So this is the second instalment of my SA Shopping series – if you would like to read a bit more about why I’m doing these blog posts, then check out this post.
I must admit, I never used to be much of a skincare product junkie. Only in the last 2 years have I really started looking after my skin (bad Luzanne, I know!). I used to only wash my face with a cleanser, exfoliate twice a week and apply a day cream (morning and sometimes night). No makeup remover, no toner, no night cream, no serum and definitely no eye cream. Now, I also know there’s a lot of speculation on the actual benefits of using an eye cream (google ‘eye cream’ and ‘Paula Begoun’ and you can read all about it) but I personally like using an eye cream. Call it wasted money, if you’d like, it’s my personal preference.
So anyway, I’ve done a complete 180 and I’m without a doubt a skincare product hoarder now. Probably not the best thing to be using different creams, cleansers, scrubs, serums every other day BUT I haven’t broken out yet so I’d say my skin is coping just fine. Yes, I was on Roaccutane for 6 months – but that’s a whole other story.
This post will include products I have used (or am currently using) plus some products I would like to get my hands on in the near future.
1. Estée Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator – Karissa (SaturdayNightsAlrite) has raved about this product on so many occasions, so it’s definitely on my list of things to try out. I’ve swatched it in-store and it contains light-reflecting illuminating particles which brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of redness, acne marks, dark spots, sun spots and discoloration – soooo purty! Retails for R 665,00 (50ml) at Edgars, Red Square (in-store and online), Stuttafords and the Estée Lauder SA online store.
2. Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner – after reading Bronwyn’s (Mother City Mom) blog post on her favourite toners, I added this toner on my ‘To Get’ list. I like things that brighten up the skin, it makes us ‘over-30-girls’ look more youthful. This toner contains fruit acids to remove dead skin cells and boost cell renewal plus White Nettle extract to tighten pores. Retails for R 350,00 at Edgars, Red Square (in-store and online), Woolworths, Foschini and the Clarins SA online store.
3. Balm Balm Hibiscus Face Mask – I mentioned this face mask in my last Balm Balm product review here. I’m currently using the Estée Lauder Hydra Complete Multi-Level Moisture Gel Mask and Freeman Facial Pineapple Enzyme Mask but will be getting this one from Cassidy as soon as they’re finished. This Hibiscus mask is 100% organic, contains brown rice flour, ground Hibiscus flowers and Rose Geranium essential oils to exfoliate and deep cleanse the skin . Retails for R 215,00 from the Balm Balm Facebook Page (contact Cassidy) or the Rubybox online store.
4. LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub – this is a must-have in any skincare routine. The lips are part of the face, right? This lip scrub is infused with jojoba oil (to moisturise), castor sugar (to exfoliate) and a yummy bubblegum flavouring. Just apply a small amount to your lips, scrub away and then lick your lips. Definite winner in my beauty book! Retails for R 65,00 and is available at the LUSH stores in V & A Waterfront and Cavendish Square (both in Cape Town – boo!).
5. Sorbet Firming Face Mask – Neal bought this for me a couple of months ago when I asked him to go to Clicks to get some meds. He returned with the meds and this face mask – sorry girls, he’s taken! I had wanted to try one of these mask sheets for a while and never even knew these were available in South Africa. Needless to say, I have been purchasing either this pink version or the orange version ever since. Granted, the mask makes you look like a serial killer (Neal cried like a girl when I sent him a photo of me wearing it) but this stuff is magic. The sheet itself is saturated with a gel-type liquid and feels cool & refreshing when you apply to your face. You then sit with it on for about 10 minutes and when you peel the mask off, it’s quite dry (which means all that gel-y goodness was absorbed into the skin – or at least I like to think so). Afterwards my skin feels soft and plump – I’ll keep repurchasing these for a long time to come. Retails for R 34,95 at Clicks stores.
6. Garnier Pure Active Daily Energising Gel Scrub – oooooh this stuff is good! It contains extracts of grapefruit, pomegranate and Vitamin C and it smells like you are scrubbing your face with a smoothie. I knew I would love this when I saw it in the shops a couple of months ago, and I was right! The granules are not too rough (which I prefer) and gives the skin a gentle (yet effective) scrubbing. Retails for R 54,95 at Clicks, Foschini, Dischem and PnP stores.
