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March Beauty Favourites

I’ve had a heck of a lot going on lately, what with work, evening classes and being (wo)man-down sick with pharyngitus, and left with little-to-no voice.

All excuses aside, I’m now back on track with everything, and blog posts will be a lot more regular now!

So… back to the topic at hand!  Easter is over, and we’re now into April, so here are the goodies I’ve been loving and/or constantly reaching for throughout the month of March.

Hair



Lee Stafford Bleach Blondes Shampoo R109.95 from Clicks
I have highlighted hair, and it can tend to get brassy in between touch-ups.  This toning shampoo is the darkest purple shampoo I’ve found, and I use this once a week to cool down any brassy tones.  It works like a charm, and I could see a difference after only one use!

Skincare (Face)



L’Oreal Skin Perfection Correcting Day Moisturiser R199.95 from Clicks/Dischem
Apart from the gorgeous packaging and lovely light scent, this day cream is just so fantastic.  It leaves my skin feeling soft and velvety, and is such a great base for make up.  It also helps with to tighten pores, refine the texture of your skin, and even out and perfect your skin tone.  It leaves my skin hydrated but not greasy, and I swear my skin is looking more even and smoother.

Sorbet Hydro Skin Night Cream R155 from Sorbet salons/Clicks
This night cream is for tired and dehydrated skin, something which I really battle with.  The changing seasons always affect my skin’s hydration levels, so I need soothing and hydrating products even more so then.  This night cream is packed with vitamin A and E oils, as well as all sorts of other goodies to really hydrate and nourish my skin over night.  I’m loving this so far!

The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial oil R270 from TBS stores
This lovely, light facial oil is jam-packed with the oils of 3 precious seeds – Black Cumin seed oil from Egypt, Camellia seed oil from China and Rosehip seed oil from Chile.  It absorbs incredibly quickly, and you can use it morning and night, either by patting it into your skin before you apply moisturiser, or mixing it in with your moisturiser.  I’ve found both ways to be just as effective, and this is a great starter-oil for someone who isn’t too sure about whether they’d like to dip their toe into the facial oil pool.  It’s a lot more budget friendly, but it packs almost as big a punch as the Kiehl’s facial oils, which are a LOT pricier.  A little goes a long way too – I’ve had this for around 5 months now, and I’ve only used up about maybe 1cm into the bottle’s level.

Skincare (body)



Soap & Glory Hand Food in the Sugar Crush scent £2.50 from Boots (not available in SA) 
Literally the best hand cream I have ever tried.  I had only had the regular scent of this before (and I’d gone through 3 tubes of the full-size too), and that smells amazing.  This is an entirely different scent, fresh and lime-y and sweet and all-round delish!  This is just a little travel size tube that I received from overseas, and I love it SO much.  I’m lucky that my folks were in Dublin over Easter, and I now have another full-size tube, as I can’t see this baby lasting too long.

Carmex Cherry lip balm tube R49.95 from Dischem
This also comes in a pot, but I prefer the hygiene side of a tube instead.  This is a wonderful little tube of lip balm, that has a tingly feeling on your lips, much like the Blistex DCT pot.  It does a great job at keeping my lips soft and hydrated, without feeling sticky or greasy or waxy.  And I’m fussy about how my lipbalms feel and the results they give (recently I threw out 5 lipbalms in my collection, as I just wasn’t using them due to their lack of results or waxy feel).

Make up

Nyx Matte lipstick in Tea Rose, around R120 from selected Clicks stores
A really beautiful rosy-pink lipstick, that complements many different complexions.  I’ve been wearing this lipstick almost non-stop, and it was the only lipstick I wore on a long weekend to Cape Town last month.  So beautiful, it’s not drying on your lips, and the colour stays put pretty well.

Essence Gel waterproof eye pencil in Cocoa Bean R45 from Dischem/Clicks
These are the pricier of the Essence eye pencils, and they’re still super affordable.  They’re fabulous quality, and if you use your finger or a small brush to blend and smoke them out a bit, do it as soon as you’ve applied them.  They’ll last ALL day with zero panda-eyes.