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If I'm going to spend good money on a quality styling tool, it has to be well, exceptional quality. I go back and forth between straightening and curling my hair. So a styling tool that can create multiple hair looks is a good start. If you use styling tools often, you can tell which products are a cut above the rest. How the product interacts with the hair and the end result determines which styling tools we love and trust to use often on our delicate hair that we put through oh so much trauma. If you use heat styling tools on your hair everyday, or quite often, it's a good idea to invest in one that cares for your hair and will make your life a little bit easier. I recently learned about BIBASQUE and the line of professional styling tools they offer. These products are designed and engineered by professionals for the professionals of the hair industry. This brands goes above and beyond with their products as the "quality control is higher than the industry standard." These styling tools are designed to please those of the professional hair salon industry and hair stylists! You can experience this flat iron for yourself by buying it online at BIBASQUE!

Bibasque Belle Femme Flat IronMy hair is naturally wavy/curly, coarse, and frizzy. It curls easily with a curling iron and maintains pretty good hold. I can also successfully straighten my hair, although it doesn't stay stick straight for long. But I do love the smoothing aspect of straightening my hair, as it calms the frizz and shows a more glossy finish. So when we received the BIBASQUE Belle Femme Flat Iron I was intrigued to see how this professional hair tool would tame my coarse hair.

To start, here are a few important specs on this flat iron:

 11/4 inch

100% Solid Ceramic Plates

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    Mildred Liner says #
    I love your post. it helps me decide which material should i use. i am so particular when it comes to styling my hair. thanks to y
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    Linnea says #
    So glad you like the post Mildred! I truly love using this flat iron
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Lotions will become a very crucial aspect of our skincare routine as the weather continues to turn cooler and harsher. If you go to your local CVS, Target, grocery store etc., and stand in the lotion aisle, a whole wall of lotion options will be staring at you. While it's great to have a large selection to choose from, it's important to know what you're looking for so that you walk out of the store with the type of product you want. I usually stand there reading the back of each product that looks like a good option for me...this can take a while. So my other option is to do a little research before and know what brand I want to get. You don't want to buy something only to go home, really examine it, and discover it's not exactly what you wanted. So if you are in the market for an organic body lotion, I hope this review will help you with your selection process. 

Avalon Organics has a range of body lotions to choose from to suit your preferences. In order to avoid harsh chemicals from being absorbed into the body through the skin, Avalon Organics body care products do not contain parabens, other harsh preservatives, mineral oil, sulfates, propylene glycol, artificial colors or synthetic fragrances. These products do contain 70% organic content. What's also great is that they have a wide selection of fragrances each containing soothing ingredients to relieve and nourish dry skin. 

Avalon Organics Rosemary Hand and Body Lotion 10.15.13 Certified Fabulous

 

 

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    Take these products and alter your life style. Modify your life style! Do you want to modify your life style? It is no matter. Tha
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    These products are made by natural components. Be in the mood for natural components products! It gives your skin feeling soft and
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Amarte Aqua Veil Hydrator 10.8.13 Certified FabulousBrands that really catch my attention are the ones that have it all together. They have great packaging, a solid vision, and a stunning, effective product. Certified Fabulous recently came across Amarté Skin Care. This brand was created in Korea and their name, "Amarté" translates as "to love you" beckoning their motto - "Love yourself, Love your skin" and their icon of two interwoven hearts. Through innovative skin care and the Amarté suggested regimen, this brand hopes to bring you to "Love yourself, Love your skin." The light pink, gold, and white packaging with a luminous finish helps fulfill a soft, lovely, luxurious skincare image.

Just from looking at the Amarté products, I knew they had to be good. So far, they appeared to have it all together, but what about the actual product? With that in mind, when I received the Amarté Aqua Veil Hydrator I was quite eager to give it a try. It turns out that the product is just as soft and lovely as it looks!

The Aqua Veil Hydrator is an ultra-light moisturizer that creates this thin "veil" of hydration. This product provides deep hydration that helps your skin absorb and retain moisture. To me, it felt like it was in between a serum and a moisturizer, which was perfect for my skin! Moisturizers tend to feel a little to thick for me, and sometimes a serum just isn't enough to completely hydrate my skin, but with the Aqua Veil Hydrator it absorbed really well and felt so smooth. It wasn't sticky (as some gels can be) nor was it greasy (as some moisturizers can be). Instead it seemed to melt into this liquid veil that sunk into my skin. I did not have to wait long before applying my primer/makeup. When applying, gently pat and massage the product into your skin to allow for even absorption. What about the scent? Cucumber infused and with a slight tint of green, this product will have you feeling as though you brought the spa home!

The Amarté Aqua Veil Hydrator worked really well in place of my day cream and since it was so light and fresh, it was a great start to the day! This sheer, fresh, veil of hydration will leave you with smooth, soft, touchable skin. So if you're looking for a new hydration product, this might just be the one for you!

