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Summer means carefree days spent at the beach relaxing and soaking up the sun. Silky soft skin is a must if you are going to be wearing a bikini day after day, and shaving daily, razor bumps, and stubble do not pair well with your beach attire. There are many ways to remove unwanted body and facial hair without having to break out your shaver every time you hop in the shower and without spending a fortune on treatments at the spa. Us ladies at Certified Fabulous have removed our pesky mustaches, unwanted uni-brows, arm hair and leg hair and have found a few DIY hair removal products that get the job done successfully within the comfort of your own home.

 Silk'n Flash&Go
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The Silk'n Flash&Go is an at home light-based hair removal devise that will get help eliminate hair all over your body including your face. Be sure to read all the warnings and instructions before starting use. The Flash&Go has a skin color sensor that is designed to measure the skin tone of the applied surface and enable application only on suitable skin tones. This feature will disable treatment if your skin is too dark or too tan. It uses Home Pulse Light Technology TM that is clinically proven for permanent hair reduction. This product takes time to have visible results but the results last. What we liked most about this product is it didn't take long to do the treatment and it is easy to use. Before using the Flash&Go you want to shave all the areas that you plan to treat. As with a lot of hair removal system this is something that you will want to test before doing a full treatment. Then you just set the device to the desired treatment level and go. The nice thing about this is that it plugs into the wall, no worries about the battery dying on you. If you plan on doing both legs it can take about 30 minutes, it is a fabulous thing to do while watching your favorite tv show. It typically takes around 4 treatments to see noticeable reduction in hair. They recommend using it every two weeks for the first three to four treatments. After that it should be done if hairs have grown back and until the desired results are achieved. The Silk'n Flash&Go can be found at Silkn.com for $199.

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 Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Duo

The Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo is a kit that can be used on both fine and coarse hair types. The kit includes a Skin Guarding Balm that you apply first, and then the Hair Removal Cream that you apply second. When using the balm, cover the entire area where you will be removing hair from and gently massage in for ten seconds. After apply a generous amount of the hair removal cream, enough to cover all of the hair but do not rub in. Allow the cream to sit for 8-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of hair. Then gently wipe away and follow by rinsing the area. This is completely pain free and extremely effective. You can find these for 23.99 at Olay.com

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  • AOskin VitC BalancingToner lotion moisturizer certified fabulous review vitamin renewal serumAVALON ORGANICS: Vitamin C Renewal skincare collection

    Balancing Toner / Renewal Cream / Vitality Facial Serum / Moisture Plus Lotion - Broad Spectrum SPF 15

    The BEST skincare line to perfect skin tone and clarity! I absolutely LOVE this collection ever since researching Vitamin C skincare and I am very addicted. Vitamin C for brightening, renewing and perfecting. This is my primary night products and I even use the Moisture Plus lotion to apply in the morning before makeup. I will never go without Vitamin C on my face because of the results it has given me. #VitaminCaddict

    www.avalonorganics.com/vitaminc-renewal 
  • Bioré Blemish Fighting Astringent CHARCOAL CLEANSER one minute self heating mask certified fabulous reviewBIORÉ® SKINCARE

    DEEP PORE CHARCOAL CLEANSER / SELF HEATING ONE MINUTE MASK / BLEMISH FIGHTING ASTRINGENT

    I have been using and loving BIORÉ since I was a teenager, amazed at the gunk that came off on their pore strips :) This brand is the real deal and they have the products to prove it! I love using the Charcoal Cleanser after I wipe my makeup off with a makeup removing cloth. I apply the gel to my face then use my Clarisonic to deep scrub my face and draw out the imperfections. Chaorcoal is an amazing ingredient and I believe in it's amazing abilities to pull out deep grim in my skin. The Self Heating mask is incredible, feels amazing and is the ideal weekly treatment to keep my skin balance in check! Especially beneficial after flying to release your skin from the nasty multiple enviromental toxins you subjected yourself to. 

