Tatcha, I'm So Glad I Gotcha


I'm home on maternity leave, so I spend an inordinate amount of time nursing my daughter, burping her and changing her diapers - all the while, watching hours of QVC. I don't know what it is, but I am mesmerized by QVC demonstrations. If I'm channel surfing and I happen to land on QVC, it's damn near impossible for CONTINUE READING

Shopbop Sale: Take Extra 25% Off


  Take an extra 25% off select sale items at Shopbop.com until Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 11:59 PST. Enter code 25EXTRA at checkout. You're CONTINUE READING

StriVectin Tightening Face Serum Giveaway


Roll back the years with the NEW StriVectin “Roll Back the Years” Firming Collection - a trio of formulas that help to improve skin’s appearance. This three-piece set, which includes the StriVectin-TL Face Serum, the StriVectin-TL Body Cream and the new QVC exclusive StriVectin-TL Neck Serum Roller, helps skin appear firmer and softer on the face, body and neck. . The StriVectin CONTINUE READING

Bath & Body Works Cooling Gel Lotion Needs A New Name


A few weeks ago, I paid a visit to my local Bath & Body Works store. I was on the hunt for a tropical-smelling body wash that wouldn't break the bank, and B&BW seemed like a good place to search. When I entered the store, I was greeted my a really nice saleswoman who asked me what I was CONTINUE READING

Laura Mercier Master Class: Makeup Bag Must-Haves in Your 30s


Every month, my girlfriends from college and I get together for dinner in the Philadelphia area. We started this tradition about two years ago, and - of course - we have a great time catching up and reminiscing!  Most of them are product-obsessed (like me), and most have been through some sort of make-up introductory when we became "of age" to wear it.  Now CONTINUE READING

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2014: 20 Can't Miss Beauty Exclusives!


The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is in full swing. July 18th through August 3rd, shoppers nationwide will participate in what has been an annual ritual since the 1960’s. Vacation days are planned around it, lines form in anticipation of it – and it’s not only for the pre-season savings on fall fashion and accessories. During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, the Cosmetics department provides their devoted beauty customers the opportunity to scoop up unique limited-edition items from CONTINUE READING

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

Posted on by daneen in Beauty Tips, Exfoliation, Lotion, Razor, Scrub, Shave | Leave a comment

leg+shaving 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.

To keep hair bumps to a minimum, here are my shaving suggestions:

1) Don’t start shaving as soon as you get into the shower/bath; allow the steam and warm water to soften the skin and hair.

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2) Next, exfoliate (like all get out) with a scrub that won’t irritate skin. Right now, I’m enamored with LaLicious Coconut Cream Sugar Soufflé Scrub, an all-natural sugar scrub made with coconut oil that absorbs quickly and easily into skin, leaving it moisturized and protected without feeling greasy. Pure cane sugar crystals buff away dead skin cells while sweet almond and vitamin-e oils condition, moisturize, and smooth you to perfection. And it smells amazing; if heaven has a tropical all-inclusive resort, this is probably what it smells like. By exfoliating, you will release the ingrown hairs that are trapped beneath the skin.

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3) Slather your legs with an ultra-hydrating shave cream; I’m a fan of eos Shave Cream, which is so moisturizing, you can shave wet or dry (though I recommend wet). Then shave with a new or relatively new razor; the sharper, the better. Gillette’s Venus Embrace razor takes shaving to a whole new level of smoothness with 5 blades that deliver a dramatically close shave.

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4) Finally, when you emerge from the bath/shower, don’t towel off completely. While your legs are still a smidge wet, slather on lotion or body butter. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Lotion is an excellent choice because it heals, softens, and tones – plus an 8.5 oz bottle costs less than $5!

Even if you don’t have issues with ingrown hairs (I hate you…just kidding…okay, not really), you can benefit from my bumpy journey to smooth stems. The above routine is highly recommended for achieving your closest shave ever.

New From Bliss: Body Butter Lite

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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

Posted on by daneen in Bath and Body, Fabuless Pick of the Week, Lotion, Spoiled Pretty TV, Sun Protection | Leave a comment

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

Posted on by daneen in Bath and Body, Foundation, Lotion | Leave a comment

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.

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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!

Posted on by daneen in Bath and Body, Body Wash, Contest, Giveaway, Lotion | Leave a comment

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!

Hand Cream and Happy Memories

Posted on by daneen in Bath and Body, Hands, Lotion | 1 Comment

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.

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