It Works! (Review + GIVEAWAY!)

Hey guys! I want you to meet one of my best friends.  This is Lindsay.

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{We snapped this ultra-cute shot–hashtag sarcasm–right before working up a major sweat in BODYCOMBAT this past Monday}

She’s a mama (of 3 really stinkin’ cute kids), a fellow BODYCOMBAT enthusiast (she’s the most motivating person to have in class because she kicks and yells like nobody’s business, even when everybody else is acting like they need their 6th round of coffee for the day; I love it!), and she is a ridiculously talented artist (you’ve actually seen some of her work before when she made us 3 fun “M is for Mama” printables last year for Mother’s Day) and you can see more of it on her IG feed.

Above all, though, she’s one of the nicest human beings I’ve ever met. You know those people that are just genuinely excited for you when something good happens? No envy. No resentment. Yeah. That’s Lindsay.

The funny thing is that, although we’ve gotten to know each other best over the past two-ish years, we actually met almost 10 years ago when we both started teaching at the same Christian school. Now, almost a decade and 9 (!!!) kids later, it’s cool to see how the Lord crossed our paths again during a time when I needed a friend just like her.

So, why the introduction?

Well, Lindsay recently started a business with It Works Global,  and I thought it would be fun to partner up with her to introduce you guys to some of the products and have a little giveaway (more on that in a minute).

I originally signed up as one of Lindsay’s loyal customers (to receive a monthly item) about 4 months ago because I’d heard/seen great things about the products and because I wanted to get the 40% discount. And then this month, I switched my status from Loyal Customer to Distributor because it gets me the same discount, while helping Lindsay out more. Plus, she seems fine with my being a “lame duck distributor” (I am NO salesperson) who doesn’t actually distribute anything, and I get more perks/free products to try out this way. Win!

I had already tried It Works #1 selling Ultimate Body Applicator–AKA “skinny wraps”–(and written a review about my experience) about 2 years ago after the twins were born, but I was most curious about their Hair Skin and Nails product, since I’ve decided to grow my hair out and was hoping to get any help that I could.

I had great plans of doing a proper before and after series for my hair progress, but 3rd trimester pregnancy + holiday busyness kind of derailed that idea.

Still, I did manage a (rather strange-looking) “before,” which looks a little something like this:

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Less than 3 weeks later (easy to remember because it was my birthday), my hair looked like this:

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I could already see a difference in my, well, hair, skin, and nails (imagine that). Oh, and eyelashes too!

You can see the progression a little better in these preggo update shots which span 4 weeks.

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I faithfully used the HSN for two months, and in that time, my hair grew about an 1 1/2″, my nails were less brittle (I have pathetic, peely, McAwful nails), and my skin looked more even (although it’s hard to tell how much of the skin brightening can be attributed to HSN and how much was happy pregnancy hormones).

I’ve continued using it, albeit more sparingly, because I decided to switch my monthly product up a bit and try the exfoliating peel.

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I LOVE this one! I have combination skin that tends toward the dry side, and I really dig that I can use this twice a week and get baby-soft, smooth, more even-looking skin without that tight, dry feeling that most exfoliating masks leave me with. Huge win for me!

The most recent product I ordered is their defining gel after Lindsay sent me some pretty impressive before and after shots of how it has helped folks with varicose veins (I mentioned several times that I suffered from an especially bad case of these in my right leg this pregnancy, and while they are much improved since Theo showed up, they’re not completely gone).

I haven’t used the defining gel yet, but I’ll be sure to take befores/afters and let you know how it works for me because I know a lot of you had the same issues with your pregnancies.

Finally, I scored a set of Ultimate Body Applicators (or “wraps,” as everyone who wants a little less of a mouthful calls them) on a major Black Friday sale and squirreled them away for after Theo came. Honestly, I wasn’t planning on ordering any wraps when I signed up with Lindsay, since I was more interested in the other products, but after liking my results from everything I’ve tried so far, I decided to give the wraps another go.

I checked with my midwife first, who was familiar with It Works products and compared the use of the wraps to other detoxing agents such as Kombucha tea, and when she gave me the green light, I wrapped myself three different times (waiting the recommended 72 hours between each application) and took some progress pics for my own sake and to show you guys.

