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DHC olive virgin oilDHC Olive Virgin Oil

I became aware of skincare at a very young age. My Italian mother very own back yard.
I have very dry dehydrated skin, it is exposed to the elements summer and winter. I have been using the DHC Olive Virgin Oil in many ways. They recommend using it as a facial moisturizer, on your hair, face and body.

I found this product to be fantastic. It comes in a 1oz pale green glass bottle with a pump and silver cap. It is filled with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.
I initially started using this on my face 2 pumps warmed in my palms and then pressed into my skin. My skin felt soft, hydrated and smooth. The DHC organic Olive Virgin Oil is rich in anti-oxidants and is 100% certified organic.

I then started to experiment on my hair the ends would get so dry from over processing plus using sprays, mouse, curling irons, blow dryers you name it I use it.
I pumped about a drop or so onto my palms rubbing it with my fingertips I then applied it on the split ends and a smidgen thru my hair strands. It gave my hair a soft gentle sheen not greasy. My hair drank it up almost immediately.

I was amazed how good it made my hair look instantly. I now use it as a treatment before showering and shampooing.
              www.DHCcare.com

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Orogold 24K Vitamin C Booster Facial Serum 7.3.13I am a fan of serums. I like the moisturizing benefits without the thickness of a cream. Maybe once my skin matures a little more that will change. But for now, I'm usually good using a serum on its own. Unless it's the winter, then my skin needs all the moisturizing it can get!! I also like Vitamin C in skincare. I have had good results with products that use Vitamin C - my skin usually looks much brighter and illuminated after using products with Vitamin C. So...Vitamin C ingredients in serum form? Awesome! I found just that in OROGOLD's 24K Vitamin C Booster Facial Serum. Not only did it have the Vitamin C & E, but it is flecked with 24K Gold pieces! What??? Yes indeed. This serum has luxury written all over it, combined with great ingredients for ultra smooth skin! 

I have to admit, I was a little skeptical at first. When I applied the serum, it was a little oily (not what I was looking for)...but it absorbed well immediately after and left my skin feeling silky smooth and glowing! OROGOLD suggests gently massaging the serum into skin and allow it to be fully absorbed - I think this definitely helps the slight oily factor. I used this just before I went to bed, and when I woke up there was no oily residue. My foundation went on smoothly in the morning, and my skin looked brighter, hydrated, radiant, and still felt silky smooth! OROGOLD also claims that this serum helps diminish fine lines and wrinkles - now I don't have any wrinkles at my age, but this serum created such a smooth texture on my skin, that I can really see it being beneficial for skin with fine lines and wrinkles. This serum also has a light citrus fragrance, which I found to be soothing when applied just before bed!

Overall this was a great moisturizing, Vitamin C enriched, serum that immediately turned my skin into a smooth, glowing, texture! If you want even more moisturizing benefits, OROGOLD suggest this serum be combined with the OROGOLD 24K Deep Day Moisturizer. 

This is a splurge item at $198.00

Orogold Save CompareIf you're looking for more of a save option, but still with Vitamin C benefits, check out Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins. I have used this moisturizing cream in the past, and I love it! It does not have the same silky texture as the OROGOLD 24K Vitamin C Booster Facial Serum, but it is a great night cream. With Vitamin C, E & H plus other minerals, this cream allows you to wake up with refreshed and radiant skin.

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  • Betty
    Betty says #
    I have used the Orogold Vitamin C Serum and it is amazing. It makes my face feel so soft and silky in the morning. I absolutely
  • Heather Gillespie
    Heather Gillespie says #
    The more accessible option, by Origins is a great choice, they produce amazing skincare products, I swear by their GinZing. Anoth
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High in the Tibetan Himalayas (12,000 feet above sea level) grows a tiny but resilient fruit that resists the harsh weather conditions and high altitudes. The sea buckthorn berry fortifies itself against the elements by producing an array of powerful nutrients. With over 190 bioactive compounds, sea buckthorn is an unsurpassed source of Omegas 3, 6, and 9. And it's a rich source of the elusive essential fatty acid, Omega-7, an essential fatty acid vital to collagen production and healthy skin, hair and nails.

