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2012 Eucerin Healthy Skin Challenge: Second Report

Eucerin Challenge Badge 2012 Eucerin Healthy Skin Challenge: Second Report

This past Spring, I embarked on the 2012 Eucerin Healthy Skin Challenge. To kick off this partnership, I had a consultation with Dr. Deborah Sarnoff, a NYC dermatologist. After discussing my skin issues, she recommended the following Eucerin products for me:

After using the products for four months, I had a follow-up consultation with Dr. Sarnoff. Watch the video for a recap of my evaluation and the progress I’ve made, as well as some great tips Dr. Sarnoff gave me for the coming months.

You can get in on the action too. Visit the “Digital Derm” tab on the Eucerin Facebook page! This tab offers you the chance to ask one of Eucerin’s Skin First Council dermatologists a question about their skincare and find a local dermatologist near your home. And if you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow @EucerinUS.

(Don’t) Burn, Baby, Burn!

woman on beach sun protection (Don’t) Burn, Baby, Burn!Hello Pretties!

A recent conversation about the importance of sun protection with my coworker got me thinking about my favorite products. First I should say that I am an American Cancer Society alum. Working there gave me a generally heightened awareness of the importance of sunscreen. However, it was my father in law’s skin cancer diagnosis last summer that really made me a passionate advocate for taking care of your body’s armor. (more…)

Lighten Up with Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

Kiehls Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution Lighten Up with Kiehls Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

Hyperpigmentation is the beauty bane of my existence. Every time I get a pimple, it leaves a dark mark in its wake – whether or not I pick at it. Luckily, I don’t get too many blemishes or else Cruella de Ville might want to make a coat out of me. But even one dark mark is a cause for concern and embarrassment – not to mention they can take months to lighten up.

One mark has taken up residence on my jawline for the past six months. It’s been there for so long, sometimes I just forget about it. That is until I see a photo of myself and cringe at how dark and mole-like it appears. So when a bottle of Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution showed up on my doorstep to review, I was very hopeful. Kiehl’s is one of my favorite skincare brands and their products have yet to disappoint, so I was very hopeful about this new innovation. (more…)

Makeup Mondays With Mario: Best Facial Sunscreen

mmwmd Makeup Mondays With Mario: Best Facial Sunscreen
Celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic is answering your burning beauty questions!!! Every Monday, he will answer a beauty/skin care question as part of a weekly column on Spoiled Pretty, Makeup Mondays with Mario.

Hi Mario,

I’m in North Carolina where it is hot AND humid frequently. I’ve been searching for the perfect facial sunscreen that doesn’t make me look chalky and doesn’t melt off in the humidity. Any suggestions?

Thank you,
Jamie

Argan+Oil+Daily+Moisturizer+with+SPF+40%252B Makeup Mondays With Mario: Best Facial SunscreenHi Jamie,

If your question about sunscreen came to me about a year ago, I probably would not have answered because until recently, I was not a fan of the SPF products on the market. Like you said, they tend to make you look chalky and I feel that makeup doesn’t sit or blend well over it. I am not suggesting that you shouldn’t use an SPF. In fact, I strongly recommend that women apply sunscreen daily to protect the skin and prevent skin damage.

I’ve found an amazing product by Josie Maran Cosmetics that I love! It will not make you look chalky and your makeup will blend nicely and stay true to its color. Argan Oil Daily Moisturizer with SPF 40 blocks all the harmful UVA and UVB rays – but this product is different as it contains Argan Oil which repairs and reverses damage caused by the sun, fights signs of aging and improves skin tone for a radiant, renewed complexion. Oh, and one more thing – you can use it as a primer as well! Need I say more?

Thanks for visiting Makeup Mondays with Mario!

xo,
Mario

 Got a question for Mario? Email your makeup and skin care queries to spoiledprettyquestions@gmail.com, and check back next Monday to read Mario’s expert advice!

Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect Lotions Giveaway!

Hawaiian+Tropic+Shimmer+Effect+Lotion+SPF+40 Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect Lotions Giveaway!

