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Summer tends to be when a lot of us find our skin looks its best, but for many that doesn't just happen on its own. The Certified Fabulous team recently tried a trio from fiafini Skincare that will help your skin look and feel amazing. Fiafini skincare products are a great option for any and every one because they are always made free of fragrance, parabens, alcohol and mineral oils. The trio includes the Delicate Cleansing Emulsion, Divine Hydration Moisturizer and Deluxe Anti-Aging Eye Cream.

The Delicate Cleansing Emulsion is a lightweight formula designed for purify and clarify removing dirt, oil and makeup. It also has powerful anti-aging benefits thanks to the Marula oil. If you are not familiar with Marula oil it is from the Marula trees kernels that grows in Southern Africa. This oil is rich in antioxidants such as vitamin E and C, to keep your skin looking young and beautiful. The Marula Oil is known for its healing, hydrating and soothing powers. The formula is free of fragrance, alcohol, mineral oil and all parabens. The cleanser feel wonderful creamy feeling to it going on, and leaves the skin feeling very clean and firmed when it is rinsed off.

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After cleansing your face, follow up with the Divine Hydration Moisturizer. This is a hydrating and healing moisturizer that will firm your skin and minimize the look of wrinkles. It is formulated to target the most common signs of aging and be ultra-hydrating yet not heavy feeling, making this extremely effective for severe dry skin. Ingredients such as Prickly Pear, Avocado and Evening Primrose extracts will help calm redness and reduce environmental stress on the skin that we experience daily. The moisturizer also includes Marula oil to load your face up with vitamin C to both protect and heal. It is an excellent base that allows for smooth foundation application and does not tend to look oily, even after hours of wear.

To rejuvenate your eyes, finish your face off with the Deluxe Anti-Aging Eye Cream. This cream is extremely lightweight and absorbs nicely leaving your eyes looking bright and well rested. The cream helps to reduce under eye puffiness, rids your eyes of dark circles and works to minimize fine lines. It is formulated to tighten the sensitive skin around the eye area while also providing gentle hydration. Made from nourishing ingredients including apple seed stem cells, chamomile and botanical extracts, it is great for all ages and suitable for all skin types.

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We are still on our spring cleaning kick here at Certified Fabulous! Last week we posted our spring cleaning tips for your makeup and skincare. If you missed it click HERE to read. Now let's talk about cleaning and replacing your makeup brushes.

To keep your brushes as long as possible it is good to keep up with cleaning them. You really should clean them after each use but if you are like most of us, it is hard to find time every morning to clean your makeup brushes. If you can get around to it at least once a week you are doing good!

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Not sure what to clean your brushes with? There are several brands of makeup brush cleaners you can use like Make Up Forever Instant Brush Cleanser. It retails for $22 at Sephora. This cleanser has been formulated to use on synthetic and natural hair brushes. It is an alcohol free brush cleaner that will instantly purify and remove all makeup residue on your brush. The nice thing about this cleanser is you do not have to rinse  your brushes after use and it will dry quickly.

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In honor of the upcoming Earth Day, Certified Fabulous has come together with derma e to offer a fabulous giveaway!

Derma e natural skincare products are 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten free, and GMO-free.

 

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One lucky Certified Fabulous member won the following:

  •  derma e® Evenly Radiant® Brightening Cleanser ($15.50) A skin-brightening, sulfate-free facial cleanser that helps promote skin clarity and glow.
  • derma e® Evenly Radiant® Brightening Day Crème SPF 15 ($29.95) A lightweight daytime moisturizer to help brighten and even skin tone while providing full spectrum UVA/UVB protection.
  •  derma e® Hydrating Eye Crème with Hyaluronic Acid ($21.50) Shown to reduce wrinkle volume, area and depth, this best-selling eye crème deeply hydrates, firms and tones to reduce the look of crow's feet.
  • derma e® Hydrating Mist with Hyaluronic Acid ($13.50) This refreshing mist instantly re-hydrates dry, thirsty skin anywhere on the face or body.
  • derma e® Microdermabrasion Scrub ($32.50) This award-winning, salon treatment alternative buffs skin, helping to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars.

 

Thank you for all who entered! This giveaway is now over. Congratulations Tamara!!

Be sure to register as a member of Certified Fabulous to get email notifications of giveways!

