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

Dermadoctor Physical Chemistry


One of my all-time favorite products is Dermadoctor KP Duty, a dual action body exfoliator that combines the benefits of a chemical peel and microdermabrasion. It was developed to treat chicken skin - those little red bumps that many people get on their upper arms. But, for years, I've been using it to exfoliate my legs pre-shave.  There's really no body exfoliator CONTINUE READING

Put Your Hair In A Bouffant While You Shower

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showercaps Put Your Hair In A Bouffant While You Shower
My hair is delicate and dry. For that reason, I don’t wash my hair on a daily basis. Which means that on the off days, I wear a shower cap. But y’all know I can’t be sporting your garden variety, Golden Girls-looking monstrosity. Hell, naw. I rock the Bouffant Shower Caps from Spa Sisters.

These shower caps keep locks & tresses beautifully tucked away & dry, as you shower or bathe. Plus, they’re oversized – so they easily fit over a head full of curlers. Who says shower caps aren’t stylish?

Give The Gift Of Jaqua And Save 30%

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jaquagift Give The Gift Of Jaqua And Save 30%
To make it fun and easy for you to give the gift of Jaqua this holiday season, take 30% off these top six gifts:

1) Our Favorite Body Butters set – Our most popular gift, this precious set contains 2-oz sizes of Buttercream Frosting Shea Butter, Pink Potion and Pink Champagne Shea Butter. $24.00

2) Lip Gloss Rings – For the glamour girl (or woman) on your list, all ages love these adorable rings in Peach Parfait, Pink Buttercream Frosting. Pina Colada, Mint Chocolate and Pink Champagne. Sweet, shimmery and stylish and for just $8.00 each you can give more than one!

3) Cocoa Buttercream Frosting Guilt-Free Body Treats – Put a smile on their face with this enticing kit which includes a Shower Crème, Hand Crème and Body Butter, perfect for layering! $30.

4) Pink Palace Shower Crème Trio – Beautiful inside and out, this trio of Pink Buttercream Frosting, Pink Potion and Pink Champagne Shower Crèmes is sure to make everyone happy. A big gift for a small price of $24.00

5) Sinfully Rich Body Butters – already ‘wrapped’ with a brown bow and ready to give. Choose from Pink Champagne, Buttercream Frosting, Cocoa Buttercream Frosting, Pina Colada or Pink Potion. Or give a deluxe gift of all five! $22 each.

6) 2- oz. Hand Crèmes - Perfect as hostess gifts and stocking stuffers! Everyone loves our Pink Buttercream Frosting, Cocoa Buttercream Frosting, Pina Colada, Pink Potion and Pink Champagne hand crèmes, loaded with good-for-your skin ingredients like Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Vitamins A & E. $8 each.

For international shipping, please order from Beauty Bridge (30% discount does not apply on Beauty Bridge orders).

Promo Code: TOPGIFT7B, expires 12/21/2007

Promotion Code use: (1) Add any of the top seven gifts to your Shopping Cart (2) Enter the promotion code TOPGIFT7B below the contents of your shopping cart. (3) Click the “Go” button, next to the promotion code. (4) Confirm your 30% discount has been applied. (5) Check-out.

Minnesota’s New Year’s (Beauty) Resolution

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mercury1 Minnesota’s New Year’s (Beauty) ResolutionMinnesota has become the first state to ban mercury from mascara, eye liners, and skin-lightening creams; the law will take effect on January 1. Retailers who knowingly sell cosmetics that contain mercury in Minnesota could be fined up to $700, and penalties could reach $10,000 for manufacturers who fail to disclose mercury on product labels.

Most makeup companies have phased out the use of mercury, but it’s still added legally to some products as a preservative and germ-killer. Minnesota’s cosmetics provision is part of a larger ban targeting better-known sources of mercury, such as thermostats, barometers, toiletries, fragrances and over-the-counter drugs such as eye drops, nasal sprays, and antiseptics.

“Using eye makeup with mercury is unlikely to cause immediate health problems, but mercury accumulates in the body, so consumers should avoid exposure whenever possible,” said Carl Herbrandson, a toxicologist with the state Health Department.

Mercury can retard brain development in children and fetuses, who are most vulnerable to the metal’s toxic effects; it can also cause neurological symptoms in adults.

