My 5 Favourite Finds for August 2015

Yes yes, so I’m a bit late to this post this month… a month late! Eeeeeek. My favourite finds for the month of August are being published in October!! Oh dear.

Unfortunately I’m just one person with a crazy to-do list, inbox and calendar, not to mention work, kids, social life etc etc. I’m sorry, but occasionally I slip up!! Please know I always endeavour to get these out at the end of each month so I’ll try especially hard to get back on track, I know you enjoy these posts!

Let’s get cracking…

1. Curl Secret from BaByliss

So last month (way back in July) I shared how I had been struggling to curl my hair using a styling tong, so my latest discovery has brought me much joy! The BaByliss Curl Secret doesn’t come cheap but after being gifted some money for my birthday and I’d heard good things from a friend so I decided to give it a go. And there’s been no looking back.

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Initially I used it for a special occasion look and loved my new curls (see pic above). With the amount of hair I have on my head the process can take pretty long but I found the Curl Secret quite easy to use on my own and when my arms got especially tired I called in my handy hairdressing assistant (aka my husband) who also gave it a whirl… (and loved the results)

Since then I’ve used it almost every week. Not quite ready to use it daily yet but last week I tried it out for a work day look, using it on just the ends of my hair instead of from root to tip. And it worked out great. It didn’t take as long and definitely make my hair look more “done” as opposed to the usual rather straggly straw-like ends. The initial curl looks decidedly ringlet in appearance but all I do after curling my whole head of hair is to run my fingers through the curl and spritz with some hairspray. The curls usually last for 2 days or until the next wash. In my opinion this was definitely money well spent! (From R1199 at Clicks)

 

2. Elizabeth Arden Ultra Restorative Capsules

Another fab new find this month has been these little capsules of wonder. I picked a few up at a Elizabeth Arden event and didn’t realise just how addictive they would become… my dry winter skin has been sucking this serum up.

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These daily-use capsules are fragrance- and preservative-free and have an lightweight, silky texture that is absorbed quickly. They contain ingredients that help normal to very dry skin by restoring healthy skin-barrier function and supplying elements that skin needs to look and feel its best.

Innovative CLX Complex delivers the restorative power of Ceramides and essential lipids to help strengthen skin’s barrier against the visible signs of time. Visibly improves skin tone and clarity. Supports skin’s own natural collagen levels for a firmer, more resilient look. Works to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Retexturizes skin for a noticeably softer, smoother look. Fragrance, preservative and emulsifier free. Cell-communicating ingredients and skin-restoring ceramides join two forms of antioxidant vitamin A as well as vitamin E.

Some benefits to my skin are that it immediately looks smoother, improves the texture making it less rough and dry and eliminates the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Now that my samples have run dry I’ll be definitely picking up a few of these pretties on my next visit to the beauty aisle. They have been amazing for my dry, rosacea prone skin but are probably not ideal for those with oily skin. (R785 for 90 capsules)

3. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

My bottle of the most well know Micellar Water brand had just run dry when the latest addition to the local beauty market arrived on my desk… Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water. And what perfect timing. Most beauty bloggers are fanatical this other popular brand and I’d seen it pop up all over the place before I bought my first bottle. (And to me the sign of a good beauty purchase is that I finish the bottle… which I did.) But the other big brand is about double the price of this one which is why Garnier’s addition to the market has been met with such excitement. The arrival of this product onto shelves caused quite a stir overseas and at an affordable R79.95 for 400ml (enough for 200 uses!) it’s a steal compared to the ones that are currently available!

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First up I’m sure some of you are asking “What is micellar water?”  Well this is a special kind of beauty water first popular in France over 100 years ago. It was designed to help Parisians deal with the region’s harsh water supply and is a formula made of micelles (microscopic, single-layer fatty bubbles) suspended in soft water.  These micelles act as magnets that gently lift away makeup, sebum and impurities from the skin.The solution is hypoallergenic, super mild and gentle on skin and there is no foam, soap or perfume that strips your skin of moisture and leaves behind harsh chemicals. Rather the micelles cling on to the dirt and makeup on your skin and dissolves them from your face, eyes and lips in one easy no-rinse step.

It falls somewhere between a cleanser and a toner and is super easy to use. I use my product daily as an all over makeup remover. All you do is pour a little bit on a cotton round and then wipe your skin clean. (For eye makeup place a soaked cotton round over each eye for around 15 seconds before wiping away) It’s also really great to use in a double-cleansing skin routine (esp NB if you wear heavy makeup) where you would first use this product and then cleanse again with a creamy cleanser to ensure you have got rid of all your makeup.

