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Keeping hydrated in the summer is important and it is also important to keep your skin hydrated to leave you looking fabulous on the beach. Who doesn't want naturally luminous beautiful skin? The Certifed Fabulous team recently tried some amazing hydrating products to do just that for you. Here is what we found to be a wonderful hydrating routine for hydrated summer skin.

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First you need to start with a hydrating body wash like Bodycology Pure White Gardenia Body Wash. Not only does this have the perfect summer scent and made with grape seed extract and vitamin E to provide your skin with ultra-hydration and nourishment. This moisturizing body wash can be used as an extremely sudsy soap in the shower, or can also be used as a bubble bath in the tub for the ultimate relaxation. The scent of the Bodycology Pure White Gardenia is so refreshingly floral and makes skin smell sweet for hours. The Bodycology Body wash is a great deal at just 3.99 and is available at Walmart.

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Summer may be in full swing but things are only just heating up! While the sun may bring out your glowing tan, the humidity can turn hair from a tamed mane into a big mess. But don’t break a sweat; Herbal Essences Celebrity Stylist, Charles Baker Strahan is here to help you keep your cool with the season’s hottest updos.

Achieve three stylish ‘dos in five easy steps that will help you stay cool and frizz-free all summer long using his favorite Herbal Essences products.

Stay Sleek in the Sun with a High Pony


Keep long locks off your face and neck in the hot summer months with a chic, sleek ponytailhigh pony certified fabulous herbal essence


1) Create a nourished and hydrated base in the shower with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner. The Hawaiian coconut and orchid fragrance will leave you smelling fresh, while giving your hair the moisture it needs to fight frizz


2) Work 1-2 pumps of Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Split End Defense Cream through damp hair and smooth from root to top with a wide tooth comb

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Don’t get caught with dry crunchy damaged hair this summer! During hot summer months, hair gets exposed to additional heat causing it to lose moisture and become dry and brittle.  Add the use of tools like flat irons, blow dryers, curling irons, and curl wands and it can become break off central!

Don’t Sacrifice Style.

Some Do’s and Don’ts for Styling:

This is your chance to turn heads ladies, don’t miss it! When it comes to styling avoid adding any more heat or strain on hair follicles than you have to. We repeat, step away from the flat iron!

  • Don’t blow dry hair directly after washing it.  DO try sectioning and air drying hair first to minimize heat.

It’s summer, get creative have some fun!

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  • GOLDFADEN MD Sun Visor environ spf 25 sun care coola sport unscented spf 30 jane iredale powder me spf sunscreen certified fabulous summer sun block ultra violet rays

    GOLDFADEN MD: Sun Visor - fast absorbing, oil-free, PABA-free and fragrance-free SPF 30 sunscreen protects your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays. This unique product offers dual-action protection by delivering high-level UV filters to help prevent sun damage, fine lines, and dark spots. Skin renewing organic red tea works to rejuvenate skin and provide antioxidant benefits. This advanced, revolutionary, ultralight translucent oil-free, fragrance-free and even smear-free formula is a must for all skin types.  www.goldfadenmd.com 

    Environ: Sunscreen SPF 25  - is formulated with micronized titanium dioxide and antioxidants to assist in protecting the skin against harsh UV rays and improve the appearance of fine lines. To achieve maximum benefits, apply 15 minutes before sun exposure and continue once every 2 hours to help minimize short-term skin damage effects. www.DermaConcepts.com for additional information.