Unless you want to look like Magda from There’s Something About Mary in 30 years, sunscreen is a necessity – especially in the summertime. But who actually applies it on the regular? Problem is that we ladies spend lots of time and oodles of money protecting our pretty faces, yet neglect the rest of our bodies. Sunscreen becomes an afterthought because it’s utilitarian. It’s boring. It’s not sexy. Well, until now, that is…

I just discovered a new line of products that gives new meaning to “hot fun in the summertime.” Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect Lotion Sunscreens, available in SPF 20 and 40, contain prestige minerals that add a soft, subtle sheen to enhance and highlight skin tone while providing broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection. The rich and creamy formula features skin-nourishing antioxidants and Hawaiian Tropic’s signature coconut scent. The Shimmer Effect Coconut Papaya After Sun Lotion is infused with Aloe Vera and Cocoa, Shea and Mango butters, and is great for everyday use.

The shimmer that these products leave on your skin looks so good that, last week, I applied the After Sun Lotion post-shower…and I had absolutely nowhere to go. Seriously, I just sat on the sofa marveling at my shimmery skin.
Hawaiian+Tropic+Shimmer+Effect+After+Sun+Lotion+1 Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect Lotions Giveaway!On a level of 1 to 10 (1 being blah, bare skin and 10 being J.Lo), the Shimmer Effect Lotions deliver a level 6 shimmer. They’re workplace and weekend appropriate. And – as if you needed one more reason to open your wallet – they’re only $8 each!
When a product blows me away, I can’t keep it to myself. Which is why I’m posting this glowing review…and hooking one Spoiled Pretty reader up! Sharing is caring, as they say. One of you will receive all three products, plus a gold Hawaiian Tropic tote bag to, er, tote your beauty booty.

To enter, follow me on Twitter (I’m @spoiledpretty), then tweet this message:

Follow @spoiledpretty & RT to enter to win Hawaiian Tropic Shimmer Effect Lotions & gift bag! http://tinyurl.com/42y7ksx

#giveaway #freebie

The deadline is Tuesday, June 14 at noon ET. I’ll choose one winner- and will DM them to contact me with their mailing address. Contest is open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!

Lavanila Healthy Sunscreen SPF 40 For Face Giveaway Winners!

lavanila healthy sunscreen spf 40 for face Lavanila Healthy Sunscreen SPF 40 For Face Giveaway Winners!

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and I know four Spoiled Pretty readers who are ready to have some (safe) fun in the sun. I’m talking about fireball1212, Minchi, ruthing73, Sarah D. –  because they’ve just won Lavanila’s new Healthy Sunscreen SPF 40 For Face!

Traditional sunscreens use harsh chemicals like PABA, oxybenzone, parabens, nanoparticles, synthetic fragrance and phthalates, which can accumulate in the bloodstream and cause irritation or allergic reactions. Lavanila’s Healthy Sunscreen is 100% natural, completely free of chemicals and infused with a superior complex of skin-saving vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Plus, it’s perfect for sensitive skin, this fragrance-free, ultra-sheer formula glides on smoothly with no white residue for the ultimate in natural SPF protection.

Merci to Lavanila for sponsoring this green giveaway.

Lavanila Healthy Sunscreen SPF 40 For Face Giveaway!

 Lavanila Healthy Sunscreen SPF 40 For Face Giveaway!Today is Earth Day and next month is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month. So to celebrate the present and prepare you for the future, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Lavanila for a giveaway.
Four readers will win Lavanila’s new Healthy Sunscreen SPF 40 For Face, a highly nourishing and safe alternative to chemical-laden formulas. Developed with a new generation of natural mineral sunscreens that offer superior protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays, this multi-tasking formula is packed with youth-promoting antioxidants and immune supporting botanicals for daily protection and nourishment. Perfect for sensitive skin, this fragrance-free, ultra-sheer formula glides on smoothly with no white residue for the ultimate in natural SPF protection.

Traditional sunscreens use harsh chemicals like PABA, oxybenzone, parabens, nanoparticles, synthetic fragrance and phthalates, which can accumulate in the bloodstream and cause irritation or allergic reactions. Lavanila’s Healthy Sunscreen is 100% natural, completely free of chemicals and infused with a superior complex of skin-saving vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

