August has flown by at warp speed and there were quite a few products I reached for more often than others. Let's get stuck in, shall we?
Suigo Ultimate Control Shampoo and Conditioner
On the haircare front I've been loving the Suigo shampoo and conditioner combo I received at the BWB event at the end of July. I wash my hair every day (well, six out of the seven days), and this is the combo I have used most of the time since getting it. You can read the full review here.
REN Mayblossom T-zone Cleansing Gel
As far as skincare is concerned, I'm having a bit of a love affair with REN skincare products. I bought this Mayblossom T-zone cleansing gel a few months ago, and have been using this a lot during the past month as a morning cleanse. It's a watery gel that produces a nice rich lather and leaves my skin clean, but without the tight dry feeling. It smells fresh and clean, perfect for mornings. One small-ish pump is enough for my whole face, and I use a hot cloth to remove it after massaging it into my skin.
Soap & Glory Hand Food
I've had this Soap & Glory hand cream for a long time, but have refrained from using it too often for fear of running out! Now that I have a backup mini for this mini, I am quite enjoying using this! I use this before I go to bed at night, and in the mornings before dashing out of the house to go to work. The sweet smell instantly lifts my mood, and the creamy hand cream nourishes my hands nicely. You can sporadically buy this from Rubybox.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick SPF15
When Clicks was running a special on an Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream travel case, I jumped at the chance. Five EA Eight Hour Cream products, two of which are full size, in a bright red round travel case for under R300? Bargain! This Eight Hour Cream lip protectant stick has found a permanent place on my vanity table and I apply it when I sit down to do my makeup. By the time I'm ready to put on lipstick, my lips are soft and smooth. It does have a light "Eight Hour Cream" scent, but it's very soft and not offensive in the least.
The Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick in 15 Fuchsia Flirt
I read about the new colour editions to The Body Shop's Colour Crush lipstick range on Kissblushandtell, and went out to have a look for myself. I chose the shade 15 Fuchsia Flirt (it's so annoying that the name of the lipstick isn't on the actual lipstick!) and I absolutely love it. The packaging is modern and slick and the lipstick is nicely pigmented. Fuchsia Flirt is a bright pink but it's more of a tinted balm that can be layered, leaving the lips moisturised and with a nice colour. It doesn't dry out the lips and fades evenly. I liked it so much that I purchased another shade, 18 Sunset Romance (review coming soon).
Smashbox Eye Brightening Mascara (sample)
I got this a while ago when I purchased a few Smashbox goodies at Woolworths. It came with a mascara primer, but I've been using the mascara a lot on its own this past month. I'm rubbish at describing what mascaras do to my lashes, so I'll just say the mascara separates my lashes nicely, and isn't clumping. It's just a very nice mascara and I'm contemplating buying the full-size, price permitting.
Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eye Shadow Collection
The last favourite is one that is unfortunately not available in South Africa. I bought the Too Faced palette in Sephora when I was in France in July. A few sites do however ship to South Africa, but the duties and customs are anybody's guess… The palette is housed in a tin with a magnetic closing mechanism. It contains nine shade and is divided into three "looks". I completely ignore the "looks" and have yet to try out the lookbook included in the tin, but this palette really is all you need for a weekend away. You can create anything from a smokey eye to a glitzy night time look, to an office appropriate day look. The shades are soft, buttery, don't have any fallout, and stay put for a good couple of hours. All in all, pretty much perfection.
And that was August's favourites! Have you used any of these products before? What is your number one favourite for the past month? Let me know in the comments section.
Until next time!