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Stacey

Stacey

Stacey is an outgoing herbalist, spa frequenter, and a self-proclaimed beauty historian! She is the most recent addition to Certified F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. and gives you weekly insight into the past and present of your beauty must haves!  


SKIN TYPE:  Combination


HAIR TYPE: Course, thick, naturally wavy, dry


HAIR COLOR: Dark brunette


COMPLEXION TYPE: Combination.


EYE COLOR: Blue


BEAUTY ADDICTIONS: Body and face scrubs, exfoliating in general :)

Keratin Complex Straight Day On-the-Go Kit

Includes: Keratin Enhanced Styling Spray, Color Care Shampoo, Conditioner & Volumizing Shampoo Lift Powder 

Kits are awesome.  Who wouldn’t want a kit which includes manageable sizes of the standard products you use on a regular basis.  We all need to shampoo and condition our hair. Depending on the length, hair type and any other individual need and preference, the frequency one shampoos is a matter of preference.  I myself have curly hair and shampoo on average once every 4 days. A  kit which addresses my needs,  if I so choose to rock straight locks for any given period of time is particularly of interest to me.  Which is why I HAD to try Keratin Complex Straight Day Keratin Enhanced Styling Spray, Color Care Shampoo, Conditioner & and Volumizing Shampoo Lift Powder On the Go Kit.

Keratin Complex on the go kitThis 4 product kit addresses the basic needs required for successful hair straightening.  The number one reason to “go straight” is that although the initial time investment is there, once my hair is straight, the daily styling routine has been simplified enormously. Shampoo and Conditioner are essential, in order to maintain the style, its best to start off clean.  We all know that hair will look better the next day, since the natural oils will infuse the hair, smoothing out the style to a certain extent.  However, thoroughly washing and conditioning hair will allow for longer periods between cleansing.  Keratin Complex Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner, in a generous, although still TSA friendly bottle will last for about 6-8 shampoos.  The Keratin-enriched formula nourishes the hair, and is also sodium chloride free.  Perfect for color treated hair, the gentle cleansing helped to soften and smooth my hair, making it more manageable. The Keratin Complex Conditioner was also amazing, its thick rich formula works with the Keratin Complex Shampoo.  My hair was left soft and smooth after blow drying

Step 2 is Straight Day, Keratin Complex Styling Spray.  It is so important to protect hair when using heat elements on the hair.  The use of a nourishing styling spray will help not only make the task of flat ironing  easier, hair will experience less breakage as a result of the nourishing aspects of the styling product.  Included in this comprehensive kit, this styling spritz is just the product to help avoid damage from heat styling tools.  Keratin Complex Infusion Therapy Straight Day Keratin Enhanced Styling spray is triple action.  The formula contains UV protection. It is also anti humectant, meaning it helps to combat the effects of humidity by repelling moisture form the outer shaft of the hair, which just leads to frizzies.  Used after shampooing, but before blowdrying, extended use of this product resulted in softer, more manageable hair.

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I currently have my evenings to myself.  This is unfortunate for me.  This situation came to be when my sweet, darling man took a second shift job on a nearby police force.  Therefore, I am left with some time on my hands after the kids are in bed, the chores are done, and Im left to my own devices.  I have begun to pamper myself during my alone time, and have been experimenting with at-home spa treatment products.  Dermovia- Lace Your Face LaceTex ® Facial Mask  in Calming Chamomile for Sensitive Skin was part of my repertoire this week, and it such an amazing product, I had to share.

LaceTex ® is a delivery system which differs from all other products on the market.  It fits like shapewear for your face, contouring to the face allowing for complete coverage.  The mask is made of natural cotton stretch lace, with a unique ear and chin strap.  I loved that this mask stayed out and during the 15minutes of exposure, I had complete mobility without having to adjust the mask whatsoever.  I would advise using a mirror to apply, in order to be sure you have the perfect application, once perfectly applied, this mask stays put with no mess, no fuss. 

