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Straight hair is both a blessing and a curse. Low maintenance, soft, easy to style, manageable. These are all things that people without straight hair say to describe the coveted pretty, thin, straight hair. Unfortunately, any one with straight hair knows that this is not completely accurate. For those of us who tend to struggle with our hair daily and usually wind up putting it up into the glamorous messy bun, try these products and help yourself restore some volume, and a little hope for your hair. The listed steps below have quickly become my daily routine for when I want to wear my hair down casually, or make it a little more bouncy and add a little curl for a formal event.

 

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Redken is a brand that usually comes up when we are talking about wonderful hair care products for women, but we can't forget they also have an amazing men's line. This men's line is full of perfect products to get your man or Father for Father's Day, so that he can be left feeling pampered and handsome. There are many men out there we know are not willing to buy professional hair care products for redkentwoinonethemselves, but even the manliest of men deserve to be spoiled for all that they do. Right now Redken is running a promotion that if you purchase 1 Clean Brew Shampoo and any 2 Redken for Men styling products, you get a free Redken for Men Travel Case and a travel size bottle of Redken for Men Grip Tight Holding Gel.

 

Here are some Redken products the Certified Fabulous team had a chance to review that we believe will make a wonderful Father's day gift. Redken for Men Clean Spice 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner is formulated to strengthen hair, and achieve a smooth and polished look. This is perfect for the man with a fast paced lifestyle. Certified Fabulous Team member Jessie had her husband try this 2-in-1 and he loved it. He works in a machine shop where everything from his feet to head gets covered in oil and this left his hair feeling superbly clean and smelling fresh.

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Father's Day is the time to honor and remember the men who are greatly responsible for bringing us into this world. If you are lucky, you have spent many years with these men who have helped form and mold you into the person you are today. Throughout the years they have taught you right from wrong, how to work hard, treat others with respect, have love and compassion for all things, and possibly how to be an amazing parent yourself. These great men have taken care of us and it is their turn to be spoiled.

The Certified Fabulous team recently tried some elegant men's products that could be the perfect father's day gift to give your guy. First let's talk about GOÁ Fine Skincare and Shaving products: this is a beautifully put together brand that incorporates ancient skin and hair treatments, aromatherapy, and new technology to fortify and enhance the effects of their products. This is a natural skin care brand that delivers skin enriching benefits to create a healthy, radiant complexion. Our men recently had the pleasure of trying the GOÁ  Firming Shaving Cream from the Fine Ruffian Shaving collection.

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This shaving cream is formulated as the ultimate prep cream for a wet or dry shave, providing a finer lather, ultra-hydration and anti-aging capabilities. It is created to shield the skin from irritation while firming and diminishing the look of expression lines thanks to the blend of botanical hyaluronic acid and rich conditioning oils. The formula feels amazing and goes on easily whether you use a shaving brush or your hands. His face will feel soft and luxurious and he will have no worry of razor bumps or irritation. Another great thing to love about this brand is they are 100% vegetarian, natural, nontoxic and do not test on animals. You can find the Firming Shaving cream at GOAcosmetics.com.

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Facial mists are a hidden secret of many make-up artists that provides their clients with a radiant youthful glow. A great facial mist can instantly take a tired looking face to refreshed and glowing one. They work wonderfully as both make up primers and make up setting sprays. Facial mists add instant hydration to dull looking and feeling skin. There are all different brands with different benefits aimed to add hydration to your skin and give you a refreshed look. The Certified Fabulous team has put together some unique facial mists that are all at different price points to suit anyone's budget or needs!

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    Pixi by Petra makes a wonderful Glow Mist that comes in a convenient plastic bottle that is very simple and cute. The mist is made up of 13 natural oils and extracts, including aloe vera and propolis, also known as bee glue which helps fight acne. The mist is very hydrating and feels extremely nourishing on your skin. This product is great for all skin types, and is a wonderful option if you have dry, acne prone skin. It is a nice way to get a bit of a glow and some refreshing hydration for your skin in the summer.
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    The Caudalie Beauty Elixir is a mist that also contains part toner. This mist comes in a beautiful glass bottle with a pump that sprays a very even, light mist. The mist smells slightly minty and very refreshing. When applied, you can feel the smoothing effects and can notice the tightening of your pores. The Beauty Elixir absorbs very quickly into the skin leaving you with a nice dewy glow, and is made without any Parabens, Sulfates, or Phthalates.

