Holy Grail Hair Product Alert: Moroccanoil

I’m bossy. You probably didn’t know that about me.

For the past ten months, I’ve done a pretty damn good job of hiding my dictatorial demeanor. But sometimes, I feel so strongly about a product that a gentle suggestion just won’t suffice. So, at the risk of sounding like a despot, here goes my review of Moroccanoil.

I, Spoiled Pretty, command you, reader of Spoiled Pretty, to immediately purchase Moroccanoil hair care products. Heed this decree…for the use of Moroccanoil will, henceforth, transform your fried, lifeless locks into a mane of myth.

Moroccanoil Oil Treatment is a versatile hair product, made from the oil of the Argan tree. For centuries, Moroccan women have used this miracle oil to treat hair and nails, and to counteract the effects of the hot climate and aging.

In Philadelphia, we enlightened ladies like to treat our tresses to a little pre-shampoo Moroccanoil. Apply to hair (concentrating on ends) and cover with a shower cap for 30 minutes. If your hair is especially damaged, let hair marinate for a few hours or overnight. What kind of results can you expect? Moroccanoil’s many benefits include:

* Softens thick unmanageable hair
* Restores shine and softness to dull, limp hair
* Strengthens brittle hair
* Promotes healing and provides nourishment to hair damaged by coloring and styling
* Creates an optimal balance for the hair and scalp
* Nourishes the scalp (alleviates itchy, dry scalp)
* Protects against UV damage and other environmental factors
* Reduces drying time and speeds up styling time

Moroccanoil’s weightless non-greasy formula seals in shine, is perfect for all hair types, and won’t cause build-up on the hair. And the product is stored in an amber glass bottle to protect the oil from UV rays that cause oxidation and degradation.

You will notice a dramatic improvement in the feel and look of your hair after just one use. After introducing my mom to the line, she couldn’t stop raving about how Moroccanoil added softness and shine to her overprocessed hair. My mother doesn’t give compliments freely, so this endorsement was majah!

If you really want to go for the gusto, use Moroccanoil in tandem with the line’s other products.

The Masque is a rich, creamy conditioner, designed to hydrate and repair damaged hair. The Hydrating Styling Cream is a leave-in treatment that eliminates frizz, adds definition, and brilliant shine, while the pure argan oil conditions and hydrates the hair. And the Intense Curl Cream is used to enhance and define curly hair; repeated use will result in extraordinary hold, shine and protection.

Click here to find a salon near you that sells Moroccanoil. Or purchase products online at Amazon.com.

Dear Anonymous…

Today, I received a nasty message in the comments section of the Venus Embrace Giveaway post. This is what “anonymous” wrote:

Sorry to be so cynical but one of the winners of the Venus giveaway has the same last name as you. Is that a relative or in-law? If so, I think that is totally unfair to your readers. Now I am wondering if the other winners are all just friends of yours. Hmmm…..not a good look Daneen. :-(

First of all, I think it is a cowardly act to come on my blog, publicly accuse me of being a liar and a cheat, but conceal your own identity. So, anonymous…I’m posting my rebuttal on the main page (not in the comments section) so that you, and everyone else who reads Spoiled Pretty, understands that I have nothing to hide and that there is no impropriety going on.

Carrie Baird was randomly selected from the Gillette giveaway entries. Did I worry that this might appear suspect? Yes. But is it fair to disqualify a woman whom I have never met, merely because we share a last name (FYI: Baird is actually a very common surname)? Absolutely not. If my last name was Smith, and I chose a winner with the same last name, would we be having this conversation? Probably not.

I spend an inordinate amount of time coordinating these giveaways. Every Monday, it is my joy to offer each and every one of you an opportunity to win my favorite beauty products. And it absolutely makes my day when I notify a reader that she’s won and she writes back, “Thank you so much, Daneen. I’m so excited to receive my prize. I never win anything!”

Contests aside, I am up to my eyeballs in beauty products…and that’s after I’ve given much of it to my family and close friends. So your theory of my orchestrating fake giveaways is completely and utterly ludicrous.

So, in closing…Anonymous, I hope that you will have the decency to never, ever enter a Spoiled Pretty giveaway again. Because a person who would question and attack my intergrity doesn’t deserve to benefit from my beneficence.

Who’s Your Daddy: Clarisonic Giveaway!

Poor dads. Every time a holiday rolls around, you rack your brain to come up with the perfect present. But what does dear ole dad wind up getting? A necktie…a sleeve of golf balls…or some new power tools. How uninspired.

This Father’s Day, help dad get in touch with his softer side by giving him a tool he’ll actually use. My holy grail/essential beauty product, the Clarisonic Skin Care System, is now available in “graphite gray.”

Dad will love how using the Clarisonic to apply shaving lubricant ensures a closer shave with reduced razor irritation. And he’ll definitely be intrigued when you tell him that Clarisonic’s oscillating brush removes six times more dirt and oil than soap and water alone.

