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My Experience with the Monat Hair Products

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About 6 months ago I had my first run-in with the Monat product line. I was at my best friend’s house for a get together. One of her friends from work arrived about an hour later. Right when she walked in I noticed her hair, but I didn’t want to bring attention to myself by asking her about it.

Apparently I wasn’t the only one who noticed. About a half hour later, my best friend, who has no shame in bringing attention to herself, said “Dang girl! Your hair looks amazing!” Her friend then began telling her about the product line she uses called Monat. I listened to her and was impressed. However, the party ended, and days went by. I then forgot all about it.

It wasn’t until a couple months later that I was re-introduced. My sister-in-law, who had been suffering from postpartum hair loss, posted on Facebook before and after photos of her time with Monat. I couldn’t believe it when she said that it was the same Monat product line that the other girl with amazing hair was talking about. Having been self-conscious about my hair for years for various reasons (dry, dull, never-ending split ends), I decided it was time to make a change. That was when I started my research. After reading countless reviews, I decided to try Monat for myself.

Monat Before and After Picture

One wash. One simple wash with Monat, and I was hooked. I couldn’t believe the difference! For this particular wash I used Renew shampoo, Revitalize conditioner, and Rejuvabeads. My sister took the before and after of me, and I think the pictures speak for themselves! I would never have left the house without at least straightening my hair before. Now, I feel confident going out in public without doing anything extra to my hair. That excites me, because I don’t have to damage my hair more with heat!

I have now been using the hair products for around 4 months and here are some things that I have noticed about my hair:

  • My hair is softer and shinier than ever
  • I don’t have to spend an obnoxious amount of time trying to detangle my hair after a shower
  • My hair is thicker and has way more volume
  • I don’t shed like crazy anymore and have less split ends
  • My hair is less frizzy!
  • It smells AMAZING
  • The last bonus, which is extremely important to me, is that it is cruelty free and doesn’t use a bunch of harsh chemicals! Oh, and it’s also made in the USA!

Although I couldn’t put it in my personal Monat review, since I am not yet a mama, but I feel the need to tell women about the reasoning behind new moms going crazy over Monat! Two words: Capixyl and Procataline. One thing that a lot of new moms don’t know, is that postpartum hair loss is incredibly common. Well, these two ingredients fight back! Without going full science nerd on you all, Capixyl is a key ingredient in Monat products. It works by cutting down scalp inflammation. By doing this, it stimulates natural hair growth. It also thickens and strengthens your hair. Procataline, another key ingredient, fights premature hair thinning. Like capixyl, it boosts hair growth. It also protects color and shine. The picture below is my sister-in-law’s before and after of only 16 days on Monat!

Image of Monat Results

The bonus part is, men can benefit too! Ever looked at your man and noticed that his hairline has receded a little (or a lot)? Or maybe his hair is thinning out more and more everyday? Men all over the country have been trying Monat to grow their hair back and it’s working.

That’s not all that men are loving about Monat. They also have a treatment system dedicated entirely to them (or so they think!). It’s called the Monat Black system, and it’s as sexy as it sounds. Now, men might think this is all for them, but not if I have a say in it! Over the past few months of testing out these products, I’ve learned a few tricks of the trade, and I’ve fallen in love with the Black system. Personally, I LOVE to use the men’s aftershave as a moisturizer AND as a makeup primer! The best part is I get to pretend I’m buying it for my boyfriend when in reality it’s for me! Total win, win!

Since I’m almost done ranting about shampoo and conditioner, I HAVE to throw in that there is an adorable jr line! This line is complete with shampoo, conditioner, and detangler that is specifically formulated for the finer and fragile hair that kiddos have. This line is safe and gentle for the mini’s in your life with no harmful colors, fragrances, or chemicals!

And finally, on to the other, yet just as fun, products! Monat has products for just about anybody… I’ll list my favorite goodies and tell ya’ll exactly why I love them so much!

1) Rejuvabeads
As I said in the beginning, I had HORRIBLE split ends. For me, this stuff basically eliminates the split ends!