    COOLA® Suncare: sport spf 30 Unscented sunscreen spray - clear, natural, and unscented continuous spray. Offering Broad Spectrum SPF 30 protection, this Farm to Face® sourced spray will also nourish, repair and hydrate skin with 70%+  certified organic ingredients like Cucumber, Algae and Strawberry Extracts; and Red Raspberry Seed Oil, a natural sunscreen and anti-inflammatory rich in Omega-3 and 6. www.coolasuncare.com 

    jane iredale: Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen - Can be used on the body, face and scalp for a UVB/UVA SPF 30 protection. Translucent, nourishing and soothing! https://janeiredale.com

    *** Never, NEVER forget sunscreen! Powder, spray, lotion...which ever you want at any SPF level (15+ is ideal though)...just wear it!  Your future self will thank you :) These are a few of my faves!
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    Keratin Complex: Color Therapy TIMELESS COLOR Shampoo & Conditioner


    What it is: Keep hair as vibrant as the day it was colored with the new Timeless Color at-home collection from Keratin Complex. What it does: The Fade-Defy Shampoo & Conditioner harness the power of keratin to reinforce the hair's natural protective barrier and protect agains color loss. What else you need to know: Key ingredients such as PolyQ, seal in color's vibrancy while UV absorbers help to prevent sun damage that can cuase color-treated strands to become dull or brassy. www.keratincomplex.com 

    *** Sun, chlorine and environmental toxins can take a toll on hair, espeically color treated hair! This FABULOUS conditioner protects and perfects leaving hair bright and glossy like the first time you colored it :)
  • keratin complex glowtion potion styling oil hair care certified fabulous summer essentialsKeratin Complex: Style Therapy Glowtion Potion Styling Oil

    A softening solution for dry, damaged and color-treated hair that creates softness and shine, even in coarse hair textures. Helps to reduce rough split ends and breakage while shine-enhancing silicones smooth the cuticle and add weightless moisture and gloss. www.keratincomplex.com 

    *** Tames my flyaways and hydrates my hair leaving it shiny and not oily! LOVE!
  • hairfinity healthy hair supplements growth beauty certified fabulous
    Hairfinity

    A nutritional supplement that contains a unique natural blend of vitamins, nutrients and our exclusive Capilsana™ Complex, it promotes healthy hair growth and nourishes your hair from the inside out.
    The ingredients promote a healthy scalp, increased hair elasticity, increased hair strength, and more. Bonus: 30-Day Money Back Guarantee: If you aren't amazed by your hair, simply request a refund.  www.hairfinity.com 

    *** I've tried a wide variety of healthy hair supplements to grow my hair out quick...and I have got to say this is one of the better ones out there! Easy to incorporate into your daily routine and encourages water intake, which is also crucial to hair health. Nothing to lose with a money back guarantee! 
  • AcneFree Energizing Wipes 3-in-1 iced orange mint certified fabulous
    AcneFree Energizing Acne 3-in-1 Wipes

    Containing 0.5% Salicylic Acid, a dermatologist-recommended acne medication that helps to exfoliate skin, these wipes are formulated with orange and mint extracts, this three-in-one product cleanses skin, treats acne and energizes senses on-the-go! www.acnefree.com 

    *** These water-less wipes were a perfect way to take off all of my makeup and gunk from the day! Unlike ordinary cleansing wipes, these had a bit of foam to them that wiped away all my daily residue without a trace! Love bringing on trips or using after a workout to freshen up and boost my energy level. 
  • OM Carrot rose serum certified fabulous
    OM Carrot Rose Serum

    Carrot Rose Face Oil is a heavenly antioxidant-rich formula that makes the skin undeniably soft, silky, and smooth. Carrot Seeds have vitamin A and beta-carotene to nourish and rejuvenate skin. Rose essential oils bring out skin clarity. Rosehip Seed diminishes age spot, scars, and sun spots. http://omaroma.com 


    *** Truly one of the best oil serums I have used! My complexion was brighter, even toned and moisture balanced! I love applying this at night as an overnight repair from the daily environment aggressors that create chaos on my skin. 
  • Chapstixk Hydration Lock Day Night mosture renew certified fabulous new
    The first NEW ChapStick dual-ended Hydration Lock is called Moisturize & Renew and offers an advanced anti-aging formula with different ingredients on either end of the stick each designed to provide targeted benefits including long-lasting moisturization.

    The other new dual-ended Hydration Lock is called Day & Night which offers 24-hour lip care by having a formula on either end of the stick each designed to protect lips through the day and revitalize through the night. The day formula contains SPF and makes a great product for using on the beach or during vacation while the night formula is perfect for restoring lips while you sleep.