Dermovia lace your face

The LaceTex ® mask is saturated completely with an amazing serum which contains some unique and beneficial ingredients.  Bali Sea Salt and Tahitian Sea Water help to balance and soothe the skin.  Chamomile Extract is also very soothing.  Apple Stem cells helps repair the skin, leaving dull, dry or stressed skin soothed and smoothed.  Dew Grass extract is an amazing natural anti-irritant.  After applying the mask, I felt an immediate cooling sensation, which lasted throughout the treatment.  I found this sensation to be extremely soothing.  I would love to use this product after a day in the sun, I can tell it would sooth and heal a sunburn in the most amazing way. 

The use instructions boast the versatility of this product.  The mask can be warmed (might I suggest using you r blow-dryer on the unopened packet or running the unopened packet under warm water faucet).   Once warmed, pores will open, allowing for increased penetration of the wonderful serum.   This method of application would be immensely calming.

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October has proven to be an eventful month. October is always a busy time, the fall schedule is in full swing. My mother has a birthday, one I MUST remember the date and celebrate, after all, if it weren’t for her, there would be no me. I crashed my car (Im ok, my poor SUV however, was not so lucky), and bought a new one (love my puurrrty new ride).

October is also, of course, Halloween. I enjoy Halloween because my children enjoy it. I never buy my girls costumes, and allow them to think of something, offering help when I can. This year was easy, the younger wants to be a spy (think black jacket, black pants, black boots), and the other a Game Warden (think tan/muddy green jacket and pants) with a North Woods Law badge replica. Costumes procured, the excitement just builds as people in my neighborhood dress their houses up with the same vigor most save for Christmas. Although instead of reindeer and colored lights, there are smoke machines, “dead bodies” , headstones, and in one instance Biohazard tape and Quarantine signs (in honor of Ebola, ugh).

 


 

Illamasqua Nail Varnish- Malange & Illamasqua Sheer Lip Gloss- ExquisiteIllamasqua Nail Varnish and lip shine

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Elemis’ Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is one of the most beautifully packaged skincare products I have ever seen.  This limited edition packaging, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, is so luxurious, its like opening a present every day.  The outer packaging is a beautiful box, which could easily be re-purposed for gift packaging.  The beautiful pink, thick walled jar, with is silver embossed lid is housed in a pretty velvet bag within the box.  It is by far, one of the nicest packaged products in the market, perfect for gifting or for s splurge on oneself. Because it benefits a great cause, you don’t even have to feel bad about the purchase!

Elemis Pro collagin creamThe cream within the beautiful outer packaging is worthy of such pomp.  First, I would like to say, this cream smells amazing! It smells like a high end fragrance.  I love using a tad extra so there is enough for me to smooth over my hands, enjoying the fragrance even more. A blend of Rose, and other natural extracts, creates this beautiful signature scent.

 After 10 years of producing fine skincare, Elemis has created the holy grail of anti-aging moisturizers.  I could feel immediate firming, a benefit boasted by many, but is rarely delivered.  Firming is one of the key components in an effective anti-aging moisturizer, and the Pro-Collagen Marine Cream delivers.  Porphyridium cruentum extract, Chlorella vulgaris, padina pavonica extract, three amazing marine algaes known to provide amazing firming benefits. 

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is not only firming, but is intensely moisturizing.  As skin ages, it loses its ability to retain moisture.  After the first use, my skin felt hydrated, soft and smooth.   Clinically proven, the anti-aging properties of this cream can’t be beat.  It’s a true treat to use this Pro-Collagen Marine Cream!!

 www.elemis.com 

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Waking up tired is never fun.  Unfortunately, I wake up tired (especially when I have to wake to the beeping of the alarm) more than I would like. I think that waking up tired is a common phenomenon, and I am probably not alone.  Just because I sometimes wake up tired, does not mean that my complexion has to reflect my tiredness.   Thank goodness for Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Hydrating Gel Moisturizer and the wonderful Olay Bright on Schedule Eye Awakening Cream.

