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! 😀

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

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VIIcode O2M OXYGEN EYE MASK *

VII O2M Oxygen Eye Mask

The VIIcode O2M Oxygen Eye Mask  is a gel-like, over-night  treatment that  helps to firm, brighten, smooth and hydrate your under-eyes by using eco-friendly plant oxygen extracts. It provides continuous wear for up to 8 hours!

VII O2M Oxygen Eye Mask Texture

Inside the VIIcode O2M Oxygen Mask is essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, peptides as well as botanicals. Here are some of the ingredients of the eye mask and their properties:

  • Allantoin – has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) – Stimulates cells that bring about collagen production,
    protects from UV damage, is anti-inflammatory, contains 75+ components including: several vitamins, amino acids, enzymes and minerals, has healing properties, and is anti-aging.
  • Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) – soothes dry skin and wounds.
  • Smart Q10 – promotes cell-regeneration.
  • Citric acid – revitalizes skin and helps absorption of minerals
  • Vitamin E – blocks free-radicals that cause skin aging, moisturizes skin.

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VII O2M Oxygen Eye Mask Packaging

You may apply the masks up to 3 times a week. Three boxes give the best results of treatment.

VII O2M Oxygen Eye Mask Being Worn

So, what was my experience like with the eye masks?

Because of the mask’s ingredients like aloe, the  VIIcode O2M Oxygen eye masks are cool to the touch. What’s cool is they stay cool on your skin for hours. I have used the masks both during the day as well as at night and I found that they don’t really shift around at all. I move around a lot in my sleep and I haven’t had any problems.

The VIIcode O2M Oxygen eye masks have a really soft, gel-like texture and I thought that made them extremely comfortable for me to wear. It’s definitely rejuvenating wearing these. After several hours, the gel dries up and I like that while the gel  is not dry, it doesn’t leave a sticky residue on your skin when you take the masks off.

After wearing these masks, I have noticed my under eyes feel soft, the puffiness has gone, and very fine lines seem to disappear.

These masks retail for $55 a box.

VIIcode has given me a Black Friday code for their Oxygen Eye Masks on Amazon (<—Link here). 🙂

Use code RQLQ-QPAB5X-89C82H for $5 off. This code expires 11/30/15.

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Luminess Air : Airbrush Makeup System

Luminess Air

Using an airbrush makeup system is one of the best ways to get both an even and sanitary makeup application. Both professional makeup artists and professional photographers have been known to use airbrushed makeup on their clients.

This past month, I was able to try the Luminess Air : Legend Airbrush System and it was much different from my typical makeup routine!

Luminess Air Airbrush

How Does the Luminess Air Work?

The Luminess Air uses a constant air flow from a compressor. The air travels up a tube, through a needle inside the stylus and then comes out the end of the stylus. Foundation is squeezed into the stylus from a cup up top. (It doesn’t spray out unless you pull the trigger.) You use your finger to pull back the trigger on the stylus and the foundation is sprayed out evenly from its tip. Depending on how far back you pull the trigger, you get different amounts of product sprayed out.

How to Use the Luminess Air

  1. Shake up your foundation bottle.
  2. Hold the stylus like a pencil.
  3. Turn the compressor on.
  4. Squeeze 8 or more drops of foundation into the cup on top of the stylus.
  5. When you’re ready to use the airbrush, pull back the trigger and move your wrist in circular motions around your face.
  6. For more coverage, allow each coat of the foundation to dry and apply more.

Luminess Air Airbrush

How to Clean the Luminess Air

Here’s a video from Luminess Air explaining in-depth how to clean the airbrush system.

 

My Thoughts on the Luminess Air

I think the Luminess Air is fairly easy to use. It has decent coverage, but I wouldn’t say it has amazing coverage for acne prone skin. In my opinion, it would be best to use a concealer underneath if you tend to have spots. It does take a bit of practice to use but as long as your finger and wrist are loose, you won’t need to worry too much about using too much product at once. The main thing is to work in circular motions and not linger in one spot  for too long so you don’t have caked makeup.

Because you’re able to control the amount of product that comes out of the machine, you don’t need to worry about getting your hair and eyes covered in foundation. You’re not going to be blasted with product like you would with hairspray or something similar. It’s a nice even mist of product.

I like that the system uses water-based makeup so my skin doesn’t feel gross and oily. I really hate that feeling when putting on makeup. I think that’s why I like a lot of matte formula products that use either clay or water based makeup.

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What My Luminess Air Kit Included

Luminess Air Foundations

Luminess Air Matte foundation shades 1-4.

I chose to have the Matte airbrush foundations because I don’t really like having a shiny face. I received shades 1-4. Shade 1 seems to be great for my olive-toned skin – especially now that I’m slightly pale during the fall. I sometimes mix shades 1 and 2 together to create a different shade.

Primer, Brightening Glow, and Blush

Luminess Airbrush Moisturizer/Primer, which contains Vitamin E and olive extracts , Luminess Skin Brightening Glow, and Luminess Air Airbrush Blush : Tulip 3N

Luminess Air Cleaning Bottle and Charger

Luminess Air Airbrush Cleaning Bottle and Charger

There are several different Luminess Air systems to choose from which range in price from $169-$399. You can find their systems in different places like Amazon as well as their website. Luminess Air has everything from skin products to eyeliners, as well as lipsticks and lip glosses.