    Launching in this month! www.chapstick.com


  • Softsoap Rainforest escape body wash certified fabulousSoftsoap® brand Rainforest Escape Body Wash 

    Brace yourself for the magic of summer with our limited edition Rainforest Escape body wash. This moistrure infused formula leaves skin feeling soft and smooth, while the invigorating scent of Coconut Water & Lime take you to a relaxing place in the jungles of Brazil!

    *** Incredible scent! Tropical heaven in your shower! 
  • woolite everyday detergent maintains fabric shape and elasticity certified fabulousWoolite Everyday Detergent 

    Gives all your clothes the right balance of cleaning and caring. It doesn't contain harsh ingredients, so it won't cause stretching, shrinking or fading. www.woolite.us 

    *** Taking care of your clothes is important, especially when you spend good money on key pieces! Woolite gives you that extra care with a complete clean that smells heavenly! 

  • Soft and Dri deodorant certified fabulous summer essentials
    Soft & Dri Aerosol Antiperspirant Deodorant

    Provides excellent 24-hour wetness and odor protection that is soft on your skin and dries quickly, leaving you feeling refreshed, protected and comfortable. Easy to use and non-staining! www.softndri.com 

    *** I love using aerosol cans in the Summer, they never leave a cakey deoderant clump and it's perfect when wearing tank tops or any sleeve-less tops. As part of my night routine I make sure I spay my underarms before bed! Got to keep it fresh :)
  • mary Kay Journey of dreams perfume certified fabulousMARY KAY: Beauty That Counts® Journey of Dreams™ Eau de Toilette

    Crisp floral scent expresses a spirit of caring. With top notes of Sparkling Clementine, Freesia Flowers and Floating Lotus. Middle notes of Black Currant Bud, Blooming Turkish Rose and Australian Sandalwood. Bottom notes of White Amber, Skin Musk and Bed of Velvety Orange Petals.

    From May 16, 2014, through Aug. 15, 2014, $2.50 will be donated by Mary Kay Inc. from each sale of the limited-edition† Beauty That Counts® Journey of Dreams™ Eau de Toilette. As part of this effort, Mary Kay is proud to support The Mary Kay Foundation grant program for women’s shelters. Watercolor butterflies decorate the packaging, symbolizing the many lives you’re helping to transform with each purchase. www.marykay.com 

    *** A Beautiful Summer scent and a great cause, it's a win/win! 
  • flight of fancy anna sui certified fabulous perfume summer essentials beauty
    Anna Sui: Flight of Fancy Fragrance

    "The Enchantment of Discovery" - A dream unlocks many doors to the soul, expanding the senses to irresistible possibilities. There are so many things to try and explore, so many ways to see into one's soul, so many ways to change. The dream is the surrounding, in which our senses awake.

    Anna Sui's fragrance invites a girl-woman to take her chances...to open her eyes...and to emerge from a dream with self-assurance, beauty, and certainty.

    Spread your wings and reach for the stars...Experience the enchantment of discovery!

    An explosion of luminous Java lemon, litchi, and yuzu notes, followed by the soft notes of Star Magnolia, rose blossom, and waves of Purple Rain Freesia. The bottom notes end the composition with amber crystals, light wood, and skin musk, bringing peace and tranquility. www.annasui.com/en/ 

    *** One of my favorite, go-to perfumes! I feel like it is fitting for every occasion as it provokes a light-hearted, inspiring and happy feeling when I wear it. I LOVE the box design, gorgeous, I had to keep it! The bottle is elegantly made and fits on my perfume dresser without a big, over the top cap but it still stands out among the sea of fragrances I have displayed :)
  • boots no7 lip crayon lip stain certified fabulous
    No7 Stay Perfect Lip Stain - Long-lasting lip stain in an easy-to-apply pen format for great definition. Sweep on for a light tint, or build for more intense color.5 colors to choose from: Ballet, Posy, Ruby, Seduce & Sultry.

