Ever wanted to snoop around in a beauty blogger’s beauty cupboard? Me too! So today I’m starting a new series here on the blog called ‘Beauty Snoop’ – this is where I’ll be showing you guys some new products I am testing out. I’ll feature about 4 or 5 products in each blog post and I’ll give you a short review / first impression of the products. Some of the products featured in these posts will be products that I have bought with my own money and others might be products that have been sent to me by brands / PR companies. I will indicate a “**” next to the product that has been sent to me by a brand or PR company, you guys know I like to keep it open & honest around these parts.
I don’t know about you, but I would LOVE to be a fly on the wall in my favourite bloggers’ beauty rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms (wherever they use their hair, makeup and skin care products). I also really enjoy reading blog posts that feature a couple of products with short reviews in each post, because this means I get to decide whether a product (or products) I have been eyeing, will be suitable or worth the money for me by just logging on to one blog post.
Dermalogica UltraCalming Barrier Repair (R 560,00) ** – This is a waterless moisturiser, specifically designed for sensitive skin (although all skin types can use it). Barrier Repair contains several great antioxidants, plus a high amount of anti-irritant oat kernel oil, these help to protect the skin (acts as a barrier) from environmental stressors which can cause dryness & dehydration. I don’t have super sensitive skin but I find I reach for this gel moisturiser (the silky texture is very similar to the Smashbox primers) almost every day because not only does it keep my skin hydrated (I can actually really feel a difference after a couple of days using it), it also creates a really smooth canvas for my makeup (plus I don’t have to use a makeup primer). I do suffer from redness around my cheek area and the Barrier Repair definitely helps to reduce the redness too.
Dermalogica products are available at Dermalogica Concept Stores, Sorbet salons and other selected beauty salons.
Sprayology Daily Multi (R 250,00) – When these dietary supplement oral sprays first launched last year (or was it this year?), I was VERY intrigued. It took me a while to actually get round to going to Sorbet to pick a couple of them up, and it’s a good thing, because I managed to take advantage of a promotion at the time (Buy 1, Get 1 Free). I decided on the Daily Multi because it contains an array of nutrients to boost metabolism, immune system and overall body health. I am the worst person when it comes to taking your vitamins religiously (I always forget and find swallowing a pill to be boring), the the idea of oral sprays piqued by interest. I’m a child, I know… What I really like about these oral sprays, is that you don’t have to take them with food and they don’t upset your stomach. The Daily Multi tastes really, really nice – it does have a ‘vitamin’ type taste but it’s also quite sweet (it contains Stevia extract and apricot flavour). It says to spritz 5 sprays in the morning, and 5 in the afternoon & keep it under the tongue for 20 seconds but I just spritz 10 in the morning (I’m such a rebel!). I wouldn’t say the difference has been phenomenal but I do feel like I don’t have those late afternoon energy dips anymore. One of these Sprayology bottles will last you for 1 month.
Sprayology Brain Power (R 250,00) – I also picked Brain Power (part of the Buy 1, Get 1 Free deal) because well…my brain needs it. I have really bad short term memory, and let’s not even get into long term memory. I wish I could call it ‘selective amnesia’ but to be honest, I sometimes forget things I really REALLY need to remember. I’ll remind myself (mentally) to do something in a couple of minutes, and within a couple of seconds it will be gone – nothing, nada, niks! And yet, I will have that nagging feeling of knowing I had JUST thought of something I have to do, and I can’t remember what. Brain Power helps to relieve the symptoms of an unfocused and tired mind – yes, please! I’m not going to list all the ingredients in this blog post, but you can take a look here. Brain Power also helps people who have difficulty making decisions, which means I need to set up a permanent IV for Neal to pump this stuff into his veins – haha! Only 6 spritzes per day is needed and I must add, the taste is not as pleasant as the Daily Multi (but it doesn’t taste bad at all either). Have I noticed a big difference in my memory? No, but I do think with something like this, one needs to at least finish the whole bottle (or maybe 2) before the benefits will be noticeable.