Olay total effects moistur gel hydratantGel moisturizers are great for a number of reasons. The light feel of a gel cream is perfect for all skin types.  Light enough for oily skin, gel creams absorb quickly.  Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Hydrating Gel Moisturizer is Oil-free, which is also perfect for those with oily skin.  For those of us with seasonal dry skin (during those dry winter months), this gel cream is perfect because it is so lightweight it is easy to layer a great moisturizing serum under, or add my favorite moisturizing booster to the gel cream itself. 

Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Hydrating Gel Moisturizer smells AMAZINGOlay total effects eye bright Serum, which is always nice first thing in the morning, although nothing smells better than coffee on my tired mornings. Dew Over Hydrating Gel Moisturizer contains wonderful ingredients such as essence of honeysuckle and essence of white tea, natural antioxidants and skin soothers.  My skin looked brighter and felt softer.  Im loving this gel cream.

Olay Fresh Effects Bright on Schedule Eye Awakening Cream is the
perfect eye cram to use with my gel cream.  I love the awesome roller ball tube, the small metal roller balls not only make this eye cream easy to apply, but also provide a wonderful cooling effect to my scratchy, tired, dry eyes.   Also made with the essences of honeysuckle and white tea, this amazing eye cream immediately revived my tired eyes, and making them brighter while helping to diminish the appearance of dark circles. Chock full of vitamins (B3, E, B5), this super nourishing cream is worth a try.

 Stacey 

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Palmer's Shea Formula Curl Shampoo and Conditioner

Palmers Shea Curl shampooShea Butter is one of the most amazing natural ingredients for hair care, skincare and bodycare. I remember the first time I was offered pure Shea Butter, which is goopy green and kind of nasty. I was on the Island of St. John in the Caribbean, 8+ months pregnant. I was literally so pregnant that the day I flew back from this vacation was the last day I was allowed to fly! I was given a jar, a plain, unmarked jar form a local native woman as I was browsing my way through an open market. The native people on the island LOVED pregnant women, I was treated like royalty the entire vacation. She gave me this jar, and promises me that if I “painted” my ever growing number of stretch marks with it, they would disappear. She was right, the raw Shea butter was the most nourishing and healing product I have ever used. Of course, here in the US you can’t readily buy stinky, green, unprocessed Shea butter, but the next best things are products which incorporate this wonderful material.

Palmers Shea curl conditionerPalmer's Shea Formula Curl Shampoo and Conditioner contain raw, natural Shea Butter which is sustainably sourced in Africa. Shea Butter moisturizes hair deeply and repairs damaged hair. Palmers Shea Formula Curl Shampoo and Conditioner also contains Vitamin E, which helps to protect hair from damage and is also super nourishing, as well as Grape Seed Oil which is a really great natural oil used to reduce breakage and strengthen the hair. Sulfate-free, and full of natural ingredients, this hair duo is really amazing.

I love the bottle and pump packaging; it makes it really easy to use this product in the shower. My kids can dispense their own shampoo and conditioner without making a mess and using too much, always a big plus for moms who have to clean the tub!! Specially formulated for curly hair, I am in love with the thickness of both the shampoo and conditioner. My hair felt wonderful after using, and I found that because these products are so nourishing, I’m can use them more often. Many times products claiming to be for curly hair are so drying; I can only wash my hair 1-2 times per week (which means wearing a pony tail 2-3 days a week). Palmers Shea Formula Curl Shampoo and Conditioner do not dry out my hair, and leave it soft and silky. This duo also smells AMAZING!! Added bonus!

 

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Its no secret I have dry, course, naturally curly hair.  Instead of complaining about the frizz, I am constantly on the hunt for great products I can use to mask my dry, course hair, and turn my curls into soft masses of beautiful ringlets.  I have found a few products which work, but tend to still have to rely on a curling iron to touch up the last of the frizzies.  Now I have a dynamic trio in the form of Matrix Biolage Smooth Proof Leave-In Cream, Herbal Essence Hydralicious Shampoo and Herbal Essence Hydralicious Shampoo Conditioner.