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  • patricia caradonna
    patricia caradonna says #
    Happy Earth Day! These Derma-e products look wonderful.
  • cw
    cw says #
    Would love a chance to try out these products maybe this is what my skin needs to heal and rejuvenate. Thanks!
  • Ariana
    Ariana says #
    first post was labeled as Guest. I shared your contest on facebook! Thanks so much for this opportunity
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Nordic Beauty: Anti-Aging Cleansing Milk & Anti-Aging Collagen Peptide Broad Spectrum SPF 30 CC Cream

I experienced amazing results using Nordic Beauty Anti-Aging Cleansing Milk. This cleanser is rich and creamy and perfect for all skin types, especially for women looking for great moisturization in a cleanser. Nordic Beauty’s Anti-Aging Cleansing Milk has the added benefit of being an effective makeup remover. I used two pumps (this amazing cleanser is packaged in a bottle/pump) which were all I needed to remove all of my makeup without a trace when removed with warm water. My skin did not feel tight or dry after using this cleanser, but felt cleansed, soft and smooth. I loved the beautiful scent of this product, which is made up not of synthetic fragrances or “parfum” but of natural essential oils frankincense and Myrrh. I loved this cleanser and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an effective makeup-removing cream cleanser which does not dry the skin, but leaves it nourished and soft. 

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Nordic Beauty Anti-Aging Collagen Peptide Broad Spectrum SPF 30 CC Cream is another wonderful product in the Nordic Beauty Skincare Line. This is a fantastic Matte Broad Spectrum SPF30 with UVA/UVB protection using only the most natural form of SPF ingredients, zinc oxide. Many sun protecting CC creams use synthetic chemical sunscreen ingredients, and although are effective, are not able to claim 100% natural ingredients.

Packaged in a unique, white square jar, the consistency of this product is a rich cream, slightly tinted. As I applied this beautiful cream, I felt as though it went on smoothly and left a matte finish without drying. My skin felt firmer and soft after the first use.
I loved the added benefits unique to this CC Cream, which is the inclusion of Nordic Beauty’s’ proprietary anti-aging formula. This formula includes the wonderful anti-aging and moisturizing benefits found in Marine Collagen Peptides, Aloe, Iris Stem Cell, Lingonberry Extract, Sunflower Oil, Jojoba Oil and Olive Oil. I love the scent of the Myrrh and Frankincense essential oils which I found to be light and pleasing. It’s really all you need - a 3 in 1 product, you’re getting daily anti-aging protection with SPF 30, intense moisturizing and amazing anti-aging benefits all in one product.

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I hear a lot about “Peptides” being the new and great ingredient for skincare these days.  But what are they, and why are they so great?? Peptides are proteins made up of chains, both long and short, of amino acids (the building blocks of protein).  Skin is made up mostly of Collagen, a protein which is the foundation that gives skin support and thickness. As we age, collagen levels decrease causing skin to thin and wrinkle.  Peptides are active protein molecules, which are proven to help boost collagen levels and help skin appear younger, smoother and improve the overall appearance of skin. I like to think of them as “messenger molecules” that work on a cellular level to increase hydration, visibly reduce lines and wrinkles, and enhance skin’s natural luminosity.

HydroPeptide Exfoliating CleanserHydroPeptide is the supreme peptide brand on the market today.  Using over 60 peptides in their products, they have revolutionized the use of peptides in skincare.  Their products are amazing and the results are visible.  I had the opportunity to use three of their amazing products and am anxious to share my results.

HydroPeptide Exfoliating Cleanser is the perfect first step in my skincare regime.  With Triple Action Peptides, Glycolic Acid and Jojoba Beads this exfoliating cleanser thoroughly cleanses the skin with foaming peptides.  A burst of citrus helps energize the skin.  The hydrating formula is nourishing, enhancing my skin leaving a healthy glow.  Although the exfoliating properties are great, this scrub does not strip my skin of natural oils, leaving it tight and dry.  Instead, the nourishing peptides leave my skin soft and smooth.  This exfoliating cleanser is great to use in the morning, in the shower or at the sink. 
HydroPeptide Soothing Serum

Step two of my morning skincare regime (although I also use this product at night as well, it is so amazing) is Hydropeptides Soothing Serum.  With 6 Peptides, including a Volumizing Peptide, Hydration peptide, Anti-redness peptide, Sensitivity Neutralizing Peptide and Preservative Peptide, this is a superior anti-aging, soothing serum perfect for even the most sensitive skin.  Leather Leaf Powder Puff stem cell promotes even skin tone enhancing a natural glow while strengthening the skin. An amazing anti-redness peptide, this ingredient is perfect for those with sensitive skin.  Arnica, with its well know healing properties, is also utilized in this serum.  Arnica encourages skin recovery and repair, helping skin to appear smoother and more youthful.   I love the packaging of this amazing serum as well; it’s in a really beautiful blue airless pump bottle, which looks luxurious on my vanity. 

