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As we are now a few weeks into October, I'm sure you have been hearing a lot about Breast Cancer Awareness and seeing a lot of pink! There are many ways to show your support for BCA even when it comes to your beauty products. Thanks to Certified Fabulous, I now know that many beauty brands release special edition products in support of BCA. So if you're going to purchase any beauty products this month, I recommend checking to see if that brand has any special edition BCA products. 


 Laqa & Co. Lil' Lip Duo

When you purchase this Lil' Lip Duo this month, Laqa & Co. will donate 20% of the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This set features two little lip crayons in lighter shades of pink (Wolfman & Fairyblood) and comes in a beautifully designed box. The lip crayons themselves are the perfect size to throw into a little clutch or keep at your desk for lipstick emergencies. I also can't bring my self to throw away the box yet - I love the print design! This is a great set to buy as a gift this month - save it for the holidays or give it to someone you know who has fought with Breast Cancer themselves or with a loved one. It may be a small gesture to show your support, but it will also contribute to donations to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. 

LAQA and Co BCA lil lip

www.laqaandco.com 

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Some people may have picked up on the fact that I love a good hair product. I recently had the pleasure of trying so Agadir products. If you are not familiar with this company I can give you some background.  The company started with two brothers Paul and Archie Bogosia in the early 60’s. They gained expertise as hairdressers and salon owners with multiple salons across New York city and a diverse clientele. The brothers realized that the hair care products they were using and offering to their clients did not meet their performance expectations . So they developed their own high performance product line.  Agadir products have been talked about in Modernsalon.com, Juicy magazine, Hot magazine and a bunch other places everyone has great things to say about it so I decided I should defiantly try it and see what everyone is talking about.  A big plus about this brand for me is that they are a alcohol and cruelty free products. I am a big animal lover so cruelty free is very important to me. 

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I was really excited I got to try a wide range of their products. I will start off telling you about the Agadir Argan Oil Volumizing Shampoo. The shampoos is designed to give body and fullness to hair by infusing, essential ingredients with argan oil and panthenol. Enriched with antioxidants and vitamin E. The Agadir Argan Oil Daily Volumizing Conditioner system gives you body and fullness to hair and is also safe for color treated hair. I  enjoyed how both of these were scented. They use a Agadir aromatic complex that smells amazing.  Other benefits you might notice while using these products is that it will help with tangles and adds shine. The shampoo and conditioner made my hair feel soft and gave a lot of body to my curls. I usually don't use volumizing shampoo because I have a lot of hair. But I really liked the look and feel this gave my hair. 

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Recently they came out with the Agadir Argan Oil Styling Curl Crème that is formulated with antioxidant and anti-frizz agents. The argan oil base is what helps to block humidity and gives your hair long lasting crunch free curl protection. And I don’t know about you but I don’t like my Agadir styling sprayscurls crunchy. The crème will help moisturize, define curl patters and rejuvenate curls and waves.  Another crème they offer that is the Agadir Hair Shield 450 Intense Crème Treatment which actually works with the heat from the styling tool and activates the Shock Protein to help protect your hair from damage and it also targets damaged hair to repair, protect, and hydrate.  I love how amazing my hair feels after straightening it using this crème it feels salon soft even though I am way over due for a trim. This is a product I am happy to have on hand with winter coming I tend to blow dry my hair a lot more, and the protection is much needed.  Another way to give your hair that nice professional done look is the Agadir Spritz- Styling Finishing Spray. I love finishing sprays. This will help keep your hair in place and smooth away frizz and give you hours of shinny hair. If you are looking for more of a firm  and to add a little something else Agadir Argan Oil Volumizing Styling Mousse  this works to give your hair great volume body and hold while also controlling annoying frizz.  

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If you're like me, you're enjoying adding bolder makeup items to your routine this fall. I love a good lipstick and when fall comes around I want to buy all the matte and luxious vibrant, sultry, rich colors out there! But to make sure my new makeup choices are at their best, I use a few base items on a regular basis. 

Mally perfect prep poreless primer glowMally Perfect Prep Poreless Primer Glow

Start with a flawless canvas with Mally's Perfect Pret Poreless Primer Glow. This primer is lightweight, making it a great base, but it also minimizes fine lines, wrinkles and pores so that your makeup will go on smoothly and keeps a fresh appearance all day. This primer also helps hydrate your skin and seal in that moisture. With the cooler fall days, its great to have another product that will help keep your skin hydrated and looking fresh! Using primer truly makes a huge difference in the application and staying power of your makeup. Whether I'm using a tinted moisturizer or a powder foundation, I always have better results and smoother skin when I use a primer first. And this primer is no exception! It creates a smooth, silky base without feeling greasy or overdone. C O Bigelow speamint lip shine

C.O. Bigelow Spearmint Supreme 2x Lip Shine No. 506

Breath freshener and lip moisturizer in one. Not only will your lips look and feel fabulous with this rich lip shine, you'll also be rewarded with breath fresheners! This is a great lip balm to keep in your bag. If you forget lipstick and need a little pick me up, this is a great go-to. Keep this nearby and use regularly to keep your lips well moisturized and fresh so that any lipstick colors you choose to apply this fall go on smoothly and look their best!

