My January Beauty Essentials

beauty essentials

We are no doubt in winter, it’s sunny, hot, the beaches are overcrowded and there have already been a few fire outbreaks. No matter the season, looking good is important to me. This summer, I have compiled a list of my January beauty essentials:

Clicks Sun Protect Cooling SPF 30, R104,95

No matter the colour of your skin, even if your melanin pops the most, sunblock is, and should be an important part of your skincare, especially in summer. We all know sunscreen is expensive, the Clicks Sun Protect Cooling SPF 30 was one of the more reasonably priced of the options available to me. It is transparent and cooling when sprayed on, making you feel refreshed in the hot summer heat. It has an oil base consistency, so, once sprayed, you rub it all over your body for that extra glow. What I love the most about it is the glowing effect and most of all the fact that it doesn’t give me that grey tinge you get from using cream-based sunscreens.

 Lóreal Infallible Mattifying Base, R189,95 and Lóreal Infallible Fixing Mist, R269,95

As an oily girl, my face gets even oiler during the summer season so I have to take precautions to avoid looking like the inside of a frying pan. When I discovered the L’oreal misting pray, I first tried it out at Clicks and didn’t shake it well so I had flecks of white particles on my face. I was mortified when I finally caught sight of a mirror and realised no one had bothered to tell me it looked like I had dried semen on my face. I use the fixing mist on my face after the mattifying base and makeup has been applied. The two together work well to keep my foundation on for longer without

I use the fixing mist on my face after the mattifying base and makeup has been applied. The two together work well to keep my foundation on for longer without caking or melting. I notice that when I spray the fixing mist more than four times on my face, I get a dewy look which I don’t like much because I am oily, and don’t need dew. But, two to four times and I get the matte effect that I like. I love both products and would highly recommend them.

Oh So Heavenly Hair Sensations, R34,95

First, there was dry shampoo, now, there is hair fragrance. I love this product! How many of you spray your expensive bottles of perfume over your head? Well, you don’t have to do that anymore. Oh So Heavenly has got you covered. Smells cling to your hair faster than you can say burrito. Whether your hair wreaks from a night out from clubbing or it’s from the food smells in the kitchen, the hair fragrance has got your back. It smells so yummy, you can even spray it on

Smells cling to your hair faster than you can say burrito. Whether your hair wreaks of cigarette smoke from a night of clubbing or the food smells from the kitchen clings to your hair,  the hair fragrance has got your back. It smells so yummy, you can even spray it on yourself, instead of your hair or on both. I bought two fragrances, Paradise Escape and Happy Days and I am constantly spritzing them on my wig. It says on the bottle that it is suitable for all hair types but I wouldn’t recommend it for natural hair.

Schick Intuition, R104.95

I recently joined the shaving team and I can’t say that I love it. I used to shave when I was a teenager but I don’t have steady hands so I would always cut myself. I went from shaving to waxing to hair remover.

The hair remover method, even though it required some waiting time, soon became my favourite way of removing hairs and I stuck to it. Even to the point where I use it on my brows.  The only thing I dislike about the hair removal process is the waiting time. You have to apply and wait for a couple of minutes and then wipe off which means I always have to wait until the weekend to get rid of my hairs because time is something I don’t have during the week.

I was excited when I saw the Schick Intuition because it says on the package “no need for shave gel” and what’s more, I can shave during the week. I don’t love this product because it doesn’t get rid of all my hairs, particularly in my armpit, no matter how close of a shave I do, the outer corner of my armpit still has stubbles and when the hair grows back, it’s itchy. The soap on the shaving stick is moisturising and smells divine but this method of shaving is just not for me.

Sorbet Hydrate Nail Polish Remover, R45,95

I was looking to replace my nail polish remover when I saw this polish remover which is acetone free, contains sweet orange oil and evening primrose oil. I prefer to use acetone-free nail polish remover because it is better and less harsh for your nails.  I haven’t used it yet but I’m looking forward to it.

NYX Liquid Suede, R149,95

Purple lipstick is a favourite of mine and I have a small collection of them. I went to the store specifically to purchase Maybelline’s, Sapphire Siren lipstick but they didn’t have it and so I left with NYX LSCL10 Amethyst. I love the colour and how it feels on my lips upon application. It’s a gorgeous rich, purple colour and feels light on the lips.

 Eyelure Exaggerate No.40, R58,95

Eyelure has been my go-to brand since I first started wearing strip lashes and I love the fact that they are reusable – at least 6 uses.

Cantu Moisturising Curl Activator Cream, R199,95

Having heard so much about this product from the natural hair community, I decided to give a try. I’ve only used the curl activator cream twice but I can say it does “activate” curls and seems to work for me. A few more tries and I should be able to give a report back ;).

All of these products are available at Clicks stores.

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