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Burt’s Bees is the coolest company ever. Started by single mom, and Maine native Roxanne Quimby in 1984, this company has grown immensely over the past 30 years. Using Burt Shavit’s leftover beeswax, the two worked together to grow one of the most environmentally friendly companies ever. In 2012, as an interest in natural products continues to grow, the company Gud was born out of Burt’s Bees continuing desire to bring naturally wonderful products to consumers in a mass market retain setting.

With 97% natural ingredients and accessible price points, güd: Mango Moonbreeze Natural Body Lotion is a wonderful product for those of us seeking a natural product, at an affordable price. Mango Moonbreeze Natural Body Lotion contains natural AND organic ingredients.Made with natural shea butter, sunflower seed oil, and organic hyssopus,  officinalis extract, black walnut leaf extract, melissa officinalis leaf extract, rosa canina fruit extract, raspberry leaf extract, this product has a really nice ingredient list. This lotion is formulated without parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals and sodium lauryl sulfate, and is never tested on animals, making this a really great drug-store find. Retailing at $7.00, this is one amazing lotion.

güd: Mango Moonbreeze Natural Body Lotion comes in a large 8oz tube. This thick white cream is so moisturizing, it immediately absorbed into my dry, parched skin leaving my body soft and smooth. The fragrance is sweet and fresh, and not too strong. I would love to layer the body wash under the scent of this lotion, it is so pleasant. I have always used and loved Burt’s Bees, and now I am thrilled that I can get a beautifully fragranced, moisturizing lotion at a great price!!

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I am starting to see more and more organic products hit the selves in the beauty departments. I used to be totally against organic because I didn't feel like it would work as well as other products, but as I started to experience organic products and review them I realized I was way wrong! I now have a bunch of organic products I love and can't live without! I have been branching out to look into organic hair care so I can preserve my colored hair better. The only thing I was worried about was the organic hair products not cleaning my hair and it would feel greasy and dirty still.

That's when I discovered the brand Organic Doctor. Products made to utilize only the finest natural and organic raw materials wherever possible. Sourced from around the world, every single ingredient is rigorously tested to ensure it conforms to their strict quality guidelines. Combined with the latest scientific methods of extraction, Organic Doctor products ensure that all active compounds are retained to create products that are truly functional. They never use parabens, sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), phthalates or artificial colors!

Organic Doctor Virgin Olive Oil Gift Set ($34.96) – The gift set is a complete range to capture the intense natural nourishment of the Olea Europaea and the protective benefits of Oleic Acid, one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants. The collection is designed to feed dry or stressed skin back to radiant good health and includes all life’s little luxuries that are essential to looking and feeling naturally gorgeous from head-to-toe. It’s free from all harsh petro-chemicals and additives that can strip the skin of valuable moisture, including parabens and sodium lauryl sulfate. This set uses Pure organic Virgin Olive Oil which is a nutritious and deeply moisturizing fruit oil rich in Oleic Acid, an antioxidant. 

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It has been 90 days now since I started my NeriumAD skincare journey and the results are evident that these products are for real! To update you on the process you can read my past 2 articles from when I first started (HERE) and then after 45 days (HERE). 

I used the NeriumAD Day Cream and Night Cream for 90-Days and tracked my progress by taking a before picture and then a picture after 45 days, which was already outstanding! 

A little about NeriumAD: During advanced research on the uses of the Nerium oleander plant, an accidental discovery was made: the unique properties of Nerium oleander provided remarkable age-defying results when applied to the skin. This finding led to the formation of Nerium International and the creation of the NeriumAD skincare line. Nerium International is the first company with the exclusive capability to harness the power of the Nerium oleander plant in its skincare products. The product line addresses multiple concerns at once, including: wrinkles, discoloration, and texture. Nerium controls this main active ingredient from seed to bottle, making the Nerium skincare line both high-impact and innovative. This is the Nerium Difference.

