In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Gym Bag

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If you read my last post, you know that, this afternoon, I took a trip to TJ Maxx. What you probably don’t know is that I went there on a mission to find new athletic attire.

You see, I recently joined a gym. After a long hiatus, I’m back on the scene – and I have to admit that I’m feeling a little zafdig next to all of the resident hard bodies. So until I slim and trim my body, I’ve resorted to hiding underneath some sporty outfits. Trying on the gear was a workout in and of itself cuz I’m majorly sore from my personal training sesh yesterday. But I found some cute separates, so I’m ready to head back tomorrow.

What I didn’t need to buy, however, was a stylish gym bag. More on that in a minute…

So what are the necessities for your gym bag this summer? Obviously, you’ll want to pack items like a towel and an mp3 player. But I also recommend that you also include a few key beauty essentials…so that, post-gym, you won’t have to take your sweaty, smelly self straight home. Give your credit card a little workout and stock up on the following:

* If your hair is normal to oily, I’d recommend taking along travel-sized shampoo and conditioner. If your hair is dry/damaged/color-treated, then you might want to carry a dry shampoo or a product that revives your style.

* If you shower at the gym, you’ll need some sort body wash and facial cleanser. Many gyms have those basic amenities. But if you’re reading this, you’re a beauty junkie…and you don’t want no generic toiletries. You’re better off bringing along some deep-cleaning products that will clear your pores of dirt, oil, and sweat.

* Odor may be a sign of an effective workout, but I think you’ll agree that it’s far from fetching. Deodorant is a no brainer. No?

*Spritzing on a light, fresh fragrance is also a nice precautionary measure – especially if you forgo a splish splash in the gym shower.

water+bottle+lips In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Gym Bag* A reusable water bottle is an excellent idea. I advocate aluminum (like those from SIGG) over plastic. But whatever you choose – you might want to pour your agua into a cup. Recent reports have shown that quenching your thirst straight from the bottle leads to “water bottle lips” – which are fine wrinkles around the mouth. Quel horror!

Today is day two of our In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway Week, so I’m spoiling you pretty with this lovely Lug gym bag.

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The Puddle Jumper Gym Bag was featured on Oprahs “O List” and is a must-have for any active individual. Stuff it solid with items galore! From your ipod, glasses, pens, papers, clothing, bottles, cosmetics, etc., even throw your stinky sneakers in the back separated ventilated pocket! This bag represents functionality at its best while not compromising your sense of style!

For the winner, this bag will be accompanied by the following goodies:

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st: This alcohol-free, leave-in conditioner detangles, refreshes and reactivate your style without washing. With a revitalizing fragrance, it neutralizes odor as it moisturizes and preps the hair for restyling. It’s also a great moisturizer for the skin!

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Neutrogena Rainbath Shower & Shave
: As a body wash, this fresh, marine-scented gel is enriched with ingredients that clean and moisturize your skin without leaving behind a heavy residue. As a shave gel, the silky lubrication helps your razor glide smoothly over your skin while soothing aloe helps prevent dryness and irritation. This clean-rinsing formula won’t build up on your razor—or your skin.

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Clean & Clear Deep Action Refreshing Gel Cleanser: The icy gel turns into a foaming lather that instantly cools and invigorates your skin as it dissolves dirt and oil trapped deep in your pores.
After washing, it leaves your skin feeling refreshed and revived, with the unmistakable tingle of a really deep clean. Completely oil-free, rinses clean, and won’t clog pores.

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Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets: Softer than paper, these silky sheets leave your skin feeling refreshed by instantly removing excess oil and shine from your face, without smudging makeup or leaving behind powder.

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Bath & Body Works Body Splash in Enchanted Orchid: This lighter, casual fragrance is perfect for fragrance layering or enhancing the fragrance effect of previously applied products, such as body lotion. Notes include Calypso Orchid, Pink Grapefruit, Waterlily, Crisp Apple, Fresh Gardenia, Vanilla Orchid, Heliotrope, and Creamy Amber.

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Goody Ouchless Detangling Comb: Flexible teeth slide through wet or dry hair without snags or pulls. Easy does it with this gentle approach to soft, manageable hair.

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Secret Flawless Antiperspirant/Deodorant: Performs in more ways than any other anti-perspirant. It has strong protection, goes on clear, has self-renewing fragrances, it’s smooth and lightweight, and has skin-nurturing conditioners.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Lug Gym Bag Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Monday, June 30th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Tuesday, July 1st, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents only.

And be sure to check out the other bag giveaways. You can enter all of the giveaways, but you can only win once. Good luck!

Comptoir Sud Pacifique at TJ Maxx!!!

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Guess what I found at TJ Maxx? If you read the title of the post, you already know. But I’m super excited – so let’s play a game. I’m going to ask you the question again…and this time, you’re going to pretend you don’t know the answer. M’kay?