Sea buckthorn is known as nature's most balanced fruit. This "Holy Fruit of the Himalayas" has been cherished by native Tibetans for centuries for its incredible nutritive qualities. Over 120 specific studies on sea buckthorn have shown that this little berry promotes health. From sea buckthorn's rare abundance of some of the most powerful antioxidants to being the only plant in the world known to contain essential fatty acids 3, 6, 7 and 9 - sea buckthorn has earned its title of superfruit. 

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I didn't start researching this amazing ingredient until I was given the Sea Buckthorn Deep Hydrating Serum from Seabuck Wonders. Before I review products I like to do some research on them and the ingredients in them so I can know exactly what I am trying and how it is suppose to work for me. It was amazing to read so much positive and beneficial things about this "holy fruit". I was SO excited to try the serum on my face to repair my skin and improve my skin tone, plus surging it with all of the amazing omegas abd vitamins it contains! 

Sea Buckthorn Deep Hydrating Serum nourishes and supports cell regeneration to minimize fine lines and help maintain a youthful, healthy glow. The packaging is great because with an airless bottle it will dispenses a perfect amount of the serum and it only takes one hand to pump, no try to shake or squeeze product out! The scent was an amazing orange oil that smelled like I just peeled an orange :) The serum was a great consistency and was easy to smooth over my face. It does foam up a bit, but as you keep rubbing it into your skin it will absorb in clear. 

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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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This week we have had the outstanding pleasure to review a skin care line that I fell in love with. PRIMAVERA offers certified natural skincare and aromatherapy products that hold the purest joys of nature. Rooted in the philosophy that every day is a chance to bring nature closer – to discover balance with the outside world and the world within – PRIMAVERA’s mission is to share the skin and sensory benefits of healing plants. That mission statement is taken from their website, www.primaveralife.com, and they go on to say that they "developed a deep, collective understanding of traditional plant therapy and created fair trade partnerships with a worldwide community of organic farmers. Our products are intended to connect customers with nature every day because we believe that feeling close to nature creates a sense of balance. Just as the Earth regulates seasons, life cycles and ecosystems, nature regulates the rhythms of our own bodies and minds. As our tagline – Pure nature. Perfect balance. – implies, by allowing pure nature to be part of daily life, we are also inviting the opportunity to discover perfect balance.". 

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A company with that message made me feel completely at home with the brand and this was before I tried the skincare line! I was given the Rose Pomegranate Intensive Renewing Cream from their Revitalizing skincare line and right away the scent caught my attention. It smelled amazing! I was glad this was a product I was going to be keeping on my face and not washing off :) After I cleansed my skin thoroughly that night I applied the renewing cream to my face and loved how easily it smoothed over my skin and then eventually was absorbed leaving my with instant hydration. When I woke up the next day and checked out my complexion I was amazed at how well it looked in just one night! My overall skin was in top shape with more of an even tone and texture leaving it in perfect condition for my makeup application. 

As I continued use of the cream I saw more and more improvements which is always a plus when you invest in a skin care line. Made to help lift and firm, delivering antioxidants to increase elasticity for more youthful skin, this product is something I can not live without! 

Boosted with Benefits!!!

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Aging....wrinkles...old. These are words that we all fear as we approach every birthday after the age of 30. I could never image myself having to worry about wrinkles, or even had a thought in my head about buy products for anti-aging! There has to come a time in every adults life where they finally admit to themselves, "I need to do something about these lines!". I prefer to call wrinkles, "lines" just as I have always like to use "blemish" instead of zit.  

It is most commonly said that when you reach the age of 25 you need to start looking at precautionary products to slow down the skin aging process. Anti-aging focuses on just that, preventing aging from happening. Beyond a certain age products are focused on aging correction and not so much prevention. Since I qualify for the anti-aging product category I scoured through our Certified F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. product bins for just the right topic for this week's Spring Week. I mean, Spring is basically just a Summer prep season, right? Who doesn't like perfect, smooth skin for days you pull your hair back and lounge around on the beach?! I discovered, in our latest New Beauty Test Tube, a dual sample kit of Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 & Vichy Liftactiv Eyes. Vichy is a well known brand and one I have researched before and noticed a lot of high ratings, so I decided to try the little dual kit out. 

