Beauty,  Hair,  Make Up,  Reviews,  Skincare

Monthly Must-haves: November

L’Oréal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Curl Nourishment Masque (R69.95)

Oooh, this is probably tied for the number one spot with the Essence foundation. This masque has made my hair super soft and a lot more manageable since I started using it.  I’ve even been reaching for this more often than my normal conditioner, I start off my shower by washing my hair, then I leave this on while I do all the other necessary shower things one must do, and then rinse it out. I find my hair is quite fluffy while it dries, but once it’s dried completely, smooth as silk. At under R100, I will definitely be repurchasing it this month.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Primer (R109.95)

While I did give a little breakdown of my thoughts on this product earlier in the month, I just wanted to give an update on my progress. Initially I wasn’t sure about this due to my lacklustre feelings for primers, but I’ve figured out how to work this one since. You can’t let it dry before applying your mascara. You need to immediately go in with a mascara whose wand is particularly good at separation. It leaves you with ridiculously long lashes that are still individual. I’d definitely recommend it to girls who don’t like falsies.

Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-wrinkle Skin Sleep Cream (R149.95)

This was also a product I had mentioned in my Recently Raving about segment, but I just wanted to reiterate how awesome. I’ve been almost consistently using only this on my face every night, and when I didn’t, I could see a difference.  It’s plumping and smoothing and I’ve really enjoyed the results I’ve been able to achieve. It’s such an affordable product, and as Dischem and Clicks often have three for two on their Nivea products, you could almost definitely stock up and save even more.

Essence Fresh and Fit Awake Makeup (R99.95)

The only foundation I have reached for this month (which is why I haven’t been able to give anything more than a first impression on my Maybelline one). It’s a gel-like formula that dries down amazingly, so you don’t have to worry about awkwardly hugging anyone wearing white. It stays well throughout the day without getting oily but doesn’t look dry at all. I’ve been applying it with my Real Techniques blending sponge to get light to medium coverage and an amazing finish. Now if only they had more than three shades, maybe the rest of the country could enjoy it too…

Skintopia Baobab and Rosehip Body Butter (R220)

This wasn’t a November purchase, but it was a life-saver this month. I have very sensitive skin, and lately my arms have flared up in itchies, which have been driving me nuts! This body butter is from a South African based company who has a store in Dullstroom. I love their simplistic, natural vibe and their products are divine. This cream has a whipped consistency and is so luxurious.

I even included a picture of the ingredients to show you how yummy it is. I think this brand is perfect for people who have temperamental skin, or who try to buy more naturally made products.

As this was the first month of my blogging adventure (happy blogday to me), I really tried to vary the products I tried, and went a little bit spend-happy in the process. Overall, I think I found some real gems, and many of them will become regulars in my shower/cabinet/makeup drawer. What products did you enjoy in November? And what would you like me to try in December?


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