If you’re a beauty fiend whose favourite place in the world is the make-up aisle, ogling the new products that have just been unpacked, this post isn’t for you — because you probably know about and have been using these beauty products for years.
BUT, if you’ve been buying the same products and brands for the last 5 years because you find the make-up and beauty shelves overwhelming, and what the heck are some of those things for anyway, this post is for you!
If you like products that make you look and feel amazing, but don’t want to waste your money on stuff that doesn’t work, this post is for you.
And finally, if you would like to try some new beauty buys, but don’t know where to start, this post is for you!
1. Dry shampoo
Yes, a lot of people know about the wonders of dry shampoo, but a lot of people don’t and we want EVERYONE to know how amazing it is.
Ladies if you have never used it, go out and buy a can right. now. It’s cheap and it’s amazing.
Basically you use it to keep your hair looking clean between washes. It’s for those mornings when your alarm goes off 15 minutes early because you need to wash your hair, and then you remember you have dry shampoo so you can have a few more minutes of precious sleep. It’s for those last-minute plans that get made and then you realise your hair is slightly greasy. Just spray on some dry shampoo and you’re good to go.
Seriously. Life changing.
2. Micellar water
Say goodbye to harsh make-up remover when you buy a bottle of micellar water. It’s incredibly gentle on skin, but it works like a dream to take even the smokiest eye make-up off. No more tight and dry skin, no more break outs and no more scrubbing your poor face to get your mascara off.
It’s made up of water with microscopic oil particles suspended in it — which is the secret to its life-changingness. The oil particles cling to dirt and make-up while keeping your skin moisturised. Some people even say that they stopped having to use moisturiser after introducing micellar water into their skincare regimes.
You don’t even have to rinse it off, so it’ll save you time and improve your skin — winning. Try Garnier Sensitive Micellar Cleansing Water for just R79,95.
3. BB cream
If you’ve been using the same foundation for the last 10 years, listen up: BB cream is a lighter alternative to foundation that’s an all in one smoothing, toning, moisturising miracle worker.
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Ever wept at the thought of how much foundation you lose to your make-up sponge? Enter the life-changing Beautyblenders. You’ll find these genius make-up sponges with a difference in most make-up artists’ bags, so you know they’re going to be amazing.
You dip them in water and allow them to expand before using them to apply your make-up. Because they’re full of water, they don’t absorb your make-up. We’ll say that again, they don’t absorb your make-up. Plus your foundation will go on smoother.
5. Instant root cover up
Let’s talk about how expensive it is to dye your hair. Very expensive. Instant root covering powder will let you go a few more weeks between hair colouring sessions so you can save your money for more important things (like dry shampoo and micellar water). You can even use it to give yourself a few DIY highlights on the fly.
We love the new Everpro root cover-up sprays and powders that will be available in Clicks stores from 1 April.
6. Quick dry drops or spray
If you have nails and you’ve ever painted them, you need to get yourself some quick dry drops or spray. It cuts the drying time of your polish right down so you can get on with life without ruining your DIY manicure.
Quick dry drops are especially life-changing if you have kids, because they have a habit of getting into life-threatening situations that require intervention JUST as you finish painting your nails.
Most people with flawless foundation have a secret that we’re going to share with you: they use primer. Primers help fill in fine lines, keep your skin from looking shiny and help make-up last longer. If you’ve got a big event coming up and want to look your best, get some primer!
The difference primer can make to your final look is incredible and you’ll wonder how you survived without it.
8. Acne cream
If you only get the occasional pimple you probably just suffer through it without using everything at your disposal to get it off your face ASAP. Well it’s time to stop. Buy yourself a tube of Benzac AC 5 Gel and keep it in your cupboard for skin related emergencies.
It’s a little pricey, but it works like nothing else on the market. Honestly, read some online reviews, people love this product.
9. Hair products for your hair type
This is a little vague, but if your hair routine starts with shampoo and ends with conditioner, we highly recommend you expand your horizons.
It requires a little product testing by you, but once you find something that works for you you will have zero regrets.
- Fine, limp hair? Volumising mousse will change your life.
- Frizzy hair? A smoothing serum will keep locks super sleek.
- Curly hair? A moisturising hair mask will give you a showstopping head of hair.
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