    No7 High Shine Lip Crayon - Glide-on, sheer and glossy color for a lightweight, moisturized feel in an easy-to-apply crayon format. 5 colors to choose from: Berry, Daydreamer, Delicate Pink, Statement & Tickle.


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    *** I loved the colors on all of them! My favorite part is that the lip stains have a color budddy in the lip crayons so I could layer! Apply the lip stain for the base color and then the crayon on top for a semi-matte lip. If the crayon fades, the stain color is still on! LOVE!
  • Ciate Dark Chocolate nail polish remover certified fabulous mint orange white
    Ciate: Chocolate Nail Polish Removers

    Tantalise your senses and indulge yourself in the newly formulated Collection of Chocolate Scented Nail Polish Removers from Ciaté. The range infuses delicious scents of white, dark, mint and orange chocolate into each delectable formula, adding a unique, mouth–watering aroma to each one. These removers not only help to gently remove polish but also nourish nails and leave you with an utterly irresistible chocolaty fragrance. Presented in an elegant glass bottle, the new and improved Ciaté Chocolate Nail Polish Removers are acetone free and suitable for acrylic nail extensions. The non-drying formula also has added Vitamin E and B5 to condition and care for nails whilst satisfying your sweet tooth with its sugary, cocoa scent.  www.ciate.co.uk 

    *** Delicious and amazing! No need to use harsh smelling, chemical nail polish removers when you can use CHOCOLATE! Works flawlessly, smells delicious and preps nails perfectly for a fresh coat of polish. LOVE!!!
  • Zumba Apparel Spring - Summer 2014 certified fabulous

    Zumba Apparel Spring/Summer 2014

    Shown Above: One More Dance Tee - Sew Black + Cardigan - Sew Black Capri Legging - Have a Nice Grey  = www.zumba.com

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    Stylish, cool and comfortable! I never get tired of my ZUMBA wear! This compelation makes for a great travel / flying outfit! Of course also ideal at the gym :) Get working!

  • Snarky E-Cards That Are Real Tear-Out Cards For Every Situation flirty sex funny certified fabulous
    Ever wanted to find the right thing to say only to be left tongue-tied? Say sayonara to embarrassment and let these tear-out cards do the talking for you!

    Sorry I Had Sex on Your Bed: And Other Tear-Out Apologies for Your Awkward Screwups ($7.95) A hilarious collection of snarky mea culpa cards to be torn out and given to wronged friends, coworkers, and family members. Includes “I’m sorry I tagged that picture of you on Facebook” and “I’m sorry I tried to spice things up without asking first.” #yikes

    Seriously?! Delightfully Passive Aggressive Cards ($7.95) A riotous collection of cards designed to be left for roommates, frenemies, coworkers, strangers, and neighbors who’ve Gone. Too. Far. Examples: “Maybe tomorrow I could pet your elephants? --your downstairs neighbor” and “Touch my lunch again and I’ll cut you.”

    You're Cute: Cards to Break the Ice ($7.95) A witty collection of cards to capture the attention of someone new. Favorites include “This is me flirting with you...” and “It was either this or a Missed Connection.”

    Parking Tickets: For Those Who've Crossed the Line ($7.95) A humorous collection of snarky cards for drivers of badly parked cars. Try “I used to park like this. Then I turned 6.” or “Hope you’re better between the sheets than you are between the lines.”

    Yep, there’s a card for every situation ever!

    *** HILARIOUS! I could not stop handing these out to people. I even posted one on the office fridge, "Touch My Lunch and I'll Cut You". My friends loved getting them and I felt sneaking placing them all over! Tons of fun for yourself or a great gift to give to someone that needs help speaking up for themselves. 

  • skinny girl vodka lemon cucumber cherry tangerine certified fabulous cocktailsSkinnygirl Vodkas - Vodka with Natural Flavors


    Endless mixing possibilities. Discover six delightful flavors for delicious low-calorie cocktails. 

