1. Glam Squad

    Glam Squad Review by Fashionable Hostess 1

    This Valentine’s Day was slightly different than most… it happened to coincide with my sister-in-law’s 21st birthday, so she and my in-laws flew to New York to celebrate the occasion, booking a fancy dinner reservation at Il Mulino {seriously the most delicious Italian restaurant in the East Village}. While we wanted to get all dolled up for the special night, my in-laws weren’t keen on the idea of leaving the kids given that they don’t see them as often as they like. I had been hearing tons about GLAMSQUAD {a service where professional hair and makeup artists come to your home to get you prepped, hair for $50, makeup for $75}, so I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to give it a try. We could get done up in the comforts of my home {have the kids rummaging around all the while!}, I could put out my usual FH spread of cheese and champagne for us to enjoy… essentially it would be the best of both worlds… So we gave it a try, and man we LOVED it.

    My sister-in-law went with a Kardashian inspired cat eye and smooth wave, while I opted for beachy waves and a bright red lip. My mother-in-law who doesn’t even usually wear too much makeup loved that she looked ‘enhanced’ natural! Ok so here is the BEST PART!!!! GLAMSQUAD is offering my readers a COMPLIMENTAY blowout!! See below for how you sign up to redeem!

    About Glam Squad and How it works by Fashionable Hostess

    To book GLAMSQUAD, you simply download the GLAMSQUAD App to a smartphone or visit GLAMSQUAD.com to book an appointment. You input the desired appointment day and time up to ten days in advance or in as little as one hour, then browse signature styles from the GLAMSQUAD inspirational menu. Enter your credit card info to pay and you are done. Come your appointment time, you should be ready with washed hair and stylists arrive with products to style {Kérastase being my favorite!!}, and makeup galore.

    Ready to give it a try and redeem your FREE Blowout? Download the GLAMSQUAD app and enter invite code FHxGLAM *

    I am excited for you guys to get gorgeous!!

    *Valid for new users only // Must book on the GLAMSQUAD iOS app // Enter invite code by 3/30/15 to redeem // GLAMSQUAD is currently available in New York, LA, and Miami

    Glam Squad Review by Fashionable Hostess

    Thank you to GLAMSQUAD for sponsoring this post.

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  2. Natural Aromatherapy Essential Oils: 21 Drops

    21 Drops Oils

    Ever since I got pregnant for the first time I have gradually changed my lifestyle to become healthier. I gave up artificial sweeteners {I cannot believe I used to use 2 and a half splendas in my coffee and now use none!}, I started eating primarily organic {check out this FH post where I got advice on what organic foods are most important to splurge on}, and I swapped as many over the counter medicines for all natural remedies as possible. Three years ago if a headache or migraine hit, I immediately ran for 2 tylenol and a can of soda to wash it down {oh, I now maybe drink 1 soda a month… another thing I gave up!}. More recently when a headache hits I try a variety of natural remedies like massages {a huge perk of living in New York City where every local nail salon offers 10 minute massages for $15}, herbal teas, and 21 Drops aromatherapy oils.

    If you are not familiar with 21 Drops then I am excited to introduce you because my cousin Cary, a Licensed Massage Therapist and certified Aromatherapist, is the founder. 21 Drops is a collection of aromatherapy oils made from 100 percent natural essential oil blends sourced from either wild-crafted or organically grown plants. They have formulas for sleep, headache, de-stress, and invigorate {my four favorite} but also equally as popular are the decongest, immunity, and detox! From ailments to overall healthy living, they can be used daily!

    21 Drops All Natural Headache Oil

    To use the drops, simply pick your oil {check out options here or even better are their sets} and dab a few drops of oil whenever you need a mood enhancer. From your temples, back and sides of your neck, collarbone, to right under your nose, each one comes with directions for the best method. Simply breathe in deeply and take in the soothing aromas to begin the healing process.

    I was beyond thrilled when my cousin told me I could even rub a bit of the ‘sleep’ oil on Baby Brooks’ feet at night {he is not a great sleeper} or that I could rub a bit of the ‘focus’ on my temples rather than that extra afternoon coffee! So for those of you out there who are hunting for a new healthy and all-natural way to heal or simply enhance your well-being, I recommend you check these out!