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NeriumAD: Day Cream - A moisturizing, yet not overly thick cream, that perfectly absorbs into the skin hydrating the skin barrier and retaining moisture through the day. It works actively to promote the health of skin by evening skin tone and texture as well as smoothing out fine lines. It balances skin to maintain complexion and radiance and is overall a one-stop shop, go-to morning cream! I don't even need to use a primer before my makeup I feel like this cream is my everything for essential morning skin recovery and protection. The scent is wonderful too, I just love it :) I especially like the feeling I get after applying, it's like my skin literally wakes up and brightens up! It's a satisfying feeling to see considering how tired I look when first dragging myself out of bed, hah. I am NOT a morning person, but this cream helps me look like I am. 

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    Nerium got rid of my "tired mom eyes" that no amount of sleep could ever repair. It also removed my red discoloration that is comm
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    I am a Brand Partner with Nerium. Absolutely love the product.
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    NeriumAD was fantastic for my skin, this review is on point!
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Okay so I cheated a little and asked the staff for their top 10 list only to turn around and do a top 20 list for myself :) I can't help it though I loved so many products in 2013! I hope you all had a fabulous Holiday! HAPPY NEW YEAR! Looking forward to what 2014 will bring out in beauty... Top 10 of 2013 staff pick jessica certified fabulous JPEG

List is in no particular order...I love all equally :)

1. Palladio: Tinted Lip Balm - Cotton Candy (a Certified F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. award winner!) www.palladiobeauty.com

2. Luster NOW! Toothpaste www.lusterpremiumwhite.com

3. AEGEIA Skin Care: Revelation Corrective Serum www.aegeiaskincare.org

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Jack Black: Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser

In the modern world, one of our greatest assets is our face. Its the first thing that people see when we say hello and the part of our body that people focus on when we speak. So why don’t we take the time to make sure it is clean and nourished properly? Not enough time? Not having the right product? The scientists at Jack Black have given us the perfect product for our face cleansing needs, their Pure Clean Daily Cleanser.

Jack Black Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser sage aloe certified fabulous men grooming skincare

On first application, you will notice a light aromatic of spices and oils. The scent of sage is unmistakable in this product, yet also light enough it won't knock you over. As with most every Jack Black product, the cleanser has a supple and moisture rich texture that lathers nicely on the face as you rub it in. I personally noticed that the moisture rich lather was far nicer to my sensitive skin then other cleansers that use harsh astringents to clean out the pores of the skin and strip away oils. In fact, the Jack Black cleanser, didn’t feel like it was “stripping” my face of anything, but rather it was infusing nourishment into my skin while absorbing the grime from my pores. And after rinsing, my face felt clean and refreshed.

Some of my favorite products have come from the Jack Black line. Their series of products geared towards sensitive skin are rich with nourishing moisturizers and healthy oils. Because of this I was not surprised by the effectiveness of the facial cleanser that I was asked to try. This cleanser does an excellent job removing the daily grime accumulated over a long day working or playing. That alone earns it a place in my bathroom cabinet, but it’s the added skin nourishing formula from Jack Black’s scientists that keeps it there. I recommend this facial cleanser to anyone that has sensitive skin and are in need of a delicate daily cleanser. Further more, I encourage you to sample from the Jack Black line of moisture rich products… your skin will be happy you did.

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If you read my last post on NeriumAD (Previous Post) then you know I am in a 90-Day challenge to improve my skin! So far it has been 45 days and I am loving both the NeriumAD night cream and the NeriumAD day cream

NeriumAD is an amazing anti-aging, skin improving treatment that has real results with the confidence of real science developed from the patent-pending extract of the Nerium oleander plant.

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NeriumAD products contain the most effective age-defying ingredients, chosen for both their individual and synergistic benefits. These premium ingredients are blended at optimum levels to nourish your skin and provide real results. A 30-day independent clinical trial of NeriumAD put other skincare product trials to shame, thanks to superior product performance and advanced skin-grading technology. Results showed: 21% reduction in the appearance of deep lines 33% reduction in the appearance of fine lines 34% reduction in the appearance of emerging lines 67% reduction in the appearance of skin discoloration Third-party clinical trials show that NeriumAD dramatically reduces the appearance of: Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Hyperpigmentation, Uneven Skin Texture, Enlarged Pores, Aging or Sun-Damaged Skin.

