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March favourites!

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Eeeekkk it’s been ages since I’ve done one of these posts, but I’ve really been loving the following products, so I just wanted to give them a well deserved shout out!

 

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Nose Pore Strips (RSP R29,99)

After I took the combined favourite pictures, I couldn’t wait to use my last pore strip. I opened the pack and realised it was the charcoal one (as it says on the outside…Oi), so it’s the wrong pore strip in the top picture. Damn you cosmetic people for putting them all in shiny silver packaging! This charcoal one is great, but it has ripped my skin at the tips of my nostrils and it burns for a good 2 days thereafter. I’ve tried it about 3 times and each time is the same. So I discovered the Skin Strategy ones from Dischem (2nd picture above) and they are great. They work well, no ripping off of my skin or burning and they are the cheapest I’ve found! 10 strips for 30 bucks? Bargain of note! PS Am I the only one that is intrigued after using a pore strip? Every. Single. Time. Like I want to frame it….so gross I know. lol

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Urban Decay Blackmail Vice Lipstick Palette (RSP R700)

This is literally my 4th child. Look at that colour selection ❤ Every single time I have done my makeup in the 2 months since receiving this, I have used it. This is one of the best purchases I have made makeup wise. I love mixing the colours and I find I’ve become bolder in terms of the colours I use on my lips. Usually I’m a nude lipstick kinda gal, but I’ve definitely been rocking pink and burgundy lips lately. Go me!

The brush it comes with is also excellent and offers precision for applying your lipstick. Also the mirror in this palette is amazing! I always wondered why YouTubers say: it has a good mirror. Now I know.

Okay, the bad news? This was a limited edition item, so I don’t think you can get it anymore. I am ETERNALLY grateful for an online friend that bought this when she spotted it as she knew how badly I wanted it and couriered it to PE for me. I paid for it, but I mean, it was a lot of effort on her part for somebody she’s never met ❤

Vichy Ideal Soleil Mattifying Corrective Care SPF 30 (RSP R285)

I recently wrote about 2 Vichy products here, where I confessed to having never used Vichy products before. This cream really impressed me as it’s non greasy, but provides hydration and has SPF 30 in it. I never wear anything with SPF on my face as I find it too greasy, but this is an ‘easy’ cream for my oily face. Also this mattifies the skin and I find it reduces the appearance of my pores.

The Vitamin C Glow Revealing Liquid Peel (RSP R170)

Last week I gushed about how fabulous this peel is, so it comes as no surprise that it’s included in my favourites and you can read more about it here.

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm Peach Kiss (RSP R47,95)

This is a tinted lipbalm, but I find it so moisurising on my lips and I love the subtle peach glossy sheen it provides to my lips. With some mascara and just this lipbalm, I feel like a million bucks 😉 I have about 3 of these floating around everywhere at home and in my bag.

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Vichy Normaderm Cleansing Mattifying Foam (RSP R190)

I was so happy with the Vichy products I was using, that I went out and bought 2 of these cleansers and another product at the current Clicks Autumn Beauty Fair. This cleanser foams so nicely! You just need half a pump, maybe even less if your face isn’t as huge as mine and you cleanse away. The foam doesn’t disappear which I love. You can see it and feel it on your skin. It mattifies my skin without leaving my skin feeling dry at all. I’ve noticed breakout spots don’t stay around for long since I’ve started using the Normaderm range. I am so glad I went with my gut and got 2 of these even though I hadn’t tried it before.

Rimmel Brow This Way Argan Brow Gel Clear (RSP R89,95)

I bought this literally the day before the 3 for 2 promo started at Clicks. That’s what happens when you sneakily buy makeup while your husband is in Spar. #Karma. So bummed when I miss a 3 for 2 promo. Moving on…..

This gel is really nice and I like that it’s infused with argan oil. My brows are not crunchy or hard, they stay in place, but they are natural looking. I also love the brush on the wand. It’s small and precise for easy application of gel onto your brows.

My only con on this would be that it’s a bit pricey for ‘drugstore’ considering it’s only 5mls of product, vs half the price for 8.5mls of another brand. I’ll see how long it lasts me and then I’ll decide if it’s a deal breaker for a repurchase. These come in a few shade options as well.

