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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 :)

I have to travel occasionally for work. I sit in a room each day with two other women, and we get along marvelously. When we travel together for work it is a pleasant experience, even though we are working. Unless, however, you are the coworker who is forced to room with me. Because there are 3 of us, instead of all cramming in 1 room, we usually get 2. I bounce between the 2 rooms, I’d like to think because they both want 1:1 time with me. The truth is, I think I’m bounced around because I take over the bathroom, driving my roomie nuts. I now know the key to being the favorite roommate is to use a wonderful toiletry organizer, effectively keeping my stuff out of the way.

I have a great toiletry bag from Modella - the Modella Weekender. It is the perfect size (i.e. big enough to house my magnitude of styling products, makeup and skincare as well as any hair accessories and first aid I know is absolutely essential. This bag is shaped like a small square suitcase and sports a really cool modern black and white stripe pattern with hot pink piping around the edges. Inside the top pocket is clear, which is so convenient when bathroom time is shared and being able to see and grab what you want in a hurry is necessary. The bottom zippered pocket is also spacious, but is bright pink and not see-through (for those “secret” items that do not need be made public). A third, smaller zippered pocket (with a clear window) is located at the top of the bag. I put my smaller skincare items (creams and lotions) as well as my hair ties and toothbrush/toothpaste. A handy hook is located at the top making hanging this bag from a towel hook or shower rod super easy.

Also included in this wonderful travel bag is a travel sized body pouf as well as 3 travel size reusable containers I use for my shampoo, conditioner and mouth wash. Being organized really makes travelling more enjoyable. I used to rely heavily on ziplock bags thrown into my suitcase. I so love having a really cool toiletry travel bag, and I’m sure my hotel room sharing coworker agrees as well now that they do not have to deal with my things from one end of the sink to the other. Thanks Modella for a really great product!!

Stacey

Modella Weekender Bag 11.25.13 Certified Fabulous

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BioElixia Body Shaper Cellulite Creme 11.18.13 Certified FabulousI have a nice bum. I can say that because I squat (overhead, front, back, etc. etc.), I jump switch lunge, I run, I’m a crazy Crossfitter. I do all this, not to have a nice bum, but to maintain an acceptable level of mental health; the nice bum is merely a welcome side effect. However, like most women over 30, especially those of us who haven’t always had a nice bum (oh, how could I forget those 50 pounds I worked so hard to lose), my bum is a dimpled with a little..*gasp.. Cellulite. It’s what keeps me from really and truly loving my bum as much as I should.

Fortunately, I was introduced to BioElixia: Body Shaper. This cellulite contour crème is scientifically proven to reduce the appearance of cellulite by upwards of 57% after only a few weeks. I knew I had to try this crème, in hopes of firming a reducing the dimples appearance of my bum and thighs. And although twice a day for 4 weeks (that’s when they say you start seeing results, although mine came much sooner) is quite the commitment for me, I had to see if it worked. Bioelixia uses a propriety system scientifically proven to improve the absorption of active ingredients. Ingredients such as caffeine and Vitamin A are incorporated into most anti-cellulite products, but I believe I experienced such success with this product because of the way in which the key ingredients absorbed into my skin allowing the benefits they provide to really work their magic. 

BioElixia Body Shaper is smooth and almost serum like in its viscosity. This product applies well, and absorbs immediately. I love the sensation, cooling and tingling. The vasodilators (Forskolin) and caffeine bring blood to area. I noticed a difference in my first week of using BioElixia Body Shaper, so much faster than any other cellulite cream I’ve tried. The fragrance is quite pleasant, as well. This Australian-born product really comes through with the promise to give you a smoother bum and thighs. I wish I could say I'm racing around in some cute shorts, but I would be kidding, this is Maine and its 40 degrees here on a good day. But at least I can say that I look amazing stepping out of the shower ;)

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I have used and LOVED Merle Norman products in the past. The story of how the hugely successful company which is Merle Norman tickles me. Merle Nethercutt Norman literally coined the phrase “Try before you buy” when she shared her comedic creations to friends and family, a door to door saleswoman for much sought after skincare. She believed if she could “get in their face” they would become her loyal customers. Her vision worked, as Merle Norman is now an over 80 year old company which continues to offer business opportunities for women across the country.

Merle Norman Pink Grapefruit Body Butter is a wonderful addition to the extensive line of body care Merle Norman has to offer. The first Merle Norman product I have ever had the good fortune to try was the Mirocol Revitalizing Lotion, which is actually one of the best cleansing, exfoliating and tightening masks I have ever used (and I must admit, I’m kind of a mask junkie). I knew right away that the Pink Grapefruit Body Butter was going to be just as great.