2) Rejuvenique
I love this oil for two reasons, it moisturizes my scalp AND face! I’ve always had dry skin and scalp, so this stuff is a double whammy for me!

3) Eye Wonder Lash and Brow Enhancing Serum
Plain and simple, it makes my lashes look AMAZING! They’re longer and shinier without the makeup!

4) Blow Out Cream
I use this before styling my hair and it makes my hair silky and shiny!

5) The Champ dry shampoo
Dry shampoo… It’s the best! Need I say more?

Those being my favorite, I still LOVE the other products. You’ll just have to check them out for yourself! Like the hairspray… to die for! Finally, a hairspray that doesn’t leave a product-feel to my hair!

Ok so you’ve read my testimonials on the product-line. There are hundreds of reviews that say similar things as what you’ve just read. My biggest complaint? The price. Hands down. What else would there be to complain about this amazing product? However, the best part is that these products are the real deal. So yeah, it’s pricier than what you might be used to, but you buy it once and it lasts so long! You don’t need a huge glob of conditioner like the $5 store-bought brand. I bought my shampoo and conditioner four months ago and it’s still not gone!

Now that you know all you need to know to get started, what are you waiting for?! Your hair will thank you in the long run!

The Monat Product Line

The Top 5 Hottest Trends in Body Sculpting This Year


Body sculpting is not a new concept. People have been nipped and tucked and lifted and lipo’ed for decades. However, as technology progresses, body sculpting is as quick and painless as it has ever been. People are getting sculpted in as little as a lunch hour and are going back to work because many of the treatments require zero downtime! Check out this year’s hottest body sculpting trends.


Hollywood’s hottest new trend! If you haven’t already heard of this before, then you surely will start hearing about it soon. CoolSculpting has skyrocketed in popularity over the past couple of years, and it’s only going to rise for the foreseeable future. It has quickly become the world’s #1 non-invasive fat reduction treatment. CoolSculpting treats the stubborn areas that diet and exercise can’t get rid of. This FDA approved, safe and effective treatment is all the rave with stars such as the Kardashians.

CoolSculpting works by targeting fat cells and freezing them. The frozen fat cells die, and your body naturally removes them. It does all this with zero downtime, making it a no-brainer for busy people!

Butt Lift/Implants

Having a bigger and more voluptuous booty is one of Hollywood’s biggest trends right now. For women who can’t get there naturally, there are alternative ways that can get them there! One being the ever-popular Brazilian butt lift seen in magazines across the globe. However, there are a couple different paths that you can take!

There are two different types of implants that can be placed: gel silicone and water-based. Water-based has gained more popularity as it is a safer and less likely to cause lumps and infection.

The second option is a butt lift, more commonly called a Brazilian butt lift. This procedure uses liposuction to take fat from one or more areas of the body and inject it into the butt cheeks and outer hips.


Imagine being able to literally melt away stubborn body fat in less than a half hour! With new technology, you can do just that! SculpSure is another hot, new-to-the-market, fat reducing procedure. This FDA approved, safe treatment uses laser technology to heat and kill fat cells. The body then naturally processes and eliminates the cells. This new technology is non-invasive and takes very little time, less than a half hour!


Want more flawless looking facial features? You’re not alone! Fuller lips and voluminous cheeks has all the stars going crazy! Some give credit to Kylie Jenner for this sizzling fad. She has admitted to using the Juvederm filler to get fuller lips. However, Juvederm offers assistance to more than just lips! It also helps correct facial wrinkles, facial folds, and cheek volume.

The injectable is FDA approved and can be done in a brief office visit.


Wanting tight, youthful looking skin is nothing new. With Ultherapy, you can tighten and lift your skin without surgery or downtime! It is a safe, FDA-cleared procedure that uses ultrasound energy to lift and tighten. Women are using Ultherapy to lift skin on their eyebrows, under their chin, and on their neck. It also is used to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the chest and cleavage area.

Modern technology has opened the door to a whole new world of body sculpting. From shedding the fat to getting a bigger booty, you can now get the body you want in no time!

