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    Virtue Maintenance Products: Your Hair Deserves It

    Virtue Maintenance Products: Your Hair Deserves It

    Let’s Take a Moment of Silence…

    For all of the split ends that have left that beautiful head of yours…only to land on the ground realizing they never stood a chance to live out a long, healthy life. Rest in peace. They will be missed.

    Take a moment to think of all the abuse and damage you put your hair through every single day.  Blow dryers, bleach, and heat tools…oh, my! It’s no wonder there are so many pins on Pinterest about “How to grow your hair longer and fast!” or “How to get rid of split ends!”

    How to Prevent Hair Funerals

    Surprise, surprise…the key to preventing hair damage and distress lies in the hands of our absolute favorite hair care lines, Virtue. You might be thinking…“Didn’t Virtue partner with you guys to give shampoo and conditioner sets to over 75 people?” Ugh, yes that was amazing! “Didn’t we hear about how great Virtue’s styling products were not too long ago?” Absolutely!

    So yes, Virtue is, yet again, solving our hair woes! This time, in the form of a split end serum, anti-frizz cream, and a style protection cream.

    Our Virtue obsession is SO REAL!

    Products: Virtue Perfect Ending Split End Serum | Virtue One For All 6-in-1 Styler | Polish Unfrizz Cream

    Split End Serum Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Propanediol, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Steareth-21, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Alpha Keratin, Panthenol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Extract, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Cynara Scolymus (Artichoke) Leaf Extract, Quercus Petraea Fruit Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Cystoseira Compressa Extract, Hydrolyzed Pea Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Hydrolyzed Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Madecassoside, Phytic Acid, Asiaticoside, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Hydrolyzed Linseed Extract, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Glycerin, Parfum (Fragrance), Jojoba Esters, Bis-Cetearyl Amodimethicone, Polysorbate 20, Polysilicone-15, Ceteareth-7, Ceteareth-25, Sodium Dilauramidoglutamide Lysine, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Diisostearyl Malate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Gluconolactone, Cystine Bis-PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Sodium Benzoate, Alcohol, Sodium Chloride, Isododecane, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenethyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Calcium Gluconate, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Chlorphenesin, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, BHT, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Limonene, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal

    6-in-1 Styler Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethiconol, Alpha Keratin, Panthenol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyacrylamide, Maltodextrin/VP Copolymer, PVP, Maltodextrin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Parfum (Fragrance), Oleth-10, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Oleth-20, Laureth-7, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Citral, Eugenol

    Polish Unfrizz Cream Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Dimethicone, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Behenyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Alpha Keratin, Phospholipids, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Madecassoside, Asiaticoside, Polysorbate 60, Lecithin, Parfum (Fragrance), Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Linalool, Limonene, Coumarin, Benzyl Salicylate

    Price: Split End Serum $40 (1.7 oz) | 6-in-1 Styler $36 (5 oz) | Unfrizz Cream $40 (4 oz)

    Where to buy: Virtue website

    Time Used: 5 months

    Perks: Paraben Free | Sulfate Free | Phthalate Free | No Color & Dyes | Color Safe

    Virtue Maintenance Products experiment

    Alright, I Have A Confession

    I don’t always treat my hair the way it should be. Sure, I wash it regularly (every other day because let’s be real…dry shampoo is life!) and use conditioner (who doesn’t?!) but that’s about it. Every once in a while I add a serum or leave-in conditioner to my routine because I’m feeling guilty, but in the end I always revert back to my normal routine.

    My reversion usually comes from one thing and one thing only: build up. Yes, my friends, I’ve never found a hair maintenance product that doesn’t result in weighed-down, greasy hair. BLEH!

    From Drab to Fab

    Greasy hair is one of my BIGGEST pet peeves! (Besides people who chew with their mouth open…if you do that, we just can’t be friends…#sorrynotsorry.) The second my hair feels weighed down and greasy it goes straight into a ponytail or bun without a second thought. Most of the time, serums and creams make my hair get greasy within hours which is TOTALLY unacceptable in my book…just sayin’.

    Thankfully, Virtue is here to save all of us from bad hair days again.

    Virtue Maintenance Products Perfect Ending Split End SerumPerfect Ending Split End Serum

    The Everyday Necessity

    For most of us, split ends are a sad reality of our everyday hair…between blow drying, hot tools, and sun damage our hair is DESPERATE for some moisture and love. Unfortunately, those split ends always make a bad hair day that much worse, keep our hair from growing long and healthy, and always seem to show up all over that little black dress…am I right?!

    One of the simplest things anyone can do is add one little extra step in your routine to seal those ends. The best way to do this is with the Virtue Perfect Ending Split End Serum (duh!).

    The Cherry on Top

    After a scrub-a-dub-dub with Virtue’s shampoo and conditioner (Recovery is our go-to!), I hop out of the shower and wrap my hair in my Turbie Twist (if you don’t have one of these, you’re missing out!) and follow with my usual post-shower skincare routine. After all that, it’s time to unwrap my towel-dried hair and put those split ends in their place.

    Both Claudia and I use just pump or two of the Perfect Ending Split End Serum and work it through our hair using our fingers. We start at the ends and work up to about mid-length. It’s creamy, not at all oily, and smells AMAZING! If you were one of our Certifiers for our Group Virtue experiment, this stuff smells just like the Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner Set…a.k.a. YUMMY!

    Bye-Bye Nasty Ends

    After just a couple weeks of adding this baby into my routine, I noticed a complete difference in the health of my hair! My split ends were sealing up and overall my hair was baby soft! Now, months later, I have virtually no split ends! My twin telepathy tells me Claudia had the same results (shocker!).

    Wanna know the best part of it all? All this time Claudia and I have both been using a travel-size of the Virtue Perfect Ending Split End Serum and we still haven’t come close to running out of product! That means not only is this serum friendly to our ends, but it’s friendly to our wallets too! WIN WIN!

    Virtue Maintenance Products One For All 6-in-1 StylerOne For All 6-in-1 Styler

    Prevention is the Best Medicine

    Okay so here’s a novel idea…what if I took care of my hair before I put it through the wringer? What if I actually took another 5 seconds out of my routine to use a product that prevents damage from the blow drying and curling? WHAT IF?

    TBH, I’ve messed around with different prevention products in the past such as heat protecting sprays, but they’ve just never done it for me. It could just be me, but I always feel like a spray is never going to cover all my hairs and protect them. In my head, there’s no way a spray can disperse evenly enough to really get the job done!

    Cue Virtue…Again

    When Virtue sent us their One for All 6-in-1 Styler I knew my dreams were about to come true. Just like its name states, this product does everything I could ever need it to do. Yes that means it…

    • Primes
    • Softens
    • Adds shine
    • Hydrates
    • Polishes
    • Protects from heat

    So yeah…basically magic in a bottle! And let me tell you…the first time Claudia and I used this magical potion we couldn’t believe the results we saw! We’re talkin’ smooth, soft, shiny hair that now rarely sees breakage or damage from heat styling! (Insert those heart eyes here!)

    Hi, Welcome to Our Routines

    Since we use the Perfect Ending Split End Serum regularly (almost every time we wash our hair), we don’t use the One for All 6-in-1 Styler quite as much…but it has come a crucial part of our weekend hair routines! Here’s why…

    Although Claudia and I both curl our hair a few days of the week, we actually shower the night before. After experimenting, we’ve found that this product works best when you’re planning to blow dry your hair right after. Otherwise, if we let it air dry it seems to dry a little heavy (and we all know how I feel about being weighed-down and having build up!).

