Pump Up The Volume: TRESemme vs. Living Proof

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…)

Urban Decay Friends & Family 2012: Get 20% Off

The Urban Decay Friends & Family Sale is happening RIGHT NOW at 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:

  • Naked Palette
  • 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.

OPI Skyfall Collection

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…)

St. Ives Apricot Scrub Gets Much Love From Me

st. ives apricot scrub

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…)

Winners of the Gud Hand Wash and Hand Cream Giveaway

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.

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