Linnea

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Black and White Fall 2013 Final

I own a lot of black. So when Black & White came out as a trend this fall, I knew my wardrobe would easily suit this trend. What's great about the Black & White trend, is that you can buy staple pieces for your wardrobe that you can incorporate into many other trends to come. Invest in some solid pieces this season and you'll be using them for years. But since it's all about Black & White there are also some awesome pattern pieces out there than will catch your eye - like the H&M Skirt above! Combine the skirt with black tights and the clean & simple Aldo Butimba heel - this monochromatic combination will elongate your legs and help you look taller!

I usually like to throw in a pop of color with my accessories, but if you want to go all out black and white, there are some great options such as white watches, and a must-have basic black clutch! I love how these sharp, defined BCBG earrings will stand out against the simple black LOFT top & tie in well with the angles in the skirt. What I also loved about all these items above, is that you can incorporate them into so many other outfits and wear them in numerous ways!

There are so many ways to wear the Black & White Trend! Layer and play around with it this fall for great style!

Linnea

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When your hair needs some help in the moisture department, what do you turn to? A cream, deep conditioner, mask, or maybe an oil? The natural texture of my hair is coarse and thick, so when I really need to add moisture, I turn to an oil. But not all oils are created equal. Some oils can leave my hair greasy for days, even after a couple of shampoos. I recently tried Balanced Guru's Razzle Dazzle Oil, and this oil is just what my hair needed! The key ingredients - Jojoba & Argan Oil - work to moisturize the scalp & hair without leaving a greasy/oil feel. The oil absorbed really well into my hair, and it did not feel as though it was weighing my hair down. A little goes a long way with this oil; I only needed to apply a few drops and then I was able to easily work that through my hair. My hair felt much more moisturized and the oil helped tame some of the coarse/frizzy pieces. It felt and looked nourished & hydrated. The pieces of my hair that normally look rough and dry, were smoothed together without looking oily! With sweet orange and geranium, this oil has a relaxing scent that I enjoyed using after the shower; a little aromatherapy after a long work day was much appreciated and it left my hair lightly perfumed! The oil also really helped when I went to straighten or curl my hair as it smoothed together well and felt moisturized and protected.

Balanced Guru Razzle Dazzle Oil 10.1.13 Certified Fabulous 

Not only was I impressed with their hair oil, but I also loved learning about this brand's dedication to their mission. Balanced Guru goes beyond the surface of beauty to create products that allow you to balance your mind, body, and spirit1. Balanced Guru offers products with certified organic ingredients that are formulated based on ancient eastern wisdom and modern scientific research2. This brand operates on an ethical, environmental, and social responsibility3 that comes across in their formulations, to their packaging, and how they conduct thier business. So not only will you be using a quality product, you can feel good about it too! I love finding brands with a clear direction, and it only gets better that this one that has your health (inside and out) in mind!

You can buy Razzle Dazzle Oil for $25 online at balancedguru.com but for this month only, you can enter for a chance to win a full retail size of the Razzle Dazzle Oil in one of our FAB Giveaways! If you're in the need of a good hair oil, don't miss your chance to win the Razzle Dazzle Oil and experience Balanced Guru for youself!

To view the giveaway click HERE!

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Sila Countless Color Pigments in Groupie 10.1.13 Certified FabulousWhen fall comes around, I really love using my richer, darker, earth toned makeup. There are so many textures and colors to experiment with, but I always make sure I have my basic natural browns as a base for my eye shadow. I recently came across one shadow item that has all the richness and the softness in the browns that I look for - Stila Countless Color Pigments in Groupie. With this shadow, you can create various shades of brown. The browns will blend perfectly with one another since the shadow has them blended into one another. Simply glide your brush across the shadow and you'll have numerous shades of browns for an easy multi-dimensional look. Some of the lighter browns have a gorgeous copper tone that really warms up the look. Stila Countless Pigments in Groupie is available at QVC.com - you can view more stila products available at QVC.com by clicking HERE.

Paul and Joe Eye Set Fall Beauty 10.1.13 Certified FabulousNow that I have my basic browns, I can build with rich plums, or perhaps dark eyeliner & thick mascara, or just the base a light coat of mascara for a more natural look - there are so many options to work with depending on the type of day and your mood. But if I'm looking for a more festive eye makeup look, one with just the right amount of sparkle, I turn to the Paul & Joe Eye Color Set. This set comes with three eye colors; cream eye color in a lovely lavender, grey eye color, and an eye color powder in a luminous white. This color set can create a soft smoky eye with a layer of shimmer to really stand out. The powder really catches the light and is a great addition to any eye makeup that needs an extra festive pop! This set would also make a great gift; the packaging & presentation is just so sweet and lovely! 