The NeriumAD: Day Cream is the perfect face awakener in the morning and really gets my face ready for makeup. I like to put it on as soon as I wake up and have it soak in for a little bit before I start my makeup routine. It instantly hydrates my skin and I can see a difference when I look in the mirror how glowing and smooth my skin is. It has majorly improved my skin tone and texture and evened out my color and got rid of the red blotchiness I hated. I have started wearing less makeup because...I really don't need much now :) 

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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! 

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Congratulations to our winners Sheena, May & Hannah!

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Three (3) lucky winners will receive a:

EVOLOGIE® CLEAR SKIN KIT containing:

5.0oz/150ml

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    Thanks so much! I already loved the Stay Clear Cream and it's been great using all three!!!
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    I am a facebook fan of Evologie under Sheena Mariee!
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Three (3) lucky winners will receive a:

EVOLOGIE® CLEAR SKIN KIT containing:

5.0oz/150ml

0.5oz/15ml

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Congratulations to our winner Bobbie!

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One (1) lucky winner will receive:

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    I need this stuff to rase premature fine lines covering my forehead..fingers crossed!
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    FANTASTIC, Lord knows I need to win this serum! Here are my entries (USA Resident) Tagged on FB: https://www.facebook.com/rosie.
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Skin care science is what Apothederm is all about. This is a skincare brand that really means business and strives to get to the root of aging and how to prevent it...or at least slow it down...a lot!

Packed with powerful peptide technology like no other – a new generation of patented, bioactive peptides known as SmartPeptides™ is the key element of what makes it work in this skincare line. The SmartPeptides mimic an amino acid sequences of the skin’s own natural protect and restore functions.

These SmartPeptides are highly precise and work differently because they can target a very specific skin problem, such as:

  • The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Loss of elasticity
  • Loss of firmness and definition
  • Appearance of darkened areas or general unevenness of skin tone
  • Rough texture
  • Thinning of the skin

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As you all know I am obsessed with serums so it was a no brainer for me to grab the Apothederm Firming Serum as soon as it arrived in the office. A first look at the product interested me because the box has a picture of Collagen magnified 5 times which makes it interesting, weird and cool at the same time, hah. The stats of success also caught my attention as it said that 94% of clinical study participants reported firmer skin in 14 days. 84% reported a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in 14 days! Pretty impressive. 

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According to Dr. Owusu the 4 timeless approach to achieving beautiful skin is these simple steps: 1. Cleanse/Exfoliate, 2. Moisturize, 3. Detoxify and 4. Eat Healthy with adequate water intake to nourish your body from inside out. 

It's made easy with her Revitalizing Facial Care Set that includes an exfoliating facial scrub, facial serum and a detoxifying facial mask. My short review is that I LOVE this skincare system! The products were truly amazing and made my skin feel so clean and refreshed! I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Owusu products, it is a skincare system you will look forward to doing each day :)

1. Dr. Owusu Exfoliating Scrub is my dream scrub! It is everything I want in a scrub, not oily or creamy just a nice exfoliation to rid my face of the gunky dead skin cells. My face felt SO clean and smooth after using this! It smelled amazing too, which is always a plus when your putting products on your face! I use this everyday and it didn't dry out my skin, it just improved the tone and texture the more days I used it. This can be used both day and night. Cleanse & Exfoliate = CHECK! 

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2. Dr. Owusu Facial Serum is the moisturization part of the plan to hydrate, condition, soften and clarify the skin after using the exfoliating scrub. I adore serums and it makes sense to use on my combination skin type but Dr. Owusu's also provided my dry skin areas with the needed moisture while also regulating the oily/ T-zone area. This felt perfect on my skin and left my complexion flawless and happy :) This can be used day and night too. Moisturize = CHECK!

