End. Of. June. I have no idea where June went. I know everyone always comments on how fast the months go by, but June has been extra speedy! You know what the end of the month means? MONTHLY FAVOURITES! Yay! I always enjoy watching “monthly favourites” Youtube videos or reading blog posts, it introduces me to new and exciting products and it’s like a mini review on a few products all at once.
This month there are 5 favourites and 1 fail – 1 of the favourites products is a hair care product that has done wonders for my hair. Let’s jump right in!
First up we have the NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Natural – what a beaut!
This is a good drugstore dupe for the Stila Convertible Color blush in Lilium (I have both) and quite a bit cheaper too! I am really enjoying using cream blushes lately, especially during the cold Winter months. It gives my cheeks a healthy glow with a pop of colour. If you have super oily skin, maybe try to set them (with a light hand!) with a translucent powder. I love these NYX cream blushes so much, I have it in Tickled (which is an impressive creamy dupe for NARS Orgasm) as well and I’ve ordered more from Cherry Culture. I even ordered my mom one of these (Natural) and I know she’ll love it! These are currently on sale for $5,00 (+- R 50,00) on the Cherry Culture website and they retail for $6,75 (+- R68,00) on BeautyJoint. I keep seeing in South African magazines that these are stocked in Clicks but I have NEVER seen them in any Clicks store (and I am constantly on the lookout). I also think these will be over-priced if they are ever stocked in Clicks, so I think I’ll stick to ordering mine online.
Favourite because the pigmentation is impressive, it blends very easily and gives my cheeks a natural flush of colour.
Then we have Maybelline One By One Volum’ Express mascara in Satin Black.
Wow! It’s been a while since I’ve been so in love with a mascara, my absolute fav mascara of all time was the Revlon Photoready 3D Volume (I say ‘was’ because this Maybelline one is quickly becoming my new all-time favourite). I like a wet mascara – well, that sounds silly because strictly speaking all mascaras are wet. What I mean is: I like a liquidy mascara because, to me, dry consistency means flaky means clumpy! And we all know flaky & clumpy leads to raccoon eyes! The brush of this mascara is plastic (yay! I have issues with the old-school bristle brushes) with 300 bristles and is said to catch each lash, coat and declump. It does a pretty darn good job of that! These usually retail for around R 120,95 at Clicks but I usually wait for a promotion like ‘3 for 2’ to stock up on new mascaras.
Favourite because it separates each lash, coats it with the blackest of black gel and adds volume. Ladies (and gents), we have a winner!
Next up we have the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch primer.
This baby really doesn’t get enough love from the beauty community! As with most beauty related things in my life, I am a primer hoarder. No, really…from colour-correcting, to moisturising, to illuminating, to anti-aging, to brightening – I’ve almost seen and tried them all! Except for the Stila Bronzing primer, that one is next on my to-buy list! Anyway, this primer is like unicorn tears in a jar – it preps my skin for makeup application, conceals fine lines, pores and imperfections and even keeps my undereye concealer from creasing. To say I am impressed with this primer, is an understatement! I find the consistency of this is better than the Smashbox Photo Finish primers as they sometimes tend to feel a bit too slick and slippery on my skin (especially on hot / humid days). It has won ‘Best Make-Up Primer’ award from ‘Health’ in 2007. This primer retails for R 345,00 and is available in the Clarins South Africa online store, as well as selected Edgars, Foschini, Woolworths, Dischem and Truworths stores.
Favourite because it melts into the skin, minimises my pores, enhances the longevity of my makeup and has come closest to giving me a flawless complexion than any other primer in my makeup drawer.
Then we have a hair care product, I love the name of this product – Treatment For Hair That Never Grows Past A Certain Length by Lee Stafford.
The first time I actually took notice of this product was when I saw a video Siobhán (from LetzMakeup) did on how she got her hair to grow fast and look healthier in just 3 months. After I watched that video I literally grabbed my keys and ran out the door. From the photos she showed, she had a major hair growth spurt within a couple of months and I was impressed. I’m well into my second tub now and I can confirm my hair is definitely stronger, healthier and shinier since I started using this treatment. My hair has also grown longer in the last say 2 months, than it would have normally. I know my hair, I know how dry and damaged it was from highlighting (and being on Oratane for 6 months) – there has definitely been a change in my hair. The treatment nourishes the scalp to promote hair growth AND strengthens the hair shaft which makes it less prone to breakage and split-ends. It is a protein treatment, which means you shouldn’t really be using it more than once a week (as it could have the opposite effect on your hair, too much protein can make your hair brittle). It goes on between your shampoo and conditioner sessions i.e. Shampoo — Treatment — Conditioner, which sounded a bit weird at first as I’m used to only using a conditioner or only using a treatment. But I think it works because it nourishes the hair strand and when you condition after the treatment, it adds like a protective layer over the treatment which makes it last longer. The price of this is around R 99,99 but as mentioned earlier, I usually wait for a ‘3 for 2’ promotion at Clicks (last time I purchased 2 of these tubs and the Lee Stafford Argan Oil Conditioner for the price of 2 products).
Favourite because I have seen the results in my hair – my hair is stronger, shinier, longer and more manageable. It also doesn’t weigh down my hair at all.
Lastly we have another Clarins product, the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Candy Shimmer (05).
I bought this lip gloss last month on the recommendation of Sara from Beauty & Water. This is a gorgeous rosy pink with a very slight coral undertone, it’s almost one of those ‘my lips but better’ colours. It comes in a tube with a sponge tip applicator and the angle of the tip makes it easy to apply the gloss with precision. The scent of this *sniffs gloss* is amaaaazing, it has a subtle caramel-vanilla scent. It quenches dry lips, adds shine and nourishes as it contains shea butter and mango extracts. It also feels comfortable on the lips as it has a non-sticky texture. I love this gloss so much, I purchased another one in the shade Rose Shimmer (01). This gloss retails for R 195,00 and is available in the Clarins South Africa online store, as well as selected Edgars, Foschini, Woolworths, Dischem and Truworths stores.
Favourite because the result of using this is moisturised, soft, supple and glossy lips.
For the fail of the month, we have the Esse Cocoa Exfoliator.
I received this little sample container while I was visiting a spa earlier this year. I’m not crazy about this ‘exfoliator’ because 1. it does not exfoliate my skin at all, 2. it doesn’t even cleanse my skin properly and 3. it smells like chocolate. I’m not a fan of chocolate (whether to consume or apply to my face) and to be honest, this cleanser has done absolutely nothing for my skin. Thankfully it’s only a sample size, I would have been seriously annoyed had I purchased a full-sized container.