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

Brighten Up with Dermalogica Tri-Active Cleanse

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As many of you know, I am currently pregnant. Very pregnant, in fact. I am due to give birth a week from tomorrow…and I am so ready to meet my little girl.

This pregnancy has been rough. Not that my first pregnancy with my son, Westley, was easy – but this one makes that one seem like a walk in the park. I’ve had quite a few unexpected pregnancy complications and, on top of that, I’ve felt pretty unattractive these past nine months. They say when you’re carrying a girl, she “steals your beauty.” And in my case, the old wives was 100% true.

First, I grew muttonchops. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration. But they were pretty damned close. I’ve always had fine little hairs on the sides of my face. For years, it made me embarassed and I thought about ripping all of those baby hairs out – but then I thought about the upkeep factor and ruled it out. When the baby hairs morphed into muttonchops, I decided it was time for action. So I went to my local threading place and had those puppies waxed off.

Then came the melasma (aka ‘pregnancy mask’). Melasma is blotchy brown patches that develop on the skin due to hormonal changes. My case wasn’t as severe as some of the photos I’ve seen in Google images, but my uneven skin tone was enough to make me seriously self-conscious. There are a million products on the market right now that promise to address hyperpigmentation, but I was afraid to try something new for fear I’d break out (pregnancy also makes my skin more sensitive and reactive). So what’s a pregnant, blotchy beauty blogger to do? CONTINUE READING

Why Lush is Luscious

Posted on by Dana Jacob in Bath and Body, Body Wash, Exfoliation, Featured | Leave a comment

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Hello Spoiled Pretty readers.  I am thrilled to be a contributing writer for SP!  I’ve been looking for a hobby and thought “why don’t I funnel my interests to one place?”  I hope that you enjoy my suggestions as we go through the journey of my new hobby together.

First and foremost – I absolutely LOVE Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics products.  My first experience in one of their stores dates back 5ish years.  My mother, sister and I were on our way home from a Yankees game (a tradition of ours), and we had some time to kill before getting to our train.  We were on 14th Street walking away from Union Square when an adorable young man coaxed us into the shop promising us free facials and hand treatments.  The scent that was pouring out of the door and into the New York City air was intoxicating.  It was sweet and delicious – so we decided to indulge ourselves…

 

lush buffy shower scrub Why Lush is LusciousI remember thinking as I washed my hands with “Buffy” how happy I felt. And I thought, “Wow, this stuff really is awesome – this guy isn’t as full of it as I thought he could be!”  Buffy is an exfoliating bar made with crushed brown rice, almonds and beans.  And because it has Shea and cocoa butter – you don’t need to add moisturizer.  The scent reminded me of the beach and the coziness of an over sized sweater.

 

lush the olive branch shower gel Why Lush is LusciousI was also introduced to Olive Branch Shower Gel that day.  I have never been to Italy (I hope to go one day) but the scent brings my mind to imagine it’s how an olive farm smells on a warm sunny day (who knows, I may go to an olive farm one day and smell nothing but dirt and manure – but until then…).  With this shower gel it is important to note the directions to shake the bottle first, because of the natural oils used to make it, they will rise to the top of the bottle.  The directions say “to shake (the gel, not your body)”, but what’s wrong with a little tush shake to get your day going?

Since that trip to NYC, both Buffy and the Olive Branch Shower Gel have been staples in my shower.  And thankfully, my new husband is observant enough to stock me up just before I run out.

Fellow Lush lovers: what are your must-have products? Tell me in the comments!

Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Clarisonic Aria Indulgence Gift Set

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If you really want to spoil your mom this Sunday, give this gift suggestion a whirl.

Treat your mom to a gorgeous complexion for Mother’s Day this year. Gentle yet powerful, Clarisonic’s patented sonic technology gently removes the impurities traditional cleaning methods leave behind, cleansing six times better than your hands alone. In just 60 seconds, its sonic action removes impurities from pores so that creams, serums, and moisturizers are more effective. And with regular daily use you’ll notice a reduction in dry patches, oily areas, and blemishes. For this kit, Clarisonic partnered with skincare leaders Fresh, Josie Maran and Algenist to provide a complete cleansing and correcting regimen, reducing the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles while improving skin tone.

The Mother’s Day Indulgence Set includes: Clarisonic Aria, USB-Enabled Universal Voltage p-Link Charger, Luxe Brush Head, Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, Josie Maran Argan Oil, and Algenist Complete Renewal Eye Balm.

The Clarisonic Aria Indulgence Gift Set ($199) is available exclusively at Sephora stores and Sephora.com.

 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Orchids from ProPlants

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One of my favorite Mother’s Day gifts for Mama Spoiled Pretty is a beautiful floral bouquet. Yes, flowers can be a bit cliche…but when done correctly, they’re the perfect present. First, when purchasing flowers, it’s best to plan in advance. A store-bought bouquet with the price tag still on it is the antithesis of a thoughtful gesture. Plus, you’re giving your lovely mom work to do – because now she has to find an appropriate vase, cut the stems and arrange the flowers. And, it may be just me…but no matter how hard I arrange those flowers, I can never get them to look as good in the vase as they looked in the cellophane.