    The Blemish Fighting Astringent is my only product I use in the morning when I wake up to clean the oily surface the night has created and prep my face for lotion and makeup. It's refreshing, cooling and wakes me up! 

    www.biore.com/en-US/biore-skincare 
  • Nads natural hair removal nose wax body wax strips certified fabulous review
    Nad's Hair Removal 

    Nad’s Hair Removal Nose Wax for Men & Women / Nad's Hair Removal Body Wax Strips for Normal Skin

    You might of saw the YouTube video of me and Sara trying the Nad's Nose Wax kit for the first time, if not CLICK HERE. I happen to love this product because, yes let's admit it, women have nose hair too! The easiest and fastest way I like to get rid of it is the Nad's Nose Wax kit because it is simple to use and it gets rid of the hair immediately. It stings for a second, but don't be afraid, as intimidating as it seems it really isn't that bad and it works great!!! 

    The idea of waxing did frighten me and especially going to a salon to get waxing done, so I was thrilled to try the Nad's Wax Strips at home! The instructions and use was easy and not as painful as I thought. When I think of waxing I have flashbacks of my mother's using hot wax on her legs and screaming bloody murder when she had to rip it off...kind of traumatized my desire to wax. I always have trouble shaving the back of my thigh perfectly, so I just used the wax strips and I instantly had hairless thighs...waxing has come a long way since my mom tried it! Yay for technology..and Nad's! 

    www.nads.com 
  • Boots Botanics Organic Rosewater Toning Spritz ionic clay mask shine away certified fabulous reviewBoots Botanics

    Boots Botanics Organic Rosewater Toning Spritz / Boots Botanics Shine Away Ionic Clay Mask  

    I really enjoyed using a spritz toner to freshen up my face. I love using this when I don't wear makeup and need a mid-day cleaning booster! Cooling, refreshing and cleansing without drying out my skin. Plus I can't resist the scent of rose!!!!

    The Ionic Clay Mask is a mineral-rich oceanic clay mask containing a negative electrical charge which acts like a magnet, helping to draw deep-rooted impurities out of the skin without drying. With that definition who wouldn't want to try this product out?! This is a great summer mask because of the extra sweaty, oily skin I get with the ever changing temperatures...plus living in a 2nd floor apartment really traps in the heat! One days I know I was pouring out sweat I love to relax and apply this mask to detox my skin while I cool down from the day. 

    http://us.boots.com 
  • LOCCITANE candle foam face wash devine eyes almond body oil shower perfume certified fabulous reviewL'OCCITANE EN PROVENCE

    Angelica Lemon Ultra Foaming Cleanser / Divine Eyes / Fleur d'Or & Acacia Perfumed Candle / Almond Shower Oil / Verbena Eau de Toilette

    One of my FAVORITE brands! I have loved every single product I have tried from this brand and I think it is worth the splurge! Quality that works! The foam cleanser is luxurious and contants angelica extract which is well known for it's effectiveness on skin hydration and vitality with organic lemon essential oil for its notable astringent action. It stays in my shower so I can use it every time I'm getting clean :) While in there I adore the Almond Shower oil to wash with because it supplies immediate and long lasting hydration. This shower oil transforms, when in contact with water, into a delicate foam that gently cleanses the body and the scent is incredible! It is my favorite in-shower cleanser + hydrator! I can't express my love enough for this! 

    The Divine eye cream is a fresh, creamy eye gel that helps smooth fine lines and firms the fragile eye area by harnessing the unique anti-aging properties of the everlasting immortelle flower and a new botanitcal booster of 7 plant-derived active ingredients. It applies flawlessly and leaves my eyes youthful and bright! The Verbena perfume gives a fresh, easy-going scent that is the definition of me in the summer...the feelings I get when I smell the aroma is a very positive and happy feeling. Of course the candle smells just as scented and alluring as it fills my home with a fresh, floral aroma that everyone I have over comments.

