Jealous Body Scrub – Grapeseed and Macadamia

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If you’ve read my previous post on Jealous Body Scrub, you’d know that I absolutely love this scrub. It doesn’t just exfoliate and moisturize, it really transforms your shower or bath with its rich aroma.

Jealous Body sent me over one of their new scrubs to try — Grapeseed + Macadamia and I really liked it. It’s got a few different ingredients than the last..

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Ingredients:

  • robusta coffee beans — ground
  • grapeseed oil
  • macadamia nut oil
  • raw brown sugar
  • sea salt
  • vitamins A & E

What It’s Meant to Do

Exfoliate. Tighten skin & treat acne. Balance out oil production. Protect & repair skin with its vitamins. Leave skin feeling soft and smooth.

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My Thoughts on the Scrub

My skin felt really soft after using it and even though I’ve got sensitive skin, the ingredients are so gentle that I don’t need to worry about breaking out or anything like that. I used this scrub in both the bath and shower and loved the rich aroma that enveloped my bathroom. I imagine myself in a coffee house or walking down the coffee aisle in the store (am I the only person who purposefully walks down that aisle because I love the aroma?).

I would say that after having used the coconut and coffee scrub I actually prefer the coconut scrub over this just because I feel like it moisturized my skin better and allowed me to really spread it around easily on my skin. However, both are great scrubs and I really have nothing bad to say about them.

If you’re interested in buying one of these scrubs you can buy these scrubs HERE.

I highly recommend them!

Each retails for $17.95.

*Disclaimer: This product was sent to me free of cost for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.

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Happy 1st Birthday Pretty Loved Blog!!

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Much to my surprise, it’s been a whole YEAR since Pretty Loved was created! It honestly has been so much fun every day creating this blog that time has just flown right by.. So much has happened in one year that I never imagined happening.

First of all, I want to say thank you so much to all of you who have not only taken the time to check out my posts, but followed my blog (630 of you on WordPress alone!) and also left me sweet comments! It really means a lot to me that you take the time to give your thoughts.

I started this blog as a creative outlet and because I am somewhat of a loner and I can say now that I’ve met so many wonderful friends through blogging. I’m truly so happy I decided to carry on. <3

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This past year, I’ve had the chance to be featured on Time Inc.’s new beauty platform MimiChatter.com :

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I worked with some fantastic brands & companies :

ProducttestingUSA . Tessa Williams . Acure Organics . Jealous Body Scrubs . Apothecary Extracts . Larabar . W7 Cosmetics . Kneipp . Potions Cosmetics . Karnas Design Studio .  EmerginC . Nuxe . Exuviance . Perfectly Posh . Brand Backer. & More!

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I’m currently working an Editorial Assistant internship with GlossyFinds online beauty magazine! You can find my articles —> here.

It’s been so great working with the ladies — they are so fun and enthusiastic!

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Lastly, I’ve hit some awesome milestones!

900 on Bloglovin’ and

3000+ on Twitter

600+ on Facebook

Whatt!?

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I honestly couldn’t have done it without you all! You’ve made my dreams come true.

Just wanted to say again, thank you so much for sticking with me! Here’s to many more years!

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Clarisonic Mia 2 – I <3 This Brush!

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So, a while back I was given the opportunity from ProductTestingUSA.com to try out a Clarisonic Mia 2 ! :) I was pretty stoked because I’d been hearing about them and heard loads of great things.

Unfortunately, I’m not someone who splurges on everything I like — it takes me years to pep talk myself into buying some things. (Example: any of the Naked palettes .. I’m in love with them <3 … yet, I still haven’t talked myself into spending $56 a piece. Why must you be so expensive?! :|)

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Anyways, I’ve been really loving this cleansing brush! It doesn’t work like your typical cleansing brush – it uses sonic speeds and pulses which cleanses your face more thoroughly.

Here’s how Clarisonic explains it:

Unlike spinning devices, our patented sonic technology works with skin’s natural elasticity, oscillating at a sonic frequency that produces over 300 movements per second. The resulting flexing action works to loosen dirt and oil, removing deep-seated impurities from pores and priming skin to better absorb topical treatments.

Sounds cool, right?

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Sooo.. my original face-washing routine was: grab lots of products, clean my face for like 5 mins, splash hot water on my face and then cold water, and then put lotion, etc on. After using the Clarisonic, my routine was cut down to 3 mins – tops! :) I simply follow the face washing routine (twice) of: 10 seconds – forehead, 10 seconds – nose and chin, 20 seconds – one cheek, 20 seconds – the other cheek. Clarisonic recommends you do one round of 20 secs for chin and nose and then 20 for forehead and 10 for each cheek , but I don’t have very oily T-zones so I switched it up. I find that this works great for me. :)

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I’ll admit that it took me a bit to get used to it. Having had a spinning brush before this, I expected a similar feeling. After putting the brush to my face, I realized it is very gentle and doesn’t move all over the place. Instead, it just pulses super fast but not in an uncomfortable way. After one wash using this, my skin felt amazing! :)

