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    Primally Pure Charcoal Deodorant: Is Charcoal the Secret?

    Primally Pure Charcoal Deodorant: Is Charcoal the Secret?

    And the Natural Deodorant Search Continues

    That’s right, guys. I’ve got yet another natural deodorant to share with you! But spoiler alert: this is the BEST ONE YET.

    Since I’ve already talked you into possibly buying two natural deodorants, only to find out that after a few months they actually weren’t the best…I don’t blame you for thinking, “Yeah, yeah, she’s said this before.” Sooo, I’m going to be VERY open and honest about my experimentation with this next natural deodorant because I don’t you to think I’m just willy-nilly about picking my favorites. (Although Sam and I have both become a pair of natural deodorant connoisseurs!)

    Primally Pure Charcoal Deodorant

    If you’re into the Instagram health and wellness world, then I’m almost positive you’ve seen some of your favorite bloggers raving about Primally Pure. And if you haven’t, no worries! That’s what we’re here for.

    Bethany McDaniel, founder of Primally Pure, comes from a pretty amazing family who spontaneously started an organic livestock farm in Southern California. Umm talk about AMAZING! After discovering the benefits of what eating real food can do for your health, she was driven to translate all that natural goodness into the beauty world. Bethany said buh-byeee to toxic skincare products and started formulating her very own replacements made with pure, simple ingredients. #GOALS

    And that’s where the amazing Primally Pure charcoal deodorant was born! I don’t know what it is about this one, but guys, trust me when I say it’s pretty darn perfect.

    Product: Primally Pure Charcoal Deodorant

    Ingredients: Arrowroot Powder, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil*, Tallow from Grass-Fed Cows, Organic Beeswax, Baking Soda, Non-nano Zinc Oxide, White Kaolin Clay, Activated Coconut Charcoal, Organic Essential Oils of Eucalyptus and Peppermint (*Fair Trade)

    Price: $16

    Where to buy: Primally Pure website

    Time Used: 3 months

    Perks: Controls Odor | Aluminum Free | Fragrance Free | Made with Organic Ingredients | Handcrafted | Independently Owned

    Primally Pure Charcoal Deodorant Paste Review

    Charcoal Deodorant, Where Have You Been?

    First things first, let’s talk about that amazing ingredients list in our Rundown! The Primally Pure Charcoal Deodorant is made from all natural ingredients but somehow works a million times better than any other natural deodorant I’ve tried in the past. (Between Sam and I combined, we’ve pretty much covered them all!)

    The Primally Pure charcoal deodorant is free of nasty aluminum and is scented with only organic essential oils to help purify the skin and control odor. It’s also fortified with kaolin clay, which is a super powerful detoxifier and has non-nano zinc oxide to help soothe irritation.

    But best of all, this deodorant has activated coconut charcoal which detoxifies, deodorizes and disinfects. Talk about a triple win!

    The one issue I was running into with other deodorants, like Schmidt’s or Native, was that the baking soda was irritating my skin. Now, this Primally Pure deodorant still has some baking soda, but they put less than in their original formula and just a tad bit more than their sensitive formula. So it’s the best of both worlds!

    Minty Fresh Pits

    Mmmmm peppermint. Seriously, this stuff smells so fresh and so clean! It’s got organic eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils that make it smell like minty heaven on Earth.

    This one’s a great one to gift to the men in your life! The scent is completely unisex and stays on ALL DAY. No joke. When I first started experimenting with it, I would smell my armpits throughout the day (lol yes I’m a weirdo like that) and would be shockingly surprised to find that they smelled nice and minty all day long. No sign of BO! Woohoo!

    I do have to say that now that the weather is warming up and the moisture in the air is increasing, I’m a little less minty at the end of the day because I sweat more. But either way, this Primally Pure charcoal covers up that BO like no other natural deodorant I’ve ever used before!

    Waves Your Hands in the Air Like You Just Don’t Care

    Really though. I’ve found that with this deodorant, I don’t have to worry as much about weird white marks under my arms or globs of deodorant piling up. My pits soak it right up!

    One thing to note though: the Primally Pure website claims that this deodorant goes on clear, but it definitely doesn’t. It has a bit of white pastyness to it so you have to be careful when getting dressed. But it does clear up pretty quickly. Just a couple of swipes under each arm and you’re done!

    Some Tiny Turnoffs

    I promised you I would be honest, so here it is.

    1. It does slightly stain your clothes. Ugh, I have sadly yet to find a natural deodorant that doesn’t stain clothes. It does this more to my fiance’s dress shirts than to mine, but I do notice it in my workout clothes a bit. But nowhere near as bad as with Schmidt’s or Native…so that’s a little win!
    2. Now that it’s almost summer, I do notice that my armpits feel a bit sticky since I’m sweating more. It’s a little uncomfortable, but better sticky than chemical-ly!
    3. This one is a bit pricier than other natural deodorants I’ve tried. It costs $16 plus shipping. But if you end up loving the deodorant, you can subscribe and not pay shipping at all!

    (Can you tell I always like to find the silver lining?)

    Honestly, natural deodorant is by far the hardest product we’ve ever had to experiment with. There have been LOTS of fails. So it makes you wonder if you’ll ever find the right one for your precious pits.