    Brilliant and flawless products from a top brand.

    http://usa.loccitane.com 
  • JOSIE MARAN Argan Hot Oil Self-Heating Hair Treatment certified fabulous review beautyJOSIE MARAN Cosmetics

    Argan Hot Oil Self-Heating Hair Treatment

    WOW...that's my first impression after using just ONE of these oil treatments! I once again underestimated a product and when I finally get around to trying it I am blown away and left wondering why I haven't been using it sooner. 

    Made Vitamin-E-rich with 100% Pure Argan Oil, one little tube packs in a ton of hair repair and strengthening powers!! It was a truly delightful and relaxing shower experience to apply to my hair and feel the immediate warming. After leaving it on for a few minutes I rinsed it and and my hair was already noticeably different. I could brush through it easily and it my color looked intensely shine and healthy. In fact, the next day when I went to work everyone was commenting on my hair and asking what I did! I have been trying to get my hair back to it's old self again after I tortured it in an over-bleaching situation last summer....I have found the secret!

    www.josiemarancosmetics.com 
  • CloSYS all products toothpaste mouthwaste tounge teeth fresh mint certified fabulous review
    CloSYS oral health care

    CloSYS Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste / CloSYS Alcohol-Free Oral Rinse / CloSYS Fresh Breath Oral Spray / Tongue Cleaner / Toothbrush

    The great thing about this brand? Their products do Not contain sulfates, triclosan or gluten. Another unique feature, the CloSYS Toothpastes are one of a few that DOES NOT contain the foaming agent, sodium lauryl sulfate(SLS) which is commonly used, but has been linked to canker sores. Plus, CloSYS Antiseptic Oral Rinse is ALCOHOL Free so there is no burning or drying. This is an oral care company that actually cares about your overall health and not just if you have white teeth no matter what risky ingredients are used to make that happen. 

    I found the collection to be very non-abrasive and had minimal taste. If you are a person that needs a strong burst of mint flavor in your oral products they also include a Flavor Control dropper to add in more mint...clever huh? So take your time and take care of you mouth...tongue included (if you use the scrapper! hah)

    www.closys.com

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Week 2: I noticed after about 2 weeks from my 1st treatment the hair actually rubbed off on a washcloth… amazing difference there is less and less hair.

Treatment #2

Week 8:  I’ve just had my 2nd laser treatment on my underarm area, similar to the 1st treatment.

 I felt a slight warming sensation with no discomfort at all. The process takes only a few minutes. I am following up with applying hydrocortisone cream to my underarms and the area feels great.

As I had mentioned in my prior review they use the latest laser technology.

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  • Elen
    Elen says #
    I just had my 1st session of laser hair removal with this equipment..thanks for sharing your experience..
  • Elina
    Elina says #
    thanks for sharing such a useful post, as i am looking for laser hair removal and your post gives me very nice information. if you
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American Laser Skincare www.americanlaser.com

I have tried so many different types of hair removal from tweezing, shaving to waxing. Some of these can be very painful, leaving bumps or ingrown hairs etc. I must share my recent hair removal experience with you. I wanted to find a permanent hair removal method. Can you envision never having to tweeze, shave or wax anywhere on your body ever again? It is possible and not painful, especially with American Laser Skincare!

I scheduled an appointment at their center in Orlando, Florida and I must admit I was a little uncertain, not knowing what to expect. I had my initial consultation where we discussed all of my options. They have the most advanced laser technology available and the staff was incredibly well informed on the different techniques and treatments. They explained the procedure and the types of the cutting-edge technology GentleMax Pro®, which incorporates a unique cooling system which works synergistically with the laser in cooling the skin…Perfectomundo! With older equipment you would have felt a slight heated/ burning sensation, but not with this advanced technology in GentleMax Pro®. The people at American Laser Skincare clearly explained exactly what I could expect over the next few weeks and months.

