From blush to bubble bath, here are some beauty products that I repurchase, reorder and use regularly. I decided to not overthink it but rather have a look around my bathroom and beauty room for the products I naturally reach for most often.
Loads of things I use are switched often – I’m forever using a different shampoo, mascara, or a new lip colour/formula, and I’m happy to switch those regularly. But some things just aren’t meant to be messed with…
BATISTE DRY SHAMPOO
If you have fine hair that needs regular washing and tends to fall flat at the roots, you’re hopefully already familiar with dry shampoo. I keep going back to Batiste because it works really well and I can pick it up from Clicks whenever I’m there.
There is a bit of white residue but I get rid of that by working my fingers through my hair or giving it a quick brush with my Tangle Teezer. I don’t use the variants for dark hair often as I’ve noticed that I end up with a dark, dirty-looking powder residue just about everywhere – on my forehead, under my nails, you name it.
It has been dethroned as my all time fave dry shampoo by Colab because that has zero residue (I chat about Colab over here), but until they launch in SA I’m sticking to Batiste.
Batiste Dry Shampoo is exclusive to Clicks, priced between R40 – R70.
I’m not sure what I did to sort out the rat’s nest that is my tangly, just-washed hair before I had Tangle Teezers. I don’t think I brushed my hair much at all, but I’m clearly blocking out whatever methods I used to protect myself from further trauma.
Tangle Teezers are just plain amazing – they painlessly detangle your hair, and you can use them wet or dry (as mentioned above they do a good job of brushing out dry shampoo too). I did a thorough breakdown of the three different ones I have over here.
Tangle Teezers are available from hair salons and online retailers like Retailbox and Everything Hair. Priced from R230.
Yes, I can most certainly tie my hair up with any hairband I find lying around and it will be perfectly fine, but I have a LOT of love for Invisibobble. It doesn’t tug, pull, tangle or break my hair. They look like old school telephone chords which I didn’t initially love, but now I just couldn’t care less – these things are great.
Get Invisibobble from hair salons and online retailers like Retailbox and Everything Hair, from R80 for a pack of 3.
ENVIRON DERMA-LAC LOTION
You haven’t felt smooth skin until you’ve used Derma-Lac lotion daily for a week. Seriously, I had no idea my skin could feel like this. Aside from being a brilliant all-over body treatment (it exfoliates while it hydrates, but I tend to follow with a ‘regular’ body lotion/butter because it can feel a little tacky on the skin), it’s especially handy for areas that are in need of a little extra attention – keratosis pilaris, ingrown hairs, rough heels etc.
I wrote more about the Derma-Lac combo that works well for me here.
Derma-Lac lotion is available from beauty salons, priced around R270.
LUSH BUBBLE BARS
I love a bubble bath – even in summer I’ll hang around in a lukewarm bath if it means foam and a face mask.
If you’re not familiar with LUSH bubble bars, they’re solid, cake-like things that you crumble under running water for the best bath of your life – there’s loads of foam, it smells intoxicatingly amazing (we’re talking half your house will smell great when you’re done) and it’s made of natural, skin-friendly ingredients.
I love so many of the LUSH bubble bars that I can’t even pick one favourite – I choose my foam flavours according to my mood – but my top picks from the permanent range are Bright Side, Blue Skies, The Comforter and Creamy Candy.
Get bubble bars from LUSH shops or online.
SMASHBOX 24HR PHOTO FINISH SHADOW PRIMER
Due to the superpowers in this little tube I can pretty much make the crappiest, most inferior quality eyeshadow work. I apply a tiny drop to each eyelid, lightly spread it with my ring fingers and then give it a minute or two to settle before I start applying eyeshadow. It really, really works to make your shadow stay put all day – I haven’t found anything else that even comes close.
Smashbox 24HR Photo Finish Shadow Primer is available from Woolworths, Edgars & Red Square at R290 each. Don’t be put off by the price per quantity, I’ve used mine on average three times a week for the past year and I’m just over halfway through.
MAYBELLINE COLOR TATTOO IN BAD TO THE BRONZE
Sadly this little pot of magic isn’t available in SA, but I’m ordering a backup one now since I’m working my way to the bottom of mine. Maybelline Color Tattoo is a cream eyeshadow that doesn’t budge once you’ve given it time to set properly (it takes about a minute).
This specific shade (Bad to the Bronze in the UK and On and On Bronze in the US) is amazingly versatile – pack it on tight and it’s shiny and gold, apply a more sheer wash and it’s an understated bronze. When I’m lazy or pressed for time it’s the eyeshadow I choose without even thinking about it, day or night – I apply it with my fingers most of the time, and it blends so well that you only need this one shade.
PS – you don’t need an eye primer with this one, it sits.
We do have Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadows in SA, but we don’t have this shade. Permanent Taupe is another good one to try. Get it from Dis-Chem and Clicks.
MAC MINERALIZE BLUSH IN NEW ROMANCE
New Romance is a beautiful peachy blush with just a hint of pink, and it has a shimmery sheen without any glittery bits – basically, it’s perfect.
It applies like a dream and it’s super flattering on my skin – without being over the top it gives my complexion life like no other shade I’ve ever used. I have a swatch over here.
Get MAC Mineralize Blush in New Romance from MAC counters or online for R300.
MAC MINERALIZE SKINFINISH IN SOFT & GENTLE
You must have heard of/read about MAC’s cult Soft & Gentle powder, right? It’s a golden highlighting powder with loads of shimmer that works really well to warm up my complexion.
I apply it as a finishing touch as I would use a highlighter (even though it’s warmer and a little darker than most other highlighters I use), and I can recommend it to anyone with a cool/pink toned complexion – it really balances things out.
Get MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Powder in Soft & Gentle from MAC counter or online for R370.
REVLON GEL ENVY
I use other nail polishes too, but if I need something that’s going to stay put for a few days, Gel Envy is what I go for without fail. An added bonus is that the colours have a built in base coat, so two coats + a swipe of the Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat is all you need. My favourite shade is Roulette Rush, a classic red.
More details over here.
Get Revlon Gel Envy from pharmacies and department stores, from R110 each.
What are the beauty products that you repurchase without thinking twice? I’d love to know.
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