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As the anticipation for the second Hunger Games installment - Catching Fire- builds this week, you may be wanting to embrace your "Girl on Fire" and show a little District 12 support. There are some dark, sassy, and fun pieces out there to create your own Hunger Games style. If you're really feeling inspired by District 12, go for dark, smoky, sultry dresses or tops (inspired by the coal) and add some flame flare with bright red/orange accessories. If you want your flame to be a little stronger, go for a gold/black sequin dress - there are many accessory options to pair it with. Sequin dresses will have you glowing while the dark tones will show your fearless attitude! Mix and match for an unstoppable, bold look!

District 12 Fashion Post 11.21.13 Certified Fabulous

A few of the fabulous selections above:

Nasty Gal Vanish Maxi Dress $38.00

Nasty Gal Helix Dress Black Sequin $88.00

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Shabby Apple Accessories

I love statement jewelry. A good statement piece will take your simple, basic clothes and turn them into a knockout outfit. I tend to buy a lot of black and solid colors, so accessories and jewelry is really where I have my fun and play with color. Certified F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. recently came across Shabby Apple and they have some statement pieces worth drooling over! 

These artfully romantic pieces will instantly add a vintage & feminine touch to your outfit. The two outfits above are inspired by two lovely Shabby Apple accessories. The outfits use the same dress to create two different looks and attitudes while letting the statement jewelry take center stage!

The first outfit I like to call sweet sophistication. The Shabby Apple Isolde Necklace - vintage romantic crystal necklace - instantly adds class to your style. In the colder weather, I've been wearing this necklace with a basic black sweater, making the light crystal really pop and dressing up my sweater. The necklace is 18" long, which looks great with a crew neck or rounded collar (like the dress above). I simply pair the necklace with pearl earrings so the focus of the outfit remains on the necklace, but you could add similar statement earrings to dress up the outfit even more. 

The second outfit -a pop of color- combines gold earrings with bright teal shoes that I normally wouldn't pair together on their own, but the Isadora Bracelet anchors the whole outfit into one stylish, modern & romantic look. The bright heels pick up the color in the bracelet, creating a fun but still romantic style. 

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Lotion, body wash, scrubs. These are pretty basic beauty products that we use all the time. Of course we have our favorites, but sometimes we like to switch it up a bit. I recently received a set of body products from H2O+. I have had good experiences with this brand so I was eager to try these products out. If you haven't hear of h20+ here's a little bit about the brand. H2o+ uses the benefits of marine life (such as the minerals & antioxidants found in marine life) in their skincare formulas. Their vision is "A world of healthy and vibrant oceans that enhance life and beauty" (ww.h2oplus.com).

H2O Spa Lotus Body Wash 11.24.13 Certified Fabuloush2o+ Sea Lotus Body Wash

This gel wash has a clean, invigorating scent that's a pleasure to use. The bold blue color adds to the deep sea refreshing sensation. It gel lathers well and leaves your skin feeling thoroughly cleansed, nourished & hydrated. The texture and scent is soothing and refreshing at the same time. It also doesn't not leave any soapy film on your skin; only the clean, refreshing scent lingers on your skin. The bottle is easy to use and keep in your shower. It's not your typical bottle shape so it adds a little visual variety amongst your other shower products. Key ingredients include Water Lotus & Bamboo extract - these aquatic plans have the ability to store moisture from the atmosphere, in turn providing long term hydration for your skin. Other key ingredients are Red Marine Algea and Vitamin E. 

H2O Spa Lotus Skin Smoother 11.24.13 Certified Fabuloush2o+ Sea Lotus Skin Smoother

Scrubs are good products to incorporate into your skincare routine at least once a week to renew your skin and promote new skin cell growth. The h2o+ Sea Lotus Skin Smoother has the same invigorating scent as the body wash & the body lotion. This body scrub also contains Water Lotus & bamboo for hydration and to help stimulate skin renewal. Sea salt gently exfoliates leaving a smooth and vibrant skin texture  Sweet almond oil adds lightweight hydration that is easily absorbed for deep moisture. I have found in the past that some oils tend to overpower the product and do not absorb well leaving me feeling not so clean, but the almond oil absorbed so well my skin felt nourished and hydrated! Also, I did not even smell Sweet Almond oil, I just got the refreshing sea fragrance!