Crest 3D White Luxe Sensitivity 10.1.13 Certified FabulousWith our basic and festive eyes now taken care of, we want to make sure we have the bright smile to go with it! These next two products are definite basics that you'll want to use everyday. The first - Crest 3D White Luxe Sensitivity toothpaste. I tend to have sensitive teeth. And when you're teeth hurt, it's no fun. So when I saw Crest offered a sensitivity toothpaste, I knew I had to try it. With enamel safe whitening, this toothpaste helps polish and lift away surfaces stain while also building protection from ChapStickHydrationLock Vanilla Creme Fall Beautysensitive tooth pain. I like to use a whitening toothpaste to take care of the day's surface stains, and the sensitivity aspect did help with minor tooth sensitivity, especially near my gums. This toothpaste also
helps prevent cavities when used regularly. A whiter smile is only part of a bright smile, you also need to take care of your lips in order for your bright smile to be complete! ChapStick Hydration Lock gives your lips a rich, soothing, moisturizer that will last 8 hours. It also helps give lips a smoother and fuller appearance, great to use before applying other lipstick. Another aspect I love about ChapStick products in general, is that the product doesn't turn liquid-y when you apply it. Some balms that I have used, seem to thin out and turn liquid-y on my lips, which doesn't last very long, and makes a mess if I try to apply lipstick on top. But the ChapStick Hydration has a rich, fulfilling layer of moisture. So with the cooler weather, this is a fall must have basic! I keep it in my purse at all times!

Botanics All Bright Day Cream Fall BeautyFor Fall Basic skincare, I turned to Boots Botanics. After cleansing my face in the morning, I apply the Botanics Hydrating Day Cream All Bright Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 15. This day cream brightens and protects your skin while keeping it hydrated for 24 hours. This cream absorbed really well into my skin, and I didn't not have to wait long before applying primer/makeup. It has a nice perfumed scent that is great to get me started in the morning. I'm sometimes hesitant to use a cream in the morning, because I don't want a heavy weighed down, greasy feeling, but this cream was just the right about of richness; not greasy, and feels really light on my skin. Since this cream has SPF, it's a the perfect light cream to apply before heading out into the great outdoors; it will protect and keep your skin hydrated for your activities! Some key ingredients; hyaluronic acid that will help instantly boost your skin moisture levels, and Hibiscus to mildly exfoliate your skin for a smoother and brighter appearance. 

Boots Botanics Mineral Blusher Closed Fall BeautyTo add some warmth to my cheeks, I've been using the Botanics Mineral Blusher in both Coral and Lotus Pink. This superfine mineral powder blusher goes on silky smooth and blends really well into my skin. The smooth, light texture allows you to start with a thin natural-looking blush and build up from there with more color if desired. The active plant extract in this mineral blushes is Ginseng, which helps to revitalize your skin and reduce signs of skin fatigue - added bonus for a blush!

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Do it yourself or go to a salon? When I want to change my hair this question always crosses my mind. Not that I would ever attempt to cut it on my own, but for other treatments, I always consider the more affordable at-home option. However, there are many benefits offered at a salon that you just can't replicate at home. So when you do choose to go to a salon, you want to make sure you enjoy your experience, because it really is that, an experience, not just a service. When I go to a salon, I want to walk out of there feeling like a million bucks! I want a significant change done with my hair and I want to feel good about it! Certified Fabulous recently took a trip to New York, and we had the opportunity to stop by De Berardinis Salon on W 21st Street. The whole million bucks experience I'm talking about? Definitely got it here!

Before our New York trip, I was looking into the different types of smoothing treatments to help the frizziness/coarseness of my hair that bothers me so much. But it's hard to know which treatment is right for my hair type, and I don't want to damage it (it's already colored multiple times). So when I heard De Berardinis offered a smooth out that's gentle and safe for your hair, I was all for it! The treatment is called Pravana's Perfection Smooth Out. It contains no formaldehyde, and is shea butter & amino acid based, making it gentle and safe for your hair. The whole process takes about 3 hours, as there are many steps. Here's a breakdown of the treatment process:

Process

Phase 1:

- Hair is washed with a clarifying shampoo

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I have been looking to create a hydrated dewy complexion this fall, but it is not so easy to come by. In order to achieve the true appearance of the hydrated complexion, I have chosen to focus on the skincare products that I have been using rather than makeup (makeup will only give me a slight imitation of the dewy look I'm aiming for). When I looked closely at the ASAP products that came into the Certified Fabulous office, I knew they would be the perfect fit to help achieve the desired hydrated dewy complexion! A little bit about the brand - ASAP is the leading cosmeceutical skin care company in Australia1. Their products are made in Australia from environmentally friendly ingredients that contain:

- no harmful chemicals

- no harsh ingredients

- no artificial fragrances

- no animal derivatives

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We are into the fall. There may still be a few warmer days left, but it won't be long before the cooler days are here to stay. I'm not too upset. I love most things fall (fashion, sweaters, comfy socks, hats, scarves, apple picking, pumpkins, warm lattes...you get the picture). It's not until the end of fall and the bare winter months set in that I get peeved with the weather. Fall beauty is also something to relish in; rich makeup colors and textures, products that wrap your skin in soothing formulations, hairstyles that just wouldn't work in the summer, etc. 