Herbal Essences Hydra DamageCNSH

 

Herbal Essence Hydralicious Shampoo and Conditioner is the coolest looking product EVER!  I love purple, so I was immediately attracted to the cool bright purple swirl of these two products.  Super rich with Shea Butter, this shampoo and conditioner duo is perfect for combating the dryness which causes my hair to look dull, course and frizzy.  This shampoo and conditioner is super moisturizing, and of course, like all of the Herbal Essence products smells AMAZING!! My hair was left soft and manageable.

Matrix Biolage smoothproof leave in cream

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My seven year old LOVES makeup. I hesitate, of course, to let her play with makeup for a number of reasons. Reason #1 being she typically looks like a clown (or a street walker) when she plays with any of the toy makeup on the market today. Then we came across My Besties Pink Eye Doll Chatter & Kit Full of Kisses Hello Kissy Lip Gloss. These 2 kits are super cute, and perfect for kids and grownups alike! My Besties Pink Eye Doll Chatter is super cool because it is a collection of 3 colors, “Twitter the Glitter, a peachy gold shimmery color, “Boys and Berry”, a pretty pink shimmer and “Confetti Confessions” a bright purple shimmer.

eye doll chatter both productsAll 3 colors are fun without being too loud. Also included in this pretty kit are three shimmers, which are scented! Super fun for the kiddos, she found the scented shimmers to be extremely cool. You get three scents “Bubble Gum” (my daughter’s fav), “Pomegranate” and “Romance”. All three impart a pretty shimmer to you lids, and are fun to mix and match with the three colors. Possibilities are endless!

 

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My next favorite kit for the month of July is Magic Minerals by Jerome Alexander with Extended Lash Mascara. I have always been a fan of mineral powder makeup, Jerome Alexander’s Magic Minerals are mineral powders on steroids! Not only do these mineral powders provide the coverage of a mineral powder, it also has the added benefit of concealer as well. I notices that redness and discoloration blended away with the sweep of the included powder brush. This mineral powder is hypoallergenic, contains natural SPF boosters, is fragrance free and lasts and lasts (up to 12 hours). With built in color correctors, skin imperfections are immediately hidden. Jerome Alexander’s Extended Lash Mascara (in black) is a superior product as well. I love the mascara wand, it is extremely high quality, and allows the mascara to sweep on clump free. My lashes were extended, no clumps, and no smudging. Two great products in one amazing kit!!


Lumene time freeze cc cream medium

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Summertime is the best and worst time for people, such as me, who have naturally curly hair.  The humidity helps by making my super curly (the best of times), but also contributes to excessive amounts of frizz (the worst of times).  The only remedy for the worst of times is the right hair care products.  Thankfully KMS California has an entire line of wonderful products for curly-haired gals like me!

KMS shampoo and conditioner

KMS California Curl Up Shampoo and Conditioner are a top pick for curly-girl hair care.  The shampoo provides curl support and elasticity while hydrating the hair.  I found that this shampoo did a wonderful job cleansing my hair, and left no buildup after multiple uses.  It was not drying whatsoever, and smells amazing.   The conditioner also smells amazing, is thick and rich and super hydrating.  After using this dynamic duo in the shower, my curls were soft, bouncy and tangle free.  Just how I like them :)

KMS tame frizz

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  • Nios Shield Leave-In Conditioner 
    NIOS Shield leavein conditioner certified fabulous

    I have grey hair(s). It really stinks. I truly believe that when women sport grey hair(s) it adds ten years to the way they look. I choose to color my hair, and although I would love to be able to save copious amounts of money by coring my own hair, at home, that one time I made the attempt was disastrous, so I continue to seek out the help of professional, dropping a good $120 every six weeks. In order to make my color last, keeping the beautiful lustrous look a fresh color gives to my hair, I have found that using an SPF really helps to extend my dye job. SPF for my hair I say?? Why, yes, there are a number of SPF hair products on the market these days, but my favorites are Nios Shield Leave In Conditioner and Whipped Hair Gel.