So do yourself (and your mom) a favor and order some professionally arranged flowers – and have them delivered to your mom’s door. I’ve yet to meet a woman who doesn’t get giddy from a flower delivery. Plus, the surprise factor kicks the gift up a few notches.

Right now, RueLaLa is having a ProPlants sale. For $21-49, you can send your mother these artfully arranged orchids:

One Blush Blooming Orchid, $30 (originally $49): Pictured above, this double-stem pink mini phalaenopsis orchid plant comes in a hexagonal white ceramic vase. 30+ blooms can last up to eight weeks.

 

mothers day proplants ruelala pansy orchid Mothers Day Gift Guide: Orchids from ProPlantsOne Pansy Orchid, $30 (originally $59): A burgundy Miltonia orchid comes in a bronze-finish vase. Arrives in tight blooms to maximize bloom time in your home.

 

mothers day proplants ruelala purple ladybird orchid Mothers Day Gift Guide: Orchids from ProPlantsOne Purple Ladybird Orchid, $36 (originally $59): A purple and green Ladybird Zygopetalum orchid plant – in a black ceramic vase. Arrives in tight blooms to maximize bloom time in your home. Blooms can last up to eight weeks.

 

mothers day proplants ruelala rare blue vanda orchid Mothers Day Gift Guide: Orchids from ProPlantsOne Rare Blue Vanda Orchid, $49 (originally $79): In a 15-inch-tall shatter-proof clear acrylic cylinder. Color varies from light to dark. There are four to six blooms per plant, up to eight to ten. Blooms typically last five or more weeks and can rebloom with proper care. CONTINUE READING

Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Tory Burch Key Fobs

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For a long time, Mother’s Day was just another Hallmark holiday to me. Time to buy the obligatory bouquet and card, right? That is until I had my son, Westley. Only then did I understand what a difficult (and rewarding) job motherhood truly is. And now that Westley is 3.5-years-old and I’m 2 months shy of welcoming his little sister into the world, Mother’s Day holds even more meaning for me.

So do me a favor. This Mother’s Day, I want you to spoil the mothers in your life. It’s okay if your wallet is a little light. We moms appreciate a home-cooked meal, a thoughtful email/text message and – yes – the obligatory bouquet or card. But in case you’re feeling generous this year, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Mother’s Day gift suggestions over the next 10 days or so.

 

tory burch amanda round cross body handbag Mothers Day Gift Guide: Tory Burch Key FobsAfter years of coveting a Tory Burch handbag, I recently bit the bullet and gifted myself with this Amanda Round Crossbody Bag. Now, I’m a Tory Burch convert coveting more fabulous accessories. These key chains are so cute and would make the perfect gift for a true Tory Burch fan.

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Tory Burch Reva Key Fob Mothers Day Gift Guide: Tory Burch Key Fobs

I’m especially enamored with the Reva Key Fob – a playful, miniaturized take on the iconic ballet flat, named after Tory’s mother.

Right now, Tory Burch is having a Friends & Fans Sale. Take 25% off your purchase at toryburch.com through Monday, April 28. Just enter promo code FRIENDLY at checkout.

And  speaking of Tory fans – if you’re one, be sure to check out this Q&A I did with the fashion phenom (and fellow Philadelphian) back in the day.

If You Have Hair, The Wet Brush is a Must Have

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the wet brush detangling If You Have Hair, The Wet Brush is a Must Have

For years, I have used an oversized wide-tooth comb to detangle my notoriously impossible to detangle post-shampoo hair. The amount of hair that would get caught in the teeth was somewhat alarming. But I chalked it up to the fact that I only wash my hair once a week – so maybe the hair loss really wasn’t all that bad. Detangling with the comb also took a long time and was kind of painful.

So when I heard about The Wet Brush, I contacted the company and requested a sample for review. They gladly sent me one – and, girls, I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s changed my life.

The first time I used it (which was a month ago), I was shocked. While it looks like an ordinary hairbrush, its bristles slip and slide through hair with ease – untangling even the most matted mess. Starting at the ends, I brushed my way up and was floored that the entire detangling process took half the time it usually does. And it was completely painless. Not to mention the amount of hair left in the brush was like one-tenth the size of the hairball that my wide tooth comb used to rip out of my head. Huzzah! CONTINUE READING

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream Review

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You know how awesome BB creams are for your face? Well, the geniuses at Jergens have harnessed the power of BB and infused it into a lotion for your body.

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Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream promises flawless-looking skin with 5 visible benefits in just 5 days.  But does it deliver? Watch the video to find out…

 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Jergens BB Body Cream through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Jergens BB Body Cream, all opinions are my own. Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream Review

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