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Hand cream and lip balm, two items that have been a necessity for me during these colder, seemingly never ending, winter months. So when this next duo came into the office, I had no reservations in checking it out. 

EraClea Simply Perfect Hand Cream 3.2.14EraClea Simply Perfect Hand Cream

I use hand creams a lot. I have one in my bag, on my dresser, and on my desk. With the cold weather outside, and the heat inside, my skin (especially my hands) gets very dry. Needless to say, I've tried a good amount of hand creams. The EraClea Simply Perfect Hand Cream is a great hand cream to add to my collection. This hand cream contains lipids & vitamins so that it hydrates for up to 8 hours. With this intense hydration, the cream still absorbs quickly and does not leave a greasy residue. It's not too thick and spreads easily while still providing soothing moisture. EraClea uses the HylaSpongeSystem in this hand cream, a hyalronic acid complex, that leads to the smooth, hydrated and non greasy results. It's also the perfect size to throw in my bag and retrieve whenever I need it!

EraClea Ever Moist Lip Balm 3.2.14EraClea Ever-Moist Lip Balm

This a trusty lip balm and will get the job done. This lip balm will repair those dry and chapped lips; shea butter, jojoba & antioxidants, condition your lips. You're left with lips that look and feel smooth and are hydrated and supple. What I liked about this lip balm is that even though it's more of a liquidy balm, I still felt that it was conditioning and stayed on my lips. Other liquidy balms can sometimes feel like they fall apart on your lips and disappear. But with the hand cream & this balm EraClea provides two trusty products you can count on!

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How do you shop for clothes these days? Online, hit up the mall, participate in a subscription service, avoid it at all costs, or can't get enough of it? Well if you're looking for a new way to shop, or just another way to shop, Stitch Fix just might be your new obsession. So what is Stitch Fix? In a nutshell, Stitch Fix is an online personal styling service that delivers a box of handpicked fashion items directly to your door!

Here's how it works:

First, create an account on www.stitchfix.com and fill out your style profile. Answer the questions regarding your style, size, and budget preferences. The more details you give, the better your stylist will understand your style preferences, so don't skimp on this part. Next, schedule a shipment date, or sign up for monthly Fixes! Your Stitch Fix will then be delivered to your door with 5 (total) hand picked clothing & accessory items. Try on all the items and pair them with the other items in your closet: this will really give you a sense of whether or not you will wear the item. The Fix comes with a styling card that will give you some great ideas on how to style each item! If something is pushing your style limits, refer to the card to give you some ideas on how to incorporate it into your wardrobe. 

You have three business days to decide what to keep and what you want to send back. If you are returning items, just place them in the pre-paid shipping bag and drop it in any USPS mailbox. Once you've made your decision and have sent back any unwanted items, you will then go to the checkout process online. This checkout process is where you'll provide feedback regarding each item you received: the fit, style, budget, look, and any further comments you wish to leave. I suggest you fill this out thoroughly as it will help your stylist choose the best items for your next Fix! Last step, confirm your payment, then go ahead and schedule your next Fix! For an easy to follow process, Stitch Fix provides you with an information card (instructions on the process), styling card, and price list for the items!

When Certified F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. heard about Stitch Fix, we were immediately intrigued! We love to shop, but also love the convenience and service tailored to your style that StitchFix provides. So naturally we had to try it out! Both Jessica and I created accounts, filled out our style profiles and ordered a Fix! We have different styles so we were excited to see how our fixes compared! But keep in mind, this was our first Fix, so with feedback on this Fix, and others to come, I have great faith that the stylists will be recommending pieces that will get our style just right and push the limits a bit!

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We all want whiter teeth. With the amount of coffee, wine, tea and other staining foods/drinks, we are left with daily stains on our teeth, which build up to deeper stains over time. In attempt to fight these stains we turn to whitening products: whitening strips, whitening mouthwash, whitening toothpaste, whitening pens, etc. But what makes us choose one whitening product over another? We all want fast results, and we want it to be easy. 

I try to use a whitening toothpaste to fight those daily stains, and sometimes I turn to whitening strips if I really need a whitening boost. But for the time in between those two (or if you're not a fan of either), Colgate is introducing the Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen. Hitting stores this month, this Colgate duo has a built-in whitening pen housed at the bottom of your toothbrush. Simply brush your teeth with the Colgate toothbrush (which I found to be a very nice toothbrush) and when you're done brushing, remove the whitening pen and apply to your teeth. You do not need to wait a certain amount of time, or rinse. Just apply, wipe the top of the pen to rid extra product, store the pen back in your toothbrush, and go! It's really easy and convenient to have it in one product, so you really can't use the excuse "I forgot." No waiting, no rinsing, just "Brush. Whiten. Go." 

