02 April 2015

Monthly Favourites: March

The first third of the year is over and I don't know about you, but that freaks me out! To counter the freakout session, let's rather look at a photo of my March favourites, shall we? I've been trying out a lot of new things this past month, and the favourites seem to be makeup-centred this time round.

Victoria's Secret Make It Last Prime & Set Makeup Spray

I quickly spoke about the VS prime and setting spray in this post, and I've been loving it ever since. I'm already almost halfway through the bottle and I think I'm going to stock up next time I'm at the VS store. It's a clear liquid in a spray bottle that you spritz on your skin. You can use it as a primer, as a makeup setting spray, or both. Most mornings I use it as both a primer and a setting spray. It makes my makeup last much longer and I don't have to powder several times a day, yay!

This retails for R189 at the VS store in Sandton city, but if you have an Edgars U reward card you might get a few rands off like I did!

Nivea Rich Nourishing Body Moisturiser for Dry Skin

This is probably one of the cheapest products on this list, and also one of the best. Good 'ol Nivea really know how to look after skin. I have many body butters and lotions, but the past month or so I've only been using this at night after I've showered. It has the signature Nivea scent (smells like Iced Zoo cookies to me) and the added almond oil gives it a luxurious and silky feel. It's immediately absorbed by my skin, and doesn't leave me oily or sticky.

I can't remember the price of this, but it's definitely under R70. The great thing about Nivea is that you can literally find it anywhere and everywhere!

Revlon Ultra HD lipstick in "Rose"

I've spoken about these new lippies here and I am loving the rosy shade. It's soft and buttery and it smells incredibly sweet, probably too sweet for many people. It's buttery, pigmented, and doesn't leave my lips chapped or fade in splotches. It's basically the perfect lipstick. There are loads of colours and I tend to work on my collection.

This retails for R145 at Clicks and R135 at Dischem.

Bourjois Healthy Balance powder in 52 Vanille

This powder promises to "unify" your makeup as well as provide 10 hours matt finish and a natural healthy glow. I recently ran out of my holy grail powder (Catrice Prime and Fine pressed powder), and this compact seemed a bit smaller to carry around. Also, it was endorsed by Anna from Viviannadoesmakeup, so I was intrigued. The compact is small and pretty, with a mirror inside and no flat sponges. I hate those sponges because I never use them, but still I feel the need to carry them around in the compact. This powder comes in a couple of shades and smells faintly of fruit. Two of the ingredients in the powder are Sharon fruit (hydrating) and Yuzu fruit (anti-shine).

This retails for R155 at selected Clicks stores. Clicks currently has a 3-for-2 on Bourjois products, if you would like to try anything from the brand (or stock up like I did).

Cala eyeshadow brush - 312 shading

I've seen the Cala brush stand around Dischem but only stopped there when I was looking for a few blending brushes the other day. I was pleasantly surprised that their eyeshadow brushes cost less than R50 each! This shading brush is the perfect size to apply eyeshadow and to blend it in. The bristles are super soft and the brush washes incredibly well.

This particular one cost R29.95 at Dischem.

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat

I finally succumbed to the Instagram pressure and bought a couple of the Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy nail polishes, as well as this Diamond Top Coat. I love the polishes (except the dark turquoise that stained my nails), but the amazingness is in the top coat. Applying this over the gel envy polishes leaves you with a glossy manicure that dries in no time and doesn't chip for a few days. The top coat can also be used over other polishes and doesn't need to be set under a lamp, so don't be fooled by the word "gel" in the name!

The top coat retails for R99 at Dischem and around R110 at Clicks.

Wet n Wild eyeshadow mono in "Nutty"

This cheap and cheerful little eyeshadow is a stunning nutty, light brown, almost taupey colour. It has a bit of shimmer in, but I feel it adds extra dimension to the shadow, instead of making you look like a disco ball. It's perfect for using all over the lid, and some mornings I only apply this over a bit of primer and blend the edges out. As with all Wet n Wild eyeshadows the formula is buttery and it lasts well throughout the day. The size also makes it perfect for throwing in your handbag.

You can buy this for around R35 at selected Clicks stores.

And that, as they say, is that! I hope you've enjoyed my March favourites. What has been your favourites for the past month? Let me know in the comments section!

Until next time!


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