanda Orchid Body Balm ($60): This luxurious body lotion blends the moisturizing miracle of shea butter with rare nourishing oils, aromatic healing botanicals, and protective anti-oxidants. The unique synergistic action softens, protects and penetrates the skin as it replenishes lost moisture. The delicate bouquet of orchid extracts adjusts to one’s body chemistry, refreshing the senses leaving the skin velvety soft, supple and rejuvenated.

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Vanda Orchid Mist ($48 ): This fragrant toner mists onto the skin with an infusion of natural botanicals, essential oils and minerals leaving the skin uplifted while leaving the senses energized. It also protects against free radical damage and prevents cellular damage caused by environmental toxins.

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Vanda Orchid Dry Oil Body Spray ($45): This skin softening treatment cushions, protects and penetrates rough, dry skin as it replenishes lost moisture. A unique combination of rejuvenating oils, including apricot and sunflower, work to rapidly condition and soothe dry, tired skin. Leaves skin feeling refreshed, soft and rejuvenated, while also protecting against environmental toxins.

The Vanda Orchid Collection is formulated free of parabens, preservatives, petrochemicals, synthetic dyes, sulfates or fragrance, and ideal for all skin types.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “June Jacobs Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, March 29th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, March 30th, 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!

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