lavanila+healthy+sunscreen+spf+40+for+face Lavanila Healthy Sunscreen SPF 40 For Face Giveaway!The Healthy Sunscreen SPF 40 For Face contains:
  • Titanium Dioxide: This FDA-approved natural broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) physical sunscreen is derived from white earth minerals that reflect, block and scatter sunlight
  • Zinc Oxide: This FDA approved sunscreen is nature’s broadest spectrum UVA and UVB absorber
  • Shea Butter: Derived from the shea nut tree, this butter moisturizes, softens and protects dry, damaged skin
  • Green Tea: A powerful antioxidant, Green Tea is known to help fight free radical damage
From nourishing botanicals and healing minerals to chemical-free UV protection, Lavanila Healthy Sunscreen offers an array of skin-healthy benefits:
  • Protection against harmful UVA & UVB rays that can cause sunburn, cell damage, dryness, roughness, and premature signs of age such as fine lines
  • Youth-promoting antioxidants, botanicals and amino acids that hydrate and replenish delicate skin
  • Non-coated minerals that maximize healing and provide antibacterial, anti-microbial protection
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Clinically tested
  • Biodegradable
  • No animal testing
  • NO: Oxybenzone, Nanoparticles, Fragrance, Parabens, PABA or Phthalates
The Healthy Sunscreen SPF 40 For Face ($28) is available at Sephora and lavanila.com.

To enter the giveaway, leave a message in the comments section; make sure to leave your email or another way for me to get in touch, just in case you get lucky. Contest is open to U.S. residents only. The giveaway ends at noon (EST) on Thursday, April 29, 2010. Good luck!

And don’t forget to enter Spoiled Pretty’s other Earth Day-inspired beauty giveaways!

Five Ways To Sneak SPF Into Your Beauty Routine This Winter

woman+sunny+winter Five Ways To Sneak SPF Into Your Beauty Routine This WinterWinter is almost upon us. By now, you’ve likely packed away your swimsuits, shorts and tank tops. But I hope that your sunscreen didn’t go into hibernation with your summer clothes.

UV radiation doesn’t take a vacation – and while not as intense in the wintertime, it still poses a threat. In fact, the reflection of the sun’s rays off of snow, sand, water, concrete and buildings can still cause damage to your skin.

Luckily for you, I’ve found five products that make it easy to sneak sun protection into your beauty routine:

hissyfit+foundation Five Ways To Sneak SPF Into Your Beauty Routine This Winter

Hissyfit Saving Face 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. And it gets major props for its wide range of shades. Brown skinned beauties, rejoice!

loreal+skin+genesis+spf+15 Five Ways To Sneak SPF Into Your Beauty Routine This Winter

L’Oreal Skin Genesis SPF 15 Lotion is one of the rare facial moisturizers I can use during the summer and winter. I love how my skin literally drinks it in. When I apply the lotion after exfoliating, better shield your eyes because my skin is positively luminescent.

lorac+tantalizer Five Ways To Sneak SPF Into Your Beauty Routine This Winter

My favorite bronzer is LORAC TANtalizer Baked Matte Satin Bronzer SPF15, which has a mineral-based, baked formula that goes on silky-smooth for a glow that lasts. It can be used wet or dry, depending on the intensity you desire, and is great for contouring and highlighting. It might just be the best bronzer I’ve ever used – and now that the summer glow has faded from your face, I suggest you invest in it too.

hissyfit+hand+cream Five Ways To Sneak SPF Into Your Beauty Routine This Winter

It’s Hissyfit to the rescue, again. Their Handy Work Anti-Aging Hand Cream is a luxuriously moisturizing cream that offers SPF 30+ UVA/UVB protection, and smells of orange and mint.

carmex+moisture+plus Five Ways To Sneak SPF Into Your Beauty Routine This Winter

Carmex Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating Lip Balm has nourishing emollients that penetrate to soothe, heal and prevent dry lips. It has SPF 15, but you’d never know because it doesn’t taste or smell sunscreeny. The satin gloss looks great by itself or as a final finish over your lip color.

This post is sponsored by Carmex Moisture Plus ultra hydrating lip balm. More than lip balm, learn Carmex secrets, tips, & ideas here.

Hissyfit Giveaway

hissyfit Hissyfit GiveawayNot much makes me happier than giving away my favorite beauty products. So without further ado, I present another Spoiled Pretty giveaway!

This week, I’m partnering with Hissyfit, an Australian line that straddles makeup and skincare. The products deliver 3-in-1 treatment benefits in the form of powerful anti-aging, advanced sun protection and luxurious formulations that wear comfortably and smell divine!

Two lucky readers will win:

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.

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.

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 “Hissyfit Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Tuesday, August 11th. Two winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Wednesday, August 12th, 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!

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.

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