    Nios Shield Leave-In Conditioner
     is the best leave in product, with SPF, for my curly hair. It is extremely light weight, and never leaves my hair greasy, while still giving me great SPF 15 UV protection. This product is a lotion, and pumps out of a bottle. It’s a nice change from the typical spray on leave in conditioners, and applies smoothly to my wet hair. Its nourishing blend of Argan Oil, Vitamin E and Panthenol, leaves my hair soft and manageable. I use this product in my wet hair after shampooing. I also use it in my daughters’ damp hair before brushing, as it really helps with the tangles. I love that this leave-in is not tested on animals, does not contain synthetic dyes, sulfates parabens or PABA either. Nios Shield is a really great leave-in conditioner, which provides UV protection to boot, the perfect first step to protecting my hair color against fade!
     
     

  • NIOS Shield whipped hair gel


    My second line of defense against the harmful effects UV Rays have on my hair (and expensive haircolor) is 
    Nios Shield Whipped Hair Gel. This great, creamy, whipped Gel offers SPF 15 protection with a medium strong hold. I found this gel added a lot of control and volume to my long, naturally curly hair. With amazing natural ingredients, Moroccan argan oil, Vitamin E, and Vitamin B5 ensure sexy, vibrant, and healthy hair. If you are concerned about the damaging effects UV Rays can have on your hair, and hair color, please try Nios Shield Hair products, they are amazing!!
     
  • Dermelect Pore Revolution & T-Zone Mattifier

    Dermelect Pore revolution and tzoneCurse the T-Zone shinies!! Especially in the summer, my forehead and nose look like an oil slick as soon as the temperature reaches anything above 76 degrees. What is a girl to do! Thankfully Demelect provides me with a great T-Zone Mattifier, which also contains strong ingredients to help take care of T-Zone issues such as blackheads and breakouts. Salicylic acid stimulates cell turnover and penetrates pores deeply. T-Zone Mattifier instantly diminishing visible pore size while repressing shine, tightening pores while creating a matte look. This revolutionary, powdery cream is the perfect first layer, protecting skin from pore-clogging makeup.
    I am not a huge makeup person, although as I get older, I really should be. It’s so interesting how I rarely receive a compliment unless Im wearing makeup, then its “you look really great” instead of “you look so tired”.. oh the joys of aging, and Im only 35!! This is why, since the invention of the CC cream, I am a happy girl :) CC creams provide color and correction, without the heaviness I have experienced from liquid foundations. CC creams are like makeup primers, filling in lines, and evening out tone, while providing a lightweight tint which helps mask complexion imperfections.
  • Karora CC Cream

    KARORA cc creamI am not a huge makeup person, although as I get older, I really should be. It’s so interesting how I rarely receive a compliment unless Im wearing makeup, then its “you look really great” instead of “you look so tired”.. oh the joys of aging, and Im only 35!! This is why, since the invention of the CC cream, I am a happy girl :) CC creams provide color and correction, without the heaviness I have experienced from liquid foundations. CC creams are like makeup primers, filling in lines, and evening out tone, while providing a lightweight tint which helps mask complexion imperfections.

    I love Korora CC Cream, and use this daily in lieu of a foundation. Sometimes, for nighttime shenanigans, I use a mineral powder on top of this CC Cream (lately it has been Palladio’s Baked Bronzer). This CC cream is suitable for all skin types, and is lightweight, never leaving my skin feeling greasy, even during these hot and humid summer months.


    This miracle CC cream provides radiance to my complexion, while providing coverage t, blurring pore imperfections and discoloration. There is no need to try to color match with this CC cream, the light tine is suitable for all colors, and actually enhances any skin tone. I love that this CC cream provides a long-lasting even, radiant skin finish.. No need for foundation for this girl :)
     
  • Palladio Baked Bronzer

    Palladio Baked bronzerI do like to dust a layer of Palladio’s Baked bronzer over my CC cream, to give me my complexion a sun-kissed look. I spend a lot of time in the sun, and have a nice tan going on, but find that when I use any sort of coverage (CC creams, mineral powders) it washes out the tan from my skin a bit. Palladio’s baked bronzer brings my tan back, without too much shimmer or sparkle. It provides the natural tan look, no orange!



    Stacey

 

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