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The ladies of the Certified Fabulous team are forever looking for ways to fight the unstoppable Father Time. No matter what our budgets are, we deserve skin care products that are going to fight that fight with us! The Certified Fabulous team has found some great products that will do just that.

Burt's Bees will always be a go to brand for many of us and we are happy to say the Intensive Firming Serum and Smoothing Eye Cream did not disappoint. Both come in a durable plastic bottle that can travel with you anywhere you go. The Hibiscus and Apple Rejuvenating Complex are clinically shown to reduce the look of deep wrinkles and help improve firmness by hydrating your skin and plumping the skin cells to minimize the appearance of all fine lines. My very favorite benefit of the smoothing eye cream is how instantly it helped reduce the dark circles under my eyes! After 8 weeks of use, over 86% of women said that they noticed a reduction in deep lines, wrinkles, and under eye discoloring and puffiness. Both are a very smooth, light cream that blend into your skin nicely for only $20 each.

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Another brand the team tends to get excited about is Clairvoyant Beauty. They have an amazing Hydrating Roses Cream face moisturizer and Rosewater Eye Cream. These creams have a very light rose scent that makes me want to bathe myself in it. The duo is rich in Vitamin B3 and instantly hydrates and softens your eyes and face. The eye cream is very smooth and has a refreshing cooling effect that feels amazing as soon as it is applied. The face cream is also very soft and fairly light weight making it a perfect moisturizer for year round use. These can be purchased together as an amazing gift set for just $25 or purchased in larger jars at $38 for the face moisturizer and $30 for the eye cream. Both are a good bang for your buck.

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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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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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When it comes to skincare, we've all heard of Olay. In my opinion, they have a pretty good reputation: quality products without breaking the bank. Most commercials I see for Olay have something to do with anti-aging (correct those dark circles, smooth out those wrinkles, etc.). But I'm not quite at the age when I need to use those products, so I never really looked into Olay as I thought it wouldn't suit my skin's needs at this time. Well if you've been thinking like me, I hope this article changes your mind or at least gets you thinking about giving Olay a try, because I have now tried a few Olay products and love them! I've seen a change in my skin consistently while using these products. 

Olay Regenerist Luminous: Tone Perfecting Cream

Olay Tone Perfecting Moisturizer 2Target Concern: fades the look of discoloration/dark spots (reduces appearance over time)

Benefits: Brightens, exfoliates, smoothes. Regenerates skin's appearance for healthy-looking, youthful luminosity.

I do not have dark spots, nor am I looking for more youthful skin necessarily, but I do need something to even out my skintone and to help brighten up my skin's appearance. And this cream is a great fit for my skin! Immediately after the first use I noticed my skin looked brighter, felt smooth & hydrated. When I continued to use the cream, my skin's complexion continued to get better; brightening up every day and  felt so smooth even when I washed my face at the end of the day. Another aspect that I really found to be great about this cream is the exfoliating benefits. At first I didn't really know what to expect from an exfoliating cream, but after I applied the cream, and let it dry, I then went to apply either an eye cream or my primer - in some places I noticed a clumping of product that gathered when I rubbed my skin - almost like a gommage - and that's when I really noticed the exfoliating benefits. This did not bother me as I simply took a dry towel and lightly wiped the areas where there was the gathered product/dead skin. This happened less and less after I continued to use the cream, so I really think it was renewing and exfoliating my skin until it was beautifully smooth! As a side note, this cream is quite scented when you use it, but when it dries it is not noticeable. Also this cream absorbed really well, and even though it is thick and creamy, it was in no way greasy!

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The Man Cave Company has an amazing line of products under their belt. Every item is specifically designed for the modern man concerned with his grooming and his environment. The two products I have tried out, the moisturizer and the shampoo, have two very awesome things in common: caffeine and shea butter. Individually these ingredients are great, but combined they make magic happen every morning.

Man Cave Shampoo 11.22.13 Certified Fabulous Man Cave Caffeine Shampoo

This shampoo is perfectly aromatic with a balance of cleansing and moisturizing agents. While using the shampoo I noticed a slight tingle to my scalp, presumably from the caffeine soaking in. This sensation added to the fresh scent of the lather to wake up my senses and get me ready for the day. This wasn't the only unexpected virtue of the Man Cave shampoo, because after rinsing I found that my hair was soft and smooth.  No conditioner was needed. The 12 essential oils and shea butter infused my hair with the healthy oils that other shampoos tend to strip out. The one step clean and added caffeine boost makes this shampoo awesome for sluggish mornings.

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Most moisturizers are pretty much the same. They all tote a long list of oils and butters, meant to enrich and nourish the skin. In this respect the Man Cave company has stuck to the main stream. Where they stand apart is the balance of these elements and the addition of caffeine to the mix.  Unlike their shampoo, I didn't feel a tingle while applying the lotion to my skin, but I did notice a slight invigoration (whether it was all in my head of from the caffeine in the moisturizer… I’m not sure… but it was there and I liked it!) The results of a morning application was a perfectly moisture rich face that stayed that way throughout the day - which is no easy feat in Maine during the cold winter months. This moisturizer held up against bitter winds and freezing temperatures without being defeated.