    All that said, we both usually shower in the mornings or during the day on the weekend and need the perfect product to protect and smooth our hair as we blow dry and style our hair. Obviously, Virtue One for All 6-in-1 Styler is the perfect product for us!

    Virtue Maintenance Products Polish Unfrizz CreamPolish Unfrizz Cream

    Frizz? In Michigan Winter?

    Yeah frizz in the Michigan winter isn’t much of a thing. Really our hair does quite the opposite…it shrivels and cries out for all the moisture it can get! It’s sad, but it’s so true. So when it came time for Claudia and I to experiment with the Virtue Unfrizz Cream we were a little hesitant that it would have any effect on our hair…TBH.

    After a few uses, we noticed that our hair was fairly resistant to the static that normally haunts our daily winter lives. Virtue: 1, static: 0. Other than that, we haven’t been able to really put this bad boy to the test because we haven’t dealt with humidity! Trust us, we WISH we would deal with some sunshine and humid temps.

    Stay Tuned

    Since we haven’t been able to honestly give this one a full go, we may just have to pop back with an update in the summertime…which we’re glad to do because we’re obsessed with talking about all things Virtue!!

    The greatest thing about these products, and this brand, is that they really freakin’ work! The Perfect Ending Split End Serum and One For All 6-in-1 Styler have become crucial components of our hair care routines and we wouldn’t have it any other way! Let’s not forget, just like the other Virtue products, these ones are also laced with Alpha Keratin 60kuTM that we all just can’t get enough of!

    Virtue, you’re really rollin’ in those CO Stamps of Approval. First the shampoo and conditioner, then the styling products, and now the maintenance products! You’re going to need a bigger virtual shelf to set all of them on!

    What are your go-to hair maintenance products? Tell us all about your routine in the comments below!

    Please note that we only work with companies and products that we feel passionately about and that align with our Certifiably Obsessed mission. This post contains sponsored content. While we are compensated for the work we do, our opinions are always 100% our own.

    CO Group Experiment: Mario Badescu Facial Sprays

    CO Group Experiment: Mario Badescu Facial Sprays

    The First of Many!

    OMG guys. Our first #COGroupExperiment was a total success! We were so happy to finally kick this program off last month and can’t wait to share the results with you today.

    So, a little background…we randomly recruited 13 Certifiers who were interested in experimenting with our latest beauty obsession: the Mario Badescu Facial Sprays. These ladies, ranging from 19 to 54 years old, were from all over the country! We’re talking New York, Texas, Florida, California, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan…the list goes on!

    The Certifiers were sent a full size bottle of either the Cucumber or the Rose Mario Badescu Facial Spray and had 3 weeks to experiment with it. They were told to incorporate the product fully into their daily skincare routine and report back their findings to us.

    Let’s just say, these Certifiers were LEGIT. They took this group experiment seriously and gave us some major insight into their experience. You ladies rock!

    Goodbye Winter Skin…Hello Mario Badescu Facial Sprays!

    Before we get to the goods, let’s talk more about how we found these sweet little sprays.

    Sam and I were wandering through Anthropologie (a seriously dangerous place to be if you’re a beauty lover) just after we came up with the idea for the Certifier Program and came across the Mario facial sprays. Sam had been experimenting with the Rose Spray for a few weeks and was raving about her experience. So naturally, I HAD to buy!

    I was on the hunt for anything and everything that would give my winter skin a boost of moisture, and the Mario Cucumber Facial Spray claimed to do just that. So why not?

    What can I say, we’re suckers for new beauty goodies! Especially when it comes to defending our skin from the harsh winter weather.

    Product: Mario Badescu Cucumber Green Tea Facial Spray | Herbs Rose Water Spray

    Cucumber Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Propylene Glycol, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Water, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Propanediol, Polysorbate 20, Ethylhexylglycerin, Benzophenone-4, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 42090 (Blue 1), Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool

    Rose Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Propylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Rosa Canina Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Citronellol, Geraniol, CI 17200 (Red 33), CI 42090 (Blue 1)

    Price: $12 (8 oz.) | $7 (4 oz.)

    Where to buy: Our Shop Page or Amazon 

    Time Used: 3 months

    Perks: Vegan | Safe for All Skin Types | Wallet Friendly

    Mario Badescu Facial Sprays Review

    Spritzing Our Way Through Winter

    Spritz a little bit here. Spritz a little bit there. That’s literally been us for the past few months! These Mario Badescu Facial Sprays are everything.

    1. They’re refreshing.
    2. They smell amaze.
    3. They give your skin that sought-after dewy glow.
    4. They keep you nice and moist…urized. (Almost went there, but I’ll be nice!)

    Sam and I like to spray these all over our faces right before we moisturize both day and night, after we put on our makeup and even as a quick refresher after the gym or at 3pm when our skin is literally DYING for moisture. Basically, these Mario Badescu Facial Sprays are our new skin BFFs.

    I loooove that the Cucumber Green Tea Spray has a little bit of mint in it. You can feel right away how cooling and calming this spray is. And Sam’s Herb Rose Water Spray has powerful little extracts that are super soothing to the skin.

    In other words, you just can’t go wrong with these Mario Badescu Facial Sprays.

    The Certifiers Love Them Some Mario

    And it sounds like we weren’t the only ones spritzing away! Our Certifiers found themselves spraying their Marios throughout the day to battle the pesky winter dryness just like us. Check out what they had to say about these sprays!

    “I would spritz my skin throughout the day because living in MI right now my skin feels like it is going to flake off. I really liked spritzing my hair throughout the day as well because the smell of roses is so refreshing.”

    Okay, now that’s a GREAT idea! Definitely trying this in our hair!

    “I’ve been using this before face lotion in the morning and night and it’s made my skin so clear and smooth!”

    Same here girl! Our skin is so glowy and smooth.

    Mario Badescu Facial Sprays Rose

    (Photo above posted by @likesinskin)

    “I like that the scent isn’t too strong or overpowering. I love that in the middle of the day if my skin was looking tired or dull, a quick spritz livened it up refreshed the look of my foundation.”

    Spritz, spritz, spritz away! Nothing like an afternoon skin-pick-me-up.

    “I really loved the smell!! I wasn’t entirely sure what it was supposed to do to my skin. But it actually made me less oily and kept my make up on better!! People I see every day were asking if I did something different!”

    Amazing! We didn’t really know what to expect either, but are so happy to hear you saw a difference in your skin!

    But Some Didn’t Fall So Quite Hard

    Even though most of our Certifiers had nothing but rave reviews, we did have a few that shared a some things they didn’t exactly love about these sprays. We’re so happy everyone was truthful with these experiments! Check it out!

    “The one thing that I didn’t like about the spray was that it did break my skin out, I am guessing it’s because of the aloe in it. I would recommend this product if you didn’t have sensitive skin.”

    Yes! Everyone’s skin is totally different. Even though these products claim to be safe for sensitive skin, that’s such a general category that you really do have to listen to your skin and do what’s right for you.

    (Photo above posted by @worthitbeautyblog)

    “I wish the mister dispersed product more finely. I also didn’t really like that water is the first ingredient because when it evaporates, it takes water from your skin. I did, however like that it was gentle and natural-smelling!”

    We agree! We wish the spray dispersed the product a little better!

    “I have a love/hate thing with the spray; I love the convenience but I prefer actually spraying a cotton ball instead of directly on my face.”

    That’s a great idea! Definitely going to try spraying it on a cotton ball for better application.

