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 me to change the station.
Anyway, a few weeks ago, I caught a demonstration from a beauty brand I’d never heard of: Tatcha. Victoria Tsai, the brand’s creator, was talking about the inspiration behind the brand (ancient Geisha skincare traditions) and demonstrating some skincare products – and she had my undivided attention. And I’m not easily impressed. I was this close to ordering, but I’m sleep-deprived and ended up passing out before I got a chance to order. The next week, I was so preoccupied that I forgot about Tatcha – until they sent me an email. They offered to send me some products to sample. And after using them for the past few weeks, I am ADDICTED. No…seriously. I now have a legitimate Tatcha habit. (more…)
I can’t believe how late I am to the St. Ives Apricot Scrub partay.
St. Ives Apricot Scrub is a perennial award winner (it’s like the Meryl Streep of the skin care world) and beauty gurus rave about it. I recently tried it for the first time and after I marveled at my baby butt smooth face, I immediately started kicking myself for waiting so long to give it a try.
The scrub exfoliates dull skin away for a smooth and radiant look. The 100 percent natural exfoliants (which include apricots and walnuts) are known to brighten skin; corn kernel meal, which is known to improve skin’s appearance, increases cell turnover. The classic scrub was also newly formulated to be 100 percent sulfate-free.
And now it comes in four formulas, so you can choose the one that meets your skin’s unique needs. (more…)
LovingEco is a new members-only shopping site that offers unsurpassed and innovative eco-friendly products at exclusive price points (up to 70% off retail), without compromising style. By working closely with the top brands, they bring you amazing discounts through private sales. LovingEco recognizes that people will continue to consume, but as we change our purchases to products that are better for the environment, healthier for our bodies and committed to doing good, we together will help change the world.
For each purchase, LovingEco donates 3% of its net proceeds to a social or environmental cause. For founders Justine Lassoff and Melinda Moor, an important goal in founding the site was to give back and to create a sustainable way to raise critical funds for non-profit organizations that are fostering important change for our community and our world.
Not only does LovingEco believe in giving back, they also believe in giving away. This week, they’re giving away LaLicious Sugar Kiss Souffle Moisturizing Body Scrub! This highly moisturizing, all-natural body exfoliator combines notes of Vanilla, Citrus and Rose. Before you get out of the shower, scrub all over your body and rinse with warm water. Skin is left soft, smooth and moisturized.
To enter, follow me on Twitter (I’m @spoiledpretty), then tweet this message:
Follow @spoiledpretty and @loving_eco & RT to win a LaLicious Sugar Kiss Moisturizing Body Scrub! http://bit.ly/kdqnaC #giveaway #contest
The deadline is Friday, June 24 at 5pm ET. I’ll choose FIVE winners – and will DM them to contact me with their mailing address. Contest is open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!
Pregnancy hormones have sent my hair follicles into overdrive. It’s gotten to the point where I’ve got a 5 o’clock shadow on my legs at, like, 2pm. And thanks to the ungodly heat and humidity in Philly right now, hiding my grizzly gams under long pants isn’t exactly appealing…especially considering that I’m having one long hot flash right now.
So I recently got reacquainted with my favorite scrub – KP Duty by DERMAdoctor – and it gave me the closest shave ever. Yeah, using it adds an extra few minutes to your shower routine. But it exfoliates so well that it allows your razor to cut super close so that you can go longer between shaves – which is great for me because:
a) no one actually enjoys shaving and
b) in my current condition, the act of shaving my legs is like pregnant Cirque du Soleil.
Oh, and you won’t be able to stop petting your legs because they’ll be ridiculously smooth. I know I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating. KP Duty Body Scrub runs circles around that scrub you’ve got sitting on the edge of your tub.
H&M, the international fashion retailer known for offering fashion-forward apparel and quality basics, just announced its first ever range of skincare with certified organic ingredients.
Debuting in stores at the beginning of March, the range of everyday essentials includes shower gel, body scrub, body lotion, hand cream and lip balm, all of which are based on natural and organic ingredients and are certified by Ecocert (Europe’s biggest certification body for organic and natural cosmetics). The products are available in the fragrance combinations of raspberry and melon or lavender and mint, and are accompanied by make-up and toiletry bags made from organic cotton.
“It felt like a natural step, since we’ve worked with organic cotton garments for a few seasons now. There’s also a strong demand from our customers for organics, and I hope they will be as excited as I am about the new products,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s head of design.
Shower gel contains the juice of organic apples, while organic apple juice and apricot seeds are key ingredients in the body scrub. Organic apple juice and oils from sunflower seeds make up an essential part of the body lotion, while the hand cream has organic apple juice and oils from organic almond seeds. The lip balm has the key organic ingredients of jojoba and beeswax, and all of the products are scented with natural perfumes derived from essential oils, sold in recyclable packaging.
Prices range from $4.95 to $7.95:
Shower Gel $4.95
Body Lotion $4.95
Body Scrub $4.95
Hand Cream $4.95
Lip Balm $4.95
Toiletry Bag $7.95
Makeup Bag $4.95
Suri, winner of the DERMAdoctor giveaway, just wrote back to rave about the DERMAdoctor KP Duty Body Scrub she won as a prize:
Hey Daneen. It’s Suri, the winner of the DERMAdoctor. Just wanted to let you know I received it and tried it last night on my upper arms where I have KP. Amazing! My skin was sooo soft and the texture already started feeling smoother. I’m so happy I got a chance to try this. Thanks!!
Stay tuned for the next Spoiled Pretty giveaway. The next contest is just around the corner.