Friday, August 29, 2014

Fall Beauty Essentials from Aquis #Review + #Giveaway


We're entering a new chapter in the life of the Witts- the preschool years! We just visited B's preschool open house, and he did extremely well meeting his teachers and classmates. I have been a stay at home/work at home mom for B's entire life. Being at home with him has been such a joy, and though I have loved (most) every moment of it, I will now have a few hours of alone time three days a week. Of course, I already know what I'll be doing during that time- working, however, it will be nice to have a bit of quiet and a few uninterrupted minutes of peace while getting ready for my day.

I remember my mother telling me that 'life will never be the same,' when I was pregnant with B. Anyone who has ever uttered those words in context to having children, is totally right. You suddenly have a sweet little person in your life, and as their parent, you're making all sorts of sacrifices to meet their needs- out of love for them. I had no idea what a drastic change it would be from pre-baby days to motherhood. Things like long showers and taking time for a morning hair and make-up routine have flown the coupe! Thankfully, I was recently introduced to Aquis, who has some fabulous products which make life a bit easier for moms!


Aquis knows a thing or two about pampering moms- right at home. Aquis has been revolutionizing at home hair care since 1990, through Britanne Corporation, by introducing a high-performance fabric in a spa-quality product, thus totally changing the way customers think about towels. Founder Britta Cox immediately set out to create a new kind of towel, after discovering the awesome advantages of microfiber. Britta partnered with the world's leading microfiber company, perfected the formula, and created the world's first luxury microfiber spa towel. Over the years, Aquis has acquired quite a loyal fan base of customers who love their products. Today, Aquis offers everything from microfiber hair towels to washcloths, and luxurious spa robes!

I was fortunate enough to connect with the kind folks at Aquis, who sent me a sampling of some of their top products, which I couldn't wait to try for myself!

My goodies from Aquis arrived nicely packaged, with additional info about Aquis.

Look at these colorful packages!


My Aquis samples- Microfiber Hair Towel, Microfiber Hair Turban, and Exfoliating Wash Cloth.

Check out this cute introductory video from Aquis...



I was so excited to receive these spa products from Aquis, and couldn't decide which one to try first! I decided that it would be best to just sort of try them in the order that I would normally use them, so I started with the Exfoliating Wash Cloth. I used to exfoliate my skin on a regular basis, but after I became a mom, I was lucky to be able to take a two minute shower to get my hair and body washed. Exfoliating was an extra step that I had cut out of my routine, because I was trying to get showered and ready for my day in as little time as possible (I know the rest of you moms can relate to this). By having a special wash cloth for exfoliating purposes, I had high hopes that I could quickly and easily exfoliate right in the shower, so I wouldn't have to take extra time out to complete an extra step.


The Exfoliating Wash Cloth by Aquis

The Exfoliating Wash Cloth is a two-sided material in washcloth size, and is ideal for facial cleansing and gentle exfoliation. I have been using this wash cloth on my face 2-3 times a week for gentle exfoliation. I have stayed away from using specialty facial cleansers, because I have seriously sensitive skin. My skin is usually overly-oily (thank you Italian heritage), so I don't know what it's like to have dry skin on my face. However, I know that exfoliation is important for removing dirt and oil from my larger than life pores.

Just by simply using the Aquis Exfoliating Wash Cloth a few times a week, I have noticed a healthy improvement in my skin. Our skin is our body's largest organ (I think we tend to forget this sometimes), and taking care of it properly should be of utmost importance. Keeping our skin hydrated (by drinking enough water), moisturized, and exfoliated are three simple steps we can take to promote healthy skin, which will keep it looking fresh, and youthful.


I also received the Aquis Microfiber Hair Towel, which I couldn't wait to try.

My hair is one of the things I dislike most about myself. It's thin, fine, naturally curly, and unmanageable most of the time. I don't have the face for short hair... I tried it once, and it was the worst look I have ever had! Curly hair can be really tough to deal with. I ignored the fact that I have curly hair for a long, long time. It wasn't until after I had B, that I began wearing my hair curly most of the time, because I didn't have time to blow-dry and straighten my hair every day. I do like wearing my hair straight, though, and when it's not super humid outside, I do take the time to straighten it. Anyone who straightens their hair knows that it's a process, and most of us don't have time to spend 30-45 minutes on our hair every morning. Little did I know that the Aquis Microfiber Hair Towel was about to change how I felt about taking the time to straighten my hair.

Here's the microfiber hair towel, in celadon.

About Aquis® Essentials Hair Towels

Aquis® Hair Towels are available in Lisse Crepe and Waffle fabrics, designed to absorb excess moisture more quickly, gently and thoroughly than ordinary cotton towels, dramatically reducing blow-drying time for healthier shiny hair.

Super-absorbent • Lightweight • Ultra-soft • Gentle on Hair • Less Blow-drying

Lisse Crepe Hair Towel – 19″ x 39″
Our signature ultra-absorbent Lisse Crepe is densely woven from ultra-fine microfibers for a soft smooth finish and feather-light feel.

