1. 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

  2. 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. 

  3. Week of WEN Challenge Recap & WEN Hair Care Deluxe Kit Giveaway

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    I just finished my #weekofWEN challenge where I swapped my usual shampoo and conditioner hair routine for one simple step: the WEN Sweet Almond Mint cleansing conditioner and WOW I am loving my results! As I mentioned in my first post, I was super excited by the prospect of eliminating a product from my seemingly endless beauty regimen, but I never thought I would notice such a difference in my hair so quickly.

    Since I spent the week washing my hair myself {rather than splurging on my weekly blowouts} I was terrified at the idea of blowdrying and styling my hair on my own… it usually takes FOREVER. But my hair was so manageable and looked incredibly shiny! Along with the cleansing conditioner, I also fell hard for their Texturizing Balm! It adds tons of volume without making your hair greasy {and I applied tons to the roots for some volume up top!}.

    I got the opportunity to ask Chaz Dean, International Hair Expert and Creator of WEN, some haircare and styling questions, so I had to share his responses with my readers!! Here they are:

    FH: What’s your best tip for creating volume?

    Chaz Dean: On wet hair, apply the Volumizing Treatment Spray after cleansing and using the Anti-Frizz Styling Creme.  Spray at the roots for extra lift or 8-12 inches away from the head for extra body and volume.  Then, using the WEN Boar Bristle Brush, blow dry hair and style as desired.  The *WEN Boar Bristle Brush helps create body and volume while the hair is drying.  Once your hair is dry, using the Volumizing Root Lift for an extra boost.  Sprinkle a small amount into the palms of your hands and rub them together.  Then, gently massage the product into the roots of your hair for added lift.

    FH: What’s your recommendation for making curls and waves that last?

    Chaz Dean: I suggest using the Boar Bristle Brush when blow drying the hair to help create lasting curls and waves.  To help keep day-old hair looking great, spritz with the Replenishing Treatment Mist to give hair some hydration and moisture.  Then, refresh the curls with your brush and blow dryer to help lock in the style.

    FH: With temperature changes to fall, are there any specific changes you should adjust from your normal routine?

    Chaz Dean: It’s always great to give your hair an extra boost of hydration as the weather gets cooler.  I would stick to your normal routine but add in a weekly intensive hair treatment to put some moisture back into your locks.  I suggest the Re Moist Intensive Hair Treatment because it’s formulated with botanical extracts to help nourish and condition the hair while adding shine and softness.

    Thanks Chaz!!

    I will be announcing the winner of the WEN Hair Care Delux Kit which includes Cleansing Conditioner, Anti-Frizz Styling Creme, and WEN Six-Thirteen Ultra Nourishing Cleansing Treatment this Friday November 7th on my Facebook! All you have todo is follow them on Twitter or Facebook to enter!

    Shiny Blonde Locks FH-HairProduct-edited-7This post was sponsored on behalf of the Wen Hair Care “ambassador program”.  Items have been gifted to me, but opinions are my own. 

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