How I lost 10 inches Off My Waist in Less Than 9 days – Without Surgery!

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My friends told me it wasn’t possible, but I dropped 4 dress sizes in less than 2 weeks and feel better than I did 20 years ago. They saw my results and now they’re begging me to share my metabolism-boosting weight loss secret.

I absolutely HATE scammy weight-loss promises and fad-diet gimmicks. Which is why I was completely shocked when – what I thought was a fad-diet scheme – actually worked. And kept working even after I went back to my normal eating habits.

So far I’ve only told a couple of close friends about how I did it, but one of my girlfriends asked me to share my story here hoping it would help other women like me make a dramatic weight loss change – the safe and healthy way.

I abhor all those kitschy trend diets, so for the first time I’m sharing my weight loss journey so other women know it’s possible to boost your metabolism naturally and lose stubborn fat without a magic pill. Hopefully my story will help and inspire you so you can get back to feeling like the confident, sexy superwoman you are.

Don’t waste another second starving yourself or being disappointed with what you see in the mirror. Please, I beg you, read my story and take back your body!

I promise you that if I can do it – a formerly-overweight, unathletic mom of 3 with a desk job – then you can too. It’s easier than you think!

It started as a 9 day “test” – 2 months later, I’ve kept the weight off easily and have SO much energy!

I’ve never been one for gimmicks, and always roll my eyes every time one of my girlfriends tells me about her new fad-diet plan. Outside of becoming a one-week-vegetarian to support my teenage daughter’s latest food obsession, I’ve never really bought in to any particular way of eating.

My perspective has always been that you should eat as many “real” foods as possible, try to avoid too much processed junk, and your body will take care of the rest.

But a mysterious and unexpected phenomenon happened. Something that I thought could never happen to me.

I turned 40. And so did my love handles.

I found myself with an extra 30 pounds that I could just NOT get rid of – no matter how many slices of pizza I turned down or chocolate cravings I fought tooth and nail to ignore. And with 3 kids and a full-time job I felt like hitting the gym during the week just wasn’t an option. Besides, I’ve never really been one to work out very hard. A busy and hectic life felt like a workout all on its own!

So when friend of mine started raving about this 30 day miracle program she was on, I figured at this point it was at least worth checking out. I approached with a skeptical mind, wary of gimmicks and wrinkling my nose at the idea of “fast loss” as she called it.

But I had to admit – she did look like she had lost a ton of belly fat. I figured anything that worked THAT well had to be a scam, and that if she lost any weight at all it was probably water weight.

After I did a bit of research I saw that other people were reporting sustainable, long-term results, and felt great on the same program. When I saw that they had a 9 day starter program, I decided to give it a whirl. Their website said they had a 30 day money-back guarantee anyway, so I figured if I didn’t see results I’d just force them to give my money back.

To be honest, the turning point for me was when my husband made an off-hand comment about an old picture of us – and it wasn’t the kind of comment that makes a woman feel like she could slip back into her old prom dress.

That was it for me. At this point I was ready to take the risk and wanted to make a dramatic change. After all – it was only 2 weeks and they had a guarantee. So if it didn’t work, then I’d know right away and wouldn’t lose too much time or money messing with it. I figured at the very least it would give me a boost to kickstart some healthy changes.

So I took a chance, and committed to trying it just for the 9 days. I couldn’t believe what happened after that first week! I never in my wildest dreams thought I would see such a dramatic change.

Now I’m more than 30 days in and promised my girlfriends that I’d share my secret of how I dropped almost 4 dress sizes FAST. I figured if I was going to write it all down, there must be other women like me that would be interested in doing their homework and losing stubborn fat the RIGHT way. And by that, I mean the sustainable, healthy, and gimmick-free way.

So ladies – this one’s for the busy mom’s and the women who never want to hear about how “you were so skinny!” 20 years ago when the old photo album surfaces at parties.