That’s it for my March favourites! Have you tried any of these? What have you been loving lately in terms of skin care or makeup products?

{Review} The Body Shop

I’ve always been a fan of the Body shop’s body butters and scrubs, but other than that I’ve never really purchased much at the store. About 2 months ago I popped into the store and they were having a promotion on so I decided to pick up the Vitamin C liquid Peel and the Camomile Cleansing Oil.

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The Vitamin C Glow Revealing Liquid Peel (RSP R170) specifically targets pollutants that are left sitting on the skin at the end of the day. Transforming gel-to-peel technology traps and gently peels off impurities and dead skin cells to unveil healthy-looking skin

  • This transforming gel-to-peel texture peels away dull, tired skin for a happy healthy glow
  • The PH of the gel helps to release surface cells
  • Contains our most potent Camu Camu Berry

This has a runny gel consistency and you apply it to the skin and massage it into the skin for about 20 seconds. I put it onto a cotton pad, then onto my skin and I massage it, as I felt the fluid was really tacky and sticky on my hands where I pumped it in the first place. As you massage you’ll find that you start feeling little bits of skin sloughing off the surface, which may seem a bit strange at first…like am I going to look like Freddy Kruger after this???? I assure you, your skin will still be very much intact. lol.

My skin feels as smooth as a baby’s bottom after using this and I really feel that it releases a ‘glow’ for my skin that lasts a good 2 or 3 days.

A suggestion would just be to apply and massage in sections. Do cheeks, massage, then apply to nose and massage, etc.

The 2nd thing I picked up is the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil (RSP R190). I have previously used the Dermalogica pre-cleanse and I thought it was amazing, but not quite in my budget, so I was hoping this was a similar product.

This oil feels like oil when you initially put it on your skin (but not like canola oil). I put it onto a cotton round and then wipe away all my makeup. It does a really good job in removing makeup and especially mascara. Also it leaves my skin feeling like it’s having a moisurising treatment before I wash my face. I personally can’t just use this and that’s it, as I feel I do still need wash my face afterwards to get the oily residue off. After a cleanse my skin feels really soft and moisturised and I think that’s due to the cleansing oil.

There is a con to this product though in that I HATE the dispenser. To get it onto my cotton round is a nightmare as it’s a pump dispenser so the oil goes all over. I find it best to do this at a basin and not sitting on my bed or I’ll have it on my duvet or my clothes. That aside though, it’s a terrific product.

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This picture was never meant to be posted on the blog, so forgive the bad quality, but I also purchased this shaving brush (RSP R135) and the Maca Root Shave cream (RSP R155) for my husband.  He absolutely LOVES it! He says a little goes a long way and he loves the brush to apply the cream. My husband needs to shave almost daily so he is very prone to razor burn and skin irritations and he finds this shaving cream to be really soothing for his sensitive skin. So I’d definitely recommend that next time you head to the body shop for yourself, pop one of these into the basket so they can also feel pampered….and to absolve you of any guilt in overspending. 😉

The Body Shop just launched the Drops of Light range that also includes a liquid peel, so I’d love to try that one as well. Have you tried any of their peels before? Are there any products from The Body Shop that you’re obsessed with that I have to try?

 

Current wishlist

I don’t know why I can’t wish for a R20 pack of hair ties or a R59,95 lipstick. Why do wishlist items always have to be things that we know we’ll never get unless we rob a bank? lol. It seems so counterproductive, but moving along….

