Johnson’s Baby: What I’m Using These Days

Part of the fun of being an ambassador for Johnson’s Baby is all the great stuff I get to try. Having two girls under the age of two really has me running so I’m faithful to the products that work best and make life easier. A few I received recently I’m really loving and are worth telling you about.

Little Harper has always had a tough time falling asleep. She sits on our lap and we rock her until she’s sleeping which regularly takes an hour or more at night. Since this eats into Mike’s and my night together, you can imagine how much we really want to speed this process up. We’re slowly starting to get her to doze off in her crib, but until that whole process is up and running we’re happy to find other ways to get her relaxed enough to get to sleep quicker. Since it has been working pretty regularly, I know it isn’t just coincidence that the Soothing Vapor Bath really helps. It’s a liquid you pour into the bath that gives off an aroma that reminds me of that Vicks menthol scent but lighter, and it’s made to calm fussy babies, help stuffy noses, and encourage relaxation. When we use it she leaves the bath more relaxed and falls asleep much quicker than the nights when we don’t use it or if we bathe her in the morning. Nothing instant of course, but noticeable. I’ve used it in my baths too because I just love the scent and it’s so much less expensive than other bath salts I’ve bought that are basically the same thing. I’m already exhausted all the time, so the calming effects are essentially lost on me.

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The other thing we’ve been using all the time is their Shampoo & Conditioner combo made for thin or straight hair. At two years old little Harper is still rocking a short pixie which she pulls it off perfectly. While we wait for more hair to sprout, this shampoo/conditioner really softens and bulks up her hair. I was using a body wash before because I didn’t think it mattered, but this really seems to give her locks a little boost.

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Oh- and I’m still using their original baby shampoo to remove my eye makeup every night (just a dot of it on a damp cotton pad does the trick), as well using it to wash my makeup brushes. I also use it on Frisco and Meatball! It’s a total all-purpose cleanser around here.

Full Disclosure: All products were sent to me to try but no additional compensation was given. Opinions posted are my own and I select what to (or not to) write about.

My Hair Is STILL Falling Out: Living Proof Haircare & Sibu to the Rescue

Of course I’ve totally fallen in love with Living Proof haircare – it’s expensive and I have to go to Ulta or Sephora to get it. However it’s one of those rare lines I want to shout from the rooftop about because it’s so crazy good. It’s magic, a game changer in the industry, and something you should try. In the short time I’ve used it my static is gone, my hair looks fuller, and I have to remind myself when it’s been 3 days to wash it because it always looks (and smells!) freshly washed. Their technology is so advanced that their shampoos help hair to repel dirt and oil so it stays cleaner longer and the conditioners improve hair’s health over time. This stuff isn’t just to wash and style, it’s a long term solution to get your hair healthy and looking great.

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And speaking of hair…

Mine is totally falling out still. In huge clumps. Everyday for 4 months. Last time (meaning last time I had a baby which was just a year and a half ago) it fell out for 6 months. It was just starting to grow back when I got pregnant again so it never fully recovered which makes this current loss even worse.

Here’s a shot of me from last weekend (left) and one from just a few years ago. Such a difference in the texture, sheen, and thickness of my hair. You can see around my part how thick it once was. *Sigh*

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Instead of relying on topical treatments alone, I’m also starting to take Sea Buckthorn from Sibu – the makers of that oil I use on my face. Their liquid supplement and Cellular Support with Omega 7 softgels both use sea buckthorn berry which is naturally rich in vitamins and omegas to nourish skin and promote growth of hair and nails. Ever since Dr Oz talked about its ability to signal the body to stop storing fat- making it a natural weight loss aid of sorts- sea buckthorn has become hugely popular.

So, longer hair, healthy skin, strong nails, and it melts fat? It’s like Gisele in a bottle. Bottoms up.

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Products for Your Baby That You Should Be Using Too

One of the perks of being a Johnson’s Baby ambassador is getting to try all sorts of products. And because babies are small and bottles are big I’ve found myself borrowing from the girl’s supply. Here are a few things that are made for babies but make my life easier too.

Intense Moisture Cream is an end table mainstay now that Everly is born. When I’m pregnant (is this everyone or just me?) I never use lotion or lip balm or much of anything in terms of moisturizers because my skin is mysteriously smooth at all times. This lasts up until basically the second the baby is born, then my skin is beyond parched – like it’s making up for lost time.

Typically I’d use a little coconut oil but my hands are so dry that the oil doesn’t absorb. So now I’ve been using this cream throughout the day which absorbs quick and softens without a greasy feel. I’ve even put some in a small plastic jar that I keep in the diaper bag (ahem- travel size please?!) so I’m never without it.

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When our family was staying with us over the holidays, my sister in law ran out of her facial cleansing wipes she uses at night so I gave her some of these washcloths to use. They’re bigger and thicker than a traditional face cloth and they foam up with tear-free suds that clean the face gently without stripping the skin. I use them to clean off Everly when blowouts strike- they’re the next best thing to an actual bath- but I found they’re the perfect makeup remover and face wash on those nights where I can barely peel myself off the couch to stumble into bed.

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I’ve been removing my eye makeup with baby shampoo for about 15 years now. Its gentle formula doesn’t burn your eyes and the cleanser removes even waterproof makeup. A small dot on a damp cotton pad is all you need so one bottle can last years. I also use it to clean makeup brushes after I first noticed that harsher soaps broke down the bristles leaving me to replace expensive brushes too quickly.

