A soft & lovely fragrance for the everyday perfume wearer.
"Dries down to a clean, powdery floral fragrance, perfect for everyday wear" Certified Fabulous Team Member, Linnea.
Father's Day is the time to honor and remember the men who are greatly responsible for bringing us into this world. If you are lucky, you have spent many years with these men who have helped form and mold you into the person you are today. Throughout the years they have taught you right from wrong, how to work hard, treat others with respect, have love and compassion for all things, and possibly how to be an amazing parent yourself. These great men have taken care of us and it is their turn to be spoiled.
The Certified Fabulous team recently tried some elegant men's products that could be the perfect father's day gift to give your guy. First let's talk about GOÁ Fine Skincare and Shaving products: this is a beautifully put together brand that incorporates ancient skin and hair treatments, aromatherapy, and new technology to fortify and enhance the effects of their products. This is a natural skin care brand that delivers skin enriching benefits to create a healthy, radiant complexion. Our men recently had the pleasure of trying the GOÁ Firming Shaving Cream from the Fine Ruffian Shaving collection.
This shaving cream is formulated as the ultimate prep cream for a wet or dry shave, providing a finer lather, ultra-hydration and anti-aging capabilities. It is created to shield the skin from irritation while firming and diminishing the look of expression lines thanks to the blend of botanical hyaluronic acid and rich conditioning oils. The formula feels amazing and goes on easily whether you use a shaving brush or your hands. His face will feel soft and luxurious and he will have no worry of razor bumps or irritation. Another great thing to love about this brand is they are 100% vegetarian, natural, nontoxic and do not test on animals. You can find the Firming Shaving cream at GOAcosmetics.com....
Everyone in the office gets excited when we receive a package from L'Occitane; products from L'Occitane are always beautiful and a special treat to use! We recently had the privilege of trying their new Peony Collection that launched May 11th. With wedding season fast approaching, we want to share with everyone these fabulous products that can be used when prepping for your own wedding or attending a wedding as a guest.
L'Occitane always focuses on perfection and they really hit the nail on the head with this line. It is beautifully packaged with amazing formulas to match. The Pivoine Sublime "Sublime Peony" collection includes five products formulated with plant based ingredients and L'Occitane's proprietary Perfecting Peony Complex.
The Peony is a beautiful flower with over 650 known varieties of this enchanting flower grown worldwide. Expert Jean-Luc Riviere has devoted over 13 years to develop a unique strand of peonies specifically for L'Occitane. Carefully cultivated in the foothills of the Vercors Mountains in Drôme region of France, L'Occitane captures the natural and unique essence of this rare flower in its Peony collection. The collection contains a patent-pending complex that includes a combination of peony extract and mineral based optical correctors that will help to visibly correct uneven textures and minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines.
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:
Anti-Wrinkle Gel Cleanser
This cleanser comes in a bottle with a pump, very easy to use.
Ingredients: Vitamin A and Glycolic Acid...
L'Occitane is an exceptional brand, with elegant packaging and amazing products to match. Here at Certified Fabulous we recently had the opportunity to try three of L'Occitane's beautiful fragrances and we were really enjoyed the diversity in these scents. There are so many fragrance options out there and we know choosing the right fragrance for yourself or for someone else as a gift can be a difficult process. These three scents offer a little something for everyone.
L'Occitane Jasmin & Bergamonte Eau de toilette (2.5 fl oz MSRP $75.00)
Evocative of a graceful, sensual dance, Jasmine& Bergamot Eau de Toilette offers the fragrance of a delicate flower blossoming in the light of dawn. Revealing the many facets of the jasmine flower, this eau de toilette blends absolutes from Grasse and Egypt. The addition of bergamote essential oil from Italy balances this floral fragrance with fruity notes....
L’OCCITANE EN PROVENCE
28 Day Divine Renewal Program
The 28 Day Divine Renewal Program packaging is quite beautiful, it comes in a gold colored box. Inside are 4 rows of ampoules: Weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4. The directions are easy to follow and the product has a user friendly application, with all pre-measured 1ml dose ampoules. These ampoules can be applied to your face, neck and décolleté.
This product has a unique four step process. Each ampoule is recommended to use weekly and they are clearly marked to be used from Week 1 to Week 4. The scents/aromatherapy is wonderful and each ampoule has a different & unique scent, none of which are overpowering. These unique oils smell and feel wonderful.
The recommended usage:
Is fragrance on your Valentine's Day list this year? Looking for one to wear on that special night out? Or perhaps a gift for your best Galentine? Well in the spirit of Valentine's Day we've rounded up a set of lovely sweet & floral fragrances! We've tried them all out to ensure they smell as beautiful as their descriptions claim!
A soft & lovely fragrance for the everyday perfume wearer.
"Dries down to a clean, powdery floral fragrance, perfect for everyday wear" Certified Fabulous Team Member, Linnea.
Not your typical Celebrity Fragrance. Perfect "Galentine's" gift, or keep to yourself to spice up your evening perfume.
Taylor Swift Incredible Things
MSRP: $39.50 (1.1 fl. oz)
Top: vanilla orchid, suede flower, creamy musk
Mid: pink pepper, sparkling grapefruit and wild passion flower
Base: white amber, intoxicating Madagascar vanilla and Haitian vetiver
"This will appeal to mothers and daughters alike" Certified Fabulous Team Member, Sara
Feel like a classic Italian Beauty searching for her dream romance with this sweet, romantic fragrance.
Midnight Romance by Ralph Lauren
MSRP: $94.00 (3.4 fl. oz)
Sweet & Fruity
Get ready to hit the dating scene with confidence with this fruity & musky fragrance.
Flower by Drew Barrymore
MSRP: $24.98 (1 fl. oz)
"It is really pretty and something I can wear every day" Certified Fabulous Team Member, Stacey
Sweet & Sexy
Take your seduction up a notch with this candied & spicy fragrance.
Juicy Couture Hollywood Royal
MSRP: $72.00 (2.5 fl. oz)
Top: candied apple, juicy pear and pomelo
Mid: jasmine sambac, gardenia Brazil NP and tuberose fleur firnat
Base: cashmere wood, vanilla, marshmallow and soft musks
"A fun perfum that you can wear day to night" Certified Fabulous Team Member, Jessie
Give the Gift of Amazing Skin and Hair with These 4 Fabulous Holiday Sets
Time is running out to get holiday shopping done! But don't panic! We have picked out some of our favorite holiday sets to share with you. Scroll through by using the arrows to get some amazing last minute gift ideas.
VOLUMEA Volumizing Gift Set
Included in the Set:
VOLUMEA volumizing shampoo (6.8 fl. oz.)
VOLUMEA volumizing conditioner (5.1 fl. oz.)
VOLUMEA volumizing conditioning spray — no rinse (4.2 fl. oz.)
Set Available for $70 (Valued at $117)
SOAP & GLORY Full Clean Ahead Gift Set
MOROCCAN OIL Luxurious Hydration Gift Set
L’OCCITANE en provence Voyage en Provence Gift Set
This set contains:
1.7 oz Shea Butter Milk Soap
1.7 oz Shea Butter Ultra Rich Shower Cream
1.7 oz Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Lotion
1 oz Shea Butter Hand Cream
0.3 oz Shea Butter Foot Cream
0.3 oz Almond Delicious Hands
0.3 oz Cherry Blossom Hand Cream
0.3 oz Verbena Eau de Toilette
1.7 oz Verbena Shower Gel
1.7 oz Verbena Body Lotion
Equipped with a high performance 2000-watt Italian motor, the Portofino 6600 is enhanced with Nano Titanium™ technology to distribute heat evenly for optimal results. The negative ions generated by the dryer will remove any static electricity in the hair and close the cuticle for smooth, shiny results. *** If your going to use a hair dyer it might as well be a good one, right?! This BaByliss dryer distributes heat evenly which cuts back on time needed to dry your hair which saves you from hair damage. Plus it delivers superior shine...and let's face it, it's all about the shine!
L'OCCITANE Aromachologie Relaxing Bath & Shower Gel - Aromachologie body care collection combines essential oils with natural scents for moments of well-being.Made with essential oils, this soothing shower gel provides a true feeling of well-being. It transforms into a fine and delicate foam, which gently cleanses the skin without drying. Its soothing aromatic scent is 100% natural.
