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Sweet summertime is finally here and like most people, the Certified Fabulous team is ready to get outside and enjoy the every bit of the beautiful weather that we can. Protecting your skin from the sun is very important as it may prevent dark spots, premature aging, and more importantly skin cancer. Because of this, we have been very busy putting many SPF products to the test to find out which ones meet all of our standards and would make a great go-to option for our readers. After much research, testing, and a lot of sunbathing, we have narrowed it down to a few different products that we all agree are our favorites. 

  • Olay Total Effects Feather Weight Moisturizer $17.99 

    & Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening & Protecting Lotion with SPF 15 $25.99


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    Olay Total Effects entire line is wonderful, but the Feather Weight Moisturizer SPF 15 is an essential for everyday skin care. This moisturizer makes a great lightweight primer for your face and can be applied alone or worn under makeup. It applies smoothly and feels hydrating immediately but also absorbs quickly leaving your skin moisturized and healthy without leaving a greasy residue. The Feather Weight Moisturizer provides seven benefits to your face, including plumping wrinkles and fine lines, brightening as well as evening skin tone, diminishing the appearance of pores, lightening dark spots, enhancing skins elasticity, and restoring moisture. If used as part of your daily routine, not only are you protecting your skin from aging and further sun damage, you are also helping to heal prior damage that may have already happened. If you already have some dark spots the Olay Regenerist Luminous brightening & protecting lotion with sunscreen is a wonderful moisturizer to use with the added protection of SPF 15 which provides UVA and UVB protection to help prevent early aging. This moisturizer is designed to visibly fade the look of dark spots for a more even skin tone.
  • Bioelements Sun Diffusing Protector SPF 15 $41.00

    & Bioelements SPF 50 FaceScreen $53.50

    bioelementsspfimageAnother product that stood out to many of us is the Bioelements Sun Diffusing Protector and FaceScreen SPF 50. These sunscreens are both designed to protect from both UVA and UVB rays to give skin full protection from harmful rays. With the higher SPF in the FaceScreen, it is an ideal option if you are spending time outside and want to keep your face protected and healthy. "After applying this moisturizer and then sitting in the sun all day, my skin was left looking glowing and tanned, without any redness or tenderness" – Certified Fabulous Team member Heather. Keep in mind that it is always good to reapply SPF throughout the day.
  • HydroPeptide Solar Defense SPF 30 $44.00

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    HydroPeptide Solar Defense SPF 30 is a skin tone adjusting, moisturizing, facial sunscreen. Made with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, HydroPeptide is a physical barrier sunscreen, meaning that the formula actually creates a physical barrier between sun rays and your skin to protect from burning as well as keeping the heat out of the skin. This is another great option if you have any sort of skin sensitivity or inflammation. Ingredients such as acai, green tea, and aloe make-up this nutrient rich sun block helping to seal moisture into your face leaving a matte finish without any oily residue. The combination of ingredients give the lotion a nice scent and doesn't smell like the typical chemical filled sunblock, it is actually pleasant smelling. One of our favorite benefits of the HydroPeptide is that when applied to your face, it "self-adjusts" to the color of your skin tone. This Solor Defense will also reduce the look of blotchy redness and can take the place of wearing a foundation. The blend of ingredients helps to fight off acne and minimize the premature signs of aging all while protecting your skin from the harmful sun rays.

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I would be willing to bet that sunblock is one of the most neglected steps in everyone’s daily skin care routine. Now I don’t have any statistics on it, but from my own experience, I can tell you it is absolutely neglected. I never feel prettier than when I have a nice glowing tan, but I have to constantly remind myself that I will not be feeling so pretty when I am covered in wrinkles and sun spots. This summer I am going to commit to wearing sunblock on my face. I'm going to load my face up with antioxidants, moisture, and healing benefits that so many sunscreens are made with. We at Certified FABULOUS have reviewed some great sunscreens made specifically for the delicate facial skin. All of these are wonderful for minimizing the looks of fine lines, preventing further skin damage, and keep our faces from aging before our time. All of the products listed protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. Protect by Honor MD, Sun Visor by Goldfaden MD, Bioelements FaceScreen, and HydroPeptide Solar Defense are four great products that will help you keep your skin safe and well cared for during any of your summer adventures.

