My love for all things skincare and makeup has returned in full force! My favourites this month includes some Bobbi Brown, Chanel, Avène, La Roche-Posay, Skoon. and Real Techniques.
Let’s start with skincare as I believe this is so much more important than makeup. If you get this right you don’t need layers and layers of makeup (which I hate). My skin has flared up in the last month due to severe STRESS and not that great eating habits. More due to stress though. So I’ve been going back to some basics I’ve started using at the start of this year as well as some old favourites that I know works.
Skoon. Whitewash Cleanser
I discovered Skoon. products back in 2015 while going through a reduce-toxins phase. I love everything about them. The brand, the packaging, the product, but most of all the fact that they use natural ingredients without the toxins that most beauty products contain. I’ve used the Whitewash Cleanser before and it really helped in cleaning up my skin. It is a clay based cleanser which makes is very gentle on the skin and does not strip it completely. I vary this with the next product.
Get it online at skoonskin.co.za (also available at Wellness Warehouse and some local stores)
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Cleanser
The therapists at Dermastore recommended the La Roche-Posay products to me which is a French brand that recently launched in South Africa. I’ve used the Effaclar Foam Cleanser since January and it really does an amazing job. It is without parabens and soap-free BUT still contains sodium laurel sulphate (SLS) which I’m not too happy about. It also lasts forever. It’s still not empty and I’ve been sharing it with my boyfriend. I do vary this – as mentioned with the Skoon. Whitewash as I find foam cleansers to be quite stripping if used continuously.
Available at Dermastore and Dischem
La Roche-Posay Effaclar K+
This product smells so clean and fresh and makes me feel like a real French woman. I don’t know why, it just does. Great for acne and reducing acne scars.
Also available at Dermastore and Dischem
Avène Moisturizing Mask
I found this on recommendation from All Dolled Up – one of my favourite local beauty blogs. I was so impressed the first time I used it. My skin immediately felt soft and the rough patches around my chin were reduced. I also like this kind of masks as you don’t wash it off and therefore adds more product to your skin. I even sleep with this mask on. The Avène products, as well as the La Roche-Posay products, are designed for sensitive skin.
Available at Clicks and Dischem
Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation in Sand
Foundation is my absolute worst. I can never find something that’s perfect and I don’t like the feel of it on my face. It just feels constricted and smothering. My search is still going strong though and I’m currently really enjoying the Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation from Bobbi Brown. I adore Bobbi Brown because they are some of the few beauty counters that gives you a foundation sample that lasts for 7 days or more. Which is great, because I absolutely hate having to buy foundation on a test that the sales ladies put on your face. This one recently launched and works really well with my oily skin and stays put. I also like that it’s fragrance and paraben free.
Available from selected Edgars and Woolworths stores
Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Orchid Rose
I love, love, love everything that is Chanel. It is by far my favourite brand. This blush came in the most beautiful velvet little slip. This is the perfect blush. By far! The colour is so subtle and beautiful. And I mean, it’s Chanel, so have you seen the packaging?? It’s a pale, dusty pink and it works on most skin tones. It’s expensive, yes. I don’t, however, mind spending on a blush as I use it forever. I’ve used my MAC Springsheen for 3 years and it’s still going strong.
Available from selected Edgars and Woolworths stores (Woolies has a great online store)
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
I’ve always used my fingers for foundation. Then the lady at the Chanel counter in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town told me that you save up to 60% of your product when you use a brush. I’ve also seen Tori from Kiss, Blush & Tell use this brush in her videos. I was sold. Not enought to buy a Chanel brush, but enought to head to Clicks for a Real Techniques brush which comes highly recommended. I do find these brushes to be a bit scratchy if you are dabbing with them, but for the price and general quality they are great.
Available from Clicks
And that’s that for April. Thanks so much to Albert for helping me with the photos and supporting my beauty addiction.