I haven’t written about (or filmed) monthly favourites in a really long time, because, well, it felt like I was just going through the motions and nobody wants to read about (or watch) that. I have, however, realised that I have a whole bunch of products that I feel pretty strongly about so I decided to put them together in a blog post. You’ll probably recognise a lot of them from previous mentions here and there, but they’re the ones I’ve been stuck on lately so off we go.
I’m still very much stuck on Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy nail polishes, and my most recent favourite is Royal Flush, a bougainvillea-ish fuchsia shade. Whenever I aim to have nail polish on my nails for longer than a day, Revlon Gel Envy is my polish of choice – it lasts around 3 days on my nails when I use it with the Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat, which is practically a miracle. Review and details here.
Recently my night cream of choice has been Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa Replenishing Cream-Gel (PS – really Vichy, must the name be that long?). I nearly tossed it aside after a couple of days because it didn’t feel moisturising enough, but when I applied a liberal amount around the fourth night the magic started happening. I love that it seems to absorb just about instantly, which to me feels like it seals in the serums I put underneath. I also don’t have to worry about rubbing it all off against my pillows on nights where I’m so tired/lazy that I cleanse and moisturise my face when I’m already in bed. Stop judging now.
I received a handful of Filorga Sleep & Peel samples from my aesthetic doctor with my last appointment and I’m in love. It’s a potent night cream/mild peel due to the inclusion of a generous helping of glycolic acid, and it’s just the thing to revive dull-looking skin and any uneven skin texture issues.
On the topic of skin resurfacing and rejuvenation, I’m very happy to be getting along swimmingly with Dermaceutic 0.5% Retinol serum. I didn’t have any type of reaction to it at all, and while I never quite worked my way up to using it every night, I can see a difference after every application. More on that topic here.
I’m up to my elbows in new fragrance releases but instead of using a new one every week I’m stuck between Chanel Chance Eau Vive (review here), Chloe EDP (more details here) and Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Extreme (review here). This is my official temporary goodbye to them as I plant some of the newbies on my desk for their rotation. A first world problem if there ever was one.
On the hair front I’m smitten with two things – OGX Coconut Water Shampoo (deets here) and my Glampalm Standard Magic Iron. The OGX Coconut Water Shampoo is perfect for fine hair that still needs some hydration – my hair has all the movement it needs but the flyaways are mostly under control and at the same time it’s not greasier than usual. I should mention that I’m not a fan of coconut scents, but I only smell it when I wash and then again while I’m drying my hair – it’s not particularly strongly scented. I must also mention that the value is really good – it’s a 385ml bottle for R150.
As for the Glampalm Standard Magic Iron – I just can’t fault it. I recently had my hair darkened a couple of shades again and revived my lob with a blunt cut (bows down to Shelene at Tanaz), and the best way to show that off is with poker straight hair. I rough dry with my hair dryer and then straighten the ends only, which means I don’t lose volume but it looks killer. I couldn’t be happier. Full review here.
I’m very late to the party with this, but I’m a Real Techniques Miracle Sponge convert. It’s fantastic as a finishing touch for foundation and concealer application – it erases any uneven bits and just creates the appearance of not wearing much makeup at all, even though everything that needs to be covered is still covered. I’m intrigued by how exactly this works, and I’m not convinced that it doesn’t just take off the excess. Whatever the case is, I’m sold.
In the odds and ends departments I have a few more things. My Chanel Hydra Beauté Lip Balm hasn’t left my bedside table in months – it’s one of the few nighttime rituals I manage to stick to, and I can feel the difference in the mornings if I did skip it. I’m just about to finish my Maybelline Age Rewind concealer, and I really hope we’ll see it in SA soon – it covers without caking and blends like a dream. I also recently rediscovered my Smashbox 24HR Eyeshadow Primer after temporarily misplacing it (it fell into the void that is my underwear drawer) and I’m as in love with it as ever. More details on that here.
PS – If you’re in the market for a styling wand, I still have a R200 discount code for the Glampalm that you can use to buy one here – just enter the code NAP225 at checkout.