December Beauty Favourites
One of the more popular questions I get asked regularly has to do with what products I use on my skin daily, what foundation I find works the best for long-wear coverage or simply where can one purchase the products I feature on my social channels. So I decided to start a new beauty series featuring my top 5 beauty products each month.
I get sent a lot of beauty products from PR companies and of course I’m a sucker for packaging and spoiling myself whenever I travel to a new country so I always end up with a bursting bathroom vanity. So I thought I’d start sharing with you some of my favourite beauty items to cross my path.
This month features a little bit of everything: something for the skin and something for the body. Each of these products I’ve used for a good 6 months (some of them for years) before I decided to recommend them.
With that said, here are my December beauty favourites to get you holiday ready.
I first discovered Liz Earle back in 2012 during London Fashion Week when they were handing out free samples. Needless to say I got hooked. It’s the only face wash I’ve been able to use continuously without my skin becoming dependant on it. It’s an adorable facial product (£26) with naturally active ingredients of rosemary, chamomile, cocoa butter and eucalyptus oil that’s suitable for all skin types. Over the past couple of years this face wash has won 125 awards and is still going strong!
*Only available abroad
Can you tell by the empty bottle that I loved this Dior serum?! I prefer to try and test my beauty products before reviewing and recommending them and that’s exactly what I did with the Dior Hydra Life serum. I suffer from really dry skin and used it twice daily before applying my moisturiser and it worked like a charm. It’s a 3-in-1 serum that moisturises, refines and tones in a single step. Part of Dior’s rebranding that took place earlier this year to embrace sustainable packaging and more natural ingredients. The new Hydra Life Serum is free of parabens and sulphates and managed to reduce their packaging footprint. I recommend using this serum with Dior’s Hydra Life Fresh Hydration Sorbet Crème for an instant cooling factor – perfect for those hot summer days.
*Available at select Edgars
A true cult classic amongst the french and make up artists all over the world. I started using Caudalie after my first trip to Paris back in 2012 and have always made sure each time I travel to restock. Inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary’s elixir of youth, this powerful plant based facial mist smoothes away fine lines, tightens pores and gives the complexion an instant boost of radiance that also helps to set make-up or wake you up during those hot summer days.
*Online at Care to Beauty. (However it is 4 times the price of what it costs abroad, rather ask a traveling family member or a friend to bring you back a bottle.)
A few years ago I decided to stop using deodorant filled with alcohol and aluminium with the increasing stats of women developing breast cancer. Of course changing your deodorant isn’t going to save you from cancer but every bit helps right? I originally used Aesop but after reading a couple of beauty reviews I decided to swop over to Malin+Goetz and have not regretted it! It takes 2 for your body to get used to using deodorant without any alcohol and aluminium but after those 2 weeks you’ll never go back to using anything else. It does come with a steep price tag of R350 compared to your common pharmacy purchase of R15 but I bought my first roll-on in March and I’m only half way through with it! So in the long run it’s totally worth it for a deodorant free from alcohol and aluminium.
*Available at Maison Mara
Another Dior favourite (Full disclosure, Dior do send me product every now and again however I always make sure to try and test it for a good few weeks before deciding whether to recommend it to my readers or not.) this 1 Minute Dream Skin Mask is exactly what it say’s it is: instant skin perfector in 60 seconds. A next generation chemical peel that leaves the skin brightened, minimizing imperfections and boosting the skin’s natural radiance. You can easily use it up to 3 times a week however for sensitive skin I suggest using it once a week. Follow with a hydrating face mask afterwards for the best results.
*Available at select Edgars
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photos taken by me.