RG Cosmetics Review

Being bleach blonde, my hair needs all it can get in terms of heat protection from styling. Dealing with years of damage and breakage, my bathroom is packed with styling products. Always looking to try new things, I put RG Cosmetics to the test. Here's what I tried:

Argan Oil: Super lightweight, this oil is packed with hair-loving vitamins and nourishing fatty acids. Proven to treat dryness and repair split ends, I use this product on damp hair before I blow dry. Also, if my hair feels frizzy or dry second-day, I use a small amount on my dry ends for extra moisture and even a little bit of shine. 

Keratin X-Press: A pre-blowout must, this spray keeps your style looking fresh, even after a couple days post-wash. Made with Keratin and Argan oil, spray over hair before you dry for frizz control and damage protection. 

Z Skin Cosmetics Review

Z Skin Cosmetics, an organic line of skincare, makeup and beauty essentials was awesome enough to send me a ton of their products to try out - and I'm officially obsessed! More and more,  natural skincare companies are crating products that are good for skin and effective. What I like about Z Skin Cosmetics is that it has really helped keep my skin hydrated during winter, without breaking out. I have been using a combination of their products, both from their age defying and acne line and my skin has been clear and healthy-looking ever since. 

Below are my top five products from the line. Hope you like them as much as I do!

xx Carolyn

1. Retinique Prescription Strength Organic Retinol, $18.95: So effective (and inexpensive for Retinol!) this cream is my go-to in the morning. With an SPF of 45, the formula is light and you can't tell there is a spec of sunscreen in it. Without irritating my skin or peeling, I've seen improvement with dark spots and my skin has never been clearer. This is a must-have!

2. Coffee Face Scrub, $18: There's nothing better aster a workout than a scrub. This stuff smells amazing and the caffeine in it makes my skin feel refreshed and awake. Infused with coconut oil, avocado oil and grapeseed oil, has been essential for keeping my skin hydrated during winter and leaves my skin feeling fresh and firm overtime I use it.  

3. Acne Nighttime Exfoliating Face Wash, $16.95: After a long day, this creamy cleanser leaves my face feeling super clean without drying side effects. I use it with my Clarisonic to dissolve all face makeup and can't go to bed without using it first. 

4. Acne Night Lotion, $18.95: I love a good night lotion and this cream is amazing. It hydrates while keeping my skin clear and not clogging pores. I wake up every morning to skin that looks refreshed and breakout free. 

5. Banish: Dark Bags & Circles, $17.95: Another product I cannot live without, a good concealer is essential to my makeup routine. The bonus: this product also contains SPF 25 so my skin is extra-protected. 

Winter Skin Must-Haves

Forever ago someone told me that there's a way to tell someone's age - their hands. Since I hopped on the anti-agin bandwagon as a beauty writer in my early twenties, my hands are no exception. 

Sunscreen daily is a must and for in-between, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! When my hands are dry, they look years older compared to when they're smooth and moisturized. With winter in full swing, here are the products I am using to combat parched skin. 

Borghese Splendide Mani Brilliante Brightening Hand Crème ($35 at Borghese.com): This rapidly-absorbing formula is infused with Cocoa Seed Butter which saturates skin in moisture while advanced natural plant Cell Culture helps to restore and provide smooth skin.

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Borghese Spa Mani Brillante Brightening Gloves ($50 at Borghese.com): These specially- formulated gloves are infused with rich, natural emollients, including Jojoba Seed, Avocado, and Olive Fruit Oils which improve skin’s texture and tone. Octadecenedioic Acid helps to brighten, clarify and impart luminance. Dry hands are quenched and relieved at once, revealing a soft-silken appearance.

 

Arbonne FC5® Ultra-Hydrating Hand Crème ($24 at arbonne.com): This lightweight cream moisturizes deeply, leaving hands feeling soft, smooth and well-hydrated. Infused with Kiwi, a powerful antioxidant source which works to hydrate the skin. Cucumber and Watercress help even skin tone while Birch and Clover extracts work to improve the appearance of skin clarity. 

 

 

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Simple DIY Body Butter Recipe

I'm not a fan of cooking, so to get into the holiday spirit I've been stirring up a different kind of cheer. As you know, skincare and body products are my obsession so I've been getting really crafty. Candles, lip balms and even body butter has been in my repertoire. Impressed, huh? Me too. But seriously, making your own lotion is SUPER easy. I Googled a few recipes but at the end of the day, I came up with my own concoction. Lucky for you, all you need is shea butter, cocoa butter, almond oil and your favorite - or not so favorite lotion. Yep, it's an amazing way to clean out your cabinets and infusing dry winter skin with a little extra oomph. 

So let's make it simple, here's what you need: 

1. 8 oz Lotion: Pick something unscented, low scent or your favorite scent you already have in your cabinet. Vanilla, sweet scent or no scent works best as shea and cocoa butter both have a slight chocolate scent. I used William Sonoma's Spiced Chestnut Hand Lotion which is my absolute favorite fall/winter scent. That being said, I had three extra bottles laying around (oops!). PS it's on sale right now for $7.99. Do it :)

2. 1 1/2 cups shea butter

3. 1 1/2 cups cocoa butter

4. 1/2 cup

Here's what you do: 

1. Melt the shea butter, cocoa butter and almond oil until it's liquid. Most recipes say to do this on a double burner but I used a non-stick pot. 

2. After melted, pour shea butter, cocoa butter and almond oil into large mixing bowl. If you're patient, let it harden on the counter. If you're like me, put it in the fridge and it will be ready in 20-30 mins. 

4. Add lotion to solid oil mix and whip with a mixmaster. 

And that's it! I even got super into my newfound DIY-ness and bought disposable containers from Ebay to store everything. Plus, the extras can hold to-go lunches and snacks and can be reused or recycled. 

Below is the finished product. Have fun, enjoy and if you have any suggestions or new ideas, email me at carolyn@faytemarketing.com. I would love to hear your feedback! 

xx Carolyn

Fab Fit Fun Editor's Box 2016

Christmas came early this year with the Fab Fit Fun Editor's Box! I was so disappointed when the fall box sold out, but let me tell you, the Editor's Box is nothing short of amazing. For $49.99, I got $257.98 in products I love. 

What really made this box was the value, the high-quality products and the fact that the nail polish and lipgloss were in wearable nude shades. Very often, I've gotten lip and nail colors from subscription boxes I would never use. It's great to get something and love every product and shade in it. So let's dive right in. Here's what I got: