My November radar products were an uncanny collection of super-fabulous and utterly disappointing…
- Justine Colour Studio Nail Care Mani Powder Nail Strengthener, R135. This was not bad at all. I still think Tip Top’s Miracle Results works better on my nails, but if your can’t get hold of it, this is great alternative.
- Oral B Pro-Expert All-Round Protection Toothpaste, R34.95. This is the find of the year – sad, I know, that the product I’m most excited about is a toothpaste, but really, this has changed my life. The level of cleanliness in my mouth is just phenomenal. Even after a day of eating and drinking, my teeth feel cleaner than they used to just after I brushed them. You know that feeling your teeth have just after you go to the oral hygienist? Well, this toothpaste gives you that every single day.
- Vichy Capital Soleil SPF50 Tinted Dry Touch Face BB Fluid, R279. This is another winner. It has enough of a tint to cover tired skin, but doesn’t look wishy-washy. The SPF50 has kept pigmentation at bay all month.
- Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Hair Therapy Repair Rescue Treatment, R310 (from retailbox.co.za). I loved this product, and if you have dry hair, you need a tub of this in your life. Most treatments like this tend to weigh down my hair, and make it look limp, but this one doesn’t. It left my hair feeling soft and silky with lots of body.
- Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Hair Therapy Volume Boost Shampoo for Fine Hair, R215 (from retailbox.co.za). This was ok. I say that because it didn’t do as much for my hair as the treatment did, so maybe I should have tested it in another month.
- Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Cleanser Ultra Nourishing Cleanser for Dehydrated Skin, R750. Ok, so I remember saying that R750 is pretty steep for a cleanser, but I can say in all honestly that it is 100% worth it. Besides anything else it will last you probably a year – you need such a tiny amount to clean your face of ALL makeup, grime and oil. I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve been creating reasons to clean my face this month. Love, love, love!
- Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium EDP 90ml, R1245. My mum used to wear the original Opium (I know – she used to live in Brunei, so the exotic spiciness held nostalgic memories for her) and I liked Belle d’Opium, until I tried this incarnation. I’m happy to announce there is a version of Opium that (nearly) everybody will love and be able to wear in public without fear of suffocating passers by.
- Dirty Works Multi-Tasker 8-in-1 Miracle Cream, R99.95. Argh, ick. Sorry, Clicks, this was just not for me. My skin broke-out and developed dry patches at the same time. Not a keeper, sadly.
- Paul Mitchell Express Dry Dry Wash Waterless Shampoo, R365. Hhmm, this was alright. Actually, for the price it wasn’t. I found this quite grainy and it made my scalp a bit itchy. It was almost invisible, which is a good feature of a dry shampoo, but I’d rather stick to Davines and Batiste. I’m still not a Paul Mitchell fan…