    Flavors: Meyer Lemon, White Cherry, Tangerine, Cucumber, Bare Naked (original)

    http://skinnygirlcocktails.com

    *** YUMMY! I tried the Lemon Vodka and it was smooth and delicious. Mixed great with raspberry lime seltzer water. Very easy to drink :)

    Please drink responsibily!

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With the warm weather finally settling in, I'm sure you're getting ready for those summer nights out. Usually, this means you'll want a new outfit, or two... I love shopping just as much as the next girl, but I can't afford to shop as much as I would like. I like to get a new dressy number every once in a while; it makes your night out a tad bit more exciting. Wearing new clothes tends to have that effect... So luckily, I've been introduced to Ami Clubwear. This site has so many options for affordable & cute clothing, that you're bound to find something you like! And you'll like the price tag too. 

There are plenty of club-worthy outfits on this site, but if the club isn't your thing, and you're just looking for a cute dress, don't shy away from this site. As I mentioned, there are so many styles, that you can find a dress for many occasions for this summer! Here are a couple dresses I tried and how you can style them this summer!

Ami Clubwear blue and white dress croppedI love this dress for nights out/summer parties! The accessory options are endless! Plus, chunky sandals heels are bound to make this a knockout outfit. Also, add a statement red necklace, and you have a stylish (not at all cheesy) fourth of July outfit!

This second dress is very pretty in pink. I would combine this with a soft pink heel (with this dress it will help elongate your legs!), and then add some edge with sharp angled earrings and a bold black clutch. Of course, a dark smoky eye will take this outfit up a notch and have you ready for trouble!

dress cropI wouldn't necessarily think I would find these two dresses on a site for "club wear" but that's one of the reasons I like AMI Club Wear! There are so many affordable styles on this site that I'm sure you'll find plenty of new options for this upcoming summer season! 

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Luxe Low Loop Knot

  1. Beginning with straightened hair and a center part, spray Kerastase Double Force all over hair and smooth to create a sleek look
  2. Work Shu Uemura Cotton Uzu through the ends of hair to creates shine and pull back hair into a low ponytail
  3. Take a one inch section of hair and wrap around the elastic securing with a bobby pin. With remaining hair, loop up and secure with elastic. Take the ends of the loop and wrap around the elastic, securing with bobby pins. Finish with hairspray to create a lasting hold!

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 “Bedhead-to-Beach” Faux Bob Fishtail

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It is officially time to break out the sunscreen! FINALLY! It seems like I have been waiting forever for some sun and warmth...but then again when you live in Maine we really do wait forever for these 3 glorious summer months. 

Now that I'm older (slightly) and wiser (on good days) I know how crucial sunscreen is on a daily basis. Long gone are the days where I naively went tanning just to fit into society and match my looks to magazine fashion models. I look up to actresses that have embraced their "paleness" with pride, like Nicole Kidman and Anne Hathaway. I hope the "tan is cool" phase goes out of style because if you have a skin tone like me, or a Franco American heritage, you know that tanning is impossible to do naturally and we would consider burns an improvement to our "whiteness". 

Lupita Nyong'o gave an inspirational speech on black beauty at the Essence Magazine Black Women In Hollywood event that resonated with me in a way I could similarly could relate to. Looking at magazines at what we think is beautiful and then comparing yourself to that is something that has always happened and something that needs to stop. Learning to find beauty in your flaws and embracing them if something that comes with age, but it still doesn't make it easy to see images of what we are made to believe is beautiful. Especially now with all of the photoshop "scandals" becoming headline news, I can only hope that one day we can put regulations on photo retouching, or at least reject ones that are clearly overdone, much like they have in EnglandLOCCITANE Jenipapo SPF body lotion

With that being said, I rely heavily on sunscreen and making sure I follow the rule of applying before I go in the sun and then reapplying as needed. I'm not a totally angel, I admit I use blockers with only 15 or 20 in them, but something is still better than nothing! I also stay pretty committed to a particular brand once I find ones I love and when it comes to luxury ANYTHING I always turn to L'OCCITANE!