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    Protect by Honor MD is a SPF 20 moisturizer that would be great for everyday use. This feels more like a moisturizer than a sunblock. Protect has a nice light smell that leaves only a faint and refreshing scent behind. It absorbs into your skin quickly and doesn't leave behind a greasy residue at all. Protect is made as an anti-aging product and reduces the formation of wrinkles on your skin and face.
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    Sun Visor made by Goldfaden MD Skincare is an oil and fragrance free sunscreen. Sun Visor is a wonderful sunblock to use daily on your face because it is said to prevent sun damage that leads to fine lines as well as dark spots, and is made with organic red tea which is full of antioxidants that your skin needs. Sun Visor is made oil-free and blends into your skin nicely and leaves your face feeling ultra-moisturized with only a light coverage. Another great feature about Sun Visor is that its main ingredients are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which means that it the sunblock creates an actual physical barrier between the UVA/UVB rays, and your skin. This is perfect for anyone trying to steer clear of certain chemicals or are looking for this type of protection.
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    HydroPeptide Solar Defense is another physical barrier sunblock. Made with Green Tea, Acai, Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, Solar Defense smells great and is also loaded with great antioxidants for your skin. HydroPeptide Solar Defense offers long lasting hydration and protection for your skin to keep your skin from aging prematurely, without making your face look or feel oily. HydroPeptide Solar Defense is SPF 30 and is also gluten-free, paraben-free, phthalate and sulfate-free.
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    If you are looking for a face sunscreen with a higher SPF, Bioelements SPF 50 FaceScreen would be a perfect moisturizer to try. This sunscreen is much thicker, like a night cream, and provides a bit heavier coverage on your face. When applied, it rubs in smoothly, and leaves with you a hydrated, dewy look. Bioelements FaceScreen is made to be non-irritating, non-allergenic and non-sensitizing, which makes it the perfect option for anyone with skin sensitivities or sensitive skin conditions. Bioelements FaceScreen helps to prevent fine lines and wrinkles from forming due to over exposure to the sun, and helps to decrease the risk of skin cancer and early aging.

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It's time to do some spring cleaning!!! With all the dirt and dust flying around, do not forget to take care of your face! One of the best things you can do for your skin is to cleanse morning and night. Getting rid of the daily dirt, oil and makeup residue will help you maintain a much healthier and clearer complexion. The Certified Fabulous team put some great cleansers to the test, and we wanted to share our results. These next three facial cleansers went above and beyond your basic cleanser, with different delivery systems and varying benefits. Here is what we found:

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derma e Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Cleanser

Key Features:

Anti-Wrinkle Gel Cleanser
This cleanser comes in a bottle with a pump, very easy to use. 

Ingredients: Vitamin A and Glycolic Acid

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Now that Spring is officially here, the Certified Fabulous Team has realized it is time to firm up our skin and get ready to bare it all (or at least our legs)! There are a number of different types of firming products on the market, so what type of firming product should you use? We found 3 different types of products that are all firming but accomplish this is different ways and have their own specific benefits. Scroll through to find  one that's right for you!

 

  • HydroPeptide Firming Moisturizer Slimming Body Rejuvenation 

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    Key Features:

    Anti-Aging Body Cream
    Bottle with Treatment Pump
    Ingredient: Acetyl Hexapeptide-39

    Benefits:

    If you're looking for a firming treatment with hydration, look for a firming moisturizer like this one. Not only will you benefit from the firming and skin smoothing ingredients, but a creme or moisturizer will also give you extra hydration and help rejuvenate your skin. HydroPeptide Firming Moisturizer will help decrease the appearance of scars, discoloration, stretch marks and wrinkles. Your skin will look and feel smoother and firmer. 
    This is great to use in addition to your regular body lotion in the winter - this skin smoothing and rejuvenating treatment plus your regular moisturizer will help you beat dry, worn skin this winter and will have you ready to bare those legs come spring!

    Highlight Ingredient: Acetyl Hexapeptide-39: Diminishes imperfections on the skin surface by reducing the fat nodules responsible for cellulite. 




  • Mio The Activist Firming Active Body Oil

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    Key Features: 

    Resilience-Building Antioxidant Body Oil
    Glass Bottle with Treatment Pump
    Ingredient: Cranberry Seed (Vaccinium Macrocarpon) Oil

    Benefits: 

    Another firming treatment with hydration is Mio The Activist which is a body oil. Apply to damp skin after the shower and this body oil will seal in the extra moisture to help strengthen, moisturize and nourish dry, tired, skin. The vitamins and antioxidants will help firm up your skin and restore elasticity.  Additional benefits -  the oil allows you to use massage like motions to help boost circulation and give your skin more oxygen and ability to quickly absorb the skin strengthening nutrients. 

