1. I have no idea why but for some reason I’ve never tried Inglot makeup. I will admit I’ve noticed their free-standing counters at my local mall and their bright colours and wide array of products have definitely caught my eye. I’m not sure if it was the price but I always only looked from afar. This has obviously changed since trying out some of their makeup for the first time. I walked away with a full set of makeup brushes, a contouring palette and a stunning eye shadow palette (above) when I won “Best Cosmetic” at the South African Beauty Blog awards last month. I’m impressed. Dare I say that the eye shadows are better quality than MAC? Their shadows contain special silicones and treated pigments. The texture of these shadows is soft and silky and wear time is unbelievable. They don’t crease or fade on me. Needless to say I’ll be stopping by that Inglot counter very soon. These Freedom system, magnetic, eco-friendly reusable palettes are amazing. You can swap and change colours and build your very own palette. It’s a beauty bloggers dream! The empty 10-pan magnetic palette goes for R199 and each individual eye-shadow is R119.
2. I had never even heard of Nature’s Carnival before they sent me an email last month. I perused their website for a full 5 minutes and was overwhelmed by all the amazing scents and bright packaging. They kind of remind me of Bath & Body Works. Don’t you agree? Some of their mouthwatering scents include Heavenly Pomegranate, Raspberry Vanilla Fusion and Mango Citrus Ecstasy. Yummy! Over on the website you have your pick of shower gels, body scrubs, hand soaps, body butters and hand creams. It’s a gift-giving-idea-filled paradise. The scents are very layered and utterly divine. In case you guys didn’t know I’m a shower gel freak. I’m obsessed with trying out new ones so naturally I asked them to send me the two scents that immediately jumped out at me. Whimsical Cherry (duh!) and Madagascan Coconut Vanilla which is a tropical amalgamation of coconut milk, roasted praline and sandalwood – bliss in a bottle. These foam up nicely and fill your bathroom with divine fragrances. R58.95 on the Nature’s Carnival website.
3. If you know anything about me then you know I’m a self-confessed coffeeholic and I have no plans of quitting my java addiction anytime soon. I can’t think of anything better than enjoying a cappuccino or americano at some point during my day. I’ve mentioned Nespresso pods many times before on the blog (here and here) and you’re well aware of my love for these small, full-bodied capsules of happiness. Eric and I don’t get to stock up on these very often because let’s be honest – money doesn’t grow on trees. But bet your bottom dollar that if it did we would have an endless supply of Nespresso. This Limited Edition Perú Secreto sleeve just finished in our house and I’m completely (and unreasonably) depressed about it. This premium coffee has an intense flavour with notes of cocoa. The worst part is that I don’t think this espresso is available anymore and I could kick myself for not stocking up. R79 at Nespresso shops.
4. It’s not too often that you find budget skin care products that work just as well as some of your more expensive products. This hydrating facial gel/mask from Johnson’s is everything to me right now. My skin sucks up this lightweight gel almost instantly and after using it as a sleeping mask I’m left with ridiculously soft and hydrated skin. The gel consistency feels incredible on dry skin and even Eric, who has been suffering from dehydrated skin has been loving it on his face. It melts into your skin and doesn’t feel sticky or greasy. R59.99 at Clicks, Dis-Chem and Pick n Pay
5. I recently almost had a heart attack when I realised that this eyeliner pen was missing. I had left it in a friend’s car and needless to say I was beyond grateful that she had managed to rescue it for me. I’ve used it a few times and it has many positive qualities. It’s easy to apply, it’s long-wearing, it’s perfectly pigmented and just liquid enough in consistency. You are able to achieve a precise line and cat-eyes are a breeze. I adore a good eyeliner pen and I’ve happily added another one to my collection. R205 at Edgars/Red Square.