My late monthly favourites blog posts have become a bit of a tradition at this point, so we’re just going to roll with it! I considered not doing an ‘April Favourites’ blog post, but then thought that some of the products I loved in April really deserved a little mention, so here I am, doing my favourites blog post while probably looking like a fool to some of you guys.
I’ll try harder to load my next monthly favourites within the first week of the new month, I promise…
No, really… I’ll try my best!
In the meantime, though, let’s jump right in. Let me start off by saying there will be no un-favourite this time around because I didn’t NOT like anything last month. There was that heat protectant I really don’t like but I still want to do a blog post about it, and to be honest, I haven’t liked it since March…so technically it wouldn’t be an ‘April un-favourite’ anyway.
I posted a photo of this first favourite on Instagram a couple of weeks ago and actually mentioned that it would definitely be in my ‘April 2014 Favourites’ blog post. I have found a new holy grail makeup remover wipe, and it’s the Garnier Goodbye Dry Cleansing Wipes. I received a goodie bag a couple of months ago when I went to a Garnier event and a pack of these wipes were included in the bag. I didn’t use them for a while because 1. they are actually more suited for dry skin; and 2. I wanted to finish my opened pack of makeup remover wipes since they dry out quite fast.
I am loving these wipes – each wipe smells like a fresh rose garden, and does a sterling job of removing makeup (even waterproof makeup). The wipes contain not 1, but 2 doses of cleansing milk to effortlessly remove makeup, plus the formula is enriched with Rose extract and Vitamin E to moisturise whilst providing anti-aging benefits. My skin feels soft and comfortable after using one of these wipes, which is a welcomed change because my previous pack (it was a TLC Q10 pack) left my skin feeling tight and dehydrated. I’m always on the lookout for great makeup remover wipes because they are such a hit or miss for me – they’re either too dry (the actual wipe isn’t saturated with the cleansing product), or too drying on the skin, or too abrasive, or too expensive. These Garnier ones are a winner! A pack of 25 wipes retails for R 39,00 at Dis-Chem and Clicks stores.
I have been on a MISSION to get my hair back to a healthy state these past couple of months. The first step I took was quite a big step for me, but I did it: I went from being a blonde (faux blonde) for more than 10 years back to my brunette roots. My natural hair colour is a mousy brown (which I’m not a fan of for myself), so I asked the hair stylist at Gary Rom (she’s a miracle worker by the way – if you live in Centurion and you need a new hair stylist, go to the Gary Rom salon in Southdowns Shopping Centre and ask for Carla) to jzeush it up by adding a bit of warmth to the brown.
Ok, so first step was no more bleach and giving my ends a bit of a trim. Second step was investing in good quality products that would not only protect my hair from future damage, but would nourish it to improve the current state. I received a press pack from John Frieda for Valentine’s Day this year and the Full Repair Perfect Ends Deep Infusion was included in the pack, this was the first product I started testing because it intrigued me. We all know split ends cannot be reversed / repaired by any product, the only thing you can do to take care of split ends is to give your hair a good trim. First thing I noticed when I used this a couple of times is that my hair loves it, my hair literally drinks up the stuff. I apply it to towel dried hair, let my hair air dry and then I go in with a straightener (have you entered my ghd giveaway here?) or curling iron. Unlike other serums this does not sit on the surface of the hair giving the illusion of repair, but it actually absorbs into worn areas of the hair (that’s why I say my hair likes to drink it up). This light oil contains Inca Inchi which is richest plant based source of omega 3, 6 & 9. It is weightless, so it doesn’t weigh down the hair and really helps to repair the look and feel of damaged hair. The end result? Soft, shiny hair with a healthy bounce! This serum also doubles up as a heat protectant, so no need to use a separate product for that. I have also used the oil as an after-styling finishing product as it acts like a barrier against humidity, plus it’s light enough to smooth over flyaways and dry ends. The Full Repair Perfect Ends Deep Infusion serum retails for R 110,00 at Clicks stores.
I picked up this Maybelline Color Show lipgloss a little over a month ago not really expecting anything, definitely not expecting it to be mentioned in a monthly favourites blog post. Not because Maybelline products aren’t great – they definitely are – but because the lipgloss is a light nude shade and not really something I gravitate towards normally. I saw a big container of these smaller sized glosses at a Dis-Chem store and immediately started swatching the colours, especially since they are quite affordable – R 39,95. Wow, I am in love with this shade called Pearl My Gloss, number 475 (my gloss only has the number written on it and I had to do a bit of research online to look up the actual name). It is the perfect shimmery nude gloss, not too shimmery (no glitter particles, thank goodness) and not too nude either – it gives the lips a perfect healthy sheen.
I also find the packaging reminds me so much of the MAC Lipglass packaging, but the consistency of the gloss is better than the MAC glosses because it’s not sticky at all. It’s light and glossy, perfect if you’re on the go. As mentioned above, these glosses retail for R 39,95 at selected Dis-Chem stores (I haven’t seen them sold at any other stores).
Brightside…I can’t even describe how incredible this bubble bar from LUSH smells – if you like a zesty scent (almost to the point of smelling like Game – the powdered energy drink), then this is right up your alley. This generously sized bubble bar is enough for more than one bubbleicious bath (I cut mine into 4 pieces). Brightside features tangerine oil (which reduces the appearance of scars and stretch marks), mandarin oil (to relieve stress & restlessness as well as improve circulation and maintaining water balance in the skin) and bergamot oil (to lift the spirits and relieve muscle tension). This lovely bubble bar gives boring ol’ bathwater a bright orange hue and produces luscious long lasting bubbles that leave the scent on your skin for hours. LUSH recently informed me that Brightside is now part of the permanent collection (it was initially limited edition in the Easter collection) and I can’t be happier! Brightside retails for R 54,50 at LUSH stores and online (but it’s currently out of stock online, they’re probably waiting for a truckload I asked them to get for me – haha!).
Don’t shoot! I know Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser isn’t available in South Africa as yet, but I had to mention it as a favourite because it was THE ONLY primer I used in April. This primer is completely transparent and even though it looks thick, it becomes very thin the moment you apply it to the skin. Because this primer has a high silicone content, foundation application is a dream as it glides onto the skin and helps the foundation to blend very well too. Baby Skin blurs and minimizes the appearance pores but does not fill your pores, so if you have very enlarged pores, then you might notice a bit of pooling. My foundation lasts longer when I use Baby Skin (as most primers should extend the wear of your foundation), plus even though it’s a silicone-base primer, it also helps to control oil in my T-zone. I apply a pea-sized amount (a little goes a long way) of this primer all over the face, because it creates such a smooth canvas for my foundation. And we can all agree that the packaging is adorable – mint & pink are a match made in heaven!
If you are looking for a more affordable version of the Benefit Porefessional (which is slightly tinted and actually fills in the pores) or the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, then this is for you. I purchased mine on eBay and it set me back R 140,00 (including shipping) but if you have friends or family in the UK / US, then maybe twist their arm to send you a little gift – it’s definitely worth it. I am hoping Baby Skin will come to South Africa soon, as I would love to repurchase it once my little tube is finished.
So, those are all the products I loved during the month of April. I hope you are having a wonderful month of May!