Hello, Spoiled Pretty readers! I am so excited to be the newest contributor here at SP! First, a little bit about me — I am a Korean-American woman, which means I have naturally poker-straight hair. The good part about my hair is that it’s low maintenance and manageable. As for the downside, it’s lifeless and as limp as a wet noodle. So what can a girl do about flat, melba-toast hair?
I recently had a body booster face-off with two products that promised to put some pep into my hair: TRESemme 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray and Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse. First up, the spray. The spray comes blasting out of the aerosol can at 100 miles an hour, a la Aqua Net. After a few seconds of spraying the product while hanging my head upside down I looked in the mirror and saw the Bride of Frankenstein looking back at me — body boosting indeed. A quick run-through with the comb and my hair was under control with much more bounce than usual.
For a less dramatic boost to your do’, the mousse delivers just like any other mousse. There is no dramatic unleashing as with the spray. What sets this product apart is that it smells absolutely amazing and is so lightweight that you would never know any product is in your hair. That unwanted crunch that some products leave behind is non-existent after applying this mousse. (more…)
The Urban Decay Friends & Family Sale is happening RIGHT NOW at urbandecay.com and ends on 10/13. Which makes now the perfect time to spoil yourself with all of those items that have been lingering on your wish list. Or take this opportunity to start your holiday shopping early. Here are my product picks:
Eyeshadow Primer Potion
24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils (Deviant, Stash and Zero are personal faves)
All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
Enter promo code FFHOLIDAY12 at checkout to receive 20% off your entire purchase.
This holiday season, OPI celebrates the 50th Anniversary of James Bond with their latest lacquers, the Skyfall Collection. Inspired by the film’s blend of glamour and danger, the collection features twelve limited-edition nail lacquers and a 18k gold leaf top coat. “OPI is thrilled to celebrate 50 years of the style, swagger and mystique associated with Bond 007,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “From metallic and glitter finishes to jewel tones and even a jet black, these lacquers capture the film’s sophisticated and glamorous look.
“Watch for Bérénice Marlohe wearing two Skyfall Collection shades in the film,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “With Skyfall, a rich maroon, painted on top of the nail and GoldenEye, a shimmering gold, painted on the undersides, Marlohe’s luxurious manicure will be the one to try this holiday season.”
The Skyfall Collection features six shades that play off the movie’s seductive theme, and another six that offer a more dangerous look, including:
GoldenEye: All eyes will be upon you when you wear this glorious gold.
The Spy Who Loved Me: A red as romantic as the secret agent inside you. (more…)
Play Sephora’s Spin to Win to receive a unique promotion code to use with your next online order. Offers include a 10% discount, free shipping on orders over $25 and deluxe samples (from brands including Lancome, Shiseido and Tarte).
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…)
Congrats to the winners of the Güd Hand Wash and Hand Cream Giveaway: Rachel, Sheila Walton and Bailey! These ladies will each receive a Hand Wash and Hand Cream, in their choice of scent.
Güd hand care products provide a fresh, fruity, floral escape as well as protection against cold-weather drying and cracking! güd Hand Wash and Hand Cream are also formulated with güd-for-you-ingredients (not yucky toxins like parabens, phthalates or petrochemicals).
Many thanks to güd for sponsoring this giveaway. And stay tuned for Spoiled Pretty’s next contest.
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.
Prada Infusion d’Iris Eau de Parfum is one of my signature scents. In 2007, when I gifted Mama Spoiled Pretty with a bottle for Christmas, I was seduced by its charm, and I’ve been wearing it ever since. In fact, I carry a full-sized bottle in my handbag. So when Prada announced Infusion d’Iris Absolue Eau de Parfum, a sequel to the award-winning original, I couldn’t wait to get a whiff.
Unfortunately, it was originally only sold at Neiman Marcus. Neiman is a little rich for my blood, so I it took me a while to get my my hands on one of the gold-adorned bottles. But, in the past few months, I’ve noticed the perfume popping up at other stores (Nordstrom, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s) – so I recently reached out to my friends at Nordstrom to request a sample. They happily obliged, so I’m now able to bring you this long-awaited review. (more…)
How chic are these Miu Miu Noir sunnies? I usually gravitate to classic and understated styles, but these are just too fabulous! The red glitter ones look like something a modern day Dorothy would rock in Oz, right?
Anyway, sunglassesshop.com is running a blogger contest and giving away a pair of these babies, and I’m crossing my fingers that I get lucky. I run so many contests and giveaways to spoil you all pretty, so maybe kharma will be kind to me.
I don’t think I have the chutzpah to pull off the red glitter ones, but there is a black glitter pair that have my name all over it. I’m also a big fan of the retro cat eye shape.
So keep your fingers crossed for me. And if I win, I’ll be sure to report back and post some pics.
I am obsessed with ABC’s Scandal, starring the gorgeous and uber talented Kerry Washington. If you’ve never seen the show, you need to get with the program…literally. And if you’ve seen it but didn’t get hooked, I don’t know if we can be friends. It’s just that good.
In Scandal, Kerry plays Olivia Pope, a D.C. crisis management guru/”fixer.” She’s the former White House Communications Director for the President (who is married, but just so happens to be her soul mate), but has left to start her own crisis management firm, Olivia Pope and Associates. Sounds entertaining, right? It is! Anyway, Olivia has a killer instinct and a killer wardrobe.
In this Bluefly Closet Confessions video, Kerry gives us a special look into the wardrobe of her character. Enjoy!
PS – If you’re a fellow Scandal fan, tweet me on Thursdays at 10 ET. I do an informal live blog of the episodes and would love to chat with you about the show!