    For a while, I went right back to using Degree because I just couldn’t take the discomfort of using a natural deodorant any longer. But then, the guilt set it…something inside of me was telling me I had to find a better solution! When I saw the reviews and comments about the Primally Pure Charcoal Deodorant, I had a STRONG feeling I had hit the jackpot. And guess what?! I think I did!

    It’s definitely not perfect, but the moment I realized this deodorant was both gentle on my skin but still powerful enough to combat BO, I knew I had to give it the CO Stamp of Approval!

    5 Must-Try Beauty Products Under $30

    5 Must-Try Beauty Products Under $30

    Myth: Expensive Products Always Work Better

    Just this past week, Patrick threw his back out and I was standing at CVS trying to decide which medication to buy him. I was looking at the CVS brand of ibuprofen and the brand name (Motrin) and I was shocked at the price difference! You know what that little voice in my head told me? That expensive products always work better. UGH. So I bought the Motrin… #regrets.

    After all my time experimenting with Certifiably Obsessed, I should’ve known that just because a product is more expensive…it doesn’t mean it’s destined to work better. DUH!

    Truth: Affordable Products Can Work Better Than Expensive Ones

    Trust us on this one. We’ve experimented with products that range from $8 to $120 and, not saying those pricey products don’t hold up the bargain, but usually we’d rather reach for our more wallet-friendly friends! And who doesn’t love a good deal, right?!

    We’ve gathered our top five fav beauty products that are all under $30. We suggest you give ‘em a try if you haven’t already!!

    #1 Cocokind Rosewater Facial Toner

    must try beauty products rosewater toner

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    Product:  Cocokind Organic Rosewater Facial Toner

    Ingredients: Organic rose hydrosol

    Price: $17

    Where to buy: Find it on Amazon! Or our Shop Page.

    Perks: USDA Organic | Certified Organic | Fair Trade Certified | Certified Vegan | Wallet-Friendly | Free Shipping on U.S. orders over $40

    The Deets

    You know how people say you should always stop and smell the roses? Well my friends, you can now do that every single day from the comfort of your own vanity. Seriously! This Cocokind Rosewater Toner LITERALLY smells like roses in a bottle. It is so refreshing!

    Every morning and night, after we’ve washed our faces, Claudia and I spray the toner onto a cotton pad and gently dab away. It helps to get rid of any lingering debris and also balances our skin’s pH (major key when it comes to clear skin!). This beauty in a bottle immediately soothes your skin and gives it a nice, healthy glow. I love using this toner to prep my skin for moisturizer and makeup! Best of all, this product is only made with one simple ingredient: organic rose hydrosol. #Micdrop.

    Want to know more? You can read our full review of this must-have, along with other Cocokind products, here!


    #2 Glossier Balm Dot Com

    Glossier Balm Dotcom

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    Product:  Glossier Balm Dot Com

    Ingredients*: Petrolatum, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Beeswax/Cera Alba/Cire D’Abeille, Lanolin, Dipalmithoyl Hydroxyproline, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract *Ingredients vary by flavor

    Price: $12 for a single, $40 for a 4-flavor pack.

    Where to buy: Glossier website. Or our Shop Page!

    Perks: Cruelty-free | Paraben-free | Hypoallergenic

    The Deets

    I’m definitely a “lip balm addict”. I keep lip balm everywhere; all my purses and bags, the cup holder in my car, my bedside table, and just about every coat pocket. I used to be highly loyal to Burt’s Bees in the summer and Blistex in the winter… until I met Balm Dotcom. Bye-bye never-ending need for chapstick, hello long-lasting moisture!

    I heard Claudia complain about her wintery-dry lips at work one day and immediately turned her onto Glossier. “Get rid of your Burt’s Bees…trust me!” She obeyed. Claudia purchased the 4-flavor Glossier balm pack and is now a Glossier addict like me! She keeps the rose flavor in her makeup bag, the coconut in her work bag, the cherry in her everyday purse and the mint in her medicine cabinet.

    To read our full review on Glossier Balm Dot Com, click here!


    #3 NUDESTIX Eyebrow Stylus Pencil & Gel

    NUDESTIX Eyebrow Stylus Pencil & Gel

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    Product: NUDESTIX Eyebrow Stylus Pencil & Gel

    Stylus Pencil Ingredients: Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Coco-glycerides, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Zinc Stearate, Stearic Acid, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Tocopherol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Hexylene Glycol [+/- Mica (Ci 77019), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510)]

    Gel Ingredients: Aqua, Vp/Va Copolymer, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Tromethamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium Edta, Hexylene Glycol [+/- Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499)

    Price: $24

    Where to buy: Ulta. Or our Shop Page!

    Perks: Waterproof | Vegan | Hypoallergenic | Gluten Free | Cruelty Free | Certified USDA Organic | Fragrance Free | Paraben Free | Sulfate Free | Phthalates Free

    The Deets

    Claudia finds this stuff to be amazing. Seriously. The pencil is perfectly shaped to match the direction in which brow hairs grow making it really easy to get that natural, filled-in brow look. You can lightly feather the color on for a lighter look or give it a little more pressure for a bolder look. Finish it off with the ultra powerful clear gel and you’re done. No messy brow hairs in sight!

    Not to mention the color and gel are actually longwearing. This stuff stays on until you decide you want it off. Don’t worry though, the color and gel come off super easy with a little face wash or coconut oil (Claudia’s new favorite makeup remover!).

    Want to read Claudia’s full review on how she went from browless to browtastic?! Click here.