Merle Norman Pink Grapefruit Body Butter 11.11.13 Certified Fabulous

I love the scent of Pink Grapefruit, so energizing and fresh. The fragrance in this butter is amazing. I loved the citrusy notes. The fragrance is subtle enough that this amazingly thick cream can be worn under any body spray or perfume, while offering uplifting qualities while applying. I keep this pretty white tube in my gym bag, this butter takes care of dry weather leg ashiness quickly, without having to rub and rub. Merle Norman, you are my hero!

Stacey

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I ran out of my usual salon (think $$$) shampoo and conditioner. Lately, in an attempt to save some cash I made the mistake of purchasing a mass market shampoo and conditioner. I’m not naming names, but let me just say, after 4 days my scalp was so itchy and thick with buildup, it was awful. I literally had the worst dandruff ever, and normally I have never had an issue. Thankfully, I have the Certified F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. office across the hall, so when I stumbled in with my itchy head, Jessica suggested Conceived By Nature: Nourishing Lavender Shampoo, Conditioner.  Saved my life (or at least my itchy, flaky scalp), at a price that is more than reasonable ($9.99 retail) for a product that is amazing!!

Conceived by Nature combines the finest essential oils, herbs, micro-enriched proteins, and other natural ingredients to fortify and nourish hair, leaving it soft, strong and shiny. I love that no synthetic fragrances are used in the Conceived by Nature products. Essential oils provide an amazing aroma that tickles the senses in a hot steamy shower. The Lavender oil in the shampoo and conditioner is combined with other essential oils, herbs and vitamins. Blue-Green Algae, Marigold, Horsetail, Mandarin Orange, Honeysuckle, and Parsley are just a few of the amazing natural and mostly organic ingredients which gently cleanse while encouraging healthier hair growth to replenish, restore and keep hair soft, strong and shiny.

Conceived by Nature Shampoo.Conditioner 11.4.13 Certified FabulousConceived by Nature Nourishing Shampoo

Lavender oil calms nerves while enhancing circulation to the scalp and hair follicles, combined with grape fruit extract it works as an antioxidant to protect and nourish for a healthier scalp. Within two days, all of the buildup from my previous nasty shampoo was GONE!! My scalp felt clean and my hair was left feeling soft and wonderful. 

Conceived by Nature Balancing Lavender Conditioner was equally wonderful. Lavender oil combined with essential oils, such as olive, sweet almond, and coconut, blended with shea butter help to nourish the hair and scalp by locking in moisture to smooth and soften, while adding body and shine. This uniquely balanced formula not only provides incredible performance, it left me feeling uplifted and conditioned. My hair felt healthier, and I truly had a natural, multi-sensory experience during my shower. The soothing lavender oil is blended with a unique combination of micro-enriched proteins and vitamins which helped to enrich my hair’s texture and condition, restoring its health, elasticity and vitality, making it easier to control and style.

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I think all moms have ADD to a certain degree. It comes from the ridiculous amounts of multi-tasking we are faced with from day to day, making it difficult to focus on 1 thing at a time. When it comes to establishing a skincare routine, it is virtually impossible to carve out the 3 minutes a day it takes to cleanse, tone and moisturize. 7 Days of Wonder is the Ritalin of skincare, making it so incredibly easy to stay focused, because besides cleansing there is only 1 step each day. With Rotation Skin Therapy your skin doesn't learn to resist the benefits of the clinically-tested ingredients. The beautifying result: Cumulative-Benefit Skincare It keeps on working! There is a different product for each day, conveniently packaged in a beautiful silver clutch. Everything you need for beautiful clear and young skin is at your fingertips!!

7 Days of Wonder Kit 10.28.13

Monday: My skin has been a mess. A hive-like rash has plagued my cheeks for the past 5 days, due to too much check on cheek friction with my wonderful, albeit stubbly boyfriend. I was a little nervous to try Mondays Resurfacing Serum, due to the irritation I had been experiencing. I figured day 1's “Refining and Resurfacing” would either make the irritation on my cheeks worse or smooth them out. I was so happy when an hour after application, my face looked and felt smooth.

“Whole Face Happiness: Smooths and Resurfaces” is made up of Plant ceramides called “Phytogycolipid II” which promise to exfoliate and encourage cell turnover, refining skins texture getting rid of patchy skin bumps. I definitely had a face full of patchy skin bumps (teaches me to makeout like a teenager). This was definitely the perfect first day product for me, and it truly delivered.

Tuesday: Is a complete high-moisturizing, nourishing, anti-aging formula, which promises to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Tuesday’s cream contains collagen boosters, line/wrinkle reducers, anti-inflammatory & anti-oxidants, giving skin enhanced density. My face felt smooth and moisturized, and I did notice the lines in my forehead were less pronounced.