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Certified F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. expert Sara is featured on ehow.com to share with you skin care tips! In today's video find out about using blueberry extract for skin care.
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A cleanser is made to take off makeup, dirt, grime and anything else you don't want hanging around on your face while you sleep or get ready to apply makeup in the morning! I am very VERY obsessed with my skincare routine and I have never skipped any step to my process, yes even when I have got home at 2AM or stayed at a friends house unexpectedly. Cleaning your face is very important and I always tend to think of it as an artists canvas, I wouldn't want to paint on a dirty canvas or one that had paint on it already, so why would I want to layer more makeup on if my face wasn't clean? Not to mention the environmental toxins we encounter on a daily basis! Ewww. So the first step, and most basic step to skincare is cleanser. What will you put on your face to wash away the days build up?

Avalon Organics main purpose and mission statement is "to create an extraordinary range of truly effective personal care products that are inherently pure, safe and certified to the NSF/ANSI 305 Standard for Personal Care Products Containing Organic Ingredients. Formulated without parabens, harsh preservatives, synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, phthalates, or potentially harmful sulfates, our products are made with 100% vegetarian, science-based nutrients and natural botanicals, and are designed to reflect your need for a pure and effective line of personal care products." (source: www.avalonorganics.com

Their bottles are even made with 100% recycled materials!

I may have a strict skincare routine but when it comes to natural and organic product use, I have not really looked into it as much as I should. Although there are products that I can not give up that are not organic or natural, I know that it is important to incorporate them into my skincare routine in some way. Upon thinking about organic products and the safety of skincare in general I was excited to try out the Avalon Organics CoQ10 Repair TM Facial Cleansing Gel.

Avalon Organics coQ10 repair facial cleansing Gel certified fabulous skincare face wash review

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I’m not going to waste anytime on a lead in this time around. The three products I was given to try out are by far the most impressive that I have used so far. The quality of the Epic Moisture line by Jack Black (no not the actor) is ridiculously high. Each product had a perfect balance of active ingredients and lavish bases.

To start, the Clean Cream Body Wash. This silky substance reminded me more of a lotion then a wash when I pumped it out of the bottle. It feels velvety and moisture rich on the finger tips and releases a soft yet enveloping scent of freshness. The scent is very hard to describe other then fresh and soothing. It’s the kind of fragrance that makes you think of clean summer breezes in sunny meadows (I know I sound like a commercial, but that’s what it smells like!). The rich cream turned into a bubbly lather that imparted all of its moisture directing into my skin. After rinsing, the dirt of the day was gone and the moisture and light scent were left. The perfect amount of clean to scent if you ask me.

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Next, I moved onto the Extra Rich Body Hydrator. This had the same incredibly silky feeling in my palm as the body lotion, so I instantly knew it was going to provide the EPIC MOISTURE that it advertised. On application, it held up to its promise. I now know why women take such care in applying lotion on their bodies. The powerful moisturizers in the lotion made my skin as soft as a new born baby. Maybe softer. And here is the kicker folks, the soft skin… lasts for over 24 hours. Your body is so enriched with nourishing butters and oils that your skin can't help but stay hydrated. All that hydrated goodness and no oily feeling. It’s a win win as they say.

Last, but very much, not least. The MP 10 Nourishing Oil. This oil is a Swiss Army knife in the field of grooming. It can be used in your hair to add body and shine. It can be rubbed into the face and skin to moisturize. It can be used as a shaving oil and then AGAIN as a grooming oil for shaping the hair you have left on your face! After trying each method, I found it perfect for a hair treatment. Great for a moisturizer and facial hair shaping. Shaving was a bit awkward for me, but I just prefer using shaving cream. Over all the oil performs wonderfully, moisturizing and protecting skin from the harshness of a days ware. I will be recommending it to the Swiss Army for use in the field. J

