Payday purchases – the ‘hide your credit card’ edition

I’m a big browser and window-shopper. I can spend HOURS navigating online shops and then searching for blog reviews and swatches – browsing ridiculously expensive makeup palettes and skincare products only to leave them be and return to reality (well, mostly).

I’ve had some seriously high-end products to test lately so if you’re in the market for a payday treat I might be able to help you decide one way or the other. If your budget is tight this month, back away slowly and rather watch my latest Dischem drugstore haul – none of the beauty products I bought were over R50.

Babor ReVersive

The Babor Reversive range is a dreamy rose-scented skincare line that aims to treat various signs of ageing and skin damage. I love that they mention that it’s not meant to make you look/feel 20 again, because life experiences make you more beautiful.

Babor Reversive Cream
Babor Reversive Cream

Babor Reversive makes use of a cocktail of anit ageing ingredients that include marine extracts and plant stem cells. While I don’t think these replace conventional anti ageing ingredients like Retinol and AHAs, it makes for a very luxurious addition.

The product textures are gorgeous (although I think the richer version of this cream would have been better for me), and it’s scented with Babor’s signature rose extract. I am also a sucker for sleek yet functional packaging, and this opaque, airless, slightly metallic-looking pump ticks all the boxes.

From R1319 – R3650, available from selected salons and spas (locate your nearest one here).

Chanel CC Cream

I’m not going to say much since I’ve featured it here and there will be a full review on the blog tomorrow, but I’m a little bit in love with this CC Cream.

The new Chanel CC Cream
The new Chanel CC Cream

R995 from Chanel counters.

Skinceuticals serums

I’m a firm believer in using the best skincare you can afford, and if it’s within your means a Skinceuticals serum would be it. They’re no-nonsense products for anti-oxidant protection and hydration – and they don’t mess around, it’s clinical strength stuff that you can only get from aesthetic doctors and medi spas. I’m a big fan of the CE Ferulic serum, and last week I was introduced to their Resveratrol serum which sounds phenomenal too – I’ll start testing it right away.

Skinceuticals Resveratrol serum
Skinceuticals Resveratrol serum

CE Ferulic and Resveratrol BE are around R2300 each, find a stockist here.

Tom Ford lipstick

I have only one Tom Ford lipstick, but I cherish it dearly. There’s something about it – it starts with the sleek black packaging and continues right through to the texture when it hits your lips.

Tom Ford lipstick - isn't it gorgeous?
Tom Ford lipstick – isn’t it gorgeous?
Tom Ford lipstick in True Coral
Tom Ford lipstick in True Coral

I only have one Tom Ford lipstick and it’s True Coral – a classic coral that’s just right, and I love wearing it on days when I want statement lips, but I fear that red would look too ‘done’. I want a nude shade in my life as TF is known for his good nudes – I’ve done my research and I think Pink Adobe is the one.

Around R500 last time I checked.

 L’Occitane Immortelle Cream Mask

I ripped open this mask on the day I received it – I’ve been in the market for a hydrating/nourishing mask so I was very keen to give it a try.

L'Occitane Immortelle Cream Mask
L’Occitane Immortelle Cream Mask

The texture is thick, creamy and a little sticky. I apply it a couple of nights a week when I remember to cleanse my face earlier, and I don’t bother rinsing it off – I just let it do its thing and then I go to sleep. It has a spa-like vibe, which makes it a ridiculously pampering mask for normal – dry skin. If your skin is in the normal/combination range, I’d recommend rather rinsing it off after 20 minutes.

R960 for 50ml, available online and at L’Occitane stores.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

This is the one hair mask that puts all others to shame in my opinion. I just recently finished the last of my tube and I won’t lie, I was a little distraught.

Elasticizer is a pre-shampoo treatment that aims to restore bounce and (you guessed it) elasticity to your hair. Not only does that make for really healthy-looking hair, it makes your hair more resilient against snapping and splitting. Every time I used this treatment I could feel a difference in my hair even multiple washes later. I only used it occasionally, but I can only imagine how good the condition of your hair must be if you use it once a week as directed.

It’s recommended to apply to damp hair for 20 minutes and then shampoo and condition, but it works just as well as an overnight treatment. I did a full review here if you’d like to read a bit more.

R760 for 150ml, available online and from selected salons.

Rodial Glamtox Cleansing Balm

I always preach that cleanser should not have to be an expensive part of your skincare routine and I maintain that – you’re much better off spending your money on serum, moisturiser and sunscreen if your budget is tight, because there are cleansing oils like these that can do the job just fine for under R200.

But if you do happen to have an extra grand lying around, Rodial Glamtox Cleansing Balm is as good as it gets – it’s the dreamiest texture to work with, and it leaves your skin plump, fresh and free of makeup.

R1350, selected Edgars stores.

Are there other payday purchases that you’ve been dying to try? Let me know in the comments section (or don’t, the less things I want to spend my money on the better!).

C x

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  1. Simone C
    Mar 29, 2015 / 9:03 PM

    The hair mask sounds amazing!

    Thankfully all of these are so out of my budget…and besides Chanel and L’occitane…. I haven’t even heard of them. He he.

    At least I know if I win the Lotto….I can come back to this post to see what I can splurge on 😉

    • Chantelle Bester
      Mar 30, 2015 / 9:18 AM

      Hey, a girl needs to plan for those Lotto winnings!

  2. Rene Groyer
    Mar 30, 2015 / 1:10 AM

    This is such a great giveaway and choice of products.

    • Chantelle Bester
      Mar 30, 2015 / 9:17 AM

      Thank you Rene x

  3. Mar 30, 2015 / 10:17 AM

    Great post and definitely splurge prices. Where did you buy you Tom Ford lipstick from? All the Stuttafords near me only have fragrances

    • Chantelle Bester
      Mar 30, 2015 / 3:58 PM

      That one was a press sample, but I know they’re hard to find! Only at the very big & upmarket counters x

  4. Henriette
    Mar 30, 2015 / 3:54 PM

    Lovely post. As I was reading it I was thinking that I have previously read how amazing the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer is and that I really should try and save up for it (read: from my lotto win budget lol). Nonetheless it was a very pleasant surprise to find the competition at the bottom of the post 😉

  5. sharleen deacon
    Mar 30, 2015 / 6:26 PM

    A luxury giveaway

  6. Janet
    Mar 30, 2015 / 7:27 PM

    Very interesting!

  7. Vivella
    Mar 31, 2015 / 9:38 AM

    I’ve heard good things about Skinceuticals. The one product I wish we could get here is the Lorac Pro eyeshadow palette!

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