Here’s what I ended up with.

I used the first wrap on January 13th, 2 weeks after Theo was born and the last on January 19th.

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It’s easier to see in the side shots, but my measurements changed considerably–decreasing by a total of 3 1/2″ (2″ from the smallest part of my waist, 1/2″ from right below the belly button, 1″ from my “love handles”).

I can also see a big difference in the smoothness of my skin. I’d show you, but then I’d have to kill you. ;)

I’m pleased with my results so far and am interested to see what happens if I wrap different sections (like my back instead of my front or maybe even my legs).

One thing I like about It Works products is that they claim to be whole-food based, non-GMO, and pesticide free. Plus, I can actually see/look up all of the ingredients listed on the back of each product.

I watched my milk supply and Theo’s reaction closely as I was wrapping and didn’t notice anything different or adverse except that last night, my milk supply seemed lower than usual (this was after not having used a wrap for 2 days, though). I realized I hadn’t drunk as much water as usual (they recommend drinking as much as you possibly can to flush toxins out of your system) and started guzzling. By Theo’s 4 AM feeding, my milk supply was back, and I haven’t had any more problems.

So…

Why the It Works infomercial? (I think this is the longest review I’ve ever given to one brand–well–ever).

Because a) I like them, and I like passing things I like along to you guys, b) I love how Lindsay has introduced me to It Works products in such a non-pushy way that it has kept our friendship intact while still allowing me to support her as she works hard to reach her goals (a majorly tricky tightrope to walk), and…

c) Lindsay and I giving away an Ultimate Body Applicator to THREE of you lucky folks!

Yippeee!

If you have some New Year’s health resolutions, this could be a fun (free!) way to keep the ball rolling.

All you have to do to enter is answer the following question:

Have you ever tried an Ultimate Body Applicator (It Works wrap)?

If you would, please choose one of the following as your answer:

A) No, but I AM interested in trying It Works products
B) Yes, but I’d still love to try more products
C) No, but not interested outside of the giveaway
D) Yes, but my interest stops with the giveaway

If you choose A or B, don’t forget to leave some contact info because Lindsay will be contacting you with more info about products or how to be a product-tester! (Or you can contact her via her website). 

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150 thoughts on “It Works! (Review + GIVEAWAY!)

    1. Hey Erin! I’d love for you to try out some more of our other products as well as the wrap , in case you don’t win the wrap

  1. C! Oh I would love to win one! I’ve been wanting to try one forever! And after 3 babies, I could use the help;) wondering though, did you feel that you had temporary results? If you don’t keep wrapping and working out, will it negate the initial results?

    1. Hey Mary! The results last as long as you keep up the good diet and healthy lifestyle. Kind a like anything that we do in life, if you start a really good diet, lose some weight and then go back to your lifestyle you’re going to gain it back eventually. Make sense? Wraps are totally a detox products that help to tighten tone and firm the skin in whatever area Is wrapped.

    2. Hope you saw Lindsay’s answer. She’s definitely the expert. My understanding is that you don’t have to keep wrapping necessarily to keep your results but that you could easily lose them if you junk out all the time. Diet and exercise definitely help prolong/maintain your results, if that makes sense.

    1. Hi! I would love to that with you more about the It Works products and the wrap! Please feel free to message me on facebook, Lindsay Piantanida Long, or email me jiminy7798(at)aol.com. I will email you as well!

    1. Hey Karen!! I would love to that with you more about the It Works products and the wrap! Please feel free to message me on facebook, Lindsay Piantanida Long, or email me jiminy7798(at)aol.com.

  2. A) No, but I AM interested in trying It Works products

    I’m a skeptic about these things but you seem totally convinced! hisermk (at) gmail.com

    1. Morgan, I was totally a skeptic too before trying them! I would love to that with you more about the It Works products and the wrap! Please feel free to message me on facebook, Lindsay Piantanida Long, or email me jiminy7798(at)aol.com. I will email you as well!

    1. Hey Deidre!! I would love to chat with you more about the It Works products and help you get more wraps at my cost :) ! Please feel free to message me on facebook, Lindsay Piantanida Long, or email me jiminy7798(at)aol.com. I will email you as well!

