Category Archives: Beauty

How I Got Rid of My Stretch Marks Naturally

Ok, so I tried out this AMAZING product called LAVISH by an all-natural skincare company called EVER. It almost completely cleared up my crepey skin and stretch marks… just in about 5 weeks! And yes, with all-natural, good for you ingredients…. no toxins necessary! Works for other skin irritation like eczema, too.  Check out the video below to see my results from using this seriously awesome product! Learn more about it by clicking here or contacting Andie the gal I got mine through at andiewafzig@gmail.com or https://www.everskin.com/with/andie

NYR Organic with Gina Johnson

Organic, holistic health and natural beauty are just some of the many phrases Neal’s Yard Remedies (NYR) stands by.

Gina Jonson, team leader of NYR, started as a consultant in August 2016 and has loved what she does ever since. While NYR started in Covent Garden in central London, England, it has made its way to over 20 different countries, including the U.S.

While having an all organic and natural beauty product is inviting enough, Jonson says there are many other unique prospects. “Certified by USDA for Organic products,” Jonson explains. “But even more impressive, is the certification by the Soil Association- which has much stricter guidelines. They are also UK’s first certified organic health and beauty company, the first main street retailer to sell certified organic essential oils, the world’s first health and beauty brand to be awarded 100 out of 100 for ethics in an independent audit by The Ethical Company Organization and the world’s first company to produce Soil Association makeup.”

NYR stores aren’t currently in the U.S., but if you are planning any future travels, England, Japan and Dubai have brick-and-mortar stores. “We have independent sales consultants here in the U.S., who share the products with their customers either in home, one-on-one, online, or through various events, Jonson explains. “We do have certified holistic practitioners, massage therapists, aroma therapists, doctors, chiropractic doctors, yoga studios and many more associated with NYR Organic as well. They have joined as consultants and share the products with their clients. Some join just for the high quality organic essential oils and others want to embrace the entire line and offer their customers a head-to-toe experience, like I do.”

While Jonson says there is a lot to love about NYR, she has a few reasons why these products are the first products she will go for. “NYR Organic has done all of the research for me,” Jonson says. “I know when I use the products, they are certified and trusted. I know I’m using products that carry the Soil Association’s stamp of approval, and that NYR Organic had to meet all of their criteria before receiving. I trust and know that my products carry the cruelty free bunny logo, so no animals have ever been tested on or used in research, ever. I am proud to put my name behind a company with such accomplishments as NYR Organic. Receiving award after award for their brand and specific products, the list truly is endless. I only have to turn my catalog over to the back page to see just some of those prestigious awards; it makes my heart smile.”

Jonson will be at the Hanover Winery May 26-28 hosting an event for NYR, and says she hopes to work with Cincy Chic for upcoming events. “I always offer one-on-one consultations, business and office lunch N’ learns, personal health seminars for staff and clients, in-home wellness, aromatherapy parties and of course, all of our products are available on my website every day.”

Jonson says the month of May NYR is running a special. When you purchase one of the diffusers, you will receive one of NYR’s new essential oils, citronella. “Perfect for summer parties, get together’s and outdoor events. Plus it’s an energizing oil too with a clean, great scent.” Jonson explains.

To find out more about NYR or to purchase their products, you can visit their website here.

Review: Plaine Products

Ok, I’m going to be Debbie Downer for a minute, but I promise this has a happy ending! 😉

Did you know that plastic is designed to last forever? About half of the plastic made is thrown away after only ONE use (hence the term “single use plastic”). In particular, more than 550 million shampoo bottles end up in landfills every year. And unless we make a change by 2050, scientists are saying there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans.

More plastic than FISH in the ocean. That’s just crazy!