And now for the treatment: the technician prepared my under arms, which is normally a ticklish and sensitive area for me. She commenced with the treatment and explained to me just what was happening. I must admit I found it to be a pleasant experience, no pain, no discomfort just a warming sensation. After the first week I noticed my under arm hair thinning out. The great part is you can still shave the areas that are being treated until the process is complete. It is so exciting at the thought of never having to shave again! I look forward to trying other body parts…

The American Laser Skincare site will give you detailed information about the GentleMax Pro® laser, which is able to achieve multiple targets effectively. The GentleMax Pro® is a single consolidated system consisting of two fast and powerful lasers: the Alexandrite and the YAG. This unique dual laser system delivers customized results on all skin types. GentleMax Pro® works by using laser technology to deliver a controlled amount of intense energy to the targeted area, safely and effectively destroying follicles without harming the skin around them. And it’s gentle. In fact, the system’s cool pulse provides increased comfort during treatment. This entire process has been amazing so far! I definitely recommend going for a consultation. They have approximately 130 different locations. I will continue to keep you posted on my results throught the whole process!

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What is an epilator? An epilator is an electrical device used to remove hair by mechanically grasping multiple hairs simultaneously and pulling them out. The way in which epilators pull out hair is similar to waxing. Epilation can be painful to some people because, as with waxing, it involves pulling hair out of the roots. (Web Source

I have never used an epilator before but I know they have come a long way since they first launched onto the beauty scene! The latest in epilator technology I reviewed (for a 30 day challenge) is Philips: Satin Perfect Epilator! The 30-Day Beach Ready Challenge was for me to use this epilator for 30-days and report my findings to you. 

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First, like waxing, you need to have some hair growth already developed so it is able to grasp hairs to pull. I charged the epilator overnight, a recharge only takes 1 hour, and it remains charged for 40 minutes of continual use cordless! 

Pre-Epilation care is recommended, so just gentle exfoliate to remove dead skin cells before. Using the epilator right after a shower is best since skin is cleanest then. 

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Spring is here!  Living in Maine makes one look forward to the first 70 degree day like no other. Winters are so long and dark, by the time spring finally arrives the thought of hot sunny beach days distracts my thoughts. It is also a time to start thinking about beginning another summer hair removal routine. Let’s face it, the easiest way to manage the unwanted hair is to create a routine which involves good products to make the experience easy, and pain free. Women have been removing unwanted hair for thousands of years, for a variety of reasons.

Archaeologists believe that the earliest razors used for hair removal were made of flint. These "blades" have been discovered in many excavations of prehistoric human dwellings and may date as far back as 30,000 B.C. Metalworking advancements developed in Egypt, India and Greece in 3,000 B.C. introduced the first permanent and reusable razors. It was these metal razors and modified versions of them that would be used for centuries to come, through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and into the Victorian era. Many of the earliest forms of hair removal were related to other body modification rituals, including piercing and body art. For many primitive tribes, hair removal could be seen as a form of tribal status and wealth. Nowadays, hair removal has become much more a part of vanity grooming, with various social stigmas being attached to different types of hair removal.

05202013 Sexy Summer Legs Certified Fabulous

It began with the May, 1915 edition of Harper’s Bazaar magazine that featured a model sporting the latest fashion. She wore a sleeveless evening gown that exposed, for the first time in fashion, her bare shoulders, and her (shaved) armpits. Shocking at first, this soon caught on. At the same time a marketing executive with the Wilkinson Sword Company, which made razor blades for men, designed a campaign to convince women that underarm hair was unfeminine. By 1917 the sales of razor blades doubled as women conformed to this feminine stereotype of shaving under their arms.

The trend has continued. The average amount of time a woman will shave in her lifetime is 7,718 times, the average amount of time per shave is 10.9 minutes.  That’s an average of 322 days per lifetime dedicated to shaving our legs and armpits. Lucky for me, I was given some amazing shaving products that will make all of this shave time much easier.

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    Sheena Eaton says #
    I absolutely love the Venus and Olay razor! I will never use another razor again!!
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    Nathan Horn says #
    I will admit to being a history geek. I love learning the origin of modern things. I enjoyed reading this article a lot... even t
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