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Spring has sprung and it is time to purge all that has accumulated over the winter months. The Certified Fabulous team knows the importance of spring cleaning your home, but let us not forget to cleanup cosmetic products as well. We all have a basket of skin, body and hair care products in our bathrooms, or a makeup bag full of cosmetics. Unopened, well-formulated products can remain stable for a couple of years, if stored at room temperature. However, heat and humidity promote the growth of mold and bacteria, and since most of us store our cosmetics in the most convenient place in the house, the bathroom, even unopened products can be at risk for contamination. Once a product has been open and exposed to the air, the clock starts ticking.

Cosmetic products DO go bad. At best, they stop performing the way they used to, could evaporate, or the feel of the product may change. Do you know when to purge your makeup and skincare products?? The Cert FAB team is here to help. We will explain the when and why you should toss your cosmetic products.

Most cosmetic products will have either a PAO symbol or an expiration date denoted somewhere on the packaging. "PAO" stands for "period after opening" and is symbolized like this: PAO

The PAO symbol will also have a number followed by an "M" (M for month). The number indicates the number of months the product is guaranteed to be stable, after the product is open. For example, if you see a PAO symbol with 12M stamped on it, the company is telling you the product is good to use for 12 months after opening. This number is determined by testing performed on the preservatives used in the formula which keep the product from growing mold and bacteria.

The expiration date is simply a date printed somewhere on the cosmetic's packaging (usually on the bottom) which indicates when the product is due to expire. In some instances, a product may have a problem well before its PAO or expiration date. Cosmetic packaging that is warped, expanded or shows signs of deterioration is a definite sign that something is wrong with the formula and should be tossed. If it smells funny, or the texture of the formula has changed significantly, definitely toss it out as well.

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Amope - Pedi Perfect – Electronic Foot File

Certified Fabulous writer, Grayce, reviewed the At Home Pedi Perfect, check out her review below!

This is one of the best Pedi products I have ever used... Pedi Perfect!

I have always had very dry callused heels; I mean the type that will wear through a pair of socks... not pretty. The skin is actually hard and rough.

I have scraped and buffed my feet with a variety of products; from foot creams, to foot soaks, to socks to oils, to pumice stones, plus emery boards of every shape and size.

I even go for pedicures on a regular basis and I still have dry heels. Very frustrating! Luckily, Certified Fabulous came across Pedi Perfect. 

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It's time to do some spring cleaning!!! With all the dirt and dust flying around, do not forget to take care of your face! One of the best things you can do for your skin is to cleanse morning and night. Getting rid of the daily dirt, oil and makeup residue will help you maintain a much healthier and clearer complexion. The Certified Fabulous team put some great cleansers to the test, and we wanted to share our results. These next three facial cleansers went above and beyond your basic cleanser, with different delivery systems and varying benefits. Here is what we found:

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derma e Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Cleanser

Key Features:

Anti-Wrinkle Gel Cleanser
This cleanser comes in a bottle with a pump, very easy to use. 

Ingredients: Vitamin A and Glycolic Acid

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Now that Spring is officially here, the Certified Fabulous Team has realized it is time to firm up our skin and get ready to bare it all (or at least our legs)! There are a number of different types of firming products on the market, so what type of firming product should you use? We found 3 different types of products that are all firming but accomplish this is different ways and have their own specific benefits. Scroll through to find  one that's right for you!

 

  • HydroPeptide Firming Moisturizer Slimming Body Rejuvenation 

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    Key Features:

    Anti-Aging Body Cream
    Bottle with Treatment Pump
    Ingredient: Acetyl Hexapeptide-39

    Benefits:

    If you're looking for a firming treatment with hydration, look for a firming moisturizer like this one. Not only will you benefit from the firming and skin smoothing ingredients, but a creme or moisturizer will also give you extra hydration and help rejuvenate your skin. HydroPeptide Firming Moisturizer will help decrease the appearance of scars, discoloration, stretch marks and wrinkles. Your skin will look and feel smoother and firmer. 
    This is great to use in addition to your regular body lotion in the winter - this skin smoothing and rejuvenating treatment plus your regular moisturizer will help you beat dry, worn skin this winter and will have you ready to bare those legs come spring!

    Highlight Ingredient: Acetyl Hexapeptide-39: Diminishes imperfections on the skin surface by reducing the fat nodules responsible for cellulite. 




