It’s favourites time again – no need for any explanation, let’s just get straight to it!
If you read this post, you will know that stretch marks are a stark reality right now. I’ve been doing my best to fight them off and have armed myself with both the Oh Lief Tummy Wax (R110 online or selected stores) which I already wrote about here, and the Palmers Cocoa Butter Tummy Butter for Stretch Marks (R59,95 from Dischem). I tend to use this more in the morning because it isn’t as thick as the Oh Lief Tummy Wax and I quite enjoy the coconutty smell that goes with it. The core ingredient, Bio C-Elastate® is made up of all the good stuff (collagen, elastin, sweet almond oil and argon oil) to help make your skin more elastic and supple so that when it stretches, and boy does it stretch, it does so without creating as many stretch marks, or if you’re lucky, none at all! I have noticed that the newer stretch marks have definitely faded substantially and so I am praying that no more show but I feel like that might be asking too much. Another tip I picked up in recent weeks is that if you shouldn’t wash your preggy tummy with soaps as it strips it of the natural oils that your body produces to help your skin stretch, not sure how legit this is but I think I may be fast approaching the point of trying anything! I wrote a post a while ago on stretch marks if you want to read up a bit more.
Two weeks ago or so I went to a Battlehouse event and in our goodie bags was a bottle of BeautyFix (R299 from www.studio21.co.za). I was so excited, I have been meaning to get my hands on a bottle of this for a while but just hadn’t gotten around to it. Now, I have to admit that I really haven’t been wearing a helluva lot of make up recently so I can’t vouch on how it acts as a make up fixing spray but what I can tell you is that it is a brilliant hydrating mist! I’ve been using it at least twice a day and I cannot get enough of the rosewater scent and my skin loves the cooling action of the cucumber – it was an absolute saviour during the recent Joburg heat wave. Beautyfix is also rich in vitamins A, C and E so you will be getting your quota of antioxidants. Also good to know is that this product is free of alcohol, synthetic colours, fragrances, parabens, PEG’s, TEA, DEA, phenoxyetol, sulphates, mineral oils and silicone. Basically, there are no nasties in a bottle of Beautyfix – hooray! I like to sprits my face with Beautyfix pretty generously after cleansing, I wait a few minutes and then apply my moisturiser, eye cream and SPF. During the day I sprits right over my BB cream and it doesn’t disrupt my minimal make up at all. This is a complete win in my books and I am confident I will be repurchasing as soon as this bottle is up.
I don’t know about you but my skin still hasn’t recovered from the dry winter. My lips are still ridiculously chapped which has been driving me up the wall! The past week I finally found a concoction that seems to work. The first product I use is the LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub (R95 from LUSH, online or in store). Caster sugar rubs off the horrid dead skin and exfoliates my lips amazingly, the ever popular Snow Fairy scent doesn’t hurt either. I’m not going to even pretend that I havent tasted it, because I have, and its yum! On a side note, if you have been living under a rock, LUSH has opened up a brand new store in Rosebank and their Christmas collection is here! Anyway, back to my dodgy lips. Exfoliating isn’t enough, oh no, I need all the TLC that I can get and so I always follow up with a really good lip balm – two that I have found really do the trick are Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue or Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm, both are available from Dischem.
Another part of my body that is still in shock from winter is my hair – it’s dry, dull and just unhappy. My hair is naturally very dry but this is a whole new level. The shampoo I use isn’t at all strippinig and so I decided to change up my conditioner. After a chat with the girls, I decided to take Irina’s (from I’ll Take It All) advice and try out the Elvive Extraordinary Oils Nourishing Conditioner (R45 at Dischem). I can confirm that I am 100% in love. This conditioner does its job and it does it well. Because it’s such a nourishing product, I was expecting my hair to be quite weighed down, but it wasn’t at all. Apparently you aren’t supposed to, but I condition from the roots, I know what you’re thinking, I’m just asking for oily hair! Not the case with this Elvive conditioner. The key to this amazing product is the 6 flower extract combination, it leaves your hair feeling smooth and luxurious, and isn’t that what we are all after? Oh, it smells incredible!
And that’s that! Of course there were a lot of other products that I have been using recently but these were the ones that really stood out to me. Is there anything you think I should get my hands on? Let me know in the comments!