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I don’t use baby powder on my girls but had some looking right at me when I ran out of my Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo a few weeks ago. A quick check to the label showed fewer (and cleaner) ingredients in the Johnson’s powder which uses corn starch instead of Blandi’s rice starch to absorb moisture (aka greasy hair) which also happens to bulk up roots and give some serious volume. My hair is still falling out in clumps because of my crazy thyroid so I’ve been sprinkling some baby powder on my roots to give some much needed lift. I have to say that I love the baby powder and think it works better than the hair powder. It is pure white of course so if your hair is dark don’t sprinkle it directly on top of your head, hide it underneath the top layers of hair and get it close to the roots to keep it undetectable.

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Post sponsored by Johnson’s Baby. All content and opinions are my own.

I Love Living Proof Haircare!

Well the virdict is in for the Living Proof haircare I bought last week. I love it. I had no idea that it would make the biggest difference in my hair (which is still falling out unfortunately.) It was looking brittle and was beyond static-y to the point where I was putting it back all the time because it was so annoying. But not anymore. It looks like I just had it cut and highlighted because it’s so behaved and healthy looking.

If you have gripes about your hair, it might just be that your products aren’t doing their jobs. Check out Living Proof and prepare to ba amazed.

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Living Proof: Jennifer Aniston’s Haircare Line

I had a credit at Sephora and had just ran out of my Bumble & Bumble Prep spray- perfect time to check out Living Proof, the hair line co-owned by Jennifer Aniston that has everyone buzzing. Coming into my 8th month of pregnancy my hair is (like last time) falling out in clumps. It’s too depressing to even dwell on since last time it fell out consistently like this for 6 months straight so severely that I still haven’t yet regained that hair volume back. My hair texture has also changed  and is doing this weird thing where it’s curly from the roots down about 4 inches or so where it stops and my typical slightly wavy hair begins down to the ends. Again, trying not to dwell…

Since my hair has changed so much, what I’ve always used on it needs to change too. My newly fine hair has more static than the thick, corse mane I always had and I need to layer in more products to achieve that bulk and keep a few days worth of curls in it which is getting more difficult to do. After some research on the line, I bought their Weightless Styling Spray $36 which will replace the  Prep spray I’ve used for years. It’s free of silicone, oils, parabens, sulfates and other nasties, using instead  their own star ingredient PolyfluoroEster which blocks humidity, repels dirt, and makes hair stronger over time. I’m hoping it will detangle and give my hair some softness- another thing it’s lacking nowadays. I’ll layer Restore Targeted Repair Cream $28 over the spray to get a leave-in conditioning sort of feel throughout my strands. The little tube was a sample of the new Prime Style Extender which sets the hair up for a style and helps to keep it in place longer, kinda like how a face primer works for securing foundation.

I’m hoping a little goes a long way because it’s pricy stuff but if my hair resembles anything about Aniston’s it’s all worth it! Really though I’m just hoping for less static, more volume, and added softness. I’ll follow up in a few weeks when I’ll be able to see exactly how well it’s working.

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I’m a Johnson & Johnson Baby CARES Council Member

When Johnson’s Baby reached out asking if I’d be interested in becoming a Baby CARES Council member, I”ll admit that I had mixed feelings. Over the years, I’ve read some things about J&J that have caused me to be cautious about using the brand on my daughter. Over the past year though, my feelings have started to change about Johnson’s because of their transparency and also commitment to reformulate most of their line to include the safest ingredients possible for their products (including Aveeno, Neutrogena, and Clean & Clear.) It’s a huge move and one that impressed the Environmental Working Group’s president who said “We’ve never really seen a major personal care product company take the kind of move that they’re taking with this.” This, coupled with their huge commitment to giving back through various charitable organizations like Save the Children where Johnson’s Baby recently funded them with $150,000 to support the healthy development of moms and babies as well as donating thousands of Johnson’s ‘Care Kits’ filled with Johnson’s basics that are handed out to families during natural disasters and other times of need.

As a member of their CARES Council, I’ll have access to their product line to review as I see fit (products are provided, but as usual I give honest feedback on those I like best.) I can also talk directly with their chemists who formulate the products- something I’m really excited about and will take advantage of here very soon and report back on what I’ve learned. In the meantime, I received a few things from Johnson’s to check out, and here are my thoughts on the ones that I’ve been using most.

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I didn’t even realize Johnson’s had a natural line. I’ve been using their Natural Baby Shampoo on my daughter and myself for weeks now. It’s 98% naturally sourced and uses vegetable, coconut, and sunflower oils to gently clean the hair. I also like using a mild shampoo daily to keep my color fresh- especially in Colorado where the sun and hard water chase my blonde away sooner than I’d like. There hasn’t been any burning or stinging to my daughter’s eyes and the subtle scent is a welcome change to the usual overly-perfumed kid’s products out there. For years I’ve used baby shampoo to remove eye makeup and this one works wonders for that too. Just dampen a flat cotton round with water and add just a small drop of this shampoo and massage it on the eyes to remove stubborn mascara and liner that cleansers can miss. Since it’s a no-tear formula it won’t burn or sting the eyes the way so many facial cleansers can. A gentle shampoo like this has so many great uses.

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I’m a sucker for the smell of cocoa butter so I knew I’d like their Baby Oil Gel with Shea and Cocoa Butter. My skin has been so dry lately from this heat that mid-day I’m already scaley. I also religiously keep moisture on my belly when I’m pregnant (5 1/2 months now!) so I’ve been using this gel post-shower before I even towel off to lock in moisture. I also give another generous amount to my belly alone once I’m dry under my BeBand so the moisture doesn’t rub away and get on my clothes. It has made a big difference in my skin’s softness and a little goes a long way.

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I’ll have more reviews of the line in the coming weeks along with a Q&A I’ll prepare for their chemists. If you have a question you think I should ask them, tweet me @HookedOnBeauty.