Last year the 2 things I most had my heart on was a Makeup Organiser and a Glampalm Curling Wand. I never managed to get either of them and eventually chopped my hair off as I came to realise I’d never have Kardashian like waves….but I guess, let’s not kill the dream. Maybe one day I’ll lump all my wishlist items together, decide which one I really want….and go for it!! Also…now my husband has a go to place if he ever wants to surprise me….*whistles into the air*

I had never heard of Pandora before, until I saw this post by Aisha Baker. It was love at first sight. The pictures for the brand are stunning and the jewelry is just breathtaking. I’ve honestly never in my life felt the need to own any other rings besides my wedding rings, so much so that when I sent these pictures to my husband he was very confused. He replied: But you have wedding rings? *rolls eyes* Sometimes I think he gets me, other times….*sigh*

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Image taken from Pandora’s website

These rings ladies? I can’t even string a coherent sentence together when looking at this on my screen. ❤ They say a picture paints a thousand words, so I don’t think there’s anything that I need to add. I also love Pandora’s concept of being able to mix, match and stack items and their charms are also absolutely stunning! They have items in different metals, gold, two tones, silver, etc. Definitely check the site out and let me know if you end up getting anything…..you know, so I can plan to steal it from you.

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Image taken from Makeup Geek’s website

Next up is the Makeup Geek and Kathleen Lights Highlighting palette collaboration. I just love that she put this palette together with the intention of it being suitable for all skin tones. Some people have complained that it’s not right for fair skinned people, but I don’t understand that, as Kathleen is very fair and the palette is beautiful on her too. As you can see there are 3 different shades.

Shades Included in the Palette

  • Nightlight— light gold with a reflective luminous finish.
  • Starlight—rosy pink with a reflective luminous finish.
  • Sunlight—soft copper with a reflective luminous finish.

Makeup Geek does not test on animals so this palette is cruelty free ❤

Next, there is a painful part of makeup, and that pain starts when you realise that you’re running out of clean brushes. Hence why I currently have about 50 brushes, if not more. I realise now why these beauty bloggers and vloggers have 1000 brushes….they hope they never run out of clean brushes. The struggle is real people.

So now the brushes are clean, where to put them so that they don’t pick up any dust or fall onto the floor? I end up throwing them all onto a small towel, lifting the towel a bit so the bristles of the brush are at a slightly lower angle than the handle to ensure no water gets trapped where the bristles join the handles. It then becomes about finding a good spot in the sun where my kids can’t get to them, and also ensuring that brushes are not overlapping and just lying in a pile. I really can’t believe these are my problems in life, but they are. lol. Enter the Sigma DRY’N SHAPE® Tower…..

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Image taken from Sigma’s website

The PATENTED Dry’n Shape Tower® – Face and Eyes was specially designed to completely dry and shape your most dense face and eye brushes faster than ever before while holding up to 44 brushes at once.

-Holds up to 24 eye brushes and 20 face brushes

-Includes 3 bases and 2 connectors

-Disassembles easily for compact storage

-When combined with Dry’n Shape Tower® – Eyes can hold up to 92 brushes

All your brushes would be in one place and I also like the inclusion of the brush guards at the bottom to shape the bristles while they dry as I’ve been disappointed by some expensive brushes that go gnarly after being washed. I am not sure if this is available in South Africa though, but I’m sure somebody would be able to import it for you or you could buy it directly from the Sigma website.

Another thing I didn’t realise was a problem when I started my modest makeup collection….was STORAGE! I thought if I had 2 nice sized makeup bags, I’d be swimming with the big dogs. Apparently not. A makeup bag is no place to be storing your makeup and especially not when it appears you need 17 makeup bags. YIKES.

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Image taken from Lilli Makeup Boxes Facebook page

Lilli Makeup Boxes is a newer brand available that I’ve seen pop up all over social media recently. What I love about these perspex organisers, is that there are so many sizes and variations to choose from, and as a result, there’s an organsier to suit every pocket (which is actually part of the brand’s mission)! Another thing that I like is that she offers a laybye option for us poorer folks! I’ve already told my family I’ll be doing the laybye and for my birthday in December they can settle what I owe and that’s their contribution towards my gift. Hello….a win win right??? You can check out the rest of the items available here.

I don’t want this list to be too long, so I’m going to divulge my final pick. I’ve battled the last few months to pick a foundation that matches my skin tone 100%. There’s nothing worse than spending 300 bucks on a foundation and realising you actually can’t use it. The Body Shop comes to our rescue here with their ingenious range of Shade adjusting drops in Darkening and Lightening.

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Image taken from The Body Shop’s website

You wouldn’t settle for Mr. “Almost right” so why do it with your foundation? Our Shade Adjusting Drops help turn an almost there shade into the perfect one.