*** A completely relaxing shower experience that makes my night shower a soothing haven from the day. The aroma immediately puts me at ease and it's like I am at a spa in my very own home :)
L'OCCITANE Aromachologie Revitalizing Body Scrub - Aromachologie body care collection combines essential oils with natural scents for moments of well-being.This reinvigorating body scrub contains sugar crystals to slough away dead skin cells and reveal radiant skin. Its 100% natural scent offers proven energizing effectiveness.
*** A vibrant scented scrub that is my go-to for morning showers! It always has me leaving the shower in a good mood!
L'OCCITANE Bonne Mere Lemon Shower Gel - Enriched with lemon essential oil, this shower gel gently cleanses the body and perfumes it with a zesty and sunny fragrance, transporting you to an early morning stroll through the market of Menton, Provence.
*** I love lemon scented ANYTHING! This shower gel uplifts my mood and leaves me smelling like a sweet lemon...now who doesn't like that?! A luxurious addition to my lemon addiction!
L'OCCITANE Immortelle Precious Cream - L'OCCITANE has improved the best-selling Immortelle Precious Cream formulation into a triple-action anti-ager. The luxurious Immortelle Precious moisturizer helps diminish the appearance of wrinkles and maintain skin’s quality and smoothness, while Ruscus and Holly extracts have also been added to help even skin tone and relieve puffiness.
*** One of the very best facial creams I have tried yet! I already had the eye cream and was beyond excited to try the face cream since the eye cream was SO amazing! Remarkable results in just the first time! I am definitely loyal to L'OCCITANE and have never tried a product that was spectacular! <3
*** Not only does it have a cool name but it works! LOVE the scent and how it's organic so no harmful ingredients going on to protect me from BO :)
NORTH COAST Organics: Revolver - Revolver is unlike any other deodorant you will ever use. Revolver shoots down odor wherever it lurks and will never miss its target. Unholster Revolver today and send odor to an early grave. Although a ruthless killer [of odor], Revolver has a soul. He is made from only the finest, organic, all natural ingredients.
*** Yep, another awesome name to the collection of their deodorants that rock out the organics claim! Go get you some ;)
NORTH COAST Organics: naked - naked is formulated to be gentle on your skin and harsh on odor. naked uses the minimal amount of the finest, natural ingredients to ensure that you do not stink and your underarms are not harmed.
ingredients(Vegan): coconut oil*, carnauba wax*, arrowroot powder* & baking soda
The REDKEN Diamond Oil hair care line contains Redken’s Shine Strong Complex, featuring a nourishing blend of natural apricot, camelina and coriander oils to strengthen hair from the inside out. The formulas revive hair and restore vibrancy for impeccable shine.
REDKEN: Diamond Oil High Shine Shampoo (available in November) - Hair oil Shampoo for dry, damaged hair is a rich foaming cleanser that strengthens hair to prevent breakage while boosting smoothness & shine. Its formula is enriched with coriander oil, camelina oil and apricot oils. Hair is 3X stronger with 2X more shine. No more dry or damaged hair!
*** I LOVE the feel, scent and lathering this shampoo gives me and I end up with clean soft hair that is ready for me to condition :)
REDKEN: Diamond Oil High Shine Conditioner (available in November) - Hair oil Conditioner for dry & damaged hair by Redken contains essential oils like: coriander oil, camelina oil and apricot oils that moisturize, protect & detangle hair while reducing hair breakage.
*** Seriously loving the gel conditioner, it absorbs into all of my hair strands perfectly and leaves my hair flawlessly soft and shiny! Improves the look of my color by enhancing the shine...gorgeous.
REDKEN: Diamond Oil High Shine Airy Mist (available in November) - Featherlight oil enriched treatment that improves dull hair with intense shine power!