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If you've used facial masks, chances are you have used a clay mask. As a teenager using a mask seemed like a luxurious beauty experience, but not all those tried and tested masks were the best experience. Most masks that I tried back then were of a clay consistency and once the product started to dry, my skin became tight and irritated. But my teenage self wasn't really looking into the product, it was more of the idea of the experience that I was going for. Today, I want to have a good experience with a product, one that I'll want to use again and really benefits my skin.

After my teenage beauty mask adventures I've tended to shy away from clay masks since my skin is very dry and the tight/itchy sensation was not one I wanted to experience. But when Clayspray came into the office I wanted to give it a try. These masks looked far different from any other clay mask I had seen, and after reading a little bit about the company, I understood what made them stand out as a product. 

CLAYSPRAY Glow Masque 11.12.13 Certified FabulousClayspray products are sourced from sites that are historically renowned for their therapeutic properties and have been protected from pollution and contamination (www.pharmaclay.com). These products use the purest clay, are all natural, free of preservatives, free of parabens, free of perfumes, and not tested on animals. The products contain 60-65% of clay that allows for a higher concentration of benefits (www.pharmaclay.com). 

The clay masque is housed in an air tight compartment that keeps the clay stable, fresh & pure. Other containers such as a jar, expose the clay to air when opened which allows for the possibility of the clay to become dry and contaminated (www.pharmaclay.com). With Clayspray's air tight compartment, the clay will stay moist and not dry out!

I tried two masks from Clayspray - one with red clay, the other with white clay. 

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Piped Leather Wrap Jacket from Kiki La'Rue

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Taking your fall wardrobe into winter is pretty easy. More layers, thicker textures, warm coat, good boots and you're pretty much there. Depending on where you live, many layers will be key to staying comfortable in the freezing cold and moving into the warm indoor environments. When I first received the Kiki La'Rue Piped Leather Wrap Jacket, it was great to use as a light Fall jacket. The casual material combined with a chic cut and leather details will take a basic outfit up a stylish notch. It is much warmer than I expected; with it on I'm perfectly cozy and when I take it off I immediately feel the cold - this jackets retains some serious heat! Now as the weather is getting even colder, this jacket is a great layer addition to my winter outfits. Since it's not too thick, but still warm, it will fit easily under my thick winter coats and layers well over sweaters/long sleeve shirts.

I like to combine this jacket with a basic outfit - this jacket stands out on it's own, so no need for a complicated look! Dark skinny jeans, dark sweater, combined with a light scarf and some colorful earrings allow for a cozy but sophisticated look with this jacket. With a tie waist, you can create some different styles - tied it cinches your waist nicely and untied it hangs well to reveal a stylish shirt and/or accessories. I can definitely see why this is Kiki La'Rue's best selling jacket - cozy & chic it's a jacket you'll be using through many seasons! To find this jacket and more from Kiki La'Rue visit their website HERE.

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    Love the pic and the casual yet elegant style! Keep up the good work!
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    Thanks Nathan!
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Cleansers make a big difference in my skincare routine. If I'm using a cleanser with the right texture, feel & benefits for my skin type, it will show. I recently found that gel cleansers seem to work best for my skin. They are gentle, do not strip my skin of nourishment, and they provide just the right amount of hydration for my skin - cream cleansers tend to be a little too moisturizing. So when I tried the Apothederm Brightening Cleanser, I was pleased to discover that it was a gel cleanser. 