I really did see a difference with using the whitening pen. It whitened without causing any tooth pain, and the gel adhered and dissolved well without staying on too long. Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen claims you'll see whiter teeth in 2 days. So what did I see? Well there certainly was improvement in the short use of 2 days, but it's not a startling difference. However, with continued use it can only get better! I like to use the whitening pen before bed, but for best results you should use 2 times daily and then use gel as needed. It is also recommended to start using a new Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen every three months. But to sum it up, good toothbrush, good whitening pen: a product that works and will fit flawlessly into your beauty routine!

Colgate Optic White Toothbrush Whitening Pen 2.19.14

Want to try Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen for yourself?

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When it comes to skincare, we've all heard of Olay. In my opinion, they have a pretty good reputation: quality products without breaking the bank. Most commercials I see for Olay have something to do with anti-aging (correct those dark circles, smooth out those wrinkles, etc.). But I'm not quite at the age when I need to use those products, so I never really looked into Olay as I thought it wouldn't suit my skin's needs at this time. Well if you've been thinking like me, I hope this article changes your mind or at least gets you thinking about giving Olay a try, because I have now tried a few Olay products and love them! I've seen a change in my skin consistently while using these products. 

Olay Regenerist Luminous: Tone Perfecting Cream

Olay Tone Perfecting Moisturizer 2Target Concern: fades the look of discoloration/dark spots (reduces appearance over time)

Benefits: Brightens, exfoliates, smoothes. Regenerates skin's appearance for healthy-looking, youthful luminosity.

I do not have dark spots, nor am I looking for more youthful skin necessarily, but I do need something to even out my skintone and to help brighten up my skin's appearance. And this cream is a great fit for my skin! Immediately after the first use I noticed my skin looked brighter, felt smooth & hydrated. When I continued to use the cream, my skin's complexion continued to get better; brightening up every day and  felt so smooth even when I washed my face at the end of the day. Another aspect that I really found to be great about this cream is the exfoliating benefits. At first I didn't really know what to expect from an exfoliating cream, but after I applied the cream, and let it dry, I then went to apply either an eye cream or my primer - in some places I noticed a clumping of product that gathered when I rubbed my skin - almost like a gommage - and that's when I really noticed the exfoliating benefits. This did not bother me as I simply took a dry towel and lightly wiped the areas where there was the gathered product/dead skin. This happened less and less after I continued to use the cream, so I really think it was renewing and exfoliating my skin until it was beautifully smooth! As a side note, this cream is quite scented when you use it, but when it dries it is not noticeable. Also this cream absorbed really well, and even though it is thick and creamy, it was in no way greasy!

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Valentine's Day is just around the corner. If you're in the gifting spirit of Valentine's Day, bella j. has the gift-within-a-gift for you!

The bella j. candles hold a surprise jewel in every one! With the purchase of more bella j. candles you can eventually have your own collection of cute bella j. charms. How it works: light your candle and let it burn! Eventually (after approx. four hours of burn time) a foil pouch will appear in candle. When you can fully see the pouch (be patient!), blow out the flame and let it cool. You can then remove the foil pouch with tweezers (not your fingers!). Unwrap the pouch and voila, you're bella j. charm will be reavealed! You can then of course continue the use of your lovely candle. I have written about another bella j. candle not too long ago, so to see the instructions with photos visit my article HERE.

With a bella j. candle for Valentine's Day, not only are you gifting a lovely candle, but you also gift surprise jewelry! It can be romantic or a fun gift for your best girlfriend. The Lotsa Love candle has a fun flirty box, and the bright red candle will fit right into your Valentine's Day decor.

Be sure you check our instagram @certifiedfabulous and be on the lookout for our bella j. charm when it's revealed! You can view our other fabulous bella j. charm on instragram now!

Bella j. Lotsa Love 2.8.14

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As Valentine's Day approaches, perhaps you're looking for some little gifts to give your special loved ones, or perhaps something to spoil yourself & feel good on the romantic holiday. I'm not really a huge fan of Valentine's Day, it is what it is, so I'm all about spoiling myself and finding new products to love!