This limited-edition Clarisonic is now available at clarisonic.com. But one lucky reader will win a Graphite Gray Clarisonic, to spoil their dad handsomely. This prize is valued at $195!

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Tell me what you love most about your dad, or what makes your spouse such a wonderful father. Attach a pic of you with your dad, or one of your spouse with your child(ren). I will be posting the photo of the winner…so don’t send a pic you don’t want published.

Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Clarisonic Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Saturday, June 14th. A winner will be chosen from among the entrants. On Sunday, June 15th (Father’s Day), 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.

Good luck!

One Step Manicure & Pedicure Giveaway!

Don’t you love how soft and smooth your feet feel after a day of walking on a wet, sandy beach? Well, if you’ve got 60 seconds to spare, you can recreate that beach-beauty feeling with Surgeon’s Skin Secret’s One Step Manicure & Pedicure Spa Treatments.

Using a unique combination of sea salts, beeswax, shea butter and botanical oils, One Step Manicure & Pedicure has a two-in-one formula that gently exfoliates and smoothes even the driest skin and cuticles – in less than 60 seconds.

Ideal for use on hands and feet, it’s available in three yummy scents (Lemon, Vanilla, and Sugar Cookie). I’ve recently discovered a new use for One Step Manicure & Pedicure. Rub it all over legs before shaving. Your stems will be so silky smooth, you almost won’t recognize them…and the product is so hydrating, you may be able to get away without lotion, post-shave.

It’s Monday evening, and you know what that means…time for a giveaway! This week, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Surgeon’s Skin Secret for a sweet giveaway. Twelve readers will win:

One 16 oz jar of One Step Manicure & Pedicure in Sugar Cookie


Four-Piece Gift Collection (in lemon): includes 4 oz jar of One-Step Lemon Manicure, .30 oz Beeswax Moisturizer Cuticle Stick, 2.5oz Surgeon’s Skin Secret Moisturizing Stick, and 8 oz tube of 25% Beeswax Cream.

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Mani/Pedi Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, June 15th. Winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, June 16th, I’ll announce the winners’ names. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. & Canadian residents only.

Good luck!

Tag…I’m It

Amber tagged me to answer six questions about myself, abiding by the following rules:

* Post rules at the beginning of the post.
* Answer all the questions.
* Tag 6 people, and go to their blog and leave a comment to inform them that they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog.
* Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

Okay, and away we go…

What were you doing ten years ago?
Ten years ago, I had just wrapped up my sophomore at Ursinus College. I remember being pretty impressed with myself for successfully making a case to drop my dreaded bio major, but keep my pre-med full scholarship (hooray…no more messing with icky Drosophila!)

That summer, I answered a help wanted ad in the paper, announcing an immediate opening in publishing; that opportunity turned out to be a receptionist position at a newspaper covering the exciting world of construction equipment. I got my first car that year, a 1984 Mazda RX-7 that I called Scarlett, thanks to her red leather interior.

What are five things on your to-do list today?
* Make an appointment to join new gym
* Catch up on some overdue product reviews
* Mail some giveaway prizes to winners
* Paint my nails
* Avoid outdoors as much as possible (it’s 98 degrees and humid in Philly)

Snacks you enjoy?
I try not to snack. But when I do, I enjoy Doritos, pretzels, popcorn, bananas, and peanuts (especially the ones still in the shells)…I like having to work for it.

I also have a weakness for Funyuns.

Places you’ve lived?
Philadelphia, PA
Glenside, PA
Collegeville, PA

What are 5 things you would do if you were a billionaire?
* Stop working
* Pay off my bills and school loans…and those of my parents and loved ones
* Travel the world and buy homes in the places I love the most
* Bribe some theater producer to let me star on Broadway
* Start my own non-profit organization in Philadelphia

People you want to know more about?
My ancestors. And Jeff Buckley.

I’m tagging Marina at Makeup Loves Me, Christine at 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic, Wes at Honey Brown Sugar, Jennifer at Beauty in Real Life, Kristen at Sugar Shock, and Carleen at Girl Gloss.

Gillette Venus Giveaway Winners

Last week, I proclaimed my love for Venus Embrace, the new 5-blade shaving system from Gillette. I decided to spread the love by hosting a giveaway. And now, the time has come to announce the fifteen winners. So without further ado, they are:

Carrie Baird
Kate Barrington
Dana Eckstrom
Crescenda Ekwere
Tammy Kennedy
Ziya Khan
Candie Luster
Maggie Mannwieler
Karen Sue Mester
Pamela Mosher
Monique Rizzo
Alexia Jordan Robertson
Elaine Rosser
Regina Sanders
Shannon Scott

These ladies have won the Venus Embrace Shaving System, plus a can of the new Satin Care Alluring Avocado Shave Gel. Ladies, get ready for some seriously smooth gams – courtesy of Gillette!

Thanks to everyone who entered. And keep an eye out for two new giveaways that I’ll announce later today. Yeah, you heard me right…two! You won’t want to miss these contests. So I’ll see you soon? TTFN!

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