This month has been a bit dire for me. Remember the story about seven years of feast followed by seven years of famine? Well after the fun of the past few months this month definitely fell into the famine category. I haven’t really bought anything new this month and most days I’ve been feeling too down or unwell to wear much makeup. Be that as it may, I have a favourite from each category: one foundation, one shower/bath, one skincare, one hair care and one lip colour.
My skin has taken a turn for the worse lately and I have needed more coverage than usual. I have been using the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage Foundation nearly every day, and I’m even more impressed with it than I was when I first tried it out. Despite being thick and almost clay-like in consistency, it blends in so seamlessly and still manages to look like natural skin. Most importantly, it feels very comfortable to wear, isn’t drying, and not like something is sitting on your face. The coverage is excellent and it really lasts all day. I can’t really fault this foundation! Except for the fact it is seriously difficult to get hold of…
LUSH Snow Fairy. The stuff of legends. I have always wanted to try Snow Fairy and finally got some as a very early Christmas gift. It smells exactly like candy floss and is such a mood-booster. Because it is limited for Christmas it also feels a bit special, so I’ve been rationing it, but it has definitely been my favourite shower time thing this month. R120 for 250g online.
Clinique Custom Repair Smart Serum. When I first received this serum I used it religiously for a month but didn’t see a huge change in my skin because it was already looking its best (thanks to a Paula’s Choice treatment and serum I had been using prior). This month I starting using it again and saw a big improvement in my skin. It has a lovely smooth, hydrating texture and helps against a plethora of issues from dark spots to wrinkles to dullness, you name it. Just as I fell in love with it, it ran out and my skin started going downhill. At R700 for 30ml it is pricey, but I might just repurchase this when my ship comes in (last I heard, it was off the coast of Madagascar, so any week now…)
Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer #181 Bliss has been my favourite lip product this month. I often start the day wearing a different lipstick, but as soon as it wears off I inevitably grab this stylish tube of gloss. This is probably because the colour is my idea of perfect. It’s not too pink, not too coral, not too peach, just a perfect combination of the three in a formula which isn’t sticky or tacky, not too bright or opaque, but not too sheer either. It feels so comfortable and moisturising on my lips and the colour goes with nearly everything. I think they are R420 at Chanel counters (but the price keeps changing)
This one isn’t glamorous or beauty-related, but I was so impressed with it that it deserves a mention. For the past few months my scalp has been really dry, itchy and flaky. Eventually I decided to attack with big guns, so I bought Denorex anti-dandruff shampoo. The bottle is boring and looks a bit medical, and the shampoo is a mucky brown colour (it contains coal tar) but it does an amazing job. From the first wash the flakiness around my hairline went away completely and hasn’t come back once this month. It also contains menthol and it leaves your head feeling the way your teeth do after you’ve brushed them…minty fresh and tingly. You only need to use it twice a week for two weeks, but since I ran out of silver shampoo and I’ve been
broke budgeting I have continued to use this. If you suffer from dry or flaky scalp then you should honestly try this out. R40 for 125ml at Clicks.