If You Have Hair, The Wet Brush is a Must Have


For years, I have used an oversized wide-tooth comb to detangle my notoriously impossible to detangle post-shampoo hair. The amount of hair that would get caught in the teeth was somewhat alarming. But I chalked it up to the fact that I only wash my hair once a week - so maybe the hair loss really wasn't all that CONTINUE READING

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream Review


You know how awesome BB creams are for your face? Well, the geniuses at Jergens have harnessed the power of BB and infused it into a lotion for your body. Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream promises flawless-looking skin with 5 visible benefits in just 5 days.  But does it deliver? Watch the video to find out...   Disclosure: This post was CONTINUE READING

Laura Mercier Sale at Gilt.com


As a huge fan of Laura Mercier (I swear by the foundation primer and tinted moisturizer), I was so excited to see that Gilt.com has a nice assortment of beauty products currently on sale. There's everything from sophisticated nail polish colors and soft mineral blush to lip glaze palettes and pencil sets to create an alluring smoky eye. Oh, and CONTINUE READING

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Cover April Issue of Vogue


Welp, folks, it looks like Kanye finally wore Anna Wintour down and got his baby mama a coveted Vogue cover. So the rumors were true. There was buzz a few months back that Kim would cover the fashion bible, but then everyone assumed it would be a foreign Vogue - given Anna's alleged aversion to all things Kardashian. I CONTINUE READING

10 Beauty Products to Get You Through the Flu


Hey Guys! As you all know the weather lately has been terrible and most of us have been getting all kinds of horrible colds and the flu, as a result. This is very personal for me because I work in retail and it seems like I get one disease after the other with all of my customers constantly sneezing CONTINUE READING

Lotion

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

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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.

fresh+umbrian+clay+foundation New From Fresh: Umbrian Clay Freshface Foundation & Brown Sugar Body Cream

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

JJ vanda orchid mist June Jacobs Vanda Orchid Collection Giveaway!
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!

Hand Cream and Happy Memories

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juara+candlenut+hand+and+body+balm Hand Cream and Happy Memories
I have heard the sense of smell referred to as the ‘most memorative’ of the five senses, because the part of the brain responsible for our sense of smell (the limbic system) is related to feelings and memory.

So I shouldn’t have been surprised when one whiff of Juara’s Candlenut Hand and Body Balm transported me back in time twenty-one years, when I held my baby sister for the very first time. It’s so strange and amazing how that memory, long buried in the recesses of my mind, came flooding back thanks to lotion! I don’t know what my newborn baby sister and Candlenut Hand and Body Balm have in common, but it’s something powerful. Something I can’t shake. It astounds me that I can’t remember what I wore to work three days ago and I don’t know what I ate for dinner last Friday, but I can clearly recall Lauren’s soft and clean scent when she was just a few hours old.

Every time my hands get dry and I smooth on Candlenut Hand and Body Balm, I smile. Not just because the scent summons a very happy memory; but also because the rich formula deeply nourishes my winter-ravaged hands and leaves them soft and supple, with a velvety finish.

Juara products are available in select stores and at juaraskincare.com.

Product Polygamy Week: Bath and Body

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product+polygamy+week Product Polygamy Week: Bath and Body
It’s Friday, which means the final installment of Product Polygamy Week. Read on for the Spoiled Pretty picks that will rock your body…

PERFUME
The Barb:
L’Instant de Guerlain
l%27instant+de+guerlain Product Polygamy Week: Bath and BodyI was searching high and low for my review of L’Instant de Guerlain and finally realized that I never wrote one…which makes no sense because this perfume is my signature scent. This floral Oriental fragrance is one of the most beautiful and complex scents I have ever smelled. Every time I wear it, I just brace myself for the compliments – and it certainly leaves a lasting impression. L’Instant is described as a “soft, sexy scent comprised of an intricate blend of interwoven fragrance harmonies, like citrus honey, magnolia inclusion, and amber harmony.” I’m no master perfumer, so to be honest, that means nothing to me; to my untrained nose, this perfume has a soft and powdery scent that dries down to a sensual, musky vanilla. I imagine that L’Instant would be a staple on Charlotte York-Goldenblatt’s vanity, but Carrie Bradshaw would definitely sneak a spritz when she’s visiting Charlotte’s Park Avenue apartment.

The Nicki: Philosophy Amazing Grace Perfumed Body Spritz
I’m a fan of potent perfumes, and I’m a little heavy-handed in the application. So I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the light, clean scent of Philosophy’s Amazing Grace Perfumed Body Spritz. After smelling it on me, my sister (who I usually have to bribe for compliments) asked me what I was wearing. When I told her what it was, she said that I smelled very nice. I was like, “OMG. Stop. The. Presses. My sister just said something nice…to me!” Needless to say, it has become a staple in my daily beauty ritual. And sometimes I even find myself spraying the air and linens with Amazing Grace, like it’s Febreze or something. That’s how good it smells.