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I thoroughly washed my face and then applied the serum. It went on very easily and smooth and absorbed well after a minute. I then applied the eye cream, which was a nice rich texture that moisturized immediately and felt very comfortable on. The products felt natural on my skin and not too heavy or uncomfortable. In the morning, when I checked out my complexion I definitely noticed a difference. My skin looked brighter, evened tone and radiant! My deep "lines" that annoyed me (in between my eyes and my smile crease) seemed to be perfectly smoothed out and it left a perfect pallet for my makeup application. 

The serum's secret ingredient for the results? A 10% concentration of Rhamnose, a naturally derived plant sugar proven to help boost skin rejuvenation. I have been using this serum for a week so far and it is remarkable how much of an improvement it made on my skin! I am ecstatic that I found these products :)

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We are in the middle of reviewing Montagne Jeunesse this week and as the trend & celebrity style reporter I was thrilled to try out the latest and greatest in their face masks. I have tried SO many masks but I am very fascinated in the self-heating concept, especially since it is winter and I am chilled to the bone! I selfishly grabbed the self-heating masks that was sent to us immediately and was thrilled to get a Warm Exfoliating Crystal mask and the Hot Chocolate self-heating mask!

You might be saying to yourself, "what's the difference?". The difference is the added benefit of using self-heating skin care products, which is that heat opens your pores and when your pores are open they can be thoroughly cleaned out for a deep down clean. Cold water, cold air and cold skin closes up the pores. The best visual I always think of is in the 1981 movie "Mommie Dearest" the actress portraying Joan Crawford had a scene where it showed the process of her skin care routine. She woke up and washed her face with scorching hot water and then immediately turned to a bowl of ice water and started to splash that on her face. Although that is the extreme...and scary to think about, it is always the visual I get when caring for my face, hah. 

One particular night, after being invaded by a snow storm, I needed a mood lifting solution so I looked around and noticed I had the two Montagne Montagne Jeunesse crystal-masqueJeunesse masks on my bathroom sink. I began my at-home spa experience by testing our the self-heating chocolate mask. As I opened the packet the scent of chocolate hit my senses and put a smile on my face. Applying the mask was so easy and the product flowed on my face flawlessly. As I rubbed in the product on my face it was seriously warming my skin and I felt like I was literally playing with hot fudge on my face! It was truly an amazing feeling and fun! I then went to relax for about 15 minutes, it doesn't dry (which I love!!!) so you will kind of feel like it is time to wash it off when it starts to slowly run off your face like melting chocolate, hah. After I rinsed it off and patted my skin dry I felt rejuvenated and I was in a much better mood. There is nothing as simple and inexpensive as this mask for glowing skin and an uplifted mood! This makes a great gift for anyone...and you know Valentine's Day is just around the corner ;) *hint* *hint*

 It being winter and all, it was no problem finding time to test out the warm crystal exfoliating mask! My dry winter skin was screaming for help so I had to take time to treat it and slop off some dead skin cell layers. After placing the packet in warm water for a minute you simple rub on your face and neck and let it sit for 15 minutes. Rise it off and reveal your polished, bright new complexion!

The basic advice I can give you all on skin health and youth is the remember to take care of it! Don't abuse or ignore it you have to keep it clean and happy! A proper skin care routine based on your skin type and needs is critical to longevity. 

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Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel, the world’s leading facial plastic surgeon, reveals the top 5 trends in facial beauty for 2013!

1. Your face deflates with time.  Inflate to fight deflation.  Add volume to cheeks, temples, and other facial fat pockets that have shrunk.

2.  2013 will be the year of the “Cheek Implant” – 2012 was the Chin – 2013 will be the Cheek!  Aging and ever changing facial bones play a major role in aged appearance and while chin implants were a hot ticket in 2012, watch for other types of facial skeletal augmentation including cheek implants to increase in popularity for 2013 as more people realize how easy and effective they are at improving your appearance.

3. Stimulate yourself.  “Biostimulators" are HOT - these fillers stimulate your body to produce more collagen and to aid in "healing itself.”  Sculptra and Radiesse are two of these materials.  They give long lasting natural results. Watch for expanded use of biostimulator fillers in 2013 and beyond.

