Kahve Body Scrub
This is a gorgeous scrub that comes in unusual packaging – literally a resealable pouch. I always struggle to NOT get water in my tubs of scrub, and I prefer products that get squeezed or poured out, or sprayed on, rather than having to dip my hands deep into things, which is why I liked this packaging.
It’s locally produced and comes in two varieties: Enliven (coffee/cinnamon) and Revive (coconut/match).
The caffeine in Enliven is said to assist in reducing the appearance of cellulite and tightening the skin. Revive has coconut oil and Japanese Matcha, which are said to relieve stressed and tired skin. I tried the Enliven, which did just as a scrub should do – leave my skin feeling soft. Its fragrance is fantastic, and more coffee than cinnamon, and a welcome break from so many sweet-spelling scrubs.
Kahve is available online only – each scrub costs R200, and you can get free delivery with each purchase.
OPI Iceland range
The Iceland range is an Arctic-inspired winter range (nail polishes are generally launched in the US, and then get here, so the seasons don’t align), but there’s nothing too heavy or “grey” in this beautiful collection.
After a mani at Polish Nail Salon with the beautiful dark pink That’s What Friends Are Thor shade, I got compliments from everyone, and then desperately tried to find some of the range to buy. They were slower to arrive in retail, and I almost bought from Amazon, before finding them at a beauty salon. My favourites are below: Reykjavik Has All the Hot Spot, and Thats What Friends Are Thor (below). They cost around R250.
Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe
This is another range that I was trying to find online overseas as I’d read rave reviews, and before I had to fork out for shipping and duties, I saw that the Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe range was available at DisChem!
I bought the shampoo and conditioner which I like, but the star of the show is the Soft Waves Sea Salt Spray, which won a “Best of” in the Allure beauty awards last year.
At around R170, it’s cheaper than sprays such as MoroccanOil or Ouai (available scarcely locally, on some online beauty shops), and it’s great, leaving none of the “crunch” or stickiness that a lot of these sprays produce. It has a pleasant but not too sweet coconut fragrance, and it has aloe extract to hydrate hair too.
I used to think that my Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray from Sephora overseas was the best thing ever, but this is it for me.
Schick Hydro Silk Disposable Razor
To be honest, most of the big-name disposable razors are much of a muchness, and I’ll pretty much use whatever’s around. However, the Schick Hydro Silk deserves a mention here because it’s more affordable than what I think is its razor counterpart.
Aside from price, it’s got a good grip, shaves well without me having to repeat on certain areas, and leaves my skin soft (apparently the shea butter in the blades has been clinically proven to provide “lasting hydration”.
A pack of two razors costs around R100, and I’ve been using my razor for three weeks on my legs, and there’s been no need yet to change blades (remember you might need to change more frequently or less often than me, so don’t use my three weeks as a guide).
Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick
This is one of the only long-wearing lipsticks I’ve tried that doesn’t make my lips feel dry and taut, and doesn’t leave me smacking them regularly in discomfort.
This liquid lipstick glides on, stays on, and feels good. It’s waterproof, long-lasting and pigmented, and if you find therapy in buying lipsticks like I do, you have a winner (I had a very satisfying morning at Urban Decay a few weeks ago).
My top shades are Big Bang and Back Talk, and my newbie favourites are Trap Queen and Amulet.
They cost R290 from Urban Decay stores and Foschini, and in case you’re not aware, Urban Decay products are not tested on animals.
All wipes are not created equal – there are some that are too soapy, and some that are too try dry to get the job done. Cherubs are just right, and they’re free of parabens and have chamomile and aloe vera to gently cleanse and moisturise.
The range includes:
- Cherubs Newborn Wipes 100s: R36.99
- Cherubs Sensitive Fragrance Free Wipes 72s: R19.99
- Cherubs Sensitive Lightly Fragranced Wipes 72s: R19.99
- Cherubs Classic Flushable Baby & Toilet Training Wipes Fragranced Wipes 80s: R29.99
- Cherubs Classic Flushable Baby & Toilet Training Wipes Fragrance Free Wipes 80s: R29.99
Aaptiv workout app
I did a trial run of this app and it’s one of the best ones I’ve used in terms of variety and motivation. Aaptiv offers more than 2 500 workouts and 50 new ones are added weekly. It’s designed for gym and at home, and spans running, strength training,indoor cycling, treadmill, stretching and more. The workouts are suited to different fitness levels, and interests, so you won’t necessarily have to do 1000 lunges if yoga is more your thing.
They even have running plans to get you to 5km and upwards distances. I love that you can also find programmes for maternity, for busy parents, beginner yoga and more.
There’s lots on offer, and the hardest part (aside from the planking and sprinting, that is) will be choosing which workout to follow. There are in-app purchases for the workout, and they range from $9,99 for unlimited access to all workout for a month, $99.99 a year, or lifetime membership for $399.99. They also offer a 100% money back guarantee within 7 days.