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Really want to illuminate your eyes? COVERGIRL has some great new products that will have you feeling red hot far past the end of summer! I tried out a few of these new releases, and they are awesome additions to my make up routine - especially when it comes to the eyes! 

Covergirl Ink It Eyeliner 8.11.13 Certified FabulousCovergirl Blazing White Shadow Pot 8.11.13 Certified FabulousWith new shadow, liner, and mascara, I was able to easily step up my eye makeup for a bolder, more noticeable look. The COVERGIRL ink it! Silver Ink All Day Eye Pencil has a rich saturated, metallic silver that goes on smoothly. This silver will really help brighten any dark eye makeup while maintaining a smoky, sultry look. The COVERGIRL ink it! eye pencils are all self sharpening, and waterproof, allowing for a no hassle application, and a no worry wear! This silver really stands out, so start small and build your look!

Another key product in brightening your eyes is the COVERGIRL Blazing White Shadow Pot! I have been looking for a product like this! I needed just a white shadow in it's own container that I can take with me and combine with my other makeup. I love using white shadow in the corner of my eyes, to really brighten them, and to blend with other eye shadow for a highlighting effect. This small step will help achieve, brighter, wider eyes! This Shadow Pot is part of the COVERGIRL Flamed Out Collection, which will give you the latest, red hot makeup looks!

Covergirl Flamed Out Mascara 8.11.13 Certified FabulousThe last step in my eye makeup routine, is my mascara. Mascaras can be tricky, and there are so many out there to choose from! But when looking for a mascara, really read what the product is aiming to do, lengthen, add volume, no-clump, etc. and choose the one that your lashes need the most! I've had good luck with COVERGIRL mascaras in the past. They come out with great options at an affordable price. So I had high hopes when I went to try the COVERGIRL Flamed Out Mascara MAX Volume (also part of the COVERGIRL Flamed Out Collection). Although, I will admit, I was a little tentative to try this bold volumizing mascara due to the thickness and the curvy brush. I didn't want a clumpy mess on my lashes. But I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome! This mascara has a thick formula that plumps up your lashes for a bold, high volume look. Although it's thick, it does set fast, allowing for a smudge free application! I usually need to take a Q-tip and clean up some mascara smudges, but I did not have that problem with this mascara! This mascara is also flake resistant, good for long wear.

Covergirl Glosstinies Pink Lady 8.11.13Another new COVERGIRL release? They now offer COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant Glosstinis in miniature bottles! These small bottles allow you to try numerous colors without having a large amount of nail polish left over. These are also great to travel with - you can touch up any time without the bottle taking up much space! I was also impressed with how well this nail polish went on. I only needed one application, it dried quickly and has a lovely high gloss! It is also chip resistant, good to last for 7 days. I tried the Pink Lady and Sangria, great to alternate on your nails for a fun, girly, pop of color!

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Well now that it's August, it will soon be time to transition from summer to fall. Sad, but true. I will try to hold onto summer for as long as I can, (we still have a few solid weeks of summer left), but I will need to start focusing on transitioning my summer products to fall products. Summer skin care is about sun protection (with a little sun tanning), moisturizing, refreshing products, nourishing products, etc. But as we spend less time in the blazing sun, we will want different products for our skin/hair care.

Weleda Birch Body Scrub 8.1.13Scrubs are a great product to keep your skin healthy from summer to fall. When the beach tan starts to fade, a gentle scrub will be very handy! If you have sensitive skin, you might shy away from a scrub, but this week I have one that might just do the trick! Weleda Birch Body Scrub gently exfoliates and smooths your skin. Some key ingredients are: organic birch leaves, vegetable based cleansers (great for sensitive skin), natural plant wax pearls, and organic & natural plant oils. These are skin replenishing ingredients that will help renew your skin, leaving you with soft, radiant skin. Weleda products are "no synthetic anything" - no synthetic preservatives, fragrances, or chemicals. Not only is that great for sensitive skin, but you can really feel good about using Weleda products. I often find it frustrating to learn of all the chemicals, and preservatives that are put into food and skincare, so I really take interest in brands that are dedicated to promoting a healthy skincare lifestyle. 