    1. Yay!! Well we would LOVE for you to try it!! Please feel free to message me on facebook, Lindsay Piantanida Long, or email me jiminy7798(at)aol.com. I will email you as well!

    1. Hey Kristin! I would love to that with you more about the It Works products and the wrap! Please feel free to message me on facebook, Lindsay Piantanida Long, or email me jiminy7798(at)aol.com. I will email you as well!

    1. Awesome!! Well I would LOVE for you to be able to try it out! Please feel free to message me on facebook, Lindsay Piantanida Long, or email me jiminy7798(at)aol.com. I will email you as well!

    1. Hey Brenda!! I would love to chat with you more about the It Works products and the wrap! If you don’t win the free wrap I can give you some info on getting them for my price :) Please feel free to message me on facebook, Lindsay Piantanida Long, or email me jiminy7798(at)aol.com. I will email you as well!

  3. D. I’ve actually done a blog review about the wraps before myself for my local friend Traci Dixon who sells them. I can’t afford to buy them regularly, but getting a couple free would be awesome!!

  4. C. I’ve never heard of this but would really appreciate getting to test it. If something could make my nails & hair grow I’m all for it. Thank you!

    1. Hey Leah! Would love to chat with you about the products! Message me on Facebook! Lindsay Piantanida Long or email me at jiminy7798( at)aol.com

  5. Not sure if I’ve heard of this before or not, definitely haven’t tried any of it, DEFINITELY would like to!!! My twins are coming right up on 3 YEARS old, and I could STILL use some serious help!

    1. Hi Becky!! Would love to chat with you about the products! Message me on Facebook! Lindsay Piantanida Long or email me at jiminy7798( at)aol.com

    1. Hey Heather!! Would love to chat with you about the products! Message me on Facebook! Lindsay Piantanida Long or email me at jiminy7798( at)aol.com

    1. O girl mine too!! Would love to chat with you about the hair skin and nails I’m looking for product testers this month! Message me on Facebook! Lindsay Piantanida Long or email me at jiminy7798( at)aol.com

  6. C. But that’s partly because I’m interested to know if they work on someone who hasn’t already had a buff, toned body beforehand (like “wonder woman” Abbie). Still battling the post baby pooch after baby #3.
    Sheree

  7. A! I’m super interested in it all! I just had my little guy on December 3rd though he wasn’t due til December 19th! So I need the wraps baby!! Haha! But I definitely would love the other products! During this pregnancy I actually pretty much didn’t grow hardly any leg hair. Which was awesome, but neither did my head hair grow! Which is weird for me because my other two successful pregnancies my hair grew like crazy! Tell me more and I hope I win! lvmhills at gmail dot com

    1. Good morning!! My pregnancies were like that too…..as far as hair growth so I hear ya! I will email you and also feel free to message me on Facebook! Lindsay Piantanida Long or email me at jiminy7798( at)aol.com

  8. A – I’m 10 weeks post partum and would love the chance to see what these might do as well as learn more about the products and sharing the love!

    1. Hey Jewels! (Awesome name btw) Would love to chat with you about the products! Message me on Facebook! Lindsay Piantanida Long or email me at jiminy7798( at)aol.com

    1. Hey Melanie! I will email you adapt and also feel free to message me on Facebook! Lindsay Piantanida Long or email me at jiminy7798( at)aol.com

    1. I would love to chat with you about the products! message me on Facebook Lindsay Piantanida Long, or meal me :) jiminy7798(at)aol.com

    2. I would love to chat with you about the products! message me on Facebook Lindsay Piantanida Long, or meal me jiminy7798(at)aol.com

  9. C. Have heard of the wraps & would love to try them! Have tried some other ItWorks products & have a friend who is a distributor, but I have yet to try tbe wraps…
    Thanks for a fun giveaway!

  10. A) I would be intetested in the body wrap and other products. Especially the hair & nails. Mine are so bad. I would like to try other things too. :)

    1. Hi Kim! Message me on Facebook, Lindsay Piantanida Long, or email me jiminy7798(at)aol.com and we can chat about products , I ❤️the hair skin and nails!

    1. Hi Miriam ! I would love to be the one to introduce you to this company ! The products are wonderful! Message me on Facebook Lindsay Piantanida Long or email me jiminy7798(at)aol.com, can’t wait to hear from you!

