5 Favourites Friday ♥

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1. Who doesn’t love a bit of pampering? I usually enjoy spending a Sunday evening in the bath with a face mask on.  It’s the ultimate form of relaxation and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with indulging in a bit of “me” time. I’ve had a deep affection for BABOR for a while now (see reviews here and here) and before trying a new product from the brand I’m almost always certain that I’ll love it. This deep pore cleansing mask is just what tired, stressed or hormonal skin needs to rebalance itself. This peeling mask contains sesame seed oil, apricot kernel oil, white clay (Kaolin) as well as salicylic acid, which we all know treats many skin conditions. It has a slight grainy texture so after you’ve left it on for 5-10 minutes you can gently rub it into your skin as you rinse it off. It does a fabulous job of deep cleansing your skin. All my other masks have been relegated to the time out corner.

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2. When it comes to painting my nails it’s usually a very long process. Not only is there the filing, buffing and actual painting but there’s also that period of waiting. In my case that usually lasts about two hours. It almost seems like my nails never dry. I’ll wait half a day before showering and then emerge from the bathroom with quilted nails.  Isn’t that the absolute worst? All that painstaking time spent just wasted. Sigh. I sometimes don’t even bother with top coats because it just adds another layer to the mix and that means more time spent waiting. However, I’ve had success with quick dry top coats before and this little beauty from Essie is by no means new to the market but it certainly is new to my collection.  Love, love, love. It dries rapidly and leaves the most beauty glossy finish to your nails . It might also prolong the life of your manicure but I’ll need to test it out a few more times before I commit to that statement.  About R175 from Dis-Chem.

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3. I haven’t found a lot of time lately for reading but when I do get a moment (Sunday night bath time) then I read a few pages of the book I’m currently reading. At the moment that book is “The Girl on the Train”. I’ve heard mixed reviews about this book but so far I’ve been enjoying it. I’ve seen it characterised as a “Gone Girl” type read but I don’t think that’s all that accurate to be honest. Nonetheless it’s an interesting story and a very enjoyable read if you’re looking for something new to flip through.

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4. I’m absolutely certain that I’ve mentioned the LUSH lip scrubs on my 5 faves before but with the weather turning cooler and my skin drying up faster than a raisin in the sun I’ve been all about scrubs and exfoliators. We all need a bit of extra help during Winter and my parched lips have been crying out for something extra. Lip balms just aren’t cutting it right now. I decided to fish out my LUSH lip scrubs the other day and my lips were eternally grateful. I forgot how handy these scrubs are. As a beauty blogger I’m constantly sent stuff to try out and unfortunately that means some products are forgotten but I definitely won’t forget these scrubbies again! R95 at LUSH.

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5. The last time I spoke about the new limited edition flavour from Nespresso I hadn’t tried it yet. It featured on my “Look What I Spotted!” post but I wasn’t sure when I would be able to give it a go as the only Nespresso store in Gauteng (Sandton) was more than 55km away from me. But a few days later to my surprise I discovered that Menlyn had opened up their very own pop up stand and that’s only 5km away. I’ve really been enjoying Monsoon Malabar and I think that’s because it’s a blend of Indriya (my fave) and Roma. It’s slightly spicy and has just the right amount of intensity to be enjoyed as a black coffee or as a cappuccino. I’ll definitely be grabbing a few more sleeves before they disappear off the shelves.  R79 from Nespresso

May 15, 2015 • By