    Highlight Ingredient: Cranberry Seed (Vaccinium Macrocarpon) Oil is a great source of Omega-3 and Omega - 6 fatty acids. This ingredient will help moisturized, condition and smooth skin.
  • Bliss Hide & Glow Sleek 

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    Key Features: 

    Firming and Luminous Tinted Body Spray
    Metal Bottle with Sprayer
    Ingredient: Caffeine 

    Benefits:

    Looking to cover up and firm up your skin? This tinted body spray will give you immediate and long term results so you can bare your skin with confidence! The tinted color includes light diffusers that will help hide and smooth any imperfections for instantly smoother looking skin. You also have the benefit of peptides and caffeine ingredients that will help firm and tone your skin over time, reducing the appearance of unsightly cellulite. The sprayer is also super helpful to get good, even coverage!

    Highlight Ingredient: Caffeine has a dehydrating effect to tighten the skin and reducing the appearance of cellulite. Caffeine is renowned for it's circulation-boosting and firming effects. 
     

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The dry winter months are really doing a number on my skin, and I am not alone. Everyone who knows me, and who knows that I develop skincare for a living has asked me “what should I use to hydrate my dull, dry skin during the winter months?” Many products claim to hydrate and nourish, but when investing on a moisturizer, a product that does what it claims to do is preferable. Hydropeptide Power Lift Advanced Ultra-Rich Moisturizer is an amazing product which claims to “target visible signs of aging and quench dry skin”. We tested this product and experienced the following results.

After cleansing, a pea sized amount was applied to the face and neck. This moisturizer is incredibly thick and rich, and was instantly hydrating. It is important to use the recommended amount of this product. One of our testers used too much, and too much of a good thing is never good. After the first use, Hydropeptide Power Lift Advanced Ultra-Rich Moisturizer left our dry skin feeling “quenched”, nourished and thoroughly moisturized. We noticed an improvement in the tone and texture of skin as well after using for 2 weeks. Skin felt “hydrated” and there was the appearance of fine lines were visibly diminished after 2 weeks.

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HydroPeptide Power Lift Advanced Ultra-Rich Moisturizer MSRP $96.00

  

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Give the gift of beautiful skin this holiday season with these fabulous skincare kits! 

Scroll through using the arrows to see our favorite skincare kits!

 

 

 

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  • Zumba® Party in Pink racerback tank and Party in Pink bracelets

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    Exercising four or more hours per week has not only been proven to help weight loss efforts, but it can also decrease hormone levels which help to lower the risk of developing breast cancer.* (* information source found HERE)

    With Zumba wear’s Party in Pink collection, fashionistas can proudly wear their support to the gym or on the streets.


    ZUMBA WEAR COLLECTION PROCEEDS INFORMATION:
    • 30% of proceeds from Zumba wear’s “Party in Pink” collection benefits Susan G. Komen For the Cure®.
    • In 2013, Zumba announced the Zumba Global Research Grant for Breast Cancer Prevention, the first ever medical research grant named for the Zumba program toward preventative research. Zumba aims to raise $3 million over a three year period (2013-2015) to help fund this leading-edge research to prevent breast cancer before it starts, in partnership with Susan G. Komen.
    • For three months (August-October), Zumba Instructors worldwide will be hosting Party in Pink™ Zumbathon® charity events to raise funds for the Zumba Global Research Grant for Breast Cancer Prevention in partnership with Susan G. KomenZumba Fitness will donate 75% of tickets sales from Party in Pink™ Zumbathon® charity events held by ZIN™ members.

    Shop the Party in Pink Collection by CLICKING HERE!

  •  HydroPeptide: Perfectly Pink - Perfecting Gloss Set
    BCA HydroPeptide Perfecting Lip glosses certified fabulous
    HydroPeptide: Perfectly Pink - Perfecting Gloss Set contains HydroPeptide’s Perfecting Gloss: Lip Enhancing Treatment in both shades – Beach Blush and Nude Pearl. This gloss works to restore lip fullness, volume and definition within minutes while enhancing long-lasting suppleness and hydration. A triple-sized hyaluronic acid complex and warming peptide enhance lip volume immediately by improving elasticity, hydration and helping to smooth the appearance of wrinkles. A plumping peptide supports collagen synthesis for lips that stay supple and look fuller between applications. Niacin, also known as vitamin B3, dilates blood vessels and creates a sensation of warmth for a pinker, more youthful-looking pout!