So, what to do about it? Two Cincinnati-based sisters, Lindsey and Alison Delaplaine came up with an idea: Plaine Products. (a little play on words, and part of their last name, I like it!) What they did is create a unique system using aluminum bottles that are returnable, refillable, and reusable and paired it with all natural shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Their company is the FIRST to provide an alternative to single use plastics and it’s going to be biiiiiiiiig! (imagine me saying that in an Oprah voice! 🙂

So, here’s how Plaine Products works: When the consumer buys shampoo, conditioner or body wash online it’s delivered in an aluminum bottle and comes with a pump. When a product starts running low the consumer purchases a refill, or if they sign up for a subscription refills will be delivered automatically. When the bottle is empty they will switch the pump over to the refill and continue using the product. Then they just put the empty bottle in the same package that the refill bottle came in and send it back to Plaine Products – for free! When Plaine Products receives the bottle, it will be cleaned, sterilized, refilled and sent out again.

When I heard about this I was immediately on board. First of all, they have a subscription program where they can just auto-send you new shampoo, conditioner, and body wash on whatever schedule works for you. You don’t have to do the subscription, you can just buy a la carte whenever you want. But the less I have to think about or remember when I’m at the store, the better.

Second of all, not only are these reusable containers good for the earth, but the products are good for YOU. All three products are natural, vegan, non-GMO, sulfate free, color safe, kid/baby safe, hypoallergenic, cruelty free, and biodegradable. I posted the ingredient list below for all three products so you can see what’s in each.

Ok, so good for the earth – check. Good for you – check. But do they work? YES! – check!!! My daughter has SUPER long curly hair, so a good conditioner is a must. But I’m weird about putting any kind of chemical on her (I’ve read too many Dr. Google articles during all those midnight feedings! haha!) But I couldn’t, for the life of me, find an all-natural conditioner (seriously, look around in the “crunchy” aisle at Kroger and you’ll find all kinds of shampoos and washes, but they don’t – at least mine doesn’t – carry natural conditioner).

We’ve been using these products for the past week, and I’m seriously in LOVE. My hair is super soft and bouncy. My daughter’s thick curly hair is finally brush-able (and the essential oils make it smell AMAZING – I think we all are sleeping better after smelling this in the shower every night!) Oh, and to know that the products are good for us and the earth are huge bonuses.

As for pricing, I know we got the bundle of a 16oz shampoo, conditioner, and body wash for $80 (you can get each separately for $30 each if you want). That’s about what I was paying before, but now there are all these added bonuses where I feel really really good about using these (seriously, I kind of geek every time I use them – I feel like I’m earning tons of good karma just for washing my hair! haha!)

Lindsey and Alison said they’re going to expand their line soon with more scent options and additional chemical free products like chemical free lotions and hand wash. So, I’m excited to be on-board now and see what else they add on. I definitely love the idea, and I’m loving what we have been using so far!

To learn more about Plaine Products check ‘em out at www.PlaineProducts.com! They’re also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram if you’d like to keep up with new offerings!

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Ingredients:

Shampoo: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, Saponified Oils of Coconut and Safflower Seed, Guar Gum and Irish Moss (Red Algae Extract – Carrageen). Organic Camellia, Sunflower and Ricebran Oils. Extracts of Chamomile and Quillaja Saponaria. Papaya and Pineapple Pulp Extracts. Rosemary Oleoresin, Vitamin E Complex, Organic Green Tea, Geogard Ultra and Potassium Sorbate. Mint Arvenis Essential Oil. Essence of Rosemary, Mint and Vanilla.

Conditioner: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vegetable Emulsifiers and Glycerin, Alpha Hydroxy Acids from Sugarcane and Fruit Extracts of Bilberry and Olive. Shea and Mango Butters, Guar Gum, Irish Moss (Red Algae Extract – Carrageen), Organic Camellia, Sunflower and Jojoba Seed Oils. Papaya and Pineapple Pulp Extracts, Hydrolized Wheat and Silk Proteins, Rosemary Oleoresin, Vitamin E Complex, Organic Green Tea, Geogard Ultra and Potassium Sorbate. Mint Arvenis Essential Oil. Essence of Rosemary, Mint and Vanilla.