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Juice cleanses are very popular among celebrities before a big red carpet event to lose weight. It is also a great way to jump-start a diet or get back on track after being derailed! It's an easy way to get into a more healthier lifestyle and change habits that are effecting your progress to lose weight. I am a vegan so my diet is pretty healthy, for the most part, but I had gotten into a really bad carb crazed concentration and I started to gain weight. I knew it was bad when I went to try on my bridesmaid dress to a wedding I was going to be in a few weeks away and the dress completely didn't fit! Talk about a freak-out...I was hysterical trying to figure out any solution I could think of to make this one (expensive) dress work. Apart from spanx and tapping down my whole body I remembered getting a juice cleanse into the office. The next day I picked up the Kaeng Raeng cleanse. 

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They offer 3 or 6 day cleanses, they one I had was the 6 day cleanse which I feel like is the most bang for your buck! Plus the 6-Day program is ideal for those trying to lose weight! 

When you consume additives, chemicals, toxins, and other processed foods, your digestive system cannot properly separate the healthy from the non healthy components of the food. Many times, these toxins remain in your system, sometimes building up over days, weeks, months, or years. Kaeng Raeng works to "flush" all of those toxins by using all natural fibers and water to help eliminate that colon build up.

In addition to these cleansing benefits, Kaeng Raeng is also a short-term raw diet. There is no fasting or starvation with Kaeng Raeng, but rather a return to a whole foods plant-based diet. To get the most benefit from Kaeng Raeng, drink each pouch with at least 24 oz of liquid in addition to raw foods (raw fruits and vegetables, with a small amount of raw, unsalted nuts).

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  • HALO 3000 mAh Portable Phone Charger Green Chevron certified fabulous QVC

    HALO 3000 mAh Portable Phone Charger with Accessories & Gift Box


    Ready for anything. The HALO Starlight 3,000 mAh portable charger with a built-in LED flashlight helps to keep your portable electronics powered up and ready to use on the go, and provides a convenient light source when you need it to make it an essential travel companion.

    Rest easy knowing your electronic essentials have backup power if you need it. And the built-in flashlight is ready to go if you need to locate items in your handbag, find change in your car, or even change a tire in the dark. Plus, in case of emergencies, the unit can also flash an SOS signal.

    What's in the box? HALO 3000 mAh Starlight portable charger; matching gift box; 4-in-1 charging cable with USB on one end and 30-pin, lightning, micro USB and USB connectors on other; and AC wall adapter. Charges mobile phones, gaming systems, Bluetooth devices, cameras, and more!

    This device SERIOUSLY comes in handy when traveling, but also while at home. I leave my iPhone charger in the living room so if I am going to bed and worry about my battery dying overnight (my phone is also my alarm clock) then I will plug in my iPhone to the HALO and my alarm wakes my up as scheduled and my phone is 100% charged...win/win.

    www.qvc.com

  • hello breath spray certified fabulous beauty travel fresh reviewhello: breath spray

    Get the perfect dose of freshness when you’re out and about. No alcohol, no ouch, and no worries.

    3 flavors: Supermint, Mojito Mint & Pink Grapefruit Mint

    Gum is out if you want fresh breath with out the annoying chewing on a date or during a meeting. Breath spray is back and cooler than ever with these hello sprays! They are tiny and fit in most any purse or pocket. It takes a second to freshen your breath and give you confidnece that lasts. I never go anywhere without this little guy! Yum!

    http://hello-products.com 




  • London SOHO new york travel bag - funktionally fun double zip bag certified fabulous
    SOHO Sweet Shop Double Zip Pull Apart Beauty Case

    Eye candy for your travel essentials. Dainty mint green and black stripes, popped with polka dot trim. The tri fold over clutch is great for organizing your beauty essentials in style. It's got a main zip pouch, brush holder and even a mirror. The magnetic-snap closure keeps it all together, making it super convenient for grab and go.

    Waterproof and stylish! I love taking this with me for my bath essentials that fit TSA friendly sized bottles or if I am going on a weekend getaway it's easy to put all of my makeup in it! Versatile, flexible and can hold a lot of items making it the ideal go-to travel bag :)

    www.sohobeauty.com 
  • London SOHO natural 6 piece fresh face brush setSOHO Natural 6-Piece Fresh Face Brush Set

    Everything you need to create a naturally beautiful look!

    Bamboo handle
    Cruelty-free nylon bristles
    Recycled packaging

    Includes:
    foundation brush
    highlighter brush
    all-over eyeshadow brush
    angled eyeliner brush
    brush pouch

    I took these to a wedding I was in and they worked out flawlessly. Everyone in the wedding party wanted their makeup done and these brushes were very much needed and used! Eveyone was able to easily use them on themselves or to apply on someone else. Perfect for the makeup artist or the average every day person putting on their daily makeup :) Awesome addition to my brush collection (which was only 2 brushes before). Most important lesson...CLEAN YOUR BRUSHES...and make sure the cleaner you use is compatable with the nylon bristles.

    www.sohobeauty.com




  • Finger Paints nail color - Primitively Posh - Pink Imagination - Blank Canvas Cream sally beauty certified fabulousFingerPaints Tiffany Imposter
    • Intense color
    • Spectacular shine
    • One-coat application
    • Supreme durability, longer wear
    • New brush designed to work with the formula for a smooth application

    FingerPaints is state-of-the-art, salon-quality, super-high-shine nail color that allows you to create professionally finished nails at home. The best-quality, most innovative formula available on the market, it goes on beautifully, wears like iron, and gives you unbelievably high gloss that goes on and on.