    This year, $5.00 from the sale of each duo sold during the month of October will be donated to the Personal Care Products Council Foundation for the benefit of their Look Good Feel Better program. Additionally, HydroPeptide donates the expertise of the company’s in-house estheticians to conduct Look Good Feel Better workshops. Made possible by the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, these workshops deal with the cosmetic effects of chemotherapy.


  • INNI Breast Cancer Awareness nail wrap

    Inni Nail wrap BCA promo info certified fabulous
    Inni has designed five exclusive charity nail wraps that promote breast cancer awareness through the signature pink ribbon motif. By donating as little as $5 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through www.inni.com/bca , you will receive the INNI Breast Cancer Awareness nail wrap design of your choice.


    ** You may also go to the main Inni nails website (www.inni.com), search using the term BCA to choose a design, and put in the code BCA at checkout to contribute $5 (or more) to the Breast Cancer Research foundation!


    www.inni.com/fightbreastcancer
     

    www.inni.com/campaign1 

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  • olay fresh effects makeup remover wipes 2014

    OLAY Fresh Effects {S’wipe Out!} Refreshing Make-Up Removal Cloths
     


    Gentle everyday cleansing that’s on-the-go. Fresh and swift, these pre-moistened wipes are covered in cottony-soft cleansing pockets that lift away dirt and makeup—even Waterproof mascara!—in a flash.

    * Makeup removing cloths are a necessity in my opinion and these definitely bring some cleaning power to my face when I need to get clean at the end of the day! Olay has been a brand used by generations of women in my family and I, without a doubt, continue to use the brand because it has always (and still does) perfect the skin and protects it from aging. If you saw my grandmothers skin you would never guess her age...her secret is solely Olay! 

    www.olay.com 


  • Clarisonic - Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing certified fabulous review
    Clarisonic: Mia

    What is it: It's your 60-second trip to the spa, every day. The Clarisonic Mia uses sonic technology that works with the natural elasticity of the skin. Oscillating back and forth at a sonic frequency that produces 300 movements per second, a flexing action is created between the outer and inner brushes that works deeply and gently to loosen dirt and oil, cleansing so effectively that skin-care products absorb better. Clinical results include six times more makeup removed than manual cleansing. It also works to reduce the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles, and addresses oily areas, dry skin patches, and skin tone.

    Who is it for: Because not all skin is the same, neither are Clarisonic brush heads. The included deep pore cleansing brush head and sensitive brush head provide an easy introduction to sonic cleansing. But Clarisonic also makes a variety of interchangeable brush heads for specific facial skin types and conditions.

    Why is it different: Cleansing the skin more thoroughly removes impurities trapped in pores. Once those obstructions are removed, skin-care products can absorb better, making skin much more receptive to treatments, lotions, and serums.

    How do I use it: Traditional methods of cleansing don't get your skin as clean as you'd think. Using sonic technology, the Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System works with skin's natural elasticity to gently remove the impurities traditional methods leave behind--leaving skin softer, smoother, and more beautiful.

    * You've seen it around, it's been out for a while now. Why haven't you bought one?! I attribute the improved (now nearly perfect) quality of my skin to this amazing invention! My skin completely cleared up and it smoothed out the texture so much! I tell everyone I know they need to own one, the benefits greatly outweigh the price...I would pay WAY more for it considering it made me feel better about myself and my skin forever!  

  • Bliss - Micro magic spa-powered microdermabrasion treatment certified fabulous
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    Magical (YES) microdermabrasion treatment contains skin-smoothing volcanic pumice, conditioning vitamin E and soothing aloe that help gently treat the appearance of dullness and surface imperfections to give your skin a fresher, softer, more revitalized look and feel for spa-perfect results at home.

    * Holy freaking AMAZING!!! This product blew me away and gave me the best cleaning / polishing my face has ever had (apart from my Clarisonic of course)! It completely surprised and amazed me and I HIGHLY recommend this to everyone looking for at at-home microdermabrasion treatment. FABULOUS!