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    Jurlique's Rosewater Balancing Mist is an amazingly beneficial hydrating mist. Made with the key ingredient, Rosewater, it helps to ease stressful skin, heal wounds and scars, hydrate, and strengthen skin cells. This mist has a distinct rose scent that is beautiful and refreshing. The mist itself feels very light when applied and is extremely hydrating.
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    The Bellatorra Uplifting Activating Mist sprays onto your face and can be massaged into skin. The firming from this mist is incredible - you can instantly feel the lifting of your skin and notice the replenished hydration that is provided. It is actually made to be an alternative to botox! The scent is very light and fresh and can be applied daily to reveal a more youthful appearance. This mist is also packaged like a wonderful gift that you don't want to throw away!

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    The Jojoba Company Antioxidant Hydrating Mist smells light and citrusy and when misted on your face it brings you back to feeling like you're at the beach. The antioxidant rich formula, with vitamins E and C and green tea all work together to enhance your skins natural production of collagen and elastin. The bottle is compact enough to bring with you anywhere you might need a boost of hydration, and sprays a very fine mist that instantly refreshes your look. The jojoba in this mist also works to minimize the appearance of pores, and helps to restore skin and dissolve any makeup residue, making this mist work great as a toner after cleansing.

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Weddings are a time to celebrate a happy couple joining together in the adventure of life as a partnership. It is a time friends and family come together to witness this special day for the two people, making a promise to be faithful and committed to one another and their journey for the rest of their days together. We live in a world where weddings are becoming a big production and it can be quite exciting to attend one! When we are lucky enough to be invited to take part in this special day, we all want to look and feel our best, whether or not we are the ones in the spotlight (especially when we know how much money is being spent on a photographer to document every moment of the day!). As a woman many of us have constant struggles with the problem of bad hair days, and who wants something as silly as a bad hair day to ruin your fun during this momentous event? The Certified Fabulous team has put a few products to the test that will treat, tame, and style all types of hair to help us each look our very best no matter the occasion. Hopefully with the products assistance, you will be feeling and looking fabulous during any event that you attend. Warning: We cannot be held responsible if your luscious locks lure in any other single wedding attendees - you may wind up prepping for your own wedding by next summer.

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There are several key factors go into having a good hair day. For the upcoming weeks, be sure to be drinking plenty of water, eat nutritious foods, and keep up on trims. If it's a week before and you haven't been putting much effort into your diet, water intake, and you're weeks late for your trim, start thinking about trying a treatment oil for your hair. SHOW Pure Treatment Oil is a very lightweight oil that works wonders on curly untamed hair. This oil comes in a beautiful glass bottle with a dropper applicator which allows you to apply as much product as needed. With key ingredients like Argan oil which is used to strengthen and repair hair, as well as Jojoba Oil which is often used to help regrow hair and soothe the scalp, Coffee Seed Oil which is believed to improve elasticity. The oil can be applied to freshly cleaned, damp hair prior to styling, or be applied to dry hair and then wrapped in a warm towel for 10 minutes and then washed out for a full treatment. The fragrance of the oil is wonderfully light and leaves your hair smelling amazing and feeling luxuriously soft. The SHOW Beauty Pure Treatment oil can be found at Sephora.

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Another important step to having a good hair day is having the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair. Renpure BB Créme 10 Benefits Shampoo and Conditioning Duo are great products to get your hair feeling clean and nourished. Made without sulfates, gluten, parabens, or dyes, this shampoo and conditioner is safe to use on all hair types and colored treated hair. Both products are formulated to protect, strengthen, repair and moisturize hair. An added bonus, it provides added protection when styling hair with heated tools. You can find Renpure Orginals products at Target. 

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Certified Fabulous has come together with Dollar Shave Club to offer our readers an amazing Father's Day Prize! The Dollar Shave Club (DSC) is a men's grooming brand dedicated to helping men live smarter, more successful lives through high-quality personal care products, content and technology.