    You Certifiers are the BEST. Thank you for your honest and detailed reviews!

    When we started reading through the Certifiers’ feedback and saw they were experiencing similar results to us, we were like woah! Okay, these little sprays really do work! Clear, moisturized, glowy skin…every. single. day. Now, those are the types of results worth obsessing over.

    But really, if we’re being honest, the best part about these facial sprays is the price! Not only do they actually work and give you visible results, but they are totally budget friendly. Talk about a win-win.

    ICYMI: In group experiments, we can only give away CO Stamps of Approval if 75% or more of the Certifiers approve. Yup, we’re official now!

    And with that, we are happy to report that 83% of our Certifiers gave the Mario Badescu Facial Sprays their official CO Stamp! HOORAY!

    If you haven’t read up on our new Become a Certifier program…whatchu waiting for?! Be sure to subscribe to our email newsletter to be the first to know about our upcoming experiments! And follow us on the gram to see who won the title of TOP CERTIFIER!


    Joy: Not Your Average Wedding Website Builder

    Joy: Not Your Average Wedding Website Builder

    What if a wedding website was more than just the info you couldn’t fit on the invitation?

    Most of you probably know by know that both Claudia and I are getting married this year. (We aren’t kidding when we call each other Twinsies!) We’re giddy and excited…obvi! But there are a few things that were keeping us up at night as we started wedding planning last year…one of the most stressful being our wedding websites.

    Knowing that both of us have a background in building websites and design (for ourselves and work-related clients), we knew there were two things that were going to drive us absolutely nutty:

    1. Trying to find a template that didn’t match our individual wedding aesthetics.
    2. Dealing with malfunctioning customized themes.
    What’s an a-type bride to do?

    In a lot of ways, I had given up hope…[INSERT BIG, DRAMATIC SIGH HERE]. I started building my website through “The Knot” because it seemed a heck of a lot better than buying a custom domain, hosting, and theme. But what did I know?

    Then Claudia told me about this up and coming wedding website builder that seemed as though it would solve all of our website woes called Joy. With a name like that, I was more than optimistic. We both dove into our website building and every minute got better and better!

    Product:  Joy Wedding Website

    Features: iOS and Android App | Website Templates | Multiple Admins | Website Security | Collect Photos | Global Guest List | Control Facebook and Instagram Sharing | Import Spreadsheets | Digital RSVPs | Highlight Wedding Party | Schedule, Travel, and Details | Guest Notifications | Wedding Registries | Live Slideshows | Meet Other Guests | Share Moments From App | In-App Schedule

    Price: Free!

    Where to buy:

    Time Used: 5 months


    Joy Dashboard

    Getting Started With Joy

    Although I have nothing against The Knot (I actually use their wedding planning checklist feature regularly), I could tell The Knot wasn’t going to be my go-to wedding website resource. With few themes to pick from and the inability to customize fonts and sections to my pleasing, I was extremely relieved when I started using Joy.

    Probably more than others, I’m a huge sucker for a clean, functional design…that’s unique. The unique piece is the real kicker when it comes to Joy! Although yes, there are only two layouts to choose from (see below) the original layout with the scrolling sidebar (which Claudia and I both use) is so wonderfully different from most wedding websites I’ve seen.

    Joy Layouts
    The Fun Stuff: Design, Colors & Fonts

    The best part (and possibly the most stressful part) when building any wedding website is picking your design, colors and fonts! The greatest thing about Joy is that they have SO many design themes to choose from, but they’re also customizable in many aspects. For example, you can pick a theme and assign it to use your chosen wedding color as the prominent color…so cool!

    The customization doesn’t end there, friends! You can actually decide which fonts you want to use for your headings and body text. This, for me, was a dream come true!! A majority of their themes even come with the option to print invitations, save the dates, etc. with a matching design. Though neither Claudia nor I are doing this, the option to do so is wonderful!

    The Cutesy Stuff

    A really great thing about Joy is how they’ve incorporated more personality and life into your standard wedding website. With Joy, your site really becomes a reflection of your relationship! The story section is a great place to share how you two met and where your relationship has taken you through time. Everyone can go for a great love story!

    A super cute feature of this site called “Tidbits” gives a chance for you and your bae to answer some commonly (or not so) asked questions that allow you to share some of the aspects that are completely unique to you and your relationship. So cute, right?!

    Another great feature gives you the space to not only list out the oh-so-important members of your wedding party, but lets you insert photos of each individual and write a little tidbit about that person and your relationship. The people in your wedding party are chosen for a reason and so often the wedding attendees don’t get the chance to know them…so this is a great way to give those extra special people an extra special shoutout! (Check out my little spotlight of my partner-in-crime below. Yes, we’re both bridesmaids in each other’s weddings…did you expect any less?)

    Joy Wedding Party
    The Mechanics

    So personalization and cute designs are super important…obviously! But there are a lot of things that are oh-so-necessary when it comes to your wedding website. The first of which is having the ability to manage your guest list and RSVPs. Joy makes this simple and easy! You can either upload a spreadsheet or enter your guests in manually…both are a great way to go!

    The best part of all of this is managing the RSVPs! You can set your RSVP questions to be completely individualized to you and your wedding. I asked things like their meal choices, dietary restrictions, and songs that will get them out on the dance floor!

    I know there can be a lot of controversy over digitizing RSVPs since not everyone on your guest list may be super tech-savvy, but hear me out…

    1. You save $$ on printing RSVP cards and all the postage. (Let’s be real…having a wedding is expensive and saving every penny counts!!)
    2. There’s no headache or wasted time with organizing and noting all the RSVPs that show up in your mailbox.
    3. The Joy guest list creates the spreadsheet for you so you can organize by attending, which side of the guest list they’re from (super helpful when it comes time to create seating charts!), what they want to eat for dinner, etc., etc.!
    4. With all the pain and suffering you save from not having to organize those pesky little cards, you have more patience to handle everything else in the world of wedding planning! (Including getting a call from your grandma that just can’t seem to figure out this wedding website thing…just sayin’.)
    Joy Guest List
    The App

    Now I have to be honest…the app feature of Joy wasn’t the biggest selling point to me, but I do think they’re headed somewhere super duper cool with this! The idea of the app is that your guests can download your wedding’s unique app and (after registering with Facebook) they have access to see the other guests that are attending and communicate with them beforehand! This can be great for guests to avoid those terribly awkward conversations with friends and family if they’re not sure the other person received an invite to your special day.

    The other great piece of this is it allows you to set the app to give your guests notifications throughout the day. So if you have a big window of time between your ceremony and reception (like me!) or many different get-togethers and after parties (like Claudia!) it allows you to remind your guests of when and where those are happening before they miss it!

    Last, but certainly not least, this feature allows your guests to take photos and videos throughout your special day and share them on the app with you and the other guests! The coolest part about this is after it’s all said and done, you and your bae get to go through all the photos and see your special day in the eyes of the guests! How cool!

    The Customer Service

    Beyond the major Joy selling points for me, the service still has everything else you could want in a wedding website builder such as travel accommodations, listing venues and start times, linking your registries, and general Q&A.

    So with all that in mind, the next best thing about Joy is the customer service! It’s SO easy to contact the Joy team whenever you need them. The best way is via a chat box that’s always in the bottom right corner of your screen when you’re on your dashboard. Just shoot them a question and you can expect to have an answer very soon!