Body Wash: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, Saponified Oils of Coconut and Safflower Seed, Guar Gum, Organic Camellia, Sunflower and Ricebran Seed Oils. Chamomile, Sage and Quillaja Saponaria Extracts. Papaya and Pineapple Pulp Extracts. Bamboo Silk, Jojoba Beads and Silk Amino Acids. Rosemary Oleoresin, Vitamin E Complex, Organic Green Tea, Geogard Ultra and Potassium Sorbate. Mint Arvenis Essential Oil. Essence of Rosemary, Mint and Vanilla.

Review: SOZO “Miracle” Hair Product

Well, I found out why it’s called “Miracle”! Watch my review below to see how SOZO Hair by Bajon Salon‘s Miracle product gave me some seriously healthy shine, and cuts through tangles like butta. 😉 Click here to order/learn more about it: www.sozoproducts.com

Here are some of my favorite things about it:

  • MIRACLE is a Leave-In and Conditioning Treatment for youthful, ageless hair!
  • MIRACLE saves, heals and protects your hair with intense botanicals.
  • It adds moisture and protein to the cortex (inner layer of the hair), which strengthens, then seals the cuticle which protects the inner layer and hair color molecules. By sealing the cuticle the hair is more reflective which adds shine, diminishes frizz and fly away’s, mends split ends, protects from sun and heat damage, gives light control/hold and….. smells amazing!
  • Makes hair incredibly soft, silky and shiny!
  • Best value on the market today.
  •  It only costs about 15 cents per use!
  • Buy the 7oz Luxury Bottle get the 2oz Travel Bottle free, a $10.00 Value!
  • Made in America! Unconditionally Guaranteed!

Behind the Scenes: Cinci Makeup Classes

I want to say thank you to my editorial intern Ali Waychoff for this guest post!

The team behind Cinci Makeup.

The studio stands out in a way you would least expect, and draws you in once you notice it. Cinci Makeup stands in between two other shops, with one glass door, labeled with the address. It gives the feel of a vintage barber shop on the outside, with a modern, rustic chic feel to the inside, and swallows you in all the lights. I was so excited to push through the doors, I mean hey, makeup and makeup artists were behind those doors, why wouldn’t I be?!

I walked in, immediately feeling at home from Kelly Neaves’ warm smile, and open arms. I went straight in for a hug, and was immediately taken back by her makeup stand, the lighting, and the two beautiful women with her. I seriously felt like I was standing in a dressing room behind the scenes of one of my favorite T.V shows! Nina and Leyla, with Trish McEvoy cosmetics, help Neaves with her master classes, by applying the makeup on a model they bring in, and it was me this time, which was so awesome, to show the clients just how they should be applying their makeup, and welcoming in the compliments on all the clients.

The floors are lived in, and add all the character you could ever want in one place. A chalkboard wall is to the right, added with the wifi password, pushed up against it, is a small table withMcEvoy products invading the space. In the center, off toward the right, is a huge wooden table, finished in silky cherry wood, with six different chairs set along the sides. At each placement, there are small mirrors with lights, alcohol and water spray bottles, makeup brushes, facial serums, oils, and a makeup travel kit with every essential any woman could ever want.

The women who booked the class, coincidently enough booked the class by seeing the post about Neaves classes on Cincy Chic, started to arrive by 6 p.m. The girls came in one-by-one, and some with each other, immediately setting their things down at the makeup table, and grabbing a glass of wine, and some cheese and crackers. Neaves showed everyone around, and got everyone to their seats to start the class. I sat in at the class as the makeup model, which was so cool, and something I had never done before! Leyla applied my makeup, and lead the class, while Neaves and Nina helped the clients with the application.

 

The dynamic trio had a soft makeup look, which could easily be transformed into a night out look, planned for that night, and I was so excited to see what look they would have the girls create. We used everything Trish McEvoy, which included serums, lotions, eye creams, foundation, highlighter, mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow, and even brushes. Neaves and Nina gave the funniest, but totally true analogy’s on how to move the makeup brushes to blend the eyeshadow colors, such as windshield wipers, make little c’s, and big c’s.

