You know it’s a good product when you re-purchase, wish it would never finish, or buy the same product in three different colours.
Here are some of my favourites this month, and what’s new on the shelves.
Skin Creamery Facial Hydrating Oil
I ordered this oil after reading so many fantastic reviews after the last few months, and after battling to find something to adequately moisturise my skin when autumn started. I’ve been loving the brand’s oil milk facial cleanser, and this is its perfect match.
It contains a blend of baobab, jojoba and Kalahari melon seed oils, but to be honest, all I really care about this winter is that it works, my skin feels and looks moisturised.
Maybelline Volume Express the Rocket mascara
I know how loved Maybelline mascaras are, but they’re very hit and miss for me, and while their Great Lash (the pink and green one) is one of the favourites, I find it very average.
The Volume Express though is a winner – it gives volume and length, and is neither too gloopy and thick, or too minimal. The brush works well on my long lashes too.
Available from DisChem for R99.
Crabtree & Evelyn Pear & Pink Magnolia Body Souffle
Much like every other Crabtree & Evelyn product, this one is savoured and used sparingly. The smell is delicately sweet and delicious, and the souffle has a texture like whipped cream, and is absorbed beautifully.
Available from Crabtree & Evelyn for R750.
Urban Decay Liquid Vice
I received a sample a while back in a media drop, and loved the formula so much I bought another three (I have two reds, and two nudes). This stuff is heavy-duty and lasts for hours, but unlike many other longwear liquid brands, this one feels quite moisturising, and I’m not left smacking my lips or feeling like my lips are “immobile”.
Available from Urban Decay for R300.
Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon
This overnight gel-cream treatment was launched here recently, and is said to promote deep, restful sleep for healthier-looking skin by morning, thanks to ingredients such as tamarin seed extract, French lavender essential oil and Persian Silk tree extract.
It all sounds very appealing, and I’ve seen a lot of readers who are totally smitten with this product. I love using it, but with so few hours of sleep at night (around five most nights), I don’t think this product has much of a chance to make my skin look super radiant. That said, I’ll keep using it – I need every bit of help I can get!
Available from R1 295. For more info head to Dermalogica.
The Oolala Collection
The Oolala Collection is a local skincare brand that is marketing itself as an affordable and vegan range. There are a lot of ranges to choose from (SkinEssentials, SkinClear, SkinTight, SkinHydrate, SkinGlow, SkinFirm, OolalaMan, OolalaSport etc) and your best bet is to head to the site, type in your skin type, and find suitable products from there. You can also purchase from the site.
I’m quite fond of the Colloidal Silt Ultra Mud Mask, which is specifically for dehydrated skins. It can be used for face, body and even hair, but I’ve only tried it on my face, and it’s left my skin feeling very moisturised.