One lucky Certified Fabulous member will win the following valued at $118:
  • $25 gift card
  • The 4X handle and blades – Features 4 stainless steel blades.
  • Dr. Carver's Easy Shave Butter – Shave butter that won't clog your blades or your face. Helps prevent ingrown hairs and good for sensitive skin.
  • Dr. Carver's Magnanimous Post Shave Moisturizer – Calming and healing moisturizer that will improve skin texture while protective antioxidants fight the aging process.
  • Dr. Carver's Miracle Repair Serum- Fights ingrown hairs, and will helps instantly soothe skin and calms irritation and slow signs of aging.
  • One Wipe Charlies – Butt wipes made for men, that are flush-able & biodegradable.
  • Boogie's Bold Hair Gel – High hold with a high shine finish, fast drying, free of parabens, synthetic dyes or sulfates. Leaves hair feeling healthy and soft
  • Boogie's Casual Hair Clay – High hold with a matte finish, Precision styling & structure, will distribute evenly with no clumps.
  • Boogie's Smart Hair Paste - Medium hold with a low shine finish, is adjustable throughout the day.
  • Boogie's True Hair Fiber - Medium hold with a matte finish, will add thickness & fullness to hair.
  • Boogie's Dream Hair Cream – Low hold with a low shine finish, that will emphasizes your natural style.

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The DSC was founded by Michael Dubin, and entrepreneur who personally felt men's frustration with the price and experience of buying razors at the store. At the drugstore guys had to track down the clerk to unlock the razor fortress, only to pay exorbitant prices for razors. Dubin knew that this frustration was widespread. DSC officially launched in March 2012 to solve a simple problem for men: deliver high-quality razors for a couple of bucks a month to members, through a monthly subscription. DSC will soon be the easiest place for guys to get the things they use every day.

 

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  • Cherie
    Cherie says #
    I would love to win this for my honey! He's the best dad ever!
  • Cherie
    Cherie says #
    I would love to win this for my honey! He's the best dad ever!!!
  • amanda whitley
    amanda whitley says #
    this would make an amazing Father's day gift for my husband! thanks for the chance
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Sweet summertime is finally here and like most people, the Certified Fabulous team is ready to get outside and enjoy the every bit of the beautiful weather that we can. Protecting your skin from the sun is very important as it may prevent dark spots, premature aging, and more importantly skin cancer. Because of this, we have been very busy putting many SPF products to the test to find out which ones meet all of our standards and would make a great go-to option for our readers. After much research, testing, and a lot of sunbathing, we have narrowed it down to a few different products that we all agree are our favorites. 

  • Olay Total Effects Feather Weight Moisturizer $17.99 

    & Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening & Protecting Lotion with SPF 15 $25.99


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    Olay Total Effects entire line is wonderful, but the Feather Weight Moisturizer SPF 15 is an essential for everyday skin care. This moisturizer makes a great lightweight primer for your face and can be applied alone or worn under makeup. It applies smoothly and feels hydrating immediately but also absorbs quickly leaving your skin moisturized and healthy without leaving a greasy residue. The Feather Weight Moisturizer provides seven benefits to your face, including plumping wrinkles and fine lines, brightening as well as evening skin tone, diminishing the appearance of pores, lightening dark spots, enhancing skins elasticity, and restoring moisture. If used as part of your daily routine, not only are you protecting your skin from aging and further sun damage, you are also helping to heal prior damage that may have already happened. If you already have some dark spots the Olay Regenerist Luminous brightening & protecting lotion with sunscreen is a wonderful moisturizer to use with the added protection of SPF 15 which provides UVA and UVB protection to help prevent early aging. This moisturizer is designed to visibly fade the look of dark spots for a more even skin tone.
  • Bioelements Sun Diffusing Protector SPF 15 $41.00

    & Bioelements SPF 50 FaceScreen $53.50

    bioelementsspfimageAnother product that stood out to many of us is the Bioelements Sun Diffusing Protector and FaceScreen SPF 50. These sunscreens are both designed to protect from both UVA and UVB rays to give skin full protection from harmful rays. With the higher SPF in the FaceScreen, it is an ideal option if you are spending time outside and want to keep your face protected and healthy. "After applying this moisturizer and then sitting in the sun all day, my skin was left looking glowing and tanned, without any redness or tenderness" – Certified Fabulous Team member Heather. Keep in mind that it is always good to reapply SPF throughout the day.
  • HydroPeptide Solar Defense SPF 30 $44.00