If you're in the market for a new blush, looking for a fresh-faced rosy glow, IT Cosmetics has just the item you want: IT Cosmetics Airbrush Blush Stain. I personally really like this blush and I don't wear blush all that much. But if I'm dressing up or looking to add some warm color to my makeup, then I'll turn to blush. This is a poreless finish HD Micro-Blush meaning you'll get a poreless, shine free, lit-from-within glow! It is a very soft pink with a touch of coral shade. I wasn't really sure how this would look on my skin, but it created this lovely warm glow and didn't look over done. It also has a weightless feel for a more natural appearance. This blush contains Vitamins K, A, C & E and feels very soft on your skin. What I also really love about this blush is that it creates a "soft focus finish," smoothing out your complexion for that silky, glowing appearance! If you're thinking of gifting this blush, it is ideal for all skin types, even sensitive skin. It is oil-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free, non-drying, and hypoallergenic. IT Cosmetics Airbrush Blush stain is available at QVC.com

IT Cosmetics Blush 2.4.14

This next product is a decadent, dark nail kit, great to add a little sultry sass to your Valentine's day. Ciaté's Velvet Manicure in Blue Suede is a great way to change up your nail polish look & texture. This kit includes the 3am Girl Nail Polish Paint Pot, blue crushed velvet & nail brush. It looks a little complicated at first, but it's a pretty easy process. First step, apply the first coat of nail polish to all your nails and let that dry completely. Then, working with one nail at a time, apply another coat of nail polish and immediately (while the polish is still wet) sprinkle the crushed velvet over the nail. Make sure you really get a good layer on there and then brush the excess velvet off with the little brush. The kit comes with a little plastic tray that you'll want to use to catch the excess velvet. Then repeat with the rest of your nails and viola! Velvety sophistication on your nails! I went through the process twice to get an even thicker layer of velvet. You really want to make sure you cover your entire nail; if you apply thin layer of velvet, you will still be able to see some of the glossy shine from the nail polish. The more velvet you apply, the richer the look and texture! Just make sure to brush off the excess so you're left with an even surface. This makes a great gift for the nail polish lover, or for anyone looking for something different in their nail polish style. Ciaté's Velvet Manicure in Blue Suede is available at QVC.com

Ciate Paint Pot 2.4.14

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Soft & Pretty

Valentines Soft and Pretty

Just because it's Valentine's Day, that does not mean you HAVE to wear red. You can still dress up for your date in delicate colors and create a lovely Valentine's look. If you want a more subtle, soft, pretty style, try this Viva Skirt from Nasty Gal and a cute black peplum tank top for added sexiness. Nude nails help create a polished and classy attitude while keeping the attention on the rest of your knockout style. You can easily achieve those nude nails by using the LAQA & CO. Birthday Suit Nail Polish Pen - easy application with this polish pen and you'll love the look! These Mona earrings from Shadow House offer soft shades of color that effortlessly compliment the skirt and add some sparkle to this outfit. A shoe with a little more pink color reminds you that it is in fact Valentine's day while staying within your soft color palette - a bold color will take this outfit in a different direction. And because it is winter, I was getting cold just looking at this outfit, so I included this jacket from SheInside! It looks so warm & cozy and adds an edge to this otherwise soft style. 

Shadow House Mona Earrings

Guess Shoes Carrie - Med Pink Leather

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    I love the Soft & Pretty styling
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Well now that we are in the midst of award season, it's time to do what we ladies do best, obsess over red carpet style. Whether we love the stars or not, we will take no shame in juding their fashion choices. As the Golden Globes kicked off Janaury 12th, we have plenty of dresses to analyze. There was definetly the fair share of trends taking place on the red carpet. Here are a few that stood out:

Gold Tones

Golden Globes Gold 1.17.14

From chic slinky dresses to fuller embellsihed ensembles, these sparkling champagne dresses showed a softer side on the red carpet. I particilarly love Naomi Watts chucky jewled neckline, bringing an edgy touch to the soft color. Michelle Dockery lets her sequined dress take center stage by wearing minimal jewelry and soft gold heels. The various texture's in Zooey Deschanel's Oscar de la Renta outfit create a flirty & dynamic style. 