    #4 Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

    Must try beauty products micellar water

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    Product: Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

    Ingredients:  Aqua / Water, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium Edta, Poloxamer 184, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide Fil B162919/3

    Price:  $8.99 (13.5 oz.)

    Where to buy: Target. Or our Shop Page!

    Perks:  Wallet Friendly | In-Store & Online | No Alcohol | No Perfume | All Skin Types

    The Deets

    This stuff works wonders. Just a little on a cotton pad goes a long, long way! One cotton pad, front and back, cleans off my face makeup and eye makeup. Just a couple wipes and poof! Seriously guys, this stuff is magical. Even after washing my face, there was plenty of nastiness that had yet to come off. GROSS. And don’t get me started with the residue that comes off after my night shower. Let’s just say that cotton pad is about 10x dirtier…you think you got your makeup off with your face wash? HA! Think again. Not only does it leave your face nice and clean (You don’t even need to rinse after!), but it also moisturizes it thanks to those molecular oils.

    We actually experimented with multiple micellar waters (all with varying price tags and perks!) before we landed on our fav! You can read all about that experiment here.


    #5 Billie Razor

    Billie Razor Header

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    Product: Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

    Ingredients:  5 sharp blades (made from stainless steel), encased in 360° of aloe shave soap, with rounded edges to help you navigate those curves

    Price:  Starter Kit: $9 (includes razor, magnetic holder, two replacement blade cartridges) | Ongoing Subscription: $9 for 4 blade replacement cartridges

    Where to buy: Billie website

    Perks:  Safe for Sensitive Skin | Dermatologically Approved | Natural Ingredients | Toxin Free | Free Shipping

    The Deets

    You know how they say when you find that perfect person, you just know? That’s the feeling I had with my Billie razor. Nope, I’m not being even the slightest bit dramatic. This razor is life changing! Since the razor is encased in aloe soap, I thought it would be best to give it a full trial run. So, I shaved without soap…(GASP!) And you know what happened? Since that day, I have never shaved with soap again. That’s how amazing this razor is you guys! My legs have never been more silky smooth.

    My Billie razor and subscription has been nothing short of amazing! The replacement blade cartridges always arrive on time. Honestly, the greatest thing is just never having to think about buying razors anymore.

    Want more details on these life-changing razors?! Click here for our full review.


    This one’s simple, friends. Good, dependable beauty products shouldn’t break the bank. These must-try beauty products under $30 are affordable, but effective, and have most definitely earned our CO Stamp of Approval!

    Billie Razor: Razors Built for Womankind

    Billie Razor: Razors Built for Womankind

    That Freakin’ Pink Tax

    Even if you haven’t heard of it, you’ve definitely paid for it! Have you ever looked at a box of regular disposable Gilette razors and noticed the price tag difference between the male and female targeted versions?! Yep, it’s freakin’ ridiculous. There’s even a little rumor out there that not only are the men’s razors cheaper, but they’re better too! (Because of that, I have been buying disposable men’s razors forever!)

    It all sounds a bit cuckoo doesn’t it?! Good news is there’s a company out there that’s wants to change our razor-buying experience! In fact, they’re claiming they’re the razors built for womankind. That’s a big statement, my friends!

    Who Doesn’t Love a Good Deal?

    I had my eyes on a razor company for a while now. Some of my friends had tried Dollar Shave Club and loved it…others not so much! It wasn’t until one day a Billie ad popped up in my feed and practically made me click it, scroll through the website, and instantly purchase a subscription (Yeah that sounds good…let’s blame the ad for my compulsive shopping tendencies!).

    Seriously, though, Billie gives you a starter kit which includes a razor (color of your choice), magnetic shower holder, and two replacement cartridges for only $9! And then, if you continue the subscription, it’s only $9 for four replacement cartridges! AND you get to decide the frequency of your subscription. WIN. WIN. WIN!

    Product: Billie Razor

    Materials: 5 sharp blades (made from stainless steel), encased in 360° of aloe shave soap, with rounded edges to help you navigate those curves

    Price: Starter Kit: $9 (includes razor, magnetic holder, two replacement blade cartridges) | Ongoing Subscription: $9 for 4 blade replacement cartridges

    Where to buy: Billie website (use that link for a $20 credit!)

    Time Used: 3 months

    Perks: Safe for Sensitive Skin | Dermatologically Approved | Natural Ingredients | Toxin Free | Free Shipping

    Billie Razor Sam

    Me & My Billie Razor

    Everyone is different on this (even Claudia and I are polar opposites on this!), but I shave my legs and underarms daily. Yep, every single day. Even in the winter! Why? For one, my hair grows so fast it’s insane (that Italian blood is strong!). For two, I can’t stand it when I’m prickly! (And that happens in about 4 hours so yeah…I shave a lot!) Claudia, on the other hand, usually shaves once to twice per week. That’s mostly due to the fact that she’s #blessed with less hair growth than me.

    As you now know, I depend on my razor daily! It needs to work well, last a long time, and not cost me my life savings! I always thought that should never be too much to ask, but until I met my Billie razor, it had never been possible.

    Getting Started with Billie

    The signup process for Billie is super easy! You just pick the color razor you want (I have blush and Claudia has coral), and set your subscription frequency based on how often you shave. So yes, this subscription is perfect whether you’re a Claudia or a Sam! Next thing I knew, my new razor was at my door in some super cute packaging!

