I purposely skipped last months “monthly” favorites post coz most of the stuff I was enjoying I only started used like halfway through the month and didn’t want to post about it knowing that I haven’t tested it out long enough to call it a “favorite”
So I decided it be best to combine it all and compile and “current favorites”
So he warned, some of these stuff might have already been mentioned before.
Let’s start with skincare
Avon ClearSkin Professional- Clarifying Toner Pads
I have been obsessed with chemical exfoliants, they work really well on my skin and these toner pads from Avon are just amazing! They’re really affordable at R92 for 45 pads, and they contain both glycolic and salicylic acids
I only use them once a day, in the evenings and they do a great job at keeping my skin texture smooth and my pores clear
The next product is a staple in my routine and I really can’t live without since introducing it into my routine.
Vintage Beauty Facial Tonic
Featured here is the Revitalizing scent, I also do use and love the Invigorating one as well
I use it after cleansing, as a toner, as a primer before makeup and to set my makeup when I’m done
I also use it throughout the day to refresh my skin.
It’s really soothing and refreshing. It works great to prep skin before moisturizer if you have dry skin and really locks in the goodness.
Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water
I received these as a gift with purchase when I ordered online from Cosmetiques De France
I’ve only ever tried the Garnier Micellar water and while I did love it, it got replaced by my Vintage Beauty Cold Cream.
I like keeping this to quickly remove my makeup when I need to makeup wudhu (ablution)
It’s quick and easy and gets the job done really well.
Now onto makeup 😁
Let’s start with face/base products
NYX Angel Veil Primer
I’ve recently fallen in love with this all over again!
It’s so smoothing and moisturizing to the skin, a great primer for my fellow dry skinned ladies out there.
It does have some silicone in it but doesn’t feel slippery on the skin and definitely doesn’t dry the skin out like some other pore minimizing primers can do.
I’m not sure if this is available in SA yet, haven’t been to a NYX stand in a while, I got mine from Feelunique.com
Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation and Rimmel Lasting Finish foundation
I’ve already mentioned the Bourjois foundation in a previous favorites so I won’t go into in much, I did however buy a mother shade, a shade lighter in 51 Light Vanilla, as far as I know this is only available online from Cosmetiques de France as I’ve only seen the shade 52 and up in store
As for the Rimmel foundation, a new gem in my ever growing foundation collection
I really love this 1. I wanna do a full review on it, so look out for that.
It’s a satin/demi-matte finish. Lasts so long on the skin and looks so good and fresh all day!
It really smooths the skin and minimizes the look of my pores. I absolutely love it and will be repurchasing soon. It’s really inexpensive as well, so that’s a bonus!
*note, I do add yellow colouring to my foundations so that they match me better. Both foundations mentioned above have been adjusted
Cala Makeup Blending sponge
After seeing a few local beauty bloggers rave about this sponge, I decided to pick up 1 for myself.
1st impressions, I was impressed that it was quite soft and squishy and not too dense.
After using it for quite some time, I can say I am really happy with my purchase, it works well to blend foundation and concealer into the skin and leave a flawless finish. I’m gonna be doing a “beauty sponge comparison” post soon, I’m just waiting on my Real Techniques sponge that I ordered to arrive.
RCMA No-Color Powder
If you have dry skin – Get this!
If you have oily skin – Get this!
If you love “baking” – Get this!
If you’re a makeup artist – You NEED this!
This is the best loose powder I’ve tried yet.
It works so well to set the face and for baking. It’s no wonder all the YouTubers have been loving and raving about this.
I got mine from Muse Beauty on Instagram, but I’ve seen a few other online retailers sell it as well. All of them are priced more or less the same.
CATRICE Made to Stay Smoothing Lip Polish 08 What’s your Atti-Nude
This has pretty much been the only lip product I’ve been using for the past few weeks, no lies.
It really does smooth the lips and gives a natural colour to it, like a “my lips but better”
And it does sort of dry down but doesn’t dry the lips or look dry, if that makes sense.
Also, once it wears off, it leaves a tint on the lips, almost like a bitten kinda look. I love it!
Avon Supershock mascara and MaxFactor False Lash Effect mascara
I’m sure you all know that this Avon mascara is like holy grail status for me. And this Max Factor 1 is pretty awesome as well! But the 2 of them layered 🙏🏼 omg! Someone actually asked me if I was wearing false lashes!
The result: super long, separated, full, luscious lashes! Nuff said!
LA Girl Gel liner in Dark Brown and E.L.F Cream Eyeliner in Black
I’ve been into Gel liners, can you tell??
I use them both on the inner waterline as well as on the lash line for winged liner.
They’re both equally pigmented, they glide on really well and stay all day.
My LA girl Gel liner in black has started to dry up so I started using the ELF 1 and I really love it.
Max Factor Creme Puff blushes and Bourjois Chocolate Bronzing powder
I got these because of the constant raves from the lovely ladies fromAll Dolled Up
And they did not disappoint! I have the shades 01 Nude Mauve, 05 Lovely Pink and 30 Gorgeous Berries
They have a lively sheen to them without looking chunky and glittery, they are really pigmented as well and the look so gorgeous on the cheeks!
They are a little pricey for a “drugstore” products, so I waited for a 3 for 2 sale on Cosmetiques de France and then snatched them 😉
As for the Bourjois bronzer, I finally found a bronzer that looks good on my skin. Warms up the complexion without looking muddy or orange. Its a matte powder but does have some glitter through it but doesn’t really show up as shimmery or glittery on the skin, so it’s pretty much matte to me.
It’s not overly pigmented to where you have to watch how much you apply but it’s not poorly pigmented either, does that make sense?
Anyway I’ve been really loving it.
Did I mention it smells so yummy?!
Saved the best for last 😉 highlighters
City Colors Highlight Trio, Physicians Formula Shimmer strips in Warm Nude and Essence Eyeshadow in 01 Snowflake
1st of all, all of these are recommendations from Thataylaa on YouTube
I got the City Color 1 from Muse Beauty
These 3 have just been in my rotation for the past 2 months or so
I don’t use any other highlighters. They are all very finely milled and look very smooth in the skin, not shimmery or glittery at all, which is just my kinda highlight
My favorite way to apply highlighter is wet, as to not destroy the powder in the pan, I 1st pick up some product on my brush and then spritz the brush with a makeup spray and apply
I use the Vintage Beauty Facial Tonic, any makeup setting spray will work, such as MAC Fix +
Doing this intensifies the pigment and makes the highlight sort of melt into the skin rather than sit on top of it.
That’s it for my current favorite products! Shew that was long 1!
I hope you guys enjoyed the post and gave you some insight on products you were maybe contemplating on whether or not to buy.
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I’d also love to know what are your current favorites so drop me a comment and let me know 😊
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