    Joy Sam and Patrick

    It gives us so much joy to use Joy! (You didn’t really think I was going to get through this whole blog post and not use joy twice in the same sentence did you?) This service was the answer to our wedding website prayers! With all the standard features and the most uniquely wonderful additional pieces, Joy is the #1 wedding website builder in our book.

    When it comes to wedding planning, anything that can make our lives easier gets a Certifiably Obsessed stamp of approval…so here you go, Joy! You deserve all the CO love.

    FYI: It doesn’t seem like Joy is always going to be absolutely free (womp, womp!), but it’s still free for now! Eventually, as the service grows, it will start charging for certain features. That being said, if you get your wedding site built now and say they start charging the next day…you’ll never see a bill! If you’re grandfathered in, you’re good to go. So…what are you waiting for?!

    Virtue Styling Products: Our Obsession Continues

    Virtue Styling Products: Our Obsession Continues

    Nothing Can Stop Us, We’re All the Way Up!

    Alright, alright. Maybe not us, but our hair sure is! Our obsession with Virtue continues, ladies and gents. This time, we’re all over their styling products. Want to know why??


    Seriously. Virtue styling products are on another level. Just when you thought their shampoos were pretty great, they come at you with a perfect set of styling goodies that give your hair the right amount of volume and hold for that fun night out with friends. It was almost too good to be true!

    Meet Our Go-To Virtue Styling Products

    First, let us introduce you to the volume-inducing goddess of a product every woman (and man) should own…Virtue’s Uplifted Volumizing Whip. It’s dreamy, it’s mousse-y, it’s bouncy, it’s perfection. We’ll go into more details below, but for realz…add this to your wish list ASAP.

    And second, its partner-in-crime, the magical spray that brings it all together and keeps you looking like a total BOSS all night long…Virtue’s Finale Shaping Spray. This is, by far, the best hairspray we’ve ever experimented with.

    (And no, we’re not just saying that because we love our Virtue peeps who were gracious enough to sponsor this awesome post. Don’t forget, we always stay true to our word!)

    Keep reading below for more juicy styling details…

    Products: Virtue Uplifted Volumizing Whip | Virtue Finale Shaping Spray

    Whip Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Hydrofluorocarbon 152a, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PVP, Cetearyl Alcohol, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil, Huile Minérale), Alpha Keratin, Panthenol, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Petrolatum, Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum), Cetrimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, BHT, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalo

    Spray Ingredients: Alcohol Denat., Hydrofluorocarbon 152a, Octylacrylamide / Acrylates / Butylaminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Alpha Keratin, Panthenol, Madecassoside, Hydrolyzed Pea Protein, Asiaticoside, Aminomethyl Propanol, Parfum (Fragrance), Dimethyl Stearamine, Aqua (Water, Eau), Acetyl Triethyl Citrate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Linoleamidopropyl Ethyldimonium Ethosulfate, Dimethyl Lauramine Isostearate, PEG-75 Lanolin, Benzophenone-4, Aminopropyl Phenyl Trimethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Laneth-40 Maleate/Styrene Sulfonate Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, BHT, Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Eugenol, Citral

    Retail Price: Whip $36 (7 oz) | Spray $36 (5.5 oz)

    Where to buy: Virtue website

    Time Used: 4 months

    Perks: Parabens Free | Sulfates Free | Phthalates Free | No Color & Dyes

    Virtue Styling Products Volume Whip

    Whip Your Hair Back and Forth!

    We apologize in advance if we just got that song stuck in your heads…oops!

    But in all seriousness, this Volumizing Whip is amazing. Sam and I have been experimenting with Virtue styling products for about four months now, and let’s just say we’re beyond happy with the results. We used them A LOT during the holiday season and got many compliments…so yeah, you can definitely say these babies work!

    Volumizing Whip How-To

    So how does this miracle whip (lolz) take our hair from blah to va-va-voom? Easy!

    As soon as we get out of the shower, we towel-dry our hair and start shakin’ that healthy butt Virtue Whip can. We dispense about a quarter-size amount on to our palms and then gently comb it through our hair using our fingertips. It has a mousse-like texture so it’s really light and airy.

    Warning: You will instantly see a lift in your hair! (Even when wet.)

    We then apply another couple of amazing Virtue maintenance products (review to come soon!), blow dry our hair, style and DONE. One of the best things about the Volumizing Whip is that it blends perfectly into our hair and doesn’t leave any sort of weird residue behind. Very important!

    It makes it super easy to style our hair and add that extra oomph of volume we need for a more glam look. Not to mention, it smells sooo nice! People will comment on how nice your hair smells…we can pretty much guarantee it.

    As first-time mousse users (our scrunchy hair mousse days from back in the early ‘00s don’t exactly count), we must say, this Virtue Volumizing Whip knocked our socks off! The volume, the bounce, the smell, the longevity. It’s perfection!

    Virtue Styling Products Hairspray

    Hairsprays (Usually) Suck

    Oh hairsprays. Where do we begin?

    Some leave your hair hard as a rock, others leave it looking like an odd bird’s nest, and some just don’t work at all. So you can understand why we didn’t exactly have high hopes for Virtue’s Finale Shaping Spray. (Although, we should’ve known better…it is Virtue after all!)

    Even though we don’t use hairspray on the reg, we did need something that could keep our bouncy curls in place during the holiday season. So we gave the Virtue Shaping Spray a try and, to no surprise, it blew every other hairspray we’ve ever tried out of the water. Get it Virtue!

    Set It and Forget It

    Yes, girl. Set that hair and forget it!

    We found that with this Shaping Spray, we could actually show up (and leave) a party looking just as good as we before we left home. This hairspray gives your hair a nice, natural hold…no bird’s nests and no crunchy hair in sight!

    And just like the Whip, it also smells amaze. Every time you whip that hair back and forth (had to, sorry!), you’ll get a glorious whiff of sweet orange, cypress and elemi essential oils. I mean, does it really get any better?

    But really, the best part about this hairspray is that you can run your fingers through your hair and it won’t lose its shape nor will you have nasty residue on your fingers. We call that a major win over here!

    The Big Finale

    If you’re in need of a seriously GOOD hairspray…you know, one you can actually count on to hold your hair in place for hours on end…then, we highly recommend you give Virtue’s Finale Shaping Spray a chance. You won’t be disappointed!

    And even though it’s a bit of an investment for a hairspray, it works so well that a little bit goes a long way. So in our opinion, it is absolutely worth the money.

    Our Aha! Moments with Virtue always seem to be instantaneous! Lol

    As soon as we styled our hair with the Whip, we were like WHOA. Our hair actually has volume? Heck yeah! And then, we sprayed the Shaping Spray and again were like WHOA. This hairspray doesn’t leave our hair stiff as a rock and actually lasts? Damn, Virtue! You’re really taking over the styling game.

    (No wonder so many celebs get their hair done with Virtue styling products for award shows!)

    These Virtue styling products have quickly become our #COMustHaves for special nights out. We don’t really know how we got through styling our hair without them, tbh! Here’s your MUCH deserved CO Stamp of Approval, Virtue!

    Please note that we only work with companies and products that we feel passionately about and that align with our Certifiably Obsessed mission. This post contains sponsored content. While we are compensated for the work we do, our opinions are always 100% our own.


    #10DayVirtueChallenge Results Are In!

    #10DayVirtueChallenge Results Are In!

    Who liked their first official #COExperiment?!

    Sounds like a lot of you did! We were so excited to see that 70 of you participated in our #10DayVirtueChallenge. I mean, who doesn’t like to experiment with free hair goodies?! And best of all, we got to share the joys of a CO Experiment with all of you!