Guess what I found at TJ Maxx today? Comptoir Sud Pacifique!!! Yay!!!

Before anyone could get wise to my serendipitous discovery, I hastily threw Aloha Tiare Exotically Rich Body Butter and Vanilla Abricot Transporting Bath and Shower Gel into my cart. As you can see from the price tag, I only paid $5.99 each!

If you live near the Jenkintown, PA location…go get you some. I left a few on the shelf for you. I also spied Frederic Fekkai shampoos and conditioners (for $14) and Tan For All Seasons Scrub + Color Self-Tanning Set (for the low, low price of $16!).

Shu Uemura’s Summer Collection, Plus 20% Off!

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Since the opening of the shu uemura’s first Beauty Boutique in Tokyo in 1983, each year a limited edition Boutique Birthday Collection of the season’s most festive beauty items is created in celebration.

This year, to mark the 25th anniversary, the late Mr. Uemura created the most special and unique collection yet. HANA-BI is inspired by the three fundamental elements in nature: terre (earth), rose (flower), and source (water). The collection includes a series of 100% natural origin fragrances formulated with Depsea water, three color palettes, and two shimmering liquid eye liners.

shu+uemura+hana+bi+018 Shu Uemuras Summer Collection, Plus 20% Off!My favorite of the HANA-BI bunch is the Fleur de Source Palette. These powder shadows feel cool and creamy on the skin. Lightly apply to create a soft and natural effect or layer them for a more dramatic look.

And, as if this new limited-edition collection wasn’t exciting enough, shu uemura is offering all their “friends & families” 20% off all orders and FREE standard shipping! The promotion will begin on Thursday, June 26th and end on Sunday, June 29th*. Enter promo code SHUSUMMER** at checkout.

*Valid: from 6/26–6/29 at 11:59pm EST.
**You must be signed in and enter promo code to receive the discount.

In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Work Bag

work+giveaway In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway: Work BagI’m beauty addict, but the truth is that I wear very little makeup to work. I’m not a morning person…so in the AM, it takes all of my cognitive abilities just to shower, get dressed, and grab my bag before running to catch the bus.

I may leave the house with basic hair and makeup, but don’t be fooled. I always come prepared. Trust me…there’s nothing worse than going to work looking a hot mess – figuring you’ll just be in your office all day and no one will see you – only to find out that a last-minute meeting has been scheduled or your co-workers are organizing an impromptu happy hour.

And even if you’re content to hide away at your desk looking like a bridge troll, it’s still a good idea to stock your work bag with a few beauty essentials. Here are some that I recommend:

*In the summertime, it’s very unlikely that your hair is going to go awry at some point in the day. If you’re blessed with perfect hair, I’m jealous…we’re no longer friends. I kid…great for you. But for those of us who aren’t so lucky, a purse-sized brush and comb might not bring perfection, but it’ll help tame your mane so that it looks polished.

*It’s also a good idea to carry an emollient hand lotion. If you shake a lot of hands in your line of work, your colleagues and customers might appreciate it if your skin is soft and smooth. It’s also a great way to make friends and allies at your job…I don’t know about you, but people are always asking to borrow my hand cream. If I lend them the good stuff, they’re indebted to me forever. Plus, hand lotion also comes in handy (pun intended) when your hair starts acting up; just rub a tiny bit between your hands and smooth away flyaways.

*Then there are the times when your hair is seriously misbehaving and needs a time out. That’s when you pull out your purse-sized comb and/or brush and tie it back with a snag-free elastic. Depending on the brand, a whole bunch of these hair ties will cost less that $5. Carry some in your purse and throw some in your desk drawer, just to be on the safe side. I happen to carry a cavernous handbag with black interior, so here’s how I do: wrap a couple hair elastics around the handle of your brush. That way, you always know where to find your bad hair day redeemer.

*For many women, summer is the time when the shine monster starts rearing its ugly head. You might have gotten away with powder during the colder months. But in the warmer months, powder can cake and settle into fine lines. Blotting papers absorb oil without disturbing your makeup.

*One of the obvious additions to your summer makeup arsenal is waterproof mascara. One or two coats of mascara on your upper lashes lets you get away with wearing less makeup on the rest of your face. And a waterproof formula gives you peace of mind that the pigment will stay put.

*Finally, every woman needs a lip product in her purse. Personally, I’m an advocate of tossing a variety lip products in there…different colors and formulas depending on the occasion, your outfit or mood. But remember you’re at work…leave the Jezebel shades at home.

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Today is day one of Spoiled Pretty’s In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway Week. And to get this party started right, I’m giving you the chance to win a beautiful Aleya New York handbag. Whether you wear a suit to work or your job’s dress code is a little more lax, the Aleya New York Allie Hobo is the perfect compliment to your ensemble. This a-line patchwork purse has enough room for all of your products and other incidentals, is extremely comfortable on the shoulder, and wonderfully unique. The double flap is graphic and functional.