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I need to be told what to do. I'm not sure if it’s a touch of ADD, or if my brain is scattered from having to keep track of a million things from day to day, but I will admit, sometimes I have a difficult time keeping it together. Sometimes I just need to be told what to do. Establishing a skincare routine is always difficult for me as it requires me to focus, and decide exactly what, when, and why a particular product is necessary. Lucky for me, MyChelle Dermaceuticals has provided me with a delightful kit - the MyChelle Dermaceuticals "hello, beautiful" collection, which meets all of my skincare needs. Not only does this kit come organized in a beautiful flip-top box (made of recycled paper), but MyChelle has also outlined a 3 minute morning/night routine which anyone, even the most scatter-brained of us, can follow.

Let me begin by sharing MyChelle’s wonderful 3 minute morning/night ritual, which has simplified my skincare routine tremendously!! In the morning, I spend one minute on each step (sometimes less than a minute). MINUTE 1: Gently clean your face with one of our cleansers to wake up your skin and create a clean slate for the nourishment to come. MINUTE 2: Nourish your way to a great start every day with our power-packed serums, refreshing mists and luxurious creams. MINUTE 3: Protect your skin with our chemical-free, reef-safe, mineral-based sun defense products that show UVA and UVB rays who’s boss. These 3 steps cover all of your bases, leaving your skin radiant, cleansed, refreshed, nourished and protected from the sun. Who could ask for anything more?!?

Now ladies, lets not forget about our nighttime skincare routine. After a day of exposing our skin to makeup, pollution, dirt, oil and sun exposure, your nighttime ritual is just as important (if not moreso) than the morning routine. MyChelle gives an outline of an easy, 3 minute/3 step routine anyone should be able to follow with ease: MINUTE 1: Cleanse away the dirt and stress of the day with one of our refreshing cleansers. MINUTE 2: Once a week, treat your skin to one of our highly effective treatments, which include delicate peels, masks and scrubs. Apply one in less than a minute and then soak in the benefits while you tackle another chore before rinsing. MINUTE 3: Use our serums and creams to finish off your night and load up your skin with hydration and rich botanicals.

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MyChelle offers an amazing array of products to use while adhering to the above mentioned 3 minute morning/night skincare regime.  I was lucky enough to be able to use the following products for my new ritual. Step 1: the amazing White Cranberry Cleanser. This cleanser is naturally exfoliating and pore clearing, bringing skin into healthy balance. Willow Bark and Totarol™ bring balance to oily and blemish-prone skin conditions. Pomegranate, a super fruit rich in antioxidants and naturally exfoliating fruit acids, protects against environmental aggressors, while keeping pores clear and skin calm.

Step 2: the Incredible Pumpkin Peel exfoliates and deeply nourish skin with Pumpkin Pulp, Enzymes and Fermented Juice. Loaded with antioxidants, this fortifying peel rejuvenates and supports cellular integrity while clearing pores and aiding detoxification. Skin is left feeling incredibly soft, smooth and clean with a renewed healthy glow. This product smells good enough to eat. Think pumpkin pie, YUM.

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I've talked in the past about the importance of taking care of your skin, especially when it becomes susceptible to outside factors like the weather and allergens. These sometimes harsh elements eventually break down the skin’s protective barrier leading to sensitive and dry skin.

Healthy skin has a hydrolipid film covering the surface of the skin called the acid mantle. The acid mantle is slightly acidic (PH 5.5). It’s essential to maintain this PH on the skin’s surface and Sebamed has been making soap-free products since the 1960’s which match this acid mantle and maintain the PH level while healing and protecting even the most sensitive skin (like mine).

Sebamed Hand and Nail BalmHere are a couple to try this fall season:

Sebamed hand & nail balm for sensitive skin  

  • Quickly absorbs
  • Non-greasy
  • Deep moisturizing
  • Enriched with vitamin B5

I used this daily towards the end of the summer and saw a noticeable difference in my nails. Rubbing directly in the nail and cuticles, it really strengthened and softened them.

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