  • LIGHTENING DROPS
    If you have light to medium skin you may find your foundation looks too dark or orange. A concentration of white and pink pigments in our Lightening Drops helps neutralise yellowness while lightening. Simply add a drop to lighten light to medium shades. • For use with light to medium foundation shades • Transform an “almost right” foundation shade into the perfect one  • 1 drop = ½ a shade lighter • Works with most liquid foundationsDARKENING DROPS
    If you have dark to deep skin you may find your foundation looks too light or ashy. A concentration of black and red pigments in our Darkening Drops helps darken while keeping the natural depth. Simply add a drop to darken dark to deep foundation shades. • For use with dark to deep foundation tones • Transform an “almost right” foundation shade into the perfect one • 1 drop = ½ a shade darker • Works with most liquid foundations.

These retail for R300 each and I definitely think if you’re a makeup junkie, you should have this in your makeup bag!

What’s currently on your wishlist?

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It’s Prime Time

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When I delved into makeup, I found it to really be an educational process. You don’t just slap on foundation and pat some eye shadow on and think: ‘Yes girl, on fleek today!’. It’s about not looking too orange, too pink, too ashy; It’s about blending your eye shadow, transition shades; It’s about the staying power of your makeup. All of this intimidated me to the point of anxiety, but thankfully I follow some really amazing blogs that really educated me in this process and I think I learnt some things as I went along.

I had a colleague walk into my office complaining that her makeup only lasts 2 hours, so what’s the point, she asked? I asked her which primer she used…and all I got back was a blank stare and then she muttered…’What’s a primer?’.  So I realised….she is the type of person I started this blog for, who like me, didn’t really know where to start. I’m not sure I want to say that I’ll be starting a series of posts, but I thought it would be a good idea to start at the beginning and work our way through doing the whole makeup application. Let me know if it’s something you’d like to read.

Today’s post will focus on getting the face ready for makeup application, to get the most out of your makeup application, to last longer, look more airbrushed and polished. Let me say again, I am NOT a makeup expert. I can’t do a wing to save my life, I’m really just trying to learn as I go along, so what I share may be useless to you, or it may be helpful. Apologies in advance….this is a long one.

Moisturising/Hydration

Your face is basically a blank canvas for your makeup. If your canvas is dry and patchy, it stands to reason that your foundation will look dry and patchy and in the end, there’s no point, it just isn’t a good look.

There’s dry skin and there’s dehydrated skin – an important lesson I learnt from Luzanne over at Pink Peonies. For dry skin, you need to moisturise, use a night oil, get your skin feeling smooth and nourished with good quality products, BUT you can use all the moisturiser in the world, if you’re living on caffeine and no water, in an air conditioned office or with a heater on all day, your skin could start showing the effects of dehydration. It can feel tight, itchy, feel irritated, etc.   This happens to me when I’m negligent with my water consumption, then the best moisturisers in the world won’t help getting my skin feeling good, and if they do, it’s temporary. There’s a lot of info on the internet about how to remedy this and which products to use and which products to avoid.

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This is my moisturiser of choice, Visible Difference by Elizabeth Arden. I have an oily/combination skin so I never want to add products that make me feel greasy. This is a lovely thick moisturiser, but it’s really light on my face. I use this every morning before I add my face makeup and at night before my serums/oils.

Primers

If you want your makeup to last longer than 2 hours, a primer is a must have in your routine. It acts as a ‘grip/base’ to make your foundation go on smoother, hold your makeup in place, therefore lasting longer. Have you ever applied blush and gone to check on your makeup a few hours later and either the blush is missing or it’s sitting below your cheeks? Melting off your face? I used to wonder if that’s where I had actually positioned it to start with. ha ha.

There are many primers for different skin types, different uses, different price tags, etc. Smashbox has a whole range of primers that are oil free, colour correcting, hydrating, luminizing, etc. Benefit has a good offering of primers as well for oily skin, a mattifying primer, long lasting primer, etc. Catrice and Maybelline also have good budget offerings, so you don’t have to spend R300 plus on a primer.