As for the actual scrub itself, you can apply it with a loofah or your hands in the shower. I just used my hands and massaged in a circular motions. It's not too thick so it's really easy to work with and massage into your skin. The beads were gentle yet still effective to get rid of the dead skin. It was in no way irritating and my skin felt extremely fresh and renewed! I also loved the earthy scent (maybe with a hint of lemon?). I looked forward to using it again, even just for the scent :) Another good bonus, this scrub comes in a tube instead of a jar - which makes it quick and easy to apply in the shower!

This is a great natural body scrub option at $12.00!

Looking for another body scrub? I have't found many that come in a tube like Weleda's (which I find extremely helpful) but I did find an intriguing body scrub from Angel Face Botanicals - Double Love Body Scrub with Himalayan Salt & Organic Lavender Essential Oils at $24.00. This body scrub will help improve the texture and appearance of your skin while also helping you relax with the pleasing lavender esssential oils.

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Parker pen in boxI'll admit, I still like to write letters. It's a bit old school but I feel that it's more personable and interesting than an email or message on Facebook. Writing a letter is like writing in a journal, but sharing your stories, thoughts, and hopes with another person. I feel more connected to someone when I see their handwriting in a letter. Handwriting can be very telling. You can see if they rushed, are frustrated, or kept their penmanship calm and smooth reflecting their mood and state of mind. Having a nice pen, also helps letter writing become a more pleasant, calming, ritual. With a nice pen, you'll want to sit down, reflect and write a lovely letter to your Grandmother, or a loved one far away. Also, don't you feel like your handwriting looks better with a finer quality pen? I'm pretty picky with my pens. I like fountain pens that have a good amount of weight to them. I usually like my handwriting the best with this type of pen - although it also depends on the type of paper I am using. I sound like a writing snob! But honestly, we all have quirky preferences that make us just a little bit happier :)

Parker Pen Gold

So when the Parker Pen came into the office, I was just itching to try it out! When I finally got my hands on it, I didn't want to stop using it! I've had the pleasure of trying out the Parker Ingenuity Pen with Parker 5th Technology. Not only does it look great, it has some pretty cool technology. The Parker 5th Technology will adapt to your writing style to allow for a smoother writing experience! I was never aware of this technology before trying this Parker Pen, but I'm loving it! It writes as it should; smooth, clean, and effortlessly beautiful. I also liked my handwriting with this pen, which was not a surprise due to the features this pen offers! The weight (nice and heavy), color, design and details make this a great pen to look at and write with. I will definitely be writing more letters with this pen! Now I just need to find the time...

If you like a worthy pen, want to feel like a fancy executive, or an inspired writer, Parker Pens have many collections, finishes, ink colors, and designs. These luxury pens range from $20-$590. I'm sure you will enjoy one as much as I do!

 

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Don't you just love your beach hair? Salty, sexy, tousled, wind blown waves create this accidentally gorgeous, rockin' beach style. Aren't there times when you wish you could create that look without actually going to the beach? I love the ocean, the sun, the waves, and the sand. I would be at the beach almost everyday in the summer if I could. But I can't. So I found a solution to get that beachy look and feel without the time and effort of the beach - Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray and Beach Babe Texturizing Hair Cream. When used together, these products will have your hair saying "beach babe" in no time. 

Not Your Mothers Beach Babe Texturizing Spray 7.25.13The Texturizing Sea Salt Spray is infused with Dead Sea Salt & Sea Kelp; you really get that ocean salt texture without the dryness. It does not make your hair stiff, but instead creates separated, tousled pieces and waves. It is also really easy to use! Just mist onto clean, damp or dry hair, and then comb through or style with your fingers to create a random, piece-y texture. Don't be afraid to go a little on the messy side - tousled, messy pieces can go a long way! Not only will your hair look like you were just at the beach, but you will smell like it! This product smells amazing! Just like the beach - it smells like your favorite sunscreen, salty, little bit of coconut. This scent description is not doing it justice, but take my word for it, it smells like the beach! 

