I’m totally jumping on the bandwagon with what I’m about to say, it always feels like all the beauty bloggers and beauty vloggers on Youtube say the same ol’ thing every month. So here it comes: March really did a fly-by on me and to be quite honest, I feel kind of cheated. Seriously, where did March go? We’re already a week into April, which means Easter is just around the corner! If you love Easter & bunnies as much as I do (ok, let’s be real….I have a bunny obsession), then head over here for my ‘SA Shopping – Hoppy Easter’ blog post. The post is filled with all kinds of goodies, pretties and foodies.
So I’m trying something a bit different this time around with my monthly favourites, you’ll see my photos are a bit different. Let me know if you like them, love them or hate them. Don’t worry, the cute style items I usually use in my blog post photos (the owl, pastel bottle, Miss Piggy etc) have NOT retired, but I thought I’d change the look of my photos up a bit. What do you think?
I used a good mix of new products last month, some really impressed me and others left me with stained nails and crunchy hair. I considered having 2 ‘un-favourite’ products in this blog post but then decided to dedicate a full review blog post to the one product, so keep your eyes peeled for the product that made my hair so crunchy, I should have been in a bad 80’s music video.
Grab a snack, my preferred snack at this moment in time is a McVities Digestive biscuit, and let’s get cracking…
Top favourite of the month is the Dermalogica Age Smart Super Rich Repair cream. The very first time I applied this cream to my skin, I knew I was going to love it. This is both a good and a bad thing for me, because when my little sample runs out (which will be VERY soon), I will have to purchase the full size. Here’s what I love about this product: It soothes and deeply moisturises dehydrated skin. Even though I have combination skin (oily T-zone), my skin is also dehydrated – this means even though my skin produces quite a bit of sebum (oil), it lacks actual moisture. This could be due to a number of factors but environmental elements is the most common reason. I only use this thick, luxurious cream when my skin feels a bit tight after cleansing and only at night (even though you can use it in the morning too) to make sure it really sinks into the skin. The scent of this cream is another thing I love – it contains tea tree oil and lavender oil, which to me almost smells eucalyptus-y (definitely a very pleasant & invigorating scent).
Now I am NOT going to lie to you and say it has transformed my complexion and I’ve already seen a massive difference in my skin because quite frankly, I haven’t been using this cream for long enough (and a sample size isn’t sufficient for me to draw a full conclusion) but I can tell you that it soothes my parched skin instantaneously and I wake up in the morning plump-looking skin. And we all know moisturised skin makes for a great canvas for foundation as there are no dry patches for the foundation to cling to and accentuate. This is an anti-aging cream, so over a period of time it promises to minimise lines / wrinkles whilst soothing dry skin. Full size retails for R 1050,00 (a hefty price tag, yes, but definitely worth it if you have dry / dehydrated skin that needs both soothing and wrinkle reducing).
Next up we have the Honeymania Eau De Toilette from The Body Shop. I have mentioned products from the Honeymania range on the blog so many times, I’ve lost count! As mentioned before, every time I slap on my Honeymania body butter, a stranger will walk up to me and ask what perfume I am wearing (no jokes!). That tells me people love the scent as much as I do. The scent is not as sickly sweet as you would expect, but that’s because it contains community fair trade honey harvested from the nectar of wild flowers. So your first whiff is a beautiful rich (and yet not overpowering at all) floral scent and somewhere in the mix the scent of honey lingers. I bought this little EDT because, well, it’s affordable and I like it when random people walk up to me and ask what perfume I’m wearing. I get an even bigger kick out of it when I get to tell them they can also smell this pretty by popping in to The Body Shop and picking up this little bottle for only R 150,00.
The Bourjois Happy Light Matte Serum Primer…I was 100% sold on this primer based on that little smile on the packaging. It sounds totally ridiculous, I know, but I’m pretty sure each and every one of you have bought something at some stage in your life, based on the packaging of a product. And if you haven’t…you just wait, your day will come.
I find great joy in purchasing a product on a whim (with absolutely NO research done beforehand) and it turns out to be a winner. That is the case with this little primer, I bought it just because of the ‘happy’ packaging and apparently also because my money was burning a hole in my pocket. I didn’t use the primer for a good couple of weeks and then eventually decided to give it a bash – and so glad I did. This light, creamy gel primer smooths over the skin nicely to give a slightly matte finish. It’s not the most heavy duty primer, which is a good thing, because there’s nothing worse than skin that is too matte (it just looks unnatural). I have found it keeps my oily T-zone matte for about 6 – 7 hours and from then onwards I start to get a ‘glow’ around the areas where I would normally get full-on oily. Two additional things I need to mention: It doesn’t dry out the skin at all & you can also use this alone (without foundation), on days when you’re in a hurry but you need something to smooth over your pores and give you a natural matte finish. Retails for R 155,95 at selected Clicks stores & online at Rubybox.
