I have always wanted to do a post like this, but I shied away from it as I didn’t want to abandon anyone who isn’t from South Africa and isn’t able to get their hands on some products mentioned.
I decided to make it fair and talked about 2 products found only in South Africa, and other 2 can be found in and outside of South Africa. (For the most part) All thoughts are of my own, not sponsored.
- Credé Organic Virgin Coconut Oil.
I am obsessed with this product and I can honestly say that word isn’t overused. It is 100% true!
The main purpose of coconut oil is to be digested, however, this kitchen cupboard product isn’t a one-trick pony. It can be used for several purposes. To me, it smells like heavenly biscuits that linger on.
I use coconut oil as my cleanser, moisturizer, on my body, feet, and hair. When I dye my hair I notice dye always tends to go all on me, so I put coconut oil and it removed that as well as removing my waterproof mascara.
What I was annoyed with though is the packaging because I had to wash my hands every time I put my fingers inside. This comes down to it being a kitchen cupboard food product that’s why it doesn’t come in a pump dispenser.
My skin has never felt cleaner, moisturized and I feel hardly any breakouts on my face. With this being said, I can’t be fully confident in claiming it reduces breakouts. Try it for yourself to find out, but make sure you skin patch test before applying coconut oil because what works for me, might not work for you. Better to be safe!
With my enthusiasm, I left using my regular shampoo in my hair and went overboard with the coconut oil. After rinsing it off, I got out the shower, blow dried and took a good look in the mirror and saw how greasy it really was. My hair felt soft, but was incredibly greasy!
I went back in the shower, had to rewash my hair this time with my regular shampoo and rinsed it off. Thankfully my hair wasn’t greasy anymore and it still had a shine and felt soft to the touch. My regular shampoo doesn’t make my hair that shiny or soft, so I know it wasn’t the shampoo that did that. Lesson: Going crazy with the coconut oil will leave you with greasy hair. Less is more!
2. Catrice Cosmetics Glam & Doll False Lashes Waterproof Mascara.
I had been needing a new mascara for quite some time. My previous one was my ultimate love! Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Jumbo Lash Mascara gave me a spectacular amount of volume, length and it was buildable never leading to clumps. I would have repurchased it if the price tag was affordable. It is meant to be a drugstore mascara, but for being a drugstore mascara it is still a pricey number!
Now brings me to Catrice Cosmetics Glam & Doll False Lashes Waterproof Mascara. I haven’t’ tried anything from the line, but the brand name and packaging seemed luxurious to me.
What it says on the Catrice website: “Fabulous Lashes. With its deep black, waterproof texture, this mascara creates a perfect lash look thanks to its curved elastomer brush. As an addition to the popular Glam & Doll Mascara range, this mascara provides volume and definition for a lash look par excellence.”
- Deep black, waterproof texture
- False lash effect
- Curved elastomer brush
I must have underestimated how waterproof this mascara is! As the night came and I wanted to remove my mascara it just wouldn’t budge. I used soap and water that time to try remove it however it was a pain in the neck (or in this case pain in my eyes) leaving my eyes all red after.
It is best to use a waterproof makeup remover or opt for what I discovered works better and that is coconut oil in removing the mascara.
Formula: Intense black and wet.
Length: 10/10 This takes the crown in the length department! Buildable to create all the length you need.
Volume: 4/10 As much as I did enjoy this mascara, I was hoping to have more volume. No matter how much I used it didn’t give me those results.
Price: 10/10 Affordable Price under R100 (I paid R79.95)
Staying power: 10/10 A committed relationship this mascara is because it is challenging to remove. (As mentioned a waterproof makeup remover or coconut oil will do the trick in removing it)
No fallout, but I did notice a teeny tiny smudging underneath the eyes however that might have been happening since I have been religiously using coconut oil all over my face. I must try skipping the coconut oil to test if any smudging would still occur.
If you are looking for a mascara for the sole purpose of volume, then you might want to rethink this one. At the same time, I still enjoy using it and it’s a decent product for the amount of length, price tag and the staying power.
3. Lifestyle Food Rice Milk Powder.
If you are wanting a dairy-free milk this is something you should look into. I have always LOVED milk, but milk doesn’t love me back indicating pimples on my face. I’m not the expert when it comes to dairy-free milk as this would be the first I have ever experienced.
To me, I never noticed a change in the way it tastes compared to regular milk I used to have. The only downside is the fact it comes in a powder form which means it needs to be blended. If you don’t own a blender, that might be a problem. It requires a few minutes to blend, but if you are in a rush then best to make it when you have time.
4. Olay Regenerist Advanced Cleansing System.
I never owned a skin care gadget before and became a big fan using it the moment I got it in 2015. Somewhere down the line I forgot or lost interest until recently rediscovering the wonders of this product.
Some people have mentioned the Olay Regenerist Advanced System as an affordable dupe to the Clarisonic. I can’t confirm whether it is true or not because I haven’t used a Clarisonic before.
Inside the box includes the following:
- Time saver and cash saver with Two AA-sized batteries included. (Added bonus because most of the time consumers have to purchase batteries for a battery power product)
- 20ml sample size Skin Renewal Cleanser. (You can purchase the full size when you run out if you enjoy it)
- 1 gentle replacement cleansing brush head.
- The leader: Olay Regenerist Advanced System device.
What you can expect:
- 2-speed control rotational motion offering low and high speed that both are gentle on your face. (My personal preference is a low speed)
- No worries about damaging it from the water because of the waterproof factor.
- Compact, small and light making it easy in fitting into the palm of your hand.
- Soft brush heads bristles.
- The 20ml sample of the Skin Renew Cleanser is thick with a gel consistency and micro-exfoliating particulars in it. (Make sure to always skin patch test before using any skincare products in case your skin doesn’t agree with it)
My brush head was cleaned several times and it still maintained its dignity over time. I don’t know why I stopped, but I am happy to have reconnected with it again! When applying a facial scrub or a moisturizer it is able to absorb the product deeper into the skin much more than just using your hands.
What have you been enjoying recently? Leave a comment! I’m curious to know. Thank you for spending time with me on my blog! I hope to see you back soon.