    It comes in over 90 stylishly saturated shades that cover completely in just one coat, provide exceptional wear, resist fading, and let you change your look as often as you change your mind.

    I tried a few of the trending nude colors they offer called Primitively Posh, Pink Imagination & Blank Canvas Cream (pictured) and I loved the look! I depend on these to get me through an entire trip without worry about re-applying or touch-ups! Out it on and carry on when wearing FingerPaints :)

    Find them at Sally Beauty! www.sallybeauty.com 
  • Hen House Linens certified fabulous travel essentials cropped
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    Latticework Aubergine design (pictured above) 

    I am seriously a fan of Hen House Linens! They have the most beautiful colors and designs that can really fit any occasion and look gorgeous! Plus the website is full of great ideas and ways to use the linens that I feel inspired to create the home looks for myself and impress people at a dinner party or cocktail social. When traveling these really make that extra touch of home and that feeling of not eating in the hotel room with plastic utensils and a million paper napkins.  I adore the picture above and it is the perfect idea for the holidays and putting a unique twist with color, I am definitely taking note and stocking up for my holiday party :)

    www.henhouselinens.com 
  • Krigler New York City scented candle juicy jasmine certified fabulous image giftKrigler New York City Scented Candle in Juicy Jasmine combines the charm of the purest jasmine flowers with the fruity tang of orange blossom. The scent is sparkling and spontaneous. I loved the packaging of the candle! It looked very elegant and the cardboard tube made it convenient to take along on any trip to bring home with me. It's also the perfect gift for when you don't know what to buy someone. The candle was not overwhelming with scent but gave off the perfect amount of fragrance throughout and I loved it! I am obsessed with scented candles to begin with so this was an ideal product for me to take me me when I'm away from home. 

     http://krigler.com
  • Montagne Jeunesse - 5 mask pamper pack certified fabulousMontagne Jeunesse - Gorgeous Gift Pamper Pack

    This perfect indulgent gift set contains 5 gorgeous masques for some anti-stress, me-time pampering!

    Red Hot Earth Sauna
    Dead Sea Mud Pac
    Very Berry
    Cucumber Peel Off
    Passion Peel Off

    I LOVE taking these with me on trips because it creates an instant spa mode right in my hotel room and I feel relaxed while treating my skin. Through the stress of flying, getting a taxi and being ready for work meetings while away it's always nice to have these skin beautifiers in a convenient single packet! Also, perfect for gifts :)

    www.montagnejeunesse.com 
  • BIB16
    BIBASQUE: ALLEGRESSE 24K Gold Silhouette Eye Cream

    This cream nourishes the area of the face that shows aging soonest while reducing visible lines. The key is pure gold which , encourages elastin to maintain skin firmness. Gold also helps skin appear revived by absorbing oxygen and reduces blotchy appearance. And Pomegranate Extract’s powerful antioxidants help fight signs of premature aging. Best of all, this unique cream is free from parabens, mineral oil, sodium lauryl sulfate, petroleum and synthetic color.

    SMOOTH TONE
    Rich gold helps balance skin tone.

    INTENSE MOISTURE
    Natural oils and herbal essences hydrate to reduce appearance of wrinkles.

    DEEP NOURISHMENT
    Plant extracts nourish this delicate facial zone to improve texture.

    When traveling for business or pleasure the one essential I make sure I have is a good eye cream! To me, eyes make the first impression even before someone speaks. I am obsessed about eye creams and when I am out traveling I make sure I am covered day and night to fresh, brighten and tighten my eye area to look awake, rested, refreshed and ready for the day! This BIBASQUE eye cream addresses all of my concerns and keeps me looking my best when I may not be feeling it. I LOVE this product and take it with me on any traveling I do :)

    (PS - they also have amazing hair tools!)

    www.bibasque.com 

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Palmer's Shea Formula Curl Shampoo and Conditioner

Palmers Shea Curl shampooShea Butter is one of the most amazing natural ingredients for hair care, skincare and bodycare. I remember the first time I was offered pure Shea Butter, which is goopy green and kind of nasty. I was on the Island of St. John in the Caribbean, 8+ months pregnant. I was literally so pregnant that the day I flew back from this vacation was the last day I was allowed to fly! I was given a jar, a plain, unmarked jar form a local native woman as I was browsing my way through an open market. The native people on the island LOVED pregnant women, I was treated like royalty the entire vacation. She gave me this jar, and promises me that if I “painted” my ever growing number of stretch marks with it, they would disappear. She was right, the raw Shea butter was the most nourishing and healing product I have ever used. Of course, here in the US you can’t readily buy stinky, green, unprocessed Shea butter, but the next best things are products which incorporate this wonderful material.

Palmers Shea curl conditionerPalmer's Shea Formula Curl Shampoo and Conditioner contain raw, natural Shea Butter which is sustainably sourced in Africa. Shea Butter moisturizes hair deeply and repairs damaged hair. Palmers Shea Formula Curl Shampoo and Conditioner also contains Vitamin E, which helps to protect hair from damage and is also super nourishing, as well as Grape Seed Oil which is a really great natural oil used to reduce breakage and strengthen the hair. Sulfate-free, and full of natural ingredients, this hair duo is really amazing.

