I could blog and blog and blog about beauty products I love and long for, but in the interest of saving time (it’s mostly yours I care about), I thought I’d categorise some current favourites into cruelty-free.
Let me know what your favourites are in the comments section at the bottom – I’d be so keen to hear what they are.
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
You obviously don’t really need to go out all-night long to use this, but if you do, this spray will have your back – and keep you covered.
It promises to keep makeup looking fresh for 16 hours, which I can’t really attest to – I’ve only relied on it for about 10 hours at a time, and it’s been awesome. It’s not sticky, it has a pleasant-enough smell, and it doesn’t feel heavy (thanks to a microfine mist).
It’s available from Urban Decay stores, and Foschini online.
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer
Not quite a cult product, but a lusted-after one nevertheless, Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer gives a beautiful glow. It’s creamy and soft, and you don’t need to be a master blender to apply and to get a decent glow without looking like you’ve painted stripes on your face (take it from me – sometimes I have no clue what I’m doing with my makeup).
Its creaminess comes from its murumuru butter, cuuacu butter and tucuma butter, and it smells like coconut – it’s delicious, even though you might not smell it a few minutes after application.
Available in two shades from selected DisChem stores for around R220.
Charlotte Tilbury Look in a Palette Natural Glow
As its name suggests, this is a look in a palette, meaning most of what you need for a good face and eye look is right here. There are three eyeshadows, a bronzer, highlighter and two blushes, and it’s one of the most luxurious and useful palettes I own.
There is a short guideline on the packaging telling you where to use what, plus some great tutorials with Charlotte herself. She makes it look easy, which essentially it is. The eyeshadows are great but fairly basic, but they can be enhanced with other smokier or shimmery shades from other palettes if you wish.
Available from Cult Beauty for around 5o pounds (if you’re ordering from overseas, don’t forget to factor in shipping and customs). Some local sites such as Samika and Muse Beauty stock Charlotte Tilbury too.
NYX Butter Gloss
All I really need to say here is that these glosses don’t stick – no more hair getting stuck to your lips, and no more one lip sticking to the other.
They also come in great colours, each of which have dessert-type names. My favourite colours are the nudes and pinks such as Creme Brulee, Tiramisu and Praline.
Available fro Clicks for around R120 each.
Dr PAWPAW Original Balm
The brilliant brand Dr PAWPAW came to South Africa more than a year ago, and their pawpaw-based balm is one of my best all-rounder products. It’s fantastic for dry skin, and for moisturising lips, nails and cuticles. You can also use it to tame brows, and I’m pretty sure there are tens of other uses too.
The balm also comes inTinted Peach Pink and Ultimate Red varieties. They’re available from DisChem for around R120 each.
Skoon Ruby Marine Overnight Hydrating Mask
This mask was a skinsaver for me in winter, and aside from incredible hydrating properties, it also smells pretty delish, and you can leave it on overnight (yay – no waiting and then taking off). Its ingredients include wildflower honey, marula oil, wakame extract and hyaluronic acid, and it’s suitable for oily skins too.
From R220 at Wellness Warehouse and Skoon.
The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter
This is such a pleasurable-to-use face cleanser and makeup remover. It’s like a butter (but it’s not oily) that you apply to your face and then wash off, leaving your skin cleansed and refreshed. While it’s effective, I still need eye makeup remover after this, but that’s really not a deterrent for me.
Available from around R210 at The Body Shop.