How I Got My Hair to Grow Back After Pregnancy

Among the many things that happen during or after pregnancy is the unpleasant surprise of learning that you may lose clumps of your hair and have bald spots. :O I wish I could write a book about all the things I learned during and after pregnancy. There’s so much that you’re not told when you become pregnant. I’m not sure if women want you to hear all the wonderful things about pregnancy so they don’t scare you off, or if they just simply forget. Either way, I learned a lot during and after those 9 months of my pregnancy.

One day, while I was pregnant, I ran my hands through my hair in the shower and out came a handful of hair. I have thick hair, so I’m used to pulling out some. But when I saw twice as much hair in my hand, I became worried. As the months went on, my hair wasn’t stopping coming out. I had read that during pregnancy a lot of women get luscious, beautiful hair, but mine was looking and feeling far from that. Months after I had had my baby, my hair was still not growing back, and I was feeling really self-conscious about my hair.

I took my prenatal vitamins, I drank water, I brushed my hair, but nothing was working to help my hair grow back.  I went on my phone and happened to see an Insta Story of a girl that I love following on Instagram and she had raved about a product called Vital Proteins. She mentioned how it helps your hair and nails because it is collagen. I’m no stranger to taking hair, skin and nails products, but I was desperate to find something that ACTUALLY worked. I decided to email them and ask if I could try their products out. They happily obliged and sent me their Collagen Peptides as well as their Collagen Beauty Greens.

When the products showed up to my house, I quickly ripped them open to try them out.

I’ve been using them for months now (the Collagen Peptides more than the Collagen Beauty Greens) and I can say that they WORK. Like, ACTUALLY WORK. Within a month of taking the Collagen Peptides my hair was growing back and I could notice the baby hairs sticking out my hair. I can’t tell you the amount of joy I had seeing my hair start to fill back in. There’s a confidence that comes from little things like that.

What I love about the Collagen Peptides and the Collagen Beauty greens is that you can use them in both cold or hot drinks. I, personally, like to put my Collagen Peptides in a hot drink like a hot chocolate. I’ve put it in apple juice before and it makes a weird texture and flavor, which I don’t love. You can mix these both up into smoothies and they’re wonderful. The Collagen Peptides have no flavoring really and the Collagen Beauty Greens have a slightly fishy taste due to having marine collagen in them. They also raw greens in them so there is that taste as well. Hence, why I say to put them in a smoothie. They’re not my favorite flavor. Two great things in the Collagen Beauty Greens is that they also contain Hyaluronic Acid which is great for joints and skin and they contain Probiotics, which are good for digestion.

Would I recommend these? Yes, yes I would. I think they work wonderfully. I would choose the Collagen Peptides over the Collagen Beauty Greens as far as taste, but I think Vital Proteins has done an incredible job making these products. I’m tempted to wrap this up in a friend’s baby shower gift next time! 😀

You can check out Vital Proteins HERE!

*Disclaimer: These products were sent to me free of charge for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Ciao!

Milestone Baby Cards

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Documenting those first moments with your little one just got a whole lot easier thanks to Milestone Baby‘s milestone cards.

Milestone Baby has a ton of cute cards you can use to celebrate your baby’s monthly and yearly milestones. They’ve got cards for birthdays, holidays and even events like baby’s first smile, and baby sleeping through the night. It makes keeping up with these events so much easier.

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It’s so easy to use Milestone Baby cards. You can place a card that corresponds to the event or date next to your baby and you take a picture of your baby and the card. You can also write a date on the card for a keepsake.

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I’ve been loving my Milestone Baby cards. I’m not great at remembering dates and I love taking pictures, so it’s fun to be able to keep up with all the fun events in my baby girl’s life. It’s amazing how fast she’s grown and she learns so fast so there are always new things happening all the time to document.

Milestone Baby also has cards for documenting pregnancy and toddlers. They also have FREE printables for holidays. You can find the free printables —> HERE.

You can find MILESTONE BABY on Instagram @milestonebaby or Shop.milestone-world.com . They have products for all and their products are fairly cheap. 🙂

Ciao!

*The products in this post were sent to me free of charge for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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! (Its 1st birthday! Awww!) 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 :

  • The Pinterest-Worthy Candle Jar Makeup Brush Holder You Never Knew You Needed
  • 5 Things I Did to Diminish My Hormonal Acne Breakouts
  • I Tried This 100% Natural Skin Care Line

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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

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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 😀 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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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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Elements Candles by Tessa Williams

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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