I love the bottle and pump packaging; it makes it really easy to use this product in the shower. My kids can dispense their own shampoo and conditioner without making a mess and using too much, always a big plus for moms who have to clean the tub!! Specially formulated for curly hair, I am in love with the thickness of both the shampoo and conditioner. My hair felt wonderful after using, and I found that because these products are so nourishing, I’m can use them more often. Many times products claiming to be for curly hair are so drying; I can only wash my hair 1-2 times per week (which means wearing a pony tail 2-3 days a week). Palmers Shea Formula Curl Shampoo and Conditioner do not dry out my hair, and leave it soft and silky. This duo also smells AMAZING!! Added bonus!

 

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With everyone going back to school soon Secret Mean Stinks program is a great program to become aware of. Secret is trying put an end to girl-to-girl bullying with Secret’s Mean Stinks program! The program has been partnering with celebs to spread the message like Demi Lovato, teen queen Zendaya and I Am That Girl’s Alexis Jones. To date, Mean Stinks has connected with more than 1.5 million girls. People can also get involved online with the “Girls Guide to End Bullying,”  a web-based interactive curriculum proven to decrease the experiences of being bullied by educating audience who are affected by it most. This teaches girls to stand up to bullying in fun ways, as well as to share their own success stories. This is a amazing program to help combat a growing problem in our country.

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Secret has some great products to go along with the program. There is the Secret Mean Stinks Fearlessly Fresh Body Spray, this comes in a convenient travel size with a locking top great to carry in a purse or backpack for refreshing spays. It has a fruity, floral scent to keep you “Fearlessly Fresh”! They also have The Secret Mean Stinks Fearlessly Fresh Clinical Strength Smooth Solid this has a nice smell to it like the body spray with prescription strength wetness protection and pH balanced to work with changing body chemistry. Then they have the Secret Clinical Strength Mean Stinks Advanced Solid Fearless Fresh Sent this has odor fighting capsules that absorb odor and release the scent all day to keep you smelling fresh and will also work with pH to balance and work with a changing body chemistry.

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I highly recommend checking out these great products as well as getting yourself or kids involved in Mean Stinks! Secret Mean Stinks inspired girls to “Gang Up for Good” by creating 1.3 million acts of “good.” Girls were encouraged to take a proactive role in standing up to bullying and sharing their #NiceAdvice with each other via social media. Thousands of girls across the county took “blue pinky swears” as a visual reminder and a call-to-action to keep it a “drama free school year.” For more information about Mean Stinks, including the various ways girls and schools can get involved and “Gang Up for Good” to end mean behavior, join the conversation on Twitter@MeanStinks and visit the Secret Mean Stinks Facebook experience.

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Let’s face it I’m not getting any younger and I realize I need to start taking better care of my skin. There are so many systems out there and it can be really overwhelming trying to find the right one. I recently tried Altchek MD preventive + corrective anti-aging skincare products.  These products where developed by Dr. Douglas Altchek MD, who is a Diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology and a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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The Altchek MD Daily Exfoliating Cleanser Gentle Micro-Polish is great! This will help with any impurities as well as dullness and uneven texture and skin tone.  The nice thing about this exfoliating cleanser is its abrasive enough to feel effective without overdoing it. The Cleanser left my skin feeling soft and fresh.  Great way to start and end the day especially on these hot summer days

Altcheck md renewal pads

 

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I have naturally thin and fine hair and when you add in coloring, you’re left with a challenge to make sure my strands stay healthy. With that said, I try pretty hard to limit blow drying and hot iron use, but like any woman, I tend to switch up my look which inevitably includes this hot iron sorcery. So what’s a girl to do? Cue the entrance of Orchid Bliss Hair products by White Sands into my life to give my straw hair a boost of nutrients and a healthy look that I can shake my mane at.

The product line instructs you to use a quarter size of the shampoo and conditioner. The shampoo lathered up quite nicely allowing me to get my whole scalp clean. I always let my conditioner sit in my hair for a few minutes and as soon as I washed the conditioner out my hair felt heavier, and in a good way.

Back when I had platinum blonde hair, it used to take my hair quite a long time to dry. My hairdresser attributed this to my constant dye jobs, meaning that the dye creates “holes” in your strands that hold more water. I’ve now gotten my hair to its natural color and taken a break from the dye jobs. Overall this has created more body in my hair and made it feel like it is now healthier. The Orchid Bliss hair products, if anything made this feeling more pronounced. I took my shower at night, allowing my hair to dry fully overnight. After my shower, I towel dried my hair and then applied the Orchids Oil to the ends of my hair. Surprisingly, my hair dried quite well while still maintaining moisture. When I woke up in the morning, instead of dried and kinked ends, my hair was silky smooth and extremely shiny. It was almost as if I had gotten an overnight oil treatment! Of course the product states that it “restores moisture, shine and softness to dry damaged hair” but this is one product I can say with confidence made a noticeable difference to my hair after use. The revitalizing shampoo and conditioner comes packed with sunflower oil, grape seed oil, carrot oil and ginseng extract. You follow that up with the Orchids Oil, White Sands being “one of the first hair care products incorporating the breathtaking oil from the orchid flower,” and you’ve got one awesome at home hair treatment.