There are two options available. One with a pink top bottle – this one is alcohol-, paraben- and fragrance free and is gentle enough for sensitive skin types and doesn’t leave skin feeling dry. The blue tinted bottle is called the Garnier Pure Active Micellar Cleansing Water and best for people with problem or acne-prone skin.

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I started out using the blue bottle but found the product to be a bit too drying for my skin and after doing some research online found that the blue bottle contains ‘Alcohol Denat’ which is denatured alcohol and may cause sensitivity / irritation when used on sensitive or dry skin. Apparently it’s usually added to skincare products to help combat overactive sebaceous glands that cause oily skin and shiny T-zones, but it tends to dry out the skin. Since switching my skin has been far happier! (R79.99 ea for 400ml from October 2015 at Clicks)

 

4. La Vie Est Belle L’Eau de Parfum Intense by Lancome

L’Eau de Parfum Intense is the third fragrance from Lancôme’s La vie Est Belle range. In a short space of time this family of fragrances have become some of the top-selling women’s fragrance in the world (number one in France and number two in Europe) A true modern-day classic the fragrance is composed of a selection of the world’s most beautiful ingredients.

This fragrance is even more concentrated than the Eau de Parfum. Iris is exalted in its most beautiful variety, Tuscan Iris Pallida, bringing with it a soft, smooth and powdered touch while the new Intense version of La vie est belle adds two major assets to the composition: intriguing tuberose and exquisite hazelnut. Zesty fresh top notes of a trio of bergamot, orange and pear are expanded with a hint
of tangy, fruity blackcurrant bud and a touch of pink pepper to add a joyful, sparkling and quirky twist. The sumptuous floral bouquet also includes ylang-ylang, Sambac Jansmine and orange blossom for the most radiant of femininity.

 

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One fragrance, one family. From the lightest to the most opulent, La vie est belle appears in nuanced expressions
to satisfy every taste and desire. Gradually shifting towards the most exquisite of mouth-watering flavours
or the blooming of new flowers. Six different expressions of the iris flower in all its resplendent beauty.

I’ve been a fan of the fragrance since it’s first version back in 2012 and each new intensity just grabs me that little bit more. A gorgeous fragrance for those who love intense florals. This perfume is not for those looking for something subtle, it’s a sophisticated fragrance that is bold and powerful while at the same time being beautifully feminine. Ideal for a girl whose sweet with a flirty charm! (R1,300.00 for 50ml and R1,700.00 for 75ml)

5. Wella Elements Hair Care Range

For some reason I’ve been receiving a lot of hair products lately and finding it hard to get through them all… probably because when I started using this one I didn’t want to stop! I’ve been loving the results of the Wella Elements range. What a pleasant surprise.

The entire line of Wella Professionals Elements products are free from sulfates, parabens and artificial colourants. The range is instead enriched with natural tree extract (nuTREE) to provide up to 10 times more keratin protection, renew hair vitality and inject life back into it.

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The Renewing Shampoo worked a treat on my dry and damaged hair. Aside from smelling absolutely incredible, it also does a great job of making my hair feel super clean.

The Daily Renewing Conditioner has a creamy liquid texture and feels very light. It leaves my hair feeling nourished and strong and definitely helps to tame the frizz! For extra conditioning, The Reconstructing Mask is also a nice addition, although I have yet to find it necessary.

The Leave In Conditioning Spray is perfect to use in between washes since no rinsing is required. My hair becomes drier the longer I go without washing it and this helps it last another day or so… along with a bit of extra shine. Shake the bottle before using it and mist onto slightly damp hair before combing through with a wide-tooth comb to distribute it evenly.

I loved this range of hair products and found them to be really gentle on my hair but also really effective too. (From R207 – R252 on RetailBox)
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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

2 Comments
  1. Oooh, I’ve been wanting to try one of those Curl Secrets for aaages. I love my hair in curls, but it really is such a mission to do the pin curl way – I have thick hair, and a lot of it too! Pity it’s so expensive – hard to justify without being able to give it a try first.

    1. Hey Meg. I know. I deliberated for days about it but fortunately I had some bday money to splurge and decided on this great gadget instead of more clothes!! Best decision. It is really great p.s. I also have lots of thick hair so although it takes some time to curl it all at least the curls don’t just fall straight out again! Let me know if you do get one what you think!!

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