I personally need an oil free primer and I like the benefit of using one that minimizes the appearance of pores as well. The one that fits the bill for me is the Porefessional Pro balm from Benefit.

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L-R: The Porefessional Pro Balm (Benefit), Dark Spot Corrector and Primer Water (both by Smashbox), Stay Flawless 15hr Primer (Benefit) 

The Porefessional Pro Balm is so silky soft and glides onto my skin. I like that it makes some of my pores literally disappear and I also find it really helps with oil control when combined with my oil free foundation.

The Dark Spot Correcting primer by Smashbox to me feels more like a light moisturizer and not a primer. I use it after my moisturiser some days, before the Porefessional balm. I have seen no difference with any dark spots/pigments since using this primer. It’s a pity, as it’s not a cheap product.

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White – Smashbox; Brown – Benefit 

The Primer Water by Smashbox I use on lazy days and also when time isn’t on my side. Moisturise, change baby’s nappy. Spray Primer Water, stop older 2 kids from killing each other. Wet my beautyblender, stop baby from making a run for the toilet with my cellphone…..you get it right?  If I’m doing my makeup in the car, I also use this to dampen my beauty sponge for applying my foundation. I bought this because Nikkie Tutorials raved about it as one of her ‘Yes’ products last year sometime, however there are a lot of negative and mixed reviews on this water online.

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The last little 15-Hour Primer from Benefit I have only used once. I don’t like the application process. I’m concerned I’m going to miss spots and not apply it to half of my face. It glides on really nicely and leaves a lovely silky feel to the skin. Perhaps the full size one is a better bet, but this tiny little one I’d rather use as an eye shadow primer.

Eye shadow primers/base

So our face is feeling nice and moisturized, we’ve primed….now we need to prime one more area, our eyelids 🙂 Say what Simone? Yes gals, we don’t want our eye shadow disappearing half way through the day and an eye shadow primer really assists with this.

Another reason I use an eye shadow primer is that before, I found that eye shadow all looked the same colour on my lids. I have some freaky eyelids obviously that absorb colour and everything just goes ashy. This was the reason that I actually hated makeup and never bothered with it….Enter the eye shadow primer! Most of them have a bit of a nude colour tone to them, so they become like a base for my eye shadow and just helps the colour pop a bit more on my lids. If you have really dark lids you get primers that are white that would help the colour show up even more.

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Essence I ❤ Stage Eyeshadow base is by far the most affordable and does a pretty decent job of acting as a base for your eye shadow. This is the one I reach for most for day to day wear to work. It has a doe foot applicator so I just dot it on and blend it in with my ring finger.

Benefit’s Stay Don’t Stray is a primer for eye shadow AND concealer, but personally I didn’t like using it under my concealer. I creased so much the day I used it, but that could be due to a lack of technique as I just can’t get my under eye area looking fresh and crease-free. I create creases…..urgh…anyways, I am straying off topic. This is a great primer, but because it’s such a little teeny tiny bottle, I don’t use it much (saving the awesome stuff is a stupid thing to do with makeup.). The doe foot applicator is the perfect size to dab little bits onto your lid as it’s so teeny tiny. I would pinch it’s cheeks if it was a baby….teeny tiny cute primer packaging…aahh Benefit and their packaging ❤

The Hard Candy Eye Shadow Primer I got in a set with an eye shadow palette and with a mini eye pencil. I really like this primer. I used it just yesterday and my eye shadow stayed put all day. Nothing faded. It’s very creamy, blends well and feels smooth on the skin. I have no idea why I didn’t think to try this primer out sooner.

The Body Shop’s InstaBlur Eye claims to be a ‘tinted concealer, primer and colour intensifier’. I’m not sure if I’ve had this too long because it’s really grainy and it seems to create patches on my eyelids. I haven’t used it in a while, so I’m going to check out a few reviews and give this one another try, because I love The Body Shop’s products. *Just googling now and I didn’t realise this doubles as a concealer, so I’m going to give that a try. *

So that concludes our primer talk. If you want us to go into the makeup and and and, let me know and I’ll see what I can throw together 🙂

Do you currently use a primer? I’m looking for a good drugstore primer so if you have any recommendations, let me know in the comments section below.