HydroPeptide Face liftStep three is by far my favorite product of all. HydroPeptide Face Lift Advanced Ultra-Light Moisturizer is the perfect summer moisturizer.  This moisturizer utilizes the power of 9 peptides, including Relaxing Peptide, Lifting Peptides, Energizing Peptide, Brightening Peptide, Anti-Glycation Peptide, Defensive Peptide and Preservative Peptides that offer a wide range of superior anti-aging benefits.  Also full of Hyaluronic Acid, a natural ingredient which helps to attract and retain moisture in the skin, this ultra light moisturizer really packs a punch.  Over a dozen powerful, active antioxidants help make this a beneficial anti-aging moisturizer, without being heavy or leaving skin feeling greasy or over moisturized.  B-White, Licorice, Bearberry and Vitamin C brighten and even out skin tone, proven ingredients which help lighten age spots. 

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Jack Black: Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser

In the modern world, one of our greatest assets is our face. Its the first thing that people see when we say hello and the part of our body that people focus on when we speak. So why don’t we take the time to make sure it is clean and nourished properly? Not enough time? Not having the right product? The scientists at Jack Black have given us the perfect product for our face cleansing needs, their Pure Clean Daily Cleanser.

Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser sage aloe certified fabulous men grooming skincare

On first application, you will notice a light aromatic of spices and oils. The scent of sage is unmistakable in this product, yet also light enough it won't knock you over. As with most every Jack Black product, the cleanser has a supple and moisture rich texture that lathers nicely on the face as you rub it in. I personally noticed that the moisture rich lather was far nicer to my sensitive skin then other cleansers that use harsh astringents to clean out the pores of the skin and strip away oils. In fact, the Jack Black cleanser, didn’t feel like it was “stripping” my face of anything, but rather it was infusing nourishment into my skin while absorbing the grime from my pores. And after rinsing, my face felt clean and refreshed.

Some of my favorite products have come from the Jack Black line. Their series of products geared towards sensitive skin are rich with nourishing moisturizers and healthy oils. Because of this I was not surprised by the effectiveness of the facial cleanser that I was asked to try. This cleanser does an excellent job removing the daily grime accumulated over a long day working or playing. That alone earns it a place in my bathroom cabinet, but it’s the added skin nourishing formula from Jack Black’s scientists that keeps it there. I recommend this facial cleanser to anyone that has sensitive skin and are in need of a delicate daily cleanser. Further more, I encourage you to sample from the Jack Black line of moisture rich products… your skin will be happy you did.

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“The Beautiful Side of Healthy”

We all know that a healthy diet and lifestyle can do wonders for your skin, body, and mindset. As you change your diet, and perhaps pay more attention to what exactly is in your food and how it is getting to you, you might want to begin to look at your skincare in a similar fashion. If natural, organic ingredients in your food are beneficial to your skin and body, wouldn't you want the same in your skincare? Well, if you're looking for just that, a natural, healthy skincare line to really care for and benefit your skin, AEGEIA has it. 

Aegeia Purifying Facial CleanserI have been recently paying more attention to the types of food that I'm eating, and the ingredients that are in some things that should be so simple. So when AEGEIA products came into the office, I was excited to apply this same type of attention to skincare are learn more about this brand and the natural products they offer. For this week I tested out the AEGEIA Purifying Facial Cleanser. Made with 100% PURE Essential Oils and 100% Natural, this cleanser really does give you "The Beautiful Side of Healthy." 

My first impression was that this cleanser does smell a bit medicinal, but don't let that scare you off because all the natural ingredients work to make a great cleanser. And when I revisited the scent, you can really smell the lavender and spearmint! To use, gently rub onto the face and neck in circular motions. Then wipe off with a warm, moist wash cloth. This cleanser has soft beads that work as a gentle exfoliate to clear away those dead skin cells for a renewed skin surface! Not only does this work as a cleanser, but you can also remove eye makeup by massaging the cleanser gently onto the eyelashes! After using this cleanser, my skin felt really nice. It was thoroughly cleansed, but not stripped. It was neither drying, nor did it leave a thin film of product. My skin felt restored, hydrated, smooth, and well, healthy! I did not feel like I was missing anything from other cleansers that are not 100% natural. 

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Ralph Lauren's Sexy Exotic Scent

Ralph Lauren Big Pony 4 Back to SchoolI just love Ralph Lauren!!!! I have been wearing his fragrances for quite some time!!! Proud to say I was around for the Woodstock Era (try explaining that to your grandkids LOL)

The Big Pony Collection is a celebration of 4 different fragrances. One of my favorites is #4

Ralph Lauren 4 Big Pony Collection for Women (Purple)

This Iconic Brand is celebrated this collection in 4 different t colors. My favorite color is purple maybe that’s why I was drawn to this bottle…

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Orogold 24K Oil-Control Cleanser 7.3.13I was super excited to test Orogold’s 24K Oil-Control Cleanser. My husband loved the shave balm, so I was quite excited to have my own product to try. This product is contained in the most beautiful packaging I have ever seen. A beautiful box with a magnetic clasp, lined in ivory satin encapsulates a gorgeous blue airless pump bottle with a silver cap. The packaging screams luxe product, and I was excited to try.

