Hiya everyone ♡
I had a sneaky drugstore beauty haul in the past week - eeek, don't judge me!
What started out as a mission for affordable spot treatments, turned into a full blown spree. I chose affordable products so the prices per item isn't high - but you know how those little costs add up!
I had to get my hands on the brand new Vaseline spray moisturiser too, and I am happy to report they are freely available in Clicks and Dischem. The other goodies were items on an ever-growing beauty shopping list, but certainly weren't needed at this point!
So, let's dive in! I have also done a few late night sessions on learning about product ingredients so I have added those in too.
• Cala Beauty Sponge - R74.95 •
Hallelujah for a super-affordable makeup sponge! The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge has been my fave for ages now, but I have been told that there may be some changes with the texture of the sponge. I am really worried that this will change the efficacy, so I thought I would try out the Cala one in the mean time.
I bought the purple one (that's my favourite colour in case you didn't know) at Dischem last week. It is a different shape from both that of the Real Techniques sponge and the original Beauty Blender (which I have never tried). As long as it has that tapered tip - I'm happy!
I am really glad to report that I have used it about 4 times now and it works really well! I still need to test how long the sponge lasts and if it continues to work as well as it does now based on inevitable texture 'aging'. I will feedback if I have any negative news after a few weeks.
Cala is exclusively found at Dischem. They have the most beautiful, effective and affordable makeup tools - I have so many makeup brushes from Cala. Unfortunately the Beauty Sponge is not on sale on the website, but I purchased mine from the La Lucia store last week.
• Sorbet Salon Skin Specialist Care Breakout Correcting Gel - R110 •
My skin has really been troubling me lately. I am pretty sure that I have a slight hormone imbalance which is affecting my skin really negatively. I am on the hunt for a 'right-now' treatment (as retinoids and the such are long-term solutions).
The Sorbet Salon Skin Specialist Care Breakout Correcting Gel is said to fight breakouts and purify skin with salicylic acid and vitamin A (a common form is retinol in skin care), C and E. The salicylic acid is the 4th ingredient on the list (they are ordered from highest quantity to lowest on the label, by law), there are 13 ingredients so 4th is quite high up there.
I want to warn you that the product does contain various forms of alcohol (not ideal in skin care as it is dehydrating). To see if there is alcohol in a product look out for any ingredients that end in 'ol'.
This product also has melaleuca alternifolia leaf oil as an ingredient, which is more commonly known as tea tree oil - a topical anti-bacterial.
I purchased this product at Clicks, unfortunately they are not selling this product on the website. I got mine at the La Lucia store, however Sorbet stock is widely available in all Clicks stores and you can grab it at a Sorbet store as well.
PS. When I spoke to a Sorbet employee about the Sorbet skin care range they did admit that their ranges cater more to a 'beginner' in the skin care game. I will see how the breakout gel fares, and I am keen on trying more products from the Salon ranges, but keep this point in mind.
PPS. It smells great too!
• wet n wild photofocus Eyeshadow Primer - R129.95 •
I am still on the hunt for a good eyeshadow primer, there are so many that still don't combat the oiliness on my eyelids that cause horrid creasing.
The wet n wild photofocus Eyeshadow Primer is said to boost shadow colour, it preps and brightens eyelids to lockdown colour and is long lasting and dries on clear. I have tried it out today and am super-impressed! So far - it does seem as it has boosted colour, it was tacky when I applied it which makes me feel like eyeshadow will really stick to it, and so far I have no creasing! I have on my Maybelline Colour Tattoo eyeshadow which has a cream base (more likely to crease), but so far nothing! I still want to try it out with my Max Factor Shimmer Eyeshadow which is even creamier - will let you know if it fares well ;)
Great news - wet n wild does not test on animals! Hooray!
wet n wild is found exclusively at Clicks stores. Unfortunately the primer is not available on Clicks website.
PS. wet n wild is another brand on the "Mix & Match 3 for 2" deal (wet n wild available on this deal until 23 October in selected stores), do yourself a favour and grab the Walking on Eggshells eyeshadow trio - it's always in my makeup bag!
PPS. I bought the Color Icon Glitter Single Eyeshadow in Brass a few months ago and it sadly was super crap. Couldn't get any pigment on my eyelid even when 'drenching' my brush in MAC Fix Plus :(
• Oh So Heavenly Bye-Bye Stress Calming In-Shower Body Lotion - R32.95 •
My friend Siobhan (from Sugar and Spice blog) recommended the Oh So Heavenly In-Shower Body Lotion after reading my Winter Lifesavers blog post.
It is said to contain relaxing chamomile and lavender oils for soft, hydrated skin. I haven't tried it yet but will certainly let you know how it fares!
Unfortunately the Oh So Heavenly Bye-Bye Stress Calming In-Shower Body Lotion is not available on the Clicks website, but there are plenty of other Oh So Heavenly products that you can find here.
• Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser in "Deep Restore" - R89.95 •
I am so chuffed that we finally have a spray moisturiser in South Africa! I bought one in the UK a few years ago and really loved it. It is said to moisturise, absorb in seconds, restore dry skin, is non-greasy and has a light texture.