Here’s the healthy, not-so-secret way I lost 10 inches off my waist in less than 2 weeks, and have kept if off for almost 2 months now. You should do your own research as well, but I’ll quickly cover how it works, and then tell you what I liked (and what I didn’t like!) about this fat-loss program.

Here’s my personal review of the Isagenix 9 Day Fat Loss Kickstart Program

It’s going to sound like every other fad diet you’ve heard of, but bear with me. This is way more sustainable and natural than 99% of similar programs I’ve found. And I’ve done A LOT of research.

The program uses a combo of “shake days” and “cleanse days” to break up and flush out stubborn fat, then re-fuel and get you the nutrition you need. All the while satisfying cravings and making you feel satiated and full.

Sound too good to be true?
I thought so too – until I tried it for myself.

Now a couple of notes, I adjusted the program to fit with my busy schedule, so I changed my “cleanse days” to match the days I was off of work. On those days I drank way more water than normal.

I won’t get into the full science behind how this program works – you can take a look on their website and look into it yourself – but I’ll share how everything tasted and how it worked for me. I’ll also share what I DIDN’T like about the program.

The good news first – Here’s what I liked about the Isagenix weight loss program

So to be clear – this program works by using a combination of using gentle cleansing solutions that are designed to flush out stubborn fat, and then eating snacks and drinks that are scientifically-engineered to boost your metabolism and give you tons of energy.

Here’s what I liked about it:

#1: The Shakes Tasted Great
I have tried shakes like these before, and one thing I really liked is that these ones are DEFINITELY the best-taking weight loss shakes I’ve ever had. The chocolate one wasn’t sickeningly sweet or fake tasting – my daughter likes this one best and says it tastes like chocolate malt balls. I personally like the vanilla one. They also have a dairy free option if you have lactose sensitivity.

#2: I Actually Felt Full and Satisfied
I really liked how it made me feel satisfied and full – which was important for me because I HATE dieting. But I never felt like I was depriving myself of nutrition, and it felt extra good to feel full AND still see nice muscle tone appearing after the first week.

#3: I Felt A Big Difference During The Cleanse
The “Cleanse for Life” product they give you for “cleanse days” is what surprised me the most. I thought this was going to be absolutely horrible, but surprisingly, it was just like berry kool-aid and you only drink 4 ounces of it a few times throughout the day. I’ll be honest – for someone who doesn’t really believe in “detoxing” – it did make me feel really ‘clean’ and like my body was working a lot more efficiently to digest food.

#4: Dark Chocolate Snacks
Another add-on that’s important to mention. I ordered the “Isadelight” snacks and absolutely recommend getting them if you’re going to try this out for yourself. They’re like indulging in a dark chocolate treat, and you can actually eat up to 8 of them a day!
– Pro tip: hide them if you have kids or they’ll be gone in a second.

#5: The Extra Boosts
I also tried out their mood-boosting “Ionix drink” (which looks disgusting), but tasted like a strawberry-banana juice. I am always freezing so I really liked that I could warm this up and drink it hot in the morning. But my friend puts it in her vanilla shake and says it tastes great in there as well.

Another extra add-on I liked was their “Natural Accelerator.” It’s a fat-burning formula made from all-natural ingredients such as cayenne pepper and green tea which is supposed to support thermogenesis. I’m not sure exactly how it works but I really felt like it boosted my metabolism and sped up my results.

Now there were a couple things I didn’t like which I think are important to mention…

Make sure this is right for you!

Here’s what you need to know BEFORE you buy any Isagenix products to lose fat:

#1: Cold Shakes
Like I said, I’m always freezing, so I was hoping I could drink the shakes warmed up like hot chocolate. But they are DEFINITELY better cold. Personally, I’d rather have something I can drink hot, but if you’re okay drinking a cold milkshake then this probably won’t bother you.

#2: Eating Out
One other thing that was difficult was getting together with people socially in the first week. I never realized how much my social time revolved around food! A tip – change normal lunch or dinner plans to coffee dates instead. You’ll be much less tempted to cheat, and won’t have to do any explaining to friends if you don’t want to.