Leyla made me not want to apply my own makeup ever again, because not only did she make mine turn out amazing, but she made it so relaxing! Let’s be honest here, I get a little stressed when I’m doing my eyeliner, knowing that if I mess up at any time on it, I just messed up the whole eye, there’s no coming back from that. Leyla made it possible for me to have a worry free makeup experience, and I was so thankful for that!

I loved the feel of the Trish McEvoy line so much, that I couldn’t help but snag some foundation and highlighter of my own, and I have to say, I haven’t loved a foundation this much, in a long time! With me being a fashion and beauty blogger, I am always on the hunt for new makeup lines, and this has stolen my heart!

 

All the products that were used were Trish McEvoy’s line, which can be bought from the official Trish McEvoy website, or right in Kenwood Mall, at Nordstrom, where you can also book a makeup session in store with Nina or Leyla!

It’s safe to say these three wonderful women now their stuff! They know what makeup you should wear for a Tuesday afternoon filled with running errands, and what to wear when turning it into a night out look on the town. They know what every makeup brush is for, and what it does, and they know just how to make you feel like part of the team. I couldn’t be happier to of met these women, and spend a night talking about nothing but makeup!

3 Beauty Products You Didn’t Know You Can Make at Home (And How to Make Them!)

My awesome intern Alexis Piascik found the best recipes for making beauty products at home! Check ’em out!

1. Cucumber Makeup Remover Pads


Sleeping with your makeup on is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Make sure you never miss a night with soothing cucumber makeup removing pads that cleanse and hydrate fabulously and were created with your own two hands. (Recipe found on freebiefindingmom.com)

What You’ll Need: 1 cucumber (sliced)

1 cup distilled water

4 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons castor oil

cotton pads

8 oz mason jar

Directions: Step 1: soak cucumber slices in the distilled water for several hours or until water becomes a cloudy light green

Step 2: microwave the coconut and castor oil together for 30-45 seconds or until melted

Step 3: remove the cucumbers and combine the water and oils

Step 4: with the cotton pads in the jar, pour in the water-oil mixture

Tips: store in fridge and use within one week for best results

2. Pink Grapefruit Lip Balm


If you’re like me and can’t hold on to lip balm to save your life, making it at home saves so much money! This recipe includes all natural ingredients to condition, salvage, and protect even the most broken of lips. (Recipe found on getinspiredeveryday.com)

What You’ll Need: 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon grated and packed beeswax

1 tablespoon shea butter

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 tablespoon castor oil

½ teaspoon grapefruit essential oil

6-8 containers of your choice

Directions: Step 1: melt the beeswax, shea butter, coconut and castor oils over low heat until the beeswax is completely melted

Step 2: remove from heat and add in the essential oil

Step 3: pour into containers of your choice and let sit to harden

Tips: store up to four months and visit the original website for more recipe flexibility

3. Whitening Toothpaste


Having a bright smile is a goal of so many women out there, but almost all toothpastes on the market are still flooded with gross chemicals. Try this toothpaste recipe to whiten your teeth both quickly and naturally! (Recipe found on areturntosimplicity.com)

What You’ll Need: 2 tablespoons Bentonite Clay

¼ teaspoon sea salt

10 drops peppermint essential oil

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 dropper full of organic liquid stevia

2 capsules or ½ teaspoon activated charcoal

¼ teaspoons ground cloves

2 tablespoons filtered water

Directions: Step 1: open charcoal capsules

Step 2: combine all ingredients in a glass container

Step 3: mix with a rubber or wooden spoon

Tips: substitute ground mint for essential peppermint oil for a more swallow-safe mixture; add mineral drops for additional benefits; make sure to use glass containers, the toothpaste will pull toxins from metal or plastic; store in a cool dark space (like a bathroom drawer)

Lady in Red 2017 Coming Up Feb. 3!