    1. Hey Jennifer! I would love to be able to introduce you to It Works and all our products! Please contact me either in Facebook Lindsay Piantanida Long or email me jiminy7798(at)aol.com and let’s chat!

    1. Hey Christi! Please feel free to email me at jiminy7798(at)aol.com or message me on Facebook! Lindsay Piantanida long. I would love to chat with you about the products !

    2. Would love to help you if I can Christie! And baby number 6??? Man you and Abbie both are super women! Message me on Facebook Lindsay Piantanida Long or email me jiminy7798(at)aol.com and let’s chat

  11. A. No, but I am due at the end of July and I would love to try this product especially! I tried a belly binder the last time I was pregnant and it sort of worked but I kept needing a smaller size (which wasn’t in the budget). I would love to try something different this time around and tell all my friends in Ontario, Canada if it works!

    1. Hey steph! Would love to chat with you about the products and help you out post baby! Feel free to message me on Facebook Lindsay Piantanida Long, or email me at jiminy7798(at)aol.com

    1. Hi Tina !! Sent you an email! Excited to chat and get you going on some products before your trip to the Bahamas ( by the way how cool is that??

  12. D. (Sort of) I’m interested in knowing if they work and if I did win one and it worked, you can bet I’d order more. I’ve just stayed PleXus and it is working and detoxing,too, so I am very curious if pairing the two there would be major results… Congrats on the new baby! My 9th finally left my stomach stretched with not as much return…but I do believe that I gave up by that time…and in so sorry that I did!)

  13. I’d be interested in trying them….

    I don’t want a pushy salesperson either though…. I’m still trying to undo becoming a jamberry rep because I fell for something.

    I have allergies tho so I’d need to see all the ingredients. (Allergies to some pretty normally innocuous stuff, like lavender.)

    1. Hey gal! Feel free to message me on Facebook, Lindsay Piantanida Long or email me jiminy7798(at)aol.com. Would love to Give you some info on products if your interested

    1. Hey girl! Would love to help you in finding some great products that work for you! Message me on Facebook at Lindsay Piantanida Long, or email me at jiminy7798(at)aol.com and let’s chat

  14. C for right now! I’m going to have my third child in June and am very curious how well these work. I have always been skeptical of things like this, but your endorsement makes me want to try!

    1. April! 5 kids?? I want to give you a wrap just for that….I hope to follow in you and Abbie’s footsteps soon. You have my admiration

      1. Would love to chat with you about the products! Message me on Facebook! Lindsay Piantanida Long or email me at jiminy7798( at)aol.com

      1. Would love to chat with you about the products! Message me on Facebook! Lindsay Piantanida Long or email me at jiminy7798( at)aol.com

      1. Sorry Hannah! The comment cut off , message me on Facebook. Lindsay Piantanida Long or email me jiminy7798(at)aol.com and let’s chat !

  15. A. I would love to win and am curious about some of those other products you mentioned. I have always loved physical fitness but it’s time to get serious about fitness and my diet. Apparently your body doesn’t magically retain is same shape as you age! :/

      1. Would love to chat with you on our products! Message me on Facebook Lindsay Piantanida Long or email me jiminy7798( at)aol.com

  16. A. I’m interested in trying this product! I’ve seen it everywhere, but have been too lazy to actually look at it more closely

    1. It’s a crazy good product Cassandra! And we have several more! Fat fighters, greens , skin care, etc. message me on Facebook and we can chat! Lindsay Piantanida Long or email me at jiminy7798(at)aol.com

  17. A – I am really trying to get my body back in shape. After having my second baby I kind of slacked in the exercise department. I trying to work out daily and eat healthier. I would definitely be interested in learning more about this product!

    1. Good for you Breanne with the eating right and exercising! And yes these products are a piece to the puzzle . You have to have a healthy lifestyle no matter what you choose. But they are amazing! Please message me on Facebook Lindsay Piantanida Ling or email me at jiminy7798(at)ail.com . I can help you decide what you would like to try!!

    1. Hey girl! Would love to chat with you about the products! Message me on Facebook! Lindsay Piantanida Long or email me at jiminy7798( at)aol.com

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