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The secret is out...and it's F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S.!

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

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

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

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

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

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When looking for products it can sometimes be overwhelming with the amount of options. The Certified Fabulous team wanted to share three brands that we found to be exceptional with ingredients and that are formulated to be good for you too.

 

  • Hillhouse Naturals 

    Hillhouse Naturals is a beautifully put together brand that practices and continues to practice being eco-conscious. Many of their ingredients are harvested locally, their soybean blend of wax candles are packaged in reusable recyclable containers, and catalogs printed on recycled paper. In their words, "it has always been a mission of Hillhouse Naturals to create products that use nature's bounty in a way that preserves the health and beauty of the environment"

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    "We believe in the transformative power of natural scents – they can change the feeling, the mood and tone of a room, and those who live in that space. We thank everyone who has purchased our products and for bringing Hillhouse Naturals into their homes." – Peggy & Tracy

    The Cashmere collection offers beautiful lavish warm scents of roses, magnolia, and sampaquita, brightened and balanced with the hints of citrus and clove. The Cashmere Body Crème is enriched with Jojoba Oil, Sun flower Oil and Vitamin E. This combination leaves skin feeling silky smooth and smelling amazing. A very sophisticated and chic fragrance!

    The Certified Fabulous team also had the pleasure of trying the Fresh Linen Body Wash. This is a crisp, delicately scented, gentle cleansing body wash. This will leave your skin feeling and looking fabulous.

    To see the other amazing products Hillhouse Naturals has to offer go to www.hillhousenaturals.com


  • juice Beauty

    Juice Beauty is another beautiful brand and certified organic. Their mission shows how they care for the planet and your health: "We believe that caring for your skin should not prevent caring for your health or for the planet. At Juice Beauty we believe in advanced skincare solutions that harness the best of certified organic & natural ingredients to deliver clinically validated results that do not compromise your well-being nor the Earth." – Karen Behnke, founder.

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    Juice beauty products are formulated without parabens, petroleum, propylene, or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances. Their products are also never tested on animals.

    The Certified Fabulous team had the pleasure of trying juice Beauty's Ylang Ylang Spa Wash. This wash will refresh your senses while cleansing and hydrating your skin with organic aloe and coconut blended with jojoba and linseed. It is packaged in an elegant pump bottle decorated with soft flowers. It dispenses nicely with refreshing scents of ylang ylang and rose.

    To read more about juice Beauty or to view other products they offer go to www.juicebeauty.com



     

  • elemental herbology 

    Elemental Herbology's philosophy is "Fabulous Skincare is all about products that make you look good, and feel great! Elemental Herbology products are brimming with nutrients, indulgent to use, and deliver amazing results".
    These products are free of synthetic fragrance, artificial color, mineral oils, sulphates, parabens, preservatives and are not tested on animals. They also support the responsible harvesting and production of all raw materials from the world's most reputable suppliers, working with projects that regenerate the environment and local communities.
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    The Certified Fabulous Team had the pleasure of trying the elemental herbology Body Essentials Macadamia and Papaya Radiance Body Scrub. This is a refreshingly fragranced scrub with a combination of ingredients to help shed dry skin, leaving skin silky smooth and fresh. There is a combination of Buriti and Macadamia Oils with Papaya Juice, Orange, Strawberry and Kombucha.

    For more information on elental herbology visit www.elementalherbology.com


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Another AMAZING and globally conscious brand we wanted to highlight for Earth Day is emerginC scientific organics. Their products are 100% natural, are paraben and free of synthetic ingredients and are never tested on animals. This line has a minimum of 70% organic ingredients in all of their products and use sustainable packaging. The active ingredients include a wide variety of anti-oxidant rich plant and marine extracts including grape stem cells, spirulina, kombucha, goji berry, asthaxanthin, white and green teas, food grade seaweed, aloe, pine bark extract, vitamins as well as proprietary plant based hydrating and brightening complexes.

The company has a "Green Initiative" .Their office even runs off of wind power and all of their products are packed in biodegradable packing nuts when shipped. Also for every product purchased they plant a tree.

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emerginC also gives away packs of Bee Bombs with every order to help the bees:

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In honor of Earth Day the Certified Fabulous team wanted to highlight brands we felt really represent what Earth Day is all about. Earth Day is celebrated to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Earth Day 2015 is Earth Day's 45th Anniversary, and could be the most exciting year in environmental history. The Cert FAB team have scoured the beauty industry in order to share with our reader's brands whose mission to make a difference environmentally.

Teadora is an amazing natural brand which features beautiful products. "Teadora" means adores you in Portuguese. This brand shows their love for the world with natural and organic products made with novel rain-forest ingredients. Teadora used ingredients that are fair trade sourced, sustainable harvested, carbon reduction focused, recyclable and biodegradable.