My hair tends to be on the frizzy, coarse (annoying) side. I usually straighten or curl my hair in order to smooth out those stubborn coarse pieces. But in the summer, it's usually too hot and humid to 1) deal with the heat from the styling tools 2) for the hair style to stay flawless through the humidity and not return to it's puffed up, messy state. But when the fall comes, I can style my hair and have it stay!

U Color mask and lotionI have been going through a routine of use certain products that definitely have helped the health and style of my hair so far. The first product you'll want to pick up and use this fall is a hair mask. Help keep your hair smooth and nourished with a treatment once a week. I've been using U Renew Deep Treatment Masque by U Color formulated with Rooibos Tea.  As with other U Color products, this masque will protect and preserve your color treated hair. But it will also moisturize, strengthen, help repair damaged hair and split ends. This masque is easy and will not take too much time; simply apply to wet hair, leave on 10-20 minutes, and rinse out thoroughly. I also looooved the scent. It's that powdery clean that I love so much, don't know why but I do. 

If I wanted to blow dry and style my hair after using the masque, I then used the U Style Blow Dry Styling Lotion by U Color. In addition to protecting color, this styling lotion conditions, smooths, and adds shine to your hair. It also reduces blow-dry time, protects your hair from heat damage, protects your style from humidity, and will help define curls! As I style my hair more often in the fall, it is really important for me to use a lotion like this to help with my hair texture and protect my color treated hair. This lotion did not weigh down my hair at all, and it absorbed really well. It also has a clean scent (perhaps a hint of citrus?). When I blow-dried my hair, it felt protected and did not turn into a frizz-fried mess. 

Philip B Russian Amber Mousse Fall BeautyI addition to the U Style Blow Dry Styling Lotion, I also added Philip B Russian Amber Imperial Volumizing Mousse to my hair before drying it. And I loved it! My natural hair texture doesn't normally have volume issues (being thick and wavy/curly) but I recently had a smoothing treatment done so my hair has been a little more flat than I'm used to. This mousse came in handy to give my hair that extra oomph. It added fullness and glossy shine. But this mousse has another special talent...the Pure Russian Amber scent works as a hair perfume! Not only will your hair look great, but it will be scented perfectly. Just give your hair a toss, and the amber scent will catch the attention of whoever's around you ;) 

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I'm already a fan of Guerlain due to their magnificent Nail Colour Lacquer, so I had high expectations when I tried more Guerlain products. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed. 

The GUERLAIN Abeille Royale Night Cream was the first of their skincare products that I have tried. I love night creams in general; I always need to apply something after a cleanser just before I sleep. I absolutely love the scent of this cream! It's that kind of powdery clean, a classy and timeless scent that is not at all overpowering. The cream is rich, but not too thick and not greasy - it's the right about of weight for a night cream. This cream helps reduce the signs of fatigue, fill out wrinkles, and give skin firmer texture. Made with Pure Royal Concentrate (extracted from Bee products) and enriched with Royal Jelly, this cream will help renew and firm your skin during the night. But what exactly is Royal Jelly? What I find really interesting about Royal Jelly is that it cannot be duplicated in a lab - it has to be hand harvested from beehives1! In a bee hive, one bee is chosen to feed on Royal Jelly (while other bees feed on honey and pollen) and this chosen bee grows into the Queen Bee2. Royal Jelly's availability is rather limited compared to other ingredients, so it seems suiting that Guerlain (as an established and - in my opinion- a timeless brand) would use such a precious ingredient. 

Guerlain Night Cream9.22.13 Certified Fabulous

From skincare, I then tried a couple of Guerlian makeup products. The first is GUERLAIN Ecrin 2 Couleurs Colour Fusion Eyeshadows Vibrant Effects (08 Two Spicy). The packaging of this product is incredible. I take it everywhere with me just because I love the look and the mirror so much. It's small enough it slip into any purse, and it comes in a black velvet pouch that protects it from scratches and marks. I looks so beautiful that I love pulling it out to touch up any makeup I may be wearing. I still can't get over how beautiful it is. But onto the actual makeup inside! These two shadows are the perfect warm colors for this fall! The highly pigmented matte brown is a great base color - the warmth of the brown is really emphasized when combined with the second shadow - a fiery luminous coral. You can apply the matte brown and then layer the glittery coral on top for great dimension and luminous warmth. These colors compliment each other perfectly and really made my eyes stand out in a gentle glow. 

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