The Margene:
Deauville pour Homme by Michel Germain
My new favorite scent isn’t new at all. In fact, we have a decade-long history. Ten years ago, in a perfume shop in the Bahamas, I fell in love with Deauville pour Homme by Michel Germain. But I was too broke to buy it and Mama Spoiled Pretty wouldn’t lend me the money to buy a men’s cologne. Then a few months ago, Deauville and I were reunited in a suburban Philadelphia TJ Maxx. The icing on the cake? It only cost $9.99!!! It was fate…now we’re reunited and it smells so good, though Señor Spoiled Pretty is a little weirded out.

SHOWER GEL/SOAP
The Barb:
Jaqua Buttercream Frosting Shower Crème
jaqua Product Polygamy Week: Bath and BodyNot only do Jaqua’s Buttercream Frosting products pamper my parched skin, they smell like heaven – a sweet tooth’s version of heaven, anyway. Like vanilla frosting with a hint of fresh strawberries, Jaqua’s Buttercream Frosting Shower Creme smells so much like the real thing, I have to remind myself that it’s not edibile. I can only hope that Jaqua is developing hair care, shaving cream, toothpaste, antiperspirant, and contact lens solution…so that every square inch of me can smell saccharinely sweet.

The Nicki:
Jo Malone Orange Blossom Shower Gel
I once had someone ask me, “If you were going to take your very last bath on earth, what oil, salt, or bubbly brew would you use to make it especially soak-worthy?” My answer: without a doubt, it would be Jo Malone Orange Blossom Shower Gel. The scent is like heaven.

The Margene:
Johnson’s Vanilla Oatmeal Body Wash
The latest installment of my Recessionista’s Fabuless Pick of the Week series featured Johnson’s Vanilla Oatmeal Body Wash. And for good reason. The creamy formula lathers up nice, thoroughly cleanses my eczema-prone skin without stripping, the oatmeal relieves my itchy scratchies and the subtle vanilla scent is warm and comforting. And it’s less than $5.


LOTION/MOISTURIZER
The Barb:
Johnson’s Softlotion 24 Hour Moisturizer
I am a big fan of Johnson’s Lotions, particularly Softlotion 24 Hour Moisturizer. This non-greasy, fast-absorbing lotion smells like baby oil and is enriched with hydrating emollients and natural lipids ingredients to maintain hydration and prevent moisture loss. It keeps the ashiness at bay and leaves my skin touchably soft all day.

The Nicki:
100% Pure Organic Virgin Coconut Nourishing Body Cream
100+percent+pure Product Polygamy Week: Bath and BodyI recently fell hard and fast for 100% Pure’s Organic Virgin Coconut Nourishing Body Cream, which worked wonders on my desiccated skin. The scent is so yummy fantastic that I thought to myself, “the world would be a better place if everything smelled exactly like this.” Even Mama Spoiled Pretty, who complains that my favorite scents are too cloying, said that Organic Virgin Coconut Nourishing Body Cream smells good enough to eat. Ironically, it doesn’t remind me, at all, of coconut…fresh baked oatmeal cookies is more accurate.

The Margene:
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil
No matter what your skin situation, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil is “right on top of that, Rose” (shout out to Amber and other fellow fans of Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead). This preservative-free, lightweight formula contains an exclusive blend of key ingredients for scars, stretch marks, dry, damaged skin, uneven skin tone, aging skin, lines and wrinkles. The oil locks in moisture; your skin will look and feel soft, with a radiant sheen. The product sinks in on contact and the formula is non-greasy and non-staining, so you don’t have to wait to get dressed.

HAIR REMOVAL
The Barb:
Schick Intuition
When Schick unveiled Intuition a few years ago, I instantly hated it. The music in the commercial was that disgusting pop song Intuition by Jewel. Don’t get me wrong. I dig Jewel…Pieces of You Jewel. Not pop tart Jewel. But when my Aunt Bunchie gave me a whole bunch of Intuitions for Christmas that year, I couldn’t be a Scrooge and throw ‘em out. So I tried them and fell in love right then and there. You would think that the ‘skin conditioning solid’ would prevent the blade from getting close to the skin, but you would be wrong. Intuition is the closest shave I’ve ever had. It’s really all I use at home.

The Nicki: Gillette Venus Embrace
Now on the road, that’s another story. When I travel, I pack Venus Embrace; it travels better than the Intuition. The pivoting head allows the blades to stay in constant contact with the skin, even around nick-prone areas like knees and ankles. The soft grip handle provides increased control in the shower, and the razor comes with this super cool ‘ShowerPod’ that suctions to the tile and conveniently stores the razor and extra blades. Pair it with Satin Care Alluring Avocado Shave Gel, which is intensely moisturizing and has a light, fresh scent.