For the winner, this bag will be accompanied by the following goodies:

Goody Mosaic Ouchless Purse Brush: The ultimate in snagless styling. This brush is smaller sized – perfect for travel or on the go styling.

Goody Mosaic Mini Versa Comb: This 3-in-1 comb is small enough to fit in your purse, but large enough to maintain your style.

Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara: This lash-enhancing mascara instantly builds lash volume by 400%. The patent-pending formula with a touch of olive oil penetrates and helps plump the core of each and every lash. The Visible Volume Brush coats and builds even the smallest lashes with rich, volume-building color. No clumps, smudging or flaking…and safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

Neutrogena MoistureShine Soothing LipSheers in Sparkling Nude, Peach Sorbet, and Plum Kiss: Instantly soothe dry lips with sheer, cooling color. Moisture-infused formula contains SPF 20 to protect lips. The advanced formula contains moisturizing emollients and vitamin E to instantly soften and hydrate, while SPF 20 guards against sun damage. A unique cooling sensation soothes on contact.

Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets: Instantly blot away excess oil and say goodbye to the shine. Oil-Absorbing Sheets soak up excess oil and remove shine from your face, without smudging makeup or leaving behind a residue. Softer than paper, these silky smooth sheets can be used easily around your nose and other areas of your face. Use them anytime, anywhere to remove oil and shine throughout the day.

DentaBurst “Be Ready To Shine” Kit: DentaBurst Freshening Teeth Cleaners are an effective way to clean teeth and freshen breath on-the-go. Unlike mints or gum, they remove plaque from the surfaces of teeth, leaving them feeling smooth and clean. The kit contains 72 individually-wrapped Dentaburst, a business card case, and a calendar/planner.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Aleya New York Handbag Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, June 29th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, June 30th, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents only.

And be sure to check out the other bag giveaways. You can enter all of the giveaways, but you can only win once. Good luck!

In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway Week!

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By now, you’ve retired your cold-weather clothes to the recesses of your closet and replaced them with easy, breezy summer essentials. But what about your handbag, hon? Isn’t it time you summer-ized the contents of your purse?

Most of your winter and spring beauty essentials don’t have what it takes to contend with the summer sun and humidity. If they can’t take the heat, get ‘em out of the handbag. It’s time to give those heavy and dark products a vaca, and replace them with ones that will keep you looking fresh and fabulous all summer long.

June 20th marked the official start of summer. So to welcome the new season, Spoiled Pretty is showing you how to avoid looking a hot mess. I’ll give you tips on how to update the contents of your bag with warm-weather beauty products and introduce you to some cool summer-must haves that will have you looking and feeling like a total hottie.

And best of all, I’m really gonna spoil you pretty this week. In celebration of summer, I will be hosting seven giveaways. Yeppers, you heard me right. Every day this week, I will be giving away a chic summer bag, filled with products to help you beat the heat.

Stay tuned as Spoiled Pretty kicks off our In The Bag Summer Beauty Giveaway Week!

CoverGirl and PF Chang Team Up for After-Dinner Treat

cg amazemint CoverGirl and PF Chang Team Up for After Dinner TreatIn July, CoverGirl will release their new WetSlicks AmazeMint lip gloss. I got my hands on some advance samples and you are going to love ’em, ladies. This gloss does so much more than just add some shine to your lips. AmazeMint contains Crest Peppermint Oil to freshen breath, it has a refreshing tingle that cools the lips, and three of the thirteen shades have blue undertones to make teeth appear whiter! I love a beauty product that works hard for my money.Can’t wait until week? Here’s a little secret…You don’t have to be an industry insider to get your hands on a tube. Just make dinner reservations for Friday night.

On June 27th, women dining at PF Chang’s China Bistro will enjoy a special indulgence at the end of their meals. CoverGirl is teaming up with the restaurant to offer all female customers a free CoverGirl WetSlicks AmazeMint lip gloss. The first 500 females to purchase dinner from 5pm until supplies last will receive the after dinner treat, free of charge. Participating Restaurants include:

Atlanta (Alpharetta)
7925 N. Point Parkway
Alpharetta GA 30022

Baltimore
600 E. Pratt Street Suite 101
Baltimore, MD 21202

Chicago
530 N. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Dallas (Grapevine)
650 Highway 114
Grapevine, TX 76051

Los Angeles
Beverly Center
121 N. La Cienega Boulevard #117
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Miami (Downtown)
Mary Brickell Village
901 South Miami Ave., Suite 104
Downtown Miami, FL 33131

Washington, DC
Tyson’s Corner
1716M International Drive
McLean, VA 22102

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