Final thought is that I am a total fan of Orchid Bliss. I tend to use a lot of oil products to get that moisture to stay in my hair but this orchid oil did the job without making my hair too oily. As an added bonus, the Orchid oil smells amazing. All good things when we’re talking about our hair. 

Sofia

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PHYTO Paris- Phytodefrisant Botanical Hair Relaxing Balm

I get teased on a regular basis about my ponytail. Yes I will admit, I wear my medium-length hair in a ponytail 80% of the time, but in my defense, I have the frizziest hair imaginable, and it is impossible for me to wash my hair and go. I look like bozo the clown, so unless I'm willing to spend a good 20 minutes with my straight iron, its in a ponytail my hair must go. I am always seeking the best anti-frizz product, one that can be smoothed through my hair and makes the flat iron unnecessary. No luck, until now.

PHYTO Paris- Phytodefrisant Botanical Hair Relaxing Balm is a high end relaxing balm available at salons and high end stores (Sephora, Ulta). This hair care product is made with organic ingredients such as Althea Officinalis Root Extract, Salvia Sage Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Extract and Horseradish Root. These ingredients work together to protect hair from damage, with the application of heat, my hair has never looked smoother, especially with a hair smoother which does not contain any silicones!!!

It is very important to apply this product on damp hair, before blowdrying, the heat from the dryer activates this product and allows it to work its best. I have also applied Phytodefrisant Botanical Hair Relaxing Balm after I’ve finished styling, or on my dry hair the next day, for additional smoothing. This product is so lightweight and non-greasy feeling, but manages to smooth out the hair shaft, eliminating the frizz that so plagues me. In addition to its smoothing action, the innovative alcohol-free formula hydrates and strengthens hair without weighing it down. Such a great product, I would highly recommend it for your thick, coarse frizzy hair!!

Stacey

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In this modern day world, we are becoming more and more aware of the environmental affects of our consumption of goods.  We all like to reduce, reuse and recycle.  (is that still a saying?  I remember it being said a lot when I was in school.  Maybe I am just old and they don’t use that anymore?)  One aspect that many people over look is how the products they buy are created and tested.  That is where Mix Chicks breaks the mold.  This company makes it a point to both create and test their products in planet and animal friendly ways.  Not to mention that they make excellent products.

His Mix by Mix Chicks Shampoo        

As Shampoos go, this blend of natural ingredients does the job well.  Cleaning deep into the scalp and scrubbing away the dirt and grime of the day.  But still managed to be light and leave no residue in your hair.  This combo makes your hair feel squeaky clean and light.  Mixed Chicks has done well to create a fresh and fruity smelling shampoo that is 100% cruelty free.  The cruelty free part doesn’t do much for the cleaning of your hair but it might help clean your conscience. 

His Mix by Mixed Chicks Leave in Conditioner

Conditioners have always been a mystery to me.  All I know about them is that they are designed to put moisture back into your hair after your shampoo strips out the excess oils from it.  I have been accustomed to this, but I have never used a conditioner that you leave in before now.  This was a pleasant surprise of a product.  The light scent and none greasy lotion went into my hair like hair gel.  And imparted the same holding power as a hair gel as well.  But I noticed that over time, as the conditioner dried, it became more like a palmade of a hold.  No helmet head, just a light clean look that lasted all day.  I recommend this product for people looking for a conditioner that also acts as a styling product.

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When talking about hair grooming most men think about gels and pastes to shape and control. In this case I am delving into the realm of hair trimming and removal. The MicroTouch Switchblade, is a versatile tool used for find shaping of facial hair and unruly chest hair equally. The perfect go-to for the “manscaping” needs of the modern male.

The Face

As a worker bee in the busy cubicles of a large office, I need to keep my facial hair in neat and clean. For the most part this has consisted of shaving every other day. Simple, effective, and boring. With the addition of the Switchblade to my facial ritual, I have better control over sculpting clean straight lines. Offering me more options for a sharp looking beard line and sideburns.

Additionally, I am slowly creeping up there in age and discovering that hair on your chin is not the only place that needs tending. Lately, I have discovered the painful truth of wild eyebrows & ear hair. I remember making fun of my father as a child, because he has fuzzy ears…. And now I am paying for those insults with my own ears. Luckily for me, we have tools like this to solve this problem. A quick swipe of the Switchblade and the curse of the wolfman is gone. I think I might buy one of these for my father for Christmas and see if he gets the reference to my youth.

MicroTouch Switchblade 11.15.13 Certified Fabulous

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"Healthier skin, happier life!" That is the guiding principle in EVOLOGIE, a skincare company that is dedicated to clearing skin. "Because we know that flawed skin can seriously undermine your confidence and affect daily life, EVOLOGIE products are doctor developed and clinically proven by a team of experts committed to the belief that improving the health of your skin improves the quality of your life." 

EVOLOGIE uses medical research, scientific innovation, high levels of clinical testing and compassionate hearts to create products they believe in and you will love. "We will not bring a product to market unless it delivers consistent, reliable, superior results. We believe that what you see in the mirror affects how you feel about yourself and how you face your day." 