Luminess Air Legend Airbrush System

Because Luminess Air is so kind, they’ve allowed me to be able to give my readers a code to save 20% off their purchase. 🙂

Here’s the code! : 161450506

You can find Luminess Air here:

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All Natural Products By inVitamin

inVitamin All Natural Products

Not long ago, I found a company through Instagram called inVitamin who makes all-natural products such as deodorant, tooth and gum powder, as well as face wash, and  a wide variety of other products. When I showed an interest in their all-natural deodorant, an incredibly kind gentleman by the name of Dan messaged me and sent some products over for me to try. I have been trying these products every day for over a month, so I’ve been able to use them quite often.

inVitamin All Natural Coconut Oil and Baking Soda Deodorant

I’d been wanting to try an all-natural deodorant for years because solid, aluminum deodorants seem to clog my pores, ruin my clothes and cause more harm than good.  I was able to try inVitamin‘s Natural Deodorant Cream which only contains 5 ingredients : Coconut Oil, Baking Soda, Sugar, Vitamin E, and Beeswax.  When initially opening the package, it was melted and a bit messy because it had been in the heat. After letting the deodorant sit in my bathroom over night it was able to set up and clump together — creating a consistency that was perfect for spreading.

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Here were my thoughts on the deodorant:

  1. Easy to spread under my arms.
  2. Great scent. Even after wearing the deodorant for several hours, the smell of coconut and the freshness of the baking soda kept me smelling great.
  3. My underarms stayed dry, which is especially great in the summer when it’s so hot.
  4.  Compact container that you can easily take with you wherever — though, I’d recommend keeping it in a cool, dry place.

Over-all, I’d say it’s a very decent deodorant. It smells wonderful and it’s easy to use as well as effective!

Price : $6 (3oz) — A little goes a long way, so this is a great deal in my opinion.

All Natural Activated Charcoal Spearmint Flavor Tooth and Gum Powder

The next product I tried was the All Natural Activated Charcoal Spearmint Flavor Tooth and Gum Powder.  This is my absolute favorite product of the 3 products I was able to try. You use it like a toothpaste and it’s super simple to use. I like to wet my tooth brush and pour a little powder into my hand and then swirl my tooth brush in the powder. I believe now they’ve got little holes on the container that you can now pour the powder onto your toothbrush which makes it much easier to pour the product directly onto your toothbrush.

inVitmain All Natural Charcoal Tooth and Gum Powder

inVitamin has 3 flavors for their tooth and gum powder which are: Cinnamint, Orange, and Spearmint. I really have been liking the spearmint because I’m a mint toothpaste type of girl. The taste took a little bit to get used to but after a little while was fine. You can taste the spearmint as well as the hibiscus flower petal powder but you can also taste a slight bitterness of the charcoal powder which isn’t too overwhelming.

The tooth and gum powder contains : Bentonite clay – activated bamboo – Charcoal powder – myrrh gum powder – organic stevia leaf powderr – organic hibiscus flower petal powder – organic orris root powder – organic spearmint extract

inVitamin Charcoal Tooth and Gum Powder

Here are my thoughts on the tooth and gum powder:

  1. I noticed my teeth seem more white — even after a few uses, which is really awesome.
  2. The small pieces of charcoal really “exfoliate” my teeth and clean them so much more thoroughly than a toothpaste alone. My teeth have never felt more clean! Honestly, I wish I had found this product years ago.
  3. The taste is not bad — takes a bit of getting used to, but it’s definitely tolerable.

Over-all, I love this product. I would highly recommend it to anyone who’s thinking of trying an all-natural type of tooth powder.

Price: $9 (2.75 oz) : You don’t need to use a lot of this product at a time so I think $9 is very reasonable. I haven’t gotten down to a third of my container yet and I’ve been using this powder for over 2 months.

inVitamin All Natural Bug Gel

The last item I was able to try is the Natural Moisturizing Bug Gel which helps keep pesky mosquitoes and gnats away from your skin. It feels like a lotion and is very effective.

The ingredients for inVitamin‘s Natural Moisturizing Bug Gel are: Organic Castor Seed Oil, Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Organic Jojoba Oil, Guar Gum, pure essential oils of Rose Geranium, Virginia Cedarwood, Cinnamon Leaf and Clove Bud, Natural Vitamin E, Leucidal (a 100% plant based preservative).

Thoughts on the product:

  1. It’s effective. I found it easy to keep annoying bugs away from me by slathering on this gel.
  2. Because of the clove, I wasn’t extremely fond of the scent of the product, but if you like the smell of clove, you will like the scent just fine.
  3. My skin didn’t feel irritated while using this. The jojoba oil and aloe vera gel kept my skin feeling hydrated and soft.

Over-all, this gel is effective, and is perfectly safe for children! A great alternative to sprays that is a much safer option.

Price: $7

 

One thing I love about inVitamin‘s products is that not only are they all-natural, but they aim to make their products safe for not only adults, but for the whole family.  Their products are homemade in small batches, which I love! Every product they make, they use in their own homes and they stand by each product.

If you’ve not heard of inVitamin, I would highly recommend their products! Please support them by checking out their site and trying a few of their products. You won’t be disappointed.

*Disclaimer: I received these products free of charge for my honest review. All thoughts in this post 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! (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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