Teadora products are 100% vegan and have no animal testing. The products are also are free of parabens, synthetic fragrance, silicone, gluten, phthalate, sulfates or other harsh chemicals. A portion of their profits fund a philanthropic exchange between the U.S and Brazil to support education leadership development, health and rain forest conservation, making this brand a true winner environmentally and globally.

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The Certified Fabulous team had the pleasure of trying Teadora's Rainforest at Dawn Nourishing Body Polish. This body polish is packed with antioxidant and vitamin-rich Buriti, Babassu, Brazil Nut, Rose Hip Seed, and Maracuja oils. Potent exfoliants like Acai Seeds and Amazonian Clay help slough away old skin. These ingredients work together to remove dead skin while hydrating and brightening skin to reveal healthier and smoother skin. Teadora also features many other amazing products for skin, body and hair.

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Level Naturals Shower Bomb

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  •  Aromatherapy and At Home Spa Experience
  • Natural Ingredients such as Organic Menthol, Eucalyptus and Tea Tree Oil.
  • 100% Gluten Free

Benefits:
(Shower Bomb 4 Pack $7.99)
If you desire an amazing aroma therapeutic, home-spa experience The Shower Bomb is an easy and great product. Simply drop the shower bomb in the bottom of the shower near your feet. Make sure the shower bomb is under direct water, but away from the drain. The steam of the shower helps to dissipate the wonderful and therapeutic aroma of Organic Menthol and Eucalyptus. Breathe deep and relax while the aroma clears your mind.

Tea Tree oil, also known as Melaleuca alternifoliais, is an essential oil that is well known for its benefits. The oil is extracted from the plant Myrtaceae, native only to Australia and New Zealand and is not found naturally occurring elsewhere. Tea Tree oil is known for its topical antiseptic and anti-fungal treatment or infection-reducing benefits. Also known for its fresh, camphor-like scent.

Organic Menthol : provides effective relief from many respiratory problems including nasal congestion, sinusitis and the common cold and cough. Also know to help alleviate headaches, as well as provide relief from stress, depression and mental exhaustion due to its refreshing nature.

Eucalyptus oil has numerous of health benefits. Eucalyptus oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and decongestant in nature it also has a pleasant smell. Many people use eucalyptus oil for the cooling and refreshing effect created when used as aromatherapy. Eucalyptus oil is a stimulant, and helps alleviate exhaustion and mental sluggishness.
This product is Gluten Free, Cruelty Free and Vegan.

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We are still on our spring cleaning kick here at Certified Fabulous! Last week we posted our spring cleaning tips for your makeup and skincare. If you missed it click HERE to read. Now let's talk about cleaning and replacing your makeup brushes.

To keep your brushes as long as possible it is good to keep up with cleaning them. You really should clean them after each use but if you are like most of us, it is hard to find time every morning to clean your makeup brushes. If you can get around to it at least once a week you are doing good!

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Not sure what to clean your brushes with? There are several brands of makeup brush cleaners you can use like Make Up Forever Instant Brush Cleanser. It retails for $22 at Sephora. This cleanser has been formulated to use on synthetic and natural hair brushes. It is an alcohol free brush cleaner that will instantly purify and remove all makeup residue on your brush. The nice thing about this cleanser is you do not have to rinse  your brushes after use and it will dry quickly.

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In honor of the upcoming Earth Day, Certified Fabulous has come together with derma e to offer a fabulous giveaway!

Derma e natural skincare products are 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten free, and GMO-free.

 

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One lucky Certified Fabulous member won the following:

  •  derma e® Evenly Radiant® Brightening Cleanser ($15.50) A skin-brightening, sulfate-free facial cleanser that helps promote skin clarity and glow.
  • derma e® Evenly Radiant® Brightening Day Crème SPF 15 ($29.95) A lightweight daytime moisturizer to help brighten and even skin tone while providing full spectrum UVA/UVB protection.
  •  derma e® Hydrating Eye Crème with Hyaluronic Acid ($21.50) Shown to reduce wrinkle volume, area and depth, this best-selling eye crème deeply hydrates, firms and tones to reduce the look of crow's feet.
  • derma e® Hydrating Mist with Hyaluronic Acid ($13.50) This refreshing mist instantly re-hydrates dry, thirsty skin anywhere on the face or body.
  • derma e® Microdermabrasion Scrub ($32.50) This award-winning, salon treatment alternative buffs skin, helping to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars.

 

Thank you for all who entered! This giveaway is now over. Congratulations Tamara!!

Be sure to register as a member of Certified Fabulous to get email notifications of giveways!

