29 January 2015

Monthly Favourites: January

The first month of 2015 is almost done, can you believe it? January flew by and looking back there were six products that I used a lot, ranging from skincare to makeup.

Uriage Gommage Int├ęgral Gentle Total Exfoliant

During the past month it was so hot that I had to shower in the mornings instead of at night, and I really enjoyed using this gentle exfoliator to wash my face with in the mornings (you can read my review on it here). It's an incredibly light and clean-smelling exfoliator with a gel consistency and small bead-like particles. With gentle application it won't hurt the skin. I use this pretty much every morning and my skin is soft, smooth and clear. This is a face as well as a body exfoliator, but I find it a bit mild for my body.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet

I started using this day cream again this month after my beloved Clarins ran out. I've spoken about the Aqua Boost Sorbet here and here. The texture is cooling and refreshing, perfect for early mornings. It smells amazing and leaves my skin soft and smooth.

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Everyday Body Light/Medium

I think my fear of self-tan has been well-documented on this blog, but I absolutely love the Gradual Tan! Clicks recently had a 3-for-2 special on St. Tropez products which I took advantage of. The gradual tan is quite a thick and creamy caramel-coloured lotion that you rub into your skin like you would body lotion. You let it sink in and then put on your clothes. I use this almost every day after showering and it leaves my skin soft and with the most gorgeous bronze glow. After applying it it doesn't look like much, but the tan develops over a few hours. I also haven't had any trouble with patchy skin after a few days.

Maybelline BabyLips in Intense Care

It seems like BabyLips makes an appearance on my list every couple of months, and this time it's the yellow tube's turn. I started using this in December during the hot days and I've just finished it a few days ago. It has an almost creamy texture and smells fresh and summery.

Cargo Blu-Ray High Definition Blush/Highlighter in Pink

I was browsing a Clicks sale a few weeks ago when I stumbled upon a small section of Cargo sale items. I've never used Cargo products before and I don't think I've ever even stopped at the Cargo display. I bought this blush/highlighter because of 1) the amazing pale pink colour with the golden flecks, and 2) the classy black packaging. I can't remember the exact price, but it was around R180. The compact closes with a resounding click and is sleek and shiny. It houses a big mirror and the blush itself is super fine and buttery. This particular shade will be too dark for medium to dark skins, but for me it just adds the most amazing pop of pink to my cheeks. The gold is not sparkly or glittery, but adds a nice warmth to the skin. Almost in a The Balm's Mary Lou-Manizer kind of way. I haven't had it for long, but I've been using it pretty much every day since I bought it.

NYX HD High Definition Eye Shadow Base

I have had this for a few months but only started using it regularly at the beginning of January. It makes my eyeshadows last for more than eight hours, which, I don't think has ever happened. It comes in a thin tube with a doe foot applicator. The primer is creamy and spreads easily across the eyelids. I think it might be better than the Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potions, sssshhhhh.

What were your favourites of the past month? Let me know in the comments section!

Until next time!


P.S. Be on the lookout for a blog-related anniversary and a giveaway early next week...

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