7. Skin Republic CoQ10 + Caviar Face Mask Sheet – the caviar part has me sold, it just sounds so luxe! Thsi mask sheet contains pure caviar extracts to repair past damage to the skin and aids in rejuvinating, nourishing and protecting skin cells. CoQ10 is an antioxidant and helps neutralise harmful free radicals (which cause aging). I haven’t tried this one yet but will be purchasing it as soon as I can get my hands on it. Retails for R 35,00 at Clicks and Dischem stores.
8. The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter – I saw this the other day whilst shopping with my mom. It smells heavenly and I was very intrigued by it, it feels like a solid(ish) balm and is said to remove makeup (even waterproof) leaving the skin feeling soft and cleansed. It’s also suitable for sensitive skin. I definitely want to buy this when I go to The Body Shop on the 16th of September for their Honeymania collection reveal. I also have a 50% discount voucher on all Honeymania products – SCORE! Thanks to Chicara for bringing the whole voucher thing to my attention! Retails for R 140,00 at The Body Shop stores.
9. Hydraluron Moisture Booster – I need this! If anyone has seen this at a Clicks store in Gauteng, please let me know where? I know it is (or will be) sold at Clicks but I can’t find it anywhere. This little product has accumulated quite the cult following worldwide, I have only read (and heard) great things. For those of you who are not sure what the whole hype is about, let me explain: Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is actually created in the body and can be found in basically every single cell, the molecule binds to water and lubricates the body. Unfortunately though, it only ‘lives’ for 1 – 3 days before it is broken down and excreted. Adding this to your daily skincare routine will ensure your skin is hydrated all day, every day. Remember hydration is important for us combo-oily-skinned ladies too! This stuff is the business (from what I’ve read) as it leaves the skin feeling plump & hydrated. Retails for R 399,99 at selected Clicks stores (although I haven’t seen it anywhere).
10. Labello Vitamin Shake Lip Balm – you need this in your life, no jokes! I bought this little balm on a whim whilst browsing through the aisles of Clicks one day and didn’t think much of it. It smells like a berry smoothie, looks like water marble nail art and gives the lips a perfect sheen. I love this more than my eos lip balms – there, I said it! Please don’t crucify me!? Here’s why: The eos lipbalms (although I adore them) sometimes feel like they sit on top of the lips (it doesn’t really feel like it ever gets absorbed) whereas this Labello lip balm feels like it melts into the skin. Retails for R 17,95 at Clicks and Dischem stores (so much cheaper than an eos lip balm as well).
11. Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil – there are 3 variations of these facial oils at Clarins (combo skin, dry skin and dehydrated skin). The Lotus variant is for combo – oily skin and I’ve read pretty good things on a few beauty blogs. It contains 100% pure plant extracts, no preservatives, and a blend of Rosewood, Geranium and Lotus extracts to purify & tighten pores. It also contains Hazelnut Oil to soften, soothe and seal in moisture preventing fine lines. The only facial oils I own are the Balm Balm Little Miracle Rosehip Serum (blog post here and here) and The Body Shop Satsuma Beautifying Oil. I love both of these beauty oils but my Balm Balm one is almost finished and I’ll be trying the Clarins one out for a change. Retails for R 425,00 (30ml) at Edgards, Red Square (in-store and online), Woolworths, Foschini and the Clarins SA online store.
Speaking of Sorbet – Sorbet and Dermalogica have teamed up, from 9 – 22 September 2013, they are inviting everyone across the country to trade in their current skincare products in order to qualify for an upgrade to the results focused Dermalogica range. By trading in your skincare products you qualify to receive R 100,00 towards every R 500,00 you spend on your new Dermalogica range. You can take any product you currently use on your skin to any Sorbet store (excluding Sorbet nail bars and Sorbet Drybars) nationwide, that includes any brand of make-up: cleansing wipes, soap, moisturisers, toners, washes, masks and exfoliators. Once you’ve presented your products and qualified for the upgrade, your Sorbet therapist will proceed with your FaceMapping® consultation. FaceMapping® is Dermalogica’s skin analysis that provides insight into your skin’s past and present. The result of this consultation allows the Sorbet therapist to recommend the Dermalogica products best suited to your skin. For more information, go to the Sorbet website.
I hope you guys are enjoying these SA Shopping blog posts?