  • Mio The Activist Firming Active Body Oil

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    Key Features: 

    Resilience-Building Antioxidant Body Oil
    Glass Bottle with Treatment Pump
    Ingredient: Cranberry Seed (Vaccinium Macrocarpon) Oil

    Benefits: 

    Another firming treatment with hydration is Mio The Activist which is a body oil. Apply to damp skin after the shower and this body oil will seal in the extra moisture to help strengthen, moisturize and nourish dry, tired, skin. The vitamins and antioxidants will help firm up your skin and restore elasticity.  Additional benefits -  the oil allows you to use massage like motions to help boost circulation and give your skin more oxygen and ability to quickly absorb the skin strengthening nutrients. 

    Highlight Ingredient: Cranberry Seed (Vaccinium Macrocarpon) Oil is a great source of Omega-3 and Omega - 6 fatty acids. This ingredient will help moisturized, condition and smooth skin.
  • Bliss Hide & Glow Sleek 

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    Key Features: 

    Firming and Luminous Tinted Body Spray
    Metal Bottle with Sprayer
    Ingredient: Caffeine 

    Benefits:

    Looking to cover up and firm up your skin? This tinted body spray will give you immediate and long term results so you can bare your skin with confidence! The tinted color includes light diffusers that will help hide and smooth any imperfections for instantly smoother looking skin. You also have the benefit of peptides and caffeine ingredients that will help firm and tone your skin over time, reducing the appearance of unsightly cellulite. The sprayer is also super helpful to get good, even coverage!

    Highlight Ingredient: Caffeine has a dehydrating effect to tighten the skin and reducing the appearance of cellulite. Caffeine is renowned for it's circulation-boosting and firming effects. 
     

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Summer is going to come at some point but here at Certified Fabulous we are ready to get that nice tan glow! Anyone who has used a self tanner knows that it can be difficult to avoid those orange streaks or hands. So here are a few tips and tricks to achieve the best self tan, along with some of our favorite self tanning products!

But first, here's a little background information on tanners if you are not familiar:

Dihydroxyacetone, also known as DHA is the ingredient that will darken the skin. This skin browning effect is non-toxic, according to the available data. In basic language DHA reacts chemically with the amino acids in the skin's surface. As people, we all have different skin, so we react differently to DHA, producing different tones of coloration from yellow to brown "tans". This part can take up to a few hours to start seeing the change in the skin.

The instant part... Some of these products have iron oxides, you will see them listed as CI 15985 (for example), which act as bronzers, which are basically make up that sit on top of the skin and are washed off in the shower. This is the part that gives the immediate change in color to the skin.

Now for the Tips:

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The Certified Fabulous team is getting ready to try some self tanners next week. In preparation, we needed to exfoliate and get our skin ready for that faux tan. There are tons of amazing scrubs and exfoliators out there and we know it can be difficult to pick. We are here to help!! Check out these awesome body exfoliators and scrubs in these three price ranges: Mass market (under $10), Masstige ($10-$20) and Prestige ($20+).

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E A R T H THERAPEUTICS The Loofah Exfoliating Scrub

If you are looking for a great scrub at a great price, try this Loofah Exfoliating Scrub by Earth Therapeutics. It is a vegetable-based treatment scrub, specially formulated with natural exfoliators to sweep away dead skin and surface impurities. A hint of fruit and spice soothe the senses and calm the skin.

It comes in a clear tube that shows the nice color of the formula. The formula itself has a little bit of foaming action, and feels abrasive enough to exfoliate for smoother skin, but no worries it isn't too rough. Plus, it has a beautiful, refreshing fruity smell!

It is available in 3 flavors: Aloe Vera & Kiwi, Oatmeal & Honey, and Peaches Passion.

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    YUBE is AMAZING!!!! I love love love this body scrub. It is perfect for prepping for self tanning, or for getting rid of those ro
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Since Slice first started in 2008, we have had the honor to work with many amazing artists, designers, and architects. Among the most memorable collaborations was a series of meetings back in late 2008 with Michael Graves – easily one of the most influential architects of all time.

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Michael Graves was well known for many landmark architectural projects all over the world, including the Humana Building in Louisville, the Clos Pegase Winery in Napa, California, several Disney resort hotels, and the Washington Monument Restoration project in our Nations Capital that was started back in 2000. You can read more about that project here.mikegraves3

 

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Whether you're hitting the bars this St. Patrick's Day, or it's just another day at the office (it is Tuesday after all), you'll want to show at least a little Irish spirit! Best way to do that? Makeup of course! Palladio Beauty has some beautiful green makeup options for both a conservative and a slightly bolder St. Patrick's Day Makeup Looks!