    The starter kit comes with the razor (with a blade head on), a magnetic holder for your shower, and two replacement blade cartridges. All that for $9!

    Love at First Shave with Billie

    You know how they say when you find that perfect person, you just know? That’s the feeling I had with my Billie razor. Nope, I’m not being even the slightest bit dramatic. This razor is life changing! Since the razor is encased in aloe soap, I thought it would be best to give it a full trial run. So, I shaved without soap…(GASP!) And you know what happened? Since that day, I have never shaved with soap again. That’s how amazing this razor is you guys! My legs have never been more silky smooth.

    Naturally, I texted Claudia and told her how amazing this razor was and she used my code to get a $20 credit and signed up too. Next thing I knew, I was getting a text from her saying how she had never used a better razor…ever! She had all the same results…no more soap and silky smooth legs! What could go wrong?!

    Billie Razor ClaudiaMy First Fight with Billie

    Even the best of relationships have their quarrels…right? Between my Billie razor and I, the quarrel wasn’t even over the razor…it was the magnetic razor holder. This nifty little feature made my life so easy for the two months of its life. It was SO nice to just plop my razor on it’s little holder and know it was safe from harm’s way.

    Then, in the middle of the night, there was a loud crash in the house. Thinking it was an intruder (again, not being dramatic…this is a true story), Patrick grabbed the golf club he has under the side of his bed and ran downstairs to attack. I, on the other hand, ran to the bathroom only to discover my precious Billie razor on the bathtub floor…ugh. And while, yes, we were totally relieved to find out we didn’t have an intruder in the house, I was totally devastated my super cool holder was no longer a thing!

    Turns out, my magnetic holder wasn’t the only one to crash. Claudia’s did too! WOMP, WOMP.

    My Love Continues with My Billie Razor

    Despite the one intruder/crash incident, my Billie razor and subscription has been nothing short of amazing! The replacement blade cartridges always arrive on time. Honestly, the greatest thing is just never having to think about buying razors anymore. Subscriptions have totally changed my life for things like this! From vitamins to tampons, I totally love how subscriptions have made managing those little pesky errands so easy!

    I think the reason why Claudia and I love Billie so much is you can tell it’s a high quality product at a super low price. When something is affordable and works so well, you really can’t go wrong! Neither Claudia nor I can ever picture ourselves trying different razors and finding anything better than our Billie razors!

    We’ve found the best of the best in you, Billie! You so deserve this CO Stamp of Approval.

    Have you tried Billie yet? Make sure you use our link for a $20 credit!

    I Dew Care Mini Face Masks: Dew We Love?

    I Dew Care Mini Face Masks: Dew We Love?

    Sometimes, it’s all about the packaging.

    How many times have you purchased a beauty product just because you fell in love with the packaging? Sam and I are VERY guilty of this…especially when we’re on a girls Ulta shopping trip together. Talk about dangerous!

    But, hey, if it wasn’t for the cute packaging, we wouldn’t have introduced you guys to these I Dew Care Mini Face Masks. Those adorable little faces on the tins had us oohing and ahhing in the middle of the store. #beautynerds

    Alright, enough about the packaging! Let’s get into the goodies inside.

    Say Hello to the Five I Dew Care Mini Face Masks

    I Dew Care Mini Face Mask Review

    The thing that really got us to buy these I Dew Care Mini Masks (besides the packaging) is that you get five different face masks in one box. Whether your skin needs a deep cleanse, a calming treatment or a boost of energy, these mini masks got you covered. Check out what’s inside!

    1. Pure to the Pore – volcanic ash clay mask… to get into those stubborn pores.
    2. Take It Easy – calamine clay mask…to calm irritation or dry skin.
    3. Hang Tight – tea tree and walnut shell mask…to soak up any excess oil.
    4. Ginger Aide – kiwi ginger clay mask…to energize the skin.
    5. Berry Bubbly – carbonated bubbly blueberry clay mask…to gently cleanse the skin.

    Now, keep in mind that these masks are small so you get about three applications out of each tin. But that’s what makes them perfect for testing! Once you’ve sampled all five, you can decide which full-size treatment you want to purchase next…if any!

    So which of the five I Dew Care Mini Face Masks did we end up loving? Keep reading to find out!

    Product: I Dew Care Mini Magic Clay Masks (Set of 5)

    Pure To The Pore: Volcanic Ash Clay deeply cleanses pores.
    Take It Easy: Calamine Clay hydrates, brightens and soothes red, dry, and flaky skin.
    Hang Tight: Tea Tree Leaf Oil and Walnut Shell Powder help tighten pores, absorb excess sebum, and smooth skin.
    Ginger Aide: Kiwi Ginger Clay energizes dull skin.
    Berry Bubbly: Carbonated Bubbly Clay and Blueberries gently purify your skin.

    View all ingredients here.

    Price: $20

    Where to buy: Ulta or our Shop page

    Time Used: 3 months

    Perks: Cruelty Free

    I Dew Care Mini Clay Mask Magic Review

    What Dew We Love?

    Memebox, the Korean team behind these cute little masks, is all about providing beauty products that allow you to have a flexible skincare routine that changes as your skin concerns change. And we absolutely love this because, as you’ve heard, our skin can drastically change from one week to the next!

    We were obsessed with the fact that we only spent $20 and yet had access to FIVE different treatments! And since these masks came in small (but super cute) packages, we knew we would go through them pretty quickly. Not a drop was wasted!