    For any of you who didn’t participate, the challenge went a little like this…

    1. Everyone who signed up received three travel sets of Virtue shampoos and conditioners.
    2. We challenged everyone to wash their hair 10 times using only Virtue products and record any notable differences.
    3. They then filled out an awesome little survey we put together to share their thoughts with us!

    And now, we share the results with all of you!

    If you missed this challenge, don’t worry…we’ve got more fun experiments coming this year for you to participate in!

    Details are coming next week 🙂

    Virtue Recovery Shampoo Set

    Dishing the Deets

    Like the amazing experimenters you are, you followed our instructions to a T and washed your hair with Virtue shampoos and conditioners on a very consistent basis (if not daily, then every other day). Yay team!

    Which Virtue set was the fav?

    After all that washing, we HAD to know which set was your favorite. And the winner was…


    Looks like the majority of you fell in love with Recovery just as much as we did. But surprisingly, Smooth was the second favorite! Of course, Smooth was not made for our type of hair, but we are SO happy to hear that it worked for all of you out there with thicker hair.

    What did you love?

    We loved reading through your comments on the survey! Here are some of our favs…

    “Loved everything about the product. From the packaging to the font choice on the bottle, virtue emulates pure class!”

    “My hair was shinier and looked SO healthy!”

    “They worked quickly to improve the overall look and feel of my hair.”

    “They smelled amazing, a little product went a long way, and my hair looked shiny and healthy after I used them.”

    “The recovery set was AMAZING. I didn’t know how much my hair needed it until I used it. My hair has never felt cleaner, softer, and healthier than it has while using the Recovery set.”

    Ummm YAS. We agree with all of you!! We couldn’t believe the amount of positive feedback we got from everyone. Just goes to show that Virtue really does make great hair products!

    What did you NOT love?

    We loved everyone’s honesty throughout this process. That’s what CO Experiments are all about! No bias, just real reviews. So in true CO fashion, we of course had to share comments from those of you who didn’t exactly fall in love with Virtue the way that we did.

    “I felt they were super nourishing but didn’t do a lot to keep my hair clean for a long time.”

    “The Full seemed to accentuate my frizzy hair, but that’s just my hair.”

    “My hair didn’t seem to brush out as smoothly as with my other shampoo and conditioner but after drying it I think I liked the result better.”

    Like we always say, not all products work for everyone. You gotta do you!

    It was amazing to see that many of you guys experienced the same results as we did with Virtue shampoos and conditioners. The fact that the majority of you loved Recovery just as much as we did was a major Aha! Moment! Not to mention, you favored Smooth over Full, which was great to see being that we didn’t have the same result. These products really do work well for different types of hair!

    And with that, we give an even MORE official CO Stamp of Approval to our fav Virtue set: Recovery!

    Stay tuned for a chance to participate in our next #COExperiment coming soon!

    Stocking Stuffers for Him

    Stocking Stuffers for Him

    Gifts for the Guys!

    This is a totally new topic for us (but something we’ve been thinking about getting into lately)…men’s #COapproved products! Being that we both have fiancés in our life that we have to buy gifts for, we thought it would be fun to put together a few stocking stuffer for him ideas that we think will make your holiday shopping a whole heck of a lot easier.

    From tech personal assistants to the best shaving products…these stockings are full of #COFiancéApproved must-haves!

    Stocking Stuffers for Him

    Now, head on over to either our SHOP page or click the links below to get started! Shopping for your baes, dads, brothers, friends…etc. has literally never been this easy.

    1. Powerbeats Wireless Headphones
    2. Dr. Bronner’s Lip Balm
    3. Art of Shaving Kit
    4. O.R.G. Mineral Face Peel
    5. Amazon Echo Dot

    Happy shopping everyone!

    Stocking Stuffers For Her

    Stocking Stuffers For Her

    #COApproved Beauty Gifts!

    We know the holiday season can be a wee bit stressful…the shopping, the crowds, the madness. Thanks but no thanks! We wanted to make your gift shopping experience a little easier this year, so we put together our list of #COApproved stocking stuffers for her!

    These gifts are great for all the beauty lovers in your life…mom, sister, cousin, girlfriend…you name it! And best of all, we’ve put all these products to the test to make sure these are 100% stocking-worthy.

    Check out our video below and either head on over to our SHOP page or click the links below to get started!

    Stocking Stuffers for Her

    1. treStiQue Lip Crayon & Balm
    2. Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo
    3. Honest Hazel Eye Gels
    4. Glossier Balm DotCom
    5. Nectar Computer Glasses
    6. Virtue Split End Serum
    7. Frank & Whit Face Mask

    We hope these ideas help ease some of your holiday shopping stress! Remember, it’s all about enjoying the season and living in the moment…the gifts are just a little extra!

    Stay tuned for our Stocking Stuffers for Him post next week…these are all #COFiancéApproved!

    Honest Hazel: Tired Eyes No More

    Honest Hazel: Tired Eyes No More

    Tired of Using Cold Spoons Under Your Eyes?

    I’m thinking of another college roommate’s life hack as I write this post…kinda like the teeth whitening trick from the C&C Molr post! She always put spoons in the freezer when she knew she was going to have a late study night. Because really…nothing says procrastination better than giant bags under your eyes!

    Cold spoons seemed to do the trick, but there’s a few issues…

    1. When did you ever actually remember to put spoons in the freezer? Answer: likely never.
    2. You literally have a 30-second window when the spoons are at the ideal temperature.
    3. The spoons don’t magically stay in place…so now you waste precious minutes holding spoons to your eyes. #NotCute
    There Has to Be a Better Way

    Oh, there is a much better way, my friends. Let me introduce you to these trendy little under-eye gels that are literally ALL over popular bloggers’ insta stories: Honest Hazel.

    Filled with powerful ingredients, these eye gels seem much more promising than any home remedy. Each gel is contains:

    1. Cactus Collagen…which increases skin elasticity, improves circulation and reduces puffiness.
    2. Aloe Vera, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E…which all work to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, while soothing away your stresses.
    3. Arbutin….which combats dark circles and hyperpigmentation.

    I don’t know about you, but those ingredients sound much better than that stainless steel spoon I’ve been using.

    Product: Honest Hazel Eye Gels

    Ingredients: Water. Gylcerin, Cactus Collagen, Vitamin C, Vitamin B3, Vitamin E, Arbutin, Aloe Vera, Hyaluronic Acid, Rose Oil.

    Retail Price: 3-Pack for $12

    Where to buy: Our Shop Page!

    Time Used: 3 weeks

    Perks: All Natural Ingredients | For All Skin Types

    honest hazel sam

    Use Those Tired Eyes…

    And read the directions. I know, I know…reading directions in the wee hours of the morning is far from ideal but if you don’t, you’ll miss a crucial step. After you open up the package take the gels and wipe of the excess liquid back into the trays. (They have a convenient video on their website to better show this!) Personally, I took some of the excess liquid and dabbed it in all around my eyes, including my eyelids. I didn’t like the idea of all those precious ingredients going to waste!

    You have to remove the excess liquid so the gels stick under your eyes without adjusting! These should stay on for a minimum of 20-25 minutes (but also could be used as an overnight treatment!). So, if you’re planning on doing your hair, making breakfast or even walking the dogs…they’ll stay in place. Major perk! No spoon holding here.

    A Really Cheap Spa Trip

    There’s something about these Honest Hazel eye gels that just has me feeling all types of relaxed. The cool burst of aloe vera, mixed with the slight weight of the gels just instantly calms me.

