I know everyone always says how the time flies, but my goodness, we're done with the fifth month of the year! This month felt incredibly short and I really had to think which products to include in my favourites post as there were so many that I enjoyed.
Uriage Eau Thermale D'Uriage Thermal Water Spray
I bought this big can of thermal water a long time ago and for some or other reason it went missing at the back of the cupboard, as things sometimes tend to do. For the past month I've been using this as a toner at night and I'm really enjoying it. It's almost salty, but I suppose that's the zinc content in the spray. Thermal water is very good for your skin as it contains minerals and nutrients that replenish your skin's minerals and definitely won't dehydrate your skin. It's a great product for when your skin is very red or just generally sensitive. My skin gets a bit sensitive during winter as it's extremely dry in Gauteng. My skin is also very red after I've cleansed it, and I find this to be quite soothing. You can buy this from Clicks and Dischem.
Freeman Honeydew & Chamomile Sleeping Mask
I am addicted to face masks, and I have quite a few of the Freeman masks. This mask unfortunately only comes in sachets and not in big tubes like most of the others. For R16.95 at Dischem you get quite a few applications from this sachet. This is my second sachet, but I'm still busy with my first one. It's a creamy mask, but doesn't feel heavy or sticky on the skin. I cleanse my face at night and then apply all my other goodies (serum, oil, night cream), before putting this on as sort of a "final barrier" for the night. The smell can be a bit overwhelming for some people, but I personally love it and find it very comforting. It smells like sweet melon and I just love slapping this on my face, especially since I wake up the next morning with plump and soft skin.
Rain Biologie Rooibos Hydrating Hand Lotion*
This was sent to me quite a while ago (I reviewed a few Rain Africa products here), and although I enjoyed using it at the time, this also got moved to the back of the hand cream pile. I've been using it now for the past month or so and I have sadly used it up last week. This should be a testament to how much I enjoyed using it! It's not a thick and greasy lotion, it's quite lightweight, and although the lightness bothered me when I first used it, I felt it suited me better this time. The smell is also amazing (Rooibos and vanilla, yum!) and I used it every night before going to bed.
Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo in "On and On Bronze"
For years now I have heard from international bloggers, as well as local bloggers, about this fabulous cream eyeshadow. For a while we did get the Maybelline Color Tattoo cream eyeshadows in South Africa, but I haven't seen them in months. This shade called "On and on bronze" also sadly never reached our shores. In January I put in an order at Feel Unique for this as well as a few other bit and bobs. This reminds me a lot of the MAC Paint Pots, although it is about half the price (even when shipping it from overseas). The texture is creamy and the colour, as you can see, is a beautiful golden-bronzy colour. I apply this with my finger and blend the edges out with a fluffy brush. It looks amazing on its own or pared with another neutral eyeshadow.
Clarins Instant Light Comfort Lip Oil in "02 Raspberry"
Clarins recently released their latest collection called "Garden Escape". When it came out I was on that collection like a rash! I had already earmarked a couple of products to purchase, but decided to go with the limited edition ones first, as they would obviously sell out first. I bought the beautiful eyeshadow palette (more on that in an upcoming post), as well as this Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in "02 Raspberry". I don't know why, but I thought the texture would be, well, oily, but it's not. It has the consistency and texture of a lipgloss, but your lips never feel sticky or dry. You can feel the oil nourishing your lips, and after a few hours it just kind of sinks in. A bonus is that it smells absolutely delicious (there is a honey one too, I can just imagine how good that smells!), and that it leaves your lips with a nice glossy finish. The applicator is also super cute: it's a big and wide doe foot applicator, but as someone else said, it feels like a kitten's paw touching your lips.
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in "030 Classic Beige"
This was another of the "bits and bobs" included in my Feel Unique order. I've heard a lot of bloggers rave about this and I have to admit, I really like it. The shade is a good match for me (I guessed the shade!) and I use it for under my eyes as well as on blemishes. It's creamy and doesn't cake or settle into the fine lines under my eyes like so many other concealers do. I like that the texture isn't too thick and neither too watery, it's pretty much perfect.
Non-beauty favourite: Mainstays candle in "Black Cherry"
My last May favourite comes in the form of a candle. A friend recently told me that Makro of all places sell these huge candles for between R80 and R100 (I think it was on special for R80 at the beginning of the month). There are many different scents but the husband and I (he helped choose) settled on Black Cherry, Cinnamon, and Balsam & Berries. I have only lighted the black cherry one, and it smells delicious! It doesn't smoke up your house, and the scent isn't sickly and overpowering. It just fills your home with a delicious black cherry scent. I can't wait to light the rest of the candles!
What was your favourite product of the past month? Let me know in the comment section!
Until next time!
* Press sample