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  • patricia caradonna
    patricia caradonna says #
    Happy Earth Day! These Derma-e products look wonderful.
  • cw
    cw says #
    Would love a chance to try out these products maybe this is what my skin needs to heal and rejuvenate. Thanks!
  • Ariana
    Ariana says #
    first post was labeled as Guest. I shared your contest on facebook! Thanks so much for this opportunity
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KORA Organics is an organic skin care & body care brand by Miranda Kerr. This supermodel wanted to create a brand that is the most natural, certified organic skincare line as possible. KORA Organics has everything from body lotions and washes, to cleansers, moisturizers and treatments.

Certified Fabulous team member Grayce had the pleasure of trying a few of her products! 

KORA Cream Cleanser

Kora Cream Cleanser is enriched with Noni Extract, Aloe, and Sandalwood that is designed to cleanse and nourish the skin. "It was gentle yet effective leaving my skin feeling clean and hydrated." It is very easy to use, you just apply a small amount to damp skin and massage it in to your face then rinse it off with warm water. This cleanser also works beautifully with a gentle cleansing brush. This cream cleanser has a milky whitish color and is enriched with nutrients such as rose hips, avocado and macadamia nut oils. The Sandalwood gives it a wonderful warm scent. This cleanser was designed for all skin types. The Kora Cream Cleanser retails for $52.

KORA Purifying Day and Night Cream

KORA Purifying Day and Night Cream is best for normal to oily skin. It is a lightweight day and night moisturizer. It comes in an easy to use teal blue tube. The cream itself is an off white color that has a wonderful scent and feel. "I applied it to my cleansed skin and it felt great. My skin felt smooth and hydrated with a matte finish." The combination of plant extracts including Grapefruit, Mandarin, Green Tea, and Vitamins A, C & E as well as botanical extracts of Licorice give you additional antioxidant protection. The Kora Day and Night Cream retails for $65.

KORA Essential Body Wash

KORA Essential Body Wash has a wonderful scent thanks to the blend of essential oils; Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, Rose and Patchouli are fabulous. This also comes in a tube and is the color of honey and the feel of lightweight syrup. "I used this in the shower on wet skin and it has the most wonderful sensual aroma. My skin felt refreshed and hydrated. It is a really nice hydrating body wash." The Kora Body Wash retails for $43.

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Some things in life are just worth sharing right? Even if it has the "OMG, that's gross!" factor. Baby Foot, deep skin exfoliation foot peel is so worth sharing because it works so incredibly well! I've tried hundreds of products and while so many of them provide great results, never before have I tried a product that had such visible results during & after use. Baby Foot is a single use foot treatment designed to remove dead skin cells from your feet using fruit acid & 17 natural extracts. The end result is baby soft, smooth & moisturized feet. It is painless, safe to use, effective; oh and yes, gross! 

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Before I get to the gross factor, let me just explain how easy Baby Foot is to use. You simply open the box where you will find 2 plastic booties that contain a gel-like solution. Place a bootie on each foot and leave on for one hour (grab a book, or your lap top and relax). After one hour, simply gently rinse off the solution with soap & water and discard the plastic booties. That's it! In approx. one week, you will start to see how this amazing product works.

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As you can see from the first picture, the bottom of my feet started to tighten after a few days and at first, I wasn't sure if the product was going to work. But then, after one week, things got ugly. The dead skin just literally started falling off. It may be tempting to peel off the skin yourself, but don't. Let the peel happen naturally. It only took a few more days for all the skin to fall off and I was left with beautifully soft and smooth feet. Note: Allow two weeks from start to finish. If you are planning a trip or are digging out the flip flops now, make sure you allow time for Baby Foot to work. You don't want your feet to be seen in public during the sloughing stage, trust me.

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We are happy to announce our first Quarter Certified Fabulous Award Winner The FootMate System by Gordon Brush.

Winning this award is no easy task; it must pass inspection from a board of beauty industry professionals and unanimously receive a perfect score in all eight categories:*Feels Good *Addictive *Beautifully-Presented *User-Friendly*Luxurious *Oh...The Scent *Unparalleled *Sensational

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The FootMate® System is an amazing way to have a little spa relaxation at home that you can enjoy every time you shower or take a bath. Not only will The FootMate® System leave your feet thoroughly cleaned, it also conditions and massages them.

The FootMate® System features:

  • 11,000 bristles contoured to cradle your foot, with dual bristle action to massage and smooth rough skin.
  • State-of –the art polymer bristles that give the system durability and longevity.
  • Suction cups and phalange on the side to keep it in place while using it.
  • Anti-mildew retrieval rope will allow easy lifting of the FootMate from the shower of the bath.

The system includes a Rejuvenating GelTM: it is a natural antiseptic, cleanser and conditioner specially formulated for your feet. The gel features some really nice ingredients like Tea Tree Oil which will help reduce foot odor, disinfects minor cuts, and will aid in good toe and nail health so your feet will look amazing for when open toed shoe season comes back around. The gel also has Aloe Vera that will improve healing and repairing of your skin. This Rejuvenating gel will leave your feet feeling soft and supple.

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