    Okay, sooo want to know what our favs were? Being the #twinsies that we are, we actually both fell in love with the same two masks: Pure to the Pore and Take It Easy. We also liked Ginger Aide but don’t use it as often as the other two!

    Sam I Dew Care Mini Face Mask Review
    Cleanse, Calm and Energize

    Pure the Pore is great to use once a week to really cleanse out those stubborn pores. A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that my skin was super congested (thanks to seasons changing…hello allergies!), so I showered, cleaned my face and applied this mask before bed. The next day, I noticed my skin was MUCH calmer! While it wasn’t totally clear, it did feel a lot less congested.

    Take It Easy is a perfect Sunday night mask when you just want to relax and calm the skin after a week’s worth of craziness. Sam loves that it calms her redness, hydrates her skin, and is just down right soothing! We both agree this one is a savior when it comes to this changing weather.

    Last but not least is Ginger Aide. This one smells AMAZING thanks to the kiwi seed extract! While it’s not a constant go-to for us, it is a great mask to use the morning before an event to brighten and awaken your skin. It leaves you feeling smooth and ready to take on the day!

    What Dew-on’t We Love?

    Our least favorite masks were the Hang Tight and the Berry Bubbly.

    Claudia I Dew Care Mini Face Masks Review

    Because we both want to keep our skin as moist and glowy as possible, we didn’t love the fact that Hang Tight soaked up all our precious oils. But everyone’s skin is different! So if you suffer from a super oily T-zone, this might be perfect for you.

    And Berry Bubbly, as fun as it is to feel the mask bubble on your face, isn’t quite as calming. Neither one of us noticed a difference in our skin when we used it…so this one’s a no-go for us! (But it does make for fun gift for any teens in your life…they’ll loove the bubbles!)

    To dew, or not to dew. That is the question!

    (Ok, I promise I’m done with the dewy puns now.)

    In all seriousness, we both knew we loved these little masks once we realized that we had access to five different treatments for five different skin care concerns…none of which were going to go to waste.

    So if you’re in the market for a 5-in-1 beauty deal (ummm who isn’t?!), then do yourself a favor and go to your nearest Ulta and pick up a pack of these I Dew Care Mini Maks. We promise you won’t be disappointed!

    And with that, we give Pure to the Pore, Take It Easy and Ginger Aide the official CO Stamp of Approval. Yay!


    NUDESTIX Concealer Pencil: Buh-Bye Blemishes

    NUDESTIX Concealer Pencil: Buh-Bye Blemishes

    Hello, Old Friend

    Claudia and I were venturing through Sephora one day (a place we often find ourselves…for better or for worse!) and we stumbled upon the NUDESTIX display. Don’t forget, this wasn’t our first run-in with this ambitious all stick brand. We both fell in love with the brand when we first reviewed the Magnetic Matte Lip. Kissable color that lasts all day?! Yes, please! After falling in love, Claudia started using the NUDESTIX Eyebrow Stylus Pencil & Gel and it quickly became a staple in her daily routine. (P.S. If you haven’t tried either of these products…what are you waiting for?!)

    Third Time’s A Charm?

    As you can imagine, after two successful NUDESTIX experimentations, we had high hopes for a third! So on our Sephora trip, we convinced each other to test out the NUDESTIX Concealer Pencil. A few minutes later, we were at the register. Just a few minutes more, we were in the car making Instagram stories telling all of you about our purchases!

    Thus, the experimentation began…

    Product:  NUDESTIX Concealer Pencil (we both used the shade “Light 3”)

    Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Petrolatum, Isopropyl Palmitate, Ricinus Communis Oil, Butyl Stearate, Copernica Carifera, Cera Alba, Ceresin, Stearyl Heptanoate, Cera Microcristallina, Polyethylene, Paraffin, Talc, Stearyl Caprylate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470)]

    Retail Price: $24

    Where to buy: Sephora or NUDESTIX website

    Time Used: 1 month

    Perks: Vegan | Hypoallergenic | Gluten-Free | Cruelty-Free | Certified USDA Organic | No Parabens | No Phthalates | No Sulfates

    NUDESTIX Concealer Pencil claudia

    Blinded by NUDESTIX Love

    Have you ever had a friend (that you love dearly) do something wrong? Have you ever then tried to make excuses for them or cover up what they did mostly just because you couldn’t believe they would ever do such a thing?! That feeling right there is how I would describe our entire relationship with the NUDESTIX Concealer Pencil.

    During the beginning days of our experimentation with NUDESTIX Concealer Pencil, we just assumed everything would be unicorns and rainbows since our last two experiments were just that! It was almost as if we didn’t see the flaws…we were totally blinded by our love for NUDESTIX!

    When Reality Set In…

    We may have been blinded in the beginning, but it didn’t take long for our heart eyes to turn to tears. Claudia and I both used the concealer in the “light 3” shade, which seemed to be great! The lighter shade blended right in, but seemed to brighten the areas we needed a little extra love in. So it seemed…

    In the end, the coverage and tint just wasn’t enough! It didn’t take long for Claudia to start reaching for her Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment to put over her NUDESTIX Concealer Pencil…which obviously made the NUDESTIX concealer #pointless.

    Creases, and Lines, and Smudging…Oh My!