The Margene:
threading Product Polygamy Week: Bath and BodyMiracle Threading (King of Prussia Mall, PA)
If you’re not in Philadelphia, you’re missing out. On New Year’s Day, while shopping at the King of Prussia Mall, I found myself in front of the Miracle Threading kiosk across from Sephora (excellent location). Usually, there are ladies lined up to get their eyebrows waxed and whiskers get pulled from their chinny chin chins; but on the 1st, there was no one. I imagine that most of these hirsute regulars were home nursing their hangovers. So, based on my mom’s and sister’s rave reviews (and the lack of a line), I decided to sit in the chair and let Pina go to town. Did she ever. A few short minutes later, my upper lip was baby butt smooth and my eyebrows were shaped to perfection. Literally, my eyebrows had never looked so well-groomed. Pina is precise; when I returned home that day, I gave my eyebrows and upper lip a close inspection – and there was not one stray hair. Pina is on point, so if you’re in the Philadelphia area, get yourself over to Miracle Threading (on the upper level of the Plaza – as I said, across from Sephora). Yes, it’s a little weird getting threaded in public, but when you see the finished product, you’ll be glad you sucked it up and acted like a big girl. Call 484.300.7945 for more information.

Well, that concludes Product Polygamy Week. Did you fancy? I hope that you take advantage of my sage advice and enter into some loving relationships with these products. Are you sad to see this theme week to come to an end and jonesing for another fix? Visit Amber’s final post before you start pouting.

And tune into HBO’sseason premiere of Big Love on Sunday, followed by the absolutely hilarious Flight of the Conchords.

PS – Big props to Beth at Glamour.com for giving Amber and I a BIG link LOVE yesterday!

Jaqua Shows Their Appreciation With 25% Off Hand Cremes

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jaqua+hand+cremes Jaqua Shows Their Appreciation With 25% Off Hand Cremes
It’s that time of year when we all get so busy with the holidays that we forget to appreciate the little things that make us smile. Little things like being with family and friends, all the good food, and the laughter and love that comes along with the holidays. It’s easy to lose sight of these things during this very hurried time of year. At Jaqua, they believe it is okay to slow down, stop and smell the roses, take some time to appreciate their beauty, remind ourselves how lucky we are and let the people in our lives know how much we appreciate them.

They also want to let you know how much they appreciate you, so in honor of the little things in life, they’re giving you 25% off their Hand Crèmes. These deliciously fragranced hand crèmes are just the right size to take anywhere. They’re small enough to carry in your purse, gym bag, or glove box – and at just 2 oz. they can even get through airport security! They make great stocking stuffers…and at 25% off, you can get them for all those family members and friends you appreciate so much (and snag one for yourself).

Enter promotion code APPRE11A at checkout. Offer ends on 12/24/08.

100% Pure Amuse Bouche Leaves Me Craving More

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 100% Pure Amuse Bouche Leaves Me Craving More
If you’re a foodie and/or a fan of Bravo’s Top Chef, you’re likely familiar with the term amuse-bouche. An amuse-bouche is a single, bite-sized hors d’œuvre – served to excite the taste buds, to both prepare the guest for the meal and to offer a glimpse into the chef’s approach to cooking.

This culinary expression was the first thing that came to mind when 100% Pure sent me some one-use samples of their products. I fell hard and fast for the Organic Virgin Coconut Nourishing Body Cream, which worked wonders on my desiccated skin. The scent is so yummy fantastic that I thought to myself, “the world would be a better place if everything smelled exactly like this.” Even Mama Spoiled Pretty, who complains that my favorite scents are too cloying, said that Organic Virgin Coconut Nourishing Body Cream smells good enough to eat. Ironically, it doesn’t remind me, at all, of coconut…fresh baked oatmeal cookies is more accurate. Mr. Spoiled Pretty thinks it smells just like “buttery rolls, right out of the oven.”

organic+virgin+coconut 100% Pure Amuse Bouche Leaves Me Craving MoreCoconut milk cream, cocoa butter, vitamins, softening fruit oils, and organic virgin coconut oil sink into skin – softening and hydrating the hell outta your hide. But you know what’s not seeping into your pores? Icky ish like artificial fragrances, synthetic chemicals, toxic preservatives, petro-chemicals or any other toxins. 100% Pure is just that…finally, you can understand the label without needing a pesky medical degree.

So where was I going with this review? Oh, yes…amuse-bouche. The tiny packet of luxurious lotion left me wanting more – a full-sized bottle of the Organic Virgin Coconut Nourishing Body Cream, accompanied by the Organic Virgin Coconut Shower Gel and Body Scrub, specifically. I’m looking forward to future explorations of this brand, and I enthusiastically encourage you to do the same.

100% Pure products are available at QVC, Beauty.com, Bath & Body Works, and 100percentpure.com.



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