Not Your Mothers Beach Babe Texturizing Cream 7.25.13If you want extra hold and texture (great for those with thick hair) add the Texturizing Hair Cream. After you apply the Sea Salt Spray, simply squeeze a small amount of the Hair Cream into your hands, spread over your palms, and scrunch your hair. Add more until you've achieved the desired style. This will help create more defined pieces, and add extra hold. This product feels a little sticky in your hands, but works great in your hair. I have thick, and rather frizzy hair so this was great to help control and define pieces. If you have thin hair, you might just need the Sea Salt Spray, so be mindful of your hair type when choosing what product to use! This product also smells just like a summer lotion/sunscreen! 

I found these products great to use for a summer night out when you want that look of effortlessly tousled waves. I don't use heat styling tools too much in the summer - my hair tends to get frizzy and un-tamable in  the summer heat and humidity and I just give up on trying to create a perfectly tamed, slick style. The Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray and the Beach Babe Texturizing Hair Cream are great to get some added texture and waves without the use of heat styling tools. Also my hair looked, felt, and smelled like I just came from a relaxing day at the beach! So if you're having beach withdrawals, these products will help ease your senses and create that beach style!

Both the Not Your Mother's Texturizing Sea Salt Spray and Texturizing Hair Cream are an awesome buy at $5.99 each! A great save option without sacrificing style!

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I've been in need of a good moisturizer for a little while now, so I was excited when Vine Vera products came into the office and there was the Resveratrol Radiance Cream! It has been really humid lately here in Maine, so I wasn't sure how my experience would be trying a new moisturizer. I haven't been wanting to put anything on my skin in this heat, even if my skin is a little dry, and I didn't want the humidity to ruin my experience! I recently tried a sunscreen that felt like a thick greasy layer was sitting on my skin...gross!

Luckily, my experience was far different. The Vine Vera Resveratrol Zinfandel Radiance Cream is a good quality cream. Some key ingredients include Resveratrol (an ingredient found in red wine), Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and Green Tea. The cream helps even skin tone, and to reduce the appearance of dark spots and signs of aging. Because of my age, I can't attest to the anti-aging benefits, but as a cream in general it was exactly what I needed. It was not greasy, even in the midst of the summer heat, it absorbed nicely, and my skin felt hydrated, moisturized, and healthy! It has a nice rich texture that I will very much appreciate in the Fall/Winter months! This cream also smells wonderful! The richness in texture and scent, combined with the lovely packaging, make this a very luxurious skincare item!

Stay classy,

Linnea

VineVera Resveratrol Radiance Cream 7.23.13 Certified Fabulous

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This week Certified Fabulous writers will be discussing products from Vine Vera! I will be starting off the week with a gommage - Vine Vera Resveratrol Merlot Refining Peeling. Last week Jessica reviewed OROGOLDS 24k Multi-Vitamin Deep Peeling and explained what a gommage is/what it does for your skin. Be sure to check out her article HERE!

VineVera Resveratrol Refining Peeling 7.27.13 Certified FabulousBefore trying Vine Vera's gommage, and reading Jessica's article, I had no idea what a gommage was and therefore, I had no expectations. However  after I tried it I am hooked on gommage! The Vine Vera Resveratrol Merlot Refining Peeling rids your skin of build up (oils, dirt, etc.) without stripping your skin of the moisture and oils. It's not the prettiest process, but it is fascinating to see it work immediately! I apply the product (it's like a gel consistency) to my cleansed face and massage it in circular motions until it collects and sloughs off the buildup/dead skin. It is not irritating or rough in any way, and I was amazed at how well it cleansed my skin and my pores! I had no idea I had so much buildup, but I could immediately see the difference once I rinsed it all off with cool water. I wanted to use it again immediately and again the next day! However, it is directed to use only once or twice a week, so don't go overboard and irritate your skin.

The scent in this product isn't very strong or fragrant, so if you like products that don't have a strong perfume scent, this might be a good one for you. But if you're looking for something with a little more fragrance, I would look a little further. Besides the preference of scent, I was amazed at how well this product worked!  