    For me, the tint and coverage was truly all fine and dandy! My low point happened in the bathroom at work. After being a busy bee all day, the absolute last thing I need is to walk into the bathroom before lunch (only a couple hours into my day) and see creases under my eyes! NOT cute. I could even see some smudging and fading. Definitely NOT cute.

    It wasn’t long until I started reaching for my Glossier Stretch Concealer again. Once you go Glossier…you never go back!

    NUDESTIX Concealer Pencil sam

    Our Aha! Moments happened the second we started reaching for our old trusty favorites! As soon as we were ready to put our NUDESTIX Concealer Pencil to the side (a.k.a. The trash #sorrybuttrue), we knew it was time to move on!

    Sadly, the NUDESTIX Concealer Pencil won’t be earning our CO Stamp of Approval. Don’t worry though, we still love you NUDESTIX!

    What’s your go-to concealer?! We know you have one…so dish the deets please!

    Oral Essentials Teeth Whitening Strips: Wedding Prep Begins

    Oral Essentials Teeth Whitening Strips: Wedding Prep Begins

    Everybody Say Cheese!

    Likely one of the phrases we’ll hear the most on our wedding day, right? So with that in mind, Sam and I were on the hunt to find a teeth whitening product that would get our pearly whites in tip-top shape for the big day…without all the nasty chemicals.

    After our failed attempt with the oh-so-trendy (but oh-so-messy) charcoal toothpaste, we hoped to find something that would easily fit into our routine and give us sparkly results without having to resort to the typical, chemical-filled drugstore whitening strips. They are just NASTAY!

    Oral Essentials Teeth Whitening Strips

    We ended up finding Oral Essentials on one of our many insta binges (yes, that’s a thing here at CO…it’s pretty much where we find all our obsession-worthy brands!) And it was love at first sight.

    This brand is all about getting rid of the junk and just keeping the essentials…get it?! Ha! Check out why below!

    1. It was started by an award-winning cosmetic dentist and periodontist. (a.k.a. LEGIT)
    2. They realized that most of us don’t even know what sort of chemicals we’re putting in our mouths. (p.s. Did you know that your oral tissues are the most absorbent tissues in your body? Thanks for the tip, Oral!)
    3. And so they took it upon themselves to create clinically-tested products that clean your mouth and whiten your teeth without all the nasty chemicals. Hooray!

    Awesome, right?! So we reached out to them to see if they would send some of our wedding-bound Certifiers their very own whitening strips to experiment with. And lucky for us, they did! We gathered some brides, grooms, bridesmaids and groomsmen and all got to WERK.

    Check out our experiments below!

    Product: Oral Essentials Teeth Whitening Strips

    Ingredients: Vegetable Glycerol, Deionized Water, Carbomer, Carboxymethyl, Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera), Dead Sea Salt (Maris Sal), Sage Oil (Salvia Officinalis) Lemon Peel Oil (Citrus Medica Limonum)

    Price: $39.99

    Where to buy: Oral Essentials website

    Time Used: 14 days

    Perks: Naturally Derived Ingredients | No SLS | Cruelty Free | Clinically Tested | Dentist Approved | Certified Non Toxic | 30 Day Money Back Guarantee

    Oral Essentials Whitening Strips Before and After

    14 Days to Brighter Teeth

    Just like other whitening strips, the Oral Essentials Whitening Kits come with 14 treatments, meaning you’re pearly whites will be in prime picture-taking status in just two weeks! But unlike other kits, this one also comes with their Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash. #winning

    Also unlike your typical drugstore whitening strips, these are made with only naturally-derived ingredients. Dead sea salt, coconut oil, lemon peel oil, sage oil…talk about YUMMY.

    And they’re really easy to use! All you have to do is place the strips (there’s a top and a bottom strip in each pack) on your teeth, let them sit and do their thang for 30 minutes and clean it off! Super easy if you ask me. TBH, the easier the application the more likely I am to use a product. Especially if I’m doing this two weeks before my wedding!

    For Better…

    Let’s get down to the deets people! What were the two best qualities about these Oral Essentials whitening strips, you ask? Well, they like to go on long walks on the beach, they love dogs…jk.

    • They’re totally delicious. Seriously though. These strips actually taste good! So you don’t have to worry about swallowing any yuck chemicals when you have these in.
    • They would never hurt you. There was almost no sensitivity! After the first day, my teeth felt a tiny bit tingly but after the second experiment, I felt no sensitivity whatsoever.

    And our Certifiers agree! Check out what they had to say…

    “I liked the taste of the strips, they stayed on really well, and they didn’t make my teeth too sensitive!”

    “I think they really did help get my teeth a little whiter. My teeth are usually really sensitive but the strips worked really well and there was no pain.”

    “They definitely made my teeth whiter without the harmful chemicals! Total win!!”

    “I felt like they didn’t truly whiten my teeth like other brands do. However since they don’t harm your teeth I would use them regularly.”

    Our Certifiers rated the change in the color of their teeth a 5 out of 7. Those are some pretty stellar results! Check out one of our Certifier’s before and after pics!

    Or For Worse

    But of course, there’s always SOMETHING we don’t necessarily love about our significant other a product. In this case, there two little things.

    • They’re a bit sensitive. The strips are a little fragile so you have to be really careful when taking them out of their packets. You don’t want to waste a single one, trust me!
    • They really leave a mess behind. After you take the strips off, there’s a layer of pretty gunky residue left on your teeth. But all you have to do is rinse your mouth a few times and follow up with a quick toothbrushing sesh using their Whitening Toothpaste!

