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My Top 12 Fave Products from 2017

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I made 44 blog posts in the last 12 months (excluding this post). As a result, I thought that I would put together a list of a few of my favorite things from 2017. I’ve selected one product fave for each of the 12 days of Christmas … Enjoy!

MY 7 HAIR CARE ❤️FAVES❤️

  1. Especially Hair Moisture Foundation Deep Treatment: This uber moisturizing deep conditioner is a rock star hair treatment for adding moisture to parched tresses, regardless of the season. If you want something more strengthening, try my other love from ion. Their Keratin Smoothing Masque hydrates and protects in ONE step!
  2. The Turbie Twist: This microfiber hair wrap is my one and only go-to for wicking excess water from my hair on wash day. Read Quick Tip #15: Say, “No!” to Traditional Towels for more information on making the switch from “towel” to “twist.”
  3. Unique Bobby Pin Storage: I love how easy it was to organize my bobby pin collection. Who says organization can’t be practical AND pretty? Read Quick Tip #16: Hack for Storing Bobby Pins (and other things!) for more information on how to improve your storage IQ.
  4. The HONEY BLOWOUT Honey Treatment: This honey hair treatment works wonders for creating parch-free blowouts. However, it also acts as a moisturizing cleanser when used as a co-wash.
  5. Dark & Lovely’s Au Naturale Anti-breakage Line: The Root to Tip Mender and Super Softening Hair Butter continue to do a great job of  keeping my ends moisturized.
  6. Goals Beauty Complete Healthy Hair Oil: This hair oil has tons of amazing ingredients that encourage hair growth and length retention.
  7. The Ultimate Satin Bonnet: These satin bonnets give me life! I love them so much that I pretty  much tossed all my other bonnets into the bin or donation box. They stay on through the night and are perfect for virtually any hair length (from short and cropped to thick and long)!

MY 5 SKIN CARE ❤️FAVES❤️

  1. Mario Badescu’s Botanical Exfoliating Scrub: This botanical scrub is gentle yet effective (even on my sensitive, combination skin)! If you’re on the hunt for an exfoliating scrub that can work without agitating or damaging your skin, this botanical scrub is for you.
  2. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence: This Treatment Essence is expensive but offers great value considering it minimizes fine lines and wrinkles while softening and moisturizing the skin. I also adore that this facial treatment is sulfate-free, GMO-free, and does not contain any synthetic fragrances!
  3. Measurable Difference Hydrating Body Oils: The amaranth and lavender hydrating body oils by Measurable Difference are my preferred products for locking in my skin’s moisture post-shower and for preventing and treating mild to moderate pain post-workout.
  4. Nail Therapy: This therapeutic nail treatment soothed, strengthened and repaired my weakened cuticles and nail beds after just one application. Read Quick Tip #23: Get Some (Nail) Therapy! for more information on getting quick help for your problem nails.
  5. Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum: The Vinoperfect Radiance Serum from Caudalie of Paris is my new product must-have. Although its formula is highly concentrated, it is suitable for all skin types. Unlike similar products, this serum is not photo-sensitizing and is non-comedogenic. After only 2 weeks of use, I noticed decreased dark spots (from acne scars) and hyperpigmentation, a more even skin tone, and brighter, more radiant skin.

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Graze Snack Subscription Service

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We all know healthy hair starts from the inside out, so I thought I’d share with you an amazing snack company called Graze that lets you hand pick single snack orders and subscription snack packs. All of their snacks have NO genetically engineered ingredients, NO artificial flavors or colors, NO high fructose corn syrup, and 0g trans fat per serving. As someone who is constantly on the go, this makes healthy snacking thought-free!

With flavors profiles from sweet, savory, and spicy to snacks that include protein, chocolate, popcorn, fruit, and/or nuts and seeds, you can easily customize your snacks any way you choose. All you have to do tell graze which foods you likelove, or would like to try. Then, they will create your box based on your personal preferences. Currently, graze boxes can only be shipped to US addresses within the 50 states. (Sorry international readers!) It is also important to note that graze IS NOT suitable for people with allergies. Graze packs all of their food in the same place, so their snacks may contain traces of gluten, wheat, eggs, nuts, soy, dairy, etc.

Going on vacation or have an upcoming business trip? Postponing your graze subscription is super easy. Just delay delivery on your home page (one week at a time) by selecting the week you’d like to receive your next box. As long as they haven’t already started to prepare your next box, you’re good to go!

I’m already on my second 8-snack variety subscription box from graze. I love it! It’s convenient AND tasty. So far my faves from my first box are the (1) sweet rhubarb jam—rhubarb, soft apple pieces and cranberries, (2) peanut butter and jelly—baked salted peanuts, raspberry fruit strings and vanilla fudge, (3) cookies and cream—mini cocoa cookies, white chocolate buttons, chocolate fudge and sunflower seeds, and (4) white chocolate dip and sweet blueberry toasts. And, the best part? Each 8-snack variety box costs just $13.99 including delivery.

At any given time, graze has over 100 snacks available from which to choose. They add new innovative flavors to their range every 1-3 months. Graze uses the 80/20 rule when making boxes: be good 80% of the time, and treat yourself the rest of the time. In this way, graze strikes a balance between healthy snacking and treats that are (still wholesome but) simply a pleasure to eat! Because all of their snacks are perfectly portioned as well as self-contained in a portable individual package, you never have to worry about sacrificing your health for convenience. Just add a snack pack to your purse, gym bag, backpack, or briefcase, and you’ll never be stranded without a tasty snack (that happens to also be good for you) again!

Not enough to sway you? Maybe this will help … Graze founded a farming school in rural Uganda, a generous effort that provides locals with much-needed income by teaching them to grow, maintain, and harvest food from their own modest plots. Each student receives ongoing support so that they can feed themselves, their family, and earn money to feed a family of four by selling their harvest at neighborhood markets. In addition, all graze packaging is recyclable and comes from sustainable forests. Snack packs can even be repurposed as “punnet planters for a graze box herb garden!”

As a result, Graze has reinvented the world of snacking through one-of-a-kind snack creations. They even have an intelligent algorithm that chooses from millions of graze box combinations to ensure that every graze box is tailored to each unique customer. So, there’s sure to be something different and exciting to try every single time. Watch my video below for additional information about snacking with graze …

 Use this rewards code (FTKFN2FTP) to get your FIRST (4-snack sampler) and FIFTH (8-snack variety) box free!

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