You can buy Vine Vera Resveratrol Merlot Refining Peeling for $146.00

Vine Vera Save Option 7.22.13 Certified FabulousIf you're looking for a more affordable gommage option, check out Yves Saint Laurent Gommage Natural Action Exfoliator for $44.00. I haven't personally tried this gommage, but it might be a good one to check out! 

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I have a brand to discuss today that you might not have heard of, but you'll want to know about! Cactus Skincare is an Australian brand that uses natural and organic ingredients all with cactus extracts. I was able to try some samples from their FABULOUS line of skincare, and let me tell you, I was impressed! Along with other benefits, Cactus Skincare offers products that suit your skin type/problems (dry, oily, combination, etc.), which helps in the selection process of what product to use. My skin tends to be more on the drier side, so I want to cover the products that focus on dry skin and how they worked for me.

Cactus Samples 7.21.13 Certified FabulousI'll start with the Intense Hydrating Creme. This cream is suitable for dry skin or to use as a night cream. I personally really like using a night cream, letting the product work while I sleep. After cleansing or exfoliating before bed, it is a great rich cream to apply and let it work its magic! This Intense Hydrating Creme was a great moisturizer and my skin felt radiant, nourished, and restored in the morning! It absorbs well and does not leave a greasy residue, however it does leave a protective hydrating barrier over the skin. It also smells absolutely divine! Fresh, natural, flowery and is in no way overly fragrant. 

Now for a day cream, I tried the Nature's Anti-Oxidant Creme for normal to dry skin. This is a lighter (yet still very moisturizing) cream that contains mineral sunscreen, great to put on in the morning before you walk out into the bright sun! It was easy to incorporate this cream into my morning skincare routine, as it absorbs really well and I can easily apply makeup afterwards. With vitamins and minerals to enrich and nourish skin, I felt good about using this product. Not only was it moisturizing, but I felt that it helpd improve my skin, leaving a smooth appearance and texture! This cream can also be used to help soothe sun damaged skin!

I also really liked the Lemon Myrtle Cleanser & Gentle Exfoliant (both suitable for all skin types). The cleanser smells especially fresh and the exfoliant was gentle enough on my skin and left a bright surface ready for the Intense Hydrating Cream!

When reading more about Cactus Skincare, I came across this description of the brand that says, "Cactus Skincare creates a healthy working environment for skin by retaining moisture and giving the skin the nurtrients it needs to repair itself." I think we often look for products to heal our skin on thier own, but I liked the idea of your skin being able to repair itself with the ingredients and environment created by the skincare product. This idea definelty came through in their products and if you are also intrigued by the skincare line, be sure to check them out on their website www.cactusskincare.com

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Too Face Summer Eyes 7.11.13I tend to tone down my eye make up in the summer for fear that it will melt off in the heat and humidity! But going out on summer nights, I still want to have a little fun ;) Too Faced Summer Eyes - Summer Sexy Shadow Collection allows me to do just that!

This collection comes with the essential summer colors and finishes in a resort-inspired theme. Rich, warm browns, with bright golds and oranges, combine with matte seashell, shimmery pink and mermaid green for the ultimate summer glamour! I love the variations of shimmer in the shadows; it allows you to really work with all the colors and combine them for great depth and dimension. My favorite aspect of the eye shadows is their vibrant color! The shadow that you place on your eye lids is exactly like the color in the palette, not a lighter imitation of it. These shadows go on bold and stay bold! I have never experienced such strong color in a powdered shadow, I usually only get this color on the first application with creme shadows. But Too Faced impressed me with this shadow collection! The "sunbeam" and "peach fuzz" are my favorite golds to use this summer. They create such a great vibrant, luxurious shimmer that really illuminates your eyes and will have you looking and feeling like a golden summer goddess! These colors, and your eyes, will not go unnoticed!

Another awesome aspect about this shadow collection is that it comes with an easy to follow "How-to Glamour Guide" that has its very own place in the shadow compact for easy access (tucked in front of the mirror). This guide features three looks: Day, Classic, and Fashion using all of the shadows in the collection. It's very easy to follow and shows you where to place each color around your eyes so that you can achieve the ultimate sexy summer eyes!