It. Fulfills. Every. One. Of. Its. Promises.
I am so happy I bought it last week! It's starting to heat up in Durban and I can't use very rich creams when it's so hot and humid. This spray moisturiser is the perfect consistency to not be too thick and works like a charm!
You can buy one of the three variants (Cocoa Radiance, Aloe Soothe and Deep Restore) - or all of them - on the Clicks website here.
• Cettua Halfmoon Firming Eye Patch - R74.95 •
I am a big fan of eye patches, I don't really know if it is the novelty of them or whether they actually work ;)
The patches come in 5 pairs and feel cool and smooth on your skin. I am quite the fan of prancing around at home with my patches on. The application time is 20 - 30 minutes, but I like to leave mine on for a good few hours.
They contain the active ingredients adenosine (although it is very low on the ingredient list) and amino acids which help to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness.
The masks contain dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline which is an overall anti-aging active ingredient for wrinkle correction, moisturization, and triple firming action (it is the seventh ingredient of many in the product). Again a warning that these products contain a few different forms of alcohol.
The patches also contain hydrogenated lecithin which is a skin-restoring ingredient.
• Cettua Pure White Nose Strip (6 strips) - R45.95 •
These seem like the typical blackhead-removing nose strips. They are said to remove blackheads and dirt instantly. They have witch hazel, which helps to tighten pores and reduces redness, and titanium dioxide which is chemically processed to remove these impurities.
I used the Cettua one last night and I can't really say it cleaned up much of my dark-coloured, clogged pores. I am going to test my Biore ones again in about a week and see the actual difference (I haven't used Biore ones since I was in the UK in December but my dad bought me some back from London).
I used my "Mix & Match 3 for 2" deal and got these strips for free! The strips aren't on the website, but I grabbed mine from the Clicks La Lucia branch last week.
PS. The Biore ones are £8.39 for 6 strips, so really pricey when converting.
• Cettua Spot Clear Patch - R74.95 •
My all-time fave Cettua product. They contain tea tree (ingredient 6 on the list) and salicylic acid (ingredient 7). Those really are the two ingredients you need for combating spots on an instant-basis.
The patches contain grapeseed extract (an antioxidant that assists in anti-aging), epilobium angustifolium extract (can have soothing and antioxidant effects on skin) and volcanic ash (which removes dead skin cells, cleans pores, opens blackheads and is a gentle exfoliant).
You leave the patches on for 8-12 hours, ideally overnight. You get 48 patches in the pack and there are now two different sizes of patches - based on the size of your dreaded spot.
They work fantastically (from every time I have used them). I had a horrid hormonal spot on my jawline that was bugging me. Put one on my rather sore bump overnight and it was significantly smaller and less painful the next day!
• Sorbet Cleansing Face Mask Spot & Blemish - R45.95 •
Sorbet have a great range of sheet masks available at Clicks and Sorbet stores. Due to my skin acting up lately, I thought I would give a spot and blemish task a try.
It is said to cleanse and refine skin with the double concentrate of salicylic acid -there are a whopping 25 ingredients in the serum for the mask and salicylic acid is number 24 on the list (clearly it is a seriously low quantity in the serum - and witch hazel extract (ingredient 6) to aid with the exfoliation and renewal of skin cells for a radiant and blemish-free complexion.
I haven't tried this mask yet, but you leave it on for 15-20 mins and then massage the leftover serum into your skin. I would do this before bed at night.
A warning, this product too contains alcohol, but also contains other plant extracts and amino acids.
I used my "Mix & Match 3 for 2" deal and got this mask for free! You can find this mask on Clicks' website here.
PS. The "Mix & Match 3 for 2" for Sorbet deal ends on 9 October.
• Sorbet Hydrating Foot Mask - R52.95 •
I am not nearly as fussy with the ingredients in a foot mask in comparison to something that I am applying to my delicate, almost 30-year old face. I've tried this foot mask (that name is so unglam) before and thought it was really cool, my feet felt fab.
There are little booties (made out of the same kind of material a sheet mask is made out of) that is filled with the serum. You leave the booties on for 20 minutes so I could suggest using the foot mask when you're going to be glued to your TV screen binge watching some series - no trotting around the house for you!
The mask is said to be softening and moisturising with hyaluronic acid (known for its anti-aging properties). It is also said to smooth, brighten and revitalise your skin with argan and peppermint oil which reveal radiant and glowing feet.
• Elegant Touch "Constellation" Rose Gold nails - R89.95 •
I first saw these nails on my friend Carlinn's Instagram (here). For anyone who loves rose gold like me (i.e. everyone) these are a must-have!
PS. Elegant Touch have great falsies and nail tools, and Clicks also stock the Henry Holland collab! If you like your out-there, trendy, funky nails then you have to check them out.
PPS. Do yourself a favour and 'invest' in a high quality nail glue, some of the ones that come in a pack like this are crap.
Any products that you're dying to get your hands on? Comment and let me know!
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