YS3 COMPLEX™ is what makes EVOLOGIE: STAY CLEAR pimple treatment products different and makes them more effective and efficient than any skin care products you may have used! To prevent repeated breakouts it is essential not only to deliver blemish-fighting agents deep within skin layers, but also to hydrate dry skin in order to heal, strengthen, and safeguard its natural protective barrier. YS3 COMPLEX™ is a revolutionary delivery system that addresses the multiple causes and complications associated with pimples and blemishes.

I sincerely believe in their mission and values because I know how hard it is to be a teenager and young adult dealing with flawed skin. Everyday was unpredictable on how I would look because I either had many blemishes or very dry skin from trying to treat them blemishes! It was a never ending battle and although I am grown out of the bad skin phase I do get blemishes here and there and they still effect me in the same way. If you have one blemish among otherwise clear skin then you feel like people only see the flaw and not you and I completely lose my confidence in myself and want to just crawl back into bed until it's gone! Sure makeup can help but there is no hiding an elevated bump! 

EVOLOGIE clear skin kit certified fabulous

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Philip B Nordic Wood Hair and Body Shampoo 11.8.13 Certified FabulousFinally an all in one shampoo made for a manly man of the forests. A soap that is both strong in cleaning and in scent. Powerful enough to clean the dirtiest of men and leave him fresh as a newly fallen balsam fir tree…. These dramatic descriptions are the first things that come to mind when I was asked to try Philip B’s Nordic Wood Hair & Body Shampoo. After using this product I can honestly say that it holds up to the descriptions above… almost to a tee.

This hair and body shampoo has a stand out scent, compared to a lot of different products in its class. It employs the extracts Norwegian Spruce, Balsam Fir, White Pine, Cedar and Camphor as its main ingredients. These tree oils aren't just in there for its potent bouquet, they also provide nourishment for the skin. This dynamic mix of natural extracts combined with cleansing agents, provide an almost therapeutic spa experience while leaving the body fresh and clean.

The clean that this body wash and shampoo delivers is equal to its robust scent. After washing, my hair and skin had a “squeaky” clean to it.  You all know what feeling when you run your fingers through your wet hair in the shower and you hear a little “squeak”…. No… nobody?.... Well it’s the feeling of super clean hair. The shampoo strips out the grease and grime of the day and leaves clean and hydrated hair and skin behind. The refreshing clean that I find is perfect for waking up in the morning and facing the day.

My conclusion on this fine product is one of approval. The scent while using the product was aromatic and therapeutic, but didn't stick around and become overpowering after. The shampoo did a great job in cleansing the hair, skin, and pores of grime and oils. And on the frugal side of things, it doesn't take a large amount to get a nice satisfying clean. I would recommend this product to people with oilier skin and hair dynamics for its purifying nature, but also to anyone else looking to a nice healthy clean…. Especially nature lovers ;-)

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    Nordic Wood smells amazing
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There is nothing manlier then cars.  Therefore, it stands to reason that in order to make a truly manly line of skin care products you should model them after car care items. This revelation has given birth to the latest in skin care by FaceLube. This 3 step FaceLube Premium Kit treatment system is toted as a manly approach to anti aging skin care.

FaceLube Kit WhiteStep 1: Prepare and Clean

I like to think that cleansing the face is the most important step in caring for your skin. I enjoyed a powerful scent of cinnamon and cloves when applying the face wash. It’s bold combination of extracts had a slight tingle while I had its aromatic lather on my face. Then, after rinsing, that tingle turned into a refreshing cooling sensation. A bold clean is achieved by this product, for only the manliest of men.

Step 2: Restore and Repair

I have always been told to clean my face and to moisturize for protection, but never to repair it. Since FaceLube is making products to counter the damaging affects of aging, it only makes sense that they would put repairing into their line of treatments. This refreshing gel has little to no scent and reminded me of using aloe on my skin as a child. Slippery and cooling. I can’t say for sure if it truly heals the skin, but it was excellent for relieving razor burn on my face and neck. A welcome result that makes it worth the time to apply.

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Summer is finally here, thank goodness.  The temperature here in Maine is finally a nice balmy 96 degrees.  Everyone here has taken to wearing little sundresses every day.  With the weather so sweet, I have become less maintenance in the makeup department however.  No use in putting on layers of color when skin is tan and humidity is high (don’t you just hate when the makeup melts off).  My makeup routine now consists of sometinted SPF and a great lip color.  Thank you Mary Kay for providing me with 2 great lip products to help me stay pretty, without much effort.

MaryKay Nourishine PLus Lip Gloss 7.1.13For day, I prefer a light shimmery lip gloss. The NEW Special Edition Beauty That Counts Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss is the perfect gloss for daytime wear.  It comes in a pretty tube with a gold screw cap.  The product is swirled within the tube, a light, pretty pink swirled with a shimmery gold. The shimmery peachy-pink shade works well on all skin tones.  This lip gloss is full of Vitamin E, which is so nourishing, smoothing protecting and conditioning for your lips.  This formula gives you brilliant shine plus and instant boost of moisture that leaves lips feeling supple.  This is a wonderful lip gloss, and at a price of $14 it really can’t be beat.

