Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Hair & Beauty - May Favourites

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 Hello lovelies,
Can't believe another month has gone by, this year is flying past way too quickly.
Anyway, I thought I'd share some of the products I really enjoyed using in May.

1. Stila Liquid Lipstick in 09 Amore
You all know how hard it is to find a neutral or nude lippy when you have dark skin. This is my go to lippy because no matter my eye makeup it always looks good and never out of place. It's described as a "deep plum sheen" but with my skin tone this looks like a mavey taupe. Stila liquid lipsticks are long wearing and they don't feather, which is awesome.
Price R 285 at Woolworths 

My everyday lippy - Stila liquid lipstick in the shade amore

2. King of Skin Body Butter 75g
My guilty pleasure... bath products from Lush! I need strength to resist the temptation everytime I walk into a Lush store. The last I was there I decided to treat myself and pick up the King of Skin, it has rave reviews on the internet and I felt like trying something new. It's a solid bar (with banana and avo and cocoa butter) that works in the same way as the body Ro's Argan Body Conditioner (my favourite lush prodcut of all time); you rub it into your skin after your shower to wet skin, rinse off the excess and pat yourself dry.
Price R 110 at Lush 

3. Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette
The love affair with UD is rekindled! It's winter again, I'm more inclined towards my more neutral palettes...sometimes. This is my only neutral palette left in my collection after cleaning out earlier this month. I love this palette because of the steel greys and golds; its perfect for a neutral smoky eye, from understated to drama!!!
Price R 850 at Foschini Beauty, Urban Decay Stores (only in Gauteng) and  Urban Decay online store

4. L.A. Girl Strobe Lite Powder in 110 Watt
I'm a sucker for a good highlighter, and even more when the price is right. These powders launched in Dischem two months ago, I swatched all of them; some I didn't like all of them, but this one is awesome. It's an ice white powder that isn't as finely milled as my Gosh cosmetics Giant Sun Powder but it looks really good on me and it lasts all day.
Price R 149.95 at Dischem

5. Eco Essentials Cleansing & Nourishing Shampoo 500ml
I've been using this shampoo for a couple months. It's a low-sud, gentle cleansing shampoo; sulphate-free and silicone-free. It leaves my hair feeling moisturised and soft (#nostripping). My full review of some of the products from this locally made range can be found here.
Price R 99.95 from the Eco Essentials website

7. Caivil Fusion Oil Hair Root Nourisher 125ml
I've mentioned this product before in my post on building a natural haircare regimen. It's a pomade, kind of like a hair food sans mineral oil. I fee like it's underrated because this contains castor oil, shea butter and essential oils to stimulate growth. I use it to seal moisture into my hair when install braids and locs. It also gives mad definition for twistouts and its not greasy.
Price R 29.95 at Clicks and Dischem 
6. SVR Sebiaclear Sebum Regulating Anti-Enlarged Pore Mattifying Care 40ml
I've been using this mattifying cream in my morning routine for the last two and half months. it's from a French skincare brand SVR Laboratoire Dermatologique that launched in South Africa earlier this year. I apply this onto my face after my serum, after which I apply my sunscreen and makeup. It's really helped to minimise the amount of blackheads especially along the my hairline and ears. I'm also not as shiny when I hit the midday mark. I'm still deciding which other products from this range I would like to try.
Price R 185 at Clicks, but it's currently on sale for R 148

7. Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence SPF 50 PA++++ 40ml
So when you're as dark as I am, there's always an issue with finding an spf cream that doesn't leave you ashy with a blue-grey tinge. Here's a link to a video by Evelyn from the Internets and Nikki that illustrates this point hilariously #thestruggleisreal.  This sunscreen is designed to give you sun protection..obviously and also protect you against environmental pollution because it has least that's what The Body Shop claims. I use this as a day cream, the last step in my morning routine. You can wear it under your make's that good. And good news melanin-rich sisters ashy blue-grey tinge YAY!!!
Price R 220 for 40 ml and R 285 for 60ml, available at The Body Shop and Clicks  

8. My Natural Hair Moisturizing Butter 125ml 
I'm not going to wax poetic about how much I love this product again, you can read my full review of the entire range here. I've been using for my twistouts and more often as a moisturizer when installing my braids and locs. 
Price R 79.99 on My Natural Hair online store and R 99.95 at Clicks 

I have to the end of my post.
Have you tried any of these? Which did you like best? Let me know

See you in my next post, xoxo


  1. Im loving all your posts....they are so the products you use are so affordable!!! Def gonna try a few of the facial ones....xx

    1. Thank you for the love and support :-) You know I have to stick to the budget since I have to pay for it myself lol. I'm always looking for a good bargain...I like cheapies that work well.