    Although soothing and calming, I don’t think Honest Hazel will be replacing spa trips anytime soon. For the price, though, they’re a good mini substitute!

    Wake Up and Reach for Honest Hazel?

    After using the products right after waking up, I noticed puffiness reduction immediately after taking them off! So after long nights or weeks that just drag, it would be really nice to wake up and reach for Honest Hazel.

    That being said, I don’t think I would buy these regularly or incorporate them fully into my routine. Even at the largest pack and best price-per-unit (25 sets for $78), that’s still $3.12 per pack. That’s a lot of moolah! A lot of moolah that I don’t have for eye gels.

    honest hazel Claudia

    I Did Not Use My Tired Eyes…

    And did not read the instructions. Oops!

    I woke up the morning after Thanksgiving feeling pretty “ugh-y”…wine, LOTS of (delish) food and extra sweets were not doing my poor, tired eyes any favors. The under-eye puffiness was very real. So I ran to my cabinet and pulled out a pack of Honest Hazel eye gels. These little guys had to help somehow!

    Clearly, my tired eyes were in no mood to read instructions. “Place under eyes…yada yada…leave on for 20-25 minutes…okay, got it.” I took the gels out, placed them under my eyes and went straight back to bed to close my eyes for those glorious 25 minutes.

    As I laid there, I felt the gels sliding all over my face. How in the world was I ever supposed to leave these on overnight?! And how did those insta bloggers manage to walk around airports and run errands with them on? I immediately texted Sam to report my disappointment…she had to have experienced the same slipperiness!

    Sam – “You’re supposed to take the excess liquid off the gels and rub under your eyes before you place them on so they stick better!”

    Me – “OHHH! Oops.”

    Perfect Gift For Beauty Lovers

    After using the gels a few times (correctly and without slippage), I agree with Sam that these are likely not going to be a recurring purchase for me. Even though I love the way they make my eyes feel – cool, calm and collected – I don’t think I’ll continue to spend $12 for a pack of 3, unless it was a special occasion.

    I originally bought these for my bridesmaids proposal boxes…everyone can use a little under-eye treatment from time to time! And, in my opinion, these Honest Hazel gels were great gifts! Any beauty lover in your life will appreciate the ability to pamper themselves without spending the money to go to the spa.

    Like Sam said, these are a great mini-spa substitute!

    Honest Hazel opened our eyes (literally and figuratively) to a world without frozen spoons. It’s a beautifully luxurious world. But also a luxurious world that our wallets can’t quite afford just yet (or maybe ever?).

    Girls night in? Morning of a big day? Sure, spend a little extra and treat yo’ self. (All my bridesmaids, you best believe we’ll have these the day of the wedding!) Other than that? I’m not sure these gels are worth the pretty penny.

    Sadly, Honest Hazel won’t receive our stamp of approval because they’re just far from practical when it comes to the price.

    Speaking of treat yo’ self…did anyone else select those gold eye gels in your FabFitFun box? We can’t wait to get our winter box and see how they compare!

    Virtue Labs: 10 Day Hair Wash Challenge

    Virtue Labs: 10 Day Hair Wash Challenge

    So, Human Keratin Is a Thing…

    And our hair is totally diggin’ it! A couple of months ago, Sam and I were introduced to Virtue, a new brand of hair products that infuses human keratin into their formula. You’re probably thinking, “Omg gross!” But it’s actually kind of genius…trust us on this one.

    Melisse Shaban, founder of Virtue, never thought she’d get back into the beauty industry after a 25+ year run…that is until she discovered the healing powers of human-derived keratin.

    The Virtue Story

    Dr. Luke Burnett runs a lab in Winston-Salem that works to advance regenerative medicine to help those wounded in battle. And through their research, they were able to develop a way to harvest keratin in its purest form…a.k.a. directly from human hair.

    Melisse knew this type of keratin could change everything! So she partnered up with them and ran straight back to her roots (pun intended) to come up with a way to apply this magical protein to the world of beauty.

    And so, Virtue was born…the first line of hair products to ever use human-derived keratin! They make everything from shampoos and conditioners to styling and repair products…and spoiler alert: they’re all pretty amazing.

    So where do they get this magical keratin from? Virtue actually uses ethically sourced, untreated human hair to extract Alpha Keratin 60ku™. It’s all acquired from reputable suppliers and has been purchased at the will of the individual sellers; never donated. In addition, the hair is hand cut to assure the hair has never been dyed or chemically treated.

    A lot goes into it!

    What’s So Great About Alpha Keratin 60kuTM?

    Alpha Keratin 60kuTM is identical to the keratin in your hair, skin, and nails so it heals and repairs any damage faster than animal-derived keratin – which is what you’ll find in most other keratin-infused beauty products.

    In other words, your body loves this stuff because it recognizes this type of keratin as its own and automatically applies it to where it is needed. No extra work necessary! (Kind of like when you see an old friend and instantly feel like no time has passed. Supa cute.)


    We actually loved this brand so much that we decided to collaborate with them so we could get these products into YOUR hands! Are you ready to do some #COexperimenting of your own?

    1. If you read this post and are feeling major FOMO (very likely scenario), simply fill out THIS FORM and Virtue will send you travel size sets of their Recovery, Full and Smooth shampoos…fo’ free! No tricks, no gimmicks. THE SIGN UPS HAVE CLOSED.
    2. Once you receive the products, it’s time to start experimenting! Starting December 1st, we want you to wash your hair 10 times using Virtue shampoos and conditioners. Use each set for at least 2 washes and record your findings!
    3. Share your experiments with us either through email or on social media using the hashtag #10DayVirtueChallenge so we can see your results!

    Now, go check out our own experimentations below…

    Products:  Virtue Recovery, Smooth and Full Shampoo & Conditioner Sets

    Recovery Shampoo Ingredients: Hydrolyzed Quinoa – A complete plant-based protein, it is remarkable for hair, enhancing color, moisture retention, and shine. Baobab Seed Oil – From the African Tree of Life (known for its ability to store water), this rich, silky oil is an intense emollient for dry, damaged hair. Grapefruit Extract – Loaded with Vitamin C and antioxidants, this fruit star revitalizes the scalp and returns hair’s vibrancy and shine. Full ingredient list here.

    Recovery Conditioner Ingredients: Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Baobab Seed Oil (like above) and Pea Protein – A source of phytonutrients, it protects hair from thermal heat and daily styling damage. Full ingredient list here.

    Smooth Shampoo Ingredients: Pink Pomelo – Rich in Vitamin A, C, B1 and zinc, it’s a vitality shot for your hair. Phospholipids – Derived from natural soybeans, they help fight frizz and protect against humidity. Gotu Kola – A multitasking Indian herb, it promotes strength, smoothness and luster. Full ingredient list here.

    Smooth Conditioner Ingredients: Pink Pomelo, Phospholipids (like above) and Shea Butter – Rich in essential fatty acids, this South African healer melts into the hair to condition, smooth and soften. Full ingredient list here.

    Full Shampoo Ingredients: Pink Pomelo – Rich in Vitamin A, C, B1 and zinc, it’s a vitality shot for your hair. Hydrolyzed Quinoa – A complete plant-based protein, it is remarkable for hair, enhancing color, moisture retention, and shine. Biotin – A hard working form of Vitamin B, known for boosting strength and shine. Full ingredient list here.

    Full Conditioner Ingredients: Pink Pomelo, Hydrolyzed Quinoa (like above) and Artichoke Leaf – Loaded with lipids and protein, it helps seal and strengthen hair’s cuticle. Full ingredient list here.