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It’s no secret how much I love working out. As much as I try to stick to a Paleo diet routine, my love of sugar and carbs is my biggest downfall.  I know how to get the nutrition needed in order to be a beast in the Crossfit gym, but who has the time? And let’s face it, I don’t have the discipline either (it’s easier to just grab something than meal plan and cook 3 meals a day).  So when Stay Young Age Support Multi-vitamin & Ultra Sexy Hair, Skin and Nails came my way, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to incorporate a supplement into my otherwise lacking daily diet.

It can be difficult to create a vitamin routine, and these supplements need to be taken twice a day. I forced myself to remember to take the Stay Young Age Support Multi-vitamin (3) twice a day for a week, and I felt AMAZING!! My energy levels increased and I didn't feel the need to consume that 2pm cup of coffee.  My stomach is usually very sensitive and get queasy when taking a multivitamin, so I made sure to eat before taking my vitamins.  However, one day I forgot and instead of taking them right after lunch, I remembered to take around 3pm. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they did not affect my stomach at all, and I enjoyed the energy boost for the remainder of the afternoon. I love that these vitamins are complete and even contain wonderful extras such as C0-Q10 , Ginkgo, Lycopene and RNA to name a few. 

Essential-Multivitamin stay young antiaging rev iew certified fabulous

Stay Young Ultra Sexy Hair, Skin and Nails only has to be taken once a day, and I would take these 3 supplements along with the Stay Young Age Support Multi-vitamin in the morning. Within the week I noticed my nails were stronger than ever, and my skin looked clearer.  I think the combination of these 2 amazing products really helped me maintain a greater level of energy and health. I've been performing better than ever in the gym, and plan on maintaining this vitamin routine!!

You can find the vitamins HERE to buy for yourself!

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Breast Cancer Awareness is so important. About 39,620 women will die from breast cancer this year. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1989, with larger decreases in women younger than 50. These decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment. I believe that awareness is the best way to encourage prevention. 

I was thrilled to receive Zumba Wear’s Party in Pink Collection in honor of Breast cancer Awareness. This workout tank is made of wonderful stretchy material. I loved the white color with bright pink trim. Although I don’t do Zumba (I truly lack the coordination, and the one time I tried, it upset me to tears), but have worn it a few times into the Crossfit gym. Definitely a great addition to your workout attire wardrobe, as well as being a nice way to put Breast Cancer Awareness out there.

zumba wear breast cancer awareness racer back tank top fashion clothing gym workout fitness charity certified fabulous

Orly’s 2013 “Pretty in Pink” Collection is a wonderful collection of 3 sparkly pink polishes. I had to put on 3 coats in order to reach my desired effect, so be patient ladies, and enjoy the sit-down time it takes to dry those nails. The best part of this product is that 20% of the profits go towards Cancer Schmancer. Founded by actress and uterine cancer survivor, Fran Drescher, Cancer Schmancer is dedicated to saving lives through prevention & early detection of cancer. I Love Fran, and watched every single episode of “The Nanny” as a kid. The work she does for cancer prevention is admirable. If you like pink sparkly nail polish, I urge you to seek out Orly’s 2013 “Pretty in Pink” Collection!!

orly nail polish breast cancer awareness

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Organic ingredients are amazing for a number of reasons. In order to be certified organic, ingredients must go through a certification process.  Organic ingredients are produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Even though organic usually means higher priced, the importance of sustainable farming practices far outweighs the financial implications. Avalon Organics Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub Lavender contains 15 Certified Organic ingredients. And it just so happens to be an amazing product to boot!!

Avalon Organics Lavender Scrub 10.14.13 Certified Fabulous

I use a facial scrub at least 3-4 times per week. I feel as though exfoliating is the best way to thoroughly remove dirt and oil, as well as revealing fresh new skin with the removal of dead skin cells. As we age, dryness, slower skin metabolism and years of exposure to the elements (or in my case the tanning bed), causes skin to appear dull, uneven and ashy. Avalon’s Lavender Luminosity skincare collection uses a combination of organic, plant-based ingredients to clean, treat, moisturize and soothe dull reactive skin. The use of Kombucha helps smooth the skins surface to enhance radiance. Avalon Organics Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub Lavender helped to slough away my dull, flaky skin, uncovering skin that’s soft, smooth and vibrant. After using this product 3 times a week for 2 weeks, I noticed a big difference in my skin's clarity. 

If you are seeking an amazing scrub which contains wonderful ingredients such as Arnica, Green Tea, Pumpkin Seed, Licorice root and Lavender (all Certified Organic and contain many beneficial properties), you should truly try Avalon Organics Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub Lavender, I think you will be very satisfied.

Stacey

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I am so intrigued by interesting ingredients. Many skin care products contain similar ingredients, when testing Amarté Hydrolift Cream, I was pleasantly surprised that this product contains a few ingredients I do not see often. This hydrating cream not only contains so really cool ingredients, but it also made my complexion smoother, brighter and younger looking. Amarté Hydrolift Cream was designed to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and after using twice a day for 4 days, I could see a noticeable difference in my fine lines and wrinkles. 

