So January is drawing to a close (how many of you resolution-makers have actually kept those goals up for a whole month already???), and it’s time to do a post on what my favourite products are – which goodies have I been gravitating towards on either a daily or very frequent basis? There have been so many, but below are the ones that have really grabbed my attention.
1. The Body Shop Spa of the World Japanese Camellia Cream (R320 for 350ml from The Body Shop)
This velvety, floral-scented body cream is just so luxurious. It looks incredibly thick in the tub, but once it touches your skin, it just melts in, not leaving a greasy layer, but rather leaving your skin feel soft and smooth and so delicately scented. The scent isn’t overpowering at all, so won’t compete with your perfume, yet it’s a beautiful, spa-like smell that lets you know that what you’re putting onto your skin is truly something special.
I received this for Christmas, and couldn’t even imagine paying this kind of money for a body cream, but it’s a pretty sizeable jar, and I’m being so stingy with using it, so I’m sure this will last me for absolute ages.
2. Colab Dry Shampoo in London (between R80 – R100 for 200ml, exclusively from Clicks stores)
This dry shampoo has been touted as being even better than my beloved Batiste – for me the ultimate in all things dry shampoo. I’ve tried nearly every dry shampoo I have found (including the Kardashian Hair one, which was very underwhelming), and none have beaten Batiste. Colab is at the very least, on a par with it though, I am pleased to say. It is completely clear, so it leaves no white residue in your hair, and it really does a great job at soaking up the excess oil, without leaving your hair feeling heavy and coated in product. I got mine on a 3 for 2 special, and tried the scents London, Monaco and New York, and the classic London scent is by far my favourite – it smells fresh and clean, yet doesn’t compete with my perfume.
3. Sampar Daily Dose Foaming cleanser (R225 for 125ml at Redsquare or Edgars stores)
A lot of foaming cleansers are known to dry out the skin, but this cleanser is so gentle, yet so effective at removing any dirt, oil and make-up from your face, without stripping it of the natural moisture. When cleansing my face with this, my face is left feeling soft and smooth and completely clean. It’s quite creamy and thick, and seriously does the job well, so I’ve taken to using this as my night time cleanser for my second cleanse, after using my Garnier Micellar water to remove all of my make-up.
4. The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil (R250 for 30ml from The Body Shop)
Last year was the year I really embraced the trend of facial oils, and I haven’t turned back since. I particularly like this one, as it sinks into the skin instantly, and doesn’t leave a shiny coating on top of the skin. I prefer them to be absorbed quickly, as then I know that my skin will reap all of the benefits, and not my pillow case!
This oil is very fine, is infused with 3 precious seed oils (Black Cumin seed oil from Egypt, Camellia seed oil from China and Rosehip seed oil from Chile), and is light enough to be used as a day-time facial oil as well as at night, yet powerful enough to really leave the skin revitalised and hydrated. Plus the little red and yellow glass bottle is super cute!
5. L’Oreal Infallible Mattifying Base primer (R189.95 for 35ml from Dischem or Clicks)
In summer I always get that extra bit of glow along my T-zone, regardless of what I use on my face. Thanks to this, my make-up doesn’t last very well during the day, especially in the heat.
I’ve been using this primer under my foundation, and have definitely noticed that it helps to prevent that shine, not completely, but for longer than usual. Definitely worth the purchase.
6. Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder in 53 Light Beige (R129.90 from Clicks stores)
I’ve been keeping this little powder compact in my make-up bag, as it’s such a great, fine powder that keeps my foundation in place, without looking cakey or powdery. It smells fresh and fruity, and while it’s anti-shine, it’s also hydrating!
I only bought this last year, yet can’t for the life of me find a price online. This little tube is filled with fibres that help to add volume and length onto your own natural lashes. You apply it in between coats of mascara, and the difference is dramatic! I use this a few times a week, and it really does make such an impact.
8. Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm (R205 for a tube, from Redsquare)
I was lucky enough to get a sample-size 3ml tube of this amazing lip balm, and now I wish I had the full size, as this little one is running out. It’s incredibly nourishing and is a rich, thick, pinkish tinted balm that really does a fantastic job. I’ll definitely need to repurchase this, but I have such a mass of lip balms to work my way through first.
9. MAC lip pencil in ‘Sub Culture (R210 at MAC stores)
MAC lip pencils are so creamy and long lasting, and this shade is a soft nudey-pink that really makes lips look natural and plump. I’ve been either using this as a full lip colour, or using it alongside the following lipstick.
10. Maybelline Bold Matte lipstick (no shade name, but it’s a peachy nude colour. R114.95 from Clicks and Dischem)
I searched for so long for the right shade of nude lipstick and I love this one. It’s pretty and flattering, lasts forever on my lips, yet doesn’t leave them feeling dry. It’s especially pretty when paired with the MAC lip-liner.