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Amarte Daily Wonder Cleansing Foam 10.10.13 Certified FabulousThe Amarté skin care icon has two interwoven hearts in harmony – a blending of eastern and western science

“Love yourself – Love your skin”

Amarté Daily Wonder Cleansing Foam

This is a very nice cleansing foam as a light weight whipped lotion. With 2 or 3 pumps it lathered nicely and removed all of my makeup leaving my skin feeling soft and clean, not tight or dry.

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Aegeia Daily Hydration Facial MoisturizerThis 100% natural line is my new go to skin care line and within just two weeks of use I’ve seen a noticeable difference in my skin. I had the pleasure of testing the Daily Hydration Facial Moisturizer from AEGEIA Skin Care. The light-weight moisturizer is free of the damaging effects of synthetics, parabens, toxins, and chemicals and works for all skin types.

The moisturizer actually creates a transparent, protective layer to seal in moisture and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Think of it as your secret weapon against UV rays, pollution and other environmental damage.

Anti-oxidants in the formula include Sesame Seed Oil and Vitamin E to counteract the harmful effects of free radicals. Additionally, the Sesame Seed Oil combined with Titanium Dioxide naturally helps to protect skin against the sun’s damaging UV rays. Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Aloe Vera provide ample moisture, and contain numerous healing properties.

Skin care technology is truly fascinating and the secret behind this particular product is the Sweet Almond Proteins, which represent the use of patented cross-linking technology that forms a smoothing film on the surface of the skin and provides an airbrushed, youthful surface. Essential oils fine-tune individual moisture levels while helping to combat acne, rosacea, eczema as well as the onset of age-spots, wrinkles, fine lines and uneven skin tones.

When perusing the company’s website, I was especially impressed by the Success Stories tab. The before and after photos were incredible and truly show how effective these products are!

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Weleda's Lavender Relaxing Body Oil has become my before bedtime ritual. The calming scent helps soothe a tired body and spirit after a long day. The relaxing blend helps restore skin's natural moisture barrier to soften skin, replace essential oils and melt away the stresses of your day.

Weleda Lavender Relaxing Body Oil 8.1.13This tension-taming oil is rich with organic lavender oil, known for its balancing and soothing fragrance, and known to help you fall asleep. The scent brings me back to being a child as many of the products my mother used during my bath time were infused with Lavender. Sweet almond and sesame seed oils are also infused into the product. The oil absorbs quickly into the skin so your pillow and sheets will not be stained with any excess residue. After continued use, I saw a noticeable difference is my skin's moisture levels and softness. Additionally, the scent truly brings me peace of mind and relaxation which is vital to a NYC girl!

Each evening, I massage a small amount into my skin after a shower. After massaging the oil into my skin in a circular motion, I am ready for a restorative sleep. The next morning I awaken to soft, beautiful skin and I'm convinced I'm getting a better night's sleep as a result of it.

What I love most about Weleda is that when they say "all natural" they mean all natural. Their products are free of synthetic preservatives, fragrances and chemicals. You never have to worry about toxins, additives or raw materials from mineral oils being included. The brand uses the purest wild-crafted, organically and Biodynamically cultivated ingredients. To ensure their ingredients maintain their innate potency, they harvest them quickly and then process them as little as possible, taking excellent care of them along the way. The brand is 100% certified natural and is now 100% certified fabulous!

Victoria

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I've been in need of a good moisturizer for a little while now, so I was excited when Vine Vera products came into the office and there was the Resveratrol Radiance Cream! It has been really humid lately here in Maine, so I wasn't sure how my experience would be trying a new moisturizer. I haven't been wanting to put anything on my skin in this heat, even if my skin is a little dry, and I didn't want the humidity to ruin my experience! I recently tried a sunscreen that felt like a thick greasy layer was sitting on my skin...gross!

Luckily, my experience was far different. The Vine Vera Resveratrol Zinfandel Radiance Cream is a good quality cream. Some key ingredients include Resveratrol (an ingredient found in red wine), Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and Green Tea. The cream helps even skin tone, and to reduce the appearance of dark spots and signs of aging. Because of my age, I can't attest to the anti-aging benefits, but as a cream in general it was exactly what I needed. It was not greasy, even in the midst of the summer heat, it absorbed nicely, and my skin felt hydrated, moisturized, and healthy! It has a nice rich texture that I will very much appreciate in the Fall/Winter months! This cream also smells wonderful! The richness in texture and scent, combined with the lovely packaging, make this a very luxurious skincare item!

Stay classy,

Linnea

VineVera Resveratrol Radiance Cream 7.23.13 Certified Fabulous

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Simple, the “Sensitive Skin Experts” have come out with three new great products that I cannot live without; Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes , Eye Make-up Remover Pads and Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15.