L'OCCITANE: Jenipapo Body Jelly Milk SPF 20 is a light jelly cream texture with SPF 20, this protective body milk enriched with vegetal ingredients helps prevent sunburns while moisturizing the skin with a non-greasy protective film. Containing a jenipapo extract from the Cerrado region of Brazil, this body jelly milk leaves skin delicately fragranced with a green, fruity floral scent.

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Everyone wants to know what the hair and beauty trends are going to be this summer. I had the pleasure of speaking with Lisha Lee to find out what she thinks.  If you don’t know Lisha Lee she is the owner and creator of Hair Insanity and Lisha Lee Cosmetics. The brand’s luxury hair entity, Hair Insanity, offers exquisite Virgin Indian, Malaysian, Brazilian Hair, and European Couture, worn by women all around the world. Taking pride in offering luxury hair at super affordable prices, Hair Insanity is light in weight and fabulously supple. Hair Insanity offers 100% raw and unprocessed hair with vibrant natural flow and movement.

Available in a variety of lengths from 12 inches to 28 inches, Hair Insanity is chemical free, known for enhancing the color, length, and texture of natural hair without damaging natural hair, offering a flawlessly opulent refined weave or extension style. Unlike most virgin hair brands, Hair Insanity  is non-shedding, tangle-free, and effortlessly manageable; guaranteed to last up to a year! In addition, Hair Insanity also offers a line of fashionable, graphic tees and specialty joggers, all designed by Lisha Lee.

What are the hair trends for spring/summer? Color is coming back again. Blondes and some reds.  Lisha says you will be seeing a lot of body waves and exotic looks.

combo hair pic Lisha Lee

Lisha Lee Cosmetics is your source for the latest trends in women’s cosmetics. A premiere women’s online cosmetic boutique, Lisha Lee Cosmetics is passionate about providing women with the latest and most stylish cosmetics and accessories. Lisha Lee Cosmetics takes trends from the catwalk to the sidewalk, empowering women to make a statement, explore new looks, and flaunt their own creativity and individuality. Inspired to be confident, unique and accomplished, Lisha Lee Cosmetics gives you scientifically-advanced formulas, revolutionary textures and up-to-the-minute, trendsetting shades effortlessly, affordably, beautifully. 

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Today it finally felt like summer is actually around the corner. It was a possibility to wear a dress today, with no tights, and not freeze. That's a pretty exciting day when you live in Maine. While I was looking at my short dresses, skirts & shorts, I realized that showing off my legs, will mean keeping up with shaving more often. Even though I still shave year round, I put a little more effort into in during the summer. But lets face it, shaving is annoying. It's easy but doesn't last that long, and with razor bumps or skin irritation, it can be a bit frustrating during the warmer, skin barring months.

So with these thoughts in mind, I'm quite happy to have whish: flawless ingrown hair serum, post wax & shave serum. This little serum will solve your shaving woes and ensure you have flawless skin to show off this summer. After your shower or post hair removal, massage a small amount of this serum into your bikini area, underarms, or any other problem areas. I tend to get razor bumps on my legs, so I apply this serum after I shower and I have seen great improvement in my skin. Those little irritation bumps have diminished significantly and my skin appears overall smoother. This serum calms and soothes irritation and will address those bumps and ingrown hair for smooth, bright skin this summer. 
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The serum formula does not contain any alcohol or skin-drying ingredients, and is all natural & organic, so it is truly soothing and beneficial for your skin. Another great aspect: this serum contains Papaya Extract that helps weaken hair follicles and inhibits future hair growth. I truly am shaving less often after using this serum; I can go a whole week with just a little bit of hair growth appearing before I shave again. Before using this serum, I would need to shave every other day, which did not help keep my skin calm and smooth. 

whish: flawless - ingrown hair serum, post wax & shave serum is one of my essential products for the summer. If you're experiencing any frustrations with shaving (irritation, ingrown hairs, quick re-growth), I highly recommend giving flawless a try!