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Here’s some cool features it has:

  • 2 Speeds – Delicate and Universal. I used delicate the first two weeks because I’ve got sensitive skin.
  • Cleans your skin 6x better than using just your hands!
  • A one minute timer that pulses when you need to move to the next zone.
  • It’s rechargeable & also waterproof :D Hooray!
  • Has a 2 year warranty.
  • You can switch out the brush head. They’ve got one for sensitive skin, acne, deep pore cleansing, body, combination skin, and several others. (Basically one for everyone. :))

By the way, the charger is freaking cool! :) It’s magnetic so it snaps right on and it vibrates and makes a noise when it’s connected. In order to know everything is charged, you’ll see a light going off and on around the “on” button and when it’s charged fully the light will go solid.

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I feel like the battery lasts a good while. I can use my cleanser for half a week to a week using it twice daily and nightly.

Over-all, I’ve been loving this cleansing brush! :) It’s been in my cleansing regimen for the past few months and I feel like my skin has stayed mostly clear, the texture is much better and my skin is verrry clean after using it. My skin doesn’t look so hot when I’m not using it.

I would warn you that the first week or 2 using it – you will break out. It’s not because this brush is irritating your skin or anything like that but rather it’s cleaning your skin so well that all those impurities are coming out. Wait it out.. keep using it.. and thank me later. <3 If you use this right, you’ll love it.

Do any of you own a Clarisonic cleansing brush? What are your thoughts?

*Disclaimer – I received this product free of charge. All opinions expressed are my own.

You can find ProducttestingUSA’s site HERE

& Clarisonic’s site HERE

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Taylor Swift’s 1989 Tour Tickets Giveaway

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Hey Beauties! :) Thought I’d post about a little giveaway I’m collaborating with Doppelu on to win TWO (2) tickets to any concert in Taylor Swift’s 1989 tour! :)

Entering is simple :

1. You can post your OOTD on DoppelU app.

2. You can share my Instagram post on your social media (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram) and mention @doppeluapp @prettyloved_x & use hashtag #doppelswiftie

HERE IS THE INSTAGRAM LINK FOR THE GIVEAWAY. <3


Cult Perfumes Book and Elements Perfumed Candles

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If you’ve not seen the book Cult Perfumes: The World’s Most Exclusive Perfumeries, you should definitely get your hands on it. Cult Perfumes, by Tessa Williams, is an exploratory book that details more than 25 different perfumeries around the world. Not only that, but you get to know the history of perfumes – how far back they can be found, as well as what they were made of, how they’re made, and who made them.

In this book you learn that perfume has not only been a huge part of the beauty world, but it’s been used to cure illnesses such as the Bubonic Plague as well as depression, headaches, and other mental and physical ailments.

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Some of the perfumeries noted in this book are :

Diptyque (a Paris-based company who also makes candles)

Floris (England’s oldest perfumery – started in 1730! Also, the second oldest perfumery in the world.)

Jo Malone London (A brand that’s now owned by Estée Lauder but was started in an apartment by Jo Malone who aimed to bring new and uncomplicated fragrances out to the public. After starting a shop, her fragrances were noticed by high-profile celebrities and business took off. )

 Santa Maria Novella (First founded in 1221 and then officially opened publically in 1612, they make Pot-Pourri, soaps, as well as perfumes.)

If you’re a big fan of perfumes, I would highly recommend this book to you. It’s a well-written, and in depth look at perfume and exclusive perfumeries.


Along with Cult Perfumes: The World’s Most Exlusive Perfumeries, Tessa has created candles based on the 4 elements: Fire, Water, Earth, and Air. You can find them in both London at Roullier White and now in the USA at Scent Bar in Los Angeles! :)

Fire is meant to be reminiscent of sitting by a fire in a log cabin. It has notes of Vetivert (a tall grass found in India and Tahiti), Tonka ( similar to vanilla), wood, Patchouli, Coconut, Vanilla caramel and hints of smoke.

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Water was made to be invigorating and to heighten the senses. You’ll find notes of citrus, Jasmine, and floral notes. Sounds like my type of fragrance :)

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Elements Water candle by Tessa Williams

Earth makes you think of walking trails and being outdoors. It has hints of Geranium, lemon and orange, pepper, Patchouli and Sandalwood, Cedar wood and leather.

Air reminds you of being on a tropical island because it’s citrus-y and invigorating. In this there are grapefruit scents, as well as ginger root, lemon grass, coriander seeds, and lemon peel.

Tessa is extremely passionate about both her book and her candles so if these sound like something you’d like, please support her by checking them out. :)

You can check out her website at: http://www.tessawilliams.co.uk/

and again, her candles can be found at Roullier White in London and Scent Bar in Los Angeles, California.

 CIAO! :)

*Disclaimer – This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own. :)

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