Sprayology products are available at Sorbet salons and other selected salons (find them here).
Redken Pillow Proof Express Primer (R 485,00) ** – This is a heat protectant hair primer that cuts down on blow dry time (it really does!), protects the hair against heat damage, helps reduce breakage (caused by heat and other environmental factors such as the sun, chlorine or dry weather) and adds volume. I use this hair primer in conjunction with other styling products (hair oils such as the Moroccanoil Treatment Oil, Kérastase Elixir Ultime or INOAR Argan Oil) because I do find that it dries my hair out a bit. I don’t blow dry my hair that often, as mentioned in this video (I prefer to let my hair air dry) but when I do blow dry my hair, this is the first product I reach for because nobody got time for sitting around for 30 minutes blow drying your hair! It really does shorten the drying time and provides a protective barrier against heat tools but other than that, it doesn’t really nourish the hair or anything like that – so if you have really dry hair, add a nourishing hair oil to the mix.
Redken Pillow Proof Express Primer is available online at Retail Box & in selected hair salons.
Soap & Glory Beauty Sleep Accelerator (£13 / R 230,00) – This overnight & in-flight cream is one of my current favourite skin care products. It smells like a fruit smoothie as it contains peach and goji berry extracts, plus a mixture of rosehip and sweet almond oils. It is extremely hydrating, yet lightweight & doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy at all (so won’t transfer to your pillow or sheets). It claims to flood the skin with moisture, stopping dry, dehydrated skin in its tracks. I do find this to be true because my skin looks more glowy and smooth when I wake up. This isn’t an anti-aging product, so I only use it when my skin really needs that extra boost of moisture.
Soap & Glory Beauty Sleep Accelerator is available at Boots (I had a beauty mule bring it over from the UK for me).
Max Factor Skin Luminizer Foundation (R 199,95) ** – The unique swirled formula of this foundation contains pearlised pigments and subtle skin luminizers that add a subtle radiance to the skin. I would say this is a light to medium coverage foundation and it really does give the skin a beautiful, youthful glow. If you have combo skin, you will need to set it with a powder and oily-skinned gals might not like this foundation. If you have normal or dry skin, this foundation will be your perfect companion during Summer, especially if you’re going for a bronzed, glowy skin look. The foundation lasts really well, especially since dewy-finish foundations tend to sometimes lack in the longevity department – I can wear this foundation for a good 8 hours and it still looks great (doesn’t separate around the mouth or nose areas). I do, however, need to powder my T-zone halfway through the day but I find I have to do that with most foundations and BB creams I use.
Max Factor Skin Luminizer Foundation is exclusive to selected Clicks stores.
LASHEM Double Trouble Mascara (R 295,00) ** – Love the name of this mascara, by the way! I received a parcel from LASHEM a couple of weeks ago that contained some of their lash and brow products and I chose to use this mascara first based solely on the name! This is one of those dual functioning mascaras, meaning you apply the one side first (which lengthens the lashes) and then the other side (which adds volume). Double Trouble is paraben-free (yay!), adds tons of volume but does not make my lashes look clumpy. The formula of both the parts isn’t entirely wet or dry – it’s just right. Plus, it contains a lash enhancing serum to help lashes grow full and long. Here’s what I REALLY like about it: You basically have 3 mascaras in 1 tube – a lengthening mascara for those natural makeup days, a voluminising mascara for those ‘extra oomph’ days and a hybrid for date nights when you want long, full & fluttery lashes.
LASHEM Double Trouble Mascara is sold at selected Woolworths stores.
I am also testing out the new Oral-B Pro-Expert toothpaste during the month of September and will have a review blog post up for you guys beginning of October (after I’ve tested it out for the full month). So far, so good! My teeth are really enjoying the new toothpaste – they’re looking brighter and feeling smoother only 2 weeks into the trial.
Would you like to take another snoop around my beauty room next week? Let me know in the comments section below.