Rocket Science

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“The folly of one man is the fortune of another; for no man prospers so suddenly as by others’ errors.” – Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

More than forty years ago, aerospace physicist Dr. Max Huber suffered a horrific accident. A routine experiment exploded in his face, covering him with severe chemical burns. Neither science nor medicine offered a treatment to minimize his scarring, so Huber decided to help himself. Twelve years and 6,000 experiments later, he perfected a product that has been dubbed “the miracle cream.” In the case of Crème de la Mer, the folly of one man is the fortune of thousands of women…and now I am one of them.

lamer Rocket ScienceTypically, it takes a few weeks to see results from a new face treatment; but with Crème de la Mer, it only took me two days to notice a drastic improvement in the quality of my skin.

Concentrated ingredients – including sea kelp, essential vitamins and minerals, plus oils of citrus, eucalyptus, wheat germ, alfalfa and sunflower – are combined into a ‘Miracle Broth’, distilled, and fermented for three to four months. Then this nutrient-rich mixture is then hand-poured into jars, as not to disturb it delicate balance.

I can honestly say that when it comes to Crème de la Mer, the myth is indeed reality. There is a reason why it has achieved cult status. I now understand why Jennifer Lopez uses it all over her body – and we thought that J.Lo glow was the result of makeup. Only now can I appreciate why Victoria Beckham says it’s the one beauty product she can’t live without.

What I love so much about the cream is that it provides instant gratification. To activate the broth and release its key ingredients, warm a small amount between your fingertips. As you pat onto clean, dry skin, you will instantly feel the soothing effects of the cream.

Crème de la Mer may appear thick in the jar, but it simply sinks into skin – leaving it soft and luxuriously hydrated, with a youthfully dewy finish. Using other facial moisturizers, I would need to reapply throughout the day to treat dry patches – or apply powder to offset excess shine. With Crème de la Mer, I don’t have those problems – in fact, I haven’t been wearing makeup the past few days because my skin looks so radiant without it. It’s like I’m walking around with special lighting. Apply it in the AM and PM – that’s all it takes. And, as a bonus, the soft fragrance helps to calm me as I fall asleep at night.

At $125 for an ounce (or $1,350 for 16.5 oz), the price tag is a little frightening. But I think I’m just going to have to bite the bullet – because the thought of going back to some ‘regular’ moisturizer is a much scarier thought.

 Rocket SciencePut this on your holiday wish list: La Mer’s Holiday 2007 Gifts of Beauty, exclusive to Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.

The Essential Collection gift set combines three of La Mer’s most coveted products, and is ideal for both newcomers and longtime La Mer devotees. The Connoisseur Collection include the Crème de La Mer and Eye Concentrate in two lacquered boxes. Looking for a stocking stuffer to spoil someone (or yourself) pretty? Look no further than The Lip Balm, which works on contact to soften and hydrate.

Who’s The Lucky New Owner Of A Clarisonic?

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clarisonic Whos The Lucky New Owner Of A Clarisonic?
Thanks to all of you who entered the Spoiled Pretty giveaaway, generously sponsored by our friends at Clarisonic. The response blew me away, but given how coveted the prize, I shouldn’t have been so surprised.

The winner of the Clarisonic Skin Care System, which Oprah loves almost as much as I do, is…Danette!!!

Congratulations, Danette. And once again, thank you to everyone who entered.

If you didn’t win, I really am sorry. I know you’re upset and disappointed because this one was really good. But Spoiled Pretty remains in the holiday spirit, and our next giveaway is just around the corner.

And if you live in the Greater Philadelphia area, enter here to win a free facial courtesy of Linda Harding at Rescue Rittenhouse Spa Lounge.

Spoiled Pretty Featured on Philadelphia TV News!

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wpvi6 lg Spoiled Pretty Featured on Philadelphia TV News!
Just wanted to share the exciting news that Spoiled Pretty was featured on Philadelphia’s WPVI –TV news (channel 6 – ABC affiliate) last night!!! My name was mispronounced, but I’m used to that. It turned out great, if I do say so myself…and I couldn’t wait to share with all of you.

If you’re interested in watching the segment, the video is up on the station’s website.

Blink And You Missed It

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 Blink And You Missed ItOn last night’s finale of America’s Next Top Model, I noticed that the makeup artists at the Qi Gang runway show were using the Beautyblender sponge. To read my review, click here.

Congrats, Saleisha…you were my favorite all along!