30 June 2014

Monthly Favourites: June

Looking back at the past month, I've been so busy with work and planning our trip (more on that later) that I haven't really paid much attention to what I've been using makeup and skincare wise before writing this. Here are a few of my standout products from the past month.

Pureology Hydrate Shampoo + Conditioner

Ohhhh my goodness. I've heard the hype about these products for a long time, but I brushed it off (see what I did there?), because shampoo is shampoo, right? Also, it's against my principles to pay R250 for a bottle of shampoo and R280 for a bottle of conditioner. But when RetailBox sent me a gigantic gift voucher to use in their store, I jumped at the chance.

Pureology's shampoos and conditioners are natural and contain no nasties. They contain no sulphates, yet produce a rich lather. The shampoo is as purple as the bottle and smells of Bergamot essence (I don't know if that's one of the ingredients, it just smells that way to me). It cleans my hair thoroughly without stripping it. The conditioner is also purple and smells of mint and leaves your scalp with a cool and tingly feeling. A bit cold for winter, but still nice. I've been using this combination for the past three weeks and my naturally wavy hair is incredibly soft, shiny, and also pretty sleek and straight! My hair smells incredible and I think this might have ruined other shampoos and conditioners for me...

Woolworths Treat Anti-ageing Serum

I bought this on a whim at the Beauty Festival as my previous (expensive) serum was finished. The serum contains something called Matrixyl 3000 that targets wrinkles, and Hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin and reduce redness and inflammation.

The serum has a very light texture and a faint floral scent. It sinks into the skin immediately and isn't tacky or greasy. I can't really say whether this has improved the appearance of my skin or not, but with ingredients such as Hyaluronic acid, I can't think that it could be anything but good for my skin. The pump bottle is also very handy and hygienic, but isn't very travel friendly.

You can buy this from Woolworths for R280.

Catrice Gradation Blush in "C01 Waterloo Sunrise"

I have a lot of love for Catrice products: good quality, good value for money, on trend colours and products. This particular blush is from their limited edition Crème Fresh range. Looking at all the pastel colours (think mint green, blue, yellow, and pink), I think this range is geared towards the Northern hemisphere's summer, but this blush was just too pretty to resist. It comes in quite a big compact, but is still thin enough to pop in your handbag. And look at that gradient! The powder blush is light pink at the bottom and gets progressively darker towards the top. It's a beautiful bright pink that instantly brightens the cheeks without leaving you looking like a clown.

You can buy this at Dischem, but I can't remember the price.

Rimmel ScandalEyes Eyes Shadow Paint in "Rich Russet"

I read about this on All Dolled Up last year when it wasn't available in South Africa yet. It has been on my wishlist for a few months and I was very excited when I saw it at my local Dischem. It's the same concept as the eyeshadow sticks, except this is in liquid form. The doe foot applicator lets you "paint" the eyeshadow onto your lids and then blend it out before it dries. The colour is a beautiful bronze rather than an actual russet colour. When blended out it looks a bit more brown, but it's a very beautiful colour. I either use it on its own or under normal eyeshadows. The staying power is, in my opinion, better than that of the ScandalEyes Shadow Sticks. It creases after about six hours, which is not too bad.

I'm unsure about the price, but I think it was about R92.95 at Dischem.

So that's my favourites for June! Which products got you excited this past month? Let me know in the comments section.

Until next time!



  1. Have you tried the Moroccan Oil shampoo? Would love to hear your opinion on how the Pureology compares - I am completely addicted to Moroccan Oil but I like the fact that Pureology doesn't contain any sulphates...

    1. No I haven't! I've heard a couple of mixed reviews, but would also love to give it a try and compare. I'm utterly smitten with the Pureology and I think it might have ruined other shampoo and conditioners for me! Thanks for commenting!

  2. I really need to get my hands on some Pureology! Great post! X

    1. You really should, it's amazing! Thanks for commenting, Ali! xxx