After my 3rd annual Professional Pretty Conference, I was SO ready for a recharge. Ralph and I decided to decompress and check into 21c Cincinnati Hotel. An extra perk is, right now they are waiving all their pet fees until 2021, so you can take your fur babies with you! I know, that hotels may be a scary notion right now - but rest assure, many hotels like 21c are taking great precautions to ensure the safety of every guest. In fact, when I checked in, they took my temperature and had plenty of hand sanitizer on deck. 21c Cincinnati also has many amenities such as a built in museum, spa and restaurant. Check it out below!
The Museum at 21C
How dope is this artwork in the lobby - and it features a lot of artwork and installations that you will not find anywhere else. Ralph also got to check it out :) Artwork is throughout the entire hotel, so there is something new to explore. Due to the pandemic, art exhibits are only by appointment only.
The Spa at 21C Cincinnati
The Spa at 21c was JUST what I needed. I had an amazing massage that really made me escape from everything going on in the world. Not all of the services are being offered right now due to Covid, but there are many that you can still enjoy, safely! Make sure you book an appointment and check out their spa menu.
Metropole at 21C Cincinnati
One word: YUM! I must admit, I've been sleeping on the Metropole restaurant at 21c and I'm sad about it. The menu is every innovative and different. I decided to have a charcuterie board (y'all know I love me some charcuterie), the crispy deviled eggs, brussel sprout salad and Fazzoletti - braised short rib bolognese, burrata, spicy greens. It was all SO GOOD! My favorite was definitely the pasta - it was filling yet not over indulgent.
Overall, my stay at 21c Cincinnati was nothing short of amazing. It's located downtown, stones throw from a lot of great shopping options and sights to see. Again, I know times are crazy right now, but that is all the reason why you should take a day to recharge and focus on YOU. 21c Cincinnati is a great option to escape - if even for a little bit.
Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week!? Lucky for me, 21c Cincinnati has made my side dish I’ll be social distancing eating with my family. Thanksgiving may look really different this year, but food should still have that same comfort. If you’re in Cincinnati, 21c Cincinnati has made life easier with dine-in and carry-out options including this amazing Shaved Brussel sprout salad.
Here is the recipe to the Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad from Executive Chef Vanessa Miller:
It’s all about the skin for me
I’m super excited to let you know about ZO Skin Health offered at the The Christ Medspa - as you know I don’t play about my skin and I am always willing to invest and try different options that keep my skin healthy, happy and glowing!
ZO Skin Health is an innovative skincare line based on the latest advances in technology and exclusive formulations. You can grab these products at The Christ Medical Spa. I’m so happy to have found The Christ Medspa and Dr. Gina Maccarone to help me keep my skin game on point!
I’ve been using ZO Skin Health products for a month - and it has been amazing so far! Truth moment: I struggle with my skin not always being even - I am loving the ZO Skin Health, Bright Alive. It is a non-retinol skin brightener formulated to even skin tone, reduce dark spots and restore hydration, while calming and soothing irritated skin. The ZO Skin Health Gentle Cleanser has been awesome using, it’s for all skin types designed to remove impurities and leave the skin feeling refreshed, clean and hydrated. Lastly, I’ve been loving the ZO Skin Health exfoliating polish, it has magnesium crystals exfoliate dead skin cells to create a clear, smooth and even toned complexion.
Now, this is an investment but your skin is your first impression - why shouldn’t you make it a great one! Make sure you visit The Christ Medspa website and purchase or schedule an appointment at The Christ Hospital Medspa - word on the street has it you can get 20% off injectables and laser procedures until the end of November if you mention my name.
When you’re a Boss it’s never too early for a bossy cocktail with Smarties! Actually, Smarties + champagne + MAO is a sweet treat come true. Who else loves Smarties!? I love how they help me celebrate closing a “sweet” deal. Thank you Smarties for supporting all the Boss Babes of all colors.
Follow these simple steps to make your own sweet bossy cocktail. Cheers 🥂
1. Get your favorite sparkling wine/champagne (I love Prosecco)
2. Pour it up - in a glass
3. Drop a Smarties Lollipop and watch it Bubble!
4. Enjoy like a Boss
That’s how I want my skin to be, especially during the Fall/Winter season. I decided to try out Yesto Cucumbers Calming Toner. I love that this toner is alcohol-free, gently cleanses and calms sensitive skin. My skin is fair so often times it can get red in certain places, with key ingredients like cucumber, witch hazel and aloe vera - its the perfect mix of calming agents.
Unlike most toners, it does not sting my skin - it feels as if my whole face is refreshed and cooled down when applying the toner. I am definitely going to add this toner to my daily routine (which I can because its so gentle with 97% natural ingredients). I can’t wait to show you guys my results after 2 weeks - so may sure you stay tuned to my sparkle :) You can join me and pick up some Yesto on Amazon.
The weather is finally looking like Fall here in Cincinnati, that means it's time to transition your skincare routine or add on some other skincare trends.
Sleep Pretty: Healthy Skin In Your Sleep
That's right, you can take care of your skin in your sleep! This triple threat I would do before bedtime which includes: an overnight facial peel, night serum capsules and 24 hour moisturizer. During the Fall months it is so important to retain moisture to your skin to keep it healthy and glowing. These are perfect mini products that you can try out without investing too much money before you commit to a new overnight skin routine.
Moisturized Lip Care
Let's not forget about your lips! We don't want chapped lips in any season, try this amazing lip mask (plump and repair). All you have to do is place mask onto clean lips and let sit for 10-15 mins, remove the mask and massage any remaining serum in and around the lip area.
Wake Up and Glow
Here are two skincare items you can add into your daily skincare routine. Vitamins and Jojoba Oil. Wake up and take these Beauty vitamins that helps your hair, skin and nails flourish. Try adding this Jojoba Oil from Hollywood Beauty Products into your daily routine. This oil is just not meant for your hair, but your body and skin too.
Jojoba oil has a variety of healing properties that may make it effective in treating skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis. You can enjoy its benefits by using it as a cleanser, moisturizer, or spot treatment.
Dudes Moisturize Too
That's right, no one wants a crusty man, fellas you can moisturize too! Men's facial skin is more prone to the effects of free radicals in the air (larger pores – bigger 'doors' to the skin) and the skin is oilier and shinier. Healthy skin not only looks good and stays looking good longer, but it also helps keep us free of diseases and infections. Sub par skincare habits can lead to acne, sores, rashes, and wrinkles.
Check out this amazing "dude" face sheet mask I found at Target. Fellas all you have to do its apply the sheet mask for 20-30 minutes and that's it - follow up with a great face lotion like this and you're all set! Taking care of your skin is so important fellas,
Morgan Angelique Owens is the author of "Finding My Sparkle" and Founder & CEO of the MAO Brand, Professional Pretty, and Curvy Cardio, LLC.
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