4. Doctors will get more Dull, not Sharp!   The sharp needles for fillers cause a painful sting and small areas of bleeding.  For 2013, watch for more and more facial plastic surgeons to use blunt tip applicators.   The filler is still injected, but the needle is now replaced with a soft tipped flexible microtube that reduces pain, reduces bruising and helps your doctor to put the filler just where it belongs.

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Salon Treatments are not only fun, but sometimes it is just best to leave our beauty regiment to the professionals. Here are some instances where there may be great home products available, but I highly recommend going to a Salon.

1. Hair styling- Do it yourself hair cut is just never the same

2. Make-up for an important event (like your wedding day) and or to help you create a new look or expand your current look

3. Waxing (well at least some areas, like the bikini)

4. Professional grade Chemical Peels (find a great aesthetician)!

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Hey Everyone and welcome to another Friday.  If you haven't noticed this is our first week of our new blog format.  My job as the packaging diva is to talk to you guys about how the bottle or tube functions, why a company would choose a certain pump or maybe the message that they are trying to convey with their choice of packaging.

DHC PoreCeansingOil

So this week we've all been discussing products from DHC.  Let me begin by saying their packaging choices are very classic and sleek. They have just released two new products that Certified Fabulous was lucky enough to be one of the first to review, Pore Cleansing Oil and Pore Face Wash.  The Pore Pore Cleansing Oil is in a beautiful milky blue bottle that has the appearance of lucite or for some of our seasoned readers, Depression Glass. I love it!  The lucite offers the high end look of glass but without the dangers.  Even the pump matchs the color of the bottle.  But what I really like about the pump is the actuator.  This is the part where the product comes out.  The designers at DHC decided to go with a "gonzo" style pump that has a long actuator and a flat top, which makes it so easy to use.  Sometimes when you have wet hands- which happens ALOT when you're washing your face- some pumps with angled actuators are hard to compress and get the product out.  Instead your finger just slides right off and if you're like me, you lose patience and say a few expletives.  My other favorite part about this package is, it comes with a clip that goes around the neck so that when you pack your over night bag and your shampoo bottle falls on top it doesn't squeeze out all your favorite Pore Cleansing Oil before you get to your destination.  Yes, you can say it, it's the simple, little things that excite me. 

The other product that we had the privilage of reviewing was their Pore Face Wash.  This product comes in a squeezable tube.  Now I know what you're going to say, all tubes are created equal.  Negative!  Now I will say that they are not as complicated as bottles, but they still have a lot going on.  Again, the designers did a spectular job at color matching the LDPE (low density polyethlene) tube with the color of the bottle.  Sometimes this can be very difficult because different resins(plastics) react differently with the colorant.  Now one thing I can appreciate about this product, is they were able to orientate the cap with the front of the tube.  What I mean by this, is when you flip open the cap you are still looking at the front of the tube.  To me this is a very classy gesture and I would almost say subliminal marketing because as you are squeezing out the product, you're still looking at the name of the product.  One issue that I have run into with a lot of tubes, is the orifice (the opening where the product comes out) doesn't match the viscosity of the product.  So if you have a very thick cream, you don't want to have a little tiny hole for it come out right?  Think St. Bernard trying to go through the cat door.  Yeah, probably not going to work.  Well you'd be surprised how many products are like that.  But not with DHC, this deliciously creamy cleanser can easily be squeezed out in proper dosage. 

DHC PoreFaceWashFinally I have to mention the design of their unit carton.  This has to be one of the most unique designs I have seen in a while.  How many times have you bought a product in a little box and think to yourself, "How do I know if someone has used this product or not?"  I know I have.  Just the other day, I bought some hair color and the little "safety seal" was peeled back.  Not very safe!  With DHC's design there is no way that someone can check out your purchase before you do.  They have designed into the box a little tear tab on the op that is sealed when they package up your product.  Ingenious! And just so you're covered the bottom of the box, is an autobottom.  Which means the bottom of the carton forms automatically when you form the carton.  This assures that that once the product is in the carton, no one can get to it from the bottom without destroying the box.

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