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May is a special time where we get to celebrate being a woman if we are mothers, or spoil the mothers we are lucky to have in our lives. What better way to tell your friends and family you appreciate them than you give them something they can really indulge in and make them feel rejuvenated. Figs & Rouge nourishing and soothing, multi-tasking hand cream and lip balms will do just that by revitalizing their dry hands and lips. With brightly colored fun packages, these are just the items to get anyone's lips and skin back to their smooth, natural conditions.

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The Figs & Rouge hand cream uses a unique non-greasy formula to smooth and soften your hands and give you the youthful appearance that your hands should all have. The rich formula immediately works to repair cuticles and nourish finger nails. The coco rose scent has a light and refreshing smell that will last for hours without ever smelling overpowering. This cream is smooth going on, and you only need a small amount to go a long way. The cream absorbs into your skin and cuticles quickly and will leave your hands with a very hydrated, non- greasy feeling.

Made from cocoa butter, ginseng and algae, the cream not only moisturizes, but is multi-tasking by protecting your hands from being further damaged by weather and other elements. The packaging is fun, bold and beautiful and will fit perfectly in any purse to go everywhere with you or would make an excellent gift for our mom's on mothers' day.

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Once in a while you come across a skincare or beauty brand that you just absolutely fall in love with. Whether it's for the packaging, the product efficacy, the fragrance, or for the overall brand vision, you just love it! Well, here at Certified Fabulous we cannot get enough of Hillhouse Naturals! And we're pretty sure your Mother will love it too!

If you're not familiar with the brand (you may have missed our "Three Must Try Brands That Are Good For You Too" article), let us introduce you...

Hillhouse Naturals is a family business that was started on a family farm by husband and wife, Shelly & Peggy. Taking inspiration from their natural, beautiful surroundings, they began mixing home fragrances. Today the business has expanded product lines to include home fragrance, bath and body, and pet care products (Hillhouse Naturals).

So why are we in love with them? In short, the fragrances in their products are to die for! Sophisticated, chic & luxurious, you'll want to buy the whole collection! From bath salts, to body wash, hand cream, parfum and more,  you're sure to find the perfect gift for your lovely Mom!

We tried a number of their beautiful bath salts made with Pacific Sea Salt and Fragrance. Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup of these scented salts to your bath for a truly relaxing and luxurious experience. 

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 Motherhood is “memorable,” but all too often for its calamities. Fortunately, Mommy Mixology shares stories, sympathies, and some strong drinks to keep you laughing through it all. Sitcom housewives like June Cleaver and Carol Brady made mothering look like constant joy, but most moms know the reality is far from simple. Getting through the motherhood years will take a good sense of humor and a few cocktails!

Mommy MixologyTalk about pre gaming for Mother’s Day, I have my relaxation planning in high gear! With my first Mother’s day being a Mom, I was happy to get this book! Not only is Mommy Mixology by Janel Frongillo good comic relief but it also has great ideas for delicious beverages. Any mom can relate to this book and I’m sure any non mom would enjoy it too. It is a non filtered look at being a mom and the stages our little ones go through.

One of my favorite parts of the book is the Sleeptastic Sangria! Not only am I a big fan of Sangria but I have a son who is about to turn 1 in two weeks who still does not sleep through the night! Ugh.. yeah let’s say I drink a lot of coffee…..by a lot it seems like truck full’s. The way she describes the situation of lack of sleep is spot on…”I would have totally sold my soul to the highest bidder for a full night of sleep … and I wouldn’t need no fancy 400-thread-count sheets. Recliner, park bench—hell, even a dog bed would do. Move over, Fido—and you’d better not snore.” Some other drinks you can expect to see in see in the book are EmERgentini, Cosmopotty and the NO!jito! Well I don’t want to give all the book away but if you want some great drink ideas along with some blunt upfront funny mom stories I defiantly recommend reading this or gifting this to your mom she will defiantly have a good laugh.