Black & White

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    I really liked Robin Wright's dress..... but it did show a little too much on the sides.
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For the new year you'll want to kick it off well, stick to those resolutions and prepare for the year ahead. But you may still be reeling from the craziness of the holidays. So before you embrace the new year and kick start into your resolutions, take a moment to relax and breathe. If you can't carve out separate time for relaxation beauty, I have few great products that offer that deep luxurious clean feeling that will fit right into your everyday routine!

DHC Scalp Massage ResizeThe first is the DHC Scalp Massage Pack. This product is one of my new favorites, and one of my winter must haves. If your winter has been anywhere near as harsh as Maine's you're probably searching for the healing, hydrating & renewing products. This DHC Scalp Massage Pack is a weekly purifying mask that will energize your scalp, remove product build up, excess oil, and will also revive dull hair & deep condition for soft, shiny, healthier locks. With the harsh cold weather, my scalp has been especially dry and in need of some intense repair. This scalp massage with natural clays and botanicals leaves my scalp feeling clean, conditioned and hydrated. Even though this product includes natural clays (which may sound odd for a hair treatment), it is very creamy and works easily into your scalp. But what really got me attached to this product is how silky smooth, soft, and I mean really soft, and sleek my hair was after using this. And that was just after one use. With 5 botanicals - shea butter, macadamia, avocado, olive & algea extract my hair and scalp felt renewed and revived. Dealing with dead ends and a dry scalp, this is my winter must have hair product! Another great aspect, you can easily incorporate this into your hair care routine; simply shampoo and gently massage into your hair & scalp with your fingertips, leave in for five minutes, then rinse thoroughly. No need to use your regular conditioner. Use this massage pack 1-2 times per week, but it can also be used daily.

DHC Deep CleansingThe second product up on this list is the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil - DHC's most popular product worldwide and a Certified Fabulous Seal of Approval winner. This cleanser will easily, and thoroughly take care of dirt, excess oil, makeup...and yes even that tricky waterproof mascara. Even more, this cleansing oil will leave your skin soft with no grease residue thanks to its unique water-soluble formula. I was truly shocked at how well I could rinse the cleanser, for a soft, clean & hydrated complexion with no oily residue left on my skin. This product provides that deep clean (a truly thorough & hydrating cleanser) without adding another step to your skincare routine.

If you're looking to combat aging in your relaxation beauty this month, DHC also offers products with CoEnzyme Q10, "an antioxidant nutrient essential for cellular energy production" (DHC). Two products with this anti-aging ingredient are the DHC CoEnzyme Q10 Quick Gel Brightening Moisture & the DHC CoEnzyme Q10 Washing Cream

DHC CoEnzyme Q10 Brightening Gel and Washing CreamAt the start of your skincare routine, you'll want to use the Washing Cream. This cleanser lathers well into a thin, moisturizing foam that will effectively cleanse your skin leaving a smooth, nourished, and more youthful complexion. 

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As many of you might have heard, the Pantone Color of 2014 has been announced - Radiant Orchid. To celebrate the new color of the year,  I wanted to dedicate a style post with fabulous items all in Radiant Orchid. This was my intention, but it proved a little more difficult for me than I anticipated. Not because there weren't enough options out there, but purple, in many shades & tints, just isn't my color. I don't really wear bright colors, it's just not me. So while I was trying to put a post together, I wasn't liking what I was coming up with. But then I realized I wasn't approaching this in a way that I can offer any good advice on the color. So instead, I'm showing you a style idea in a sense that I might wear it. I wear a lot of black, it's almost like my power color, but while having said that, I am all for the pops of color in an outfit! So this is how I will approach Radiant Orchid in 2014, with pops of color. Even though the Radiant Orchid may seem a bit overwhelming for a few of you, no need to shy away from the color this year. There are still many ways you can incorporate pieces into your style. And hey, don't get me wrong, if you can rock out all shades of Radiant Orchid, go for it! But here is one style suggestion for those like me, who need to ease into the new color for 2014. 

Radiant Orchid

I stayed with my basic black for a shirt & clutch. But then I found this awesome skirt on Piperlime that patterns dark blue, black, and radiant orchid. So the basic outfit is rather dark, but throw on those bright shoes from J.Crew and you'll really have your pop of color that ties in well with the skirt. Softer small studs from Kate Spade complete the radiant orchid touches in this outfit from head to toe!

1. Kate Spade Small Square Studs $38.00

2. Piperlime Tinley Road Textured Feather Print Skirt $44.97

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