Simple Sensitive Skin Experts Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes certified fabulousI sometimes go out for a quick run at work and the Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes are an absolute must have for my face when I get back to my office. These generously sized wipes contain skin loving ingredients like zinc PCA and glycerin. Zinc PCA reduces the amount of sebum that the skin produces and refreshes the skin and helps to control shine. Glycerin helps hydrate and moisturize leaving the skin soft. Plus, after a run, the cool wipes feel great and immediately clear my skin of dirt. 25 wipes, about $6.

Simple Sensitive Skin Experts Protecting Light Moisturizer certified fabulousOf course before I go for that run or before I start my day for that matter, I always moisturize with a sunscreen. Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15 is perfect for my sensitive skin. Its oil-free, non greasy with no perfume or dyes. It feels velvety smooth and blends perfectly while protecting from UVA and UVB rays. $12

 

At the end of the day, it’s time to take it all off right? The Eye Make-up Remover Pads are awesome, the best I’ve used. They remove it all, including waterproof mascara! They don’t sting or irritate the eyes at all and as a pad of course, you can take them anywhere. 30 pads, also around $6.Simple Sensitive Skin Experts Eye Make-Up Remover Pads certified fabulous

Simple skincare products are dermatologist tested, non-comedogenic, and hypoallergenic and contain no animal derived ingredients. Now that’s pretty simple.

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    I absolutely love the eye makeup remover wipes! I just got some the other day! My amazing friend Billi recommended the brand to me
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    Sheena, you won't be sorry, the oil balancing wipes are great!
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Leave It, Love It

Hello readers! For this week’s blog, I had the chance to try out a leave in conditioner. Whenever I hear someone talk about leave in conditioner I usually think of a hair mask—a thick creamy conditioner to leave in your hair for a few hours. But that’s not what most “leave in conditioners” are, as I found out while researching for this blog. Most leave in conditioners are light and meant to stay in your hair throughout the day. The one I tried is called Acure Leave in Conditioner with Moroccan Argan Oil and Argan Stem Cells. I’ve recently been noticing that my hair needs some extra care in addition to regular conditioner (I could probably use a trim) especially on the ends– so this week’s topic has perfect timing!

Acure Leave in Conditioner is easy to use and takes just a minute to spray it on and comb it in. And manageable hairthat’s it! Leave it and let it work it’s magic! The description for the product says “Spray it in for all-day weightless moisture and protection that makes your hair manageable and moisturized.” This description is spot on with my experience of the product! It’s perfect for everyday use. I spray on a good amount and it’s light on my hair, doesn’t weigh it down or leave it feeling greasy at the end of the day. I focused on my ends (which need the most help) but I also sprayed closer to my roots to help tone down some frizz. It left my hair soft and tangle free! I rarely have time for more intense hair treatments so this product fit in great with my crazy schedule. I also love the smell – this lemongrass, ginger, rosemary combination leave a clean and refreshing scent! An added bonus—there’s no synthetic fragrance since Acre is natural, organic hair care—so I feel pretty good about using this product on my hair!

What are some of your preferred ways to condition your hair? With winter upon us, I will need all the conditioning tips I can get! Have a great week!

Linnea

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Hello Fabbers and Welcome to our favorite day of the week.  Ok, well maybe it's just my favorite day of the week.

It seems like the new buzz words are "anti-aging".  It can be in the foods that you eat or the products that you put on your face and body.  Recently in an article written for Skin, Inc., it is estimated that the Anti-Aging Industry will reach a $5 billion high by the year 2015.  There are so many products and so many choices, how do you know?

I recently came across a company called January Labs, www.januarylabs.com.  Their products are formulated to reduce the signs of aging thru meticulously choosing the correct ingredients. I love their Moisture Balancing Lotion.  I am very sensitive to what I put on my face.  Will it make my skin to oily or does the fragrance linger for too long and make me nauseous?  This lotion is light enough to wear every day- even on hot days and is relatively fragrance free.  When I looked at the list of ingredients, i thought, "Oh my... all those oils are they going to make me break out."  Negative, fellow fabbers.  Each oil has a specific job to do.  Like the Linseed Oil, helps to rejuvenate and revitalize skin that is lacking Omega-3.  And avocado oil aids in replenishing skin that may be too dry from harsh exposure (hello Winter).

But my down right  absolute favorite product from January Labs, is their Glow and Go, exfoliating mask.  This is such an amazing product and I'm so excited to tell you about it.  At first I read exfoliating ... and I automatically thought, almond seed or some sort of bead to scrub up my face.  Nope!  This mask is simply applied to the face and acts just like a mask and in 10-15 minutes you remove for a radiant new face.  I can see why this product is one of their top sellers.  My pores were clean.  My skin looked as if I was 10 years younger.  I couldn't believe how amazing this product is.

Remember age is a matter of the mind and beauty comes from the heart.

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