 

Poisson Un Poisson Deux Poisson Rouge Poisson Blue dr. suess french books certified fabulous mothers dayEveryone always talks about how children’s brains are like sponges so it is great to teach them languages when they are young. A fun way to do this is with classic stories most of us know like Dr. Seuss. I had the pleasure of getting a copy of Dr. Seuss One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish in French so actually titled Poisson Un Poisson Deux Poisson Rouge Poisson Bleu. Dr. Seuss’s books are great fun learn to read text! 

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Dress to Impress with Comfort and Ease

1) Isaac Mizrahi Live! Floral Jacquard Sweater Blazer in Island Blue - A cozy and casual feel to a business clothing staple. This sweater blazer is taken beyond the "normal" look with beautiful Spring/Summer coloring and patterns!  For the not-so-ordinary working mom that likes to add flair to her look, this does not disappoint. I love how I was able to actually move around without limitation, as it tends to be with other blazers. It was like wearing fashionable sweatpants, hah. Absolutely a must have for those who seek comfort and fashion! www.qvc.com 

Isaac Mizrahi Live Floral Jacquard Sweater Blazer in Island Blue certified fabulous QVC

2) Belle Grey by Lisa Rinna Regular Maxi Dress with Self Bandeau in Turquoise - It's maxi dress season! Light-weight fabric makes this dress a go-to for any occasion this Summer! Easy to wear to the beach or dress it up with a blazer and accessories for working at the office. The fit is flattering and falls at the right places with a bandeau you can choose to wear if you don't want to show too much cleavage. Comes in two other colors (besides the Turquoise one I have) salmon pink and royal blue. I see myself living in this dress all summer, hah. www.qvc.com

Belle Grey by Lisa Rinna Regular Maxi Dress with Self Bandeau in Turquoise certified fabulous QVC

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I love Mother's Day. I think it's so important to show your Mom how much she means to you. Not that you shouldn't do that everyday, or whenever you see/talk to her, but it's a good day to make you take that extra time and extra effort to make your Mom feel special, valued, loved, and pampered. Make her take the time to pamper herself and not worry about anyone else on that day. Whether you're taking your mom out, or doing something special at home, you still might want to get her some useful & pampering gifts. So here are a few items that will make Mom smile:

Jill Martin Canvas BagsJill Martin Canvas Accessory Storage Bags

These fun printed storage bags are perfect for this Spring! As Mom is most likely doing some Spring cleaning and putting away winter clothes, she'll now have a fun & useful bag to store her winter shoes! I think these are great for keeping those special shoes safe in storage. They have taller bags for boots, and other bags for heels, sneakers, sandals, basically whatever shoe you need to protect! I also think these are perfect for travelling! I tend to put my shoes in plastic bags because I don't want them mixing with my clothes in my suitcase, but these bags will keep your shoes & your clothes protected while traveling, and they look much classier than a plastic bag! www.qvc.com 

Korres WIld Rose Vit CKorres: Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial

If you're looking to pamper Mom with some skincare, she's bound to love Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial. We know Mom most likely doesn't have the time to treat her skin to a facial mask as much as she would like to, but she'll love the ease and benefits of this sleeping facial. With Wild Rose exract & Vitamin C, this sleeping facial address the visible signs of premature aging (caused by sun & environmental exposure). It provides antioxidant benefits, improves skin texture, evens skin tone, and reveals a smoother, brighter complexion by morning. This product makes sure Mom gets her beauty sleep! I absolutely love the rose fragrance in this cream, plus it's just the right amount of thickness for a nighttime product and is still breathable.  www.korresusa.com 

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For the Makeup Mom

I have always loved Jane Iredale products.  They are sold at the salon I frequent, so I have been using these products for years on the recommendation of my hairdresser.  I was thrilled to see that Jane Iredale offers a “Starter Kit” which showcases 4 amazing products in a convenient travel size, all housed in a beautiful silver zip case perfect for travel.