Too Face Summer Looks

This a great summer make up product that has you covered on style and wearability! 

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Summer beauty is all about that glowing look! We all want soft, silky, radiant skin! But for some of us pale ones, it can be a little harder to achieve the sun-kissed glowing confidence. That's where makeup comes in! I'll admit I don't use bronzer often; I feel that most of them look unnatural on my skin, but with the right type of face powder, I can have that radiant summer look in no time!

Too Faced Sweetheart Beads 7.16.13 bCertified FabulousWhen I first saw Too Faced's Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder I was very intrigued...not by the colors it contained, but how it was packaged. In a round, prettily decorated, container loosely sits heart shaped powder beads! Bronze, pink, natural, and golden beads! How do I use this? Was my first question...then does it work? What's the ultimate effect? Do I use the colors together? Separately? With a brush? Many questions followed as I had never seen this type of makeup before! I decided this would be best used with a brush, after all it is a powder. So I tried a blush brush - this was a little too weak to pick up the color. So next, I found that it works best with a brush that is a little firmer. I used a Chisel brush that I have for another powder foundation. Too Faced offers a few brushes on their website and tell you which one works best for the type of product you want to use, so if you need any brush suggestions, be sure to check out their site!  

Since I didn't really know how to use this product, I looked it up. The product descriptions states that "the heart bead colors work together to create the perfect combination of color, coverage and glow for a healthy radiance." So I started by swirling my brush around all the beads. No need to be gentle with the brush, these beads don't crumble! You need a little firmness to pick up the color. I used this powder all around my face, focusing more on my cheeks. It creates a very light shimmery layer, which is nice for just a little hint of the desired summer glow. The shimmer really stands out when you catch the light! But it also can easily build up to a stronger glow by applying more powder. I like having this type of control with my makeup. I can build it up as much or as little as I like, depending on my mood. This powder is very easy to use (once I got past the bead shock), and it definitely gave my pale skin a much needed glowing enhancement, very much so the "healthy radiance" the product description states. I also liked how it was elegantly shimmery rather than sparkly. I did not want to look like I brushed pink sparkles all over my face! I was surprised by how much I like this product, how well it blended, how the colors work so well together, and how the effect was spot on with the description. This will be my go to makeup product on those bleak days when my skin needs more of a pick me up and a healthy glow boost!

Too Faced Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder retails at $32.00

Too Faced HighIf you want more of that bead glow, splurge with Guerlains Météorites Perles du Paradise at $70. These "legendary magic pearls illuminate your skin with a beautiful radiance" and work with any skin tone  I have used other products from Guerlain (Colour Laquer) and I absolutely love the quality and results. 

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Exfoliating works great for my skin. Its a neccessity. Whether it is summer or winter, I have dry skin that I need to get rid of! I have used exfoliating gloves, moisturizing + exfoliating washes, scrubs, etc., but I never imagined myself exfoliating with a product that contains gold. Well my next product I have to tell you about, contains exactly that...OROGOLD 24K Golden Body Scrub.

Orogold 24K Golden Body Scrub 7.3.13

I have been using this product a number of times this summer and it works flawlessly! Apply this scrub on damp skin, massage into your skin (I usually massage in circular motions) and then rinse! TIP: don't have water running directly over you as the grains won't have a chance to exfoliate as well. But do make sure your skin is damp enough so that the grains do not feel too rough. I have relatively sensistive skin, but did not have any issues using this scrub. This scrub left my skin rejuvenated, nourished (it also contains herbal extracts), smooth, and radiant! It was not at all drying, instead left a moisturizing layer (felt like an oil), and effectivly elimated the dry skin spots. My skin felt fresh and renewed! My skin also looked glowing as the moisturizing qualities really enhanced the whole product! This scrub did extactly what it claimed to do and will be most beneficial this summer!! Glowing skin is always a plus :)

If you have any exfoliating favorites, I would love to hear about them! 

Stay classy,

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