  • Hydropeptide clarifying toner pre treatment toner anti-aging wrinkle serum antioxidant certified fabulous
    HydroPeptide: PRE-TREATMENT TONER  - Balance and Brighten

    Pre-treats skin with 6 peptides including a Triple Action Collagen Peptide, Relaxing Peptide, Antioxidant Peptide, Moisture-Binding Peptide and Preservative peptides for superior anti-aging results. 

    * Excellent toner! I use this at night after I cleanse my face, then apply the toner before my serums and creams.  I love toners and use them at least once a day, I feel like they are an important part of a skin care routine. HydroPeptide has amazing products that work exactly the way they claim to and I have been a fan ever since I first experienced the brand :)

    HydroPeptide: HYDROSTEM+6  - Stem Cell Antioxidant Serum

    Amino Peptides, Botanical Stem Cells, Niacin, Hyaluronic Acid - This powerful age-defying treatment unites rejuvenating peptides with six antioxidant-rich botanical stem cells that guard against free radicals and create more radiant, ageless-looking skin. High performing hydrators nourish and restore moisture balance. Skin clarity and luminosity immediate improve while the appearance of fine lines and wrinkle diminish.

    * Fabulous serum!!! I love how it feels when applied and how well it absorbs into my skin forming a "shield" of protection on my face as it works it magic overnight to bring beautiful skin. It brings me instant gratification as well as overnight results that I love waking up to :)  

    HydroPeptide: CLARIFYING TONERBalance Control Pads

    Clarifying + Brightening Peptides, Azelaic + Lactic Acid, Canadian Willowherb - These anti-aging skin clarifying toner pads reveal healthy skin with renewing alpha hydroxy acids and a pore-cleansing peptide that will help create a flawless complexion.

    * I LOVE this toner, especially since it comes already to used with pre-moistened pads that you can take out of the jar and apply easily and anywhere. Each pad, from the first to the last, had the perfect amount of toner saturation and I only needed to use one for my whole face and neck. These are my favorite morning products to use. I wake up and swipe my face with a pad before I apply my lotions and I am good!!!  An absolute must have that never dried out skin, but keeps it balanced and properly hydrated without a slimy feeling. LOVE! 

    All Free of:

    - Gluten
    - Artificial Fragrance
    - Parabens
    - Phenoxyethanol
    - PEG’s
    - Phthalate
    - Sulfates

    http://shop.hydropeptide.com 
  • KORRES wild rose face  eye serum certified fabulous review beauty fall skincare

    KORRES wild rose face & eye serum

    An ultra-concentrated vitamin C face and eye serum that is clinically proven to brighten skin, smooth the look of fine lines, and improve skin texture

    KEY FEATURES & BENEFITS
    • Brighten skin, smooth fine lines, and even the skin texture with this potent natural serum.
    • Ultra-concentrated vitamin C found in wild rose helps to repair skin discolorations while boosting skin’s brightness and radiance.
    • Baobab tree extract, in combination with a wheat proteins agent, provides an instant firming and line-smoothing effect and has been clinically proven to considerably reduce the number, depth, and length of wrinkles.

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    I'm obsessed with Vitamin C in skincare, mainly because I have seen the results on myself so dramatically that I make sure I use it daily! This serum amazingly has sufficent Vitamin C as well as the aroma of rose :) I love applying this as my night treatment after I cleanse my skin. 
     
    www.korresusa.com 
  • Colgate enamel health toothpaste toothbrush certified fabulous
    Colgate Enamel Health Whitening’s dual action formula
    • Helps replenish natural calcium
    • Gently Polishes
    • Gently Whitens
    • Fights Cavities
    • Freshens Breath
    * This toothpaste has kept my teeth perfectly white and protects against staining of morning coffee and evening red wine! I am VERY impressed by the extreme clean I feel after and the bright, white smile looking back at me in the mirror :) The foaming action is incredible and you only need a dab to clean your whole mouth making it last a while!

    Colgate 360 Enamel Health SENSITIVE TOOTHBRUSH
    • 48% softer bristles
    • Helps protect enamel surfaces and gums
    • Cheek and tongue cleaner helps remove 98% more bacteria
    • Polishing cups help to gently remove stains
    • Raised cleaning tips help get into hard-to-reach-places
  • Primetime Smile - Smile Fresh pen certified fabulous reviewPRIME TIME SMILE Smile Fresh Pen in Sparkling Mint

    No matter where you are, or where you’re going…enjoy your coffee, tea, or tasty treats! A quick swipe of this minty gel freshens breath instantly, and fights stains to keep teeth white and shiny…so you’re always ready for anything!