Amarte HydroLift Cream 10.7.13 Certified FabulousAmarté Hydrolift Cream contains Caviar Extract, which is an interesting ingredient. Caviar extract is very rich in vitamins A, D, B1, B2, B6 and micro-elements Co, Cu, P, Si, Zn as well as amino acids such as glycine, lysine, histidine, arginine and asparagine. These ingredients intensify the processes inside the skin cells and at the same time slow down the aging process by moisturizing the skin. Caviar extract firms your skin and provides the highest possible level of hydration. Amarte Hydrolift Cream was defiantly moisturizing, but not heavy and greasy. The addition of Potato Pulp Extract balances the super duty moisturization the Caviar Extract Provides.

Finding solanum tuberosum in your ingredients list is a great find. Potatoes have been used to remove excess oils almost since they were discovered to even be edible. The peels and flesh of the potato are especially good at soaking up dirt and oil from your skin, and can help prevent bad skin conditions that occur from excessive oils and dirt.

Finally, the most interesting ingredient in this product has to be Pearl Powder. Pearl Powder is an Ancient Chinese beauty secret that has been used for over 3000 years for lustrous, beautiful skin and good health...a treasure that was used for centuries by Asians, Egyptians, Chinese, Mayans and Indians for health and youthful vitality, as well as for beautifying the skin. Pearl Powder's anti-aging health-beauty benefits are more than skin deep. Rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that benefit the skin, Pearl Powder has a lot more to offer than its beauty as an adornment. China praises these precious gems for their anti-aging properties. It has a magical effect on the human body; the health and beauty benefits are staggering. Pearl Powder brings radiance to the skin and hair and makes it soft, shimmering and dazzling.

The combination of amazing ingredients in a smooth, lush formula made using Amarté Hydrolift Cream a unique and satisfying experience. I loved the way this cream absorbed into my skin without leaving it feeling greasy. I suggest using less than the pump dispenses, as this cream applies so well, only a small amount is needed. What a great product!!

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I hate to ever describe myself as an “addict,” but I must admit I truly love using hot tools on my hair.  Having naturally curly (aka Frizzy) hair, using a flat iron prevents me from having to wash/style my thick, long hair multiple times in a week. It takes a multitude of products in order for me to achieve frizz-free curls. When I wash, scrunch and diffuse, I use quite a few products. After sleeping on my locks when they are styled naturally (with the help of no less than 3 styling products), my hair needs a washing, or else Im sporting a ponytail. If I flat iron, and use a great thermal spray, my hair looks pretty and doesn’t need to be washed (or worn in a ponytail) for up to 3 days. I love my 1’ ½’ curling iron for a “bouncy loose curls” look. I also love the sleek, straight look a flat iron provides. I have been told by a number of hairdressers (holla to you Naz Krepelian), that the key to hanging on to the volume and sleek look hot tools provide, is to use a great thermal protecting spray. This month I tested the greatest thermal spray: ZOTOS Flat Iron Addict Thermal Protecting Finishing Spray.

Zotos Flat Iron AddictFlat Iron Addict is a fine-mist, fast-drying spray with no-stick, light-hold technology that yields complete frizz control and protects hair against damaging heat caused by habitual flat ironing of the hair. I love the fine mist, as it is easy to cover large sections of hair.  This product is made up of some wonderful natural ingredients: Magnolia Acuminata Bark Extract (Good astringent and tonic properties), Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil (highly nourishing and hydrating), Zizyphus Jujuba Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract (extracted from the extremely nutritious and antioxidant rich goji berry) and Ribes Nigrum Fruit Extract (leaves the hair supple, soft and shiny and/or imparts volume, lightness, gloss). Flat Iron Addict is ideal for all hair types, especially those hooked on hot tools!

Flat Iron Addict lets you fight the heat, not the habit, shielding hair against damaging heat up to 450ºF and gives you 72-hour frizz control or until next shampoo. For thermal protection, separate a small section of dry hair. Spray Flat Iron Addict lightly and evenly. Follow with thermal styling iron. Spray on finished style for hold. I loved that although this product is lightweight, it offers great hold.  My hair truly stayed frizz free, and held its curl for 3 days!! I had the same result while flat ironing, although I didn’t even need to use as a light-hold finishing spray when flat-ironing. My hair was left soft and shiny, which is amazing considering how coarse and frizzy it usually is. I was able to achieve the salon look from the comforts of my own bathroom. I urge you, if you are a hot tool addict, to please try ZOTOS Flat Iron Addict Thermal Protecting Finishing Spray, you will not be disappointed!

Stacey

 

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