www.Nordstrom.com 

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  • palmers cocoa butter night renewal cream
  • orogold 24k bio-brightening skin tone moisturizer
  • regenica overnight repair
  • neriumAD age-defying treatment day and night cream
  • earth tu face face balm and palmers swivel stick
  • jane iredale hydration spray and avene spring water
  • DRIEST SKIN: Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E Night Renewal Cream
  • DRY SKIN: OROGOLD Cosmetics 24k Bio-Brightening Skin Tone Moisturizer
  • COMBINATION SKIN: Regenica Advanced Rejuvenation Overnight Repair
  • COMBINATION SKIN: NeriumAD age-defying treatment Night Cream & Day Cream
  • Dry Patches / Problem Area: Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E Swivel Stick
  • Anytime Refresher / Travel Necessity: Avene Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water Spray
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Summer is finally here!!! For people who are from up north I’m sure you can understand my enthusiasm that summer has sprung.  Now is the time to get yourself and your home ready for summer.

I was looking at my teeth the other day and realized it was time to get these puppies whiter with summer HERE I look a lot better with my tan and white teeth. I was happy to find a few new products to help me do that without adding any extra time to my daily routine. I started off with the Colgate Total Advanced Whitening Toothpaste. This tube is nice and has the new stand-up-cap so it does not take up to much space, if you have a tiny countertop in your bathroom like mine you will appreciate it. This toothpaste will keep your breath fresh, help get rid of stains and by prevention of future stains it will help you achieve a bright radiant smile. It also helps prevent plaque, gingivitis, tartar build –up and cavities…..sounds great to me! I try to avoid the dentist unless for a checkup.

 But it’s not all about whitening we all should keep our mouths clean and healthy so I was pleased to be able to try the Colgate Total Advanced with the Colgate 360 Total Floss Tip Bristles Toothbrush. I always like to have a good strong toothbrush and was happy that after weeks of using this one it still felt as new as it did the first day. The great thing about this toothbrush is it can reach 4x deeper and get between teeth along the gum line. When using this Colgate 360 Floss Tip Bristles Toothbrush it is amazing what a complete clean feel my teeth and mouth had.

To top off the fresh clean mouth feel I use the Colgate Total Advanced Pro-Shield Mouthwash. This also helps protect against germs even after eating and drinking for 12 hours, it also helps kill 99% or germs and helps prevent gingivitis and it does all of that without the burn of alcohol.

Colgate Total advanced pro shield advance toothpaste floss toothbrush teeth smile

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  • Jurlique Brightening skincare collection certified fabulous updated
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  • Jurlique Skin Brightening collection! LOVE!
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  • Weleda: Wild Rose Deodorant oil spray, Weleda: Citrus Deodorant oil spray, Weleda: Sage Deodorant oil spray & Dry Idea Stain Clear Multi Protection Deodorant
  • Somersets English Shaving Oil is a pre-shave treatment that provides a closer and smooth shave for legs, armpits and bikini area
  • Level Naturals: Lemon Sage Body Polish will flawless scrub away scaly skin and prep it for any tanners. güd from Burt's Bees, Natural Body Wash in Mango Moonbreeze will easily wash off summer skin and leave if smelling like a tropical beach!
  • Vita Liberata: Tinted Self Tan Lotion rich/ medium & Vita Liberata: Tinted Self Tan Lotion rich face/ light
  • Hawaiian Tropic: Dry Oil Clear Spray Sunscreen Broad Spectrum 30, Hawaiian Tropic: Sheer Touch Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum 30 & Hawaiian Tropic: Silk Hydration Face Oil Free Lotion Sunscreen 30
  • Gleam by Melanie Mills: Body Radiance collection is gorgeous body makeup, moisturizer, and glow—all in one tube!
  • St. Ives: Fresh Hydration lotion spray is a light surge of moisture anytime with a delightful scent! Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E aides in most dehydrated skin and revives the dull appearance to a bright radiant sheen. Used by many celebrities! Level Naturals: Body Butter is a combination of the most intensely moisturizing oils that melts on application leaving skin silky soft!
  • Nia: Helio Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner for amazing, clean feel and scent that stays with you! Add Philip B: Maui Wowie Beach Mist for those carefree waves!
  • Pampelonne Rose Lime Gently Sparkling Premium Product Wines for a crisp and refreshing summer adult beverage
  • Stur: liquid water enhancer for refreshing, flavored water that is all-natural and contains 100% vitamin C!
  • Bonnie Marcus collection....Anything from chic custom invitations to books on desserts, cupcakes & cocktails or glam iPhone cases!

