Carol’s Daughter Vanilla Petals Body Cream

carols daughter vanilla petals body cream shea souffle1 Carols Daughter Vanilla Petals Body Cream

Carol’s Daughter Body Cream is my hands-down favorite body moisturizer. It’s so decadently thick, it’s like a treat every time you smooth it on. And the formula is hydrating as all get-out. Plus, they smell amazing. I’m partial to the vanilla-based scents, which are all elegant and inspired takes on the classic scent.

Anyway, for the past few weeks, I’ve been lotioning up with Carol’s Daughter Body Butter in Vanilla Petals. I got a travel-sized jar in a set that I featured in my Holiday 2012 Gift Guide. Anyway, I just got around to using it and I can’t stop sniffing myself. I absolutely LOVE this scent. It’s described as a having notes of French marshmallow, soft florals and vanilla. To me, it smells like a mashup of buttercream and baby powder. Sounds weird, but it totally works. It’s warm and feminine – perfect for this season.

Now that I am almost finished with the jar, I’m weighing my options. I could replenish my stock by buying the full-sized jar or if I should go out on a limb and try their latest vanilla concoction: Lavender & Vanilla. I love both of those scents and Carol’s Daughter has never disappointed me with one of their vanilla interpretations. Here’s what Lisa Price, Carol’s Daughter founder, had to say about it:

“I’ve always loved the way Lavender makes me feel calm, and I happen to have a not-so-secret love affair with Vanilla. The combination of Lavender and Vanilla is like the best of both worlds: cool and warm; fresh and exotic – all at the same time.”

Well, I’m sold. I fully intend to investigate and report back.

Carol’s Daughter products are available at Sephora, Macy’s and Ulta.

Philadelphia Style Magazine Shares My Fall Beauty Faves

Spoiled Pretty Philadelphia Style Magazine Philadelphia Style Magazine Shares My Fall Beauty Faves

A few weeks ago, Philadelphia Style Magazine interviewed me for a feature on their website. Since I’m a beauty junkie and can’t resist the opportunity to dish on my favorite products, the story evolved into “Daneen Baird of Spoiled Pretty’s 6 Fall Beauty Picks.” As a Philly gal (born and raised) and a big fan of the magazine (I made the print edition back in 2008 – less than a year after launching this blog), it was awesome to come full circle and to be profiled again. Here’s how they introduced me…

Beauty blogger extraordinaire and Philadelphia resident Daneen Baird knows a thing or two about putting your best face forward. At the helm of the award-winning website, Spoiled Pretty, Baird is constantly ahead-of-the-trend and in-the-know when it comes to the latest and greatest in beauty products and cosmetics. From nail polish reviews to insider tricks of the trade, Baird dishes it all with a bit of sass.

Click here to read the rest of the article and to get acquainted with the products I can’t live without for fall.

Exfoliate with Exfolimate

Exfolimate Exfoliate with Exfolimate

As a beauty blogger, I’ve seen and tried a plethora of products and tools – and I’m not easily impressed. It takes a very special product – something that’s truly innovative and effective – to knock my socks off. Exfolimate, the latest addition to my “holy grail” list, did just that. Here’s the product description:

Say G’day to ultra smooth skin and goodbye to dull, flakey skin. Introducing Exfolimate – the ultimate tool to give you younger, fresher looking and feeling skin. Designed in Australia – Exfolimate is your handy mate to instant exfoliation and pore clarification without the fuss of scrubs and loofahs that only rub the surface of your skin without actually removing the problem.

The secret is Exfolimate’s innovative micro-groove technology etched into the smooth metal edge. The micro-grooves gently lift and remove lingering skin cells and debris to unveil younger, fresher skin. Exfolimate is made to gently exfoliate the face and body and is precision designed for daily exfoliation and naturally skin clearing results. Exfolimate transforms the surface of your skin.

I was going to write about Exfolimate, but it was so amazing that a traditional review wouldn’t suffice. So I taped a video about it. Like to hear it? Here it go….

 


Exfolimate is $37 for two-piece face and body tool set. Go get you one today (you can thank me later).

Monistat Makes a Face Primer? Well, Sort Of…

Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder Gel Monistat Makes a Face Primer? Well, Sort Of...

If you’re like me and your thighs touch when you walk, you understand how literally irritating this can be. Especially during the summertime, the friction can cause chafing, rashes and overall discomfort. To combat this, I had taken to wearing my Spanx ‘Slimplicity’ High-Waisted Girl Shorts under dresses and skirts. But in oppressive heat and humidity, the last thing you want is an extra layer of clothes. So I was over the moon when I discovered Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel. The easy-to-apply gel dries to form a silky, breathable barrier to fight friction. One application lasts all day – plus it’s fragrance-free and non-staining.

What’s even better? It doubles as a makeup primer. Yes, girl, you heard me me right. The formula looks, feels and performs almost exactly like Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. Except Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel costs around $7-8 (click here for a $2 coupon) for 1.5 oz and a 1.7 oz tube of the Smashbox primer will set you back $49!

monistat chafing relief gel smashbox foundation primer Monistat Makes a Face Primer? Well, Sort Of...Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel is sold online and at a drugstore/mass market retailer near you.

Winner of the Links Jewelry Giveaway

New From Fresh: Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Cherry

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 Cherry New From Fresh: Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Cherry

Meet Cherry, the newest addition to the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 family. She joins Advanced Treatment, Berry, Coral, Honey, Passion, Petal, Plum, Rose and (the original) Sugar.