MaryKay Creme Lipstick One Woman Can 7.1.13For night, I like to go with a bold lipstick.  However, it must feel great on my lips, apply nicely and most importantly STAY PUT! Mary Kay’s Special Edition Beauty that Counts Crème Lipstick does all three.  The color I used is called “One Woman Can”, and it is a delightful deep raspberry tint with a swirl of shimmery pink throughout.  Some lipsticks dry out the lip, causing a flaky colored mess.  This lipstick applies easily and feels soft on my lips. The color is great, and I received many compliments. Most importantly is the staying power.  Hours later the color is still strong, and my lips still soft.  Who could ask for more in a lipstick?!?

Mary Kay Ash (founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics) was a true pioneer in the independent sales comedic industry.  When Mary Kay Ash “retired” from a successful career in direct sales in early 1963, she decided to write a book to help women survive in the male-dominated business world. She made two lists. One contained things the companies for which she had worked had done right; the other included the things she felt they could have done better. When she reviewed the lists, Mary Kay realized that she had inadvertently created a marketing plan for a dream company – one which would provide women with open ended potential to achieve personal and financial success.  With her life savings of $5,000 and the help of her 20-year-old son Richard Rogers, Mary Kay launched her dream company on Friday, Sept. 13, 1963.  Her                    company, as we all know, is a HUGE success.

mary kay ask founderMary Kay adopted the Golden Rule as her guiding philosophy, determining that the best course of action in virtually any situation could be easily discerned by doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. She also steadfastly believed that life’s priorities should be kept in their proper order, which to her meant putting faith first, family second and career third.

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Beauty and Skincare Industry Experts Recognize Eleven Outstanding Beauty Products in Quarter 2
 
June 25th , 2013 (New York, NY) -- Certified F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S, an online beauty and skincare product review online publication created by beauty industry veterans, is proud to announce their “Certified F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. Seal of Approval” quarterly award winners this week.   Each winning selection, chosen unanimously by the Certified F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. board, represents a quality product that is effective, user-friendly, and provides an overall positive experience.
 
Certified F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. team extensively researches, tests and targets thousands of beauty products each year, only reporting and reviewing products that deliver quality results on their website www.CertifiedFABULOUS.com.   Based on the strict F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. parameters only a few are awarded this prestigious Seal.  
 
The 2nd Quarter 2013 “Certified F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. Seal of Approval”  award winners are:  
 
1. Palladio Beauty: Cotton Candy Tinted Lip Balm.  Recognized for its hydrating lip protection while also providing a sheer tint of color for anytime glamour.  www.palladiobeauty.com 
Palladio Tinted Lip Balm
2. Colgate: Optic White Toothpaste.  Recognized for its powerful, long lasting breath freshening abilities, making your whole mouth feel an extreme clean.   www.colgate.com
Colgate Optic White Toothpaste
3. Colgate: Optic White 360˚ Toothbrush.  Recognized for its optimal tooth polishing design that allows for a dentist-like cleaning at home.  www.colgate.com
Colgate Optic White 360 Toothbrush
4. PRIMAVERA: Revitalizing Intensive Renewing Cream.  Recognized for its moisturizing abilities that balances skin hydration level, while firming and increasing elasticity for youthful, anti-oxidant packed radiance.  www.primaveralife.com
Primavera Revitalizing Intensive Renewing Cream
5. PRIMAVERA: Revitalizing Intensive Serum.  Recognized for its incredible organic anti-oxidant mix that improves skin tone by prompting cell regeneration and fighting off free radical damage to reveal a brightened complexion.  www.primaveralife.com
Primavera Revitalizing Intensive Serum
6. Zotos Professional: AGEbeautiful Fullness & Body Shampoo .  Recognized for its color preserving, sulfate free formula that is designed specifically for aging hair needs as it flawlessly cleans.  www.zotos.com & www.sallybeauty.com
Zotos AGEbeautiful Fullness and Body Shampoo
7. Zotos Professional: AGEbeautiful Fullness & Body Conditioner.  Recognized for its color preserving, sulfate free formula that is design specifically for aging hair needs while perfectly providing moisture needed to maintain hair health.  www.zotos.com & www.sallybeauty.com
Zotos AGEbeautiful Fullness and Body Conditioner
8. Zotos Professional: AGEbeautiful Fullness & Body Intense Strengthening Treatment.  Recognized for its color preserving, sulfate free, intense deep moisturizing formula that instantly aides in repairing dry, damaged hair.  www.zotos.com & www.sallybeauty.com
Zotos AGEbeautifull Intense Strengthening Treatment
9. Zotos Professional: Biotera Ultra Color Care Conditioner 3-Minute Intense Treatment. Recognized for its anti-fade, silicone-free and paraben-free luxurious formula that quenches thirsty hair instantly, transforming severely damaged or chemically treated hair back to health. www.zotos.com  & www.sallybeauty.com
Zotos Biotera Ultra Color Intense Treatment
10. Mary Kay: Concealer. Recognized for its creamy, waterproof and long lasting coverage that easily conceals any unwanted flaws and blemishes.  www.marykay.com
Mary Kay Concealer
11. Merle Norman: Inner Eyeliner in Nude. Recognized for its smooth and easy application that delivers brightening to the eyes, creating the appearance of larger, more wide awake eyes that has waterproof staying power to last all day.  www.merlenorman.com
Merle Norman Inner Eyeliner Nude
There are two ways products get into the hands of the Certified F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. Review Board. Either a brand will submit products they want to be reviewed OR Certified F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. writers will submit a product they have reviewed and then recommend it to the Review Board for certification.
 