One of my favorite events of the year is almost here! (poet and didn’t know it) 😉 Make sure you’re RSVP’ed because it’s a SUPER fun event filled with fashion, fun, sips, light bites, great music and TONS of shopping! Details, sponsors and RSVP info below!

2017 Lady in Red

A fashionable fundraiser for the American Heart Association

When: National Wear Red Day – Friday, February 3, 6-10pm
Where: Macy’s Fountain Place 505 Vine St. Cincinnati 45202
Enjoy: 20% store-wide* Macy’s discount, fashion show, music, swag bag, refreshments, fun photo booth and fundraising activities! All proceeds benefit the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign! (General admission tickets will be sold at the door; swag bags only guaranteed for pre-registered ticket holders)
RSVP: www.2017LIR.eventbrite.com
Dress: Cocktail chic. Red attire preferred!
Tickets: $25 VIP – includes seat along the runway, premium swag bag, 3 drink tickets, light bites, and a 20% store-wide* Macy’s discount. $15 general admission – includes swag bag, 2 drink tickets, light bites, and a 20% store-wide* Macy’s discount.
Fashion Show Sponsor: Macy’s
Healthcare Sponsor: St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Light bites provided by: Occam Dining, Current Catering
Booth Sponsors: Ideal Image, Mary Kay with Tiffany Phillips, Tobey 1 Originals with Tami Seurkamp, LuLaRoe with Jessica, Jamberry with Sarah Nelson & Gina Parsley, Rodan + Fields with Candice Waldeck and Lauren Hern, Sparkle for Good, Champion Windows, Rebekah Dunning – AdvoCare Independent Distributor, DoTerra with Rhonda, Your Stylist LLC Jackie Neville, Cincy 360 Fitness, Victory Wellness & Medspa, Date Night Cincinnati, NOVE Home & Body Decor + more!

DJ: Big Daddy Walker Productions
Photographer: Twin Spire Photography
Hair/Makeup Provided by: Jim Brofft Salon Central
Models Provided by:
Heyman Talent

Brought to you by: Cincy Chic, the only online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati.
*excluding cosmetics and fragrances

2017 Lady in Red

Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound Franchise Opportunities

As you can probably tell from me posting a million times about getting different spa and ultrasound services while I’ve been preggo, I love love love Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound.

Just in case you need a refresher though, they offer pregnancy safe spa and ultrasound services that you just can’t get anywhere else under one roof. From finding out the gender of my babies at 16 weeks – a whole month earlier than at your OB – and also coming in with friends and family for a HD ultrasound using the latest in imaging technology, I absolutely love it here.

Their ultrasounds are amazing, and so is the spa, which offers massages, facials and nail services using all pregnancy safe products. Their massage therapists and estheticians all have additional certifications to work with moms before, during, and after baby so it’s my safe zone because I don’t have to worry if the products or techniques are going to be safe for me and the baby, plus I love chatting with all the other moms who are clients and work here!

Becoming Mom is my go-to even when I’m not pregnant, too… I mean, if products aren’t safe to use while pregnant, why put them on you when you’re not? Everything they use is safe, healthy, natural, and good for you, pregnant or not. Plus it’s a great place to come for gifts! They have a boutique area with awesome products and gifts for moms and babies… I love shopping there!

Besides being a wonderful place for moms to be pampered and get special sneak peeks at their little ones, Becoming Mom recently started to franchise their concept for national expansion. They have a mission to empower and support women and moms to become their best personal and professional selves – not just at the spa, but also through franchise business ownership. For some women that might be rejoining the workforce after taking time out to start a family. For others, that might mean a new career track that can help juggle the demands of starting or raising a family paired with autonomy and control of your time that owning a franchise business can provide professionally. Women with a passion for supporting moms, drive, and leadership are the perfect fit to join the Becoming Mom franchise family. If you are great at leading a team, active in your community, enjoy connecting with people, and are looking to take the next step in becoming a new you, Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound franchise ownership could be the perfect fit for you or someone you know!