Every product from  Orogold Cosmetics is infused with 24K Gold. The naturally rejuvenating and healing property of Gold distinguishes Orogold Cosmetics as the pristine provider of skin care products. The anti-aging benefits of gold can be traced back 5,000 years to Cleopatra, who was said to sleep in a gold face mask every night to enhance the suppleness of her complexion and preserve its natural luminosity. In addition to antioxidant and antimicrobial powers, gold is praised for its purported ability to ward off UV damage, tighten lax skin and reduce the appearance of discoloration. Some believe it can slow the breakdown of elastin, keeping skin firm and taut; other proponents believe gold increases circulation, eliminating toxins from the body and speeding up tissue repair. Orogold’s 24K Oil Control Problematic Skin Cleanser is formulated with natural plant extracts, moisturizers and ingredients such as 24K Gold and Tea Tree Oil. This cleanser is designed to help condition and soothe the skin, leaving it completely clean, comfortable, and refreshed, without shine.

This cleanser left my skin feeling clean and refreshed.  I used it every day for 2 weeks in the shower and noticed a difference in my skins texture.  Although my skin can’t be technically classified as oily (I have an oily T-Zone, but tend to be dry everywhere else), this cleanser did not leave my skin feeling tight and dry, as many other “for oily skin” products often do. I could distinctly see the little bits of gold in this cleanser, the little bits of bling definitely contributed to the luxuriousness of Orogold’s 24K Oil-Control Cleanser. This product is very high end (retails for $138 in the U.S), but with the addition of the gold, and other wonderful botanical ingredients, is worth every penny. This wash, and all of their other products for that matter, would make a delightful gift for those who enjoy the finer things in life.

Stacey

 

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Another amazing product by PRIMAVERA. I loved the facial scrub, and since trying the Neroli Cassis Cream Cleanser, I am a believer in Primavera's amazing skin care collection. This cleanser contains amazing natural (and Fair Trade) ingredients, and uses essential oils not only for the skin benefits, but also for the aromatherapy benefits as well. 

For 5,000 years, essential oils have been used for holistic healing because of their verified physical and emotional benefits. Essential oils are the 04212013 Primavera Moisturizing Cream Cleanser Certified Fabulousheart of every PRIMAVERA product. In the Cream Cleanser, the primary oil used is the Neroli essential oil. Neroli essential oil soothes dry, flaky skin while calming and balancing the senses.  Cassis Seed Oil is also present in this product, which helps seal in natural moisture.  Cassis oil also contains essential fatty acids which help seal moisture into the skin while smoothing, softening and strengthening. Cranberry Extract protects skin against free radicals.

This cleanser is packaged in a beautiful green glass bottle with a pump, which helps one use the correct amount of product. The fragrance is citrusy, and very natural.  This cleanser is very gentle, but was able to wash away my makeup without a lot of scrubbing.  I asked my hubby to try this amazing cleanser, and he really liked how his face felt very clean after cleansing, but not tight and dry. 

Not only does Primavera create amazing skincare products, every action that goes into making PRIMAVERA products is taken with consideration for the Earth and humanity. Over two decades ago, PRIMAVERA pioneered collaborative, fair trade partnerships with a worldwide community of farmers committed to environmental sustainability. It is an integral part of their mission to expand existing organic farms and actively support independent farmers as they convert from conventional to organic agriculture.

All of this considered, Primavera Neroli Cassis Cream Cleanser is an amazing product.  I look forward to seeing what else Primavera has to offer in their so far amazing skin care collection.

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Happy Friday Everyone!  So now that we're past the first major holiday of the year, it's now only a slippery slope into December.  Walmart, like many other retailers already has their Christmas decorations on the floor ready for purchase.

 

As many of you know, I'm addicted to trying the newest beauty products but I also love the new vibe of small beauty companies.  There are so many companies that have amazing products.  So I thought that I would give all my new finds a shout out this week.

 

Willa Wash MobileOne morning I was listening to the Today Show and the ladies were talking about Willa Skin Care (www.willaskincare.com) and their  tinted moisturizer.  They were raving about it and said that they had it at Target.  So I went and thought, I'm always up for trying a new tinted moisturizer, especially if it protects the skin with an SPF 30 rating!  Sure enough all their ranting and raving was correct.  It is very light weight, no odor (which I love and often with a zinc oxide you'll have a odor)and blends with your skin tone.  I really like to wear this moisturizer when I run, because it doesn't move and sweat off.  Better yet, it doesn't clog your pores either!

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