#3: Lack of Foodie Adventures
The other thing I didn’t like was that I got REALLY bored after the first week. I am a die-hard foodie so was missing all of my favorite indulgences after about 6 days. This is a big reason why I started with the 9 day program first.

Although I have to admit, after I saw such great results it was pretty motivating to keep going. I’ll have to be honest though, I did “cheat” a few times when I couldn’t stand it any longer (luckily it didn’t seem to have too much of an impact or stall my fat loss too badly.)

My husband says I’m being a whiner since these are really just about me having lack of self control 😛 – but I wanted to mention them so anyone looking to try this program has the full story. If you’re like me, you want to have all the facts before committing to anything – even just for 9 days.

If you’re willing to try it out a little longer – go for the 30 day program. I’m doing it for the 2nd time now and find it WAY easier to follow when I just went all-in for the full month.

Would I recommend trying the Isagenix fat loss program?

Alright, verdict time…

I’m not going to try and convince you to try out this program. Everyone is different and you know what’s right for your body. What I CAN say is that this worked for me, and I’m a huge skeptic so it’s worth at least doing a little homework and seeing if it’s a good fit for you.

I’d say start with the 9 day program if you’re unsure, or if you really want to commit and go for a dramatic change then opt for their full 30 day program. It’s designed for busy women who want to lose weight fast, and keep it off long term.

They have a 30-day return policy listed on their website, so you can always get the bigger program and try it out risk free if you’re not sure.

Personally – Overall I felt full and had tons of energy during the whole process. I NEVER thought I would be able to lose my stubborn fat without either starving myself, or killing myself in the gym. So to see such a dramatic difference in less than 2 weeks – any of the cons I mentioned above were far outweighed by the benefits.

I also really liked how all of their products are backed up scientists, dietitians and clinical studies. I’m very conscious about what I put into my body so I did my research before trying this out.

Turns out they have an entire scientific advisory board made up of industry leaders who are committed to making sure the products (and the company) live up to their claims, and also offer safe and naturally-based weight loss solutions. You can learn more about their clinical studies and scientific backing on their website.

My Advice? Don’t take my word for it – Use the money-back guarantee to try it for yourself

I can’t speak for everyone, but I CAN share my own results.

I’m not an expert, and I have to admit I cheated a couple of times during the program – so you might have completely different results if you stick with it strictly.

In terms of my own personal experience – I lost 10 inches off my waist when I did the 9 day program, but I also used the Natural Accelerator metabolism booster, and the Ionix Drink mood-booster.

My advice? Try it out for yourself and see what happens!

They have a 30 day money-back guarantee listed on their website, so you can always return the products if you change your mind.

The biggest program – the 30 day system – is around $300. Which is the same as my spa and gym membership (which I never even use). The 9 day cleanse is around $200. Honestly though, I would have paid double or even triple for the results I got. Especially because the results were not a quick fix, and the weight has stayed off long term.

Before I tried the program I looked into other options and saw that a surgical procedure can cost up to $10,000 – so to me the Isagenix program is great value. If you’ve ever looked into getting a tummy tuck or liposuction, you know this is an absolute steal.

To try it out for yourself, go directly to the Isagenix website here and ONLY order directly from the manufacturer.

The reason you ONLY want to order the program from Isagenix directly is that I’ve heard of people getting ripped off when they try to order through Amazon (apparently some sellers buy expired product in bulk to try and sell it at a discount). Plus – if you buy from anywhere else you don’t get the 30 day money-back guarantee. So I recommend only buying through the Isagenix website to make sure you get the real deal.

So in my opinion? You have a few options here:

  1. You can try some fad diet that may work short term, but won’t keep the fat off long term.
  2. You can make yourself crazy sweating hours in the gym or starving yourself eating bunny food.
  3. Or you can take advantage of an easy risk-free program with a money-back guarantee, and at least learn more or test out this program that worked for me.

You know what works best for your lifestyle and your body – so just make the best choice that’s right for you.

You can get the Isagenix weight loss program DIRECTLY from the real manufacturer here.