*** Definitely the ultimate finish to perfect hair...the cherry on top of the sundae being in liquid form as this leave-in, high shine conditioning treatment locks in all the greatness the shampoo & conditioner created in the shower. Vibrant, glossed hair that feels clean and refreshed...awakened! My new favorite hair care collection! xo
BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Blow Dryer
* Nano Titanium™ technology
* 2000-watt Italian AC motor
* 6 heat/speed settings
* Removable stainless-steel rear filter
* Limited 4-year warranty
* * Bonus: 3 concentrator nozzles and diffuser
Equipped with a high performance 2000-watt Italian motor, the Portofino 6600 is enhanced with Nano Titanium™ technology to distribute heat evenly for optimal results. The negative ions generated by the dryer will remove any static electricity in the hair and close the cuticle for smooth, shiny results.
*** If your going to use a hair dyer it might as well be a good one, right?! This BaByliss dryer distributes heat evenly which cuts back on time needed to dry your hair which saves you from hair damage. Plus it delivers superior shine...and let's face it, it's all about the shine!
Celebrate the flower of Queens with Roses et Reines Eau de Toilette. I like a fragrance with a story and this one really enhances the perfume. This fragrance is inspired by the four daughters of the Count of Forcalquier, all of who cherished roses (L’Occtaine). As the flowers were said to have made them queens, this fragrance includes their favorite roses – the Grasse rose, Bulgarian rose, Moroccan rose, and the Turkish rose (L’Occitante).
I love the smell of Roses and this eau de toilette has just the right amount without it being too overpowering. There’s a richness to the fragrance, but maintains light, floral, and fruity notes. This fragrance will be my go-to as we head into the end of summer and beginning of fall. It doesn’t have a musky or spicy scent, so it’s perfect for summer evenings, and it’s not too sweet that it can carry well into the fall. Although I love deep and intriguing fragrances, I’ve always wanted one that just smells like roses: something simple, elegant, and wearable. Thankfully I have found Roses et Reines and it now has a permanent front row spot on my bureau!
If you want to enhance the intensity and longevity of Roses et Raines, layer with Roses et Reines Beautifying Body Milk. If you just want to experience a touch of the fragrance throughout the day, Roses et Reines Hand & Nail Cream is perfect to carry in your purse.
How else can you feel like a queen other than using Roses et Reines? Well I think smooth skin is a good way to start. Upgrade your ordinary shave cream to Shaveworks Pearl Souffle Luxurious Shave Cream. Not only will this shave cream ensure a smooth shave, it also exfoliates, moisturizes, and soothes your skin. This shave cream includes capislow to minimize the appearance of hair growth, phytic and glycolic acid to exfoliate and reduce ingrown hairs, and mediacalm complex for moisturizing benefits. Herbal and botanical extracts also help heal and soothe your skin. After using this shave cream, I’m left with smooth, moisturized skin, and a longer lasting shave. I tend to get razor irritation and this is a great cream to reduce that irritation and redness. I now use this cream every time I shave!
There are many luxurious products that can make you feel, even just a little bit, like a queen, but these two have now established themselves as staples in my beauty routine!...
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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)
Summer can take a toll on hair and skin, and if you anything like me you tend to get a little lazier about upkeep in the warmer months. It's not that I stop caring, it's just I want to spend my time on enjoying the sun and fun! Now that we get ready to get back in the swing of things and get our heads out of the summer clouds it's time to take a good hard look at the damages done and see what we can do to start repairing.
We must first start the process in the shower so we can have a clean and fresh start to any look we want to create for the day.
Sun, sand, wind and chlorine is not your hair's best friend and by the end of August this starts to be painfully obvious when we struggle with our now dull, dried out tresses. I absolutely LOVED this collection because it foamed up my hair and left it feeling clean, but not stripped, in fact it was very hydrating and left my hair very manageable and easy to brush through. Containing a natural complex of 5 essential oils - Angelica, Lavender, Geranium, Ylang-ylang and Patchouli - plus wheat proteins that work together in synergy to help repair, strengthen, regenerate and soften dry and damaged hair. It will help deeply restore capillary fibers, soften and add silky luster to hair. I must add that I loved the packaging design as it is VERY shower friendly, just flip a little top cap which stays attached and squeeze to pour. The size of the bottles and caps make it easy to hold to avoid slipping out of you hands!...