    And here’s what our Certifiers had to say about this…

    “They were a bit tough to get on at first but once you got the hang of it you were golden.”

    “I didn’t mind them at all. 30 minutes is pretty quick. It was taking them off and getting the film of was a little gross but not terrible.”

    “It definitely took some brushing to get it all off!”

    Yup, I feel ya guys! But the results are totally worth the mess, amirite??

    As they say, pictures are worth a thousand words. (Which is why having pretty white teeth on your wedding day is KEY!) I didn’t really notice how much whiter my teeth were until I saw my before and after pics. But then I was like, omg! These really work!

    What I loved about these strips is that the whitening treatment is gradual and doesn’t hurt your teeth one bit. You end up with a sparkly white smile and feel really good about the ingredients you’re putting into your body. It’s a win-win!

    Not to mention, this is the first time that ALL of our Certifiers gave a product their official CO Stamp of Approval! That’s right. The Oral Essentials Whitening Strips got a 100% approval rating!

    If you guys have a wedding coming up this year, do yourself a favor and get this whitening kit. It’s totally worth the $40! And best of all, they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee…although I’m pretty sure you won’t need it. 😉


    Nectar Strain Reducing Computer Glasses: Ahh…Relief

    Nectar Strain Reducing Computer Glasses: Ahh…Relief

    Instagram Rabbit Holes Are Dangerous…

    Not just because you can end up stalking your cousin’s best friend’s ex-boyfriend (don’t lie…we’ve all been there!), but because all that screen time is seriously hurting your eyes! The sad reality is we all know Instagram rabbit holes aren’t even the worst of it…

    For a lot of us, just our jobs alone require us to stare at a computer screen all day long. I don’t know about you guys, but by about one o’clock our eyes are dry, tired, and irritated. After fighting through the pain to get to the end of the work day, we still come home to MORE screen time. From watching our fav reality TV shows (Summer House, anyone?!) to working on the blog, our eyes are desperate for some love!

    Computers, Phones, TVs…Oh, My!

    Reality is, we all spend WAY too much time looking at screens! All this screen time has serious effects on our health. Besides just the obvious damage to our eyesight, the blue light emitted by screens can lead to sleep deprivation. Did you know blue light can actually suppresses our melatonin (a.k.a. The hormone that leads to restful sleep!)?!

    We don’t know about you, but we need our beauty sleep! So all we have to say is thank goodness we found the Nectar Strain Reducing Computer Glasses. And THANK GOODNESS they’re giving all of you 15% of your purchase with code OBSESSED.

    Product: Nectar Strain Reducing Computer Glasses

    Features: Lightweight frame specifically designed for maximum comfort, durable polycarbonate frame made to take a beating, optimum impact resist frame material, impact resistant polycarbonate lenses for maximum strength, scratch resistant film over all lenses, flexible thermoplastic memory frame

    Price: $39.99 (Use code OBSESSED for 15% off!)

    Where to buy: Nectar website

    Time Used: 3 months

    Perks: Portion of profits donated to The Bee Cause

    Nectar Strain Reducing Computer Glasses Sam

    Is This A Gimmick?

    That was my first thought when I saw the Nectar Strain Reducing Computer Glasses on the FabFitFun Add Ons list. But the more I thought about it, the more I thought if it really worked I would be the perfect person to use these! And, in all honesty, they looked pretty cute! So of course, I hit that magic button, “Add To Cart”.

    As soon as they arrived at my doorstep, I immediately popped them on and, to my surprise, they looked and felt great on! That being said, I knew it would take more than just a few minutes to know if these babies really worked.

    Let the Experimentation Begin

    My biggest worry before trying these glasses was that they would distort the coloring of my screen. Even if it was just a little distortion, I knew it would drive me crazy! Especially if I was editing photos…no thank you! To my delight, there’s absolutely no color distortion when using these glasses! Everything looks perfect!!

    That’s not the best part though, after experimenting with these glasses day and night, they actually work!

    Less Strain, More Gain

    As two very productive, busy queen bees, we rarely let anything stand in the way of us and our work! After using these glasses, Claudia and I both realized we were able to work more with way less strain…especially at night!

    Speaking of busy bees…Nectar donates a part of their profits to The Bee Cause and we think this is the coolest thing EVER! Did you know in 1975, 4 million bee hives were estimated to be living in the U.S.? Today, only 2 million bee hives exist in the U.S! If we can help in anyway, we will…especially if we’re helping our precious eyes at the same time!

    Nectar Strain Reducing Computer Glasses Claudia

    After having our Nectar Strain Reducing Computer Glasses for a while now, one thing is for sure…we can’t live without them! Seriously, even if I’m just watching TV I always reach for my glasses!

    Don’t worry…you can have your own pair of Nectar Strain Reducing Computer Glasses, too! Use code OBSESSED for 15% off. For saving our sleepy eyes, allowing us to get more done in the day, and enabling a restful night of sleep these glasses have 100% earned our CO Stamp of Approval! 

    Have you ever wondered if all that blue light has a negative effect on your skin too? I have! I just started experimenting with the Coola Full Spectrum Sun Silk Drops that protect your skin from UV and blue light! Stay tuned for the results of that experiment!

    Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Scrub: The 2-Minute Facial

    Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Scrub: The 2-Minute Facial

    Hollywood Glow for $24?

    Raise your hand if you want star-like skin without dropping your entire life’s savings on fancy treatments? Story of our lives! As you guys know, we’re always on the quest to find high-quality skincare products that don’t break that bank. And let me tell ya, it’s tough!

    But with the help of our handy-dandy FabFitFun boxes, we get to experiment with lots of great products before having to pay full price for them. Seriously, if you haven’t signed up, what the *bleep* are you waiting for??

    Kate Somerville products have been on our radar for quite some time…she is the skincare queen of Hollywood after all! And lucky for us, her famous ExfoliKate scrub was in our winter box, so we got to dabble in the glam without spending half our paycheck. (We reserve that for our trips to Whole Foods…#priorities.)

    Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Scrub

    Before we get into the experiment deets, let’s talk about a few things about this exfoliating scrub that caught our attention right away…

    1. It’s known as the “Hollywood 2-Minute Facial”…so yeah, give us some of dat!
    2. It’s got 4.5 stars and 50K “loves” on Sephora’s website. Clearly a cult-fav!
    3. The scrub is good for normal, oily, combination AND dry skin. It’s for everyone!
    4. The ingredients looked amazing. We’re talking papaya, pineapple, and pumpkin enzymes, some lactic acid, rosewood and cinnamon extracts, and soothing aloe vera, honey, and vitamin E. What more could we ask for?!

    Sounds pretty perfect, right? And for $24, it’s kind of a steal! Okay, let’s get into it…

    Product: Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

    Ingredients: Water, Lactic Acid, Silica, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Pectin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit, Ceteareth-20, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Salicylic Acid, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Alcohol Denat., Sorbic Acid, Cinnamal, Honey/Mel/Miel, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Eugenol, Potassium Sorbate, Limonene, Linalool, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Beta-Carotene, Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Bromelain, Papain, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cinnamomum Cassia Leaf Oil, Acetic Acid, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil.

    Price: $24 (0.5 fl. oz.)

    Where to buy: Our Shop Page!

    Time Used: 3 months

    Perks: No Parabens | No Sulfates | No Phthalates

    Love at First Scrub?

    Nope! Neither one of us fell in love with the ExfoliKate scrub right away. And this is exactly why we love to test the trends! Don’t believe the hype (even if it’s celebrity-level hype) until you try it for yourself, friends.

    So why didn’t we love it, you ask?

    • I personally thought it smelled like the inside of a Michael’s store. Yes, very specific, I know. Next time you walk into Michael’s, take in the scent…plastic pine trees + glitter? Idk what it is, but it’s distinct! And exactly what this scrub smells like.
    • Sam didn’t mind the smell but felt a crazy burn when she used it for the first time. I felt a slight burn, but nowhere near the level that Sam felt! (More on this in a bit…)

    But once we got past the Michael’s scent and the burning sensation, we both agreed that this scrub left our skin feeling silky smooth and bright as a star. So the rumors were true after all!

    The 2-Minute Facial Experience

    So here’s how the ExfoliKate scrub works!

    1. Kate recommends you use this scrub in the shower because the steam will help to activate the enzymes. So, first things first, sh-sh-sh-shower time!
    2. Once you’re feeling nice and steamy, rub a dime-size amount all over your face and neck in circular motions.
    3. Leave it on for 1-2 minutes to let the scrub work its magic. (This is where the tingling comes in! If you have sensitive skin, leave it on for less than a minute.)
    4. Rinse off and pat your face dry. You’ll notice right away how smooth your skin feels! And you’ll also notice it might be a little flushed.

    Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Scrub Review

    The level of tingle and post-scrub redness will totally depend on how sensitive your skin is. Sam’s skin, for example, feels a major burn and turns red like a little beet. Mine, on the other hand, doesn’t always tingle and is only slightly flushed (and that’s mostly due to the piping hot showers I take lol).

    Love at 3-Month Scrub?

    For me, absolutely! I’ve been using the ExfoliKate scrub twice a week for three months now and am completely in love. My skin definitely appears brighter, cleaner and A LOT smoother. If I’m feeling a little extra clogged, I up my use to three times a week. That’s how much I love it! I do recommend you follow up with an amazing moisturizer to ensure your skin doesn’t dry out from the exfoliation.

    For Sam, I think not! Even though she loves how smooth this scrub leaves her skin, it is a bit too harsh for her right now. You see, Sam is experimenting with what might possibly be the cure-all to her blemishes! An exciting review of Curology is coming soon everyone!

    So with that being said, she only uses the scrub once in awhile since she needs to be extra careful about what she’s putting on her skin. Angry skin is the worst, isn’t it?!

    Like we always say, listen to your body and DO YOU. Because, ultimately, you’re the only one who really knows what’s best!

    When you notice a visible change in your skin in a matter of weeks, you know you’ve hit the jackpot (a.k.a Me!). But on the other hand, if a product is too harsh on your skin, you might have to bow out of the celeb-game and just do what’s right for you (a.k.a. Sam!).

    Since Sam and I are so split on this one, we’re going to leave it up to YOU to tell us whether it should get the CO Stamp of Approval.

    If you’ve tried this scrub, tell us all about it in the comments below or on our Insta!

    Also, we are both running super low on our Grown Alchemist face washes…wahhh! We loove this one but are always open to experimenting with other brands. Got any suggestions??

    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!