Apothederm Cleanser.Toner 11.3.13 Certified FabulousThis product cleanses, refines, brightens and tones your skin for a renewed and refreshed look. Malic Acid (a natural acid found in certain foods such as apples) & Vitamin C in the cleanser work to loosen dead skin cells for a renewed & hydrated top layer of skin. Cucumber fruit extract moisturizes and gently soothes your skin. This cleanser is gentle, but effective. It's a really nice product to use when you wake up - lightly refreshing, your left with a bright complexion. It lathers well and rinses well, so no residue left behind. The moisturizing properties also prevented my skin from feeling stripped or tight. 

After using the cleanser, I then followed with the Apothederm Clarifying Toner. This toner, also a gentle product, removes daily residue from oil, dirt and makeup. The toner works to refine your skin texture - dual action peptides helps defend & restore. Green tea provides antioxidants, and aloe, cucumber & chamomile calm and soothe your skin. This toner will really help take your dull skin up to a refreshed, bright level. If you're unfamiliar with using toner, simple apply the product to your face and neck with cotton. Do not rise it, instead allow it to dry before applying any other product. Incorporating toner into your skincare routine is a quick step that can really help with your skin surface texture and appearance. When I used the Apothederm Clarifying Toner with the Brightening Cleanser, my skin felt soothed, nourished, thoroughly cleansed & had a refreshed bright glow.  It's not often that my skin feels this soothed without over moisturizing. These are great products to have a staples in your skincare routine. Whether it's summer or winter, toner and cleansers are two products that stay in my skincare routine, so it's important to find the right ones!

After using these two Apothederm products, I definitely recommend you give them a try. Apothederm Skin Care Science uses patented SmartPeptidesTM to target specific skin care problems. By using technology & science this company searches for advanced ways to treat your skin - but what I really appreciate is that they are mindful of what is going on your skin and that is why all of their products are paraben & phthalate free & they do not contain pore-clogging or formaldehyde releasing ingredients.

Be sure to check out all they have to offer at  apothederm.com!

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I always want to go all out for Halloween, but it sneaks up on me. I think of outfits, look for something inspiring on the web and Pinterest, get all excited, but before I know it, it's the day before my Halloween celebrations and I've got nothing. I don't like to buy a full on costume from Halloween stores, because I want to be able to use most of my outfit again. Plus most costumes cost far to much for one night in my opinion. So the night before, I find myself at the mall, usually at Forever 21, looking for something that inspires a Halloween-esq outfit. These past two years, my outfits have started with a sweater. It might be my new tradition - Halloween sweaters. Let me tell you, they are awesome. Not only will they keep you warm while you're out on the town, but you can create some pretty styling outfits. If you're looking for a last minute Halloween outfit, a sweater might just help you get there. Let me explain...

This year, I was at the mall looking for something to wear for my Halloween festivities the next day. I went to Forever 21 looking for a "Sandy from Grease" inspired outfit, but I didn't find anything I liked. I had some pieces that I could work with at home for the outfit, but I wasn't feeling it. Plus all I could think of is how cold I'll be - I get cold really easily, and I live in Maine...Anyways, coming up short in Forever 21, I thought I could just put together a Flapper outfit last minute, throw on a lot of jewels over a dress with this beaded headband that I have. It would work, but I would be cold and I've been a Flapper before so it wasn't that exciting. By this time I had moved to H&M to pick up some tights, and as I was leaving the store, I spotted this black, fuzzy, glorious sweater! If I really like a clothing item, I get really exited, and I was excited. I tried it on, and it was like wearing a blanket! It was perfect - basic, warm, and a little different. Immediately I knew I had my outfit! I would be a black cat. Now a black cat, you must be thinking seriously? That's so typical. But with this sweater, I was excited. It's just that awesome. My outfit came together easily, I wore high-rise shorts over black tights, black booties, a lovely necklace from Shabby Apple that worked as a pretty kitty collar, and picked up some cat ears at the local Halloween store. Done!