    21 Drops Oils on Fashionable Hostess

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  3. Anti-Aging Beauty Products by Meaningful Beauty

    Meaningful Beauty Anti-Aging Line by Cindy Crawford

    I know I have made it abundantly clear on my Instagram that I just celebrated my 30th birthday, but I haven’t really shared so much on the blog. A lot of people asked me if I was nervous or excited about turning the big 3-0 and to be honest I have been relatively unfazed by it. I am fortunate enough that I am married, have beautiful children, am healthy, have an amazing support system, have a beautiful home, really what more could I ask for, I am beyond blessed. But as I stared at myself in the mirror on my birthday night, it hit me that THIS is the time when your Dermatologist mandates that you incorporate anti-aging products into your regimen, so I decided I needed to get started ASAP.

    If you remember from this post with Susan Ciminelli Spa, I am all about one stop-shop-systems. I am a busy mom who doesn’t have time to be searching for separate cleansers, toners, and lotions and wondering how they will work together. Rather I wanted a brand that would carry everything I need to look young and fresh in one swoop, ideally one with products that have multiple functions like moisturizing while adding SPF. I ended up learning about Cindy Crawford’s line, Meaningful Beauty and I was intrigued. I mean, who doesn’t want to look like Cindy Crawford? On her site she sells full monthly kits inclusive of the wash, serum, night creams, lifting gels, eye creams, and even masks, it seemed so simple so I had to give it a go.

    Meaningful Beauty Ultra Lifting & Filling Treatment

    Fast forward nearly two weeks and I feel like my usual winter chapped skin is hydrated and glowy. The products are so soft and they smell incredible to boot. So what I am using now in the anti-aging regimen?

    To start is the Meaningful Beauty Skin Softening Cleanser, an oil-free, lightweight, anti-aging wash. The product is gentle enough that it won’t strip your skin of its essential oils, but strong enough to use as a makeup remover. I use it in the shower at night and at the sink in the morning. For daytime, the Meaningful Beauty Antioxidant Day Crème is a lightweight yet effective moisturizer packed with Vitamin C. I love that it feels light under my makeup, plus has the benefit of SPF 20 for a busy mamma who never knows when they will hit the sun. Then the Meaningful Beauty Advanced Formula Lifting Eye Crème combats puffiness, dark circles and fine lines during the day and then moisturizes to give your eyes a tightened and lifted look at night. This is the first eye cream I have owned that works for both! The last step is for those wrinkles, crows feet, and smile lines you want covered and filled before you apply makeup. The Wrinkle Smoothing Capsules fill in these creases while simultaneously working to smooth them over-time – it’s better than primer!

    Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford Wrinkle Smoothing Capsules

    For night-time regimen, after washing with the cleanser comes the Meaningful Beauty Crème de Serum, a restorative treatment which combines the power of a serum with the rich, moisturizing effects of a crème. {Added perk: the clear gel features Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate and plump the skin.} And lastly, need something to really give you radiance the next day? Say you have a wedding, event, or simply haven’t gotten enough sleep {a common problem of mine with a 6 month old!}? The Meaningful Beauty Ultra Lifting & Filling Treatment is a dual-action serum designed to lift sagging skin and plump fine lines and wrinkles.  Infused with orchid extract that helps support healthy collagen and elastin production, it gives me more glow than any masks I use!

    Meaningful Beauty System by Cindy Crawford

    So it’s looking like 30 is going to be a glorious beauty makeover for me… and excitedly, for one of you!! One of my lucky readers will take home an ENTIRE Meaningful Beauty Kit! To enter for a chance to win, Follow me and Meaningful Beauty on Twitter. Over the next four weeks, I will be sharing images of my favorite products, so get in on the conversation. Re-tweet these posts while including your definition of beauty! For additional entries, tag a friend in these tweets. On Friday February 6th I will be announcing the winner!

    This post was sponsored on behalf of Meaningful Beauty.  Items have been gifted to me, but opinions are my own. 

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