All four products are cosmetic, and are to be used after your cleansing and moisturizing routine.  The first product in the set is Smooth Affair ™ Facial Primer & Brightener.  Brightening products are all the rave right now in the cosmetic industry, especially as the population ages, consumers are looking to lighten and brighten age spots and pigmentation.  This amazing makeup primer evens skin tone and minimizes the appearance of pores.  It is the perfect base under you foundation or mineral powder as it gives skin increased luminosity.  I love the way this primer feels on my skin.  It is lightweight and left my skin feeling nourished.   My mineral powder went on easier, blended better and lasted longer.  Smooth Affair ™ Facial Primer and Brightener is my new go to, I refuse to go without it!

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The next steps  in this 4 step all inclusive kit are the Pure Pressed Base and the Amazing Base, both in Golden Glow.  I really love a mineral powder, and have been using Jane Iredale’s Pressed Powder Base for years.  I was thrilled to see that Jane Iredale also offers the Amazing Base which is a loose mineral powder.  I used the Amazing Base over the Primer and found the coverage to be just as wonderful as the Pressed Base.  I popped the Pressed Base, in its cute travel size, into my purse with a makeup sponge, and used it throughout the day to correct my shiny forehead as well as make sure my even skin tone followed me through day into night.  These two Bases are wonderful, it is really difficult to decide which my favorite is, and I plan to continue to enjoy both!!

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Looking for the perfect thing to give the woman who spent her life working for your happiness? Give her a spa she can enjoy any time, and in the comfort of her own home!

If you're lucky enough to have mom in town, plan a night for her to come over. Grab a bottle of wine, an old favorite film (me and my mom always watch The Man in the Iron Mask, A Knight's Tale, or Pretty Woman together), and some spa goodies to treat yourselves.

But, if you're like me and live far away from mom, you can always buy mom some pampering supplies and wrap everything in pretty tissue paper and mail it. 

For her at-home spa basics, give mom what she needs for a manicure and pedicure, a facial, and a perfect hot shower.

Manicure and Pedicure:

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and sometimes finding the perfect gift can be a bit tricky. We want to make our mothers feel special and valued for all they do, and with most moms running crazy schedules, they often do not pamper themselves like they deserve. So this week I have a few products that will hopefully give you some good ideas on what to get your awesome Mamma this Mother's Day!

Heart Calgon is a recent line of bold fragrances available in an exfoliating body wash, body mist, 05072013 Calgon Fresh Start Body Lotion Certified Fabulousshimmering mist, and body lotion. For this week I tried the Fresh Start Body Lotion, and the Hot Date Body Mist. For a chic and clean scent this Fresh Start body lotion hits the mark. Crisp apple and lily lightly fragrance the skin while ingredients such as Vitamin E, Aloe, and Shea Butter hydrate and replenish dry skin. This lotion is fast absorbing, but not too thin. You can smell great and moisturize in one step! For a more sweet and tempting fragrance, try the Hot Date body mist. Warm vanilla and pear create a light and inviting, 05072013 Calgon Hot Date Body Mist Certified Fabulousbut not overpowering scent. Since it’s a body mist, and light to begin with, you can really control the strength of the scent to what you like. These Heart Calgon products would also make great Mother’s Day gifts – great fragrances with pampering products! Heart Calgon products can be found in select Walgreens

Other scented body lotion options:

TerraNova Gardenia Body Lotions $17.00 on Amazon

Desert Essence Organics Vanilla Chai Hand and Body Lotion $6.74 on Amazon

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Give Mom (or yourself) Gorgeous Hair for Mother's Day! 

We will be giving away a Zotos AGEbeautiful hair care COLLECTION!

Full sizes of the AGEbeautiful:

* Shampoo

* Conditioner

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  • Charle
    Charle says #
    Congratulations Cherie Montorio for winning!!
  • Michelle Latshaw
    Michelle Latshaw says #
    What an awesome gift! Thank you so much!!
  • Kimberly Beauchamp
    Kimberly Beauchamp says #
    Shared your FB post about the giveaway.
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