12 February 2018

Monthly Favourites: January

With what feels like the blink of an eye, the first month of the year is gone! I've actually rounded up quite a few products that I've been using a lot this past month and this time round it's a nice selection of makeup and skincare products.

Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation

I've spoken about this here and here. We don't really get drugstore cushion foundations in South Africa so there isn't much to compare it to. That being said, I really like this foundation. The coverage can be built up if needed and the shade range is extensive (for a drugstore brand). The only downside thus far is the price which comes in at a drugstore-hefty R300.

essence Fresh & Fit Awake Primer

I've been using this primer on its own and mixing it with the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm and I like it either way. It's supposed to minimise your pores and provide your skin with a healthy glow. It contains a vitamin complex and cranberry water. It's very glowy but not siliconey and there's no glitter to be found. It's also very cheap, which is a bonus.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm

I bought this at OR Tambo international airport while we were waiting to board our flight to Frankfurt (first leg of our Italy trip) in November. I've been using it non-stop on flights and at work and it's still not finished. The texture is kind of like a creamy sorbet and it smells delicious: a bit eight hour cream-y but there's also something else in there that I can't put my finger on. It's very nourishing without being greasy or sticky. The directions say to slap it on at night or whenever your lips need some comfort. Currently this is pretty much any time of the day for me... It immediately hydrates and soothes my lips and I don't need to reapply it for a couple of hours. It's not the cheapest lip treatment but after using it for 3 months without running out I'd say it's pretty good value for money.

Clinique High Lengths Mascara

I got this as a gift with purchase when I used Luzanne from Pink Peonies' discount code during the Black Friday sale. At first I didn't think much of the skinny curved wand, but since I've gotten the hang of it (ie, not poking myself in the eye), I'm obsessed. It creates length and volume and it doesn't clump: it makes my lashes, in a word, perfect. This is not a cheap mascara, but seeing that I got it for free I might be pursuaded to purchase my next tube...

Skin Creamery Oil-Milk Facial Cleanser

Recently I've started double cleansing at night again after quite a long (lazy) hiatus and it has really made a visible difference to my skin. At first I used an oil for my first cleanse, but when I ran out I rediscovered my Skin Creamery Oil-Milk Cleanser. I've been using it every night as a first cleanse and I find it incredibly comforting and relaxing to use. It removes all traces of makeup and mascara and the scent is intoxicating.

L.A. Girl Pro Powder in "Banana"

I've documented my love for the translucent Pro Powder but that has been trumped by the banana powder in the same range. I use it to set my makeup and I find that the yellow tone doesn't produce a cast on my skin like some other loose powders. Another bonus is that it doesn't leave my skin looking ashy or cakey, I think I might even look slightly more alive and healthy thanks to the yellow tone. The packaging is also quite compact for a loose powder and it comes in at around R80, which is not a lot considering you only need a little bit of powder at a time.

Have you ever tried any of these products? Let me know in the comment section.

Until next time!



  1. I love the Skin Creamery too! I want to get the EA Balm now, I used to just use the normal 8 hour cream, but mine has just finished!

    1. It's so good, I just don't like having to dig into a jar with my finger (especially now that I've come to the end of the pot). Thanks for commenting!