 

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    To create a lovely office look, you need just a few Palladio Beauty Items:
    • Star by using the Palladio Baked Eye Shadow Trio in Khaki: cover your lids with the copper shadow. The coppery shimmer goes really well with green shadow & liner.
    • Use the pale/shimmery beige shadow as a highlighter: place in the inner corners of your eyes and just below the eyebrows, if desired. 
    • For the bottom lashes, you can either use the green shadow in the Eye Shadow Trio, or the Palladio Shadow & Liner Herbal Crayon in Olive. This Crayon applies really smoothly and will help you get the color right up against the base of your lower lashes. It will also help create a thicker line that you can easily smudge for a softer effect. 
    • To create a richer green on the bottom, follow with the Palladio Herbal Eye Liner in Olive. Apply mostly in the outer corner of your eyes and along the lower lashes, over the Herbal Crayon. 
    • Last but not least, finish with Palladio's Plump and Shine Lip Gloss!
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    For your St. Patrick's Day night out, go for a bolder green:

    Start with the Palladio Silk FX All-In-One Herbal Eyeshadow in Haute Couture. This one item gives you a complete beauty look!

    • First use the All-Over Base (nude shadow), then blend the lighter green on your lid with the darker green in the crease.
    • Use the darker green and the black/brown liner to draw out the color into a smoky cat eye finish.
    • Add the highlighter to the inner corner of your eyes and just below your brows.
    • For a more emerald effect, add the Palladio Glitter Eye Liner in Emerald Sparkle right against your top eyelashes.
    • Complete the look with a soft lip - Palladio Herbal Lip Gloss in Champagne

 

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In honor of the upcoming National Fragrance Day

Congratulations to our winners Amy, Juliana, and Rebecca!

3 Lucky Winners will receive one celebrity Fragrance

 

3 celeb fragrances

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    I'd love to try the Britney Spears fragrance. Thank you!!
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Bioelements is a family owned business dedicated to developing high quality skincare products for use by skin care professionals. Bioelements is known for the education they provide to skin care professionals, and for developing performance tested products which are backed by results. Bioelements skincare products deliver high levels of effective, potent ingredients, utilizing the best that science and nature can deliver, they have a firm belief that “only when a product is good enough for the skin care professional will it be good enough for the consumer”. The Certified F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. team put their products to the test, here are the results of our review of Bioelements Vitalization Rich Intensity Body Cleanser and Bioelements Extremely Emollient Daily Body Moisturizer. 


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is formulated with pure essential oils and extracts, known for their ability to smooth and moisturize skin. This body cleanser is beautifully packaged in a  convenient to use flip-top tube which is delightfully housed in a gorgeous outer box. Our first impression of this product was that it was thoughtfully packaged to create a high-end user experience. The simplicity of the packaging’s design appeals to the prestige market consumer. The product retails for $38.00 for 8fl oz.

Biolelements Vitalization Rich Intensity Body Cleanser is a beautiful, creamy cleanser which foams nicely on a body pouf, wash cloth or when applied by hand (we tried this body cleanser each way for this review). Our team described the texture and foaming action of this formula as the following: “silky-soft, creamy lather”, silky and creamy texture, feels very nice and soothing”, “a small amount was all that was needed to create a thick and rich lather”. We all agree that this body cleanser was “non-drying”, and left skin feeling “silky smooth”, “fresh”, “clean” and “moisturized”. The fragrance of this amazing body cleanser was described as “mild”, “natural”, “soothing and calming fragrance” and “wonderful-not too strong”. Our overall experience was extremely positive, our team unanimously agreed we would highly recommend this product to our viewers, and although it is of a Prestige price point for a body cleanser ($20+), we would all invest in this product because of the quality of the experience when using.
Bioelements Extremely emollient

 

Bioelements Extremely Emollient Daily Body Moisturizer is an amazing, anti-oxidant rich body moisturizer with excellent emollient properties. Emollients are moisturizers that help keep the skin moist and supple by providing a protective film on the skin. Moisturizers with emollient properties help dry skin by reducing water loss from the epidermis-the outer layer of skin. 

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