Next up we have the Stila Lip Glaze in Watermelon, which has been such a nice surprise for me this month. I received this beaut in my humongous goodie bag at the Jozi Blogger Meetup last year and at the time I was super excited to try it out, specifically because the shade is called ‘Watermelon’ and I was secretly hoping it would have a delectable watermelon scent too. I then kind of forgot about it for a while and then heard a couple of other bloggers mention that they didn’t like it because it’s too sticky. It kills me to say this because normally I’m NOT a sheep, but this time I decided to hold off on trying it because I thought I wouldn’t like it as well.
Huge mistake, girls, because we all know that everyone is different. I tried it out at the beginning of March because the poor thing was just sitting there unopened, and I LOVED it! The shade is a very subtle pink – perfect for layering over a nude lippie that is just ‘too nude’ and will give life to any lipstick shade that is a bit dull. I personally don’t find this lipgloss to be too sticky and to be quite honest, I think MAC Lipglass glosses are stickier than this little guy. The scent is AH-mazing, it smells 100% like a big, juicy watermelon. And remember, a little bit of stickiness is a good thing because your lip product will last longer. I also really enjoy the fact that it contains no glitter / sparkles, which makes it a great every day gloss. It has a little click style applicator with a lip brush tip for easy, mess-free application. Retails for R 169,00 at Zando and R 200,00 at selected Woolworths & Truworths stores and online at Spree & Kalahari. Get yours on Zando – it saves you R 31,00!
In March I discovered 2 incredible polishes from Essie – now, you guys know I have been a fan of Essie polishes for the longest time. I probably own about 150 nail polishes and I’d say about 100 of them are Essie polishes. Let’s talk about the polish on the left called Hors D’oeuvres – this stunner is part of their ‘Encrusted Treasures’ collection and to be quite honest, it does look like something you would find in a treasure chest. It is described as a platinum gold with iridescent silver hex glitters, pretty spot on! It gives the nails a foiled look and will really draw attention to your nails. With its beautiful mix of both silver and gold tones, it manages to stay both cool and warm at the same time, which means it will suit most skin tones. For a full opaque finish, I have to apply 3 layers but once it’s on, you’ll be mesmerized by its beauty. I have heard finishing off this polish with a matte top coat completely transforms it, so looking forward to doing that soon! This one retails for R 139,00 at selected Dischem and Stuttafords stores but it is a limited edition shade, so you might have a bit of trouble finding it.
Essie’s The Lace Is On is my new favourite shade for the colder months ahead. Don’t get me wrong, though, you can wear this shade any time during the year because it’s so versatile. This polish was part of the Fall 2013 collection in the US, which makes it our Fall 2014 collection here in South Africa. I first saw this beauty on Pinterest and just knew I had to get my fat little fingers on it. This isn’t really a shade I would normally go for, it’s a metallic pink toned purple shimmer – I used to be more into my cream shades in the past, but this year I’ve really started to branch out to shimmer shades. I also own ‘For The Twill Of It’ (same collection) because I picked up a little mini collection box that contains 4 of the shades in the collection on eBay and ‘FTWOI’ is an absolutely stunning duochrome polish (google it, you’ll be swooning in no time!). The formula of this polish is perfection, no streaking, easy to work with and insanely opaque. Retails for R 119,00 at selected Dischem and Stuttafords stores NOW (I bought a full-size of this polish for a friend last week at the Dischem in Centurion Mall). If you can’t get your hands on this polish, Essie ‘Sure Shot’ is a pretty good dupe for it and ‘Sure Shot’ is on Zando for R 109,00.
Here are the swatches:
Sorry for the long blog post, guys… It seems I am feeling VERY chatty today.
And lastly, we have the un-favourite for last month.
I really, really wanted to like this nail polish from Revlon. When these scented polishes from Revlon first came out, I wasn’t really into it for some reason. I then caved and bought ‘Wintermint’ which I love, I loved it the very first time I wore it because it’s a beautiful minty shimmer polish and then it also smells like After Eight choccies once it has dried. I then decided to try another one of these scented polishes and zoomed in on ‘Autumn Spice’ because I knew there would be cinnamon in the scent. Yes, there is a warm cinnamon fragrance BUT unfortunately the scent only lasts a couple of hours (at most) on the nails. But the thing that really made me super grumpy, was that this polish stained my nails really badly (even with a base coat). The polish looks gorgeous in the bottle – a rich chocolate shade with flecks of bronze and golden shimmers throughout. But it dries to a semi-matte finish and only applying one top coat doesn’t do the trick (it still looks a bit unfinished with only one layer of a top coat). So I had to apply TWO top coat layers, which is just too much of an effort. This polish will unfortunately definitely be going into my ‘donate bag’.
And there you have it…all the products I loved in March. There’s a definitely Winter chill in the air today, which calls for a pot of homemade tomato or beef & veggie soup. Have a lovely Wednesday, beauties!