 

Most of these products you can find for sale on our Wish Cloud HERE! 

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COVERGIRL is the makeup line I have relied on since I first started wearing makeup, so we are talking about MANY years! They always have the styles and colors I like and the products are easy to use and help me look flawless. I have never bought a products from COVERGIRL that I didn't like! Now THAT is a huge deal! 

I was beyond thrilled when we were sent a kit of all the brand new summer trends from COVERGIRL to include celebrity makeup artist Amy Nadine's expert tips on how to use them! 

The hard part about receiving this kit was that Linnea and I had to divide it up to both be able to write reviews. After much debates we had our products and were ready to try them out! I was happy to have the COVERGIRL Clean Whipped Creme Foundation (color #310 - Classic Ivory), Clean Glow Blusher (roses palette - for cool undertones), Flamed Out Shadow Pencil (melted caramel color) and the Lipslicks Smoochies Lip Balm (2 Cute & Luv U).

COVERGIRL clean whipped cream foundation makeup beauty flawless coverage light

My first time I tried the Clean Whipped Creme Foundation I was on set filming for a 48 Hour Film Festival project (our film is called Power Prison). Being an actress I have to make sure my skin looks good and that my makeup is flawless and natural on so it doesn't pick up on camera, especially during close-ups! Any minor imperfection blows up to a major one on the big screen! When I opened the jar of the foundation and put my finger on the product I immediately was impressed by the feel and consistency, it was like a soft, whipped gel! Applying on my face (using my fingers, which I have always felt worked the best) it smoothed and blended in perfectly right away! It instantly covered my uneven skin tone, pores and flaws...I was shocked it worked on the first sweep! No additional layers to add, it was perfectly covered with one! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I felt so comfortable and confident not having to worry about my skin or how my makeup looked...which is such a relief! This could potentially (and easily) be my new fave foundation!

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Too Face Summer Eyes 7.11.13I tend to tone down my eye make up in the summer for fear that it will melt off in the heat and humidity! But going out on summer nights, I still want to have a little fun ;) Too Faced Summer Eyes - Summer Sexy Shadow Collection allows me to do just that!

This collection comes with the essential summer colors and finishes in a resort-inspired theme. Rich, warm browns, with bright golds and oranges, combine with matte seashell, shimmery pink and mermaid green for the ultimate summer glamour! I love the variations of shimmer in the shadows; it allows you to really work with all the colors and combine them for great depth and dimension. My favorite aspect of the eye shadows is their vibrant color! The shadow that you place on your eye lids is exactly like the color in the palette, not a lighter imitation of it. These shadows go on bold and stay bold! I have never experienced such strong color in a powdered shadow, I usually only get this color on the first application with creme shadows. But Too Faced impressed me with this shadow collection! The "sunbeam" and "peach fuzz" are my favorite golds to use this summer. They create such a great vibrant, luxurious shimmer that really illuminates your eyes and will have you looking and feeling like a golden summer goddess! These colors, and your eyes, will not go unnoticed!

Another awesome aspect about this shadow collection is that it comes with an easy to follow "How-to Glamour Guide" that has its very own place in the shadow compact for easy access (tucked in front of the mirror). This guide features three looks: Day, Classic, and Fashion using all of the shadows in the collection. It's very easy to follow and shows you where to place each color around your eyes so that you can achieve the ultimate sexy summer eyes!

Too Face Summer Looks

This a great summer make up product that has you covered on style and wearability! 

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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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Congratulations to our many winners!

 

Summer is here and our Beach Essentials review week is coming up July 1st - 6th!

We have SO many prizes to giveaway for that week that we decided to do a giveaway-a-day! 

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