    Retail Price: Shampoos cost between $36-$38 (8 oz) | Conditioners cost between $38-$40 (6.7oz) | Travel Size $15 (2 oz)

    Where to buy: Virtue website or sign up for our challenge to receive your FREE set!

    Time Used: 2 months

    Perks: Parabens Free | Sulfates Free | Phthalates Free | No Color & Dyes

    Virtue Labs Full Shampoo Review

    Time to Ditch My Pantene Clean

    Alright guys, I’m going to be very honest with you. Before using Virtue, I was living the Pantene life. Yup, nothing fancy…just the plain old, $5 Pantene Classic Clean shampoo and conditioner every other day. After messing with many unsuccessful trendy shampoos, I had just about had it and figured I would go back to the basics.

    And while Pantene definitely does the job (my hair is squeaky clean!), it doesn’t necessarily do much to nurture or protect my hair from everything I put it through…hot tools, highlights, hair color, etc. But hey, it keeps my hair cleaner than anything else out there, so I’ll take it.

    When Virtue sent us the travel sets, I was kind of hesitant due to my failed experiments with new, trendy hair brands. But who says no to free stuff?? Not me! So I started off with the Recovery shampoo and conditioner to see if it could bring a little bit of life and moisture back into my locks.

    My Love for Recovery

    This set is by far my favorite! As always, I’ll start off with the scent. It smells like a goddess. Or as Virtue describes it, “A rich, nurturing blend of fresh woods and clean citrus formulated with coconut and yuzu extracts.” Basically what I said!

    First thing I noticed was that the shampoo lathered nicely and left my hair feeling clean, even while still in the shower. And the conditioner is nice and rich so it actually detangles your hair pretty quickly!

    As soon as I got out of the shower and brushed my hair, I knew these were great products. You know how you just know right away? My hair felt light, clean but moisturized all at the same time. And smelled AMAZE. I couldn’t wait to see the results in the morning when it was all dry!

    The next morning, I went straight to the bathroom to check out my hair and…wow. It was super clean but so bouncy and smooth! Usually with other shampoos, I’ll wake up to slightly oily hair and my ends will be frizzy and dried out. But not with Virtue’s Recovery line! It actually enhanced the natural curl in my hair to the point to where I didn’t even feel the need to style it. Now that says a lot!

    I loved it so much that I brought this set with me to all my trips last month….I couldn’t live without it!

    Smooth It Out

    Next up was the Smooth set. The scent? Strawberry mint! Which translates to, “A restorative blend of flower, fruit, and herbs incorporating soothing lavender, sweet pear, and fresh mint essential oils.” Either way, it brought back a sense of nostalgia…like the scent of your favorite bubble bath growing up!

    This shampoo and conditioner is meant for those with frizzy, unruly hair who need a way to tame the mane. It’s also meant for those with medium to thick hair. Being that I don’t fit into either category, I didn’t feel like this set really worked for my hair. I actually felt like my hair was stringy and dry…womp, womp. Even after a full week of testing, I felt like it was just not meant to be.

    But hey, if your hair profile matches my description above, this might be the perfect blend for you! And if you’re not sure, take their hair diagnostic to find your match!

    Gimme That Volume

    Last but not least, the Virtue Full set. Out of all the scents, this was my least favorite…but it still smelled good! Claudia description: hair salon. Virtue description: “A revitalizing citrus blend of flowers and greens, including stimulating spearmint leaf oil and bright lemon essential oil.” No matter how you put it, it smells nice…just not my fav.

    I felt like I had a love/hate relationship with the Full set. On one hand, my hair truly did get fuller and more voluminous after every use. But on the other, the conditioner did not leave my hair as nourished as Recovery did. The ends were drier and less curly.

    Nevertheless, this stuff worked wonders in terms of filling out my hair. It was like I had a whole new head of hair on top of my regular hair!

    Hair, on hair, on hair.

    Human-Keratin Believer

    All in all, these shampoos and conditioners are seriously amazing. Not only did I feel like my hair was actually clean, but it felt like it got healthier and healthier the more I used it. That keratin stuff is legit people!

    Now, obviously this is a HUGE jump in price, so that’s a bit of a killer for me. But being that these products work so well (and a little goes a long way), I feel comfortable investing in a set of these.

    Recovery, here I come!

    Virtue Labs Recovery Shampoo Review

    Apparently I Need Human Keratin

    Just like, Claudia, I was tired of failed trendy hair care experiments. When Insta-worthy hair products, OUAI, came into my life I thought my luck had changed! I was using their Smooth shampoo and conditioner with the hair oil every wash. Overall it was going well…my hair was smooth and felt healthy…(Spoiler alert: Apparently, it wasn’t as healthy as it could be!)

    When we decided to put Virtue to the #COtest, I have to admit, I was super hesitant. I didn’t know if I was ready to leave OUAI behind. Oh boy, was I wrong!

    Apples to Apples

    Since I was using the OUAI Smooth products, I grabbed the Virtue Smooth products first. My first impression in the shower was great! That nostalgic strawberry scent that Claudia mentioned was oh-so-perfect. We were off to a good start!

    I had high hopes, but unfortunately Virtue Smooth was not for me! My hair felt stringy and gritty the next day…far from smooth. After reading Virtue’s website, I have a feeling this shampoo just wasn’t made for me and my hair type. All you with frizzy, unruly, and thick hair…this is probably for you!!

    Recover My Locks

    My Virtue experimentation took a BIG turn in the right direction after I grabbed those Recovery bottles! First, let me just reiterate what Claudia said, this shampoo and conditioner set smells AMAZE. Like, seriously so good! The best thing about it is the scent lasts for days!! I get compliments all the time now that my hair smells amazing…so obvi no complaints here!

    The next greatest thing about Recovery is that it actually recovered my hair…even when I didn’t think I needed it. It’s been about 6 months since I had my hair cut so, needless to say, my ends were dry and rough. After just a few washes, I actually felt a significant difference in my hair. It was healthier, stronger, and had that fresh-from-the-salon feel every single day! That human-keratin does some serious magic, my friends!

    Oomph There It Is!

    I have far from voluminous hair…faaaaar from it! It’s usually silky and soft, but never has any body. The Virtue Full shampoo is perfect for hair like mine. It actually works to build fullness overtime. It’s not a one-stop shop for volume. If you’re like me those other instant-volume products may create volume, but there’s also a ton of buildup that comes with it. Not cute!

    Since the Virtue Full set builds volume over time, I’ve been incorporating it into my routine with Recovery! I use Full maybe 1-2 times per week, depending on the week and I’ve found the perfect balance between the two! There’s nothing better than perfect hair harmony.

    Never Judge A Book By It’s Cover

    I have to admit…I didn’t get the whole human-keratin thing in the beginning. It was a new concept for me and the idea just frankly felt strange. After giving Virtue a try, I’m now a whole-hearted human-keratin believer! It’s a miracle worker!

    After using Virtue products, my hair has never ever felt as good as it does now! That’s a BIG statement. It’s clean, healthy, and bouncy! What more could you want?!

    Feeling some hair FOMO? I would be too! Good thing Virtue is giving away FREE product to all our Certifiably Obsessed followers! You guys deserve it 🙂

    Our favorite Aha! Moments happen when we switch back to old products. For me, going from Virtue back to Pantene was slightly painful…for my soul and my scalp! It was back to itchy roots and dry ends. Yeah, no thank you. For Sam, going back to OUAI wasn’t as miserable as me going back to Pantene, but still…once you use human-keratin, you can’t go back!