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    HydroPeptide Solar Defense SPF 30 is a skin tone adjusting, moisturizing, facial sunscreen. Made with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, HydroPeptide is a physical barrier sunscreen, meaning that the formula actually creates a physical barrier between sun rays and your skin to protect from burning as well as keeping the heat out of the skin. This is another great option if you have any sort of skin sensitivity or inflammation. Ingredients such as acai, green tea, and aloe make-up this nutrient rich sun block helping to seal moisture into your face leaving a matte finish without any oily residue. The combination of ingredients give the lotion a nice scent and doesn't smell like the typical chemical filled sunblock, it is actually pleasant smelling. One of our favorite benefits of the HydroPeptide is that when applied to your face, it "self-adjusts" to the color of your skin tone. This Solor Defense will also reduce the look of blotchy redness and can take the place of wearing a foundation. The blend of ingredients helps to fight off acne and minimize the premature signs of aging all while protecting your skin from the harmful sun rays.

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June is beautiful time of year and with the beautiful weather comes both wedding season and of course we cannot forget Father's Day. Whether you are looking for the perfect Father's Day gift, wedding present, or just looking for a getaway for yourself, the ESSIO's Aromatherapy Shower Kit is an amazing way to experience the spa without ever leaving your own home.

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This super easy to use product will turn the shower into a spa experience for only $45. The product attaches to virtually any shower head and uses disposable pods to slowly release blends of pure essential oils into the shower water, creating an aromatic effect. The ESSIO Aromatherapy Shower Kit is made from premium materials and uses only 100% USDA certified organic essential oils, sourced sustainably from around the world. 

The shower starter kit comes with the attachable device as well as three different essential oil pods. The scents included are Breathe, Passion and Unwind. Three additional scents can also be purchased separately: Night, Wisdom and Clear. All of the extra scents can be purchased in packs of 4 for $16.99. The pods are adjustable allowing you to regulate the aroma intensity depending on your own preference, and the scents can be switched at any time, making this spa experience totally customizable.

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Everyone in the office gets excited when we receive a package from L'Occitane; products from L'Occitane are always beautiful and a special treat to use! We recently had the privilege of trying their new Peony Collection that launched May 11th. With wedding season fast approaching, we want to share with everyone these fabulous products that can be used when prepping for your own wedding or attending a wedding as a guest.

L'Occitane always focuses on perfection and they really hit the nail on the head with this line. It is beautifully packaged with amazing formulas to match. The Pivoine Sublime "Sublime Peony" collection includes five products formulated with plant based ingredients and L'Occitane's proprietary Perfecting Peony Complex.

peonyThe Peony is a beautiful flower with over 650 known varieties of this enchanting flower grown worldwide. Expert Jean-Luc Riviere has devoted over 13 years to develop a unique strand of peonies specifically for L'Occitane. Carefully cultivated in the foothills of the Vercors Mountains in Drôme region of France, L'Occitane captures the natural and unique essence of this rare flower in its Peony collection. The collection contains a patent-pending complex that includes a combination of peony extract and mineral based optical correctors that will help to visibly correct uneven textures and minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines.

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Regal, elegant and sophisticated, just a few words that might come to mind when looking at the gorgeous makeup style from Dolce and Gabbana. The best part? They aren't super complicated so you can re-create the look yourself! Plus, we found awesome products from Make Up For Ever to create these next two looks!

This first look is great for any day you want a soft and pretty makeup look, or for a daytime party/event. Pull your hair back in a low ponytail or loose bun and let some pieces fall out of place to compliment this delicate look. A loose side braid would also look nice! 

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Get the Look:

Start with the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Radiant Primer to create a smooth skin surface, allow for easy foundation application and help your makeup last longer. The Radiant Primer instantly corrects color according to skin tone and will help you achieve a more hydrated and radiant complexion. If you have an eye primer, we recommend applying that as well to help prevent shadow from creasing and to help the color last longer. Next, apply your favorite foundation. A lightweight foundation will allow for your hydrated complexion to shine through, so don't over-do it with the coverage! 

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