    How To Use:
    • Twist dial until gel is visible on brush. (It may take many turns the first time.)
    • Brush gel onto teeth
    • Apply any time to freshen breath and polish teeth in seconds!

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    The perfect travel companion for your purse to use daily or when traveling to use when needed! I like it it freshens breath and protects against stains!! I make sure this is always where I am so I can use in any situation. 

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  • Gerard Cosmetics - COLOR YOUR SMILE LIGHTED LIP GLOSS WILD ORCHID Lorde certified fabulous trends
    Gerard Cosmetics - COLOR YOUR SMILE LIGHTED LIP GLOSS - Wild Orchid

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    Wow, was the first thought when I put this on! The color was so bright, pigmented and gorgeous I couldn't stop looking at it! The texture and wear feels like half lipstick, half gloss and it is stunning!  It lasted nearly all of my work day, I did freshen it up after lunch but only to enhance the color and boldness. When I posted a picture of me wearing it on Instagram my followers were impressed and wanting to own it for themselves :) If you want to be noticed wear this! <3 LOVE!


  • zumba wear FW2014

    Transfer the looks from the runway to the gym with Zumba® wear’s FW14 collection! From bold colors and funky prints, Zumba® wear offers a fashionable collection that hits the biggest trends from NYFW! 

    Funky Cropped Harem - Mesh tops and slouchy pants are back, as proven by the collections from Rag & Bone and Alexander Wang. Instead of hunting through your drawers for your t-shirt from ’96, freshen the look with the Funky Cropped Harem.

    * These pants are SO comfortable, it's like the new age sweat pant equivalent only more stylish, hah. 

    Tri-Me Zip-Up Hoodie - Escada, Prabal Gurung, and Narcisco Rodriguez showcased bright reds and sweet pinks in their collection. Get the sweetheart look with the Tri-Me Zip Up Hoodie.

    * Perfect style and feels comfortable to wear! I like the extra zippers on the shoulder for when you need some additional air ventilation. Perfect for the hot and cold fall weather changes! 

    www.zumba.com 

  • On October 15 be sure to check out the new Zumba shoe launch! The global multimedia fitness leader and creator of the acclaimed Zumba® fitness revolution is now bringing dance fitness fashion to your feet! Zumba‘s footwear collection available in an array of colors on zumba.com, zappos.com, amazon.com and in select Finish Line stores.

    zumba wear fw2014 fashion fitness workout clothes certified fabulous fall

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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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I love using a good at-home microdermabrasion and facial peel at least once a month, just to give my skin a whole new look of radiance with a glow. I always feel so refreshed after and my skin is brightened and renewed! At lot of the time after using these type of products my skin becomes dried out and I have to use super hydration products just to get the balance up to normal, which can take a few days. Having short hair now it makes my face the focus and center of attention whereas before it was my very long hair...so having my skin at it's best is important for my confidence in day to day situations. 

When the Hydropeptide Peel 1 & 2: Polish & Plump Peel came into the office I knew I had to try it, I would just make sure it was over a weekend and I had plenty of hydration products by my side just in case. 

The first step is to take the Hydropeptide Step 1 Polishing Crystals in the jar and apply to damp, clean skin massageing it in with circular motions for 1 to 3 minutes. The polish has a nice, clean citrus scent to it that was amazing! The polish was also very creamy and moistuizing as the small "scrubber" worked their magic and gently polsihed my face removing dead skin cells. The next step was to apply a thin layer of the Hydropeptide Peel 2 Plumping Activator serum directly onto the polishing crystals that were massaged all over the face.  A nice warm foam started to develop, almost like a meringue from a lemon pie! It was a nice soothing process to add as I massaged that around my face where the polishing crystals were. After a few minutes I rised it off with warm water and saw a fresh complexion looking back at me in the mirror :)

The best part about this duo? No intense moisturizing for days to retain my skins hydration balance! My face was in no way dried out, but perfectly normal! This amazed me and left me with great looking skin, how can you go wrong with that?!

If you are skeptical about at-home facial kits, microdermabrasion or facial peels I highly recommend you start with these products! 

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