Halloween Cat Outfit Double

The necklace, sweater, and cat ears pictures above are the exact items that I used. The other items are similar to the ones I had at home. A black cat is a great last minute outfit, just wear all black and buy some cat ears. I could have made this outfit come together without the sweater, but I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much. I want to be excited about my Halloween outfit, and this sweater made it happen!

Last year, the scenario was very similar, I was in Forever 21 the day before Halloween and I found this beyond awesome monster face sweater. This sweater also immediately inspired my outfit and I was very excited about it. This might become tradition... With the monster sweater, I simply bought blue tights at Forever 21 along with high rise blue shorts. I then bought temporary blue hair dye and sprayed my hair blue. I still wear that sweater and it was a lot of fun putting together this random monster outfit! Pictured below are some similar items, and the exact Monster sweater from my outfit. 

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    The best part about these outfits is definitely the combination of WARM and CUTE! Halloween in Maine is cold enough that looking
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YBF Automatic Eyebrow Pencil 10.29.13 Certified FabulousI recently started paying more attention to my eyebrow color. I noticed in photos with the flash on my eyebrows (a light brown color) tend to get washed out. In attempt to make them more defined, I started applying brown eyeshadow with a brush to fill out my eyebrows. It kinda worked, but when I saw YBF Automatic Eye Brow Pencil in the office, I just had to try it out. And I haven't gone back. I love this pencil! I use it everyday and it's just the right amount of color and definition I wanted. The universal taupe is a soft color that blends really well with my eyebrows and makes them look much fuller. This universal taupe is designed to match any hair color, so you can't really go wrong here! The flip side of the pencil has a brow brush that I found helpful to blend in the color and create a more groomed, defined look. Using this eyebrow pencil everyday has made my makeup looks feel complete and more together!

Tarte Prismatic Eye Shadow Palette 10.29.13 Certified FabulousIf you want shadow that will make your eyes stand out, but in a natural, subtle way, head to QVC.com to pick up the tarte prismatic eye color enhancing shadow palette. Four shadows designed to enhance your eye color. You can choose the palette that is ideal for blue eyes, brown eyes, or green eyes. The combination of natural beige and browns create a great glow, really making your eye color stand out. Start with the lightest color as an all-over base color, then the shadow for your crease, the third on the outer half of the crease, and the fourth (darkest) at the outer corner of your eyes to really make them pop! The different shadows allow for dimension while still maintaining a less drastic makeup look. This palette also comes with a brush (different sizes per each end) that has very soft bristles - very nice to use! Apply some mascara after this shadow routine and you're golden!

Mally Lip Magnifier 10.29.13 Certified FabulousThe next staple in your natural makeup look is the Mally Lip Magnifier in Petal Pink. This lip color creates a soft natural flush on your lips. It's like a smooth buttery crayon - it won't dry out your lips and has a hint of shine to it. The lovely petal pink is just enough color to complete your natural makeup look in a chic and polished way. You can also combine this lip color will so many other looks you create. It easily goes with many outfits so I keep this lip color in my purse just in case! This Mally Lip Magnifier is also available at QVC.com

 

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So this week at Certified Fabulous we are talking about many wonderful products that take part in supporting Breast Cancer Awareness during the month of October. I've come across some new favorites this week and it's great to see so many awesome brands involved!

Nails Inc. London - Pinkie Pink!

nails inc london pinkie pink 10.22.13 Certified FabulousIn support of Breast Cancer Awareness, Nails Inc. London has teamed up with Breast Cancer Campaign - a British breast cancer research charity. For every bottle of Pinkie Pink nail polish sold, Nails Inc. is donating $1 to the Breast Cancer Campaign. There are even more ways to get involved by participating "Paint Your Pinkie Pink" to show your support and possibly win a prize from nails inc! This awareness contest has just three easy steps:

1. Paint your pinkie pink using your nails inc. "Pinkie Pink" glitter polish

2. Take a photo of your pink pinkie!

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