Stay tuned to www.certifiedFABULOUS.com this for daily posts on the “Certified F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. Seal of Approval” winners and special giveaways for our V.I.P. Members. 
 
TWEET THIS: Congrats to @Certified_fab #QuaterlyAwardWinners @PalladioBeauty, @OpticWhite, #PRIMAVERA, @zotosprofesh, @MaryKay, @MerleNormanInc for being #FABULOUS   http://bit.ly/18bklIv
 
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Summer is all about melt-proof makeup that stays put for hours and won't smudge throughout a long, hot day. I love my waterproof mascaras and lip stains for this reason but when it comes time to remove them at the end of the day - I face complications.

Most eye makeup removers sting and irritate my sensitive eyes but Smashbox’s new It’s A Wrap Waterproof Makeup Remover never causes my eyes to tear and gets rid of even the most stubborn long-wear makeup in a flash. I’ve found that many formulas fail to remove all my eye makeup. I’d go through three to four cotton rounds after a night out trying to remove my liquid liner and signature red lip. With It’s A Wrap, I soak one cotton round in the formula, hold it on my eye for a few seconds and whisk it all away.

What makes this remover different from it’s competitors? The ultra-lightweight formula contains two separate components that combine when shaken for optimum makeup removal. They mastered the non-irritating technology by testing it with ophthalmologists and dermatologists until it was perfected. Smashbox’s It’s A Wrap Waterproof Makeup Remover is a must-have in achieving a fresh, clean face after a long day of being glamorous. 

smashbox its a wrap waterproof makeup remover beauty review

It’s A Wrap Waterproof Makeup Remover is available for $20 at Smashbox.com, Sephora and Ulta stores.

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As temperatures rise and the days grow longer, your chances of getting too much sun exposure increase as well. You know better than to go outside without applying SPF to your skin but what about your hair? Touchback Plus is a system of dual UVA/UVB-protective shampoos and conditioners that help maintain hair’s optimum color intensity and prevent fading. Each dose provides superior sunscreen protection and hydration for your hair and keeps your salon color looking as fresh as it did when you stepped out of your colorist’s chair.  Go ahead and soak up the sun this season without subjecting your hair to harmful UV rays or stripping it of its vivid color and shine.

In addition to providing sunscreen protection, TouchBack Plus goes one step further to actually improve the condition and health of your hair by delivering smoothing and reparative benefits to dry, damaged strands. Now you can enjoy your fun-in-the-sun with no regrets! TouchBack Plus revitalizes hair adding manageability, shine and a healthy dose of color to both natural and color-treated hair with nourishing formulas that include sunflower, chamomile flower, green tea leaf, rose hips and lemon peel extracts. No ammonia, peroxide or sulfates added!

I tested the line out and found that my color became richer and more vibrant with each use. I would not recommend using the colored system every day since the color pigments can build overtime and become too intense. You can use the colored system three times a week with your other favorite shampoos and conditioners. Or if you want the daily dose of SPF protection without the color deposit, TouchBack Plus also comes in clear! The products are available in eight shades– Rich Black, Dark Brown, Medium Brown, Light Brown, Ash Blonde, Golden Blonde, Light Auburn, Dark Auburn and CLEAR. Pick them up at your local Ulta store, Ulta.com or TouchBackPlus.com.

Victoria

Go beyond Preserving your Hair Colors Brilliance  Protect Its Health Too

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    Woow! I never considered spf for our hair! What a great idea and this sounds like an awesome product! I love that it is ammonia an
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After winning the opportunity to try out PRIMAVERA’s Relaxing Lavender Vanilla Body Wash, I was both excited and afraid to use it.  Perhaps it was some sort of inner struggle with myself against smelling floral and sweet.  Perhaps it was the idea of my Axe Body Wash being jealous...  At any rate, I did in fact use this body wash and enjoyed it enough to continue using it.

Two key points about this product are 100% fact.  The first of which is the soothing properties of the lavender vanilla scent.  At first opening the bottle I was taken aback by how strong the fragrance was.  (In fact I was scared I was going to smell like a summer garden for the next month or two ;-p)  After using the product, I found that this intensity of aroma was perfect for creating a warm and relaxing ambiance during my shower.  It is aroma therapy at its finest.  I will also note that the scent is light enough after showering that it doesn't knock people over with a lavender cloud afterwards, which is a plus from a male perspective.

04202013 Primavera Relaxing Body Wash Certified fabulous

The second key feature I enjoy about this product is the smoothness of my skin after showering.  Some of the cheaper moisturizing products I have tried in the past have made my skin feel oily to the touch; this is not the case with the PRIMAVERA body wash. The key oils used in this body wash left me with a feeling of having locked moisture into my skin, NOT a feeling of being greasy.  Two thumbs up for the pampering nature of the oils in this product! :-)

I left the shower with a refreshed feeling and a sense that I had done something beneficial to my body.  This, I think is the way that one should feel after a nice hot shower at the end of a stressful day.  I want to thank Certified F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. for the free product and I hope to win some more items to try out in the future!

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    Love the review! My hubby loves the primavera body wash too! I swear he uses it more than I do, LOL!
  • Jessica
    Jessica says #
    Thanks for the review Nate!
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