    Virtue not only works the first time you try it, but their products manage to give you better and better results the more you use them. Most products do the exact opposite! Looks like human-keratin is the magical Virtue key to happy, healthy hair. And we’ll take it!

    We can’t wait for you to start your #10DayVirtueChallenge on December 1st!

    Virtue Recovery and Full, congrats! You get our CO Stamp of Approval. Smooth, we love ya but you were just not our perfect match.

    Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram (@certifiablyobsessed) and Facebook to share your results! Happy #COexperimenting everyone!

    Molr C+C Whitening Factory: It’s Black and White

    Molr C+C Whitening Factory: It’s Black and White

    You Have to Get Dirty to Get Clean…?

    One of my college roommates was always up on the latest trends and beauty hacks. And apparently, she was more ahead of the game than I thought! She came home one day with a little jar of activated charcoal from Whole Foods and told me we were going to whiten our teeth with it. I was extremely confused and highly skeptical but decided to try it anyways! It was messy, hilarious, and a true roomie bonding moment, but I wasn’t sure it did anything to my teeth.

    A few years go by and what shows up in my fall FabFitFun box? Molr C+C Whitening Factory (a.k.a. activated charcoal with some other ingredients that can whiten teeth!). I immediately thought of my roomie and our homework procrastinating shenanigans. The next thing I thought was…did it work the first time? Is it worth another shot? Did I even need to whiten my teeth?

    Products: Molr C+C Whitening Factory

    Ingredients: Activated Charcoal (made from Raw Coconut Shell), Natural Calcium Bentonite Clay, Organic Mint Extract

    Retail Price: $43.95 (2 month supply with twice per day use)

    Where to buy: Molr website

    Time Used: 1 month

    Perks: All Natural | Medical Grade

    Molr C+C Whitening Factory

    Do It for the Blog

    The answers to my questions above…

    • Did it work the first time? Honestly, who knows.
    • Is it worth another shot? If the blog is involved, then yes.
    • Do I even need to whiten my teeth? I love coffee and my wedding is in a year so…maybe?

    Quite honestly, my teeth have been feeling and looking pretty pearly these days! Ever since Quip became part of my everyday routine, dental care has been a breeze! But I figured my teeth could never be too white, right?

    (The previous statement is true unless you’re Ross Geller.)

    Here’s Where Things Get Scary

    It was product experimentation time! I grabbed the toothbrush that came with the powder, which is a convenient and thoughtful touch I might add! After getting the brush damp, I dipped it ever so slightly (less is more here…for sure!) into the charcoal powder and started brushing.

    Mid-brush, I opened my mouth to look at my teeth and I was mortified! I looked like a zombie. The black of the charcoal has a really creepy way of outlining all of your teeth, while simultaneously getting all up in your gums! The Molr C+C Whitening Factory product page on the website does have a little disclaimer that says, “Warning: You will look like a Walker from “The Walking Dead” for 1-2 minutes, during this time you should avoid dudes with long hair and crossbows. Once you rinse your mouth feel free to resume a normal human lifestyle.”

    I’ve never watched The Walking Dead a day in my life, but looking like a Walker is not something I aspire to do. Oh well…we couldn’t get through Halloween without giving you a little bit of a scare!

    Messy is It’s Middle Name

    So this stuff probably doesn’t have a middle name, but if it did…it would be “messy.” It gets EVERYWHERE. No, I’m not a barbarian that doesn’t know how to keep it clean when I’m brushing. Somehow…someway…this stuff manages to get on the mirror, on the walls, on my clothes and I don’t even want to talk about how gross the sink gets.

    The directions recommend you use this twice per day. If I used this twice per day, I would have to hire cleaning help just to keep up with the messes. Honestly, I tried so hard to incorporate this as the company recommended, but it’s just such a pain the booty to use that I just couldn’t do it!

    The Results

    In the end, I didn’t use the product as much as recommended, but I used it every day at least once. Did I notice a difference? We’re my teeth getting closer to that Ross Geller level?

    Answer: Nope.

    One thing I learned…this product would make for an excellent addition to a skeleton or zombie costume!

    Molr C+C Whitening Factory

    Everyone’s Doing It!

    Unlike Sam, this was my very first time experimenting with charcoal toothpaste. It seemed like everyone was doing it, so why the heck not? (Disclaimer: This is not how I normally go about making life decisions, but when it comes to the blog, you better believe I’ll be following the trends!)

    Sam and I both added the Molr C+C Whitening Factory to our FFF boxes hoping this would be a really fun and successful experimentation for us. Because, really, who doesn’t want whiter teeth??

    Not to toot my own horn here, but I do think my teeth are pretty white…between Quip and Tom’s of Maine, my dental hygiene routine was on point! However, if this toothpaste could elevate my whitening game…I was down to give it a shot.

    OCD Clean Freaks…Beware

    Ugh, guys. Sam’s not kidding when she says this stuff is messy.

    I was lucky that she tried the product before I did! She warned me of the mess, so I was extra careful my first time.

    I dipped my brush into the charcoal and went to town on my teeth. Immediately, the charcoal started running down my hands and arm. I swear I’m not a messy brusher! But this stuff is pretty runny. It doesn’t foam at all, so you’re basically rubbing water and charcoal all over your mouth.

    Wondering about the taste? Being that I was using it as a replacement for regular toothpaste, I was disappointed to find out it wasn’t really minty at all. This is definitely not something you use to freshen up your breath!

    But the truly worst part was when I noticed my teeth. I pretty much died laughing looking at myself (which made even more of a runny mess)…I looked like a freak!! Black teeth, black lips, black tongue. It was GROSS.

    Long story short, if you consider your cleanliness game to be at an OCD level (or on the verge of OCD), beware. The whole charcoal toothpaste thing might cause you serious distress. We’re talking charcoal splatters ALL over the place. Mirrors, vanities, walls…no surface is spared.

    A Few Tips

    After using Molr C+C every day for a couple of weeks, I learned a few tips and tricks that might make your experimentation with this trend a little better.

    1. Brush your teeth first with regular toothpaste. In my opinion, the charcoal toothpaste is only good for whitening purposes. Not cleaning.
    2. Keep your mouth shut as much as possible to avoid crazy messes. There will still be a mess, no matter what. But keeping your mouth shut could help to reduce the charcoal splatter.
    3. Rinse your toothbrush clean after you’re done brushing and use it to go back through your teeth, gums and lips to get rid of any remaining charcoal stains. Like I said before, everything will be black…even after you rinse. So go back through with a clean brush to get rid of the excess and follow up with a good mouthwash.

    Unfortunately, I didn’t really notice a difference in the whiteness of my teeth. And even if I did, I wouldn’t want to deal with the hassle and the mess that come with charcoal toothpaste. Plus, it’s an additional step to my already pretty complete dental routine. Floss, brush teeth, charcoal teeth, brush teeth again and then mouthwash?

    Yeah, no thanks.


    Neither Claudia nor I have ever been big on teeth whitening products…we’re just big fans of excellent dental hygiene! Sure, everyone could be a shade or two lighter and brighter when it comes to teeth, but is the hassle really worth it?

    We haven’t tried any other whitening products, but this Molr C+C Whitening Factory is far from hassle-free. Between the mess and the bleak results, we just can’t give this ghoulish powder a CO Stamp of Approval.

    We might need to get on our whitening game after all the Halloween candy today…

    Happy Halloween everyone!