Fresh Sugar Soiree lip balm collection1 New From Fresh: Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in Cherry

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 blends reparative oils and waxes with real sugar, a natural humectant, for delectable and dependable moisture. This hydrating treatment nourishes, protects and plumps the lips – while providing essential, year-round protection from damaging UV rays.

I just love these balms. In fact, Passion and Berry have taken up residency in my purse lately.

Giveaway: Links Jewelry Rose Gold Chain Bracelet!

links jewelry bracelet Giveaway: Links Jewelry Rose Gold Chain Bracelet!

After beauty products, handbags and jewelry are my secondary addictions. Obviously, this site is chock full of makeup reviews and you’ll also find a good amount of purse posts. But I don’t write very often about jewelry. Maybe it’s that I have such discriminating taste that I only come across a need-to-have piece once in a while. Or perhaps it’s because jewelry is such a personal thing…you find a piece you love and you want to be the only one wearing it.

Anyway, I’m writing my first jewelry post in a long time because I recently discovered some jewelry that made me swoon. And you know that when something is swoon-inducing, my natural instinct is to gab about it and spread the news far and wide.

Links Jewelry is a jewelry brand that manufactures the most gorge necklaces and bracelets – for both ladies and men. The jewelry features a patented chain and leather design that is handmade in America by American artisans. The Classic Line is finished in 14kt yellow gold, white gold, rose gold or sterling silver. The Sport Line features copper oxide, carbon microfiber and black steel treatments. Bracelet prices range from $129.00 to $559.00. Each piece is beautifully unique…like the kind that makes other women day, “OMG…that is so cute! Where did you get that?” Yeah, that kind.

But beyond creating cuteness, Links Jewelry is a socially conscious company that instills their “Look Good, Do Good, Feel Good” message in each piece they create. 10% of sales go directly towards Sean Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief Organization.  Knowing that rose gold is my metal soulmate, Links sent me some bracelets to review and they are amazeballs. Just take a look.

links jewelry bracelets Giveaway: Links Jewelry Rose Gold Chain Bracelet!

These bracelets needed to be in my jewelry box, like, yesterday. Feel the same? I thought you might. That’s why I’m partnering with Links Jewelry to give some adorbs arm candy. One lucky Spoiled Pretty reader will win the 2-row 14kt Rose Gold Finished Chain and Metallic Pink Leather Classic Links Bracelet with Buddha Head Charms (value: $179).

Rose Gold Chain Metallic Pink Leather Classic Links Bracelet with Buddha Head Charms Giveaway: Links Jewelry Rose Gold Chain Bracelet!

To enter, leave a comment below – telling me how you’re going to rock your new bracelet. The contest is open to U.S. residents only. Contest ends on Friday, August 23 at 5pm ET. I’ll announce the winner then. Bonne chance!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Links Jewelry, however, all opinions expressed are my own.

Enamored with Essie: Blanc and Snap Happy

essie blanc and snap happy Enamored with Essie: Blanc and Snap Happy

Lately, I’ve been enamored with Essie. Mr. Spoiled Pretty and Westley gave me a gift card to a local nail salon for Mother’s Day – and every time I get my nails did, I find myself gravitating to the Essie shades. Not only are the shades super gorge, but they apply like a dream and they look fresh to def for a good 10 days (and I’m super rough on my hands). On my toes, we’re talking a good month.

Essie Blanc and Snap Happy Nail Polish Enamored with Essie: Blanc and Snap HappyHere are two of my most recent Essie manis: Blanc (a snowy white) and Snap Happy (a cheerful red orange)

What are your favorite Essie shades? I’m looking for inspiration for my next mani/pedi – so leave your suggestions in the comments section.

Kooba for AHAVA Body Care Set: A Nordstrom Exclusive

Kooba for AHAVA Body Care Set Nordstrom1 Kooba for AHAVA Body Care Set: A Nordstrom ExclusiveThis new limited edition collaboration between contemporary beauty and fashion brands AHAVA and Kooba was designed to bring the beauty and fashion obsessed together to express their personal styles. Combining the most innovative in mineral skincare with a passionate fashion brand, this cute and conveniently sized clutch in one of Kooba’s natural and classic prints holds three of AHAVA’s best-sellers:

  • Mineral Body Exfoliator (6.8 fl oz)
  • Mineral Body Lotion (3.4 fl oz)
  • Travel size Mineral Hand Cream (1.3 fl oz).

The Kooba for AHAVA limited edition set is $45 (a $130 value!) and is available now at select Nordstrom locations and on Nordstrom.com.

Polished: L’Oreal Paris Watermelon Manicure

loreal new money crazy for chic Polished: LOreal Paris Watermelon Manicure

L’oreal Paris recently re-designed all of their packaging, and their Colour Riche nail polishes now come in sleek rectangular bottles.

I picked up two colors: New Money (a bright, light green) and Crazy for Chic (a clear, vibrant raspberry pink). I was eager to see how long these polishes would last, since they are advertised for 10-day wear.

watermelon nails Polished: LOreal Paris Watermelon Manicure

I applied two coats of each color, going for a summertime watermelon-inspired manicure. I proceeded to beat up my manicures as I always do: washing dishes, typing way too much, and cooking.

I am happy to report that my watermelon nails lasted for 8 days without chipping! These polishes have serious staying power, and they are a great choice for summertime manicures and pedicures with longevity.

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