Get more details at http://becomingmomfranchise.com!

Cincy Chic Review : 4D Ultrasound at Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound

I recently got a VERY cool 4D Ultrasound at Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound (aka my second home when I’m preggo). Not only did it allow me see our beautiful baby’s chubby cheeks for the very first time, but their big viewing room allows for the whole family to come see too! Watch for a virtual tour and video as I take you along for the special experience! Learn more at http://becomingmom.com.

Oh, and don’t forget to register for our FREE event at Becoming Mom THIS Thursday where we’ll have complimentary refreshments, swag and spa services. This event is great for moms and moms-to-be, as well as women who love getting pampered with all-natural products! Click here to learn more about the event and RSVP!

Microblading Expert Opens Brow Envy in Rookwood Exchange!


Amber Harrison, owner of Brow Envy, is a licensed semi-permanent makeup artist and eyebrow expert who turned her passion for perfect brows into a profession.

“It dawned on me that brow design is my passion. It’s such a critical part of a person’s face, yet so many people struggle with having sparse eyebrows, drawing them daily, trying to get the right shape,” Harrison says.

Harrison was already threading, filling and designing her friends, family and co-workers eyebrows but she was looking for the best of both worlds: a natural looking brow with more staying power than makeup. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention so Harrison decided to take her research deeper and discovered a more natural looking approach – the Microblading technique.

Amber
Amber Harrison, Owner of Brow Envy

Microblading has been featured in numerous magazines such as Allure, Instyle, Teen Vogue and Elle. It’s been featured on shows like The Doctors and on E! Online, with many celebrities like actress Bella Thorne posting about their positive Microblading experiences. In fact, there’s currently more than 745,000 hashtagged posts on Instagram about Microblading. Definitely a huge boom in demand, and for good reason.

Meeting that demand is now Brow Envy. It’s the first studio in Greater Cincinnati to specialize solely in Microblading, which is a semi-permanent makeup technique, which like traditional permanent makeup is a tattoo but there are some big differences.

“Many of my Ohio, Kentucky and even Pennsylvania clients were planning to — or did — travel long distances like to the west coast or New York for Microblading,” Harrison says, “but now they now longer have to and come to Brow Envy in Cincinnati! Many of my clients travel from a few hours away.”

The most common type of traditional eyebrow tattoos involves the use of a tattoo gun and a block style brow, which leaves the client with a dark outlined eyebrow and no depth. Harrison says “Microblading by Brow Envy leaves the client with crisp, thin lines that look identical to real hair. After consultation, a selection of pigment is carefully chosen to give depth and shape so that the natural brows and microbladed strokes blend seamlessly.”

Microblading on average fades over the course of 18 months with normal skin exfoliation. It creates fine hair strokes that don’t blur over time or fade into unusual colors like you would experience with a traditional permanent makeup machine. According to Harrison this makes for very realistic results.

Harrison explains that “Microblading is a tattoo and it requires a lot of practice and education” which is why her studio specializes in eyebrows. For Harrison “brow design is just as important as the service itself. I look at bone structure and the client’s facial features and design a brow that best suits them. This is something that can only be truly perfected with complete focus on this technique.”

With each client, she spends about at their first appointment designing the right brows for them, and then two hours at their touch up appointment. “Not only do I focus on creating amazing brows, it’s just as important to me that each client have an amazing experience,” she says. “Customer service is extremely important to me. I take my time with each client and give them my full attention in the studio.”

Brown Envy, which just opened in July 2017 in the Rookwood Exchange (one of the suites inside Salons by JC) located at 3825 Edwards Road. In 2017, she plans to expand into a bigger space and will offer additional eyebrow services such as threading, natural brow design, brow extensions and more.

Microblading typically starts at about $450, but varies based on specific requests and special promotions. See lots of before and after photos, and learn more about Harrison and Brow Envy on their website, Instagram page or Facebook.