Top winter picks

After the oil slick that is Summer, we sometimes feel relief as the winter air sets in and our T-zone isn’t quite as noticeable…..but that is short lived as the oil becomes desert dryness in some cases. So as the season changes, so must our products.

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I’ve put together a short list of items I feel are a must have to keep you looking hydrated and not feeling like a dried out prune in Winter.

Night Oil 

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The 2 I use are the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate and The Body Shop’s Vitamin E overnight serum-in-oil.

Kiehl’s MRC

The bottle states that this is ‘A replenishing Elixir of Pure Essential Oils and Distilled Botanicals to Visibly Restore the Appearance of Skin by Morning.’

It contains the following oils:

Evening Primrose
Evening Primrose Oil is an effective on skin barrier repair and boosting radiance.

Lavender Essential Oil 

Lavender Essential Oil helps soothe inflamed or irritated skin while helping reduce skin blotchiness for a more even look. Creates a brighter and more radiant look to skin.

Squalane (Perhydrosqualene or perhydrosqualene vegetal) 
A signature Kiehl’s ingredient, Squalane is a botanical lipid that is similar in molecular structure to natural skin lipids. It has an exceptional affinity to skin, and because it’s easily absorbed, Squalane helps restore skin’s natural moisture balance to keep it extra soft and supple.
I absolutely LOVE this oil. This oil smells amazing (though to some the scent can be a bit strong) and in the morning my skin just feels so good and well hydrated. It doesn’t leave an oily residue at all.
I was fortunate enough to be selected to receive this as part of a campaign held last year via Luzanne from Pink Peonies, so I’m not sure what the retail selling price is, but I know it is a bit pricey. My 4yr old first spilled some of this product and then my 10 month old managed to spill another third of the bottle…*sigh* Two sad days……
The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil
The label says this oil’s job is to ‘Replenish and recharge moisture.’
The key ingredient in this oil is:

Soya Oil

We source our Community Trade organic soya oil from Gebana Brazil. Gebana produces soya oil from GM-free, organically grown soya beans cultivated in the hinterlands of the Iguazu River. Gebana comprises around 350 families, mostly smallholder farmers. We have been working with them since 2006, because Gebana differs from much of the soya farming industry, which is one of the major contributors to deforestation in Brazil, by promoting sustainable farming methods and organic produce. Our Community Trade Soya oil products restores precious moisture to the skin and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth with no tightness.

This is a great budget option if you’re looking for a night oil. This is also non greasy and fast absorbing. I love the scent of this one more than the Kiehl’s as it’s not as strong, but I don’t feel the oil is as hydrating as the Kiehl’s oil when I touch my face in the morning. In Summer however, this is perfect for my skin. The RSP when I purchased this was R155.00.

Moisturising exfoliator 

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I use this Moringa Creme Body Scrub from The Body Shop and I absolutely love this stuff. I am so lazy when it comes to moisturising after a hot shower, but when I use this stuff I don’t need to worry about lotion that has me feeling all greasy in my PJ’s. To me this feels as if it exfoliates AND moisturises my skin in the shower due to the Moringa Seed Oil. Dual purpose product to me ❤ I bought this last year and the RSP was R140.00 at the time. I’m not sure if it’s part of their permanent rage, but I hope it is.

Lip Oil

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I use the Essence prettifying lip oil on days when my lips feel dry and in need of some moisture. It isn’t overly oily or thick and it’s non-stick….*hey that kinda rhymed*. This oil contains Jojoba oil.

This is exactly that though, a lip oil. It doesn’t last all day as I need to reapply a few times. Also it doesn’t ‘heal’ dried lips as it isn’t a treatment. For the price I think it’s a great addition to your handbag on those days where you want a little bit of moisture and shine that a lip balm can’t give you.

Essence products are available at Dischem and Clicks.

Lastly, the most important thing for dehydrated skin is H2O…good old fashioned water. It’s honestly your best defence to keeping your skin feeling hydrated in Winter.

So what are your Winter must haves? Do you already have a night oil in your routine? If so, let me know what you’re using and loving.