Five Friday Favorites

You guys, my kitchen cupboards are brimming with product I can't wait to tell you about that I may just up my Friday Faves to a weekly thing. But then, there's the issue of time and how little I have. That's the conundrum that I'm in. I could also stop buying everything I see in Target/online - but, that would be too easy.

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1. ORG Skincare Mineral Peel Face
The first time I heard about this Mineral Peel I absolutely knew I had to try it. I'm currently on a Retina-A routine which means lots of dry skin and peeling. It's so not sexy but it's the only thing keeping my acne at bay. Another thing I love was my ability to create a smooth surface before any makeup application. If you're dealing with dry skin and hate seeing the flakes underneath your makeup - pick this up and give it a try. It does take some getting used to, so I'd highly recommend using it on a slow day when you have time to play around it. And if you're really curious watch a few YouTube videos on how others are applying it.

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2. Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk (on the left)
This isn't your average leave-in conditioner, it's more of a leave-in moisturizer. The rich cream hydrates every single curl on my head which is a great thing BECAUSE it means my curls are less likely to frizz up. With the threat of frizz being absent I haven't used any sort of gel or hairspray (bye crunchy curls!). My hair feels soft to the touch and stronger + the scent is pretty amazing. I find that using less product is best for me and I've been able to hold onto the bottle for a month. Plus, the pricing is very affordable and there are no parabens.

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3. EVA NYC's Flat Iron
I've started getting into the habit of treating myself to monthly blow-outs and mani-pedis - it's been such a game changer in lifting up my mood. (Sidenote: I encourage all of you to find a nice way to treat yourself once a month. It's okay to put ourselves first especially when we work hard). I tend to keep my blowouts for at least five days, so dry shampoo and a flat iron are key. Besides the fun design, I found that the EVA NYC hair heats up quickly and the ceramic plates are gentle on my strands. With the price set at $50, this makes for a pretty great gift too for those hair savvy gals in your life.

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4. Hairiette Co-Wash
I'm still on board with co-washing. Hairiette Co-Wash cleans my hair but without stripping the moisture from my curls. Fun fact, this line was created by Tanya Wright, a cast member from Orange is the New Black. The co-wash is made with all natural ingredients like Kokum Butter and Marula Oil + smells amazing. I went through the jar within three weeks - so pretty good when compared to other brands I've used. On top of that, this made it really easy to detangle my curls with my fingers which I always have a tough time doing.

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5. Pixi Skintreats Glow Tonic
I've been hearing about this for a while now, and finally got the chance to try it. You guys, I'm obsessed with this and it really does live up to all the "Holy-Grail" hype. It's alcohol-free (which is a must when it comes to our skin), my previous acne scars have started fading, my pores have gotten tighter (after use), and one exfoliating swipe gets my skin so smooth. In my regimen (when given the time) I use the ORG Skincare Mineral Peel Face first and then swipe my face with the Glow Tonic. If time is tight, I only use the Glow Tonic. The light rose scent is also amazing, but I'm biased towards rose-scented goods.