The Aquis Microfiber Hair Towel is amazing! It's a thin towel, yet it's so absorbent! I couldn't wait to use it on my hair, but I first wanted to try it out on my son's hair. B has hair like mine- thin, fine, and slightly wavy. He hates to have his hair cut, so he wears it longer than most boys... it's sort of his thing. The only real problem with long hair that's thin and fine, is having to battle the tangles. Uncooperative little ones with tangles in their hair is a recipe for disaster. We've tried special combs and brushes, detangling sprays, and nothing has kept this boy's hair tangle-free. I knew that I would be taking a chance by towel drying B's hair with the Aquis Microfiber Hair Towel before brushing it, but the experiment couldn't hurt... I was desperate! B was willing to let me use the hair towel on his hair, and even laughed as we dried it. The towel was gentle on his hair, and dried it as I gently rubbed it against his hair.

Here's B, being silly while we dried his hair with the Aquis Microfiber Hair Towel.

Here's B's hair after drying with the hair towel, before brushing- happy as can be!

I was so surprised after towel drying B's hair with the hair towel! Not only was his hair already half way dry, there were zero tangles when we combed through it! He loves using this towel to dry his hair, and I have to say that it has made our bath time routine so much more pleasant! I have also been using the hair towel on my own hair and have been amazed by how much time it's shaving off of my morning routine. The towel absorbs so, so much, and since it's microfiber and friction-free, it causes zero tangles, and leaves the hair nice and smooth! No more yanking the brush through my hair, and losing clumps of hair in my brush each morning. Plus, since my hair is half way to 3/4 of the way dry after using the hair towel, I can spend about two minutes with the blow dryer to finish drying my hair! My morning routine has never been better!

Last, but not least, the Aquis Microfiber Hair Turban.

I have to admit that I wasn't sure about the hair turban. I have not been a fan of hair turbans in the past. Remember- I don't have a lot of hair, and things like towels, headbands, etc, normally just slide right off of my head. Sometimes I get distracted in the mornings after I am showered and dressed, and before I have had a chance to fix my hair, so it winds up soaking wet, combed through and put up on top of my head, held up there by a hair clip. If I get to my hair, I get to it- but sometimes, I don't get to it, and at the end of the day, it's still in that clip, and still wet! Ugh! I decided to give the Aquis Microfiber Hair Turban a try for two reasons:
1) I figured that is I wore the turban, it would make me have to fix my hair and finish my look for the day.
2) At least it would help dry my hair while on my head, and keep my hair out of my face.

About the Aquis® Essentials Patented Hair Turban

Aquis® Made with our signature ultra-absorbent in Lisse Crepe fabric, densely woven from ultra-fine microfibers for a soft smooth finish and feather-light feel. The fabric absorbs excess moisture more quickly, gently and thoroughly than ordinary cotton towels, dramatically reducing blow-drying time for healthier shiny hair.

Super-absorbent • Lightweight • Less Blow-drying • Self-securing

Lisse Crepe Hair Turban – Self-securing button closure
Our unique patented turban with button loop closure and elastic sewn in seams keeps the turban wrapped snugly around your head, allowing for hands-free hair drying.

The hair turban was really easy to use. I simply placed it over my head, with my head hanging down, hair flipped over. The long tail of the turban goes over the hair, and then you simply give the tail a couple of twists (or more, if you like), pull over the top of your head, and the attach the loop around the button in the back. I stopped wrapping my hair in towels a long time ago, because they would never stay twisted and tucked under. This hair turban takes the frustration of slipping away right out of the equation. Just slip it on, twist it, and loop it.

Here's the Aquis Hair Turban, front view...

Back view. Notice the button and the loop? This is what keeps the turban in place.

Now, I used the hair turban after using the hair towel, so my hair was already half way dry from the hair towel. Using the turban kept my hair out of the way until I was ready to work on it, and kept the drying process going. It never once slipped off or out of place- I was definitely impressed. 

When I was ready to fix my hair, I removed the turban and noticed right off that it was already mostly dry, and remained smooth and frizz-free! I followed some of the Pro Hair Care Tips from the Aquis website, which really helped me achieve the look I wanted, and helped me seal that look in for the rest of the day.

Here's what my hair looked like after using the Aquis hair products, and following the pro hair care tips!

I love the products I have tried from Aquis, and my hair has definitely seen improvement! In just a few short weeks, my hair has already grown a couple of inches (which means I need to get my hair cut again), I see a lot of new hair growth, and my hair looks healthy and shiny! I used to towel dry my hair with my cotton towels, but I will never go back to doing that again, after seeing firsthand, the difference that Aquis products have made on my hair- and my son's hair, too! I am conditioning less often, which makes my hair feel light and airy, the way it's supposed to feel, as opposed to weighed and gunked down. Thank you, Aquis!

Aquis has an amazing product line, and I would love to try more of their products, including...


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Luxury Spa Robe


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Bath Accessories


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Exfoliators

Any of these Aquis products would make amazing gifts! If you're headed to a baby shower and really want to give a gift that is specifically for 'mom,' the hair towel and hair turban, and spa robe would absolutely be appreciated! Looking for a great gift for the college gal in your life? The Diva Darling collection would be perfect! Sports mom or dad? The microfiber sports towel is just the thing! Pet owners? Aquis has you covered with the Aquis Doggie Dryer! Don't leave Aquis products out of your Fall Fashion & Beauty routine this season! These products will have a big impact on your daily beauty routine and your life... once you try these products, you'll wonder how you ever lived without them!

Want them? Buy them!

Head on over to Aquis to learn more about their company and awesome products! To purchase Aquis products, visit Bed Bath and Beyond, Amazon.com, or Drugstore.com. Aquis is social and would love to connect with you and hear your story! Connect with Aquis on Facebook, and YouTube!



Want them? Win them!

One very lucky MBP reader will win their very own Luxury Spa Robe and Microfiber Hair Towel from Aquis! Giveaway is open to US residents, ages 18 +. No PO Boxes, please. Just use the Rafflecopter entry form below to enter for your chance to win!

Special thanks to our friends at Aquis for allowing me to try these wonderful products, and for offering this wonderful giveaway to our awesome readers!

Good luck!



51 comments:

  1. I love them because they are truly aimed at taking the best care of your hair and making it look its best.

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  2. I would like to try their Doggie Dryer towel!

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  3. I like the products you chose, I'd also like to try the waffle headband. jj250@aol.com

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  4. I would love to give my son a set of the Aquis® Essentials Body Towels

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  5. I like the Aquis® Essentials Bath Accessories washcloth

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  6. Absorb & soft at the same time makes you feel even cleaner also they look comfy....

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  7. They dry you quickly and easily

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  8. I like the x-large microfiber towel

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  9. I'd love to have one of their waffle headbands for myself and one for my sister.

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  10. I like Aquis® Essentials Body Towels.

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  11. I like the Aquis®Doggie Dryer. I would give this to my sister.

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  12. The products appeal to me because they absorb water quickly and I would spend less time drying my hair.

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  13. The robe you show here is awesome but I also lust over their Aquis® Waffle Pique All Year Round Robe. I'd love to own that one too!

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  14. I like the darling diva hair towels, they have a cute pattern

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  15. I'd love to try the Aquis®Doggie Dryer.

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  16. I like that they're so absorbent

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  17. I like the products because they have microfiber technology has advanced wicking capability that makes the towels feel lightweight, comfortable and compact, while efficiently soaking up to 50% more moisture than the average material.

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  18. I'd love to have the Back Exfoliator! Would make things so much easier.

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  19. I have been using AQUIS Essential waffle towels for years now - they are amazing!

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  20. I would love an Aquis® Waffle Pique All Year Round Robe!

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  21. I love the Lisse Crepe Hair Towel ~ I need one!

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  22. I'd love to try the exfoliator cloths.

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  23. I'd love to try the Aquis® Essentials Body Towels in the waffle pattern

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  24. That towel absolutely appeals to me! I have super long, thick hair, and it takes FOREVER to dry. If I don't blow-dry it and just stick it up in a bun and forget about it, it can literally be wet 12 or 24 hours after having been washed. So I'm allllllll about anything I find that can speed up the process of drying my hair! This Aquis towel is going on my wish list!

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  25. The white body towel looks lovely to me!

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  26. I'd like to try the waffle washcloth.

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  27. I really love the Exfoliating Back Scrubber

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  28. I like that they say they absorb better. So many times it seems like the towels just don't soak up the water.

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  29. The Doggie Dryer Towel looks amazing!

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  30. Aquis® Diva towels would be so fun for my kidlet!

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  31. The Doggie Dryer towel in XL would be great for my dog!

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  32. I love the Aquis® Two Layer Spa Robe.

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  33. I love the Waffle Body Towel in Linen!

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  34. I swim 3 times a week and would love the microfiber towel to use there.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  35. I'd love to try their Aquis Adventure Towels!

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  36. I like the Aquis® Adventure towel.

    slehan at juno dot com

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  37. Their Sports Camp Set looks awesome too!

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  38. I would love to try them as they look like they are soft!

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  39. I would love to have the spa bath robe;)

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  40. Our signature ultra-absorbent Lisse Crepe is densely woven from ultra-fine microfibers for a soft smooth finish and feather-light feel

    slehan at juno dot com

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  41. My dad could sure use the XL Doggie Dryer!

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  42. I'd love to try the Aquis®Doggie Dryer on my water-loving dog

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  43. I'd love to have both the Bath Mitt and Washcloth for my shower!

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